Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.
JEAN “BERNICE” COLEMAN
April 20, 1923 – January 18, 2021
Bernice passed away peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the age of 97, at Good Samaritan Garden Vista, Magrath, AB.
Bernice was born in a tiny home in Magrath, Alberta, the youngest child of Charles Heber Dudley and Bernice Barton Taylor. Her father later built a large home next-door where Bernice lived for the rest of her life until moving to Good Sams three years ago.
She recalled many summers growing up spent at the family farm out by the river, riding on a horse and buggy between town and the farm. She was amazed that she lived to see all of the technological advances we have now.
From horse and buggy to the moon.
After taking an accounting course she worked for the Town of Magrath and the Magrath Irrigation District for many years.
Bernice married Blaine Anderson, and had two children Barbara and Roger. After Blaine died due to a farming accident, she married Gordon Coleman and gained two step children Jude and Jimmy.
Bernice enjoyed travelling with family and friends. Among others, Hawaii was one of her favourite places, where she spent a few months a year for several years. Many family and friends enjoyed staying with her in Hawaii when they could.
She excelled at everything she did, from cooking, keeping an immaculate home, any type of sewing handiwork, to babysitting her great-grandchildren.
But if you needed her on a Tuesday, you’d find her at the Seniors Centre quilting and visiting for hours.
Bernice knew what it meant to be a good friend, whether she’d known you for years or just met you on a bus in Hawaii, she learned everything about you and most likely found out you had a friend in common. She corresponded regularly with friends made on her travels.
Her grand and great grandchildren were her joy, she loved being in their company, and they all loved being spoiled by grandma.
Bernice had and shared a strong testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The reunion is large and wonderful this week.
The family would like to thank Charlotte Anderson, Grethe Anderson, and also the staff at Good Sams in Magrath for their wonderful care of grandma the last few years.
Bernice was predeceased by her parents, siblings, both husbands, her children Barbara and Roger, a grandson, and a few neices and nephews.
She is survived by step children, Jude (Brian) Sheer, James (Dixie) Coleman, and their children. Son in law, Marc (Barbara- deceased) Heggie, and their children- Randal Heggie, Marc Heggie, Carrie (Will) Thompson, Michael (Lisa) Heggie, Josh (Shannon) Heggie, and special great grandchildren, Corey, Abby, Nate, Madi, Owen, Johnny, Kayden, and Elle.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a Private Graveside Service will be held at the Magrath Memorial Cemetery.
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
All filled with tears for me;
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here in your heart.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, LORRAINE MARSDEN, at the age of 58. She had been surrounded by her loving and devoted family for months while she courageously battled cancer, and on the quiet morning of Saturday, January 2nd, she received her wings at 8:08am. She will always be remembered for her ability to make those around her feel loved, and for the way she could light up the room with her quirky remarks and contagious laughter.
She will be forever missed by her beloved husband of 40 years, Darren Marsden; son, Adam Marsden (Aaron Arispe); daughter, Tammy Marsden (Garrett LeGrow); mother, Lorna Deering (Larry Deering); mother-in-law, Christina Brooks (Lenny Brooks); siblings, Marilyn Komm (Garrett Komm) and Darlene MacQuarrie (Gord MacQuarrie); grandchildren, Aiden LeGrow and Emily Marsden; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and of course, her kitties. She is predeceased by her father, John Reese, nephew, Braden Klein, and countless other loved ones.
Lorraine was born on July 3rd, 1962 in Didsbury, Alberta, and in 1968 she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. There she spent the majority of her youth with her mother, father and two sisters.
She was only a teenager when she was lucky enough to fall head over heels in love with the man who would be her husband- Darren. Wasting no time, her and Darren decided to run off to try and join the army, so they could be together. When that didn’t work out, they made the decision to get married at the young age of 18, and several years after they had their two children, Adam and Tammy.
Lorraine had several jobs over the course of her life, but she had never felt so welcomed as she did at Dorren Electric. There she had spent 14 years working as the Administrative Assistant for Diane and Kerry. Even through her illness, she was continually supported and always accepted as a part of the Dorren family with open arms.
Ultimately, Lorraine’s true passion was that of the deep love she had for her family, friends and pets. Anyone lucky enough to meet her and become a part of her life, could attest to the thoughtful and sincere woman she was, and feel the deep devotion she had to make others feel appreciated and cherished. From hot gluing pompom’s together to make little reindeer to give as Christmas gifts, to bone pillows she made for the cancer center to comfort those undergoing treatments, to elaborate baby blankets and quilts she made with her husband as thoughtful keepsakes for her friends and family, or spending days upon days baking with Darren to raise money for their favorite charity, The Last Chance Cat Ranch, Lorraine always wore her heart on her sleeve; giving to others is what made her light up.
For this reason, Christmas has always been her favorite time of year. From the time she was a young child right up until she became a grandparent, she would rush into her siblings, children’s, and grandchildren’s rooms to wake them up as early as 5am, excitedly saying, “come on, get up! It’s Christmas!”. While everyone would haphazardly stumble out of their beds, still in a daze from just woken up, she would sit on the couch, gladly watching them open the many gifts she thoughtfully planned out and chose especially for each of them.
Lorraine was always the charismatic glue that made everyone come together. Whether it be having a big dinner at her house for the holidays, singing her favorite songs with her husband and grandchildren or having a small dance party in the kitchen with her family, she always thought that being surrounded by loved one’s and cherishing every moment with them, was the most important thing in life.
Lorraine’s genuine and caring nature carried through right until her final days. Even while she was undergoing treatments for cancer, she always made sure her family knew they were loved and were taken care of. From her asking nurses for warm blankets for her children and husband while they sat with her for long hours in the hospital, to her always saying “I love you” with her last ounces of strength, her beautiful soul and big heart always shone through even at the darkest of moments. That was her gift to us all, and it will continue to live on in the many lives she has touched.
At this time, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, to send donations to Lorraine’s favorite charities: The Last Chance Cat Ranch, Red Cross, or Saint Michaels Palliative Care Unit. Due to COVID-19, a formal memorial will be held at a later date.
ROBERT HASLAM, 77, passed away peacefully after a battle with ALS on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Devoted husband of 45 years to Lydia. Father to Lisa Trentham, Sarah (Kade) Holladay, Cory Pappenheim, and Steve Haslam. Grandfather to Sydney, Matthew, Brody, Ryan, Ethan, Kaylee, Morgan and Isaac.
Siblings, Kent, Patti, Bruce, Jerry, and Jay.
Born in Santa Monica, California then moved to Taber. Served three years in the U.S. military, where he served two tours in Vietnam. He graduated from Utah State University with a teaching degree and then taught math and science for 5 years in Weippe, Idaho, and for 25 years in Morrin Alberta. Bob was also a volunteer fireman in Morrin for many years. Moved to Lethbridge in 2001. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Many thanks to the ALS Clinic in Calgary and the Home care and palliative team in Lethbridge for their amazing kindness and service, along with our family and friends who have been a great support.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday January 16, 2021 at 11:00am at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME. To watch the live stream of the Service, a link will be provided below just prior to the beginning of the service.
A Visitation will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME on Friday January 15, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Due to Covid Restrictions, attendance will be limited to 10 guests at a time. Please register by calling Salmon and Sons Funeral Home. Facemasks are mandatory.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society (www.alsab.ca/donate)
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Karen Elizabeth Cook
It is with deep sadness that the family of Karen Elizabeth Cook shares her departure from this life on January 2nd, 2021 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Karen is predeceased by her father Clifford Brent Cook and her two brothers Christopher John and David Brent Cook.
She is survived by her son Antonio Prete, her mother Wendy (Broaddus) Stambaugh, and her siblings Sherri (Chris) Campbell; Kevin (Jenn) Cook; Barb (Sheridan) Smith; Tom Cook; Brian Cook and Dan (Tina) Cook.
Karen was born March 14, 1974 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
She was the fourth born of nine children.
Karen had a beautiful smile which enhanced her sweet personality. She excelled in homemaking skills, especially cooking and baking. She shared her talents with her family.
Karen also enjoyed nature so walking was part of her lifestyle.
Karen’s love for her son Antonio was unconditional. He was the joy of her life.
Karen will be missed and our love for her as a family will endure forever…
Private services will be held
It is with the deepest sorrow that the family of Deborah Jean Edmonds announces her passing on December 30, 2020, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Deb left this world surrounded by her loving husband and children, at the age of 66 years.
Deb was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan on January 19, 1954. She was the third of five children born to Lorna Jean Rolston. Deb spent her childhood days on the family farm just outside of Kerrobert. She graduated from the Kerrobert High School in 1972 and married the love of her life, Ian Miles Edmonds, in August of that same year. Ian and Deb spent the remainder of her days together, welcoming their first of four children, Tamaris Dawn Edmonds, in February of 1978 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Robert Ian Edmonds was welcomed to the family in December of 1979. After a move to Brooks, Alberta, Deb and Ian welcomed their third child, Kimberley Jean Edmonds. Devery Mitchell Edmonds completed their beautiful family in October of 1991. The family later relocated to Strathmore, Alberta in 1997. Deb made her final move with her family to Lethbridge in 1999.
Deb was passionate about children. She spent her days in Brooks running a dayhome where many children were fortunate enough to receive her care. After the family moved to Lethbridge she worked in the out of school program, “It’s a BLAST”. During her time at BLAST she made many lasting friendships that she valued deeply.
Deb’s whole world was her family. She was the biggest supporter of her children’s sports and activities and could always be found in an arena watching her boys play their favorite sport, hockey, or supporting her girls in figure skating. It was through the many days spent in the rink that she created numerous friendships with her fellow “hockey moms”.
Upon the arrival of her grandchildren, Bronwyn Jean, Isabelle Sandra, and Jack Robert, she then took on the role of the most supportive grandma in the crowd. Her and Ian traveled all over the province to catch cheer competitions, dance competitions and recitals, hockey games, and music recitals. Deb was so proud of her grandchildren and took any opportunity that she could to share her praise with anyone who would listen. She was very much looking forward to the arrival of a fourth grandchild, who is set to arrive in June of 2021 to Devery and his wife, Kristin.
Over the years Deb was faced with many challenges. She always approached each new challenge with determination and perseverance. She was a fighter till the end.
Deb is survived by her loving husband, Ian. In their fifty years together he was by her side for every adventure, every challenge and every happy memory. This last August they celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary together. She is also survived by her children, Tam and her spouse, Tim who reside in Australia, Rob and his spouse Courtney, along with their children Izzie and Jack, Kim and her daughter, Bronwyn, and Devery and his spouse, Kristin. Also mourning her passing are her brothers Bob (Robin) Rolston, Jim (Elaine) Rolston, and Rick Rolston, as well as her mother Lorna Rolston, Ian’s extended family and many nieces and nephews. Deb was predeceased by her sister, Dawn.
Deb was fiercely loved by all who knew her and will be terribly missed by her family and friends. She was the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.
A Private Service will be held.
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NORMAN ALFRED GOSLING passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Jolene Shipley Gosling, and by their 4 daughters, Karen (Terrence) Motiuk, Maureen (Harley) Koch, Shelley (Stephen) Kendrick and Julie (Marco) Ouellet, 15 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 1 expected in March.
He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Gosling. He is predeceased by his father Alfred Gosling and mother Winnifred Battle Gosling. Norm was born on June 1, 1938 in Calgary, AB and was the oldest of 2 children. He attended King George Elementary School and Crescent Heights High School in Calgary where he developed many life-long friendships. It was through one of his close friends, that he met and married Jolene, his wife of 59 years.
He worked for General Electric in Calgary until he was transferred with his family to Toronto, Ontario where he worked for Wyant & Co. for 21 years. Norm and Jolene moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1989 where he was employed with Turnmore Sanitation and then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until his retirement. Norm and Jolene then served a church service mission in Lethbridge at the Church employment office, and later as temple workers in the Cardston Temple.
Norm had a great love for trains and looked forward in his youth to his yearly family vacations on the train to the west coast. He also had a great love for baseball and was a devoted Toronto Blue Jays fan. He enjoyed travelling with his family visiting many sites around the world. He has made many cherished memories with his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
A family graveside service and burial will take place in Glenwood, AB.
Ethan Garrett Kamphuis
September 27, 2002 – December 15, 2020
Survived by his mother, Denise Kamphuis and father, Brad Kamphuis (Cindy), brothers, Nicholas Brander (Melissa), Connor Kamphuis (Brittany Theissen), Simon and Elijah Kamphuis and sister Alexandria Kamphuis (Auryn Barnes). Also his uncle Derek Lewicki, his aunt Theresa Sterling and cousins, Shelbi Kamphuis, Bailey Fitch, Kassidy Gouw, and MacKenzie Lewicki.
A Private Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday December 19, 2020.
Jolayne Dahl Harrison
Born in Raymond on May 26, 1930
Passed away in Lethbridge on December 11, 2020
Mom has left this world for a joyful reunion in the spirit world with so many family members and friends! We know Merlin was waiting for her with open arms. How she has missed him!
Mom loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed studying the scriptures. Knowing she has a Savior who loves her was a gift she held on to her whole life. She would tell us that she knew God had a plan for her and for all of his children. She put her trust in him.
The legacy of love, kindness and testimony that she leaves behind will be something her family will always cherish.
Her grandchildren had a very special bond with their grandma.
McKinnley, Landen, Taron, Aubrey, Justin, Ashley, Alyssa, Kelsi, Ali-Jo, Jade, Whitney, Torri and Adrien.
Sweet great grandchildren and great greats also loved their great grandma Harrison and she adored them.
Mom grew up in Raymond with her six siblings. She is survived by her sister Myra Humphreys of Cardston and her brother Bob (Marg) Dahl of Osoyoos.
She served a mission in Tennessee for the church in the 1950’s. Later she met dad in Ontario and they married in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They lived an airforce life for 20 years, stationed in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Cold Lake, retiring in Magrath in 1976. They met so many wonderful life-long friends along the way. In Magrath Mom worked in the Pharmacy and in the Post Office, later becoming the Post Mistress.
We are proud of the life our mom has lived. She and dad taught us to love God and trust in the Savior. They taught service by example and how to love with more than just words.
God be thanked for the incredible gift of this rare gem we called mother. She was just the right one for us!
DeNai (Lance) Harker
Jeri (Jerry) Prince
Shauna (Roger) Davies
Krisann (Darren) Harrison Wilkins
A Private Graveside Service was held on Tuesday December 15, 2020 at the Magrath Memorial Cemetery.
RUSSELL HERBERT MUMMERY
Russell H. Mummery passed away peacefully on December 4, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 88.
Russell (Russ)(Rusty), our Dad, was born in Brandon, MB, the youngest of 9 children, to Russell Sr. and Winnifred Mummery (Huntley) who raised their family in Minnedosa. Dad married Mom, Ruth (Roach) in 1952 and together they raised their 3 children in the Brandon area before returning to Minnedosa in 1988. Dad and Mom moved to Lethbridge AB in 2001 to be closer to their daughters Valerie and Susan.
Even as a young lad Dad was entrepreneurial minded, delivering groceries around town with his beloved Shetland cart ponies Babe and Enid. He could often be found in winter on the ice honing his hockey skills. Dad played competitively for the Brandon Junior Wheat Kings and billeted players from the Wheat Kings in later years.
The Mummery family were railroaders, with Russell Sr., Dad and his brothers, several nephews and son Brad all working for CP Rail. He started out as a fireman shovelling coal on one of the last steam engines in the Brandon district. He then trained as a machinist. Dad left the railroad for a time but later returned as a brakeman; retiring as an engineer in 1991.
Many will remember Dad from his work as an award-winning meat cutter at brother Bob’s Victoria IGA in Brandon. It was mesmerizing to watch him make his signature beef sausages which were very popular with East enders.
As a capable jack of all trades, Dad was able to find satisfaction in numerous endeavors. He and his brothers built a house for his parents which stands today on Douglas Street in Brandon. Dad was always doing some kind of DIY in his younger years whether it was in wood working, building, or whatever he turned his hand to. He raised cattle and hogs with brother Bob. He obtained his private pilot license in the 1960s, fulfilling a long held personal dream.
An avid outdoorsman, Dad enjoyed duck and goose hunting, but fishing was his passion. He spent countless hours on Manitoba lakes and rivers; often travelling north with buddies for week long excursions complete with shore lunches a la ‘chef’ Mummery. He had a cabin at MB Lake of the Prairies in later years and welcomed one and all to join him out in the boat. He proudly achieved Expert Master Angler status in Manitoba, earning a Silver Badge for having caught five species of trophy fish.
He loved to read, play cards, golf, bowl, puzzles of all kinds and took pleasure in the simple things in life.
Dad was community minded; always there to lend a hand to friends and family. He loved Minnedosa and enjoyed volunteering with the local Ducks Unlimited and the 100th Anniversary homecoming celebration in 1983. For many years Dad was a dedicated blood donor and was honored with an award from the Lieutenant governor for giving over 50 times.
Dad’s greatest joy was spending time with Mom, their 3 children, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along with his large extended family and many friends.
Dad was predeceased by his parents and siblings Miriam, Noreen, Phyllis, Melville, and Marjorie, and several nieces and nephews.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years Ruth (Roach), daughters Valerie Exner (Ainslie, Leven), Susan Zubach (Michael, Devon) and son Bradley (David, Melissa, Morgan, Aura, Roya) and by surviving brothers Wesley, Garnet and Robert (Helen), many friends and extended family.
There will be no funeral service at this time; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to The Salvation Army Brandon Corps (https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/donate-online/), (1-800-Sal-Army (725-2769), or the MB Alzheimer’s Association (https://alzheimer.mb.ca/you-can-help/donate/), (204-943-6622 or toll-free in Manitoba at 1-800-378-6699).
Elsa Maria Theresia Schmidt (née Zieher) passed away peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario, in the loving care of her daughter Angela and family, on Thursday, November 20, 2020, at the age of 92.
Elsa is predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Albert (2010), her sisters and in-laws Hilde and (Franz) Haid; Emma and (Sep) Straub of Germany; and Franz Glück of South Africa. She is survived by her daughter Angela (Kenn) Rodzinyak, sons Karl (Jenny), Roland (Elaine), and Lothar, her 6 granddaughters Kristyn, Daphne, Celina, Jordyn, Mackenzie, and Hannah, as well as 5 nieces, 2 nephews, several great-nieces and nephews in Germany and sister-in-law Herta Glück (née Schmidt) in South Africa.
Born in Ochsenhausen, Germany on August 5, 1928 to Karl Konrad and Franziska (Rapp) Zieher. Elsa grew up with her parents and younger sisters in the nearby village of Äpfingen. Her aspirations to become a teacher were discouraged so she trained as a shopkeeper. Subsequently, she worked at the KaVo dental factory in nearby Biberach, where she met the love of her life, Albert. Albert immigrated to Milk River, Alberta in 1958 to join his extended the family the Stickle clan. Enticed by many love letters and a desire for adventure she joined him in 1960. They married on August 3 of that year. They relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1963 with their young daughter.
Elsa worked briefly at a local drycleaner in Lethbridge but decided to dedicate herself full-time to raising the children and managing the household. She loved God and rarely missed attending mass first at St. Basil’s and then Assumption Parish. She enjoyed learning new things and could often be found taking notes and looking up new words or topics in the dictionary or encyclopaedia, all while running a tight ship at home. The house was typically spotless, and all clothes, linens, and towels meticulously pressed. In the summer months, when not tending to the yard and garden, she enjoyed walking or riding her bike around Henderson Lake. Her carefully manicured flowerbeds (especially the rose bushes) and the vegetable garden were the talk of the neighbourhood. She will also be fondly remembered for her excellence in the kitchen, where she made hearty German specialties like Rouladen and Spätzle from scratch, and baked mouth-watering German treats, including a variety of cookies, pastries, tortes, and “Kuchen”. Her Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which she prepared with great care for special occasions, was especially popular with friends and family.
Above all else, Elsa loved her family and always supported them and encouraged them to do their best and do good by others. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and caring Oma, whose kind and gentle demeanor, wonderful smile, and subtle sense of humour could brighten anyone’s day. Everyone who met her liked her, and she will be dearly missed.
The family especially extends their gratitude to Crestie Tamayo and Leister Jane Defensor for their gentle care that allowed them to keep Elsa at home. Special thanks to the Personal Support Workers, the staff at Eastern Ottawa Resource Center Adult Day Program, staff at Carefor’s Perley Rideau Day Program and Guest House and all those who generously gave their time and love to Elsa.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a Private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 10:00am at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South, Lethbridge. The Service will be livestreamed at the bottom of this obituary.