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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 21, 2017.

Alex Koskewich

1926 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather, Alex Koskewich on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the age of 91 years. A Memorial Service for Alex will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pemmican Lodge, in care of Green Acres Foundation, 122 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 0S9, where he spent 13 very happy years with his many friends.

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MABELLE ELLEN FLEMING (HUMMEL) died peacefully in the Milk River Long Term Care facility on August 15, 2017, at the age of 94.

Mabelle is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Ron) Wollersheim of Lethbridge, Pat Fleming of Edmonton, Joan (Robert) Kuhl of Milk River, Barbara Dinan of Lethbridge and Bev (Ken) George of Burlington, Ontario and daughter-in-law Bev Fleming of Milk River. She is preceded in death by her husband Bob Fleming and two sons, Stan Fleming and Ron Fleming, and son-in-law Ed Dinan.

She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was born on December 6th, 1922 in Milk River, Alberta. She graduated from High School in Seattle.

She married Bob Fleming, a local farmer and settled on the farm to raise her children until 1977 when they moved from the farm to Milk River. In 2007 she moved from her home in Milk River to the Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River and lived there until 2015 when she moved to the Long Term Care facility.

A memorial service will be held at the United Church in Milk River, Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Milk River Extendicare, Box 90, Milk River, AB, T0K 1M0.


ELIZABETH ANNE FREDERICKS, beloved wife of the late Harley Gordon Fredericks, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Ivan Mikalson

1943 – 2017

Ivan Orville Mikalson, beloved husband of Christine Mikalson, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the age of 73 years.

A service will be held at the Heritage Inn, 4830 – 46 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ivan’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 (www.cancer.ca).

Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

John Heynen

1938 – 2017

Mr. John Heynen of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Alice Heynen, passed into the presence of his Lord on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 78 years. An Interment will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Dr. S, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.

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Judy Anne Peta

1946 – 2017

Mrs. Judy Anne Peta of Coalhurst, beloved wife of Mr. Bill Peta, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the age of 71 years.

Judy was very passionate about helping people in need. Judy and her husband Bill opened the very first open custody home in Lethbridge for young offenders. She was a devoted advocate for fostering children and ran a foster home for 25 years with her husband. Judy loved to travel, she spent summers camping and always had time for shopping and hunting for a good deal.

Judy is survived by her children Shane Peta, Tateum (Denise) Peta, and Conrad Peta; grandchildren Mackenzie Fleming-Peta, Bayliegh Fleming-Peta and Logan Peta; brothers Darryl Mich Bergman and Randy Mich.

An Inurnment Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday August 25, 2017 at ST. PATRICK’S CEMETERY, 525 6th Avenue North, Lethbridge, followed by an informal reception which will be held at Judy’s home, on her deck.

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JOHN MEHALKO, beloved husband of Helen Mehalko passed away on Friday, August 11 at the age of 94.

He was born in Retlaw to George and Julia Mehalko on July 12, 1923. The fourth of five children, John was raised on the homestead family farm in the Sundial area and started working on the farm as a small boy while attending school. John continued farming until moving into Lethbridge, where he continued to trade cattle.

John married Helen Kundrik and they celebrated their 65th Anniversary this past June. John was the loving father of Joyce (Richard) Haney and Donna (John Colapinto) of New York. He has four grandchildren, Shaun (Tricia) Haney of Picture Butte, Kevin, Kerri Lynn (Bradley)Vanderberg, and Johnny Colapinto, and five great-grandchildren, Kalem, Rylynn, and Karsen Haney, and Damen and Kadence Vanderberg. He is also survived by sister-in-law Maxine Mehalko and many nieces and nephews.

John was hardworking and generous to his family and friends. Competitive in all aspects of his life, he played for the Sundial Baseball Team, curled, played horseshoes, and was an avid sportsman. He had a love for camping and traveling and was known for his meticulous attention to his motor homes and boats.

John is predeceased by his parents, his brothers George (Pat), Joe, sisters Regina and Margaret (Ralph) Bilton, niece Sherry Bilton, and great-grandson Branden Vanderberg.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of St. Michael’s Healthcare Centre where John resided for the past eight years.

Family and friends are invited to a Service of Remembrance at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Recreational Music Program, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Pieter (Peter) van der Velde, passed away in his home suddenly on August 12, 2017 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jean van der Velde (nee Bambrough). Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda van der Velde, Gerard van der Velde, Pete van der Velde, Mona Wauters (Philip), and grandchildren, Brody, Emily and Sadie Wauters, Annalise and Josh van der Velde, as well as their mother, Julie van der Velde. He is also survived by his brother Gerard van der Velde and Thea van der Ploeg of the Netherlands, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Holland. He was pre-deceased by his father, Geert, mother Wilhemenia van der Velde, as well as his sister, Riek van der Ploeg, brothers-in-law, Libbe and Yelte van der Ploeg, and sister-in-law Marjan van der Velde. Dad as he was known by his children, or Opa as he was known to his grandchildren, was born in Wieringerwerf, The Netherlands, on October 25, 1944. After serving in the Merchant Marines, he immigrated to Canada in 1962. He met and then married the love of his life, Jean, in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1966. They started their married life in Wrentham, Alberta where Dad was employed at Wrentham Farm Supplies, and they proceeded to have 4 beautiful and talented children. After a few years, Dad started working at McNally Farms, moving his family out to one of the farms’ locations outside of Lethbridge, where they enjoyed the freedom and simple life of farming. In 1984, Dad moved the family into Coaldale, continuing to work for McNally Farms. In 1999, Dad took a position with Wilbur-Ellis as a foreman. He retired in 2011. One of Dad’s lifelong passions was soccer. At the age of 16, he was drafted onto one of the semi-professional soccer teams in Holland, but gave that up to join the Navy. He continued playing in Lethbridge for many years in local men’s leagues, and instilled his passion of the beautiful game in his children and his grandchildren. It was common for the family to gather at their house in Coaldale during the World Cup to cheer on his beloved Dutch team, with everyone wearing the requisite orange T-shirts. Dad was also an avid fisherman and the family enjoyed many fishing trips locally to Payne Lake, St Mary’s Dam, Chin, and into BC, where the family often spent summer vacations. He taught all of his children to fish, and in his later years, all of his grandchildren, usually being the one to help each grandchild to catch their first fish. Dad and Mom also curled for many years in both Wrentham, and Lethbridge, often curling in leagues or bonspiels with their children. In retirement, Dad and Mom spent the last several years quietly, tending a large vegetable garden each summer, enjoying visits from grandchildren, garage sailing, and devoting their days to the care of their many companion bunnies. We will all miss him. Family & friends are invited to meet with the family anytime between 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers or donations, our family asks you to take a loved one fishing, watch a soccer game and hug those close to you. You never know when it could be the last time.

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


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