January 15th, 2021

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 31, 2018.

Christensen, Royal Jay

June 4, 1923 – July 26, 2018

CHRISTENSEN, Royal Jay June 4, 1923 Magrath, Alberta – beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 95 years. Jay was born in Magrath, AB on June 4, 1923 and was raised on a farm bordering the St. Mary’s River – 7 miles west of Magrath. Jay went to the St. Mary School that was located 1 mile east of his farm home. He completed the 8 grades taught there in 6 years. Jay went to Magrath High School and graduated in June 1940. These were World War II years with its demand for service men for overseas duty. Jay enlisted in the RCAF on June 26, 1942 at the age of 19. Jay trained as a radar technician and spent much of the war in North Africa and East Africa. He remembered those years with great lucidity right to the end. Jay married Leola Bennett on July 15, 1946 and started their family (Cathi, Rod, Scott) a few years later. Jay graduated in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as a petroleum engineer from the University of Houston in June 1952. Jay worked in the oil business in various places in the world for over 40 years. Jay is survived by his daughter Cathi Hatch; son Rod (wife Brenda); and son Scott (wife Kendell) and 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Jay is also survived by his wife June Welling and his sister Elaine. Jay will sadly be missed by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Willow Park Chapel at 940 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:00 am. Family Graveside service to be held later that day at the Magrath Cemetery at 4:00 pm. Contributions to Canadianlegacy.org or Wounded Warrior in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca.

DORCHAK, John Doyle August 27, 1955 –

Lethbridge, Alberta July 25, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

John Dorchak, beloved husband of Sue Dorchak (nee Lloyd) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the age of 62 years. Besides his loving wife Sue, John is survived by his beloved daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Dennis; his grandchildren, Teygan and Payton; his mother, Lillian and her husband, John; his brother, Vete; his niece, Jaclyn; and numerous extended family and friends. John was predeceased by his father, Doyle. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in John’s honour may be made directly to an animal charity of donor’s choice. In living memory of John Dorchak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.


It is with profound sadness the family of JOHN FOX announces his sudden passing on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

John will be dearly missed by his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, Audrey Fox. John’s family was his greatest pride and joy. Poppa John will always be in the hearts of his sons and their families; Myles/ Lorraine; Chad of Dubai, Dustin/Elyse of Calgary. Greg/Pam; Jessica/Yash of Colorado; Kyle, Kelsey/Marko and Kailee all of Calgary. His niece and nephew Gloria Boyes and Jack Breuer of BC; special friends Jerry/Brenda DeCoste; longtime friends Marion/Wayne McEntee and Shirley/Heinz Plontke.

John was predeceased by his parents George and Annie and sister Minnie Breuer.

Dad was intrigued with the printing business at a very young age in Cupar, Sask. and honed his craft at major newspapers in Regina and Vancouver. Dad worked 37 years at the Lethbridge Herald, taking the composing room from hot metal print to the 1st digital print.

John retired in 1993 and enjoyed cruising the Mediterranean, traveling to South America, Mexico and exploring the USA and Canada from coast to coast. Poppa John was an avid camper, fisherman, hunter, and was active in coaching and managing his sons in minor hockey & baseball for over 2 decades. He proudly inspired his teams to win many city and provincial championships.

John was an active supporter in local, provincial and federal politics. He was an enthusiastic debater of politics and a proud supporter of the Liberal party.

Dad loved woodworking and created many fine pieces of furniture that have been passed throughout the families. John loved curling, Crib, Hand N Foot, cross country skiing and his exercise club.

Poppa John had a fantastic sense of humor that was appreciated by all. He loved to laugh, enjoyed a good party and was a story teller extraordinaire as he passed his humor, wisdom and knowledge to family & friends.

As John would say “YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN TO HOLD THEM AND KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM” and sadly it was his time to fold them.


A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. with Francis & Cybele Noronha officiating.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

A Private Family Interment will be held.

In lieu of flowers, should you wish, donations can be made to the Heart Function Clinic at the Chinook Regional Hospital, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5 or a charity of your choice.

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STEPHEN ANDREW HEAVY RUNNER, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on July 28, 2018 at the age of 51 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Sunday, August 5th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.

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MAURICE HENRICKSON passed away in Lethbridge on July 19, 2018.

He was born March 12,1924 in Gull Lake Saskatchewan to Dorothy and Sigurd Henrickson. He joined the army in 1943 and served overseas as a mechanic. He had a talent for anything mechanical and loved to be in his shop working. After the war he and his brother Stan started up a trucking business as Henrickson Brothers and had Texaco bulk sales. In 1954 Henrickson Brothers bought a water well drilling rig and dug a lot of wells. He married Shirley Root on November 3, 1959 gaining a daughter. He and Stan farmed together until 1987 when they retired and he and Shirley did a bit of travelling and camping. They made many trips to B.C. and the U.S. visiting relatives. Maurice and Shirley moved to Lethbridge in 2008.

Maurice is survived by his daughter Danita (Jerry) Stokes and grandchildren Clayton and Tammy (Ramie) Paskuski. Also one very special great grandson Hayden Stokes. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Stan, Russel and Dennis and his wife Shirley. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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John Mario Credico, CD and Clasp

1923 – 2018

Beloved husband of Victoria (Vicky) Credico of Lethbridge Alberta passed away peacefully on July 25, 2018 at the age of 94 years. Born at San Giovanni in Galdo, Campbasso, Italy, September 17, 1923 to Luigi and Maria Incoranata Credico. He immigrated to Canada in 1926 with his mother and older brother. He was raised and educated in Lethbridge at St.Basil’s and St. Patrick schools. At sixteen he was employed at Catelli’s and then in the dairy industry for over 60 years; Crystal Dairy, Union Milk Co, Silverwoods, and Alpha Milk where he retired in 1988. John served in WWII for 3 1/2 years in the RCNVR as a telegrapher, spending 27 months on board ship mostly on North Atlantic Convoy duty. He served with the 33rd FLD SQD-8th FLD REGT. RCE (M) and the 18th FLD REGT RCA (M). Following his WWII and post war Reserve Army service he was awarded the CD with clasp which recognizes exemplary service to his country. He was a member of the former Miner’s Library Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4, IOOF Lodge No 2, as well as the Romulus and Remus Italian Canadian Club. Besides his loving wife of 72 years, he is survived by his sons: Duane of Bari, Italy and Dale (Caroline) of Vancouver; 3 grandchildren; his sister, Gelina Demers of Calgary; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents; his brothers and sisters in law Nick (Theresa), Victor (Frances); and his sister and brother in law Lidia (Steve) Supina. John was a caring and loving husband and father. He loved his garden and was found to exaggerate the size of his vegetables. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB with Father Kevin Tumback officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, you may donate to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, 120 – 6835 Railway Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2V6 or the Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2.

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MR. JOHN ALFRED LEGERE, beloved husband of Mrs. Jeannie Legere, and a long time resident of Lethbridge, passed away from complications due to a stroke, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the age of 78 years young.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years Jeannie Legere, son Brian Legere and family, daughter Karen Smith and son in-law Roger Smith, Grand children Curtis Smith and Eric Smith and great granddaughter Emma.

John was predeceased by his parents, Margaret Legere and Alfred Legere, sister Judy, brothers Jerry and Glen, brothers-in-law Matt Chuckrey and John Ruthven and mother and father in-law Edna and Albert Ruthven.

John was born on June 28, 1940, in Springhill, NS to Margaret Legere and Alfred Legere. John served in the Air Forces for 17 years, where he travelled the world living both in Germany and Italy during his service. He then moved on to work in sales with General Fasteners Ltd. John was also a member of the Shriners, the Masonic Lodge 39 and the Laurel Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star since 1982, and has been a long term member of the Legion since 1977.

John was loved by all and his infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes and charismatic personality will be sorely missed. Thank you to all for your thoughts and prayers during this time.

As per John’s request, there will be no funeral service. In memory and honour of John, feel free to have a rum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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HAZEL IRENE RASMUSSEN, beloved wife of the late Iven Rasmussen, of Del Bonita, passed away at the Good Samaritans Garden Vista in Magrath, on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH, 82 North – 2 Street West, Magrath, AB, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Jeremy Richert officiating.

Hazel will be laid to rest with her husband Iven in the Magrath Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Magrath Seniors Centre, 32 North 1 Street West, Magrath, AB, T0K 1J0 or to the Raymond Health Centre Auxiliary, Box 599, Raymond, AB, T0K 2S0.

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Ruth Ulmer

1925 – 2018

Mrs. Ruth Louise Ulmer of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the age of 93 years, beloved wife of the late Mr. Walter Ulmer. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Mariel Selk

1928 – 2018

Mrs. Mariel Jean (Meldrum) Selk of Blackrock Terrace, Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the age of 89 years with her loving daughters at her side. Mariel was born September 21, 1928 in Cardston, AB. She lived a long, hard-working life, always making sure every need of her family was met. Mariel is survived by her 2 daughters Marianne Paskuski (Gary) and Sharon Ivanics (Steve); 6 sons Barry (Nancy), Dave, Danny, Roger, Tom and Alan (Penny); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 3 step-sons Jerry (Carla), David (Karen), and Daryl; 1 step-daughter Sharon Fisette and their families. Besides her loving husband, Norman Selk, Mariel was predeceased by her infant daughter Norma Jean; daughter Kathy Esslinger; parents Bart and Wanda Meldrum; brother and sister-in-law Ernst and Rhoda Meldrum; sister Joyce Thompson; partner Bert Stubbington; as well as parents and all in-laws of Norman’s. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family interment will be held prior to the service in Stirling Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 6223 2 St. SE #220, Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 or to the Canadian Red Cross, 1305 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P6.

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Jonathan Willem Slingerland


It has pleased the Lord in His infinite wisdom to take from us our full-term unborn baby boy. Jonathan Willem Slingerland was stillborn on July 25 at 4:08 pm at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Grieving parents are John and Henriet Slingerland of Lethbridge. Jonathan is survived by his grandparents Wim and Ellie Slingerland of Lethbridge and Wim and Hennie van de Brake of Lacombe. Jonathan is also survived by his great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jan Groenendijk of Lethbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Jan van de Brake and Mr. and Mrs. Henk Fikse of the Netherlands as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Condolences may be offered from 7:00PM to 8:30PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL,610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A small graveside service for close family and friends will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South with Pastor Dibbet, officiating.

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21b

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Don Unrau
1945 – 2018
Donald James Unrau, beloved husband of Shelly Unrau, passed away at his home in Taber on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the age of 72 years.
Besides Shelly, his loving wife of forty seven years, he is survived by his sons Kevin Unrau of Taber; Wayne (Anita) Unrau of Taber and their children Damian, Ryder and Ashley. He is also survived by his younger twin brother Ron (Mary Ann) Unrau of Taber; older twin brothers Bill (Edith) Unrau of Skiff and Allan Unrau of Calgary; mother-in-law Catherine Scullen of Lethbridge; sister-in-law Sandra Schatz of Lethbridge; brother-in-law Bill (Connie) Scullen of Saskatchewan as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Helen (nee Lepp) Unrau; sister Margaret in infancy; father-in-law William Scullen and brother-in-law Brian Schatz.
Don was born in Coaldale on November 29, 1945 to John and Helen Unrau and raised on the family farm in Skiff. After his schooling in Skiff and Foremost he attended SAIT in Calgary and studied Agriculture Mechanics. He married Shelly Scullen on November 28, 1970. While raising a family and farming he was active in the Skiff Water Co-op, South Waste Management and Planning Commission. In 2008, Don and Shelly made the decision to venture into irrigation farming with Kevin and Wayne, in Taber.
Don’s role changed but he continued to play a huge part in diversifying the farm, he was so proud of those small potatoes and never missed an opportunity to share his pride with family and friends.
Don loved ice fishing, playing cards, having coffee at the Skiff elevator, building and designing with Kevin and keeping his pocket book up to date. He was a hard worker, had a sense of humour and cherished his time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
We will be honouring Don’s life in a way he would appreciate, with a private funeral service at Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, August 3, 2018. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Don’s name may be made directly to the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, 18 Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 (http://www.sarcomacancer.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
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