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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 9, 2024.

MIKADO, Douglas Douglas Haruichi Mikado 1925 – 2024 Douglas Haruichi Mikado passed away at the Good Samaritan’s Lodge in Magrath, Alberta, on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the age of 98 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Susie and countless nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Doug was born in 1925 in Ganges, Salt Spring Island, B.C., to Masukichi and Tsutayo Mikado, and along with his seven siblings, was schooled and spent his formative years there. During the war, the family moved to Magrath in 1942 and had resided there ever since.
Doug was employed by Tanco Co. in Magrath for many years and retired in 1990. His retirement years were spent golfing, yard work, travelling, and spent many happy hours in his woodworking shop. He was proud of his huge garden and beautiful flowers that he and Susie produced. Visits often ended with “come out and look at the garden”.
The family would like to thank the staff at Garden Vista for their loving care. We also appreciate all the visits and kind offers of help and gifts from friends and neighbors.
At his request, there will be no public funeral. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Flowers and koden are gratefully declined.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
OLSON, Jack OLSON With sadness, we announce the passing of Jack Hardy Olson, a caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and friend. Jack was born to John and Donna (Hardy) Olson on August 26, 1930 in Stirling, Alberta, where he grew up. He passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024 in Magrath at the age of 93.
In his younger years, Jack was a gifted athlete, excelling in baseball, hockey, and track and field. As an adult, Jack coached many award-winning teams, particularly in high school girls’ basketball.
Jack was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. He served an honorable mission and in many other teaching and leadership capacities. He loved the Lord with all his heart.
In 1954, Jack met his best friend and sweetheart Marlene Whitehead. They were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple later that year. Jack and Marlene spent 67 wonderful years together until Marlene’s passing in 2022.
Jack and Marlene had five children: Thomas Olson, Stephen (Barbara) Olson, Michael (Deborrah) Olson, Colette (Mark) Williamson, and Brad (Trina) Olson. They also had 31 grandchildren and 63 great grandchildren. Jack loved spending time with his family.
Jack loved people and never met a stranger. He taught high school for 33 years. Students in Rosemary, Claresholm, Calgary, and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute were blessed to have Mr. Olson as a teacher. Everyone loved Mr. Olson.
The family would like to thank the staff at AgeCare Columbia in Lethbridge, Extendicare in Fort Macleod, and Garden Vista in Magrath for their dedication and compassion in caring for Dad during his declining years. A private family service for Jack will be held.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
CRANLEY, Mitchell CRANLEY Mitchell Keith Cranley, beloved husband to Aleda Cranley and father to Daxton Mitchell and Adriel Kennedy, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024 in Lethbridge at the age of 35 years.
Friends may meet with the family on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. prior to the service at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge. The Funeral Service will begin at 3:00 p.m.
For more information or to share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.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.
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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
WOOD, Joseph “Joe” JOSEPH “JOE” WOOD 1931 – 2024 It is with great sadness that the family of Joe Wood announce his passing on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at the age of 92 years.
Joe was born in Lethbridge on May 16, 1931. He was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather who was so proud to be called “Gida” by his grandchildren. He supported them with his attendance at their hockey and ringette games, dance recitals and whatever else they were involved in. Dad was a passionate Studebaker collector and was a member of the Southern Alberta Antique & Classic Auto Club, travelling with mom across the country to many car meets.
After 31 years, dad retired a Senior Captain with the Lethbridge Fire Department. He made many lifelong friends, including those who helped with the restoration of the antique fire engine, which is now on display in local parades.
Before becoming a firefighter, dad spent time in the Navy and many stories were shared. He always loved the company of a dog, and there was always a companion in the house.
Joe is survived by his loving children Garnett (Shannon) Wood, Robert (Gail) Wood, T.J (Ryan) Wood-Loo; grandchildren Jaimee and Brittyn Wood, Thane, Brittney and Hailey Wood, and Madyson and R.J Loo.
He was predeceased by his wife Ann and son Rick.
At dad’s request, a private family service was held.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920-16th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 5E9.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
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