June 14th, 2024

FRIDAY, August 13, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 13, 2021.


1935 – 2021

We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of CHISO CORAZZA, on Friday, August 6, 2021, with his wife and sons by his side.

Chiso came from Treviso, Fontanelle, Italy, to settle in Canada and finally Lethbridge with little more than a few dollars, a suitcase, and a dream. He built a legacy that can forever be seen in the countless construction accomplishments around town.

Chiso is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Luba; his sons Kim (Leslie) and Dino (Kaela) and daughter Rita; and grandchildren: Ashely (Jessie), Travis, Tyler, Abbie, and Frankie. He is also survived by extended family in Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, and Italy.

Thank you to Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Janzen, and especially Dr. Wong for their care, the 5B staff at the CRH for their kindness, Palliative Care team for their compassion, and Chiso’s many friends for their love and concern.

He was the “Boss” until the end.

Chiso often said he was a “S.O.B.” most of his life. Those that know him best also know he would be the first to help out those in need and was a big softie when it came to his “little one” Frankie.

There will be no formal funeral service at Chiso’s request. A memorial tribute and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, where stories and memories can be shared. Although according to Chiso, “people better not say nice things that I know aren’t true.”

In Chiso’s words, “Don’t send me flowers and waste money- instead light a candle and donate to a church.” In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Parish (2405- 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4).

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


In loving memory of Rose Cropley who passed away peacefully at 99 in St. Therese villa on July 16, 2021. She was predeceased by her loving husband Buster Cropley and her son Wayne Cropley. Rose survived by her daughter Laverne Cropley and son Don Cropley; grandsons: Cayne Douglas, Daymon Madoche and Asher Cropley, Rose’s brother Bill Slovack of Comox B.C. and sister Pat Lamb of California.

Rose’s love of life touched many hearts along her way. Friends far and near will always remember Rose’s infamous Texas apple pies. Rose grew a large lush vegetable garden that she shared freely. Rose had a strong commitment to community. She loved fishing and being in the great outdoors with her husband Buster of 59 years. Singing, square dancing, playing bridge, league bowling. Rose enjoyed living a very active life. She will always be fondly remembered by her family and many friends. Farewell to the dancing Prairie Rose.

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Henry Leenstra

1938 – 2021

Henry Leenstra of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Tina, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 9, 2021, after a lengthy illness. He was 82 years old.

Henry was born in Heeg, Friesland NL on November 20th, 1938, to Fred and Edith Leenstra. The Leenstra family immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1950 when Henry was 11 years old. They began their lives in Iron Springs, AB but moved to Vauxhall a few years later where they settled. Henry was a brilliant student and excelled in school. He attended S.A.I.T at the age of 18 where he received his Automotive Mechanic Certificate with honours. He then married his best friend and love of his life, Tina Span, on November 3, 1960. Together they began building their life and family. Henry thrived in the game of business. He was blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit, working for himself almost immediately. He established many successful businesses that operate to this day in Southern Alberta. Henry would start each day at the coffee shop with his dear friend Fred Herrmann where they would discuss current events and debate the fine details. Besides his business savvy nature, he also had an affinity for farming and ranching. He had a passion for the land, and livestock, which brought him contentment in his later years. Henry was a man of few words with a quick wit and quiet wisdom. He was loved dearly and will be sorely missed.

Besides his loving wife, Henry is survived by his daughter Cindy Leenstra-Skelly; three sons Ken (Tracy), LeRoy (Lisa) and Trevor (Carmen); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Keith Dykslag and his children Maverick and Memphis, Tiffany Long (James) and their children Lucia and Roman, Riley Dykslag (Shaelen) and their children Finley and Layne, Jillian Calnan and her children Georgia and Emmett, Ethan, Mykalah, Seth, Olivia, Jocelyn Babcock (Matthew) and their daughter Brianna, Ryan, Cassidy, Dakota (Sarah), and Carter Leenstra. He is also survived by his brothers Simon, Andy and Bill Leenstra; and sisters Henny Senneker, Pearl Tjepkema, Tina Oevering, and their spouses. He is also survived by Tina’s brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was pre-deceased by his parents Fred and Edith Leenstra, his brothers Thomas, Fred and Ray, and his son-in-law Seamas Skelly.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 13, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend John Van Eyk, officiating. Interment to follow 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 Henry’s obituary.

“We are standing on the solid rock and God’s faithfulness sustains us.”

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Lorraine Shortt

(Sept 25 1940 – Aug 5 2021)

Lorraine Shortt (nee Gloeckler) of Monarch, AB, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Lorraine is survived by her daughters Darla (Ron) Kingston, Michelle (Jesse) Martin, Heather (Henry) Van Eck, Fran Hoeksema, and Aran Shortt, as well as her siblings Diane, Daryl, and Darlene. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Frank, her parents Art and Ara Gloeckler, her brother Garth, and her grandson Ryan Kingston.

Lorraine and her husband lived for their family and for the place they called home. You could always find her hemming pants and sewing curtains, in the garden, cheating at family boardgame night, feeding her late cats (Poppa, Loki, and Oliver) treats by the handful or cooking up a storm for Sunday night dinner.

The space she leaves behind is immeasurable. We love and miss her so much already.

At Lorraine’s request there will be no funeral. The family celebration of life will be in September.

Dr. Keith Leonard Lowings

February 7, 1927 – August 10, 2021

Keith died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 10, 2021.

Besides his beloved wife Joan of 67 years, Keith is survived by his children: Malcolm (Majda), Christine, Pamela (Ivan); his three grandchildren (Michael (Anastasia), Katherine (Derek) and Jessica) and three great-grandchildren (Lily, Marian and Veronica); his brother-in-law Keith (Joyce) and their children Nichola (Anton) and Jacqueline (Oliver) and their children (Jackson, Bronwen and Bryn).

Keith was born and raised in Broadstairs, Kent, England. Keith served in the British Royal Navy for two years before attending University of London – Guy’s Hospital Medical School.

Keith and Joan emigrated to Lethbridge in 1957. He joined the Roy Clinic to practice family medicine and touched the lives of many patients, their families and his colleagues. He helped establish the Lethbridge Emergency Medical Services to provide 24-hour emergency care, initially at St. Michael’s Hospital and then at Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

Keith contributed many volunteer hours within the community. He was a member of the Lethbridge Gyro Club for 62 years and served as District VIII Governor and later as President of Gyro International. During these years, many life-long friendships were established.

Keith will be dearly missed by his family, many friends and colleagues. He will be remembered in our hearts and memories forever.

A special thank you to Ava for her care and compassion to Keith and Joan.

Following Keith’s wishes, there will be no funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and N.W.T. 10430 61 Ave NW #306, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J3, or a charity of your choice.

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SHARON LEIGH MALEC, beloved wife of Roy Malec, passed away at the Foothills Health Centre, on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at the age of 73 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Parish 643 12B Street North, Lethbridge at 5 pm Friday, August 13, 2021. The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life at a later date.

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Donna Miller

1946 – 2021

Mrs. Donna Miller of Magrath, formerly of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Miller, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Raymond Hospital on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

A Celebration of Donna’s beautiful spirit will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 20, 2021 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor John Moerman, officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Please wear bright colours in honor of Donna’s bright personality and life.

“I am hoping that my death will be a joyous occasion.

After all, I will be in Heaven with the Lord and those we love who have gone before.

Although you might miss me,

please remember that

we shall meet again!”

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MARION M PATCHING, beloved wife of Eric Patching of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 9, 2021, at the age of 60 years.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Shelly (Chris) Kruger of Lethbridge and Kevin (Stephanie) Dubé of High Prairie, AB; stepchildren Matthew (Sharalyn) Patching and Andrew Patching, both of Lethbridge; grandchildren Aiden Kruger, Alyssa Kruger, Zachary Patching, Emma Patching, Lucas Patching and Addison Dubé, and her beloved dog, Myka.

Marion was born on April 10, 1961, in Lethbridge, Alberta. She grew up on a sugar beet farm in Burdett with her parents Maria and Nick Mikoula, and her sister Julie. At the age of 18, Marion moved to High Prairie, AB, where she married Don Dubé and settled on a cattle farm near Joussard, AB, for 20 years. They had two children, daughter Shelly Kruger and son Kevin Dubé. Marion became a junior accountant and enjoyed consulting as a bookkeeper. In 2002, Marion moved to Lethbridge and remarried to Eric Patching in 2005. She happily settled in Lethbridge, enjoying her family and grandchildren.

Marion was always passionate about emergency services. She was active with Victim Services in High Prairie, AB, and completed her dispatch course in Lethbridge. Marion worked at the Servus Credit Union in Magrath, AB. She left her role to pursue a career as a Purchaser for Shoppers Home Health Care. Marion also continued her love for accounting and bookkeeping and doing taxes for her family and friends.

Her ultimate passion was cooking. She also loved gardening, travelling to Los Cabos, Mexico, and being around her friends and family. Her most favourite thing was watching her grandchildren compete in their sporting activities.

Breast Cancer research was a cause close to Marion’s heart. In memory of her, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (https://bcsc.ca/get-involved/donate/)

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home (2825 32nd St. S, Leth, AB) on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.

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The family of WILLIAM “BILL” PLATT are devastated to announce his passing on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

He was the anchor of our family, a devoted and loving husband for 68 years to Ena, father to David (Shari), Joanne (Del) and Bill (Tracy), grandfather to Stacey (Devon), Ashley (Rory), Miranda (Kyle), Meagan (Nathan) and Nathan (Victoria), and great-grandfather to Lochlyn, Berkley, Kenley, Ryley, Ellie, Samuel, Emmeline and Olivia.

Born in Irlam, England in 1933, Bill was one of 12 children. At 18, he joined the Armed Forces, and it was there at a local community dance he would meet and marry “the best wife I could ever have”. In 1955, Mom and Dad emigrated to Canada, hoping to find a better future for their children and grandchildren. He held a variety of jobs until 1959, when he began his career with the B.C. Forest Service in Nelson, B.C. Many years of tough times followed but they sacrificed and worked hard to make sure we had the opportunities they never had. He taught his sons to be gentlemen, to work hard, and how to play a good game of golf which he did joyfully and often. Following his retirement in 1993, they moved to Lethbridge where eventually all our family would reside.

To Dr. M J Amatto, we cannot find words to express how much we appreciate your years of compassionate care and kindness that you gave Dad.

To Dr. Malpica and the nursing staff on 4B at Chinook Regional Hospital, our deepest gratitude to all of you who cared for him and our family during our most difficult time.

At Bill’s request, there will be no funeral service.

We will always miss you Dad.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend. CARLA RAE VAN BEZOOYEN (née Eagleson), of Beazer, AB passed away after a brave and hard fight against cancer on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

A Celebration of Carla’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carla’s memory to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre (c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5) or a charity of your choice.

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Richard “Lee” Westbrook

1945 – 2021

Richard “Lee” Westbrook of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lois Westbrook, passed away suddenly, on August 9th at the Age of 76 years old.

Born in High River in 1945, Lee was an active member of the Boy Scouts of Canada eventually achieving the top grade and honor in Scout training, Queen Scout. Outside of Scouts and later in life, Lee loved to golf, curl and spend time with his friends and family.

Lee and Lois were married in 1973, soon after that they moved to Lethbridge in 1978 where they continued to raise their two boys, Doug and Trevor. Lee was known as the “King of Port-o-Potties” in Lethbridge, serving in the waste management business for 38 years. He was also an avid member of the Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and a the Minors Library. Later in life, Lois and Lee enjoyed traveling to 6 continents of the world and even sailing past the 7th; Antarctica.

Lee will be missed by his friends, his family, and his wife Lois who he shared 48 years of marriage with.

Besides his loving wife, Lois, Lee is survived by his sons Doug (Christine) Westbrook, Trevor Westbrook; stepsons Alan (Anna) Gilbertson and Chad (Helen) Gilbertson; grandchildren Bailey and Emma Westbrook, Jordan and Jessie Westbrook; brother Dave (Glenyce) Westbrook; nieces Megan, Jean, Christie, and Baylee.

Lee was predeceased by his parents Jack and Greta Westbrook as well as his brother Ken Westbrook.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorial donation to be made to the Lethbridge Food Bank, 1016 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0C9, and the Animal Shelter, 2405 41 St North Lethbridge, AB T1H 5W3.

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