January 18th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, August 9, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 9, 2017.


JOHN HENRY “JACK” BRIDGE, 93, of Raymond Alberta passed away on the morning of August 6th, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Maxine Dudley Bridge, his grandsons Paul Bridge and Locke Arrington, his granddaughter Kaitlin Bridge and his siblings Avilda, Geraldine, Betty and Jim. He is survived by his eight children: Grayden (Claudia), John (Bonnie), Kaye (Phil) Merrill, Alan (Colleen), Dianne (Dave) Jardine, Barbara (Ron) Fromm, Robert (Julie), Rebecca (Marc) Rompain, his 39 grandchildren and his 87 great-grandchildren.

Jack was born June 5, 1924 in Magrath, Alberta where he spent his formative years working on the farm, riding horses, and going to school. On December 16, 1949 Jack and Maxine Dudley, his childhood sweetheart, were married. As a young married couple Jack and Maxine moved first to Lethbridge and then Calgary before moving their young family to Raymond where they settled for the rest of their lives, leaving only to serve a mission in the Seoul South Korea LDS Temple. Jack always kept an impressive and bountiful garden, and you could always count on a roaring fire in the fireplace which warmed the souls of countless people as visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the Bridge home. Blessed with a beautiful baritone singing voice, Jack shared his talents over the years by singing at numerous events. He had a very quick wit and a keen mind right up to the end. Jack was kind and generous and easily made friendships that lasted a lifetime. He loved Waterton and going for drives in the country and always enjoyed a well done steak. He was an excellent cook and played a mean game of cribbage or Rook. He was stalwart and faithful in his testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His greatest pleasure was being around his family who adored him and who now look forward to seeing him again.

Jack loved those who gave him exceptional care at Good Sams and at the Raymond Hospital and as a family we are so very grateful for this service to our Dad.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Stake Centre with President Lanny Howard officiating. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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LOUISE GAST, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2016 at the age of 76 years while being prepared for bed at the Edith Cavell Care Facility in Lethbridge.

Her last words were “I won’t need that anymore,” when told that her usual glass of water was at her bedside.

Louise was the fifth of six children, born to her parents, Magdalina and Jacob Gast Jr. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Kenneth (Leagh) Gast and Arthur Gast, her sister Gloria Duncan, her niece Debbie Tonner and her nephew Neil Postle.

She leaves to mourn her sister Jennie Postle, brother Stan Gast (Rose), five nieces and three nephews whose names she always remembered, plus numerous cousins, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Louise cared about animals, little children, flowers and Chinese food. She also found delight in small things like a hair pick to use on a new perm.

There will be a Christian Funeral Service for Louise at ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 82 North 2nd St. West, Magrath, Alberta, on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Interment in the family plot at the Stirling Cemetery following the Service.

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ADONIUS ROY “THOMAS” LONG TIME SQUIRREL, of Stand Off, AB, beloved husband of the late Nillie Crying Head, passed away suddenly at home, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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BLAINE L. NEILSON, beloved husband of the late Marilyn Dudley Neilson, passed away peacefully in Cardston, AB on August 2, 2017 at the age of 94 years.

Blaine was born November 12, 1922 in Magrath, AB to Earl C. & L. Geneva Passey Neilson. He lived all his life in Magrath until after his wife died, then he moved to Cardston for the last thirteen years of his life.

He is survived by his children: Richard L. Neilson, Janice (Richard) Bengry, Kelly (David) McLaughlin; 8 grandchildren: Ryan (Stephanie) Neilson, Ashley (Brian) Rivard, Jeffrey (Amy) Neilson, Jason Bengry, Chad (Carolina) Bengry, Trisha (Jaimie) Peirens, David (Kelsey) Neilson, Douglas (Janelle) Neilson; 23 great-grandchildren: Mason & Merek Neilson; Kyle, Taylor, Lee & Joshua Bengry; Cayden, Caleb, Connor & Casey Bengry; Gabriel, Noah & Thomas Rivard; Keetley, Rowan, Rafe & Everly Neilson; one great-great-grandson Myles Taylor Bengry; sisters-in-law Shirley and Marlene Neilson; brother-in-law Elden Coleman.

Blaine was the last living of the Neilson Family. He was predeceased by his wife Marilyn; daughters Cynthia & Mary Lynn Neilson; his parents Earl & Gen Neilson; his siblings Melva (Norm) Christensen, Merlin Neilson, Kay (Shirley) Neilson, Pearldene (Bert) Jensen, Kenneth (Marlene) Neilson, Robert (Caroline) Neilson; also all of Marilyn’s siblings, Arvilla (Ed) Louthan, Marjorie (Elden) Coleman, Roland (May) Dudley, Eugene (Freda) Dudley, Devere (Lucille) Dudley.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Lee Crest in Cardston, for the patience and care that they showed our father this past year. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetic Association.

In keeping with Dad’s wishes, A Graveside Service will be held at the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, AB on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

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

Alvin Scramstad
1928 – 2017
Alvin Lawrence Scramstad, beloved husband of Gladys Scramstad, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the age of 88 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. 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.

Eyrland Nelson
1945 – 2017
Eyrland Albert Nelson, beloved husband of Diane Nelson, passed away in Taber on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the age of 72 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Diane, his loving wife of forty two years, Eyrland is survived by their two sons Kent (Susan) Nelson of Edmonton and their family Genevieve and Gianna and Eyrin (Charmaine) Nelson of Barnwell and their family Alexandra, Austan and Anastyn. He is also survived by their two adopted sons Wojciech (Marta) Zuber of Taber and their son Ian and Rafal (Krystyna) Kleczek of Taber and their family Aleksandra and Alicja. He will also be remembered by his father-in-law Ken Brooks of Calgary; sisters-in-law Donna Downs (Doug) and Devra (Joseph) Drewniak of Calgary; brother-in-law Wilbur Card of Nova Scotia and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents May (nee Salmon) and Percy Nelson, sister Linda Grey-Card, mother-in-law Lorraine Brooks and brother-in-law Les Gray.
Eyrland was born in Rimbey on June 18, 1945 and was raised in Canmore. He attended military school where he participated in the golden gloves boxing and after graduation, attended culinary school at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He later worked in Construction in Kelowna and Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canmore and Calgary, Albertan. Eyrland met Diane Brooks in Calgary and they were married on December 5, 1975. In 1979, they moved to Taber where he worked in Oil & Gas.
Eyrland loved hunting, fishing and camping. He always had an answer no matter what the question was. Eyrland loved to interject with his opinion, regardless of whether or not you wanted his advice.
He took pride and joy in being a grand dad or as the little grandchildren called him, “dad dad”. He enjoyed watching Alex’s volleyball, basketball and rugby games; baseball with Austan (Eyrland made him a special bat cover and ball bucket) and watching Anastyn sing and dance to the music on the computer. He enjoyed teasing Genevieve and Gianna by calling the “boys”. He loved to cuddle and squish the babies beside him and all the grandkids got the special belly nap. He was a big man with a big heart for his family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Eyrland’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.com) or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (http://www.diabetes.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Mr. Chris Pettifer, a 29 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away July 30th, 2017. The Officers, Members and Staff extend their deepest sympathy.


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of BRUCE EDWIN SAVAGE in Lethbridge on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the age of 71 years after a brief battle with cancer.

Bruce is survived by his wife Barbara of 52 years of marriage, daughter Angela (Shayne), son Dean (Jolain), Granddaughter Danneil (Travis) and Grandson Xander. Special brother in law Johnny (Jeanie), niece Raquel, nephew Clinton.

We will remember Bruce with the founding of Tropical Fish Imports.

Bruce’s non judgemental nature and love, fond compassion for all living creatures made him a special husband, father, and friend. These are Bruce’s greatest attributes.

Special thanks to Dr. Smuts and her team, thank you to all the doctors and nurses for the excellent care for his short stay of St. Michael’s Pallative Care. Thank you to Cornerstone for helping the family with the final arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Addy Cancer Center.


VINCE TOTH, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Carole Toth, passed away at home on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

Besides his loving wife, Vince is survived by his loving children, Chari (Dave) of Gibsons, B.C., Dave (Cheryl) of Lethbridge and Brad of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Vince is also survived by his granddaughter, Reily, of Red Deer, Alberta.

Vince was born in Hardieville, Alberta in 1931 to Steve and Annie Toth. Vince completed his education in Lethbridge and shortly after graduating, he entered the business world and would eventually realize his dream of owning his own company. In 1975, Vince opened the doors of Challenger Building Supplies and with the help of his son Dave, Challenger became a successful and thriving business and Vince’s legacy.

Vince and Carole enjoyed many years of world travel together as well as winters in Palm Springs and summers at Kootenay Lake. Other pastimes he and Carole shared include golf, boating, fishing, skiing and going to the casino.

Vince will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held in memory of Vince at the LETHBRIDGE LODGE – 320 Scenic Dr. S, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. for those who knew Vince and would like to honour his memory. Please dress casually.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Vince, donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society – 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.

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