January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, February 16, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 16, 2018.

Alma Wiebe

1929 – 2018

Alma Wiebe (née Reimer), beloved wife of the late Albert Wiebe, of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018 at the age of 89 years. Born January 26, 1929 in Steinbach, Manitoba, Alma was the youngest in a large family, and the last surviving sibling at the time of her passing. Following her years of growing up in Steinbach, Alma and one of her sisters obtained seasonal employment for about five years in a canning factory in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, during which time they also enjoyed traveling to various locations in the United States. Alma especially loved taking bus tours, something she also enjoyed later on with her husband in their retirement years. Alma married Albert Wiebe on October 1, 1955, initially residing in Winnipeg where Albert was foreman of a construction crew. All five of their children were born while they still lived in the city. In 1964, they began 14 years of life on the farm, followed by a move to Coaldale, Alberta, where Albert started his own company building houses and Alma continued to support his work, helping out in any way she could. Throughout the years, Alma was a hard-working, dedicated and loving wife and mother with a warm personality that made visitors feel welcome in their home. The arrival of a grandchild was always a highlight in Alma’s life. She loved spending time with all of her grandchildren, making each one feel special to her. Alma also had her own interests with activities including shuffleboard, knitting, participating in singing groups, and getting together with friends and neighbors for coffee. She was also an active member in the Coaldale Senior Centre and did volunteer work in the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) store. In later years, Alma suffered various health problems including arthritis that often caused her discomfort. She spent her last few years in St. Michael’s Health Centre as her health declined further and requirements for a supported lifestyle increased. Yet Alma’s positive disposition and sense of humor shone through. Pain or no pain, she had a constant smile on her face and was described as a model resident by her care-providers. Alma is survived by two daughters, Laureen (Kevin) Hayes and Marcia (Ken) Janzen, and three sons, Alan (Melinda) Wiebe, Randy Wiebe (Laura Gilchrist), and Rick Wiebe. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Keila (Ryan) Lammertsen, Ryan (Kristin) Janzen, Michael (Alessandra) Hayes, Karen Hayes (Adrian Pacula), Jennifer Wiebe (Advin Omic), Kenzie Wiebe, Brett Wiebe, Derek Wiebe, Dani Pettersen, and Sarah Gilchrist; and four great grandchildren, Rebecca Lammertsen, Jayden Wiebe, Payton Wiebe, and Odin Omic. Alma is also survived by two sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Alma was predeceased by her husband Albert in 2013, her parents Isaac and Margaretha Reimer, eight sisters, eight brothers, four sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale, Alberta. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, with Pastor Gary Burke officiating. For those who desire, donations may be made in memory of Alma to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or http://www.diabetes.ca.

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Eliza Herle
May 21, 1921 ~ February 9, 2018
A. Eliza Cecilia Herle (nee Fieger), our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, in Lethbridge, AB. Eliza was born on May 21, 1921, in Schuler, AB.  A few years later, her family moved to Prelate, SK., where she attended school at St. Angela’s Convent, an experience that started her lifelong passion for music and education.  Eliza married Peter Anton Herle in 1944 and they lived on two farms outside of Prelate before moving into town. While in Prelate, Eliza was active in the Prelate Hospital Auxiliary and Home and School Association, serving a term as President of each and attending regional and provincial meetings.  In 1967, Eliza went back to school as an adult, completed her Grade 12 and the family moved to Saskatoon where she completed one year of Teacher Training.  When the family moved back to Prelate, she taught Grade 3 for two years before moving to Medicine Hat, AB., where she taught junior high at St. Mary’s. Through many years of summer school attendance, she completed a B. Ed. Degree from the University of Calgary.  Eliza retired from teaching in 1980 and in 1986 after joining the Ursuline Associates, she spent six months in Zimbabwe as a lay missionary.  Eliza often referred to her time in Zimbabwe as among the most important work of her life. Back in Medicine Hat, She resumed her volunteer work on the CWL executive, in the church choir and as Eucharistic Minister for 10 years at the Teoda Lodge.  She was extremely proud of her nearly 50 years of membership in the Catholic Women’s League. Eliza loved to complete large needlework pictures, crochet and knit dresses, including work with clay as well as painting many beautiful pictures. She entered her art work in the Medicine Hat Exhibition for several years and won a variety of ribbons.  Eliza also participated in several pottery shows, preferring to create porcelain pieces trimmed in gold.  Several of her large crochet pieces have been donated to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Medicine Hat and a needlework piece to Covenant Health – St. Joseph’s Home.  In 2007, Eliza moved to Lethbridge to live with her daughter Annette;   in 2013, she moved into Columbia Age Care and in 2017, moved to Edith Cavell Care Centre.  Everywhere Mom lived, she endeared herself to the staff with her quick wit and ready laughter and was noted for always singing. She was often referred to as the ‘singing grandmother’.  Eliza was predeceased by her parents, Anselm and Catherine Fieger (nee Aberle), her husband, Peter; her twin brother, Peter Fieger; her brothers, Louis and Alois; her sisters, Alena Selinger and Betty Kuntz; her brothers-in-law, Alec Herle and Pius Kuntz; sisters-in-law, Cassie Fieger, Audrey Fieger and son-in-law, Nicolaas Nieukerk. Eliza is survived by her six children; Lucelle (Lee) Prindle, Jerome (Diana) Herle, Annette Nieukerk, Damian (Glenda) Herle, Rosemarie Ledet and Carolyn Herle (Louise Odland).  Eliza was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Aaron (Shannon) Thompson, Jeremy (Rona) Thompson, Sasja (Neil) Chomos, Jess (Erika) Nieukerk, Nicole (Lars) Gauthier, Ian (Lindsay) Herle, Meghan Bissonnette and Laura Bissonnette;  and a very proud great-grandmother to Salma Nazira and Areli Nieukerk, Jayden and Joelle Thompson, Lexi and Zoe Thompson, Madden and Emmy Gauthier, Davin and Eli Herle and Annica Chomos. She is also survived by her brother, Ignatius Fieger and sister-in-law, Marie Fieger along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.  Eliza’s funeral service will be held in March to allow time for the family to gather. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta on  March 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta on March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  If friends so desire, please consider a donation to the Catholic Women’s League or a charity of your choice. Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Home.


GEORGE HOVELING, beloved husband of the late Ann Hoveling, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

He is survived by his three children: Yvonne (Ron) Pasco of Jaffray, B. C., Michael Hoveling of Weston Priory, Vermont and Mark (Ingrid) Hoveling of Lethbridge, AB; his five grandchildren, Katherine (Kevin)Larsen, Paul (Tara) Pasco, Tonya (Braydin) Brosseau, Alyssa Hoveling and Ben Hoveling; and his seven great-grandchildren, Clara and Adelyn Larsen, Finnegan, Kilian and Juno Pasco, and John and Erin Brosseau. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Jack (Lucille) Schavemaker and his special nieces and nephews Marcel (Christine) Hoveling and Leonne (Duncan) MacDonald. George will also be lovingly remembered by the Benedictine Brothers of the Weston Priory.

George was born April 10, 1926 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A lot of his youth was spent on the streets of Amsterdam and his education was cut short because of World War II. George enlisted with the Dutch military in 1944 and served until 1950. During this time he met Anne at a dance hall in Amsterdam. They fell in love, married and immigrated to Canada in 1954 with their daughter, Yvonne. They settled in Foremost and created lifelong friendships that gave them many fond, joyful memories. George and Anne, along with Michael and Mark, moved to Lethbridge in the seventies where George found work with Lethbridge Transit. George spent many hours volunteering for the Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the camaraderie, friendships and helping others with the Knights.

George’s last years were filled with volunteer work, visiting the Weston Priory, making new friends at Garden View Lodge and coming to Mark’s house for Sunday meals. He especially liked desserts. We will miss him dearly.

Thank you to the kind, loving staff and residents at Garden View Lodge, the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care and Dr. Mona Cassis. You all held a special place in George’s heart.

A Celebration of George’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

A Graveside Service and Inurnment will take place in August 2018 in Weston Priory, Vermont, U.S.A.

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KHARISSA MARIE LACZO passed away suddenly on February 9, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Kharissa was born on April 22/1990 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is survived by her sons Haiden Schalk, and Harlen Francis, her mother Kerri Wemple Laczo, Her brothers Taylor and Tyson Laczo, her auntie Jaime Thomas & husband Derek, her uncle Kevin Wemple, close cousin Amanda Helmer, close uncle Dave Person & Grandfather James Wemple. She was predeceased by her loving grandmother Karen Wemple. Kharissa was loved by many and she loved her sons and family very much. She had many struggles throughout her life and in the end she lost her brave battle. Kharissa was a very cute girl who grew into a beautiful young woman. She was loyal like no other and would stand up for what she believed in. You are now one of God’s Angels watching over all of us. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her sons Haiden and Harlen. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 16th 2018 at 2:00 pm at SALMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME LTD, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport)

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Larry Lehto

1952 – 2018

“Uncle” Larry William Lehto of Picture Butte, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 2, 2018 at Piyami Place at the age of 65 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at THE ELKS HALL, 112 – 4 Street South, Picture Butte, AB. A private family Inurnment will be held at Bowville Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry’s memory to Green Acres Foundation C/O Piyami Place, 122 5th Ave S, Lethbridge AB, T1J 0S9.

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Joyce Doreen Lyckman

1922 – 2018

Mrs. Joyce Lyckman nee Eely of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Raymond Lyckman, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Canon James Robinson, officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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AARRON MOORE, beloved husband of Bobbi Moore, passed away on February 12, 2018 in Lethbridge, AB surrounded by his loving family at the age of 51 years. Aarron is survived by his wife Bobbi, his 5 sons Aarron Jr, Kyle, Josh, August, and Jasper; his father Robert and many loving brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. Aarron was predeceased by his mother Frances and brother Michael.

A Celebration of Aarron’s life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston East Stake Center (338-5 Ave E), in Cardston, AB on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m..

Interment to follow in the Aetna Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


JOSEPH EDWARD SAMUELS passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the age of 96 years

A Memorial Mass will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating.

Joe will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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HELGA TYNAN, age 83, passed away suddenly on February 10th, 2018 in Raymond, Alberta. She was born in Germany and was the youngest of 3 children. At 20 years old while traveling and working in Canada, she met and married Ray Tynan. They had 5 children. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in any calling asked of her. Her strong testimony of God is what she based her life on. In 1968, they moved for Fort McMurray where Helga enjoyed a large garden and caring for many animals, including an extensive kennel of sled dogs. She had a passion for reading and learning throughout her life. She became a Real Estate broker and also worked tirelessly for the town’s winter carnival as the treasurer. Her handwork ethic, devotion and drive left the organization running smoothly and in the black. Her next 20 year adventure/retirement was ranching where they filled their days doing what they loved. In their later years, they moved to Magrath to be closer to family.

She is survived by Barbara (Tony) Stephan of Magrath, Hyrum (Shanon) Tynan of Magrath, Edith (Scot) Wiley of Wichita, Kansas and Esther (Jared) Allen of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her mother, sister, brother, as well as her husband Ray and son Robert

Her family was her life and joy. She loved her 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She spent countless hours in service to her family, friends, church, and community. She had a zest for life and an optimistic personality that made her unforgettable and loved by many.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MAGRATH STAKE CENTER (Corner of Centre St. and East 1 Ave. South) Magrath, AB on Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 12:00 Noon Friends may meet the family from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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JOHN VANDER HEYDEN, beloved husband of Mary Vander Heyden, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Roque Pereira celebrating.

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Darrell Fredrick White, beloved husband of Ruth, and father to Amanda (Clinton) Cervo and Ella White on February 5, 2018 at the age of 61. Darrell is survived by his mother, Marion, his brothers Dennis and Gordon, his sister Janice, their families and numerous extended family. Darrell was born in Hartney, Manitoba and raised in Hay River, NWT until the family moved back to Hartney to the family farm. In adulthood he moved back to Hay River where he met and married his wife Ruth. They and their new family lived in Hay River until relocating to the Lethbridge area in 1988. Darrell was a passionate man. He loved and was committed to his family and his friends. He loved his golf (most of the time) and even curled his way to the provincial finals more than once for the NWT team. There was nothing he was not willing to try to fix and he loved working with his hands. He enjoyed being outdoors whether it was camping, fishing or even just to mow the lawn. When inside Darrell could be found restoring his antique truck or watching golf, curling or whatever sport was the flavor of the moment. Darrell loved to travel and he and Ruth enjoyed many trips over the last number of years seeing new places and making new acquaintances. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Coalhurst Fire Department for many years, and while in Hay River, a proud member of the Elks, committing many hours to the community. Darrell will be sorely missed by family and friends, but definitely not forgotten. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the MS Society of Canada.

The Funeral will be held at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge, 4717 24 Ave S on Saturday February 17th at 1 pm.


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