January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, October 19, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 19, 2018.


MERLE ALICE ANDERSON, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandma/nana, great-grandma and friend, passed away peacefully at home in Monarch on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Merle was a devoted wife to William (Bill) Anderson for 65 years. She was a loving mother/mother-in-law to her seven children: Lynda (Ken) Hann, Candice Hillmer (deceased July 12, 2005), Maureen Anderson, Shelley-Anne (Val) Dennis, Karen (Rick) Potvin, Steve (Carolyn) Anderson, Laurel (Steve) Anderson and of course Billy Merritt.

She was a caring grandmother to her 18 grandchildren: Stuwart (Theresa) Hann, Craig (Colleen) Hann, Christopher Hann (deceased October 13, 1977), Tammy (John) Wilgus, Lonny (Darla) Beglaw, Kyrie (Chris) Cragg, Crystal Valeen, Mike (Jen) Schaaf, Mandi (Mike) Bodnar, Bonnie (David) Postman, Cindie (Spencer) Rowan, Colin Dennis, April (Troy) Willerton, Shannon (Brian) Pointer, Randi-Jo (Robert) Anderson, Robyn (Sawyer) Anderson, Jordis (Coleman) Odney and Ty Odney.

Merle was a very proud great-grandma to 29 great-grandchildren: Danielle & Zakery Hann, Jagear, Kaylee & Bowen Hann, Dallas & Kale Gardner, Triston, Jayden & Kayden Beglaw, Liam, Jaylen & Taina Cragg, Jayla, Brynnique & Grayson Valeen, Corbin Schaaf, Carlin, Allan & Mackaden Bodnar, Amy & Bella Postman, Grady, Jase, Sawyer & Lainey Rowan, Jackson Beauchamp and Skylar & Quinn Pointer.

Merle was predeceased by her only sister Marilyn Mayme Gosselin of Edmonton AB, parents Smith & Iva Stephans of Turtleford SK and her in-laws Egmond & Evelyn Anderson of Swift Current SK.

Merle was born in Turtleford, SK on August 10th, 1938. She met the love of her life in 1950 and was married shortly after on August 26th, 1953. Merle was a hard working farm wife with many jobs throughout her time. Her favorite and most proud job was being a Federal Government Meat Inspector beginning in 1976. They raised six daughters and one son on the farm outside of Monarch AB, instilling a hard work ethic and kindness into each one. Merle was often the person who was turned to in tough times; a person or animal was always welcome when in a time of need and never left hungry. Bill & Merle moved into the town of Monarch, where they enjoyed retirement but didn’t slow down in the slightest. She was your number one fan, from rodeo arenas, hockey games, baseball innings, school events, figure skating, dance recitals and everything in between, she did not miss anything. In fact, she was probably cheering the loudest. Merle’s support didn’t end at the family. She was loved and cherished by many friends and club members in her favorite event of the week at the Coalhurst 55+ club.

Merle was always loving and kind; she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Daniel Zopoula officiating.

Merle will be laid to rest in the Fort Macleod Cemetery, on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Linda Aspeslet

1946 – 2018

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Linda Doreen Aspeslet at the age of 72 years. A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road South, Lethbridge. For those who wish, memorial donations in Linda’s name may be made to a charity of your choosing.

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


GERALD CRAPO, 77, of Milk River, AB, finished a courageous battle with ALS and peacefully graduated from this life, Oct. 8, 2018.

A Funeral service will be Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 345 3rd St. W, Coutts, AB. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 1–1:40 p.m. at the church.

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


JILLIAN MICHELLE CROW CHIEF passed away suddenly on October 11th, 2018 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 28 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Friday, October 19th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Saturday October 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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1924 – 2018

CATHERINE (née MLACAK) GRBAVAC, beloved wife of the late Andrew Grbavac, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2018 at Legacy Lodge in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 94 years.

Catherine is survived by her six loving children, Robert (Jana) Grbavac, Susan (Charles) Klaver, Diane (Aurelio) Delbello, Nancy Hamilton, Carol (Paul Sacco) Grbavac, fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law Vi Peterson (née Grbavac).

Catherine was born on April 18, 1924 near Karlovac, Croatia. As a young girl she immigrated with her family to Windsor, Ontario where she was active in the Croatian community. She obtained her certification as a Secretary and worked for the Chrysler Motor Company.

In 1951 Catherine was swept off her feet by Andrew Grbavac at a Croatian dance in Windsor and they married one year later.

Catherine and Andrew moved to the family farm near Raymond, AB where they lived for 32 years and raised their six children.

Catherine dedicated her life to being a wife and mother. She mastered gardening, baking, cooking and canning as she cared for her family. She was an excellent seamstress and made all types of garments from flannel pajamas to tailored coats. Catherine was also the Secretary Treasurer for the Catholic School Board in Raymond, a member of the church choir and was an avid square dancer with Andrew. Once their children were grown, she worked as a sales associate in the Eatons department store in Lethbridge.

In 1983, Catherine and Andrew retired from the farm and moved to a new home in Lethbridge where Catherine enjoyed her walks along the coulees and the view of the mountains from their back yard.

Catherine treasured times spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was happiest when the family gathered together for celebrations.

Catherine’s family sincerely thanks Dr. Dalphond, Dr. Yamashita, and Sister Josephine, as well as the health care professionals, and the administrative and support staff members at Legacy Lodge for their care of Catherine over the past few years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. with Alice Takacs officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

A Private Family Interment will take place at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond, AB where Catherine will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Catherine’s memory to the Martha Retreat Centre Society – 1130 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 7J1. The Martha Retreat Centre is a facility that provides a quiet environment for peace and prayer.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Phyllis Hedberg

1924 – 2018

Phyllis Hedberg of Warner, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Harold Hedberg, passed away peacefully at Lethbridge Regional Hospital on October 14th, 2018 at the age of 93 years with her two granddaughters by her side. Phyllis is survived by her granddaughters Kara Malcomson and Kylie Kennedy (Malcomson); her three great grandchildren Kyle Malcomson, Carter Kennedy, and Payton Kennedy; and one great great grandson Anthony Sookochoff Malcomson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their wonderful families. Besides her loving husband, Phyllis was predeceased by her parents John and Margret Smailes; her two sisters Ann Collins and Jean Tansem; her three brothers Sydney, Jack, and Tom Hedberg; and her daughter Gail Malcomson, whom she adored. Phyllis was born is Orkney, Saskatchewan and was raised on the family farm. She instilled her roots to all those close to her. She married Harold and when Gail was young, they moved to the Town of Warner. She was a valued citizen of Warner, where she worked, retired, and was actively involved with the hockey school. She cherished every moment spent with family, from large extended reunions to small vacations. She enjoyed walking with her friends, tea/coffee visits, her garden, and travelling. She was known for her independence, strength, and strong-willed spirit. She will be greatly missed by many, but she has finally found peace from the struggle of the last few years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Glenda Wert officiating.

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


WILLIAM (BADGER BILL) THIELEN age 58, died of a heart attack October 10, in Calgary. He was predeceased by his son Jon and his father Pudge. Survived by his son Chris, his siblings David (Becky), Neil (Yvette), Milton, Nadine (Kevin Bolz) and his mother Maryetta.

After high school Bill joined the army and spent 10 years in 1 PPCLI. After the army he did lawn, yard and cement work. He was proud of his regimental coin and flag and displayed them all the time. He also played Warcraft with his son Chris and looked forward to their battles.

Internment will be held Sunday, November 11 with reception to follow at Milk River Civic Centre.


JUNE FRANCES WARD, beloved wife of the late Robert Ward, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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