January 22nd, 2021

SATURDAY, October 1, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 3, 2016.


27 August 1930 – 25 September 2016

Born in Magrath AB, Don passed away in Langley BC after a sudden illness. He spent most of his life in Ft. Langley, which he dearly enjoyed. He was a man of dignity with open arms and a large heart, a steadfast friend and excellent host at numerous parties over the decades. He was a tall strong man who was supportive, protective, generous, and loving to his family and friends.

Don will be missed by all who knew him, including his wife Sibyl, his sons Greg, Brad, Randy, stepson Raymond, stepdaughter Nanette, his grandchildren Christina, Jessica, Sarah, Jennifer, Chad, Cody, Jim, Jason, Levi, step granddaughter Ashley, and his great grandchildren Ashton, Chanelle, Arlo, and Kaleb. A heart felt thanks to Iris Passey (mother of his three sons), Debbie Passey, Teresa Passey, and Donna Lawrence for their care and support.

There will be a graveside ceremony at the Fort Langley Cemetery on September 30 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choic. A celebration of life will be conducted at 1 PM on October 29 at the Ft Langley Lions Club Hall.


THOMAS RICHARD ERDMAN, of Barons, beloved spouse of Anne- Marie Erdman, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the age of 63 years. Wrongfully accused Argentinean jail escapee, award recognized film director, and first ascensionist of Mount Kintla, the third tallest mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana, everything about Thomas Richard Erdman was, how he’d like to say, : “just peachy”. Being strong-willed, but free spirited, he was a man that truly understood the essence of life. Married to the light of his life, and best friend, Anne-Marie, they lived a fast paced life, always finding themselves either sipping French wine in Paris with the extended family, or making a life as they raised four children on the family farm: Celina, Jean-Victor, Augustine, and Raphaelle. Tom started off his schooling days at the Barons School from grades one through nine, and then graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute where he spent most of his time on the football field. He then went on to the “Bozeman Ranching College” in Montana where he proceeded to learn what the Wild West was truly about: cattle, ranching and of course, the art of shooting guns. This schooling would help him throughout his life as he worked with his father on the family farm, but even more so as he would eventually start running it himself, as the third generation of Erdman’s that have done so to date. In the early 90’s, he was appointed as a member of the board of governors for the Alberta College of Art and Design for his contributions and hard work within the art and film community. This was well deserved, as he had attended the Banff School of Fine Arts Film School where he seemed to have a keen sense of creativity, and a natural talent in making films and documentaries. By pursuing such a craftsmanship he worked on the Walt Disney movie ‘The Journey of Natty Gann’, and directed three films: ‘The Dream’, ‘Pincher of Peace’, and a short vignette that won him an Alberta Film and Television Award: ‘One With Wood: The Making of Wood Skis’. He also co-founded the Pincher Creek Film Society and the World Aboriginal Film Festival with his good friend but more so partner in crime, Larry Becker. An avid world traveller, he spent much of his time abroad traveling by the seat of his pants, making memories, and collecting stories to tell once he came home (many featuring his travel partner Zan Gullickson). Starting with two trips to Europe, first one to Iceland and London, and then the second one where they cycled from Luxembourg to Athens, sold their bicycles to then be able to visit Turkey, Greece, and Corfu via public transport. It was in 1978 that they went to Israel and lived with the Bedouin-Arabs where they camped on the Red Sea, scuba dived, and fished daily for their meals. He also hitchhiked through Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina, where he learned most of his Spanish from the inside of a cell with his Argentinean freedom fighter friends. Bali. Fiji. Nepal. Need we say more? In his spare time, he couldn’t be found. He was as an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada, he was a frequent climber, skier and mountaineer, He officially set the first route on Mount Victoria found on the Alberta-BC border as registered in the Alpine Guide of Canada, and spent time climbing in New Zealand and in the Cordillera Negra in Peru. He passed on many of his passions, and teachings to his children, skiing with them regularly. Though he was a well travelled man, his favorite place to be was on the farm in Barons Alberta where he spent countless hours tending his cattle, farming his land, and above all being with his family. We will forever cherish all of our memories, thank you for your constant love, unwavering support and inspiration to all; you will be dearly missed. A celebration of his life will be held in his favorite playground, Waterton Lakes National Park, this upcoming spring.



It is with great sadness that the family of the late NATASHA BERNICE FLYNN announce her passing after a courageous battle with leukemia on September 27, 2016 at the age of 40 years.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Lukas Drapal, Celebrant.

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Ilona Graspointer

1920- 2016

Mrs. Ilona Graspointner of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Andreas Graspointner Sr. and mother of Andreas (Marian), passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 96 years. As per Ilona’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

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JOE KACER, beloved husband of Viola of Lethbridge, passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the age of 83 years. Joe was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. He and Viola were married in 1961 and farmed in the Cranford area until retiring to Lethbridge in 1995.

Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Viola and his son, Darren.

He will also be sadly missed by his sisters Mary Znachar and Betty (Larry) Mailete, and his brother Tony (JoAnne) Kacer, as well as several nieces and nephews.

As requested, there will be no funeral service held.

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MR. WILLIAM “BILL” KANE passed away peacefully at the home of his loving daughter-in-law in Monarch, AB on September 26, 2016.

Bill was predeceased by his wife of 58 years Dorothy (Roberts) Kane, and two sons John (Marjorie) and Doug (Susan).

He is survived by his two daughter-in-laws, Marjorie Kane and Susan Kane; his grandchildren, Angela Plettell, LeAnne Malchow, Lisa Hall and Jennifer Kirsch, as well as several great and great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by two contemporary cousins, Margaret Roberts and Bill Henderson Sr. whom he loved very dearly.

Bill had a very full life, having farmed for 20 years and having worked as a counselor and teacher for 23 years. He was a past D.D.G.M. of the Masonic Lodge in Alberta, a life member of the B.P.O.E. and a proud 72-year member of Branch #4 of the Canadian Legion.

By request, there will be no funeral service held.

O.H.O.T., Pax. Vobiscum

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PETER KLEINSASSER, beloved husband of Sarah Kleinsasser, passed away at the Miami Colony on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the MIAMI COLONY – New Dayton, AB., on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at 11:30 A.M.

Following the Funeral Service a Graveside Service will be held at the Miami Colony Cemetery.

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ANDREW “ANDY” JOHN KRAJEWSKI left us to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the age of 66 surrounded by those that loved him, on a beautiful and calm fall morning. He goes now to join both his parents, and three brothers; John Joseph, Glen and Kenny.

Dad was born in Lethbridge, to John and Rose Krajewski on September 2, 1950. He graduated from Catholic Central High School, and then went on to attend university in Missoula, Montana. He had numerous careers throughout his life; working for Fish and Wildlife before joining the Environmental Sciences Department at the Lethbridge Community College. His passion for videography and self taught skills were applied to many years working and volunteering with The Miracle Channel where he was fondly referred to as “Andy Cam”. He transitioned to Global Lethbridge, there he enjoyed the fast pace of tracking the days current events. After his retirement, he took a position working at the Coaldale Food Mart. Dad would probably say that the people he met and worked with made him the richest person you would ever know. As if all of this wasn’t enough, he co-founded a videography company called Wild Moose Media where over the years he further honed his craft, and the headroom in his shots was always perfect. Finally, what he was most known for… “Andy’s Glads”. He was a gifted hybridizer and created many of his own varieties, always quick to inform that the gladiolus was the official flower of Lethbridge. He put his heart and soul into every single stem, his love for them evident to anyone who saw them.

Dad will always be remembered for his joviality, unending kindness, generosity and compassion. He would give you the shirt off his back, cause nothing mattered to dad more than his relationships with other people.

He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Daniel (Angela) Krajewski. He is survived by his sister Liz (Al) Beeber, his brothers Ed (Marlene) Krajewski and Rick Krajewski (Alex) as well as their families. He also leaves behind two aunts, numerous cousins and many friends, friends that he loved and valued like family.

He left us too early, but as dad would say “If it’s my time, it’s my time.” He kept his battle with cancer very private, as would be his way. Rather, he would want you to remember the Andy that he was; a nature lover, fisher, music guru and the life of the party.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, October 2, 2016 between 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M., with a short service beginning at 7:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Andy’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ralph Molyneux, officiant.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Compassion Canada, 985 Adelaide Street S, London, ON, N6E 4A3.

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Elizabeth Pocza

1926- 2016

Mrs. Elizabeth Pocza of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Chester Pocza, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 90 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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TERESA MARIE RAINS, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 52 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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ELRA SCHOEN, beloved wife of the late Tony Schoen, formerly of Warner, Alberta, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge, at the age of 90 years.

She is the loving mother of six children; Craig Schoen, Kelly Baceda, Cyril Schoen, Toni Ambrose, Diana Metzger and Arlene Olsen. She also leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews that she deeply loved. Besides her family, her passion was painting and sculpting, always making the family home more beautiful. She loved to garden, making her yard in Warner very colourful, happy and inviting for anyone who came to visit. She always made everyone feel welcome with her smile, and warm heart.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

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IEBERT, Anne (nee Janzen)

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, September 24, 2016 aged 84 years. She is survived by her loving family: children Glenda (Stacey) Marriott, Loretta Siebert, Joyce Gilroy, Cheryl Siebert (Andre Bidaud) and Dwight (Jody); 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sisters Tina Janzen, Agnes Dyck, Frieda Young; brothers John Janzen, Herb Janzen, Ike Janzen and Abe Janzen; other family members and friends. She was predeceased by her husband David in 1988 and son Ken in 2006. Memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. at South Abbotsford MB Church. 32424 Huntingdon Road, Abbotsford.

Online condolences to the family may be made to http://www.wiebeandjeskefh.com.

Wiebe & Jeske – 604.859.5885

SVRCEK, Ernest Justin

April 8, 1941 – September 28, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother. Predeceased by his parents Stefan and Hermina, sister Justina and brothers Frank and Louis. He will be missed by his brother Bill (Jane), sister Karen (David), sister in laws Jenny and Helen, and his many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to our nephew John.

Our sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Smith, and Jean Eshiet and staff at the Brentwood Care Centre, and to Dr. Liu and staff at the Foothills Hospital.

A Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date. Donations to the Brentwood Care Centre would be most appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Leyden’s Funeral Home, Reception and Cremation Center.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and brother Michael M. Verigin on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Born in a Doukhobor village near Cowley, Alberta in 1929, Michael had been active with Doukhobor societies all of his life. ln I974 he became Secretary -Treasurer and later-President of the United Doukhobors of Alberta, proudly serving until a few years ago. He was a valued Board member of the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood Trust Fund, representing Alberta, and a member of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Council. He also served as a Councilman for the Village of Cowley. For many years Michael worked closely with archivists in the province as well as private historians interested in the Doukhobor culture and religion. His dedication and commitment to the Doukhobor heritage will live on as his legacy. Michael is survived by his daughters: Venera (Mike) Jozsa of Calgary and Liuba (Bill) Lyon of Grand Forks, B.C.; grandchildren, Madison and Brett Lyon, and sisters, Anne Bougerolle (Rene) and Vera Verigin both of Cowley. Michael is predeceased by his wife, Doris in 2009, his daughter Christina in 1981, his brothers Phillip in 1951, Paul in 2000, Nick in 2015, father in 1983 and mother in 1987. Michael will be sadly missed by his lovingly family and many close friends and acquaintances. Prayer services and commemoration of Michael’s life will begin on Friday, Oct. 7 2016 at 11:00am at the Cowley- Lundbreck Doukhobor Prayer Home with an interment at 3:00p.m. at the United Doukhobor of Alberta Cemetery, Lundbreck, Alberta.


LYLE VERN WALKER, beloved husband of Bonnie Walker, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on September 28, 2016 at the age of 48 years.

Besides his wife Bonnie, he is survived by his sons Trevor (Kelsey), Eric and Mitchell, all of Milk River; his sister Laura (Wes) and nephew Matthew of Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as his father Lyle Kenneth Walker of Milk River.

He is also survived by several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Lyle loved spending time with family and friends, fishing, and spending time at the family condo. He took great pride in his accomplishments. He loved watching his sons grow to be hardworking, responsible young men.

He was predeceased by his mother Carolyn (Waranoski) Walker of Milk River, and his grandparents George and Bernice Waranoski of Manitoba, and Vern and Winnie Walker of Medicine Hat.

Lyle was born in Medicine Hat on January 27, 1968. His family moved to Milk River when he was 2. He loved living in a small town and enjoyed raising his family there. Lyle has amazing family and friends that love him dearly. We are all at a loss for words. He worked hard, never gave up, and went out of his way to help you.

A Celebration of Lyle’s Life will be held at the MILK RIVER CIVIC CENTRE – 321 – 3 Avenue N.E., Milk River, AB on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:00 P.M., with Reverend Marion Martens officiating.

A Private Family Graveside Service will take place at the Milk River Cemetery.

In memory of Lyle and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.

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Karen Tverkutes
1946 – 2016
Karen Annabelle Tverkutes, beloved wife of Bill Tverkutes, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, September 28, 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 Tuesday, October 4, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will take place at the New Finland Cemetery, New Finland, Saskatchewan. 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.

Molly Ito
1919 – 2016
Surrounded by her children, Hideko Molly Ito, beloved wife of the late Jack Ito, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the age of 97 years.
A private burial service attended by immediate family will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service.
A private funeral service will be held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Molly is survived by her children Marie Mura of Calgary, Toshi (Bob) Miyanaga of Taber, Jean (John) Miyanaga of Taber, Irene (Jim) Tanaka of Richmond, British Columbia, Ken Ito of Taber, Roy (Joyce) Ito of Cranford and Suzanne (Ray) Thibodeau of Cranford, along with her thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She will be fondly remembered as well by her nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Jack Ito; parents Naotaro and Yuki Sunada; siblings Ayako (Tanekichi) Imahashi, Kenichi Sunada, Mas (Miyo) Sunada and son-in-law Tom Mura.
Molly was born on Minstrel Island, British Columbia on February 28, 1919. She was the third child born to Naotaro & Yuki Sunada.
Molly and Jack were happily married for fifty six years. They wed on November 23, 1938 in Surrey, British Columbia and later moved to Alberta where they settled in Cranford, began farming, and raised a close and loving family.
To her family, Molly was the center of their universe. Still at the age of ninety seven, Grams’ house was home to all. Whether it was birthdays, babies or family gatherings big or small, she welcomed everyone in and brought out the best in them.
Even after raising seven kids and twenty six grandchildren and great grandchildren, she still found time for baking, bowling, gardening, sewing, A&W breakfast outings and her favourite of all, the slot machines and the Calgary Flames.
Molly exuded a sense of peacefulness to those who knew her and she had the ability to make everyone feel at ease. She loved her family and her life. She lived it with such compassion, kindness, love and positivity that it made her truly special to all. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed.
If friends so desire in lieu of flowers and Koden, memorial tributes in Molly’s name may be made to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 – 40 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta TIJ 3Z5 or to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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