January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 23, 2017.

John Chudobiak 1949 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. John Chudobiak, husband of the late Wilma Jane, in Lethbridge on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the age of 67 years. John is predeceased by his wife, Wilma Jane Chudobiak (Machnee); parents, Michael and Margaret Chudobiak, brothers Don, Bill and Richard Chudobiak. John is survived by his partner Diana Gesinghaus; sons Jerry of Carmangay and Robert (April) of Coaldale; sister Susan Parr of Lethbridge; brother Bruce of Calgary; granddaughter, Ashley. John will be most remembered in Coaldale for his Taxi Cab business that served the community for many years. He treated every customer with respect and truly loved what he did. It didn’t matter how tired he was, he never refused to drive someone to their destination. He was very much a people person and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already got another taxi business going in Heaven. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and relatives. Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the COALDALE FUNERAL HOME, 2013- 1711 20th Street Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1J7. An interment will follow in the Coaldale Community Cemetery. Following the graveside service, family & friends are invited to The Gem of the West Museum, 1306 20 Street, Coaldale, AB.

for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

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Mr. Robert Edmundson, a 41 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away March 17, 2017. The Officers, Members & Staff extend their deepest sympathy.

Hans Hein

1924 – 2017

Mr. Hans Hein of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Liesbeth Marie Hein, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the R.O.C. CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, 1220- 23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB.

A private family interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery.

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IVAN BERNARR HARRIS of Taber, passed away peacefully on March 15th at the Taber Hospital at the age of 94. Bernarr was born and raised in Taber and lived his whole life on the original Harris family homestead. He spent his working life employed at the Sugar Factory in Taber as an Agricultural Fieldman, retiring in 1988. He also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1947-1949.

Bernarr is survived by his loving wife Inez (Gibb) of 62 years, sons Dwight (Liana), Glade, and daughter Jennifer (Wilson) Landers, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister NaVee Wynder (Curtis), sisters-in-law, Betty Harris and Evelyn Harris. He was pre-deceased by his parents Ivan and Maude (Tufts) Harris, his sister, Joyce (Porter) Palmer, and by his brothers, Garth M. Harris, and Gary L. Harris.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 11:00 A.M. at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, TABER STAKE CENTRE, Taber Alberta. A viewing will be held Friday March 24th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Stake Centre, and on Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Interment will be at the Taber cemetery following the service.

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GEORGE E. HAWS, beloved husband of Gail Haws of 58 years, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on January 29, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

A Memorial Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

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(nee Wain/Nowotny)

Feb. 27, 1939 – March 20, 2017

“Heaven has found another Angel”

Lorraine passed away peacefully in Calgary on the first day of spring, surrounded by her beloved family. She is survived by six children, Les (Zdenka), Dan, Keith, Jack, Jim (Kris) and Trish (Steve), 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and her sister Wilda. She is predeceased by her husband – Donald, father – Bud Wain, mother – Florence, stepfather Earl Nowotny, brother Lawrence, sisters Shirley and Evelyne.

Born and raised in Barons, Alberta, she married her high school sweat-heart Don and began the process of raising a large, rambunctious brood with an easy grace and bright face, in spite of many financial hardships along the way. Love of family, her compassion for friends anyone in need (Harbour House being just one) was an inspiration to three generations, that will continue, far into the future.

The funeral service will be held at Southminister United Church, 1101, 4 Ave South (where she was also married on April 12, 1955) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 25th. There will be no procession or burial services as Lorraine has donated her body to the University of Calgary in one final giving and unselfish act. A reception will be held at the Army and Navy Club at 517, 5 Ave South, from 1-4 o’clock in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harbour House Shelter for women, or the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Donation boxes will be set up at the funeral, or you can donate on-line.

Margaret Wiebe

November 10, 1929 – March 13, 2017

Margaret Wiebe passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on March 13, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 87 years. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by her birth children; Richard (Carol) Siemens, Stanley (Cordie) Siemens, Beverly (Bruce) Campbell and Carrie (Brent) Keough; step-children Shirley (Paul) LaFrance, Chris (Cliff) Ivy, Ken (Noellie) Wiebe. She also leaves behind two sisters and one brother; grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends. Margaret was born in Gem, Alberta to Henry and Helen Warkentin. She married Ernie Siemens in 1949 and they were blessed with four children. Ernie passed away in 1990. She later married Henry Wiebe and they resided in the Lethbridge area for several years before moving to Airdrie, Alberta. Henry passed away in 2013. Margaret loved to care for others and always sought to see the good in them. She will be remembered for her love for the Word of God and prayer. Her faith was clearly evidenced as she trusted in the Lord even though life may be difficult. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her. A Celebration of her Life and Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A private family interment will take place in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery.

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Willard Martin

1944 – 2017

Mr. Willard Martin of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the age of 73 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, March 24 at CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416- 12 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona presiding.

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Marlene Pakarno
1939 – 2017
Stella Marlene Pakarno (nee Sivertson), beloved wife of Gilbert Pakarno, passed away peacefully following a brief struggle with cancer in Taber on Sunday, March 19,2017 at the age of 77 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Enchant Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Celebration of Marlene’s life will be held at the Enchant Community Hall, 121 Center Street, Enchant on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Frank Merkl
1924 – 2017
Frank Merkl, beloved husband of the late Tillie Merkl, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Frank is survived by his sons William (Monell) Merkl of Barnwell, Ronald (Cheryl) Merkl of Taber and Kenneth (Jennifer) Merkl of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; grandchildren Andrea Pyne, Paul Merkl, John Merkl, Sheila (Jesse) Terpstra, Ryan Merkl and Kyle Merkl; great grandchildren Brittany and Hunter Pyne, Evelyn and Emily Terpstra; great great grandson Zander Pyne. He is also survived by his special friend, whom dad called his sister Virginia (Frank) Badura; brothers and sister-in-law Dan (Julia) Hoffart, Anna Marie Puckett, Lawrence (Elsie) Hoffart, Frank (Sharron) Hoffart, Delores Hoffart and Harry Hecht.
He was predeceased by his wife Tillie Merkl on March 12, 2017; parents John and Theresa Merkl; father and mother-in-law William and Amalia Hoffart; in-laws Peter (Mary) Hoffart, Tony (Katie) Hoffart, Charles Hoffart, Johanna Hecht, Amelia (Otto) Schmidt, Ted Kopp and Ray Puckett.
Frank was born in Sokolovac, Croatia on February 6, 1924, the only child of John and Theresa Merkl. He came to Canada with his mother in 1928 to join his father who had immigrated to Canada in 1926. Frank lived in Regina, then due to the Depression the family moved to Taber in 1936. He went to school in Reliance and Taber. Frank left school halfway through grade ten because the family purchased a farm in Barnwell. He met Tillie Hoffart in 1950 at a wedding reception and in 1951 they were married.
Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus, having served as Grand Knight. He also was secretary of Barnwell local of the United Grain Growers for thirteen years and a member of the Barnwell seniors. Frank loved sports, especially fastball. He played for the Barnwell team and later with Cranford who were called the Cranford Farmers. While with this team they won the Alberta Intermediate “B” Fastball Championship. He was also proud to play broomball with his three sons on the Mavericks broomball team.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Frank’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 (http://www.cancer.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


STEVE ZUBACK, born March 10, 1947, passed away suddenly on March 20, 2017 at his home in Cardston.

The fourth son born to Steve & Sylvia Zubach, he spent his life in the foothills he loved. The self proclaimed “Cardston Cowboy” he lived hard, laughed loud, and loved fiercely.

He is survived by his wife Barb Zuback, daughter Pennie (Wilco) van Dijk, sons Brady (Mandy) Zuback, Brady (Zack Olsen) Romeril and his two cherished grandchildren Skyler & Koby.

He is also survived by his brothers Nick (Agnes) Zubach, Dennis (Jane) Zubach, Peter (Valerie) Zubach, one sister Robyn Zuback, as well numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents and brothers. Freddie George, and Jerry (Jiggs) Zuback.

A celebration of his life will be held at the South Hill Chapel (92 9 Ave E) in Cardston, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am. Friends may meet the family at the Chapel from 10 – 10:45 am.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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

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