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Condolences to the family of Rick Bernhardt



1944 - 2023

Frederick Arthur Bernhardt, beloved husband and father, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the age of 79 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, September 16, 2023 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Rick’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 12:45 P.M. on Saturday, September 16, 2023. The livestream will begin at 1:00 P.M.
Rick is survived by his wife of fifty five years, Karen Bernhardt; children Tami (John) Grocholl of Virginia, Christopher (Ann) Bernhardt of Utah, Scott (Korryn) Bernhardt of Utah, Thomas (Audrie) Bernhardt of Utah, Laura Bernhardt of Utah, Diana (Logan) Payne of Calgary and Kara (Joe) Atwood of Taber, as well as twenty two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his father Charles Bernhardt during WW II and by his mother Jeanne Bernhardt in 2013.
Rick was born March 26, 1944 in Melrose Park, Illinois. He was raised by a single mother and a loving extended family in the Chicago area. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was nineteen years old. He then served a two year mission for the church in Mexico.
Rick and Karen were married on December 20, 1967. They lived in Utah, Illinois, Missouri and Alberta. They found joy in raising their seven children, serving in the temple, spending time outdoors and going on vacations.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degrees from Brigham Young University. He later completed a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. Rick worked as a city administrator for many years before moving to Drumheller, where he owned a camera business for fifteen years. He then worked for the Department of Transportation in Alberta until he retired.
Rick loved working on family history, camping, hiking and in the last few years riding his E-bike all over town. He was also a good handyman and fixed the many things that Karen broke.
Rick was honored to serve in the Cardston Alberta Temple in the years leading up to his death. He loved working in the temple and was proud that all of his children had gone to the temple.
In his later years, his love for his wife, children and grandchildren grew exponentially. The day before his death, he expressed his love for them and how very special they were to him. They are his legacy. He will be greatly be missed by all who knew him.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Condolences to the family of James William Nicholson


James William

October 16, 1938 - September 6, 2023

James (Jim) Nicholson passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at the age of 85. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Joan; his daughter, Joanne Houston; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jodi, Nikki, Courtney, Matthew, Sean, David, Lisa and John; 7 great-grandchildren;and his sister, Marilyn Folliet. He was predeceased by his father, James and mother, Georgina; grandparents and son, James Jr.
Family would like to thank the home caregivers for the care Jim received. No Service will be held. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Jim’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 119 14 St., NW #100, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6, or MS Research, 182A Heritage Medical Research Building, 3330 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 or an SPCA of your choice.

Messages of condolence for the family may be left at
Prairie Rose Cremation & Funeral Services - Serving Drumheller and Surrounding Areas since 1997
(403) 823-5151 & (888) 216-5111

Condolences to the family of Catherine Anne Braunberger (nee Yemen)


(nee Yemen)
Catherine Anne

March 3, 1944 - September 3, 2023

Catherine passed away September 3rd, 2023 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
Catherine was born in Victoria, British Columbia March 3rd 1944 to Fred and Catherine Yemen.
As a child she moved with her parents to Dartmouth Nova Scotia where she received her schooling and graduated from Prince Andrew High School. After graduating, Catherine attended business college and went to Montreal where she worked for the House of Seagrams before moving to Coburg, Ontario where she worked for the assessment department. When Catherine’s father retired from the Navy, her parents moved west to Drumheller Alberta; she followed them west to Calgary, Alberta where she worked for Computer Sciences of Canada. Catherine would go to Drumheller on weekends to see her parents; during one of these visits she met the love of her life, Bill Braunberger. Catherine and Bill were married September 16, 1969 and spent the next 54 years loving, honouring and respecting each other. Cathy and Bill had two children; her “precious son” Nathan, and her “favourite daughter” Erin, who were her pride and joy. Cathy was a top realtor in Drumheller for 25 years. In their retirement Bill and Cathy moved to Sechelt, BC where they enjoyed time on their boat fishing for crab, and on the golf course perfecting their games. After twenty amazing years on the coast, Cathy and Bill returned to live in Drumheller in a house they had built. She quickly realized that Drumheller was too far from her daughter and again planned a move to Saskatoon to be closer to her daughter’s family and her grandchildren.
Cathy is predeceased by her son Nathan, her mom Catherine and her father Fred. Left to mourn are her husband Bill, her daughter Erin (Cory) Choponis, her grandchildren Brady, Chloe and Reid Braunberger, and Matthew and Morgan Choponis, her siblings Lynn (Jim) Nowasad, Sandy Guimont, and Terry (Pam) Yemen along with many extended family and very close friends. All those in Cathy’s “life boat” surely knew their value in her life and will remember her always.
Cathy hated funerals and often quipped that she wouldn’t even attend her own, so in honour of her wishes there will be no service.
Cathy was a charitable person, often giving a gentle hand up to those in need. As such, in lieu of flowers, please help someone as she would have, or make a donation to your charity of choice.