January 17th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, October 18, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 18, 2017.


MERNA DEONE OSLANSKI BURR, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the loving arms of her family, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 68 years after a valiant battle with lung cancer and pneumonia.

Merna was born on February 4, 1949 in Raymond, AB, to Gabriel and Ruby Oslanski. She is lovingly remembered and cherished by her husband Ron, daughter Kristie, son Jamie (Carol) and grandchildren Janessa, Jeremy and Thea as well as her sister and brothers and Ron’s sister and brothers.

Merna was predeceased by her parents, stepfather Bill Dumanski, sister Teresa Ternes and by Ron’s parents.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB, on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV celebrating.

Cremation to follow with an Interment to follow at a later date.

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Dirk Pool

1949 – 2017

Mr. Dirk Pool, born March 18, 1949, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather; an encourager and a strong man of faith. He will be missed by his 5 remaining siblings and joining his 5 siblings; 2 grandbabies and 1 great-grandbaby; and his Blessed Buddy Scot Hartly. It was his urgent wish and prayer that all his children and grandchildren were right with Jesus and that he will see them in heaven. He is survived by his wife Barbara; and children Sandiy, Charles (Tina), Michelle, Charmaine (Jason), Trevor (Beverly-Jean); 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Many people were uplifted, encouraged and blessed by his walk through life. There will be no funeral as his spirit is in heaven and his earthly body is going to medical science to continue to bless and encourage others in his passing, as he has done in his life on earth. There will be a gathering together from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at BRIDGE VILLA ESTATES, 2300 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB. All are welcome for those who would rejoice in his passing onto greater rewards. I will Love you Forever.

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” GAL, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Betty is survived by her nieces and nephews: Lori Finch and children Brian (Jordana) and Leanne (Jacinda) of Calgary, Rick and Deb Gal and children Taylor and son Jayke (Courtney), Blake (Elizabeth) Mackenzie (Kaede) of Lethbridge, Margaret Gal of Calgary, Brad and Kordi Gal and children Matthew, Lauren, Meghan and Logan of Calgary and Bruce and Deb Gal and children Madison and Sadie of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Valerie Gal and Marjorie Gal, both of Lethbridge.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Steve and Helen and brothers Steve and Chester.

Betty Gal was born and raised in Lethbridge. She worked for the City of Lethbridge for 39 years, retiring in 1994. Betty was a dedicated and active member of St. Basil’s Parish. She was an active member of the parish council and took great pride in helping organize the 50th anniversary of St. Basil’s Parish. She was an avid traveller, enjoying numerous bus tours throughout Canada and the United States. Her love of travelling was matched by her love of shopping. Betty will always be remembered for her generosity and will be sadly missed by all that knew her.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. with a Prayer Service to follow at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:00 Noon with Father Lukas Drapal celebrating.

Betty will be laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery following the Reception.

In memory of Betty, donations may be made to the Edith Cavell Care Centre, 1255 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 0V6.

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George Urasaki

1970 – 2017

Mr. George Urasaki of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the age of 47 years.

A Private Family Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH, 821 – 9th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of George’s Life from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the COAST LETHBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on the same day.

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Darol Nephi Hornberger, January 8, 1942 – Diamond City, AB. Beloved husband of Gail Baker Hornberger passed away suddenly on October 11, 2017. Friends may meet with the Family prior to the service on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, PICTURE BUTTE CHAPEL, 801 Willow Ave, Picture Butte from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in the Orton Cemetery, Orton, Alberta.

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Theodore “Ted” Larson, beloved husband or Vicky Larson passed away peacefully in Fort Macleod On October 17, 2017. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday October 20, 2017 at The Trinity United Church 220 20th St, Fort Macleod, AB with Reverend Eras Van Zyl officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to The Community Support Beds, P.O. Box 520, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0. Condolences can be sent to: condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


HAZEL BEATRICE MADISON passed away at Garden Vista in Magrath, AB on Friday, October 13, 2017, just 18 days before her 96th birthday.

She was predeceased by her parents; Fred and Lillian Breen, one brother, Charlie Breen, one sister, Gladys Leishman, son-in-law, Fred Stocker, and a brother-in-law Eric Pedersen.

Survived by Son: Lonny (Shirley) Madison of Stirling, AB, Grandchildren; Shelly (Ken) Holzli of Taber, AB, Danna (Darcy) Ferguson of Vauxhall, AB, Sherry (Dan) Moore of Raymond, AB, Daughter: Michelene Stocker of Lethbridge, AB, Grandchildren; Craig (Judy) Stocker of Raymond , AB, Sandra (Peter) Goodall of Summerland, BC, and 16 great-grandchildren; one Brother, Tom Breen of Magrath, AB and Sister, Betty Pedersen of Chilliwack, BC, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Hazel was born November 1, 1921, and was raised on the farm in Del Bonita. Her mother passed away from a ruptured appendix when she was only 10, the oldest of their 5 children. So, between their Dad, her and few housekeepers, they raised the family on the farm. Then in 1943, her Dad passed away from pneumonia. She was now 22 and her oldest brother, Tom was 19, as a result she has always been a very hard worker. She worked for a few of the neighbors, for a family in Milk River and cooked at the oil well camp. This is where she met and married her husband and had two children, eventually returning to the family farm to raise them and help her brother.

She took great pride in her immaculate house, her huge garden, and her amazing homemade bread. She did needlework and became a very good seamstress, having to make most of the clothes. She loved to play softball and as a child, I remember it was the highlight of the day. She loved to play cards and many a night was spent playing with the neighbors.

In 2005 she and her brother sold the farm and moved to Magrath. Her last few years were spent in the Garden Vista where she still played crib and bingo, and when we visited she still got great joy out of beating us. She was so proud of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren as you could tell by the amount of pictures that decorated her shelves at her home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday October 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Sarah Wallace officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. Interment will be held at Archmount Memorial Gardens, Lethbridge, AB. In memory of Hazel, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 724 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2T1, or Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, 366 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N2.

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Raymond Arthur Lyckman

May 26, 1913 – October 13, 2017

Mr. Raymond Lyckman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Joyce Lyckman, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 104 years. Ray was born and raised on the farm east of Carmangay. He rode in a horse drawn buggy to Plainfield school with his siblings. Ray loved the farm and he was willing to work hard. He much preferred helping with the animals than going to school. During his lifetime farming methods changed from horses pulling the equipment to threshing machines and to tractors and combines. Ray was thrilled when his Dad bought a tractor and allowed Ray to drive it. In 1934 a new school teacher, Hilda Stockwell, arrived at Plainfield. Ray courted this young teacher and they were married on October 14, 1939. In 1957 Ray, Hilda, Norma and Warren moved to Lethbridge where they became involved in the community. While living in Lethbridge Ray farmed in the Turin area. He also owned a few quarter horses. Ray and Warren would ride the horses and they were active in the 4H club. Hilda died in 1979. Ray attended seniors dances where he met Joyce Eely Langford. Ray and Joyce were married on November 15, 1980. Ray and Joyce have been together for 36 years. During that time they were active with the Golden Mile Dancers performing at many local functions and also travelling to other cities and providing entertainment. They often walked up and down the coulees and through Indian Battle Park. They were active members of LSCO. Ray and Joyce lived at Martha’s House for several years before moving to St. Therese Villa where Joyce now resides. Besides his loving wife Joyce, Ray is survived by his children Norma (Henry) Bosman and Warren Lyckman; grandchildren Laura Bosman (Jim Ling) and Diane Bosman (Paul Bognar); great-grandchildren Rachel and Amanda Ling. Joyce’s children Geof Langford, Virginia Birss, Carolyn Langford, Kathy and Denton Koenig; 7 step-grandchildren and 12 great step-grandchildren. Ray was predeceased by his parents Arvid Lyckman and Amanda Danielson who homesteaded east of Carmangay, Alberta in 1907; his first wife Hilda Stockwell; sisters Alice, Gladys, Hazel and Pearl, as well as his brother Stanley, who died in February of 2017. Ray was very loved by all and will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends. Ray’s family wish to extend a special thanks to Dr. Frick and the staff at St. Therese Villa for their compassionate care. A Private Family memorial service will be held at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations in Ray’s name may be made to the McKillop United Church Renovation Fund, 2329 15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 0X5.

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Sheila Going

1970 – 2017

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we are announcing the loss of Sheila Faye Going on October 12, 2017 at the young age of 46. She will be forever missed by her husband, Dwight Gray; parents, Don and Linda Going; sister, Dawna Lynn Ferguson (John) and their son Jesse, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and their families. Sheila had many cherished friends that share our sorrow. She was predeceased by her grandparents Gladys and Glenn Going and Dick and Pearl McIntosh. Sheila and her Grandma Pearl were extremely close, for which she was always grateful to have had that opportunity in her life. Sheila was born and grew up in Lethbridge, graduating from Winston Churchill before attending LCC and, ultimately completing her CGA degree through much preservation and self-determination. She worked at Tollestrup Construction and Canbra Foods prior to her last years as a Financial Analyst at Alberta Health Services. Sheila believed in experiencing things to their fullest. She was passionate about her interests and learned as much as she could about each one. Travelling was high on her list of activities. Each trip was researched and planned meticulously so as to enjoy everything the location had to offer. Yearly celebrations were all excuses to carry on traditions, give thoughtful gifts and celebrate with family and friends. Sheila had a love of life with a kind soul, always looking for ways to brighten someone’s day. She was one of a kind; she will be remembered and missed always by all those she touched. A Celebration of Sheila’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved CHRISTOPHER Jr. “BEANS” SHOT BOTH SIDES on October 10, 2017 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. He was born on July 31, 1967 to Christopher Sr. and the late Martina Shot Both Sides.

Chris is survived by his father Christopher Sr; his siblings Louise (Rufus), Tanya (Robin), Yolanda, Ashley (Aeron),; adopted brother and sister Charles and Beverly GVB; adopted daughters Persia & Eva; nieces Shanel, Corina, Chloe, Kashtin, Ciara; nephews Nickoli, Kalen, Chase, Blase; aunties Christine (Roy) BSB, Clara CM, Lena & Gabrielle SBS, Florence (Richard) Right Hand, Maryanne (Mathew) CM, Celestine & Lisa Panther Bone, Margaret (Joe) Eagle Plume; great aunt Elizabeth Holy White Man; uncles Alfred, Jim (Linda) & Donald SBS, Thomas MO, Edwin, Thomas & Jimmy Bad Man.

Chris Jr (Beans) was predeceased by his mother Martina, brother Tommy; wife Melody Fox; grandparents Edward Morning Owl & Maggie Holy White Man and Chief Jim & Annie Shot Both Sides; uncles Roderick, Bernard, & Clovis SBS; aunts Pauline and Flora; adopted mother Mildred Chief Moon.

Chris Jr. (Beans) will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 p.m all night. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Oct. 19th at 11 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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

STITT, Edward (Ted) David

January 14, 1957 – Saskatoon, SK

October 9, 2017 – Calgary, AB

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Ted Stitt on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9, 2017, while visiting a good friend in Calgary.

He was born in Saskatoon in January 1957; attended Brevoort Park Elementary and Walter Murray Collegiate. He moved to Lethbridge in 1972 and continued his schooling at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute where he met many lifelong friends. He worked hard at different occupations mostly involving building and construction throughout southern Alberta and the Lower Mainland in BC. He learned how to do things right and made sure everyone who worked for him knew what a good job was and when it was well done. Cut it, fit it, caulk it, paint it and call’er done! His motto “I love what I do and you will too” was known far and wide. He was a lover of all his friends and family; an unique character who lived life on his terms and shared his hard earned wisdom with many and all; a soul so many related to. While a healthy life style was not always at the top of his agenda he made many friends along the way, more than most people. He will be missed terribly and remembered most fondly by those who called him friend, brother, cousin or uncle. The world is a lesser place without him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the T-Bar Pub at the Castle Mountain Resort (Pincher Creek, AB) on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. http://www.ab.lung.ca.

Please forward condolences through http://www.albertaburialandcremation.com.


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Ralph Harris Walker of Raymond, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Ralph was predeceased by Michele Walker & Ruth Walker. Friends may meet with the family from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Raymond Stake Centre (2 N 200 W, Raymond, AB). A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Raymond Stake Centre. Friends may meet with family prior to the service from 10:00am – 10:45am. Interment will take place in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

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

Mitzi Ishida
1921 – 2017
“Mom quietly and peacefully was picked up by Dad around 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Linden View, knowing I was cared for. I will always cherish you, Mom, for the many lasting memories and sacrifices you made for me and for others”, Love Kerry.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 20, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Mitzi is survived by her son Kerry Ishida of Taber; her sister Mary Saruwatari of Taber and her family Kathy (Richard) Kaga and David (Brid) Saruwatari (their children Conor, Declan and Ronan); sister-in-law Tatsue Okamoto of Winnipeg and her daughter Emi; nieces and nephews Betty Honda, Diane Ishida, Del (Shelley) Ishida, Douglas (Erika) Okamoto, Bob (Deb) Okamoto and families, and her “number two son” Brian Conrad and “special redheaded daughter” Laurie Chomany.
She was predeceased by her husband Eikichi Ishida, her parents Shinkichi “George” and Misu Okamoto; siblings Macer (Marion), Sam, Haruco “Haddie”, Tamo, Stum, Irene and numerous in-laws.
Mitzi was born in Saanich, British Columbia on July 1, 1921 where she obtained her schooling and furthered her education in Vancouver at Marietta School of Fashion Design until 1942 when she married her best friend Kichi Ishida, so they could be together when evacuated to the sugar beet fields with her family. They eventually ended up at The Jack Barton farm and became an integral part of Grandma “B”‘s clan.
Mitzi pursued her dressmaking then started working for the Fong Brothers, The Big ‘T’ influencing many young lives until Kerry’s accident in 1976 when she became a full time caregiver.
Since moving to Taber, she was an active member of the United Church, singing in choir, serving as a dedicated elder, Hi-C leader and as a life member of United Church Women, as their first president. She was a visible member of the community being the daily “telephone birthday greeter” even with her own health issues and was always ready to make someone’s day. She will always be remembered as a great fan, supporter and “hockey Mom”, cheering us on, win or lose. “You were the best, Mom”. She was an avid gardener and is remembered for her fall chrysanthemum bouquets.
If friends so desire, in lieu of koden and flowers, memorial tributes in Mitzi’s name may be made directly to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H7, to the Good Samaritan Society – Linden View Assisted Living, 4700 – 64 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G OC6 or to the charity of one’s choosing.
Many thanks to those special caregivers at Linden View, her caring Dr. Yawney, and loyal friends who supported the family with prayers, their love and empathy.
“The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. Because of the people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in yourself too. The people that love you simply for being you, the once in a lifetime people.” – Unknown, That was my Mom, Love you forever, Kerry.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Priscilla Wills
1947 – 2017
Priscilla Wills, beloved wife of the late Bruce Wills, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the age of 70 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Claude Leeks
1924 – 2017
Claude Allen Leeks, beloved husband of the late Annie Leeks, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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