September 30th, 2016

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 6, 2015.

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Mary Biggers

1925 – 2015

Mary Biggers of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Boyd Biggers, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the age of 90 years.

Mary was born to Clarence and Clara Kaupp in New Dayton on June 27, 1925. She was the third oldest of eleven children. She married Boyd Biggers from Warner on August 11, 1954 and celebrated 40 wonderful years of marriage with six children.

Mary took her teacher training at Calgary Normal School in 1944. Her teaching career began in January 1945 at Evergreen, a one-room school west of Red Deer. She also taught in Coaldale, Diamond City, New Dayton and Warner, retiring in 1986. Boyd and Mary moved from Warner to Lethbridge that same year.

After retirement you could always find Mary doing the daily crossword or reading a good book, her mind was forever sharp.

Mary is survived by her children; Bettyann Cooper, Gail Hohn (Scott Newinger), Barry (Helga) Biggers, Valerie (Dean) Lumley, Shannon (Dave) Howe and Nancy Biggers, as well as 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings August (Anne) Kaupp, Mildred Shutty, Imma Fowler, Victor (Laverne) Kaupp, Lawrence (Dianna) Kaupp and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her loving husband Boyd who passed away in 1994, she was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Ruth Shaw, Anna Pittman, Clemence Kaupp, Rosemarie Erdos, and Edmund Kaupp.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 6:00pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, November 9, 2015 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th St. S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.

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Gary Richard Clayton

1951 – 2015

It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Gary Richard Clayton, (Zeek to some) announce his unexpected passing on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the age of 64 years.

Gary was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on January 20, 1951 to Norman and Leoen (Butler) Clayton. He grew up in Warner, Alberta surrounded by family and friends.

Gary joined the Navy and was in the service for three years. His brother Gordon and him owned and operated a Trucking business for a time. He worked at Dri-Land Feeders and then the County of Warner and then to Strathmore area as a Grader Operator on the pipeline. He was excellent at what he did.

Gary loved to ride his Harley Davidson, go fishing, hunting, golfing and head down south in the winter. He was a Past Member of the Warner Volunteer Fire Department and B.P.O. Elks.

Gary is survived by his brothers Duane (Pat) Clayton of St. Albert, Gordon (Kathy) Clayton of Warner, sister Donna Williams of Delta, BC, and Laurence Marriott of Vancouver, BC. He will be greatly missed by his nephews Jeff / Janine Clayton (Jozee and Jesse), Corey / Willa Clayton (Connor and Erik), David Marriott and niece Leslie Marriott and all his many friends.

Gary was predeceased by his parents Norman and Leoen Clayton and brother-in-law Dave Williams.

Family would like to give a special Thank You to the Lethbridge Intensive Care Unit nurses, and doctors for his special care. Also to everyone who sent him a text, visited him, or called.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Gary’s memory to the Warner Fire Department, Box 88, Warner, AB, T0K 2L0.

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COHEN

GILL BENJAMIN COHEN, “The Captain” passed away peacefully in his home on November 1st, 2015. Predeceased by his wife Kristina and mother Gea. Survived by his daughter Allison, grand dog Lexi, his brother and sister-in-law Don and Trudi, sister and brother-in-law Chari and Alex, and his father Sam.

Gill will be fondly remembered for his unique sense of humour and quick wit. A highly intellectual person who still loved to get his hands dirty, he was also a tech guy at heart. Always drawn to the stars it only made sense that his career was in the sky. He was known for his generosity and his heart that always stood up for the underdog. Gill’s twisted humour will live on through everyone who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


GANGUR

GEORGE ANDREW GANGUR, beloved husband of Mary Ellen Gangur, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Besides his loving wife Mary Ellen, he is also survived by his son Lawrie Gangur of Gloucester, daughter Val (Shane) Pinnock of Lethbridge, three step-daughters; Phyllis (Bob) Hodges of Saskatoon, Barbara (Brooks) Allisen of Nanaimo, Shauna (Richard) Sharp of Lethbridge, grandchildren; Darcy (Kelly) Matras, Paul Matras, Martin (Annie) Gangur, Spencer (Kim) Pinnock, Allison Pinnock (Travis), Kerry-Ellen (Geoff) Murdoch, Colin (Katie) Willdig, Brian (Catherine) Wynder, Mark (Val) Wynder, Nicholas (Lee Ann) Wynder, 16 great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

George was born on October 15, 1930 at Eight Mile Lake. He grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta with seven brothers and one sister. George worked as a truck driver at Broder’s Cannery and worked his way to Superintendent. Fishing and hunting were his passions; in fact George claimed he was never skunked. He and Mary Ellen owned and operated two campgrounds, stores and a restaurant in B.C. His creative ability in the restaurant kitchen made him famous for miles around.

From 1982 to 2004, the two of them wintered in Arizona and George finally had time to pursue painting and jewelry-making. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a 50-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He and Mary Ellen celebrated their 40th Anniversary on October 3rd.

From 2004, illness prevented further travel and George spent his last few years close to home enjoying his family, friends, neighbors and his greatest joy, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, November 6, 2015, at 7:00 P.M., with Sharon Hagel officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario. M2P 2A9

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Kenneth Eiichi Ito

1921 – 2015

Mr. Kenneth Ito of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Sueko Ito, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 6, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4K7

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Ronald Patrick Jackson

1938 – 2015

Mr. Ronald Patrick Jackson of Lethbridge, formerly of the Crowsnest Pass, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Jackson, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the age of 77 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, with Maureen Condon Horon officiating.

Donations can be made in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Jeanette Rose Orphee Williams

“Too much of a good thing, is

wonderful.” May West

Orphee Williams passed away in her own suite surrounded by family and loved ones at Garden View Lodge in Kimberly, BC on October 25, 2015. She was born in Dauphin Manitoba on January 3rd, 1931. She grew up on a farm outside of Dauphin, riding horses and learning to hunt big game with her father. Orphee was an amazing hunter, known for her skill and love for the outdoors. She leaves behind her 3 daughters Richeal (Ralph) Tweten, Corrine (Rodney) Jerke, Ashelyn (Derek) Redman, son Edwin (Norma) Williams, dearest friend Penny (Colm) Covenden, 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and her sister Margarite. She is predeceased by her husband Richard “Dick” Watson Williams, her father Reville Ashe, her mother Jeanne Ashe (nee D’Aoust ), her sister Bernice, and her brother Gerald (Mary) Ashe.

Orphee met her husband of 63 years “Dick” Richard Williams in Wasagaming Beach, Manitoba. Orphee and Dick were each other’s best friends, hunting companions, outdoor enthusiasts and courageous parents.

Orphee was an amazing cook and known for her wonderful roast beef dinners, deep-fried oysters and New Year’s Eve clam chowder. She willingly cooked for hunting crews and was known as a wonderful hostess enjoying everyone’s company who came to hunt. She appreciated all things in nature and had a tale of caution to tell from wildlife encountered on her many horseback-riding or hunting adventures. Orphee took time to teach every grandchild and interested visitor to groom, ride and care for the horses. Her passion for horses was shared by Dick, and the two of them spent their 24 years of retirement living in BC, raising colts, riding almost daily, helping drive herds of cattle or hunting on horseback. The last few years they resided at Garden View Lodge in Kimberly but drove to their cabin each weekend to be closer to nature. Orphee was also known for her keen sight and hearing. She never missed sighting game, noticing bird songs or the chatter of squirrels calling her to fill the feeders.

Orphee enjoyed years of swimming at the lake with family, and was known to be seen wearing her cowboy boots and bathing suit as she swam the horses on hot summer days. She had an endearing graciousness and celebrative spirited nature that welcomed many friends and family over the years as she hosted amazing dinners, birthday suppers and special occasions. Orphee “Grandma” will be greatly missed by her family. She had a spirit for adventure, loved a good evening of visiting and was always willing to join in celebrations. Her special greeting for the family at New Years will be missed. All of her grandchildren knew her as Grandma OJ, and she held a special place in her heart for each of them. As a family, we feel blessed to have had Orphee in our lives.

The family remains sincerely appreciative to Garden View Lodge in Kimberly for their support and kindness.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to a Wildlife charity or Handicap Riding Association of your choice. A celebration of her life will take place this coming summer at the family cabin, and her ashes will join with Dick’s, so they may remain forever together in the mountains, among all things great in nature.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

Condolences for the family can be offered at: http://www.mcphersonfh.com


Bonnie Kovacs

1944 – 2015

Bonnie Kovacs of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Andy Kovacs, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the age of 71 years.

Bonnie was born to Iner and Evelyn Christensen on January 31, 1944. She enjoyed her years growing up in Warner, AB where she met the love of her life, Andy. They were married on August 8, 1964 and settled in Lethbridge, AB.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter Tammy Kovacs and grandchildren Kenzie and Kinley Latham of Lethbridge, AB, brother Keith (Marg) Christensen of Calgary, AB, sister in-law Arlene (Bob) Jones of Lethbridge, AB, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.

She is also survived by special friends Doreen Revesz and Karen Trainor.

Bonnie was predeceased by her parents Iner and Evelyn, twin sister Connie and brother Roger Christensen of Warner, Alberta.

The family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff at Chinook Regional Hospital for their care and compassion in Bonnie’s last days.

Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service at 1:00pm on Monday, November 9, 2015 at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, with a Come and Go reception to follow at 1:30pm at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th St. S. Lethbridge.

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Richard Rhodes

1960 – 2015

Mr. Richard Rhodes of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the age of 55 years.

He is survived by his loving brother Randy Slywa and sister Rena Pasco.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 3102 6 Avenue South, Lethbridge (basement suite).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (204-2323 32nd Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3)

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Katharine Russell

1930 – 2015

Katharine Lois Russell UE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Frank A. Russell, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on November 1, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Born June 9, 1930, the second daughter of William and Beatrice Darker of St. Catherine’s, ON. She attended school in that city, before going to McMaster University (B.A.) and University of Toronto (B.S.W.). She worked as a group social worker at the YWCA in Toronto before marrying Frank Russell, the geologist fiancé she had met at McMaster. After living in Sudbury for two years, they moved with their new daughter to Alberta, where Frank was part of the family farm operation. Katharine continued her community involvement as well as managing a growing family. Her membership to the Cdn.Fedn. Of University Women, Lethbridge Naturalists, YWCA (board member), McKillop United Church, Women of Unifarm (director), and acting as a school environmental education volunteer, indicates the scope of her dedication to the interests and welfare of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

Besides her loving husband, Katharine is survived by her daughter Janet (Glenn Miles), her sons Jim (Liza) and Alex (Christine); grandchildren Madeline, Naomi, Jeffry, Thea, Miranda, Meaghan and Daniel; and her sister Elaine Correll of Ottawa. She was predeceased by her parents William and Beatrice Darker.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their care and attention in Katharine’s last days.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 6, 2015 at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH 2329-15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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VIELLE

JESUS RAE DANIEL VIELLE, son of Kandis & Morgan, passed away in Cardston on November 2, 2015 at the age of 22 months.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Monday, November 9th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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