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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 20, 2020.


July 5, 1986 – October 11, 2020

Chelsey Elizabeth Beresford of Lethbridge, beloved daughter passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Chinook Regional Hospital age of 34 years.

A Private Funeral Service (by invitation only) will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Chapel of Peace, 1210 Scenic Drive South.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.

Deborah “Debbie” Beringer

1961 – 2020

Mrs. Debbie Margaret Beringer of Coaldale passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the young age of 58 years- just 6 days before her 59th birthday.

A private INVITE ONLY Memorial Service will be held on Friday October 23, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private INVITE ONLY reception will follow at COALDALE MOTOR INN 913 19a Ave, Coaldale, AB T1M 1A4. Because of the restrictions surrounding COVID 19, the family asks that you contact Christina at 403-715-9595 to ensure that there is a space available if you would like to attend.

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Catherine Bernhart

1917 – 2020

Mrs. Catherine Bernhart of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Francis “Frank” Bernhart, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 103 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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MARIE BRECKA passed away peacefully at the Hythe Pioneer Home on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the age of 95 years.

Marie was born in Kostice, Czechoslovakia, on January 15, 1925, and immigrated to Canada with her special family in 1928. She received most of her education in Raymond, AB. In 1948 she married her loving and devoted husband, Frank Brecka. They resided in Cranford, AB, until they moved to the Readymade area in 1950, where they farmed and raised their family. They lived there until 1990, when they moved to Lethbridge, AB. In 2011, Marie moved to Beaverlodge, AB, to be closer to her daughter.

Marie enjoyed working in her huge garden, tending to her flowers, and the many fishing expeditions shared with her husband. Many will remember enjoying her baking and pastries.

She is survived by her daughter Jean (Cor) Van Dyk and their children: Brenton Van Dyk, and Jennifer (Zaeus) Coulic; great-grandchildren: Zaiden, Zenaya, and Zaely; Michelle Cronkhite; Tyler (Tenille) Cronkhite; great-grandchildren: Maizey, Dayton, Slade, and Coy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Marie was predeceased by her loving husband Frank Brecka; daughter Betty Ann Cronkhite; special family parents Frank and Annastazia Trcka; special sisters Hellen Pavlis and Marie P. Kubik; and special brothers Victor and John Trcka.

Marie will be sadly missed by her family and all that knew her.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Seating will be limited to 90 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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HENRY CREIGHTON “ISSTSIIPSSKINNIINA (KING)”, beloved common law of Carol Bird, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on October 13, 2020.

A Wake Service will be held at Cary & Candace White Quills residence, Blood Reserve on Thursday, October 22 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Friday, October 23 at Legacy Funeral Home, starting at 10:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time.)

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of VICTORIA (VICKI) DORCHAK of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Stewart Dorchak. She passed peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Center with her family by her side on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 85 years of age. Cherished mother of Ron (Debbie) Slawosky, Dan Dorchak (Brenda), Cindy (Merlyn) Howg, Brad Dorchak, Kathy Dorchak (Ken), Joel (Gwen) Dorchak and Monte (Ildiko) Dorchak, 15 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Mary Slawosky, Taletta Dorchak, Lillian Davies and Karen Dorchak.

Vicki was predeceased by her husband; Stewart, her daughter-in-law; Lynne Dorchak, her granddaughter; Heather Dorchak, her parents; Alexander and Katrina Slawosky, her brothers; George, Mike and Edward Slawosky.

Our Mom was born on May 24, 1935 and was raised in Lethbridge, AB. She married Dad on March 20, 1954. Together they operated a grain and cattle farm east of Enchant until moving to Lethbridge in 1990. Mom and Dad celebrated 52 years of marriage before Dad’s passing on October 13, 2006.

Mom was a farmer, cook and canner, seamstress, pie maker and baker. In her later years she took up golf and was known to sink some long ones. 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 a Sunday feast, a Christmas or Easter dinner, or lunches in the field, 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.

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.

Private Funeral Service was held on Monday October 19, 2020 at 11:00am at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South. With Father Derek Remus presiding. A recording of the Service is available to view on the Salmon and Sons website.

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Violet Ell
1935 – 2020

 Violet Otillia Ell, beloved wife of the late Steve Ell, passed away in Bow Island on Friday, October 16, 2020 at the age of 84 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 22, 2020 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Face masks will be required and available upon entry.
 The private funeral mass will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Bow Island on Friday, October 23, 2020. Burial to follow at the Assumption Cemetery, Grassy Lake. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Aline Gaebel

1931 – 2020

Mrs. Aline (Belmore) Gaebel of Lethbridge, formerly of Calgary and loving wife of the late Mr. William Gaebel, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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DONALDA “DONNA” IRENE GELLATLY, beloved wife of Don Gellatly, passed away in Lethbridge, on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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Albert “Al” Daniel Laplante

1938 – 2020

Albert (Al) Daniel Laplante of Lethbridge, Alberta died on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the age of 82. Al passed away peacefully with his sons and daughter by his side after one week in hospital following a severe stroke.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held for Al at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, with Father Kevin Tumback, officiating. Al’s family invite you to please watch the service via livestream at the Martin Brothers website under Al’s obituary. PLEASE NOTE: The link to view the livestream will be available at 1:15pm

Inurnment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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DOLORES STANDING ALONE, beloved wife of the late Fred Weasel Head, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on October 14th, 2020 at the age of 67 years. A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, AB on Sunday, October 25th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. The Wake Service will continue at Dolores Standing Alone’s residence, Blood Reserve from 7:00 p.m continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, October 26th at 11:00 am. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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(2019 – 2020)

Happy, smiley, and most precious to his family — are just a few words that describe Adonis Gary Red Young Man who passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the Pincher Creek Hospital surrounded by his family.

Prayer Service will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Pincher Creek) followed by a two-day Wake Service at Gloria & Gary Red Young Man’s residence on Piikani Nation.

The Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, October 22, at 1:00 pm at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Brocket, with Fr. Roy Jayamaha, Celebrant followed by interment at the Piikani Nation Cemetery, Brocket.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes assisting the Red Young Man/English families with funeral arrangements (403) 627-4864.

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