January 15th, 2021

SATURDAY, October 21, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 21, 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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Loretta Goertzen

1938 – 2017

With tears in our eyes, Loretta Goertzen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 79 years. She will always be remembered for her loving caring heart, sense of humour and quick wittedness. She is survived by her children, Cheryl, Michelle (Bruce), Janis (Rob) and Darren, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers. We would like to thank all of those who attended Loretta’s Living Celebration of Life earlier this year. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funerals Chapels.

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GARY HAMILTON passed away at his home in Lethbridge on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at the age of 70 years.

Gary was predeceased by his father, Alvin Rex Hamilton and by his mother, Corinne Hamilton.

Gary was a beloved husband, father, and friend to many. He is survived by his wife, Anita Hamilton, two daughters, Dawn Ramsay of Lethbridge and by his estranged daughter Dawn LaPoint of Lethbridge; three grandchildren; two brothers, Rodney (Laurel) and their four children of Lethbridge and Kennith and his two children of Lethbridge; one sister, Virene (Dave) French and their three children of Stirling, AB. He will also be missed by his friends, George Boush, John Hawkes, Al Dag, and so much more from a long time past.

Gary and Anita were married on January 20th, 1988. He loved his fishing and camping. He always had a book in his hands as he loved to read. He was like an old farmer; a gift of gab when you met up with him. When he retired you could always find him in his shop tinkering around with his carpentry, listening to hard rock music and having a beverage. He always said, “Life is good, isn’t it”.

Gary was a production Foreman at Triple M Housing for more than 20 years. He was a compassionate, thoughtful and honorable man who loved his animal companions. He was well loved for his humor, respect and generous spirit. He truly was a character-and-a-half.

Gary will be honored at a private service.

I love you honey. Anita.

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ROGER DEAN HOLT (RD) formerly of Raymond, passed away Thursday October 12, 2017 in Bucerias, Mexico. He was born September 23, 1966. RD is the son of Roger Holt (deceased) and Barbara Salmon. RD is survived by his son Asa Holt, Daughter Avery, and his siblings; Jason, Hilary, Candice and Julie.

RD was raised in Raymond, he was an avid fly fisherman and snowboarder in his younger days and a gritty Raymond Comet football player. RD was an entrepreneur and business man. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed by friends and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Lillian “Avis” Hunt

December 28, 1927 –

October 19, 2017

Mrs. Avis Hunt of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Cyril “Cy” Hunt, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 89 years. She will be greatly missed by her daughters Fay (John) VandenBerg and Ruth “Jess” Hunt (VandenBerg); 5 grandchildren, Natalie VandenBerg, Tracy (Jarrett) Bozzi, Angela VandenBerg (Michel Yannakopoulos), Jerry (Wendy) Vandenberg and Kelly (Paul) VanderHooft. Also missing her are 8 great grandchildren, Brayden and Hannah VanderHooft, Max, Sam and Joe Vandenberg and James, Matthew and William Bozzi. She is also survived by Aurel Buta, Stan and Joan Hunt and Doris Hunt and many beloved nieces and nephews. Avis was predeceased by her parents Henry “Harry” and Rosa Millidge, her granddaughter Shelly Rae VandenBerg; 6 older sisters and their spouses, Norma (Bill) Skidmore, Jean (Leif) Ruden and (Heinz Laurien), Ethel and Dick Styner, Alice and Bill McClure, Mary and George Reti and Betty Buta.

Avis was a forty-one-year active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion. She was also a lifelong member of the ACW. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Canon James Robinson officiating. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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RONALD “RON” STEPHEN NAGY, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with his good friend Karen at his side at the Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

Ron was survived by his brother Thomas Nagy as well as numerous other extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents Marion and Stephen Nagy.

At Ron’s request no formal Funeral Service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Rose Roest

1922 -2017

Mrs. Rose Roest of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Paul Roest, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the age of 95 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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SHIPLEY, Kevin Allen

April 21, 1998 – Calgary, AB

October 18, 2017 – Cardston, AB

Kevin went to walk with his friend and Saviour on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 19 years. Kevin left cherishing his memory; Brent & Rachelle Shipley, his sister Amanda and brothers Matthew, Jordan and Spencer, his grandparents Dwain an Jolane Shipley and Opal Greep. He was predeceased by his grandfather Robert Greep.

He was so excited to serve as a full-time missionary, but people were more important to him than his own accomplishments. He loved without limits, devoid of hatred.

A Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta Stake Center on Monday, October 23rd, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at the Cardston Cemetery.

Friends may meet the family on Sunday, October 22nd at Kevin’s Residence (252 – 8th Street West, Cardston from 7 to 8:00 p.m. or at the church on Monday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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

TAKAHASHI 1940 – 2017

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of JAMES TAKAHASHI at St Michael’s Health Palliative care unit on October 19,2017, when he left this earth to soar with the Eagles in the sky Jim was the best friend, soul-mate and husband of Pat for over 56 years. He is survived by brothers David (Betty) Hiroji and sisters Yeyiko Matsuba and Reyiko Dunlap, along with many much loved nieces and nephews. Jim will be dearly missed by Pat’s family, Gary and Judy, Dave and Chick and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Hirokichi and Sui Takahashi, brother-in-laws, Roy Matsuba and Ralph Dunlop, as well as his in-laws, Ken Robertson, Julius and Nita Hanzel and Robin Hanzel. Jim started working part time in the service department at Beny Chev Olds while farming near Coaldale with his father. He began working full time in 1972 with Benys and then with Murray Chev Olds until his retirement. Jim received his 25 year diamond ring from Murray Chev GM prior to his retirement. Jim loved his career and enjoyed his experiences with various co-workers and customers over the many years. He loved meeting with friends after retirement to shoot the breeze and to lift a few “glasses”, along with a little slot machine action. Jim and Pat spent many years camping and fishing at Duck Lake in Montana and later at Duck Lake Lodge Campground. Jim and Pat made many trips to Hawaii with family. Jim loved Hawaii and always said it was his second home where he could lay in the sun with no snow. A private family service will be held on October 23, 2017 with interment at Mountain View Cemetery. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held October 23, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, 5th floor, Colonel MacLeod Room. Friends and acquaintances are invited for refreshments and swapping tales of good times with Jim. For those who wish, donations in Jim’s name may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 Street S Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 or to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5

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Claude Leeks
1924 – 2017
 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Claude “Bunky” Leeks, beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
 Claude is survived by his daughters Sandra (Robert) Bielesch of Calgary and Wendy VanderWal of Taber and her children David (Sandie) VanderWal and Kristie (Scott) Bull, great granddaughter Alexa Bull. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Leona Leeks, Kay Faulkner and Marge Sorenson as well as many nieces, nephews, “adopted” families and many many friends.
 He was predeceased by his beloved wife Annie; son-in-law Mike VanderWal; brothers Fred (Phyllis), Bill and Ted; sisters Effie (Les) Punter and Betty (Harold) Rhodes.
 Dad had many jobs over the years, all of them in the agriculture field, but what he loved was farming. He served on many boards and committees. Dad was a caring and generous man. He always had and gave whatever was needed, whether it was words, a helping hand or time. Dad loved his wife Annie, his children, grandchildren and great granddaughter, but he also loved a good slot machine, a good card game and a good joke or story.
 As per Dad’s wishes, please remember him privately when you hear the laying down of a playing card, the chime of a slot machine or the phrase “Did you hear the one about……”. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
We love you and miss you Dad.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
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