May 25th, 2024

TUESDAY, November 30, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 30, 2021.

Christina Wilhelmina deWit

(Van Dyk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Oma, Great grandmother & friend, Christina deWit in Lethbridge at the age of 82 on Nov 21st, 2021.

Christina came to Canada in 1952 with her parents, brothers and sister. Her youngest brother was born after arriving in Canada. Chris enjoyed growing up in the midst of eight brothers and one sister. Christina married Len deWit on September 3, 1960. They were blessed with two sons, Willie and Theo.

Christina was a very loving and generous individual. She always had time for a cup of coffee and a good chat. Her door was always open. Christina was a positive influence in many lives and she helped many people throughout her caring life.

Christina was predeceased by her loving husband Len and their son Theo in 1987.

Christina is survived by her son Willie (Suzan) and their children Ashley (Patrick), Sarah (Rick), Len (Katherine) and Caitlyn (Aaron), great grandchildren Gracie, Carter, Mila, Leo and Cal. She is also survived by two of her brothers, Ron Van Dyk (Brigitte) and Cory Van Dyk (Jean).

Extended families, Tannys and Robert Bignold and their children Kelsey and Jaycee. Eleanor and Clinton Campbell and their children Matthew and Carter.

Those who wish, donations in Christina’s memory may be made to, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1818 5th Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0W6; Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Friday, December 17th, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.

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It is with great sadness that the family of MARLENE JOEANNE DOW (née Filgas) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 83 years.

Marlene is survived by her three children: Donna Derksen, Randy (Teresa) Joblonkay, Tim (Margaret) Joblonkay and five grandchildren: Darren (Layan) Joblonkay, Brett Nakonechny, Michael Joblonkay, Christina (Mark) Leitch and Jessy Joblonkay and great-grandchild Tucker. Marlene is also survived by her brothers Walter (Doreen) Filgas and Tom (Rose) Filgas, her sister Elaine Noble and numerous nephews and nieces.

Marlene was predeceased by her husband Blaine Dow, her parents Michael and Ada Filgas, brothers: Ken, Stan, David, Russel and Carl and her sisters Kathleen and Stella Elizabeth.

Marlene was born Christmas Day, 1937 and grew up on the family farm north of Purple Springs. She worked for Canada Safeway for 30 years until her retirement in 1995.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@

The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Marlene’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Following the service, Marlene will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Vivian Fawns passed away peacefully on November 19, 2021 at Good Samaritan’s Prairie Ridge in Raymond, Alberta. She was 89 years old.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond. All are welcome to attend. A recording of the service will be available Thursday morning below Vivian’s full obituary on the Funeral Home’s web-site.

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Linda Anne Judd Johnson, beloved wife of Christopher Johnson, passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre in Lethbridge on November 29, 2021.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.
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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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BILL NIEBOER, of Nobleford, passed away peacefully at home to be with Jesus, on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the age of 84 years.

Bill was “Honners” to Pearl, Dad to Kevin (Anna) and Rachelle, and Opa to Daisy, Connor, Jasmine, and Jole. We will miss him!!

He will also be missed by his siblings: Johnnie, Dorothy, Ellie and Ruth and their families as well as the entire Zuidhof family. Cousins and friends were also very dear to Bill. Let us not forget his church community and all those acquaintances he made in the farming business community.

A private family Interment will be held at the Nobleford Monarch Cemetery.

A Worship Service in Bill’s memory will be held at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Avenue, Nobleford, AB, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Bill’s obituary on the Cornerstone website and on YouTube by searching Nobleford CRC.

Memorial gifts may be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 1222 – 20th Street, Coaldale, Alberta T1M 1N1.

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CELESTE ZEINSTRA, passed away peacefully with John, her loving husband of 47 years and her son Roger by her side, at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, December 14, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

Along with her husband and son, she is lovingly remembered by her three brothers, Yves, Denis and Gilles Leclair and their families.

She was predeceased by her son, Robert, brother Ron, her parents, in-laws, four sisters-in-law and her brother-in-law.

Celeste was born in Letellier, MB to Gerald and Ida Leclair and was raised there until age 17. When her parents purchased the Picture Butte Hotel in 1971, her family moved there to run it as a family business. There, she also met John, the love of her life, and they married in 1973. They farmed and raised their family in Picture Butte and Enchant.

Celeste worked for St. Catherine’s School, typing for the staff from home. Students were the messengers, toting her work back and forth during their breaks. Eventually she was asked to be the Librarian Assistant.

Celeste attended Henderson Business College and earned her Office Administration Diploma & Medical Record Keeping which allowed her to work at medical offices and the hospital for many years and make many friendships in the communities they lived.

She was never idle and always strived to learn new things. Celeste enjoyed cooking, baking, canning and wine making. She loved working with her hands, knitting and sewing, making her clothes as well as draperies in her home. Celeste was creative, painting walls and furniture to give them new life. Her passion was prowling through thrift and antique shops and her home was filled with lovely pieces from furniture to precious china, crystal and silverware. Celeste loved to keep active and learned to golf. She enjoyed music and learned to play the piano and violin. There wasn’t anything she didn’t take on when she was interested in learning more about it.

Celeste enjoyed exploring whether on road trips or travelling the world. Together, they visited Europe, Asia, South America and Australia, specifically Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, China and may places in North America. They spent 12 partial winters in Palm Springs, California. The last trips Celeste made were to the Holyland, Lourdes and Fatima. Among her most memorable were the ocean cruises to Alaska and Panama. Their last road trip was to her home place where she was reunited with many cousins, a gift that she cherished.

Celeste was very strong in her faith which helped her immensely through her cancer journey. She was involved with the CWL for 45 years, starting in Picture Butte and finishing in Lethbridge at St. Martha’s Parish.

She enjoyed spending time and socializing with her family and friends, belonging to several social clubs and organizations. Celeste had a zest for life, surrounding herself with the people she loved.

The Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12th Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

A public Reception will be held following the Mass at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St. Edward Blvd. North, Lethbridge, AB. All are welcome to attend, beginning at 6:00 P.M. and music will be provided. 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.

Interment will be held at the IRON SPRINGS CEMETERY, Iron Springs, AB on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Tim Boyle officiating.

For those who wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 700-10123 99 St. NW., Edmonton, AB T5J 9Z9.

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