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John Stolk, beloved husband of Argyl “Archie” Stolk, passed away in Claresholm on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 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, October 1, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Mokwadi Paymann T'dere Basele officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
John will be dearly missed by Archie, his wife of fifty five years and their three children Shelley Fakir (Ron Townrow) of Didsbury, Terry (Palma) Stolk of Edmonton, Frank Stolk of Edmonton and by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Bill (Darlien) Stolk and Jake (Laura) Stolk; sisters Cori (Ron) Abell, Greta (Abe) Guenther and Gloria (Jim) Arnott; sisters-in-law Leona (Harold) Pratt, Ferne (Phil) Cymbaluk, Jenny Stolk and Pat Severns; brother-in-law Lyle (Anne) Severns and by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Cora Stolk; brother Harry Stolk; mother-in-law Molly Betnar and father-in-law Guy Severns; sisters-in-law Joyce (Delco) Cemulini, Ruby Hicks and brother-in-law Ross Severns.
John was born in Maasdyke, Holland, the oldest of seven children. He grew up in Holland and immigrated to Canada in 1948 with his family, eventually settling in the Taber area. After John and Archie were married, they lived the majority of their years in the Taber/Vauxhall area before moving to Carmangay and most recently Claresholm.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in John’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca).
Gloria Leotta Schwehr (nee Cearns, formerly Egeland), passed away in Taber on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
She is survived by her children Louise (Ron) Souther of Taber, Boyd (Sheila) Egeland of Olds, Steven (Gale) Egeland of Taber, Mike (Renea) Egeland of Lethbridge, Patricia Auer of Taber, Byron Egeland of Taber; eighteen grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren (two due early 2015). She is also survived by her brother-in-law Mike Laboulane of Turtleford, Saskatchewan and his children Delenna, Brian, Bonnie, Glen and their families. She will also be remembered by Carl’s family, Andrew’s family, her best friend Barb Green’s family and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband Carl Egeland, her second husband Andrew Schwehr and her best friend Barb Green.
Gloria was born in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan on October 9, 1935, the youngest of nine children (four boys and five girls) born to Minnie (nee Bateman) and William Cearns. She married Carl Egeland June 27, 1953 in Cranbrook, British Columbia and they resided in Wardner, British Columbia before moving to Enchant where they farmed and started their family of six children. In 1967 they moved to Vauxhall and in 1973 to Taber. Carl passed away in 1975. On May 23, 1987, she married Andrew Schwehr.
If friends so desire, memorial tribute’s in Gloria’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (www. diabetes.ca).
With loving memories, we honour beautiful, beloved Betty Elaine Steely (nee Vancleave) of Clements, California who passed away unexpectedly near Calgary on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the age of 77 years.
A Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:00 P.M.
A Memorial Service was also held by the river on McIntire Road in Clements, California on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M.
She is survived by her children Kelly (Chris) Watkins of Glendale, California and Joann (Tom) Barbero and Mark Steely of Clements, California. She is also survived by her siblings Coreen Abell, Dickie (Peter) Engleson, Bud Vancleave, Tootie Engleson all of Taber, her sister-in-law Corine Vancleave of Airdrie and by numerous nieces and nephews. Betty will be fondly remembered by loving companion Don Morelli of Denair, California.
She was predeceased by her husband Don Steely, brother Joe Vancleave, sister-in-law Doris Vancleave and brothers-in-law Morris Abell and Herb Engleson.
Betty was born February 13, 1937 to Claude and Delia Vancleave and was raised in the Fincastle area. At the age of eighteen, she found love while attending the Calgary Stampede and started her new adventure in California where she resided with her new husband, rodeo bareback champion John Hawkins. She was blessed with the birth of her daughter Kelly after several years of marriage.
Betty relocated to Clements, California and married Don Steely, her dear husband of thirty five years. With her new marriage came two new additions to her family, Don’s children Mark and Joann.
After mourning Don’s passing, Betty was blessed to find love again with a wonderful companion, Don Morelli, whom she enjoyed her golden years with.
Betty was a beautiful woman and touched everyone with grace and a zest for life. She left us with a legacy of kindness and beauty. She was a free spirit with a touch of mischievous, known for her Halloween parties and practical jokes. She will be dearly missed.
Flowers are welcome but if friends so desire, memorial tributes in Betty’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
Frances Madeline Melanie Selvig (nee Skoye), beloved wife of Vick Selvig, passed away peacefully in Bow Island on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, August 10, 2014 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 104 - 2 Avenue West, Bow Island on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Mac de Waal officiating.
Besides her loving husband Vick, Frances is survived by their four children Dale (Deb) Selvig of Edmonton and their daughter Jennie; Dwayne (Roxane) Selvig of Lethbridge and their daughter Jaclyne; Joy (Barry) Underschultz of Sherwood Park and their family Christopher (Jessica) Underschultz, Lisa Underschultz (Dan Phillips), Tim Underschultz and Loreleigh (Wayne) Robertson; Daryl (Kim) Selvig of Medicine Hat and their family Tanya (Brian) Richards, Tammy (Sheldon) Hillier and Natasha Keller. She will be fondly remembered by numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She also had a special place in her heart for her “adopted” family, Bert and Yvonne Keupers and their family Nicole, Melissa and Tom.
Frances always treated everyone she met with kindness and respect. She was always ready with a witty comment or remark. She loved her family and appreciated everything life had to offer. She will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Frances’ name may be made directly to the Bow Island Health Centre, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.
William Ray Stevens, oldest child and only son of Owen Ray and Thelma (nee Smith) Stevens, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the age of 81 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 16, 2014 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. The Burial Service followed at the Barnwell Cemetery with Bishop Tyler Johnson conducting.
Bill is survived by his four children Robert Stevens of Vancouver, Charmaine (Bob) Fritz of Loveland, Colorado, Dixie Stevens-Cameron of Calgary and Lance Stevens of Calgary; daughter-in-law Kathy Stevens of Airdrie; six grandchildren Matt Dixon, Savannah, Colton and Kyle Cameron, Shelley and Mark Stevens; two great grandchildren Ellie and Rhys Greenall; sister Kay (F. David) Reed of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was predeceased by his wife Kathryn Stevens and a son Thomas William Stevens in infancy.
Bill grew up and completed high school in Barnwell and Taber and earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. After graduation and marriage he worked for Pioneer Feed and National Grain Company in Alberta and Saskatchewan as an agronomist. When the RCAF offered commissions to persons with a university degree he was quick to respond and therefore to fulfill his childhood dream of a career in the Canadian Air Force. He served his career in Edmonton and Ottawa as a captain in the air movements unit. Bill also served in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Cypress where he was awarded a U.N. peace keeping medal. After retirement from the RCAF he and his wife, Kathryn returned to his beloved childhood home Barnwell where they enjoyed retirement, farming and gardening. Bill worked for a while as a police commissionaire for the City of Lethbridge. His favorite pastimes were doing crossword puzzles and reading. Bill especially enjoyed chaucers' canterbury tales, anything by Rudyard Kipling and Robert Service as well as poems of Rupert Brooke. He was much loved and will deeply missed.
Betty Faye Schmidt, passed away peacefully with her family at her side in Taber on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 1, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides her partner Lyle Lawson, Betty is survived by her children Jo-anne (Conrad) Walburger of Lethbridge, Geri (Sheldon) Virostek of Enchant, Jackie (Fred) Giles of Spruce Grove, Jody Nakamura (Scott Sterr) of Lethbridge and Kevin (Bona) Schmidt of Hays; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by Lyle’s children Val (Garry) Repas of Bow Island, Sheri Hoy of Sylvan Lake and Wes (Deb) Lawson of Taber and their families; sisters Daisy Collett and Kathy (David) Evans; brother Verle (Mary Anne) Shockey; sisters-in-law Sharon Shockey, Marg Shockey and Rae Shockey; brother-in-law Garland Hoel as well as numerous nieces and nephews and mom’s very special friend Margaret Koncz.
She was predeceased by her parents Ed and Ella Shockey; brothers Lum, Roy and Orval Shockey, sisters Mavis Hoel, sister-in-law Barbara Shockey, brother-in-law Harold Collett, her childrens father Bill Schmidt, niece Michelle Shockey and nephew Todd Evans.
Betty was born November 20, 1935 in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan. She went to school at Reliance School, Taber Central and WR Myers High School. After high school she worked for J.K. How and Company. In 1954 Betty married Bill Schmidt and four years later moved to the Purple Springs grazing reserve, where they raised their family. Betty was an active member of the curling and roping clubs, as well as a book keeper, unit clerk and receptionist over the years. She was a gifted seamstress, loved her crafts and flowers, singing, playing golf and cards with numerous friends. Her most enjoyable moments were spent with her children and grandchildren.
Betty lived with Lyle in Taber until 2008 when she moved to extended care facilities. She resided at Linden View Care Centre until the time of her passing.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Betty’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge and area, 402, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9.
Hans Skretting, passed away in Taber on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the age of 91 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Burial Service was held at the Enchant Cemetery on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Ken Easterbrook officiating.
Hans is survived by one brother, Edwin Skretting and sisters-in-laws Anne G. Skretting, Ionne Skretting, Irene Skretting, Anne L. Skretting, Carol Skretting and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hans was predeceased by his parents Gustav and Jorgine Skretting; two sisters and their spouses Mary (Harry) Key and Judith (Peter) Braun; his brothers Torsten, Gust, Gudmund, Arnold, Jimmy and Sven Skretting. He was also predeceased by his nieces and nephews Selmar Skretting, Allyson Skretting, Jennifer Peters, Greg Braun, Robert Ostafichuk and Cindy Skretting.
Hans was born in Varhaug, Norway on June 17, 1922. Along with his family, he immigrated to Canada in 1928. He attended school at Kinnondale and Adler, located north east of Lomond. Hans, along with his brother Torsten, took over the homestead in Circle Hill, north west of Vauxhall, after their parents passing. Hans will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Hans’ name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.
Mickey Morris Shukin, beloved husband of the late Vi Shukin, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of 79 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Arij Langstraat officiating. Burial followed at the Milk River Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughter Cindy Schawalder of Barnwell and her children Mike, Dylan and their father Tim; stepson Wayne Brown of Edson and his children Tesha and Jennifer and their families and their mother Helen; stepdaughter Donna (Barry) Hilliard of Edson and family; stepdaughter Brenda Becker of Edson and family; son-in-law Brian (Gwen) Jones of Thorsby and his children Jim, Tammie, Jody and their families. Mickey is also survived by his sister Martha (Emil) Ratushniak of Hay Lakes, brother-in-law Walter Weider and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Vi Shukin; parents Mike and Mary Shukin; sisters Audrey (Alfred) Hoover and Nina Weider; stepdaughter Linda Jones and stepson Gerald Becker.
Mickey was born November 30, 1934 in Canora, Saskatchewan. He married Vi Lindgren on May 8, 1964. Mickey was employed in many different occupations and gained many skills from those opportunities in which he has passed on his knowledge to his family. Over the years, he spent time farming, working for the Canadian Pacific Railway and was employed in heavy duty construction and on the oil rigs. Mickey will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by those he knew.
Allan Lawrence Smith, beloved husband of Margaret Smith, passed away peacefully at the Bow Island Heath Centre on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to a Tribute Service at the Christian Community Church, 415 - 4 Avenue, Burdett on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.
A private burial service was held at the Burdett Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service was held at the Christian Community Church, 415 - 4 Avenue, Burdett on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Norman Smith and Pastor Rod Taylor officiating.
God blessed Allan and Margie with six children Linda (Gordon) Mueller of Champion, Les (Debra) Smith of Bow Island, Norm (Deb) Smith of Burdett, Norene (Randy) Tycholis of Lethbridge, Tim (Lorraine) Smith of Burdett, Barry (Tricia) Smith of Bow Island. Allan’s family expanded to grandchildren and great grandchildren Jeff (Lyndsay) Smith (their daughter Madison Smith), Pam (Curtis) Schultz, Brad (Gillian) Smith (their children Xavier and Elliott), Ranae (Jon) Penner, Justin (Melissa) Mueller, Melanie Mueller, Curtis (Victoria) Smith, Faith Smith, Jonathan (Taryn) Tycholis, Jason, Christopher and Trevor Tycholis, Timothy, Thomas and Trista Smith, Brendan and Taryn Smith. Allan is also survived by his younger brother Darryl (Bernice) Smith of Calgary as well as numerous nieces and nephews blessed his life and were very special to him.
Now Allan is reunited with his predeceased parents Earl and Ethel Smith, sister Leora Smith.
Allan was born in Medicine Hat and lived his whole life in the Burdett and Bow Island areas. On October 16, 1956 Allan married the love of his life and best friend, Margaret Lane. Together they built and raised their family on a farm south of Burdett. Over his fifty five years of farming, he continually took pride in his diversified farming operations working six days a week long hard hours. As a father and grandfather he spent many years mentoring his sons and grandsons in farming.
Allan loved travelling, camping, tinkering in his shop and manicuring his acreage. Creating, inventing and fabricating were gifts he was blessed with. He was a lifelong cheerleader of his children and grandchildren’s extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, Allan was known as a man of integrity who built his life and family around serving God and his church.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Allan’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island Health Centre, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0 or to the Southern Alberta Bible Camp, P.O. Box 99, Lomond, Alberta, T0L 1G0.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Willard Haig Soltys on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the age of 69 while traveling in St. George, Utah.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Italian Canadian Club, 1511 St. Edwards Boulevard North, Lethbridge on Thursday, March 6, 2014 between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
Willard will be lovingly remembered by his children, Pam Ellis (Barry) of Strathmore and her children Jessica and Nick; Monica (Doug) Soltys-Starrett of Strathmore and her daughter Mackenzie; Michele Soltys (Ken) of Red Deer and her children Jonathon and Nataleah.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of forty nine years, Evelyn (née Foote) Soltys in January 2013.
Willard was born in Lethbridge on June 23, 1944. He was one of thirteen brothers and sisters who grew up in the Lethbridge and Hardieville area. As a young man, Willard was always busy finding things to do and supporting himself, his first official job was at the El Rancho where he began working in the kitchen. This led to his career of cooking and ultimately becoming a Red Seal Chef and jobs at Sven Eriksen's as well as the teaching cook at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. He then became a Correction Officer and was acknowledged with a long service medal after thirty two years with the Government. When not working he loved spontaneous road trips with his girls, traveling the world with Evelyn, golfing, fishing, puttering around the house and gardening. Willard never stopped for long and could often be heard saying, "Let's go!" and he never failed to help out friends and family if ever they needed it. During his retirement he volunteered at many organizations and worked as a caretaker for Lethbridge Public Schools. He will be dearly missed by all those who ever had the pleasure of even a moment of his company.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Willard’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Theresa Skorya, beloved wife of the late John Skorya, passed away in Taber on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the age of 94 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Theresa is survived by her son Frank (Janet) Kichler of Taber; step daughter Virginia (Frank) Badura of Lethbridge; grandchildren Patrick (Darla) Kichler, Stephen Kichler (Rebecca), Tom (Pam) Badura, Agnes Guminy, Ken Badura, Marilyn Badura (Tony), Keith (Tammy) Badura and Shirley Badura; sixteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Regina Killinger as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband John Skorya, first husband Joseph Kichler, mother Maria Merkl, brother Frank Merkl and brother-in-law Frank Killinger.
Theresa was born January 6, 1920 in Socolovac, Yugoslavia. She immigrated to Canada in 1949 with her nine year old son Frank. They moved to Taber and this is where she resided for the rest of her life. Theresa was a hard worker, at first in the sugar beet fields and later at the hospital in laundry and housekeeping. She was a great cook and loved to bake. Theresa also had a big garden and wonderful flowers. When she did relax, she had her crochet work in her hands. Theresa will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Theresa’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
James William Schmitz, beloved husband of Katie Schmitz, passed away in Taber on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the age of 80 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 12, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides his loving wife Katie, he is survived by his 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), Sarah (Tom) Rempel, Lichelle Schmitz (James Gibson), Allysa Schmitz, Dixon Schmitz, Dustin Schmitz, Mitchell Schmitz, Kurt (Crystal) Carver and Samantha Carver; great grandchildren Sofia Fletcher, Kaeson Gibson, Emily and Rebecca Carver, Montana, Madison and Abigale Carver; brother Ralph Schmitz.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter Kelsea Schmitz; parents August and Agnes Schmitz; brothers Lorne, Ed and Art Schmitz; sisters Helen Bugg and Irene Schmitz; brother-in-law Norm Bugg; sister-in-law Carol Schmitz; Katie’s daughter Elizabeth Tautfest; mother-in-law Eva Jasura.
Jim was born in Englefeld, Saskatchewan on August 4, 1933. He grew up on a small family operated farm outside of Englefeld where his parents had settled after emigrating north from the United States. After leaving home and the farm, he traveled west to British Columbia where he worked for some time prior to finally settling in Taber. Jim had at this point established his path as a heavy equipment operator and started his own successful company building oil well locations for the drilling business. He later sold his business to Triwell Oilfield Construction in Taber where he also stayed and worked as a supervisor for several years. Jim then moved on to do some consulting in his later years through his company KJ Supervision, eventually retiring with his loving wife Katie. The pride he took in his hard work throughout his life spoke for itself and was echoed by many. In his retirement, he enjoyed his visits with his friends at A&W coffee row. Jim will always be remembered for his unique sense of humour and his ability to start a small conversation with anybody. He was a great friend to many and was always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. Jim’s memory as a loving husband to his wife, a wonderful father to his children, grandpa loonie to his grand kids and a trusted friend to all that were close to him will live on in our hearts forever.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jim’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Gerald Ralph Svensen, beloved husband of Dolores Svensen, passed away in Taber on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
A reception was held at the Heritage Inn, 4830 - 46 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, September 21, 2013 between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.
Besides his loving wife Dolores, he is survived by his children Perry (Trish) Svensen of Calgary, Gale (Steven) Egeland of Taber and Garth (Jocelyn) Svensen of Vegreville; Dolores’ children Brad (Sue) Murphy of Taber, Guy Murphy of Taber, Barb Haynes (Dan Brandics) of Taber and Cathy Murphy (Roger Noble) of Coaldale; grandchildren Krista (Dale) Ruggles, Bradley (Janelle) Egeland, Lindsey Egeland (Stan Dearing), Grant Svensen, Ashley Svensen (Justin Olynyk), Tara Schmidt, Lee, Jared and Tylin Haynes; great grandchildren Owen, Savanah, Tristen, Carter, Rachel, Emmett, Lexi, Kaylee, Blake, Lichelle, Alyssa, Dixon, Caiden and Conner. He is also survived by his sister Lynn (Otto) Kedl of Prince George, sisters-in-law Anne Svensen of Qualicum Beach and Donna Schafer of Innisfail.
He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Edris Svensen, his first wife Jan Svensen, brothers Ed, Donald and Jim Svensen, sister Dorothy Runte, brothers-in-law Gerald Schafer and Ernie Runte.
Gerald was born in Edmonton on June 4, 1935 and was raised in Wetaskiwin. In 1966 Gerald moved to Taber where he has resided until the time of his passing. He worked as a telephone lineman for AGT for nearly thirty years, retiring in 1987. Gerald enjoyed stock car racing, camping, traveling and working in museums, he was especially fond of the Scandia Museum. He was member of the Taber Lions Club for many years. Gerald and Dolores were also campground hosts at the M.D. Park for three years. Above all, Gerald loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gerald’s name may be made directly to the HOPE Program, c/o Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program, 1403 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9 or to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca) or to the Lions of Alberta Foundation, c/o Ollie Borgedahl, 44 Straddock Crescent S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3H 2T2.
Gerald Norman Sureman, of Grassy Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 74 years.
A private burial service was held at the Saamis Prairie View Cemetery on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
A reception was held at the Grassy Lake Community Hall, Grassy Lake on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 5:00 P.M.
Besides Minerva (nee Kusler), his loving wife of fifty one years, he is survived by their two daughters Nancy (Doug) Scott of Medicine Hat, Pam Sureman of Taber and by two precious granddaughters, Afton and Alliott Scott of Medicine Hat as well as Sonja and Jason Mellema of Grassy Lake (affectionately known as his two Dutch grandchildren). Jerry is also survived by his brother Donald (Maxine) Sureman of Seven Persons, numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Adolph and Barbara Sureman and his youngest brother and sister-in-law Ken (Irene) Sureman.
Jerry was raised south of Seven Persons before moving to Grassy Lake in 1967. He spent most of his career with the St. Mary’s River Irrigation District before retiring in 1999. Retirement was never boring. He drove potato truck until age of seventy, tended his large yard and garden and was taking care of the Grassy Lake Landfill right up until his passing. His last working day was Saturday, August 10, 2013. Jerry was diagnosed with cancer on August 14, 2013. He will be sadly missed but will live on in the hearts of those he loved.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jerry’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Hospital, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Marjorie Louise Schwab, passed away in Taber on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the age of 64 years following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa officiating.
Marjorie is survived by three sons Mark (Laurel) Schwab of Grimshaw and their children Charles and Colton, Jason Schwab of Taber, Darcey (Heather) Schwab of Taber and their father Valentine Schwab (Pat Summerfield) of Medicine Hat. She is also survived by her brother Ronald (Maxine) Fandrick of Medicine Hat, sister Deborah (William) Ronan of Calgary and by numerous extended family, cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by many wonderful friends and dearly missed by her two dogs, Marlee and Tika.
She was predeceased by her parents Mary (nee Seefried) and Wallace Fandrick.
Marjorie was born in Medicine Hat October 31, 1948. The eldest of three children, she was raised on a farm five miles north of Manyberries. She attended grades one to eleven in Manyberries and graduated from Medicine Hat High School. Following graduation, she attended Garbetts Business School in Medicine Hat. She married Valentine Schwab in 1969 and while raising their three boys, held various jobs. Marjorie thoroughly enjoyed her last position as a department manager with Walmart. Five years ago, she moved to Taber to be closer to her sons.
Marjorie will be remembered for her strength, fortitude and courage, dealing with life’s challenges including her cancer diagnosis. She loved to cook and bake and enjoyed having friends and family for dinner. Marjorie’s passion was fishing and she was able to enjoy one last fishing trip with family and friends only a few weeks ago.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marjorie’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 (www.cancer.ca) or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Room 1A129, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
Joseph Shield, beloved husband of Helen Shield, passed away in Taber after a lengthy illness on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Helen, his loving wife of fifty nine years, Joe is survived by their children Rick (Laurie) Shield of Taber, Randy (Doris) Shield of Lethbridge and Cam (Janet) Shield of Lethbridge; six grandchildren Tyrell, Desiree, Ashley, Kaden, Jayla, Dina and by three great grandchildren Tori, Maci and Vincent. He is also survived by his sister Irene Hudson of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Wilma Shield; two brothers Darrel Shield, Bill Shield and a sister at birth; sister-in-law Colynne Shield; granddaughter Terra Shield; Helen’s parents Peter and Margaret Braun and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Joe worked in the oilfield for thirty two years. Following retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, spending time with his dogs and was a social member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Joe loved his family and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joe’s name may be made directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 724 - 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2T1 (www.mssociety.ca).
John Abram Siemens, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the age of 63 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, June 24, 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 Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Carl Bogda officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
John is survived by his children Scott (Carolyn) Siemens of Taber and Mary Siemens (Kim Hanke) of Taber; grandchildren McKenzie and Ryvin Siemens, Quinton Walker. He is also survived by his brothers Walter (Leann) Siemens, Vernon (Meta) Siemens and Henry (Pat) Siemens; sisters Kay (Henry) Doerksen and Sue (Peter) Kopp as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth Siemens and by his childrens mother Vicki Iverson.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in John’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Thelma Irene Selman (nee Bobinec), passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the age of 70 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, June 15, 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, Raymond Stake Centre, 2 North - 200 West, Raymond on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brian Freeze conducting. Burial followed at Temple Hill Cemetery.
Thelma is survived by her husband of fifty one years, Wes and their five children Wade (Heidi) Selman, Wendy (Mark) Heninger, Mark (Laurie) Selman, Lara (Rod) Kindt and Letta (Jeff) Olsen as well as seventeen grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Fred (Sharon) Bobinec, sisters Bernice (Kent) Rolfson and Loretta (Wayne) Stanley.
She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Dorothy Bobinec, sister-in-law Grace Kubota, brother-in-law William Stix as well as a nephew Daniel Stix.
Thelma spent her formative years on the family farm in the Readymade district, where she had fond family memories and learned how to work hard.
On January 20, 1962 she married Wes Selman and lived in Calgary until 1976 when they moved to Raymond and resided there until her passing.
Her home was a gathering place for family and friends where everyone was welcome, especially on holidays and special occasions.
She was a genuine and compassionate person, who accepted anyone without judgment. Thelma was a loyal friend and loved to have fun. She maintained her sense of humor right up to the end.
Thelma loved her children and grandchildren and always let them know of her love for them. She was especially proud of her two grandsons presently serving missions, Kinsey Kindt serving in Argentina and Ty Olsen serving in Mexico.
Thelma had endured health problems over the years and is now at rest reunited with loved ones who have gone on before.
Her passing is bittersweet. We will miss her, but take comfort in the knowledge that we will be with her again.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Rodney Kindt.
Ursula Sieber-Borath, beloved wife of Hans Sieber-Borath of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the age of 68 years following a brief illness.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Thursday, May 30, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Scott Dixon officiating. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
Besides Hans, her loving husband of forty eight years, Ursula is survived by their two sons Matthias (Claire) and Swen (Glory); grandchildren Nickolas, Michaela, Matteo and Oshyn. She is also survived by her sister Inge (Jurgen) Volker, sister-in-law Loni Wiegert and her daughters Sabiene and Nicole and Hans’ brother Wilfried (Reinhilde) Sieber-Borath and their son Joschah all of Germany.
She was predeceased by her parents Martha (nee Weidig) and Gerhard Wiegert; sister Margot Wiegert in infancy; brother Herbert Wiegert in 2002 and Hans’ parents Kathe and Johannes Sieber-Borath.
Ursula was born October 31, 1944 in Beendorf, Germany. She attended school in East Germany until the age of sixteen when she and her mother escaped to Hamburg West Germany to join her sister Inge, just two weeks before the Berlin wall was erected. While in West Germany, Ursula completed public school and entered a nursing program. In February 1963, she met Hans. They married in 1965 and the first of their two children, Matthias, was born in 1966. Two years later, Swen completed the family.
In June 1970, Ursula, Hans and the boys sailed to Canada, settling in the Toronto area. In 1975, they made the move to Lethbridge where Ursula was employed in the retail industry prior to starting a successful flower shop, Country Bouquet, in partnership with her friend Marja Van Rijn.
Ursula was a loving and caring person who walked through life with grace and dignity. She was first a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her creative ability was evident in all aspects of her life. Hospitality was a special gift of Ursula’s, appreciated by her friends and family.
Ursula enjoyed life, traveling to Germany and other favorite destinations with Hans, spending time with her family and enjoying her grandchildren. A highlight for Ursula was a trip to Germany with Michaela and Matteo in July 2011.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ursula’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 (www.cancer.ca).
Marjorie Jeanne Scott (nee Brewin), beloved wife of Allan Scott, passed away in Taber on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the age of 66 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.
Besides her loving husband Allan, she is survived by her children William (Hayley) Scott of Coaldale and children Dannielle, Kyle and Tilly; Kenneth (Erin) Scott of High River and children Leesha and Andrew; brothers Frank (Colleen) Brewin, Gerald (Margaret) Brewin, Tim Brewin, Eleanor Wagner, Monica Berryhill; sisters-in-law Mary and Cher Brewin as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son Keith; parents Rowland Frank & Marjorie Brewin; brothers Jack, Rod, Alfred, Norman (Buster) Brewin; sisters-in-law Lillian and Pat Brewin.
Marjorie was born on January 1, 1947 into a farming and ranching family southeast of Purple Springs. She developed her love and passion for horses, livestock, farming and country lifestyle during her childhood and teenage years on the farm. She was the youngest in the family of seven brothers and two sisters. At the age of seventeen, she moved to Calgary to attend business college. Following college, she took a job with Transalta Oil and Gas that she enjoyed and was successful at.
At eighteen, Marjorie met her husband to be, Allan Scott. They quickly became best friends and before long they were married in February 1967. Later that year they welcomed their first son Keith to the family. After having started their family, they relocated to sunny Southern Alberta, returning to the family farm in 1968. They welcomed their second son William in 1972 and then their third son Kenneth in 1974.
Marjorie loved all the years that she, Allan and the boys had together. Although the years and times presented multiple challenges, she loved the Lord and her family.
Her passion for livestock, especially horses never waned. While on the farm she would always ensure that there was livestock of one sort or another, including dogs.
Marjorie was always well liked, respected and appreciated by whoever she met. Whether it was at work, church functions, her personal life or in her later years during speaking engagements, this held true. Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marjorie’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation (Palliative Care), 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 or the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (Unit 4B), 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4W5.
It is with great sadness that we announce our sister, aunt and great aunt, Norma Jean Sangster passed away peacefully in Calgary with her family by her side on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the age of 63 years, after complications with a lung infection.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 10, 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 Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Sandra Riddell officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Norma leaves behind to cherish her memory her brother Bill (Cheryle) Sangster of Lethbridge and his family Brian (Enid) Sangster of Parksville, British Columbia and Cameron Sangster of Lethbridge; sister Lynn Thiessen of Vauxhall and her children Carey and Nevada Thiessen of Vauxhall, Jace (Sandra) Zane of Scandia; brother Ian Sangster (Cindy Venhuis) and his children Kira (Tim) Kinahan and their son Linkin, Brody Sangster (Morgan Tunow) and his son Hunter all of Lethbridge; sister Cathy (Doug) Odland of Vauxhall and their family KaLey Odland (Stephanie Sheridan) of Lethbridge and their son Wyatt, Jesse Odland (Yasmin Dixon) of Vauxhall and Brooke Odland of Vauxhall; sister-in-law Sandy Sangster of Lethbridge; aunt Hazel Hamilton of Lethbridge; uncle Red Sangster of Thompson, Manitoba as well as numerous cousins and her two very special companions Koko and Scottie.
She was predeceased by her parents Bill and Joan Sangster; brother-in-law Jake Thiessen.
Norma was born on August 5, 1949 the third child of Bill and Joan Sangster. She was raised on the family farm at Fincastle, where as a kid she loved to ride horses, help her dad and was an active member in 4-H. Norma graduated from W.R. Myers in 1967 and went on N.A.I.T. to complete a course as a Respiratory Technician. She then went on to the Lethbridge Community College to complete her studies to become a Registered Nurse. Norma later took courses at McMaster University in Hamilton to receive her Nurse Practitioners Certificate. She started her career at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, then worked at St. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge as well as Brooks, Magrath and Siksika Health Centers. Norma continued her career in numerous small communities in Northern Ontario, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
She loved to travel and over the years she travelled to Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Great Britain twice and Hawaii.
In her earlier years she loved to play ball, curl, ski and paint. Camping, fishing and golfing became some of her favorite pastimes that she would do with anyone anytime. Norma did all the baking for the family. She also enjoyed gardening, where she must have inherited the green thumb from when she used to help grandpa garden at the farm.
Her children were her puppies and she loved her nieces and nephews, but her passion was always medicine. Four years ago she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was unable to work. She spent most of her time between her cabin at the Hidden Valley Resort in Cluny and Taber, Vauxhall and Lethbridge. Recently she had mentioned she thought she would start to paint again and about buying a horse for herself. Norma lived her life the way she wanted, she was a free spirit that was loved and will be missed by many.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Norma’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2.
Elsie Elizabeth Simpson, beloved wife of the late Jerome “Jerry” Simpson, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the age of 70 years.
A private family burial service was held at the Coaldale Community Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20 Rocky Mountain Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Nathan Fuehrer officiating.
Elsie is survived by her children David Simpson of Lethbridge, Darryl Simpson of Calgary, Steve (Brenda) Simpson of Lethbridge and Pamela (Jeremy) Decicco of Lethbridge as well as numerous other relatives.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Elsie’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 - 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or to the Canadian Blood Services (National Fundraising Office), 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J5.
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Evelyn Jean Soltys (nee Foote) on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the age of 69 years.
A private family burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Italian Canadian Club, 1511 St. Edwards Boulevard North, Lethbridge on Thursday, January 31, 2013 between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Evelyn will be dearly remembered by her husband Willard Soltys of Lethbridge and their three children Pam Ellis of Strathmore and her children Jessica and Nick; Monica Starrett (Doug) of Strathmore and her daughter Mackenzie; Michele Soltys of Red Deer and her children Jonathon and Nataleah.
She was predeceased by her mother Jean Foote (nee Fletcher), father Charles Edward Foote and brother Bryan Foote.
Evelyn was born in Taber on October 18, 1943, one of the first in the new hospital. As a farm girl growing up and attending school in Purple Springs, Grassy Lake and Taber, she loved the prairies and was often found horse riding, painting, puttering in the field and in the house with her Mom but eventually her quest for education moved her to Red Deer and ultimately Lethbridge to pursue her teaching career and degree. She was a long time teacher/librarian with the Lethbridge Public School District from 1977 until her retirement in 2000. Evelyn is most well known for her artistic talents ranging from sculpting, drawing and painting to thrown pottery. During their marriage of almost fifty years (August 24, 1963), Willard and Evelyn enjoyed spending much of their time golfing, traveling and spending time with friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Evelyn’s name may be made directly to the Edith Cavell Care Centre, 1255 - 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0V6.
The family wish to thank the staff at Edith Cavell for their loving and tender care shown to Evelyn.
Leslie Gay Stanek, beloved wife of John Stanek of Taber, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the age of 56 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:30 A.M with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant.
Besides her loving husband John, she is survived by her children Lauren and Matthew, mother Joan Innes of Lethbridge, brother Mark Innes (Beth Carrell) of Calgary and their children Aubrey and Adelee, mother-in-law Elizabeth Stanek of Magrath as well as numerous relatives who will dearly miss her.
She was predeceased by her father Jack Innes.
Leslie was born to Jack and Joan Innes in Lethbridge on September 30, 1956. She graduated from the Lethbridge Community College with a degree in nursing in 1977. Leslie worked at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital from 1977 to 1990. She met her sweetheart and the love of her life, John Stanek in 1981 and they were married June 22, 1985. Leslie and John always had lots of fun with family and friends. They entertained plenty before their two children, Lauren and Matthew came into their lives. Lauren was born on December 17, 1993 and Matthew on March 3, 1998. With much love, support and nurturing these two children have become wonderful, caring young adults.
During her career as a nurse, Leslie gave her heart to caring for people and was well respected by her colleagues. Leslie’s personality fit perfectly into the responsibilities as a nurse; attentive, nurturing and watchful. All these characteristics were then expressed to her husband John and their two children. Leslie had a heart larger than most people and would always go out of her way to help people, regardless of whether they were family, friend or stranger. It’s not to say Leslie didn’t like to have fun - because she did! She had a great sense of humour and played jokes on all of us that knew her. Always fun loving and loving everyone, Leslie will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Leslie’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 - 6 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2C9.