January 23rd, 2021

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 22, 2016.


It is with great sadness that we inform you of Drew Anthony Woolf’s passing. He was born to A. Bryce Woolf and Patricia J. Hanifl Woolf in Provo, Utah on March 15, 1973. He died on July 12, 2016. He leaves his wife of 17 years, Milka (Billa) Singha, his brother Wade Matthew Woolf, his sister Tricia Lee Woolf, her husband Charles Travis Blood, Drew’s twin niece and nephew, Charlee and Brolin, his auntie Carol Desjarlais and her children. Drew was predeceased by his grandparents Andrew B. Woolf, Norma G. Smith Woolf, Frank J. Hanifl and Thelma F. Felton Hanifl. Drew’s younger years were spent in Lethbridge until grade eight. His family then moved to Cardston, Alberta. He played football for Cardston High School. They won the provincial championship in his senior year. He also played minor hockey in Cardston and junior hockey with the Kainai Golden Chiefs. Along with his brother, Wade, he played American Legion Baseball for the Fort Macleod Royals. Drew graduated in 1991. He then attended North Dakota State University-Bottineau on a baseball scholarship. He also played hockey there for two years. Later he attended NDSU Fargo where he played hockey for the Bison. After university he was selected to coach the NDSU Women’s Hockey team. The team improved greatly under his hockey knowledge and coaching skills. He then continued to coach minor hockey in Fargo. In all, he coached for 17 years and it was his great passion. Drew loved and is loved by his Woolf and Singha families. He enjoyed spending time with all his nieces and nephews. He was hard working, had a quiet strength and determination to overcome his health issues. He was a good man that made loyal friends and lived life to the fullest with optimism. His interests included his work, fishing, technology, chess, and science fiction. He read books by Stephen Hawking. He enjoyed barbecuing, fireworks and the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was proud of his ancestral heritage. We believe he is already fishing with Grandpa! We will miss him and love him forever.

In lieu of a funeral/memorial service – condolences, photos, and stories can be shared with family by emailing to: drewsmemorial@hotmail.com

Anne Fairfield

1923 – 2016

Anne Fairfield, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away peacefully at the age of 93. Anne was born in Calgary on June 13, 1923, the eldest granddaughter of early Calgary pioneers. She moved with her parents, Jack and Eva Hutchings, and her brother John to Lethbridge in 1931. After briefly attending university and a whirlwind courtship, Anne married Jimmie Fairfield, an RCAF instructor, in 1942. Following WW II, they settled in Lethbridge. Anne became involved at Southminster United Church, where she was a lifetime member of the UCW. She also served for several years as an active community volunteer, on the board of the Lethbridge YWCA, as a driver for Meals on Wheels, and in later years as a volunteer and participant at the LSCO. Anne enjoyed lifelong friendships with members of her bridge clubs, sorority, and the ‘48 Group at her church. She was predeceased by Jimmie, her brother John (Joan Hutchings) and her sister-in-law Gladys. Anne was always a loving, thoughtful, fun-loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, niece, neighbour and friend. The family spent many memorable times together at the family cabin in Gladstone Valley, and Anne enjoyed happy days with Jimmie at “The Mine.” During her recent years at the View, Anne cherished times with her new friends. She is survived by sons David and Robert and her daughter Judy (Terry Hasinoff), granddaughter Erin (Matt Weiner), her great-grandson (Louis), as well as a close extended family. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Care Centre, A and G Wings, and the staff at Lethbridge Regional Hospital (4C and 5B) for their exceptional care. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30am on Monday, July 25, 2016 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH-BUCHANAN CHAPEL, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P7 with Dr. Austin Fennel, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the organizations that made a difference in Anne’s life including: Canadian Cancer Society (317-10th St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7), Alzheimer’s Society (402-740 4th Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9), CNIB (410 Stafford Dr. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2L2), or a charity of your choice.

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Gordon Schmitt

1931 – 2016

Gordon Schmitt of Milk River, passed away at the age of 85 at the Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge, after a lengthy illness He fought a long battle with Diabetes and Parkinsons Disease. Left to mourn his passing are his daughter Winona (Lance) Doram of Longview, AB, three grandsons Jaxon, Jagger and Jace Doram. and son Richard Schmitt of Vancouver BC. his brother Ray(Jean) Schmitt, his sisters Maxine(Ken) Cleveland and Phyllis Schmitt (Lynn Oberle). as well as eight nieces and nephews and many good friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife Jean (Johnson) of 50 years, and his parents, Hank and Emma Schmitt of Milk River. Gordon graduated from the Masinasin High School and went on to Calgary Tech to take courses in Agricultural Mechanics and Welding to prepare him for his future in farming. Gordon began farming with his father and brother in 1951. He lived all of his life in the Masinasin district and the town of Milk River. Gordon was active in his community and served in many organizations. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and served as secretary for many years He was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church in Milk River and served on its board for many years. In his younger years, he loved playing baseball and basketball. In high school he had the reputation for always winning the half mile race at various track meets. He was also an active member of the Milk River Curling club and the Milk River Golf Club for many Years. Gordon had a strong sense of loyalty to his family and was very proud of his three grandsons. Thank you to the people of Edith Cavell Care Centre for the kindness and compassion shown to him in his last days. A family graveside service will be held at the Milk River Cemetery on July 27th at 11:00 am. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm at ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH in Milk River, with Rev. Marion Martin, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, (204-2323-32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB. T2E 6Z3) or the organization of your choice.

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Nancy Hammerstedt
1950 – 2016
 Nancy Agnes Hammerstedt, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the age of 65 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 between 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. 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.

Mary Hubbard

1922 – 2016

Mary Hubbard, beloved wife of the late Alfred Hubbard, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the age of 93 years. Mom is lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda Kwan (Fred, deceased) and her sons Peter (Ashley) and children Nathaniel and Elizabeth; David (Kristin) and daughter Mei; her two sons Ken (Doris) and their children John (Lisa) and sons Benjamin and Jordan; Adam (Kara) and children Ava and James; and Philip (Annette) and daughter Carissa. Mary was born December 24, 1922 in Shafton, England and moved to Lethbridge in 1948 after meeting Alfred during WW11. They were married May 11, 1949 and established their lives on a farm in West Lethbridge. Mary was an active partner on the farm and an involved mother. She was also an avid gardener and loved collecting “royalty” memorabilia, dolls and stamps. Mary was an active member of the Lethbridge Seventh Day Adventist Church and served in several capacities until her later years. The family would like to thank the Chinook Regional Hospital Health Care Team of Floor 4B for their care and compassion during her stay at the hospital.

A PRIVATE family viewing will be held.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the LETHBRIDGE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, 2606 -16th Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Mike Lemon officiating. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), 20 Robert St. W., Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6.

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HURLBURT, Kenneth E. 1928 – 2016

Ken Hurlburt was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1928 to Hannah and Orval Hurlburt and grew up during the depression in Milk River. No stranger to hard work, he was picking up odd jobs as early as seven years old, not for spending money, but to help his family get by. Through his teenage years, you could find him completely engaged and working wherever and whenever he could at the local stockyards. The seed for his life’s work was planted. After a year working with a crew surveying the Mackenzie Highway in the North West Territories, Ken headed back to Lethbridge hoping to pick up the cattle business where he left off. In the forties, the concept of selling livestock by auction was gaining popularity and the drovers’ era of private sales was coming to an end. Ken and a partner formed their own cattle buying company, bought an old truck and worked the country, buying one cow at a time. It was about this time, on a blind date arranged by her brother, (auctioneer Ted Newby) that Ken met a dark haired beauty named ReNée Newby, daughter of auctioneer Jack Newby and his wife Cora. Ken loved to say “I met her on the 25th of May, we were engaged on the 25th of June and married on the 5th of September. I knew she was perfect.” This September would have marked Ken and ReNée’s 67th wedding anniversary. In 1952 foot and mouth disease struck, and the cattle industry was in crisis. Determined, Ken set his sights on a new career, and with a $500 loan, a wife and two babies, he enrolled in auction school at Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana. He was honoured to become the first Canadian appointed to the teaching staff of that college. Ken and ReNée settled in Lethbridge where their family grew to include six children: Jody (Ted Thaell), Brant (Patty), Darcee (Bruce Robertson), Kim (Kim Tillsley), Thane (Joy) and Heath (Dallas). Word of Ken’s talent spread quickly. He sold for Calgary Public Stockyards Mondays through Thursdays, for Pincher Creek Community Auctions on Fridays and Medicine Hat and Walsh on Saturdays. He was asked to consult with the St. Boniface, Manitoba Stockyards which at that time, was the largest livestock sales yard in the British Commonwealth. They operated six concurrent sales rings and to help turn their new but struggling auction facilities around, Ken commuted by train from Alberta for two years. Ken pioneered the concept of selling land by auction in Alberta; over 50 years ago he sold 26 sections of land near Foremost by auction. He sold such prestigious sales as the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto from 1958-1961, North America’s Largest Bull Sale in Calgary, and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver where he sold the record high priced Angus bull at $10,000 for E.P. Taylor. Along with partners, Ken opened Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd. in 1960, the Highwood Livestock Auction in High River in 1984 and Pincher Creek and Cranbrook Auction Markets in 1993. He served as President of the Fort Macleod Rodeo Association from 1960-1966, President of Alberta Auction Markets from 1963-1965, served on the Livestock Marketing (International) Association for three terms, was a Calgary Stampede Lifetime Alumnus, and judged both the World Auctioneers’ and the Calgary Stampede Auctioneers’ Championships. Ken was mayor of Fort Macleod for four years, and was twice elected Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament from 1972-1979. He was named Honorary Chief Ermine Horn of the Piikani Nation’s Black Horse Society. In 2012, Ken was inducted into the Livestock Marketing Association of Canada’s Hall of Fame. He was also the proud recipient of numerous medals for outstanding community service for ‘people whose actions have benefited their fellow Canadians’: 1967 Alberta Achievement Award 1974 RCMP Scroll 1977 Queen’s 25th Anniversary Medal 1992 Commemorative Medal 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal 2003 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Ken and ReNée moved their family to Fort Macleod in the sixties – the home of the family ranch – where he was always humbled by where their hard work and devotion had brought them. He was a very grateful man; always singling out ReNée, awed by her steadfastness and faith in him. Ken Hurlburt was one of those people who made a difference – to his family, to his profession and to his country. He was highly skilled at what he did; he had a great affection for people, an engaging sense of humour and an infectious laugh. His diplomatic and marketing skills were exemplary. He was a visionary; dedicated and determined. He had a legendary work ethic and his accomplishments are rivalled only by the incredible volume of loving memories held forever in the hearts of his six children, their husbands and wives, twenty grandchildren, their husbands and wives and twenty-seven great grandchildren. Ken was predeceased by his older brother Tom Hurlburt of Sacramento, California and is also survived by his twin sister Kathryn Hurlburt of Fort Macleod. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church, 220 – 20 Street, Fort Macleod, Alberta on Monday July 25, at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Fort Macleod Auction Market, 813 – 14 Street, Fort Macleod, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded to leslie@hurlburtrock.com The Hurlburt Family would like to express their great appreciation to Dr. Steven Beekman for his gentle and compassionate approach to Ken’s care. They also extend a warm thank you to the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare whose daily kindnesses were always noticed and made every day just a little brighter. Memorials in Ken’s name shall be gratefully accepted by the Fort Macleod HandiBus Society, PO Box 881, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, or a charity of your choice.


PETER KNELSEN, beloved husband of Sharon Knelsen, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Jenny Kooiker

1951 – 2016

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:4-7

Mrs. Jenny Kooiker (nee Prummel) Beloved wife and best friend of John Kooiker for almost 46 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 65 years. Jenny emigrated to Canada at the age of 3 from the Netherlands, along with her mom and dad, sister Florence, Tante, and the Slomp family. Most of her married life was spent in Coalhurst. For many years, she wrote the Coalhurst Newsletter, always looking for human interest stories. Along with Dave Veres and Gerry McLaren, she participated heavily in getting Miner’s Days off the ground. She loved the years she spent on that. She collaborated on the book written about the history and people of Coalhurst, and had wonderful memories of the people she interviewed. She had a great passion for writing as well as artwork. Her true joys of her life were her family; her husband, kids and grandkids. Besides her loving husband, Jenny is survived by her much loved children, Otto (Tracy) Kooiker, and Cindy (Joe) Widmer. The joys of her life, her grandchildren, will miss her dearly. Her oldest grandson Colton and his sister Kayla; her granddaughter Trinity and her brother Teal’c. She cherished each and every moment she had with them. She also leaves to mourn her sisters and brothers; Florence (Randy) Drake, Harry (Arlene) Prummel, Annie (Bill) Kooiker, Alice (Matthew) Houweling, Sharon (Andy) Brandsma, Carol Prummel, Otto (Sheila) Prummel, as well as 19 nieces and nephews and 33 great nieces and nephews; her mother-in-law Grace Kooiker, Ralph (Joanne) Kooiker, Gerald (Geraldine) Kooiker, Julian (Melinda) Kooiker, and 7 nieces and nephews. The Slomp family was always very important to her. They were always there when you needed them, and she cherished every one. She also had a great affection for Aunty Ann and Aunty Audrey, her husband’s aunts. Jenny was predeceased by her parents Otto and Alice Prummel, father-in-law John Kooiker, her Tante Mulder, numerous aunts and uncles on both sides, and Jesse, her much loved nephew, son of Julian and Melinda. A Private family interment will take place. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 25, 2016 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Andrew Joosse, officiating.

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Michael Rodgers

1939 – 2016

Mr. Michael Rodgers, beloved husband of Mrs. Ellamae Rodgers, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 77 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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LAREE MOWERS passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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BARBARA ANN OKUTAKE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Tom Okutake, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday July 19th, 2016 at the age of 69 years. Besides her loving husband Tom, Barb is survived by her son Michael (Fran) Murray, and her daughter Kelly (Marcello) Pagnotta. She is also survived by Tom’s children: LaRee (Jamie) Barfuss, and Janay (Jason Pecht) Okutake, her brother Larry Jones, her mother Isabel Jones, and a dear Aunt Jeannie Courtney as well as many extended family members, and friends. Barb was the loving grandmother to Kyla, Brady, Conner, Ryan (Chelsea), Rory, Joel, Maya and Griffin, and Great Grandmother to Finn. Barb was predeceased by her father Jack Jones. There will be no service at Barb’s request; a family gathering to celebrate Barb’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Barb wanted to share a quote with everyone from Little House on the Prairie;

“Remember me with smiles and laughter for that’s the way I’ll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”


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

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. A Wake Service will be held at the MOSES LAKE GYM from 7:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Saturday, July 23rd at 12:00 P.M. Interment will follow at the St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Stand Off.

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VALERIE POULIN, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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GERALD “JERRY” EDMUND TRUSCOTT, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Margaret Truscott, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at the age of 82 years.

At Jerry’s request no formal Funeral Service will be held, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

At the request of the family, flowers are gratefully declined.

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Cynder Robinson
1999 – 2016
Cynder Lynn Robinson, passed away in Pierceland, Saskatchewan on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the age of 17 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides her loving father Kent Robinson of Taber and her siblings Mya Robinson, Kaden Robinson, Kyro Janke, Casper Creasser and Madelynn Creasser, she is also survived by her grandfather Victor Tersigni, grandmother Kathy Robinson and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by her mother Crystal Tersigni, great grandmother Emma, grandfather Larry and grandmother Carol.
Cynder was born in Taber on April 14, 1999. She attended school in Taber and most recently in Innisfail where she also worked for Tim Hortons.
Cynder loved art, bears and music and loved to sing. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Cynder’s name may be made directly to the CIBC Taber Branch, 5124 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1R9 or at your local CIBC branch and request that it be forwarded to the Taber branch.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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