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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 8, 2024.

RUDE, Frances RUDE FRANCES CHARLOTTE RUDE, beloved wife of the late Victor Rude, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, February 2nd, 2024, at the age of 86 years.
Fran is survived by three stepchildren: Gerry Rude of Medicine Hat, Grant (Patti) Rude of Edmonton, and Donna Rude of Oliver, BC; step-grandchildren Carling Gerlinsky, Lisa Rude and Max Rude; and step-great grandson Nicholas; as well as sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Victor, she was predeceased by her parents, six siblings, three brothers-in-law and step-granddaughter Brittany Jade Gerlinsky.
Fran was raised in Quebec, primarily in Westmount. She moved to Lethbridge briefly in 1964, then returned to take up permanent residence in 1966. She worked for Alberta Social Services for 28 years. At the time of her retirement in 1994, she was the Regional Supervisor of Foster Care Services in Southern Alberta.
She married Vic Rude on May 18, 1968. Together, they loved to travel, fly their airplane, sailing, boating, golfing and the Arts, particularly live theatre, music, and visual arts. During their retirement years together, they enjoyed their vacation homes in Montana and California, until Vic succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease in 2008.
A creative person, Fran was passionate about the performing Arts, particularly live theatre in all its forms. She worked continuously in the local arts community for 50 years: first as an actor and singer, then turned to directing in 1978. She directed 60+ major productions in the community, both plays and musicals and always tried to sustain the creative energies of all those involved by selecting works which rose well above the ordinary. She had tremendous respect for audiences and was dedicated to their experiencing something which would move them in some way. She formed a long-lasting creative partnership and friendship with both the music director Ken Rogers, and stage manager Nancy Graham, which continued until her death.
Fran was a staunch supporter of the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO), the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, the U of L Conservatory Youth Strings Orchestra and the (Kiwanis) Lethbridge Music and Speech Arts Festival. She received several awards for her contribution to the Arts, most notably the Woman of Distinction in the Arts Award (1985), an Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), and most recently the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2022) and the Allied Arts Joan Waterfield Memorial Award (2023). In 2019, she, along with colleagues Ken Rogers and Nancy Graham, received an Inspiring Philanthropy Award, AFP AB, Southern Chapter.
At Fran’s request, no funeral service will be held. Those wishing to pay their respects or share memories are invited to a reception at the LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, 500 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 10th, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (lethseniors.com), the Lethbridge Music Festival (lethmsf.org) or the Alzheimer Society (Alzheimer.ca).
“When I am gone, do not speak of me in a Sunday voice. Be your usual selves whom I always have known. Weep if you must, parting is hell. But Life goes on, so SING, as well.” (Joyce Grenfell, actor, and author)
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ROSS, Sharon ROSS Sharon Ross (1950-2024) Sharon (“Nana”) Ross of Cardston, Alberta passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the age of 73.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Jim, and their children Cliff and Lindsay (Blake), grandchildren (Ava & Charlie), her siblings and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bev and Afton Woslyng.
A private gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
LUBECK, Howard HOWARD LUBECK 1937 – 2024 Mr. Howard Roy Lubeck of Vulcan passed away in Calgary at South Health Campus, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the age of 86 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
BOURQUE, Pierre PIERRE BOURQUE 1955 – 2024 Mr. Pierre Bourque of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Linda Djinovic, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the age of 68 years.
Pierre will be remembered privately by his family and friends.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
FABER, Mary FABER MARY FABER of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late John Faber passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on February 7, 2023 at the age of 81 years.
The Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:00 am at St. Ambrose Parish (1531, 23 Ave Coaldale).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to. L’Arche, 240 12 C Street North Lethbridge AB T1H 2M7
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
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