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FRIDAY, February 04, 2022


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 4, 2022.


BOSCHMAN

LYDIA “GRACE” BOSCHMAN, beloved wife of Henry Boschman, of Coaldale, passed away peacefully at home, on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 65 years.

At home, surrounded by family, Lydia “Grace” Boschman went to be with her Lord on January 29, 2022 after a brief illness.

Grace was born on March 27, 1956 in Coaldale, Alberta. At a young age her family moved to Calgary, where her dad studied at the university and pastored the Highland MB Church. When she was 6, her dad became ill and could no longer continue his ministry. They then moved to Vauxhall for a time, and then back to Coaldale. Grace graduated from Kate Andrews High School in 1974, after which she spent some time travelling in Germany with her good friend Esther. Upon returning to Canada, her courtship with Henry became more serious, and on June 28, 1975 they were married. For the next 5 years Grace worked for Canada Manpower until she had children. To be closer to the kids, she then took a part time job at the kindergarten as a Teacher’s Assistant, and always looked back on this as her “fun job”. In 1990 the family moved out to the acreage, where she resided until her passing. She loved life there and never wanted to move again. She enjoyed the rural setting, looking over the fields, watching the animals, the sunsets, and the ever-changing sky. In 1991, with the kids growing up, she kept up her mother’s tradition, and went to work at the Coaldale Hospital. While working there, she went to Lethbridge College and earned her Journeyman Cook Certificate. She enjoyed her work and interacting with the patients and staff, always paying close attention to detail. Her career at the hospital lasted for 30 years until her retirement in the spring of 2021. At work she made many lifelong friends, and the only friend she didn’t have was someone she hadn’t met yet.

Over the years her children were her main focus. She would do anything for them, as well as for all their cousins and friends. Grace inherited the trait from her mother that it was her job to feed the world. This was until twelve years ago when her one and only favourite grandson was born, and life was changed forever. Conner immediately became very special to the whole family and many plans were built around him. She was an incredible people person (sometimes to a fault), and did her best to remember everyone’s name in town, where they worked, who they were related to, all their kids’ names, and even their birthdays. She loved being with people and could chat up anyone.

Grace was very involved with family. She loved all the annual camping trips, motorcycle trips with friends, special events and was always planning ahead for the next one. After her retirement last spring, Grace was determined to continue leading an active life. She hiked and biked for miles every day. She also started playing pickleball, and always tried to be the best she could possibly be.

Starting in the middle of December 2021, Grace began to lose interest in those activities. The last hike she made was around Henderson Lake on December 23rd, at which time it became clear something was not right. On December 26th she was admitted to the Foothills Neurological Centre, where it was eventually concluded that she had a neurodegenerative disease, for which there is no known cure. She then returned home and was able to share her last days in the company of family and friends, who will be forever grateful for that time spent together.

Grace is survived by Henry (husband of 46 years), her three children, Kristie (Cody), Cory (Chelan), Jordan (Tianna) and their son Conner. Grace is also survived by her mother Martha (John Funk, deceased), sister Phyllis (Charles Pankratz), their children Stephanie (Aman), and Karm, sister Dorothy (George Matthies), and their children Cody (Megan), and Jessica (Conrad). There are also numerous in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, all greatly treasured, but too numerous to name.

She is now rejoicing in heaven with her dad, Abram Regier, who died when she was 11, as well as many other family members and friends that have passed before.

Grace’s faith in God was always rock solid and never wavered, even to the end. She often said, “God knows the end from the beginning, and He makes NO mistakes.”

Thank you for all the love and support.

A private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 5th, 2022, at 1:00 PM. The Service will be livestreamed and available to view via Grace’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s memory to the Canadian Food Grains Bank – 393 Portage Ave #400, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H6 or https://foodgrainsbank.ca/

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


COMA

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather “Gigi” & great- grandfather, PETER COMA, on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the age of 90.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ann, three children & their families: daughter Jana (Jim) Dalton, Tyler Dalton (Karen), Alyssa Dalton (Derek); son Jason (Brenda) Coma; Ashtynne (Craig) Lyon, great- granddaughter, Scarlett Lyon, Alezaundra Coma (Hunter); daughter Shauna (Kelly) James; Laeten James (Zoey) & Talayna James, sister Sandra Baseraba; sister-in-law Lois Sass, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Steve & Mary Coma, sisters Anne & Jane, father-in-law & mother-in-law John & Stella Sass, sister-in-law Olga, brothers-in-law Al, Owen, Les, Joe and Lorne.

Peter was born, on March 7, 1931, & raised on the family farm in Winnipegosis, MB. When he was 16, he left home to pursue a career as an auto body technician, which he did for 27 years. On June 25, 1956, he married the love of his life, Ann Sass. In 1962 they purchased a hotel in Pelly, SK which they operated until 1974 when they moved to Lethbridge. Until his retirement in 1998, they owned & operated 4 dry cleaning stores.

They enjoyed travelling near & far, golfing, camping & fishing. Peter was a devote Catholic & a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved spending time with family & friends & together with Ann, they were fantastic hosts to many guests over the years. As their “Gigi”, his greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow & he attended as many of their activities as he could. He was thrilled to welcome his great granddaughter, Scarlett, last year.

A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 5. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Kidney Foundation of Canada or any charity of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


FIRST CHARGER

RICHARD FIRST CHARGER passed away surrounded by his family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the age of 34 years.

A Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. with Father Derek Remus celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Richard’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Following the Funeral Mass, Richard will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Andrea Habijanac

1924 – 2022

Andrea Habijanac (nee Bebek) of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Rudy Habijanac, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 25 at the age of 97 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, on Friday, February 4, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge. Due to the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions in person attendance at the service is limited. Those who wish to attend may do so by selecting the ‘Click here to RSVP” on Andrea’s obituary, or you may call Martin Brothers at (403) 328-2361.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, February 5, 2022. The family asks those who wish, to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/Andrea-Habijanac.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


HADFORD

MERVYN EUGENE HADFORD (GENE), beloved husband of Marilyn Hadford, passed away on February 1, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday February 5, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE (2410 28 St South). Due to Covid restrictions, please contact the funeral home if you wish to attend the Service. A livestream of the service will be available on the Salmon and Sons Website.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 1:00 to 1:45pm prior to the Service at the Church.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.salmonandsons.ca


HERTER

The family of Benjamin Roy Herter is sad to announce his passing January 24, 2022, at the age of 89. He was born February 7, 1932, in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Mary and Dan Herter.

Ben loved music and as a young man played the banjo in a band at local dances. It was there he met the love of his life Evelyn, and on October 4, 1952, they were married and resided in Lethbridge. Together they had five children. They were married 66 years when his beloved wife passed away.

Ben is survived by his children Gerald from Calgary, Colleen (Joe) from Edmonton, Karen (Barry) Trites from Leduc and David (Debra) Herter from West Virginia. He is also survived by his brothers Clarence and Wayne (Betty) and sisters-in-law Christine and Margaret. Ben is the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren, and 9 great- grandchildren and Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He also had a four-legged love in his cat Bethany.

Ben was predeceased by his wife Evelyn, parents Mary and Dan Herter, daughter Sharon Morland, brothers Archie and Elroy Herter and sister-in-law Carol Herter.

A celebration of Ben’s life will be held at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Monday February 7, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. with lunch to follow at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre 1511 – St. Edward Blvd. North, Lethbridge, AB. The REP program is in place, so vaccinations or negative tests will be required to attend. A private interment will be held.

For those who wish, live streaming will be available. A link will appear below this obituary 15 minutes before service time.

To send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


Kelly Kraemer

1991 – 2022

Mr. Kelly Kraemer of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 30 years.

A public Viewing will be held from 4:00 pm, to 6:00 pm, on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Due to the fact that in person attendance at the visitation is limited, those who wish to attend may do so by selecting the ‘Click here to RSVP” link on Kelly’s obituary to schedule an appointment. Or you may call Martin Brothers at (403) 328-2361 to schedule a time. Please do not arrive earlier than scheduled. 50 individuals will be allowed in every 15 minutes so please be mindful of the 15 minute window assigned to you.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, February 7, 2022. The family invites those who wish to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www. mbfunerals.com/obituary/Kelly-Kraemer.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


MORGAN

JOAN M. MORGAN, beloved wife of William Morgan, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at the age of 94 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


OLEKSIAK

FREDRICK “RICK” OLEKSIAK, of Milk River, beloved husband of Gayle Oleksiak, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


VALIN

FLORIA “ANNE” VALIN, beloved wife of the late Arthur “Art” Valin, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the age of 86 years.

A Graveside Service will be held at ROYAL VIEW CEMETERY, 5920 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 A.M.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


WELLS

Skylar Joseph Wells passed away on January 21, 2022 at the age of 29 years. The Wake Service will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, AB. The Funeral Service will take place at Legacy Funeral Home on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at the Blood Band Cemetery.

To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


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