TUESDAY, October 18, 2016

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    BEERS

    ANN BEERS, beloved wife of the late James Beers, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    BLACKWATER

    PAMELA JEAN BLACKWATER passed away in Cardston, Alberta on October 14, 2016 at the age of 61 years.

    A Wake Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, on Friday, October 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve, on Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.

    Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


    BURGE

    EFFIE BURGE, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at the age of 95 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    Dave Jensen

    1937 – 2016

    Mr. Dave Jensen of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Cathy Jensen, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 79 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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    DOW

    MARJORIE DOW, beloved wife of the late Berne Dow, passed away on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

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    DUCHAN

    WALTER “SCOTTY” DUCHAN, beloved husband of Pauline Duchan, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at the age of 71 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    GOODE

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MERLE GOODE, husband of the late Denise Goode, on October 13, 2016 at the age of 78 years.

    A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Dan Doerksen officiating.

    Following the reception at the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum, Merle will be laid to rest next to his wife Denise at the Bowville Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, donations in Merle’s memory may be made to STARS – https://foundation .stars.ca/AB-donatenow.

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    H. JOHN RUSSELL

    1944-2016

    On the snowy Thanksgiving morning of October 10, a river of ravens swept down and carried John Russell’s precious soul to Valhalla. A lover of nature and a studied observer of its ways, John Russell spent his 72 years in a long embrace with the natural world. Born and raised in the Waterton/Twin Butte area, John followed his parents into the mountains on backcountry pack trains and hunting expeditions. He grew strong and wise in cahoots with his brothers Dick, Charlie, Gordon and sister Anne. John learned the high country’s magical ways and furthered his knowledge at university where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alberta. The far north called him. There his attention to precision helped determine the size and numbers of migrating caribou. That knowledge changed the management of the legendary herds, helping in their long-term preservation. John, a committed conservationist, was at home on the family ranch adjacent to Waterton Lakes National Park. He pursued a hands-on approach to issues such as non-native species. He contributed to local science and research and served as an MD councilor. John Russell was generous with his deep knowledge of the region. As a respected field guide, an engaging teacher and a popular speaker, outings with John were cherished inspirational experiences. His presentations of the archival photographs of his grandfather, Bert Riggall, have ignited a recognition and appreciation of these significant historic contributions. He was gentle and kind, inquisitive and joyful. And that laugh, what a laugh. He is loved and missed by his deep friend and longtime partner Valerie Haig-Brown; his son Jonas Dodd and his daughter in-law Magali Bailey; long time friend and mother of his son Sylvia Dodd; his siblings; Dick Russell and wife Colleen, Charlie Russell, Gordon Russell, Anne Raabe and husband Peter; niece, Sarah Russell and nephew, Tim Raabe and his wife Barb Raabe; sister in-law Margaret and husband Graeme; and niece in-law Chris Russell and her daughter Zoe, sister in-law Beth Towe and husband Andy. He was predeceased by his parents Andy and Kay Russell, and his nephew Anthony Russell.


    LILJA

    “Fathers hold their children’s hands for just a little while but hold their hearts forever.”

    “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give another person, he believed in me.”

    JOHN “JACK” CARL LILJA, beloved husband of the late Beverly Fay Lilja passed away peacefully, surrounded by his ever-loving family on October 15, 2016 at the age of 86 years old.

    Jack “Red” Lilja was born in San Francisco on September 22, 1930, the middle child and only son of Gustav and Elaine Lilja. He married Beverly, the love of his life, on March 22, 1951 after meeting in the gym of the Civic Center where he was playing basketball with a travelling team from San Francisco. They eventually settled in Lethbridge and shared 48 wonderful years together. During these 48 years, they were blessed with 4 daughters and a son. Left to honour him are: Lanell Chesko and her children: Jason (Lisa), Becky and Aaron; Lorell (Alvaro) Zanolli and children: Josh (Breanna) Zanolli, Jeff (Kareena) Zanolli, and Janna (Shawn) Ogertschnig; Leslie (Perry) Rasmussen and children: Adam (Kristen) Gyorfi, Jaimee (Tom) Penner and Kayla (Shaun) Courtney; Lynette (Clarence) Taal and children: Lauren and Cassidy Taal and son Jack Lilja Jr., 16 great grandchildren, 6 step children and numerous nieces and nephews.

    “Red” grew up on the playgrounds of San Francisco. He had to scrounge and save every day to find ten cents to “buy” into the basketball games on the outdoor courts where he competed against many future ABA/NBA athletes. This is where he picked up the nickname “Red” because of his red hair. When he was young, his Uncle Billy (a World Series champion with the New York Giants) was pushing him to play baseball but even in childhood, the love for the game of basketball was evident. Basketball brought him to Canada and he imparted his passion for the game to his children, and they in turn passed on the love of sport to his grandchildren and eventually his great grandchildren. Sport and competition is who the “Liljas” are and that all came from Dad. When we are all together we are playing some sort of game whether it be in the gym, at the skating rink, in the bowling alley, on the baseball field, at the Sugar Bowl or at the kitchen table. He was the proudest father, grandfather, and great grandfather that there could ever be. He would always say “There is no better family than this one!”

    He was a determined, hard worker who possessed a ‘never give up’ attitude and emphasized the importance of ‘doing it right’. These were all lessons he learned from growing up on the streets of San Francisco and from playing the game of basketball. These lessons drove him to success as a businessman and an athlete. He was best known for being an integral member of the local basketball powerhouses, the Broders and Chinooks. He also captained the Canadian Men’s National team. Whenever we would travel around town, he was constantly stopped by people who had seen him play or heard the games on the radio and he would always stop and chat with them. Even to this day if people hear his name, they will have some sort of comment on how good he was and how much fun it was to watch him and his teammates. Playing on these teams also provided him the opportunity to travel the world. He was inducted into at least 5 Hall of Fames both in Canada and the United States but one of his proudest moments was to be inducted into the U of L Hall of Fame with his children. He made lifelong friends with his teammates and it was always a treat to see these men interact later in their lives. Dad worked at Broder Canning Co. and then completed his professional career working for many years at CFCN-TV until his retirement.

    Dad was as successful a father/grandfather as he was a businessman and athlete; his stubborn determination was always evident. He had some infamous behaviors that we will always hold dear. When we were little and needed to come home from playing outside – he would stand on the front step and whistle a distinct tune that signalled it was time to come home. If he did not like something he would make this “clucking” sound with his tongue. Punctuality was essential and if he had to wait even a minute (which, with 4 daughters, was inevitable) – he would stand at the front door with his hands in his pockets and jingle his change. When he retired from playing and was watching his children compete – he would wear out a path in the top rows of the bleachers pacing back and forth. He did not believe in being hurt or injured and taught us all to “Get Up” and keep playing; “Let it hurt tomorrow!”. He coached for the U of L Women’s team and he also tried his hand at reffing (that did not last long)! He was always making us laugh as his wit was as quick as his hands and feet.

    Dad moved back to San Francisco in 1999 and married his high school girlfriend, Val Bradley. They enjoyed 14 years together until Val’s passing in 2013.

    Jack was predeceased by his wife Bev, his parents Gustav and Elaine Lilja, his sisters Mary Earnshaw and Vera Lou Lilja, a grandson Walter Chesko, and his second wife Val.

    We all feel profound admiration and are incredibly blessed to have been loved by this extraordinary man.

    At Dad’s request, no funeral will be held. A private family service will be held at a later date.

    In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to: KidSport Lethbridge, 1001 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0J3, http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/lethbridge-taber/

    To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


    ROBERT MANY FINGERS passed away in Lethbridge on October 13, 2016 at the age of 69 years.

    A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Oct. 18th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Family Cemetery.

    Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


    Miyuki Matsumoto

    1931 – 2016

    Ms. Miyuki Matsumoto of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 85 years. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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    Paula Moffat

    1929 – 2016

    Mrs. Paula Moffat, beloved wife of the late Tom Moffat, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

    A Memorial Service will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at a later date.

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    ZOETMAN

    Mrs. Maureen “Kit” Zoeteman of Fort Macleod beloved wife of the late of Lawrence “Larry” Zoeteman, passed away on October 14, 2016 at the age of 77 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Trinity United Church, 220 – 20th St., Fort Macleod, AB with Reverend Eras Van Zyl Officiating Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge, 402, 740– 4th St. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9


    NEIGEL

    JACOB “JACK” NEIGEL, beloved husband of Lorine Neigel, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    Olga Jarczak

    1921- 2016

    Mrs. Olga Jarczak of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 95 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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    Marlene Roelofs

    1941 – 2016

    Mrs. Marlene Roelofs of Lethbridge passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the St. Michael’s Health Centre at the age of 75 years. Marlene is survived by her son Michael (Angie) Roelofs and their daughters Nicolletta, and Marcella. She was born in Del Bonita on March 15, 1941 to Marshall & Mary Baker. She resided in Lethbridge, living both at the Extendicare Care & St. Michael’s Facility for the past 29 years. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 724 13th Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2T1.

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    SHEMANCHUK

    CLARA SHEMANCHUK, beloved wife of Joseph Shemanchuk, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

    Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    SMITH

    MARY SMITH, beloved wife of the late Richard Smith Sr., passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at the age of 95 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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    Stella Zabel

    1929 – 2016

    Mrs. Stella Zabel, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Zabel, passed away at Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7 or to the charity of your choice.

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    VIGH

    JOHN VIGH, passed away at home on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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