June 14th, 2024

THURSDAY, February 10, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 10, 2022.


WILLIAM “BILL” ALLEN, beloved husband of Phyllis Allen, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

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

In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation – 119 14 St NW #100, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 or at http://www.heartandstroke.ca

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ANTONIA BISCAGLIA, beloved wife of the late Mariano “Mario” Biscaglia, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the age of 91 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH (604 13th Street N, Lethbridge, AB) on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 1:00 PM, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

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Ronald “Ron” Dorren

1933 – 2022

CORRECTION: A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Due to covid restrictions please RSVP your attendance to rondorrenfuneral@gmail.com. For more information call 403-919-7798. The family also asks those who wish, to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www.fhwebsites. org/YMB/obituary/RonaldRon-Dorren.

Ronald Stewart Dorren who finally succumbed to a ten year battle with cancer died peacefully with his loving wife and family by his side in his 89th year on Monday, February 7th, 2022.

He was a man of gentle heart, many talents and interests, great determination and ingenuity, a visionary with considerable worldly and technical intellect, beloved by his family and friends. He will be widely remembered for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humour always able to make those around him laugh, or come up with a quip to break the tension of a situation.

Ron was born on the 8th day of October 1933 in Lethbridge. He completed his primary and secondary education in Lethbridge and Calgary, achieving the Masters Certificate in Electrical Contracting. In 1955 he married his sweetheart and lifelong partner Betty and together they raised their family of three in Lethbridge.

Ron accomplished many things throughout his life. From his earliest days his legion of ideas and entrepreneurial spirit enriched his daily childhood life building things to sell and repairing bicycles to name a few. He had a love affair with the internal combustion engine firstly buying and customizing by his own hand and to his own specifications several cars, muscle, racing and show. In their early years, both before and after their marriage, Ron and Betty travelled with their friends all around Western Canada and the Western United States to compete in stock car racing, drag races, sports car races and car shows. This passion formed lifetime bonds and continued through the years with sports cars, boats, trucks, motorbikes and motorcycles, you name it and he knew about it. He loved tinkering with and fixing things nothing being too complicated, loved gadgets and all new inventions. He would reminisce back to the days when he and Betty were starting out and were ‘poor as church mice’.

In 1967 along with Betty he formed Dorren Electric Ltd. which is still in operation today some 50 plus years later, where his technical and innate knowledge and expertise allowed their company to become highly reputable and responsible for many high tier projects including large gas plants, commercial plants, hospitals, apartment buildings, etc. around Western Canada. In 1979 he started Dorren Industries Ltd. a heavy equipment contracting company responsible for, among others, government projects installing thousands of kilometers of underground telephone and gas lines using all types of heavy equipment throughout Western Canada. Simultaneously In 1980 they formed Dorr Developments Ltd. constructing office and warehouse buildings as rental properties to provide for the retirement years. He was a trusted and respected employer and competitor always conscious of how any decision he made would affect his staff. Ron touched many lives, forged many lifelong associations based on trust and respect and will be cherished for his kind spirit, humour and generosity.

Outside of his businesses his many interests took him on scores of journeys both inward and outward travelling extensively for work during his working years and also after, he loved experiencing new places. The Whitefish condo, slopes at Big Mountain and Whitefish Lake hosted numerous days of family bonding and cherished gatherings with friends. Hawaii and Arizona became favorite destinations where he and Betty spent many wonderful years forming precious memories, with their family and friends as well as many trips in his ‘special’ GMC motorhome travelling throughout Canada and the U.S. Never one to sit idle on retirement he learned to play golf and spent many happy hours with his buddies on the golf course, hunting with his sons and grandchildren plus a myriad of other hobbies and activities. He was the bedrock on which the family was founded and he worked very hard to achieve the world for his children and grandchildren. He felt grateful to have been blessed with family who meant everything to him and his favourite occasions were spending time with them all whether on a family vacation or getting together for a family meal.

Ron was predeceased by his father and mother John and Isabelle (Isa) Dorren and sister and brother in law Joan and Rex Johnson.

Left with cherished memories are Betty his beloved wife of 66 years, his children and grandchildren Rhonda Dorren, Travis (Pamela) Goldfeldt, Brice (Lisa) Goldfeldt, Brad Dorren, Brittany Dorren and Ashley Dorren, Murray (Lorry) Dorren, Sarah (Liam) Plunkett, Brayden Dorren and Kolby Dorren and Great Grandchildren Jake Goldfeldt and Lyla and Brexton Plunkett.

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Ben Groothuis

1932 – 2022

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Dad and Grandpa. Ben passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital, on February 2, 2022 at the age of 89 years.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The family asks those who wish, to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Ben-Groothuis.

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HINMAN, Irene Lenore

Apr. 11, 1924 – Camrose, Alberta

Feb. 4, 2022 – Pincher Creek, Alberta

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Irene passed away early on Friday, February 4, 2022, at the age of 97 years.

Irene was raised on a farm near Delburne, the eldest of four children born to Cameron and Ella Campbell (nee Lowry). After Normal School (teacher training) in Calgary during war years, Irene ventured out to teach a few years in small communities before taking a position in Pincher Creek. It was here that she met her future husband, Shirley Hinman and continued to reside until her passing. Raising her own family was her greatest joy, and as a devoted mother, homemaker and community member, she lived a life of service to others. Her hands were always busy; tending to home and children, baking, gardening, or handcrafting clothes, quilts or framed needlework. She was active in the United Church, Rebekah’s Lodge and as a community volunteer. In retirement, she and Dad treasured their time with friends and neighbors while camping, playing cards, travelling, dancing or just enjoying a good visit over coffee or a meal.

Irene is survived by her four children, Lenore Hinman of Lethbridge; Bruce (Beth Ronaghan) of Stittsville, ON; Maureen (Greg) Tarnowski of Carseland; Garth (Darla Figved) of Lethbridge. She will be remembered fondly by her Grandchildren – those in the Ottawa area, Christopher (Heather Thompson) Hinman; Seth Hinman; Jennifer Hinman; Amy (Mitchell Greenis) Tarnowski; and Danielle (Devin) Schlenker and great grandsons Tyson and Adam of Dunmore, AB. She is also survived by her brother Grant Campbell of Calgary and sister-in-law Eva Campbell of Pincher Creek, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Irene was predeceased by Shirley, her husband of 60 years, and by brother Max Campbell, sister Jean (George) Sibbald; Hinman brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Henry (Agnes); Ted (Della); Doug (Jane); Grant (Faye); Jennie (Milo) Vance; and sister-in-law Joyce Campbell.

Irene Lenore Hinman will be remembered by those who knew her as a gentle, caring, hardworking woman who spoke only kindly of others, loved God, and sought to live out her faith.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society: Alberta and NWT or a charity of choice.


HAROLD JOHN NEILSON, passed away peacefully at Cardston, Alberta, February 7th, 2022 at the age of 96 years. He was predeceased by his loving wife and sweetheart, Monty, of 71 years.

He is survived by his seven daughters: Ginny (Ken deceased) Williams of Raymond, AB; Lorretta (Mac) Reeder of Beazer, AB; Lynda (Arn) Pitcher of Cardston, AB; Barbara (Lynn deceased) Nish of Cardston, AB; Haroldine Neilson of Margrath, AB; Dorie (Wendell) Shaw of Cardston, AB; Paula(Jason)Hartley of Aetna, AB. Along with 29 Grandchildren, 66 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

Harold was born August 4, 1925, in Mountain View, Alberta, the youngest child of James Peter and Evelyn Hilda Brockway Neilson. Harold’s mother passed away 3 months after he was born. What a joyous reunion this will be for mother and son.

Harold was born and raised in Mountain View, where he enjoyed ranching and the great outdoors all his life. He loved his family, riding his horse, the beauties of nature, and his picturesque view of Chief Mountain from his living room window.

He and Monty enjoyed their service in the Cardston Temple for many years. He had great faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ and an unwavering testimony of the Gospel.

The Neilson family would like to thank Dr. Justin Low for his tender care of dad, especially in the last year as well as the staff at Lee Crest for their compassionate care.

The Funeral service will be held Friday, February 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mountain View, Alberta. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. To attend the Service Masking is mandatory.

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

Donna Ott

1944 – 2022

Mrs. Donna Ott of Coalhurst, beloved wife of Mr. Lloyd Ott, passed away at home on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the age of 77 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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RONALD N SOMMERFELDT, beloved husband of Jesse Sommerfeldt, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at home, at the age of 71 years.

Friends and Family are invited to meet the family on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge and on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Stake Centre, 560 Highlands Blvd West, Lethbridge with Bishop Lance Toly officiating.

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THORNHILL, Crystal Annette

Aug. 31, 1982 – Feb. 1, 2022

It is with immense sadness that the family of Crystal Thornhill announce her passing on February 1, 2022 at the age of 39.

Crystal was loved by the people that knew her. She will be remembered for her kind heart, her quick wit and her beauty. Crystal was very personable and made friends everywhere she went. Her charm and charisma shined bright when she was at her happiest and healthiest.

Crystal will be remembered by her mother Beverly Thornhill, sister Kendra Sala, step sister Anna Lise Erickson, “Uncle and Auntie” Jerry and Marlene Court, “Auntie” Teresa Peterson and many special, extended family and friends.

Crystal was predeceased by her grandfather Victor William Thornhill

The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date.

Memorial donations can by made to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary or Windy City Pet Rescue.


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Skyler Joseph Wells on January 21, 2022, in Calgary AB. Skyler was born in Cardston AB on February 4, 1992. Skyler attended the secondary public school system in Lethbridge, later he gained employment in the Ironwork industry working with rebar. During his leisure time Skyler enjoyed playing basketball and boxing with his friends, Skyler also planned on pursuing his postsecondary education. Although, Skyler’s life was shortened he loved his children unconditionally and was loved by his family, friends and all those who knew him, Skyler will be sadly missed and never forgotten. He is survived by his father Melvin Wells (Benita); children Osayge Wadsworth, Ryder Stabs Down, Skylynn Rabbit Carrier, Rose Wells, Isaac Wells, Treasure Wells & Azra White; niece Erika Scout; brothers Kenny Wells and Adam (Kara) Red Crow; sisters Jamie (Andrea) Red Crow & Cayenne McQuaig; paternal grandmother Harriet Wells; maternal grandmother Evelyn Many Guns; Uncle Andew (Evelyn) Wells; aunties Edith & Laverne Wells & Sherry (Kenny) Eagle Plume and numerous cousins’. Skyler was predeceased by his mother Cindy Many Guns-McQuaig, paternal grandfather Henry Day Rider Sr., uncles Henry Day Rider Jr., Terry Day Rider, Matthew & Henry Wells and other family members too numerous to mention.

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


STUART “STU” FREDERICK WILCOCKS, beloved husband of Doreen Wilcocks, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday, February 7, 2022 at the age of 91 years.

Besides his beloved wife of 63 years, Doreen, Stu is survived by his daughters Karen (Earle) Quinn, Ann Wilcocks; grandchildren Lauren Baldwin (Chris Abercrombie), Rhett Baldwin, Josie Berry and Zachary Berry and great-grandchildren Keeley and Linden Abercrombie.

Stuart was predeceased by his parents Horace and Ruby Wilcocks.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Stuart graduated from the Ontario Agriculture College with a Diploma Course in 1950. He took a transfer out west with Canada Packers to Lethbridge in 1961 where he worked as a livestock buyer for 33 years. Stuart was an avid model railroader and a member of the Southern Alberta Model Railroad Club.

A Celebration of Stu’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Steve Bateman officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Stu’s obituary on the Cornerstone website. All are welcome to attend in person, if you so wish. Masks will be mandatory.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held prior to the Celebration of Life, where Stu will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Stuart’s memory to St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit at 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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

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