October 28th, 2020

SATURDAY, September 21, 2019


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 23, 2019.

FIGENSHAU

The family of Clark Torgersen Figenshau are sad to announce his passing on September 9, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

Born on December 22, 1927, in the small town of Irma Alberta. Clark was the oldest of four, having two brothers, Vern and Harry, and one sister Ida. In later years he attended Henderson Business School in Calgary where he focused on accounting, and there he met the love of his life Christina Borth. Clark and Christina married and started a family. Their daughter Merna was the first to be born. Clark worked as an accountant for CFCN Radio in Calgary for a period and then the family moved to Trail, BC as he received a new job for CJAT Radio. While in Trail they welcomed their son Van into the world. They then moved to Lethbridge, where Clark was accountant for CJOC and CHEC Radio stations.

Clark retired from working as a Government of Alberta Driver Examiner. He and Christina spent the next 40 winters in Arizona where they developed a close-knit community, their Arizona family. In Arizona Clark played with different musicians and “The First Arizona Banjo Band”. While in Lethbridge, Clark drove Taxi. He was a proud member of the Busker’s Association and entertained at events throughout the city. For many years the highlight of his week was playing his banjo at the Exhibition Park Farmer’s Market. A life member at both the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization and Nordbridge Senior’s Centre, he was member of the Number 8 Mine Society and Lethbridge Humane Society.

Dogs were a large part of Clark’s life and he always carried a biscuit in his pocket on his daily walks for anytime he met a dog.

Survived by his wife Christina Figenshau, daughter Merna (Robert) Baker, son Van (Debi) Figenshau, grandson Michael (Jackie) Baker, grand-daughter Lacy (Jason) Ebert, plus 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clark is predeceased by his brother Vern Figenshaw and his grandsons William Baker and Jordan Figenshau.

Memorial service will be held Monday September 23, 2019, 11:00am, at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home 703 – 13 St N, Lethbridge Alberta.

Donations may be made to Lethbridge & District Humane Society – 2920 16 Ave N Lethbridge AB T1H 5E9.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


Olga Janzen

1933 – 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing from this world of Olga Janzen; wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend to many in the Enchant community. Although she is now with the Savior whom she dearly loved, she will be sorely missed by those she left behind. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at ENCHANT COMMUNITY HALL, 27 Centre Street, Enchant, Alberta, with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating. A private family graveside service was held. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Gary Nagata

1954 – 2019

Mr. Gary Nagata of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the age of 64 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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TURNER

It is with profound sadness and pain in our hearts that we announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of Carole Ann Turner (nee Delmark) on Monday, September 16th, 2019 at the age of 75. Carole is survived by her daughter Sheri (Tony), sons Wayne (Gail) of Lethbridge, Ric of Calgary, brother Bill (Freda) of Maple Ridge, BC, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her beloved brat of a cat, Gizmo. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Helen at a young age, husband Ed and her three sisters Rae, Shirley and Doreen. She was a devoted loving mother and nana; a role in which she cherished and was proud of. Carole had a heart of gold and it showed in how she took care of those all around her. She loved spending time with her family and friends, sitting outside soaking up the warmth of the sun, gardening, camping and traveling. Carole loved the Christmas season and it could not come fast enough for her and often, the decorations would sneakily appear throughout the house very early. She also was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and spent many years being involved and assisting where she could. Mom will be greatly missed by all of us left behind but we take great comfort in knowing she has been reunited with the many loved ones who had gone before her that she dearly missed. At Carole’s request, there will be no funeral service (cremation has taken place) and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we graciously ask that donations be made in her name via etransfer at lethbridge.noka@gmail.com or by cheque to: NOKA (No-Kill Animal Association) c/o Shirley Fleming 2424 – 22 Street North Lethbridge AB T1H 4Y7

It is with profound sadness and pain in our hearts that we announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of Carole Ann Turner (nee Delmark) on Monday, September 16th, 2019 at the age of 75. Carole is survived by her daughter Sheri (Tony), sons Wayne (Gail) of Lethbridge, Ric of Calgary, brother Bill (Freda) of Maple Ridge, BC, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her beloved brat of a cat, Gizmo. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Helen at a young age, husband Ed and her three sisters Rae, Shirley and Doreen. She was a devoted loving mother and nana; a role in which she cherished and was proud of. Carole had a heart of gold and it showed in how she took care of those all around her. She loved spending time with her family and friends, sitting outside soaking up the warmth of the sun, gardening, camping and traveling. Carole loved the Christmas season and it could not come fast enough for her and often, the decorations would sneakily appear throughout the house very early. She also was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and spent many years being involved and assisting where she could. Mom will be greatly missed by all of us left behind but we take great comfort in knowing she has been reunited with the many loved ones who had gone before her that she dearly missed. At Carole’s request, there will be no funeral service (cremation has taken place) and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we graciously ask that donations be made in her name via etransfer at lethbridge.noka@gmail.com or by cheque to: NOKA (No-Kill Animal Association) c/o Shirley Fleming 2424 – 22 Street North Lethbridge AB T1H 4Y7

To send condolences please visit http://www.evergreenfh.ca


Lena Visser
1931 – 2019
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
Psalm 103:11-13
Lena Fredrika Visser, beloved wife of Hans, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the age of 88 years. She was surrounded by her devoted husband and her five children. Lena was a loving and gentle wife, mother, grandmother and oma with an unwavering faith in God.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Monday, September 23, 2019 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Lena is survived by her devoted husband Hans as well as their five children Kenneth (Kathleen) Visser of Taber, Marianne (Allen) Westerhoud of Taber, Richard (Margaret) Visser of Taber, Nelly (Gerard) Dupuis of Taber and Louise (Rob) Payne of Taber; nineteen grandchildren and twenty nine great grandchildren that were so precious to her. She is also survived by nine siblings and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her mother Willemina Wikkerink, father Hendrik Wikkerink, brother Albert Wikkerink and sister Sina Kempe.
Lena was born in Aalten, the Netherlands on February 3, 1931. She immigrated to Canada with her parents Hendrik and Willemina Wikkerink and ten of her siblings in April 1953. Lena met her loving husband Hans and they were married on April 27, 1956. Hans and Lena were employed by the Litchfield family until they purchased their own farm in 1958, which they operated for fifty two years. She was a lifelong member of the Taber Christian Reformed Church. Lena spent thirty years volunteering for Rehoboth Christian Ministries. She loved volunteering at the FFHM mission in Mexico and spending time with their friends at the Sky Valley Resort in California for many winters. As well, she volunteered at the Mission Thrift Store in Lethbridge.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lena’s name may be made directly to the Good Samaritan Society, Linden View, 4700 – 64 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 0C6.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


WILKINSON

In peace, JOYCE BAIRD WILKINSON (nee Gee) passed away on September 17 , 2019 at age 96.

Joyce was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. In 1941, at the age of 18, she volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was posted to the aircraft plotting operations room in Hornchurch, Essex. She was discharged from service in 1946 and shortly after met her husband-to-be, Paul Wilkinson. Paul, an entomologist, was posted to Uganda with the Colonial Service, and in 1947, Joyce followed, to be married in Nairobi Cathedral in May of that year. Their 56 years together were a bounty of adventures that took them around the world with a growing family. From Uganda, they went on to live in Australia, England and finally Canada. Having emigrated to Canada in 1962, they lived in Kamloops, Ottawa and Lethbridge. Throughout all these moves, Joyce created a loving, stable home environment for her 5 children and Paul. She nurtured and guided the family in her steadfast, encouraging and selfless manner. While ensuring her flock were tended to, she also held part-time jobs including stenographer and library assistant. But her greatest passion was serving organizations that assisted those with developmental delays and disabilities wherever her family lived; including being Chair of the Southern Alberta Community Living Association in the 1980s. She also volunteered her time with many other community organizations, including the Galt Museum, Lethbridge Naturalists, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and as President of the On Our Own group.

In all her endeavours she will be remembered for her patience, buoyant smile, support of those that have been dealt less in life and love of nature.

Joyce was predeceased by her dear husband, Paul, and her brother, Dick.

She is lovingly remembered by her children Carol, John, Amanda, Andrew and Jessica as well as 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandsons, niece Jane and nephew Richard.

At Joyce’s request, there will be no Memorial Service. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre or Special Olympics Alberta-Lethbridge. The family wishes to thank the many staff and management at Martha’s House, Extendicare Fairmont Park and Alberta Health Services for their dedicated efforts to help Joyce in her later years.

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


Brandon Wutzke

1994 – 2019

Brandon Martin John Wutzke of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away due to a motor vehicle accident on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 25 years. Brandon was born on July 29, 1994 to Jenniffer Pelto of Lethbridge and Brad Wutzke of Calgary. Besides his loving parents, Brandon is survived by his sister Kiana Wutzke of Calgary; grandparents Elmer (Vi) Pelto of Kimberley, and Gary (Marg) Wutzke of Calgary; Aunts and Uncles John (Jodine) Toorenburgh of Cranbrook, Clayton (Darlene) Pelto of Kimberley and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Wutzke; cousins Jaxon (Jayla) Toorenburgh of Cranbrook, Zack Pelto of Kimberley; best friends Kevin Justin Beavis of Calgary, Kyle Melchin of Lethbridge, Kyle Christians of Calgary, Jason McGhee of Magrath; special friends Joel Caldwell of Lethbridge, DJ Wright of Coaldale, Alanna Anderson of Edmonton, Veronica Neuberger of Pincher Creek, Samm Kearse of Calgary, Shailey Sterling of Calgary and Ashton Hope Dyken of Coleman. Brandon was also becoming more and more like his great grandpa John Wutzke. Farming was Brandon’s favorite job while working for Jim Larson of Heritage Farms. Jim was not just a boss, but a wonderful friend as well. Brandon also loved cars, they were his passion and he also loved all animals. Waterton Park was a favorite place, he loved fishing, snowboarding, and riding his bike. Most of all, he loved Kuma, his American Akita puppy. Please donate to any animal rescue charity of your choosing. Brandon would want you to please send your thoughts and prayers to Taylor Worthington who is still recovering from the accident. We as a family would like to send a special thanks to the first responders. A Celebration of Brandon’s Life will be held from 3:00-7:00pm on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at DEER RUN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 2223 – 146 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

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