January 20th, 2021

FRIDAY, August 12, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 12, 2016.


Kenneth “Ken” Howard November 9, 1951 – August 5, 2016

Kenneth “Ken” Howard Chervinski passed away at the Sarcee Hospice after a short battle with cancer at the age of 64 years. Taken from us too soon, Ken was a beloved father to his 2 Children, Robyn Calvert (Thomas) and Riley Chervinski (Natasha), proud Papa to Logan Calvert, middle son to Buella and Ab Chervinski, brother to Jean and Leonard “Butch”, and Uncle to Jason. He was a dear old friend to many and made a point throughout his life to keep in touch with all those he knew sometimes by just popping in, or with a funny birthday card, or a colourful joke or story to tell, and his annual August Barbeque to show what a green thumb he had and share the bounties of his vegetable garden with his talent for cooking. The family will be holding a private celebration for Ken’s life on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Lethbridge where he resided after his retirement from a life time career at Telus. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199

Clinton “Clint” Konynenbelt

2000 – 2016

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”

Clinton Wesley Konynenbelt, beloved son of Jason & Susy, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 16 years.

Clinton was born May 2, 2000; a new brother for Ryan and Brendan. He was raised on the family farm and took pride in working next to his Dad, brothers, Grandpa and Uncle; all who will miss him greatly. He went to Immanuel Christian School but enjoyed socializing with his friends more than doing his schoolwork. He was actively involved in the Nobleford Christian Reformed Church in the Cadets and Youth programs, as well as the local Beef 4-H Club, Coulee Kickers Soccer and Christian Rec Hockey. Clinton enjoyed working outside and working with his hands. He loved life and always had a mischievous grin on his face and sparkle in his eyes. Clinton was planning on beginning the RAP program in Mechanics this Fall and to eventually go to Lethbridge College for Ag Mechanics, while continuing to work on the farm.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we are all thankful with the assurance of salvation, that Clint is enjoying Heavens’ glory!

Thank you to the local paramedics, the neighbours, the boys who stayed by his side, and to STARS for all that you did. Thank you to Foothills ICU Doctors & Nurses for the excellent care and for treating him with dignity right to the end of his life. Thank you as well to the numerous family and friends who showed their love and support with hospital visits, messages and prayers. The Communion of the Saints was truly felt and appreciated.

Clinton is survived by his loving parents Jason & Susy; siblings Ryan (Willena), Brendan, Logan & Carmen; great grandmother Klaaske Procee; grandparents Bruce & Susie Konynenbelt; Uncles & Aunts Shawna (Paul) Payson, Stacey Konynenbelt, Keith (Anneke) Konynenbelt; grandparents Tony & Aly Heins; Uncles & Aunts Carol (Lyle) Ypma, Arlene (Don) Feenstra, Marion (Dennis) Indenbosch, Paula (Calvin) Konynenbelt, Mike (Rhonda) Heins; along with numerous cousins and extended family. Clinton is predeceased by his brother Nathan and cousin Andrew Indenbosch.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Immanuel Christian High School Trades Program for their mechanic’s program – a program that Clinton loved and planned to pursue further studies in. Donations can be made out to the Society For Christian Education in Southern Alberta, 802 – 6th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB., T1H 0S1.

A Celebration of Clinton’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Ave., Nobleford, AB., with Pastor Jim Zondervan & Pastor Bryan Lanting, officiating.

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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. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday, August 12, 2016 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB., with Father Ian Gagne, officiating.

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Jonas Hurnanen

1932 – 2016

Mr. Jonas Hurnanen of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 84 years young. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, August 15, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., Layne Johnson officiating.

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James Norman “Jim” Killoran, beloved husband of Rosemary Killoran, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2016 at the age of 78 years. Besides his loving wife Rosemary, Jim will be lovingly remembered by his children Mike (Louann) Killoran, Marrilynne (Ryan) Harry, Dan (Waco) Killoran, Kimberley Coonfer; five grandchildren Johnathan (Diane), Evan, Jamee, Shanae and Kenzie; brother Terry (Iris), sister Alexis (John) Wiigs and sister in law- Edna Killoran as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Jim was predeceased by his first wife Kay, father Alex, his mom Gladys, and his brother Orley. James Norman Killoran was born to parents Alex and Gladys 1938. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed in Halifax. In the 1970’s, Jim was employed by Pincher Farm Equipment, and soon with his brothers, Orley, and Terry, they bought the company. Jim was active in the community, belonging to the fire department for 20 years and was chief for 7 years. He was a proud supporter and member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In later years, Jim owned Pincher Safety Services and serviced the surrounding communities with locks & alarms. Jim was not afraid to take on any challenge, and was very handy around the house, and garage…….. Unfortunately, he did not pass on these skills to all of his children. If he could not repair something, it was not worth fixing. He traveled to a number of different places, to both the east & west coast of Canada, United States, Europe, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Hawaii, and Cuba, however he most enjoyed traveling to family & friends camp sites. Jim was a friendly man that was well known and numerous people would seek out his advice. Jim spent the last few years camping & visiting with friends & family, and recently discovered the wonder of online shopping & Amazon.ca. The one thing that never changed for the last 53 years – Jim & Rose were inseparable doing almost everything together. A Memorial Service will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43 (691 Main Street, Pincher Creek) on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:00pm. Memorial Donations in Jim’s name may be made directly to a Charity of Ones Choice.


RUSSELL IRWIN “RUSS” LUNNEY, of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a wife, daughter, mother, sister, auntie, cousin, and a friend. SANDRA JOY MANY CHIEF passed on into the spirit world to begin her new journey with our creator on July 20, 2016 at her home in Surrey, B.C at the age of 44. Sandra was born in Yakima Washington, USA on January 28, 1972 to the proud parents of Cecil Many Chief and Mary-Rose (Big Sorrel Horse) Many Chief. From birth Sandra and her parents travelled into the U.S, southern Alberta, and to British Columbia seeking employment. Eventually they settled in Alberta on the Blood Reserve where Sandra and her siblings started their education. They attended school on the Blood Reserve, as well as Lethbridge, Alberta. During this time she was living amongst her relatives, Sandra attended many pow-wows, family outings, and the Sundance with her relatives. As a child, Sandra grew special bonds with some of her family whom she took as a brother or sister. Going into her teen years, she moved to Vancouver with her mother and siblings where they often travelled to different areas of B.C to seek employment during the summers and into the fall. Sandra had good work ethics which she gained through watching and learning from her aunties, uncles, mother and, younger sibling, which she passed down to her family as well. Sandra made friends easily because of her good nature and sense of humour. Sandra had a lot of love and a big heart for everyone she came across, some she would not know, but was always willing to give what she could, especially to those that we’re in need or less fortunate. Towards the end of her life Sandra and her husband Darren Murphy raised their niece/daughter Jessica Many Chief (Brown) where she got more in touch with her cultural side.

Sandra met Darrin Murphy, the love of her life, around June of 2001. Together, they started to build a home and family. They both worked hard to maintain their home, and in their free time, Sandra and Darrin would often go for drives to go sightseeing, if not camping or family outings, always along with her mother, siblings, nieces and nephews.

Sandra and Darrin lived in Surrey, BC for the last 13 years. During these years, Sandra graduated from Culinaary Arts. She loved cooking and preparing different dishes. She later took numerous parenting courses when the second love of her life was born – Little Jessica Many Chiefs/Brown. (Her niece) She pursued guardianship which was granted. From there, they took little Jessica to raise as their own child. She often spoke fondly of her Jessica, planning her future with Darrin and her daughter. She enjoyed teaching and showing little Jessica about our traditional ways and culture. She loved her mother dearly and also cared for her. She loved and was proud of her siblings, nieces & nephews and tried to help them with their lives as they they were starting to graduate and encouraged them to pursue their education. She was part of the Aakaipokaiksi Clan of the Blood Tribe.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Darrin Murphy; daughter little Jessica Many Chief/Brown; mother Mary-Rose Many Chiefs; siblings Anita Scout, Jessie Many Chiefs, Ruben Many Chief/Black Plume; nieces Rolanda, Chanelle, Janea, Makala, Rita, Natasha, Jessica, Nicole & Dawn; nephews Nicolas, Kelly (Bud), Jeremy, R.J., Kelly, Dwayne, Roland, Kevin and Vince Jr.; Aunties May (Pete Knife) Tallow, Theresa (Ken) Scout, Santanita Many Chief; adopted brothers and sisters – Lawrence (Angela) Big Sorrel Horse , Tina Tallow, Karen (Bedford) Pard, Curtis White Man Left.

Sandra was predeceased by her father, Cecil Many Chief; brothers Kelly Many Chief, Alroy Creighton, Ivan Tallow, Horace Black Plume; grandparents John Many Chief Sr & Mary Striped Wolf and Bob Big Sorrel Horse & Violet Creighton; uncles/aunties Ray & Adeline Many Chief, John Many Chief Jr, Nora Scout, Cecil Tallow, Alphonse White Man Left, Oliver & Lita Big Sorrel Horse, Robert & Dora Big Sorrel Horse, Kenyon Big Sorrel Horse, Percy Big Sorrel Horse, Florence, Lily, and Virginia Big Sorrel Horse, Marina Rides At The Door.

Sandra comes from a large family and had many relatives such as: Big Sorrel Horse, Creighton, Eagle Bear, Knife, Tailfeathers, Davis, Plume, Weasel Fat, Shade, Red Crow, McQuire, Raw Eater, Brass, Many Chief, Striped Wolf, First Charger, Eagle Plume, Day Chief and King. (The Family apologizes if we missed any names)

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. The Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, August 12th from 7:00 p.m. all night The Funeral Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday, August 13th at 11:00 am. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Richard Husch

1933 – 2016

Mr. Richard Husch, husband of the late Wilma Husch, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the age of 82 years.

Richard was born in Oeisheim, Germany to his parents Peter & Elfriede. Richard’s family immigrated to Canada in 1953 and eventually settled in Lethbridge in the early 60’s.

Richard is survived by his sons John (Crystal), and Roy (Ev); grandchildren Brett and Karlee; loving brother John (Lissy) Husch; sisters Maria (John) Lothian, and Elfriede (Bob) Sanford; sister-in-law Ida (Rod) Cline; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard is predeceased by his wife Wilma; his son Daniel; and his parents.

Richard took great pride in his sons, their wives and especially his grandchildren.

Richard had a passion for gardening and enjoyed camping, fishing and most sports, but he especially loved soccer and curling. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and members of the German Canadian Club.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, August 15, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 300, 1301 – 8 St. SW., Calgary, AB T2R 1B7.

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IRA TAILFEATHERS, beloved husband of Rosie Jane, passed away at home on August 9th, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, August 14th at 5:00 p.m. The Wake Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Sunday, August 14th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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


TERRY WILLIAM THORNHILL, beloved son of David and Jacqueline Thornhill, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 36 years. Friends may meet the family on Monday, August 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the LDS – Knight Street Chapel in Raymond, or prior to the funeral service on Tuesday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, Raymond. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.


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, Butch Kope and 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.

Walter Shaskin

1927 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wesley (Walter) Shaskin on August 8, 2016 at the age of 89 years. Wesley was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by everyone who knew him. He leaves behind his wife Olga and children; Igor (Julie) Shaskin, Laura Shaskin, Linda (Steve) Hirlehey, all of Lethbridge, and beloved grandchildren Andrew and Evan Shaskin and Samantha Hirlehey. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Vera Shaskin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Wesley was pre-deceased by his grand-daughter Madison Hirlehey and his brothers, John Shaskin and Stephen (Helen) Shaskin.

Dad was born January 22, 1927 in Mariupol, Ukraine, a small town in a Greek colony not far from the Black Sea. Born to Constantine and Elizabeth Shaskin, he was the youngest of three boys. Life changed drastically with a Communist regime and a World War. These world changing events were a threat to a family raised on the ideals of freedom and democracy. Along with his parents and brothers, Dad fled his homeland in 1944. They made their way through several war torn countries, mountainous terrain and the threat of capture by Nazi forces. They set their sights on reaching Allied forces, first meeting the U.S. forces leading the advance east. Unfortunately, during that trek Dad saw the loss of his mother in Graz, Austria.

After some time in Munich, Germany at a U.S. Military base, father and sons found passage aboard the Greek ship S.S. Nea Hellas leaving from Italy and a placement in southern Alberta, contracted to work on a farm. In May 1950, Dad and his family arrived in Canada through Pier 21 in Halifax, along with many other immigrants. They carried with them few belongings, a strong work ethic, the hopes and dreams for a better life and an entrepreneurial spirit that would define that generation.

That contract to work ‘on the beets’ soon became a job swinging a hammer high in the rafters of the grain elevators that sprung up all over Alberta. With money earned, brother John first left to purchase a gravel truck. This eventually led to an opportunity for the purchase of a small construction company located in Parkland, from Ira and Phyllis Jones. In November 1963, Walter along with brothers John and Stephen, became partners in Willow Creek Sand & Gravel Co. Ltd. which continues to operate as a family business today. Dad met Olga Zuk at a wedding where they were both in the bridal party. They dated and in February of 1955 they wed, celebrating 61 years of marriage this past February.

Most of his life he was working six days a week and on the road, so his past-times were simple. “Hockey Night in Canada”, meant settling down in his easy chair and cheering on his teams. He had a passion for discussion. He loved to sit down, a rum and coke in hand and discuss the current events of the day. He didn’t have hobbies but had many talents from ballroom dancing to arm wrestling! Dad loved traveling to Hawaii every February with Mom. Relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun and spending time with his friends and the Hawaiian regulars. The only bad thing was missing the grandkids so much!

Dad was devoted to his family. When he retired from his business at the age of 74, his life was focused on advising, helping and supporting the family he loved so dearly. This might have been in the form of giving business advice to his son and daughters, teaching a grandson to drive, taking a grandson to a hockey game in some far off town in the dead of winter, entertaining a little granddaughter while she lay in her hospital bed or picking up a little granddaughter from school at the end of the day. He always supported his son and daughters in their own ventures, later doing the same for his grandchildren. He attended every game, concert, play or event he could. He proudly cheered on his grandchildren. He was there for them, always.

Dad was an example of what a man should be; good and kind, strong and loving, hard working and dependable. He was a man of integrity and a man of his word. He lead by example and he instilled these valuable qualities in his children and grandchildren. We love you and we will miss you ‘Deid’, always.

We would like to express our thanks to Sharon Penton RN, and all the staff at Adaptacare, Cedar Creek for attending to Dad’s needs in his last weeks. Your professionalism and sincere kindness was truly appreciated.

Prayers will be held at 7:00pm, on Monday, August 15, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with RT. REV. FR. Taras Krochak presiding.

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