July 30, 1920 - May 31, 2008
MR. WALTER PETER DEGENSTEIN beloved husband of the late Mrs. Twila Arlene (Seely) Degenstein passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the age of 87 years.
Walter is survived by his children : Roxanne (Jack) Linderman of Gardnerville, Nevada, Doran (Tara) Degenstein of Lethbridge and Willis (Lanette) Degenstein of Lincoln City, Oregon; 5 grandchildren Courtney (Kevin) Fosnaugh, Chad Linderman, and Jason, Russell and Megan Degenstein; sisters and brothers Tony Degenstein, Evelyn Elliot, Phyllis Huff, Nellie Trottier, Katherine (Abe) Brown, Odell (Roy) Stephenson, Florence Forrer and Mike (Pat) Degenstein; brothers and sisters–in-law Vern (Kaye) Seely, Melvin (Enid) Seely, June Degenstein and Elva Seely.
Besides his wife Twila of 52 years, who passed away in 2003, he was predeceased by his parents Peter John and Agnes (Linderman) Degenstein, brother Peter Degenstein and sister Betty Lorencz; brothers and sisters-in-law Pearl (Ray) Tolley, Ludene (Rodney) Orr, Deloy Seely, Melvin Arrowsmith, Joe Lorencz, Ray Elliot, Henry Huff, William Forrer and Emile Trottier.
Born at Foremost, Alberta, Walter was raised on the family farm there, followed by moves to Turin, then Lomond. He also worked many years during this time, off of the family farm breaking and herding horses on the last of the open range in South Eastern Alberta until his enlistment in the RCASC. Following his overseas service he worked as a guard at the POW camps in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. He moved to Fort Macleod in 1948 to begin a career with the Alberta Department of Public Works. He met and Married Twila in November of 1951. They purchased a farm at Orton in 1960 where they raised cattle, horses and hogs. In 1984 Walter and Twila moved to Nevada, returning to Fort Macleod to retire in 1989. Walter resided at his home in Fort Macleod until just prior to his passing.
Walter was an avid horseman, following all facets of equine activities until hanging up his spurs in November of last year. He enjoyed sharing his equestrian involvement with friends, family, riding clubs and neighborhood kids.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family and pay their respects prior to the Funeral Service in the relief society room from 9:45 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, FORT MACLEOD STAKE CENTRE, 643 – 20th Street, Fort Macleod on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Duane Foote officiating.
Family and friends who would like to take part in Walter’s last ride and horse drawn funeral procession may participate by meeting at Orton at approximately 12:15 P.M. Interment will take place at the Orton Cemetery.
We are sad to announce the passing of our husband, brother, son and grandfather TERRY DANIELS at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care, Lethbridge after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the tender age of 55 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Karen Little Light of Lethbridge, siblings Rudy Daniels, Beatrice Daniels and Betty Ann Daniels, all of Manitoba. He also leaves behind his loving children Lance (Rhoda), Melvin (Chaz), Jason, J.R., Cory, Carrie (Cody), Tasha and Dillion McMaster.
He is predeceased by his father, mother and siblings.
Terry was very active in pow-wow activities and strongly believed in native spirituality. Terry and his loving wife and lifelong friend Karen were always seen walking throughout the numerous trails of Calgary. He loved to meet his friends on his numerous journeys and loved to make new friends with everyone he met. He was known to be a very kind and generous friend to everyone. His passion of artwork can be seen in different provinces across Canada. Terry also loved to hike to new locations in his many journeys. He will be lovingly missed by all who knew him. Terry was a proud member of his native heritage; Sioux, Soto and Ojibwa. We are sorry if we missed anyone’s names.
We will be bringing Terry home to Swan Lake, Manitoba and will hold a Wake and Funeral Service at a later date.
When the family returns to Alberta, we will be holding a Memorial Service in Calgary to honour his memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
WAYNE JOHN DUDLEY, beloved son of Mary L. Cohen of Lethbridge and Wayne G. Dudley of Edmonton, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 1, 2008 at the age of 36 years.
He is survived by his sister Yvette (Trevor) Neuman of Coquitlam, B.C., brother Christopher (Misty) Dudley of Edmonton, niece and nephews Raeven, Landon and Aiden Dudley, maternal grandmother Christina (Hubert) Bryan of Lethbridge as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Tom and Ida Dudley.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects prior to the service from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Ian Lawson officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
TINA DE GROOT
1924 - 2008
TINA DEGROOT (nee Kingma), dearly loved mother, oma, great-grandmother and friend, went to be with her heavenly Father on January 6, 2008.
Tina lived 83 grace-filled years, in the hope and power of the resurrected Christ. Her dear husband Peter died in November 1997.
Mom (Oma) leaves a rich legacy of love and Christian commitment. We, her children, Klaaske and Neil deKoning, Rudy and Greta deGroot, Dennis and Jenny deGroot, Ann and John deGelder, Theo and Marie-Anne deGroot, Carol and Arnold Kaemingh, Peter and Rudy deGroot, twenty-nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, will live with the memories of a life well-lived, infused with gentleness, optimism and selfless giving.
Tina was born in Burdaard, Frysland, the Netherlands on June 11, 1924. Her youth was filled with the love and laughter of many friends, a compassion for sick as she worked in a hospital, a deep commitment to her family, and zest for life. She met and married the love of her life in 1951. Tina and Peter had two children before immigrating to Southern Alberta. It was in Lethbridge where they raised five more children and became a vital part of supporting and loving Christian community. Mom and Dad lived a happy and full life together for 46 years.
Alzheimer’s disease took Tina away from her home in Lethbridge. She lived her last years in the loving care of family and then in a Lacombe nursing home. Even as Alzheimer’s disease robbed her of connecting with those she loved, her gentle spirit and sense of humor shone through.
Mom (Oma) is home now, resting in the eternal embrace of her Heavenly Father. We, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends are richer because of the life she lived.
“Blessed are those who die in the Lord; they will rest from labors, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelation 14:13
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Graveside Services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 11th Street & Scenic Drive South at 1:00 P.M. This will be followed by a Memorial Service at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West Lethbridge at 2:30 P.M. with Reverend Neil deKoning (Lacombe) officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Immanuel Christian School, 2010 - 5th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 0N5.
1987 - 2008
The creator has called home ALLEN JOSHUA DEVINE JR. on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the age of 20 years.
Allen Joshua was born at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on February 2, 1987. He is survived by his loving father Allen “Boyie” Devine Sr. and brothers and sisters Geronimo, Nathan, Ian, Kyle, Clifford, Tamara and Mary (Erin). He is also survived by his adopted parents Craig & Linda Fox and family and Gary & Mary Allison and family as well as many uncles, aunties and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his loving mother Jacqueline Crazy Bull and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. John Crazy Bull and Mr. & Mrs. Mike Devine Sr.
Joshua had many relatives to numerous to mention but we thank God that he had that many to know him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
A Wake Service will be held at STREETS ALIVE, 323 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge on Friday, January 11, 2008 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at STREETS ALIVE on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating.
Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
1952 - 2007
MURRAY MICHAEL DITTRICK, beloved husband of Charmaine Dittrick of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 30, 2007 at the age of 55 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving children, Braydon Dittrick of Vancouver, B.C., Lindsay Dittrick of Edmonton, AB and Erin (Matt) and grandson, Jaxon Vandenberghe of Calgary, AB.
He is also survived by his mother, Ruth Cameron, his three sisters Donna (Randy) Hrynyk, Louise (Lorne) Benedict and Audrey Dittrick and predeceased by his father, Joseph Dittrick.
Murray was born August 1, 1952 in Manning, AB and spent the last 30 years married to the love of his life, Charmaine. He was a quiet, selfless man who enjoyed life and saw the positive in every situation.
Murray’s first love in life was his family. When his children were in search of guidance, he was always the first to be contacted. In addition to being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Murray’s competitive nature was evident in his love of NFL Football (Go Vikes, Go!), the Stock Market and curling. Murray will be deeply missed by both family and friends.
A Prayer Service will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Dennis McDonald Celebrant.
A private interment will follow.
In memory of Murray, donations may be made to: The Alberta Cancer Foundation, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dr. Ian Parney Tumor Research-Tumor Immunology, 1331-29 St. N.W., Calgary, T2N 4N2.
1929 - 2007
LOIS LORRAINE DONGWORTH of Lethbridge passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the age of 78 years.
Lois is survived by her children Rick (Diane) Dongworth of Taber and Wendy (Ross Mitchell) Dongworth of Lethbridge. She is also survived by two grandchildren Sean Dongworth and Devon Dongworth both of Taber, two great grandchildren Lexi Fiest and Carson Dongworth and sister Myrna (Jim) Macquarrie of Lethbridge.
She was predeceased by her parents Fern and Lester Adams of Lethbridge.
Lois was born in Medicine Hat on September 17, 1929. She received her schooling in Medicine Hat and married Harold Dongworth. Lois was very active in musical theatre and had a passion for music and performing.
A Private Family Tribute to Lois will be held on October 24, 2007.
July 09, 1931 - December 19, 2008
In the early hours of December 19, 2008, Fred Evdokimoff passed peacefully away at the age of 77 years. Fred was born in Veregin, Saskatchewan - the second child in a family of five. He spent his young life in Veregin and Thunder Bay, Ontario before moving to Lethbridge in 1952. Easy-going, kind hearted, gentle spirited and strong-willed, Fred worked to live and was extraordinarily generous. He was hardworking, holding jobs with the railway, Lethbridge Ironworks, and eventually the University of Lethbridge before settling into retirement. Fred had a great sense of humour - he enjoyed a good laugh. He didn't hesitate to share what he had with anyone who needed a hand, and was also generous of spirit, never saying a negative word about another person. After suffering a debilitating stroke in February 2000, Fred resided at St. Michael's Health Centre, where he received exemplary care from dedicated staff. Fred's family would like to extend special thanks also to Val Caffet of Paradigm Wellness, who provided Fred with exceptional companion care for many years. Fred was predeceased by his father and mother, Fred and Mary Evdokimoff, and is survived by his siblings Peter (Mary) Evdokimoff of Calgary, Fran (Bob) Baker of Cochrane, Bill (Geri) Evdokimoff of Ontario, and Wally (Connie) Evdokimoff of Lethbridge, as well as many nieces and nephews. Rather than hold a public memorial, Fred's family wishes for everyone to thoroughly enjoy the holiday season, and take a minute to truly appreciate the warmth of home. A private celebration of Fred's life and the scattering of his ashes will take place in the spring.
1958 - 2009
It is with great sorrow and sadness we announce the passing of Mark Arnold Ervin, March 29, 2009 in Lethbridge, AB. Left to mourn his passing is his wife and best friend Kathie, his pride and joy children, Ashton, Tyler and Jesse; parents Arnold and Joyce Ervin, brother Kim (Pat) Ervin of Athabasca, sisters; Patti (Szolt) Ambrus and Joanne (Brian) Krell of Lethbridge, AB; mother and father-in-law, Carl and Connie Pickles of Lethbridge, AB and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that he was so very fond of. Mark was predeceased by his grandparents Geneva and Otis Ervin and Clara and Charlie Coverdale. Mark was born April 17, 1958 in Lethbridge. He was raised and educated in Lethbridge and was a proud 'Northsider'. Mark worked for CP Rail as an engineer for 32 years. He lived life to the fullest and excelled at everything he pursued. His life was filled with great times spent with family and friends. Whether playing the guitar with the 'Barley Boys' or random jam sessions with Alan and Wanda, there was always a guitar near by. Mark spent many years motor biking and snowmobiling at the Clarks and windsurfing with his friends whenever the wind would howl. He loved the outdoors whether camping and fishing at Beaver Mines and anticipating the arrival of Kim to brighten the day, boating at Ridge Reservoir, golfing, traveling, a garage get-together or just stretched out and relaxing with his favorite Dairy Queen treat. He never missed the opportunity to spend time with his sisters Patti and Joanne and was always available for Szolt's famous ribs. Mark was blessed with many true friends that he loved dearly. Mark was sociable to everyone and made friends where ever he went. He always saw the good in those he cared for and was happy to give a hand whenever he was needed. In the last few years, Mark found his spiritual self with great friends that gave him strength and hope for the future. He looked forward to and enjoyed his new passion of motorcycling with the 'guys' on a moment's notice. He treasured the time he had with his Dad on the morning walks at the river bottom and looked forward to the breakfast his Mom would have ready when they returned. Mark 'lived' for his sons Ashton, Tyler and Jesse and supported and encouraged them in everything they pursued. He was so proud of 'his boys'. They gave him the strength he needed to continue his fight to live when the road became very tough. My Dearest Mark, We loved hard, we battled hard and we never gave up no matter the obstacles we face. I have your back, as I know you will continue to have mine from a place without suffering or struggle. I will love and miss you forever. Your wife, friend, companion, team captain, Kathie. A Memorial Service will be held at Rocky Mountain Turf Club, Grandstand Front Entrance, 3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. In Lieu of flowers: Hug your kids with all you have and tell your family and friends how much you love them.
1917 - 2009
MARY ELLINGSON, wife of the late Hans Ellingson, passed away quietly, Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Extendicare in Lethbridge at the age of 91. Mary was born in Lethbridge on November 6, 1917 to the late Abramo and Bertha (Baceda) Pozzebon. Mary attended St. Basil's school. At the age of 11 she spent 13 months in Italy with her parents before returning home to Canada. She continued her education until the end of grade 7 when she left school to enter the workforce. Mary worked for several years at the Rex Fruit Store and many years at the Royal Fruit Store for Yeo Quong 'Pee Wee', before being introduced to Hans by future sister in law Betty (Hill) Ellingson. She and Hans married in 1952. They farmed in the Newlands District. Mary still continued working at the Royal even after they retired from the farm to Lethbridge in 1965. She retired from the Store in the early 1980's. Mary was well liked by everyone who knew her and always had words of encouragement, advice or a story to tell. She enjoyed travelling (by car) and visiting with family as well as socializing with the many people she knew in Lethbridge and area. Mary was predeceased by her younger brother Robert Pozzebon. Left to celebrate her life is son Brad, daughter (in law) Lois. Granddaughter Kirsty, great grandson and great granddaughter Arik and Giannina Thorbergson. Sister Giannina Mahon, Josephine (Neil) Horlacher as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Memorial Service to be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Richard Brown officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association, 1254-3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0K1.
1922 - 2008
MARIE (Agnes Marie) ELL, beloved wife of Martin Ell of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at the age of 85 years. Besides her loving husband, Marie is survived by her daughter Glenna Ell, son Dennis (Dianne) Ell, granddaughter Sue (Mike) Medhurst and great-grandchildren Zachary and GeneviÃ¨ Marie (her namesake) all of Lethbridge, Alberta. She is also survived by a cousin, Mrs. Catherine (Kay) Dwyer of Arlington, Massachusetts. Marie and 'Cousin Kay' corresponded back and forth from the time both were little girls, never meeting face to face until Kay travelled to Lethbridge to attend the 2002 wedding of Marie's only grandchild. Meeting and spending time with her American cousin, the only surviving link to her childhood, was a memory Marie cherished. Marie was born March 4, 1922 in Castor, Alberta to Angus and Nellie MacCormack. As a young adult, Marie followed her older half-sister Rita to Vancouver where she trained as a telephone operator. Marie returned to Alberta and met her future husband over a Sunday dinner held at the home of mutual acquaintances. The newly-wed Ells travelled the countryside living near the construction camps Martin worked for as a dragline operator building bridges and roads. Marie made a loving home for her husband and, as their family grew to include Glenna, the small trailer took them to Gliechen, Waterton, even the Lethbridge river valley for a time. After the birth of son Dennis, the Ells began the construction of their homestead located on Ell family acres (NE Â¼ 18-9-13 W4) near Grassy Lake, Alberta and moved into the house in 1955. They eventually purchased the quarter outright from Martin's father in 1968. Marie settled in to raise her children and was an active member of the community, involved with the CWL, PTA, the now defunct Jolly Joggers and (with her husband) square dancing. Martin's health prompted a move to 'town' in 1974 but the farm lifestyle never really seemed to stop. Her gardens and grounds reflect more than three decades' dedication to the love of green and growing things. The kitchen where she loved to cook was truly the heart of her home; a place not only to share a meal but to comfort hurts, have a laugh, or discuss current events and 'catch up.' Marie was a true lady: gentle but strong, soft-spoken yet feisty, loving and much-loved. With physical limitations in her latter years, she still put on the turkey for Christmas, loved a drive out in the country, and enjoyed very much the time spent as 'Grammie' to her great-grandchildren. We will remember her devotion to her family, her shy giggle when surprised, her unconditional love and her sweet and dear heart. Although we will miss her deeply, her spirit will never be lost. We will carry it with us forever. She was predeceased by her father Angus Daniel MacCormack in 1933, her mother Nellie Alexander MacCormack in 1943, elder half-brother Lewis Owen Worsnop in 1959, younger brother Donald (Angus Donald) MacCormack in 1970 and elder half-sister Rita Irene Askeland in 1986. A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 917 - 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Tim Boyle officiating. Memorial donations in Marie's honour may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D - 12 'A' Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1, Kidney Foundation, 438-10 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 2C7, Heart & Stroke Foundation #207, 542 - 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1 or to a charity of your choice.
MRS. ANNIE ESAU (nee Heinrichs), beloved wife of the late Mr. John Esau of Coaldale, Alberta, passed away at the St. Michael's Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at the age of 82 years. She maintained dignity and grace right to the end with her last words being a "thank you" to her nurse. Born in a small village in Russia, Anne was carried by her parents to a new home in Eyebrow, SK. Although her school education was cut short, she later spent three wonderful years at the Coaldale Bible School where she met her future husband, John. With homes in Vauxhall and then in Coaldale, they raised their large family of seven children. Anne had a deep faith in God and loved her Lord Jesus. While Anne was active as a church volunteer, her love and energy were largely spent on her family which has grown to include 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons. In later years, Anne resided in Lethbridge and found joy in painting and in writing her memoirs and poetry. After the passing of beloved husband John in 1996, she carried on as the heart and soul of our family, creating a loving home base for her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children; Marion Braun (Ron), Alvin Esau (Sandra), Rose Siemens (Dennis), Linda Holden (Bill), Frieda Klippenstein (Norman), Ken Esau (Karen) and Ron Esau (LeAnn). The Esau family would like to thank the tremendous team of doctors and nurses who cared for our mother. A Memorial Service to honour Anne's rich life and contributions to family and friends will be held at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 - 18th Street, Coaldale on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Ferguson of Lethbridge, husband of Cathy Ferguson for 52 years, died peacefully at home on Monday, July 20, 2009 at the age of 76 years.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his daughter Cathy (Al) O’Neil and her children Andrew and Jamie; his son Brian (Rhonda) Ferguson and their children Riley, Maddison and Lukus; and his daughter Mary (Jack) Peake and their children Ty and Kyra.
Bill was predeceased by his father and mother Dougal and Lillian Ferguson, his sister Katherine, and infant son Roderick Ferguson.
Bill was born and educated in Lethbridge. He began working for CP Rail. He left the CP Rail and began working for the City of Lethbridge Electric department as a power lineman. He retired after 34 years of service. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:00 P.M.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Following the Graveside Service, Relatives and Friends are invited to further share this day with the family at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kidney Foundation of Canada, 438-10 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 2C7.