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FRIDAY, November 27, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 27, 2020.


SIMONNE MARIA BESSEM, beloved wife of the late Henry Bessem, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

Besides her loving daughter Marie (Jake), Simonne is survived by her granddaughter, Carey-Ann (Michial) Van Es of Powell River, BC; her grandson, Graham Hooge of Edmonton; and three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Samual and Matthew Van Es, all of Powell River, BC. She is also survived by two nieces, Wendy Liebel of Vernon, BC and Brenda Ross of Regina, SK, and one nephew, Steven Vanryckeghem of Campbell River, BC.

Simonne was born on January 22, 1928 in Rouselare, West Flanders, Belgium to Arciles & Martha Vanryckeghem. The family emigrated to Canada in 1950 and, nine months later, Simonne married the love of her life—Henry Bessem. They lived in Stirling until 1965. Simonne worked in the sugar beets for many seasons. Upon retiring to Lethbridge, Mom & Dad enjoyed many happy years together, especially while camping in Glacier Park and Kalispell.

Mom will be remembered for her bright spirit and love of her family. At her request, there will be no funeral, but a graveside service will take place in the springtime in Stirling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Diabetes Canada at http://www.diabetes. ca/donate.

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NORMAN REE BROADHEAD, passed away on November 24th, 2020 in Cardston, AB, surrounded by family, at the age of 90 years. We invite family and friends to meet Norm’s family at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, November 29th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions an Invitational Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Monday, November 30th at 11:00 am.

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Joseph Ell
1945 – 2020

Joseph Leonard Ell passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the age of 75 years.
Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we announce that Wendy Parascak (Berglund, Sanders) passed away peacefully on November 19th, 2020, surrounded by family and love. Her memorial will be held at a later date when we can all gather and celebrate her life together. Please join us on the Christensen Salmon Generations website for more information. “Aloha Oe”!

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GARY RUSSELL SMITH passed away November 23, 2020, in Cardston at the age of 65 years.

A wake will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, in Cardston on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Due to to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.) A Private Family Service will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

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Isolda Vaselenak

1928 – 2020

Mrs. Isolda Vaselenak of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Albert Vaselenak passed away peacefully with family by her side at Coaldale Long Term Care Facility on Monday, November 23, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

A Private Family service will be held with burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, a memorial donation in Isolda’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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MAURICE WENDELBOE, beloved husband of Frieda Wendelboe of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

A Private Family Service will take place at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Afterwards, Maurice will be laid to rest at the Bowville Cemetery.

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1928 -2020

We are saddened to announce that our mother, Mabel Eleanor Witbeck, passed away on 24 November 2020 at the age of 92.

She is predeceased by her husband Teddy A. Witbeck, her parents John Moors and Florence (Elliott) Moors, her siblings Margaret (Merril) Adams, Mary (Peter) Dewar and Bob Moors and two of her children, William Ryan Finch and Laura Lee Finch. She is survived by her brother John Moors of Ottawa, Ontario and sister Ruth Rollingson of Magrath, Alberta.

Together, Eleanor and her eternal companion, Teddy A. Witbeck, raised 9 children. Teddy J. and Barbara Witbeck of Raymond, Alberta, Greg (Shana) Witbeck of Vernal, Utah, Paulette (Gene) Ganz of Raymond, Alberta, Cecil (Dianne) Finch of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Mary Lou Lockridge of Edmonton, Alberta, Jo-Anne Finch of Lethbridge, Alberta, Margy Witbeck of Raymond, Alberta and Teddy (Cathy) Witbeck of Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

Teddy A. and Eleanor have 28 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Including Teddy A., Eleanor and their 9 children, that makes 100 in the family.

A private family Funeral Service will be held on November 30, 2020 in Raymond, AB.

Live stream of the Funeral Service will be available starting at 10:45 AM on Monday, November 30, 2020. The link will appear beneath the obituary on the Christensen Salmon Generations website.

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