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TUESDAY, December 5, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 5, 2017.

Alfred “Jim” Monti

1943 – 2017

Mr. Alfred “Jim” Monti of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Wendy Monti, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the age of 74 years. Jim leaves to mourn his loving wife, Wendy, of 47 years; sons, Matthew and Joseph (Cheryl); grandchildren, Kelsey, Amber, Brittaney and Haley; and great granddaughter, Aletheia; sisters, Faye and Sharon; brothers, Lou, Norman and Carmen; and numerous counsins and friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Catherine; sisters, Carol and Rose; brothers, George, Tom, Charlie, Bob and Wayne. A Private Family Service will be held. He will be sadly missed by everyone.

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ALLEN CLARKE passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the age of 60 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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John Tkachenko

1924 – 2017

Mr. John Tkachenko, beloved husband of Anna Tkachenko, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Keith Clark

1924 – 2017

Keith Clark, beloved husband of Phyllis Clark, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 29, 2017. Keith was 93 years old. Keith was a proud and hard-working man, farming in the Carmangay area for most of his life. Keith enjoyed a full life; he was an active member of the community, was involved in clubs and town activities and was always ready to entertain others with his fiddle playing at dances and other events. Keith played his fiddle for others until his final days. Besides his loving wife of 72 years, Phyllis, Keith will be sadly missed by his children Laree Findlay (Howard), Robert Clark (Brenda), Danny Clark (Bonnie), six granddaughters, and ten great grandchildren. Keith is predeceased by his parents Robert Clark and Elsie Budd (Brown), his brother, Ken Clark and his sister, Doreen Liptak. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to Dying With Dignity, 55 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 802, Toronto, ON, M4P 1G8 (www.dyingwith or a charity of your choice. A Private Family Graveside will take place at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Margaret Robinson

1929 – 2017

Mrs. Margaret Robinson of Magrath/Del Bonita, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kenneth Robinson, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of BILL OLEKSY at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Left to mourn is Jennie, his wife of 63 years (to whom he was a fantastic loving partner); son Brent (Jamie), grandchildren Rick, Jody (Craig) and great-grandchildren Tesla, Nolan, Calder; daughter, Brenda (Bob) and grandson Chase; and youngest son, Barton (Cris) and granddaughter Katya. He is also survived by his sister Sylvia (Richard).

He was predeceased by his mother, father, three brothers and three sisters as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, with whom he was very close. Bill was born in Strong Pine, Saskatchewan, on October 3, 1926. He attended a small, one-room country school until grade nine and, when his family moved to BC, finished his schooling in Langley. He then made his way to Winnipeg to enroll in Teachers College. After graduation, he taught in many rural schools before settling in Swan River, Manitoba in 1953 to teach grades five through seven. He met Jennie, a fellow teacher, married her in 1956, and had three wonderful children.

For a change of pace, he moved his family to Lethbridge in 1967 where he managed the Super Sonic Car Wash for a year. He then returned to his first love – teaching. He taught in many schools, but his favorite time was as principal of the Dorothy Gooder School for eight years. At the same time as teaching and raising his children, he attended night school at the University of Lethbridge and obtained his B.A. He is fondly remembered as the teacher who loved to organize field trips and get his students to have more fun in and out of the classroom. Bill retired from teaching in 1987, but kept busy doing a number of things, including driving for Handi-Bus and working with AMA to teach driving to high school students. One of his favorite sayings was that, if he had to do it all over again, he’d have more fun!

Bill was famous for his wild selection of ties, suit jackets and mismatched socks. His collection of clothes was featured on CBC and was on display at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Bill was also well known around town at Christmas, where he would stroll through different businesses playing Christmas carols on his mandolin. His mandolin playing was also enjoyed by many family members when he and Jennie would call to play and sing happy birthday.

The family would like to give a special thank you to nurses Kara, Katie, Doctors Plotnyk and Winder and all of the amazing staff on the 4th floor of the CRH.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held in the spring of 2018. Details will be announced at a later date.

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Ralph Turbitt

1941 – 2017

Mr. Ralph Turbitt passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Cardston Medical Centre at the age of 76 years. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. A Private Family Memorial Service will take place in the New Year. For those who wish, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204 – 2323 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6Z3.

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LARRY WARMINK, beloved husband of Pat Warmink, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

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Marjorie Wehlage

1934 – 2017

Mrs. Marjorie Katherine Wehlage of Milk River, beloved wife of Elmer, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on November 30, 2017 at the age of 83 years.

Marjorie was born on November 28, 1934 in Lethbridge. She was the eldest of six children and the only daughter. She received her first eleven years of education at the Hoping School and grade twelve at St. Theresa Academy in Medicine Hat. She received her Secretarial Clerical Diploma from Garbutt’s Business College in Medicine Hat and worked at the main office at St. Michael’s Hospital until 1955 and then Purity Dairy until she married Elmer on October 12, 1957. They resided in the Masinasin area where they purchased the original Wehlage farm and worked a mixed farm until 1966 and then bought and moved to Wendelin Harty’s farm. She had four children, keeping very busy with 4-H, music, swimming and various sports. She canvassed for Cancer and Red Cross, was a member of the CWL, taught cathecism and helped with various community functions for many years. She loved her vegetable and flower garden and was known for her delicious pie crusts, cinnamon buns and angel food cakes. She had very strong faith and always had a kind word or a laugh for anyone who needed it in good or bad times. She enjoyed spending time with her family numbering 39 at her passing and was very proud of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her most recent grandchildren, Brylee and Kinlee brought her special joy in her later years.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Rose Harty, and sister-in-law Bernice Harty. Her in-laws Anton and Anna Wehlage, brother and sister-in laws from the Wehlage family. She is survived by her husband Elmer of 60 years, her children Wanda (Dave) Erickson, Leanne (Faron) Ellis, Chris (Shari) and Byron (Jodie) Wehlage. She had 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Her brothers Richard (Gladys), Ron (Sylvia), Michael (Joanne), Bruce (Kathy) and Leslie (Ann) Harty, her special niece Linda Obrigewitch as well as numerous nieces, nephews, their families, special neighbours (Colleen and Glen Pittman) and many friends.

Marjorie will forever be in our thoughts, prayers and in our hearts.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milk River. A private family burial will follow in the Allerston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marjorie’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4K7 or another charity of your choice.

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