January 21st, 2021

SATURDAY, September 28, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 28, 2019.



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sean Paul Claggett on September 24th, 2019, in Whitecourt Alberta, at the young age of 32.

Sean is survived by his loving wife Miranda, their children Jaxen and Madilyn, mother Wilma Struys (Gerald), brother Ryan (Jocelyn), sister Courtney, nephew Emmett, niece Aubry, Grandma Jean (Grandpa Paul †), numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in both Canada and Holland, as well as an incredible host of friends.

Sean was predeceased by his father Kirby Dean Claggett, uncles Rodger Kienzle and Dale Weatherhed, paternal grandparents Patrick and Katherine Claggett, as well as grandparents Tony & Johanna Struys.

Following cremation, a celebration of life will take place on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 at 10:30am at the Whitecourt Family Worship Centre.

A trust fund will be set up at the Alberta Treasury Branch in Whitecourt, AB to assist Miranda and her children for future needs.


May 20, 1944 – September 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Teresa Olivia DeCecco, who was called into the arms of our Lord on September 23, 2019 while at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. She was blessed with 75 years of a wonderful life. Teresa was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 20, 1944 to loving parents, Ronald and Isabelle Keen. She was raised to be a caring, hardworking individual with a compassionate nature. On October 3, 1981, Teresa married her sweetheart and soul mate, John DeCecco – they were the perfect couple and were utterly devoted to each other. She loved John dearly and they were never apart throughout their 38 years of marriage. Teresa had many interests. She was a very accomplished artist and her paintings and bosun head figurines are a wonder to behold. She loved to cook and we will certainly miss her special lemon meringue and strawberry rhubarb pies along with her Yorkshire pudding. She had a great sense of humor, a love for animals and the company of friends. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. She is survived by her devoted husband, John DeCecco; her son, Randy (Kim) Millis of Kelowna; her grandchildren, Clara and Spencer; her sisters-in-law, Betty, Rina and Sandra; her numerous nephews and nieces as well as the countless friends she made throughout her lifetime. She was predeceased by her parents, Ronald and Isabel Keen; her in-laws, Rino and Lucia DeCecco; her brother, Rod Keen; and her niece, Debbie DeCecco. No funeral service will be held. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by your local SPCA Humane Society. Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

Thelma Deurloo

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Thelma Deurloo at The Claresholm General Hospital on Thursday September 26, 2019 at the age of 80.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Granum Christian Reformed Church – AB-519 & Range Rd 260, Granum, Alberta on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
Arrangements entrusted to WILLOW CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Claresholm, AB 403-625-3212.

Velma Doering

1924 – 2019

Ms. Velma Doering of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the age of 95 years. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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April 26, 1951 – September 24, 2019

ANGELIKA “ANGIE” FISCHER passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by Heinz, husband of 47 years and the love of her life, as well as her sister, Brigitte (Spencer); her brother, Edward (Debra); her sons, Kristapher (Elaine) and Jeffrey (Erin); her nephews, Jared (Jessica) and Cole; her nieces, Robyn, Katie and Corrine; her granddaughters, Sarah and Isabel; her great-nephews, Brady and Kaelan, along with numerous cousins and relatives.

Angie loved gardening, quilting, knitting and spending time with family. Her door was always open; her home was a place of love and laughter, where she touched the lives of countless friends and loved ones.

She died as she lived, bringing loved ones closer together: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreased by being shared.” – Buddha, 563 – 483 BC

In lieu of flowers and per Angie’s request, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. A formal funeral service will not be held.

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

Walter Huff

1923 – 2019

Walter Huff passed away peacefully on September 24, 2019, at the St. Michael’s Health Centre at the age of 95 years, with his family at his side. Walter was born on December 25, 1923, in Morris, MB where parents Henry and Mary (nee Rentz) raised him, his two sisters and three brothers. During WWII, Walter served from 1942 until 1946 as an Armament Technician for 407 RCAF Coastal Command Squadron. He was stationed in England, Ireland, Scotland and Holland. Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion General Stewart Branch in Lethbridge. After the war, Walter married the love of his life, Anne, on June 7, 1950 in Russell, MB. A transfer in Walter’s career brought them to Coaldale, AB in 1963 where Walter and Anne raised their four sons and retired after a career with Canada Post. Walt was a loving and caring person, whose family was his life; from building their lifetime home in Coaldale, to supporting their son’s activities, such as scouts and baseball. Anne and Walter loved to camp with family and friends. Beaver Mines, Beauvais and Police Lakes were regular haunts for them. Christmas and other family get-togethers were important to Walter. It was thrilling for him to hold his family gatherings at the Coaldale Senior’s Centre, and whatever the event, there would always be a rousing game of crib going on. Walter had a strong commitment to volunteering for his community. Since 1985, he was a devoted advocate for seniors, and while he disliked calling attention to his achievements, he was recognized regularly for his selfless contributions. He also made it his mission in life to bring a smile to people’s faces. He always had a new joke or witticism to make people laugh. When he became adept at computer skills, he expanded his repertoire immensely. Walter had an effect on everyone he met. Walter is survived by his four sons Douglas (Deb), Bob (Debbie), Bruce and Brian (all from Lethbridge); sisters Mabel and Mina, and in-laws Lorne, Karen and Lucy. His loving family also includes thirteen grandchildren, Michelle (Dave), Donovan (Emma), Christina (Danny), Mark (Carla), Phillip, (Sherry), Saidee, Brooklyn, Wesley, Jason (Maggie), Meghann (Brett), Sean (Deb), Erin (Mike), and Liana (Brian) and sixteen great grandchildren, Gavin, Caleb, Xander, Merrick, Sam, Phoebe, Elwood, Jaela, Brylan, Eric, Brody, Emily, Justin, Bianca, Olivia, and Rufus. Special thanks to Dr. Steven Low and to those who provided such loving care for Walter at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale. As well, to the amazing staff and nurses at St. Michael’s Palliative Care unit in Lethbridge, a heartfelt thanks. A gathering will be held at a future date to celebrate Walter’s life and reminisce about our memories of this amazing man. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5, or a charity of one’s choice.

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LEONA JULIA KINAHAN, beloved wife of the late Jack (Michael) Kinahan, of Coaldale, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Leona is survived by her children: Brian (Linda) Kinahan, Michaela (Jim) Sloot, Patrick (Carrie) Kinahan, Theresia (Jim) Berry, Kevin (Christine) Kinahan, Kathy (Carlos) Kinahan and Michael (Heather) Kinahan, as well as her 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Terri Ducie, sisters-in-law Geri Kinahan, Blanche Kinahan and Helen Heisler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her loving husband Jack Kinahan of 63 years, Leona is predeceased by her daughter Deborah “Debi”, her parents, three brothers, one sister and three of their spouses, her remaining sister’s husband, and Jack’s two brothers, two sisters and two of their spouses.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Leona will be laid to rest during a Private Family Interment at a later date.

In memory of Leona, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

Barbara Lacey

1938 – 2019

Dr. Barbara Ann Lacey of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Dr. Ronald Arthur Lacey, passed away suddenly on September 19, 2019, at the age of 81 years. Barbara Etheridge was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, UK, on February 11, 1938. She received all her schooling in Coventry until she went to London to study medicine at the Middlesex Hospital. It was there that she met her future husband. Upon graduation in November, 1961, she worked as a physician in Public Health and Family Practice. She married Ronald in 1962 and the family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, in September 1968, where both doctors were employed at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic. As one of only three female doctors in Lethbridge at the time she was especially proud of her work on the Alberta Day Care Task Force. Barbara remained with the clinic until 1977 when she was hired as joint Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer at the Lethbridge Health Unit. She was instrumental in developing many new public health programs in the community and remained in the position until 1995. Barbara then decided to run for a position on City Council and served as an elected member for five terms between 1995 and 2010. She tirelessly worked with the Committee on Social Issues as well as numerous other Boards and committees in the areas of social policy development, housing, arts and culture, family and children’s services, and policing and municipal planning. She later served as the Chairman of the Oldman River Health Advisory Council and remained active in the community. Barbara was pre-deceased by her loving husband Ronald in 2003, and is survived by her daughter, Caroline (Bruce) Northey, son Simon Lacey, and grandchildren Pippa Northey and Nick Northey. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at SAINT AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 11 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with The Reverend Canon James Robinson officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, please consider memorial donations to the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, 318 7 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2G2, or St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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Tim Menzak

1962 – 2019

Mr. Tim Menzak of Lethbridge passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the age of 57 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Marvin Dale Nelson, beloved husband of Cheryl Nelson, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Lethbridge at the age of 74 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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


passed away peacefully surrounded by his siblings, son and extended family, on September 20, 2019. He is survived by his son Jorie Hunt. Brothers Daniel (Randa), Wesley (Jody), Laurie, Patrick, and Richard. Sisters Shelly, Noreen (Wesley) Julie (Thomas) Beverlee (Rick) Sandy (Jason) Debbie (Rex) Monica (John) and Shirley (Barnabis). Nieces and nephews Carmen, Sonny, Nicole, Angel, Leah, Sadie, Naomi, Darcie, Kelly, Carmen, Danielle, Dakota, Katie, Kirstin, Brandy, Lena, Jr, Cherish, Lovey, Byron Winslow, Tracy, Husky, Shayla, Dion, Stella, Melodie, Jr, Lauren, Franklin, Kelsey, Smokey, Piita, Lorenzo and Sage. Special aunties (mothers) Bernadine Mountain Horse, Paula Steinhauer, Adoptive parents Les and Evelyn Healy. Numerous great nieces and nephews. Godson Cory Twigg.

Brent was born at Blood Indian Hospital to Stella Prairie Chicken and Frank Cole on May 30, 1956. He was raised in the Moses Lake community where he gained many friends that he took as siblings. Brent was a true Champion, he excelled at everything he did including Golden Glove Boxing, Rodeo, Track and Field, Basketball, Broomball, and as a Musician. He was an artists, Chef, Firefighter, and an Instructor of Blackfoot Language at the University of Calgary. Later in life when he was no longer physically able to do these activities he mentored and encouraged his nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers to engage in these activities. Brent co-wrote a book that featured a story about his niece Tammy. He also assisted a group of youth learning Blackfoot Language create a Rap song. Brent mentored his nephew Smokey in Art work, leather work and guitar lessons. Brent inspired nephews Piita and Sage to learn Boxing. He had a special bond with Justin who he affectionately called “Boss” and Justice. Brent loved his visits with Boss. Brent was a gentle soul; he touched everyone he met with his serene nature, kind personality, and humorous tendency. He loved everyone and this is evident in the many friendships he had. He had a special bond with each of his siblings. Brent embodied the true spirit of Kimmapiipitsin, he will be missed by all who loved him. He was a true Warrior. Brent’s family would like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, and Health Care Aides who cared for Brent over the years. We are truly grateful.

A Wake Service will be held at the Cardston Seniors’ Center, 260 -1st West, Cardston, on Friday, Sept. 27th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2604 – 3rd Ave, Fort Macleod on Saturday, Sept. 28th at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


ROBERT “BOB” GLEN SCHOOLER, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away after a lengthy and courageous fight on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judy and his daughters, Tracy (Sean) Demers and Sandra Vonk. He is fondly remembered by his granddaughters, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Allison, Rowan and Quinn. He also leaves behind his two sisters, Shirley Mohl and Karen Kropinske and his brother, Fred Schooler.

His kindness, love, stubbornness and sense of humour will live on with those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to STARS Air Ambulance are greatly appreciated: http://www.stars.ca/ways-to-donate/ab

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

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