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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 9, 2016.

Samuel Bianchi

1940 – 2016

Sam Bianchi, son of the late Nick & Hilda (Ness) Bianchi, passed away at age 75, on Friday, August 5, 2016 at West Highland Centre in Lethbridge, AB with his siblings by his side.

Sam is survived by his children; daughter Kathy (Darin) Frers, and their children Sophia and Nicholas, son Tyler (Janet) Bianchi, and Tyler’s daughter Morgan; daughter Kyla (Paul) Maaker and their children Wyatt & Tessa. Connie, a family friend, and considered to be another daughter to Sam, took great care of him throughout the years. Also remembered by two brothers & two sisters; Tom (Yvonne) Bianchi, Cecil (Shirley) Bianchi, Rose (Russ) Barrows, Gladys (Stan) Bunyak and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by son Darren in 1968, his parents Nick and Hilda Bianchi and sister-in-law Dorothy (Tom) Bianchi.

Sam was born a cowboy, with a guitar in his hands and a song in his heart. He was passionate about country music, especially that of Merle Haggard and George Jones. His children remember fond moments of him entertaining them with his voice and guitar. Sam was born Nov. 16, 1940 on the family farm at Aden, east of Coutts, AB, the youngest of 5 children. School days were spent at Grassy Butte and Grain School. After grade 10, Sam helped his dad on the farm then worked at Ross Ranches. He later moved to Milk River where he worked for Paul Madge at the IH Garage. Nov. 7, 1964, he and Dianne (Di) Hummel were married in the United Church at Milk River, AB and remained together for 12 years. They began farming north east of Milk River. Shortly after, they relocated to Calgary where he became employed at a dry-cleaners, then Rundle Floors working for Rudy Miller (Harvey Miller’s brother), then dry walling for Bob Rennie, and lastly as a Commissionaire. Sam had given Di four wonderful children and a lifelong connection to the extended Bianchi family. Sadly, their 2 yr. old son Darren died of a croup attack in 1968. He was intensely proud of his children, spending time with them whenever possible. Sam was later married to Wendy Hendricks from 1980 – 1988. They resided in Flatbush, AB, where he and his brother Cecil, ranched for a few years. Sam later moved to Lethbridge, AB where he was also a caregiver for his mom Hilda, until she passed away at age 95.

His last years were spent comfortably at West Highland Centre which became a home he truly loved. The staff became his very good friends and felt like family to him. He loved them very much. He became the respectable, dependable last of the old cowboys.

Sam will always be remembered as a person who never left you feeling cold – be it with his thermostat or his sense of humour.

Cremation Resting Place at Archmount Cemetery, at his parent’s and son’s grave.

Sam touched many lives, however the family would appreciate a Private Funeral to be respected.

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


Edward Wojtowicz

1930 – 2016

Mr. Edward Wojtowicz, beloved husband of Martha Wojtowicz, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


HETESY

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


HOFER

SARAH M HOFER, went to be with her Lord our Savior, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

She read the Hutterite Bible, sang the Hutterite hymns; one song in particular, #235 from Gesang Buch – “Aline Und Doch Nicht Gaze Aliane,” and memorized and rehearsed Taufe Vers every evening before she went to bed.

She was never married but was a mother figure to many relatives, especially Lena Hofer. She was a grandmother figure to Abigail, Jordan, Reanna, Leeann, Lydia, Larissa, and Sarah, who was named after her, also Riley, Pauline, Rebecca and Emily. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. for an hour on the Sunnysite Colony. Interment will follow at the Sunnysite Cemetery.


KOPONYAS

JOAN PAULINE KOPONYAS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Albert Koponyas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


MANY CHIEFS

SANDRA JOY MANY CHIEFS passed away in Surrey, B.C. on July 20, 2016 at the age of 44 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, August 12 from 7:00 p.m. all night The Funeral Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday, August 13 at 11:00 am. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

Send condolences to:

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


Maria Grodzicky

1922- 2016

Mrs. Maria “Mary” Grodzicky of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Joseph Grodzicky, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


William “Bill” McMahon

1950 – 2016

Mr. William “Bill” McMahon of Coaldale, beloved spouse of the late Mrs. Joyce (Betty) Brousseau, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 years.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held for all of his friends and family at 1:30pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the KIN PICNIC SHELTER, 2304 16 Ave., Coaldale, AB.

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


VERNON KOPE (Vern)

August 20, 1944 – August 8, 2016

Vern passed away peacefully at Points West Living, Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 71 years.

Vern is survived by his loving family: brother, Ervin (Joanne), his nephews, Allen Kope & family; Wayne Kope & family; nieces Mary Ellen Elgin & family; and Leona Kope.

Vern is predeceased by his father, Peter Kope, his mother, Mary Kope and his brother, Allen Kope.

Vern will be fondly remembered and missed by the community of Coaldale as “Mr. Coaldale – mailman ” and by the Coaldale Copperheads Junior Hockey Team.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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