March 20th, 2018

SATURDAY, March 10, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 10, 2018.

Beth Brandics
1941 – 2018
Elizabeth Rose Brandics, beloved wife of the late Joe Brandics, passed away in Taber on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age of 76 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.


October 3, 1960 – March 1, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Curt Duane Blakley announces his passing on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the age of 57.

Curt will be forever remembered by his children Chad, Paige (Chris), grandchildren Liam and Leah who were his pride and joy. Survived by his Mom & Step Father. Missed by his brothers Brad & Garry. Also friends Karen McKay, Sheryl Marchuk, Trevor Sweets, Lorraine Heck, and his neighbor Shelly.

Curt was passionate about fishing, camping and the outdoors. He loved spending quality time with his grandchildren.

Curt is proceeded by his biological father Barry Blakley.

In honour of Curt, donations can be made to where a memorial fund has been set up for his kids. Memorial to be held at a later date.


With heavy hearts, the family of Helen Christine Delaney announce her passing on March 3rd, 2018 at the age of 81. She is predeceased by her parents, Hans and Magda Thomsen, her older brother Eric, and granddaughter Erin.

She is survived by her loving husband Dennis Delaney, her devoted children, Michael (Lynda), Terrence, and Linda, siblings Martha, Dan, and Karin, her 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honour Christine’s life-time care and hospitality by inviting someone who is not a close friend into your home to extend a genuine desire to get to know them.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, March 10th at 2 P.M. at Park Meadows Baptist Church located at 2011 – 15 Avenue N, Lethbridge, AB. Condolences can be sent to


EDOUARD DESJARDINS of Hillspring, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Pincher Creek Hospital on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 83 years. He was born in Ste Amélie, Manitoba on May 23, 1934.

Eddie had a zest for life and loved dancing, playing his guitar, singing, hunting, working with his horses, canoeing, fishing, camping, and volunteering with the Métis Local. His motto in life was always “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Edouard is survived by the love of his life, Barb; his 3 daughters Roxanne “Bunny” (Louis) Debroux of Lundbreck, Rita “Cookie” (Cal) Graham-Mazur of Calgary, Rhonda “Candy” (Trevor) Kunkel of Hillspring and daughter of his heart, Brandi Meyer of Edmonton (Keelan, Axson) and; his grandchildren Tanya (JC) Debroux, Kyle (Carol) Debroux, Rylan Kunkel and Ronan (Abby) Kunkel, as well as five brothers, four sisters and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Richard “Ricky”, his parents Alexandre & Delphine (née Chaput) Desjardins, two siblings, one son-in-law and two brother-in-law’s.

At Edouard’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name will be accepted by the Windy Slopes Health Foundation, PO Box 968, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Parker and staff for their exceptional care and support.

“Somewhere beneath a bluer sky

In a higher realm where eagles fly,

A land of beauty beyond our knowing

With trees, flowers and waters flowing,

And mountains of unearthly grace

The Great Spirit has made a place,

And chose a sunny winter day

To guide our loved one, Edouard, away

To the spirit world where we’ll all meet;

Our family will again be complete.

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ELLEN MARIE LAMBERT, beloved wife of Emile Lambert of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on March 1, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Besides her loving husband, Ellen is survived by her children, Brian (Lori) Lambert of Blackfalds, David (Wilma) Lambert of Lethbridge, Gwen (Kevin) Cameron of Brooks and Joan (Reg) Hill of Calgary, as well as her ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers and numerous extended family members.

Ellen was a loving wife and mother, and was a very dear friend to all who knew her. She would lend a hand or an ear to whomever needed it and always put others before herself. The love she had for her family and friends was unconditional and endless. She also enjoyed music, dancing and reading.

A Celebration of Ellen’s Life will be held at PARKBRIDGE ESTATES, 2920 – 29 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

In memory of Ellen, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 or on their website at

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Neil Manning

1931 – 2018

Mr. Neil Houston Manning, beloved husband of Mrs. Phyllis Manning, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Neil was born in Saskatoon to Jean (Houston) Manning and Roy Manning and lived in that city until he was 9 years old when the family moved to Calgary.

In Calgary, he attended Scarboro School and Central School. Neil worked for 12 years at the Bank of Nova Scotia, after which he became a Chartered Accountant. During his career, he was with Price Waterhouse, in partnership with Miller Mark in Calgary, sole practitioner briefly in Saskatchewan, then with Dawson Berezan in Lethbridge. After retiring, Neil was Treasurer, then Executive Director, of the Lethbridge Community Foundation for over a decade. He enjoyed membership in the Lions, Kiwanis and Probus. He loved his bridge group right up to the end.

Neil is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his daughters, Catherine Jean and Elizabeth Joan, and his son, William Roy, as well as 6 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Neil was so proud of his family.

He was predeceased by his parents and Phyllis’ parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Eva Stanley, officiating. A Graveside Service will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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MERCEDES PENNINGTON, beloved wife of the late Clarence Pennington, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

She is survived by her nephew Terry Credico of Lethbridge, niece Lori (Ian) Fraser of Calgary, nephew Brad (Bev) Sweda of Rochester, MI, daughter-in-law Sylvia Pennington of Vancouver, brother Gerry (Ann) Sweda, brother-in-law Roy (Helen) Pennington of Lethbridge and sister-in-law Dorothy (George-deceased) Davidson of Lethbridge. She is also survived by nieces and nephews in Alberta and Margo, Gary (Karen), Randy (Lisa) and Matthew Slater in B.C.

Mercedes was predeceased by her son Bob Pennington, sister Frances (Victor) Credico and cherished companion Steve Slater.

Mercedes was born and raised in Lethbridge, going to school at St. Basil’s Catholic School and met and married Clarence shortly thereafter. Their son Bob was born on February 3, 1941 and shortly thereafter moved to Calgary for Job opportunities, ultimately ending up in Vancouver. Clarence and Mercedes spent the majority of their working lives in Vancouver but moved back to Lethbridge to retire in 1981. For the next several years, Mercedes and Clarence spent a great deal of time camping, fishing, golfing and bowling, up until experiencing her husband’s passing in 1998 and very unfortunately, her sons passing in 2000. Afterwards, Mercedes could commonly be found with her cousin Florence enjoying golfing, bowling and cards. In 2007, Mercedes moved to Vancouver and spent seven happy years with her companion Steve. Following Steve’s passing in 2014, Mercedes relocated to Lethbridge and she resided there until her passing. Mercedes will always be remembered as a prim and proper lady, a “little sweetie”.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Spring of 2018.

In memory of Mercedes and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, #507, 740 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #220, 6223 – 2 Street S.E., Calgary, AB, T2H 1J5.

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Kuniko Ryning (Iwaasa) passed away March 5, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta, 3 days before her 96th birthday. Kuni was born March 8,1922 in Raymond, Alberta, the fourth of nine children born to Kojun (Henry) and Ito Iwaasa. She was raised on the family farm, southeast of Raymond and attended school at the Mammoth School on the Milk River Ridge and in Raymond. After school she trained and worked as an occupational therapist at the Claresholm Auxilary Hospital for Women.

In 1964 Kuni married William Ryning and they continued to live in Claresholm until 1974. After a brief “adventure” in Kelowna, British Columbia, Kuni and Bill moved to Lethbridge in 1975. After Bill retired in 1985, they spent much of their time travelling, including spending several winters in Arizona. In 2006 Kuni and Bill moved into Martha House where they resided until Bill’s passing in September, 2011. Kuni continued to live there until she was moved into Park Meadows Good Samaritan Facility.

Kuni was predeceased by her husband, William, her parents, three older siblings; Sachie Karaki, Toru Iwaasa,and Yasuko Hironaka. Also three younger siblings; Jeaune Iwaasa, Sumiko Hattori and Henry Nolan Iwaasa. She is survived by two step-children, Kathleen Ryning(Larry Rayner), and Clifford William (Suzanne) Ryning, 4 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a sister, Hanae Iwassa of Lethbridge and a brother, Raymond Iwassa of Comox, British Columbia.

Kuniko was kind, caring and generous. She will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Park Meadows Good Samaritan Cottage No. 5, for the good care and thoughtfulness. It truly made a difference.

Funeral services will be held at 2.00 P.M. Wednesday, March 14 at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road, South Lethbridge (entrance to airport),

Koden is gratefully declined, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Martha Silsbe

1916 – 2018

Martha Eleanor Silsbe of Lethbridge, AB, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Edward Silsbe, passed away March 1, 2018 at the age of 101.5 years.

She was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, September 14, 1916, to Carrie (Schei) and Albert (AJ) Anderson. AJ came to Canada to the Bowville area in 1916 to help with harvest running a threshing machine, and then returned to Minnesota after harvest, bringing his family – Bella, Clarence, Margaret, Alvira, Alvin, Marvin, and Martha with him to the Bowville district the following spring, where they eventually started their own farm. The family had planned on returning to Fergus Falls, burying Jalmer, the first born and Bella there, but instead remained at Carmangay. Growing up, she helped her sisters on the cook cars that fed the farm workers, and learned cooking, canning, gardening, and playing piano. Martha and Lawrence Silsbe were married October 18, 1939. The first two children were born in Carmangay, AB and the rest were born in Lethbridge. They started farming in 1942 in the Barons area, later moving to Picture Butte in 1969 but continuing to farm. Martha had a large garden, with tomatoes, corn, potatoes etc, beautiful sweet peas, petunias and gladiolas, her favourite. Her laundry was hung on Monday mornings, Tuesday was ironing day, and there was a day for shopping for supplies and groceries. Mornings at the Silsbe household involved coffee cooked in a stainless-steel coffee pot on the stove, and her favourite radio host turned up loud enough to hear, while she went about her chores. In the evenings she watched Jeopardy. She belonged to the Royal Purple for many years, and after her children were grown she did “baby sitting” – overnight managing of the Piyami Lodge part time. She and Lawrence loved to go for drives to visit and have coffee with their children whenever they could, still feeling their deep farm roots. She moved to Lethbridge in 2009.

Martha was predeceased by her husband Lawrence on March 25, 1997, their daughter Sharon Lee in 1957 in a tragic car accident, daughter-in-law Iris (Schnell) in August 22, 2000, their son-in-law Brian Wieland on March 16, 2014; her parents and all her brothers and sisters, and also their spouses.

She is survived by Russell, Judie (Gibb) Nathan; Lynn, Sharon (Warnock), Shannon Cej (Jeff), Ryan, Stacey Deering (Monty Gaur), Shaena Brouwer (Gil), Shalise, Shara Salter (Cory), Brienne Shimek (Paul); Larry, Gloria (Hawley), Shawn, Kayla; Brenda Wieland, Sherry, Melanie Winters (Kevin), Kimberly Wise (Steven); Barton, Brandon, Caitlin (Baier), Matthew; Great grandchildren: Baillie, Logan Cej; Aidan, Ava Deering; Evan, Roan Brouwer; Skylar, Daxton, Harper Salter; Greyson, Sawyer Shimek; Jada, Mason, Ashton Winters; Della Silsbe.

The crib board was never far away from the coffee pot and even the grandkids all loved to play with Grandma. She would ask “So what do you know?” And then snicker to herself. Martha was well known for her roast beef, hot mustard, baked beans, and buns. The cookie jar was always full for those that stopped for coffee. The Norwegian treat lefse was one of her favourites, and all the children and even grandchildren make it for special occasions. Lefse was murmured several times over the last few days…

Family and friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshments at 12:00pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Family Graveside will be held at the Archmount Cemetery.

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Stanley “Rufus” Johnson

March 2, 1949 – February 26, 2018

Stanley “Rufus” Johnson passed away quietly at his Vancouver home on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the age of 68. He is survived by his brother, Mitch Zubray of Barrie, Ontario. Rufus was pre-deceased by his father, George and his mother, Helen. Rufus was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. He attended LCI High School then went on to graduate Summa Cum Lately at the Elmo Jenkins Improvisational Academy. Among his many friends, Rufus is best remembered as a sentimental songwriter, an entertaining and patient guitar player and a talented mime of inanimate objects. The spreading of his ashes and a Celebration of Life will take place in the Lethbridge area at a future date to be determined.


LindaRae (Hillmer) Thomsen, beloved wife to Bruce Thomsen, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 52 years.

LindaRae is survived by her husband & children; Bruce, SofieRae & DaynaRae Thomsen, her parents, Ervin & Carolynn (Duffield) Hillmer & her siblings KerryLynn (Hillmer) Gatzki & Randall John Hillmer & their families.

She was predeceased by her father & mother in law; Martin & Dorothy (Bradshaw) Thomsen, Grandparents Rulon Boyson & Gladys (Fletcher) Duffield; and Grandparents Harry & Nettie (Sanders) Hillmer.

Friends may meet family only from 7-8pm on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 St. North, Lethbridge, AB

Interment will take place at 11am on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at the Magrath Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at 1pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – North Side Chapel, 2223 6A Ave. N, Lethbridge.

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STEVE TOKAI, husband of Brigitta Tokai, of Picture Butte, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Steve is survived by his wife of 61 years Brigitta; his son Donald (Theresa) Tokai and their daughter April; his daughter Joyce (Jim) Graham and their children Mitch, Blair (Vicki), Stefanie, Shawn and Reed; his daughter Darlene (Ross) Doenz and their children Cody and Kara (Kyle); his son Glenn Tokai and his children Mackenzie and Blake; his sisters Mary (Eddie) Davies and Elizabeth Davies, and his brother Joe (Shirley) Tokai.

He was predeceased by his grandson Grant Tokai, his sisters Bernadette Nagy, Margret Tokai, and his brother Gabor Tokai.

Steve was born July 18, 1928 in Hungary. At the early age of 8 months, he and his parents Gabor and Barbara moved to Canada. Initially, Steve lived in Hillspring, but eventually moved to Picture Butte where he grew his passion for farming. He was a sugar beet farmer as well as a beef producer, and had a tremendous love of the farm life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at COUNTRY KITCHEN CATERING, located beneath The Keg at 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum, PO Box 768, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0.

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