January 17th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, February 26, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 26, 2020.

1974 ~ JODY CROZIER ~ 2020

Jody Lynn Crozier, beloved wife of Dale Crozier of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at the age of 45 years. Jody also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Connor, Declan and Paige; her parents, Shirley and Gunther; one brother, Patrick; and one sister, Cindy. Jody was predeceased by her sister, Gale Kelly. A Come and Go Celebration of Jody’s life will be held at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jody’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 3L7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jody Crozier. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

Alexander Gordon Elder

November 9, 1931 – February 23, 2020

Alec Elder (affectionately known as Alectrician to his children) passed away peacefully in his sleep, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, early Sunday morning, held in the deep love and friendship of his devoted wife Marion and family.

Alec is survived by his children: Sandi (Greg) Irvine of Sherwood Park, Brian (Julie) of Lavoy, Teresa (Vincent) Hanlon of Lethbridge, Lloyd of Edmonton and Donovan (Sharon) of Rocky Mountain House; stepson Ronald (Janet) King of Qualicum Beach; brother Bill of Calgary and brother-in-law Ken (Doreen) Parker of Lacombe as well as numerous nieces (especially Valerie Scott of Victoria), nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one wee great-great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his first wife Ethel (Keech) (1928-2010); firstborn son Randy (1954-1986); stepson Michael King (1958 – 2005); parents Edward James and Teresa Elizabeth (Rombough); and brothers James and Lionel as well as several other family members.

Alec was born in Castor, Alberta and raised near the coulees in Cardston, the third son in a family of four sons. Along with Tommy Banks, Alec was named one of Alberta’s Ten Outstanding Young Men in the 1970s and was Provincial Commissioner of Scouting. He loved to tell, to anyone who would listen, stories of his life adventures from boyhood to playing basketball, motorbiking, scouting, hunting in the mountains, travelling, sailing, television watching and of his time with telephones, especially on the mid-Canada line in the 1950s where he provided for his family while working with AGT (Telus) as a technician and later, a manager.

Alec loved birding (especially with Marion), scout leadership at all levels, being on the water or deep in the woods. He enjoyed teaching others, electronics, and playing trivia games. A life-long learner of languages, he also curled, ice-fished, travelled, sailed, read and especially liked gatherings with all his family around. He will be sadly missed for his generous spirit, his curiosity, his skill in identifying birds and his love of a well-told tale.

In his memory please donate to Ducks Unlimited (donate.ducks.ca). The night he died, inspired by listening to a book by Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Alec was planning on addressing climate change by planting one tree every year for six years—another way you can remember this man and add to his legacy of love for all life.

A tea for Alec’s family and friends with an Open Mic will be held in his memory at ST. MARTHA’S CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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


LOIS FRANCES ELLINGSON (née Crawford) was born on February 24, 1948 and passed away February 20, 2020 at the age of 71.

Lois leaves to celebrate her life her husband Brad, daughter Kirsty, grandson Arik, and granddaughter Giannina. Lois also leaves three sisters, Terri-Ann Hyshka (Larry), Patsy Crawford, Carol Deck (Gary), and a brother, David Crawford, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Lois was predeceased by her mother Marie (Rode) Crawford, father Andrew Crawford, sisters Edythe Baglole and Linda Crawford, mother-in-law Mary (Pozzebon) Ellingson and father-in-law Hans Ellingson.

Lois was educated in Lethbridge before going to Olds to take her training as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Upon completion, she returned to Lethbridge and worked at the Municipal Hospital until her marriage to Brad Ellingson in 1973. Lois also worked at TNT Travel, where she had the opportunity to go to Cuba among other excursions.

Lois loved art and was a very creative person. She painted, drew with pastels, made porcelain dolls, and stained glass—to name a few. Lois was also an avid reader along with doing crossword puzzles. She loved to tend her plants both inside and out.

Lois enjoyed travel, and wherever there was a museum, art gallery or opportunity to gain knowledge, we were sure to visit. Seattle, Vancouver and the Butchart Gardens, as well as Sunday drives, are favourite memories. One of Lois’s other enjoyments was attending Hurricanes games, where she would yell and cheer with the best of them (which—for anyone who knew her—was quite the opposite of her nature).

The family wishes to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village, with gratitude to her Cottage staff.

There will be no funeral by request, but a small family ceremony at the grave side at a later date. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the charity of your choice or to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (SCI).

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

Izaak Geluk
1962 – 2020
Izaak Cornelis Geluk, passed away unexpectedly near Enchant on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the age of 58 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Izaak was born on January 13, 1962 on the home farm near Nagele, a town in the county of Noordoostpolder in the Netherlands. He attended kindergarten to grade eight in Nagele and completed high school in Emmeloord, a larger town in the same county. He later studied agricultural education in Emmeloord.
Izaak is survived by two older brothers, a sister and three younger brothers. The family was raised on an arable farm. After receiving his education, Izaak worked for a few years for a farm contracting business and then moved to Canada. He started working for farmers and later began his own farm in 1990.
Izaak was married from 1998 to 2002 without any children. His son was born in 2005 from a later relationship.
Izaak remained farming in Enchant until his passing. During the last ten years of his life, he spent time traveling in Canada as well as the United States and other continents including South America, the Middle East and planned to see more of the world.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


LLOYD McDONNELL passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with M.S. in Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Lloyd is survived by his mother, Gladys; son, Billy (Jodie); grandchildren, Dakota and Dylon and his sister Doady Gorda.

Lloyd was predeceased by his father Bernard.

Lloyd was born July 13, 1951 in Lethbridge, AB, to Gladys and Bernard McDonnell. He resided most of his life in Warner, where he farmed and ranched. He was an avid hunter and spent many hours climbing mountains and spending time in the forests and foothills of Alberta.

The family is grateful for the support Lloyd received throughout the years and would especially like to thank the entire care team at Legacy Lodge, who were so dedicated to Lloyd’s compassionate care and comfort.

At the family’s request, a Private Family Celebration of Life will be held.

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


VERNON LESLIE MILLER, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital following a lengthy battle with COPD, on Monday, February 24, 2020.

A Celebration of Vern’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception to follow.

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

Theresa Papworth

1927 – 2020

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Theresa Papworth (nee Gergel) on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the age of 92 years. Theresa passed away peacefully at the West Highland Centre in Lethbridge. She leaves to mourn her passing her 5 children, John (Cynthia), Richard (Gloria), Janet (Gerry) Mireault, Lawrence and Gerald (LaRhonda); 14 grandchildren Kurtis, Kristin (Cody) and Kelsey (Perry) Jeffrey (Nichole), Kyle (Kara) and Landon (Jillian) Amy (Chris) Daniel, Jesse (Amber) and Corey (Eimy) Jereme and Randi, Laura and Georgia and 6 great-grandchildren Kenyon, Kayden, Aria, Henrik, Milo and Aspen. She is also survived by her sister Lillian Davies (John). Theresa was predeceased by her husband Richard (Dick) Papworth in 2011, her daughter-in-law Valerie in 2017, her brother John Gergel in 2020 and her brother Jack Gergel in 1959. Theresa was born in Czechoslovakia in 1927 and came to Canada in 1928. She grew up on a farm near Turin and worked hard as a young girl helping her parents to farm, cook and tend to many chores. She married Dick Papworth in 1953 and moved to a farm in the Sundial area and resided there for 40 years. There she worked endlessly while raising five children. She always welcomed visitors to stay and have a home-cooked meal. Theresa always loved making things and that included sewing, weaving, quilting and even crocheting. She was a long-time member of the Sundial Handicraft Club sharing many special times together. Her greatest love were her 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She loved spending time with them whether it be shopping, eating or just watching curling, hockey or baseball. She and Dick attended numerous hockey and baseball games as well as skating events to cheer them along. They retired into Lethbridge in 1992 and spent over 20 wonderful years travelling and spending quality time with family and friends. After Dick’s passing, Theresa moved into Black Rock and then spent her final year at the West Highland Center. We would like to thank the staff for taking care of our very dear Mother. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 28, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held prior in Archmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you make a donation to the town of Picture Butte for the new Picture Butte Swimming Pool. Theresa loved to help out anywhere pertaining to children’s recreation. 120 4 Street North (12.67 mi) Picture Butte T0K 1V0.

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

Bruce Van Raalte

1949 – 2020

Mr. Bruce Van Raalte of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Gwen Van Raalte, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the age of 70 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

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

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