January 19th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 4, 2016.


JOLAYNE ANDERSON of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on February 1, 2016 at the age of 64.

Jolayne was born in Taber in 1951 to Dean and Maydell Anderson. She was raised on the family farm, working and growing along side her siblings and cousins. She pursued her career in nursing in Drayton Valley receiving her diploma as a LPN. Nursing was one of her passions and she loved it. She moved throughout Alberta and settled in Lethbridge for the past 15 years.

Jolayne is survived by her sisters: Deanna, Janis, Veneta and their spouses and children. Her five children: Brent (Shelly) Onofrychuk of Lethbridge, Brad (Heather) Onofrychuk of Lloydminster, Bill (Annette) Onofrychuk of Ottawa, Jenn (Justin) Davis of Edmonton, Ken (Jenny) Onofrychuk of Fox Creek, as well as her 16 grandchildren whom she loved dearly with two more on the way.

Jolayne was predeceased by her brother Reg Anderson.

Family and friends are invited to the Funeral Service which will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TABER STAKE CENTRE, 4709 – 50 Ave, Taber on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a viewing from 2:00 to 2:45 pm prior to the service. The interment will follow at the Taber Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Please take the time to fill out your organ donation card. http://www.canadianpulmonary fibrosis.ca/


JAN DEEMTER went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on February 1, 2016, at the age of 70 years, from complications related to his lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jan was born on January 16, 1946 in Ulrum, in the Netherlands. He was a younger brother to Trijn and Renny and an older brother to Janneke, Truus, and Harry. Following his military service he immigrated to Canada in July 1969.

Lemina Anje Bulthuis, his lifelong love, followed him shortly thereafter, and on May 13, 1971 they married. They settled first in Edmonton, where Jan completed his Engineering degree at the University of Alberta in 1975. Children soon followed, with Klaas, Marty, and Gerry arriving in quick succession in 1975, 1976, and 1978. Derek was born in 1981, and later that year the family moved to Lethbridge. In 1985 the four brothers welcomed their sister Anya to the family.

An engineer through and through, he was always building or fixing something, be it projects at home or Volvos in the garage. When not busy with this, he volunteered with his church and other community boards. He was a lover of classical music, crossword puzzles, and sailing.

Family was important to Jan, and he planned his summers around family camping trips, or trips to Europe to visit family and friends there. The depth of his relationships showed during his illness, as rarely a day went by when he did not have a visitor at his bedside. It was with family at his bedside that he passed peacefully.

Jan is survived by Lemina, his wife of nearly 45 years, his sons Klaas (Lorraine), Marty (Lisa), Gerry (Jennifer), Derek (Silkie); his daughter Anya (Rich); his grandchildren Alayna, Cameron, Courtney, Jayden, Amber, Mandy, Becky, and Mina; as well as his siblings and extended family in the Netherlands.

Jan touched many people on this side of heaven, and the family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at St. Therese Villa for the loving care they gave him during his stay there.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own


in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Family & friends are invited for visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, between 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M., and again on Friday, February 5th from 10:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.

A Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, on Friday morning at 11:00 A.M.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40th Avenue North, Lethbridge on Friday afternoon at 1:30 P.M., with Pastor Ian Crooks of Westminster Chapel officiating. A reception will follow.

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


FRANCIS “HOMER” DEVINE, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the age of 62 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. with Jack Red Crow officiating.

A Wake will immediately follow the Family Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating.

Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta.

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


September 12, 1918 – February 3, 2016

Born near the front in 1917, Anne Duzs {nee} Kormous. Daughter of Istvan and Rosella Juhasz baptized her Anna on September 12, 1918 at Meszes Hungary.

With the revolution coming her family migrated to southern Alberta by the spring of 1928. By the time winter arrived the 9 year old Anna’s remaining parent Rosella was renting rooms to keep a roof over them and would do so for many years. With the produce from the garden and seasonal work at the cannery in town they managed to get by until the opportunity to work as a riveter on the liberty ships being built at The Burrard docks in Vancouver gave Anne the chance to earn a man’s wage.

By the end of 1944 she had been promoted to steam pipe fitter and had enough for a down payment on a farm just below Temple Hill north of Raymond Alberta where Rosella still lived.

By 1952 she had married Joe Duzs and taken in the youngest from her sister’s household, Bernice whom she would raise as if she were her own daughter and continue with this mindset for Bernice’s son Barry whom she considered to be her grandson, stating as much in legal documents.

Having cashed in her share of the farm and moved back into town Anne worked at the Raymond Home and cared for her mother daily until her passing. After retiring Anne moved to Lethbridge eventually building a home on the south side, acting as her own contractor. Where she continued to collect clothing and necessities for those who had remained in Meszes. Whom she remained close to, having twice returned to the old country and village where her family had lived for nearly 1500 years. Original Hungarians, Guardians, as declared by the Hungarian government in 2015, the valley and its traditional villages, National Treasures of Hungary.

Anne Duzs has been a resident of long term care at St Michael’s Care Facility in Lethbridge Alberta since 2006 and was herself a treasure with Co Guardians of her own. Her name and love of gardening will live on at St Michael’s thanks to funds for the gardening as therapy program that’s made empty decks come alive for the residents & staff to enjoy. A token of appreciation for her care providers and friends at St Michael’s which achieved her lifelong ambition of not owing any taxes during the last years of her life.

Anne’s own gardening abilities having crossed the line into an art form with a love of flowers made real, of silk and wool. Today one of her quilted bedspreads hangs in the sacristy of the Sisters of St Martha’s Mother House and her poppies will forever bloom in the halls of St Michael’s in Lethbridge Alberta.

Having passed away on February 3, 2016 at the age of 98 her quilts and needle art will long be enjoyed by many great niece and nephews Anne is survived by her loving niece Liz Coppick of Edmonton and grandson of the heart Barry Lee Ober of Vancouver B.C., EPOA and Co Guardian of Anne Duzs.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.

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

 John Walter Griffiths

1924 – 2016

John Walter Griffiths of Milk River, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 1, 2016 at the age of 91 years.
 John farmed his entire life with his father, mother, and brothers. He was never one to say work was hard or complain. He had a passion for hunting and fishing and his trophy collection said it all.

John is survived by his sister Mary (Loren) Warnock, and brothers George (Maxine) Griffiths and Donald Griffiths. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces; Robert Griffiths, Garth (Fay) Warnock, Keith Warnock, Ann (Victor) Warnock – Matheron and Gerry (Luba) Ambury; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

John, you will be missed by us all.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, February 5, 2016 at ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 Main St., Milk River, AB with Reverend Marion Martin, officiating. Interment will take place in the Aden Cemetery.

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


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of GREG KESLER, on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at his family’s ranch in Magrath, Alberta at the age of 70 years.

He is survived by his loving Wife Judy, Son Duane (Margo), Daughter Berva Dawn (Roy) and his two very special Grandsons Kurtis and Chase.

He was the son of the late Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee Reg Kesler. Greg worked in the family business until he branched out on his own at age 29 to found Kesler Rodeo in 1974.

Greg, a second-generation PRCA stock contractor, achieved 10 World Championship Titles with his horses; Cool Alley, Painted Smile, Alley Ways and Alley Cat during his career. In 1994, Greg and his son, Duane Kesler, bought Reg’s card and continued running Kesler Championship Rodeo (founded by Reg in 1950) with Duane at the helm while Greg remained as the owner/operator of Kesler Rodeo. The family has bucking stock in Helena, Montana and Magrath, Alberta.

This past December, Kesler Rodeo sent five bareback horses, one saddle bronc horse and one bull to the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas.

Kesler Rodeo’s Alley Cat was the 1988 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year and Painted Smile won that award three consecutive years (2001-03). Country Cat, Order Up, Painted Smile, Cool Alley, and Polka Dot, were all voted the top horses at the WNFR.

A Funeral Service will be held at EXHIBITION PARK – WEST PAVILION, 3401 – Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Wayne Brooks officiating.

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


BETH KESLER passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on January 29, 2016 in Raymond, Alberta. Beth was born at Glenwood, Alberta on October 22, 1919 and grew up there. She moved to Raymond with her family and attended her senior year of high school there, before receiving a secretarial certificate from Garbutt Business College in Lethbridge. While living in Raymond she met and married Reg Kesler September 17, 1941. Together they moved to Rosemary, Alberta in 1944 where she worked hard to make the farm and the rodeo business prosper. She became known throughout the community for her caring and giving nature; whenever there was a community or church function she was there, helping out. She held and magnified many callings in the LDS Church there. Beth moved back to Raymond in 1970 where she was again active in church and community. She worked at Southern Breeders in Lethbridge and then in the accounting department for the Town of Raymond for 11 years before retiring. She was an executive officer in the Raymond Hospital Auxiliary and was proud to be a member of the Daughters of Utah pioneers. Beth was predeceased by her parents, Sylvester and Myrtle Williams; Sisters: Hortense Roberts, Mary Maud Williams, Loyia Heggie, Vesta Anderson; Son, Mark Kesler; Daughter, Janet Clifton, and Grandson Jamie Clifton. She will be honoured and sadly missed by her surviving family; Children: Patricia (Gary) Norton, Greg (Judy) Kesler, LeAnne (Keith) Lane, Jeanne (Lee) Cesar, Son-in-law Dale Clifton; 17 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren. Friends may meet the family at The Raymond Stake Centre, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, 2 North, 200 West, Raymond, on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 am, with Bishop Craig Palmer officiating. Interment to follow in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Lambert “Bert” F.


1931 – 2016

Mr. Lambert “Bert” Konynenbelt of Nobleford, beloved husband of Mrs. Patricia Konynenbelt, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the age 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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EDWIN ‘BLAINE’ LEAVITT, of Cardston, AB, passed away in the

Cardston Hospital on Monday, February 1st, 2016 surrounded by family at the age of 78.

Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LEAVITT CHAPEL, on Friday, February 5th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday February 6th from 2:00-2:45 prior to the Service.

The Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LEAVITT CHAPEL on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow at the Leavitt Cemetery.

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


After a protracted and courageous battle with Huntington’s chorea, DONNA MARIE MCLEOD, 75, beloved wife of Roderick William McLeod of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 31, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.

Donna is survived by her husband, Roderick Wm. of Lethbridge, AB and five children: Joe, and Andrea of Winnipeg, Sean (Tobi) of Lethbridge, Patricia Jean (Jay Richardson) of Mesa, AZ and Elin of Lethbridge; eleven grandchildren, Christie and Skye Hunter, Mary-Margaret, Emma, Elizabeth and Sam McLeod, E.J., Rory, Sydney, Mckenzie, and Avery Richardson; four great-grandchildren Anna, Carter, Benjiman and Echo Hunter; mother, Nora Jean Skuce of Stoughton, two brothers, Dennis (Vivian Skuce) , and Donald (Betty Skuce) of Saskatoon, SK, brother-in-law, Bill (Irene Goudy) of Regina; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Nora Gillian (1968); father, William (1989) granddaughter Rachel Hunter (1994); and two sisters, Marcy Jean Goudy (2007) and Joan Carol Mary Small (1994).

Donna, the second child and daughter of William and Nora (Adams) Skuce, was born Sunday, February 18, 1940 in Stoughton, Saskatchewan. She remembered with fondness growing up in Saskatchewan with her brothers, sisters and cousins.

She started her elementary schooling in Stoughton, SK, graduating from high school in Forget, SK, then continued on to complete her Bachelor of Arts (1964) from University of Saskatchewan and later completed her Honours BA in Social Work at Lakehead University (1984). From her education she went on to work with Family Services in the Rainy River District and later on as a member of the board with Family Services in Thunder Bay, ON.

Donna married Rod in 1966 and moved to Fort Frances where they started their family. In 1977 Donna and Rod moved to Thunder Bay, ON where she spent the majority of her life. Later in retirement years (2000), Donna and Rod moved to Lethbridge, AB to be closer to grandchildren. Her home was filled with laughter and music. She touched all who met her with her joyful, kind and compassionate countenance. An avid gardener and lover of the outdoors, Donna always looked to find a new adventure. Donna was deeply loved by her family and friends and all that knew her.

The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 Street South, Lethbridge at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Interment to follow at a later date at the Chapple Cemetery north of Barwick, ON.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Huntington’s Society of Canada, 151 Frederick Street, Suite 400, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2M2.

Stojana Petrovic

1919 – 2016

Mrs. Stojana Petrovic of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Dragoljub “Dan” Petrovic, passed away at Adaptacare Personal Care Homes on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the age of 96 years.

Born September 5, 1919 in a small village, Bregovina, Serbia. She lived there and farmed until 1955 when she was brought to Canada with her two children, son (Steve) and daughter (Marion) by her husband. Stojana worked at Catteli for a few years and she loved to knit and crochet.

Stojana is survived by her daughter Marion Petrovich; son Steve (Jane) Petrovich; grandchildren Joanne, Brian, Valerie, Bogdan, and Monica; great grandchildren Natasha, Kaitlyn, Mila, Lana and Aleksander; great great grandchild Aleaha, as well as their families.

Besides her loving husband, she was also predeceased by her one infant grandson Michael Petrovich.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Creek for looking after their mother.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH, 643 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, with The Very Reverend Father Taras Krochak officiating. Interment to follow in Archmount Cemetery.

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

Scott Shillington

1970 – 2016

Scott Shillington of Lethbridge, beloved son of Terry & Mary Shillington, passed away suddenly at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the age of 45 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB with Trevor Potter, officiating.

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

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