January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 9, 2018.

Pieter de Kok

1922 – 2018

Pieter de Kok beloved husband of the late Johanna de Kok for 74 years, passed away peacefully at the Bethesda Care Centre on May 7, 2018 at the age of 95 years. Pieter will be lovingly remembered by his children, Peter (Jackie), Hank (Margaret), John (Marilyn), Jane (Andrew) Feyter, Jack (Colleen), Harvey (Hetty); twenty grandchildren, forty-eight great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Prior to the service, a visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Eden’s Funeral Home (2424 5th Avenue, Fort Macleod). A Funeral Service will be held at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation Church (2608 7th Avenue, Fort Macleod) on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery. Memorial donations in Pieter’s name may be made directly to Bethesda Care Home (Box 1096, Picture Butte, Alberta T0K 1V0) Condolences can be send to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Joycelyn (Joyce) Noreen Duncan

July 25, 1931 – April 30, 2018

If you remember me,

I will be with you always.

For every time you think of me,

I will be right there in your heart.

It is with great sadness that the family of Joyce Duncan, announces her passing on April 30, 2018. Joyce fought a valiant fight with cancer and died with the grace with which she lived her life. Her spirit is carried on by her children, Mark (Sue), Kim (Lorie), Tracy (Rick), and Lake (Anita). She is also survived by ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, two siblings, and an extended family of dear friends and acquaintances. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Charles Russell, her husband, Robert (Bob) Duncan, her daughter, Bonnie, her brother, Freeman, and her sister, Edith.

Mom, Gramma, GG, Aunty, Joyce was an original. She loved celtic music, bagpipes, shopping, decorating, cooking, fancy shoes, gardening, baking, red wine, dog walking, renovating, cooking shows, hard work, helping others, and angels—each and every one of you. Joyce was unique in that she measured the success of her life, by her devotion to loving and caring for others. Joyce was happiest when she was making other people happy. Whether it was baking something yummy, sending a card, bundling a package of treasures, Joyce always found a way to touch the hearts and lives of others. While it was a joy to receive a delicious banana loaf, a surprise to receive a musical card, or a delight to open a package of goodies, Joyce’s true gift was that she made each of us feel like the most special person in the world.

Joyce’s selfless determination to care for others can be linked to her sense of exactitude in living life. In her view, life was not an ordinary pursuit; rather, it was through the pursuit of everyday ordinary activities that one’s life was extraordinary. Some would say she had a work ethic, but she had, more accurately, a life ethic. She made a habit of working hard every day. Her persistent efforts and sacrifice allowed her to raise a large family when times were lean. Joyce, alongside her husband, Bob, braving all weather and life conditions, ran a successful renovation and siding company. Along the way, as there is in life, there were obstacles. Some days, Joyce had no idea how she was going to do it, but she always got it done. With the ups and downs of life, Joyce found joy in the ups and courage during the downs. Of lessons learned from Joyce, the most powerful is that success—in family, life, and work—requires hard work, persistence, sacrifice, and most of all, loving what you do, and loving those you do it with.

While the sun has set for our beloved, Joyce, let each day moving forward be graced with the light and warmth she brought into each of our lives. To honour our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend, live life well. Treasure each day and love each other. Our time on this earth is short, but our memories long. Remember Joyce, because she always remembered you. She loved each and every one of you—dearly. Remembering Joyce will be easy, missing her will be difficult. While the days ahead are sad ones, remember to smile when you think of Joyce, because, most certainly, she is smiling back at all of us.

Please join family and friends in celebrating Joyce’s life at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street, North, Lethbridge, AB., at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

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


ALLEN ROYCE JENSEN, born May 18, 1942 in Cardston, AB to Lois Ellison and Grant Maxwell Jensen, passed away May 2, 2018 at the age of 75 in Yuma, AZ.

Allen was a physician of 47 years. He was still helping patients several days a week up until February 19th when Cancer of the Liver snuck up on him. (Please note: Annual checkups including Ferratin Labs and iron levels are very important.)

Allen was a man of 100 hobbies. His interests included skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain man retreats, putting many thousands of miles on his motorcycle each year, woodworking etc. Allen loved to research and learn. Jeremy said his dad knew more than Google.

Allen was an activity member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, especially in the young men’s program. He was a Queen Scout in Canada (equivalent to the Eagle Scout) and encouraged several boys in Millville, Utah to pursue their Eagle Scout award.

Allen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, compassionate physician and friend. Several of his patients have become good friends. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn Lola Kay (Nelson) Jensen, their 5 children and 10 grandchildren namely Sherri Casper (daughter) & Shannon Schilling; Dr. Jordon Jensen(son) & wife Janel Jensen and their children Schuyler, Emma, Eliza, Carter and Hannah; Dr. Candice Jensen-White (daughter) & husband Brian White; Dr. Jeremy Jensen (son) & wife Angela Jensen and their children Alex and Abrianna; Kristi (daughter) & husband Dan Jones and their children Ella, Oliver and Leo. He is also survived by his sisters Myrna Jensen and Jane-Marie Sandberg.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, May 11th, 2018, at the Legacy Funeral Home 107 6 St W, Cardston, AB from 7:00 to 8:00 p m or at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Hill Chapel 9th Avenue and Highway 2, Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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


DEAN DOW LAWLOR, beloved husband of the late Margaret Lawlor (Nee. Clifton), passed away on Saturday May 5, 2018 in Cardston AB at the age of 82 years.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410 28 Street South, Lethbridge.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport) on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or prior to the Funeral Service on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Church.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Vera Anna Mattoon

September 27, 1929 – April 30, 2018

Vera Anna Mattoon, beloved wife of the late Don Mattoon, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Vera was born on September 27, 1929 in Claresholm, Alberta to Gustav and Johanna Maurushat. She was the eldest of three children, a big sister to two brothers.

Vera met the love of her life, Don, in Claresholm, while Don was a flight instructor at the air force base and shortly after they met, they were married on July 6, 1957. The family was complete when they had two children together, Kelly and Patty.

Vera was a lifelong educator. She began her teaching career at Alston School in 1948 and retired 37 years later from Claresholm Elementary School in 1985. Vera touched many lives and we will miss her kind, generous and compassionate spirit.

Vera is survived by her son Kelly (Tracey) and her daughter Patty. She also leaves behind three grandchildren whom she adored- Matthew, Kayleigh and Kelsey. Vera is also survived by her sister-in-law Audrey Maurushat and nephews Scott and Michael; Don’s sisters Freda Tarrant and Phyllis Stewart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vera was predeceased by her loving husband Don in 2002, her parents and two brothers.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre in Claresholm for their compassionate care.

A Private Family Interment will take place at the Claresholm Cemetery prior to the service.

A Memorial Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church (4304-2 Street West, Claresholm) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Donna Alm officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5) in Vera’s name would be gratefully accepted.

Arrangements entrusted to Willow Creek Funeral Home, Claresholm. Tel: 403-625-3212.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family at


Violet Phillips

1924 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Violet Phillips on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Violet passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre at the age of 93 years.

A Celebration of Violet’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects one hour prior.

A Graveside Service will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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


JOANNE SMALL LEGS, beloved wife of the late Jimmy Small Legs, passed away at the Fort Macleod Extendicare on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 A.M., after which there will be a funeral procession out to ST. PAUL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on the Piikani Nation for the Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. A Wake will follow at Joanne’s home on the Piikani Nation and will carry on through the night.

A Funeral Service will be held at the PIIKANI COMMUNITY HALL on the Piikani Nation on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., with a public viewing before the service at 10:30 A.M. Joanne will be laid to rest after the service at the Small Legs Family Cemetery.

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Mr. John Surmik, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Surmik of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

He is survived by his children Michael (Gayle) Surmik, Joanne (David) Foder, stepdaughter Debra Taylor; seven grandchildren Brady (Selena), Dyson (Christina), Tristan, Mikayla, Cameron, Sophia and Deb’s son Ryan (Tiffany) Schwartz; two great-grandchildren Conner and Jordyn Schwartz.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 9:30am – 10:00am. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

To send condolences,

please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


JOSHUA TWIGG, beloved husband of Crystal Twigg, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the age of 45 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit



Robert Charles Ursel (Bob) died peacefully on May 5, 2018, surrounded by his family. Bob helped many people in the community of Pincher Creek through his years as a mental health therapist. He was a fair, kind and generous man who was known for his quirky sense of humour and his love of travel. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 12 at the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Calgary Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Bob Ursel. Donations will go towards research into Lewy Body Dementia.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Pincher Creek)

assisting the Ursel family

with funeral arrangements,

(403) 627-4864.

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