May 30th, 2024

TUESDAY, January 5, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 5, 2021.

Joyce Arnold

1926 – 2021

Mrs. Joyce Arnold of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Millar Arnold passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held at a later date.

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Hubrecht “Huib” De Kok

1930 – 2020

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of my dear husband, our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Hubrecht (Huib) de Kok at the age of 90 years.

Huib was born on December 28, 1930, in ‘s’Heer Arendskerke, The Netherlands, and passed away on January 1, in the Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jannigje (Jannie); 10 children, Jany (Barend) Van Maanen Cornell (Betty), Henry (Janey), Herbie (Mieke), Andre (Henrietta), Gerald (Linda), Terry (Sharon), Marie (Ed) Vandenberg, Rick (Mary), Elaine (Koos) Vis; 71 grandchildren; 174 great grandchildren; brothers Kees, Andy; sisters Kaatje, Neeltje; in laws Mina, Fijgje Van Herk, Judith & John Overeem, Willem & Teuni Slingerland, Cobi Slingerland, Anneke Slingerland, Tony & Margaret Slingerland and Andy & Nita Slingerland.

Huib was predeceased by grandchildren, Jeffrey de Kok, Infant de Kok; great grandchildren Alysha Roth, Landon Mourits, Kelsea de Kok, and numerous brothers, sisters and in laws.

A private family Graveside Service will be held.

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Nellie de Kok of Fort Macleod, beloved wife of Andy de Kok, passed away on January 1, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

Beside her loving husband Andy, Nellie is survived by her Daughters; Nelleke (James) Kreft, Janet (Gerrit) Van Hierden, Andrea (Peter) Feyter, 16 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, sisters Janny (Marinus) Indenbosch, and Mattie (John) Vanee, brother-in-law Kees de Kok, sisters-in-law Kaatje Neels and Neeltje Neels as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Nellie was predeceased by her parents Dingenis and Stoffelina Van Sluys, son Andrew, grandson Adrian Kreft, brothers; John, Pete and Andy, and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Nellie married Andy soon after coming to Canada in 1951, The family spent 15 happy years together in Nanton and since 1967 have resided in the Fort Macleod area. Nellie spent the last few years together with Andy in the Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte. She made a special effort to make a happy home for her husband, children and grandchildren. Everyone of her family was important; everyone of her grandchildren and great grandchildren had a special place in her heart.

A Private Family Graveside will be held at Union Cemetery on Thursday, January 7, 2021 with Reverend H.D. den Hollander officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined, Those who wish. Memorial donations may be made to: Bethesda Care Home, P.O. Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0

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Mr. Bastiaan (Bas) de Peuter, beloved husband of the late Geertje (Gerie) de Peuter, passed away December 29th, 2020 at his home in the presence of family and loved ones.

Born in Haarlem, Holland on December 3, 1934, Bas immigrated to Canada and Southern Alberta with his parents and three brothers in 1952. He met Gerie in 1956, and they were married April 5, 1958.

Bas is survived by his son Martin, with grandchildren Mariele and Kent: Son Jake: Son Bastiaan (Anna), with grandson Bastiaan and great granddaughter Charleigh; and grandson Jake: Daughter Gonda, with grandson Joshua and great grandsons Joseph and Tate; Grandson Luke with great grandson August: Son Aris (Yumi) with grandchildren Samuel, Zenith, and Sarah: Daughter Janie (Rob) with grandchildren Shelby and Tristan: Son Michael with grandchildren Alexi, Jaidon, and Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Jake (Jane) de Peuter: Brothers in law Jake (Nell) Slingerland, Aris Slingerland, Martin (Jeanette) Slingerland, Case (Rose) Slingerland, Adam (Annie) Slingerland, Hank (Arlene) Slingerland, Tony (Lisa) Slingerland, Marinus (Wilma) Slingerland, and Willem Slingerland: Sisters in law Jannie (Jaap) Stouten, Gonda (Kor) Vanden Hoek, Judy (Chris) den Hertog, Diane Slingerland; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Bas was predeceased by his wife Gerie on January 31, 2020; by his oldest daughter Meta on December 6, 2017; by his grandchild Nathaniel in 1992; by his father Jacob in 1988 and his mother Metje in 1974; by his brothers Dewey in 2018 and Peter in 2010; by his father-in-law Maarten Slingerland in 2012 and his mother in law Hillegonda in 2005; by his brother in law John Slingerland in 2016; and sisters in law Judith Slingerland in 1954, Margaret Slingerland in 2003, and Ellie Slingerland in 2019.

A Private Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday January 5th, at the Netherland Reformed Congregation Church, 2608 7 Ave, Fort Macleod, AB. Live Audio Stream instruction will be available at on the day of the service.

Internment to follow at Union Cemetery.

Bastiaan’s family would like to give a special thank you to all the Staff at the Bethesda Care Home for all your kindness and care to Bas and Gerie over the years.

In Lieu of Flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Bethesda Care Home, P.O. Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0

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It is with the deepest sorrow that the family of DEBORAH JEAN EDMONDS announces her passing on December 30, 2020, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Deb left this world surrounded by her loving husband and children, at the age of 66 years. She was fiercely loved by all who knew her and will be terribly missed by her family and friends. She was the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.

A Private Service will be held.

In memory of Deb, if friends desire, memorial donations can be made to Kids Cancer Care at

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ronald “Ron” Jessup announce his sudden passing at home in Victoria, BC on November 19, 2020 at the age of 49.

Ron has been predeceased by his mother, Sandra Jessup (Butts), and survived by his only son Jake Jessup of Lethbridge, Alberta; younger brother Kevin (Sujana) and niece Callie Jessup of Monroe, Georgia, and father Harold (Donna) Jessup, of Lindsay, Ontario.

Ron was born in Sudbury, Ontario on December 31, 1970, the oldest of two sons born to Harold and the late Sandra Jessup.

After graduating with honors from Laurentian University, Ron launched a 22 year career with Frito-Lay in both Ontario and Alberta, before accepting a position with Maximus Canada in Victoria, British Columbia. Revered for his managerial instincts and praised for his ability to lead with empathy and compassion, Ron was a brilliant man and his talents will be greatly missed.

In his personal time, Ron was a fan of live music and sports, particularly golf, passions that have been imparted upon his son Jake – of whom he shared with Brenda Borg – and anyone else that would surrender to his infectious smile. His adventurous spirit and zest for life will live on through his loved ones. He shall never be forgotten.

Due to the restriction surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial will be held at a later date.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels.


It is with great sadness, the family of Margaret Kropinak announces her passing, at the Pincher Creek Health Center on December 29, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

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Cody Wilfred Lencucha

1992 – 2020

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

Cody was brought to our world in the loving arms of Craig, Lesley, Jenna and Cole Lencucha on September 4th, 1992 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. He started his life at an early age on a journey of love, heartache, and health issues. These moulded him into the unique man he was with God’s own special call.

His first and foremost love were his twin sons, Bowie and Sawyer, their sister Maya, and mother of the children, Meghan Phillips. This love extended to his grandparents, parents, brother, sister and their spouses, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and his dogs, and continued even in his passing. This was evident during many conversations we had fueled by emotion, love, and his unwavering commitment to his beliefs.

No matter when life’s challenges were weighing him down, he never turned down an opportunity to spend time and play with his nephew, Coen, especially if it involved a baseball and bat.

From a young age until his last breath, he saw the world as a place where you do not ignore suffering from any form of life and held a special place for those who were lost. Often as a child, he would stop when he saw someone on the streets suffering, and using the money he had, he would give it all to ensure they knew the soul of a child recognized them as someone. This continued everyday throughout his life sharing his cigarettes, money, and kind words when he had nothing else to give.

His health challenged him both physically and mentally through his battle with cancer, his struggle with addiction, and the growing loss of loved ones in his life.

Even though at times he believed he did not deserve the love of his family, he continued to hold his values close to his heart.

Some of his most valued memories after family carried onto the baseball field. He would tell us the best years of his life were in Lethbridge American Legion Baseball playing beside his brother and solidifying some of his strongest friendships and memories. He held the highest respect for his coaches and their decisions, understanding it was for the team and not him.

His passion, grit, and need for perfection continued in his work ethic, pride and quality of workmanship he displayed even with a fatigued body and soul. His last job held a special place in his heart with Flynn Canada in the construction and addition to the Cancer Centre in Calgary, working alongside his friend and mentor Rydian.

As health, fatigue, and loneliness formed a dark cloud over him, God finally decided he had suffered enough, picked him up in his arms, and carried him to a place of peace from his body and mind.

We who loved you will forever hold a tear in our eye, a place in our heart, and a smile everytime we hear his laugh.

Cody Wilfred Lencucha is survived by his twin sons, Sawyer and Bowie Lencucha, their mother Meghan Phillips, her daughter Maya; mom and dad Lesley Lencucha and Craig Lencucha; sister Jenna (Dave) Low; brother Cole (Sarah) Lencucha; newphews Coen and Remington Lencucha; uncles Alan Filkowski, Ed (Dawna) Filkowski, Mark (Diane) Lencucha; aunts Deborah (Maurice) Hollingsworth, Heather (Lane) Carpenter; Pat and Dan Jones and their families.

He is predeceased by grandpa John Filkowski, grandma Dorothy Filkowski, grandma Theresa Lencucha and auntie Margaret Filkowski.

We love you and you will always be missed.

A private family service will be held.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Richard Atwood McCollister

September 10, 1930

to December 31, 2020

With heavy heart and deep sadness, we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.

Dick is survived by his children Harriet and her family, Wyatt (Tasha) their children Riley and Nate, Zane (Ashley), Steven and his children Corbin, Maddie and Olivia. Jesse (Linda) and his family Travis (Rae) their children Sage, Allie and Shane, Leah (Lance) their children Brynlee, Harley, Lexie, Presley and Shilo, Jared (Keisha) their children Weston and Ariah, Ashley (Sterling) their children Emily and Wace. Wesley (Leanne) and his family Jolene (Kyle) their children Kenzie and Cole, Calib and his daughter Lucia, Kyle (Jenn) their children Kyson, Jordan and Drayana, Jami (David) their children Caitlyn and Travis, Jessica and her daughter Jorgia. Lana (Gus) and their daughter Donita (wade).

He was predeceased by his loving wife Nova and his daughter Denise, his brother Kenneth McKie and his wife Florence. Dick is also survived by his brother Alton (Gus), sister Gloria (Curt) Kruger and their families, sisters-in-law Adelia (Jack) Wade and Konita (Stan) Stout; as well as many many nieces and nephews and treasured friends.

Dick was a farm boy at heart, he married the love of his life Nova August 8,1951. Dick started working for the Shell Canada in 1956 at the Jumping Pound Plant, he then transferred to the Shell Waterton Gas Plant in 1961 and retiring in 1991.

Dick was a very hard working, kind and generous man, always a smile on and a hello to everyone even strangers. Dick was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was very active in his community, lots of clubs and organizations. Dick was a real softy for kids of all ages, especially his family. Milkshakes and homemade ice-cream were his signature, it never took much to talk anyone into joining him into one, especially his grandkids. Dick was one of the first Axillary RCMP in Alberta, for which he took great pride in.

A big void will be left in the lives of all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rommens and the Pincher Creek Health System for all the excellent care over the years. Lee Crest, Cardston and Vista Village, Pincher Creek where they all treated him with loving care and kindness.

Flowers gratefully declined, those who wish memorial donation may be made to Windy Slopes Health Foundations P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0 or the Pincher Creek United Church. P.O. Box 3037, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0

Due to Covid-19 a service may be planned in the new year.

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Arnold Roy Meroniuk

June 4th, 1950 – December 8th, 2020

Roy was born in Lethbridge Alberta, he passed away in Glendale Arizona. Roy was predeceased by his parents Mike and Nellie Meroniuk and his older brother Allen. Roy is survived by his wife Gayla of over 41 years, his daughter Tammy Kemna, two sons, Aaron and Jaime Meroniuk, three stepsons, eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his sister Doris Klotz, two nieces and one nephew

Roy was raised on the family farm west of Foremost Alberta. He worked for Noble Blade and Engineered Homes before going back to the farm to work with his father and brother. Roy had many artistic talents and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

In 2009, he and Gayla moved to Wellton Arizona where he enjoyed riding his Harley. He joined the CMA bike ministry and began taking pictures for the bike clubs. He also enjoyed hosting a large BBQ for the bikers and was known as The Good Looking Bald One. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Oct. 11, 1935 – Dec. 26, 2020

It is with such sorrow to announce the passing of JOYE REBECCA JEAN NEWMAN (née Thomas), of Bournemouth, England, beloved wife of Bruce St. Clair Newman (May 28, 1927 – September 20, 2003), of Manchester, Jamaica.

Joye came to Canada with her family on October 26, 1952. She is survived by her three children: Susan Patricia, Michael Robin (Marcia), and Robert Bruce (Sherry) as well as her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In honour of Joye’s requests, she will be cremated. There will be no formal service.

A private memorial celebrating Joye and Bruce will be held at a designated time and place in 2021 as per their wishes.

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Alfred Harold Oseen born August 13, 1934, passed away December 30, 2020. He passed away peacefully in Puerto Tenasco, Mexico at the age of 86 years.

Harold is survived by his son Marna Lee Oseen and his grandchild Julian Lee Oseen and Marna’s mother Marie Oseen, also 3 brothers and 1 sister in law and their families – Dean, Larry, Charles, and sister in law Donna Jane Oseen. He was predeceased by his father and mother Alfred and Ellen Oseen and his oldest son Shaun Oseen in 1995 and brother Dennis Oseen in 1997. Rest in peace, the family.

Alice Person

1922 – 2020

Mrs. Alice Person of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Clarence Person, passed away at Good Samaritan West Highland on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at the age of 98 years.

She lived most of her life on a farm near Parkside, Saskatchewan but moved to moved to Lethbridge during the final years of her life where she gained many new friends. She leaves behind her daughter Shirley (Kurt) Klein, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence and her son Leslie.

A private Interment will be held at a later time in Saskatchewan.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Timothy “Tim” Stanton

1952 – 2021

Mr. Timothy “Tim” Stanton of Lethbridge, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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DUSTIN “SHANE” VIELLE passed away on December 25th, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 38 years. A viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 am. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment in the St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Gordon “Gord” Yauch

1952 – 2021

Mr. Gordon “Gord” Yauch of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mrs. Donna Yauch, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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