January 19th, 2021

SATURDAY, June 24, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 26, 2017.


MELVIN LAWRENCE BURGESS, beloved husband of the late Margaret Burgess.

He is survived by his children from his first wife Inga Gunilla Burgess, Sonja, Derek, Brenda, and Dale. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in Cardston, on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, June 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Cardston Cemetery.

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


(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.

LINDA FAY (ARMEY) BARNES Oct 27, 1942 – June 19, 2017

of Chase, B.C. passed away peacefully in hospice in Kamloops B.C. Survived by her daughter Jenny (Owen) Fike and her grandchildren Morgan, Taylor (Mike) and Spencer, sister Nadine Bexte and brother Gerald Armey and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents, Chester and Thurza Armey, a nephew, a brother-in-law, and 2 sisters-in-law. Linda, an independent spirit, was a multi-talented gal who prided herself in her handiwork. She excelled in woodworking, knitting and crocheting and sewing. A teacher and accountant by training, she taught school in earlier years and, in later years, was office manager for a couple of businesses in the Lethbridge area. Retiring to B.C., she lived a more solitary life, but continued to indulge her passions and charitable crafting. She will be dearly missed. Memorial service will be held at the Arrowwood United Church, Arrowwood, Alberta, Monday June 26, 11:00 a.m. If desired, memorial donations could be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association or the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, B.C. V2E 2S9. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com


Martin Beitschat

1929 – 2017

Mr. Martin Beitschat of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Evie Beitschat, passed away at the Calgary Rockyview Hospital on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Martin is survived by his sons Pete (Mona) Beitschat, Rick (Carla) Beitschat, Ed Beitschat; daughter Dina (Reg) Liebrecht and 8 grandchildren. Besides his loving wife Evie, Martin was predeceased by his parents Pieter and Antje Beitschat; son Johnny Beitschat, and one granddaughter. At Martin’s request, a private family graveside will be held.

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

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, Ruth 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.

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.


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

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