January 20th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 21, 2018.


August “Gus” Fritz, beloved husband of Shirley for 62 years, passed away peacefully in his happy place at home on February 18, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Besides his loving wife Shirley, Gus will be lovingly remembered by his children Don (Gail), Rob (BJ) and Shar (Rod); grandchildren Chad (Danette), Brennan (Erica), Kayla (Greg), Shanna (Justin), Jordynne (Robbie), Braydon (Angela), Krista (Adam), Tanner, Kylie, Charmayne and Shania; great grandchildren Brody, Haylee, Cade, Maxon, Benjamin and Teagan. Gus is also survived by his brother Ron (Linda); sisters-in-law Erma and Ethel, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Gus was predeceased by his parents David and Katie; brothers Joe, Tom, Mike, Dave; sisters Chris, Helen, Mag, Francis and Kaye; daughter-in-law Cindy. Gus was born in 1932 in Foremost Alberta where he received his education. After finishing school, he moved to Lethbridge, where he worked at various jobs, including painting the High Level Bridge. In 1952 Gus met the love of his life Shirley. He relentlessly pursued her for three years before she finally said yes in 1955. They were married at St. Patrick’s Church in Lethbridge. Shortly after they were married they moved to the Porcupine Hills, where Gus worked as a Bush Foreman for Johnson Bros. Sawmill. Gus and Shirley welcomed Don, Rob and Shar to their family. Gus loved coaching his boys in baseball, family camping trips, hunting, fishing, curling, golfing and travelling. Gus and Shirley had just recently returned from a 10 day trip to Mexico with Rob and BJ. Following retirement Gus and Shirley escaped the Southern Alberta winter in Arizona for many years where they established many lasting friendships from all over Canada and the United States. Gus truly loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (958 Christie Ave, Pincher Creek) on Friday, February 23rd, at 11:00 am, with Reverend Silvan Vargas presiding. Memorial Donations in Gus’s name may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance (1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7). Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Marie Fenske
1920 – 2018
Marie Fenske (nee Peterson), her family’s favorite red head, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the age of 97 years, two weeks shy of her 98th birthday.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, February 23, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service from 10:00 A.M. to 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14 – 3 Avenue East, Barnwell on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Marie is survived by her 6 children LaVern (Jack) Appleton of Lethbridge, LaVaun Story of Salem, Utah, Gary (Ruth Ann) Fenske of Camarillo, California, Dennis (Rea) Fenske of Barnwell, Harvey (Annie) Fenske of Taber and Laura (Barry) Webster of Mountain View. She was a loving grandma to 25 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marie outlived 13 siblings and their spouses, the last child of Henry and Emma Peterson to leave this life. She was also predeceased by her husband Norman Fenske, their infant son Bruce, son-in-law Gerald Story, grandsons Michael Fenske, Alan Story and granddaughter Susan Story.
On March 1, 1920 Marie was born on the Peterson homestead near Barnwell. The snowbanks were higher than the tops of the windows that day. She attended school in Barnwell and high school in Taber. She hadn’t finished Grade eleven when she decided to go to Ann Arbor, Michigan to work. A while later she returned to Alberta.
Marie and Norman were married December 20, 1941 at her parents home. The newlyweds lived on a farm near Barnwell where Norman worked. They eventually bought land where they ran a mixed farming operation. Marie was chief cook for many hired hands. She loved cooking, and took pride in making good meals. Her kids loved returning home from school to the welcome smell of freshly baked bread and cinammon buns.
The Fenske’s built a new home just west of their old farm in 1967 when the highway was widened. In the fall of 1978, Norman and Marie swapped houses with Dennis and Rea, moving into Barnwell.
Marie had a talent for singing and gardening. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marie and Norman enjoyed traveling, and for over twenty years enjoyed being snowbirds.
On Friday, January 4, 2002 life changed dramatically for Marie when she was involved in a single vehicle rollover. She sustained a broken neck. Columbia Assisted Living became her new home for the next fourteen years. In September of 2016, she moved to Fairmont Extendicare.
Her granddaughter summed up Marie’s life this way, “sing your way through life, work hard and endure gracefully to the end no matter what trials life hands you”.
We love you a bushel and a peck!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marie’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.
Marie’s family wish to express heartfelt thanks to all of her caregivers and friends at both Columbia Assisted Living and Fairmont Extendicare.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Kathleen “Gill” Anderson

1930 – 2018

Mrs. Kathleen “Gill” Anderson, beloved wife of Mr. Lloyd Anderson, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Monday, February 26, 2018 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411- 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Reverend Steve Bateman, officiating. Inurnment was held in the Bowville Cemetery.

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Jeanette Iva Lengyel

1917 – 2018

Jeanette passed away peacefully with her grandchildren by her side at Cedar Creek Adaptacare on February 11, 2018 at the age of 100 years. Mom was the 5th child of seven children born to Joseph and Aristide Croteau. She was born on December 29, 1917 in Lucky Strike, Alberta and homesteaded there until age four when they moved to Warner, Alberta. She completed her education there and worked in the post office until she transferred to Foremost. Here she met her husband John and continued to work in the post office until they were married on October 19, 1946. They made their home west of Foremost and were mixed farmers where they raised their two children. She loved to keep busy whether baking, doing paper tole, crocheting or quilting. They enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and later in their motorhome to Arizona for the Winter. Mom loved her time at the cabin in Beauvais or in Elkwater with her children and grandchildren. When her husband John passed away in 1992, mom moved to Lethbridge and lived in her own home until the age of 97. She moved to The View for 1 1/2 years before her health started to deteriorate and she moved to Cedar Creek Adaptacare for the last 2 years. She is survived by her son Bryne (Donna – deceased) Lengyel and her daughter Karen (Walter) Duda; 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Annette Greeno and her sisters-in-law Muriel and Kay Croteau. On her husband’s side she is survived by Glen Gaydos, Scarlett (Cliff) Collins and Mel (Kim) Gaydos; as well as Irene and Margaret of Kelowna, BC. She was predeceased by her two infant children; her husband John; daughter-in-law Donna; and by her 5 brothers Ernie, Aime, Laurent, Benoit (Dovey) and Rene; and sisters-in-law Elsie, Ruth and Maxine Croteau. As per mom’s wishes, a private family mass was held. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to remember mom can make a donation to the Neonatal Unit of the Regional Hospital (960 – 19 Street S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5) in memory of her babies lost at birth. The family would like to thank the kind, loving staff and residents at Adaptacare and Dr. Charlotte Haig – you all were very special to Mom. Thank you to Father Kevin Tumback for the special Mass and Carol Treadwell, D’Arcy George and the Resurrection Choir for the music. We wish to thank Martin Brothers Funeral Home and their staff, especially Chris Martin Jong for helping us through this difficult time. GOD BLESS you all.

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LESLIE “LES” DONALD SCOTTON, beloved husband of Karen Scotton, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the age of 63 years.

At Les’ request, no formal funeral service will be held.

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Harold Wesley
1928 – 2018
Harold George Wesley, beloved husband of Laura Wesley, passed away unexpectedly at home in Lethbridge on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family at Laura’s home in Lethbridge on Saturday, February 24, 2018 between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Contact Sharon for directions at (403) 999-5200. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Laura, Harold is remembered by their daughter Sharon Wesley of Calgary and son Terry Wesley of Lethbridge; his brother Arnold (Sharon) Wesley of Raymond and sisters-in-law Joyce Wesley of Calgary, as well as many special nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by parents Paul and Eldora Wesley; son-in-law JJ Babineau; sisters Berniece (Don) Meldrum, Ethel May (Neil) Slimmon and Grace (Roy) Ondrik; brothers Lenard Wesley, Cecil (Bea) Wesley and Larry Wesley.
Harold was born in New Dayton on December 22, 1928 to Paul and Eldora Wesley. He married Laura Ann Williams (better known as Pudd), on February 12, 1954 and they celebrated their sixty fourth wedding anniversary just a few days ago.  After they were married, they purchased Laura’s family farm south of Foremost. Eventually, retiring to Lethbridge.
In the early years, every weekend the family would go to Waterton and go fishing with his uncles and brothers and ride horses up into the back country. Years later, they would go to Duck Lake, Montana to fish.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Winston (Mac) Franklin


May 25, 1941 – February 14, 2018

On February 14, 2018, Winston (Mac) Franklin MacKenzie of Camrose, Alberta, formerly of Calgary and Vauxhall, Alberta, passed away surrounded by family at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose at the age of 76 years.

Winston was raised on a sheep ranch in Vauxhall. Growing up he played many sports and was a member of the school band. He then served five years in the Radar Branch on several ships of the Canadian Navy, and three years in Calgary Police force and other endeavors before attending university and becoming a teacher. He taught for 27 years in the Battle River School Division where he also served as President of Battle River Local No. 32 and as an employee board member of the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan for many of those years. During his teaching career, he coached extracurricular junior/senior high school sports, enjoyed doing a variety of artwork and crafts, mural painting in Edberg School and was a keen curler, ball player, avid collector, fisherman, and gardener.

Winston is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patti and children: Bill (Sherry Porsnuk) of Stony Plain, Mark (Jackie) of Beaumont and Matthew of Camrose; five grandchildren: Justin (Astou Faye), Marissa (Kent Ruggles), Amanda (Kyle McLean, Rebecca (Nathen) Comer all of Edmonton, Noah MacKenzie-Freeman of Camrose; two great-grandchildren: Nala MacKenzie and Asher Comer of Edmonton.

Also to mourn his loss is his brother Allen of Kelowna, his Aunt Margit (Mikalson) Burns of Blairmore, brother-in-law Michael (Carol) Webb of Mayerthorpe, sister-in-law Barbara Webb, brothers-in-law Richard Webb of Camrose and Denis (Sheila) Webb of Edmonton, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. Winston was predeceased by parents Donald and Myrtle (Mikalson) MacKenzie, sister Muriel Holoboff and sister-in-law Maggie Mackenzie.

Cremation has taken place and a family memorial will be held at a future date in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Winston’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice.

Weber Funeral Home



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