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SATURDAY, June 25, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 25, 2022.

J. Elaine Brown

1934 – 2022

Mrs. J. Elaine Brown of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Thomas “Allan” Brown, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

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KEITH MIDDLETON ERDMANN, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare, on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 80 years.

Keith will be sadly missed by his wife of 47 years Donna Lee, children Suzanne Erdmann and Craig (Desiree) Erdmann, four stepsons Lee (Susan) Van Buskirk, Billy (Venyce) Van Buskirk, Richard (Debbie) Van Buskirk, and Patrick (Shelley) Van Buskirk, brother Ted (Coral) Erdmann and sister-in-law Donna Erdmann, as well as 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Keith was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Margaret Erdmann, and his younger brother Don Erdmann.

Keith was born and raised in Lethbridge, AB, and held a lengthy career as an auctioneer, starting at the age of 19, until he retired. Along with his weekly Thursday night sales, he was very active in donating his time to community and charity auctions with various organizations like the Magrath Curling Club, Lethbridge College Foundation Wine Festival, Foremost Library, Coaldale Museum, Lethbridge Hurricanes, and numerous others. Keith was President of the Auctioneers Association of Alberta in 1980 and aided the association during many of their philanthropic activities.

Along with being a member of the Elks Club for years, he was also a member of the Magrath Golf Club.

At Keith’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Children’s Wish Foundation (makeawish.ca).

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KATIE GOSHINMON, beloved wife of the late Dennis Goshinmon, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Doreen Hoffman

1929 – 2022

Mrs. Doreen Hoffman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Donald Hoffman, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the age of 93 years.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at ST. MARTHA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH, 355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB. with Father William Monis celebrant.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 PM, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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Robert Douglas McPherson

March 21, 1977- June 6, 2022

Rob died tragically in a car accident earlier this month, along with his wife, Taren Dalrymple.

He came into the world a wild child, and that streak never left him. As wild as he was, he maintained a curiosity for the world. He wanted to drive or ride anything mechanical, bring home any four or no-legged creature (there were many snakes), and constantly questioned why he belonged in school.

Rob got into the oil patch young and had a career that took him all over western Canada and overseas. It was his passion for many years.

Rob’s greatest joy in life was becoming a father. He was the proud father to Bryan and Amara, and wanted the best for his kids.

Like too many, Rob struggled with addiction and the hard lifestyle that comes with it. After a particularly difficult winter, he had moved to the Crowsnest Pass and had support from close friends in trying to overcome it.

Although his choices led him to question his purpose and outcome, he never wavered in wanting the best for his children and remaining optimistic for tomorrow. He was a genuine and empathetic father who truly wanted his kids to have a life filled with love and laughter.

Despite Rob’s shortcomings, his family and his friends will miss him dearly. At his best he was kind, generous, loving, and had a wicked sense of humour. We are all left wondering and hoping that he was on a path to becoming a better version of himself.

Rob was predeceased by his mother Brenda, stepmother Debra, grandparents Douglas and Joan McPherson, Marvin and Alice Wobick, cousin Jared, and lifelong friends Bryan Krampl and Shawn Lazaruk.

Left to grieve his loss and remember him are his children, Bryan and Amara, father Ian, sister Lindsay (Lee Roy), aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends graced to know him when the going was good.

Addiction is hard, and it makes living life even harder. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to an addiction recovery center or a dog rescue of your choice. And above all else, hug and love those you hold dear.

A celebration of Rob’s life will be held later this summer.


It is with great sadness that we announce that Dennis passed away peacefully on June 20,2022 surrounded by his family.

Dennis was born to Elizabeth and Charles Olsen and was raised on the family farm in Warren, Ontario and decided when he was a young man to move out west.

Dennis was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and quading in the mountains. He also enjoyed performing which included singing, and playing his guitars and mandolins.

He had a life long passion for classic cars, hot rods and Harley’s. The more horsepower they had the better he liked them.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife Angie. His children Lynn, Donna (Karl), Valerie, Junior (Jocelyn), Normand, Steven (Sylvie), Jessica (Gerry) and Zoey, his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Samuel (Karl) and his youngest son Wade and grandson Michael.

A come and go celebration of life will be held on June 30, 2022 at the Canadian Polish Association hall, located at 745-13 St N from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Flowers are gratefully declined.


Long time resident of Fort Macleod, Ralph Rhea passed away peacefully in Pincher Creek Hospital on June 27, 2020, at the at of 96.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 27, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at the United Church, 220 20 St, Fort Macleod, AB.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Macleod Rotary Club, Box 1237, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0 or to the Fort Macleod chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 952, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0.

Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com.

Darrell Lamar Russell

Aug. 6, 1981 – June 18, 2022

“If love could have kept you here, you would have lived forever”

Mr. Darrell Russell of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 40 years.

Darrell was born in Lethbridge and lived here most of his life. He attended school in Lethbridge and excelled at many physical activities, including soccer (his team became the provincial champs). He received the Award of Excellence for fitness from the Government of Canada. He was also on the wrestling team in High School and enjoyed Arm Wrestling where he got 2nd place in the Alberta Provincial Championships.

Darrell lived in Edmonton in his early 20’s where he worked as a pipe layer, he returned to Lethbridge at the age of 27 and continued to work at various jobs, pipe layer, motorman, roofer and road construction. He was a hard worker and well respected by his fellow employees.

Darrell loved camping, boating, cribbage, dogs and spending time with family. He liked working out and swimming to keep in shape.

Darrell struggled with addictions in his life. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his family.

Darrell is survived by his partner Angela Harrison; 2 sons Dallas, Nicholas; stepdaughter Ciara; parents David and Charlyne; sister Chanell (Tanner) Bengry; nephew Cayden; niece Alexa; grandmothers Lillian Karras-Lerner, Loanne Karras; grandfather Duke Russell (Shirley Fisher) as well as many extended family members.

Darrell was predeceased by his grandfathers Charles Karras, Herb Lerner and his grandmother Phyllis Russell.

Darrell will be lovingly remembered by close family and friends in a private celebration of his life.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

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It is with great sadness that we lost Donald who died in Lethbridge on June 17, 2022 following compassionate palliative care provided by the nurses and doctors at Lethbridge Chinook Regional Hospital. Donald had a long struggle with dementia and was cared for at St. Therese Villa for the last years of his life. Our sincere thanks go out to the staff at St. Therese Villa.

Most people called him Don – he was a father, a husband, a grandfather and a wonderful doctor to so many people of Lethbridge over a career spanning 45 years. He was a member of the Campbell Clinic and latterly the Geriatric Assessment Unit at the Chinook Regional.

Don was born in Maple Creek, a small farming community in southwest Saskatchewan. He was a gifted intellectual and was awarded the Governor General’s medal for achieving top academic standing across the province of Saskatchewan at his high school graduation. He went on to study journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, but felt that his contribution was not to be about the story but, rather, about medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Saskatchewan in 1957. He had an accomplished career as a family doctor in Lethbridge and was always regarded as a man of integrity, compassion and with a wry smile and a joke to tell. He was a true gentle man. He knew so many people in Lethbridge and was always greeted on the street by friends and patients who held him in such high regard.

Don married Lise Bergeron in 1960 and they moved from Montreal to Lethbridge and welcomed their first child, Frances, in 1961. Sons Robert and Ian followed. Through his life, Don maintained a balance between his work and family, but his family always came first.

Don lost his wife, Lise, in 2002 and this loss was very difficult for him. Later, he was fortunate to develop a companionship with Phyllis Dedekam and in their years together, they enjoyed travelling and each other’s company. Don had a long and cherished relationship with our cousin Tarah Moore (Kern) who cared for him in Lethbridge for several years with love and gentle kindness.

Along with his loving wife Lise, Don was also pre-deceased by his nephew Gordon Stewart.

Don is survived by his daughter Frances, as well as sons Robert (Margaret Herridge) and Ian (Karen Lynch). He has seven grandchildren who will greatly miss their Grandpa Don. Stewart and Alex Owen (Frances), Sarah, Graeme and Matthew Stewart (Robert and Margaret) and Emily and Claire Stewart (Ian and Karen). He is also survived by his brother Fred Stewart of Calgary and nephew Douglas Stewart.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home – 2825 32nd Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta – on Saturday, July 30th, 2022, at 11:00 am with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Don’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Don will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery during a private family Graveside Service.

The family requests no flowers, but an acknowledgement of Don through a charity of your choice.

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Lilly Szpendyk

1933 – 2022

Lilly (Lilli) Szpendyk passed away Monday, June 20th, 2022 at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at her side.

Of German descent, Lilly was born in Manubjewka, Romania on October 3rd, 1933.

Lilly is survived by her loving daughters Corinne Richardson, Mary Parker, Julie Reron (Henry), Nadine Szpendyk (Darin), Teresa Szpendyk (Bill); her many grandchildren; great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. She loved the kids and their visits with all her heart. She is also survived by her sisters and brother in Germany; Erika, Hannelore and Siegfried, as well as many nieces and nephews here and abroad.

Lilly is predeceased by her husband Mykola Szpendyk (m. 1954), her mother, father, a sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sisters in-law, brothers in-law and two nephews.

She immigrated to Canada in May of 1953 and worked in the Sugar Beet fields in Raymond, Alberta, where she and Mykola raised their family, until moving to Lethbridge. Lilly even had her daughters work the beet fields one summer to learn what hard work is and the value of an education.

Lilly was an amazing cook and loved feeding people. Food was something to share and celebrate. Living through World War II, she knew what hunger was, and no one went hungry around her. She worked as a cook for many years; from the Raymond “Old Folks Home” to the Army and Navy Club, to the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

She fished, crocheted and created cheerful crafts until she found her mobility limited. Even as the pain of arthritis increased, she continued to lovingly crochet gifts for family and friends; and blankets for the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Her life was well lived. She made the best of the bad times and appreciated all the good times. She will be remembered for her laugh, her smile, strength, warmth and thoughtfulness. She never missed a birthday.

She was forever grateful to the Baker family in Raymond who took her in on their farm and showed her great kindness in her first year in Canada.

Many thanks to the Caregivers at West Highlands Good Samaritans where our mother lived for the past year. And many thanks to the Doctors and Nurses on the 4th floor of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness in her final days.

We thank you for thoughts and prayers at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Lilly lived a life thinking of others first.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Monday, June 27, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment to be held at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta.

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Catherine Chris Thrall

1936 – 2022

With sadness and gratitude, the family of Catherine ‘Cathie’ (née Christou) Thrall of Lethbridge, Alberta announces her peaceful passing surrounded by family on April 10, 2022.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta. Cathie loved colour, so please wear something colourful if the spirit moves you.

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Bradly Stephen VanderHeide

1976 – 2022

Bradly Stephen VanderHeide of Lethbridge passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the age of 46 from complications related to a rare and highly aggressive form of Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH , 1100 40 Ave North, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private family Graveside Service will be held prior.

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