JOHN MALCOLM POOLE, beloved husband of Doris Poole, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the age of 83 years.
He is the loving father of Philip (Caroline) Poole and their children Katherine, Jack, Francesca and Sam, of Canterbury, UK; Martin (Cristiana) Poole, and children, Oliver, William and Leo, of Montefiascone, Italy; Lynne and Frederick Schwarz and their daughter, Jenna of Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia. He was a fond uncle to Ruth (Gerald) Kereliuk and their children, John-James, Andrew and Ann-Elise.
John was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, immigrating to Canada in 1968 with his wife and daughter. He spent most of his career as a ceramic chemist and manager, working for companies such as Wedgewood, H&R Johnson, Maple Leaf Tiles and Sunburst Ceramics. He had a life-long love of soccer, and was Referee-in-Chief for the Lethbridge Soccer Association for several years. He taught Tai Chi to many people in the area and practiced it and Chi Qong faithfully and, in 2001, he was awarded an International Year of the Volunteer Award for his teaching activities. His other passions were creating and solving crosswords and writing poetry, and many of his crosswords and puzzles were published.
A Celebration of John’s life will be held at the LETHBRIDGE SENIORS CENTRE, 500-11 Street South, Lethbridge, on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
His family wishes to thank John’s “Angels” the medical staff of 4C, the Chinook Regional Hospital, and also Dr. Raath and Dr. Wilde for their compassionate care.
1921 - 2008
NORMAN CHARLES CHRISTIAN (BUD) PETERSEN, beloved husband of Mary Petersen of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the age of 86 years.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 63 years; sons Wayne (Patricia) Petersen of Lethbridge, Rand (Michelle) Petersen and Lonny (Dennice) Petersen, both of Edmonton; grandchildren Kristen Moreau (Mike) and Richard (Carmen) of Edmonton; Scott (Erin) and Ian (Michelle) of Lethbridge; great granddaughter Sophia Moreau of Edmonton; sister Zola Webber, of Mylo; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Bud is predeceased by his father Albert, mother Vyla, and sisters Gloria and Goldia.
Born on the family farm on December 17, 1921 and raised there with his three sisters, Bud followed in his father’s footsteps as a farmer, only interrupting that vocation with a short stint in the Royal Canadian Air Force ending January 21st, 1946. He did not see action as his unit was still in training in St. Thomas, Ontario when World War II ended. During his military years in Lethbridge, Bud met Mary Ethel Kolibar of Lestock, Saskatchewan. They were married on November 16, 1945 in Lethbridge. Wayne, Rand and Lonny came along and were raised on the farm until schooling requirements convinced Bud and Mary to relocate their family to Lethbridge in 1965. Bud pursued his passion for sales, working with Wrentham Farm Supply, Fleming Motors, Modern Farm Equipment, and El Dorado Sales while continuing to farm. By 1974 the commute from Lethbridge to Wrentham and back became too much and the farm was sold. In the spring of 1975 Bud suffered an illness and became disabled. That proved to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed Bud and Mary to retire and spend 20 wonderful winters in Mesa, Arizona. Finally Bud’s health issues ended the Mesa pilgrimage each winter and ultimately encouraged a move from their home in Lethbridge to the Good Samaritan’s Park Meadows Village facility in North Lethbridge in 2007 where Bud resided until his passing.
The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the staff at Good Sam’s North, Dr. Strank, Dr. Janzen and Dr. Myhre, and the staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital for the excellent care provided to Bud during his time with them.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Bud, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 7:00-8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at the MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Cathy Coates officiating. Cremation to follow.
ARTHUR (SMOKEY) PIERSON, beloved husband of Bertha Mary Pierson, of Lethbridge, Alberta, married 56 years, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital, with his family by his side, on Monday, September 29, 2008 at the age of 78 years.
Besides his loving wife, Bertha, Smokey is survived by one sister, Doreen Sherman of Nanaimo, B.C.; Smokey’s two daughters Brenda Mary Pierson (Douglas Beer) and Cheryl Lee Pierson; daughter-in-law Karen Pierson; his grandchildren Breanalee MJ Beer, Kristoffer Maxton Beer, Crystal Lynn (Justin) Smith and their child and great granddaughter Brelyn Leah; Aaron Arthur Pierson (Leanne Smith); and Christine Pierson; Smokey’s 97 year old mother-in-law Josephine Lerohl; sister-in-law Frances (Roy) Kinsey, all of Lethbridge, Alberta, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Smokey was predeceased by his son Brian Arthur Pierson; his parents, Ransom (Dutch) and Mytle Pierson; brothers, Floyd (Marion) Lloyd, Leo (Nellie) Lloyd, Howard (Kathleen) Pierson; sister, Priscilla Lloyd; and father-in-law Christopher Lerohl.
Smokey was born in Lethbridge, AB, and schooled to grade 8 at Galbraith. At age 14 he had to go to work. Smokey welded for Niven Bros., Hunt Welding and Horton Steel of Lethbridge. Smokey worked in the #8 mine as a mechanic and welder. In August 1962 Smokey purchased two Miner Buses and operated the bus lines to the Shaughnessey Mine until it closed down in 1965.
Smokey then built a shop on 13th Street North in Lethbridge, “Smokey’s Husky Service”, selling gas, repairs to vehicles, and welding until 1970. Then he started “Lethbridge Kawasaki Ltd”, selling Kawasaki motorcycles, Harleys, ATV’s, Vanguard boats, and Mercury motors, for 30 years.
During these years he was one of the founders of the “Lethbridge Motorcycle Club” and was honoured with a Lifetime Membership. He and his friends started the first motorcycle hill climbs by the Nolan Bridge, the first flat track in Lethbridge and founded the first cross-country motorcycle race in Southern Alberta, Table Mountain, in 1967. Sometimes flagging on horseback, he made unique courses that grew to be appreciated by hundreds of enthusiastic competitors. Smokey shared his love of motorcycling with his family and friends. He explored, built trails all over the Eastern slopes for hunting and competitions, and just enjoying and inspiring his family to appreciate the great outdoors. You still can see Smokey’s blazes on his trails today for all to enjoy.
For many years, Smokey and his horse Rye, were great competitors in the trailer race at Whoop-Up days. Smokey loved to play hockey and broomball.
For years, geese and big game hunting was enjoyed with his brothers, wife, son, daughters, grandchildren and friends, bagging many a trophy. In 2007, he shot his last whitetail deer right in the eye at 200 yards. Smokey was a season ticket holder of the Lethbridge Broncos (starting in 1974) and an original Hurricane’s shareholder.
But commercial salmon fishing was Smokey’s most fulfilled accomplishment. In 1981 he bought waterfront property on the Port Alberni Canal, B.C. He changed his Hammond ski boat into an aluminum “Commercial A Salmon” fishing boat for netting and trolling. Bertha, Brian, Cheryl and Ken Emmerson were his best deck hands. Smokey, even in his late years, enjoyed jet skiing with his daughters, Brenda and Cheryl, in the Port Alberni Canal, getting close to whales and sea lions and getting lost in the fog.
In his later years, he built his dream house and made a subdivision north of Lethbridge so others could enjoy country living at “Deer View Estates”. Smokey was always working in his garage, and when you stopped by for a visit, you’d be greeted with a cold one and would get to hear an interesting, different story each time, about some adventure long passed.
There will never be another Smokey, he was a unique person who worked hard, played hard and loved hard. Family and friends will always remember Smokey for if they needed help, Smokey was there. He did it his way and he was always enthusiastic.
Thank you for a life-time of being our mentor, teacher, friend and Dad. Someday, we will be together again on that amazing trail you saw. We love you Dad. We will miss you every day.
A private family Memorial Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
In memory of Smokey, Memorial Tributes may be made to A.L.S. Society of Alberta 400, 320-23rd Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0J2; to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D – 12 “A” Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1; or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
1939 - 2008
BERNHARD “BEN” PANKONIN, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at home on September 29, 2008 with his loving wife of 41 years, Colleen, by his side.
Ben is survived by his 2 daughters, Anita (Darcy) Haley of Lethbridge, and Tracy (Rocky) Scheer of Coaldale; 6 grandchildren, Tanner and Tyrell Petersen, Lee Haley of Lethbridge, Jessica, Dalton and Shy-Lynn Scheer of Coaldale; his sister Erma (George) Lemke of Sydney, B.C.; his brother Paul (Rita) Pankonin of Lethbridge; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ben is predeceased by his mother and father Natalie and Gustov Pankonin; his uncle Leopold Pankonin; and his aunt Frieda Pankonin.
Ben was born in Zhitomir, Russia on November 22, 1939. He immigrated to Canada in 1957, settling in Lethbridge where he has remained until his death.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Terry Brown officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Ben, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of CHAD ERIN FREDERICK PERKINS on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at the age of 36.
He leaves to mourn his mother Beverly Perkins of Lethbridge, his sisters Kim (Dean) Hankey of Lethbridge, and Lisa (Douglas) Bergen of Coaldale and his eight nieces and nephews. Chad was predeceased by his father, Fred Perkins, November 2006.
Chad grew up in Lethbridge and in his younger years enjoyed playing minor baseball. He had become an accomplished drummer and often played in various bands. He worked at several restaurants and other jobs both in Lethbridge and Calgary.
Chad will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the family dog, B.J. He was a wonderful support to his mom as they both grieved the loss of Dad.
His life ended much too soon. He had so much more to achieve and experience. We are grateful for the time we had with him. We’ll miss your smiles and hugs Chad.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Boersma, officiating.
In memory of Chad, memorial tributes may be made to the Lethbridge Humane Society (SPCA), Box 783, Lethbridge, AB T1H 3Z6.
MIKEY PANTHER BONE
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of MICHAEL (MIKEY) JAMES PANTHER BONE (EAGLE CHILD) on August 31, 2008 in Calgary, AB at the age of 29.
Mikey is survived by his mother Celestine Panther Bone, adopted mother Ruby Eagle Child, father Reggie Eagle Child; brothers Shane (Angela), Johnathon (Crystal); sister Necia Panther Bone, his wife Crystal Cardinal, children Sarita, Leland and Tristen (Baby Crab) and another on the way; Aunties: Sandra (Ray) MacKenzie, Wilma, Nadine (Ron) Good Striker, Bonita (Kenny) Small Eyes; Pearline (Vince) Holy Singer, Lisa (Colin) Panther Bone; Uncles: Eric (Tanya), Calvin Eagle Child; other relations to numerous to mention. We apologize if we’ve missed anyone.
Mikey was predeceased by his grandparents Florine Eagle Child, Reggie Bottle Sr., Louis and Maggie Panther bone, Uncle Louis Panther Bone, Jr.
At the time of his passing, Mikey was employed with Freeze Maxwell Roofing where he worked hard to support his growing family. Mikey was a doting father. He was so proud after the birth of his first child. He loved kids and had so much patience with them. Mikey always had a smile on his face, he made friends easily and was loved by everyone he met. He loved basketball, but music was his passion as he was forever adding new songs to his ever present iPod. Mikey was always making people laugh. We will miss his jokes and laughter. We were always able to depend on him. He was always so willing to help family out. Our family will not be the same without him.
The Wake Service will be held in Stand Off at the WHITE CALF CHAPEL in Stand Off, Alberta on Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at WHITE CALF CHAPEL in Stand Off, Alberta on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will be at ST. CATHERINE’S CEMETERY in Stand Off, Alberta.
ORMAN WAYNE PEARSON
ORMAN WAYNE PEARSON passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, August 16, 2008.
He is survived by his mother Connie Miles, sister Tara Adams, brothers Brad and Calvin Miles, and a son Derek Pearson.
There will be a graveside memorial at the TABER CEMETERY on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm.
EUNICE PETERSEN, beloved wife of the late Mervin Petersen of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Monday, June 9, 2008 at the age of 88 years.
She is survived by her daughter Marion Romanchuk and son Ken (Lynne), 8 grandchildren: Jackie (Cam) Campbell, Joanne (Bernd) Stanke, Ken (Zanzara) Petersen, Michael (Tobey) Petersen, Jill (Murray) Larsen, Darrell (Elaine) Harris, Donna (Rick) Lussier and Heather (Gord) McDowall as well as 9 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Eunice was predeceased by her husband Mervin, daughter Mildred Harris, grandson Murray Petersen and son-in-law Andrew Romanchuk.
A private family service will be held at a later date with Interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
1923 - 2008
MR. KENNETH PARKER of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Marie Parker, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the age of 85 years.
Kenneth Parker was born on March 19, 1923 in Nottingham, England. He joined HM Royal Marines in December, 1941 at Stonehouse Barracks, Plymouth Division, Plymouth, Devon, England. His service record reads: “34th Amphibian Support Regiment, India, Royal Marines Armoured Support Group, D-Day. The Royal Marines special service Singapore and Java.” He also served laying mines on the West Coast of Ireland.
Ken was decorated with the Royal Navy service medal with Bar S.E Asia 1945 to 1946, France and Germany Star Defense Medal 1939 to 1945 and the Victory Medal 1939 to 1945. He also served in Java, Ceylon, Bombay and Madh Island.
Ken was discharged from the Royal Marines in Plymouth, Devon, England on May 20, 1946 after serving his country for 5 years.
Ken was a member of the Salvation Army and sang in their choir as a young boy, travelling all over England. He was also a member of the Nottingham Opera Club as lead singer for many years in operas such as Verdi’s La Traviata.
Ken is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Marie in 2003 and his sister Connie in April 2008.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Major Glen Habkirk officiating.
Cremation to follow.
RUTH PUHL, beloved wife of Tony Puhl, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at the age of 78 years surrounded by a family who loved her dearly.
Ruth’s passion for her Lord, family, friends and garden was endless. She loved her flowers and God has called her to his garden in paradise.
Ruth will be greatly missed by her husband Tony, 5 children and their families: Christine (Randy) Cheveldave, sons Nic and Hunter of Vancouver, B.C.; David (Lorna), sons Dane and Dalton of Calgary; Bryon (Michelle), children Aaron (Christine), Larei (Rylan) King, great-granddaughter Vaera and expected great-grandchild of Foremost, Shayla and Nathan of Lethbridge; Jennifer (Cameron Fargo) of Australia and Cindie (Peter) Emard, daughters Kinsey and Hannah of Lethbridge. Ruth is also survived by his sisters Adela Dieterle of Red Cliff and Alice Halstead of Okotoks, brother-in-law Paul (Norma) Michaud of High River as well as numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend Betty Palate.
Ruth was predeceased by parents Carl and Marie Lindwall and sisters Evelyn Cowie and Sylvia Michaud.
Raised in Burdett, Ruth lived her adult life in Lethbridge and was married for 58 years. She was known for her gentle and loving nature by all who met her and through her participation in the Victory Church, CNIB bowling, Parkinson’s Association, the Lethbridge Senior Center, the “Breakfast Club” and the “Ladies Group”. Ruth played a large part in raising her grandchildren and we will greatly miss her prayers.
Mom we love you and your love for us is cherished now and forever.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Family and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at the VICTORY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy # 3, on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Wayne Borsma officiating.
A private family Interment will be held prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, 1254-3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0J9.