October 28th, 2020

WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 12, 2016.

HETESY

ROBERT “BOB” GEORGE JOSEPH HETESY, belovedhusband of the late Lydia Hetesy, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 78 years.

Bob is survived by, Deb (Don) Kovacs, Dave (Patty) Hetesy, Doug (Becky Little) Hetesy and grandchildren Morgan (Sarah Gauthier) Zacharias-Hetesy, Marina Kovacs, Zakary and Juliah Hetesy. Brother-in-law, Ron(Elaine Bonnett) Maack of Calgary, several nieces and nephews.

Robert was born on September 9, 1938 in Taber, Alberta to Michael and Teresa Hetesy.

His family farmed in the Taber area until 1943 when they decided to purchase a 1/4 section of land northwest of Coaldale and settled on the homestead. Robert farmed together with his father Mike where they made a living growing sugar beets and grain and raising cattle, chickens and pigs.

Robert spent a lot of time in his teen years in between and during school playing pool at Mori’s pool hall in Coaldale, where one day outside the hall, in 1957, he met the love of his life Lydia Kuhn.

They would date for 7 years before being married on February 22, 1964. They lived on the family farm for 3 years before moving into Coaldale. They raised 3 children Debbie, David and Doug and enjoyed spending time with their 4 grandchildren Morgan, Marina, Zakary and Juliah.

Robert was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved farming, teaching country western dancing with Lydia and spending time watching his children and grandchildren participate in any activities they were involved in.

Robert will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

A Funeral Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH – 2329 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, a reception will be held at the McKillop United Church.

After the reception, Robert will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Lydia, in Mountain View Cemetery. All are welcome to attend.

They are together again – a True Love story

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ANDERSON

THOMAS (Ted) EDWARD ANDERSON, beloved husband of Sarah Jean Anderson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 84 years. Friends may meet the family on Friday, October 14 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MOUNTAIN HEIGHTS CHAPEL, 175 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge with Bishop Sheldon McLachlan officiating. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.


Cordell Whiteford

1949- 2016

Mr. Cordell Whiteford of Lethbridge, passed away with his loving daughter Denise Boothe by his side on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the age of 66 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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DROINE

DENNIS MICHAEL “MIKE” DROINE, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 56 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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FEDYNA

MICHAEL FEDYNA, beloved husband of the late Lydia Fedyna, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the age of 94 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 5 Rocky Mountain Blvd. W, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.

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GILBORN

GAYLA DAWN GILBORN of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Stewart Gilborn, passed away peacefully at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on October 8th, 2016.

Gayla is survived by her husband, Stewart Gilborn, daughter LaRae (Wayne) Murphy, daughter-in-law Karen Gilborn and sister Neva (Robert) McNab; grandchildren, Kasey, Leah, Brett, Madison, Shelby and Johnny.

Gayla was predeceased by her mother and father, John and Donna Bair and son, Layne Gilborn.

Gayla married Stewart Gilborn in 1964. They originally settled in Lethbridge where Stewart completed his teaching degree. From there they headed to central Alberta, settling in the small village of Evansburg, west of Edmonton. After a few years there, they made the move to a much larger centre, Edson, even further west of Edmonton. Here they spent many years with Gayla raising the children while they participated in organizations like the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs; also enjoying the endless daylight, rain and mosquitoes of summer and very long cold winters. Over time Stewart’s rise in the educational world allowed them to make the move from the north-country to Brooks which would turn out to be home for the family for many years to come.

Once the children were settled in Brooks, Gayla began to develop a career for herself with the Avon Company. She started as a basic sales person, covering not only Brooks but a very large area including many towns and villages as far off as Drumheller to the northwest and Rolling Hills to the south. Gayla’s talents not only as a good sales person but also as strong organizer and coordinator were soon recognized by the company and she was given an expanded role as territory manager and recruiter, twice earning the Circle of Excellence #1 Manager in Canada.

From there she went on to a very successful career as Home Care Manager where she enjoyed the respect and friendship of her many colleagues and clients.

Gayla’s pride and joy were always her family, loving her grandchildren dearly, holding a special place in her heart for each and every one.

At Gayla’s request there will be no formal funeral. A private interment will be held at Archmount Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held for family and friends at a time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Rest in Peace Gayla.

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GOUDREAU

MARIE JANE GOUDREAU, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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GRIFFITH, HEIDEMARIE (nee Hoyka)

October 9, 1948 – October 7, 2016

It is with great sadness, yet gentle relief that we announce the passing of Heidemarie Griffith (nee Hoyka) on Oct. 7, 2016. Digging in her heels with “I still have so much to do!”, Heidi fought cancer with a vengeance these past two years. Born in Germany Oct. 9, 1948, she immigrated to Canada the summer of 1956 with her parents. She leaves to mourn her loving hubby AND best friend of 30+ years, Bob Griffith. Also her children Kriss (Laurie) Lockhart, Shelley Lockhart, Jolene Lockhart, Cindy (Darren) Nyhoff, Susan (Roland) Milligan and Tim (Contessa) Griffith; grandchildren, Graham, Emily, Seriph, Nicholas, Marino and Gabriel; sister, Greta Hofmeister; sister in-law, Donna (Mike) Lockhart-Bishop; nieces and nephews, Doris (Bobby) Hoyka; Rainer (Lisa) Hofmeister; Roland Hoyka; Stefan (Amanda) Hofmeister; Max (Shyenne) Hofmeister; Jordan (Jenni) Hofmeister; Rob Bishop, Megan Bishop; extended family members in BC, Germany and Austria Numerous Friends, that were like Family… you know who you are! She was Pre-deceased by her parents, Hildegard & Gottfried Hoyka; in-laws, Arthur & Clare Griffith; brother, Gerhard (and Betty) Hoyka and aunt Elfriede Schmalle. Heidi had a very active life pursuing the very many things she loved including Travel and Cruising. From starting her career in the Neonatal ICU, to looking after her many Group Insurance Clients, to owning her Day-Tour Company, “Island Outings,” to managing existing Bed & Breakfasts’ with Bob – they were definitely “people person’s.” They were also involved with the Sooke Search & Rescue team. And looking after patients at the Fort Macleod Senior Lodge was a highlight. Heidi & Bob were also very involved in Lions Clubs International for well over 30 years. No funeral upon request, please raise your favourite adult beverage and reflect on Heidi’s life and memories… Cheers! Thank you to Dr. M. Brigden and his staff, and a special “Thank You” to Dr. B. Ireland, Dr. E. Smuts, Nathan Praud, the staff with Homecare Lethbridge, and the Palliative Team for their exceptional care. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Michael’s Foundation – Palliative Care (1400 – 9th Avenue S Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5) or the Jack Ady Cancer Centre (960 – 19th Street S Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W4).

Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199


Isla Frances Larue

1924 – 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Isla Larue, wife of the late Angus Larue on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Isla was born in Swift Current and grew up in Shackleton, SK. Isla and Angus married in 1947 and later moved to Lethbridge. Both Isla and Angus were avid curlers andIsla was a past President of the Lethbridge Ladies Curling Club. Isla will be lovingly remembered by her children Randy (Wendy), Shannon (George) Federkeil and Ryan (Michelle); her grandchildren Michael (Sara) Larue, Kevin (Tracy) Larue, Scott (Nicki) Federkeil, Rob (Noelle) Federkeil, Dustin Larue; and 7 great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn are her sister Elva Dutton and brother Eny (Faye) Mitchell and their families. The family would like to thank the staff of 2nd West and 2nd East St. Michaels Health Care Centre. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, #402, 740 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY with the Salvation Army officiating.

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KARREN

SHIRLEY LAURENE KARREN, beloved wife of the late Kieth Karren, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 92 years. She is survived by daughters; Laurene Strafehl and Kathy Lowes, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Friends may meet the family prior to the service on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Aric Pavan officiating. Interment to follow in the Magrath Pioneer Cemetery.


EVELYN (EAGLE SPEAKER) LOCKER

Maohkammoniisaki (Red Otter Woman)

EVELYN LOCKER passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, after battling cancer for over two years.

Evelyn was born in Cardston, Alberta on February 18, 1935, to Kathleen (nee Weasel Fat) Maohkammoniisaki (Red Otter Woman) and Michael Eagle Speaker (Ootsiko’waohsoyi Buffalo Calf Tail – Misamissp Long Time Old Man). She was a member of the Nitaitsskaiksi (Lone Fighters) and Siksinnokaiksi (Black Elk) clans. Her father was born in 1903 and was from the Siksinnokaiksi Clan from the north end of the Blood Reserve. Her mother was born in 1910.

She is survived by her daughter Karon (Jay) Maclean, her grandsons Derek and Matthew, and her brother Ike (Gerri) Eagle Speaker, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert Locker, her parents, Michael and Kathleen Eagle Speaker, her brothers Wilfred (infant), Erby (infant) and Tyrone, her sisters Beulah (Allan) Standing Alone, Shirley (Pvt. Louie) Merrick, Byrde and Marjorie Eagle Speaker and her nephew Louis Merrick.

Evelyn’s Blackfoot name was Kaistaisiipistohkomakii, Two Owls Calling Woman. Her parents taught her, “that if you know who you are, have a sense of identity, you can get along with anybody anywhere in the world”.

Evelyn had always indicated that she would love to have her mother’s traditional name. Before her passing, Wilton Good Striker, her nephew, prayed with her and painted her with the sacred red ochre; he then gave her the name Maohkammoniisaki (Red Otter Woman).

Evelyn grew up on the Blood Reserve and attended elementary school at St. Paul’s Residential School. She found residential school “to be a real positive learning experience for me mainly because of my deep roots in my cultural and spiritual upbringing. I learned that you have to work with the good in life as well as the bad because it is the good in life that teaches you how to deal with the bad and we become a better person for it.”

After graduation from Cardston High School in 1953, Evelyn attended Hendersons Business College in Calgary, graduating with honours. While attending college, she was awarded the distinction of being chosen the 1954 Calgary Stampede Queen. It was the first time in the history of the Stampede that a First Nations woman competed for the title, and Evelyn remains the only First Nations woman to hold that title.

While working at Shell Oil in Calgary, Evelyn met her husband Robert, and they were married September 7, 1957. Shortly after that, she and her husband moved to Vancouver, where their daughter was born in 1958. The family returned to Calgary in 1961, then moved to Regina in 1966, to Winnipeg in 1972, and then in 1974 they returned to British Columbia, settling in Surrey.

Evelyn’s working career spanned 46 years in both private and public sectors in various capacities, including stenographer-bookkeeper, secretary and finance clerk. Evelyn was the Executive Director of the Regina Indian Friendship Centre Society and Administrator of the National Indian and Arts Crafts Society. Evelyn spent 25 of her years of service working for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in both Winnipeg and Vancouver. Among the many varied positions she held, she was an Indian Registry Officer and she helped many First Nations across Canada acquire their Indian status under Bill C-31. During her last 10 years with INAC, Evelyn worked as a Senior Estates Officer in Lands and Trust Services.

Since retiring in June 2002 at age 65, Evelyn remained active in the aboriginal community in a First Nations Elder advisory capacity at various locations, including the Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society, the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver, and the Simon Fraser University Elders Program, including serving on three SFU committees. She also served on the Aboriginal Nursing Program Committee at the Kwantlen Polytechnical University in Surrey. Evelyn volunteered with the Provincial Ministry of Child/Family Development by attending Family Group Conferences and Mediation for aboriginal families, as well as volunteering with the Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents, Circle of Elders at the Klahoweya Aboriginal Centre in Surrey, and the S.T.A.R. Elders, supporting the continuing healthy growth of aboriginal children in care.

Evelyn was well known in the pow wow community, both as a Champion traditional dancer, and as a part of the drum group The Blood Travellers, singing along with the core group which consisted of her sister Byrde and her nephews Dwayne and Terry. She also sang with many other drum groups such as Old Agency, Kaispa Singers, Big Corner Post, and Sundance singers. Evelyn will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. She will be forever remembered for her love and kindness, and sharing her traditional knowledge and practice.

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, October 12th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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MEAD

LAWRENCE “LARRY” ORMIE MEAD, passed away after a brief illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 77 years.

He leaves behind his only son, Brad (Shari) and his grandsons Tyson & Colten Mead of Lethbridge, his son-in-law Patrick Vance (Dawn Lauer) of Lethbridge and granddaughter Tara-Lynn Vance (Wylee) from Pearceland, Sask., grandson Terry Vance (Courtnee) and his only great-granddaughter McKenna Conway-Vance of Lethbridge, his brother Jack (Bev) Mead of Vernon, B.C., and sister Penny (John) Oczkowski of Pincher Creek, as well as many nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his only daughter Nancy Lynn Vance in 2009, his father Ormie Mead 1967, and his mother Penny Mead 2002.

Dad was born April 19, 1939 and raised in Lethbridge. He started his career as an RCMP officer, then as Chief of Police in Coaldale. He later moved on to be a Lethbridge Firefighter for many years. Life and opportunity took him to a career in Securities in Las Vegas, Nevada for several years. He later moved on to Phoenix, AZ., then back to Lethbridge where he was a Director of Maintenance & Security with the Chinook Regional Hospital. He spent the next number of years between Phoenix, AZ. with careers in Hospital & Healthcare Security and finally back to Lethbridge permanently in 2006.

He loved horses & many family pets. He had a particular passion for horses and participated as a chuckwagon driver for several years in the Calgary Stampede. His tarp sponsor was Perlich Bros. Action Market. He also ran his own thoroughbred racehorses at the Racetrack; his two favorites were Sharp Poppa & Naptown.

He also worked for the Alberta Racing Commission as a track Steward for several years.

He knew many people over the years and could always be seen giving you the thumbs up!

Thanks you to all his support at The Good Samaritan Society, the Chinook Regional Hospital and all his doctors, nurses and teams over the past year.

At Larry’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

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PRATT

GREGORY JAMES PRATT, beloved husband of Kathy (O’Brien) Pratt passed away in Lethbridge on October 7, 2016 at the age of 69 years. Greg is the loving father of Chris (Kimberly), Ryan (Shannon), Jeff (Jessica) and Tim (Lindsay), and grandfather of 15 grandchildren. Friends may meet the family on Wednesday, October 12 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral on Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, EAST STAKE CENTRE, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Bishop Michael Evans officiating. Interment to follow in the Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge.


PRICE

TEENA PRICE, beloved wife of Brian Price and mother of Brianne, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the age of 53 years.

She leaves behind her loving husband Brian and daughter Brianne. Teena is survived by her brothers Paul (Liz), George (Joan), Gerry (Karen), mother and father-in-law Roy and Violet Price, brother-in-law Geoff (Shelley), sisters-in-law Colette (Randy), Karren (Robert), as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and mother Wes and Jean Williams as well as special sister in-law Bonnie Williams.

Teena was born on November 9, 1962 in Orangeville, Ontario and came west with her family in 1975. Throughout her working career, she held various jobs and recently completed 10 years as a loans officer with Lethbridge Legion Savings and Credit Union. There she made many friends and truly enjoyed working with the members and her colleagues. She was a loving mother and wife who didn’t believe in procrastination, if something needed to be done, it was. Teena enjoyed camping and many summer vacations were spent relaxing in the beauty of Glacier National Park, Montana. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

In Memory of Teena and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7, or St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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SEELY

ELAINE “KAYE” SEELY, beloved wife of Vern F. Seely, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans West Highlands surrounded by family on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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WASYLISHEN

JEAN WASYLISHEN (CHALMERS), of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 52800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, AB T1H 8M7.

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Nell Lanser
1928 – 2016
Neeltje Marytje Lanser, beloved wife of Jan Lanser, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 14, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. The Burial Service will follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery at 2:30 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.


Cornie Loewen
1926 – 2016
Cornelius Peter Loewen, beloved husband of Frances Loewen, passed away in Taber on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, October 16, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. 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.


Bruce Major
1927 – 2016
James Bruce Major, beloved husband of Irma Major, passed away in Bow Island on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Bow Island Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Irma, Bruce is survived by his children Robert Major of Taber; Iris (Leslie) Martens of Bow Island and their children Cheryl Martens (Bernie Green), Cameron (Christy) Martens (children Alayna, Kierann and Natalie), Colleen (Blake) Johnson (children Ellianna, Jolen and Elkanon), Conrad (Amy) Martens (children Aidyn, Callie, Ryder and William) and Cevin Martens; Beverly (Andrew) Dykstra of Burdett and their children Angie (Ken) Pringle, Nick (Karyn) Dykstra (children Isabella and Logan) and Danielle (Devin) Hermanson (children Marshall and Afton); Linda (Richard) Drader of Prince George, British Columbia and their children Christopher Drader, Robbynne Drader and Zane Drader. He is also survived by his brothers Don (Rita) Major and Gordon Major; in-laws Gordon Blanchard, Carol Dezaeyer and Andrew (Eileen) Dezaeyer as well as many nieces and nephews who knew and loved him.
He was predeceased by his son David Major; great grandchild Mckenzie Hermanson; parents William and Jean Major; siblings Norman Major, Ellen Blanchard and Wallace (Doris) Major.
Bruce was born to William and Jean Major in Unity, Saskatchewan on August 26, 1927. He spent his early life learning farming from his dad on their family farm. Bruce met and married the love of his life, Irma, on March 25, 1949 in Onoway, Alberta. Bruce enjoyed a various places of employment until he returned to his love of farming and settled outside Burdett. After his retirement, Bruce continued to help out on the farm, now owned by Beverly and Andrew Dykstra.
Besides his wife, Bruce’s loves included restoring antique tractors, helping out at the farm, spending time with family and friends, playing cards, gardening and being a part of his church family.
Bruce will be remembered for his sense of humor, visits to the farm, love for coffee times at the Rolling Pin Bakery and doting on his bride of sixty seven years.
Bruce will be lovingly remembered his wife, four children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bruce’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation (Palliative Care wing for furnishings), Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


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