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FRIDAY, September 6, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 6, 2019.

Reindert “Rein” Bakker

1931 – 2019

It is with great sorrow, but in the Lord’s time, we announce the passing of our father Reindert “Rein” Bakker, beloved husband of the late Jacomina Bakker, at the age of 88 years. Rein is survived by his daughters Gretha (Dirk) Bakker-Bakker and Rita van den Berg; sons Gerrit (Wendy) Bakker, Evert Bakker and Henry (Arlene) Bakker; 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Besides his loving wife Jacomina Bakker, Rein is predeceased by his parents Gerrit and Maria Bakker. He is also survived by family in The Netherlands. An opportunity to extend Condolences will be held from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, September 9, 2019 at THE NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF LETHBRIDGE, 90022 Range Rd 211, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at THE NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF LETHBRIDGE, 90022 Range Rd 211, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend E.C. Adams, officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined.

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GERALDINE BECKER, beloved wife of Wilhelm Becker of Raymond, Alberta, passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel in Raymond, AB on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may meet the family at the Church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

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LLOYD T. BEISWANGER, of Picture Butte, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Nell” Beiswanger, peacefully went to heaven on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Besides his loving wife Elizabeth, Lloyd is survived by his sons Gary, Bobby (Jan), and Tim (Heidi) as well as six grandchildren Breanna, Zane (Andrea), Benjamin, Jonathan, Savannah, Nicholas, and three great-grandchildren Leo, Lily, and Rowan all whom he deeply cherished. He is also survived by his sisters Caroline and Eada (Doug) as well as other extended family.

Lloyd was born in Coaldale on Oct. 17, 1940 to the late John Henry and Adella Beiswanger. His father John Henry was an original homesteader in Picture Butte, established in 1905. Lloyd moved from Picture Butte to Portland, Oregon at age three with his mother and sister after his father’s death.

Lloyd joined the military and served a tour in the US Army as a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky. He met Elizabeth in Nashville, Tennessee and they married on June 4, 1961. Lloyd and Elizabeth moved to Portland Oregon where they started their life together.

Lloyd made a career by means of his talent as a skilled carpenter and General Contractor. After his retirement as a General Contractor, Lloyd and Elizabeth moved back home to Picture Butte. In retirement, he loved traveling with Elizabeth in their RV and adored his Pomeranians Molly and Maggie.

The Family would like to thank the staff of Alberta Health Services Home Care, Jack Ady Cancer Centre and St. Michael’s Health Centre for their care and compassion.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:00 Noon, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 1:00 P.M.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Allen Alexander Hansen, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta on November 2, 1925; passed away August 30, 2019 at 93 years of age. Allen was born to, Marry and Chris Iver Hansen living on a lease-land farm in Coaldale Alberta. Shortly after his father’s death in 1930, mother Marry moved to Lethbridge as a single mother of four children. At a young age Allen followed brother Lloyd into the Armed Forces and served as a Seaman on frigates in the Atlantic to the end of WWII. After the war, Allen went to work for Canadian Pacific Railway as a brakeman on the steam trains which were providing freight and passenger service in Canada at that time. Allen worked many years with C.P.R as a Trainman on the Budd Car passenger trains and freight trains servicing the communities of Southern Alberta and British Columbia. A personable guy, Dad enjoyed meeting and helping all the many passengers and friends he met while working on the trains. In 1950 Allen met and married Helen Welbourn in Nelson, B.C. The newlyweds moved to Lethbridge and quickly started their own family with Robert arriving first in 1950, Christine in 1952 and lastly Lloyd in 1955. Dad continued working on the Budd Car passenger service traveling from Lethbridge to Cranbrook, Calgary, and Medicine Hat. In 1960 Allen accepted a C.P Rail transfer and relocated his family to Cranbrook where he and Helen lived for the remainder of his life. Dad retired from C.P Rail in 1985 with 43 years’ service and enjoyed 34 glorious years of retirement. Early in life Allen developed his lifelong passion – GOLF. Both Allen and Helen were long-term members of the Cranbrook Golf and Country Club. Highlights of Dad’s golf life included many trips south golfing in Oregon and California, tournaments in Southern B.C. and Alberta, and getting a Hole-in-One on hole #15 of the Cranbrook course on July 8th, 1993, being witnessed by his long-time golf friend who was also a Supreme Court Judge. One of Dad’s greatest enjoyments was to be out on the golf course with his family. Grandchildren were near and dear to Dad’s heart and many hours were spent entertaining the kids. Dad was very patient with his grand-children and would spend countless hours playing store, checkers, or crib, washing cars, teaching golf – or whatever it took to keep the kids’ content. Great grandchildren came later in life. Fortunately, Dad had the opportunity to meet and spend time with all his great grandchildren. Only days prior to his passing he was watching with interest videos of the most recent arrival at 10 months of age taking her first steps. Allen is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen; sister Joyce; sons Robert and Lloyd; grandchildren Robert Day, Deanna King (Christine), Tanya Hansen, Tara Hansen (Robert), Alexandra Hansen, Gina Dahl (Lloyd) and six great grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by father Chris; mother Marry; brothers Lloyd and Melvin; and daughter Christine. A funeral mass will be held for Allen Alexander Hansen on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00 am at Christ the Servant Church 1100 – 14th Avenue S Cranbrook, B.C. This will be followed by a light luncheon reception in the church hall at 11:00am and interment at Westlawn Cemetery at 2:00pm. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to all of Allen’s caregivers including Doctors Kevin McIver and Sarah Chesney, Staff at Interior Health, and Care Givers at Joseph Creek Care Village, The Green Home and Columbia Garden Village Ivy House. In lieu of flowers please direct your donations to the Cranbrook Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store, 30 – 8th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2K3 in the name of Allen Alexander Hansen.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.

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KARAKI, Gene Shokichi


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gene Karaki in Lethbridge, Alberta on Monday, September 2, 2019 at the age of 78 years. Gene is survived by his brothers George (Geraldine), Gordon (Mihoko), Victor (Roxanne), sister-in-law Etsuko (Melvin), sisters Joy (Stewart) Lang, and Linda (Wayne) Finkbeiner. Uncle Gene is remembered fondly by his many nieces and nephews. Gene was pre-deceased by his parents Mitsuo and Sachie (Iwaasa) Karaki and brother Melvin. Gene was born April 1, 1941 in Raymond, Alberta. The family moved to Cassils, Alberta where he continued school there and in Rosemary, Alberta. He participated in many sports including football, basketball, boxing and judo. His career in the Alberta oil fields took him to many countries including Thailand, the Philippines, and the Baltic Sea in the Arctic. He retired to the Kootenay Lake area where he enjoyed fishing, quading and picking huckleberries. The Funeral will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints NORTH SIDE CHAPEL (2223 6 Ave N, Lethbridge Alberta). Friends may meet the family from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Koden is gratefully declined.

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Peggy Lane

1923 – 2019

Mrs. Peggy Lane of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Roy Lane, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the age of 96 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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LORENE McCREADY, beloved wife of the late Tom McCready, passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare with family at her side on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 98 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Vernon Meek

1933 – 2019

Vernon Murray Meek of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Dora (Goller) Meek, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2019 at the age of 86 years. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4pm, on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road South, Lethbridge. There will be an opportunity to share your special memories of Vern. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital ICU, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5, or Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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BARBARA I MULHOLLAND passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday September 4, 2019. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Michelle Roelofs, beloved wife of Brian Roelofs, passed away on September 2, 2019 at the age of 72 years.

She is also survived by her 4 children: Staccey (John) Turner, Brent (Rebecca), Craig (Christa) and Amie (Julio) Ceron; 14 grandchildren and 4 siblings: Pam, Debbie, Judy and Russ.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 9 at 11:00 am with an opportunity for friends 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, Northside Chapel, 2213 6A Avenue N. Interment will take place at Archmount Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lethbridge Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H5E9

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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.

Adolph is the loving father of James (Janice) of Spruce Grove and Rhonda of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his sister Emma Kuehn, nephews Lawrence (Dianne and family) Kuehn and Leonard (Marlene and family) Sass.

He was predeceased by his wife Caroline (née Winter), parents Ludwig and Emily, brothers Freddie (Noreen) and Ferdinand.

Adolph was born in Morris, MB. He lived on the farm for many years until he moved to Winnipeg, where he met his bride Caroline. Adolph was a heavy equipment operator for the highway department in MB, AB and BC. He finished his employment with Safeway until his retirement.

Adolph had many passions in life including woodworking and fishing, which he shared with his son James.

Adolph moved in with his daughter Rhonda in the later years, where he was able to pass on his woodworking skills to her as well. He later moved into St. Therese, where he called his home for over five years and touched many lives of those who came in contact with him. He entertained them with his witty stories and beautiful music that he played on the harmonica and accordion. He will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Therese Villa for the years of care they so dedicatedly provided.

A Graveside Service will be held in Brooks at a later date.

In memory of Adolph, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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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.


Mar. 30, 1924 – Sept. 3, 2019

ANNA STICKEL, beloved wife of the late Clarence Stickel, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at her side following a brief bout with Pneumonia on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great great-grandsons; Shirley (Jim Dec. 2016) Pederson, Mick (Nora Brittain) Lerch, (Joseph and Cecilia); Lloyd (Judy) Stickel, Sheyna Aarts (Kienna and Kassydi), Shawn (Tracy Matheson); Ron (Linda) Stickel, Brant, Megan (Sean) Bryan (Blake and Jase), Brandon (Kelsey Logan), Kayla; Trevor (Mireille Farkouh); Audrey Hannan (Dec. 2013), Brent (Karen) (Chloe and Seamus); Jody (Brad) Keim, (Clayton and Jeremy); Marlene (Bryan) Firth, Heather (Shane) Graham, (Tiana and Shaylene). Anna is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Irene Lodermeier and Violet King of Creston, BC, brother-in-law Dugald MacMillan, and by numerous nieces and nephews, whom she cherished in her life.

Mom was predeceased by her parents Henry and Maria, brothers Henry, Emanuel, William and Edward Miller and sisters Ida Christiens, Emma Heckenliable and Elsie Beres and their spouses.

Anna was born on a farm in Medicine Hat to Henry and Maria Miller. Mom’s life mostly consisted of raising her five children, who were born within six years of each other. Until running water and electricity came along, she worked many long tedious hours. When her children were mostly grown, she worked in various restaurants as waitress and cook. She adored her family, and was most happy when some or all of them visited her.

Thanks to the loving, caring staff at Fort McLeod Extendicare where mom lived for the past seven months. Also, to Dr. Brewer and the nurses on 4th Floor at Regional, who took such good care of mom in her short stay there.

There is no formal funeral by her request .

Anna will be laid to rest in a Graveside Service along side Clarence at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. and everyone is invited to attend.

A Reception will be held at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive S. (North door auditorium) at 2:00 P.M., where we can share our fond memories of this special lady. Please no flowers; if you desire you can make a donation to your favorite charity in her memory.

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Marlene Tolley-Kovacs

1949 – 2019

Marlene Tolley-Kovacs passed away peacefully surrounded by her family August 29, 2019 at the age of 70 years old after a brave five-year long battle with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday, September 6, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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