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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 25, 2023.

PLAITED HAIR, Debbie PLAITED HAIR Debbie Plaited Hair, passed away on February 15, 2023 at the age of 59 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, Alberta on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, Alberta on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in St. Catherine’s cemetery.
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TILLETT, Donald “Don” DONALD “DON” TILLETT 1922 – 2023 Donald “Don” Tillett of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 20, 2023 at the age of 100 years, six days before his 101st birthday. He was a World War Two Veteran.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Patty Moyer, of Lethbridge; son, John Reimer, of Lethbridge; his ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his ex-wife, Alice Tillett; two step-daughters, Esther Parr and Shirley-Anne Iremonger; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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PEARSON, Jean PEARSON, Jean K L March 27, 1921 February 21, 2023 Jean passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. She was born on March 27, 1921. Jean is survived by her four sons; Tom (Janet) in Kimberley, BC, Ed in Calgary, Ron, Bob (Elizabeth) in Lethbridge; twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her much beloved husband Edward (1973), son Kenneth (1978) and daughter Fay (2012). A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Cunningham and his staff. A Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery and Celebration of Life planned for the spring.
The Great Clock The clock of life is wound but once And no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour. Now is the only time you own Live, love, toil with a will Place no faith in tomorrow For the hands may then be still.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family, via the website: http://www.fostersgardenchapel.ca
FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial
IVEY, Gary GARY IVEY 1957 – 2023 Mr. Gary Albert Ivey of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Teresa Ann Ivey, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, February 20, 2023, at the age of 65 years.
Gary was born on December 26, 1957 in Brantford, ON, to Paul and Norma Ivey. He grew up in Brantford where he completed his grade 12. In 1980 he married Teresa, and they had three children, Kevin Albert Ivey (Ellen), Victoria, Paul, Miracle, and Michelle, Tyler William Ivey, Siren, Niya and Trey, Tanya Brett (Makowski) Josh, and Adria. In 1992 they moved to Alberta, Gary became an auto Mechanic Journeyman, he then became a Real Estate Agent in 1997, he was rookie of the year for 25 years. Gary enjoyed soccer, the outdoors and traveling.
Besides his loving wife Teresa, Gary is survived by daughter Tanya (Makowski) Josh; sons Kevin (Ellen), and Tyler; grandchildren, Siren, Niya, Trey, Victoria, Paul and Dawna-Rae; brother Gale in Ontario, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
He is predeceased by his parents Paul and Norma Ivey and brother Wayne.
A Visitation will be held at 6:00 PM, on Monday, February 27, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment to follow in the Royal View Cemetery.
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BAUMSTARK, Robert “Bob” ROBERT “BOB” BAUMSTARK 1946 – 2023 Mr. Robert “Bob” Anthony Baumstark of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Therese Baumstark, passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness at his home, on February 15, 2023, at the age of 76 years.
Bob was born on March 6, 1946 to John and Lillian Baumstark. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Bob fell in love with carpentry at a young age. A love and passion that he became known for all his life. He was the owner and operator of Miami Construction LTD for over 45 years.
Bob met the love of his life Therese in Chicago, ILL. They were married on June 29, 1974 in Chicago. Bob and Therese moved to BC, Canada in the mid 70’s. their daughter Patricia was born in 1976. They made their home in Vauxhall, AB., in the early 80’s. Bob and Therese retired to Lethbridge in 2011.
Besides his loving wife Therese Baumstark, Robert is survived by his daughter Patricia (Leonard) Giofu; stepdaughter Diane (Les) Weiss; son Jim (Bridget) Baumstark; stepsons Robert (Caroline) Jakubowski, Michael (Angie) Jakubowski; 20 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sister Pat Szos of Chicago as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his many friends.
He is predeceased by his parents John and Lillian Baumstark; sister Charlotte Baumstark; brother John Jr. Baumstark and son in law Alan Giofu.
A Interment will be held at 2:00 PM, on Monday, February 27, 2023, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Dr. South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Dan Doerkson officiating.
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PLAIN EAGLE, Kieran PLAIN EAGLE (WHITE QUILLS) Apaa’kii (White Weasel Woman) KIERAN SHARISSE PLAIN EAGLE (WHITE QUILLS), beloved mother of Mya and Maverick, was called home by the Creator on Sunday, February 19th, 2023 at the age of 20 years.
Kieran was born in Lethbridge, AB on February 21, 2002, to the proud parents of Jason Plain Eagle and Lorilee White Quills.
A Prayer Service will be held at SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1101 Main Street, Pincher Creek, AB, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 10:00 A.M., followed by a two-day Visitation at Audrey Little Mustache’s residence on the Piikani Nation, beginning at 11:00 A.M.
A second Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at the PIIKANI COMMUNITY HALL, 1610 – 15 Avenue, Brocket, AB, on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Peter Strikes With A Gun officiating.
Following the Funeral Service, Kieran will be laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cemetery on the Piikani Nation, at 2:00 P.M.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
SMITH, James Douglas “Doug” James Douglas “Doug” Smith November 2, 1941 – February 23, 2023 It is with sadness that we announce that Doug Smith passed away at the Vulcan Extendicare on February 23, 2023. While we are sad that Dad is no longer with us, there is also relief that he is free from the pain that had been a part of his daily life for so many years. He faced his challenges with a quiet resolve, choosing to be thankful for the care that he received. He was very fond of the staff at Vulcan Extendicare who provided excellent daily care, and it was easy to see that this feeling was reciprocated. We are so thankful for all that they have done for Dad over the years.
Dad was so much more than his last few years. He spent his formative years in Champion, AB and I fondly recall the occasional glimpses of what he was like as a teenager when old childhood friends were around. Water skiing was a big part of those years – I recall stories of Grandpa Smith towing Dad and his friends around Little Bow all summer so they could perfect their skills. As a kid I remember being excited anytime we were in the boat and Dad decided he wanted to ski – watching in awe as cut rooster tails across the glassy water.
He graduated with a Diploma in Practical Agriculture from Olds College in 1961. Agriculture was the bookends of his working career – my memories start with Dad working at Western Archrib when we were living in Sherwood Park. In 1979 the family relocated to Southern Alberta with a short stay in Enchant, before finally settling in Lethbridge. This began Dad’s lengthy involvement with certified seed production and his tenure with the Alberta Wheat Pool. He worked closely with many seed farms and was heavily involved with both the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) and the Association of Alberta Co-op Seed Cleaning Plants (AACSP). He received an outstanding service award from the AACSP in 1999 and an Honorary Lifetime Membership from the Alberta branch of the CSGA in 2002.
He is survived by his sister Pat Brooks (Mark Allen), of Calgary, AB and his sons Jason (Lisa) Smith of Saskatoon, SK and Christopher (Rebekah) Smith of Edmonton, AB. Stepdaughters Lisa Meyer (Dana) and Ashley Milsop both of Billings, Montana. Grandchildren Bryson Smith, Doran Smith, Garen Smith, Rachel Smith and Noah Smith.
He is pre-deceased by his wife Ruth Smith, parents George and Ivah Smith, brother Roger Smith and grandson Quinlyn Smith.
A Graveside Memorial is being planned for a later date.
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JESPERSEN, John John Jespersen
1926 – 2023
John Dewitt Jespersen, passed away peacefully in Taber on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the age or 96 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, February 26, 2023 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. 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 John’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 1:45 P.M. on Monday, February 27, 2023. The livestream will begin at 2:00 P.M.
John is survived by his partner Luella Mikalson and her daughter Nicole; his children John (Leah) Jespersen of Taber, Tom (Marsha) Jespersen of Lethbridge, Bruce (Brenda) Jespersen of Lethbridge, Tim (Deb) Jespersen of Fernie, British Columbia and Patti (Greg) Carter of Kelowna, British Columbia; sons-in-law Dan Dorchak of Pincher Creek and Kevin Virostek of Coalhurst; twenty grandchildren, thirty four great grandchildren and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife Bette Jespersen; daughters Lynne Dorchak, Wendy Virostek and Roberta Odland and infant son Gordon. He was also predeceased by five sisters, one brother and their spouses.
John was born on October 5, 1926 in Holmquist, South Dakota, the youngest son of Chris and Hazel Jespersen and brother to six sisters and two brothers. He came to Alberta in 1938 with his parents and family and grew up on the family farm south of Taber. John’ was schooled at the Wadena School House, where he was in charge of firing up the coal furnace every morning as he lived a quarter of a mile away. He completed his schooling at the Taber High School where he met his future wife Elizabeth Hannah Love. They were married on February 21, 1948. Together they raised their four sons and four daughters on the farm, teaching them the values of family and commitment that they all instill in their own children. John retired from farming in 1978 due to health reasons and moved into Taber where he resided until the time of his passing.
John had a great sense of humour and was always up for playing a trick on family, friends and anyone he could get a good laugh out of. He would always be there to lend a hand in whatever capacity he could.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in John’s name be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

WEISSER, Leslie WEISSER LESLIE A WEISSER, beloved wife of Blain Weisser, passed away on February 22, 2023 at the age of 70 years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday February 27, 2023 at 1:00pm at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 4717 24 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
NEYHART, Lisa NEYHART, Lisa It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Lisa Janay Neyhart, on February 21, 2023 at the age of 54. She passed at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the presence of her immediate family.
Lisa had a deep love of music, and some of her fondest memories were of singing with her brothers and sisters in the United States, and camping with her sister in the mountains in the Crowsnest Pass.
She is survived by life partner and care giver, Chet Neyhart; her daughters, Mercedes and Dayton; grandson, Grey; father, Russ Marsh (and Lisa’s siblings, Jonathan, Jason, Jeremy, Jared, Jennifer and Jamie); mother, Denna Walters (and Lisa’s sibling, Vicki); as well as many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Alma Fawns.
At Lisa’s request, there are no formal services planned, however, you may make a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association as an alternative to flowers.
To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca. “I have heard that life is like a song, and if that is true for me and you then death, a lullaby.”
FABBRI, Grace FABBRI Remembering Grace… GRACE EMMA FABBRI (née Sebok), beloved wife of the late Joseph “Joe” Fabbri, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at the age of 89 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Coralee (Craig) Watson, Brenda (Lynn) Rosaine, Cam (Maria) Fabbri and Brian (Robin) Fabbri; her grandchildren, Micaela (Demetrious) McBride, Ryan (Jolene) Watson, Wanita (Kit) Love, Jovi and Jamie Fabbri, Sayler (Ash) Epp and Paris and Joseph Fabbri; and great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and
Jaden McBride, Carson and Cassy Love, Wyatt and Beau Watson and Henny Epp.
Grace was predeceased by her parents, Gus and Mary Sebok, brother George Sebok, brother-in-law Gary Harris, sister-in-law Lillian Parkyn and brother-in-law Robert Parkyn.
Mom was born at her parents’ home, east of Taber, on December 18, 1933. At the age of 12, her family moved to their new homestead, east of Barnwell. She attended elementary and jr. high school in Barnwell, where she played basketball and was a member of the marching band. She then went to W.R. Myers, where she completed her high school.
Mom met Dad at a dance at the Henderson Lake Pavilion in Lethbridge and from there, their adventure began. On June 30, 1953, she married the love of her life and best friend, Joseph Fabbri, and they shared 65 years of marriage together before Dad’s passing in 2018. They started their newly married life in Lethbridge, AB. In 1955, they purchased and moved to their own farm down the Red Trail, where they began their mixed farming/poultry business, which they operated for 45 years. Following their retirement in 2002, they moved to Lethbridge. Mom was a devoted mother and homemaker, and her greatest love was considered to be her family, whom she treasured and adored. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on birthdays and holidays, while sharing family meals and during celebrations of every kind. Her kindness, support and compassion are a gift that her family will carry forever.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Grace’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Following the Reception, Grace will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Joseph in Mountain View Cemetery.

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ANDERSON, Winona ANDERSON Winona Francis Anderson, nee MacLennan was born on September 2, 1935, in Swan River, Manitoba, and grew up on the family homestead farm. Winona was the first child of six children of Douglas H. MacLennan, of Scottish and English ancestry, and Sigridur Sigurdardottir (Sigga Sigurdson) whose family came from Iceland. Winona loved going to school in the nearby one-room schoolhouse in Crestview. She insisted on attending high school and inspired her younger siblings to pursue their education. She graduated from high school in Swan River and then graduated from Normal School in Winnipeg the following year.
Winona met Henry in normal school and after graduating they married on December 28, 1955. Henry was teaching in Oyen, Alberta at that time. They moved to Lethbridge soon after, where they lived until 2002 when they moved to Calgary that year. Sadly, Henry died the next year. Mum always described herself as a ‘broken-hearted widow”.
Winona was a stay-at-home mum for Lorraine (Lori) and Bruce until returning to school at the new University of Lethbridge.
Winona finished her education with a B. Ed with a specialty in library sciences, fulling her lifetime goal of becoming a librarian. Her first teaching post was at the Dorothy Gooder School as the school librarian. She later was the school librarian at Gilbert Paterson, finishing her career at General Stewart. She was a member of the ATA.
Winona was a lifelong member of the United Church of Canada, McKillop in Lethbridge and St. Thomas in Calgary. She attended UCW and sang in the choir for many years. She also volunteered for many years at Canadian Mental Health Association. Winona was also an active member of the University Women’s Club (CFUW). Some of her favourite times were with her bridge club. She loved Scottish country dancing, travel, painting, cats and above all reading.
Winona was a devoted daughter. Her father once said: “she never gave us a moment’s worry’. She was a loving sister, wife and the best of mothers and grandmas. She was kind to everyone and will be sadly missed.
Winona is predeceased by her parents, her brother David, her beloved husband Henry Robert Anderson and her much-loved grandson, Jon Robert Henry Symons. She is survived by her sisters Marilyn Dewart (Dudley), and May (Ron) Goral, her brother Greg, brother-in-law Charlie (Irene) and daughter Lorraine (Patrick), son Bruce and granddaughter Kale Gosen as well as many nephews and nieces.

HARNACK, Elletta Elletta Harnack
1967 – 2023
Elletta Louise Harnack, passed away unexpectedly in Pincher Creek on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at the age of 55 years. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Community Centre prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Coaldale Community Centre, 1217 – 20 Avenue, Coaldale on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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