January 22nd, 2021

THURSDAY, December 13, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 13, 2018.

LaRue Francis
1927 – 2018
 With courage and poise, that were hallmarks of her earthly journey, LaRue Wood Francis passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the age of 91 years. LaRue was the beloved wife to the late Rell Gordon Francis, cherished mother and grandmother.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 13, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, December 14, 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 Friday, December 14, 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.
 LaRue is survived by her children Michael (Dawn) Francis of Orem, Utah, Greg (Shirley) Francis of Taber, Kim (Jenny) Francis of Taber and Kathryn (Doug) Turner of Chilliwack, British Columbia; fourteen grandchildren, forty eight great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
 She was predeceased by her adoring husband of sixty two years Rell Francis; infant son Christopher Francis; two grandsons, Ethan Anderson and Parker Turner.
 LaRue leaves behind a legacy of faith in trials, cheerfulness, and a deep and abiding love for her spouse, family, and for the Savior Jesus Christ. She will be remembered as a refined homemaker, an amazing cook, and a loyal and understanding friend.
 LaRue was born September 1, 1927 in Farmington, Utah to Iva (nee Smith) and Clifton Bird Wood. LaRue attended Brigham Young University in 1945 and worked in the Paramount Theater. It was here she met Rell. They began a beautiful courtship, dancing and singing together, and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on December 11, 1946. They moved to the family farm where Rell became a teacher and LaRue embraced motherhood. She was stricken with polio after the birth of her third child at the young age of twenty six. This was a difficult trial that required her to be separated from her family and in the hospital for a year. LaRue’s faith was magnified and her prayers were answered when she regained the ability to walk again.
 LaRue never complained and did not let her physical challenges stop her from expanding their family, serving in church callings, or keeping a beautiful home and garden. Her family will miss her resilient, compassionate and generous presence, but know she and Rell will be twirling through the halls of heaven with great joy.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


DWIGHT HUDSON, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:13 a.m. at the age of 61 years, after a long battle with MS. Dwight was born on February 10, 1957 in Calgary to Art and Jolayne Hudson. He is the eldest of six children; Dwight, Gordon, Rory, Susan, Sheila and Sharon. He was a very active person finding fulfillment in a variety of sports. He was active in track and field, football, baseball, fishing, hunting and many other things. He especially loved his dogs and spent many hours with them. He was raised and educated in Calgary and then finished school in Lethbridge when the family moved there. Later he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC. The town of Raymond employed Dwight for several years until his fight with MS forced him to retire. He has been in extended care for many years. A huge thank you to the staff at St. Michaels for the excellent care and friendships he made there. You are amazing people. Dwight is survived by his five children; Deonie, Darryl, Shane, Diana and Derrick. A Memorial Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel in Raymond on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held prior to the service at 11:30 a.m. in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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


NORMAN JAY LAW, beloved husband of Myrna Gurney Law, passed away peacefully at home in Magrath on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the age of 82 years.

Norman was born 3 March 1936,4th child of Edwin Tolhurst Law and Eliza Marie Judd. He was born in Lethbridge on a typical winter day of snow storm and 40 degrees below zero.

Norm served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Africa. When released from their mission in 1958, Norm and a couple of missionaries travelled from South Africa to Cairo, Egypt; Brussels, Belgium; and to London, England to attend the London Temple dedication. They then returned home by ship and train to Alberta.

In 1959 Norm married his best friends’ younger sister, Myrna Gurney and they lived in Calgary where Norm was employed with an electrical company. The job was short lived, as farming was in his blood.

His working career began at farming with his father and brothers. In 1963, the urge to further his education found the family at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He worked harvesting peas and corn for the Brigham Canning Company, then as interviewer for Utah Employment Agency in Brigham City and Provo, Utah. Also, general contractor, electrician, and fiber optic technician. After his father’s passing, the family returned to Magrath and the farm in Spring Coulee where he managed this business for a number of years. Hauling fertilizer for Green Acres delighted him as he travelled to many farms in Southern Alberta. Then in 1980, back to construction in Utah. Norman and Myrna retired in June 1999, and left Utah for a home in Magrath.

Their two children brought them much happiness over the years, and were a huge help whether on the farm, or living the city life in Logan to Brigham City, to Provo, Utah. Skiing and camping Utah mountains, picking fruit from our backyard, or a trip to Disneyland in California.

His church callings included Primary teacher, Ward Clerk, Membership Clerk, Counsellor in Sunday School, and Record Extraction Worker, indexing over 125,000 records.

Service work in Magrath included electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and painting at The Magrath Museum. He also enjoyed yard work, and his ride on the lawn mower.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Myrna Gurney Law; his siblings: Geneva Law Spencer (Russ Spencer) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Lawrence Law (Marcela Viola Law) of Cardston, Alberta, Lorna Law Burnham (Bob Burnham) of Jerome, Idaho, Melba Law Soderstrom (Ken Soderstrom) of Aetna, Alberta.

He is also survived by his children: Debra Law Rollingson (Rob Rollingson) of Calgary, Alberta, and Trevor Law of West Valley, Utah and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Don Law; sister-in-law, Garda Pilling Law; daughter-in-law, Shanna Schrader Law; and brother, Weston J. Law.

The family, especially Myrna, would like to express our gratitude to Russ Barnett for his compassionate service, whether early morning or late night, and to the ward family, and the Priest Quorum.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Magrath Alberta Stake Center on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Friends may meet the family at the Church on Friday, December 14th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or from 1:00-1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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


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 sibling, Scott (Shelly) Orban and their children Blake, Sarah (Jordan) & James, siblings-in-law 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.

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


LORNE REIERSON, passed away suddenly at home in Coaldale, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the age of 56 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Roma Roth

1937 – 2018

Mrs. Roma Roth of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Steve Roth, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the age of 81 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

Angela Slezina

1928 – 2018

Ms. Angela Slezina of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Good Samaritan West Highlands at the age of 90 years. 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.

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

Harold Sturm

1928 – 2018

Mr. Harold Sturm of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the age of 90 years. Harold was born to Alice and Ben Sturm in 1928. He worked for 34 years for the Lethbridge Post Office as a Mail Carrier. In that time, he made many friends and was very well known in the community. Harold had a lot of interests, he loved dancing, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., the Rat Pack and Big Band music. He was a very talented dancer on ice skates and roller skates. Harold spent a lot of his time outdoors, fishing and camping, he also loved going to hockey games. Harold also coached hockey, Lacrosse with Colin and Douglas. He enjoyed travelling to Blaine Lake, Kalispell, Montana with his family for many years. He was an Elk member for 25 years and made a lot of friends and acquaintances through that. Harold is survived by his daughter Renee (Timothy) Dunne; two sons, Douglas Sturm (Karen Bauer) and Colin Sturm (Shelley Powlesland); son-in-law Doug Lundeen; his grandchildren, Patrick Lundeen (Bree Apperley), Stacy (Caroline) Lundeen, Charlotte Lundeen (Jeff Flight), Tristan Sturm, Liz Farries, Clinton (Angie) Sturm, Briana Bateman and Danielle Bateman; step grandsons, Braedan Dunne and Brett Dunne; great grandchildren, Louis Lundeen, Ruby Lundeen, Iris Sturm, Bentley Derkson and Charlie Derkson. Harold is predeceased by his parents Alice and Ben Sturm; his two sisters, Evelyn Freeburn, Marjorie Kanyok and his daughter Darcelle Lundeen. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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

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