January 18th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, November 15, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 15, 2017.


June 12, 1943 – Nov. 7, 2017

HARRIT “HARRY” BOERSMA, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Maaike Boersma, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at the age of 74 years.

Harry will be forever remembered by his two sons Robert Shane (Leah) Boersma of Edmonton and Christopher Tate (Janie) Boersma of Lethbridge and also by his three precious grandchildren Daniel Shane, Jacob Robert and Jessie Irene Boersma. He is also survived by his sister Johanna de Bruin and brother Hessel (Marie) Boersma.

Harry was predeceased by his parents Roelof & Antje Boersma, brothers Arien Boersma and Pieter Franz (Bernice) Boersma, sister Hermina (Hiemen) den Dekker and sister-in-law Sadie Boersma.

Harry’s family immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands, landed at Pier 21 in Halifax on April 1, 1953 and from there Settled in Taber, AB. Harry had a passion for nature and his life’s work was spent in some form of agriculture: from hoeing in sugar beets as a child, to working on a ranch, riding the range, a bull rider and later a rodeo clown, and working on different farms and ranches.

After his 2 cardiac arrests, his priorities changed and he made sure that God was first in all things. Called to a life of service, he loved ushering at church and he was always so happy to see you and to welcome you with a hug and a curtsey! He was happiest when he could get a smile or a laugh just to help brighten your day.

In his last years, when he couldn’t work anymore, he fell in love with scroll sawing. Many hours were spent cutting out intricate pieces, saying, “I’ll start a business,” only to give most of his works away. He loved to go fishing and touring around our beautiful province. A wonderful husband and proud father of his two boys, his family meant everything to him.

A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be held at THIRD DAY CHURCH, #90 – 550 WT Hill Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dick Deweert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Streets Alive Mission, 323 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Z9 or to Gideons International, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9, http://www.gideons.ca/donate.

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


On November 9, 2017, GREG FANO passed away peacefully in Lethbridge at the age of 61 years. Greg was a charismatic and generous man, ever young at heart.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Ellen Fano; children, Chad (Jen), Stacey Sadownick (Bo) and grandson Koen; his stepchildren, Kris Richardson, Heather Kerr (Brad) and their son Braxton, Josh Meller; mother Ruth; brother Doug (Darlene), as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Greg’s Life will take place in the Poplar Room of the LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL, 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on November 18, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Please bring memories of Greg to share (M.C. will read these if needed).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Greg will be greatly missed by many, but his friends and family can take solace in knowing he has begun his new journey pain free.

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JOHNSTON, William “Bill” Francis

July 19, 1929 – Cardston, Alberta

November 12, 2017

– Calgary, Alberta

Bill, beloved husband of Patricia Johnston (nee Enerson) of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

The family would like to thank the staff of Evergreen Revera and Agecare Midnapore, Somerset for the compassionate care extended to Bill.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, 111 West Campus Place N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 2R6 Telephone: (403) 240-3000, ext. 143, http://www.rmhsouthernalberta.org or a charity of one’s choosing.

In living memory of Bill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

Albert Richard “Rick” Lavoie

1959 – 2017

Mr. Albert Richard “Rick” Lavoie of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Caroline Lavoie, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the age of 58 years.

Rick was born on April 19, 1959 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and in Powell River, BC. Rick worked as a drywall contractor in Lethbridge for over 15 years. He was an avid Oilers fan and he loved camping, fishing, playing pool and darts. His greatest love was spending time with his family and friends.

Left to mourn his loving memory are his ex-wife, Joanne Lavoie; children, Michelle, Matthew, and Felicia (Chad); grandchildren, Nadia, Anthony, Austin, Sophia, Emily and Jaxon; and great-grandchildren, Niomi and Niall.

Rick was predeceased by his loving parents, Albert Lavoie and Linda Renaud; brother, Rusty; and sisters, Robin, Angela, Dianne and Tammy Lavoie.

At Rick’s request, there will be a Private Celebration of Life for family and friends.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Dialysis Unit at the Chinook Regional Hospital, c/o CRH Foundation, 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5

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

LONG, Annie Jean (nee Der)

April 5, 1923

– November 10, 2017

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our mom, Annie, on the morning of Friday, November 10, 2017 at the age of 94 years. She was born in Saanich, BC, the third eldest of 12 siblings. From the age of one till age nine, she was raised by her paternal grandmother in New Brigden, AB, Calgary, AB and Field, BC, before returning to her parents’ home in Victoria, BC. Married in 1939, she returned to Alberta with husband Hong who owned a general store in the Hamlet of Enchant. There she work with Hong and raised their 5 children. In 1967, the business was sold and they moved to Calgary. In 1971, Annie started working for Heritage Park in the General Store, which she managed for 5 years. She then transferred to working for the banquet rooms at the Wainwright Hotel. Annie was nominated several times for the “White Hatter Awards”, for exemplary service in the tourist industry, and was honored with the award in 1989 and 1995. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Rose Der; husband Hong; as well as 1 sister and 2 brothers. Annie is survived by her children, Valerie, Linda, Barbara, Grant (Katie) and Vincent; step-son Stanley (Gwen); granddaughters Melissa (Scott) and Jeanette (Stan); 5 great-grandchildren; 7 sisters; 1 brother; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery), on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., with interment to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website



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Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial

Heather Oliver

1946 – 2017

Mrs. Heather Oliver of Turin, beloved wife of Mr. Floyd Oliver, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital with Floyd by her side on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the age of 71 years.

Cremation entrusted to the Coaldale Funeral Home.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Heather’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

Visit http://www.coaldalefuneralhome.com

to send a private condolence.


MICHAEL JOSEPH SKRUKWA, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the age of 64 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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