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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 28, 2024.

TOWNSHEND, Noah Noah Townshend 1988 ~ 2024 It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Noah Townshend on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at the age of 35 years as a result of a tragic accident while dirt biking in Idaho. Noah was a devoted husband to Amanda and an amazing dad to his two daughters, Rylie and Maddy. These three girls were his world! Noah’s life will be honoured at the University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. Noah’s life will be further celebrated at the Readymade Community Hall, Township Road 90, Cranford, Alberta immediately following the service. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION FACILITY
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DENG, Jie Liu JIE LIU DENG 1928 – 2024 Mrs. Jie Liu Deng of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Say Phi Ho, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at the age of 96 years.
A Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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RAMBERG, John JOHN RAMBERG 1940 – 2024 Mr. John Ramberg, beloved husband of Mern Bazian- Ramberg, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the age of 84 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.
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CASSIS, Hilda HILDA MARIE CASSIS (NÉE JOHNSTON) 1935 – 2024 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hilda Marie Cassis, beloved wife of Dr. Awny F. Cassis, who passed away peacefully on May 20, 2024, at the age of 89.
Survived by her loving husband, Dr. Awny Cassis; her sister Verna Jennings; her children Irene (Brent Daviduck), Jehan (Ludvik Pahulje), Marie (Francois Arcand) and Nevine (David Matthews); Hilda was the beloved grandmother to Quinn, Kahn and Sefrah Daviduck, Stefan and Mikaela Pahulje, Finley and Nadia Matthews and also cherished by her many nieces and nephews in Canada, Ireland, England and Egypt.
She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Bridget Johnston, and her siblings Reginald Johnston, Muriel O’Loughlin, Kenneth Johnston, and Trevor Johnston.
Hilda was born in Dublin, Ireland to Henry and Bridget Johnston on February 17, 1935. The third oldest of six children in an Irish Catholic family, faith was a central part of her life, often with a rosary in hand and Irish Gaelic prayers in her heart.
Her many passions in life included theatre, song, dance, and athletics. From the famous Abbey Theatre to the tennis courts of Glasnevin, she relished activity, especially tennis. Never one to drive, she loved long walks and bicycling. For adventure, she enjoyed travels to Italy, Germany, and England.
Hilda attended Parnell Technical School for Office Administration in Dublin where eventually her sister Verna introduced her to a handsome scholar and international student from Egypt, attending Trinity College. His name was Awny Cassis and that encounter forever changed the course of her life.
After a 6-month engagement to Awny, she packed her bags and sailed off by herself to get married in Cairo. She quickly adapted to the culture, the language, and the cuisine, as Mama Marie (Awny’s mother) happily welcomed her. Hilda often spoke of how graciously she was welcomed and loved by the Cassis family who were impressed with her proficiency in languages including Arabic.
In Egypt, Hilda was an Assistant English Teacher at St. George’s Boys School, combining her love of children and teaching and soon became mother to Irene and Jehan.
The next chapter of her life came 7 years later when the crossroads of war and opportunity led them to a new country, Canada, where Lethbridge, Alberta would become their new home. Landing in January 1968, in a massive snow blizzard, the shock from hot to freezing cold; from the metropolis of Cairo to the then small city of Lethbridge and its surrounding foothills would leave a lasting impression.
While Awny worked at the University of Lethbridge, Hilda worked selflessly at raising her daughters and soon welcomed the birth of Marie (Lethbridge) and Nevine (Dublin), while on sabbatical leave.
Hilda was known for her amazing cooking and exceptional desserts. From delicious meals for family and friends to entertaining University functions, her homemade pastries, Irish trifle, shortbread, Irish soda bread as well as her Egyptian meals and desserts were sought after.
Always a Dubliner at heart, she’d have the kettle on to share a “cuppa” tea with friends and family. Her persuading, radiant smile and twinkling blue eyes made all feel welcome! Always perceptive and willing to lend a hand whenever needed, she offered support, wisdom, and love in abundance. She cared deeply and it showed.
An avid knitter, sewer, and gardener, she created gorgeous Aran sweaters, sewed dresses and Irish dancing costumes for her girls with meticulous precision, and grew amazing flowers reminiscent of Ireland.
One of her greatest joys was watching her daughters on stage performing in many Irish dancing competitions (Feis). She enjoyed socials with the Irish community, providing fond reminders of her roots.
Despite facing serious illness, she defied all expectations with the loving and trusting guidance of her husband Awny (her primary caregiver) and support from her family. Always one to find the silver lining and face her fears and ailments with optimism, she found strength through her faith in God.
To commemorate Hilda’s life and our cherished memories, a Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch via livestream, please visit https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Hilda-Cassis
A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CHURCH, 2405 – 12 AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge. To watch via livestream please visit https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Hilda-Cassis
Interment will follow at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 SCENIC DRIVE SOUTH, Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your choice of charity.
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MCMULLIN, Douglas “Doug” DOUGLAS MCMULLIN 1950 – 2024 Mr. Douglas “Doug” McMullin of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Kathy McMullin, passed away on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, at the age of 73 years.
Doug will be privately remembered by his loving family and friends.
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MAJOR, Dorilla MAJOR Dorilla Marie Anne (Richard) Major nee Bordage 1923 – 2024 It is with great sadness that I, Jacquline Richard, announce the sudden passing of my amazing mother, DORILLA MAJOR, on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2024.
Mom passed peacefully in her sleep, just like her father and just as she wanted. Dorilla lived at Blue Sky Lodge for 7 years, and last November, it’s where she celebrated her 100th birthday by dancing, just as she said she would! I’ll miss you Mom.
Many thanks to her caregivers and staff at Blue Sky Lodge for the wonderful care and friendship. Special thanks to Cornerstone Funeral Home for the exceptional care and compassion.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.

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SHADE, Veronica “Ronni” Veronica “Ronni” Shade “Tootai’pistsaakii” May 30, 1951 – May 20, 2024 Ronni Shade, 10 days shy of her 73rd birthday, passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on May 20, 2024. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 53 years, Barry Shade, and her sons, Shawn (Elizabeth), Todd, JJ (Susan), Willie (Jasmine), & Kevin. Adopted sons Winston Bruised Head (Lavina), Kordic & Angelo. Also, by her brother Doug Singer (Christie) & sister/friend Deanna Shade. Ronni was predeceased by her son, Tyson, daughter/ granddaughter Chelsie, parents, Walter and Mary Singer, brother Harley, and grandchildren, Darby, Dustin, and Makai.
Ronni grew up on a cattle ranch in the Bull Horn area. As a young girl, she would help Lawrence Plain drive their cattle to the rodeos where the Shade’s were supplying the bucking horses..
Ronni started her education journey at the St Mary’s residential school, then went to live with her aunt Dorothy so she could attend school in Fort Macleod. She completed her secondary education in Edmonton where she received her High School Diploma in December 1969. After graduating from high school, she worked in Calgary for a year then moved back home where she met her husband, Barry. They got married on January 30, 1971.
Having 6 boys, she was a hockey mom during the winter & a rodeo mom during the summer. Starting with the May long weekend till the end of August, every weekend she would pack up the camper after work on Friday and follow Barry with her boys to wherever the Shade Rodeo Company was supplying bucking stock for a rodeo. All her summer weekends were spent at rodeo grounds in various towns or communities from Bow Island to Cranbrook, BC and north to Hobbema. Her best rodeo camping trip was at the Calgary Stampede on two occasions. Her fun relaxing rodeo trips were to Albuquerque, NM & Las Vegas. Ronni had some horses that she brought with her when she married into the rodeo family. She was very proud of her world-famous bucking horse, #54 Bobby Blue. Bobby Blue went to all the major rodeos in the States with the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, he made it to the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in 1983. Only the top 100 horses in North America are selected to go to the National Finals Rodeo.
Ronni worked very hard all summer, after her 8 hours at the office, she came home to tend to her flower garden and several pots of cherry tomatoes. She always had tons of laundry to get done for the next weekend’s rodeo excursion. Not having a daughter, she often complained that she had no help with her chores while Barry had all the help he needed with his chores.
Ronni started working for the Blood Tribe Administration in 1972 in various departments. She became a permanent employee for the Blood Tribe as an accounts clerk in 1982. She was the public works accountant from 1983 to 1999. In 1999 she became the Finance Accountant then went on educational leave. Ronni enrolled at the University of Lethbridge in May 2000, in April 2004 she graduated with Distinction with a Bachelor of Management Degree, her major was Accounting. In December 2004 she received her AFOA Financial Manager Certificate. In 2008 she became the Senior Finance Officer for the Blood Tribe.
Wherever she entered a room, she was heard by her boisterous laughter before she was seen. It didn’t take long for everyone to know that she was in the building.
Other survivors are her 22 grandchildren & 8 great-great grandchildren. Brothers-in-law, Don (Marie) Shade & Hank Shade. Sisters-in-law, Harriet (Leroy) Heavy Runner, Colleen Crow Child, & Patty Shade (Evans). Her daughters-in-law Melody Little Bear & Jennifer Scout who she remained very close to. Her close friends Rosie Many Grey Horses & Phylis Eagle Bear, close cousin Roberta (Bobbi) Wolfe, her Grey Eagle buddy Regina Crow Child, and all her Finance Department staff. Also, by her very special close friend, Dr. Brenda Gallie, world famous doctor in the treatment of childhood eye cancer, from the SickKids Hospital in Toronto.
Ronni was also predeceased by her biological father, Bruce Red Crow, father & mother-in-law, Harry & Agnes Shade, brother-in-law, Ervin Shade, sister-in-law, Alvine Beebe, nieces, Marilyn Shade, & Wayna Beebe, nephews, Steven Heavy Runner & Austin Shade.
A family service will be held at the Legacy Funeral home at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29th followed by a wake service at the Senator Gladstone Hall from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the St Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 30th. She will be laid to rest at the Shade Family Plot. The family would like to have everyone to attend the feast after the funeral service at the Cardston Stake Centre, east hill in Cardston.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.
BROUSSEAU, Johnnie “John” BROUSSEAU JOHNNIE “JOHN” BROUSSEAU, of Coaldale, passed away in Lethbridge, on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the age of 55 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
AUCOIN, Carolyn AUCOIN CAROLYN FRANCES AUCOIN (nee Nihill and Elliott), of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, May 20, 2024 at the age of 78 years.
A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be held at PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 – 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11:00 A.M.
Carolyn was laid to rest in a private Family Graveside Service.
In lieu of flowers, the family would graciously accept a potted plant/flower or perennial so that it can continue to grow in the spirit of Carolyn.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
BRAAT, Case Case Braat
1939 – 2024
Cornelis Josephus Braat, beloved husband of Katie Braat, passed away peacefully in Bow Island on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1113 – 1 Street East, Bow Island on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 6:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1113 – 1 Street East, Bow Island on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:30 A.M. Private burial to follow at the Bow Island Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Case is survived by his wife Katie and their children David Braat of Calgary, Monica Braat of Medicine Hat, Frank (Allison) Braat of Winnipeg and Mike Braat of Bow Island; grandpa to Mikey, Makaya and Joshua. He is also survived by his twin brother Fritz (Lisa) Braat; sister Ann (Hank) Koot; sisters-in-law Mildred Braat and Shirley Braat as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his parents Jacobus and Johanna Braat; brothers John (Bep) Braat, Morris (Jane) Braat, Peter Braat, Jake (Beth) Braat and Gerry Braat; sister Joanne Braat.
Born in Schyf, Holland on January 1, 1939, Case immigrated with his family to southern Alberta in 1953. He married Katie Van Laerhoven on April 13, 1966, and they shared over fifty eight wonderful years together. Case began farming in Coaldale and moved to Bow Island with Katie and their family in 1974, continuing to farm until his retirement in 1995.
Case lived a full and active life, enjoying camping and skiing with his growing family, as well as golfing, spending winters in Arizona, and participating in activities at the Golden Age Centre
during his retirement.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Case’ name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

GRANT, Garry GRANT It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of GARRY GRANT, of Lethbridge, on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the age of 70 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his nephew, Jason (Bobbi) Grant; and his granddaughter, Ava Merkl- Gibson. Garry is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Peggy Grant and Helen Grant. He will also be dearly missed by numerous relatives and friends.
Garry was predeceased by his son, Cory; brothers, Ronald, Clinton, and David; sister-in-law, Betty Grant; his parents, Francis and John Grant; and his best friend, Calvin Cook.
Garry was born and educated in Lethbridge. Garry drove bus for Lethbridge Transit (LA Transit) for many years and as well drove truck for the County of Lethbridge. He was a man of immense humor. He loved to go to the casino for liver and onions. Garry loved hunting and camping. His best days were spent relaxing in his recliner, he loved his beer, cigarettes and flipping through the channels on the TV. Garry was strong willed and stubborn but those traits defined Garry. Garry was a strong fighter but now free from pain and is at peace with his brothers.
We welcome all who knew him to join us in celebrating the life of a man who was loved deeply and will be missed.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Garry’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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