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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 19, 2022.

WATSON, Helen

Helen May Watson Mar. 29, 1931- Nov. 8, 2022 Helen M. Watson, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 91 years.
Helen was predeceased in 1972 by her loving husband Howard. She is survived by her three children, Nancy (Lance), Peter (Evelyn), and Wendy (Gerard), 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
A funeral service for the family will be held at Saint Matthias Anglican Church in Edmonton on November 30, 2022.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or your charity of choice.


MCNAIR, Isabel

MCNAIR Apr. 2, 1922 – Oct. 7, 2022 Long time resident of Lethbridge, Isabel McNair (nee Leys) died peacefully in the company of her loving family in Victoria, BC.


SLEIGHTHOLM, Shirley

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.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


VATCHER, Robert

VATCHER It is with great sadness that the family of ROBERT “BOB” VATCHER announces his passing on November 12, 2022, at the age of 74, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Sadly, our lighthearted Bob was diagnosed with dementia 2 1/2 years ago and in his final days, this strong man succumbed to cancer.
Bob was born on October 18, 1948, in Montreal, to Gordon and Marion Vatcher. He was the eldest of seven. As a young man, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Field Engineer and served across Canada and Germany. In 1970, Bob returned to Canada for surgery, where he met Pauline who was working as a nurse. The two wed in 1972 and raised two great children: Gordon and Sonya.
After military service, the family settled in Lethbridge in 1986. Bob worked as a Water Treatment Operator at the water plant for many years. Briefly, Bob was a private Water Consultant throughout the province and worked with many Indigenous communities. Later, he joined Alberta Environment as a Water and Wastewater Technician where he oversaw the well-being of many water treatment plants across Southern Alberta. He thoroughly enjoyed his colleagues and relished in the problem-solving around the delivery of clean drinking water. Throughout his life, Bob worked tirelessly to provide for his family and supported them in their numerous endeavors.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pauline, and two children Gordon (Katherine) Vatcher, and Sonya (Rick) Friesen of Lethbridge, eight grandchildren: Jake and Dex Vatcher of Lethbridge, and Adam, Annabelle, Aaron, Amélie, Asher, and Andrew Friesen of Lethbridge, and by his siblings Russell (Candace) Vatcher of Calgary, Brenda Vatcher of Victoria, Roderick (Leanne) Vatcher of Christina Lake, Rodney (Arlie) Vatcher of Grand Forks, Beverly (Dale) Patterson of Sooke, and Ross Vatcher of Montreal.
As per Bob’s request, no formal funeral service will take place. In memory of Bob, please consider donating to http://www.waterforpeople.org to help provide clean drinking water to others. We will truly miss his contagious laughter and unique personality.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


JOHNSTON, Doreene

JOHNSTON DOREENE MARJORIE JOHNSTON (DANNATT), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Russ Dannatt, was born in Dauphin, MB, on March 5, 1927 and passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Fairmont Extendicare, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the age of 95 years.
A Celebration of Doreene’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.
Doreene will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery in a private Family Interment.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Doreene, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation (kidney.ca)

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


POLLON, Calvin

POLLON CALVIN MYLES POLLON, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Carol Cotton, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the age of 64 years.
A Wake Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, November 21, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 604 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Derek Remus celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Calvin will be laid to rest at the Royal View Cemetery.

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


COPPIETERS, Richard

COPPIETERS RICHARD EVERETT COPPIETERS, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Ruth Coppieters, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the age of 85 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


PLAITED HAIR, Trevor

PLAITED HAIR TREVOR MEMPHIS PLAITED HAIR, of Lethbridge, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the age of 38 years.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Rocky Brave Rock officiating.
Following the service, Trevor will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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


Taz Urano

1943 – 2022

 Tazanobu Urano, beloved husband of Faye Urano, passed away in Taber on Monday, September 12, 2022 at the age of 78 years.

 The Funeral Service will held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. 

 The burial service will be held at the Barnwell Cemetery, Cemetery Road at 12 Avenue West, Barnwell on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 1:30 P.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 Taz’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. The livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.

 Besides his loving wife Faye, he is survived by their children Cyndi (Trent) Bolokoski of Barnwell, Julie (Jim) Stone of Taber and Richard (Sarah) Urano of Shell Lake, Saskatchewan; grandchildren Jonathan Bolokoski, David Bolokoski (Kiara Thompson), Tyler Bolokoski, Sarah Stone, Sam Urano, Isaac Urano and Toby Urano. He is also survived by his siblings Jean (Thomas) Menard, Martha (Herm) Ipema, Margaret (Al) Yule, Tom Urano, Kiyo (Jim) Wright, Yut (Pat) Urano, Hink (Sachie) Urano and by numerous nieces and nephews.

 He was predeceased by his parents Kikue and Tsurukichi Urano, sister Sakae Ingham and brothers Minoru, Osamu and Kaneo.

Taz was born in Coaldale on November 30, 1943. In 1953 his family moved to Barnwell where he would spend the remainder of his life. He married Faye Stewart on November 23, 1968.

Taz loved farming. It was his passion. He was involved with the Elks and the Royal Canadian Legion and enjoyed curling, fishing, dancing, family gatherings and playing cards. 

Taz was a kind hearted, honest, hard working individual who always had time to help others.

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Taz’s name may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, Calgary and District Branch, 220, 6223 – 2 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1J5 (http://www.diabetes.ca).

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


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