May 20th, 2024

FRIDAY, November 12, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 12, 2021.

Robert Mackenzie Bain

1939 – 2021

Mr. Robert Mackenzie Bain of Lethbridge, devoted husband to Susie, beloved father of Sarah and Michaella passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on November 4, 2021 after a brief illness at the age of 82.

Bob was born August 10, 1939 in Elgin, Scotland to Samuel and Elsie (Mackenzie) Bain- the youngest of their children. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 where he had a successful career as a Structural Steel Engineer. His career took him to various cities across the country before he finally settled in Lethbridge. Bob liked to be busy, so even after retirement, he continued with small engineering jobs.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Susie, daughters Sarah and Michaella (Daniel) and his grandchildren Luc and Elle, who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his daughter Rachel, her sons Rhys and Roan and by Susie’s siblings, their spouses and children. He was predeceased by his son, Craig, his parents and his siblings.

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to CRH Unit 4B for the compassionate and supportive care given to our husband and father over the last several months.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation are gratefully accepted. A private family memorial was held in his honour.

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It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of JEFFREY RICHARD GRAHAM, of Lethbridge, on Friday, November 5th 2021.

Jeffrey is survived by his father Dwayne (Carol) Graham of Lethbridge, brother Michael (Melissa) Graham of Lethbridge, sister Stevie (Jeff) Eliot of Coaldale and nephew Caleb.

Jeff was predeceased by his mother Deanna Williams, grandparents Richard (Kathleen) Graham and Ray (Wanda) Williams.

Jeff was born in Lethbridge on January 29, 1978. He then moved to Cranbrook shortly after, with more moves to Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray and finally returning home to Lethbridge in 1982. Growing up, Jeff enjoyed playing street hockey with the neighborhood kids and hanging out with his younger brother Mike. Jeff was always active in sports, being involved with soccer and curling, where he won multiple Bonspiels in the junior curling program. Jeff made many friends over the years while attending Senator Buchanan, Wilson Junior High and Winston Churchill High School.

Following the passing of his mother in 1995, as well as a near fatal auto accident, his life was forever changed. After a rough year in Lethbridge, Jeff moved to Medicine Hat to start a new life. He began operating Southern Rewind successfully as a Branch Manager for 15 years, where he formed numerous friendships with customers and suppliers. When Jeff was not working, he enjoyed hanging out with his good friend Terry, playing video games and watching Nascar races. He rarely missed a race. When he would return home to Lethbridge for visits, he always made a point to catch a race with his dad, and tried hard to make every visit special with his sister. His family was always held close to his heart.

Unfortunately, Jeff’s demons resurfaced and he set off for a couple months to Langley BC, making a strong attempt to get himself back on track. He moved back to Lethbridge in 2013, where he lived with his brother while he tried to get back on his feet. He re-joined the Southern Rewind team at their main branch. During this time, Jeff found a passion for cooking his favorite foods such as lasagna, peanut butter cookies and bacon which he would share with his favorite dog Charger.

The last few years of Jeff’s life were anything but easy, however, regardless of his own well-being, he would always help anyone in need. He will always be remembered for his giant smile, his contagious laugh and heart of gold. We truly appreciate and thank everyone that tried to help Jeff during his walk through life. He deserved a much better hand than he was dealt.

A Private Family Service will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Jeff’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In memory of Jeff, we ask that you please treat everyone you meet with kindness, and support organizations such as Streets Alive in Lethbridge and CAEH in Medicine Hat. You never quite know what someone is going through.

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BRENT SIDNEY HANCOCK, PEng, passed away on November 10, 2021, peacefully and in the presence of his family. Brent was born in England on January 12, 1939, and is survived by his wife Terry, two sons Brian (Brenda) and Michael (Andrea), seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Brent lived a full and varied life, traveling extensively to work in his field of expertise, Power Systems Engineering. He was known as a talented and precise engineer, working on large power system upgrades in countries as diverse as China, Australia, Jordan, Egypt, and Poland. Brent was an avid golfer, and devoted follower of Sunderland AFC, like his father before him. Brent emigrated to Canada with his wife and two (then young) children in 1973.

Brent loved music, singing as a member of the Calgary and Winnipeg Philharmonic Choruses, and other community choirs. Brent was also a model train enthusiast, spending many hours tinkering with his trains and building dioramas. He had a strong sense of humor and wit. Brent held himself to an exacting standard in his work, and his two sons, Brian and Michael, will continue their quest to locate the missing 2% on their 98% math exams.

We would like to offer our sincere and deep gratitude for the excellent and loving care which Dad received in his last months of life. His doctor, Dr. Makwati, and the staff of Talarico Place provided the very best care, keeping Dad comfortable and supported as the end drew near. We will always remember their professionalism and kindness.

In accordance with Brent’s wishes, no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Parkinsons Society.

Norma Harley

1949 – 2021

Mrs. Norma Harley of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Stan Harley, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the age of 72 years.

Norma is survived by her two daughter Amber Kidd, Mandy-Jo Harley; son Chad Harley; grandchildren Katrina (Anthony), Deborah, Trace (Julie), Sadie (Dean); great-grandchildren River and Aaron, Troy, Emma, Octavia and her hockey granddaughter Izzy; sisters Sue (Bill) Cox, Kathryn Hoyt; brother John (Betty-Ann) Hoyt.

Besides her loving husband Stan, Norma was pre-deceased by her parents John and Betty Hoyt; son-in-law Bill James.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Norma’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

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MARCH 26, 1932 – NOVEMBER 6, 2021

With every call our family receives we hear the impact of the ready smile and the mischievous twinkle in our dad’s blue eyes. Dan passed peacefully in the wee hours of November 6th to join his wife Gerry and daughter Danita who passed before him. We imagine the love in the crowd awaiting him that includes his parents, sisters, and a whole lot of dogs, each one in his opinion ‘the very best dog’.

Dan was born in Whiskey Gap, Alberta and grew up on the family farm in Del Bonita. His marriage to a Vancouver Island girl led to 35 years living there, raising his kids, working, making friends, and finding ways to have some fun. This fun is known to include full scale water fights that seemed to come to an end when Dan brought the water hose into the house and the kids gave up.

Dan returned to Del Bonita when he retired at 61. He needed to get back to the place where you could see something. He loved the blue skies of Alberta. The routine of retirement fit him well, daily walks with his dogs, afternoon naps and coffee visits with neighbours and relatives.

The land was so important to him and his commitment to preserving it led to the national heritage site Hoyt’s tipi rings.

Left to celebrate and reminisce are his children Rob, Terry, Susan

(Yohei) and George (Nicole); his grandchildren, Danielle, Tasha (David), Shaun (Renae), Brenton (Ashley), Kai, Josh, Abbi, Brady and Reese and great grandchildren, Makenna, Addisyn, Charlie, Gracelen, Kashton, Noa and Lola. Dad and mom also added kids, Patsy and her kids Lisa and Cory are also family. Along side the family stories, come many from family and friends. A life well lived leads to a life well loved.

We will celebrate Dan in the early summer at the Del Bonita community hall. Date and details will be available at a later date. You can be sure there will be pancakes.

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Edward “Ed” Lastuka

1936 – 2021

Edward Nicholas Lastuka of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Julie Lastuka for 61 years, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 10th at the age of 85 years.

Ed was born in Lethbridge, the youngest of four children born to Nick and Mary Ann Lastuka. Ed grew up on the family farm near Stirling and went to school in Readymade. He started farming at a very early age helping out his family. As a young man he liked hunting, fishing and going to Lethbridge with his friends. One of his hunting expeditions found him 3 miles east at the Stanko farm. This is where he met the love of his life and married Julie on October 22, 1960. Ed and Julie had 3 children; Gord, Connie and Mary-Jo. Everyone in the family learned all the skills needed for farming and worked together to succeed. Ed and Julie retired to Lethbridge in 1993.

Ed was immensely proud to be a Councilor for the County of Warner serving the community he loved so much. He was an active member of many clubs including the Lions Club of Stirling, Indian Hills Golf Club, Lethbridge Elks Club, Italian Canadian Club and the Knights of Columbus council 1490. Ed enjoyed BS-ing with friends, auction sales, golfing, curling, snowmobiling, sausage making and even singing. After retiring from the farm, he enjoyed trucking trips to California and driving tour bus for seniors, sport teams and bands.

Ed made miles! Countless hours spent going down gravel roads checking on crops, farmers and friends. Ed & Julie took trips with family and friends and enjoyed vacations travelling throughout Alberta, BC, Montana and numerous states from California to New York. Many winters were spent travelling south to enjoy the sun. They went on cruises, salmon fishing expeditions and trips to Europe and Hawaii. Ed loved to travel!

Another passion was his John Deere toy tractor collection. In retirement he travelled to toy tractor shows and exhibitions making friends, sharing stories and trading tractors. There were so many that oak cabinets were custom made to house his amazing collection. A true John Deere man!

Besides his loving wife Julie, Edward is survived by his son Gord Lastuka and his children Brad and Kenny; daughter Connie Bourassa (John Roos) and her children Madison and Nicholas; and daughter Mary-Jo Lastuka (Dan Brandon). He is also survived by his sister Barbara Doe and brother-in-law Jack Harmon.

Edward was predeceased by his parents Nick and Mary Ann Lastuka, sisters Ann Bobinec and Dorothy Harmon, brothers-in-law Vince Bobinec and Holly Doe.

Due to Covid 19 Restrictions a private Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

A public Reception will be held following the Interment at the Italian Canadian Club. Please be advised that the REP Program will be in effect, meaning you will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test that was taken within the last 72 hours.

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Illa Rue Skeith

1927 – 2021

Mrs. Illa Rue Skeith of Lethbridge, formerly of New Dayton and beloved wife of the late Mr. Stewart Skeith, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Illa was born on May 10, 1927 in Trochu, Alberta to Russell and Edna Rice. She spent her early school years in California, Torrington and Mount Royal and received a degree in commerce from the University of Alberta.

Illa married John Godefroid in 1952 and together they had 3 sons Rick, Ken and Gene. Sadly John passed away tragically in 1957 leaving Illa to raise their sons on her own. They moved back to Torrington, and finally on to Calgary where she met Stewart Skeith. They were married in 1960 and had 2 sons Greg and Jeff. They moved to the family farm in New Dayton where they raised their family until she moved to Lethbridge in 2008.

Illa was a firm believer in education and all five of her boys graduated from higher institutions as well as all of her grandchildren. She was a devoted member of the United Church for 50 years and very community minded, she served on several boards over the years. Illa loved to square dance and she also round danced for 20 years. Family was everything to Illa, they always came first. She babysat the grand kids at a drop of a dime and they spent their summers at the farm with her. Illa attended every christening, graduation, award ceremony, curling event, documenting every event by photographs and journaling, she was also very active in her family history. She participated in running the farm until she was 85 years old. She loved watching curling while she crocheted, loved ice cream and was an incredible cook.

Illa is survived by her children Rick, Ken (Mary), Gene (Cathy), Greg (Teresa), Jeff (Amy); 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Lola; brother Ron (Gwen) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her first husband John Godefroid and her second husband Stewart Skeith, Illa was pre-deceased by her parents Russell and Edna Rice; brothers Ernie, Laurel; sisters-in-law Audrey, Phylis; daughters-in-law Joanne, Janet and great-grandchild Aurelia.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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

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Michael Standing Alone

1983 – 2021

Mr. Michael Jay Standing Alone of Lethbridge passed away at home on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at the age of 38 years.

A Wake Service will be held from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday November 13, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Interment will follow at One Spot Cemetery at Old Agency.

To watch Michael’s service via livestream please go to obituary/Michael-StandingAlone and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Brenda Weasel Bear

1961 – 2021

Mrs. Brenda Weasel Bear of Cardston, beloved spouse of the late Mr. Francis Black Plume, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, November 8, 2021 at the age of 60 years.

A Wake Service will be held at 6:00 PM, on Monday, November 15, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Philip William Wolf Child passed away on October 30, 2021 at the age of 48 years.

A wake service will be held on Sunday November 14, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Legacy Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Legacy Funeral Home with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta

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