January 24th, 2021

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 13, 2017.


HAZEL MARGARET PETRUNIA ATWOOD passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the age of 92 years. Hazel was predeceased by her husband A.C. Atwood on December 13, 2000, and by her parents Joseph and Ilona Petrunia, five brothers and four sisters. Hazel is survived by her daughter Dawn (Wayne) Clark and their sons Rob and Scott. Hazel loved the company of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Her family was everything to her – she was the true measure of Unconditional Love. She is also survived by her step-children Warner (Ann), Cam (Loral), Karen (Barry) Lee and their children. She was devoted to her Church and served in many callings and always served with love and compassion. Thank-you to her special people at Good Samaritans in Magrath. You all made such a difference in her life. She loved you and appreciated your love and tender care. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

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



Born November 11, 1928, died April 8, 2017, peacefully, in Calgary, Alberta. Jim is survived by his loving wife Lucille (Lucy), and his children Shauna Hunter (Rob), Norris Blaxall, Melanie Walthall, Luanna Schmelter (Jeff), Burns Blaxall, Lisa Foggin (Rod), and grandchildren Sarah Robertson (Christian), Brad Hunter (Angie), Krista Emrich (TJ), Josh Hunter (Maddy), Adam, Jacob, and Michael Walthall, Mallin, Maya, and Hayden Blaxall, Kira Schmelter, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jim was born in Magrath, Alberta, to Norris and Ina Blaxall. He married his sweetheart Lucy, on July 15, 1954. Jim was very successful in his career, and retired from Calgary Coop as the VP of Human Resources in 1991. He was begged out of retirement by the Alberta Appeals Commission and was with them four years.

He is described by his children and grandchildren as: playful, teasing, steady, patient, positive, supportive, someone who would teach life lessons while helping to gut fish, who would make you laugh while telling made-up legends and hiking stories, who made you feel you could do anything, who always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

A funeral will be held at 11:00am Saturday April 15th, 2017 at the Parkland Chapel, 14540 Parkland Blvd SE, Calgary. Viewing from 10:00-10:45am. Graveside service and interment at the Magrath Cemetery at 4:00pm the same day.

Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca.


STANLEY VINCENT BODIOU passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the age of 72 years.

Stan is survived by his son Ian (Melodie), sisters Valerie, Sandra and Elaine (Brent); grandchildren Ainsley, Emily and Aidan; nephews Randall (Carla), Duane and nieces Paula (Tonia) and Wanda (Calvin); as well as great-nephews and great-nieces.

He was predeceased by his son Stanley Neil, his parents Yves and Edith, nephew Wayne and great-niece Brandi-Lee.

Stan was born on August 15, 1944 in England. He travelled to Canada by ship at age 1 with Mom and sister Valerie eventually moving to Cardston and later to Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.

Stan loved to ski and his favourite hills were at Castle Mountain Resort near Pincher Creek. He was a founding member and instructor of the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing – Alberta (CADS Alberta) and was very proud of all his students. He was a statistician and proud supporter for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and previous Lethbridge hockey teams for over 30 years and rarely missed a game.

Stan was a good father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a kind generous giving man, liked by all who knew him and he knew and cared about a lot of people. He was always willing to lend a hand at whatever was asked of him be it cattle branding, fixing fences or leaky faucets and everything in between.

Stan retired at age 65 from Lafarge Concrete after 41 years of working as block plant supervisor.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 15 (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.) at his favorite hangout Boss Hogs Country Saloon, 1210 – 1 Avenue South, Lethbridge (18 plus years of age). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CADS Alberta – Lethbridge (CanadaHelps.org)

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


MARY NELSON CHIPMAN passed away at the age of 86 on Monday, April 10, 2017 in Lethbridge. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Mary was born in January 1931 in Cardston, the second child of Loran and Fanny Nelson of Glenwood. She married Richard W. Chipman(Dick) in 1950. They have a posterity of 3 children, 13 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

She leaves behind her daughter Kathy McKenna, son-in-law Mike Wilcox, and son and daughter-in-law Wade and Jackie Chipman. She is also survived by her sisters, Loraine Fisher and Shauna Humphreys and brothers, Robert Nelson and Vaughn Nelson.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, husband, sister Nola, daughter Laurie, son-in-law Warren, granddaughter Kimberly and great- granddaughter Amada.

Mary wrote poems for many, many occasions. If she had been writing this, it would have been in rhyme. She wrote poems for weddings, family gatherings, work parties, and lots of church and community activities. We count ourselves blessed to be the recipients of her poems.

We also were blessed to enjoy her wonderful meals, her “homey”, comfortable home, her love and devotion. And she shared this with everyone. We all loved her smile, her cute sense of humor and her dry wit.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She held many callings but probably her favorites were a chorister for primary, and Junior Sunday School and Ward chorister and choir director. She and Dad served a mission in the Denver, Colorado, North Mission.

The family would like to thank all doctors and nurses that took care of her. We would like to thank all those at Heart Function. We especially would like to thank all the nursing staff and doctors at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their loving care of Mary and us. They are truly angels.

We are so thankful for the loving concern of so many family members and friends (more angels).

The Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, WEST STAKE, 560 Highlands Blvd W, Lethbridge, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport) on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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


ARTEMIO CONCENGCO, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the LETHBRIDGE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, 2606 – 16 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.

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Frieda Dekker

1925 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Frieda Dekker on Sunday April 2, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Frieda passed away peacefully with her family at her side. A Celebration of Frieda’s Life will be held at the MONARCH REFORMED CHURCH, 3A Hwy 3A, Monarch AB, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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


LINDA JUNE FLETCHER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her sisters: Darlene (Bruce Twa) Hudson, Shirley (Paul) Blogorodow, Sylvia Orsten and Bonnie (Glenn Halpin) Fletcher. Linda is also lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews: Jeff, Kent, Bradey, Amber, Kelsey, Patrick and Nathan as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews: Grayson, Isabella, Konnor, Calder and Oliver. She was also survived by a large extended family.

Linda was predeceased by her father Myron Fletcher, mother Viola Fletcher and step-mother Doris Fletcher.

Linda was a life-loving, fun-having, family-involved, enthusiastic sports fan. She was honoured throughout her life with a number of accolades, starting with receiving her social work degree from the University of Lethbridge. From there she went on to working in the justice system for the Alberta Government. During her career she was awarded with the Alberta Governor General’s Medal for Exemplary Service. At the time of her retirement she was celebrated with a formal ceremony at which time she was honoured with a native name by the indigenous people of the Blood Reserve: Ninaakii – “Chief Woman”.

Linda will be fondly remembered for her enthusiasm and absolute commitment to all sports, in particular to the San Francisco 49ers and all of the junior hockey teams in Lethbridge. One area of her life that was so important to her was animals; especially her cats. Linda also loved going to Apache Junction, Arizona to spend the winters with her retirement friends.

Family was paramount to Linda. She was always present and available to support when a helping hand was needed and enjoyed every moment with her nieces and nephews. The commitment that she had to her family will last through generations and will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of those that live on.

At Linda’s request, no formal Funeral Service will take place; instead relatives and friends are invited to a Come-and-Go Reception at the NEW DYNASTY RESTAURANT – 103 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

In memory of Linda please wear your bright and colorful clothing and sports apparel to the Reception.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Linda, donations may be made to the YWCA – Harbour House, Women’s Emergency Shelter: 604 8th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 2K1 or to the Lethbridge Humane Society: 2920 16th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 5E9.

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

Elizabeth Lend

1933 – 2017

Mrs. Elizabeth Lend of Raymond, beloved wife of the late Mr. Joseph Lend, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., with Pastor Jacob Pillibeit, officiating.

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


CARA LEE LESLIE, of Toronto, Ontario, passed away suddenly on 24 March, 2017. She is survived by her mother, Lorrie (Doug) Bennett, of Raymond, as well as her grandparents, Gary and DeLores Gough of Lethbridge, aunt Dana (Kim) Orth of Calgary, and uncle Gordon Gough of Strathmore. Cara was born 18 December, 1971 in Calgary, and raised in Lethbridge. Upon completing her schooling in Lethbridge, she studied musical theatre in Edmonton at GMCC. Cara’s love of musical theatre led her to a stellar career performing, acting and singing in numerous productions in Toronto, across Canada, and in Japan and Afghanistan. Her strong sense of fashion led her to opening her own vintage clothing shop, “Madam Vintage”, in Toronto’s West End. Cara will be dearly missed by friends and family. A private family Memorial Service will be held in Raymond, interment in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Wishes and condolences may be sent to lorrie.bennett53@gmail.com

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


ELDON LUTZ, beloved husband of Gail Lutz, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the age of 80 years. The Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.


Aug. 28, 1914 – Apr. 4, 2017

After a long and rewarding life, Elizabeth passed away peacefully in her 102nd year, at the Fairmont Extendicare, her home for the past five and a half years.

Liz was a devoted and treasured Wife, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma, who left a legacy that her family will always strive to uphold.

Elizabeth is survived by two daughters who cherish her memory; Lorraine (Lucien) Bruyckere and Eileen (Edward) Ivanics. She will always remain in the thoughts and prayers of her three grandchildren; Dean (Claudia) Bruyckere, Colleen (Brent) Leadbetter, and Myrna-Jean (Dann) Burroughs. She will also be lovingly remembered by her seven great-grandchildren: Chandler & Richelle Bruyckere and Dylan, Austin & Easton Leadbetter and Emma & Ethan Burroughs. Liz is also survived by her brother Robert (Ada) Toth as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Andy in 2004, who she adored, and was by his side throughout their lives together of 69 years. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents Julia and John Toth, two brothers, three sisters, seven sisters-in-law and ten brothers-in-law.

In 1939, Elizabeth joined Andy in Lethbridge and found employment at a restaurant earning $15.00 per month, including room and board. This “position” included; cooking, serving, dishwasher and drier, cleaning (which extended to the washrooms) and anything else that had to be done. Besides her full time restaurant job, Liz had a number of weekly affluent clients doing housekeeping and also took in washing and ironing to keep the savings account growing.

In 1947, Elizabeth and Andy were able to purchase one section of land east of the Milk River/Warner area which was the start of their long and outstanding farming career. Some of this land had to be broken, so whenever she could manage a bit of time away from her other jobs, she would be by Andy’s side breaking the land. About this time, they also felt it was a wise idea to become owners of a Rooming and Boarding House, providing the necessities of a semi-home life to 15 men, some of whom were in the Canadian forces and a number of Chinese Chefs who ran the kitchens of some of the best Chinese restaurants in Southern Alberta.

Elizabeth was widely known for her spectacular flower and vegetable garden, which she shared with family, friends and the strangers who would stop and admire the fruits of her “green thumb”, asking for plant clippings, which she was more than happy to provide. They would leave with their clippings along with a bag of fresh veggies or raspberries. She was a fabulous cook and her Hungarian pastries were enjoyed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have her pop over to their home and leave you a treat, or better yet, visit and sit at her table.

We wish to extend our thanks to the staff of 2nd West at Fairmont Extendicare, especially those who were with her daily, for the compassionate and loving care they provided Mom over these past years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Larry Hankinson, officiating.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.

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


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.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.

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Mike VanderWal
1947 – 2017
Mindert VanderWal, beloved husband of Wendy VanderWal, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the age of 69 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Yoko Daisy Kosaka 1938 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Yoko Daisy Kosaka (nee Nakano) on January 22, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta. She was born in Steveston, B.C. on July 29, 1938. Daisy is survived by Dennis, her loving husband of 56 years, her daughter Renee Husdal, son Tyler Kosaka (Christina), brother Yasuo Nakano (Min), sister Mickie Atagi as well as three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at Parkbridge Estates Community Hall, 2927 – 29 Street South in Lethbridge at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 22, 2017.

To send condolence visit http://www.bowriverfuneral.com

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