January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, September 16, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 16, 2016.


DORIS VIVIAN BALCOVSKE, beloved wife of the late Herbert Balcovske, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


JOHN PAUL BESTER, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital, B.C., on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the age of 38 years.

John is survived by his three children; Braydon, Rylee and Adrion Bester, his mother Nancy (Randy) Fabro and his father Jim (Carolyn) Bester, his brother Michael (Colleen) Bester, his sister Cyndi Bester (Dave Vos) and sister Jessica (Ben) Spackman. John is also survived by many step siblings: Alan, Jeana, Cindy, LeeAnn, Alaina, Lauren, Dana and Jackie, his grandmothers Beatrice Shepherd and Arlene Bester and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was born in Coleman, Alberta, where he spent most of his childhood and then moved to Lethbridge as a young teenager where he graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. From a young age, it was clear that John was an adventurous entrepreneur. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a grin on his face which clearly exhibited his boundless spirit.

John’s ideas were always big and bold and often ideas that were way before their time. This never discouraged him. John had a way of filling a room and having everyone around him listening. His creative mind always had blueprints ready to go for various ventures which led him from one end of the country to the other. He loved his country and was proud to be a Canadian.

During his final days, he pushed forward with his passion of organic horticulture. He had just finished working on an organic farm on Salt Spring Island, sharing his ideas and creating videos to share his love and desire to educate people on the powers of “eating clean.” John was always talking to everyone about the importance of health and balance, which he knew, himself, was a challenge.

John leaves behind an amazing girlfriend and partner, Brianna Fitzpatrick, who embraced John’s enthusiastic vision. They were working together, over the past year, to bring to light a positive happy lifestyle that could be shared with others.

John believed in helping others. His wish was always to be an organ donor. In the end, John was able to assist four people with the donation of his strong, healthy organs.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of John’s Life at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with his brother Michael Bester officiating. Luncheon to follow the celebration.

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


STUART JACOB DYCK, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the age of 53 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

JENSEN 1953 – 2016

It is with great sadness we inform of the passing of John William Jensen, suddenly at his home on September 5, 2016. Born in Taber, Alberta on October 1st, 1953. Married to Connie (Smith) Jensen for 42 years. Survived by his children and grandchildren, Kylee, Ben, Lorah, Brett, Russell, Sunja, Jaden, Leisha, and Neven. Dear brother to Diane (Garfield), Jeannie (Blair), Susan(John)and Keith. The family has decided to hold a private service to spread John’s ashes in a beautiful grove near Jeannie and Blair’s. This holds a special place in the family’s heart as it is where his niece Michelle and grand niece Jaimie’s ashes were spread as well. John will be deeply missed and always remembered.


CELINE CATHERINE KOEHLER passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

Celine is survived by her husband Paul (Pierre) Pariseau, her four daughters Glenda (Kelly) Horon, Tracey (Les) Simons, Gayle (Jason) McCallum, Debbie (Doug) Jarrett; her three step-sons Dana Pariseau (Cammy and their children Jessica (Clayton), Matthew, Tyson), Mick Pariseau and his daughter Maude, Vince Pariseau and his children Aimee, Chloe, Cohen; and her siblings Tony (Lavina) Froess, Clemence (Lorraine) Froess, Agatha Struck, Theresa (John) Matiakis.

Predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Valentine Froess and siblings Ann Klashinsky, Helen Klashinsky, Mary Gouldhawke, John Froess, Cecelia Struck, Peter Froess, Elizabeth Struck, Amelia Hummel, Olga McClelland, Paul Froess.

Celine was born on August 26, 1935 in a small community in the Carmel district of Saskatchewan and was one of 16 children. She married and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she gave birth to all four of her children and eventually relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta where she met her husband Paul (Pierre) and enjoyed 30 happy years together. She worked various jobs but retired as a supervisor of housekeeping where she received numerous awards and gifts of appreciation for her hard work. She loved returning home to Saskatchewan to visit her relatives and reminisce about old stories. She was a beautiful person and had a wonderful personality, full of laughter and the joy of life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and close friends and she was a loving, kind and gentle woman who loved everyone unconditionally. She was always cheerful, always caring, always helpful, serving and considerate of everyone before herself. Her quiet courage, strength of spirit and abundance of love will be carried forward by those who knew and loved her. We will miss her beyond measure but need only look to our hearts and memories to find her.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Maureen Condon-Horon officiating. Lunch to follow.

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

Larry Willms

1968 – 2016

Lawrence (Larry) Eugene Willms passed away in Coaldale on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the age of 47 years. Larry was the beloved son of Jake and Mary Willms and is survived by 5 brothers, 3 sisters as well as numerous nieces and nephews. From an early age Larry was inquisitive, curious and extremely creative. His creativity followed him through life as he designed, repaired and remodeled a vast variety of things. He would look at something several times and then proceed to recreate it using the materials of his choice. Larry loved animals and had a great fondness for dogs and was happiest when he had a small four-legged companion with him. He also had a great sense of humor that was often directed at himself. Larry dedicated the last year of his life to a healthier lifestyle and to give continuous love, compassion and comfort to his ailing Mother. It was a precious final gift that gave her peace and it is a gift the surviving family is now treasuring. Larry was predeceased by his parents, one nephew and one great nephew. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 17th St., Coaldale, Alberta.

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

Pasquale D’Ippolito

1933 – 2016

Pasquale went to be with the lord suddenly, on Sunday, September 11, 2016, after a short but brave battle with Cancer.

Pasquale is survived by his loving wife Lilia Cattoni, sons Renato (Francis) D’Ippolito, Silvano (Gail) D’Ippolito, step-sons Leo (Annelise) Cattoni and Lucio Luigi Cattoni, his grandchildren Anthony (Jackie) D’Ippolito and their son Owen, Michael D’Ippolito, Alessandro D’Ippolito (Amy Gerber), Luciano D’Ippolito, Anthony Cattoni and Renzo Cattoni, his brother Riccardo (Aurellia) D’Ippolito and 2 sisters Andonietta D’Ippolito and Lucia D’Ippolito and many beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife Maria, brothers Armando, Carmine, Nicola, Pietro and his sister Beatrice and numerous brothers and sisters –in-law.

On March 21, 1933 in Sessano, Italy the extraordinary life of Pasquale began. Coming from a family of 9 children, life was difficult but somehow they all survived. During the war years, as a young child, he often spoke of going into the mountains with his brothers and sisters to avoid the bombing raids. In 1954 Pasquale married his childhood sweetheart, Maria and they were blessed with two sons, Renato and Silvano. In 1962 they travelled with their 2 small children for a better life in Canada. They first came to live in the small community of Blairmore , AB where Pasquale worked for CP Rail. In 1969 they moved to Lethbridge, AB where Pasquale worked for Sven Erickson’s Bakery eventually returning to CP Rail, retiring at the age of 65. Sadly after 40 years of marriage his wife Maria passed away. Pasquale was to find love for the second time when in 1998 he married Lilia Cattoni and had been married happily for the past 18 years.

Above all else Pasquale was a family man embracing everyone with all his heart. Love above all else is the legacy he leaves behind.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 6:00pm on Monday, September 19, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S. Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 St N, Lethbridge, AB, with Father Lukas Drapal, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1510-2 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 0G; the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211 Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7 or to the Canadian Cancer Association, 317-10 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7.

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

PAUL, Marlene Elizabeth

Marlene was born on September 24th, 1936 in Lethbridge, Alberta to Jim & Frances Fellger. After spending her childhood years in Magrath, she attended post-secondary school in Calgary and became an amazing seamstress. She then married Gus Paul and moved to Lethbridge where she raised three children and also became a Real Estate agent. She moved to Kelowna over 20 years ago where she enjoyed golfing, playing Bridge and tending to her beautiful flower beds and backyard pond. Over the past 18 months at her retirement home, she continued to charm everyone with her wit and exceptional skills in playing Bridge.

Sadly, Marlene succumbed to a returning bout with cancer on September 4th, 2016, just 20 days before her 80th birthday. Marlene was predeceased by her parents, her brother Charles, and her sister Carolyn (Robert Neilson). She is survived by her sister Barbara (Norman Hillmer), her three loving children, Monty (Roma), Teri, and Clark (Eva), her five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Marlene’s service and celebration of life will be held on September 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM: IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd W. Lethbridge, AB T1K 8E1 (403) 327-4336

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