January 20th, 2021

THURSDAY, December 26, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 27, 2019.


Psalm 84:1 “How lovely is your

dwelling place O Lord Almighty!”

PIETER de GRAAF, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Tetje “Teresa” de Graaf, was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

Pieter is survived by his children: Hennie (Bill), Jetty (Marinus), Janet (Jim), Pearl (Paul – deceased), Sid (Anita), John (Deb) and Ivan as well as 25 loving grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Besides his beloved wife Teresa, he was predeceased by his son Dirk, missing daughter Donna Cupido, his parents and six siblings.

Pieter was born in Hallum, the Netherlands on September 6, 1925. He was the oldest of a family of 12 children. After graduating from high school, he served in a peace keeping mission in Indonesia from 1946 to 1949. Pieter married Teresa Vander Ploeg on May 10, 1951. They immigrated to Canada with his in-laws and raised nine children in Vauxhall. He worked for the PFRA and BRID in various capacities. He loved serving on church councils and was treasurer for the Elim Society; volunteering many hours in serving the Lord’s people.

God and family were his priorities. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family. His last four and a half years were spent at Legacy Lodge, where he made many friends and was grateful for all the care and love provided to him.

A Funeral Service will be held at GRACE REFORMED CHURCH, 1402 – 8 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Wybren Oord officiating.

Pieter will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife at Royal View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elim Society for Seniors Care – 275 Lettice Perry Road N, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 7E7.

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


STEPHANIE MARIE FOX, beloved wife of Bill Powell Jr. of the Blood Reserve, passed away suddenly in Kalispell, MT on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the age of 51 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

A Wake Service will immediately follow at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.

Stephanie will be laid to rest at St. Paul’s Cemetery following the Funeral Mass.

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ELMER CARL JOHNSON, beloved husband of the late Helen Johnson, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St.Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


Mar. 18, 1933 – Dec. 16, 2019

It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the passing of Pastor JAMES “JIM” WAYNE KRAUSE, beloved husband of the late Jean Krause, beloved dad, grandpa, brother and friend to many. Jim passed away surrounded by family at the Milk River Health Centre on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the age of 86 years. After a courageous battle with cancer, Jim was taken home to be with his Lord and Saviour.

Jim was the loving father of Michelle “Micki” (Mike) Pulsifer of Raymond, AB; Michael (Phyllis) Krause of St. Charles, Missouri; Marcie (Jay) Eagleson of Marshall, SK; and Melinda (Mindy) Prunkle of Milk River, AB. He was the loving grandfather of Jennifer Huber (Travis Townsend); Trish Huber; Craig (Vickie) Pulsifer; James Huber; Lisa (Chris) Martin; Nikki (Mike) Porter; Ryan Ewald; Kelly (Nathan) Weber; Kyle (Emily) Ewald; Leah Krause; Crystal Eagleson; Kimberly (Jason) King; Amanda (Steve) Popson; Jessie Prunkle, and Caitlin “Katie” Prunkle; the loving great-grandfather of Sheena, Samantha, Christopher, Shaunte, Savanna, Cortney, Jory, Tristin, Kavan, Colton, Ryann, Owyn, Blake; Eian, Zoie, Marley, Irene, Eric, Robyn, Regan, Jayne and Jade; and the loving great-great-grandfather of Austin, Evander, Kyler, Wylder, Kallie, and River. He is also survived by his brothers Donald Krause, Richard (Sandy) Krause and Jerry (Wendy) Krause as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim will also be missed by his many cherished friends.

Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean Krause (nee Graves); infant daughter, Brenda Lynn Krause; mother, Elaine Weinerth (nee Ogg); father, Emil Krause; step-father, Lawrence Weinerth and sister-in-law, Arlene Krause.

Jim was born March 18, 1933 on a farm near Geneva, Nebraska. When he was 14 years old, the family moved to the state of Washington where he lived on a ranch for three years. He then joined the United States Air Force and was trained as an airplane mechanic.

After his discharge from the service at age 21, he lived in St. Louis, Missouri where he met and married the love of his life, Jean, on April 30, 1933. They moved to Geneva, Nebraska and lived there for a year. Jim worked drilling irrigation wells and in an auto body shop. Their first daughter, Michelle, was born in Nebraska.

The family moved to Seattle, Washington, where Jim was employed by the Boeing Airplane Company for four years. Three children were born in Washington – Brenda, Mike, and Marcie. Brenda passed away in her infancy.

The family returned to St. Louis where Jim found employment at the General Motors Assembly Plant and at Concordia Seminary. Mindy was born in St. Louis. It was also during this time that Jim met his Lord and became a Christian. Jim was baptized with his four children in June of 1961. (Jean was already baptized). Jim was inspired and called to become a Lutheran minister, worked full-time and studied part-time at a Junior College and at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Jim and his family came to Milk River as a “worker Priest” in the fall of 1975. He worked at the Prairie Rose Lodge and served as a minister at St. Matthews Church in Milk River.

Jim attended Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon and became an ordained Lutheran Minister in 1986. His first call was to Leader/Burstall, Saskatchewan. Jim served at a number of churches in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. He retired in 2000 when Jim and Jean moved back to Milk River. Jim continued to be involved with interim ministry positions until he fully retired.

Jim moved into the Prairie Rose Lodge in November of 2017. He so enjoyed the fellowship and friendships that he made with so many of the wonderful people that he met while there.

Dad enjoyed many hobbies over the years including photography, road trips, carpentry, gardening and researching family history. His favorite past time was to attend family gatherings and he loved visiting. Dad loved his ministry service and it was especially meaningful to have dad/grandpa perform family weddings and baptisms.

Our Dad taught us the value of hard work and perseverance; dad and mom decided early on that family came first; we always knew, without a doubt, that we were loved; they left a legacy of a loving, close knit family that included all who came to our family through love; we will continue to stand by each other through the joys and the sorrows of life.

Dad touched our lives, our hearts and was a blessing to many through his ministry and his gentle manner. He will be in our hearts forever. We will miss his smile; he always had such a warm smile and a great chuckle. Dad truly was well loved by many and will be deeply missed.

We would like to thank all of the caring and dedicated staff at the Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River, the Milk River EMS, Milk River Home Care, Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge and the Palliative Care Team in Lethbridge.

We want to say a special thank you to Dr. Krog and all of the staff at the Milk River Health Centre. We appreciate your care and dedication in looking after dad/grandpa; you became a part of our family during this time and we will be forever grateful to you.

For those who would like to visit with the family, a time of Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Jim’s family would be honoured by your presence at a Memorial Service to celebrate his life at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. A time of fellowship will follow at the Milk River Civic Centre, 321 – 3 Avenue N.E.

In memory of Jim, donations may be made to AHS, Milk River Health Centre; Milk River Tree of Hope, PO Box 90, Milk River, AB T0K 2M0. This year’s Tree of Hope campaign, running to January 6, 2020, is going towards purchasing an ECG machine and ceiling lifts at the Milk River Health Centre.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25 – 26a

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Jane Leffers

1935 – 2019

Mrs. Jane Leffers of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Leffers, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 27, 2019 at COALDALE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, Hwy #3, Coaldale, Alberta, with Reverend J. Huijgen, officiating. A Private family graveside service will be held prior in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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ROSA SANDOVAL, beloved wife of Hector Sandoval of 47 years, passed away peacefully with family at her side on December 23, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME 433 Stubb Ross Road South Lethbridge (entrance to the airport), on Friday December 27, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Maureen Condon Horon officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Saturday December 28, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., with Father Kevin Tumback officiating. The interment will follow at Mountview Cemetery, Lethbridge.

Special thanks to Dr. Coma and Family Medical and the staff at the Park Meadows Good Samaritan Society for their care and compassion.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


Oct. 14, 1936 – Dec. 19, 2019

JACOBA VISSER, beloved wife of Nicolaas Visser, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the age of 83 years.

Besides her husband, Cobi is survived by her children: Dini, Kees and Mary (Paul); grandchildren: April (Brett), Carly (Ken) Ashley, Malcolm and Matthew; and great-grandchildren: Elise and Blake as well as nieces, Diny and Willy and their families.

Cobi was born in Amsterdam, Nederland, survived the WWII starvation of the city and was forever grateful to the Canadian soldiers that liberated the city. She immigrated to Canada in 1967 with her husband and young family to start a new life. She enjoyed sewing, singing and volunteering. She was part of the Dutch-Canadian choir of Calgary and the Airdrie Community Choir and was very proud to have sung in the 1988 Calgary Olympic ceremonies.

She was part of the Airdrie Lioness and enjoyed volunteering with them, especially at the food bank. She moved to Lethbridge to enjoy retirement with her husband and a quieter life.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honour to the Veterans Food Bank (#1, 4619 – 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 7C3) or a food bank of your choice.

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

Cathy Wilson

1950 – 2019

Catherine Wilson of Lethbridge passed away suddenly at the Gardenview Lodge on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 69 years old.

She is survived by her sister Beth Garner and her niece Jessica Garner and many cousins. Cathy is predeceased by her parents Audrey, Allan Washburn and sister Deborah Cserny.

Cathy was always vibrant and full of life. She was a talented figure skater at a young age. Her active life continued with a passion for golfing. Her career for many years was a sales representative for Johnson and Johnson and then for Energizer Batteries. Cathy has a true love for dogs since childhood. Her black and white shitzu named Suzy could be found by her side as she travelled often for her sales occupation. She was excellent in her sales and one year was awarded Sales Person of The Year. Cathy fought a tremendous battle with pain due to a back condition. Anyone who knew Cathy saw her strength, determination, and courage to overcome any hardships in life. Through it all, Cathy always kept a sense of humour and a laugh that could light up any room.

Cathy was a true inspiration and will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday December 30, 2019 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 13 Street N, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Memorial donations can be made to Lethbridge Animal Shelter 2405 41 Street N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5W3 403-320-4099.

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

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