May 25th, 2024

SATURDAY, November 7, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 7, 2020.


MOSELLE ANDERSON BAKER, our sweet beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at the Raymond Hospital on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Moselle was born in Barnwell, Alberta on June 20, 1927 to Joseph LeRoy and Annie LaVern Fairbanks Anderson. On February 11, 1948 she married Claude Stevens Baker in the Cardston Alberta Temple.

She is survived by her children; Barbara (Gary) Pack, Marilyn Ellingson, Dennis (Cindy) Baker, Beverley (Ted) Anderson, Suzanne (Darel) Steed, and Jackie (Ken) Romeril. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 79 great- grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren, plus her sisters-in-law Hazel Kiely, Bernice Baker, Pat Baker and Evelyn Baker.

She was predeceased by her parents LeRoy and LaVern Anderson, her husband Claude, their two infant sons Claude and David, plus her great grandson Ethan Anderson, son-in-law Mark Ellingson, plus brothers Byron J. Anderson and Gordon F. Anderson.

Moselle’s greatest treasure was her family, and she wanted everyone to feel a part of our great family circle of love. She will always be remembered for her grace, kindness, love, positive attitude and beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

The family wish to express a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Raymond Health Centre for their loving and compassionate care. We as a family especially want to thank Dr. Wally Tollestrup, her friend and long-time family physician, for his tender care to our Mother. We would also like to thank the staff at the Good Samaritan Prairie Ridge in Raymond, for making her stay during the last 8 years her “Home Sweet Home”.

Friends and family are welcome to meet the family on Friday, November 13, 2020, from 6:30–7:30PM at the LDS Knight Street Chapel in Raymond, Alberta.

Please be sure to wear your mask, and respect social distancing in accordance to COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

A private immediate family service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, with interment at the Temple Hill Cemetery to follow.

Live streaming of the service can be found on Moselle’s obituary listing found at on service date.

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Catherine Bernhart

1917 – 2020

Catherine Bernhart of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Frank Bernhart passed away peacefully after a short illness on October 18, 2020 with Kathy, Tina and Troy by her side, at the age of 103 years.

Born in Whitla, Alberta on March 21, 1917 to John and Elizabeth Zacher, Catherine started school in Regina, Saskatchewan and finished it at Newdale School when the family moved back to Alberta.

Catherine married Frank Bernhart on November 11, 1935. They farmed in the Winnifred area until they retired to Lethbridge in 1967. Catherine enjoyed camping, knitting, gardening, cooking, bowling, dancing, playing cards, in later years watching the Blue Jays games and curling. She loved spending time with her family.

Catherine had 4 children; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great- grandchildren.

Besides her loving husband Frank she was predeceased by her parents; 2 daughters Eileen (Heck) Rieger, Janette Dragland; 5 son-in-laws; 7 brothers; 3 sisters; 2 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Catherine will be missed by all who knew this amazing woman.

A Private Service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:00pm. The service will be live streamed and accessed via Catherine’s obituary on the Martin Brothers website

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 110 – 1525 Carling, Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R9.

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It is with profound sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of PHILIP JOHN HIERATH on Monday, November 2, 2020. Phil was born on November 12, 1948 to Harold and Violet Hierath. He was raised on the family farm east of Milk River, where hard work and a love for the land were deeply instilled in him.

It is difficult to summarize what a wonderful human being Phil was. There are moments when words fail to fully express feeling, and this is one of those times. Phil was a person with such integrity. He was so sincere, so genuine, and authentic in every way. He was extremely thoughtful and generous. If you mentioned that you needed something in passing, he would go out of his way to surprise you with it the next time he saw you. He had a strong sense of wit, and a unique sense of humour; he loved making others laugh. Phil was a great conversationalist. He was a wealth of knowledge, and with an innate ability to talk to anyone about anything, he made friends wherever he went.

In his youth, Phil enjoyed a variety of sports; curling, basketball, baseball, and volleyball were his favorites. After high school graduation, Phil went on to the University of Saskatchewan for one year, where he played volleyball, and then transferred to the University of Lethbridge for another year before returning to the family farm to work alongside his father.

Phil had a curious and adventurous heart, and often spent the winters of his younger years travelling around the world. He visited many countries and loved to tell stories about the times spent in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Spain, Germany, and Austria, to name a few. But the spring, summer and harvest seasons, he devoted himself to the land he loved so dearly. Farming wasn’t just work for Phil, it was a passion and a labour of love. He was a registered seed grower since 1971, and always sought to be on the leading edge of advancements in agriculture. This led him to serve on many associations including the Southern Applied Research Association (SARA), the Winter Wheat Commission, and the Rural Electrification Association (REA), among others. Phil was also a dedicated member of his community and served many years with the Milk River Kinsmen Club, and Ag Society.

Phil loved working with his hands. He could build or fix anything; he was truly a jack of all trades. He was incredibly artistic and creative and had a passion for wood working, to which he honed his craft over many years. Phil was a part of the Milk River carving club, as well as the Lethbridge Woodworking Guild. His tables, masks, angels, and decoys are cherished by many friends and family. As much as he loved carving and creating, he loved sharing his work with loved ones even more.

Above all, Phil was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Spending time with his family and friends was the most important part of life for Phil. Many wonderful memories were made at the cabin with his family. He loved having the grandchildren down at the farm and taking them for combine and quad rides. Any time spent with family was well spent for Phil. He also valued his friendships and frequently checked in on his friends to reminisce about the past, or banter about politics. His yearly golf trips down to Mesquite with the guys were something he always looked forward to.

Phil will be forever cherished, honoured, and remembered by the love of his life, Wanda Hierath, his daughters Paige Hierath (Chase Barendregt) and Courtney Hierath (Andrew Krysak), his beloved grandchildren Blair and Theoren Barendregt, his sisters Lynne Brower and Kathy Russell (Burke), his brothers Mike Hierath (Caryl Sue) and Brian Hierath (Wendy), his sister-in-law Irena Woss, brother-in-law Walter Kiewszyn, his aunts Gladys Strilchuk, Dorothy Thielen and Anne Thielen as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

May the relationships that he cultivated and the seeds of kindness that Phil sowed, flourish into a bountiful harvest of love forever in all of our hearts.

A Celebration of Phil’s Life will be held at a later date.

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July 23, 1916 – October 28, 2020

Our hearts are aching as we bid farewell to an extraordinary woman who saw the good in all. Jo was raised in Strathmore, Alberta. She and Ralph (d. 1983) were very involved in the Vauxhall community where they raised their family. Jo moved to Vancouver in 2001. Time with her family and her strong network of dear friends was very precious to her throughout her life. Jo is survived by her loving children Sally, Jo (Don), Carl (Brenda nee McNally), Rita, Beth (Ian), her adored grandchildren Eric, Amy (Andrew), Laura (Tom) and David (Sara) and five great grandchildren Claire, Connor, James, Jamie and Grace. She was predeceased by son Richard and daughter-in-law Joan.

A private family Mass will be held at Guardian Angels Parish in Vancouver on Friday, November 6, at 11am PST. The family invites you to share your condolences or watch the service via a livestream link that will be posted on

Jo’s ashes will be interred in the Vauxhall cemetery beside her beloved husband, Ralph, who has been waiting patiently for 37 years. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or we ask you to perform acts of kindness as Jo would.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MR. JOHN GEORGE KOSTIUK, on Monday, November 2, 2020 at the age of 67 years, following a courageous two year battle with cancer.

A Private Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via John’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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JASON CLARK MANY FINGERS “Samakiina” (Spear Man), passed away on the Blood Reserve, AB on October 30th, 2020 at the age of 46 years old. The Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Thursday, November 12th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. The Wake Service will be held at the Tanner Senior’s Center (260 1 St W, Cardston) from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Friday, November 13th at 11:00 am. Interment in the Many Fingers Family Cemetery.

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(nee Leslie)

March 17, 1927 – October 26, 2020

Roxie passed away peacefully with family by her side. She died of natural causes which were not Covid related.

Roxie was the last of the Robert & Ada Leslie clan having been predeceased by her parents & all eight of her siblings. She is survived by her children & their families: Maureen; Doug & his wife, Johnna; Ian & wife Laurie; Greg & wife Ali. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Hunter McCallum; Tess Playfair; Nathan McCallum; Lisa McCallum; Kaleigh McCallum & Spencer McCallum. In addition, she is survived by eight great-grandchildren & numerous nieces & nephews. As in many families, there were parting of the ways but Roxie continued to think of Lynn McCallum & Rod MacNeil as her family. Our thanks to them for being so kind to her over the years. She was often included for dinner at Lynn and Mark’s home.

Roxie, known as Tiny to her siblings, was small of stature, but a force to be reckoned with. She lived life on her own terms & once she got an idea into her head, it was difficult to change her mind. She rarely sat still & even into her later years was constantly on the move. She loved to bake & had won baking contests at local, community fairs. In her younger years she was an excellent seamstress & often has a needle-work project of some description on the go. She had curiosity about spiritualism & different philosophies & would explore these interests by reading books or watching documentaries. Crossword books were always beside her favourite chair or her beside table & if there was nothing else to do, she would complete these puzzles. One of her great pleasures in her later years was to order a pizza & have a game of crib with Hunter.

We wish to extend a special thank you to many individuals who were kind & compassionate to Roxie during these past several months. The isolation created by Covid was difficult for her. We thank the staff at Seasons Retirement Home where she had resided for several years prior to being hospitalized in May. We thank the staff on Unit 5A at the Regional Hospital – they were instrumental in getting her back on her feet, literally. A special thank you to the recreational therapists on that Unit for ensuring that we got regular facetime visits. A thank you to the staff on Victoria Lane at Edith Cavell. Although Roxie was there a very short time, she told me that she was very comfortable. And, a very special thank you to her companion, Virginia, whose visits were interrupted by Covid. Roxie looked forward to these visits & missed the immensely.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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1959 – 2020

SHERRIE JANET LOUISE SHUTTLEWORTH (née Morand) of Lethbridge, AB, beloved wife of 42 years to Reid, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at the age of 60 years.

Sherrie was born in Calgary, Alberta October 31st, 1959. She moved to Lethbridge in 1977 to attend university and pursue a career in education, after she graduated in 1981. Along the way, she met Reid and they were married on October 13, 1978. Together, they had two children: Joshua and Tamara.

Sherrie had many loves in life, but none were more important to her than her children and grandchildren. Sherrie will be lovingly remember by her husband, Reid and her two children: Joshua (Chantelle) Shuttleworth and Tamara (Brent) Tiessen. Nana will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Cyrus Shuttleworth, Sophia Tiessen, Penelope Tiessen and Wyatt Shuttleworth. Sherrie also leaves to mourn her mother-in-law, Lauretta Shuttleworth, sisters-in-law, Judy (Tony) Byers and Lisa (Scott) Severton, sister Tracy Duthie and her brother Charles (Jennifer) Morand, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Cody, Conner, Meagan, Spencer, Paige, Justin, Jesse, Hollie, Levi, Amy and Mollie all held a special place in her heart.

Sherrie’s second greatest love was teaching. She taught for 34 1/2 years before retiring in 2015. Along the way, she taught at Goldridge Hutterite Colony, John Davidson Elementary, Coalhurst Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Jenny Emery Elementary and Dorothy Dalgleish. She loved her students and always wanted to make sure that she had done her best to make sure each and every one of them were prepared for all the challenges that were ahead of them. Along the way in her extra time, she was a fitness fanatic; playing soccer, running marathons, ultra-marathons and working out at the gym were all part of her daily life.

A special thank you to Deb, Karen and Laurie for all their love and support.

At Sherrie’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sherrie’s name to: Coalhurst Partnership Association for Literacy (Box 980, Coalhurst T0L 0V0).

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YOSHIO TAGUCHI passed in away Lethbridge on Thursday November 5, 2020 at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by his wife Aiko in 1990.

Yoshio is survived by his brothers; Noris Taguchi (Sachiko) and Kenneth Taguchi (Maureen -deceased); Four sisters; Joyce Saruwatari (Tosh – deceased), Kazuko Takaguchi (Yoshifumi -deceased), Keiko Tsukishima (Tom -deceased) and Chiyeko Robinson (Charles Price).

Yoshio was predeceased by his sister Tayeko (Mas Terakita -deceased)

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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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 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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Masako (Mary) Takeda

1932 – 2020

Mrs. Masako “Mary” Takeda of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Mary was born in Vancouver, BC on July 13, 1932 to Chuhachi and Yasue Kawasaki. She moved with her family in 1945 to Raymond, Alberta where the family worked on a sugar beet farm until moving to Lethbridge. Mary worked at Winston Churchill High School for 32 years until her retirement in 1999.

Mary is survived by her daughters, June (Don Kostek) Takeda and Cathy Takeda, both of Lethbridge and 6 grandchildren: Zac (Becca) Kostek, Riley (Kodi) Kostek, Dustin (Nicole) Kostek of Beamsville, ON, Jaydon (Izzy) Kostek, Shannon (Jesse) Dooley, and Connor Dooley of Toronto, ON. She is also remembered by her 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Tadao Kawasaki of Blairmore, Alberta and sister, Hideko Terakita of Calgary, Alberta.

Mary’s life was privately remembered and celebrated by her family on November 5. The family would like to thank all the staff at Good Samaritans, Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels, and Rev. Izumi for all their care and support.

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