May 26th, 2020

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 15, 2019.


ELIZABETH NARUKO ADACHI, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

She leaves behind her loving siblings: Joan Skeith of Lethbridge and Ted (Theone) Adachi of Edmonton. She will be sadly missed by her nephew Anthony Adachi and nieces Dena Adachi and Kelly Skeith (Michael Tocher) as well as two great-grandnieces Olivia and Fiona. She is predeceased by her treasured parents, Kiyoko and Kiichiro, two brothers Spud and Yoo and brother-in-law Lloyd. While her family was small, it meant the world to her.

Elizabeth was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and finished high school in Lethbridge. She was employed at the Bigelow Fowler clinic in Lethbridge for over 40 years.

Her retirement was spent focused on her love of sport. Elizabeth was an avid golfer and an ardent Lethbridge Hurricanes fan. Later, she added Dragon Boat racing to her list of favourite activities when an earlier bout with cancer connected her to Abreast of Bridge.

Though she adored these activities, it was the cherished group of friends with whom she shared these moments with that meant the most to her.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the entire staff of the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for making her comfortable in her final days. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Smuts for her kind commitment to her care.

Elizabeth will be laid to rest with her parents, and two brothers at a private family graveside that will be held at a later date. The family greatly declines food, flowers, and koden.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5 or to St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 – 9 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 would be appreciated.

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We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of DEE ANNA LEE AKROYD, on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the age of 60 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.

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George Crombez

1936- 2019

Mr. George Crombez, beloved husband of Mrs. Helen Crombez, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital at the age of 82 years. George’s parents, Odiel and Gabrielle had four children with George being the second youngest. Odiel Crombez came to Canada from Belgium in 1927 and one year later his wife Gabrielle arrived. His first job was in Grassy Lake and they later moved to Raymond on a quarter of land they rented. In 1930 they bought the present family farm and moved on the house that Odiel had built. George left home after school and worked up north pipelining and often spoke of the kind people he had met and how they would welcome him into their home. He later returned to farm with his brother Walter. In 1965 he married Helen and had three children. George passed on his passion for farming and working with animals to all his kids. George loved curling, hunting and was part of the Stock Car Club for many years. As soon as the snow was gone you could find George sitting in the carport watching the men working on equipment and getting ready for the coming season. George’s weekly retirement routine involved visiting with friends at the local auction marts on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays followed by a pit stop at Bully’s to keep in the loop of horse racing. His door was always open and there was always room at the table for another person. The coffee pot was always on and it was very common to find a neighbour sitting at the table or in the carport about politics, farming, cattle and any other topic that had to do with farming. George was someone that would always help someone out and it didn’t matter if he had known them for years or just met them. George loved being a farmer and lived his life to the fullest right up to his death. He will be dearly missed. George is survived by his wife Helen Crombez; daughter Sherry (David); sons Dan Crombez and Mitch Crombez; older sister Georgegette Swenson of Brooks; 4 grandchildren Chantal, Justise, Cheyenne and Brayden, as well as many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by siblings Maria and Walter. A Celebration of Georges Life will be held from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at THE MCNALLY COMMUNITY CENTRE (MCNALLY SCHOOL), 210075 Township Road 8-2, Lethbridge County, with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

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It is with great sadness that we, the family of Karen Eagle Bear, announce her passing on March 10, 2019 The Wake Service will be held at Old Agency on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m.

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Alberta Havinga

1930 – 2019

Mrs. Alberta Havinga of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Arthur Havinga, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 15, 2019 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 MCGILL BLVD WEST, Lethbridge, AB., Pastor Paul Van Stralen, officiating. Interment to be held in the Granum Christian Reformed Cemetery.

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1931 – 2019

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the

shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1,2

It is with sadness and joy we announce the passing of our Mother, Oma, great-Oma and friend, ELIZABETH HUIZING, who went to be with her Lord and Saviour, on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from acute leukemia at the age of 87 years.

Mourning Elizabeth’s passing is her family: Bernie & Holly Huizing (Josh & Christina Huizing, Caleigh, Harper & Ashton), (Sheena Olson, Eden, Addison & Tate); Archie & Lisa Huizing (Evan & Jenna Huizing, Tyson), (Lyndsie Bourgon & Simon Corkum), (Sara & Adam Savidant, Lucas, Royce, Edwin & Clara), (Denis Huizing & Jacalyn Moore), (Danielle & Gareth Simpson); Tina di Vincenzo; Joyce & Guy Bishoff (Kendra & Levi Bovingdon, Sophie & Isaac), (Mitchell Bishoff), (Cole Bishoff); Edward Huizing (Jon & Rachel Huizing, Kiera, Lucas, Silas, Tyson & Hailey), (Justin Huizing, Jacob, Madelyn & Alyssa), (Stephanie & Ben Tolsma, Levi, Kyle, Michelle, Kendra & Sean), (Kevin & Abigail Huizing, Kaylie & Ezra), (Aaron & Joanne Huizing), (Daniel & Bridgette Huizing), (Samuel Huizing).

She was born in Rijsoord, The Netherlands on March 28, 1931 and grew up there. She met her future husband, Jan Huizing, and followed him to Canada in 1955, whom she married in March 1956. She was quite adventurous, as she was the only one from her family who immigrated. That adventure continued throughout her life, as mom and dad liked to see other places, so travelled extensively. They were able to see Canada from coast to coast. After dad’s passing, mom continued to travel until ill health forced her to stay closer to home. Throughout her life, mom’s faith, church and love of the Lord were important to her, which she passed on to her children.

A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Paul VanStralen officiating.

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JENSEN “The last chord has been played, and the Maestro has laid down the baton”

Early in the afternoon of March 9, 2019, F. DEANE JENSEN passed away with his beloved wife at his side. Deane leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Zina Bennett Jensen, his three sons Brad (Valerie), Paul (Sheila), and Darren. Deane also leaves a legacy of love in the hearts of his 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Deane and Zina were blessed to enjoy 53 years of marriage and made their home in Edmonton, Regina, Victoria, Cardston, Lethbridge and most recently enjoying the community of Raymond Alberta. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Deane held many callings. A passionate music educator, Mr. Jensen taught music for many years with EPSB. Moving from music to supervisor of curriculum, Deane retired from the board in 1997. During his retirement, Deane enjoyed word working. A funeral for Deane will be held on March 16, 2019, at the Knight Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:00 a.m., with a family greeting at 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

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Lilly Jorgenson

1921- 2019

Lilly Jorgenson (Hemmaway) entered the world to her parents Jane and Richard Hemmaway on October 25, 1921 and left peacefully on March 11, 2019, in the arms of God. Lilly was born and raised on a family homestead in Barons Alberta where she lived until she faithfully married her late husband, Lawrence Jorgenson in July 1942. She remained in Southern Alberta for her lifetime where she grew her family. Lilly is survived by her dear children Martin Jorgenson, Audrey Feltham, Marlene Petersen, and Corinne Jorgenson. Lilly was able to be blessed with four generations of love with her seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who carry out her legacy of loving Christianity. Lilly was a woman of deep faith. Lawrence and Lilly were founding members of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in 1957, working hard to build a Lutheran community for generations to build upon. Her devotion to faith carried her into great prosperity among her Christian community. She assisted in bake sales, garage sales, cooked hot meals, and arranged sandwiches for elderly veterans at nursing homes and volunteer at the soup kitchen as well. Lilly gave back to her community throughout her entire life such as selling Daffodil’s for the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of her beloved Lawrence. Lilly brought her dedication to help others to many organizations as she was a loyal member of The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Army, Navy, & Air Force Veterans in Canada which she was an active member for over 30 years. In her retired years, Lilly spent her time with friends at Westminster Crib Club. Lilly’s favourite pastimes included playing crib, reading, baking, knitting, sewing, gardening, completing jig-saw puzzles and word-finds. Family and friends are welcomed to pay their respects with a viewing arranged from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, where Pastor Kathy Calkin of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will be officiating.

A private family Interment will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery.

For those who wish to remember Lilly through a memorial donation, please donate to a charity of your choice.

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JULIANNA NORTH PEIGAN, of the Peigan Nation, beloved wife of the late Fred North Peigan, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village, on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Wake Services will be held at PIIKANI LIGHTHOUSE FELLOWSHIP, Brocket, AB, on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. and Monday, March 18, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Mel Boerema officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Julianna will be laid to rest in the Piikani Nation Cemetery.

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JOHN CAMPBELL “CAM” PEAT passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

When asked about himself, this is how he responded,

“Schooled in Lethbridge and

Eugene, Oregon.

Engaged in a farming career – both dry and irrigated land.

Operated a family full-service real estate company as well as

commercial property development and residential homes.

Spent my best years working for Geordie, sometimes with lunch


As per Cam’s request, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

Thank you to Cam’s family and friends that offered loving assistance in the last years of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cam’s memory can be made to the Galt Museum, 502 – 1 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Y4 or online at

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Joe Sokac

1926 – 2019

Mr. Joe Sokac of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Eva Sokac, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the age of 93 years. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm, on Monday, March 18, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405, 12 AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB., Father Albert Sayson, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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David Sparkes

1943 – 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Sparkes (The Duke) of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. P.J. Cass (Sparkes), passed away after a lengthy illness of Myelodysplastic Syndrome on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the age of 75. David was born in Danville, Quebec and later moved to Lennoxville. He has spent the last 30 years in Lethbridge where he worked for Dresser Rand for 5 years and then became one of the owners of the Pub “The Duke of Wellington” in Alberta, he enjoyed his work at The Duke but also enjoyed horse back riding, dancing and going to the mountains in his motorhomes. David lived life to the fullest, even when his health slowed him down. We will always treasure David’s love for adventure, for a job well done and especially for a life well lived. David is survived by his wife P.J. Cass; sisters Betty and Linda (Raymond St. Laurent); nephew Scott (Richiere) and two great nieces Ashley and Chelsea. David will also be remembered by his aunt Essie, uncle David; sister and brothers-in-laws as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. David is predeceased by his parents Archie and Lee Sparkes. We would like to thank Dr. Benke; his staff, and all the many Doctors and nurses who helped comfort him, as well as Terry and the team at Westside Pharmacy. At Dave’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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Bonnie Louise Walcheske

1951 – 2019

Mrs. Bonnie Walcheske of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Gordon Walcheske, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2019 at the age of 67 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00PM and 1:00PM, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5J4. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5J4, with Lorne Willms officiating.

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Marian Ada Waugh (Forde), beloved wife of the late Gordon H. Waugh, passed away at Raymond, AB on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the age of 93 years Marian is a loving mother to daughter Nancy (David) McCance of Claresholm; In her words, “she loved her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren”, Rebecca Ann (Randal) Cooper: Emily, Carson, Addie & Alivia; Benjamin David (Meagan): Hailey, Paige, Cait and Nora; Christopher Gordon (Lauren): Jaxson, Millie, Lexie & Asher; Ashley (Caleb) McGale: Breelyn, Ryker and 1month old Grady; she is also survived by Gordon’s sister Gwyneth Lees and sister-in-law Elizabeth Forde (Athol) of Ontario. She was predeceased by her parents: Thomas Murray Forde and Marian Ada Ann Forde (Pammenter); sister, Lillian Stearns; brothers: Cyril (Sadie), Ronald (Myrtle), Douglas, and Thomas Athol Forde; Gordon’s sister, Kay (Art) Rowden. Marian was born in Highland Creek, Ontario, in the family home, the youngest of 6 children. Her father passed away suddenly when she was only 8 years old. In 1947 she married her childhood sweetheart, Gordon Henry Waugh who was a police sergeant in Toronto for 35 years. They built their own home in Highland Creek together. They adopted their only daughter, Nancy, at 5 months old in 1959. They loved to travel, Canada’s east and west coasts, Florida, Mexico, Salt Lake City, Banff, Jasper and California were just a few of their many road trips. They also loved camping, especially in Algonquin Park, ON. Marian worked for years at Hackney Drug Store in Highland Creek and later at the CIBC bank in downtown Toronto. They moved to Raymond, AB in 1980 when Gord retired from the police force. She kept in touch with her family in Ontario and they grew to love their new prairie and mountain home, especially “Old Chief” and Waterton Park. She was an excellent cook, grew a garden and preserved its bounty. She was a giving and active person volunteering in many roles in the community. She was an impeccable housekeeper and took great pride in her home and yard. Marian was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in every organization of the church and enjoyed doing genealogical research. She also loved wild birds and animals, especially her cat, Fluffy, her companion for the past few years. She lost her husband of 66 years five years ago and most of her sight to macular degeneration. In spite of numerous health challenges, she determined to remain in her home, which she did until 5 weeks before her death, evidence of her strength and will to the end.

“Go Rest High on that Mountain”

Friends may meet with the family on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:00 to 10:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, the Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will follow the service in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CNIB.

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Russell Wright
1917 – 2019

Russell Leo Wright, beloved husband of Mildred Wright, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the age of 102 years.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so, prior to the funeral service between 10:00 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street SW, Medicine Hat on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Life Celebrant Shelly Dawn Bassett officiating. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Russell is lovingly remembered by Mildred, his wife of seventy eight years and their thirteen children Russell (Alice) Wright of Hays, Gary Wright of Coaldale, Mable Leeson of Vauxhall, Doug (Lorette) Wright of Taber, Heather (Rodney) Skuban of Vauxhall, Gale (Robert) Connolly of Vulcan, Carmel Lewis of Milo, Richard Wright of Two Hills, Alan Wright of Medicine Hat, Pearl (Ian) Cully of Medicine Hat, Tim Wright of Taber, Barb (Lloyd) Tilleman of Lethbridge, Kelvin (Heather) Wright of Vauxhall and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Dixie Alberts of Brooks. He will be fondly remembered by a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his son Wayne Oliver Wright and a great grand daughter Manda Elizabeth May Emes. He has also been reunited with his parents, siblings and numerous other family members.
Russell was born to Roy and Mable Wright on March 12, 1917 in Eckville. At a young age, he and his family of ten siblings moved to Picture Butte and grew up on the family farm and he attended Granite Falls School. He later met Mildred Cyr and they were married on October 19, 1940. They worked on the Cohen Ranch in the Cowley/Lundbreck area until Russell volunteered to serve in World War II. Upon returning from the war, Russell and Mildred continued farming and raised their fourteen children. A few hard years forced them off the farm and an opportunity with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) moved the Wright family to Vauxhall where he worked as a carpenter, ditch rider and assistant water master in the Hays and Enchant areas until his retirement.
Retirement for Russell and Mildred was filled with many road trips, camping and enjoying museums and Alberta Heritage sights. At home, his greatest joy was spending time gardening in the backyard, tinkering with wood projects and time spent visiting with family and friends. In 2018, Russell and Mildred moved to Meadowlands Retirement Residence in Medicine Hat where he lived in comfort until his passing.
It is with great pride that Russell will be honoured as being the last surviving Veteran of World War II in all of Alberta.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Russell’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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