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SATURDAY, December 19, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 19, 2020.

Gary Becker

1955 – 2020

Mr. Gary Becker of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Ann Becker, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at the age of 65 years.

Due to current Alberta Health Services guidelines that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date.

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Elneth Gwendolyn Blasco

May 4, 1933 – December 15, 2020

It is with gratitude that we accept the peaceful passing of Elneth Blasco at the age of 87 years on December 15, 2020.

A raven-haired beauty with adventure in her heart,

Travelled the ocean to make her brave start.

Her nursing and nurturing and wicked sense of humour,

Made all of our lives full and blessed for those who knew her.

Elneth was born in Llandinum, Powys, Wales on May 4, 1933. She was one of 11 children born to John and Sarah Owen. This is no doubt the place she learned many skills, including caring, compassion, love of friends and family, and the importance of hard work.

Elneth trained as a nurse in Wales and England and brought her skills to Canada, travelling by ship along with her dear friends Hetty, Ann, and sister Sheila. They landed in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1960 and she nursed her way across Canada eventually making her home in Lethbridge. St. Michael’s Hospital is where she spent her career utilizing her formidable skills with patients, students, and numerous colleagues. She was part of the team of skilled individuals whose vision brought the concept of palliative care to Lethbridge and area.

Elneth touched the lives and hearts of everyone she worked with and was admired, respected, and loved by so many. There isn’t a nursing student, Physician or any staff who came through St. Michael’s that doesn’t remember Elneth for the standard of excellence she set, her humour that lightened many dark days, or for the white nursing cap she wore until her retirement in 1998.

Even in her final days, while a patient herself, Elneth was able to lift the spirits of many, and brighten the mood with her positive outlook. During the very tense atmosphere of this pandemic, it was important to her to have a laugh with the staff and bring a smile, as only she could.

She was kind, she was smart, she was important, and will forever remain that way.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband of 49 years, Mario Blasco. She was a loving wife, devoted auntie to numerous nieces, nephews, and a treasured friend. She was predeceased by 4 brothers and 1 sister.

A private service was held on Thursday, December 17, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Elneth’s memory to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.

A very special thank you to the nursing staff & Physicians of Chinook Regional Hospital for the excellent care that she received.

Cer i cysgu Elneth bach.

(Welsh translation: Go to sleep dear Elneth)

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BRYCE, Emily

Emily Colleen Bryce died alone in an alley on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the age of 26 years. She lived most of her life in Lethbridge, AB and moved to Regina, SK where she succumbed to her addictions. Emily was predeceased by her father, Jack Bryce; grandmother Colleen Bryce; aunt Susan O’Connor; and uncle Tyler Stevenson. She leaves to mourn her mother Degen Stevenson; step-father, Arnie; siblings, Jarret Kleisinger, Morgan and Anika Stevenson and Teshan Kakakaway; grandparents Garth and Marilyn Kleisinger, Bev Bryce and Don and Mary Stevenson; aunts and uncles Warren and Brenda Kleisinger, John Kleisinger, Brenda and Harold Johnston, Nora and Greg Houston and Dan O’Connor; as well as numerous cousins. Emily also leaves to mourn her special friend who believed in her through all of her challenges, Laurie-Ann Pederson. No service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SWAP Regina, 1355 Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4R 2R6 or to your local YWCA Women’s Shelter.

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“A purpose of human life, no

matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Dennis Burke

1940 – 2020

Mr. Dennis Burke of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Carolyn Burke, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn, and their three children, Doug, Cathy and Gary.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at a later date.

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Cheri Marie Rempel

February 5, 1970 – Dec 9, 2020

Cheri Rempel (nee Lubin) of Taber, Alberta wife of Richard Rempel, passed away on December 9, 2020. They were blessed with 2 wonderful sons, Adam and Matthew.

Cheri is lovingly survived by both her parents, Joe and Isabel Lubin; brother Art (Lori) Lubin; sister Janet (Gary) Vander Linden; mother-in-law Margaret Rempel; brother-in-law Lawrence Rempel; sister-in law Maxine (Ken) Chapman; Phylis (David) Anonson; Rose (Jack) Miyada as well as many loved nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Due to COVID restrictions, Cheri will be privately remembered by all her family and friends.


William Keith Fyfe, beloved husband and eternal partner of Trudie Fyfe, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on December 14, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Bill was born on October 28, 1951, in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the youngest of five children born to Art and Mary Fyfe. Bill grew up in Stirling and moved to Lethbridge as a teenager. As a child, Bill spent a great deal of time outdoors riding around on his bike and doing activities with his extended family.

Once he moved to Lethbridge, Bill was a proud “Northsider” and made his lifelong friendships with Gord Tanaka, Gary Knox, Larry Nakahama and Alex Napadajlo. He played football in high school, proudly wearing purple and gold for the Winston Churchill Bulldogs. In his younger years, Bill worked various jobs, before finally settling on becoming a journeyman electrician. Once he completed his apprenticeship, Bill owned and operated Fyfe’s Electric for over 35 years and later received his master electrician certification.

In 1974, Bill began courting his future wife and eternal sweetheart, Trudie. After a short engagement, they were married in the temple on June 22, 1974. They enjoyed a marriage of over 46 years and enjoyed spending time with their family. The Fyfe family enjoyed camping regularly. He always looked forward to the family’s annual camping trip at the Apgar Campground in Montana. He was grateful for all the various visitors who spent time with The Fyfe Family on their annual camping trip.

Bill also enjoyed playing cards, board games, Sudoko and doing puzzles with family and friends. Bill was known for his genuine kindness and gentle nature. Bill was often teased as being the “dog whisperer” as all pets took an immediate liking to Bill and loved him without hesitation. Bill was an active member in the community, volunteering his time for The Boy Scouts of Canada for over 25 years.

Bill was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a strong testimony of the gospel, was dedicated to The Book of Mormon and was grateful to hold the Priesthood during these times to allow him to administer the sacrament at home as in person worship was not possible. He served in many leadership capacities including bishop for over 6 years, and along with his wife, Trudie, served as missionaries in the Addiction Recovery Program for over 7 years. The Church provided Bill with many opportunities to provide service and ministering to others. His faith was a huge part of his life and he was valued in the LDS community.

In addition to his loving wife, Trudie, he also survived by his four children and ten grandchildren. David (Lenee) Fyfe; Kesler & Brenner Fyfe, Shianne (Darren) Hamman; Matthew & Alexander Hamman, Jill Fyfe; Ryenne, Landin & Radley Fyfe and Jeff (Janelle) Fyfe; Jackson, Ava & Griffin Fyfe. Bill is also survived by his brother Verl (Myrna) Fyfe, sister Rena Derricott, sister-in-law Gail Fyfe. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Art and Mary Fyfe, brother Mervyn Fyfe, brother Ben Fyfe and brother-in-law, Elmer Derricott. Bill will be deeply missed by all who knew and cherished him. A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at later date when restrictions are eased and we can honour his journey on Earth together.

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Christine Goertzen

1956 – 2020

Christine Ann Carolyn Goertzen of Nobleford passed away after a very long battle with cancer Wednesday December 16, 2020 at the age of 64 years.

Christine is survived by her sons David Goertzen and Daryl (Pamela) Goertzen, grandchildren Benjamin Goertzen and Ada Goertzen, father Gerd Voelske, sister Cynthia James, and Danny Goertzen (divorced), as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Christine was predeceased by her mother Christa Voelske and sister Katherine Piper.

A Celebration of Life Service will be postponed until April 1, 2021 in honour of her 65th birthday with additional details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a memorial donation in her name to

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NEVADA JOY HEAVY RUNNER – “Otasksskii-itso’waakiiyiiwa” – (Pretty Round Face Girl) passed away in Calgary, AB on December 14, 2020 at the age of 18 years. A Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m with a viewing from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Due to COVID -19 Restrictions only 10 people will be allowed into the service at a time. Interment in the One Spot Cemetery.

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Harriet Jacobson

1926 – 2020

Mrs. Harriett Jacobson of Lethbridge, formerly of Enchant, beloved wife of the late Lloyd Jacobson, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows, on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the age of 94 years.

A private family Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 12, 2020. The family invites you to watch via livestream at https://www. and then scrolling to the bottom of Harriet’s obituary. A link to watch will be available 15 minutes prior.

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Janina Jadwiga Klys

February 4, 1943

– December 9, 2020

Beloved soulmate of Alf Strand, aunty to many, sister to Christine, Barbara and John.

“Real happiness lies in making other people happy” – Buddha

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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.

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 Funeral Mass via livestream at and then scrolling to the bottom of Joanne’s obituary. A link to watch will be available 15 minutes prior.

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Garral “Garry” Petersen

1932 – 2020

Mr. Garral “Garry” Petersen of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Betty Petersen passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Ann Belle Service

1931 – 2020

Ms. Ann Belle Service (nee Illerbrun) of Lethbridge passed away at Legacy Lodge on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age of 88 years. She was the loving mother to Bev, Doug, Randy, Dwayne, Stacy, and grandmother to nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life to be held in the Spring.

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Gordon Sudeikat

1963 – 2020

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

Left to mourn his passing are his dad, Joseph; brothers, Danny and Joe; sister Patty (Jason) Wall; nieces Kandace, Lisa, Jackie and Carrisa.

He was predeceased by his mom Audrey, brother Rob and nephew Shane.

To respect Gord’s wishes, he will be remembered privately by family and friends.

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Jan. 1, 1932 – Dec. 15, 2020

It is with relief and sadness that we announce the passing of CUU VAN TRAN, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Cong Tran, and six children: Dat (Giang) Tran of Lethbridge, Chi (Quang) Tran of Hayward, USA, Khanh (Thuy) Tran of Denver, USA, Thu (Duc) Tran of San Jose, USA, My (Sinh) Tran of Edmonton and Nga (Huy) Tran of Atlanta, USA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Amanda, Hung (Ngoc), Huan (Julie), Dang (Thuan), Trung (Duyen), Frankie, Margaret, Catherine, Lan Anh, Mai Anh and Ban Anh; and three great-grandchildren: Henry, Levi and Andie.

He will be missed dearly by his family and people who knew him.

He was predeceased by all his five siblings, three sons, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.

A teacher by training, he left his profession to join the army and rose to the rank of Colonel. Always a patriot, he loved and fought very hard for his country of South Vietnam and her people till the end of the Vietnam war. In 1994, he immigrated to Canada. The first thing he said to his oldest son, Dat, at the Lethbridge airport: “I am a free man now and intend to enjoy to the fullest the freedom provided by the best country in the world, Canada”. Indeed he did, for 26 years until the day of his passing. As a family man, he cared deeply for his family, both close and extended. He was a tower of strength for our family through ups and downs. He always taught his children and grandchildren to work hard and be good and productive citizens in society.

He will always be with us everywhere we go and everything we do.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude for their kindness and wonderful loving care of Cuu : Dr. Dionne Walsh and the Palliative Care team; doctors and nurses: Dr. Mona Cassis, Dr. Lavens, nurse Danielle Coady and Home Care Nurses, St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit nurses especially nurse Celeste, CRH 4C unit nurses, Northside Sobeys pharmacists, EMS paramedics and Family Services Personal Care Aiders.

A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 beginning at 5:30 PM. Please contact Cornerstone to RSVP.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM with The Venerable Thich Thien Onang officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Cuu obituary on the Cornerstone Website.

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

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CELESTE ZEINSTRA, passed away peacefully of cancer with John, her loving husband of 47 years and her son Roger by her side, at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, December 14, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

She was predeceased by her son, Robert, brother Ron, her parents, in-laws, four sisters-in-law and her brother-in-law.

Celeste was born in Letellier, MB to Gerald and Ida Leclair and was raised there until she was age 17. When her parents purchased the Picture Butte Hotel, her family moved there to run it as a family business. There, she also met John, the love of her life, and they married in 1973. They farmed and raised their family in Picture Butte and Enchant.

Celeste was full of energy and life. She enjoyed spending time and socializing with her family and friends, travelling, and hands on hobbies of sewing, cooking & baking and knitting. She belonged to several social clubs and was always amongst the people. She worked several positions in the medical business where she made many connections in the communities she served.

Celeste was very strong in her faith which helped her immensely through her cancer journey. She was involved with the CWL for 45 years, starting in Picture Butte and finishing in Lethbridge at St. Martha’s Parish.

Once restrictions are eased we will celebrate her life the way she would want – spiritually and in a big way with all of her family and many friends surrounding and comforting each.

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