January 20th, 2021

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 18, 2017.


BRENDA BURKE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Fred Burke, passed away at the St. Therese Villa, on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Brenda is survived by her son Pat (Shirley Tedder) Burke, as well as Brenda’s grandchildren Crystal (Ronald) Marshall and their children Tabatha, Charlie, and Hunter, Melissa (Joël) Larochelle and their children Trevor, Charlie, Jordan and Angela. Brenda is also survived by her brother Don Oates as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her loving husband Fred, Brenda was predeceased by her son Terry and daughter Linda.

When Brenda was healthy she loved knitting, going for walks (as a member of the Lethbridge Walking Club), travelling and had a great love for animals. In Brenda’s spare time she also loved to sit in her rocker chair and read. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all those whose lives were touched by hers.

A Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY – 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Those who wish to attend may meet at the Eternal Flame (Front Gates) of the cemetery.

A special thank you to Brenda’s Niece Judi for the care she provided to Brenda throughout the last few years of her life.

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EUNICE EVANS, beloved wife of the late Kenneth Thomas Evans, passed away in Raymond, AB on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

Friends may meet the family at the Magrath Stake Center, ONLY on Friday, May 19th, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Magrath Stake Center, on Saturday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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

Robert “Bob” David Filgas

1955 – 2017

Mr. Robert “Bob” Filgas of Lethbridge, husband of the late Angelika Filgas, passed away after a lengthy illness, on May 7, 2017 at the age of 61 years. Robert was born July 23, 1955, in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital to David Ernest Filgas and Marilyn Miladinovic. He attended Hamilton Jr. High and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Bob worked for Lethbridge Iron Works and Southern Feeds prior to becoming self-employed as a painter and maintenance man. He enjoyed music, collecting records, old cars and politics. He leaves behind his daughters, Crystal Lynn (Darren) Stevenson and Teresa Lynn (Michel) Vankriken; son, Jason Cory Filgas; grandchildren, David Vankriken, Alissia Vankriken, Valerie Vankriken and Cayley Stevenson; sisters, Brenda Filgas and Michelle (Randy) McGrath; brothers, Ronald (Judy) Filgas and Randy Filgas; mother, Marilyn Miladinovic as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Bob was predeceased by his son, David Michael Filgas and his father, David Ernest Filgas. A Graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Friday May 19, 2017 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Rohan Crown officiating. A Memorial Reception will be held at 1:00pm at the McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 2424 4 St., SW., Calgary, AB, T2S 2T4.

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March 26, 1947 – May 10, 2017

JUDITH ELSA TUDOR, of the Readymade area, passed away in Lethbridge after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the age of 70 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. A Celebration of Judy’s Life will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Donna Gregor officiating with a reception to follow.

Following the reception, Judy will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Gary Lewis MacDonald of Calgary passed away Saturday, May 13 from cancer. He leaves to mourn Rod and Star Haynes, who cared for him in his last few years, as well as many friends and relatives. He is survived by two daughters, Natasha and Monica, brothers R.A. (Pinky) MacDonald, Keith (Gloria) MacDonald, Gord Chile and sisters Marilyn Taylor and Karen Brown. Also many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Gary was predeceased by his mother, Lea Beth MacDonald (nee Haynes), his father Lewis MacDonald, and stepmother Helen MacDonald.

Gary was raised in Taber and graduated from W.R. Meyers High School. He was an avid basketball player and fan for life. He exhibited early his skills as a salesman, selling vitamins in high school. he went on to a career in sales. Gary went on a mission for the LDS church to France and Belgium. On his return, he had many successful years in sales and in that time he traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti and Europe. Gary ended his career as a builder and renovator of homes.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the home of Keith and Gloria MacDonald (4629 52 St Taber) on Tuesday, May 23, from 2-5pm.

Melvin Armour

1948 – 2017

Mr. Melvin Armour of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 69 years. A Visitation will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th St., S., Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th St., S., Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Al Litchfield, officiating.

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TADEUSH “TED” RUTKOWSKI, beloved best friend of Pat Lazarick, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Raymond Health Centre, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the age of 66 years.

Ted is survived by his son Dylan Rutkowski, and two grandchildren Taylor and Hailey Rutkowski, aunt and uncle Steve (Lydia) Danyluk as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sigmund and Vera.

Ted was born June 19, 1950 in Raymond, where he was raised and educated. He later went to SAIT and was employed in the oil field and pipeline industry as an Electrician and Safety Codes Inspector. Later on, he had his own consulting business, Ted Rutkowski Consulting Ltd. He will be remembered for his strong will, kindness and sense of humour that he shared with everyone. He will be dearly missed, but we know he is now free of pain. Rest in Peace Ted.

We wish to express sincere gratitude to Carlos Jensen, Russ and Debbie Court, all the doctors and health care workers who assisted Ted during his illness. You are our “Earth Angels”.

A Private Family Gathering will be held at a later date.

In memory of Ted, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5.

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It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and sister, SOPHIE SCOUT Ikkinaohkomi (Sings Softly) on May 10, 2017 in Cardston, AB at the age of 81 years. She will be remembered forever by her daughters Kelli Wells (Vince), Karen, Nadine, Audrey Scout (Joey); sons Terry and Morgan; grandchildren Shauna, Dwight, Kyle, Marisia, Lacey, J.L, Lorina, Brett, Tenneil, Jarrett and the late adopted grandchildren Corey Scout and Simon. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Derrick, Corbin, Sophie, Kenzie, Heyden, JJ, Kylie, Kaley, Peyton, Sara, and Brooke; her sisters Pearl LTS, Sheila Hunt and Barbara (Donald) Cotton ; also fondly remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too many to mention.

Sophie was born in Lethbridge, Alberta to Bob and Lost Bird (Bottle) Hunt on March 5, 1936. Her early education began in Lethbridge, AB and Coaldale AB, later attending St. Paul’s Residential School until grade 11. She started working when she left school, first as a nanny in Granum, AB. In 1980, Sophie pursued her career as custodian at St. Mary’s Residential School until KBE took over. She continued working there until her retirement in 2003.

Along with her late husband, Leo Scout; they made their homestead at Fish Creek starting in late 1950. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her gardening, cooking, family gatherings and

travelling. Sophie was not afraid to get her hands dirty when digging up the soil for her trees and shrubs. She loved gardening as she planted many beautiful flowers around their house. Family visiting would comment on her landscaping and gardening skills. Her hard work was evident with her beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers. Sophie often reminisced about her trip to Denver, Colorado with her in-laws Mildred Scout and the late Beatrice Big Sorrel Horse. Spending time with her sisters was a passion she loved, whether it was barbecuing, playing bingo or just visiting with them. She often mentioned how she enjoyed sleeping at her sister Sheila’s place in Lethbridge as she would give up her very comfortable bed for her.

Sophie is predeceased by her late husband Leo Scout: her parents Bob Hunt and Lost Bird Bottle; an infant son Blaine; her brothers Peter Hunt, Jim Hunt, Bernard Hunt; grandparents, aunts and uncles. Families include Bottle, Brave Rock, Buckskin, Scout, Hunt, No Runner, Red Crow, Stabsdown and others we may have missed. We apologize for this.

A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, May 18th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday May 19th at 11 am. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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CONSTANCE MARY VENABLES, beloved wife of Robert of Lethbridge, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years. A come and go reception will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Fireside Room, 1614-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge (wheelchair access available).

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

Dennis Wilford
1926 – 2017
It is with sadness the family of Dennis Allan Wilford announce his passing in Taber, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 90 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Cochrane RancheHouse Conference Centre, 101 RancheHouse Road, Cochrane on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Dennis leaves to mourn his loss, daughters Karen (Daryl) Dunsmore of Lethbridge, Shelley Barnard of Kelowna, Sandra (Glenn) Becker of Cochrane and Kim (Carey) Sulz of Qualicum Beach; six grandchildren Alyson Dunsmore of Lethbridge, Melissa (David) Russell of Wainwright, Shannon (Philip) Chu of Calgary, Meaghan Barnard of Kelowna, Elliott Sulz of Vancouver, Hannah Sulz of Missoula, Montana; great grandchildren Emily and Gavin Russell and Baby Chu. He is also survived by his sister Beverly James, sisters-in-law Gustie Wilford, Marie Garrison, Bernice Meredith and Enid Burnett; brothers-in-law Arthur (Onagh) Currie and Gordon Currie as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Connie; brothers Bruce and Barry; sister Shirley (Ed) Williams, granddaughter Pamela Barnard and great grandson Aiden Russell.
Dennis Allan Wilford was born on October 13, 1926 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. Even though he grew up during the hard times of the great depression, he had fond memories of his childhood days building forts and camping with his brother and best friend, Bruce. Though he often expressed regret at not being able to pursue further formal education past grade nine and training at the technical institute in Saskatoon, he provided for his family and worked hard to better their lives. Over his lifetime, he sold auto parts, cars, insurance, farm fuel and fertilizer. Dennis also worked for the Alberta Wheat Pool and as a short order cook. Up to the end of his life, Dennis had a keen interest in history, current affairs, travel, baseball, curling and golf. As well he enjoyed reading and doing crosswords. The last few years he learned to use the iPad so he could Facetime with family members. He was known for his sharp wit and brutal honesty, though this sometimes got him into trouble. Dennis was extremely proud of his wife, four daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and was often overheard telling others about their accomplishments.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dennis’s name may be made directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, 1003 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H4A 0A9.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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