March 20th, 2018

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 13, 2018.


COWAN JOEL DAY RIDER, 22, beloved son of Marlene; brother of Ross; passed away on March 8th, 2018.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Friday, March 16th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Saturday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. May Ohno. May, who was predeceased by her husband Shigemi Ohno, passed away peacefully March 3, 2018 at St. Michael’s Palliative Care at the age of 88.She is survived by her children Michael, Tim (Deb), Dale (Karen), Lorraine, Brent, Dawn (Yvon) and Randy. Plus, her grandchildren Madeleine, Micah, Shelby and Turner who were the lights of her life along with her kitty Pepper and Dawn’s puppies Hoshi and Kohana. May is survived by her sisters Shirley Higa and Sonoko Takasaki as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents Hisae and Hikojiro Miyagawa, sisters Hideko, Akiko and Keiko, brothers Osamu, Jiro, Tosh, Bob and Masato as well as many brothers and sisters in law. Born in Mission City, British Columbia, May married Shigemi on November 26, 1955 in Taber. After moving to Lethbridge, while raising seven children she remained active in the church helping out at Bazaars, chow mein suppers and even helping out with the church kindergarten class. She loved gardening, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren and was very proud of how well her grandchildren had grown into fine young adults. Friends may meet with the family Friday March 16, 2018 from 9:30-10:15am prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:30am at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470- 40th Street S. with Rev. Yasuo Izumi officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of koden and flowers, donations may be made to St Michaels Palliative Care or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta.

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Neil Manning

1931 – 2018

Mr. Neil Manning, beloved husband of Mrs. Phyllis Manning, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 86 years. 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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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 Iwaasa of Lethbridge and a brother, Ray Iwaasa of Qualicum Beach, 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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PATRICIA SMESMAN passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the age of 62 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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PHIL STORY, beloved husband of the late Lois Story, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

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BRIAN FERGUS TYSON was born in Nottingham, England on July 19, 1933. He went to rejoin his beloved Jill, after a valiant battle with illness, in Lethbridge, Alberta on March 5, 2018.

Brian was a child in World War II, with all that implies. On the one hand, it meant the stress of aerial bombardment, and of a disrupted formal education caused by frequent house-moves; on the other, being transplanted, from the city of Nottingham where he was born, to the English countryside, nurtured in him an inextinguishable love of Nature, particularly birds–an interest he sustained–and which sustained him–throughout his life. In old country houses like “Bromptons” and “Shepherd Elmers Cottage,” Brian learned to love the sights and sounds of the Essex and Suffolk countryside.

Years later, memories of his boyhood caused him to begin a long poem called Bromptons, which, although unfinished in words, was completed in music by his friend and composer John-Paul Christopher Jackson, whose “English Rhaposdy” it became. Brian wrote poetry all his life, and had poems published in numerous journals. The British countryside was also responsible for the birth of Brian’s interest in drawing and painting, from the first crude sketches of aircraft and birds on the flyleaves of books, to his later efforts at landscape and bird painting in Southern Alberta.

The family’s move to London at War’s End in 1946, introduced Brian to wider interests. He began acting in School Plays at Wandsworth School, several “House Plays,” plays with local community theatre, and every annual school play, until the year he left, when he was awarded the School Acting Prize. He also acted with the Central Stage society. The University of London provided Brian with an Honours degree in English, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and a Doctorate in English Literature, in which he studied closely the early manuscripts of Bernard Shaw. Brian produced numerous articles on Shaw, and three books published by two university presses.

Brian’s interest in theatre was at all levels: he wrote a number of plays, several of which won provincial prizes, two of which were broadcast on radio, two performed and one published; and he continued to perform in University and community theatre. He directed plays both at Christ’s College, in London, where he taught for seven happy years, and in Lethbridge, where he directed three plays prior to the emergence of the University Department of Dramatic Arts, a department he was instrumental in founding. Brian was on the advisory board that chose as the first member of that department David Spinks, whose friend Brian was proud to be until David’s death in 2011. During his time in Lethbridge Brian adjudicated drama festivals in the city, and in Medicine Hat and Red Deer. After his retirement, he was, for five years, Theatre Critic of the Lethbridge Herald; and still continued a Theatre Blog up to the time of his death.

His love of music and folksong manifested itself in his guitar-playing and singing, usually with his beloved wife of 54 years, Jill, whom he first met during a folk-group rehearsal in London, in 1957. Together they played and sang in hospitals, schools, and churches, at weddings, and at funerals, and to entertain the young and the old.

Meeting and marrying Jill changed his life completely for the better. Sustained by her love and care, he was able to pursue the occupation he loved most, his vocation, teaching. His teaching career spanned two continents and thirty three years. Brian was proud to receive tributes to his gifts in the classroom from many of his students, some of whom he had taught more than thirty years before. He numbered among his former students the present Chief Rabbi of England, and numerous writers and academics. Former students dedicated books to him, and his teaching career at the University of Lethbridge culminated in his being awarded the Distinguished Teaching Medal in 1990.

Throughout his working life and retirement, inspiring and sustaining him in his professional and creative endeavours, was always the love of his life, soulmate, kindred spirit and life partner, Jill, whom he married in 1960, and loved above all else in the world. He also loved deeply and was very proud of his two sons, Fergus and Dominic, and their partners, Gail and Terry; and his granddaughter Alyssa and her partner Josh; step-granddaughter Frances and her fiancé James, step-grandson Andrew and step-great-grandchildren Ethan and Louie. They in turn loved him deeply and were thankful for a lifetime of precious memories.

Brian was a long-time member of McKillop United and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Churches. The family is grateful to these two faith communities, and to Pat Varley, the Berti family and all of Brian’s friends, for their support of Brian in his bereavement and illness; and to the doctors, nurses, and aids who provided him with such outstanding care. Brian lived as a disciple of Jesus, showing the genuineness of his faith by the way he faced the challenges of cancer with courage, dignity, and hope.

A Funeral Mass for Brian will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. That same evening at 7:00 P.M., an informal Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, which will include an Open Mic followed by a Reception. Everyone is welcome. If friends so desire and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society.

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Margaret Williams

With great sadness, the family of Margaret Williams announces her passing on March 7, 2018 at Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Margaret was married to Basil (Bud Williams) for 64 years. She has one son, Danny (Louise) and one daughter, Debbie Deak. She was the grandmother of Christy, Jason, Kendra and Sharman. She was the great grandmother of Jaxon, Maddison, Ruby and Waylon. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Bud, her two sisters, Hannah and Alberta, and her parents, Yetta and Albert Van Wieden.

Margaret was the most wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her husband, children, sisters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her leaving has created an emptiness in our hearts that will never be filled. We will cherish her memories and loving ways forever.

Margaret was born and raised in Fort Macleod. She and her husband, Bud, owned and operated Williams Clothing and Footwear for many years. Margaret taught school in Fort Macleod for 37 years until her retirement in 1982. She greatly enjoyed having her family close to her; every visit to their home was special and filled with superb food and camaraderie. Margaret loved Fort Macleod; the last years of her life were spent in Lethbridge, but Macleod was her home.

A special thank you to Adam, Kaitlyn and Tracey, the nurses on 4B. Your kind words and attention to Margaret will not be forgotten. A private family service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be sent to

Mary Malinsky
1923 – 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Elisabeth Malinksy “Granny” in Taber on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the age of 94 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel,  5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary notice or to send condolences, please visit
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Vi Collins
1928 – 2018
Viola Collins, beloved wife of the late Clarence Collins, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the age of 89 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.

Beth Brandics
1941 – 2018
We are extremely sad to announce the passing of Elizabeth Rose Brandics (nee Dynes) in Taber on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age of 76 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Vauxhall Legion, 217 – 5 Street North, Vauxhall on Saturday, March 17, 2018 between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. with family tributes and memories being shared at 2:30 P.M. A private burial will be held at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Beth was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on December 1,1941. She was the first of six children born to Mason and Betty Dynes. When Beth’s family moved to Taber, she met her future husband, Joe Brandics. Joe and Beth were married on June 19, 1963 in Great Falls, Montana. Joe predeceased Beth in November of 1997, she never really got over losing him so young.
In September of 1963 they welcomed their first son, Kevin (Deb) Brandics, then along came their only daughter, Deidre (George) Gillis they then welcomed Cameron (Kaye) Brandics to their growing family. In the spring of 1968, they moved to Retlaw where their family grew by two more with addition of Darren Brandics and their last child, Daniel Brandics (Barb Haynes) in 1972. With their family complete, they farmed in this area for the next thirty years and were very involved in many organizations within the Vauxhall community. Beth’s home was always open to family and friends, whether it was for a good hot meal, a heated game of cards or a social drink. She loved people and the door was always open and you felt welcome.
In 2014, Beth moved into Vauxhall which she called home until October 2017 when medical issues facilitated her move into Clearview Lodge in Taber. Beth loved to craft and was amazing at anything she decided to do. Many people were lucky enough to be the recipient’s of these talents. She was a fiercely protective mother who loved her family more than anything. She had twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Her eyes would light up anytime the little ones would come to visit. She cherished time spent with family and friends.
Besides her children and their families, Beth is survived by her sisters Gloria(Keith) MacDonald, Ann Qualley; brothers Charles Dynes, Bruce (Janice) Dynes and Andrew (Kim) Dynes. She also leaves to mourn her passing, many special friends and relatives.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Beth’s name may be made directly to the Vauxhall Library, Box 265, Vauxhall, Alberta T0K 2K0 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 – 6 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2C9 (
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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