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Friday, November 25, 2022


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 25, 2022.

MCCAUGHERTY, Carla

MCCAUGHERTY Carla Glori McCaugherty died peacefully in Calgary on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 57 years. She is survived by her loving and devoted partner, Ed Bourassa, and sisters Dawn and Kristi (Glenn Van Buuren).
Carla was born in Lethbridge and raised on the family farm in the riverbottom west of the city. She attended Coalhurst Elementary School, and Hamilton Jr. High and LCI in Lethbridge. A voracious reader, her interests were wide and varied and while studying philosophy at the University of Lethbridge, she enjoyed working on The Meliorist. She loved all animals but especially horses and cats. For many years she was a member of the Hilltoppers Gymkhana Club in the Bend and competed with her horse Taffy at many shows in southern Alberta and BC. In 1981, she was crowned Alberta High School Rodeo Queen and traveled to Wyoming to compete internationally.
After university she moved to Calgary and at the age of 21 purchased her house, from which she moved only last year. She worked her way up to managing a Whitespot Restaurant before moving to Nova Chemicals, first as a temp and then in the HR department. For many years she was a beauty consultant for Mary Kay skincare, enjoying the professional and personal opportunities the company supported and she continually used and gifted the products. An excellent baker, for many years Christmas also meant the gift of Carla’s wonderful fruit cakes, well doused with liquor.
In 1999, Carla was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Over the years, as MS restricted her freedom and stole from her the ability to walk, write, see and move, she retained her dignity and sense of humour to the end, as she fought the ravages of this disease.
There will be no service as per Carla’s wishes and immediate family will have a private event at a later date to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the MS Society of Canada or the Alberta SPCA.


BEACH, Simon

SIMON BEACH Jul. 15, 1952 – Nov. 14, 2022 Simon Beach, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully after a prolonged battle with cancer on November 14, 2022, in Nanaimo, B.C.
Simon, known in his childhood in Edmonton as Gordon Kenneth Clarke, spent many happy years in Lethbridge after moving there to work for CFCN television as a cameraman, and, later, as the owner/operator of The Discory music store. Although Simon left Lethbridge to spend a few years in Kelowna and Vancouver, he was eventually drawn back to Lethbridge to work in the oil and gas sector. Simon moved to Nanaimo nine years ago, where he could enjoy mild weather while riding his motorcycle and electric bike, and snorkeling at his favourite beach. His other favourite pastimes were playing guitar, listening to music, and socializing with friends and family. While Simon loved his time in Nanaimo, he did miss the good friends, former colleagues, and family members from Lethbridge, Edmonton, Kelowna, and Vancouver.
Simon had stated his preference that there be no funeral service and that his ashes be spread in Nanaimo on a sunny, warm day next spring.


FULLER, Robert

ROBERT FULLER 1930 – 2022 Mr. Robert John Fuller of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Wilma LaVerne Fuller, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge on November 18, 2022, at the age of 92 years.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years, Wilma LaVerne, as well as three sons, Greg (Sharon) and family Jason (Lisa), Scott (Amy), son Brian (Pam) and family Matt (Vaylene), son Don (Betty) and family Shaun (Breeanne), Ben (Stephanie), and Darren (Amy), brother Ken Fuller and sister Darlene Hopland. Great Grandchildren Jake, Juliette, Pryce, Casey, Asher, Jacey, and Nixon.
Bob was born September 10, 1930. He was predeceased by his parents John and Ethel Fuller, sister in-law June Fuller and brother in-law Ray Hopland.
A sincere thank you to all the caregivers, nurses, doctors and other staff at Fairmont Extendicare for all of the wonderful care and compassion you have shown to Bob over the last four years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, November 25, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Flowers are gratefully declined, and any charitable donations may be made directly to the charity of your choice. The Fuller family will be making a charitable donation on Bob’s behalf to The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


JOHNSON, Valerie

VALERIE JOHNSON (GRAMLICH) 1954 – 2022 Valerie passed through her gate to heaven on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, surrounded by family. Since her diagnosis she has celebrated her life over many shared meals, “do you remembers”, laughs, a little bridge, lots of tears, and a fiftieth anniversary.
Friends and family gave us the support we needed through this part of her end-of-life journey.
To cherish the legacy of her love; Valerie leaves behind her husband of 50 years Jerry, sons Richard (Barbara), Jacob (Tracey), Adam (Tami) and her very special grand daughter Eden.
We wish to sincerely thank the palliative team, home care and MAiD, for the empathy and compassion they shared with us throughout this difficult time.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
A private family Inurnment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


VACLAV, Frank

FRANK V. VACLAV JR. 1962 – 2022 Mr. Frank V. Vaclav Jr. of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family after a very short battle with cancer, at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the age of 60 years.
Family and friends are invited to a come and go gathering in Frank’s honor from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at RANDA TRANSPORT 711 – 30 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta. To be noted, a special tribute for Frank will be said at 2:00 pm.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Frank will be laid to rest with his father Frank Sr. at a later date in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Rd NE #200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


GFRERER, Josef

JOSEF GFRERER 1934 – 2022 Josef Gfrerer of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Ellen Gfrerer, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on November 21st, 2022, at the age of 88. Joe was born November 2, 1934, in Karawukowo, former Yugoslavia.
Joe spent most of his childhood enduring the challenges imposed by WWII and in 1955 he returned to his familial homeland of Germany where he reunited with his parents and siblings. In 1957 they immigrated to Canada and settled in Coaldale, Ab. In 1959 he and Ellen married and remained in the Coaldale area to raise their family. Joe worked a handful of different jobs throughout his life, but he always came back to farming and agriculture as he had a vast knowledge and a passion for it. He remained a steward of the land up until his retirement.
Throughout his life he always enjoyed time with family and friends. There was nothing better than good company and a card game at his kitchen table. His kindness was experienced by many, and you never left his house without being offered a drink and a meal. Joe leaves behind a legacy of hard work, kindness and strength in the face of adversity.
Besides his loving wife Ellen, Josef is survived by his 6 Children, Robert (Tabatha) Gfrerer, Cathy (Gerald) Pahara, Joe Gfrerer, Steve Gfrerer, David (Toni) Gfrerer, and Kellie (Brock) Ott, as well as his brother Stefan Gfrerer. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. His smile was always brightest when he was with his grandchildren.
Dad will be greatly missed.
We will be holding a celebration of life in Spring 2023, date later to be announced.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


EK, Catherine

EK CATHERINE “KAY” EK (née Ell), passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare, on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the age of 94 years.
Kay is survived by her beloved sister, Carol Kimmitt, son, Brian (Jayne) Ek, five nieces, two nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Helen Ell, husband, Ed Ek, brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Meryle Ell and nephew Kelly Kimmitt.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Memorial Mass will be livestreamed and may be viewed on Kay’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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


MATHEWSON, William

MATHEWSON It is with saddened hearts the family of William Victor Mathewson Sr. announces the unexpected passing to the arms of the good Lord. He passed in Calgary with family at his side November 18th 2022.
Bill leaves behind his wife of 30 years Becki, his sister Francis (Paul) Wicklum, his 12 children – Christine (David), Bill Jr. (Melissa), Corry-Ann, Michelle (Jeremy), Leanne (Jay), Daniel (Lisa), Kaleb, Mackenzie (Kat), Mickeala (Daniel), Jennifer, Jason.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 28th , 2022 at Zentner Funeral Homes – 4079 1st Street W – Claresholm, AB. viewing will be From 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Service at 1:00P.M. A Graveside Service will be held at Granum Cemetery for those that would like to attend. Refreshments will follow back at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kidney or Diabetes foundations to better research can be done for these horrendous illnesses. All cards can be left at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made at http://www.zentnerfuneralhomes.com 1-844-ZENTNER


THOMAS, Ida

THOMAS IDA CAROLINE THOMAS, 77, of Coaldale, was called home by her heavenly father on Sunday, November 20th, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her husband, of 27 years, Rick Thomas. Carol was survived by her (4) children: Hayleigh Johnson, Nanette (Nessa) Van Kirk, Vicky Hubbert, and Paul Johnson. Her (7) grandchildren and (6) great grandchildren.
Cremation has been entrusted to Salmon & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorial service will be held by ROC Church in Coaldale, at a later date. Please consider a charitable donation in lieu of flowers.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


STRIPED WOLF, Evelyn

STRIPED WOLF Evelyn Lily Striped Wolf passed away on November 20, 2022 at the age of 74 years.
The Wake Service will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 11:00 am with burial to follow at Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


MITCHELL, Dunston

DUNSTON MITCHELL 1949 – 2022 Mr. Dunston Linberth Mitchell of Lethbridge, beloved brother of Michael Todd and Sania Morton, passed away on, Friday, November 18, 2022, at the age of 73 years.
Dunston was a loveable and charming man. His brilliant smile lit up the room and he made friends wherever he went. He loved sports, dominos and a good joke. He will be missed by all who knew him even for a moment. He did so much for his family, and we wish we had more time with him. He will be truly missed.
Dunston is survived by his 2 daughters Camille Mitchell and Kalisha Mitchell; grandchildren Shanice Dana Haynes and Jada Ashley Walters; sister Sonia (James) Morton and 2 brothers Michael (Renee) Todd and Desmond Ward.
He is predeceased by his mother Mavis Odessa Todd.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM, on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE (TAB), 1805-9 Ave North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Frank Allen officiating.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


RIVERS, Emma Jean

RIVERS It is with grateful hearts that we celebrate the life of Emma Jean Rivers from Oct 13, 1926 – Nov 23, 2022, of Raymond, Alberta.
Friends may meet with the family on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m and on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, from 10:00 to 10:45 prior to the service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, Raymond (260 E, 200 N). The Funeral Service will be at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
For more information and to send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


BLAND, Christopher

BLAND CHRISTOPHER DEAN BLAND was born on May 25, 1974, in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2022, in Lethbridge at the age of 48.
He leaves behind his adopted parents Garfield and Diane Bland, and siblings, Kevin (Lorie) Bland, Alyson (Alan) Scoville, Line (Nick) Gagne and Amanda Bland. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other extended family. He was predeceased by both sets of grandparents, Osborn and Elaine Bland and Golden and Lela Jensen. Chris was also predeceased by his brother Cameron and his biological sister Karen.
Chris spent his youth involved in the Scouting program and was very proud to have earned his Queen’s Venturer Badge. He loved listening to music, watching movies, gaming and spent many hours reading both novels and comic books. Cooking was something he loved to do, and he loved to cook for his family when he was younger. Chris loved animals and had a soft spot for his cats. He was devoted to his family but especially to his mom and dad. He was so grateful to be a part of an eternal family and that meant everything to him. He was troubled with a condition that was no fault of his own, as his birth mother made poor choices while carrying him. Chris was such a kind and caring soul, and he was always willing to help his friend if ever they needed anything. He had a smile that could light up a room and a quirky sense of humor. Chris enjoyed his employment working for a delivery service; but in his later years his health made it impossible for him to work. Chris you will be sadly missed by all those who you’ve impacted in your short life.
Until we meet again, Chris.
We love you.
There will be a family Graveside Service at a later date.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


Verna McCulloch
1930 – 2022
Verna Elaine McCulloch, beloved wife of the late Keith McCulloch, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at the age of 92 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service on Saturday, November 26, 2022.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 26, 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 Verna’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, November 26, 2022. The livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

JoAnn Kent
1935 – 2022
JoAnn Kent (nee Polderman), beloved wife of Stan Kent, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the age of 87 years.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, November 26, 2022 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the College Drive Community Church, 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at Archmount Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Stanley, her loving husband of forty six years, she is survived by her children Monte (Kathy) Kindt of Raymond, Julie (Garnet) Geddes of Cereal, Jane (Bill) Boyce of Lethbridge and Rodney (Lara) Kindt of Lethbridge; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters Corrie Visser, Sally Torcher, Jean Donaldson and by numerous other relatives.
She was predeceased by her first husband Willie Kindt, her infant son Stephen, her parents, two grandsons and numerous relatives both in Canada and in Holland.
JoAnn was born in Zoetermeer, South Holland and immigrated to Canada with her parents and three sisters in 1947 after WWII where they settled in the Raymond area.
In 1975, JoAnn married Stanley Kent and moved to the farm east of New Dayton. During their time on the farm, JoAnn and Stan kept a big garden, enjoyed visiting with neighbours and made a beautiful home there.
JoAnn was passionate about music and sang with the Sweet Adelines Southern Accord Chorus for many years. Her love for music has influenced her children and grandchildren. JoAnn and Stan enjoyed square dancing together as well as camping in their RV.
JoAnn loved to prepare meals for family gatherings and holidays. Her delicious meals were always followed by the highly anticipated dessert “Gone with the Wind.” After dinner, she loved to share her travel videos with family and friends.
In 2001, JoAnn and Stan retired from farming and moved to Lethbridge where they spent many wonderful years together.
JoAnn lived a blessed life, full of love for her family and was especially devoted to her husband Stan. She will be missed, but we take comfort in knowing she is at peace.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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