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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 2, 2023.

KRUSE, Karen KRUSE Karen Lorraine Kruse of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the age of 68 years.
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HUNTER, Elizabeth “Liz” Elizabeth Rose (Liz) Hunter Jan. 12, 1941 – May 20, 2023 Liz passed away May 20, 2023 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, in Chandler, Arizona. She was born January 12, 1941 in Fort Macleod, Alberta and grew up on a farm in the Monarch area. After finishing high school she attended Mount Royal College in Calgary. Liz then worked at Mobil Oil. In 1961 she moved to Arizona. There she worked numerous jobs ending up in the mortgage banking industry, retiring in 2003.
A lifelong single mother, she is survived by 2 daughters, Rhonda (Mark) Fosenburg, and Lori Hunter, 4 grandchildren, Josh, Hunter, Talisean and Zane, and 3 great grandchildren, Aubrey, Jaxon and Rebel. Liz is also survived by 1 sister Pat (Frank) Popson, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents William and Harmanna Hunter, one brother Garret, two sisters, Anna (Ole) Velne and Willie (Bill) Plomp.
Per Liz’s wishes, there will be no service. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, hov.org.

DREW, Bill DREW William (Bill) George Drew, beloved and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away on May 25, 2023, just a month short of his 93rd birthday, from causes incident to age. He will be deeply missed by his family, many friends, and colleagues. Bill lived a long and fulfilling life and was known for his warm smile, quick laugh, the humorous twinkle in his eye, and his cheerful demeanor.
Born June 24,1930 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, to Jack and Bertha Drew, Bill enjoyed growing up in the Porcupine Camp – providing his Northerner boyhood with endless opportunities for wholesome fun: winter street hockey on Cherry Street (using frozen horse droppings as a puck) with the Toke Street gang, summer swimming in the warm waters of Gilles Lake near the Hollinger mine pump house and camping in the bush. Bill had an older brother, Del, and a younger sister, Bette.
After high school, following his family’s Cornish tin miner heritage, Bill worked in the local mines for a few short years. Deciding it wasn’t the life for him, Bill chose to set aside the underground miner’s life for the light and fresh air topside, and began working for the Ontario Northland Railway.
He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Craig, on June 28, 1951. Together, they began a life of shared adventures in family, church, and business. They purchased their first flower shop in Timmins, William Drew Florists, and later successfully expanded their floral businesses, opening and running additional stores in the region for many years. In 1978, they sold their businesses to move West, following some of their children to the Lethbridge, Alberta area. Ever resourceful, Bill and Marg opened and successfully ran another floral business in Lethbridge, before choosing to retire. Bill and Marg went back to school to complete their high school diplomas together, wholeheartedly immersing themselves as adult learners, embracing with enthusiasm reading, studying and discovering. Their retirement gave Bill and Marg opportunities to travel the world together–Europe, the UK, Egypt, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Arizona, and Florida. They were continually broadening their horizons, as well as volunteering regularly in their community.
Bill loved to make chocolate truffles, serve his grandchildren a grilled cheese sandwich anytime they dropped by, and made delicious Cornish Pasties, served the right way–with HP sauce.
Dad was a humble quiet leader in his family, his community, and in his Church service. Dad came to know, love, and follow His Savior throughout his life. Many lives were blessed by Dad’s gentle and willing ministering touch. You always knew that Dad would be there for you if you needed help. He served his sweetheart faithfully, especially these past four years, giving her his loving and reassuring companionship.
Bill is survived by his sweetheart of 72 years, Margaret, and their five children: Craig (Allison), Lori (Mike), Cindy, David (Janet), and Peter (Colleen), 23 grandchildren, and 43 great grandchildren. We will all miss the fun, noisy, sometimes chaotic Drew family reunions-the warmth, the love, the “I love you” group hugs as we departed, with our wonderful Dad, and Grandpa at the helm. He was just the best.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Bertha Drew, his brother Del, his sister Bette, a great granddaughter, and many extended family members. We know there is a long line of loved ones waiting to welcome Dad home on the other side of the veil!
A Memorial service for family and friends will be held at Salmon & Sons Funeral Home in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Bill’s birthday, Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm.
We, as a family, wish to give special thanks to the amazing, kind, and warm staff on the 3rd floor at Legacy Lodge for their exemplary care and friendship to Bill during the last four years. They are professional superstars!
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CHEQUIS, Mark CHEQUIS MARK JOSEPH GORDON CHEQUIS, beloved husband of Rachel Chequis and father to Sebastian, Maddy, Chris, Ashley, Daniel and Jordan, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at the age of 44 years.
A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held at PARALLEL CHURCH, 1 mile east of Lethbridge on Hwy 3, on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 1:30 P.M, with Pastor Jeremy Hazell officiating.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to Cornerstone Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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BROERS, Ineke and Gabrielle In Memory of Ineke and Gabrielle Broers It is with our deepest regrets that we say farewell to CLASINA “INEKE” BROERS (née Veeken) of Picture Butte, AB, who passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, May 27th, 2023.
Ineke is survived by her husband Martien Broers, son Niels (Sundeep), son-in-law James and grandchildren: Nikhail and Mia, Jayden, Breanna and Tanner, as well as many other family members in The Netherlands.
Ineke was born in Sijbekarspel, The Netherlands, on July 6, 1948 to the late Jan Veeken and Margareta Kuip. She immigrated to Alberta, Canada with family on June 27, 1982. Ineke was a beloved Oma, wife, mother, sister and friend who brought much happiness, laughter and joy to all she worked with and befriended.
GABRIELLE MARGARETHA BROERS, beloved daughter of Ineke and Martin Broers, passed away in Prince Rupert, BC, on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
Gabrielle is survived by her partner James Pretulac and children Jayden, Breanna and Tanner, her father Martien Broers, in-laws Ester and Stan Pretulac, brother Niels (Sundeep) and family, along with many other family members overseas.
Gabrielle was born in Hoorn, The Netherlands on January 16, 1972. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister and a very devoted friend to many. Gabrielle will be very missed by all that knew her.
A private Viewing for Ineke will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Cremation is entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home. Gabrielle’s Funeral was held in Prince Rupert, BC, and they will both be laid to rest peacefully in Hawaii at a later date.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ineke and Gabrielle, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca)

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HARTY, Mathias HARTY MATHIAS THOMAS HARTY, of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Dorothy Pauline Harty, passed away at sunrise, with his family by his side, on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
Mathias “Math” Thomas Harty, born March 11, 1933, in Groton, AB was the fourth eldest child of Mary and Frank J. Harty.
Math is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Dallas; daughter, Melissa (Ron Pasolli); granddaughters, Gabriella and Marla; Math’s namesake, Mathew Barrett; and two very special little boys, Dexter and Jaxon Foat-Barrett. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Kanig; brother, Lawrence Harty; and sister-in-law, Joyce Harty.
Mathias was predeceased by sister, Rose Foss; brothers, Ben Harty and Frank Harty; brothers-in-law Tony Kanig, Lawrence Kanig, and Earl Foss; sisters-in-law Margaret Harty, Ruth Ann Harty, Kay Black, Mary Budinski, Fran Barrett, and Martha King.
Math was raised with his five other siblings on a farm in the Hoping Area. Dorothy and Math knew each other throughout their childhood years and school days and then went on to become highschool sweethearts. They wed in 1957 and bunked in with Mom and Dad Harty. In the early 60’s, they moved to the yard across the road from the original Harty Homestead where they hosted countless nieces, nephews, and children of family friends over the years. Not long after, their son, Dallas James was born in the summer of 1966. To make their family complete, a daughter, Melissa Marie was born in June of 1968.
Math was involved in many community organizations and could always be counted on to help any neighbour, group, or cause in every situation. Math was a man known for his huge and generous heart. Not only was Math an avid and successful grain farmer, but he also became a prosperous rancher raising cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, and roosters. Math and Dorothy enjoyed so many trips and getaways with family and friends. Math loved to travel around anywhere he could learn something new. One of his favourite pastimes was skiing with family and friends, whether it was on the slopes or behind a boat.
Upon retiring to Lethbridge in the late 90’s, he discovered a love for spending time on the track working at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, eventually owning multiple racehorses. Math spent countless hours in his retirement years working in his yard and tinkering in his shop. It wasn’t uncommon to see him in his shop sharing stories with a friend. Math’s love of family and friends was obvious in each word he uttered and every good deed he carried out. His motto in life was “if there is a will, there is a way” and he lived by this motto to his final days.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 12:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and can be viewed through Math’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Math’s memory can be made to “Never Alone”, for people who have no family or support and reside in care facilities. Please mail cheques to “Never Alone”, 2222 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P2.

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URANO, Hajime “Tom” HAJIME “TOM” URANO 1946 – 2023 This past year we have had the wonderful opportunity to spend many hours laughing, loving and caring for our dad, husband, brother, granddad, great granddad and dear friend.
On the evening of May 11, 2023; at the age of 77; we said a final goodbye to Hajime (Tom) Urano, who passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love from his younger sisters Jean Menard, Martha Ipema and children Neil Urano and Michelle Urano. He had a tough year battling illnesses brought on from diabetes and cancer, although his fight was fierce in his final days, he was at peace with saying goodbye.
He leaves behind his four children from his first wife Barbara Blanchette: Chuck (Deborah) Urano and their children Brett (Samantha) Urano, Stephanie (Paul) Bienz, Kaitlynn (Ethen) Lofthouse, and Mark Urano, Neil Urano and his sons Ashton Urano and Tristan Urano, Michelle (Ian Rigby) Urano, her three children Todd (Virginia) Campbell, Jessica Campbell and Benjamin Campbell. Scott (Alisha) Urano and their sons Tobin (Jessica) Urano, and Connor Urano, and his wife Ta Thurg Tang and her daughter Ha. He was also blessed with 14 great grandchildren.
Tom was born in Coaldale, Alberta then grew up in Barnwell. He spent much of his life farming with his father and two brothers Hink and Taz. He was very active in the community with the Elks, Curling, Golf, Fishing, Bowling and sports with his children. He enjoyed a very active social life with friends at Bully’s, Poker night at the casino and traveling the world where he met many of his very dear friends. Tom had a passion for traveling and did as much as he could in retirement.
We will be Celebrating his Life on June 5, 2023, at 3:30 pm in the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Reception to follow in the Bunka Centre.
Flowers and Koden are kindly declined. Please make donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta (470 40 St S, Lethbridge) if desired.
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OBER, Hazel HAZEL E. OBER nee WATMOUGH 1934 – 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Hazel. She was a resident at St. Michaels Health Centre in Lethbridge at the time of her passing on May 27, 2023.
She was born on May 14, 1934, in Athabasca, Alberta to Edward and Evelyn Watmough. After a brief time in Athabasca the family moved to Pearce, Alberta near Fort Macleod. She finished her schooling in Fort Macleod and headed to the city. She lived in Lethbridge all her adult life. She married in June of 1961 to Ed Ober and was happily married until Ed’s passing in 1983.
Hazel attended Henderson Business College in Lethbridge and held several secretarial positions before starting with the Lethbridge and District United Way. She organized over 25 fundraising campaigns for the United way until her retirement in 1993.
The years after retirement kept her busy with her various crafts and hobbies. She even started golfing, putting in a few years at the course in Waterton. She was acknowledged by Alberta Health Services in 2010 for over 590 hours of volunteer service for her knitting and crocheting of blankets, hats, and slippers. A lot of relatives and friends received blankets as gifts as well and she was happy and proud to do them.
Hazel is preceded in death by her husband Ed; her parents, Ed and Evelyn Watmough; her brothers, Charlie and Les; and her sister Marian.
She is survived by her children Susan (Pat Seerey) of Waterton, and Craig (Sheila) of High River; 2 grandchildren, Jordan Ober of Kelowna BC, and Dylan Ober of Lethbridge; 2 great-granddaughters Anzley and Summer of Kelowna, BC; brother Gordon (Bertha) of Terrace BC; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, June 5, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 ST S, Lethbridge, AB.
To watch Hazel’s service via livestream, please go to https://www. mbfunerals.com/obituary/Hazel-Ober and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
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GOLBY-DAVIES, Loretta LORETTA GOLBY-DAVIES nee ANDERSON 1961 – 2023 Loretta Ann Golby-Davies of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Lewis Davies, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, May 26, 2023, after a valiant struggle with cancer.
Loretta was the eldest of five children of Barbara and Kenneth Anderson of Lethbridge. She attended school in Milk River and Coalhurst and then Lethbridge College. After attending Lethbridge College, Loretta started her career in Information Technology in Edmonton working for AGT from 1981-1992 and then for ISM from 1993 to 2000. After over 20 years in the corporate world, her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she formed Allegro Associates with partners John MacMillan and Glen Mitchell. She devoted over 20 years to its success until her retirement, and it continues to be an ongoing success.
Loretta’s interests started to shift more into her art which she had pursued for many years in her spare time. She and Lewis pursued their dream and moved to Salt Spring Island where she operated under her art enterprise Colour by Loretta. She was soon involved as Treasurer and Director on the board of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). With her business acumen and technical expertise she made significant contributions to SSNAP during their time on Salt Spring Island.
Loretta loved to travel extensively and had a sense of adventure, organizing a bicycle tour through the Gulf Islands with a group of friends and she and Lewis went sailing through the Greek Islands. She also ensured travel included the opportunities to expand her art knowledge.
Loretta and Lewis moved back to Alberta recently to be nearer families. This has proven to be fortuitous as family support has been there for her over her cancer journey. Loretta documented her cancer journey on Facebook. She was so appreciative of all her many friends support as they responded with optimism and encouragement to her throughout her journey.
Besides her beloved husband Lewis Davies, Loretta is survived by and will be immensely missed by her mother Barbara; 3 sisters Janice (Mikko) Makela of Lethbridge, Cheryl Kiss of Lethbridge, Deloria (Franscisco) Many Grey Horses-Violich of Santa Cruz, CA; 1 brother Merlin (Kimberley) Anderson of Lethbridge; nieces and nephews that were very dear to her Brandt Anderson (Jessica Mclean), Sophia Makela, Emily and Zoltan Kiss (and their father Frank Kiss); Ella-Michele and Nahtayu Many Grey Horses- Violich; step son Dr. Robert Davies (Nichole Nesbitt-Papworth) of Calgary; stepdaughter Neena (Hans) Bauck of Squamish, B.C; step grandchildren Sophia, Elisabeth, Katherine Davies and Aria Nesbitt-Papworth; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Loretta was predeceased by her father Kenneth Anderson and grandparents Rachel and Joseph Hofer and Lydia and Clarence Anderson.
She will be missed by her former partner Shawn Golby and her many friends and colleagues that were very dear to her.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS WATERTON SUITE, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of life to follow from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Loretta-Golby-Davies and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/personal-donation
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WATMOUGH, Randall WATMOUGH Randall James Watmough, beloved husband of Linda Watmough, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 in the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 66 years.
Friends may meet the family on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. prior to the service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Copperwood Chapel, 9 Keystone Terrace W, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Funeral service will begin at 10:30 A.M. in the same chapel with Bishop Poettcker officiating. Interment to follow in the Taber Cemetery.
For more information or to share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.caø
SAUCHUK, Mike Mike Sauchuk
1957 – 2023
It is with great sadness that the family of Michael Alexander Sauchuk announce his unexpected passing in Turin on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at the age of 66 years.
Mike is survived by his mother Esther, brother Terry (Grace), niece Michele, aunt Margaret and cousin David. He is also survived by his girls, Jennifer (Keeley), Rhianna and Dalina (Joe); grandchildren Brodyn, Keegan and Jaren.
He was predeceased by his father Alexander and his uncle Bud.
Mike’s infectious laughter and warm personality impacted the lives of many, and his memory will forever remain in our hearts. In his words “I lived, I died”.
To honor Mike’s adventurous and free-spirited nature, we would like to remember him in a way that truly captures his essence. One image that resonates deeply within everyone who knew him is him riding his beloved motorcycle, with the wind in his hair and a wide smile on his face. It was on this open road that he found solace, excitement and the freedom he cherished.
“Mike, you will be deeply missed, but your spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved you. May you rest in peace as you ride into the eternal sunset, forever embraced by the love of your family and friends. We love you and are so grateful to have shared this life with you!”
Mike will be privately remembered by his family and friends.
Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel,Taber. Telephone:
(403) 223-8778.

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