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Thursday, March 7, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 7, 2024.

ALSTON, Gloria GLORIA HARKER ALSTON MARCH 11, 1930 – MARCH 1, 2024 Ten days before her 94th birthday, Gloria Alston passed away in Magrath, Alberta, the town she was born in and lived all of her life. Gloria was the 11th of 12 children (8th daughter) of Nephi and Hattie (Bingham) Harker. She was raised with a strong love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served in many leadership roles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After retirement she served in the Cardston Temple with her husband for many years. In 1951, Gloria married her high school sweetheart, Tyler Alston and they spent over 72 years together. They raised 5 children: Arana (Bruce) Lyle; Jane (Greg) Romeril; Bill (Susan) Alston; Tom Alston and Burke (Sheila) Alston. She is survived by her husband and their 5 children including 19 grand children and 55 great grand children. Gloria is also survived by her sister Martha Wright and was predeceased by her grandson Joshua Alston. Gloria took great pride in her home, cooking for others and serving in her younger years. She was an excellent student and worked at the Magrath Trading Company and the Bank of Montreal for many years, before joining Tyler to help run their Oil and Gas business that they had taken over in 1952. They retired in 1992 with a 40 year service plaque from BA, Gulf Oil and Petro Canada. Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel, (Corner of Center Street and 2 Ave North) in Magrath, AB on Thursday, March 7 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Garden Place Chapel on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 pm. Friends may also meet the family from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, AB.
To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
KUHN, Willie WILLIE KUHN 1935 – 2024 Mr. Willie Kuhn of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Ida Kuhn, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows, on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the age of 88 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd W, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Lee Loveridge, officiating.
A private family Interment will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery.
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VENABLES, Robert ROBERT CLAIRE VENABLES January 17, 1933 – February 18, 2024 lt 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.
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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HOWARD, Myrna “Karlee” HOWARD Myrna “Karlee” Atwood Howard was born the 20th of July 1937 in Raymond, AB to Daniel “Jesse” Atwood and Helen Harding. After a brief illness, Karlee passed away on Feb. 28th, 2024 in Blairmore, AB. She was surrounded by family members and her beloved husband, Duane.
Karlee is survived by her husband, Duane Sennett Howard; her children, Helen Hird (Doug Drain), John Howard (Sylvia), Suzanne Thiel (Leslie), Linda Taylor Dewey (Simon Dewey) Dan Howard (Marla) and Laura Coma Howard Stewart (Jim); her grandchildren, Jennifer Hird Marsden (Ian), Stephen Hird, Michael Howard, Tyler Howard (Kiersten), Sheldon Theil (Cynthia), Clayton Thiel (Kayty), Jesse Taylor, Elijah Taylor (Jazmin), Rebecca Taylor (Kels), Zackary Taylor, James Taylor (Chrystal), Tanya Taylor Cantlon (Todd), Jaden Howard (Jenna), Steele Howard (Alyssa), Rylan Howard, Marissa Patterson and Jacob Patterson; a number of great-grandchildren; siblings, Eilene Atwood (Jay), David Brandley (Nola), Daniel Harding Atwood (Deanne), Margaret Atwood (Layne), Brant Harding Atwood (Carol), Linda Jean Atwood (Wren), Jan Charles Atwood (Linda), Lanny Leroy Howard (Peggy), Lorena Shnoor (Ronald) and Linda Kay Atwood (Jan); and many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind numerous friends and loved ones who she cherished like family.
On August 11, 1956 Duane and Karlee were married in Bow Island, AB on her parent’s farm. As the Branch President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bow Island, Karlee’s father was able to perform the marriage ceremony. On June 7th, 1967, Duane and Karlee drove their little troop to the Cardston, AB Temple where they were sealed together for time and all eternity.
Karlee worked at an interesting variety of jobs like a telephone switchboard operator, waitress, housecleaner, clerk at the Mercantile Store and matron of the Riverview Lodge in Raymond. She worked at the Mini-Mart in Elkford and the post office in Logan Lake. She worked as a flagger and a heavy equipment operator running a packer for road construction. She also made beautiful quilts and sold them. Karlee liked to be busy and she was involved in the community organizations. She was a Leader in the Girl Guides and even became the Area Commissioner for the Guiding program. She was very active in the T.O.P.S. program where she won many awards and trophies and made some of her dearest friends. Karlee cherished her membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a dedicated teacher and leader in the Primary and Relief Society programs of the Church.
Karlee loved to be outdoors. She would load up the car with her children and as many neighbourhood kids as would fit and away they’d go berry picking in the mountains, swimming in the ice-cold lakes, tubing down the river in the summer and skiing or tobogganing in the winter. Karlee was hooked on motorcycles when they bought some dirt bikes and quickly advanced to highway bikes. After that, her and Duane had many adventures on their motorcycles travelling all over Western Canada and the USA. She loved exploring old backroads and mountain trails in their pickup truck. Karlee was always ready for her next adventure, whether it was bungy jumping at the age of 73 or taking a spin on her daughter’s Yamaha 1000 motorcycle at the ripe old age of 81. Now Karlee is off on the greatest adventure of all and having the time of her life!
Much thanks and gratitude to the doctors and staff at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care and Continuing Care Centres for their loving kindness to Karlee. There will be a private family graveside service at a later date.
Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
BUIS, Lorne LORNE BUIS 1965 – 2024 Lorne William Buis of Foremost, Alberta, loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend passed away unexpectedly at home on March 3, 2024, at the age of 59. Lorne was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 8, 1964, and welcomed into the Buis family at 6 weeks old.
Lorne was devoted to his community and loved to help people. From his first ambulance call on his 18th birthday to his last volunteer shift this past week, Lorne always had his community in mind. He also had a large network within the agriculture community that was developed during his 26 years with W. Buis Holdings Ltd. He served on the Village of Foremost council for 23 years on various committees with the last 6 years as Mayor. He took so much pride and joy volunteering in various organizations such as HALO, Redcoat Rail, and the PEP Board just to name a few.
Lorne loved dogs, going on motorbike rides, spending time at the lake with family, watching and officiating hockey, and serving his community but what Lorne truly loved was being a fire fighter and EMT. From his start in 1989 with the Calgary Fire Department, then serving almost 40 years on the Foremost Fire Department, to recently fighting wildfires in Northern Alberta this past summer, Lorne was always the first to run when the tones dropped.
He had a larger-than-life personality and loved to talk to people. If you were a stranger, you didn’t stay one for long.
Lorne is survived by his best friend and wife Kerri (Rowley); mother Charlotte (Dillenbeck) Buis; sisters Lisa (Warren) Bechthold; children Taunie (Nathan) Magnuson, and Colby Bechthold; Chris (Ron) Preddy; children Kristen and Luke; sisters-in-law June Roy, Leslie (Lyle) Treiber, children Teri (Craig), and Kale (Courtney) as well as numerous other family members and friends.
Lorne was predeceased by his father William “Sonny” Buis and niece Cammie Magnuson.
A Celebration of Lorne’s Life will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 2:00pm at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 802 1st Ave West.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Foremost Fire Department c/o Village of Foremost, Box 159, Foremost AB T0K 0X0 or HALO Air Ambulance 557 18th St SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8C4.
To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Lorne-Buis and scroll to the bottom of Lorne’s obituary.
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OLFERT, Ron Ron Olfert 1949 – 2024 Ronald Herman Olfert, beloved husband of Doreen Olfert, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the age of 74 years.
Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

HAGERTY, Robert “Bob” HAGERTY ROBERT “BOB” GEORGE HAGERTY, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Janet Hagerty, passed away peacefully surrounded by family by his side, on Wednesday March 6, 2024 at the age of 89 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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