September 26th, 2016

Monday June 8, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 8, 2015.


Eleanor Higham
1926 – 2015
Mrs. Eleanor Higham of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the age of 88 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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JOHNSON
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 Emma’s 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


KAUFMANN
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.


KOGLER
ALEXANDER KOGLER, beloved husband of Katherine Kogler for 64 years, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at the age of 83 years.
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Nathan Fuehrer officiating. A private family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

Anna Ponomar
1925 – 2015
Mrs. Anna Ponomar of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Serhi “George” Ponomar, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the age of 90 years.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH, 643-13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB, with the Very Reverend Father Taras Krochak, officiating.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Kromhild Rach
1936 – 2015
Mrs. Krimhild Rach of Coaldale, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on June 6, 2015 at the age of 78
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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STRINGAM
GLADYS STRINGAM, beloved wife of the late Woodrow, passed away in Raymond on June 6, 2015 at the age of 92 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

Dennis Francis Todd
1948 – 2015
Mr. Dennis Francis Todd of Coleman, best friend and wife of Jennifer Todd, passed away on June 5, 2015 at the age of 66 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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Jim Vandenberg
1952 – 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father and Opa. Mr. Jim Vandenberg of Picture Butte, beloved husband of Nella Vandenberg, after a short illness of cancer at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the age of 62 years.
Jim was born in Lethbridge on July 15, 1952. On January 27, 1977 he married Nella and together they moved to a farm out west of Picture Butte, where he worked until the time of his passing.
Besides his loving wife Nella, Jim is survived by his eight children Jamie (Barbara) Vandenberg, Edwin (Leanna) Vandenberg, Henry (Evaline) Vandenberg, Elizabeth (Jim) Beusekom, Henrietta (Arjan) Verduyn, Ben (Jacquline) Vandenberg, Cornell (Willeta) Vandenberg, and Colinda (Allan) Denbok; twenty five grandchildren; eight brothers, five sisters, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Evert John and Hendrika; father-in-law Evert Vande Bruinhorst; brother Henry; sister Janet, and son-in-law Jan Dunsbergen.
Family and friends are invited to pay their condolences between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation, 601 3A Street S., Picture Butte, AB.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, 601 3A Street S., Picture Butte, AB, with Reverend A.H Verhoef, officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Bethesda Care Home, 701 3A Street S., Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

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.
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Katy Kano
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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