January 23rd, 2021

FRIDAY, October 6, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 6, 2017.

Alexandru “Alex” Bakk

1954 – 2017

Mr. Alexandru “Alex” Bakk of Raymond, beloved husband of Mrs. Kelly Norman, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the age of 63 years. Besides his loving wife Kelly, Alex is survived by his daughter Angie (Shawn) Pasemko; grandchildren Austin Alexandru Pasemko and Emma Paige Pasemko; as well as nieces, nephews and their families. Alex was predeceased by his parents Losif and Elisabeta. A Celebration of Alex’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S. Lethbridge, Alberta. A Private Family Graveside Service was held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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BIKMAN May 28, 1920 – September 29, 2017

Erma (Rasmussen) Bikman died peacefully in her sleep, September 29, 2017. She had dementia for the past few years, but never lost her cheerful spirit and grateful nature. She was born on the family farm southwest of Raymond, on May 28, 1920, the 3rd of 5 daughters and 5th child of George Rasmussen and Edna McBride Rasmussen. She had two older brothers. She was predeceased by all of them, as well as her beloved husband of nearly 75 years, Bill Bikman, and their precious daughter, Debra Edna Bikman Bird and daughter-in-law, Suzy. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate a life well lived, are her sons, Gary and Shane; Gary’s wife, Sheila; son-in-law, Craig Bird; 31 grandchildren and 71 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Erma was a hard worker and while growing up, did her share on the family farm, including milking cows, herding them on horseback, tending the large garden and helping to clean and care for their home. She was a good student and excelled at math. Her love of numbers led her to study accounting at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. Upon returning to southern Alberta, Erma worked as a bookkeeper at a local service station and later for Claude Bolton’s accounting firm. It was while working at the service station that she met the man who’d become her husband and eternal companion. They married for time, in Medicine Hat on November 7th, 1942, while Bill was serving in the Canadian Air Force stationed there. (In October 1980, they were sealed for all eternity in the Cardston Temple) Erma was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many leadership and teaching positions. Her example and encouragement helped her children follow in her footsteps. “She taught us how to pray and develop a personal relationship with God” was the praise and credit her children, Gary, Debra & Shane often gave. Erma was very social and enjoyed the company of others. She also liked bowling and golf. The latter became a lifelong passion. It was part of the motivation for her to convince Bill to buy a winter home in Palm Springs where she could golf 4 or 5 times a week. And she was good. She didn’t hit a long ball but it was always straight down the middle. One of her sayings was, “Drive for show, putt for dough.” She usually made a few bucks from the “girls” she golfed with. Erma was a meticulous housekeeper and terrific cook, as anyone who’s eaten her butter tarts or boiled raisin cookies can attest. She even learned to make one of her husband’s favorite Jewish dishes, Kasha. It became a regular part of their delicious roast beef dinners. Erma was very entrepreneurial. She opened what may well have been the first women’s fitness center in Lethbridge. She went on to help several friends in other cities do the same. She also started and owned Carousel Knitting. It was here that she became very well known for her knitting classes and the fashion shows she staged at the Yates Center. Erma’s models were her lovely customers wearing the attractive dresses and outfits she’d helped them create. Her beautiful teenage daughter, Debra, also an accomplished knitter, was her favorite model. Erma’s proudest accomplishment and title was as a beloved “Babba.” She showered her grandchildren and great grandchildren with love, affection, encouragement…and lots of hand knit sweaters and outfits. They cherished her attention and appreciated all the life lessons she shared. She missed Bill. The 22 days since his passing is the longest they were ever apart during nearly 75 years of marriage. It’s a testament to the strength of their love that she has now gone to be with him. We suspect Bill may have appeared to her in a dream and promised he’d booked a tee time on a heavenly course for September 30th. Once again, we express deep appreciation for the kind care and loving service provided Erma by the staff at St. Therese Villa. They went above and beyond for her, especially since the death of her husband 3 weeks ago. 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 9:00 AM until 9:45 AM. Interment will follow the service in the Bikman section of the Stirling Cemetery.


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.

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

Prior to the Celebration of Life, Janet will be laid to rest beside her husband at a private Graveside Service at the Huntsville 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.

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EDWIN FIEDLER, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Judy Fiedler, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

Besides his loving wife Judy Fiedler (nee Span) of 53 years, Edwin is the loving father of Tony (Michelle) Fiedler and Brad (Nichole) Fiedler; affectionately known as Papa aka Bud to his grandchildren Cole, Wyatt, Hailey, Hayden and Hunter. Edwin was also a dear brother to Hugo (Goldie) Fiedler and Gita (Gordie) Layton. He will also be dearly missed by many brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Edwin was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Natalie Fiedler, mother and father-in-law George and Sadie Span.

Edwin had a great love for Arabian horses, hunting and llamas.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a family eulogy being presented at 7:00 P.M.

If so desired, donations may be made in memory of Edwin to St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 4V5.

“Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way.”

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Francois Briand

1933 – 2017

Mr. Francois Briand of Lethbridge, beloved husband to Mrs. Georgene Briand, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Ann passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017 three days before her 84th birthday. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Lorin; sons, Richard (Heather), David (Karen) and John (Barbara); daughters, Karen Ann Hamilton (Jeff), and Ruth Hale (Robert); 19 grandchildren and 21

great grandchildren; brothers, Peter (Linda), Howard (Carol) and Gibb (Sheryl) Van Orman; and many more extended family. She is predeceased by her parents, Welburn (1992) and Georgia (1999) Van Orman; and brothers, Alan (1995), Thomas (1937) and Abraham (1939), and John (1999) Van Orman.

Ann was born in Taber, Alberta on October 6, 1933. She was raised in southern Alberta, received a teaching certificate at the University of Alberta while playing all-star basketball on the women’s team. She was married to Lorin in 1956 and this past spring celebrated their 61st anniversary. She loves sports, has been a devoted mother, and served many years in various church positions.

A funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2946 South Main Street, in Penticton on Wednesday, October 11, 11:00 am (viewing at 10:00 am) with burial and graveside service at Cardston (Alberta) Cemetery on Friday, October 13, 11:00 am.

A luncheon with the family will be held after each service.

Special thanks for the staff and care-givers at Westview Extended Care for their compassionate care over the past four years.

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ELIJIAH JACOB HABERMAN, passed away suddenly in Edmonton on October 2, 2017 at the age of 19 years.

Elijiah is survived by his loving parents Albert and Sarah Haberman of Leduc, sisters Gabriella and Alexandra of Leduc and Grandparents Jack and Rita Haberman of Lethbridge and John and MaryAnna Lang of Duncan, B.C.

Precious child, we will miss you so much.

The Funeral Service will be held at the DAYSTAR CHURCH 3610 Gaetz Road Leduc, Alberta on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 11:00am.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family and pay their respects prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45am at the church. Interment to follow in the Leduc Cemetery.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, son, father, brother, uncle and cousin LEON LANARK HEALY at the Cardston Health Centre on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the age of 46 years.

Leon is survived by his wife, Pam, children, Jace, Hayden, Torin, Deekon, Sonny, Cooper, Braden, Rowdy, and Mason, mother, Teresa K and father, Stuart (Karen) Healy, sisters, Maria, Carson, Aiyisha and Sherisa, brothers, Jordy, Dean and John, In-laws, Keith and Rita Red Crow, nephews, Riley and Nicholas, grandfather, Clarence McHugh Jr. and numerous and close extended family members (aunts, uncles and cousins).

Leon was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Harold and Jean Healy, maternal grandparents, John and Christine Tallow, aunt, Valerie Hind Bull, uncle, Rennie Tallow and nephews, Christian Hind Bull and Samuel Olsen, adopted parents, Dave and Shirley Healy and brothers-in-law, Keith Jr. and Wilburt (Hobo) Day Chief. Cousins, Lynel Tail Feathers and Dickie Wells.

Leon (Horn) was born on April 27, 1971 at the Cardston Municipal Hospital and raised on the Blood Reserve. Leon attended kindergarten, elementary, junior (Gr. 7&8) and senior high school in Cardston and grade 9 at Kainai High school. He served as the sports representative on behalf of his peers at Cardston Junior High. He continued his post-secondary education at Lethbridge Community College in the Multi-Media Program.

For the past 28 years, Leon was a loving and devoted father and dedicated his life to raising his special son, Jace and other sons, Hayden, Deekon, Torin, Rowdy, Braden, Cooper and Mason and daughter, Sonny.

The family would like to acknowledge the Cardston Handicap Association. The staff at Cardston Health Center. A special thank you to his Auntie’s Pet and Lambie Fox for the never ending love and support.

The Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, Oct. 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Moses Lake Community Hall from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, Oct. 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the One Spot Cemetery.

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Jonsson, Sharon Rose

(nee Johnson)

July 20, 1934 – September 30, 2017

Sharon Rose Jonsson passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the age of 83 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Anita; grandchildren Andria, Juan, Joshua, and Kelsey; great grandchildren Annika, Chloé, Helaman, Kimberly, and Kevin. Her siblings are Grant & Elmoyne Johnson, Keith & Molly McBride, Kelvin and Arta Johnson,  Beverly & Virginia Johnson, Preston & Maurine Johnson and Betty & Ralph Sabey. Sharon’s parents are Miles “Jack” & Bessie (nee Thomas) Johnson. They raised their 8 children in the town of Barnwell, Alberta. These were happy, gospel centered, family times where education and learning were much valued. Sharon, like her mother before her, decided to become a teacher. In the first year of her teaching career, Sharon met a young man named Osten Jonsson, a recent Swedish immigrant, who invited her to the town’s upcoming dance. Out of this first date, a lifetime friendship grew; blessing them in marriage and in parenthood. Later they moved to Calgary, where Sharon would teach elementary school for the next 31 years. She found great joy in helping her students learn and the time spent working with other teachers. The beautiful friendships and cherished memories made while teaching, kept her seeking opportunities to learn and to serve; often being centered in the joy of family history work. Sharon treasures her nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews, as her dear children and friends, finding such happiness in hearing about their lives, sharing time together, and comfort in their many acts of kind service. She also enjoyed ballroom and square dancing. Sharon’s family would like to extend a personal invitation to all who knew her to come and celebrate her life at a Funeral Service and luncheon that will be held for Sharon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – North Stake Center (5927 Tipton Road NW, Calgary) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in the Barnwell Cemetery (Barnwell, AB).

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DARRELL ALVIN NELSON, of Glenwood, AB, beloved husband of Rose (nee Albizzati) Nelson passed away in Cardston, AB, on October 3, 2017, at the age of 91. He is survived by his siblings, Dorene (Murray) Bullock of Raymond, AB and his brother Jim (Louise) Nelson of Seattle, WA. He is survived by his children Duane (Linda) Nelson of Glenwood, Suzanne (Wayne) Bennett of Medicine Hat, and Arlene (Johnny) ZoBell of Raymond. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Darrell grew up on a farm in Glenwood where he developed a love for farming. He joined the RCAF on April 25, 1944. When trucking in the Crowsnest Pass, he met Rosie Albizzati and they were married on August 11, 1949 (over 68 years ago). While raising three children, Darrell did long haul trucking from coast to coast. In 1964, while continuing to truck, he started farming. In 1969, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and at the age of 86 became a member of the UFO (United Flying Octogenarians). At 49 he started outfitting in the Northwest Territories and three years later he was joined by his son, Duane. For the next 21 years they operated as NWT Outfitters Ltd. During these years he did what he loved: spending time with his wife, having family and friends come visit, hunting, flying, fishing, and making new friends. After retiring from outfitting in the territories, he continued outfitting near his home, farming, trucking (he still had a Class 1 license), ranching and fishing. Darrell took many trips to Alaska and the west coast fishing with friends and family. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and gave many hours of service to his church and fellowmen. He always fulfilled his callings above and beyond the call of duty. He did many unknown acts of kindness and was loved and respected by all that came to know him. He will be sorely missed.

A Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glenwood, Alberta on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at the Glenwood Cemetery.

Friends may meet the family at the church from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our mom, ISABELLE (MICKIE) NICKLE, nee Harrison, of Victoria, BC on July 15, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

Mom was born to the late Thomas and Isabella (Urwin) Harrison, July 13, 1929 in Canmore Alberta. She and her parents then moved to Lethbridge, where she attended school and began her working life. She married the late Henry James (Harry) Burris and was a loving mother to Roberta Burris (Jim Gabert), Jane Allan (Bruce), Tim Burris (Nancy Griffin), Michael Burris (Anita Cocchia), Mary-Kate Mitchell, Lorena Masnyk (Dan) and Erin Burris. Mom was also a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother to Rob Allan (Trisha, daughter Hailee and son Brayden), Jeff Gabert, Kevin Burris (Sarah), Carrie Dunlop (Christian Schulz), Isabelle Burris, Marissa Ennis (Colin and daughters Sophia and Scarlet), Lorena Soukeroff (and son Adam), Sean Burris, Katie Dunlop, Cody Soukeroff, Justin Masnyk, Nico Burris-Cocchia and Tina Burris-Cocchia. She was also a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Isabelle was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Isabella; her siblings, Jane (Jean), Marjorie (Madge), Florence (Flo), Elizabeth (Mabel) and George; as well as husbands Harry Burris, John (Buck) Nickle and Colin Preece.

Throughout her life, Mickie applied her skills at numerous companies in Lethbridge but is most remembered for her many years of service at St. Michael’s Hospital. She worked in the dietary department as a night cook, breakfast cook, baker and dietician and made many close friends over her years there. She will be remembered by those she worked with as fun-loving, hard-working and kind.In July 1985, Mickie married Buck Nickle. She retired from St. Michael’s on July 31, 1989, and moved with Buck to Mill Bay, BC that year and then to Chilliwack in 1994. She and Buck spent many happy years on the coast together until his passing.

In 2005, she married Colin Preece and lived with him in Duncan, BC and later in Victoria. Mom and Colin embarked on a series of trips to Alaska, California, Ontario and the Maritimes. Always up for adventure, she tried parasailing for the first time at 78 on her first trip to Mexico and always said she wanted to do it again.

Mom will always be remembered by her entire family as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, a music lover, a crackerjack crib player, and a cook/baker extraordinaire. Her cabbage rolls, fried chicken, sugar cookies, ginger snaps and butter horns were just a few of our favorites and staples at every family gathering. She raised all her children with love, patience and the occasional wielding of a wooden spoon (threatened but never used). Her witty and often salty idioms will be forever remembered and repeated with great amusement. Isabelle will be forever missed and forever loved by her family and by the many people she touched through the years with her kindness and generosity.

A Celebration of Life Service for Isabelle will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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SUKEO “SAM” SAMESHIMA passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the age of 101 years.

Left to mourn Sam’s passing are his wife Kay of 73 years, his daughter Eileen Sameshima, his sons Christopher and Terence Sameshima and his grandson Michael McKinley.

Sam was born on November 23, 1915 in New Westminster, British Columbia and moved to Japan at age 5. Ten years later, Sam returned to Canada, where he married his loving wife Kay on January 25, 1944. He also owned and operated Sam’s Shoe Renew in Coaldale from 1948 to 1990.

Sam was a quiet, kind, gentle and patient man. He loved writing haiku and many of his writings have been published. He was very much respected by his peers.

The family would like to extend a thank-you to all of the staff at Legacy Lodge and Dr. Eric Mueller.

Cremation and burial will take place at a later date.

If you so desire and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Clinical Ophthalmology, 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 or to a cause that touches your heart.

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