January 18th, 2021

MONDAY, January 20, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 20, 2020.

Berend “Ben” Van Arragon

1935 – 2020

“For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able

to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” II Timothy 1:12.

Mr. Berend “Ben” Jacob Van Arragon of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Tina Van Arragon, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the age of 84 years.

He was born on April 14, 1935 in Warnsveld, Gelderland, the Netherlands, to Hendrik and Maria, the oldest of three children.

Ben grew up in the war years, worked on his uncle’s farm, and studied agriculture, which he loved. Ben came to Canada in 1954 at age nineteen, flying on one of the first passenger planes to cross the Atlantic. He worked for a farmer in Fort MacLeod and attended a young people’s church group in Lethbridge. There he met and married his wife, Tryntje (Tina) Koopmans in 1961. During their married life, Ben and Tina resided in Lethbridge, Cardston, Jefferson, Three Hills, Grassy Lake and finally Foremost.

Ben enjoyed fishing, hiking and nature in general, going for Sunday drives and often enjoyed socializing with those around him. He always kept his garden in summer which his family loved. Driving and operating machinery kept him happily occupied at work. He was a farm hand for years.

Ben is survived by his loving wife Tina; his seven children, and fifteen grandchildren, Arlene (Al) Scherer of Lethbridge and their children, Adrian, Anthony, Alyssa (Sheri), and Amanda; Nanette Burkinshaw of Lethbridge; Darrell Van Arragon of Foremost and his children, Meagan, Kristin, and Janelle, Christina (David) Van Pelt of Coaldale and their children, Martina, Liana, Erica, and Isaac, Marty (Jeannine) Van Arragon of Millet and their children, Kaleb, Jordan, Abigail, and Aiden, Randy Van Arragon of Foremost, and Danny (Jenn) Van Arragon of Foremost. Ben’s surviving family in the Netherlands include, his sister Mieneke Smit, his brother Herman (Anky) Van Arragon, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Chris Smit, and his niece, Manny.

Ben was most grateful for his faith found in his living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom he committed his life in 1968. He was always active in the churches that he was a member of, such as teaching Sunday school, and rarely missed attending even when his health was not great.

His family mourns his sudden passing but are glad his earthly struggles are ended. Till we meet again…

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the ER department, Dr. Sarah Grant, and staff at Chinook Regional Hospital, and also to Yumara and her caring staff of the Golden Acres Lodge where Dad resided.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Lloyd Kohl officiating.

A private family Graveside Service will be held prior in the Foremost Cemetery.

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Donald Cavers

1936 – 2020

Mr. Donald Cavers of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Maggie Cavers, passed away at Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village in Lethbridge, on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of LIONEL OSBORNE GREVE, beloved husband of 59 years to Jennifer Greve, who passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at his side on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Gum Jun Chow

May 17, 1932 – January 15, 2020

GUM JUN CHOW of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the age of 87 years. Gum was born in Xinhui Shajiao, China and immigrated to Canada in 1957, where she resided in Victoria, British Columbia, and met her late husband, Yau Hon in 1960. Gum and Yau lived in Victoria, B.C. for 15 years, before moving to Lethbridge in 1975. Gum is survived by her son, Michael (Sharon) of Lethbridge; daughter, Diane (Robert) of Lethbridge; brother, Douglas of Victoria, B.C; grandchildren Jennifer; Christopher; Karen (Aaron); Kevin; and Debbie (Steven); great-granddaughters Raela and Brynlee. Gum was predeceased by her husband, Yau (2008); father, Sher Bark Dang (1980); mother, Bo Tai Dang (2015); and daughter, Ena (1972). Gum will always be remembered for her patience, kindness and dedication towards her family and friends. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 10:00am and 11:30am, on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

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RONALD “RON” ALLAN HUBER, beloved husband of Darlene Huber, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Ruth Preston-Schilk officiating.

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It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear CRYSTLE “KRIS” TWIGG – WHITE QUILLS on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the age of 45 years old.

Kris leaves behind to mourn her passing her children Michael (Britney) Twigg, Shania (Charlie) Soup, Jayden Soup and Keenan Soup. Her grandchildren Isiah, Jenson, Kyrie, Kyra, Kysiah, Taycen, as well as another due in March. Her mother Marie Bernadette (Chester) Davis and her father Leo White Quills Jr. Her siblings Desirae (Shawn) Auger and Leo White Quills III. Special sisters and friends Becky Twigg-Wells, Lisa Twigg, Nikki Many Bears, Michelle Plaited Hair, Sara Bruised Head, Janita Fox- Chief Calf, Nicole Twigg, and Casey Penner. She also leaves numerous aunts and uncles, Geri, Carolyn, Annette, Wayne, Clayton, and Cory Twigg, including Kelly-Ann and Ron Thunder Chief. Her paternal aunts are Janis (Clifford) Manyheads, Kathy (Thomas) Four Horns, Audrey Matt, Beverly (Kelly) White Quills, her special aunties Kori-Jo and Jessie Creighton, as well as her Godmother Arlene Eagle Child and several cherished nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her paternal grandparents Alvina Crop Eared Wolf, Leo White Quills Sr, and her maternal grandparents James and Celina Twigg, aunties Patsy White Quills, Geraldine Trochie, and Doreen Twigg, uncles Sheldon, Charlie and Tony Twigg, sister Maryanne, brother Joshua Twigg, and special cousins Bobby Weasel Head and Myles Twigg-Wells, and her Godfather, Alvin (Tank) Twigg.

Kris was born on September 17, 1974 at the Cardston Hospital. She attended primary and secondary school on the Blood Reserve at the St. Mary’s Residential School, Stand Off School and Kainai High School. She also attended classes at the Lethbridge Community College and Red Crow Community College and was set to graduate this June. As a young woman Kris worked numerous jobs at the Stand Off Gas Bar, Dairy Queen, and baby sitting for her uncles Clayton and Sheldon. It was at this time that she met her first love Michael Blackplume, together they had their first son Michael (Son). Tragically, Michael passed away only a few years later. Heartbroken, Kris continued to work hard and despite the obstacles thrown her way, kept smiling and stayed positive. As the years went on she met and fell in love with Todd Soup who would become her lifelong best friend. Together they had Shania, Jayden, and Keenan. She absolutely loved being a mom, surrounded by her babies. A faithful and devoted mother, Kris poured every ounce of her being into raising her children and being there for them in any way she could. Although she and Todd eventually separated, they remained close and steady friends throughout the years, right up to the day of her passing. Kris absolutely adored her grand babies, and spoiled them every moment she could. She loved baby sitting them, and was especially looking forward to the birth of another grand baby due in March. Kris also enjoyed travelling with her family and friends, and also participating in handgame competitions.

Kris will be most remembered for the time she spent working at the Belly River Gas Station. There she always greeted everyone with a smile and uplifting hello as she worked numerous positions from cashier to cook, to administrative duties. She developed many friendships while working there and will always be treasured by those who knew her well. In 2016 she began working as a surveyor for Blood Tribe Administration Tribal Government Department on the Acres Claim. In 2018 she returned to Post Secondary School and was going to be graduating this June. Kris had the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. It did not matter what type of day you were having, she could have you smiling and laughing in moments. She brought so much love, happiness, and peace to all those in her life. Kris shared a very special relationship with her maternal grandmother Celina Twigg, who she spent most of her time with. Kris seemed to absorb the same kind and tender spirit that Celina was widely known for. She will be missed beyond words, with memories of her kindness, laughter and beauty held dear in the hearts of her family and friends.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, Jan. 20th at 5:00 p.m. Followed by the Wake Service at the White Calf Hall, Standoff from 7:00 – 11:00 p. m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery. Feast to follow at the White Calf Hall, all are welcome to attend.

Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Christa Voelske

1932 – 2020

Mrs. Christa Voelske of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Gerd Voelske, passed away at Extendicare Fairmont, on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the age of 87 years.

Christa will be privately remembered by family and friends.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Jim White
1955 – 2020
Thomas James White, beloved husband of Janice White, passed away, surrounded by his family in Taber on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 64 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. A private committal service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jim’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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