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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 30, 2022.

GOERZEN, Patricia

GOERZEN Patricia Vivian Goerzen (nee Cady), 75, of Cochrane passed away on November 25, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Patti was born on January 22, 1947 at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge. She graduated from Kate Andrews High School in 1965. In 1964 Patti met her high school sweetheart Abe. They later married on July 12, 1969 in Coaldale, Alberta.
Patti was predeceased by her parents Robert and Bernice and two sisters Linda and Roberta.
She is survived by her husband Abe, son Dean (Kym-Shae), and daughter Lisa (Nathan) Dick, and brothers Andy (Twyla) and Leo Cady. She was a special grandmother to her six grandchildren, Finneus, Madigan and Sullivan Goerzen and Kezia (Ian Dobson), Simon and Jersey Dick.
No memorial is planned at this time.


D’ANDREA, Mary

MARY D’ANDREA 1936 – 2022 Mrs. Mary Anne D’Andrea of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Michael D’Andrea, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the age of 86 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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VAN GAALEN, Della

DELLA VAN GAALEN 1928 – 2022 Della Mae (Tucker) Van Gaalen was called home to be with her Lord on November 26, 2022 at the age of 94 years.
Della was born on October 14, 1928 in East Saugatuck, Michigan. She graduated from Reformed Bible Institute (Kuyper College) where she met Adrian during his short time at RBI. They were married in 1954 and Della moved with Adrian to his home in the Burdett area where they built a successful farm and raised a family of six. Della was also active in the Burdett community and church life. After many years on the farm in Burdett, Adrian and Della moved to Lethbridge. Adrian passed away in 1980 and Della continued living in Lethbridge. She especially enjoyed her senior years at her Grandview Village condo.
Throughout her life, Della used her education and her belief in the peace of Jesus Christ to spread the gospel of love. For a woman of her time, she was a trailblazer in unexpected ways as the first woman to serve on the Immanuel Christian school board and as a deacon at Maranatha church. Many were blessed and encouraged through her servant leadership. She was active in countless volunteer roles, such as leading Bible studies and church women’s societies, delivering Meals on Wheels, and serving on the King’s University Foundation. She initiated the Lethbridge area Friendship Club, a ministry for adults with developmental disabilities. Della was a philanthropist locally and internationally, caring for many important causes dear to her heart. All of this kept her busy over the years, and she found joy in leading, connecting with others, participating with her community and friends, and making a difference. She remained active until about age 90 when mobility and health problems got in her way.
All that said, it was truly her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were dear to her heart and brought a spark of joy to her eyes. She also cared deeply about her extended family of relatives near and far. She cherished her friends, many of whom have passed on, and a few treasured ones who remain and were special to her until the very end.
She loved to travel and among some of her favourite places were Kelowna, Iowa and Michigan to visit family. She enjoyed a few cruises, a bit of camping, and trips to Waterton where once she gave a goat a spunky slap on the butt when it was in her path on a hiking trail.
Della’s faith and hope in the Lord and courage in hard times served as an example to our family and to others who knew her.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Nolan (Dorenda) Van Gaalen, Dave (Marilyn) Van Gaalen, Bert Vreeken, Beverly (Tony) Cudrak, Art (Janet) Van Gaalen, Kathy (Dan) MacFarlane; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Joelle (Alex Ehrich) Van Gaalen (Arie), Reuben Van Gaalen and partner Marina Djurdjevic, Ross Van Gaalen; Angela (Greg) Leighton (Liam, Olivia, Abigail), Chris Van Gaalen and partner Krystal Peters, Ryan Van Gaalen and fiance Courtney Pommen; Dayna Vreeken, Jesse (Leigh MacKenzie) Vreeken (Quinn), Natalie (Rylan) Thiessen (Arryn, Maverick), Jeremy Vreeken and partner Katrina Brouwer, Daniel Vreeken; Payden Van Gaalen, Dylan (Jennifer) Van Gaalen. She is also survived by sister Hazel (Bob) Ludema of Hudsonville, MI and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
She is predeceased by her husband Adrian, daughter Donna Vreeken, grandson Galen Vreeken; parents Dena and Herman Tucker, siblings and their spouses: Julius (Gert) Tucker, Fannie (Harvey) Lampen, Irwin (Alice) Tucker, Justin (Geneva) Tucker, Howard (Ruth) Tucker, In-laws: Nellie (John) Vos, Geurdina (Herman) Vander Woude, Bertha (Bill) Williamson, Matt (Mary) Van Gaalen, Jo (Ed) Vos.
“He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in Heaven.” (from the Heidelberg Catechism, Q & A #1) A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, December 2, 2022 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Jim Zondervan, officiating.
A private family Interment will be held prior.
To watch Della’s service via livestream, please go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCua0ndvGcQvkahtBWQCTjAw
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge, 1103 3 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 0H7.
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MATSUDA, Kasumi

MATSUDA Kasumi (Kay) Matsuda Dec. 5, 1920 – Nov. 26, 2022 Mrs. Matsuda passed away peacefully at the age of 101 with family by her side.
Kasumi was born in Mission City, B.C. and moved with her parents to the Turin/Iron Springs area in 1942. She married in 1946 and moved to Raymond and eventually to Taber, where she remained until 2021.
She was predeceased by her parents Ichirohei and Kin, her loving husband Yoshio (Roy), son Harold, siblings Shizuka (Yuichi), Fujiko (Masaru), Kimiko (Todomu), Kenichi (Fran), Jiro, Haruo, Isamu and two grandsons.
Kasum is survived by Michie, Heather, Tomi and children; June (Bob) Grover, Allan, Don, Ray, Edward (Gregory), Lori (Michael), Lindsey. Nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Special thanks to the staff at Sunny South Lodge, Lethbridge Regional Hospital 4C and St. Michael’s
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday December 9, 2022 at 11:00am at THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA (470 40 St S, Lethbridge).
Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 10:00 to 10:45am at the Buddhist Temple prior to the Service.
In lieu of flowers and Koden, a memorial donation can be made to the Alzheimers Society.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


Lois Appleton
1923 – 2022
Lois Ethel Appleton (née Weir), passed away peacefully in Coaldale on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the age of 99 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, December 2, 2022 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Theodore’s Anglican Church, 5120 – 44 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. A private burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. 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 Lois’ obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
Lois is survived by her four children Jack (LaVern) Appleton of Lethbridge, Lynne Fraser of Taber, Robert K. (Carol) Appleton of Taber and Rock Appleton of Kelowna, British Columbia.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone:
(403) 223-8778.

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