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SATURDAY, January 12, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 12, 2019.


ARLENE CAROL BEEMAN, born on September 6, 1962 in Lethbridge Alberta, passed away from cancer on January 10, 2019.

She is loved and survived by her siblings: Virginia, Rick, Doug and Donna, and special friends in Lethbridge. She was predeceased by her mother Margaret and older brother Bob.

A Funeral Service will be held at Arlene’s home church – LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE – 805 9th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Barb Roycroft officiating.

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HAROLD A. DOUGLAS, passed away on December 12, 2018 in Bow Island, Alberta at the age of 71 years. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Etzikom Community Hall in Etzikom, Alberta with George Henline officiating. Cremation.

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SABRINA KREITZER of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the age of 25 years.

She is lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her young daughter, Mercedes Saxon; parents, Frank (Tammy) Kreitzer and Debbie Garvey (Larry Deveau); brothers, Frank Garvey and AJ Mortier; and grandmothers, Darleen Kreitzer, Joan Garvey and Pattie Ann Saxon as well as numerous other family members.

A Celebration of Sabrina’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. Sabrina will be interred in Windsor, Ontario at a later date.

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BARBARA JEAN KRUSHEL, beloved wife of Allan Krushel, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by family on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

Besides her loving husband, Barbara is survived by her loving sons Robert and Leslie Krushel and their families.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrating.

Barbara’s family would like to thank Dr. Morley Wong and Dr. Claire Forestall and the Renal Unit and the ICU team of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their dedicated and considerate care.

Barbara remained spry and enthusiastic up until the time of her passing.

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Robert “Nick” Lastuka

1928 – 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Nick” Lastuka on Sunday, January 06, 2019 … but it is with great love and admiration that we remember our husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-grandpa.

Dad was born in Slobodiya, Ukraine on May 02, 1928. When he was two months old his father left his wife and two sons behind to create a new and better life for them in Canada. It would be eight years before they would see each other again. Perhaps it was that separation that led Dad to be an independent spirit, for at the age of 16, he left home and found employment with Johnson Brothers Sawmill west of Fort Macleod where he was welcomed and embraced by the Johnson family and others at the mill. Dad always told us that he really grew up there, and it shaped the man he would become. Eventually Dad would reunite with his family … helping with the farming in summers and working in the sawmills in winter. He moved home permanently when his father passed away in 1954 and became a loving mentor to his younger sister Gina and brother John. Dad farmed Grandma’s land in exchange for a share of the crops, which then enabled him to rent some land of his own. On April 19, 1958 Dad married Mom, Ann Leverick of Kipp, and together they worked hard until they were finally able to buy Grandma’s land in 1965.

Family was the most important thing in Dad’s life and we have so many wonderful memories to cherish. He loved Mom with all his heart and you could see that love just by the way he would look at her. As children, we couldn’t have asked for a better dad. He was always loving and kind … setting a good example … showing interest in what we were doing … laughing at all of our antics.

As the kids married, Dad welcomed each new member of the family as one of his own. His love was true and genuine. But the grandchildren were the lucky ones! Dad was always first in line to cuddle the babies and, before long, he was following them to baseball diamonds, soccer fields, BMX tracks, curling rinks, school concerts, track meets, ballet performances and piano recitals. In 2013 he became a Great-Grandpa and was so proud of that! He was a humble, gentle, hard-working man who put his family first.

Dad was active in his community and took great pride in being a member of the Wrentham Lions Club, Curling Club, School and Community Centre Boards. When he and Mom retired to Lethbridge, their involvement continued as they became members of the Lethbridge Country Club and Curling Club. Dad also took his turn on the condo board. He enjoyed his golf buddies and billiard chums, and retirement looked really good on him!

In recent years, Dad’s health deteriorated after a stroke left him with difficulty walking and seeing … but he never lost his interest in his family and was a kind and caring friend to all. On December 30th Mom, all of us kids, and most of the grandchildren gathered around Dad for a big group hug. It was the best Christmas present we’ve ever given him.

Dad is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ann. His children Carole (George) Virtue, Tom (Dawn) Lastuka, Dianna Barry and Michael (Joanna) Lastuka. Grandchildren Nicolas Virtue (Dorotea Gucciardo), Brock Virtue, Jeff Lastuka (Nicole Johnson), Stephanie Lastuka (Scott Ward), Sophie Barry and Hudson and Carter Lastuka. Great-grandchildren Arlo and Nora Virtue.

Dad is also survived by his sisters MaryAnn (Frank) Pavka and Gina Baird, by his brother John (Heidi) Lastuka and by his sister-in-law June Lastuka.

Dad was predeceased by his brother Bill Lastuka and brother-in-law Garry Baird.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00PM, on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road, Lethbridge, Alberta.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4K7.

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Eileen Lawson

1923 – 2019

Mrs. Eileen Lawson of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. William “Bill” Lawson, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 9:30AM and 10:30AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Ian Lawson, officiating.

Interment to be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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JOHN MACKENZIE died peacefully at home on January 8, 2019.

He was son of John Finlayson MacKenzie of Mountain View, Alberta, and Jennie May Beazer (the youngest member of the original Beazer family); brother to Ellen Joan Stanford and Mary Diane Ainscough, and husband to Karen Margaret Lodl; athlete, academic, builder, mountaineer, mechanic, fixer, lover of our mammal family–dogs, cats, horses, whales, porpoises, elephants, tigers–political activist, despairer of our future due to climate change.

Burial at Spring Coulee Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, the Palliative Care Program, especially the MAID program, and Cornerstone Funeral Home for the kind and compassionate care received by John and his wife during his last months.

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Marilyn McKay

1936 – 2019

Mrs. Marilyn McKay of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Donald Grant McKay, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Marilyn is survived by four sons; Terry (Teresa) Elliot, Brian, and Kevin all of Lethbridge, and David of Ottawa; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; brother Ken (Barb) Mills of London, Ontario.

She was predeceased by 1 great-grandchild.

Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony and would appreciate memorial tribute donations made to The Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 8602 112 Street, Edmonton, AB., T5B 0G4.

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Nakamura, Kazuo

Professor Emeritus,

University of Lethbridge.

With great sorrow the family of Kazuo Nakamura announce his passing in Lethbridge, Alberta on the 5th day of January, 2019 at the age of 89 years. He was the beloved husband of Nancy. He is also survived by his two loving daughters, Eriko (Katsutoshi) Yamada of Japan and Lisa (Doug Mathieson) Nakamura of Vancouver; and a step son, Timothy (Catherine) Katakami of Red Deer; by two grandchildren, Quintin Nakamura and Ciara Yamada; two step-grandchildren, Steven (Janie) and Kristin; and by sister, Keiko Nakashima and niece, Mari Nakashima, both in Japan.

Kazuo was born on June 30, 1929 in Fukuoka, Japan to Nobuo and Satoko Nakamura. He received his early education in Japan and obtained his PhD (in Genetics) at the University of Missouri in 1964 and D.Sc (in Biology) at the Kyushu University in 1967 and a post-doctorate at UCLA from 1965 to 1969. He taught at the Fukuoka University from 1968-69 and moved to Lethbridge in 1969, where he taught at the University of Lethbridge until his retirement in 1994.

Kazuo was an active member of multiple national and international biological associations with research and publications in the areas of fungal genetics and phycological genetics. He was also actively involved in the exchange program of the University of Lethbridge with Hokkai Gakuen University of Japan since its onset in 1982 until the time of his passing.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and Colleagues.

A Service will be held on Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470 – 40 St. S. Lethbridge, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make a donation to the Kazuo Nakamura memorial Biological Scholarship, c/o University Advancement Office, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4.

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