January 19th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 14, 2016.


LESLIE ANDREW BACZUK passed away peacefully on December 11, 2016.

He is predeceased by his loving wife Mary, parents Andrew and Elizabeth Baczuk, sister Mary Suthons, father in law George Andrekson, mother in law Sarafima Andrekson, as well as numerous other close relatives.

Leslie is survived by son Terry Baczuk (Debby Furman) of Medicine Hat, daughters Mona Elliott (Allan McDougall) of Calgary and Donna Rucker of Milk River. Brother Andy (Margaret) Baczuk of Kipling, Sk.,Helen Bodnar of Okotoks, AB., Isabel (Don) McCoy of Milk River, Emma Harsany of Lethbridge, sister in law Joan Andrekson of Lethbridge, four grandchildren Eric Baczuk of Palo Alto, Ca.,Clay Rucker (Samantha) of Hawkesbury Ont., Tucker Rucker (Taylor), of Taber, AB, Cody Elliott (Jessica) of Calgary AB., as well as three great grandchildren, Ella and Eli Elliott and Gus Rucker.

Leslie Andrew Baczuk was born on June 22, 1931 at the family home in the 1-17 district southwest of Milk River. During his school years Les attended Bankview School. In June of 1956 Les married Mary Andrekson; the love of his life. He farmed alongside his Dad until 1963. After harvest he worked several fall campaigns at the Picture Butte Sugar Factory. Les & Mary continued to farm & reside on the family farm until August 1988. At that point Les became semi retired and they moved into Milk River. Les then drove School Bus for a number of years and was not quite ready to retire & was hired on by the Town of Milk River in January of 1997 to manage the Transfer Station until October of 2008. Then it was time for retirement mode. For numerous years Les was an active member of the Milk River Elks Club serving in various capacities. Les’s passions in life were farming & his grandchildren spending as much time as he possibly could with them.

Les will be greatly missed by all the lives that he had touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church – 321 Main Street, Milk River, Alberta, on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Marion Martin officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held at the Milk River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the: AHS-Milk River Tree of Hope: Box 90, Milk River, AB. T0K 1M0.

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

Robert “Bob” Bandstra

1946 – 2016

Mr. Robert “Bob” Bandstra of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Pat Bandstra, passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the age of 70 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, December 16, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at ROC CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, 1220 23rd Ave, Coaldale, AB. A Private Family Interment will take place in the Royal View Cemetery.

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


JENNIFER EAGLE CHILD COTTON, beloved wife of Oscar Cotton and mother of Amanda, Lesley, and Samantha, passed away peacefully at home on the Blood Reserve on December 10, 2016 at the age of 51 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Westside Community Church, 480 – McMaster Blvd., Lethbridge on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

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


“The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord” Job 1:21b

With great sadness, the family of John Vanee announces his sudden passing on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the age of 83.

John leaves to mourn Matty, his beloved wife of 59 years, 5 children and their spouses, 30 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren.

John was born in Amersfoort the Netherlands on Dec. 1, 1933 and immigrated with his parents and siblings to Canada in 1950. John, along with his brothers, started Vanee Livestock in 1960, three years after marrying Matty Van Sluys.

Dad was a loving father to Ray (Ria Van Hierden), Stella(Hank Arnoldussen), Dan (Lorna Emmelkamp), Ken(friend Donna Bolingbroke) and Vera(Eric Boot). John is also survived by his siblings Riek Van Driesten, Dini Vanee(sister in law), Janet Vanee, Harry (Lorraine)Vanee, Greta (Dirk) Beekman, Eddie (Gwen) Vanee, Jeanette (Dick) Pols, Rita (Rick) Olson, Hank (Marianne) Vanee and Jim (Wendy) Vanee and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by parents Reyer Vanee and Fennetje Van Wessel and his grandson Lukas Boot. Also by siblings and spouses Jo and Anne Vanee, Tony Vanee, Bill and Wilma Van Driesten, Maas Van Driesten and infant brother Gerrit(1938). He is also predeceased by in-laws John and Jannie Van Sluys, Piet and Charlotte Van Sluys, Morris Indenbosch, and Andy and Frances Van Sluys.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday December 15, 2016 at the Netherland Reformed Congregation Church, 2608 7 Ave, Fort MacLeod, AB with Reverend H.D. den Hollander Officiating. Private family interment to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1-020 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1.

Nova Evonty Faith



Sweet baby Nova Evonty Faith Morningbird, beloved daughter of Megan Morningbird and Loren Bigout, passed away shortly after her birth at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

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