January 15th, 2021

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 2, 2017.


John Burgwal of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Rita Burgwal, passed away at Good Samaritan’s Park Meadows on Sunday May 28, 2017 at the age of 86. Dad was an amazing man who enjoyed life and loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever. John is survived by his daughter, Tracy (Jon); sons, Jason (Kylie), Tom (Sheryne), Dan (Kelly); grandchildren, Cody (Mercedes), Brittany (Jason), Cheyenne (Matt), Shelbi, Chase, Blaize, Halle, Ryder; great grandchildren, Madison, Maxtin, Emery; sister Annie (Grad) Van Gaal; sisters in law Nancy (Darryl) Asplund, Ria (Dennis) Brady, Sharon (Ted) Van Den Hengel, Diane (Stan) Lewicki, Tina (Murray) Simons, Truus (Gerry) Karperien, Jean Van Den Hengel; brothers in law, Peter Van Den Hengel and John Husch.A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, JULY 22, 2017, at Nordbridge Seniors Centre, 1904 – 13 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB. To send condolences please go to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

Frank Cemulini
1930 – 2017
Francesco Cemulini, passed away in Taber on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the age of 86 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.


CONNIE COX passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home, on May 24th 2017 at 83 years old, exactly 13 years from the day her husband Gary Cox had passed.

Connie was born as Constance Alberta Mehew, on October 8th 1933 in Edmonton Alberta to Levi John Mehew and Annie Parr Mehew. Connie grew up in Raymond, where she met the love of her life, Gary Cox whom she married in 1952. They were later blessed with four children; Darrell, Cheralin, Stuart and Richard Cox. Connie was always known for being a hard worker, who could motivate others to do the same. Connie worked at the BMO bank in Raymond, a head chef at the Raymond Home, a proud owner of Jiffy restaurant in Raymond and bookkept her and Garys company Cox trucking, which later was known as G.W Cox Construction Ltd. Connie and her family moved to Lethbridge in 1981 to expand their company, which they owned for a busy 50 years. Connie was deeply involved with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life, where she was a visiting teacher and worked closely with the Relief Society. Connie a snowbird for much of her life, heading to their winter home in Yuma Arizona, and in the summer commuting to their home in Wardner BC. She will always be remembered for hosting family events at the cabin. Connie always made time for her children and grandchildren. She had 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, all whom she adored. Connie has one surviving sibling, Bill Mehew who is 96 years old. Connie had a very special friend, Gloria Ongican who kept her company for many years and Gloria’s daughter Kayla, who kept her grandma smiling until her last day. Family would like to extend their thanks to Pallative Care doctors and nurses, as well as home care workers who took such great care of Connie. Connie will be greatly missed every day, and remembered for all her accomplishments, her kind and generous nature and for being an amazing mother and grandmother.

Friends may meet with the family at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703 13 St N Lethbridge on Friday, June 2 from 7-8 p.m ONLY. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday June 3rd, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Northside Chapel, 2223 6 Ave A N, Lethbridge. Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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

Dylan Capton

1977 – 2017

Mr. Dylan Caption of Diamond City, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the age of 39 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


EDITH LOU FOOTE was born July 29, 1929 to Jesse Harris Wilde and Anna Weinheimer. She was the second of 8 children. She grew up on a farm in the Welling area. She married her childhood friend Melvin Foote on Nov 23, 1950. They moved to the Fort Macleod area in 1951 where they farmed and raised their 6 children, Ross (Jackie Leavitt), Stuart (Susan Duell), Duane (Heather Thomson), Melanie (Dale) Adie, JoAnn Lynn, Donna Lou (Rod) Arnold. She passed away on May 29, 2017 in Fort Macleod. She was predeceased by her husband and her brothers Robert, Arvin and David, and sisters Joyce and Audrey. She is survived by her brothers Ross and Thomas. A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FORT MACLEOD CHAPEL, on Monday June 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm, with Bishop David Orr officiating. Friends and family wishing to may meet with the family prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45.

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


ROBERT “BOB” CHARLES FORTIN, beloved partner of Tabetha Renning.

Our Bob, the love of our lives left us at 5:35 a.m. on May 26, 2017 after a courageous battle against cancer at the age of 48, he passed away surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the PIONEER PARK, EXHIBITION GROUNDS – 3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, June 2, 2017 starting at 1:00 P.M.

Bob had a love for motorsports and restoring muscle cars, let’s give Bob a show and bring your Rods & Bikes.

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Jan. 10, 1947 – May 26, 2017

WAYNE R. GADD, passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Palliative Care Unit, St. Michael’s, Lethbridge.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Mary of 48+ years & son, Jeff. Wayne is also survived by his sisters Shirley Martz (Jack) of Vulcan & Joyce Miller of California, sister-in-law Myrna Gadd of Calgary & nieces & nephews. Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Adriana & William Gadd, his brother, Rod Gadd, & in-laws Katie & John Nowak.

Wayne was born in Whitecourt, AB, & grew up in Cranbrook, BC. Wayne was a member of the RCMP for 36+ years & served in several provinces across Canada.

At Wayne’s request no service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to all who took care of him during his final journey.

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

Harry Fuller

1955 – 2017

Harry Vinson Fuller of Coalhurst, beloved husband of 36 years to Mary Ann Fuller, passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the age of 62. Harry was born on February 17, 1955 in Magrath, Alberta. However, he was primarily raised and educated in Bow Island, Alberta. While managing a tire shop there, he met Mary Ann Skanderup, a local school teacher, whom he later married on April 18, 1981. It was soon after, that he pursued a career in autobody mechanics. He briefly worked at A & H Autobody in Bow Island and more extensively in Lethbridge at Bullock’s Autobody and at Dunlop Collision. Due to an accident, he retired from work in 2005. Even then, Harry was not one for sitting still or feeling sorry for himself. He worked diligently and to the best of his ability, on many self-initiated projects at home. He never gave up or thought he couldn’t do it. He just thought it would take longer. Any mistakes could be fixed so it was just a matter of persevering. He loved his family and many friends, spending as much time as possible with them. He supported his sons’ and grandsons’ school and athletic activities and was so proud of their achievements. He also taught them many skills and life lessons. Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann Fuller of Coalhurst; his sons, Caleb (Nicole) of Coalhurst AB, David Fuller of Lethbridge AB, and Jared Fuller (Justine Tratechaud) of Calgary, AB; his grandsons, Preston Doubinin, Reagan Fuller; his brothers, Roy Fuller and Danny Fuller. Harry was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Violet Fuller; and his brother, Ralph Fuller. Harry was an honest and hard working man, cherishing his Christian faith which sustained him on many days. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and will be dearly missed. Condolences will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street, S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, RR1. Tilley, Alberta, with Pastor Rob Stewart, officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations in Harry’s name may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Ave. NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.

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


(nee Sarka)

1942 – 2017

KAREN HENINGER, of Stirling, beloved wife of the late Bill Heninger, passed away at the Raymond Health Centre on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the age of 75 years.

Karen’s life will be celebrated during a COME AND GO RECEPTION, which will be held at 121 3rd Avenue, Stirling, AB on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 starting at 2:00 P.M.

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CHARLES H (HARRY) JEFFERIES, beloved husband of Rosamond Woolley Jefferies passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday May 30, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday June 3, 2017 at Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Harry’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion. For a more detailed notice, please visit generationsfh.ca.

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


August 23, 1927 – May 28, 2017

MAC NISHIYAMA passed away on May 28, 2017 after an extended stay at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Mac is survived by his wife Reyko and daughters Karen (Ron Wegner), Kiyomi (Dan McGee), Dianne (Rick) Romeril, Robin (Scott Peacock), Candice (Brian) Young, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, sisters Betty Tanigami, Kaz Sugimoto and a very large extended family. He was predeceased by his son Russell.

The family appreciates the care that Dad received at Chinook Regional Health Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre, Vascular Unit as well as the support of the caring staff at Martha’s House.

A celebration of Mac’s life will be held in Lethbridge at the ENMAX CENTRE – 2510 Scenic Drive South, on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 11 A.M.

Flowers and koden are gratefully declined.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


It is with sadness, but gentle relief that we announce that the Lord has called home our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, IDA PIETERDINA VENHUIS (nee VanHuis) at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 92 years.

Ida was born in Holland in 1924, where she lived her childhood and where she later met her beloved husband Harry. Ida was a woman of solid belief and a tenacious spirit which helped her through many difficult times in her life: immigrating to Canada in 1951 with two small children, where she did not know the people or the language; dealing with the care giving to the whole family when her young husband had a heart attack and subsequent heart problems; working through the pain of sometimes debilitating arthritis. She was a very pragmatic lady and if something needed to be done, she just did it! Her hands were never idle. She learned how to knit when she was five years old and produced so many beautiful works of serviceable art. Her love of the Lord, for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never wavered.

Ida is survived by her children Gary, Grace (Randy) Vos, Mary (Gerald) Hendriks, Ben (Trudie) and all their families, her brother and sister-in-law Ytzen and Hendrika in Holland.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry in July of 1987, her daughter Joanne in January of 2007, son-in-law Jake in July of 2008 and daughter-in-law Liz in August of 2008.

We will always remember you mom, as your true grit and tenacity are so evident in many of your offspring.

“We do not mourn as those with no hope” 1 Thess. 4:13

A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.

A Private Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery prior to the Funeral Service.

A Funeral Service will be held at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 393 University Avenue, suite 1700, Toronto, ON, M5G 1E6, The ALS Society of Alberta, 7874 10 Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 8W1 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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


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