January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, October 13, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 13, 2016.


CHRIS DEJONG, of Nobleford, AB, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Mr. Paul Fitzner

1935 – 2016

Mr. Paul Fitzner of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Margaret Fitzner, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating.

A Private Family Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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

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.

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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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It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Stewart announces his unexpected passing at the age of 75 years. He had surgery October 3, 2016 and after an emergency surgery the following day, there was numerous complications that followed that were incompatible with his lifestyle.  He made the decision to be let go.  He was surrounded by his loving family and his pup Daisy during his passing in the ICU at PLC. 

Jack was born November 21, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.   He is predeceased by his father, Donald Morton, his mother Margaret Vera and his younger brother David.
He met his wife Maureen after he had moved to Lethbridge, AB, and they soon married in 1963. They had 3 children together, Lana, Sheldon (Amanda) and Jenny.  Jack had 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and each one of them adored him and considered him their hero. He had a huge role in raising them and was a positive role model in their lives.

Jack spent his life working various jobs before becoming an EMT in 1981. He then moved his family to the Piikani Nation in 1988 where he operated the Peigan District Ambulance Service, with his daughter Lana, for the next 23 years until he retired in 2011.  He remained active in operations of the service. He was very well respected and well known on the Piikani Nation as being a kind man that has saved numerous lives and impacted a lot of people in a positive way. 

 Jack was a very strong man who was firm and set in his ways yet he was humble and very kind. He had many friends and anyone that knew him could expect one of his jokes followed by his unforgettable laughter.  Jack was very active and loved taking walks around his property with his pup Daisy, visiting with his friends over coffee at A&W and attending gun shows with his grandson Steven.

Jack will forever be treasured by his wife Maureen of 53 years as well as his loving family.

Whether you called Jack — Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Boompa or friend, Jack gave us so much to remember and he will never be forgotten. He was a great man and taught us so many things. We are eternally grateful to have been blessed with such an amazing man in our lives. 

We would like to thank the staff at Peter Lougheed Medical Center ICU for their compassionate care during grandpa’s stay at the hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to “A Better Chance Animal Rescue” (Box 1034, Pincher Creek, AB) 403-632-5292 or Nature Conservancy of Canada, 1-800-267-4088 or 613-562-3447.

There will be no wake service. The funeral service for the late Jack Stewart will be held on Saturday, October 15 @ 1pm at the Piikani Community Hall on the Peigan Reserve.  Jack’s wishes are to be cremated so there will be no burial service.  Meal to follow.


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.


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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It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of ROSE ROHOVIE at the Fairmont Extendicare on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 95 years.

She leaves to mourn her beloved husband of 73 years, Daniel; daughter, Dianne (Thomas) Hansen; granddaughters, Sherri Oliver and Lisa Bosch; six great-grandchildren: Danneil (Travis) Broadbent, Courtney (Kade) Jensen, Michael and Nathan Oliver, Matthew and Brady Bosch; special family: David (Cheryl) Rohovie, Wayne Bosch, Yvonne (Murray) Mills, Glen Oliver and Dean Savage; sisters and brothers-in-law: Sylvia (John) Marshall, Mary Leister, Helen (Albert) Ferenz, Margaret Rohovie, Kay Biholar and Eleanor Biholar as well as many nieces and nephews.

Rose was predeceased by her parents, Ioana and Casian Biholar; infant siblings, Maria, Onofrei and Domnica; brothers John and George Biholar, sisters and their spouses, Flora (Bill) Paulence and Helen (Bob) Topham; and brothers-in-law, Fred Leister and John Rohovie.

Rose was born on February 1, 1921 in Regina, Saskatchewan where she was raised and educated. It was in Regina where she met her husband Daniel while he was stationed there with the Royal Canadian Air Force. They were married in 1943 then moved to Lethbridge where they made their home. Rose worked at the Galt Hospital and later continued her career as a secretary and bookkeeper for Sven Ericksen’s Restaurant until her retirement.

Rose was a kind, gentle and quiet lady with an unwavering faith and a great love for her family. She was respected and loved by all who knew her. Rose took great pride in her home and visitors were always met with a welcoming smile. She loved having family dinners and always took time to bake cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rose and Dan had many friends who they enjoyed dining and dancing with over the years. They loved travelling which included adventures within Canada, to Europe, Hawaii and Mexico.

Rose will be sadly missed by her family and lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY.

A Memorial Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rose’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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


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

Along with her husband, she is lovingly remembered by her five children: Lloyd (Tricia) of Mountain View, AB, Sandy of Somers, MT, Brian (Judy) of Overton, NV, Janice (Gord) of Pincher Creek, AB, Louise (Karl) of Creston, B.C. as well as 22 grandchildren, 60 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Also left to mourn Kaye’s passing are her sister, Reva Cole and many other extended relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Orson and Lillie Derricott as well as eight of her siblings: Robert, Roy, Lei, Earl, Mae, John, Elmer and Faye.

Kaye loved to bless the lives of those around her, especially her family, with her considerable talents. She thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of gathering together with family and friends for quilting bees, game nights, picnics at the farm in the river bottom and Christmases at home. Kaye cherished being a wife and mother of 5 and all the cooking, canning, baking, gardening and sewing that went along with it as well as teaching her children the skills to do them also. She was very talented with her hands and made many, many wonderful creations that will be cherished for generations.

Kaye loved serving the Lord in her many leadership roles in her church and serving others in many capacities. She was always quick to stand up for the underdog.

Kaye was enjoyed and loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, COPPERWOOD WARD, 9 Keystone Terrace West, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Bishop Sheldon McLachlan officiating.

Interment to follow at the Stirling Cemetery.

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