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SATURDAY, August 21, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 21, 2021.


GARY BRAVE ROCK, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the age of 58 years.

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MYRON KIRK BULLOCK, beloved husband of Lela (Chipman) Bullock, passed away in Lethbridge on August 17, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

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KURT WILLIAM DUNN, born on August 16, 1974, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the age of 46 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his parents, Esther (Don-deceased) Schmidt, Richard (Bev) Dunn and brother Richard “Scott” Dunn of Lethbridge, step-sister, Judy Wardale of Calgary and step-brothers, Gary (Lori) Schmidt of Abbotsford, BC and Bob (Tannalyn) Schmidt of Langdon, AB.

Kurt always had a great sense of humour and a great love for animals, especially his pet cat “Kitty”. He was an avid sports fan, and loved to wear his Messier jersey.

Kurt got along great with the staff at Good Samaritan’s Park Meadows. They always enjoyed his sarcastic humour, and the family would like to thank them all for their support and care.

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Robert “Bob” Henry Gilmar

1921 – 2021

Mr. Robert “Bob” Henry Gilmar of Lethbridge, beloved partner of the late Gertrude “Trudy” MacDonald, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the age of 99 years.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment of ashes to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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BARB LANE-SERA, beloved wife of Rick Sera, of Coaldale, passed away suddenly at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the age of 65 years.

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William “Bill” Littau

1930 – 2021

Mr. William “Bill” Littau of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Hedwig Littau, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

William was born in the German settlement of Josefsthal, Ukraine. In 1943, he moved to Germany and in 1951 he immigrated to Canada, arriving in Quebec on his 21st birthday, June 18, 1951. On October 25, 1952, he married Annie Geworsky and they resided in Coaldale celebrating their 50th Anniversary shortly before her death. On October 16, 2004 he married Hedwig Schiemann and they resided in Lethbridge for sixteen years until his passing.

Besides his loving wife Hedwig, William is survived by two daughters, his daughter Monika Wilk and her children Michael (Samantha) Wilk and Danny (Courtney) Wilk; and his daughter Gerda (Guido) Zanoni and their children Adam (Rachel) Zanoni and James (Sue) Zanoni; great grandchildren, Willow, Luke, Brady, Everlee, Lincoln, Brayson, Miguel, Brooke, and Kinsley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

William is also survived by stepchildren Heidi (William) Clarke and their sons Deakan Clarke and Evan (Maggie) Clarke, Karl (Natalie) Schiemann; Lily Schiemann (Ian Roberton) and their daughters Brigitte and Bronté; Rosemarie Schiemann (John Bohonis) and their daughter Chelsea; great grandchildren Owen, Abigail, Lorenzo, Aurora and Henry. Bill’s marriage to Hedwig brought him into a large family and he is much loved by numerous stepbrothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.

William lived a part of his life through difficult times but had an inner strength that carried him through with optimism and humor. He was proud to be Canadian where he could work hard and make a good life for himself and his family. William worked as a dispatcher and foreman at Revelstoke Transit Mix for many years and was owner/operator of Bills Trucking until his retirement at the age of 62. William loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures all over the world. He had a wonderful sense of fun and also humor.

William was predeceased by his first wife Annie, his parents Benjamin and Paulina, sister Lydia and brother Benjamin.

William was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed, and his memory treasured by his family and all whose lives he touched.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416 – 12 Street South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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Edna Penner

1938 – 2021

Edna Ruby Penner of Lethbridge, Alberta beloved wife of Mr. Jake Penner passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital into the loving arms of her Saviour on August 19, 2021 at the age of 82 years

Edna was born December 31, 1938 in Waldheim, Saskatchewan. She was born into a large farming family and was raised in Christian home. When she was a child, the family relocated to St. Catharines, Ontario. Edna accepted the Lord as her Saviour at an early age and her devout faithfulness inspired and sustained her throughout her life.

In her early adult years Edna headed west for employment as a secretary in Saskatchewan, Alberta and finally in Vancouver, BC. She left the city life in 1975 and returned to the farm when she married her beloved Jake and became a mother to his three children. Jake and Edna were on the farm in Grassy Lake for 11 years before retiring to Kelowna, BC. Together they enjoyed 13 wonderful years in Kelowna before returning to Lethbridge, AB in 1998 to be closer to family. Edna had a beautiful voice, loved to sing and shared her gift many times throughout her life in the Christian community. The opportunity to participate in a choral tour throughout Europe was one of her highlights. She was an avid reader and in her leisure time enjoyed needle work, floral arranging and playing board and card games. For many years Edna and Jake enjoyed winters in the warm sun of California and Arizona. Edna loved family gatherings and adored being a grandmother.

Besides her loving husband Jake Penner, Edna is survived by her daughter Wanda Bahniuk (Stan); sons Randall Penner (Martha), Roger Penner (Jennifer); grandchildren Thomas Penner, Megan Hyland, Matthew Bahniuk, Nicole Bahniuk, Taryn Bahniuk, Mack Penner, Austin Penner, Kale Penner, Ty Penner; great grandchildren Mitayah, Jordyn and Colter Penner, Sam and Maddie Hyland, Hazel Jordison; sisters Betty (Walt) Isaac, Lois (Walt) Martens; sister in laws Joanne Penner Herron, Susie Pankratz; brothers Allan (Ester) Andes; brothers in law Bill (Grant Clark) Penner, Dr. Werner (Ruth) Pankratz As well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families

Edna was predeceased by parents Jacob and Mary Andres; brothers and sisters Elmer Andres, Jim Andres, Josie Reimer, Grace Braun, Irene Dick, Nellie Friesen, Clara Andres

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Evangelical Free Church, 4717 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Dave Acree, presiding.

Edna’s service will be available to view by livestream. To access the livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Edna- Penner and scroll to the bottom of the page.

A private Family Interment will precede the service at the Royal View Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to MCC Canada at 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 5K9/ canada@mcccanada.ca or Gideons International – Canada at 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph Ontario N1H – 6T9.

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TRACY RABBIT, beloved partner of Alvin Wells, of Stand Off, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at the age of 43 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 4:00 P.M., followed by a Wake at SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve, AB, from 6:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV celebrating.

Following the Mass, Tracy will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Christiane Saint-Pierre

1965 – 2021

Christiane Saint-Pierre passed away suddenly on July 9, 2021. Christiane will always be remembered for her kind heart and courage during difficult times.

Christiane was born on October 14th, 1965 in Sherbrooke, QC to the late Romeo Saint-Pierre and the late Marguerite Fortin. She studied Physical Education at the Université de Sherbrooke. In 1991, she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta to start her teaching career at École St. Mary, from where she subsequently retired.

Christiane truly loved and valued spending time outdoors with friends. An adventurous spirit, she enjoyed skiing at Castle Mountain, hiking in the Rockies, cycling throughout North America and Europe, canoeing local rivers, walking with friends in the coulees, and conversing with her book club group.

Christiane is survived by her brothers and sisters, Denise (Raymond Tremblay), Françoise, Robert (Hélène Senay), Jean-Paul, Monique (Pierre Gagné), Brigitte and Gaétan and all the members of her extended family. She will also be sadly missed by her special friend Lenze and her many friends in Lethbridge, Alberta, Quebec and elsewhere.

The family will welcome friends of Christiane’s on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.at the Oldman River Regional Services Commission Conference Room (Rear Entrance) located at 3105 – 16th Avenue North in Lethbridge.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society may be made as an expression of sympathy, 325 Manning Rd NE #200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5.

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GLORIA “JEAN” VIRGINILLO, (née Triska) beloved wife of the late Nick “Junior” Virginillo, of Coaldale, passed away following complications from a heart attack, surrounded by her family at the Foothills Hospital, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the age of 78 years.

Jean is survived by her children: Tracey (Guy) Nadeau, and their children Kelsey, Matthew and Carmen; and Sandra (Gerrad) Wauters and their daughter Bailey. She is also survived by her brother Al Triska (Bev Bahlor) and sisters Faye Richardson and Donna (Don) Randall. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jean was predeceased by her parents Joe and Annie Triska, her mother-in-law Liz Wheeler (Virginillo); her sister Marion and sister-in-law Patricia.

Jean was born in Coaldale and spent her entire life in the Coaldale District. She spent her married life in the Readymade Community with Junior and her girls. Jean also spent many years working in dietary at the Coaldale Hospital.

She lived a full life enjoying curling, golf and watching NHL Hockey as well as watching the sports her grandchildren participated in during their school years. After 27 years Mom has been reunited with her one and only love Junior.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

Following the Service, Jean will be laid to rest with her husband, Nicholas Jr., in the Coaldale Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance (stars.ca) or a charity of your choice.

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


PHILLIP KIM WELLS, passed away on August 17, 2021 in Calgary, AB at the age of 35 years.

A Wake service will be held at the Tanner Senior Center, Cardston, Alberta on Friday, August 27 from 5:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, August 28 at 11:00 am.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.

Wevers, Martin Herman

April 26, 1949 – August 15, 2021

On August 15, 2021, Martin Herman Wevers passed away peacefully in Calgary, Alberta.

On April 26, 1949, Martin was the thirteenth child born to Jan and Willemina Wevers, who owned and operated a bakery, in Marienberg, The Netherlands. His time in Holland was short-lived. His second birthday was celebrated with his parents and then twelve siblings boarding the Castel Bianco to begin a weeks long journey ending in southern Alberta aboard a train from Quebec City. What an adventure for such a young boy. He also welcomed a younger brother to the family a couple years later to complete Jan and Mina’s family of fourteen children. Throughout his life, Martin was a thankful Canadian in his new nation home, and a proud Albertan.

Martin’s life adventure saw him complete all of his schooling in Lethbridge, Alberta. His high school years were highlighted in wearing the Green and Gold for the LCI Rams. Martin was one of the best punters of the high school football league, while also playing a receiver position. He was also a leading basketball player taking the Rams to repeated appearances in the provincial championships. Martin continued to be an avid sports fan, giving his unwavering support to the Calgary Stampeders, and cheering on the Calgary Flames.

Work and business adventures took Martin first to Vancouver, but eventually to Calgary where he stayed the rest of his life. For many years he lived with his sister Anne, her husband John Lubbers, and their two children Miranda and Brian. Their love and unending support took Martin through many difficult years. To Miranda and Brian he will always be affectionately “Herb”, and to many of us, a walking imitation of Uncle Buck! Martin was also the “go to guy” for family and friends for vehicle transmission work, or hard to get concert and rodeo tickets, given his connections to the entertainment scene in Calgary.

Although Martin was divorced from Barb, she remained the only woman he loved outside of family. In recent years, Martin and Barb became close again. He was also able to establish a lasting relationship with her children, Michael and Diane. After becoming a resident at the Brentwood Care Centre, Barb remained one of his most steadfast visitors and advocates, interrupted unfortunately, like for all of us, by the Covid virus in these last two years.

Martin recommitted to his faith in his final years. He was predeceased by his parents, seven siblings, Rita, Alice, Leida, Berna, Jackie, Ben, Dick, and more family, all who will await him in their Heavenly home. His six earth bound siblings, Gerry, Anne, Willy Lynne, Nellie (Elroy), John (Brenda) and Michael (Helen) will miss him dearly, as will the now very large Wevers family he leaves behind.

At Martin’s request, there will be no funeral service and cremation has taken place. A family service for the interment of his ashes, and a Celebration of his Life, will be scheduled at a later date.

To send condolences and view Martin’s Tribute Page

please visit http://www.lylereeves.com. Caring for the family

is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River – 403.652.4242.

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