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SATURDAY, September 26, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 26, 2020.


We lost a Mom, Granny, Great Granny and Aunty on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Dorine May (Hearne) Boulton was born May 22, 1927, and was 93 years old at her passing. She was born and raised in Lethbridge and lived her entire life here. She was raised on an acreage with her older sister where her Dad had an Abattoir, and attended a one room country school house at McLean School. She later went on to Olds College.

She was a woman of simple means and pleasures, who treasured the importance of family and friends. Everyone who met Dorine always complemented how gracious, kind, and loving she was. No cat, dog, horse, or critter was ever turned away from the Boulton farm. Many people would choose to drop off unwanted pets because Dorine would always take care of one more outcast. She adored her Hafllinger ponies and loved walking her dogs along the country roads.

Dorine was known for her generosity, and she could never say no to anyone who asked for money or anything else she had. Farm meals were always hot and prepared and “there was always room for one more person to pull up a plate”. But life was not always easy, and she was known for working very hard long hours on the dairy farm she and Dick had north of the city. She was an astute businesswoman, who was President and on the Board of Directors for City Packers, County Foods, and County Meats for many years.

Dorine is survived by her daughter Norma Boulton (Brian Murray), and her son Scott (Connie) Boulton, two granddaughters: Carly (Tim Hachkowski) and Darby Boulton, and great-grandsons: Ryker Boulton and Remington Hachkowski. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors in the Sunnyside Community. Dorine was predeceased by her husband Dick Boulton in 1998 after 50 years of marriage, and her only sister June Smith in 2013; as well as numerous family and friends.

The past five years Dorine lived off of the farm, spending her time at Columbia Assisted Living and then Cedar Creek Adaptacare. Dorine was always adored by her caregivers, and was known as a “nurse favorite” by everyone who knew her. The family of Dorine would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers and Dr. Sam deWalle who helped take such special care of this lovely, exceptional woman. Although Dorine was frail these last few years, she was mighty in spirit. She was always up for a good conversation of “who was doing what in the community” as she shared a good strong cup of coffee and cream. She was such a kind and loving woman who will be missed by everyone who knew her. Heaven is her new home now.

At Dorine’s request, there will be no funeral. A private family graveside service will be held at Royal View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Trientje (Tina) Doeve

1930 – 2020

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, Bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Psalm 103: 1&2

Trientje Doeve, beloved Mother and Oma, passed away September 22, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Trientje was born in Klazienaveen Drenthe, Holland on February 13, 1930. She was the second of six children.

Trientje married Willem Doeve on October 20, 1953. In March of 1954 they immigrated to Canada, arriving in Matsqui, BC. In 1960 they bought a farm in Agassiz, BC where they raised their six children. In 1981 they moved to Coaldale, AB.

Trientje enjoyed her long life with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Trientje is survived by her children Grace (Les) Apps, Henry (Carolyn) Doeve, Janet Doeve, Marian (Bill) Vandebeek and Geoff (Karla) Doeve along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother and sister in Holland.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband Willem and son John.

We thank the Lord for her long life.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Monday, September 28, 2020 at COALDALE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, HIGHWAY 3 W, Coaldale, Alberta.

A Private by invite only funeral service for family and close friends will be held at 10:00 am, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the COALDALE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, HIGHWAY 3 W, Coaldale, Alberta, For those who wish to watch the service via livestream, please visit, with Reverend John van Eyk officiating, Interment to follow in the Royal View Cemetery.

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GAETZ, Sister Bernadette (Theresa)

May 19, 1939 – Medicine Hat, Alberta

September 19, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Sister Bernadette (Theresa) Gaetz, Sister of Charity of St. Louis, died peacefully at Swan Evergreen Village in Calgary, AB, on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the age of 81 years, 62 of those years in religious life.

Bernadette was born in Medicine Hat, AB, the 8th of fourteen children, three of whom died as infants. She grew up in a busy household and knew the value of sharing in the work at hand and in a healthy give-and-take. In 1956, she joined religious life and made her profession in 1958. Her years of varied service included: nine years of teaching in Melville, SK, and Medicine Hat, AB; seven years of parish ministry at St. Francis parish in Edmonton; six years as Provincial Leader of the SCSL West; five years as Administrator of John Paul II Center in Regina, SK; twelve years as General Councillor in Rome and Montreal, QC; and two years of service at St. John’s convent in Calgary, AB. In addition to a B.Ed. from the U of A, Bernie attained a B. of Theol. from Newman Theol. College in Edmonton, and a M. of Theol. from St. Paul’s U, in Ottawa.

Bernie had many gifts that were strongly supported by her deep faith and love of God. She had strong leadership and organizational skills which served her well in all of her ministries. The SCSL province benefited greatly from her financial acumen and her ability to think and plan for the long-term. In any task she undertook, she gave of herself without counting the cost. She had a good sense of humour and enjoyed good companionship with family members, friends and sisters. In her last days, she expressed again and again a deep gratitude for all God’s manifold blessings during her life.

Sister Bernadette will be lovingly remembered by her SCSL sisters; her family – sisters, Kay Bowes, and Shirley (Howard) Sharpe; brothers, Raymond (Gladys), Pius (Frances), Leo (Johanne), and Jim (Rachel), sisters-in-law, Ann (Martin), Ruth (Joe), and Penny (Robert), brother-in-law Frank (Rosemarie) Besplug; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and co-ministers.

She was predeceased by her parents, Christian and Mary (Zahn) Gaetz, sister, Rosemarie (Frank Besplug), brothers, Martin (Ann), Joe (Ruth), and Robert (Penny).

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private ceremony to celebrate Bernie’s life will be held. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Sister Bernadette’s obituary at

We are grateful for the excellent and extraordinary care and attention given to Bernie by the staff at Swan Evergreen Village and she was blessed to be able to spend her remaining days in her own ‘home’ at Swan Evergreen.

In living memory of Sister Bernadette Gaetz, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother, HAZEL MARGARET GRISACK, who passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the age of 94 at St. Therese Villa, with family by her side.

Hazel was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on February 25, 1926. She was the only daughter of six children born to Joseph and Mary (Seaman) Pisko. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, husband and siblings: Clarence, Andrew, Leonard and Peter.

As a young woman, Hazel worked at Kresge’s for five years, where she made many good friends. Hazel then married her beloved husband John Grisack on June 26, 1948 and had two sons Robert and Richard. They resided at the Animal Diseases Research Institute where Hazel worked for 25 years as a lab technician in the Brucellosis lab until retiring as Supervisor in 1987.

During retirement Hazel and John enjoyed travelling with their dear friends and Hazel took up several hobbies becoming very well known for her excellent cake decorating and chocolate making. She also had an incredible vegetable and flower garden.

Hazel loved her family deeply and was kind and very generous to all. Her home was a meeting place for friends and family who enjoyed her wonderful cooking especially haluski, pagach and cabbage rolls.

Hazel will be sadly missed by her son Robert (Lynn) of Calgary and their children Adam (Meaghan) and Miles (Shelby), son Richard (Brenda) of Vancouver and their children Caitlin (Tolan) and Chelsea (Colby). She also leaves behind her brother Stan (Joan) Pisko of Lethbridge and several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A special thank-you to Louisa Van Buuren for her friendship and support of Mom, particularly these past five years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 St. N, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Father Derek Remus celebrating.

A Private Family Graveside Service will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Gayle Lawson
1944 – 2020

 Mary Anne Gayle Lawson, passed away in Taber on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the age of 76 years.
 Gayle is survived by Dave Turtle and his family, her three children Val (Garry) Repas, Sherri Hoy and Wes (Debbie) Lawson and their families. Gayle is also survived by her brothers Daryl (Carolyn) Hunt and Gordon (Jackie) Hunt, her sister Sharon (John) Noble and her sister-in-law Pat Hunt as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
 Gayle was predeceased by her parents, her brother Wayne Hunt,  brother-in-law Harvey Zelasek, two sisters-in-law Ida Hunt and Shirley Dudenhoffer.
 Born July 4, 1944 to Fred and Eliza Hunt, the fourth of five children and the first girl. Gayle was raised on the family farm in the Hoadley area and moved to Rimbey to attend grade twelve where she graduated. Gayle married young and lived all over Alberta before moving to Taber in 1973 where she resided until her passing.
 Gayle worked as a seamstress for many years before becoming a sales consultant for Gramma’s Attic. Gayle was very talented with needle and thread, creating clothes for her young children, a wedding dress for her niece, embroidering beautiful pictures and knitting sweaters, toys and blankets for grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gayle enjoyed flowers, gardening, camping with Dave, her home and all things pretty.
 Gayle will be privately remembered by her family and friends. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ravona Colleen Mason

May 15, 1973 – September 21, 2020

Early on the morning of September 21, 2020 our beloved daughter, sister, and aunt, Ravona Colleen Mason (Leenie) stepped into eternity. She was our special redhead: she had a fiery spirit, a stubborn streak, and a tender, loyal heart. From the time she was a teenager, she had a passion for politics and social justice. She was a saver and a hard worker beginning in University when she would study by candlelight in order to save money on electricity.

After graduation from the University of Lethbridge, she attended Carleton University in Ottawa for her graduate studies in Political Theory. It was in Ottawa that her career began in the Office of the Official Opposition as a writer in Communications. Much to our amusement, it was in the “spin shop” that she was dubbed a “Hottie” by Frank Magazine. Those of us who knew our Leenie best knew that the “title” applied as much to her personality as to her appearance. During the course of her career with the Conservative Party, the Canadian Bankers Association, and Fleishman Hillard, she had over twenty years’ experience developing and executing communications strategies for government, energy resources, transportation and the technology sector. She devoted the last years of her career to managing political strategies and campaigns for the Conservative Party at both the Federal and Provincial levels.

Colleen leaves a host of those who loved her: father, Raymond Mason; mother and stepfather, Gretchen and Peter (Papa) Scott; sister and brother-in-law Kimberly Gillespie and Jason Mercer; brother Erik Mason (Rachel); seven nieces and nephews as well as many friends and colleagues.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Gerald Spoor of Vernon officiating. For those who wish to watch the service via livestream, please visit

Due to the Covid health restriction in place, the family asks that those desiring to share in the celebration of Colleen’s life RSVP to Flowers are gratefully declined; however, those who wish may make memorial donations to either the Conservative Party of Canada #14, 900 Village Ln Suite 305, Okotoks, AB T1S 1Z6, or the S.P.C.A., 4455 110 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2T7.

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Robert McMurren

1924 – 2020

Mr. Robert McMurren of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Beatrice McMurren, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the age of 96 years.

After serving in the army from 1939 to 1945, he married Beatrice Bourassa in December 1945. His working career was spent as a truck driver. He loved gardening, camping, walking and cooking. He enjoyed 68 years of marriage till Bea’s passing in 2013. His last years were spent at the Heritage Lodge where he made many friends and enjoyed his time spent there.

Robert is survived by his children Mel McMurren, Jan Cook, Marion McMurren, Karen Zimmerman, John (Lindsay) McMurren; daughter in law Delores McMurren; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Robert was predeceased by his wife Beatrice; sons Harry and Roy McMurren; parents Goldie Kesler and Harry McMurren; sister Addie Perdue and brother Stan McMurren.

A Graveside Service for the family will be held at a later date.

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It is with overwhelming sadness that I, Ronald Oler, announce the passing of Mom, Sylvia Yvonne Oler of Lethbridge, who passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital with me by her side on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Sylvia is survived by her son, Ronald Oler, brother, Butch (Tracie) Baceda, granddaughter, Marisa Shigehiro and grandson, Scott Duncan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Buddy Oler, sons, Robert and Richard Oler, and daughter, Bev Shigehiro.

Sylvia was born in Barnwell and attended school there throughout her childhood. She then went to work at the Galt Hospital, where she worked for many years. Upon marrying her husband, Ronald, they moved to various air bases as he was in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They eventually moved to Lethbridge to retire. Sylvia then joined the Canadian Tire family to work for the later years of her life. She also worked for Southland Nursing Home—a place she loved working at because of the staff and clients.

Sylvia loved her family very much and would do anything for them. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

At Sylvia’s request, no formal service will be held. Cremation was entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

In memory of Sylvia, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Goodbye mother, I love you!

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Piepgrass, Michele

August 19, 1960

– September 24, 2020

Michele Piepgrass, of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the age of 60 years. Michele was predeceased by her parents Evan and Sandra Piepgrass. Michele was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta. After graduating from High School, she attended Ricks College in Idaho, returning to Alberta and settling in Calgary. She worked for Telus as a Long Distance Operator until she could work no longer. Michele loved to travel, but due to her health concerns, never traveled as much as she wanted to. She loved her cats and enjoyed fashion jewelry. She also had a sweet tooth and had some favourite treats. Michele loved her parents, but had a special affinity for her father. Michele was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at an early age and has struggled with its effects throughout her life. While her life has been cut short, there is solace in knowing that she is free from the pain and struggle she has been experiencing.

A Funeral Service will be held for Michele at Pierson’s Funeral Service (4121 17 Ave SE, Calgary) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am. Interment will be held at the Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond, AB at 2:30 pm. If friends desire, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta through

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. Gerda passed away on Sunday, September 20 at the age of 87 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge. Viewing will be available the hour prior to the Funeral Service.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer‘s Society of Alberta & NW, #306, 10430 – 61 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6H 2J3.

Please wear your mask and respect social distancing. Live streaming of service will be made available and posted here at time of service. Interment will be video recorded and posted after service time.

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Edward (Ted) A. Sharp passed away on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, in Lethbridge, at the age of 77. He is survived by his three daughters Lesa, Carla and Theresa, his brother Russell and sister Carol Lynne (Ed) Gregory. He was loved.


ANNETJE WILHELMINA TANIS, beloved wife of Eeuwit Tanis, of Picture Butte, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 24 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@corner Seating will be limited to 90 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

A Private Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 10:30 AM with Pastor Paul Droogers officiating. The service may be viewed by livestream under Annetje’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Anthony “Tony” Wojtowicz

1928 – 2020

Tony Wojtowicz of Lethbridge, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the age of 92.

A Private Family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the family invites to you watch the service via livestream at the Martin Brothers Website. Interment will follow in Mountain View cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined.

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