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“In the depth of winter - within me there lay an invincible summer”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Jacob Wiens, formerly of Ryley, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Bow Island Health Centre on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Sunday, April 21, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private family 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 Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Roger Lobb officiating.
Jake will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty two years, Louise; their children Dave (Ellie) Wiens of Turner Valley, Walter (Rhonda) Wiens of Bow Island, Arnold (Carolyn) Wiens of Langley, Harvey Wiens of Bow Island and Philip Wiens of Airdrie; grandchildren Audrey (Marty) Wells, Becky (Vance) Mowatt, Julene (Steve) Reimer, Jeremy (Stacey) Wiens, Janelle (Brian) Tuntland, Christie (Morgan) Meents and Brett Wiens; great grandchildren Brianna Wells, Jody Wells, Kaden Mowatt, Raya Mowatt, Abby Reimer, Joel Reimer, Nell Reimer, Kamryn Wiens, Ella Wiens and Lincoln Wiens. He is also survived by his brothers Abe (Elizabeth) Wiens, Ernest (Linda) Wiens, Erwin (Lorraine) Wiens; sisters Elizabeth (Henry) Kornelson, Helen (Reinhold) Fast and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Liese (nee Neufeld) and Isaac Wiens and daughter-in-law Eleanor Wiens.
Jake was born the second of six children in Shumanovk, Russia during tremendous government oppression. In 1930, his father Isaac led an escape for his family out of Siberia across the Amur River into China. After two years of seeking a place of freedom, the family ended up in Paraguay. Jake often talked and reminisced about his exciting childhood and youth on the Paraguayan cattle ranch. After sixteen years on the ranch, the family again moved, this time to Coaldale, where Jake met and married Louise Funk. Being an immigrant and not speaking English at that time had its challenges as he worked in construction and farm labor. Jake and Louise found peace and prosperity when they moved to a farm south of Ryley in 1960 which was a great place to raise their five boys.
Jake was a man of strong faith. He was actively involved in church activities as Sunday school teacher, church board member and kids club teacher both in Tofield and Ryley. Jake and Louise were very instrumental in the startup of the Good News Community Church in Ryley. His character revealed to those who knew him that his faith was real.
He loved building and in his semi retirement, was able to help his brothers build several barns. He also renovated and built homes for a number of his neighbors around Ryley. Jake loved gardening and was proud of his apple trees. Many friends and neighbors were able to benefit from their abundant garden.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jake’s name may be made directly to the Crossroad Christian Communication, 100 Huntley Street, 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario L7P 4X5.
Jake’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Pleasant View Lodge and the Bow Island Health Centre for their gracious care and friendship extended to Jake and Louise this past year.
It is with deep sadness the family of Constance Elizabeth Wilford announce her passing in Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the age of 80 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.
Connie leaves to mourn her loss, her husband of sixty one years, Dennis Wilford and their daughters Karen (Daryl) Dunsmore of Taber, Shelley Barnard of Kelowna, British Columbia, Sandra (Glenn) Becker of Cochrane and Kim (Carey) Sulz of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia; six grandchildren Alyson Dunsmore, Melissa (David) Russell, Shannon Barnard, Meaghan Barnard, Elliott Sulz, Hannah Sulz and one great granddaughter Emily Russell. She is also survived by three sisters Marie Garrison, Bernice Meredith and Enid Burnett; two brothers Gordon Currie, and Arthur (Onagh) Currie; three sisters-in-law Susan Currie, Ruth Currie, Beverly James and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Anna and Daniel Currie; two brothers Ewart Currie and James Currie; granddaughter Pamela Barnard and great grandson Aiden Russell; sister-in-law Rose Currie and two brothers-in-law Bruce Garrison and Bill Meredith.
Connie was born in Baldur, Manitoba on February 25, 1932. Until recently, she enjoyed staying active through golfing and curling and was a keen follower of current events. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over fifty years. Connie looked forward to spending time with her extended family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her tremendous joy. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Connie’s name may be made directly to the St. Michael’s Foundation (Palliative Care), 1400 - 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
Casey Westerhoud, beloved husband of Monica Westerhoud, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the age of 57 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, January 19, 2013 between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Besides his loving wife Monica, Casey is survived by his children Brian Westerhoud (Gerda VanGarderen) of Coalhurst, Matthew Westerhoud (Lerie Lecuyer) of Medicine Hat, Jennifer Westerhoud (Logan Utke) of Taber and Justin Westerhoud of Taber; three grandchildren Grayson, Amara and Skylar. He is also survived by his mother Hilda Westerhoud of Lethbridge and his siblings Freda (Alfons) Poppe of Diamond City, Corry Westerhoud (Dennis Green) of Lethbridge, Margaret (Richard) Visser of Taber, Allen (Marianne) Westerhoud of Taber, Brenda (Mel) Shaw of Taber, Clarence (Debbie) Westerhoud of Lethbridge and Garry (Carrie) Westerhoud of Nobleford. He will be fondly remembered by mother-in-law Shirley Andron and brothers-in-law Alan Andron, Dennis (Bonnie) Andron all of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Carl Westerhoud, father-in-law Walter Andron and brothers Clarence Westerhoud and John Westerhoud.
Casey was born in Medicine Hat on August 31, 1955 to Carl and Hilda Westerhoud. He was raised in southern Alberta and in 1984 settled in Taber where he continued to reside until the time of his passing. Casey spent his life driving in the trucking industry. Outside of work, he liked gardening, camping, cooking and spending time outside enjoying his yard. He loved entertaining family and friends, spending time with his grandchildren and the company of his dogs, Sally and Luke.
Emerson Charles Wright, beloved husband of the late Elsie Wright, passed away in Taber on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the age of 85 years.
Emerson is survived by his loving daughter Shirley (Barry) Doble of Brooks and their children Jason Wright and Chad (Michelle) Doble; great grandchildren Caleb and Damian; sister-in-law Loreen Wright of Medicine Hat; his dear friends Doug Leong, Rhonda and Jim Culver as well as many nieces and nephews.
Emerson was born in Medicine Hat on September 27, 1927, one of seven children born to Frank and Hannah Wright. He started his teaching career in various rural communities. Emerson settled in Vauxhall and taught at the Vauxhall High School, where he was the vice principal for twenty nine years. After teaching he went on to manage the Vauxhall Legion for ten years until his retirement in 1994.
Emerson looked forward to the challenge of doing the crossword puzzle in the morning paper. He also loved to tell a good joke or two.
No services are planned. Emerson will be privately remembered by his family and friends.
The family of Emerson would like to thank everyone at the Taber Health Centre for the outstanding care he received during his fifty nine days there. Also a special thank you to Dr. Jillian Demontigny, Dr. Rob Wedel and the nursing staff for making his last days very enjoyable.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Emerson’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.
Harlan Gordon Waddle, beloved husband of Pat Waddle, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the age of 79 years.
A private family burial service was held at the Vauxhall Cemetery prior to the funeral service on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
The Funeral Service was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 217 - 5 Street North, Vauxhall on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
Besides Pat, his loving wife of fifty nine years, Harlan is survived by their four sons Keith Waddle of Magrath; Lane Waddle of Medicine Hat; Lyle Waddle of Lethbridge; Dean (Connie) Waddle of Scandia. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Jamie (Martha) Waddle and son Alex; Sheila (Robert) Stemberger and children Mya, Owen and Adam Harlan; Shawn Higa and his mother Bev Higa. Harlan is also survived by sister-in-law Myrna Waddle, aunt Effie Burge and numerous nieces and nephews. Harlan will also be fondly remembered by the extended Waddle and Broderson families and by Pat’s family Jack Connor, Edith (Austin) Jorgensen, Dorothy (Dale) Rombough, Tom Connor, Linda Connor and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents Glenn and Marie Waddle; two brothers and sister-in-law Milton (Jean) Waddle and Ken Waddle; sisters-in-law Jean Waddle and Isabel Connor; niece Dalene Rombough, nephew Kevin Waddle and many aunts and uncles.
Harlan was born in Retlaw on December 3, 1932. He married Patricia Connor on July 24, 1953. In 1961 they moved their family to Taber where Harlan worked in the Laboratory at the Sugar Factory and in 1975 they moved to Lethbridge where he was employed with Canbra Foods for twenty years. Harlan enjoyed his years at Canbra Foods as the agriculture department he oversaw expanded to include the three prairie provinces, Montana, Idaho and Washington. He enjoyed the personal contacts, extensive travel and further education during that time. In 1996 he became manager of Southern Alberta Research. Shortly after, a severe case of shingles changed the state of his health completely.
Highlights in Harlan’s life included times with his family, both immediate and extended. He recalled fondly the family reunions they would attend, special Christmases and the annual fishing trips to Vancouver Island with old friends over the course of thirty years.
Harlan was a gentle man who loved life. His gentle sense of humour and thoughtful nature will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace.
Kevin William Waddle, beloved companion of Sara Giesbrecht of Vauxhall, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the age of 44 years.
The Funeral Service was held at the Vauxhall Legion Hall, 217 - 5 Street North, Vauxhall on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
Kevin will be forever remembered by his beloved companion Sara Giesbrecht; six step children and four step grandchildren. He also leaves behind his mother Myrna Waddle; siblings Cindy Holoboff (Kevin Sorenson) and family, Raymond, Carolyn Waddle (Keith Gertzen), Randy (Cheryl) and family; cousin Hal Broderson as well as many nieces, nephews cousins and of course friends.
He was predeceased by his father Ken Waddle on April 30, 2005; grandfather Glen A. Waddle on April 30, 1992; grandmother Marie Waddle on May 10, 1992; grandmother Daisy Bergquist on March 7, 1977 and grandfather Clarence Bergquist on June 25, 1986.
Kevin was born April 30, 1968 at the Taber Hospital the son of Ken and Myrna Waddle. He was raised in the Circle Hill area and attended the Vauxhall Schools until Grade eleven. Kevin worked at various jobs around Vauxhall till he found his job at Vauxhall Foods where he was employed for twenty three years. He also worked on the family farm during this time which he would eventually purchase in 1999. He continued on the farm until this past spring when he sold it. Kevin loved animals with exception of horses. He also liked to collect antiques and Queen Elizabeth II items. Kevin enjoyed partying, camping and fishing.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kevin’s name may be made to charity of one’s choice.
Vernon Lloyd Williams, beloved husband of Doris Williams, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the age of 82 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, July 13, 2012 between 9:30 A.M. and 10:15 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Bishop Ken Holst conducting.
Besides his loving wife Doris Williams (nee Linstead), he is survived by his daughter Victoria (Raymond) Gardner of Taber; sons Paul Williams (Kathleen O’Reilly) of Coalhurst, Joel Williams and Jonathan (Barbie-Jo) Williams of Edmonton; grandchildren James (Tiana) Gardner, Jessie (Edwyn) Ellingson, Braden (Siobhan) Gardner, Jeffrey (Angi) Gardner, Kris, Arlen, Joshua, Owain, Katerina, Matthew and Rebecca Williams as well as nine great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Elizabeth (nee Jones) Williams and niece Janine (nee Williams) Kilburn.
Vern was born on April 28, 1930 in Timmins, Ontario. As a young man, Vern loved playing hockey and baseball. He coached hockey in Erin, Ontario. Vern also loved to golf and enjoyed sharing this past time with his sons and grandsons. He enjoyed a career in sales. Vern started as a young man and sold for a few different companies. He discovered his love for selling real estate and together with three partners developed Moon River Estates, west of Lethbridge. When Vern retired he enjoyed watching hockey, baseball and football games in his community. As his health started to fail, he was glad to have plenty of sports on television to watch.
Melonie Dawn Weiss (nee Friesen), beloved wife of Randy Weiss of Taber, passed away in Calgary on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the age of 51 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Sandra Riddell officiating.
Besides her loving husband Randy, Melonie is survived by her daughter Tasha (Dustin) McPhee and children Cohen and Ryder of Taber; Randy’s two daughters and son, Miranda McGregor and children Braxton and Taija, Murray (Nadia) Weiss and child Leaha and Nicole (Ron) Hoytos and child Jovan all of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her brothers Herman (Darlene) Friesen of Calgary, Terry (Susan) Friesen and Alex Friesen all of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father Herman Friesen, mother Vicky Friesen (nee Chartrand) and two brothers Allan Friesen and Randall Friesen.
Melonie was a loving wife, mother and nana. Her family meant everything to her. She was a real people person. She enjoyed attending Legion meetings with the guys and gals at the big table. She loved to talk and spend time with others. Melonie will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her family and many friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Melonie’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Suite 309, 1010 - 1 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7W7 or to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, 3100, 246 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3C8.
Jonathan Guenther Wiebe, beloved son of Abram and Anna Wiebe of Turin, passed away in Calgary on Monday, April 2, 2012 at the age of 3 1/2 months.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, April 5, 2012 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Community Hall, 417 - 4 Street North, Vauxhall on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. with Bishop John Hiebert officiating. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery.
Iris Wilson (nee Easthope), beloved wife of the late Leland Wilson, passed away in Taber on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the age of 74 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, March 19, 2012 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with Bishop Ken Holst conducting. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Iris is survived by two daughters Carol (Ron) Visser of Taber, her children Jesse Witwer, Dakota Witwer, Nicole Payne (Dustin Jeffrey) and their children Morgan Iris and Taven; Joanna Wilson of Taber. She is also survived by her brother Evan (Kaye) Easthope and sister Elaine (Lyle) Robinson; two sisters-in-law Maxine Easthope and Audrey (Harold) Rowe; three brothers-in-law Gareth (Diane) Wilson, Dale (Brenda) Wilson, Keith Edwards and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Leland Wilson in 2006.
Iris was born in Taber September 3, 1937 to Samuel “Roy” and Della Easthope. She married Leland Wilson July 12, 1961. They raised their daughters on the family farm north of Taber.
Iris enjoyed handicrafts, music and gardening. She was active for many years in community volunteer work. Iris enjoyed reading and spent many enjoyable hours writing cowboy poetry.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Iris’ name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 400, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9 or to the Taber & District Museum Society, 4702 - 50 Street, Taber, Alberta T1G 2B6.