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FRIDAY, October 30, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 30, 2020.


OSCAR FRANK BEVANS, passed away in Cardston, AB on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at the age of 93 years, beloved husband of Marjorie Larson Bevans of Cardston and the late Ruth Chipman Bevans.

Due to Covid-19, a Private Family Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center, on Saturday, October 31st, at 11:00 a.m.

Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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STEVEN MICHAEL CAMPBELL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the age of 62 years.

At Steven’s request, no formal funeral will be held.

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ARNE BJORN HOUGEN, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village, on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 97 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Mr. HANS DIETRICH “DICK” KERBER, beloved husband of Mrs. Yvonne Kerber of Claresholm, formerly of Lethbridge, passed away at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 84 years.

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1923 – 2020

MARGARET KLASSEN of Coaldale, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at the age of 97.

Born to Aron and Anna Neufeld in Hierschau, Russia on February 23, 1923, Margaret came to Canada with her mother and siblings in 1948. They first settled in Rosemary, AB where she married Kornelius Klassen on June 18, 1950. Later they moved to Coaldale, AB where she resided until her passing.

Margaret was a very strong-willed, hard working woman. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially the grand-children and great grand-children. She always made certain that no one left her house hungry. She loved playing dominoes (especially if she was winning) and working in her garden (whom she shared with everyone that came to see her). She will be truly missed, leaving a great legacy to follow.

Margaret is survived by her two sons Frank Klassen, Coaldale, AB and Heinz Klassen (Amber Langworthy), Coaldale, AB and daughter Elsie Anctil (Mike Axworthy) Red Deer, AB; her grand-children, Bryan Klassen (Tannis), Jeffrey Klassen (Danny Ross), Travis Klassen (Kymberli), Shaun Klassen (Christine), Brady Klassen (Marisa Sekura), Dillon Klassen, Amber Anctil (Cody Ferguson), Lindsay Crabb (Mark) and Aaron Anctil; her great grand-children Isla Klassen, Penelope (Penny) Klassen, Tytan Klassen, Zane Klassen, Olivia Klassen, Jack Klassen, Mackenzie Sekura, Cody Klassen, Aidan Ferguson, Noah Ferguson, Kashtyn Ferguson, Lilliana Crabb, Briella Crabb, Rylan Crabb, Houston Hanna and Presley Hanna; her extended family Myrna Allert, Corrine Klassen, Ted Anctil, Candace Langworthy, Jett Burt and Abigail Burt. She is also survived by one brother Peter Neufeld (Barb), sister-in-law Loni Neufeld and brother-in-law Henry Dyck; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Kornelius, parents Aron and Anna Neufeld, brothers Aaron Neufeld, Kornelius Neufeld, George Neufeld, Johann Neufeld, and John Neufeld; sisters Hilda Willms, Erna Neufeld, Katharina (Kathy) Dyck, Rosa Neufeld, Frieda Dyck and Erika Blank.

We would like to thank the incredible staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their dedication and expertise to their work. We would like to add a special thanks to Andrew…you were on our Mother’s Care Team at the end of her life. We are so grateful for your compassion and kindness at such a difficult time for our family.

There will be no funeral service at this time; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MCC Alberta 210-2946 32 St NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7 (403) 275-6935.

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Bernard Odland

1932 – 2020

Bernard Odland of Lethbridge beloved husband of Hanna passed away peacefully on October 27, 2020, at the age of 88 years.

Bernard was born in Enchant on April 17, 1932, eldest of Torvold and Maria’s three children. He attended Enchant school and starting farming with his father at a young age. Farming was always his labor of love.

He married Hanna Pederson, the love of his life, on November 4, 1961 and they had 2 sons, Terry and Jim. When not farming he particularly enjoyed watching his boys play sports and then in later years his grandchildren. After retirement they moved to Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.

Bernard and Hanna enjoyed many trips and holidays with their children and grandchildren. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He was a kind, humble, thoughtful, helpful and very dedicated family man.

Besides his loving wife Hanna, Bernard is survived by his sons, Terry (Abby), Jim (Laurie); grandchildren, Derek, Lisa, Blake, Tegan, Reed, Quinn; sister Irene Skretting; brother, Reidar Odland (Heather); sister-in-law Ruth Philipoff (Phil); brothers-in-law, Carl Pederson (Roberta) and Arnold Pederson (Cathy) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Bernard was predeceased by his brother-in-law Arnold Skretting and nephew Selmar Skretting.

A private Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. The family invites you to watch the service via livestream by clicking on Bernard’s obituary on the Martin Brothers Website

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Paulette Rosaine

1944 – 2020

Mrs. Paulette Rosaine of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Darrel Rosaine, passed away in Calgary on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

She was born a farm girl to John and Margaret Wollersheim and raised near the border town of Coutts. She shared her time with her two sisters, Rita (Pittman) and Carmel (Gray), and her cousin and dear friend, Marlene (Luijkx). She attended school in Coutts, Milk River and Calgary, and eventually ended up living in Lethbridge.

In 1965, she married Darrel. The two of them raised their family in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, and spent time in Calgary before settling back in Lethbridge for retirement. They had fun together, and whether they were out being social, or staying close to home, they enjoyed each others company. Some of their best times were spent on trips to Hawaii with family that they also considered friends.

Paulette was mother to Jeff and Marcia. In their younger years, she stayed home and focused on them, eventually she went back to work as a bank teller. She volunteered at their school, chauffeured them to activities, helped with homework, hugged them when they were sad, and encouraged them in their goals. She taught them trust, honour and compassion. She opened the door to all their friends and often had a basement full of kids.

Paulette and Darrel celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on the same day Marcia married David. Paulette was excited when her grandchild Sydney was born, and then a few years later Matthew arrived. Snuggling with them as babies, playing games as they aged, and watching them in sports was the highlight of Paulette’s existence. Paulette was excited for Jeff’s upcoming wedding to his fiancé Stacy, and the addition of a third grandchild, Stacy’s son Donovan.

Her relationship with her nephews, nieces and extended family was exceptional. Paulette invested and enjoyed her time with children, built strong relationships with the family when they were young, and continued to grow the bond with time. Every generation loved mom and her warm demeanor.

Paulette’s relationships and compassion extended beyond 2 legged beings. She loved animals. Her cats ruled the household and she spoiled them rotten! Her dog Gus was one of the best friends she ever had. She spent time volunteering at the SPCA and adopted the foster cat she had.

Paulette slowed down the last couple of years due to Parkinson’s. During Covid she became quite housebound. Often her only outing was a walk around the block. The kindness of the neighbours who would stop to say hello brought her the joy and inspiration to keep her legs moving. On a good day she would connect with her Milk River friends or the Canasta Ladies at the Seniors Center. She loved hearing from friends and neighbours she acquired over her lifetime, she touched more hearts than she knew.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, November 2, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Confirm attendance to mass to Marcia by text or phoning 403-620-2091. The service will also be available via livestream by visiting, and clicking on Paulette’s obituary.

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Mar. 9, 1922 – Oct. 25, 2020

FRANCES ELIZABETH SLEMKO (née Wadden), beloved wife of the late Steve Slemko, slipped gently into heaven, at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at the age of 98 years.

Frances was born in Lethbridge on March 9, 1922 to Leo and Helena Wadden. She attended school in Lethbridge and then headed to Normal school to become a teacher. Her first school was in Jenner, Alberta. Her next teaching job was in Hardieville. She spent seven years there and then took a job at St. Joseph’s school in Lethbridge, now part of CCH.

She met a special fellow in November 1947 and married Steve Slemko on June 30, 1951. They moved to a farm northwest of Coaldale, Alberta. Tough for a city girl, no running water, bathroom or electricity. Then the children arrived: Ken , Mary , Loretta and Rosanna. In 1963, mom was asked to resume her teaching career at St. Joseph’s in Coaldale, Alberta and finally retired in 1976, although she substitute taught for several more years. Mom has always been strong in her Catholic faith. Last year, she received a 75 year pin by the Catholic Women’s League. Faith has always been her strength and guided her through life.

Frances will be lovingly missed by her children: Ken Slemko (Kathryn Thompson) of Ottawa, ON, Mary (Walter) Coles of Coaldale, AB, Loretta (Kevin) Simmill of Coaldale, AB and Rosanna (Tom) Stevens of Medicine Hat, AB. She will be missed by her grandchildren: Sarah Slemko (Trevor Schellinck) of Halifax, N.S, Kris Slemko of Ottawa, ON, Ken (Dana) Coles of Coaldale, AB, Angela (Nick) Hope of Lethbridge, AB, Mike Coles of Lethbridge, AB, Steven (Kathy) Simmill of Lethbridge, AB, Lisa (Jeff) Orton of Drumheller, AB, David (Brittany) Simmill of Sherwood Park, AB, Tom (Ashley) Funk of Medicine Hat, AB and Jim Funk of Medicine Hat, AB. She had 14 treasured great-grandchildren as well as brother-in-law Pete (Diana) Slemko and sister-in-law Jean Slemko and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Frances was predeceased by her beloved husband Steve Slemko; parents Leo and Helena Wadden; sisters Sister Mary Helene Wadden CSM, Stella (Ted) Weber and Theresa (Joe) Scales; brothers Charlie (Mary) Wadden and Ray Wadden; her in-laws Sam and Pearl Slemko, sisters-in-law Ann (Nick) Nastiuk and Mary Slemko; brothers-in-law John (Ann) Slemko and Bill Slemko.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Ian Gagne officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating.

Following the Mass, Frances will be laid to eternal rest in Coaldale Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Seating will be limited to 70 guests for both services. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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EVA LYNN STANKO passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 66.

Eva is survived by her sons, Tyler (Nicole) of Calgary, Matthew (Tammi) of Edmonton, and Kyle (Jennifer) of Grande Cache; granddaughter, Kristyn (Nik) Braun of Prince Rupert, BC; grandsons, Alexander and Kevin Stanko of Grande Cache; great-grandson, Kadin Burt of Prince Rupert, BC; mother, Augusta Schaffer of Coaldale; sister, Susan Kenzie of Lethbridge; nephew, Evan (Laura) Kenzie of Lethbridge, as well as many relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Stanko, her father, John Schaffer, and her brother-in-law, Glen Kenzie.

Eva’s family extends a special thank-you to Antonio Dialessandro and all of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Chinook Regional Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Eva’s name to the Kidney Foundation ( or Diabetes Canada (

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Pastor Dr. George Takashima

1934 – 2020

George Masazo Takashima of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Peggy Anne Takashima, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the age of 86.

George is survived by his children Cheryl (Paul) Lenthall of Lethbridge, Arlene (Joe) Yakielashek of Winnipeg and Raymond (Yvette) Takashima of Saskatoon; grandchildren Robyn (Richard) Miller, Kyle Knodel, Graham Lenthall; Brendan and Kayla Yakielashek; Chandra (Duncan), Jessie Rae and Kiernan Takashima; three great-grandchildren, brother-in law John Fry, nieces and nephews. Besides his loving wife, Peggy, George is pre-deceased by his parents Yoshichika and Kikuyo, brother Masashi and sister Masami.

George was born on August 8, 1934, in Vancouver, BC. In August 1942, George and his mother boarded a train to meet his father in New Denver, BC, where they were interned during WWll. In 1946, the family moved to London, ON where George completed his grade 13, then a year at London’s Teacher College. From 1948 to 1953 George was a member of the Army Cadets in London – the Royal Canadian Army No. 9 Corp, where he rose up the ranks to Major, second in command. In 1956, he continued his education at United College in Winnipeg before receiving his B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. In 2010, George was honoured by St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta with an honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

George loved to work. From 1955 to 1993, George’s career in the field of education took him to many communities throughout Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan as a teacher, language consultant, guidance counsellor, field officer, principal, assistant superintendant and superintendant. Over the years, he also served as a member of the Clergy for various churches throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. When he retired from education in 1993, he accepted a position as half-time Pastor at the Japanese United Church in Lethbridge, AB until 2006, as well as half-time Presbytery Consultant, South AB Presbytery for five of those years. In 2006, he and Peggy moved to Toronto for ten months where he served as Interim Executive Minister, Ethnic Ministries at General Council Office. When they returned to Lethbridge, George continued to serve as a member of the Clergy for a variety of communities throughout Alberta and BC until early 2020.

George believed in giving back and was involved in the life and work of each community. He served in various capacities on committees in every community he lived, including the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas, Kiwanis Club in Pembroke, PRIDE SK, Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Manitoba Association of Principals and Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. He was Executive Director of the Canadian Student Leadership Association for a number of years and mentored many of their members. His volunteer work with the United Church included serving as chair for KYOGIKAI (Japanese United Church Association), Alberta and Northwestern Conferences and South Alberta Presbytery, and the National Ethnic Ministries Advisory Council, and was a member of General Council Executive and Sub Executive. Most recently, he had been a member of the National Association of Japanese Canadians – Endowment Fund Committee, Human Rights Committee-NAJC, Lethbridge Twinning Society, Nikkei Cultural Society, Southern Alberta Ethnic Association and supported the Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge by leading tours for schools and other groups. From 2010-2019, on behalf of the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge, George took on the yearly project of organizing and conducting a “Ghost Town” bus tour to the West Kootenays to increase awareness of the various Japanese internment camps.

George was a passionate member of the Lions Club International for over 56 years. With the exception of 4 years, he was an active member until his passing, having served as President, Secretary/Treasurer, Zone Chairman, Council Chairman, District Governor, Organizer/Director of Lions Youth Leadership Camps from 1992 to 2004 and chaired various committees. He and Peggy hosted numerous students through the Lions Youth Exchange program, many who remained friends over the years.

George received many awards over the years including Yorkton Citizen of the Year 1986, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Lions International Presidents Award, Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services – Lions Clubs International Foundation to name a few.

George may have been a workaholic but also enjoyed travelling. He had a keen interest in meeting new people, seeing new sights and experiencing new cultures…especially the food! He and Peggy travelled often across Canada and the US, made numerous trips to Japan to visit family and exchange students who had stayed with them, and travelled to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and cruised the Caribbean.

The Takashima family would like to thank Dr. Dalphond, the Palliative Care staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Pastor Eva Stanley, friends and family for their support.

A private Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, November 9, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge Alberta, with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating. Please email Cheryl at if you wish to attend. The service will also be available via livestream by visiting, and clicking on George’s obituary.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Funeral Services are now restricted to 90 attendees.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canyon Church Camp Association, 418-210A 12A St N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1 or Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, P.O. Box 751, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z6.

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Antonio ‘Tony’ Domenico Viani

November 27, 1938

– October 17, 2020

Tony passed away on October 17, 2020 in Red Deer, Alberta. At Tony’s request there will be no service. If desired, memorial donations can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

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