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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 19, 2021.


April 20, 1923 – January 18, 2021

Bernice passed away peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the age of 97 years, at Good Samaritan Garden Vista, in Magrath, Alberta.

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MARY ROSE GROS VENTRE BOY “Kaatsiikoom” passed away on January 13th, 2021 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 82 years. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 from 9:00 to 12:00 pm with a Family Service to follow at 12:00 pm. (Due to COVID-19 – only 20 people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

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Heaven gained another farmer! PHILIP (PHIL) HILLMER passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021. Phil, best known as Grandpa was just 11 days away from his 98th birthday.

Phil lived his entire life in Del Bonita Alberta and was second generation in the family farm. Phil, along with the love of his life Irmgard, worked hard to build the family farm. His dream was that the farm stayed in the Hillmer name and was so proud to see his son Martin and grandsons Keeley and Braeden continue the business. Grandpa’s legacy will live on and his stories and memories will be passed on to hopefully the 5th generation one day as well! He will be missed but we know he is in a much better place and reunited with Grandma Irmgard and all the dogs and horses he loved through the years! If you feel some thunder in the next few days, it will simply be Grandpa calling the name ‘Tippy’ or Peter. He could never remember other names so inevitably the names were very few. The family would like to thank all the caretakers at the Good Samaritan Society Prairie Ridge in Raymond! Your kindness and care was so appreciated!

No funeral will be held. However, we will all celebrate the life he led and the memories we shall all cherish! We know you will be watching over us and riding in the combines or driving through the crops for us! We love you! Martin (Sheila), Keeley (Jessie) Braeden (Alicia).

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Margaret Malmberg

1931 – 2021

Mrs. Margaret Malmberg of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Clare Malmberg passed away at St. Michaels Palliative Care on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

Margaret was born on June 27, 1931 in Calgary, Alberta. She was a loyal member of Southminster United Church and served as secretary there for 16 years. She loved her many trips to Waterton and Jasper with Clare. Mom had a love of gardening and reading. She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was kind and generous and was always there for her family and friends. She will always be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her family.

Margaret is survived by her daughter Brynn; son Kevin (Liz); granddaughters Dara Dangas (Chris) and Tarryn Forai. She is also survived by five great grandchildren Christina, Wyatt, Jace, Lucas and Ethan.

Thank you to St. Therese Covenant Health and to St. Michaels Palliative Care for the compassionate care they provided to mom.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 22, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, Lethbridge, Alberta. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream by visiting and clicking on Margaret’s obituary 15 minutes prior to service time.

Interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret’s name to Operation Smile 375 University Ave Suite 204, Toronto, ON M5G 2J5 or Diabetes Canada at /Diabetes Canada, 1300-522 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2R5.

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LAWRENCE “LARRY” McCORQUODALE, beloved husband of Debrah, of Lethbridge, formally of Calgary, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 70, on Friday, January 15th, 2021.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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COREY JOHN STEPHEN GRANT-MERKL passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 38 years.

Corey was born in Lethbridge on March 29, 1982. He earned his GED and eventually worked as an apprentice electrician in Lethbridge. His proudest achievement is his daughter Ava. He often shared pictures and videos of all of her accomplishments and loved to share stories of their times together. She was the love of his life and he beamed with pride and affection any time he talked about her. He was very grateful for her mom Nicole for being such a good mom.

Corey was a compassionate and thoughtful man who loved his family. He would text his mom most mornings just to check in and say, “Hello” and ask how she was doing. He loved catching up with everyone at family get-togethers and had a great laugh and a beautiful smile! He especially loved his mom’s cooking! His favourite meal was a steak dinner with rice pudding for dessert and he was always happy to take home the leftovers! He and his partner Lyssa loved spending time together doing many things like playing crib, cooking meals and taking his best friend, his dog “Charlie”, on walks and to the dog park. Growing up Corey enjoyed visiting the mountains and his dad’s cabin. He also played hockey and was a huge fan of the game. Over the years he enjoyed all the time he spent with his step-dad Gary learning from the many building projects they worked on together.

His quiet courage, strength of spirit and huge heart will always be treasured by all those who loved him. He will never be forgotten.

Corey was predeceased by his grandparents, Frank & Doreen Merkl, and Frances and John Grant, uncles Dana Merkl, and Clint and David Grant.

He is survived by his daughter Ava Merkl-Gibson (Nicole Gibson). His partner, Lyssa Nayshall, his parents, Shelley Merkl (Gary English) and Garry Grant. He is also survived by his sister Charlene (Michael) Dyck and his brother Sean Merkl. He was loved by his nieces and nephews: Bailey, Carson and Brennan Dyck, Morgan Merkl, Gage Erlendson and Olivia Merkl. He will be missed by aunts, especially Aunties Coreen Warnock and Helen Grant, uncles, especially Uncle Ron (Peggy) Grant, many cousins, and step grandparents Earl & Jackie English, Carol McMullen, as well as many friends.

Due to Covid restrictions a celebration of Corey’s life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, please consider contributing to a trust fund set up for Ava in Corey’s memory. Memorial contributions can be made via e-transfer to or by visiting any RBC branch, please email for account information.

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JEANETTE MARIE PICHE, beloved wife of the late Gerald Piche, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge, on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 71 years.

A Service will be held in Saskatchewan at a later date.

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MRS. DOROTHY STROEVE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Ben Stroeve, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

A Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Father William Monis celebrating. The Prayer Service and Funeral Mass will be live streamed and may be accessed via Dorothy’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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