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SATURDAY, October 30, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 30, 2021.

Dr. Harry Ernest Afaganis

1937 – 2021

Dr. Harry Ernest Afaganis beloved husband of Betty, passed away peacefully Monday morning October 25, 2021 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital at age 84 after a long struggle with MS. He is survived by his wife Betty, sons Alex (Rachelle) and Jim of Calgary, his much-loved grandchildren Matthias, Alexa, Sarah, and Charlotte and his sister Irene Bogusky of Newmarket, ON. He was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Frosso and his sisters Alexandra Vlassie and Helen Christou.

Harry was born and raised in Lethbridge, later graduated in Medicine from University of Alberta in 1961 and completed his specialty in ear, nose and throat surgery from University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He returned to Lethbridge where he and Betty raised their family and he practiced until 1995 when he retired to his garage.

Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor. His philosophy was “Life is a Joke”.

There will be no funeral, however an extended family celebration will be organized in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please send a card with your favorite memories of Harry.

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Del Allen

March 8, 1939 – October 23, 2021

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Deloy David Allen in Claresholm, Alberta on October 23, 2021 at the age of 82.

A private family service will be held in November.

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Antonia Ambrozic

1931 – 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Antonia Ambrozic (nee Hribar), beloved wife of Mirko (Mike) Ambrozic.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Those who wish may watch the service via livestream by visiting Martin Brothers website and scrolling to the bottom of Antonia’s obituary.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) research at UHN Foundation, in memory of Antonia, would be appreciated by the family. Please visit UHNfound or call 416-603-5300.

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BRUCE JOSEPH BARE SHIN BONE, “Ikkitstakssin” (Offering), passed away on October 22, 2021 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 59 years.

The Wake Service will be held on Tuesday, November 2 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Bruce Bare Shin Bone residence in Levern, AB. The Funeral Service will take place at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, November 3 at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID – Only 50 people will be allowed into the service) Interment to follow at the Pioneer Cemetery, Levern.

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BELL, Donald Hugh

January 4, 1939 – October 22, 2021

With deep sadness and love, Donald’s family would like to announce his passing. Born in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, he had a well lived life of 82 years.

Donald will be forever remembered by his wife Mary of 58 years and sister Evelyn; children Clark; Brent (Stephanie) and Laura; grandchildren Theresa (Trevor), Stephen, Ryan, Kalyna, Nadia, Gabi, Michael and Robert; and great grandchildren Lucas and Axel; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Theresa.

Donald completed his education at W.R. Myers High School in Taber, Alberta. He moved to Edmonton and completed a 36 year career with the Alberta Government.

Donald was blessed with a 20 year second career of caring for and maintaining a church he helped build. At Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he fulfilled his passion for serving his faith community.

He was a lifelong volunteer with Knights of Columbus, and community volunteer with many charities. He was always looking for ways to help others. Dad is remembered for his zest for woodworking, record and book collecting and square dancing.

Mary was the center of Donald’s world. He was a partner in all things home, yard and parenting. He tenderly reminded Mary how much he cherished her.

Donald’s pride and joy was watching his children grow into adults and pursuing personal interests and careers. Whether it was chauffeuring Clark to band, Brent to hockey or Laura to Girl Guides, his support of his children was unwavering. Grandchildren brought a special joy to his life. From dance concerts, science fairs, sporting events, and graduations, he was eager to see his grandchildren experience life.

A Christian funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 18407 60 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. RSVP to or 780-999-4459 as space is limited.

Reception to follow at Westlawn Funeral Home. Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative covid test is required to attend reception. RSVP required.

The family is sincerely grateful to the loving home care provided by Nelina, the staff at Shepherd’s Care Dementia cottages and the staff at the Edmonton General Hospital for their care of dad in his last days.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Alzheimer’s Society or Diabetes Association

Erma Dogterom

1925 – 2021

Erma Dogterom, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Thomas Dogterom, passed away October 24, 2021, at the age of 96.

Erma is survived by her children, Glenn (Freddi) Dogterom of Lethbridge, Maureen (Doug) Girvan of Red Deer, Sherry (Ralph) Salomons of Airdrie and Jill (Brian Shockey) Skriver of Lethbridge, along with 9 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews,

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Jocelyn English, beloved wife of Allen Wells, passed away on October 27, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

A Wake Service will be held between 6:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M. on Tuesday November 2, 2021 and Wednesday November 3, 2021 at Eden’s Funeral Home 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod, AB

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday November 4, 2021 at Eden’s Funeral Home 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod, AB followed by an interment in Brocket Cemetery.

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EPP, Anna

The family of Anna (Ankie) Ali Epp are deeply saddened to announce her passing at the age of 94 years.

Ankie was born December 14, 1926 in Middleburg, Netherlands to Nicolas and Tryntje van Gorkum. During the post-war cleanup in Holland, Ankie met Peter Epp, who was working with MCC. On March 2, 1948, in Leiden, Netherlands, Peter and Ankie were married. She left her country and parents to follow Peter to Canada where they began farming in Chin, Alberta. A few years later they moved to Vauxhall, AB to continue farming and raise a family.

She will be dearly missed by her seven children: Ron (Val) Epp, Laurence (Peggy) Epp, Ed Epp, Vergil (Joy) Epp, Evelyn (George) Culshaw, Carol (Harry) Wall and Loretta (Manuel) Kindt. She was such a part of the lives of all her 17 grandchildren, their spouses; her 28 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Peter; her daughter-in-law, Marge Epp; grandson, Garth Epp; great-granddaughter, Clair Epp; great-grandson, Brody Cartwright.

Ankie was a loving wife and mother. She lived a life of serving others and was very active in her church and Bible study groups. She was an adventurous woman, who loved to travel and experience new things with her family and friends.

Family will be gathering for a private Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Coaldale MB Church, 2114 18 Street. For those who wish, live streaming will be available through the following link,; or by visiting and scrolling to the bottom of Ankie’s obituary. At approximately 2:00 p.m., following the Funeral Service, friends and family are invited to gather for the Graveside Committal at the old Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery near Vauxhall, AB. Due to COVID restrictions, no refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mennonite Central Committee,

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GARTH STEPHEN “NICK” FAI passed away in his home on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

He was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, on June 18, 1978, to Garth and Helen Fai, and was the youngest brother of Mike and Quent Fai. The family moved from Bienfait, Saskatchewan, to Lethbridge, Alberta, where Nick attended Assumption, St. Basil’s, St. Francis, and graduated from Catholic Central High School. He went on to obtain a Physics Degree from the U of L. He later went back to the U of L to obtain his Bachelor Degree in Finance, and obtained his CPA designation. At the time of death, he was employed as the Director of Corporate Services for the County of Vulcan.

Nick is survived by his parents, Garth and Helen Fai; brothers Michael and Quentin Fai; sister-in-law Dr. Jessica Zjurski as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by his two special cats, Toki Wartooth and Nathan Explosion.

He was predeceased by both his paternal and maternal grandparents, and cousin Gordon Resler.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME (2825 – 32nd Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta) on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM, with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

Due to Covid restrictions, seating is limited to 50 people. Please RSVP to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@ The Service will be livestreamed and available to view via Nick’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Clarence Hall

1951 – 2021

Mr. Clarence Hall of Lethbridge passed away at St. Michaels Health Centre on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the age of 70 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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DAVID KNELSEN, husband, father, “Opa,” brother, mentor, and friend, went to be with his Savior and Lord on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Born in Blumenfeldt, Ukraine on November 28, 1940, Dave and his family fled communism and were refugees in Germany following World War II. In 1949, Dave and his parents and siblings were sponsored to come to Canada. They traveled by ship from Germany to Halifax, and then to Rosemary, Alberta. The family worked off the debt of their sponsorship and then moved to Coaldale in 1952.

Dave was the oldest of 10 children and attended school and later the Mennonite Bible School in Coaldale. He worked various manual labor jobs in gravel pits and construction. In 1959, Dave and his parents were able to purchase an initial 80-acre farm in Coaldale. Dave and Louise (Schmidt) were married on November 23, 1963.

Dave and Louise made their home on a second farm (without indoor plumbing), and began their family with twin boys in 1964 (James and Edward). Two more sons joined the family in 1967 (Mark) and 1969 (Clifford). As Dave’s brothers became of age, the family worked together to expand the farm operation. The Knelsen Farm Partnership grew and diversified, to include a feedlot and finally a dairy which was sold in 1997. He retired active farming in 2002 and sold in 2005; they then moved to their current home in Lethbridge.

Throughout the 1970’s, the Knelsen Family Gospel Band bus could be seen touring rural Alberta and Saskatchewan towns. Dave and Louise loved to serve on short-term missions and traveled to Uganda, the Philippines, Zambia, and Mexico. They have continued to support missions around the world, including the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and other Christian organizations. As a man of unshakeable faith and integrity, Dave served in his churches in various roles and spoke of God’s unconditional love constantly with every person he met.

Dave’s family brought incredible joy to his life. He is survived by his wife, Louise; his four sons, James (Rita), Ed, Mark (Kim), Cliff (Polly); and grandchildren: Steven (Aidan), Jeff (Lana), Kylee (Cody), Miriah (Robert), Sydney (Nick), Tyson (Jasmine), Jordana, Tianna (Nick), Kyle, Matthew, Rachel, and Naomi; and 11 great grandchildren. Dave is also survived by 7 siblings: Henry (Linda), Maria (Lorne) Fisher, Barny (Helgrid), Anna Kate (Colin) Solbak, Helene (Don) Waugh, Ben (Carol), and Harry (Deborah). He is predeceased by his parents, David and Maria, and two siblings, Elizabeth and Pete.

To those who knew and loved him, Dave was unwavering in his love for his Creator, family, and passionate about music, farming, and learning. The family would like to say thank you to Chinook Regional Hospital ICU staff for their incredible care and generous kindness. A memorial service will be held at a later date yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial account in honor of Dave at:

– Mennonite Central Committee in person or by check to 1117-2A Avenue Lethbridge T1H 0E6

– Lethbridge Soup Kitchen by etransfer to; or by check to 802-2A Avenue

Lethbridge T1H 0C9

– Streets Alive Mission at Donations | Streets Alive Mission

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Andrew Kocsis

1936 – 2021

Mr. Andrew Kocsis of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Josephine “Jo” Kocsis, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Lorne Kropinak

1936 – 2021

Mr. Lorne Kropinak of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Jean Kropinak, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, October 25, 2021 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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It is with great sadness and warm memories that the family of Penny Manson announces her passing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the age of 83 years.

She is survived by her son Mike (Crystal); son-in-law Brent Reynolds; grandchildren Haylee Pierson (Brody), Joel Manson, Mercedes Thurber (Matt); Nico Reynolds (Melody); great-grandchildren Sawyer and Beckham Pierson, and Eleanor Thurber, and sister-in-law Joan Evans.

Penny was predeceased by her husband, Robert (Bob) Manson, her beloved daughter Karen Reynolds; parents Mona and Pete Evans; sister Barbara Purvis, and brother Bob Evans.

Penny was born on November 29, 1937, in Sudbury, Ontario. She attended Sudbury High School, and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Sudbury General Hospital.

Penny followed her husband Bob, living in Calgary, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Toronto, and finally settling in Lethbridge, AB. She was a very outgoing and social person, belonging to several bridge clubs, loved reading, travelling the world, playing canasta, spending time with her wonderful dogs, and being part of the golf scene. She was on both the provincial and national Canadian Ladies Golf Association boards, including two years as President of the Alberta Ladies Golf Association.

Penny loved her family dearly, and will be lovingly remembered by them.

Due to Covid-19, a private Graveside Service will held.

Our family would like to thank everyone who was part of Penny’s life. She truly appreciated her family and wonderful group of friends.

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With love and appreciation of a life well lived, and gratitude for many years of memories, the family of KENNETH “KEN” MCKENZIE announce his peaceful passing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the age of 72.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Mona; son Scott (Kennedy); granddaughter Abigail; brother John (Jo Ann); sister Kathi (Wayne); brother-in-law Ray (Jeannette) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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OMURA, Carole Chiyoko

December 18, 1929 – Raymond, Alberta

September 24, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Carole Chiyoko Omura on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the age of 91.

Carole was born in Raymond, AB, on December 18, 1929, to Umeno (Goto) and Sakutaro Saka. She grew up labouring hard on a sugar beet farm. Her mother saw no future for her daughters on the farm and encouraged them to leave and get an education. Taking her advice, Carole moved to Calgary to study office administration at Henderson Business College. To pay for her education, Carole worked as a household helper for the family of a prominent Calgary lawyer. In the fall of 1948, she overheard conversations in the home as the lawyer and his friends planned the first version of what became a Calgary Stampeder Grey Cup tradition: riding a horse through the lobby of a hotel in the host city. Carole was an enthusiastic Calgary Stampeders fan her entire life and tried never to miss a game.

After graduation, Carole worked for Fred King Motors in Lethbridge. But soon, in search of a better life, she and her friends travelled by train to Toronto. Carole worked on Bay St. for Bache & Co. She and her friends enjoyed their independence, dressed in the latest city fashion, and experienced the lively attractions of Toronto. Carole’s beaut attracted the attention of Jack, a handsome young man with wavy black hair. They met at a Nisei dance club and made a stylishly dressed and attractive couple. In 1954 they married and had their children, Sharon and Fred. After Jack lost his job with Avro Arrow, the couple moved to Alberta in search of better opportunities and for Carole, it meant a chance to return home. They rebuilt their lives in Calgary where Robert and Jeanette were born. Carole was a homemaker before she returned to work first at Wilkinson Steel Company and then later at Goodyear Tire where she managed their office and accounts for several years. She loved business and finance. While working full time and taking care of her family she enrolled at SAIT to upgrade her accounting and business skills. Eventually she started her own accounting and bookkeeping business.

Carole was an active member of the Calgary Kotobuki Society and she helped with events such as the annual spring tea. She enjoyed tai chi, line dancing, playing mah-jong, walking, and working in her beautiful flower garden. Carole had a sharp and curious mind and liked to debate and discuss the latest news and trends. Above all, Carole cherished her family and would do all she could to keep her family strong. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cooked with them and shared with them her favorite recipes, opinions, and philosophies of life. Carole was compassionate and tried to always make everyone feel included and cared for– a great example for us all.

Carole will be deeply missed by her children, Sharon (Dan), Fred (Ava, deceased), Rob (Tess), Jeanette (Chris); six grandchildren, Patrick (Joni), Ariana (Daniel), Andrew, Dakota, Keilin, Logan; and three great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Oliver and Keira. She will also be missed by her brothers, Jack (Mary Lou), Tucker (Tessie), her brother-in-law, Casey, cousin Tom, niece Jody; and nephews Dana and Jay; as well as long time friends.

Carole was predeceased by her loving husband Jack; her sisters, Emiko and Lily Yuriko, and daughter-in-law Ava.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.Those attending will be asked to confirm one of the following, (A) COVID vaccination (date requested), OR (B) a negative COVID test (within 72 hours), OR (C) Medical exemption AND valid government identification (with name & date of birth) OR (D) Under 12 years of age. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Mrs.

Omura’s service streamed live at

on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Carole’s obituary at If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Arthritis Society, Alberta Regional Office #1700, 393 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1E6 Telephone:


The family is forever grateful to the staff of Providence Care Center and Dr. Vernon Fanning Center for their dedicated, kind, and compassionate care.

In living memory of Carole Omura, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

Elizabeth Stanek

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Elizabeth Stanek of Magrath, beloved wife of the late Mr. Eugene “Geno” Stanek, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a Private Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Interment will follow at the Magrath Cemetery at 12:30 pm. The family welcomes those who wish to attend.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Good Samaritans Garden Vista, 37 East 2nd Avenue North, Magrath, Alberta T0K 1J0 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 110- 1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 8R9.

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Rose Elizabeth Szigli

June 5, 1919 – October 23, 2021

It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our precious dear Mom on Saturday October 23, 2021, at the age 102.

After many close calls our dear Mom was a fighter to the end. Due to complications from pneumonia, she fought her final battle. This was not covid related.

Rose was born in Esterhazy, Sask on June 5, 1919, to Mike & Marcella Chomos. She was the eldest of 9 children.

Mom met our dear Dad Steve, at a church function in Lestock, Sask. They were married for 70 years until his passing on February 14, 2009. She was also predeceased by her parents, her 8 siblings, her daughters, Shirley and “little” Annie and son David.

In the early fifties they moved from Lestock to Taber. Mom worked very hard not only in the home raising her children but also helping Dad in the sugar beet fields hoeing and topping the sugar beets.

Our Mom lived for her family. She was an amazing cook and made the best ever cabbage rolls and rhubarb pie. We always had lots to eat as Mom always had a huge garden and did a lot of canning. She also made her own bread and noodles. After retiring from the farm in Purple Springs in 1974 they moved to Lethbridge. She loved her flowers and had a green thumb for her African Violets. Mom and Dad took great pleasure and pride in their garden and yard. Mom was an avid bowler with Dad and they won trophies and had a lot of fun with their friends.

Mom was a devout Catholic and loved going to church. She prayed the rosary every day when she was able. She was also a long-time member of the ladies CWL.

With grace and honor we celebrated Mom’s 100 Birthday in June 2019 with family and friends. It was an amazing day! She so enjoyed all the family and friends that came to celebrate this special occasion with her.

She leaves to mourn her children: Ken (Doreen), Darlene Delorme, Dianne (Jim) Rediker, Roseanne Tucker (Stan Wall), Lloyd (Eunice). She has many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After 18 years at St. Michaels, we would like to thank the Doctors Nurses and Staff for their loving care of our Mother Rose.

Mom was loved very much, and her beautiful smile will be missed by all.

Love you Mom. God be with you till we meet again, your children.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, on Friday, November 5, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm, on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Those who wish, may watch the service via livestream by visiting Martin Brothers website and scrolling to the bottom of Rose’s obituary.

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Samuel J. Waldner

1941 – 2021

Mr. Samuel J. Waldner of Rockport Colony, Magrath, Alberta, beloved husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Waldner, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the age of 80 years.

Samuel was well known to most people as the long-time manager of the Coyote Pancake Mix company, of Rockport Flower Mills. He worked at this for 50 years and was passionate until his retirement due to bad health.

Besides his loving wife Elizabeth, Sam Waldner is survived by his 2 daughters Esther Waldner and Judy Waldner; 3 sons John (Dianne) Waldner, Mark Waldner, and Simon (Donna) Waldner; grandchildren Lydia, Bertha, Sam, Simon, Leann, Aaron, and Kevin.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM, on Friday and Saturday, October 29, and 30, 2021, at ROCKPORT COLONY, MAGRATH, ALBERTA.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Sunday, October 31, 2021, at ROCKPORT COLONY, MAGRATH, ALBERTA.

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