By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 10, 2014.
AUTUMN EVE POSSIN
23 September 2012 Â 4 February 2014
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beautiful baby girl Autumn Eve. We love her and miss her so much already, but we are so thankful for the wonderful sixteen months that we were blessed to have her in our home. We know that Autumn is in a beautiful place now surrounded by other family members who have passed on before. She is loved dearly by her parents, James and Christine Possin, her siblings Matthew, Joshua, Adele, Christian, and Enoch. She will also be missed by her grandparents Jim and Chris Possin and Ken and Lorna Kyle, great grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. We all look forward to the day when we will be reunited with our sweet angel. The Funeral will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Fort Macleod, 643-20 St., Fort Macleod, AB.
DEBORAH “DEB” JANE HLADY
1964 ~ 2014
Deborah “Deb” Jane Hlady of Coaldale, beloved wife of Bruce Hlady, passed away peacefully in the presence of family/friends after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the age of 49 years. Deb was born May 14, 1964 in Belfast, Ireland; daughter of Samuel and Violet and sister to Jackie. When she was 2, Deb and her family moved to Canada. Deb had a long list of hobbies, she enjoyed bowling, darts, karaoke, watching children play hockey, other family endeavors, and travelling. She loved socializing with people within the community which mirrored her career choices. She worked at the Ventura Hotel and the local food market; she also worked at the post office where she grew to know and love all the people that crossed her path. For the last 5 years, she worked at St. Therese as a personal care assistant where she compassionately cared for the residents that live there. Her sudden passing leaves a void not only in her family and friends but also in the community she loved. Besides her loving husband Bruce Hlady, Deb is survived by her two daughters Jessica (Jared) and Jennifer; her two sons Timothy (Ashley) and David; grandchildren Brady and Kaelan; her sister Jackie (Keith) and her mother Violet Colvin. She was predeceased by her father Samuel Colvin. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 17th Street, Coaldale, with Mr. Darrin Parkin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the Celebration of Life to cancer research or the Chinook Regional Hospital “Gift of Hope”, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Beatrice Evelyn Dunn, beloved wife of Clio Benjamin Dunn (predeceased) of Lethbridge passed away at the St. MichaelÂ¹s Heath Center on February 6, 2014 at the age of 94 years. She was the loving mother of DÂ¹Arcy Dunn (Gayle) of Summerland, BC, Kevin Dunn (Bonnie) of Coalhurst , AB. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren: Ferda Bayazit, Jim Dunn, Jeff Dunn, Daryll Dunn and Diana Dunn-Kostiw (Lance); Her siblings Ellen Wright (Harry), Ron Nolan (Carla), Rita Pizzey (Larry) as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was also predeceased by her infant daughter Faye Marguerite Dunn and her brothers Bernard (Bub) Nolan and Thomas (Tommy) Nolan. Beatrice was born on July 11, 1919 at her grandparents farm in Picture Butte. She attended school in Iron Springs, Picture Butte and graduated in Coaldale. She helped care for her younger siblings when she lost her mother in 1939 until she married Clio in 1941. The next 5 years were spent travelling with Clio during the war for basic training through Canada, and waiting for him to return from Europe in 1946. On his return they moved to Rolling Hills where they had their two boys and farmed for 26 years. They built and managed the Sunalta tent and trailer park until 1984 when they retired and spent many good years golfing and traveling. They moved to Lethbridge in 2000 where they met many friends at the River Ridge Community. Relatives and friends are invited to the memorial service which will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, February 11th at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. Interment to follow. In lieu of gifts and flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, #402 – 740 – 4th Avenue S. Lethbridge Alberta T1J 0N9. Many thanks from the family to the Staff of Columbia Assisted Living and St. MichaelÂ¹s Heath Centre.
GLADYS MARSHALL SINCLAIR
February 1, 1924 – February 4, 2014
Gladys Marshall Sinclair, beloved wife of the late John William Sinclair, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 3 days after her 90th birthday. Mom was born in Delia, February 1, 1924. Upon completing her schooling in Delia, she attended Olds College graduating in 1942. Mom married our dad, John Sinclair on November 7, 1945 in Delia. They farmed north of Delia for the next six years then moved to the family homestead, where they actively farmed for the next 50 years. Mom and Dad enjoyed many holidays, two of the favorites were a trip to Disneyland with all the family and grandchildren in 1987, and a trip to Scotland with Marilyn and Patti in 1993. Mom and Dad moved to the Highland Dell in Delia in 1994. Upon dadÂ¹s passing in January 2000, mom remained active in Delia, enjoying her time at the Senior Centre and numerous visits with lifelong friends from the community. Mom moved to Lethbridge in 2008 to be closer to her family (Patti) residing at Black Rock Manor, where she quickly adapted to her new surroundings and friends. Mom was especially pleased when Marilyn moved in 2010 to Lethbridge. Family visits were her biggest joy as family was very important to her, especially her seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She always took a keen interest in their lives, whether it was having tea parties with the girls or playing hockey with the boys. Mom leaves to mourn, son Ken (Mary) Sinclair of Calgary and their three children Scott (Cheri) Sinclair, Sean Sinclair, Kristi (Nezam) Fedda; daughter Marilyn Adam of Lethbridge, her children Tammy (Lance) Torgerson, Jody (Shaun) Klatchuk; daughter Patti (Dale) Finnerty of Lethbridge, their children Tricia (Shaun) Haney and Ryan (Heather) Finnerty. Twelve great grandchildren, Kalem, Rylynn and Karsen Haney; Blake and Halle Torgerson; Lexi and Kali Klatchuk; Brayden and Shayla Sinclair; Emily Sinclair; Isaac and Mason Fedda, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John, her parents Alex and Jean Dunbar, sister and brother-in-law Alice and Aubrey Hickling, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Isabel Sinclair. A private family grave side service will be held February 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm, with Rev. Leila Currie officiating. A public luncheon to follow at the Delia Community Hall at 2:00 pm. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1 Â 020 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health and Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1, or a charity of oneÂ¹s choice. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Therese Villa for the excellent care and compassion extended to mom over the past two years. Arrangements in care of Courtney Winters Funeral Home, Drumheller, Alberta: 403 823 2666.
DAVID HEALY, beloved husband of Shirley, passed away at home on February 5th, 2014 at the age of 74 years. A Wake Service will be held at St. PaulÂ¹s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, February 13th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. PaulÂ¹s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, February 14th at 12:00 Noon. Interment in St. PaulÂ¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: email@example.com
JOHN (JACK) FURMAN
of Vernon, B.C. passed away at Kamloops, B.C. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 95 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Myrle (Dunn) Furman. Jack served in WWII and was a member of the First Special Services Force from 1942-1944. He was born in Macleod in 1918 and was predeceased by his mother, Julia and two brothers Harry & Lenard, one sister Annabel. He is survived by his sister-in-law Jenny Furman of Cold Lake, AB, and he was brother-in-law to Harold Dunn of Turin, AB, Howard Dunn of Coaldale, AB, Maxine Mehalko, of Lethbridge and Melva Cleland, of Brooks. He is also survived by four nephews, one niece and numerous cousins in Alberta. Internment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge, AB in April or May in the family plot.
1964 ~ 2014
Kalvin Eric Odland of Vauxhall, beloved husband of Pamela Odland, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the age of 49 years. Besides his loving wife Pamela, Kalvin is survived by his three children Brendan, Jaden (Nikki Kress) of Lethbridge and Karlee (Brendan Hendriks) of Vauxhall; his brother Bradley and Doris Odland of Oyen, AB and their children Lexi (Devin) Declercq of Medicine Hat, AB, Larissa (Jeremey) Kenyon of Lethbridge, AB; great-nephews and niece Jaxen, Connor, and Apiphany of Medicine Hat; his father and mother-in-law Donald and Donna Virostek of Lethbridge, AB; brother and sister-in-law Trevor and Paula Virostek; nieces Rylee and Amber of Mountain View, AB. Kalvin was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Faye Odland, grandparents Erik and Abigail Odland and George and Mary Gillespie. Kalvin was born on May 6, 1964 to Alfred and Faye Odland. He grew up in the Vauxhall area where he attended school and graduated in 1982. He attended the Lethbridge Community College for one year taking Mechanics before returning to farm with his dad and brother. Kalvin married his high school sweetheart Pamela Virostek on April 6, 1985; they raised their family and farmed in the Stone Hill area until 2001 then returned to the original homestead in Vauxhall area where he was raised. For the past 8 years he has been working for AgCom Petroleum in Enchant. Kalvin was active in sports growing up playing minor baseball, hockey, and Vauxhall Spurs Baseball. He was also active in 4H. He has continued his dedication to sports as being President for 9 years and later director for Vauxhall Minor Hockey and President of Vauxhall Spurs Baseball for 4 years. His current role of General Manager of the Southeast AAA Tigers Midget Female Hockey. He also serves as a Director for the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League and a member of Vauxhall Spurs Alumni. Kalvin has also coached hockey and baseball for many years and has done countless hours of volunteer work associated with sports. Kalvin has touched and left a lasting memory with everyone he knows especially with his “laugh”. His passion and love were his family. He will be deeply missed by all.Family and friends are invited for a visitation between 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2014 at MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH of Vauxhall, 320 9 Street North, Vauxhall with Pastor Jeff Frostad and Pastor Jakob Pillibeit, officiating.Â Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
MERLE DALE BAIRD
Merle Dale Baird May 1, 1940 – February 5, 2014. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Merle after a long and arduous journey with Lewy Body Disease. Merle will be lovingly remembered by his family: His wife and soul mate of 25 years, Lorna. His Children and Grandchildren: Lindy Baird (Glenn): Desiree – her children Brody, Talan, Miller; Christi and son Corbin; Gordie and Laura. Alden Baird (Doryce): James (Lisa); Tim (Amber); Cody and children Jarron and Ridge; Kayla; and Tyler. Dwayne Baird (Connie): Brandi (Jeff), their children Quinn, Ava, and Chase; Mark (Keri); Jolene. Kenny Baird (Vicki): Craig (Layla). Troy Kelly (Gloria): Shaylene, Devin, Joey. Rod Kelly (Carrie): Jakob, Paige. Also mourning his passing; siblings Grant Baird and Sylvia (Dale) Wold, sisters-in-law Anita Baird, Penny Adams, Bev Dunne, Charlene (Eric) Petit, Wanda (Wayne) Johnson, Karen (Brian) Coogan, brothers-in-law Dwight Ford (Marilyn), Ivan Adams, Al Osadchuk numerous nieces and nephews who considered Merle to be a wonderful uncle but also a good friend, and a host of friends accumulated over the years. Merle was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn Ford, in 1987. His brother Ronald, niece Laurie Hutchinson, nephews Terry Baird and Drew Baird, sisters in law Violet Baird and Marlene Lewis, and brothers in law Allan Adams, Mervyn Ford, Bill Dunne and niece Cheryl Dunne. A Celebration of Life will be held at THE MACKENZIE CONFERENCE CENTRE, 5745 45th Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta, on Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Lorna and the family wish to thank the many people who have shared in Merle’s journey of Lewy Body Disease and made his burden lighter: Doctor Johannes Geers and Doctor Joel Weaver, Lethbridge Home Care nurses and Staff, Victorian Order of Nurses, Staff of St. Michael’s Care Centre, special friends Larry Tabish, and Lorna’s Employers at ATB who have been flexible and supportive throughout this 8 year journey.
MR. SAM (ISAMU) MIKADO, beloved husband of the late June Mikado, passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 5, 2014 at the age of 82 years. Sam, the youngest of eight children, was born on March 12, 1931 in Ganges (Salt Spring Island), British Columbia to Masukichi and Tsutayo Mikado. He was raised in Magrath, Alberta. Sam was a talented athlete who played basketball, baseball (for the Evaks), and golf. He married June and together they raised their five children in Magrath. Their home was always a social center of generosity. His good humour and caring will be missed by all. Sam worked at Tanner’s Building Supply then Kenwood Construction & Engineering with pride and enjoyment for many years. Sam is survived by his daughter Patti (Jim) Spencer, by his sons Richard, James (Chiemi Matsunaga), and Ron, and by his daughter-in-law Karen Mikado. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Jackie, Graham (Jen), Taya, and Sammy, of whom he was so proud. He will be missed by his siblings Mary (John) Nagata, Doug (Susie), and Bob and by the extended Mikado and Sugai families. Sam was heartbroken by the loss of his son Don in 2012 and then by his loving wife June in 2013. Many thanks to the visiting relatives and friends and to the kind staff at St Therese Villa who have cared for him. Also thank you to his loyal friend, Max Gurney who supported Sam in his independence as his health declined. A special thank you to Dr Collins & Dr Wong & the staff of the Dialysis Unit of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their many years of care and encouragement. A Memorial Service will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:00am. Koden and flowers are graciously declined. Donations in memory of Sam may be made to the Kidney Foundation or a charity of oneÂ¹s choice.
12 September 1949 – 18 January 2014
Randy Hales died from cancer at home in Duncan, B.C. on January 18. Randy is survived by his wife and soul mate since high school, Cidnee; their two children, daughter Lisa, and her sons Jesse and Jayson, and son Jeremy, and his daughter Danika. Randy is also survived by his mother, Beatrice Hales; brother Greg (Patricia); sister Wendy Jorgenson (Charles) and their son Chad (Carolina). Randy was predeceased by his father Ivan in 1986. He is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Nick Proc and Cheryl (Edlund) of Lethbridge and family, and Mrs. Claire (Edlund) Neville, (Clark Neville d. 1993) of Calgary. Randy was born and raised in Lethbridge, AB. RandyÂ¹s love for animals and the outdoors has been life-long. As a child he had pet crows and magpies. He had a curiosity about nature and always would be hiking for miles on the prairies and in the coulees with his friends. After graduating from the LCI, he moved to Calgary where he earned his Zookeeper Diploma (4 year Apprenticeship) at the Calgary Zoo where he worked for seven years. He was trained in all aspects of animal husbandry while at the Calgary Zoo. As Foreman he specialized in amphibians and reptilians. In 1975 Randy moved to Mill Bay on Vancouver Island to manage a new animal park and campground and over the years worked as Park Foreman for the BC government, the City of Duncan, Kowhutzen Development Corp. and Canadian Utilities Corp. Randy had a variety of interests and especially loved to fish with Nick, Clark (d), Jeremy, and “Little Miss Danika”. Randy was the type of guy who could do anything, whether it was building his house, landscaping, creating a 4-tier waterfall in the backyard with Lisa and Jesse, or tutor a friend in trigonometry. Cidnee would say always in amazement, “He knows how to do so much and then zip-zip, itÂ¹s done!” Randy was a kind man, a private man, a proud man, a deep thinker and a perfectionist who loved his family greatly. He had a dry odd sense of humour that was appreciated by those who knew him. One Christmas when Lisa and Jeremy were young, Randy put a black rubber boot in a leg-hold trap in the back yard. He told the kids he must have caught Santa! Family camping trips, fishing for the big salmon, befriending and caring for wildlife Â these were RandyÂ¹s passions. At RandyÂ¹s request there will be no service and his ashes will be scattered in places he loved. “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember youÅ ” Laura Ingalls Wilder
1928 ~ 2014
Sophie Mikhail beloved wife of Michel Mikhail passed away peacefully on February 4, 2014 at the age of 85. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at ST. BASILÂ¹S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th Street North, Lethbridge with Deacon Frank Peta officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritans Society – Park Meadows Village, 1511 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1W2 for their loving care of Sophie. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
FRANCES T. WEBB, of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at the age of 95 years. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at Mountain View Cemetery.