October 16th, 2021

TUESDAY, August 24, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 24, 2021.

1952 – Douglas Cooper – 2021

Doug passed away suddenly on Friday, August 20, 2021 at the age of 69 years. He is loved and remembered always by the true love of his life, his wife Carolyn. He will be missed and loved as Dad and Grandpa to his children and grandchildren: Rebecca Holifield, husband Johnny and their son Gunnar; Matthew Cooper and his daughters, Emma and Caylee; Nathan Cooper and his daughter, Kiera Kajewski. He also leaves one brother, Ron Cooper, wife Suzanne. Doug was well known and respected in the plumbing industry, having retired as manager of Emco in 2016, after a lifelong career throughout Southern Alberta. and where a more detailed obituary will appear.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Whiskey Creek, Creekside Reception room (937 13th Street SW, Medicine Hat) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneral home.com subject heading: Doug Cooper, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence.

Arrangements are by the

PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM

540 South Railway St. SE,

Medicine Hat T1A 2V6.

Please call 1-866-526-2214 for

further information.


BRAVE ROCK

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.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 12:00 P.M., followed by a Wake at Cornerstone from 1:00 P.M. till 12:00 A.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 2213 – 6A Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Wilton Day Chief and Travis Plaited Hair officiating.

Following the service, Gary will be laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


ELEMANS

September 18, 1931 – August 19, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad, FRANS J. ELEMANS, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

Frans is survived by his wife Ada, and children: John (Catherine), Rick (Marj), Maria, Yvonne, Angela (Steve) and Michelle (Scott). He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were the light of his life. Never would his face brighten as much as when he was with his grandchildren.

Frans was predeceased by his daughters, Jackie and Patricia, and son-in-law, Brent.

Born in Helmond, Netherlands, Frans came to Canada in 1956, where he and Ada soon married and started their family.

A voracious reader, Frans developed a keen interest in business, Canadian history, art, politics and a particular passion for gardening.

He was proud of his contribution to his community through the Knights of Columbus, the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society and as a volunteer at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He was often a volunteer on his kids school trips, most notably on an exchange trip to Sackville, Nova Scotia, much to his daughters chagrin!

Dad/Opa, for seeing the beauty in chaos, influencing a family of hard workers, making us laugh, instilling the importance of education, love of reading, love of travel, a strong work ethic, ski trips, late night pizza and all the DQ runs….Thanks a Million! You did it your way.

A special thank you to Dr. Choileain and Dr. Greidanus for your years of compassion and care. To all of Dad’s neighbours who kept an eye on him especially Ben and Ralph. Also, many thanks to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

At Frans’ request, a family ceremony was held on August 21, 2021.

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


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.

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


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.

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, Alberta with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona, officiating. Interment will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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


MEDICINE CRANE

MERLIN MEDICINE CRANE, passed away on August 18, 2021 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 56 years.

A Wake service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, Alberta on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

and Friday, August 27 from 9:00 -11:00 am with the Funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta.

To send a condolence or watch online please visit

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.


NEUFELD

VERN NEUFELD, beloved husband of Ruth Neufeld, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit with family at his side on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vern’s memory to the Mennonite Central Committee – Alberta Branch (MCC) 2946 32 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


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

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.

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


Kim Prindle

1958 – 2021

Mr. Kim Prindle of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Gayle Prindle, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 62 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


RABBIT

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.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


THOMPSON

RALPH THOMPSON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

Ralph is survived by son Kelly (Roxanne), granddaughter Alexis Spittal, special niece Bonnie MacPherson and (adopted granddaughter) Breanna MacPherson, friend Betty Alexander and numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws Ivan Brown, Mac Sheppard, Audrey & Bill Krizsan and Mary Krizsan.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

A Private Family Interment was held in Nanton Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


VAN SANTEN

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of our dear Father, Opa and great-Opa Bill (William) Van Santen on August 20, 2021. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Gerrie Van Santen on January 29, 1998. He is survived by his 2 daughters Hetty (Harvey) De Kok and Chris (Don) Van Driesten. He will be deeply missed by his 7 grandchildren. Jason (Janelle) De Kok, Michelle (Eric) Vanderhart, Kevin (Tera) De Kok, Steven De Kok, Jolene (Mark) Pickering, Ben (Roosmarijn) Van Driesten, Gordon (Mackenzie) Van Driesten and 17 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Aartje Ten Have, Tina Van Vegten of Holland, brother Aart (Helena) Van Santen of Sweden, sister-in-law Hennie Van Ee of Holland. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 26, 2021

Bethel Free Reformed Church, Monarch AB with Pastor John van Eyk officiating, followed with his burial at the Union Cemetery in Fort Macleod.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Elim, the Pioneer Lodge, and the Extendicare Fairmont Park for caring for their Father and Opa.

Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com.


ZEZULKA

MARY ZEZULKA, beloved wife of the late Alois Zezulka, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at the age of 96 years.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory three sons – Joe (Debbie) of London, Ontario; Jerry (Paulette) of Medicine Hat; Ron (Sally) of Calgary; one daughter – Shirley (Roger) Kincheloe of Lethbridge.

Mary was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Gwen Zezulka (Clara Fay & Elliot); Geoffrey Zezulka (Lada & Kvitka); Gabrielle Zezulka; Nicholas Zezulka; Leanne Calderwood (Shaun, Sam & Nolan); Jennifer Lehr (Hugh, Holden & Joel); Michael Zezulka (Danielle & Xavier); Michelle Tyslau (Andy, Amelia, Katie, & Sarah); Jamie Puchinger (Kyle, Claire & Hailey). She will also be fondly remembered by her siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was born in Liderovice, Czechoslovakia on June 25, 1925, the eldest child of Martin and Jennie Motycka. They immigrated to Canada in 1927 and settled near Raymond, AB. She met Alois Zezulka, who she married on September 9, 1944, and they eventually made their home in Lethbridge. They were founding members of the Czechoslovak Canadian Cultural Society of Southern Alberta and cherished sharing their ethnic traditions, specifically the Christmas celebrations, with family.

Mary was proud of her career in the retail sector, loved camping, fishing, reading, playing cards, games of chance, cooking, and baking. Her greatest pleasure came when she was with family, particularly the great grandchildren.

Her loving memory will remain in our hearts always.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Following the Mass, Mary will be laid to rest with her husband Alois in Mountain View Cemetery.

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

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