September 28th, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 13, 2015.





Michael “Mike” Bitango

1928 – 2015

Mr. Michael “Mike” Bitango of Lethbridge, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Coast Hotel (526 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, AB)

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Norman “Norm” Edgar


1923 – 2015

Norman “Norm” Edgar Bullied of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Anne Doreen Bullied, passed away at Lethbridge on November 10, 2015 at the age of 92 years.

Born June 15, 1923 to parents William and Eva Bullied near Cadillac, Saskatchewan, Norm spent his early life on the family farm and attending school at Beaver Valley Saskatchewan.

After graduating Norm joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, where his passion for flight was ignited. After he was discharged in 1945, he came home to begin his career as a salesman, clerk, and accountant for various firms in Saskatchewan and Alberta, including Perlich Bros. Auction in Lethbridge. In 1958 he founded Reliance Agencies Real Estate and Insurance, which continues today as Schwartz Reliance Insurance.

Over the years Norm served on many committees and boards under many titles such as the #11 Lethbridge Air Cadets Squadron, R.C.A.F 702 Wing, Lethbridge Flying Club, Royal Canadian Legion Gen. Stewart Branch, the Southminster United Church, and many, many others.

He enjoyed camping, gardening, golf, and ice skating but his life-time passion was aviation; accumulating over 2000 hours of flight time. He will be missed.

Norm is survived by his daughter Susan Sorensen and stepdaughter Dixie Gray; son Grant Bullied; grandchildren David Bullied, Nathan Braun, Michael Braun, and David Braun; as well as step grandchildren Tracey Driscoll, Brad Erickson, and Greg Erickson.

Besides his loving wife Anne Doreen, he was predeceased by his parents William and Eva, sister Lois, and stepdaughter Judy Erickson.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Mountain View Cemetery – Field of Honour, with Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

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GERDINA “DINI” COLE, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Darryl Olson
1946 – 2015
Darryl Robert Olson, beloved husband of Marlene Olson, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the age of 69 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Heritage Inn, 4830 – 46 Avenue, Taber on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. A private committal service will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Zoe Dowdle

Our Dearest Friend, Our Mother.

How does one even begin to pay tribute to the most kind-hearted, selfless individual to grace this world? Words cannot begin to express the honor this woman deserves.

In the small western town of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Zoe Jeanette Spencer, daughter of Victor and Alta Stoddard Spencer, was born on October 17th, 1924.

She met Dad, Lloyd Rulon “Bud” Dowdle, 78 years ago when he asked her to the scout dance. He called her his “Sparrow” and they’ve been sweethearts ever since. She worked at a bank while patiently waiting for his return from Europe following WWII and they were married in the Cardston temple. Their first two girls were born in Canada before moving to Salt Lake City in 1950 where they completed their family with two more girls and finally a long awaited son. The five of us are; Vickie (Brent Parrish), Leslie (Lee Teerlink), Jackie (Lynn Marsing), Gerrie (Dave Martin), and Spencer (Sheli).

Some of her many talents included sewing beautiful clothes for her girls, handmade gifts for every occasion, cooking incredible meals with often sparse ingredients which were regularly shared with those in need, and a life of church service to name a few. Never being idle, she always had a project to work on. These ‘tangible’ talents paled in her ability to shine. She brightened every life she touched. If ever there was an example of unconditional love and forgiveness it was our Mommy. She did her best to teach us to find the best in every situation and in everyone we met, never a negative comment towards others. We often failed. There was no boundary to her generosity and willingness to serve others. We teased her mercilessly and she always laughed the hardest, once she got the joke.

Mom left us on November 11, 2015 to reunite with Bud who has been waiting four long months for her to join him. She is survived by her children, eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great grands, and her sister DaNaze Steele.

A memorial service to honor our Mother will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Garden Place in This Is The Place Heritage Park located at 2601 East Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30.

With all our love and deepest respect, thank you Mom, for our lives and your lessons.

 Dirk de Graaf
1953 – 2015
Dirk de Graaf, passed away in Vauxhall on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the age of 62 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Raffaele Izzo

1937 – 2015

Mr. Raffaele Izzo of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Anna Izzo, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the age of 78 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2015 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB, with Father Lukas Drapal, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta (Box 2211Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7).

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MIKE KRYSA, beloved husband of Mary Krysa, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully surrounded by love at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary, AB, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the age of 59 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Lukas Drapel, Celebrant. Cremation to follow.

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O’CONNOR, Mark Eoghan

It is with heavy hearts that Mark’s family announces his sudden passing on November 10, 2015 at the age of 32.

He will be lovingly remembered by his father, John; mother, Jenny; brothers, Aidan and Donal; step-mother, Charlene; step-brothers, Garret and Derick; step-sister, Justine; and grandmother, Bid; as well as numerous family members in Nova Scotia, Ireland, Sweden, and Germany, England, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Mark is now reunited with his baby brother Ronan (2013).

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton, Alberta. To access Meridian Street, you MUST be heading south on Highway 216. Access is 1 km south of the Sherwood Park Freeway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lethbridge Food Bank Society, 1016 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0C9

To send condolences, please visit: Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, Edmonton South. (780) 468-2222

Phyllis Plaited Hair (nee Old Rock) Mistsim’ma (Bundle Carrier), passed away after a lengthy illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday November 6, 2015 at the age of 77 years. Beloved wife of the late Sidney Sr. Plaited Hair for 40 Years.

Phyllis is survived by her children; Shirley, Bobby, Cindy (Dewey), Sidney (Stephanie), Frank, Debbie, Connie (Joey), Ann (Alford), John (Miranda).

Phyllis loved and cherished her daughter-in-law Miranda Eagle Speaker (P.H.) as her own daughter which they a special bond and her baby boy Jullian. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, 4 sisters; Gypsy, Marie, May and Carol Old Rock all of Montana.

Phyllis was predeceased was predeceased by her beloved husband Sidney Sr. Plaited Hair, father and mother George and Agnus Old Rock, sisters-in-law Dora, Maltie, Amy, brother-in-law George Plaited Hair, grandchildren; Christy P.H., Brian Twigg Sr., Tristan Pepion and sons-in-law; Don Twigg and Jessy Mills.

Phyllis meet the love of her life Sidney in Yakima Wa., in 1953 and moved to Blood Residence Canada in 1960, where they raised 9 children and numerous grand and great grandchildren.

Mom was a quiet, humble loving mom and grandma, she loved bingo, collecting antiques, favourite past time spending time with grand kids, and loved going to her favourite Store Value Village.

Mom and Dad where very proud members of the Sundance (Horn Society) for 13 years, she loved being around her fellow members and misses her years with the Sundance which she cherished.

Phyllis will be sadly missed by all who knew her especially her children, grandchildren and nephews and Nieces who knew her as grandma-ma.

Phyllis if loved by her extended families Heavy Runners, Yellow Kidney, Marceau of Montana, Delaney, Bare Shin Bones, Yellow Old Womans, Blackwaters and the Red Crows.

A family service will be held at 5:00 P.M., Friday, November 13, 2015 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Ave., Fort Macleod, followed by a wake service at The Old Saypoyi School, Standoff. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Old Saypoyi School, Stand Off. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.


March 9, 1938 – November 9, 2015

JOSIP RAJCIC passed away peacefully, surrounded by family.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 52 years, Antonia, sons Igor (Valerie) and Stan (Misty) and three grandchildren; Trevor, Lucas and Justin. He also is remembered by his brothers; Ivan (Manda) and their sons Zoran (Marron) and Peter (Diane) and their children Jaxon, Aden, Zachary and Zane; and Mirko (Mara).

The family would like to thank Dr. Smuts and all the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit for their dignified, respectful and compassionate care. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

“Dad, we will never forget you”.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB., on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 11:00 A.M with Father Roque Pereira officiating. Cremation to follow.

In memory of Josip, donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960-19th St. South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 1W5

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AL SINCLAIR beloved husband of Marilyn Sinclair of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the age of 81 years.

Besides his loving wife Marilyn, Al is remembered by two sons, John (Siarron) Sinclair of Calgary and Gabe Sinclair of Lethbridge. He is also survived by a special grandson Micheal Houghton of Lethbridge and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers Max and Bob as well as his parents Colin and Elizabeth.

Al was born December 5, 1933 in Maple Creek, SK where he was raised and educated. At the age of 16 years, Al had to go to work when his father passed away suddenly on Christmas Day. He began his career in trucking and construction. After marrying Marilyn Mills, Al returned to school and graduated with his #1 welding certificate. Al and Marilyn moved to Lethbridge in 1968. Al was employed at various locations including Dueck Excavating and Big D Excavating. When he retired at 65, Al spent a lot of summertime at improving his family cabin in the Cypress Hills. This is where he will be laid to rest.

Al enjoyed country music and playing the guitar. He was a very good dancer. When he was younger, Al boxed at the Maple Creek Boxing Club for over 8 years, winning many trophies and awards in Maple Creek, Swift Current and Moose Jaw.

Al was a friend to many especially those in the trucking business. He was a good husband and father who will be sadly missed.

A Celebration of Al’s life will be held at the MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Trevor Potter and Rev. Terry Schillington officiating.

In memory of Al, memorial donations may be made to Cypress Hills Park-Community Centre Fund, Box 2175, Maple Creek, SK, S0N 1N0.

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KENNETH VAUGHN STERENBERG, of Calgary, passed away at home, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the age of 49 years. Vaughn is survived by his wife Carole, of Lethbridge, sons Kenneth Roger, of Calgary and Ryan John of Lethbridge. He is also survived by three brothers: Greg (Carolyn) and nephew Sean, Gary (Gladys), David (Margaret) and sister Carolyn (Rob), nephew Noah and niece Alia Vucsics. He was predeceased by his parents John and Marie.

Vaughn loved the outdoors and lived for his summers in the Rocky Mountains. His sons are his greatest achievements. He had a generous heart for his close friends. Vaughn loved his cats; Cruiser was his companion to the end. He had many accomplishments in his career as a Sales Specialist in Calgary.

Special thanks to our neighbour Bob, for his kind and caring support throughout the years.

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

Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Vaughn, donations may be made to: Simon House Recovery Centre, 5819 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 0C5, attn: Jim Matthews or at

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ALICE LORETTA THOM (nee Parfitt), of Lethbridge, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society – Park Meadows Village on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In Memory of Alice, donations may be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, 1103 – 3 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 0H7

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