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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 7, 2024.

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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GREGUS, Rick “Steamer” Rick “Steamer” Gregus 1968 – 2024
Rick “Steamer” 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
Rick is survived by his parents Linda and Paul Gregus; siblings Rhonda Gregus of Medicine Hat, Ryan Gregus of Taber and Kristy Gregus of Medicine Hat; special friend Tori and by two aunts, two uncles and numerous cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Josef and Mary Gregus and Alex and Mag Hutchinson; aunt and uncle John Sr. and Irene Gregus; uncle Rudy Gregus; cousins John Gregus Jr., Robert Gregus and Shelly Sekura.
Rick, or “Steamer” as he was known to many, was born in Taber on October 23, 1968 to Paul and Linda Gregus. He attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated grade twelve at St. Mary’s School as valedictorian. Following high school, Rick attended college to train as an electrician but told his dad he’d rather be a farmer just like him, which he did until the time of his passing. He purchased land about a mile and a half from where he grew up. Rick took tremendous pride in farming and never was one to ask for help.
Rick was a man of few words but you could tell when he wanted to talk, he would show up with coffee from McDonald’s and sit at the kitchen table. When he was younger, he played hockey, wearing his favourite number twenty three and liked to cheer for the Minnesota/Dallas Stars. He like to golf and visit with friends and watch his favorite sports teams. He even kept loyalty to his football team, the Cleveland Browns. When Rick was younger, he took pleasure in teasing his siblings. He was a great big brother until you beat him at sports or board games and then, watch out!
Rick had such a big heart, but he kept it private. It wasn’t until his passing that his family found out how much of a big heart he had. They didn’t see him every day, but would see him drive by to go for coffee and knew he was okay. He was a friend to many and never had a bad word to say about anyone. we loved him and are going to miss him. “Rick, we love you and dearly miss you. Football season will never be the same on Sundays at the Royal without you. Love mom, dad, Rhonda, Ryan and Kristy.”
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Rick’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.

YUILL, Colleen YUILL COLLEEN BETH YUILL, beloved spouse of the late John Barry Yuill, passed away in Taber, Alberta on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the age of 91 years.
Friends may meet the family on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00-10:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell Chapel (498 5 Ave South). The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in Cardston Cemetery.
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HEINEN, Frank HEINEN FRANK HEINEN, of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Jeanette Heinen, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the age of 85 years.
Frank and Jeanette were married April 29 1988 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lethbridge. At that time, Frank owned and operated the Butte Dairy in Picture Butte. After he retired, he spent nearly 25 years working at Lee’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Frank was not only a hard worker but one who took great pride in being meticulous in all he did; from yard work, to fixing grandkids toys, to keeping a tidy garage.
Besides his loving wife, Frank is survived by his children: Janet (Terry) Allen, Leah (Leeon) Hage, and Spencer (Jen) Peterson. His pride and joy were the grandkids: Elisha (Josh) Kramer, Elliot Allen, Emily Allen, Braeden Hage (Sianne), Kaylee Hage (Evan), Mason Peterson (Alex) and Rory Peterson (Jenna), as well as two beautiful little great granddaughters, Eden and Teya Kramer. He is also survived by his best friend, Remi (Gale) Payette. Frank was predeceased by his six siblings and survived by three brothers and their wives and a multitude of nieces and nephews as well as Jeanette’s family.
A Come and Go Reception will be held at the PICTURE BUTTE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 607 Highway Avenue North, Picture Butte, AB, on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please plant one extra flower in your garden or flower pot to honour Frank.

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ROYER, Vic ROYER It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of VIC ROYER, a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Vic passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, April 29, 2024 at the age of 91 years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. For those unable to attend, the Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and available to view on Vic’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Vic will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.

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HINDBULL, Wanda HINDBULL WANDA HINDBULL (née Brave Rock), beloved wife of the late Morris Hindbull, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the age of 66 years.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 11:00 A.M.
Following the Funeral Service, Wanda will be laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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MACRAE, Martha MARTHA MACRAE November 11, 1927 – May 6, 2024 Martha MacRae passed away peacefully in the Lethbridge Extendicare Fairmont on Monday, May 6, 2024 at the age of 96 years. Her six years in the Extendicare were special due to the residents, staff and Dr. Smith. They will all miss her.
Martha is survived by her four children Marlene (Frank) Van Deurzen, Jean (Gerard) Van Deurzen, Betty MacRae, Dave (Michelle) MacRae; eight grandchildren Josh (Jen), Jeff (Whitney), Ben (Livia), Greg, Lyndsey (Jason), Nick, Ashley, Jennifer; twelve great- grandchildren Danielle, Brooke, Zac, Samuel, Thomas, Joanna, Madden, Keenan, Makenna, Madelin, Georgia, Brock; brother-in-law Bill Goward; her special friend Lucille Duke as well as many nieces nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband of 39 years, Dave MacRae, Martha was also predeceased by her parents Marta and Emil Wackershauser; two brothers Art Wackershauser, Hans (Jeanette) Wackershauser; sister Anna (Henry) Schmiemann and sister-in-law Helene Goward.
Martha was born in Durlach, Germany. She immigrated with her family to Edmonton when she was four years old. Her life with Dave was full of many moves in Canada. Mom was so good at writing stories about herself and our family. She wrote “I’ve got a million memories and boxes of pictures.” She made a book and dedicated it to her family.
A private family graveside celebration of Martha’s life will be held at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Martha’s name may be made to the Lethbridge Food Bank, 1016 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0C9.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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DILLABOUGH, Lucius LUCIUS DILLABOUGH 1974 – 2024 Mr. Lucius Dillabough of Lethbridge, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at the age of 49 years.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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VARGA, Magda MAGDA VARGA 1941 – 2024 It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend, Magda Varga on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the age of 83 years.
A Celebration of Magda’s Life will be announced when completed.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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HAWKINS, Detton HAWKINS DETTON JOSEPH HAWKINS passed away on May 2, 2024.
A Private Service will be held at a later date.
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