January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, December 12, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 12, 2018.

Leona Berghout

1927 – 2018

Mrs. Leona Berghout of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Dick Berghout, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Leona is survived by her 4 sons; Clarence, Robert, Garry (Lynn), and Ernest. Leona will be privately remembered by family and friends.

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Laurence Eldridge

1942 – 2018

Laurence Thomas Eldridge, beloved husband of Deanna Eldridge (nee Anderson), passed away peacefully in Taber on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 76 with his family by his side. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, December 13, 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 Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Laurence is survived by his wife of fifty one years Deanna; children Becky Eldridge of Medicine Hat, Pam (Jason) Matthews of Taber, Dana (Mark) Evans of Medicine Hat and Shauna Eldridge of Medicine Hat; grandchildren Skylar (Tehani), Keaton, Tyson (Jamie-Lee), Daxon, Carter, Colwyn, Gryffin, Keona, Kathryn, Athena and Alexzander; great grandchildren Payton and Kaisley. He is also survived by his siblings Henry Eldridge, Eva (Grant) Fraser, Frank (Janyce) Eldridge and Phyllis Eldridge; sisters-in-law Brenda Anderson, Janis Clark and Veneta (Doug) Cooper as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Eveyln Eldridge; in-laws Dean and Maydell Anderson; sister Fae Pemberton; brothers-in-law Reg Anderson and Fred Clark; sister-in-law Jolayne Anderson. Laurence was born and raised in Falmouth, Nova Scotia in 1942, the third child of Jim and Evelyn Eldridge. He grew up working with his family on their farm. Laurence headed out west to Alberta when he was seventeen years old and worked on seismograph lines. He came to Taber in the mid sixties, where he started his agriculture career at Kinniburgh farms. He met and married Deanna Anderson in May 1967 and they were blessed with four daughters. Laurence worked at the Taber Seed Cleaning Plant and then pursued his Heavy Duty Mechanic certificate while at Green Power. After several years at Green Power he moved to the Taber Sugar Factory and worked in the Outside Equipment shop. Laurence retired from working full-time in 2005, but did continue with seasonal part-time jobs. Laurence taught his family the value of working hard. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Laurence fulfilled many callings over the years and loved serving others. He loved his family both near and far. Laurence was proud to be the father of four girls and taught them they could do anything. He was later blessed with many grandsons and some precious granddaughters. Laurence was always willing to have the kids tag along with whatever he was doing. In last few years, he was blessed with two great grandchildren and one more on the way. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Laurence’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, Ontario L3P 3G8 (http://www.cpff.ca) Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


ILIFF DAVID McKAY, son of Geraldine Weasel Fat and Joe McKay, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta on December 10, 2018 at the age of 40.

He was born in Browning, Montana and lived between Browning and Lethbridge. He worked for the Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation at the Blood Tribe Youth Ranch.

Iliff is survived by his parents Geraldine and Joe; brothers Ian (Tasha) & Joseph; little sister Alexandrea Ground; maternal grandmother May Weasel Fat; nieces and nephew.

A Service for family and friends will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The Wake and Funeral Services will follow on Thurs., Fri. & Saturday in Browning, MT. The Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 and Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Browning. Interment at the Willow Creek Cemetery.

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CHRISTOPHER ORBAN, beloved husband of Valerie Orban, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the age of 56 years.

Besides his loving wife, Val, he is survived by his children, Brance (Timea) Orban, Tayler (Mark Weitz) Orban and Chortney (Clayton Redel) Orban; his parents, Joe & Dorothy Orban; his parents-in-law, Joe & Verla Liptak and his siblings-in-law, Scott (Shelly) Orban and their children Blake, Sarah (Jordan) & James, Dave (Lisa) Liptak and their children DJ, Kayce & Diezel and Cathy Trempner and her children Madison (Jayden Kooy) & Zach.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Jerry Orban and Todd Orban; his grandparents, Joe & Elizabeth Orban and Fred & Pat Snell; his uncles, Jay Braun and Dave Snell and cousin, Jason Snell.

Chris was born in Taber on December 12, 1961 to Joe & Dorothy Orban. He married Val Liptak, the apple of his eye, on June 7, 1986. That same year was of great significance to Chris and Val, as it was that year they bought a house as well as JCST Sports in Taber, which Chris ran for several years. Two years later, he and Val welcomed their first child, Brance, who was followed by Tayler in 1991 and Chortney in 1996.

Prior to marrying Val, Chris played college hockey with the SAIT Trojans, then professionally in Scotland for the Fife Flyers. In 1986, the year of their wedding, Chris was offered a chance to continue his professional hockey career in North America, but he declined and chose to commit his focus to starting his family and continued to run the family business. He taught golf at the Taber Golf Course and took initiative to revamp the Taber Buccaneers; the senior men’s team from his hometown.

Though he decided to move on from his professional hockey career as a player, Chris was an extremely valued athlete and teammate overseas and with the Olds Grizzlys (formerly the Taber Golden Suns). In Scotland, he earned the Man of the Match award, which is given to the player who accumulates the highest number of star nominations from each game. With the Golden Suns, he was awarded with the Most Heart & Guts Trophy; an award that was created exclusively for Chris as a special acknowledgment to the sacrifices he made for the team. The trophy was physically massive to symbolize the size of Chris’ heart. The year after, when the Golden Suns moved to Olds and became the Grizzlys, Chris was named the first ever captain of the team. That award sat in his home until his son, Brance, won Rookie of the Year in 2007, at which point Chris donated it to the Grizzlys to present to every future Rookie of the Year recipient. Chris and Brance’s names are the first two names on the trophy.

His and Val’s working careers took them all over the province. In 1989, Val started her Day Home. In 2003, they moved to Calgary to pursue an opportunity to run a sporting goods store. Eventually, they moved to Lethbridge where Val continued her Day Home and Chris chased a career in salon sales. He won numerous awards in sales and business, such as Top Colour Sales for ten consecutive years, but most importantly he established countless relationships.

On February 1, 2015, Chris was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His disease did not slow him down; he still played hockey, went to the gym, traveled around the world and spent summers at the lake. On August 3, 2018, he was able to attend Brance & Timea’s wedding in Hungary. It wasn’t until 34 months after his diagnosis that Chris succumbed to his illness – over twice as long as the average expectancy.

Throughout his entire life, Chris exemplified perseverance, courage and heart; he never quit and he never gave up, no matter what was at hand. Family was everything to him; Orban’s are warriors and he was no exception.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AUGUSTINE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber, AB on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Eligio Canete, celebrant.

A Celebration of Life Reception will follow at the TABER COMMUNITY CENTRE, 4712 – 50 Street, Taber, AB on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The family kindly encourages everybody to wear a jersey!

The family would like to acknowledge all of the Hockey Brothers; though too numerous to name, your impact on Chris’ life will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’ memory may be made to the Kidsport Lethbridge & Taber, 1001 – 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0J3 or online at http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/lethbridge-taber.

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THOMES WILLIAM BRADLEY JOSEPH PASTACHAK, beloved husband of Melissa Pastachak, of Coalhurst, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the age of 37 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay your respect at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with cremation to follow.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 – St. Edwards Blvd. N, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with a reception to follow.

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Angela Slezina

1928 – 2018

Ms. Angela Slezina of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at the West Highlands Lodge in Lethbridge on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the age of 90 years. Angela was born in Kuchyna, Czech Republic on May 9, 1928 and immigrated to Canada with her mother and brother in 1933. She lived in Ontario, Creston, BC, and then settled in Kipp, AB. Angela married Frank Slezina in 1947 and together built a family business called Southholm Angus Ranch. Later in life, Angela moved to Lethbridge where she worked for Imperial Fashions as a fashion consultant and model until she retired. With her green thumb and culinary skills, Angela rarely served store bought food. Although she was always busy working, she found time to listen to music, dance and cuddle with her favourite pet. Angela always put her family first until the day she died. Angela is predeceased by her son Kenneth Slezina, and granddaughter Amy Slezina. She is survived by five children; Millie (John) Boake, Fran (Garry) Sartison, Gary (Dena) Slezina, Evelyn (Colin) Yackulic, Lonnie Slezina, brother Edward (Linda) Klima, sister- in- law Pat Klima, as well as numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Angela was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Mary Klima, and brother Bill Klima. Angela’s sweet smile and kind heart will be missed and remembered. A Celebration of Angela’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Harold Sturm

1928 – 2018

Mr. Harold Sturm of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the age of 90 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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MARYETTA THIELEN, of Milk River, passed away in the Milk River Health Centre – Long Term Care, on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River, AB, on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating.

Maryetta will be laid to rest in the Milk River Cemetery at a later date.

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