January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, December 9, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 9, 2016.


AGATHA ABEN, beloved wife of the late Henry Aben, passed away suddenly at her home in Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Eldon Westling

1924 – 2016

Mr. Eldon Westling of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Verna Westling, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Eldon is survived by his 3 sons Ron (Lillian) Westling, Murray (Gale) Westling, and Greg (Monica) Westling; 2 daughters Sandra Hunt and Janyce Sudo; 16 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. Besides his loving wife Verna, Eldon was predeceased by his parents Frank and Neta; his son David; son-in-law Don Hunt; 3 brothers; and 1 sister. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 12, 2016 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. Interment to follow in the Archmount Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made in Eldon’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

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LYMAN RALPH GARNER, of Cardston, Alberta passed away in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on Monday night, December 5th, at the age of 97. He was born on April 3, 1919 in Cardston, Alberta to Leonard Ralph and Vere Garner. He was the middle child with two older sisters: Afton (Louis) Skipworth and Fanny (Cleve) Fletcher and two younger sisters: Mary Wallace Baker and Ruth (Alf) Gibson.

Lyman is survived by his daughter, Linda (Courtney) Loose from Glenwood, Alberta, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren as well as other extended family. He is also survived by a sister, Ruth Gibson from Victoria, B.C. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Beth Leavitt Garner, his second wife, Joyce Shipley Garner, his daughter, Hazel Buckland, son Bill and 2 grandchildren.

Lyman spent his life farming and ranching in Hill Spring, Alberta. He love the outdoors, the animals and the beautiful area in which he lived. He especially loved Waterton and enjoyed many picnics with his family.

He was special and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was kind and loving and saw the good in everything around him; even through his trials he tried to remain positive and never lost his sense of humour.

Lyman served on the Board of Directors for the United Irrigation District from 1977-1980 and also on the Irrigation Council for the Province of Alberta for 13 years where he made many valuable contributions. He loved those he worked with and had wonderful opportunities while serving there.

He was a strong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership capacities. He enjoyed working in the temple for many years. He loved the scriptures and had a strong testimony of the gospel. He was a compassionate man who took care of both of his wives in there ailing years. He was a loving husband and father who thought of others needs before his own.

He will be truly missed by his family and those who knew him.

A Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Glenwood, AB on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Cam Francis officiating.

Friends may meet the family at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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


The children of Edna Marie Kennedy sadly announce the passing of our Mother, Edna Marie Kennedy, December 02, 2016 in Victoria BC. Mom was born in the small town of Beaver Mines Alberta on February 13, 1929 and grew up in Lethbridge Alberta, where she met & married her husband Bill. Together they had 7 children; Ted, Laurel (Bert), Rod (Jan), Dianne, Bill (Cynthia), Patrick (Edda); 13 beautiful Grandchildren, Candice, Janis, Carole, Kathleen, Steven, Christina, Clifford, Christina, Jessica, Alannah, Sofia, Isabella & Luca, and 8 Great-grandchildren. Mom was predeceased by her infant daughter, Barbara and her loving husband Bill.

Mom is also survived by her youngest sister Bernice, sisters in law, Barbara and Zelda, close family friend Joe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom was a strong, pragmatic loving woman and a loyal wife. Her Faith carried her through many a storm. Working together, both our parents were instrumental in creating, and maintaining a large, strong, close-knit and ever growing family. They provided us the essentials to survive and flourish in life; love, grace, compassion, strength of character and always, a sense of humour. The passing of our Mother, closes a chapter in the Kennedy family story, but leaves so much, yet to be written. We will miss you Mom, give Dad and Barbara a big kiss and hug from us all.

A funeral mass and Celebration of Life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Victoria, Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12PM. Private Family Internment.


Leona Lillian Nathe (Brandvold), beloved wife of the late Norman Nathe, passed away on December 5, 2016 at the age of 90 years.

Leona is survived by her son Dennis (Elsa) Nathe, daughter-in-law Linda Nathe, eleven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband, Leona was predeceased by her sons Lee and Grant Nathe, sister Dorothy, brothers Bud and Stan and her parents Lucille and Lenny Brandvold.

Leona was born in Lethbridge, Alberta to her loving parents Lucille and Lenny. She loved dancing and listening to music, cooking and making sure everyone had enough to eat. She worked at Extendicare as a cook for many years, retired and moved to High River then back to Fort Macleod in 2010.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday December 10, 2016 at the Fort Macleod Royal Canadian Legion, 159 23rd St, Fort Macleod, AB.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 402, 740 4th Ave. S, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9


BLAIR PATRICK LIPTAK passed away on December 3, 2016 at the age of 38 years.

Blair was born on June 7, 1978 in Lethbridge to parents Pat and Shirley. Blair was schooled in Lethbridge, AB and graduated from high school in 1996. He started work at Marshall Auto Wreckers and then went on to manage Hepps Automotives.

Blair enjoyed several hobbies growing up, such as dirt biking, quadding, BMX racing, camping, fishing, and hunting. He was a very talented mechanic and enjoyed working on and rebuilding vehicles.

He had a kind heart and would help anyone; his door was always open. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Blair was predeceased by his mother Shirley.

He will be remembered and deeply missed by his father Pat, brother Craig (Pam), nephew Braden, niece Lauren, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Despite all the challenges Blair faced in his life, he remained fiercely independent and lived life to the fullest. He enriched the lives of all around him.

A Celebration of Blair’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

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Mason Eli Kons

1977 – 2016

We are truly saddened to announce that Mason Kons passed away tragically in Lethbridge, on November 19, 2016 at the age of 39 years.

A Celebration of Mason’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S., Lethbridge, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Canada, 400, 105 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1

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Evelyn Frances Quinlan passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, surrounded by family. She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Wolfer, four children: Cheryl Kanai (Warren) of Honolulu, Greg (Betty) of Edson, Brenda (Chris McCann) of Ottawa, and Tom (Arlene) of Pincher Creek, 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Jim, parents Emma and John Brosz and siblings Elroy, Bernice and Victor.

Evelyn was born September 23, 1923 in Portland, Oregon but moved to Medicine Hat early in life. She attended Normal School in Calgary and then began her career by teaching in one room schools.

In 1944 Evelyn married Jim and after the war, they moved to Pincher Creek. She taught at St. Michaels School for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Womens’ League as well as Huddlestun Seniors’ Centre, Honoured Royal Lady in the Royal Purple and a volunteer at the Pincher Creek Hospital.

Evelyn was an excellent cook and always had treats for visitors. She had a passion for people, and a love that grew as her family expanded. Being surrounded by them brought her joy. Rarely did a family member or friend’s birthday go by without a special call from Evelyn. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. We will miss her.

Family and friends are invited to a funeral mass on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 AM at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Pincher Creek. In memoriam donations can be made to Pincher Creek Care Bears Society, Box 44, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.

Ashley Bell-Thurlow

1984 – 2016

Mrs. Ashley Ann Bell-Thurlow passed away suddenly in Coaldale on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the age of 32 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, December 9, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

A Celebration of Ashley’s Life will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the SHAUGHNESSY COMMUNITY CENTRE, 133 3rd Street, Shaughnessy, AB.

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Rachel Trithardt

1973 – 2016

Ms. Rachel Trithardt passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the age of 43 years. She is survived by her mother Diane Trithardt; her father Rod Trithardt; her brother Craig (Tammy) Trithardt; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. At Rachel’s request, there will be no formal service. Even though her life was cut short, it was full and her impact will be felt by many. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 310-5160 Decarie Blvd. Montreal, QC H3X 2H9

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Scott McCray
May 31, 1961 ~ December 6, 2016
Scott Francis McCray, dear husband of Pat McCray of Bow Island, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the age of 55 years following a brief illness.   Scott will be remembered by his wife, Pat; daughter, Bailey both of Bow Island; son, Miles (Ashleigh) of Medicine Hat and his most favorite person in the world – his granddaughter, Mekah (and her mom, Jessy). Also cherishing his memory are his brothers, Allan (Luanne) of Abu Dhabi and their son, Stephen of Seattle, Glenn and his son, Caden of Lethbridge; father-in-law, Tom Yates of Lethbridge as well as Pat’s siblings, Russel (Rochelle) of Coaldale, Shelly and her daughter, Kaelin of Benalto and Murray (Jayne) and their sons, Clayton and Rohdy of Carseland. Scott was predeceased by his parents, Lawrie and Florence; grandparents, Lawrence and Ruth McCray, Marjorie Nosser, and his mother-in-law, Midge Yates. Scott was born on May 31, 1961, in Calgary and spent his early childhood living in Delburne above the Bank of Montreal where his parents both worked. The family moved to Coaldale where he took his schooling graduating in 1979. Scott started working with Calgary Power in Taber and was sent to Bow Island in 1981 as a floater for a few weeks and ended up staying. His career as a power lineman lasted for 35 years. It was at the bowling alley in Bow Island where he met Pat and they married in Las Vegas 30 years ago. Scott was a faithful fan of the Seattle Seahawks since 1976, having made it to a few games in Seattle. He enjoyed spending time with great friends (and you know who you are); travelling, including visits to Eastern Canada, San Francisco, Belize and Hawaii; driving his Chevelle; feeding the inside and outside birds and playing with Mekah. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him and we will treasure all of the memories. Scott was not one for dressing up, so casual attire is fine; Seahawks gear would be wonderful. A Celebration of Scott’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  http://www.cooksouthland.com).  If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation, 2124 – 16 Avenue, Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1M8, a charity near and dear to Scott. http://www.cooksouthland.com

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