January 15th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, December 19, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 19, 2018.


JOHANNA GERDINA BRECKA, (née Hillebrand), beloved wife of Stan Brecka, of Picture Butte, AB, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side, on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the age of 72 years, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Johanna is survived by her husband Stan, children Bonnie (Anton) Suberlak, and Alan (Amy) Brecka; two grandchildren Johnathan and Sophia; sister Bertha Biluk of Armstrong, B.C. and her daughters Lori (Anderson) Galdino, Sherri (Grant) Davyduke, Krista (Wayne) Biluk and numerous cousins. She is also survived by Stan’s siblings Vladimir (Cathy) Brecka, Geraldine Cochrane and their families.

Johanna is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother and two brothers-in-law Wayne Cochrane and Ernie Biluk.

Johanna was born in Macleod, Alberta, on October 20, 1946 to Joan and Bert Hillebrand and was raised on a farm in the Granum area. She married Stan Brecka on January 10, 1978 and lived on the family farm for 41 years until her passing.

Johanna graduated from the St. Michael’s School of Nursing in 1970 and worked as a registered nurse for 36 years. Her passions included spending time with her family, travelling to numerous destinations over the years and her pastime of quilting. She was also a faithful follower of Christ and very active in the community over the years.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 440 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB, on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Coyne officiating, with a reception to follow at the Picture Butte Community Centre, 607 Highway Avenue North, Picture Butte.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Funeral Service.

In memory of Johanna, donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5; St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 or to a charity of your choice.

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


Kenneth ‘Wayne’ Bullock, beloved husband of Karen, passed away quietly at home in Raymond, Alberta on Friday, December 14, 2018. Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or prior to the service on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the church from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TAYLOR STREET CHAPEL, Raymond at 1:00 p.m. with Bishop Wally Tollestrup officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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

James (Jim) William Bush

October 5, 1937 –

December 15, 2018

Jim Bush passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the age of 81 years. Many thanks to St. Mike’s for their care and kindness. We will miss Jim’s sharp humour and long-suffering patience. He was the one who took care of us. Jim is survived by his wife Catherine Manning, daughter Rachel Bush and granddaughter McKenna Bush. A come-and-go reception will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RECEPTION CENTRE, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit in Jim’s name.

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Garth Henderson

1947 – 2018

Mr. Garth Douglas Henderson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Linda Perdue, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Garth was born in Forestburg, Alberta on October 31, 1947. He auctioneered for Edmonton Stock Yards for 21 years then travelled and sold cattle thoughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1997, he moved to Southern Alberta, and with his knowledge of the cattle industry, he worked for feed lots in this area. He will be missed by many for his knowledge and expertise. Besides his loving wife Linda, Garth is survived by his 5 children; 10 grandchildren; 2 step children, and his buddy “Benson”. Flowers gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Blue Fox Association, that specializes in complex needs for adults, 232 – 22 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 3R7.

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DORIS ANNE HUNT, beloved wife of the late George Hunt, passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare, on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

Doris Anne Hunt came into this world on July 23, 1923. She was the second of three children for Sylvester and Francis Stade. She grew up on the family farm south of Cabri, Saskatchewan along with her brothers Bob and Harold. Adventures with her brothers and their horses were often shared when she talked about her early years. Doris had many great memories of gathering with neighbours to skate on nearby Boggy Lake and taking part in baseball, basketball and track and field during her school years.

Doris left the farm following high school to move to Lethbridge where she trained at the Galt School of Nursing. She graduated in 1946 and began her life long career working at the Galt, St. Michaels and the Municipal Hospitals. Her preferred area was on the maternity ward. On outings she would frequently run into former patients who would delight in updating her about their babies which she had either helped deliver or cared for in the nursery. They would share how much her wonderful care had meant to them.

Doris met George Hunt, her husband of 42 years, in 1944. They had great times with friends and family, attending swimming meets, dancing on Saturday nights and taking vacations around the world or camping in their motor home. She and George were members of St. Augustine’s Anglican church.

Doris loved spending time and helping with her seven grandchildren, especially when they were babies. As they got older she enjoyed following their sporting activities, going shopping, baking for them and spending holidays with them.

Doris was predeceased by her husband, George; her son, Kevin and granddaughter, Tikeesha Dawn.

Doris is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Duane) Herbers of Lethbridge and Susan (Glenn) Kjeldgaard of London, Ontario.Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Todd Walker (Angela McMurren), Scott Walker, Kurt Herbers, Lyndsay Herbers (Angelica Doucette), Brady and Loren Kjeldgaard and Brock and Ashley Kjeldgaard of London, Ontario and Kristin and Dave Stypula of Cranbrook, B.C. Last, but not least, Doris is survived by her nine wonderful great-grandchildren, Ty, Cody, Preston, Colton, Kenley, Hayden, Mason, Harper and Adelyn.

A Private Family Graveside Service will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

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

Herbert Klassen

1933 – 2018

Herb Klassen of Coaldale, beloved husband of Elsie Klassen, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Herb was born in Bassano to Cornelius & Tina Klassen on August 10, 1933. When Herbs parents were hailed out, they packed their meager belongings and moved to Coaldale. Herb attended school in Coaldale where he excelled at many sports. In High School, he met the love of his life, Elsie. In 1956, they were married. Herb worked as a lab technician at the Research Center for 18 years, first at the wool labs and later diagnosing rabies for all of Western Canada. During that time, an opportunity came along for him to purchase an Insurance Business. After three years of working both jobs, he was able to purchase another Insurance agency allowing him to work full time in Insurance. In 1984, Herb went into Real Estate & Development and his son continued the Insurance business. Being a community minded person, he served terms on a School Board, Police Commissions & the Real Estate Board. He was also involved with Church, Boys Brigade and Camp Evergreen. Herb will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elsie, son Howard (Susan), daughters Barb & Joan (Dale) Graff, Jim Betts and his grandchildren Trevor & Tari Klassen & Derek & Christie Graff. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to MCC at the Thrift store at 1117 2A Avenue North Lethbridge. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, in Lethbridge, Alberta, located at 4717 24 Avenue South.

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FRED C. LACEY passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family in Kimball, AB at the age of 67 on December 17, 2018. He leaves to mourn his wife of 44 years, Peggy C. Lacey, his children, Kimball (Heidi) Lacey, Jolene (Monte) Aneca, Trent (Tracy) Lacey, Pam (Derick) Heggie and Leah Lacey as well as 20 of his grandchildren. He was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Arthur and Ruby Lacey; sister, Lorna Lacey; son, Boyd Lacey; and grandsons, Shepard and Deacon Heggie.

Fred grew up in Red Deer, Alberta where hockey became his first love. Once he obtained his license, it was a love of motorbikes and classic cars. He was always thoughtful of how he could help others as he truly loved to serve. He married Peggy Bennett from Kimball, AB in 1974 and after living briefly in Strathmore running the U-Haul shop there, he and his family moved to Cardston, AB where he began working for C+D Construction for seven years. He then decided to open Kimball Construction Ltd. and go into business for himself. This began a remarkable career in construction where he built many beautiful homes and commercial buildings in and around the community of Cardston. He was a stalwart member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many capacities. He spent 33 years in scouting and was renowned for his delicious meals and great activities. After retiring from his construction career in 2010, he began serving as a councillor for the Cardston County, a job he truly loved as he got to serve the community in a greater capacity.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston from 7 to 8 pm or at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta Stake Center (338-5 Ave E) on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Kimball Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca In lieu of flowers, the family as asked those to donate to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre.

Lorne McLeod
1925 – 2018

 Lawrence McInnes McLeod, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away in Taber on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the age of 93 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, December 21, 2018 between 9:30 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 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Lorne is survived by his loving wife Blanche of Taber; children Gary (Marilyn) McLeod of Calgary, Terry (Brendan) Woodman of Salt Springs Island and Brenda (George) Wright of Cardston. He is also survived by his younger brother Don (Joan) McLeod of Southey, Saskatchewan.
 Lorne was an active member of his community and church, as well as a successful member of Taber’s farming community. He will be missed by all who knew him.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Marilyn Jean Peterson, beloved wife of Rodney Clifford Peterson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband and five sons, Michael (Kennedy), Ryan (Alisha), Darren (Chris), Brent (Kati), and Jason (Bryanna), as well as 10 grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents Jack and Ione Winkler and a grandson, Bronson. Marilyn was born in Taber, Alberta on June 15, 1954. She married her husband, Rod, in 1978 and they spent 40 wonderful years together. Marilyn’s life revolved around her family, from hosting weekly family dinners, taking her family on vacations, and cheering at nearly every event her children and grandchildren participated in. She rarely missed an opportunity to support her children and grandchildren. All her family members will tenderly cherish her memory. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marilyn served her church and community in many capacities. Her ability to plan and prepare events and meals for hundreds of people was matchless. She also shared her strong testimony and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, through her countless hours of service to others. She was always busy and always generous. Other pastimes of Marilyn included quilting, shopping, cooking, and chocolate making. She loved chatting with friends and sharing stories and had a talent for remembering details. Her family would like to thank the healthcare providers at the Chinook Regional Hospital and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their care and compassion during her treatments. She would also like to thank her many friends and family who have supported her in her recent health struggles. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE EAST STAKE CENTRE, 4105 Forestry Ave S, Lethbridge. Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. Friends are welcome to meet the family at SALMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, or prior to the Friday service at the Forestry Avenue Chapel from 1:00 – 1:45 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 Street S Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

To send a condolence please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


DR. ROBERT “BOB” PLAXTON passed away peacefully on December 10, 2018.

He is survived by his wife Ann Louise, daughters Linda Plaxton and Nancy (Rick) Baker and son David Plaxton (Debbie Dew). Bob will be missed by his granddaughters Lauren Warnica, Kathryn Warnica, Victoria Baker, Leah Plaxton and Chloe Plaxton. Bob is survived by five siblings, Muriel Avery, Audrey Plaxton, Gordon (Nan) Plaxton, Jean (Bob) Midyette and John Plaxton, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was born and raised in and around Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Following high school, he went to the University of Saskatchewan to obtain his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Education degrees. Later in his career, he obtained his Masters of Arts degree and his Ph.D. in Education Administration at the University of Alberta. Bob enjoyed his career in Education both in Calgary and Lethbridge. He was Superintendent of Lethbridge School District #51 for 18 years.

Following retirement, Bob became Executive Director of the College of Alberta School Superintendents. His work in Education allowed him to be very much involved in the community of Lethbridge and the province of Alberta.

Please join us to remember Bob at a celebration of his life on Thursday December 20, 2018 at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB – 101 Country Club Rd, Lethbridge, AB. There will be a remembrance program at 12:00 P.M. followed by a social gathering and light lunch.

Memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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