October 31st, 2020

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 22, 2017.

Nellie Ban

1920 – 2017

Mrs. Nellie Ban of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Michael Ban, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the age of 96 years. Nellie was born in Pomorine Ternipol, Ukraine, the second of eight children. She immigrated to Canada in the early 1930’s with her family and homesteaded in the Coaldale area, where she attended school for a few years. In her earlier years, Nellie worked in the Galt Hospital. She met Michael Ban in early 1950 and together they moved to Ontario. Michael passed away in 1982 and Nellie moved back to Lethbridge shortly after. Nellie is survived by one sister, Mary Hoge of Granum, Alberta, two brothers, Anthony (Anne) Prosk of Lethbridge, and Edward Prosk (Sharlene) of Calgary, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her loving husband, Michael, Nellie was predeceased by her sisters Stella Lubin and Bernice Prosk; brother-in-law Haven Hoge, brothers Lloyd (Ardelle) Prosk and Steve (Rose) Prosk. A private family service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village, 1511 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 1W2.

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CALLING LAST

MICHAEL CALLING LAST passed away in Cardston on March 17th, 2017 at the age of 56 years.

The Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, March 28th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Wednesday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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


Bob Fettig
1948 – 2017
Robert Fettig, beloved husband of Rene Fettig, passed away in Taber on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the age of 68 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. Private burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Rene, Bob is survived by their children and grandchildren, Danielle (Devin) Hansen of Taber and their family Jessie, Blaze and Tayla; Robert Fettig (Debbie Walter) of Taber and their family Tyson and Adreyana. He is also survived by his dad John (Margaret) Fettig of Calgary; step father George Frank of Tonasket, Washington; mother-in-law Jenny Mazereeuw of Taber; siblings Trudy (Gary) Hoffman of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Tori Sassone of Spokane, Washington, Renee Balcom of Spokane, Washington, Tom Patt of Edmonton, Terri Patt of Vancouver, British Columbia and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was welcomed to heaven by his son Blaine Fettig, his mother Burna Frank and his father-in-law Pete Mazereeuw.
Bob was born in Taber December 3, 1948. Following high school, he studied automotive parts at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. After returning to Taber, he worked for the Ford dealership and in 1975, married Rene Mazereeuw. Bob continued working in parts with various dealerships for the next thirty five years. He was self employed for the last thirteen years of his work life, operating Blainco Pressure Service.
Bob had a passion for sports. In 1970, he won the Alberta Boxing Golden Gloves and won the Canadian Master Men’s Slowpitch Championship in 1989. He was a life member of both the Southern Alberta Basketball Officials Association and the Alberta Basketball Officials Association. Bob received the national award of merit from the Canadian Basketball Officials Association in 2014 and was inducted into the Taber Sports Hall of Fame, team category in 2005 and the builder category in 2013. He enjoyed coaching the Taber Kinsmen Mosquito’s which included his son’s Blaine & Rob, taking the team to a provincial championship in 1990. He also enjoyed coaching the 1975/1976 women’s provincial basketball championships.
Bob’s true enjoyment in life was spending time with Rene, their children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bob’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 (http://www.ab.lung.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


HIGA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yachiyo Susan Higa at the age of 87 years. Yachiyo was predeceased by her husband Hiroshi Francis Higa in 1999 and her daughter Bev in 2013. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge. A Graveside Service will take place at the Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Mom’s Life on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of Moose Banquet Hall, 1401 – 5 Avenue North, Lethbridge.


Leonard Wendelin Mitzel
1946 ~ 2017

Mr. Leonard Wendelin Mitzel of Etzikom, beloved husband of Mrs. June Mitzel, passed away on March 19, 2017 at the age of 71 years.
Leonard was born in Lethbridge on February 18, 1946. He grew up on the family farm south of Nemiscam, north of Milk River, with the beautiful prairie and the Sweet Grass hills in the distance. He graduated from St. Francis School in Lethbridge, and worked at Alberta Transportation surveying new highways before he enrolled at the University of Lethbridge as a second year pre-engineering student. In 1977, he returned to the family farm. His curious mind led him on adventures province wide and around the world.  Locally he was a Councillor 1996 and Reeve for the County of 40 Mile. Len and June co-founded the Etzikom Museum & the Canadian National Historic Windmill Center, in the tiny village of Etzikom, population 33. He was a participant of the North West Mounted Police Red Coat Trail Ride, with over 200 riders, over 2 summers, 1300 miles, which was dedicated to those who made the original trek from Manitoba to Fort Macleod, AB.
He was a self-taught musician, passionate about people, and dedicated to the southeastern corner of the province, which he called home. In 2004, he was elected Member of the Legislature of Alberta for Cypress Medicine Hat, and then re-elected in 2008. He worked diligently on the Ports to Plains Project corridor, and the Southeast Alberta Water Task Force, as well as the Palliser Health Region Board. In 2015 Etzikom celebrated 100 years Homecoming welcoming over 800 guests for the weekend.
He most recently rebuilt antique gas pumps and an old garage replica to house antique cars.  His last big project was completed in September 2016 – The Forty Mile Rail, bringing Grain Cars back to Foremost. Leonard also enjoyed his theatre career, acting and singing on the stage, as well as golfing, hunting, trail riding, and travel. But mostly his grandchildren filled his time. He loved teaching and explaining history and his eyes would light up when those he was teaching got it.
Besides his loving wife June, Leonard is survived by his daughter Lara & Scott Smith and their children Isobel, Caleb, Olivia and Karra; son Michael & Nina Vezina and their children Kindrie, Kayla and Mystearica; June’s daughters Laurie Brower and her children Pearl & Gordon, Patty & Don Edey and her children Paige Williamson & Blake Williamson.  Sisters Aurelia (Ian) McKenzie, Colette & Tom Glynn, Shiela & Rodger Seeman and their children Stephanie, Michael & Kima Hazelwood; Michelle Seeman; Ryan & Angela, Emily & Vanessa Seeman, Aaron & Mary Catherine, Reuben & Townes Seeman, as well as his cousins, the Kultgen & Mitzel families.  He was predeceased by his parents Joseph & Marguerita Mitzel
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 at FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, with Reverend David Carter, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Etzikom Museum & Historical Windmill Center, PO Box 563, Etzikom, AB T0K 0W0
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LORRAINE ALICE JOHNSON

(nee Wain/Nowotny)

Feb. 27, 1939 – March 20, 2017

“Heaven has found another Angel”

Lorraine passed away peacefully in Calgary on the first day of spring, surrounded by her beloved family. She is survived by six children, Les (Zdenka), Dan, Keith, Jim (Kris) and Trish (Steve), 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and her sister Wilda. She is predeceased by her husband – Donald, father – Bud Wain, mother – Florence, stepfather Earl Nowotny, brother Lawrence, sisters Shirley and Evelyne.

Born and raised in Barons, Alberta, she married her high school sweat-heart Don and began the process of raising a large, rambunctious brood with an easy grace and bright face, in spite of many financial hardships along the way. Love of family, her compassion for friends anyone in need (Harbour House being just one) was an inspiration to three generations, that will continue, far into the future.

The funeral service will be held at Southminister United Church, 1101, 4 Ave South (where she was also married on April 12, 1955) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 25th. There will be no procession or burial services as Lorraine has donated her body to the University of Calgary in one final giving and unselfish act. A reception will be held at the Army and Navy Club at 517, 5 Ave South, from 1-4 o’clock in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harbour House Shelter for women, or the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Donation boxes will be set up at the funeral, or you can donate on-line.


Margaret Wiebe

1929 – 2017

Mrs. Margaret Wiebe of Lethbridge, passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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Master Corporal Alfred Barr

1985 – 2017

Master Corporal Alfred Ernest Barr went to be with his Heavenly Father March 8th, 2017 at the age of 31 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at ST. AUGUSTINES ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411- 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Canon James Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery-Field of Honor.

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Frank Merkl
1924 – 2017
Frank Merkl, beloved husband of the late Tillie Merkl, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. 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.


Jeanne Morrison
1935 – 2017
Jeanne Pauline Morrison, beloved wife of the late Donald Morrison, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the age of 81 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.


Marlene Pakarno
1939 – 2017
Stella Marlene Pakarno (nee Sivertson), beloved wife of Gilbert Pakarno, passed away peacefully following a brief struggle with cancer in Taber on Sunday, March 19,2017 at the age of 77 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Enchant Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Celebration of Marlene’s life will be held at the Enchant Community Hall, 121 Center Street, Enchant on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Marlene was loved and will be greatly missed by Gilbert, her husband of fifty nine years, as well as her family and friends.  She is survived by her children Shelly (Gordon) McCarville of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, Sherry (Les) Johnson of Vauxhall, Barry (Marie) Pakarno of Brooks, Gail (Shawn) McConaghie of Champion; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Marlene is also survived by her sister Joan (David) Snaith; brother Gerald (Beverly) Sivertson; brothers-in-law Erling Odland, Otto (Lillian) Pakarno and Arnold Gertzen; sisters-in-law Linda McAughey and Isabel Pakarno; step-brother Jerry (Shelley) Snaith and step-sister Marjorie Snaith as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Mabel Snaith and Sivert Sivertson; step-father Gerald Snaith; sisters Betty Sivertson and Helen Odland; sisters-in-law Marie Gertzen and Antonia Jones; brothers-in-law Jerry Pakarno, Morley McAughey and Dan Jones.
Marlene was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Marlene’s wit and humour will certainly be missed by those who knew her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marlene’s name maybe made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 (http://www.cancer.ca) or to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E9 (http://www.lethbridgehumanesociety.com).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Sally Mee Mui Jang

1949 – 2017

Sally Jang passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 2, 2017 at the age of 67 years. A Come & Go Reception to Celebrate Sally’s Life will be held from 12:00 – 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A private family interment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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WESLEY GORDON TAYLOR

March 29, 1947 – March 19, 2017

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Dr. Wesley Taylor after a short battle with cancer – 10 days before his 70th birthday. Wes will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 47 years, Jocelyn “Jock” Taylor and his daughter Whitney Taylor. He will also be lovingly remembered by his sisters; Yvonne (Marshall) Rawlings, Grace (Ken) Campbell and brothers; Elmore (Margaret) Taylor and Roland Taylor. Wes was predeceased by his mother; Edith Taylor, father; Gordon Taylor, infant sister; Eileen, and sister in law; Merla Taylor. Wes was born in Melfort, SK and completed his PhD in pharmacy at the U of S in 1973. Wes’ career was one of his life’s passions; he was a research scientist with Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge and Saskatoon for 35 years. During a sabbatical to Brisbane, Australia, their only daughter, Whitney was born. Wes was known for his meticulous attention to detail and pleasant demeanor, as well as his passions for curling, fly fishing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. The Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor Street) in Saskatoon. Arrangements in care of MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306) 978-5200 http://www.mourningglory.ca


Willard Martin

1944 – 2017

Mr. Willard Martin of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the age of 73 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, March 24 at CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416- 12 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona presiding.

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