June 25th, 2017

FRIDAY, January 6, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 6, 2017.

Arthur Johnson

1933 – 2017

Mr. Arthur Johnson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Laura Johnson, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 83 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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ENS

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, just one day shy of his 90th birthday.

Henry was born in Felsenbach, Ekaterinaslaw, a region in the South of Russia and came to Canada as an infant in 1927. He was the fourth eldest of nine children born to Abram and Maria Ens. Once in Canada, they settled in Truax, Saskatchewan, where they spent nearly ten years, before moving to Coaldale in 1936.

Henry spent his early years working as a trucker and ranch hand then in 1966, went to work at the Lethbridge Research Station. Here, he worked until he retired. Henry met his wife Susan at the Research Station in 1974. They married in 1979 and resided at Sunnyside until her death in 2014. Henry and Susan were avid horse lovers and spent many years involved in the Percheron community, raising and showing their horses.

Henry was predeceased by his eldest son Lee and loving wife Susan Mary Ens.

He is survived by his children: Lyn, Lori, Scott, David, and Karen; grandchildren: Jessica, Kelsey, Brady, Mikaela, and Riley, and great-grandchild, Chloe.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

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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 Bogdan, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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FITZHENRY

JONATHAN SCOTT FITZHENRY passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Health Care, January 5, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 43.

He is survived by his five children Hannah, Kyle, Jordan, Jessica and Emma, his mother & father Anna Suurd and Barry Fitzhenry and his three sisters Sara Fitzhenry, Mandi Braun and Karen Fitzhenry. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Jon was born in Lethbridge on March 6, 1973 and resided in the Lethbridge area all of his life. He had a lust for adventure. He enjoyed fishing & hiking in the mountains. Jon had a passion for building and flying remote control aircrafts.

Jon will be missed by his family and friends but we know he’s replaced his planes with a set of wings and will no longer fly alone.

At Jon’s request, no service will be held. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Jon’s family wishes to thank all the staff at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their loving care over the past several months.


Irene Edwards
1949 – 2017
Irene Elizabeth Edwards, beloved wife of Harold Edwards, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in Taber on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 67 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 6, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides her loving husband Harold, Irene is survived by their son Brad (Keri-Ann) Edwards of Taber, daughter Michel (Daniel) Johnson of Taber and their children Jaden and Dustin; brother Andy (Judy) Astalos of Sylvan Lake, brother-in-law John DeBona of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Andy and Elsie Astalos and sisters Margaret DeBona, Linda Astalos and Veronica Astalos.
Irene was born July 6, 1949 in Taber. She married Harold Edwards on March 1, 1968. They resided in Taber until moving to Fincastle where they raised their children Brad and Michel on their acreage. In 2009, they moved back to Taber. Irene loved spending time with family, especially her grandkids. Horses were Irene’s hobby, she had a passion for training, horse shows and Arabian horses. Irene’s enjoyment of horses led her to work at Wilomar Stables. She was also fond of her dogs, especially Taz and her puppy Barkley. Irene will be lovingly remembered.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Irene’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 (http://www.ab.lung.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Steve Kaytor

1944 – 2017

Mr. Steve Kaytor of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Christina Kaytor passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 72 years. Vigil Rites will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, January 9, 2017 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

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KOSTECKI

MARIJA KOSTECKI, (née Pergar) beloved wife of Stejpan Kostecki, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 84 years.

Besides her loving husband, Marija is survived by her daughter Bozena Kostecki and her children, Jonathan Ruzek (Melissa) of Lethbridge and Jessica Ruzek of Halifax, and daughter Marijana Turuk (Zvonko) and their children, Anamaria of Lethbridge and Tasha and Ethan of Taber as well as three brothers; Milan, Andrija and Vlado (Sofija) Pergar of Croatia.

Marija was predeceased by her infant children, Vlado, Blazenka, Emil and Milivoj; mother and father, Magdalena And Slavko Pergar; and her sisters Katarina Hostic and Ankica Copot.

Marija was born on July 14, 1932, in Sartovac, Croatia, and was the eldest of four siblings: Milan, Andrija, Katarina, and Ankica. Though she had a difficult life due to the war, she enjoyed her childhood with her siblings, and was especially fond of her babicka, with whom she shared her name. When Marija was 17, she met the love of her life, Stjepan Kostecki — her white knight who entered her life not on horse nor on bicycle, but on foot—and they married a year later, and remained married for the rest of her life. Together, Marija and Stjepan moved to the village of Repusnica where they started their life together and had six children; however, only two survived: Bozena and Marijana. In Repusnica, Marija was the master seamstress, who everyone in the village came to for help, and she was known in the region for her dressmaking talents. In 1975, Marija and family immigrated to Canada to start a better life, moving to Lethbridge where they began anew. Marija worked for several years at Ducan Industries, before being appointed to seamstress at Holland’s Fabrics, where she was employed until her retirement. Though Marija loved to sew, knit, and crochet, her greatest passion in life was gardening, and she cherished every moment spent in her garden, tending to her vegetables, flowers, and fruit trees, and toiling in the greenhouse, a passion she passed on to her daughters. Marija enjoyed doting on her grandchildren, and especially loved to cook for them using vegetables and herbs from her garden. To guarantee that neither her children nor her grandchildren went hungry, she always sent care packages to take home, laden with food, fruit, and chocolates. The most important part of life for Marija was her family, and she treasured her time spent with her daughters and her grandchildren, and she always sent along her love and best wishes. Marija loved to have people surrounding her table, on which food, rakija, wine, and Turkish coffee were always served. She also delighted in listening to music, and Marija spent much of her time with Stjepan listening and dancing to Croatian songs, and together they shared stories and memories that accompanied each song. Marija spent her last moments on this earth in the company of her loving husband, who watched over her until the very end, as he did since the beginning of their marriage. Marija will be woefully missed by Stjepan, Bozica, Maja, and her grandchildren, as well as by her family and friends in Canada and Croatia. Neka te Bog blagoslovi i neka te cuva. Volimo te uvijek, Baka.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

In memory of Marija, donations may be made to the Womanspace Resource Center, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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


Eric Martens

1949 – 2016

Mr. Eric Martens of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lela Martens, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 67 years. Eric is survived by his 2 sons Aden (Stephanie) Martens and Shaun (Jacqueline) Martens; daughter Kara (Mark) Murias; sister Anne Marie Chudobiak; brother Herman (Joyce) Martens; 5 grandchildren Julia Martens, Eric & Nathan Martens, Harold & Jasper Murias. Besides his loving wife Lela, Eric was predeceased by his parents Herman and Anne Martens. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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OBER

MARION OBER (Nee DAVIS) beloved wife of the late Norman George Ober passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


ORR

Myrtle Marjorie Seely Orr, 94, of Orton Alberta, slipped quietly through the veil early in the morning of January 3, 2017, as the result of the natural effects of age. Marjorie was born February 27, 1922, the daughter of Orson Ray Seely and Myrtle May (Kiddle) Seely of Stirling, Alberta. While working as a hairdresser in Lethbridge during World War 2, she met Wallace L. Orr and after the war they were married and eventually moved into a house Wallace built on top of the hill in Orton, just outside Fort Macleod.

Marjorie loved farm life and was known for her fresh bread, quilting, gardening, and sewing. She ensured her children had a good education that included music, theater and the arts. She was also faithful member of the LDS faith, serving in the Relief Society and Young Women organizations in the Orton and then Fort Macleod Wards.

Marjorie will always be remembered for her bright and positive personality. She is survived by her daughter Carmen Toth (Jim) and son Quinn Orr (Susan). She is preceded in death by her husband Wallace, and daughter Rowena Gardner (Wayne).

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday January 9, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 643 – 20 Street Fort Macleod, on Monday, January 9. Family greetings and the viewing will be held prior at 10 A.M.


Patrick O’Neill

1928 – 2017

Mr. Patrick O’Neill, beloved husband of Helen O’Neill, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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REID

ROBERT WILLIAM REID, beloved husband of Betty, of Lethbridge and formerly of Millet, AB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at the age of 91 years.

Besides his loving wife he is survived by his three children: Michael of Vernon, BC; David (Johanne) of Lethbridge, AB; Heather of Phoenix, AZ. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jonathan, Cecilia, Frances, Jacob and several nieces and nephews.

Robert was born in Alberta, served in the air force during WWII then took advantage of the education opportunity awarded to veterans after the war. He obtained his PhD of which his subject of study was the mountain pine beetle and went on to have a distinguished 31 year career with the Federal Forest Service.

Next to Betty and family, Rob’s great love was for horses. This passion for horses and the outdoors led him on many adventures on the prairies and in the Rockies. Along the way he developed many friendships with accomplished members of the horse community.

He requested his passing be without fanfare (no funeral or service). Those of you who knew him will not be surprised these were his wishes. His family and close friends will honor him this summer with a gathering in the Rocky Mountains he loved so dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SARKI

SANTA MAYA SARKI, beloved wife of Purna Sarki, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the age of 59 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 7, 2017, starting at 11:00 A.M.

Interment to follow at the Royal View Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SHOUTING

GERALDINE SHOUTING, (Aapanaakii), passed away suddenly on Monday December 26, 2016 at the Cardston Hospital. She was born March 3rd, 1952 and resided in Moses Lake on the Blood Reserve. She enjoyed participating in community events, hosting family gatherings, and going to Bingo. She was happy to be part of the Full Gospel Church and also loved travelling to camp meetings. Geraldine was very good at crafting and sewing, often her creations were gifts to family and friends.

She will be missed by her children, Wesley (Gwen), Deanna (Cody), Marlon (Terra), Matthew; her adopted son Taylon Williams; grandchildren Sharmaine (Owen), Godfrey (Deedre), Jasmine, Jared, L.J., Jessica, Justin, and Kendrick; 5 great grandchildren; also her sisters, Christine Little Bear, Pansy Yellow Wings, Lynda Yellow Fly, Mary Ann Holy Singer, Ardith Wells, Shirley (Barnabas) Prairie Chicken, Alvine (Lester) Low Horn, Sheila Fox; brothers Thomas (Rosaline) Holy Singer, Alvin (Tracy) Wells, and Dwayne (Kelly) Fox; husband Laurie Across the Mountain and her special fur baby Sally. The family would like to include her numerous family members, such as her nieces, nephews, cousins, and all the family members Geraldine adopted throughout her life. Predeceased by her parents Bertha and Thomas Holy Singer; her brother Oliver Shouting; sisters Bernadine and Delphine Holy Singer; son Lyndon Shouting; and granddaughter Jolene Shouting.

A Wake Service at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Friday, January 6th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service at the Moses Lake Gym on Saturday, January 7th, at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery. fFeast at the Moses Lake Gym.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


SINCLAIR

BEATRICE JOAN SINCLAIR, beloved wife of William (Bill) Sinclair of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday January 2, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

She was the loving mother of Rogan (Kim) Sinclair, Ferrol (Brian) Nicol, Tracy (Heather) Sinclair and Jolayne (Sidney) Manning. Joan was loved and will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Stefanie and Brent Nicol, Quinn Sinclair, Christmas and Mickee Sinclair and Martine and Shannelle Manning. She is also lovingly remembered by her nieces, Lorraine and Marlene McCaig.

Joan was predeceased by her parents Violette and John Johnson, her twin sister Jean McCaig and her grandson Kyle Nicol.

Joan was born in Didsbury, Alberta and moved to Lethbridge with her family. She met Bill Sinclair and lived a wonderful life, raising her four children and working at various places including Stokes, CDM meats, Co-op Hatchery and General Farm Supplies. She also supported Bill in his career as a fireman at the Lethbridge Fire Department where they made a whole new family of great friends.

Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved attending their sporting events. Joan loved baseball and candy. She never missed a Blue Jays game and also supported the Lethbridge Bulls for many seasons.

Our family would like to extended a heartfelt thank you to the caring and loving staff at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale where Joan spent the last three years. We would also like to thank the Healthcare nurses that attended the Lodge, the great nursing staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital as well as her doctors for all their support and care.

At Joan’s request, a private family service was held.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.

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


SWATSKE

MICHAEL GAVIN SWATSKE, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at the age of 42 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Ken Revak
1944 – 2016
Kenneth Steven Revak, beloved husband of Nora Revak, passed away in Taber on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 72 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.


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