November 1st, 2020

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 15, 2016.


BRUNO COLMO of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Anna Colmo, passed away with his family by his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Irene Anderson
1921 – 2016
Irene Ruth Mercer Anderson, beloved wife of the late Arthur Anderson, passed away in Taber on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the age of 94 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, July 18, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 between 9:30 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 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
She is survived by seven children, Gerald “Jerry” (Becky) Anderson of Coaldale; Ray (Jane) Anderson of St. George, Utah; Keith (Cathy) Anderson of Parker, Colorado; Shirley (Carl) Lyman of Spanish Fork, Utah; Dorothy (Jay) Burrup of West Valley City, Utah; Brenda (Scott) Yancey of Sparwood, British Columbia; Rodney (Terri) Anderson of West Jordan, Utah; thirty eight grandchildren and seventy six great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Bob (Bev) Mercer of Littleton, Colorado and Jim (Lotte) Mercer of Clifton, Virginia; sisters-in-law Zelma Gilbertson of Taber, Kris Sullivan of Lemoore, California and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her spouse Arthur Anderson; parents Jim and Ela Mercer; sister Betty Jo (Ken) Gelwix; brother Larry Mercer; daughter-in-law Carol Anderson; grandson Erik Anderson; great grandson Nolyn Anderson.
Irene was born October 11, 1921 in Cardston, the eldest child of James Lee and Catherine Ela Coombs Mercer. Irene grew up in Spring Coulee, Rosemary and Barnwell. After high school, Irene attended the Henderson Secretarial School in Calgary and then worked for Imperial Life Insurance.
During her growing up years in Barnwell, she met the love of her life Arthur Anderson and they were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple on September 13, 1944. They farmed in Barnwell and Fincastle where they raised their seven children.
Irene was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a great love and testimony of her Saviour Jesus Christ and had the opportunity to serve with her husband in the Texas Fort Worth Mission from 1992 – 1993.
Irene and Arthur worked together for the Alberta Vegetable Growers Marketing Board for many years and she also enjoyed spending many hours serving in the community. One of her favorite service opportunities was the work she did with the Taber Irrigation Impact Museum. She loved gardening, family history, crossword puzzles and above all, her family.
Irene had a great zeal for life. She was sharp as a tack and had a quick wit. She loved to laugh and spend time with her family and many lifelong friends.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


MRS. AUDREY MAY COVERT, of Raymond, Alberta, beloved wife of Earle L. Covert, went to be with her Lord and Saviour July 12, 2016, at the Raymond General Hospital at the age of 78.

Audrey was born October 20, 1937, in Hoyt, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Edith Letitia Kirkpatrick and Cedric Duncan Kirkpatrick. She said she was a double Kirkpatrick. The day after graduating from Saint John Vocation School, her family all moved to Ottawa. There she met her husband Earle Leslie Covert whom she married August 27, 1960. She lived in Kingston, Ontario until Earle graduated in medicine from Queen’s University and then interned for a year.

Audrey moved with Earle and their son Lawrence Leslie Covert to Hay River, Northwest Territories where they were involved in the Pentecostal Sub-Arctic Mission and the H. H. Williams Memorial Hospital. Her daughter Cynthia “Cindy” Gayle Covert was born in Edmonton.

In 1997, when Earle left the Hay River medical practice, she moved to Calgary for two years before they moved to Raymond, Alberta. Audrey was a stay-at-home mom. She was actively involved in the Hay River Pentecostal Chapel where she played the piano or organ for over 30 years. Before the Hospital had a Lab Technician, she cross-matched blood. Audrey organized and chaired the Woodland Manor (a Senior Citizen Care Home) Board until she left Hay River. She has been involved with the 50+ Group at Victory Church in Lethbridge. Since March 2015, Audrey has been in the Good Samaritan’s Garden Vista in Magrath, Alberta.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents and step-mother Ella May Kirkpatrick. She is survived by her husband Earle Leslie Covert, her two children Lawrence Leslie (Monique) Covert and Cindy Gayle (Robin) Esau, her grandchildren Orrin Andrew (Kaio) Esau, Dallas Leslie (Tina) Covert, Tyrell Derek (Ceara) Esau, Nakyta Mei (James) Stapley, Natasha Lorren Covert, Makayla Yvette Covert, Porscha Pascalle Covert and a great grandson Christopher Stapley. She is also survived by her brother Everett (Bonnie) Kirkpatrick, her sisters Elaine (Lonne) Wooden and Gail (Bob) Armitage.

A Celebration of Audrey’s Life will be held at the VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy # 3, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. with Pastors Ralph Molyneux and Kelly Stickel officiating. A reception will follow afterwards at Victory Church. Audrey asked to encourage everyone to be happy at Her graduation to Glory.

In lieu of flowers, Audrey requested you consider making a donation for Bibles to the Gideons International in Canada, of which she was a member. The Gideons contact is John Reghier 403-328-7145. There will be a Gideons’ table to accept donations at the Memorial Service.

The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Baker, Dr. Regan Steed and the other Physicians at the Raymond Clinic, Dr V. Luykenaar and the other Physicians at the Campbell Clinic in Coaldale, Dr. M. Wong, Dr. A. Low, Dr. D. Sommerfeldt, Dr. E. Janzen, Dr. Arbillaga, Dr. Storey, the Staff of the Raymond General Hospital, the Lethbridge Regional Hospital 4B and ICU Staff, the Good Samaritan Society Prairie Ridge, Raymond, Alberta and the Staff (too numerous to name) who all gave her excellent care towards the end of Her life. Thanks also to her table mates at the Good Samaritan Society Garden Vista in Magrath, Alberta.

A Special Thanks to Robin and Gloria Roth of our Small Group at Victory Church, Pastors Kelly Stickel and Ralph Molyneux also of Victory Church, Lethbridge.

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EISLER, Colleen (nee Lynn)

Colleen Eisler (nee Lynn) passed away peacefully in the presence of her family in Calgary, AB on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the age of 79 years. Colleen is lovingly remembered by her two daughters, son-in-law, four grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother, sister as well as numerous family members and friends. A Graveside Service will be held for family and friends at Bow Island Cemetery, in Bow Island, AB on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Ave. N.W., Calgary, T2N 1B8. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website


CASSY FANDRICK of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away at home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the age of 67 years. Beloved mother to Tracey (Kevin) Schiebelbein and Michelle (John) Gaetz. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Peter, Zach (Chenelle) and Erin Schiebelbein and Travis (Genna) and Robbie (Jessika) Gaetz; and 2 great grandsons: Cyrus Schiebelbein and Brayden Gaetz. Cassy is also survived by her brothers Les (Mary Jane) and Bernie (Karen) Billingsley and her sisters Shirley Riley and Sherri (Mason) Bridgewater as well as several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her fur son Bruno who meant the world to her. Cassy is predeceased by her father and mother DeVere and Duena Billingsley, sister Darlene Davies and brother Kelly Keith Billingsley. The family would like to thank her special friends Mary Frances and Andy, and her dear friend Melba. Cassy was a fiercely independent lady who loved her family, her puppy and watching the Blue Jays play. She will be greatly missed. A private service will be held at a later date.

Floyd “Shorty” Amero

1942 – 2016

Mr. Floyd “Shorty” Amero of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Susanne Amero, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the age of 74 years. Shorty lived a full life and had an extraordinary love of old cars and was a member of different car clubs. Shorty and Susanne travelled to many different places to attend car functions. Besides his loving wife Susanne, Shorty is survived by his daughters Susan Amero, Tracy (Steve) Innes, Wendy Amero; sisters Linda (Doug) Murphy, Joan (Junie) Stark, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Shorty was predeceased by his parents Chester and Katherine; brother Lloyd and his sister Edna. A Celebration of Shorty’s Life will be held at a later date.

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John Brouwer

1945 – 2016

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

John 14:2, KJV

Surrounded by his family, John Brouwer passed away on July 12, 2016 at the age of 71. John is survived by his beloved wife Janny (Salomons) and their children Travis (Chris) Brouwer and their sons, Brandon and Nathan; Roxanne Forsyth and sons Ryan, Tyler and Mark, and Brad (Deanna) Brouwer and children Indira, Levi and Violet, and 2 great-grandchildren Nolan and Ryker. John is also survived by 5 brothers and 1 sister: Bram (Pearl) Griffioen, Hank (Alice) Brouwer, Cor (Ina) Brouwer, Bert (Agnes) Brouwer, Pete (Marianne) Brouwer and Gerda (Hugo) Stoof. John is also survived by many brothers and sisters in law. John was predeceased by his parents Gezinus and Jannigje. A Master Electrician, John was the owner of Brouwer Electric Ltd. and enjoyed serving the agricultural and industrial communities for the last 50+ years. John loved being involved in music and played guitar, sang, and did sound production for numerous dances, events and at church. John’s never-ending kindness, generosity and sense of humour is remembered by many. Janny would like to give special thanks to Dr. Shukkoor, Dr. Luykenaar, and the palliative team and staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital and the Coaldale Health Centre for their compassionate care. A Graveside Burial Service at 12:30pm at the Coaldale Cemetery for close friends and family will be followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB., with Pastor Tony Maan officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local youth music program of your choice.

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VERNON CARL JOHNSON was born on March 7, 1930 in Lethbridge, AB at the Galt Hospital. He passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 86 years. Vern has a huge family that he loved. He had five daughters: Jennifer, Heather, Cindy, Cheryl and Sandra. He also has 13 grandchildren: Nicole, Justin, Ryan, Cody, Jessica, Cameron, Cyi, Jessie, Skylar, Joshua, Chevy, Robin, and Cassidy. Vern was also very happy to spend time with his great grandchildren: Tristan, Rilen, Violet, Brooklynn and Bentley. He also cherished their mothers: Kathleen, Destinee, Mikayla, and Melissa. He was also proud to have his sons-in-law: Russell Hollar, Maxie Peterson, Steven Hawryluk, and Ryan Harcus. Vern was a proud son of his late parents, Emily and Carl Johnson. He is also predeceased by Hazel Johnson/Kequahtooway, Robert Lumley, and Jennifer Across the Mountain/Johnson. He is survived by his brothers Roy Johnson, Allen Johnson, and his wife Shirley and family, along with his late sister Dorothy and Peter Bobaish. In his earlier days he liked ranching in the foothills, riding the freight cars, working in the mills and lumber-jacking. He also enjoyed going boating with his brother Roy to Waterton Park. He looked forward to taking his family, guns and camper on trips to the foothills. He also loved his Sunday car rides in the country and appreciated his scenic view from his penthouse. The family and loved ones would like to show their gratitude and appreciation to the doctors, nurses and respiratory staff who showed compassion to Vern in his last moments in life. A special thanks to Dr. Donald Gibb, St. Therese home and Chinook Regional Hospital.


STANISLAW KRAWCZYK, of Lethbridge, also known as Mr. Greenthumb, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

A Memorial Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

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SHANE GILBERT PANTHER BONE,passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at the age of 43 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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GIUSEPPINA “JOSEPHINE” VIANI, beloved wife of the late Giuseppe “Joe” Viani, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, July 11, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her two sons, Angelo (Pam) and Tony (Linda), two grandchildren, Bryan and Kimberly and two great-grandchildren Kyeler and Alexis. Also left to mourn her passing are her two sisters, Maria and Felicetta of Civitanova del Sannio, Italy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Josephine was predeceased by her husband Joe in 2014 and after 59 years of marriage.

Josephine immigrated to Canada in 1966 with her two small children, joining her husband who had arrived 3 years earlier to secure a job and create a home for the family. Almost immediately she began working at Ducan Industries as a seamstress. Later she was hired by Lethbridge Regional Hospital and worked as a housekeeper until she retired at the age of 59. Josephine loved to cook her special Italian food dishes for her family and friends. It was not unusual for her to spend days preparing for the big meal. She was a fabulous cook with her signature dish being her famous baked lasagne. Josephine was most proud when she was in her kitchen. She was known as “Josephine” to her English friends of whom she made many and known as “Pina” to her many lifelong friends in the Italian community.

Josephine attended Assumption Church and was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League. During the last few years of her life, the residents and staff of Martha’s House, Chinook Regional Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospital all became fast friends. She was a very social person that enjoyed playing Mexican Train and Bingo with her friends at Martha’s House. Josephine also had a truly remarkable talent for remembering everyone’s first name and a little bit about them. She loved to travel back to her home town and was very proud of her Italian heritage.

Josephine will be missed by everyone who knew her but she will certainly never be forgotten. A special thanks to Randy and the care teams of CRH and St Michael’s; “She’s OK”.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge AB, on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Len and Sandy Whyte officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Alfonse, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Josephine, donations are gratefully accepted to the Terry Fox Foundation, 6115-3rd Street SE, D10, Calgary, AB T2H 2L2.

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William “Bill” Dunn

1921 – 2016

Mr. William “Bill” Dunn of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Dorothy Dunn, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, July 11, 2016 at the age of 95 years A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

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