November 27th, 2020

FRIDAY, September 13, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 13, 2019.


July 20, 1937 – September 10, 2019

Our precious, loving mother, Marlene Asuchak, passed away Sept. 10, 2019 at the age of 82 years. A Celebration of Life will be held in Fort Macleod at a later date.

She will be missed.

With all our love and prayers – Family

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H. DONNA COOPER, beloved wife of John Cooper, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta Stake Centre (338 – 5 Ave East) in Cardston, AB.

Friends may meet the family on Saturday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment in the Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Alberta.

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Nellie Ellingson
1920 – 2019
Nellie Parry Ellingson, beloved wife of the late Earl Ellingson, passed away in Taber on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 99 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


CLARK FIGENSHAU, beloved husband of Christina, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, September 9, 2019 at the age of 91 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christensen Salmon GENERATIONS Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge with Rev. Trevor Potter officiating.

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Hazel Fong

Hazel Fong, of Calgary and formerly Taber and Bow Island, passed away unexpectedly on September 4th, 2019. Full of energy, Hazel continued even at her age to high-spiritedly defeat all comers at badminton, crossword puzzles and jenga.

Carrying on her vibrant legacy are her children Linda, James, David, Shari and Chris and their families. She is also survived by her sister Violet Fong and brother Norman Chuen.

Friends and family are invited to a Visitation to pay their respects between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A brief Graveside Service and interment will follow at 3:00pm, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Celebration of Hazel’s Life will then be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at ST. DAVID’S UNITED CHURCH, 3303 CAPITOL HILL CRESCENT, Calgary, Alberta.

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Betty Harris
1932 – 2019
Betty LaRue Harris (nee Peterson), beloved wife of the late Garth Harris, passed away peacefully in Taber, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the age of 86 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 13, 2019 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, September 14, 2019 between 9:45 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Betty is survived by her children Renee (Neil) Nordquist of Bismarck, North Dakota, Diane (Lorne) Patzer of Lethbridge, Richard (Caroline) of Santa Clara, Utah, Merrill (Malinda) Harris of Taber, Julie (Eric) Nuttall of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Denzil (Karen) Harris of Alpine, Utah, Shauna Bodnar of Sherwood Park and Ian (Kim) Harris of Taber. She is also survived by thirty one grandchildren and thirty six great grandchildren whom she loved and adored. Betty will be fondly remembered by her brothers Ron Peterson of Calgary, Rulon (Dee) Peterson of Westminster, California, Larry (Reta) Peterson of Pleasant Grove, Utah and sisters-in-law NaVee Wynder of Provo Utah, Evelyn Harris of Lake Havasu, Arizona and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Garth Harris, her son Derrick Harris, three grandsons Jason Harris, Devin Harris and Eric Nordquist, son-in-law Allan Bodnar, her parents Elgin and Dorene Peterson, step Father Ward Webb, her in laws Ivan and Maude Harris, brother Gordon Peterson, sisters-in-law Peg Peterson, NuRae Peterson, Joyce Palmer and Inez Harris, brothers-in-law Bernarr Harris, Garry Harris, Curt Wynder, Delbert Palmer and Don Porter.
Betty was born on December 31, 1932 in Stirling where she spent the first fourteen years of her life in a very close knit family. She moved to Lethbridge in 1947. Her teenage years were happy and carefree with a great group of friends. Betty was a majorette for the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute band and then again for the University of Alberta band. While at the University of Alberta, she received her teaching certificate in 1951. In the fall of that year, she started teaching school in Barnwell where she taught for the next two years. Betty’s close friend Jeananne (Garth’s cousin), introduced them and after a yearlong courtship were sealed on August 27, 1952 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They enjoyed sixty wonderful years together.
Betty was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many capacities including visiting teacher, ward organist, choir director, ward and stake Relief Society president, Mutual president and temple ordinance worker. She served a mission with Garth in the Bern Switzerland Temple. She also volunteered at the local PTA, the hospital, Meals on Wheels, Cancer and Diabetic Associations, Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Hand Bell Choir.
Many people have been blessed by Betty’s musical, culinary and quilting talents. Betty lived a life of service and scattered sunshine to all she came in contact with. Her motto in life was to live, laugh, love and be happy.
If friends so desire, memorial tribute in Betty’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.
Her family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the Clearview Lodge, Linden View and the doctors, nurses and staff at the Taber Health Centre, who so tenderly cared for Betty throughout her recent illnesses.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with gentle relief but broken hearts that we announce the passing of our precious Mom, Nana and G.G., LORENE ANNETTE McCREADY at Extendicare Fairmont on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 98 years.

A Celebration of Lorene’s life will be held at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

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Lamont Ronald Donaldson Selby, passed peacefully with his niece Tracey and stepson Michael by his side on the morning of Sunday, September 8th, 2019 in the Lethbridge Chinook Hospital due to complications of pneumonia.

Lamont was born in Milk River on August 11, 1942 to Wellington (Wally) and Beulah Selby and is predeceased by his parents and siblings, Ken Copeland, Doris (Copeland) Patera, Eudene (Copeland) Hannem Ellywn, Starlene (Selby) Sutcliffe Dillabaugh, and first wife Carolyn Evans.

He will be dearly missed by his loving companion Irena Pidstawka, his two dogs (children) Buddy and Mitzy, nieces Tracey Sutcliffe, Jody (Sutcliffe) Hopwo and Tanya (Sutcliffe) Bailey, brother-in-law Conway Dillabaugh, his stepson Michael Lawrence (Lisa), grandchildren Liam, Maia, and Anna, several other nieces, nephews, cousins, stepchildren, and many friends.

Life gave Lamont many struggles but he always met each one with his strength and incredible sense of humour. Making others laugh and his huge, generous, caring heart were two of his greatest gifts.

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Greg Smith, the staff at the Calgary Foothills Hospital, the Lethbridge Chinook Hospital (especially Jim and Sam in ICU), and the Raymond Health Centre for their exceptional care and compassion. As well as The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints for their thoughtfulness and support.

The Funeral Service will be held the evening of October 4th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints 260 E. 200 N, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0.

Memorials may be sent to the LDS church above or to Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home.

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Gladys Strom
1921 ~ 2019
Gladys Pearl Strom (nee Harvey), beloved wife of the late, Walter Hugo Strom, passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at the age of 98 years. Gladys will be lovingly remembered by her children; Sylvia,  Elaine, Phil (Janet), Ray (Lois), Al (Lynn), Joan (Jim) and Lori (Rick), as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Bow Island Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. A Celebration of Gladys’ life will follow at the Bow Island Evangelical Free Church, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., with interment at the Burdett Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Glady’s name may be made to the Gideons International in Canada, c/o Henry Heidebrecht, 3123 – 15 Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8K1 or to HALO, 12 – 49 Viscount Avenue SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 5G4. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cook Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel


ELIZABETH THIESSEN, beloved wife of the late John B. Thiessen of Lethbridge, went home peacefully to be with her Lord on September 6, 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held at LAKEVIEW BIBLE CHURCH, 1509 – 29 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Dr. Nigel Wheeler officiating.

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Everett Vandesteeg

1941 – 2019

Everett Vandesteeg of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Lana Vandesteeg, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Everett is survived by his wife of 48 years; daughter Sherry (James) Heather and grandchildren Lisa Marie (Adam) Brzezinki and Jesse Campbell. Everett is also survived by his sisters Clasiena (John) Kellow, Ida Westbrook; brothers Ben and Gerrit (Georgette) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Everett was predeceased by his parents Marinus and Christine as well as his brother Murray.

Everett was born in Holland on May 12, 1941 and immigrated to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1956. After several years working for Haney Farms and the Lethbridge and District Exhibition, Everett became the owner and manager in 1975 of a small neighborhood store – The Grocery Hut. Everett loved his business and the neighborhood around it, making many friends over the years. After suffering an illness in 1991 that left him with chronic pain, he sold the store and devoted himself, as best he could, to the care of his mother Christine, until her passing, his wife and their precious fur-kids – Sandy, Peppy, Ladybug, Sheba, Shadow and most recently, Anthony, Caesar and Cleopatra (aka the Triplets).

Everett was a private, quiet man. He had a passion for hobbies he started as a young boy in Holland and engaged in until recently – movie trivia, stamp collecting, soccer and reading everything he could get his hands on. He loved non-fiction books related to history, politics, religion, sociology, and psychology, with a generous amount of pulp-fiction mysteries thrown in. In his adult years, Everett also excelled at painting complex paint-by-numbers, all of which grace the walls of their home, with a few gifted to special people.

In accordance with Everett’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. For those wishing to honor Everett’s memory, you are invited to donate to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 5E9, or a charity of your choice. Floral or other tributes are respectfully and gratefully declined.

Lana and Everett’s family are immensely grateful for the kindness and care provided to Everett over the years by Dr. Mark Horne and staff at the Bigelow Fowler East Clinic, as well as recently by the incredible team of compassionate doctors, nurses and care aides at St. Michael’s Palliative Care.

Ciao, Ciao Dear.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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KATHERINA “KAY” ZATYLNY, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Steve Zatylny, passed away peacefully at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert, AB. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the age of 97 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Following the Mass, Kay will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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