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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 18, 2023.

DEYS, Johanna DEYS JOHANNA ANTHOINETTA DEYS, of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of John Deys, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at St. Therese Villa, on Monday, October 30, 2023 at the age of 85 years.
Besides her devoted and loving husband of 65 years, John, she is survived by her children: Peter John (Carla) Deys, Wenda (Gene) Weatherall, Carol (Jim) Hougen, and Tony (Stacy) Deys; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister Heidi Van Roon and brother Age (Lynn) Van Leeuwen.
She was predeceased by her parents Anthony and Willy Van Leeuwen, sister Tina Tuinhof, and brother Clarence Van Leeuwen.
Joanne was born in Minnertsga, Friesland in the Netherlands on November 26, 1937. Joanne, or Joop, immigrated to Canada with her parents in 1954 and settled in Lethbridge. In 1956, she met John who thought she looked familiar. Turns out Joanne and John had lived just 16 kilometres apart in Friesland and she had captured John’s eye at a Gymnastics Club Regional meet in Harlingen in 1953, but they didn’t actually meet until both were in Lethbridge. They were married in 1958. Joanne was a devoted mother and thrived in her role as Beppe. Her gift of service to others blossomed when she became a chaplain with Alberta Health Services. She also assisted with the start-up of Family Ties Association and served as a deacon at Maranatha CRC until she was diagnosed with dementia in 2006. Her and John were able to make numerous trips back to Holland and enjoy numerous cruises from all the Air Miles rewards he accumulated through Lethbridge Driving Academy.
The family would like to thank the staff at St Therese Villa for their care of Joanne over the past few years.
A Celebration of Joanne’s Life will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society (Alzheimer.ca)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
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CAMPBELL, Curt
Curt Campbell
1941 – 2023
Curtis King Campbell, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, November 10, 2023 at the Taber Health Centre at the age of 82 years.
A private family memorial will take place and upon Curt’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held in the spring at the farm… we’ll raise a glass to celebrate his rich and full life! 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.

KISS, Beverley Beverley Joyce Kiss (nee Apshkrum) 1936 – 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mom, Beverley Kiss, at the age of 87 years. Mom passed away peacefully at CRH on Sunday, November 12 with family by her side.
Mom was always busy with her hands whether knitting or crocheting. Her vegetable gardens were worthy of pictures in magazines, but the best was enjoying her harvests through the cold winter months! She was extremely sociable and love to be around people and would talk to anyone in any setting whether she knew them or not. Mom cherished her friends and loved all of her family most of all.
She is survived by her two sons Dale Kiss and Ernie Kiss, and daughter, Brenda Kiss along with her grandchildren Kyle Mason, Andrew Mason, Joshua Kiss, Devanie Kiss, Bradley Kiss, Douglas Kiss (Clarissa), Jeffrey Kiss and great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents Ernest Apshkrum and Alvina Taylor, and her granddaughter, Micaela Kiss.
We are forever grateful to all the nursing staff, physicians, and other members of mom’s care team on 4B at CRH for their genuine care and compassion shown towards mom and our family members.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
BENSON, Owen Owen Benson
1956 – 2023
Owen Lenard Benson, passed away in Coaldale on Monday, November 13, 2023 at the age of 67 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Owen is survived by his mother Lois Benson of Taber; sons Jason (Wendi) McNiven of Lethbridge and their family Taylor (Shaun) and their daughter Kelly; Jayden, Melanie and Teagan; Cory (Renee) Benson of Penticton, British Columbia and their family Chloe, Myah and Rowyn. He is also survived by his sisters Wanda (Adam) Andreas of Edmonton and Deb (Ib) Simonsen of Picture Butte; sister-in-law Nola Benson of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by his father Harold Benson in 2009, his brother Warren in 1974, brother Craig Benson in 2004 and by his brother Elmer Benson in 2015; nephew Casey Simonsen in 2020.
Owen was born in Brooks on October 17, 1956. He was one of six children born to Harold and Lois Benson. Owen was self employed for many years and made many friends along the way. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Owen’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

JARVIE, Allan ALLAN JARVIE 1954 – 2023 Allan Gordon Jarvie of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved father of Kristen (Richard) Vanderwal and Justin Jarvie, grandfather of Charlotte Vanderwal, brother of Karen (Al) Jarvie, and companion of Rhonda Sauerberg, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the age of 69 years.
Allan’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Coast Hotel in the Southern Room on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Celebration will take place between 1:00pm to 5:00pm with presentations, food and music beginning at 2:00pm. Casual dress code.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Allan’s name to the Chinook Society of Recovering Addicts https://csra.biz/.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
CORDEIRO, Jane CORDEIRO JANE CORDEIRO née Sequeira), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Edmond Cordeiro, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at the age of 86 years.
She leaves her loving daughter, Lorna (Conrad), brother Romano (Sylvie), sister Sally (Xavier), sisters-in-law: Hyacinth, Anita, and Lousine Cordeiro, along with many nieces and nephews.
Besides her beloved husband, Edmond, Mom was predeceased by her son Arthur, sister Diana, and her parents Jovito and Tina.
Mom was born on August 29, 1937 in Mombasa, Kenya. She was one of four children and had what she described as an ‘idyllic’ childhood – excelling at sports, playing outside all day, enjoying tropical fruit (madafus, custard apples and mangos), and wading in the nearby ocean. She was a ‘mischievous tomboy’ who preferred being outside to her school studies; however, she had a keen brain which she applied throughout her life.
She married the love of her life, Edmond, in 1959 and honeymooned near Kilimanjaro, before returning to Mombasa to live in their new home designed by her father. In 1965, Mom and Dad, looking for better opportunities and political stability, emigrated to Canada. Despite the sometimes harsh weather and lack of proximity to her loving parents, it was a decision she never regretted.
Prior to moving to Canada, Mom had relied on her mother to provide meals, and her domestic staff to look after her children, garden and home. Emigrating to Canada came with many challenges; however, she soon became a proficient cook and baker and excelled at home related pursuits. She sewed all our clothes (whether we liked it or not!), cut our hair beautifully, fixed taps and household items and managed the family finances. Mom had the mind of an engineer and the organizational skills of a project manager, along with a strong streak of perfectionism. She also loved beauty as reflected in her garden.
While Mom preferred being home with her family, she challenged herself with volunteer work. She always had a strong devotion to Mary and volunteered with the Legion of Mary, taking sacraments and prayers to the sick. She was a volunteer for over 25 years with the CWL (Catholic Women’s League). She also volunteered as a leader with the Girl Guides of Canada. Outside the home, Mom worked as a secretary at the University of Lethbridge (Faculty of Education) and as the Office Manager at Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Once Dad retired, Mom became an enthusiastic traveller who accompanied Dad on jaunts across North America, Europe and Asia. Mom may not have been as interested as Dad was in the culture and history of foreign lands but she enjoyed experiencing different cultures and sceneries.
Mom’s love of family and God guided her throughout her life. After suffering the loss of her son Arthur in 1973, she emerged from that difficult period with a stronger faith and trust in God. Mom’s courage in dealing with adversity continued throughout her life. She looked after Dad through his illness and managed to rebuild her life after his passing. Throughout her struggle with dementia and then cancer she never wanted to be a burden.
We would like to thank mom’s friends and extended family for their prayers and support. Her amazing caregivers, spiritual advisers, AHS Home Care Case Managers, and the excellent staff (Doctors, RNs, LPNs, HCAs & RTs) at St. Michael’s.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Jane’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
A private Family Interment will be held in Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mom’s name to The Alzheimer Society of Canada (Alzheimer.ca)

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
KRASOWSKI, Jerzy “George” KRASOWSKI JERZY “GEORGE” KRASOWSKI, beloved husband of Danuta Krasowski; father to Adam and Marena and brother to Czeslaw, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at the age of 76 years.
Born in Poland, George grew up during a very difficult time in a post war, communist occupied country. His thirst for knowledge earned him the State Economic School diploma and later, a Master Degree in law from the University of Silesia. The love for his country pushed him to fight for truth and freedom when he became a part of the Solidarity freedom movement. There, he was finally able to use his knowledge and experience to fight against the communist regime. In 1983, he and his family were forced to leave Poland and Canada became his new home. Throughout his life, never forgetting his polish roots, he remained active within the Polish Canadian community.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends in Canada, Poland and Greece. May he rest in peace.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Melczewski celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, George will be laid to rest in Royal View Cemetery.

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VOS, Reinier VOS It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of REINIER HERMANUS VOS, beloved husband of Catharina Vos, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at the age of 88 years.
He was a loving husband, father and Opa.
The family would like to thank the care teams on 4B at the Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit.
A private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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

PITTMAN, Jean PITTMAN JEAN EILEEN PITTMAN (née, PUTZI), of Warner, beloved wife of the late Victor Pittman, passed away peacefully at Park Meadows Good Samaritans in Lethbridge, on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at the age of 91 years.
Left to carry on her rich legacy are: Jim (Eleanor) Pittman of Lethbridge, Elizabeth (Larry) Beyko of Calgary, Teresa (Ian – deceased) Craig of Gillete, Wyoming, Francis Pittman of Warner, Lois (Bruce) Morrison of Nelson, B.C., Morris (Joyce) Pittman of Pincher Creek, Pierre (Elnora) Pittman of Lloydminster, Joanne (Darryl) Zachary of Calgary, and Carolyn (Tim) Scott of Lethbridge; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Rick (Rod) Putzi of Milk River, and many good neighbors and relatives, who will miss her love and support.
Besides her beloved husband Victor in 2005, Jean was predeceased by her daughter, Eleanor Anne in 1997, parents John and Sophie Putzi, brothers Ken (Bev) Putzi, Ralph (Erin) Putzi, and sister Mary (Ken) Lewison.
Born Oct. 30, 1932 on the family farm at McNab, Alberta, Jean attended Warner School. In 1951, she married Victor Pittman. There, Jean and Victor farmed and ranched for 55 years and raised ten children.
Jean was an active member of the Warner community, including the Catholic Women’s League, the Library Board, Senior’s Centre, Warner Historical Society and as a 4-H parent. While her interests in community were great, her passion was for creating a loving and organized home, farm and family. She was a great baker of pies, breads, buns, fudge and cakes. An avid homemaker, seamstress and quilter, Jean was also a self-taught pianist; she loved to play, teach and listen to music. She supported family gatherings almost every weekend with meals and parties. Jean was also a voracious reader, preferring autobiographies and non-fiction.
Mom was strong, capable, loving, funny, supportive, non-judgmental and her faith in God was solid and inspiring. Her kindness, generosity and selflessness will always be cherished.
The family expresses sincere gratitude to the most wonderful staff members at The Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River and at Park Meadows Good Samaritans Village in Lethbridge. We appreciate each one of you greatly. Your care was noted and appreciated each day!
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street NW, Milk River, AB, on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Andrew Pyon celebrating.
A private Family Graveside will be held in the Warner Cemetery, where Jean will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Victor.

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YOUNG, William “Bill” YOUNG Deacon WILLIAM “BILL” ANTHONY YOUNG, beloved husband of the late Janice Young, passed away peacefully at Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at the age of 74 years.
He will be tenderly remembered by his four children: Anita (Laval) Richardson of Stirling, Karrie (Carl) Yaroschak of Calgary, Theressa (Brian) Young of Calgary, and Gerald (Brandi) Young of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his siblings: Tim (Joann) Young of Kelowna, Bud (Karen) Young of Regina, Nicki (Jack) Niedermayer of Regina, Susan (Dave) MacDonald of Dallis and Wynona Young of Regina. Held most dear in his heart were his seven adoring grandchildren: Alexia, Jayde, Conner, Sofia, Murry, Max and Rhyan.
Bill was born Dec 14, 1948 in Regina, SK., where he met his beautiful wife, Jan. Bill grew up in Regina with parents, Nick & Mary Young, and his six siblings. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his brothers, and playing shinny & baseball in the field behind their home. A born and bred Roughriders fan who loved to spend his Sunday afternoons watching Football and car races. Bill and Jan were married on July 13, 1968 in Regina. They spent the next 55 years together, building and nurturing their loving family. He was not only a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, but he was also passionate about his church, his faith, and his community. He was graced with incredible strength to endure the many physical hardships that our Lord put before him. He was admired by all for the love and kindness he shared every day.
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Relative, and Friend – he will be sorely missed and yet an inspiration to us all.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Brian Kinahan officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Bishop William McGrattan celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Bill’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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BAUMSTARK, Anton “Tony” BAUMSTARK ANTON “TONY” BAUMSTARK, of Magrath, beloved husband of Wilma Baumstark, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Health Centre, on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at the age of 87 years.
A Private Family Service has been held.

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CHAPMAN, Marjorie MARJORIE MELBA (JERRY) CHAPMAN May 5, 1941 – November 15, 2023 It is with deep sadness that we wish to share the passing of Marjorie Melba Chapman. To her friends and family, she was known as Jerry. She peacefully passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Jerry was born in Lethbridge, Alberta but lived in Fort Macleod her whole life. She loved everything about small town living. Jerry was a devoted mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a member of many local coffee crews as she shared stories about her life and her family with her friends.
Jerry is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Scott), Cindy, Judy, sister-in-law Charlene, four grandchildren, Amy (Byron), Jackie (Ryan), Stephen, and Michael (Kylie) and four great-grandchildren, Cohen, Dylan, Declan, and Clayton. She will be missed by her long-time friends Sharon and Charlotte.
Jerry was predeceased by her husband Harry, mother Margaret, Father Jim, brother Bobby, and two sisters Jeannie and Joanie.
In honor of Jerry’s wishes, a Memorial Service will not take place. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Empress Theatre Society, or the Community Care Beds at the Fort Macleod Health Centre.
Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
KEARNS, Barrett KEARNS BARRETT ALAN KEARNS, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, after a valliant fight with pancreatic cancer, while in the arms of his beloved wife, Eisha and son, Nicholas, on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at the age of 48 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.
Flowers are gratefully accepted.

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SHIPPOBOTHAM, Irene SHIPPOBOTHAM IRENE SHIPPOBOTHAM, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Vic Shippobotham, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at the age of 104 years.
A private family service for Irene will be held at a later date.

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