November 1st, 2020

SATURDAY, February 3, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 5, 2018.

Berthella “Bertie” Pedersen

1922 – 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Berthella “Bertie” Pedersen (Stevens) at Chinook Regional Hospital on January 18, 2018 at the age of 95 years. Berthella is survived by two daughters, Dianne (Mike) Violini and Brenda (Tim) Bell; two grandsons, Matthew and Carson Bell; sister, Audrey (Doran) Johnson; sister-in-law, Stephany Stevens and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen “Steve” Pedersen; parents, Clostin and Viva Stevens (Summers); brothers, Donald, Claire and Stanley Stevens; father and mother in-law, Carl and Alice Pedersen; brothers-in-law, Tom Hackman and Bill Pedersen; and sisters-in-law, Florence McArthur, Mary Stevens and Agnes Miles. Born on April 30, 1922 in Erskine, Alberta, Berthella was part of a musical family. She began piano lessons at an early age, followed by playing in her brothers’ dance bands in her teen years. In 1942 she moved to Lethbridge to enter a pre-nursing program at St. Michael’s Hospital. Although she thoroughly enjoyed two years of nursing training, she met her future husband and opted for marriage instead. On June 7, 1944, she and Steve Pedersen were married in Stettler, Alberta. Her great love of children and music soon lured her back into teaching piano, an occupation which she continued for 50 years until retiring in 2003. Bertie was an avid gardener, winning numerous awards. Her creative flair was evident in the many hobbies she enjoyed which included cake and cookie decorating, flower arranging, sewing and baking. No one could bake a pie like Bertie! Her elaborately decorated cookies are fondly remembered by many. She also loved to travel and ‘see the world’ with friends and family. Bertie was a former member of the Writers’ Workshop, Lethbridge Horticultural Society, Lethbridge Historical Society, a life member of the U.C.W. of First United Church, and Past Matron of Laurel Chapter No. 43, Order of the Eastern Star. Bertie will always be remembered for her kindness, love of children, sense of humour and strength of character. Many years of service to her church and community reflected her desire to reach out and help others. She adored her family and cherished the time she spent with her grandsons. The sharing of fond memories will forever bring a smile to those left behind. We are so blessed to have loved her and been loved by her. She will be forever remembered, loved and cherished. A heartfelt thank you to the many friends who enriched her life, and the caregivers and medical staff for their exceptional care. For those who wish, donations may be made in Bertie’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice. A memorial service will be held at McKillop United Church (2329 – 15 Ave. South, Lethbridge) on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

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JULY 1, 1930 – JANUARY 29, 2018

On January 29, 2018, George Harold Bowen of Beaumont, formerly of Edmonton, passed away at the age of 87 years.

George is survived by his loving family: sons and daughter, Greg (Diane), Barbara (Kim) Gregory, Chris (Cathy), Jim, and Paul (Paige); eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Armida.

Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church,

210 Haddow Close (23 Avenue and Terwillegar Drive), Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, Suite 104, 12220 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, Suite 144, 5241 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8 or the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through

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DEBBIE CROW EAGLE was born June 16, 1969 in Pincher Creek. She was called home to the Creator on January 29, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.

Debbie was born to Elizabeth Black Forehead and the late Robert Red Young Man. She was a private person but enjoyed and cherished spending time with her family.

She will be sadly missed by her two very special daughters Sasha Delee and Corilynn White Quills; her two very special granddaughters Makaela Seraiah and Nakoa Faith; her mother and step-father, Elizabeth and Adrian Black Forehead; her sisters Marsha (Les), Bettina (Daniel) and Michelle (Lyle); her brothers Cody, Robert and Dwayne; her godson Riley Cash First Rider, whom she cherished lots, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Debbie was predeceased by her father Robert Red Young Man and her brother Brian Crow Eagle.

A Wake Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

After the Interment, the Feast will be held at White Calf Hall, Blood Reserve, AB.

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Donald “Don” Mercer


Mr. Donald “Don” Mercer of Lethbridge, passed away at Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Dorothy Liberty Taylor

1918 – 2018

Dorothy Liberty Taylor entered life in a hurry and lived her life much the same way to the fullest. Her parents, Charles and Isabella Goode, who were then living on the homestead near Picture Butte at SE33-12-21-W4, rushed by car to Lethbridge for their child’s delivery. They didn’t make it. Instead, Dorothy was born in the coal mining hospital in Diamond City, north of Lethbridge, in the stormy evening hours of January 6, 1918. Dr. Inkrote delivered her that night. This month, 24 days after celebrating her 100th birthday, Dorothy died in Lethbridge where she has lived for the past 45 years. Her beloved husband, Henry Edwin Taylor, died in 1977. The great depression of the 1930s drove the Goode family north to the Peace River country where her father set up farming. It was here that she met Henry Taylor who was homesteading in a rural community called Rosedale. Her brothers Morris and Art also homesteaded, but Art returned to Picture Butte area where he lived for the rest of his life. Her sister, Helen, stayed in Barrons where she married William Nolan. All her brothers and sister have predeceased her. Henry and Dorothy moved to Brandon, Manitoba, in 1956. It was here that Dorothy worked as a school secretary and joined the Order of the Royal Purple Lodge. She was a member for 50 years and an Honored Royal Lady three times. Dorothy was an active community member and will be remembered for her cheerful laugh and endless energy. She loved sports and was good at them, especially bowling, curling and baseball. She was an expert needlewoman, winning many prizes at fairs and Women’s Institute competitions. She will be greatly missed by her children, Wilma and Roger (Donna), two grandchildren, Richard and Bruce (Kerry), two great-grandchildren, Riley and Ashley, and two great-great grandchildren. There will be a private family service. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Lethbridge Foundation, #50, 1202-2 Avenue S, Lethbridge T1J 0E3.

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KHOUNE DOUANGPHRACHANH, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 98 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

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KENNETH SCOTT FORSYTH, beloved husband of Shanna Forsyth, passed away suddenly on January 30th, 2018 at the age of 41 years.

Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center (846 1st Ave W), Cardston, AB on Monday, February 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Cardston Alberta West Stake Center on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Interment to follow in the Leavitt Cemetery.

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Gina Lorinda Yagos

1976 – 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter and niece who was residing in Toronto, Ontario. Gina was born and raised at Lee Lake and graduated from Livingstone School, Lundbreck with Honors; received her BA in Political Science from Queen’s University with distinction at Kingston, Ontario and her MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Gina was a brilliant person who loved animals, especially cats, and her home at Lee Lake. Gina will be dearly missed by her parents, Bertha & Terry Yagos, her brothers, Marc & Ryan, her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosalie Engels, her niece Catherine, nephew Alexandre, aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous family members. At this time no service will be held and we invite all of you who knew Gina to join us this summer in a get together at the Lee Lake Ranch to join us in a celebration of her life with details around such being communicated at a future date. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the charity of your choice.

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Helmut Fritz Erich Guenther, beloved husband of Germaine Smith Guenther passed away quietly and peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary, AB. Helmut was born June 10,1928 in Breslau, Silesia, Prussia to Georg Guenther and Martha Messal. He married Waltraut Speth December 21, 1950 in Berlin Germany and immigrated to Canada the following year.In 1953, they moved to Lethbridge, AB where Helmut became a Journeyman Carpenter. A lifelong learner, Helmut worked towards gaining a high school diploma, and after receiving a bursary from the Calgary School Board, attended the University of Alberta. At the age of 42, he began teaching building construction at Lord Beaverbrook High School in Calgary in 1970. He completed his B. Ed in 1973 and went on to complete a diploma in Vocational Counselling. In 1981, he transferred to Western Canada High School where he taught until his retirement in 1993.Besides his wife Germaine, Helmut is survived by his son Ralph (Norma), daughters Evelyn Baker and Ingrid (Robert) Steele, 13 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren with 3 more to be born this year. He is also survived by Germaine’s family who have shown him great kindness and respect these past 10 years.Helmut is predeceased by his wife Waltraut in 2002, and married Germaine Smith in 2008. Helmut was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully all his life and served more than 20 years in the Cardston Temple.Above all, he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and rejoiced in his posterity.Friends may meet the family at CHRISTESEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 1:00pm at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS- EAST STAKE CENTER, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Bishop Aaron Lowe officiating. A private family graveside will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church’s Perpetual Education Fund in memory of Helmut Guenther.

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Henry Bergen

1929 – 2018

Mr. Henry Bergen of Fort Macleod, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Dorothy Bergen, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the age of 89 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating. A Private Family Graveside will be held in the Fort Macleod Cemetery.

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June Cowie

1925 – 2018

Mrs. Iris June Cowie, beloved wife of the late Melvin Floyd Cowie, passed away peacefully in Picture Butte Piyami Place on February 1, 2018 at the age of 92 years. June was born on December 13, 1925 to Ira Doyle Gray and Josephine Amelia Hanson. June was the eldest of three children. June, along with her two younger brothers Roland and Dennis, grew up on a homestead west of Rocky Mountain House. June completed her education in Rocky and in 1944 married Melvin Floyd Cowie. Eventually settling in Barons, AB with husband Melvin and two sons, Terry and Robert, June settled into life in Southern Alberta. June became the Post Mistress of Barons, a position she held for 25 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Barons Legion, Barons Senior Centre and the Barons United Church where she played the organ for many years. June was predeceased by her husband of 70 years on February 7, 2015. Surviving June are her sons Terry (Yvonne) and Robert (Lynn); grandchildren, Jeff (Laureen) Haedyn and Madelyn Cowie, Greg (Asheley) Liam and Grayson Cowie, Jocelyn (Darcy) Doyle, Jennifer (Justin) Giles, Clara and Brielle and Bryan (Katie) Cowie, Ryle. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. An interment will immediately follow the service in the Archmount Cemetery.

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LARRY RICHARD JONES June 20, 1950- February 1, 2018

Larry Richard Jones Loving husband to Colette of Lethbridge for 33 years, passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care on February 1, 2018 at the age of 67 years. He is survived by his sister Cheryl (Bill) Sterling, Brother Garry (Sharon) Jones and numerous Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Roberta Jones, in-laws Thomas and Jeanette Lewko. Larry was the second child born to Richard and Bobbie Jones at the Galt Hospital in 1950. He attended school in Lethbridge and after graduation he worked with COHO paving as office manager for many years. After, he secured the contract for the scale operations at the City of Lethbridge Landfill for approximately 10+ years. Throughout his life for 50+ years, Larry volunteered with Scouts Canada mentoring young boys to become the best they could be. Just recently Larry received the highest award possible from Scouts Canada. Larry was a gentle man, honest and a true to life person. He will be sadly missed by many people. We love you, my husband, a brother, and a friend.Friends may meet the family at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. A private family graveside will be held. Memorial Donations can be made to Lethbridge Humane Society- 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.

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May 18, 1921 – January 24, 2018

Mertie Ann Staig, youngest daughter of Charles S and Gertrude L Staig was born in Canadian County Oklahoma on 18 May 1921. She grew up in west Texas, riding and wrestling with her brothers Charles (Bud) and Milton (Deedle) and sisters Mary Ann and Ellen May while refining that extraordinary independent and assertive, yet kind, presence that marked her as special throughout her life. She became Bachelor of Science (Geology) in 1942 at the University of Oklahoma and, after a brief time as a Military Cartographer, travelled nearly 2000 miles to rejoin the love of her life, James Ryder Chilton. They were married at his parent’s home in Calgary on 7 December 1942.

Jim and Mertie worked together on key petroleum development projects in western Canada until Mertie left the industry in 1946. She continued a very active life, enjoying the outdoors, entertaining and taking active roles in sports and professional organizations that later led to increasing responsibilities in charity and social service groups. Jim and Mertie retired to Victoria in 1978, where they enjoyed the Arts, frequent travel and golf with friends at Glen Meadows until his death in 1989. Mertie was instrumental in establishing and maintaining Seniors Serving Seniors of Victoria, involved and respected as an Elder at First Unitarian Church of Victoria, and a very active volunteer in her community.

Throughout nearly 10 decades, she maintained close ties to her family, nurtured many lasting friendships, was a kind aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and second mother to her neighbours’ and friends’ children. When asked, she gave sound and frank advice and help when needed. Mertie was generous and thoughtful in her philanthropy; those who wish to continue her work could donate to the “Jim and Mertie Chilton Fund” at either the Calgary Foundation or the Victoria Foundation. Mertie is survived by nieces and nephews resident in Western Canada and US Southwest, and following generations around the globe, all of whom think kindly of a special Aunt. Indeed, she will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew her.

Mildred Piper

September 5, 1939 –

January 29, 2018

Mrs. Mildred Piper, beloved wife of Doug Piper, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the age of 78 years. Mildred was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Michael and Magdalena Roth. Mildred grew up in the Conquerville area and upon graduating high school, attended the University of Alberta where she earned her Teacher’s Certificate. Her teaching career started in Foremost then took her to Innisfail, and Burdett before returning back to Foremost. Doug entered her life and they were married on August 16, 1962. After teaching in Foremost for several years, she decided to work towards her degree in Education at the University of Lethbridge, attending night classes as she continued working. She spent over 30 years teaching mostly in the Grade One class and finishing her full time career as a Grade Two teacher. Mildred received an Excellence in Teaching Award, being nominated by her peers for her dedication and commitment to education. Following her retirement, she continued as a substitute teacher in surrounding colonies and schools. Mildred was a beloved teacher to countless students and many considered her their “favourite teacher”. After her rewarding teaching career, she travelled extensively. Her love of travel took her to parts of Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Mildred found her greatest joy in her family. She was such a loving Mom and Grandma who was very supportive, helpful and protective of her family. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and she spent many hours reading to them, playing with them and always creating an opportunity to learn something new. She was her grandchildren’s biggest fan, being present at all hockey, volleyball, basketball, and track events. Mildred was actively involved with the United Church in Foremost, and the Foremost Senior Citizens organization. She would volunteer countless hours, whether it being serving at pancake suppers, working at the rodeo booths, doing highway cleanup, and making coffee at the senior centre. She was always willing to lend a hand, had such a kind heart, and was very generous. Mildred had such a “green thumb” and her back yard was always blooming with beautiful colours. Many were recipients of her bountiful garden. Mildred is survived by her husband Doug Piper; son Rod (Simone) Piper of Foremost; granddaughter Candace (Cody) Roome; grandsons Brandon Piper (Kayla Isleifson) and Austin Piper; and great-grandson Connor Roome. She is also survived by brother-in-law George Piper; sisters-in-law Lyn Dillenbeck and Linda Baziuk; as well as numerous very special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Magdalena Roth; mother and father-in-law John and Ruthea Piper; sister Marion Collins; brother Michael Roth; as well as Merle Collins, Laurette Roth, and Bryan Dillenbeck. Mildred loved her community and in lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation, please do so to either the Foremost Community Hall, 802 1 Ave W, Foremost, AB T0K 0X0 or the Foremost Municipal Library,103 1 Ave E, Foremost, AB T0K 0X0. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 802 – 1 Avenue West, Foremost, AB., with Reverend Terry Shillington, officiating. Interment will be held in the Foremost Cemetery.

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ELAINE PHYLLIS ODEGARD, of Picture Butte, beloved wife of the late Arnold Odegard, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

She is the loving mother of Grant (Colleen Hankinson) Odegard of Lethbridge and Carolyn (Russ) Wlad of Red Deer. She will be lovingly remembered by her grand-daughters Carley, Robyn and Regan Wlad. Elaine is also survived by her brother Allan Egland and nieces, nephews and many great life-long friends.

Elaine was recently predeceased by her husband Arnold on November 11, 2017. She was also predeceased by her parents Richard and Phyllis Egland and her stepmother Hazel


Elaine was born and raised on the family farm east of Carmangay, Alberta. Mom and dad became friends in grade 1 at the Barrhill School north of Picture Butte; they were high school sweet hearts and were married July 23, 1963. They spent 54 wonderful years together until dad recently passed away due to cancer.

Their entire life was spent on the farm and ranch north of Picture Butte. They built a beautiful yard and home from scratch, planting 4000 trees on their property along with being next to a small lake that is a haven for all wildlife in the area. Mom’s pride and joy was her huge garden and gorgeous yard, she created an oasis for all to enjoy.

She always looked forward to a visit from anyone, especially her granddaughters, grandma and grandpa’s farm was their favourite place. Mom was the greatest and kindest lady you could meet; her loss will deeply impact all who knew her. We truly believe mom was sent to heaven early because dad couldn’t be without her.

So pour a glass of wine, sit back and think about Elaine, because she is thinking about all of you.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

A Public Inurnment Service will be held at the BOWVILLE CEMETERY on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., with a Celebration of Elaine’s Life to follow at the MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Elaine’s memory to the Lethbridge Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 5E9.

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1916 – 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of ROY SENDA, beloved husband to Kyoko “Kay” Senda, and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, after a brief illness at the age of 101 years.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.

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JOHANNA VANDEN BERG, beloved wife of Stephen Vanden Berg of Lethbridge, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on January 30, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

A Public Graveside Service will be held at HIGHFIELD CEMETERY on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Doctor Cameron Fraser officiating.

A Memorial Service will follow at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB at 1:00 P.M. with Doctor Cameron Fraser officiating.

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JOHN ALEC WATERS, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” Waters, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

John is survived by his wife Betty and their four sons: Alec Nelson (Jen) and their children Kyle and Kristen; James Darren and his son Rayden; Darrel John (Angela) and their daughter Bailey; and Bryce Carl (Tessa) and their daughters Dior and Charley. He is also survived by his sisters Doris (Boyd) Lensen, Barbara (Gordon) Thielen and Shirley Pittman, brother-in-law Ken (Judy) Hoibak, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

John spent all of his life east of Coutts on the family farm. He was the third generation on the same land. Farming and his horses were his passion. John loved his family. He was always warm and welcoming with his big hugs. John loved the land and he loved his animals. His dogs Jordy and Jackson were always at his side.

At John’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at a later date.

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ANNIE A. WURTZ, beloved wife of Andrew “Andy” Wurtz, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at the age of 63 years.

Left to grieve are her dear husband, two sons, two daughters, two daughters in law, four grandchildren, five sisters, and five brothers. She was predeceased by one daughter and a brother. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Funeral Services will be held at DEERFIELD COLONY on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 12:00 Noon.

Interment will follow in the Deerfield Colony Cemetery.

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