January 17th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 28, 2015.

Kelly Firth

1960 – 2015

Mr. Kelly Scott Firth of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the age of 54 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION – PIONEER PARK, 3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Tom Battjes
1931 – 2015
 Tammo Battjes went to be with his Lord in Taber on Wednesday, July 22, 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 Sunday, July 26, 2015 between 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
 The Burial Service will be held at the Granum Christian Reformed Church Cemetery (one mile south of the junction of Highway 519 and Range Road 254) on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:30 A.M.
 The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. 
 Tom was predeceased by his wife Janske and is survived by his children Jasper Battjes of Lethbridge, Jeanette (Grant) Duerloo of Granum and their children, Christopher and Benjamin.
 Tom was born on September 29, 1931 in Groningen, The Netherlands to Jan and Jantie (nee Vink) Battjes. Life was tough for his generation under the German occupation, but after the war he immigrated to Canada. He met Janske Timmer while traveling on a Greyhound bus and were married May 16, 1964 settling in the Kitchener Waterloo region. The family moved to the Crowsnest Pass in 1977.
 “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Tom’s name may be made directly to the Christian Reformed Church World Renew, 3475 Mainway, Station LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Y8 (http://www.worldrenew.net).
 The family wishes to extend their sincere and deepest appreciation to the staff at Linden View. During Dad’s time there, and especially during the last month, you treated him like family and made a huge impact on all of our lives.

  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

HUNTER, Kathleen Jean (nee Gallagher)

July 22, 1914 – July 19, 2015

Kathleen Hunter passed away in peace in Edmonton three days short of her 101st birthday.

Left to remember a life well-lived are sons, Craig (Heather) Montgomerie, granddaughter, Lindsay (Andrew) and great- grandson, Ronan; Ian (Barbara) Montgomerie, grandson, Scott (Kenna) and granddaughter, Jessica; nieces, Valerie Campbell, Pat Reiman, Barbara Lyons and Brian Martin and numerous members of subsequent generations. Kathleen outlived her husband, Bob Hunter; her siblings, Ethel Francis, Issie Martin and Ted Gallagher; her nephew, Alan Francis and Crawford Campbell. She was also predeceased by many in Bob’s family, including daughters, Susan and Lorraine; granddaughter, Corrie and Corrie’s son, Blake. She is also fondly remembered by many of the Hunter clan, Pat (Lou) Turchinski and their family, the family of Susan (Jerry) Lang, Tiffany Jenkins and family and Dillon Andrus.

Kathleen was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the only Canadian-born member of her Irish family. She married William Craig Montgomerie in 1941, and gave birth to her first son, Craig in 1945. In 1949, the family moved to Calgary, where they became established members of the community and made long lasting friendships. Kathleen was very active in both the insurance community, helping organize the 1958 Blue Goose convention at the Banff Springs Hotel, and the wider community as a member of the organizing committee for the opening of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. With their second son, Ian, the family moved again in 1959, this time to Lethbridge, where she spent the next four decades.

After working at both St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Lethbridge Junior College, Kathleen became the first employee of the newly established University of Lethbridge in 1966, and went on to serve as Secretary to the President for the first three University presidents. In this time, she witnessed the founding of the University and its growth from temporary buildings, through construction of its unique new Arthur Ericson-designed building, to the respected institution it is today. Kathleen retired in 1975 and, along with her husband, Bob, enjoyed travelling, entertaining family and friends, and playing bridge. She was also very creative, leaving those behind with treasured knitting and miniatures she and Bob made. She moved to Edmonton in 2001 to be close to her family.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of the CapitalCare Grandview in Edmonton for their kind and professional care during her eight years of residence.

Memorial Service Wednesday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Supporting Our Students Scholarship Fund, University Advancement, University of Lethbridge, A735, University Hall, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4 or a charity of one’s choice.

To send condolences, visit http://www.parkmemorial.com

Park Memorial

Edmonton 780-426-0050

Family Owned Funeral Home,

Crematorium, Reception Centre


WILFRED JOHN MARTIN, beloved husband of Iva, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the age of 65 years.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by three daughters, Julie (Tim) Lyendyk, Jodi (Paul) McClaskin and Starr, grandchildren Dorin, Levi, Miranda, Aaron, Doug, Ryan and Shilo; great granddaughters Adrian and Michele.

Willie is also survived by seven brothers, Wayne (Leona), Glenn (Donna), Ronald (Mary Anne), Don, Charles, Danny and David (Edith) Maracle and three sisters, Brenda (Lester) Brant, Evalina Hill and Mary Anne Scero.

He was predeceased by his mother Vera Viola Maracle, sisters Evelyn, Sharon, Faye and Marlene and one brother in law Calvin Hill.

Willie, known by his family as “Junior”, played guitar for many years, especially Country Gospel. He made many friends during his time at Bridge City and would do anything for his family. Willie had a great sense of humor, always making jokes with everyone. He also had a great interest in old cars; his pride and joy was his 1952 Plymouth, entering it in many car shows. Willie was a big Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan. His personality allowed him to make friends where ever he went.

He will be greatly missed by his family.

Relatives and Friends are invited to pay their respects and meet the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Dave Acree officiating.

Cremation to follow.

In memory of Willie, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7.

Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca


1927 – 2015

Patrick Henry Edward Tompkins died peacefully at St. Therese Villas on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the age of 88 years. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Lethbridge, and attended St. Patrick’s College in Ottawa.

Patrick was one of five children born to Agnes and Henry Tompkins. He met the love of his life, Catherine Biron and was married in 1949, at St. Patrick’s church. Together they raised 7 children, owned and operated The Gift Gallery in The El Rancho Motor Hotel (1976 – 1999), and established Tompkins Jewellers (1983 – present).

He is survived by his wife Catherine, their children Mallory (Renee) Tompkins, Patricia (Tom) Toney, Mark Tompkins, Michele (Tom) Mihalik, Annette (Jaye) Asplund, Greg Tompkins, and Lisa Corbin, and six grandchildren; Perry and Kimberly Tompkins, Justin, Lana, and Natasha Toney, and Sarah Tompkins.

Patrick is pre-deceased by his parents, Agnes and Henry, and his siblings Doug Tompkins, Glen Tompkins, Joyce George, and Betty Anne Molloy.

Patrick worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He lived by the values of honesty, integrity, fairness, and kindness.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to ‘Pat Daddy’. He will be always loved and greatly missed. As per Patrick’s request, his body was donated to the University of Calgary Medical program. A private celebration in his honor will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can make a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Society.


1926 – 2015

JANETTE ALEXANDRA MCLEAN SHEETS, (nee Munro) beloved wife of the late Melvin Lee Sheets of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Coaldale Health Centre, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by her children David (Phyllis) Sheets of Sparwood BC, Alyson (Ben) Fink of Canmore, Janet (Paul) Ennis of Calgary, Neil Sheets (Marda Schindeler) of Lethbridge, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Hyacinthe Wade-Howard (Lou Howard) of Ottawa and Anne Atwood of Vancouver, sisters-in-law Lucille Munro of Everett WA, Lura Mae Porkka of Lethbridge and Maxine Porkka of Red Deer. Janette is also survived by “Oma” Erna Bogdan and “Auntie” Doris Balcovske.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Mel, brother James “Jim” Munro, and brothers-in-law Ernie Wade, Ernie Porkka, and Roy Porkka.

Janette was born on April 24, 1926, the second of four children born to Alexander and Rhodina Munro of Calgary. As a child, Janette loved school, was a dedicated Girl Guide, enjoyed track and field and was a competitive highland dancer.

In 1943, she graduated from Central High school in Calgary, attended Normal School for three months and then began her teaching career in a one room school near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta at the age of seventeen.

After several other teaching assignments, Janette was teaching at Barhill School, where she met Melvin Sheets. They were married on June 20, 1947 in Calgary. Mel and Janette bought a half section of irrigated land eight miles north of Picture Butte and farmed there until 1973. Janette continued to teach and help with the farm while raising four children. After many years teaching in the County of Lethbridge, Janette was chosen to set up many of the school libraries in the County, during the late 1960s. She then attended the newly opened University of Lethbridge and completed her Bachelor of Education with Great Distinction in 1973.

Mel’s health took a turn for the worse and the family moved to Lethbridge in 1973 where Janette, after a short stint as a real estate agent, took a faculty position at the Lethbridge Community College. Janette ran the Developmental Studies Centre at the College for fourteen years. She and her staff touched many lives through their work developing and delivering individualized upgrading programs to help thousands of LCC students succeed. In 1990, she received a Leadership Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges for her work at the College. She was also nominated for a Women of Distinction award during this period.

Janette retired from the College in 1991 and became active in numerous organizations in the city including the University Women’s Club, United Church Women, Ladies of Kiwanis, Meals on Wheels, the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen and many other organizations. She loved to read, travel and to attend community events, concerts and theatre.

The family would like to thank all of the dedicated, friendly, and professional staff at the Coaldale Long Term Care Centre, Columbia Assisted Living, the GARU and ER units at Chinook Regional Hospital, the PARP and Bridges programs at St. Michael’s and all the other caregivers, medical staff, and physicians who have helped care for Janette as her health declined over the last few years.

A Celebration of Janette’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Ave South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.

Following the Celebration of Janette’s Life, friends and family are invited to stay for a reception in the church hall.

Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Arthur Donald “Don” White

1924 – 2015

Mr. Arthur Donald “Don” White of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Rose White, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on June 27, 2015, at the age of 91 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1300 to 1600 hrs. (1pm to 4pm) on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the ARMY NAVY & AIR FORCE VETERANS CLUB, 517 5th Ave S, Lethbridge.

Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army Community & Family Services at 1811-2 Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2C9.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Clarence “Tim” Yanosik

1961 – 2015

My Dear Tim,

On July 17, 2015, at the age of 53, you were taken away from us. I never took a moment to tell you how much you meant to me and now I can’t. I know that each day I told you that I loved you, but I didn’t mention how proud I was of you. Your road through life was a very rocky one, and even though you slipped many times, I never heard you complain once when the pain was too much. You always took each day in stride and tried to move forward even though your steps back were large. You were a kind and considerate son, brother, uncle, and friend and you could relate to all walks of life, but your heart always went out to the down-trodden, the struggling, the weak, and the needy. Everyone liked you. No-one knew you like I did and even though many painted you with one color, I truly saw the rainbow that you were; educated, intelligent, sensitive, easy-going, humble, patient, and very caring. From my lips and thoughts to the wings of angels who carry the messages; I will always treasure my time with you. I hope that you knew how much you were loved by me and others. My weary brother, you are now at peace. I love and miss you very much. Take the hands of those that went before you and fly. Until we meet again, Tim. Forever and Always….Your sister Lor

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