By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 8, 2021.
Feb. 18, 1959 – Dec. 5, 2021
It is with heavy and broken hearts that Marilyn, Patrick, and Aryn announce the passing of their much-loved husband and father on December 5, 2021. He died as he lived, in his home, surrounded by the love of his family.
Pat was born in Myrnam, Alberta and spent much of his childhood in St. Paul. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance), he spent 6 years as co-owner, alongside his brother Perry, of the Denim Den franchise in St. Paul. In 1987, he and Marilyn moved to Lethbridge where he became a dedicated and accomplished Investment Advisor for over 30 years, first at Richardson Greenshields, then at TD Waterhouse until his retirement in 2019. He was an exceptional athlete and an avid fan of football, baseball, hockey, and golf, passing on his love of sports and travel, his insurmountable work ethic, and his strong family values to Patrick and Aryn. He was their role model, their mentor, their confidante, and their stronghold, and was so deeply proud of their many accomplishments. For Marilyn, he was a devoted and caring husband, the love of her life and soul mate of 34 years, and her steadfast rock that unremittingly supported her through life’s challenges and opportunities. Family was Pat’s life passion and behind everything he stood for.
Pat is survived by his wife (Marilyn), his son (Patrick), his daughter (Aryn & fiancé, Warren), his brothers (Perry & Percy), and his mother (Pauline).
He was tragically predeceased by his twin sisters (Patsy & Peggy) on Christmas Eve of 1977, and by his father (Pete) in 2008.
Marilyn, Patrick, and Aryn extend special thanks to the many family members, friends, colleagues, physicians, and caregivers who provided support to them and to Pat during the last many months of his debilitating illness. He was taken much too soon and while we will never know why, we take comfort in knowing that love and precious memories will outlast the pain of grief.
A private family service will be held at a later date, at the graveside of Pat’s beloved twin sisters. In memory of Pat, we ask that you treat everyone with kindness, and support organizations such as Lethbridge Home Care (AHS), the Canadian Cancer Society, STARS, and the Canadian Red Cross.
How does one, Survive the death of your life mate?
How does one, Wake up every morning alone,
when it’s so natural to seek a sense if he is awake?
How does one, Live the day, still expecting to have a conversation with him?
How does one, Navigate the weeks,
unfolding from each day alon instead of shared with him?
How does one decide what to do,
When what to do depended on what he wanted too?
How does one, Prepare a meal that is not taking, his likes in to consideration
How does one, Go to sleep at night without saying “good night” to him?
How does one, Learn to do all the things he took care of?
How does one, Parent adult children without problem solving with him?
How does one, Welcome grand babies into the world without grandpa?
How does one, Travel without the driver, and without the companion,
that made the trip more special because it was shared?
How does one, do a solo journey,
when growing old together was THE PLAN? How does one?
Poem by Maxine Reidel
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GLEN ROBERT BLY has been reunited with his eternal companion, Christine Jeannette (Spotton) Bly. He passed peacefully Sunday December 5, 2021 after his fight with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Kristine Alston-Bly, children Russell Bly (Teresa Byam), Kristi (Bly) Woolley (Jeff), And Shane Bly (Kate Levarda).
Glen was born to Doug and Ardath Bly in Magrath, AB on January 30, 1956. The last of 12 children, he grew up with brothers, sisters, and cousins. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints in the Canada Halifax Mission. He married Christine Spotton in 1978 and raised his 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great children. In early February 2020, his wife of 40 years passed after a year long battle with cancer.
Early in 2021 Glen married Kristine Alston, and was able to have a beautiful, happy sunset to cap off his life of service and giving.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 9, 2021. Interment will be at 9:00 am, meet the family will follow at 10:00 am, and the service will be at 11:00 am at the MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE. Covid QR codes and other covid measures will be required in order to accommodate as many as possible who wish to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Jack Addy Cancer clinic.
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December 3, 2021 (John) Marlon Draper transitioned from this life to the next suddenly in an accident. Leaving in this life many that mourn his passing, he will be greatly missed by many.
Marlon was born in Cardston, Alberta but was raised and lived the majority of his life in Hill Spring, Alberta. His passion for horses was in his blood, starting out at a very young age training his first pony before he even entered elementary school. Horses, ranching, rodeo, racetracks you name and if it involved horses he had probably tried it at least once and probably did well at it. Marlon trained and worked as a journeyman pipefitter/steamfitter most of his life, while rodeoing on weekends, helping out with 4H equine clubs, showing, helping on the family farm etc. He had a long and fulfilling rodeo career, bull riding, steer wrestling (at least in high school), team roping and saddle bronc riding. Marlon won many championship titles, buckles, saddles and more spanning his lifetime – honestly too many to count. He was a member of many rodeo associations and held different board positions throughout his years.
Marlon helped many youth learn the ropes across many rodeo events, and is fondly remembered by many as being always willing to help the next generation of rodeo competitors. Patience, caring, talented and humble are words that we have heard uttered many times over the last few days regarding Marlon – or ‘one hell of a cowboy/horseman’ amongst other things. He assisted with the Cardston Rodeo School with teaching youth in bronc riding as he had semi-retired, but these young kids drew him out of retirement to join the rodeo circuit again. During his bronc riding retirement he could be found training race horses and attending rodeos and jackpots. Rodeo took him all over North America and even though he hated driving, he enjoyed travelling. Marlon had a way of making friends everywhere he went and always stopped to talk to you if he saw you. Marlon’s home-base was Stirling, Alberta the majority of the last decade but often worked away for weeks at a time.
Marlon was predeceased by his parents Wayne and Marr Draper, brother Ron Draper and sister-in-law Millie Draper. Left to mourn his passing is his sisters Carol Wynder, Marlene (Lou) Delf, and brother Lawrence (Susan) Draper, and sister-in-law Karen Draper. His children Lana (Abe) Caldwell, Amber (Jason) Skoog, and Jory Draper, and grandchildren Jaxon Caldwell, Ty and Alora Skoog along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. His rodeo and racetrack families, as well as coworkers and friends will also miss him dearly.
As per his wishes, no funeral will be held immediately but there will be a memorial rodeo to be held in his honour in the coming months and a memorial service will be held in Hill Spring in the spring/summer time. More information will be available soon, there is a memorial Facebook page that the family will update frequently. The family requests in the meantime to honour his memory share stories about his adventures, go ride a horse, swing a rope or just hug your family tight.
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The family of MARY D GRAHAM is saddened to announce her passing on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the age of 93 years.
Mary is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ken, and their four children: Kathy (Steve) Thorlakson, Janet (Ken) Knox, Michael (Stephen) Graham and Richard (Sharon) Graham. She was also blessed with four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mary was born in Exeter, Ontario, daughter of Fern and Mac McKinnon. Over the course of her 93 years, Mary cherished the many friends she made along the way, starting with her early years as a child in Paris, Ontario. Mary graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, and then worked at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, where she met a gentle veterinarian student who convinced her to spend the rest of her life with him.
Mary braved a move west to Claresholm, where they both worked hard setting up the veterinary practice. The four children along the way kept her that much more busy. Mary loved living in Claresholm. She was a small town gal and immersed herself in the small town atmosphere of Claresholm. Over the course of their 20 years there, she gathered more friends through the Reading Club, church and Rotary Club. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1969, which became home for the rest of her life. Mary was always busy with church functions at First United, square dancing, keeping four children in check and volunteering for Meals on Wheels for nearly 40 years.
Travel was a big part of their lives and they really did see the world.
A private Family Service will be held at the family home with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. Mary will be laid to rest in Archmount Cemetery.
As Mom always said towards the end, “My working days are over and I rest in the loving arms of God.”
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Kalon Sky Sharp Adze
Kalon Sharp Adze passed away suddenly in Cardston, AB on December 2, 2021. There will be a one-day wake from Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:00pm until 1:00pm on Friday, December 10 at Maria Sharp Adze’s residence on Piikani Nation. A traditional funeral service will take place at 1:30 pm on Friday, December 10 at Snodgrass Funeral Home in Pincher Creek with Peter Strikes With A Gun officiating. Interment to follow at Piikani Nation Cemetery in Brocket.
Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Pincher Creek) assisting
the Sharp Adze/Strikes With A Gun families with funeral
MARIA (RIET) TERSTEEG, beloved wife of Arie Tersteeg, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the age of 88 years.
Besides her husband, she will be missed by her children: John (Angeline), Lorena (Jay), Angela (George), Jeannette (Bryce), Pauliene (Steve), Patricia (Mark) and Michael (Debbie); twenty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five of her twelve siblings who live around the world.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating. The Mass will be livestreamed and recorded, and may be accessed via Maria’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge.
In memory of Maria, donations may be made to your local food bank.
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