October 24th, 2020

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 26, 2017.

Andrew Baczuk

February 3, 1925 – July 12, 2017

Andrew Lester Baczuk was born in Harkacs, Czechoslovakia and passed away at the Kipling Hospital, Kipling, Saskatchewan at the age of 92 years.  Andy came to Canada at the age of 4 years old and he and his family settled in the Milk River, Alberta district.  Andy lived on the family farm near Milk River and the Sweetgrass Hills until he met his wife Margaret Mezaros.  Andy and Margaret were married and relocated to Kipling, Saskatchewan in 1951.

Andy leaves to mourn, his wife Margaret, children Darlene Baczuk and Deb (Bill) King, Bob (Darcy) Baczuk and Barry (Cindy) Baczuk; siblings Helen Bodnar, Isabelle (Donald) McCoy, Emma Harsany; in-laws Dorothy (Wallace) Heaton; grandchildren Kelly (Greg) Valentine, Ashley (Brock) Baczuk, Jake (Sarah) Volk, Paige Volk, Justin (Bekkie) Duarte; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Isabella, Emiliah and Wylee and his many nieces and nephews.

Andy was predeceased by his son Bart Baczuk, parents Andrew and Elizabeth Baczuk, sister Mary and her husband Harold Suthans, brother Les and his wife Mary Baczuk; parents-in-law Andrew and Louisa Mezaros, Chester Bodnar, Alec Harsany, Benny and Ethel Balog and of course, his favorite companion, Jesse.

Memorial Service will be held at the Kipling Community Centre on August 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Lynette Callfas officiating.

The family will have a private interment at a later date

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is graciously requested

Online condolences may be made at http://www.tubmanfh.com.  Arrangements in care of Tubman Cremation & Funeral Services.


Mara Bennett
1971 – 2017
Mara Bennett, beloved wife of Daryl Bennett, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the age of 46 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.


DYCK

“Well done, My good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord”.

CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” TERENCE DYCK, of Coaldale, AB was welcomed home by his Heavenly Father in the late afternoon of Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the age of 38 years. Chris passed away suddenly and swiftly as a result of a tragic farm accident.

Everyone is invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Interment service for family and close friends will be held at the COALDALE CEMETERY on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

A Celebration of Chris’ Life will be held at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Dr. Nigel Wheeler officiating. Babysitting will be provided.

In memory of Chris, memorial gifts may be given to Power To Change Ministries, 20385 – 64 Avenue, Langley, B.C., V2Y 1N5.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


DYKSTRA

It is with great sadness but, quiet relief, that we announce the passing into glory of MATHYSJE “MATTIE” DYKSTRA (nee Pater), beloved wife of Glenn, on July 20th 2017 in her home at Legacy Lodge at the age of 88 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100-40th Ave. North, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor John van Eyk officiating.

A Private Family Burial was held prior to the service.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


ENSIGN

RAYMOND ENSIGN, loving husband of Wendy (nee Casson), dad to Cass and Bill (Lindsay) Scales and grampy to Reese and Austin, passed away suddenly in his home, on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 64 years.

Ray will be dearly missed by his brother Wayne, sister Faye, numerous nieces and nephews including Leanna, Micheal and Robin; Wendy’s brothers and sisters, and their families; and close family friend Anne Kanyo.

Ray is predeceased by his parents, Wendy’s parents, sisters Ellie, Mary, and Gloria, brother-in-law Ray Hendy, and sister-in-law Lorraine Conley.

Although Reese once pointed out that Grampy is only one letter from grumpy, she will always remember him with the ‘a’, and he will always be Captain Austin’s Commander.

Ray was born July 14th, 1953 in Carmangay, Alberta to Eugene and Clara Ensign. Growing up, he lived in various communities in Southern Alberta, eventually settling in Lethbridge. Ray enjoyed being a delivery truck driver for several years. After suffering a back injury in 1983, Ray discovered his calling as a locksmith for Active Lock & Safe. He was very proud of the skills he developed, and the service he provided. Ray enjoyed the challenges his profession provided him. There wasn’t a lock he couldn’t open, or a key he couldn’t cut.

A Come and Go Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


FRENCH

Charles Edgar “Ed” French, beloved husband of Margaret Faye French, passed away peacefully on his 91st birthday, July 21, 2017 in Cardston, Alberta. Ed was the fifth child of eleven, born to Charles Osborne French and Bessie Francell Olsen on July 21, 1926 in Cardston, Alberta. He was raised on the family’s ranch at Hill Spring, Alberta. There he learned the value of hard work as the family worked together to provide for themselves. At a young age, he drove teams of horses, milked cows, cared for livestock and ploughed the land. He attended grade school initially at Park Bend and finished his high school education in Hill Spring. Ed attended the University of Alberta and graduated in May of 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. During his university experience, he excelled in the sport of boxing and won many trophies and championships, including Alberta and Canadian Amateur boxing championships in the Light Heavy Weight Class. He won most of his fights by a knockout, usually in the first round. In 1952, he qualified for the Canadian Olympic Boxing team to participate in the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Instead, that same year he received a call to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Helsinki, Finland. He served there from 1952 to 1955 and developed lifelong friendships. On August 29, 1956, he married Margaret Faye Duell, a registered nurse from New Dayton, in the Cardston, Alberta temple. Ed started his career selling feed then moved on to the livestock business, buying and selling cattle for Weiller and Williams Co. Ltd. The company sent him to Lloydminster to operate their branch office there. Ed and Faye lived there for 4 years. In 1961, they moved to Lethbridge where they have remained. In 1964 Ed started his own successful business, C.E. French Livestock Ltd. In 1968, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in the sport of boxing. In 1971, they moved outside of Lethbridge to the farm, where he resided until his passing. Ed was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many church callings throughout his life, including the first Branch President in Lloydminster, Boy Scout Master and High Counselor. Many people benefitted from his acts of service. He was an extremely hard worker, devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and by example taught his family these principles. Ed was diligent and determined in everything he did. He enjoyed riding his horse. He loved his family and leaves a large posterity that will always remember his life and legacy. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Faye; their 6 children Cynthia (Brian) Low of Cardston, Carol (Tim) Court of Cardston, Cam (Deb) French of Lethbridge, Marie (Ron) Anderson of Redcliff, Carla (Matt) Williams of Eagle Mountain, Utah and Kristine (Ron) Strate of Magrath; 31 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ellen Bingham of Cardston and Elaine (Clarke) Lybbert of Fort Macleod. He is predeceased by his parents; his siblings Rex, Melba, Cliff, Bessie, Keith, Russ, Wallace, infant brother Donald and infant grandson Jared French. Friends may meet the family at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home 703-13 St. N. Lethbridge on Thursday July 27 from 7pm to 8pm and at the church prior to the service from 10am to 10:45am. The funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Fairmont Chapel, 205 Fairmont Blvd. S. Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday July 28, 2017 at 11am. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Dr. S. Lethbridge.

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


Roy Hammergren
1924 – 2017
Roy Ernest Hammergren, loving husband of the late Thelma Hammergren, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children in Taber on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
A private burial will be held at the Vauxhall Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
A Celebration of Roy’s life will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. To view the complete obituary notice or to send condolences, please visit http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Roy’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (http://www.diabetes.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


June Conners

1927 – 2017

Mrs. June Conners of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Charles “Chuck” Conners, passed away at the Good Samaritans Society on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the age of 90 years. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive S., Lethbridge, AB, with Canon Alan McCuaig officiating.

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


Ben Kress
1931 – 2017
Benedict Kress, beloved husband of Margaret Kress (nee Hemsing), went home to his loving Father on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 86 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Hays Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Ben is survived by Margaret, his wife of fifty five years and their children Roxanne (Michael) Fournier of Edmonton, Joe Kress (Kelley Robinson) of Edmonton, Robert Kress (Holly Riva) of Vauxhall, Paula (Kory) Brown of Calgary, Glenda Kress (Joe Dosramos) of Edmonton and Dale (Kara) Kress of Shaughnessy; twenty grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother David (Eva) Kress, brother-in-law Eugene Melhaff and sisters-in-law Henrietta, Shirley and Mary Kress as well as thirty eight in-laws on Margaret’s side and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ben was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Geraldine Kress; parents Paul and Barbara Kress; siblings Angeline (Andrew) Bolen, Jack Kress, John (Cleofae), Aggie (Paul) Proust, Leo Kress, Cecilia (Dan) Weisgerber, Dan (Alarine) Kress, Barney Kress, Leona Melhaff, Teddy (George) Wolosuk and Edward Kress. He was also predeceased by Margaret’s parents, Syl and Mary Hemsing, her brother Jim and brothers-in-law Glen White, Nels Block and Bill Kooyman.
Ben was born January 12, 1931 in Rosefield, Saskatchewan. He moved to Hays in 1952 to farm with his father and brothers. Ben took over the family farm where he continued to farm until retirement. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ben’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Keith McCulloch
1930 – 2017
Keith McCulloch, beloved husband of Verna McCulloch, passed away in Taber on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the age of 86 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Verna, Keith is survived by four daughters Sharon McCulloch of Lethbridge; Wanda (Claus) Burchert of Blairmore and her children Ian (Brandie) Spatuk, Corrie (Peter) Bubik and Nick Spatuk; Marilyn (Brian) Kambeitz of Taber and their children Karly, Brandon (Rachel) and Davis Kambeitz; Fay (Darrell) Kambeitz of Camrose and their children Stephen (Ashley), Mike and Stewart (Jamie) Kambeitz as well as twelve great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Betty McKinlay, Angus (Lois) McCulloch and Lucille Barby; in-laws Evelyn Whittaker, Inez Anderson, Shirley (Bob) Glover, Glen Ecklund, Lorne (Diane) Ecklund, Garry (Gail) Ecklund, Leroy (Wendy) Ecklund and Dennis (Joanne) Ecklund.
He was predeceased by his daughter Cindee Leigh; brothers Archie, Colin, Robert, Jack and Gordon; sister Jean Laird and many very close family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Keith’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 or to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H7.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


 

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