January 18th, 2021

SATURDAY, November 30, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 2, 2019.

Richard Chase

1946 – 2019

Mr. Richard Allen Chase, beloved husband of Alice Chase, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on November 26, 2019. He was born at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, to I.L and Thora Chase of Masinasin, Alberta. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in Masinasin and Erle Rivers High School in Milk River. Richard continued his studies at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a B.Ed in library science, awarded with distinction, and receiving the William Aberhart Gold Medal in Education. He began his teaching career in 1969 at Lakeview Elementary School where he was the teacher-librarian. He guided countless students and teachers with his expansive knowledge of books and technology. Richard loved the land, enjoying farming with his parents and exploring the many wonderful features of the Sweet Grass Hills and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Richard and Alice (Turnbull) were married on December 23, 1970, at McKillop United Church. In 1976 they purchased property in the Gladstone Valley west of Pincher Creek and enjoyed its beauty for 42 years. Richard was a passionate advocate for children’s literature. In 2001, upon his retirement from Lakeview School, he began to promote the best of Canadian literature for young children through the Children’s Literature Roundtable, the Canadian Children’s Book Center, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award: The Alberta Children’s Choice Book Award Program. He hosted many outstanding Canadian authors in Lethbridge and often made arrangements to send them to small or remote schools and libraries that would not otherwise have had an opportunity to interact with a “real author” Richard is survived by his wife, Alice; his sister Wendy (Derek) Baron and their children Cam and Ryan; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Bev and Ed Potter; his niece Cathy Burke and her children Jillian (Jarett) and Ethan; and his nephew Trevor Potter (Becky Eckert) and their children Sophie and Naomi. Also surviving Richard are his brother-in-law Gordon Turnbull; his sister-in-law Carol-Ann Turnbull; his niece Shannon Scherger (Ken) and her children Tyler and Tomas; and Curtis (Nanette) Turnbull and their children Kimberly, Kelly and Dyllan. He was predeceased by his parents, Alice’s parents Annie and W.J. (Bill) Turnbull, and his brother-in-law Rodney Turnbull. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter and Reverend Rebekah Eckert presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Rocky Mountain Book Award (RMBA), c/o Box 42 Station Main, Lethbridge, Alberta T1V 3Y4, to assist in the continued promotion of quality Canadian children’s literature, a cause which Richard was deeply committed. A private family Graveside Service will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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LaBelle Janet Dixon, beloved wife of the late Hiram Dixon passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on November 29, 2019. Funeral arrangements to be announced.


William Reed Erickson, beloved husband of the late Doris Erickson, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 96 years. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, located at 703-13th St. North, Lethbridge Alberta. The family will receive visitors at a viewing on Sunday, December 1 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Monday December 2 from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

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Grace Fix

1924 – 2019

Mrs. Grace fix of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Ralph fix, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the age of 91 years.

Grace was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, and raised on a farm south of town. She was known to be the keeper of the family history, and her knowledge will be forever missed.

Grace will be forever remembered by her sons, Edward Harley (Karen) Fix of Red Deer, Alberta; Gregory Allen (Kathryn) Fix of Fulshear, Texas; her grandchildren, Stuart, Taylor, Andrew and Taya (Kyle); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and family members.

She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Ralph Fix; parents, Dick and Lily Henderson; and her sister, Evelyn (Catherine) Gordon Boswell.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Over many years, Grace and Ralph faithfully supported charities in research of cancer treatments. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Grace’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7, or a charity that may be dear to your own heart.

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ISOBEL ALICE GOSSEL, beloved wife of the late Arthur Roy Gossel, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans West Highlands on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Isobel is survived and forever loved by her daughters Wendy Weerstra, Donna Weerstra and her son John Weerstra. She will be lovingly missed by Roy’s children; Karen (Gordie) Mohn, and Joy Gossel, 14 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.

Besides her loving husband Roy, she is predeceased by her daughter Barbara Clay and two stepsons Bruce and George Gossel.

Isobel Alice McDougall was born September 17, 1930. She spent her early childhood with her parents Ralph Fraser McDougall and Alice Blair McDougall living west of Granum. Their Braeside ranch offered the opportunity to ride the fenceless range on her beloved horse. She lived an enriched childhood, enjoying school as well as singing and piano lessons. After high school graduation she attended the University of Alberta where she studied Education specializing in primary school education.

Isobel taught elementary school in Edmonton before she returned to her roots in Granum, where in 1952 she married Andrew Weerstra and raised four children in a farming environment in the Granum community.

Isobel received her permanent teaching certificate as a substitute teacher and then went on to teach grades one and two in Granum for many years. She was a beloved teacher and excelled in teaching children to read and enjoy language arts. She was an innovative, creative and patient teacher. She often spoke of the privilege and honour she was given, teaching children their foundations in reading and writing.

She and Andrew divorced in 1972; they remained friends.

Isobel married Roy Gossel in 1975, embracing Roy’s children into a loving extended family. They traveled throughout Alberta, relocating wherever Roy’s career with the Energy Resources Conservation Board took them. Isobel enthusiastically joined her new communities and left an imprint in each and every one.

Isobel was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion, and could be found white gloved and proper at formal ceremonies or in the kitchens mashing potatoes or serving the catered offerings at numerous functions with a smile and easy word to all the hungry recipients.

Isobel was a talented seamstress, musician, songstress and crafter.

Isobel cleverly sewed matching dresses for her three daughters in their younger years. She created many Halloween costumes, Christmas and Easter outfits and as the years went by, turn of the century gowns for Edmonton’s Klondike Days celebrations.

Isobel shared her beautiful singing voice and musical talents in the University of Alberta Choir, in classrooms, community halls, at social affairs, festivals, weddings and funerals. She played both piano and organ.

In her retirement and as a Canadian Snowbird, she directed and produced many original and entertaining events in Arizona.

Her life was filled with a plethora of arts and crafts. She enjoyed painting, pottery and ceramics, fabric arts, creating jewellery and beading. She passed this tradition onto grandchildren and great grandchildren. Isobel also enjoyed reading; her last book entitled “Zen”

At Isobel’s request, a Private Family Service will be held.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Isobel, donations may be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, 11033 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 0H7.

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Stuart “Stu” Laurie

1969 – 2019

Mr. Stuart “Stu” Laurie of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Sandy Laurie, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the age of 49 years. A Celebration of Stu’s Life will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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BEATRICE ELIZABETH MARIE SHEPHERD, beloved wife of the late Tom Shepherd, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Michael James Bester officiating.

Beatrice will be laid to rest beside her husband Tom in the Kelowna City Cemetery at a later date.

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DEACON RAYMOND WAGNER, beloved husband of Ellen Wagner, passed away suddenly at home with his loving wife of 54 years by his side, on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating.

A Private Family Graveside will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Lorraine Webb

1936 – 2019

Lorraine left us peacefully on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre, two months to the day before her 84th Birthday. Lorraine graduated in 1957 from St. Boniface School of Nursing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and within days of graduating, she married her sweetheart, Pat. In 1964, Pat and Lorraine moved their young family to Lethbridge where Mom devoted her next 10 years to raising us. In 1972, she resumed her nursing career on a casual basis at St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Auxiliary Hospital until she retired in 1993. In her retirement years, Lorraine enjoyed the peace and quiet of her back yard and puttering in her garden. She always took great joy in being surrounded by her family for various celebrations, relaxing on the deck at the Villa in Fairmont Hot Springs and enjoying her “surreal” view of the mountains. Her presence will be so deeply missed. She leaves behind her children, Barb Schandor (Dave), Don Webb, and Jon Webb (Elizabeth); granddaughter Hayley Schandor; sister Carol Low (Alan); nephews Aaron and Stephen Low; sister in law Kay McDowell and nephew Michael McDowell. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents Fred and Stephanie Turman, one brother and one sister, husband Patrick Webb, and nephew Richard McDowell. The family would like to thank Dr. Imbulgoda, Dr. Oviatt, Dr. Walsh and her Palliative Care team; the Home Care Team, Dan and Team at Save On Foods Pharmacy, and especially the wonderful Nurses and staff at St. Michael’s Care Centre for all their care, kindness and compassion during Lorraine’s journey. In keeping with Lorraine’s wishes, a private family Celebration of Life will take place in the Spring on a warm sunny day. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Health Foundation; email ben.kwan@covenanthealth.ca, or a charity of one’s choice. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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HEINRICH “HENRY” WOLFF, beloved husband of Lorraine Wolff, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home, on Friday, November 28, 2019 at the age of 63 years.

As per Henry’s request, no funeral service will be held.

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ANNIE A. WURZ passed away at Carmangay Colony, on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CARMANGAY COLONY on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

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