January 15th, 2021

FRIDAY, December 16, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 16, 2016.


AGATHA “AGGIE” ABEN, beloved wife of the late Henry Aben, passed away suddenly at her home in Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at the age of 79 years.

Aggie is survived by Dorothy (Richard) Shelson of Lethbridge, Arnold (Becky) Aben of Lethbridge, Alan (Yvonne) Aben of Edmonton, Bobby (Angie) Aben of Airdrie as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by Bill (Martha) Overes of Lethbridge, Truus (Martin) Kleyn of the Netherlands, Hubert (Marge) Overes of Lethbridge, Audrey (Donald) Muyres of Forestburg, three sisters-in-law: Margaret Overes of Lethbridge, Eileen Overes of Kelowna, B.C. and Pietje Overes in Holland as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry, her parents and granddaughter Olivia, as well as eight siblings.

Agatha was born in DeHoef, Holland on May 25, 1937. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1952 where she met Henry. They married in 1957 and together they lived and worked on a farm near Coalhurst, Alberta until 1972. They then moved to Lethbridge until the time of her passing. Aggie worked very hard raising four children and even found time to work outside the home at Zellers and McDonald’s.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and many other types of needlework. Aggie’s most enjoyable thing to do was to bowl every Tuesday with her beloved friends. She was very generous with her time and energy and was always ready to help.

She was a long time member of the Assumption Catholic Women’s League and a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion of Coalhurst.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

In memory of Agatha, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7.

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EUGENE ALBERT BRASSARD, beloved husband of Elsie Brassard, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the age of 91 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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LEONARD BULL CHILD, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the age of 69 years.

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It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of the beloved JENNIFER COTTON, who passed away peacefully in her home on the Blood Reserve, surrounded by her family on December 10th, 2016, at the age of 51.

“Jenn” is survived by her husband of 30 years, Oscar; three daughters: Amanda (Mark), Lesley (Tristan), and Samantha; and her two grandchildren Illiana Grace and Jacob Nelson. She also leaves behind her father Norman (Bev) Stelter; sisters Joy (Bob), Marcia, Donna, and Donna Marie; brothers: Ed, Mac (Shawna), Dwayne, Noel, and Francis, and other beloved relatives.

Jenn was born in Cardston, Alberta on February 22nd, 1965. She would, however, spend most of her childhood growing up in the Crowsnest Pass with her parents Norman and Lola Stelter. Growing up, Jenn took interest in cross country running, and curling, which she would play with family in her spare time. At the highlight of her curling career, she had won the Alberta Winter Games, earning her a curling scholarship to the Lethbridge Community College.

Soon after moving to Lethbridge for school, she met the love of her life, Oscar Cotton, whom she married in 1986. Together they raised three daughters in Lethbridge, later relocating to the Blood Reserve. Jenn was delighted to become a grandmother, first to Illiana in 2010, and again to Jacob in 2015. Family was a priority, and everyone remained very close, despite living in different cities. After settling in to start her family, Jenn took up playing Slo-pitch, and was very proud to have gone on to play in the SPN Nationals in 1999, in Abbotsford BC. She would later enjoy a new hobby in playing pool, of which she played in a league for many years, and enjoyed travelling with her husband and youngest daughter, Sam, to Las Vegas for the World VNEA Championships for many years. Oscar was a referee for the tournaments, with Jenn usually just a spectator, but she was very proud to been able to play with a team in the spring of 2016. At the time of her diagnosis of cancer, Jenn had been working with Canadian Linen in Lethbridge.

Jenn was a beautiful soul. To know her was to love her. Jenn was selfless, and always strived to treat others the way she would want to be treated. She was best known for her beautiful smile, her joyous laugh, and silly sense of humour. Jenn will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. She always remained positive and happy, even in illness. Jenn always had a smile that could cheer you up, even after the worst day.

Jenn was predeceased by her mother, Lola Stelter; her biological parents Donald Rides at the Door and Bertha Eagle Child; among others who are dearly missed.

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.

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A giant oak has fallen. LEO DEAN GREGSON passed away on December 13, 2016 at at the age of 87 years. Dean was born in Cardston, AB on August 1st, 1929 to Thomas Thaddeus and Cordelia Smith Gregson. Dean married Olive Joyce Ellison on April 22nd, 1953 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Dean and Joyce met playing high school basketball and have been together ever since. Dean spent the first fourteen years of his life living on the Blood Indian Reservation and always had a great friendship with the native people. He enjoyed basketball, motorcycles, ranching, farming and trains. Dean and Joyce always had an open door for anyone who needed a home. Most of all he loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dean served a mission in Sydney, Australia before marrying Joyce and then they served missions together in Seoul, Korea and Nairobi, Kenya. His knowledge of the gospel blessed many lives and he wanted everyone to love it as much as he did. He was a bold proclaimer of the truth. Dean and Joyce were called as temple workers in the Cardston Alberta Temple in 1980 and served there for 34 years. He spent three years in the temple presidency and 33 years as a temple sealer.

Dean loved his family and would do anything to make their lives better. He is survived by his wife Joyce; children Michael Gregson Ryan (Sharon) of Burlington, ON, Deborah (Paul) of Yuba City, CA, Kathryn of Magrath,

and Joanne (Jim) of Cardston. He has 24 grandchildren and 54 great

grandchildren. Dean was predeceased in death by a son, Jeffrey Thomas Gregson. Friends may meet the family only on Monday, December 19, 2016 at the Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, Cardston, AB. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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

Infant Nova Evonty Faith

Morning Bird

December 13, 2016

A Million Times You never said I’m leaving, You never said good-bye. You were gone before I knew it, And only God knew why. A million times we’ve needed you, A million times we’ve cried. If love alone could’ve saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, No one else will ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone. Part of us went with you, The day God took you home.

Nova Evonty Faith Morning Bird of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of Megan Morning Bird and Lorne Digout, passed away peacefully shortly after birth on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Besides her loving parents Megan and Lorne, Nova Evonty Faith is survived by her Aunties Fallon Taylor Morning Bird, Rosie Digout, Marcia Digout and Lewanna Digout; her uncles Issiah Big Swallow, AJ Morning Bird, Wacey Morning Bird, Matthew Big Swallow, Chris Digout, and Nandor Samson; grandparents Janice Morning Bird, Albert Big Swallow, Wayne and Marcia Digout; great-grandparent Yvonne Morning Bird; 2 sisters Shakila Lexy Reanne and McKennley Kasey Hayze; 2 brothers Lennox and Hylan Scout; as well as numerous other aunties, uncles and their families. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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ERNST SIEBO KLOEPPER, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Dora, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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Bob Bandstra

1946 – 2016

Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

Mr. Bob Bandstra of Lethbridge, devoted husband of Pat, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the age of 70 years.

Bob was born on February 14, 1946 in Lioessens, Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 6. He spent the majority of his life trucking on the open road, enjoying every minute of it. The past 9 years he spent working with his sons in the trucking industry and being able to enjoy his evenings at home with his wife.

He was the youngest of his siblings John (+Annie), Jenny (Bill), Jim (Betty), +Herman (Henke), Mike (Jenny), Ann (Claude); and dear brother-in-law to Frances (Hank) and Wilma (Adrian); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his loving wife of 50 years Pat, Bob is survived by his sons Rob (Patti), Ed (Lisa); his daughter Pam; grandchildren Kimberly (Darcy Slingerland), Amber (friend Daniel), Brandon, Michael, Josh, Daniel, and Danika; as well as great-grandchildren Riley and Colton.

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 Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at ROC CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, 1220 23rd Ave, Coaldale, AB., with Pastor Frank Harms, officiating.

A Private Family Interment will take place in the Royal View Cemetery.

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Margaret Welsh

Nov. 15,1929 – Dec. 10, 2016

Margaret, beloved wife of the late John Welsh, formerly of Turin, Alberta, passed away peacefully at Vulcan Health Centre at the age of 87 years with her family at her side.

Margaret was born at Raymond, Alberta to Jack and Dorothy Adams. Margaret was raised and attended school at Fort Macleod. She continued her education at the Galt hospital in Lethbridge where she graduated as a Registered Nurse and continued working there until she met John. They were married Nov. 16, 1951 in Lethbridge and moved to the farm at Kipp where they raised their family of two girls and three boys. In 1969, they moved to the farm by Turin. Margaret worked hard alongside John on the farm until they moved to Vulcan in 2011.

Margaret enjoyed fishing, camping, travelling, gardening and times with family and friends. Together they enjoyed many winters in Yuma, Arizona and times at Moyie Lake, B.C. Margaret loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her children Jim (Cindy), Ken (Sherry), Carol (Brad) Paterson, Laurie (Shane) Mehlhaff and Melvin, 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers Jack (Barb) and Gordon (Florence) Adams, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service Saturday Dec. 17, 2016 at 11 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Champion with Bishop Mark Ellis officiating.

Internment following the luncheon at Vulcan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, tributes in Margaret’s memory can be made to Vulcan Community Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit Box 299, Vulcan T0L 2B0.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home.

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