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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 29, 2023.

LEISMEISTER, Marilyn Marilyn Leismeister 1956 – 2023 Marilyn Diane Leismeister, beloved wife of Collin Leismeister, passed away peacefully in Taber, surrounded by family, on Monday, December 25, 2023 at the age of 67 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Life Celebrant Shelly Bassett officiating. Burial to follow at Taber Memorial Garden. 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 Marilyn’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marilyn’s name may be made directly to the Last Chance Cat Ranch, PO Box 30025, Park Place, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4X3 (etransfers may be sent to thelccr@gmail.com).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

MRAZEK, Mary MARY ROSE MRAZEK 1933 – 2023 Ms. Mary Rose Mrazek of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on December 25, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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KUEHN, Herbert “Herb” HERBERT “HERB” KUEHN 1916 – 2023 Mr. Herbert “Herb” Kuehn of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Grace Kuehn, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, December 18, 2023, at the age of 107 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, December 29, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Lieutenant Zach Marshall, officiating.
To watch the service via livestream please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/HerbertHerb-Kuehn to find the link.
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SHAVER, Eleanor ELEANOR MARY ELIZABETH SHAVER 1921 – 2023 Mrs. Eleanor Mary Elizabeth Shaver of Lethbridge passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at the age of 102 years.
Eleanor was born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Reginald and Mary Dayman, and grew up in the small village of Bateman, Saskatchewan. After graduating from school in 1939, she worked for two years in the post office, then left home in 1942 to walk in the civil service in wartime, Ottawa. She returned west and entered nurses’ training in Moose Jaw General Hospital in 1944, graduating in 1947. She practiced her profession for about ten years in various places in Saskatchewan and Alberta, then attended the University of Alberta and obtained a diploma in Public Health Nursing. She worked as a public health nurse in Leduc-Strathcona Health Unit for several years.
She married William Aurthur Shaver RCA7 on July 15, 1961, and in June 1962 Bill was transferred to #4 Wing RCAF, Baden Soellingen, Germany. While in Germany they adopted their older daughter, Ruth, and on returning to Canada, Bill was stationed at Uplands, Ottawa, where they adopted their second daughter Marion. When Bill retired from the RCAF in 1968 they came to live in Lethbridge to be near Eleanor’s parents, and she has lived here ever since.
Eleanor did not return to nursing, but a lifelong love of reading led her to work in the Lethbridge Public Library, first as a part-time clerk, and after retirement, as a volunteer in the Read-On programme, a “job” that she loved.
She was a member of McKillop United Church, and for many years enjoyed singing with the choir, being a member of the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, and a member of #702 Wing, Canadian Air Force Association. She enjoyed her friends in these organizations for many years. She and Bill enjoyed camping and had one major holiday trip across Canada in 1988. She loved the prairies and was proud to be the grandchild of pioneers in Saskatchewan.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill, her parents Reg and Mary Dayman, and an infant brother Donald. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Reimer (Chuck Adams) of Lethbridge, and Marion (Claude) Despres of Napanee Ontario; three grandchildren, Robert Reimer, Donald Depres, and Jessica Despres; and four great grandchildren, Sophia and Liam Reimer, Dallan, and Tessa.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 ST S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Eleanor-MaryElizabeth-Shaver
A private family Graveside Service will be held prior in Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
If friends desire, donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/
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WNEK, Richard “Rick” WNEK RICHARD “RICK” WNEK, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lori Wnek, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, December 15, 2023 at the age of 70 years.
Along with his wife, he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Jessica (Shawn) of Lethbridge as well as his sister Irene (Garry) Vinje and their children, Josh and Jake.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Tad and Lola Wnek.
A Public Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32nd Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. with Father Santiago Torres presiding.
Following the Funeral Service, Rick will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HENDRICKS, Martin “Marty” HENDRICKS MARTIN “MARTY” CLARENCE HENDRICKS, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 25, 2023 at the age of 77 years.
As per Marty’s request, no funeral will be held.

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POELSTRA, Willem “Bill” POELSTRA WILLEM “BILL” POELSTRA, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Jetske “Jetty” Poelstra, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village on Wednesday December 27th, 2023 at the age of 98 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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DYKSHOORN, Ronald “Ron” RONALD “RON” DYKSHOORN 1951 – 2023 Mr. Ron Dykshoorn of Foremost, Alberta, beloved husband of Lorinda, passed away suddenly in his home on December 22, 2023, at the age of 72 years.
Ron was born on the farm to Dirk (Dick) and Wandreina (Dena) Dykshoorn in Foremost on November 7, 1951. He called Dykshoorn Farms his home for the entirety of his life except for two winters in early adulthood that were spent living in the lower mainland with friends and cousins. Ever since he was a boy, Ron loved animals, especially his horses. Being a true cowboy at heart, he treasured the time he spent in the saddle. Ron loved his community and gave generously of his time, serving on council at Burdett Christian Reformed Church numerous times, being an integral part of Foremost Rodeo, being a school team bus driver for Foremost School, and serving on various boards in the community. Ron was a faithful friend and was well known for his kind and gentle smile that he freely gave to everyone he met. Though he never wanted to be centre of attention, he loved to visit and spend time with his friends. Ron’s love of learning never waned, and he took time to continue to educate himself, making him a rich source of wisdom and knowledge for those who would ask.
The thing Ron loved most was his family. And above all, his bride of nearly 44 years, Lorinda (nee Whittle). Married February 9, 1980, Ron and Rin lived a life surrounded by family, boasting five children and their spouses and eleven grandchildren. Though Ron experienced success in many areas, his family was his source of pride. Ron taught them the values of hard work, honesty, humility, and above all a deep and genuine faith in the saving power of the Lord.
Besides his loving wife, Lorinda, Ron is survived by his children Shellie and Jerry Wolverton, Chet and Tania Dykshoorn, Beckie and Justin Elway, Kristy and Mark Johnson, and Sam and Michelle Dykshoorn; his grandchildren, Jaida, Kayleigh, and Coehn Wolverton, Maddyson, Lucas, and Elizabeth Dykshoorn, Noah, Lucy, and Ethan Elway, and Jaden and Jax Dykshoorn; and, his sisters, Marion (Bryan) Wilde, Leona Heppler, and Wanda (Gary) Williams.
Ron was predeceased by his parents Dick and Dena (Jansen), and his infant brother Peter.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2023, at BURDETT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 121075 TOWNSHIP RD 82, Burdett, Alberta with Pastor Rick Roeda officiating. Ron will be laid to rest in Highfield Cemetery at a private graveside service.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Village of Foremost, designated to the Foremost Firefighters Association.
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SCALLON, Margaret MARGARET SCALLON 1933 – 2023 Mrs. Margaret Isabella Scallon of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. William “Bill” Scallon, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 26, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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