January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 7, 2017.

Abram Wiebe

1943 – 2017

Mr. Abram Wiebe of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Gladys (Vaselenak) Wiebe, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the age of 74.

Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects between 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the COALDALE FUNERAL HOME, 1711 20 Street, Coaldale, AB.

A Graveside service will follow at 2:00pm on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the COALDALE CEMETERY, MENNONITE SECTION, Coaldale, AB.

A special thank you to Kendall Rowe for her endless efforts. Another very special thank you to the Coaldale EMS Team for your spectacular work and the Coaldale RCMP for their supportive care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Abram’s name to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4700 Stn. S., Edmonton, AB, T6E 9Z9 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7.

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Antonietta Altieri

1927 – 2017

We sadly announce that our dear mother Mrs. Antonietta Altieri of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Marco Altieri, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

Born and raised in Sessano Italy, Antonietta immigrated to Canada in 1952 with her husband and young daughters and eventually settled in Lethbridge in the early 1960’s. Antonietta was employed with St. Michael’s Hospital and later at Sifton House as a Child Attendant until her retirement. Antonietta’s many interests and talents included crocheting, needlepoint, sewing and her love for gardening. There was not a vegetable or flower that didn’t grow under her watchful eye. She was a caring and generous person, and her home was always warm and welcoming. Antonietta’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life. She also had an amazing wit and sense of humor that she used to entertain all of her new friends at Martha’s House.

Antonietta is survived by her three daughters; Nadia Zacchigna, Lee Roy (Robert), and Rosemary McKanna (Kevin); grandchildren Dean Zacchigna, Robert L. Roy (Amy), Christie Burnett (Will), and Christopher McKanna (Julie); great grandchildren Conner, Kaden and Carsen Roy, Marco Burnett, Landon McKanna; and her brother Domenico (Yolanda).

Besides her late husband Marco, Antonietta was predeceased by her parents Maria and Donato D’Ippolito.

A Prayer Vigil will be held at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th St. S. Lethbridge at 7:00pm, Monday April 10, 2017. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave. S., Lethbridge at 11:00am, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Antonietta’s name may be made directly to a charity of their choice.

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MARGARET JOHANNA CADY (Loxton) passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at the age of 93.

She was survived by her 5 children, Deanna (Chester) Kovacs of Lethbridge, Mickey (Sharon) Loxton of Thorsby, AB, Larry (Sandy) Loxton of Lethbridge, Linda (Doug) Watson of Golden, BC and Shannon (Alfred) Kerber of Shaughnessy; 12 Grandchildren and numerous great-grandchldren and great-great-grandchildren.

Margaret lived a long full life. She was born April 16, 1923 in Foremost, Alberta.

A private service will be held.

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Robert James “Jim” Culver
February 15, 1952 ~ March 31, 2017
It is with broken hearts that we, the family of the late Mr. Robert James “Jim” Culver, beloved husband of Rhonda, announce his passing on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the age of 65 years.  Along with Rhonda, his loving wife of over 42 years, Jim leaves to cherish his memory:  two sons, Randy (Haley) and beloved grandchildren, Sierra and Chase;  Jason (Beth);  siblings, Linda (Willie) Andruschak of Hays, Dianne (Gary) Secrist of Enchant, Joanne (Keith) Olson of Coaldale, Terry (Ken) Franz of Retlaw, Jack (Kathleen) Culver of Sparwood, B.C., Jerry (Daralee) Culver of Medicine Hat, Rocky (Michelle) Culver of Elkford, B.C., Samantha (Randy) Colmer of Sparwood, B.C., Ronda Culver of Lethbridge and Tracey Culver of Surrey, B.C.;  in-laws, Ken (Janet) Whitmore of Taber, Shirley Meier of Hays and Monty (Trudy) Whitmore of Taber.  Jim is also survived by 23 nephews, 30 nieces, 21 great-nephews, 22 great-nieces and 5 great-great-nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Joe Culver and mother, Thelma Culver.  Jim met and later married Rhonda Whitmore on October 4, 1974.  Together they farmed and owned and operated Culver Construction Ltd. in Retlaw, AB., while raising their two sons.  In 2009, Jim and Rhonda moved to Medicine Hat where he continued to enjoy spending time with his friends at the Royal Canadian Legion in both Vauxhall and Medicine Hat.  Jim loved his family and time spent with his precious grandchildren.  He also always made time for his nieces and nephews whom he held very dear.  Jim’s life will be honoured and his memory cherished without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. The family welcomes friends to visit the house to share memories and stories in the coming days. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made directly to the MD of Taber, in support of the Vauxhall Regional Fire Department (printed in the memo section of the cheque), 4900B – 50 Street, Taber, Alberta, T1G 1T2, an organization that was near and dear to Jim’s heart with Culver Construction Ltd. being a major part in the contruction of it. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Home

Edith Helen Voth

1927 – 2017

Mrs. Edith Helen Voth (nee Hanke) of Lethbridge, passed away at the Good Samaritans West Highlands on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Following the Graveside Service, a Reception will be held at McKillop United Church. Flowers are gratefully declined. Instead, memorial donations may be made in Edith’s memory to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H5E9.

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Sept. 22, 1928 – April 3, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of EDWARD ERICKSON on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

Ed lived in the Nobleford area his full life, farming and ranching for over 50 years with his brothers and sons. Ed was a great husband, father, grand-father, uncle, neighbor and friend to many. He was well known for his generosity, kindness and willingness to help others. He would always assist his neighbors/friends and put their needs above his own without ever having to be asked. After a hard year of work, he enjoyed nothing better than taking his family to his favorite place at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Ed is survived by Anne, his loving wife of 64 years. He was also a loving father to his 5 children, Duane, Denise (Mark) Hofman, Dale, Darcie (Shelly), Darlene (Shaun) Harrison. His gentleness & memory will be cherished forever by his 12 grandchildren, Micah, Lauren, Cody, Cole, Scott, Tara, Amber, Darcy, Russell, Sarah (Brenton), Shelby & Spencer.

Ed was predeceased by his brothers, Clarence and Ernest & Sister Ellen Barnaby.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the NOBLEFORD COMMUNITY COMPLEX, 122 Kipp Street, Nobleford, AB, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

A special thank you to the doctors and nurses on 3C for the excellent care that Dad received for the month that he was in the Chinook Regional Hospital.

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Gerhard Bron

1961 – 2017

Mr. Gerhard Bron of Fort Macleod, beloved husband of Mrs. Christine Bron passed away at the Bethesda Care Home on Saturday April 1, 2017 at the age of 55 years. A Funeral service will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION- LETHBRIDGE, 90022 Range Road 211, Lethbridge, AB. Interment will follow the service in the Fort Macleod Union Cemetery.

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GORDON GOOD DAGGER (Ipamainihki( singing a cross) Mii’ki)- passed away April 2nd, 2017 at the age of 70 years. He was born in Cardston, Alberta and raised on the blood reserve to the late George Good Dagger Sr and Mary Margret Morning Bird. Gordon is survived by his sister Rosie (Marty) Reyes.

His late wife Harriet Spear Chief and Gordon Good Dagger have five children together- Gordon Jr, Renee, Marvin, Late Aleatha, and stepson Nathan. He will be missed by his 18 grandchildren and 17 great Grandchildren, his adopted sister Margret (Dale) Rabbit, Joyce (Gary) Bird and his auntie Teresa Vielle.

Gordon loved to play hockey with his son and brothers any chance he got Gordon also played hockey for the Standoff Canadiens. Gordon did various types of work, mainly labor work, and he helped to build the Standoff dams and bridges. Gordon will be very missed by family, friends.

A Wake Service will be at the Streets Alive Mission, Lethbridge on Friday, April 7th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and continue at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym on Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Gertrude Florence Kettles (nee Evans), beloved wife of the late James “Jim” Kettles, passed away peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017 at the age of 99 years. A son Kenneth predeceased her, her sisters Annie, Ida, Ada and a brother George as well as her parents George and Elizabeth Evans.

Gertie, as she was known to friends, was born Dec 16, 1917 to the farming life in Bracken, Saskatchewan. She moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta to work for a family where she met and married Jim on April 5, 1939. Together they ranched and raised their two boys, Allan and Les, until 1963 when they sold the ranch and moved into Pincher Creek. She was very active in the community volunteering, was in the Lioness Club, the Rebeccas, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. She volunteered at the Pincher Creek Hospital “Tuck Shop”.

Nothing put a smile on her face like doing the things she loved: playing cards, dancing, curling, crafting, crocheting, cooking and gardening. Many ribbons were won at the Pincher Creek Fair for her quilts, afghans, gladiolas, homemade pies, jams and jellies. She always had an open door, a plentiful table and a generous heart.

A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and community member she was willing to lend a helping hand. Gertie will be missed by her sons Allan, Les (Lorene); Grandchildren Laura (Steve), James (Rhea), Jeff (Ang), Andrea (Scott), Brent and Kylie. She also has 11 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Sarah, Katrina, Matthew, Anna, Cameron, Ella, Isabel, Ruby, Aedon and Ethan, as well as her many friends, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Pincher Creek United Church on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm (972 Police Ave, Pincher Creek, Alberta). A reception to celebrate Gertie’s life will follow at the Heritage Inn at 4 pm. No flowers by request. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Lion’s Club of Pincher Creek, P.O. Box 1825, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0 (https://www.lcif.org/EN/support-our-work/donate-now.php).

KOMETZ, Marcia Jolene

May 3, 1971 – March 29, 2017

Born May 3, 1971, passed away March 29, 2017, beloved wife of Robert Roy. She leaves to morn her husband; her mother Dorothy Kometz; and brother John Kometz. She also leaves to mourn her passing many aunts, uncles and cousins in Alberta, and the United States. Marcie attended General Stewart, Hamilton and L.C.I. She took an Esthetician’s course in Calgary, until she was too ill to work due to Crohn’s Disease. A Memorial Reception will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Marcie’s memory directly to the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, (3100 246 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, AB T3H 3C8). Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at http://www.southcalgary funeralcentre.ca


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BELLA LAMB, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at the age of 107 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Elizabeth Lend

1933 – 2017

Mrs. Elizabeth Lend of Raymond, beloved wife of the late Mr. Joseph Lend, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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LEVERTON, William E.

February 9, 1927

– March 24, 2017

Sam, beloved husband of Shirley of Red Deer, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on March 24, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

He was the loving father of Denise (Paul) Rose, Connie (Peter) Knoll and Karen (Ernie) Herbst. He had 4 Grandsons, Matt and Kevin Knoll and Wade and Wyatt Herbst.

He will be remembered by 4 sisters and 2 Brother-in-Laws

He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 brother-in laws.

Sam was born in Saskatchewan, moved to Medicine Hat in 1949. Married Shirley on July 6, 1953 In 1956 they moved to Skiff where he worked for Alberta Wheat Pool. Sam worked as a grain buyer for 33 years. He also sold Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance in the area for 37 years.

Monumental Family service on May 1/2017 @ 1:00 PM @ Alto Reste Cemetery Hwy 11E, 3.6 KM East of 30 Avenue, Red Deer.

Charity Name Alzheimers Society of Canada, #1 5550 45 Street Red Deer, Ab, T4N 1L1.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting http://www.reddeerfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements entrusted to


6150 – 67 Street, Red Deer.

Phone (403) 347-3319.


ELIZABETH “BETH” GORDON SPROUL, beloved wife of the late Stanley Kennedy Sproul, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

Beth was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB moving with her family to Lethbridge in 1967. She was an active member of McKillop United Church and the UCW for almost 50 years, and was also a member of the Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7, OES.

For the last four years of her life, her home was Martha’s House where she truly felt at home.

She is survived by her daughters Allison (Michael) Dixon of Winnipeg, Donna Brittner of Lethbridge, granddaughters Amanda Brittner, Melissa (Brad) Gillam and Amy (John) Cadman, and great-grandchildren Madeleine, Jackson, Elizabeth, Evan and Myles.

A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with the Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would wish donations to the McKillop United Growing the Dream Fund – 2329 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0X5, or to the charity of your choice.

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ALAN YUKIO TSUKISHIMA of Burlington, ON passed away at home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the age of 56 years.

He is survived by mother Keiko, siblings: Wayne (Amy), Brenda, Dave (Le); and brother-in-law Charlie Catt (Joanne). Alan is also survived by nieces and nephews: Jennifer, Douglas, Ryan (Jireh), Tom Nicole (John), and Mark; and great nephew Bentley.

He is predeceased by father Tsutomu, and sister Grace Catt.

Alan was born in Lethbridge on August 31, 1960 to Keiko and Tsutomu Tsukishima. He attended school in Coaldale and completed one year at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 1981 Alan started work at Ikea in Edmonton, and was still in the Burlington Office at his passing. His work took him to numerous places across North America and one trip to Sweden.

Cremation entrusted to Smith Funeral Home in Burlington, Ontario. Please visit http://www.smithsfh.com to view condolences.

A Family Memorial Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Y. Izumi officiating. Following the graveside service, family members are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering for Alan at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470 – 40 Street S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Koden and flowers are gratefully declined, and memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 100-119-14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

Kimberley Wiebe

1953 – 2017

Kimberley Joy Wiebe (Nee Milner). It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce her sudden passing on Thursday March 30th in her 64 years in Lethbridge, Alberta. Cherished daughter of Joyce Milner (Campbell) and the late John (Jack) Milner of Copper Cliff. Kim was born in Sudbury and spent her formative years attending Copper Cliff Public School and Lively District Secondary School. She graduated from Laurentian University in 1976. Like many young people Kim went west, initially settled in Edmonton where she worked as a Social Worker for the Department of Social Services with the Government of Alberta. Kim met and married Wilfred Wiebe in 1982. She is survived and will be missed and lovingly remembered by her precious daughter Kaitlyn (Cole), her sisters Brenda Desjardins (the late Guy), Barbara Horne (Ron) and brother David. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews Bethany, Danielle, Nathan, Ethan, Rachael, and great nephew Kyler. The family would like to acknowledge and thank all the Wiebe family members who have supported and cared for Kim over the years. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service and Internment in the family plot will take place in the early summer of 2017 in Sudbury, Ontario. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many room; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you and I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14 1-4.

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