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Friday, January 5, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 5, 2024.

SHIMEK, Debra

Debra Eileen (Blenner-Hassett) Shimek Nov 3, 1953 – Dec 31, 2023 With broken hearts and sadness, we announce Deb passed away peacefully on December 31, 2023 at the High River General Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. Deb was resilient throughout her battle, never complained and always had a positive attitude.
Deb was born in Lethbridge, AB. It was there where she went to school, met her husband and started her family. Deb worked as an accountant and was employed by several oil and gas companies in the Turin and Calgary areas until her retirement.
Besides her love of camping, thanks to Ryan and Sherry’s wedding she developed a love for going on cruises. Her favourite destinations were to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Deb became an avid quilter after she retired and made some beautiful ones for her family and close friends. Sadly, there are a few that she was unable to complete, but you can see the love she put into them.
Family was extremely important to Deb. She created a very large one that encompassed more than just relatives, it included many dear friends. Some of her happiest memories included huge meals created with everyone packed into the kitchen laughing or gathering in the backyard for a BBQ. She was well known for making everyone feel welcome.
Deb was predeceased by her father and mother, Robert and Eileen Blenner-Hassett. Deb is survived by her husband of 51 years Jerry Shimek; children Nichole (Dale) Heisler, Geri-Lyn (James) McOuat, and Ryan (Sherry) Shimek; grandchildren Ashley (Kyle) Morrison, Wyatt, Brooke, & Grace Heisler, Lillian & Henry Shimek; great-grandchildren Emersyn & William Morrison. Her pups & grand pups were always held in a special place in her heart – Sasha, Millie, Lucy, Marvin, Freddy and Indy-Anna.
Deb is also survived by her brother Bill (Karen) Blenner-Hassett, her sisters Robbie Innes and Betty (Ed) Montsko, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send out a huge thank you to Dr. Chu from the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic for her kindness and support. We also want to thank the Doctors and Nurses at the High River General Hospital Community Cancer Centre, Emergency Room and the 3rd floor Care Staff and Volunteers. Your friendliness, care and compassion were so appreciated, and Deb talked about your kindness all the time. Thank you to the Okotoks Fire Rescue and EMT services for your gentle and compassionate care.
As per Deb’s wishes, a small private family service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers we would be honored if you could please donate to the High River Health Foundation (highriverhealthfoundation.ca). The hard work and care this group put in can be seen in action at the Hospital and in the Cancer Clinic. Thank you.
Arrangements are being taken care of by Snodgrass Funeral Home in High River.


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.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2024, 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.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


THIESSEN, Margaret

MARGARET THIESSEN 1926 – 2024 Mrs. Margaret Thiessen of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jacob I. “Jake” Thiessen and beloved mother to Dorothy (Bill) Siemens, Grace (Dave) Matthies, Ed (Annemarie) Thiessen, Larry (Joyce) Thiessen and Leslie (Melody) Thiessen, passed away at the Coaldale Long Term Care on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at the age of 97 years.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


ROGAN, Ernest

ERNEST ROGAN 1928 – 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ernest Rogan, beloved husband of the late Anna Rogan, who left us peacefully on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at St. Therese Villa.
At the age of 95, Ernest’s remarkable journey through life has come to an end, leaving behind a legacy of cherished moments and a lifetime of memories.
Ernest was born on December 8, 1928, in the village Gornji Slaveči, Slovenia to Franc and Cecilija Rogan. While growing up, he gained a deep Catholic faith, finding strength and purpose in his beliefs. Ernest gained a great knowledge in bricklaying and after completing his apprenticeship, he continued to refine his craftmanship and dedication to the trade. Not only were Ernest’s hands skilled in the art of bricklaying, but he also found joy tending to his garden.
In 1955, Ernest married the love of his life Anna, and together they immigrated to Canada settling in Lethbridge, AB in pursuit of a brighter future. They embarked on a journey of courage and determination, leaving his parents and sisters behind. In 1958 they welcomed their only child Ernest Jr.
Ernest was predeceased by his parents Franc and Cecilija; his wife Anna; son Dr. Ernest Rogan and his wife Anne; brother in-law Stefan Zrim; and sister-in-law Marija Miholič.
Ernest will be greatly missed by his sister-in-law Emilia Zrim in Lethbridge; sister-in-law Terezija Sukič in Slovenia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Slovenia.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am, on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2405 12 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


INNES, Joan

INNES It is with deep sadness that the family of JOAN INNES announce her peaceful passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 4, 2023.
Joan is survived by her son, Mark (Beth) of Calgary, and her son-in-law, John Stanek of Red Deer, in addition to four grandchildren — Lauren Stanek, Matthew Stanek, Aubrey Innes and Adelee Innes.
She was predeceased her siblings including Jerry Traviss, Judy McEvoy and Jean Wynn.
Joan was the first of four children born to Charlie and Grace Traviss in Penticton in 1932.
For all those who have been fortunate to know Joan, it was her sense of humour that set her apart. She had a lifetime of love and fun with her friends, family and Bridge Clubs (hope she doesn’t owe anyone any money…haha).
Joan volunteered for 25 years at Lethbridge Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Health Centre. Friends will also know that Joan, through her husband, Jack, was involved in Eastern Star for more than 20 years. Jack passed away in December 1999, and was Joan’s life-long friend and sweetheart. They raised two children, Leslie Stanek (deceased) and Mark Innes.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Joan at NIKKA YUKO JAPANESE GARDEN, 835 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 12th, 2024, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

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


ARROYO, Lucia

ARROYO LUCIA ARROYO passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Monday, January 1, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Lucia is survived by her children: Aidee, Ruben (Miriam), Hector (Arlene), Oswaldo; grandchildren: Dario, Melanny, Luis, Igor (Lisa), Boris (Mari); and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lucia was predeceased by her loving husband, Diodoro Antonio; son, Luis Arturo; son-in-law, Kelton Norman; her parents, one sister, three brothers, three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.
Lucia was born on March 11, 1930 in Guatemala. She married the love of her life and had five children. Unfortunately, her husband passed away soon after the youngest child was born. Lucia dedicated her life to raising her children on her own. Due to many uprisings in Guatemala in the 1980s, the family suddenly moved to Lethbridge. Lucia devoted her time and energy to help her children and grandchildren in Canada. She enjoyed visiting with her family in Canada, United States and Guatemala.
Lucia will be sadly missed by her family and friends and all who had a privilege of knowing her.
We would like to thank the staff at Edith Cavell Centre for their excellent care and compassion for Lucia.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 8, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Santiago Torres celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Lucia will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Edith Cavell Centre or a charity of your choice.

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


PISKO, Shirley

PISKO SHIRLEY DIANE PATRICIA PISKO, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Ronald Clarence Pisko, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the age of 78 years.
A Prayer Service or Parastasis will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge AB, on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 7:00 P.M with Father Mark Bayrock officiating.
A Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at STS. PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643 – 12B Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Mark Bayrock celebrating.
Following the Funeral Divine Liturgy, Shirley will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Ron, in Mountain View Cemetery.

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


SMALL LEGS, Jason

JASON MARK SMALL LEGS November 15, 1993 – December 29, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jason Small Legs on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the age of 30 years.
A Wake Service will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 – 5 Ave, Fort Macleod, on Sunday, January 7, 2024, from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Piikani Nation Community Hall on Monday, January 8, 2024 at 1:00pm.
Following the Funeral Service, Jason will be laid to rest at the Piikani Nation Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited back to Piikani Community Hall for a reception following the Graveside Service.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


HUIZING, Ali

Ali Huizing 1933 Р2024 Aaltje Jantina Huizing (n̩e Moorlag), beloved wife of the late Willem Huizing, passed away in Taber on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at the age of 90 years. Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


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