June 22nd, 2024

TUESDAY, July 13, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 13, 2021.


Miss Agna Neza Bergant, of Milk River, passed away peacefully with friends at her side, on July 7, 2021, and the age of 97 & 1/2 years.

Agna came to Canada from Slovenia (Ljublana) as a young woman and graduated from Winnipeg General Hospital in 1962. Agna was very proud of her nursing career, which included public health in Ontario, northern Manitoba, Cardston, and Milk River.

Agna was the sixth of 11 children, and family was very important to her, but her active faith was most precious to her. Her faithfulness to the Lord was evident.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB, on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating.

Following the Mass, Agna will be laid to rest in the Milk River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Agna, donations for Masses may be made to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church (PO Box 36, Milk River, AB, T0K 1M0).

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Gerrit Donkersgoed

1927 – 2021

Gerrit Donkersgoed of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Johanna Donkersgoed, passed away suddenly on July 7, 2021, at the age of 94 years.

A public Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, with Pastor Andrew Joosee officiating. A private family Interment will be held prior in the Archmount Cemetery. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of Gerrit’s obituary.

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Daryll Dunn

1976 – 2021

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Daryll Karter Dunn of Lethbridge Alberta on July 8, 2021 at the age of 44 years.

Daryll was a kind soul that grew up in Lethbridge Alberta. He worked alongside his father in the cabinetry business for twenty years. He was very artistic, and it showed in his work. He was a never-ending fan of Nirvana and had some great rock concert memories. When he wasn’t working, he loved a being around a campfire, heading out fishing or hitting the softball diamond. More than anything loved making people laugh and smile, particularly Emma.

Daryll is survived by his girlfriend Tammy Pelletier and daughter Emma, his Father Kevin Dunn (Irene Roest), sister Diana Dunn-Kostiw (Lance), nephew William and niece Evelyn Kostiw. As well as countless extended family and friends.

He is predeceased by his mother Eva Dunn, and his grandparents Beatrice and Clio Dunn and Roy and Clara Cutforth.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday July 15, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, 610, 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Reception/Celebration of Life will be held afterwards at the John Martin Recreation Area located in Pavan Park, 62 AVENUE NORTH from 3-6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta South Region 426 6 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Ted Jetten

1931 – 2021 

Theodore “Ted” Jetten, beloved husband of Josephine “Jo” Jetten, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the age of 90 years. Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


ELAINE JOYCE (SHOEKEL) JUBBER, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, Friday, July 9, 2021, at the age of 94 years. She leaves behind, her devoted sister Beryl Shoekel, who has been her loving support and constant companion since the death of her husband, Henry Melvin Jubber in 2012.

Elaine will be lovingly remembered by her children; Vernon (Janet), of Lethbridge, Gary (Ann), of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Delcia Mullen (Paul), of Calgary; seventeen grandchildren and 68 great- grandchildren whom she adored and who adored her. She is also survived by her sister Ramona Shoekel, her niece Sharon (Leon) Delport in East London, South Africa. She was predeceased by her brother Neville (Iris) Shoekel and brother Robert (Adore) Shoekel.

Elaine was born in Kimberley, South Africa on May 11, 1927 to Christian Edwin William Shoekel, and Francis May Clements. She was raised near the ocean in East London, South Africa and has always had a great love for her beautiful homeland. Elaine lost her mother at the tender age of 14 and felt a tremendous desire to do all she could to love and care for her younger brother and sister.

Elaine met her husband Melvin when she was 19 years old. They were married July 31, 1948 and spent 64 years together before his passing. They emigrated to Canada in 1957. They loved the people in the Lethbridge community. She was always an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Everything Elaine did was done to perfection. She knit beautifully and was an exquisite seamstress. She spent countless hours making dresses, skirts, gowns, pants, shirts, costumes, draperies, bedspreads, baby blankets, toys, doll clothes and so much more for her family and others. She did beautiful needlework, porcelain sculpting, and ceramics. She made chocolates, decorated wedding cakes and was a marvelous cook and hostess. She was an incredible homemaker and made everything around her beautiful and welcoming.

Elaine was gracious and sincerely interested in everyone she met. She had a special gift to make you feel special and important whenever you spent time with her.

She had high expectations for her children and grandchildren and was convinced that they could and should accomplish anything they desired. She inspired all who knew her be a little kinder, to stand a little straighter, to work a little harder, to be a little better and to make the world a more beautiful place. She was so loved by so many and will be sorely missed, but her influence will live on for years to come.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Blvd. S, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Friends may meet with the family prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

The service will be available online through Salmon and Sons Website

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Katharina Klassen

1930 – 2021

Ms. Katharina Klassen of Coaldale, passed away at Sunny South Lodge on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the COALDALE MENNONITE CEMETERY, with Pastor Eric Giesbrecht, officiating.

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Irma Nilsson

August 17, 1925 – July 8, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce that Irma passed away comfortably and peacefully in her Calgary care home on Thursday, July 8, 2021. She was born in Coleman, Alberta, but spent most of her life in Lethbridge. Irma was very active raising her family, golfing, curling, bowling, gardening, playing the organ and piano, travelling and being a very accomplished bridge player. Endowed with a great sense of humour, she was generous to all and well respected in the community. We will all miss her very much!

She will be lovingly remembered by her other son, Dave Shaw and his wife Louise; Tim’s wife, Betty; Irma’s grandchildren, Allison (Neil), Eric (Katherine), Taylor (Sarah), Elise (Jay); as well as Irma’s 8 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her first husband, Norris Shaw in 1967; by her second husband, Byron Nilsson in 2013; and her oldest son, Tim Shaw, in 2020.

Please join us in a Celebration of Irma’s Life at Paradise Canyon Golf Course, 185 Canyon Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation to the Brenda Strafford Foundation, which operates the seniors care facility that treated Mom so well over the past few months.

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Ivan Orich

1948 – 2021

Mr. Ivan Orich of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Linda Orich, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at the age of 72 years.

Dad started trucking in 1968 working for North American Van Lines local agent McLean Moving, He soon purchased his own truck and became owner operator working long distance originally MacLean Moving and latter with Mackie Moving Systems. Prior to retirement he worked with John Gray Moving. His carrier stretched 53 years. His passion was his family and spending winters in Needles California Will his many friends golfing and visiting.

Ivan is survived by his wife Linda; son Kevin (Vicki); daughter Vicky (Orin); grandchildren Teanna (Russel) Cheviez, Cassandra (Jordan); four great grandchildren, and his unofficial second son Shane Bowkett.

We all know that Ivan loved a great party and in that spirit there will be a small private family service with a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully decline. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200-325 Manning Road NE Calgary, AB T2E 2P5.

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Gary George Hofer

July 2nd, 1963 – July 8th, 2021

It is with broken hearts the we say goodbye to our beloved Gary who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Claresholm General Hospital. He is predeceased by his father, George Hofer and mother, Ann (Wollman) Pearson. Left to mourn this wonderful man are his children, Luke Hofer, Liam Hofer, Riley Hansen, and Austen Hansen and his love, Debra Dunlop. His sister, Sharon (Jerry) Waldner, niece, AnnaMarie Waldner, and nephews, Jeremy Waldner and Adam Arsene-Waldner will miss him desperately.

Gary touched all who met him with his wide smile and wonderful sense of humour. He had a great talent for storytelling that swept you away into his world.

He had a gentle spirit and a compassionate heart making him a favourite among people and animals alike. His entire family truly adored him. He always had time to lend an ear and offer sound advice.

Gary was a true cowboy in every sense of the word. He was always true to himself. He knew who he was and lived that truth. He always loved ranch life and working with horses – he may have preferred them over people.

All who knew him will miss him terribly and we will always hold him close to our hearts and remembering him will always be sweet and will fill us with joy.

At Gary’s request there will be no funeral service, although his immediate family will gather to celebrate the life of an incredible man.

And Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Fraser Leishman and the amazing staff at Claresholm General Hospital. Your love and compassion will not soon be forgotten.

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JUDITH (JUDY) LEE SMITH, nee Grant, born on January 15, 1953, in Fredericton, New Brunswick to Peggy and Hayward Grant, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2021, in Raymond, Alberta. She is survived by her children, Joshua Smith (Brenda) their son Brandon and daughter Sally, Jacob Smith (Wanda) their daughters Brynn, Hannah and Abigail, Tiffany Kelly (Jason) their daughters Liliana and Molly, Benjamin Smith (deceased) and Andrew Smith. Judy grew up with 2 older brothers, Christopher and Lemuel (Chuck) a younger sister Susan and a younger brother David.

Judy was fiercely proud of her kids, grandkids and even her great- grandchild (Elliot). It always seemed that no matter how much trouble each of her kids could get into, she never stopped loving any of them. She rarely judged and supported her kids in every endeavor.

Judy was never one to not tell you exactly what was on her mind, almost to a fault. She was a free thinker, independent, loathed country music and had to learn how to adapt to tough situations. She had raised 5 kids alone, which is no small feat. Through her struggles, she taught her kids how to be resilient, survive anything that is thrown at them and how to also loath country music.

Judy would never let anybody tell her how to live her life, from trying to hitchhike across North America to what she claimed was her attempt to reach Woodstock (who knows what level of truth there is to that) to going to university while raising 5 young kids and dropping out because she was raising 5 young kids.

She has touched so many lives and her family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and the staff at Good Samaritans for taking exceptional care of our Mom, Nana and Great-Nana.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints COBBLESTONE CHAPEL, 27 Cobblestone Lane, Raymond AB.

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