January 25th, 2021

SATURDAY, September 2, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 5, 2017.


July 16th, 1920 – August 31st, 2017

A Life Well Lived:

PHIL BOON was born July 16, 1920 in Liverpool, England: the youngest child and the only son of his parents Henry and Caroline Boon. He left school at the age of 14 years (as was common in those days) and was apprenticed as a Printer. Phil went on to serve in the British Army Engineer Corps during World War II where he spent 6 years in Egypt excelling at many engineering projects. At the end of the war he married his first wife, Joyce, on December 25th, 1945.

In March of 1957, our Dad packed up his young family and immigrated to Canada arriving in Lethbridge, on his way to Vancouver. But he never left – he loved Lethbridge. Dad was initially employed as foreman of Robin’s Printing but went on to propose, create and manage the University of Lethbridge Printing Department. He became a valued and respected member of the Lethbridge community: participating in many productions with Lethbridge Musical Theatre (his favourite being Fiddler on the Roof), singing with the University Singers, Vox Musica and the Lethbridge Barber Shop Singers. He was a volunteer with Big Brothers, Meals on Wheels and a member of the Lethbridge Senior Centre.

Dad’s passions were music and wood/ metal work. His workshop was his pride and joy. In that workshop he created many, many beautiful projects from hobby horses to doll houses, go carts to lazy susans, cedar chests to glider rockers, kayaks, and his famous pendulum clocks. His credo was “I too did something make and rejoiced in the making”. And he did!

Dad loved the outdoors – fly fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking and camping. He came to really enjoy travelling and he was fortune enough to travel to many places throughout the world with his second wife, Mary.

Dad is predeceased by his first wife, Joyce (1979) and his sister Eda Brown (2001).

He is survived by his second wife Mary, his sons Alan Boon (Joyce) and Les Boon (Maureen), his daughters Julie-Mae Boon and Jeannie Walton (Tom) as well as Mary’s sons Rupert Allan (Karen) and Glenn Allan (Patti).

He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren (Byron, Jason, Christopher, Tanya, Matthew, Robyn, Kelley and Kathleen) and 10 great-grandchildren (Carey, Brandon, Jayden, Poppe, Soleil, Tyler, Nathan, Kade, Charlotte, and Feather).

Our Dad will be missed by many who have come to appreciate his friendship, his talents and his love. A special thank you is sent to the wonderfully caring staff at Columbia Assisted Living, Jacquie Whiffen of HomeCare and the nurses and doctors at Chinook Regional Hospital.

It is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to Dad but it is comforting to know that he is at peace ….. following his life well lived.

A Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, September 6th at 1:00 P.M. Please meet at main gate by 12:50. Following the graveside service, a time of fellowship & refreshments will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.

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


JOHN PETER BOYES, beloved husband of Nancy Boyes passed away Sunday, August 27th, two days before his 80th birthday. Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, the only child of Bridget and John Boyes. John and Nancy married in July 1958 and together they had seven children; Gerard, Thomas, Frances Mary, Dominic, Peter, Allison and Lee. John leaves five grandsons; Scot, Calum, Clark, Brae and Tavish and Son-in-law Jeff Vucurevich. The Boyes’ immigrated to Canada in 1975, spending 25 years in Regina Saskatchewan before retiring to Lethbridge in 1996. As a Heavy Duty Mechanic for Saskatchewan Power Corporation, he traveled the entire expanse of the prairie province. Never one to remain idle, John continued to work part time at Charlton Hill in Lethbridge until graciously accepting the life of a retiree, which only allowed him more time to devote his meticulous attention to his car and RV. A man of strong faith, he was always involved with his church and helping others. His humour and good nature will be remembered and cherished by family and friends who loved him dearly. He relished in golf, long walks, Scottish Country Dancing, travel, and spending time with his grandsons. A Prayer Service will be held at ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Inurnment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, T1K 0P4. Condolences can be forward to: http://www.evergreenfh.ca


IRIS FULLMER CHIPMAN passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 85 years of age. She was born on March 1, 1932 in Cardston, Alberta, the fourth child of Heber Melvin Fullmer and Alice Linnie Hartley. She married Mark Duane Chipman on June 30, 1955. Mark and Iris have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren.

She leaves behind her children, Shauna (Brent) Clifton, Robert (Shari) Chipman, Drew (Shiela) Chipman and Gillian French, and her loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband Mark and daughter Sheila Maureen.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days of Saints. Although she held many callings in the church, her most cherished experiences and memories are of teaching gospel doctrine classes and giving service by playing the piano and organ on many occasions.

The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday September 4, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, 2N 200W, Raymond, Alberta.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family from 12:30 – 1:45 pm prior to the funeral service at the church.

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

Elizabeth “Betty” Waldern

1931 – 2017

Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Waldern of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the age of 86 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at THE SALVATION ARMY COMMUNITY CHURCH, 1302 – 4 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Captain Ben and Isobel Lippers officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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


JUDITH “JUDY” LYNNE HUNTER, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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March 22, 1928-August 31, 2017

Katoye “Kay” Maruno, daughter of Juro and Shizuka Tajiri was born in Mission, B.C. on March 22nd, 1928.

Our beloved Mother passed away on August 31, 2017, at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Her long journey with Alzheimer’s ended as she had wished, peacefully in her sleep.

Mom was a woman ahead of her time. She loved to work and though small in stature she could out work most everyone. As her Alzheimer’s progressed and her memories became dim, she would still recall with pride her working days in the strawberry, potato and sugar beet fields. In 1970, with the support of her brothers, she purchased Wendy’s Dairy Bar in Vauxhall. With a crew of six children still at home, she became a successful entrepreneur. She was born to be in the fast food business.

Her grace and courage in life came from the unconditional love she felt from her parents. Her happiness came from her children and grandchildren.

Mom leaves behind her most cherished friend Teiji “TJ” Nakamura and is survived by her loving family; Lois (Ron) Maloney, Susan (Brian) Van Uden, Larry, Annie (Robert) Janzen, Linda (David) McMillan, Janet (Larry) Lavallee, Lorraine (Gerald) Howlett, 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Tom (Chuck) Tajiri and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1991, her parents and her brothers Kaz(Helen), Horsey and Nobby.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre, where she resided for the past three years.

There will be a viewing on Monday, September 4th from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta at 470 40 St S Lethbridge, Alberta. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Koden and

flowers gratefully declined.

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


MARGARET LORRAINE OBRIGEWITCH (nee Bolander) passed away on August 25, 2017 at the age of 80 at the St. Michaels Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit.

A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

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MARY MASAKO THOMAS passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, Cliff; children: Derek (Jaime) Thomas; Ryan (Sheri) Thomas; Russell (Tammy) Thomas; grandchildren: Brooklyn and Ashley Thomas. She is also survived by her siblings: Ken (Midori) Tanaka; Amy (Ron) Yakimchuk; Glen (Pam) Tanaka, and her Aunt Kimiko Oseki as well as numerous members of her husband’s family and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Asako and Moris Tanaka.

Mary was born July 5, 1941 in Vancouver, British Columbia and came to Diamond City at the age of 9 months. Soon after, Lethbridge became the city where the Tanaka family settled. After completing her education in Lethbridge, she met and married Cliff in 1970 and moved to an acreage in the Sunnyside area in 1977. In the spring of 1978 Mary and Cliff began operating Thomas Greenhouses, a business that the family ran together for 30 years. She was a devoted member of the BTSA (Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta) and spent many volunteer hours participating in Temple events.

Mary had a strong love for gardening, spending countless hours growing flowers and vegetables. Her biggest passion was her family and friends. She enjoyed special occasions and family gatherings. Her two young grandchildren always brought a smile to her face. Other favourite interests included bowling, curling and travelling. Mary enjoyed her excursions to Japan, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, Australia and several Caribbean cruises. She enjoyed being part of the Southern Alberta community and formed many friendships through the family business and various activities throughout the years.

Mary will always be remembered for her tremendous work ethic, patience, kindness and compassion (especially for family and friends), and had the sweetest disposition.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hunt, Dr. Janzen, Dr. Kennedy as well as the many other doctors and nurses within the Cardiac program of the Chinook Regional Hospital. We would also like to thank the health care team on unit 4C for their compassionate care.

Friends and relatives are welcome to meet the family on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 9:00am at THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470-40th St. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3Z5. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am with Rev. Y. Izumi officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers and Koden, memorial donations if so desired may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Cardiac program, 960-19th St. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5, or the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470-40th St. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3Z5.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


MARTIN G. VREDEGOOR, beloved husband of Dora Vredegoor, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, on Friday, September 8th at 11:00 A.M., with Father Salvador Ahumada as Celebrant.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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