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Tuesday, February 27, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 27, 2024.

PURNELL, Gail PURNELL GAIL LOUISE PURNELL, beloved wife of Jay Purnell, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the age of 82 years, after a brief battle with cancer. She is remembered by her four children, Brenda, Brent (Lena), Janine (Dave), and Jerry (Lonna), and many cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel (355 3 St W, Cardston) on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Cardston Cemetery.
To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
KOCH, Leon KOCH LEON JOHN KOCH, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Beverly Koch, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at the age of 80 years.
Leon is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Koch, of nearly 60 years; by his loving son Geoff (Tammy); his sister Audrey Dykslag; his grandchildren Sean (Tayla); great grandson (Avery) Matt; Kathryn. Along with many friends and family.
Leon was predeceased by his daughter Yvonne Koch (July 19, 1995).
A funeral service for Leon will be held at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
COURTOREILLE, Diana COURTOREILLE DIANA LYNN COURTOREILLE, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the age of 69 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Diana’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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CATTOI, Madeleine MADELEINE CATTOI 1928 – 2024 Madeleine Cattoi (Lacharite) beloved wife of the late Edward Cattoi, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare on February 19th, at the age of 95 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the Prayer Vigil via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Madeline-Cattoi to find the link.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th St. N, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Santiago Torres, celebrant. The Funeral Mass will be recorded, and will be available to watch at https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Madeline-Cattoi
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1200-2300 Yonge Street, Box 2414, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4 or charity of your choice.
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LENGYEL, Bryne
BRYNE LENGYEL 1948 – 2024 Bryne Lengyel, a dedicated and beloved member of the Foremost, Alberta community, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2024, at the age of 75 years.
Born and raised in Foremost, Bryne was deeply rooted in the land, his family and the people around him. He was the oldest child of John and Jeannette Lengyel and beloved brother to Karen Duda. Bryne’s commitment to building a generational farm was unwavering and left a lasting impact on his family. Bryne inherited his work ethic from his father, John, and has passed down this trait to his children and grandchildren. Beyond his work in the fields, Bryne was a passionate fly fisherman, outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing. He found solace and joy in the great outdoors casting a line on a tranquil river with his friends. As a young man Bryne loved tractor pulling, playing guitar and performing with his band Hiway 61.
In recent years Bryne served as a councillor for the County of Forty Mile and was then elected Reeve of the County. He was a passionate member of council and was also a member of many boards and committees. Bryne helped promote the County in everything he was involved in.
Bryne’s greatest source of happiness came from his family. He cherished every moment spent being with his children and watching his grandchildren excel in sports, dancing, and music. His pride and love for them knew no bounds.
Bryne is survived by his children Angela (James), Robert (Jackie), Gina (Dereck), and his 9 cherished grandchildren: Trevor, Grace, Ryan, Claire, Abigail, Julianne, Emily, Ivy and Bliss. He is also survived by his sister Karen Duda.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Lengyel and his parents John and Jeannette.
In addition to his immediate family, Bryne’s life was enriched by his special friend and companion Beth Dixson and her family, whose love, warmth and companionship meant the world to him the past 7 years.
Bryne Lengyel’s legacy of hard work, love for the land, and devotion to family and community will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, March 1, 2024, at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 205 2 Street West, Foremost, Alberta.
Interment will follow at the Foremost Cemetery.
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KLEINSASSER, Rachel Rachel Kleinsasser 1936 – 2023 Rachel J. Kleinsasser, beloved wife of the late Reverend John M. Kleinsasser, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evergreen Colony, Taber on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 12:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Evergreen Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

WAMSTEEKER, Peter “Pete”
PETER “PETE” WAMSTEEKER 1965 – 2024 Peter “Pete” Wamsteeker of Lethbridge, beloved husband and high school sweetheart of Charlotte Wamsteeker and father of Jeffrey Wamsteeker, Becca Wamsteeker (Dyck), and Kaitlyn Wamsteeker (Aird), passed away suddenly on February 23, 2024, at the age of 58 years.
Pete was born on June 12, 1965, in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he spent his youth. Characterized from a young age by his hard work ethic, Pete started his successful career in agriculture at the local Southern Feeds plant. A strong believer of education, Pete attended the University of Alberta to complete his degree in science before returning to Southern Feeds (later acquired by Cargill) to continue his career. Pete quickly progressed from sweeping the plant floor through key management positions, which offered him the opportunity to move across Canada, U.S., and China. Throughout his 40-year career at Cargill, Pete impacted many people, helping to develop their careers, approach, and leadership. He led with these three pieces of advice passed down by his father: Work hard, Do the right thing, and Make a difference. It is through so many colleagues, mentees, and individuals that these mantras were realized and will continue to in the future.
A loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather (Papa), Pete cherished his time with his family above everything. Those who knew Pete well know how proud he was of his family’s accomplishments and the immense love he held for his children, grandchildren, and wife. He always made sure nothing was left unsaid – it is with these frequent reminders of support and love that will last in his family’s hearts forever.
Following the love for his family, friends, and a good debate, Pete loved music and the Iowa Hawkeyes. There was never a moment without Coldplay or Queen in the background or discussion about the football season. These two loves were shared by his late son, Jeff – it is knowing that Pete and Jeff are now together listening to music that brings us a sense of peace and solace.
Pete will be missed every day by his loving wife Charlotte; daughters Becca and Kaitlyn; son-in-laws Joey Dyck and Eric Aird; grandchildren Remington and Avery Dyck; siblings Leon Wamsteeker and Colleen Kandel; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Each of these people he loved and touched very deeply.
Pete is predeceased by his parents Anna and Hendrik Wamsteeker and his son Jeff.
A Celebration of Pete’s Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.
A Visitation will be held prior, beginning at 12:15 pm.
For those who are unable to attend the Funeral, a livestream will be available at https://www14.funeralwebhost.com/ymb/obituary/PeterPete-Wamsteeker at the bottom of Pete’s obituary page.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, we ask for donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at https://www.heartandstroke.ca/
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FLAMAND, Paul PAUL FLAMAND 1936 – 2024 Mr. Paul Stanley Flamand of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Doris Flamand, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the age of 87 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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PUBBEN, Dawn DAWN JULIE PUBBEN July 26, 1958 – February 19, 2024 Ms. Dawn Julie Pubben of Lethbridge passed away in her home on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the age of 65 years.
A Viewing will be held for family and friends from 2:00 pm, to 5:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
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BINDER, Dale DALE BINDER 1954 – 2024 Mr. Dale Binder of Lethbridge passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the age of 69 years.
A private family Graveside Service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
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CLAPTON, Timothy CLAPTON TIMOTHY IAIN CLAPTON, beloved life partner of Deb Dragland, passed away on February 21, 2024 at the age of 50 years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 2, 2024 at 2:00pm at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Rd S, Lethbridge.
The livestream will be available on the Salmon and Sons website.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
DUNN, Darren DARREN HOWARD DUNN 1967 – 2024 It is with profound sadness that the family of Darren Howard Dunn announce his passing at 57 years of age.
Born January 27th, 1967, in Lethbridge Alberta, Darren was raised with a deep appreciation for the agricultural lifestyle. He embraced the challenges of farming from an early age, learning the ropes alongside his father. His childhood was spent amidst the vast fields, so after graduating from Picture Butte High School, it was only natural that they would become the backdrop of his life’s work.
Darren dedicated himself to the family farm, embracing the challenges and joys of agricultural life with unwavering determination. His hard work and resilience were evident in his fields and gardens.
His family shared countless memories of laughter, love, and shared adventures on the farm. He is survived by his father, Howard Dunn, son, Jamey (Courtney) Dunn, daughter, Amber Dunn, two sisters, Debra Dunn and Dona (Rob) Moriyama, six grandchildren (Eco, Octavia, Eddie, Dillan, Brody, & Clayton), and numerous nieces and nephews. Darren was predeceased by his mother, Christine Louise Dunn.
Darren will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the remarkable life of a man who lived with passion, integrity, and an unwavering dedication to the land he loved. His legacy will endure in the fields he tended, the lives he enriched, and the memories he leaves behind.
To honor Darren, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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MACKENZIE, Eleanor “Ellie” MACKENZIE ELEANOR “ELLIE” FRANCES MACKENZIE, beloved wife of the late Ian Mackenzie, of Pincher Creek, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday February 26, 2024 at the age 80 years.
A Celebration of Ellie’s Life will be held in June 2024 in Pincher Creek. Details to be announced once completed.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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