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Joseph Klemen, beloved husband of the late Anna Klemen, passed away peacefully in his sleep, with family at his side during the evening hours of Monday, September 1, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine\'s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Joe is survived by his loving sons Edward (Mary Jane) Klemen of St. Albert, George (Pat) Klemen of Medicine Hat, Anthony (Jane) Klemen of Taber and by his grandchildren and great grand children.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Anna in March 2011, son Richard in November 1967 and his mother Teresa in August 1977.
Joe was born on March 1, 1925 in Toranj, Croatia and emigrated along with his wife Anna from Austria to Southern Alberta in October 1948. He was actively involved in the early 1950s in farming and working at the building of the Taber Sugar factory. He then entered the meat processing industry, working for several different companies over the years. Joe and Anna farmed with their family from 1960 to 1967 and then they opened their own butcher shop. He fully supported and was involved in not only rearing his family of four boys but applied to the family farm, the butcher shop and his most dear love to provide the best customer service to clients coming to the family operated custom meat processing business. Joe took pride in family gatherings, the art of barbecuing pork and lambs on a spit, which became his trade mark in the surrounding area.
As a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he endeared having his family around him. Joe was a self taught musician and it was obvious at these family gatherings as he enjoyed playing his accordion, harmonica and his many different mandolins to entertain the people around him.
Joe had a wealth of family and friends and anyone was welcome to drop by for a coffee or a meal. He instilled in his family faith in God, work ethic, honesty and love for each other. His most special smile and loving hugs will be missed but never forgotten.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joe’s name may be made directly to charitable cause of one’s personal choosing.
Jacob Klassen, beloved husband of Bette Klassen, passed away in Taber on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the age of 82 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family in the Relief Society Room at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brock Campbell conducting. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides his loving wife Bette, he is survived by his children Patrick (Janice) Klassen of Lethbridge and Kevin (Verna) Klassen of Lethbridge; grandchildren Chad and Justin Klassen, Keagan and Kayla Klassen, Christine Hemsley and Megan (Kacey) Savoie as well as four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Edna (Larry) Lait of Sylvan Lake and Lenora (Mel) Hieb of Ponoka and sister-in-law Berniece Klassen of Edmonton.
He was predeceased by his first wife Phyllis Klassen, brother John Klassen.
Jack accomplished so much in his lifetime. Beginning school at the age of ten and being only fluent in German, he achieved his heavy duty mechanic license and diploma in horticulture. He also served on the Taber Town Council. In his spare time Jack enjoyed wood working, golfing and especially camping and fishing with his boys. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, who will miss him dearly.
Terry-Ann Kunimoto (nee Weir, formerly Chadwick), wife of Bruce Kunimoto, passed away in Taber on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the age of 62 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Terry during her sixty two years, among them - Never pass up an opportunity for a party. St Patrick’s Day is the best opportunity to celebrate being Irish, regardless where your ancestors come from. Egg fights make a great Easter celebration. Goofy, personalized poems mean Happy Birthday with love.
Terry was born and raised in Saskatchewan and was a devoted Roughriders fan, convinced that her choice of game day shirt had a direct impact on the outcome of games. She also had a deep love of children, and showed her love through countless bowls of macaroni and ichiban soup shared while she read a lunchtime story. Even as she found herself unable to continue working, Terry sought opportunities to help kids learn to read by volunteering in local schools.
Swimming, aquafit and activities at the pool were among Terry’s favorite ways to stay fit. She could often be found walking and remained a cheerleader at curling events even after she was no longer able to play. Her love of God inspired her service to her church, where she was Superintendent of Sunday School and offered insight on many committees.
Above all, Terry was an amazing friend, famously asking all guests to “excuse the mess and come on in for coffee”. Her ability to connect with many, coupled with her mischievous love of play and crazy sense of humor, endeared her to friends new and old.
Her spirit is carried on by her husband, children and grandchildren whose photos covered her refrigerator and china cabinet. Besides Bruce, she is survived by her four daughters and their families, Dawn (husband Ryan, children Nathaniel and Wyatt); Leisa (husband Tom, children Tianna, Marieka and Elias); Tamara; Erin (husband Chris); sisters Nancy and Pat; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Terry’s name may be made directly to Ovarian Cancer Canada, 1409 Edmonton Trail NE, Suite 105B, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3K8, Phone 1-866-591-6622 (www.ovariancanada.org).
Marilyn Ann Kosowan, beloved wife of Greg Kosowan, passed away unexpectedly in Taber on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the age of 63 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with the Rt. Rev. Taras Krochak, Presider. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Marilyn was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by Greg, her husband of thirty nine years and by her children Fred (Dawna) McDowell of Fernie, British Columbia, Allan (Shari) Kosowan of Pembroke, Ontario, Joseph (Brandi) Kosowan of Taber and Tanya Kosowan (Jason Pizzati) of Taber; seven grandchildren Brandon, Gregory, Katie, Dawson, Sara, Bobbi and Jordynn. She is also survived by her siblings Clifford (Winnifred) Whitrow, Walter (Shelley) Whitrow, Donna (Lorne) Ingram, Beverly (Richard) Phillips, Margaret (Terrance) Lewis, Brenda (Murray) Phillips, June (Wade) Weiss, Gordon (Mishal) Whitrow, Ernest (Eilleen) Whitrow and mother-in-law Vera Stratychuk; her loved and respected brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Lillian Whitrow, son Gordon McDowell, daughter Anita McDowell, father-in-law Andrew Kosowan and step-father-in-law Philip Stratychuk.
Marilyn will forever be in our hearts!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marilyn’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (www. diabetes.ca) or to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, 12001 - 44 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2Z 4G9 (www.cpalberta.com), a cause that was close to her heart due to the fact her son Gordon suffered as a result of Cerebral Palsy.
Walter (Wataru) Koyanagi, beloved husband of Kiyo Koyanagi, passed away peacefully in Taber on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 93 years.
A private family service was held at Knox United Church on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with Reverend Arij Langstraat officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Walter will be deeply missed by his wife of sixty six years, Kiyo, sister Misao (Koji) Kadonaga of St. Albert, brother Chikara (Kay) Koyanagi of Calgary, sister in-law Catherine Koyanagi of Lethbridge, sister in-law Grace Adachi of Taber, former business partner and best friend George (Pat) Meyer of High River and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents Sakumatsu and Shio Koyanagi, sister Suzumi Uyeda, brother in-law Go Uyeda, brother Tadashi Koyanagi and brother in-law Kenji Adachi.
Walter grew up in Acme Cannery, British Columbia and was relocated with his family to southern Alberta during the mass evacuation of Japanese Canadians in 1942. Despite humble beginnings, Walter became an active and successful member of the Taber community as partner-owner and publisher of the Taber Times, a weekly newspaper and printing company. In 1980, Walter received the Silver Quill Award from the National Community Newspaper Association for “outstanding service to weekly newspaper journalism”. Walter served on the Town of Taber Recreation Board, Library Board and Archive and Museum Society. He also spent many years as executive secretary of the Alberta Japanese Canadian Community Association (JCCA) and was a member of the JCCA national council. Walter will be remembered as a loyal and kind husband, brother, uncle and friend.
If friends so desire, in lieu of koden and flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Regina Killinger, beloved wife of the late Frank Killinger, passed away in Taber on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Regina is survived by three children Mary (Fern) Girouard of Warner, Regina (Randy) Wiechnik of Oyen and Frank (Deanna) Killinger of Taber. She is also survived by her grandchildren Luke (Sheila) Girouard of Taber, Deanna Hirch of Lethbridge, Craig Wiechnik (Sarah Clifford) of Strathmore, Lynda Wiechnik of Strathmore and Dearra Benton (Shawn Risto) of Taber; great grandchildren Stephanie Girouard (Jeff Juhar) of Turin, Nikki Girouard of Taber, Victoria Girouard of Taber and Amanda Hirch of Lethbridge. She was affectionately known as “Gramma K” to Keaton Risto, Abby Risto, Aidan Risto and Urijah Benton. Regina will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank Killinger, her parents Maria (nee Penich) and Frank Merkl, her brother Frank Merkl and sister Theresa (John) Skorya.
Regina loved her family and was eager to show them off to her friends when they visited. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and helping others. She loved to watch the golfers (from her window in the Clearview Lodge) come around to hole #10 on the Taber Golf Course, always looking for someone she recognized. Regina will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Regina’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Sadae “Sally” Kanegawa in Taber on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 2, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Yasuo Izumi officiating. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Mom will be sadly missed by her daughter Shirley (Paul) Goto of Delta, British Columbia and their children Ian, Mark (Grace) Goto (their children Jorace, Loraine and Charlene); daughter Esther Kanegawa of Calgary; daughter Sharon (Marvin) Koizumi of Calgary and their children James and Kelly (Rob); son Stan (Audrey) Kanegawa of Vauxhall and their children Erin (Duncan), Karsten and Kyler; daughter Marlene (Rob) Wiest of Enchant and their children Mathew (Britny), Stephanie and Rylan; son Stuart (Nyree) Kanegawa of Scandia. She is also survived by her older sister Kikue Osaka of Richmond, British Columbia; brother Don (Chiyo) Narukami of Richmond, British Columbia; sister-in-law Yumiko Osaka of Lethbridge and brother-in-law Richard (Sue) Kanegawa of Calgary and their children Sandra (John), Shelley (Steve), Susan (Ward) and their children, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom’s love and support will also be missed by Kenny (Shoko) Nakatani and their children Jeffrey (Tiffany), Michael (Kirstin), Jeanne and their children; as well, Shane (Etsuyo) Nishi and their children Scott, Cesilia (Mohamed) and Wesley.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Stanley Kanegawa, infant daughter Natsuko, her parents, older sisters Tsutae and Yoshie and brother Teruo.
Sadae was born on November 27, 1923 in Steveston, British Columbia to Katsugiro and Utae Narukami. At sixteen years old her mother passed away. During the Second World War, her family was forced to relocate, as was the experience of so many other Japanese Canadians. Eventually, her family would board a train, arriving in Lethbridge in 1942. The trip would bring them to work in the sugar beet fields of southern Alberta. She met Stanley Kanegawa, whose family was also relocated and eventually, they married on September 5, 1946. After many years of various farm employment, she and Stanley’s family were able to purchase land in the farming community of Vauxhall in the early fifties. While working alongside family and friends, they would eventually establish a successful farming business and she would raise six children and help care for her extended family.
Both were very active and devoted members of the Taber Buddhist Church. Mom continued that involvement after her husband’s pass
ing and served as president at the time when the church was amalgamated to form the new Buddhist Temple in 2009.
Mom had many hobbies and interest, she loved flowers and making flower arrangements, cooking and baking, gardening, golfing, travelling, singing and dancing. Her strongest passion though, was her love for Japanese (odori) dancing, as she had participated as a child. Sadae, along with other friends formed the Momiji Dance Club in Lethbridge (1976), performing at various local events, schools and charities to promote Japanese culture. She would perform and instruct with the club for over thirty years.
Above all else, her true love and duty was kept for her family, extended families and close friends. Strong family ties were very important to her. She loved to laugh and tell stories with her children and grandchildren. Her kindness, grace and appreciation for others will always be remembered by those who knew her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Sadae’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca) or to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 (www.crhfoundation.ca) or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z5.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hargrove and the wonderful, devoted nursing and admin staff at the Taber Health Centre, the caring staff of Home Care/Lethbridge Family Services, Dr. Zeilke, Heart Function Clinic and staff, Pharmasave Taber and the Chinook Regional Hospital staff.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.