January 20th, 2021

SATURDAY, January 14, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 16, 2017.


GEORGE BAJNOCZI, beloved husband of Deidre Bajnoczi, of Taber, passed away at the Taber & District Health Care Complex on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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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1953 – 2017

It is with great sadness that Earl Grigor announces the passing of his son, Douglas James Grigor at the age of 63 on Jan. 4, 2017, in Woodenville, Washington State, U.S.A.

Doug was raised in Barnwell. Ab. Can. Doug was a kind and caring person who loved his family dearly. Doug fulfilled an honorable mission to Taiwan at the age of 19 years, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He later traveled to Washington State on a holiday and loved it there.

Doug worked as a Security Guard and loved his work, co-workers and bosses. Doug was dearly loved by all who knew him. He loved his job as he was a huge man in stature, being 6’9″ tall in frame. He was an amazing man.

Doug was predeceased by his loving and devoted mother Della (Paxman) Grigor, a sweet sister Heather and brother-in-law Stephen Hudson, niece Courtney Rose Hudson, niece Sharla Hirsche, plus many aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as other loved ones he adored. What a great reunion Doug will have with all his loved ones who have gone before him.

Doug leaves to mourn his father Earl Grigor, Earls wife and Doug’s stepmom Connie (Jensen) Grigor. Also his brother Dee (Donna) Grigor of Nova Scotia, Can. Sisters DeRae (Steven) Evanson of Lethbridge, Ab, Can. Joy (Tim) Kierstead of Airdrie, Ab, Can. Bonnie (Eric) Wilkins of Spanish Fork, Utah, U.S.A. Doug also leaves to mourn numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many dear friends.

A Private Family Graveside Memorial will be held at a later date at the Barnwell Cemetary.

Jean Kropinak

1935 – 2016

Mrs. Jean Kropinak of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Lorne Kropinak, passed away at the age of 81 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

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THOMAS WINSTON OKA BIRD passed away in Lethbridge, AB on January 11, 2017 at the age of 55 years.

A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, AB on Tuesday, January 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A Wake Service will follow at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Wednesday, January 18th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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

Hildegard “Hilda” Pickering

1936 – 2017

Mrs. Hildegard “Hilda” Pickering, beloved wife of the late Alvin Pickering, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the age of 80 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Raymond Piskor

1948 – 2017

Mr. Raymond “Ray” Piskor of Lethbridge, beloved companion of Mary Ott, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the age of 68 years. Ray was born on June 32nd (he always said), 1948 at Ethelbert, Manitoba to Walter and Anna Piskor and was one of five children. After a few moves they finally settled in Wynndel, BC in 1959. Dad started his own family in 1965 and he had four kids, Barb, Chris, Dawn (Jeff), and Shane (Manni). He started his upholstery in the 70’s while working at Crestbrook where he got his millwright ticket. Dad enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He was a very strong family man that provided for all of us. Besides his loving companion Mary Ott, Ray is survived by his daughters Barbara Piskor of Creston, BC, Dawn (Jeff) Hollan of Lethbridge, AB; son Shane (Manni) Piskor of Cranbrook, BC; grandchildren Donovan (Faith) Skidmore of Raymond, Edie, Sullivan, Margaret, of Crandbrook, and great-granddaughters Lucy and Dallas Skidmore of Raymond. Ray was predeceased by his parents Walter and Anna Piskor; his son Chris (Melissa) Piskor; and his sister Mary Fokema. Cremation has taken place. For those who wish, memorial donations in Ray’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10th Street, S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.

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SYBIL SWANSON, of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Bert Swanson, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

She is survived by her son Larry of Canmore and his daughter Sherry; Debra of Oilmont, MT and her daughter Shauna (Dale) of Edmonton; Rosalind of Medicine Hat and her children McKenna and Mason; son Wayne (Gloria) and their children Justin, Crystal and Jonathan; son Darrel (Rhonda) and their children Calvin, Dylan and Harlee.

Sybil was predeceased by her husband Bert, daughters Jeanne Balog and Juanice (infant), grandson Todd, sisters Mavis Taplin and Carmen Allen as well as brother in-law, Lee Taplin.

Sybil was born on November 22, 1924 in Calgary, Alberta to parents Martha and Vallen Orcutt. She was raised on the family farm east of Warner, Alberta. After completing her schooling, she worked at the 15 Cent Store in Lethbridge. During that time, she met the love of her life, Bert Swanson and they were married on February 13, 1943. They farmed on the family farm in the Milk River area.

Her interests were many and varied. It was during her later years that she became a very active golfer and the #5 hole at the Milk River Golf Course was renamed “Sybil’s Coulee!” Sybil enjoyed curling with her friends, known as ‘The Golden Girls!” and was fearless when it came to trying other sports such as downhill skiing and at the age of 72, rollerblading around Waterton Park.

Sybil was a wonderful cook and known for her sewing abilities. When her daughters were growing up you could find her at the sewing machine making outfits for the start of the new school season.

She will be remembered by her family and many friends for her infectious smile and beauty, inside and out. Our fond memories will live on forever.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB, on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Marion Martin officiating.

Interment will be held in the Milk River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Sybil, donations may be made to the Milk River Resident Council or to the Milk River Health Centre – Continuing Care, Box 90, 517 Centre Avenue, N.E, Milk River, AB, T0K 1M0.

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Jacqueline Marie (Bechtel) Therriault passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Pincher Creek on January 11, 2017 at the age of 85.

Jackie was born on April 15, 1932 in Pincher Creek, the third of four daughters born to Eva Eulahia (Ekelund) and John Harvey (Jack) Bechtel of the Spread Eagle foothills near Twin Butte, Alberta. Her natural musical talent became apparent at an early age when she would sit on her Daddy’s knee with her hands on his while he played, or picking up on the songs her older sisters were practicing for their lessons with her wonderful knack of playing by ear. She rode her pony Bessie to the one room Spread Eagle school, then continuing her schooling in Pincher Creek, staying in the dorm and then later with her Dad in their home on Kettles Street. Her pursuit of the joy of music led her on some very interesting journeys all while helping raise her younger sister Sally.

Playing in the Twin Butte hall with the family band “The Gloom Busters” at the age of 7, she began a lifelong career of playing for dances and every kind of social gathering in the community. Her sparkling energy showed through, and brought much joy to many. She was a member of the Phil Lethbridge band the Westwinds for over 40 years, they travelled many miles together bringing dance music to a variety of functions all over southern Alberta and into BC.

In 1954 she married Alyre Therriault and together they raised their four children on the family ranch as well as their home in Pincher Creek. Teaching music, playing for dances and providing musical entertainment for the community seemed to keep our home busy. She was no ordinary woman, she could be peeling potatoes for supper in the kitchen while a music student was doing their lesson in the music room and tell them what wrong note they played.

She was also a member of the Roaring Lions (serving as president for one term), the Community Hall board, and the Community Band. Other things she was proud of were helping to start the annual Carol Festival, and the Cowboy Christmas at the United Church. She played for 63 of the annual Armistice Day ceremonies including the one in 2016.

Jackie was a Grandma extraordinaire and her nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren were the beneficiaries of this. A great story teller who loved to tell and play jokes. She made things come alive with the telling.

Jackie is survived by her loving family; daughter Marie (Jim) Cameron and their children Scott his children Zinna and Tristan; Michael; and Jenny and her son Tyden; daughter Audrey (Robert) Jackson and their children Shari (Shaun) Terry and their children Piper, Payton, and Tre; Robyn (Eric) Dressler; daughter Jackie (Frank) Marsh and children Jerett (Kathryn Sinnott) children Benjamin and Evelyn; Nicole (Dylan) Prout and children Maddox, Ava, and Owen; Kelsey (Adam) Green; son Tim (Jan Robertson) Therriault and daughter Amber (Ryan Snider) Vogt and sons Aiden and Oliver; and sister Sally (Doug) Connelly. She was predeceased by her husband of over 60 years Alyre in 2015, her parents Eva and Jack and her sisters Inga Marr, and Nona Bonertz.

Jackie was thankful to remain in the hospital in Pincher Creek where she received wonderful care from the staff. They made a difficult journey much more comfortable.

A celebration of her life will take place on Friday January 20, 2017 at 2:00 in the Pincher Creek Community Hall (287 Canyon Drive, Pincher Creek).

If friends so desire, memorial tribute may be made to S.T.A.R.S. (1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7), or Pincher Creek Municipal Library (Box 2020, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0).

Our loving Mom will be greatly missed and fondly remember by many.

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. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. South, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

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Doris Wichers

1939 – 2017

Mrs. Doris Wichers of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late John Wichers, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the age of 77 years. Doris was born in Calgary to Sven and Emma Ericksen. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1948 when Sven opened Lethbridge Caterers. John and Doris met in Lethbridge and eventually married in 1965. In 1969 they joined Sven in opening Sven Ericksen’s Family Restaurant. When John passed in 1998, Doris enjoyed having young children come through her home to see her Christmas, dolls and beanie baby displays. Doris was extremely proud of her collections and the ability to see joy on over 5000 children’s faces. Doris was happiest with her family, her home, and her garden. Doris is survived by her children Harvey (Jo-Ann) Wichers, Brian (Stacey) Wichers, Lisa Wichers; son-in-law Mitch Diaper; grandchildren Lindsay (Andrew), Ashley (Jeff), Jenelle (Justin Sugimoto), Sarah, Easton, Brittney, Paige, Taylor, Ren, Conor; great-grandchildren Kayden, Kaylee, Elias; brothers-in-law Dennis (Barb) Wichers, Cyril (Anne) Wichers; sisters-in-law Bev (Arie) Korver, Leide (Herman) Salomons, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her loving husband John, Doris was predeceased by her parents Sven and Emma; daughters Carol-Ann and Tanya, as well as a brother- in-law Herman. A Celebration of Doris’ Life will be held, please come any time between 1:00pm – 3:00pm, on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 1722 – 15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Private family graveside will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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