1921 - 2008
MRS. ELEANOR ELIZABETH BECHDHOLT, beloved wife of the late Mr. Carl Bechdholt, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Extendicare Nursing Home on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the age of 87 years.
She is survived by her children; Graham (Coral) Bechdholt of Calgary, Charlene (Dallas) Nesbit of Lethbridge, David Bechdholt (Danni McKenzie) of Lethbridge and Paul Bechdholt (Mary Lynne Cheney) of Kelowna, B.C., 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Flossie Ann Lycett, Ron Guy and Alf Guy.
Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Carl Bechdholt, parents Henry and Winnifred Guy, sisters Jen Harris and Edna Page and brothers Thomas Guy and Absolum Guy.
Dad and Mom met at a dance. That momentous day, Dad asked Mom if he could walk her home. She said she brought her bike. He said he could push it home for her. That was the beginning of a romance that would last 57 years. Mom was an English War Bride who came to Canada in July 1948 on the Aquitania. She married Carl on August 1, 1948. In 1998, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A romance that lasted until Dad died in December 2004. They held hands until he passed away.
Eleanor was born in Coventry, England on January 29, 1921. She worked as a domestic in Birmingham, England for many years for the Mallett family. They loved her like a daughter. Mr. Mallett offered to pay for Eleanor’s way back home if things did not work out with her Canadian husband. It was a culture shock to come to Canada, but Eleanor was a strong, determined woman who put her mind to making a life with her new husband.
Mom was a housewife and a stay at home mother. Her greatest pride and joy were her 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She missed her English home and family and after 18 years of marriage she finally returned home for a visit. She was fortunate to return home at least 5 more times. The last time she returned home was when she was 85 years old with her daughter.
Eleanor was a member of the Alberta War Brides Association. She loved getting together with the girls, talking about home and the social events the AWB offered. Mom enjoyed bowling, dancing, playing canasta, getting her hair done, shopping, Christmas and interacting with people. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
WALTER BRUNNER, beloved husband of Elsie Brunner of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the age of 82 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Karen Cowie of Lethbridge and four grandchildren, Christina Kaye, Aaron Kaye, Amanda Cowie and Kurtis Cowie.
He was predeceased by his daughter Lori Mae Kaye.
Walter served for the Canadian Army in World War II from June, 1942 – May, 1946. He was proud to serve for Canada in the cause of freedom for the Liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. He began his career at CP Rail as a wiper in 1942 and retired as an engineer in 1986. In his years of retirement he enjoyed camping, fishing and fly tying, golfing and building birdhouses.
His family is grateful for the exceptional loving care he received in his passing from the nursing staff on Ward 4B at the Chinook Regional Hospital.
As Walter wished, no Funeral Service will be held.
If friends so desire donations may be made to the Stars Foundation, 416 – 10 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2C7.
MARY-JANE MAY BLOCK (nee Rose) of Milk River, passed away with family at her side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at the age of 78 years.
Left to cherish her precious memory are; her beloved husband of 52 years, Henry, daughters Deborah (Scott) Dalton and Gwen (Rick) Chamberlain, 3 grandchildren, Erin, Ryan (Lindsey) and Taylor, her special sister Mickey and brothers Don, Bill (Cheryl) and Monte as well as a multitude of nieces & nephews; her “hoodlums”.
She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Louella Rose and two sisters Shirley and Helen.
Until their move to Milk River in 2006, Mary and Henry had lived in Arrowwood for 42 years. During their time there, Mary was instrumental in the opening of the community library where she spent countless hours among her books. She was the first Librarian and the town of Arrowwood recognized her contributions by rededicating the library to her. The Mary Block Library is a tribute to her ongoing legacy and love of books.
Mary was a special lady who was never aware of how much she truly touched those around her. To know her was to love her and her passing will leave an empty space in the hearts of many.
Receiving of Friends will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
A Memorial Service will be held at the ARROWWOOD COMMUNITY HALL on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with lunch to follow.
If friends so desire, donations can be made in Mary’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 or to The Mary Block Library, P.O. Box 88, Arrowwood, Alberta T0L 0B0.
1952 - 2008
MR. GERALD BEAULIEU, beloved husband of Mrs. Betty Beaulieu of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the age of 55 years.
Besides his loving wife Betty he is survived by two daughters Chantele and Tammy Beaulieu, two step-sons Chet and Jeremy Friesen and one step-daughter Ashley Friesen and he helped raise J.J. and Marc who were like sons to him. He is also survived by a granddaughter Twilla and grandson Harley, four sisters of Quebec, numerous nieces and nephews and great friends Johanna Dekens and Anna Slomp.
He was predeceased by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Gerry was born May 31, 1952. He was married to Betty on December 17, 2001 and enjoyed six wonderful years together.
If you got to know Gerry, he was a guy who would like to sit and visit. He was known for always cracking jokes and being the life of the party. He was also known for helping others in need. Gerry was a great friend to many and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial Services will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend John Huizinga officiating.
1924 - 2008
MR. JAMES P. “JIM” BLACKMER, beloved husband of Mrs. Thelma Blackmer of Milk River, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at the age of 83 years.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children; Raymond (Joyce) Blackmer of Milk River, Linda (David) Belisle of Lethbridge, Peggy (Randy) Plomp of Calgary, Dave (Denise) Blackmer of Coutts, Tom (Linda) Blackmer of Medicine Hat, Kim (Rob) St Peter of Medicine Hat and Mike (Noreen) Blackmer of Coutts, 23 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son James R. in 1987, parents Russel and Maude and grandchildren Paul Blackmer and Kevin Belisle.
James was born March 15, 1924 on the family farm. He was raised and educated in Southern Alberta. He met Thelma Harris and they were married October 10, 1942 and together they farmed east of Coutts and raised their family of 8. James was proud to be involved as a County Reeve and served on Southern boards. He was actively involved in the community. He was a charter member of the K of C. Jim will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River, on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
A Memorial Mass will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milk River on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:00 P.M.
A private family interment will follow the luncheon.
In memory of James, donations may be made to the Milk River Golf Course, 202 – 1st Avenue South, Milk River, AB, T0K 1M0 or to the Coutts Cemetery Fund, c/o Village of Coutts, 105 Centre Avenue, Coutts, AB, T0K 0N0.
1914 - 2008
MRS. ANNE BOLOKOSKI (nee Skuban), beloved wife of the late Mr. John Bolokoski of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre with her family by her side on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the age of 93 years.
Anne was born on a farm near Arena, Saskatchewan on August 11, 1914. After the passing of her father, she went to work as a young girl at the age of 14. After a couple of years housekeeping, she moved to Lethbridge and met her husband John Bolokoski in 1934. They married in October of 1936 and moved to the farm in Warner in March of 1943 where they farmed until the sudden passing of John in January, 1977. Anne moved into Warner and lived there until January 1998. She then lived at the Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River and has spent the last five years at the Edith Cavell Care Centre. While living on the farm, Anne belonged to Royal Purple, Lionettes and the East Neighbourhood Club. Anne and John enjoyed farm life as well as fishing, playing cards, bowling and dancing. She also liked to sew, knit, crochet and needlepoint. Anne’s family meant everything to her and she was a proud grandmother and great grandmother.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children; Beverley (Richard) Dunn, Bryan (Elaine) Bolokoski and Truus Bolokoski, grandchildren; Glenn Selk, Kelly Stubbert and Lori Glass of Grande Prairie and Kim (Marion) Selk of Lethbridge. Trent (Cyndi) Bolokoski of Warner and Jill (Jeff) Rowden of Prince Albert, SK, Drew Bolokoski of Osoyoos, B.C. and Dee Bolokoski of Lethbridge, great grandchildren; Jonathan, David and Tyler Anne Bolokoski of Warner, Alexi and Mason Rowden of Prince Albert, SK, Justin Selk of Lethbridge and Brooke Stubbert of Grande Prairie, sisters Mabel (Melford) Korsberg of Lethbridge and Elsie Nygaard of Brooks, AB, sisters-in-law Mary Skuban of Brooks, AB and Margaret Skuban of Medicine Hat, AB as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Anne was predeceased by her loving husband John in January, 1977 and her beloved son Marvin in March , 1998.
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, February 1, 2008 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Cathy Coates officiating.
Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
1926 - 2007
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mom, grandmother and great grandmother MRS. MARY ANN BRECKA. Mary passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Brentwood Nursing Home, Calgary on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at the age of 81 years.
Mary is survived by her daughter Karen (Vic) Willms of Calgary, granddaughters Delanie (Stefan) Cerkvenac and Raelene (Damon) Formos and two beautiful twin grandsons Karsten and Keagen all of Calgary. She is also survived by her son Wally Brecka, sisters Olga Kleist of Picture Butte and Emily Bilcik of Lethbridge, brother Charlie (Valane) Chervenka of Iron Springs area, brothers-in-law Frank (Marie) Brecka of Lethbridge and Henry (Lydia) Brecka of Taber as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Charlie Brecka on April 22, 1999, parents Walter and Mary Chervenka and brothers Joe and Stanley.
Mary was born September 8, 1926 in Ivanicze Volin, Poland and came to Canada with her family at an early age. She met and married Charlie Brecka on January 10, 1952. Together they farmed in the Readymade area. Mary was an excellent homemaker who also loved to cook. Her favourite pastime was dancing. She was a generous and good natured wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed by her family.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 2:00 P.M.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Southern Alberta Epilepsy Association, Sandman Inn Plaza, 447 ‘A’ Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3L8.
MR. WILLIAM “BILL” ALEXANDER BEATTIE, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at the age of 66 years. Billy was born on February 19, 1941 in Aylmer, Quebec.
Billy is survived by his loving wife Gail; his children Garry (Mary-Lyn), Glenn (Amy), Cindy (Dan) Poaps and Trevor; foster children Dawn Moore and Bobby Berkley. He will be missed by his grandchildren Anthony, Chad, and Ryan Beattie as well as Candace and Steven Poaps.
Billy is also survived by his siblings Anne (Royal) Either, Sandra Norris (Kevin-deceased), Shirley (Fred) Anderson, Donna (Mike) Moore, Raymond Beattie (Darlene deceased), Norman (Ann), Dorothy (Alan) Britton.
Billy was predeceased by his parents William and Evelyn Beattie and sister Jeanette Chartrand (Zenon).
Billy lived in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta. He spent a good portion of his work career as a long distance truck driver. Billy retired a few years ago and last year, moved back to Alberta to help his son with his business. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1490.
He will be missed by all.
Prayers of Parastasis and a Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive, South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Mark Bayrock Officiating.
In Memory of Billy, Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
1912 - 2007
MRS. NETTIE BANNINK, passed away at the Lethbridge Extendicare on Saturday, December 8th, 2007 at the age of 95 years.
Nettie is survived by her children Betty Mae (Gordon) Stewart, Doug (Dona) Bannink and Donald (Marilyn) Bannink; sons-in-law Andy (Louise) Veres and Gene Keller; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Nettie was predeceased by her husband Everett Bannink, daughter Jean Veres and Linda Keller, 2 grandchildren Judy Veres and Debbie Bannink, her parents and her siblings Inga (Mifflin), Albert, Herman, Teddy, Anton, Annie and Oscar Anderson.
Nettie was born on February 6, 1912 in Lethbridge, one of nine children born to Walter and Annie Anderson. She received her education at Finley School until she was needed to work on her family’s threshing crew cook-car at age 14. Throughout her life, Nettie would be known for her generous spirit, sense of humor, work ethic and incredible cooking. In 1932 Nettie married Everett Bannink, a love affair that lasted 56 years. They resided and raised their family on the original homestead of Everett’s family farm outside of Monarch. Nettie and Everett were often the life (and host) of the party and understood what it meant to have fun! Laughter, dance music and the shuffling of cards were familiar sounds at their front door for long-time friends or first-time acquaintances. She was always a loving supporter of family and special occasions. Up until her last year, an event wasn’t complete unless Nettie was present. In 1958 Nettie and good friend Ethel Beveridge founded the Monarch Beavers Club. For nearly 25 years the club would raise funds through the hosting of community events for distribution to local area charities. Nettie was also a long-time member of the Monarch Reformed Church Ladies Aid group. In 1966 Nettie and Everett retired to Cranbrook, B.C. making many new friends throughout the years. Following Everett’s death in 1989, Nettie returned to Lethbridge where she lived until her passing.
A Memorial Service will be held at FIRST UNITED CHURCH, 502 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nettie’s name to the Lethbridge Extendicare, 1821 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2V4 or a charity of your choice.
MR. CARL BABICK, beloved husband of the late Lucille Babick, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at the age of 82 years.
He is survived by his children Lorne Babick of Lethbridge and Lorraine Babick of Red Deer, grandchildren Russell (Astrid) Weninger of Edmonton, Stephan (Andrea) Weninger of Red Deer and Marie (Paul) Henderson of Calgary and great grandchildren Allison, Haley and Ethan of Red Deer. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Alice Brietzke of Linden and former son-in-law Bernie Weninger of Lundbreck.
Carl was predeceased by his wife Lucille, son Duane, parents Mary and Kalman, sister Irene and brother John.
Carl worked at Sicks/Molson’s Brewery for 40 years; he also worked at Marshall Auto Wreckers and the #8 mine in Lethbridge. He loved sports, gardening and being with his family.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.