October 26th, 2020

MONDAY, January 15, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 15, 2018.

Peggy Hougen
1924 – 2018
Margaret Hougen, beloved wife of the late Trygve Hougen, passed away in Bow Island on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 94 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Foremost United Church, 202 – 2 Avenue East, Foremost on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Foremost Cemetery. 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.


Betty Friesen
1921 – 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Elizabeth Friesen. Betty passed away in Taber on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 96 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 15, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Betty is survived by her children Ron (Kathie) Friesen of Taber, Geri (Roy) Reti of Taber, Ruth Lamond of Lethbridge, Rick (Kathy) Friesen of Vauxhall, Margaret (Richard) Brown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Brenda (John) Easthom of Crofton, British Columbia and Raymond (Pat) Friesen of Taber; nineteen grandchildren and twenty nine great grandchildren; son-in-law Jim Nemeth of Longview, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Ben, daughter Deb Nemeth, son-in-law Dr. Howard Ritchie; sisters Mary Buhler in Russia and Nettie Schwab, Helen Reimer, Ruth Heinrichs, Adena Laybourn and Ann Keeling; brother Peter Thiessen.
Mom was born in Barvenkova, Ukraine, Russia, on April 8, 1921. She immigrated to Canada with her family when she was four years old. They settled at Mullengar, Saskatchewan, later moving to Rosemary then Gem, Alberta. Mom began her nursing training, which she loved, but left to care for her ailing father in Vauxhall, where she met the love of her life, Ben Friesen. They married on June 16, 1944, and farmed northeast of Vauxhall, on the banks of the Bow River. They retired into Vauxhall in 1990. Mom loved gardening, both on the farm and in their yard in Vauxhall. Betty also enjoyed crafts, and the family have many pieces of her beautiful needlework.  She was very determined, and no task was too big of a challenge. Betty was a proud member of the Willing Workers, later the Vauxhall Seniors and Cemetery Committee.
The family was always most important in her life, and all the grandchildren were treasured equally. We were blessed with many family gatherings and celebrations, showered with cooking and baking, especially her apple squares. Mom was a true pioneer, supporting Dad and the family in all their endeavours. She was an inspiration to all and will be sadly missed.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


GRISAK

September 20, 1918

– January 11, 2018

ELSIE ELIZABETH GRISAK, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Michael Grisak, passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the age of 99 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jacquelyn (Wade) Chipman, Gerald (Pat) Grisak, Michelle Hamilton as well as her grandchildren: Kevin and Robin Ross, Jesse and Daniel Grisak, Nicole Sims, Robbie and Andrew Grisak and four great grandchildren: Tanna, Lexxi, Cierra and Connor Ross.

Besides her loving husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Tim, sisters: Frances Swanson and Ethelena Thompson and brothers: Howard Bellew and Bob Swanson.

The joy of her life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she treasured the time that she was able to spend with them.

Until late in her life Elsie was an active member in the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Funeral Service will be held at the IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH – #20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Robert Mohns officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Elsie will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery with her husband Michael and son Tim.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Elsie, donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance – 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


KERR

With great sadness, we announce the passing of BILL KERR (James William), beloved husband of the late Pat Kerr. Bill passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Bill, the family asks that donations be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Dale Loomis

1942 – 2018

Mr. Dale Loomis of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Peggy Loomis, and loving father to Deena and Tara, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the age of 75 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Burial of ashes will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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


Maria “Mary” Pietraszko

1921 – 2018

Mrs. Mary Pietraszko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Andy Pietraszko, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the age of 96 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


ZMEKO

BETTE BOYD ZMEKO, beloved wife of Rudy Zmeko passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 11, 2018.

Besides her loving husband of 56 years, she is survived by her son Lorne (Tammy) Zmeko, her brother Sandy (Dawne) Johnston of Kelowna, and 2 grandchildren, Kaden and Natasha Zmeko of Lethbridge.

She was predeceased by her father, Alexander Ledingham Johnston in 1963, mother, Thelma Boyd Johnston in 1996 and brother Peter Johnston in 1986.

Bette was born in Calgary and attended school in Lethbridge, graduating from LCI. After finishing school she worked as a Lab Technician at St. Michael’s Hospital, and later as a Dental Assistant.

After marrying Rudy in 1961, they lived on the family farm near Shaughnessy until 1989, retiring to Picture Butte, where they lived until their final move to Lethbridge in 1994.

Bette took incredible pride in her son Lorne, daughter-in-law Tammy, and her grandchildren Kaden and Natasha. Despite her numerous health issues, she always had a strong love for life, family and friends.

Bette was a very social and outgoing person, enjoying visits and telling stories with anyone and everyone she met.

One of the highlights of her life was the trip to Scotland with her niece Jennifer, where they explored the land of her ancestry. Other special trips included several visits with Rudy to California spending time with her brother in-law Bill, and annual trips to her brother Sandy’s cherry orchard in BC.

Bette will be fondly remembered and truly missed by all.

A private Graveside Service will be held for her immediate family.

A Funeral Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH – 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB. on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice or the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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

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