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Friday, April 26, 2024

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 26, 2024.

STANDELL, Joanne STANDELL JOANNE STANDELL, of Milk River, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, with her family by her side, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the age of 77 years.
Joanne was born in Magrath Alberta to Robert and Alta Harker on July 8th, 1946. She grew up on the family farm in Magrath and was the oldest of her eight siblings.
“Joni” attended trade school in Nelson, BC, and later found herself moving across the country to Ottawa, where she worked in the beauty industry. “Jo” moved back west to Calgary, where she met Ken, the love of her life. They married in March of 1972 and welcomed their first child Kristin later that year. The family moved to Cranbrook in 1974, where they discovered their passion of renovating homes and later welcomed their son, Kevin. “G” was a very dedicated mom and was often found at school helping out, coaching ball, or at the local arena cheering on her kids. She was the mom that would stay up late baking cupcakes for school, and her caring demeanor is what led to her being asked to be the President of the Cranbrook Figure Skating Club, which she did with great pride.
“Josie” was very athletic and enjoyed a variety of sports. While living in Cranbrook, “Mom” was an avid curler and played in both the mixed and ladies leagues. No matter where “Josie” and her team ended up, they always left an impression, especially their humour, costumes and pranks.
“Little Joey” did it all, not only was she athletic, she was also a talented and capable entrepreneur with a strong work ethic. She built her own successful business, first in the beauty industry, and later in real estate, when the family relocated back to Alberta. Later in life, “JoJo” semi-retired on a beautiful acreage where she enjoyed all her animals, specifically her ducks and dogs. In 1998, “Joni” became “Noni” as she welcomed her first grandchild, Charlie, with whom she shared a very special bond with right from the get go.
When Joanne was only 56, she was diagnosed with stage four cancer, she dug in deep and battled a long hard fight. Ken retired early and was by her side through her courageous battle. We are beyond grateful to all of her medical staff, surgeons, and the science and technology that helped get her through and led to an additional 20 plus years of cherished memories. This additional time led to “Noni” meeting her youngest granddaughter, Liberty, and sharing a special California holiday in 2022.
“Joey” had so much passion for life and found beauty in everything. Her legacy will carry on forever reminding us to live a life with courage, humour and a positive attitude and to always have them guessing,.. what’s her name 😉 Joanne will be greatly missed by her loving husband Ken; children: Kristin (Jeff) and Kevin (Thedda); her grandchildren: Charlie (Corey) and Liberty; her siblings: Gordon Harker, Betty-Jean (Jim) Porter, Russ (Janie) Harker, Clayton (Gloria) Harker, Karen (Ralph) Seeman, her “sister” cousin Heather, and her sisters-in-law Betti (Geoff) Weiss and Barb (Bob) Little; as well as beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
At Joanne’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in loving memory of Joanne Standell, directly to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 19 Street S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.

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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 will be held at 2:30 pm, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329, 15th AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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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MASSE, Rene MASSE It’s with sadness we announce the passing of RENE GERMAIN MASSE on April 20, 2024.
Beloved husband of Eva Blanchet; Rene is predeceased by his father, mother, father- in-law & mother-in-law, one brother, seven sisters-in-law, eight brothers-in-law, one niece and three nephews.
Rene was born Sept. 9, 1934 on the farm in McCord, Saskatchewan and attended school in Gravelbourg. He married Eva Prive of Ponteix, Saskatchewan and they moved to Lethbridge to raise their four children. A steam engineer by trade and with Eva by his side, they successfully invested and operated several businesses.
Rene will be dearly missed by his family, including his four children, George (Linda) Masse, Armande Schwarz, Adele (John) Ireland, Dennis (Angela) Masse, 10 Grandchildren, 13 Great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
A private family Graveside and Reception will be held at a later date.

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COLLIER, Ricky “Rick” Ricky “Rick” Collier 1954 – 2024 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ricky Floyd Collier of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Debbie Collier on April 20, 2024 at the age of 69 years.
Friends may meet the family on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge.
A Funeral Service will begin at 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 2213 6a Ave N, Lethbridge, AB.
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PARKER, Sylvia PARKER Sylvia Rose Parker passed away at Buffalo Grace Manor on Monday, April 22, 2024 at the age of 97 years.
Friends may meet the family at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 St N, Lethbridge on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
A Graveside Service will be held at Archmount Cemetery (West Lethbridge) on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:00 am.
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FELLGER, Lawrence Lawrence George Fellger 1941 – 2024 “A good man – gone.”
PALADINO, Antonino “Tony” PALADINO ANTONINO “TONY” PALADINO, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Maria Paladino, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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SHORT, James “Jim” SHORT JAMES “JIM” ROBERT SHORT, beloved husband of Donalda Short, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the age of 75 years.
Jim will be forever remembered by his wife of 52 years, Donalda Short; daughters: Crystal (Graham) Schmidt and Cheryl (Donald) Higgins; son Trevor Short; and granddaughters: Jayna, Jessie, Jocelyn, Brynn and Dawsyn. Jim is also survived by his siblings: Joe Short, Patsy Schwartz, Peggy Kowalchuk (Ed), Ricki (Willie) Lafontaine, Dorothy (Gilbert) Lachance and Rae McMillian.
Jim was born in Dauphin, Manitoba, the seventh of eight children born to Eugene and Annie Short. He was predeceased by both his parents, his brother Mel (Jean) Short, his brother-in-law Albert Schwartz, and his grandsons: Michael Schmidt and Rowyn Higgins.
Jim excelled at everything he did. He was always in pursuit of the next level of excellence and it showed in his many, many accomplishments. His was a life well lived.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, medical specialists in Calgary, and staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their care and compassion. Jim truly felt taken care of and often mentioned how well he was treated. Thank you to everyone who took time to send messages to Jim, he enjoyed reading and hearing about every one of them. Lastly, a very special thank you also to the staff at Liberty Tax, who continue to work hard for Jim, making sure his vision continues on.
A Celebration of Jim’s life will be had at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.

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WICKERSHAM, Arline ARLINE WICKERSHAM 1944 – 2024 Mrs. Arline Wickersham of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Tom Wickersham, passed away surrounded by her loving family at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Monday, April 22, 2024, at the age of 80 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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