May 25th, 2024

WEDNESDAY, November 17, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 17, 2021.


JAMES ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN, “Ninaimsskaan” (Sacred Bundle Owner), passed away on November 5, 2021 in Cardston, AB at the age of 72 years. A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, November 18 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by the Wake Service at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall on Friday, November 19 at 11:00 am. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery.

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Paul Bowman was born November 11, 1924 in Shelbyville, Indiana and passed away peacefully November 13, 2021 in Raymond, Alberta. Paul served in the Navy during World War II and The Korean War. He spent his life in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, and guiding. He is survived by his daughters Lesa Hamilton of 108 Mile Ranch, BC and Michelle Kyle of Mission, BC. It was Dads wish to have no funeral service.

“Keep Driving Dad!”

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LLOYD CHIEF CALF, passed away on November 4, 2021 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 55 years. A Wake service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, November 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral service will follow at Legacy Funeral Home on Thursday, November 18 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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PATRICIA ROSE HUMPHREYS was born in Calgary on September 29, 1944 and was adopted by Clara and Alex Johnson. When Pat was a young girl her father died in a drowning accident. Her mother Clara married Charles Neil James McKay and before Charlie passed away he set in motion to adopt Pat and she received the confirmation of the adoption a few days after his passing. She was very close to him and was so pleased that he officially adopted her. She was also pre-deceased by her mother Clara, her brother Eugene (Bud) Johnson and her grandson Brad Burbank.

Pat married Don Firth in 1963 and they had four children; Robin, Gary, Karen and Craig. Pat and Don separated and went their separate ways in 1975.

In 1986 Pat met and married Don Humphreys and they enjoyed 36 wonderful years together. Pat is survived by her loving husband Don; her daughter Robin (Dan) Burbank and their children; Brandi, Brett, Ashley, Mark, Brad, Naomi and Hannah; her son Gary Firth, daughter Karen Cox and son Craig Firth and his children Nigel and Aaron. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren.

Pat taught at Brooks Campus and Medicine Hat College, first as an instructor for 11 years, then five years as the Manager of the Brooks Campus and finally back to teaching for another 8 years, before she retired. She taught in the business department and the office technology area. She loved to learn and spent many weeks taking summer courses throughout her long career. Some of the places included the University of Calgary, Oklahoma and Indiana. Pat was a very dedicated teacher and an excellent manager at the College. She was passionate about what she did and always wanted what was best for the Brooks Campus. Her work ethic was amazing which was evident when, as a single mother, she earned her Bachelor of Education Degree. As well, she earned her Masters Degree in Business.

She enjoyed lively discussions about politics as well as holidays spent camping and fishing with Don and the family. She was a voracious reader of widely varying genres. Pat was a great cook and she loved her beautiful yard and could talk at length about the many trees, plants and flowers that added such joy to her life. Pat and Don travelled a lot and had visited many far away places, including China and the British Isles. They also had many relaxing trips to Mexico. Pat was game for anything. She and Don went skydiving with friends and upon her retirement some of the College retirees formed a group called the “Gasbags”. This group had lunches, coffee dates, Christmas Parties and travels around Southern Alberta to visit many historic sites. Her grandchildren gave her a lot of joy, but time spent with the great grandchildren was fantastic. Pat lived a very full life and touched all those around her. She will be greatly missed.

A Private Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM. To view the livestream, please visit the Salmon and Sons website.

Green Burial to follow in Royal View Cemetery.

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1923 – 2021

On November 14, 2021, MAISIE JACOBSON, beloved wife of the late Art Jacobson, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, at the age of 98 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 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.

To watch the service via livestream, please go to obituary/EdwardEd-Lastuka and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5

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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Dora Marose

1929 – 2021

  Dora Evelyn Marose, beloved wife of the late Doug Marose, passed away in Taber on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

  A private funeral service will be held at Knox United Church, Taber on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at

  Due to the fact that the service is private and in person attendance is limited to immediate family, those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Dora’s obituary page on our website and choosing the livestream link that will be available at  10:45 A.M. on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone:

(403) 223-8778.

Olga Novak

1924 – 2021

Mrs. Olga Novak of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Lovro Novak, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 14, 2021 having just celebrated her 97th birthday.

Olga was born in Podgrad, Slovenia on September 28, 1924 and emigrated to Canada in 1955. She was an avid gardener, baker and enjoyed her grandchildren and their exploits.

Olga is survived by her children John (Tina) Peter (Terresa) Frank (Jeanne); grandchildren Jason (Brittany), Travis (Shannon), Brittany (Jessy), Adam (Krista), Lucas (Cara),and Thomas; and great grandson, Landon. Olga is also survived by her cousin Milka Dodic and her children Rajko and Alenka.

She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers and two sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff on 4C at the Lethbridge Regional and the entire Palliative Care team at St Michaels Health Centre. A special thanks to the staff at Martha’s House – especially Judy, who adopted our mother during the 5 years she lived there.

A private family Prayer Service will be held at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at St Martha Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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LUIGI ‘GINO’ PASQUOTTI, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the age of 81 years.

He was born on Sept 5, 1940, in Pola, Italy. Luigi and his family came to Canada, landing in New Brunswick in 1952, making their way west to eventually settle in Lethbridge.

Luigi married Marlene (Zahn) on January 8, 1966, his loving wife of 55 years who together with they raised their family. Luigi is survived by his three sons, Dino (Theresa), Mario (Pam), Rino (Dana) and daughter Gina (Sandor). Luigi also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Dario, Matteo, Nico, Nathan, Alexandra, Libby, Dante, Dion, Wynn and Marcus. He predeceased his sister Luciana and brother Ezio Pasquotti.

Luigi was a hard-working, honest and successful business owner. He began his own commercial electrical company called Southern Alberta Electrical Craftsman, which later became known as Pioneer Electric. He worked as a commercial electrician for over 40 years but the commercial warehouse he envisioned, initiated and eventually went on to build in 1989, was one of his most proud accomplishments. A proud provider for his wife and kids, Luigi instilled in all of them a strong work ethic.

Luigi found great joy in watching his kids and grandkids succeed in their individual pursuits and was often one of the most boisterous and passionate fans in attendance.

After battling cancer for two years, Luigi passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit. He was always the head of the household and tried to maintain strength for his family, right to the end.

The Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is limited for both the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Luigi’s name to Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (

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Emma Poehlmann

1927 – 2021

Mrs. Emma Poehlmann of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Walter Poehlmann, passed away at St. Marguerite Manor in Calgary on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Emma is survived by her son Manfred (Marilyn) Poehlmann; daughter Sieglinda (Harald) Schmiegelt; sister Adeline Kunst; brother-in-law Alfred Reuter; grandchildren Adam Schmiegelt, Robin (Wade) McKeeman, Theresa (Chris) Yauck, Cheryl (Chad) Paterson; great- grandchildren Devin Kenna, Emma McKeeman, Levi McKeeman, Angela Hironaka-Yauck, Julia Lennox, Alexia Paterson, Aries Paterson and Dominick Yauck.

Besides her loving husband Walter, Emma was pre-deceased by her parents Johann and Elisabeth Jung; son Hans Walter; sister Lisa Reuter; brother-in-law Frederick Kunst and granddaughter Tracy Lee Poehlmann.

The family would like to thank Dr. Murcuur and nursing staff at St.

Marguerite Manor for their compassion and care.

A Private family funeral service will be held, with burial to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Allan Schaaf

1946 – 2021

Mr. Allan Schaaf of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Sandra Schaaf, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Schraeder, Gloria

1949 – 2021

Ms. Gloria Schraeder of Lethbridge, formerly of Fort Smith, N.W.T., passed away at Golden Acres Lodge in Lethbridge on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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It is with profound grief, we announce the passing of our son, brother and father, CAMERON SELMAN, of Lethbridge. Cameron passed away at home in the loving arms of his parents and brothers, on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the age of 46 years.

Born on the fourth of September 1975, he was the third son of Jim and Lynda Selman. He and his brothers were a year a part in age. They always had playmates growing up. Cam often told us that he had the best childhood a boy could ask for. He attended St. Paul’s and Park Meadows Elementary School, and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1994. In 2002, he achieved his Journeyman Iron Worker Certificate, and worked on numerous projects over the years in central and southern Alberta.

Cam’s greatest love was his family, immediate and extended. He had a huge heart for them, never failing to express his love in words or with a hug. He gave the best hugs. His second love was his 1966 Acadian Canso. He never tired of opening the garage door to show if off. Cam’s third love was food, and the man was never picky! He especially loved his mom’s apple pies and apple crisp. We’re sure he could have lived on them.

On June 9 of this year, Cameron became a father. As deeply as he was loved by his father, he loved his son. He had such great plans of taking him camping and teaching him how to fish. Cam, we promise we will be there for your son. We will do our best to teach him all you desired him to learn.

Besides his loving parents, he is survived by his brothers Lee and David Selman, son Jaxon Selman, and the mother of his son Jaycee Friesen as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandparents Lynn and Evelyn Selman, Johnny and Doreen Carpenter and cousin Dana Carpenter.

Due to Covid restrictions, a Private Family Service will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Cam’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

You love his smile, you know his shrug,

You’d recognize his walk a block away.

He makes you laugh, he makes you proud,

A thought of him can really make your day.

You hope for him, you dream for him,

You pray that life will always treat him well.

He’s everything you ever needed in a son,

You love him more than words could ever tell.

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Psalm 27 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?”

The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, took our dear Nolda home to spend eternity with Him November 13 2021.

ARNOLDA VANDERBEEK SMEDING was born in Vuren, The Netherlands and educated in Dubbel Dam, South Holland. In 1951, she immigrated to Canada with two brothers Bert and Tony. They arrived in Quebec and endured a four day sitting only train ride to Lethbridge, AB. She found work in Waterton and later in Lethbridge. She met her husband, John at church and they got married in 1952. Their work took them to many places in the USA and they were constantly on the move. They went on several disaster relief missions, where she was the chief cook. In 1960, they adopted their son Ed and she treasured her new role as a mother.

They were globetrotters and she continued to travel with friends after she became a widow. Her son passed away in 1990. It was devastating for Nolda but she never became bitter. She always had a loving, welcoming heart for everyone she met. Nolda was very, very hospitable and she had a servant heart. She was a devout member of Trinity Reformed Church in Lethbridge. Church attendance was very important to her. She was proud to be its oldest member. Nolda had a great love for all animals, especially dogs and cats. She always owned one until moving to Legacy Lodge, but was thrilled when a friend brought her dogs in for a visit.

Nolda is lovingly remembered by her brother Tony VanderBeek of Lethbridge, AB and sisters: Joan Antonides of Penticton, BC and Nettie Westra of Edmonton AB, sister-in-law Frances VanderBeek of Lethbridge AB, as well as several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband John Smeding in 1985, son Edward in 1990, her parents Jan and Everdina Spiering VanderBeek, brothers Bert VanderBeek and Joe VanderBeek, sister-in-law Ann VanderBeek, and brothers-in-law John Antonides and Lloyd Westra.

She lived a full & thankful life & never complained. She passed away very peacefully in her home with the background music of Amazing Grace as she entered into her Saviour’s arms!

Nolda will be laid to rest with her husband John prior to the service.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Tom Albaugh officiating. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Nolda, donations may be made to the Canadian Bible Society (

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Statham, William “Bill”

1954 – 2021

Mr. William “Bill” Statham of Lethbridge, formerly of Invermere, BC and beloved husband of Mrs. Milena Statham, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Lorraine Williams

1945 – 2021

Mrs. Lorraine Rose Williams of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leroy Williams, passed away at home on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the age of 76 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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