January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 26, 2016.

Ryan Konynenbelt

1986 – 2016

Ryan Konynenbelt of Cochrane, formerly of Lethbridge, beloved son of Connie Elliott and Marlin (Darlene) Konynenbelt, father to Royce Konynenbelt/Soenen, and brother to Shaw Elliott, passed away at the age of 30 years.

Ryan loved his Son Royce and his family very much, he loved to work hard and also to work out. Driving, riding and operating anything that had a key in it always put a smile on his face.

He leaves a huge hole in our hearts and we miss him so much. It will take a while for us to heal, to feel better, and to find the new normal without him in our lives.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen officiating.

For those who wish, donations in Ryan’s name may be made to an addiction or rehabilitation charity of one’s choice.

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Sylvia Maynard

1923 – 2016

Ms. Sylvia Lena Maynard, 93, of Lethbridge, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Lethbridge. An Open House, Celebration of Life, will be held between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3802 FORESTRY AVENUE, Lethbridge, AB.

Sylvia was born in Foremost, AB, to Eugene and Lydia Henning on October 1, 1923. She is predeceased by her mother Lydia; her father Edward; sisters Nadene Henning, and Connie Coronica; brother Eugene Henning; and nephew Bruce Henning.

Sylvia is lovingly remembered by her two daughters Rita (Doug) Medve and Lynette (Terry) Duncan; 4 grandchildren Derek (Meipsy) Shackleford, Leah (Andy) Dormaar, Amy and Danielle Medve; 2 great- grandchildren Cameron and Freya Shackleford; sister-in-law Kay Henning; brother-in-law Bruno Coronica; niece Sandi (Neil) Skinner; nephews Jay Lamb and Bert (Mara) Henning; and cousins.

The family of Sylvia wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to Legacy Lodge and their staff that lovingly cared for her and treated her like family.

“Miss me, but let me go,

For this is a journey we all

Must take and we all must

go alone.

It’s all part of the MASTER PLAN.

A step on the road


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Lieuwe “Leo” Prins

1939 – 2016

Lieuwe “Leo” Prins, beloved husband of Nancy Prins, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour after passing away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at the age of 77 years.

Leo is survived by his loving and caring wife, Nancy, of 51 years; his children, Corinna “Conny” Felesky, Martin Prins, Raymond Prins (Debbie); granddaughters, Erin and Lauren Felesky; siblings Grace Drent (Joe), Dorothy Ouwendyk (Joe), Linda Golby (Richard), Pieter Prins (Frances), Janet van Deursen (Peter), Jerry Prins (Rhonda); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Leo is predeceased by his parents “Steve” and “Jane” Prins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 1402 8th Ave. N. Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating.

Leo will be greatly missed by his wife, daughter, sons, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, family, and his friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Leo, to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 408, 740 4th Ave., S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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Desmond Scott

1970 – 2016

Mr. Desmond Scott of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Nadine Scott and amazing father to Jada Scott, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the age of 46 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the MILLICAN-OGDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 6901 20a St. SE, Calgary, AB, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

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JOAN GAIL SIMMONS, beloved wife of Dave Simmons, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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MRS. MARY SMITH (NÉE BABICK) passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the age of 95 years. Mary is pre-deceased by her parents Kálmán and Maria Babick, sister Irene Babick, brothers John Babick and Carl Babick and husband Richard J. Smith. Mary is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Richard A. Smith (wife Denise Smith), of Houston, TX, Allan Smith of Lethbridge, AB, and Bradley Smith (wife Susan Smith) of Courtenay, BC. As an ever loving, caring and doting grandmother, she will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Mackenzie, Kesley, Carter, Austin, Morgan, Katarina, and Matthias Smith.

Mary was born in Árpás, Hungary on February 17, 1921 and immigrated to Canada with her sister and brothers in 1930 to reunite with their father in Hardieville. Mary grew up in Hardieville quickly becoming the primary caregiver for her family in light of her older sister’s passing shortly after arriving in Canada. Caring for and loving her immediate family, nieces, nephews, and friends was the greatest focus and joy throughout her entire life working tirelessly to support and meet their needs.

Mary participated and successfully excelled in several competitive sports including softball, bowling, curling, and down-hill skiing. She enjoyed working as a manager at Woolworths where she was highly respected by her work colleagues and senior manager. Mary met Richard J. Smith (who immigrated from England) and they were married in 1958 in Lethbridge. Mary lived her entire life in Lethbridge where she raised her three sons.

Mary was very active in the catholic church initially at St. Patrick’s and then at St. Basil’s once it was built in north Lethbridge. She devoted countless hours as a member and volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League (C.W.L.). As of her passing, she was the oldest contributing member with 65 1/2 years of service.

Mary lived her life fully, with courage and determination. She was completely selfless in all of her actions and always gave unconditional love and support. She lived for her family and leaves a legacy of making a difference in so many lives. Her spiritual beliefs created a life of caring, giving, and teaching. She will be sadly missed by those who had the benefit to have known her.

The family would like to thank the Good Samaritans Society Park Meadows Village and Dr. Jansen and the Heart Function Clinic for their valued support and care of Mary.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Basil’s C.W.L., c/o All Saints Parish Office, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4.

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John Van Der Wielen
1949 – 2016
Johannes Henricus Van Der Wielen, passed away unexpectedly in Hays on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the age of 67 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
John is survived by his wife Lucia Van Der Wielen, sons Peter (Cris) Van Der Wielen of Lethbridge and their children Brody and Tyson; Jaarno (Vanessa) Van Der Wielen of Vauxhall and their children Chante, Jenna, Savanna and Ryker. He is also survived by his siblings Ricky (Martin) Habraken, Els (Pierre) Dudragne, Henk (Annemieke) Van Der Wielen, Corry (Johan) Walk, Koos (Marlene) Van Der Wielen, Gerard (Lyduina) Van Der Wielen, Gerbert (Ans) Van Der Wielen and Jozef Van Der Wielen.
He was predeceased by his son Bernard Van Der Wielen, parents Geradus and Maria Van Der Wielen.
John was born March 18, 1949 in Wijchen, The Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada with his wife Lucia in 1975, settling in Vauxhall. John was a hard working, devoted husband, father, opa and brother. He truly enjoyed riding his Goldwing and was able to travel to many places on his motorcycle over the past few years. John will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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