January 16th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 14, 2018.

Phil Abela
1942 – 2018
Philip Abela, beloved husband of Linda Abela, passed away peacefully in Taber, surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the age of 76 years.
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Linda, his loving wife of fifty four years, Phil is survived by their two sons Graham (Angeline) Abela of Taber, Christopher (Morgan) Abela of Medicine Hat and by his grandchildren Brennan, Kaden, Abigail, Evan and Gavin.
Phil was born and raised in Wallsend, on the banks of the river Tyne in the northeast of England in 1942. After completing school, he apprenticed as a millwright with Swan Hunters and was hired to go to sea as a merchant seaman, ships engineer, where he sailed from England to the south pacific for several years. On September 19, 1964, Phil married Linda Clemitson in the High Howden Methodist Church in Wallsend and a few years later had two children, Graham and Christopher. Phil’s sense of adventure and hopes for providing a brighter future for the family prompted emigration from England to Canada in 1974, first to Cambridge, Ontario and then to Taber. Phil was very proud of his work in helping to establish and subsequently manage Hostess Foods, eventually rebranded as Frito Lay, for almost ten years. After Hostess Foods, Phil tried his hands at a few different careers, finishing his work life as a mechanical engineer at Maple Leaf Foods in Lethbridge.
Phil enjoyed many things in life, but especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and fishing, be it at the spillway at Stafford Lake or Salmon Fishing in the Pacific Ocean on Haida Gwaii. He loved the outdoors and travelling the world with Linda.
No flowers by request. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Phil’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s personal choice.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Ireland and nurse Christine, Dr. Smuts, Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Yamabe and the wonderful nurses at the Taber Hospital including Jane, Connie, Kim, Bobbi and Mel, who helped at the start and those who were there at the end. It’s hard to believe that a sixteen year old young man, doing his job, would die from a disease caused by the powder he innocently applied to insulate pipes on a ship.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Norma Borneman

1933 – 2018

Mrs. Norma Borneman of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Larry Borneman, passed away at the Coaldale Health Care Centre on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the VIA Church, 2820 – 18 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Allyn Mills officiating. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects 1hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in the Coaldale Cemetery.

Visit http://www.coaldalefuneralhome.com

to send a private condolence.

Michael “Mike” Briere

1987 – 2018

Mr. Michael “Mike” Briere of Lethbridge, beloved son of Angie Smith and Joel Briere, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the age of 30 years. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Mel Johnson, officiating. Interment will follow in the Royal View Cemetery.

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


At 11:40 pm on the 11th day of the 11th month, 2018 RUBY BRISSON, at the age of 93, drew her final breath on this mortal earth. This grand matriarch was a veteran of WW 2, deeply beloved great-grandmother (soon to be great-great grandmother), grandmother, mother, sibling, friend and highly respected member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). She was a pillar to those most in need and the mainstay of the extensive Brisson clan. Most of all she will be missed for her energy, wit, youthfulness, and positive attitude about life spent on earth. She has met her Lord and has rejoined her loved ones who passed before her including Marven (husband), Danny and Guy (two of her sons), Cecil Reid (her brother), two sons-in-law, Bruce Borton and Tom Turner, as well as her parents Alan and Margaret Reid.

She is survived by her sisters Berniece Costanzo and Dianne Bigras, and her children, Linda Borton-Andersen (Leo), Irene Turner, Kent Brisson (Debbie), Judy Cameron (Scotty), Rodney Brisson(Suzie), Barry Brisson (Debbie) and Saralyn Semeniuk (Guy’s widow). Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 6 cherished grandchildren “outlaws” and 19 great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Temple Street Chapel in Cardston, Alberta on Thursday, November 15 at 11 am. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Cremation will follow and burial will take place in Oxdrift, Ontario at a later date, where she will rest beside her loving husband.

Ruby was passionate about helping those with addictions, so if friends desire donations may be made through Legacy Funeral Services to any addiction service.

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


“Mothers are Angels in Training”

ANNA “ANNY” E.C. GEERS, beloved wife, mother and Oma passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Anny is survived by her loving and caring husband, Adrian and her four children and their spouses, John (Shanny), Ed (Jennifer), Shirley Ann (Rolf) and Betty (Rick).

She adored her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Jay (Nicole & Grayson), Stuart (Christina, Rebecca & Sawyer), Blake, Lee, Robyn, Kristi and Nicole.

She is also survived by her extended de Wit and Geers families in Holland.

Anny was born in Oud-Vossemeer, Zeeland, Holland on June 26, 1930. She married Adrian on March 22, 1955 and three days later boarded the Ryndam to their new life in Canada. Their early years were on farms in Vauxhall, Lethbridge and Magrath before settling on their own farm in Vauxhall in 1963. Mom worked hard on the farm; milking cows, stacking bales, butchering chickens, maintaining a huge garden, sewing and baking delicious goods – oh, we loved Oma’s buns! In 1988, they retired into Lethbridge to start the next stage of their life. In her retirement, she added walking, yoga and knitting for the food bank and premature babies at the hospital.

Mom always put everyone else’s needs ahead of herself. She will be sadly missed by many whose lives she touched.

Mom was a devout Catholic and a long-standing member of the Catholic Women’s League.

A FUNERAL MASS will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Anny will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in Anny’s memory to the Covenant Foundation in support of St. Michael’s Palliative Care, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

Anny’s family would like to thank all of Mom’s caregivers who watched over her and supported Dad throughout the years.

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

L 1973 – Bradley Handley – 2018

After a courageous 4 year battle with ALS, Bradley David Handley of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Corrie and devoted father to his young son, Beckett, passed away on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at the age of 45 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother and father, Cathy and Roger of Lethbridge, AB; brother, Michael; grandmother, Phyllis; father and mother in-law, Dale and Charlotte Roberts; brother in-law, Derek (Carmen) Donnelly and their sons, Kaden and Tyler; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bradley was born on May 13, 1973, in Lethbridge and was raised in Coaldale. Bradley attended the University of Alberta and received a degree in Physical Education. Bradley enjoyed sports including running, kickboxing, and he especially enjoyed his time training and working at hockey schools in the OHL and in Penticton. Bradley was a dedicated husband and father and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Bradley’s life will be held at Medicine Hat Lodge, Ballrooms A, B & C, 1051 Ross Glen Drive SE, on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for his son, Beckett, at the TD Bank Trust, Account 255WJ2A. Please make cheques payable to Corrie Handley in Trust. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bradley Handley.

Funeral arrangements are

entrusted to


Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

Kathryn Elizabeth Hurlburt

1928 – 2018

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held. Interment will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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


Ethel (Sarchuk) Jarvis, beloved wife of the late Marvin Dalmain Jarvis passed away peacefully on Friday November 09, 2018 at the age of 90 years young in Raymond, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, November 16, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – TAYLOR STREET CHAPEL (221 N 400 W – Raymond, AB), with Counselor Richard Brandley, officiating. Friends may meet the family prior to service at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment at 3:30 p.m. at the Barnwell Cemetery.

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

Edward Olsson

1934 – 2018

Mr. Edward Olsson of Coutts, Alberta, passed away at Milk River Health Centre on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 84 years. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the ARCHMOUNT CEMETERY, 2650 Westside Drive, Lethbridge Alberta.

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


MEL SAMESHIMA, beloved husband of Jan Sameshima, of Lethbridge, passed away at home, on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the age of 65 years.

Besides his loving wife Jan, Mel is survived by his children Jodie (Robin) Gaskell and their children Braeden and Teagan of Lethbridge and David (Amy) Sameshima and Abigail and Imogen of Medicine Hat. He is also survived by his sisters Deb (Ted) Hannah, Kristy Svoboda and Lori (Jim) Hendricks as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Mel was predeceased by his parents Miyeko Ruth (Mom) and Muneyoshi (Dad).

Mel was born in Lethbridge and was raised in Raymond and Taber. He met Jan in 1975 and they just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Mel worked for 30 years with AGT and Telus. His big loves were golfing, fishing and skiing. Mel and Jan liked to travel and spent ten years after his retirement in Kauai, HI, where the golf season never ended. The family cherishes time spent camping and at the family cabin. Mel is in peace now after living with pulmonary fibrosis.

A Come and Go Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. In memory of Mel, the family encourages you to please dress in Aloha wear or casual clothing.

In lieu of gifts or Koden, please donate to the Alberta Lung Association, 17420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1L9.

To send a condolence, please visit



CHARMAYNE MARIE SHADE-HENRY, “Iisapoinhkyaki”, passed away at home in Picture Butte, AB on November 8, 2018. The Wake Service will be held at the Cardston Senior Centre (260 1st St. West) on Thursday, November 15 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Cardston Senior Centre on Friday, November 16 at 11:00 am.

Condolences may be sent to:



RICHARD STOPERSKI, of Carmangay, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Herfried Telke, wonderful, loving husband of Margaret (Klippenstein) Telke. Lovingly surrounded by his family, Pappy slipped away, eager to meet His Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on November 10, 2018. Herf and Marg are parents of four children: Lori (Dieter) Tischler, Sharon-Joy Fletcher, Dwight Telke, and Sonia (Ken) McKenzie. He also leaves behind nine precious grandchildren: Travis (Becky), Tanya (Jesse), Derek, Mitanjeli (Jordan), Natalie, Monika (Christian), Haley, Nathan, and Aaron, as well as his great grandchildren: Blake, Micah and Paige. He greatly influenced their lives and they’ll always remember precious “Pappy” – the man we all know as fun-loving, adventurous and joyful – a man of solid integrity and real faith. He is survived by one brother, Irwin (Olive) Telke and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Gottfried and Lydia Telke, brother Otto Telke, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Telke.

Born in Germany on August 15, 1929, Herf was six months old when his parents immigrated to Canada, where they initially settled in the North Battleford area. After his elementary education in Shackleton, Saskatchewan, he graduated from the Lutheran Academy in Outlook. This formative time was followed by teacher’s training, a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. He taught math at Crescent Heights High School in Medicine Hat for thirty years, with intermittent teaching periods in Africa. In the early years of his teaching career Herf took a year off to be a brakeman on the railway. That year he was involved in three major accidents, barely surviving the last one which left him with permanent hearing loss, a challenge that he uncomplainingly overcame. After this he turned back to teaching where he met and married Margaret, the love of his life. They’ve been married sixty four years. After several principalships in Saskatchewan, the young family moved to Medicine Hat.

He is known for his great skill and enthusiasm for sports: baseball, hockey, curling, golfing, bowling, and tennis. Herf also played avid chess, weekly Rook games, and championship Cribbage. Countless family holidays included house boating, many ski trips and mountain stays.

His most significant and life-changing decision was to accept a commission with the Canadian International Development Agency as professor at the Marangu Teacher Training College on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, East Africa. He made the five day climb up this, the highest mountain in Africa, twice and took the family on numerous big game safaris and exotic coastal vacations. The eight years in Africa included four rich years teaching at Rift Valley Academy with projects helping orphanages, famine aid and young pastors.

The sixty years Herf and Marg have lived in Medicine Hat, Hillcrest Church has been the foundation for family-raising, spiritual growth, friendships, missions’ committees and many other serving opportunities. We have been deeply blessed by all that Hillcrest has provided.

The most recent eight years at Chinook Village have been delightfully filled with the “cruise ship” atmosphere of everything from drama club, game tournaments, Neighborfest and Bible studies. Herfried’s vivacious, cheerful disposition has been evident to everyone. Bible quotations and stories – always on the tip of his tongue – have inspired us all.

The family expresses sincere thanks to the 5 West medical team for their loving care.

Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME (Medicine Hat) on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery with the celebration of his life to follow at Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church (3785 13th Ave SE, Medicine Hat) at 1:30 p.m., officiated by Pastor Lance Duncalfe and Pastor Jamie McDonald. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the main gate to the cemetery at 12:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Herfried’s name will be gratefully appreciated by the Prairie Gleaners Society P.O. Box 656 Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G6. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Herfried Telke, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.

Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND

CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.

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