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SATURDAY, August 13, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 15, 2016.

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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

Marvin Christensen
1931 – 2016
Marvin Christensen, beloved husband of the late Louise Christensen, passed away in Taber on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 84 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.


VIRGINIA CROOK beloved wife of the late Francis Crook passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Virginia is survived by her children: Doug (Cathy) Crook of Pincher Creek, Joanne (Allan) Crook of Priddis, Byron (Cyndie) Crook of Stony Plain, and Stan Crook of Lethbridge. She is also survived by son-in-law Murray (Charlotte) Taylor of Winnipeg. Virginia is survived by 9 grandchildren,13 great grandchildren, sister Marion Petersen and a cousin and special friends Mary and Marty Hyder. Besides her husband Francis Crook, Virginia was also predeceased by her brother Gordon Carlson, her daughter Bev Taylor, and grandchildren Corey and Stefanie. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Memorial donations may be made to Southern Alberta Community Living Association, 401-21 A. Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 6L6 or to the Special Olympics Alberta, 230-207-13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2R6.


STANLEY JAMES “JIM” EDWARDS, passed away peacefully at home in Lethbridge, AB on August 9th, 2016 at the age of 74 years.

Jim was married 49 years to Maxine and together had and are lovingly remembered by their 3 daughters: Cheryl (Rob), Maureen and Heather (Jaysun) as well as nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren with another to be born soon. Also left to cherish his memory are his sister, Joan (Chuck) and three brothers, Ken, Rick (Naomi) and Doug.

He was predeceased by his parents, Stan and Etta Edwards as well as his brothers, Fred and Robert.

Jim was born in Victoria, B.C. on January 18, 1942. His early years were spent in Okotoks and High River, AB with time spent in Air Cadets, playing hockey with the High River Flyers and curling. He was a member of the High River Fire Dept. and enjoyed participating in hose laying competitions with his fellow fire fighters.

Jim was active in many community clubs, golfing, camping and playing in the World’s Senior Softball Games. He was a good friend, meeting regularly with his coffee buddies, his Sunday morning breakfast crew and his neighbourhood BBQ family.

His friends, colleagues and family will remember him as a hard working and dedicated business owner who went above and beyond to please those he came in contact with. A man of many talents, Jim was successful and proud of his accomplishments and diversified work experiences. Even after he retired , he spent many years long haul truck driving until health issues forced him once again into retirement. A thrilling moment came many years ago while employed with Gulf Oil; he became an honorary crew member for the Snowbirds Formation Fighter Jets Team with the job of fueling their jets for the Lethbridge Air Show. To this day, an autographed photo, signed by the Snowbird members of that time, adorns the wall in his home.

As per Jim’s request there will be no formal Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to S.T.A.R.S., (1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7), who were instrumental in saving his life many years ago.

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

Harvey William “Bill” Thompson

1942 – 2016

Mr. Harvey William “Bill” Thompson of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the age of 73 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Alfred Hirch
1926 – 2016
Alfred Hirch, beloved husband of Elizabeth Hirch, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 90 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 4619 – 56 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Jonas Hurnanen

1932 – 2016

On August 10, 2016, Jonas Hurnanen came to the end of his journey after a long and courageous fight with a series of illnesses at the age of 84 years young. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife and sweetheart Marie, daughter Mikayla, and son Justin. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Eileen Landa, and brother, Roy (Marlyn) Hurnanen, as well as his many treasured nieces and nephews. He will also be dearly missed by his in-laws Joe (Arlene) Keller and Marlene (Allan) Kaupp and their sons Bryce and Brock.

Jonas was predeceased by his infant sister, Iona Mae (1953), father John (1953), mother Eileen (2000), brother in-law Delbert Johnson (2001), brother in-law Saul Landa (2009), and sister Lila Johnson (2011).

Jonas was born on the family farm at Black Spring Ridge near Carmangay in 1932. His first obstacle in life was polio disease, which he overcame without even a limp. He then attended Black Spring Ridge School, Carmangay School, and Red Deer Composite High School. After Jonas’ fathers passing in 1953, Jonas chose to stay on the farm; working and helping raise his younger siblings. He remained on the farm, proudly working the land, feeding cattle, and enjoying the serenity of farm life. Jonas lived life on the edge and had a very competitive spirit. He actively skied, hunted, curled and farmed well into his 70’s. Jonas loved anything that involved risk. This made farming, the stock and cattle markets, horse racing, chess, card games, and 649 tickets his passions right up until the end.

Jonas felt very fortunate for the gift of a wife and children late in life and treasured the richness of family life. Nothing pleased him more than to support his children in their activities, and to offer words of encouragement and advice. Mikayla’s interest in horses and Justin’s interest in sports thrilled Jonas. He was also adored by our many family pets, and will be missed dearly by them all, especially Dolly and Bennett. We would like to extend a huge thank you and blessings to the staff at the Southern Alberta Renal Program, especially Dr. Morley Wong, who Jonas trusted to no end. Also, we would like to say a very special thank you to the staff of 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their kindness and exceptional care.

Jonas received many units of blood over the course of his illnesses and we would appreciate donations of blood to the Canadian Blood Services in remembrance. We also would like to encourage all to consider organ donation and register your intent online at the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.

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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Aug. 19, 1925-Aug. 11, 2016

RUSSELL IRWIN “RUSS” LUNNEY, beloved husband of Edna Fletcher, peacefully passed away after a short stay at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge Alberta on the 11th day of August, 2016, just shy of his 91st birthday.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his son Alan of Calgary and daughter Linda Hensel of Calgary, brother Milton (Ruth) of Milden, SK and sister Irma (Les) Wilson of Assiniboia, SK. As well, he was “Uncle Russ” to six nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews. Also left to mourn his passing are Edna’s family of Charlie (Lenore) Fletcher, Evelyn Yarn, Marilyn (Tom) Moloney, Pat (Todd) Hawkins and Ken (Rosemary) Fletcher. He was “Papa Russ” to nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

According to Russ’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held in Lethbridge. However, a Memorial Service will be held at his birthplace in Milden, SK at a later date.

Russ often spoke of the many associates and friends he worked with, especially the time he worked in India.

The family wishes to thank the hospital staff for their kindness and compassion shown to Russ and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

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.

Ira (Spike) Tailfeathers was born in the Blood Indian Hospital, Jan. 5 1951 to Helen and Kenneth Tailfeathers. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 45 yrs, Rosie Jane and his children Cal (Terry), Blaine (Christy) Chase, and grandchildren Kale, Kadence, Shaliya and Brenden. Brother Butch (Johnelle), sisters Shirley Healy and Beverly Tailfeathers-Maiers(Dave). Ira was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Helen Tailfeathers, siblings Ken Tuffy Tailfeathers, Caroline Romero, Leslie Punch Tailfeathers, Keith Punky Tailfeathers, Byrdeen Quesnelle, brothers-in-law Dave Healy and Eugene Romero, sister-in-law Faye Tailfeathers.

His early years were spent in his beloved Bullhorn area, the home of his family. He was educated in the Cardston School system and graduated from High School in 1969. He continued his education at Mount Royal College studying Business Administration. Ira believed in hard work and took pride in all his pursuits. He held numerous jobs throughout his life, including finance officer and Blood Tribe Housing Director, Public Relations Officer and Council member for 5-6 terms which concluded in the 2012 term. In 1986 he worked with the Alberta Indian Health Care Commission. His service to the Blood Reserve community spanned 50 years.

Ira was a gifted horse and dog trainer, since his youth and extended into his adulthood. One of his first favorite horses was UCan, well known by many rodeo contestants and match racing enthusiasts during the 1960-1970 era. He had many throughout his life.

He was equally passionate in rodeo and horse racing throughout his life. His rodeo career started at the Calgary Stampede in the steer riding event where his father Ken was a pickup man for 21 yrs. Many summers were spent in the infield with his father. He went on to win 3 IRCA bareback titles, and was also an exceptional bull rider. In 1972 he won the bareback, bullriding and the all around titles at the Sarcee rodeo.

His other passion was horseracing, which started at community match races on the Blood Reserve as a jockey for Bullhorn. His jockey career took him to races throughout Southern Alberta during the early 1960’s.

After his active years as a cowboy and jockey, he focused his talents on training horses, helping his father produce many winners at races in Alberta and Montana.

Ira was a multi-talented athlete competing in hockey, boxing and track and field. He was proud to be a member of the Bullhorn Bucks Sr. Hockey Team which included many of his cherished friends. As a youth in then mid 1960’s he qualified to compete in then Alberta Golden Gloves. His enthusiasm for sports carried on into his adult life. Even though Ira had numerous accomplishments he remained humble and didn’t like to be in the spotlight. He was a man that lived his life with high values and integrity and these values he portrayed and instilled in his children.

Ira loved life and enjoyed the company of friends and family, spending many hours involved in family activities such as camping, and other outdoor activities with his children and grandchildren, and his favorite cousin Rennie Tallow. He had many friends and would not hesitate to help anyone who needed it. In many cases he would go out of his way to insure the well being of friends and family.

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.

Condolences may be sent 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.

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.

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

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