January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 23, 2017.

Barry Dreaver

1949 – 2017

Mr. Barry Dreaver, formerly of Coaldale, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on June 16, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Kennan Austin Hart of Fort Macleod, Alberta beloved husband of Merna Rae Blackmore Hart, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2017.

Besides his dear wife Merna, Ken is survived by his children, Ken Jr., Jim (Heather), Rick (Wendy), Lori (Tony) and Ryan (Crystal). He was predeceased by his daughter Joanne in December 1984, grandson Derek James Hart and great granddaughter Olivia Pierson.

Ken is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 30 great- grandchildren.

Ken was born in Macleod Alberta on May 10, 1930, the third of four children born to Henry Rueben Hart and Mary (Hetherington) Hart. He is survived by his brother Robert W. Hart and his sister, Mavis Tuttle, and was predeceased by his sister, Edith Atkinson.

He and Merna were married on September 24, 1952, and until his recent illness he had lived happily in Fort Macleod the entire time.

Even as late as last year, Ken said he could not decide what he wanted to be when he grew up, however he did work as a Welding Instructor at the Lethbridge Community College for 26 years

Ken had many talents which he willingly shared with others. This proved to be a blessing not only to him personally but to many in his family and community.

Ken enjoyed most sports, whether it be as a participant, a coach, or a spectator. He loved to fish and hunt and did so well into his eighties. While fishing, he had a knack for catching his limit while those around him never got a bite.

Music was his passion and he loved to entertain. Early in life he was a member of the local orchestra “The Imperials”. In the 70’s he and some good friends started a band known as the 4 k’s. He is most known for his talent in playing the saxophone, however he was able to play almost any wind instrument. He sang at many weddings and funerals and in many choirs. He was blessed with a beautiful voice. Later in life he and Merna often volunteered to entertain with friends at Senior Facilities throughout southern Alberta.

Along with his musical skills he participated in many local theater productions and worked as an extra in several major movie productions.

He had a great sense of humor and had a joke for any occasion. He was a good story teller. He believed that you should never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

He was a supporter and volunteer for many community activities in Fort Macleod. Many knew him as the “Town Crier” for the annual Santa Claus parade. He participated as town crier for 34 years. He thoroughly enjoyed filling this role and making new friends along the way. Ken loved being a part of the Fort Macleod community. He was proud to be from Fort Macleod.

He loved his family no matter what, and was eager to sacrifice for them whenever the need arose. He will be truly missed by his family and loved ones.

A visitation will be held between 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the Relief Society Room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 643 20 St, Fort Macleod, AB.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 643 20 St, Fort Macleod, AB. With Bishop David Orr Officiating.


(nee Dent)

Margaret (Peggy) Hetherington, born December 31, 1919 passed away quietly at the age of 97 at Eau Claire Retirement Residence on June 21, 2017.Born in Stockton on Tees, England, Mom used to tell the story of heading to the air-raid shelter in the middle of the night during WW II with her little brother in tow. She also spoke of how her older brother was injured and rescued by a fishing boat at Dunkirk. During the war, she met and later married her best friend’s cousin Arthur, a Canadian soldier from Claresholm, Alberta. She met Arthur on a blind date in Stockton on Tees, England. Dad always claimed it was love at first site and it did last forever. They were always together. Mom loved to sing and had a reputation as a great bridge player. She was also known for her exceptional beauty and intelligence. In a crisis, she always knew just when to say, “We are going North.”While still in England, she worked in the office of Industrial Chemical Company, her savings helped buy their first little house in Taber.Mom loved to talk about the stock market and investments with her family and always had her own bank accounts. Her most sound advice, ” pay the mortgage off and the rest is easy;” which she herself did with her Canada Savings Bonds. She always believed in real estate. Mom was ahead of her time in many ways. Being born and growing up in Northern England during the war, she was a real saver. Mom would rather have the money than a new dress. She kept her shoes “for good” until they were out of style (unlike her daughters).Growing up we always had a garden; lots of healthy food and nothing went to waste. We had swimming lessons, figure skating lessons and my brother played hockey. We all drove the family car around town by age 16 and Mom & Dad helped us into our first cars.Family gatherings were cherished, Christmas and Easter our family was always together. My brother would fly home at Christmas no matter where he was in the world.Dad worked for Alberta Gov’t Telephones and the family was transferred around Alberta to Calgary, Taber and Fort Macleod ending his career in Edmonton at head office. They always bought and built and fixed up at least one house in every location they lived. Mom had a real knack with decorating. While the family lived in Sherwood Park, Mom and Dad bought a quarter section of land and built “The Cabin” at Long Lake. Many happy weekends were spent there winter and summer. Mom and Dad retired to Redwood Meadows near Bragg Creek to be closer to family and became members of the Seniors Association there. Many happy days were spent together with family and friends. Their final years together were spent at Signatures Villas in Calgary.Mom left a true legacy, a life well lived.Mom was predeceased by her husband Arthur Hetherington, son Robert Hetherington, son in law Edward (Teddy) Keys and brother Joseph Dent, England.She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Ann Falk and Patricia Keys (Bob), her granddaughter Heather Cameron (Scott), great granddaughters Elizabeth and Kathryn Cameron, all from Calgary, grandsons Ryan Keys (Chantal) of Calgary, Michael (Kate) Keys of Mexico and her sister in law Peggy Markle from Claresholm. Thank you to Dr. Davies and Mom’s nurses and the kind staff on the 4th floor of Eau Claire Retirement Residence for all their help with Mom. A private service will be held at a later date.


MARY JEAN KOSKOSKI, 82, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2017 at the Foothills Hospital after a brief struggle with cancer. Mary Jean was predeceased by John Koskoski, her loving husband of 62 years and Jeff Koskoski, her much loved grandson as well as her brother Ralph Miskulin and brothers-in-law, Bill Koskoski and Leonard Dodd.

Mary Jean will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Ken (Cheryl) from Vancouver, and Dave (Candice) and grandson Mathew, all from Calgary. She is also survived by her sister Betty Dodd, two sisters-in-law; Jean Koskoski and Pat Miskulin.

As an extraordinary homemaker, a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she was very caring and kind, wise and talented. She enjoyed baking, cross-stitch, gardening, taking care of her family and the many good times with her friends.

As she held all of us in her heart, she will live in our hearts forever.

A Memorial Service for Mary Jean will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

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


Stanley James McCrea passed away on June 7, 2017 in Boynton Beach, Flordia. He was born in Lethbridge on August 31, 1929 to Annie S. (Marshalsay) and Archibald McCrea. Stan was predeceased by his parents, first wife Evelyn (Turner), son Kimberly James and granddaughter Michele Renee Stewart. He is survived by his second wife Elizabeth (Gibson), brothers Orville (Gail) and Milton (Darlene) and his sister Patricia (Walter) Faber, daughters Jane Ann Cosgriff (Stephen), Keni Rae Stewart (Mark) and Sara Calzaretta (Michael), eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Stan attended Westminster, Bowman Public schools and Garbutt Business School. He developed an interest in local native history and artifacts, sculpting and oil painting. He was a member of the Lethbridge Sketch Club and his passion for oils led to his studying at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the University of Saskatchewan. His artistic talent was recognised and he became a recipient of a Canada Council Grant. At that time he was the Office Manager in the Engineering Department with the City of Lethbridge and the grant motivated him to relocate with his family to New York. His employment in New York included accounting, auditing and reinsurance with a major firm. He was subsequently contracted to administer in offices in London and Singapore.

Patrick “Pat” Lloyd Drader

1945 – 2017

Patrick “Pat” Lloyd Drader passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 with his beloved wife and sweetheart Betty Hanson by his side, at the age of 72 years.

Born on June 8, 1945 in Raymond, Alberta and raised in Coutts along with his thirteen brothers and sisters. Later, he married Donella Glynn and had five children. Pat was employed by Swifts (Canada Packers) for a number of years and was later employed and retired from Shaw Cable. He was a sports enthusiast and thoroughly enjoyed golf, fishing and softball. Pat’s other passions included woodworking, painting and carpentry. Pat loved spending time with his family and telling his grandchildren “tall tales” of his great life adventures. Pat and Betty loved to retreat to the Drader family farm where they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and treasured their time together.

Besides his loving wife Betty, he is survived by his children; Bobbi (Kerry) Cherpin and their children Courtlynd and Syndee; Jackie (David) Jones and their children Avery and Jaxon; Carson and Tadashi Tomiyama; Jason (Jennifer) Drader and their daughter McKenna; Christie Drader and her children Cody and Jaiden Ives, and Kimberly (James) Dawson. He is also survived by his brother Michael Drader; sisters Christine Thompson, Ruther Parsons and Mary Chambers, along with many nieces and nephews.

Pat was predeceased by his parents Jack and Blanche Drader, four brothers and four sisters.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4K7 or the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 1A129, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 1W5

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


LEO RUSSELL passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at the age of 70 years.

The Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, June 25th 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 Monday, June 26th at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Blood Band Cemetery.

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

Shari Parton

1940 – 2017

Mrs. Shari Parton of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Ronald “Ron” Parton, passed away at the South Health Campus in Calgary on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the age of 77 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, June 23, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street, South, Lethbridge, AB., with Pastor Doug MacArthur officiating.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of PATRICK “SULLY” SULLIVAN, who passed away peacefully on Monday June 19, 2017 in Lethbridge at the age of 74 after a long battle with Lymphoma. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Betty Jean Sullivan; daughter Megan (Scott) Routly of Calgary; two granddaughters Taylor Routly and Shay Routly of Calgary; brother Tim Sullivan of Lethbridge and sister Shannon (Jim) Dunlop of Olds as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Len and Helen Sullivan of Lethbridge and his sister Judy (Bill) Brown of Dundas.

Sully had worked at the Lethbridge Herald for 38 years, both as a sports and entertainment editor before retiring in 1999. He spent his retirement time golfing and with family and friends. Sully was known for his laughter, love of life, telling jokes and stories, loving sports and for his immense love of his four girls.

Sully did not want a funeral (he had “attended too many of those in the past few years”). An open house will be held at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 – St. Edward Blvd. N, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. to celebrate his life. Sully’s request is for everyone to tell a joke or funny story in his honour.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, #316, 1212 – 31 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 7S8.

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PHYLLIS MILDRED TYSSELAND With love we announce the passing of Phyllis Mildred Tysseland (nee Meaker). She was a dear wife, special Mother, and loving Nan. She was born in Calgary Alberta on June 24, 1937. She passed peacefully with family at her side in Lethbridge five days prior to her 80th Birthday. Phyllis and David’s 58th Wedding Anniversary would have been this August 14. She is survived by her loving husband David, Daughter Lori (Dave) Shellenberg, son Gary Tysseland, and youngest daughter Beverly Tysseland, four special grandchildren Stephanie and Kevin Shellenberg, Austin and Craig James, Dear sister Muriel Kirkman, Brothers Ken (Claire) Meaker, Don (Donna) Meaker and many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents William and Pansy Meaker, and sister Doris (Roy) Williams. A Private family graveside service will be held. A Celebration of Life tea will take place on her 80th Birthday, Saturday June 24th at the Village Green Clubhouse, 100 Fairmont Boulevard South from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada online, mailed to Suite 204-2323, 32 Avenue Northeast Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3, or at 1-800-226-8464.

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

Edwin Skretting
1940 – 2017
For years, Dad has asked….. “Is my name in there yet”?    Well today we can say, “Yes Dad, it is”.
 Edwin Toralf Skretting, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 years on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017 surrounded by love.
 He was the last surviving child born to Gustav and Jorgine (nee Odland) Skretting. He was also predeceased by his siblings Mary, Hans, Torsten, Gustav, Gudmund, Arnold, Jimmy, Judith and Sven; his dear companion Kathy and other family members including brothers-in-law Harry Key and Peter Braun.
 Edwin was the father of Janet (Darren) and Marvin Skretting; grandpa to Delon (Ryan) Kutanzi, Tanya (Ryan) Baker and Deena Baker; bestifar (the norwegian word for grandfather) to Raelyn and Teagin Kutanzi. He is also survived by our wonderful mother Carol Skretting (nee Wright) and her siblings; his sisters-in-law Anne, Ionne, Irene, Anne L. and by his very caring nephews, nieces, extended family and circle of friends.
 He has gone to a better place. As Janet said on Father’s Day, “Run and play with your family; skate with your team; soar in the skies above the roads you loved to drive”.
 For those who wish to pay their respects, relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, June 25, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
 One of dad’s last road trips was travelling back to his farm in Circle Hill, north of Vauxhall, to take KFC to Scurvy and Jost and to see the crops while combining. He later said, “The next trip I take to Enchant will be in a hearse”. He has proved that to be true.
 Please join us for a public graveside service at the Enchant Cemetery, one kilometre north of highway 526 on range road 185, Enchant on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. A celebration of Edwin’s life will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, 217 – 5 Street North, Vauxhall. Due to family allergies, please respect a “scent free” environment through our celebrations. 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.

Victor Rempel
1933 – 2017
Victor Wilbert Rempel, beloved husband of Margaret Rempel, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, June 23, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. A brief program will begin at 7:15 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Open Bible, 290 – 19 Avenue NE, Swift Current, Saskatchewan on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Turnhill Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Margaret, he is survived by their children Debra “Maxine” (Ken) Chapman of Barons, Phylis (David) Anonson of Magrath, Rose (Jack) Miyada of Taber, Lawrence Rempel of Taber and Richard (Cheri) Rempel of Taber; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Irene Moen of The Pas, Manitoba, Ray (Margaret) Rempel of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Don (Darlene) Rempel of Taber, Lynn (Fern) Rempel of Prairie View, Saskatchewan and Stan (Linda) Rempel of Craven, Saskatchewan; brothers-in-law Jerry Moen of The Pas, Manitoba, John (Mary) Unger of Winnipeg, Manitoba and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father Isbrandt Rempel (1950), his mother Anne Klassen (2004), step father Dan Klassen (1981), son Percy Rempel (1971), brother Lloyd Rempel (1997) and sister-in-law Louise Rempel (2004).
Victor was born a spirited young man in Beaver Flat, Saskatchewan on May 19, 1933 to Anne (nee Friesen) and Isbrandt Rempel. He was formally educated to grade six and the remainder of his education was received from the “school of hard knocks”. Victor graduated from Bible school in 1957 where he met Margaret Unger and they were married later that year.
Victor’s passions included, but were not limited to, church and family, carpentry, mechanics, adult education, welding and anything he could make out of wood and tin. He could fix anything you broke, even his heart. While he didn’t always agree with our choices, we all knew we could go back home to regroup and that he loved us. We love you dad, you will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Victor’s name may be made directly to the Gideons International in Canada, Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7H2 (http://www.gideons.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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