January 16th, 2021

MONDAY, June 17, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 17, 2019.

Anne Atkinson

1927 – 2019

With great sadness and hearts full of love, the family of Anne Patricia Atkinson announce her sudden passing in her Lethbridge home at the age of 92. Anne was born on February 22, 1927 in Lethbridge, Alberta and joined her predeceased husband Gordon Franklin Atkinson, in heaven on June 10, 2019. A native of Southern Alberta, she was raised in Hardieville and in 1948 married Gordon. She and Gordon took over his father’s farm and that is where they raised their 5 children. She also worked as a dedicated and skilled nurse at the Claresholm Care Centre until her retirement. Her true passions were flowers and gardening, and year after year her beautiful, award winning yard boasted her efforts. Her summer yard was always filled with an array of colorful flowers, bird baths, and birdseed. She was a true nurturer and caretaker, who loved to feed the constant flow of visitors she had in her home. No one ever left Anne’s house hungry, nor did they ever taste a pie, butter tart, cinnamon roll, or cabbage roll as delicious as hers. She spoiled her family and friends with her amazing baking, but also with her keen ability to make everyone that entered her life feel tremendously special and loved. Her genuine personality made making friends with her easy and natural, and everyone loved to be in Anne’s presence. She was thoughtful, kind and generous beyond words. Anne will be remembered as being spirited and playful and was adored by all that knew her. She defined the words mother, grandmother and friend. Anne lives on in the hearts of her family. Her children Connie Hubka, David (Linda Seely) Atkinson, Dennis (Dorothy) Atkinson, Bill (Carol) Atkinson, Tim (Arlene) Atkinson; sister Beatrice (Max) Muff; sisters-in-law Marion Irving and Anita Atkinson; brother-in-law Keith Atkinson; grandchildren Ian (Bev) Godfrey, Darren (Sally Storch) Hubka, Todd (Marci Guizzo) Hubka, Kelly (Brian) Tibbets, Denise (Dave Moncada) Atkinson, Derrick (Kathy Nelson) Atkinson, Kelsey (Jeff Gardener) Atkinson, Cody (Andrea Witiaz) Atkinson, Scott (Mikey) Atkinson, Meaghan (Jason) Cenaiko, Ryan (Karla) Takasaki, Darren (Daelynn) Takasaki, Kevin Takasaki; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and many, many beloved and dear friends. Besides her loving husband of 65 years Gordon, Anne was predeceased by her son-in-law David Hubka and sister Rose Gullickson. Anne’s family would be honored by your presence to celebrate her life at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the SANDMAN SIGNATURE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE (Formerly Lethbridge Lodge), 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating. No matter where she served her guests, they seemed to like her kitchen best.

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JOYCE LAURA BOESSENKOOL, (née Jurgens) beloved wife of Herman Boessenkool of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

She is survived by her loving children: Diane Mitchell of Lethbridge, AB and Debbie (Terry) Morrison of Devon, AB; six grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers and one sister as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Joyce was predeceased by her father Harry Jurgens and mother Frances Jurgens.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Joyce.

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Rafik Cassis

1956 – 2019

Mr. Rafik Cassis of Lethbridge passed away in his home on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 62 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

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Gerarda “Gerda” Grisnich

1960 – 2019

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—Romans 8: 37-39

On Friday, June 14, 2019, after a brief battle with brain cancer, the Lord in His infinite wisdom called home to Himself Gerarda (Gerda) Johanna Grisnich of Picture Butte, at the age of 58. Gerda was the beloved mother to Alexandra Van Zanten, daughter to Alice Grisnich, and sister to Suzanna and Henk Van Rhee, and Raymond and Elly Grisnich. Gerda was a cherished aunt to John and Carla Van Rhee (Joel, Emery), Rachel and Bart Schuiling, Derek and Jessica Van Rhee (Logan), Alyssa Van Rhee, Jennifer Grisnich, Larissa Grisnich, Raylene Grisnich and David Aleman, Raymond Grisnich Jr., Jeremy Grisnich, Amber Grisnich, Aundrea Grisnich, and Shelly-Anne Grisnich. She was predeceased by her beloved father, Reyer Grisnich. Although Gerda will be sadly missed by her family and friends, we rest and rejoice in the comfort that she is now in glory with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was her constant comfort through her many struggles. As a family we would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Lethbridge Regional Hospital, the Foothills Neurology Unit, and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, for such amazing care.

Condolences will be held between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, June 17, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the BETHEL FREE REFORMED CHURCH OF MONARCH, 6 Eastman Road, Monarch, Alberta, with Reverend Eric Moerdyk, officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 408, 740 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.

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