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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 12, 2022.

BAER, Barbara

BARBARA BAER 1951 – 2022 Mrs. Barbara Baer of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Richard “Rick” Baer, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the age of 71 years.
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.
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PETER MARK HEPPELL 1958 – 2022 It is with great sadness his family announces his passing on November 4, 2022, at the age of 64 years.
Peter was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta and moved to Barons where he spent the best years of his life raising his family with his wife of almost 40 years, Brenda. He was a hard-working man and was a very skilled woodworker and cabinet maker. Peter loved fishing, chocolate and a great joke (the dirtier the better!). He kept his positive outlook and sense of humor right to the end. Peter could not help but share his pride of his family to anyone he spoke to and nothing made his eye twinkle more than his grandchildren.
Peter leaves behind his daughters Renee (Steve), Charidy (Zane), Donna (Logan); grandchildren Tristan (Anthony), Stevie, Declan, Cooper, Kade, Aria, Callum, Luca; sisters Heather (John) and Susan (Bruce); brother-in-law Donald (Petrina); mother-in-law Marlene, as well as numerous nieces and nephews; special friend Tracey, and countless friends.
Besides his loving wife Brenda, Peter is predeceased by his father Clifford; mother Joan and brother Lawrence.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lethbridge Food Bank, 1016 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0C9.
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SHIRLEY SLEIGHTHOLM Apr. 12, 1925 – Nov. 2, 2022 Shirley June Sleightholm of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, with family by her side, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the age of 97 years.
Shirley was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on April 12, 1925, to parents Addison and Anna Hagan. She was raised and educated there until moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she met and married William James Sleightholm. They later moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, where she resided until her passing.
Life for Shirley was full and varied. She was never afraid to take on new challenges to the amazement of her family and friends as they recognized just how brave and determined she was in setting and achieving new goals. She not only was an accomplished bookkeeper, she also liked traveling, volunteering at various organizations and growing an amazing garden and beautiful flowers each year. Her other interests included baking, doing various crafts, swimming, curling, baseball, fishing, camping, playing piano and card games, especially cribbage, and having a pet dog or cat in her home, which truly gave her great enjoyment throughout the years.
Shirley held a special love in her heart for her family, especially for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When Shirley moved into St. Therese Villa 5 years ago, some of her abilities to do things changed, but she graciously adapted and met her new challenges with dignity and courage. Her loving, kind, funny and feisty spirit came out even more as she grew beautifully where she was planted.
Two summers ago, Shirley asked Jesus into her life to be her Saviour and although Shirley will be missed dearly by her family and friends, this parting is not without the blessed hope that God gives us in the Bible, where those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ will see each other again in Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Shirley is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Gail (Harvey) Nikkel of Lethbridge, AB and their children Kevin (Evie) Nikkel (Micah, Levi, Olivia), Roberta Nikkel and Deanna (Peter) Fast (Judah, Naomi, Meira); daughter, Peggy (Ron) McKitrick of Maple Ridge, BC and their children, Leanne McKitrick, Heather Livingstone (Lynzee, Jaxson, Zandra) and Janice McKitrick (Abigail, Kaitlyn); daughter-in-law, Jean Sleightholm of Lethbridge, AB and her children, Dallas Sleightholm and Carly Drysdale (Caitlyn, Bradley, Liana, Matthew); daughter-in-law, Lien Sleightholm of Cranbrook, BC and her children Billie and Bernice; and numerous nieces, nephews and families.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Addison and Anna Hagan, sister, Claire Palin, daughter, Leslie Hagan and son, William Sleightholm, Jr.
We, as Shirley’s family wish to thank the staff and friends at St. Therese Villa, Dr. Willene Roos, Home Care Nurse, Leanne Young and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for making her feel loved and cared for.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Peter J. Fast officiating.
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TYSHKEWICH ANDREW TYSHKEWICH of Vauxhall, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the age of 79 years.
A private graveside Panakyda service will be held next spring with Fr. Gary Sedgewick of Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church officiating.

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KLIMOW, Frieda

KLIMOW It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of FRIEDA KLIMOW, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late George Klimow, on Monday, November 7, 2022 at the age of 88 years.
Frieda is survived by her children: Vic (Sherry) Klimow of Calgary, George Klimow Jr of Chilliwack, BC, and Heidi Klimow of Calgary as well as her grandchildren Jonathan, Stacie, Brett, Jason, and Sam and great-grandson Benson.
Besides her loving husband George, Frieda was predeceased by her sister Annie Dietterbe.
Frieda was born in Josefstal, Ukraine on July 2, 1934. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1950 when she was 16 years old.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Lee Loveridge officiating.
Frieda will be laid to rest beside her husband George in Mountain View Cemetery.

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BRAAT, Elizabeth

BRAAT ELIZABETH BRAAT of Coaldale, Alberta passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at St. Therese Villa at the age of 91.
Bep Koot was born on January 28th, 1931 in Reeuwyk, Holland. Although she was born and raised on a dairy farm, she never milked a cow. She was the dedicated cheesemaker in the family until she was 30 years old. She always told the family she was going to Canada and in 1961, she married John Braat, who had immigrated to Canada in 1953 and was already farming there. Without knowing any English and being a homebody, she followed her new husband on a great adventure to a new land in Coaldale, Alberta. With encouragement, she got her driver’s license and kept very busy raising four daughters born within six years and being dad’s helper on the farm. The coffee was always on and homemade treats were on the table almost instantly. Meals cooked from scratch were on the table on time, the girls were dressed well in mom’s home sewn clothes, the house was in order and the flower beds looked good. Mom learned to milk the cow and stack hay by hand and drive tractor. She was very strong in body and mind and worked hard. Her hands were always moving as she found time to be creative in sewing, knitting, crocheting, making rosaries and many other crafting projects. She loved sharing these projects with the grandchildren and St. Ambrose CWL and anyone else who admired them. If you complimented a toque she had made, the next week, she had one made for you too. What she enjoyed most was the family get-togethers around a table of delicious food and grandchildren sleepovers. Mom and Dad were a great farming team until 2013, when they retired into Coaldale. Dad passed away in 2014 after 53 years together.
Bep is survived by her four daughters Joanne Harris (Dave), Mary Horst (Murray), Elsie Friesen and Wilma Braat (Etienne Poulin), her grandchildren Melissa, John, Adam, Jacqueline, Peter, Mary and Dorothy, and her great-grandchildren Hadley and Otto, her sister Nel, her brothers Piet, Dirk, Hank (Ann) Koot, in-laws Mildred Braat, Jake (Shirley) Braat, Fritz (Lisa) Braat, and Case (Katy) Braat.
She is predeceased by husband John, her brothers Jan (Mien) and Andre (Nel) and sisters Reit (Martien) and Mien (Toon), in-laws Riet Koot, Janny Koot, and Jan Houdijk, Morris and Jane Braat, Peter Braat, Gerry Braat, and Joanne Braat.
A sincere heartfelt thankyou to Eric and Josie and all the staff in the dementia unit of St. Therese who cared for mom and took the time to discover her sense of humor.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 23rd Ave, Coaldale, AB, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating. Interment at the Coaldale Cemetery to follow.

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FAUTH, Josephine

FAUTH 1929 – 2022 JOSEPHINE FRANCES FAUTH “Nan”, beloved wife of the late George Fauth (1977), passed away peacefully at Bow Island Heath Centre, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
Besides her loving husband George, Josephine was predeceased by her son Michael in 2003.
She is survived by two children: daughter Leona (Jim) Walsh of Foremost, AB, their children – Craig (Heather), kids – Julie (Cameron), Hannah and Heidi. Ranae of Lethbridge, AB, kids – Parker and Trustyn, and Lana of Lethbridge; and daughter Kathy (Collin) Lohrer of Medicine Hat, their children – Terra (Mike), kids – Rylan, Karter, Dagrin, Bentley and Rylynn. Jeremy (Sara), kids – Asher, Madden, Tatum, all of Medicine Hat; one daughter-in-law Louise Fauth, children – Josh (Sherrie), kids – Mackenzie, Tatum, Michael, of Medicine Hat. Chad – kids – McKayla and Emma of Prince Rupert. Jessica (Ben), kids – Walker, Riley, Grayson, and Emily, of Manyberries, AB, as well as numerous relatives and friends.
Josephine was the ultimate farm wife where she spent most of her life. A loving wife, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Nan was a master of many things, seamstress, quilter, gardener and cook. There was always a big pot of soup cooking, fresh cookies and Butterhorns on the cupboard for her Grandkids who were her world. She was involved with C.W.L., A.W.L., sold Avon, cooking for 4H Camp with Doreen Lee and Turkey suppers with Marion in Etzikom. When her eyesight failed, she moved to Foremost and enjoyed town life. Her next adventure took her to Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island.
Special thank you to Karen and staff at Pleasant View Lodge for taking such good care of “Josie” over the years.
Mom will be laid to rest beside Dad privately in the Foremost Cemetery at 11:00 A.M.
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.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu, donations may be made to the Pleasant View Lodge, Box 6700, Bow Island, AB, T0K 0G0 or a charity of one’s choice.

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THOMPSON PAULINA JENANG THOMPSON (née Djenang) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at the age of 79 years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. with Father Derek Remus officiating.

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SCHAFFER, Augusta “Gus” Antonnette Mar. 31, 1932-Nov. 2, 2022 It is with deepest sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt & sister-in-law. She was 90 years old.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph & Irene Soenen and her 11 siblings: Marie, Fred, Ed, Charlie, Joe, Margaret, Delphine, Leo, Omar, Jermain and Achiel. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, John, her daughter, Eva Stanko, as well as her two sons-in-law, Glen Kenzie & Stephen Stanko.
Mom will always be remembered for her sweet, kind nature and her love of her family. Left to mourn her is her daughter, Susan Kenzie (son Evan (Laura) & son Jackson, grandsons, Tyler (Nicole) Stanko, Matthew (Tammi) Stanko, Kyle (Jennifer) Stanko and their children Alex & Kevin Stanko. She was so proud of her family of boys. Gus is also survived by her four sisters-in-law, Roberta, Shirley, Georgette & Helen Soenen, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
We wish to thank Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale for the wonderful care she received, and to the fantastic caring staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre, especially Unit B. Thank you from all the family.
A private interment service will be held at a later date.

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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.
Stella was born in Voorthuizen, Netherlands to parents Rutger and Johanna Kraaij (Evers) on September 21, 1929. She completed grade 8 in Voorthuizen and went on to marry Lammert “Bert” Versteeg on March 21, 1957. They eventually immigrated from Holland to Southern Alberta in 1957 with only $85.00 to their name! Stella was a dedicated full-time homemaker and supportive wife to Bert. She enjoyed many hobbies including gardening both indoors and outdoors, reading, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, traveling, curling lawn bowling and line dancing. Stella loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly. She was a dedicated member of her church and cherished her church family. She faithfully attended in person weekly until her passing.
Stella is survived by her daughter JoAnn Agnes Ferland (Robert); sons Gary Lynn Versteeg (Leona), Roy Anthony Versteeg, Dwight Newton Versteeg (Renita), Howard Trent Versteeg (Michele); grandchildren Tamara Batson (Brandon), Jordan Oudman (Courtney), Meghan Hawk, Jonathan Ferland (Meike), Sean Ferland, Kristopher Versteeg (Brittany); Mitchel Versteeg (Shelby), Bryce Versteeg (Elena), Kurtis Versteeg, Brett Versteeg, Lindsay Versteeg (Shaye), Hannah Mear and Lauren Mear; sister Jo Overeem-Kraaij; great grandchildren Britton, Paityn and Beckett Batson; Bronson and Ruby Oudman; Bre and Haley Hawk; Jaxson, Maddox and Brynn Versteeg; Sem and Lottie Versteeg as well as numerous nieces nephews and their families.
Mom, Oma and Great Oma (G Oma) you will be missed with love. She was predeceased by her sisters Tinie van Puurveen-Kraaij and Riek Kuijt-Kraaij; brothers Martijn Kraaij, Steven Kraaij and Gert Kraaij.
A Visitation will be held at 7:00 pm, on Monday, November 14, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family Interment will take place prior in the Mountain View Cemetery. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCua0ndvGcQvkahtBWQCTjAw
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BEVERS DEENA LAREE BEVERS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Maurice Bevers, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit on Friday November 11, 2022 at the age of 65 years.
Besides her beloved husband of 33 years, Maurice, Deena is survived by her children: Jennifer (Pat) Rasmussen and their children Shelbie, Logan, Morgan and Dylan; Amy (Jeff) Sodtke and their children Kaden, Chase and Parker; Mitch Bevers and Trevor (Chalsey) Bevers. She also leaves behind her beloved dog “Chewy”, as well as two sisters, Valerie (Dennis) Beasley and Donna Casson (Garry Thate).
Deena was predeceased by her parents, Bruce and Dorothy Balderson and her brother Brent Balderson.
Deena loved being on the farm; she enjoyed the openness and walking with her puppies. Everywhere she went on the farm, the dogs and cats were sure to be following her. She fiercely loved her family, and especially loved gathering for dinners and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She was an active volunteer for many organizations in and around the city and was very passionate about helping those in need.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Deena, donations may be made to the Friends of the Chinook Regional Hospital (FCRH): 403-388-6289
At Deena’s request, no formal Funeral Service will take place.
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Frank Giesbrecht

1959 – 2022

 Frank Henry Giesbrecht, beloved husband of Ruth Giesbrecht of Taber, passed away unexpectedly in Calgary, with Ruth and family by his side, 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. with Life Celebrant Shelly Bassett officiating.  Committal service to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. 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 Frank’s obituary on our website and choosing the ‘service video recording’ link that will be available before the end of day on Monday, November 14, 2022.

 Besides his loving wife Ruth, Frank is survived by their daughter Sheila (Ron) Martens of Taber and his granddaughters Harley Giesbrecht and Katarina Martens. He is also survived by his brother Merl (Carol) Giesbrecht (their son Colton); his aunt Trudy Giesbrecht; brother-in-law Bill Hutchison; sisters-in-law Jeanne (Wes) McMann, Charlotte (Harry) Stolarchuk, Norma (James) Turner, Ellen Miller, Patti (James) Mason and Raydene (Vern) Boutiler; brothers-in-law Andy Chapman, Dan (Monique) Chapman and numerous other family members.

 He was predeceased by his son Wayne Giesbrecht; mother Deloris and step fathers Orville greentree and his father Henry Giesbrecht; sister Maxine Hutchison; in-laws Norm and Joy Chapman; nephew Branden Giesbrecht and niece Brittany Hutchinson.

 Frank was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on January 4, 1959 to Deloris and Henry Giesbrecht. He was the oldest of three kids. Frank lived in Saskatchewan until the age six and moved with his family to the Agassiz/Chilliwack, British Columbia area. Frank would meet Ruth Chapman, the love of his life, in September 1975 and they were married in August 1978. They had two children, Sheila and Wayne. Frank and his family lived in numerous communities throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Taber became home in 1999. Frank loved camping, boating and enjoyed drives in the countryside with Ruth. He lived for gatherings with family and friends and his two wonderful granddaughters. Bear and checkers (his two kittys) will miss him greatly.

 Frank was one of kind person with the biggest heart.

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Frank’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (http://www.stars.ca).

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

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