January 16th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 10, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 10, 2017.

Matthew Eppert

1998 – 2017

Matthew Thomas Eppert of Lethbridge, beloved son of Sacha and Jaime Eppert, loving brother to Josef and Lukas Eppert, passed away peacefully at the Rotary Flames House in Calgary after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 18 years. Matthew was transferred to Rotary Flames Home to comfortably live the remainder of his days surrounded by family and amazing care staff on February 3, 2017, after receiving a year of exceptional care at the Calgary Children’s Hospital. A Celebration of Matt’s Life will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made at the Celebration of Life to Matthew’s parents to create a foundation for Matt’s type of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, a childhood cancer.

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HERBERT GARBER, beloved husband of the late Clara Garber (nee Harty) for 60 years, passed away at Milk River Health Centre Friday, February 3, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

Dad was born August 1, 1927, in Weis, Austria. He immigrated to Canada settling in the Milk River area with his family just before his third birthday. Dad attended the 2-15 Country School and Milk River Consolidated High School. He continued his education at Coyne Electrical Trade School in Chicago.

On February 21, 1955, dad married the love of his life, Clara Harty and together they raised their 6 children on the family farm southeast of Foremost.

Dad’s greatest love was his family. It was important to him that the family spend quality time together. Big occasions, little occasions and for no particular occasion, the more we were together the better. Next to his family, dad loved his steak at Northside Luigis in Lethbridge. Dad enjoyed his coffee, especially with apple pie and ice-cream. Other hobbies included playing cards, curling, camping and gardening, travelling and going for drives to check out the countryside.

Faith and community life were important to Dad. He was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks. He was also a founding member of the Amateur Border Radio Club.

Herbert is survived by his children, Theresa (Dennis) McTaggart, Donald (Teresa) Garber, Linda Robutka, Maureen (Anthony) Miller, Laura (Darwin) Balog all of Milk River, AB and Sheila Garber of Airdrie, AB, 14 grandchildren; Layne (Cary-Anne) McTaggart, Lindsey (Joel) Hougen, Lee McTaggart, Kyle (Kelsey) Garber, Marcie Garber, Cody Robutka, Jason Robutka (Katey Caldwell), Kelsey Robutka, Danny (Amanda) Miller, Devon (Rachelle) Miller, Cheryl Miller (Hayden Rintoul), Bradley (Marina) Balog, Darla (Blair) Seward, Carmen (Patrick) Klatt; 6 great grandchildren Jordan Lodermeier, Carter Hougen, Payten and Dylan Garber, Braxton and Camden Balog. He is also survived by his in-laws Mark & Merelyn Harty, Vincent & Ann Harty, Conrad & Phyllis Harty, Peter & Lynn Harty, Harold & Marion Halvorson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Herbert was predeceased by his wife Clara, his parents Frank Sr. and Anna Garber, sister Freda and brother-in-law Pete Bruyckere, brother Frank Jr. and sister-in-law Margaret Garber, brother Ernie and sister-in-law Martha Garber, mother and father-in-law Ferdinand and Anna Harty and Katherine Harty, in-laws Ralph Harty, Magdalena & Manny Lehr, and his son-in-law Alan Robutka.

Dad’s generosity, support and awesome sense of humour will be missed by his family and friends.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 321 Main Street Northwest Milk River, AB., on Friday February 10, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV officiating.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV and Father Dominic Nguyen celebrating.

Following the Memorial Mass, Herbert will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife Clara, in the Milk River Cemetery.

In memory of Herbert, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4K7.

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


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of ANNE AGNES GOSTOLA (nee KEOGAN) on Monday, February 6, 2017.

She is survived by her daughters: Crystal (Mike) Hartman and Tracy Ross; and grandchildren: Dallas, Ryan, and Kendra Gostola.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Texas Gostola; parents, Leo and Elizabeth Keogan; mother and father-in-law, Anna and Coleman Gostola; sister Mary Kovach and other extended family members.

She is survived by her sisters: Leona (Bernie) Sheehan and Helen (Graham) Rignall of Ontario, Linda Williams of British Columbia as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Anne was born on June 12, 1943, in Peterborough, Ontario, the second oldest of 5 daughters. After graduating, she worked as a registered nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital for several years before retiring in 2007. Anne loved serving in her church, was a past president of the Catholic Women’s League as well as being active with the Alzheimer Society, St. Michael’s Auxiliary, and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed numerous hobbies including crocheting, photography, painting and computers.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH- 2405 12th Avenue South on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. As Anne’s favorite color was blue, all those who attend the service are invited to wear something blue in memory of her.

In memory of Anne, Donations may be made to the All Saints Parish Building Fund – 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. T1K 0P4.

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

Heronima Buszko

1928 – 2017

Mrs. Heronima Buszko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Walter Buszko, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Heronima was born in Ogrodniki, Poland to parents Stanislaw Walinski and Stefania (Popko) Walinski on July 20 1928. She had three siblings Jadwiga (Antoni) Kulikowski, Gertruda (Czeslaw) Backiel, and Tadeusz – her brother who passed away shortly after birth. She met and married Wladyslaw Buszko on February 14, 1950 and had two daughters in Poland, Julie (Dale) Granlin and Teresa – daughter who passed away shortly after birth. In 1958, Heronima and her family immigrated to Canada and settled in the Lethbridge area. Life was tough at first, working sugar beet fields to make ends meet. Both Heronima and Walter would eventually work for Catelli and shortly later had their son Terry. Mama tried a few jobs but eventually settled in working at the St. Micheal’s and Lethbridge Regional Hospitals laundries as a seamstress. Heronima had a real passion for sewing at work and at home. Crochet and knitting was a hobby making many creations. Heronima and family would enjoy camping trips to the mountains with friends or fishing trips to lakes around Lethbridge Heronima was a cancer survivor. She went through a battle in 1987 and was cancer free for the remainder of her life. Heronima was always a hostess for family and friends, or anyone that would come to visit. You would never have an empty plate with all her home baking and cooking. True in polish tradition (and lots of leftovers). Mama would always have time to talk to, or visit with cousins that immigrated from Poland to Canada; Zygmunt Kulikowski (Calgary), Alina Kotynski (Edmonton), Malgozata Poskrobko (Calgary), Jolanta Soljan (New Jersey), Wojciech Backiel (Poland) and Godson Father Antoni Wasilewski (Poland) – a catholic priest; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also “furry grandkids” Mork, Bart, Presley, George, Lennie and Zoey over the years. Our Deepest Gratitude to all Caregivers, especially the Doctors and Staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital; the 5A GARU unit Edith Cavell Centre Home Care and Meals on Wheels for all your assistance. It is not a job you do, it is a calling. From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, February 10, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHUCH, 604-13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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GEORGE KENYON, of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Kurtz: Sister Theresa, formerly Sister Edmund Marie, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the Motherhouse, on February 7, 2017. Sister Theresa was 101 years of age and in the 82nd year of her religious life.

Born in Burdett, Alberta, she was one of eight children of the late Matthias and Theresa (Bauman) Kurtz.

Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on November 8, 1933, pronounced her first vows on August 24, 1935 and her perpetual profession of vows on August 24, 1938. After her profession of vows, Sister served in parish work and later in the field of education. She served many years as well in pastoral care of the sick and in spiritual direction. She was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Provincial Normal College and St. F. X. University. Sister Theresa qualified as a teacher of art and music following studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art, in Halifax and the Toronto Conservatory of Music. In 1973 she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Studies and in 1975, she graduated with a degree in Master of Divinity, both from Andover Newton Theological School, and the University of Massachusetts.

In Nova Scotia, besides the Motherhouse, Sister Theresa served at St. Martha’s Convent in Antigonish; Little Flower Institute, Bras d’Dor; Our Lady of Fatima Convent, Heatherton; St. Charles Convent, Dominion; Teachers’ Residence, Eskasoni; and Star of the Sea Convent, Canso. In Western Canada, she served in Alberta at Mount Carmel Convent, Canmore; St. Alphonsus Convent, Blairmore; St. Michael’s General Hospital, St. Monica Convent and Martha Centre, Lethbridge. And in Saskatchewan at Martha House, Regina.

Even with the loss of her eyesight, Sister Theresa greeted people with a smile and warm welcome. She delighted in listening to people read to her from novels, articles and in particular from Scripture.

Sister Theresa was the last surviving member of her family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters: Velma Bohna, Rose Roth, Margaret Kotkas, and Sister Magdalena, CSM; brothers: Joseph, Matt and Elias.

The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Sunday, February 12th at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, February 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Bethany chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of MacIsaac’s Funeral Service of Antigonish.


LEONA SPISAK, beloved wife of Steve Spisak of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, February 6, at the age of 82 years. She is the loving mother of daughters Denise (Vail) Johnson of Nashville, TN and Annette (Walter) Perrier Williams of Burlington, ON and grandchildren Stephen and Timothy. She is also survived by her nephew Bill (Toni) Nykiel, niece Aline (Jim) Hilton, sisters-in-law Margaret Eger and Irene (Colin) Turner, their children and many cousins. She was born in Romusz Poland on the eve of WWII but was forced from her home along with family and neighbors, who were transported in box cars to Siberia as POWs, displaced to Iran and Africa as refugees, losing siblings and her father on this journey.

The journey ended in Lethbridge AB where she found her adopted home upon immigrating with her mother and sister Sophie and built a life with Steve, after marrying on April 27, 1957. They operated various local businesses and enjoyed being members of this community. Despite an education disrupted by circumstance, Leona was adept at book keeping. Her joy was in her domestic life and family. She enjoyed her garden and atrium which flourished under her green thumb. She devotedly cared for her ill mother until she passed and enjoyed looking after her grandchildren. However, it was her gentle demeanor and extraordinary spirit in the face of adversity that made her unlike any other and will be deeply missed by those who knew her best. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

Thomson, Pearl Joyce

(nee Manning)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Pearl Joyce Thomson, beloved wife of Don Thomson and stepmom to Trevor, Mitch (Jennifer) and Corey (Analyn) Thomson. Pearl will be deeply missed by her granddaughters: Mikayla, Maria, Dahlia, Titania, Miya and Jorja. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandsons: Jackson, Cayden, Daniel, Marcus and Soren. Her memory will be cherished by Diane, Sonya and Emory as well as by her brother Roger (Karen) Manning, a large extended Thomson family and many dear friends. Pearl was a loving wife, loyal friend, caring stepmom and playful grandmother. She lived, loved and died as she chose, surrounded by people she cared deeply for. Pearl passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 63 years at the Good Samaritans, where she worked for more than 15 years. She was among friends and colleagues. Pearl succumbed to cancer, she was stubborn, caring and courageous to the last breath. There will not be a camping trip, family meal or game of cards that will pass without recognition of her absence.

Pearl’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, February 11th at 1:00 pm at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport).

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


KENNETH LLOYD WRIGHT, beloved husband of Deborah Wright, of New Dayton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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