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ELISABETH KLASSEN
1961 - 2014

Elisabeth Klassen, beloved wife of Aaron Klassen, passed away in Bow Island on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the age of 53 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, April 3, 2014 between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, just west of Grassy Lake on Highway 3, on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Prairieview Cemetery, Grassy Lake.

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JUNE KANOMATA
1939 - 2014


June Kanomata, beloved wife of the late Joe Kanomata, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the age of 74 years.
At June’s request, a private funeral service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
June is survived by her children Sandra (Garth) Blades of Drayton Valley and Calvin Kanomata (Marilyn) of Taber; granddaughter Taylor Miyoshi Blades and grandson Zachary George Blades. She is also survived by her siblings Lois (Yosh) Hattori of Picture Butte, Dick (Carol) Sawa of Lethbridge, Diana (Sal) Nakamura of Red Deer, Roy (Jackie) Sawa of Lethbridge, Sharon (Tom) Takahashi of Toronto, Ontario, Larry Sawa of Red Deer, Pat (Doug) Smith of Toronto, Ontario and Harry Sawa of Red Deer; sister-in-law Audrey Sawa (Tracy) of Nanaimo and brother-in-law Gerry Bossenkool of Lethbridge. She is also survived by Joe’s family, his brother Gary (Jane) Kanomata of Toronto, sisters Rosemary (Kay) Kitagawa of Lethbridge and Wendy Ridsdale of England, sister-in-law Mae Kanomata of Taber and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Usaburo and Chizuko Sawa and Joe’s parents, Kiyoshi and Miyoshi Kanomata; brother Daniel Sawa, sister Mae Boessenkool; brother-in-law Charlie Kanomata, sisters-in-law Molly Matsumoto, “little” Carol Sawa and brothers-in-law George Matsumoto and Jeff Ridsdale.
June was born June 25, 1939 in Stave Falls, British Columbia. She married Joe Kanomata in Taber on December 17, 1958. June enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.
By request, Koden gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in June’s name may be made directly to the St. Michael’s Foundation (Palliative Care), 1400 - 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.

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RAY KITCHEN
1939 - 2014

Raymond Winston Kitchen, passed away in Brooks on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the age of 74 years.
No service will be held.

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MIKE KLEINSASSER
1941 - 2013

Mickel John Kleinsasser, beloved husband of Sarah Kleinsasser of Evergreen Colony, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the age of 72 years.
The Burial was held at the Evergreen Colony Cemetery on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.

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ELSE KOECK
1920 - 2013


Else Anna Koeck, beloved wife of the late Frank Koeck, passed away in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 93 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Carl Bogda officiating.
Else is survived by her son Gerhard (Bev) Koeck of Hays and his children Jackie (Greg) Davis of Regina, Lisa (Tom) Devoe of Grande Cache and Dan Sedore of Grande Cache; daughter Annamarie Behrens of Hope, British Columbia and her children John (Sarah) Behrens of Hope, British Columbia, Rose (Chris) Young of Calgary, Monica (Rod) Wombold of Calgary, Richard (Lisa) Behrens of Charlie Lake, British Columbia and Bob (Lisa) Behrens of Ponoka as well as numerous great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank Koeck and son-in-law Dick Behrens.
Else was born in Atzendorf, Germany on January 5, 1920. She married Frank Koeck and together with their children they immigrated to Canada in 1951, settling in Hays.
Else enjoyed many things including traveling, hunting, fishing, gardening, dancing, amusement park rides and baking, especially strudel kuchen. She also loved farming and spending time visiting with company. Else will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Else’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).

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KAY KEAST
1923 - 2013


Katherine Frances Keast, beloved wife of the late John Keast, passed away in Taber on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brock Campbell conducting.
Kay is survived by her children Jude Keast (Helen Nelson) of Toronto, Philip Keast of Edmonton, Caroline (Simon) Tang of Vancouver and Linda van Voorthuizen of Toronto; grandchildren Kathy, Brenda, Giorgi, Philip, Iain, Alastair, Sophia and great granddaughter Maya Katherine. She is also survived by her brothers Michael James, Jude James and their families in the United Kingdom.
She was predeceased by her husband John E.V. Keast, sister Rose Eyers, brother Tony James, brother-in-law Roy Eyers, sisters-in-law Jean James, Peggy James and Ethel James.
Kay was born January 23, 1923 in Winchester, England. She entered domestic service to help her family during the great depression in the 1930s. With the advent of war, she became a driver-mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (RAF). Post war, she trained as a nurse, becoming a Registered Nurse in the early 1950s. She immigrated to Canada in 1956 with the first three of her children, to join her husband John who emigrated from England ahead of them.
Her introduction to Canada began at the French River in the dead of winter where she learned to tell the difference between the barking of dogs and the howling of wolves! She continued her nursing career in Sudbury, Kirkland Lake and Sioux Lookout in Ontario where she and John added their fourth child to the family. In the mid sixties, the Keast family moved to Alberta and she retired from full time nursing a few years later to become an avid, full time gardener. It was said by her friends in Taber that if Kay Keast couldn’t grow it, it couldn’t be grown!
Kay had little in the way of diplomatic skills which meant that you always knew what she thought about a particular subject and where you stood with her. Her love was not uncritical but it was unconditional! She will be missed by family and friends alike.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kay’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
The family extends a grateful thank you to the staff and residents of the Clearview Lodge, the Linden View care facility and Dr. Hughes and staff of the Taber Health Centre, Active Care Unit for the care and compassion shown to Kay during the last few months of her life.

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KENNY KADOYAMA
1949 - 2013


Keigi “Kenny” Kadoyama, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the age of 64 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Burial Service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometre north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.
Kenny is survived by his sisters Lillian Vander Wal of Taber, Patricia (Susie) David of Lethbridge, Mae (Jack Fuller) Eldridge of Lethbridge, Ami (Fred) Oliver of Lethbridge and Chiyo (Leonard) Burke of Calgary; brother Sam (Frances) Kadoyama of Taber; brother-in-law Doug Eldridge of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his nieces Shelley, Karen, Vickie, Michelle, Cindy, Melody, Kim, Marlene, Crystal, Dawn, Sara and his nephew Terry and their families; cousins Ruth, Mark, Luke, Donna, Richard, Janet and their families all of British Columbia as well as his long time friend Terry (Brenda) Rombough and family.
He was predeceased by his parents Tsuaya (nee Kadonaga) and Ichiro Kadoyama; niece Bonnie Eldridge; Uncle Takehiko and Aunt Miki Kuromi and two brothers-in-law, John Vanderwal and Vern David.
Kenny was born in Lethbridge on April 2, 1949. After attending school, he worked on a farm and later spent several years in the oil patch around Taber. Most recently he worked at a hotel. Over the past couple of years his health began to deteriorate, forcing him to take residence at the St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kenny’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 400, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9.
Kenny’s family would like to thank everyone for the care and concern shown to him. They are truly grateful for the help they have received.

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JOE KANOMATA
1930 - 2013


Joseph Kanomata, beloved husband of June Kanomata, passed away in Taber on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the age of 83 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Sandra Riddell officiating. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides June, his loving wife of fifty four years, Joe is survived by their children Sandra (Garth) Blades of Drayton Valley and Calvin Kanomata (Marilyn Gajdostik) of Taber; granddaughter Taylor Miyoshi Blades and grandson Zachary Blades. He is also survived by his brother Gary (Jane) Kanomata of Toronto; two sisters Rosemary (Kay) Kitagawa of Lethbridge, Wendy Ridsdale of England and sister-in-law Mae Kanomata of Taber. He will be fondly remembered by June’s family, Lois (Yosh) Hattori, Dick (Carol) Sawa, Diana (Sal) Nakamura, Gerry Bossenkool, Roy (Jackie) Sawa; Sharon (Tom) Takahashi; Audrey Sawa (Tracy), Larry Sawa, Pat (Doug) Smith, Harry Sawa and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Kiyoshi and Miyoshi Kanomata and June’s parents, Usaburo and Chizuko Sawa; brother Charlie Kanomata; sister Molly Matsumoto; brothers-in-law Daniel Sawa, George Matsumoto and Jeff Ridsdale; sisters-in-law Mae Boessenkool and "little" Carol Sawa.
Joe was born April 29, 1930 in Mission, British Columbia. He married June Sawa in Taber on December 17, 1958. Joe enjoyed life to the fullest and filled his time fishing, having coffee with great friends and golfing. The highlight of his golfing career was celebrated last summer when he golfed a score under his age, he shot eighty one. When he wasn’t golfing, Joe could be found tending to his vegetable garden with the bountiful harvest being shared with his buddies.

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BRONCO KALVI
1948 - 2013


Bronco Kalvi (CD1 - Retired MWO of Canadian Armed Forces, RCEME Branch) of Cambridge, Ontario, passed away unexpectedly at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the age of 65 years.
A service was held at the Cambridge Golf Club, 1346 Clyde Road, Cambridge, Ontario on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Bronco was the beloved husband and best friend of Linda Kalvi (nee Gregson) and loving father of Jason Kalvi and Curtis (Noi) Kalvi all of Cambridge, Ontario. Also mourning his loss are his parents Albert and Josephine Kalvi of Lethbridge, two brothers Joe (Laurel Lee) Kalvi of Lethbridge, John Kalvi of California and their families.
Bronco was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for thirty years and after retiring, he was employed by L3 Wescam for thirteen years where he was supervisor of the Optics department.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bronco’s name may be made directly to Wounded Warriors Canada, 310 Byron Street South, Suite 4, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4P8.

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FREDA KINNIBURGH
1922 - 2013


Freda Kinniburgh (nee Bartram), beloved wife of the late Jack Kinniburgh, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the at of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, February 18, 2013 between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Wes Midgett officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
She will be greatly missed by her children Fred (Daisy) Kinniburgh of Lethbridge and their family Sandi (Bernny) Keujer and their children Karli, Taya and Chad, David (Darla) Kinniburgh and their children Lexi, Chayne and Lawson, Stuart (Janelle) Kinniburgh and their children Bailey and Taylor; Gordon Kinniburgh of Purple Springs and his family Zelda Gayle Kinniburgh (Patrick Deschamps) and children Brady and Olivia, Adam Kinniburgh and his son Drayden, Daniel (Dan) Kinniburgh, Christy (Kealey) Storrs and their son Callum, Susan Kinniburgh and Jesse Kinniburgh; and their mother Colleen Kinniburgh; Jack (Maureen) Kinniburgh of Keremeos, British Columbia and their family Kelly and Jodi; Kate Jensen and her family Quinton (Mori) Jensen and their children Carson and Kaydree; Katie (Brandon) Shields and Einar Jensen.
She was predeceased by her husband Jack; son Ian Kinniburgh and by her son-in-law Dwin Jensen.
Freda (nee Bartram) was born in Milk River on April 28, 1922 to Frederick and Kate Bartram. As a young woman she joined the Women’s Division of the RCAF and met the love of her life, Jack Kinniburgh. They were married on July 27, 1945. Purple Springs became their home where they raised their five children and entertained their many friends. You could always get a cup of coffee there and were welcome to stay for supper.
Music was a big part of Freda’s life. Her beautiful voice entertained many people over the years. She was a part of the Taber Community Band and then went on to sing with “The Old Guys”, singing all the songs she loved so dearly.
If friends so desire, memorial tribute’s in Freda’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.

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ANNA KAMBEITZ
1914 - 2013


Anna Margaret Kambeitz of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Benedict Kambeitz, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the age of 98 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:30 A.M with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Anna is survived by her children George (Phyllis) Kambeitz of Lethbridge, Leonard (Elvena) Kambeitz of Bow Island, Shirley Whitney of Lethbridge and daughter-in-law Eileen Kambeitz of Calgary. She will be dearly missed by sixteen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; two brothers Andrew (Anne) Roth of Medicine Hat and Peter Roth of Bow Island; sister Josephine (John) Holton of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law Mary Roth of Medicine Hat, brother-in-law Steve Hnatiuk of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Anna was predeceased by a daughter and son-in-law Josephine and Fred Krokosh; son Anthony Kambeitz; grandchildren Joanne Krokosh and Kent Whitney; siblings Magdalena and her husband Matthies Lyczewski, Sister Elizabeth Roth, Jack Roth, Margaret Hnatiuk, Barbara and her husband John Stappler, George Roth and by numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Anna was born August 23, 1914 in Bow Island to Joseph and Elizabeth Roth and was raised on the family farm south of Bow Island. On November 14, 1932 she married Benedict Kambeitz and they raised their family while farming south of Grassy Lake. In 1962 they moved into Taber before Benedict’s passing in 1964. She continued to reside in Taber until 2002 when she relocated to Lethbridge.
Anna was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and received her seventy five year membership pin. She enjoyed arts, crafts and weaving. Anna loved to travel, visiting many countries throughout the world right up until the age of eighty two. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Anna’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.

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BILL KOZNICK
1922 - 2013

Bill Koznick, beloved husband of the late Audrey Koznick, passed away in Fort Macleod on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the age of 90 years.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Bill is survived by his children Mike Koznick of Pincher Creek and Suzanne (Roy) Williams of Cochrane. He is also survived by his granddaughter Donna (John) Grant of Cochrane and their children Nicki and Alex and his grandson Mark Williams (Lori) of Medicine Hat and children Ken Knoeck and Jimmy Williams. He will be fondly remembered by his brother Paul (Margaret) Koznick of Taber and by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Audrey Koznick; daughter-in-law Davina Evenson; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Alec Koznick, Mike (Ruth) Koznick and Peter Koznick; sister and brother-in-law Mary (Carl) Wattum.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bill’s name may be made directly to the Taber Hospital Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.

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DAVID KLEINSASSER
1927 - 2013

David Kleinsasser, beloved husband of Sarah Kleinsasser of the Midland Colony, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the age of 85 years.
The Funeral Service was held at the Midland Colony on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Midland Colony Cemetery.

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EDITH KELLEY
1935 - 2013


Edith Kelley passed away peacefully in her daughters arms in Bow Island on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the age of 77 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at June and Cyril Ell’s residence, 326 - 3 Avenue East, Bow Island on Saturday, January 12, 2013 between 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.
Edith is survived by her daughter June (Cyril) Ell of Bow Island; son Wayne (Susan) Christensen of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren Nicole Ell (Casey Deline), Ryan Ell, Brandon Christensen, Lauren Christensen and one precious great granddaughter Emily Deline. She is also survived by four sisters Giesela Jepsen, Anne Skirl, Vibeke Friis and Pia Ravn all of Denmark; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends she collected over her lifetime. Edith will be missed by her beloved dog Poppy.
She was predeceased by her parents Johannes and Inge-Marie (nee Petersen) Ravn, sister Thea Larsen, brother Conrad Ravn and an infant son Danny, who passed away before he came home from the hospital.
Edith was born on June 5, 1935 in Marstrup, Denmark. She had many stories of growing up during WWll. Edith and her siblings Thea and Conrad, spent many years in an orphange as the war was ending and they all left from there to start their lives. Edith met Jens Christensen in 1955 and they were married in February 1956. By June of 1957, with no english and not very much money, they immigrated to Canada and settled in Edmonton where June and Wayne were born. She soon found her self a single mother and went to work at various jobs; seamstress for G.W.G. (made jeans), cleaning airplanes and hand painting aerial farm photos for over twenty years. Edith also enameled pins, worked for an engraving company and finally tried her hand at retail sales before retiring. All the while making and selling all types of crafts, which she never retired from. Edith lived many years in Edmonton before moving to Ontario for a few years and then to British Columbia. In 1997 she relocated to Bow Island to help her daughter and enjoyed the community so much she settled right in.
Edith loved to cook, bake and garden; she liked to grow flowers but hated weeds and watering. She especially loved anything with whipped cream. Edith also enjoyed spending time with her dog Poppy, except the times when Poppy chased rabbits with her on the other end of the leash.
Edith’s passions were talking and doing arts & crafts, both of which she excelled at. She could paint, sew, mold, knit, draw, quilt, applique, cross-stich, embroider and make anything! She was so talented in many areas and everyone who knew her has a variety of items that she made with her own hands.
In June 2012, as her health failed, Edith made the move into her daughter’s home where she and Poppy resided until her passing.
She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by many.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Edith’s name may be made directly the Bow Island Health Centre, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta TOK OGO.

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SUE KARREN
1949 - 2013


Suzanne Karren of Taber, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the age of 63 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Ken Holst conducting. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Sue is survived by her siblings Keith (Diane) Karren of Provo, Utah, Walter Karren of Taber, Sharlene Karren of Taber and Harold Karren of Taber. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by her grand nieces and nephews Miranda Karren, Kimberly Karren, Andrea Karren, Scott Karren, Holli Karren, Brady Karren, James Karren and Mandy Karren.
She was predeceased by her parents Clinton and Joyce Karren, nephew Brandon Karren and grand nephew Brigham Karren.
Sue was born in Taber October 28, 1949. She devoted her life to education with multiple degrees from Brigham Young University. She taught with the Horizon School Division for thirty five years, the last fifteen spent at the Sunnysite and Delco colonies. Sue will always be remembered and cherished for her warm heart and strong family values.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Sue’s name may be made directly to Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.

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LAURIE KERKHOFF
1925 - 2012


On Monday, November 12, 2012, Laurie Jean Isabel Kerkhoff of Osoyoos, British Columbia passed away peacefully at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 87 years.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Osoyoos, British Columbia on Saturday, November 17, 2012 with Reverend Dave DeSouza, Celebrant.
The Burial Service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometre north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in the Kerkhoff family plot. A reception followed at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 - 48 Avenue, Taber.
Laurie will be fondly remembered by her loving family including her husband Leonard Frank Kerkhoff; sons Larry, Lanny (Wendy) and Lindsay; daughter Laraine (Edward); grandchildren Spencer, Lauren, Steven, Morgan, Byron (Brielle), Alex and by Lindsay’s stepson, Nicholas.
She was predeceased by her sisters Kay, Lillian and Margaret; her brother Bob and her niece Barb.
Laurie trained and worked as a nurse at the Calgary General Hospital and the Taber General Hospital. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips with her husband Len to Hawaii, Pakistan (Islamabad), Spain, Italy, Ireland, Bolivia, Japan and Singapore. She loved music (piano and singing) and often composed various skits she coordinated through the years. Laurie loved to golf and was a past member of the Osoyoos Golf Club, the San Vicente Golf Club in Ramona, California and the Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary. She was a member of the Oil Wives in Calgary for many years. Laurie was Protestant until she was baptized and confirmed Catholic on November 18, 2009.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Laurie’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7.

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LARINE KERKHOFF
1927 - 2012


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Larine Kerkhoff peacefully lost her courageous eleven year battle with Alzheimer’s disease in Lethbridge on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the age of 85 years and three days. Although in sorrow, we feel a great sense of comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and that Heaven has welcomed another angel.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with Bishop Wade Steed conducting. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Gary (Gwen) Kerkhoff of Taber, Bonnie (Roy) Smith of Coaldale, LaVonne Andrus (Gene Miller) of Coalhurst, Marilyn (Robert) Perini of Carseland, Sandra (Brad) Roulston of High River and daughter-in-law Sharon Kerkhoff of Taber; sixteen grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and many step grandchildren and their families. She is also survived by her sister Elra Schoen; sister-in-law Elna Hall; Everett’s family Leonard (Laurie) Kerkhoff, Bula Kerkhoff, Marg Kerkhoff as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She has been reunited with those that have gone before her including her husband of sixty five years Everett; her son Danny; grandsons Billie Jo Andrus and Derald Smith; great grandsons Blake Andrus and Cole Kuefler; great granddaughter Kelsea Schmitz; parents Abb and Myrtle Hall; siblings Norma, Mae, Linda, Doris, Joyce, Ruth, Mary, Vriel and Ross; father and mother-in-law Frank and Julia Kerkhoff; Everett’s siblings Lawrence, Art, Bernard, Josephine and Ted.
Larine was born in Taber on September 4, 1927 to Abb and Myrtle (nee Rawson) Hall. She married Everett Kerkhoff on February 22, 1944 and together they raised six children on the Kerkhoff homestead south of Taber, now a fourth generation farm.
She always saw the good in everyone, especially her children. She had a very caring heart and kind soul. Her warm smile, kind spirit and frequent laughter enveloped those in her presence. She greeted everybody with huge hugs and kisses. She leaves behind many fond memories. “Mom, we all hope we can be as gracious and accepting as you were”.
Larine was an accomplished seamstress and avid curler. She was happiest when entertaining family and friends by playing the piano and singing. While in Arizona for the winters, she enjoyed golfing and clogging and was still tap dancing at the age of eighty four.
Our family chain is broken, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Larine’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society for Lethbridge and Area, 402, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9 or to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
Our family will always be thankful for the compassionate, loving care the staff at West Highlands, Park Meadows Village, Edith Cavell and the Chinook Regional Hospital gave to our beloved mother. God bless you. We would like to extend our thanks to Dr. Cal Stewart for his fabulous care and concern for mom.

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ROSE KERNER
1964 - 2012


It is with deep sadness to announce that Rosemary Katherine Kerner, beloved wife of Kelly Kerner (nee Klemen), passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side in Coaldale on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the age of 47 years after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Rose was the proud mother of Robyn Kerner, Brett Kerner, Jennifer (Adam) Ross, Janine (Steve) Olshaski, Michael (Denise) Kerner and a proud Nona to fourteen wonderful grandchildren Justin, Colton, Matthew, Kiedon, Kinzey, Abbie, Josh, Rory, Lauren, Layla, Jaxon, Camryn, Quinn and Charlee. She is also survived by her brothers Joe Klemen, Steve Klemen and John (Kathleen) Klemen; sisters-in-law Connie Palmer and Millie Colic; brothers and sisters-in-law Randy (Jane) Kerner, Ron (Teresa) Kerner, Dale Coombs, Casey (Carrie) Kerner, Rob (Tracy) Kerner, Hollie (Jeff) Walker, Lynnece (Jeff) Torgunrud, Wade (Cathy) Kerner, Jayleen (Randy) LaRose, Coralee (Duane) Leth and by numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Steve and Rose Klemen; in-laws Joe and Orlean Kerner; two brothers Victor Klemen, Frank Klemen and sisters-in-law Bev Klemen and Shelly Coombs (nee Kerner).
Rose was a devoted wife and mother and her family meant everything to her. She loved having everyone over for dinner so she could cook and show off her poker shark skills! Rose loved to travel, ride her motorbike, play softball and spend time with her nearest and dearest friends and family. She lived life to the fullest!
Rose has given us all new meaning to perseverance and inspiration.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Rose’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 430​, 1324 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5S8 or to the St. Micheal’s Health Centre (Palliative Care), 1400 - 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.

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FRANZ KLASSEN
2002 - 2012

Franz Klassen, beloved son of Johan and Nelenora Klassen, passed away unexpectedly near Vauxhall on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the age of 9 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Vauxhall (travel north of Vauxhall on Highway 36 ten kilometres, then nine kilometres west and finally one kilometre south of the Circle Hill Community Hall) on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Old Colony Mennonite Cemetery.

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JOE KRESNYAK
1930 - 2012


It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Thomas Kresnyak announces his passing in Edmonton after a lengthy illness on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the age of 82 years.
A private family service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his children Tom (Ruth) of Winnipeg, Steve (Trish) of Calgary, Sue Podorieszach (nee Kresnyak) of Calgary, Jeff (Nikki) of Edmonton and Jim (Ann) of North Carolina. Joe will also be fondly remembered by his thirteen grandchildren Joe, Tim, Lisa, BJ, Shelly, Danny, Michelle, Sarah, Samantha, Hunter, Jackie, Ben and Jayden; great grandchild Julia Kresnyak as well as his step grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Mary (Mel) Hamilton, Helen (Del) Harmon; brother Ernie (Patricia) Kresnyak as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was predeceased by his mother Anna and father George.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joe’s name may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1302 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0R4.

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LUCY KRZYZANOWSKI
1917 - 2012


Ludomiera Krzyzanowski, beloved wife of the late Steve Krzyzanowski, passed away in Calgary on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the age of 95 years.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
She was predeceased by her husband Steve Krzyzanowski.
Lucy was born January 7, 1917 in Grzybow, Poland to Wladyslaw & Antonina Przygocki. In 1947 she immigrated to Canada with Steve Krzyzanowski and they were married in 1950 in Milk River. They settled in Taber where she resided until 2009 when she moved to Lethbridge. In 2010 Lucy relocated to Calgary where she has resided until the time of her passing.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lucy’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society for Lethbridge and Area, 402, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9.

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ANA KALVI
1919 - 2012


Ana Kalvi, beloved wife of the late Oswald Kalvi, passed away in Taber with her family by her side on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the age of 92 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Ana will be lovingly remembered by her son Anthony Kalvi and daughter Vera Kalvi both of Barnwell. She is also survived by sister-in-law Gizila Savi and cousin Marica Speranza both of Banovac, Yugoslavia. She was a “special aunt” to Aloyz and Ernest Savi of Windsor, Ontario, Albert and Josephine Kalvi of Lethbridge, Rozie White of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ivanka Orzes of Taber, Helen Taylor of Calgary and their families. She will be fondly remembered by her God children Ann Merkle and John Horvath and also by numerous nieces and nephews throughout Croatia and Mexico.
She was predeceased by her husband Oswald Kalvi; daughter Mary Kalvi; parents Dominic and Roza Savi; brother Marko Savi; sister Lizika and brother-in-law Josip Ajhner.
Ana was born in Velki Banovac, Yugoslavia on August 1, 1919. She immigrated to Canada in 1938 to follow her husband Oswald. They worked in the sugar beet fields for awhile until going to Halifax, Nova Scotia seeking better employment. A few years later, the smog and dampness took its toll and the family moved back and purchased a small farm north east of Barnwell. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for many years and enjoyed her garden and flowers.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ana’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 or to the Clearview Lodge (Resident Council), 4730 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6.

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WHENDY KAMBEITZ
1933 - 2012


Whendlean Kambeitz, beloved husband of Dorothy Kambeitz, passed away unexpectedly in Calgary on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the age of 78 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Dorothy, his loving wife of fifty eight years, Whendy is survived by their children Brenda (Jim) Rabusic of Taber, Brian (Marilyn) Kambeitz of Taber, Darrell (Fay) Kambeitz of Camrose and son-in-law Barney Kerkhoff of Taber; grandchildren Chris (Jamie) Rabusic, Ken (Amanda) Rabusic, Brad (Ren) Rabusic, Lindsay (Rob) Wise, Kevin (Catherine) Kerkhoff, Michelle (Chad) Wiebe, Karly Kambeitz, Brandon Kambeitz, Davis Kambeitz, Stephen (Ashley) Kambeitz, Michael Kambeitz and Stewart (Jamie) Kambeitz; great grandsons Evan, Blake, Nolan, Parker, Ryley, Carter, Konnor and Lincoln. He is also survived by his sisters Lena Ell and Barbara Henderson; sisters-in-law Katherine Einarson, Sheila Torsher and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Kathy Kerkhoff on August 25, 2010; parents Jacob & Margaret Kambeitz; sister Mary Raber and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Whendy was born in Bow Island on September 30, 1933. He married Dorothy Torscher October 24, 1953. He worked for the Department of Highways for twenty eight years. He spent the last sixteen years working with the staff at Southland Funeral Chapel serving the families of his community, many of whom he knew so well.
Whendy was an avid and competitive gardener who took a lot of pride in his yard. He loved sweets and was a cordial host, always wanting to know if you were hungry or if there was anything he could get for you. He enjoyed his morning ritual “coffeeing” with his friends at the A&W.
Whendy was a proud grandparent. He loved his grandkids and great grandkids and would always relish an opportunity to talk about them. He never missed an opportunity to tease and play practical jokes. Whendy was a kind and wonderful man who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by everyone he knew.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Whendy’s name may be made directly to the Taber Hospital Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.

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MARY KERRISON
1921 - 2012


Mary Jane Kerrison (nee Murphy), beloved wife of the late Tom Kerrison, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in Lethbridge on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the age of 90 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Mary is survived by her daughters Georgia (Ron) Almack of Westbank, British Columbia, and Darlene (Art) Williams of Taber; grandchildren Tom Williams of Port Alberni, British Columbia, Craig Almack of Westbank, British Columbia, Angela Williams of Taber, Cheryl Williams of Calgary, Corry (Ken) Moline of Taber, Kyla Williams of Victoria, British Columbia, Jesse Williams of Taber; thirteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Tom Kerrison; parents Martha and George Murphy; sisters Minnie Burns, Myrtle Ferguson, Martha Smith, Leona Seely and Viola Haynes; brothers George Murphy and Bill Murphy; brothers-in-law Jack Burns, Jim Ferguson, George Smith, Frank Seely, Harold Haynes and sister-in-law Nora Murphy.
Mary was born July 3, 1921 in Purple Springs, the youngest daughter of Martha (nee Benke) and George Murphy. She grew up on the family farm in Barnwell where she received her education. She later moved with her family to Taber. Mary remained in the family home until she married Tom Kerrison, the love of her life. Tom and Mary moved to Nelson, British Columbia where they raised their two daughters. In 1987 they returned to Taber where they spent their retirement years. After Tom’s passing, Mary spent the remainder of her years at the West Highland Centre in Lethbridge.
If friends so desire, memorial tribute’s in Mary’s name may be made directly to her favorite charity, STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).

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HISAYE KUNIMOTO
1918 - 2012


Hisaye Kunimoto beloved wife of the late Shinyuki Kunimoto, passed away peacefully, in her home, in Taber on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the age of 93 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, February 3, 2012 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private family service will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel on Saturday, February 4, 2012 with Reverend Yasuo Izumi officiating. Burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Hisaye is survived by her son Bruce (Terry) Kunimoto of Taber and their four children, Dawn (Ryan) Farries of Alliston, Ontario and family Nathaniel and Wyatt, Leisa (Tom) Carney of Medicine Hat and family Tianna, Marieka and Elias, Tamara Kunimoto of Bonnyville and Erin Kunimoto of St. Catharines, Ontario; daughter Eileen Kunimoto of Taber; son Ross (Sandré) Kunimoto and their two children Shane Kunimoto and Amber Kunimoto all of Calgary; son Bob Kunimoto of Ottawa and his two children Kimberley Kunimoto of Montreal and Kaitlin Kunimoto of Ottawa; son Dennis (Sheri Samuels) Kunimoto and their two children Brenden Kunimoto and Danika Kunimoto all of Edmonton; daughter Jodene Kunimoto of Calgary. She is also survived by her older brother Takaki (Hajime) Shigemi of Taber; sister-in-law Toshino Shigemi of Lethbridge.
She was predeceased by her husband Shinyuki Kunimoto; younger brothers Masaji and George Shigemi. She always said she would be the next to pass away, going from youngest to oldest.
Hisaye was born on July 17, 1918 in Hazelmere, British Columbia. She was the second child of Otsujiro and Sayo Shigemi. When Hisaye was young, her family moved to Whonnock, British Columbia where she formed many friendships through school and many games of baseball. She went to Picture Butte where she met Shinyuki Kunimoto and married him in 1946. They moved to Broxburn, Fincastle, and Taber. She loved gardening, sewing and cooking. She won first prize, a trip to Toronto, in a Star Weekly cooking contest. Hisaye later worked at Hostess in the lab. After retiring, she took up fishing, walking, crafts and bowling where she made many long lasting friendships. She was a hard worker at whatever task she tackled and loved a challenge.

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