January 22nd, 2021

TUESDAY, March 10, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 10, 2020.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of JUDITH RETA KESLER on March 5, 2020. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home that she shared with her late husband, Greg Kesler.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects to Judy at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be held at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.

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Sandy Petrie
1962 – 2020
Alexander Arthur Petrie, beloved husband of Kerilee Petrie, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the age of 57 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue on Thursday, March 12, 2020 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Taber Civic Centre, 4720 – 50 Street, Taber on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ruth Pohl

1938 – 2020

Ruth Sigrid Pohl (Fischer) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Erwin Pohl, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on March 6, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Ruth immigrated to Canada with her family in 1953 via Latvia, Poland and Germany. She was employed as a custodian with the Lethbridge School District # 51 from 1975 to 2000. Ruth was a devoted member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and also had active memberships with the Nord-Bridge Senior Centre and German Canadian Club.

She is survived by her husband Erwin of 61.5 years; sons Reiner and Gary (Patricia) Pohl; grandchildren Candice Pohl (Shane Duff) Corey (Kelsey) Pohl and Logan (Payton) Pohl; great grandchildren Addy, Lyla and Jaxon Pohl; brothers and sisters Harry (Sandy) Fischer, Hilda (Willie) Holz and Heinz Fischer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth is predeceased by her parents Valentin & Olga Fischer; sister in law Angela Fischer; grandson Tyler Pohl and great grandson Mayson Pohl.

She will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private family Interment will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 1a St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G5.

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Robert George Rannard

1931 – 2020

Mr. Robert “Bob” George Rannard of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at St Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Bob was born on December 25, 1931 and raised in Lethbridge and later attended the University of Minnesota. He served with the Canadian Coast Guard for 14 years and later worked for the Department of Trade and Commerce and the Department of External Affairs for the Canadian Government for 21 years until his retirement in 1988.

Bob then returned to Lethbridge from Ottawa in 1988 and continued to reside here until his passing.

He is predeceased by his parents Robert Rannard and Sarah Emmerson as well as his sister Marjorie Farmer. Left to mourn are his nieces, Cydnee Farmer, Leslie (David) Keffler and Barbara Farmer; nephew, Jeffrey (Christy) Farmer; great nephews, David, Kristofer, Asa and Joshua; cousins, Bob and Yvonne Naef, and Anne McDonald. Bob is also survived by his dear friends Gwen Chadsey and Colleen Redmond and their families.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Canon James Robinson officiating.

Memorial Donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Lethbridge Humane Society, 2920 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9 or to a charity of your choosing.

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Trenton James: 25-year-old Trenton James Span, originally from Stirling, Alberta and currently residing in Brussels, Ontario, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. His sudden passing was the result of a workplace accident in Toronto.

Trenton was the loving son of Tim and Lorrie (Kuepfer) Span of Stirling, AB, the dear brother of Jesse of Brussels, ON, and Ria, Shareena, Travis, and Amber of Stirling, AB, and the grandson of Robert Span of Lethbridge, AB and Albert and Reta (Kuepfer) Kuepfer of Linwood, ON. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Trenton was predeceased by his younger sister Regina (1996) and his grandmother Francina (De Klerk) Span.

Trenton was working for a local roofing company and was also employed with Christian Light Publications.

Relatives and friends may call at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 7 Spencer St. Milverton on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Funeral Service will be conducted at the Donegal Mennonite Fellowship 7021 Perth Rd. 147, Atwood on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Interment in the Mount Zion Mennonite Cemetery to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Donegal Mennonite Fellowship (School) or the Christian Aid Ministries (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by his family. Personal condolences can be sent to http://www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca.

Susan Storey

1948 – 2020

Our dear friend Susan will be greatly missed by her “Lethbridge Family” of more than forty years. She was the extra grandma and “auntie” to six children whom she cared for dearly and showered with much love and affection. Teaching for as many years, Susan shared her art, poetry, playfulness and knowledge with our family here as well as any visiting extended cousins. She tutored more than one of the crew at various times and over any academic and social bumps, loved attending symphony as well as children’s recitals and sports events; and didn’t mind practicing her pitch with the young ball players.

Following her retirement from the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division where she taught at St. Patrick Fine Arts School, she often was a volunteer in the classrooms and took time to read to and coach when one of the kids needed an extra hand. As friends we were always amazed at how much she knew about repair, maintenance, and design. If we needed to borrow any kind of tool, Susan had it and could teach us how to use it. As our children grew, she joined us on trips to New York, Montreal and San Francisco for graduations and art shows. On occasion she helped out as a driver or childcare sitter as the grandkids came and the households got busier and rarely missed a “Tuesday dinner,” a birthday party, or a special holiday together.

Susan enjoyed the peace and tranquility of her pristine yard and flower garden, always adding a personal creative touch with her painting, carving or sewing. She usually had a bird and several fish with an outdoor pond. She loved art and painting and was a great collector of, among other things, rabbits, birds, children’s toys and Santa’s. She, along with her dear brother Father Michael, cared deeply for her family in BC and Quebec, traveling often to see them while maintaining at least two households. Each of our children, their parents and grandparents sat, sang, and sent loving messages through many days of illness, in both joy and sorrow, until the peaceful passing of our Auntie Susan.

We will never forget you, dear Susan, a true friend. Always in our hearts and minds

Keeping you in the light of infinite compassion.

Lorita, Akira, Andrew, Tahirih, Maya, Marko, Kai, Sam, Asha, Lily, Akeo and Seiji

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC PARISH, 604 13 St N, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Michael Storey, celebrant.

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