DR. DONALD RICE
1921 - 2008
DR. DONALD ARTHUR RICE, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the age of 87 years.
Donald was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth of 56 years.
He is survived by his children Bob (Mieke) Rice of Lethbridge, AB; George Rice of London, ON; and Nancy (Jim) Noiles of Nelson, BC; his precious grandchildren: Michael, Jason (Jasmine), Alan (Lindsay Calder) and Tyler Rice (Catherine Sarter) and Kristin and Kathryn Noiles. He is also survived by his brother Ed (Angie) Rice of Lethbridge, AB; two sisters, Mary (Alan) Gray of Victoria, BC and Nancy O’Connor of California, as well as numerous special nephews and nieces.
Donald was born in Lethbridge, AB, on May 4, 1921. He attended school at St. Joseph’s in Lethbridge, graduating when he was 16 years old. He had his own baseball team, which he acquired by saving funds to buy the bats and bases. Donald excelled at the University of Alberta, socially (President of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity) and academically, graduating with a degree in Medicine in 1945. His medical school classmates referred to Donald as the brilliant one. He started his medical practice in Taber, then relocated to Lethbridge where he became a partner with the Roy Clinic. Donald also started the Lethbridge Cancer Clinic and was the medical director for 42 years. He was a gifted surgeon, a highly respected family Doctor, and a legend to all those who entered his life. Donald had a fierce competitive nature and was driven to excel at everything he did. He was an active member and past president of the Lethbridge Country Club and was also an avid skier well into his senior years. A man of few words, he was extremely well read and was a walking encyclopedia with a wealth of knowledge.
Donald’s passion in life was his family and in particular his grandchildren of whom he was so proud. He was a compassionate caregiver throughout his life and dedicated himself to supporting family and friends.
A Celebration of Donald’s life will take place at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road South, on Saturday, October 25th, 2008, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Donald, donations may be made to the Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
NOREEN JOAN ROWLAND
NOREEN JOAN ROWLAND, passed away in Vulcan on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the age of 75 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
June 17, 1950 – September 21, 2008
GARNET LLOYD ROBSON, of Lethbridge, passed away in his sleep of heart failure on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the age of 58 years.
Garnet will be remembered as a caring person who set his own path in life.
Garnet is survived by his brothers Bruce (Bonnie) Robson; David (Susan) Robson; his daughter Nicole; along with 3 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 great nephews and 2 great nieces.
Garnet was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Melba Robson.
A reception for family and friends will be held at a later date.
In memory of Garnet, donations may be made to a children’s charity of one’s choice.
1938 - 2008
RONALD “RON” GLEN RENFROW, beloved husband of Hazel Renfrow of Coaldale, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the age of 69 years.
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 28, 1938, Ron was raised and educated in Coaldale, Alberta. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
Besides his loving wife, Hazel, Ron is survived by three daughters, Connie Rice, Myrna Cote, Laurie Sigler and three grandchildren. Ron is also survived by three step-children Debra Oddershede, Donald Hansen, Douglas Hansen, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and special daughter, Kari Roberts.
Ron was predeceased by his mother Grace, father Lester and brother Jim.
Cremation has taken place. At Ron’s request there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Birds of Prey Centre, 2124-16 Avenue, Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1J9.
MR. CYRIL ROGERS, beloved husband of Mrs. Gladys Rogers, of Lethbridge passed away at the Extendicare Nursing Home on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the age of 88 years.
The Celebration of Cyril’s life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South Lethbridge, AB. On Friday July, 18 2008 at 11:00 A.M.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lethbridge Extendicare 1821 12th Street North Lethbridge, AB.
1930 - 2008
JAMES “JIM” ROTH, born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on 21st of August 1930, passed away peacefully at the Coaldale Health Care Centre on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the age of 77.
Jim was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife and soul mate Millie of 55 years. He will forever be remembered by his daughters Linda (Brent) and Rhonda (Trevor), sons Jimmy (Brenda) and Stephen (Donna), a special daughter Mary Lou and by his 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild and three special sons Phil, Jim and Peter. He will also be remembered by his brother Steve (Roma), sisters Theresa and Mary, sisters-in-law Barbara, Dora and Reta, a special brother and sister Sam and Ila, uncle Tom, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Kingston and the staff at the Coaldale Health Care Centre who provided exceptional, loving care to both Jim and Millie.
The family wishes to invite relatives and friends to gather at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 - 17 Street, Coaldale, Alberta, on Sunday, May 11, 2008 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. to say goodbye to a wonderful man.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coaldale Health Care Centre, 2100 – 11th Street, Coaldale, AB, T1M 1L2.
January 22, 1924 - April 24, 2008
With deep sadness, the family of MARJORIE ISOBEL ROTH (nee Purdon) announces her passing at the age of 84. Marjorie suffers no longer, and has arrived safely into her heavenly home on Thursday afternoon, April 24, 2008.
She is survived by her loving husband Tom. Also left to mourn her loss are Marjorie’s children; Valerie Ross, Pat Brown, Marilyn (John) Fehr, Robert Bott and Betty Herbison and Tom’s children; Terry(Sheila) Roth, Dianne (Colin) Beattie, Blair (Jan), Arlene Roth and Eileen McIntyre and their families. A devoted grandmother, she will be missed deeply by her 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Marjorie is also survived by her brother Archie (Mildred) Purdon and sister Muriel Moffat.
She was predeceased by her sister Doreen Rintoul and her parents Robert and Hazel Purdon.
Marjorie was born in Wingham, Ontario and moved to Lethbridge in 1982. Marjorie was a fabulous cook, regularly providing a welcoming place for family and friends. She will always be remembered for her compassion, kindness and her hearty laugh. A quietly giving woman, Marjorie enjoyed serving people or lending a hand to ease another’s burdens. As an accomplished artist, Marjorie loved painting the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Flowers were always blooming in her home and garden. Tom and Marjorie would have celebrated their 13th anniversary on May 13th.
“Her children rise and call her blessed and with great pride her husband says, there are many fine women in the world but you are the best of them all!” Proverbs 31: 28 & 29
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 7:30 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 -12th Avenue South on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Tim Boyle Celebrant.
In memory of Marjorie, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, Alberta/Northwest Territories Office, P.O. Box 4050 STN C, Calgary, AB, T2T 5W7.
1924 - 2008
DOUGLAS LYLE RICHARDSON, loving companion of Margaret Davidson of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the age of 83 years.
Douglas will be sadly missed by his children Nancy Dann of London, ON and Michael (Alison) Richardson of Calgary and grandchildren Ilija Labus, Elizabeth Margaret Dann, Connor James and Casey Heather Richardson.
He was predeceased by his children’s mother Barbara Elizabeth Richardson.
Douglas was born on July 29, 1924 in Hamilton, ON. Douglas served in the Canadian Navy as a radio operator. He graduated from McMaster University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science. He was in the financial industry for over 40 years. The love of his life was sailing and golfing. He will be fondly remembered by his sense of humour and his bright blue eyes. Douglas was a man that was loved by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Sarah Wallace officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Douglas, donations may be made to Southminster United Church, 1011 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P7 or to a charity of your choice.
1931 - 2008
MR. VICTOR RUDE, beloved husband of Mrs. Fran Rude, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at the age of 76 years. He was surrounded with love by his family and guided into the arms of the Lord by Reverend James Robinson at his side.
Vic is survived by his wife Fran, children; Montgomery Gerald Rude of Medicine Hat, Grant Anthony (Patti) Rude of Edmonton and Donna (Michael) Gerlinsky of Lethbridge, grandchildren; Carling Gerlinsky, Max Rude and Lisa Rude and brother Roger (Irene) Rude of Ft. Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan. He is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-law as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Margaret Rude, brother Dale Rude and granddaughter Brittany Jade Gerlinsky.
Vic was born on August 13, 1931 at Lake Alma, Saskatchewan. He served in the Air Force for two years, then worked briefly as a radio engineer. He entered the first Air Traffic Controller program in Canada in 1955 and spent 33 years working as an Air Traffic Controller, working first in Goose Bay, Labrador, assisting planes crossing the Atlantic, then 29 years at the Lethbridge Airport, retiring in 1988. He was passionate about flying and owned two airplanes during his lifetime. He went ocean sailing in Hawaii in 1975 and from then on he was hooked on boats, both hobbies shared by his wife Fran. They purchased an ocean sailing yacht in 1977 and spent 14 summers sailing it on Flathead Lake in Montana. After purchasing land on the Flathead, his interest turned to cabin cruisers.
Vic also loved to travel with his wife, particularly to warm climates. They took several winter cruises in the Caribbean and Mexico and frequently visited Hawaii. After retirement, they became snowbirds, spending winters at their home in Indio, California, regularly playing golf, another activity which Vic greatly enjoyed. He also loved music, live theatre, art, history, trains, cars and his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders football team. He wanted to live long enough to see “the Riders” win another Grey Cup, and in 2007, got his wish. Vic was a quiet, gentle unassuming man, who lived life to its fullest, had a wonderful, dry sense of humour and was admired for never saying an unkind word about anyone. He will forever be missed by his wife, family and close friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Haberman of the Campbell Clinic and the wonderful nursing staff at the Regional Hospital for their compassionate care, attention and support during such a difficult time. Also thanks to the staff at the Edith Cavell Care Centre where Vic resided for four years and to Connie Schipper and the Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society for the guidance given during Vic’s illness. Particular thanks is given to Reverend James Robinson who gave Vic and the family such a loving, warm and spiritual environment for Vic’s passing.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Friends who wish to pay their respects and share memories will be welcomed at a come and go reception at the Rude family home, 2109 – 17th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 426 – 5th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4E8.
NICHOLAS “NICK” ROMANCHUK, beloved husband of Julianna Romanchuk of Lethbridge, passed away very peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the age of 91.
Nick leaves behind five stepchildren: Stefan Hironimus of Selkirk, MB, John (Jan) Hironimus, of Strathmore, AB, Mike (Claudette) Hironimus of Coaldale, AB, Julie Thomspon (Greg Pargee) of Gliechen, AB and Katie Bullock (Doug Kowal) of Lethbridge, AB. Nick had twelve grandchildren which he loved to do the chicken dance with and fifteen great grandchildren.
Nick was predeceased by his son, Glenn Romanchuk of Dawson Creek, B.C., sisters; Francias, Helen, Daisy and Anne and brothers Bill and George.
Nick was born and raised in Lethbridge. He worked at National Salvage for many years until he retired. Nick loved gardening, yard work, dancing and playing cards.
Nick’s family would like to thank Park Meadows Cottage staff for their love and compassion that they gave him, the nurses on 3C that have cared for him and everybody else that had an impact on his life.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11 A.M. with Major Glen Habkirk officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.
1923 - 2007
It is with great sadness that the family of MRS. LILLIAN JANE RUTHERFORD (nee Bowman) announce her peaceful passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at the age of 84 years.
Words cannot express the profound sadness that her passing leaves in the lives of all who hold the honour of knowing her.
Lillian was born in Star City, Saskatchewan in 1923 in her grandmothers’ home. With her father working on the railroad, she grew up in Souix Lookout, Nelville, Radville and Kindersley. As a young woman Lillian received her nurses training at Port Arthur General. She returned home to work in the Kindersley Hospital. She married Warren Rutherford of Kindersley in 1946. Lillian and Warren had one daughter Ella-Mae, fondly known as Elly. She described her daughter as the joy of her life and the one true reason for being. Together Lillian and Elly travelled many places with Lillian’s career, including Consort, Oyen, Hanna, Cereal, Grande Prairie, Elmworth, Edson, Calgary and her final home in Lethbridge. In their travels Lillian and Elly had many special friends that they think of as family. She enjoyed her later years living in Lethbridge, visiting the farm and watching their beloved racehorses run. She spent her working life dedicated to the health care profession as Director of Nursing for many health units including Grande Prairie, Edson, Mountview, Foothills and Banff as well as Home Care Coordinator.
Writing the directives then implementing the first Home Care Program in Alberta, she has contributed greatly to Health Care in our Province and her colleagues have always held her in the highest regard.
Compassion and caring came easy to Lillian and she offered unconditional love and acceptance to everyone. She showed her co-workers, friends and family encouragement and was never critical. Her quiet strength was admired by all who knew her. Her love and commitment to her family was apparent.
Lillian offered her home and caring to her aging parents Fred and Mary Bowman and her sister Dorothy who all predeceased her.
She leaves to mourn her daughter Elly (Garry), siblings Shirley (Pete – deceased) Regan, Jim (Bev) Bowman, Ruth (Wes) Karg and their families, grandchildren Connie Beninger, Sherry (Russel) Laackmann and great grandchildren Tyler, Kylie, Maxwell and Zane.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Andrew Horne officiating.
While family appreciate the offer of flowers, we would respectfully request donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 or to the University of Lethbridge, Nursing Program, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4.