January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 8, 2016.


1957 – 2016

ALEX O. BROWN, of Lethbridge, passed away quietly, surrounded by his family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the age of 58 years. He is survived by his children Jeff and Brittney (and their mother Bernice), mother Ann Brown, sister Mary (Shane) Howard, brother John (Carol) Brown as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Simon and brother Jerry.

Alex had a passion for sports, whether it was playing hockey and baseball in his younger years, or coaching later on. He knew the stats of every NHL player and of every NHL team. Everyone knew they had to be quite when Don Cherry spoke. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Alex’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating with the Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Alex’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2M7, would be greatly appreciated.

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


Kaye (Fisher) Coombs, beloved wife of the late Ben Coombs, passed away at the Brooks Health Center, Brooks, Alberta, on Friday, June 3rd, 2016, at the age of 95 years, with her family by her side.

Born in Medicine Hat on October 19th, 1920 Kaye (affectionately known as Katie by her parents) received her early education in Seven Persons, riding her horse to school. Kaye later lived in Medicine Hat attending high school there, and went on to attend Marvel School of Beauty in Calgary. Kaye had a 5 year partnership in a successful downtown Calgary beauty shop. In September 1942, they decided to dissolve the business as Kaye and her best friend and business partner Avis had wanted for a long time to get into more essential work. They were chosen by the National Selective Service to be part of a group of young women to help build airplanes at the Boeing Aircraft plant in Vancouver. In a short 2 weeks she was advanced from plane rivets to A1 fitter. The Calgary Herald article was, “From Pincurls to Plane Rivets”. Kaye married Ben Coombs at Knox Presbyterian Church in Calgary on May 18th, 1946. They lived in Milk River, Magrath, Carmangay and Brooks, settling in Brooks in 1961.

Kaye worked as a beautician in downtown Brooks and at home for many years. She also worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia. Kaye was an active community member, loyal member of the United Church and a life member of the Brooks Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was always proud of Brooks and interested in everything that happened here. Everyone who knew Kaye marveled at her generous, gentle spirit and her ability to always see the best in others. As her friend Avis wrote in a letter to Mom “your warmth of personality and your strength shines forth for all to see”.

Kaye was predeceased by her husband Ben in 1998; son-in-law Lynn Wright; daughter-in-law Gail Coombs; her parents Archibald and Isabelle Fisher; her brother and sister-in-law John and Dorothy Fisher; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Bert Shannon; Ben’s siblings Dean (Vi) Coombs, Bill Coombs, Alice (Forrest) Dunk and Jim Dickson. She is survived by her loving family, daughter Glenda Wright of Brooks and her children, Darren (Nadine) Wright, Brad (Jenny) Wright and Kerilyn (Billy) Calderon; son Greg Coombs of Strathmore and his children, Kim (Rod) Lohmann, Shauna (Kerry) Litschke and Ashley (Neil) Groves; daughter Margo (Kei) Nishida of Taber and their children, Sharla (Shawn) Span and Travis (Kim) Nishida; daughter Kathy (Joe) Hemsing of Brooks and their children, Jason (Michele) Hemsing, Crystal (Brad) Christman, Jaclyn (Mike) Bahr and Erin (Victor) Jimenez, 26 precious great grandchildren and sisters-in-law Goldie Dickson and Judith Coombs and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 1:00 PM from the Brooks United Church, Brooks. Pastor Esther Baerends and Rev. Gordon Oaks officiating. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Kaye, if friends desire, made be made to Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3.

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BERNARD GORDON DEAN of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at the age of 84 years.

Bernie is the loving father of Pat Dean of Toronto, Terry and Marta Dean of Winnipeg, Jim and Judy Dean of Ottawa, stepchildren Glen Craig, Leona and Dan Doram, Gail and Terry Postman and their families, as well as grandchildren Aiden, Josh and Olivia.

He is also survived by his sisters Diane, Sister Ellen, and brothers John and Jim.

He was predeceased by his first wife Florence, second wife Aline and brother Bill.

Bernie was born and raised in his beloved home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia before embarking on a 32 year career as a dedicated member of our Canadian Armed Forces, taking his family on many adventures across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, before retiring primarily in Lethbridge for the past 25 years.

Bernie embraced every community he lived in over the years, whether it was his involvement in coaching youth sports, charitable organizations to his membership in the Knights of Columbus in Lethbridge. He was a gentle and kind man, always supportive of everyone he encountered and the many friends he made throughout his travels and he will be missed by all.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday June 8th, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Father Salvadore Ahumada, Celebrant.

In memory of Bernard, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dearest Mother at Innisfail on May 25, 2016.

Mom was born November 16, 1919 at Travers, AB. Her family moved to the Scandia area, where she met and married Sandy (Alexander) in 1938. They moved to Vauxhall with their seven children in 1958. After the passing of Dad in 1995, Mom moved to Innisfail, AB on May 1, 1999 to become “roommates” with her youngest daughter Lynda.

Mom (Gramma Gouch) is survived by her loving children: Sharon Bailey of Taber, Daryl (Karen) of Lethbridge, Darlene (Glen) Birney of Innisfail; Jack (Marie) of Taber and Lynda Dunsmore of Innisfail. Grandchildren: Shari (Wes), Michael (Michelle), Shelah (Matt, Kelli, Darla, Alyson, Melissa (David) and Justin (Christina). Great Grandchildren: Kara, Drew, Jordan, Mitch, Josh, Kyle, Steffanie, Kalesta, Madyson, Tyson, Dylan, Gavin, Emily and Charlotte.

Also her special niece Yvonne (Nels) Pedersen of Scandia.

Mom was predeceased by her husband Sandy; son Jim; daughter Sandra (Cook); grandchildren Rob Bailey, Kerrie Dunsmore; great grandchildren Jessica Cook, Aiden Russell and son-in-law Bill Bailey.

Mom touched everyone she met with her sincerity and kindness. In saying her final goodbye, we are sure she would say “A bushel and a peck and hug around the neck”

The family would like to invite you to drop in and celebrate Mom’s journey of life at the Vauxhall Senior Centre, 318 – 5th Street N. on July 23, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm.

A private family burial service will take place at a later date.

No flowers please, your attendance would be gift enough.


DESTINY EAGLE CHILD, passed away suddenly on Thursday June 2, 2016 at the age of 16 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Ab on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

A Wake Service will follow at The OLD AGENCY HALL – Blood Reserve, Ab from 6:00 P.M all night.

A Funeral Service will take place at OLD AGENCY HALL, on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with a burial to follow at the family plot.

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

Nora Bernice Gee

1928 – 2016

Mrs. Nora Gee of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Nora was born into the Kennon family near Swalwell (Three Hills) on October 6th, 1928. She went to Calgary to take teacher training. Upon completion of her program, she taught in a one room, nine grade school. While taking further courses at the University of Alberta (Edmonton) she met Kenneth Stanley Gee at a local dance. Things went well there, and soon they both went to a four room town school north east of there. They became engaged while at another school in Carstairs. After summer school, on August 18 they were married in St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican church in Calgary. Ken got a position in a senior high school there, and Nora did some kindergarten work. They built a house, and Carol and Brian were both born while living there. They changed residence and Ron and Keith joined the family. Nora kept on with her kindergarten work for a while, while raising her family. The family moved twice again. When the youngsters had grown up, their parents found a lovely lot on the west bank of the Okanagan valley. This was to be their dream home. A few years later, upon deciding to sell their home, they moved to Vernon, BC. Being native Albertans, they moved once again to Red Deer where they lived in a lovely half duplex. The children were well established in their married lives, so their parents were free to go wherever the urge indicated. Nora had two sisters in Lethbridge, both of whom claimed that the weather was much finer there. So off the Gee’s went, once again. They enjoyed a couple of years in a condominium there. As housekeeping became a handicap, they moved once more into a lovely senior’s residence where room and board was provided, along with ample entertainment. They had a wonderful time. There is a lovely park two blocks from their residence and they set up the practice of going for a daily walk in that area, using their walkers. Nora loved to dance, having done extensive square and round dancing for many years in Arizona. Her favorite sports were lawn bowling and curling. Early in 2016 Nora developed abdominal cancer which led to her demise in the early afternoon of Monday, June 6, 2016.She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Carol Ann Gee of Prince George, and three sons Brian Arthur Gee (Grand Cayman), Ronald Dale Gee (Lethbridge), and Keith Bradley Gee (Melbourne, Florida); sisters Francis Tanner (Calgary) and Shirley Beach (Lethbridge). A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June 10, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Andrew Horne, officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Everal Horhozer

1927 – 2016

Mrs. Everal Horhozer of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Joseph “Joe” Horhozer, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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1938 – 2016

WILLIAM “BILL” HRICISE, a Cattleman and Trucker, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2016 surrounded by family on his 78th Birthday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife, Georgette; son Michael (Tara) and their children Ally and Austin and daughter Monica (David) and her son Tristan. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Helen Hricise; his sisters Mary Malec (John) and Anne (Alec) Stanko.

Bill was born in Lethbridge on June 3, 1938 where he was raised and educated. He married Georgette on April 27,1968 and together they welcomed twins three years later. He spent several years working in millwork where he found an appreciation for woodworking. Bill moved on to become a licensed Veterinary Technician in the early 1970’s followed by a long career as the Owner / Operator of Bills Livestock Trucking. He prided himself on being punctual and developed relationships with his customers. This is where he made many lifelong friends in the cattle business of Southern Alberta. Throughout his life, he ran a commercial cow calf herd on the family farm. His love of horses developed his hobby of showing and driving his teams of Belgian draft horses. Bill valued his numerous auction friends and could carry on a conversation with anyone.

Bill’s later years were focused on spending time with his grandkids. Their memories included guiding them in horsemanship, building a bunny condo, grape eating contests and reading farm magazines to teach them the basics of agriculture. Their antics were always the highlight of his days and he received the greatest pleasure by being present with any one of them.

Funeral Parastas (Prayer Service) will be held at SS. PETER & PAUL GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643 – 12B Street North, Lethbridge, AB., on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Gary Sedgwick officiating.

The Funeral Divine Liturgy (Mass) will be held at SS. PETER & PAUL GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Mark Bayrock, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5.

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Arie “John” Slingerland

1954 -2016

Mr. John Slingerland, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, in the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre at the age of 61 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Besides his beloved wife, Diane, he is survived by his daughters, Monique and Arianne, and his sons and daughters-in-law: Marcel and Wilma (Laura, Amy, Carleen, Alana, Curtis, Emily, Kaitlyn), Tim and Glenda (Kendra, Mackenzie, Madison, Kiera), Byron and Elena (Parker, Hudson), Matt and Jenn (Natalie, Logan, Lucas, Zachary, Braylei), Dan and Jess (Joelle, Malachi, Lawson, Kassidy), Darren, and David Slingerland. Born on July 6, 1954 in Ermelo, the Netherlands, John immigrated with his family to Canada in 1956 to the Lethbridge area. After he received his education in Coaldale, he farmed in the area with a special love for cattle until his illness no longer allowed him to do so. He is also survived by his sisters, Gerrie (Bas) de Peuter, Jannie (Jacob) Stouten, Gonnie (Kor) Vandenhoek, Judy (Chris) den Hertog; and brothers, Jake (Nel), Aris, Martin (Janette), Case (Rose), Adam (Annie), Hank (Arlene), Tony (Lisa), Marinus (Wilma), and Wim (Ellie) Slingerland; mother-in-law, Mrs. Maaike Oudshoorn; and in-laws, Caroline (Dave) Vanden Brink, Martin (Kathleen), John (Deborah), Bill (Jackie), Ben (Anita), Henry (Anita), Albert (Jacqueline), Marvin (Tammy), and Alan (Elaine) Oudshoorn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Martin and Hillegonda Slingerland, and a sister, Judith; his father-in-law Martin Oudshoorn; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Slingerland. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, Howe Rd., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Rev. A.A. Brugge officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may donate to St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 – 9th Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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OSAMU “Sam” TANIGUCHI, beloved husband of Betty Taniguchi, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the age of 81 years. Sam is also survived by his son; Tim (Jill) Taniguchi and his grandchildren; Claire and Joel. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470-40 St. South, Lethbridge, with Rev. Y. Izumi officiating. Flowers and koden are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta.


JACK TOLLESTRUP passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the age of 80 years. Jack was born at the Galt Hospital on April 8, 1936 to Tolley (John) and LaVita Tollestrup. Jack enlisted into the army at the age of 18, served 3 years, following his service he drove semi and gas tankers until he retired in 1988. He is survived by his loving wife Marybelle, daughter Tamara (Mark) Meir of Taber, two grandchildren Matthew and Kaylee, two great grandsons Mason and Miles, brother Barry (Mary) Tollestrup, Scott and Troy of Lethbridge and sister Joan McKenna (Bob) and family of Medicine Hat. Jack was predeceased by his parents John and LaVita as well as his son Wade. Jack belonged to the Antique Car Club. He loved cars, especially the 1954 Cadillac. He loved the open road. In our truck and trailer and our little doggy Tia, we crossed Canada and the US twice, and spent 22 years in Yuma and area Arizona. He will be missed by our families and many friends in US and home. A family graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on Thursday, June 9, 2016 and a Celebration of Jack’s life to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care unit, or to the charity of one’s choice.

John Wick

1950 – 2016

John Wick of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2016 at the age of 66 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S. with Pastor Al Litchfield, officiating. Cremation will follow.

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William “Bill” Hamilton

1924 – 2016

Mr. William “Bill” Hamilton of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Caroline Hamilton, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the age of 92 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at MC KILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB.

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