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Thursday, April 11, 2024

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 11, 2024.

VAN ALLEN, Penny VAN ALLEN PENNY ANN VAN ALLEN, of Coaldale, passed away peacefully with her sister, Dorothy, by her side, at St. Michaels Health Centre, on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the age of 77 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at the ROC CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, 1220-23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB, on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Darryl Harms officiating.

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JESPERSEN, Bruce Bruce Jespersen 1954 – 2024 Norman Bruce Jespersen, beloved husband of Brenda Jespersen, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the age of 70 years following a courageous battle with cancer.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 3:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Bruce’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 2:45 P.M. on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 3:00 P.M.
Besides his loving wife Brenda, Bruce is survived by their children Kendra Love Begg (Lee) and Forest Krystan Dawn Jespersen (Max); grandchildren Daija Begg and Arcade Begg. He is also survived by his brothers John (Leah) Jespersen, Tom (Marsha) Jespersen and Tim (Deb) Jespersen; sister Patti (Greg) Carter; in-laws Dan Dorchak, Kevin Virostek, Edward Odland and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and John Sr. Jespersen, siblings Lynn Dorchak, Wendy Virostek, Roberta Odland and infant brother Gordon Jespersen.
Bruce, better known as “Juice”, was born in Taber on February 26, 1954. He was a dedicated husband, loving father and proud papa. He was a talented athlete and skilled carpenter. Bruce loved fishing, camping, playing ball and most of all, pranking anyone he got near. He had a quick wit, a beautifully twisted sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye when he knew he ‘got you’.
“We love you and will cherish our memories of you. Until we meet again, rest in peace.”
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bruce’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

KORTHIUS, 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 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 extensive 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. The Lord has been her Sustainer and Provider throughout the challenges of her life. 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.

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HERAUF, Peter HERAUF PETER HERAUF, the beloved husband of the late Maria Herauf, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, April 5th, 2024, at the age of 95 years.
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.

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WALKER, Jane JANE WALKER 1930 – 2024 Mrs. Jane Walker of Lethbridge passed away at Buffalo Grace Manor, on Monday, April 8th, 2024, at the age of 93 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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WEISS, Mary Ann MARY ANN WEISS It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Pook-ski-yaaki (Small Face Woman), Mary Ann Nadine (Cross Child) Weiss at the age of 76 years at the Raymond Hospital.
Mary Ann Weiss was born on September 30, 1947, to William Cross Child Sr. and Annie Many Bears. Mary Ann grew up on the Blood (Kainai) Reserve in Alberta with her 12 siblings Ray Sr. (Annie), Pat Sr. (Theresa), Dominic (Dorthy/Cathy), William Jr. (Justine), Ted (Albertine), Fred (Alice), Ross (Joanne), Madeline (Stanley), Theresa (Clement), Adeline (Harvey), and Nora (Jim) and her best friend for life, Sylvia Eagle Child – Spansky.
Mary Ann was survived by her children Marian Weiss, Jacinda (Eric) Weiss, and Jonathan (Terri) Weiss. Her grandchildren, Carl Weiss, Megan McKenzie, Benjamin Young Pine, Bethany Young Pine, and Jonathan Jr. Young Pine.
Mary Ann, brave, courageous, strong willed, highly spirited, left the Blood Reserve by herself at the young age of 15 to enroll into the Home Economics Program at the Vermillion School of Agriculture. Upon her completion, she moved to the city of Calgary to stay with her sister, Theresa. Mary Ann found employment in Calgary working at the Calgary General Hospital in various capacities – house cleaning and laundry. In 1968, during a visit home, she met her true love. Between 1969 & 70, Mary Ann, with her best friend, continued her education in the Adult Education program at Mount Royal College. In the Fall of 1970 at the United Church in Fort Macleod Mary Ann married Ken. Shortly thereafter, she had three beautiful children. After her children were born, she continued her employment in the hotel industry. Her love for her husband, children and grandchildren were unmeasurable and unconditional. Mary Ann was blessed with five grandchildren that surrounded her with immense love, laughter, and hugs. She always made time for her grandchildren, often having specific snacks in the pantry especially for them. If there was a family gathering within her family or extended family, she was ready to pack up the cooler with food and beverages and often had extra for others that came along. On October 6th, 2023, Mary Ann and Ken celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary.
Education and Family were important to Mary Ann. As a wife and a mother, Mary Ann encouraged everyone to obtain their education and was extremely proud when all three of her children graduated from High School, College and University and inspired her husband to return to school. She was a co-facilitator and advocate of the Lethbridge Aboriginal Senior’s Society with her husband. She would assist the Elders with cultural activities including field trips and crafts. The elders held a special place in her heart.
Her life is a testimony of what love, family and education meant to her. She lived for others and often placed her family first. A beautiful soul. If you asked her, she would say she lived a full life.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, April 15, 2024 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Mary Ann will be laid to rest in the Family Plot.

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