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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 16, 2013.

ALLEN
MR. DEL ³PORKY² ALLEN, beloved husband of Marta Dudas of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the age of 70 years. Besides his loving wife Marta, he is lovingly remembered by his children; Doug (Suzanne) Allen of Lethbridge, and Dawn Marie (Ian) Cant of Lethbridge, eight grandchildren; Dyani (Scott) Hiscock, Devin Allen, Derek Allen, T.J. Torgunrud, Lindsey Allen, Kelsey Torgunrud, Dustin Torgunrud and Cheyenne Allen, three great-grandchildren; Asher, Morgan and Gavyn Hiscock, his mother Helen Allen of Lethbridge and two brothers; Don (Nancy) Allen of Lethbridge and Deloy (Carolyn) Allen of Claresholm, and three nieces and nephews; Darren (Tracey) Allen, Brad (Jenn) Hansen and Corrie (Ken) Forbes. He is also remembered by Marta¹s children; Jason (Lisa) Jaffray and Jocelyn (Correy) Horvath, and three grandchildren; Rylee, Tayler and Teeghyn Horvath, and four brothers and one sister; Elizabeth (John) Unger, Steve (Ellie) Dudas, Alec (Irene) Dudas, John (Olga) Dudas, and Bill (Brenda) Dudas, as well as two in Hungary, and numerous nieces and nephews. Del was predeceased by his daughter Debbie, his father Ernest, and one brother Tom. Del was born in Medicine Hat on March 29, 1943 and his parents moved to Lethbridge when he was a baby. He grew up in southern Alberta and quit school to take a job at a sawmill in the Porcupine Hills. A couple of years later, he came back to Lethbridge and started apprenticing to become an electrician. He started D.A. Electric in 1975 and was later joined by his brother Don. Del was the nucleus of a web of a large centre of influences, everyone from academics, tradesmen, business and service professionals in the City of Lethbridge. If you were fortunate enough to be acquainted with Del, the doors to these centres were opened to you. Del¹s heart was as big as the projects he completed for this city. No matter whether you live in the North, South, East or West of the city, Del¹s footprint can be seen in your community. The legacy of his footprint will be carried on by his family, co-workers and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to Del at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Service for Del will be held at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to support the Del Allen Management Scholarship at the University of Lethbridge. Please make cheques payable to University of Lethbridge c/o University Advancement, A735-4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 or call 403 329-2582.
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
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HELEN KOLIASKA
1935 ~ 2013
Mrs. Helen Koliaska, beloved wife of Mr. Alex Koliaska, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the age of 78 years. Helen is survived by her husband Alex, daughter Kathryn Koliaska (Ryan
McKay) and son John Koliaska (Jerilyn); grandchildren Taeya, Aliya and Duke Koliaska and Elizabeth and Mark McKay; brother Les Lavkulich (Mary Ann), brother Jack Lavkulich and sister Joanne Lavkulich (Bruce Elniski). She was predeceased by her parents, sister Rosalie and brother John. Born in 1935, she grew up in the Sunnyside district, attending Crystal Lake and Hardieville schools. Helen enrolled in university and began her teaching career at Readymade and Coaldale. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Education with a major in Art from the University of Alberta. Her first job was at St. Michael¹s, an inner city school in Edmonton, adding counseling and library duties to her job. She piloted a project to integrate the mentally and physically handicapped children into the regular system. She was an early advocate of inclusive education; a highlight of her career. She attained her master teacher designation and completed courses toward her Masters of Education. Helen returned to Lethbridge in 1966 due to family concerns. She met Alex and they married in 1968 and settled on a farm south of Lethbridge near the airport. Helen continued her involvement with substitute teaching at McNally and serving on parent councils and committees. Life was filled with the usual duties of parenting ­ music lessons, soccer tournaments, dance performances and fieldtrips. She was an attentive and dedicated mother, and together with Alex provided many school lunches for the entire classrooms and helped whenever possible. She was a superb cook and excelled in baking and cake decorating. Their children were their first priority. She was active in home and school functions and was a member of the Hungarian Culture Club. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. Interment to follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P6
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

JACOB KLASSEN
1914 ­ 2013
JAKE KLASSEN, formerly of Vauxhall, Sanford Manitoba, Calgary, and most recently Lethbridge, passed away peacefully October 4, 2013. Dad is survived by his siblings: Bertha Patkau, Anne Harder, Leona Dick, John T. Klassen, Waldemar Klassen and Irene Bergen. His surviving children are: Jack (Rita) Klassen, Richard (Rhonda) Klassen, and Beverly (Mike) Hall. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine and his son Donald. He is also survived by his precious friend Helen Jorgensen. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Therese Villa for all their loving care. A celebration of Dad¹s life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at The Galt Museum, west end of 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge.

JEAN LAPOINTE
1946 ~ 2013
Another good one is gone. Jean Lapointe, beloved wife of the late Dave Lapointe, passed away peacefully with family at her side on October 8, 2013 at the age of 67 years. She leaves 3 children and 8 grandchildren to celebrate her life and carry on her legacy. Her son Guy, his wife Dawn and their boys, Daniel, Tanner, and Nate. Her son Aaron, his wife Maggie and their kids, Doug, Shaun, and Ally. Her daughter Monique and her kids Kelsey and Beau. She is also survived by her sister Mary-Lynn Muhly and her brother Ken Perdue. She was pre-deceased by her husband Dave and her parents Addie and Charlie Perdue. Mom was born on July 8, 1946 in Edmonton, Alberta. She was raised in Lethbridge where she completed her grade schooling. In 1966 she met the love of her life, Dave. They were married on October 8, 1966, yes you read that right, their 47th wedding anniversary and now they are together again. For the first 6 years of marriage Mom and Dad lived in various communities around Alberta; Hinton, Fort Macleod and Barrhill, just to name a few. To this day there are still lasting friendships from their adventures. They settled in Coaldale in 1973 were Mom resided until July of this year. While raising 3 busy kids, mom was always involved in the community. She was actively involved in community sports which propelled her to seek a term in town politics as a councilor in the late 70’s. In 1982 mom was hired by the town as the recreation coordinator. This was a job that was made for her. Giving to the community, promoting activities and making people get involved. Coaldale thrived in the 80’s up to the mid 90¹s with so many events such as the Southern Alberta summer games (hosted twice) and numerous Winter games and carnivals. As well, mom was involved in the planning and hosting of Coaldale Settlers Days for many years. We could honestly write a book on all the things mom did for recreation in the community, area and Province. It was her passion to give everything she had to everyone without any reservation. You can be guaranteed that many people around our Province will remember her fondly. In the years since dad’s passing, mom¹s focus was on her grand kids. She loved to share stories about them with anyone who would listen. Even complete strangers! That was mom, warm and loving, friendly to all. You fought a brave battle for the last 8 years mom. We can only aspire to be as strong as you in our own lives. Rest now, your heart is whole again, back in dad¹s loving arms. Funeral arrangements to be announced when prepared. A Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Monday, October 14, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the COALDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1217 20th Avenue, Coaldale; there will be a supper to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211 Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 or your local children’s hospitals.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P6
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

JESSE SHIPLEY
1993 ~ 2013
Mr. Jesse Shipley of Coaldale, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the age of 20 years old. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P6
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

RAMONA GENEIVA SPEAR CHIEF
1978 ~ 2013
Ramona Geneiva Spear Chief passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the age of 35 years. A Wake will be held from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday, October 18, 2013 at STREETS ALIVE, 323 4th Street South, Lethbridge.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at STREETS ALIVE. The burial will follow at the St. Mary¹s Cemetery in Standoff, Alberta. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P6
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

Robert James (Jim) Twa
September 29, 1928-October 8, 2013
With great sadness the family of Jim Twa announces his passing at the Theodore Health Centre, in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, Oct 8. He was born September 29, 1928 on the family farm near Talbot, Alberta. Jim leaves behind his wife Margaret Lewis; his son Bruce (Darlene) Twa; his daughter Denise (Rob Rittenberg) Wall; his grandchildren Emily (Rob) Reid, Jesse Wall and Murray Wall; his son Craig (Vhine) Twa; and his great granddaughter Evelyn Reid. Jim was predeceased by his sisters Lucy and Emily; his brothers George and Lionel; his wife Marina (Penner) in 2002 and his son-in-law Bob Wall in 2004. Jim grew up during the Depression on his parent¹s farm near Talbot, AB. He attended Normal School in Edmonton and began his teaching career as an industrial arts instructor, in Coaldale, where he met and married Marina. He later moved to Lethbridge to teach Industrial Arts at Wilson Junior High and Gilbert Paterson Junior High. He then completed a Masters Degree at Oregon State University. He returned to instruct at the Lethbridge Junior College where was a founding faculty member of the University of Lethbridge. In 1968, he moved his family to Eugene, Oregon to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. Upon his return to Lethbridge in 1970, he continued teaching in the Faculty of Education at University of Lethbridge. He retired from the University in 1986. Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He combined his love of hiking and hunting to provide freezer full of wild game for his family. He loved horses at every stage of his life from riding a horse to school to riding his Arab horse into his late 70s.
Jim built a cabin on St. Mary¹s Lake in Montana and the family has many wonderful memories of summers spent water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and riding, as well as making life long friends with other families there.
Jim made sure his teenaged family had season passes to Westcastle or Fernie and his passion for skiing lives on in his kids and grandkids. Jim¹s green thumb produced a bountiful harvest including the best tomatoes and cucumbers ever. In 1976, Jim purchased a small farm near Raymond and spent happy hours fussing over his hay crops and restoring old John Deere tractors. Jim had an amazing mechanical ability and could fix anything he put his mind to, even fabricating new parts. After retiring, Jim and Marina travelled throughout the US and to many exciting foreign destinations. In 2005, he married Margaret Lewis and in 2008 they purchased a farm near Theodore, Saskatchewan and moved there. He could talk about anything to anybody. Jim leaves a legacy of love for family, zest for learning and for enjoying the great outdoors. A memorial service will be held October 19, at the Lethbridge Mennonite Church, at 6:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society. #402 – 740 – 4th Avenue S, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J
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ROY MURDOCH
1922 ~ 2013
Mr. Roy Murdoch of Lethbridge, passed away at the Lindenview Good Samaritan in Taber on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the age of 91 years. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P6
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

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