January 24th, 2017

TUESDAY, January 10, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 10, 2017.

ALBERT DUFRESNE

1917 – 2017

Albert, beloved husband of Theresa Goulet, was called to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 7, 2017 at the age of 99. He was born June 14, 1917 in Dollard, Saskatchewan and was the last survivor of his family of six, his parents Alcide and Albertine Dufresne, two brothers, Damien, Tony and sister Luciene.

Funeral services will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901-13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday January 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

If friends so desire, memorial tribute may be made to the

Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Frances Dowling

1916 – 2017

Mrs. Frances “Fran” Dowling of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Charles “Doc” Dowling, passed away at on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the age of 100 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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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. 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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Patrick O’Neill

March 23, 1928 –

January 3, 2017

Mr. Patrick O’Neill, of Lethbridge, formerly of Creston, B.C. beloved husband of Helen O’Neill, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday January 12, 2017 at the HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH. 120 16th Ave North, Creston, BC. A interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Creston, B.C.

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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.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Nora, Ken is survived by their daughters Sandra Janke (Adam Heighes) of Calgary, Shelley Revak (Dan Audet) of Lethbridge and Leanne (Lawrence) Engel of Christchurch, England; grandchildren Kendra, Trevor, Troy, Claire and Tyson Janke; Jessie Revak, Chelsie and Natasha Dyck. He is also survived by his brother Bernie Revak of Calgary, sister Dot (Gary) Shaughnessy of Spruce Grove, seven sisters-in-law, six brothers-in-law as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Ann Revak, son-in-law Dave Janke, brother-in-law Herb Erickson, sister-in-law Alex Revak, nephews Gerry Ell and Douglas Bassett.
Ken was born October 6, 1944 in Taber to Andrew and Ann Revak. He was raised in the Taber area, attending St. Mary’s School. Ken then worked as a farm labourer with his Dad and with other farmers. He then found employment at the Taber Hospital first in maintenance, moving his way up to become a Maintenance Engineer. Ken worked at the hospital for thirty seven years before retiring. In 2003 he faced his fear, got on a plane for the first time with Nora and went on a trip of a lifetime to England and France and he loved every minute of it. In his spare time, Ken enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and cheering on his favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks. He was a part of a bowling league for many years and enjoyed playing a variety of other sports like golf, softball and curling. Ken had a very unique sense of humor that will truly be missed by all who knew him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ken’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (http://www.diabetes.ca) or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.com).
Many thanks to Dr. Beckie, Dr. Hughes, Community Care nurses and all the other health care workers who took such good care of Ken with compassion and professionalism.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


WARNOCK

MARY JEAN WARNOCK (nee Griffiths) of Calgary passed from our world to be with God on January 4, 2017. She is survived by her cherished husband of 64 years Loren Warnock of Calgary, daughter Ann (Victor) Warnock-Matheron of Calgary, son Keith Warnock of Lethbridge, son Garth (Fay) Warnock of Vancouver, brothers George (Maxine) Griffiths of Lethbridge and Donald Griffiths of Medicine Hat, grandchildren Noelle, Will, Tara, Tyler, Kirsten, Reagan, Dayna, Shelby, Tayler and great- grandchildren Keith, Sumi and Maximo. Mary was predeceased by parents Jack and Hannah Griffiths, daughter Rose, sister Leatha and brothers John and Rodney.

Born in Lethbridge in 1928, Mary grew up on a grain and cattle ranch in antelope country of the Sweetgrass Hills south of the Milk River near Aden, not far from the Alberta-Montana border. She learned the tough, frugal and resourceful ways of her pioneer parents and excelled in school though she hated riding her horse who was “obstinate and smelled bad” to school. She chose a career path of health care, and went to Lethbridge where she studied at the Lethbridge Galt School of Nursing. In those days, this esteemed training was so highly regarded that they did not have enough room in the dormitory for her class to sleep leading them to proclaim that they would be prepared to sleep on the floor to make certain they could get the training they needed! In 1950 Mary was awarded the degree Registered Nurse and certified to practice. She joined an elite group of Galt Grads renowned for their competence, compassion, confidence and communication and, distinguished with the tribute “White Caps and Red Roses”. Mary honed her skills as a general duty nurse in Lethbridge-area hospitals.

She fell in love with her eventual life mate Loren Warnock of Iron Springs and, they were married in snowy January 1952. It is reputed that the innkeeper in the Crowsnest Pass, where they stayed on their wedding night, told Loren he could tell they were newlyweds because he could see the twinkle in Mary’s eyes. They settled into life on Loren’s irrigation farm. Mary was no ordinary woman. She became a mother of 4 children, and was always the academic guardian for their education, an exacting mother that jobs were well done with medical precision, and a trackside coach for her daughters’ notorious success in track and field. She maintained her nursing career with service in Picture Butte’s hospital and medical clinic and a surgical ambulatory clinic. Her career was distinguished by fierce resolve to deliver high standards of nursing care to her community. All could feel confident in the bedside care of this woman who was so tolerant and respectful of persons of all ages, genders and faiths.

Not even a blizzard stopped her from going to work providing the John Deere tractor could blaze a trail for her to get to the highway. We remember her when a medical emergency happened in her rural community as the resuscitator on her knees in the mud of the field tending the injured in the field, until the doctor arrived. In her “spare” time she drove the 3-ton truck to haul sugar beets from the farm to the local receiving station prompting her to ask the aghast beet dump attendants “Are you going to just stand there, or are you going to dump this thing?!” Her meals and baking were exceptional and legendary, those recipes since tucked securely among the family secrets. She and Loren hosted community card parties, turkey raffles and school field trips for children. Mary always welcomed her growing grandchildren with open arms, showing them the wholesome experience of growing up on a farm with lots of livestock. She loved Polka music, the western show Bonanza and, Guy Lombardo ringing in the New Year with his music.

Mary, with Loren, balanced their busy lives with winter trips to the warm climate of Nevada where they enjoyed poolside lounging, gambling and touring. They relished those southern freeways in the California desert eating fresh grapefruit and Crackling Oat Bran and a juicy barbeque steak. Mary retired from her life on the farm in 2006 and, she moved to Lethbridge where she and Loren enjoyed full time retirement for 7 years. Declining health led to her moving to retirement facilities and extended care living in Calgary where she could be close to daughters Ann and Rose. The cruel progression of arthritis constantly challenged her mobility and right to be pain free, but her indomitable spirit prevailed and she walked right up to the most recent year of her life. Most of all she could still reminisce about the high standards of nursing care of which she was a pioneer and she still had a broad grin on her face when the Blue Skirt Waltz or the Pennsylvania Polka was playing!

The Funeral Service will be held at McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, on Saturday January 14th at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Trevor Potter Officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


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