January 20th, 2021

SATURDAY, November 19, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 21, 2016.

Alberta Patricia Geldreich

1918 – 2016

Mrs. Pat Geldreich of Bow Island, beloved wife of the late Mr. Ray Geldreich, passed away at the Bow Island Care Centre on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the age of 98 years. Alberta Patricia (Metheral) Geldreich was born on July 6, 1918. She was named for the province to which her parents, Norman and Ruth Metheral, had recently migrated; and for the Princess Patricia Light Infantry Unit her uncle was fighting with in the first World War. Born in the hospital in Foremost where her mother had been a nurse, Pat – like so many children of that era – learned at an early age to assume responsibility in helping out around the home and ranch, and in caring for her younger siblings, Lou and Jack. Pat started school in Foremost when her family moved from the ranch into town, but at an early age started boarding in Medicine Hat to complete high school. She attended Normal School in Calgary and her first teaching position was in a one-room school on the “Bench” in Cypress Hills. Pat’s childhood instilled the characteristics that would define her life: an undying work ethic, a commitment to achieving the highest standards she could set for herself, a fearlessness in overcoming obstacles placed in front of her…and a selflessness that always placed her family and friends first. The hundreds of students she taught over her long career could probably attest to this. She loved being reminded by former students that she was “tough but fair.” In 1943, Pat found her perfect complement and partner when she married Ray Geldreich, a farmer from Bow Island who was serving in the R.C.A.F. Pat and Ray settled in Foremost where they raised their two children, Diane and David. In 1955, Pat resumed her teaching career in both Foremost and Bow Island and enjoyed completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge in the 1970s. When their son purchased the farm in 1980, Pat and Ray moved back to Foremost where they enjoyed over 25 years of wonderful retirement. Their large lot enabled Ray to ‘farm’ his huge garden, and Pat to grow her spectacular roses and giant pumpkins for the Library fundraising festival. They took great pleasure from their young grandchildren and continued to be completely involved with family and the community. Pat probably gained the most satisfaction from the part she played in the following projects: the writing and editing of “Shortgrass Country”, the establishment of the Shortgrass Regional Library System, and the fundraising for and creation of the Foremost Library. After Ray’s death in 2007, Pat relocated to Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island where she resided until recently moving to Extended Care at the Bow Island Hospital. She passed away there the evening of November 16. Pat is survived by her children Diane Stephen and David (Wendy, with whom she had a special bond) Geldreich; grandchildren Douglas, Susan and Mark (Diana) Stephen; Raymond and Linden Geldreich; great-grandchildren Connor and Liam Stephen; and numerous nieces and nephews. In accordance with Pat’s wishes, there will be a private celebration of her life with immediate family.

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March 7, 1925

– November 14, 2016

BRUNO LUIGI CHISTE, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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LARRY DANIEL GRAY, 68, passed away on November 9th at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Larry is survived by his mother, Luella Holt; his sons, Cody (Tanis) Gray and Quinn Gray; his grandson, Layne Gray; and his brothers, Dennis (Cindy) Gray and Donnie Gray.

A funeral service will be held on November 19th at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church, 643 20 St, Fort Macleod, Alberta.

Memorial donations/in lieu of flowers may be made to The Midnight Riders 4-H Club.

Ronald “Ron” Legge

1930 – 2016

Ronald Horace Legge of Coaldale passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, November 11, 2016. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at 10:30am on Saturday November 19, 2016 at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS COALDALE, 2216- 21st “A” Ave, Coaldale, Alberta. A private family inurnment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses at St Michael’s Palliative Care, Dr. Hawes & Dr. Shukoor for taking such good care of our dad.

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1953 – 2016

LILLIAN BULLSHIELDS “Iitomiitopi” of the Blood Reserve, beloved mother of Alica (Byron) Sandoval and children; Brad (Andrea) Mistaken Chief and children; and Jono (Chrissy) Mistaken Chief; and her four-legged companion Tarzan, passed away at the Cardston Hospital on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the age of 63 years. The family requests anybody attending the funeral wear pink.

A Wake Service will be held at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Standoff, AB on Sunday, November 20th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve, AB on Monday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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EVERETTE “EV” ALLAN OFFET, passed away at the Chartwell Colonel Belcher on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at the age of 93 years.

Cremation Entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home

At Everette’s request there will be no formal funeral service held.

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Ralph Lenning (Rolf Lonning)

1940 – 2016

Rolf was born in Soknepresten I Sokndal, Hauge i Dalane, Norway. His family immigrated to Lethbridge AB where he met his wife Sharon. Together they settled on the coast in BC and finally in Abbotsford BC where he passed away peacefully on October 21, 2016.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 55 years Sharon, their children Greg (Lucia) and Lori (Stewart), grandchildren Wyatt, Casey, Sadie, Noah, Liam and 1 great grandchild Isaak. He also leaves behind 3 sisters Brith, Ann (Willie), Dar (Jack) and a huge extended family in both AB and BC.

Ralph Loved his family above all else and treasured close friends. As his favorite spot was Vancouver Island, a celebration will be held there next summer around his birthday in August.

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BETTY ELAINE SLAPAK passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the age of 85 years.She is survived by her son Rob (Val) of Blairmore, grandchildren; Cody of Okotoks, Tyler “TJ” (Kelsey) of Bellevue, Jordan of Saskatoon, and Christina Carr of New Hampshire, She is also survived by brother Ken Johnson; sister-in-law Norma Slapak; special friends Trevor (Buddy) Slapak, Gail Shellenberg and Oral Boychuk of Lethbridge as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Betty is predeceased by daughter Shari Carr; brothers Doug, Gary, and Melvin; and sisters: Norma, Verna, Ruth, and Marie. Betty was born in Taber to Henry Johnson and Christobel Savage Johnson. In her younger years, Betty worked at Telus. She then moved on to many other jobs including being part owner of the Pass Herald, worked for an accounting firm in Blairmore, a real estate company in Lethbridge, and an accounting firm in San Diego for five years. Betty went on a mission for the LDS Church for 2 years and was always an active member of her community. This included helping with the school board club, swimming lessons, genealogy, and the Eastern Star. She had many interests like reading, golf, playing the piano, skiing, curling, and swimming. She supported children in all sports activities, and loved to travel. Most of all, Betty loved to be with family and was always interested in the activities of her grandchildren and doing church work. Betty was always there to help those in their times of need. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE EAST STAKE CENTRE, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Bishop Michael Evans officiating. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment to follow at the Taber Memorial Gardens, Taber.

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PETER “PIET” VAN SLUYS passed away peacefully at the Providence Care Centre in Calgary on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the age of 91 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Hans Overduin officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge.

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RACHEL MURIEL WARD, of Lethbridge, beloved companion of the late Alex Pahara, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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