January 22nd, 2021

MONDAY, November 25, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 25, 2019.


William Reed Erickson, beloved husband of the late Doris Erickson, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 96 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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

Susan Kimura (Martens)

March 9, 1938 – November 16, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She passed away, peacefully, on the morning of November 16, 2019 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, with family by her side.

Mom will be forever and deeply missed by her children Kelly (Michelle) Kimura and Kani (Lane) Jacobson, her grandchildren Deanna, Tanya, Dyson, and Lansing (Ian), her great grandchildren, Rori, Zane, Killian, Emily, and Alivia, her brothers David (Ruth) Martens, George (Ilene -deceased) Martens, and sister Mary (Pete) Loewen. Her brother in law and sister in law George and Grace Oshiro. She will be forever remembered by nieces, nephews, and all those whose lives she touched with her gentle soul, which are too numerous to mention.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, of 51 years, Seiji. Parents Heinrich Martens, and Maria Martens, Father in Law Takeo Kimura, Mother in Law Chito Kimura, her brothers and sisters in law Ben, Jake, Hank (Kay), John, and Bill (Karen), and her sisters and brother in laws Tina (Jake), Helen (Duncan), and Sara (Glen), her nieces Brenda, and Caroline, and nephews Monty, Dennis, and Henry. Brothers in law Harry Kimura, Mace Oshiro, and sister in law Julie Oshiro.

Mom was born in Maloneck, Saskatchewan on March 9, 1938 to Heinrich and Maria Martens. She was 1 of 12 children, the third youngest of them all. They moved to Barnwell, Alberta and eventually settled in Coaldale, where she lived until her passing.

On March 11, 1961 she married Seiji Kimura and together had 2 children Kelly, and Kani. She loved to travel and read, and was an amazing seamstress, so much so that she was requested to sew the wedding, bridesmaids, and graduation gowns for family and friends, through the years. She loved to spend time with family and friends over a good cup of coffee and conversation, and these times will be forever cherished by those whom she leaves behind. Mom was never short on cheekiness, spunk, and sass, and would definitely keep us on our toes with her wit, something that will be forever missed, but never forgotten. She was “Mom” to many of our friends growing up, and she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. They were always welcome with a smile.

As time went on, and the family grew, she welcomed her grandbabies, and she is, and will always be, eternally proud of the amazing people they have become, and she loved them so very much. With grandchildren, came 5 great grandchildren, and even though distance kept her from seeing them as often as she would have liked, she loved each and every one, and it is a great shame that they will not get to know this amazing woman, but rest assured, they will have their special angel watching over them as they grow, and live their lives, and she will enjoy watching it all from above.

Mom said, shortly before she passed, “Miss me, but not too much”.

We would like to thank Pastors Gary Giesbrecht and Lil Thompson with the Coaldale Mennonite Church for their prayers and support for Mom and our families during this most difficult time.

We would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses of 4B, of the Chinook Regional Hospital, and the CRH ICU who, with their caring, kindness and compassion, helped Mom and our families, make Moms transition just a little less painful. We cannot thank you enough for all you do every day, you all are truly forever angels. Christina Roberts RN with Lethbridge Home Care and Dr. Justin Steed for your help and compassion. We greatly appreciate everything that you have done for Mom.

At Mom’s request, there will be no formal funeral, but we will celebrate Mom’s life in the spring with family and friends, at which time she will be laid to rest with her Father in the Coaldale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in memory to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation ICU Fund.

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


LEONA CATHERINE PHILLIPS, born on April 13, 1932 in Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, on November 22, 2019 at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary surrounded by her loving family.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday November 27, 2019 at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport).

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


Doreen Potvin, beloved wife of the late Robert Potvin, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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

Bruno Toews

1942 – 2019

Mr. Bruno Toews of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Helen Toews, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the age of 77 years. Bruno Toews was born to Isaac and Frieda Toews on May 11, 1942 in St. Boniface, Manitoba. He spent a memorable childhood in North Kildonan, Winnipeg with many friends and family living close by. He dedicated his life to Christ at Camp Arnes at the age of 10 and spent many a summer engaging in camp life both as a camper and a counsellor. He met his bride, Helen Dueck, while attending Winkler Bible School and was married in Coaldale on June 5, 1965. Shortly after marriage Dad successfully planted a church in Northern Ontario which he pastored for 7 years. In 1973 he moved to Southern Alberta with his wife and 2 children where the family was completed with the birth of his youngest daughter. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of farming and owned and operated a dairy farm in the Sunnyside area where he remained until 2017. Dad’s pastoral heart was evident as he engaged in church life at the Coaldale MB Church as well as participated in many agriculture boards. His move to town continued to show his love of community as Dad spent tri-weekly gatherings at the local Burger King. Bruno is survived by his beloved wife Helen Toews and his children; Yvonne (Darryl) Groenenboom, Sheldon (Lynn) Toews, Laurali (Carlin) Fehr. He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren; Spencer, Shelby, Cheyenne (Jeremy), Nikita, Peyton; Eric, Ethan, Faithe (Ryan), Tristan, Eli, Wesley, Everleigh; Sierra, Logan, and Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Debbie) Toews, his sisters Marian (Henry) Reimer, Naomi (Dennis) Searl, Beverly (Paul) Patterson, brother-in-laws Walter (Naomi) Dueck, John (Frieda) Dueck, Art (Alice) Dueck, Ron (Gloria) Dueck and sister-in-law Elsie (Dave) Wiens, special adopted Japanese daughter Nozomi Inoue as well as many nephews and nieces. A special thank you to the staff of LRH on unit 4B for their care and compassion. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at 7:00pm, on Monday, November 25, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. An opportunity to share memories about Bruno will begin at 7:30pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 4717 – 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Gary Burke officiating. A Graveside Service will be held prior at the Royal View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made at the service to The Gideon’s, PO Box 3619 Stn Main, Guelph, ON N1H 9Z9.

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

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