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WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 11, 2022.

Donald “Don” Bagnall

1930 – 2022

Mr. Donald “Don” George Bagnall of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Bagnall, passed away at Adaptacare on Monday, May 9, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/DonaldDon-Bagnall and scroll to the bottom of the obituary to find the link.

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JANET “JEAN” LOCHRIE BATES, beloved wife of the late Valmer Bates, passed away in Magrath, Alberta on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the age of 98 years.

Besides her husband, Jean was predeceased by her son and daughter-in-law, Barry R. (Lenore) Paquette.

She is survived by her son, LeRoy Paquette of Cardston; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Friends may meet the family at Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

There will be no Funeral by her request.

To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

BROOKS, Shirley Ann

August 22, 1948 – April 29, 2022

Shirley Ann Brooks passed away in her home on April 29, 2022, at the age of 73.

She is survived by her son Dan Brooks and her grandchildren; Tyland and Veronica Brooks, her brothers; Robert and Ken Revak, sisters; Joan Houghton, and Joyce Simpson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents; Tresa May and Joseph John Revak, her brother Henry Revak and her nephew Nick Revak.

Growing up in Lethbridge, AB, Shirley enjoyed babysitting, playing baseball in school, water skiing and camping. She graduated high school at LCI and went on to be married and had her son Dan. Along with being the best Mom a child could ask for, Shirley worked outside the home and put herself through university, obtaining her degree in Education. She landed a teaching position with District 51. Teaching with compassion and patience, she loved every child as if they were her own. Shirley’s life changed after a motor vehicle accident. For as long as she could, she continued to teach as she had such a love and respect for her students, but eventually it became too much. After two back surgeries she was forced onto disability and then retirement.

Shirley was divorced in 2012 and continued to work hard to make a wonderful home for her family. She devoted herself to loving, caring for, and supporting all. Her home was a sanctuary to visit, for which her family and friends cherished. Her passion for bringing loved ones together and hosting many gatherings will be missed. A gathering at Shirley’s guaranteed you leave with a full belly, filled heart and everlasting memories. She would tell us; “Never take a day for granted. Smile and cherish the little things. Always hug the ones you love”.

Nothing made her happier than spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley taught them to swim, helped them with schoolwork, loved to take them camping and play games. Her home was their comfort space. She appreciated the simple things in life such as warm weather and going for walks, watching a movie, working in and around her home and garden, she loved live theatre, music, and dancing. Shirley could always be found dressed up and ready for good conversation.

She was the ultimate example of selflessness. Supporting her loved ones in every way she could. Her patience and playfulness, romantic, yet realistic personality will live on through her family and friends. She was a respected and classy lady, and was a great example of how to love fiercely. In Shirley’s words; “We love each other yet definitely don’t always have to agree”.

Today, Shirley is at peace and pain free. Her physical limitations are gone and there was a celebration as she has reunited with her family and friends who were gone before her. Her legacy will live on by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Shirley was a humble woman who never cared for the spotlight and therefore requested that a service not be held.

To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

John George Calpas

(BSc Ag. MAg.ED. P Ag.)

1932 – 2022

John Calpas of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of the late Juli Ann, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2022, at his Martha’s House residence at the age of 89 years.

John was raised on the family farm in Tilley, Alberta. He was very dedicated to his career in agriculture. After obtaining a degree at the University of Alberta, he became an Agrologist in 1956. His 31-year career with Alberta Agriculture saw him progress from District Agriculturist in Taber to Regional Director in Lethbridge, then to Edmonton in the position of Director of Extension for Alberta Agriculture. His career took him back to Lethbridge in 1985 as the Director of the Irrigation Division. In 1990 John moved to the Lethbridge College as Agricultural Program Administrator for ten years. Finally, he spent three years at the Lethbridge Research Centre.

John has been recognized for his contributions to the province’s agriculture industry with several awards and, always working closely with farmers and agri-business leaders, has a legacy of highlights. He was proud of the many international agricultural tours he organized and guided. John was a long time Knights of Columbus member as well as an active community member. In retirement he enjoyed being part of organizing over ten vacation/cultural trips to China.

John was especially devoted to his wife, Juli. They married in 1960 and his studies, work, vacations, and adventure took them both to many places around the world. The trips very often involved farm tours! He was an avid casual photographer and enjoyed landscaping and gardening. With five boys, they were also very busy supporting various school and sports activities. John loved talking about farming and spent time back on the family farm whenever he could.

John was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Juli Ann; parents George and Apolonia Calpas; brothers Lukas, George, and Joe; and sisters Ann and Victoria.

He is survived by sons Greg (Suzanne), Loren, Ron, Ken, Bryan; and granddaughters Madison, Alexandra, and Sydney.

A Catholic Prayer Vigil will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/John-Calpas and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 AVE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Derek Remus, celebrant.To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/John-Calpas and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.

A Reception will follow in the church hall.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Foundation, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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AMBER BAHADUR KHADKA passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the age of 44 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Qiu Yue Li

1930 – 2022

Qiu Yue Li of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Ji Tian Zhong, passed away at Extendicare Fairmont Park on April 22, 2022 at the age of 91 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE, Alberta. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Katie Milder

1929 – 2022

 It is with sadness that the family of Catherine Milder, announce the passing of their dear mother, with family by her side, on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

 Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.

 The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com

 Katie is survived by three sons and one daughter, Robert (Gina) Milder and their children Jennifer Marshall, Melissa Milder, Jared Milder, Smokey (Cindy) Freimark, Jaydee (Kallie) Freimark and Sally (Ryan) McCallum; Len Milder and his daughter Kim South and her daughter Lacey (Adam) Kraft; John Milder (Lynn) and their children Stephanie Milder (Nathaniel), Russell Milder (Jessica), Emily Milder (Brady) and Travis (Nikki) McLennan; Susan (Keith) Hooge and their children Kristine (Codi) Oberholtzer and Loralee (Riley) Schlosser; eight great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and by Joe’s sister Mary (Don) Checkley and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

 She was predeceased by her parents Mary and Andrew Chontosh, mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary and John Milder, daughter-in-law Jan Milder and her siblings Mary (Urban) Horvath, Andy (Anne) Chontosh Jr., sister Anna in childhood and baby brother Paul. 

 Catherine, better known as Katie, was born to Mary and Andrew Chontosh in Toranj, Yugoslavia on October 28, 1929. Her dad came to Canada to find work and a better life for the family. After a long separation, the rest of the family were able to immigrate to Canada, settling in Taber and were able to reunite the family. 

 Katie met the love of her life and married Joe Milder on November 26, 1950 in the newly completed St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. They were married sixty five years. Together they raised their four children and farmed south of Barnwell. Katie was a hard working farm wife, who took pride in her home, gardening and baking, but mostly her family. She enjoyed travel, music, dancing and a good chuckle. She was happiest when all were gathered to share a meal. 

Katie was a woman of faith, a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Women’s League. 

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Katie’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.

 Katie’s family wish to express their gratitude to Dr. Yawni, Jacquie from Home Care and the staff at Linden View that cared for her over the last seven years. Also, thanks to the family, friends and volunteers who took the time to visit Katie and brighten her day. 

  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778. 

Ruth Selnes

1937 – 2022

                 Mrs. Ruth Selnes of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Thomas Sr. Selnes, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the age of 84 years.

            Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Ayden Marc Vandenberg

2021- 2022

Be Still and Know That I am God

It has pleased the Lord in His infinite wisdom to take away our precious son, brother, grandson, great grandson and further relative, Ayden Marc Vandenberg. Ayden passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 6, just short of 11 months.

Besides his loving parents Harvey and Ranetta, Ayden is survived by his brother Logan; sister Lynell; grandparents Marco and Patricia de Wilde, and Harry and Antonia Vandenberg; his great grandparents Adrian and Grada de Wilde and Gerald and Rita Beekman. Also left to mourn his sudden passing are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends may offer their condolences on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, DV beginning at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF NOBLEFORD, 508 Kipp Street Nobleford, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 DV at 10:00 AM at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF NOBLEFORD, 508 Kipp Street Nobleford, Alberta, with Reverend G.M de Leeuw officiating. Interment to follow at the Picture Butte Memorial Cemetery.

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