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Viola Arkinstall 1931 – 2016
Viola May Arkinstall, loving wife of the late Allan Arkinstall, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the age of 85 years, just 1 week after her birthday; May 9. Viola is survived by her son Everett and her daughter Valerie as well and many friends. She was a proud, active lady in her working life and her extensive volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada, Nord-Bridge Seniors, The Salvation Army, and the Seniors 55+ Senior Games serving as president with the games and Nord-Bridge Senior Centre. She enjoyed participating in the senior recreational games, winning several medals. She was also a LSCO member. Viola was a people person, enjoying sincere friendships. Vi was a cook for many years with both the Green Acres Foundation, and the Auxiliary Hospital. After she retired, Viola and Allan volunteered managing The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Taber and then in Lethbridge. She was a tireless worker in her leadership with the Ladies Home League and League of Mercy. She was also a Lethbridge Hurricane hockey season ticket holder and enjoyed going to the games. Over the past few months as her health declined, the good Lord saw her getting tired and called her home. She is indeed in peace with her husband Allan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1510 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0G1, the Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, 1904 13 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 4W9, the Salvation Army Church, 1302 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB or a charity of your choice – just because Viola cared for others. Thanks to the Park Meadows Village – Cottage 6 staff for their care and compassion toward Viola. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, May 20, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB. Following the service, a reception will be held at Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, 1904 13 Ave. N., Lethbridge, AB. Guests are asked to use the S.W door on 12th Ave. N. Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
BELLEMARE, Marie Fleurence, 66 of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away on May 6, 2016. She was born on December 3, 1949 in Bonnyville, Alberta the daughter of Hector and Laureta, Bellemare. She leaves behind loving siblings including her sister Claudette Currie and her husband Joe, sister Lea Biddle and husband Bryan, sister Lynn Glaim and husband Larry and brother Real Bellemare. Flo was blessed to have many friends and support from both Quest Support Services and Southern Alberta Community Living Association over the years she lived in Lethbridge. The family would like thank the staff at Edith Cavell Care Centre for their care over the last year and the doctors and recently the nurses and doctors at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Flo will be remembered for her sweet smile, chuckles, her fun nature and inspiring others. Her eyes said it all. She loved to travel, shop and listen to music. She was very social and enjoyed being out in the community visiting with others. Flo had a great sense of humour, sometimes being known as a prankster. Flo was a teacher; she taught everyone who met her that regardless of your shape, size or abilities if you set your mind to something anything is possible. A celebration to honour Flo’s life will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2pm at The Coast Hotel in the Grand Ball Room located in Lethbridge.
RALPH LESLIE HARRIS, beloved husband of Irene Harris, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, May 16th, 2016 at the age of 79 years. Besides his loving wife of 56 years, Irene, Ralph is survived by his children: Lynn (Brian) Schmidt, Renee Harris, Leslie (Brenda) Harris and Jonathan (Nancy) Harris. Grandchildren: Sheena (Scott), Shawn, Aaron (Robin), Joshua and Krew. Ralph is also survived by his two great-granddaughters Olivia and Everly. He was a father and grandfather to many children, not just his own. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Leslie and Helen Harris as well as his brother Doug Harris. Ralph was a born and raised a Lethbridge north-sider and was eventually transplanted to the south. He started working for the CPR on December 16th, 1955 as “Wiper”. He was promoted to “Fireman” April 9th, 1960 and then finally as a “Locomotive Engineer” April 3rd, 1965. Ralph’s last trip was May 2nd, 1992 and he retired from CPR on July 1st, 1992. During his longstanding career he transported everything from the Prime Minister of Canada to cruise missiles. Ralph had a love for fishing, his cabin in Creston and most importantly his family and friends. There wasn’t a single activity that he wouldn’t attend for his children and grandchildren. He was a caring, dedicated and down to earth man who loved his backyard “Lodge Meetings”. A Celebration to honour Ralph’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Margrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. An Interment will be held following the reception at Mountain View Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ralph, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. To send a condolence, please visit www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
Julia Elisa Bluekens (Di Rocco) 1960- 2016
It is with shattered hearts that we sadly announce that Julia Bluekens, beloved wife of Garth Bluekens, left us on May 15, 2016 just 10 days after her 56th birthday. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, May 20, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating. Those who wish may make a donation to a charity of their choice. Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
Mary Varzari 1927 – 2016
Mrs. Mary Varzari of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. George Varzari, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
ARTHUR ROBERT MOLINE, beloved husband of Lena Moline, of Lethbridge, AB passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the age of 90 years. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive S., Lethbridge AB, on Thursday May 19, 2016 at 1:00pm. To send a condolence, please visit www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HATTIE HOLLADAY RUSSELL
HATTIE IONE (Holladay) RUSSELL of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mac C Russell, passed away at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge on May 11, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Hattie will be forever loved and remembered by her children: W. Keith (RevaBeth) Russell of Springville, Utah; Janeth (Alan) Heath/Dudley of Magrath; Kathleen (Paul) Ciesla of Lethbridge; Marianne (Dale) Taylor of Lethbridge; and David “Tucker” (Lori) Russell of Lancaster, California. Hattie is also survived by her sister Alice Munroe of Medicine Hat, a foster son Glen Little Light of Calgary, 16 grandchildren and 31 great- grandchildren. Hattie was predeceased by her husband Mac Russell; granddaughter Stephanie Ciesla; grandson Brian Russell; her parents Daniel William and Susan Eliza (Marler) Holladay; sisters Della Blumel, Susie Jensen and Rose Gurney; and brothers Dan, Wren, Alan, and Howard Holladay. Hattie was born on July 2, 1919 in Magrath, where she grew up. She graduated from Magrath High School, then attended Garbutt Business College in Calgary. Her first job was with the Lethbridge detachment of the RCMP. While working in Lethbridge, she met Mac Russell. They were married on July 8, 1942 in the L.D.S. Cardston temple. They lived on the outskirts of Diamond City where they raised their five children. They shared 68 years of married life together before Mac passed away in 2010. Hattie was a wonderful example of charitable service and was always finding ways to help others. She was a committed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in the Diamond Ward. There she planned and conducted music, played organ, sang in choirs and taught songs to many children for special numbers. She made quilts, provided meals and instructed classes. She began as a teenager in Magrath and continued until she was 80. She was President of the women’s society for some years. She loved creating a home, helping others, reading and writing. In later years, Hattie and Mac filled a mission in the San Antonio Texas Mission. They also loved their service in the Cardston temple, where they served for many years. Friends may meet with the family at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME at 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge on Friday, May 20 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the church on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. prior to the service. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Boulevard South in Lethbridge. Interment to follow in Archmount Cemetery. As a family, we express gratitude to the exceptional staff at St. Therese Villa for their loving, tender care of our mother over the last 4 1/2 years and to all the doctors entrusted with her care.