By Obituaries on June 15, 2013.
1922 ~ 2013
Anna Cservenyak (nee Lovas) beloved wife of the late Steve Cservenyak, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 10:00am- 11:00 on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH | 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am with Father Roque, celebrant.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623
Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901
Ian Coutts of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Carolyn Coutts, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on June 10, 2013 at the age of 79 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Lethbridge, on June 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Evergreen Cremation Services
327 – 10 Street South
Phone: (403) 329-4934
Send condolences: http://www.evergreenfh.ca
1925 – 2013
Following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), John Peter
Epp of Lethbridge (formerly of Vauxhall), went to be with his Lord on
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the age of 88 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland
Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, June 16, 2013 between
7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Burial Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery (travel
north of Vauxhall on Highway 36 almost seven kilometers, then head east on
Township Road 140 just over one kilometer) on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:30
The Funeral Service will be held at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church,
2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences
may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Annie, his loving wife of sixty eight years, John is survived by
their seven children Elsie (John) Fast of Coaldale, John (Eldonna) Epp of
Calgary, Allen (Lois) Epp of Kelowna, British Columbia, Linda (Art) Thiessen
of Vauxhall, David Epp of Edmonton, Lois (Harold) Schmidtz of Cold Lake and
Rick (Paula) Epp of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He will be fondly remembered by
sixteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren, Ken Fast of
Lethbridge and family Austin and Morgan; Scott (Carey) Fast of Calgary and
family Jordan, Asha and Lindsey; Jason Fast (Denise Holland) of Warner;
Leonard Epp of Calgary; Rosanne Schlachter (Michael Drumm) of Calgary and
family Hailey and Brayden; Dale (Patti) Epp of Geraldine, New Zealand and
family Isabel and Justus; Roxanne (Mark) Bohnet of Kelowna, British Columbia
and family Jesse and Madison; Bruce (Shannon) Thiessen of Duchess and family
Lauren and Emily; Brian (Angie) Thiessen of Sherwood Park and family Rachel,
Lukas, Jack and Adam; Steven Epp of Edmonton; Patrick (Glenna) Schmidtz of
Calgary and family Katie, Olivia and Emma; Kelly (Terry) Maksymchuk of
Vernon, British Columbia and son Cory; Kim Schmidtz (Gregg Spencer) of Cold
Lake and family Brae and Blair Howatt; Tyson (Jarret) Epp of Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan; Taylor (Danae) Epp of Caronport, Saskatchewan; Meredith Epp of
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. John is also survived by his brother David
(Margaret) Epp and sister Marie (Rudy) Dick all of Abbotsford, British
Columbia; sisters-in-law Ankie Epp of Coaldale, Margaret Epp of Abbotsford,
British Columbia, Elsie Thiessen of Tofield and by numerous nieces and
He was predeceased by his parents Anna (nee Falk) and Peter Epp; brothers
and sisters Bernard, Justina, Peter, Annie Willms, Heinrich, Jakob (1921 –
1922), Margareta, Henry and Jakob (1927 – 1929); sister-in-law Susie Epp;
brothers-in-law Frank Willms and Ben Thiessen; grandsons Kevin Thiessen and
Darren Epp; great granddaughter Sarah Maksymchuk.
Born in a Russian village, Markowka, March 23, 1925, John immigrated to
Canada with his parents and siblings in 1929, arriving in Rosthern,
Saskatchewan. In the spring of 1930, the family moved to Coaldale where his
parents bought a CPR farm. It was here that John was introduced to
irrigation, raising sugar beets and grain, as well as raising livestock,
dairy cows and poultry.
John met Annie Funk while she was working in Lethbridge and after a lengthy
courtship, the two were married in 1944 and were both baptized in 1950. They
began their married life together in the Coaldale area and farmed there from
1946 to 1959. They moved to Vauxhall in December 1959, where they raised
their children and continued to farm. Later, in 1979, they moved back to
Coaldale to farm until their retirement in 1990.
John and Annie enjoyed living in Lethbridge and remained in their own home
until the fall of 2010 when they moved to the Black Rock Terrace senior’s
home and most recently, they resided at the Good Samaritan Society West
Whether raising sugar beets, growing watermelons, tending to his raspberry
or strawberry patch or producing beautiful roses and flowers, John nurtured
his crops. He loved the land and strived for excellence in his farming. He
believed that with hard work, a strong will and determination to succeed,
you could achieve anything you put your mind to.
John delighted in family celebrations and always volunteered to bring the
watermelon, which he greatly enjoyed. He had just the right knack for
picking the red, ripe, juicy ones and especially appreciated the crack of
the fruit as he cut the extra large slices.
Socializing, going for coffee at Tim Hortons or McDonald’s, breakfast at
Humpty’s, and supper with friends before an exciting game of Rook or Kanasta
were outings John happily anticipated. Keeping active, he could be found
walking the path around Henderson Lake or a trail in the coulees, meeting
new people as he stopped to chat along the way. When he lost his ability to
speak, he took a pen and paper and continued to enjoy conversations with
John had a special golfing crew with whom he golfed for many years. Both he
and Annie enjoyed this activity together. Following this, they enjoyed their
breakfast and coffee just as much, maybe more than golfing. When
grandchildren came to spend the night, he’d get them up early (like a
farmer) and off they’d go to the golf course to “get a round in” before the
rest of the world got started.
John had a good sense of humour and appreciated a funny story or joke.
Somehow he always laughed harder when it was told to him in German.
If John saw an opportunity to help someone in need, he rose to the
challenge, doing what he could to aid, by providing generously. He is
remembered by his friends and family for his kind and giving spirit and
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in John’s name may be made directly
to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Alberta, 250, 4723 – 1
Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Y8 (www.alsab.ca).
The family wish to thank the Black Rock Terrace and staff, the Good
Samaritan Society and staff, Irene Forsey of Alberta Health Services and
Janice Zoeteman of the ALS Society. They would also like to thank the home
care nurses, Renee and Lily and Dr. A. Billet, Dr. A. McPherson and Dr.
Wedel for the care given to John.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Percy Glen Nordin. Percy passed away peacefully in his home town of Lethbridge on Saturday, June 8, 2013 with his family by his side at the age of 58 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH – Highway 4 just East of 43 Street Intersection, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Major Sandra Habkirk 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
Susan Perley (nee Matejka) of Vulcan, passed away June 12, 2013 at Vulcan Community Health Centre at the age of 93 years.
Susan is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Del) West, Jane (Jon Burden) Perley, five sons, Les (Selma), Bill, Ron (Lisa), Dennis (Cheryl) and David (Audrey) Perley, 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Sue Perley, a sister Mary Silk and two nieces and a nephew. Suzanna was predeceased by her loving husband John in 1995, her parents and son John Perley in 2006.
Funeral Service Wednesday, June19, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Vulcan Church of Christ with Pastor David Sarsons officiating.
Interment Vulcan Cemetery.
Tributes in Susan’s memory can be made to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7 or Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100, 110 – 14 St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.
Arrangements in care of
Vulcan Funeral Home.
E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.
John Henry Urwin (Harry) quietly passed away in Fort Macleod, Alberta while hanging out with his son Bob on June 5, 2013 in his 90th year. Harry was born to John & Minnie Urwin on June 14, 1922 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. He was the youngest of 5 sisters and 1 brother. He is survived by his son Bob (Kathleen Beagle); two sisters-in-law: Gracie Landage of Airdrie, Ab and Thelma Elliott of Moose Jaw, Sk; numerous nieces and nephews as well as his adopted family – Dwayne and Georgina Donald and their son Kesho of Edmonton, Alberta. Dwayne and Georgina lived across the street from Harry in Fort Macleod and after Kesho was born, Harry became “Papa Harry” to Kesho.
Harry attended school in Moose Jaw through Grade 12. He then attended the tech school in Moose Jaw and studied to be a motor mechanic. His schooling was cut short when on December 11, 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and shipped out to Esquimalt, BC for training whereupon he found himself on a dock staring up at “a very big boat” which was probably quite a shock coming from the prairies and having only previously seen boats on a lake. He served his navy career in the Atlantic Ocean, getting together small convoys at Halifax, NS or St. John’s NF and taking them to the New York area to join up with larger convoys. He said that he had a “million dollar experience for 25 cents a day” (how much he got paid). He was honorably discharged from the Navy on May 8, 1945 after 41 months of service. He then returned to Moose Jaw and opened a second-hand store. After being in business for approximately 1 year, the store burned to the ground. Apparently the hot plate he used to heat his lunch was the cause of the fire. After that Harry started working with Canada Packers and was eventually promoted to travelling salesman.
He met the love of his life, Audrey Elliott in Moose Jaw sometime in the mid-1930’s when Audrey found $2.00 that he lost while delivering newspapers. It was to Audrey’s disappointment when her mother told her that “someone has lost that money and you need to find out to who it belongs to.” Audrey was able to locate Dad and return the money. Over the next few years Dad and Audrey managed to stay in touch and they were married April of 1951. Canada Packers transferred Harry and Audrey to Sudbury, Ontario and in May of 1956, their son Bob was born. In the spring of 1961, Harry packed up the gang and moved to Fort Macleod where he worked at the Java Shop restaurant and Greyhound bus depot with his sister Norah Huber and her husband Fred who owned the business at that time. In summer of 1962, Harry and Audrey bought the Mountview Restaurant in Pincher Creek and moved there. They operated that business until the summer of 1965 when Fred and Norah sold the Java Shop to Harry and Audrey. They sold the Mountview and then moved back to Fort Macleod and operated the restaurant and bus depot until they retired in 1977. They continued to live in Fort Macleod until their passing (Audrey passed away in January of 1986).
Harry was a town councilor in Fort Macleod and served 3 terms from 1980 to 1989. He was also a member of the Al Azhar Shriners; past master of the Alberta Lodge AF & AM #3 as well as associated with numerous public boards and committees. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 12 years. He was twice president of the Fort Macleod Historical Association. He was a member of the United Commercial Traveller’s for 61 years. He was made a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion in 2010. He was also a life member of the Southern Alberta Antique and Classic Auto Club (SAACAC), joining the club in 1969 and a life member of the Alberta United Motorcycle Club. He was also a member of the Airflow Club of America, joining the club in 1986.
Harry was very devoted to his passion of antique cars. At one point, Harry had 23 cars and trucks, 20 of which were antiques. He even bought a car on Christmas Day while he and Audrey were in Kelowna visiting with his in-laws, Jack & Beryl Elliott. Jack told Harry about a 1957 Imperial he knew was for sale. He called the owner who then invited them over to look at the car. A deal was done. Audrey was somewhat perplexed about this and commented – “don’t we have enough cars and…. buying one on Christmas Day??” That was just one of many deals that Harry made over 50 years of fooling around with cars. One of his great friends in the Airflow Club in the United States was Harold Irwin who owned the same year and model of Airflow as Dad. It made for great conversations over the years about Harry & Harold and their cars.
He was also a great “people person” and loved to meet people. He also loved promoting the Town of Fort Macleod because it was his home and he was very proud to live there and be with the great people of the town. He touched a lot of lives.
A service to celebrate Harry’s incredible life will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the FORT MACLEOD COMMUNITY “ELKS” HALL 307-25th St., with Reverend Eras Van Zyl, Officiating.
Memorial Donations may be made in Harry’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion – Poppy Fund, P.O. Box 697, Fort Macleod, AB, T0L 0Z0 or to your local Meals-On-Wheels program.
Eden’s Funeral Home and Crematorium
2424 – 5 Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB
MORRIS and MARY ANNE WALKER passed away suddenly near Raymond on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Friends may meet the family on Monday evening, June 17, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the LDS – Raymond Stake Centre, or prior to the funeral service on Tuesday from 12:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, with Bishop Jim Steed officiating.
Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home Ltd.
703-13 Street North
Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T2
Phone: (403) 382-3601
Fax: (403) 320-1492
Sign guest book: www.generationsfh.ca
WISHART, Joanne Barbara (nee Clennell) – passed away on May 26, 2013 at the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, BC. Joanne was born June 17 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was predeceased by her husband William Perry Wishart of Lethbridge, Alberta. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Barbara Wishart, her daughter Donna Wishart (husband Michel Lucas) and their two children Brendan and Chloe, her son Ken and his wife Shelley and their sons Angus and Liam and her son Robert and his wife Elaine. Joanne is also survived by her sister Dianne Estey of Calgary and her brother Bradley Clennell of Saskatoon. Joanne graduated from the St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Lethbridge, Alberta. A Service will be held on Monday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 608 Sutherland Avenue where she was an active member of the congregation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Community Cupboard at St. Michael & All Angels Church would be appreciated. Arrangements through First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.mem.com and searching her name under stories.
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