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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 21, 2024.

BARTOSEK, Arlene Arlene (Ralph) Bartosek December 30, 1934 – February 16, 2024 Wife – Mother – Grandmother – Great Grandmother It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Arlene Bartosek (nee Ralph) at the age of 89 years. Arlene passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, AB at Extendicare Fairmont Park on February 16, 2024 with family by her side.
Arlene was born and raised in Raymond, AB where she also met her beloved husband of 61 years, Steve Bartosek. Steve and Arlene were married in 1953 and added two daughters, Pauline and Cindy, to complete their family. As a family, they moved to Lethbridge in 1964.
In her younger years, Arlene was an avid basketball player. She was part of the 1952 Raymond Helcat basketball Provincial championship team. Her tall frame earned her the nickname “Stretch” and it stuck with her throughout much of her life. Arlene loved to pull out her team photo and reminisce about the good ol’ days.
Upon completion of high school, Arlene graduated from comptometer school in Calgary. She worked at the Raymond Sugar Factory and Raymond Hardware Store. Arlene then went on to enjoy a prosperous career with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for 25-plus years including the roles of Loan Officer and Bank Teller.
Arlene had a distinct laugh and kind heart. Her home was a safe place to land for family and friends. When you walked through the doors, you knew you’d be loved and well-fed. She was known for her beef & barley soup, cabbage rolls, banana slush, and Christmas fruit cake.
Family is what mattered most to Arlene. She was a strong and supportive presence throughout all of our lives and played a large role in making memories for the family. Whether it was a more elaborate holiday celebration or a simple game of cards, she made it special.
After retiring, Arlene enjoyed her regular Friday afternoon hair appointments and bummin’ around town afterward. She was a poised and classy lady that loved bold lipstick and colourful blouses.
Arlene was always proud of her farming and ranching roots. This translated into a lifelong love of rodeo, classic country music, and John Wayne movies. Even when she started to decline in health, one of her favourite songs would always lift her spirits.
Arlene is survived by her daughter Pauline (Mo) Rusling and son-in-law Lesley Skretting. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Shauna (Craig) Johns, Jaclyn Hartwick, Steve Hartwick, Karlene (TJ) Quinton, Logan (Alexis) Skretting, Landon Skretting, and Clayson Skretting (Shaylin Hoyt). As well as six great grandchildren: Austin Hartwick, Conner Hartwick, Bryden Johns, Cassidy Johns, Eleanor Skretting, and Adlen Quinton. She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Clatie Ralph, husband Steve Bartosek, and daughter Cindy Skretting.
Arlene will be greatly missed by her family, extended family, and the many people she has touched over the years.
The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff at Extendicare Fairmont Park for the loving care given to Arlene.
In memory of Arlene Bartosek, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta (alzheimer.ca/ab)
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 PM at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 13th Street North, Lethbridge. A private burial will take place at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
REINDL, Ann ANN REINDL September 28, 1925 – February 18, 2024 After spending 98 years on this earthly plane of existence, it is with our sadness and her joy that Ann Reindl has gone to the heavenly plane to meet her Heavenly Father and be greeted by her departed family – husband, Paul, sons, Terry and Tom and many sisters, brothers, sisters and brothers-in-law and other family and friends.
During her time here, Ann and Paul courageously raised 9 children. Ann enjoyed her community and was active in her Catholic church. She served the CWL, helped organize the World Day of Prayer and volunteered countless hours at the church. She travelled to many places, but her favourite was home with her family.
Along with raising her children, Ann got involved in her community and was a volunteer for Fair Days. She loved to garden – flowers and vegetables – and won many ribbons for her entries in the local fair. Ann also enjoyed photography, sewing, quilting, embroidery, stamp collecting, reading, music, painting and liked to increase her knowledge by taking continuing education classes, learning about many things. Ann’s phenomenal mind and memory were sharp even up to the last. Whenever her family needed a date or time when something happened, she always knew. Ann’s legacy of faith, resiliency, creativity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness have been the many gifts she taught her family.
Left to miss her are her children: Dennis (Debbie), Mary Ann (Brian), Jeanne (Wayne), Susan (Doug), Dorothy (Dave), Frank (Sheila) and Rose. Ann also has 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as 3 surviving brothers – Michael (Nancy), Dan (Joanne), Leo(Ellen), sisters-in-law – Janice, Marge, Mary and Phyllis, and many, many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her.
Rest in peace, Mom. We will forever hold you in our hearts.
Ann’s family would like to thank her amazing Catholic church family, her supportive “family” at the Cottonwood, the kind Home Healthcare team, and the wonderful folks at Foothills Country Hospice who lovingly helped Mom through her final days.
Donations can be made to the Foothills Country Hospice, Christ the King Catholic Church or charity of your choice.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Saturday February 24th, 2024 at Christ The King Catholic Church – 344 50th Avenue W, at 11:00 A.M.
Photos, cherished memories and condolences may be shared at http://www.zentnerfuneralhomes.com 1-844-ZENTNER
VELTHUIS, Berend “Ben” BEREND WICHER VELTHUIS 1937 – 2024 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear Father, Opa and Brother, Berend (Ben) Velthuis at the age of 86, on February 17, 2024, beloved husband of the late Elisabeth (Bep) Maria Velthuis. Ben leaves behind his children and grandchildren; Pieter (Ana) Velthuis (Bethany, Carson, and numerous foster children), Ralph Velthuis, Alice Velthuis, Bert Velthuis (Jasmine, Jenifer, Melissa), Janet (Ed) Ymker (Edward, Jacob, Sara, Annie, Ryan, Micah, LoriAnne), Elisabeth Velthuis, Hanna Velthuis (Adam, Grace, Emily), David (Alisha) Velthuis (Jayme, Zachary, Jonah, Luke, Janaya). He is survived by his brother and his spouse and 3 sisters and their spouses, numerous in-laws and many nieces and nephews in the Netherlands.
Besides his late wife, Elisabeth, of 52 years, Ben was predeceased by his parents, Pieter and Aaltje Velthuis; his parents in-law, Roel and Jannetje Hayes; Brother Jan (Corrie) Velthuis, Sister Pieterke (Joop) Borchart, 5 brothers in-law and 1 sister in-law.
Ben was born in Beilen, the Netherlands, on October 29, 1937, to Pieter and Aaltje Velthuis. He met his wife, Bep through mutual friends and married her on March 2, 1966. They were blessed with 4 children and after immigrating to Canada in 1976, they were blessed with 4 more children. They lived in Edmonton, Alberta for a short while before moving to Chilliwack, British Columbia and finally settling in Southern Alberta. Papa enjoyed working where he was able to interact with people and he worked hard to support his family that he loved dearly. Papa was a firm believer in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death making him a pro-life advocate. We would like to express a huge thank you to Bethesda Care Home for the excellent care given to our father (Opa) where he happily resided for 8 years until his passing.
Condolences will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday February 22, 2024, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, 601 3A STREET, Picture Butte, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday February 23, 2024, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, 601 3A STREET, Picture Butte, Alberta with Rev. P. Kleijer officiating.
Interment will follow at the Memorial Cemetery of Picture Butte, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K1V0; The Lethbridge Pro-life Association, 1805 9th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1H8; OR roll up your sleeves and donate to the Canadian Blood Services.
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TOMASZEWSKI, Anthony “Tony” ANTHONY “TONY” TOMASZEWSKI 1949 – 2024 Mr. Anthony “Tony” Tomaszewski of Bow Island, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the age of 74 years.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 ST SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Interment to follow in Royal View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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BREWERTON, Blaudwin “Loree” BREWERTON BLAUDWIN “LOREE” BREWERTON, beloved wife of the late Steele Brewerton, passed away in Magrath, AB on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the age of 97 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Garden Place Chapel, Magrath, Alberta on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 pm. Friends may meet the family from 1:00 – 1:45 pm prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Magrath Cemetery.
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BARROWS, Russel “Russ” BARROWS RUSSEL “RUSS” FLOYD BARROWS, beloved husband of the late Rose Barrows, passed away at Cambridge Manor in Calgary, on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the age of 92 years.
A Viewing will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street NW, Milk River, AB, on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:00 A.M., with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 A.M. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Russ’ obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Following the Funeral Service, Russ will be laid to rest in the Milk River Cemetery.
For those who wish, flowers may be ordered through the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
GROUETTE, Dorale “Bud” GROUETTE DORALE “BUD” ANTHOINE GROUETTE, beloved husband of Marjorie Suzanne Grouette (née Marshman), of Lethbridge, AB, passed away after a short stay at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the age of 76 years.
A Celebration of Bud’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 2:00 P.M, with Pat Siedlecki officiating. Dad’s request was that everyone in attendance wear casual clothes. The Celebration of Life will be live-streamed and may be viewed through his obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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ROBERT CLAIRE VENABLES January 17, 1933 – February 18, 2024 It is with great sadness and breaking hearts we express the loss of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Bob Venables, who passed away at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 91.
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, the second of three sons to Arthur and Mary Venables, he moved to Lethbridge as a lad with his family. Bob wore many hats for employment during his colourful life. At seventeen and gung-ho, he joined the army, only to be ejected because he was too young. After leaving the fire department, he became a motorcycle policeman, which led to his love of bikes. There were other positions such as oil rig roughneck and car and truck salesman. In retirement he worked maintenance at Mcgavin’s Bakery, Extendicare, and Wheatland Bins, the latter being his favourite of employment. His cruise in an Indy car at the Indianapolis 500 in 2012 was a cherished memory he beheld.
Bob met Connie Field and they married in 1950. They had a long life together, which lasted sixty-six years. In that time, they raised four children. He was a member of the Windy West Model Airplane Club for many years, building and flying models of all sizes and styles. An established artist, he produced many pen and ink artworks, mostly of motorcycles and old autos, which were another love of his.
Remarried late in life to Kathy Rollingson, Bob found much happiness. It was a fifty-year friendship that somehow blossomed into love.
With Bob, it was easy.
Bob was predeceased by his loving first wife Connie, his parents, brother Ted and sister-in-law Laura.
A man who was very proud of his family, he is survived by his beloved wife Kathy, daughter Dianne (Shane) Porter, sons Rod (Shelly), Dan, Jeff (Karen), stepdaughter Pat (Dave) Olson, stepson Bill Rollingson, 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Also left to mourn him are his brother Gary (Marion), and best friends Karl (Doreen) Johnson and Glen (Jeanette) Richardson.
A Come and Go Celebration of Life will be held between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 5 AVE S, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Home.
Bob was an animal lover. In lieu of flowers, please find it in your heart to donate to an animal shelter of your choosing.
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GARRETT, Arnold GARRETT ARNOLD BRUCE GARRETT, of Shaughnessy, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 20, 2024 at the age of 63 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
VAN HEREWEGHE, Joyce Joyce Van Hereweghe 1933 – 2024 Edna Joyce Van Hereweghe, beloved wife of Louis Van Hereweghe, passed away in Taber on Monday, February 19, 2024 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. A graveside service will follow at the 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 Joyce’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, February 23, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 2:00 P.M. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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