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Evangeline Ruby Isaac, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away in Taber on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 71 years.
The Funeral Service was held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Harry Unger officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Bonnie is survived by her children Matthew (Debbie) Schmitz of Barnwell, Kathy Rempel of San Francisco, Kirby Schmitz of Taber and Tom (Trisha) Schmitz of Sylvan Lake; grandchildren Naomi (Shawn) Kempe, Blair Schmitz (Jennae Mertins), Tayler Schmitz, Devin (Blanca) Fletcher, Shawn Fletcher (Chantal Kiemich), Sara Rempel (Tom Chorney), Lichelle Schmitz (James Gibson), Allysa Schmitz, Dixon Schmitz, Dustin Schmitz and Mitchell Schmitz; great grandchildren Sofia Fletcher and Kaeson Gibson; her brother Calvin (Shirley) Isaac of Red Cliff as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents Oscar and Ella Isaac; sister Nina Tolkacz, and granddaughter Kelsea Schmitz.
Evangeline was born in Calgary on November 7, 1942. She later moved to Medicine Hat where she attended business college before marrying and becoming a homemaker to her family. Bonnie enjoyed and excelled at many creative endeavors such as sewing amazing Halloween costumes and creating elaborate birthday cakes for her children. She also enjoyed watching her sons and grandsons play hockey, singing in the choir and attending church.
Once her children were grown, she relocated from Taber to Calgary and Linden for a period of time where she worked in home care, for charity organizations as well as service and retail jobs. When her health failed Bonnie retired and eventually returned to Taber, where she lived her remaining years centered firmly in her faith, attending bible studies, church and enjoying time with her family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bonnie’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation (Continuing Care), 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Helen Ikebuchi (nee Shimbashi) beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away with family at her side in Taber on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the age of 88 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Barnwell Cemetery.
Helen is survived by her daughter Brenda (Glen) Wada of Barnwell and their daughter Kassidy Wada; son Wayne Ikebuchi of Calgary. She is also survived by her sisters May Takahashi and Kathleen Murakami; brothers Henry Shimbashi, William (Micheline) Shimbashi and Patrick (Dianne) Shimbashi; sisters-in-law Margaret Shimbashi, Kay Shimbashi, Yo Ikebuchi, Kay (Syd) Adachi and Chiyo (Rick) Starling; brothers-in-law Tom (Barb) Ikebuchi as well numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Norman Yotaro Ikebuchi; parents Zenkichi and Teru Shimbashi; brothers Edward, Albert, George and John Shimbashi; sister-in-law Sunao Shimbashi; brother-in-law Joe Takahashi; friends Harry Ikebuchi, Aigi Shigehiro and several in-laws and extended family.
Helen, the second child of Zenkichi James and Teru Shimbashi was born on January 25, 1925 at the Prince of Wales Ranch in Peskisko, Alberta. In 1926, the Shimbashi Family moved to a small farm in Welling and then to Barnwell in 1943. Helen entered the Medicine Hat Hospital Nursing Program and after much dedication and hard work, she graduated in 1948, receiving the General Proficiency Award and RN distinction. Her forty four year nursing career was spent in the Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Taber Hospitals in various roles, from operating room instructor, emergency room nurse, to OR and emergency department supervisors. Even after retiring from hospital nursing in 1992, her caring ways and instincts lead her to help at Clearview Lodge.
Helen married Norman Yotaro Ikebuchi on November 14, 1953. They first resided in Lethbridge, then moved on to Taber in 1966. This is where she has made her home till her passing. Helen was involved in many organizations including but not limited to, bowling leagues, Hospital Auxiliary, local AARN, U.C.W., Tottori-Kenjin Doshikai and Kagoshima Society. She also taught oriental cooking and sushi making classes, this lead her to volunteer and demonstrate her talents to several local Grade seven classes during their studies of Japan.
Helen spent some of her free time doing things that she enjoyed, including bowling, fishing, knitting, cooking and especially spending time with family and friends. With her passion for nursing, helping others and cooking talents, Helen has touched many lives.
Grant David Iredale passed away in Taber on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the age of 63 years.
A gathering of friends was held at the Linden View Care Centre, 4700 - 64 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Vicki Lee Iverson, passed away in Taber on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at the age of 55 years.
She is survived by her children Scott (Carolyn) Siemens of Taber and Mary Siemens of Taber; grandchildren Quinton and McKenzie Siemens; sister Lynnette (Ernie) Langemann of Coaldale; brother Norris (Georgia) Iverson of Calgary.
Vicki was predeceased by her parents Milton and Mary Iverson; siblings Kathleen, Faith and Russell.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service for family and close friends will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Carl Bogda officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Vicki’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 (www.cancer.ca).
Masanobu (Mas) Inaba beloved husband, wonderful father, caring grandfather and great grandfather, passed away after a gallant battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the age of 92 years.
Mas was born in Japan, the second eldest of six children and immigrated to Canada in 1934 at the age of eighteen years where he farmed in Mission, B.C. He married Fumi in 1937. A forced evacuation in 1942 brought him to Southern Alberta, this area would become home. Many strong, warm friendships developed as he continued farming around Vauxhall and Hays, finally settling in Taber. In 1964 he returned to Japan for two months to add acupuncture skills to complement his chiropractic and physiotherapeutic work. He helped mostly local people, although his practice eventually broadened to patients from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Montana.
He had a passion for golf and curling and enjoyed organizing tournaments and bonspiels. As well he enjoyed karaoke, shibais (Japanese theatre) and hosting parties in general. He enjoyed playing dominoes with friends in the winter to keep his mind sharp, and his mind certainly remained acute right up until the end. He had a great sense of humor and loved to entertain for others by performing magic tricks. Many of his children and grandchildren have picked up and continued on with some of his passions.
Mas will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of seventy one years Fumi; seven children Frank (Toseko-“Dimples”), Nancy (Elbert), Dan, Larry (Lori), Janet (Shig), Ron (Wendy), Michael (Tracy) and twenty grandchildren and great grandchildren who have fond memories of times with Grandpa.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, February 15, 2009 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Yamabe and the wonderful staff at Taber Hospital. Mas was grateful and thankful to his family and many friends for their love and support during his illness.
Larry Russell Irwin beloved husband of Wendy Irwin of Ituna, Saskatchwan (formerly of Purple Springs, Alberta) passed away in Melville, Saskatchewan on Monday, November 17, 2008 at the age of 68 years.
Besides his loving wife Wendy, he is survived by his children Renee (Russell) Kast of Ituna, Saskatchewan, Travis Irwin of Cardston; grandchildren Taylor, Landon and Shelby Irwin; brother Arlen (Marna) Irwin of Banff. He is also survived by Wendy’s brothers and sisters, Leonard Jensen of Cardston, Trudy (Garry) Hooge of Taber, Terry Jensen of Athabasca, Casey Jensen of Longview, Padjett (Candy) Jensen of Taber and Jody (Janice) Jensen of Taber; sister-in-law Shirley Jensen of Taber as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Paul & Elizabeth Irwin; in-laws Grant & Helen Jensen and great niece Lynese Jensen.
Larry was born December 14, 1939 in Arrowwood to Paul and Elizabeth Irwin. He was raised in Airdrie and attended school in Kathyrn. Following high school Larry attended Olds College. He married Wendy Jensen on December 26, 1967 in Arrowwood at the Church of the Brethren. Larry spent his working years as a farmer and rancher. He loved spending time with his family and friends and always told “Larry jokes”. He was always hospitable to those that were visiting. Larry’s interests were simple, quarter horses and black angus purebred cattle. He was an avid horse man and cattleman, whether it be doctoring or training animals or studying pedigree on livestock. He enjoyed the company of his dog, Sheeba. He liked playing chess, crib and card games. Larry loved sports, especially basketball and hockey and would attend a game whenever he could. He always enjoyed Christmas, birthdays and attending his children and grandchildren’s concerts, track & field and their awards nights.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, November 21, 2008 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Larry’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #207, 542 - 7 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2H1 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association 210D - 12 ‘A’ Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2J1.
Jakob Christian Iskov of Taber, beloved husband of Dorothy Iskov, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2005 at the age of 78 years.
Jake was born on January 3, 1927 in Jels, Denmark where he received his schooling. He came to Canada in 1950 and returned to Denmark in 1953. He married Dorothy Daugaard on March 6, 1955. Jake and Dorothy returned to Canada and in 1971 they purchased the family farm. Jake's life and passion was farming.
"I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character. I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on earth."
Besides his loving wife Dorothy, he is survived by his two children Evelyn (Brian) Conrad and Ron (Margaret) Iskov all of Taber and two grandsons Brett and Jordan Conrad.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929-50 Ave., Taber on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 10:30 A.M. A private family Interment will follow in the Taber Memorial Garden.
Mr. Harry Ikebuchi, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Sachiko Ikebuchi, of Taber, passed away at the Taber Hospital on Friday, September 10, 2004 at the age of 73 years.
Harry was born at Mission, BC on April 4, 1931 and was the son of Takaichi and Itoye Ikebuchi. At the age of three, he moved to Japan where he lived with his grandmother. In 1940, he returned to Canada where he began receiving his schooling in Mission, BC and later moved to Picture Butte, graduating from Taber High School. Following high school, he attended Garbutt Business School. Harry married Sachiko Konno on November 1, 1958. He later attended SAIT, completing his training as a journeyman mechanic. Harry spent many years with Chinook Service in Taber before retiring in June, 2003.
Harry will be remembered by his children Lorraine (Michael) Davis of Burnaby, BC, Roland (Cindy) Ikebuchi and Elaine (Lonny) Gaehring all of Sherwood Park; eight grandchildren Kaitlyn, Gabriel, Joshua, Jeremy, Jenna, Quinlan, Teya & Danielle; two honourary grandchildren Kassidy and Tyler. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers Kay (Syd) Adachi of Lethbridge, Tom (Barb) Ikebuchi of Peachland, BC, Chiyo (Rick) Starling of Qualicum Beach, BC and by his three sisters-in-law Helen, Yo and Alene Ikebuchi and by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his wife Sachi, his son Harry Randall and by three brothers Jim, George and Norman.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929-50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Jim Lochhead officiating. A Graveside Service will follow at Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge, at 2:30 P.M.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H7.