Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.
JOHN MICHAEL CHAN, a former high school teacher, entrepreneur, artist, and resident of Lethbridge, AB passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2020 at the age of 72.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Chan (nee Lee); their children, Rylan (Molly) Chan, Jasmine (Wayne) Burton, and Jade (Michael) Goodman and 14 grandchildren; his sister Linda (Don) Lu, Steven Chan, and Lisa Chan and was loved by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Lili Chan, and baby sister Chan.
John was born in Canton, China on May 27, 1948. At the age of 8, he immigrated to Canada on his own, to live with his grandfather in Medicine Hat. He attended university at Oregon State University but eventually moved to Lethbridge where he continued his studies. It was at this time that he met his eternal sweetheart Judy. After a very short engagement, they were married in July 1972. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. John taught high school sciences, art, and math and coached volleyball in Manyberries, Bow Island and Raymond High School. “Mr. Chan” was well known for being a great educator and received recognition from Brigham Young University from his many former students – many who have attested how well he prepared them for secondary education and more importantly, life in general. In 1978, after 20 years of separation, John was able to sponsor his family over from China.
As an entrepreneur, John and Judy started multiple businesses including Rainbow Tees, Just Tees’n, The Panda Restaurant, Season’s Restaurant, The Rib Cage, Chopstix, and Subway. John was also a very talented artist. He worked with charcoal, watercolors and specialized in pointillism. Some of his best known works are his pointillism art of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temples and the Christus.
He loved food and family. John was known for cooking many Chinese meals and inviting friends and family over to share in his delicious dinners. He was quick to greet you with a friendly, “hello” and was often very self-deprecating with his Chinese accent when speaking English. He loved taking pictures of his food almost as much as he loved eating good food. He loved family history and tracing his ancestry back to the early dynasties in China.
John was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served in many leadership capacities including two missions with Judy to Hong Kong and New Brunswick.
Viewing will take place on Tuesday, November 24 from 7:00-8:00pm at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME. Friends can also meet the family prior to the Funeral Service on November 25, 2020 from 10:00-10:45am at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS located at 2213 – 6 ‘A’ Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB. Please wait in your vehicle for a staff member to bring you inside, and please wear a mask.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held.
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STARTING AT 10:30AM ON WEDNESDAY NOV, 25, 2020
(SERVICE STARTS AT 11:00AM)
MINEO MATSUDA passed away in Lethbridge on November 18, 2020 at the age of 94 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.
WATERS, SYBIL PAULINE
February 10, 1934 – November 17, 2020
It is with profound sadness that the family of Mrs. Sybil Waters; our beloved mum, grandma & G.G. announce her passing on November 17, 2020 at the age of 86 years.
Sybil is predeceased by her husband Lieutenant Guy Howard Waters – British Army.
Sybil is survived by her daughter Caroline (Ed) Martin and son Tim (Bev) Waters. Sybil is also survived by her grandchildren Victoria (Tyler) Perry, Matthew (Jenna) Waters, Amédée Waters, Madeleine Waters and her great-grandchildren Ben Perry and Amelia Waters as well as her sister Betty Creer (UK) and her dearest lifelong friend Ivy Dickinson (UK).
A private service will be held at a later date.
~ Free as a very beautiful butterfly returning home to God ~
David Lamonte Bennett
September 13, 1946 – November 3, 2020
David Lamonte Bennett, beloved husband of Celia Bennett (deceased) passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
David is survived by his five children, David Bennett Jr. of Langdon, Jonathan (Sheena) Bennett of Lethbridge, Penelope (Brian) Dosenberger of Medicine Hat, Samuel (Elissa) Bennett of Taber and Amanda Behttps://youtu.be/UJ0bOuwpNBMnnett (Justin Quintin) of Picture Butte as well as many grandchildren.
David was born to Ray (deceased) & Dorothy (deceased) Bennett in Taber, AB on September 13th, 1946. David had a passion for aviation, firearms and the outdoors and served for many years in the scouting program. He owned his own welding business for many years and most recently was a ditch rider/welder for the Taber Irrigation District. David was a kind hearted man that was always looking for ways to help other people in any way that he could.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday November 14th, 2020 at 11:00am at the Taber Stake Centre by invitation only. There will be a live stream available at the bottom of this obituary, for those wishing to watch the service. Burial will follow the service at the Taber Cemetery.
Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday November 13th, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Taber Stake Centre. Please stay in your vehicle until asked to enter the building and bring a mask.
YOSHIO TAGUCHI passed in away Lethbridge on Thursday November 5, 2020 at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by his wife Aiko in 1990.
Yoshio is survived by his brothers; Noris Taguchi (Sachiko) and Kenneth Taguchi (Maureen -deceased); Four sisters; Joyce Saruwatari (Tosh – deceased), Kazuko Takaguchi (Yoshifumi -deceased), Keiko Tsukishima (Tom -deceased) and Chiyeko Robinson (Charles Price).
Yoshio was predeceased by his sister Tayeko (Mas Terakita -deceased)
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
RENE RICHARD HILAIRE JOSEPH NICOLAS, cherished father, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully at St. Michaels palliative care unit on October 28, 2020 at the age of 69.
Richard will be remembered and missed by his children Kelly Sokolowski, Kim Nicolas, and Chris Nicolas; his son in law Chris Sokolowski; grandchildren Dillan Sokolowski, Mackenzie Sokolowski, and Desiree Day; his siblings, nieces and nephews; and many others.
He was 1 of 8 children and was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1950. His lifelong career as a building inspector culminated in owning his own business. His awards and achievements are astonishing and always proved to his children and grandchildren that you can become successful even when you’ve started with nothing.
Due to Covid restrictions a private family service will be held on Tuesday November 3rd, 2020.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations are sent to Cerebral Palsy Alberta and the Canadian Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.ca/en/donate/?region=ab&s_srx=cancer.ca-navbar-en
May 25, 1979 – October 27, 2020
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday October 31, 2020 at 1:30pm.
For those who wish to view the Service, a livestream will be set up at the bottom of this page 30 minutes prior to the service.
MARGARET KLASSEN (nee Neufeld)
1923 – 2020
MARGARET KLASSEN of Coaldale, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 28, 2020, at the age of 97.
Born to Aron and Anna Neufeld in Hierschau, Russia on February 23, 1923, Margaret came to Canada with her mother and siblings in 1948. They first settled in Rosemary, AB where she married Kornelius Klassen on June 18, 1950. Later they moved to Coaldale, AB where she resided until her passing.
Margaret was a very strong-willed, hard working woman. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially the grand-children and great grand-children. She always made certain that no one left her house hungry. She loved playing dominoes (especially if she was winning) and working in her garden (whom she shared with everyone that came to see her). She will be truly missed, leaving a great legacy to follow.
Margaret is survived by her two sons Frank Klassen, Coaldale, AB and Heinz Klassen (Amber Langworthy), Coaldale, AB and daughter Elsie Anctil (Mike Axworthy) Red Deer, AB; her grand-children, Bryan Klassen (Tannis), Jeffrey Klassen (Danny Ross), Travis Klassen (Kymberli), Shaun Klassen (Christine), Brady Klassen (Marisa Sekura), Dillon Klassen, Amber Anctil (Cody Ferguson), Lindsay Crabb (Mark) and Aaron Anctil; her great grand-children Isla Klassen, Penelope (Penny) Klassen, Tytan Klassen, Zane Klassen, Olivia Klassen, Jack Klassen, Mackenzie Sekura, Cody Klassen, Aidan Ferguson, Noah Ferguson, Kashtyn Ferguson, Lilliana Crabb, Briella Crabb, Rylan Crabb, Houston Hanna and Presley Hanna; her extended family Myrna Allert, Corrine Klassen, Ted Anctil, Candace Langworthy, Jett Burt and Abigail Burt. She is also survived by one brother Peter Neufeld (Barb), sister-in-law Loni Neufeld and brother-in-law Henry Dyck; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband Kornelius, parents Aron and Anna Neufeld, brothers Aaron Neufeld, Kornelius Neufeld, George Neufeld, Johann Neufeld, and John Neufeld; sisters Hilda Willms, Erna Neufeld, Katharina (Kathy) Dyck, Rosa Neufeld, Frieda Dyck and Erika Blank.
We would like to thank the incredible staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their dedication and expertise to their work. We would like to add a special thanks to Andrew…you were on our Mother’s Care Team at the end of her life. We are so grateful for your compassion and kindness at such a difficult time for our 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, memorial donations may be made to MCC Alberta 210-2946 32 St NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7 (403) 275-6935.
COLIN ARGYLE THOMSON, retired University of Lethbridge Professor, author, beloved husband of Eleanor Mae Thomson, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s palliative care Health Centre on October 20th, 2020 at the age of 88.
The Family are planning a celebration of life to be held in the Spring of 2021.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to the University of Lethbridge SOS Graduate Scholarship fund, (https://www.uleth.ca/giving/ supporting-our-students).
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RALPH LESLIE PRICE, beloved husband of Marilyn Holt Price, on Saturday October 17, 2020.
Ralph leaves to mourn his beloved children, Trevor (Mary Allred), Jessie (Pat) Selk, Brock (Natasha) Price and Renee (Matt) Brandley. He will also be deeply missed by his much loved step-children, Travis Cooper, Melissa (Ben) Whitman, Chris (Erin) Cooper and Judy (Lee) Oler. Ralph has twenty grandchildren, who adore him and will miss him greatly, Hadley, Rawley, Emmy and Addy Selk, Everett, Riley, and Marcus Price, Jonas, Gibson, August, and Felix Brandley, Sydney, Levi and Asa Whitman, Ryder, Finn and Payson Cooper and Blaise, Gage and Kannon Oler. Ralph also leaves behind his three remaining siblings, Glenda (Barry) Tripp, Vern (Catharine) Price and Ken (Debbie) Price and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Leslie and Hazel Price, his siblings Maurita Tripp, Mary Dolder, Alva Brown and Glen Price.
Ralph and Marilyn were married and blended their families in 1995. They cherished their years together, especially enjoying travelling with family and friends. The 25 years they spent together were some of the happiest of his life. Ralph enjoyed his many years working in the accounting profession. He started his own accounting practice in the late 1990s and later partnered with Jason Comin to create Price and Comin LLP. He loved to golf with friends in Cardston, and his greatest joy was watching Collegiate sports, particularly BYU football. For the last three years Ralph had the satisfaction of serving on the Raymond Town Council. Ralph always put everyone before himself, and was a faithful and active member of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. (6007 1a St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G5)
Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday October 23, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, (200 North, 260 East, Raymond Alberta). Mandatory masks and other Covid-19 precautions will be in place.
A Private Family Service will be held on October 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The service will be available the view via Livestream at the bottom of this obituary starting at approx 11:45 am on Saturday October 24, 2020.