November 23rd, 2017

SATURDAY, December 31, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 3, 2017.


JOHANNA JANTINA DEKENS, beloved wife of the late Louis Dekens, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH – 260 McGill Blvd West on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

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HENRY ENS, beloved husband of the late Susan Ens, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Lethbridge Adaptacare on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Donald “Don” Farrington

1930 – 2016

Mr. Donald Cameron Farrington, beloved husband of Matilda (Tillie), passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the age of 86 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Deacon Cliff Bogden, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Sadly, Mom passed away on December 23, 2016 at the age of 94 at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Lethbridge, AB.

Mom will be lovingly remembered by her family, sons Gary (Rosemary) Beal of Winnipeg, MB, and Jeffery (Nancy) Beal of Lethbridge, AB, Grandchildren Lonnie Beal of Slave Lake, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Beal of Calgary, AB, Jud (Vanessa) Beal of Lethbridge, AB, Patrick (Cheryl) Beal of Winnipeg, MB and Justine of Winnipeg, MB, Great-grandchildren Amara, Mia, Dani, Quinn, Declan, Rowan and Isaak.

She will also be remembered by her special nieces Sandra, Leah, Marlene, Lei, Sandy and Delores, nephews Allan, Eric, Irvin, Clifford, Kelly and sister-and-law Olga Lungul.

Mary was the daughter of Georgii and Anna Lungul of the Drobot Parrish region in Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by husbands Frank Beal and Edward Frey, also 14 siblings and other nieces and nephews.

Her life journey included cooking for the HBM&S Electrical linemen’s crew, working as a hair dresser and also as a matron for the RCMP. Mom loved to bowl, play shuffleboard and read until her eyesight failed her. Mom loved to cook for her family, the favourites being cabbage rolls, perogies and borscht.

At Mom’s request, there will be no funeral; there will be a family Memorial at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Lodge for the loving care she received while enjoying singing her favourite songs to everyone.

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LOLA LYNN “DODIE” HYGGEN-NELSON, beloved wife of Jerry Dale Nelson, passed away in Calgary, Alberta on December 26th, 2016 at the age of 66 years.

Friends may meet the family at the FORESTRY AVENUE CHAPEL, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm or at the church on Tuesday, January 3rd, from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the funeral service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FORESTRY AVENUE CHAPEL, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.

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Mary Stewart McTavish

1916 – 2016

Mrs. Mary Stewart McTavish passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, Alberta on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the age of 100 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, with Dr. Austin Fennell, officiating.

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Mervin “Merv” Brandt

1943 – 2016

Mr. Mervin (Merv) Brandt of Stafford Lake, beloved husband of Effie Brandt and of the late Irene Brandt, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 73 years. Merv was born to Fanny and Martin Brandt of Regina, SK on November 28, 1943. He was the second youngest of 17 children. He spent his formative years in Regina where he met and married his first love, Irene Frisko. They moved to Lethbridge in 1977 for a new position with Oliver Chemical. Together they raised their three children, Wayne, Shelley and Kurtis. After the loss of his first wife, Merv was blessed with a second great love he found with Effie Johnston. They were married in 1996 and he proudly became a stepfather to Trevor and Ryan Johnston. Over the years Merv worked in several areas of the agriculture industry from Niagra Chemicals to Oliver Chemical, then partnering in Garden City Ag Supplies. Later he and his son Kurt, owned and operated a purified water store, H2O to Go. In recent years, he helped Kurt with his commercial property and also worked part-time for Agro Plus. Besides his loving wife Effie, Merv is survived by his four sons Wayne (Kerry) Brandt of Sherwood Park, their children and grandchildren Shaun (Nicole) Brandt (Arlo and Etta) of Miami, Florida; Ashley (Jamie) Poirier (Finley and Walker) of Sherwood Park, Kurtis (Kathy) Brandt of Lethbridge and their children Trey and Mackenzie; Trevor (Kris) Johnston of Edmonton and their children Rex and Ocean, Ryan (Mandy) Johnston of Lethbridge and their daughter Camille. He is also survived by his son-in-law Ray McIntosh and Ray’s sons Kyle (Breanne) McIntosh and Logan McIntosh, all of Lethbridge. Also surviving are Merv’s siblings Ernest, Adeline Mackenzie, Kathy (Alf) Lightfoot, Alma Brandt, Gordon (Faith), and Cherylanne (Mike) Hyland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Merv was predeceased by his first love Irene, his beloved daughter Shelley, his parents Fanny and Martin, and siblings Ernhardt, Richard, Norman, Helen, Irene, Ronald, Alice, Herman, Raymond and Marlene. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters, (622 6 Ave S Lethbridge, AB T1J 0Z3), or Boys & Girls Club (1405 8 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 6N9) or Woods Homes (312 – 3 Street S. Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Y9) Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on Monday, January 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Deacon Michael Pollard, officiating. Inurnment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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MARION PASKUSKI, beloved wife of the late William Paskuski, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the age of 99 years. A Funeral Tea will be announced.

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Andrew “Andy” Ponech

1925 – 2016

With heavy hearts, we share the passing of our Dad, and Grandpa, Andy Ponech. He slipped from this world with Brooklyn, the sunshine of his life, beside him, singing “Fly me to the Moon”. Dad left us peacefully on Wednesday, December 28th comforted by the presence of his beloved boys. Dad loved music, was a big Sinatra fan, and whistled his way through most days. He was very sociable and people were drawn to his charming, outgoing personality. He always had time to share a joke or two and was living proof that laughter was indeed the best medicine. Andy valued the lifelong friendships he made along the way, many of which were established while working in the service department of Beny Chev Olds. He was a popular well respected postman for the last 18 years of his working career and appreciated the recognition he received from the Post Master General and especially his customers. After retirement, Andy became restless and returned back to work in a small service station. Dad made an impression on many customers of Spotlight Esso and was given his second gold watch accompanied by the prestigious bird-man of the year award upon retiring yet again. Dad was an active member of the Legion, and served a term as Exalted Ruler of the Lethbridge Elks Lodge. He was especially proud to receive an honorary quilt for the years he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War ll. Andy was above all a devoted family man. He met his “sweetheart” Evelyn at the Trianon ball room and they married in May of 1949. Andy and Evelyn raised a family of five children in Lethbridge and he cherished more than anything those times in his life when he was together with all of his kids. Andy and Evelyn thoroughly enjoyed their years of golfing, camping, fishing and playing card games together in retirement. Andy is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Evelyn, son Darrell, and brother Nick. He is survived by his children Bev (Brian) Trone, Kathryn Ponech (Ron Davies), Ken (Kim) Ponech and Don (Heather) Ponech, brother Fred (Eileen) Ponech and sister Mary Kaszas. He also leaves several adored grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a beloved niece Su. The family would like to thank Dr. Sailendra and the nursing staff of unit 4C at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital for their care of Dad in his final days. At Dad’s request, there will be no service. Dad, the day has come when we have to say our goodbyes. Those of us left behind are broken hearted. It’s impossible to express how much you’ll be missed. “I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new, I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you”… in peace

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Catherine “Cathy” Margaret Poole of Bow Island, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the age of 84 years, beloved wife of the late William “Bill” Poole. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Noel Doherty, George (Debbie) Poole, Stewart (Cheryl) Poole and Linda (Calvin) Dyck; her son-in-law Larry Doherty, ten grandchildren, Stephanie (Robert) children Ava & Oliver, Michael (Leanne) children Brady & Connor, Jamin (Becky) and son Lucas, Colin (Ina), Nicole (Corey), Alicia (Kyle) and Kyla and their mother Laurie, Jordana (Brent), Caden (Kelsey) and Taryn; two step grandchildren, Tyler (Ashley) and Jessica (Kurtis) and their children Carter and Mason; two brothers, George (Jewel) Comstock, Bob (Rosemary) Comstock and her sister-in-law, Juanita Wilkins as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Lester and Margaret Comstock; her husband Bill on November 10, 2014 and a brother-in-law Stan Wilkins.

Catherine Comstock was born June 28, 1932 in Drumheller, Alberta and spent her growing up years with two brothers, George and Bob on her parents farm south east of Rosebud, Alberta. Following high school, she went to Olds College and took one year of home economics and two years at SAIT taking clothing and design. After graduation, she worked for several months in Calgary at Singers.

Following, she married Bill Poole on March 12, 1955 residing on the original Poole family homestead until 1992 then retired to Bow Island until her passing.

Our mom has been involved in many community activities. She enjoyed taking an active part as organist in both Burdett and Bow Island United Churches for the past 45 years. She spent many years being part of the U.C.W. and various other roles within the church.

Mom enjoyed reading, baking, sewing, playing cards, playing in the bell choir and singing in the choir, travelling with our dad extensively to far places such as Alaska, China, Panama and the East and West Coast to name a few.

Our mom was happiest when surrounded by family that she loved with all her heart. Dad and mom spent many hours supporting the grandchildren in all of their activities. The opportunity to spend time with her great grandchildren gave her immense joy. Mom was truly a quiet, gentle soul. She will always be the heart and soul of our family.

Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the St. Andrew’s United Church, Bow Island on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Lisa Waites officiating. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100 – 119 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 . To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Cathy Poole, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.


THOMAS RANDALL, beloved husband of the late Joan Randall, of Lethbridge, passed away at Legacy Lodge, on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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