May 6th, 2021

TUESDAY, April 20, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 20, 2021.

Edward “Ed” Barendregt

1952 – 2021

Mr. Edward “Ed” Barendregt of Picture Butte, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Joan Barendregt, passed away at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at and scrolling to the bottom of Ed’s obituary.

Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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May 18, 1966 – April 11, 2021

Carlson – Graeme was welcomed as a gift, arriving on his dad’s birthday and beginning a tradition of shared celebrations on May 18th for years to come. Born in Vulcan, Alberta, Graeme was the first member of the fourth generation raised on the family farm and homestead east of Champion, Alberta. Graeme’s childhood was full, there was always work to be done on the farm, raising crops in the summer and calving in the winter. He was his dad’s helper from the time he could reach the pedals on a tractor or a truck. Hockey, 4-H, music, motorbikes and friends filled his spare time. Graeme stayed on the farm for a few years after graduation but other interests called him away. He continued in agriculture, attending Lethbridge College. After graduation he worked in the industry with Pioneer Grain and Feedrite. In 1988 he was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Tammy Dyck right there in his hometown of Vulcan, where she had recently moved. They married in 1991 and began their life in Lacombe. In 1995 Graeme and Tammy welcomed their daughter Kaylin. In 1997 Graeme took on a new role with Tirol International. This job took them to Brooks where Graeme resided until his passing. Graeme and Tammy embarked on a new challenge in 2000 when they purchased Sportside Source for Sports. Graeme grew up in a community minded family, this upbringing and the store ownership saw him become an integral part of Brooks. He was a member of the Brooks Legion, Brooks and Stavley Elks Clubs and Brooks Masonic Lodge. He and Tammy were strong supporters of the local AJHL team, the Brooks Bandits. The championship performance of the Bandits carried him through many years when his Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins were not performing as he wanted. Graeme made connections and friends wherever he went. From family camping trips, men league golf and tournaments, visiting at Elks Lodges and Legion Halls on road trips, buying shows for the store and time spent with friends and family from childhood to present – many called him a friend. He liked to put on a gruff exterior sometimes but he actually had a deep loyalty for those he loved. He was so grateful for the love of his amazing wife Tammy and proud of all his daughter Kaylin’s accomplishments in 26 years. He was looking forward to retirement in the place he loved most, Qualicum Beach where he and Tammy purchased a home and were making plans for the future. Although those plans will be different now, he would want all of us left grieving to go on and enjoy life, connect to your community and not take anything for granted. Left to grieve are his wife Tammy, daughter Kaylin, mother Ann, sister Lorna (Lloyd), Aunt Ruth (Gord), cousins Kent and Dana (Cheryl) Karapita, mother-in-law Linda and numerous family members and friends from Alberta, BC, Ireland and the USA. Graeme was predeceased by his brother Garth, his father Gordon and his father-in-law John. Thank you to so many near and far who have reached out with support in many ways, for all of us, during this unexpected time. The kindness and professionalism shown by the staff at the Brooks and University of Alberta Hospitals was appreciated. A Celebration will be held this summer, when COVID restrictions allow for hugs and handshakes. Graeme would want us to all be able to be together and share some laughs and tears. Donations can be made in Graeme’s name directly to the Brooks Health Foundation (, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3, The Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation ( or your local Masonic Hall or Elks Lodge.

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Helene Sewoatsri Dahoe

1967 – 2021

Helene Sewoatsri Dahoe of Lethbridge (AB), beloved wife of Komlan Dahoe, suddenly passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, March 29, 2021, at the age of 54 years.

Helene was born in January 1967 in Aného (Togo). During her childhood, Helene preferred Ghana to Togo and moved to the maternal family home in Ghana, where she stayed with one of her Aunts.

Helene spent most of her life in Ghana, where she met and married Komlan Dahoe. And after spending 17 years together in Ghana, where Helene kept herself busy with many activities (fishing, farming, trading, prayer meetings), she moved to Canada with Komlan, their children and grandchildren and settled in Vancouver, BC, in 2008. Two (2) years later, Helen moved from Vancouver to Lethbridge, and the rest of the family moved to join her in Lethbridge in that same year.

In Lethbridge, Helene was an active member of the Lighthouse Church Community, recently renamed United Denominations. As such, she always had programs on the go, cooking, baking, online prayer meetings, Bible studies, counselling and serving others. Her door was always open to welcome company for Bible studies.

Helene played a crucial role in her children and grandchildren’s lives as she always offered to babysit her grandkids so that her children and daughters-in-law can work and do their daily activities without stress. She always treated her grandkids to shopping and trips in the zoo and included them in every one of the prayer camps she attended, and she was loved by so doing. Helene made sure her family is united and promoted peace among the family members wherever she was.

Helene was the ultimate caregiver. She took good care, not only of her kids and grandkids but also of her siblings. For instance, in 2015, Helene did not hesitate to move her sick brother from Montreal to Lethbridge multiple times to take good care of him. She also helps in her best ability those in need, and she was always ready to go the extra mile to make people that she loved happy. Such a trait made everybody that knows Helene call her Mama, meaning “mother” in Ewe (local Togolese language). Helene, the Mama of us all, will be dearly missed by her family, church, and the Togolese community here in Canada and in Africa.

Besides her loving husband, Komlan Dahoe, Helene is survived by her two (2) Daughters, Blessing and Juliette Dahoe, her five (5) Sons, Koami, Tony, David, John, and Joe Dahoe.

Helene is also blessed with nine (9) Grandchildren: two (2) from her daughter Juliette, three (3) from her son Koami and daughter-in-law Asata Dassin, two (2) from her son Tony and daughter-in-law Mary Aglago and one (1) from Joe Dahoe.

Helene is the firstborn of six (06) siblings; two (02) younger sisters- Ida and Odala; three (03) Brothers -Peter, Kodjo, Kola and she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and their families.

Helene Dahoe is predeceased by her mother Ayélé AMAH (October 1995) and Father Charles Kpoti Sewoatsri (June 2000).

A private Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM, on April 23, 2021.

A short private Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 24, 2021, followed by the Interment at Royal View Cemetery.

Note: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions regarding gatherings, the memorial service and interment will be streamed online. The family invites you to watch the service via Livestream at and scroll to the bottom of Helen’s obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations to support Helen’s family may be made to Kanda Kola Gnama ( ).

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RICK HEETEBRIJ, the beloved husband of Jan, of Lethbridge, was taken home to the Lord on Friday, April 16th, 2021, at the age of 72 years.

A Public Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. only. A private Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend John Van Eyk officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Rick’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Dale Robert Hummel

1957 – 2021

In true Dale fashion, he slipped away from the party early, long before the rest of us were ready to see him go. Dale was a gentle, kind, compassionate, and incredibly generous man. He connected and helped people in the most unexpected and quiet ways, never expecting any praise or recognition. After he passed away, we learned so much more about how his kindness had touched people, especially his friends in Medicine Hat, many of whom considered him family.

Dale was born and raised on the farm in Milk River. His first love was sports (go Leafs and Bombers!). Dale could rhyme off any sports stats at the drop of a hat. His second love was farming and he could tell you all there was to know about the Hummel Farms land. He worked the land until 2007 when he moved to Seven Persons, AB. There he met many friends through his work driving school bus, Red Cliff Taxi and his work as a security guard. Dale enjoyed the outdoors, especially teaching the next generation everything he knew about fishing, hunting, and camping.

In 2014 he moved to the Alberta Rose Lodge in Lethbridge where he resided until his death on April 15, 2021 at the age of 64 due to a heart condition.

Dale was a twin. He and his “womb mate” Doris Slag (Hummel) were born on March 24, 1957, the youngest of ten siblings. Dale leaves behind eight siblings Wally Hummel, Joanne Rolfe, Dianne Hummel Nelson, Betty Baldwin, Roy (Gail) Hummel, Ruth (Rick) Melvin, Amy (Chuck) Bradley and Doris (Jim) Slag; sister-in-law Karen Sexton and her children. He is also an Uncle and friend to many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins.

Dale was predeceased by his parents Bob and Beth Hummel of Milk River, AB; brother Mark; 3 brothers in law Bill Nelson, Gordon Rolfe, and Dale Baldwin, 1 sister in law Gloria Hummel, and numerous other family members. On hearing of his passing, his cousin Jean said, “Poor Dale, I wonder if he is feeling overwhelmed at meeting so many relatives right now, hopefully they’ll come a couple at a time.” What a reunion it will be!

The family is incredibly grateful for the care that he received from his personal caregiver, Rizza Lagon. Dale loved to share his memories of farm and family with her. We are also thankful for the staff at Alberta Rose Lodge and the AHS homecare workers.

A private family graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (Dale would be pleased that it is on the Queen’s 95th birthday). The family invites those who wish, to watch the recording of the service later in the week by visiting on Dale’s obituary.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Milk River Cemetery.

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SUSAN SHELISE HINMAN LEAVITT, beloved wife of Gerald Leavitt, and mother of Shannon Lybbert, Tracy Bright, Sharleen Anderson and Shelise Grigg, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 75 years.

A private family service will be held on Friday, April 23, with interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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Mrs. Lorraine Martha Nickel, beloved wife of Peter J Nickel, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the age of 78. Besides her husband of 61 years, Lorraine is survived by her children; LaRie (Andy) Wilson, Tammy Nickel (Rendy Shuya), Peter, and Dale (Heidi), daughter-in-law Shelley Nickel. Sisters; Valery Koenig and Sharon Wong, and sister-in-law Helen Nicholauson, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Hugo and Mary Nicholauson, son Darcy, brother Ralph and brother-in-law Richard Koenig.

Lorraine was born in Esterhazy, Sask. October 23, 1942.

Cremation has been entrusted to Evergreen Cremation Services.

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Erika Penner

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Erika Penner of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Willard Penner, passed away peacefully surrounded by immediate family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

Erika was a woman of faith and her love for the Lord was demonstrated each day through her fervent prayers, love for family and desire to serve others. Her example of service to Christ will be a lasting legacy for her family. Erika is survived by her 2 daughters Shirin Penner-Harms (Wes Harms) and Connie Peters (Brian Peters); 2 sons Don Penner (Jenny Penner) and Murray Penner (Marilyn Penner); 11 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and brother Werner Pankratz (Ruth Pankratz).

A Private Family graveside service will be held in the Grassy Lake Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Erika’s name may be made to the Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp, c/o John Regier, 2225 27 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 6K5.

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LOUISE SALOFF, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Frank Saloff, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

In lieu of flowers, for anyone wishing to honour Louise to consider making a donation to the Indigenous Cultural Support program at Lethbridge College. Cheques can be made to Lethbridge College. Please send donations to the Development Office, Lethbridge College, 3000 College Drive S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 1L6 or on-line click the “Give in Memory” box at to donate.

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Frank was born on January 9th, 1934 to Seymour Bicknell Smith and Winfred Harker in Cardston, Alberta. He was the 9th child of 10 children. Frank grew up on the family ranch southeast of Mountain View and attended school in Mountain View, Cardston and Provo.

Frank married his high school sweetheart Hazel Bevans on October 15th, 1953. Their children are Brandon and Bradley (twins), Amber, Lucille Marshall (foster daughter), Rock, Dallen, Rusten and Ryan.

He was actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life.

Frank raised cattle, sheep and loved horses. He was a shareholder of Simmental Breeders Ltd.(SBL) which imported the first Simmental bull, Parisien, into North America. He was astute and self-taught in many areas and became a skilled builder and mechanic and was an early adopter of new and emerging technologies that helped enhance his ranching entrepreneurship. Through personal challenges, Frank developed an empathy that allowed him to understand and help others as a trusted and respected friend.

Frank had a keen mind for remembering events, dates, people and genealogy. He loved reading histories and enjoyed reminiscing about events and families of the area. He chaired the book committee that completed, in just over a year and in-time for the Alberta Centennial, the Chief Mountain Country Volume III; A history of Cardston and District. In the last year of his life, he compiled and published his own history using Hazel’s journals and his recollection of family and events. His scribe was his iPhone which he used to converted his voice into text.

Frank passed away peacefully in his home on April 15th, 2021. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Hazel, all of his siblings, Smith cousins, and 3 grandchildren. He is survived by all of his children and their spouses, 33 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren.

A private Family Viewing will be held on Tuesday April 20th, 2021. On Wednesday April 21st at 1:00 PM, a private family service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home which can be viewed live or at a later date or send condolences please visit

The family would like to thank all those that have provided meals and done numerous acts of kindness over the past several years since the passing of Hazel in 2014. Frank will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives!


Mary Wood of Lethbridge passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at Legacy Lodge at the age of 86 years. She was a beloved friend that brought joy to all those around her and will be deeply missed.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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