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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 16, 2022.

SCHULTCHEN, Christopher CHRISTOPHER FRANZ SCHULTCHEN 1982 – 2022 Our shining son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin has left us. Christopher Franz SCHULTCHEN was born July 10, 1982, in Penticton, British Columbia. He died on November 10, 2022 in Trail, BC.
He was educated at L’Ecole Agnes Davidson, Gilbert Patterson Junior High, and graduated with his bilingual certificate in English and French from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge. After high school, his adventures and work took him to Calgary, Cochrane, Toronto, as well as Nelson and Trail, BC.
His knowledge of collectables and music memorabilia was encyclopedic. A talented musician, he loved to listen, perform, and write music. Finding inspiration in the works of The Who and The Beach Boys, he performed with Lethbridge bands such as James Leroy and NCL.
He loved nature and the outdoors. The highlights of his last few years included hiking and swimming in the interior of British Columbia. Christopher had a wonderful sense of humour, and nothing made him happier than making his parents and siblings laugh at his pranks. Some of our fondest memories are the stories he told and the things he did to make us laugh. We were so proud of him.
Mourning his loss are his mother Jane Harris-Zsovan, his father Martin Schultchen, stepmother Gwena Schultchen, sister Jessica Schultchen (Matt Murray), brother Jason Schultchen (Michaela Thompson), stepsister Daylean Mutch (Harley), and stepbrother Dave Olfert (Serena) as well as his grandparents, Ken and Norma Harris of Bluffton Alberta. He also leaves numerous aunts and uncles as well as many cousins.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Mary and Franz SCHULTCHEN, several aunts and uncles, and his stepfather.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. with Reverend Gillian Breckenridge, officiating.
A private family Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris’s honour to the LCI music department c/o Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel,. Please call 403-328-2361 for more details.
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WILLIAMS, Alfred DR. ALFRED “ERIC” WILLIAMS 1936 – 2022 “And him shall heavenly arms enfold ” Dr. Alfred Richard Frederick Williams passed peacefully in his 87th year on 7th December 2022.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Eric’s life will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, December 16, 2022 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 11 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Steve Bateman, officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity: 20 Rocky Mtn Blvd W. Lethbridge AB. T1K 8E1
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LONG, Melvin MELVIN LONG 1951 – 2022 The family of Mr. Melvin Long of Jefferson, Alberta is sad to announce that he passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta on November 29, 2022 at the age of 71. Melvin had been seriously injured after being involved in a single car accident south of Cardston, Alberta on November 24, 2022.
Melvin was born on October 15, 1951 in Cardston, Alberta to Roy and Evelyn (Waldner) Long. He was christened in the Woolford United Church. He lived and farmed in the Jefferson area most of his life. He was in the last group of students to attend the Jefferson School before it closed.
Melvin attended the University in Lethbridge taking courses in math and graduated from the Athabasca University in accounting. He got his pilot’s license and was planning to learn to fly a helicopter. He had an International Driving Permit after receiving a license to drive maximum weight vehicles. He was very involved in the Internet and explored numerous topics as well as having hundreds of friends from all around the world. He volunteered at the Lethbridge Humane Society and was well known as a knife maker.
Melvin had difficulty deciding on a career and was always on the lookout for new adventures. He eventually settled down to farm with his brother Jack. Because he and Jack remained on the farm after the death our father, our mother was able remain living in her home on the farm until she passed away.
During spring and summer Melvin worked on the farm and during the winter he drove taxi in Lethbridge, Alberta until he found a job driving large vehicles to their new owners. This took him all across Canada and through most of the United States. He enjoyed the adventure of seeing interesting places and driving very different vehicles.
When Melvin retired, he wanted to explore more of Canada, so he drove his motor home to P.E.I. camping along the way to P.E.I. and back home. For the past few years, he wintered in his place in Mexico accompanied by his beloved cats, Sophie and Maya.
Melvin was always the goofy uncle and loved for his unique gifts and stories about the places he went and the people he met. His stories about his numerous adventures kept the family laughing and shaking their heads about the choices he made. He was a kind and gentle man who was very frequently overly generous giving money and loans to people he knew. Unfortunately, he was easy to take advantage of and spent many hours running errands and driving around. He was not a confrontational person and found it difficult to ask for repayments or to say no to anyone. He was disappointed and hurt that loans to some people were never repaid and his kindness not being recognized.
He is survived by his sisters Sandra McKay of Lethbridge, Alberta, Jane Cox and her husband Doug of Spokane, Washington as well as his brother Jack Long and his wife Chris. He is also I survived by four nieces, two nephews, two grandnieces and three grand nephews. He leaves behind his two beautiful cats and his totally untrainable dog Lucy.
Melvin was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Evelyn Long and his brother-in-law, Bob McKay.
At Melvin’s request, a formal Funeral Service will not be held. He will be remembered privately by his family and his friends.
Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread on the farm in the Jefferson area. We will miss him and hope that he is enjoying the adventure he is presently on.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the St. Andrews United Church, Box 132, Cardston, Alberta, T0K 0K0, to the Nature Conservancy of Canada located at 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410, Toronto, Ontario M4P 3J1, Charitable Reg. Number: 11924 6544 RR0001 or to any animal rescue organization.
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BURBANK, Collin BURBANK Collin “Deloy” Burbank, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away on December 13, 2022 at the age of 63, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his 5 children Amber, Graydon (Natasia Jose), Hannah, Ammon, Jared (Emylie Collition), their mother Leanne Prepchuk, as well as his sister Sandy, sister-in-law Arla, and many friends and loved ones.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday December 17, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, NORTH SIDE CHAPEL, 2213 6A Ave North, Lethbridge, AB.
Friends are welcome to visit with the Family from 1:00 to 1:45pm, prior to the Service at the Church.
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RABL, Antal RABL ANTAL “TONY” RABL, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at the age of 83 years.
A private family service will be held at a later date.

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D’AGNONE, Assunta ASSUNTA D’AGNONE 1940 – 2022 Our dear mother Assunta D’Agnone of Wrentham, beloved wife of the late Mr. Nick D’Agnone passed away peacefully in her home in Coaldale on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the age of 82 years.
Assunta Parisone was born August 15, 1940 in Civitanova del Sannio Provincio Compobasso. In 1956, Assunta came to Canada and settled in Foremost with her mother, brother and sister to join her father who was working for the CP Rail. Assunta went to school in Foremost, working at the local restaurant after school. She met Nick when they were young in Italy, and after arriving in Canada, they dated for three years, getting married in June of 1959 in Lethbridge. They farmed with Nick’s family until 1967. In 1968, they moved to Conrad where they bought their first section of land, and from there, their family farm grew.
Assunta loved her family very much. She was so proud of all of her children, grandchildren and all of her extended family and loved to talk about each of them. Assunta’s day was brightened by visiting with family either in person or over the phone. She was generous and welcoming and anyone visiting her house over the many years either on the farm or in Coaldale can attest to her chef quality cooking skills and giving nature. She volunteered in a number of ways at the school board in Wrentham, the Lions Club, the CWL, the Soup Kitchen in Lethbridge and at various churches that she attended. Over the years on the farm, she perfected many skills necessary to be a pioneer woman. Assunta was extremely talented and could do anything with her hands. She could bake, sew, butcher, scale a fish and garden among many other things all in a dress and high heels. Assunta’s most endearing quality was how she made you feel about yourself, teaching you to cook gave you confidence and her stories would make you laugh. She will be missed by all who knew her as she had a large impact on each of our lives.
Assunta had faith in God and always reminded us to love each other.
She is survived by her 2 daughters Filomena LaPorte-Packer (Harley) and Maria Demers (Luc); 3 sons John D’Agnone (Sheila), Domenico D’Agnone (Sheila), Jamie D’Agnone (Penny); grandchildren Steven LaPorte (Marcy), Mark LaPorte (Candice), Mitchell D’Agnone (Teri), Bryce D’Agnone, Antonio D’Agnone, Tamara D’Agnone, Julia D’Agnone, Myla Demers, Jordan D’Agnone; 2 sisters Rosina Fiorante (Domenico) Phyllis (Tony) Fiorante; brother Joe Parisone (Rita); sister in law Domenica Parisone (Mike- deceased); and 5 great grandchildren.
Besides her beloved husband Nick D’Agnone, Assunta was predeceased by her parents Domenico and Edvicia and brother Mike Parisone.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 19, 2022 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Private Family graveside will be held in the Wrentham Cemetery.
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VAN DEURZEN, John JOHN VAN DEURZEN 1933 – 2022 With great sadness, we announce the passing of our dear Dad, John Van Deurzen Sr, unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep on Dec 13, in Lethbridge.
Besides the three of us (Joyce, Shirley, and John Jr), Dad is survived by the love of his life, our mom, Myrna, his stepson Barry Ericksen (Cindy) and his two adored grandsons, Nathan and Kyle (Ashley), and his great grandkids, Logan, Hayden and Amelia.
Dad was born on June 22, 1933, in the Netherlands, the oldest of 10. He came to Canada with his parents and 8 of his brothers and sisters, in May 1953. Dad and his parents and oldest siblings worked together on a sugar beet farm in Barnwell. Dad’s trucking career started two years later when he paid five dollars to receive his class one license and a few days later he was on the road all over the US and Canada. Dad proudly held that license until he was 85.
Because of Dad’s love of farming, he was able to convince Mom to leave their new little house in Lethbridge to move to a small farm at Stewart Siding to a house with no proper indoor plumbing and only an outhouse. Dad’s brothers joined him in farming a few years later and in 1967 more land was acquired and we moved to Broxburn. Dad continued trucking and farming until 1972 when the farm was bought at Tyrrell Lake and he was finally able to farm full time. Dad loved that place and the ranch on the ridge that was later added, and he loved being part of the Warner and New Dayton communities.
He was a true entrepreneur and was great at recognizing and building opportunities, later adding the Warner Shell, Lakeside Transport, Chinook Liquid Feeds, and the school bus to the farming business. No one worked harder or with more enthusiasm than Dad.
Dad got us involved in 4-H, first at McNally, and then the Warner Beef Club, where he served on the advisory board. He also enjoyed going to Johnny’s hockey games. Back in those days there wasn’t much money but somehow Mom and Dad scraped together the money to send 11-year-old Johnny to the Bobby and Dennis Hull hockey school in Taber. Dad drove him to it the first day, but the next day he handed Johnny the keys to the truck to drive himself there, unbeknownst to Mom. This was a pattern Dad repeated in life with his grandsons who also learned to drive at a very early age.
Dad finally retired from farming at the age of 82 and has resided in Lethbridge since then.
Dad was compassionate and generous, keen to help people whether it was with a meal, utilities paid, feed for their livestock, a ride to church, or supporting someone in reuniting with their parents
Our sister Shirley provided so much care and comfort to dad throughout his life but especially these last 20 years. Because of her, dad was so well looked after, and we are grateful for that. Dad appreciated her more than words can say. Dad was our biggest cheerleader and supporter, and he taught us a lot. We will miss him very much.
We will have a private family remembrance of Dad.
We ask that you remember Dad with a smile, and we love hearing any stories or special memories you have of him. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to 4-h-Canada.ca or a charity of your choice in memory of Dad.
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CORBY, Thomas CORBY THOMAS WILLIAM CORBY, of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022 at the age of 63 years.
Arrangements will be announced later next week.

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PLUME, Harry PLUME HARRY LARRY “JOE” PLUME, passed away on December 12, 2022 on the Blood Reserve, AB at the age of 64 years.
A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, December 18 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, December 19 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Stand Off, AB.
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PERSINGER, Doreen DOREEN PERSINGER 1934 – 2022 Mrs. Doreen Persinger of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. John Persinger, passed away at the Pemican Lodge on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at the age of 88 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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