April 17th, 2024

THURSDAY, April 8, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 8, 2021.


CATHERINE “CATHIE” McGINTY, beloved wife of the late James “Jim” McGinty, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. with Francis and Cybele Noronha officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Both services will be live streamed and may be accessed via Cathie’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Debra Smith

1959 – 2021 

Debra Ann Smith (nee MacDonald), beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 62 years. As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19 and the government recommendations, a private funeral service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, Taber on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Due to the fact that in person attendance at the service is limited and by invitation only, those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Debra’s obituary page on our website and choosing the ‘service video recording’ link after 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Besides her loving husband Les, Debra is survived by their three children Jeff (Lyndsay) Smith of Taber, Pam (Curtis) Schultz of Taber, Brad (Gillian) Smith of Okotoks; grandchildren Madison, Kelsey, Xavier, Elliott and Evelyn. She is also survived by her sisters Karen (Mike) Boyes and Janet (Roy) Bartz and their families, her mother-in-Law Margret Smith and numerous extended family members.  She was predeceased by her parents Hector and Eileen MacDonald and by her father-in-law Alan Smith. Debra was born in Bow Island on March 16, 1959 to Hector and Eileen MacDonald. She married Les Smith on November 4, 1978 and together raised three children, Jeffrey, Pamela and Bradley.  Debra loved her family deeply and was always willing to help her children and grandchildren when needed. She had a passion for sewing and many enjoyed the numerous items she spent endless hours making. Les and Debra enjoyed many trips on their motorbike over the past few years. Yellowstone, Sturgis and San Francisco were just few adventures they took together. Their Arizona home away from home was their dream. Together they enjoyed golfing, hiking and biking. They always welcomed visits with family and friends.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Debra’s name may be made directly to HALO Air Ambulance, 12, 49 Viscount Avenue SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G4 (http://www.haloairambulance.com). Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


November 24th, 1974 – April 3rd, 2021

Brent Allen Sorge, beloved son, father, brother, and friend died on Saturday, April 3rd. Left to mourn his passing are his daughters Raven Scott Sorge (Vince Knight) and Nella Sorge, his mother JoAnn St. John (Ian Hepher), his father Allen Sorge (Mary Ann), his sister Robyn Sorge (Christen Dokk Smith) and niece Freyja, his brother Kevin Sorge (Brittany) and nephew Max.

His step-brothers Robin Hepher (Corinne Theissen) and Skye, and Michael Hepher (Anie) and Finn and Theo will also mourn his passing. Brent belonged to a huge extended family, and had a large circle of friends, who are all deeply saddened by this loss.

Brent was a man like no other. To quote some of his many friends, he had a fire and passion that burned brightly, yet always seemed to be one step away from his own happiness. He championed the downtrodden and was never at a loss to share his heart…or his opinion.

Growing up, Brent loved being with family and friends. Brent comes from two large loving families and learned early in life about the importance of connection. He forged deep and meaningful friendships that supported him through many struggles and adversity.

At a young age he developed a love of music which came to be his life-long passion. It was through music that Brent found his greatest expression and deepest joy, outside of his daughters. He was a die-hard Oilers fan, to which many of his friends can attest.

Brent had a brilliant mind and a heart that loved fiercely, yet he struggled with everyday life.

Rest in power, Brent. You are loved. And you will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Mental Health Programs at the Lethbridge Family Ties Association (www.familyties.ca). Due to current restrictions, a private celebration of immediate family is being held on Friday, April 9th. A “Celebration of Life” honouring Brent will be held later this summer, depending on COVID restrictions.

Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


Sept. 13, 1952 – Apr. 4, 2021

DR. ALLEN F. TRAUTMAN, beloved husband of Geri Medwid Trautman, cherished father of Victoria (Ryan) Becker, and Mike (Dayna) Trautman, and joyful grandfather of Jayde Trautman, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at the age of 68 years. He fought a valiant battle with cancer, but the Lord chose to take him.

He is also survived by his siblings and their children: Carol (Don) Simpson, Jane (Mike) Faught, Odean (Charlotte) Trautman, Tim Trautman, Danny (Jody Wilkes) Trautman, Peggy (Bob) MacTaggart and sister-in-law Joy Trautman (Dave deceased).

Allen was born September 13, 1952, in Camrose, Alberta to Mary and Stan Trautman. He was raised in New Norway and went on to do his pre-med at Camrose Lutheran College on a hockey scholarship. He proceeded on to the U of A (Edmonton) for medical school. With his new bride, he then went to St. John’s, Newfoundland for his internship. His calling was in General Surgery, a fellowship he completed at the U of A.

Upon completion of his internship, Lethbridge was chosen for their new home. Allen felt he had the best job in the world, healing people. Many were touched by his skills. He was humbled when the Pikanii Nation honoured him with his name: Otoyasis (sacred/healing sticks). His passion for horsemanship, which he shared with his children, got him involved with 4-H, rodeo, team penning, team roping and ranching.

Ranching (his second job) took him to the Porcupine Hills; a place he loved. He also had a passion for “armed wildlife viewing”. Many hours were spent hunting with his children, brothers and nephews.

Doc will be sorely missed. He loved life and embraced the joys of it.

A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Both services will be live streamed and may be accessed via Al’s obituary on the Cornerstone website at their respective times.

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

Jeanette Wachtler

1951 – 2021

We are heartbroken to announce that Jeanette Wachtler, of Lethbridge, cherished Mother of Colleen Gatzky, was taken home by her Heavenly Father on April 1, 2021 at the age of 69, just in time to be there for Easter.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:00pm with Pastor Frank Allen of Lethbridge Christian Tabernacle officiating. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of Jeanette’s obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, a memorial donation may be made to the Lethbridge Christian Tabernacle at 1805 9 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 1H8; or Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope at: Joyce Meyer Ministries – Canada, P.O. Box 7700 STN Terminal, Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2 or at their website, joycemeyer.org

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

Abram Wieler

1959 – 2021

Mr. Abram “Abe” Wieler, beloved husband of Mrs. Sheila Wieler passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

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