January 21st, 2021

FRIDAY, July 26, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 26, 2019.


September 8, 1950 – July 20, 2019

David Garnet Bruner passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 20, 2019.

An open house, to celebrate his life, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre (1904 13 Avenue N, Lethbridge, AB).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.


MARGARET “MAGGIE” DANIELS passed away suddenly at home, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the age of 50 years.

She is survived by a dear friend Rick Mackenzie Greive and brothers Derk (Debbie) of Taber, Jake (Cathy), Sheree Daniels, Gerald Meliefste of Lethbridge and many nieces and nephews.

Maggie was predeceased by her parents Dirk and Jean, one sister Juanette and one brother Hank.

Maggie was born in Coaldale and lived her whole life in Southern Alberta. She attended Sunnyside School, R.I. Baker and graduated from Kate Andrews High School. Life for Maggie was about helping others, starting with working alongside her dad and mom in their catering business. Later she was able to carry this on helping and supporting her niece and nephews in any way she could. Maggie had a generous and caring heart and would support you in any way she could. Her organizational skills led to management positions at Zellers, Linen & Things and lastly the Dollar Tree. Maggie had a eye for detail and loved to craft. She loved flowers, music and animals, especially Buddy the dog. She and Rick fed the birds in their yard and had a family of geese that came regularly to feed. Maggie was a willing helper and support for Rick’s smoked salmon business, hoping that it would become a success. The last few years Maggie’s health became steadily worse but she always tried to keep a positive attitude. Her favorite color was purple and to honor her last request we ask that you wear something purple to her service, if possible.

A Celebration of Maggie’s Life will be held at ST. ANDREW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818-5th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

In memory of Maggie, memorial donations may be made to The Lethbridge Humane Society.

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


Rhona Lee Dundas, age 47 of La Broquerie, MB., passed away after a battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

Survived by husband Darren, daughters Madison (Tyson) & Paige, mother Sharon (Cliff) Irvine, mother & father-in-law Karen & Vern Dundas; sister-in-law Michelle (Paul) Rosenberg (Emma & Noah), uncles Tom (Trudy) Castles; Herb (Viola) and numerous cousins.

Predeceased by her father Clarence Kelln, grandparents Les & Kay Castles.

Funeral was held in Steinbach, Manitoba on Friday, July 19, 2019.



CHARLES “CHARLIE” HOUGEN, beloved husband of Dolores Hougen, of Foremost, AB passed away on July 24, 2019 at the age of 94 years. Besides his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by his five children: David (Lisa) Hougen, JoAnne Hougen, Renae (David Yamabe) Hougen, James (Carol) Hougen, Gordon (Carrie) Hougen and 13 grandchildren: CariAnn Olson, Kyle (Stephanie) Hougen, Joel (Lindsey) Hougen, Darren (Lenae Brunn) Ross, Ryan Ross, Matthew Carriere, Mackenzie (James) Penner, Taylor (Marienel) Carriere, Steven (Erin) Hougen, Andrew (Amanda) Hougen, Michelle (Jess) Cowie, Julia (Kent) Bodin, and Travis (Jamie) Hougen. Charlie was a great-grandfather to 19 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two brothers Arne and Marvin and one sister Myrtle Allison. He was predeceased by brothers Trygve, Palmer, Engwald and Magnus.

Charlie was born four miles north of Foremost on his mother’s birthday, March 13, 1925. He attended the Sunalta School and later Foremost School. He grew up working hard and playing sports with his siblings. His love of farming began when he was seventeen years old; he discovered that hard work led to many opportunities – one such opportunity was to buy land from Paul Medhurst. With this land purchase and many others Charlie and Dolores formed Chin Valley Ranch.

As a young man, Charlie played many sports – hockey for the Foremost Flyers, baseball for the Foremost Braves, curling and golf. He loved the competition and gave it his all. Many times he came home victorious.

He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Foremost Civic Centre (hockey rink and curling rink) and the improvements to the Foremost Golf Course. His children, grandchildren and citizens of Foremost continue to enjoy using these facilities to this day. Once his boys started playing hockey, he took on the role of coach for many years. He taught not only the sport but many life skills to his players.

Charlie and Dolores enjoyed spending many winters in Arizona with his siblings. He enjoyed attending and hearing about his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events and always had time to watch their videos and hear their stories.

Every spring and fall Charlie and Dolores would drive around the country keeping tabs on the progress the boys were making during seeding and harvest. Farming and ranching was in his blood and was not only a job but a way of life. He has left a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed.

A Private Family Funeral will be held. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Charlie’s name to the Foremost Golf Club (Box 382, Foremost, AB T0K 0X0) or the future Riding Arena (Foremost and District Agricultural Society, Box 338, Foremost, AB, T0K 0X0).

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

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 Olivier Ravelojaona, officiating.

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Angela Vavrik

1950 – 2019

Mrs. Angela Vavrik of Coalhurst, beloved wife of Mr. Les Vavrik, passed away at home on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the age of 69 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

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CHARLES “CHUCK” F. WESSELMAN, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the age of 95 years and nine days.

He was the dearly loved husband of 65 years to Anne (nee Brunner) Wesselman. He is also survived by his three daughters: Sherry (Patrick) Rohovie, Joanne (Ron) Pouslen, and Karen (Ronny) Baczuk; his grandchildren: Brianne (Tylor Volk) Rohovie, Spencer Rohovie, Jared (Larissa) Poulsen, Taylor Poulsen and Carly Poulsen; his great-grandchildren: Tate and Maelle Volk; his sisters: Ruth (Don) Henry and Dorothy VanBuuren (Frank) and as well as his extended family including many nieces and nephews who will miss him. Chuck was a respected and appreciated member of his church family.

Charles was born in Calgary, AB. on July 14, 1924. He moved to Coalhurst with his parents, Charlie and Lillian, at the age of one. His early life was challenging especially when his dad lost his job and the family fell on hard times. He left school early to help support his family. As a young man, he worked in the mines in the Crowsnest Pass and then in Shaughnessy when he wasn’t helping his dad on the farm.

He met Anne Brunner through a friend and the rest is history. They married in 1954 and lived on the family farm in a renovated chicken coop. They saved their money, welcomed the birth of their first daughter Sherry and built a house on the farm. By this point, his father had passed and he also took care of his mother and brother who also lived on the property. Dad worked very hard to build a healthy market garden business and grow acres of gladiolas which he sold locally and shipped all over Alberta and Saskatchewan. The highlight of his week for over 50 years was taking his flowers and produce to the Farmer’s Market. By the mid 1960’s, Chuck and Anne had welcomed two new additions to their family, Joanne and Karen. Dad loved all four of his girls (including mum). He was a firm but kind father who taught by example.

When dad wasn’t working on the farm, he loved to hunt birds with his favourite dog, Bonnie; to fish year round; to hunt big game (deer, elk and moose) with his buddies; and to visit friends and family. Dad loved to spend time with his extended family and host reunions.

After having a heart attack at age 66, dad renewed his commitment to Jesus Christ. He was passionate in his faith and shared his belief in Jesus with all, encouraging each person to ask Jesus into their heart and be born again. Dad loved to share the good things in life which started with a love for God and extended to generously blessing people with the bounty of his garden. When asked what he was going to do in heaven, he said he was “going to be a gardener with his dad.”

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Bill Zwartbol officiating. Chuck will be laid to rest at a graveside service at 1:30 P.M. at Archmount Cemetery.

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

Wiebren “Wiebe” Zuidema

1958 – 2019

Mr. Wiebren “Wiebe” Zuidema of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Verginia Zuidema, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the age of 60 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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to send a condolence.

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