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Tuesday, April 9, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 9, 2024.

GILCHRIST, Thomas “Tom”

THOMAS “TOM” GILCHRIST 1934 – 2024 Mr. Thomas “Tom” Parker Gilchrist, PEng, PAg, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Lois Gilchrist, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2024, at the age of 89 years.
Tom was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He was a manager of water, grass, and cattle – a steward of the land. He will be remembered as a lifelong rancher, cattleman, horseman, and pilot, a community builder and industry leader, full of determination, gentle kindness, and easy laughter. He will be greatly missed.
Tom is survived by his wife, Lois Gilchrist; his brother Glen (Peggy) Gilchrist; four children Graham Gilchrist of Leduc, Janet (Garry) Gatrell of Calgary, Keith (Karen) Gilchrist of St. Albert, Neal Gilchrist of Calgary; grandchildren Heather (Ryan), Ellie, Chay, Mitchell, Quinn, and Orion; sister-in-law Sharon Smith; along with his nieces and nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Muriel Gilchrist; his sister Joanne Taylor; brothers-in-law Derrill Smith and Dan Taylor; sister-in-law Ann Gilchrist, and nephew Rick Smith.
A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at a later date, details will be available at https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/ThomasTom-Gilchrist once confirmed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation (www.stockmen.ca, 101 RancheHouse Rd, Cochrane, Alberta) or a charity of your choice.
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GABRUCK, Kenneth

KEN GABRUCK 1951 – 2024 Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Gabruck of Lethbridge passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at the age of 72 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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GRAVELAND, Audrey

GRAVELAND AUDREY LEONA GRAVELAND, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late David Graveland, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Fairmont Extendicare, on Friday April 5th, 2024.
At Audrey’s request no formal funeral service will be held.

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


BOSCHMAN, Liese Betty

LIESE BETTY GEDDERT BOSCHMAN LIESE GEDDERT was born on March 16, 1930 in Namaka AB and passed away on April 2, 2024 in Lethbridge AB. Her German speaking parents attempted to register her as Liese after her mother’s name but it was recorded as Lisa. Liese was then referred to as Betty in her elementary school years and that became her commonly used name. Betty married Peter Boschman, her high school sweetheart in August 1951. Betty was predeceased by Peter in May 2013 after 61 years of marriage.
Betty was the loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Ken and Sharon Boschman of Leduc, Michelle Clark (Abigail, Sophie, Grace, Jillian, Susannah), Robert and Kerri Boschman (Jenna Liese), Jeremy Boschman (Mason and Nolan) ; Marlene Boschman of Coaldale, Harv and Linda Boschman of Spruce Grove, Nicholas and Erica Boschman (Samuel), and Jacqueline Boschman ; Norm and Janyce Boschman of Winnipeg, Luke Boschman and Melissa Sheane (Lukas), Bethany Boschman, Claire Boschman ; Carole and Marvin Reimer of Lethbridge, Lauren Reimer ; Gord and Therese Boschman of Loveland, CO Tyler Boschman, Paige Boschman, Jared Boschman .
Betty was a woman of faith, serving in the church along with Peter for 40 years. She loved music and was happy to frequently serve in song with her family or others as Peter had need. She was gifted with creativity, and there are many paintings, quilts, ceramics, and crocheted items displayed in our homes. She was a loving mother and grandmother and time playing games with her children and grandchildren was always a highlight.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Gideons ShareWord Global would be suggested. The family would like to express their kind appreciation for the care provided to Betty by the Home Care over the past year.
Visitation with family will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 St. South, Lethbridge, on Friday, April 12th, at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 4717 – 24th Avenue South, Lethbridge (Highway #4, just East of the 43rd Street Intersection) on Saturday April 13th, at 12:00 noon. Livestream will be available. A family burial will take place at Coaldale Cemetery prior to the service.

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BARTEL, Mary Ann

MARY ANN BARTEL 1929 – 2024 Mrs. Mary Ann Bartel of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Melfred Bartel, passed away at Sunny South Lodge, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the age of 94 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Drake, Saskatchewan.
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GOOD RIDER, Dwayne

GOOD RIDER Dwayne Devolin Good Rider passed away on March 28, 2024 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 46 years.
A Wake Service will be held at the Streets Alive Mission, 323 4 Street S, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the Blood Band Cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


KORTHUIS, Berdena

KORTHUIS BERDENA CATHERINE KORTHUIS (nee Vos), of Lethbridge, AB, beloved wife of Hank Korthuis, was called home suddenly, by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at the age of 70 years.
Left to cherish her memory, is her loving husband, Hank, of 47 years; her two children, Joshua (Sharon) Korthuis; and Suzanne (Craig) DeGroot; as well as her grandchildren: Miah, Kaylee, Kaden, Davin and Anaya; her siblings: Randy (Grace) Vos; Wally (Denise) Vos; Marlene (Siebe) Bruinsma; Ellen (Albert) Hummel; and Jerry (Allison) Vos; as well as her Korthuis family; Gaya Mamula, Klaas (Conny) Korthuis, John (Sandy) Korthuis, Harry (Sherry) Korthuis, Bob (Sandra) Korthuis, Grace Korthuis and their families.
Berdena’s faith, trust and hope in the Lord, served as an example to her family, and others who knew her. She loved Hank and they were blessed with a beautiful family. She loved her children and grandchildren to pieces. She prioritized family throughout her entire life and loved being at home. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, sewing, crafts, playing cards, watching basketball, singing and finding ways to help her children and entertain her grandchildren. She kept a lovely home and while she always preferred to be in the kitchen and behind the scenes, she was an incredible host and loved serving people. She loved hiking and camping with family. She loved gardening and their acreage always looked so beautiful with petunias everywhere. Berdena was quiet and shy but had a heart of gold and was incredibly loyal, gentle and humble. She was sweet, caring, thoughtful and careful with her words. She was kind to everyone and loved unconditionally. She kept her nose out of other people’s business and never spoke a harsh word and worked hard not to hold a grudge. In some ways she was a perfectionist and liked things just so, but in other ways she was super laid back and never made a person feel bad about something. One of her favorite sayings was, “It doesn’t matter what you look like, just put a smile on your face and that’s all that matters. She was generous with her time and money. She had a fun sense of humor with one-liners that cracked people up. But most importantly, she knew she was a child of God. Her faith in Jesus was the foundation she built her life and home on. She knew she was saved by grace and not by her ability to perform or do enough good works. Her prayers for her children and grandchildren and for all those she knew where that they too would be able to know the kind of peace that comes from walking with Jesus. She didn’t preach at people, but she did live a genuine faith. The Lord has been her Sustainer and Provider throughout the challenges of her life. Whenever discouragement with her Parkinson’s threatened to overwhelm her, she found solace in God’s promises. He provided in big ways and small ways on a daily basis and reminded her He would never leave her and that His grace was sufficient. Her smile was beautiful, and she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. We take comfort knowing that Berdena is now perfectly healthy and with Jesus.
A Funeral Service will be held at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. John van Eyk officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed either through Berdena’s obituary on the Cornerstone website or by using the following link. https://www.trinityurc.ca/livestream

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HERAUF, Peter

HERAUF October 30, 1928 – April 5, 2024 PETER PAUL HERAUF, our beloved Dad, passed away suddenly, but very peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2024. Dad was born in Kronau, Saskatchewan to Simon and Caroline Herauf. He was the second oldest of 14 children. Dad grew up in the farming colony of St. Peter’s, where he attended school in the one room school house until grade 12. He finished his high school at Campion College in Regina. It was there that one of the priests encouraged Dad to study accounting because of Dad’s love for math. Dad didn’t really know what accounting was, but it turned out that he loved it and was very good at it. He achieved the highest provincial mark in accounting when he wrote his Chartered Accountant exams.
With his education and exams completed, Dad decided to take on a new adventure by moving to Camrose, Alberta, where he would manage a branch of the CA firm he articled with. He had never been out of the province of Saskatchewan, but he bought himself a new maroon and white 1956 Chevrolet and off he went. Dad decided that with having a good job and a new car he was ready to get married. On a beautiful evening in October, 1956, at a wedding dance in Ohaton, Alberta he met Maria Schmidt. They were married on June 17, 1957. Dad moved with his new bride to Wainwright, AB where they welcomed seven children in nine years: Sharon (Bryan), Paul, Dan (Claire), Mike (Sharla), Kathy, Joe (Judy), Mark (Nicky).
During his years in Wainwright, Dad worked long hours developing a thriving accounting practice which supported his family. He was well known and respected for his honesty and fairness by his many clients from the towns and farms all around the area. In spite of his long hours, Dad went to mass every day, a practice he continued until he was unable to drive himself to the church. Then he started watching the daily mass on TV. This he continued to do right up to his last day at home. His faith was a cornerstone to him, from the time he was an altar boy serving mass at St. Peter’s to his last breath listening to hymns. It was part of the reason Dad decided to move his family to Lethbridge in 1974. Wainwright did not have a Catholic high school and Dad wanted our catholic education to continue. He sold the bulk of his accounting practice and moved us to Lethbridge where all of us graduated from Catholic Central High School. Prayer was a huge part of Dad’s life. We always prayed as a family. All his life, Dad was saying a rosary for someone who needed prayers. He carried a rosary in his pocket at all time. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many decades. Dad continued to work as an accountant with new clients from the Lethbridge area and old clients from the Wainwright area until his retirement. After that, he continued to do his own record keeping and income tax filings until his death. His accounting entries had been recorded in his ledger to the day he went into the hospital and his tax return was ready to be filed.
Dad’s rural upbringing never left him. He loved to have a garden where he could grow his favorite food: potato. He loved to work in his yard which was always meticulously maintained. As his mobility became more of a challenge and he was unable to do the work outside, he would supervise whoever was doing it.
Dad loved “old time” music as he called it. He loved to dance but claimed Mom was the better dancer. He had music playing in his office at his house all the time.
Dad loved sports. He played baseball as a young man with some of his brothers, with their dad as coach. He continued to play even after he was married and had children. He also played hockey until 1980 with the Knights of Columbus Old Timers. He followed the Toronto Blue Jays, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, being a true fan always full of hope for “next” year. Dad always had time for us except if there was a game on. Then the conversation might end quite abruptly. Like most people born in Saskatchewan, he was a Roughriders’ fan, and in true Roughrider tradition, he raised us to be Roughriders’ fans too. He was an avid crib player and all of us have been subjected to a skunking by Dad at one time or another.
Mom and Dad were blessed with seventeen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Like their parents and grandparents, they dearly loved their Opa and Gopa. (Great Opa) and will miss him terribly.
As children, Dad was always there with love, encouragement, wisdom and faith. He worked hard to give us a good life and always led by example. Since Mom’s passing in April 2014, he has been the rock for all of us. Even when he was having pain, which he usually described as a tickle, there was never a complaint. He always had time to talk (unless the game was about to start) and pick you up when you were feeling down. He was independent, not wanting to bother anyone, but at the same time, always willing to help anyone. He was loved by so many people. Dad is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as several siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Maria, his parents and several siblings.
We know that Dad is rejoicing being reunited with Mom and we are so happy for him, but we are so sad for us because the world is not as nice a place without Dad. We will miss him every minute of every day. Give Mom a hug for us Dad. We love you both.
A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 6:00 P.M., with a Prayer Service to follow at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Prayer Service and Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Peter’s obituary on the Cornerstone website at their respective times.
Following the Funeral Mass, Peter will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Maria, in Mountain View Cemetery.
If friends would like to do so, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an Alberta charity of their choice.

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


BINDER

     Dale Arthur of Lethbridge, formerly of Sundial passed away Feb. 7, 2024 at the age of 69.

    Join us in a celebration of life on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Sandman Signature in the Aspen/Birch room 3rd floor 320 Scenic Dr. S. Lethbridge.

    Dale was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Helen and is survived by his sister Lois (Harvey) Binder and many loving friends. Farming was his life first and foremost and he was awarded in 2009 with 100 years of family farming on the original homestead.

    Dale was very social and popular. He was on many committees, loved all sports, crib games, playing music and dancing. He put his heart into volunteering. The one that stands out was teaching disabled people of all ages to ski. He was a lifelong member of the Elks Club. His passion was riding motorcycles. We will miss you my friend. Ride safe with the wind in your face.  

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dale’s name to a charity of your choosing. 

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