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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 28, 2023.

BENGRY, Laurence BENGRY LAURENCE WILLIAM BENGRY, of Magrath, AB, beloved husband of the late Louise Bengry, was born June 16, 1930 in Cardston, and passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans Garden Vista in Magrath, on Friday, October 13, 2023 at the age of 93 years.
Laurence will be lovingly remembered and will forever be missed by his surviving children: Rick Bengry, Jack Bengry, and Lynda (Dan) Tuck; his grandchildren: Nadine, Kyle, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Samantha, Cassandra, Kiri and Braydon; and his many great- grandchildren.
Besides his loving wife Louise, he was predeceased by his children: Stacy Burnett and Darcy Bengry.
Laurence was a gentle, loving and humble man; he loved to tease and make people laugh. There was always a sparkle in his eye. He was generous with his love, and he was a true gentleman. We are so grateful that he was our Papa.
Please join us in sharing, remembering and celebrating Laurence’s life at the MAGRATH SENIOR’S CENTRE, 32 North 1 Street W, Magrath, AB, on Monday, October 30, 2023 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., with Interment to follow at the Magrath Cemetery.

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DERKSEN, Russell DERKSEN Russell James Derksen of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Patty Hashizume passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at the age of 61 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
COTTON, Margaret COTTON Margaret Rose Cotton, passed away on October 21, 2023 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 79 years.
A wake service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, from Hwy 2, 7.5 km west on Hwy 505, from 7:00 – 11:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2023. The Funeral Service will be at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday October 30 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Stand Off.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
HIGA, Laurence “Larry” LAURENCE “Larry” HIGA K.C. Larry Higa passed away in the presence of his family on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the age of 92. Larry leaves his wife of 66 years, Mary; his children, Don, Teri Thorlacius (Brian), John (Simone) and Kevin (Marilyn); eight grand children; two great grandchildren; sisters, Geraldine Miyashiro, Eileen Miyanaga and Judy Mukuda; and brother, Jeff Higa. He was predeceased by his parents, Shinei and Uta; brothers, George, Harry, Jim, Tom, Francis, Sam, Jack and Victor; and sister, Carol Sawada. Larry lived a long and adventurous life walking three miles to elementary school, working on the family farm outside of Lethbridge, mining in Uranium City SK, becoming an officer in the Canadian Army, graduating from law school, becoming the first person of Japanese heritage called to the Law Society of Alberta and being appointed as King’s Counsel. Larry was strong minded and often stubborn, but he had a soft heart, regularly offering his legal service for no payment. Larry grew up and lived most of his life in Lethbridge. He was proud of his Okinawan heritage and loved his family, being son number 8 in a family of 14 children. Larry’s life will be celebrated in a private family gathering.
To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Larry with the family, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.
JARDINE, Scott SCOTT GORDON JARDINE 1972 – 2023 It is with deep sorrow and immeasurable love that we announce the sudden passing of Scott Gordon Jardine at the age of 51.
Please join us for a Celebration of Scott’s life which will take place at 4:00pm – 8:00pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2023, at COALHURST COMMUNITY HALL, 527 50 Ave, Coalhurst Alberta.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
JACOBSON, Ronald “Ron” RONALD “RON” JACOBSON 1935 – 2023 It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald Alan Jacobson announces his death. Ron was born November 7, 1935 at Calgary, AB and died October 5, 2023 in Lethbridge, AB just short of his 88th birthday.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2023 at the LETHBRIDGE MILITARY BARRACKS (VIMY RIDGE ARMOURY), 337 STUBB ROSS ROAD, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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WOOD, Joan WOOD Joan Elaine Wood, 87 years of age, passed away peacefully October 25, 2023 in the palliative care unit in the Red Deer Regional Hospital.
Joan was born December 9, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ontario to Wilson and Vienna Barr.
She was raised in Crozier and Fort Frances where she also completed her formal education.
At around 18 years of age, in 1953, Joan moved to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and entered the Manitoba School of Nursing where she graduated very near the top of her class as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).
While in Portage La Prairie she met James Arthur Wood (Art) who at the time was an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They married December 7, 1963 shortly thereafter moving to Red Deer Alberta. Joan continued her nursing career, then later in Calgary, Edmonton and finally Lethbridge, Alberta.
Joan enjoyed painting in water colours, oils and charcoal and also was self taught on several musical instruments including flute, violin, clarinet and the piano. She had a keen mind and was also an avid reader and often devoured books that her daughter in laws brought to her in a single day.
Joan is survived by sons Barry (wife Cathy) of Mountain View, Alberta and Richard (wife Merinda) of Red Deer, Alberta and, sister Molly Coe of Lethbridge, brothers Gordon of Edmonton, Lea (wife Lana) of Fort Frances, Ontario, Rod (wife Jan) of Red Rock, Ontario and grandchildren Matthew Wood of Cardston, Cody Wood of Lethbridge, Jordan Low (husband Jonathan) of Kelowna, BC, Rachel and Adam Wood of Edmonton and Jonah Wood of Leduc and great grandchildren Liesl and Laudy Low of Kelowna.
She was predeceased by son Allen, brother Fred and husband Art.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 11am and 1pm, November 4, 2023 at the LDS stake centre at 2410 28 street south on Scenic Drive in Lethbridge, Alberta.
A small family gathering will follow at 2:30 in the Mountain View Cemetery where her remains will be placed with her husband Arthur’s.

BEIMLER, Shane BEIMLER SHANE D. BEIMLER of Cardston, passed away on October 13, 2023 at the age of 36.
Celebration of Life will held on Sunday, November 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Baden Powell Centre – 202 1 Street SW, Redcliff, AB.

DUNSMORE, Debra DUNSMORE DEBRA DUNSMORE, mother of Jared Ian King, passed away quietly at Good Samaritans Garden Vista Cottage in Magrath, AB at the age of 71 years.
Debra was born in Cardston to Alan and Jean (nee Buer) Dunsmore, the youngest of five siblings. Her early years were spent in Vauxhall where she graduated from Vauxhall High School. She obtained her teaching degree at the University of Lethbridge. She taught at Lomond Elementary School, worked as records manager at the Alberta Transportation office in Lethbridge, and as an information and records manager for the Government of Alberta in Edmonton. Her favourite social breakfast spots were “On the Rocks” in Edmonton and “Pop’s Pub North” in Lethbridge. Debra retired in September 2014, after which she returned to Lethbridge.
Debra was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Don (Lois), Dale (Cathie), Robert (Diane) and her sister, Geraldine. She leaves behind her son, six nephews and nieces and good friends and caregivers, Claire and Terry Beaton.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honour Debra and her love of cats, can make a donation in her name to Last Chance Cat Ranch at PO Box 30025, RPO Park Place, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4X3 or on Facebook.

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RAMIREZ, Ahumada AHUMADA RAMIREZ FR. SALVADOR MARTIN AHUMADA RAMIREZ, Pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Milk River, AB (2018-2023), previous the Pastor of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Lethbridge, AB (2013-2018) and of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Calgary, AB (1996-2013), passed away suddenly in Milk River, AB on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at the age of 60 years.
A Viewing will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 321 Main Street, Milk River, AB on Friday, November 3, 2023 starting at 2:00 P.M. with a Prayer Service to begin at 3:00 P.M. A Mass with the community will be celebrated at 5:00 P.M. with Bishop William T. McGrattan, Celebrant. The Memorial Mass will be live-streamed and may be accessed via Fr. Salvador’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
A Viewing will be held at ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL – 219 18th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, on Sunday, November 5, 2023 starting at 6:00 P.M., with a Prayer Vigil beginning at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Alex Martinez-Lievano, Presider.
A Viewing will be held at ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL – 219 18th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB on Monday, November 6, 2023 starting at 9:30 A.M. with a Funeral Mass being celebrated at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop William T. McGrattan, Celebrant. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be accessed via Fr. Salvador’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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

TRICSLI, Frank TRICSLI FRANK TRICSLI, of Magrath, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Garden Vista in Magrath, on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the age of 89 years.
Frank is survived by his brother Louis Tricsli Jr; nephews: Brian (Karen), Bruce (Becky) and their sons: Russell and Justin; and Brent (Alecia) and their children: Lyddie and Billy.
He was predeceased by his parents, Louis Tricsli Sr and Mary Tricsli (née Nagy) and his sister-in-law Lydia Tricsli.
Frank was born November 12, 1933 in Welling, AB. Frank’s early years were spent in Welling and on their first farm, west of Magrath. In 1945, the family moved to their current farm, where he lived and farmed until moving to Good Sams in 2019.
Frank was a talented musician; much of his life revolved around his love of music. He taught himself to play guitar, accordion, banjo, keyboard and a host of many other instruments. He never really learned to read music but had a gift to play “by ear”. Frank enjoyed gardening and always had a wonderful yard. His hobby for photography would find him at many events with his camera or video camera in hand.
Please join us for a Graveside Service at the MAGRATH CEMETERY, Magrath, AB, on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Following the Graveside Service, a Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held at the Magrath Senior’s Centre.

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BRANTNER, Lloyd Lloyd Brantner
1935 – 2023
Lloyd Christian Brantner, beloved husband of Beryl Brantner, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at the age of 88 years.
Lloyd was a third generation, lifelong Wrentham resident. His grandfather homesteaded in Wrentham in the early 1900s. He is the last one of the four farming brothers (Charles, Jerry and Ted) and they leave their sister Barbara (George Virginillo) to carry on and hold dear the love of the land.
Lloyd met his future wife Beryl West, at the mid summer bonspiel in Nelson. They were married in October of 1965 and slowly built up their farmstead. Their two children, Kelly of London, United Kingdom and Tom of Wrentham, were raised on the farm. They have two grandchildren, Richard and Sarah (Isaak) and their two older brothers Mitchell (Kristin), Owen and Brynlee Binding of Edmonton and Sydney (Kesha), Griffin Binding of Weyburn Saskatchewan. He is also survived by his three sisters-in-law who were the best ‘hired hands’ his brothers could have had – Carol, Judy and Donna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lloyd had loved the farm life and felt it was the best place in the world to raise a family. He was involved in many projects in the community over the years and was so proud of the little place he called home.
Lloyd will be privately remembered by his family and friends. He asked that he be remembered as ‘doing something’ or gladly giving his opinion. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lloyd’s name may be made directly to the Wrentham Fire Department, Box 128, Wrentham, Alberta T0K 2P0 or to the Wrentham Library, Box 111, Wrentham, Alberta T0K 2P0.
His family wishes to express their thanks to the people who have kept him on this side of the grass for over eighty eight years. Latterly, Dr. Zielke and the wonderful support team at heart function clinic and Dr. Torrie, Steph and the staff at Coulee Medical. Most of all, heartfelt thanks to the responders who came quickly when called and were so professional and kind. There are no words that can truly say what we feel to the nursing staff at the Taber Hospital who helped him on the final journey; Julia and girls, you are our angels.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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