January 20th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 3, 2015.


MAGDALENE MARY BACZUK, of Milk River, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

RODERICK BULL CALF passed away in Lethbridge on August 23, 2015 at the age of 55 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Wednesday Sept. 2nd from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


DOREEN (LEHMAN) TOMIYAMA, beloved wife of Murray Skelding, of Fort Macleod, passed away at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

Ethel Irene Herbst

1923 – 2015

Mrs. Ethel Irene Herbst of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Mr. Matt Herbst, passed away at the Legacy Lodge on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we have to share the news of the sudden passing of



our beloved husband, dear father and father-in-law, proud opa, brother, uncle, and great-uncle on August 25, 2015 in Lethbridge. He was born in 1938 in Uithuizermeeden, the Netherlands. Herman took over the family farming operation and it is there where he grew to love and know the business of farming. He then turned to insurance and finance before emigrating in 1978 to his new home of Lethbridge. He built up a thriving insurance practice with SunLife from which he retired. He also focused on traveling the world with Lidy to see and experience life and sights the 5 continents have to offer.

Herman was actively involved with the Dutch-Canadian Club, German-Canadian Club, and the Lethbridge Lions Club. Over the last 10 years he threw himself with boundless energy and passion on his Unimog and Lanz tractors restoration projects and got actively involved with the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lidy, son Ralf (Erin) Siemens along with grandkids Frances and Freddie, daughter Metta (Peter) Siemens along with grandkids Does and Nijs, Bas and Josephine, and sister Lia Siemens and kids.

In keeping with Herman’s wishes a private cremation has been held. Herman’s life will be celebrated on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum in Picture Butte (coyoteflats.org) from 11AM – 2PM.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Herman’s honor to the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.


ROLF KARCH, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Good Samaritans Society – West Highlands, on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.


FRANCIS ‘FRENCHIE’ L’HEUREUX, beloved husband of Victoria of Warner passed away at the Milk River Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the age of 62 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at SAINT PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH, 201 – 2nd Avenue N.E., Milk River on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 1:30 P.M., with Reverend Marion Martin officiating.

Henry Rennie

1921 – 2015

Mr. Henry Alexander Rennie, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Gertrude Rennie, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the age of 94 at the St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Henry was born on Monday, January 03, 1921 in Aberdeen, Scotland where he was raised and educated. Henry served in the Royal Air Force from 1939 to 1946 and married the love of his life, Gertrude in Medicine Hat in 1942. In 1944 they moved back to Aberdeen, Scotland where they lived until 1948, at which time they moved to Lethbridge. He was employed as a department manager for Eaton’s Company and retired in 1982. During his life in Lethbridge, Henry was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, an avid curler, as well as a long standing member of the Henderson Lake Golf Club.

Henry is survived by his 4 children; daughters Kathy (Aaron) Campbell, Heather (Joe) Voort; sons Stewart (Sandi) Rennie, Malcolm (Nancy Buchanan) Rennie; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides his loving wife Gertrude, Henry was predeceased by his parents William and Christina Rennie; brother Dick Rennie; sisters Doris Frost and Kirsten Morrice; as well as a grandson Brad Overn.

A Celebration of Henry’s Life will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 3L7.

Interment will take place at a later date in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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MERLIN DELOY ROAN of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the age of 68 years.

He leaves to mourn his wife and best friend, Lee Ann Duce, children Wes and Marci Stockton and family, Shawn O’Sullivan, Jeff Ives and family, Allison and Gibson Satterswaite and family, Buffy Ives and family, Keri Stewart and family, brothers Jerry and Roger Roan, sisters Marlene Williams and Darlene Roan and numerous nieces and nephews.

Merlin was predeceased by his parents along with his brother and best friend, Doug Roan.

Merlin was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on November 2, 1946 to his parents Jerome and Margaret Roan. He was a hardworking man, growing up working with his brother Doug, for their father Jerome. He built a hugely successful haying business, Roan Transport (Hay) Ltd. which started in 1971 and ran until his health could not keep up with it anymore. During that period Merlin owned five Peterbuilt Trucks at one time, which he loved. He had a real knack for buying and selling heavy equipment which he had a lot of fun doing and had a lot of success with. Merlin was a colourful character who had the charm that could melt the butter right off of your tongue. He spent time on the rodeo circuit and was quite the calf roper and team roper, owning the famous Champion Calf Roping Horse, Leo. Merlin loved to travel; Las Vegas was one of his favorite destinations. He purchased a Bounder motor home and spent the last few years of his life travelling in it, with Great Falls being one of his preferred stops. In 2004 Merlin began his courageous battle with cancer and because of his super-human like strength; he lived for five to ten years longer than ever expected. During his hard fought battle, Merlin learned to appreciate life and became one of the kindest, gentlest men you could have ever known. Merlin did everything in life that he had ever wanted to do, with one of his only regrets being that he was not closer to his children and grandchildren.

Much love and thanks to Dr. Aaron Coma who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that Merlin had the best care possible.

To respect Merlin’s wishes, there will not be a funeral or memorial service held; please raise your glass and give a toast to Merlin and say your goodbyes in your own way.

Gerald Sarka

1935 – 2015

Beloved husband and father, Gerald K. Sarka passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 46 years, and son Edward (Adam) Sarka of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as well as sisters Ardis Branch of Picture Butte and Karen Heninger of Stirling, Gail’s family and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Gerald was predeceased by his mother Sarah and step father Chester Sarka and brothers in law, Howard Branch and Bill Heninger.

Gerald was raised in Picture Butte and after trying several careers, became a journeyman plumber and gasfitter, retiring from his business, Sark’s Plumbing, in 1992. He loved sports and in his early years, he played baseball and hockey, won the Golden Gloves in his weight class in boxing, and was well known in local horse racing circles as a Jockey throughout the 1960’s. By far, his favorite sport was golf and he spent the last year yearning to play “just 9 more holes”.

The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Amatto, Dr. A Shukkoor and the wonderful staff of both the Jack Ady Cancer Centre and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre for taking such good care of Gerald during his illness.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michael’s Foundation, Palliative Care, at 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

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