By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 2, 2015.
CARRIE GAYE BALKHAM
1970 ~ 2015
Carrie Gaye Balkham passed away peacefully at 44 years of age on January 21, 2015 in Lethbridge, AB. She was a beautiful and dearly loved mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Carrie achieved her degree as a part of the Foothills Hospital final graduating class of 1995. Her career began with medical volunteer work in the Philippines, took her to hospitals in Texas and Calgary, and concluded with a rewarding tenure at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Actively supporting her fellow nurses, Carrie held the position of Secretary with United Nurses of Alberta Local 120 for 4 years. As deeply as Carrie loved her practice of nursing, she was equally passionate about art. As an artist, CarrieÂ¹s talents included painting, photography and poetry. She was inspired by local artists and found expression through art to be therapeutic and rewarding.
Carrie is lovingly remembered by her daughter Taryn Balkham Gruninger, parents Stan and MaryLou Balkham, siblings Kelly and Garth Seitz (JennaLee and TaraLynn), Neil Balkham, Leith and Jim Damiani (Matthew and Erin), Dean Balkham (Christopher, Jason and Emilea), Shannon and Clare Watson (Jenae & Derrick Pritchard and Darcie Torscher). She was predeceased by her sister Peggy Korporal, as well as her grandparents Dave and Tillie Brown and Charles and Lena Balkham, and uncles Allen, Jim and Buster Brown and Raymond Balkham. The family would like to thank Dr. Ireland, Dr. Smutz and Dr. Brigdon, Pallative Care Nurses at St. MichaelÂ¹s Health Centre, Jack Ady Cancer Centre Nurses, as well as friends Sara, TK, Christine, Lynda, Tina and Susan who provided loving care and compassion during her illness.
A Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00pm, and a second from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Celebration of CarrieÂ¹s Life will be held at 2:00pm on February 7, 2015 at EAGLES HALL, 631-13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB. Please bring fond memories and stories of Carrie to share if desired. CarrieÂ¹s daughter Taryn was her greatest love, joy and source of pride. Carrie was the best mommy anyone could ever ask for. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to TarynÂ¹s university fund. For further information, please contact Martin Brothers at 403-328-2361. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com
CLARKE, Catherine E. (Cathy)
December 2, 1959-January 28, 2015
It is with great sadness that the Weisensel/Clarke family announces the passing of Cathy Clarke of Claresholm, Alberta. Cathy passed away on January 28, 2015 after a courageous battle against Pulmonary Fibrosis. The family will be holding a private service for close friends and family at a later date. The family also kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to any of the following organizations: Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis FoundationÂ http://www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca
Human Organ Procurement and Exchange Program (HOPE) and/or Comprehensive Tissue Centre (CTC) Â Contributions to the Edmonton Donation and Transplant Programs can be made at: http://www.universityhospitalfoundation. ab.ca/Donate
C.A.R.e.S. Â Animal Rescue in ClaresholmÂ http://www.claresholmcares.com
Arrangements entrusted to LEYDENÂ¹S FUNERAL HOME, Claresholm. Tel: 403-625-3212.
1951 ~ 2015
Jean Mrak of Coaldale, beloved wife of John Mrak, passed away after a brief illness at St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit on January 30, 2015 at the age of 63 years. Jean was born and raised in Foremost, AB. She moved to Lethbridge where she met her husband of 42 years. They moved to Coaldale 1983, where they raised their two sons. Jean loved running her Financial Advisory Business for over 20 years, and was a School Trustee for the Palliser School District from 2004-2013. Jean loved travelling with John and her family, whether it was a camping trip or an adventure to a foreign destination. Jean was proud of all her grandchildren and loved them dearly! Jean will always be remembered for her sense of humor, amazing smile and gentle spirit. Besides her loving husband John, Jean is survived by her 2 sons Brad (Nancy) and Joe (Laura); grandchildren Lucy, Jager, Kason, Charlie and Cora; 3 sisters Pat (Bob), Kay, Doreen (Clark); 2 brothers Gordon (Deborah), Ray (Faye). Jean was predeceased by her parents Edward and Pauline Taylor.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of JeanÂ¹s Life between 1:00pm Â 3:00pm on Wednesday, February 4, at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, 2114 18 St., Coaldale, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com
1946 – 2015
Madeline Anetta Silver, beloved wife of the late John Silver, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the age of 68 years. Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
1946 – 2015
John Kuntz, beloved husband of Mary Kuntz, passed away in Calgary on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the age of 68 years. Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
1931 – 2015
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Rachel (Rial) Bigelow in Medicine Hat on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5314 – 54 Street, Taber on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in RachelÂ¹s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.