January 16th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, August 1, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 1, 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.


March 12, 1946 – July 29, 2018

“Our cowboy friend quit our crew and went to ride for Jesus,

rest in peace my friend”

WILLIAM “WILL” DAVID DEMMY, beloved partner of Marlene Wilson, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the age of 72 years.

A Celebration of Will’s Life will be held at a later date, cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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MARTIN LLOYD EMERY, passed away in Mesachie Lake, B.C. on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at the age of 51 years. He was the beloved husband of his best friend, Lori (Hirsche) Emery.

Besides his loving wife Lori, Martin is survived by their children Matthew & Morgan.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Center (4631 – 50 Aveune) on Saturday, August 4th, at 1:00 p.m.. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 11:45 to 12:45 prior to the Service. Interment to follow at the Taber Memorial Gardens.

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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.

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.

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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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David Nance

1941- 2018

Mr. David Nance of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Martha Nance, passed away at St. Michaels’ Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the age of 76 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Martha; daughters: Leisa (Steve) Hernandez, and Natalie (Jeff Watcher) Nance-Baker; and granddaughter: Olivia Baker. At David’s request, no formal service will be held.

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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.

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.

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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. 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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GLENDA AMANDA YELLOW FEET – SPEAR CHIEF, 28, passed away in Lethbridge on July 24th, 2018.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Monday, August 6th from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Tuesday, August 7th at 11:00 a.m.

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The family of MARILYN MILDRED VAN LOO (nee Dahl) announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

A Memorial Service for Marilyn will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. Reception to follow in the Church Hall.

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Alan Wells

1951- 2018

Mr. Alan Wells of Monarch, beloved husband of Mrs. Dianne Wells, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the age of 67 years.

At Alan’s request, there will be no formal service. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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1925 – 2018

Albert Wilchynski, beloved husband of Helen Wilchynski, passed away Saturday July 28th at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, one month shy of his 93rd year.

Albert was born near Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan to John and Domicila Wilchynski, the second youngest of 7 children. He is predeceased by his parents and all his siblings, Krispin, Alice, Edward, Wanda, Jean and Stan, as well as his step-brother, Victor Buzikevich.

Albert is survived by his wife, Helen, children Ken (Debbie), Brenda, Tara (Don), Darrell (Mila), Peter (Deborah) & Randy, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, as well as his step-brother Raymond (Vicky) Buzikevich and numerous nieces and nephews.

Albert worked in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as a mechanic, but his great life-long love was talking to people and teaching them about the Bible and Jehovah his God.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday August 4, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at #5 Rocky Mountain Blvd W in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Memorial service will also be tied in by phone to the Kingdom Hall in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where Albert and his wife, Helen attended for 30 years. The service will be at 2:30 PM @ 4350 2nd Avenue W, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


YASUO YAMASHITA, beloved husband of Ruriko of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the age of 96 years. He is the loving father of: Robert (Sharon) of Calgary, Kathryn of Lethbridge, Geary (Cam) of Port Charlotte, Florida, Maureen (John Martini) of Osoyoos, BC, and Linda (Bob Skelly) of Calgary. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister Hideko (Tom) in Waterdown, ON, and his brother Nobby (Rose) of Lethbridge, and their children. Yasuo is predeceased by his father, Tatsuzo Yamashita and his mother, Sei Nishikawa, his granddaughter Amber, his sister Naomi Adachi and his brother Shigei. Yasuo was born at Eburne, BC and grew up at Celtic Cannery in Vancouver, a thriving community of Japanese families supported by fishing. With the abrupt onset of World War II, all of these families were relocated away from the West Coast. The Yamashita family was moved to Coaldale to work on sugar beet fields. This is where he met and married Ruriko Okahashi who calls him ‘her darling man’. They were one of several Japanese families who purchased farms northeast of Vauxhall to contribute to the growing Potato Industry in Southern Alberta. The proximity of the Japanese families formed a social network of language, culture and shared history. Their social activities included ballroom dancing, karaoke singing and rare holidays in Las Vegas and Hawaii. Mom and Dad raised five children on the farm who always realized how lucky they were to have such loving and gentle parents. We belonged to Parkview United Church in Vauxhall where Dad was encouraged to sing in the choir and eventually became a soloist at funerals and weddings. He retired from farming in 1994 and took up golfing full-time in Taber. In 2010 he experienced a stroke and eventually moved to Lethbridge to be with his supportive family. Friends may with the family on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.at Christensen Salmon GENERATIONS Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011-4 Ave. South, Lethbridge, with Rev. Eva Stanley and Rev. Aldeen McKay officiating. Inurnment to follow on Saturday, August 4 at the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. Koden is gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Alberta Japanese United Church, 821-9 Ave. North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1E8, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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