January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, January 5, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 5, 2017.

Irene Edwards
1949 – 2017
Irene Elizabeth Edwards, beloved wife of Harold Edwards, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in Taber on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 67 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 6, 2017 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 Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Irene’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 (http://www.ab.lung.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Angus Algate Erickson

1926 – 2016

Mr. Angus Algate Erickson passed away peacefully at the Milk River Long Term Care Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, just 3 days short of his 90th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Milk River Long Term Care Centre, 517 Centre Ave. NE, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at ST. PAULS UNITED CHURCH, 201 Second St. Northeast, Milk River, AB.

Interment to follow in the Milk River Cemetery.

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RODNEY LEROY GIBB, beloved husband of Sharon Gibb (Hough), passed away on Sunday January 1, 2017 at the age of 63. He leaves to mourn his eternal companion Sharon and their 4 children, Jayme (Lara) Gibb, Alisynn (Jason) Dickson, Missy (Ryan) Sharpe and K.D. (Brad) Wolsey along with their 12 beautiful grandchildren.

The funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Magrath Stake Centre, 21 East 1 Ave S, Magrath, on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday evening, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Magrath Stake Centre, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

John Berg

1921 – 2017

Mr. John Berg of Coaldale, beloved husband of 69 years to Mrs. Magdalena Berg, passed away at the Sunny South Lodge on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the age of 95 years. John is survived by his loving and devoted wife Magdalena, and by his children John (Rolly) Berg, Edmund Berg, Esther (Allan) Friesen, Ruth (Ray) Braun, Wanda (Arno) Doerksen, Clemence Berg, and his son in law Ronald (Linda) Clark. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild. John was predeceased by his eldest daughter Velma Clark and his son in law David Quapp. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 at COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18th St, Coaldale, AB with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating.

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SANDRA KARREN’S heart came to rest on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at the age of 79. She was predeceased by her husband and best friend, Barry Karren of Picture Butte, and leaves behind their 3 daughters: Leslie Karren, Tarri (Stuart) Crothers, and Shellie (Stefan) Kienzle; and 3 grandsons: Matthew, David and Oliver.

Mom was a “big city girl” who married a “small town boy” in the late ’50s. Together they travelled to and lived in many far-flung places, where Mom always established a warm home for her family and was famous for her improvised “gourmet delights”. In her younger years she was very spontaneous and adventurous; so in her senior years she just wanted to relax and take life easy in Picture Butte and finally at Black Rock Terrace. Mom liked to wear colourful clothes and funky shoes. She was artistic, poetic, funny and was an always enthusiastic, but terrible, singer.

Dearest Mom, it lifts our hearts that your spirit will always be felt in the sunflowers and bright yellow daisies you so enjoyed.

At Sandra’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

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MARIJA KOSTECKI, (née Pergar) beloved wife of Stejpan Kostecki, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 84 years.

Besides her loving husband, Marija is survived by her daughter Bozena Kostecki and her children, Jonathan Ruzek (Melissa) of Lethbridge and Jessica Ruzek of Halifax, and daughter Marijana Turuk (Zvonko) and their children, Anamaria of Lethbridge and Tasha and Ethan of Taber as well as three brothers; Milan, Andrija and Vlado (Sofija) Pergar of Croatia.

Marija was predeceased by her infant children, Vlado, Blazenka, Emil and Milivoj; mother and father, Magdalena And Slavko Pergar; and her sisters Katarina Hostic and Ankica Copot.

Marija was born on July 14, 1932, in Sartovac, Croatia, and was the eldest of four siblings: Milan, Andrija, Katarina, and Ankica. Though she had a difficult life due to the war, she enjoyed her childhood with her siblings, and was especially fond of her babicka, with whom she shared her name. When Marija was 17, she met the love of her life, Stjepan Kostecki — her white knight who entered her life not on horse nor on bicycle, but on foot—and they married a year later, and remained married for the rest of her life. Together, Marija and Stjepan moved to the village of Repusnica where they started their life together and had six children; however, only two survived: Bozena and Marijana. In Repusnica, Marija was the master seamstress, who everyone in the village came to for help, and she was known in the region for her dressmaking talents. In 1975, Marija and family immigrated to Canada to start a better life, moving to Lethbridge where they began anew. Marija worked for several years at Ducan Industries, before being appointed to seamstress at Holland’s Fabrics, where she was employed until her retirement. Though Marija loved to sew, knit, and crochet, her greatest passion in life was gardening, and she cherished every moment spent in her garden, tending to her vegetables, flowers, and fruit trees, and toiling in the greenhouse, a passion she passed on to her daughters. Marija enjoyed doting on her grandchildren, and especially loved to cook for them using vegetables and herbs from her garden. To guarantee that neither her children nor her grandchildren went hungry, she always sent care packages to take home, laden with food, fruit, and chocolates. The most important part of life for Marija was her family, and she treasured her time spent with her daughters and her grandchildren, and she always sent along her love and best wishes. Marija loved to have people surrounding her table, on which food, rakija, wine, and Turkish coffee were always served. She also delighted in listening to music, and Marija spent much of her time with Stjepan listening and dancing to Croatian songs, and together they shared stories and memories that accompanied each song. Marija spent her last moments on this earth in the company of her loving husband, who watched over her until the very end, as he did since the beginning of their marriage. Marija will be woefully missed by Stjepan, Bozica, Maja, and her grandchildren, as well as by her family and friends in Canada and Croatia. Neka te Bog blagoslovi i neka te cuva. Volimo te uvijek, Baka.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

In memory of Marija, donations may be made to the Womanspace Resource Center, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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


CAROL ANN LEAVITT, beloved wife of Darryl Leavitt, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the age of 72 years.

A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held where she worked for the past 15 years at the HENDERSON LAKE GOLF CLUB, 2727 South Parkside Drive, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

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Paraskova “Pearl” Tunow

1924 -2016

Mrs. Paraskova Tunow of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Michael Tunow, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Paraskova was born in Komenenc Podolsk, Ukraine, and immigrated to Canada in 1949. She is survived by her two daughters Margaret (Alex) Michalenko and Ann (Gary) Becker; her son Walter Tunow; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one great grandniece, and one great-great grandniece; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families in Ukraine. Besides her loving husband, Michael, Paraskova was predeceased by her parents, her brother, and her sister in Ukraine. A private family service will be held.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.

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Vaclav Jim Holzapfel

1935 – 2017

Mr. Vaclav Jim Holzapfel passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, January 2, 2016 at the age of 81 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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MARY JEAN WARNOCK, beloved wife of Loren Melvin Warnock, passed away peacefully in Calgary, on Wednesday January 4, 2017. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

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