May 25th, 2024

FRIDAY, November 26, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 26, 2021.


SHIRLEY ELIZABETH BEACH, beloved wife of James Beach, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the age of 90 years old. Shirley will be forever cherished by her husband; her three children, Barbara Lynne Cruz, John Beach (Chrys), and Diane Nikkel (Jim); and grandchildren Raeanne Beach, Dylan Nikkel and Shaelynn Beach.

A Memorial Service at Cornerstone Funeral Home will be announced at a future date.

If friends so desire, a memorial tribute can be directed to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (

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In loving memory, Darlene May Bendick

November 30, 1954 – October 20, 2021

After a two year battle with cancer Darlene was called to heaven on October 20, 2021, to join her parents, Ruby and Fred Yemen, and her daughter Tiffany.

Darlene will be lovingly remember by the love of her life, Stewart of 32 years, children Kristina and Sarah (Mike) and grandkids, Isabella, Matthew and Logan. As well as her 5 siblings, family, and many friends.

Darlene was born in Lethbridge AB, but lived her life in Kamloops, BC.

She enjoyed her years working at CableNet and BCLC, making solid relationships along the way. She was also an entrepreneur and started her own business “Muckers Boot Covers” in 1999.

Darlene was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. She was a beautiful women, with an infectious personality. The sound of her laugh will never leave us.

Darlene passed away peacefully in her home with her loving husband and daughters beside her and on the same day her own mother had passed 6 years prior.

“You taught us everything in life but not how to live life without you.”

We want to really thank Dr Miranda Du Preez & Dr Thinn Pwint and all the care aids and nurses that worked alongside us.


KELVIN (BUCKSKIN) BLACK HORSE, beloved husband of Violet Black Horse, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the age of 60 years. The Wake service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, December 3rd from 7- 11 p.m.

The Funeral service will be held at Gladstone Hall on Saturday, December 4th at 11 a.m.

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JOHN BOLDT of Taber, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at the age of 64 years.

A private family Graveside Service will be held at Royal View Cemetery.

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Joel Bos

1997 – 2021

You are forgiving and good,

O Lord, Abounding in love to all who call to you. – Psalm 86:5

It is with profound grief, we announce the sudden and tragic passing of our dear son, brother and uncle. God took to Himself, JOEL DOUGLAS BOS, on Friday November 19, 2021, at the age of 24 years.

A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the Coaldale Cemetery.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100-40 Ave. N. Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend John Van Eyk officiating.

Those who wish to watch Joel’s service via livestream may do so by going to /livestream starting at 12:45 pm. Please go to Webcast LIVE NOW and look for Trinity Reformed Church, Lethbridge, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers and in Memory of Joel, donations can be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 1222 20th St, Coaldale, AB T1M 1N1.

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12 April 1925 – 19 November 2021

It is with gratitude for a life well lived and a man much loved that we announce the peaceful passing of JAMES GORDON (JIM) DOYLE on November 19.

He leaves a close knit family to share many joyous memories including his beloved wife of 75 years, Marion (Broder) and their children: Faye (Richard) West of Edmonton, Linda (John) Calder of Westhampton, NY, Wesley (Marilyn) of Edmonton, and Randal (Susan) of Lethbridge; six grandchildren: Jim West (Andy Steppan), Anne Calder, Robyn (Aaron) Beaudoin, Ian (Leah) Doyle, Tim (TJ) Doyle, and Nikki (Anthony) Kish. “Papa” is also survived by his adored great-grandchildren: Mckinna, Kamryn, Charlee, and Jordynn Kish, Aubrey and Connor James Doyle, and Lilianne Beaudoin, great-great-grandsons Reece and Nathan Lasalle, and a special niece Susan Tanner of Victoria.

Jim was predeceased by an infant daughter Debbie, five siblings, his parents Charles and Gertrude (Falk) Doyle, as well as Marion’s parents Robert and Violet (Jones) Broder.

He was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 in New Westminster, B.C. and grew up there. World War II was raging so on his 18th birthday he joined the RCAF, graduated with the rank of Pilot Officer, and served in England. Following V.E. Day, he volunteered for service in the South Pacific. Promoted to Flying Officer, he was on leave before reporting for duty when the atomic bomb brought the war to a sudden end. Dad had thrived on his years in the air force. On discharge he returned to New Westminster where, in July 1946, he married his childhood sweetheart, Marion Broder. Two years later, they moved to Lethbridge where they spent the rest of their lives.

Second only to his love of Marion and their family, was his love of flying. In the next 60 years, he logged over 5,000 hours as a private pilot, covering the continent from Inuvik to Mexico. He served on the executive of many Alberta flying organizations including the Alberta Aviation Council, the Lethbridge Flying Club, the Alberta Flying Farmers and as Commander of the Southern Zone of Alberta Search and Rescue. He retained his amateur radio operator’s license (VE6AJ), enjoyed hunting, and spent many happy hours skiing with his family.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s, he was Operations Manager of Broder Canning Co. in Lethbridge. He then farmed near Broxburn for ten years where he raised prize Angus cattle. Dad and Mom retired to an acreage close to the city of Lethbridge which they aptly named Windmeadows. They now had time to travel so part of most winters were spent in Hawaii, the Caribbean, or cruising with their family.

Both Dad and Mom spent their last years quietly enjoying their Windmeadows home and its peaceful setting. With their local great- grandchildren often providing company, Dad and Mom enjoyed puttering around the farm and the extensive flower gardens. They so often said “It’s been a wonderful life.”

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciate to the doctors and health care workers who provided such excellent care in his final days.

The pandemic has forced any celebration of Dad’s life to be indefinitely postponed.

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JOHN ISAAC FAST, beloved husband of Elsie, of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the age of 78 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the THIRD DAY CHURCH (#90 – 550 WT Hill Blvd. S, Lethbridge, AB) on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 2:00 PM with Pastor Dick Deweert officiating. John will be laid to rest prior to the Service at Mountain View Cemetery.

The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via John’s obituary on the Cornerstone website or the Third Day Church website.

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1942 – Wayne Gilbertson – 2021

Wayne Neil Gilbertson, born February 25, 1942, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the age of 79 years, beloved husband of Diane Gilbertson of Bow Island. He also leaves to cherish his memory their six children and seven grandchildren: Alan Gilbertson (Anna Butz); Chad (Helen) Gilbertson; Dan (Jackie) Gilbertson and their children Justin and Charles; Vickie (Craig) Pulsifer and their children Kavan, Colton and Ryann; Crystal Gilbertson (Damien Ferbey); Sarah Gilbertson and her children Kiya and Rylie; one brother Clarence Gilbertson; two sisters, Joan (Len) Bateman and Connie (Jamie) McClure as well as five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Kathleen and Clifford Gilbertson and by his in-laws Pete and Nellie Drschwiski, sister-in-law Evelyn and one niece Candace. Wayne was a mechanic by trade and operated his own irrigation sales and service business in Bow Island for over 40 years. He was passionate about his stamp collection and airplanes. He was a member of the Commemorative Air Force and a supporter of the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton. Wayne and Diane frequented air shows all over North America and Wayne loved to read and talk about WWII planes. Wayne was also involved with several community service organizations and would often joke about “always being ‘in season’ ” since he was a Lion, an Elk and a Moose. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Pattison Funeral Home (Medicine Hat) on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Masks are mandatory. A private family service will be held on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mac deWaal officiating. The funeral service will be live streamed, and family and friends who are unable to attend are invited to watch the service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home Youtube page. The video will go live shortly before service time and will remain on the youtube page for future viewing. Interment will follow in the Bow Island Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Wayne with a donation, may do so to World Vision, the Lions Foundation of Canada or the Bomber Command Museum Expansion Project. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Wayne Gilbertson, or you may visit and 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.

Esther Marta Hauschildt

1927 – 2021

Esther Marta Hauschildt, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2021 at the age of 94.

Esther is survived by her children, Jürgen (Renée), Bettina (Robert Walser), and Dave (Dianne). Esther is survived by her grandchildren Adam Walser (Kerri Norman), Matthew Walser (Patricia Gervais), Sarah Walser (Jeremy Schofield), and Skye-Lee Hauschildt; and her great grandchildren Linnéa Walser, Zachary, Linus, and Dashiell Walser, Amaya and Everlie Hauschildt, and Ivan Schofield. Esther is also survived by her brothers-in-law Peter Heinrichs and Adolf Hauschildt, sister-in-law Renate Hauschildt, as well as nieces and nephews and their families.

Esther was predeceased by her husband Max (2010), her parents Paul (1965) and Martha (1983), her sisters, Frieda Heinrichs (2007), Ruth Grübe (2009), and Hannah Schaarschmidt (2013), and her brother Paul (1941).

Esther’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Edith Cavell Care Home (especially Lillian, Lovely, Lynn, Margret and Reina) for treating mom with such respect and kindness. Also, thank you to Dr. Peter G. Greidanus and Dr. Samuel Dewalle for their diligent and compassionate care.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

A Private family inurnment will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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CARMEN GAY INDA LARSON passed away at the Raymond Health Centre on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the age of 80. The funeral service for Carmen, with a tribute to Richard, will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 221 N 400 W, Raymond, AB. A viewing will be held immediately preceding the funeral at the same location from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Restrictions Exemption Program will be in effect for this funeral. To participate virtually, please visit and a link will appear below Carmen’s obituary at service time.

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1935 – 2021

Marie Lewis, beloved wife of predeceased R.G. Dick Lewis, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away on Saturday November 20, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

Marie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gregory Allan Lewis and Rebecca Gay Lewis of Calgary, AB, son Richard Glenn Lewis of Surrey, BC. and son and daughter-in-law, Trevor John Lewis and Kelly Charlene Baker of Morenci, AZ. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Caitlin Julianne Marie Lewis of Victoria, BC. as well as Tyler Bronson Lewis and Emily Marie Lewis of Morenci, AZ.

Marie was born in Lethbridge, AB on July 5, 1935. She married the love of her life, R.G. (Dick) Lewis in September of 1955 and they subsequently left to take up residence in Edmonton, AB. Marie had two boys, Greg and Glenn while in Edmonton before they were transferred to Regina, SK. There Marie became a telephone operator with SaskTel and took up her passion of curling. She had another son, Trevor, in Regina before the family was transferred back to Lethbridge in 1972. Marie then began working for AGT and it was Lethbridge where she and Dick had hoped to retire however, another transfer brought them back to Edmonton in 1975. Marie retired from the Data Design Engineering Team at AGT / TELUS in 1993. She and Dick enjoyed many winters snowbirding in Yuma, AZ. They finally settled back in Lethbridge to rekindle their lifelong friendships.

Marie was predeceased by her husband R.G. (Dick) Lewis, her parents John W. and Jeanne E. Clancy as well as her older sister Eileen Anna Clancy.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada (

The Family would like to thank the Nursing Staff and Doctors of Unit 5A of the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge as well as the Nursing Staff at the Pincher Creek Health Centre and the Nursing Staff at the High River Hospital.

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Randy Loucks passed away on November 1, 2021, at the age of 52.

To Juanita and Brien Loucks, Randy was their “Special Son”.

He is survived by his Daughter Jayla, plus Juanita and Bob, and his sisters Karen, Marie (Dennis) and Kim.

He is pre-deceased by his Dad Brien.

A private family service has been held.

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CAROL McLEOD, beloved wife and mother, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the age of 66 years.

Carol is survived by her husband of 43 years, Rob, two daughters, Kelly Spady (Kent), Rebecca (Wurz) Dave, and four grandchildren, Josh, Emily, Mark and Gavin. She is also survived by four sisters and one brother.

Carol was a generous, caring person who loved spending time in her garden and enjoying her backyard, especially having everyone over for pool parties. She loved her grandkids very much, as they were very special to her. Every year, Carol would make sure that they had new Christmas pajamas. She planned her family’s Christmas gifts months in advance.

She was a great cook who loved when her family would come over for supper. She was a huge fan of the NFL, especially the Green Bay Packers.

She could often be found watching the NFL Network or a movie with her husband. Some of her best memories were travelling to football games in Oakland and San Francisco and her trips with her sisters to Banff and San Francisco.

A Celebration of Carol’s Life will be held at the SANDMAN SIGNATURE LETHBRIDGE LODGE (Aspen Room), 320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Please be advised that the Restrictions Exception Program will be in effect requiring proof of vaccination and picture ID or a negative Rapid COVID test within 72 hours.

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April 18, 1945 – November 17, 2021

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of ROY HYRUM PILLING, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandpa. Roy passed away peacefully on November 17, 2021.

He is survived by his two brothers Heber (Florence) and Glen. Dad always said we are a family, and all his children include: Jennie, Lori, Tena, Tex, Jason, Debra Lyn, Clifford, Richard, Rudy, Casey, Vincent, Sheldon, Shane, Bobbi Rae (passed), and Darolyne.

He will be dearly missed by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hyrum and Verda (Jensen); brother, Elmer; sister, Lavon; wife, Darlene; wife, Kathy; grandson, Tyson.

We will miss your amazing sense of fun, adventure, and unforgettable laugh. You taught us to love everyone.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all who have reached out to them during this difficult time and the compassionate staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Due to covid restrictions we had a small service on November 22, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Magrath.

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Donald Gordon Santa

1945 – 2021

Mr. Don Santa of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Pat Santa, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 after a short battle with cancer at the age of 76.

Don was born in Milk River on January 6, 1945 to Miriam and George Santa. He grew up in Lethbridge where he developed a love for muscle cars. He was very mechanically gifted. Don loved to restore cars. His final project was the 1967 blue Chevy Nova, aptly licensed XMASTOY. Don loved to cruise in his Nova.

Don is survived by his wife Pat; son Donovan (Eirian); step- daughters Tracey Lukacs and Deanna (Rod) Powell; grandchildren Sophia, Ryan, Julie and Joel; brothers Les (Clarice), Skip (Carol), Gary and his sister Janet (Ron) Sheen.

Don was predeceased by his parents and sisters Wilma Winter and Laurette Hutchings.

Don and Pat loved to travel and took many international trips with in-laws Sandy and Harry Fischer.

Don has many dear friends and relatives, too numerous to mention. Special coffee friends were a big part of Don’s life since COVID. He looked forward to their morning and afternoon get togethers.

A private celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 29, 2021. Those who wish may watch the service via livestream by visiting obituary/DonaldDon-Santa and scrolling to the bottom of Donald’s obituary.

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Simpson, Mary Alice (nee Martin),

October 31, 1921 – November 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mary at the age of 100 with her family by her side. Mary is survived by sons Dennis (Darlene), Marvin (Teri), Larry (Vicki); and daughter-in-law Bonnie (Alvin). She is also survived by her brother Howard (Iris) Martin, nine grandchildren, fifteen great- grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband Homer; son Alvin (Bonnie); brother Bill (Alice) Martin; and sisters Margaret (Alec) Barclay and Ida (Mark) Bond. Mary was born in Taber, Alberta to Floyd and Edith Martin and moved to Gladstone Valley west of Pincher Creek as a child and resided in Pincher Creek most of her life. She was a very hard-working farm wife and Homer and Mary raised “the boys’ on a mixed farm 14 miles east of Pincher Creek on Halifax Flats. Mary enjoyed working in town at Jackson Brothers Hardware for many years. She loved the drives to Waterton for picnics and ice cream. Mary also enjoyed dances, cruises, and international travel. She liked to golf and play cards and was an active member of the United Church and Rebekah and Eastern Star Lodges. Mary’s calm, loving demeanor and her quiet leadership, integrity, and gentle happy nature made her the much-loved matriarch of our family, and family always came first. A special thank you for the care and many kindnesses extended to Mary by Crestview Lodge while in Pincher Creek and AgeCare Seton while in Calgary. There will be a private family memorial at a later date. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared with Mary’s family through

“The beauty of a life well lived

never dies, it continues to embrace and inspire us.”

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ERIC CHAVEZ SOOP TAKES GUN, of Fort Macleod, passed away suddenly, on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the age of 23 years.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Josh Curly Rider officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 50 guests at a time for the Wake and Funeral Service. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

Interment will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery on the Blood Reserve.

For those who wish, donations towards funeral expenses are gratefully accepted at Cornerstone.

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Ivanka “Jean” Vidmar

1927 – 2021

Mrs. Ivanka “Jean” Vidmar of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jernej “Jerry” Vidmar, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

Mom was born on December 27, 1927 in Notranje Gorice, Slovenia. After several years in Spittal, Austria her family relocated to Chicago, Illinois before rejoining Jerry in Lethbridge. Jerry and Jean were married in 1953 and started their family.

Mom was an active member of the CWL and enjoyed serving her community. She loved her garden and was always ready to share her bountiful harvest. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her greatest pleasures were having all of her family together.

A special thank you to all who took exceptional care of Mom at St. Michael’s LTC.

Ivanka “Jean” is survived by her daughters Anna (Per) Hansen, Cathy Korby; son Peter (June) Vidmar; grandchildren Chris Hansen, Sara Hansen, Dakota (Stephanie) Vidmar, Ethan Vidmar, David (Beth Johnson) Korby.

Besides her loving husband Jernej “Jerry”, Ivanka “Jean” was predeceased by her parents Anton and Marija Brencic; son Frank Vidmar and son-in-law Steve Korby.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, November 29, 2021 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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