By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 4, 2017.
Franklin “Frank” Berezay
1938 – 2017
Mr. Franklin “Frank” Berezay of Stirling, beloved husband of Mrs. Sharon Berezay, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the age of 77 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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LEO LAMAR DAVIDSON, husband and life long companion of Agnes Davidson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 28, in Lethbridge. In addition to his extended family, Leo is survived by his wife, Agnes, and their five children: Julie Fairbanks of Calgary, Alberta; Doug Davidson of Ashburn, Virginia; Jim Davidson of Bellevue, Washington; Colleen Low of Arlington, Texas; and Mark Davidson of Edmonton Alberta. Leo was born in 1925 in Cardston, Alberta, the son of Orvy and Annie Davidson, and grew up in Mountain View. He was preceded by his brothers, Ned, Don and Dahl, and his sisters, Nina Wood and Ida McMullin. His surviving sister, Unabel Peck, resides in Murray, Utah. Leo served as a full time missionary for the LDS Church in Australia from 1946 to 1948. In 1949 Leo and Agnes Sloan were married in the Cardston Temple. Their 68th wedding anniversary was just a few days ago. For more than a decade Leo was co-owner and operator with Bill Sloan of Sloan’s Hardware & Western Wear store in Cardston. In 1962, the family moved to Edmonton and Leo began a new career with Farmer’s & Merchants Trust Company. At Farmer’s & Merchants and a series of succeeding companies, Leo remained in the finance business for the rest of his professional career. In 1963, the family moved to Lethbridge where Leo opened a branch for Farmer’s & Merchants as the new regional manager. He thoroughly enjoyed driving around the country meeting farmers and ranchers and assisting them with their financing needs. He had faith in honest working people. It is reported that over three decades in the finance business, every loan he made was fully repaid. In 1967, Leo was called as Bishop of the Lethbridge 3rd Ward of the LDS Church, which met initially in the 10th Avenue building and later in the new Stake Center on Scenic Drive. He served in that capacity for seven years, presiding over a large, active congregation. In 1972, the family moved from the Lakeview area to the partially-restored, 100-year old Parry house on an acreage south of town. Restoration of the dilapidated house was a major construction and renovation project that extended over many years. The work was done largely by Leo and Agnes with help from family members and generous friends. In 1975, Leo was ordained as a Patriarch in the LDS Church. He served actively as a Patriarch for three decades, providing patriarchal blessings to hundreds of faithful youth and adults. Leo and Agnes served two full time missions for the LDS Church. They spent two years in Durban, South Africa and Reunion and another two years in Madagascar. These were highlights in a lifetime of selfless service. Leo loved to sing and had an excellent ear for harmony. He is well remembered as part of the Temple City Four, a men’s quartet in Cardston in the 1950’s that performed at numerous church and civic events in southern Alberta. During those same years, Leo taught himself to play the string bass and played and sang in a dance band that performed at various locations, including the old Waterton dance hall. Leo was a faithful husband and devoted to his family. He is much loved by his children, daughters and son in law, and grandchildren. He was truly a gentle, patient, humble man. He was a friend to all and harbored animosity toward none. He is missed. We are grateful that because of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice and the ordinances and covenants of the Gospel we can look forward to a glorious reunion in the eternities. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT WARD CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Boulevard South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to the funeral service, there will be a viewing and family greeting in the Relief Society Room from 10:00 to 10:45 am. After the funeral service, interment will take place at the cemetery in Mountain View, Alberta, followed by a family dinner at the LDS chapel in Mountain View.
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Edward “Ed” Pommen
1918 – 2017
Mr. Edward (Ed) Pommen, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on June 25th, 2017 at the age of 99. He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Margaret; his children Norma (Lenard) Rasmussen, Judy (William) Logan, Gordon (Diane) Pommen and Joan Pommen; his grandchildren Craig (Mandy), Karyn, Stacey (James), Jennifer (Sheldon), Courtney and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his 8 siblings and his grandson, Kevin Rasmussen. Ed was born in 1918 on a homestead in the County of Eriksdale near Moosehorn, Manitoba. The fourth child of nine in the family of George and Olga Pommen, he grew up on farms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. At thirteen he was driving teams of horses and working the fields on his own. He never lost his love of the land and farm animals. During the Dirty 30’s, with his brothers Bill and Harvey, he rode the rails to Alberta to seek his fortune in the irrigated sugar beet fields near Stirling. He later found employment with the Reservoir Farm Company of Raymond. During this time, he met Margaret Clark, the oldest of 10, whom he married in 1941, and they settled on a farm east of Raymond to raise their family. As well as farming his own land, Ed continued with Reservoir Farms and became the general manager, a position he held for 35 years. This farming company owned several farms plus feedlots. Ed had to continually learn about the cattle industry, sheep farming and how to fix broken machinery with wire and binder twine. As well as overseeing this multi-million dollar operation, he volunteered his time with the United Church in Raymond and helped form a community Boy Scouts group which he supported for many years. Growing up in the Depression he appreciated the need to give a helping hand and the value of a dollar. During his years as Farm Manager, Ed was involved in sponsoring over 100 families wanting to immigrate to Canada. These families were given housing and employment and Ed was responsible for helping them settle into their new country. Lasting friendships were formed. In 1983 Ed and Margaret bought a lot in Tudor Estates in Lethbridge, built a house and moved from the farm. Ed then had more time to work in his small vegetable garden, play crib at the Seniors’ Centre and attend the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. He even tried his hand at golf. Throughout his busy life Ed consistently thanked God for his many blessings. His achievements were many but his greatest pride was in his family whom he dearly loved. Spending time with his grandchildren was a great joy. Ed’s stories and guidance will be missed by all. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, AB. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 11 Avenue S., Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Reg Berg, officiating. A Private family interment will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Therese Villa, 253 Southgate Blvd., S., Lethbridge, AB., T1K 2S1, the Salvation Army, 9618 101st “A” Ave., NW., Edmonton, AB., T5H 0C7, or a charity of your choice.
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Harry Howard Long passed away on June 29, 2017 at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his loving wife Millie. He leaves to mourn his children, Cheryl (Barry) Knight, Greg (Darlene) Long, Stephen (Dale) Long, David (Dixie) Long; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Harry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Gwen and Jim Long. He grew up, graduated with a degree in Agriculture and worked in the cattle industry. Dad and Mom were married October 16, 1953 and raised their children in Edmonton and Stettler. His friends would tell you he was a man of learning and quick with a joke. Throughout his life, Harry was an active volunteer: providing service as a Town Counsellor in Stettler; Board Member for Telford House in Leduc, and the driving force behind the Commemorative First Special Service Force Memorial Highway out of Lethbridge to the border. He was a member of the Alberta Seniors Advisory Council and recognized as Senior Citizen of the Year for the City of Leduc for his various contributions to that community.
Our thanks go out to Dr. Jonker, Dr. Shukkoor and their staff for their thoughtful and caring service. We are also grateful to the St. Michaels Health Centre for making the last months of his life comfortable. A special thank you to the Bridges Program. Dad felt a special bond with you; you always made him happy to visit.
As per Harry’s wishes there will not be a memorial or funeral. Should you so wish, donations are welcome to go to St. Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge (Bridges Program) via St. Michael’s Health Centre Foundation, 1400 9 Ave South, Lethbridge AB T1J 4V5.
Ogden, Wendell Henry
April 24, 1934 – June 27, 2017
Wendell Ogden passed away suddenly at the Claresholm General Hospital on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born on April 24, 1934 in Stirling, Alberta. He is survived by his loving wife Esther; two daughters Wendy Berlando and Cathy (Drew) Beattie; sons Robert (Laurie) Ogden and Randy Ogden; as well as 6 grandchildren, 3 step- grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren. Wendell is also survived by 4 sisters: Darla Burbank, Anita (Jack) Stockton, Caron (Con) Buzunis and Sandra (Grant) Schneider; two sisters-in-law Pat Ogden and Rowena Perrin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wendell was predeceased by his parents Tom and Della Ogden; as well as 5 brothers: Gordon, Grant, Blair, Dwight and Arland.
At Wendell’s request, a private family Celebration of Life was held. If desired, donations in Wendell’s Memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Calgary Office) 119-14 Street NW #200, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 or The Alberta Children’s Hospital 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 6A8.
Arrangements entrusted to Willow Creek Funeral Home, Claresholm. Tel: 403-625-3212.
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Hazel Fern Paulsen
1921 – 2017
Mrs. Hazel Fern Paulsen of Warner, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Mr. Norman Paulsen, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the age of 95 years.
Hazel was born on the family farm east of New Dayton on October 3, 1921, daughter of Tom and Fern Adams. Hazel spent her growing up years on the farm and attended Independent School.
On November 21, 1939 Hazel married Norman “Swede” Paulsen and together they raised their family of 5 daughters and 1 son on their farm.
Mom loved the simple pleasures in life and family was “TOP” priority. Mom enjoyed reading, crafts, ceramics, sewing and gardening, especially her flower gardens. Attending or watching rodeo, particularly the Bull Riding was another favorite past time of Mom’s.
After farming for over 30 years, Mom and Dad moved into Warner in the fall of 1982. They became enthusiastic golfers spending many weekends on the Raymond Golf Course. Trips to Hawaii, England, Norway, Europe, Columbus, Florida and other southern US States were some of Mom’s treasured memories.
Hazel is survived by her daughters Melva (Gene) Pytel of Heber City, Utah, Judy Brantner of Wrentham, Val Lagler of Warner, Wendy (Ken) Elliott of Coaldale, Betty Jo Thomas of Warner; son Bill (Kari) Paulsen of Raymond; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great- grandchildren; sister Lois (George) Lastuka of Lethbridge; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Norman, Hazel was predeceased by her parents Tom and Fern Adams; 2 brothers; 4 sisters; 4 grandchildren; as well as 3 son-in-laws Jerry Brantner, Barry Thomas and Morris Lagler.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00pm and 1:00pm, on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Hazel’s Life will follow at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with a private family interment taking place in the Warner Cemetery, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Hazel’s name may be made to the Warner Fire and Ambulance Service, Box 218 Warner, Alberta T0K 2L0.
Mom, you will always be the heart of our family.
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