January 15th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, November 22, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 22, 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. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


ELIZABETH JANE BANNAB, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Kingsley Bannab, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

A Come and Go Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

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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.

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LENORE ELIZABETH LAVANWAY, of Coutts, beloved wife of Dick LaVanway, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Hospital on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the age of 64 years.

Besides her loving husband of 46 years she is survived by her sons Clinton (Donna) and Richard (Jennifer). She is also survived by her brother Alan (Janice) Cameron and her dog Spook.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Coutts Cemetery at a later date.

A Celebration of Lenore’s Life will be held at the COUTTS CIVIC CENTRE, Coutts, AB, on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Keith Dangerfield officiating.

Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Lenore may be made to the Coutts Fire department – 201 CENTER AVE, Coutts, AB T0K 0N0.

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Lois Phillips
1939 – 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Phillips, beloved wife of the late Bob Phillips on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the age of 78 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Family was very important to Lois. She is survived by her sons  Scott (Lonnie) Christensen of Taber and their daughters Jodi (Cody) Rowley (their son Wyatt) and Kori (Bryce) Duff; Colin (Tiffany) Phillips of Taber and their children Kade and Keira; daughter Susan Phillips of Coaldale and her daughter Shanda (Travis) Westerhoud (their son Connor); Lois’s Grandpup Judge. She is also survived by her step children Greg Phillips of Summerland, British Columbia and Lori Phillips of Nanaimo, British Columbia and their families; step sister Marie (Leo) Hill; brothers-in-law Ken Rombough, Earl Herbert, Harley (Kathleen) Phillips and Bud (Kay) Phillips; sister-in-law Eileen Berg as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her parents William and Viola Campbell; brother Bill Campbell; sisters Arlene Rombough and Mona Orlando; step siblings Melvin Nelson, Glen Nelson, Grant Nelson and Louella Powelson; in-laws William and Clara Phillips; Eva And Bob Comm and Ethel Mae “Flip” Herbert.
Lois was born in Edmonton to Viola and William Campbell on October 20, 1939. She started working in grocery and retail at the age of eighteen and continued to do so until she retired due to health concerns. She will be remembered by her love of music and her fondness of puzzles and reading.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lois’ name may be made directly to The Good Samaritan Society, Linden View, 4700 – 64 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 0C6 or to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., P.O. Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (http://www.stars.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Maria Lavorato

1928 – 2017

Mrs. Maria Lavorato of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Alfonso Lavorato, passed away at the Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village on Monday November 20, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Terri Anne Louise Gergely

1972 – 2017

Terri Anne Louise Gergely was born on December 29, 1972 and passed away at her parent’s farm near Coaldale the morning of Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the age of 44 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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“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, 1934 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.

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