January 20th, 2021

THURSDAY, April 9, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 9, 2020.


WINIFRED (FREDDIE) OLSEN DAHL died April 4, 2020 at the age of 84. Freddie was born on May 2, 1935 in Fountain Green, Utah to Ercel Allred Olsen and Homer Christian Olsen. Freddie is survived by her brother, Steven Thomas Olsen of San Francisco, CA. She is predeceased by her sister Marilyn Magee and brother Homer Olsen Jr. Freddie grew up in Monroe, Utah, where she attended South Sevier High School. She met her husband of 58 years, David Costley Dahl on a blind date while attending Brigham Young University in Fox Hall residence. Freddie married David on May 26, 1955, in the Manti Utah temple. David predeceased Freddie on November 7, 2013. David and Freddie moved to Raymond, Alberta, and eventually to Calgary, much to her mother’s sadness, and Freddie began her new life in a “foreign” land. Freddie was a Utah girl and very proud of her heritage; she was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Alberta. The subsequent family trips to Utah every summer were anticipated, cherished and wonderful.

Freddie served her community and was involved in the Benny the Bookworm book drives in Calgary; she was a docent for the Utah Symphony; and taught piano for many years. She loved music and was always composing songs for her children and others to sing for special occasions. She had a strong spiritual connection and was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held several callings and served as Stake Relief Society President. Freddie was a devoted mother, beloved grandmother and loved her family and friends. She was kind, gracious and compassionate. Freddie enjoyed sewing, preserving fruits and vegetables, and creating beautiful dried flower arrangements. Her signature baked bread was renowned and made the best toast. In her later years she took up oil painting and the beauty she saw in the world lives on through her art. Freddie is survived by her four children, Cynthia Mitchell, Rosemarie (Erik) Horne, Trish (Doug) Hatch and Dan (Mary) Dahl. She has 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Freddie Dahl Scholarship Fund. Funds will be given annually through the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Edmonton Branch to the piano student receiving the highest mark in Level 8 piano in the Edmonton Region. This fund will be administered and awarded by her daughter Rosemarie who currently teaches piano in Edmonton. Please send donations via PayPal https://paypal.me/pools/c/8o2TT55EFj

A private graveside service will be held in Raymond April 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In the fall, when travel permits, a memorial service will be held for family and friends.

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

Byron Sturtevant

1949 – 2020

Mr. Byron Sturtevant of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the age of 71 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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October 7, 1955 – April 2, 2020

SHANNA EILEEN MARIE KISH of Barons, Alberta passed away suddenly and peacefully at home Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the age of 64 years. She was predeceased by her father Joseph Haney and sister Joanne Berriault. Shanna is survived by her mother Leona Haney, daughter Michelle (Ben) Maddison, son Michael Kish, sisters Josie Haney, Jacquie (Len) Young, Brenda (Brian) Haney, Simonne (Ray) Haney, Blanche (Gord) Parsons, brother Wesley Haney, grandchildren Zachary, Kyle, Matthew, Alyssa, Tyler, Mason, Samantha and many nieces and nephews.

Shanna loved life, socializing, laughing and humor. She was a great cook that would lend a helping hand before you needed to ask her. Unfortunately, she was not able to get on top of the demons she was fighting, may she now have some comfort and Rest In Peace. Cremation has been entrusted to Christensen Salmon Generations. Due to recent restrictions surrounding COVID-19, a Celebration of Shanna’s life will be held at a later date.

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


LUCILLE ELIZABETH (McLeod) LEAVITT, wife of the late Harold B. Leavitt, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the age of 96 years. Lucille was born in Carmangay, AB on Apr. 2,1924, the youngest of 13 children born to her parents Annie and Wellington McLeod.

Survived by her children Vernon (Valerie) Leavitt of Lethbridge, Boyd (Nadine) Leavitt of Leavitt, Sharon (Reece) Bevans of Leavitt, Penny (Rick) Clarke of Lethbridge & son-in-law Ken Sheen of Cardston. Predeceased by her daughter Barbara Sheen (2018) and her husband Harold Leavitt (1992)

Also survived by 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lucille was a school teacher by profession and jack of all trades as a mother and a farmer’s wife, accomplishing most everything she set her mind to do and learn. She could remember everyone’s names and do math like a whiz even up to her last years. She was a wonderful quilter & seamstress and could do most any kind of handiwork and the hardest of jigsaw puzzles you ever would see.

A special thank you to the staff at Lee Crest, Cardston Health Centre and Dr. Justin Low for the care given to her especially in the last stages of her life.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To send a condolence or Watch the Funeral Live on Saturday, April 11th, at 1:00 p.m., visit

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca Interment to follow at the Cardston Cemetery

Aartje Loedeman

1956 – 2020

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing away of my dear wife, mother and oma Aartje Loedeman (nee Smit) at the age of 63. Aartje was born in Vierhouten, the Netherlands on April 18, 1956 and passed away in Picture Butte on Friday, April 3, 2020. Besides her loving husband Aalt, she was survived by her children Alie, Stijnie, Rein and Lorraine, Herman and Nelly, Hanneke Vande Munt, Derek and Ariette de Leeuw, Gerrit and Paige. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren and extended family in the Netherlands. Aartje was predeceased by her parents Aalt and Stijntje Smit; parents in law Rein and Aaltje Loedeman and sister in law Hannie Vrolijk. A Private Family service will be held at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE. Interment will follow at Picture Butte Memorial Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Bethesda Care Home, 701-3A Street South, Picture Butte, Alberta T0K 1V0.

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Avis Mary Rettie (Geldreich)

1924 – 2020

With heavy hearts we share the passing of Avis Rettie on April 8, 2020 at Piyami Place in Picture Butte. An only child, Avis was born to Paul and Cora Geldreich on October 18, 1924 at Medicine Hat, Alberta. Soon after, the family moved to a farm near Turin which was opened up for irrigation in 1924. Avis rode her horse to attend the local school where she made many lifelong friends. After graduating from high school, Avis attended business college in Calgary. She returned closer to home to work in Lethbridge for an insurance company and then for Trans Canada Airlines. During the war years, she met Jim Rettie and in 1948 they were married. In the mid-1950s they took over the family farm in Turin where they lived until 2010. Avis especially enjoyed summertime on the farm that brought with it family gatherings, bouquets of gladiolas and fresh garden vegetables. She was an active bridge player, meeting regularly with neighbours and friends who took turns hosting the afternoon ‘tea and cards’. In 1991 Avis earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, achieving this long term goal through courses with Athabasca University. In 2003 Avis co-authored a book with her lifelong friend Bess Page (Matthews). Hello, Can You Hear Me? is a collection of short stories highlighting the good times “growing up on an irrigated farm in southern Alberta”. In 2010, both Avis and Jim were forced to leave the farm due to ill health. Avis is survived by her daughter Kathy, son Roy, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandchildren Wade, Sam Christian and Holly (Gard), and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Jim, and sons Paul and Michael. We are most grateful to the staff at Piyami Place who provided Avis with such great care and support for 10 years. A special thank you to her favourite nurses – you know who you are – and to her nieces Val and Wendy; she loved those indoor picnics you staged in her room. A private family Graveside Service will be held once the current pandemic-related restrictions are lifted. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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ELIZABETH WALDNER, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

A Private Funeral Service will be held at Rockport Colony.

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

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