January 22nd, 2021

MONDAY, January 2, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 3, 2017.

Mervin “Merv” Brandt

1943 – 2016

Mr. Mervin (Merv) Brandt of Stafford Lake, beloved husband of Effie Brandt and of the late Irene Brandt, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 73 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on Monday, January 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Deacon Ray Wagner officiating. Inurnment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, JOHANNA JANTINA DEKENS. Johanna went to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 29, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

Johanna de Boer was born in Groningen, Netherlands, on March 4, 1928, the first of 5 children. After struggling through the war years, she joined her fiance Louis Dekens in Lacombe, Alberta, where they were married in 1951. They began their lives together as dairy farmers in Rocky Mountain House, where all 8 of their children were born. Despite his appreciation for farming, Johanna’s husband Louis felt called to be a pastor. Trusting God, the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Louis began 7 years of studies.

Although moving came with many challenges, Johanna loved the stimulating academic environment and the ethnically diverse community. In 1969, the family moved to serve the Port Alberni CRC community. They accepted their next call to Granum, Alberta, in 1974. In both communities, she was a supportive pastor’s wife, forming many long-lasting friendships. Tragically, on June 17, 1978, Louis passed away. With a broken heart, Joahnna moved to Lethbridge to be closer to her children. Throughout her grief, she continued to speak of God’s goodness and provision in her life. She began to build a life without her husband; her identity and role as a pastor’s wife shifted. With time, she became involved in prayer ministry, Coffee Break Bible Study, and prison ministry. Johanna developed strong relationships with the inmates while working in the prison ministry, caring for them long past her time as a volunteer. Johanna’s heart for people was witnessed as she formed friendships with many in the community. She listened to their stories, encouraging them along the way with her prayers and simple acts of kindness.

Johanna modeled a thankful spirit. The smallest of things excited her. When driving with family members, she was an engaged and appreciative traveler. She delighted in the scenery, the company, and the frequent treat stops. Her personal exuberance showed up often. Once, during a power outage, her son-in-law played a few songs on the accordion in the dark. This personal concert thrilled her as she clapped and sang along. Johanna was easily excited and effortlessly grateful throughout her life.

As a mom, she was very giving, loving, and accepting. She was an affirming mother who cheered each of her children on from childhood into adulthood. Our souls smile as we remember nestling on the couch with Mom as she patiently listened to us learn to read. Not only did she listen to us read as young children, she was eager to truly listen to us with her understanding and accepting heart throughout our lives. Her perceptive abilities allowed her to speak wisely into the lives of her children. She encouraged her kids to nurture their relationship with Jesus and with each other.

Throughout her life, Johanna took great joy in being a mom and an oma. She was committed to getting to know her grandchildren as deeply as she knew her children. Her playfulness, light-hearted humour, listening ear, and accepting nature allowed her to connect with her grandchildren in unique ways. Her grandchildren often recall stories of her ability to flash a knowing smile, an understanding look, and an “ it’s our little secret” wink. Johanna was tireless in her prayers for many, but especially for her grandchildren. She tried to stay attuned to their needs and joys. Her grandchildren loved her for her jovial spirit and her steadfast faith. She taught her grandchildren the importance of sharing their stories, encouraging them to write and enjoy literature.

Johanna had a heart for the marginalized and cared deeply for those who were persecuted globally. She was passionate about international current issues and about God’s work in the church. For her life and legacy, we are grateful and blessed.

Her children: Peter (Dora Schievink) Dekens, Jacob (Joanne) Dekens, Anne (Frank) deWalle, Neal (Peggy) Dekens, Randy( Lynda) Dekens, Janice (Ed) Kostelyk, Mark (Lois) Dekens.

Her grandchildren: Tammy (Jason), Clifford, Louise (Gary), Maria (Kris), Jantina (Doug), Jaclyn (Tyler), Trisha (Steve), Samuel (Saara), Joanna (Paolo), Alyson (Jordan), Anthony ( Elaine), Norman (Kristy), Jordan (Kendra), Eric (Jaclyn), Joey (EunJoo), James (Ashley), Katy, Betsy (Matthew), Rachelle (Jesse), Jake (Margaret), Janna (Riley), David (Marit), Jacob, Caleb (Alecia), Micah, David, Lily.

Her predeceased family: Spouse, Louis Dekens; Infant daughter, Anne Janet; Brothers, John de Boer, Reinder de Boer; Sister, Janny Wierstra; Daughters-In- Law, Nellie Dekens and Greta Dekens; Grandson, Timothy Dekens; Great Grandson, Cayden Dekens.

A Memorial Service will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH – 260 McGill Blvd West on Tuesday, January 3, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with pastor Tony Mann officiating.

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Angus Algate Erickson

1926 – 2016

Mr. Angus Algate Erickson passed away peacefully at the Milk River Long Term Care Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, just 3 days short of his 90th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Milk River Long Term Care Centre, 517 Centre Ave. NE, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at ST. PAULS UNITED CHURCH, 201 Second St. Northeast, Milk River, AB.

Interment to follow in the Milk River Cemetery.

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Donald “Don” Farrington

1930 – 2016

Mr. Donald Cameron Farrington, beloved husband of Matilda (Tillie), passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Deacon Cliff Bogden, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Su-Anne Fick

1966 – 2016

Su-Anne Fick of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the age of 50 years.

A private family service will be held.

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Terry Arthur Buddy Lane Healy

October 24, 1988

-December 24, 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, father, uncle Buddy Lane Healy. Buddy passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at the age of 28 years.

Buddy was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on October 24, 1988 to the late Terry Healy and Donna (Sissy) Many Fingers. Buddy leaves to mourn his precious and beautiful baby girl Jalisa Jane, his brother Kelsey and sisters Jenilee and Melissa; who were also his life-long best friends. He also leaves to mourn his brothers: Sage First Rider and Kyle Red Crow. His nephews: Milan, Nickayle, Rayden, Felix, nieces: Joley, Tesslyn, Kashtin and Sunni; and his special friend Cynthia Big Swallow.

Buddy also leaves to mourn many uncles, aunties and cousins who all cherished him dearly: his Many Fingers family Edgar (Wanda) Many Fingers, Troy (LouAnn) Many Fingers, Brett (Ashley) Yellow Face, Jolaine Many Fingers and Janelle Shade; his Healy family Del (Dianne) Healy, Patsy Healy, Bella (Bert) Mistaken Chief, Sheila Healy, Fern Healy, Lila (Richard) Heavy Head and Jessalyn (Armand) Page.

Buddy is survived by his loving grandmother Teresa Many Fingers; he was predeceased by his grandfather Gordon Heavy Shields and paternal grandparents Arthur and Betty Healy.

Buddy had a huge heart and lived life to the fullest; he sincerely loved all his friends and family and will be greatly missed and loved by everyone forever.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Agency Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, January 2nd from 6:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be at the Old Agency Community Hall on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the One Spot Cemetery.

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Mary Stewart McTavish

1916 – 2016

Mrs. Mary Stewart McTavish passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, Alberta on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the age of 100 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, with Dr. Austin Fennell, officiating.

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Real Eugene Rondeau of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness, at St. Mike’s Palliative Unit on December 28, 2016 at the age of 64.

Real was born in Cowansville, Quebec to Lucille Robinson and the late Eugene Rondeau.

He met BettyAnn and together they had a son Jonathan. Four years later in 1978 they moved to Alberta where they had two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer.

Dad loved cats and dogs, snowmobiles and motorcycles were his passion. He also loved cars and won many trophies for his artistic paint jobs. Dad was hilarious, kind and had many friends. Dad worked at Cor Van Raay Farms and made many friends, who were like family.

Real is survived by siblings Lise Rondeau, Johanne (Guy) Benoit, Sylvie Rondeau; son Jonathan Rondeau; daughters Melissa (Byron) Leavitt, grandson Jaxon, Jennifer (Brandon) Rondeau, grandsons Riley, Brady, Oakland and Lucas and his Husky dog Yukon, who was like a son; mother-in-law Joyce (the late Morris) Crittenden; sisters-in-law Hope (Roy) Gage, Carmen (Conrad) Bedard, Linda Fernihough, Kay (Terry) Crittenden, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Per Real’s wishes, there will be no service.


JULIUS SEILLER, beloved husband of the Elizabeth Seiller, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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