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THURSDAY, May 2, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 2, 2022.


ROSE MARY CHUDOBIAK, beloved wife of the late Don Chudobiak, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the age of 82 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Frank Knoch

May 2, 1928 Coaldale, AB

– May 23, 2020, Raymond, AB

A celebration of his life will take place Friday, June 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM, at Free Grace Fellowship, 1807 2A Ave. N. Lethbridge.

Internment 2:00 PM. Refreshments to follow. All welcome.

Gordon Lepore

1957 – 2022

Mr. Gordon Lepore of Red Deer passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the age of 65 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Brian Lee Slingerland

1975 – 2022

On April 14, 2022, Brian Lee Slingerland, loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother passed away suddenly in a tragic accident at the age of 47.

Brian was born on January 22, 1975, in Picture Butte, Alberta to parents Kees and Anneke, and grew up on the family farm near Park Lake. He married his dear wife Sue on May 18, 1994, worked as a heavy-duty mechanic and started his own repair shop in 2005 near Coaldale, where they raised their four children.

Besides his loving wife Sue of almost 28 years, Brian will be greatly missed by his children Jared and Cobi, Kaitlyn and Andrew, Ashley, Brandon; and three precious granddaughters, Hailee, Mikayla, and Lynae.

He will be dearly missed by his mom Anneke Slingerland, and brothers and sisters; Jane and Bart-Jan Veldhuizen; Anton and Tammy; Carol and Kees VanderVlist; Clarence and Kristy; Ivan and Ariette; Angela and Casey Neels; Lorraine and Rein Loedeman; Tammy and Leendert Vander Kooij; Trevor and Andrea; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his father and mother-in-law Martin and Jeanette Slingerland, and brother and sister-in-law Martin John and Amanda.

Brian was predeceased by his dad Cornelis (Kees) Slingerland on January 17, 2002.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30PM, on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 90022 Range Rd 211, with Reverend G.M. de Leeuw officiating. Interment will follow in the Coaldale Community Cemetery.

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Fred Sutton

1934 – 2022

Mr. Fred Sutton of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Betty Sutton, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the age of 87 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Derrel Taylor

1960 – 2022

Derrel Paul Taylor of Magrath, Alberta, beloved husband of Rhonda Taylor, passed away at Lethbridge Regional Hospital on May 24, 2022 at the age of 61 years.

Derrel was born July 21, 1960, the only son to parents David and Ida Taylor. He grew up on his families’ multigenerational farm south of Magrath, Alberta. Always the farm boy at heart, Derrel loved spending his time working on the farm with his father. He had many close friendships with neighbors, and especially close ties with New Elm Colony. Throughout school he participated in band, as well as track, but his passion was always basketball; he played for the Magrath Zeniths when they won the 4A Provincials in 1978, and enjoyed playing on the Colts team even after graduating high school. He worked off the farm for a few years before he decided that home is where the heart is, and spent the rest of his life enjoying farming and ranching with his family.

He married his soulmate, Rhonda in October of 1988, at home with their sons and close friends. He raised his boys the same way he grew up, working on the farm and spending time in the coulee moving cows with the family. If you looked up the definition of “World’s Greatest Father” in the dictionary, you would see Derrel’s picture looking at you. He was always a hands-on dad, and passed on to his children his generous spirit, and was so proud of each one of them.

Derrel’s life was not without trials; after a farming accident and an emphysema diagnosis, in 2010 he underwent a double lung transplant. He began a long recovery and had a rejection in 2012. Although he couldn’t return to his full farm duties, he thoroughly enjoyed his remaining years, and even recently bought himself a new herd of cows.

Derrel was known for his large heart and endless generosity, and it often meant that friends very soon became family; and even ended up calling the farm their home. Rarely would you come to visit Derrel and there would be any room for you on his deck, just because he always welcomed visitors. There would always be something on the BBQ, and no one would leave feeling hungry. Even complete strangers have shown up and left as good friends.

He also had quite the herd of grandchildren, and in his later years when you came to visit Derrel his deck was usually full of kids running around eating popsicles or giggling with Grandpa. His grandchildren were the highlight of his life, and he never held back on spoiling all 12 of them.

Besides his wife Rhonda, Derrel is survived by his sons; Russell (Teanna), Shane (Stacey), Lyle (Sarah) and Kyle, his grandchildren: Bridgette, Braiden, Brody, Lucy, Kai, Sophia, Crosby, Madalyn, Reggie, Emily, Hank, and Farrah Mae. He is also survived by sisters Shauna (Todd), Edith and Karen, and sister-in-law Loretta (Jim), and brother-in-law Earl (Treana), as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.

Derrel was pre-deceased by his parents, David and Ida; his father and mother-in-law, Grenald and Jean Cowan, and his niece, Christina Cowan, and nephew, Gunner Cowan.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 10:00am to 11:00am on Friday, June 3, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 3, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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

Interment will follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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