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FRIDAY, March 3, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 3, 2017.

Brian Lesley Woida

1950 – 2017

Mr. Brian Woida of Lethbridge, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the age of 66 years. Brian passed away at St. Michaels after a lengthy hospital stay. Brian was born and raised in Edmonton. He worked for the City of Edmonton Parks Department for over 30 years. After retirement, he moved to Lethbridge to be with family. He was an avid gardener and loved math and puzzles. Brian is survived by his sister Dianne (Rob) Potvin; nephews Shaun (Michelle) Cook, Aaron Potvin and Robert (Anita Matson) Potvin; great-nephews Seth, Eli and Cohen Cook. He was predeceased by his parents, Reuben & Betty Woida. The family would like to thank Dr. Oviatt, the staff of units 4C, 4A and 5B at the Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Palliative Care for their compassionate and capable care Brian received. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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RITA CHRISTMAN, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the age of 83 years.

Rita is lovingly remembered by her children, Geri (Pat Wychopen) Christman, Marilyn (Dan Orich) Peters and Ray (Tina) Christman; grandchildren, Christel, Mike (Christy), Cassandra (Anthony) and Jeffery; great-grandchildren, Ashley (Mitch), Megan (Keagan), Ethan and Jasmine as well as her brother, Herman (Rie) Kruitbosch.

She was predeceased by her sister Trudy Goldenbeld, brother Fred Kruitbosch and her parents Hendrick and Gerrheritdine Kruitbosch.

Rita was born on January 12, 1934 in Holland and immigrated to Canada in 1949. She eventually settled in Southern Alberta and worked on her family’s farm outside of Monarch. Prior to moving into the town of Monarch she was blessed with three children and from there they settled in Red Deer for close to ten years. In later years, she returned to Lethbridge where she resided until her passing.

She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren were the twinkles in her eye. During the spring and summer months you could always find her outdoors going for walks or in her garden, keeping busy tending to her many varieties of flowers including petunias, geraniums, roses and sunflowers. Rita found many hours of enjoyment with her cats and dogs, especially her devoted companion, her Irish Setter, “Red”.

As per Rita’s wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

In memory of Rita and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA.

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


Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Gone to be with His Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, LOUIS GREIDANUS, at the age of 89 years.

Louis is lovingly remembered by his five children: Ken (Verna) Greidanus, Margriet (Ken) Edwards, Gerrit Greidanus, Joanne (Lawrence) Brooks and Doug (Sonya – Deceased) Greidanus; 12 grandchildren, Angela (Scott) Van’t Land, Erin (Jonathan) Norton, Bethany (Jim) Vreugdenhil, Krista Greidanus, Heather (Scott) Osadchuk, Christina Brooks, Alex Brooks, Patrick Brooks, Louis Greidanus Jr., Adriana Greidanus, Paul (Bekah) Greidanus, and Mark Greidanus; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Gerda Greidanus, Sippie Williamson, and Jennie Williamson; four brothers, Piet (Hillie) Hendrik, Sid (Rena), Jan (Froukje); and sisters, Froukje Terpstra, Jikke Bootsma and Sippie (Auke) Spijksma.

Besides his wife of 37 years, Wilhelmina (September 9, 1988), Louis was predeceased by his grandson, Jarrod Hill, daughter-in-law, Sonya (nee Houweling) Greidanus, parents, Tjerk and Grietje (Leyendekker) Greidanus, brothers, Ate (Sippie), Gerben (Fokje) and Norman Greidanus, his brother and sister who passed away in infancy, as well as sisters, Anna (Ted) Hofstee, Cory (Eerde) de Jong and Janke (Jan) Nauta. Louis also was predeceased by brothers-in-law; Tjerk Terpstra, Hans Bootsma, William (Bertha), Evert, Ralph, Arend (Maria) and Gerrit Williamson and in-laws, Rita (Chris) Deurloo, Catherine (Fred) Williams and Joan (Bert) Hildebrand.

Louis was born in Tzum, Friesland, The Netherlands on January 26, 1928, one of 16 children. In April of 1948, Louis immigrated to Granum and began work on the Williamson farm where he met his future wife Wilhelmina Williamson. They were married on March 27, 1951. In 1956 Louis and Wilhelmina purchased a farm east of Granum where Louis lived for the rest of his life working as a farmer and beekeeper. His life was one of gratitude and contentment for what he had been blessed with by His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Christian parents, Christian home, a faithful Christian wife, eternal life.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Monday, March 6th, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Private Family burial will be held at the Granum Christian Reformed Cemetery.

A Funeral Service will take place at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH – 1100 40th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB. on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Thomas G. Albaugh officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Louis, donations may be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries – AB-512, Coaldale, AB T1M 1N1.

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


NOELLA HARD passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on February 22, 2017, after a brief illness at the age of 93 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive, South on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 10:30 A.M., with Deacon Isaac Driedger officiating.

A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, 324 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, giving time for family and friends to share memories.

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James Gray

1933 – 2017

Mr. James Gray passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the age of 83 years.

Jim was a loving, caring, kind and proud man with a heart of gold. He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa.

Jim farmed most of his life up until 1999 with his family. He was a former mayor of Carmangay, a committed school bus driver for 15 years and a driver for Enterprise Rentals until he retired. He enjoyed precious time with his family, Coffee Row, bushing & curling (Jim was a great curler).

Jim is survived by his wife Rose, children Denise (Wayne), Dwight (Sheila), Darrell (Brenda) and Debra (Wayne), grandchildren Chris (Sarah), Erin (Jason), Lexi (Craig), Courtney and Tyler, great grandchildren Kai, Maddox and McKenna, sister Margaret ‘Peg’, brother Robert (Jenny), sister-in-law Marlene, mother-in-law Lydia as well as numerous nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen, parents Bertha & Bill and brother-in-law Lawrence.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held at from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

Interment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, #402-740 4 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9

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STEVE KOSTECKI, beloved husband of the late Maria Kostecki, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

A Private Family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.

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KEVIN KELLY CECIL MANY CHIEF, born November 21, 1991 at St Paul’s hospital in Vancouver, BC,. passed away in Surrey, BC on January 21, 2017. Kevin was the son of Jessie Many Chief, and the late Leonard Yellow Old Woman. Kevin was raised by his Grandmother Mary-Rose Many Chief.

Kevin lived most of his life in BC where he grew up around his mother, aunts and uncles. He is survived by his mother Jessie Many Chief; grandmother Mary-Rose Many Chief; aunt Anita Scout; uncle Ruben Many Chief; siblings Vance J Plant, Natasha Many Chief, Jessica Brown/Many Chief. He was predeceased by his late father Leonard Yellow Old Woman; grandfather Cecil Many Chief; uncle Kelly Many Chief; aunt Sandra Many Chief; numerous family members too numerous to mention.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, March 3rd from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Community Hall on Saturday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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


DAVID DUANE OLIVER passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 83 years. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Necia (nee Hague) in 2004, and his parents, David and Maggie Oliver. Left to mourn are their children: Robert (Phyllis) Oliver of Townsend, Montana; Michael (Sandra) Oliver of Picture Butte; Michell (Kevin) Anderson of Lethbridge; 13 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren (with 2 great- grandchildren on the way.) Duane also leaves to mourn his two sisters: Lorraine (Jerry) Johnson and Sharon (Barry) Buchanan and a brother-in-law, Robert (Delores) Hague and numerous nieces and nephews. Duane was born in Lethbridge on July 14, 1933. The family made their home on a farm just North of Picture Butte. He was raised in a loving family and enjoyed living on the farm and working with his Dad in the fields. Duane and Necia were married on April 2, 1953. They made their home in Picture Butte. Family was the central focus of their life. He and Necia were kind and considerate, and lovingly cared for their parents and extended family, making them comfortable in their golden years. He was active in the community, doing all he could to make a difference and help others. He was a devoted and attentive Father always willing to listen and give advice or help out in any way he could. Duane was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His sense of humor and strong faith helped him endure to the very end. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, WEST STAKE CENTRE, 560 Highlands Blvd. West, Lethbridge, with Bishop Sheldon McLachlan officiating. Friends may meet the family on Friday, March 3 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the service at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

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


RANDI LEE ANNE RICHARDSON (nee Mahe), beloved wife of Morley Richardson of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the age of 67 years.

A Celebration of Randi’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Lorne Willms officiating.

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GERD SCHMIDT, beloved husband of Elaine, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the age of 82 years.

Along with his wife Elaine, he is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Jennifer (Tim) and Gwendolyn (Mike) and grandchildren, Sierra and Tanner. Gerd will be missed by many including special friends, Dixie and Dominic.

Gerd was born in Berlin, Germany on November 24, 1934. He arrived in Canada in 1955 and settled in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan as a farm worker. He met Elaine in 1966 while working construction in Chaplin, Saskatchewan. They were married in 1968 and later moved to Claresholm, Alberta where they remained residents for 45 years.

Gerd enjoyed going for coffee with his friends, who called him by his nicknames “Yogi,” “George,” or “Grampa.” He always enjoyed a good argument, curling, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and barbecuing with a cold beer.

Gerd’s family would like to thank the Palliative Care Team at St. Michael’s Health Centre for their special care and attention in his final days.

At Gerd’s request, no formal Funeral Service or Visitation will be held. He will be laid to rest at the Archmount Cemetery at a later date.

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STAKER, Mary April 16, 1930 – Milk River, AB February 23, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Mary Staker (nee Neal) of Calgary passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the age of 86 yearsBorn and raised in southern Alberta farm country, Mary knew the value of family and how people in a small community nurture and depend on each other. Those principles of generosity and support served Mary well – her door was always open and she will be remembered for her kindness and giving spirit.When they were in their teens, Mary’s children sometimes brought friends to the Staker home who needed guidance. In fact, on more than one occasion Mary temporarily “adopted” a troubled teen, often for several months. Mary always welcomed her children’s friends and offered unconditional shelter despite her own financial hardships.Mary believed strongly in doing good and helping people. She was a mentor and loyal friend, a second mother to many. Mary is survived by daughters Laura and Susan (Peter); grandchildren John and Heather; niece Kathleen and nephews Neal and Glen; and great-granddaughter Grace.Mary was predeceased by sons Eugene and Richard and sister Kathleen. A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at a later date. Graveside Service will be held at Archmount Cemetery in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.In living memory of Mary Staker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.


It is with immense grief and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of JASON ROBERT TAYLOR, more affectionately known to us all as “JT”.

He was the soul mate to Sage Bruder, and is lovingly remembered by his mother Laurie-Ann Taylor (Terry) of Pincher Creek and his sister Lisa Taylor (Pat) and nephew Phoenyx Taylor of Lethbridge, AB. He is also survived by his aunt Mona-Rae Black and cousins Jim (Tia) and family, Donna (Tyler) and family, and uncle Bob Black. Aunt Vicky-Lynn Coates and cousin Amy.

Jay was predeceased by his father Robert John Taylor of Pincher Creek, AB in 2009 and his best friend, his Dalmatian Whiskey, which he rescued years prior.

Jay was born December 6, 1982 in Pincher Creek, AB where he attended school and had numerous accomplishments from his successful welding company, T & H Welding. He also took pride in everything that he did.

Jay enjoyed spending time with his numerous friends and always had a contagious smile that lit up the room and always had a joke to go along with that. After he met Sage, he gained a passion for their cows and horses and little Marshall. He enjoyed everything outdoors from camping, hunting, fishing and his greatest pride was the ball team that he sponsored and played on (Off Constantly).

He loved being in with nature on his dirt bikes, going for drives and hunting. He would always say “safety first” and had his favourite hunting partners Collin Reners and little Jaxon with him.

Jay’s happiness was infectious and impacted all the people he knew and loved. He dedicated himself to the happiness of others and would never accept a favor in return. When anyone needed help Jay would humbly lend a hand.

A Celebration of Jay’s Life will be held at the PINCHER CREEK COMMUNITY HALL – 287 Canyon Dr, Pincher Creek, AB on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jay, donations can be sent to Angels Within Us, Pincher Creek Foundation: angelswithinuspc@gmail.com

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

Reid Horrocks
1946 – 2017
It is with profound sadness and God’s grace that we announce the passing of Reid Wayne Horrocks, surrounded by his family at home in Taber on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the age of 71 years.
At Reid’s request there will be no service held. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Left to celebrate his life is his wife of forty six years Rosanne Horrocks (nee Price); sons Blair (Kerrie) Horrocks of Taber and their children Brett and Alyssa; Lee (Jody) Reid of Taber and their children Torey, Carsen and Madison. He is also survived by his mother Glen Horrocks and her companion Roy Hammergren; sisters Dianne (Martin) Nowakowski and Betty Ann (Earle) Stuart; brother Brian Horrocks and sister-in-law Judy Horrocks; mother and father-in-law Hurley and Margaret Price as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Harry in 1999.
Reid began working at an early age at many different jobs. During this time he also was member of Taber Air Cadets and played baseball and hockey. Reid was an exceptional player and loved the competitive sport.  He went on to play Junior “A” with the Lethbridge Sugar Kings, where he received the most valuable player award along with top goal scorer for the league. Reid also played recreational hockey with a Native team and loved playing with them, as they used to say “hey white boy get out there we need a goal”.  But work called and he was on to being a lineman working first with Roy Shockey RS construction, Macgregor then on to Ace Construction. In 1968 he worked in Banff with Norman Malinsky and Roy O’Hara doing all the hot stick work. He returned to Taber and applied at the City of Lethbridge where he was hired to do the hot stick work. While in the city he wrote his Power Lineman ticket and his IBEW ticket. In 1974 he bought 320 acres at Sherbourne Lake and began farming. In the winter months, he returned to Ace Construction and was loaned out numerous times to Trans Alta. Reid was involved in the rebuild after the infamous storm of 1986. He loved the line trade and all the people he came in contact with. Reid worked under Elsworth Braun until Elsworth retired and he took over the foreman duties of that crew. In that time he trained many rookie Lineman and any of them who were fortunate enough to learn from him, knew what it was like to learn from one of the best. In 1995 he began working with his son Lee, running a digger truck for Reidco until he retired in 2009. In those fourteen years he helped build Reidco into a successful business.
Reid loved Chesapeake dogs, Dusty the horse, hunting, camping, and water skiing, but not fishing even though he took his niece Crystal on numerous trips. He had a close encounter with a grizzly bear and her two cubs, but instead of taking her life and possibly her cubs, Reid being Reid, stood his ground and shouted loudly till she retreated. He taught Lee and Blair how to hunt and camp and passed his knowledge on to his grandkids and many others. Reid spent many hours with Brett and Alyssa at the farm target shooting, skeet shooting, hunting and riding Dusty. He was very proud of Torey and Madison for their love of horses and Carsen for his success with Air Cadets.
Reid’s wish was to live out his days at home. Thanks to Ed Collin and Home Care we were able to grant this wish. Thank you to the neighbors and friends who helped with food, shovelling snow and just companionship during this time. He was an exceptional life teacher who stood by his beliefs – there is nothing to fear but fear itself. We wouldn’t have missed “the Dance” it was great.  Rest in Peace.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Reid’s name may be made directly to the 225 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Taber Comet (please make cheque payable to the 225 RCACS Sponsoring Committee) c/o 4718 – 60 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1E9 or the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, R.R. 8-24-6, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4P4.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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