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Wednesday, November 9, 2022


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 9, 2022.

CHRISTENSEN, Becca

CHRISTENSEN BECCA CHRISTENSEN, beloved wife of Peter Christensen, passed away suddenly on November 2, 2022 at the age of 67 years.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday November 12, 2022 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, WELLING CHAPEL, Welling Alberta.
Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 10:00 to 10:45am prior to the Service at the church.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


VIDALE, Victor

VIDALE Nov. 7, 1930 – Oct. 30, 2022 VICTOR VIDALE passed away at his residence (Edith Cavell Care Centre) at the age of 91 years.
A Service of Remembrance will be given at the KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 1510-Stafford Drive North, Lethbridge, on Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 P.M.

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


MARKUS, Dwane

DWANE MARKUS 1964 – 2022 We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Dwane Markus on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 58 years. He was taken from us far too soon and we will all miss him very much.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


OTRHALEK, Frank

FRANK OTRHALEK 1942 – 2022 Frank Otrhalek of Readymade, beloved husband of Marlene Otrhalek, passed away at home with his family at his side, on Thursday, November 3, 2022, just prior to his 80th birthday.
Frank is survived by his devoted wife, Marlene; his son Morgan (Tammy), daughter Amber (Jon), son Jordan (Claire), daughter Andrea; grandchildren Tolliver, Rhett, Indya, Sierra, Holliday & Tiller; sisters Anne, Lydia (Gerald) and Rosemarie (Ron).
A Come & Go Reception will be held from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the READYMADE COMMUNITY CENTRE (Twp Rd. 90 and Hwy 512).
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (960 19 St. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5)
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


FAUTH, Josephine

FAUTH 1929 – 2022 JOSEPHINE FRANCES FAUTH “Nan”, beloved wife of the late George Fauth, passed away peacefully at Bow Island Heath Centre, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
A private Family Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. in Foremost, Alberta.
Everyone is welcome to attend a Come-And-Go Celebration of Life at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M., with a short program included.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant View Lodge, Box 6700, Bow Island, AB, T0K 0G0 or a charity of one’s choice.

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


O’DONNELL, Tillie

O’DONNELL 1929 – 2022 TILLIE B. O’DONNELL, beloved wife of the late John O’Donnell, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.
A private Family Graveside will be held.

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


BAER, Barbara

BARBARA BAER 1951 – 2022 On Saturday, November 5, 2022 Barbara Clare Baer passed away peacefully at the age of 71 years in St. Michael’s Hospital.
She was born on January 21, 1951 to Joan and Sanford Preston in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The family moved to Calgary and then to Cold Lake. Barb completed high school there at Beaver River High and then received a teaching degree from the University of Lethbridge. She started her teaching career in Manyberries, then to Bonnyville and finally in Grande Prairie. It was there she met her husband to be, Rick. They married in 1980. Barb left teaching to start Creative Writes, a business that perfected advertising for small businesses. She evolved that business into Direct Route Communication Services to broaden the scope of advertising, strategies and corporate proposals and edited novels for writers. She finished her career as an instructor at the Business Career College in Grande Prairie. In 2004 they moved to Lethbridge to spend as many years as they could with Rick’s parents, Netta and Fred Baer.
Barb loved the outdoors and especially camping, whether it was in the foothills and mountains of southern Alberta or with family at Pigeon Lake. Barb also loved winter getaways to a cabin in the Crowsnest Pass and snowshoeing at the base of Crowsnest Mountain. She was a gardener and loved to be outside on the deck. She also loved being around family and socializing with friends and especially with “The Gang”. She always prepared a feast for family and friends on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. She would also write poems for others to suit special occasions.
She is survived by her loving husband. Rick, her brother Bob Preston of Sherwood Park, her Brother Stan (Leslie) Preston of Fort Saskatchewan, her sister Janet (Floyd) Johnson of Berwyn, her brother Paul (Michelle) Preston of Sherwood Park, and her brother Dave (Jackie) Preston of Peachland; her niece Sara (Chris) Schroeder of Halifax; her nephews Jim (Amanda) Preston of Fort McMurray, Garret Preston with Elexandra Greaves of Lethbridge, Sean (Chelsey) Preston of Langford, BC, Adam Preston of Sherwood Park, Aaron Preston of Peachland, BC, Joel Preston with Lori-Ann Rowe of Fort Saskatchewan, Matthew Preston with Lynelle Steman of Edmonton and Chris Johnson of Berwyn; great nieces Makaela, Toryn and Britt; great nephews Kai, Lucas and Oak.
Barb loved her niece, nephews and great nieces and nephews and when asked if she had children, she would always say of her and Rick, “No, we’re professional Aunts and Uncles”.
She is predeceased by her parents Joan and Sanford Preston.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge Alberta.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


HUGGINS, William

HUGGINS WILLIAM JOHN “JACK” HUGGINS, the beloved husband of Kathryn Huggins, of Lethbridge, passed away at the age of 76, after a valiant effort for life at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022.
Jack was predeceased by his father, William John Huggins Sr., and his mother, Marjorie Rosaline (Farris) Huggins.
Besides his wife Kathryn (nee Schnitzler) Huggins, he is survived by two sons, Mark (Michelle) of Fort Macleod, AB and Matt (Binh) of Lethbridge, two daughters, Tanya (Brett) McAuley of Red Deer, AB and Allison Mullin of Lethbridge, 11 grandchildren, Olivia, Brad, Ben McAuley; Eden, Jack, Anna Huggins; Noelle, Luc Mullin; Nikayla, Shaun, Kelsea Huggins, four sisters, Marjorie (Gene) Hval of Wilcox, SK, Judy Grad of Harris, SK, Wendy Huggins of Harris, Linda (Shawn) Yuke of Regina, SK.
Born in Regina, he was the eldest of five children. As a teenager, he worked as a bowling-pin setter, paper delivery boy, food vendor at Roughrider’s games, groomer of race horses. He was an avid sports fan, athlete & coach. He and Kathy were married on May 20, 1972. Jack loved music, as he played a guitar in several local rock bands. He was a teacher and principal for over 25 years. He was devoted to his family, faith and friends. He had a passion for life and lived each moment to the fullest. It was no problem for him to strike up a conversation with anyone he met and welcomed his children’s friends with open arms. His sense of humor was with him until the very end. He also loved antiques as a retirement career and wrote articles for various antique publications.
In memory of Jack, please make a donation in his memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to STARS (air ambulance).
A private family service will be held.

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


ELLIOT, Ken

ELLIOTT Mr. KEN ELLIOTT of Coaldale, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at the age of 74 years.
Respecting Ken’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Service. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


BAERT, Frank

FRANK CYRIL BAERT 1952 – 2022 Frank Cyril Baert passed away suddenly at home in Lethbridge, on the morning of November 2, 2022 at the age of 70.
A Visitation will be held at 12:00 pm, on, Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS WATERTON SUITE, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, November 9, 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/Frank-Baert and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.
Interment will be held at Royal View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local SPCA at https://www.albertaspca.org/.
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DYKSLAG, John

DYKSLAG “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
In God’s infinite wisdom, JOHN DYKSLAG, beloved husband of the late Hilda Dykslag, passed away very peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare, surrounded by his family on Monday, November 7, 2022 at the age of 90 years.
Dad is survived by his five adoring children: Marg (Richard), John (Sadie), Leroy (Joann), Wendy (Buzz) and Patty; 16 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Dad is also survived by his only surviving sibling, Wendy Coutts.
Dad was happiest being surrounded by and helping his children. Dad was a man of great character and faith. He was loved by all. Dad took the role of being the oldest son very seriously, and cared for the extended family that was left behind.
Dad also created lifelong friendships, from volunteering countless hours building Trinity Reformed Church, to having coffee with friends on a regular basis; he was a man who loved to socialize. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
John will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Hilda privately prior to the service.
A Funeral Service will be held at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend John Van Eyk officiating.

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


VERSTEEG, Stella

STELLA VERSTEEG 1929 – 2022 Mrs. Stella Versteeg of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Lammert “Bert” Versteeg, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


Coby Bos

1939 – 2022

 Jacoba Cornelia Bos, beloved wife of the late John Bos, passed away in Taber on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the age of 83 years.

 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

 A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

 The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com

 Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Coby’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Thursday, November 10, 2022. The livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.

 Coby was a loving mother to Jacqueline (John) Andrade of Taber, Clarence (Melanie) Bos of Taber, Karen Schmidtke of Taber, Kimberley (Nathan) Born of Calgary and Michael (Leanne) Bos of Spruce Grove. She was blessed with nineteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. 

 She was predeceased by her husband John Bos and one sister and two brothers.

 Coby was born in Pijnacker, the Netherlands, daughter of the late Frederick and Jacoba Vink. She immigrated to Canada in 1954 at the age of fifteen with her family in the search for new beginnings and settled in Strathroy, Ontario.

 Coby began working as a nanny for a family with housekeeping duties and childcare and she also worked in a bakery for a few years. She met John, her husband to be, at a church youth group in 1956 and they married in 1959. For the next twenty one years she stayed home to raise her family of five children. 

 In 1980, John and Coby along with the three youngest children moved to Taber. She was a hard worker and took on part time jobs in a greenhouse and grading potatoes and onions to help support the family.

 Coby was a loving and devoted wife to John for sixty years and spending time with family was very important for her.  She was affectionately known by her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Oma (Oma-ma). She enjoyed playing with them and making them feel special and looked forward to Oma Day every year. 

 Coby enjoyed volunteering with John at Extendicare and Linden View for many years, often taking her grandchildren with her. Some of her hobbies included pottery, knitting, and weaving, and many of her creations were given to her children and grandchildren as gifts. 

 Life was not always easy for Coby, however she was a fighter and determined to move forward. Through all the struggles her faith and trust in Christ grew and she learned to depend on Him.  Coby loved life and continued to share about God’s faithfulness to others wherever she was. 

 We are confident that Coby is now with her Savior and reunited with family members that have gone before her. 

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Coby’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (http://www.tdhf.ca) – please designate to Palliative Care.

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


Alda Crooymans

1933 – 2022

   Alberta Antonetta Crooymans (nee Bouw), beloved wife of the late Tony Crooymans, passed away peacefully in Bow Island on Saturday, November 5,

2022 at the age of 88 years.

  Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1113 – 1 Street East, Bow Island on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.

  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church,

1113 – 1 Street East, Bow Island on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 10:00 A.M.  Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com [1].

   Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Alda’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The livestream will begin at 10:00 A.M.

  Alda is survived by daughter Marylene (Philip) Van Steekelenburg of Millicent and their children Emma and Aaron; sons John (Shawna) Crooymans of Bow Island and their children Sarah, Annaliese and Anthony (Janelle); Joseph (Margriet) Crooymans of Bow Island and their children Brennan (Lauren) great granddaughter Evelyn, Caytlin (Jordan), Morgan and Nathan; Andrew Crooymans and his children Andrea, Jessica, Mattias and Kyle.  She is also survived by four sisters, three brothers, several sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by her husband Tony, her parents and two sisters.

  Alda was born on November 29, 1933 in Erp, Holland to Johannes and Petronella Bouw.  She immigrated to Canada with her entire family in 1955.  Alda and Tony were married on June 22, 1957 in Lethbridge.

Together they worked for Bill and Helen Kizema in Warner until their move to Bow Island in the fall of 1960. They rented land until they purchased their own land in 1964. Alda and Tony were blessed with four children, who all farm. She enjoyed sewing, with her children and grandchildren benefitting from her talent. Later in life she sewed comfort blankets to be given to the patients in the local hospital. Alda also enjoyed weaving and wheat weaving, many woven scarfs and wheat weavings were given away. She enjoyed judging at rural fairs and gardening, taking special care of her roses. Alda also enjoyed walking.

After retiring from farming, Alda and Tony built a new home and spent much of their time landscaping the yard. They enjoyed travelling and spent all their time together.  Alda and Tony enjoyed dancing.  Mom welcomed anyone into her home for a visit, always having soup and sandwiches ready to serve them. She enjoyed having family gatherings, mom loved her family and they loved her in return.

  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alda’s name may be directly to the Bow Island Health Centre Foundation  Bag 3990, Bow Island Alberta T0K 0G0  or the Pleasant View Lodge  Bag 6700, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.

   Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone:

(403) 223-8778.


Frank Giesbrecht

1959 – 2022

 Frank Henry Giesbrecht, beloved husband of Ruth Giesbrecht of Taber, passed away in Calgary on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at the age of 63 years.

 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue on Saturday, November 12, 2022 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

 The Funeral Service will be held at the Taber Civic Centre, 4720 – 50 Street, Taber on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. Committal service to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.  

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


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