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Norma Bosman          1943 – 2020

Norma Jean Bosman (Lyckman), surrounded by her loving family passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on November 28, 2020 at the age of 77 years.  Norma was born in Carmangay, Alberta, the first child of Raymond Arthur Lyckman and Hilda Lyckman (Stockwell). She graduated from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) in 1961.  After a six-year courtship with her high-school sweetheart, she married Henry and turned it into a 56-year loving partnership. In 1965 they moved to the Trail, B.C region where their daughters were born. On return trips home to visit the Lyckman and Bosman grandparents, Norma, a true prairie girl, would rejoice when Pincher Creek came into view and she could “stretch her eyeballs” since the mountains and trees were finally out of the way.  After moving back to Lethbridge, Norma’s volunteer and business pursuits highlighted her caring nature, ingenuity, and sewing skills. She was an owner and partner in Knitting Time and an active member of the Lethbridge Business and Professional Women’s Association. She volunteered for some 30 years with the Family History Centre and for many years at St. Michael’s hospital where she was honored with the Silver Spoon award. Norma particularly enjoyed sharing her many gifts with her daughters and granddaughters.  Norma was predeceased by her parents and her husband Henry.  She is survived by her brother Warren Lyckman; daughters Laura Bosman (Jim Ling) of Houston, Texas, and Diane Bosman (Paul Bognar) of Toronto, Ontario; two granddaughters Rachel and Amanda Ling.  Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations can be directed to the Memorial Fund at McKillop United Church, to support seniors’ programming, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0X5, or the Covenant Foundation, 3C60, 11111 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4 in Norma’s name.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.  Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

CRANE CHIEF

VIVIAN RACHEL CRANE CHIEF, passed away on November 20th, 2020 in Stand Off, AB at the age of 45 years. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 am. Due to COVID-19 restrictions only 10 people will be permitted in the service. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.  To WATCH the Service online or send condolences please visit legacyfuneralhome.ca

CRONKHITE, RUTH          1927-2020

Ruth Cronkhite, age 93, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2020 at the Chinook Regional Hospital.  Ruth’s smile, her kind and loving soul will be greatly missed by her beloved husband of 73 years, Tom (Thomas) Cronkhite of Lethbridge, her precious children, Barry (Marj) Cronkhite of Warner, Wayne (Denise) Cronkhite of Maple Creek, SK, Dale (Heather) Cronkhite of Lethbridge and Jayna (Grant) Staples of Coaldale, her 8 adoring grandchildren, Alisa (Chris) Thomas, Traci (Robert) Stelten, Jenny (Richard) Seward, Conner Cronkhite, Michelle Cronkhite, Tyler (Tenille) Cronkhite, Travis (Blaire) Staples and Garrett Staples. Ruth also blessed the lives of 10 great grandchildren.  Ruth was born to Oscar Allan and Emma Erickson in their family farm house near Wrentham, Alberta on February 15, 1927. It was here that she grew up surrounded by 5 sisters and a brother. After finishing secondary school, Ruth attended Calgary Normal School and became a teacher. She taught at the Stirling School for one year to a class of 40 students including 4 Japanese students that were just learning English!  She then married her sweetheart, Tom Cronkhite, in 1947 after he returned from his service in the RCAF during World War II. Their marriage was one to admire, as they were truly devoted to one another in love and friendship. Together they raised their family, 4 sons and a daughter, while farming and ranching in the New Dayton, Alberta area.  Ruth and Tom spent a lot of time in Waterton Lakes National Park camping and fishing on Cameron Lake. They spent 11 winters in Mesa, Arizona “snow birding” and enjoying golf, square dancing and socializing. They also took many bus trips together in their later senior years. Ruth loved to visit with her family and friends and had an amazing knack for remembering details. There was no need to look things up in a history book when Ruth was around! Family was of great importance to Ruth, she enjoyed being surrounded by her loved ones as much as possible. Hosting amazing family dinners was a specialty of hers, always carried out with style and grace.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her son Roger Allan Cronkhite, daughter-in-law Betty Ann Cronkhite, and 3 sisters, Donna Bowerman, Cheryl Ann Erickson and Betty Rockenbach. Ruth is survived by 3 siblings, Gail Jensen, Lorna Hintze and David Erickson.  A special thank you to the staff that cared for her at St. Therese Villa and the Chinook Regional Hospital.  Please share memories, stories and messages of condolence through evergreenfh.ca.

HUNT

NORAH HUNT passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, November 26th, 2020, at the age of 70 years.  Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.  To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

ELSA MARIA THERESIA SCHMIDT (NÉE ZIEHER)

Passed peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario in the care of her daughter Angela and family, on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the age of 92.  Elsa is predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Albert (2010), her parents Karl and Franziska (née Rapp) Zieher and 3 sisters. She is survived by daughter Angela (Kenn) Rodzinyak, sons Karl (Jenny), Roland (Elaine), and Lothar, her 6 granddaughters Kristyn, Daphne, Celina, Jordyn, Mackenzie, and Hannah, as well as 5 nieces, 2 nephews, several great-nieces and nephews in Germany and sister-in-law Herta Glück (née Schmidt) in South Africa.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday December 5, 2020 at 10:00am at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South, Lethbridge. The Service will be livestreamed via the Salmon and Sons website.  To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

VAN BEZOOYEN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend. CARLA RAE VAN BEZOOYEN (née Eagleson), of Beazer, AB passed away after a brave and hard fight against cancer on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 68 years.  Carla was born on August 22, 1952 in Lethbridge, AB. She grew up in the Warner/Milk River area with her parents and five siblings. She enjoyed running, rodeo, and hanging out with her older brother Robert and his friends. She graduated from Erle Rivers High School. She married her husband Clifford Link. They had four daughters, which most definitely kept her hands and her heart full.  In 1989, she married Hendrick (Hank) Van Bezooyen. Not having children of his own, he gained 4 daughters and over the years: 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren while loving every minute of it. After getting married, they built a new home on the Van Bezooyen family farm where they lived and farmed until 2012. Many memories were made there between having farm animals to care for, the family reunions, Christmas dinners, birthdays and even a wedding! They then purchased their forever property and built the home of their dreams in Beazer, AB. Carla was such a perfectionist and everything had to have a place just the way she wanted it. If it was not done to her approval, she would make a comment about it and then change it herself. Carla enjoyed the peace and calmness of her yard and took great pride in the gardening and landscaping. She also enjoyed sitting on the porch or going for walks to take it all in.  Although they loved their home, they also have traveled to Holland, Cuba, and Mexico.  Carla was an avid and exceptionally talented crafter, everything she set her mind on doing turned out perfect. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, and quilting the many, upon many quilts or table runners on Lucey (her quilting machine), painting, crocheting, jewelry making, and needlepoint. She also loved playing her bass clarinet in the Lethbridge Community band.  Carla is survived by her loving husband Henderick (Hank) Van Bezooyen of 31 years; daughters Michelle (Russ) Martens, Rhonda Link, Nicholle (Ed) Pearse, Sheila (Brett) Fox; grandchildren Richard Martens, Jandy (Kevin) Neufeld, Raymond (Bailey) Martens, Bailey Link, Taran Link, Matthew Leaveritt, Thomas Gregson, Ashley Pearse, Melissa Pearse, Sydney Fox, and Jordan Fox; great-grandchildren Presley Neufeld, Remi Neufeld, Marley Martens, Nadalie Link, and Jaxson Gregson; mother Evelyn Eagleson; brothers Robert (Gayle) Eagleson, Lloyd (Jane) Eagleson, Jay (Marcie) Eagleson; Sisters Roxanne Holtom (Dave Clifton), Karen (William) Jenkins; brothers-in-law Bill (Nel) Bezooyen, John (Jenny) Bezooyen, Gerrit (Teresa) Van Bezooyen, Gerrit Schipper; sisters-in-law Tina Grisnich, Maaike Oushoorn, Margaret (Hank) Dekok and Cory Goedhart.  Carla was predeceased by her father Wilbur Eagleson; first husband Clifford Link; niece Meredith Eagleson; sisters-in-law Krijine (Chris) Deleeuw, Willi Schipper, Nel (John) Haarman; brothers-in-law John Grisnich, Martin Oushoorn, Pete Goedhart, Floor Van Bezooyen and Al Holtom.  Special thank you to all of the health care professionals that have cared for our Mom during this uncertain and unpredictable time.  A Celebration of Carla’s Life will be held at a later date. During these times, we ask that people celebrate in their own cohort and raise a toast or crochet hook to Carla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carla’s memory to the Jack Ady Cancer Center or a charity of your choice.  To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

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