January 16th, 2021

MONDAY, October 2, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 2, 2017.

Bea Hales

1920 – 2017

Mrs. Beatrice Hales of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Ivan Hales, cherished mother of Wendy Jorgenson, Randy Hales and Greg Hales, died on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the age of 97 years. Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Van E. Christou

1926 – 2017

Van Evangelos Christou passed away peacefully on September 27, 2017 at the age of 91 years having led a full and enchanted life. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Helen; brother George; and his son Chris. He is survived by his sister Cathie (Ralph, deceased) Thrall; brother Bill; sons Philip (Florian Beigel) and Michael (Dianne Kambeitz); daughter Sandra (Geoff, deceased) England; daughter in law Alison Christou; granddaughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Barbara, Emily, Eleni and Frankie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Van was born in Lethbridge Alberta, on January 24, 1926, the second son of Chris and Anastasia, who immigrated from Greece. He was raised in Lethbridge as part of its vibrant Greek community. Through the Canadian Army Officer Training Corps, he attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 1948 with a Doctorate of Dentistry and a Queen’s Commission at the rank of Captain. On a Canadian Eastman Fellowship, he completed postgraduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Rochester from 1948-50. He returned to Lethbridge initially to practice general dentistry with Dr. JS Stewart, later establishing his own Orthodontics practice of 37 years.

His marriage to Helen Afaganis in 1952 was one of great love and mutual respect. Helen’s influence on Van’s life cannot be overstated: her compassion and elegant beauty complimented every aspect of Van’s life, even after her death in 2001. They raised a family of four children in an atmosphere of creativity, curiosity and adventure. Their home was always a warm, welcoming meeting place for friends, family and visitors from afar.

Van saw beauty around him and expressed it through many forms of art. He would be seen early mornings, camera in hand, marveling at the day’s new sunrise over Henderson Lake, or wandering through Nika Yuko Japanese gardens capturing its exquisite beauty. He believed that active involvement in any creative process provides one with the confidence to imagine and realize a more humane world.

Van actively engaged in civic affairs with imagination and wisdom. His vision for accessible liberal arts education was realized in 1967 with the establishment of the University of Lethbridge. He had a mind full of ideas, many of which came to fruition through the sixty years he spent engaged with community affairs. His passion for the arts shaped the character of Lethbridge in many ways including the establishment of the Allied Arts Council, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Yates Centre, and the University art collection. His enthusiasm was palpable, his energy unremitting, and his contributions leave this community considerably enhanced

Van was recently honoured by the Blackfoot Nation, who named him “iihhiowdoomoo” (Lead Buffalo). He deeply respected the values of the Blackfoot Nation and took great pride in this honour. His enthusiastic passion for life continues to inspire and he will be greatly missed.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, October 5, 2017, followed by a Public Celebration of Life from 2:00-4:30pm, at the LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL, 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, you may make a donation in Van’s name to any charity of your choice.

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Colleen Montgomery

1930 – 2017

Mrs. Colleen Montgomery of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Roy Montgomery passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel.

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Laura Lea Nicholls

1960 – 2017

Ms. Laura Lea Nicholls of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. James Galloway passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the age of 57 years.

Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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CAROLE MAE HEGGIE PASSEY passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 82 years of age.

She was born on December 7, 1934 in Raymond, Alberta to Albert and Marguerite Heggie. She married her sweetheart Glen Squire Passey in 1959 and lived the rest of her life in Magrath raising three children and helped to raise ten grandchildren whom she adored.

Carole loved to cook and delicious meals were enjoyed by many. She was a cook at the Diamond Willow Lodge and the Raymond Hospital. She loved music and enjoyed singing and sang for many years with the Sweet Adelines. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ if Latter-day Saints fulfilling many callings throughout the years. The last ten years of her life were spent dealing with Alzheimer Disease. She endured this difficult journey well, surrounded by family, friends, and the good people of the Good Samaritan Society, who truly loved her and cared for her with great tenderness and kindness.

Carole is survived by her children Gary, Wayne, and Leanne (Bruce) Sabey, her grandchildren Russell, Danielle, Brandy, Perry, Kayla, Jessica, Colten, Katelyn, Jordyn, and Faran, 7 great grandchildren, her brothers, Jim (LaBeana) Heggie, Don (Roslynn) Heggie, brother-in-law Ron Passey

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and a granddaughter Ashley.

Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service Monday October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Magrath Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Leanne.sabey@yahoo.ca

Theodore “Theo” Pecht

1946 – 2017

Mr. Theodore “Theo” Pecht of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Bev Pecht, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the age of 71 years.

Always the life of the party.

The man loved a good time;

Dancing, drinking, golfing,

Working out, swimming,

Biking, sports, nuf said.

His smile.

He was hard, analytical, soft, although he rather not show it.

He loved giving a good lecture.

Dad was a good provider. His family was given many great experiences, he always sought opportunities to teach us life lessons and to NOT touch the damn fire.

Dad was a proud man, loved firefighting, loved his heritage and loved, loved, loved, sports.

He easily talked to people, people we had no idea who they were. He would sing and then laugh, sing some more, knowing full well he did not know the words, which of course made us laugh even harder.

Dad was wise and confident and made his children believe there was nothing we could not accomplish.

He loved his Yuma family

Dad was transparent, wore his emotions on his sleeve and we always knew what was on his mind.

His grandchildren were deeply loved, worried about and he stepped in when help was dearly needed.

Wherever he is, he is driving that diesel truck watching hockey and saying, “No decision is a bad decision”.

He will be lovingly missed by his beloved wife, Bev, of 50 years; daughter Suzanne and her children Julian and Sydney; daughter, Theresa (Dean) and their children Wyatt and Jaylon; son, Jason (Janay) and their children Maya and Griffin; sisters Cobi (Bill) and Thea (Louie); brother, Frits; and good friends Leith & Ted.

At Dads request, there will be no Funeral Service. A Memorial Service will be held from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 3L7.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Steven Caswell

1987 – 2017

Mr. Steven Caswell of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was the beloved son of Bill & Shelley Caswell and Shirley McKay. Steven was born on March 25, 1987 in Lethbridge and resided here until the time of his passing. His school years were spent at Mike Mountain Horse, Hamilton Junior High and LCI. He then went on to achieve a post-secondary education at the U of L where he completed and received a bachelor’s degree of General Management. Steve had many interests such as traveling, cooking, hiking and discussing current world events, just to name a few. His family, his friends and his loyal canine “Hugo” were his top priorities. Recently Steven bought his first home and was looking forward to showing it off to everyone. He rarely missed an opportunity to get together for a family meal, a game night or just to hang out and watch a movie. His enthusiasm for new adventures and music, his kind soul, infectious smile and his wonderful sense of humor will never be forgotten. Steve is survived by his brother Robert (Katty) Caswell and brother Jaydon McKay; sister Shelby McKay and their father Darin; uncles Mike (Tammy) Caswell, Guy (Tunde) Nitz; grandmother Myrna Nitz, his two very special cousins Sean and Matthew Caswell; best friend Ian Hutchings, as well as many cherished members of his extended family. Steven was predeceased by his grandparents Bill & Irene Caswell, Richard & Diana Abel, Betty & John Folk, Gary Nitz and his uncle Bob Caswell. A Celebration of Steven’s life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. (location and time to be announced at a later date) In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1011-2 Ave South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0C8 or to the charity of one’s choice. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Jean Cameron Vallance

1926 – 2017

Jean C. Vallance passed away on September 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

Jean was born in Calgary on February 26th, 1926. She graduated from the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1947.

In 1949 she married her High School sweetheart Peter S. Vallance, who practised Law in Calgary until his retirement in 1988.

Jean & Peter bought their beautiful 5.5-acre parcel of land on Lake Windermere in 1953, on which they built the family cabin. Upon Peter’s retirement, they lived full-time on the property they loved so much, in a home that replaced the cottage. They didn’t exactly slow down; they operated a business known as “Classy Crafts”, selling jams & jellies made with the berries they picked, plus other lovely hand-made goods.

Jean loved music and flowers and the great outdoors. She travelled the world with Peter, but her heart was in the canoe trips they took on wild northern rivers, the cross-country skiing throughout the Banff-Windermere area, camping, and just enjoying the mountains.

Jean was a fiercely independent woman; she lived by herself on the Lake in contented solitude for many years after Peter departed, despite being legally-blind and suffering many physical ailments. It was only this last May that she moved to Lethbridge to her own suite, to be closer to family. It was on the day that she had faced giving up her independence, moving to a care facility, when she moved on to her next adventure.

Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband Peter in 2008 and son David this last January.

Jean is survived by her son Bruce (Myrna), daughter Barbara (Larry), eight grandchildren: Meghan (Derek), Matthew (Nicole), Patrick (Anne), Annie (Erik), Peter (Elise), David (Alisha), Sampson & Kallie (Wallie), and nine great-grandchildren: Auburn, Sytiera, Meadow, Hunter, Evie, Elise, Stella, Magnus & Oliver.

At Jean’s request, there will be no formal service.

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MICHAEL DAVID VAN LIERE, beloved son of Peter & Camelia Van Liere, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 12 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy #3, on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Michael will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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