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Byron Y Low, age 84, left this earth on July 25th, 2015 to return to his heavenly home. His devotion to his family here on earth and his quiet spiritual strength were evident throughout his life and sustained him to the end.  Byron will be deeply missed by his wife of 60 years, LaPriel Butler and his four children, Shelly (Dennis) Hill, Todd (Robbie) Low, Shannon Low, and Desiree (Jeremy) Harris. His 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren will miss arm wrestling and playing games with him. He is also survived by his devoted sister, Mildred Jensen.  Byron was born in Cardston, Alberta to Brigham Young Low and Hannah Antris Gedlaman. He was the youngest of 6 children, and will be happy to meet up with 4 of his siblings, Mary, Ross, Doug and Laura who have gone ahead.  Byron graduated from Utah State University in 1960 with a degree in Engineering and could build or fix anything put before him. After 20 years working for Hewlett Packard in the U.S., Byron and LaPriel returned to Lethbridge to start his own business, Hi-Lo Machine and Tool, and to be closer to family. He built a wonderful home in West Lethbridge and they stayed there the remainder of their time, until moving to Claresholm very recently so they could be closer to their daughter, Shelly.  Byron was a hard worker, patient with all and very faithful in his responsibilities within the LDS church. He was generous, happy and loved family times together. He was always the first to offer to help anyone who was in need. He made a difference in the lives of many and will be remembered for his legacy of love, patience and humility.  The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, CLARESHOLM, 4924 3rd Street East. Friends and relatives may meet the family from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.. We invite all who knew him to join us as we celebrate his life. Lunch will follow.  Interment will be in the Cardston Cemetery, Saturday afternoon following the service and lunch.

Dylan Mcafee  1982 – 2015
Mr. Dylan McAfee of Lethbridge, beloved companion of Ms. Teresa Wong, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the age of 32 years.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.  Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

RONALD ROYCE MELLOR,
born October 2, 1925 in Coalhurst, Alberta, peacefully passed away July 21, 2015 in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  Ron grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta. Ron joined the Navy quite young and while on leave, he met his beautiful wife, Barbara (Coutts), of Edmonton, Alberta.  Ronald was a long term employee of Imperial Oil at the Strathcona Refinery until he retired. Ronald also worked for Standard Oil in Sigonella, Sicily during his career, living the life of la dolce vita. Ronald was also an avid slow pitch player for many years, enjoying the game and comradery of his fellow players. He was a wonderful father, husband, and loved to spoil his grandchildren. He and Barbara also liked to trip the light fantastic on the dance floor which they did every Friday night for many years at the Royal Canadian Legion, of which he was a faithful member.  Barbara and Ronald were blessed with six children. Ronald leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Barbara; sister Geraldine Hamilton (Mellor); sons Donald Mellor (Eva) of Calgary, Richard Mellor of Edmonton, Ken Mellor of Edmonton; daughters Patricia Mellor of Edmonton, Brenda Mason (George) of Edmonton, and Carol Bourke (Alvin) of Edmonton. Ronald will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, George (Ashley) Mellor, Martin Mellor and Willa Mae Mellor, of Calgary; Wesley Mellor, of Edmonton with great grandchildren Tariq and Kadin; George Mason with great grandchild Aidan; Matthew Mason, and Andrew Mason; Sarah Keuhnlenz (nee Bourke) (Casey) with great grandchildren Landon, Hayden and Liam Royce, of New Mexico, USA.  Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Mellor, brother, Kenneth Mellor; and beloved granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Bourke.  Ronald spent his last few years at Laurier House in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and the family thanks all of the staff for their fine and gentle care of him.  Should you wish to join us for the sharing of memories, please e-mail cbourke@shaw.ca or mellord@telusplanet.net  for date and time.  South Side Memorial Chapel, 8310–104 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6E 4E8.
Phone: 780-432-1601

SHEETS  1926 – 2015
JANETTE ALEXANDRA MCLEAN SHEETS, (nee Munro) beloved wife of the late Melvin Lee Sheets of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Coaldale Health Centre, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the age of 89 years.  A Celebration of Janette’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Ave South, Lethbridge on Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.
Honoured to Serve - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone  (403) 381-7777
Fax  (403)381-3128 Toll Free  1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Erna Siemens   1934 – 2015
Mrs. Erna Siemens of Coaldale, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the age of 81 years.  Erna was born to George and Helen Barg, March 9, 1934 in Coaldale, Alberta where she lived for all but one of her 81 years. She attended school in Coaldale through grade 9, following which she was sent to work as a live-in housemaid for various families around Southern Alberta. She worked for a time at the Eaton’s lunch counter. On May 20, 1956 she married Peter C. Kopp and they raised four sons (two other children passing at birth). Erna was devoted to her family and was determined to raise sons who knew the values of honesty and hard work despite the limitations of living in town rather than on the farm. They were taught to do laundry, clean properly, help with cooking, and sent to find part-time jobs at 13, in the absence of real farm chores. Once the youngest son was in school, Erna re-entered the work force, first at a flower shop, then Prairie Meats, and then as a cook at the Coaldale Hospital, where she said “I worked for twelve and a half years doing what I love; messing around with food.” During retirement, Erna settled into doing things she loved most, such as blessing others through hospitality and hospital visitation.  Peter and Erna enjoyed 50 years together. Peter passed away in 2006. Erna did not adjust to being a widow very easily, as she had left all aspects of the household, except cooking, to Dad, and she hated driving. During this period, God blessed her with many friends who stood by her. She was both delighted and surprised when Leo Siemens contacted her. Leo and Erna were married on July 18, 2009 and they made a fresh start with great hopes and plans for adventure. These plans suffered a blow when Erna was diagnosed with cancer within five months of their wedding. This began a five and a half year journey that required all of her determination and strength. She passed from this life to the next on July 25, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Leo and his daughters Lorrie; children Micah & Janna and Elaine (Steve); children Danae (Brayden), Damien, Dezrae and son Mark; sons Lawrence (Wanda), Allen (Allison), Murray (Lorna) and Wes (Ruth) ten grandchildren, Joelle (Bryson) Duda, Jeneva (James) Moxon, Jonathan, Jacquelyn, Qualan, Atlee, Sajal Coral, Alexis and Téa; one great-grandson Atlas; brother Peter; sisters Mary and Dora.  A Visitation will be held from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. South, Lethbridge, Alberta.  A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Coaldale Cemetery, with a Memorial Service to follow at 11:00am at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114-18 St., Coaldale, Alberta.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Brethren Mission, (#300 – 32040 Downes Road, Abbotsford, BC, V4X 1X5).  Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Edna Martens  1920 – 2015
Edna May Martens, beloved wife of the late Frank Martens, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 95 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Theodoreâ??s Anglican Church, 5120 – 44 Avenue, Taber on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at www.southlandfuneral.com.  Edna is survived by four children, Denise (Emil) Brugos of Edmonton and their three daughters Pam Huber (John Wintersgill), Joanne (Jack) Beattie and Sheila Nevis; Lorna (Mike) Warwick of Port Carling, Ontario and their two children Sean Warwick (Meredith Hendy) and Erin Warwick; Valerie Martens-McHugh (John Kramer) of Lethbridge and her son Landon McHugh; Colin Martens (Jamie Baker-Rolphe) of Tilley and his two daughters Shelby Martens and Janine Martens. Edna was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law Frances (Ruben) Seipert and is survived by their three children Jackie Heisler (Larry Bessell), Darrell (Brenda) Seipert and Jody (Terry) Rose. She is also survived by fifteen great grandchildren and seventeen great great grandchildren; two sisters Marion (Mike) Sekura of Taber and Cynthia McCulloch of Saanich, British Columbia. Edna will be fondly remembered by Frankâ??s sister Helen Nicol and his sisters-in-law Barbara Martens, Ruth Martens, Eva Martens and by numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband Frank, daughter Frances and son in law Ruben, she was predeceased by two sisters and their husbands Alice (Julian) Christiansen, Gladys â??Buntyâ?ť (Bill) Malinsky and brother-in-law Mel McCulloch.  Edna was born on April 20, 1920, the second of three girls born to Albert Jubb and Doris (nee Proberts) Jubb-Williams on the family farm in Grassy Lake. She was raised in Grassy Lake and in Barnwell where she attended the Barnwell School.  Edna was married to Frank Martens in Taber on February 11, 1961. She enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for Campbell Electric in Taber before devoting her time to her family as a stay at home wife and mother. Much of her spare time was consumed with baking, cooking and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens that she grew every year until the age of eighty five, when she found it too tedious to get around in the yard. Edna also enjoyed bowling in the ladies Tuesday morning league until she was eighty five. She made many friends bowling, friendships she kept close until her passing. In fact, â??the bowling girlsâ?ť (as she referred to them), enjoyed lunch with her at the Clearview Lodge the day of her ninety-fifth birthday this past April. She was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch #20, Ladies Auxiliary and she enjoyed many years of service with her comrades.  Edna loved camping, playing cards (smear), watching curling and the Toronto Blue Jays. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren Erin, Shelby, Janine and Landon that lived close and spent a lot of time at her house. Edna and her family were greatful for the friendships of Ruth Hill, Mary Krizan and Faye Christensen and for all their support over the past years.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ednaâ??s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (
www.heartandstroke.ab.ca.)  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


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