November 19th, 2017

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 15, 2017.

Frederic “Fred” Walter Burton

1923 – 2017

Mr. Frederic “Fred” Walter Burton passed away on Sunday March 12, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Fred was born in Lethbridge, September 29, 1923. He moved with his parents (Fred and Laura Burton) to Readymade where he attended school. In 1940 he joined the RCAF and was stationed in England where he was a wireless operator on a Lancaster Bomber. In 1943 he met Mollie Towler and they were married a year and a half later in Ripon Cathedral on September 29, 1945. When the war was over Fred and Mollie came back to Canada and together they raised four daughters, Sylvia, Roberta, Linda and Brenda. Fred farmed for many years in the Readymade area and in 1961 moved to Chin where he raised purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle. When he retired from farming, he sold real estate and obtained his auctioneers licence and worked for Handley Auction for many years. Fred served on many committees and was a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion and just received his 50 year service pin. After Mollie passed away in 2005, Fred moved to Sunrise Village where he spent his last eleven years. Fred is survived by his daughters, Sylvia (Fred) Geworsky of Lethbridge, Alberta, Roberta Bochan of Lethbridge, Alberta, Linda (Jack) Hart of Sherwood Park, Alberta and Brenda Burton (Lloyd Schwartz) of Lethbridge, Alberta. Fred is also survived by his grandchildren, Mark (Cindy) Geworsky, Cathy Sawatzky (Ecky Pilz), Taylor Coe, Michael (Sonja) Coe, Bobby (Andrea) Bochan, Tim (Krystal) Bochan, Susan (Mark) Fitzsimmons, Leah (Steve) McBride, and Kevin Mussieux. He is also survived by 19 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. Fred was predeceased by his wife Mollie Burton, his parents Fred and Laura Burton, his brother Robert Burton, his sister in law Alberta Burton and his son in law Ted Bochan. He was a loving father and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411- 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Canon Allan McCuaig, officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Unit #108, 410 Stafford Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2L2.

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1924 – 2017

ELTON J. DUELL, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Norma Duncan, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

Besides his wife, Norma, he will be sadly missed by his four children, Sherry (Arnold) Sacher, Richard (Joanne) Duell, Gary (Beverly) Duell and Janice (Rick) Atkins. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Shelley (Paul) Diggins, Tammy (Rob) Duell-Hodgson, Larry (Jim) Atkins, Darrin (Cindy) Duell, Michael (Cynthia) Duell, Kimberly (Brian) Madigan, Matthew (Georgia) Atkins, Jason (Christine) Sacher, Jay (Crystal) Duell, Trevor (Glenna) Duell, Nicole (Roger) Akune, Adam (Erin) Duell and Stacy (Duane) Kennedy. He is also survived by 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren. Elton is also survived by one sister, Faye (Ed) French, one brother, Jack (Geraldine) Duell, sisters-in-law, Isabel Duell and Donna Metcalf and brother-in-law Robert Hurlburt as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Pearl, his brother Melvin, and sister Lucy Delores.

Elton was born on September 2, 1924 in New Dayton, Alberta, the eldest son of Edwin and Ida Duell. In July 1945, Elton married Pearl Josephine Hurlburt and they raised their four children on the family farm at New Dayton. After retirement, Elton moved to Lethbridge. He was a resident of “The View” at the time of his passing.

A Celebration of Elton’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Brian Magee officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Celebration of Life.

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TIMOTHY PATRICK HANLON was born November 8, 1950—smack dab in the middle of the 20th century in North Vancouver, BC. Tim died March 12, 2017 at home in Lethbridge after a too brief encounter with lung cancer (non-small cell adenocarcinoma, not from smoking, just bad luck).

Tim leaves behind his devoted wife, Nicki Leighton who was his unwavering and selfless companion and caregiver during a terrible illness. Despite his devastating diagnosis, together Tim and Nicki forged their own path through the final months of Tim’s life.

He is predeceased by his parents, Marie (Lang) and Patrick Hanlon. Tim is survived by his son, Brendon (Jamie) and daughter, Courtney Perry (Shane) and grandchildren, Megan, Marissa, Miya, and Brock; and his four brothers, Greg (Dana), Vincent (Teresa), Larry (Barb), Patrick and his four sisters, Mary (David), Trish (Tom), Mary Ellen (Mehdi) and Lou (Ron); mother-in-law, Jeanne Leighton, brother-in-law Denny (Heather) and numerous (great) nieces and nephews.

Tim’s career in the agricultural industry started in 1975 as a New Holland territory manager. In 1976, he moved to Coaldale and went to work for Mustang Machinery in Lethbridge until 1978. Then he opened Orange Power in Taber in 1978 to 1984. In the fall of 1984, he started Hanlon Ag Centre in Lethbridge. Hanlon Ag was an Allis Chalmers and Gleaner dealer. In 1991, they took on the Hesston line, which started a new chapter for Hanlon Ag. The Hesston hay and forage line became the backbone to the success of the company. A few years later in 1993, they acquired the Massey Ferguson line and then the Fendt line in 1999. Tim participated in and enjoyed a four year term as a Hesston dealer panel member representing Western Canada dealers from 1993-1997. He was a successful and respected businessman in the Alberta agriculture industry for over forty years. Friendships, both personal and professional, were an essential part of his life.

His lifelong passion was expressed on the baseball diamond—as enthusiastic player, coach, manager or spectator. In his adolescent years, he was an excellent pitcher, and in his later years, he devoted many hours to slow-pitch with teammates in Surprise, Arizona and Kalispell, Montana. During Tim’s more than twenty snowbird winters, his batting average seldom dropped below .700. He was a diehard Yankees fan, if they were winning.

His other interests included golf, making beef jerky and sharing it, automobiles, gardening, barbecuing and having a beautiful lawn. He was a genius at remembering sports stats. Listening to music was a joy for Tim throughout his life and a consolation during his illness. Check out the YouTube video, Just Breathe by Willie Nelson and his son, Lucas.

Thanks to all the health care workers at the Chinook Regional Hospital and Jack Ady Cancer Centre who cared for Tim. Tim and Nicki felt blessed by all the prayers and good wishes they received during this most difficult time.

At Tim’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Condolences may be forwarded to If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made directly to the

Tim will be loved and remembered by friends and family for his generosity, kindness, dry sense of humor… and his prowess on the diamond.

Joanne Nagy

1940 – 2017

Mrs. Joanne Nagy of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Alexander Nagy, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Joseph Baczuk

1927- 2017

Mr. Joseph Baczuk of Milk River, beloved husband of Mrs. Leona Baczuk passed away at Milk River Long Term Care on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM on Friday, March 17, 2017 at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street North, Milk River, AB with Reverend Marion Martin, officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects between 12:00pm -12:30pm prior to the service. A private family interment will follow in the Milk River Cemetery.

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PHYLLIS MARIE LEONG, of Lethbridge, beloved spouse of the late Dr. Saw Taik Leong, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Left to cherish Phyllis’ memory are her children Richard and Rosemarie, as well as her grandson Luke.

Besides her husband Saw, Phyllis was predeceased by her parents William Sydney and Edith Marie Evans, as well as her sister Valerie Jane Evans.

Phyllis was born in Gillingham, England in 1932 and during her nursing career she met her husband at the Royal Eye Hospital in London, England in the early 50’s. They were married thereafter in Chatham, England in 1956 and came to Canada in 1957. They resided in Kingston, Ontario for a year until settling in Lethbridge in 1958, where they resided until their passings. Phyllis was a very outgoing and sociable person who loved to spend time with friends and family and especially took pride in making a difference in people’s lives. She enjoyed travelling (especially cruises), gardening, reading, sewing, knitting and getting together with her “Birthday Club Ladies”. Phyllis constantly found the bright side of any situation regardless of her personal circumstances and will be fondly remembered for adapting and finding the best in any situation. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

A Memorial Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

In memory of Phyllis and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of KSPS –

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BEVERLEY LOUNSBURY of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the St. Michael’s Health Centre.

Bev is lovingly remembered by her husband Earl and daughter Tara, mother Bernice, brothers Randy and Michael, sister Karen, numerous nieces and nephews and very dear friends.

She was predeceased by her father Doug and sister Melanie.

In keeping with Bev’s wishes, a private gathering to celebrate her life will be held for family and close friends at a later date.

Thank you to Dr. Ireland and her team for all they did for Bev and to the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit for their kindness and compassionate care; there are none better.

If so desired, donations in Bev’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200. 325 Manning Rd. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5

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Margaret Wiebe

Mrs. Margaret Wiebe of Lethbridge, passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Josephine “Jo” Marose beloved wife of the late Richard Marose, mother of Jo Ann (Norm), Jean (Derek), Jeraldine (Doug) and Janice (Del), passed away on March 11, 2017 at the age of 69 years.

A celebration of Jo’s life will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 from 1-5 pm at the Trinity United Church Hall (220 – 20th St, Fort Macleod, AB)

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lung Association (P0 Box 4700 Stn South, Edmonton, AB T6E 9Z9) or the Fort Macleod Handi-bus (P.O. Box 881, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0)

Tillie Merkl
1933 – 2017
Odilia Merkl, beloved wife of Frank Merkl, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the age of 83 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to 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.


PATRICIA SHERRINGTON passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the age of 84 following a battle with cancer. Pat is survived by her beloved family – daughters Doreen Anton (Blaine Sandau), Linda Seitz (Mervin), Holly Morris, Gailene Morris, and Roxanne Naismith; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, as well as stepdaughter Jackie Patey and family of Calgary. She was predeceased by husband(s) Eldon Morris (1962), Percy Sherrington (1977), and Jack Patey (1991), brother Samuel Elford (2011), grandson James Anton (1992), and sons-in-law Steve Naismith (2012) and Donald Rollack (2014). As per Pat’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A family gathering and celebration of life will take place at a later date.


BARBARA ANN SPIESS, beloved wife of Larry Spiess, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, AB on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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