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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 19, 2023.

LEUSINK, Carolyn

CAROLYN LEUSINK July 2, 1963 – January 12, 2023 2 Timothy 4:7, 8a I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness. Mrs. Carolyn Leusink, beloved wife of John Leusink, passed into the merciful arms of Jesus, surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving Mom of Kevin (Lindsey) Leusink and Nicole (Craig) Leusink-Parder; and proud Grandma of Nathan, Emily and Cole Leusink.
Carolyn was born in Calgary, Alberta to Bastian and Aletta Van Oord. She grew up in Calgary and graduated from Deifenbaker High School at the age of 16, making many friends along the way. She moved to Lethbridge, where she met her soul mate John, on the church steps. They married September 5, 1981, and soon after settled on their farm outside of Coaldale, becoming a farm girl along the way. Within a few short years, they completed their family and created a beautiful home together.
With her tenacious and entrepreneurial spirit, Carolyn was always keen to take on the next adventure, including Paige’s Flower Garden, Impressions and many other projects. Carolyn had an open heart and was able to make friends wherever she went. She considered many of her close friends as family.
The last decade was difficult for Carolyn, but she met every challenge with positivity and a smile on her face. She was determined not to let her illness take the joy out of life and lived it to the fullest. While you cannot choose what happens to you, Carolyn always said you choose how you respond, and that’s what matters most. Carolyn truly lived by the motto “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”.
A private family Graveside Service will be held at Coaldale Cemetery.
A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be held at 230 pm, on Friday, January 20, 2023, at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2710 College Dr S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Don Petker, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Carolyn-Leusink to find the link on Carolyn’s obituary page.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the health care team on 4C and ICU at CRH, as well as the many doctors and specialists who have cared for Carolyn over the years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to two charities close to Carolyn’s heart. Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (Edmonton), https://dogswithwings.ca/ or the University of Calgary Lupus Research (link to come).
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


WHITE, Bernice

BERNICE WHITE 1923 – 2023 It is with great sadness we announce that Mrs. Bernice Elaine White of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. John “Jack” White, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritans Park
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 11:00 am, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Come and Go Reception will be held at 12:30 pm, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


STROM, Sylvia

Sylvia Strom
1944 ~ 2023
Sylvia Agnes Strom passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 414 – 2 Street West, Bow Island on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Those who cannot attend but wish to be a part of the service may choose to visit bowislandefc.com (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION FACILITY 901 – 13TH STREET S.W., MEDICINE HAT T1A 4V4 1-877-528-6455 http://WWW.COOKSOUTHLAND.COM “Locally owned & directed”


ODLAND, Roberta

Roberta Odland
1952 – 2023
Roberta Lorraine Odland (née Jespersen), passed away in Taber on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at the age of 70 years.
Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


KONYNENBELT, Johanna

JOHANNA KONYNENBELT 1921 – 2023 Johanna (Kooy) Konynenbelt was born on April 19, 1921 and passed away on January 17, 2023.
Her children, 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren, together with their partners, are thankful for Johanna’s full and energetic life that spanned more than a century. Johanna’s beloved husband Joe predeceased her in 1987. Their seven children and their spouses are: Pat and Tony Postman (both predeceased); Ron and Tina Konynenbelt; Randy (predeceased) and Paulette Konynenbelt; Sharon and Clint Vander Woude; Carol and Ron Haveman; Lucinda and Derrick Bruin; Glenda and Walter Dunnewold. All of Johanna’s siblings and their spouses and Joe’s siblings and their spouses died before she did except her one remaining sister-in-law, Gertrude Kooy.
Johanna was born on the prairies near Nobleford, Alberta, to Peter and Jennie Kooy. She loved helping out on the farm, and thought that riding horses was the best part of farm life. Johanna took a horse and buggy to Fort Kipp where she attended a one-room school, then completed her schooling in Nobleford. After that she enjoyed a few years of employment and friendships in Lethbridge, before returning to marry her local sweetheart Joe in 1944. Joe and Johanna established their farm just south of Nobleford, and planted over 100 trees, that still shelter the farm where Ron and Tina live today. In 1975 Joe and Johanna moved from the farm to the village of Nobleford.
Johanna was determined, industrious, and hospitable. Beyond her role as a mother and homemaker, she was an artist, gardener, musician, traveller, DIYer, and host.
As a follower of Jesus, Johanna was a lifelong member of the Nobleford Christian Reformed Church, where she contributed in many ways, including as an organist, and Sunday School and girls’ club leader. In the Nobleford community, she was a friendly neighbour to many, was an active member of the Nobleford Seniors Association, and hosted Bible studies and Further Education classes in her home. Johanna always welcomed children, and her face lit up when she saw the little ones.
In 2021, even in the middle of the pandemic, Johanna was honoured and thankful to receive 100th birthday greetings and memories from so many people in the community of Nobleford and beyond. In October of 2021, Johanna moved to West Highland supported living residence in Lethbridge, where she valued the kindness and gentle care of staff and other caregivers, even through her last weeks of decline due to old age.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Ave, Nobleford, Alberta, with Pastor Wayne TenHarmsel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make donations to Streets Alive Mission in Lethbridge, 323 4 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Z9.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


WILLIAMS/GOODSTRIKER, Grant

NATOASAHKOOMAHPII/ HOLY BOY GRANT TYLER WILLIAMS/ GOODSTRIKER GRANT “TYLER” WILLIAMS/GOODSTRIKER passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the age of 38 years.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating.
Following the Funeral Service, Tyler will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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


SOROCHAN, Dale

SOROCHAN DALE KENTON SOROCHAN, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 16, 2023 at the age of 64 years.
Dale is survived by his siblings: Glenn (Heather) Sorochan of Campbell River, Don (Dilene) Sorochan of Lethbridge, Myra Sorochan of Lethbridge, Jannette Sorochan of Lethbridge and James Sorochan of Lethbridge. He is also survived by numerous nieces: Christie Sorochan of Cortez Island, Dr. Cayley (Dr. Mark Leger) Sorochan of Montreal, QC, Jamie Sorochan of Courtenay, BC, Stephanie (Rudy) Stoesz of Chilliwack, BC, Kara (Isaiah (Peterson) Valgardson of Lethbridge and Avalon Valgardson of Lethbridge; nephews: David (Cassidy) Sorochan of Lethbridge, Ryan Sorochan of Campbell River and Anthony Schoen of Warner.
Dale was predeceased by his parents, John and Jean Sorochan and his brother Dan Sorochan.
Dale was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in Transcona, Manitoba. Dale excelled in gymnastics and football in his early years. He was happy go lucky with many friends and had his share of ladies chasing him. In his late teens, he moved to Lethbridge, AB, to join the family construction business. Dale was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early twenties, which limited his involvement in the business, but he still managed to work off and on until his late twenties. Dale was proud of his involvement with Lethbridge Jaycees, Canadian Mental Health and his church.
Dale continued to struggle with his mental health and more recently, his physical health.
Special thanks to SASHA for their help and support for the past three years, as well as to Buffalo Grace Manor and the Chinook Regional Hospital during his last days of care.
A Celebration of Dale’s Life will be held at MIZ CITY CHURCH, 502 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Daniel Zopoula officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed through Dale’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
In memory of Dale, donations may be made to Bridges of Hope (bridgesofhope.ca) or CMHA (cmha.ca)

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


SUDEIKAT, Karl

SUDEIKAT KARL HEINS SUDEIKAT, beloved husband of Mina Sudeikat, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at the age of 74 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


CONRAD, Ronald

CONRAD Ronald Bruce Conrad of Pincher Creek, beloved husband of Bonnie Conrad, passed away suddenly with his family at his bedside on January 13th, 2023, at the age of 78 years.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at a later date. Details will be available when arrangements have been finalized.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Windy Slopes Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0.
Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


SINCLAIR, Marvin

MARVIN SINCLAIR 1936 – 2023 Mr. Marvin Sinclair of Turin, passed away at home on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the age of 86 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


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