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Tuesday, December 12, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 12, 2023.

BEATY, Jeanne Jeanne Kellar Beaty (1922 – 2023) It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our family matriarch Jeanne Kellar Beaty on November 22nd, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 101 years.
Jeanne was born on July 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she spent most of her early life, in addition to northwestern Missouri during the Great Depression. Graduating in 1943 from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages. She began her journalism in New York City as a reporter & photographer for a monthly Methodist magazine and the New York Times.
She was married December 28th, 1947 to Chester (“Chip”) Broomell Beaty. The next several years their lives were spent in school with summers in Idaho working for the US Forest Services, which she wrote and published the book “Lookout Wife” about in 1953.
Her two daughters were both born in Berkeley, California and their family moved to Missoula, Montana in 1958 and then Lethbridge, Alberta in 1969. During this time Jeanne discovered her love of pottery, continued writing travel stories for the New York Times for 25 years, in addition to writing for Good Housekeeping Magazine and later on the Lethbridge Herald.
Retiring to the Crowsnest Pass for the next 25 years, Jeanne was an active member in the arts community, spending much time with the Pass Pottery Club and the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery. Chip died in 2000 and Jeanne summarized her life with Chip as “52 years full of adventure, love and happiness”. She moved to Airdrie to with her daughter Anne, and then to Edmonton to live with her granddaughter Kate.
When someone once asked Jeanne to describe her life, she replied that she had been a wife, mother, adventurer, swimmer, journalist, potter, and friend. She also admitted to being ruggedly independent. This pared with her optimistic outlook on life, resulted in what she would describe as “a good life”.
She is survived by her two grandchildren, Kate Vogelaar (Ryan) and Sarah Christie (Craig), her two great grandchildren, Ava & Oliver Vogelaar, her son in law Claudio Chiste, niece Laura Buffard (Christophe), nephew Charlie Kellar, and family & friends in Alberta, Michigan, Texas, New Mexico, and elsewhere.
She is predeceased by her husband, Chester “Chip” Beaty, her daughters Kate Chiste and Anne Beaty, her parents Lulu Shaver Kellar & Francis “Frank” Kellar, and her brothers Charles “Bill” Lethcho, John Kellar & David Kellar.
A Celebration of Life will be held next summer in the Crowsnest Pass.
WOLF CHILD – BIG THROAT, Lance WOLF CHILD-BIG THROAT Lance Maxwell Wolf Child – Big Throat, beloved husband of Mandy Chief Moon and father to Lance Jr. and Lanayce Wolf Child, passed away surrounded by family on December 2, 2023 at the age of 49 years.
A wake service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 7:00 – 11:00pm. The funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve, on Thursday December 14, 2023 at 11:00am. Interment at the Wolf Child Family Cemetery.
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DONAHUE, Kevin KEVIN PATRICK DONAHUE 1977 – 2023 Mr. Kevin Donahue of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Sabrina Donahue, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at the age of 46 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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PACKHAM, Elba ELBA MAY PACKHAM 1938 – 2023 Elba May Packham, of Fort Macleod, Alberta, beloved wife of Irwin Packham, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, December 4, 2023, at the age of 85 years.
She is survived by her son Scot (daughter-in-law Coreen), daughter Joanne (Gordon Huff), son Gary, and daughter Jody (Grant) Dugan. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Jonathan, Nathaniel, Cassandra (Tim) Gifford, Chelsea (Mike) Lyle, Jordan, Kimberly (Trevor) Galla, and Travis; great-grandchildren Macie Lyle, Cameron Lyle, Josh Galla, Emma-May Galla, and Olivia Galla; her brother George (Joan) Huddlestun; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.
Mom was predeceased by our brother Darren Packham; our grandparents Fred and May Huddlestun, and Frank and Kathleen Packham; her sister Pamela Huddlestun; her brother William “Bill” Huddlestun; and sisters-in-law Joyce Huddlestun and Doreen Huddlestun.
Our mom was born in Pincher Creek and raised on a farm in the Twin Butte area. She married our father in 1958, and together they raised a family of five children. Our parents lived many years in the north working side-by-side in business spending 20 years as owners of the True Value Hardware store in High Level, Alberta.
In 2001, our parents retired to Fort Macleod which is exactly where our mom wanted to be – closer to friends and family. Our mom loved gardening, dancing, socializing, and was always up for a good party. Over the years our parents hosted many staff parties, special holiday events, and family gatherings.
She touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
We would like to extend a very special thank you to the surgeons, doctors, nurses, and support staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital, as well as the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College nursing and LPN students and instructors who provided excellent, efficient, and compassionate care to Mom “the headmaster” during her time there.
A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honour Elba’s memory are invited to donate to the Salvation Army,
2 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, Ontario, M4H 1P4
https://donate.salvationarmy.ca
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REYNOLDS, Helen Helen Reynolds
1963 – 2023
Helen Anne Reynolds, beloved wife of Murray Reynolds, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge surrounded by family on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at the age of 60 years. The Celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at the Enchant Community Hall, 121 Center Street, Enchant on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her husband Murray; children Brianne (Eric) Meheden and Brooke (Curtis) Elaschuk; grandchild Grayson Meheden; brother Brian (Erin) Moser and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Henry and Eleanor Moser; father and mother-in-law Dennis and Norma Reynolds. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Helen’s name may be made directly to the Enchant Community Hall Association, Box 1921, Enchant, Alberta T0K 0V0. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their care and compassion during Helen’s stay. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

COVELL, David COVELL DAVID ARNOLD COVELL, of Coaldale, beloved husband of Karen Lemarr, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the age of 69 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.

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BOOGAART, Melissa MELISSA REED BOOGAART 1987 – 2023 Mrs. Melissa Reed Boogaart of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Chase Boogaart, passed away in her home on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at the age of 36 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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WATT. Walter WALTER WATT 1941 – 2023 Mr. Walter Gordon Watt of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lorri Watt, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at the age of 82 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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IACHETTA, Grazia GRAZIA IACHETTA 1921 – 2023 Mrs. Grazia Iachetta of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Alberto Iachetta, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on December 7, 2023, at the age of 102 years.
Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm, on Monday, December 18, 2023, 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/Grazia-Iachetta and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 STREET NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Santiago Torres, celebrant. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Grazia-Iachetta and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100-119 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6, or Diabetes Canada, 1400 – 522, University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2R5.
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KULCSAR, Rudy KULCSAR RUDY KULCSAR, of Magrath, passed away suddenly at home, on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the age of 68 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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STIMSON, Derek STIMSON, Derek June 23, 1947 – December 7, 2023 Derek Stimson, of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, surrounded by his family at his home at the age of 76 years. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Derek’s family here.
Derek’s family is finalizing his complete obituary which will be posted here in the next few days.
In living memory of Derek Stimson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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