January 20th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 15, 2016.

Mrs. Irmina Baier

1927 – 2016

It is with deep sadness the family announce that Irma Baier passed away peacefully on March 9, 2016 at the age of 89 at the Lethbridge Cedar Creek Assisted Living.

Irma will be deeply missed by her 4 children, Johanna (Norman), Hans (Shelley), Rosemarie (Barry Allen), Norbert (Holly), her 6 special grandchildren: Katherine, Shayla, Jeffrey (Lindsay), Denae (Brody), Kevin(Mariah), and Caitlin (Brandon), her first great grandchild, Lennon Grace; one brother, John (Elisabeth) Vogel, numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her loving husband and lifelong friend, Peter Baier, of 62 years; her parents, Johannes and Christine Vogel, her brother, Alex Vogel, sister, Erika Domogalla (all in Germany) and her aunt, Barbara Meder.

Irma was born February 18, 1927, in Kamenka, a German province in Russia. She married Peter Baier in November 1951 in Germany, they immigrated to Canada in April, 1953. The family initially resided in Turin, then retired in Lethbridge.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lethbridge Cedar Creek Assisted Living for the care and support provided for our mother.

Prayers will be held at 7:00pm Wednesday March, 16, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am, Thursday, March 17, 2016 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th Street North, Lethbridge AB with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations can be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5

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June Pierson
1946 – 2016
June Alice Pierson, beloved wife of Gerald Pierson, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 with her husband by her side at the age of 69 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, March 14, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides her loving husband Gerald, June is survived by her daughter Kimberley (Gregory) Wikenheiser of Lethbridge and their children Zach and Delaney; sons Cam Pierson of Coaldale and Chad Pierson of Coaldale and his children Terry, Tristan and Haylee. She is also survived by her mother Kay Biholar of Taber, mother-in-law Lavern Pierson of Lethbridge, sister Gloria Frizzell of Vancouver, brother Robert (Marilyn) Perini of Carsland, brothers-in-law Roy (Barb) Pierson of Taber and Joel (Marilyn) Pierson of Lethbridge as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her step father John Biholar and father-in-law Ray Pierson.
June was born June 5, 1946 in Taber where she was raised and educated. She married her high school sweetheart Gerald Pierson on June 3, 1967. June had high values and insisted that she instill in her children her values and as such, left the work force to raise her children. As the children grew and became more independent, she found a job that would allow her to continue to be a homemaker and still have an influence on her children. She started driving school bus which she did up until five years ago. Everything June did in this life she did with a passion, be it being a wife, mother, homemaker, bus driver, friend and last but not least a golfer. She loved the game and as a result, developed many strong relationships with friends she made playing the game. June and Gerald started holidaying in Arizona so that she could golf in the winter time too, that didn’t improve her game, but it did increase her circle of friends which she cherished. To all her golf friends, have a birdie juice in June’s memory and to all her other friends God bless. We on earth have lost a wonderful person and heaven has gained a beautiful soul.
If friends so desire, in memory of June, please take a friend for a round of golf.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


WILLIAM FREDERICK BINNING, beloved husband of the late Rita Binning, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 89 years.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 Street South, Lethbridge.

Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, March 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the service on Friday at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Interment to follow in the Orton Cemetery.

Eric Daniel Borley

1966 – 2016

Dan Borley of Silverton, British Columbia passed away after a well fought battle with cancer on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

He was born on March 5, 1966 in Magrath, Alberta to Aubrey Borley and Janeen Borley. Dan was known for his love of the mountains and his passion for carpentry.

He is survived by his father Aubrey Borley, his sister Shelly (Rod) Kramer and his brother Richard (Manuela) Borley as well as his special lady Jenny La and his Aunt, Joanne Perry his niece and nephews, as well as many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00pm, on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge AB.

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JUSTINA “JESSIE” FILATOFF passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 4717 – 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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


ALBERT “LLOYD” FLAIG, beloved husband of the late Helen Flaig of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

He is the loving father of: Don (Adéle Caron), Vern (Wanda), Audrey Miller, and Stephen (Mari-Lyn). He is survived by grandchildren: Brad, Cameron, Emilie Hewko (Bryn), Renée, Brandy, Bishop; and great grandchild Chloé Hewko. He is survived by sister Ida Heinz, and brother Ray (Vilma).

Lloyd is predeceased by his wife Helen, and sister Bertie.

Lloyd was born in Medicine Hat, son of Rose and Emanuel. He grew up in Hilda, Alberta. Lloyd met Helen in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and they raised their four children in Lethbridge.

Lloyd was a teacher and principal with Lethbridge Public School District #51. He was an artist, a poet, and a writer. A staunch environmentalist, Lloyd camped and canoed many of the lakes and rivers in the western provinces. Lloyd was a founding member of the Lethbridge Astronomy Society, sharing his love of the heavens with many. As a member of the Lethbridge Horticultural Society, Lloyd took home prizes for his flowers and vegetables, which flourished on the acreage on Broxburn Road.

Lloyd was committed to outdoor education, and stories around the campfire, notably the Goatman cycle of tales, kept many children from sleep (and even himself, once!)

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the HOLIDAY INN, 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

 Hugo Bartz
1928 – 2010
Hugo Bartz, beloved husband of Edna Bartz of Taber, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at the age of 81 years.
The Burial Service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometer north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 1:30 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Hugo’s name may be made directly to the Taber Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S6.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


1930 – 2016

CORNELIA “CORRY” HAM, beloved wife of the late John Ham, passed away peacefully at her home in Lethbridge, AB., on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her children: Dale (Brenda) Ham of Calgary, Cathy (Ray) Marco of Medicine Hat, Anita (Terry) Jones of Delburne, and Teresa (Scott) Daw of Edmonton; her grandchildren: Christopher Ham (Katherine Yurkovich) of Calgary, Jenna Ham of Calgary, Colin (Jennifer) Marco of Rose Valley, SK, Stephen Marco of Medicine Hat, Doug Jones of Springbrook, Dayna Jones of Ponoka, Darren (Danielle) Daw of Grande Prairie and Cameron Daw (Jaclyn Brown) of Calgary; and great-granddaughter Myra Daw.

Also left to cherish her memory are her siblings, Bill (Martha) Overes of Lethbridge, Truus (Martin) Kleyn of The Netherlands, Hubert (Marge) Overes of Lethbridge, Agatha Aben of Lethbridge, Audrey (Donald) Muyers of Forestburg; three sisters-in-law: Margaret Overes of Lethbridge, Eileen Overes of Kelowna, B.C. and Pietje Overes in Holland as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her beloved husband John, Corry was predeceased by her son John, her parents, as well as seven siblings.

Corry was born on September 11, 1930 in Mydrecht, Holland. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1952. She met John and they were married in 1953 and together with a young family, lived in Kipp on a small acreage. Corry began a career in Health Care, working with seniors as a care provider until her retirement. She was an amazing seamstress and made great bread. She was a spiritual person who was dedicated to her church. Corry will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday March 15th, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Sal Ahumada, Celebrant.

An Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Corry, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o All Saints Parish, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4

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

Shirley Henley

1930 – 2016

Mrs. Shirley Henley, beloved wife of the late Phillip Henley, passed away suddenly in her home on Monday, March 7, 2016 surrounded by her family, at the age of 85 years.

Shirley worked hard all of her life but still found time to volunteer for the Taber Swim Club, Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Dr. Probe School and Odyssey Childcare. She was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge who never stopped taking time to learn something new.

Her passion for any and all sports was only surpassed by her love of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Grandma Shirley was a well known fixture at ball parks, hockey rinks, libraries, theatre productions, Stampede Wrestling events and any other places that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren wanted to be. Her strength, sense of humor and quiet faith brought her through many difficult times such as caring for her ill mother at a young age, losing two brothers in WWII, raising her two youngest children on her own after being widowed early and the sudden loss of her second oldest son Gordon.

Shirley was an eternal optimist whose warmth, love of life and positive attitude always left you smiling and laughing.

Shirley is survived by her children Edward (Karin) Henley and their son Joel Henley, Noreen (Ross) Guenter and their children Andrea (Mel) Hubert, Phil (Kriss) Guenter and Jon Guenter, David Henley, Don (Shannon) Henley and their children Sydney and Jack Henley. Gordon’s wife Sherris Henley and their children Andrew Henley, Scott (Kim) Henley and Denise (Jason) Sanderson.

She will always be Great-grandma to Faith and Taylor Henley, Paris, Bree, Gavin and Myla Guenter, Faith and Anna Hubert, Zoe and Ryann Sanderson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 11 St S, Lethbridge, AB, with Canon James Robinson officiating.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) Foundation, Calgary Base, PO Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7.

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


Nov. 28, 1923 – Mar. 7, 2016

Beloved wife of the late William Kwiczak, passed away at Pentoka Companion Care in Penticton, BC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary spent the last four and a half years in the sunny Okanagan. She will be cremated and laid to rest beside Bill in Lethbridge at a later date. Mary is survived by two daughters, Kathy Pierzchala and Marilyn Kwiczak; two grandchildren Randi Duggan and Darren Pierzchala and six great grandchildren. She will be missed by all!

Condolences may be shared by visiting http://www.everdenrust.com


HENRY LAENEN, beloved husband of Teresita Laenen, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 85 years.

Henry is also survived by his children: William, Susan, Dave, Thomas, Angela and Matthew.

A Memorial Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13 Street North, Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:00 am with Reverend Lukas Drapal Celebrant.

Cremation by Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home.


ALMETA MATTHEWS, beloved wife of Wayne Matthews of Lethbridge, passed away on March 5, 2016 at the age of 74.

Funeral Services will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Ken Dosso officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Compassion Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


MRS. HENDRICA NIEUWENHUIS, beloved wife of the late Mr. Stan Nieuwenhuis, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the age of 91 years.

Born in Harlingen, Netherlands, she married Stan in 1950. They immigrated to Canada in 1952 and have resided in Lethbridge ever since. Hendrica is survived by three sons, Sam, John, Henry (Juliet), one daughter Nellie, nine grandchildren, Angela (Jamie), Jason, Brandon, Jocelyn (Adam), Kristin (Chad), Jaclyn (Eric), Michelle, Kurtis (Christina) and Kevin as well as 15 great- grandchildren. She is survived by several nieces and nephews in the Netherlands.

Hendrica was predeceased by one great-grandchild, as well as two brothers and two sisters in Holland.

A Memorial Service will be held at the MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Tony Maan officiating.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, prior to the Memorial Service at 12:00 P.M.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Luykenaar and to the staff at the Park Meadows Good Samaritan Society, for the loving care that they gave our Mom and Grandma during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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



Mary Varzari

1927 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Mary Varzari. Mary will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Mary married the love of her life, George, in 1949 and they were blessed to have over 66 years of happy married life. Together they had their son Glenn and daughter Cory. Mary was equally proud of and close to both of her children. But that did not complete their family. Mary welcomed Glenn’s wife Janice to their family as her second daughter. She dearly loved her granddaughters Jennifer (Nick Noronha) and Cara (Quintin Pike). It was a bonus for Mary to have the good fortune of welcoming her three great- grandchildren Kya, Omari and Reon into the family.

Mary was born June 2, 1927 in Djurow, Poland, the only child of Andrew and Sophie Oleksiuk. Andrew emigrated to Canada to start a new life for his family near Lethbridge. Mary was 10 years old when she and Sophie crossed the Atlantic by ship to join Andrew. Mother and daughter, neither of whom spoke English, arrived in Halifax and boarded a cross country train bound for Alberta. They disembarked in Winnipeg by mistake and were lost for some time, but being the resourceful women they were, figured out where they went wrong and eventually arrived in Lethbridge. Finally, the small family was reunited, but sadly Mary’s father passed away shortly after his family arrived. Mary and her mother had a very close and loving relationship. Mom and daughter lived together not just while Mary was growing up. Mary and George made their home Sophie’s home and she lived with them until her passing.

Although Mary attended school, learned English and the customs of her new country, and became a Canadian citizen, she remained intensely proud of her Ukrainian heritage. She spoke fluent Ukrainian and she continued throughout her life to stay connected with relatives and friends from her home village in the Old Country through letter writing, welcoming visitors into her home, and visiting the village. She learned well from her Mother the art of Ukrainian cooking. Mary’s cabbage rolls and perogies are famous and fought over.

Mary was passionate. Mary loved her family and friends with all her heart. Her famous family dinners were one of the ways she expressed her love. She would cook for days, and dinner was a banquet. She invited family, friends and neighbors. She was a gracious host and she would keep her guests in stitches with her witty story telling. Mary loved her home and took great pleasure in making it a place that was welcoming, comfortable and elegant. She excelled at gardening and worked tirelessly in her yard creating velvet grass and beautiful flowers. Mary lived for her time in Hawaii and she and George spent many happy winters there. Not surprisingly, they also held their amazing dinners for their Hawaii friends and visitors from home. Mary was an adventurous traveler: She, George and Cory enjoyed trips to many parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, Eastern Canada and Alaska. In her later years Mary continued her passion of spending time with her family and friends and telling her stories. As an adult Cory and Mary developed a very special bond. Cory was Mary’s close friend, help mate and partner in crime. Cory’s friend Larry became one of Mary’s supports and kept a close eye on Mary and George, for which the family is deeply grateful. Whether lunching with Cory and the girls, hanging out with George and visitors at the home and enjoying special family dinners, or having a nip with the girls at the condo, Mary had a great story to tell that was always funny and never short on poetic license.

A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held on Tuesday, March 15 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Anton’s Room at Lethbridge Lodge (320 Scenic Drive South) with a short program at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers a donation to YWCA Harbour House (604-8 Street South Lethbridge, T1J 2K1) is greatly appreciated.

Mary, we will always carry you in our hearts.

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