June 21st, 2018

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 6, 2018.

BOYD

Mrs. Gaitanne Cecile LaBelle Boyd passed away peacefully on Monday, March 5, 2018 in the Fairmont Extendicare just 23 days short of her 93rd birthday. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Minnie “Mickey” Davids

1919 – 2018

Minnie (Mickey) Davids, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018. Mickey was predeceased by her loving husband of 66 years, Hy, and grandson Ryan. Mickey was the beloved Mother of Harvey (Margaret-Rose), Ken (Sheila), Barry (Karen), and Beverly (Harvey) Silverstone, and sister-in-law of Doreen Gorlin (Palm Springs). She was the much-loved Baba/”GG” to her special dividends of 8 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. She was adored by her adopted children Rose Kuizenga and Dienie (Arie) Schalk and families.

Mickey was a true woman of valor. Born in Calgary, she was raised in Detroit and Los Angeles, inspiring her love of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. Upon her marriage to Hy in 1943, she moved to Lethbridge where she resided until 2011. She was a founding Board member of the Lethbridge YWCA and Family Services, as well as an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Mental Health Association with over 20 years of service. Mickey was active with Hadassah-Wizo, National Council of Jewish Women and the Lethbridge Beth Israel Synagogue – holding many key positions. She was an inspiration to all. In her sixties, Mickey went back to work, managing the Lethbridge Classique Dancewear store. Moving to Calgary, Mickey enjoyed 7 years at Trinity Lodge, where she is known for her bright smile, positive personality, kind words, sense of humour and love of song. To know Mickey was to love her. She was a gift to us all.

The family wants to thank the staff at Trinity Lodge for their care, especially Emma, Jean, Lydia, Mercy, Mel, and Rosie. Special thanks to Mom’s companions – Gloria, Alma, Mel, Cathy and Mary Anne.

A Funeral will be held at 10:00am on Monday, March 5, at the CALGARY CHEVRA KADISHA, 17818 – 37 Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta. Interment will take place at 1:45pm at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY HEBREW SECTION, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Shiva will be observed at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1325 Glenmore Trail, SW., Calgary, Alberta, at morning services at 7:45am and at 5:00pm weekdays, followed by evening services at 6:00 pm from Tuesday, March 6, to Sunday morning March 11, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jewish Family Service Calgary at (403) 287-3510 or donate on-line at http://www.jfsc.org.

Arrangements in care of Calgary Chevra Kadisha at (403) 244-4717.

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Giulio Carmine DiRocco

April 7, 1925 – March 2, 2018

GIULIO CARMINE DIROCCO passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Born in the town of Castel Castagna in the Province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region of Central-Southern Italy, on April 7, 1925, he was the seventh and youngest child of Rosina and Rocco DiRocco. As a young boy he grew up working on the family farm with his siblings. At the tender young age of 21 he married the woman who would remain the love of his life, Teresa Angiolina DiRocco. After marriage he worked in various trades including installing telegraph wire, working in a steel mill and coal mining in France. He knew that in order to try to create a better life for his family he would have to leave his beloved Italy and immigrate to Canada. He boarded a ship from Naples to Halifax and subsequently made his way to Lethbridge, arriving in April, 1952. It would be nine months before his wife and three small children would join him in Lethbridge.

During the winter months, he was able to secure employment mining coal at Number 8 Mine in Lethbridge, and during the summer months, he worked as a laborer for the City of Lethbridge. Giulio, like the rest of his fellow countrymen, was not afraid of hard work. He later managed to guarantee himself a fulltime job with the City of Lethbridge where he would work his way through the ranks from laborer to a foreman position in charge of the sidewalk surveying crew. He would retire from the City of Lethbridge after 35 years.

Giulio was a founding member of the Lethbridge Italian Canadian Cultural Centre and was instrumental in the completion of the new building that currently stands today. He served as President for many years and was very passionate about his role in the Club. It was one of his proudest achievements.

Music was a huge part of Giulio’s life and is something he enjoyed immensely. His passion for it was greatly evident in his impressive music collection, which he loved sharing with his friends and family. He was an accomplished (self-taught) accordion player and had a gift for playing any song by ear. He was also masterful in playing his hand-carved antique wooden concertina, much to the delight of his whole family.

He had a love for Italian cuisine and his own homemade wine. He had a great enthusiasm for life. He was a wonderful husband, devoted father and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for his constantly amusing and sometimes long-lasting storytelling.

Giulio was predeceased by his beloved wife, Teresa Angiolina DiRocco.

Together, they had nine children, Rosanna, Piera, Dario (Barbara) DiRocco, Tina (Wally Chubaty) Filbey, Rita (Gerald) Varzari, Diana DiRocco. He will be sadly missed by his twelve grandchildren, Craig, Laura, Christopher, Alyssa, Devin, James (Gina) Jamie (Cody), Danielle, Kristin, Jordan, Matthew & Eric, and his eight great-grandchildren, Deacon, Brooklyn, Kashtyn, Dominic, Luca, Briella, Siena and Dredan.

He was also predeceased by his infant son Pietro DiRocco; his daughters Anna Trotter and Julia Bluekens; his parents, Rosina and Rocco DiRocco; his brothers Domenico, Pietro and Guido and his sisters Sophia, Anna (Nina) and Nella.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Ray & Ellen Wagner officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation – 3100 – 246 Stewart Green S. W., Calgary, AB T3H 3C8, in memory of his daughters Anna and Julia.

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Dr. Donald “Don” Wilson

1925 – 2018

Dr. Donald “Don” Wilson of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the age of 92 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH 2329 -15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16 Floor, Toronto, Ontario, V4R 1K8.

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Peggy Dunn

1926- 2018

Peggy Dunn nee Shearer of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Ken Dunn, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Peggy is survived by her husband Ken and her 6 children: Marilyn Shearer, Darrell (Michelle) Shearer, Don (Lana) Shearer, Moira (Bryan) Warnock, Derrick (Rhonda) Shearer, Darcy (Pam) Shearer; 4 stepchildren: Monte (Irene) Dunn, Pam Dunn, Dawn (Jim) Robson, Ben (Connie) Dunn; 24 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren with one on the way; and 2 great great grandchildren. Peggy is also survived by 2 sisters in England, Joy and Patricia; 1 brother-in-law; 4 sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Peggy was predeceased by Lyle Shearer; brother Derrick Craven; sister Margaret Keeling; her parents Lewis and Elizabeth Craven; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Peggy was born on January 23, 1926, in Scarborough, England. At age 17, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce and on her 18th birthday she got her papers and left home to go to war. She was posted to Yorkshire, in the Group 4 Bomber Command with the Halifax Bombers. In 1945, just after her 19th birthday, she met Lyle Shearer, while he was stationed in England. They were married on October 20, 1945. She came to Canada as a war bride in 1946. They resided in Carmangay and then moved to Picture Butte, where they raised a family. After being separated from Lyle, Peggy met Ken in 1974 and shared a life together, marrying in 1987. In 1970, Peggy began work at the Picture Butte post office where she worked until her retirement in 1991. Upon retirement, Peggy and Ken enjoyed family gatherings, camping, travelling to Alaska, hosting family from England, taking day trips to Waterton and spending time with their grandkids. In 2006, they moved to Lethbridge, where they resided until her passing, Peggy’s family meant everything to her and she was a very proud mom. She was a strong and inspiring lady! “Peggy’s Palace” was always open for anyone, anytime!

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

A Private Family Graveside will be held in the Archmount Cemetery.

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Emily Catherine Yorgason

1925 – 2018

Mrs. Emily Catherine Yorgason, beloved wife of the late Mr. Doyle Yorgason, passed away at Cedar Creek Care Home in Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Emily was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on June 12, 1925 in the Van Harlem Nursing Home, obtained her education in Lethbridge and was a life member of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. She was a Past Matron of the Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7 O.E.S. and a Past Honoured Royal Lady of the Order of the Royal Purple. She was a member for over 50 years in both organizations. Emily is survived by her son Douglas Allan, of Chilliwack, B.C; her sister Margaret Susannah Van Lueken of Edmonton, AB; and her sister’s two daughters and their families. She will also be remembered by a special friend April Arsene and several nieces and nephews. Emily was predeceased by her parents Edgar and Ina Catherine Davis; her husband Doyle Delyle in 1999 and a son David Roy in 2002. A Private Family Service will be held with Interment in the Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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William “Bill” Kaupp

1953 – 2018

Mr. Bill Kaupp of New Dayton, beloved husband of Mrs. Paula Kaupp, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 64 years. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the WARNER CIVIC CENTRE, 508 – 4 Ave, Warner, Alberta, T0K 2L0, with Pastor Brian Magee officiating. A Private Family Interment will follow in the Warner Cemetery.

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Clint Kaupp

1989 – 2018

Mr. Clint Kaupp of New Dayton, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 28 years. A Celebration of Clint’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the WARNER CIVIC CENTRE, 508 – 4 Ave, Warner, Alberta, T0K 2L0, with Pastor Brian Magee officiating. A Private Family Interment will follow in the Warner Cemetery.

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MACDONALD

DENISE MARIE-JEANNE MACDONALD, beloved wife of the late Leo Theodore Macdonald, passed away at the Carewest – George Boyack Facility in Calgary on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

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Ronald “Ron” McKenzie

1950 – 2018

Mr. Ronald “Ron” McKenzie of Warner, beloved husband of Mrs. Joan McKenzie, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 67 years. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the WARNER CIVIC CENTRE, 508 – 4 Avenue, Warner, Alberta, with Pastor Brian Magee officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Warner Volunteer Fire Department, Box 218, Warner, Alberta, T0K 2L0.

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Merle Hein

1928 – 2018

Mrs. Merle Alice Hein, loving wife of the late Stanley Hein and beloved mother of Kent Hein (Jan), Murray Hein and Corliss Robb (Doug), left this life on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the age of 89 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating. A Graveside Service will take place at a later date in Merle’s final resting place in Rocky Mountain House. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 740 – 4 Ave. S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0N9.

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OHNO

May Ohno, beloved wife of the late Mr. Shigemi Ohno, passed away at St. Michaels Palliative Care on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the age of 88. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


OSTROWSKI

Les Ostrowski passed away on March 4, 2018 in Vermilion at the age of 66 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Tracy Edwards; sons Paul (Hyunah Jo) Ostrowski, Ian Walker, and Ryan Walker; grandchildren Pavel Ostrowski, Jazmine, Jessica, and Jacob Levesque; sisters Krys (Danny) Krajewski, Teresa (Jacques Thouin) Ostrowski, Liz (Richard) Janik, and Jackie Ostrowski; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Cremation has taken place. At Les’s request, there will be no service.

Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be submitted online at http://www.llfh.ca


Martha Silsbe

1916 – 2018

Martha Eleanor Silsbe of Lethbridge, AB, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Edward Silsbe, passed away March 1, 2018 at the age of 101.5 years.

She was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, September 14, 1916, to Carrie (Schei) and Albert (AJ) Anderson. AJ came to Canada to the Bowville area in 1916 to help with harvest running a threshing machine, and then returned to Minnesota after harvest, bringing his family – Bella, Clarence, Margaret, Alvira, Alvin, Marvin, and Martha with him to the Bowville district the following spring, where they eventually started their own farm. The family had planned on returning to Fergus Falls, burying Jalmer, the first born and Bella there, but instead remained at Carmangay. Growing up, she helped her sisters on the cook cars that fed the farm workers, and learned cooking, canning, gardening, and playing piano. Martha and Lawrence Silsbe were married October 18, 1939. The first two children were born in Carmangay, AB and the rest were born in Lethbridge. They started farming in 1942 in the Barons area, later moving to Picture Butte in 1969 but continuing to farm. Martha had a large garden, with tomatoes, corn, potatoes etc, beautiful sweet peas, petunias and gladiolas, her favourite. Her laundry was hung on Monday mornings, Tuesday was ironing day, and there was a day for shopping for supplies and groceries. Mornings at the Silsbe household involved coffee cooked in a stainless-steel coffee pot on the stove, and her favourite radio host turned up loud enough to hear, while she went about her chores. In the evenings she watched Jeopardy. She belonged to the Royal Purple for many years, and after her children were grown she did “baby sitting” – overnight managing of the Piyami Lodge part time. She and Lawrence loved to go for drives to visit and have coffee with their children whenever they could, still feeling their deep farm roots. She moved to Lethbridge in 2009.

Martha was predeceased by her husband Lawrence on March 25, 1997, their daughter Sharon Lee in 1957 in a tragic car accident, daughter-in-law Iris (Schnell) in August 22, 2000, their son-in-law Brian Wieland on March 16, 2014; her parents and all her brothers and sisters, and also their spouses.

She is survived by Russell, Judie (Gibb) Nathan; Lynn, Sharon (Warnock), Shannon Cej (Jeff), Ryan, Stacey Deering (Monty Gaur), Shaena Brouwer (Gil), Shalise, Shara Salter (Cory), Brienne Shimek (Paul); Larry, Gloria (Hawley), Shawn, Kayla; Brenda Wieland, Sherry, Melanie Winters (Kevin), Kimberly Wise (Steven); Barton, Brandon, Caitlin (Baier), Matthew; Great grandchildren: Baillie, Logan Cej; Aidan, Ava Deering; Evan, Roan Brouwer; Skylar, Daxton, Harper Salter; Greyson, Sawyer Shimek; Jada, Mason, Ashton Winters; Della Silsbe.

The crib board was never far away from the coffee pot and even the grandkids all loved to play with Grandma. She would ask “So what do you know?” And then snicker to herself. Martha was well known for her roast beef, hot mustard, baked beans, and buns. The cookie jar was always full for those that stopped for coffee. The Norwegian treat lefse was one of her favourites, and all the children and even grandchildren make it for special occasions. Lefse was murmured several times over the last few days…

Family and friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshments at 12:00pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Family Graveside will be held at the Archmount Cemetery.

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THIELEN

HERBERT THIELEN, beloved husband of Jean Thielen, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Timothy “Tim” Mueller

1989 – 2018

Mr. Timothy “Tim” Mueller of Warner, beloved son of Mr. Carson & Mrs. Estelle Mueller, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 28 years. A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the WARNER CIVIC CENTRE, 508-4 Avenue, Warner, AB, with Pastor Brian Magee, officiating. A Private Family Inurnment will take place in the Warner Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Warner Volunteer Fire Department, Box 218, Warner, AB., T0K 2L0.

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