January 24th, 2021

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 27, 2016.

Alex Goertz

1928 – 2016

With sadness the family announces that Alex Goertz passed away on May 24, 2016.

He was born on February 18, 1928 to Paulina and Wilhelm Goertz in Josestahl, Ukraine. He had one older brother Johann. He immigrated to Germany in 1943 with his mother and met Elfrida Hass in Herborn, Germany and they were married in 1952. They both immigrated to Canada in 1953 with their extended families.

Alex had taken his bricklayer training in Germany and then continued as a bricklayer in Lethbridge for 35 years. He retired in 1988 and enjoyed working in the yard, doing handyman projects around the home and travelling, especially to Hawaii.

Alex and Elfrieda had 3 children Ursula (Ron) Boschman, Harry (Deb) and Eric. They have 4 grandchildren Ryan (Carrie) Boschman, Tyler (Carissa) Boschman, Matt (Lacey) Goertz, Brady Goertz and 9 great- grandchildren.

Family & friends are invited to pay their respects 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at COALDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2006 20 Street, Coaldale, AB. Interment to follow in the Coaldale Community Cemetery.

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CAMPBELL, Gordon Ray

March 21, 1928 – May 21, 2016

It is with great sadness the family of Gordon Ray Campbell announces his passing at High River, AB. on May 21, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

Gordon is survived by his wife Elsie (married 62 years), his children Ian (Kathy), Laurie, Ross (Paula), and his grandchildren Peter, Kristin, Eric and Craig.

Gordon was born on the farm just outside of Burdett, Alberta on March 21, 1928. He left the farm in the fall of 1948 to pursue his education. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1952 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1955 working in many different capacities until his retirement in June 1990.

Gordon worked hard throughout his life but always found time to do the things he enjoyed such as spending time with family and friends, travelling, camping and the outdoors, woodworking and photography. His motto was “I like what I do and I do what I like to do”.

At Gordon’s request no funeral service will be held.

Donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary 201, 222-58 Avenue SW. Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 or High River Hospital Foundation 560-9 Avenue West High River, AB. T1V 1B3.

To email condolences please visit snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes Ltd. Okotoks (403) 938-3111.

Chief Master Sergeant Ronald Jones Lowry (Retired – US Air Force)

Born July 27, 1963 in Provo, Utah – Died May 18, 2016 in Denver,


Ronald Lowry passed away suddenly in the Colorado University Hospital while undergoing a liver transplant.

He is survived by his loving wife Teresa Riehl Lowry and their two children, Tanner and Tara Lowry. Also surviving are parents, David and Carol Lowry of Magrath, Alberta, Canada; Brother Brent Lowry, Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister-in-law Sheila Lowry, Magrath, Alberta; Brothers Mark (Geri) Lowry, Evans, Georgia; Kenneth Lowry (twin), Magrath, Alberta; Brian (Christina) Lowry, Aurora, Colorado; Trevor (Jeannie) Lowry, Ogden, Utah; and Keith Lowry, Magrath, Alberta; Sisters, Suzanne (Kelly) Lowry, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Karen (Mark) Davidson, Edmonton, Alberta. He was met on the other side by his brothers Scott and Richard, his grandparents and many loving relatives.

Ron was raised in Magrath, Alberta where he received his elementary and high school education. He excelled in both mathematics and the sciences.

Ron served an eighteen month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Los Angeles California Mission in 1982-3.

He married Teresa on August 16, 1985 in the Cardston Alberta Temple.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant , the highest rank for enlisted airmen. He served one tour of duty in Desert Storm.

He was active in his church and served as Bishop in his ward while stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. He also served in the Stake High Council in the Colorado East Stake; as Stake Financial Auditor and as a missionary in the Colorado State Prison system.

He was very self-motivated. He achieved his Bachelors Degree in Accounting on line and worked as a tax preparer in the military and for H & R Block.

Ron was a man of very few words but a giant in action. He was a man of integrity, devotion, duty and faith. Above all he treasured his wife and his children.

There will be a memorial service to honor Ron on Thursday, May 26th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5485 Hopalong Trail, Colorado Springs.

Evelyn Mary Payne

September 13, 1921 – April 28, 2016

Our mother loved a good joke, took great pleasure in playing piano and singing, but most of all she loved people. Evelyn (Lynn) Mary Payne, a proud resident of the Kipnes Veterans Centre, passed away April 28, 2016 at the age of 94 years.

Born on September 13th 1921, Lynn grew up in Eastbourne, Sussex, England. She studied nursing, but before graduating chose to join the British army. Stationed at Benfleet she was a member of the 461 Searchlight Battery, Royal Sussex Regiment. It was during the war she met and married a Canadian, Robert (Bob) Oliver Payne. While England was her birthplace, Canada became her true home.

Lynn and Bob started their life together in the Crowsnest Pass and over the years lived in British Columbia and Alberta. In Kimberley B.C. they owned a bus line, and Lynn was one of the first women licenced to drive the large buses. Moving to Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass in 1967, they returned to the place they loved most. Lynn became an integral member of the community establishing life-long friendships.

At age 87, Lynn’s arthritis dictated that she no longer drive and she moved to Edmonton to be closer to her family. She embraced her new home, making new friends. When the arthritis required new decisions, Lynn moved to the Kipnes Veterans Centre.

Left to celebrate Lynn’s life are her children, Eric (Lyn) Payne of Adelaide South Australia, Boyd (Lynette) Payne of Calgary Alberta, Maureen Ondrus of Edmonton Alberta; her grandchildren, Danielle, Jordana, Jared, Dan, Josh, Cathy, Alison and Alex; her great grandchildren, Liana, Sophia, Elijah, Grayson, Zach, Carter and William; her brother, David (Takami) Weaver of St Albans England; her nieces and nephew, Janet, Martin and Charlotte; and extended family and loving friends.

She was predeceased by her much loved husband Bob; her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Alan Harris; her parents, Frank and Dorothy Weaver; and her son-in-law, Ted Ondrus.

A special thank you to the staff at Kipnes for their respect, kindness and care for Lynn, and to all serving military, past and present, for their dedication and commitment.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Memorial Harmony (10541 – 81 Ave. Edmonton) on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Hers was a life well lived, full of laughter, and her life enriched all of ours. Go in Peace.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website http://www.hainstockedmonton.com.


REECE L GLINES, beloved husband of Rea Glines, passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, May 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE WEST STAKE CENTRE, 560 Highlands Blvd. West, Lethbridge.

Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

Bernice Gyorkos (nee Pytlarz)

May 17, 1931 ~ May 24, 2016

Bernice Mary Gyorkos of Medicine Hat, formerly of Lethbridge, passed  away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 24, 2016,  at the age of 85 years.  Besides her loving husband, Stephen Aloysius,  Bernice is survived by her daughter, Janice (John) Laing of Medicine  Hat and her twin granddaughters, Stephanie and Jillian Laing.  She  will also be deeply missed by her sister, Adele Pogue (David) of  Calgary and her sister-in-law, Glenda Pytlarz of Lethbridge as well as  her nieces, Jane, Ruth, Luann and Marie and nephews, Bob and Tom, who  were all very dear to her.  She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph  and Joanna Pytlarz and brother, Joseph Pytlarz Jr.  Bernice was born  in Travers, Alberta on May 17, 1931.  When she was a child the family  moved to Lethbridge where she continued to reside until moving to  Medicine Hat in 2010.  Bernice married Steve in Lethbridge on August  26, 1971 and their marriage was blessed with the birth of their  daughter, Janice.  During the years she lived in Lethbridge, she  worked as a secretary at the Lethbridge Separate School Board and the  University of Lethbridge.  Bernice had many interests throughout her  life some of which included sewing and cooking.  She was an avid  seamstress, crafter, and knitter and had an excellent style and  taste.  Bernice was an amazing cook and enjoyed hosting many family  holidays and gatherings over the years. She will be remembered for her  warm heart and loving, gentle personality and had a special  relationship with her granddaughters who she loved dearly and her  spirit will live on through them.  Our family would like to thank the  nurses and aides from Homecare that helped care for Bernice over the  last two years.  We are also grateful for the care she received at  Riverview Care Center over the past six months.  Cremation has taken  place.  A Celebration of Bernice’s life will take place in Medicine  Hat and Lethbridge at a later date.  (Condolences may be expressed by  visiting our website at  http://www.cooksouthland.com)  Memorial donations in  Bernice’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society, 201,  770 – 6 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7E6.

Joyce Cook (Twedt) 1926 -2016

Joyce passed away May 24th at the Aspen Ridge Lodge in Didsbury.

She was born Sept 2 1926 in Calgary to Ruth and Alec McDowall.

She was predeceased her husband of 45 years Don Cook and her brother Ken McDowall.

Joyce is survived by her children Laurie (Glenda) Twedt, Wendy Davies (Vince) And Tom Twedt.

Also by her Grandchildren: Clifton, Jeffrey, Gregory, Jeremy, Phillip, Amanda and Calvin Twedt.

Stephan, Sean and Cory Davies and Jenaya.

In 1947 Joyce Married Wilf Twedt from the Carmangay area where they resided until 1954 when they moved to Sundre.

After Wilf and Joyce parted ways in 1964 Joyce Married Don Cook and they opened clothing stores in Sundre.

After retiring they moved to Creston and for 21 years enjoyed winters on the desert.

In 2001 they decided to move closer to their children so they relocated to Didsbury where they resided until their passing.

A family memorial will be held at a future date.



It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Wray Kenney of Blairmore, Alberta, May 19, 2016 in the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre at the age of 87 years. Wray was born December 27, 1928 in Lethbridge and was raised in the Coaldale area.

Papa to his grandkids and “Ole” Wray to the rest of us will be remembered for his wit, sense of humour, and strong opinions about anything you would care to discuss including aircraft, cars, politics, and computers. Conversations were very important.

Wray was a well respected and hard-working entrepreneur. Owner of a Pepsi-Cola distributorship for 37 years and prior to that, Sales Manager at CJLH TV were among his many careers.

Wray enjoyed times at the Kootenay Lake place and holidays in Mexico, as well as other countries. He loved music, especially jazz, Sinatra, Bing, Ella and classical.

Memberships in the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club, Blairmore Lions Club, Blairmore Legion, and Masonic Lodge #30 were most enjoyable to him. Wray volunteered in fund-raising for various causes. His strong personality helped him to take his health challenges head-on. He loved his family. Even a little bragging occurred.

He is survived by Kay(nee Phillips) his loving wife of 62 years; his beloved children, Terry (Laurie) Kenney, Scott Kenney(Norway), Shannon Joseph and Brent Kenney; his cherished grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Per William, Catherine, Sarah(of Norway), Joey, Joel, Jessie, Josiah and Corey. He is also survived by his brothers, Bert(Shirley) Kenney, Murph(Sandy) Kenney, Bill(Linda) Kenney, and his sister Doreen(Richard) Chollack; brothers-in-law, Wayne Anderson, Peter(Marion) Pascal and Alf(LuRene) Phillips; and by numerous nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his sister Donna Anderson.

The Celebration honouring Wray’s life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Crownest Pass Curling Club Hall (8702-22 Ave) in Coleman.

Donations in memory may be directed to the CNP Health Fdn, Box 510, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0. Condolences and further information may be found at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. 1 (877) 896-8555.

Dora Kinzell
1918 – 2016

Dora Ruth Kinzell, beloved wife of the late Bud Kinzell, passed away in Taber on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the age of 97 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with great sadness and joyful relief we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, WILLIAM “BILL” KRIKKE at the age of 88 years old.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge Alberta, on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Tony Maan officiating.

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


ANTONETTA LUBBERS, beloved wife of the late Herman Lubbers, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at the age of 97 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

Wayne Robert May

1950 – 2016

Wayne Robert May of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Gerda, and dear father to Cherie, passed away after a lengthy illness at Legacy Lodge on May 22, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

Besides his loving family, Wayne is survived by sister Crystal (Maurice); brothers Dale (Carol) and Paul (Rhonda), many nieces and nephews, as well as his daughter Patricia and family; son James.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents Walter and Diana, and his beloved sister Sam.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Rev. A.A. Brugge, officiating. Interment will take place in the Royal View Cemetery, 5310 13 St N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 6P4

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


MICKEY MORIYAMA, beloved husband of Jackie Moriyama, of Lethbridge, AB passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 84 years.

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

Mr. Cliff Williams

1940 – 2016

Mr. Cliff Williams of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Brenda Williams, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Mr. Jack Irvine

1935 – 2016

Mr. Jack Irvine of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Peggy Irvine, passed away at the Good Samaritans on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the age of 80 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the ELKS HALL in Picture Butte. Please dress casual as Jack would have wanted it that way.

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Allan Pard – Mi’kskimmiisoka’simii “Iron Shirt” beloved husband of Charlene Wolfe of the Piikani Nation was called home to the Creator on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 64 years. A two-day wake service will be held at Piikani Community Hall on Saturday May 28, 2016 beginning at 5pm and continuing through Sunday. A Funeral Service will be held at Piikani Community Hall on Monday May 30, 2016 at 11:00am. Interment to follow at Piikani Nation Cemetery.


JOHANNES “JOHN” SCHIMANSKI passed away at his home at Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


VIRGINIA SINCLAIR, beloved wife of the late David Sinclair, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 94 years. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5314-54 Street, Taber. Interment to follow in the Taber Memorial Gardens.


KEN VAN ESVELD, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at the age of 55 years.

He is survived by his son Jeremy Van Esveld, of Calgary, as well as his father Gerald Van Esveld and his two sisters, Willetta (Andy) Oudman and Joanne (Henk) Van Roekel, all of Lethbridge, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ken is also remembered by his girlfriend Patty Zielke.

He was predeceased by his daughter Melissa Van Esveld, his mother Winnie Van Esveld, and his brother Henry Van Esveld.

Ken was born December 11, 1960 in Lethbridge. He was a hard working farmer in the McNally area. Ken thoroughly enjoyed his home on the Shuswap. Spending time on his boat on the lake was a favourite pastime. He was proud to be a volunteer firefighter for Tappen Fire Department. Ken was a good father who cared a lot about his family. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Ken, donations may be made to the Tappen Fire Department, 3732 Sunnybrae- Canoe Point Road, Tappen, British Columbia, V0E 2X0.

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

VIVIAN KNOX Feb 22, 1917 – May 17, 2016

Celebration of Life Friday, June 3rd at The Seniors Center downtown at 3:00 pm.

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