January 24th, 2021

FRIDAY, December 1, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 1, 2017.


It is with deep sadness that the family of JOAN CARTHEN (nee Robinson) announces her passing, with family at her side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Joan was predeceased by her husband of forty-two years Walter Carthen, her parents Fletcher and Ruby Robinson, her sister and brother-in-law Roberta and Roy Ellis, her brother Don Robinson, and sister-in-law Betty Anne Robinson. She is survived by her children Brent Carthen of Castlegar B.C. and Jodi Carthen of Washington State USA, and by her grandchildren Blake and Darrel Horner, her brothers Garry Robinson and Darrel Robinson, and sisters-in-law Donna Robinson and Mary Anne Robinson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan was born in Lethbridge in 1933, growing up in various southern Alberta communities as the family moved between RCMP postings in Waterton, Magrath, and Taber. Joan attended Galt School of Nursing before moving to California where she worked as an emergency room registered nurse in Tulare while she and Walter raised their family. They returned to Lethbridge in 1980 where she shared her love of nursing as an instructor at Lethbridge College until retiring in the early 1990s. Joan spent her retirement years enjoying family and her love of gardening.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s name can be made to Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 1W5.

At Joan’s request, a private family service will be held at a later date.

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Edna Penrose

1917 – 2017

Mrs. Edna Penrose of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Elmer Penrose, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the age of 100 years. Edna is survived by her son, Philip Penrose; sister, Ruth Haddow, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Mr. Elmer Penrose, Edna was predeceased by her parents; John and Gunhild Krokom, A Graveside Service will be held in the spring of 2018. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Keith Clark

1924 – 2017

Mr. Keith Clark of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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February 12, 1954 –

November 21, 2017

Mel passed away in his sleep at home on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the age of 63 yrs. He is survived by his children Kristan and Kristina; grandsons Austin and Trevor; 4 sisters (Creston, B.C.); and his partner – “the love of my life” – Lorette Poulette.

Mel was a hardworking, independent, proud and private person who loved being outside among nature whenever he could. He was a good man with a kind and generous heart who helped anyone whenever he could, accepting nothing in return. Mel and I knew we were soulmates the moment we met. We quarreled like most people do, but loved each other deeply for 5 1/2 yrs. I miss him every moment of every day, wherever I go and in whatever I do, and will for my lifetime. Holding hands and walking together always – Lorette.

Cremation held on November 27, 2017.

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MARGARETTE SERA, beloved wife of the late Frank Sera, of Lethbridge, passed away after a lengthy illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital on November 27, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

She is survived by her loving children Larry (Shirley) Sera and Darlene (Rick) Whitton; four grandchildren Scott (Regan) Sera, Chris Sera and Shannon (Shane) Foote; as well as seven great-grandchildren Willow Sera, Wren Sera, Bridget Sera, Sloane Sera, Raeanna Foote, Rhys Foote and Aidan Foote.

Margarette will be sadly missed by her lifelong best friend Ethel Kertesz, whom she confided in most days, as well as her sister in law Elizabeth Sera and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank, parents Vendel and Rose Kish, and brother Vendel.

Margarette was born in Lethbridge on November 8, 1930 and was raised and educated in the Lethbridge area. In 1951, she married Frank Sera and they farmed together until 1980 when they retired and moved to Coaldale. Mom was a hardworking, dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to all that knew her. She was happy to welcome everyone to her home with a good home cooked meal, sometimes working for days making homemade noodles for her chicken soup – cabbage rolls and fried chicken with all the trimmings. It was truly a labor of love.

After a well deserved retirement from the farm and moving into Coaldale, she continued to work tirelessly tending to her vegetable and flower gardens which she enjoyed immensely.

Mom was a very kind hearted, giving person who always remembered everyone’s birthday with a card and a birthday song. There were always stories to be told – memories to share – and laughter – she loved to laugh. These are the memories of her that we will always cherish.

A Celebration of Margarette’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

A Private Interment was held prior to the Celebration of Life.

In memory of Margarette, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

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Sheldon Watson

1975 – 2017

Mr. Sheldon Watson of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Melody Watson, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Foothill Medical Centre in Calgary on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the age of 42 years. Sheldon was born in Coaldale on January 24, 1975 to Emily Caouette and Stanley Watson. Sheldon spent his childhood in Grand Prairie and moved back to Coaldale during his teenage years. As an adult, Sheldon moved back and forth from Calgary to Lethbridge until he married his wife Melody Watson in 2002. He settled down in Coalhurst for the remainder of his life, where he raised two daughters with Melody. For 13 years, Sheldon worked with the McDonald Auto Group as a Sales Associate and Manager. He was also a member of the Town Council in Coalhurst for 4 years. Sheldon enjoyed golfing, gofer hunting, and gathering with all of his family. He was an active member at City Light Church and attended weekly bible studies. He spent countless hours throughout his life volunteering within his church, the Town of Coalhurst, and in Full Gospel Business Men. Sheldon had a heart of service. Besides his loving wife Melody Watson, Sheldon Watson is survived by his mother Emily Caouette, 2 daughters Jessica and Emily Watson, 2 sisters Michelle Riegling (Chad Riegling) and Monica Watson, 1 brother Micheal Caouette, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and their families. Sheldon was predeceased by his father Stanley Watson, grandparents Otto and Ruth Friesen, and Stan and Ruth Watson, uncle and aunt Dyck and Carol Sawa, aunt Vivian Boyer, and loving aunt Rose Whiteford. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, December 1, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Celebration of Sheldon’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Pastor Doug Shimoda, officiating. A Private family burial will be held in the Coaldale Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations in Sheldon’s name may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 1A129, 960 – 19 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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January 3, 1924

– November 25, 2017

93 years well lived!MABEL CHARLOTTE STEEN (nee Kirby), passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

A Celebration of Mabel’s Life will be held at the GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB – 902 6 St N, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, December 1st, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. with a short program being offered at 1:30 P.M.

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Dina Zanolli
1923 – 2017
Leopoldina Zanolli, beloved wife of the late Italo Zanolli, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the age of 94 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at  11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Dina is survived by her son Alvaro (Lorell) Zanolli of Lethbridge; grandchildren Joshua (Breanna) Zanolli of Olds (their children Jaxon, Emerson and Kamryn); Jeffrey (Kareena) Zanolli of Lethbridge (their children Gavin and Grady); Janna (Shawn) Ogertschnig of Lethbridge (their child Kendal). Dina is also survived by her sisters-in-law Maria Zanolli of Lethbridge (her children Norman Zanolli, and Norie (Bob) Duncan) and Rosi Cazzoli of Italy and many relatives in Canada and Italy.
She was predeceased by her husband Italo in 1983; daughter Flavia in 2013; two brothers Primo in Italy and Vittorio of Port Alberni, British Columbia; sister Elsa also in Italy.
Dina was born in Ville del Monte, Trento, Italy on June 7, 1923 to Angelo and Diomira Berti. Dina married Italo Zanolli on February 18, 1950 in Italy. In December of 1954, they along with their two children, Flavia and Alvaro immigrated to Taber. However, Dina and Italo thoroughly enjoyed their many trips back to their beautiful mountain village in northern Italy. Dina worked for several families in Taber as a housekeeper, at the Taber Hospital and later at Chinook Drycleaners as a seamstress. In 1993, she moved to Lethbridge where she resided until the time of her passing.
Dina was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother (Nonna) and great grandmother. Cooking big family dinners served with her specialty of chicken and polenta, and her delectable desserts was one of Mom’s very favourite things to do. Her door was always open to the many visitors who enjoyed her generous hospitality.  She will be dearly missed by all!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dina’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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