Obituaries

Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.

STILL, MARIA


STILL

MARIA MARTHA STILL (OUWERKERK), age 73, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Grey Nun’s Hospital in Edmonton. She was born September 12, 1947 in Sleeuwijk, Netherlands to Bastiaan and Johanna Ouwerkerk. She married Patrick Speight on February 14, 1972. After his passing she wouldn’t remarry until July 6, 1988 to David Still.

Maria was a Health Care Aide in nursing homes, she loved to help people and bring comfort to anyone she could. She also served in the Reserves for a short while as a medic. She was a kind and gentle soul who loved her family with all that she was. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and gardening, and lived on farms most of her life. Maria loved to laugh and goof around whenever she could. She was also an amateur photographer and had a keen interest in interior design. Maria had a great love for the gospel and she was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Maria is survived by her children: Matthew Speight (Kim), Stepfanie McBride (Jared) and Lindsey Still (Tony); stepchildren: Karie Candia (Jorge), Darren Still, Tamera Grigor (Roger), Renee Cunnington (Darcy) and Misty Kearl (Mike); her 25 grandchildren; her siblings: Tony Ouwerkerk, Cor Ouwerkerk, Irene Hollander and Alice Ouwerkerk. She is predeceased by her parents; her spouses; her siblings: Bill Ouwerkerk, Anne Vanee, Tony Ouwerkerk, and Harriet Van Waardhuizen.

A Funeral Service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS on 205 Fairmont Blvd S, Lethbridge Alberta.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family prior to the service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm.  Please be aware that masks are mandatory and to follow physical distancing rules.

If you wish to attend the Service please register with Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.

For those that cannot attend a live stream will be available at the bottom of this obituary (15 minutes prior to the service).

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories 10430 61 ave NW #306, Edmonton AB, T6H 2J3

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WALBURGER, SHARLENE


WALBURGER

March 18, 1928  –  October 12, 2020

SHARLENE LASH WALBURGER, beloved wife of the late Ted Walburger, passed away on October 12, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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DORCHAK, VICTORIA


DORCHAK

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of VICTORIA (VICKI) DORCHAK of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Stewart Dorchak.  She passed peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Center with her family by her side on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 85 years of age.  Cherished mother of Ron (Debbie) Slawosky, Dan Dorchak (Brenda), Cindy (Merlyn) Howg, Brad Dorchak, Kathy Dorchak (Ken), Joel (Gwen) Dorchak and Monte (Ildiko) Dorchak, 15 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Mary Slawosky, Taletta Dorchak, Lillian Davies and Karen Dorchak.

Vicki was predeceased by her husband; Stewart, her daughter-in-law; Lynne Dorchak, her granddaughter; Heather Dorchak, her parents; Alexander and Katrina Slawosky, her brothers; George, Mike and Edward Slawosky.

Our Mom was born on May 24, 1935 and was raised in Lethbridge, AB.  She married Dad on March 20, 1954.  Together they operated a grain and cattle farm east of Enchant until moving to Lethbridge in 1990.   Mom and Dad celebrated 52 years of marriage before Dad’s passing on October 13, 2006.

Mom was a farmer, cook and canner, seamstress, pie maker and baker.  In her later years she took up golf and was known to sink some long ones.  However Mom’s greatest passion was her family and friends.  No one knew the value of self-sacrifice like Mom.  For the entirety of her life, she worked tirelessly to provide her family and friends with the best of everything.   Whether preparing a Sunday feast, a Christmas or Easter dinner, or lunches in the field, Mom poured love into her food.  Her kitchen was her sanctuary, the place she felt most proud, because she knew her meals would bring her family together.

Mom will be dearly missed by her family and friends, but the memories we have of her will last a lifetime.  Her infectious smile, peppy spirit and sincerity of heart gave us all a chance to witness what it meant to enjoy a full life.

Private Funeral Service will be held on Monday October 19, 2020 at 11:00am at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South.  With Father Derek Remus presiding.

The Service will be livestreamed by a link at the bottom of this obituary, starting around 10:45 am.

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FROMM, DENNIS

FROMM

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of DENNIS MOSES FROMM

The Man, The Myth, The Legend… on October 10th, 2020 at the age of 77.

Denny will be forever remembered by his loving wife Kay, his children, Marty (Jannie) Fromm, Brady Fromm (deceased) and Dionne (Randy) Ellingson.

He will be deeply missed by the apples of his eyes, his 9 grandchildren,

Ryan (Jessie) Fromm, Amy (Travis) Allen, Casey (Kendra) Fromm, Shelby Fromm, Paige (Cole) Nelson, Dillon (Sarah) Ellingson, Kash Ellingson, Rhett Ellingson, and Bradee Ellingson.

Along with his 14 precious great grandchildren, Jaxen, Will, Brady and Sunnie Fromm, Hudson and Harvey Allen, Stone and Ozzie Fromm, Vance, Norah, Quinn and Clay Nelson, Rowen (deceased) and Albany Ellingson.

Denny was the oldest of 12 children and will lovingly be remembered by them.  Dixie (Donny) Sudo, Vinnie (Chris) Jensen, Mona (Gordon) Powelson, Norma (Tom) Allen, Morris, Peggy (Kirk) Sorley,

Ginger (Morris) Aneca, Lloyd , Danna (deceased), Ronny (Barbara) Fromm and Kenny (Corinne) Fromm, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Denny lived his whole life in Raymond Alberta.  He started his working career as an Autobody Mechanic, Mechanic, selling farm equipment, running a skidoo dealership at Raymond Motors, then eventually built his own garage in his backyard, where he continued to work until his passing.

He was a master at his craft, He could fix absolutely anything, his hands were magic.

Denny lived a very full and adventurous life.  The Man who did it ALL, with such passion and commitment.  His accomplishments were too many to mention. One of his mottos in life was to Work Hard and Play Hard.

His life was dedicated to hard work of over 60 years.  He taught this trait by example. He exemplified perserverance, loyalty and commitment.

Denny was a friend to all, young and old.  To know him was to love him.  He had such huge impacts on individual lives, his people skills were immeasurable. His stories were mesmerizing and his wit and humor were contagious.

He was a man of great faith, who loved the Lord, with an unwavering testimony of the gospel.

Denny’s greatest accomplishments here on this earth were his family, definitely his most treasured possessions.  He loved each one of them more than life itself.  So proud of each one of them. He would get emotional every time he would talk of them.

He loved his Katie, seldom saw one without the other.  There will be a huge void in our lives as we try to adjust to his absence.  Words can’t adequately express our sorrow.

We love you Grandpa Denny!!!  You are our HERO!!

Friends may meet the family ONLY on Friday October 16, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00pm at the RAYMOND STAKE CENTER (2 North 200 West, Raymond Alberta).

Due to the covid-19 restrictions, a private Service will be held on Saturday October 17, 2020 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints RAYMOND STAKE CENTER. Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery. To view the Service online, a link will be provided at www.salmonandsons.ca on Saturday.

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VAN VLIET, BELLE


VAN VLIET
1958 – 2020

BELLE VAN VLIET passed away peacefully on Saturday October 10, 2020 after a long battle of health issues, with her loving husband Henry and good friend Joyce Klassen by her side.

Belle is survived by her husband Henry of 28 years, 3 sisters, Surinder, Satwant, and Amrit, 3 nephews, 3 nieces, and a great-niece of Modesto California, as well as 3 sister-in-law’s and their families from Henry’s side. Belle was predeceased by her mother Resham and her father Gurmel, and a brother Balwant Singh.

Belle was born on December 19, 1958 in Nadi, Fiji. She immigrated to Canada in 1976, living in Richmond BC, Calgary AB, settling in Lethbridge AB in 1978. She had a few jobs before she started her 26 year career at the AMA. After AMA she pursued a career at Lethbridge College for several years, while there she obtained her business admin and accounting diploma which she worked very hard at and took great pride in.

In spite of Belle’s many health challenges over the past 6 years she remained positive and hopeful.

Belle was such a caring person, constantly thinking of others before herself. She always asked about the well being of friends and family. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Flowers are gratefully declined, for those who wish memorial donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance, Kidney Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Diabetes Canada, all of which Belle depended on. Loving memories and words may be shared at the memorial by those who are willing.

A Funeral Service will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:00pm.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there is limited seating. Please register with Salmon and Sons if you plan on attending the Service.

 

We regret that we had technical issues with the Livestream of the service today.

  Here is a link to the recorded service.

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WEST, AUDREY


WEST

AUDREY JOANNE WEST, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend was born in 1932 at Stirling, Alberta.  She has been a resident of Southern Alberta throughout her life, moving from Stirling to Raymond as a child and finally to Lethbridge in 1966.

Audrey is survived by her children; Dixy Lee (Tofy), Kathleen (Eric), Brian (Lynn), and Michael; grandchildren, Troy, Lailee, Shawn, Clay, Jessica, Curtis, Elias, Natasha and Scott; and great grandchildren, Sidney, Bjorn, Cole, Ethan and Spencer.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Gladys and Frank Liddle, her husband, Larry West and her brother Dallas Liddle.

She was a homemaker focusing on taking care of her family and friends.  She was an avid quilter and knitter, making many beautiful quilts and knitted toques, scarves and sweaters.  Her family members were the lucky recipients and are still enjoying their gifts.  In her later years she knitted many squares for quilts for the needy and most recently baby toques for the hospital.

Audrey was a people person who loved to socialize and was a friend to many.  She had an optimism that was unbounded and was always able to see the good in others.

Audrey was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many different positions in the church over the years.  She participated in charitable works and was always available to help those in need.

Graveside Service and Dedication will take place at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond Alberta, at 2pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

“Its so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone”

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KEUJER, JOHANNA

KEUJER

JOHANNA (ANN) KEUJER beloved wife of 59 years to Gerhardus (Jerry) Keujer passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on October 10, 2020 at the age of 82.

Cherished mother of Marion (Eddy) Mulder, Anita (Steve) Primrose, Bernny (Sandi) Keujer and Trudy (Steve) Wilson.  Not only will her presence be greatly missed by her husband and children, but also her 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Ann was predeceased by her daughter Suzanne.

“Your life was love and labour,

Your love for your family true,

You did your best for all of us,

We will always remember you.

We sat beside your bedside,

Our hearts were crushed and sore,

We did our duty to the end,

‘Til we could do no more”

 

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held.

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WEBSDALE, SIDNEY


SIDNEY THOMAS WEBSDALE

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Sid Websdale on Wednesday, October 7,2020 at the age of 67.

Sid will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years. Linda and his children Lyle (Colleen), Neil (Shelley) and Crystal. He will also be fondly remembered by his seven grandchildren; Austin, Tyler, Kayden, Kiera, Hunter, Sydney and Isla, by his sister Lynette (Ken) Dean and his brother-in-law’s Leonard and Jim (Vivian) Ragan.

Sid was an avid outdoorsman at heart. He was always happy to teach and share his passion and knowledge of hunting, fishing, camping and trail riding.

He was a perfectionist which led to many successes throughout his careers, Sid’s Welding and Country Kitchen Catering. He also took special pride with his green thumb and his immaculate yard and garden.

Sid’s love for his family and friends brought him tremendous joy. He loved them unconditionally and his faith in God never waivered.

There are no words to express how deeply he will be missed every single day.

Due to the covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held.

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PLATO, LANE

PLATO

LANE ARTHUR PLATO passed away in Lethbridge, on October 7, 2020 at the age of 48 years.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

As per Lane’s request, no service will be held.

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SLAVICH, BILLIE


SLAVICH

BILLIE ANNE SLAVICH was born in Skiff, Alberta January 6, 1923.  She spent summers working in the restaurant at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton. She married Sonny in 1947. She worked for Sven Ericksens at the Marquis Hotel and the El Rancho and then finally for Sven Ericksens until she retired.

Billie will be missed by her daughter Karlyn (Jerry) Kanewischer, son Jim (Kelly) Slavich and her granddaughter Kim Magill, grandson Shelby Slavich as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, George and Lucy Perverziff, her husband Sonny, her daughter Sandra Bechtel, her brothers George, Peter, John and her sisters Helen and Marie.

Cremation has been entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.

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