January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, February 14, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 14, 2019.

Alfreda “Freda” Allsop

1924 – 2019

Mrs. Alfreda “Freda” Allsop of Lethbridge passed away in Black Diamond on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the age of 94 years. Alfreda was born December 5, 1924, in Lethbridge. She is the sixth child of father Theodore “Ted” Erno and mother May Hewitt. Freda was proud to have lived her entire life in Lethbridge. She took commercial subjects in High School, which led to her employment in the Department of Transport and Lethbridge Building Supplies. Freda is survived by her three daughters Rhonda (Randy) Sorgard of Cobble Hill, BC, Darla Hughes of Lethbridge, AB and Terri (Russ) Paton of Millarville, AB; her dear sister-in-law Flossie Erno; along with eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several step children and their families. Freda was the last of her siblings to pass and was predeceased by her first husband, Charles H Shepherd and her second husband, Albert E Allsop. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday February 16, 2019, at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0W3, with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.

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Harry Lenz

1938 – 2019

Mr. Harry William Lenz, our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the age of 80 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, February 15, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB., Casual dress is appreciated, as that is how Harry would have wanted it.

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Merv Friesen, of Lethbridge, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at the age of 64. Merv is survived by his loving wife Fran, his children Corey (Ophelia) of Nanaimo, Kyle (Sam) of Lethbridge, and Ali (Desi) of Lethbridge, his step children J.D. (Anne) Russell of Bozeman, Montana, Jeremy (Kylie) Hanson of Kansas, and Tiffany (Rodney) Hanson of Bozeman, Montana. His grandchildren Jasper, Taya, Zayden, Havana, Jimmy, Hunter, Mackenzie, Hadley, Devin and Ryker. He is also survived by his mother Thelma Friesen of Lethbridge, 2 brothers, Brian of Calgary and Bruce (Rae Lynne) of Lethbridge and two sisters, Sharon McNab of Lethbridge, and Linda (Scott) Fujita of Lethbridge, as well as his nieces and nephews Renae, Niki, Mike, Jessie, Robyn, Christen, Aleyna, Daycin and Berkley. Merv is also survived by his children’s mother, Cheryl Friesen.

Merv was predeceased by his father Leonard Friesen, grandparents John and Helena Friesen and Alex and Helen Clarke, as well as uncles and aunts Cleon Friesen, Harvey Friesen, Udo Vegter, Bill Chrunik and Lillian Chrunik. Merv’s best friends Buddy and Wolfman passed away and for 10 plus years they were all inseparable. Merv will miss his latest pets, Kenya and Congo, a pair of registered boxers as well as their pup Tia.

Merv was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta and lived there till 1995 when he relocated to Lethbridge. He worked at Triple M Housing over 28 years with his latest position as Sales Manager. He had a unique passion for his work. He enjoyed going to work every day. He also loved a 7 year Realtor career prior to Triple M with Century 21 and McNab Realty.

Merv’s life was dedicated to his dogs and children he cherished so much. He served on the Recreation Board in Fort Macleod, President of Fort Macleod Minor Hockey for numerous years and President and co-founder of the Southwest “AA” Rockies hockey club. He also served as President of the Foothills, South Central and the Chinook Hockey leagues in Alberta. Coaching Little League and Minor Hockey teams was a passion he enjoyed so much for so many years. An avid volunteer, he was recognized for his efforts the year of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He loved Men’s and Mixed slow pitch as well as playing recreational hockey many years.

In June of 2000, he met Fran of Wichita, Kansas and they were married June 23rd of 2001, and they started their new life together in Canada.

Despite his illnesses, he carried on with his witty humor, practical jokes, cruising in his Corvette and Trans Am, enjoying life to its fullest. A common quote from him was “Quality time is more important than Quantity time”. Merv was happiest when around his devoted pets and never lost interest in all that was happening in his children’s lives. He organized the continuing Friesen Reunion for nearly 21 years in honor of his grandmother Helena, whom he respected and admired.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Cancer foundation.

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Mrs. Eunice (Piepgrass) Peterson, beloved Wife of the late Gerald Bruce Peterson, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Raymond Hospital at the age of 87 years. She is the loving mother of Mark (Blanca) Peterson of Calgary and Cameron (Shawna) Peterson of Raymond. Eunice has 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Marie (Piepgrass) Wright. Eunice was born in Raymond, AB on November 25, 1931. She was the youngest child of Fred and Edyth Piepgrass. Eunice’s family was her life. Her brothers and sisters were always important to her and close to her heart. Eunice and Gerald were married in March of 1960 and resided most of their married life in Taber. Over the last 30 years as grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived, she thrived on them to fulfill her life. Eunice has been a strong and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life where she received so much happiness and many blessings. Friends may meet the family on Friday, February 15 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm or prior to the service on Saturday February 16, 2019 from 10:00 – 10:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel, 221 N 400 W, Raymond, Alberta, the Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m with Bishop Tollestrup officiating. Interment to follow in the Taber Memorial Cemetery.

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


ROBERT “BOB” OSCAR PETERSON, beloved husband of Mardell Peterson, of Coutts, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at COUTTS CIVIC CENTRE, 105 Center Avenue, Coutts, AB, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

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


1962 – 2019

After a precious afternoon and evening of laughter and story telling with her lady and girl clan, our cherished mum Wendy Pohl passed away peacefully in the arms of our dad the morning of January 26, 2019.

Our mum trained as a nurse in England where she worked for two years and then moved to Canada for a “short term” nursing opportunity which turned into a 24-year career at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, followed by a year at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. We have been overwhelmed with cards and texts of support from England and Canada sent by mum’s colleagues and friends; where a consistent theme described mum as caring, supporting, funny, compassionate, and hardworking. Mum’s use of the words “magic” and “lovely” was fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Our mum was diagnosed with cancer in early October 2015 and she was only given three months to live. Like her mother, determined, strong, fearless, and English, she faced the cancer head on with the excellent and compassionate service of our Alberta healthcare system. Thanks to this system and her determination our mum had a great quality of life for over three years; never letting the cancer get the better of her as she shared the best of herself with her family and others. As mum said many a time she was “ever so thankful” for those in the health system that were responsible for giving her over three additional years with her family.

On behalf of mum we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to her hero Dr. Smith and the staff at Bigelow Fowler Clinic East; Dr. Smith was the hub and coordinator all of mom’s care (as well as the rest of our family’s care). Dr. Imbulgoda, Carmen, and the staff at Jack Ady; Dr. Imbulgoda was tireless in finding and procuring the trial study medications that gave mum the extra years with us. Dr. Shukkoor and his palliative care colleagues, along with Viki Dixon; Dr. Shukkoor held a special place in mum’s heart and his support and compassion brought great comfort to mum. The staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit; the staff in this facility provided the highest level of care and kindness during mum’s final days and hours with us. As a nurse, Mum was extremely proud and appreciative of the level of care provided by the staff on unit 4B at the CRH (even though she didn’t let them know she was a nurse). Others that mum wanted us to thank are Dr. Sailendra, Dr. Malpica, Dr. Low, Dr. Ireland, Dr. Oviatt, and the CRH Respiratory Department. Finally, mum wanted us to let the staff at the Safeway West Pharmacy know that their support of her and our dad was akin to being cared for by family.

We of course send our love and thanks to our family members, friends and colleagues who helped us, our granny Hazel, and our dad throughout mum’s illness. Special thanks to the Salmon & Sons Funeral Home for accommodating, on the shortest of notice, mum’s private cremation.

Mum was predeceased by her father Bill; she is survived by her loving mother Hazel Davies, her two courageous daughters Imogen and Zoë, her huggable husband Randy, and her two beloved pets Sophie Dog and Honey Cat.

Friends and family of mum are invited to an informal gathering at the Galt Museum on February 15th from 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm. Stay as little or long as you like, but please tell us something you remember about our mum. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit, or the Last Chance Cat Ranch.

Mum lived life with an almost unrivaled level of happiness and concern for others. For those of us who remain behind please know that mum would be most happy if we were not sad at her passing; after all she is waiting to see us again with all that is “magic” and “lovely”.

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

Andrew Smith

1936 – 2019

Mr. Andrew Smith of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Geraldine Smith, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the age of 82 years. Andrew will be privately remembered by his family and friends.

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FRANK TAKACS, the beloved husband of Joann Takacs, of Magrath, passed away on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, at the age of 76 years.

Besides his loving wife Joann (Gross) Takacs, he lovingly remembered by his daughter Deb (Deane) Johnson and his son Frank; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as five brothers and three sisters.

Frank was predeceased by his daughter Justina, parents John and Julia Takacs, in laws, Tony and Justina Gross and brother in law Reed Blumel.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Alice Takacs officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

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


CHARLES DONALD WILSON, beloved husband of the late Colleen Wilson, passed away in Lethbridge on February 8, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

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