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Friday, August 1, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 1, 2014.

(nee Hricise)
October 1, 1924 ­ July 27, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly beloved mother, Anna Stanko, on July 27, 2014 at the age of 89. Anna was a wonderful spirit ­ a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
She is survived by her three loving children ­ daughter Carol (Peter) Kempenaar, son Robert Stanko, and daughter Bonny (Bob) Chabay; her four grandchildren ­ Robert (Lorelei) Kempenaar, Shelley (Paul) Polczer, Jackie Chabay (Dave Burgemeister), and Brianne Chabay; her six great-grandchildren ­ Spencer (Jordanna Spence), Blake, Jordynn, Taylor, Bailey and Jackson; her one great-great-grandchild ­ Kaysen. She also leaves to mourn her passing her brother Bill (Georgette) Hricise, her daughter-in-law Karen Crockett Stanko, sisters-in-law Pauline Strickland and Rose Stanko, and many nieces, nephews and their families. Anna was predeceased by her husband Alexander, her son Eddy, her parents Bill and Helen Hricise, her sister Mary Malec and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. Anna was born on October 1, 1924 in Kuzmino, Czechoslovakia. She immigrated to Canada in 1937 with her mother and sister to join with her father who had immigrated a few years earlier. When she came to Lethbridge, Mom attended Galbraith School. There she excelled in track and field and had impeccable handwriting. She received many certificates for these accomplishments, all the while learning the English language. After her schooling she went to work at Lee Duck Cleaners and the Ritz Cafe. It was at the Ritz Cafe where she met the love of her life, Alex, and they married on February 25, 1945. They farmed in the Readymade District where they raised their four children. Mom was a hard working farm wife ­ milking cows, driving truck during seeding and harvesting and delivering many delicious meals to the men who helped them farm. Mom was an avid gardener and raised a fruitful and bountiful garden ­ she really had a green thumb and loved her garden and flowers immensely. Mom was a tremendous cook; especially her cabbage rolls and cutlets; she was an excellent baker, sewer and crocheter. Her home was always open to people she loved. She would take from herself to give to others. In the early seventies Mom and Dad retired to their brand new home in south Lethbridge. There again she raised a bountiful garden and had beautiful flowers that graced her yard. The move to Lethbridge gave Mom an opportunity to go to SS. Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church on a weekly basis. Mom was a faithful member of the church, the choir, and the Ladies Aid Association, where she held the Presidency position for at least eight years. She excelled in this position as she helped raise many funds for the church. Mom had a beautiful voice and complemented the choir immensely. Many bake sales, teas and St. Nicholas suppers were hosted by Mom. She made breads and noodles for the sales, but nothing beat her ³mile high² angel food cake. Going to church and being in God¹s house was a great event for Mom. While she was able to, she attended church every Sunday. May eternal rest be granted unto thee, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon you ­ may you rest in peace! We LOVE you Mom and may God receive you with open arms in heaven! We will never forget your kindness, cooperation and love – xoxoxo Funeral Parastas will be held at SS. PETER AND PAUL GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643 – 12B Street North, Lethbridge on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. with Fathers Gary Sedgwick and Mark Bayrock, Celebrants. A Divine Liturgy will be held at SS. PETER AND PAUL GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Fathers Gary Sedgwick and Mark Bayrock, Celebrants. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

1933 ~ 2014
Mrs. Beverly Jean Pashuk of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Walter Pashuk passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the age of 81 years.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 1, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Aldeen McKay, officiating.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

BRAUN, John F.
December 18, 1933 ­
July 29, 2014
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, John Braun of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 80 years. John is survived by his loving family, his wife of 57 years, Tena; children Jim (Darleen), Marilyn (Barry) Topechka, Sharon (Randy) Miller and Brian (Shereen); twelve grandchildren Heather, Shaun, Randy, Michael, Jason, Amanda, Elissa, Cassidy, Ashley, Christina, Robyn and Angela; eleven great-grandchildren; five brothers Peter, Carl, George, Bill and David; one sister Katharina; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. John was predeceased by one son Randy; parents Isaac and Maria Braun; three brothers Henry, Abe and Jake. A Public Viewing will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vegreville Alliance Church with Reverend Darryl Crocker officiating. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or to the Vegreville Alliance Church or the Gideon¹s Bible Society or St. Joseph¹s Hospital ­ Palliative Care. Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville, 780-603-5800.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of TARA LYNN BULL SHIELDS-GOOD RIDER, beloved wife of Nathan Big Throat, of the Blood Reserve. She passed away suddenly near Cardston, AB, on July 28, 2014, at the age of 34 years.  Tara leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter Trinity, mother Arlene, father Ronald, brother Laine (Brittany), niece Shiloh, sister-in-law Courtney Big Throat, nephew Charles, her mother-in-law Wanda Big Throat, father-in-law Charles Eagle Speaker, her aunts: Verda, Glenda, Debbie, Noreen, Betty Ann, Diane, Doris, Nora, Linda and uncle Henry, her grandparents Barbara & Gilbert Crow Chief, Elizabeth Big Throat, and uncle Tom Good Rider.  A Family Service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home on Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A Wake Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul¹s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Feast to follow at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net Arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham. Legacy FUNERAL HOMES LTD., CARDSTON Assisting the Family. Phone 403-653-3222.

Hammoser, Lutz Ernst Otto
Lutz Hammoser, beloved husband of Hannelore Hammoser, Glenwood, passed away at the Pincher Creek Health Centre on July 25th, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Besides his loving wife, Lutz is survived by his daughter Caron Hammoser, Pincher Creek, his son Carson (Petra) Hammoser, Vancouver, B.C. and his grandchildren Danika and Bjorn. He is also survived by his sisters Petra (Ian) Hammoser, Winnipeg and Karen Hammoser (Michele), Brussels, Belgium. Lutz was predeceased by his daughter Christel Hammoser on July 16th, 1992. Friends and relatives are invited for visitation at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, 1101 Main St. E., Pincher Creek on Thursday evening, July 31st at 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at the Springridge Mennonite Church, 15 mi. east of Pincher Creek on highway 507 and 1 mile north on range road 280 on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Harold Schilk officiating. Interment will follow at the Springridge Church Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to the A.L.S. Society, 250, 4723 – 1st St. S.W., Calgary, T2G 4Y8. To email condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek (403) 627 4864, directors.

JUNE 11, 1922 ~ JULY 25, 2014
It is with sadness but relief that we say goodbye to the patriarch of our family. Henk had been in poor health for a number of years and passed away in his 92nd year. Dad was born in Meppel, Holland, and at an early age lost both parents, after which his brothers and he were taken in by relatives. He attended the Dutch Naval College, studied to be a radio officer, and sailed with the Dutch Merchant Navy. He was a handsome, young officer who was well read, and who loved to play soccer. During WW11 Dad’s ship (not boat; he was always adamant about that) was blown off course from the convoy and made port in Montreal. There he met Betty Schaafsma (who was working at the Dutch Consulate), the lovely lady he would spend the next 66 years with. After the war Henk and Betty decided to raise a family in Canada, and made Southern Alberta their home. Together they raised their five children, making sure all were given opportunities to participate in music and sports, and receive a good education. Weekly trips to the public library were a must for Dad, and he often “dragged” all the children with him. To this day all five love to read, value education, and have passed that on to their children. When he moved from Holland, he brought with him a love of music, and would use that talent throughout his life to direct many choirs, ending his conducting career at McKillop United Church. Dad was passionate about his music and his singing, God having gifted him with a beautiful tenor voice. Dad never lost his love of the water; as a result, water skiing, swimming and boating in many southern Alberta lakes starting May long weekend (always without wetsuits!!) until late fall (still no wetsuits!!) are memories friends and family hold dear. Throughout Dad’s life he loved to travel. Sometimes travel would mean a couple of weeks at Swan Lake, Montana, with the entire family; a cruise to Alaska with Mom; or a port stop in Rio de Janeiro as a young sailor. Because his family had been pulled apart when he was young, he made every effort to make sure his children and grandchildren knew how much he valued each one of them. That love and concern was shown in many ways: his chauffeuring countless hours, his strong stare, his stern guiding hand, his attendance at grandchildren’s events, or his waiting up at midnight for one of his children were all his way. Dad leaves behind Betty (Mom), Corina MacKinnon (Don), Henny Hildebrand (Don), Jan van Egteren (Liz), Bette-Ann MacNeil (Dr. Jim), Dr. Henry van Egteren (Veronica); 12 beloved grandchildren: Bill van Egteren (Jessie), Scott Hildebrand (Krista), Erik Hildebrand (Victoria), Corina Gelmon, Sari Faith (Andrew), Evan Peat, Marie Kopp-van Egteren (Dave), Kirk MacKinnon (Amrita), Matthew Peat (Chelsey), Julie van Egteren, Sam van Egteren, and Caroline van Egteren; and 7 cherished great grandchildren: Oliva, Naomi, and Eve Gelmon, Athena Peat, Sasha and Aidric Faith, and Owen van Egteren. The van Egteren Family struggle with words to express our deep gratitude for the wonderful, loving and professional care Dad received from everyone at St. Michael’s Covenant Care for the past eight years. He continued to be treated with respect and dignity right to his last day. We will be forever grateful.
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gordon Hohm on July 27, 2014 at the age of 59. Gordon is survived by Cathy, the love of his life for 24 years. He will be forever cherished by his parents, Eric and Mary Yvonne Hohm, his sister Shari Forsythe Hohm (Fern) and his brother Roger Hohm (Fran). He will also be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and Cathy¹s family. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Southminster United Church, 1011-4 Ave S, Lethbridge, with Rev. Ruth Preston Schilk officiating. Following the service Cathy has asked that anyone that wishes join her and the families at the Reception for a “scotch” toast to Gord.


A gentle quiet soul is now with the angels. MR. KIM KOVACS passed away on July 14, 2014 from skin cancer at his home in Burnaby, B.C. Kim grew up in Lethbridge, attending elementary, junior and senior high. He was involved in Scouts, bowling and soccer and continued his love of sports as a fan of hockey, soccer and bicycle races. Kim loved music, was a huge Beatles fan and was fortunate to realize his life¹s dream of seeing Paul McCartney in concert. He moved to Vancouver in the late 70’s and loved living on the coast. Kim was working towards being a chartered accountant and at the time of his death, worked for Houle Electric. Kim is lovingly remembered by his brother Greg and his children Kelan and Jory, sister Nadine, aunt Anna (Art) Blackwood, uncle John (Colleen) Kovacs as well as several cousins. Kim is predeceased by his parents Helen and Ernie Kovacs, great aunt Elizabeth Firth, grandmother Mary Szarka, step-grandfather Bert Szarka and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Kovacs.
The family would like to say a special thanks to all the staff and Management at Houle Electric for their caring and compassion shown to Kim. Special thanks to Kim’s friend Norm Lew for providing Kim’s favorite music for his service. A Memorial will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Bob Wallace officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kim¹s memory may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7, or to Inspire Health, #200, 1330 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4A6

Margaret Josephine Metcalfe
February 5, 1925 – July 27, 2014
Marg was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, to Mary and Joseph Chervinski. She was predeceased by her husband, Allan J. Metcalfe in 1995. Marg will be sadly missed by her four daughters: Donna (Bill), Corrine (Doug), Bernice (Tim), and Aileen (Wes); her eight grandchildren: Rob (Tam), Suzi, Scott (Holly), Jeff (Nicole), Jud (Becky), Tina (Tim), Jennifer (Andrew) and Evan (Kathy), as well as nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and two sisters. Marg was predeceased by her parents, four brothers and six sisters. Marg was a keen athlete throughout her life. She played softball for the Woolworth Babes and played hockey on tube (speed) skates. Marg was an avid and skilled bowler, golfer and curler. She enjoyed watching various sports, and she took delight in following her children¹s and grandchildren¹s activities and endeavours. She will be lovingly remembered for her sense of humor, her stoic manner, and her independent personality. At Marg¹s request, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Arthritis Society, The Alberta Cancer Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

The family of GEORGE WILLIAM MCDONALD is sad to announce that he passed away in the afternoon of July 30, 2014 at the age of 70 from cancer. George will be greatly missed by Susan, his beloved wife of 44 years and their children Laura-Lynne (Robert) Boehme, David (Heather) McDonald, Chantelle (Rick) Davidson, and Natasha McDonald. He was predeceased by their son, Mark Edmunds McDonald. He dearly loved his family and had a special place in his heart for each grandchild: Christopher, Cleighton, Benjamin, Kaisha, Bekah, Joseph, Joshua and Kaleb Boehme; Steel, Cole, Jade, Maggie, and Ruby McDonald; and Ashlyn, Alexa, Richelle, and Jenna Davidson. He is also survived by his brother, Roger, of Idaho. George was a positive and caring man who was a friend to everyone and helped make the world a better place to live for those around him. He had the unique skill of turning problems around with his sense of humor and brightening our days. We will not have a funeral, at his request. Instead, we will be having a private family graveside service in Cardston. In lieu of flowers, we believe that he would prefer you perform a random act of kindness toward someone who is living.

1955 ~ 2014
Mr. Patrick Carroll, beloved husband of Mrs. Tammy Carroll, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the age of 58 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at his home – 2413 14th Ave North, Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

SNELL, Patricia Mabel Eleanor
April 29, 1916 ­ Taber, AB
July 5, 2014 ­ Calgary, AB
Patricia Mabel Eleanor Snell of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at the age of 98 years.
Pat was born and raised in Taber and was a member of St. Theodores Anglican Church & the Taber Golf/ Curling Club. She married her late husband Fred on Dec 4, 1935. In 1971 they moved to Lethbridge before Pat settled in Calgary. One of her challenges was nursing her husband Fred before he passed away May 9, 1991. Pat faced and overcame an illness that hit her shortly after the birth of her first child. She was advised not to have more children. Mother recovered and went on to welcome eight more children into her life. Pat was a progressive modern woman, well ahead of her time. She was a dedicated mother, teacher, mentor & friend to her nine children and many grandchildren. Pat loved the movies, crossword puzzles, golf, curling, playing Bridge, chocolate and ice cream. Patricia is survived and fondly remembered by eight of her children Joan Hunt (Stan) Calgary, Richard Snell (Pam) Surrey, Dorothy Orban (Joe) Taber, Ellie Braun-Haley (Shawn) Calgary, Tom Snell (Nola) Calgary, Gerry Snell (Vickie) Calgary, Don Snell (Lori) Crossfield, Susan Snell Markus Calgary; daughters-in-law Joyce Snell Calgary & Jan Snell St. Albert; sisters-in-law Helen Hamman Calgary & Merda Wood Toronto; thirty-one grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Fred; son David Alfred; daughter-in-law Carol Lynn (nee Wolosuk); four brothers; five sisters; five grandchildren; and her parents. A memorial service will be held at Grace Anglican Church (7642 – 22 Street S.E.) on Sat, Aug 09, 2014 at 11:30am. Forward condolences to http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Interment will follow Aug 11, 2014 at 3pm at the Taber Cemetery.  In living memory of Patricia Snell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.
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