January 20th, 2021

TUESDAY, October 3, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 3, 2017.

BIKMAN May 28, 1920 –

September 29, 2017

Erma (Rasmussen) Bikman died peacefully in her sleep, September 29, 2017 at the age of 97 years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS – STIRLING CHAPEL, 413 3 St, Stirling, AB, Bishop Jim Seely will preside. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at 9:00am. Interment will follow the service in the Bikman section of the Stirling Cemetery.

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.

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

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. A Private Family graveside service will be held at a later date in the Mountain View Cemetery. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


KENNETH JOSEPH CROW CHIEF, 49, passed away on the Blood Reserve on September 26, 2017.

A Wake Service will be at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Wednesday, Oct. 4th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Thursday, Oct. 5th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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


JANET DOREEN FRANCES DICKOUT passed away peacefully at the Piyami Manor in Picture Butte, AB on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

She is survived by her daughter Shelley (Hans) Baier, son Lynn (Wendy) Dickout, granddaughters Leslie Dickout (Zhenya Andriyash) and Caitlin (Brandon) Silsbe and great-granddaughter Della Silsbe, her sister Mae Lewis and brother Fred (Marg) McKay as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, son Scott Dickout, grandson Jeremy Dickout and brother Charlie McKay.

Janet was born at home in Birtle, MB with the help of her grandmother McKay, the local midwife, on December 20, 1926. In 1929, she and her family decided to move out west to farm near the town of Travers. She attended school in Travers until Grade 10 and completed school in Milo.

She met our dad Clarence while working in a restaurant in Picture Butte and married in February of 1947. Together, they farmed a quarter section of irrigated land just west of Iron Springs for 23 years before moving to the town of Picture Butte in 1970. Mom was always very ambitious, so besides raising three kids and helping where she could on the farm, she took on the role of Census Taker to help supplement income. In 1976, at the age of 49, she decided to upgrade her education at the Henderson Business College and worked for Getkate Construction for a short while before spending many years employed at the town office in Picture Butte retiring as the Town Administrator on January 31, 1991. Since retirement she has volunteered many hours as secretary treasurer for her local church, the Picture Butte Seniors, the Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum Society and the Legion Auxiliary. She also enjoyed many years golfing with the girls as a member of the Picture Butte Golf Club.

She loved her family and community and we will all miss her very much.

A Celebration of Janet’s Life will be held at TRINITY UNITED CHURCH – 528 Maple Cres., Picture Butte, AB on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

Prior to the Celebration of Life, Janet was laid to rest beside her husband at the Huntsville Iron Springs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Last Chance Cat Ranch (she loved her cats), PO Box 30025 Park Place, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4Z3 or the Trinity United Church, 528 Maple Cres., Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0 or to a charity of your choice.

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


CLARENCE EDWARDS, beloved husband of the late Sylvia Jane Edwards passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on October 2, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

FRIESEN, Lyle Henry

December 15, 1951 –

Melfort, Saskatchewan

September 30, 2017 –

Stirling, Alberta

It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to Lyle Henry Friesen. Lyle was a commercial truck driver for over 50 years, where his greatest pride was to deliver safely and on time. Lyle and his wife, Donna built their own piece of heaven in Stirling, Alberta in 2003. Lyle had a deep respect for the land and loved watching their forest grow. You would often see Lyle puttering around the farm with his four legged friends following behind him. His family and friends loved him for his personality; he was a man of few words, with a strong sense of humor. He was generous with those he loved. Lyle leaves behind his wife, Donna Stinn Friesen; daughter, Sheena Chaffee and granddaughter, Rhiannon; stepdaughter, Jessica (Alex) Popp and grandchildren, Hayden, Avery and Graesen; stepdaughter, Abby (Randy) Heck and grandchildren, Nora and Sullivan; stepdaughter, Kelsey Stinn; Stepson, Tyrell (Lisa) Stinn; sister, Gloria (Robert) Worley and mother-in-law, Delores Massey. In heaven, he is comforted by his parents, Jean and Henry Friesen; father-in-law, Ed Massey; brother-in-law, Wayne William Zipp and his two young sons. A Celebration of Life will be held at Robert McClure United Church, 5510 -26 Ave N.E. Calgary Alberta on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at the Strathmore Cemetery, Strathmore, Alberta.

To celebrate Lyle in his home community of Stirling, Alberta, we will be having a party at a later date. To send condolences, please visit Lyle’s obituary at http://www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lyle’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/en/donate/?region=ab or to the Calgary Health Trust at the Foothills Hospital, Attn: Intensive Palliative Care Unit at the Foothills Hospital https://secure.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/sslpage.aspx?pid=359.

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. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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

William J. Pollock

1927 – 2017

Mr. William J. Pollock of Lethbridge, beloved companion of Rohanni de Leeuw, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


KALEY ADALYN HOPE WELLS, 6 months old daughter of Kyle & Angie Wells, passed away in Edmonton on Sept. 28, 2017.

A Wake Service will be at the Cardston Senior’s Centre, Cardston on Thursday, Oct.. 5th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, Oct. 6th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the the Blood Band Cemetery.

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

Roy Hammergren
1924 – 2017
Roy Ernest Hammergren, loving husband of the late Thelma Hammergren, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children in Taber on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
A private burial will be held at the Vauxhall Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
A Celebration of Roy’s life will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. To view the complete obituary notice or to send condolences, please visit http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Roy’s name may be made directly 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.

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