December 6th, 2021

FRIDAY, November 13, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 13, 2020.


“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.

Her spirit is carried on by her husband Wayne Brewer; her children: Monica (David) Williams of Leduc and Theresa (Bruce) Forster of Lethbridge; and her grandchildren Matthew and Emily Williams; and Thomas and Kayleigh Anne Forster and brother Darryl Vincent.

She is predeceased by her mother and father Christine and Gordon Vincent.

Kem was born on July 1st, 1952 in Saskatoon, SK. She had moved around with her family before settling in Saskatoon where she met Wayne on a blind date for his high school graduation. They were married on September 3rd, 1976. Kem and Wayne resided in many communities, including Calgary and Winnipeg before settling in Lethbridge. She had careers with both Business Development Bank and the Lethbridge Housing Authority. Kem was an incredible volunteer, lending her time to Victim Services, Girl Guides, Hospital Eucharistic Ministry and many more. She was an active member of the Lethbridge Country Club, especially the Tuesday morning ladies group. She enjoyed the golfers more than the golf. Kem was an avid traveler starting at an early age, backpacking through Europe. She went on multiple trips to Ireland, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Hong Kong, Arizona, California and Australia, where Kem and Wayne danced on top of the Sydney Bridge.

Kem was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who adored her family. She was always there, showing her support and love. She will be so sadly missed by the many circles of friends that cared for her.

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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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 was held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Please contact Cornerstone for a recording of the service.

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DONALD GEORGE FISHER passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 96 years.

Predeceased by his wife, Beryle, Donald is survived by his son, Todd (Stacy) Fisher of Grass Valley, California, and brother-in-law Alan Schallhorn of Lethbridge.

Don served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WW2. During his lifetime he worked for John Deere Plow Company, D. MacLeod & Son. Don owned & operated Fisher Diesel Injection Service Ltd. with his wife Beryle for over 20 years until retiring.

Don will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery during a private ceremony. In memory of Don, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (

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“Ahcinaki” – Cree Woman

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved mom, ADRIENNE JUSTINE FLAMAND, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Adrienne is survived by her daughter Kim (Alina); as well as grandchildren: Lukas, Braeden, Matthew, Faith and Zak; brothers Wilfred, Frank (Debbie), Rob, Lorne and Gerald (Marsha); sisters Geri and Helen and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Suzette Flamand and brothers Merle, Lewis, Francis and John.

Adrienne was born on April 22, 1945 in Brocket, Alberta. She left home at 16 and immediately joined the work force. She waitressed for many years as she moved around Alberta, even spending a brief period of time in B.C. She would never shy away from a hard days work, knowing that she needed employment to buy the things that she wanted. She married Ernie Bullock in 1974 and hoped to start a family. She soon found out that she was not able to have children of her own.

In 1976, while listening to a Billy Graham crusade on television, she said the sinners prayer along with him and became a born-again Christian. Hungry for the word of God, she attended many bible studies and prayer groups in order to learn all that she could.

In 1978, at one such prayer meeting, she learned that she could pray and ask God for things. Armed with that knowledge, she began praying for a baby. One year to the day that she first prayed for a child, she learned of her pregnancy with her only child. She gave birth to her daughter Kim in December of 1979.

Adrienne devoted her life to motherhood, but her divorce in 1986 would leave her penniless and now the sole provider for her young child. She cleaned homes to make ends meet, bringing me along with her most of the time. She then got fulltime employment at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, where she worked for 11 years. At that time, she returned to school to acquire her Personal Care Aide certification in 2000. Mom absolutely adored working with seniors and their families, growing attached to many of them She treated them all with respect and great dignity.

After she retired, she continued to stay active with her grandchildren, her family and numerous close friends. She was never one to enjoy being inside for very long, and would go “puttering” around to her favourite dollar stores, thrift stores and tea with her friends.

She was always more than happy to show off pictures of her grandkids and tell of all the things they were doing. She was so very proud of each one of them, saying that God blessed her with five grandkids to make up for having only one child.

She loved to talk about the Lord and would engage in numerous thought provoking conversations with me.

She was always thrilled to share a meal with us and watch a movie. Those times were filled with goofy laughter, telling stories from the past, and just an overall sense of joy and contentment. We will all miss her wisdom and guidance, ever ready listening ear, her faith and beautiful smile and infectious laugh.

I would like to thank the many health care professionals that worked so closely with Mom and I, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, Robyn with Home Care, Dr. Shukkoor and Dr. Walsh and finally all of the amazing staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit.

A Celebration of Adrienne’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

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.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adrienne’s name to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (

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HENRICA “RICKY” HEIDE, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at St. Michael’s Care Centre in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Ricky is survived by sisters Anne, and Wilma; brothers, Peter, Gerald, Jacob, Frank, and Joseph. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Kay and Betsie, and brother Harry.

Ricky was the beloved mother of Dale (Eileen Bona) VandenBerg, Linda (Ralph) Gust, Brian (Nicole) VandenBerg, Jim (Britta) Vanden Berg ; treasured grandmother of Alex (Alyssa) Stepanov, Samantha (Vernon) Mathews, Michael Gust (Lindsey Martini), Nicholas Gust, Jessy Gust, Chase VandenBerg, Jaime VandenBerg, Dale VandenBerg, Joseph VandenBerg, Violet VandenBerg, Erika Vanden Berg, and Leif Vanden Berg; and cherished great-grandmother of Thea and Ira Stepanov, Asher and Ella Mathews, and Oliver and Jake Gust.

Ricky was born to Frank and Maria Vanden Dungen in Borkel en Schaft, Holland on June 23, 1942. The family of ten children came to Canada in 1953, a seven day boat trip across the Atlantic, and a five day train ride across Canada and eventually settled in Picture Butte, Alberta; Ricky married Jan VandenBerg and raised their four children in Lethbridge.

She loved growing flowers and vegetables in every garden she had; and enjoyed the flavours of her homeland, especially cheese and chocolate.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. The Mass will be live streamed and may be accessed via Ricky’s obituary on the Cornerstone website. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all attendees are required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

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Louise Elaine Olsson

1946 – 2020

Mrs. Louise Elaine Olsson of Coutts, beloved wife of Mr. Victor Olsson, passed away in her home in Coutts on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements to 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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COLLEEN MARY PANKONIN, of Coaldale, the beloved wife of the late Ben Pankonin, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, at the age of 72 years.

Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Doris Edna Shearer

1929 – 2020

Doris Edna Shearer (nee Cutforth) died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday night, November 10, 2020 surrounded by family.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob Shearer Sr.; her parents Frank and Eva Cutforth and her nine brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind four children, Patricia (John) Warnke, Bob Jr. (Wendy) Shearer, Doug (Geri) Shearer, and Karen (Keith) Flatla, plus 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Doris was born and raised on a farm just outside of Barons. She met her husband Bob in Barons where they both attended high school and married in 1950. They were married for 67 years and were seldom apart. Together they enjoyed traveling, visiting with their family, friends, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Doris completed her teaching certificate in Calgary before starting her family.

Her greatest joy was raising her family and she later spent several more enjoyable years working at Eatons department store until her retirement.

She will be forever in our hearts.

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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