January 18th, 2021

SATURDAY, August 6, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 8, 2016.


DAWN LORRAINE BISHOP, passed away in Meridian, Idaho, surrounded by her children and grandchildren on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the age of 67 years.

Dawn is survived by her three children and eight loving grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Herb and Adrianne Bishop, sister-in-law Nola Bishop and her sweetheart Kirk McIlwraith.

Dawn was born on February 6, 1949 in Raymond, Alberta. She was the oldest of seven siblings. Dawn was a life-long artist who always saw the potential for good. She was a lover of nature and was devoted to her family. Dawn loved to read, and never went anywhere without a book! She would devour one novel after another. Dawn loved spending time down at the river, searching for her favourite rocks and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always loved a good adventure. She also loved to get to know anyone. She could start a conversation with a complete stranger and know everything about them within minutes. She had quite the gift. She loved to chat and had great concern for others.

A Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 260 E 200 N, Raymond, AB., on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:30 A.M.

Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery.

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


1986 – 2016

NICOLE ROSA LEE COOK, beloved daughter of Judy and Cyrl Cook, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at the age of 30 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


LYDIA HETESY, beloved wife of Bob Hetesy, of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

Besides her loving husband, Lydia is survived by her children, Deb (Don) Kovacs of Lethbridge, Dave (Patty) Hetesy of Coaldale and Doug Hetesy (Becky Little) of Lethbridge and grandchildren Marina Kovacs, Zakary and Juliah Hetesy and Morgan Zacharias-Hetesy (Sarah Gauthier). Lydia is also survived by her brother Ron Maack (Elaine Bonnett) of Calgary.

A Funeral Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 1:00 P.M., with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Following the reception interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Lydia, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Suite 4, 2308 – 24 Street S.W., Calgary, AB., T2T 5H8 or Kidsport Lethbridge & Taber, 1001 – 3 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 0J3.

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


OKAN HUNGRY WOLF, passed away suddenly on the Blood Reserve, on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the age of 43 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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



James Aitken Whitelaw passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan’s Park Meadows on July 28th, 2016 at the age of 92.

James is survived by his wife Joyce of 45 years and her children Greg and Lorraine, son Scott (Barb) Whitelaw, daughter Shelley Whitelaw, grandson Drayden Whitelaw, and numerous step grand children and great grand children.

No funeral will be held as per Jim’s wishes, he donated his body to science at the University of Calgary.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lethbridge Coast Hotel in the Continental Ballroom – 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South.


IVAN GARRY TALLOW passed away in Lethbridge on July 31, 2106 at the age of 54 years.

The Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, August 8th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, August 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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


KELLY LISA RABB, loving daughter of Doug and Lynda, passed away on August 4, 2016 at the Chinook Regional Hospital. She’s in the arms of the angels and not suffering anymore. We will miss you always, Kel! Your Mom and Dad Lynda and Doug. A private family graveside will be held.


Alexander Ress, 62, passed away on the evening of July 31, 2 0 1 6 at Shepherd’s Care Kensington in Edmonton, AB after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Please go to the web site http://serenity.ca/serenity- obituaries/alexander-ress/ to see full obituary

Simon Huszar

1925 – 2016

Simon Huszar of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Anne Ramias Huszar, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the age of 90 years. A private family service will be held.

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Georgia Louise Tomik

Georgia Louise Tomik (nee Rutledge), passed away peacefully on July 28th at the Pincher Creek Municipal Hospital, at the age of 90, after a brief illness. She was born in Fort Macleod to Mel and Erma Rutledge on June 3, 1926, a little sister for Shirley. Georgia grew up and attended school in Fort Macleod, graduating from high school in 1944. As a child, she enjoyed dance class, playing piano, Sunday school at Trinity United Church, swimming and skating on the Oldman River, and summers riding horses and playing with her cousins in the Beaver Creek area. She was a conscientious student and earned high grades. She had wanted to be a pharmacist, but university was out of reach, and she went to work at the Bank of Commerce in Fort Macleod, and later in Claresholm, returning to Fort Macleod. Georgia married George Tomik on November 3, 1951, and lived in a small holiday trailer at Vauxhall and worked at the bank there while George and his brother John worked on irrigation canals. Winters were spent mostly in Fort Macleod. Georgia gave birth to twin girls, Barbara and Bonnie, on Jan 5, 1956 in Fort Macleod. In the summer of 1958, George and Georgia moved to Pincher Creek, and resided there from that time. Georgia was busy with her family, keeping the books and answering the phone for George’s business, and community work. She was a charter member of the Royal Purple, and served as Honored Royal Lady and as treasurer and also as pianist for many years. Georgia liked to sew and lent her skills to the Figure Skating Club when costumes had to be made or altered. She sewed much of her own clothing, as well as outfits for the girls.

Georgia is survived by her daughters, Barbara Tomik and Bonnie (Larry) Boulton; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Cas Hyciek, her cousins, numerous nieces and nephews and close friends. She was predeceased by her father, Mel Rutledge, her mother and stepfather, Erma and Dick Jackman, her beloved husband, George, her sister Shirley Rutledge and brother-in-law Les Nash.

A Celebration of Georgia’s life will be held on Monday, August 8th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pincher Creek United Church (972 Police Ave, Pincher Creek). Memorial donations to Windy Slopes Health Foundation, (P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.)


September 16, 1925 – July 26, 2016

Peter Veenland, of Granum, passed away peacefully at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre on July 26, 2016 at age 90. Peter was born in Granum on September 16, 1925. He and his brother rode horses to country schools Balquhidder and Hollandale and finished in Granum. Later, he attended SAIT. Peter married Minnie Lantinga on July 3, 1947.

Peter farmed and ranched all of his life and was one of the original members of the Waldron Grazing Cooperative. He also grew commercial and registered seed oats and flax, which he sold at the Granum Seed Cleaning Plant. Peter also enjoyed curling and in the early 1960’s competed in the Brier curling play downs. Sadly, he was the last survivor of that competing curling team. He was also a whiz at word search puzzles. Together with his wife Minnie, they organized many bus trips in Canada and the USA.

Dad will be missed by his son Bryce; daughters Brenda (Menzo) and Cathy (Rod); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Minnie; son Lorne; parents Joe and Tjitske Veenland; in-laws George and Alice Lantinga; nephews Douglas Mackintosh and Art Plewes; brother-in-law Lew Postman; as well as Minnie’s siblings Emmeline Mackintosh, Rita Plewes, Sebo Lantinga, George Lantinga and Margaret Lantinga.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Willow Creek Funeral Home (4079-1 Street West, Claresholm).

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, interment will take place at the Granum Cemetery at 10:30 AM followed by a Funeral Service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (1818-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge) at 2:00 PM, with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Willow Creek Funeral Home, Claresholm. Tel: 403-625-3212. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at http://www.willowcreekfuneralhome.com

William and Margaret Golia

A Memorial Service will be held for William & Margaret Golia at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

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“…Well, I have finally slipped to the other side of the grass.”

It is with great sorrow that the family of BASIL WOODARD announce his death on the evening of August 3rd. He passed away peacefully and surrounded by family members at St. Michael’s Palliative Care.

He was born Christmas day 1927 to Vincent and Clara and took great pleasure in saying that his birthday was for just for “…me and Jesus…”. His early childhood took place on a prairie homestead farm during the Great Depression and WWII. The hardships and difficult times of that era were responsible for establishing the predominant aspects of his character. He was raised to have a strong work ethic and a commitment to family, all founded on a faith in God. Honesty, commitment, devotion and a close relationship with his siblings and cousins introduced in a wee bit o’ mischievousness. Those who knew him would all agree he had a passion for life. He had a desire to smile, share a “horn” and never tire of telling jokes, using colourful metaphors and stories.

In 1957 he married Roberta, and they began to build their lives and a family of three daughters and one son. Throughout his life he worked tirelessly to provide for his family with strength, dedication and perseverance. The family left their home in Weyburn and moved to Swift Current. There, Basil worked as a Surveyor and Assistant Engineer with the Provincial Government of Saskatchewan for 34 years. In 1984 he moved to Lethbridge to manage the new Torchinsky Engineering Ltd. Office.

They immediately began to plant roots and help establish St. Martha’s church on the west side and involved themselves in community work and volunteering. He was very active with the Knights of Columbus and offered more than a few of his evenings and weekends to their bingo fund-raising and up-keep of Camp Columbus in Waterton. Basil often recognized a need where others required help and would step up to the task. For many years he would help those at St. Michael’s Health Centre travel to and from their appointments.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Roberta, his children Carla Shaw, Colleen (Justin) Poff, Janice (Hugh) Tafel and Tim Woodard. His legacy also includes his grandchildren and their families; James & Erin Gerrie and their two children Ava and Ethan, Mark Gerrie, Garwin and Rebecca Poff and their two children Kyus and Katie, Amanda and Chad Gergely, Lindsay and Jeff Ransom, Samantha Poff, Tristan Tafel and Sophia Tafel. He is also survived by his brothers; Dennis (Laurette) Woodard and Lawrence (Margie) Woodard, his sisters Doris (Jack) Cullen, Margret Hennan and sister-in-law Shirley Woodard. Basil is predeceased by his brother George (Jess) Woodard and his sisters Rita and Liane.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB. on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father’s Dennis McDonald and James Hagel con-celebrating.

Basil’s family would like to extend a thank you and blessings to the staff at Chinook Regional Hospital, the team at the Alberta Renal Program unit as well as the staff at St. Therese Villa. A very special thank you goes to the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care for their exceptional level of care. We would also like to encourage all who have ever considered organ donation to please consider and discuss this with family members and register your intent online at the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry [https://myhealth.alberta.ca/pages/OTDRHome.aspx]

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

Carly Peterson
1980 – 2016
Carly Brooke Peterson, passed away in Calgary on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 35 years.
A private burial service will be held prior to the funeral service at the Barnwell Cemetery.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Carly will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her mother Gwen Thomas of Taber; father Randy Peterson of Barnwell; sister Janna Kunz of Taber and children Aynsley, Ashton and Alera; brother Jared (Abish) Peterson of Calgary and son Liam. She will also be remembered by her aunts and uncles, Dee (Bonnie) Peterson of Lethbridge, Jay (Marilyn) Peterson of Barnwell, Joanne O’Sullivan of Lethbridge, Harold Wescott of Calgary and by numerous cousins.
She was predeceased by her grandparents Glen and Mabel Peterson and Jerold and Thelma Wescott.
Carly was born in Lethbridge on December 8, 1980. She grew up in Barnwell and attended Barnwell School. In 1998 she graduated from W.R. Myers High School in Taber before moving to Lethbridge where she attended Lethbridge Community College where she studied Business Administration. Carly then moved to Calgary where she attended SAIT. In 2002 she graduated as an Electrical Engineering Technologist and soon after gained employment with O’Rourke Engineering Ltd. where she was employed until the time of her passing.
Carly loved to travel. She experienced many places around the world, some of which she did on her own, which surprised many of us as she was quite reserved.
Carly enjoyed the great outdoors and being active. She tried to get out and do as much as possible; camping, paddleboarding, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, running races and many more. Being an Auntie gave Carly great joy and she loved to share her adventures with them. She was the fun Auntie as she always had something planned, rain or shine.
Carly’s other great love was volleyball. She played it all year long and on a variety of teams.
Carly was feisty and strong yet quiet and reserved and did not like to be fussed over, qualities which she demonstrated especially over the last two weeks of her life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Carly’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7 http://www.cancer.ca or to the charity of one’s personal choosing.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Jean Jensen
1946 – 2016
Jean Elizabeth Jensen, beloved wife of the late Ron Jensen, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the age of 70 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, August 12, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. To view the complete obituary or to send condolences, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Those who wish may send their memories of Jean directly to the family by email at memoriesofjeanjensen@gmail.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Alfred Hirch
1926 – 2016
Alfred Hirch, beloved husband of Elizabeth Hirch, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 90 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.


Immaculate “Imma” Fowler (nee Kaupp) passed away peacefully, June 30, 2016 at Vernon, B.C. hospital, surrounded by family at the age of 81 years.
Inurnment to take place at Archmount Cemetery, 2650 Westside Dr., West, Lethbridge on Fri. Aug 12, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Melanson, Paige Shawna

September 21, 1998 – July 26, 2016
It is with soulful sadness that Paige’s family announce her passing following an automobile accident in Lethbridge, Alberta. Paige’s mother, Sheila French, her sister, Kylee Easton (nee French), would like everyone to know their deep gratitude for the support from friends, family, and community. Your expressions of condolence and love, as well as your acts of kindness, have provided much comfort through this confusing and sorrowful time. You helped us face what we could not conceive.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life to be held at the Galt Museum Viewing Gallery on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7 PM. There will be opportunity for everyone to share memories of Paige, who touched so many across her short 17 years.
Donations in remembrance can be made to the Southern Alberta Organ & Tissue Donation Program (C/O Foothills Medical Center, 1403 – 29th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9), and/or STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service – http://www.stars.ca).

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