January 16th, 2021

TUESDAY, October 31, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 31, 2017.

Ettienne Wauters

1931 – 2017

Mr. Ettienne Wauters of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Dorothy Wauters, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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SHIRLEY HOLY SINGER – MORGAN, 69, passed away in Lethbridge on October 26, 2017.

A Wake Service will be at the Levern Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Levern Community Hall on Friday, Nov. 3rd at 11:00 a.m Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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MILDRED JENSEN, passed away in Raymond on October 30, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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CORNELIA (KIA) KELLY, beloved wife of Sean Kelly, passed away in Cardston on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the age of 72 years.

Prayers will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Cardston, on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Cardston on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Angelo D’Costa Officiating. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

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Lola Marie Barrett passed away on October 11, 2017, in Lethbridge Hospital at 86 years of age. Born on August 4, 1931 in Lethbridge, she attended Readymade School and Mount Royal College where she received a prestigious award for her penmanship. In 1951 she married Conrad Emil Barrett, and together they had 4 children. Lola was forever resourceful and took great satisfaction in the homes she built, her pride and joy being on Foys Lake, Kalispell, MO. She loved to read and found peace in her oil painting. She will be greatly missed. Lola is survived by her children Debra Everts (Ernie), Duane Barrett (Betty), Valerie Loewen (Bill) and Kim Barrett (Lynn) and 7 grandchildren, Hawkin, Brandy (Matthew), Laura, Tony, Nicole (Scott), Kyle, Alex and 2 great grandchildren, Calley and Julia. A memorial service will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lola’s name to the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

Marlene Robinson

Marlene Robinson, resident of Sexsmith, formerly of the Lethbridge area, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the QEII Hospital, at the age of 69 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the Sexsmith Civic Centre (99 Ave.).

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Wilma Poelman (nee DeKoning) went home to be with her savior and lord peacefully while surrounded by her family on October 29, 2017 at the age of eighty-eight. Wilma was the beloved wife of Ralph John Poelman. On October 11 of this year they had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, in her room at Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village. She still enjoyed a bite of cake with her family.

Wilma was born December 21, 1928 in the family home in Lynnville county, Iowa, United States. She was raised by a young widowed mother and uncle and Grandmother and aunt. It was a childhood full of hard work, and chores at a young age, she was proud of her cow milking at age 5, and she loved sleeping by young hatched chicks in the brooder house, as a child.

She loved her Iowa roots, and was proud to take that heritage into the family life she shared with her husband Ralph. They met at a young people’s convention in Lethbridge in 1957 and married soon after the convention.

Adjusting to Alberta farm life was a bit tougher than she thought, but being resilient, she strived to make a good life, one that was filled with lots of children, gardens, and blue skies.

She spent hours working tirelessly on her sewing, quilting, crocheting, and patching. She was a fabulous cook and baker. She loved preserving food, and was always trying a new idea.

Christian Reformed church life was important, but she always missed her reformed roots from Sully, Iowa. However, she was rock solid in her faith, she always knew the Lord as her personal Saviour.

She wasn’t afraid to challenge and push her family, and took great delight when her beloved children exceeded her expectations.

She was the kind of lady who said it like it was, whether you cared to hear it or not, but she was greatly admired for her tough grit and compassion. This was the lady who wasn’t afraid to adopt a passel of kids, and get her husband, and son to love them as much as she did.

Fondly loved and remembered by her children: Albert(Darlene) Poelman of Granum; Dena(Gary)Slezina of Lethbridge; Jerry(Michelle) Poelman of Fort Macleod; Leroy(Sharon)Poelman of Granum; Doris(Len)Moorman of Coaldale.

Grandchildren: Nathan Poelman, Emily Poelman, Cyrill & Michelle Newell, Jonathan & Sharla Hummel, Jennifer & Mike Duffy, Michael & Tiffany Poelman; Ryan & Breanne Poelman; Travis(Bailey) Poelman, Bailey Poelman, Michaela Grace, Shaira Joy, John Arron Samonte; Nicole& Steve Boot, Katherine Poelman, Leonard Moorman. And 21 Great Grandchildren.

She is survived by her only sister, Alberta(Arthur) Havinga of Lethbridge, and her children Adrianna(Dyce)Bolduc, Jennie(Brian) Chernwichan, Walter(Theresa )Havinga, and Elza Bouwman.

Her brother and sister in laws on her husband’s side: Klaas Poelman, Jennie Williamson, William(Hetty) Poelman, and Henrietta Wierenga.

She was predeceased by her parents: Albert & Mary DeKoning, her daughter, Leona Poelman and two grand daughters Kimberly Ann Poelman and Kyndra ReAnn Poelman; her in-laws George and Mendine Poelman, brothers and sister-in-laws, Hilda and Gerhard Vos, Ralph Williamson, Annie Poelman, Enno Wierenga, and her nephews George Poelman, Sidney Havinga, Clarence and Arnold Vos.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday November 4, 2017 at the Granum Christian Reformed Church (5 miles east of Granum on highway 519) with Reverend Henry Veldboom Officiating. Interment at Granum Christian Reformed Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Kyndra’s Foundation of Love c/o Christian Stewardship Services, 214A-500 Alden Road, Markham, Ontario L3R 5H5 or a charity of choice.

Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the lord.

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BETTY ANNE ROBINSON (née Chomicki), beloved wife to Garry, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the age of 75 years.

Betty is survived by her dear children Carey (Dwight) Yanke and Rochelle (Kevin) Kasperski and grandchildren Jon and Sarah. She is also survived by her sisters Gladys (John, deceased) Orich and Judy (Ray) Bouchard, brother John (Laura) Chomicki, sisters-in-law Joan (Walter, deceased) Carthen and Donna (Don, deceased) Robinson, brother-in-law Darrel (MaryAnn) Robinson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her mama Mary and daddy Steve Chomicki, mother-in-law Ruby and father-in-law Fletcher Robinson, as well as sister-in-law Bert (Roy) Ellis, both deceased.

Betty Anne was born December 19, 1941 in Lethbridge where she spent her entire life. She and Garry recently celebrated 55 years of marriage on September 15, 2017. She loved working in her beautiful backyard garden, cutting the grass in the summer and shoveling the snow in the winter.

At Betty Anne’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

In lieu of flowers of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Betty Anne to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.

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MARGARET LUDMILA WENSVEEN (nee Vrabel) beloved wife of 63 years to John; mother, grandma, great-grandma, daughter, sister, aunt, mother in law and friend was called to Eternal Rest on October 28, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

She was born on May 23, 1936 in the same little yellow house on the outskirts of Raymond in which her brothers, Joe and Bill, were born in 1931 and 1933, all in those tough depression years. Their hardworking parents labored in the sugar beet fields and they had to pull out of school their 10-year-old daughter, Ann, to take care of the younger siblings. Their father also hauled beet pulp to several farmers who were raising cattle.

By 1939, the family had a wee bit of savings that they used as an application for a very large farm loan, through Mr. Henry Schwartz, with which they invested in their one-quarter section Picture Butte farm. Mr. Schwartz helped out many farmers; he spoke their languages and kindheartedly understood their concerns.

On October 28, 1940, Margaret’s father presented her with a special gift she had been praying for – a brand new baby for the family. As the midwife was late, our “Dr. Father” did the honours himself with the help of his old country Hungarian medical books. Both Mother and Baby came through well and Margaret was ecstatic with her very own little dark-haired baby brother, Andy. They bonded as close and caring siblings with a special understanding and sharing between them. When Margaret entered the first grade at Barrhill School, she made her very first show-and-tell project her two-year-old brother. Shortly afterwards, together, they conducted a very sad funeral for their special little pet doggie “Darky.” She had been run over and killed on the road by the farm.

Years later, it would be Andy dubbing Margaret’s hubby as “Dutchie,” a title he enjoyed much more than the usual ones like “Stubborn Dutchman!”

In 1948, the family sold the Picture Butte farm and invested into a larger half-section farm just south of Barnwell, as well as a house in Lethbridge at 722 – 18th Street South. Margaret completed the seventh grade at Barrhill School and started the eighth grade at St. Basil’s in north Lethbridge, then moved onto the newly built St. Joseph’s High School in south Lethbridge.

In 1952, Margaret took her training with Alberta Government Telephones and became a telephone operator. She married her “Dutchman” on September 15, 1954 and together they raised their six children. Margaret is survived by her dear family; husband John; son Jim (Mary Anne) Wensveen and their children Christina (Chris) Wedman, and their child Eamon; Jonathan (Avra Kates); Patrick (Chelsea King); daughter Cathy Moor and her daughters Christi (Paul Kingsmith) and their children Bentley and Lennon; Nicole (Brendan) Coffey; Bev (Dale) Ptycia and their children Thomas (Tiffany), and their child Henry; Katie (Matt Wood) and James; daughter Julie (Larry) Neigel and their children Brynen (Kelli) and Alyssa; son Rich (Deanne Johnson Eng) Wensveen and their children Chelsey, Justin, Jordan, Kayla (Logan Lizzi), Andrew and Kelsey; and son Rob (Cathy) Wensveen and their children Jennifer (Jesse Buchholz) and Travis.

Margaret is also survived by her sister Ann Chenger and brother Andy Vrabel, and by Gayle Wensveen, mother to Chelsey.

On John’s side, she is survived by his brothers Gerard (Terry) Westwood, Quince (Dianne) Wensveen, George (Denise) Wensveen.

In addition, Margaret is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents William Vrabel Sr. and Julia Vrabel; her brother Bill Jr. and his spouse, Shirley; her brother Joe and his spouse, Linda. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Lynn Wensveen; Henry Moor, father to Christi and Nicole; her nephews Roy Chenger and Robbie Vrabel; her brother-in-law John Chenger; and her niece Sharleen Sylvester.

On John’s side, she was predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Jacobus and Quirina Wensveen; her nephew Ian Wensveen; and sister-in-law Rita Bosch.

Back in 1958, Margaret joined the staff of St. Michael’s Hospital as a switchboard operator. The hospital atmosphere was most interesting to her and she learned a lot. As some have known, the pathways of some of Margaret’s life were not very easy; she struggled with bipolar depressive disorder and also underwent various surgeries and procedures. Coping with this cancer has been both very challenging and a new learning experience – not only for Margaret, but for her loved ones too. The following insight has given us comfort, strength and courage, and we now share it with all of you on behalf of Margaret:

“What Cancer Cannot Do:

Cancer is so limited,

It cannot cripple Love,

It cannot shatter Hope,

It cannot corrode Faith,

It cannot destroy Peace,

It cannot kill Friendship,

It cannot suppress Memories,

It cannot silence Courage,

It cannot invade the Soul,

It cannot steal eternal Life,

It cannot conquer the Spirit.”

Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Ian Gagne officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE PARISH, 1513 – 23rd Avenue, ­­Coaldale, AB on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:00 Noon with Father Ian Gagne, celebrant.

Following the Funeral Mass, Margaret will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

Following the interment, relatives and friends are invited to further share this day with the family for a complimentary luncheon and refreshments in the Memorial Hall at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, through the north entrance. Music will be provided by Rich Wensveen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Streets Alive, 323-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Z9.

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


NICK ZAYCHUK, beloved husband of Barbara Zaychuk, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

Parastas will be held at the UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 643-13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Reverend Taras Krochak officiating.

The Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Taras Krochak officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery.

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