July 12th, 2024

Thursday, June 27, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 27, 2024.

KOOLE ITCHIE, Pearl and Roger Interment of Ashes Pearl Koole and her son Roger (Allen) Ritchie Interment of the ashes of Pearl Koole (Ritchie) and her son Roger Allen Ritchie, will be held at the Fort Macleod Cemetery on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m.
Pearl was the second daughter of Peter and Opal Koole of Pierce AB. After Pearl’s death her ashes were lovingly kept by her son Allen Ritchie until his death on November 7, 2023.
It was Allen’s wish that their ashes be buried over the grave of his Grandmother Opal’s grave, which is next to Peter Koole’s grave site.
There will be a short graveside service.
Anyone wishing to share a memory of the Koole family are invited to contact Dennis Orr at dennis.orr@mac.com.
They are both survived by Allen’s stepdaughter Kim Bork, his niece Dori Olsen and many cousins, sons and daughters of May Koole (Orr) and Ruth Koole (Jorgenson).
There will be a reception held at the Fort Macleod Legion following the internment. All who remember Peter and Opal Koole of Pierce AB, or their children May, Pearl and Ruth, are welcome to attend.

CHAFE, Sister Stella CHAFE Chafe, Sister Stella, formerly Sister Shaun Marie, 87, a Sister of Saint Martha of Antigonish, died at Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, on Monday June 24, 2024, in the 67th year of her Religious Life.
Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Sister Stella was the daughter of John Robert and Bridget Mary (Bailey) Chafe.
Sister Stella entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on August 15, 1955, pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1957, and her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1960. Sr. Stella was a lifelong educator having received her Diploma in Education in 1960, and a BA and BEd in 1973, both from St. Francis Xavier University, she began a long career as an educator and administrator. She was a teacher in Big Pond, Cape Breton, NS; Dingwall, Cape Breton, NS; Trenton, NS; Fort McMurray, AB, where she served as Vice Principal and Teacher; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kamloops, BC as Principal.
Sr. Stella was called to Leadership roles within the Congregation, serving as Local Leader; Apostolic Director; General Councillor; Community Leader of Bethany; Assistant Congregation Leader; and General Treasurer. She was a valued member of several Congregation committees, and Boards within the larger community. She also ministered at Martha Centre, in Lethbridge, AB and following her last term in Leadership, she lived in Inverness, Cape Breton, bringing her gifts of Hospitality and Presence to the community. She and Sr. Lucy MacNeil were dedicated to being a presence for the people of Inverness throughout the COVID Pandemic. When she moved to Parkland, Antigonish, she brought with her, Gospel Hospitality, a ready smile, and a deep sense of gratitude.
Sr. Stella was a woman of great compassion and empathy, prayerful and kind. She had an easy laugh that was infectious, and a sharp, strategic mind that could organize and plan anything from school administration to Congregation Chapters, to By-Laws for Boards. To call her a card player, is perhaps the greatest understatement. Some would say she was competitive, avid, voracious even. She would play anywhere, anytime, with anyone, and enjoyed the people more (almost) than the cards.
Sister Stella was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sister Mary Marriot and brothers William, Thomas, Ronald, Raymund, Michael, Joseph, Edward, Bernard, Alphonsus, and John. She is survived by several devoted nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom she cherished.
The remains will be resting at Martha Place, Parkland Antigonish, beginning Thursday June 27 at 4:00 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 6:00pm. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Friday June 28 at 9:00 a.m. in St. Martha Chapel, Parkland, Antigonish.
Both the Celebration of Vigil and the Liturgy of Burial will be streamed live on the funeral home website.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish.
HUIZING, Douwe Douwe Huizing 1960 – 2024 Douwe Wendelinus Huizing, beloved husband of Sandra Huizing, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at the age of 64 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Burdett Cemetery prior to the funeral service on Friday, June 28, 2024.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Christian Community Church, 415 – 4 Avenue, Burdett on Friday, June 28, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Douwe’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Friday, June 28, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
Douwe will be remembered by his wife Sandra, his children Tanner Ulrich, Amanda (Cody) Liske and Alies Huizing. He is also survived by his brothers Henry (Janelle) Huizing and their sons Brant (Tavia) Huizing and Stefan Huizing; John (Teresa) Huizing and their sons Jordan (Shay) Huizing, Dylan Huizing and Dane (Taiah) Huizing. He will also be fondly remembered by his extended family in the Netherlands.
Douwe was born the second of three children in Nieuw Weerdinge, The Netherlands on May 2, 1960. Shortly after completing agriculture college in the Netherlands, he moved to Canada on an exchange program when he was nineteen. It didn’t take long for him to decide that Canada would be his new home. He started his new life in Canada in British Columbia working on a farm and later moved to Alberta. Douwe chose to move to Oregon in 1987 where he started his first dairy farm. After milking cows in Oregon for seven years, he made the move back to Canada and settled north of Burdett and started a dairy farm where his children will continue his legacy.
Douwe married Sandra in January of 2001. He not only gained a wife that day, but also two children, Tanner and Amanda, that he would raise as his own. In October of 2001, their daughter Alies was born. This was the happiest day of his life. Douwe loved being a dad. He always said having kids makes your life complete. He taught his kids many life lessons that will guide them as they live their own lives.
Douwe was a great friend and father and was loved by many. He also enjoyed wood working in the winter, taking pictures and taking drives to explore the countryside.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Douwe’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

JONES, Marion MARION JONES 1949 – 2024 Mrs. Marion Jones of Vulcan, beloved wife of Mr. Wendel Jones, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the age of 75 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
GOUGHNOUR, Dean DEAN GOUGHNOUR 1937 – 2024 Mr. Dean Goughnour of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Maureen Goughnour, passed away suddenly at home, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Dean will be greatly missed by many friends, golf buddies and business associates that he has met over the years. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Besides his loving wife, Maureen Goughnour, Dean is survived by his brother; Rae Goughnour, and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Dean’s request, there will be no funeral, cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
FULLER, Michael MICHAEL FULLER 1958 – 2024 Mr. Michael Fuller of Lethbridge passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 21, 2024, at the age of 65 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
WAMSTEEKER, Gerda GERDA WAMSTEEKER 1930 – 2024 With the full assurance of God’s grace, Gerda passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93 years. She will be greatly missed by her children: Barb (Dick) Visser and their sons Mitchell (Jerri-Lyn), Shawn (Sheena), and Jordan (Jen); Denise (Murray) Buesink and their children Kimberly (Mark), Sara (Steve), Steven (Courtney), and Nicholas (Melisa); Erna (Allan) Karsten and their children Brad (Stephenie), Andrea (Mike), Kelly, and Ashley (Ryan); Lee (Marlene) and their children Michael (Diana) and Jackie (Carlo); Jolyn (Josh) Bolderheij and their children Leah (Garrett) and Katie; and 36 great-grandchildren.
Gerda is survived by her sister Tressa Brandhorst, her brother John (Bertha) van Zeggelaar, sister-in-law Kathy van Zeggelaar, in-law sisters Tina Wamsteeker and Theresa Karsten.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Nick Wamsteeker, her parents Art and Wilma van Zeggelaar, her brothers Walter, Henry (Rita) and Gerrit van Zeggelaar, in-law brother Nick Brandhorst, her in-law parents Peter and Sjaan Wamsteeker and numerous in-law brothers and sisters.
Gerda was born August 15, 1930 in Barneveld, The Netherlands. With her family, she immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in the Iron Springs area of southern Alberta. Gerda and Nick were married in 1953 and together raised their family on an acreage near Diamond City and developed a poultry farm. In addition to the farm work, Gerda drove school bus, took care of the household, and kept a large garden and huge beautiful yard.
In her retirement years, Gerda volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Bibles for Missions Thrift Store. She had the privilege to travel widely with her husband Nick, and enjoyed music, knitting and crocheting.
The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the staff of Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village where Gerda lived for the last 4 1/2 years.
A private family service will be held on June 28, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
GREEN, Diana GREEN DIANA GREEN (nee Kanigan), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Jim Green, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, June 24th, 2024 at the age of 68 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
WINKLER, Mary WINKLER MARY WINKLER, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Henry Winkler, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 25, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
LONG TIME SQUIRREL, Ditty LONG TIME SQUIRREL DITTY SEAN LONG TIME SQUIRREL, of the Blood Reserve, beloved husband of the late Wilma Hunt, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday June 20th, 2024 at the age of 57 years.
A Wake will be held at OLD AGENCY HALL, Stand Off, AB, on Friday, June 28, 2024 from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at OLD AGENCY HALL, Stand Off, AB, on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Rocky Brave Rock officiating.
Following the Funeral Service, Ditty will be laid to rest at ST. PAUL’S CEMETERY.

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