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HERBERT WAGNER
1935 - 2015


Herbert Wagner went to his eternal home on Monday, April 6, 2015 to be with his Lord and Saviour.
The Funeral Service was held at Peace Lutheran Church, 4619 - 56 Avenue, Taber on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Private burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Erika, his loving wife of fifty years, Herbert is survived by their children Ron Wagner of Taber, Linda (Mike) Armstrong of Taber and James Wagner of Montreal, Quebec; grandchildren Jennifer Wagner, Nash Wagner, Dillon Armstrong and Brynn Armstrong. He is also survived by his siblings Hugo Wagner and Erika Hilz; in-laws Hilde (Karl) Kauck, Hermann (Hanka) Kempf, Rose (Don) Neter, Ilse Kempf and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins in Canada and Germany.
Herbert was predeceased by his parents Johannes and Elsa Wagner; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gottlieb and Christine Kempf; sisters-in-law Edith Kempf, Frieda Bodza and brother-in-law Herbert Kempf.
Herbert was born on June 17, 1935 in Borodino, Bessarabia (German settlement) to parents Johannes and Elsa Wagner. He emigrated from Bessarabia as a child at the beginning of the war in 1939 to Germany. They stayed until 1953 when the family immigrated to Canada for beet labour in Diamond City. The family was sponsored by Lutheran Churches of America for a period of two years in the sugar beet industry. During the growing season, Herb worked on the farm and during the winter up north in the bush, logging. The family moved to Taber in 1955 and once again did beets for a local farmer. In 1959 they rented a farm south of Taber by Horsefly Lake, and bought the same farm in 1961. He married Erika in September, 1964 and had three children, Ron, Linda and James.
More land was bought and Herb farmed in partnership with his father and brother, they farmed grains, hay, sugar beets as well as a cow/calf operation. The family won many high tonnage Sugar Beet King awards over the years. Herb worked very hard and could always find something to do, no matter the season. His one hobby was fishing in streams and ice fishing at the nearby Horsefly Lake. If he caught more than we could use, he would filet all of them and pass them onto our friends. Herb had a very generous nature and was always willing to help his neighbours and friends, and share with them what he had or what they needed. He was an elder, trustee and treasurer with Peace Lutheran Church for more than thirty years.
Herb loved his family dearly and always showed it by making sure his family lacked nothing and by always being there to support them. Despite his weak condition, Herb was able to enjoy a 50th anniversary celebration with his children and grandchildren.
At the end, Herb was ready to meet his Lord and Saviour and could still quote his verse from his confirmation, more than sixty years ago, Genesis 28:15: “And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Herbert’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.

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KATHY WOLFER
1950 - 2015


Katherine Lynn Wolfer (nee Clifton), passed away in Taber on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the age of 65 years following a courageous battle with a coward known as cancer. Kathy, as she was known to her family and friends, left the world the same way she lived in it; with much strength, bravery and compassion for her loved ones.
She is survived by her husband Keith Wolfer and her four children Bryan (Marcie) Wolfer, Casey (Barry) Arnestad, Lynn (Randy) Adams and Jen (Spencer) Peterson. Kathy also leaves behind nine grandchildren Mason, Braxton, Wyatt, Tanner, Damon, Rory, Blade, Brooklynn and Ryder. She is also survived by her mom May Clifton and five brothers and sisters Dale (Jan) Clifton, Linda (Stuart) Braaten, Peggy (Jim) Garrett, Bob Clifton and Helen Clifton; sister-in-law Gay Chervinski, brother-in-law Rod Wolfer and many nieces, nephews and even more friends.
Kathy was predeceased by her dad GR Clifton and her in-laws Rose and Harold Wolfer.
A celebration of her life was held at the Hays Community Hall, Hays on Thursday, April 9, 2015 between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Everyone who was blessed to have known Kathy was welcome to attend.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kathy’s name may be made to one of the many community groups with which she was involved; Hays Cemetery, Hays Senior Centre or Hays Parks. Donations may be made directly to Box 34, Hays, Alberta T0K 1B0.

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EVELYN WADA
1949 - 2015


Evelyn Mary Wada, beloved wife of Joe Wada, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the age of 65 years.
Evelyn is survived by her husband Joe Wada; daughters Heather Warbrick (Kevin Weston) of Lethbridge, Martha “Marty” (Mark) Planger of Taber; sons Edward (Monica) Warbrick of Lethbridge, Glen (Brenda) Wada of Barnwell and six grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Colene (Dwane) Bennett of Taber; brothers Ronald (Carol) Meyer of Prince George, British Columbia and Arnold (Joan) Meyer of Gull Lake, Saskatchewan as well as many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn will be privately remembered by her family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Evelyn’s name may be made directly to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 - 19 Street South Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Taber Health Centre and the Chinook Regional Hospital for the
care shown to Evelyn throughout her illness.

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GEORGE WALLACE
1931 - 2015


On Friday, February 13, 2015, Alexander George Kasper Wallace, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Taber Health Centre after suffering with various illnesses over the past few years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 - 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Burial followed at the Hays Cemetery.
George is survived by his loving wife of almost sixty years, Frieda; his children Alan Wallace of Forestburg, Randy (Andrea) Wallace of Baltimore, Maryland and Robert (Joan) Wallace of Hays; loving grandchildren Christel (Cody) Todd, Jennifer Wallace, Brenna (Fabian) Pahl, Megan Wallace, Russell Wallace, Brittany (Dan) Bastian, Noelle (Ryan) Meier, Amanda (Lincoln) Sipko, Heather (Christopher) Ehnes and Jillian (Matthew) Vanden Dungen and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Helen Wallace, Elsie Pipke and Hedy (Alan) Griffiths as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Tom and Deliah; sisters Thelma Harbaugh, Lyla Davidson, Violet Matkin and Pearl Wallace; brothers Peter and Eldon Wallace; brothers-in-law Jim Harbaugh, Russ Davidson, Garth Matkin and Bruno Pipke.
George was born in Cadillac, Saskatchewan on August 2, 1931 to Tom and Deliah Wallace. He was the youngest of seven children. In 1939, the family moved to Rolling Hills to farm. In 1955, George bought some land in Hays and started to farm on his own. On September 24, 1955, George married the love of his life, Frieda Pipke. Over the next few years they had three sons, Alan, Randy and Robert. George and Frieda lived on the farm until 1996 when they moved into a house in Taber. In 2005, due to health issues of both George and Frieda they decided to move into a condo in Taber, where George was still living at the time of his passing. George was a very social man and enjoyed nothing better than getting to know people. He also was a very dedicated family man and always made every effort to go to all family functions, kids sports games and especially his grandkids every recital, Christmas play, sporting events and 4-H show and sales. George also enjoyed a good game of Canasta and reading.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in George’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.

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BRUCE WALLACE
1947 - 2015

David Bruce Wallace, beloved husband of Carol Wallace, passed away in Taber on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the age of 67 years.
A service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home, Calgary.

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VERLE WARREN
1944 - 2015


Verle Newton Warren, passed away in Taber on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the age of 70 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, January 22, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 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 Friday, January, 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. A private burial service followed at Prairieview Cemetery, Grassy Lake.
Verle is survived by his wife Anna Marie Warren; children Heather (Rod) Nielsen of Regina and her son Brantly Bose, Stacey (Heather) Warren of Calgary and their children Christopher and Caitlyn. He is also survived by his aunt Dora Warren; in-laws Joe Ell, Beatrice Ell, Teresa (Paul) Illerbrun and Jackie (Scott) Oddie as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents George and Vera Warren; uncle Donald Warren and aunt Mary (Wallace “Buck”) Turnbull; father and mother-in-law Bolcer and Lena Ell.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Verle’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.

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CORNELIUS WALL
1977 - 2015

Cornelius Friesen Wall, beloved husband of Agatha Wall, passed away in Taber on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at the age of 37 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 5, 2015 between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Vauxhall Community Hall, 417 - 4 Street North, Vauxhall on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. Burial followed at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery.

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MARGARET WALKER
1931 - 2014


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Margaret Walker on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the age of 83 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 18, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Margaret is survived by her five children John (Sylvia) Walker of Kelowna, British Columbia, Diane (Jim) Zelenka of Taber, Donna (Ron) Remfert of Taber, David (Sherry) Walker of Foremost and Susan (Brent) Hall of Duchess; her grandchildren Chad (Shannon) Clarke of Taber, Sue Ann (John) Kovach of Lethbridge, Bo (Wendy) Hall of Raymond, Amanda Zelenka (Charles Charlton) of Taber, Josh (Kim) Hall of Strathmore, Justin (Linda) Hall of Taber, Mitchell (Lauren) Walker of Foremost, Lindsay Walker of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Erin Zelenka of Taber; her great grandchildren Shayden, Shawney, Rylyn, Tavey, Maverick, Eli, Bria, Emberly and Lillian. She is survived by her siblings, August (Evelyn) Tschritter, David (Gwen) Tschritter, Rose (Bob) Herdman and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Dave and Magdelena Tschritter, her son-in-law Rick Clarke and by her nephew Brian Tschritter.
Margaret was born in Cardston on June 11, 1931. She lived in Foremost for most of her early life and later, with her five young children, moved to Taber which would remain her home until her passing. After her kids were grown, she worked as a dietary aide at the Taber Hospital for twenty one years, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. Margaret loved her flowers, the colour red and above all her children, grandchildren and her precious great grandchildren. She was eagerly awaiting the addition of a new great grand baby in the New Year.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Margaret’s name may be made directly to the Clearview Lodge Resident Council, 4730 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6.

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DOROTHY WEIR
1916 - 2014


Dorothy Rachael Weir (nee Wallwork), formerly of Bow Island, is now dancing with her Father God in fields of grace in Heaven, welcomed there by her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and rejoicing in the reunion with family and friends who arrived before her. Dorothy was born November 10, 1916, in her maternal grandparents’ home in Medicine Hat and passed away November 20, 2014, in Bow Island at the age of 98 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.
A private burial service was held at the Bow Island Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service was held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Norm Smith officiating.
Dorothy will be deeply missed by her three children Jim (Phyllis) Weir of Brooks, Roy Weir of Brooks, Merrilyn Strom (Stephen Smith) of Medicine Hat and daughter-in-law Laina Weir of Ames, Wisconsin; eleven precious grandchildren Kristene (Norris) Hirch of Bow Island, Jerry (Bonnie) Weir of Oliver, British Columbia, Tammy (Koos) Wysbeek of Lethbridge, Bonnie (Andrew) Payne of Carman, Manitoba, Loretta (Percy) Foley of Stettler, Rachel Weir of Brooks, Robert (Sarah) Weir of Brooks, Melanie Strom (James Karras) of Taber, Barry (Jennifer) Strom of Lethbridge, Oscar (Christy) Strom of Lethbridge and Kyle Strom of Calgary; thirty one great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Jim Wallwork of Bow Island, sister-in-law Lois Appleton of Taber and by numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert Weir; parents Marion (nee Pollitt) and Walter Wallwork; son Bill Weir and daughter-in-law Beverley Weir; son-in-law Barry Strom Sr.; great grandson Gabriel Strom; sister Lucille McDonald and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and family members.
Dorothy grew up on the family ranch north of Bow Island. She loved the outdoors and as a child and young adult spent many hours outside helping her grandpa and then her dad. She rode her horse from the NA ranch to the one room schoolhouse she attended, although during the winter months the family moved into Bow Island and she attended the old brick schoolhouse there. Dorothy and Bob met at the John Neil ranch south of Burdett and they were married on September 21, 1940. In 1950 they moved to the Cowe’s ranch north of Bow Island where they raised their four children along with sheep, cows, chickens, pigs. They moved to the farm closer to Bow Island in 1958. During that time Dorothy, while being the typical farm wife, raised her children, had a huge yard and garden, drove a school bus for seventeen years, was very involved with the Social Credit Party along with many other ventures. Bob and Dorothy sold the farm to their son, Bill, and moved into Bow Island where they janitored the elementary school for eleven years. Her beautiful yard in Bow Island was admired by many. After “retiring” Dorothy decided, at the age of ninety, to become a Lethbridge Herald paper carrier, becoming the Herald’s “Senior” carrier and being interviewed by Global Television. The family moved Bob and Dorothy into the Pleasant View Lodge in October 2010 and in April 2012, Dorothy was moved to the Extended Care wing of the hospital where she lived until her passing.
Dorothy accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at the age of sixteen. She never wavered in her decision to follow Christ, remaining faithful in her bible reading, prayer time, church attendance and tithing throughout the years. Truly she was a Proverbs 31 woman. We, her family, will miss her tremendously but rejoice in knowing we will meet again and she is finally home.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dorothy’s name may be made directly to Cherry Coulee Christian Academy, Box 10370, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.

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ANNIE WALL
1943 - 2014


Annie Wall, beloved wife of Hank Wall, passed away in Taber on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the age of 70 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 10, 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 Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Harry Unger officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides her loving husband Hank, Annie is survived by their three children Kelvin (Susan) Wall of Taber, Brian (Gloria) Wall of Taber and Connie (David) Hendricks of High River; grandchildren Breanne (Ryan) Poelman (their children Hayden and Zoey), Devon (Rachelle) Wall, Dylan Wall (Paige Giroux), Taylor Wall, Paige Hendricks and Alexis Hendricks. She is also survived by her siblings Mary Fehr, Susan Neustater, John (Judy) Reddekopp, Cornie Reddekopp, Helena (Howard) Sartison, Elsie (Rob) Fehr, Barb Quiring, Bernice (Herman) Goertzen and by numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Susan Reddekopp; brother Willie Reddekopp, brothers-in-law Abe Fehr and John Neustater; sisters-in-law Brenda Reddekopp, Sadie Reddekopp and niece Linda Fehr.
Annie was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on November 23, 1943 and was raised in Rosenhauf, Saskatchewan. She did a lot of babysitting before she met the love of her life, Henry Wall. Annie married “Hank” on June 29, 1963. They lived in Saskatchewan before moving to Alberta in 1966. She preformed various jobs throughout the years, including worked on farms until 1971 when they moved into Taber.
Annie enjoyed travelling and enjoyed several trips. She loved to bake and did a lot of canning. Her family was the most important thing in her life and she especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Annie will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Annie’s name may be made directly to Myeloma Canada, PO Box 326, Kirkland, Quebec H9H 0A4 (www.myelomacanada.ca).

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LORRAINE WOLSEY
1956 - 2014


Lorraine Kimiko Wolsey (nee Ohashi), beloved wife of Ian Wolsey of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the age of 58 years.
The Funeral Service was held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street South, Lethbridge on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Yasuo Izumi officiating. A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Lorraine will be forever missed by her husband of thirty four years, Ian and their children, son Brian (Brittney) Wolsey of Lethbridge and daughter Kendra Wolsey of Calgary. Lorraine’s ray of sunshine through her courageous battle was her grandson Brady Wolsey. She will also be remembered by her mother Alice Ohashi of Taber; siblings Joy (Mike) Regan of Edmonton, Carole (Blake) Tomiyama of Calgary, Maureen (Greg) Nakamura of Taber, Ron Ohashi of Taber and Sharon Ohashi of Calgary as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was predeceased by her father Hiroshi “Joe” Ohashi, father-in-law Kenneth Wolsey and mother-in-law Doreen Wolsey.
Lorraine was born August 9, 1956 in Taber to Joe and Alice Ohashi. She began her teaching career at the age of twenty and most recently taught at G.S. Lakie Middle School. She was passionate about educating and her one of a kind personality touched the hearts of many children and her many colleagues, during her thirty seven years of teaching.
Lorraine was an avid curler, all-star shopper, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lorraine’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

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DOROTHY WINBERG
1921 - 2014


“In the depth of winter - within me there lay an invincible summer”
Albert Camus

Dorothy Winberg, beloved wife of the late Harry Winberg, passed away peacefully in Taber on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the age of 92 years. She had a long struggle with dementia which robbed her of much, but never her gentle soul.
The Funeral Service was held at St. Theodore's Anglican Church, 5120 - 44 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Dorothy is survived by her three children, son Blake Holtman of Taber and his three children Jay (Lucy) Holtman (family Mindy, Fraser and Mateo), Janene (Troy) Moch (family Brooklyn and Brett) and Andrea (Trevor) Stroeve-Sawa (family Taylor, Treven and Tanae); son Jerry (Sharon) Holtman of Taber and their two children Holly Holtman (Doug Gruner) (their family Quinn, Skyler and Nicolas) and Scott Holtman; daughter Patricia Davies of Lethbridge and her three children Merran (Dan) Tellier (daughter Ashley), Kristin Davies and Sarah Davies (son Parker).
Dorothy is also survived by Harry’s two daughters, Karen (Ron) Gurba of Winnipeg (their two children Brent (Colleen) Gurba and Kristin McDonald) and Myrna (Marvin) Guenter of Calgary (their two children Jason and Todd); Harry’s brother Howard (Edi) Winberg of Vauxhall and sister Peggy (Jack) Slowoniuk of Seattle, Washington and their families.
Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband Billy Holtman and her second husband Harry Winberg; parents Albert and Wilhemina Green; brother Leonard Green and sister Margaret Green.
Dorothy was the second child born to Albert and Wilhemina Green of Taber. She was born in the family home on September 5, 1921. Her childhood was surrounded by ranch life with sheep and cattle and lots of room to roam the range. This was the first education she received. Her education continued at the old Central School in Taber and she furthered her education at a girl’s boarding school in Calgary.
A lifetime Anglican, Dorothy supported her church wherever she lived. She lived her life with humour, dignity, wisdom, style, emotion and love. Her spirit is finally free and we will remember her as she once was, happy, loving and her camera in hand at all of her grandchildren’s activities.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dorothy’s name may be made directly to St. Theodore’s Anglican Church, 5120 - 44 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1A9.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Wedel and the many caregivers at Linden View.

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GABE WICKENHEISER
1924 - 2014


Gabriel George Wickenheiser, beloved husband of Adeline Wickenheiser, passed away in Taber on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Adeline, his loving wife of sixty three years, Gabe is survived by their children Darlene (Dave) Waddle of Taber, Dianne (Danny) Clarke of Coaldale, Joe (Cindy) Wickenheiser of Taber, Peggy (Louis) Foisy of Lethbridge, Loree (Tom) Rodwell of Taber; fifteen grandchildren, twenty nine great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gabe’s name may be made directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T4 or to the Taber Food Bank Society, 5512 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S4.

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GINA WRIGHT
1962 - 2014


Gina Wright, beloved wife of Tim Wright, passed away in Taber with her family by her side, following a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the age of 51 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, March 19, 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 Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Ken Easterbrook officiating. A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides her loving husband Tim, she is survived by her children Caleb Wright of Taber and his son Grayson, Christopher (Amanda) Wright of Taber and their daughter Ezmay; parents Francesco and Maria Belcastro; siblings Giovanni (Helen) Belcastro, Tom (Val) Belcastro, Mario (Maria) Belcastro, Angela (Kamaron) Hampton and Teresa (Stacy) Hagen. She is also survived by her father and mother-in-law Russell and Mildred Wright and the entire Wright family; nieces and nephews Jodie Poitras, Maria Belcastro, Melissa Schoenfeldt, Frank Belcastro, Mario Belcastro, Carissa Morgan, Sarah and Miranda Belcastro, Justin Olson, Isabella Belcastro, Tyrell and Matthew Odland, Darby Hampton, Chelsea and Josh Hagen as well as all of Gina’s extended family.
Gina was born on October 5, 1962 in San Giovanni, in Fiore, Italy. She lived her life for her family, her boys meant the world to her. Most of her spare time she enjoyed being with her grandchildren Grayson and Ezmay. Gina loved camping, spending time in her yard and sitting on her deck with a nice cup of coffee enjoying a beautiful day. She worked as a Teachers Aid for the past seventeen years at D.A. Ferguson Middle School and loved her job and her friends there. Gina was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She will be sadly missed but will live on in all of our hearts
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gina’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 Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

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ANNA WIEBE
1926 - 2014


Anna Wiebe, passed away in Picture Butte on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 27, 2014 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Vauxhall (travel north of Vauxhall on Highway 36 ten kilometres, then nine kilometres west and finally one kilometre south of the Circle Hill Community Hall) on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Old Colony Mennonite Cemetery.

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JACKIE WILSON
1962 - 2013


Jacqueline Anne Wilson, beloved wife of Darren Wilson, passed away in Bow Island on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the age of 51 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1113 - 1 Street East, Bow Island, on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1113 - 1 Street East, Bow Island, on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Fred Monk officiating. Burial followed at the Bow Island Cemetery.
Besides her loving husband Darren, she is survived by her children Josh Wilson of Bow Island and Jessi Wilson of Lethbridge; siblings Scott (Irene) Heck in Bow Island, Peter (Laura) Heck of Asquith, Saskatchewan, Faye (Ray) Taylor of Lethbridge and Linda Hougen of Foremost; mother-in-law Shirley Wilson of Bow Island as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son Doug Wilson; parents Frank and Vale Heck; father-in-law Bill Wilson; brother-in-law Charlie Hougen.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jackie’s name may be made directly to the Pleasant View Lodge, P.O. Bag 6700, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.

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SIMONE WEISS
1949 - 2013


Simone Rosila Weiss, passed away in Calgary with her family by her side, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the age of 64 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Simone will be sadly missed by her children Miranda (Rob) MacGregor, Murray (Nadia) Weiss and Nicole (Ron) Hoytos all of Lethbridge and their father Randy Weiss of Taber; grandchildren Braxton and Taija Weiss, Leah Weiss and Jovan Hoytos. She is also survived by her siblings Vicki (Steve) Plettl of Calgary, Juanita Marthaller of Brooks, Elvena (Leonard) Kambeitz of Bow Island, Vince (Sandra) Marthaller of Taber, Lynn (Leona) Marthaller of Lethbridge, Garry (Gerri) Marthaller of Coaldale and by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
She was predeceased by her parents Simon and Betty Marthaller and her sister Doreen Bradley.
Simone was born in Taber on October 6, 1949 and spent all her life in Taber where she raised her three children. She will be remembered by her family and friends alike for her constant smile, friendly outgoing spirit and her awesome hugs. Her grandchildren brought so much joy to her life. Simone is well known for her beautiful voice and many years of service to the church, singing at Mass and numerous weddings over the years. She was very dedicated to her Catholic faith.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Simone’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca) or to the charity of one’s personal choice.

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EDNA WICKENHEISER
1935 - 2013


It is with great sadness and fond memories that we announce the passing of Edna Joyce Wickenheiser in Taber on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
The service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa officiating. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.
Edna is survived by her children Betty Wickenheiser of Sylvan Lake, Dale (Bev) Wickenheiser of Lethbridge and Mark Wickenheiser of Toronto; her ninety nine year old mother, Bella Karpuk; four grandchildren Chris, Adrian, Kerri and Kenny; five great grandchildren Shayla, Rand, Kaylee, Grace and Conner. She is also survived by her sisters Kay (Jim) Gardiner, Alice (Dean) Ellis, Ruth Bobby, Bernice (Allan) Wiwcharuk, Sheila Chapik (Curt) and brother-in-law Mort Seagal. Also left to mourn her passing is her best friend and caregiver, Myrna Lynn as well as Henry and Daisy Wickenheiser, Mardel Mitchell, Marlene Hansen and Darlene Waddle who were also a big part of Edna’s life.
She was predeceased by her daughter Sandra Wickenheiser, father Harry Karpuk, sisters Linda Byker, Hilda Seagal and brother-in-law Russ Bobby.
With the help of her dear friend Myrna Lynn, Edna moved into Clearview Lodge in 2010 where she enjoyed her time and made friends with everyone. Unfortunately, she had to be hospitalized in November 2012. Edna loved to smile and just sit in the sun and have fun. Her favorite passion was her television, whether she was watching figure skating, curling, hockey, baseball or anything else that might catch her eye while flipping through the channels with the remote in one hand and a can of Coca-Cola in the other. She loved company, visiting and was interested in what we were doing and what we were making for supper. Edna enjoyed puzzles, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and making quilts. She was also an amazing cook. Edna loved to make perogies and cinnamon buns which her kids would sneak from the freezer. Even in later years, she still planted a garden and tended to her flowers. Edna was truly an amazing, beautiful lady who will be greatly missed by all.

Good friends are like stars.
You don’t always see them but
you know they are there.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Edna’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2.

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AL WOJTOWICZ
1960 - 2013


Allan Blake Wojtowicz, much loved by family and friends, passed away unexpectedly in Taber on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the age of 53 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. with Reverend Daniel Peters officiating.
Al is survived by special friend Anne Reimer of Taber; his brothers Robert Wojtowicz of Brooks, Calvin (Sharon) Wojtowicz of Lethbridge, Bradley Chiste (Taunya) of Lethbridge and his sister Terri Lynn (Dale) Gay of Edmonton and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother Joan Chiste, father Adam Wojtowicz and companion Kate Jansen.
Al was born in Lethbridge on April 14, 1960. He was known by so many people as a man with a golden heart, who would give whatever he had to help someone in need. His relationship with family and friends was what he treasured most in this world. Al was blessed with many friends who would look after him with kind attention and good meals. He enjoyed songs with deep meaning, dogs, trains and sharing a beer with his beloved friends. For the past seventeen years, he had been working for Lucerne Foods. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Allan’s name may be made directly to Compassion Canada, PO Box 5591, London, Ontario, N6A 5G8 (www.compassion.ca) or to the Town of Taber, A 4900 - 50 Street, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T1 (please designate for the Taber Animal Shelter).

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JOYCE WOLOSUK
1928 - 2013


Joyce Marie Wolosuk (nee Dayton), beloved wife of Harry Wolosuk, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, September 15, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service was held at the Vauxhall Cemetery prior to the funeral service on Monday, September 16, 2013.
The Funeral Service was held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 - 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.
Besides Harry, her sweetheart of nearly sixty five years, Joyce is survived by their children Doug (Dolores) Wolosuk, John (Deb) Wolosuk, Sylvia Bosch all of Vauxhall and son-in-law Gerry Snell of Calgary; nine grandchildren Mark (Heidi) Snell, Kris (Carla) Wolosuk, Tim Snell, Serena Snaith (Tony Fornier), Jamie (Aaron) Mack, Nicole Wolosuk, Julia Wolosuk (Keith McDonald), Bobby Bosch, Ami (Tyler) Kinniburgh and twenty two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Jack (Donna) Dayton, sister-in-law Mary (John) Haugen, brother-in-law Nick Wolosuk and by numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce will be fondly remembered by Linda (Art) Thiessen, whom she often referred to as another daughter and by special friends Avis Ostafichuk and Mary Stevenson.
She was predeceased by her parents Elsie and Jack Dayton; daughter Carol Snell; son-in-law Andrew Bosch; sister Shirley Reid; sisters-in-law Anne Jensen and Teddy Wolosuk; brothers-in-law Howard Jensen, Jim Reid Sr. and George Wolosuk.
Joyce was born July 9, 1928 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, the eldest child of Elsie and Jack Dayton. She grew up in the Maritimes. When Joyce was a teen, the family moved to Calgary. From there, she moved to Medicine Hat to work in the Ogilvie Flour Mill and later worked as a tele-typist for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She transferred to Lethbridge where she met Harry. They were married March 16, 1949 and moved to the farm north east of Vauxhall where they raised four children. They farmed grain, sugar beets, peas and raised cattle. They resided on the farm until 2005 when they moved to Martha’s House in Lethbridge.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joyce’s name may be made directly to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.

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FRANK WIEBE
1996 - 2013


Frank Reimer Wiebe of Burdett, beloved son of Maria Wiebe and the late Aron Wiebe, passed away unexpectedly as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the age of 17 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church, Winnifred on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Winnifred Cemetery.

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BOB WEIR
1917 - 2013


The family of the late Robert Weir wish to announce that his address changed on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Formerly of Bow Island, he now resides in the Robert Weir Mansion, welcomed to the community of Heaven by his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and by numerous family and friends who have made Heaven home before him. He was 95 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service was held at the Bow Island Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service was held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.
Bob will be deeply missed by Dorothy, his beloved wife of almost seventy three years and their three children Jim (Phyllis) Weir of Brooks, Roy Weir of Brooks and Merrilyn Strom (Stephen Smith) of Medicine Hat; daughter-in-law Laina Weir of Ames, Wisconsin and by his eleven precious grandchildren Kristene (Norris) Hirch of Bow Island, Jerry (Bonnie) Weir of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Tammy (Koos) Wysbeek of Lethbridge, Bonnie (Andrew) Payne of Carman, Manitoba, Loretta (Percy) Foley of Stettler, Rachel Weir of Brooks, Robert (Sarah) Weir of Scandia, Melanie Strom (James Karras) of Taber, Barry (Jennifer) Strom of Lethbridge, Oscar (Christy) Strom of Lethbridge and Kyle Strom of Calgary; thirty one great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his sister Lois Appleton of Taber and his brother Tom Weir of Vancouver, British Columbia; brother-in-law Jim Wallwork of Bow Island as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Mildred (nee McKnight) and Earl Weir; son Bill Weir; daughter-in-law Beverley Weir; son-in-law Barry Strom Sr.; great grandson Gabriel Strom; four sisters, one brother and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Bob was born in Medicine Hat on November 28, 1917. He grew up in a family of eight children near Grassy Lake. He met Dorothy while they were both working at the John Neil sheep ranch south of Burdett and they were married on September 21, 1940. Bob joined the Armed Forces in World War II and was sent to England and Germany. In 1949, they moved to Cowe’s Ranch beside the river north of Bow Island and raised their own sheep. Later, they built a house on a parcel of land closer to town and moved there with their family. Bob’s granddaughter, Kristene, was teaching young children in Sunday School and asked him to be her helper. It was there he became known as Uncle Bob. He loved children and he always had a pocketful of mints to pass out to anyone who asked, most especially to his grandchildren and the Sunday School kids. He and Dorothy “retired” from farming and moved into Bow Island where they began janitoring the Bow Island Elementary School and later helped janitor at Cherry Coulee Christian Academy. Dorothy, at the age of ninety, after again “retiring”, decided they could deliver papers and so began three years of delivering the Lethbridge Herald to their Bow Island customers, Dorothy driving and Bob delivering! They could often be seen in their blue car driving slowly along the highway or a secondary road picking up cans and bottles in the ditches. Bob had decided he would use all the money they collected to support needy children around the world which he did for many years. He loved to walk and spent hours walking all over their farm land caring for the sheep, changing irrigation pipes or checking crops. Up until a week before his passing, Bob walked the halls almost daily at Long Term and prior to that at the Lodge. He also enjoyed bowling, woodworking, being outdoors, doing yard work in the summer and shoveling the sidewalks in winter. Bob and Dorothy lived on their own until October 2010 when they moved into the Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island. Dorothy was moved to Long Term Care in April of 2012 and Bob joined her there at the end of July, 2013. He also loved to go for drives and often went with his granddaughter, Tammy, or his daughter, Merrilyn. The last ride he took was two weeks before he went home to be with his Heavenly Father. He was a kind, loving, faithful and generous man and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bob’s name may be made directly to Cherry Coulee Christian Academy, Box 10370, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0 or to the Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99, Lomond, Alberta T0L 1G0.

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GWEN WILK
1934 - 2013


Gwenllian Sarah Wilk, beloved wife, wonderful mother, caring grandmother and great grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 10, 2013 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, August 15, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, August 16, 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 Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Wade Steed conducting. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Gwen was born in Taber on August 22, 1934, the second eldest of six children. She married Frank Wilk on August 19, 1957. Frank and Gwen had four sons, Ron, Rick, Roger and Reg whom they spent numerous hours with camping, fishing, and watching baseball, hockey and soccer. Gwen spent her working years as a retail clerk, at both Pat’s Groceteria and Quill’s Stationers. She also kept the books for Frank’s trucking and tire businesses. Gwen loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren and great grandchildren who have fond memories of times with Grandma. Gwen had a passion for hockey and was a fanatical fan of the Calgary Flames.
Gwen will be lovingly remembered by her sons Ronald (Beverly) Wilk of Taber, Richard Wilk of Taber, Roger (Julie) Wilk of Calgary and Reginald Wilk (Tracey Jones) of Taber; grandchildren Sarah (Cody) Fletcher, Krystle Wilk, Catherine (Tyler) Turcato, Amanda Wilk and Taylor Wilk and great grandchildren Gracelynn and Piper Fletcher. She is also survived by her sisters Phyllis (Henry) Lewicki and Jane (Eric) Oxley; brothers Bill (Bev) Firth, Gary (Diane) Firth and sister-in-law Hugette Firth. She is also survived by Frank’s brothers and sisters, Andrew Wilk, Jean (Dale) Merriman, Bill (Carol) Wilk, Ken (Siné) Wilk and Ella Wilk, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Gwen was predeceased by her husband Frank Wilk, her parents Christopher and Catherine Firth; in-laws Peter and Mary Wilk; her brother Edward Firth; brother-in-law John Wilk and sister-in-law Rosemary Klemen.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gwen’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (www. diabetes.ca).

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RICK WOOLEY
1946 - 2013

Alfred Richard Chester Wooley, beloved husband of Shannon Wooley of Wrentham, passed away at home on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the age of 67 years.
No services will be held.

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SOPHIE WILLIAMS
1930 - 2013


Sophie Anne Williams, beloved wife of Ron Williams, passed away in Taber on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the age of 82 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides her loving husband Ron, she is survived by her children Cecelia (Don) Kuchison of Pincher Creek and their children Angela Kuchison, Marielle (David) Thom and Joshua Kuchison; Pauline (Vic) Dudus of Calgary and their children Caroline Dudus, Alexander (Shawne) Dudus and Jeremy Dudus; Jim Williams (Marilyn Bater) and their children Claire Williams and Laura Williams; Fred (Belinda) Williams of Taber and their children Jordan (Nicole) Williams, Tabatha Williams, Cameron Williams and Kavan Williams; Mike (Susan) Williams of Edmonton. Her sister Ann Conell and her family will also remember her.
Sophie was born in Edmonton May 6, 1930 to Jacob and Paulina Schab. She began her teaching career in Central Alberta in a log cabin schoolhouse. Sophie came to Taber in 1952 to teach at Central School. Shortly after, she met Ron when they were on the same bowling team. They married on July 9, 1955. Sophie taught at St. Mary’s School when it opened in 1956 and later at both St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s Schools. She retired from teaching in 1986. Sophie was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for fifty nine years. She enjoyed painting, knitting and crocheting. Sophie will be particularly remembered for her celebrations with family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Sophie’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

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