October 31st, 2020

SATURDAY, April 16, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 22, 2016.

ANDERSON

DONNA ELIZABETH ANDERSON (NEE KENNEY), passed away peacefully in her sleep at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the age of 81 years.

Donna was born February 21, 1935 in Lethbridge, AB, to the late William and Evelyn Kenney. She met and married the love of her life, Wayne Anderson in June of 1959. Together they eventually settled in Coaldale, AB to raise their children, Tammy and Brad. Donna was an avid gardener and had a passion for flowers. She was also pretty famous for her canning and won several town fairs for her pickles and of course her grandchildren would say she made the very best pumpkin pie.

Donna is survived by her husband of 56 years, Wayne Anderson; her daughter Tammy (Henry) Moser of Coaldale, AB. and son Brad (Cobi) Anderson of Chilliwack, BC; her grandchildren, Landon Skiba of Lethbridge and Tayler and Gracyn Anderson of Chilliwack, BC. She is also survived by her brothers, Wray (Kay) Kenney, Bert (Shirley) Kenney, Murph (Sandy) Kenney, Bill (Linda) Kenney and sister Doreen (Richard) Chollack as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, with Pastor Eras Van Zyl officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation, in memory of Donna, to your favourite charity.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Clem Bexte
1935 – 2016
Clemens Hubert Bexte, beloved husband of the late Tina Bexte, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 81 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, April 18, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Clem is survived by his children Bev (George) Vander Gaast of Taber and their children Kristi (James) Mitchell, Curtis (Amy), Amanda (Danny) Webster and Brian (Denica) Vander Gaast (children Anisley, Bria, Malcolm and Roman); Murray (Joy) Bexte of Vauxhall and their children Jordan (Lisa) McEwan (children Landon and Kinley) and Jayden Bexte; Bonnie (Ken) Anton of Lethbridge and their children Rachel and Julia; Benita (Martin) Kondor of Vauxhall and their children Aimee and Blake Kondor. He also leaves to cherish his memory his sister Sylvia Vogt and brother Reno (Lydia) Bexte; sisters-in-law Charlotte, Monica, Nadine and Edna, as well as numerous beloved extended family members.
He was predeceased by his wife Tina, granddaughter Megan Kondor, parents Bernhard and Anna Bexte, brothers Heinz-Joseph, Fred, Beny, Hugo, Hubert and Adolf, sisters-in-law Margaret and Dorothy Bexte, brother-in-law Ben Vogt.
Clem was born January 9, 1935 in Schlesien Kreis Namslau, Germany. Due to hardships endured as a result of the war in Germany, Clem’s family was desperate to find a safe haven. They managed to escape to Canada in 1953; there they settled in the Picture Butte area, working sugar beet fields for a local family. Despite a huge language barrier, the Bextes established their roots in Arrowwood, Alberta. Clem worked on bridge construction and later for the PFRA in Vauxhall.
In 1966 he married Tina Johnson (nee Friesen) and accepted and adopted her children Bev and Murray as his own. Due to Dad’s sense of responsibility and hard work ethic, he took on extra jobs doing odds and ends after hours to provide for his family. After realizing that construction was his passion, he established Bexte Construction in 1979.
After Tina’s passing, Clem embraced his time with his grandchildren, attending numerous sporting events. He loved gardening and camping, especially the annual Friesen and Bexte Reunions, where he enjoyed playing horseshoes and Doppelkopf. In recent years, he looked forward to daily coffee row visits with his buddies.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Clem’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 (www.cancer.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Kathleen (Wright)

Bouck-Otto

July 3, 1918 – April 10, 2016

The family of Kathleen Bouck-Otto wish to announce her peaceful passing on 10 April 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 97 years.

Kathleen was predeceased by her first husband, Lyle Bouck, her eldest son, Lawrence (Larry) Bouck, her second husband, John Otto, and her sisters Frances Coates, Beatrice Stromsmoe, Hazel Dick and brother Walter Wright. She is lovingly remembered by her children James (Jim) (Donna) Bouck of Lethbridge, Joan (Albert) Patenaude of Winnipeg, Dan (Lucille) Bouck of Magrath; grandchildren Stephen (Lacey), Warren, and Josh (Tessa) Bouck, Brent (Stacey) Falkowski, Penny Durocher, Krystal (Kelly) Prout, Katherine (Calvin) Bouck, Andrea(Gerald) Patenaude, Janine (Kevin) Patenaude; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Kathleen was born and raised on a farm in the Etzikom area and attended Normal School to become a teacher. She taught for several years before marrying her first husband, Lyle and raising their family in Lethbridge. Lyle passed away in 1979. Later in life, Kathleen met a wonderful man, John Otto. They were married in 2004 and enjoyed five very happy years together. After John’s passing in 2009, Kathleen moved to Winnipeg to be closer to her daughter, where she resided until her passing.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Monday, April 18, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL 610-4th Ave S. Lethbridge, Alberta.

Interment will follow in the Archmount Cemetery.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


COULTER, Ethel May

February 23, 1919 – Balcarres,

Saskatchewan

April 5, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

May Coulter of Calgary and formerly of Lethbridge, AB, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the age of 97 years.

May was raised on a farm with her two brothers, Albert and Walter. She trained as a nurse in Regina, SK, and was stationed overseas during the Second World War in England then in Belgium.

After the war, May lived in Victoria and continued her nursing career in Obstetrics. She married Norman Coulter, and settled in Vancouver to raise a family. Lethbridge became her home in 1965. Her final years were spent at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Home, in Calgary, AB.

May will be fondly remembered for her playful nature and quick wit. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, needlework, reading and playing solitaire. She loved children and took great delight in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

What the family will remember most was her ability to take life’s ups and downs in stride. In difficult times “this too shall pass” were words she lived by.

May will be deeply missed by her children: Janet (Tom) Shaw, Russell (Arlene) Coulter, George Coulter, Cara (Peter) Hoetmer; grandchildren: Murray, Corinne, Warren, Justin, Jack, Brian (Shanna), Meagan (Travis), Erica; great grandchildren: Aaron, Elliot.

As her wish, a private family service will be held in celebration of her long and remarkable life. Condolences may be sent through http://www.hffs.com.

If friends so desire, a memorial tribute may be made to the charity May supported, Leprosy Relief Canada, 305-1805 SAUVE STREET W., Bureau 305, Montreal, QC H4N 3H4 https://www.canadahelps.org/en/ charities/leprosy-relief-canada/ or to any charity of your choice.

The family wishes to express a very special thank you to the nurses, staff and caregivers of the Colonel Belcher and to Rita Iannaccone for the compassionate care and love she gave to our mother.


Fred Harrison

1927 – 2016

Fred Harrison, husband of Phyl Harrison, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the age of 88 years. No Service.


Iris Aspeslet

1923 – 2016

Mrs. Iris Aspeslet of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Anton “Tony” Aspeslet, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday, August 11, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, April 25, 2016 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11th Street South, Lethbridge, Canon James Robinson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Ralph Jensen
1923 – 2016
Ralph Clinton Jensen, beloved husband of Vera Jensen, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 92 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, April 21, 2016 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Loren Penner

1957 – 2016

Mr. Loren Penner of Nanaimo, British Columbia formerly of Coaldale, Alberta passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the age of 58 years. Loren is survived by his three children Dustin (Allie) Penner, Mandi (AJ) Wolfe, Karlee (Justin) Penner. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, April 25, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


JAMES (JIM) DONALD McINTOSH

June 28/30 – April 10/16

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Uncle Jimmy passed away on Sunday, April 10/16 in the afternoon. He is still alive in our heart and minds. Uncle Jimmy is survived by many family and friends. Flowers are gratefully declined; instead get yourself a Sambuca and have a cheer to Uncle Jimmy; He would have wanted it that way. A celebration of his life will be held later in the middle of May/16. I am sure that Uncle Jimmy would have liked to say Thank-You to everyone.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


In Loving Memory

Michelle Smith

1968 – 2016

Michelle Smith of Lethbridge, beloved partner to John, passed away too soon on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the age of 47 years.

Born in Milk River, AB to Barry and Jean, beloved mother to Michael and Jessica, devoted sister to David, Bradley, Eya and Miryam.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 2216 22 A Ave., Coaldale, AB

“Goodbyes hurt the most when the story was not finished”

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


THOMAS

MATTHEW NICHOLAS THOMAS, beloved husband of Tillie Mary Thomas, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at the Good Samaritans – Park Meadows Village, on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at the age of 93 years.

Besides his loving wife Tillie, Matt is survived by his daughters Roz (Bryan) Kranzler of Lethbridge and Debbie (Ken) Sommerfelt of Winnipeg, daughters-in-law Bernice Thomas of Calgary and Gwen Thomas of Taber, grandchildren: Bryce (Casey) Thomas, Brent Thomas, Krystal (Tim) Kranzler-Bochan, Kevin Kranzler, Michael Sommerfelt, Jennifer (Chris) Norton, Jacquelyn Sommerfelt and Sean (Erin) Sommerfelt, great- grandchildren: Logan, Faith and Dylan Thomas, Nicholas, Theoren, Maddison and Olivia Bochan, Eric, Haley and Toren Norton, and Logan and Wesley Sommerfelt.

Matt was predeceased by his sons, Larry Thomas (Calgary) and Richard Thomas (Taber).

Matt was born on August 16, 1922 in Foremost, Alberta and grew up and worked in Southern Alberta. Matt served his country during WWII, was discharged, then settled in Grassy Lake with his young family. Matt worked in the construction industry, building highways and dams as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He ended his career employed at the Empress Cannery in Taber. Matt and Tillie celebrated their 73rd Wedding Anniversary on August 2, 2015. Matt enjoyed curling, playing horseshoes and playing cards with friends at the Taber Legion. He also participated and won horseshoe competitions in the Senior Summer Games in Southern Alberta. Matt spent his retirement years tending his yard and his garden. He loved and enjoyed his family, friends, neighbours; his greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids, great-grandkids, as well as his beloved dog, Tyson. Matt had a great sense of humour. He was known as “Uncle Matt” to all who knew him.

A Prayer Vigil will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


VOORT

ANTHONY “TONY” VOORT was peacefully reunited with his “sweetie”, the late Sharon Ann Voort (nee Stotyn), on April 13, 2016, surrounded by the love of his three children: Nancy Metz (nee Voort), Kathy Voort (Keith) and David Voort.

Besides his three children, Tony is lovingly remembered by his three grandchildren: Tannon Calderwood, Sera Voort-Weisgerber and Skyla Metz, who he loved to spend time with, finding interest in what they each enjoyed, be it the love of dance, science, camping, or just spending time telling his stories. He will be greatly missed by his brothers Bill (Brenda)Voort, Joe (Heather) Voort, John (Mary Lee) Voort and his sister Hennie Vander Linden; dearly missed by his mother-in-law Lena Stotyn, several sisters and brothers-in-law, numerous family members including many nieces and nephews, his small group of the greatest friends a man could ask for as well as his friends at work that he considered family.

Tony was well known and respected in the Lethbridge community and worked as a Superintendent for Ward Bros. Construction; a company that he spoke of with highest regard, right up to the day he was admitted to the Chinook Regional Hospital.

His carpentry skills and talents will be forever encased in numerous builds and projects all over the city including assisting in the most recent project, the restoration of the Japanese gardens. There, and in his home as well as the homes of his children, family members and friends, will be where you will see how exceptionally talented his wood-working skills were.

An avid camper and well-travelled, he enjoyed the outdoors the most, especially with his family. He took pleasure in the restoration of old cars and tinkering with ideas of creations in his shop; a past time he shared with his son. He was always available to assist with any requests from family and friends; from creating bird houses and feeders to building cabinets, dressers and more. As well, he was a big part of his church family and helped out when he could in any way.

He was a great man who worked hard all his life and for everyone he loved. He will be missed, with words we cannot express, by all who had met him though briefly or for a lifetime.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Service of Remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 or Compassion Canada, P.O. Box 5591, London, ON, N6A 5G8.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


WELLS

CHARLES HOWEY WELLS, husband of the late Dorothy Wells, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


WILFRED FUNK

WILFRED FUNK of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at the age of 95 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his son Steve (Pauline) Funk, his grandsons Kevin and Travis and his brother Roy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Besides his wife Hulda, Wilfred was predeceased by his brothers Joseph, Freeman, Edwin and Fred and sisters Christina and Adena.

A Graveside Service will be held at Mountainview Cemetery for family and friends on Monday April 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM with a Memorial Service to follow at Via Church (formerly River of Life Church), 2820 – 18 Avenue N, Lethbridge, AB at 2:00 PM.


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