January 15th, 2021

TUESDAY, December 29, 2020


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 29, 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.

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 https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/DeborahDeb-Bakker and then scrolling to the bottom of Deb’s obituary. A link to access the livestream will appear 15 minutes prior.

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Braconnier

Henry Braconnier passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 26, 2020, at the age of 76.

He is predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Mary Broconnier, plus 7 sisters and 3 brothers.

Henry is survived by John Broconnier of Brooks, AB, Janet Hart of Lethbridge,AB, Peter Braconnier of Numa, AZ, plus numerous nieces and nephews, many friends through Sacla, and the friends he met during his years working with the Ability Resource Centre.

Henry had a close bond with, and will be greatly missed by his niece, “Trouble 2”, Edith Kish.

Edith will always cherish Henry’s laughter, his different sayings, his caring personality, and his gift of teaching her patients. Henry always said he loved going on vacations with Edith, and he was the most friendly man everywhere they went. Whenever he was in trouble, he always said to “call my girl”!

Family would like to extend our thanks to the caring staff on medical unit 4B at Chinook Regional Hospital. We greatly appreciate your kindness. Also, to the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare for being by Henry’s side during his last week.

Donations made in Henry’s name to Lethbridge Hospital Foundation Unit 4B would be greatly appreciated.

To send a message of

condolence please visit

http://www.generationsfh.ca.


Dennis Burke

1940 – 2020

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

He is survived by his wife Carolyn whom he was lovingly married to for 54 years; three children Doug (Jackie), Cathy (Wes) and Gary (Kristi); grandchildren Matt and Mark Burke, Sarah, Jess and Liam Meyer, Jill and Sydney Burke; brother-in-law Carl Nelson; sister-in-law Beryl Burke, as well as numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Lethrie and June Burke; sister Raema and brother Roger.

Dennis was born and raised in Carmangay, AB. He learned all the skills a farm kid does, but quickly took a shine to mechanics, following in his father’s footsteps. He was well known as the fix it guy for miles around. He worked on vehicles, tractors, rebuilt engines and could make almost anything run. Among Dennis’ many endeavors he was a third-generation house mover, licensed mechanic, owned his own trucking business and a bottled water company. He served as a Mayor and councillor of Carmangay for many years as well as a volunteer fireman. In his retirement he worked for Sterling trucks and Davis GMC.

His hobbies included working on (stock and drag) race cars and was a member of the antique truck and car clubs. Restoration of antique trucks and cars were his passion. Dennis loved camping, quadding, and fishing in the mountains. He and Carolyn loved travelling to various places around the world.

A very special thank you to the Physicians and nursing staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Dennis was well loved and will be fondly remembered by family and friends alike.

Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 119 14 St NW #100, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

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

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Arthur Havinga

1939 – 2020

Mr. Arthur William Havinga, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Alberta Havinga went home to be with his Savior and Lord, while surrounded by family on December 23, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Arthur was born to John and Jennie Havinga (nee VanDellan) on December 3, 1937. He married his life partner on February 2, 1959.

Arthur grew up on the family farm in Granum. For a short period of time, he continued to operate a gas depot, which was started by his father. Besides grain farming he also milked cows and sold the cream, raised some commercial beef cattle and had his chickens for eggs. For a few years he worked at Noble Blades Production Center in Nobleford and the Fort Macleod Auction Mart. On retirement, Arthur and Alberta moved to Lethbridge where they resided until their passing.

Arthur was active in the church choir in Granum and later joined the Lethbridge Christian Men’s choir which he loved participating in with his son Sid and grandson Kyle. Dad was active in Maranatha Christian Reformed Church for as long as his health permitted.

Dad is survived by and will forever be remembered by his children Adrianna (Dyce) Bolduc, Jennie (Brian) Cherniwchan, Walter (Theresa) Havinga, and Elza Bouman (Bill Allan). He will also be greatly missed by 18 grandchildren and 20.5 great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister Annablelle Robinson and his brother Joe (Ann), brother-in-law Ralph Poelman and many extended family members.

Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years Alberta Havinga; parents John and Jennie Havinga, stepmom Dena Havinga; son and daughter in law Sidney and Margaret Havinga; one grandson and one great grandson; sister and brother-in-law Marie and John Sterenberg; brothers in law Bill Titsing and Rocky Robinson, and sister-in-law Wilma Poelman.

A private Family Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, Lethbridge, Alberta.

The family invites you to watch the service via livestream by visiting https://www.mbfunerals.com/ and scrolling to the bottom of Arthur’s obituary. The link will be available 15 minutes prior to the service time.

He will be laid to rest beside mom in the Granum CRC Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre 1A129, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6 Z3.

Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:

That I may Dwell in the house of the Lord

And all the days of my life,

To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

And to seek Him in His temple.

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Albertha Huisman

1957 – 2020

Mrs. Albertha Johanna Huisman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Adrie Huisman, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the age of 63 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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KREMENIK

HANS KREMENIK, beloved husband of Rose Kremenik, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


KWAN

May 4, 1958 – Dec. 24, 2020

JONI MAY KWAN was the first child born to Wayne and Elsie Kwan. She went to school through grade 12 in Lethbridge and maintained many good friends from her school days throughout her life.

In the early 80’s, she went to college in Calgary to learn to be a travel consultant and returned to Lethbridge to begin her career at All World Travel. She was one of those very lucky few that truly loved her chosen profession. She loved to travel, loved her clients and loved the people she worked with. She spent more than thirty years sending people to every corner of the world.

In 1989, she married her husband Jack Houtekamer and soon after, started their little family. We always felt it was the most magical time in our lives. Joni loved her children dearly and was fiercely proud of them. She endured a difficult time as she neared the end but maintained a clean, glad happiness and because of her strength and courage, we were able to continue to enjoy many happy occasions and visits until the end.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Jack Houtekamer, daughter Sara Houtekamer (Gerrit) and son Adam Houtekamer (Kate), sister Lorraine (Kayton) Chow and her children, Stephanie, and Chris. She is also survived by her uncle Jimmy Lee and stepmothers Sherrie Kwan and Maria Kwan, as well as numerous cousins across Alberta and British Columbia.

Joni was predeceased by her brother Archie Kwan, who she dearly loved and cared for.

We want to express our most sincere gratitude to the staff at Legacy Lodge. Joni loved them like family and they treated her the same. It was a great comfort to us all, knowing she was so well cared for. Further, we want to show our gratitude to the ALS Society of Alberta. They were a tremendous support to Joni and to all of us.

Following Joni’s wishes and due to current COVID-19 regulations, no funeral service will be held.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


LAWRENCE

ROBERT “BOB” WILLIAM LAWRENCE passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, December 26th, 2020, at the age of 70 years. A full obituary will be published on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Cody Wilfred Lencucha

1992 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mr. Cody Wilfred Lencucha announce his passing on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the age of 28 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Thomas “Al” Mathison

1932 – 2020

Mr. Thomas “Al” Mathison of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Grace Mathison, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 88 years.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


Norma Poohkay

1927 – 2020

Mrs. Norma Poohkay of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Peter Poohkay, passed away at Good Samaritans West Highlands on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the age of 93 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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RACH

It is with heavy hearts that the family of ADOLF RACH, brother, dad, grandfather uncle and friend, announce his unexpected passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Christmas Day at the age of 79 years from non-covid complications.

He is survived by his brother Stan, and his sister Christa (Rick) Lastuka; son Jack Rach, and step daughter Janet Fehr (Herman) and step- granddaughter Kristi (Kris) Brown, grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa, parents, Ernst and Maria Rach and his brothers Anton and Walter.

Adolf was born in Kleinhilde, Kreis, Marienburg, Hannover on June 19, 1941. He came to Canada, Quebec Harbour on the Arosa Sun with his parents, brother and sister on June 18, 1956 – one day before his 16th birthday. After settling in Coaldale, and working in the beet field for a season, Adolf was employed by Alberta Transportation for 35 years and followed through for another five years with Volker Stevin. For more than 40 years, Adolf helped keep our roadways safe. Adolf enjoyed life and had a wonderful sense of humour. He kept everyone on their toes with his quick wit. He enjoyed his coffee with friends and the occasional beer or two and always lightened up the room with his charm and conversation. He touched all of those who spent time with him. He was a compassionate, thoughtful and honourable man who loved his family. His quiet courage, strength of spirit, creativity and sense of humour will be carried forward by those who knew and loved him.

After some health complications, he left his independent living and moved into Linden View Care Centre in Taber and then relocated with much delight to Fairmont Extendicare. He could not say enough about the quality and care received at both centres. A special heartfelt thanks to the staff and wonderful caregivers who were part of Adolf’s daily anticipation.

Adolf was a man of deep faith. When he was no longer able to attend Mass, he would watch it on television, as well as on his iPad. He enjoyed “attending” mass anywhere in the world, his favourite places being Poland and Germany.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions there will be a private Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 31st., at 10 AM. The Mass will be live-streamed. To watch, a link will be available on Adolf’s obituary at the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SCOTTER

Marjory Scotter of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late George Scotter, passed away December 23, 2020 at the age of 99.

Marj is survived by her son Jack (Barbara) Scotter, granddaughter Jody Scotter of Edmonton, grandson Wade (Susan) Scotter of Calgary, great grandchildren Zachary Boras, Whitney Boras and Mia Scotter. She is also survived by her sister Dora Marose and brothers Everett, Ray and Ron Tinsley.

Marj grew up without parents to guide her so she was always determined that this would not happen to her family. Her main focus was on her son and grandchildren and she was always so excited to spend time with Jody and Wade. They fondly remember Sunday breakfasts, Sunday roast beef dinners and the many wonderful camping trips with her.

She was the best and most amazing mother and grandmother that anyone could ever hope for.

When illness forced her husband out of the work force for an extended period she went to business school and learned shorthand and typing. She supported the family working as a secretary in the insurance industry and later went on to become a self-taught accountant. Her first retirement was interrupted in 1981 when she went to work part time at her son’s business. She permanently retired in 1993. She was a past member of the Lethbridge Curling Club and Henderson Lake Golf Course.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. Cremation and a private family ceremony will take place at a later date.


SCOUT

KRISTEN SKYE SCOUT passed away on the Blood Reserve on December 20, 2020 at the age of 24 years.

A viewing will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, in Cardston on Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. (Due to to COVID-19 – A limit of 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

To send a condolence or

Watch the Funeral, visit

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.


SCOUT

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.)

To send a condolence or

Watch the Funeral, visit

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.

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