January 22nd, 2021

TUESDAY, August 11, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 11, 2020.



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a dear wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Nelda Caroline (Loxton) Bullock.

Nelda was born March 13, 1925 in Magrath and passed away peacefully in the Chinook Regional Hospital August 6, 2020 at the age of 95 years.

She met the love her life, David ‘Lee’ Bullock while they were both living at the ‘Castle’ House in Raymond and they were married and sealed for time and eternity in the Cardston, Alberta Temple on July 21, 1948 and were happily married for 72 years.

In 1960, Nelda and Lee welcomed their baby girl Nelda-Lee into their home and hearts, their pride and joy. There was nothing Nelda would not do for her little girl.

She had a love of learning and turned that passion into her career, teaching school at a Hutterite colony, Raymond Elementary, Gilbert Paterson, Dorothy Gooder and Lethbridge College before going back to Raymond Elementary where she retired from. She received many accolades from the superintendent and principals that she worked with. Nelda loved her teaching job and her students loved her back.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and following her retirement Nelda and Lee travelled while researching and compiling volumes of family names for genealogy. These adventures took them all across the globe, including North America, England and Australia. Nelda wrote a book about her experiences of researching her family, the relatives she found and the friends she made.

This love of family ran deep. Her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren were never left wanting, she would never say ‘no’ to any request they had. She was often described by many as feisty but also kind-hearted and would give you the shirt off of her back.

Nelda is survived by her loving spouse David ‘Lee’ Bullock, her daughter Nelda-Lee (Robert) Delaney, her grandson Daylan (Aubrey) Delaney, her granddaughter Janay (Tyler) Payant and great grandchildren Tristyn, Taylor, Lincoln, Holly and Lyric.

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.

A reminder that all who attend will need to wear a mask inside the church and when physical distancing is not an option.

There will be limited seating at the actual service, but you can watch the live stream found on the Christensen Salmon Generations Obituary Website. 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.

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


MYRNA CHIPMAN, beloved wife of Dan Chipman, passed away on August 8, 2020 at the age of 82 years.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. A recording of the service will be available to view online the following day.

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Cecile Chute

1927 – 2020

Cecile Marie Chute (Bouchard) of Coaldale, Alberta, beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Chute, passed away peacefully at home with family on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at the age of 93 years.

Cecile was born in Edmonton to Samuel Bouchard and Yvonne Bouchard (Quesnel) on May 26, 1927. She attended school in Legal and the Edmonton area. She worked at a bakery for a number of years and after meeting the love of her life she began working along with him in his family’s store and post office. They were married on November 6, 1952 after dating for several years.

After starting their family in Edmonton, they moved to Calgary where their last two children were born. They raised their family in Calgary where they lived for 53 years. In the latter part of their retirement they moved to Coaldale and continued their 69 loving years together. She remained at home even after Jack’s passing 6 months prior.

Cecile is survived by her 3 Children Rory M. Chute, Bonny-Anne (Chuck) Bent (Chute) and Timothy J. Chute; as well as 12 grandchildren, Jay (Jessica) Chute , John (Mel) Chute, Teri (Don) Suel, Lisa (Phil) Marasco, Patricia (Dan) Doherty, Donald (Brittany) Bent, Samantha (Jared) Johnson, Joseph (Danielle) Chute, Marie (Brady) Armstrong, Peter Chute, Theresa (Garth) Chute, Anthony Chute; along with 13 Great Grandchildren Riley, Gwendolyn, Carter, Hunter, Arya, Liam, Alaina, Natalie, Quinn, Amara, Victoria, Spencer, and Ellie.

Cecile will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a multitude of friends.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm, on Friday, August 14, 2020, at ST. AMBROSE PARISH, 1513 23rd Ave, Coaldale, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at ST. AMBROSE PARISH, 1513 23rd Ave, Coaldale, Alberta, with Father Ian Gagne celebrant. Internment to be held at a later date.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – the Funeral Service will be limited to 90 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff. Masks are required inside the church, please provide your own.

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Betty Lou Colwell

1934 – 2020

Mrs. Betty Lou Colwell of High River, passed away peacefully after a short illness at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Mom missed the love of her life greatly as Dad (William Clark Colwell) passed away recently in February of this year.

Mom grew up on the Haga farm in Vulcan, as the youngest of 9 children and remained close to her many family members there. She is fondly remembered for hosting large family dinners, having fun with the grandkids, always putting family first and her great laugh.

Mom is survived by Ivan (Darcy) Colwell, Michael (Joan) Colwell, Janelle (Cameron) Schmitt; grandchildren Kyle Colwell, Max Colwell, Kandice Sears, Clayton Schmitt, Rylan Schmitt and their partners, as well as great-grand daughter Mazie Schmitt; she is also survived by her brother Allan who resides in Vulcan.

Betty will be privately remembered by her friends and family.

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ROBERT GORDON CONRAD, beloved husband of Eleanor of Fort Macleod, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family 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 Stamford, 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 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 serve there 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.

For the LIVESTREAMING please visit, https://youtu.be/JQM99pdlgr0 or http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/fortmacleodalbertastake

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


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).

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


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.

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

Dr. Ronald Parton

1937 – 2020

Dr. Ronald Parton of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Shari Parton, passed away at Cedar Creek Adaptacare on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 82 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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DARRELL WAYNE PETERS, the beloved husband of Joanne Peters (née Howell), of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at the age of 57 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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.

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


SHARON JOAN THOMAS, beloved wife of Bill Thomas of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Elske Van Essen

1925 – 2020

It is with sorrow we announce the passing away of our dearly beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother Elske Van Essen of Picture Butte, on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the age of 94 years.

Elske was born in Wijk en Aalburg, the Netherlands on October 19, 1925 and immigrated to Canada in 1969 with her husband and 8 children. They settled in the Picture Butte area where she resided until her passing. The last year of her life was at the Bethesda Care Home.

Elske is survived by her children Wendy (Gerrit) Bakker, Gerrit Van Essen, Andy (Rhonda) Van Essen, Evert (Edith) Van Essen, Wilma (Kees) Oskam, Henk Van Essen, Lourens (Peggy) Van Essen and Elske (Fred) von Hardenberg, as well as 41 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Hendrick; daughter in law Tina; grandson Edwin; two brothers and numerous sisters and brothers in law.

A Private family service will be held at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, August 12, 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.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Bethesda Care Home (Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0).

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NITA JOAN VAN RYN passed away surrounded by her family at Cedar Creek Adaptacare in Lethbridge on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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