December 6th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 4, 2019.


SHIRLEY BASCOM, beloved wife of the late Wes Bascom, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge Alberta Stake Centre, 2410 – 28 Street South, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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Randall Frank Dennis Blacker

1953 – 2019

With deep sadness we announce the passing of “Randy” Blacker, at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre on August 29, 2019, at the age of 65 years following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Randy is survived by his brothers Richard (Loreen) and Norman (Tina); sister-in-law Doreve, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents James and Doris (Batsford) Blacker and brother Don.

Randy was born and raised in Lethbridge. After high school he graduated from NAIT Civil Engineering Program. He was employed by Alberta Transportation as a project manager, responsible for building and maintaining roadways and highways in Southern Alberta. When that job was privatized, he continued with Torchinsky Engineering until illness forced him to quit.

Randy was a quiet humble fellow with a heart of gold, willing to literally “give the shirt off his back”. Randy enjoyed golfing for many years before health concerns curtailed his play, but he still managed to follow sports closely, particularly hockey and football. He was a passionate supporter of the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Vikings, attending many of their games. His memory of statistics relating to sports teams and athletes was amazing.

He was a talented, generous man, very independent, who shunned the spotlight, preferring to direct the attention to others. His positive attitude was especially notable considering the ongoing health struggles he encountered. His humorous stories of “everyday life” that he wrote on the computer using one finger, were always a delight to whoever read them.

At Randy’s request, his body was donated to further research for Parkinson’s Disease. He was a patient of Deep Brain Stimulation for 16 years providing data to neurology research.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre for the years of care they so dedicatedly provided. Randy asked for no funeral service.

In memory of Randy, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta, #120 6835 Railway Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2V6.

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LUIGI (Louis)


In the early, peaceful hours of August 29, 2019, Louis Sergio Campagnola, at the age of 91, was reunited with his eternal companion. His surviving children, Gary (Debbie) Campagnola, Diane (Kerry) O’Bray, Christine (Doran) Anderson, son-in-law Gord Jones, 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren grieve our temporary loss of association with him, but are filled with joy that he is reunited with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Judy Jones, son Kevin Campagnola, daughter-in-law Pat Campagnola, and grandson Bradley O’Bray. A funeral to honour his legacy will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 am with an opportunity for friends and associates to meet with family from 10:00 am – 10:45 am. The service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Copperwood Chapel.

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Barry (Bear) Nathan Crying Head-Rabbit

Pahksi’kainhkii (Silent Singer)

It is with great sadness that we the family announce the sudden passing of our beloved Husband, Son, Brother, Nephew, Uncle, BARRY (Bear) NATHAN CRYING HEAD-RABBIT on August 25, 2019 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

Barry was born on February 15, 1988 in Fort Macleod. Barry is survived by his loving wife Alisha Eagle Plume; Parents Joan (Frank) Black Plume & the late Curtis Rabbit, Martin & Crystal Curly Rider; Grandmother Alice Wolf Child; Brothers: Jonathon (Amelia) CH, Aldon DR, Matthew (Kayla) CR, Brian (Leah) CH, Ruben (Shalane) CH, Robby CH, Jimmy( Charlotte) CM, Desmond (Chelsea) EP, Mario MF, Titus (Danielle) CH, Kyle DC, Nakoda (Aaliyah) HB, Allen DR, Chad EP, Ross (Lacey) DR, Colby( Megan) BW, Joey IS, Carlos (Vanessa) IS, Colby Soop, Joseph (Reesa) EP, Kevin (Chelsea) EP, Terry Knife; Sisters: Franchesca, Celeste, Kailee Day Rider, Vishura (Lance), Maddison, Matana CR, Keysha L.S, Josie (Ty) LS, Audrey CH, Sammie (Adrian) Nargo, Donna CH, Kristy (Hank) Bruised Head, Korilee (Aaron) Hunt; Uncles: Steven (Carla) CH, Andrew (Michelene) Rabbit, Bruce (Trina) Iron Shirt, Norman Black Plume, Byron (Heather) CH, Wayne Day Chief, Austin CH, Grant (Melissa) CH, Phillip (Cara) CH, Marcel (Verda), Charlie (Rhonda) Weasel Head; Aunties: Doreen Aberdeen, Jackie (Kurt) CH, Pattie CH, Brenda Day Chief, Shauna, Deanna (Mike) Day Rider, Rose (Stan) Hairy Bull; Great Uncles: Harrison WC, Bernard Shouting, Jimmy (Belina) Door; Great Aunties: Annie CH, Mary Sweet Grass, Rita Many Fingers, Elizabeth (Martin) Vielle, Veronica CH; Nephews: Kobe CH, Lil John, Paisley, Kingston, Kylan, Dante; Nieces: Tierra, Hannah, Khloe, Justice, Alexandria.

Barry was predeceased by his Father Curtis Rabbit, grandparents: Steven & Bertha Crying Head, Joseph & Celina Rabbit, his brother Sheldon CH; Uncles: James, Joseph, Mike, Homer, Robert; Aunties: Nellie CH, Sylivia CH and Jodi DC; cousins; Mickey and Dustin Day Rider, Justin Rabbit, and Angela and Vanessa Rabbit. Barry came from a large family which consisted of; Crying Heads, Rabbits, Hairy Bulls, Wolf Childs, Many Fingers, Weasel Heads, Vielles, Curly Riders, Sweet Grass, Heavy Heads, Iron Shirts, numerous relatives too many to mention.

He attended school at Lavern Elementary School, Kainai Middle School, St. Francis Jr. High, Kainai High School, where he received his high school diploma. Barry attended many trades programs where he received many certificates, he also received a Welding Trade Certificate. He also graduated in three programs called Life Management, Another Way Program, Beautification. Barry then pursued a career in Iron Works, he was employed with several companies like Walter in Calgary, AB and was recently employed with Flexahopper Plastics CTD in Lethbridge, Construction workers which involved working at U of L, Cavendish.

Barry’s passion was sports and he competed in many events such as; track and field, fastball and slow pitch. He traveled to many places with his sports such as; Pocatello, Idaho in 2004 with the Lethbridge Track Team representing Canada for an indoor track and field, in 2006 he also went to Denver, Colorado representing Team Alberta Indigenous Games throughout his high school years. Throughout his adult years he attended many Native Canadian Fastball Championship Tournaments, Provincial Fastball Tournaments while his team played in many leagues such as; Calgary Fastball Industrial League from 2008-2017. In 2013, he played Provincials and won a silver award in Irma, AB. and Native Fastball B Division Champs. His passion for fastball stems from his family, the Rabbit brothers, also known as the Lavern Blues and Crying Head brothers. Sluggers have been a team for 15 plus years – they started when Barry was about 15 years old. Our original 6 team members consist of Kristy, Dez, Joe, Mario, Matt and Barry. They started the team and have been together throughout the years,- players have come and gone and today Sluggers family includes Titus, Danielle, Carmen, Chelsea, Hank, Justin, Nico, Shawn, and Rhonda. Our right fielder (Barry) was a very confident player he never felt pressure in pressured games he did what he had to do defensively and offensively, playing together all these years we know each other inside and out to the point we call out each other’s plays, before it happens hence the time Barry was up to bat and Dez told some of the players “he’s gonna hit down third and say Aah”. Well that’s exactly what happened, Sluggers have always been loyal and confidant in each other, we just wanted to play, “you can say we’re family”.

Barry enjoyed spending time with family, especially camping and BBQ’s with mom and dad Martin & Crystal CR and family. Barry always brought his mansion along with him wherever he camped and loved all kinds of music. He was caring, loving, kind-hearted, outgoing, and overprotective of his loved ones, a peacemaker and got along with everyone, always making new friends welcoming everyone to his home and many loved to be around his presence.

Barry really loved his wife Alisha, never leaving her side, always encouraging her to try hard and making sure she was good, never left her out of any family gatherings, also did everything together. The only time they were apart is when they had business to do but other then that they had to always be with each other. His sister Vishura had nicknames for them like “Minne soup & Barry soup” Vizzy would call us”. Also, can’t forget about his children Lucy lou, Lukes, an Shiloh (Barry & Alisha dogs) he loved his dog Lukes very much and would call him “Barry Jr” or “his boy”. He really loved his other family just as much as he loved his. Barry love playing ball with his brothers (baseball) and basketball when he had the chance to; he also loved the outdoors like camping, fishing, boating, going on adventures, cruising and really loved his music of course.

The Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston followed by the Wake Service at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, September 4th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at Senator Gladstone Hall on Thursday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m.

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JOYCE HARDING, beloved wife of the late Fred Harding, passed away at Fort Macleod Extendicare on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Mark Noonan officiating.

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With heavy hearts and deep sadness, the family of VINCENT “VINCE” HARTY announces his sudden passing in Lethbridge, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the age of 83 years.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

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ELLA RUTH HECK passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:00 Noon with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

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ETHEL MAY HOGLE, passed away quietly at Sunny South Lodge on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the age of 99 years.

Ethel is the loving and devoted mother of Lee Ann (Wayne), Michael (Ruth) and Jim (Susan). She will be greatly missed by her much loved seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her stepchildren Thomas (Patti), Edward (Judy), and Susan (Manuel).

She was predeceased by her loving husband Maurice L. M. Hogle, parents George and Florence McCord, sisters Helen and Florence, brother Robert and grandson Arthur.

As a young woman, Ethel left her hometown of Chapleau, ON to study physiotherapy at the University of Toronto. After a short stint in Edmonton working with sick children, she enlisted and went overseas, tending to the wounded in France near the front line and then England. There, she met her husband-to-be, Maurice on a blind date.

After raising her children in Chapleau and Montreal and working at the Reddy Memorial Hospital, she and Maurice resettled in Balderson, ON, where Ethel continued to work at the Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth. She was a devoted member of Balderson United and St. Paul’s United churches and served on the UCW there. She was also an active mentor of the 4-H club and served on the WI.

In 1998, Ethel moved out west again, settling in Lethbridge and Coaldale, AB, to be near her son Michael and his family.

The family thanks in particular, Sunny South Lodge, St. Therese Villa, Dr. J Steed and Dr. J Tupper, her many wonderful friends at Black Rock Terrace in Lethbridge, and back home in Perth, and lifelong friend Eileen Crosthwait.

A Memorial Service will be held at BLAIR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 15 Gore Street W, Perth, ON, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

In memory of Ethel, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, #300, 1725 – 10 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, T3C 0K1 or to St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street W, Perth, ON, K7H 2L9 would be greatly received.

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Sept. 2/58 – Aug. 31/19

C. ERMINE HOWELL (née Eccles) passed away peacefully at her special Glamping home in King Arthur Lakefront Resort, on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the age of 80 years.

Ermine is survived by her husband Harold Howell; children Julienne (Daniel) Dyck, Suzanne (Michael) Heggaton and Joanne (Darrell) Peters; grandchildren: Tammy, Terry, Allan, Alyssa, Andrew, Stephen (Josie), Johnathon and Sarah as well as numerous great grandchildren that she loved dearly. She is also survived by her sister Beryl Brannigan (Eccles) and nieces and nephews in Wales.

Ermine joins her Mum, Sarah Eccles and Dad, Cecil Eccles; sisters Cynthia Millington (Eccles) and Sheila Jones (Eccles).

On the evening of her passing, there was a wicked thunderstorm with lighting and rain. We figured they met Mum in Heaven and proceeded to have a party with their favorite song Cherokee Nation (Indian Reservation) by Paul Revere & The Raiders (1968).

Ermine was born Sept 2, 1938 in Flint, North Wales. She fell in love with her soul mate Harold Howell in 1955 and they married on August 27,1958. Harold enlisted into the British army in 1958 and became a Welsh Guard. While stationed in Germany in 1962, she became pregnant with twins, and went back home to delivery them. Then in 1964, she returned to Wales from Germany for the birth of her last child. They had a perfect family with three girls. Ermine was trained in pediatric nursing and loved what she did.

The family immigrated to Canada in 1975 and started our new lives in Gimli, Manitoba. In 1977, the family moved to our forever home in Lethbridge, Alberta. Ermine started working in Narnia Daycare with Jean Staudinger. She was instrumental in the lives of so many children and the parents, she truly loved all her children. In 1982, Aslan Daycare was opened and the staff from Narnia made the move to Aslan. Ermine loved being with the children; her strength and unconditional love for all of her children was evident in the family atmosphere that she inspired daily at Aslan. Her staff were very important and she wanted everyone to feel special and be able to talk to her. She loved sharing her knowledge not only with the staff but also with the parents.

She fought so many battles with cancer and conquered them. This time, the cancer was terminal. She handled this battle with a strength and determination. Our families had to time to spend with her, there was no regrets that she didn’t know how much she was loved.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Barb Roycroft officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, with a reception back at Cornerstone.

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GENE SHOKICHI KARAKI passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Oct. 10, 1935 – Aug. 30, 2019

Age 83

MILE “MIKE” PANIC was born in Gornji Furjan, Kordun, Croatia on October 10, 1935. He was predeceased by his father Ante and mother Jelena (Zgela); his sister Marica Halagic; brothers Jure, Franjo, and Josip all of Croatia.

His family in Canada are wife Marija (Verli) and children Maria Federmesser (Jim) and Michael (Cynthia). His niece Grozdana Crowe (Panic) and her family; Roger, Anton, and Goran reside in Calgary. His grandchildren are Melissa Federmesser and Ashley (Kuerschner); spouse Elijah, with his great-grandchildren Moses, Hollis, Harriet, and Iver.

Mile and Marija came to Canada in May 1961 settling in Coaldale, Alberta. Dad worked in his early days at Central Farms as a labourer and then took a position with the Canadian Pacific Railway laying new train tracks throughout southern Alberta. He worked, as a cement finisher, for several construction companies in Lethbridge from 1965 to his retirement in 1998.

Throughout his life in Canada, Mile (known as Mico in his Croatian community) never forgot his Croatian heritage. He was an active member of the Lethbridge Canadian-Croatian Club, since its inception, in the early 1970s. Mile was known for his sense of humour and his love of his Croatian heritage.

Mile was also a very active member of St. Ambrose Parish in Coaldale. Throughout the many decades, dad, volunteered his time renovating the rectory, painting the church, replacing tiles in the grotto and taking care of some cement repairs; always happy to lend a hand for our Lord.

Dad loved life. He never stopped working. Always building, repairing and inventing; an engineer in his soul. He is now discussing with St. Peter how the Pearly Gates need to be upgraded and that he will get right on it with only the best and strongest materials. That’s our dad. Rest in Peace Tata.

Prayers will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Ray & Ellen Wagner officiating. Mile’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating. Interment to follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking our friends to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 200-119 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6.

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ROSE LILLIAN PRIMACHUK (née Palmarchuk), beloved wife of the late William Primachuk, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, August 26, 2019 at the age of 89 years. She lived an amazing life.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 1:30 P.M. with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating.

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ADOLPH SASS of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital Monday, September 2, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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RICHARD ANTHONY SMITH of Lethbridge passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Edith Cavell at the age of 71 years.

Richard is survived by his son Nathan, and two brothers Raymond and Robert.

He held a diploma in Accounting from Lethbridge College, and a bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Richard loved to ski, and shared that love with others through volunteering with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers. What he loved most was to be outside – hiking, biking, gardening, camping, and especially swimming in freezing cold lakes.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at MIZ CITY CHURCH, 502 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers please donate, in Richard’s memory, to a charity of your choice.

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George William Stanley

November 15, 1937

– August 31, 2019

It is with teary eyes yet grateful hearts that we announce the passing of George William Stanley at Lindenview Nursing Home on Saturday August 31, 2019 at the age of 81.

Visitation will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 20, 5205 48 Avenue, Taber, AB on Saturday September 7, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 P.M. Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 P.M.

Cremation to follow.


JACOB VAN LUYK, beloved husband of Maria Van Luyk, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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