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Tuesday, March 7, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 7, 2023.

IWAASA, Miiko MIIKO IWAASA With a heavy heart and great sadness, we announce the passing of Miiko Iwaasa on March 2, 2023 at the Good Sams Society Park Meadows Village. Miiko was born on April 22, 1928 and was just shy of her 95th Birthday.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints NORTHSIDE CHAPEL (2213 6a Ave N, Lethbridge) at 11:00 am. There will be a short program and refreshments to celebrate her wonderful life and the memories we will cherish forever.
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BENSON, Kenneth Benson – With great sorrow and sadness, the Benson families announce the passing of our beloved dad, brother, grandfather, uncle, and nephew, Kenneth John Benson of Lethbridge, Alberta, at 71 years old. Ken shared many nicknames by all that enjoyed his company and his famous one-liners; ‘Pappy,’ “The Colonel,’ and ‘Kenny B’ was known for being a good neighbour to all and always quick to help someone in need; a simple man who enjoyed simple pleasures, his favourite being sharing a cold beer and a few laughs after a hard days work either outside or in his garage MacGyver-ing things. Ken, a cowboy at heart and talented plumber by trade, knew that a good life consisted of working hard and saving for a rainy day. Ken leaves behind his daughter Trena Benson and her family, son Kyle Benson; his twin brother Keith Benson and his family; his youngest brother Mark Benson and his family; Brian Sayer and his family; Auntie Elma and her family, and Aunt Francis and her family. While we all feel it was not yet time for him to go, he was surrounded by those who loved him and would likely tell us not to mourn but rather, ‘go where you are looking and look where you are going’- Clint Eastwood. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 9th at 2:00 PM from the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre, Brooks. Rev. John Theiss officiating. Interment at Brooks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100 – 119 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6.
Cremation is entrusted to and conducted at Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks Funeral arrangements entrusted to: SMITH FUNERAL HOME LTD. AND CREMATORIUM BROOKS, ALBERTA Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.sfh.ca Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free 866-362-4652 “Our Families Serving Your Family Since 1951”
BAKER, Randal BAKER Randal Wade Baker, beloved husband of Sharon Baker of Raymond, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the age of 58 years.
Friends may meet the family on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Taylor Street Chapel, 221 North 400 West, Raymond and prior to the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023 also at Taylor Street Chapel with Bishop Michael Stone officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
For more information and to send condolences please go to http://www.generationsfh.ca
CRAIK, Christena CRAIK GONE ONTO GLORY “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine” Isaiah 43:1b CHRISTENA (Ena) CRAIK, beloved wife of William (Bill) Craik, at the age of 97 years, was suddenly called home into Her Savior’s presence on Friday, March 3, 2023. Our hearts are broken, but we praise God for a life well lived.

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JOBE, Dennis JOBE DENNIS NEVILLE JOBE, beloved husband of Sharon Jobe and proud father to Trevor and Stacey Jobe, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on March 2, 2023, at the age of 82 years.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (crhfoundation.ca).
A celebration of Dennis’s life will be held at a later date.

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BLACK WATER, “AJ” Alvin John BLACK WATER “AJ” Alvin John Black Water passed away on February 27, 2023 at the age of 28 years.
A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 1:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday March 13, 2023 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.
SHIMBASHI, Margaret Margaret Shimbashi
1933 – 2023
Margaret Kinuyo Shimbashi (nee Nakanishi), beloved wife of the late Edward Shimbashi, passed away in Taber on March 2, 2023 at the age of 90 after a brief hospital stay and a long and well lived life. At the time of her passing, Margaret was a resident of the Clearview Lodge in Taber.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 10, 2023 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, March 11, 2023 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell Chapel on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. 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 Margaret’s obituary page on the Southland Funeral Chapel website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, March 11, 2023. The livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
Margaret is survived by her children Darryl (Cheryl) Shimbashi of Barnwell, Robert (Heather) Shimbashi of Raymond, Gordon (Brenda) Shimbashi of Spruce Grove, Lei Shimbashi (Steve Arnold) of Airdrie and Amy (Kelly) Paun of Las Vegas; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Edward Shimbashi, grandson Keiton Shimbashi, parents and nine siblings.
Margaret was born February 16, 1933 in Halaula, North Kohala, Hawaii. She had a happy childhood growing up on a sugar cane plantation. Margaret attended university for a few years, but health issues delayed her studies and before she was able to resume them, a handsome farmer from Canada swept her off her feet. She met Edward on New Year’s Eve, they became engaged three weeks later and married on February 15, 1957. It was true love for Margaret to leave balmy Hawaii to move to the cold Alberta prairies in the middle of the winter!
Ed took Margaret home to the family farm near Barnwell where they raised their family. Ed worked hard on the farm and in the community. Margaret worked hard supporting Ed in his work and other endeavors while raising five children. Ed passed away in 1989, but Margaret lived on the farm until 2002 when she moved into Barnwell. She resided in Barnwell until moving to the Clearview Lodge in Taber in 2018.
Margaret was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the Primary, Relief Society and Scouting. She lived a Christ like life and loved serving others. Many families enjoyed the delicious meals she prepared for them in times of need. After she was unable to cook meals, she brightened people’s days by giving them chocolates.
Margaret also enjoyed serving in the community. For many years she canvassed Barnwell for donations for the Canadian Diabetes Association. She enjoyed many things such as cooking and baking, crafting, gardening, raising flowers and houseplants, but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandkids. Grandma loved spending time with her grandkids and giving them special treats like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges at Christmas and her handmade chocolate Easter eggs. She always reminded her family that they were V.I.P.s to her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Margaret’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Housing Foundation (Clearview Lodge), 5318 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S2 (www.taberhsg.ca).
Thank you to the staff at the Clearview Lodge. Mom loved living at the lodge and appreciated all the staff’s hard work. Thank you also to the staff at the Taber Hospital for your care of Mom.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

RUTLEDGE, Harold RUTLEDGE Harold Pearson (Bunny) Rutledge passed away at home at the age of 92. He was predeceased by his loving wife Lynne on August 1, 2000.
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Patti (Jim) MacPherson, Joni Rutledge, Cheri (Randy) Korol, his “Old Life Partner” Cindy Gehring, as dad endearingly called her, 5 grandchildren, whom he adored immensely, Jayme, Christopher, Danielle, Devyn & Quinn as well as 9 great grandchildren, Sophia, Michael, Benjamin, Alexander, Halina, Zoey, Logan, Ethan, Mason, and Many nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harold & Lilian Rutledge, brothers Bill Rutledge & Glenn Rutledge, sister Jean Anne Drake.
Bunny will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Lethbridge.
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HOFER, Esther HOFER ESTHER ELIZABETH HOFER, of Welling, Alberta, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the age of 70 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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