January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, August 8, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 8, 2020.


May 10, 1964 – June 12, 2020

It brings great sadness to announce the death of our dear brother, Allan Reginald William Mayo (56 years old), on June 12, 2020 in Chilliwack, BC. Left to cherish his memory are his children Steven, and Kristen Mayo. His siblings Sandy (Randy) Stevens and their family; Maureen (Gerry) Prince and their family; Wendy Mayo and her son; Michael (Jenn) Mayo and their family; and Allan’s girlfriend Aimin Yao. Paternal Uncle Barry (Helene) Mayo and family; Maternal Uncle Don (Pat) Depew and family; Aunt Joan (Gord) Jacobs and family; Dixie Anderson and Family; and dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Allan was born on May 10, 1964 in Temiscaming, Quebec to Carolyn and Ronald Mayo. He was their first son born, and was a cherished addition to the family. Allan’s early years were spent in Temiscaming, QC; Ottawa, Ont; Mississauga, Ont, and he attended his high school years in Lethbridge, AB. Allan enjoyed hockey in Ontario, and was an avid motorbike enthusiast, rebuilding his own motorbike in his teen years. He owned Goldwings, and other touring bikes up until a year ago.

Allan was a devoted Dad to his two children, who lived with him up until his untimely death from an undiagnosed heart issue. They enjoyed many ski trips into the mountains, boating on the local lakes, they raised multiple Boxer Champions through the years, and Allan built a business legacy for their future.

Allan had an entrepreneurial spirit after he graduated from high school. He owned his first rental property at 21 years old; moving on to his own moving company in Surrey, BC; then a trucking business; and the last 15 years with his pride and joy – Canada’s Bamboo World, a rare bamboo retail and online farm. He started with one plant, which was purchased to provide a quick growing barrier to a bothersome neighbour. He quickly found he had Grandpa Mayo’s green thumb, and quickly turned these plants into an online side business. Allan and family moved to Chilliwack to purchase a farm to grow groves of bamboo for retail and online sales. Allan’s incredible work ethic and dedication proved a successful combination. Allan was respected by his customers, fellow growers, suppliers, and neighbours. He made an impression of honesty and integrity wherever he went. He sold his bamboo to Developers of High Rise complexes, museums, zoos, and customers across Canada.

Allan was predeceased by his parents Ronald (1985) and Carolyn Mayo (2001).

Allan will be greatly missed by his siblings – “Gone too soon for us to enjoy our ‘golden years’ travelling together. Don’t take for granted that there is time to wait for the ‘right time’.” A private time for family to celebrate Allan’s life was held in Lethbridge.


NELDA CAROLINE BULLOCK, beloved wife of David “Lee” Bullock of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the age of 95 years. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lethbridge, East Stake Centre, 4105 Forestry Avenue, Lethbridge, with Bishop Bruce Stewart officiating. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery. For the LIVESTREAMING link, visit our website at http://www.generationsfh.ca, simply click on the online obituary for Nelda Caroline Bullock, then click on the link provided at the bottom.

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EMMA THERESA CHENGER, (née Gonczy), went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the age of 102 years.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Byron (Marion) and Kevin (Brenda), six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, one sister, Dolores Horvath, as well as nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by two sons, Barry Patrick and Leslie L. Jr.

Emma was an original staff member of the Lethbridge Family Service after the amalgamation of the Lethbridge Family Bureau and Catholic Family Services. She retired in 1983 after 17 years. She enjoyed her love of oil painting and traveling, but nothing made her happier than time spent with her family and her church. She became a 60-year charter member of St. Basil’s C.W.L. in 2010.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM with Deacon Bill Young officiating. Emma will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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ROBERT GORDON CONRAD, beloved husband of Eleanor of Fort Macleod, passed away at home on Thursday, August 6 at the age of 75 years.

He is survived by his children: Vicky (Thomas) McCormack of Simi Valley, California, Gordy (Leslie) Conrad of Victoria, British Columbia, Marty (Darice) Conrad of Lethbridge, AB, Jerry (Michelle) Conrad of Lethbridge, AB, Brookee (Matthew) Bullock of Lethbridge, AB, Becky (Jason) Gouchie of Fort Macleod, AB, and A.J. Conrad (Katie Corle) of Stanford, Connecticut. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.

Robert is also survived by his brother: Blair (Gail) Conrad, sister: Cheryl (Gordon) MacKay, sister: Laurie (Bob) Muir, brother-in-law: Norman (Karen) Kesler, brother-in-law: Gordon (Joyce) Kesler, and sister-in-law: Trudie (Bill) Fyfe.

He is predeceased by his mother and father, and his brothers: Ricky Conrad, and Gary Conrad.

Bob was raised on a ranch east of warner. He moved to the farm in Fort Macleod with his sweetheart Eleanor in 1966 where they raised their 7 children and have remained since for a total of 54 years. Bob was known for his mechanical skills, inventiveness, sense of adventure, camping, driving the school bus, scouting and many more pursuits. Bob was always quick to help and lend a hand. He had a contagious smile and twinkle in his eye. He loved serving in the temple and was anxious to get back to work as soon as he could. He worked hard, played harder, and always made sure that there were good times to be had when he was around. Of all his accomplishments, he was proudest of his children, and never missed an opportunity to brag about his posterity. He is beloved by family and friends and touched the lives of all he encountered.

A Private Family Service will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fort Macleod, Alberta.

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Friends and family are welcomed and encouraged to express their sympathies and condolences to the family at the Conrad home on Monday, August 10, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Please follow COVID guidelines.

John Dempster

1930 – 2020

Mr. John Frederick Dempster of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Betty Dempster, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary at the age of 89 years Dad is survived by his children, Joy Warren (Charles), John Jr. and Heather; grandchildren, Tyler, Jason, Kelsey, Matthew, Joy, and Carson; great grandchildren, Jakob and Shae; nephew, Brian, and niece, Lisa Dempster. Dad was very involved in many sports and with coaching kids in the community. After retiring in 1989 (34 years of service) from John Labatt Brewery, mom and dad moved to Calgary. In his later years, baseball became his passion, playing for over 24 years in Calgary, Florida, and California. Beyond sports, dad was involved in the Masonic Lodge (past President), Shriners Pipes and Drums, and the Canadian Legion. Dad could be the life of the party, singing, dancing and entertaining at any opportunity. Dad will be sorely missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers a donation in Dad’s honor can be made to Little League Alberta District 8. http://www.littleleague district8.com or dmclaughlin@littleleague.ca A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Our sweet Joanne, wife, mom, and grandmother, returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday August 4, 2020. Joanne was a loving and supportive wife to her husband, Ron, mother to 4 children: Susan (Greg) Peterson, Linda (Dallas) Sherwood, Karel-Lyn (Gary) Snedden, and Darcy (Shanda) Heggie. Joanne was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren (12 in October). Her grandkids all thought they were gramma Jo Jo’s favorite because she made them each feel so special. Joanne was born August 30, 1940 to parents Cestton and Dorothy Sudo. Joanne was proud of her Japanese and Belgian heritage. Joanne was the oldest of 5 children and took her role as the oldest very seriously. She felt a lifelong love and responsibility for her younger siblings. She was blessed with great aunties and loved them all dearly. Joanne was the oldest child on the farm and worked from a young age alongside her little brother, Donny, moving hand pipes, hoeing beet rows, and stacking pea vines and hay. This hard work and responsibility served Mom well for the rest of her life. Through her fine example, she showed her children and grandchildren the value of a great work ethic. She married Ron and gained 2 wonderful supporters and mentors, in-laws Avilda and Bob. Aside from her exemplary homemaking role, Mom was an equal partner to Dad in founding R.K. Heggie Grain Ltd. in 1959. Mom was the original office manager, the backbone of this business, and as it grew she was always the voice of reasoning. She tirelessly supported Ron as he expanded his business and developed other successful ventures. She supported Ron as he became the co-founder and integral part of getting the following businesses started: Hiway 52 Feeders, Transmark Ltd, Lethbridge Inland Terminal Ltd., and Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd. Together they 2 built homes, the last being a beautiful acreage west of Raymond. Joanne and Ron spent thousands of hours in their yard, and their kids and grandkids spent many happy times together as a family in their beautiful yard. They had immaculate flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens. At the end of the growing season Joanne would can and preserve all the fruits of their labors. Joanne loved to camp and downhill ski, hike in Waterton, and walk or ride her bike on the country roads in the early morning hours. She was able to do all of these things until well into her 60s. She enjoyed the company of many good friends and family. Laughter was always present. Joanne served in many callings in the LDS Church and grew to know, love, and serve many people this way. She loved all the Young Women she served over the years and had a special place in her heart for them. Joanne and Ron were called as Stake Missionaries and served in the Del Bonita Branch. There, they also made many lifetime friends. Joanne was called to serve as an ordinance worker in the Cardston Alberta Temple and although initially nervous about this new calling, Joanne was blessed to be able to accomplish all that she needed to serve in this capacity. Joanne had the humble privilege to provide support and guidance to so many beautiful brides on their special wedding day. She always kept a special place in her heart for these women, and over the years the family has enjoyed hearing how much her love and guidance helped these brides on their special day. Gramma Jo Jo always remembered her grandkids’ birthdays, her kids always enjoyed an angel food cake with her special fondant icing for their birthdays, and we are pretty sure she kept Carlton Cards in business. Joanne had an amazing sense of humor and kept this until the end. She was a loving, compassionate, and humble daughter of God. She served a divine mission during her time on earth. She will go on now to renew her acquaintances with those who passed on before her: her parents, Cestton and Dorothy; Ron’s parents, Bob and Avilda; her beautiful granddaughter, Kenzie; and Ron’s brothers, Alan and Ray. We are blessed and comforted beyond measure to know that families are forever. We are grateful for all those who provided loving care for mom during her years at home, and for the wonderful care she received from the doctors and nurses of Raymond hospital. A Private Family Service will be held at a future date. Her funeral service may be viewed online following the service.

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EILEEN THERESA INGOLD (née Vanderwal), beloved wife of Darcy Ingold of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the age of 52 years. Eileen is survived by her chlidren, Alyssa (Dustin) Knelsen, Cody (Dalyce) Ingold, Leah (James) Halma and Tianna Ingold, and her grandchildren, Carly Knelsen, Lexi & Rhyder Ingold, and Jacob Halma. She is also survived by her mother, Akkie Vanderwal, her sister, Grace (Henry) Visser, and her three brothers, Gerry (Barb) Vanderwal, Peter (Lora) Vanderwal and Ken (Deb) Vanderwal. She was predeceased by her father, Barteld “Bert” Vanderwal. Eileen was born on December 20, 1967 in Coaldale, AB where she spent her whole childhood. She married Darcy on October 19, 1991 and they began their life together in Calgary. She made many moves along with her family between Calgary, Lethbridge, Coaldale and Lacombe. Eileen loved to read, do jigsaw puzzles and play games with her family. She was an Oma to four precious grandchildren, and being an Oma was one of her passions. She fully lived her life for God and enjoyed worshipping Him through singing. A passage that Eileen held close to her heart was from Ephesians 2: 8, which reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.” Friends and family are invited to meet during a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry. A Funeral Service will be held at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Ave. N, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone. Seating will be limited to 100 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry. In memory of Eileen, donations in her memory may be made to Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre (118 – 8 St. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2J3 or online at http://www.lethbridgepregcentre.com) or to Lethbridge & District Pro-Life (1805 – 9 Ave. N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1H8).

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March 29th,1934 – August 4th, 2020

“Mom was the Matriarch of our family. She was a tower of strength and encouragement who always pushed us to try harder, to want the best out of our lives and to always see the good in people”

“She held our hands for just a short while but will hold our hearts forever. We love you Mom”

ALICE KAMITOMO passed away peacefully at the Raymond Hospital in Raymond on Tuesday August 4th, 2020 at 86 years of age. It is with great sadness that we say goodby to our Mom who loved us unconditionally, was an unwaivering and uncompromising positive force and was always there for Dad and us children no matter the circumstance.

Alice was married to her husband Doug Kamitomo for 64 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Mark (Theresa) Kamitomo, Cindy (Barry) Littlemore, Gary (Lorri) Kamitomo and Sandra (Mike) Burns. Additionally, her grandchildren Taylor (Sierra) Kamitomo, Kelsey Kamitomo, Kiley Kamitomo, Brandon Littlemore, Graeme Littlemore, Jesse Kamitomo, Travis Kamitomo, Mika Burns and Koby Burns.

Alice was predeceased by her husband Doug Kamitomo, her sister Fumi Sekiya, her brother Mickey Moriyama and her mother Sally Moriyama.

Alice was born in Raymond on March 29th, 1934. Her early years were difficult ones where her family struggled with poverty. She recounted many times the kindness and caring of the people of Raymond who provided her family with food when they needed it most. She never forgot that kindness and until her passing, held a special place in her heart for those individuals who helped her family through the difficult times. She met Doug while working at the hospital on the reservation. Following their marriage on March 3rd, 1956, Alice worked at the Raymond Hospital and the Raymond Clinic in the lab and radiology. She was an avid golfer taking up the sport close to her retirement. Like all the things she took on in her life, she pursued golf with a passion that led to her recording 3 holes in one. She was also an avid downhill skiier often following her children down some of the steepest runs on the hill. She was never afraid to take on a new challenge and lived her life to the fullest. Her best friend in life was her sister Fumi Sekiya who unfortunately predeceased Alice. Along with Doug, she is now reunited with Fumi.

Unfortunately, Alice suffered a small stroke and in her last years resided in the long term care section of the Raymond Hospital where she remained until her passing. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and other staff whose kindness and caring for Alice made the last years of her life peaceful and happy. Due to COVID 19, a service will be deferred and will be scheduled in the near future when the restrictions are lifted. In the interim, the family requests that in lieu of flowers and Koden, please consider making a donation to the Alberta Parkinson’s Association (120, 6835 Railway St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2V6) in memory of Alice.

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Annie (Annigje) Ketel

1929 – 2020

Annie (Annigje) Ketel, of Lethbridge passed away suddenly, on Tuesday August 4, 2020, at Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 91. She is predeceased by her husband of 59 years John (Johannes) and her son Ralph John. Annie was born on July 28, 1929 to Roelof and Margje Karsten in Nyeveen, Drente. She grew up on a farm and desired to pursue a career in teaching. But following World War II the Karsten family decided to emigrate from the Netherlands for a fresh start in Canada. In May 1948, they boarded the ship named ‘Tibinta’ in Rotterdam for the ten-day voyage. It was on this voyage that Annie first met and became acquainted with John Ketel and by the end of her journey she was smitten. They were married April 30, 1950 in Iron Springs. Over the years they lived in Smithers, Taber, Calgary, Coaldale, Park Lake area and Lethbridge. Annie is survived by three children and their spouses, Marty (Jacky) of Lethbridge, Gwynn of Kelowna, Andrew (June) of Edmonton and Margaret of Pasco, Washington. Along with nineteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Annie was a devoted wife and mother, making the home the focus of her efforts. She enjoyed singing in the choir, knitting, crocheting, needlepointing, ceramics painting, bowling, card games and walks around Henderson Lake. Every spring she loved to take in the beauty of the Flowering Crab trees in the city of Lethbridge and never tired of songbirds. But her greatest devotion was her faith, from which we draw comfort knowing that now she is in her eternal abode with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, August 10, 2020 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West, Lethbridge. 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. The service will also be available on a livestream by visiting YouTube Maranatha CRC Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Jannetje Klok

1939 – 2020

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of my dear wife, our loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Jannetje Wilhelmina (Janet) Klok, at the age of 80 years. Janet was born on October 24, 1939, in Ede, the Netherlands, and passed away in the Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John; 8 children, Peter (Marianne), Betty (Cornell) de Kok, Janey (Henry) de Kok, Henrietta (Andre) de Kok, John (Cheri), Jannette (Andrew) Beusekom, Nelly (Adrian) Sinke, Ed (Marieke); 56 grandchildren; 110 great grandchildren; sisters Teunisje (Willem) Slingerland, Hennie Van Hierden; sisters -in-law Corrie Ouwendorp, Eefje Ruiter, Maasje (Isaac) Kruijt, Cootje van Beek and Bertha Klok. Janet was predeceased by her parents Hendrik and Beertje Vandenberg and great grand -daughter Alysha Roth; brother Hendrikus (Henry) Vandenberg; sister Eefje Van Eck and numerous in laws. A Private family service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CHURCH OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601 – 3A Street, Picture Butte, Alberta. A Private family interment will follow in the Memorial Cemetery in Picture Butte. Reverend E.C. Adams, officiating.

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Richard Malitowski

1954 – 2020

Richard Antoni Malitowski passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020, at the age of 65, with the love of his family surrounding him. Richard was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1954 to Antoni and Adela. Richard’s passion for life was undeniable. No matter where his life took him, he made an everlasting impact to his community and the people that surrounded him. In his younger years he was a successful business owner, councilman, and volunteer firefighter in Picture Butte, AB. He was a voice and advocate for Mental Health Awareness and was and active sports coach to his sons sitting on many community associations boards. Richard, without prejudice, provided guidance, mentoring and support to family, friends, and strangers alike. He continually challenged himself and others to succeed. His integrity was his badge and he wore it proudly. His generosity will go unmatched and will forever resonate. He had a distinguished career as a member of The Construction and Specialized Workers Union for over 40 years. In serving many of those as President, he used his passion and knowledge on pension boards, legislative boards, and was a key advocate for workers’ rights in Alberta. Richards other passions included gardening, watersports, his animals, volunteering and providing for the less fortunate. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandra (nee Kleim); sons Stacey (Jen) and Chris (Jennifer), and his grandchildren Dyson, Thoran, Ava and Owen and sister Wanda. A Celebration of Richards’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, August 14, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street, Lethbridge, AB. 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. If you’d like to attend, you may RSVP to Chris Malitowski at 403-968-2155 or cmalitow@hotmail.com. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish memorial donations in memory of Richard can be made to Diabetes Canada, 6223 2 St SE #220, Calgary, AB T2H 1J5.

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Tracy Marilyn Many Shots

“Ipiiakii” “Far Woman”

Passed away in Lethbridge, AB August 1, at the age of 39 years.

A wake service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, at Street Alive Mission. 323 4st S. Lethbridge, AB from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Funeral service will take place on Wednesday, August 12. at Street Alive Mission 323 4 Street S. Lethbridge, AB Starting at 12:00 pm. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery. Standoff, AB.

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June 9, 1948 – Aug. 6, 2020

DON NORRIE died peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Don was born and raised in Lethbridge. After completing his education at Olds College, Don began his career with the federal and provincial governments, and then he went on to form Double ‘D’ Drilling Ltd. and later Norrie Reclamation Services Ltd. Don was considered one of the best in soils classification and environmental investigation during his many years working in the agriculture and environmental sectors. As an entrepreneur, Don was known for his exceptional client care and he built a strong reputation in all of his business endeavours.

While Don worked very hard at his career, his other focuses in life were his many recreational pursuits. He would often reminisce of his early days racing cars, and he had a lifelong passion for motorcycles, taking countless long distance rides on his Harley with his friends. He was also a lifelong hunter and fisherman, with many trophies and Fish and Game awards to show for it.

Don was a family man and always maintained a very active social life. He treasured every moment spent with his family and friends, and he was admired for his patience, compassion, smile and his ability to light up any room. Don cherished his near daily rounds to visit with his buddies, and the love and admiration he had for his two children and four granddaughters was clear to all that knew him.

Don is survived by his wife, Denise, of 48 years; his children, Katherine (Clay) and Steve (Marina); grandchildren, Kameron, Liveah, Maya and Sasha; and brothers Jim (Barb) and Bill (Cathy). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Judith; brothers-in-law, Charles (Etta) and Geoff (Margaret); and many more relatives and friends, including his special friend Daisy (his darling dog). Daisy was Don’s constant companion, and brought endless joy to Don until the end.

Don was predeceased by his parents, Isabelle & Jim, and his parents-in-law, Helen & Fred Nickol.

Those who wish may make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, or charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Don’s Life is planned for Popson Park on September 12, 2020. Details will be announced closer to the date.

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It is with tremendous sorrow and broken hearts that we, the family of ANDREW “ANDY” JOHN & STACY JO-ANN (née Csabay) QUIRING of Scandia, announce their sudden passing from a motorcycle accident. Andy passed away on Sunday July 5, 2020 at the age of 52 and Stacy passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the age of 49 as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. They are survived by their three children: Dalton, Cassidy and Laci, all of Scandia.

Andy and Stacy are survived by their parents, Al & Lily Quiring and Jim & Marlies Csabay, and their respective siblings: Andy’s include Charlene (Glen) and Jackie (Don), and Stacy’s include Barb (Emilio), Alisa (Dan), and Jeff (Ruby). They are also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

Andy grew up on a farm in the Strathmore area. He was adopted at the age of nine months by Al & Nettie Quiring. Andy learned to work at a young age and drove tractor on the farm like many farm children did at that time. His interest/love of animals started early which eventually led him to custom wrangling and roping. In his school years, he was involved in school sports and worked as a wrangler at Camp Evergreen.

Stacy grew up on a farm in the Readymade district living next to the old Readymade school, and was lucky enough attend school there for six years; she was part of the last group of students who attended the old school. From there, she attended RI Baker, Kate Andrews and Caronport High School for two years. After high school, she went to Provo, Utah to obtain her dental assisting credential. She lived in Slave Lake for a number of years, working at a local dentist’s office. Upon her return to Southern Alberta she became reacquainted with someone she met when she attended Camp Evergreen many years ago.

The journey of Andy and Stacy’s life together began on June 26,1999 when they were married at Stacy’s parents’ farm. They were blessed with three beautiful children who always made their parents happy and filled their hearts with joy. The early years of their marriage were spent working as a team on parcel of land on the Rolling Hills road. Eventually they outgrew it, and went on to purchase their current location where they built their dream home. As all parents do, they watched their children move from toddlers to children who participated in 4-H, school sports, and community events. They were always there cheering and supporting the many teams that Dalton, Cassidy and Laci played on. Stacy was always willing to volunteer for numerous events at the schools the children attended.

Andy started his sales career with Southland International Trucks 27 years ago and was employed there at the time of his passing. Prior to that, he was on the road hauling cattle for Vanee Livestock for several years. Andy was a great salesman, believing in a firm handshake and taking great pride in remembering his client’s names.

Stacy worked as a dental assistant in Slave Lake and Lethbridge. When she moved to the Scandia area she drove school bus for the Grasslands School division until her passing. She took numerous students on field trips and was a conscientious driver. Stacy was the full time farm hand in the Quiring operation. There was nothing that she wouldn’t try, from pulling calves to priming a pump to driving a tractor or quad.

For many years, Andy and Stacy would spend their summers camping and boating at the Rolling Hills reservoir and other favorite locations in Alberta, BC and Montana. They enjoyed weekend getaways with their friends in the Corvette club. Their favorite place was Mexico where they spent many happy days on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta making friends with local vendors and fellow vacationers. In recent years, Andy took up the game of golf and Stacy would happily ride the cart when on holidays.

How do you capture what these two people meant to not only their children but their families and the many and numerous friends that they had? Words are not going to suffice. There will forever be two holes in our lives. We would like to thank the First Responders who attended the accident scene, STARS Air Ambulance, the HOPE Organization and the many doctors and nurses who have been on this journey with the family. We would also like to thank the Scandia community for their support of Dalton, Cassidy and Laci; the food, donations, calls and outpouring of love and concern have been overwhelming.

A private celebration of their lives and church service will be occurring by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In memory of Andy and Stacy, donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance (www.stars.ca/ways-to-donate/ab), Southern Alberta Organ & Tissue Donation Program (c/o Foothills Medical Centre, 403 – 29 St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9), or Human Organ Procurement & Exchange “HOPE” Program (#9423, Aberhart Building, 11402 University Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 2J3).

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ERVIN AUSTIN NOEL SHADE (Kainaikowan), beloved husband of Christine Shade, passed away on August 5, 2020 in Cardston, AB at the age of 83 years. A Wake Service will be held at Ervin and Christine’s residence on Wednesday, August 12 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will continue at the Shade residence on Thursday, August 13 at 12:00 pm. Interment will take place in the Shade Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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Casey Simonsen
1990 – 2020

 Casey Lynn Simonsen passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the age of 29 years.
  As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations, a private visitation was held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 6, 2020.
 A private funeral service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, August 7, 2020. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden. To send condolences and to view a video recording of the service, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Casey will be lovingly remembered by his parents Deb and Ib Simonsen of Picture Butte; sister Brie Simonsen of Picture Butte and her son Carson Simonsen; grandma Lois Benson of Taber as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and Denmark.
 He was predeceased by his grandpa Harold Benson, Farfar (grandpa) Jens Simonsen, Farmor (grandma) Karen Simonsen; uncles Warren Benson, Craig Benson and Elmer Benson.
 Casey was born in Lethbridge on August 4, 1990. He was raised in Picture Butte and for the last two years has resided in Lethbridge. In his younger years Casey participated in many sports with soccer, archery and hockey being his favorite. In his high school years he worked part-time to full-time jobs, only because he liked working better than being in school. Casey proudly graduated in 2008. He could play hard but he could also work even harder. Some of his jobs included heating and air conditioning, shipper and receiver for Masterfeeds, construction and roughneck. Casey had a love for the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting with his family in Canada and Denmark as well as fishing. He also enjoyed dirt biking and quadding. In 2010 his mother won a hunting trip. Deb stayed in the Northwest Territories and sent Casey and his father to Nunavut to hunt Caribou. This was a once in a lifetime adventure, and still talked about to this day. “My Casey” is how his nephew Carson always referred to him. Casey was Carson’s biggest fan and Carson was Casey’s biggest fan. They were “best buds”. Casey had friends near and far that meant a lot to him. He will be lovingly remembered for his fun loving and loyal ways. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends and in our hearts forever.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Casey’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

SOMMERFELD, Vera Emily Irine

Born Vera Emily Irine Elliott. September 23, 1920. Died August 6, 2020 It is with joy and sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother just 47 days before her 100th birthday. Mom was born in Juniata, Sask. and was raised in rural Saskatchewan, the baby of a family of 7. Her father died when she was 9 and she and her mother supported themselves by hard work and determination. When she was 19 she married Ron Sommerfeld, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage before Dad passed in 2009. Mom and Dad had three children: Gwen (Bill Shaw deceased) Gloria (Art Hitchings) and son, Garth Sommerfeld. (Debbie). There are many children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will miss her smile and caring disposition, far too many to name but she loved them all and was very proud of each and every one. She loved and appreciated her son’s in-law and daughter-in-law. She only has one sister-in-law left, Dad’s sister, Mid Novak (nee Sommerfeld). She loved to see Aunt Mid when she could manage, and they had a long and loving relationship. Mom and Dad lived and worked in Saskatoon until retirement when they moved to the Okanagan. They enjoyed many happy years there and made lifelong friends. Many family and friends travelled to see them, and Mom always enjoyed that so much! They moved to Lethbridge when Dad’s health started to fail, in February 2009. The family in Lethbridge {Gwen’s} and in Saskatchewan, {Garth’s and Gloria’s} gathered around them to make their life here fulfilling and Mom spent her last years here. One of her proudest moments was when she became the matriarch of 6 generations of females! This is very rare and was reported in Germany, London England, as well as many domestic papers. Life was far from easy, but Mom could always find a way to feed a few extras. She was known for her love of entertaining and partying. She never missed a birthday in the family until her last few years. She made a true effort to stay in touch with nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, many of whom had lived with her and Dad at times! Mom had a long and healthy life! In recent months, as her health declined, she told us she wanted to go. She was looking forward to a reunion with her sister Sybil, whom she was very close to, and husband Ron. She was much loved and will be missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers a donation to St. Michael’s Palliative Care unit in Lethbridge and/or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Tony Van Ee
1935 – 2020

 Teunis Van Ee, beloved husband of Christa Van Ee, passed away, surrounded by his family in Calgary on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the age of 85 years.
 A private service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Tony is survived by Christa, his loving wife of fifty six years and their four sons and their wives, Tony Jr. (Anita) Van Ee of Lethbridge, Gordon (Kristi) Van Ee of High River, Dan (Kari) Van Ee of Coaldale and Dave (Nancy) Van Ee of Vauxhall; eight grandchildren, TJ “Tony”, Eric, Kristie, Breanna, Janelle, Danica, Mason and Andrew. We will dearly miss our husband, father and Opa.
 He was predeceased by his parents Teunis and Berendina Van Ee; Christa’s parents Fred and Frieda Busse; six siblings and several brothers and sisters-in-law in Holland.
 Tony was proud of his sons and thought Tony Jr., Gordon, Dan and Dave were honest, productive, hard working Christian people and a blessing to their parents and their own families.
 Tony was born July 23, 1935 in Kootwijkerbroek, Gelderland, Holland and was the fourth oldest of twelve children born to Berendina (nee Groeneveld) and Teunis Van Ee.  
 He served on the board of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Pincher Creek and in later years Salem Lutheran Church in Scandia.
 Family, gardening and growing crops kept this kind, honorable, God fearing man busy. He loved the Lord, his family and farming.  May he rest in peace.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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