January 22nd, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 7, 2015.



Raquel Del Socorro Barrantes

Raquel Del Socorro Barrantes of Lethbridge, beloved partner of Guadalupe Alonzo, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on December 1, 2015 at the age of 45 years.

Besides her loving partner she is survived by daughter Isabel Alonzo-Barrantes, son Audencio Alonzo-Barrantes, her father Jose Barrantes Sr., sister Dolores Barrantes, brothers Jose Barrantes Jr., Yitzak Barrantes, Halley Barrantes, step-mother Aishield Barrantes, and step-brother Danilo Rodriguez.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street S. Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Monday, December 7, 2015, at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street N. Lethbridge. Interment to follow in the Royal View Cemetery.

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

“Noyis” LOUISE DAY RIDER, nee Wolf Child, was called home Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 72.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry Day Rider. Left to mourn her passing, her daughter Flora (Darryl Black Plume) and her siblings: Leona, Pauline, Don, and Peter Wolf Child; in-laws, Bernadette Wolf Child, Louis Crop Eared Wolf, Florence (Frank) Petrik, Cynthia Hunt, Joyce (Ron) Doore, Edith, Levern, Melvin (Anne), Arnold (Joan) Wells; aunts, Lena Chief Calf, Rachel Hoof, Annie Davis, Elizabeth Big Throat, and Clara (Frances) Russell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louise was raised in the Levern community, and attended St. Mary’s Residential School, graduating in 1964. She greatly admired the nuns at the school, so she joined religious life with the Sisters of the Child Jesus in September 1964. Louise made her first vows in 1967. During her time with the Sisters she was stationed in North Vancouver BC, North Battleford SK, and Sechelt BC. She left the Sisters after the death of her mother Sarah in 1970. Louise attended Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge to explore her interests in Administrative Assistance, Social Work, and the Fine Arts. Louise worked as a Social Worker on the Blood Reserve and Lethbridge AB. She was an artist, and worked with paints in creating many different works of art.

Louise met the love of her life, Henry; together they shared their world with each other, and were married in 1977. She helped Henry with the family business as his secretary and go-for. Together they raised their wonderful daughter Flora, and were very proud of her life and academic accomplishments. Louise was known for her strong faith which helped her through difficult times, and was often asked for her prayers. Due to illness, she was confined to a wheelchair later in life. She was a sweet, kind, and loving person. Louise was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Louise was predeceased by her parents Leo Sr. and Sarah Wolf Child; siblings, Caroline, Edward, Martha, and Leo Jr. Wolf Child, Geraldine Crop Eared Wolf, and Evangeline Chief Moon; aunts, Annie Shot Both Sides, Nellie Long Time Squirrel, Isabel Spear Chief, and Mary Many Feathers; uncles, Joe, Sam Wolf Child, and Willie, Lawrence Plain Woman; nieces and nephews, Cathy Crop Eared Wolf, June Chief Calf, Sheldon Holy Singer, and Tabitha Wolf Child.

Special thanks to Kainai Home Care staff and Lee Crest Good Samaritans staff and residents.

The Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston AB on Sunday, December 6 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. A Wake Service will be held at the Levern Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, December 6 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, December 7 at 11:00 am. Interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com



BARRY KEITH OWENS, son of Allen and Norma Owens. Born November 27, 1951 in Magrath, Alberta. Passed away on the family farm November 30, 2015.

Barry is survived by his loving wife Debra, sister Bev Coupal, sons Chad Owens and Cam (Alisha) Owens, 5 grand children; Jesse, Quincy, Allen James, Grayson, and Raylan and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barry attended elementary and high school in Magrath and went on to complete post secondary education at the Lethbridge Community College, graduating with a business degree in agriculture.

Barry married the love of his life Debra Morissette in 1973 and they moved to the family farm and started their lives together. Barry started his career at Triple E homes in Lethbridge, but when the plant closed he moved on to start in the excavating business as well as working on the family farm. As the excavating business and farming operations grew, his sons Cam and Chad joined the family business.

Barry excelled in all the athletics he played, but basketball, baseball, and hockey were his favorites. Barry went on to coach minor hockey in the community. Barry enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his family and became an avid water skier and especially loved fishing, the outdoors, and hunting. He lived to farm but the true love of his life was his wife Debra and his children and grand children.

Barry will be truly missed by all that knew him. As per Barry’s request there will not be a funeral.

A celebration on his life will be held at the Magrath Senior’s Center on Monday December 7th from 2-4P.M.

Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

PLOMP, Catherine “Elaine”

(nee Patterson) October 21, 1927 – Rockglen, SK November 30, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Elaine Plomp passed away peacefully on November 30th, 2015 at 88 years. Elaine is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Rowlandson (Wayne) and Nancy Plomp; grandchildren, Ben Rowlandson, Carrie Rowlandson, Clayton Whatmore (Courtney), Jamie Hardy and Chance Plomp– Schweitzer; granddaughter-in-law, Jennie Johansson; great- grandchildren, Alex Rowlandson, Randal and Gavin Hardy and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Albert (Dutch), her daughter Wendy and her brothers Jim and Jack Patterson. Elaine was a graduate from Western Canada High School and told her grandchildren stories about how she would take her time getting to her classes when baseball games were being broadcast. Her greatest joys were spending time with family, reading novels and cheering on the Blue Jays. She enjoyed crafts especially folk art painting. Dutch and Elaine spent many years travelling. They especially enjoyed their time at the condo in Sidney, BC. At Elaine’s request there will be a private family service. Please forward condolences through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends or family so desire, donations in her memory can be made to a charity of choice. In living memory of Elaine Plomp, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

Garry Steventon

1939 – 2015

Mr. Garry Steventon, entertainer with City Lights Duo and beloved husband of Fay Steventon, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday, November 30, 2015 at the age of 76 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, December 7, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

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

Ben Walter

1960 – 2015

Walter, Benjamin – It is with shattered hearts that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Benjamin Walter at the age of 55 years. He was the beloved husband of Matilda (Hofer) Walter and father of Amanda, Justin, Anne Marie, Carol, Heidi, Tamra and Tanya.

Ben was born in Cardston, AB on March 7, 1960, and in 1972 he moved to Turin, AB. He married the love of his life, Matilda, of Walsh, AB on November 6, 1988. For the past 18 months, Ben and his family resided at Deep Creek Farms, Athabasca, AB. He told family and friends alike that he was “Living his Dream.”

Ben was a lifelong cattleman and served his community as fieldboss for many years. He also enjoyed various other occupations. God was with him and blessed every step he took.

To all who knew him, Ben is remembered as a devoted servant and builder of the community. He had a deep faith and profound love for his God, who carried him through countless struggles. Ben valued honesty and hard work. He was generous and kind to his fellow man, making friends wherever he went.

Ben is survived by his mother, Annie Walter of Turin, AB; his two sisters, Bertha (Henry) Walter of Lomond, and Esther (Joe) Hofer of Walsh, AB; his three brothers, George Walter, Eli (Susanna) Walter, and Sam (Rosanna) Walter, all of Turin, AB; his mother-in-law Susanna Hofer of Walsh, AB, several brothers-and-sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Eli Walter and his father-in-law, Joseph Hofer.

Ben thought the world of his family and all could see that his seven children were truly the light of his life. We could always count on him for guidance and unconditional love.

While we cannot begin to understand our dear Lord’s will, we will trust in Him and hold fast to him in prayer. Knowing that God directs our steps and guides our paths gives us comfort, as we submit to God’s ultimate will. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comforts us in his victory over death.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the HUTTERIAN BRETHREN CHURCH OF TURIN.

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


It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Irene Matisz Wells passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, at the age of 94. She will be fondly remembered by her five children; Denis (Yin) of Vancouver, Diane of Calgary, Alan (Elizabeth) of Medicine Hat, Connie of Vancouver, and Liz (Douglas) of Lethbridge; seven grandchildren, Corinn (Chris) Claydon, Paula (John) Knox, Arlo Matisz, April (David) Logue, Chelsea (Duane) Barroby, Chris (Diane) Matisz and Colin (Michelle) Matisz; eleven great-grandchildren, Ben, Charlotte, Avie, Jackson, Liam, Oliver, Elliott, Sarah, Juliette, Dante and Ryott. She is also survived by three brothers; Rev. Father Mathias, Ernest Kuefler and Patrick Kuefler. Irene was predeceased by her parents, sisters; Sister Constance and Hilda MacDonald, and brothers; Rev. Father Juniper and Rev. Father Edwin.

Irene never forgot her roots in Galahad, Alberta, where she was born in 1921 and grew up in a large family. She became a teacher, married husband Paul, and upon his return from World War 2 service, lived in Edmonton, then settled in Lethbridge. She ensured that her children use their gifts and talents to enhance their educations and she was always delighted with their accomplishments. She and Paul had a rich and fulfilling life with many friends while golfing, playing bridge, travelling and enjoying their lifelong passion for politics. Choosing a party to support was never a dilemma! Irene was predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 1976.

She embraced her new life as a single parent with passion and determination. She returned to teaching and helped many ESL students become more confident in communication. Prayer and reading were part of her busy routine.

She was so grateful that Stewart Wells entered her life and they married in 1987. Together, they enjoyed many cruising adventures, golf excursions, bridge get-togethers, and eventually, a slower lifestyle. They supported each other through difficult times and many ailments. Stewart died in September, 2013.

Irene always had a genuine interest in the lives of her family and friends and they were the center of her prayer life. She was a devout Catholic who served on CWL committees, and volunteered for many church, school and community functions.

Prayers will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, December 8th at 1:00 P.M.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Irene, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

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