By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 8, 2015.
ARTHUR ART JOHNSON, beloved husband of the late Emma Johnson of Lethbridge, AB., passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the age of 82 years.
He is lovingly remembered by his step-daughter, Alice (Art) Dueck and son Stacy (Christina) Dueck of Lethbridge; step-daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Dixson of Foremost and her children, Quentin (Denise) Dixson of Calgary, Blayne (Rebecca) Dixson of Foremost and daughter-in-law Neila (Owen) Nelsen of Vegreville; grandchildren Tyler Smith and Heather (Jesse) Stewart of Edmonton and Russell (Darla) Smith of Hardisty, as well as ten great-grandchildren.
Art was predeceased by his step-children Darlene (Doug) Smith, Eldon Dixson, grandson Cole Dixson as well as his parents and one brother.
Art was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan. As an adult he moved to Lethbridge and cared for his mother. During that time he worked at Beaver Lumber and sold real estate. Throughout their married life, he and Emma enjoyed several winter trips. After Emmas passing, he continued to reside in Lethbridge, enjoying and cherishing time spent with his grandchildren.
A private family Interment will be held at a later date.In memory of Art, donations may be made to The Gideons International In Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Quelph, Ontario N1H 7N2
Today we lost a beautiful voice, husband, father and grandfather. MICHAEL KAUFMANN passed away peacefully on June 4, 2015 with his loving family by his side.
He is survived by his beloved wife Colleen, his children Susanne (Rick) LaFournie, Beverly (Art) Bullis, Adrian (Lorraine) and James, as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Michael is also remembered by his sisters Theresa Krol, Irma, Eva and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.
Michael was born on June 24, 1936 in Jarkowatz, Yugoslavia to Johann and Susanna Kaufmann. In 1952 he immigrated to Canada where he worked as a carpenter. His love for music took him to Calgary for 5 years to study voice. In 1971 he returned to Lethbridge with his growing family to be nearer to his aging parents. Music was always a driving force in his life and he shared his beautiful voice with anyone who would listen. Upon retiring, he took up painting and baking. He loved to share all these things with his family and friends and encouraged them to explore their own talents as well.
He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren for whom he always had a hug and kisses, his children that he dedicated his life to and his wife for his friendship, loving kindness and devotion.
At Michael’s request, there will be no Funeral Service.
Donations in memory of Michael may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5.
Our family wishes to thank the staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, especially Celeste and Jessica.
VESELY, John Anthony
April 26, 1925 June 1, 2015
Surrounded by his family and lulled by the strains of Dvorak’s New World Symphony, John Vesely died peacefully on June 1, 2015. He was 90.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Irene (nee Kana), son Tom (Susan), daughter Carolin (Darren) and grandsons Jason and Curtis. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. John was predeceased by his sister, Liba (Mirek) and parents Antonin and Anna (nee Havranek).
Premysl Anthony Jaroslav was born in Prague in 1925, seven years after the birth of the nation of Czechoslovakia. He fondly recalled a childhood where well-known opera tunes were hummed or whistled around the house, and where his dad would spontaneously dance his mother across the kitchen floor. Dad nurtured his love of music and culture throughout his life, expanding his repertoire to include country and western music when he married a southern Alberta farm girl in 1959.
Dad was completing his studies at the University of Prague when the Communist Party staged its coup d’etat in 1948. Deemed an enemy of the state after participating in a pro-democracy march, he was expelled and made the decision then to defect to the West. He never saw his parents again, but was able to reunite with his sister in Lethbridge in 1970.
Dad arrived at Halifax’s historic Pier 21 with $50 in his pocket and little English beyond the phrase, “Have you got a job for me?” He would go on to earn a B.Sc. and a Master’s in agriculture from the University of British Columbia and a PhD at North Carolina State University. At the age of 63, he retired from a 31-year career as a research scientist for the Canadian government. At this stage he resumed his childhood violin lessons and enjoyed countless gigs with both a local symphony and a fiddle group.
Dad loved nature and treasured his backyard garden, which he nurtured from seeds and adorned with boulders he hauled off the Prairie. He was also an accomplished carpenter and woodcarver, starting with a single duck and ending with a basement full of elaborate horse-drawn wagons. But his heart blossomed and his eyes twinkled in the presence of his family, especially his grandsons.
In 1990, he made his first of several trips back to the Old Country. Dad and Tom entered the Czech Republic through the same gate he had skirted during his escape more than 40 years before. A highlight of dad’s life was to take his adult children to the opera in the stately concert halls of Prague.
As per his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Rather, his immediate family will take a walk in the Lost River Coulee, where he fell in love with his adopted homeland and with his beloved wife, Irene.
In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make a donation in memory of John to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1920 – 2015
Kiyoko â??Katyâ? Kano, beloved wife of the late Tak Kano, passed away in Taber on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the age of 94 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church in the Relief Society Room prior to the funeral service on Saturday, June 13, 2015 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell Chapel, Barnwell on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber.
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