January 25th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 17, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 17, 2017.


January 30, 1953 – February 6, 2017

With great sadness we announce the passing of Allan Cameron on February 6 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family. He fought a hard short battle against cancer.

Allan (Butch) was quiet and reserved, but very kind and caring. He lived his life on his own terms with a willingness to share his knowledge of all things close to his heart.

Allan (Butch) was predeceased by his parents, John and Pearl and his brother Bob. His memory will forever be in the hearts of His horses, his Sister Sharon, Nieces, Nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many cherished friends.

Thank you to the kind and caring staff in Emergency, 5 West and 7 East at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to your Local Animal Shelter and The Canadian Cancer Society.

No formal funeral will be held, cremation has taken place, and his ashes will be placed with his mother and father.


ALEXANDER “ALEX” BENE, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Alex is survived by his beloved brother Peter (Sharon) Bene of Lethbridge and sister Annie (Joseph) Szalavary. Besides his siblings, he will be missed by his nieces and nephews as well as numerous great and great great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Peter Sr. and Juliana Bene.

As a child, Alex lived in Gelenes, Hungary. The family moved to Southern Alberta in 1939. Alex worked hard beside his brother; farming and tending to the animals. Alex loved to go bowling, dancing and he always had his music on.

A Small Family Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.

The Graveside Service will be held in the spring.

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MELBA HANNAH (HANSEN) BIRCK passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born of goodly parents, James and Louise Hansen, on September 28, 1923 in Taber, Alberta. She was predeceased by her husband and eternal sweetheart Tage Birck, January 14, 1985; her parents; brother and sister-in-law Norman and Lorraine Hansen; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mildred and Howard Pearson, Howard Francis, Lucille and Ted Parks, Patricia and Ken Cutts, Jeannette Forchuk, Jay Anderson and Evelyn Lutes.

She leaves behind her sisters, Viola Francis and Phyllis Anderson; brothers-in-law George Forchuk and Bill Lutes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Melba was raised in Taber, Alberta and met her husband in Vauxhall while she was teaching there. She always knew he was in the room. He had a way about him.

Many would know her as their teacher. She taught many grades over the years from Kindergarten to 9th grade, mostly in Vauxhall and Lethbridge, which she enjoyed immensely. Her countenance would brighten over the years when someone would recognize her and speak to her. Even in these final years, some of her caregivers had been students of hers, which also gave her comfort.

She was an avid gardener. Her yard was immaculate and loaded with many varieties of flowers and bushes. She also spent many hours preparing meals and fancy sandwiches for company and gave many hours of service to others. She was a private, but independent, and sincere individual who was concerned for the welfare of others.

She loved to read and had a great time, sharing books and stories.

She greatly loved her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities including serving a mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her life was one of service. She had a great relationship with her Savior and found great fulfillment as she attended the Temple.

For those wishing to send flowers please consider instead, a gift to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Perpetual Education Fund, which she supported for many years. Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTER, 2410 – 28 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Monday, February 20th , 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may meet the family from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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


INEZ EILEEN BOGNER (nee Shimp), beloved wife of the late Tom Bogner, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge at the age of 88 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, Carol (Tiv), Wayne and Randy (Jane); grandchildren, Quincy (Brent), Fraser (Trish), Cameron (Candace), Sophie (Colton), Alexandra (Logan) and Emma (Jeff); and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Danielle, Ashton, Chandler and Finley.

Inez was predeceased by her sister Iris and brothers, Bill and Babe.

Inez was born in Vulcan where she met and married Tom and lived until 1959 when they moved to Lethbridge. She worked as a receptionist at Dr. Kuipers’ chiropractic office until she retired. Inez was a very active social butterfly, who loved the Lord and His promise of life everlasting, her church, her family and her friends.

After a long and healthy life, Inez fell, fracturing her hip. Following a successful surgery and one month recovery, Inez tragically fell again, which resulted in her passing. The family will be forever thankful for the special care and attention our Mother received from the nurses, doctors and staff during her short time at the CRH.

Inez was much loved and her death has left an unspeakable emptiness in our lives. See you in Heaven, sweet Inez; Mother, Grams, and GG.

A Celebration of Inez’s Life will be held at the CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST – 716 – 23 St. North, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastors Harold Cooper and Jim Chapman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favourite charity.

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

CHAMBERS, Jane of Kelowna, beloved wife of Danny Chambers, passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at the age of 55 years. Jane was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on March 23, 1961 to Abe and Melva Neudorf. She married her soulmate Danny on November 8, 1986. She is survived by her husband Danny, her daughters Alyx (Colin), Zoey and son Rhys; Brother Terry (Dianne) Neudorf, grandchildren; Emme and Madden Gregory, as well as many nieces and nephews and her dog Henry. Jane always did whatever she could for us kids and made sure each of us had the opportunity to pursue our dreams to the fullest. She enjoyed being a Mother and dedicated her entire life to being a full time nurturer, even while caring for her parents near the end of their lives. We are so grateful to have had the time that we did with her. Jane’s passion in life was nursing and most importantly making others feel happy and loved. She was very entrepreneurial and loved reading and education. Anyone who knew Jane knows her sensitivity and sense of humor were her greatest attributes and bringing others happiness brought her happiness.

Celebration of Life is to be announced at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 210, 2946 – 32 St., NE, Calgary, AB, T1Y 6J7, or to the Salvation Army Community and Family Services, 1811 – 2 Ave., S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2C9. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. Thank you for all your love and support during these times and should you wish to send condolences please visit http://www.everdenrust.com


PETER DYCK, beloved husband of Clara Dyck of Coaldale, Alberta, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on February 14, 2017 at the age of 79 years. A viewing will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge AB, on Friday February 17, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. A private family graveside will be held on Saturday February 18, 2017. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 at UNIVERSITY DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH, 55 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to Gideon Bible or STARS Ambulance. A special thank you to the staff in the ICU unit at Chinook Regional Hospital, who showed so much love and compassion to our father. In our hearts forever and always. Peter Dyck June 1, 1937 – February 14, 2017.

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RHIANNON JOY KRISTAL EAGLE PLUME passed away in Calgary on February 11, 2017 at the age of 31 years.

The Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Feb. 21st from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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FORSTER, Kathleen Anne

(nee Kosolofski)

March 12, 1949 – January 20, 2017

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Kathleen (Kathy) Anne Forster nee Kosolofski, loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, wife and friend.

Kathy was born in Prelate, SK to Michael and Anne Kosolofski on March-12-1949. Kathy moved to Lethbridge, AB where she studied nursing and met her first husband Donald Forster. Kathy later settled with her young family in Red Deer, AB where she remained until her passing.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents Michael and Anne and her partner of 20 years, Berne Mills. Kathy is lovingly remembered by her 2 children and their families: daughter Kristen (Nathan) Whitling and their children Josh, Cassie, Lauren and Ethan; and son Nathan (Asteid) Forster and their children Nneka, Nya and Amari.

Kathy is also lovingly remembered by her siblings Stan (Marcia) Kosolofski and Annette (John) Jangula and their families as well as her extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

Kathy was very family oriented always with a ready smile and a warm embrace. Kathy enjoyed her grandchildren, reading, puzzles, travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines. Although Kathy was retired from nursing she cherished being of service and remained very civic minded, volunteering her time with many local charities. Kathy lived a good life filled with lots of love, great friendships and many blessings.

Kathy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to her friends Ellen Loewen, Ann & Tom Darling, Diana Montague-Jackson and Sharon Race for all of their support during this time.

Memorial service to be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 4820 45 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1K5 on Friday, February-24-2017 at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you please make donations on Kathy’s behalf to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 202, 5913 50 Ave Red Deer, AB T4N 4C4.

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Arrangements entrusted to

4820 – 45 Street, Red Deer.

Phone (403) 347-2222

Frank (Ted) Wilfred Firth July 1, 1952 – January 23, 2017

We are very saddened to announce the sudden passing of Ted while he was away on vacation in Mexico. Ted was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Ted, which will be held on one of his favourite days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Community Hall (411 – 16 Street North, Lethbridge).

Mark Johnson
1954 – 2017
After many years of poor health, Marquis Lavone Johnson, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 62 years.
Mark is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Johnson and his siblings Gregory (Brenda) Johnson of Lethbridge, Loren (Cindy) Johnson of Barnwell, Tracy (Shelly) Johnson of Calgary, Trevor (Cherie) Johnson of Taber, Nina (David) Ogles of Springville, Utah, Melvin (Anna) Johnson of Oak Grove, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his father Bruce Lavone Johnson.
Mark was born in Taber on March 24, 1954. His childhood home was Barnwell. He attended the Barnwell School, W.R. Myers High School and the University of Calgary where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Through self study, he became an electronic technician for Solid State Geophysical of Calgary. He travelled extensively for his company in the rural areas of Alberta, some parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan as well as Yemen, Trinidad and Louisiana. Due to ill health, he was forced to retire at a young age and returned to his home in Barnwell.
In spite of his physical condition, he found enjoyment for many years growing flowers and trees to enhance the beauty of this small village. Mark accumulated a large library of books as well as vinyl records of classical music. The last few months of his life, he resided at the Clearview Lodge where he was treated most kindly by the staff and residents. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, February 18, 2017 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ken Gartly
1946 – 2017
Kenneth Gartly, passed away in Taber on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 70 years after struggling several years with dementia.
A private service will be held in Medicine Hat. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Left to mourn his passing is his brother Ron (Beryl) Gartly of Taber; nieces and nephews Jo-Ann (Randy) Duran and Sandra (Bill) Kennedy of Regina, Saskatchewan, Jonathan (Melissa) Gartly of Lomond, Kelvin (Lisa) Gartly of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Lester Gartly of Calgary and Sharon (Nick) Milojevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario as well as several cousins, great nieces and nephews. He is also remembered by some good friends who reside in Calgary and Winnipeg.
He was predeceased by his parents William “Bill” and Leontine “Lee” Gartly, and half-sister Mary Magdalin (nee Gartly).
Ken was born on October 22, 1946 at Leader, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm eight miles north of Richmound, Saskatchewan. Ken’s elementary education took place in one room country schools including Etna, Progress and Richfield, where he was taught by his mother. He attended high school in Horsham, Saskatchewan and finished grade twelve at Prairie High School in Three Hills. Following high school, Ken studied four years at Prairie Bible Institute, graduating in 1967. He then studied three years at the University of Calgary, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree. He worked several different jobs in Calgary, Carberry, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto, Ontario, including a stint as a security guard in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Ken then attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in 1985. Following graduation, he worked as a mechanical engineer for several years until about the time he was diagnosed with a dementia called Primary Progressive Aphasia.
His main avocational pursuits were cycling, alpine skiing, camping and hiking in the mountains. These passions and his desire for adventure took him to places like Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and California for skiing and Vancouver Island, the Oregon coast, Germany and Holland for cycling and camping. In the summer of 1975, Ken embarked on a stimulating trip to Scotland to visit the village and parish of Gartly and to explore his Gartly family heritage. He had a fine singing voice and enjoyed singing in a choir the last couple of years he lived in Winnipeg.  Ken was known and respected for his integrity, work ethic and even temperament.
When Ken was no longer able to care for himself in his own home in Winnipeg, he moved to Taber to live with his brother Ron and wife Beryl in July of 2008. In the fall of 2011, he was moved to Linden View where he resided until his passing.
“As a family, we are grateful for the compassionate attention Ken received from the staff and caregivers at Linden View. Thank you to medical and pharmaceutical personnel for your input and care. We thank God for all who so graciously cared for Ken. May God richly bless you for your kind service.”
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MARION RUTH GUZIK, beloved mother and grandmother, on Monday, February 13, 2017.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Brenda Lynde and grandson Shaun Lynde; sister Nellie Mehrer and brother Ron Mehrer; nephew Glenn (Karen) Cooper; niece Cheryl (Desmond) and family; niece Barbara (Dariusz) and nephew Keith (Nathalie) and family.

Marion was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter Guzik; parents, Christian and Paulina Mehrer; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Al Cooper, sister-in-law, Melva Mehrer as well as canine family members, Tawnie and Lexus.

Marion was born on October 1, 1930 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the second youngest of five siblings. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed Bingo and bowling. Marion was the founding President of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada (TNAC) as well as establishing the local TN support group, which still meets every month.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their compassion and dedication to Marion in her last days as well to the personnel of the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services for their professionalism and commitment to EMS care for Marion.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Trigeminal Association of Canada, C/O Tracey Houston, Treasurer TNAC, 8352-208B Street, Langley, BC V2Y 0A7.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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LEONARD BRUCE HAMMOND, beloved husband of the late Lorraine Hammond, passed away at the Taber Health Centre, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the age of 60 years.

At the request of the family, no funeral services will be held at this time.

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Margaret Hunter

1924 – 2017

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Margaret Donaldson Hunter. Born in the Crowsnest Pass, she was the middle child of three born to Alexander and Susan Bain, who emigrated from Scotland. At the time of her passing she was the only surviving member of this family unit, having been predeceased by her brothers Alex and Jim.

After her marriage to William (Bill) Okrainetz in 1946, she moved to Medicine Hat and was the mother to four children, Lyndell, Robert, Glen and Kent. After Bill’s passing in 1967, she married Joseph (Joe Hunter), and joined him in Lethbridge, where she resided until her passing. Her three sons predeceased her.

She is survived by her daughter Lyndell Ruff (Robert), three Grandchildren, Cameron Ruff (Miranda), Jamie Ruff and Jennifer Arthur (Robert Williams), and three precious great grandsons, Huxley Ruff, Rory Ruff and Alexander Arthur.

She was active in Presbyterian churches in both Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and contributed knitting, sewing, baking, etc to their many fundraising activities. Prior to moving to Lethbridge, she worked in the Medicine Hat General Hospital as a Nursing Aide. In retirement, she contributed freely of her time to Meals on Wheels and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital and enjoyed travelling, golf and cribbage (at the Lethbridge Senior Centre).

She last resided at The Garden View Lodge in Lethbridge.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on May 13, 2017 at the Hillcrest Cemetery, with Renso Castellarin, officiating.

Margaret requested that we thank family and friends who took time out of their busy schedules to visit her.

We wish to thank Margaret’s many friends as well as the caregivers at The Garden View Lodge, who made Margaret’s latter years enjoyable and comfortable.

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Samuel Scott Jackson, age 56, passed away peacefully in his home in Magrath, Alberta on February 10, 2017.

Scott was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. He loved life. He was passionate about his work as a Registered Nurse in Homecare and felt privileged to care for others in that capacity. He was energized by the outdoors and keen on spotting birds and animals. He loved all things orange. The only thing he enjoyed more was his family, and he prided himself in taking great care of each one of them.

He is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann, his children Nelson, Leah, Jade, Garrett, Caleb, Hailey, Cheyenne, and Sierra, his grandchildren Tucker, Marcus, and Georgia, his parents, Norris and LaRene Jackson, and his siblings, Cindy, Ginger, Nikki, Jason, Stevianne, and Shalene, as well as countless in-laws and extended family. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome and will be used for a memorial bench in a nature park.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday February 18th, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE, 21 East 1 Ave S, Magrath. A private family interment will take place prior to the memorial service. Friends may meet the family Friday February 17th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE or prior to the funeral service on Saturday from 1:00pm to 1:45pm.

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MARY JEAN KOSKOSKI, beloved wife of the late John Koskoski, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at the age of 82 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be held at a later date, details to be announced.

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UNO LOVEGREN, beloved husband of Jill Lovegren, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

At the request of the family, no funeral services will be held at this time.

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Mathilda Rempel

1937 – 2017

Mathilda Rempel (nee Schmold), beloved wife of the late John Rempel, passed away on February 1, 2017, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s. A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held 1:00pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the COALDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2006 – 20 Street, Coaldale, AB. If you knew and loved Mathilda, please join us in celebrating her life and legacy.

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Jordan Nathan No Chief, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2017 at the age of 35 years. A family Service will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, February 17 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod a Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Brocket. A Wake service will be held at the residence of Jordan and Christine No Chief. A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Eden’s Funeral Home.

Norman Williams

1938 – 2017

Norman Edward Williams of Foremost, passed away on Tuesday February 14th at the age of 78 years, 9 days before his 79th birthday. Norm leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Muriel; his children Debbie Routledge (Jim), Kelly Williams-Whitt (Wade), and Kevin Williams (Joyce); grandchildren Dara Gauchier, Shayle Dent, Sydney Dent, Kristen Foley, Brendan Long, Ben Williams, Quincey Williams; great grandchildren Rowan Gauchier, Jamison Foley, and Blakely Foley. Norm is survived by his sister Laura Anne Wesley and is predeceased by his mother Anna Williams, father Ed Williams, sisters Babe Wadams and Marj Voeller. Norm lived his entire 78 years in Foremost, the home and community he loved. His determination and sense of humour will be missed by many. Friends & family are invited to pay their final respects between 3:00pm – 4:00pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.A celebration of Norm’s life will be held on Monday, February 20th at 2:00 pm at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 801 1st Ave West. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Norm’s memory may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation National Office, 801-3100 Steeles Av. E, Markham ON L3R 83T (online at http://www.liver.ca), or to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation P.O. BAG 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0 (online at canadahelps.org). The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Bow Island Hospital for their kindness and support during Norm’s final hours.

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VALERIE PAPWORTH, beloved wife of Lawrence Papworth, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 49 years, after a two-year battle with cancer. Valerie is lovingly remembered by her son Jereme, daughter Randi, sisters Joann (Whendlin) Torscher and Martha Tomlinson, mother Pariel Tomlinson, niece Rose Neary and nephew Jesse Neary. She was predeceased by her father Norris Tomlinson. Valerie loved her family and friends. She was a devoted mother who made sure her children were safe and happy. She provided support for all her family and friends whenever needed. During a memorable winter storm, Valerie was born in Magrath, Alberta, on April 18, 1967. Early in her career she worked as a secretary. Lawrence and Valerie married in 1993 and moved from Lethbridge to the Magrath area in 1998. Valerie loved the outdoors and spent many hours on outdoor projects. She prided herself on building a straight fence. When indoors, Valerie enjoyed sewing and volunteering. Among the various groups she volunteered for were the Magrath United Church, Alberta Fruit Growers Society, Magrath Northern Water Coop, 4H Alberta, Chief Mountain Gas Coop and the University of Lethbridge Senate. A celebration of Valerie’s life will be held at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


WILLIAM ROLLINGSON, beloved husband of Kathy Rollingson, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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FUMIKO SUGIMOTO, beloved wife of the late Naomichi (Nim) Sugimoto, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 92 years. A Memorial Service will be held towards the end of this month; details to follow.

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Sybren Visser

1928 – 2017

Born on March 18, 1928 in Huizum, Netherlands, Sybren (Syb) was taken from us at St. Michael’s Health Centre on February 15, 2017 after bravely battling cancer. Although Syb had a difficult childhood and his strong work ethic was developed early in childhood out of necessity, Syb’s mischievous, adventurous, and amusing spirit was formed at an early age and was apparent through hearing tales of his youth. At age 17, Syb joined the Royal Netherlands Army and was stationed in Indonesia, fighting in the Indonesian War of Independence. Upon returning to the Netherlands, Syb met and fell in love with Henny Hoefman of Rotterdam. Syb and Henny married September 13, 1952 in Enschede, before deciding to start a new life in North America. They set sail to Canada and settled briefly in Gault (now Cambridge), ON, where their first child, Jenny, was born in 1953. The small family then travelled west to the interior of BC where son Paul was born in Nelson in 1955. Syb worked at many farms and factories to support his growing family during this time. After moving to New Westminister, BC, where daughter Teresa was born in 1960, the family then settled in Alberta, where Syb would happily live the remainder of his life. Syb and Henny’s last child, Rita, was born in 1964 in Medicine Hat. Syb grew into a successful and industrious businessman, working in many varied industries. After Henny’s sudden passing in 1985, Syb met and fell in love with Arlene Fidelson of Manila, Philippines, and the two married December 29, 1986. Syb was a beloved and hard-working family man, who loved to laugh, sing, dance, joke, and reminisce with family and friends. Syb valued a hard day’s work, loyalty, common sense, intelligence, and humour. Syb’s family was the most important thing in the world to him, and what he loved most of all was to be at home talking with family and friends or spending time with his dogs. Syb always loved working around the house and yard, renovating, or trying a new creative project. Syb was liked by all who had the pleasure to meet him and he loved a good joke more than anyone, good stories, and could find humour in all situations. Syb was predeceased by his father Paul and mother Teresa; brother Rense (Tina); sister Hika (Willie); beloved son-in-law Gary, and his cherished dog Archie. In addition to his wife Arlene and children Jenny, Paul, Teresa, and Rita, Syb leaves behind his much-loved daughter-in-law Chris and son-in-law Tony; adored grandchildren Miranda, Kyle (Méabh), Brittany, Toni, and Jesse; great grand-daughter Aoife; many much-loved friends, family, and in-laws. Syb was particularly close to his sister-in-law Ge Greven of Deventer, Netherlands. Also, missing Syb will be his precious four-legged boys Chico and Copper, who followed Syb everywhere and loved him endlessly. Syb will be missed by all he left behind. We would like to give our deepest thanks to Syb’s doctors, nurses, and health care team who supported and cared for him during his cancer battle and his last days. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge with Deacon Isaac Driedger, officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 2424- 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2T4.

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BILL VOGT, beloved husband of the late Eleanora, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Bill will be profoundly missed by his five children and their families: Grant (Echo) Vogt; Greg (Elaine) Vogt; Terry (Pam) Vogt; Suzanne (Darren) McIntosh; Sherryl (Ed) Loman and his numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lisa (Mark) Potvin (Amber & Ryan, Aiden, Oliver); Tiger (Tyler) Vogt, Errol Vogt; Hillary (Ali & Naveed) Norouzi; Colleen (Brandon & Brielle) Chow; Sheena (Jason & Eloise) LeMoine; Kyle (Cortney) Vogt; Samara (Jordan) McIntosh; Nikki (Dayton) McIntosh; Justin (Ashley) Loman; Jocelyn (Frank & Sam) West and Luke Loman as well as his special nephew Loren (Janice & Jenna) Montgomery.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Peter & Pauline Vogt, his sister Tena, and brothers Hank, Peter, Alex, Andrew and Victor.

Bill Vogt was born in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1925. The family moved to Chin, Alberta in 1931 and to the Sunnyside area a year later. He attended grades 1-9 at the Crystal Lake School near Lethbridge, and grades 10 & 11 at Hardieville School.

After graduating, Bill worked at the Galt No. 8 Coal Mine, and briefly in construction.

Bill and Eleanora married in 1948 and moved to Picture Butte in 1951. Bill worked for a welder until he opened his own shop (Bill’s Welding) in 1955.

Over the next 62 years, Picture Butte was central to Bill’s life. He served on town council, the county school board, was President of the Fish and Game Association, President of the Piyami Archers, Treasurer of Trinity United Church, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Elks Club, drove bus for seniors and school trips and was Fire Chief for more than 30 years.

In 1994, he was recognized as Picture Butte’s Citizen of the Year, and only weeks before his passing was honoured by the Fish and Game Association with a lifetime membership.

Bill, who was often seen patrolling town in his Black Widow, enjoyed fishing, camping, and painting and loved to share those passions with his grandchildren.

He was a regular on coffee row, where he closely followed community activities and enjoyed the stories and fellowship of his close friends.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at the PICTURE BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM, 401 Rogers Avenue South, Picture Butte, Alberta, on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. We will “bush for coffee!!”

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Picture Butte Fire Fighters Association or the Picture Butte Fish and Game Association.

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


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