January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 8, 2019.

Marvin Arneson

1946 – 2019

Mr. Marvin Arneson of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Alison Arneson passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the age of 72 years. Marv was born in Wadena, SK on September 30, 1946. He moved to Alberta with his family in 1960 and spent his school years in the Vermilion area. He began his working life with the CN Railway, then moved on to be a grain buyer for National Grain and later a feed mill operator. He met and married his wife Alison in 1966, and the young family moved to Coalhurst in 1972 where he resided until his passing. Marv was a fellow who loved to build, fix, repair and was handy at almost anything. He self-studied and challenged the exam and was extremely proud to receive his Millwright ticket. He eventually went to work for Coca Cola and was there for 26 years. He was well known as the Coca Cola service man in Southern Alberta. Marv enjoyed curling with the Moose for several years and has been a lifelong hockey fan. Go Flames! He liked to go camping with family and friends and spent many enjoyable weekends in the mountains. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Coalhurst Branch 273 and was a part of the volunteer group who built the new branch. In latter years, he and his wife Alison did some traveling together in Canada, and overseas which they enjoyed immensely. Besides his loving wife Alison, Marv is survived by his sons, Heath and Lance (Jackie); grandchildren Justin Robert, Justin Heath, Jordin, Trent, Jack, Josh, Annika and Jannell; great grandchildren Emma, Vannessa and Aiyonna; sisters Norma (Don), Dorothea, Carol (Jack); brother Charles (Suryea) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families He was predeceased by his parents Elmer and Dorothy Arneson, and daughter in law Jo-Ann. A Memorial Service will be held from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday May 12, 2019 at the COALHURST LEGION 5205 6 STREET, Coalhurst, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters 622 6 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0Z3.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

Anne Blacquier
1937 – 2019

Anne Blacquier, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 81 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


December 12, 1946 – May 5, 2019

Blaine James Borggard, beloved husband, partner and soul mate of Faye Read, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Sunday, May 5th, surrounded by those he loved.

Blaine’s life went full circle with his passing at St. Michaels, where his life began on December 12, 1946. He was the third child of Edith and Harold Borggard. He will lovingly be remembered and missed by Faye, daughter Angela, cherished grandchildren Logan and Maddison and siblings; Betty Mulholland (Larry) of Claresholm, Rod (Julie) of Calahoo, Marie Woodgate (Ernie) of Lethbridge, and Ross (Barb) also from Lethbridge. He is also survived by Auntie Roberta and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Blaine was raised on the family farm, three miles south of Nobleford, until his Father’s passing, when Blaine was eleven. Shortly thereafter, Edith and the children moved into Nobleford, where Blaine attended Noble Central School. Following his Graduation, Blaine enjoyed a successful career in sales. His tenure at Noble Cultivators began with welding, designing prototypes, and finally into sales where he was General Sales Manager for Western North America. When Noble Cultivators sold to Versatile, Blaine also made the move. He was selected to go to Australia to set up their Marketing Division. This was a professional highlight for Blaine.

In his semi-retirement, Blaine enjoyed a variety of pursuits. He manufactured and sold machinery parts, manufactured and sold spindles for railings, sold RVs for Field of Dreams and worked alongside Faye selling for Galko Homes. This, by necessity, needed to fit around his many Tee Times, camping and trips to Aruba, and of course, his special time with Logan and Maddison. They were priority one.

A Celebration of Blaine’s Life will be held on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 2:00pm at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road S (out by the airport). A private family interment will occur prior to the service.

There will be an opportunity to meet with family at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 between 5:00pm and 6:30pm.

Flowers are graciously declined, the family asks that in Blaine’s memory you take the time to enrich a child’s life, play golf with a friend, rediscover your childhood by going camping or board a flight to Aruba.

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


TERRY WAYNE BUGG, beloved husband of Betty Ann Bugg of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife and children at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 63 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


KURT DOUGLAS FROMM – 35 years – passed away on May 4, 2019. Kurt was born July 7, 1983 in Raymond, Alberta to his mother, Jeri Lynn Ralph and his father, Lloyd Fromm.

Kurt leaves to mourn: Mother; Jeri Lynn Ralph, Father; Lloyd Fromm, Brother; Clayton (Tausha) – Conner, Kamryn, Nashton Fromm, Sister; Carly (Joel) Blakney, Sister; Jacquelyn Fromm (Deceased), Sister; Lucy Fromm, Brother; Douglas Fromm, Grandma; Jazelle Ralph and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He also leaves his partner and sweetheart Kristy Imahashi. She was an inspiration and support to Kurt. He loved her dearly.

Kurt had so many strong positive traits: he was loyal, humble, caring, compassionate, mischievous, and kind hearted. He was full of empathy, soft and gentle, quick witted and had a great sense of humour. He was a good time and was hard working.

Some of Kurt’s favorite things included fishing, the Cleveland Indians, softball, quiet time, playing crib and X-Box. He loved animals (critters), bacon and especially loved his mom’s cooking.

Kurt was the “Joy” of our family.

“Our family would have been so boring without Kurt” – Clayton

“Kurt completed us!” – Carly

He was our bright shining star! We loved him unconditionally! He will be so deeply missed! Rest in peace Kurt!

We will love you Forever! We will like you for Always!

“Kurt, from the first moment I met you I knew you were my one,

my soulmate. You are my best friend, my true love, my everything. I will cherish the times I had with you. You are my world. I will love you always and forever. Until we meet again, Love you always”. Kristy

A private family service will be held in Kurt’s honor.

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

Henrietta Kress
1926 – 2019
Henrietta Kress
, beloved wife of the late Leo Kress, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the age of 93 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


1945 – 2019

AUSTIN STRICKLAND, beloved husband of Alice Strickland of Lethbridge, Bridge Villa, passed away at home on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

He is the loving father of Janie (Mike), Austin Jr, Steven and Rosie; step-father to Arthur, Julia, Donna, Linda and Johnny.

Austin was a truck driver, he moved from Nova Scotia to work with Big Horn.


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


Reiko Takeyasu (nee Okahashi) passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on May 3rd, 2019 at the age of 86. She succumbed to double pneumonia and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Throughout her illnesses, she maintained a cheerful and pleasant outlook with family, friends, and care givers. She was born in Port Hammond, BC (now part of Maple Ridge) on Apr 23rd, 1933 to Masuzo and Kikuye Okahashi. Her mother passed away when she was only 2 years old, resulting in her being fostered to a Finnish family. She often joked that she was an ‘unfinished Finn’. During the Japanese Canadian Internment, she chose to rejoin her family and was relocated to the Coaldale, Alberta area. She met and married her first husband George (Joji) Takeyasu in Aug 1956. She had 3 sons. Before the children were of school age, she worked selling Fuller Brush products, and later worked as a bookkeeper for the original CJOC radio station for 25 years; she is remembered fondly by her co-workers. Upon retirement she was presented with a trip to Hawaii. After George’s passing in 2001, she married Elmer Dell Bolick in 2005. They enjoyed dancing at the LSCO and many trips and cruises. She, Elmer and friend Elsie Krasman, formed the ‘Recycled Teenagers’ who were a Karaoke group that performed at various venues. Elmer passed away in October of 2018. She was an extremely active volunteer. She rose to the rank of District Commissioner in the Scouts Canada organization, and District Governor in Toastmasters. She attended a multitude of cub/scout camps and jamborees, as well as Toastmaster competitions and conferences. Nadia Campbell, is a dear friend that goes back to the early days of Toastmasters with Reiko. She expressed her creative side with Sumi-e (Japanese Brush painting), Ikebana (Flower arranging) and charcoal sketching. She is pre-deceased by her siblings George and Charlie Okahashi, Merry Sameshima, her youngest son Stacey, and both her husbands George Takeyasu and Elmer Bolick. She is survived by her sisters Lily (Yas) Yamashita and June (Horsey) Tajiri, her sons Lloyd (Cynthia Palahniuk), Trent (Veronica Horn) and grandchildren Reanna, Cassidy and Sara-Jane. She was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, a great-grand nephew and 2 upcoming great-grand niece/nephews. She hosted several of them in her home over the years, notably Dr. Kathy Yamashita, Justin Yamashita and Chandra Yamashita. When her sons were younger and she left on trips, she would get niece Linda to stay with them, so that they would be fed and ‘not kill each other’… A viewing will take place at Generations Funeral Home (703 – 13th St. N. Lethbridge) on Friday May 10th, 2019 @ 7 PM. The funeral will be held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta (470 – 40th St. S. Lethbridge, just south of the Casino) on Saturday, May 11 @ 10 AM, a lunch will follow. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Unit 4C and the Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village for the special care and attention they gave to Reiko. In lieu of flowers or koden, donations may be made to the Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge.

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

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