May 25th, 2024

THURSDAY, November 12, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 12, 2020.

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.

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 https://www.

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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“KEM” KATHERINE EMILY BREWER, beloved wife of Wayne Brewer, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Inurnment to follow at 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.

For those unable to attend, the Mass will be live streamed and may be accessed via Kem’s obituary on the Cornerstone Website.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Vincent de Paul (c/o All Saints Parish, 2405 – 12 – Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4) or the Canadian Cancer Society (

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Irene Craddock
1926 – 2020

 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of an extraordinary woman who never said a bad word about anyone or anything. Irene Orpha Craddock, beloved wife of the late Francis Craddock, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, November 6, 2020 at the age of 93 years.
 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 Friday, November 13, 2020. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Irene is survived by her loving children, son Len (Marilyn) Craddock  and their children Brant (Kaley), Jeff (Julie), Trevor (Sheena) and Candice; son Lawrence (Loretta) Craddock their children Timothy (Dayna) and KellyJo (Bob); daughter Bernadette (Dale) Weitz and their daughter-in-law Kelly;  their sons Jamie (Deeanna) and Brent (Crystal) all of Lethbridge. She has eighteen precious great grandchildren and recently became a great great grandmother! Irene is also survived by her brother Donald (Helen) Dygert of Cold Lake.
 She was predeceased by her husband Francis in 2006 and her grandson Bradley Weitz in 2016.
 Irene was born in Calgary on November 20, 1926. At an early age she was adopted by Hazel and Waldo Sherburne who were lovingly chosen by Irene’s biological mother Charlotte Murphy. The Sherburne’s stressed the importance of family and education throughout Irene’s life. She spent many summers with her Grandma Leona Murphy and the entire Murphy clan. Mom would often remark on how blessed she was to be part of two amazing families! Irene grew up in the Sherburne district east of Taber, beginning her education in Sherburne School followed by Grassy Lake and finished high school in Taber. She was such an exemplary student that the principal kindly offered to pay for her to attend the University of Alberta. Irene did not feel comfortable with this offer and she gratefully declined. After graduating from high school she was employed with the Bank of Commerce in Taber. It was during this time she met the love of her life Francis Craddock. They were married November 23, 1946 and Mom once again felt blessed to have a third loving family in her life. They spent the next sixty years of their lives together farming and nurturing their children and grandchildren.
 There are a multitude of words that can describe Irene’s many talents, one being an award winning seamstress, sewing for people from all over the district. Her projects included everything from Taber Rodeo Queen and Princess outfits, to wedding/bridesmaids dresses, men’s suits, teddy bears, upholstery, quilting and clothes for all ages.
 She was also a wonderful cook and a Grand Champion winner in many Taber and Lethbridge Fairs. She prepared delicious meals for her family and friends, sometimes hosting thirty people at a time! She excelled at accounting and always prepared the family farm income tax plus the entire families personal taxes, along with helping neighbours and friends. She took many courses and at the age of fifty, she opened her own franchise of H&R Block in Taber which became very successful and is still in operation today.
 Irene’s personality was one of a kind. First and foremost being her caring and compassionate ways for others. She was selfless, never complained, an excellent listener to one and all and showed unconditional love for her children, grandchildren and everyone she knew. There’s not a person that could say anything unfavourable about her. She was liked by all and extremely loved by her family. Mom showed strength and grace as she struggled through her battle with dementia. One of Mom’s favorite sayings was “go with the flow!”
 Our mother leaves behind a powerful legacy of a life well lived and as her children we will strive to follow in her footsteps.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Irene’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
 We would like to thank Dr. Greidanus and the staff at Edith Cavell for their wonderful care of our dear mother.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


1938 – 2020

Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of our dear wife, mom and Omi, HENDRIKA “HENNIE” de KONING, on Saturday November 7, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Hennie was the beloved wife of Jack; cherished mom of Susan (Darryl) Harms, Michelle (Jeff) Woodman, and Diane (David) Visser; and loving Omi of Lauren (Cody) Friesen, Meghan (Nick) Visser-Johnson, and Shane Visser. She also leaves behind her siblings: Nell (Bill-dec.) Ouwerkerk, Bill (Harriet-dec.) van Waardhuizen, Dan (Helen) van Waardhuizen, Cor (Jake-dec.) Aleman, Mary (Harm-dec.) DeMooy, Pete-dec. (Joan) van Waardhuizen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by infant son Michael and brother Pete van Waardhuizen.

Hennie was born to Pieter and Hendrika van Waardhuizen in Leiden, Holland on December 3, 1938. The family came to Canada in 1952 and settled in the Coaldale area; then lived briefly in Victoria, BC before returning to Alberta, in the Fort Macleod area.

It was there that Hennie met Jack while she was working in a local clothing store. They married on August 26, 1967 and lived and raised their girls on the family farm for the next 47 years. In 2014, they retired to Lethbridge, and enjoyed their beautiful home by the lake.

It is difficult to sum up in a few sentences everything she was to us. Hennie was fiercely loyal to her family, had a strong faith in God, and served faithfully in her church. She was incredibly kind and generous to those around her, and beyond. She truly loved to give. She was very creative, creating many beautiful needlework crafts for her family to cherish. Hennie also loved music, reading, spending time with her family, and taking long drives in the country with Jack.

Hennie fought congestive heart failure for ten years, and as such the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation ( We’d also like to thank Dr. Zielke, Dr. Musk, the Heart Function Clinic, and countless nurses for the excellent care Hennie received in these last years.

A Celebration of Hennie’s Life will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Hennie’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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HENRICA “RICKY” HIEDE passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020.

Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Lucyna Osko

1924 – 2020

Lucyna Osko (nee Wozniczko) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Marian Osko passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020, the Feast of All Saints, eight days after celebrating her 96th birthday.

Lucyna was born in the village of Opatkowice Drewniane, Poland, the second of three children of her parents, Ignacy and Bronislawa. Her mother died of tuberculosis when Lucyna was only 2 1/2 years-old and her year-old brother died a short time later. Poverty necessitated Lucyna to leave home to work as a domestic in the city of Kielce at age 14. At 16, Lucyna worked in housekeeping at a hospital in Kielce, where she contracted typhoid fever and became a patient there. After her recovery, she travelled to Germany to work for several years as a domestic for a well-to-do landholder. These years were during the second half of WWII. Insulated from any news of the atrocities occurring at that time, Lucyna did not learn of them until after the American liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Being displaced by the war and its aftermath, Lucyna was settled in a refugee camp in Germany, where she met her beloved husband Marian. They were married in 1946 and were blessed with their first son, Kazimierz, in 1947. The small family landed in the Turin area of southern Alberta in 1949 on a contract to provide sugar beet farm labour. They worked for a number of farmers in the Turin, Iron Springs, and Picture Butte areas until 1956, when they were able to buy their own farm near Picture Butte in partnership with another family. Lucyna was a dutiful farm partner who loved gardening, cooking, and baking. She produced bountiful vegetable gardens, preserving the harvest to feed her family over each coming year. Lucyna baked months-long supplies of bread, cinnamon buns, and numerous pastries. She was a splendid cook with a long list of favourite go-to recipes, but was always happy to try new ones to add to the list. Her primary love was growing flowers, starting many of them over winter and tenderly caring for them through the growing season in her magnificent flowerbeds. Lucyna and Marian remained on the farm until 2000, when they moved to a newly constructed home in Lethbridge, where she continued to grow both vegetable and flower gardens and cook up a storm. Lucyna dedicated herself to the service of her family, friends and community. No visitor left her home hungry. She had a hearty laugh, and no child could forget her smothering hugs and kisses. She had a child-like faith, accepting life’s trials through trust in God. Lucyna will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Lucyna is survived by her daughter Julia Palech (Don), son Terry Osko (Glennys), grandchildren Sherry Dieser (Lloyd), Brandy Osko, Alexandra Faucher (Bryan), Christina Palech, Erica Osko, Sarah Osko, and great granddaughter Grayson Dieser, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Marian of 69 years, parents Ignacy and Bronislawa, brothers Jozef and Stanislaw, son Kazimierz, daughter-in-law Linda Osko, sister-in-law Zofia Wozniczko, and nephew Jerry Wozniczko.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge. Alberta.

A PRIVATE Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Tuesday November 17, 2020 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street, North, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Derek Remus, celebrant.

Due to the restrictions surrounding COVID 19, we require all attendees to wear a mask, and practice safe social distancing.

Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary section of Mountain View Cemetery.

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MICHAEL CLINT “TIGER” SPOTTED BULL, passed away on November 1, 2020 at Rocky View Hospital in Calgary, AB. He was born May 9, 1965 on the Blood Reserve to the late Harold and Catherine (Spotted Bull) CatFace. He is survived by his son Faron (Christian) Brave Rock; brothers, Edwin Spotted Bull, and Grant (Suzanne) Spotted Bull; nieces, Nikkina, Skylar, Brittney, Kayenta, Tanisha, Danielle, and Jessica; nephews, Chris, Tyler, and Colten. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Catherine CatFace; his sister Harlene Spotted Bull; grandparents, Edward (Mary Eva Medicine Crane) Spotted Bull and Joseph (Annie One Gun) CatFace. The family would like to thank the staff at AgeCare Glenmore in Calgary for the daily care, for giving Michael a home filled with friends, and for the staff at Rocky View Hospital for all they did to care for him. The Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, November 13th from 4:00-8:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Saturday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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Jinlian Wang

1952 – 2020

Mrs. Jinlian Wang of Lethbridge, formerly of China and beloved wife of Mr. Jinsheng Liu, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of ESTER ZAPPONE, beloved wife of the late Giuseppe “Joe” Zappone, at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Ester is survived by her daughter, Filomena (David) Dowell; her son, Frank (Tracy) Zappone; her grandchildren, Robert, Tony, Marco, and Andrew (Brooke); and her great-grandchildren, Declan and Olive. She is also survived by her sisters, Rose Fiorino of Victoria, B.C., and Mirella Di Sabato of France; and her brother, Joe (Grace) Di Sabato of Lethbridge. Ester was predeceased by her husband, Giuseppe Zappone, her sister, Maria Di Natale of Italy, and two daughters: Mirella, in 2004, and Maria, in 2018.

Ester was born on September 3, 1930 in Agnone in the province of Isernia, Italy to Romeo and Giuseppina Di Sabato. She immigrated to Canada, where she married Giuseppe Zappone on April 28, 1956 at St. Basil’s Church in Lethbridge. She was a dedicated and loving woman who embraced her calling to the title of Nonna. Her four children, and later her four grandchildren, were her life’s cause. She took pride in keeping her family well fed and happy, both of which came to mean the same thing. As the home she and Giuseppe built grew in shape and size over the years, it was always full, a much-loved destination for family and friends, visitors from next door or from the other side of the world.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Mass will be live-streamed and may be accessed via Ester’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Ester’s name are encouraged to donate to the Mirella and Maria Zappone Fund for Social Justice at the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta (

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