January 22nd, 2021

MONDAY, November 4, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 4, 2019.


Florence Lily Closson, beloved wife of Lloyd Closson, passed away peacefully in Milk River, Alberta, on Thurs Oct 31, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Coutts Chapel on Friday Nov 8, 2019 from 1-1:50 pm with meet the family and the Funeral will start at 2 pm. Interment to follow in Raymond Cemetery, Raymond AB.

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VERONICA “VALERIE” JOSEPHINE GAL, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the age of 81 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Bill Young officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

A Private Family Interment will be held at a later date where Valerie will be laid to rest with her parents, Margaret and George.

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Willi Geworsky

1934 – 2019

Mr. Willi Geworsky of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Erika Geworsky, passed away at home on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the age of 85 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416 – 12 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona, officiating

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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STEWART GERALD GILBORN, beloved husband of the late Gayla Gilborn, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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It is with gratitude for a life well-lived and a man much loved that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grand father, JAKE GROENENBOOM at St. Therese Villa on October 31, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

Jake is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betsie. He will be lovingly remembered by his five children: Martha (Rick) Johnson, Barb (Jim) McDonald, Rob (Linda) Groenenboom, Don (Elaine) Groenenboom and Sue (Mark) Wobick. He will also be dearly missed by his 13 grandchildren: Blake (Sarah), Brett (Michelle); Scott (Stephanie), Mike, Tyson; Nicole (Cory), Megan (Chris), Taylor (Hannah); Jed, Emily, Haley; Brynn and Carter, as well as his six great-grandchildren.

Jake was born on May 7, 1931 in Barendrecht, Netherlands. He was the eldest of 12 children who—along with their parents—immigrated to Canada in 1952. After working on several southern Alberta farms, the Groenenboom family was able to purchase their own farm in the Park Lake area.

Shortly after, Jake met the love of his life, Betsie. They married on August 27, 1960 and purchased their own farm west of Park Lake. In 1972, Jake & Betsie and their family moved to the farm west of Nobleford where they remained until 2009. Jake was a farmer, drywaller and later on in life pursued his true passion as a buyer in the cattle industry. Jake’s favorite hobby was his garden—he grew enough vegetables to feed his own family as well as a small village. He loved to sit out on a chair and watch his garden grow. With Jake’s gradual decline in health, they made the decision to move to Lethbridge. Jake was moved to St. Therese Villa in 2013 where he was lovingly cared for until his passing.

Jake could always be found seated in the front row of the many auction marts he attended. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, travelling, playing cards, and sitting in the backyard barbecuing that always perfect steak. Jake was very proud of his family and loved spending time with them. His grandchildren always put a big smile on his face.

Jake is also survived by his brother, Dan (Riet) Groenenboom, his sisters Jean deKreek, Henny Wiskerke, Ria (Joe) Fedyniak, Janny (Keith) Nugent, Truus Bolokoski, Cobie (Andrew) Oosterbroek, and Mieke (Bob) Rice, his sisters-in-law Margaret, Betty and Leny Groenenboom.

He was predeceased by his parents Huib and Marie Groenenboom, in-laws Marinus and Christina Wiskerke, his brothers Bas, Joe, and Huib Groenenboom, his brother-in-laws Marvin Bolokoski, Ad deKreek, Huib Wiskerke, and Casey Wiskerke.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00 Noon.

Prior to the Funeral Service, Jake will be laid to rest during a Private Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

In honour of Jake, memorial donations may be made to St. Therese Villa – Covenant Health (253 Southgate Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 2S1).

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Diana “Diny” Hummel

1930 – 2019

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

DIANA (DINY) HUMMEL (nee MOES), beloved wife, mother, grandma and great grandma, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Diny was born April 9, 1930 at home in Zuidwolde, Drenthe, the Netherlands. As a young girl and teenager, she worked on the family farm milking cows and helping with chores during the Second World War. In 1950, she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with the Guichelaar family and worked as their nanny. When this family returned to Holland a year later, Diny stayed in Canada and worked as a housekeeper for the Lyons family in Barons. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting; donating many of her hand-made items to various charities including Blankets for Canada and Immanuel Christian Schools. Diny married Willem (Bill) Hummel, her childhood sweetheart on May 17, 1951. Together they raised seven children on the family farm near Nobleford and worked side by side for many years. Diny is survived by her loving husband Bill of 68 years, children Lucas (Lamkje) and their children Jeremy (Kristi), Daniel (Moira), Joel (Rachel), Karla, Elizabeth (Justin) Den Toom and Emily (Kelsey) Bolink; Albert (Ellen) and their children Christopher (Lindsay), Edward (Mandy), Jodi (James Ebrey) and Andrew (Jessica); son-in-law Martin Meindertsma and children David (Vala) Meindertsma and Jolene (Robert) Lawrence; William; Bryan (Wendy) and their children Rachel and Mikaela; Jim (Carol) and their children Ainsley and Kaitlyn; and Tim (Benita) and their children Dayna (Nick) Hawkeye, Jaime (Taylen) Oancia, Michael (Sianna) and Matthew. As well as, 26 great grandchildren in whom she found great joy and pleasure. She is also survived by in-laws Roeli Moes of Edmonton, Joyce Moes of Westlock, Alice Moes of Calgary, Case and Tita Hummel of Diamond City, Lucas and Susan Hummel of Nobleford, Roelof Hummel of the Netherlands and many nieces and nephews in Canada, The United States and Holland. She was pre-deceased by her son Quincy, daughter Wilma Meindertsma, great-granddaughter Makenna Meindertsma, her parents and many brothers, sisters and in-laws. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Nobleford Christian Reformed Church, 522 Highway Avenue – Nobleford, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immanuel Christian Schools – Society for Christian Education in Southern Alberta, 802 – 6 Avenue, North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 0S1 – http://www.societyforchristianeducation.org, the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1011 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB T1J 0C8 – http://www.heartandstroke.ca or the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street, South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7 – http://www.cancer.ca

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DANIEL RODNEY JOHNSON, beloved husband of Janis Johnson of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Gloria Johnson

1933 – 2019

Mrs. Gloria Johnson of Lethbridge passed away at Milk River Long Term Care on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the age of 85 years.

Gloria is survived by 2 daughters, Colleen (Boyd) Bianchi and Kristine (Steve) Yanke; 2 sons, Steffen (Sandi) Johnson, and Aaron Johnson; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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THIESSEN, James Allen September 10, 1957 –

October 24, 2019

James Allen Thiessen, son of Mildred and Kerv Thiessen, of Coutts, Alberta passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the age of 62 years. Jamie is survived by his mother Mildred, siblings Randy (Joan), Debra (Don), Bruce, Michelle (Steve), Kelly and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held from 1:00-4:00pm on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Coutts Civic Centre, 105 Centre Ave. Coutts, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jamie’s name to the Coutts Fire and Rescue or a charity of your choice.

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