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THURSDAY, December 17, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 17, 2020.

Shirley Andersen (Metcalfe)

January 21, 1929 – December 9, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of DOROTHY SHIRLEY ANDERSEN of Kelowna, British Columbia on December 9, 2020, at the age of 91, beloved wife of the late John Max Andersen. She passed peacefully at Lake Country Lodge with her family by her side.

Cherished mother of two daughters: Debra (Peter) and Shelley (Neil). She was deeply loved by her five grandchildren Court (Sara), Whitney (Collin), Rebecca, Jared, and Kylie; great-granddaughter Charlie; and her two step-grandchildren, Liam (Sammy) and Alec (Kristyn). She is survived by brothers Ron, Ken (Ces), and Keith; sister, Barbara; sister-in-law, Eileen; brother-in-law, Jim (Barbara), as well as many cousins, nieces/nephews and their families.

Shirley was predeceased by her beloved husband and best friend, Max; parents, Bill and Dorothy Metcalfe; mother/father-in-law Peter and Laura Andersen; brothers, Allan and Ross; sisters-in-law, Margaret, Ruthie, Ruth; and her brother-in-law Ken.

Dorothy Shirley Metcalfe was born on January 21, 1929 in Coronation, Alberta. She was the second oldest child (oldest daughter) of Bill and Dorothy’s seven children. Most of Shirley’s early years were spent in and around southern Alberta.

Shirley and Max met at the Ice Capades in Lethbridge and were married in Claresholm on June 25, 1948. Max worked for Calgary Power and as a result they moved numerous times throughout Alberta during their working life. Each location added many good friends that they stayed in touch with wherever they were. Retirement took them to Salt Spring Island for a number of years before relocating back to Magrath in southern Alberta. A few years after Max passed away in 1997, Shirley relocated to the Okanagan and lived there until her recent passing.

Shirley and Max were lifetime golfers and to ensure they were able to enjoy the game year-round, they became snowbirds for many of their retirement years.

Shirley will always be remembered as a kind and loving woman with a beautiful and gentle spirit. Her family, both close and extended, were very important to her and she cared deeply for all.

A private Graveside Service will take place on Friday, December 18, 2020 in Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial Donations can be made in Shirley’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Alberta and the NWT, 10430 61 Ave NW #306, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J3 or to another charity of one’s choice.

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Jason Donald Gouchie, beloved Eternal Companion of Becky (Conrad) Gouchie, of Fort Macleod Alberta, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by His loving family, on December 11, 2020, at the age of 45 years. He is the loving Father of Samantha(14), Hope(13), Ethan(11), and Thatcher(9). Jason is also survived by his Mother Karen Gouchie, sister Denise Anderson (Kate), brother David Gouchie (Monica), Mother in-law Eleanor Conrad, several in-laws, Aunts and Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jason was predeceased by his Father Darrell Gouchie and Father in-law Bob Conrad.

Jason was born in Grand Prairie Alberta on October 9, 1975. He moved to Beaverlodge Alberta when he was 15 years old. He made many lifelong friends there that have many wild tales to share. When he left home, he moved to High Level Alberta where he met the love of his life Becky. They were married in 2003 and moved to Fort Macleod soon after.

Jason was a hard worker. He became a windmill technician and worked in the wind industry for many years. He later became a journeyman electrician.

He loved fishing, hiking, camping and indulging his wife’s love for Disneyland. Jason loved visiting his extended family in Nova Scotia and being at the beach there. Even though he was an Albertan, the salt water was definitely in his blood. He loved the Atlantic seafood!

Jason loved to play! He would go sledding with his children, build Legos with them, and was thier biggest fan when they were skating, performing on stage or playing the piano.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in various callings such as scouting, teaching and as ward mission leader. He loved attending the Temple and enjoyed taking his daughters when he was able to.

Jason was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2017. He was determined to fight and did so for the next 3.5 years. In those years Jason and His family made many memories going to Disneyland, Cuba, Caribbean Cruise, Hawaii, Europe and other destinations.

Jason was loved and respected by all whom he associated with. He will be greatly missed. “A life that touches others goes on forever.”

Thank you to the team at the Jack Ady Cancer center, the Palliative care team, community paramedics, and Fort Macleod home care for your loving kindness and excellent care.

A private graveside service will be held on December 19, 2020. Live streaming of the service will be available on Christensen Salmon Generation’s Funeral Home page by clicking the link below Jason’s obituary. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

To send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca.

Joanne Perlich

1939 – 2020

Joanne Perlich, of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Tony Perlich, passed away on December 14, 2020 after a lengthy illness at the age of 81 years.

Joanne was born in Claresholm and grew up on Sharples Ranch with her parents Henry and Marjorie and her three sisters. She loved reminiscing about the fun they had in the creek, on their ponies, musical and dance performances, and so much more. She developed a deep love for animals, especially horses, that would permeate her life.

Shortly after high school Joanne was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada which earned her several trips, one being to the Miss Canada Pageant. Her kind, outgoing and inclusive nature made her a shoe-in for the Miss Congeniality title.

Joanne attended University of Alberta and became a teacher. She taught for several years and Grade 2 was always her favorite. In 1962, Joanne married Tony Perlich, which would be the beginning of a big, busy, fun and rewarding 40 years together. Together they would build a business, a family, a home, serve their communities in many ways, and live in a circle larger than most. Joanne gave tirelessly of herself to many people and organizations, most notably the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, Coaldale 4-H Equestrian Club, and the Alberta, Canadian and American Quarter Horse Associations.

Her devotion to her faith, family and friends came first and horses were a close second. Joanne wore many, many hats. She was a talented artist and seamstress, a good cook, a masterful gardener, and enjoyed playing piano, singing and dancing. She loved her Australian Shepherds and Corgis and always had fun teaching them tricks. Joanne was often the ‘life of the party’ and had a magnetic personality. She loved horse shows, as a competitor in her younger years, and of course as a ‘horse show mom’ to not only her own kids, but to many.

Joanne is survived by her children David Perlich (Adrian Organowski), Jeanne White (Brett), Nancy Perlich (Piet Van Diemen), five grandchildren Carmen, Charles and Lauren White and Weston and Harris Kenway. Joanne is also survived by her three sisters, Carol Henker, Kathy Tratch (Ken) and Judy Meckelborg, sister-in-law Rose Niedermier, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her loving husband, she was predeceased by her parents and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A private Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, on Friday, December 18, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL – 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant.

The family invites you to watch the service via livestream at https://www.mbfunerals.com/ and then scrolling to the bottom of Joanne’s obituary. A link to watch will be available 15 minutes prior.

The family respectfully declines any flowers at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, 24 205015 Hwy 512, Lethbridge County, Alberta, T1J 5N8 or their website at ltra.ca or the Alzheimer’s Society, #40, 1202 – 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3.

The family would like to thank the staff of Coaldale Health Centre for the care and compassion throughout the years.

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NORMA JEAN SMALL FACE passed away on December 13, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Friday, December 18, 2020, with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 pm. Cremation to follow. (Due to to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

To WATCH the Service online or send condolences, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Gordon Sudeikat

1963 – 2020

Mr. Gordon Kent Sudeikat of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

Due to Covid restrictions, Gord will be privately remembered by his family and friends.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

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CUU VAN TRAN, beloved husband of Cong Thi Tran, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Cuu, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre (covenantfoundation.ca/donate) or Jack Ady Cancer Centre (crhfoundation.ca).

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