January 20th, 2021

FRIDAY, December 23, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 23, 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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Iris Wasilenko

1945 – 2016

Mrs. Iris Marie Wasilenko of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of 50 years of Mr. Robert “Bob” Wasilenko, passed away peacefully after a brief courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the age of 71 years. Iris was the second born child to her loving parents Tom and Katie Wasylyshin on January 8, 1945 at the Borden, Saskatchewan Hospital. She attended Turtle Lake School with her sisters Darlene and Marilyn until grade 8, then was bussed to Borden High School by bus driver John Puto. Iris knew at an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. When she graduated grade 12, she enrolled at the Teacher’s College in Saskatoon much to her father’s apprehension. Finally he relented and let Iris attend. Iris spent her first two years teaching in Big River, Saskatchewan. On August 6, 1966, Iris married Bob Wasilenko whom she met at Teacher’s College. They married in the Radisson, Saskatchewan Greek Catholic Church. Being blessed they enjoyed 50 special, memorable, LOVING years together. Very special days for Iris were the days her sons Gregory Robert and Trevor Thomas John were born. Iris’ passions in life were her time spent in the classroom working with young children and her love of walking, being able to spend time talking to God and enjoying nature. However, her greatest joy in life was being married to her husband Bob and being a mother to her two sons Greg and Trevor. Besides her loving husband Bob, Iris is survived by her sons Gregory Robert of Vancouver, BC and Trevor Thomas John (Starla) of Lethbridge, AB; sister Darlene (John) Puto of Edmonton, AB and brother Melvin (Gisele) Wasylyshin of Borden, SK. Iris was predeceased by her parents Tom and Katie Wasylyshin of Borden, SK; sisters Marilyn (John) Petrun of Borden, SK and Corinne (Jeff) Baldwin of North Battleford, SK. For those who wish, memorial donations in Iris’ name may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1A129, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5. At Iris’ request there will be no funeral service, but rather that close family be included in Graveside Prayers at the Borden Saskatchewan Cemetery.

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Kenneth Lewis Lewison, beloved husband of Inga Worthing passed away peacefully on, December 18, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

Ken was born February 18, 1927 in Milk River Alberta, and spent many years there before moving to Princeton, BC.

Dad had many jobs throughout his lifetime, but his passion was being a mechanic, and he could fix anything he put his mind to.

Ken is survived by his wife Inga, his son Ron (Glenda), daughters Kelly Stella and Lori (Hal) Porter, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Ken was predeceased by his parents Louis and Alma, son Robert, and grandson Garrett.

At Ken’s request will be no funeral. All he asks is for you to buy a friend a coffee and have a good BS.


1931 – 2016

Sadly we announce the sudden passing of WILFRED BERNARD “BUD” MICKELBERRY on December 20th, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 22 years, Brenda Mickelberry; daughter Brenda (Dave) Allan and granddaughters: Kiara and Cayley Allan as well as stepsons Colin Sinclair and Cameron Haynes. He is also survived by his siblings; Irene Pfaff, Margaret (Bud) Heck, Jim (Betty) Mickelberry, Dorothy Lange, Barbara (Bryan) Watts, Verna (Ron) McDowell and Sharon (Ike) Fehr as well as many nephews and nieces, extended family and loved ones.

He was predeceased by his parents Elmer and Agnes Mickelberry, brother Norman and sister Betty Chambers, brothers-in-law Andrew Pfaff and Tony Lange.

Born in Medicine Hat on January 23, 1931, Bud found his passion at an early age farming south of Vauxhall with his brother Norman. They soon had their own farms, which brought forth for Bud, satisfaction in working in the fields. From there, he worked at Vauxhall Foods in maintenance for 23 years before retiring to Taber and most recently moved to Coaldale. He enjoyed gardening, wood working and daily walks as well as helping out the elderly by shoveling snow and cutting grass. You can take the farmer out of the field but you can’t take the field out of the farmer.

A Private Family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make a donation in Bud’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

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Peto Nicas

1924 – 2016

Mr. Peto Nicas of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Marie Nicas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the age of 92 years. He was born January 2, 1924 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He owned and operated McGuire’s Men’s Wear for 50 years. He was an active member of the Lethbridge Y’s Men’s Club. Once he retired, he was able to fully enjoy golfing at the Lethbridge Country Club, playing Crib at Parkridge Estates, and he really enjoyed riding his bike. He loved traveling and spent many years doing just that, with his love, Marie. Peto is survived by his four children, Andy, Phil (Sonia), Greg (Viva) and their children William and Kate, Pam (Duane) Ptycia and their children Dan (Aaryn) and David (Anastasia). He is also survived by his two brothers John (Dite) and Jim (Rosemarie). Peto was predeceased by his loving wife Marie, his grandson Michael Nicas, and his mother & father. To follow Peto’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A Come & Go Reception will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at COUNTRY KITCHEN CATERING, 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South (lower level). In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 124-430 6 Ave. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2F8

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It is with great sadness we announce that after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Ervin Reinhard Peters passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones on Monday, December 19, 2016.

Ervin was born to Rosa and Gerhardt Peters in Lethbridge, Alberta on April 7, 1957. There he trained as a classical musician and a fine artist at The University of Lethbridge as well as the renowned Banff School of Fine Arts where some of his art currently resides. Ervin later practiced art in New York City and then in Toronto, Ontario where he met his beloved Carolyn (Schellenberg) in 1988. The two fell in love and wed in 1991. They gave birth to their first child (Julia) in 1992. Ervin was a very proud and loving father and husband. This beautiful family of three welcomed their second child (Sabastian) in 2001. Ervin was a tender father and a man devoted to family. In 2005, they moved to Cambridge, Ontario to continue to build a loving and safe environment for their children. Sabastian, Julia and Carolyn were the heart and soul of Ervin. He loved them deeply and protected them with ferocity. The family surrounded Ervin with love and comfort as he battled with Alzheimer’s. They visited him often at Sunnyside Senior’s Home and showered him with love and support. The children could often be seen in their father’s loving embrace.

Ervin has now passed on to a place of peace, and he will forever be loved and remembered by his wife, Carolyn, his daughter, Julia and his son, Sabastian.

Raised in a family that was rooted in music, philosophy and a gift for laughter that he held until his final days, Ervin will be dearly missed by his loving mother Rosa, sisters Ruth (Stephen) and Rose (Jeff), and his brothers Rolund (Claire), Richard (Ellie), Rudy (Patti) and Helmut. In memorandum, he survived his father Gerhardt who profoundly encouraged his artistic pursuits and is remembered in this tribute.

Ervin will also be loved and missed by his loyal and supportive Schellenberg family; mother-in-law Susan, father-in-law Ernie, and brother-in-laws Matt, Greg, David (Chris) and Mark (Val) who loved and steadfastly supported him as son and brother.

Our collective loss is immeasurable, his beauty and legacy we hold dearly. We are here with you forever in love.

Family and friends will be received at the Memory Gardens Funeral Home 2723 Victoria St. N. Breslau 519 904 0400 on Tuesday December 27, 2016 from 11-1 p.m. for a time to share and remember Ervin. Interment to follow at 4 p.m. the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated. If so desired a book of online condolences may be signed at http://www.memorycemetery.ca

Emil Radke
1928 – 2016
Emil Radke, beloved husband of Hilda Radke, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the age of 88 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Rose Tubbs

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother Rose. She died peacefully at home at the age of 96. The gates to heaven were opened and she was greeted into the loving arms of her husband George(2005), daughter Loretta(2011), Sons Richard(2010) and Larry(2007). She is survived by her son Gerald and Daughter Diana(Gerry), 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren (with two more on the way). A tribute to Roses life will be held on December 31st at 11:00 AM at the Valley View Memorial Gardens in the Arbor Chapel at 14660 72nd Ave in Surrey B.C. Reception will follow.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society.


BRUCE TUTT, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at the age of 56 years.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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I am sad to say, that on December 18, 2016, I passed away at the young age of 58 at home surrounded by loved ones.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Highway 3, on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre at the following site, http://www.albertacancer.ca /donate/cancer-centres

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