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WEDNESDAY, January 10, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 10, 2018.


MR. DENNIS BIRCH, beloved husband of Shirley Birch, of Lethbridge, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Besides his loving wife Shirley, Dennis is survived by his son William Birch, of Red Deer; his daughter Patricia (Bernard) Paranych, of Wetaskiwin; his five grandchildren: Matthew, Justin and Ryan, of Red Deer; and Travis and Denise Peeples of Arkansas, and his five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, his father, his sister and his former wife Margaret, of Watrous, Saskatchewan.

Dennis was born December 8, 1926 in Waterloo, Ontario and attended school in Kitchener and Waterloo. He joined the Canadian Army in 1944 and then the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946. During his time with the Armed Forces, he served at various bases in Canada and with N.A.T.O. in England and France. Upon leaving the Armed Forces in 1968, he was employed by the Alberta Government at Alberta Hospital Ponoka as Fire & Safety Officer, then as Building Superintendent at Coronation, as well as Raymond Home and the Lethbridge Correctional Institute.

Dennis retired in January 1986 and enjoyed retirement by doing lots of golfing, curling, fishing, camping and traveling. He loved to make winter getaways to Arizona, Mexico and Cuba and also embarked on various cruises. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Miner’s Club, The Eagles Aerie 2100, the Norbridge Senior Centre, the Coaldale Curling Club and the Federal Superannuates of Canada. Dennis also took active interest and participation in the Humane Society and Paws in Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating. Dennis will be laid to rest in the Field of Honour at a Private Graveside Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E9 or to the Lethbridge PAW Society, P.O. Box 255, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Y5.

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


On Friday, January 5, 2018, Gerald Bonnett lost his battle with cancer, at the age of 78 years.

Gerald Bonnett was born in Killam, AB on July 6, 1939 to Doris and George Bonnett. At a very early age Gerald left home to conquer the world. He worked in the oilfield service industry as a tool push and then wireline operator. Working for Camco in 1961 and then Otis in 1964 where he experienced working on offshore drilling rigs.

Gerald met his wife Diane Young in 1962 and were married December 28, 1963 in Pincher Creek, AB. They had three children: daughter Jackie (Simon) Wallan and their children Travis and Jordan (fiancé Colin Stogryn); daughter Colleen (Murray) Toews and their children Muranda, Carlee and Ty; and son Gerald Jr. Bonnett.

Gerald and Diane moved to Fort St. John, BC from High Level, AB to start Bonnett’s Wireline Services Ltd. in 1972. While in Fort St. John, Gerald stated another life’s passion – raising, training and running quarter horses in 1978.

They moved their family and business to Beaverlodge in 1981 and continued to thrive until they retired to Dewinton, AB in 1999. Gerald moved to Lethbridge after his wife’s passing in 2003, where he remained until April 2016, when he moved back to Grande Prairie to be closer to family.

Gerald will be remembered for his love of politics, horses, listening, telling a good joke, and his love of family and friends.

Gerald was predeceased by his daughter Angela on October 8, 1964, wife Diane Phyllis Bonnett on May 3, 2003, brother Maurice Bonnett and parents George and Doris Bonnett.

A Celebration of Gerald’s life will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 2:00pm at Clarkson Hall, Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute (11560 University Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2), or to PARDS (8202 84 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8X 0L6).

Condolences may be sent by visiting http://www.oliversfuneralhome.com


ROBERT BOYCHUK, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the age of 57 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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ELYSIA HIND BULL beloved daughter of Wanda Eagle Speaker and the late Jack Hind Bull, passed away in Calgary, AB on January 5th, 2018 at the age of 36 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Pawel Andrasz Officiating. Interment in the Hind Bull Cemetery, Blood Reserve. A Feast to follow at the South Hill Chapel in Cardston, Alberta.

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On January 8, 2018, SHIRLEY HANKE passed away surrounded by her loved ones after a brief battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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Peter Visser

1942 – 2018

Mr. Peter Visser, born September 4, 1942, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the age of 75 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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MATTHEW WELLS passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 in Cardston, AB at the age of 65 years.

A Wake Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, AB on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

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William “Sonny” Buis

1938 – 2018

Mr. William “Sonny” Buis of Foremost, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on January 6, 2018. Sonny was born on March 26, 1938 in Foremost and spent all of his life in this community. At an early age he developed a very strong work ethic, a love for animals, and a love for the game of golf. His life was spent growing his business, first with his Aunt and Uncle with White Rose and many years with Shell. He met the love of his life Charlotte in High School and they were married August 6, 1960. Sonny’s pride and joy was his family and the community of Foremost. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his children and to watch his grandchildren play hockey, volleyball, baseball, dance and skate. He spent many wonderful days at the lake watching the kids on the water. He cherished the trips to Whitefish, Cruises, the Dominican, and most recently to Hawaii this Christmas. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Charlotte Buis; children, Lorne (Kerri) Buis of Foremost, Lisa (Warren) Bechthold of Foremost, and Chris (Ron) Preddy of Lethbridge; grandchildren, Taunie (Nathan) Magnuson, Colby Bechthold (Kayla), Kristen and Luke Preddy; sister, Alice (John) Haraga; brother, Richard (Jay) Buis; sister-in-law, Lyn Dillenbeck and many very special nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Dirk and Jantina Buis; mother and father-in-law, Cecil and Ann Dillenbeck; uncle Bill and Auntie Christina Buis, brother-in-law, Bryan Dillenbeck; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Carol Ewach. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, Friday, January 12, 2018 at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 802 – 1 Avenue West, Foremost, Alberta. Inurnment to follow in the Foremost Cemetery. He loved this community and in lieu of flowers if you wish to make a donation please do so to the charity of your choice in the Village of Foremost.

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Edna Herringer
1928 – 2018
Edna Olinda Herringer, beloved wife of the late Oscar Herringer, went home to her Lord and Saviour on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the age of 89 years.  Edna, who was so eager to go home to heaven, passed away quietly in her sleep.
Edna will be deeply missed by her children Bryan (Susan) Herringer of Calgary and Shauna (Ron) Kinniburgh of Calgary; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Irene Ruckman of Calgary and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Oscar Herringer, her parents and fourteen brothers and sisters.
Edna was born April 3, 1928 to Michael and Magdelina Bauer.  She was raised on the family farm east of Schuler, Alberta near Surprise, Saskatchewan. It was during these growing up years that Edna developed her deep faith in God. She moved to Medicine Hat in her late teens where she started working at Woolworth’s.  It was in Medicine Hat that Edna met the love of her life, Oscar Herringer, whom she married on October 18, 1947. Their son Bryan was born in 1949 and their daughter Shauna in 1953. Edna loved life. She so enjoyed her friends and family no matter where life took them. They moved from Medicine Hat to Taber in 1966 followed by a move to Lethbridge in 1997 and finally to Calgary in 2012. In each of these locations Edna developed and enjoyed close friendships. Relationships mattered to Edna.
Edna was a great cook. She even got a Scotsman to enjoy sauerkraut! People would drive for miles to enjoy her home cooked meals and desserts. There was nothing that Edna enjoyed more than a good party with her friends.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Edna’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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