October 23rd, 2020

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 2, 2017.

BERGER, Alvin Nelson

December 30, 1922 – Parkland, AB

January 28, 2017 – Claresholm, AB

The welder and the lathe sit idle, the shop lights are off, the antique cars and tractors are parked, and the accordion sits quiet in the house. After 94 years of a productive and full life, Alvin has left this world. He is survived by his children, Judy (Brian) Dahl, Terry (Wayne Fox) Place, Arne (Heather) Berger, Evan (Laurie) Berger, and Ardelle (Reed) McPherson; his grandchildren, Kara (Patrick) Wood, Brad (Janine) Dahl; Tova Place, Cale (Jen) Place; Kimberlee, Daniel, and Christine Berger; Talia, Brita, and Joel Berger; Tateum, Robyn, and Garrett McPherson; and great grandchildren Jackie Eibisch, Vivian Wood, Liam Greer, Peyton Place, Connor and Kennedy Beagrie.

Alvin was predeceased by his father Nils; step-father Iver Western; mother Ingeborg; brother Peter (Dona) and his wife Bernice.

Born December 30, 1922 on the farm east of Parkland to Nils and Ingeborg Berger, Alvin grew up and completed school in Parkland. In the fall of 1941 he enrolled in National Schools in Los Angeles, California to become a machinist. To put himself through school he worked before and after classes building and machining parts for ships and planes in the war effort. After graduation he returned to Parkland full time to farm and do custom work in the area. In 1949 he married Bernice Malchow from Stavely and they started their life together on the ranch southwest of Nanton, raising cattle, chickens, grain, and their five children. They had a great life together and celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1999. He was very proud of his family, and loved family events and any opportunity where he could visit with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Alvin resided on the ranch, working either outside or in the shop almost every day until he moved to the Silver Willow Lodge in November of 2016.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Nanton Community Hall (2204 18 Street, Nanton, AB) at 2 pm on Friday February 3, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Claresholm and District Palliative Care Unit in the Claresholm General Hospital in Alvin’s name, PO Box 2638, Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0, http://www.cdhealth.ca/make-a-donation.

In living memory of Alvin Berger, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.


BLACK PLUME

REGINALD JOHN BLACK PLUME passed away in Calgary on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, Feb. 5th from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, Feb. 6th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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


BRADLEY

JANET DOREEN BRADLEY, our much-loved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend left us on January 24, 2017. Janet is survived by her children Shiela, Colleen (Doug), Keith (Tammy) and her beautiful grandchildren Dakota, Jace, Joel and Chloe. Janet was predeceased by her husband William Bradley in 1995. She also leaves many nieces and nephews across the Prairies, her sister in law Doreen Lougheed and many dear friends. Jan was a nurse for several years. She especially enjoyed her time working in labour and delivery; many babies born in Lethbridge had her by their side as they made their way into the world. Our mom loved good ice cream, watching the birds feeding at her birdfeeders, a challenging puzzle, the Blue Jays (whether they played well or not) and like any good nurse a bawdy joke. She had the best smile. We offer our deep gratitude to the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care for the exceptional kindness they extended to our mother and to us. If you so wish, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Michael’s Palliative Care, or the Lethbridge Food Bank would make mom smile. Please join the family for a celebration of Janet’s life on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge (below the Keg restaurant).

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


CALDWELL

DON CALDWELL, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Bev Caldwell, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


D’ANDREA

FIORAVANTE D’ANDREA, beloved husband of Joyce D’Andrea, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at the age of 78 years.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children: Cordell D’Andrea of Lethbridge and Jolyn D’Andrea Merrick (Jim) of Calgary. Fioravante is also survived by his sister Mary Delger of Spokane, Wash., a brother-in-law Barry Chalmers of Lethbridge and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Mike and Vic and by one sister Madeline.

Fiori was born July 2nd, 1938 in Lethbridge and was raised in Readymade. He attended Lethbridge Junior College in its Inaugural year and he was the first student union president. After working in Calgary and Prince George in Media Production he later returned to Lethbridge to do Media Production at the College where he met Joyce. They were married December 23rd, 1972. Fiori was a quiet, gentle man with a good sense of humour. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and coached little league baseball. Fiori would always support whatever sports his children were in. In his retirement he went to Sears to sell tools, which he thoroughly enjoyed. His favorite hobby was woodworking and he built many things, including his home and furniture. He was a perfectionist and many marveled at his talent. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating.

In memory of Fiori, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke foundation – #124, 430 6th Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A-2S8.

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


Helen Driedger
1926 – 2017
Helen Driedger, beloved wife of the late George Driedger, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 90 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.


GALLANT

1925 – 2017

It is with sadness and gentle relief that the family of MURIEL JEAN (MELLOR) GALLANT, announce her passing on Sunday, January 29, 2017 after enduring a long struggle from the effects of a stroke that claimed her memory, but not her spirit years ago.

Jean will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Audrey (John), Douglas (Therese), Joy (Cecil), Campbell, Verne (Marlene) as well as several nieces and nephews including Myles, Greg, Lois, Sharon and Bob.

Jean and Art made their home in Regina and Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, before retiring to Victoria, B.C.

A Private Family Interment and Celebration of Jean’s life will be held in the spring, when the sun is high and the flowers are blooming.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


GOUW

FLORENCE HESTER GOUW (FOGGIN) passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit in the early morning of Friday, January 27, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Helen Kuniec

1917 – 2017

Mrs. Helen Kuniec of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Kuniec, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital aon Monday, January 30, 2017 at the age of 99 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


JAMES WATARU HIRONAKA

James Wataru Hironaka March 14, 1924, Raymond, Alberta – January 28, 2017 Calgary, Alberta. Jim Hironaka passed away quietly at the South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary, Alberta on January 28th, 2017, approximately 6 weeks shy of his 93rd birthday. He will be deeply missed by his family in Calgary who enjoyed having him nearby these past few years. Jim was born and raised on the family farm in Raymond, Alberta. After high school, he enjoyed time in Edmonton where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta in 1949 before returning home to work on the farm. He went on to work as a District Agriculturalist for many years before retirement. Jim also enjoyed serving many years on the Raymond General Hospital Board. In addition to treasuring his time with the grandkids, Jim enjoyed the outdoors with many years of fishing, hiking and later on gardening. Jim is survived by his loving children and their spouses, Jon and Mari Hironaka, their children Blaine and Allie, Mari Ann and Richard Lawson, their children Alicia, Michael, Ryan and Mark, Dean and Joelle Hironaka, and their children Angela Mower (Peter) and JT. He is predeceased by his wife Aya. Thank you to all the Doctors, Nurses, EMS, Walden Agecare staff and all of our family and friends for their support. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470 – 40 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Y. Izumi officiating. Koden gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate to the charity of their choice.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


JOHNSON

It is with sad and heavy hearts that the family of BETTY JOHNSON (GESINGHAUS) announce her passing on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Betty was born in Iron Springs, Alberta on July 24, 1930 to Richard and Olivia Gesinghaus.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Albert James, her 2 sons, Edward and Brian Johnson.

Betty is survived by her Grandson Cody (Ashley), their children Bentley, Chevelle, Kruz and Lincoln of Lethbridge, Granddaughter Tiffany Johnson of Calgary, as well as a large extended family.

Betty met and married the love of her life Albert James Johnson and moved to Carmangay where they enjoyed their rural lifestyle. Edward and Brian were born and loved the quiet family life, (if any life can be quiet with 2 rambunctious boys). In 1974 when Albert passed away Betty and the boys moved to Lethbridge where Betty worked hard as a Nursing Attendant, she loved her work and she loved of her life and being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. While working at various nursing homes she adopted her clients as family and would often be seen on her days off going in to spend just a little bit more quality time with her work family. She had a heart of gold and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Good Samaritan home for their wonderful care of Betty during her stay.

Funeral services will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South (entrance to the airport), on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Deacon Isaac Driedger officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


LEBLANC, HANS

Mr. Hans LeBlanc, a 56 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away January 23, 2017. The Officers, Members & Staff extend their deepest sympathy.


NAY

GEORGE ELLIOT NAY, 86, of Cardston, AB passed away peacefully on January 29, 2017 surrounded by his family.

George will be dearly missed by his wife Kay of 66 years; his children Rodney (Debbie) Nay, Susan Phillips (Brian- deceased, Steve Spencer), Bradley (Debbie) Nay, Lori (Brent) Mikkelsen, David (Lori) Nay; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild, his brother Dale (Lois) Nay as well as many nephews and nieces. George is predeceased by his mother and father Beatrice and Elliott Nay and his sister Marlene Ivanco.

A funeral service will not be held, although a family memorial will be held at a later date as per his wishes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cardston & District Health Foundation- Box 1440, Cardston, AB, T0K 0K0

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


NEILSON ALICE LARUE (DOWDLE) NEILSON Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend

Mother was always a hard worker and with a sense of humor. She was the eldest of Alice Ada Webster and Merriett Dewey “Duke” Dowdle. She was born in Cardston, Alberta Canada on September 27, 1921 in a small house across the street from the temple. LaRue met Sidney William Neilson whom she married and became the proud parents of six children: Robert “Bob” Neilson (Rose Banack), Darlene Duncan, Yvonne Jones, Shelley (Robert “Bud”) Shinkle, Brian Neilson (Fiona Wilson) and Glen Neilson (Donna Nordstrom). Mom had many talents: crochet, quilting, embroidery, calligraphy, exquisite penmanship, canning, fantastic baking, and dancing. LaRue left us to be with her husband Sid on Saturday, January 28, 2017 who has been waiting 20 long years for her to join him. She is survived by her 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, her sister Enid Pepper. In addition to her husband Sid, LaRue is predeceased by her brother Lloyd (Zoe) Dowdle, brother-in-law Raymond Pepper, great grandchildren Kiana Elford and Mateo Martin. A Memorial Service to honor our Mother will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 Street South, Lethbridge. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment to be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Cardston Cemetery.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


PIGAT Nov 7, 1924- January 29, 2017

It is with great sadness that we release (Mamma – Nonna) Dosolina Pigat to be with her true love; husband, Angelo. She passed peacefully at the Northside Good Samaratans Care Facility at the age of 92 with her loving daughter by her side. Dosolina was born to Antonio and Anna Maria Zucchet November 7, 1924 in Chions Italy. She fell in love with Angelo Pigat and after a courtship, which involved some serenading outside her window, they decided to marry May 5 1945. Following opportunity, Angelo came to Canada in 1950. Dosi and Tony followed one year later in 1951. Dosolina is survived by her son Tony (Terry) Pigat of Lethbridge and daughter Anita (Gary) Bailey also of Lethbridge. Six Grandchildren and Seven Great Grandchildren and sister Theresa Chiarotto of Toronto. She was predeceased by her husband Angelo, Sisters Anita, Irma, Palmira. Brothers Victoria and Vincenzo and parents Antonio and Anna Maria Zucchet. Dosolina struggled with alzheimers for too long but was always happy, always ready to give a hug and a smile. She had a rich life enjoying helping husband Angelo start their own business; Alta Aluminum, which is still operated by son Tony and Grandson Alan. Dosi loved her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, always ready to look after them and cook for them. She also loved her garden, her flowers, camping and traveling to see her many relatives in Toronto, Ottawa, France and Italy. She will be laid to rest with her husband Angelo with a private family gathering to follow. This was her wish. Rest in peace…Ti Amo.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


QUIROGA

JOSE LUIS QUIROGA, beloved husband of Darlene Quiroga, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre, in Calgary, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the age of 65 years.

A Celebration of Jose’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Robert Edwin Elliott

October 3, 1922 –

January 20, 2017

Mr. Robert (Bob) Elliott of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Gladys Elliott, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the age of 94 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada at 150, 9405 – 50th Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2T4.

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


Roy Oseen

1935 – 2017

Roy Sydney Oseen passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the St. Michaels Health Center palliative care unit in the late afternoon of Sunday January 29th at the age of 81 years. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years Shirley Oseen. Roy married Shirley, daughter of Clarence and Helen Holthe of Turin, Alberta in June 1958 and began farming in the Sundial district until they moved to Lethbridge in 1995. Roy will be greatly missed by his three children, Terry (Russ), Lana (Chris), and Jay (Melinda). Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren: Jonathan, Jillian, Liam, Caitlyn, and Hannah, his step-grandchildren Grace and Niko and his brother Brian(Lousie), as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. Besides Shirley, the other love of his life was his beautiful acreage and garden on the Little Bow River that he established and cared for over the past fifteen years. A private grave-side service will be held for immediate family. A come and go reception will be held between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB, 902 6 St. North Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 2424 – 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2T4. A special thanks to the staff of St. Michaels for the wonderful care.

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


SCHAMBER

PETER SCHAMBER, beloved husband of Helen Schamber, of Milk River, passed away at the Milk River Health Centre, on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at the age of 100 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Louis (Smitty) Smith Matomotamekkanasoyi

Louis passed away January 26, 2017 at the age of 73 years. A Mass and viewing will take place Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM until 11:00 PM at St Paul’s Church in Brocket on the Piikani Nation. On Thursday, February 2 at 12:00 PM a wake will be held at the Smith’s resident (RR273 South) on the Piikani Nation. On Friday, February 3 at 11:00 AM a Funeral Service will be held at the Piikani Community Hall. Interment to follow at the Brocket Cemetery.


SMITH

RUTH IRENE SMITH was born May 15, 1943 in Greenfield, Massachusetts to Ruth and Olin Whipple. She was beloved wife of Doug Smith of Carmangay, AB and mother of Lisa Meyer and Ashley Milsop of Billings, MT, USA. She was Gram to Levi, Shilah and Ali Meyer of Billings, MT. She was Granny to Noah and Rachel Smith of Edmonton, AB and Bryson, Doran, Garan, and Quinlyn Smith of Cupar, SK. She was Great-grandma to Heath Todd of Burbank, CA, USA.

Ruthie was a remarkable woman; devoted family member and friend; skilled author, photographer, gardener, knitter, crocheter, baker, and cook; and an avid reader. She travelled the world with her family in spirit, praying them home every step of the way.

Ruthie stepped into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, January 26, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. We look forward to seeing her beautiful smile again in the Kingdom.

A small, private memorial with family and close friends is planned for a later date.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


THOMSON

ROBERT (BOB) GEORGE THOMSON, passed away peacefully in Raymond, on Monday January 31, 2017 at the age of 65. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


WARD

Patricia Margret Ward passed away peacefully on January 27th surrounded and loved by her extensive family. She is survived by seven children, Robert (Mariea), Alan (Raina), Tony, Stephen (Jen), Ken (Juanita), David (Judy) & Victoria. Eighteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her eternal companion Victor in 2014, and two grandchildren. Pat was an active and involved member of the LDS Church, serving in many callings over the years.Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

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