January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, March 11, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 13, 2017.

DEMERS, GEORGE MICHAEL: Age 65. Passed away suddenly on January 7, 2017. while visiting Borneo, Indonesia, acting in his capacity as a member on the executive of the Subud Spirituality Movement. he is survived by his partner in life, Camille Robers, his children: Dimitri and Jessie Demers and Eliana Macdonald. He also leaves to mourn: 3 sisters: Louise McTaggert (nee Demers) Jocelyne Edwards (nee Demers) and Carole Demers; 1 brother, John Demers and well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents, André and Jeannine Demers. George will be always be loved and remembered for his gentleness and generosity.


ROY HAROLD ELLIS, beloved husband of the late Roberta Ellis, of Lethbridge passed away with family at his side on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

Born in Saskatchewan, Roy grew up loving sports playing football and hockey at Notre Dame College and later playing defense on the Lethbridge Hall of Fame Native Sons hockey team. With his family moving to Alberta, Roy began his military career, which he cherished, serving with the Royal Engineering Mechanics Division, and maintaining a lifelong association with the Royal Canadian Legion, General Stewart Branch No. 4 and Lethbridge United Services Institute.

Roy met Roberta while they both worked at the same Lethbridge business. Marrying soon after, they began building a life together, first by starting an automotive business that came to be known as Ellis Autodrome, where he proudly flew his large Canadian flag, which will continue to fly in his honour.

Along with many family members, they expanded their business interests to introduce Lethbridge to British Leyland sports cars and Saab sales and service. Along the way, they also purchased a brake manufacturing business among other successful enterprises. Together they employed many people while providing a gathering place for family activities including an outdoor skating rink that illustrated Roy and Roberta’s passion for family activities. They frequently loaded up the van with many neighborhood children and friends for weekly ski trips, kayaking, many hockey and skating events, camping, and family vacations in a variety of motorhomes, providing countless memorable experiences for everyone along the way.

After Roberta’s passing, Roy continued to find joy in his family and friends, including the staff and members of his new “second-home”, the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization. Roy cherished his daily lunch conversations and the extraordinary camaraderie of his Friday lunch group.

Roy is lovingly remembered by his children Melanie (Jack) Isaac, Faron (Leanne) Ellis, Craig Ellis, and his grandson Cooper (Marija). He is also survived by his sister Eleanor and many in-laws, family and friends.

Roy was predeceased by his parents Reginald and Regina Ellis, his in-laws Ruby and Fletcher Robinson, his brother Gerald and in-laws Walter Carthen, Don Robinson and John Hamilton.

On behalf of Roy we’d like to thank Chinook Regional Hospital staff and doctors for all the wonderful care.

At Roy’s request, a Private Family Celebration of His Life will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roy’s name to the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO), 500 – 11 Street S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 4G7 http://www.lethseniors.com or the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19Street S., Lethbridge, T1J 1W5.

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


WIESLAWA KRYSA, of Lethbridge, passes away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Thomas Leslie

1957 – 2017

Mr. Thomas Leslie of Coaldale, AB passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 59 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


LOUIS SHEILDS SCHUMERS, beloved husband of DONNA SCHUMERS, passed away peacefully in Raymond, on Thursday March 9, 2017.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 11:00am, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, Highway 5, Welling, AB.

Friends may meet the family Tuesday March 14th from 7:00 to 8:00pm at the Church, or prior to the funeral service on Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:45am.

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visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


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”.

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.

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Frank Vasil

1941 – 2017

Mr. Frank Vasil of Coaldale, beloved companion of Mary McNab, passed away at the Taber Hospital on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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William “Wes” Greer

1936 – 2017

Mr. William “Wes” Greer of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Catherine Greer, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Deacon Isaac Driedger, officiating.

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Merle Nelson
1930 ~  2017

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Merle Nelson, beloved husband of Ella Nelson, announce his passing in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the age of 86 years.  Merle and his twin brother, Vern were born September 1, 1930, in Bow Island, the last of nine children.  He attended Brownsdale School grades 1-4, Burdett School 5-9 then high school in Bow Island.  Merle was a born farmer, working hard to establish a farm he could pass on to his sons, whom he was very proud to work alongside. Farming was his passion and it truly showed as he was named Farmer of the Year in 2012 and never retired!  Away from the farm he always had a keen interest in sports, Merle and Vern played baseball, hockey and won many trophies curling.  Merle won the Elk’s Curling Provincial Competitions which secured him a spot to represent Alberta for Nationals.  Merle enjoyed good health throughout his life and lived it to the fullest.  He enjoyed the company of family, travelling, playing piano, whistling and playing pool. His greatest joy, besides curling, was watching his sons and grandchildren play hockey and everyone knew the youngest grandchild was always the favourite!  He was a character with a humourous side and quite the story teller.  He intrigued many with his tales which often ended in bursts of laughter.  Merle was well liked and respected by all who knew him and he will be deeply missed.  His memory will be cherished by his wife of 60 years, Ella (nee Jahraus);  children: Lori Hrushka (Mike) and their children, Whitney and Logan; Lindsay (Nancy) Nelson and their children, Travis (Kelli) Nelson, Terryn (Logan) Gutfriend and Karli Nelson;  Shelley (Darren) Roth and their children, Brendan (Jessi) Roth, Amanda (Frank) Thompson and Kaylene Roth;  Stacey Nelson and her son, Bobby McLeod;  Cory (Jocelyn) Nelson and their children, Jessa, Mattias and Skylar Nelson;  great-grandchildren, Caden Nelson, Isabella Kerr, Caleb Nelson, Remi Nelson and Connor Nelson.  He is also survived by a brother, Norman Nelson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   Merle was predeceased by an infant son, Kimberley;  three brothers, Walter, Morris and twin brother, Vern;  four sisters, Myrtle, Evelyn, Violet and Vivian and his parents, Ole and Ellen Nelson.  The Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 135 – 2nd Ave. West Bow Island, Alberta on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the church beginning one hour prior to the service.  Interment will take place in the Burdett Cemetery.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting  http://www.cooksouthland.com)  Memorial donations in Merle’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 124, 430 – 6 Ave. SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8 or to the Golden Age Club, 206 – 5th Ave. East Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0.   Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Home

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