By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 19, 2017.
RONALD JOHN BROWN
1931 – 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ronald John Brown at the Fort MacLeod Extendicare on May 13, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Ronald was born the eldest son of Robert John and Grace “Irene” Brown in Innisfail, Alberta. He lived his childhood years there and moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta when he was 8 years old. He was afflicted with the hereditary form of Retinitis Pigmentosa (progressive blindness). This never stopped Ron from doing everyday normal activities even as a child – such as delivering papers on the West End of Pincher Creek. He attended regular school at the “Jail House” school across from the now post office until grade 11 (many will remember the school being there). As a teenager, he worked at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton, washing dishes and changing beds, even staying in the dorms there. He later worked for Barney Cyr and even helped pour cement for the Old Hospital new section of the Lebel Mansion. As a young man, he worked up north for an oil company where he truly showed his good work ethics and money saving abilities. He saved enough money to buy the Old Esso Bulk Station on Main Street, which then lead him to the career of his life. He bought and buil Ron’s Billiards and then Chinook Lanes in 1962. It was at this time, he met and married the love of his life, Helen Morris in 1959, in Coleman, Alberta. Together they spent 58 years together working side by side on numerous endeavors in the bowling world. Helen gave up her teaching career to be his partner in every sense of the word. They never had any children themselves but everyone that came through their doors whether at their home, bowling alley or their cabin at Seely Lake, were their children. Many will always remember their kindness and love. Ron and Helen moved to Lethbridge, and once again expanded the bowling alley world by purchasing the Holiday (Glenwood) Bowl, the Family Bowl and a bowling alley in Calgary. He loved everyone and everyone loved Ron. People still talk about and attend the Bowling for The Blind that Ron and Helen started years ago. Ron and Helen travelled near and far, all over the world on excursions, cruises, etc. making many friends along the way. He was truly a marvel in what he could do while traveling with Helen by his side. Many keep in touch with them to this day. Ron and Helen retired to Pincher Creek in 1994 to be closer to family and friends as well as old stomping grounds. It was here that they have been able to enjoy the wonderful life of their later years. They travelled down to Yuma to winter for many years – with Helen driving whatever rig they owned at that time and met and enjoyed so many friends along the way. They will never be forgotten. Old and new friendships were rekindled in Pincher. The Saturday night meat draws at our local legion was a true highlight for Ron. Last but not least were the second loves of his life, his Seeing Eye Dogs; Pepi, Tony, Jonathan and Robbie. He loved his Golden Retrievers. His puppies came first in every aspect, they were walked, brushed, teeth brushed and fed before he even had breakfast himself. They were his children even though they were his eyes, he could never thank them enough for giving him the opportunity to explore the world even further, Ron will forever be remembered as the Blind Guy walking with a spring in his step, a smile on his face, always a hello to everyone and always on a mission whether it was to the bank, post office, or walk with a friend. He lived his life to the fullest and could water ski, skate, fix almost anything, and build whatever he had an inkling to build. Ron scared his neighbors many times while being up on his roof fixing his Ham Radio Antenna. Nothing slowed him down, and he never forgot a voice. Ronald will be lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; brothers Ken (Lynn) Brown, and Bill (Linda) Brown; special nieces Cathy (Dave) Skierka, Carol Nelson and Cheryl (Greg) Law; special nephews Bryan and Todd Brown and Grant Brown; as well as numerous great and great great nieces and nephews. Ronald was predeceased by his parents Robert and Irene; his sister Betty Copeland, brother-in-law Ken, and sisters-in-law Rose Brown and Judy Brown. Helen and family would like to thank everyone for all the help they have received during this difficult time. They will be holding a Private Celebration of Ron’s Life at a later date. Memorial donations in Ron’s name may be made directly to the Windy Slopes Health Foundation (Box 2554, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0)
SHIRLEY HEALY (TAILFEATHERS), beloved wife of the late Dave Healy Jr. ,passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the age of 76 years, surrounded by family. Shirley was born at the Blood Indian Hospital on July 13, 1940 to Ken & Helen Tailfeathers.
She is survived by her children Ivan (Patsy), Geoff (Tracy), Delcy (Russ), Lynn (Mark), and Lorin; grandchildren, Dacey, Cody, Kristylyn, Jarret, Shaelene, Darwin Jr., Treylene, Cale, Bayley, Bron; great-grandchildren, Conner, Tawn-Jay, Krista, Tawny, Malcolm, Brooklyn, Max RJ, Suray, Vada, Willow, Baby Delcy, Bellamy, Hendrix; one sister Beverly (David) Maiers; daughters-in-law, Joanne Healy Little Bear, Colleen Dodging Horse; sisters-in-law, Sylvia, Peaches, Rosie Jane Tailfeathers & Audrey Eagle Bear.
She is predeceased by her husband Dave Healy; son Rusty; grandchildren, TawnyJo and TJ Healy; parents, Ken & Helen; siblings, Caroline, Butch, Punch, Ira, Punky, & Byrdeen Quesnelle.
In her earlier years, she loved playing in a softball league and also travelling to local rodeos with her dad Ken Tailfeathers, where she took part as a barrel racer. She even competed in the Cardston Rodeo Queen contest one year. In the early 70’s she began her lifelong busing career. It was then that she became a bus owner and driver. She was also one of the first counselors at St. Paul’s treatment center.
One of Shirley’s greatest passions was supporting her sons in their hockey careers, where she was both coach and manager to them. Everyone remembers the infamous “mothers vs. sons” game where she played goalie against Lorin and Troy. One of her greatest joys was watching her grandchildren join in the sport as well. Not only was she one of the greatest (and loudest) hockey moms to her kids and grandkids but also to many, including her nieces and nephews.
Shirley’s other great passion was supporting and working side by side with her husband Dave in building their ranch and horse racing career. She was a constant presence on the track not just as a fan, but working in the barns, the paddock, and even in the gates. Shirley loved and helped care for every one of their horses. It was here she met and built her racetrack family which consisted of people from all over Canada and the states.
She will be surely missed by all who knew and loved her. Heaven was changed forever when Auntie Shirley walked through those gates, welcomed by Uncle Dave, Rusty, Tawny Jo, her mom, Dad, and siblings.
A Wake Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, May 19th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
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ELEANOR M. HVIZDOS (nee CIZEK), of Lethbridge, AB, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 90 years.
As per Eleanor’s request, there will be no funeral. A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. with moments of remembrance being shared at 11:15 A.M.
This is a chance for people to say goodbye and share their fond memories of Eleanor. A light luncheon will follow.
A Private Interment will be held at a later date at the Blairmore Union Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband and daughter.
In lieu of flowers, Eleanor and her family request that donations be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.
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Lena Marshall-Moline passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 11th. She leaves to mourn her family Don Jr. (Shelley) and Brenda (Robert) Jurgens as well as granddaughter Shannon (Richard) Marshall, grandson Adam Jurgens and great- grandson Ryley Jurgens who was her pride and joy. She is also remembered by several nieces and nephews.
She has reunited with her first husband Don Marshall as well as her son Gerald and granddaughter Tanya Jurgens. She was also predeceased last year by her second husband Art Moline.
Lena was daughter to Sylvio and Pierina Baceda, and sister to Enso and Bruno, who she previously has laid to rest along with several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Mom will be sadly missed by family and friends left behind.
A Private Family Graveside Service will be held on her birthday, May 26, 2017 in the Field of Honour and a Celebration of her Life will be held at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, at 2:00 P.M., where friends are invited to attend.
If friends so desire, memorial donations in Lena’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3.
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Johannes “Joe” Overbeek, of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on April 27, 2017 at the age of 84 years.
Joe was born in Woerden in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1951 at the age of 19.
He worked for southern Alberta farmers until 1960 when he began a long career with the Alberta Wheat Pool.
Joe was married to Helen Kobuta. Helen passed away in 2005.
Joe is survived by two step-sons, John and Allan Kobuta. He is also survived by his brother Ties, as well as nieces and nephews in the Netherlands.
He was predeceased by his parents Gerardus and Johanna Overbeek, brother Pank, sister Ann and nephew Gert.
Joe enjoyed numerous travels to Europe and the United States, most often accompanied by friend, Mike Oevering. He also enjoyed pike fishing and reading Louis Lamour westerns.
Services will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 327-10 St S, Tuesday, May 23rd with Visitation from 10-11 a.m. and a Prayers Service at 11 a.m., Deacon Cliff Bogdon officiating. Cremation will follow, with interment at a later date.
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. 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.
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RALPH WANDLER, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the age of 83 years.
Dad was born on August 26, 1933 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 10 children. Left to Cherish his memory are his children Faye (Murray) Miller, Arlene Bye, David, Darrell and Brent (Darla) as well as 11 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren with one due in July, a very special and dear friend Marilyn Greenwood, his brother Jack (Gen) and sisters Madeline and Agnes.
Ralph was predeceased by his wife Lillian, daughter Karen and son Perry.
Thank you so much to the nurses on 3B at the Chinook Regional Hospital, the Doctors, and a special thanks to the Palliative care team at St. Michael’s for your TLC of our “Ralphie”.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5 or a charity of one’s choice.
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WENDEL WEBER, beloved husband of Brenda Weber, passed away at home on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at the age of 83.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.
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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.
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.