October 20th, 2020

THURSDAY, August 24, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 24, 2017.

ALGIRDAS “AL” ARELIS

ALGIRDAS “AL” ARELIS of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Lorene Arelis, passed away on August 9, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Al leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Wendy Arelis, Deanna Arelis (Tom McLeay), and Cheryl Arelis (David Carpenter). He is also survived by his sister, Alduté Kozeniauskas, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Al was predeceased by his father, Liudvikas Arelis, mother Ona Rojus, step-father Petras Rojus, brothers Vytautas and Romualdas, and sister Juraté Smith.

Born in Lithuania, Al and his family emigrated to Canada in 1948 after surviving many hardships during World War II. They settled in Lethbridge, where Al met and married the love of his life, Lorene (née Morgan) and where their daughters were born. With Lorene’s help and his steely determination, both Al’s English and his career prospects in retail sales steadily improved. He accepted a managerial position in Medicine Hat, where Al moved the family and became involved in recreation, military, education, and community service.

A natural athlete, Al excelled at every sport including tennis, soccer, and figure skating, but the game he loved best was definitely golf, which he took up later in life and continued to play and enjoy well into his 80s. Al especially loved the camaraderie shared amongst his golf buddies, and had great times with them every week as well as on several California golf trips.

Al had wonderful memories of his homeland, but was first and foremost a proud Canadian, choosing to have inscribed on his headstone: “Lithuanian by birth; Canadian by choice”. Al served his country of choice by first joining the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1953, then the South Alberta Light Horse in 1955, where he excelled and moved quickly through the ranks. He retired in 1974 as CWO while serving as RSM. In 1967, Al was honoured to receive the Regimental Guidon from Princess Alexandra during Canada’s centennial year. He was also awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and Bar, the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

A true lifelong learner, Al welcomed every opportunity to further his education, including working part-time for a year in 1967 to study Business Science at the Medicine Hat College. Al felt the most important thing he could do for his children was to instill in them his own love of learning, which lives on and inspires his family’s younger generations.

A strong advocate of community service, Al was a member of several local service clubs and volunteer committees, including serving on the Medicine Hat College Foundation Board of Directors from 1995-2006, acting as Chair for seven of those years. In 2004, Al was named Medicine Hat College Alumnus of the Year, in recognition of his volunteerism and family’s generous financial contributions to MHC.

Above all else, Al was devoted to and proud of his family. He took great interest in all family members’ accomplishments and could always be counted on to sing their praises to anyone who would listen! We love and miss him deeply.

The funeral service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Interment will take at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Al’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7L5, to Parkinson Alberta, #101, 928 Allowance Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3G7 or to the South Alberta Light Horse Regimental Association, c/o Patterson Armoury, 120 Cuyler Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3M4. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Al Arelis.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM,

“The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Should you wish any additional information, please telephone

1-800-317-2647.


Else Goldmann

1932 – 2017

Mrs. Else Goldmann of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Peter Goldmann, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the age of 85 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 25, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St., S., Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Dr. S., Lethbridge, AB. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

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


Erna Irene Parker

1925 – 2017

Mrs. Erna Irene Parker passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the age of 91 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, August 28, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

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


GIBB

LAWRENCE LAMAR GIBB was born July 13, 1922 in Hill Spring, Alberta and passed away peacefully at 95 years of age on August 20, 2017 at the Lee Crest Nursing home in Cardston. Upon passing, he was reunited with his parents George and Ellen Gibb, 8 siblings and 2 grandsons. He was the last surviving member in his family.

He leaves behind his ever devoted eternal companion of 68 years Hazel Fae (Beazer) and 8 children; Marjorie (Robb) Wolff, Rhonda (Dick) Williams, Larry (Connie) Gibb, Robert (Kathy) Gibb, Colette (Rob) Burnham, John (Patty) Gibb, Ramona Weidner and Darryl (Rena) Gibb.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lawrence served in many capacities. As a young man he served a mission in Australia. Lawrence and Hazel served missions in India, New Jersey and Salt Lake City.

Those who knew Lawrence recognized his quiet strength, unquestionable integrity and steadfast faith.

He spent most of his life farming in Hill Spring. First under the tutelage of his father, as a partner with his brother DeVere then as mentor to his son Larry.

Lawrence truly loved farming. He loved the land, preparing the soil, planting, irrigating, nourishing and eventually the reward of the harvest. He would repeat this year after year in a field of several hundred acres, a large garden or small planter box.

“The crop” that brought him the greatest joy was his family which included Hazel, 8 children and their spouses whom he loved as his own, 35 grandchildren and 87 great grandchildren.

In farming and in life, Lawrence firmly believed that “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. As his growing season has come to an end he will again realize that “The harvest truly is plenteous”.

Hazel and family wish to express gratitude to the staff who provided home care and the staff at the Cardston Hospital and Lee Crest Nursing Home for their kind and compassionate care.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at the South Hill Chapel in Cardston from 7:00 to 8:00 PM or at the church on Saturday from 12:00 to 12:45 PM prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hill Spring, Alberta on Saturday, August, 26th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in the Hill Spring Cemetery.

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


HAMATANI

AKIRA HAMATANI of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on August 21, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Aki was born in Pitt Meadows, BC on July 24, 1930 to Matsuyo and Hachiro (Taise) Hamatani. Aki leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter Deborah and son Douglas (Joyce), both of Calgary. He is survived by his grandchildren Nicholas (Holly), Sarah and Victoria. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty Kadonaga, Rose (Nobby) Yamashita and Nancy (Dunstan) Griffin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Keiko (Oka), his sister Meiko Kuramoto and brothers-in-law Tom Kuramoto and Masuo Kadonaga. He is also mourned by dear friends Tom, Chuck, Brian, Gail and Craig Tajiri. The family wishes to express appreciation to his friends and the staff and residents at Black Rock Terrace. In lieu of koden and flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, at 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Canon Erin Phillips officiating.

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


HARKER

Golden Miller Harker of Raymond, beloved husband of Arlene, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Friends may meet with family from 10:00 – 10:45am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LATTER-DAY SAINTS -Taylor St. Chapel 221 N 400 W, Raymond, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LATTER-DAY SAINTS -Taylor St. Chapel 221 N 400 W, Raymond, AB.

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


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. An Inurnment Service will be held at 12:30pm 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.

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


MILOS

FRANK MILOS, beloved husband of Lillian Milos, of Lethbridge and formerly of Lomond, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children Denise (Jeff) Williamson, Kevin (Nola) Milos, Bryan (Loretta) Milos, Tami Milos and Jason (Teresa) Milos as well as 12 granddaughters and one grandson. Frank is also survived by brother Joe (Mary-Ann) Milos, sister Mary Stoperski, sister-in-law Sharon Milos and brother-in-law Leonard (Darlene) Chogi.

Frank was predeceased by his eldest son Darren, parents Joseph and Mary Milos, twin brother Steve Milos and father and mother-in-law Alex and Emma Chogi.

Thank you to the caring staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to Frank and his family during a Come-and-Go reception, held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Friday, August 25th, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. with a short service to take place at 7:30 P.M.

A Private family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


CALLIHOO

Mr. ALOYSIUS ANTONIO “TONY” CALLIHOO, 73, passed away in Minnesota on August 7, 2017. He is survived by 3 children: Wade (Kathy) Bastein, Glenda (Rudy) Bastein, & Dennis (Kari) Callihoo; 7 grandchildren, 2 aunties, numerous relatives on the Blood Reserve.

A Memorial Service and feast will be at the new Stand Off Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Saturday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m. All family, Sundancers & friends are invited to celebrate Tony’s life and legacy.


POMAHAC

GUY ANTHONY POMAHAC, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


ROSNER, Oskar February 10, 1939 August 20, 2017

Oskar Rosner passed away on August 20, 2017 at the age of 78. He was born February 10, 1939 to Ludwig and Franziska Rosner in Grieskirchen, Upper Austria. Oskar married Beverly Kay Patey in 1966.Oskar is survived by his three sons Warren (Jeannette), Derek, Jason (Krista), his seven grandchildren, his sister Erna Lea, and his beloved Ann Keller and her four children: Christian (Vicky), Jon (Brenda), Marcus (Meg), Justin (Katie) and their families. Oskar was preceded in death by his parents and sister Maria “Mitzi.” Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (200 Cranston Road S.E. Calgary) on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Raymond Alberta Temple Hill Cemetery.

Please forward condolences to http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.


SHANKLAND

MERVIN SHANKLAND, beloved husband of Geraldine Shankland, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Eelke Wiersma

1943 – 2017

Mr. Eelke Wiersma of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Rina Wiersma, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Eelke was the father of Judy (Al) Bergsma, Jeff (Ryanne) Wiersma, Evan (Jen) Wiersma, Kenric (Brenda) Wiersma, and Rhonda Wiersma and grandfather of fifteen grandchildren.

Funeral to be held at 10:30am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH in Coaldale, Alberta.

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

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