January 17th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 14, 2017.


RAYMOND FRANK BROWN, beloved husband of Barbara Brown of Picture Butte, passed away surrounded by family, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

Along with his wife of 52 years, he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Barbie Brown of Lethbridge, granddaughter Melissa (Joel) Kitt of Calgary and Britany (Tyler) Kitt of Lethbridge as well as his great-grandson, Damon of Lethbridge. Also left to cherish his memory is his brother, Ron (Marie) Brown of Cranbrook, BC as well as many nieces and nephews.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents, brother Bud and son-in-law, Darren.

Raymond worked as a heavy equipment operator for more than 45 years, 23 of those with the Town of Picture Butte. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and travelling, enjoying his most recent outing to Lundbreck Falls with his fellow residents of Piyami Lodge. He also enjoyed working on projects and was known for his ability to fix anything and everything. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed.

A special thank you is extended to his niece, Dianne Nolette, for always being there for Raymond no matter what time of day or night.

At Raymond’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

Donations in Raymond’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7.

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Mr. Robert Campau, a 7 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away June 9th, 2017. The Officers, Members and Staff extend their deepest sympathy.


ELVA MARION GRAHAM, beloved wife of Alan Graham of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the age of 96 years.

Arrangements have been forwarded to Westlawn Funeral Home, Edmonton.

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PEGGY LORRAINE HANDSAEME, beloved wife of Bill Handsaeme, of Lethbridge, AB, fell asleep at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 63 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH – 2710 College Dr S, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Dan Sargent officiating.

Following the Funeral Service Peggy will be laid to rest at Archmount Cemetery with a reception to take place afterwards at the Coast Hotel & Conference Centre – 526 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB.

In her memory donations may be sent to Agape in Action, 97 Twenty Place Blvd. , Mt. Hope, ON, L0R 1W0.

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John (Jack) Hector Morrison

1932 – 2017

Mr. John H. Morrison of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Elaine Morrison, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years.A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street, South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

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Lee Deboer

1968 – 2017

Mr. Lee DeBoer of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Julie Landry-DeBoer, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 48 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S.

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Sydney Herbert (Herb) Arthur Joseph, the eldest of seven siblings, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Sunday June 11, 2017, at the age of 86 years. “Grandpa” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be greatly missed. Herb was born in Saskatchewan and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a military police officer. He then worked in Flin Flon in the mines, before joining the Edmonton Police Service in 1955, retiring 30 years later as a Staff Sergeant. He was a passionate volunteer, working with the Edmonton Minor hockey programs and in his retirement with the Edmonton Crime Stoppers and Neighborhood Watch. He was one of the committee members who worked tirelessly to obtain the funding for the first Air 1 police helicopter for the Edmonton Police Service, and he was very proud of that achievement. He was also a dedicated Oilers fan. Herb is survived by his loving wife, Irma Hannah, his children Randy (Bev), Keith (Carla), Allan; his grandchildren Steven (Lindsay), Christine (Jason), Rebecca (Nick), and Courtney (Travis); and his great grandchildren Sayre, Landon and Hadley Joseph, and Jaxon Kapler. He will also be missed by Irma’s family, daughters Carol (Len) Green and Valerie (Paul) Coe, grandchildren Avery (Pat) Green, Janna (Paul) Garneau, Carla (Robert) Heintz, Kyle (Erin) Miles, and great grandchildren Zander and Inara Garneau, and Scarlett and Hannah Heighington. Herb was predeceased by his wife Edith (2005), grandson Sydney (2009), parents Sydney and Joyce, sister Daryl, brothers Frank and Don, brother in law Tony, sister in law Denise, and niece Beverley. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Evergreen Funeral Home, 327-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7. A Memorial Service will also be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Wellington Park Community Hall, 13440-132 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5A 5E2. In lieu of flowers, and in the memory of Herb, the family would appreciate donations to the Edmonton Police Foundation 9620-103 A. Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 0H7 in support of Air 1, or to your local Neighborhood Watch or Crime Stoppers. The family would also like to thank the caring staff at the Good Samaritan West Highlands Center, as well as Dr. T.D. Sommerfeldt, Dr. E. Bly, and Dr. E. Janzen for their excellent medical care. Visit http://www.evergreenfh.ca to send a private condolence.

Rosa Peters

1931 – 2017

Mrs. Rosa Peters of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. George (Gerhard) Peters passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on her 86th birthday, June 11, 2017. Rosa was born in Cataloi, Romania and while her early years were happy the war soon interfered and everything changed. However, God was gracious and Rosa and all her family eventually made it safely to Canada. It was here that she met and married her husband George (Gerhard) and together they raised seven children. Though faced with many challenges in this life Rosa always trusted in God to sustain and keep her. Rosa is survived by her children Helmut, Richard (Ellie), Ruth (Stephen), Rudy (Patti), daughter-in-law Carolyn, Rolund (Claire), and Rose (Jeff). Rosa also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George (Gerhard) and son Ervin Reinhard. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all the staff at St. Michaels for the wonderful and compassionate care that they gave to Rosa and the entire family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Mark Noonan, officiating. Interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Speroway.com to feed hungry children.

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March 16, 1923 – June 10, 2017

Mary Chisholm Robertson Skrukwa (nee Moore) was born March 16, 1923 in Slamannan, a community in Falkirk, Scotland. She spent the first 21 years of her life growing up in Falkirk with 5 sisters (Jane, Louisa, Helen, Roberta, Betty) and one brother (Michael) in and around Falkirk Scotland. During the war years she worked in a munitions factory but as luck would have it a dashing young soldier from Lethbridge was directed to visit the Moore family in Falkirk by a relative back in Alberta. That fortuitous meeting turned into a romance and finally marriage. Joe Skrukwa became Mary’s husband on July 5, 1945. Her wedding dress currently resides in the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Following the war Mary boarded a ship in Southampton (her first time out of her home shire) June 22, 1946 to sail to Halifax then boarded a train to travel across Canada to Medicine Hat where Joe met her and continued the trip to Lethbridge where her new life began.

Initially Mary and Joe lived with Joe’s mother (also Mary) who spoke only Ukrainian while Joe built a house for his family. In 1949 Mary made the trek back to Scotland, as Joe had promised Mary’s father Felix would happen, but this time with an infant daughter, Maureen. After six months Mary returned to Lethbridge, daughter in tow, to the new home Joe had completed in her absence.

Mary soon presented Joe with two more children: a daughter Elizabeth (Betty) named after Mary’s mother and a son Michael. And so, Mary and Joe set out creating a new life in her adopted country of Canada and city of Lethbridge but she never lost her love for Scotland nor her Scottish accent which became her trademark along with her ready smile and quick engagement with others.

Living only blocks from the new church they helped build (St Basils) Mary and Joe became faithful servants of God always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed one. Mary was a Life Member of the Catholic Women’s League, active for most of her life. The War Brides became an important reference point for her as she connected with many life long friends who had traveled the same road as her. Soon Joe’s mother and his brothers and sisters (Annie, Dean, Jenny, Francis, Stan and Tommy (all deceased)) became her extended family. Mary’s best friend and fellow war bride Mary Wesko predeceased her.

In her last years her son Michael was her faithful caregiver. Her life was also touched by many caring and giving friends who made her life blessed and her passing peaceful.

Passing away peacefully on June 10, Mary was predeceased by her husband Joe (1980) sisters Jane and Helen and brother Michael and is survived by sisters in Scotland: Louisa Lunn, Roberta (Henry) Taylor, Betty Kennedy and sister-in-law Eileen Moore.

Mary is survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Daughters Maureen (Terry) Royer, Betty (Bob) Krausher and son Michael Skrukwa; grandchildren: Shannon (Ross) Piche, David (Dawn) Royer, Kevin (Michelle) Royer, Chris Howes, Kari (Dan) Van Ee and Joey Skrukwa; great grandchildren: Anika Royer, Kiana Royer, Vivienne Piche, Brennan Piche, Piper Royer, Danica Van Ee, and Mason Van Ee, all of whom Mary loved dearly and enjoyed immensely.

Relatives and Friends are invited to Prayer Services at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta, officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Mary, memorial Tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100-119 14 Street NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5

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JANNA TAMMINGA, beloved wife of Willem “Bill” Tamminga, of Picture Butte, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

Along with her husband Willem of 62 years, Janna is lovingly remembered by her children; Jan (Rosanne) and their children, Jan (Mackenzie), Jennifer (Charlie), Jeremy and Jason; Peter; Grace (Doug) and their children Kayli (Chad), Mackenzie (Heather) and Anthony (Alicia); Brian (Rose) and their children Kyle, Breea and Spencer; Arthur (Darcy Visser) and his children Larissa and Rebecca; Therecia (Dave) and their children Cody and Carlin; as well as two great-grandchildren, Riley and Levi Tamminga.

She was predeceased by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Janna was born to Blijke and Pieter Jan Nienhuis on January 16, 1932 on her family farm in Bedum Netherlands, the third of nine children.

She grew up in Holland and went to school in Bedum. Janna met her future husband, Willem Tamminga, when he was working for her father. They started dating in 1950 upon his return from the Indonesian War. Janna and Willem married on February 9, 1955 in Bedum then immigrated to Canada in April 1955. They traveled by boat to Canada then by train to Lethbridge where they were driven to Nieboer’s farm to start their new life.

Janna was a loving and devoted homemaker. She enjoyed the outdoors and tending her beautiful gardens. Janna was skilled with her hands and made beautiful needlework creations that are cherished by her family. She especially enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and supported them in their many endeavors. Janna also took great pride in painting all of her children’s first homes as well as many others.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Frank deBoer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janna’s memory may be made to GoodHearts Foundation, 2nd Chance Trail Ride, 468 Southgate Centre NW, PO Box 76066, Edmonton, AB T6H 5Y7

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

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