January 22nd, 2021

THURSDAY, January 12, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 12, 2017.


1917 – 2017

Albert, beloved husband of Theresa Goulet, was called to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 7, 2017 at the age of 99. He was born June 14, 1917 in Dollard, Saskatchewan and was the last survivor of his family of six, his parents Alcide and Albertine Dufresne, two brothers, Damien, Tony and sister Luciene.

He and his wife Theresa were happily married for almost 68 years, raising three loving children.

Albert worked in a general store and post office in Lisieux, Saskatchewan from 1937 to 1942 and spent the succeeding seven years as a grain buyer and bulk fuel dealer in Dollard. In 1949, he began working a base metal mine in Kimberley, British Columbia, then in the Dollard Hotel for a short tiem, leaving there in 1953 to work in the Dollard Field for the Marathon Group as roustabout and pumper. From 1962 to 1967 he was production farmer.

Much of his spare time he served as Councillor of Dollard for seven years and two years on the Shaunavon Town Council. A member of the knights of Columbus for over 60 years.

He spent many years at the Valleyview in Medicine Hat with his wife Theresa and the last 9 years of his life at Columbia Assisted Living, Lethbridge, Alberta.

When he turned 99, he moved to Park Meadows Village, in Lethbridge.

Albert is survived by his son Gerald (Elaine) Dufresne of Calgary; grandson Denis and great-grandson, Jochanan of Calgary; grand-daughter Rachelle (Darren deceased) Mitton of Medicine Hat and great grandchildren, Dylan and Jordan; Daughter Adele, (Nick deceased) Zbrodoff of Lethbridge, grand daughter Tracy (Kam) Bullock of Lethbridge, great-grandchildren Brittany and Kylie, grandson Scott Zbrodoff of Calgary; son, Gilbert (Wendy) Dufresne of Brooks, and grandson, Jeremy of Edmonton. He is also survived by two sister-in-laws, Beatrice Goulet, and Amanda Goulet; one brother-in-law. George Allen as well as several nephews and nieces. And was fortunate to have many close brother and sister-in-laws, (13) in his life.

Albert liked fishing, curling, golfing and boating. He truly loved life and his family and friends.

He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and grand-father and will be sadly missed. Funeral services will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901-13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday January 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

If friends so desire, memorial tribute may be made to the

Heart and Stroke Foundation.


March 17, 1941 to January 11, 2017

GARRY GEORGE BOWES, beloved husband of Sharon Bowes of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Unit in the early hours of Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at the age of 75 years after a lengthy battle with Cancer.

Garry is survived by his loving wife Sharon, children Steven (Tracey) of Okotoks, Kristyn (Bob) of Virginia, USA, Rick (Robyn) of Saskatoon and Greg (Kendall) of Lethbridge plus his grandchildren Ashley, Mackenzie, Jackson, Isabelle, Luke, Aubrey, McKinley and Paisley. He was predeceased by his first wife Lois, father George and mother Edna.

Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 1818 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Jack Ady Cancer Centre, Chinook Regional Hospital staff, Home Care staff and the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Unit.

Your care and support is great fully appreciated by the family.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation, in your name, to a charity of your choice.

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Frances Dowling

1916 – 2017

Frances Helen Dowling entered into eternal peace on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the St. Michaels’ Health Centre. Fran was born on September 8, 1916, in Arcola, Saskatchewan, and was raised in Cupar and Wapella, Sask. Fran lived in various locations across Canada and in Germany, following her husband’s career in the Canadian Armed Forces. Fran was a gentle and kind person who gave her time and energy to support many Legion and Army Cadet events in Lethbridge. Fran was predeceased by a brother Albert and sister Mildred Baillod. She leaves her memories to be cherished by her beloved husband Charles (Doc) Dowling, sister Shirley McWalter of Calgary, her loving daughter Dory (David) Rossiter, granddaughter Lisa (Conrad) Schalk and great-grandchildren Megan, Brayden, Kaitlyn and Kyle. As per Fran’s wishes a private family service will be held at a later date.

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

Jean Kropinak

1935 – 2017

Mrs. Jean Kropinak of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Lorne Kropinak, passed away at the age of 81 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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KARSTEN, Koen (Ken)

Ken (Koen) Karsten of Edmonton, Alberta passed away late Sunday evening January 8th, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a kind and generous man with a big heart who walked his Faith. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Theresa; son, Ron (Madeline); daughter, Brenda (Wayne); 8 grandchildren; and (so far) 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers John and Pete, and sisters Grace, Ann, and Hillary.

Ken was predeceased by his son, Ken, and brothers John, Ralph, and Ted.

A Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Foster and McGarvey Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton. Ken will be buried on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at Westlawn Cemetery, 16310 Stony Plain Road, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 19010-87 Avenue, Edmonton.

Special thank you to the staff on 8th floor East at the Misericordia Hospital; your professionalism and compassion is treasured.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The King’s University (Edmonton).

To send condolences, please visit: http://www.fostermcgarvey.com

Foster and McGarvey

Funeral Home

Downtown Chapel

10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton

(780) 428 6666

KETEL, Ralph John

1954 – 2017

Ralph John Ketel, 62, of Peachland BC, formerly of Pine River Manitoba, and Picture Butte Alberta passed away on January 9, 2017 at Hospice House in Kelowna BC. Ralph lived a full, rich life. He was sorry to leave his wife, Gwynn, and family so early, but thankful to be at rest in the Lord.

Ralph was born April 4, 1954 in Smithers, BC, and shortly after his birth, his parents, John and Annie Ketel, took him along when the family returned to southern Alberta. Ralph had an energetic, inquisitive, friendly personality, enjoying visits from anyone who happened to stop by. Early in his life he developed a passion for horses; raising, and training many throughout his life. He always had a strong draw towards the cattleman life style – he drank his coffee black and wore his jeans blue. Ralph left high school prior to graduating so he could farm with his father. He was a life-long learner and became a very proficient dairy farmer and then cattle rancher. His cattle knowledge was well respected and was often called on by neighbors to help with difficult situations.

He kept a simple, profound relationship with his Almighty God, trusting in the glorious mystery of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour which stirred his soul and gave him strength and peace.

His community involvement was appreciated wherever he lived. Ralph had a special heart for local youth. He was regularly involved as a leader in the local boys club, community youth group, high school rodeo, and as a Bible Camp supporter. Ralph loved the outdoors, the mountains, the prairies, the Manitoba bush, the wildlife and he shared it with family and friends through many hikes, skiing, miles of fencing chores, cattle working, trail rides, and by bringing home wildflowers for Gwynn.

Ralph and Gwynn were blessed with 38 1/2 years of marriage. Together they accepted the wonderful, sometimes challenging joy of raising a large family of six sons and one daughter.

Predeceased by: infant son Jonathan, father John Ketel, brother-in-law Jim Hoogeveen, father-in-law Harry Hoogeveen, daughter-in-law Ashley Bell-Thurlow.

He will be lovingly remembered by: wife Gwynn; children and grandchildren Sid & Melissa, Max; Dave & Shannon, Micah, Noah; Rob & Jennica; Jack & Shelby; Crystal; Kyle Thurlow, Brendon; Scott Thurlow, Shayla, Madyson, Kenzley. His dear Mother Annie Ketel. Mother-in-law Lydia Hoogeveen. Siblings Marty & Jacky, Andrew & June, Margaret. Siblings-in-law Lois, Karen & Dan, Daryl & Bonnie, Joy & Ben, Jayne & Tony, along with a large extended family and friends around the world.

The funeral service will be held at 2pm on January 15, at the Everden Rust Funeral Home in Kelowna, BC, and he will be laid to rest at Peachland Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Ralph’s name can be made to Maple Springs Bible Camp in Peachland, BC or the Bible camp of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting everdenrust.com


Mr. Eino “Harold” Lauttamus of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Joan, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, at the age of 89 years.

In keeping with Harold’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Cremation.

Flowers are gratefully declined.


MARY JEAN WARNOCK (nee Griffiths) of Calgary passed from our world to be with God on January 4, 2017 at the age of 88.

The Funeral Service will be held at McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, on Saturday January 14th at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Trevor Potter Officiating.

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

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