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SATURDAY, December 26, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 26, 2020.

Deborah “Deb” Bakker

1960 – 2020

Deborah Elaine Bakker, beloved wife of Evert Bakker, passed away at home with her loving husband by her side on December 22, 2020 at the age of 60 years.

She is survived by her brother Jim (Any) Rivest; in-laws Hendrika Bakker, Marianna (Glenn) Charles, Marcella (Tim) Klein and William (Lillian) Bakker, as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Deb is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who played an integral role in her life and were generous in their love and recipients of her love. She treasured her furry children greatly and is survived by her “guard” dog Lizzie B.

Deb was predeceased by her parents as well as as two uncles and two aunts. She was also predeceased by her maternal grandparents who raised Deb and Jim like their own children.

Deb had a heart for people which led to her career as a counselor for many years. During her four-year battle with cancer, Deb fought fiercely strengthened through the journey by a solid faith in her Lord and Saviour. Deb was very appreciative of the many kindnesses extended by family and friends during this time.

A private family Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 with a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date. The family invites you to watch the Graveside Service via livestream by visiting and then scrolling to the bottom of Deb’s obituary. A link to access the livestream will appear 15 minutes prior.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army Lethbridge, 1302 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0R4, Canadian Cancer Research, 1141 101 St, North Battleford, SK S9A 0Z5, or a charity of one’s choice.

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GERALD “GERRY” BROOKS, the beloved husband of Pat Brooks, of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

A private service of Remembrance will be held at the COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2710 – College Drive South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 29th at 11:00 AM. The service will be live streamed on the College Drive Community Church You Tube Channel

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AURELIO “REL” DELBELLO, husband, father, teacher, coach, and author, passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease on December 23, 2020 at the age of 71 years.

In addition to his loving wife Diane Delbello (née Grbavac), Rel leaves behind his daughters Mandy (Scott) and Janelle (Kevin); sons Tom (Chris) and Conor (Anna); brother Oriano (Brenda); and his grandchildren Madeleine and Jackson.

Rel was born on July 9, 1949 in Trieste, Italy to Gioacchino and Maria Delbello. In 1957, he and his parents immigrated to Canada, settling in Coaldale. He grew up in Lethbridge and graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1968. Rel was a CCH Cougar athlete throughout his high school years, playing on both the basketball and football teams. From 1969-1973, he attended Minot State University in North Dakota, where he played football and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

Rel enjoyed a 35-year-long career in the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division, primarily teaching at his alma mater, Catholic Central High School. Rel also rejoined the CCH Cougars football team from 1975-1983 as their Head Coach. During his tenure, Rel and his long-time friend and colleague, Rick Credico, led the team to several championships. After retiring from teaching in 2009, Rel spent the following three years working with students in the Registered Apprenticeship Program through CAREERS: The Next Generation.

Between 1990 and 1992, Rel co-authored the “Century 21 Accounting: Third Canadian Edition” textbook, along with related workbooks and guides. Today, his textbook is still used in classrooms to prepare students for a career in accounting and to educate businesses in basic accounting practices.

Rel’s hobbies and interests reflected his deep love for his children. He loved sharing his passion for sports with them and could be found behind the bench as their coach or in the stands as their biggest cheerleader. Rel took a keen interest in videography, mainly in order to capture every moment with his family. On vacation, he would be reliably recording with the latest video camera in hand. Finally, Rel had a love of sweets (and ice cream in particular), sharing his secret stashes with his children.

Rel is predeceased by his parents, Gioacchino and Maria, and brother, Marino.

A private family memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The mass will be live-streamed and may be accessed via Rel’s obituary on the Cornerstone’s website: The family will host a celebration of his life at a later date.

Rel will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Larry Dwyer

(May 5, 1935 – December 21, 2020)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Larry at Vista Village at the age of 85 years. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Charlotte; his siblings: Patricia Jensen, Jean Richards and Bruce Worke; as well as other friends and relatives. He was predeceased by sister Sally (Ernie) Betts, sister Iris (Ray) Wilson, brother Grant Harris, brother David (Wendy) Worke, brother Royce Worke, brother Clarence Harris and special brother-in-law Curtis Richards.

Larry grew up on a farm. He attended Pincher Creek High School and later Olds Agricultural College. He worked at many jobs over the years, building houses, working at the Gas plant and at the M.D. of Pincher Creek; he returned to farm with his father-in-law Henry Hammond where he remained until illness forced his retirement. Charlotte and Larry lived for a short time in Othello, Washington where he was a licensed crop applicator. They returned in 1970 to the farm. Larry and Charlotte operated the Three Rivers Rock and Fossil Museum for over 30 years. They spent many trips rock collecting with Henry. He loved to teach children about rocks and made many lifelong friends doing so. Larry was an avid basketball player and won three medals at the Alberta Games. Charlotte and Larry loved trees and flowers and grew many exotic trees on the farm. In his youth he collected coins, stamps and butterflys. One of the greatest joys in his life was finding his birth family and finding out that he was one of nine children. He served on the hospital board as a member and later on as the chairman.

There will be a private family graveside service held at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windy Slopes Foundation, P.O. Box 2554 Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.

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Harriett Helen Jacobson

1926 – 2020

Harriett Helen Jacobson departed this life on Thursday December 17, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 94, beloved wife of the late Lloyd Jacobson.

Harriett, daughter of the late George Heather and Matilda Heather (Otteson) was born in Bassano, Alberta on May 14, 1926. She was raised on a farm in Milo, Alberta, graduated from Milo High School and then completed a seamstress course in Calgary, Alberta. That seamstress course was the beginning of a lifelong love of sewing and quilting.

Harriett married the love of her life, Lloyd Francis Jacobson, on July 14, 1949 and resided on the Jacobson family farm near Enchant, Alberta for the majority of her life till moving to Lethbridge.

Harriett was actively involved on the farm, raising 4 children, growing a huge garden and of course always had her sewing machine on the go. She was active in the Enchant Community Association, in the Ibbestad Lutheran Church, the Craft Club and Seniors Club in Enchant where she, with the other members, painted and fired ceramics, painted landscapes, did hardanger embroidery and quilted. How she loved to create those quilts.

Harriett will be lovingly remembered by her children, Carol (Ken) Bell, Lynn (Elaine) Jacobson, Heather (Gavin) Griffiths, Jay Jacobson and daughter in law Susan Jacobson. Her grandchildren, Michael Bell (Kamara), Sean Bell (Ann), Andrew Bell (Pamela), James Jacobson (Jaclyn), Megan Tolchard (Jared), Gillian Jacobson, Allison Griffiths, Robyn Griffiths, Jeffery Jacobson, Steven Jacobson (Dalyce), David Jacobson, 11 great grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Matilda Heather, her husband Lloyd Jacobson, her brothers Alvin (Hap) and Jack Heather and her sisters May Corbiel, Donna Gordon, and Joanne Chambers.

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 and then scrolling to the bottom of Harriet’s obituary. A link to watch will be available 15 minutes prior.

For those who wish, donations may be made in honour of Harriett directly to the Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village,15111 15 Ave N, Lethbridge Alberta, T1H 1W2 or a charity of your choosing.

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Cheryl Christine NoChief – Ihmspohps (the Quiet One), passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 at the Pincher Creek Health Care Centre with her husband by her side.

Christine was born in Brocket Alberta on March 27, 1949 to Bernard and Catherine (McGarty) Bastien. She attended Lethbridge College where she obtained her Health Care Aide certificate and worked for the Piikani Homecare in the 80’s. Christine also attended the Nechi Institute where she obtained her Indigenous Addictions Services Diploma and worked as an Addictions Counsellor on Piikani Nation and in Creston B.C. for many years before retirement. Words cannot express the void she leaves. What can be said is that she honored life by helping and fighting for those who couldn’t help themselves. She had the inner strength and resilience to move through the “hard stuff” and to focus on life’s enjoyments. Her love of life, quick wit and laughter will live on in her children and grandchildren.

Wake Service for extended family and friends will be held at the Pincher Creek, Snodgrass Funeral Home on December 27, 2020 at 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Family will proceed to the residence of Jordan NoChief, to have a private one-night wake. The Funeral Service will be held at residence of Jordan NoChief on December 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

Due to Covid19 the gathering restrictions will be limited to 10 people during the funeral service and interment. Therefore, The Family has decided to have a celebration of life in spring 2021, at which time her extended family and friends may attend.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes assisting with funeral arrangements

(403) 627-4864.


Keith Leonard Payne, beloved husband of Priscilla Payne passed away on Saturday December 19th, 2020 after a very short but intrusive bout with cancer.

Keith was born on Sept. 5, 1941 to Leonard and Naida Payne. He was the 2nd of 5 sons.

He is survived by his wife Priscilla, children Bruce, Michael (Jack), Clark (Dana), Susan (Sean) Clarke, Lori (Bob) Wood and Jeff (Laura), and his 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his 4 brothers, Glenroy, Nolan, Gary, and Brent.

Keith was born in Lethbridge and spent his life in Southern Alberta. He was raised on a farm and enjoyed the outdoors. He worked in Sales the majority of his career and later owned the Pro Hardware in Cardston. He loved his family and was very supportive of their many activities. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in numerous capacities. Once he retired, Keith and Priscilla spent the winters for about 12 years in Mesa Arizona, where he made many friendships from Canada and the US.

Keith will be missed by his family and friends who knew him.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society,, in the name of Keith Payne.

Friends may meet with the family on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Due to Covid-19, we ask those wishing to attend to please call

the funeral home and book a time to visit. Masks are mandatory.

A Private Family Service will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m.

Live streaming of the service will be available on Christensen Salmon Generation’s Funeral Home, page and clicking the link below Keith’s obituary.

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ELIZABETH “DELRA” SCOUT (Sooyi’kitstaki) passed away in Calgary, AB on December 18th, 2020 at the age of 71 years. A viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. (Due to COVID-19 – A limit of 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

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