Daniel Joseph Royer May 21, 1926 - December 28, 2012 Daniel, (Dan - 86 years old), passed away peacefully in his home in Calgary, Alberta, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Under the loving care of his son-in-law Bruce Griffith- Cochrane, and with continuous visits from all of his family, Dan's life was filled with love and laughter right to the end.Dan, the middle of nine siblings, was born in the French Community of Beaumont, Alberta to Andre and Lucie Royer. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Alice Royer, six children; Terry (Maureen), Diana (Richard) Bernard, Wynne (Gordon) Towers, Greg (Cindy), Randy (Jane) and Michelle (Bruce) Griffith-Cochrane, his 21 grandchildren, their spouses and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind two brothers; Victor (Beth) and Aurell (Laverne), two sisters; Denise Royer and Lorraine Gaumont and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Robert and three sisters; Evelyn, Estelle and Vivienne.Dan was a life long learner and entrepreneur who encouraged his offspring and influenced many with his warm smile, infectious laugh and magnetic personality. Although Dan’s many enterprises centered in Alberta they spread across Canada and into the United States involving all of his children in various capacities and partnerships. Dan experienced a variety of vocations including construction, military and business with a focus on hotels. He enjoyed and was involved in many sports but his greatest love was his family who will cherish the memory of "Grandpa Dan".Please visit www.edenbrookcemetery.ca for a more detailed biography and to share condolences with the family.Prayers and viewing will be held on Thursday, January 3rd , 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Calgary at EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME (corner of 17th Avenue SW and Lower Springbank Road).A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held in Calgary at ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CHURCH (800 85 Street SW) on Friday, January, 4th 2013, at 1:00p.m. Immediately following will be the interment and refreshments & fellowship at EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME (corner of 17th Avenue SW and Lower Springbank Road).In lieu of flowers a donation in Dan’s memory may be made directly to: The Alberta Cancer Foundation at http://albertacancer.ca/danroyer (Daniel J. Royer).Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME and RECEPTION CENTRE, 24223 Township Road 242, Calgary AB.
DE JONGFLORENCE DE JONG (nee Wielinga), dearly loved wife of Fred De Jong, of Lethbridge, AB, went to be with her heavenly Father on December 22, 2012 at the age of 80 years A Memorial Service for Florence will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West Lethbridge. We do not grieve as those who have no hope, and we praise God that Florence is now resting in the Lord.Memorial tributes may be made to the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store, 1004 1 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0B1.Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.comMartin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
DONNA FAYE WILDE April 8, 1947 - December 21, 2012We, the family of DONNA WILDE sadly announce her passing on December 21, 2012. Her brief battle with cancer started at the Lethbridge hospital and then ended in the Battlefords Union hospital. Donna was born and raised in the Battlefords. Her career as a realtor began in Saskatchewan then continued on in Lethbridge, AB, until her death. Donna was a generous, loving person who was respected by all who knew her. She was an avid gardener, and took pride in her yard and home. Donna was involved in the Rotary club and Bowling league. She had many interests such as traveling, golfing, politics, and the LDS church.She will be greatly missed by, her husband; Dexter Wilde and his children, Carrie, Jaime (Brett), Tammy (Mike) and their children (Hayden and Salomon), and Shian (Chelsey), and their children (Corbin and Hadley). Her father-in law (Elmer Wilde) and mother-in law (Betty Wilde). Her son; Danny Joe Bertsch, and his children, Dakota Bertsch, Dantan Bertsch and Darby Bertsch. Daughter-in-law, Dana Bertsch and son-in-law to be Lorne Wohlberg. Her daughter; Chandra Bertsch and her children, Ethan Mohr, Dylyn Mohr and Coltyn Mohr. her sisters; Pat Ford (Brian), Karen Gabruch (Neil Curtis) and her brother; Dan Gabruch (Debbie). Funeral Service was held at Battleford United Church Friday at 2pm, December 28, 2012.
DRAVLANDVERNON DRAVLAND of Lethbridge and Carbury North Dakota, devoted husband of Eunice Clara (Vinge) Dravland passed away suddenly and peacefully on December 27th, 2012 at the age of 88 years.Vern served in the US Army during World War II aboard the Hospital Ship Dogwood. In 1969 he joined the Faculty of Education of the University of Lethbridge as Director of Educational Research. After his retirement, he returned to farming on the land homesteaded by his grandfather in Carbury.Besides his loving wife of 61 years, Vernon is survived by his son Jonas Eric, and daughter Elsa, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers and three sisters. He could always be counted on for a warm smile, a kind word or a gentle kiss on the hand. His generosity and loving spirit was only exceeded by his sense of humor, evidenced by his skill with the proper turn of a good Norwegian joke.He will be greatly missed. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday January 2, 2013 at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 11th Ave South, Lethbridge, with Pastor Tom Peterson, officiating.In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, www.clwr.org. Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
GORUKLINDA CATHERINE GORUK, beloved wife of Bill and mother of Christopher and Gina, passed away suddenly at the Foothills hospital on Friday, December 28, 2012 at the age of 54, with her family at her side.Linda was born in Lethbridge on October 5, 1958 and spent much of her early life in Taber where she met the love of her life, Bill. They married and lived in Lethbridge where they raised their two children together. At the time of her passing Linda was the Early Learning Coordinator at Ecole St. Mary where she shared her passion and enthusiasm for teaching. Linda enjoyed golfing, traveling, taking walks and spending time curled up with a good book. Besides Bill, her husband of 30 years, her son Christopher and daughter Gina, Linda is also survived by her five siblings: Steve (Trudy) Wilson, twin sister Leona (Lynn) Marthaller, Doris (Rae) Hopkins, David (Cindy) Wilson and Richard (Janet) Wilson. Also left to mourn is Bill’s mother Frances, as well as his siblings, Elaine (Gary) Ash, Karen (Ron) Taillefer, Doug (Nevis) Goruk, Neil (Della) Goruk, and Denise (Ian) Cole; along with numerous extended family members. She is predeceased by her mother Frances Wilson, her mother’s friend Andy Schaafsma, and her father-in-law Jack Goruk. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at ST. MARTHA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at ST. MARTHA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Father Fernando Genogaling, celebrant.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7, or to a charity of one’s choice.Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
JESSIE JOHNSTONJuly 6, 1923 – December 29, 2012JESSIE JOHNSTON of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Dr. Lloyd Johnston, passed away on December 29, 2012 at the age of 89 years.Jess is survived by her daughters Lynn, Pat, Marcia, Rae, Pam and their spouses. She is also survived by her grandchildren Catherine, Court, Erik and Tim; great grandson Midnite; two nieces Ann and Erin and nephew Clayton and their families.Jess was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd, her daughter Susan, and her parents Edith and Jack.Born and raised in Edmonton, Jess was the only child of the late Edith and Jack Booth. She attended school in Edmonton and completed her nursing degree at the Royal Alexander Hospital where she met Lloyd Johnston, a resident at the time.Lloyd and Jess married on May 29, 1945 at St. Stephens College in Edmonton. Jess was a devoted wife, extraordinary mother, exceptional artist, and compassionate nurse. She was an active member of the United Church, CGIT, and a volunteer to many organizations. She enjoyed golf, skiing and world travel with their many friends. Time with her family at the Gladstone Valley cabin was always a special time for everyone.A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.Donations in Jess’ memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 9Z9.Send condolences atwww.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
LIPINSKI – 1953 - 2012Wendy Lipinski of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Matt Lipinski passed away after a lengthy illness, at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Dec. 28, 2012 at the age of 59 years.Besides her loving husband, Matt, Wendy is survived by her mother, Mary Macfarlane, daughter Sonja (Kyle) and son Chris (Courteney); two grandchildren, Gabriel and Grace; three sisters, Heather, Judy and Debbie and three brothers, Paul, Mark and Danny.She was predeceased by her father, Pete and brother, David.Born in Toronto, Wendy was raised and educated in Lethbridge where she resided until her passing.Wendy was a very talented individual and over the years was a singer, musician and exemplary artist. These qualities were evident in her everyday life, especially in her chosen profession as an RN, on 3C Surgical Unit at the Chinook Regional Hospital.Wendy was loved by everyone and will be deeply missed.A Memorial Gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Potemkin Art Gallery, upstairs at 411 – 3 Ave S, Lethbridge.Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Bowman Arts Centre, 811 – 5 Ave S. Lethbridge T1J 0V2.Evergreen Cremation Services327 - 10 Street SouthLethbridge, AlbertaPhone: (403) 329-4934Send condolences: www.evergreenfh.ca
OUWERKERKMRS. KORNELIA "KORRIE" PIETERTJE OUWERKERK of Fort Macleod, beloved wife of Mr. Antonie Ouwerkerk, passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 69 years.Condolences will be offered from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF FORT MACLEOD, 2608 7 Avenue, Fort Macleod, Alberta.Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
PATERSONJAMES D. (JAMIE) PATERSON of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Park Extendicare on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the age of 83 years.A gathering to celebrate Jamie’s life will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at MARTIN BROS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Private family inurnment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make donations in Jamie’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #D, 210 – 12A St N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1, 403-327-4114 or to the charity of your choice. Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
Ralph Broderson1963 - 2012 Ralph Frank Broderson passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 26,2012 at the age of 49 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family at the SouthlandFuneral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, January 2, 2013between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 217 - 5Street North, Vauxhall on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Condolencesmay be forwarded by visiting our website at www.southlandfuneral.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ralph’s name may be madedirectly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 - 10 Street South, Lethbridge,Alberta T1J 2M7. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)223-8778.
SCHOENINGMR. CONRAD SCHOENING of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Doris Schoening, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, December 28, 2012 at the age of 93 years.A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
STRYKEREMILE "EMMA" STRYKER of Bow Island, beloved husband of the late Earl Stryker, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 90 years.A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 - 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Rev. Mac DeWaal officiating. A private family burial will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Pleasant View Lodge, 1039 1 St. East, Bow Island, AB., T0K 0G0.Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.610 - 4 Street SouthLethbridge, AB T1J 4P3 Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901www.mbfunerals.com
Violet Striemer (Big Bull)It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grand-mother, aunt, sister, cousin and friend, Violet Theresa Striemer (Big Bull) born in Brocket, Alberta on May 9th 1944. She entered Heaven’s gates on December 28th, 2012.The wake service will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 beginning at 5:00 pm at the home of Mills and Jacqueline Big Bull. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Brocket, AB the following day on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 am with Father Freddy Valdivia, celebrant.Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10Funeral arrangements in the care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek (403) 627-4864.To email condolences please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com