January 18th, 2021

TUESDAY, August 16, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 16, 2016.


VIRGINIA CROOK beloved wife of the late Francis Crook passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the age of 86 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Memorial donations may be made to the Lethbridge Association for Community Living, 527-6 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2E1 or to the Special Olympics Alberta, 230-207-13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2R6.


SANDRA JOYCE FOLLIS (JUDD), of Raymond, Alberta, returned to her Heavenly Father on August 11, 2016 at the age of 74. She was predeased by her parents Charles and Grace Judd and by her big brother Gilbert.

She is survived by her doting husband of 48 years, Robert Follis and their ten children. Gwen (Shane) Smith, Gail (Ralph) Daniels, Kelly Goodacre, Evelyn Donovan, Jeff (Susan) Follis, Jordan Follis, Myshelle (John) Winniski, Robert Jr. (Jennifer) Follis, Melissa (Brooks) Raddysh, Kelcey (Andrew) Watson. Sandra was an amazing grandma to 27 grandkids and 24 great grandkids. She was a wonderful sister to Merle (Lavern) Still, Elaine (Bob) Maslen, Linda (Chris) Johnson, and an incredible aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Sandra had a deep love for people and she lived her life in service to others. It was not uncommon for Sandra to be found working outside of the spotlight on doll clothes, Christmas pajamas, cooking and baking amazing pies just to make others happy.

The Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Alberta Stake Center, on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, AB.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


JOSEF GRYSZCZUK SR., cherished father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle passed peacefully to Eternal Life at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on August 13, 2016 at the great age of 102.

Joe was born on December 28, 1913 in the small town of Rovno in Russia. As a young man Joe immigrated to Germany and married his wife Rosalie (1940). Surviving the WWII as German immigrants, Joe and Rosie settled in Canada with their 5 children in 1955, first moving to Diamond City, then Picture Butte in 1959. Joe worked in the construction of the irrigation systems throughout southern Alberta and retired in 1978. The couple relocated to Lethbridge in 1994 and became great friends with all the people they met along the way.

Joe lived to enjoy and work in his garden, and took great delight in creating, grafting and maintaining a number of apple trees including heritage varieties from Eastern Europe. Joe also liked to travel and fish in Southern Alberta and Montana, as well as to visit his children in Manitoba and Ontario. A quiet man, a church goer, and a good neighbour – he became more like himself every year.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Rosalie (nee Matejak) in 2002, and two daughters Hanna in 1995 and Sofia in 1943, as well as his parents Ephraim and Hanna, as well as numerous relatives in Ukraine. He will be much missed by his family, daughter Gerda of Ottawa, sons Erich (Jenny) of Brandon, William and Josef Jr. (Joe) of Lethbridge; and also by his granddaughters Lianne and Deanna, grandsons Wayne (Debbie) and Daniel (Tanya), and great-grandsons Alexandre and Christopher.

Thank you to sons William and Josef Jr., as well as daughter Gerda, grand-daughter Lianne, and grand-niece Sharon for all their love and attention throughout Joe’s later years and during his illness. Also, the family extends many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital, as well as to the staff at the Good Samaritan Centre in West Lethbridge for their compassion.

Donations may be sent to the Good Samaritan Home or the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Stubborn, persevering, hardworking and honest – Joe was loved by his family and friends.

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left

unsaid and deeds left undone. (Harriet Beecher Stowe)

Joe lived a long, good life. He said what he wanted to say and did everything he wanted to do. No tears need to be shed. Joe had a good run!

The Funeral Service will be held at the CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416 – 12 Street South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona officiating.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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


MR. TAMOTSU ‘Tam’ ITO passed away in Pincher Creek on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the age of 87. A private family service will be held.

Jean Louise Brotherwood

1923 – 2016

Jean Louise Brotherwood of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2016 at the age of 93 years. Jean was born to Charles & Amy Bray on May 31, 1923 in Nigeria, Africa. She came to Canada at the age of 4. Her favourite pastime was traveling to the different senior’s facilities with her friends, and providing fun entertainment with her singing. She is survived by her three daughters and two sons; Norma (Jud) Todd of Lethbridge, Madge Brotherwood of Lethbridge, Anna (David) Williams of Truro, Nova Scotia, Ernie (Trena) Brotherwood of Lethbridge, Herb (Heather) Brotherwood of Shaughnessy; grandchildren Scott (Kathy) Brown, Cheryl (Art) Brown, Shane Brotherwood, Kelly (Tracy) Brotherwood, Tex Brotherwood, Ryan (Cheryl) Gibboney, Lindsay (Jordan) Williams, Cory Williams; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Jean was predeceased by her parents Charles & Amy Bray; sister Ruth Crevling & grandson Troy Brotherwood. A Come and Go reception will be held between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN HALL, 1818 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

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

McNEELY, E. Lowell

May 16, 1924 – Warmer, Alberta

August 12, 2016 – Blackie, Alberta

Lowell passed away at home on Friday August 12, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

Lowell is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Trelma; daughter Marilyn (Larry); son Byron (Rose); five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Lowell’s life will be held at the family property near Blackie, on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Star’s Air Ambulance.

Forward condolences through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Lowell McNeely, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.


ELIZABETH (nee FOLLIS) PIERCE, beloved wife of the late William H. Pierce, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


TERRY WILLIAM THORNHILL passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 surrounded by his family. Terry loved nothing more than making those around him happy. He always knew when you needed a hug or a laugh, even if the laugh was at your expense. Terry exceeded every expectation doctors had for him and overcame so many obstacles, learning how to walk, communicate with sign language and so many other things. He made many friends while attending school, working at the Stirling handicap opportunity program, and working with SASH in Magrath. Terry loved bowling, whether with his friends at work or with his friends at Special Olympics. Terry was blessed to have many wonderful support and respite workers who provided him with tremendous amount of love and support. Those who knew Terry especially his family will tell you what a privilege it was to be associated with him. Terry’s legacy of generosity was able to continue through his donation of organs and tissues to the Southern Alberta Transplant Program. His family and friends will miss his sweet smile and slobbery kisses. He is survived by his father, David Thornhill, his mother, Jackie Thornhill (Rick Dewar), and his sisters, Tisha (James) Gilbert (TJ, Myles and Kezia), Jessica (Chris) Dick (Kayden) and Amanda Thornhill (Chris van Meer) (Adi, Stacey and Layne). Terry was predeceased by his grandparents, Eric and Ada Thornhill and Bryan and Patricia Whitehead as well as his cousin Serena Whitehead. Friends may meet the family prior to the funeral service on Tuesday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, Raymond. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. In lieu of flowers, Terry’s family asks donations be made to SASH in Magrath. Donations can be sent to SASH Box 280, Magrath, AB T0K 1J0.

Victor Saunders

1921 – 2016

Victor Karl Frederick Saunders of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Christine, passed away gently and peacefully on August 12, 2016, at the age of 95 years. Vic will be lovingly remembered by his children Doug (Barb), Jim (Katie), and Carolyn (Dan) Ethier; his grandchildren Curt (Tammy), Jill (Greg) Walkey, Chad (Kristy) Billyard, Tom Speakman, Sarah (Darryl) Kooiker, Arlen (Mandi) Speakman, Ben (Laura) Ethier, Sarah Ethier; his nine great-grandchildren; plus many nieces, nephews, and friends. Vic was predeceased by his parents Henry and Karoline, and sisters Minnie, Kae, Caroline and Lil, all of Winnipeg. Vic enjoyed people and life, bringing his genuine smile and quick wit to each encounter. He devoted 40 years as Office Manager at Canada Packers, retiring in 1983. A man of quiet, solid faith, Vic was a dedicated member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Kiwanis Club, Probus, and Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization. He volunteered at the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen and other community groups until his 90th birthday. After developing Alzheimer’s, Vic moved to St. Therese Villa, and we are deeply grateful to the staff, who not only cared for “Victor” but embraced him as family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 11 Ave S, Lethbridge AB, with Pastor Tom Peterson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vic’s memory may be made to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund, 2406 11 Ave S, Lethbridge AB T1K 0K8; or to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, #402, 740 – 4 Ave S, Lethbridge AB T1J 0N9.

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

Tony Roth
1928 – 2016
Anthony T. Roth, beloved husband of Kathleen Roth, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the age of 88 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Marvin Christensen
1931 – 2016
Marvin Eugene Christensen, beloved husband of the late Louise Christensen, passed away in Taber on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 between 10:00 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 Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Marvin is survived by his children Darrell (Jo-Ann) Christensen of Taber and their children Coralee (Chad) Hoskins, Tricia Coutts (Brett Langhofer), Jordan (Kirstin) Simek and Josh Simek (Kalese Shannon); Marilyn (Collin) Leismeister of Taber and their children Ryan (Laura) Leismeister and Carrie (Mike) Wilson; Connie (Daniel) Oberholtzer of Taber and their children Aryn (Jeff) Kramer and Chase Oberholtzer; Glenda (Don) Hepworth of Taber and their children Codi (Kristine) Oberholtzer, Paige Oberholtzer (Ty Oulton), Crystal (Nate) Cummins, Holly (Ryan) Okleberry, Val (Waylon) Goeble and Ashley (Chad) Stewart as well as several great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sylvia (Sheldon) Rogers, sisters-in-law Rose (Lloyd) Munro-Graham and Cecilia Minion.
He was predeceased by his wife Louise, granddaughter Marissa Christensen, parents Alfred and Inzie Christensen, eight brothers, four sisters and in-laws John and Frida Bachman.
Marvin was born on December 17, 1931 in Stirling to Alfred and Inzie Christensen, he was one of fourteen children. He was raised on the family farm in Wrentham. Marvin married Louise Bachman on April 3, 1954 and together they raised four children, Darrell, Marilyn, Connie and Glenda. He worked for the County of Warner for several years, building and blading roads. In 1967 he began working in the oilfield and in 1970 he, with partners, started Triwell Oilfield Construction. In 1989 he became sole owner of Triwell, which is still active today. Marvin went to the office every day, right up to the day before his death. In October 2001, his wife Louise passed away, this left a huge void in his life. He loved winter and horse racing in Phoenix, which he did every year for the past thirty years. Marvin was known by many names, Marvin, Chief, Dad, but mostly Papa, even to those who weren’t his. Marvin was about Triwell, he was about horse racing, but most of all he was about family. His family was everything. Who puts a swimming pool in their backyard without any intention of ever entering it? Papa did! His kids, grandkids, horses and dogs, he lived for them. It was a daily occurrence to see Papa napping in his chair with four dogs situated somewhere amongst him. They will miss his snuggles and we will miss giving him trouble for handing out to many treats. We are very thankful that he was in good health and able to be in his home until the end. Before his passing he told Connie that he wanted to go see the Grande Prairie race track. They went there on his last weekend, not only for the horse races, but to see two of his grandchildren that had been there looking after horses. That sneaky guy visited with each of us within the last two weeks of his life. We think he knew his time was done, but he couldn’t leave us without some goodbyes. He had waited too long to be reunited with his love, Louise. It was time to be Nanny and Papa again. We are fortunate to have so many great memories; he will be forever in our hearts.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marvin’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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