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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 16, 2024.

OSEEN, Terry TERRY OSEEN 1960 – 2024 Terry Gail Oseen of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of Shirley Oseen and mother of Jillian Shearer and Jonathan King passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2024, at the age of 64 years.
Terry was born on August 24, 1959, in Lethbridge, Alberta to Roy and Shirley Oseen and was the oldest of three children. Terry and her siblings Lana and Jay were raised on the Oseen family farm in the Sundial District of Turin.
She attended Turin School for Kindergarten and then went to Picture Butte for junior high and high school graduating in 1977. Terry had a great upbringing on the farm with her siblings, cousins, and her many friends, tobogganing in the coulees, ripping around on dirt bikes, swimming in the river, dressing up the farm cats, and getting into general shenanigans with her best friends Michelle Bailey and Myron Machacek. She participated in 4H showing her calf and competed in the coveted Grey Cup Queen contest when she was 16.
After high school Terry went on to Mount Royal College studying interior design, and at that time she met Kyle King who she married in 1986. They had two children, Jillian and Jonathan who they raised in Canyon Meadows, Calgary while she worked as a real estate administrative assistant for Royal Lepage. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and planting flowers, and loved going on camping trips with Michelle’s family and their kids Megan and Matthew. Terry and Kyle would take the kids to the Okanagan every summer picking peaches, playing tennis and enjoying the beach. She was a devoted mother to Jillian and Jonathan growing up, taking part in Jillian’s dance, Jonathan’s soccer and hockey, and she would go all out for birthdays and holidays, baking themed birthday cakes, sewing fun Halloween costumes, and planning elaborate scavenger hunts for Valentines Day and Easter.
Later in life Terry married a US citizen and shared her time between the US and Canada, loving the warm weather of Arizona. When she was back in Canada, she would spend time with her mother Shirley caring for her and having fun visits with her grandson Bill who she adored and spoiled with gifts. The family remembers having the best Christmas ever this year where the whole family played games, watched Bill perform and play instruments and open all of his presents from his Grandma Terry.
Terry was loved by everyone who knew her. She was the life of the party and lit up any room she was in. Her departure comes as a great shock, and it is gravely felt by her entire family and countless others who loved her deeply in her wide-network of community. Terry is survived by her mother Shirley Oseen; her daughter Jillian Shearer (Cody) and grandson Bill; her son Jonathan King (Jenny Lebbert); her sister Lana Oseen (Chris Gray-Wheeler); her brother Jay Oseen; her nieces Caitlin and Hannah; and her nephew Liam.
She was predeceased by her father Roy Oseen.
A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St Edward Blvd N, Lethbridge.
The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time and asks in lieu of flowers that you make contributions to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society as Terry had an immense love of animals. Donations can be made in person, via etransfer to transferldhs@gmail.com, or online at CanadaHelps.org
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LOFSTROM, Leo LEO LOFSTROM 1960 – 2024 Mr. Leo Lofstrom of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Dolly Dean, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the age of 63 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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NEELS, Martin MARTIN NEELS January 30, 1956 – January 12, 2024 With deep sorrow we announce the passing away of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, and brother Martin Neels, at the age of 67 years on January 12, 2024.
He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife, Marian Neels; their 9 children, Marcella and Steve Bos, Les and Krista Neels, Anna and Colin Both, Dave and Heidi Neels, Jeff and Leanne Neels, Reuben and Janice Neels, Laura and Chris Van Asselt, Kim and Jon Oostlander, and Kate and John Mourik. He will also be missed by his 31 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and his foster children Nick Goodwin, Chris Mills, Lucius Reed and Silas Reed who each had a special place in his heart.
He is also mourned by his mother, Anna Neels; his mother-in-law, Joanne Grisnich; his brothers and sisters, Ina and Tony Kardux, Mattie and John Les, John and Dina Neels, Jan and Gayle Neels, Pete and Diane Neels, Bill and Patricia Neels, Willy and Leen Weeda, Lena Sterkenburg, Marianne and Bob Maljaars, and Jack and Joanne Neels; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ron and Jane Grisnich, Nita and Rus Traber, Edith Grisnich, John and Audrey Grisnich, Annette and Jerry Beusekom, and Geraldine and Bert VandenHoek.
Martin was predeceased by his father, Frank Neels; his father-in-law, Gilbert Grisnich; his sister-in-law, Jane Grisnich; his brother-in-law, Rick Sterkenburg; and his great granddaughter, Kinsey Both.
Martin was born in Terneuzen, The Netherlands on January 30, 1956. He moved to Canada with his family in 1968. The family moved to Chilliwack, B.C. where he later met his wife Marian, who he married in June 1976. In 1982 they moved to Southern Alberta with their three oldest children. After several moves, they settled on a small acreage in Fort Macleod where they made many memories together as a family of nine children. In 2007 they moved to a bigger acreage just south of Fort Macleod where Dad raised many calves. He loved the work and the people he worked together with in the business. In 2021 Dad retired from his farm and moved to a smaller acreage near Granum. He missed the calves and soon had a few to raise again. He sold the last calves when the Lord laid on his heart that he had no more earthly needs or desires.
Dad was an example to all of us and lived by what we read in Mark 12:30,31. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” By the grace of God, Dad loved God above all and he showed love and compassion without judgment to many in his family, church, and broad community circles. To God be the honour.
Condolences will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 – 5 Ave, Fort Macleod, AB, on Thursday, January 18, 2024, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.
A Funeral Services will be held at Reformed Congregation of North America, 23509, AB-3A, Monarch AB, on Friday, January 19, 2024, at 10:00 AM.
Following the Funeral Service, Martin will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod, AB.
To send a condolence, visit http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
RATKE, Jim RATKE JIM RATKE, beloved husband of Doris Ratke of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the age of 89 years.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

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DRENT, Hayo “Joe” DRENT HAYO “JOE” HARM DRENT, beloved husband of Grace Drent, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, on Sunday January 14, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
At Joe’s request a private family service will be held.

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HAZUDA, Irene HAZUDA IRENE HAZUDA, the beloved wife of the late Mike Hazuda, passed away at home on Thursday, January 11th, 2024, at the age of 99 years.
Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-Mayor Magrath Drive, South, Lethbridge, on Sunday, January 21st, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A short prayer service will be held at 6:30 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1104-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Monday, January 22nd, at 10:30 A.M., with Reverend Carol Many Chief officiating.
Irene will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.
A full obituary will be published at a later date.

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MEYERS, Darlene MEYERS DARLENE JOAN MEYERS, beloved wife of the late Glen Meyers, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the St Michael’s Health Centre on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at the age of 82 years.
As per Darlene’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

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GYORFI, Elaine GYORFI (nee Bodie) March 29, 1927 – January 12, 2024 Our beloved mother ELAINE CATHERINE GYORFI passed away on January 12, 2024 at the age of 96 and is now reunited with her late husband, Alex.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters: Lilly and Pauline and her brother Arnold; her children: Leona (Gordon), Fredrick (Arlene) and Diane: her grandchildren: Aaron, Kevin, Chad, Amanda, Wade and Justin; her great-grandchildren: Ashton, Sophie, Maximus, Alexis, Nicholas, Rush and Jayce.
We would like to thank the staff of West Highlands Center for their care and compassion in mom’s final days.
As per Elaine’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. A Private Graveside Celebration will be held in the spring at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB.

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MAGLIOCCO, Joan JOAN MAGLIOCCO 1954 – 2024 Mrs. Joan Magliocco of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Romano Magliocco, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the age of 69 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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