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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 10, 2023.

STEVENSON, Richard STEVENSON Richard Stevenson passed away in Victoria, BC, surrounded by his loved ones, while his favourite jazz albums played. Rick is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Gepke (nee Polet), his children: Christian, Marika, and Adrian (Amanda), his grandson, Remy, and his siblings: Larry (Sherry), Donna, and Debbie, as well as many adoring nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins.
For the majority of his life, Rick was a dedicated and accomplished writer, publishing more than 40 works of poetry, haiku, and fiction, not to mention five forthcoming titles. Rick graduated with an Honours BA in English from the University of Victoria, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He was proud to become an educator himself. Throughout his 30-year career teaching English, Canadian Literature, and Creative Writing at the Lethbridge College he helped many new and established writers find their voice.
Rick had a way of bringing people together. He collected friend groups and maintained friendships dating as far back as his elementary school days. His love of the arts, music, nature, and adventure were qualities Rick was proud to see reflected in his children, he was thrilled to have recently become a grandfather, and he was an adoring husband to Gepke.
Given his enormous circle of friends two celebrations of Rick’s life will be held in Spring/Summer of 2024, one in Lethbridge, Alberta, and one on Vancouver Island. For more information, visit the Pacific Coast Cremations website https://www.pacificcoastcremation.com/richard-william-stevenson/

JOHNSON, Virginia Virginia Johnson
1936 – 2023
Virginia Johnson (née Smith), passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 29, 2023 in Ogden, Utah just before midnight.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, November 11, 2023 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell Chapel on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2:00 P.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 Virginia’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 1:45 P.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2023. The livestream will begin at 2:00 P.M.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

GLOER, Marilyn MARILYN GLOER 1942 – 2023 Mrs. Marilyn Gloer of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Dale Gloer, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at the age of 81 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 pm, on Friday, November 10, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Dave Acree, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please visit https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Marilyn-Gloer and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
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NAGY, William WILLIAM LOUIS NAGY 1942 – 2023 William Louis Nagy of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Darlene Josephine Nagy, passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2023, at the age of 81 years.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge Alberta.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Fund.
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JOHNSON, Neal DR. NEAL JOHNSON 1936 – 2023 Dr. Neal Johnson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Francine Desjardins, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on October 26, 2023, at the age of 87 years surrounded by loved ones.
Neal’s life started in Eastend, Saskatchewan. His parents Frederick Johnson from North Dakota with Swedish ancestry, and Mary Ellen née Hazelton from Ontario with Irish Roots, met and Neal’s life began. His paternal grandparents Andrew and Hannah Jonsson journeyed from Malmö, Sweden. They settled in Robsart, Saskatchewan, where they managed their own lumber mill. Neal comes from a long line of physically strong and stoic, resilient heritage.
Neal’s Bachelor of Education and Masters in Education degrees were achieved at the University of Calgary. Neal’s Doctorate was defended and finalized in 1983 at the University of Oregon. He was Associate Professor in Art Education at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to that, he was Fine Arts Coordinator for Lethbridge School District 51.
Neal was an incredibly talented artist in ceramics, watercolor painting, printmaking, pottery, metal enameling and jewelry casting. He loved and was devoted to his family, his art, dancing to the tunes of Big Band, reading and studying Shakespeare. Neal was well respected and loved by all who knew him. He was a fine gentleman. Loving Neal and being loved by him for a lifetime would still not have been long enough.
Neal is survived by his loving and devoted wife Francine; his son Mark Johnson; his stepsons Mark Huff (Carla), Phillip Huff (Sherry); his brother Lowell Johnson (Jeannie); brother-in-law Bob Howell (Elaine-deceased); our grandchildren Xander, Merrick, Samuel, Phoebe and Elwood will miss their grandpa Neal dearly.
A Celebration of Neal’s Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, November 17, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/DrNeal-Johnson and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Art’s Alive and Well in the Schools Program, which Neal founded and is hosted by the SAAG, located at 601 3 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0H4 yearly in Lethbridge, Alberta.
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WHITE QUILLS GADBOIS, Dolores WHITE QUILLS GADBOIS DOLORES WHITE QUILLS GADBOIS, of Montreal and originally from Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Rocky View Hospital on Monday, November 6, 2023 at the age of 77 years.
A Wake Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

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

OSAKA, Yumiko OSAKA It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sister-in-law, aunt, and great-aunt – Yumiko Mary Osaka – on November 6, 2023.
Yumiko was born in British Columbia and was the daughter of Sumi and Sakuji Kanegawa of Hiroshima, Japan.
She was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Hughie, in addition to her four sisters and two brothers: Shizuko, Sadako, Misako, Yoshiko, Stanley, and Richard.
She is survived by her sister-in laws Suyeko Kanegawa (Richard) and Eleanor Katakami (Kozie) and by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Despite the hardships she endured, especially during the years of the Japanese Canadian evacuation, she was grateful for her life and talents.
She was praised for her baking of pies and jelly rolls, cooking mochi, manju, and flower sushi.
Her singing was admired by the community. Her proudest moment was being requested to sing anthems. She sang with the church choir, Red Hat group, and at Palliative and Senior Centres. She was an entertainer!
She was bilingual. She travelled to many countries with her Hughie, but her pride was hiking Machu Picchu, Peru.
Our memory was that she was fun and fashionable. She will be remembered for her humor, enthusiasm, and her love of bling.
Funeral is November 15 at 10:30 A.M. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta.
In lieu of flowers and Koden, donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta or Chinook Regional Hospital in Yumiko’s honour will be greatly appreciated.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
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