September 27th, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 16, 2015.

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ALDOUS, Elizabeth (Betty)

July 30, 1930 – December 12, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Betty Aldous on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 in Calgary, AB at the age of 85 years.

Betty spent most of her life in Lethbridge but has lived with her son & daughter-in-law in Calgary for the last four years.

Betty was born in Mikado, SK on the family farm. From the get-go, she was a tomboy. She would prefer to be out helping her father rather than being in the kitchen. Despite all that, Betty was a great cook. She loved to cook for her family and everyone looked forward to the family Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner.

She raised her family of boys with her husband Roy in Lethbridge, AB. Betty loved her careers at the Lethbridge TV station and was working at the Woodward’s Department Store when she retired. She loved to reminisce about her jobs and co-workers like she retired only yesterday.

Her favourite pastimes were gardening, computer games, crossword puzzles and reading. She loved her pets and grandpets.

Betty will be dearly missed. She loved her family and friends and was loved in return by so many. She would always put the needs of others ahead of her own.

Betty is survived by her four sons, Bill (Darlene) of Lethbridge, Wayne of Lethbridge, Kevin (Weisja) of Victoria, BC, and Mark (Cindy) of Calgary; her grandchildren, Rob (Jennifer) Aldous of Calgary, Jennifer (Ryan) Sparks of Lacombe, AB, Cameron (Tanya) of Lethbridge, and Megan (Ty) of Lethbridge; and great-grandchildren, Mckenzie, Logan, and Tyler. She is also survived by her brother Peter (Elaine) Rollock of Sequim, WA, her sister Vivian (Leo) Chicilo of Regina, SK, her sister-in-law Liz Rollock of Kingston, ON and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was predeceased by her husband Roy and her parents Bill and Anne Rollack of Canora, SK.

In honour of Betty’s request, no funeral service will be held. In the spring when the flowers are in bloom, a private family inurnment will take place in Lethbridge where she will be laid to rest with her husband Roy.

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In living memory of Betty Aldous, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

Maria Bardics 1928 – 2015

Maria Bardics, beloved wife of the late Louis Bardics Sr. born Maria Vargyas on January 15, 1928 in Vac, Hungary, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her father, Istvan Kovacs, mother Caroline Vargyas, and youngest sister Teruska. —– She is survived by her sister Emilia Olah (Lajos), her brother Istvan Kovacs (Manci) all of Hungary.

She immigrated to Austria with her husband Louis Bardics in 1956. In 1957, they left Austria seeking a new life in Canada. They first lived in Iron Springs Alberta, slowly making their way to Lethbrige where they finally settled until the Lord called them home.

During Maria’s life she was nothing if she was not a hard working woman. With her husband Louis, they raised 5 children, Maria Hopman (Steve), Steve Bardics, Bernadette Bardics, Rosemary Ostrow and Lou Bardics Jr. Three grandchildren, Trish Hopman, Kevin Bardics, and Tanya Hopman, one great grandchild KC Hopman Williams. Maria’s leaving will leave a hole in the hearts of her family, friends, and of course her best friend Helen Horvath. Of course there are many more people to mention, because in 87 years she touched many lives. 
 Stay at home mom was not for Maria she enjoyed many years of employment working at the El Rancho helping cook many fabulous meals. Later Maria and Louis ventured out and started their own little cleaning business. In her spare time, Maria enjoyed needle point. She made many for her friends and many that won awards at exhibitions. She kept up her needle point until the dreadful Alzheimer’s took over.

Maria was predeceased by her husband Louis Bardics Sr., who passed in 2003. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Maria’s name to Alzheimer research (#402 740 4 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9)

A Private Service will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge.

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Margaret Ann Baron

1921 – 2015

Mrs. Margaret Ann Baron of Milk River (formerly of Warner) passed away at the Milk River hospital on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

Margaret was born in Lethbridge on August 29, 1921 where she subsequently was raised on the family farm east of Warner by her parents Beattie and Edith Lillie. As an adolescent and into her teen years she attended Lillieview School out east of Warner until she reached grade 12 where she then finished her schooling and graduated in Milk River while staying with some good and longtime family friends, the Madge family.

Shortly after finishing her studies in Milk River, Margaret attended a business school in Lethbridge where she met her future husband and the man she would start her family with; William Baron, a British Royal Air Force Pilot stationed in the city training pilots for the War overseas. After a brief courting, which included the occasional RAF dance with company of many friends, they married on June 19, 1943. A little time passed after the honeymoon when Bill had to return to England to do his part in the War and his Bride followed him on a convoy ship as soon as she could. They lived in Oldham, Lancashire in the heart of England where they met many lifelong friends, most especially Edie Waterworth, who she continued sharing letters with right up until the end. During their time in Lancashire they had their first child, Beverley, who was born just a few days before the Allied Forces Triumphs on D-Day.

After the War, they returned to Warner with their new child and began their lives in farming. They settled down on a piece of land just south of town and tilled and cared for the land well enough for three more children to be brought up in their care and nurturing.

After Bill passed in the spring of 1979, Margaret moved to Lethbridge where she resided until 2005. During much of her time in Lethbridge she was happy to have Chester Stroman as her companion for many great years until his passing. That year Margaret moved back to Milk River to live with her oldest daughter Beverley and for a time afterwards, her daughter Paula and son-in-law Bill.

Those who knew Margaret, understood that there was a certain expectancy of hearing any sort of out this world comment at anytime, a woman who was never afraid to have an option and just say what she thought was appropriate at the time, regardless of whether others would agree with her judgment of what was considered appropriate. Almost everyone seems to wholeheartedly agree that she was truly one of a kind. Full of life, always enjoyed a good joke or water fight, and most especially she loved and cared for her family. She was very close with every member, and really taught her Grandchildren the true meaning of a ‘Grandmothers Touch’.

Margaret is survived by her four children Beverley (Gord) Balog of Milk River and her children, Kevin (Shawna) of Warner and Richard of Milk River. Derek (Wendy) Baron and their children, Cam (Jackie) of Detroit and Ryan (Sherry) of Warner. Blake (Pinky) Baron and their child, Asher of Ghana and Blake’s sons Jesse and Tanner (Amanda) of Warner. Paula (Bill) Kaupp and their children, Jaime (Jordy) Metzger of Coaldale, Lindsay (Ivor) of Coaldale, Jon (Jessica) of Lethbridge and Clint of Milk River. She is also survived by Jan Baron of Warner; 13 great- grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Beattie and Edith Lillie; three brothers and one sister; son-in-law Gordon Balog; companion Chester Stroman; and her husband William Baron.

The family would like to especially thank the caretakers at Prairie Rose Lodge and the Milk River Hospital for the good care and comfort they provided Margaret in her final years.

A Visitation Service will be held between 3:00 and 5:00pm on Monday, December 21, 2015, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Ellen Eileen Dixon

Ellen Eileen Dixon, resident of Grande Prairie, formerly of Wetaskawin, passed away peacefully on Saturday December 5, 2015, at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Service was held Friday, December 11, 2015, at 2:00pm, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Grande Prairie (11212 102 St.) with a lunch following.

A Viewing was held at 1:00pm, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Interment was at the Claresholm Cemetery on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 12:00pm. Lunch followed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Claresholm, Alberta.

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RICHARD SEMPY FERGUSON, beloved husband of Marjorie for over 60 years, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre –Palliative Care Unit, in Lethbridge on December 12th, 2015, at the age of 84 years.

Richard was born on February 18, 1931 in Lethbridge, Alberta, and raised on the family farm at Huckleberry Corner near Barnwell, Alberta. He worked on the farm as well as other jobs. He was very active in the Taber Barnwell Beef Calf Club and won two awards. He met Marjorie in 1952 and they were married in May, 1955. They farmed at Barnwell for five years. In 1960 Richard earned his Stationary Engineer’s certificate and they moved to Lethbridge where he worked at the City of Lethbridge Power Plant. He continued studying and in subsequent years he worked as Chief Engineer at the Suffield Defence Research Station; Canbra Foods in Lethbridge; and Molson Brewery in Lethbridge. He retired in 1990 after the brewery closed. He and Marjorie travelled abroad extensively. They also enjoyed camping and golfing with their friends. Richard was very sociable and enjoyed visiting over a cup of coffee or a beer. He loved his children and grandchildren and family gatherings were a priority. He was a member of the Czechoslovak Canadian Cultural Society of Southern Alberta until it disbanded. He was very active in the Southern Alberta Antique and Classic Auto Club, serving in many positions including president and became a life member.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Marjorie, son John Ferguson, daughter Joanne (Brian) Baillie, grandchildren Richie Ferguson, Bonnie (Gordon) Heine, Hugh and Alexandra Baillie, brother Roy (Ruth) Ferguson, sisters-in-law Kaye Ferguson, Ruth Ferguson, Angeline Kurutz, brother-in-law John Kurutz, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Jessie (Daisy) and David Ferguson, brothers Walter (Scotty) Ferguson and David Ferguson, daughter-in-law Lesley Ferguson, mother-in-law and father-in-law Martha and John Kurutz.

Richard was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by his family and his friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH – 411 11th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Canon James P. Robinson officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Memorial Service.

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 Norma Dalton
1935 – 2015
We sadly announce the passing of our mother, Norma Gloria Dalton (nee Cemulini) in Vauxhall on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the age of 80 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 17, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Norma is survived by her five children Albert Dalton and Ella Dalton both of Vauxhall, George (Roxanne) Dalton of Lethbridge and their sons Braden and Kyle; Pearl Rice of Carstairs and her sons Casey and Calvin; Eldon Dalton of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her brothers Frank and Victor Cemulini; sisters Rachele James and Jean Cemulini all of Taber; brother-in-law Basil Dalton of Innisfail, sister-in-law Elsie Dalton of Calgary as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Allan, parents Gio Batta and Anna Cemulini, sister Angeline Cemulini, brothers Louie, Eugene and Delco Cemulini, brother-in-law Jack James, sister-in-law Joyce Cemulini as well as numerous relatives from the Dalton family.
Norma was born October 4, 1935 and raised on the family farm near Taber. On April 29, 1960, Norma married Allan Douglas Dalton. They lived near Vauxhall and farmed on the Dalton homestead where they raised their five children. While Norma was busy raising her growing family, she was also an active working partner on the farm where they raised Hereford cattle. She worked alongside Allan, doing whatever was necessary to make life better for her family. Norma worked extremely hard her whole life, without complaint.
Norma had a wide variety of interests and loved her huge vegetable garden. The family never went hungry as she canned and processed all the fruits of her labor. Norma also grew beautiful flowers and was very proud of her roses, peonies, lilies, tulips and gladiola plants. She loved playing cards and was a known family card shark when Hearts were played at family gatherings. She was so amazing, that everyone waited to see where she sat and then fought over places at the table to be the furthest one from her. Norma was also a very graceful dancer. The Daltons were well known by many people form the Old Time Dance Association that they attended regularly for many years. They taught many people the love of a waltz, two step and the allemande left of a square dance.
After Allan’s passing in 1984, Norma continued to manage the farm along with her two children, Albert and Ella. Norma lived on the family farm until her passing. She will be dearly missed by her family and their many memories of her will be treasured always.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778. LTH121615-B09 LTH121615-B10


JUSTIN ROGERS JENSEN, passed away in Magrath, Alberta on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the age of 43 years, beloved son of Chris and Vinnie Jensen.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MAGRATH STAKE CENTER at (21 East 1st Avenue) on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2015 AT 1:00 P.M. Friends may meet the family at the church from 11:00 to 12:45 pm prior to the service.

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PATRICIA LILLIAN LARLHAM, (nee Boyda), beloved wife of the late Roy Larlham, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

Pat was predeceased by her husband Roy, parents Thomas and Mary, step-father Mike Serna, sister and brother-in-law Pearl and William Kiefuik, brothers-in-law Albert Bourassa and Francis Wright as well as Roy’s Siblings.

Pat is survived by her sisters Elaine Wright, Irene Bourassa, sister-in-law Dorothy Larlham and many nieces and nephews.

Pat will be interred with her parents in the spring of 2016.

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KAVEN MANY SHOTS – KASHEEP, of Nobleford, a beautiful young woman loved by many, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at the age of 18 years.

Left to remember her with thankful hearts are her parents Bill and Jackie Oudshoorn, brothers and sisters Kaitlin (Jan, Seth and Clara) Indenbosch, Hannah, Nathan, Nicholas and Zachary, Grandma Maaike Oudshoorn, Oma and Opa Betty and Gerrit Van Esveld, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Kaven is also survived by her birth mother Cecile Many Shots and her siblings. She is predeceased by her birth father Brian Kasheep, and her grandfather Martin Oudshoorn.

Kaven attended Noble Central School from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. She was a bright and wonderful student loved by her teachers and classmates and was the valedictorian for her graduating class. She was attending Lethbridge College working towards a degree in social work.

Kaven was a caring and gentle young lady who leaves behind many friends.

Her infectious smile and contagious good nature will certainly be missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH – 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Nigel Wheeler officiating.

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James “Jim” Martens

1957 – 2015

Mr. James “Jim” Martens of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Nancy Martens, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 58 years.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 23 Ave. Coaldale, AB, led by Father Newton Rodrigues.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 18, 2015 at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 23 Ave. Coaldale, AB, with Father Newton Rodrigues, celebrant.

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EVERETT MORNING BIRD passed away suddenly near Stand Off, Alberta on December 12th, 2015 at the age of 38 years, A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Standoff, Alberta on Friday, December 18th from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Standoff, Alberta on Saturday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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One Owl, Daniel

Daniel One Owl, of Brocket, passed away in Calgary on December 11, 2015 at the age of 60 years. Danny is survived by his siblings: Howard (Bonnie), Leona (Coyote), Joe, Ed, Mabel and aunts Colette Warrior and Catherine George and numerous niece and nephews. A Prayer service will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, Pincher Creek, on Thursday, December 17th at 1:00 p.m. with wake to follow at the home of Howard One Owl. Funeral Services will be held at the Piikani Community Hall, Brocket, on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Brocket Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek, Ph. 403-627-4864.

Josephine Onyschuk

1928 – 2015

Mrs. Josephine Onyschuk of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Mark Onyschuk, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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DOREEN CHRISTINE SELLS, wife of the late Robert Sells, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

Doreen is survived by her children Edward Sells of Lethbridge, AB and Beverley (Luigi) D’Agnone of Wrentham, AB, grandchildren D’Arcy Fujita of Wrentham, AB and Robert D’Agnone of Wrentham, AB, as well as three great-grandchildren Krista Shearer, Kourtney Fujita and her son Aiden Fujita, and Kassidy Fujita.

Doreen was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Robert Sells, two brothers; Robert and Clarence Frampton and two sisters; Helen Recolett and Dorothy O’Neill.

Next to her family her garden was of great importance and a passion at heart.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, AB, at a later date.

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MARY (EVANS) VILLEBRUN of Lethbridge AB, passed away at home on Saturday December 12, 2015 at the age of 81 years.

She is the loving mother of Marie (Villebrun) MacDonald of Ft. Smith NWT, Joanne (Villebrun) Merrick of Lethbridge, AB, Angela (Villebrun) and John Gleason of Lethbridge, AB, Sandra (Villebrun) and Randy Nystrom of Bucerias, Mexico, 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Joan Krannick of Bournemouth, England, nephews, Ian, Shaun and families in England. She was predeceased by her parents Bill and Elsie Evans and her sister Ruth Evans all of Bournemouth, England.

Mary was born in Bournemouth, England and came to Canada as a midwife and nurse for a “1 year” adventure. She worked as a missionary nurse in Hay River NWT, and eventually moved to Lethbridge where she lived, worked and raised her four daughters. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her joys and happiness. Mary was a loving and faithful mother. She loved her family more than any words could say. Mary was actively involved in the Pentecostal Church over many years. She loved to sing, worship her Savior, and travel; but mostly she loved spending time with her family and friends. She had an amazing sense of humor and unforgettable great big laugh.

A private service was held.

In Memory of Mary, donations may be made to John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank, C/O Sandi Nystrom Bucerias, Mexico by contacting

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KELSEY RAY WOLF CHILD-YOUNG PINE passed away in Lethbridge on December 10th, 2015 at the age of 35 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Thursday, December 17th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, December 18th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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