VERLA LEONA MARTHA SCHMIDT, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, May 12, 2008 at the age of 78 years.
She is survived by 6 children and 11 grandchildren; Lorry of Edmonton, Sherri Lawlor (Ryan, Karlee, Evan, Tessa) of Edmonton, Tim (Brady, Billie) of Calgary, Cindy Hansen (Gregg, Jordan, Tyler, Carter) of Magrath, Bonnie Grossklaus (James, Jaimee, Kelsey) of Calgary and Greg of Penticton, 3 siblings; Cliff of Moose Jaw, Cal of Vancouver and Leuana of Edmonton as well as numerous family members from Bill’s side of the family.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill, parents and 2 siblings.
Verla will be forever remembered as a wonderful mother and grandma who was the #1 fan at any event her grandchildren were involved in.
Verla also leaves to mourn an amazing group of loving and supportive friends.
Family and friends wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to the service on May 21, 2008 from 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M.
A Celebration of Verla’s life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the SPCA.
1932 - 2008
MR. DONALD SCHAERER, beloved husband of Mrs. Anne Schaerer of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the age of 75 years.
Don also leaves to cherish his memory, four children: Pam (Doug) Ross, Thor (Nadine) Schaerer, Kurt (Cheryl) Schaerer, and Tara (Clay) Evans, 11 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, his mother Hazel and siblings; Bert (Marge) Schaerer, Charlotte (Robert) Lamont, Lorne (Marlyn) Schaerer, Gloria (Tom) Rounds and Michael (Beth) Horne.
He was predeceased by his father Andy Schaerer.
Don was born October 11, 1932 to Hazel and Andrew Schaerer in Wynyard Saskatchewan. During his schooling in Wynyard, he delivered papers and worked for Jack Teskey in the general store starting at the age of 12. After grade 12 he went to Calgary and worked for Imperial Oil. After a couple of years he returned to Wynyard where he worked for International Harvester. He then met and married Anne Bjarnason on November 3, 1954. Over the years in Wynyard, Don worked for the Credit Union, Mutual Life & Co-op. He was also active with the volunteer Fire Brigade, was on the library board, acted as a hunting guide, and taught hunter training. In 1974, Don moved his family to Medicine Hat, where he worked for Kulpe Lumber and then joined Alberta Gas Chemicals, where he worked as a warehouse supervisor until his retirement in 1991. His many interests were: camping, fishing, hunting, tinkering in his garage, cards, gardening, working the harvest with Leon, naps & old movies. Dad always demonstrated a huge respect for people and taught us to live without discrimination or prejudice. He had a lot of respect for the elderly. He always had a huge interest in learning.
Out of all Dads’ accomplishments in life, he was most proud of his family.
Dad you are loved and will be missed, thank you for all you brought to our lives.
A private family service was held.
In lieu of flowers, 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.
PRISCILLA ROSE SERA, beloved wife of the late John Sera Sr., passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008 at the age of 84 years.
She leaves to mourn her children; Mary Ann (Paul) Praskach, Rose (Tom) Filgas, Frank Sera, Irene (John) Young and Nancy Marr as well as 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents Bert and Mary Hanusi, her sisters Betty Hirsche and Margaret Pavan and two sons John Sera Jr. and James “Jim” Sera.
Priscilla married John Sr. at her father’s homestead in Chin on August 11, 1942. She and John moved to Toronto but due to the illness and death of both her parents, returned only a few months later to take over the Hanusi homestead and raise Betty and Margaret. Priscilla and John never looked back, raising their family and increasing the size of their farm. Priscilla was dedicated to her family and they to her. Through the loving care of her children, she was fortunate enough to reside at the farm until her passing. Priscilla was not one to sit idle. Proof of that was found in the great quantities of home cooked meals and delicious baked goods and the perfectly manicured yard overflowing with various types of flowers, shrubs and trees. As her physical health failed, the time gradually came to be filled with crocheting in her favourite living room chair.
May her breath now come easy and her “oomf” return.
A private family service was held at Priscilla’s request.
WANDA SCHOENBRUNN, beloved wife of Hubert Schoenbrunn, passed away in her home in Coaldale after a long and courageous battle with a chronic breathing illness in the early morning of Sunday, April 20, 2008 at the age of 76 years.
Wanda (Muttie, Oma, Tante, Schwester) Schoenbrunn is survived by her devoted family; husband Hubert, sons Chris (April) and Andy (Karen), granddaughters Lynn (Darren) and Kristin, grandson Dylan, great granddaughter Gianna, sister Ellie (Gary), brother Walter (Ann), nieces and nephews; Monica, Sandi (Monti), Angie (Rob), David (Katie), Tony (Kim), Arnold, Klaus (Jane), Kurt, Volker (Fredrike, Christiane) and their families.
Wanda was predeceased by her parents Natalie (Bessel) and Heinrich Ankermann, brother Ervin, parents in law Ruth and Paul, brothers in law Gerd and Ed, her niece’s daughter Ashley and several special friends.
Thank you to Wanda’s many acquaintances, neighbours and caregivers who helped in easing the burden of her illness over the years.
Wanda wanted to be remembered as being ‘self made’, which began out of necessity as she grew up in the harshness of World War II. An honest and tireless worker, she easily found employment. From farms and hotels in Deutschland, to greenhouses and cafes in Medicine Hat and Coaldale, Wanda was a model of dedication. Employers and customers alike admired her ability to turn basic fare into superb meals. Friend or foe, she said what was on her mind, and one was usually better off by listening. A prolific writer of cards and letters, Wanda maintained kinships throughout Canada, Europe and the USA. She enjoyed all kinds of music (never once telling us to turn it down), was an avid collector of unique dolls, created beautiful flower gardens, and made intricate handicrafts. Because of Wanda’s great love for flowers, they would be welcomed at her service or planted in your garden to remember her by.
A Visitation will be held prior to the Funeral Service from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Lurvey officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
ESTHER MARY SHORTLAND, beloved wife of John Shortland, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the age of 82 years.
Besides her loving husband John, she is survived by her son Steven (Dorothy) White of Edmonton and daughter Susan (Edward) Carroll of Virginia Beach, U.S.A. and grandchildren Kris (Laurelie) White of Edmonton and Kerry (Graham) Bodner of Edmonton.
Mary was born in England and has lived in several cities throughout North America finally settling in Lethbridge.
Mary’s most enjoyable times were spent travelling with her husband John on numerous cruises. She also enjoyed knitting and gardening in her younger years. Mary and John were married for 17 years and she will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.
In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3L7.
1969 - 2008
CONNIE “CONSTANCE” HELEN STARZYK, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the age of 39 years.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters Desiree and Samantha of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her companion Methias, her parents Carol Ogden (Pierre Dubeau) of Lethbridge and Bruno (Gail) Starzyk of Champion, sister Cyndi Starzyk-Frey (James Frey) of Lethbridge, grandmother Helen Gomany of Lethbridge as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her grandparents John Gomany, Max and Anna Starzyk, brother Vince and numerous other relatives.
Connie was born on February 10, 1969 in Calgary. After completing high school she built cabinets with her Dad, she enrolled in broadcasting and also completed an esthetician course. She moved to Lethbridge to be closer to her Mom and family. Connie enjoyed cooking, loved to sing and listen to music. Connie took great pride in herself and she would light up a room when she walked in. She had a great sense of humour, making everyone laugh. Connie enjoyed helping others and was loved by all.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.
Cremation to follow.
In memory of Connie, Memorial Tributes may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 – 6th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9.
FRANK FOSTER SHERMAN, beloved husband of Josy Sherman of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the age of 81 years.
Besides his loving wife Josy, he is survived by his children Rennie Sherman of Black Diamond, Frances (Dave) Gaskell of Lethbridge and Cidnee Robinson of Lethbridge, grandchildren; Scott (Krista) Gaskell, Robin (Jodie) Gaskell, Lonnee Sherman (Travis Lodermeier) and Dallyn Robinson (Justin Reimer) as well as 2 great granddaughters Phoenix Lee Reimer and Frankie Sherman-Lodermeier.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Ada Sherman and only brother Sydney Sherman.
Frank attended Galbraith Elementary School and graduated from LCI High School. He went on to become a printer with the Lethbridge Herald. His career spanned 39 years and saw many changes from hand setting type to computerization. He then became supervisor of the department and retired at the age of 61 in 1988. Frank met Josy Joevenazzo in Lethbridge and married 2 years later on August 21, 1948. They had 3 children whom he loved dearly.
In his life Frank enjoyed several pastimes besides his job and family. Frank was known to fish, play darts, garden, take bicycle rides and long walks. More recently his life revolved around his wife and family and his coffee buddies, Buck, Ray and John.
He will be fondly and lovingly missed and remembered by all.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation prior to the Service at Cornerstone Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Darrin Parkin officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
1922 - 2008
CECIL SHERRET passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 1, 2008, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Cecil was born on November 7, 1922 to Andrew and Margaret Sherret on their farm outside Coalhurst. Cecil was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth in 2004. He leaves to mourn his sons: Ralph of Calgary, Andrew of Sydney B.C., his daughter Cheryl LeSergent of Lethbridge and his son-in-law Fred LeSergent of Williams Lake B.C. Also mourning his death are Cecil’s brothers James (Joan) and Gordon (Lorraine) of Cranbrook and his sisters Helen Walkley and Gwen Wills of Cranbrook and Carol (Norman) Redigger of Preeceville Saskatchewan; his sisters-in-law Annette Sherret of Edmonton, Lena Sherret of Cranbrook, Florence (Edgar) Boschee of Medicine Hat, Violet (Walter) Keim of Carstairs and Erna Straub of Lacombe. Cecil also leaves to mourn numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours in Lethbridge and across Canada. Special mention is made of the Rick and Sharon Sandham family of Kipp, who took Cecil (and Ruth) into their family, providing many garden plots, some chances at hands on farming and several children to love as surrogate grandchildren.
Cecil started off in life as the fourth of eleven children from a small farm in the Coalhurst area. Because of circumstances within the family Cecil often took over the running of the farm and every chance he got would use farm work and harvesting as chances to escape the confines of the school room to be outside working. In 1940 Cecil moved to Medicine Hat where he met his wife to be, Ruth, while waiting to enlist in the RCAF. Cecil enlisted in 1942 and began his 30 year career in the Air Force. Throughout his career he relied on the organizational and leadership skills he acquired as a young worker on the family farm.
He was educated and trained by the service, and in turn instructed and educated many new recruits to the ways of being a top notch Airman. Cecil was never afraid to explore, learn and share his knowledge. During his lifetime, Cecil was always very active and if he wasn’t out gardening, fishing, camping or golfing, he could be found playing a great game of cards or curling. He enjoyed the company of others and could always spin an interesting tale.
In his final years Cecil found comfort within the Seventh Day Adventist church and discovered a wonderful and supportive church family. Belonging brought him comfort and security within the hand of the Lord. Cecil will always be remembered as the tall fellow who stood his ground and took care of those around him.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Olaf Classen officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 for prostate cancer research.
MR. PERCIVAL ABNER STAFFORD passed away at the Lethbridge Extendicare on Friday, February 15, 2008 at the age of 89 years.
He is survived by his children Donna of Lethbridge and Larry (Ardis) of Nanton, grandchildren; Clayton (Tammie) Stafford of Drayton Valley, Teresa (Ashref) Jeeva of High River, Carolena Kaszas of Vancouver and Jaqueline Kaszas of Edmonton as well as 8 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Genevieve in 1986 and sisters Tressa in 1967 and Patricia in 2005.
Percy was born and raised at Nanton, Alberta and farmed with his wife Genevieve until 1974 when they moved to Lethbridge. There he pursued his interests in lapidary, computers and community service. He maintained his ties to the farm for several years by helping with the harvest. Following the death of his wife in 1986 he became involved with the Lethbridge Senior Centre and continued this involvement until his health began to deteriorate.
A Memorial Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.
In memory of Percy, donations may be made to the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, 500 – 11th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1G 4G7.
1927 - 2008
FRANCES SWANSON, beloved wife of Roland (Rollie) Swanson of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the age of 80 years.
Frances will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by Rollie, her husband of 60 years; children, Evelyn of Edmonton, Eleanor (Jerry Gunn) of Edmonton, Craig of Seattle, Brenda of Lethbridge, Julie (Kevin Watson) of Calgary and Jaye (Wanda) of Claresholm; grandchildren Craig, Bryan, Kindra, Caraley (James Hooper) and Rolanda Anderson, and Richard and Samantha Watson, as well as 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Bessie Hendry of Granum and Lena Manchur of Brooks as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Frances was born in Lethbridge on June 4, 1927 to Louis and Annie Moslaliuk. She grew up in the rural area of Turin, Alberta and later moved to Lethbridge. There she married Rollie in 1947, raised her children and then worked as a florist. She contributed to her community as a volunteer in her United Church Women’s group, her children’s schools and organizations, seniors groups and meals-on-wheels. Her greatest joys were raising her children, spending time with her grandchildren, tending her garden and using her artistic and crafting skills to make beautiful works for her family and friends.
Family members extend their thanks to the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit and the Chinook Regional Palliative Care Team for their care and kindness to Frances in her final months of life and for their support to her family.
A Memorial Service will be held at FIRST UNITED CHURCH, 502 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 1:30 P.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Church Memorial Fund, 502 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2S4.