November 1st, 2020

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 11, 2016.

Neil Friesen
1976 – 2016

Cornelius Buhler Friesen, beloved companion of Arlene Sakebow, passed away unexpectedly near Taber on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 39 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family during a two night wake held at the Youth Centre, 7211 – 50 Street, Taber starting Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. and concluding on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:30 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 5001 – 64 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary notice or to send condolences, please our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


GROSS

JUANITA GROSS, beloved wife of Shawn Gross, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the age of 50 years.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her daughter Samantha, her son Brett and her sister Wanda Chisholm (Keith Triska), all of Lethbridge. She is also survived by Shawn’s family; parents Evelyn and Laverne Gross, two brothers Darcy (Cara) Gross and Scott (Tammy) Gross, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; Doreen and Walter.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta, officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:00 P.M., with Father Salvador Ahumada, Celebrant. Cremation.

In memory on Juanita, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – 317 – 10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.

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


HEWITT

ARTHUR GEORGE HEWITT, beloved husband of Joyce Hewitt, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday May 8, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

He is the loving father of Glen (Xingyu) Hewitt of Guelph, ON., Roy (Ruth) Hewitt and grandchildren Allison, Jacqueline and Elyse of Barrhead, AB., Jane Hewitt of Lethbridge, AB., Larry (Sandy) Hewitt and grandchildren Josh and Rebekah of Prince George, AB., Mary Hewitt (Troy Pells) of Calgary, AB., and Judy (Mark) Ross and grandchildren Stephen, Logan, Kendra and Nick of Sundre, AB. Art is also survived by his wife, Joyce Hewitt and sisters Marian (Paul) Beer and Jean Carter.

A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB., T2E 6Z3.

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


Mrs. Margaret Hewlett

1921 – 2016

Mrs. Margaret Hewlett of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Les Hewlett, passed away at Good Samaritan’s Park Meadows on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 95 years. Margaret is survived by one daughter Carol Johnsrude of Lethbridge; one son Leslie Hewlett of Drayton Valley; six grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.Besides her loving husband Les, Margaret is predeceased by her six sisters and three brothers. Margaret was born and raised in Lethbridge. She served with the RCAF during World War Two and was honorably discharged in November 1945. During her lifetime, she was an active member of the Catholic Woman’s League, Eagles Lodge and the Canadian Italian Club. Vigil Rites will be held at 7:00pm, on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 Street N., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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


LONG TIME SQUIRREL

GEORGE WARRICK LONG TIME SQUIRREL, passed away at The Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the age of 49 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. followed by the at OLD SAIPOYI SCHOOL, Stand Off, AB., from 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at OLD SAIPOYI SCHOOL, on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Rocky & Susan Brave Rock officiating.

Interment to follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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


RUSSELL – MEDICINE CRANE

KAISLEY GUY RUSSELL – MEDICINE CRANE passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Friday May 6, 2016 at the age of 19 years. He is the beloved son of Theresa and Fabian Medicine Crane.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Friday May 13, 2016 from 7 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the St. Paul’s cemetery.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


RACZ

RONALD RACZ, beloved husband of Brenda Racz, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at the age of 61 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the WARNER EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH, 301 – 5th Avenue, Warner, AB., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4K7.

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


SVENNES

DOROTHY SVENNES, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare, on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


SWANSON

(MARY) ANITA SWANSON of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away with her family at her side on May 8, 2016. Anita was predeceased by her husband, Roy Albert Swanson, her daughter Barbara Rae (Swanson) Rempel, her parents Murray and Evangeline (Elliott) Young, her brothers Keith, Errol, and Dawson Young, and her sister Norma (Young) Fischer. Anita is survived by her brother Gerald Young, sister Denise (Young) Edmonds, children Brenda Swanson, Paul (Lenny) Swanson, Ted (Kim) Swanson, David (Carol) Swanson, Rebecca (Kyle) Swanson, her daughter-in-law Lynn Swanson, son-in-law Dan Rempel, and her grandchildren Tera Swanson, Stephanie Swanson, Alexander Swanson, Curtis Rempel, Katrina Rempel, Lauren Swanson, Kerstin Swanson, Bryce Swanson, Nikolas Swanson, Ryan Swanson, Karmen Rempel, and Gabrielle Swanson.

M. Anita was born in Outlook, Saskatchewan in 1938 where she grew up on the family farm before moving to Saskatoon to study Nursing at St. Paul’s Hospital. In 1959 she married Roy Swanson and moved to Milk River, Alberta. Together, Anita and Roy raised six kids while working their farm. Anita loved music, laughter, and visits with friends and family. Wherever a need or want could be found, Anita was quick to put her hand up, whether it be with the United Church, as part of a band, providing piano lessons, or later with the Worldwide Church of God (Grace Christian Fellowship) where she played piano accompanying services and choirs for over 40 years. She was an active member of the Milk River community until 1992, when she moved to Coaldale, Alberta and created her own business Classy Cleaning, working well into her late 60’s. She was also an avid bowler, and was a member of leagues in both Milk River and Lethbridge.

In her later years, Anita found joy in attending her grandchildren’s games and events in small towns across Alberta, travelling, and continuing to provide music, friendship and laughter within her community at Sunrise Village.

Anita was easy to laugh, the first to stand and sing, ever optimistic, and incredibly generous. Her eyes were never without a twinkle and she will be deeply missed by those who were blessed to be part of her life.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor David Sheridan officiating. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. Cremation, with a private interment at a later date.

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


Mary Yvonne (Matchett) Thurston
February 23, 1925  ~  May 5, 2016

Yvonne Thurston, beloved wife of the late Clarence Thurston, passed away in Bow Island on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the age of 91 years.  Yvonne was born in Newcastle, NB. and took her schooling there through High School.  During the war years, she met Clarence, a dashing airman from “out West”, they fell in love and were married in Newcastle on July 29, 1944.  Soon after, they left the Maritimes for Bow Island where Yvonne lived the rest of her life on the farm and later in town.  Yvonne is survived by seven children:  Wayne Thurston (Jodi, Tammi and Jamie), Pat (Jim Tratch) Thurston (Chris and Kerry), Ruth Bruins (Erin and Lauren), Rick (Wendy) Thurston (Jill, Ryan and Marty), Kathy (Harv) Nixdorf (Cole, Brett, Cam, Craig and Cade), Margie (Rob) Rapson (Sarah, Diana, Samantha,Tessa and Philip) and Beth (Rob) Hopkins (Andrew, Jordan and Ethan).  She is also survived by thirty-one great-grandchildren (and two soon-to-be) along with three sisters, Libby Bland, Ruth (Jim) Heath and Greta (Don) Curry, all in NB, and sisters-in-law, Margaret Belcher in Ontario, and Joyce Belcher in England.  Yvonne had nieces and nephews from coast to coast and in England.  Besides her loving husband, Clarence, Yvonne was predeceased by her parents, Willy and Maggie Matchett, one brother, Bill Matchett and three sisters, Helena Comfort, Wanda Dutcher and Dolly Seymour.  Yvonne filled her life with caring for her family and the many friends she made in her community.  She generously shared her husband with numerous community activities.  She became involved in Women’s Institute (WI) as a young farm wife and worked and fellowshipped in this association for over fifty years, eventually serving as President.  Yvonne was a writer of poems, a singer of lullabies and a baker of many treats.  Her home was always open to all… family, friends, stray animals and people.  She will be dearly missed.  A memorial celebration of Yvonne’s life will be held at the Bow Island Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island, AB. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Paetkau officiating.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com)  Flowers are gratefully declined.  If friends so desire, donations in Yvonne’s memory may be made to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation, P.O. Box 3990, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0.  Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4.  Telephone toll free:  1-877-528-6455.


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