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SATURDAY, October 24, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 24, 2020.


M. LAYNE COOK passed away peacefully at home in Lethbridge with his loving wife by his side, on Sunday, October 18, 2020, one day shy of his 68th birthday.

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy Cook (née Smith), children, Shawn and Silvia (Velasquez) Cook and granddaughters, Isla and Ella, Evan and Ainsley (Pickering) Cook. He also leaves behind, his daughters, Hijung Kim of Daegu, South Korea and Monica Velasquez of Lethbridge; brothers, Tyler (Janet) Cook of Lethbridge and Trevor (Pierre Simard) Cook of Montreal. He is also survived by Elmer and Silvia Velasquez, Ria Pickering and loyal friend, Wayne Ensign.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold (Hal) and Ella Cook (Green) of Lethbridge, Alberta and one brother Micheal many years ago.

Layne was born and adopted as an infant in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, as a paratrooper, sniper and air defense technician and member of the Royal Highland Regiment, aka The Black Watch. He served from 1969-1974, for which his family was immensely proud. Layne married the love of his life, Nancy on May 29, 1981. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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PHILIP ELLERT, of Milk River, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Milk River Health Centre on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the age of 71 years.

Philip is survived by Melanie, Ryan and Everly Anker; Ryan, Brynne and Amber Ellert; and his sisters, Doreen, Joan, Arlene and Valerie.

He was predeceased by his father, Raymond Ellert, his mother, Iona Ellert, and his brother, Daryl Ellert.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main St. NW, Milk River, AB on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM with Father Salvador Ahumada officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating.

Both events will be livestreamed and can be viewed via Philip’s obituary on Cornerstone’s website. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@ Seating at both events will be limited to 45 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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Dickie Engleson
1928 – 2020

 Ila Tereca Engleson known as “Dickie” by many, beloved wife of Peter Engleson, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side in Taber on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the age of 91 years following a short battle with cancer.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations a private funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Saturday, October 24, 2020. A public burial service will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden at 1:45 P.M. Please remember that only one hundred people are allowed to attend and anyone else will be required to remain in their vehicles. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Dickie is survived by her loving husband Peter; daughter Merle (Blair) Jespersen of Taber and their children Kim (Blair) and Marty (Melanie) and their children Seth and Kylee; son Reg (Brenda) Engleson of Taber and their children Dallas (Michelle) and Stacey (Jonathan); daughter Debbie (Tim) Jespersen of Langford, British Columbia and their children Carla, Tyler (Mckenzie) and their children Ila, Beau and Madden, Nicole (John) and their child Harper. She is also survived by her brother Gallen “Bud” Vancleave of Taber, sister Wanda “Tootie” Engleson of Taber and sister in-law Corine Vancleave of Airdrie as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Claude and Delia Vancleave; first husband Merle Tolton; great granchild Jarrett Jespersen; brother Marlin “Joe” Vancleave; sisters Bette (Don) Steely and Coreen (Maurice) Abell; sister-in-law Doris Vancleave; brother-in-law Herb Engleson.
 Dickie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She cherished spending time with all her family and friends. Dickie was always proud and supportive of her family, her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, friends and was active in bowling and aquafit. Dickie was an excellent cook and loved baking and hosting family gatherings. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dickie’s name may be made directly to the Taber Health and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue Taber, Alberta ( T1G 1N9 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2 (
 The family wish to acknowledge all the medical staff at the Taber Hospital for their tender and compassionate care with special thanks to her family physician Dr. Yawney and friend Linda Shockey.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JOHN DAVID FRIESEN, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in the gentle hands of the St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care team.

John was born on April 25, 1935 in Coaldale, AB to David and Louise (née Loewen) Friesen. Times were difficult; they had five children already, but had lost five others before John was three years old. John himself nearly died from croup in 1937, but he survived to become—in his sister’s eyes—“a very kind, clever, and sincere boy driven by hard work and determination.”

He went to Coaldale Grade School and later to Mennonite High School, and graduated with good marks. John played the violin and organ, and was again described by his sister as “a very conscientious student and perfectionist. Good at almost everything he tried.”

At the age of 20, his father having already died, his mother passed and John took over the family farm, essentially, with no cash on hand but with the help of his sisters early on. Gradually, with patience and hard work, he became a prosperous farmer.

He loved natural beauty and made his farm beautiful. As a man, he took care of what God had given him, rarely asking for help from others. He was very mindful of his sisters in helping in whatever was needed; fixing their cars, doing repairs to their houses and taking them to church on Sundays. He leaves behind no children as he never married. He was a farmer who simply wanted his life to glorify God.

He loved to study the Bible appreciating God’s grace and mercy towards him in sending His son, Jesus, to love him to the point of death on a cross so that he too might one day join in eternal life. John enjoyed sharing his faith with whoever would listen. Being a farmer at heart, he understood that unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit. In life, he bore fruits of kindness, gentleness and self-control.

In his last days, John simply sought rest from his labours, grateful for all God had done for him and through him, and it was his desire that the material fruits of his labour go toward building God’s kingdom. It is for this reason that a celebration of life will be held in his honour at a later date once his final Will is disbursed.

John has been promoted to glory and rejoices for the good that came from his life, and in faith will continue to grow through the resources he has left behind. He would say, “Oh death, where is thy victory; oh death, where is thy sting.”

Yes John, you were loved as you now know fully.

For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face-to-face. Now, I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God].

And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

Thank you to the St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care team as well as the staff of the Crowsnest Health Centre and Chinook Regional Hospital, who cared for John as he navigated his last days when his body began to fail him.

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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.

Born in Alida, Saskatchewan, Aline was the daughter of the late Claude and Irene (Cruywels) Belmore.

She is survived by her four children Brenda Ault, Calgary, AB, Franciene (Robert) Regier, Winnipeg, MB, Terry (Carolyn) Gaebel, Lethbridge, AB, Keith (Victoria) Gaebel, Phuket, Thailand; four grandchildren Robert, Shanna, Donovan and Kira; four great-grandchildren Zoe, Eli, William and Russell; sister, Lilian Popp, Regina, SK, sister-in-law Christine Belmore, Regina, SK and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Aline was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William (Bill) Gaebel and brothers Roy, Melvin and Denis.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels and interment in the Queen’s Park Cemetery, Calgary, AB will be postponed to a later date.

Memorial donations in Aline’s name may be made to your local Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 110-1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R9.

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With heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our mother, Zola.

ZOLA SEXTON passed away peacefully on October 18, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Zola was born January 12, 1935 to James and Greeta Gibson. She is survived by her seven children as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mother will be missed dearly.

There will be no funeral service. Due to covid 19 restrictions, a small get together will be held for family members only.

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It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our son, Derek. He passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 25.

Derek was the beloved son of Ron & Richelle Tokai and loving brother to Jeff & Logan. He will be greatly missed by his grandparents, Joe & Shirley Tokai of Picture Butte and Les & Laurie Wieland of Iron Springs. Derek is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Brenda & Ray Leavitt, Doug Tokai, Brian Tokai, Pam & Darcy Shearer, all of Lethbridge; Tanya & Mark Ross of Coalhurst, Randy & Karen Tokai of Calgary, Sandra Tokai of Picture Butte and their families. He was predeceased by his uncle, Gary Tokai.

Derek was born on November 11, 1994. Derek was a friend to all who knew him! His smile, kindness, love and friendship will be deeply missed by his family, friends and within the community.

A Private Service will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Derek’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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May 26, 1926 – October 16, 2020

John R. “Jack” Wilson passed away at the Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff, Alberta at the age of 94 years. Jack served his family and community with passion and resolve. He is well loved and respected for his community involvement, his passion for golf, and his ability to get things done. He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, his sense of humour, and his love for his family and friends.

Jack was predeceased by his wife, Betty; their son, Murray; parents, John and Mary Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Dave Foxcroft; son-in-law, Dennis Rogers, and niece Kari Jones of California.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, MaRee Wilson; daughters Jackie (Dennis) Rogers, of Banff; Patricia (Dennis) Jelinski, Kingston Ont.; Alana (Scott) Rogers, Bountiful, Utah; Karie (Roger) Baldry, Raymond, Alberta; Jodi (Rich) Kuipers, Bountiful, Utah; son, Robert (Brooke) Wilson, of Banff and numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Stefan Zrim

1930 – 2020

Mr. Stefan Zrim of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Emilia Zrim, passed away at home in Lethbridge, on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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