January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, July 20, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 20, 2019.

Erika Blank

1937 – 2019

Mrs. Erika Blank of Coaldale, beloved wife of Mr. Joachim “Jo” Blank, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the age of 82 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316, 17 STREET, Coaldale, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316, 17 STREET, Coaldale, Alberta.

Interment to follow in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery.

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LUKAS “LUKE” BROUWER, the beloved husband for 68 years of Jeanette Brouwer (née Aasman), passed away on July 17 at the age of 89 years. He is a father to Harry (Rita) Brouwer, Helen (Mike) Wevers, Art (Maggie) Brouwer, Patricia Brouwer, and Marjorie Brouwer and grandfather to 33 grand and great-grandchildren. Luke was predeceased by two infant sons and a number of other family members.

He is survived by his siblings: Arie Brouwer in the Netherlands, and in Canada by Jean (John) VandenBrink, John (Jean) Brouwer, Bill (Norah) Brouwer, and Ina Aasman.

Luke emigrated to Canada when he was 19. He was joined a year later by Jeanette, and they were married in Taber in 1951. Before settling on a farm in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Luke worked in the bush, lumber, and coal mining camps. The Brouwers left Rocky in 1965 to enable their children to attend a Christian school in Lethbridge. They purchased and developed a hog farm outside of the city. In the early 1980s, Luke and Jeanette retired to Lethbridge, where he has lived until his passing.

Luke, with his wife Jeanette, remained active in many volunteer efforts, including Rehoboth and Disaster Response Services. The family loved to go camping, biking, and hiking, especially up Table Mountain. Luke could always be counted on to be the lead prankster at family events. He loved collecting at garage sales and spending hours sifting through his stamp collection.

Special thanks to the staff of Fraser House at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, who have provided exceptional care to Luke at his final residence in Lethbridge for over two years.

A Celebration of Lukas Brouwer’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating.

A Private Family graveside service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society or Rehoboth Christian Ministries.

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Patricia “Pat” Cameron

1934 – 2019

Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Cameron of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Stuart Cameron, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care surrounded by family on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Pat was born to parents Arthur and Mary Baynham in Kenora, Ontario on August 13, 1934. She was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba until moving to Lethbridge at the age of 16. She attended Lethbridge Collegiate Institute where she met her high school sweetheart Stuart, and later married him in November 1953. They went on to raise 7 children. Pat worked in the Value Village bakery, the Lethbridge School District, and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital until retiring.

Pat enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends and was also an avid reader.

Patricia is survived by her 3 daughters Florence Huesken (Henry Riggelson), Judy (Ron) Filgas, Linda (Barry) Fitchett; 4 sons Donald (Lesley), Stuart (Kathy), Kevin (Gwen), and Calvin; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 2 sisters in law, Donna (Basil) Lagopoulas, and Beatrice Cameron; 1 brother in law Sandy (Jocelyn) Cameron; long time friends Doris and Al Dorge, and Carol Rose; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband Stuart, Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Mary Baynham; her in laws, Alfred and Christina Cameron; her brothers, Chuck, Babe and Frank Baynham; her sister and best friend Florence Owczar, her brothers in law Harry Owczar and Donald Cameron; her sister in law Rose Baynham; and son in law Robert (Bob) Huesken.

A Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Parkbridge Estates, 2928 29 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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née Nieuwenhuis

June 12, 1930 – July 8, 2019

“Therefore, since we have been

justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

The Lord took home to be with himself Pauline Braak who peacefully passed away at the age of 89 in the Smithers Bulkley Lodge.

Pauline was christened Apolonia Nieuwenhuis in Freisland, The Netherlands, but everyone called her Plona. She immigrated to Lethbridge with her parents and 6 siblings after the Second World War but this did not deter Hendrik Braak; he left his family with the hope of renewing their relationship. In May of 1953 they were married in the Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church and then began married life in the 2 room house that Hendrik had built.

They were blessed with 6 children; Corry (& Cindy) Braak who live in Orlando Florida, Betty (& Mark) Bandstra in Smithers BC, Sid (& Debra) Braak in Calgary AB, Pete (& Debbie) Braak in Lethbridge AB, Hermina (& Gerald) Vanderkwaak in Smithers BC, and John (& Marlene) Braak in Lethbridge AB.

After the last child was born, Hendrik acquired a building lot, moved the house over onto a concrete block basement and finally installed hot & cold running water plus one bathroom.

Besides her family, Pauline’s greatest joy was reading, sharing her faith, and knitting for family and homeless shelters.

The family grew to include 15 grandchildren; Carly, Christi, Danielle, and Cassidy Braak. Tamara, Theo, and Darcy Bandstra. Kyle and David Braak. Natasha, Neil and Christina Vanderkwaak. Shaun (deceased), Jennifer and Kevin Braak. Pauline could only be convinced to travel if it included visits to see the kids and grand-kids. Fortunately for Hendrik that included places like Orlando FL, Ottawa ON, and Fort Nelson BC.

While Pauline had already lost her older sister, Shirley Dykman ✞, her dad, Siebren Nieuwenhuis ✞, and her mom Botje ✞ (Postma), the loss of her beloved husband of 46 years, Hendrik ✞, in 1999 was a huge shock. She continued to live in her Lethbridge home surrounded by siblings Stan ✞ (& Rita ✞), John ✞ (& Ann ✞), Tina (& John ✞ Procee), Pete (& Marj), and Sid (& Martha). Her brother-in-law, Herman ✞ (& Margriet ✞) Dykman, who lived in BC, visited regularly. Her husband’s siblings also stayed connected. Her own family expanded with spouses for the grandkids and 25 great-grand-kids.

In 2012, due to her cognitive deterioration, she was moved to Smithers where her two daughters, Betty and Hermina, live with their families. After three years of loving care in Hermina’s home, Pauline was moved to the Bulkley Lodge where the staff also provided excellent care. The contentment that came from her trust in her Saviour, Jesus Christ, never wavered and she peacefully left this earthly body on Monday July 8th to go to the place prepared for her in Heaven. It is a day she has been anticipating with great joy. Her ashes will be interred next to her late husband in Lethbridge AB, and a service in the Maranatha Christian Reformed church will take place on Monday August 12 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to a cause dear to her heart, the Immanuel Christian School in North Lethbridge AB.


July 31, 1973 – June 19, 2019

WILLIAM “BILLY” TREVOR SCHRAGE, of Lethbridge, passed away tragically on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 45 years.

Billy is survived by his son Dawson, brothers Wilf (Bernie), Werner (Kathy), Harold (Jeanne) and Ralph (Debbie); and his sisters Ellen (Wally) and Sonya as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Fabian and Agnes Schrage.

Billy was born in Lethbridge, went to Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and studied at Lethbridge College. Billy had one son, Dawson. He enjoyed bow hunting and fishing and spent many days with Dawson enjoying these pastimes.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

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Ella Thompson

1944 – 2019

Mrs. Ella Thompson of Nobleford, beloved wife of Mr. LeRoy Thompson, passed away with her loving family by her side at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the age of 75 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, on Friday, July 26, 2019 at CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416 – 12 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Oliver Ravelojaona, officiating.

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