January 22nd, 2021

THURSDAY, September 28, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 28, 2017.


MICHAEL JOHN “JACK” KINAHAN passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit in Lethbridge on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Leona, his children, Brian (Linda) Kinahan, Michaela (Jim) Sloot, Patrick (Carrie) Kinahan, Theresia (Jim) Berry, Kevin (Christine) Kinahan, Kathy (Carlos) Kinahan, and Michael (Heather) Kinahan, his 22 grandchildren, his 20 great- grandchildren, his sisters in laws, Geri Kinahan, Blanche Kinahan, Terri Ducie and Helen Heisler as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Deborah “Debi”, his parents, his two brothers, his two sisters and their husbands, and Leona’s three brothers and two of their wives, her sister and husband and her remaining sister’s husband.

Jack was born at his home on the family farm in Blucher, Saskatchewan on June 27, 1926. He married Leona Heisler on June 27, 1953 and shortly thereafter they moved to southern Alberta where they raised their eight children. Their last 49 years were spent in Lethbridge.

Dad was a veteran, having served his country proudly in WWII. He was an honourary life member of the Knights of Columbus and was a faith filled man who served his church in many capacities throughout his life. His deep love of God, family and friends was the greatest gift he gave to us all. In a letter written to his family a couple of years ago, Dad said, “One kind word said to the living is worth more than a million tears shed over a grave.”

A Prayer Service will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

In honour of Dad’s life, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, as Dad never refused an appeal for help from any needy charity.

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


HELENE DORA BYRNE, beloved wife of the late Francis Byrne, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the age of 100 years.

A Private Family Prayer Vigil and Cremation was held at Cornerstone Funeral Home on September 20th, 2017.

The arrangements for the Funeral Mass and Burial will be announced when completed.

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Steven Caswell

1987 – 2017

Mr. Steven Caswell of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the age of 30 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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JANET DICKOUT passed away peacefully at the Piyami Manor in Picture Butte, AB on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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May 10, 1948- September 22, 2017

Ralph and Hilda were together for 52 years and raised their children: Ralph Jr., Sarah (Paul Meguinis), Stephanie, Leon(deceased 1989) – focusing on maintaining a warm relationship with their children and grandchildren and extended families. He is survived by grandchildren: Megan, Brett, Brittney, Desarae, Leon, Patriece, Yvette, Nellie, Moira, Brook Joy, Sebastian, Curtis, Jacie, Riley, Tanis and Raf Lambert-Dodging Horse Siblings: Emelda (Gilbert), Evangeline, Theresa (Levi/deceased), Joan (Morton), Pauline (Henry/deceased), brothers: Randy(Iris/deceased), Melvin (Pauline) and Conrad (Marjorie/deceased); adopted children: Albert and Everett WC, Ivan Eli, Primrose, Lisa Knife, Freddie Vielle, Kevin MGH, Butch Plume, Shane and Sherry Littlebear, Basil and Leon Devine, Slim Davis, Narcisse Pipestem, Maynard Wells, Kailly Bird and Calvin Williams Jr. Ralph had numerous nephews and nieces.

Ralph worked very hard to support his family leading to an injury that caused medical problems in his later years. He left home at 16 to start his employment career that included: Claresholm and Fort Macleod Pre Fab Housing, Magrath Sugar Factory, Kainai Industry and most recent Blood Tribe Public Works. He also performed seasonal work in Washington, USA in fruit production in his younger years.

Ralph’s leisure activities included: Handgames, which he traveled extensively in Canada and United States. Horsemanship learned from father Louis, which he passed onto his son, Ralph Jr. Ralph and Hilda were involved in family playing Minor Hockey in Alberta. Leon Williams was a prospective draftee scouted by Jim Kirk Patrick and summoned to try out for a team in the USA. He was also scouted by Dawson Creek, BC. Junior Canucks-NWJHL. Watching Desarae play basketball. Some of his grandsons are currently playing in AA and AAA hockey in Calgary.

He was predeceased by son Leon (1989); parents: Louis and Louise; sister Bernadette(Andrew Small Legs); brothers: Wilburt(infant), Louis Knife Jr.; Grandparents: Paul and Katy Trollinger, Jack and Alice Eagle Bear, Father and Mother In Law: Victor and Alice Williams; numerous relatives and extended families.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Friday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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

Jennifer Kuntz

1979 -2017

Jennifer Kuntz of Lethbridge passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 38 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Erna Schwarz

1934 – 2017

Mrs. Erna Schwarz of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Albert Schwarz, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hopsital on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 83 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Ruth Reynar April 18, 1926-September 25, 2017

Ruth passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Monday September 25, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital. She received excellent care and attention from the doctor and nurses on 4C during her brief stay in the hospital. Ruth was born in Calgary and was of Swedish descent. She and her parents lived in different parts of Alberta with significant time spent homesteading in the Barrhead region when Ruth was a child. Ruth graduated from the Calgary General Hospital nursing program in 1947; being a nurse was something that made her very proud. After some hospital-based nursing, she became a District Nurse in the Foremost area. It was there Ruth met medical student John (Jack) Reynar home for the summer vacation. They married in 1951 and had two children, Karin Lee and Marlys Joan. They lived on a small farm in Brooks for many years with Ruth taking care of much of the yard work and growing beautiful flower and vegetable gardens every year. In 1974, Ruth and Jack moved to Lethbridge. Ruth worked as an occupational nurse for Woodward’s for a number of years as well as volunteering for the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, the Galt Museum and the Revelers. She loved sewing and was part of the Sewing Guild of Lethbridge for many years. Ruth was an excellent cook and loved entertaining; she put on an annual Lucia Day brunch with lots of great food and glogg. She loved flowers of all kinds and always had a flower garden as well as flowers in the house whenever possible. Ruth and her husband did extensive traveling over the years and she enjoyed recounting the many interesting and exotic places they visited; the last big trip being a month-long ‘around the world’ trip in 2004. Ruth was predeceased by her daughter Karin Lee, her parents and her husband, Jack, as well as many other family members and friends. Her little dog Sasha, whom she loved deeply, also passed away recently. Ruth is survived by her daughter Marlys and many friends who loved and appreciated her very much. Ruth was very thankful for her long and fulfilling life and did not want a memorial service. Those who wish to honor Ruth can do so by donating to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society (2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9), a charity close to her heart. Condolences may be forwarded to: http://www.generationsfh.ca


MICHAEL DAVID VAN LIERE, beloved son of Peter & Camelia Van Liere, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 12 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects during a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 2:30 to 4:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy #3, on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Michael will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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