January 25th, 2021

FRIDAY, July 10, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 10, 2020.


1939 – 2020

Dan Courtney passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Corinne, daughters Colleen Courtney (Bill Edwards) and Linda (Don) Stephenson and Granddaughters Deanna Stephenson and Oxana Aymasheva.

At Dan’s request, a private family service will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to do so are asked to make a donation to the charity of their choice.

Cremation services have been entrusted to Evergreen Cremation Services.

Please send condolences to: http://www.evergreenfh.ca

Phyllis Dedekam

1927 – 2020

Mrs. Phyllis Dedekam of Lethbridge, formerly of Taber, beloved wife of the late Mr. Hans Dedekam, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the age of 93 years.

Born on April 22, 1927, in Taber, Alberta to Ole and Muriel Jespersen, Phyllis spent her youth in Taber attending grade school. Following her high school graduation (1945/1946), Phyllis attended Mt. Royal College in Calgary to obtain her Commerce Diploma.

Phyllis worked for a short time for T. Eaton Company. She joined TransCanada Air Lines in Lethbridge and later transferred to Washington, D.C. with United Airlines. She was later hired by Scandinavian Airlines to assist opening a new office in Washington, D.C. in 1950.

Phyllis met her husband Hans J Dedekam, also with Scandinavian Airlines in New York. They were married on October 20, 1952, in Washington and moved to New York. She worked with Radio Free Europe until they moved as a couple to open a new office and service in Montreal for Scandinavian Airlines in 1954. She worked alongside her husband until 1959 and during that five-year period she assisted the opening of the SAS Offices in Toronto and Winnipeg. Their travels took them to Europe, South America, and Asia.

Phyllis terminated her career to begin their family with the birth of their son Eric on March 6, 1959. They had frequent get-togethers with the Taber families and the Norwegian families in Taber, Oslo, Norway, or the cottage in Ste. Agathe, Quebec.

Phyllis had a creative spirit which she nurtured through initially rya-rug making and then weaving. Many a home was decorated with her weaving works or those of her students. Her own homes became workshops for her weaving looms.

Phyllis, with her husband Hans, returned to Lethbridge in 1982 and enjoyed many fine years in Southern Alberta. She rekindled old friendships, made new friends and enjoyed hiking and golfing. She enjoyed her lunches at the Lethbridge Country Club. She truly valued her Jespersen family and appreciated the many family gatherings.

In her later years, Phyllis developed a loving and caring relationship with Donald Stewart. As ailments and frailty set in, their bond gave them both much comfort.

Besides her loving husband Hans, Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Ole and Muriel Jespersen and brother Clarence Jespersen.

She is survived by her son Eric Dedekam, daughter-in-law Josée (Gravel) and grandchildren, Charles and Elise.

There will be a private ceremony at Martin Brothers on Saturday.

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With great sadness the family of RUDY MORTON HEAVY SHIELDS announces his passing on July 8, 2020 in Cardston, AB.

The funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Erna Letkeman

1939 – 2020

Mrs. Erna Letkeman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Larry Letkeman, passed away at home on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 81 years.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday, July 10, 2020, at ARCHMOUNT CEMETERY, 2710 Westside Drive West, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Funeral Services are now limited to 100 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff.

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

Dorothy (Phyllis) Manning

1930 – 2020

Mrs. Dorothy Phyllis Manning (née Rea) (known as Phyllis) of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Neil Houston Manning, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Phyllis was the only child of Catherine (née Wright) and William Rea. As a child she loved gymnastics and dance. She attended the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and the University of Alberta and became a schoolteacher. She began her teaching career in Warner, Alberta, and she also taught in Taber and Calgary Alberta. She and Neil, her beloved husband of 63 years, were married on July 10, 1954, and began their family.

Phyllis is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Manning (late James Bush), and Elizabeth Manning (Heinrich Herlea) and one son, William Manning (Nicole Lafleur).

Phyllis was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren: Ryan Sharp (Jennifer Ker), Alexander Manning (Stephanie), Dominic Manning, Francis Manning, Michael Kosteniuk (Krystal), Dr. Suzanne Kosteniuk (Sartaj Hundal), Isabelle Kosteniuk, and Rachel Bush.

In addition, Phyllis was the loving great-grandmother of eight great-grandchildren: Cadence, Levi, Jemma, Soloman, Spencer, Julia, Catherine, and McKenna.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Catherine and William Rea, and by her beloved husband, Neil, on March 5, 2018

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am, on Tuesday July 14, 2020 at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel, located at 610 – 4th Street South in Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Funeral Services are now limited to 100 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff.

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RICHARD “MATTY” MATLOCK, beloved husband of LouAnne Matlock, of Coaldale, passed away at the Coaldale Long Term Care Centre, on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 77 years.

Matty will be laid to rest in Milk River Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Afterward, a Come-and-Go Memorial will be held at ARMY NAVY & AIRFORCE VETERANS CLUB, 517 – 5 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, with a short service at 4:30 PM. Please dress sports casual.

Due to COVID-19, there is a gathering restriction of up to 100 people. All safety precautions set in place will be strictly followed.

No flowers by request. In lieu, please consider a donation to Lethbridge Little League (Box 1687, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0L3).

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Rosina Marie Mucciarone

1937 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rosina Marie Mucciarone (nee D’Agnone) of Lethbridge, AB. With her family by her side, she passed peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 83 years of age.

Mom was born on March 30, 1937, in Civitanova Del Sanio, Provincia Compobassa, Italy. On April 14, 1948, at the age of 11, Mom immigrated with her parents, Giovanni and Filomena, and seven siblings to Canada. Upon arriving in Lethbridge, Mom’s family was met by her grandparents, Nicola and Maria, and resided with Nick Virginillo’s family for a brief time before moving to Readymade. After several months, Mom moved to the homestead in Judson with her family where she remained until she was married. Mom attended school in Wrentham with her favorite classes being Home Economics and Physical Education. She thoroughly enjoyed playing basketball and participating in track and field.

At the tender age of 15, Mom met the love of her life for the first time when Dad (Nick), an Italian immigrant new to Canada, visited the Giachetta farm. As the years went by, Dad continued to watch Mom grow with a twinkle in his eye, and when the time was right, he proposed. Wedding bells rang on October 25, 1958, at St. Patrick’s Church in Lethbridge. Mom and Dad celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 25, 2019, before Dad’s passing, a true testimony of their dedication to one another and their family.

Though Mom’s talents were many, her nearly 18 years of service with Ducan Industries Ltd. showcased her skill as a seamstress. She loved working with fabric and creating beautiful drapes. However, Mom’s greatest passion was her family and friends. No one knew the value of self-sacrifice like Mom. For the entirety of her life, she worked tirelessly to provide her family and friends with the best of everything. Whether preparing an Italian or Canadian feast, a batch of bread and buns, or a picnic lunch for a trip to Waterton, Mom poured love into her food. Her kitchen was her sanctuary, the place she felt most proud, because she knew her meals would bring her family together. Around Mom and Dad’s table, some of the greatest memories were made sharing stories and laughs, playing cards, or reminiscing about Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Hawaii, three of Mom’s favourite family trips. Closer to home, Mom would travel to all of her grandchildren’s music recitals or sporting events, beaming with pride next to Dad. Mom’s newest joy was the seeing and holding her two great grandchildren born this past year.

A great model of hospitality and generosity, anyone arriving at her door was greeted with a bright smile, offered a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, along with a homemade treat. Even a quick visit would often end with, “What can I give you?”. God gifted Mom with hands of service whether in the form of a meal or a prayerful embrace. Each and every day, she would read the bible and pray earnestly for her family and those in need. She was an active member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church community, serving as a Catholic Women’s League member for 20 years. Mom would often say that Jesus was her best friend, and her faith journey role modeled the importance of God in one’s life.

Mom will be dearly missed by her family and friends, but the memories we have of her will last a lifetime. Her infectious smile, peppy spirit, and sincerity of heart gave us all a chance to witness what it meant to enjoy a full life, one walked with the Lord, grateful for His many blessings.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, Nicola (Nick), her parents Giovanni and Filomena D’Agnone, her brothers Dominic, Nick, and Joe D’Agnone, her sister Mary Caruso, nephews Ben D’Agnone and Tom Caruso, and infant grandson, James Snodgrass. She is also predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Giovanni and Assunta Mucciarone, brother-in-laws Antonio Mucciarone, Graziano Altieri, and Joe Caruso, and sister-in-law Yola Mucciarone.

Mom is survived by her son Rino (Luann) Mucciarone of Lethbridge and their children Cassie (Brett) Skauge, Ryan (girlfriend Phoebe) and Mathew; daughter Rita (Howard) Snodgrass of Medicine Hat and their children Jaimie (Iain) Purcell and Joel Snodgrass (girlfriend Kira), and the two newest editions, great grandson, Domenico Purcell and great granddaughter, Everly Skauge.

Mom is also survived by her brothers Luigi (Bev) D’Agnone of Wrentham and Tony (Laurie) D’Agnone of Skiff/Foremost; her sisters Delores (Phillip) Gurr of Diamond City and Amelia (Ken) Rollag of Lethbridge; sister-in-laws Assunta D’Agnone of Coaldale, Pat D’Agnone of Lethbridge, Antionetta Mucciarone and Palmina Altieri of Pennsylvania, Rosetta Mucciarone of Italy; step mother-in law Anna Mucciarone of Italy; brother-in-law Mario Mucciarone of Italy, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the doctors, especially Dr. Lowe, Dr. Wilde, and Dr. Walsh, as well as the ICU and 4B nursing staff for their kindness, compassion, and genuine concern for Mom’s wellbeing.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rosina’s name to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

Due to the restrictions surrounding COVID 19, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

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ANDREW JOHN “ANDY” QUIRING, beloved husband of Stacy Quiring, of Scandia, passed away in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the age of 52 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Nicolasa Reyes

1933 – 2020

Ms. Nicolasa Reyes of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on June 23, 2020, at the age of 86 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Candi-Jo Van Ryn

1979 – 2020

Mrs. Candi-Jo Van Ryn of Coaldale, beloved wife of Mr. Jason Van Ryn, passed away in Coaldale on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the age of 40 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Shirley Virostek
1932 – 2020

Shirley Anne Virostek, beloved wife of the late George Virostek, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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