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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 5, 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. Prayers Service – 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 Funeral 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.


HELEN HEAD DAHL, wife of the late R Mark Dahl, passed away in the Raymond Hospital on July 31st, 2014 at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke. She is survived by her children Dennis Dahl (Marilyn), DeVar Dahl (Lesley), Allan Dahl (Kathy), Ireta Balderson (John), Kenneth Dahl (Sharon) and Nola Bateman (Wade). She is also survived by three brothers Lawrence, Kitchener and Grant Head. Helen was born in Magrath October 15th, 1924. She grew up in Wrentham and Cardston where she graduated from high school. Following graduation she moved to Edmonton and graduated as a nurse. She met Mark Dahl in Edmonton while working as a nurse and he was in medical school. They were married June 25th, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple by Joseph Fielding Smith. Their six children were born between 1950 to 1960. They reared their family in Magrath where Mark practised as a family physician for over 40 years. Helen was know for her sense of humor and could get anyone to sing as she lead the singing in church. She loved to serve in the LDS church and her last 12 years were spent in Utah serving in the temple and a humanitarian service mission. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and despite referring to herself as a Luddite she kept us informed of her service in Utah with frequent emails and Jackie Lawson Cards. She had a strong will and would sometimes say ³Let¹s compromise and do it my way². But it was this strong will that was also one of her greatest strengths as she met the challenges of life, raising a family and serving in her church. She has left a great example of determination and perseverance for her family to follow and anyone else that knew her well. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that were touched by her life, especially her family. Her Funeral will be held Tuesday, August 5th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Magrath Stake Center. Friends may met the family Monday, August 4th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Stake Center and again from 1:00-1:45 p.m. prior to the Funeral. Interment in the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, Alberta. Arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham. Email your condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net


JOSEPH GABRIEL ³GABBY² DEVINE, husband of Margaret, passed away in Cardston on July 30, 2014. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, August 6th from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Mary¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net


EVELYN JEAN GROVES, Beloved wife of Melvin C. Groves passed away at the Good Samaritans Home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the age of 74 years. She is the loving mother & grandmother of son Brian Groves, of Lethbridge (Aaron Groves, Brock Groves), Don Groves wife Tara Groves of Lethbridge (McGwire Groves), Mary Lazaruk (Aunt). She is also survived by Brother John Kruchkywich and wife Gail of Lethbridge, Brother Wally Kruchkywich and wife Cheryl (Lethbridge), Sister Louise Hart and husband George Hart (Okotoks), and many Nieces, and Nephews. She was predeceased by her Father Walter Kruchkywich and Mother Minnie Kruchkywich, Gladys Wozniuk (Aunt), William Wozniuk (Uncle), Margret Wozniuk (Aunt). Evelyn JEAN as everyone knew her by was born and raised on Broders Farm. Jean married her loving husband Melvin Groves on June 8th, 1963 enjoying 51 years of marriage. Jean enjoyed her time at the Kresges Candy counter, Sears photo studio, Retail Sales Å .Jean loved watching both sons and later on her grandsons participating in Hockey, baseball, Volleyball, Football she was their biggest FAN. Summers were enjoyed visiting family in Saskatchewan and camping with many great friends at Lundbreck Falls. The Family would like to give a special thank you to all the staff at Good Samaritans Home Park Meadows for all the wonderful care and support both Jean and Melvin both received in the time Jean was a patient in their care. A private family memorial will take place at later time.
In Memory of Evelyn Jean Groves, in Lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 ­ 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9


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


1933 ~ 2014

Mr. Thomas “Tom” Arthur Lowther, beloved husband of Mrs. Mildred Lowther, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the age of 80 years. Funeral arrangements will announced when completed. Send condolences at

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