January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, February 16, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 16, 2017.


ALEXANDER “ALEX” BENE, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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PETER DYCK, beloved husband of Clara Dyck of Coaldale, Alberta, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on February 14, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

He was also the loving father of: Lorne Emmerson & Kim Hill – Medicine Hat; Celia & Rick Wasney – Winnipeg; Kelly & Rona Dyck – Fort Mc Murray; Candice & Sean Knight – Hawaii; Cynthia & Aaron Barrington – Santa Cruz.

His gentleness and memory will be cherished forever by his following grandchildren; Tristan, Cooper, Kiandra, Hunter, Hayden, Samantha, Donavan, Gareth, Shylo, Yasher & Zion

Peter was predeceased by his mother and father, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and one sister. He is also survived by many Brothers-in-law, Sisters-in-Law, Nieces and Nephews.

Peter was born on a farm on June 1, 1937 South East of Wymark. After finishing his school in Rhineland, Saskatchewan he went on to farm with his father on the family farm. Peter loved the Lord and became a Christian early on in his life. On June 2, 1973 he married Clara Wiebe and they went on to have five children, Lorne, Celia & the biggest surprise triplets Kelly, Candice & Cynthia. They continued to grain farm, with a cow and calf operation. He was also a dairy farmer for a number of years. He was very skilled with his hands and made many of his own tools as well as being mechanically minded, overhauling many engines for his neighbours and friends. Pete & Clara also made and sold sausage for 15 years.

They moved to Alberta in 1994, where he worked on a dairy farm and as a welder. Pete and Clara own a catering business which they have continued for 40 years as well. Pete was a very loving, kind and compassionate man, loving his family dearly, and going the second mile. He was a very hard worker and would always help a friend in need. He loved his trips to Hawaii and travelling. Pete and Clara’s favourite pastime was to go to Waterton and Banff, Alberta to see the mountains. He had a passion for hockey like no other. He was a quiet passionate man, who could sit for hours and read a good book. He had a green thumb and loved to take care of his yards, both at the farm and here in Coaldale. His favourite thing in the summer was to sit in the backyard on the swing he made himself and listen to his music with the grandchildren and his wife.

He is dearly loved by his family, friends and neighbours and will be greatly missed by all.

A viewing will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge AB, on Friday February 17, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

A private family graveside will be held on Saturday February 18, 2017.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 at UNIVERSITY DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH, 55 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to Gideon Bible or STARS Ambulance.

A special thank you to the staff in the ICU unit at Chinook Regional Hospital, who showed so much love and compassion to our father.

In our hearts forever and always.

Peter Dyck June 1, 1937 – February 14, 2017.

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Our sweet mother was born in Didsbury AB to Frank & Jenny Zurawel on July 30, 1923; the eldest of five children with Mary (deceased), Olga (deceased), Tom (deceased) and Rose.

Mom has gone home but left us with a bounty of awesome memories. As teens she would sing and dance with us and our friends. She was there when we returned home from a date, no matter how late, to hear the details. She smiled, giggled or laughed with abandonment at the slightest provocation. It was common to hear her adages ringing throughout the home; you little monkey, listen here buster, who wants a treat, oh Winst, and oi boze me. Mom’s hands were rarely still with cooking and baking at the top of her list. She also loved to garden, travel and keep a tidy home. Our mother was a beautiful woman who enjoyed dressing to the nines; she never left the house without looking like a million bucks. She was generous, selfless and kept the home fires burning for anyone who needed her for anything. She was everyone’s friend. Mom was our biggest cheerleader supporting us in anything we chose to do. She expressed often in the last few months that she was ready to go home. She was well loved. Mom married her sweetheart, Winston L Gregson (deceased) on Sept 28, 1943 in Cardston AB. They had five children; Jean (Jim Bambrick), Robert (Luba), Shirley (Al Takasaki), Ron (Joyce) and Allan (Shirley). Her grandchildren are as follows. Robert has Lisa, Catherine and Court. Shirley has Trina, Bren and Richele. Ron has Jason and Christopher. Allan has Lynaea, Wayne, Laurel, Amy, Emily, Spencer (deceased) and Tiffany. She has 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A private family funeral will be held on Friday.

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GREY, Ryan Thomas

November 29, 1982 – February 11, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Ryan Thomas Grey. Ryan is survived by his two children Eden and Jetton Many Fingers Grey and their mother Chelsea; his parents Harold Grey and Vivian Grey; his sister, brother-in-law, nephews and niece Erin, Sean, Cooper, Brock, and Kate Felker; his closest friends that were like brothers and sisters to him; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his large circle of friends. Throughout Ryan’s life he was always surrounded by friends. He loved big and with his whole heart. His friends meant so much to him but nothing held a torch to the love he had for his children. Eden and Jett were his greatest source of pride. He loved sports and played hockey, football, slo-pitch, and golf. He enjoyed being out in nature, fishing and camping with family and friends. Life was not an easy ride for Ryan, and even with the love of so many family and friends, sadly it ended way too soon. A service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd, Strathmore, AB) at 1:00 p.m. Please bring your stories of Ryan’s life to share with all his friends. Donations are gratefully accepted in trust for Eden and Jett at gofundme.com/trust-for-eden-and-jett. To send condolences, please visit Ryan’s obituary at http://www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.


LESLIE STEVE KARK, beloved husband of Deedria Shaw Kark, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the age of 56, after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer.

Leslie is survived by his mother Elizabeth Banbury, his stepfather Dr. Lloyd Banbury, his father Steve Kark, his stepmother Margit and two paternal brothers David and Robert Kark, all of Lethbridge.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 11:00am, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410 28 Street South, Lethbridge.

Friends may meet the family prior to the funeral service from 10:00 to 10:45am.

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

Betty Emily Loose

January 15, 1932 –

February 7, 2017

Mrs. Betty Loose of Magrath, loving wife, mother and grandmother, beloved wife of the late Mr. Douglas Loose, passed away in Magrath on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Betty is survived by her children Michael (Laura) Loose, Don Loose and Betty Ann (Ron) Masuda, her 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by her husband Douglas Loose, her parents Baden and Ora Brown and her sisters Irene and Evelyn. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am, on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Magrath Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Magrath Garden City Seniors Center, 32 North 1 St W, Magrath, AB.

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Arthur “Art” Mensch

1936 – 2017

It is with a sense of great loss that we announce the passing of Art Mensch at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

Art was born on November 19, 1936 to Agnes and Friedrich Mensch in a Germanic immigrant community in the Ukraine, which at that time was part of the U.S.S.R. His childhood was filled with hardship, uncertainty, and political unrest. He was only 3 years old when World War II broke out and 5 years old when Germany invaded Russia. There were many times when his whole family feared for their lives as they were caught between Russian and German armed forces. Two brothers, Nick and Harry, were added to the family by 1943. In approximately 1943, the German army began to retreat back into Eastern Europe and allowed these Germanic settlers to accompany them. What followed next for Art and his family was five years in various refugee camps in European countries. Two more brothers were added to the family in those years, Fred who was born in what was then known as Yugoslavia, and Willie who was born in Austria.

During those years in the refugee camps, Art was responsible for much of the child care for the family. His father was completely missing for several years, and his mother provided for the family by working for various landowners and making handmade slippers and exchanging them for food, leaving Art responsible for looking after his younger brothers. When the family finally emigrated to Coaldale, Alberta in 1948, Art’s duties of caring for his younger siblings continued as his parents worked as much as they could for local farmers in the sugar beet industry in order to pay back their sponsorship debt and to establish their own home.

As Art grew to adulthood, he always worked and always provided for his family. He would do whatever it took to make a living, whether this might be working as a farm hand or driving a taxi cab. He and his brother Harry worked together for several years driving cabs, and had many an interesting story to tell about this. Later on Art worked a number of years for Kirk’s Tires, and then when an opportunity opened up to work for the Town of Coaldale, he felt that this would be a great job for him and enjoyed his employment there for 31 years right up to his retirement. Art was extremely committed to his career with the Town of Coaldale where he was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to performing his job to the best of his ability.

One of his favorite sports from a very early age was fishing. Art loved being outdoors, and could grow a great garden. He enjoyed music and formed his own country band which played locally for some years. As well, he and Dolores had many happy and memorable times camping in the mountains which he loved, something he looked forward to with each approaching summer. Art will be very sadly missed by his numerous friends and family members.

Art is survived by Dolores, his loving wife of 38 years as well as his children Karen Mensch, Tracy (John) Lavorato, Patricia (Dan) Allen, Georgina (Neil) Palin, and David Bird, along with nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, four brothers Nick (Christine), Fred (Sunny), Willie (Joan), Vic (Gloria), and one sister Elizabeth (John) Byrne. Art was predeceased by his parents, two children Sharon Jacobs and Jim Mensch, one grandson Kevin Lavorato, and his brother Harry.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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Jordan Nathan No Chief, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2017 at the age of 35 years. A family Service will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, February 17 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod a Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Brocket. A Wake service will be held at the residence of Jordan and Christine No Chief. A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Eden’s Funeral Home.


EDGAR JOSEPH ELPHEGE PRIVÉ, beloved husband of Verna Privé, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the age of 76 years.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

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HELEN JUNE RICKABY, beloved wife of the late John William Rickaby, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


LeVaun Matkin Thompson passed away quickly and peacefully on February 12, 2017 in Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 92. Born in Magrath, Alberta on June 15, 1924 she was sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. Her greatest joys were her family, friends and the LDS church, John MacKenzie Thompson, her husband of 67 years, pre-deceased her on November 1, 2016.

LeVaun’s funeral and memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Spring Coulee, on Saturday, February 18th, at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

She will be interred in the Spring Coulee Cemetery next to Johnny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to a church or your favourite charity.

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

Sybren Visser

1928 – 2017

Mr. Sybren Visser of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Arlene Visser, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, February 15, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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


BILL VOGT, beloved husband of the late Eleanora, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Bill will be profoundly missed by his five children and their families: Grant (Echo) Vogt; Greg (Elaine) Vogt; Terry (Pam) Vogt; Suzanne (Darren) McIntosh; Sherryl (Ed) Loman and his numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lisa (Mark) Potvin (Amber & Ryan, Aiden, Oliver); Tiger (Tyler) Vogt, Errol Vogt; Hillary (Ali & Naveed) Norouzi; Colleen (Brandon & Brielle) Chow; Sheena (Jason & Eloise) LeMoine; Kyle (Cortney) Vogt; Samara (Jordan) McIntosh; Nikki (Dayton) McIntosh; Justin (Ashley) Loman; Jocelyn (Frank & Sam) West and Luke Loman as well as his special nephew Loren (Janice & Jenna) Montgomery.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Peter & Pauline Vogt, his sister Tena, and brothers Hank, Peter, Alex, Andrew and Victor.

Bill Vogt was born in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1925. The family moved to Chin, Alberta in 1931 and to the Sunnyside area a year later. He attended grades 1-9 at the Crystal Lake School near Lethbridge, and grades 10 & 11 at Hardieville School.

After graduating, Bill worked at the Galt No. 8 Coal Mine, and briefly in construction.

Bill and Eleanora married in 1948 and moved to Picture Butte in 1951. Bill worked for a welder until he opened his own shop (Bill’s Welding) in 1955.

Over the next 62 years, Picture Butte was central to Bill’s life. He served on town council, the county school board, was President of the Fish and Game Association, President of the Piyami Archers, Treasurer of Trinity United Church, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Elks Club, drove bus for seniors and school trips and was Fire Chief for more than 30 years.

In 1994, he was recognized as Picture Butte’s Citizen of the Year, and only weeks before his passing was honoured by the Fish and Game Association with a lifetime membership.

Bill, who was often seen patrolling town in his Black Widow, enjoyed fishing, camping, and painting and loved to share those passions with his grandchildren.

He was a regular on coffee row, where he closely followed community activities and enjoyed the stories and fellowship of his close friends.

We will “bush for coffee!!”

A Memorial Celebration will be held at the PICTURE BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM, 401 Rogers Avenue South, Picture Butte, Alberta, on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Picture Butte Fire Fighters Association or the Picture Butte Fish and Game Association.

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


Elias Walter, beloved husband of Dora Walter, Passed away on February 14, 2017 at the age of 75 Years

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the HUTTERIAN BRETHERN CHURCH OF EWELME, Fort Macleod, Alberta.

Norman Williams

1938 – 2017

Mr. Norman Williams, beloved husband of Mrs. Muriel Williams, passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


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