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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 3, 2014.

BENNY BERND KROPIUS
November 19, 1950 –
January 26, 2014
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father, and dear friend to many. Benny Bernd
Kropius suddenly passed away on January 26, 2014 in Great Falls, Montana. Benny was born in York,
Germany. He had two brothers and one sister. They came to Canada in 1953, where they moved to Vauxhall,
Alberta but later settled in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the first in his family to graduate High School
where he went on to become a successful horse trader and eventually horse buyer. Benny was married to
Linda Kropius for 20 years. They had 2 children that they raised on their ranch in Fort Macleod, Alberta.
He will always be remembered for his generous and kind heart and lively conversations. Benny’s contagious
smile will be tenderly missed by all those who knew him. Although travel, rodeo and friends were a big
part of his life he was most fulfilled by his devotion to his children.
Benny is survived by his two children Kody, Rae-Lynn, mother Hilda Kropius, brother Jurgen, grandchildren
and great friends the Barkshires. Benny was predeceased by his father Kurt Kropius, brother Peter and
sister Rose. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to an open house celebration of Benny’s life at Rocky Mountain Turf Club
grandstand on February 17, 2014 at 2pm. A separate celebration will also be held in Great Falls, Montana,
on February 15.

COLE DUFOE
2012 ~ 2014
It is with great sadness the family of Cole Dufoe, announce his passing on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at
the age of 2 years. Cole is the beloved son of Samantha Dufoe and Steven O’Reilly.
Cole was born in Sudbury, Ontario. Our sweet baby Cole was taken from us to return to heaven. Cole passed
away peacefully in his sleep. His smile, laughter and love will be forever in our hearts.
Besides his loving parents Samantha Dufoe and Steven O’Reilly, Cole is survived by his siblings Sadie
Dufoe, Mason Dufoe and Jameson Lybbert; grandparents Brian and Kathy Gliege, Sharon O’Reilly; Great-
grandparents Diane and Don Derbyshire and Duane and Lynn Gilbert; aunts Amber O’Reilly and Brittny
Gliege; uncles Tyler Sauerberg and Shane Ferland; as well as numerous cousins and extended family
members.
Family and friends are invited to the Funeral Service remembering Cole that will be held at 11:00am on
Monday, February 3, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A private
graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

FUDRA
Mrs. Annie Fudra peacefully rejoined her husband in heaven on January 28, 2014 at the age of 89 years
old.
Annie was born on May 28, 1924 in Paczin, Hungry. She, her mother, and sister joined her father in Canada
in 1934. At an early age she began working in the beet fields in Raymond, which is probably where she
gained her resilient spirit. She married the love of her life, Steve Fudra Jr., on January 21, 1943
during one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the area. They celebrated 57 years of marriage before Steve’s
passing. In 1961, with their 2 children, Frank and Louise, they moved to Lethbridge. Annie proudly
welcomed all into her home in North Lethbridge for 52 years.
Mom was passionate, giving, fiercely independent, and never held anything back. She loved her family with
every piece of her heart. Nothing made Mom happier than her family and friends. She showed everyone her
love through food. Mom will forever be remembered preparing huge meals of cabbage rolls, fried chicken,
perogies, and homemade soup. She could often be found baking homemade bread and wonderful Hungarian
pastries. When she wasn’t in the kitchen she was busy tending to her garden.
Mom will be deeply missed by her daughter Louise (Gordon) Balderston, son Frank (Jean) Fudra,
grandchildren; Tamara (Tony) Nelson, Raquel (Nick) Polychronopoulos, Nicole Balderston, Jeffrey
Balderston, great-grandchildren; Britain and Taylor Nelson, Evan and Noah Polychronopoulos. She will be
lovingly remembered by her sister Jean (Lorne) Kropinak, several nieces, nephews and many other family
members and cherished friends.
Annie is predeceased by her parents Frank and Julia Sera, an infant son Jack Stephen, and sister Ethel
Kasko.
Thank you to everyone for your love and support, many phone calls and visits to Mom. Warmest thanks to
Lethbridge Home Care staff who kept Mom in her home for so long and the nursing staff at Edith Cavell who
supported her at the end of her journey.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge,
AB. on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. with Reverend Larry Hankinson officiating.
A Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 5 Ave So., Lethbridge, AB. on
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.
For those who so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D – 12A
Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB,
T1J 4K7.
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
care@cornerstonefh.ca

LEO WINGERTER
1932 ~ 2014
Mr. Leo Wingerter of Lethbridge, formerly of Claresholm, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, January
25, 2014 at the age of 81 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00pm on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL,
610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, February 3, 2014 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION
CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2219 14 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway
Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

MYRTLE VIOLA WIENS
1925 ~ 2014
Mrs. Myrtle Viola Wiens of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Harvey Wiens, passed away after a
lengthy illness on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the age 88 years.
Myrtle was born in Tompkins, Saskatchewan on July 29, 1925 to Alfred and Jenny Peterson. She was the
youngest of 7 children. Myrtle married Harvey Wiens on April 10, 1946. They spent the early years of
their marriage farming and owning and operating a hotel in Saskatchewan before settling in Lethbridge,
Alberta in 1969. Myrtle worked at Fred’s Bakery and her and Harv spent many hours working on their yard;
entering in many city yard competitions. They also became avid bowlers and Myrtle continued bowling many
years after Harv’s death. She was a huge curling fan and loved her Saskatchewan Roughriders, of which she
would proudly tell you, she was a shareholder.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter Cindy Freeman (Dave); her son Grant Wiens; her grandchildren Lisa
(Nathan), Block (Freeman) and Adam Freeman; her brother Alvin Peterson of Tompkins, Saskatchewan; as well
as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Harvey, Myrtle was predeceased by her parents Alfred and Jenny Peterson; her
brother Arvid; and her sisters Olga, Florence, Augusta and Jeanette.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, February 3, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW
CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care, 1400 9th Avenue
South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

RICHARD “DICK” REMPEL
1938 ~ 2014
Richard “Dick” Rempel of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully at the age of 75 years surrounded by
his family on Thursday, January 30 at St. Michael’s Palliative Care following a lengthy illness.
Dick is survived by his children Kelly (Rick) Elhatton of Lethbridge and Michael Rempel of Calgary; five
grandchildren Brittany (Shane) Rempel, Jenna (Jason) Day, Taylor Rempel, Chelsey (Kyle) Valeri, and
Jordan Elhatton. He is also survived by two brothers Harvey and Bill (Ruth); one sister Dorothy (Fred)
Falk; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick was predeceased by his parents Jake and Mary Rempel; three brothers and three sisters and three
nephews.
Born on May 27th 1938 in Carmen, Manitoba, Dick was the youngest of 10 children. In 1951, he moved to
Lethbridge where he attended school and in 1958, married Joanne Lakie with whom he had two children.
Dick was a skilled athlete, and during his youth, excelled in hockey, basketball, and baseball. Golf
became a lifelong passion and several rounds a week with his buddies was the norm. Also among his
passions were Louis l ‘Amour westerns, crossword puzzles, bowling, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
After achieving his CA designation in 1962, Dick worked for Haico Manufacturing where he went on to
become a company president. Through the years, Dick pursued varied business interests, eventually
becoming a stockbroker, managing Midland Walwyn and then Scotia McLeod until his retirement.
Dick’s family would like to thank the incredibly caring and supportive staff at St. Michael’s Palliative
Care Unit, in particular Amy and Celeste as well as Dr. Witharana.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care, 1400 9th Avenue South,
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

ROWLEY
VERA “PETERSON” ROWLEY
beloved wife of the late Albert, of Coaldale passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the age of 90
years.
Vera is the loving mother of Harold (Valerie – deceased), Lynn (Mary), Vernon (Gwen), Betty (Lorne)
tewart and Raymond.
Friends may meet the family on Monday evening, February 3, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN
SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13th St. N., Lethbridge, AB and prior to the service on Tuesday at
the church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, 2216-21 A Ave., Coaldale, AB. Interment to follow in the Barnwell Cemetery.
Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home Ltd.
703-13 Street North
Lethbridge, AB   T1H 2T2
Phone: (403) 382-3601
Fax: (403) 320-1492
Email:  condolences@generationsfh.ca
Sign guest book:  http://www.generationsfh.ca

SCHLOTZER
It is with great sadness that we say good-bye toANNIE SCHLOTZER, beloved wife of the late Michael
Schlotzer. Our mother, grand-mother and great- grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 89 years
surrounded by her family on Sunday, January 26th 2014 at St. Therese Villa.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13 Street North, Lethbridge,
Alberta on Saturday, February 1st 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment to
follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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
care@cornerstonefh.ca

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