March 22nd, 2018

THURSDAY, December 7, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 7, 2017.


Grant Edward “Kelly” Flynn, at the age of 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Campbell River Hospital with his family by his side. Kelly was born September 18, 1928 in Stettler, Alberta. He spent much of his formative years growing up on the family farm near Passmore, BC during the Depression and WWII. There he learned to be an adventurous, independent, explorer of life which he conveyed throughout his whole life. Kelly married his sweetheart, dance partner and better half, Dorothy Elizabeth James (1926-2008) of Lethbridge, AB in 1952 and went on to raise three children. Kelly is best remembered in Salmon Arm managing Lakeside Insurance from the late 1970’s through the 1990’s. Wherever Kelly lived in Canada, he made the most of his spare time exploring the outdoors, travelling and woodworking. He was generous with his time helping others by volunteering with the Boy Scouts and many community organizations along the way, including serving as a councillor with the District of Salmon Arm, the AISH Appeals Board in Lethbridge, the Campbell River Variance Board and lastly the CR Shoreline Arts Society. With his outgoing personality and good health in his 70`s and 80`s, Kelly loved cooking on the barbeque and entertaining guests with his dinner creations. At the age of 82 he travelled a second time to Egypt exploring numerous archeological sites along the Nile river. Special thanks go to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Campbell River Hospital for their kindness and care.


MARY ANN (WIGHT) HETFLEIS 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 72 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne, Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 724 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T1.

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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. John was born in Zaporizhia, Ukraine on June 24, 1924 to George and Julia, one of two children. John married Anna Spizky on October 24, 1942 in Ukraine. Following World War II, John and Anna moved to Belgium where John worked in the coal mines for four years. In 1950, John brought his family to Canada settling in Coaldale. John farmed and worked construction, later moving to Lethbridge in 1958. John worked for General Construction for a short time and in 1959, John purchased a truck and began working with Tollestrup Construction, where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1989. John enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. John was a founding member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church, and helped build the church. John and Anne enjoyed being members of the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization. They recently celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary. John is predeceased by his parents George and Julia; son, Nick Tkachenko and his wife Linda, as well as his brother Alex. He is survived by John (Betty Ann) Tkachenko, their children Dannielle and Johnny; Natalie McLean (Les Brooks), her son Sam and his father, Grant McLean; Kathy (Ron) Walter, their children Taya and Cole; and by Nick and Linda’s children, Michael (Sheila) and Blake. Also left to mourn are his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Jada and Kennedy, Joel and Shaun. The family would like to thank the staff on 4B at the Chinook Regional Hospital as well as staff at the Good Samaritan’s West Highlands for their care of John. Prayers will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 9:00am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with RT. REV. FR. Taras Krochak officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Keith Clark

1924 – 2017

Mr. Keith Clark of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the age of 93 years. 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. A Private Family Graveside will take place at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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LEONARD K. NEWTON, passed away at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will 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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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.

A Family Graveside Service will be held at the MONARCH NOBLEFORD CEMETERY on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen.

A Funeral Service will be held afterward at the MONARCH REFORMED CHURCH, Monarch, AB at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Bob Derrick officiating.

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