January 20th, 2021

SATURDAY, November 24, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 26, 2018.


Harold S. Brewer passed away at West Highlands on November 21, 2018, at the age of 94 years. He is the loving father of: Barb Brown of Lethbridge, Bev Mitchell (Larry) of Calgary, Pat Leavitt (Ken) of Magrath, Jim Brewer (Vickie) of Lethbridge, Penny Silver & Ken Brewer of Lethbridge. He is also survived by 11 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and numerous other family members. Harold was predeceased by his parents Ernest & Ivy Brewer. His brothers Ernie & Chuck Brewer, his sisters Pearl & Nora. Also, his niece Carol and grandson Ryan Meldrum. Harold served in the Navy in World War II. He loved golf, animals, boxing and swimming. A Family Service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery.

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CHISHOLM, Dr. Forbes Robert October 22, 1954 –

November 20, 2018

Rob was born in Calgary, Alberta. He developed a fascination with animals as a small child living with his family on an acreage in Bearspaw where he communed with nature and learned to ride horseback. During adolescence Rob was hired by a local rancher as a summer farmhand where he cut his teeth as a rancher which would develop into his passion and career. Rob excelled in academia from a young age. In grade nine at Red Deer Lake School he received the Governor General award for outstanding academic achievement. In grade 12 at Lord Beaverbrook High School he earned three awards for exceptional academic, athletic and social aptitude. After two years of studying for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Alberta his high marks allowed him to skip two pre-vet years of study and go directly into veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan where graduated with distinction as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. Rob practiced in a large animal clinic in Strathmore for several years before purchasing, with help from his father, the Three Walking Sticks Ranch, a cow/calf operation in the Porcupine Hills west of Claresholm. He loved the ranch and loved working with cattle, particularly when riding his favourite saddle horse, Bugsy. His skill in breeding produced exceptional and widely sought-after beef. Rob participated in brandings, round-ups, weaning and other ranching activities (which might have included a wee dram of whisky or a cribbage board now and then) but his greatest joy was sharing the ranching way of life with his kids. He worked, and played, alongside neighbours and local ranchers developing wonderful, lifelong friendships. His skill as a vet was valued and often called upon by his community. During the financially lean years of Alberta’s BSE outbreak he worked full time as a vet at the Claresholm Veterinary Clinic in addition to tending the ranch. His working days were long indeed. Rob was a respected and active member of the community who taught gymnastics to children and helped lead the Claresholm 4H chapter. He was an instrumental part of the East Trout Grazing Association and Ducks Unlimited for 35 years. The Hills and his community inspired him to write cowboy poetry which he read at many public events. Rob’s hobby of playing the bagpipes grew into esteemed and in-demand performances at local events, especially annual Robbie Burns suppers. He held the position of Pipe Sergeant in the Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band and made lifelong friendships with his band mates. He was very proud of his two sons who developed piping talents that exceeded his own. Rob is survived by his son Leigh (Bronwyn) and their children – Isolde, Cassian, Finnian; his brother Douglas (Sandra) and their three children; his sister Mary Jane (Ty Pfeifer) and their three children; his sister Jessie (Spencer MacCosham) and their four children; and his parents Merritt and Benni Chisholm. He also is survived by his estranged wife Robin, children Gavin, Shannon, Alec (Laura) and grandsons John and Gordon. During the years of Rob’s illness his three siblings and oldest son formed a dedicated support group. His wonderful neighbours and friends provided Rob with unwavering assistance, compassion and sincere kindness–they truly were an inspiration. We would like to thank and express our deep appreciation to the many caregivers at the Claresholm hospital for the high level of care and comfort provided to Rob. A Celebration of Rob’s Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Claresholm Community Centre (5920- 8 Street West, Claresholm, Alberta) followed by a reminiscing lunch. All friends and acquaintances of Rob are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Claresholm and District Health Foundation P.O. Box 2638, Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0 (www.cdhealth.ca) in Rob’s name will be gratefully accepted.

Arrangements entrusted to Willow Creek Funeral Home, Claresholm.

Tel: 403-625-3212. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at http://www.willowcreekfuneralhome.com

Bryan Odden Currie

1929 – 2018

Bryan Odden Currie past away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, following a brief illness. Bryan is survived by his wife Delores (Lorry) Stauth; his daughters Paulette (Gene) Low and Cheri (Sandi) Currie; step children Greg (Georgie) Stauth, Bob (Sue) Stauth, Brian (Linda) Stauth, Scott (Margaret) Stauth, Valerie Hart and Mary Ann Steen. Along with numerous nieces and nephews, step grand children and step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Pauline; infant daughter Terry; parents Boyd and Clara Currie; infant brother Richard; brother Wayne Currie and sister Joan Brooks. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 2:00PM at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, please donate to anything related to Men’s Health.

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Mrs. Gloria Dunkin

1926 – 2018

Mrs. Gloria Dunkin of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Mr. John “Jack” Dunkin, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the age of 92 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the CENTENNIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 103 – Pinetown Place NE, Calgary, Alberta, with Reverend Jin Woo Kim, officiating. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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SHANNON LYNN FEDERKEIL (LARUE) of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away on November 22, 2018. Shannon was the loving wife of George Federkeil for 45 years.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1955 she was the daughter of Angus and Isla Larue, and had 2 brothers, Randy (Wendy) Larue, and Ryan (Michelle) Larue.

She was an accomplished homemaker and ongoing student of natural healing. She was very active in local community organizations. She loved the outdoors and was a friend to any animal that crossed her path. Shannon was an avid reader, writer, and took organization to a new level.

She is survived by her spouse, George Federkeil, children Scott (Nicki) Federkeil, and Robert (Noelle) Federkeil, Grandchildren, Sahlysse, Justin, and Mason Federkeil. Shannon is also survived by her brothers, Randy (Wendy) Larue and Ryan (Michelle) Larue.

Do not stand at my grave

and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.

Shannon’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. in Lethbridge, Alberta. Lunch will be served in the Memorial Hall from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday November 28th 2018

Memorial donations can be made to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary.

Ross Jensen
1930 – 2018
Ross Jensen, passed away at home in Purple Springs on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary or to send condolences, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Kimpton Edward Johns

1957 – 2018

Kimpton Edward Johns (Kim) of Lethbridge beloved son, brother, Uncle and friend passed away after a short battle with cancer on November 16, 2018 at the age of 60yrs. Kim was predeceased by his Dad Lyal Johns. Kim led a full and adventurous life, with a deep love for the outdoors, all of nature and it’s wonders, especially fishing and rock hounding. He was an avid fly fisherman and had a knack for locating Ammolite, which he had a small collection. In his younger years, he was an accomplished Bull Rider and rode Saddle and Bareback Broncs on the Coors Pro Circuit. During that time, he also travelled with rodeo stock owned by the Cox family out of High Prairie working as a Bull Fighter. Kim worked a variety of jobs early on, starting out with Buchanan Lumber as so many young people in High Prairie did. He later went to work for Spendiff Transport and obtained his Class 1 while working there. After that he drove, transport, logging and cattle liners for many years. Kim took a break from trucking, trained as a Medic, moved to the Crowsnest Pass to work, and was an active member of the Crowsnest Pass Rescue Squad. The road beckoned and he went back to trucking, primarily hauling livestock, owning his own truck during the late 90’s. He also drove the infamous Ice Roads. Kim’s final venture was of his own design, a unique Eavestroughing business primarily providing large-scale plans and installation on the Colonies around Southern Alberta and into Saskatchewan. No matter what he undertook he was always respected for his compassionate caring heart, his honesty and unfailing gift of seeing the best in and putting others interests before his own. He loved a good laugh, a day on the river with no clocks, the company of loved ones, a good story, and a variety of music. He had a passion for history, especially that of the coming of age of Canada and the US, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Korea. Kim was a rare soul in our world so often marked with selfish cruelty. His steadfast kind, generous and loyal heart demonstrated his tremendous courage. Those who knew him well have memories of him stepping up to defend those not able to do defend themselves or standing beside one doing so. All women who knew Kim could be at ease in his presence as he was a gentleman through and through just like his Dad. Kim had no children of his own, but he loved his nieces and nephews, children of friends and those he took under his wing. Many knew him as “Uncle Kim”. Heard from those paying their respects to his family: “A truthful and honest man” “Very sweet man” “A nice caring man” “A beautiful soul” “He touched many lives” “An awesome neighbor” “Kindest most honest man I ever met” “He will be missed” “Proud to have known him” “A good brother” The words spoken, and the respect given after a person leaves the rest of us behind show the honor they deserve. Thank you for those words to those who spoke them, you have given honor and respect to a man who was powerful in his gentleness and unwavering refusal to participate in the cruelty of the world no matter what. God Bless him and may he roam freely along the banks of the most beautiful rivers. Kim leaves behind his Mom Lorraine Johns, Sister Sharie (Jim), Niece Kristin, Nephews Shaun and Michael (Tracy), Great Niece, Sarah, Great Nephews Jo and Sam and his dear friend Dana. There will be no Service at Kim’s request. His ashes will join his Dad in the Family plot in Weyburn Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to STARS Air Ambulance: 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary AB T2E 8M7 Phone: 403-295-1811

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Dennis Kosaka 1936-2018

It is with great sadness that we share the gentle passing of Dennis Kosaka on November 11, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. He is greatly missed by his children Renee Husdal and Tyler Kosaka (Christina), grandchildren, Geoffrey, Kirsten and Danica as well as sisters Irene and Brenda. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Daisy. Our thanks to AgeCare Walden in Calgary for the wonderful care they provided. Koden and flowers are graciously declined. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date and will be held in Lethbridge, AB.

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LORETTA “LORI” JANE LEISTER, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at the St. Michael’s Heath Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the age of 61 years.

Lori is survived by her mother Mary Leister of Lethbridge, son Christian (Jessica) Schacher of Calgary and sisters Patricia (Norbert) Boehm of Lethbridge and Betty Leister of Maynooth, Ontario.

She was predeceased by her father Frederick “Fred” Leister.

Lori was born in Lethbridge on January 26, 1957 to Fred and Mary Leister. She was the middle child of three daughters. Lori was a brilliant writer, talented musician, gifted artist and a dedicated and loving mother to her only son, Christian. Apart from her many accomplishments, she will be remembered as an incredibly caring person who would do absolutely anything, and sacrifice everything for those she loved and those in need.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Alphonse Narisetty officiating. A Reception will follow the service for family and friends.

Following the reception, Lori will be laid to rest with her parents in Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Lori, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Lisa Alleen Navrot (nee Reich) on November 19, 2018. She is survived by her mother Marsha, and her father Roger Reich (Bev). She is also survived by her Aunt Robin and Uncle Peter Haney and family and additionally by her Aunt Penny and Uncle Rob Grey and family. Lisa was predeceased by her brother David Reich.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11:00am at the Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.

MARTIN, Dr. Alvin E. April 25, 1927 –

November 12, 2018

Dr. Al Martin passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Pincher Creek Hospital. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Lori (Dave), daughter-in law Pat from England and 6 grandchildren: Chrissy, Megan, Daniel, Jennifer (Rich), Michael (Vicki) and Andrew. He is also survived by a great – granddaughter Rose. He was predeceased by his wife June and three children Barb, Brian, and Donna (Rick), as well as his parents and three brothers Bruce, Bob, and Joe. Al was born April 25, 1927 in Govan, Saskatchewan where his family farmed. Aside from working on the farm, he enjoyed many sports such as hockey with his brothers. He met and married June while attending University in Edmonton. He moved his little family to Guelph, Ontario to complete his studies. Upon graduation, he moved to Lethbridge, Fort Macleod and finally settled in Claresholm where he finished off his long career helping animals. His fervent wish was always to have his own farm and they realized this dream in Claresholm. They raised Murray Grey cattle and were instrumental in bringing the breed to Canada. He spent whatever time he could at work on the farm and showing his cattle. He also spent many years involved in various organizations including Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and various sports-primarily golf and curling. Al was well known in the community and after he moved to town, was often seen walking everywhere he could. It was the highlight of his day to wave to the people he knew and loved. He moved to Pincher Creek a few years ago to be closer to his daughter but never forgot his kinship to his community. A Celebration of Al’s Life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Willow Creek Funeral Home (4079-1st Street West, Claresholm). In memory of Dr. Martin, donations may be made to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society 2920-16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E9 or on behalf of his 3 children, the Canadian Cancer Society 200-325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5.

Arrangements entrusted to Willow Creek Funeral Home, Claresholm.

Tel: 403-625-3212. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at http://www.willowcreekfuneralhome.com

Walter Mitson

1922 – 2018

Mr. Walter Mitson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Marie Mitson, passed away in Okotoks, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the age of 96 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Lilly Paul

1940 – 2018

Lilly Paul passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2018, at the age of 78 years. Lilly was born on August 18th, 1940 in Josefstal, Ukraine. She immigrated to Canada with her parents and sister in 1952 and settled in Coaldale. She later went to Ontario for school and training to become a registered nursing assistant. Upon her return to Lethbridge, she met her husband Ewalt at a dance in Lethbridge and they were married in 1959 and settled in Magrath. Here they were both employed and raised their family till their retirement to Lethbridge in 2007. Ewalt’s passing in 2015 was very hard on Lilly but she persevered and with the help of family and friends began to enjoy life once again. Her final year was spent fighting cancer and she ‘ran that tough race’ till the end. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Elaine (Rory) Ross of Lethbridge and son Alan (Kari) Paul of Calgary. Lilly leaves behind five cherished grandchildren: Nicholas (Alyssa) Ross with great grandson Brooks; Bradley (Caitlin) Ross; and Nathan, Curtis and Megan Paul. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be deeply missed. Lilly worked at the Magrath General Hospital for 31 years. She was an active member of the Magrath Golf Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church. In her later years, she enjoyed socializing with the ladies of Horizon Village West and maintained her interests in walking, reading and knitting. She loved her family and could always be counted on to provide encouragement and advice for all matters. The family would like to thank the staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital 4C unit for their professional care and special thanks to family doctor Dr. Donald Gibb for his patience, understanding and concern. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00AM. on Wednesday, November 28 at IMMANUEL LUTHERN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West in Lethbridge with Pastor Lee Loveridge officiating. Interment will take place at the family plot in Magrath Cemetery at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Center, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

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QUINN, Margaret May 17, 1923-

Main River,New Brunswick November 20, 2018 –

Calgary, Alberta

Marg beloved wife of the late Maurice Arnold of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the age of 95 years. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Judy Quinn of Lethbridge, AB, Myrna (Brian) Selmon of Winnipeg, MB, and Maura (Brad) Myers of Brandon, MB; grandchildren, Melissa (Craig) Ratz, Steven (Kayla), Michael (Chloe), and Daniel Champagne; and great-grandchildren Brooke, Mason, and Ainsley Ratz. She also leaves behind one sister Myrtle (Bob) Hall of Edgewater, FL.; one sister-in-law Kathryn Stewart of Kingston, ON, and two brothers-in-law, Bill (Margaret-Ann) Quinn of Calgary, AB and Harry Quinn of Edmonton, AB; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. prior to the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Father Albert Lacombe Home (Society) 332 – 146th Avenue, S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 2A3. Telephone: (403) 254-6280. http://www.fatherlacombe.ca/donations or to the Southern Alberta Community Living Association, SACLA, , 401 21a Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 6L6. Telephone: (403) 329-1525. https://donate.sacla.ca/. In living memory of Margaret Quinn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


1927 – 2018

THOMAS EUGENE “TOM” RICHARDS, of Coaldale, reached the end of a long and productive life on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The 91-year-old passed away following a brief illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital, very near the spot where his longtime wife and inseparable partner, Margaret Richards, had predeceased him three months earlier.

Tom leaves behind his sister Lesley (Murray) Bowman; children Jean (Ken) Mackintosh and Harley (Jackie May) Richards; grandchildren Laura (Mark) Fast, Logan Mackintosh, Alison (Clayton) Varjassy, Tuscany Richards, Sterling Richards and Autumn Richards; and great-grandchildren Maisie Fast and Rowen Varjassy.

In addition to Margaret, with whom he will share a columbarium niche at Mountain View Cemetery, Tom was predeceased by his father Ed in 1985, his mother Helen in 1996 and his brother Bill in 2014.

Tom was born in Lethbridge’s Galt Hospital (now the Galt Museum & Archives) on September 3, 1927. He was the oldest of three children belonging to Ed & Helen Richards, who farmed northeast of Coaldale.

Tom’s childhood memories included riding in a horse-drawn wagon to school, waking on frigid winter mornings to the sound of his father starting a fire in the kitchen, and seeing men desperate for work pass by atop rail cars during the Great Depression. A member of the local Air Cadets, he was preparing to follow his father’s example and enlist for military service when the Second World War ended a few weeks before his 18th birthday.

Tom and his younger brother Bill remained on the family farm near Tempest, and with the help of their parents expanded the operation to include land southeast of Chin.

On November 14, 1955, Tom married Margaret, a Vancouver girl he met while she was visiting a friend in Lethbridge. They later had two children, Jean and Harley, and spent the next 34 years on the farm.

Tom and Margaret moved to Coaldale in 1989, and resided there for almost all of their remaining years. At the time of his death, Tom was living in the Sunny South Lodge – not far from the curling rink where he had spent much of his winter leisure time over the years.

Tom’s family will celebrate his life at a private gathering. They respectfully decline flowers and other tributes, as well as donations or gifts in lieu thereof. Instead, they wish to thank Tom and Margaret’s many friends and acquaintances for enriching the couple’s lives over the years.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of HELEN EMILY ROSSETTI (nee Hegy), at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Helen is survived by her four children: Diane Rossetti, Lowell (Mary Ann) Rossetti, Brian Rossetti (Rita Poruchny) and Patrick Rossetti; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ed Rossetti.

Helen had a free and independent spirit her whole life and lived in the moment. In early years, she was into fitness and worked at Woodwards and Holiday Bowl.

Helen was part of the five-pin bowling community and bowled for many years. In 2000, she coached an Alberta Master Bowlers Association Seniors Team to a gold medal at the Canadian Championships in London, Ontario.

We would like to thank everyone’s efforts and kindness at the Chinook Regional Hospital as well as her friends and staff at Cottage six at Park Meadows Lodge.

Helen will be missed by her family and many friends.

At Helen’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

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John Waldner
1940 – 2018
John G. Waldner, beloved husband of Katie Waldner, passed away in Taber on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the age of 78 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evergreen Colony, Taber on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Evergreen Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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