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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 25, 2022.

HEWITT, Doug
Doug Hewitt 1924 – 2022 Edward Douglas Hewitt of Cardston, AB, passed away peacefully on Monday October 10, 2022 at the age of 98 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424-5th Ave. Fort Macleod, AB, with Rev. MiYeon Kim officiating. Graveside Service to follow at Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod, AB.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
PICCINI, Verdelle VERDELLE MARLENE PICCINI 1933 2022 Verdelle Piccini, 89, of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully on October 19, 2022 at Amica Britannia, in Calgary, Alberta.
Verdelle was born in Coal Creek, BC, on June 26, 1933 and was the oldest child of Harry and Eleanor Thompson. Her family moved to Wardner, BC and later to Cranbrook, BC. Verdelle was an ambitious student and was awarded the Cranbrook Memorial Trophy at her graduation in 1951. The award signified excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and citizenship. She was the first female ever awarded the trophy. The four pillars of the award would be a guiding force in her life. She continued her education in Victoria, BC where she completed post-secondary studies.
Armed with a teaching degree she continued to spread her wings, opening the first kindergarten in Creston, BC. Here, she combined her love of teaching and music, playing the piano for her students and in a local band. It was while playing in the band that she met her husband and love of her life, Enzo Piccini. They were married in 1957 and shortly after, settled in Lethbridge, AB.
In Lethbridge, Verdelle continued her teaching career, working at many of the schools in the city. After retirement, she took up a new career in fashion, working at Patricia Scott and Maxine’s ladies wear. Her flare for fashion and attention to detail was evident and was one of her most memorable characteristics.
Volunteering and citizenship were woven through her years in Lethbridge. She was a faithful member of Mckillop United church holding many service positions. Among her favorites were hospital and senior visiting where her ease of conversation was evident. She also knit for the Chinook Regional Hospital, knitting hundreds of baby toques.
Verdelle’s appreciation for music and theatre took her and Enzo to Calgary for many weekends enjoying seasons tickets to the Philharmonic and the Calgary Opera. She also loved the local theatre productions and kindled a love for theatre in her children and grandchildren.
Her incredible spirit and strength were evident during and after Enzo’s illness and death. Her ability to learn to live and thrive on her own was remarkable. She called old friends, made new friends, tended her beloved garden and home, travelled to the West Coast, enjoyed her grandchildren as they married and had children of their own, joined the knitting group at church, volunteered at the Jack Ady Cancer Center, and leaned on her faith to put one foot in front of the other. Her strength carried her through the battle with cancer this past year with laughter and much dignity.
Verdelle is survived by her daughters Susan (Darwin Sauer), Ciana (Marlon Montoute); grandsons Brendon (Katty), Matthew, Jarrett Sauer; granddaughter Quincey (Josh Vander Hoek); great grandchildren Cole Vander Hoek, Charley Sauer; brother Dean (Denise), and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Enzo, her parents, parent in-laws, and her baby sister Bernice.
A special thank you to all her friends who were a vital support the last few years.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:30 pm and 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 AVENUE SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.
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FORRAYI, Elizabeth ELIZABETH FORRAYI 1926 2022 Mrs. Elizabeth Forrayi of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Forrayi, passed away at Evanston Grand Village in Calgary on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the age of 95 years.
Elizabeth was born in Hadvikfalva, Romania and immigrated to Canada in 1957. She settled in Taber and surrounding areas finally settling in Lethbridge in 1969. She was a dedicated member of the Hungarian Canadian Old Timer Society of Lethbridge. She loved gardening, cooking Hungarian dishes and she was great at sewing.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter Isabel (Reid) Birrell; son Joe (Engie) Forrayi; grandchildren Donna Buck, Darren Birrell, Michelle Couture, Joanne Isaak, Marianne Forrayi as well as 8 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
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KLONE, Gwen GWEN KLONE 1944 2022 Gwen Klone, beloved wife of the Late Eddie Klone, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully with three generations by her side on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the age of 78 years.
A Visitation will be held at 10:00 am, on Friday, October 28, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating.
A private family Graveside Service will be held at the Carmangay Cemetery.
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LEMKE, George LEMKE May 10, 1935 РOct. 19, 2022 GEORGE E. LEMKE, of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband, of wife Irma Lemke (n̩e Pankonin), passed away at Park Meadows Good Samaritans in Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the age of 87 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed through George’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
George will be laid to rest privately in Archmount Cemetery.

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HUTCHINSON, Ronald RONALD “RON” HUTCHINSON 1927 2022 Mr. Ronald Earl Hutchinson of Warner, beloved husband of 71 years to Mrs. Carol Hutchinson, passed away at home, peacefully surrounded by his family, on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Ron was born on August 7, 1927 to Earl and Pat Hutchinson at the George Woitte Home, which is 4 miles away from where he resided for most of his life.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; son Rick (Teressa) of Provo, Utah; Mike of Warner; Kim of Lethbridge; Michele of Warner; and Wes (Julie) of Okotoks, as well as 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families.
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VOOYS, Linda VOOYS LINDA RUTH VOOYS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Walter Vooys, passed away with family at her side on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 75 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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VANDERFLUIT, Adrian VANDERFLUIT ADRIAN GERARD VANDERFLUIT, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the age of 67 years, after a nine year battle with prostate cancer and valiantly fought until the bitter end.
He will be forever loved and sadly missed by his wife Gerda of 46 years, his children Joseph (Melissa) and Jaclyn (Kirk), and his buddy Piper and grandpuppies Hank, Mabel, and Yuri.
Adrian was born in Lethbridge on December 14, 1954. He became an accomplished carpenter, then proudly served with the Lethbridge Fire Department for 27 years as EMT, firefighter and retired as Fire Prevention Officer.
He wanted to thank Dr. A. Haner and R.N. D. Mann and Pharmacist J. Joyal and the staff at Draffins Pharmasave for the special care they provided.
A Memorial Reception will be held in Adrian’s honour at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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TOMOMITSU, Kaz TOMOMITSU KAZ TOMOMITSU, beloved husband of Marjory Tomomitsu, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the early morning of Friday, October 21, 2022 at the age of 86 years.
In addition to Marj, Kaz is survived by his daughter Tamara (Michael and grand-dog Oscar), brother Mas (Carol) and brothers-in-law Rick (Teri), Lloyd (Marion), Don (Maureen), Kiyo (Toki) and sister-in-law Irene (Paul), along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his father (Haruichi), mother (Itoko) and sisters Sue, Reiko and Pauleen.
A sports enthusiast, Kaz could often be found at the Hurricanes’ games or sitting in front of the television watching his beloved Blue Jays. In the summer, he was a fixture at the golf course often using colourful language and his signature line, “last hole ass hole”. He also enjoyed coffee with friends and playing pool and cards at the Norbridge Seniors Centre.
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
A private family service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers and koden, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca) or charity of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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brewster65

My condolences to the family of Kaz Tomomitsu. He was a honest man and good friend of my family. He will be missed around Lethbridge.

Darren Harker (Dean Harker)