January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, May 30, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 30, 2020.


DOREEN BERGEN (née McDonald), beloved wife of the late Melvin Bergen, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Therese Villa, on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Doreen is lovingly remembered as “Granny” and will be forever cherished by her children: John (Irene) McColl, Rae (Judy) McColl, Jackie (Allan) Walkey and Micky (Cindy) McColl and her stepchildren Ken Bergen and Sheila Armstrong.

Doreen was infamous for her fiery personality, her boisterous singing, her fondness for dogs and horses and her love and devotion to her children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Besides her husband Mel, she was predeceased by her parents and brother Jack.

Doreen was born to John and Elizabeth McDonald on April 19, 1930. She attended school in Lethbridge and graduated from Paramount Beauty Culture Academy in 1948 to become a lifelong successful hairdresser practicing her trade into her 70’s.

In 1978, Doreen left the city life with her marriage to Mel Bergen and moved to a cattle operation in Hays, Alberta. From there they then moved to the Elk Valley, B.C. to work the Elk Valley Ranch, where she is fondly remembered for her Big Horn Roping Club and the events that her and Mel hosted for their many friends. Following that, Doreen and Mel made their new home in Ferintosh, Alberta, where Doreen was very active in the community, having her own hairdressing shop (Dorrie’s Cut Hut) and running the Ferintosh campground. After Mel passed away, Doreen made the tough choice of leaving her friends and moved back to Lethbridge where she resided until her passing.

Due to COVID-19, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, June 5, 2020.

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


Dec. 24, 1960 – May 21, 2020

Our families are saddened to announce that David Becker, son of Ronald and Rita (deceased) Becker passed away on May 21, 2020. Never forgotten and always in our hearts – Becker, Coleman & Walker families. A celebration of life will be held in Lethbridge later this summer depending on Covid restrictions.

DYSON, George Witton

May 7, 1979 – May 25, 2020

George Dyson passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 41 years after a recent relapse of his neuropathic condition. George was born in Calgary, moving to Edmonton for a few years and then to Lethbridge. He graduated from LCI and then earned a BFA from the University of Lethbridge. After marrying his soulmate, Kate, in 2003, they settled in Calgary, where he reinvented himself as an engineering draftsman for the last 15 years. George lived his life to the fullest. He was an avid fish hobbyist and skilled stained glass artisan. He loved his dog, Casey, and thereafter his dog, Lexa, and had a way with “whispering” dogs. Many will remember George for his love of family and friends; his solid bond with Kate; his iron will; and his patience, courage, kindness and consideration for others. George is survived by his wife, Kate Dyson; his parents, Ian and Mavis Dyson; his brother, Eric Dyson (Amber, Ty, Eliza, Vanessa, and Nora); his sister-in-law, Sarah Sheets (Bryan, Gavin, and Bailey); his grandmother, Tillie Breuer; his grandmother, Stella Yakiwchuk; his mother-in-law, Linda McElravy (Norman); his father-in-law, Wesley McElravy (Bernice); and his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends, especially Jordan Pankhurst and Adair Cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Alan (2002) and Alice Dyson (2014), Melvin Yakiwchuk (2019), and Otto Breuer (2009). The family thanks all the staff on Unit 58 at South Health Campus for their kindness and compassion during his stay this year. It was George’s wishes that he be cremated, interred in the Columbia Valley, and that a small private gathering be held. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with George’s family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. If so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Nature Conservancy of Canada (https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/), World Vision Canada (https://www.worldvision.ca/), or a charity of choice.

Arrangements in care of



RALPH “RUDY” FREDRICK, beloved husband of Edith of Raymond, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Rudy was born June 11, 1932. He was the second born son to Rosalia Anne (née Balog) and Henry William Friedrich. Rudy was an incredibly strong man; a man of few words, an avid reader, a hard worker, a loving husband and a dedicated father. His joie de vivre was contagious and he will be greatly missed as well as his sense of humor. Those few words to his children were “yup,” “nope,” or “go ask your Mom.”

Ralph married Edith (née Henline) on March 26, 1960. Mom and Dad just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together they had Yvonne (Randy) of Calgary, Wendy of Lethbridge, and Ron aka Ralph Jr. (Sandra) of Lethbridge.

Although being a man of few words, Rudy made many enduring friendships. Being a friend i.e. longstanding or newly formed didn’t matter to him, you were a friend. In fact, after one health episode, Rudy became a man of a few more words.

Rudy was an avid horseman, the original “horse whisperer” before the term was known. Dad also loved participating in the many Southern Albertan town parades. As one of his uncles was the parade marshal for Bonanza Days for many years, Dad eagerly participated in these and other parades and took home many a trophy or a ribbon, or both.

Rudy took on several roles throughout the years and one thing is for sure, he never shied away from a job. He once said, if he didn’t know to do the job before he started, then he would just figure it out and get it done.

Rudy was predeceased by his father in 1967, mother in 1972 and brothers Lloyd (2010) and Norman (2017); nephews Lane (1995) and Justin (1994), niece Tanya (2004) and a very special aunt from Milk River “Aunt Lizzie” (1982); sister-in-law Sharon (2015) and brothers-in-law Alec Szentes (2016) and Harm Vander Hulst (2018).

Rudy is survived by his siblings: Melford (Emma); Bill; Verl (Donna); Selby (Sylvia); Lesley (Doug MacDonald); Teresa Szentes; Lorne (Shannon); Jamie; Carol Vander Hulst; Debbie (Dennis Selk) as well as numerous nephews and nieces, not to mention all the cousins, second cousins and so on and so forth.

We the family, thank and acknowledge all his buddies that would join him when he was having a morning coffee (initially at the bakery and then at the Subway in Raymond).

The family would also like to thank all of the staff of the Raymond Health Centre, those within the medical profession, as well as the workers that help keep the hospital operational.

Rudy was known for his walking stick and his bicycles. He was often seen daily on his cherry red trike around Raymond doing what he liked best.

Dad is now beginning his new journey and trust that there will be many horses for him to ride including Fury and Ruffles and of course, Mandy the Mule.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home. Rudy will be laid to rest in a private family graveside service in the Milk River Cemetery at a later date.

A Celebration of Rudy’s Life will be held at an upcoming date. An announcement will be made once the physical distancing for COVID-19 has been lifted. Flowers are gratefully declined. Instead, we hope that participants will contribute their treasured memories of Ralph “Rudy” either at the event or bring a dessert of some sort. Dad liked his sweets and in particular, poppy seed cake.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Jason Hunt

1971 – 2020

Mr. Jason Hunt of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Karen Hunt, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 48 years.

Jason was born on July 8, 1971 to Donna and Allan Hunt. He spent his entire life in Lethbridge and completed high school at LCI. Jason was a true entrepreneur who owned many businesses throughout his lifetime. Neighbours Mart Husky and Neighbours Liquor Store being his most recent. Jason loved woodworking and could build anything he put his mind to and he never hesitated to try something new. He adored his family, travelling, fireworks, football (especially the Denver Broncos) and the holidays. He made beautiful gifts and always took the time to make special things that were memorable and meaningful. He brought joy to everyone in his life and valued his friendships, friendships that were unbiased and real. Jason had the amazing ability to see the beauty in everyone. Beauvais Lake was so very special to Jason, the family cabin had been passed down through generation after generation and although Jason went on other adventures his heart belonged there, at his second home on the lake.

Besides his loving wife Karen, Jason is survived by his parents Donna Hunt (Ron Reid) and Allan (Judy) Hunt both of Lethbridge; son Ethan Hunt; daughter Emily Hunt both of Lethbridge; step-daughters Jillian (Jordan) Mandel of Coaldale and Emily Remington of Lethbridge. All four were his cherished children and he was so very proud to be their father and step-father. Grandchildren Scarlett and Aubree; as well as his sister Erica (John Granzow) Hunt.

Jason was pre-deceased by his grandparents Art and Lydia Hunt and Cliff and Betty Forry.

A Private Family graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in the Mountain View Cemetery, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

A Public Celebration of Jason’s Life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, because of Jason’s passion for wood working, and his love for the community, donations may be made to the Ability Resource Centre, 1610 – 29 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 5L3.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


MICHELE LYNN JONES (nee Emery), the beloved wife of Brad Jones, of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, May 28th, 2020, at the age of 58 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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JAMES McGINTY, beloved husband of Catherine McGinty of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

A Private Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM with Francis & Cybele Noronha officiating.

A Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

For those who wish to watch the service online, the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass may be viewed at their respective service times by Live Stream under Jim’s obituary on our website.

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Marguerite Rondeau

1948 – 2020

Marguerite Rondeau of Lethbridge passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 71 years.

Marguerite was born in Bonnyville on October 29, 1948 to parents Roland and Marie Rondeau. She attended school in Edson where she later graduated. She loved working as a Librarian and Hostess in Edson and did that for numerous years. She also enjoyed long walks, reading, making crafts, and volunteering at Blankets for Canada in Lethbridge. She also enjoyed the Bridge 55 Seniors Club and the Lethbridge Seniors Centre. Marguerite’s favorite places to travel were Waterton Lake National Park and Writing on Stone Provincial Park.

Besides her loving mother Marie Claire Rondeau, Marguerite is survived by her daughter, Pamela Greff; 2 sons, Brian Paul, and David Rondeau; grandchildren, Shanna, Tara, Katelyn, and Billie Jo (Pamela Greff’s daughters); Tristan and Kyler (Brian Paul’s sons); Colby and Mason (Brian Rondeau’s sons); sisters, Yvonne and Pauline; brothers, Joseph, Julien, Gilles, Fred, Leon, Hubert, Laurent, Etienne, Daniel and Michel; great grandchildren, Nash, Lincoln, Skylnn, Presley, and Brylee.

Marguerite was predeceased by her father, Roland Rondeau; brothers, Antoine, Therese, Rollande, Edmond; and grandchild, Tonisia.

A private Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, with Deacon Bill Young, celebrant.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Marguerite’s name to the MS Society of Alberta, 724, 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Ab, T1H 2T1, Stars Ambulance, https://stars.ca/ways-to-donate/ab/, or Asthma Canada, https://asthma.ca/supportus/donate/ways-to-donate.

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

STOTT, Mary Jean McLean

June 29, 1929 – Revelstoke, British Columbia

May 25, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Mary Jean Stott on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Mary Jean was born on June 29, 1929 in Revelstoke, BC to a CP Rail family. She and her older sister, Audrey, grew up in small railway mountain towns and had a lifelong love affair with the Rockies. As the girls entered high school, the family moved to Lethbridge where Mary Jean met, and married the love of her life, Reg Stott. In the mid 60’s, MJ, Reg and their young family moved to Calgary where among other things she enjoyed nursing, volunteering at the YMCA, teaching synchronized swimming, being a Ranger leader and traveling the world with Reg.

Mary Jean is survived by her husband of sixty-six years, Reg, her daughters Deb (Dale Jess), Sharon (David Quilter) and Allison; her grandchildren, Kyla (Markus) and Joel (Meli), and many nieces and nephews including, niece Karen Duerden with whom MJ and Reg had a deep and special relationship. She was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Jean Murdoch, her sister Audrey, her grandson Matthew, and Reg’s sister, brother, and sister-in-law Elizabeth, Alstead and Ethel.

In later years, MJ succumbed to dementia. We are thankful for all the community support that MJ received over the years. There were so many of you and we thank you all. From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful to MJ’s loving caregivers Cecelia, Lucy and Tess who became part of her family. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Mary Jean led a long and rich life. She will be missed.

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Mary’s obituary at http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Northmount Baptist Church , 451 Northmount Drive N.W., Calgary, AB, T2K 3H8, http://www.nbcchurch.ca/about/giving and/or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3 Telephone: (403) 261-7219, http://www.cnib.ca and/or to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Mary Jean Stott, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


DWAYNE JOSEPH URBAN, beloved son of Clara Strain and the late Joseph Urban, passed away at home in Lethbridge, on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his brother-in-law, Roy Ermter and sister, Sheila (Bruce)Webster as well as step-siblings, Maryllyn (Bernard) Miller, Lloyd (Alice) Strain and Brian (Norah) Strain.

Besides his father, Dwayne was predeceased by his sister, Marlene Ermter.

At the Dwayne’s request, a private Graveside Service in Mountain View Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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