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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 4, 2024.

ERICKSON, Anne ERICKSON “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life, he who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.” – John 11:25 ANNE ERICKSON (née Sevcov) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Edward Erickson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at the age of 90 years.
Anne is survived by her five children: Duane, Denise (Mark), Dale, Darcie (Shelly) and Darlene (Shaun); 12 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.
Besides her loving husband Edward, she was predeceased by her brother George.
Anne was born on July 1, 1933 in Kipp. She was the eldest child of John and Susan Sevcov. Anne and her siblings, Mike, Marguerite and George, enjoyed climbing the coulees near Kipp, overlooking the Old Man River. Mom would love sitting on the coulee hills in the evening, listening to the birds and coyotes slowly getting quiet for the night. She loved playing baseball and other sports.
In 1952, Anne married Edward Erickson and together they farmed in the Monarch area for over 40 years. Mom had a huge vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden and yard.
Anne will be remembered as a tremendous sister, friend, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great- grandmother, whose personal needs came second to those around her.
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Therese Villa & the doctors and nurses on 4B for the excellent care they provided for our mother.
Anne will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Edward in a Private Family Graveside Service at a later date.

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FERGUSON, Ruth RUTH FERGUSON 1931 – 2024 Mary “Ruth” Ferguson of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late David Ferguson passed away on Tuesday April 30, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home.
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PEARSON, Donald PEARSON 1931-2024 DONALD GUST PEARSON of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the age of 92.
He will be greatly missed but our treasured memories of him will remain in our hearts forever.
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HENDERSON, Patricia PATRICIA DIANE HENDERSON 1969 – 2024 Patricia (Trish) Diane Henderson passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital after a long and complicated battle with Crohn’s disease. She was 54 years old.
Trish was born May 22, 1969 in Lethbridge and resided here for most of her life. She was an avid animal lover and spent many happy years training and showing her beloved quarter horse Sassy Jack Pine. Her best friend and fur baby Jake provided her much comfort and happiness throughout her illness.
Trish is survived by her father Scott Henderson, sisters Kelly (Walter) Dyck, Debi Henderson (John Jacobson), nieces and nephews Nicole, Jordan, Jared and Jesse and their families.
She is also survived by aunts Betty Moriyama and Sheilah Henderson, and her five cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother, Bev Henderson and her dog Jake.
We would like to acknowledge the incredible care Trish received throughout her illness and extend our sincere gratitude to the many medical professionals who provided such compassionate support.
At Trish’s request, no funeral service will be held, and flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired, donations can be made in Trish’s memory to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation or the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.
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GREGUS, Rick “Steamer” Rick “Steamer” Gregus 1968 – 2024
Richard Alan Gregus, passed away in Taber on Monday, April 29, 2024 at the age of 55 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

ZEINSTRA, John ZEINSTRA JOHN ZEINSTRA, cherished husband of Christine Zeinstra and beloved father of Roger Zeinstra, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Center – Palliative Care Unit on April 23, 2024 at the age of 80 years.
John was born on May 24, 1943 in Achlum, Friesland, NL, and emigrated to Picture Butte in 1965. In 1973, he married Celeste LeClair. They farmed and raised their family at Picture Butte and Enchant. After Celeste’s death in 2020, he became re-acquainted with Christine Williams. John and Christine were married in June 2023. John was, especially, excited about becoming “Grandpa” to Christine’s 9 grandchildren.
John had an easy and contagious laugh, a generous spirit, and was rarely seen without a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He loved time spent with family and friends, “crop tours”, and traveling near and far. He was an active member of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association, the Picture Butte Tractor Club, and the Picture Butte Elks Club, among others, holding positions on the Board of Directors in most of the organizations he supported. John was one of the initial investors in the Picture Butte Golf Club – although he never golfed a game! He was also on the Board of Directors for the building of the Picture Butte Sportsplex.
John was very strong in his faith, which gave him courage and peace when faced with unexpected health challenges in his final days. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus in both Picture Butte and Lethbridge, serving in many capacities including Faithful Navigator. He was honored to be a 4th degree KC for many years.
John is survived by his wife Christine; son Roger; brothers Morris (Jackie) and Jerry (Dixie); sister Truus; brothers-in-law Yves (Ronni), Denis (Cheryl) and Gilles (Tina); Christine’s children: Diane Weening-Arsenault (Russell), Anthony Bastiaansen (Pearl), and Denise Block (Neil); grandchildren: Maija, Mark, Amaris (Richard) and Aiden Weening; Jacobus and Teagan Bastiaansen, and Arika, Lauren and Dane Block; and their families; sister-in-law Sheila Pyne (Mike); numerous nephews and nieces, and many treasured friends.
John was predeceased by his first wife, Celeste, his son Robert, his parents, parents-in-law, 5 siblings and 3 siblings-in-law.
Thank you to the doctors and nursing staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their exceptional care of John!
A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating.

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BIEGLER, Leonard BIEGLER LEONARD FRANK BIEGLER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the age of 69 years.
At Leonard’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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WINTERS, Lydia WINTERS LYDIA WINTERS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Roger Winters, passed away peacefully at Buffalo Grace Manor, surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the age of 84 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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SCHWARTZKOPF, Vera Rose VERA ROSE SCHWARTZKOPF 1939 – 2024 Vera Schwartzkopf, formerly of Coalhurst, beloved wife of the late Bert Schwartzkopf Jr., passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wed, May 1, 2024 at the age of 84 years after a long battle with heart disease and cancer.
Together, Bert and Vera had two daughters, Laurie (Brant) Karen (Bernie) and a son Brian (Misty) as well as 8 grandchildren; Jordan (Raelyn) Brandon (Kelsey), Wyatt, Ryan, Amanda, Braiden, Emily, Zofia and 3 great grandchild Everly, Aurora and Weston.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Deacon Jim Manzara, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please visit and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link. Burial to follow in the Royal View Cemetery.
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