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SATURDAY, December 04, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 4, 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.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, on Friday, December 17 at 11:00 A.M. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 50 guests. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@

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

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Shirley, donations can be directed to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund at

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Joel Robert Duncan

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Joel Robert Duncan, who sadly left this world on September 14, 2021, at the age of 65. Joel leaves behind his parents Bob and Norma Duncan, sisters Shawn, Tracy (Heather) and Kelly (Cameron), nieces Ashley and Sara, and nephew Cody. He also leaves his life partner Angela Luck and her children, Jesse, Chloe, and Noah. Joel will be missed by loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends across the country.

Joel was born in Nova Scotia and had a love for the East Coast. He was a naturalist, environmentalist, and an avid birder from a very young age. He spent over twenty years as an observer for the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation monitoring the golden eagle migration.

A talented and dedicated photographer, Joel captured life through his art and left us an extensive collection of stunning images of the natural world. He was also an actor and worked on many film productions in Alberta, and as a standardized patient in the education program at the Foothills Hospital. Joel was well-known for his quick wit and sense of humour passed down to him by his Grandpa Dunn, and he loved to make us all laugh.

Joel and Angela cherished their life together, and whether paddling, birding, gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, snow-shoeing, or long walks with their beloved dogs, the strength of their bond was unmistakable.

Joel enjoyed the simplicity of everyday things like looking up new recipes, finding a beautiful flower in the woods, hearing the song of a favourite bird, or soaking up another gorgeous sunset. He marvelled at the beauty and majesty of nature and the world around him. His zest for life makes saying good-bye so difficult. May Joel’s spirit paddle gentle waters.

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Ronald Horgus

1953 – 2021

Mr. Ronald Horgus of Milk River, beloved husband of Mrs. Susan Horgus, passed away at Milk River Hospital on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the age of 68 years. Luke 23:43 “Today you will be with me in Paradise”

A Celebration of Life will held at the family farm at a later date.

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JULIE GILES passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at St. Therese Villa with her husband, David and family by her side.

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Sandra Pickles

1950 – 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Sandra passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, November 30 at the age of 71 years. Sandra will be lovingly remembered by her husband and love of her life, Charles (Fred) of 50 years, children Gordon (Taunya) and Laurel (Steve), grandchildren Jenna, Ethan and Kayden, brother Barry (Linda) Wyllie, nieces Sheri (Angela) Wyllie, Kari Barton, Tracey (Jason) Dousett, nephews Brent Wyllie and Jason Pickles, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sandra will be remembered for her enormous love of her family and her unique relationship with her grandkids “kiddles”. Anyone who met Sandra remarked as to how she was such a joy and always had a smile on her face.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, Dr. J. Geers, Dr. B. Weston, Dr. A. Shukkoor and the staff at Chinook Regional Hospital Hemodialysis unit for the amazing care they provided her.

She was predeceased by her parents Winona and Gordon Wyllie, in laws James and Eveline Pickles, brother Merlin Wyllie, sister in law Rose Wyllie and brother in law James (Reg) Pickles.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish to honor her, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

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JUDITH “JUDY” ELIZABETH ANNE STEVENS, of Coaldale beloved wife of the late Rodney Stevens passed away peacefully at the Sunny South Lodge, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the age of 83 years. Gone but for the memory of her laughter.

A family service will take place in the spring time.

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SVEINSON, Keith Reginald

May 20, 1931 – Innisfail, Alberta

November 25, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Sveinson on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Keith, and his twin brother Kenneth, were born at Innisfail, Alberta May 20, 1931 to Violet Sveinson (nee Cook), and Waldemar John Sveinson. The twins and older brother, Allan, were raised on the family farm one mile south of the Icelandic village of Markerville.

Keith graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. degree (Agriculture) in 1957 and became a professional Agrologist. His career spanned more than 45 years, most as Manager of Agricultural Banking Services for RBC in Alberta. Keith also had farmland near Cochrane and raised Simmental cattle. He loved his time on the farm and spent countless hours there.

Keith married his high school sweetheart, Edna Holt, December 7, 1957, and they were married nearly 62 years before Edna’s passing November 24, 2019. Until March of this year he continued to live in the home in University Heights where he and Edna had raised their family and developed life-long friendships.

Music was always part of his life and in his retirement years, he was a member of the Stampede City Chorus. His barbershop quartet, Close Encounters, was an award-winning group competing in local, regional and international competitions.

People, community and connection were most important to our Dad. He brought people together, was an amazing host and had a wonderful caring heart.

Keith and Edna are survived by their three children, Bryan (Sandra), Jill (Murray dec.), and John (Jody); five grandchildren, Dana (Riley), Stefan, Rachel, Colton, and Taneson; and great-granddaughter Reyndis.

Thank you to the staff at StayWell Manor, Foothills Hospital and Agape Hospice for the loving care and support given to Dad during the past few months.

A private family service will be held. There will be a Celebration of Keith’s Life at a later date.

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Keith’s expanded obituary at If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army (Agape Hospice), 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB T3C 1M6, or online at

In living memory of Keith Sveinson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area.

Loretta “Lorri” Watt

1944 – 2021

Lorri Watt passed away November 30, 2021, at the age of 77 years.

Left behind to grieve is her beloved husband, Walter; sons Tony (Joyce), Chuck (Heather) and her cherished grandchildren Alex, Kate, Raylynn, and Aubrey.

Lorri will be privately remembered by her family and friends.

Donations can be made in Lorri’s name to St. Michael’s Palliative Care, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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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.

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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