January 19th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, August 8, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 8, 2018.


1928 – 2018

ARLENE MAY BESTER (LAW), passed away peacefully August 4th, 2018 at Lee Crest Lodge in Cardston, AB at 90 years of age.

Arlene is predeceased by her parents, Sam and Dora Law; grandson, John Paul Bester; and brother-in-law, Ralph Jensen. Arlene is survived by her seven children, Jim (Carolyn) of Hill Spring; Calvin (Darlene) of Prince George; Debra (Ron) Gauthier of Kimberly; Larry (Susan) of Hill Spring; Randy of Coleman; Sandra (Tom) Rupprecht of Okotoks; and Sherry (Troy) Nelson of Stettler. She is also survived by 57 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and her 4 siblings: Marion (Linda) Law of Saint George, UT; Chester (Lydia) Law of South City, AZ; Vera Jensen of Taber; and Gary (Ann) Law of Bow Island.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glenwood, Alberta on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at the Glenwood Cemetery.

Friends may meet the family at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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Dan Creighton
1960 – 2018
Daniel Kennedy Creighton, passed away in Taber on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 58 years.
Family and close friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service will be held prior to the funeral service at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Family and close friends are welcome to attend the funeral service at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
He is survived by his children Melissa Creighton (Mike Lanteigne) of New Maryland, New Brunswick, Michelle Creighton of Calgary, Josh Creighton of Calgary and by a granddaughter Stella Lanteigne; his parents Gordon and Norma Creighton of Taber; siblings Brenda (John) Doerksen, London, Ontario and Colin (Patty) Creighton of Calgary. He is also survived by his nieces and nephew Lisa, Jennifer and Julia Doerksen and Zach and Anika Creighton.
Dan was born in Drumheller on July 29, 1960, the eldest of three children. At the age of two, he travelled with his parents on a shipping freighter to embark on a cross cultural experience as the son of missionaries. He remained in Africa for twelve years attending Bingham Academy Boarding School until he was fifteen years of age. The family moved back to Canada and Dan graduated from Vauxhall High School in 1978 with a passion for motorcycles and a sense of humour like no other. He then attended Berean Bible College in Calgary from 1981 – 1982. Later in Calgary, Dan met Ingrid Heier whom he married in 1987. He completed the Macro Economics & Fundamentals of Business Management program at Mount Royal College from 1988 – 1989, sharing an interest with his daughter who would inevitably come to pursue a career in a similar field. Dan became a father to three beautiful children whom he loved dearly and his greatest happiness stemmed from revelling in their accomplishments and creating moments of joy for them. His passion for computers aided him in developing his career and he pursued skill development from 2003 – 2005 and obtained Dale Carnegie Skills training. Dan was an apt business man and through his talent and love for wood working he created his own business under the name “Creighton’s Hobby Corner” where he was able to share his talent with others all across Alberta while partnering with DeWalt tools and Black & Decker Enterprises, paving the way for independent design and artistic appreciation for his son who has developed into a talented artist embarking on a similar journey. He then moved to Taber and obtained employment at Rogers Sugar where his skills as a previous manager and dedication shone through. Dan enjoyed fishing, camping, wood working, reading, cooking, technology and had an interest in culture. He was able to drive across Canada with his daughter and build a relationship with his granddaughter Stella sharing his competitive card playing spirit and love for other’s happiness, which his daughter carries forward. His loyalty to his children was inherent throughout his life and his kindness attracted a cat with nowhere else to go, to be his companion. Dan remained in Taber until his passing.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Curtis George Vander Gaast, beloved husband of Amy (nee McCormick) and daddy to precious daughter Georgia, passed away suddenly at the age of 36 on Sunday, August 5, 2018 surrounded by loving family.

He is survived by his parents, George and Bev Vander Gaast, sisters Kristi (James) Mitchell and Amanda (Danny) Webster, brother Brian (Denica) Vander Gaast, and grandmother Hotty Vander Gaast. Parents-in-law Bob (Terry) McCormick and Donna (Glen) Campbell, sister-in-law Jennifer (Sean) O’Brien, brother-in-law Dale (Susan) McCormick, and grandmother-in-law, Ferne Lentz. Curtis will be cherished in the memories of his five nephews, five nieces, and extended family members. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Tina Bexte, grandfathers, Carl Johnson, Wiebe Vander Gaast, and Clem Bexte, and cousin Megan Kondor.

Curtis was born on May 2, 1982 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was a loving husband, super-daddy, compassionate son, and caring brother. He was a hard worker and 13-year volunteer of the Taber Fire Department. He was a passionate Vancouver Canuck fan, avid outdoorsman, sports fanatic, and expert gamer. His boisterous laugh and dimpled smile were infectious to all and he was loved for his kind and gentle soul. Even in his death, Curtis is helping others as an organ donor, he will potentially save the lives of many people. Curtis never wavered from his love of family and God.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather in fellowship with the family on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 7-8 PM. A memorial service will be taking place on Saturday, August 11 at 1 PM. Events will be held at the Taber Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements coordinated by Evan J. Strong Funeral Services, Calgary, Alberta.

DOWDELL, Isabelle

It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing of Isabelle Elizabeth Dowdell, nee Karaszi, on July 31, 2018, in Kelowna, BC. Born February 5, 1934 in Taber, Alberta, she had a long and interesting life.

She is survived by her 4 children: Richard Karaszi, Rhonda (Jim) Thitchener, Laurie (Rheal) Trickett, Kari-Jo (Neil) Dowdell; 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and her brother Frank Goelle.

You will be forever missed.

A private Graveside service will be held August 10, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.

Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Funeral Home 250-860-7077.

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1936 – 2018

URSULA HERTZKE, beloved wife of the late Robert Hertzke, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Ursula immigrated to Canada from Germany with her parents. She married Robert Hertzke and they were blessed with three sons, Terry, Kenneth and Marvin.

Ursula’s ashes will be scattered during a private family ceremony.

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SHIZUE “SUE” KADO, beloved wife of the late Yorio “York” Kado, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the age of 87 years.

At Sue’s request, a private family service will be held at a later date.

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TOMMY MANY FINGERS passed away in Lethbridge on August 3rd, 2018 at the age of 45 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, August 9th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Basil’s Catholic Church, North Lethbridge on Friday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m.

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


GARY LEE NISH passed away in Cardston, Alberta, on August 1, 2018 after a year long battle with gastric cancer. He was born in Cardston to Glenn and Velma Nish in 1938 and grew up on the family farm in the Jefferson area southeast of Cardston. After high school he went to BYU and graduated with a degree in agriculture economics and animal husbandry. While attending university, he met and married Apryl Rothe. He worked first for Swifts Feeds and then for Agriculture Canada at the Research Stations in Lethbridge and Ottawa. In 1968 he started farming full time in the Kimball area.

Gary loved Southern Alberta, every aspect of farming including coming from a long lineage of farmers, collecting old trucks, goose hunting, keeping his vehicles shiny and clean, new Ford pickups, people to visit, lab dogs,playing cards, fishing the St. Mary’s River, horses, Chief Mountain, freedom, and waking up each day being able to decide what he wanted to do. Most importantly, Gary loved his family–his wife Apryl, their five sons and their wives: Wade (Rebecca), Alan (Joey), Casey (deceased) (Lani), Ben (Jody), and Ty (Rachel) as well as his 25 grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Sharon Pitcher and Glenda Laycock, and one brother Wayne and other loved relatives. Gary was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a lucky man who loved what he had in life. Gary was predeceased by his parents, two brothers (Lynn and Alan), a son (Casey), and a grandson (Reggie). Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 10, at 11:30 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints South Hill Chapel in Cardston. Friends may meet the family from 10:15 to 11:15 prior to the service.

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Dave Tessier
1944 – 2018
David Wayne Tessier, beloved husband of Colleen Tessier, passed away in Taber, with family by his side, on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 73 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Colleen, Dave will be sadly missed and forever remembered by their children Dennis Tessier of Taber and his family Marissa (Henry) Martens and Kohl Tessier; Corinna (Dorlyn) Miller of Taber and their family Keeley, McKenna, Courtney and Colby; Dwayne Tessier and his son Braden. He is also survived by his sister Isobel (Bernie) Heinrichs; sisters-in-law Ella Bratvold, Jean Tessier as well as numerous nieces, nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Antone and Marguerite Tessier; siblings Norman and Emile (Bella) Tessier; brother-in-law Floyd Bratvold; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Marion Confrey.
Dave was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan on December 28, 1944.  He attended school In Scotsguard, Saskatchewan in his younger years and later Shaunavon High School where he graduated. He married Colleen Confrey on April 7, 1966 in Simmie, Saskatchewan.  Their married life began together as a couple in Instow, Saskatchewan. From there, they moved to a farm close to Scotsguard and later purchased the family farm. After farming for some years, driving school bus and working for the MD of Bone Creek, they moved to the town of Shaunavon. This was when Dave started his long term career working for his love of John Deere. He started as a partsman and progressed to parts manager during his career. He was extremely dedicated and loyal and to this day, could probably rattle off any parts number you needed. Dave loved his family, job, playing pool, fishing and was an avid gardener as well as loved the sport of curling (both watching and participating). The love of his life were his grandchildren and he could never get enough time with them.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dave’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 (http://www.cancer.ca) or to a charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Wooldridge, Mrs. Hattie

Matilda “Mitz”

1913 – 2018

Hattie Matilda ‘Mitz’ Wooldridge passed away August 5, 2018 at Extendicare Fairmont Park, Lethbridge, AB at the age of 104 years. Mitz is survived by daughters: Doreen (Richard) Harley of Ottawa, Kathaleen Bathgate of Lethbridge, Faye (Stuart) McMillan of Athabasca, Gaye (David) McVean of Calgary; son-in-law, Gary Kirk of Lethbridge; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Cecil; nine siblings; daughter, Loreen Kirk; son-in-law, Frank Bathgate; and grandson, Dean Harley.

Mitz was born September 10, 1913 in Ebor, Manitoba, one of ten children of James and Mary Sproule. She resided there until moving to Lethbridge in 1943 with three daughters and her husband, Cecil, who had been posted to the PoW camp there as a Veterans Guard. Twin daughters were born to them in Lethbridge in 1944. In addition to their own five, Mitz and Cecil soon became extended ‘Ma and Paw’ to the six Linders girls who lived across the street. Before moving to Lethbridge and becoming mother to so many, Mitz was an active and accomplished athlete; curling in the winter and playing tennis in summer, she hauled her three children along by wagon or sled. She was also very active in the Women’s Institute in Ebor. In Lethbridge, she directed that energy into work as a member of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Sanctuary Guild. When her girls were established in their chosen lives, Mitz took up league bowling winning a trophy in the 1966-67 season. But above all else, Mitz is especially remembered for her endless and selfless devotion to her children and grandchildren.

The family is profoundly grateful to the staff of Extendicare Fairmont Park for their exceptional care of Mitz over the years of her residence there, and especially during her final weeks.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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