May 21st, 2024

THURSDAY, December 16, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 16, 2021.


HARVEY “BLAIR” CHIEF MOON, passed away on December 12, 2021 in Calgary, AB at the age of 56 years.

A Wake Service will be held at White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Friday, December 17 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Saturday, December 18 at 11:00 am.

Interment to follow at Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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Melvin “Bud” Collar

1940 – 2021

Mr. Melvin “Bud” Collar of Lethbridge passed away at Legacy Lodge on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

At Bud’s request, he will be remembered privately by his family and friends.

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of DWIGHT (SAM) EVANS, beloved husband of Evelyn Evans, who passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the age of 77 years.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 52 years Evelyn Evans, son Clay (Tara) Evans and their daughters Cassie and Jorja, daughter Carol (Rob) Spark and their sons Liam and Ira, brother Cam (Eileen) Evans, sister Rita Lemieux, in-laws Marie Morrissey, Phyllis (Mike) Leddy, Charles (Willie) Murphy and Leo (Jane) Murphy, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Dwight was predeceased by parents Hazel and Rae Evans, brother Harlow Evans, brother-in-law Roger Lemieux and many in-laws.

Dwight was born July 9th, 1944 and was raised on the family farm near Warner. Dwight was trained in electronics at Devry Tech and later became a journeyman electrician. He worked as a miner at Thompson nickel mine, and as a seismic observer on the ocean, tundra and desert. He was a partner at Greens N Things in Medicine Hat. His work took him to Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, Michigan, California, Alabama, Newfoundland and PEI, as well as two years in Pakistan with his family. Dwight’s heart always wanted to farm, so in 1986, they embarked on a homesteading adventure, moving to Carcajou/Keg River. As he worked the land, he built his house and granaries. He was active in the community as an electrician, hauling water for others and as a sawyer cutting lumber with his portable saw mill. They were part of that community for 32 years. They made many good friends and participated in curling, fishing derbies, playing cards and in pony poker rallies.

In 2017, they retired to Lethbridge to be closer to family. Dwight was a humble, kind man that made friends easily wherever he went. He always saw the good in people and was willing to lend a helping hand. Dwight enjoyed engaging with children, especially his grandchildren. He would stir their imaginations with his many adventurous stories. He loved visits from family and friends. He was well travelled and always ready for adventure. He will be sadly missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or The Funeral Service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Dwight’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Dwight, please make a donation to your local food bank.

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John Halvorson, of Raymond Alberta, passed away in Lethbridge Alberta, on Monday Dec 13, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

No viewing, but a casual open house to meet the family will be held on Saturday Dec 18 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Raymond Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Edith Cavell Care Center.

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Beverly Ann Leger (Dempsey) March 26, 1956 – December 2, 2021 passed away unexpectedly at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary AB.

Bev was predeceased by her mother Norma, sister Donna and step-mother Jean Ann.

She is survived by her father Don, Lethbridge AB, son Patrick and brothers Bryan, Port Hardy, BC, Darren (Jacquie Hill) Nanaimo, BC and Glenn (Michelle), Lyons Brook, NS and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, the residents of The Fanning Center, Calgary, AB, all of whom Bev considered family. A special thank you to all of the staff at the Fanning Center for the care provided to Bev during her stay there.

Bev was known for her contagious laugh and positive outlook on life. She made friends everywhere she went and will be greatly missed by all.

Cremation has taken place and interment will be with her mother Norma in St Peter and St Paul cemetery, Bartibog, NB at a later date.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of DOMINIC TYLER MAKARENKO on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the age of 29 years.

Dominic was loved and will be dearly missed by his parents Mitch Makarenko and Marie Blasetti, sisters Shanda and Ashlyn, brother Cordell, grandparents Caroline Makarenko (Ed – deceased), Andrew (Connie) Blasetti and Laurel Petrunia (Ed Andersen), and by his uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and a special Uncle and Aunt, Jim and Barbara Culver.

A private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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Brett “Eddie” Miller

1975 – 2021

Mr. Brett “Eddie” Miller of Lethbridge, passed away in Lethbridge, on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the age of 46 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Helen Murkin

1945 – 2021

Mrs. Helen Murkin (Tamaki) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Brian Murkin passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Willie Simons

1947 – 2021

It is with heavy and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Willie Simons, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on December 10, 2021, at the age of 73 years.

A private family service will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream by going to, and scrolling to the bottom of Willie’s obituary.

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ALOJZ STRAGA, beloved husband of Ivka Straga, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. Due to Covid-19, attendance will be limited for both the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

Following the Funeral Mass, Alojz will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Arie Veluw

1931 – 2021

Mr. Arie Veluw of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Mrs. Henny Veluw, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2021 at the age of 90.

Arie was born on February 27, 1931 in Niekerk, Holland. As a young man, he was inspired by the dedication of the Canadian troops that brought liberation to Holland during World War 2. It was then that he resolved to immigrate to Canada. Arie arrived in Canada in 1955. After a time of working with Calgary Power, he settled in Southern Alberta, and fell in love with the love of his life, Henny Donkersgoed. Arie and Henny were married for 64 years. During this time, Arie fully committed to his thriving dairy farm. He also manifested kindness and compassion to others by sitting on church councils and school boards. But, more importantly, he was the proud father of six children. He was their role model, their mentor and confidante. Family gatherings with his children and enjoying their accomplishments were always moments of great joy for him.

Arie’s family extend special thanks to the many family members, friends, and palliative care team who provided support this last year. Together, they were able to honor his wish to be cared for in his home.

Arie leaves to cherish these memories with his wife, Henny, his children Alice (Stan), Terry (Randy-deceased), Susan (Doug), Richard (Cindy), Anita (Ken) and Heidi (Russel); along with his fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Also, mourning his loss are Arie’s sister, Janny Van Hierden, brothers Jan and Gerrit (deceased); as well as Henny’s brothers Tymen and Ken and sister, Anna, along with brothers, Gerrit, Bert and sisters Jans, Tina, Molly, and Steina (deceased). Arie’s nieces and nephews also mourn their Uncle Arie.

Dad is predeceased by his parents Albert and Aartje van Veluw and Henny’s parents, Klaas and Mia van Donkersgoed.

We will all miss Dad’s ability to string a tale, his sense of humor, his enquiring mind, his servant’s heart and his keen interest in those he was in relationship with. He was our consummate hero and treasure-husband, father, grandfather and role model. Our tears flow freely as we miss him deeply, but we are assured that he is fully healed and whole and rejoicing before His Lord and Savior. He is finally in his eternal home.

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A Celebration of Life will be held in early January 2022.

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VERLA GRACE WILDE passed away peacefully on December 10, 2021 at the age of 85 to join her eternal companion, David Allen Wilde. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

She was born on March 4th, 1936 in Cardston, the oldest daughter of Foyal and Thelma Smith. She had fond memories of her growing up years with friends and family there.

She married David in January, 1958 after both serving missions for the church and together they raised a family on the farm in Welling, Alberta.

Verla was known for her selfless service to her family and community. She gave of her time in the most loving, unselfish way to anyone who needed it. She will be remembered for being a faithful supporter of her family and extended family in their many pursuits. She cherished time with her family and made her home a welcome place where everybody loved to visit

She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions with the Cub Scout program, Relief Society, Primary and the Young Womens program. David and Verla also served a mission in their retirement years in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Verla is predeceased by her loving husband, David Allen Wilde and her sons, Allen Bruce Wilde and Phillip David Wilde and her parents Foyal and Thelma Smith

Surviving Verla are her children, Sandy Hinman, Nerida Reichman and James Milner and her sister Joann Broadhead.

Friends may meet the family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints WELLING CHALPEL, on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:45am prior to the Service. Covid exemption program will be in effect, proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (within 72 hours) is required.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am following the viewing with Bishop Danny Balderson officiating. Interment to follow at Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta.

The Service will be livestreamed via the Salmon and Sons website.

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LIONEL WILLIAMS, beloved husband of Jessica Healy/ Williams, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family by his side, on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the age of 59 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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