July 15th, 2024

Friday, June 28, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 28, 2024.

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.
BECK, Corrine Corrine Kay Beck Feb. 27, 1948 – June 19, 2024 Corrine Beck, beloved mom, grandma and great grandma passed away peacefully at the Coronation Hospital and Care Centre in Coronation, Alberta on June 19, 2024 at the age of 76 years.
She will be lovingly missed and remembered by her daughter Shawna (Wes) Hillmer; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Cody (Cassandra) Hillmer, Sadie, Kashlyn and Bo; Cassie (Brad) Resch, Paisley and Cooper; Kennedy (Dan) Tigley-Beck, Remy and Gigi and Khyler Beck; sister Connie (Cliff) Jasperson; sister in law Pat Caldwell as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was predeceased by her husband Wayne; son Todd (Tonya); great granddaughter June; parents Darrel and Wanda Caldwell; sister Orpha (Leif); brothers Dean, Monte (Marg) and Donny.
There will be a private family service on Friday, July 5, 2024.
Memorial Donations in Corrine’s memory may be made to the Home Away From Home, c/o CHC Foundation, Bag 500, Coronation, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting http://www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com. Parkview Funeral Chapels were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-578-3777.

LAMOND, Judy Judy Brezovski Lamond 1953 – 2024 Judith Lorraine Brezovski Lamond, beloved wife of Jerry Lamond, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at the age of 70 years.
Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

JERMYN, Stephen “Steve” JERMYN STEPHEN “STEVE” PHILIP JERMYN, of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Eda Jermyn, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care, on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at the age of 84 years.
A Celebration of Stephen’s Life will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Daniel Meinema officiating.
Stephen will be laid to rest prior to the Celebration of Life in a private Family Graveside Service.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
LENON, Pat LENON PAT LENON, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday June 23, 2024 at the age of 84 years. Pat was a flower lover and a gardener extraordinaire. It is poetic and fitting that he left this realm as we step over the threshold into summer and all the beauty that this season holds.
He is survived by his sisters, Victoria Lenon and Mara Lenon. He will be deeply missed by his wife Josephine Lenon, his daughters Suzanne Lenon (Judy Davidson), Shelagh Lenon (Thomas Elbel), and Natasha Lenon (Holger Kalberg); by his three beloved grandchildren, Willem Elbel (Ife), Grace Elbel, and Lucas Kalberg; by his sister-in-law Annette Lenon, his nephew James Lenon (Katie) and family, as well as his nieces Bobbie Lenon and Shannon Fagnan (Leo). He will also be missed by Jo’s family: His oldest friend Terry Wilson (June), Judith Shandro (Peter), Anthony Wilson (Sage), and nieces and nephews. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Jean (Alverson) and Amby Lenon of Edmonton, and his brother Jon Lenon of Mount Gambier, Australia.
Pat graduated from Gonzaga University with an honours degree in history and with a professional diploma from the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. He worked in the family floral business before dedicating his life to L’Arche – an international community for people with intellectual disabilities. Together with his family, he founded the L’Arche community in Calgary in 1973. He held numerous leadership roles in L’Arche. In 1996, he and Jo moved to Lethbridge where he was community leader and later mentor to many. He loved his life in Lethbridge. He expressed deep gratitude for the many friends who have supported him, in particular the gang at the Penny Coffee House.
Pat was a gifted florist with an exquisite eye, a skilled whitewater canoeist, an amateur historian, a university basketball aficionado, an avid Edmonton Elks fan, a lover of the finer things in life, of jazz, of road trips, of the wilderness. He knew how to throw a party and celebrate.
He was a steadfast friend to many and especially to folks with intellectual disabilities. He was a fierce letter writer to politicians of all stripes. A thirst for justice and collective liberation shaped his approach to living.
You died in peony season, Pat. We will miss conversations about current events. Roses will always make us think of you. Thank you for teaching us the value of forgiveness and the importance of beauty. Thank you for the gift of seeing the sacred in the everyday. May the circle be unbroken.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Teresa Hanlon officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Patrick’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Flowers are gratefully accepted.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
SEILLER, Teresa SEILLER TERESA SEILLER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at the age of 84 years.
A Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating. All who wish to attend are asked to gather at the main cemetery entrance at 9:50 A.M.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
BERESNAK, Margaret BERESNAK MARGARET HELEN BERESNAK, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Cedar Creek Adaptacare, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at the age of 95 years.
A Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held at Ss. PETER AND PAUL GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643 – 12B Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Gary Sedgwick celebrating.
Following the Funeral Divine Liturgy, Margaret will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HIRSCHE, Bradley “Brad” BRADLEY “BRAD” REED HIRSCHE On the morning of June 23, 2024, in God’s perfect timing, Brad was taken from this life and has gone on his next journey.
Brad was born November 28, 1970 in Fort Macleod and raised on a small ranch west of town. It was here where he came to have a true love of animals, especially horses. He found out early in his life that horses, like dogs, share a profound bond with humans. Brad experienced this in his life. He found that being around his horses, there was a peace and tranquility and place where he could be himself, no pressure no judgement. He quoted me once saying, “The reason I love horses, they never break your heart.” He loved to ride and rope. There, he found freedom.
He leaves to mourn his two sons, Cody and Justin Hirsche, who he loved and was so proud of who they became; their mother, Candace Snyder, and his three beautiful granddaughters, Lexi Quinn and Parker, who to him, were the cutest and the best; his mother Marion Hirsche; his siblings: Brent Hirsche and family, Tracy Thomson and Family, Michelle Poelman and family and Guy Hirsche and family.
He was predeceased by his dad, Reed B Hirsche on September 2, 2023.
Rest in peace Brad, your struggles in this life are over.
Thank you to everyone who was there for Brad.
As per Brad’s wishes, no formal funeral will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home. Brad will be privately remembered by his family and friends.
In Brad’s memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (diabetes.ca) or a charity of one’s choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ROWNTREE, Donna ROWNTREE DONNA FAYE ROWNTREE (nee Witwicki), born on April 24, 1947 to John Michael Witwicki and Dorene Saccardo Witwicki Hammell, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on June 23, 2024 with family by her side. She left behind her husband of 57 years, Alan James Rowntree, her daughter, Shauna (Tim) Armstrong, her two grandchildren Logan and Kira Armstrong, and her sister Sherry Smeltzer.
Mom and Dad were married in Lethbridge on February 4, 1967 and had one daughter, two years later. After losing her father in 1967, she gained a new family in 1972 when her mother married Harold Hammell of Calgary. Together, there were now four more siblings, three stepsisters; Claudia (Doug) Norris, Harlene Day, Debbie (Ed) Sweep and one step brother; Clint Hammell.
Mom had a long career as a lab tech at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital before becoming the Lab Manager and eventually, the Administrative Coordinator at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Always striving for further education, Mom returned to the University of Lethbridge and received her Management Certificate in 1991, all while continuing to work full time. She retired in 2002 at the age of 55 after putting in over 34 years at the hospital.
After retirement, Mom and Dad promptly bought a place down in Palm Springs, escaping the winters of Alberta for over 20 years. She loved the heat and the sun and spent her days hiking the trails in Palm Springs, walking everywhere she could and golfing. They made many friends down there and truly enjoyed their retirement years.
When they weren’t down south, Mom devoted all of her time at home with her daughter ‘s family, helping whenever she could and being the best grandma to her two grandkids, her pride and joy. She also enjoyed walking for hours or being on the golf course with the girls.
Another love of Mom’s was running, she belonged to the Runner’s Soul Marathon Club for many years, and completed numerous runs of all distances ranging from 5K to 50K, including the Boston Marathon in 2003. She made many friends in the running community over the years and thoroughly enjoyed running in the coulees with the “group” (you know who you are).
We lost a beautiful soul this week. She was my best friend, a loving wife, mother and mother-in-law, and the best grandma around. Rest peacefully Mom.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ovarian Cancer Canada (ovariancanada.org) or any organization of your choosing.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HARTMAN, Gerhardt HARTMAN GERHARDT HARTMAN, of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Patricia Hartman, passed away suddenly at home after a brief battle with cancer, on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the age of 83 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Brian Kinahan officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513-23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB, on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating. Both the Prayer Vigil and Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Gerhardt’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Following the Funeral Mass, Gerhardt will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Patricia in the Coaldale Community Cemetery.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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.
WAMSTEEKER, Gerda GERDA WAMSTEEKER 1930 – 2024 Mrs. Gerda Wamsteeker of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Nick Wamsteeker, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village on Friday, June 21, 2024, at the age of 93 years.
Gerda will be privately remembered by her loving family.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
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