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Friday, December 30, 2022


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 30, 2022.

SOKVITNE, Muriel SOKVITNE Sokvitne, Muriel May of Vulcan, beloved wife of the late Leonard Sokvitne, passed away at Vulcan Extendicare December 25, 2022 at the age of 97 years.
Loving mother of son Garry of Lomond, his daughter Lisa Libel and her daughters Kate and Ava Libel all of Calgary.
A family inurement will take place in the Vulcan Cemetery at a later date.
Tributes in memory of Muriel could be made to the Vulcan Community Health and Wellness Foundation Box 28, Vulcan T0L 2B0 or vchw.foundation@gmail.com.
Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca. (We Remember).
MCDONALD, John John Darcy McDonald 1964 – 2022 John Darcy McDonald passed away at the age of 58 years, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta.
He was born on January 20, 1964 and passed away on December 23, 2022.
John is survived by his mother Margaret French, his son Brian McDonald, his brothers Chris (Arlene), Billy (Anita), and his sisters Patricia (Andy) MacNamara and Jackie French.
He was predeceased by two of his brothers, Richard French, and Michael McDonald.
There will be no formal funeral service.

FIRST CHARGER, Debra FIRST CHARGER DEBRA HELEN FIRST CHARGER, beloved wife of Rex First Charger, passed away on December 12, 2022 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 61 years.
The Wake Service will be held at the Levern Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, December 30 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm.
The Funeral Service will take place at the Levern Hall on Saturday, December 31 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Pioneer Cemetery.
To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
SLEN, Gail GAIL SLEN 1956 – 2022 Ms. Gail Slen of Lethbridge, beloved spouse of Mr. Dan Sudo, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, December 19, 2022 at the age of 66 years.
Gail was born and raised in Lethbridge and spent a lot of her younger years enjoying her families cabin in Waterton. Gail’s family owned Pruegger’s Music and was surrounded by music her entire life, she loved her music and loved to dance. She was a very outgoing, giving “people person” who had the ability to chat with anyone with ease. She was an avid scrabble player. Her smile could light up a room and she had an amazing sense of humor.
Gail is survived by her loving spouse Dan; father Bill Pruegger; sister Lori Williams-Freeman, she had a very special bond with Randy and Jo Slen and many other extended family members.
Gail was pre-deceased by her mother Annabelle Pruegger; husband Garth Slen and her niece Georann Williams-Freeman.
As per Gail’s request, no service will be held.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
IRWIN, Doreen IRWIN, Doreen (nee Thompson) November 10, 1921 – December 23, 2022 Doreen was the world’s greatest mother. That is the opinion of her two daughters, Bernice and Geraldine. As her daughters grew up, they experienced a spotless house, delicious meals including homemade bread, and a mother who would willingly take the time to play games with them. They always felt valued and loved. All this continued into adulthood. Doreen’s home an ideal place to celebrate both the important and unimportant days of her family’s lives. She was always empathic and wise. Doreen was born and raised in the hamlet of Hardieville along with her two sisters, Kay, Phyllis, and brother, Bernard. She met and fell in love with Raymond Irwin (1918-2004) and they were married in 1945. They farmed in the Sunnyside district near Lethbridge until 1972 when they sold the farm and moved to Lethbridge. Doreen worked in the advertising department of the Eaton’s Department store for 22 years where she made many friends. She was a person of boundless energy. Thus, despite the fact she worked, she managed to knit many beautiful afghans and created needlepoint pictures. In retirement, she was an active member of a camping group and the Nord-Bridge Senior Centre. She moved to St. Albert in 2015 where she could be close to Geraldine. She lived most of that time in the Citadel Center. Doreen is survived by Bernice Bohnet (Bruce) and Geraldine Kroeker (Wayne, who passed away on June 16, 2021), grandchildren Lesley and Darren Kroeker and two great grandchildren, Margot and Henry Glennie.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Citadel Care Centre for the excellent care Doreen received at this facility.
At the family’s request no formal service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Memories Funeral Home.
To send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.memoriesfuneral.com Memories Funeral Home & Crematorium 780-454-9111 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial
VANDER PLOEG, Shirley VANDER PLOEG JITSKE “SHIRLEY” VANDER PLOEG passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at the age of 92 years.
Shirley is survived by her children: Harrison (Gail), John (Gisele), Casey, and Henrietta (Colin) as well as ten grandchildren, in whom she delighted – travelling to spend birthdays and special occasions with each child, whether it was watching hockey games, dance recitals or school plays.
She was predeceased by her husband Jan in 2000 and son Sidney in 2012.
Mom had a heart of gold, always making time to keep in touch with friends through the lost art of letter writing, hosting game nights or just visiting those who were ill or housebound.
A special thank you to the staff at Legacy Lodge in the Dementia unit, for their exceptional care of our mother.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 2:30 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.
Shirley will be laid to rest with her husband Jan, privately in the Vauxhall Cemetery.
In memory of Shirley, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (Alzheimer.ca)

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WRIGHT, Julie WRIGHT 1945 – 2022 MRS. JULIE WRIGHT, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the age of 77 years.
A Celebration of Julie’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

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EAGLE BEAR, Michael EAGLE BEAR MICHAEL ROCKY JETT EAGLE BEAR, of Lethbridge, was reunited with his late mother Andrea Tara Day Chief on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the age of 21 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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VISSER, Abe VISSER ABE VISSER, beloved husband of Shirley Visser, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at the age of 87 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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ASHTON, Amie ASHTON AMIE PATRICIA ASHTON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at the age of 39 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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VAN STAALDUINE, Betty VAN STAALDUINE, Betty Betty Van Staalduine, beloved wife of the late John Van Staalduine for 62 years, died on Friday, December 23, 2022.
Betty is survived by their 5 children: Jerry and his wife, Cathy and their children, Glenn, Blair and Morgan; Lenora; Lyndon (Moose) and his wife Jackie and their children, Kaitlyn and husband Grant Heidinger, Brady and Kasi; Patti and her partner Darcy Faller and their children, Amanda and husband Kris Kristianson, son Kallum, Kristle and partner Dustin Baynham, son Bradly and Vance; Tim and his wife Debra; as well as 2 sisters: Sylvia Robinson and Norma Graham. Betty moved into Foremost following John’s death in 2018 and enjoyed her time in the Fairway manor.
This poem written by Betty, awarded a silver medal at the southeast zone of the Alberta 55+ Games, pretty much sums up her life philosophy.

Like women everywhere I have lived my life. I didn’t climb a mountain. I didn’t fly to the moon. I didn’t discover penicillin. I raised my family. Five beautiful children make their way in the world. I kept my home. I loved my neighbour. I laughed, I cried. I am at peace. I have lived well.
There will be no formal Funeral Service held.
If you wish to do something in Betty’s memory, stop and smell the flowers, donate to a favourite charity, hug the ones you love.
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LEMAY, Lisa LEMAY LISA MARIE LEMAY, beloved mother of Joseph, Ella, and Embry LeMay, daughter of Barbara (Jose) Ruiz and sister to Stephanie Brown and Jessica Chaykowski, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at the age of 40 years.
A Celebration of Lisa’s Life will be held at a later date.
In memory of Lisa, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
MAZUTINEC, Bev MAZUTINEC 1940 – 2022 With profound sadness we announce the passing of BEV MAZUTINEC, our loving and devoted mom and friend to all whose lives she touched. Bev left us on Monday, December 19, 2022 at the age of 82 years.
A Celebration of Bev’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.
Bev will be laid to rest at a private Graveside Service in Milk River, AB.

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