January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 25, 2016.


REECE L GLINES, beloved husband of Rea Glines, passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, May 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE WEST STAKE CENTRE, 560 Highlands Blvd. West, Lethbridge.

Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

Milo John Good Rider

(White Cow)

September 17, 2015-May 19, 2016

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life”. John 3:16

With great sadness and sorrow we announce the passing of Milo, on May 19, 2016 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Milo is survived by his loving parents; Brent White Cow and Sally Good Rider, one brother; Nakota Good Rider. Paternal Grand-parents: Elizabeth Good Rider and Wendell Crow Shoe. Maternal Grand-parents; Norvena White Cow and Bryan Holloway, his special grand-father; Steven Holloway. Maternal great-grandparents; Warner and Connie White Cow, Jacqueline & Mills Big Bull, Dayle Holloway and Alene Bastien. Aunty; Chantel (Austin) Good Rider. His Uncles; Frank (Tanisha ) Holloway, Paul (Chrissy) Holloway and Tommy (Marina) Good Rider, Ched (Tiffany) Crow Shoe

Milo was predeceased by his paternal great- grand parents; Madeline (Hector ) Good Rider and Jackie Crow Shoe Sr. Maternal great-grand-parents: John Holloway, Helen Strikes With A Gun. Milo will also be remembered by his extended families: Crow Shoe’s, Good Rider’s, White Cow’s, Holloway’s (Piikani &Morley Nations), Bastien’s, Strikes With A Gun’s, Scott’s and Soloway’s (Siksika Nation), Provost’s, Knowlton’s, Bad Eagles.

A wake service will be held at Elizabeth’s Good Rider’s Residence between 11:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 then the evening at Dale Holloways Residence.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced when completed.

Leroy Guzzi

1935 – 2016

Leroy Joseph Guzzi 80 of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away on May 20, 2016. Leroy was born in Fernie, British Columbia on July 31, 1935 to Liberata and Paul Guzzi.

Leroy worked as a car salesman at Davis until his retirement and enjoyed participating in his children and grandchildren‘s lives. Leroy is survived by sister Divina Guzzi, daughter Dana Guzzi, and sons Jim (Wendy) Guzzi, Jeff (Carol) Guzzi, grandchildren Anthony (Taryn), Bradley (Karlee), Caylee, Devon, Austin, Brianna, and Brodie, great-grandchild Bennett, and other loving family members. Was predeceased by his parents, nine siblings and son Blair Guzzi.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, May 27, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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Audrey Keegstra

1942 – 2016

Mrs. Audrey Keegstra (Senneker), beloved wife of Mr. Lou Keegstra of Lethbridge, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour after passing away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 74 years. Besides her loving husband Lou of more than 52 years, Audrey is survived by her children Sandy VanReeuwyk, Lorinda (Chris) Molner; grandchildren Devon, Austin, Braden, Amber; siblings Jenny DeWolde, George Senneker, Ben (Hennie) Senneker, John Senneker, Jan (Ruth) Senneker, Henry (Sharon) Senneker; sisters-in-law Tina (Wyatt) Kamma, Grace (Roger) Girard, Gerdy (Lorne) Krogman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Audrey is predeceased by her parents Durk and Helen Senneker; parents-in-law George and Hilda Keegstra; brother-in-law Ralph DeWolde; sisters-in-law Jean Senneker and Ann Senneker. Audrey was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who had a tremendous passion for life. Her faith in her Lord and Saviour was evident in all that she did. Condolences will be held from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. South, Lethbridge, AB A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 40 Ave. N., Lethbridge, AB. A private family graveside service will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers for those who wish, memorial donations in Audrey’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10 Street S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 9Z9.

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It is with great sadness and joyful relief we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, WILLIAM “BILL” KRIKKE at the age of 88 years old.

Bill was born in Zaandam, The Netherlands, on March 18, 1928. He immigrated to Canada in 1951.

Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Elaine; his children: Nelly (Gerritt) Procee, Louise (John) Halma, Ron (Carol) Krikke and Lloyd Krikke; seven grandchildren: Kim, Greg, Jennifer Jeremy, Allison, Reeve and Laine; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, all who gave him much joy and love. He is now able to open his eyes and see them. (Matthew 11:4-6).

A Service of Remembrance will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge Alberta, on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Tony Maan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the CNIB, #100, 410 Stafford Drive North, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2L2

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

Larry Merkley

April 12, 1943 – May 22, 2016

Larry Merkley, age 73, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, May 22, due to complications following a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was born April 12, 1943 in Magrath, Alberta to Calvin and Verona Merkley. In 1967 he began his life’s greatest adventure, marrying his sweetheart, Beverly Hamilton. They were blessed with five children, splitting their time between Canada and the US in their nearly 49 years together. Larry’s varied career path, membership in the LDS church, and work in Alberta scouting organizations gave him many leadership opportunities. He began in the financial world, moved into the university academic world of instruction and administration, failed retirement four times and enjoyed the consulting world for the past several years.

A great lover of music and books, mountains and waterfalls, travels and adventures, movies and ice cream, Larry especially enjoyed the people he worked with, and all he shared his life with. He was known as a man of integrity, curiosity, and a balance of high expectations and acceptance, with the ability to “create order out of chaos,” always knowing “there were no small projects.” He taught his children from a young age that “it is more important to be kind than to be right.”

Larry is survived by his wife Bev, sister DiAnn Hirsche (Bruce), brother Al Merkley (Jeri), in-laws Judy Whitehead (Ritchie), Burke Hamilton (Marcene), Donald Hamilton (Elinor), and Denise Sugden (Richard). He will be forever loved and greatly missed by his children, David Merkley (Tammy), Melanie Lafranca (Steven), Valerie O’Barr (Kevin), LoraLee Laycock (Peter), Kim Leishman (Jesse), and by his grandchildren, Conner & Tyler Merkley, Natalie & Taylor Lafranca, Leah, Clara & Elsie O’Barr, Rayanne, Shelby & Anthony Laycock, and Talia, Mila & Declan Leishman.

We will be celebrating his life in a memorial service at a future date this summer at the LDS Chapel in Waterton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kiva organization (www.kiva.org), a favorite of Larry’s because it supports small business around the world.


ANTONETTA LUBBERS, beloved wife of the late Herman Lubbers, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at the age of 97 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Mr. Alex Goertz

1928 – 2016

Mr. Alex Goertz of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Elfrieda Goertz, passed away at the Coaldale Health Care Centre on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Mrs. Beatrice “Betty” Rushford

1922 – 2016

Mrs. Beatrice “Betty” Louise Rushford of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Clayton “Shorty” Rushford, passed away with her family by her side at the West Highlands Good Samaritans Centre on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 93 years. At Betty’s request, a private family graveside will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

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FRANCIS SMALL EYES passed away peacefully in Cardston, AB on May 22nd, 2016 at the age of 74 years.

A Wake Service will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve. The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Blood Reserve. Interment in the Family Cemetery.

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


HARVEY SR. SWEETGRASS, beloved husband of Adeline Sweetgrass, of the Blood Reserve, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children: MJ (Johnathan) Williams, Charlene (Quentin) Sweetgrass, Lynn (Rodrigo) Sweetgrass, Harvey Jr. Sweetgrass, Kyle Sr. (Lisa) Sweetgrass, Zachary Sweetgrass, and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his adopted daughters: Jasmine & Kristin Blood, and Shawna & Deanna Dayrider.

He is survived by his brothers: Butch Knife and Steven Crying Head; his sisters Joan Crying Head, Jackie Crying Head, Doreen Crying Head, Carol Crying Head and Crystal Curly Rider; his aunts Isabel Healy, Elizabeth (Martin) Vielle and Elsie First Rider.

He was predeceased by his dad John Sr. Sweetgrass; his sisters: Sylvia Crying Head and Verna Sweetgrass; his brothers: John Jr. Sweetgrass, Mickey Day Rider and Clifford Sweetgrass.

Harvey was born in Cardston, on July 2, 1953. At the age of five, his unfathomable work ethic started when his dad had him working on the family farm, he knew how to seed the land, brand cows, sheer sheep, tend to horses. This experience helped him gain even more knowledge later as an electrician, welder, carpenter and mechanic. To this day, his family remains the only family to have farmed their own land on the Blood Reserve. He was an excellent horseman, being one of the first and one of the last old time ranchers on the Blood Reserve. He worked hard to provide for his family, working in many different fields, including time at City Packers, Napi Lodge as an Addictions Counsellor, Kookoonoon Group Home as a Child and Youth worker, BTAP (where he was the first to obtain a certificate as a Pivot Operator and instrumental in the early stages of BTAP) and Ability Resource Centre as a Community Resource Worker. He gained the trust and respect of his clients, he sincerely enjoyed working with his clients at the Ability Resource Centre.

His hobbies included garage and auction sales, solving puzzles, shopping at the Western Stockman, dancing with his wife and going to Rodeos. He liked hunting and fishing with his sons, friends and grandchildren and travelling/camping with his family. At Easter, he would mastermind a complex Easter Egg Hunt for his kids and grandkids.

Even at 62 years of age, he was asked if he dyed his hair because he had few grey hairs. He believed in not worrying and knew he would come up with the solution in the future that would help.

His horses were his pride and joy; Appaloosa’s were his favourite horse. He collected different animals such as pot-belly pigs, llamas, miniature goats and Shetland ponies. He named his cats Kitty and Missy Kitty and wanted to name the next cat “Kitty Kat.”

He was very generous, trustworthy, thoughtful, respectful, strong-willed and determined. Friendly to everyone, he had a great sense of humour and was known for his unconditional love. He was always eager to help anyone. He enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren; what his grandchildren wanted was what he wanted for them. He thought of people’s well-being before he thought of himself. He loved to start off the day with Tim Horton’s coffee and end the day next to his wife, Adeline. He believed any man should provide for his family and work for what they needed and wanted. He bestowed this work ethic onto his children.

A Funeral Service will be held at the SOUTH HILL CHAPEL – 348 3rd Street West, Cardston, AB. on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with President Garry Fox officiating.

Interment will be held at the Sweetgrass Ranch.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Harvey, please make a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association – 1510 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0G1.

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

George F. Varzari

1926 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George F. Varzari of Lethbridge on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the age of 89 years. After a lengthy period of declining health George passed away peacefully. He was predeceased a short time prior by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary. George is lovingly remembered by his son Glenn (Janice) and daughter Cory as well as his granddaughters Jennifer (Nick Noronha) and Cara (Quintin Pike). He is also loved and remembered by his great granddaughter Kya and great grandsons Omari and Reon, his brother Mike (Cutzo) Varzari, cousins Dave (Steamer) Ursan, David Ursan Jr., Vicky Davies, and Sandy (Brock Winter), as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Mary, George was predeceased by his brother Bill (Beaver) Varzari.

George was a successful business man. He started his business 65 years ago and grew National Salvage from a tiny start up business to a thriving recycling business that is now working in international markets. He was self-educated and loved to read. From his reading he applied his knowledge to improving his skills and growing his business. He was an ambitious and dedicated employer and was respected by colleagues and friends. He generously supported the community in the areas of the arts, secondary and post-secondary education, health care, and youth sports. He encouraged others to support the community in any way that they could. He was a proud Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.

Many would say George was a dreamer, but he was able to make his dreams a reality. He was a man of both ideas and action. He built Crown Shows, a children’s carnival complete with a ferris wheel, roller coaster, and candy floss and travelled to small town rodeos in southern Alberta. He designed and supervised the building of a 32-foot motor home and he and Mary camped throughout Southern Alberta, British Columbia, and the United States.

George, together with Mary, loved to travel and experience new cultures. Along with Cory, they travelled extensively through Eastern Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Hawaii was their second home. For over 25 years they spent six wonderful months of the year in their condominium in Waikiki. George and Mary made many new friends there. George enjoyed his daily morning coffee at Ala Moana Mall where he met with other retired businessmen and tried to solve the problems of the world. He and Mary welcomed many family members and friends from Southern Alberta to their Hawaii home with their Aloha spirit, delicious homemade meals, and guided tours of Oahu. During his retirement George took a keen interest in computers and was an avid student in the LSCO computer club. He enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends by email and exploring the web for new information.

George was a gentle man who loved his family dearly. He was a man of few words, a good listener and generous hugger, and was never afraid to show vulnerability or emotion. He lived his last few years in Fairmont Extendicare where he always had a warm hello and candy to offer his caregivers. Instead of flowers, George would want you to hug your loved ones and tell them that you love them.

A Celebration of George’s Life will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Anton’s Room at Lethbridge Lodge (320 Scenic Drive South) with a short program at 3:00 pm.

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VIVIAN KNOX Feb 22, 1917 – May 17, 2016

Although not raised in a loving home Vivian chose to be loving, joyful, inclusive, and adventurous throughout her life. Kindness was woven tightly into the fabric of her being. Long term Alzheimer’s did not alter her humour, her love, or her gratitude to family and to the wonderful caregivers at Fairmont Extendicare. She never failed to say, “I love you so much! I’m so glad you’re here” whenever a family member came to visit. At 99 years of age, surrounded by family, she surfaced through the fog of Alzheimer’s one last time, smiled with delight and said, “I love you. You are so beautiful”. Mother of Sylvia Kudrick, Maxine Reidel, Shirley Fleming, and Ken Knox Celebration of Life Friday, June 3rd at The Lethbridge Seniors Center at 3:00 pm.

Wayne May

1950 – 2016

Mr. Wayne May of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Gerda May, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Winifred Florence Wellander, beloved wife of the late Frank Wellander, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at the age of 95, just short of her 96th Birthday.

Winifred is survived by her Daughter, Donna and Son Darrell (Judy). She is also survived by Six Grandchildren, Debby, Rod, Kevin, Diana (Daryl), David, Darren (Neve) along with Seven Great Grandchildren, Mackenzie, Derek, Mikayla, Kennedy, Austin, Jordan, and Jaycee.

A private family Memorial will be held at a later date.

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