November 28th, 2021

THURSDAY, January 3, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 3, 2019.

Warren Asplund

1945 – 2018

Mr. Warren Asplund, beloved husband of the late Patricia Asplund passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Warren is survived by his daughter Sharla; son Travis (Terri); grandsons Nolan and Patrick who were the brightest lights in his life. Warren is also survived by his mother Dorrie; sister Marilyn (Len) Craddock; brothers Darryl (Nancy) Asplund, Dave (Judy) Asplund, Dean (Kris) Asplund; his sister-in-law Barb Slawson (Don Teed); cousins-in-law Mike & Maggie Chandler and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many dear friends. Warren was predeceased by his wife Patricia; his father Charlie Asplund; father and mother-in-law Earl and May Freeman and sister in law Rita Freeman. Warren will be remembered for his generosity, caring heart and his great sense of humour that we will all cherish and carry with us beyond his passing. A Celebration of Warren’s Life will be held at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels In lieu of flowers, Sharla and Travis ask that donations be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 – 19 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5 or to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre 1400 – 9 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5 where he spent the last days of his life and received such tremendous care though his journey.

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Arthur “Art” Bell

1942 – 2018

Mr. Arthur “Art” Bell, 3rd generation of Bell’s Welding, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital with family and friends by his side on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 76 years.

Art was predeceased by his parents George and Mary Bell.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Major Donald Bladen, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Donations in Art’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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January 14, 1933

– December 21, 2018

GEORGE EUGENE BISHOFF passed away in Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 21, 2018, at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Roque Pereira celebrating.

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1933 – 2018

MR. BERT BOSCH, beloved husband of Marlene Bosch (née Arthur), passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

A Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.

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Carolyn Ann Garriott 11.30.1936 – 12.28.2018

Carolyn’s indomitable spirit departed this plane of existence after 82 years and one month of life; enroute to her next exciting adventure. Carolyn was born to Borghilde (Peggy) Cartwright and Clarence Cartwright at Lewistown, MT. in November 1936. Unfortunately, she and her elder sister Joyce lost their father to a logging accident when she was only two. Peggy moved to Great Falls to find work to support her two girls. Later Peggy met and married Ed Burtosky of Great Falls. The girls entered elementary school at Emerson, and they lived in the Bill Holt Housing project while Ed was serving in the Navy. The girls often spent their summers on the farm near Loma, MT. with Peggy’s parents, Thore and Christine Ritland, or with Clarence’s parents, Frazier and Blanch Cartwiright on their place near Geraldine, MT. All went well until after WW-II, whenPeggy and Ed divorced. Peggy soon married John Koble, an Army Air Corps man, recently discharged. The girl’s new step-father found work difficult to find in the post-war times. They moved, first to Clyde Park, MT; then Boise ID and finally to Riverton, WY, home to John Koble and his family. He soon found a good job as a Postal Service Carrier. Carolyn entered the fifth grade and soon made many friends. One of those schoolmates was Jerry Garriott. They became very good friends throughout their High School years, graduating in 1954. Carolyn then attended Junior College at Casper, WY, as did Jerry. They maintained their close friendship until Jerry enlisted in the Navy in 1955. Carolyn left school soon thereafter and went to work in a bank and an oil company doing clerical and office management work. In Riverton, Carolyn later married the ‘boy next door’, Buckley Cunningham. They moved to Laramie, WY where “Buck” attended the University of Wyoming, while Carolyn worked to help support them. They had three children there, David, Stephen and Karen, while Buck was earning a BA in Wildlife and Forestry Management. Shortly after graduation Buck was offered a position as Park Naturalist at Banff National Park, in Southern Alberta, CA. He accepted forthwith and the little family immigrated to Canada and settled in Waterton, a village just south of Banff. Buck’s career in the provincial government later took them to Edmonton, AB, where they had their fourth child, Brian. They then moved to Calgary and finally to Lethbridge, where Buck joined the faculty at Lethbridge College. Carolyn enrolled there and soon earned a BS in Anthropology, followed by a BA in Education. Carolyn and Buck divorced then and she took the four kids and moved to a small farm south of Lethbridge. Carolyn started working and entered a fast track program to get her MA Ed. She was then able to secure a good position teaching middle school in the Lethbridge high schools system. An accomplished vocalist, Carolyn was appointed to manage and directed the school choir. Soon after beginning her teaching, Carolyn was chosen by the University to become part of an Anthropological research team planning to go to Italy on a dig. While preparing for this assignment, Carolyn retained a fellow named Antonio Brocca, to tutor her Italian language. Tony was an Italian immigrant to Canada. When he proposed later she decided to marry Tony and he could then accompany her to Italy, acting as tutor and tour guide. During her absence the four children were sent to live with their Grandparents in Montana. These plans came a cropper shortly after they arrived in Rome. The Morrow Civil War broke out in Italy and the expedition leader soon advised everyone to return home to Canada a soon as possible. But because of the civil war, transportation and documentation were nearly at a stand-still. Happily Tony and Carolyn were able to stay with his family while they scrambled for air transportation out of Italy. After many days they finally secured reservations to fly home, but not before Carolyn had learned a lot about Italian cooking from Mama Brocca. Once back in Lethbridge, Carolyn was able to resume her work teaching, but unfortunately contracted Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was medically retired early from teaching, and spent several months regaining her mobility. Finally she got out of the wheel chair and resumed a nearly normal life . Her teachers pension and federal disability benefits enabled them to buy some property in the village of Sterling, about 24 Km. south of Lethbridge. In Sterling Carolyn, who had raised goats for milk and meat, saw an opportunity and a market and she decided to build a Goat Milk Dairy and go into business In only a little over a year, near the turn of the Millennium, the Heritage Creamery opened for business in Sterling. The Goats Milk Dairy didn’t take off as quickly as hoped, so she expanded the product line by making single serving meat pies, small pizzas and cookie dough, The food was frozen for take home, and became an immediate hit, first in Sterling and then to the surrounding suburban communities. The frozen cookie dough became a big seller to the local schools where the students took orders and delivered them as fundraising projects. Then in 2002 a seismic event occurred back in Riverton, WY where she had graduated High School in 1954. A group of alumni started early planning for the 50th high school reunion to be held in the summer of 2004. An e-mail was sent out to all of the ’54 grads that they knew of. In Las Vegas, where Jerry Garriott lived, he received the reunion notice e-mail. In the large addressee list Jerry spotted Carolyn’s name and her e-mail address. He e-mailed and asked if she would be attending, and suggesting that they might get together. She quickly replied and they began a correspondence. The e-mails soon morphed into telephone calls, and they made a date to meet. Jerry would fly and Carolyn would drive to Great Falls. The rest of the story involves Jerry moving to Shelby, MT and commuting to Sterling, initiating their respective divorces, as Carolyn set about selling her Creamery. They moved to Great Falls where they found a place to live and, when their divorces were final, they were married in a civil ceremony at the Cascade County Court house in June of 2003. They proudly attended their 50th Riverton High School reunion as man and wife. They had become Soul Mates and made each other’s lives complete for 15 wonderful years. Carolyn wrote and published a novel entitled Shadow of the Cross, and also four children’s books. Diagnosed with Lymphonic Leukemia in 2009, she underwent chemothearapy and was able to get it into remission. Early in December, 2018. the leukemia was back, and getting worse. Her oncologist prescribed absolute rest and zero stress. He recommended the Peace Hospice facility in Great Falls, where she checked in on December 14th. After Christmas, her condition declined further , and she passed away at 1:32 PM on Friday the 28th, as Jerry held her hand.

Mrs Irene “Renee”

Florence Easton

1908 – 2018

Mrs. Irene “Renee” Easton of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Easton, oldest women in Alberta, and 9th oldest person in Canada, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 110 years. Renee was born to Alex and Florence Wood in London England, and came to Lethbridge in 1911. She was raised and educated in Lethbridge and in her youth, she worked for her father as a photographer. She married her husband John in 1932 and in 1943, Renee gave birth to her daughter Lynne. Renee was well known for her piano playing for the various nursing homes and hospitals, entertaining those who were shut in. Renee was a member of the IODE, the last member of the Pemmican Club, the Trinity Group and played many events at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. Renee is survived by her daughter Lynne (Jim) Davis; granddaughter Terri Davis; grandson Mark Davis; great-granddaughters Ainsleigh Davis, Breanna Maley; great-grandson Chase Maley and nephew John Easton. Renee was predeceased by her husband John Easton. Cremation was entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels and a private family graveside service will be held in the spring of 2019.

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Our dear Mum, MURIEL ROSA FOSSEN, beloved wife of the late Stanley Fossen, passed away quietly at home in Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

Mum grew up in England and during WWII, joined the ATS, Signal Corps. She met the love of her life at a dance while they were both stationed in Wick, Scotland. At the end of the war, Mum became a War Bride, embarking on the journey across the Atlantic to Canada. Mum and Dad were married for 67 years and they built a loving home and raised four children. We learned very early on that family came first and Mum was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dad passed in 2012 and Mum was lonely without him. We are sad to see her go and will miss her, but she got her Christmas wish to be with Dad.

Her legacy includes: daughter Pam (Doug) Mundell and children Mark (Kathy), Steve (Kelly), Scott (Annamaria) and Matt; sons Neal (Fern) and children Jennifer (John) Warren and Stephanie Parko; Ken (Connie) and children Philip (Bruno) and Jason (Jessica); Brian (Wendy) and children Clayton (Stephanie), Ryan (Brittany) and Sarah (Steve); as well as 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Bernard (Elsie) Fossen and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her loving husband, Stanley, Muriel was predeceased by her parents Reuben and Daisy Mynard, sister Olive Walker, brother-in-law Dale Walker and many close relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Canon James Robinson officiating. A Private Interment will be held at the Northern Lights Cemetery in Edmonton at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VETS Canada, or to Valour Place,

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ELMA KOENIG, beloved wife of the late Emanuel Koenig, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care, on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 100 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Major Donna Bladen officiating.

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LARSEN – Kay (Katrina) January 13, 1928 –

Coalhurst, Alberta December 27, 2018 –

Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kaye Larsen on Thursday, December 27, 2018, just shy of her 91st birthday. Kaye was born in Coalhurst, AB to George and Sophie Ukrainetz, moving to Lethbridge with her family after the Coalhurst mine explosion of 1935. She remained in Lethbridge practically her whole life, proud to always be a “Northsider”, and only leaving the city in 2017 to be closer to family in Calgary. She married Harold Larsen on July 12, 1949, and in 1952 they welcomed their only child, daughter Shelley. Following her retirement from Canada Safeway in 1988, Kaye and Harold enjoyed a wonderful life together of golfing and curling, and many spur-of-the-moment jaunts to Jackpot, Nevada. Sadly, Harold succumbed to cancer in July, 2001, and shortly after, Kaye was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. Not to let sight impairment get her down, she continued to golf and curl, having friends tell her where her ball ended up, or if she hit the broom! She was also determined to “see the world” before she couldn’t see it any longer. Her first big trip was to Greece followed by a once-in-a-lifetime African Safari with Shelley. She also discovered, and fell in love with cruising. Thus began annual Mother & Daughter Getaways which, over the past 10 years, took them to Australia, South America, South Pacific, and the Caribbean many times. These were such fun adventures, sometimes taking them away from home for months at a time! Kaye always made sure to try something new to tell the folks back home – ziplining, parasailing, swimming with sharks, having lunch with zebras, petting and feeding kangaroos ..! Although she travelled the world, Kaye remained a casual, simple lady whose greatest joys in life were having Caesars at happy hour and lavender bubble baths. She was loved by her family and her friends, for her kindness, sense of humour and her unwillingness to let her health problems get in the way of living a full life. Kaye is survived by her daughter Shelley (Ford), son-in-law Tony Hayduk, and Tony’s family in Calgary, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the US. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Harold, brother William (Bill) Ukrainetz, friend and companion Bill Flynn, her grand-dog Chuck and grand-cat Bobbi. Kaye will be laid to rest with her beloved Harold in Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. A private interment will be held. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents at The Manor Village Signature Park, Calgary, for their care and friendship, the medical teams at the Foothills Hospital for their perseverance and compassion, and first and foremost, we appreciate the thoughts and prayers from Shelley and Tony’s many friends who adopted Kaye as “Mom”. May God bless you and Dad as you travel together in all eternity.

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, CYNTHIA JUNE “TAMMIE” (Ki’sommaki) CREIGHTON-MANY FINGERS who left peacefully on December 25, 2018 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 59 years.

Left to mourn her passing: life time friend: Delbert “Sonny” Many Fingers; children: Stacey (Niven) Wells, Sonya Creighton (Brian) and Kyla (Kevin) First Charger; grandchildren: Keanu, Tyreese, Shale, Mackenzie, Kya, Roan, Brayden, Ryker, and baby Alex; also her siblings: Verna (Ivan) Many Fingers, Natalie “Ophelia”, Charlene (Tim), Dee, Billy (Raeann), Cary (Candace), Henry (Carol), Jessie “Cookie”, and Jaunita “Ritzie” (Ivan) Creighton and Rod (Lavern) First Rider; brother in Law: Robert Wells.

Tammie was predeceased by her parents: John “Jiggs” (Arabella) Creighton and Mary (Arthur) White Quills; brothers: Brian and Alroy Creighton and Matthew Wells; sisters: Sharon and Barbara “Tiny” Creighton, Joanne “Girlie” Wells and Janice “Lisa” White Quills; brother in Law: Edwin “Smokey” Wells; grandparents: Percy and Jessie (Nee Tail Feathers) Creighton and Cecile “Sootaa’ki” (nee Bare Shin Bone) and Charles Coal.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Jan. 3rd from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, Jan. 4th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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Andrew Olson

1960 – 2019

Mr. Andrew Olson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Debbie Olson, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 58 years. A Celebration of Andrew’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Ruth Preston Schilk, officiating.

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PAULS May 27, 1930 – Dec. 30, 2018

Martha (nee Ratzlaff) Pauls, beloved wife of the late David Pauls, passed away at Taber Linden View, Taber, AB with family by her side. Martha’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, 2114 18 St. at 4:30 pm Saturday, January 12, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MCC Canada or Gideons International in Canada.

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PITT Jaime Edward October 30, 1958 – December 28, 2018


LYMAN TAIL FEATHERS, 70, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on December 30, 2018.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, January 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of CHRIS TANIGUCHI, who died peacefully in her sleep with family by her side, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday December 24, 2018 at the age of 60 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Ryan Span & Cody (Ashley) Span of Raymond, grandchildren Ryland, Maysen & Olyvia, her son, Landon Span (Julie Johnson) of Taber and grandchildren Cole & Natalie Span.

Chris will be dearly missed by her sister Peggy (Don) Kenyon of Coaldale, nephews Jason (Kerri) Kenyon of New York, Kira & Carter, Jeremey (Larissa) Kenyon of Coaldale, Isabelle & Branson, Jamie (Jessica) Kenyon of Coaldale and Lucas & Gabriel, as well as her special friend, Christina Mooney of Imperial, SK and her dog, Nikki.

Chris was predeceased by her parents, Bill & June Taniguchi, aunts and uncles, Grace & Bunk Odagaki, Ruth & Gord Laurie, Sally & Yagi Kaga, Tom Kaga, Tad Koyanagi and Sammy Sameshima, cousins Keith Kaga, Carol Kaga and Craig Odagaki, as well as her grandparents on the Konno and Taniguchi side of the family.

Chris was born and raised in Taber. She moved to Imperial, SK where she lived for the past 12 years.

Chris was an avid golfer in her younger days, representing Alberta in the Junior Girls National Championship. She enjoyed teaching golf lessons and won many tournaments in Alberta. She was also an avid fisherman and loved nature. In the past 12 years of Chris’ life, she found herself at peace. She planted an amazing garden each year and would share the vegetables and raspberries she had harvested.

We would like to send a special thank you to Dr. John Geers of Coaldale for his excellent care, the nurses in Palliative Care for their kindness and caring and to all the family and friends that made numerous trips to visit Chris. She enjoyed the visits greatly.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Lois Punton officiating.

If wished, donations to St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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WILHELMINA VERVOORT, beloved wife of Guy Vervoort of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

She is the loving mother of four sons: Guy Vervoort of Lethbridge, Ron (Corinne) Vervoort of Grimshaw, Denis (Mary-Ann) Vervoort of Lethbridge County, and Richard (Joanie) Vervoort of Okotoks; along with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters: Johan (Mary) Van Gaal of Lucan, ON, Gerrit (Betty) Van Gaal of Lethbridge, Annie Van Lieshout of Strathory, ON, Grad (Annie) Van Gaal of Lethbridge, Mary Van Geel of Lucan, ON and Irma (Bill) Sleegers of London, ON as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother Martina Van Kessel, biological father Herman Van Gaal, stepfather Henry Megens and siblings Jean and John. Wilma was born March 28, 1937 in the Netherlands. She came to Canada in 1953 with her family when she was 16. She married Guy in 1958 and they resided in Lethbridge ever since. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Bill Young officiating. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In memory of Wilma, donations may be made to Chalice, #101, 26 Union Street, Bedford, NS, B4A 2B5 or

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RODERICK WHITE QUILLS, beloved husband of Audrey White Quills, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the age of 74 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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