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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 16, 2024.

GRAY, Isabelle ISABELLE AGNES GRAY November 6, 1936 – March 10, 2024 In the stillness and calm of the early morning hours, Isabelle died peacefully.
Isabelle was born in Regina and grew up there with her brother and three sisters. She married the love of her life, William (Bill) Gray in 1956 and moved to Calgary. Eventually they moved to Lethbridge and together they raised four children. After Bill died in 2011, Isabelle moved back to Calgary. Fabric and thread contributed to the tapestry of Isabelle’s life: Isabelle had the creative spark of a sewer. She made everything from clothing to costumes, bedspreads to drapes, and everything in between. She took up quilting for the first time when she was in her eighties, making several beautiful full-sized quilts and smaller pieces. At the heart of how Isabelle lived were community and friendship. She was a vibrant volunteer, sharing not only a variety of skills, but her wonderful sense of humour and fun as well. In the process, she helped build community and bring people together. Isabelle was a beloved and dear friend. Isabelle will be forever loved and sadly missed by her children Bruce (Alison), Allison (Jay), and Caroline (Bob); two sisters Wilma and Ann; grandchildren Jaime, Tyler, Mikayla, Jasmine, and Adam; great grandchildren Caden and Zander; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband Bill and son Paul, and by her brother Bruce and sister Margie. Isabelle’s family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Calgary Foothills Medical Centre, Unit 61, and Agape Hospice, for their compassionate care. The family will be holding a Celebration of Life in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seva Canada at https://donate.seva.ca/, the Salvation Army at https://www.salvationarmycalgary.org/, or the charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family, via the website: http://www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial
HENKER, Carol CAROL BARBARA (SHARPLES) HENKER 1940 – 2024 We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved mom and grandma Carol Henker on March 9, 2024 at the age of 83. Carol passed peacefully in the arms of her children, following a brief illness.
Born and raised in Claresholm, Carol was proud of her pioneer heritage as the granddaughter of Charles Sharples, who homesteaded west of Claresholm in the 1800s. Her Leeds grandparents were also early pioneers in the area. Mimi, as she was known to her family, treasured wonderful memories of growing up on the Sharples Ranch with loving parents and her three sisters, enjoying a close family, their ponies, and fun in and on Trout Creek in the summer and winter.
Carol qualified as a teacher at the University of Alberta and taught a number of years in Edmonton before returning to raise her own children in Claresholm. She was artistic, and created gorgeous handicrafts of all kinds, many of which Carol gave as gifts or with which she adorned her impeccable and beautifully decorated home. She was musical, having learned to play several instruments and she sang with the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus as well as the Claresholm Community Singers. She was a devout Catholic and member of the Christ the King parish in Claresholm. Carol was particularly known as a gracious hostess, admired for her culinary and baking skills and the thoughtfulness and extra effort she made to make all occasions special, and to welcome friends, family, and her children’s friends.
Carol was predeceased in 2016 by Terry, her husband of 43 years. Together they enjoyed love, laughter and many travels. Above all else, Carol treasured family times with her children, holidays, dinners, vacations, special occasions, and time with her cherished grandchildren.
Carol was also predeceased by her parents, Henry and Marjorie Sharples, and her older sister Joanne. Mourning and missing Carol always are her three children, daughter Barbara (Paulin) Larochelle and grandchildren Geoffrey, Laura and Matthieu, son Don (Whitney) Henker and grandchildren Grace, Jack and David, and daughter Patti Henker, two sisters, Judy Meckelborg and Kathleen (Ken) Tratch, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Carol will also be greatly missed by her many friends, including her coffee and craft groups.
A funeral Mass for Carol will be celebrated later in the spring, and there will be a private inurnment at the Claresholm cemetery.
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.
A Celebration of Darren’s Life will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at THE TURIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 105, 3 STREET S.E., Turin, Alberta.
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FRIESEN, Elizabeth “Betty” ELIZABETH “BETTY” FRIESEN 1928 – 2024 Friesen, Elizabeth “Betty”, beloved wife of the late John Friesen passed away peacefully Tuesday February 27, 2024, with family at her side. She was 95 years old. Betty was born in Blumenhof, Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatchewan, before her family moved to Alberta, where she met her husband, John. John and Betty were married, December 28, 194 7 and they spent 65 years together until his passing in 2012.
Mom’s passion was for family, cooking, and every combination of the two. Mom worked in the food industry for the majority of her working career, starting in Swift Current with KFC and once we moved to Lethbridge, she spent 17 years at St. Mikes Hospital preparing home cooked meals for the patients, the Nuns that ran the hospital and the doctors. Once she retired, she loved to volunteer at the MCC store, the ladies Auxiliary at Extendicare and quilting blankets for the homeless.
Mom is survived by her children, Richard (Marilyn) Friesen, Harvey (Donna) Friesen, David (Rose Ann) Friesen, Rhonda (Gerry) Roth. She has left to cherish her memory her 4 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Christoper (Addie) Friesen, Camron and Carter, Ryan (Isabel) Friesen, Amy (Rob) Burton, Aubree and Gracelyn, Jessica (Nathan) Barendregt, Beckett.
The family would like to thank the care staff at St. Therese for all that you do. A special thank you to Marwha for always singing with mom during difficult times, and Heather for your bright smile and energy.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 17 STREET, Coaldale, Alberta, with Lil Thompson officiating.
A private family interment will be held prior in Coaldale Cemetery.
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MAI, Jia He
JIA HE MAI 1933 – 2024 Mr. Jia He Mai of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Cui Fang Su, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by family, on Sunday March 10, 2024, at the age of 94 years.
Jia He Mai was born in Canton, China on April 27, 1933. After finishing his primary education in China, Jia He was employed at the shoe factory. Along with Cui Fang, he immigrated to Canada in 1996 and lived in Lethbridge until his passing. Jia He’s favourite pastime includes going for coffee and tea with Cui Fang and their friends. Jia He also loved to travel and being outdoors. His greatest passion was riding his bicycle all over the city. Jia He and Cui Fang enjoyed managing a large vegetable garden for many years.
Besides his loving wife Cui Fang, Jia He is survived by his son Hugh (Michelle) Mai of Lethbridge; daughter Yi Xia (Xu Wei Wen) of China; grandchildren, Sophia and Samson Mai, and Arnoldo Wu of Lethbridge, and Kaitlyn Xu (Andy Yim) of Toronto; one great granddaughter, Amelia Yuen Man Yim of Toronto; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jia He is also survived by his one sister, Linda (Leslie) Fong of Calgary; and two brothers, Jia Kai Mai (You Chong Wuang) of Calgary, and Thomas (Susan) Mak of Lethbridge.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday March 19, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on March 20, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the service via livestream, please visit https://www14.funeralwebhost.com/ymb/obituary/JaiHe-Mai and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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ERICKSON, Linda LINDA DAWN ERICKSON (nee CHAPMAN) March 20, 1960 – March 11, 2024 With breaking hearts, we announce that Linda has passed away at the age of 63 after a short but courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband Jim by her side.
Linda is survived by her daughter Kate (Reece) Clark, treasured grandson Atticus James (A.J.) Clark, mother Georgie Chapman (Don Jepson), and sisters Leslie Elliott (Kimbal) Harty and Laura (John) Getkate. Linda was predeceased by her father, Ron Chapman, in 2011.
Linda was born in Edmonton and grew up in Calgary, graduating from Central Memorial in 1978. It was at Central that the “Lakeview Girls” was formed, a group of lifelong friends that continue to have regular reunions. She studied Television and Radio Arts at SAIT in Calgary, and in 1981 took her newly acquired knowledge to work at CKPG Television in Prince George, B.C. In 1983, she moved to Lethbridge to work at CFCN Television as a Writer Producer, ultimately becoming Creative Director.
That same year Linda met Jim, the love of her life, at a Lethbridge Rugby Football Club function, where Jim was an active team member. Linda also played rugby, and together they made many lasting friends.
In 1987, they embarked on an epic seven month backpacking adventure through parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Their intent was to be married in Bali, but returned homesick (and broke), to be married in Lethbridge in July 1988.
Newlywed, they moved to Coutts where daughter Kate was born in 1991. Linda began her career in municipal government as Deputy Mayor for the Town of Coutts, and working at the County of Warner in Economic Development. She made countless friends in her new home community; developing friendships that continue to this day.
Linda and Jim moved to Lethbridge in 2009. Linda gratefully received a portion of Kate’s liver in a life saving transplant in 2010. After recovery, she continued her career in provincial and federal Economic Development, forever impacting numerous businesses and lives throughout southern Alberta.
Linda was a colleague and mentor to many. She was always available to lend an ear or helping hand. Her talent was recognized often by Economic Developers Alberta. She was the Economic Developer of the Year in 1997, and won the Gerry Gabinet Mentorship Award at the Annual Award of Excellence event in 2023.
One of Linda’s core values was that she believed everyone should volunteer. She demonstrated this by working on the CouttsGrass Rodeo Association, Coutts Sunday School, Coutts and Lethbridge Library Boards, Forty Niners 4H Horse Club, Milk River Doctor Recruitment Committee, Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Museum, and London Road Community Association.
We will all miss Linda’s incredible sense of humour and dry wit, and the way she kept everyone organized all of the time… a self proclaimed “Cecil B. DeMille”. Her passion for gardening, daily “steps requirement”, and love of flamboyant scarves will be remembered by all. She could lighten the mood in any room with the sparkle that she brought to this world.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the amazing nursing staff of the ICU and Unit 4B at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.
A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held in Lethbridge on March 30, 2024 at the new Lethbridge Exhibition Centre at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Liver Foundation.
BORTOLUSSI, Anna BORTOLUSSI It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving Mom, Nonna, and Bisnonna, ANNA MARIA BORTOLUSSI, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the age of 85 years old.
Born in Portogruaro, Venice, Italy on March 26, 1938, Anna Maria was the oldest of four children of Giovanni and Lucia Nogarotto. She married the love of her life, Ferruccio Bortolussi, in 1961. Together they worked exceptionally hard, made enormous sacrifices, and built a life that centered around their family including their three children: Fabio, Dennis, and Antonia. To Anna Maria, family was her everything and the only thing in her world. She was the rock of the family and was a constant source of love and inspiration for all of us. She always carried herself with class, style, dignity, and pride, and instilled these and so many more values in her children and grandchildren.
For many years, long-term health issues were a struggle, but Anna Maria never lost hope and her deep faith never wavered. Her cherished grandchildren: Giuliana, Alessia, Christian and her first great- grandchild, Sienna, were the joys that brought her immense happiness. Family including Devin, Huxley, and so many more relatives and friends were also very important to her.
Anna Maria was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Ferruccio, in 2011 and this was a loss that she never recovered from. Although her passing brings us immeasurable sadness, we are comforted knowing that our mom and dad are now forever reunited in eternal peace.
The Bortolussi Family extends our appreciation to the countless health care professionals and support staff that have assisted and cared for Anna Maria. A special thank you to Chinook Regional Hospital, Fairmont Extendicare, Linda, Beata, and the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre. There are countless more individuals who we will never forget for their care and compassion.
A private Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Following the Funeral Mass, Anna Maria and Ferruccio were laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating in memory of Anna Maria to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca) or the Alberta Cancer Foundation (albertacancer.ca).

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HARRIS, Jay
HARRIS JAY PATRICK HARRIS, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Cynthia Harris, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with his loving wife and cherished sons at his side, on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the age of 78 years.
Jay was born on March 31, 1945 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan to William and Helen Harris. The Harris family moved to Lethbridge in 1953. Jay completed his Certificate of Apprenticeship as a Sheet Metal Mechanic in 1968 at SAIT and was the proud founder of Kodiak Heating and Air Conditioning in 1975.
Jay was a husband, father, son, brother, business owner, coach, mentor, friend and golfing buddy to many. His hobbies included making wine, golf, watching the Green Bay Packers, golf, Knights of Columbus activities and the occasional round of golf. Jay lived by the mantra “you drive for show but putt for dough” as many of his golfing buddies and their wallets will attest.
Left to cherish Jay’s memory are his two sons of whom he was so very proud, Scott (Ronda) and Cam (Angie); his special grandchildren, Isabella, Blake and Paige; his fur baby Zoey; brother Darryl (Joan); and sister Maureen (Andy) as well as his many nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends and all else who knew him. He will especially be missed by his beloved wife of 59 years, Cynthia who was his support and love until his very last breath.
A Memorial Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Memorial Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Jay’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jay, donations can be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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HAGERTY, Robert “Bob”
ROBERT GEORGE HAGERTY June 23, 1934 – March 6, 2024 ROBERT “BOB” HAGERTY, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the age of 89 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janet; children, Sheila (Owen Byrne) Hagerty of Lethbridge, Maureen (Herb) Groenenboom of Lethbridge, and Tony (Tatiana) Hagerty of Edmonton; grandchildren: Kelsey (Zak), Jamie, Victoria and Seraphina, as well as beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Micheal and Florence Hagerty, brothers Jack, Tom, Kenny and Daniel.
Bob was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, on June 23, 1934. He grew up near Denholm, SK with his two older brothers, working on the family farm. His love of farming and the life that goes with it would serve him and his family well in subsequent years.
Bob attended East Hill Rural School until the family needed him to run the family farm. Growing up, he enjoyed outdoor sports, fishing, fastball, curling and hockey. He even managed to play a ballgame or two against the great Gordie Howe in his younger years.
Bob met Janet Murphy, the love of his life and they were married October 31, 1964. Working various winter construction jobs, improving the farm with the addition of sheep and cattle, and raising three children made for a full and busy life. He was active in the community as a leader for the Mount Hope 4H Club, member of the Denholm recreation club and volunteer firefighter.
Bob later worked as a caretaker at Battleford Central School, where he was well loved by staff and students alike and set the gold standard for caretakers. In his free time, Bob loved spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing and playing cards.
After moving to Lethbridge, Bob and Janet developed a whole new social circle through St. Martha’s Parish. Bob rarely missed church or Tim Horton’s coffee afterwards and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bob will be remembered by all as a sweet, kind and gentle person. He handled the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, melanoma and dementia with grace and dignity. He never lost his ability to smile or to count a crib hand faster than anyone.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Bruce Barnett officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Bob’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
It is the family’s request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta (parkinsonsassociation.ca) or Development and Peace Canada (devp.org).

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WHITTON, Rick WHITTON RICK WHITTON, of Lethbridge, beloved husband and best friend of 32 years of Darlene Whitton, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at the age of 67 years.
Besides his loving wife, Rick is survived by his daughter, Shannon Foote (Shane); granddaughter, Raeanna Kenyon (Quinn); great-granddaughters, Sage and Indie; and grandsons, Rhys and Aidan Foote. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Larry Sera (Shirley) and families. Rick was one of 14 siblings and is survived by his twin brother, Randy; sister, Kate and brother, Phillip, as well as the remainder of his living siblings who are dearly loved.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Thelma Whitton, his in-laws, Frank and Margrette Sera and his lifelong fur buddy Messy Macy.
Rick worked at Kawneer as a Fabricator for 35 years, a job that he thoroughly enjoyed and where he made many lifelong friends. Upon retiring from Kawneer, he worked alongside of his best friend Rick “The Brick” Guthrie (Brenda) helping build fences as well as many other projects.
He was an avid golfer with his good friends, Marv Higa, Keith Druhan and many of the guys he worked with from Kawneer. He loved to camp at the CWR Boat Club and enjoyed the friendships he developed throughout the years at the Boat Club, especially Norm and Keith Druhan and their wives.
Rick was a down to earth, well-loved man who will be sadly missed by many, but mostly by his loving wife Darlene – I’ll see you on the other side.
A special thank you to all of the doctors and nurses on 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital as well as Home Care staff that took care of Rick in his time of need.
A private Family Gathering will be held at a later date.

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QUESNELLE, Kaitlyn QUESNELLE Kaitlyn Brianne Quesnelle passed away on March 1, 2024 in Spokane, Washington at the age of 32 years.
A Wake service will be held at the Tanner Senior Centre, Cardston, Alberta on Monday, March 18, 2024 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will also be held at the Tanner Senior Centre on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the Sweetgrass Family Cemetery.
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ROBIN, Jean
JEAN TAYLOR ROBIN 1927 – 2024 Jean Taylor (Black) Robin, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, died in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the age of 96 years.
Jean was born on August 10, 1927, to Jack and Cinda Black, and spent her childhood on the family farm near Wainwright. In 1946, after five months of teacher training as a member of the War Emergency Class, she began teaching school at the age of 18 1/2 years. She later attended the University of Alberta, and after each completing education degrees, Jean and Keith Robin were married in 1951, and moved to Southern Alberta, where they both began teaching at Barrhill School.
Jean was a dedicated volunteer for organizations such as Meals on Wheels and the McKillop United Church Women. She took great pride in her many years of work with the Music and Speech Arts Festival, at the local, provincial, and national levels, and was delighted to have met so many young performers. In 2006 Jean was honoured as a YWCA Woman of Distinction. Keith and Jean were members of McKillop United Church since 1957, and Jean served her church in many ways.
Jean loved to read and was keenly interested in global events and enjoyed solving crossword and cryptic crossword puzzles. She was a terrific cook and bread baker, enjoyed gardening, and liked to watch curling. Most of all, she loved her family. Jean was by nature a serious, no-nonsense person, with a kind heart and a wonderful dry sense of humour. We will miss her.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Keith in 2018.
She is survived by her children and their families:
Bruce and Sandra Robin of Cochrane; Colin Robin and Krystle Wittevrongel and their son Jack, of Calgary; Cameron Robin and Jessica Bateman of Cochrane; David and Laura Robin of Ottawa; Emily Robin-Sauer and Jordan Sauer and their daughter Sydney, of Vancouver; Jessica Robin and Dan Abrams and their son Ethan, of Vancouver; Joan and Gerald Rogers of Lethbridge; Gerald Rogers of Vancouver. Jean also leaves her sister-in-law Jeanette (Bryan) Liden, of St. Albert, and her family.
A Memorial Service is being planned for later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival Society (#4B, 740 – 4 Ave. South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0N9) or to McKillop United Church (2329 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 0X5).
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LATHAM, Tracy LATHAM Tracy Lynn Latham passed away in the Porcupine Hills March 6, 2023 at the age of 63. She will be deeply missed by her parents Wayne and Leona Schmid, siblings Sandra (Ted), Kim, Burke (Holly), and her niece and nephews; Wyatt, Ty, Layne, Joel and Cal. Tracy was predeceased by her father Robert Pelton.
Tracy was most happy when she was doing what she loved, living her life on the ranch, and in the untamed nature, with wildlife all around her. Looking into the mountains, with her dogs at her side. She worked most of her life on ranches, she also was a hunting guide, taxidermist and a dog groomer. Everyone that knew her knew of her love of horses, and being one with them. Tracy’s artistic ability was deeply rooted in everything she did.
Pincher creek area, and the porcupine hills had a very special place in Tracy’s heart. She was an advocate for Ranch land owners and hunting and wanted to bring the two together.
Tracy’s passion was undeniable in everything she set her mind to, when she felt something her passion took her there.
We love you, we miss you, but you will no longer feel the pain.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation on her behalf to: Canadian Mental Health Association cmha.ca; Pincher Creek Woman’s Emergency Shelter http://www.pcshelter.ca
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HORN, Idalija HORN Idalija Theresa Horn, beloved wife of Günter Horn, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2024, in the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 89 years.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 13 St N, Lethbridge, Alberta. Friends are invited to come and visit with the family from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.
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MATHESON, Samuel “Sam” SAMUEL “SAM” MATHESON 1969 – 2024 Mr. Samuel “Sam” Matheson, of Ottawa, Ontario (formerly of Lethbridge), passed away after a short illness, on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the age of 54 years. Left to mourn are his father Samuel Matheson, sister Megan Matheson, and fiancé Minole Jasani. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Matheson.
A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Mountian View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB.
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KEMPE, Daniel “Dan” DANIEL “DAN” KEMPE 1979 – 2024 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Daniel “Dan” Kempe, on Monday, March 11, 2024, at the age of 44 years.
Dan grew up in Grassy Lake, graduating from Chamberlain School in 1997. Spending the majority of his life in Lethbridge, he built his own home and enjoyed the short drive to Waterton, often accompanied by his dog Avy. He was always happy to spend time with family and friends over coffee or a meal.
Professionally he was a mechanic in multiple shops, earning his journeyman certificate in both automotive and heavy-duty mechanics. Notably working over 10yrs at Volker Stevin, and most recently at Western Tractor. He enjoyed many things including travel, nature hikes, water-skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding as well as painting (vehicles + canvas).
He is survived by his parents Henry and Pearl Kempe; siblings Josh (Ranae) Kempe, Sarita (Calvin) Tams, and Gina Kempe (Sean Brayton); nephew Jeremy Kempe; nieces Bethany Kempe, Zoë Tams; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. He will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, March 22, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch Dan’s service via livestream, please visit https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/DanielDan-Kempe and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, https://lethbridge.cmha.ca/
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MULDER, Walter MULDER WALTER MULDER, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Carrie Mulder, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday March 13, 2024 at the age of 65 years.
Besides his loving wife, Carrie, of nearly 43 years, Walter is survived by his son Evan Mulder (Angela) and daughters Jacinda (Kyle) Mulder and Anna-Maria Schoof; his siblings: Wilma Mulder, Betsy (Cees) Timmer, John (Janet) Mulder, Gert (Bethsie) Mulder, Hans (Gerrie) Mulder, Henk (Virginia) Mulder, Bert (Jackie) Mulder, Joke (Dirk-Jan) van Maren, Margaret Van Der Heide, Herman (Adrie) Mulder, Dries (Gera) Mulder, Ria (Dirk) Pomp and Alie van Meerten.
Born and raised in Veenendaal, NL, Walter moved to Canada when he was 17 with his parents, Wouter and Hermina Mulder, and 11 of his 13 siblings. Walter made a life for himself in Canada. He was employed by Lethbridge Truck Terminals for more than 20 years. He’s proud of that employment and the friends he made.
Walter also had a passion for trains and loved to travel. Even though Walter didn’t get to travel often, he truly loved to do it. Almost as much has he loved planning and creating the very detailed itineraries for the trips. His most recent excursion being to Nova Scotia by train.
Trains and travel aside, Walter’s true loves, and most important to him, were his six grandchildren: Anneka, Kayden, Hailey, Kylie, Carson and Parker. They truly brought out the best in their Opa.
A Funeral Service will be held in Walter’s Memory at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Tim Seim officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Walter’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Flowers are kindly declined. In lieu, donations can be made to Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge (efreelethbridge.ca/give/)

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ENGWER, Edward ENGWER EDWARD ROGER ENGWER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the age of 73 years.
At Edward’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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HOYTOS, Margaret HOYTOS MARGARET MARY HOYTOS, of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Steve Hoytos, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, on Friday, March 15, 2024 at the age of 78 years.
At Margaret’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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HOWELL, Harold HOWELL HAROLD HOWELL, beloved husband of the late C. Ermine Howell, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, March 14th, 2024, of the age of 86 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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KIMOTO, Michio “Yoho” KIMOTO MICHIO “YOHO” KIMOTO, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Toshiko “Eileen” Kimoto, passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the Good Samaritans West Highlands, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the age of 99 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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CURTIS, Christine CURTIS CHRISTINE CURTIS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Derick Curtis, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at the age of 90 years.
Besides her loving husband Derick, Christine is survived by her daughter Diane (Chris) Kotkas of Lethbridge; her grandsons: Joel (Kristen) Kotkas of Lethbridge, Jarred (Amanda) Kotkas of Calgary; and great-grandchildren: Briggs, Camilla, Remy and Ava.
She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Hilda White, brother Alan (Elcena) White and sister Pamela Cuel.
Christine was born in Leicester, England and moved to Lethbridge with her husband and daughter in 1970. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She loved children and worked with Lethbridge School District 51 as a teacher assistant for many years. She was a compassionate woman who touched the lives of many families.
Christine had a love of travel. She visited many locations across the globe including her most recent mother daughter trip to Hawaii.
She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in recent years they were a significant part of her life.
She touched us all and will be greatly missed.
A special thank you to Dr. Gibb and all the medical professionals who provided care to Christine during her stay at the Chinook Regional Hospital.
As per Christine’s wishes, a private gathering for family will be arranged at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca).

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ZHONG, Ji Tian
JI TIAN ZHONG 1931 – 2024 Ji Tian Zhong of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Qiu Yue Li, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on March 12, 2024 at the age of 92 years.
Ji Tian Zhong was born on April 23, 1931 in Taishan county, Guangdong province, China. He had two younger siblings – Qintong Zhong (brother) and Tianlun Chan (sister). Ji Tian was a rice farmer in China. He married Qiu Yue Li on February 16, 1949. They had five children together (three daughters and two sons). He helped with cooking for several village celebrations – many praised his culinary skills. And he liked to help other community members that were in need.
Ji Tian with his wife immigrated to Canada in 1992 to be with his family. In Canada, he helped raise and take care of nine grandchildren. He also briefly worked at a Chinese restaurant.
Ji Tian enjoyed tending to gardens and going on leisurely walks. Within the family he was known for making his famous dried Chinese cabbages – where he grew the Chinese cabbages himself. His dried Chinese cabbages allowed his family members to enjoy authentic Chinese soups. Many family members have memories of how he enjoyed his morning tea – his favourite tea was Puli tea. Several grandchildren remember his humour as he loved to prank and joke with them. Even in his later years Ji Tian remained highly independent and mobile.
Ji Tian Zhong is survived by his three daughters, Yan Yun Zhong, Tracy Cheng, and Susan Luc; two sons, Jian Jing and Jun Xi Zhong; thirteen grandchildren, Wei Zi, Xiao Yi, and Can Ming Li; Ai Feng Zhong; Maggie, Alan, and Mandy Zhong; Andrew, Peter, Jason, and Michelle Cheng; Jenny and Alice Luc; seven great grandchildren, Sheng Hua, Cui Hua, and Jia Hua Li; Hai Lin, Ya Lin, and Hai Wei Chen; Julie Zhong; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Ji Tian Zhong is predeceased by his parents, Kui Qing Zhong and Xian Cai Zhang; and grandchild, Huan Zhi Zhong.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge.
A Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, March 21st, 2024, at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
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