October 22nd, 2020

SATURDAY, August 11, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 11, 2018.

Henry Ballin

1944 – 2018

Mr. Henry Ballin of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Glennda Ballin, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the age of 74 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Interment will follow in ARCHMOUNT CEMETERY.

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Geertruida Bos – Van Der Tang

1936 – 2018

“Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” Psalm 25: 4,5

Mrs. Geertruida (Gertruda or Truus) Bos – van der Tang of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Marinus Bos, passed away at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 82 years to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after a period of declining health. Geertruida was born on February 17, 1936 in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. She married Marinus Bos on December 16, 1959 and immigrated to Canada with her family on June 9, 1981. Geertruida is survived by her children Peter (Gerda) and their children Monique (Ty) Van Herk Jordan, Blake, Chase, Ryan (Elaine) Taylor, Brielle, Steven (Kim) Brooklyn, Peter, Tamara; Tony (Wendy) and their children Breane (Dan) Visser Makenna, Nate, Mitchel, Megan; René (Helma) and their children Annemieke (Tjeerd) van Straalen Ella, Yvonne (Sam) Dijs Nola, Floris, Marlinde and Nick, Rick and Alisha, Joyce ; Simon (Ramona) and their children Larissa, Kristi (Michael) Veldman Liam, Heather, Joel; Bert (Debbie) and their children Nicoline, Alivia, Caleb, Jaron, Leo, Dahlia; Louise (Ernst) Sluijmers and their children Monica (Jan) Van de Brake Emily, Tijmen, Natalie, Elise and Jack, Bas and Kerri-Ann, Joshua, Hannah; John (Heidi) and their children Levi, Jayda, Tyson, Alexis, Devon, Kaden; brother Simon (Anneke) van der Tang and sister Loes (Adrie) Kaashoek; brother-in-law Nelis (Bep) Bos; sisters-in-law Marijke de Jong, Annie Dogterom, Nelie van de Bergh and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Geertruida is also predeceased by her parents Teunis and Geertje van der Tang, and her stepmother, Wijnie van der Tang; sister, Lyda Slob; brother, Laurens; father and mother-in-law, Pieter and Johanna Bos; brothers in law, Wout Slob, Piet van de Marel, Piet Bos, Bert Bos, Siem de Jong, Ton Dogterom, and Jan van de Bergh; sisters-in-law, Mien van de Marel, Aad Bos, Sjaan Bos, Rookje de Jong, and Gre Bos. After finishing school, Geertruida trained to be a seamstress and had many clients who she worked for. The family operated a dairy farm in Holland and a sod farm when they moved to Canada. Geertruida was known for her hospitality, the door was always open for visitors. She hosted many guests, exchange students and families over the years. She loved playing the organ; singing psalms and hymns. For many years she worked as a seamstress from her home and at Butte Dress Shop in Picture Butte. Later she enjoyed volunteering at Bibles for Mission Thrift Store together with her husband. Geertruida’s real passion was always to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whoever she met and to speak of the need for a personal Savior. Family and friends will sadly miss her. We thank the staff at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale for the loving care they extended to mom in the past four years, as her health steadily declined. Condolences will be held between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, August 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at BETHEL FREE REFORMED CHURCH OF MONARCH, 6 Eastman Rd, Monarch, AB, with Pastor Eric Moerdyk, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, Box 1312 Coaldale, AB T1M 1N1

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Geertruida Bos – Van Der Tang

1936 – 2018

“Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” Psalm 25: 4,5

Mrs. Geertruida (Gertruda or Truus) Bos – van der Tang of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Marinus Bos, passed away at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 82 years to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after a period of declining health. Geertruida was born on February 17, 1936 in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. She married Marinus Bos on December 16, 1959 and immigrated to Canada with her family on June 9, 1981. Geertruida is survived by her children Peter (Gerda) and their children Monique (Ty) Van Herk Jordan, Blake, Chase, Ryan (Elaine) Taylor, Brielle, Steven (Kim) Brooklyn, Peter, Tamara; Tony (Wendy) and their children Breane (Dan) Visser Makenna, Nate, Mitchel, Megan; René (Helma) and their children Annemieke (Tjeerd) van Straalen Ella, Yvonne (Sam) Dijs Nola, Floris, Marlinde and Nick, Rick and Alisha, Joyce ; Simon (Ramona) and their children Larissa, Kristi (Michael) Veldman Liam, Heather, Joel; Bert (Debbie) and their children Nicoline, Alivia, Caleb, Jaron, Leo, Dahlia; Louise (Ernst) Sluijmers and their children Monica (Jan) Van de Brake Emily, Tijmen, Natalie, Elise and Jack, Bas and Kerri-Ann, Joshua, Hannah; John (Heidi) and their children Levi, Jayda, Tyson, Alexis, Devon, Kaden; brother Simon (Anneke) van der Tang and sister Loes (Adrie) Kaashoek; brother-in-law Nelis (Bep) Bos; sisters-in-law Marijke de Jong, Annie Dogterom, Nelie van de Bergh and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Geertruida is also predeceased by her parents Teunis and Geertje van der Tang, and her stepmother, Wijnie van der Tang; sister, Lyda Slob; brother, Laurens; father and mother-in-law, Pieter and Johanna Bos; brothers in law, Wout Slob, Piet van de Marel, Piet Bos, Bert Bos, Siem de Jong, Ton Dogterom, and Jan van de Bergh; sisters-in-law, Mien van de Marel, Aad Bos, Sjaan Bos, Rookje de Jong, and Gre Bos. After finishing school, Geertruida trained to be a seamstress and had many clients who she worked for. The family operated a dairy farm in Holland and a sod farm when they moved to Canada. Geertruida was known for her hospitality, the door was always open for visitors. She hosted many guests, exchange students and families over the years. She loved playing the organ; singing psalms and hymns. For many years she worked as a seamstress from her home and at Butte Dress Shop in Picture Butte. Later she enjoyed volunteering at Bibles for Mission Thrift Store together with her husband. Geertruida’s real passion was always to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whoever she met and to speak of the need for a personal Savior. Family and friends will sadly miss her. We thank the staff at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale for the loving care they extended to mom in the past four years, as her health steadily declined. Condolences will be held between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, August 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at BETHEL FREE REFORMED CHURCH OF MONARCH, 6 Eastman Rd, Monarch, AB, with Pastor Eric Moerdyk, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, Box 1312 Coaldale, AB T1M 1N1

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COWARD August 26, 1959 – August 3, 2018

Curtis John Coward of Calgary, beloved son of Ruth Balogh, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on August 3, 2018 at the age of 58 years. Besides his loving mother, Curtis is survived by his daughter, Jessie Smith-Coward; two sons, Cody Coward and Jeremiah Rickaby; grandchildren Remi, Jada, Kyson and Anistynn as well as two sisters, Leslie Wiebe and Christy Stephens. Curtis was predeceased by his Father, John Coward. A Memorial gathering will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Legion Terrace, 605-4 St S. Lethbridge AB. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care, 1400 9 Ave S. Lethbridge. Cremation has been entrusted to Evergreen Cremation Services, Lethbridge. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


FEDORUK

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of WALTER FEDORUK, beloved husband of Gladys Fedoruk of Lethbridge, on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Along with his wife, he is lovingly remembered by his children, Denise (Paul) Hall, Barbara (Leroy) Pisko and Michael (Susan) Fedoruk as well as his grandchildren that he cherished so much, Nicole and Nathan Hall, and Kyra Natt, Logan and Matthew Fedoruk.

Walter was born on November 11, 1940 in Hairy Hill, AB. He was raised loving the land and spent the majority of his life farming in that area.

Walter enjoyed his time outdoors and especially, those precious moments spent with his family. He took many opportunities to travel with family to places afar, creating memories he treasured dearly.

You could always count on Walter to be there for you in a time of need or as a trusted neighbour to visit with. He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who knew him, and be forever in our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

Following the Service, Walter will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Walter, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, #100, 119-4th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6

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KADO

SHIZUE “SUE” KADO of Magrath, A lberta passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on August 4, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Sue is survived by her children, Kelvin (Lennie) Kado; Vicki (Ron) McKenzie; and Mona Kado (David Staines). Sue enjoyed a close, special relationship with each of her surviving 10 grandchildren and their families: Candi, Arlee and Marla Greenwood, Braden and Keylan Kado, Graham and Kimiko McKenzie, Yoshio and Shoji Blunderfield, and Kieran Staines. She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren and her sister Sumiko (Marjorie) Hikida. Sue was predeceased by her husband Yorio Kado, parents Shoji and Midori Saga, sister Miyo Saga, brother Hideo (Sid) Saga, and cherished grandson Dallas McKenzie. Sue was born November 2, 1930 on Mayne Island, BC. As a young child she travelled twice with her mother to Tottori-ken, Japan, receiving her primary education there. They returned to Canada in 1940 and shortly after were forcibly relocated from their life and livelihood in the Gulf Islands to the sugar beet fields of southern Alberta. Her family received notice they were being sent to Magrath and arrived in the spring of 1942. Throughout her life Sue demonstrated incredible resiliency and persevered to create a comfortable life for her children and parents. Sue was proud to call Magrath her home for the next 76 years. She graduated from the Magrath High School where she was active in sports, playing on the women’s basketball team, and competing in local beauty pageants. She met and married York Kado in 1956, worked at a variety of jobs, including the Magrath Medical Clinic, until the young couple purchased and operated a Texaco gas station and garage on main street. After losing her husband very early to cancer, Sue returned to banking. She worked at the Bank of Montreal for a total of 23 years and the final 15 years of her career was as the branch manager of the ATB. Sue was widely respected as one of the first professional women in town and as a community leader. She believed strongly that we have a duty to give back to our communities. Over her lifetime, she volunteered with more than 30 societies and not-for-profit groups in executive positions including treasurer, director and president. Sue donated her time and skills to complete financial audits and tax returns for numerous individuals and groups into her early 80’s and served as an electoral officer for every municipal, provincial and federal election. Sue was able to return to Japan several times, enjoyed travelling to the west and east coasts, Hawaii and overseas. She loved to organize and go on seniors’ bus trips. She had a cheerful, outgoing personality, loved to play games, became an avid bowler and card player, all resulting in an abundance of close friendships throughout her life. Our mother was an extraordinary woman and will be missed by so many. The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the numerous doctors, nurses and staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. A special heartfelt thank you to Drs. Zielke and Klassen for their professionalism and sincere compassion and all staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care. At Sue’s request, a private family service will be held at a later date. Flowers, food and koden are gratefully declined. If you wish, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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KEELER

EILEEN MILDRED KEELER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating.

Eileen will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Roy in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat.

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Nick William Myshok

March 16,1929 – May 6, 2018

Born in Smoky Lake, Alberta, Nick spent his childhood in Mundare and his University years in Edmonton, Bristol England and Ottawa. Between degrees he taught high school at several small Alberta towns – Evansburg, Coaldale and Jasper Place. In the early 1960’s he planted his feet in Lethbridge teaching chemistry at the Junior College and in 1965 became one of the founding professors of the University of Lethbridge Chemistry Department. He retired from the University of Lethbridge in 1994.

Nick had two mistresses in his life – his garden and his violin. It was while waiting for a violin lesson as a young man he met his future wife Anne. He was a member of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for several years and even after leaving continued to practice and perfect his bowing well into his seventies unknowingly serenading the neighbours when the study window was open.

Upon moving his family to the new suburb of West Lethbridge in 1975 Nick joyfully planted the entire yard in a garden including a front ‘lawn’ of potatoes much to his family’s embarrassment. Summer days henceforth were dedicated to making things grow. While his experimental tendencies led to the unusual – like kohlrabi – appearing on the dinner table, his real passion was tomatoes. A record 100 tomato plants of numerous varieties flourished under his care one summer. Nick often lamented that the water and labour he poured into his garden were not cost effective given the prices of produce at Safeway. Yet he refused to scale back and when his family and neighbours had no more room in their fridges he happily donated an abundance of fresh vegetables to the local food bank.

Nick delighted in the arts and marvelled at the creative mind. He could not resist a richly illustrated book – especially if it was in the bargain bin. If there were multiple copies he would purchase two so he could give one away.

For all his fascination with the world’s wonders he was an armchair traveller, preferring the comforts and predictability of home, PBS and CBC, or relaxed road trips to nearby destinations to the chaos of airports. He had hoped for one last lunch at the Prince Of Wales Hotel in Waterton this summer.

He is remembered fondly by his family for his lifelong love of ice cream. Despite delighting in the variety of current day flavours he maintained nothing beats classic neapolitan.

Whether you met Nick in passing, were family, friend or student you were treated to his wit and word smithery. To have the last word in a battle of puns with him was a major triumph.

Nick is remembered for his generosity and kindness which extended to all creatures great and small, ugly and cuddly. In the years he walked to work at the university he was sure to carry in his pocket dog cookies for the canines he encountered along his route. Even in his final year in sub zero temperatures he tramped thru the snow to refill his bird feeders and spill some seed for the deer despite their having raided his garden in previous summers. He supported a long list of charities focusing on the environment and championing a more just world.

Nick is survived by the two loves of his life – his wife Anne (Buzinsky), his daughter Alyssa (Matt Drown), a one of a kind book collection, treasured record collection, cherished neighbours and friends and a library of garden seeds carefully labeled and methodically organized.

A celebration of life for Nick will be held Sunday, August 26th beginning 12 noon at his home 13 Loyola Place, West Lethbridge. Remembrance at 1 pm.

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SIMMONS

BRENDA LOUISE SIMMONS, NEE FEIST, passed away peacefully in Raymond on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the age of 66 years.

Brenda was born November 11, 1951 and was the chosen daughter of Millie & John Feist.

Brenda was predeceased by her parents, John & Millie Feist, her brother, Harold (Marion) Vornbrock, two nephews, Leslie Jr. and Keith, sons of Leslie and Marion Vornbrock.

Left to share memories of Brenda are two brothers, Leslie (Marion) Vornbrock and Rick Feist of Milk River and sister-in-law, Marion (Harold – deceased) Vornbrock of Taber and good friend, Joanne Rolfe.

Brenda grew up in a family with three brothers, attended school in Milk River then spread her wings to Calgary, Ontario and Lethbridge. Health issues confined her to the Care Centre in Raymond and later to the new Good Samaritans facility there. In spite of it all, she maintained much independence, driving a mobile electric car or scooter all around Raymond.

Though her health was failing, she maintained her exceptional organization of important papers and records. Many people benefitted from her kind generosity.

Brenda was quick to speak her mind; her sharp tongue only softened by her outlandish sense of humour. Her banter and humour will be missed.

At her request, her ashes will rest on her father’s grave in Milk River during a Private Interment.

An Ice-Cream Social will be held in her memory at HERITAGE HALL, Main Street, Milk River, Alberta on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. All who knew Brenda are welcome to attend.

Thank-you to the Good Samaritans staff for their patience, kindness and loving care toward Brenda.

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SKIBA

JOHN SKIBA, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He was a strong and vibrant 86 years old.

John is survived by his wife Jacqueline Skiba and sons Fred (Louise) Pearson, Wes (Ledean) Skiba and Randy (Lizanne) Skiba. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Katina, Loren, Coral, Paige, Reed, Sarika and Torryn and one great-grandchild, Aiden.

John’s parents, Janos and Maria, had eight children with John being the youngest. John is survived by sister Annie of Calgary as well as many nieces and nephews who he was most grateful to connect with in the past couple of years. John was predeceased by siblings Mary, Helen, Elizabeth, Julius, Robert, and Louis.

Janos and Maria came from Hungary in the early 1900s, first to the United States, and then to the Lethbridge area. Janos worked very hard, starting his new life in Canada by working in the coal mines near Hardieville. Then, through great sacrifice, they acquired farm land. John passed on his pride in this heritage to all his family.

John spent his life building up the family farm South East of Lethbridge. He had a love for his work that few people are so fortunate to have. He married Jackie in 1963 and the farm became part of both of them. In 1999, they began transitioning the family farm over to their son Wes, but John was never very far off from the farm, either physically or in thought. This was the case to his very last days. In his retirement years, he also enjoyed gardening and wood working, but family, especially his grand children, was his greatest joy.

John also cared deeply about friends, neighbours and community. He was always one to help someone else where he could. He was a welcoming person, always up for a visit.

He set many examples one could live by: do right by others; be kind and generous; work hard for what is important; connect with other people. He is dearly missed.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at MCNALLY COMMUNITY CENTRE, (intersection of Township Road 8-2 and Range Road 21-1), Lethbridge County, AB, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

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Elisabeth Velthuis

1942 – 2018

Mrs. Elisabeth Velthuis of Picture Butte, beloved wife of Mr. Berend “Ben” Velthuis, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the age of 76 years. Besides her loving husband Ben, Elisabeth is survived by 8 children; 19 grandchildren; and 3 foster-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed

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WISKERKE

BRIANNA LEIGH WISKERKE, beloved daughter of Amanda & Sean Mainzer of Coaldale, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 25 years.

A Celebration of Brianna’s Life will be held at the COALDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1217 – 20 Avenue, Coaldale, AB on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. with a Memorial Tribute at 2:00 P.M.

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