January 23rd, 2021

THURSDAY, January 16, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 16, 2020.


Joe Robert Bruised Head (“aw-bee-tsee-sess-ghup-be” crawling out of the water), beloved husband of Lorraine Standing Alone passed away on January 11, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Senator Gladstone Hall, AB, a visitation will be held prior to service beginning at 10:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100 – 119 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


JANE (JEAN) CHRISTENSEN, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritans North surrounded by close friends, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

Verna Cecilia Hawley

June 11, 1933 – January 12, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Verna Hawley, beloved wife of the late Allan (Al) Hawley, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Condolences may be

forwarded to the family at


Annon Hovde

1989 – 2020

Mr. Annon Hovde passed away in Edmonton on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 30 years. Annon is survived by his father, James (Christy); mother, Lynette (Nick); sister, Carly; children, Onyxx and Xxena; and their mother Ashley Dargie. Annon will be privately remembered by family and friends. A public Celebration of Life will take place in the spring.

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Kearl, Marilyn (nee Holmes)

January 5, 1925 – January 14, 2020

Marilyn Kearl passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 95 years of age. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 72 years Harold Kearl; children Eldon Kearl (Kim) of Calgary, Kathy Lowe (Bruce) of Portland, OR, Robert Kearl (Beth) of Langley, BC, Jean Smith (Paul) of Spokane, WA and Brent Kearl (Kim) of Calgary; 23 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. Marilyn was predeceased by her parents Myron and Melba Holmes and sisters Sylvia Piepgrass, Alice Harding, Kathleen Hunsaker and Joan Strain. She is survived by her sister Jean Jackson.

Marilyn was born in Lethbridge and raised on a farm in a small three room home near Raymond, AB. The six girls worked the farm with their Dad combining wheat, raking alfalfa, stoking hay and picking beans. Her father landscaped and build their dream home which included four bedrooms, electricity and indoor plumbing. She gained a love for music in her childhood. Their home was full of love and security. Marilyn, Alice and Kathleen sang in many duets and trios together.

Marilyn graduated from Business College in Saskatoon as the Class President. She worked for the Alberta Wheat Pool. Later during the Calgary Stampede she met Harold, a veteran pilot of the RCAF. They soon married eventually creating a family of five children. Marilyn’s focus as a peacemaker was always the welfare and happiness of others. Her children always knew of her deep and abiding love.

Marilyn enjoyed leading many choirs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She understood the inspirational power of music. Marilyn served in many responsibilities at both the ward and stake level including twice as Relief Society President and as a missionary with Harold for 18 months in the Philippines. Marilyn worked for eleven years as a secretary at Western Canada High School in the main office and guidance office. Marilyn and Harold traveled to many countries across six continents. Recent hospitalization was blessed by professional and compassionate medical staff at the Rocky View and Foothills Hospitals. Marilyn’s adventures continue as she has been taken home to God who gave her life.

The Celebration of Life will be at the Crescent Road Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (202 Crescent Road NW,

Calgary) on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to FMC Music Therapy. Contact Shannon.Robinson@ahs.ca. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca.


Gary Bruce Nicolson passed away peacefully in his home on January 12, 2020. He was born on March 24, 1963 in Wainwright, AB to Dode and Ollie Nicolson. Later in life he moved to Pincher Creek to continue pursuing his passion of “the art of the deal” and while doing so meeting so many people along the way who became treasured and loved friends, whether it was in the Agricultural equipment business or cars. Every person who came into contact with Gary, whether a friend or stranger was treated with kindness and generosity. He is survived by his loving wife Rena, his children Bryce and Dena, his grandchildren, his sister Barrie and nieces and nephews.

There will be a Memorial Service held on January 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Vertical Church, 1200 Ken Thornton Blvd., Pincher Creek, Alberta.

Corinthians 13:13

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love-but the greatest of these is love.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Gary.

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


LAWRENCE ROBERT PASSEY – “LARRY”, beloved husband of Sheila Toews, of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 73 years. A service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday January 17 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 St.N Lethbridge AB. Interment to follow at Stirling Cemetery.

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

Strathdee, Elias 2019 – 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Elias at the age of 7 months. He is lovingly remembered by his parents Johnathan and Kiera; big brother Josiah; grandparents: Russell, Amelia, Brent and Leeanne; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his sibling in 2018; cousin, Olivia in 2009, as well as some of his great grandparents. Elias had a congenital heart defect, a heart transplant and many open-heart surgeries. He took it in stride and was so deeply loved. We will forever miss our baby boy. To us, he is unique in all the world. A Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Morinville Alliance Church, 10017 – 99 Street, Morinville, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to The Stollery Children’s Hospital, 800 – 8215 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 9Z9 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 7726 – 107 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 4K3.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.connelly-mckinley.com

Connelly-McKinley Downtown Chapel (780)422-2222

George Thacker

George Thacker of Bow Island, passed away peacefully at the Bow Island Health Centre on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the age of 99 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Florence Thacker (nee Heck); six children, Lynn (Ute), Jan (Meryl) Goodfellow, Jim (Dalyce), Dale (Natalie), Diane (Tim) Main and Richard as well as two sisters, Ivy Corns and Clara Fraser. Over the years, George and Florence became the proud grand-parents of 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. In 1919, George’s parents, Herb and Clara Thacker, immigrated to the Bow Island area from Staffordshire, England. They arrived with his older brothers, Joe and Herb. George was their first child born in Canada in 1920, followed by sisters, Ivy, Elsie and Clara. Coming from a coal-mining background, the entire family embraced farming as their new way of life. George and Florence grew their dry land farming operation substantially before irrigation moved into their area. Resisting the flood irrigation methods of the day, George, Joe, Herb and the Campbell brothers of Burdett introduced pivot irrigation into Western Canada in the early 1960’s. George loved to acquire knowledge and was an avid reader. He had an amazing memory and was a true historian regarding matters in the Bow Island area, as well as many other topics. George was a critical thinker and a problem solver with the ability to look ‘outside of the box’. His sons would often seek his opinion on important farming matters right up to the end. His input was always well thought out and valued. George contributed to public life in his community. In the 1950’s, he helped organize and build the Bow Island hockey arena and curling rink which are still in use today. A few decades later, he was instrumental in upgrading the local golf course to grass greens and irrigated fairways. He served as president of the local Chamber of Commerce as well as taking a run at the candidacy for the Federal Conservative Party in the 1970’s. It was probably fortunate that he narrowly lost, for the glacial pace in Ottawa would have frustrated his “let’s get it done” attitude. In his retirement years, George amazed us by producing some unusually large artistic ‘monuments’ that still stand today. He even built a time capsule commemorating the NWMP trek west, with help from local school children, intended to be opened in 2074. George enjoyed travelling in the latter half of his life, both with Florence and on his own. They travelled to Russia and Europe together for the ’72 hockey series. They travelled extensively in North America and he later toured South America and Australia on his own. George and Florence spent 17 winters living in Arizona, which George credited to better health for them both. In his final years, he spent time in the Bow Island Lodge and Long Term Care where he was treated with dignity and respect. A celebration of George’s life will be held in the Burdett Community Hall, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. A light luncheon will follow the ceremony. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be directed to either the Pleasant View Lodge c/o Auxiliary Comfort Fund, P.O. Bag 6700, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0 or the Bow Island & District Health Foundation c/o Long Term Care, Bow Island Health Centre, P.O. Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta. T1A 4V4. Toll free 1-877-528-6455.


CORNELIUS VAN PELT, beloved husband of Lena Van Pelt, of Lethbridge, was called home on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

A Private Interment will be held at Archmount Cemetery prior to the service.

Well done, good and faithful

servant. Alles is goed! Alles is goed!

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

Jim White
1955 – 2020

Thomas James White, beloved husband of Janice White, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 64 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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