January 18th, 2021

TUESDAY, November 21, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 21, 2017.


GERALD THOMAS AILSBY was born on September 27th, 1946 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to Tom and Lois Ailsby. He passed away at his home in Lethbridge on November 16th, 2017. Gerald’s education began in a one room rural school and was completed with a BA in psychology from Sir George Williams University in Montreal in 1967. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Morstad, and together they made friends everywhere they lived – Regina, Calgary, Manitoba, Bow Island, and Lethbridge. Gerry’s people skills led him to become successful in his careers, as a social worker, addictions counsellor, and business man selling farm equipment, vehicles and heavy trucks. When people observed how varied his career choices were, Gerry responded by explaining they had a lot more in common than one would think – they all required a relationship of trust and a positive outlook for the future. Gerry is survived by his wife, Joan, his daughters, Kari Barter and Kristin Ailsby, his son-in-law, Kevin Barter and three grandchildren – Heather and Evan Barter and Georgia Wood. He is also survived by his mother, Lois Ailsby, and his brothers Howard (Shirley), Arnold (Brenda), and Garnet (Betty), mother-in-law, Val Morstad, brother-in-law Garth (Leah) Morstad, sisters-in-law Connie Rittinger, Anne (Rene) Deschamps, Avis (Darrell) Dahl, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Tom, his nephew Clinton Ailsby, his father-in-law, Al Morstad and his brother-in-law, Glen Rittinger. Gerry considered his church family at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and his business colleagues and customers as “chosen family” and he created and maintained a very close relationship with these groups. He regularly celebrated the exceptional support members in these groups extended to him, throughout his life, but especially in the few months before he passed. Gerry’s hobbies included fishing, flying airplanes, fishing, cars, and fishing. He also liked fishing. He had a charismatic spirit, an insatiable appreciation for good simple things like chocolate cake, Chinese food, and good boots, and an incredible attention to detail – with enthusiasm, he could describe the tire treads on his grandpa’s car 60 years ago! A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 411 11th Street South, Lethbridge AB, on Friday, November 24th at 1:00 pm. Gerry’s family gratefully declines flowers and invites people to contribute to the YWCA Harbor House in Gerry’s memory.

Helen Coyle

1924 – 2017

Mrs. Helen Coyle of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leslie “Les” Coyle, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the age of 93 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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

Klaaske Procee

1926 – 2017

“He is our help and our shield” – Psalm 33:20b

Klaaske Procee, beloved wife of the late Geert Procee, our wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with her Lord and Saviour on November 19, 2017 at the age of 90. Klaaske will be lovingly remembered by her seven children Sam (Wendy) Procee, Susie (Bruce) Konynenbelt, Andy (Donna) Procee, Annie Procee, Lena (Neil) Wastle, Flo McKean (Jim), and Gary (Tara) Procee; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Besides her loving husband, she was predeceased by all of her siblings; two grandchildren Chris Ludwig and Alix McKean; as well as two great-grandsons Nathan and Clinton Konynenbelt. Mom was born on December 4, 1926 in Holwerd, Friesland in Holland. Mom and Dad immigrated to Canada in 1950 with the Procee family. One of her greatest joys was being Dad’s loving partner on the dairy farm and a loving, caring mother and grandma. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. W., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Jim Zondervan, officiating. A private family interment will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery prior to the service.

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

Terri Anne Louise Gergely

1972 – 2017

Miss Terri Anne Gergely, of Coaldale, passed away suddenly at her parent’s farm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the age of 44 years.

Terri was born in Lethbridge on December 29, 1972 on her Father’s birthday, and she grew up as a middle child on the family farm.

Terri loved life in all forms and if there was a stray critter, chances are it would go home with her. Her home was a place of last resort for many critters small or large and she welcomed them with open arms. Terri was a member of the Beef and Equestrian 4-H, earning her Platinum award of Excellence. She trained, bred and competed in various equine events for 30 years. She loved to read, watch movies, and spend time with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephew. Terri had dreams to travel to the UK, France, Australia and New Zealand. She also wanted to see a launch from the Cape Canaveral.

Besides her loving parents Ted and Joyce Gergely, Terri is survived by her sister Carri (Andy) Carroll and their children Allyson, Chelsea and Ethan Carroll; brother Kevin (Suzanne) Gergely; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Terri was predeceased by her grandparents John and Mary Gergely, and Roy and Kate Lacey.

“Terri…44 years was not long enough to enjoy your spirit and smile, you will be missed by many.”

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Celebration of Terri’s Life will follow at 1:00pm at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Terri’s name may be made to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, 2920 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E9, or to the Last Chance Cat Ranch, P.O. Box 30025 Park Place, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4Z3.

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

“In Christ alone, my hope is found.
He is my light, my strength, my comforter, my all in all, my song.
Here in the dead of Christ I live!!”


DR. JOHANNA “ANN” CORNELIA VANDER BEEK, beloved wife of Anton Vander Beek of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the age of 83 years.

Besides her husband Anton, she is lovingly remembered by her brother, Leen (Mies) Kayen, sister Corrie Hartenberg and brother Kees (Nel) Kayen, all of the Netherlands; sister-in-law, Frances Vander Beek and Nolda Smeding of Lethbridge, AB, Joan (John) Antonides of Penticton, BC and Nettie (Lloyd) Westra of Edmonton, AB.

Ann was predeceased by her parents, Gerrit and Johanna Kayen-VanHam, brother-in-law, Wim Hartenberg and Bert and Joe Vander Beek.

Ann was born on August 3, 1952 in Dubbeldam, Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada in 1952 to be with the love of her life, Anton “Tony” Vander Beek. They were married on April 22, 1953 and settled in Lethbridge.

Ann initially worked in office administration for a time but found her true calling as a teacher at LCI. She was a keen student in her studies at the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary then took a leave of absence to complete her Doctorate Degree in Linguistics at the University of Nancy, France; she received her Degree and an Honorable Mention from the Jury on October 23, 1980 – a major accomplishment! Ann started at LCI as a senior high school French teacher and eventually became the head of the Modern Languages Department. She was active in the Provincial Department of Education and the Language Council.

Ann was also a devoted member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church and spent many hours in the Prison Ministry. She took every chance she had to tell and show her love for Jesus.

Tony and Ann were quite the globe-trotters; they loved to travel and their passport stamps included Africa, Australia, America, South America as well as most countries in Europe, but their trips to Israel were the most precious to both of them.

Ann made many dear friends, leaving a positive impact on everyone she met. Nothing was more important to her than her Christian faith! She will be dearly missed.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating.

Johanna will be laid to rest, prior to her service, at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ann’s memory to the Gideon’s International in Canada, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7A2, or email info@gideons.ca, or phone (519) 823-1140.

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

Brenda Palosky
1956 – 2017
Brenda Kay Palosky of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the age of 61 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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