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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.
John Peter Wall, beloved husband of Anna Wall, passed away in Taber on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the age of 86 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dave Wiebe officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides Anna, his loving wife of sixty two years, he is survived by his children Regina (Doug) Lacey of Taber and children Trina Meadows (son Austin), Dion Meadows (Eleanor Layden) and daughter Kali; Renate (Eugene) Roth of Lethbridge and children Michelle (Mark) Rombough (sons Joel, Jarid and Jordan), Nicole Steinley (son Karter), Jason (Kelly) Roth (daughters Veronica and Ezra), Shane (Genevra) Roth (children Cole, Hayden, Zander and Nikita), Deanna Dyck (children Kaela and Ryley); Annie (Harvey) Fenske of Carman, Manitoba and children Karen (Rick) Rudachyk (children Hannah, Abigail and Alexander), Corey Fenske, Heather (Stephan) Kotowski; Linda (Rod) Coombs of Taber and children Angela Edwards (children Aidynn and Kaysen) Dana (James) Harrison (children Julia and Molly); sister Nita Wall and brother Henry (Greta) Wall.
He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Anna Wall; in-laws Abram and Aganeta Heinrichs; brothers Jake, Peter and George Wall; sister-in-law Ruth Wall.
John was born in Nicolaifeld, Russia on June 3, 1925. He married Anna Heinrichs in 1950 and they immigrated to Canada in 1952. Although he overcame many hardships and had many trials throughout his life, together with his wife, they raised four daughters and enjoyed many happy years together.
He was well known in the community as Wall’s Blacksmithing and Welding and highly regarded within the farming community. The railings and wrought iron fence he built around the Taber Post Office still stand today as a reminder of the quality of his work. He retired from his business life in 1990. John and Anna traveled extensively (thirteen trips to Hawaii alone). They really enjoyed exploring the islands together. John also enjoyed camping, fishing and his visits with his friends at the local coffee shops in his later years.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in John’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7.
Margaret Flora Wutzke (nee Walker) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Fred “Fritz” Wutzke, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the age of 80 years after a two and a half year battle with cancer.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge Stake Centre, 2410 - 28 Street South, Lethbridge on Thursday, February 9, 2012 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, February 10, 2012 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge Stake Centre, 2410 - 28 Street South, Lethbridge on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Archmount Cemetery.
Flora is survived by her four children Terry (Alice) Wutzke of Santa Maria, California, Kelly (Terra) Wutzke of Burley, Idaho, Darren (Sue) Wutzke of Naperville, Illinois and Ruthanne Wutzke (Dave Fudge) of Calgary; ten grandchildren Casey (Mike) Spence, Aric (Brooke) Wutzke, Brett (Mellisa) Wutzke, Cammon (Nikki) Wutzke, Carid (Tristan) Wutzke, Cabra (Jeremy) Poulton, Lauren (Dan) Rupper, Jana and Nathan Wutzke and Hannah Coutts; three great grandchildren Treyden, Traxton and Naomi Wutzke. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Florence Conway, Madeline Smith Wutzke and Jeannie Walker; brother-in-law Eldon Litchfield and her special long time friend Claudette Seward.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Fritz; grandson Alban E. Wutzke; great granddaughter Taylor Madison Wutzke; parents Thomas and Hilda Walker; sister Marie Litchfield; brothers Clifford, Floyd, Melvin and Robert; brothers-in-law John Wutzke and Albert Conway.
Flora was born in Lethbridge on March 14, 1931 and raised in Grassy Lake. She married Fritz Wutzke on October 7, 1952. Fritz and Flora farmed in the Skiff area until their retirement in 1985. In 1991 they moved into Parkbridge Estates in Lethbridge where they resided until their passing.
Flora was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Flora and Fritz served a mission for the LDS church in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1989. They later served in the Cardston, Alberta Temple for five years and both she and Fritz especially loved the seven years in which they provided weekly lunches to the Lethbridge College Institute students. Anyone who knew Flora quickly knew she was a fastidious housekeeper, baked the best cinnamon buns and was immensely proud of her family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Flora’s name may be made directly to the Lethbridge Cancer Clinic in care of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Cal Stewart, Dr. Anthony Gomes and Dr. David Holland for their service on behalf of their mother.
With deepest sadness, the family of Maria Werewka, announce her passing on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Mary is survived by two sons Walter (Elaine) Sylewko of Medicine Hat and their daughter Rhonda (Gord) Nixon; Fred (Sandra) Werewka of Taber and their children Devin (Judie), Jason (Andrea), Nolan (Kristin) and Andrea (Derek) Davies; daughter Jeannie Holstine of Lethbridge and her children Melissa (Dean) Demarco, Brendan (Jessica) and Garrett as well as fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Nina Skretting of Taber and Val (Lloyd) Robinson of Medicine Hat; brothers John (Nina) Zadan of Burlington, Ontario and Nick Zadan of Lethbridge.
She was predeceased by her husband Fred; parents Ivan and Anna Zadan; grandson Jordan Holstine; great granddaughter Jenna Werewka; brothers-in-law John Badura and Reider Skretting.
Mary or “Baba” as she was affectionately known, was born in Kovalivka, Ukraine on August 20, 1926. She married Fred Werewka on May 22, 1948 in Austria. They immigrated to Canada in 1949, first working in Turin before moving to Taber where she has lived for the past sixty one years. Baba enjoyed tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She was a wonderful homemaker, always cooking and cleaning and never still. No one ever left her home with an empty stomach. She took great pride in her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they in return loved her dearly. Mary spent the last seven years in the Clearview Lodge where she made many friends and enjoyed all the activities provided there.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Mary’s name may be made directly to the Clearview Lodge, 4730 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6.
Dennis Edward Walker passed away in Taber on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the age of 57 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.
Dennis will be forever and sadly missed by his three children Kami (Doug) Ray of Medicine Hat, Devon (Karla) Walker of Cardston, Chelsey (Rick) Souther of Taber; step daughter and friend Sharon (Tracy) Moline of Grande Prairie. He was much loved by his grandchildren Regin Fode, Sharissa Schafer, Quinton Walker, Aiden Walker and Tristan and Rylan Szoradi. He is also survived by four sisters Marlene (Len) Gergely, Shirley (Jack) Harvey, Heather (Ed) Harris and Donna Bonin; three brothers Gordon Walker, Allan (Brenda) Walker, Dale Walker and by numerous nieces and nephews including his “second son”, nephew Dale Walker of Lethbridge.
He was predeceased by his father Len Walker, mother Joan Walker, brother Ken Walker, twin brother Doug Walker and a niece Karen.
The family would like to send a big thank you to heaven to Uncle Doug for all the love and care given to our dad from the time you both were born. The twins were inseparable and now they are with each other again.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dennis’ name may be made directly to the Taber Food Bank, 5512 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S4.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Stuart Williamson, beloved husband of Lori Williamson of Enchant, who passed away at home on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the age of 73 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Enchant Community Hall, Enchant on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Jeffery Frostad officiating.
Besides his wife Lori, Dave is survived by his four children Pat (Shawna) Williamson of Hythe, Lori-Ann (Derrick) Sullivan of Calgary, Ron Williamson of Stettler, Doug Williamson of Coaldale and grandchildren Justin, Hailey, Cadence, Fayt and Ronin. He is also survived by his sister Mary Gillard; four brothers Alec, Mac (Rhonda), Cecil (Vi) and Bill Williamson; sister-in-law Audrey Williamson and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Alexander & Bessie Williamson, daughter Margaret Ann Williamson, brother Ronald Williamson and brother-in-law Hugh Gillard.
Dave was born in Coronation on August 6,1937. He started working in the oil patch at the age of fourteen and never stopped. At seventy three, he still very much enjoyed working and was well known and respected in the oil industry. If there’s oil in heaven, that’s where Dave will be. He was a family man. Dave was involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren and was proud of their every accomplishment. He loved to go to their recitals, soccer games, and hockey games where you could hear the nervous jingling of the change in his pocket. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dave’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.
William “Bill” Richard Weir of Winkler, Manitoba (long time resident of Bow Island), beloved husband of Laina Weir went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 15 at the age of 66 years. He was predeceased by his first wife Bev Weir (nee Peterson) on May 21, 2004.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 - 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. A private burial to follow at the Bow Island Cemetery.
Bill is the loving father of Kristene (Norris) Hirch of Bow Island, Jerry (Bonnie) Weir of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Tammy (Koos) Wysbeek of Lethbridge and Bonnie (Andrew) Payne of Carman, Manitoba. Stepfather to Jesse (Diane) Pittsley of USA, Christa (Mark) Hansen of USA. Grandpa will be greatly missed by Melissa (Kyle) Vasselin, Mandy (Alvin) Bueckert, Matthew Hirch, Marcus Hirch, Micheal (Tammy) Weir, Amber (Rob) Parks, Alicia Fletcher, Cordell Bannerman, Brianne Weir, Austin Weir, Jackie Wysbeek, Justin Wysbeek, Bryce (Sarah) VanGaalen, Danielle (Ryan) Keith, Tiffany Payne, Hannah Payne, Chasey Pittsley, Sam Pittsley and five great grandchildren. Also left to cherish his memory are his parents Robert (Bob) and Dorothy Weir, siblings Jim (Phylis) Weir, Roy Weir and Merrilyn Strom; in-laws Helen Peterson and family, John and Ellen Hinklin and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was born on September 12, 1944 to parents Robert and Dorothy Weir. He received his schooling in Bow Island. On May 8, 1968 he married Beverley Jane Peterson of Taber. Bill worked on the oil rigs which moved the family into Saskatchewan and throughout Alberta. In the late 1960's he obtained his Pilot's License in which he enjoyed many hours of flying in his Cessna 172. In 1972 the family resided in Bow Island taking over the family farm. In 1980 Bill became partners with Gary Johnson, forming Johnson and Weir Welding and Machining in Bow Island. Fifteen years later Bill and Bev proudly established their own business, Island Sand and Gravel. After Bev’s passing, Bill married Laina Hill of Adams, Wisconsin on May 5, 2006. Soon afterwards Bill retired and they moved to Reinfeld, Manitoba and later bought a second home in Adams, Wisconsin. During these past five years Bill and Laina have enjoyed gardening, travelling and visiting family. Bill will always be remembered by his passion for Christ; his kind and gentle spirit; and his "wheeling and dealing" which evolved from his enjoyment of auction sales. Through Bill’s struggle with Parkinson’s Disease for the past nineteen years he faced many challenges but his positive attitude helped him adjust to each one without a complaint.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bill’s name may be made directly to the Evangelical Free Church, Box 8, Bow Island, Alberta T0K OGO. The proceeds will go to the drilling of water wells in Haiti, a passion of Bill’s for many years.
Harold Wolfer of Hays, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, April 15, 2011 at the age of 92 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Hays Civic Centre, Hays on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. A commital service will follow at the Hays Cemetery.
Harold is survived by his children Keith (Kathy) Wolfer, Gay Chervinski and Rodney Wolfer all of Hays; grandchildren Bryan (Marcie) Wolfer, Casey (Barry) Arnestad, Lynn (Randy) Adams, Jennifer (Spencer) Peterson, Robyn Chervinski (Clayton Saunders), Scarlet (Rob) Champagne, Riley Chervinski (Natasha Nassyrova) and Bret (Sheena) Wolfer; eleven and a half great grandchildren; one brother Allen (Pearl) Wolfer as well as his nieces, nephews, other family members and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Rose; parents Adam & Christine Wolfer; sister Marjorie McCue; brother Donald Wolfer; sister-in-law Mary Wolfer; brother-in-law Duncan McCue.
Harold, the oldest of four children, grew up in Burstal, Saskatchewan. He was an early entrepreneur and once made a skating rink and charged his friends a penny to skate on it. One time Harold road his horse from Burstal to Tilley. Harold played the saxophone in a band and this is how he met his future wife and the love of his life, Rose Leidal. He was conscripted into the army and went down east to take his training. Harold was being sent to Prince Rupert to serve, so on his leave, he and Rose were married in Medicine Hat. They settled in a small rental at Prince Rupert and in 1945 Keith James was born. After the war, their small family moved north of Alderson to the Wolfer family ranch, then later to Medicine Hat before finally settling near Hays to farm. Their daughter Gay Delaine was born in 1954 and a son Rodney Harold in 1957. In 1980, having sold the farm, Harold and Rose moved into the hamlet of Hays where they kept busy cleaning the school for many years. Harold loved sports and after he retired from playing baseball he could still be seen at the diamond with his sons, then his grandsons, enjoying the sport. Whether it be coaching, cheering or just watching, Harold was willing to drive or go along. Until Rose’s passing, Harold loved to go on gambling trips to Wendover or Las Vegas. He went every Thursday to Medicine Hat to the mall to shop, or mostly just to talk to “the old guys at the mall”. Harold loved to play cards and whenever a whist tournament was looming, he would always get everything ready and be anxiously waiting to go. He never wanted to be late, miss the morning snack at the tourney, forget to put his five dollars in for the fifty fifty tickets, or on the way home forget to tell us if we should have played a different card in hand number three, while the rest of us couldn’t remember what was played in the thirtieth hand, which was the last hand played. We also had to stop on the way home from the tournament to get ice cream cones. Harold could be tired but when his favorite people came over, his grandchildren or the home care workers, then all of a sudden he perked right up. He had many interesting stories to tell about his life and if you live for ninety two years, that is a lot of life to talk about.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Harold’s name may be made directly to the Hays Cemetery Fund, Box 22, Hays, Alberta T0K 1B0.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bertha Isobel Wiebe in Taber on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the age of 89 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Arij Langstraat officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Leaving to mourn this exceptional mother, grandmother and great grandmother are her sons Bill (Janis) Wiebe of Calgary, Ivan Wiebe of Taber and Malcolm (Valorie) Wiebe of Taber; grandchildren Lisa (Jim) Crayford and Kris (Zoltan) Nevelos of Calgary, Jason (Dawne) Wiebe and Chad (Michelle) Wiebe of Taber; her precious great grandchildren Jordan Crayford of Calgary, Josh, Madeline & Matthew Nevelos of Calgary, Logan & Gage Wiebe of Taber and Konnor & Lincoln Wiebe of Taber. Her sense of humor and infectious laugh will also be missed by her nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Bertha was predeceased by her husband Henry in 1981, grandson Bradley, her parents and by her siblings.
Bertha was the youngest of six children. She was born to Robert & Ida Finlay on July 18, 1921 in Virden, Manitoba. After growing up on the family farm, Bertha’s adventurous spirit brought her to Alberta where she met and married the love of her life, Henry Wiebe. Together they raised their three sons Bill, Ivan and Malcolm.
She was an exceptional homemaker, and loved to dance, do crossword puzzles, bowl, play crib and smear and visit with her many friends. She volunteered for many years at Taber Extended Care and was a longtime member of UCW at Knox United Church.
Mom was Ivan’s biggest fan when he played baseball and she supported her grandchildren and great grandchildren in all of their activities as well. She became a huge hockey fan and loved watching her grandsons and great grandsons play; rarely missing a game and traveling all over western Canada cheering them on. Spending time with her family was important and many trips were made to Manitoba and Calgary.
Bertha was a dynamic and independent minded woman of irrepressible spirit who always put her family's needs before her own. She was the matriarch of our family. We will miss her understanding and accepting ways and words of wisdom that we’ve all counted on throughout the years.
George Newton Warren of Grassy Lake, beloved husband of the late Vera Warren, passed away in Taber on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the age of 86 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Theodore’s Anglican Church, 5120 - 44 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Wil Stonehill officiating.
The Burial Service will be held at the Prairieview Cemetery, Grassy Lake on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:00 A.M.
George is survived by his son Verle (Anna Marie) Warren of Grassy Lake, grandson Stacey (Heather) Warren of Calgary and their children Christopher & Caitlyn and granddaughter Heather (Rod) Nielsen of Regina and her son Brantly Bose. He is also survived by his sister Mary Turnbull of Taber, sister-in-law Dora Warren of Bow Island and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Vera Warren, brother Donald Warren and brother-in-law Wallace “Buck” Turnbull.
George was born to Frank & Stella (nee Strople) Warren on August 23, 1924 in Purple Springs. In the early 1940’s, while working at the Howard Flickinger farm south of Grassy Lake, George met Vera Flickinger and they married in 1943. George continued to farm while working for Galvin’s Store in Grassy Lake and in 1973 began working for SMRID where he remained until his retirement in 1990. George enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading Louis Lamour books but most of all he loved spending time with his family and treasured get togethers for dinner. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in George’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D - 12 ‘A’ Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2J1.