By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 30, 2014.
LORI EVELYN LAVALLEE
OCT. 25, 1963 ~ JUNE 25, 2014
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lori Evelyn Lavallee, after a courageous battle with cancer. An adventure seeker in life, Lori left us on June 25th, 2014, for an even greater adventure. Lori was born in New Westminster, BC, and spent her early childhood in places such as Whitehorse, YT, Inuvik, NT and Masset (Queen Charlotte Islands), BC.
As a teen, Lori lived in Shilo, MB, where she later met her husband, Brent Gies. After residing in Lahr, Germany and Northern New Brunswick, she began her post-secondary education at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, BC, where she earned a diploma in Social Services (1993). Lori’s love of academia further led to the awarding of two degrees from St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB. In 1996, she received a First Class Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in English Language and Literature (Interdisciplinary Major in Gender Studies) and a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1999. In 2000, Lori moved to Lethbridge where she began establishing herself as a freelance writer, covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and service industries, including hotel and grocery management, home building and magazine publishing. In 2003, she gave birth to her only child, Luka, the light of her life. Their winter adventures included learning to ski and in summer embracing the sounds of the open skies of the Alberta music scene, mainly folk, cowboy poetry and bluegrass. From 2008-2012, Lori was employed at the University of Lethbridge as content developer with Information Technology Solutions. More recently she had established a business as a project based content specialist. In addition to serving with the Writers Guild of Alberta, Lori supported the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Lethbridge Pronghorns Operation Red Nose. She is survived by her loving son, Luka Gies (“the finest years I ever knew/were all the years I had with you”), husband Brent Gies, Mother Wendy (Patrick) Hogan, sister Michele Lavallee (Randy Woods), brother Matthew (Birgit) Lavallee, nephew Brayden, niece Emily, father Armand (Margaret) Lavallee, and her many “friends of the heart.” The family would like to thank all the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care for their compassionate and skilled care during this difficult time. Also to friends who gave us the strength and courage to carry on.
A memorial service followed by a celebration of Lori’s life will be held at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB at 10:30AM on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. A private internment will take place at Lethbridge Mountain View Cemetery for family only. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may wish to donate to St. Michael’s Palliative Care in Lethbridge, AB, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
1920 ~ 2014
Lyubov Reznikova of Lethbridge, wife of late Veniamin Reznikova passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the age of 93 years. A Funeral Service will be at 10:00am on Monday, June 30, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Field of Honour. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
1923 ~ 2014
The family of Mary Bobinec would like to announce that she passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the age of 90. Mary was born in Pavolovce nad Uhom, Czecho-Slovakia on December 7, 1923 to Andrew and Susan Tolin. In March of 1938, she came to Canada with her mother Susan, brother Andrew and sister Susan. They found their way to Taber and worked on the sugar beet farms in the area. This is where she met her husband to be Mike, and were married in Lethbridge on January 27, 1941. They farmed for a short time in the Readymade area, and had a son Kenneth. They moved into Lethbridge in 1948 where they had another son Lawrence and this is where she resided until her passing.
She is predeceased by her parents, brother Andrew, sister Susan and husband Mike. She is survived by a step-sister Helen Petrie, son Kenneth, son Lawrence and grandchildren, great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She took great delight in her garden and growing flowers, and enjoyed camping in the summer. Cooking and baking were also one of her favorite things to do. Everyone who visited could not leave without being fed, or at least having a cup of coffee and desserts. She was a wonderful, practical, kind, gentle and giving person and will be sadly missed but happily remembered. Vigil Rites will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at ST. BASIL¹S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of one¹s choice. Send condolences at