January 22nd, 2021

SATURDAY, November 11, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 11, 2017.


April 11, 1933

– November 7, 2017

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of AUDREY BLANCHE CATHERINE BISH, (nee Pfaff) of Lethbridge, at the age of 84 years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Grant; two sons Greg (Olive) and Phil (Cindy); and daughter-in-law Linda as well as sisters Marilyn and Edna; grandchildren Clinton, Colin (Tarn), Travis (Amber), Adam, Kristi, Tannis and Kenneth; great-grandchildren Kirsten, Keanna, Harrison, Fierra and Terry; nephews Kelly and Ryan; niece Vanessa; great-nieces Kendal, Natasha, Renee and Melissa.

Audrey was predeceased by her son Terry, brother-in-law Reg and nephew Corey.

Audrey was born on April 11, 1933 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Albert and Marguerite Pfaff (nee Costello). Grant and Audrey were married on May 24, 1950 in Camrose. They resided in Forestburg from 1950 to 1969, Hinton from 1969 to 1975 and Devon from 1975 to 1982, where they owned a confectionary & men’s wear store. Following brief stops in Beaumont, Stettler, and Blairmore, Lethbridge would be come their home.

She lived a long and generous life centered on her loving family. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., with a short service to take place at 2:00 P.M.

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Dirk Kok

1939 – 2017

Dirk Kok – husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, was released from struggle and pain on November 8, 2017. The Lord God brought him Home.

Dirk was born on April 11, 1939 in Niekerk, the Netherlands.

Besides his loving wife Mary Kok nee Leffers, Dirk is survived by one daughter and three sons; Peter (Elizabeth) Kok of Fresno, California, Lyndon (Diny) Kok of Calgary, Alberta, Sharon (George) Veurink of Coaldale, Alberta, and Rod (Dianne) Kok of Edmonton, Alberta; his grandchildren Sydney, Hadarah, Erika, Lydia, Emma, Laura, Gerard, Deb (Dan), Brent, Steven, Larissa, James, David, and Rebecca; his brother Sid and his sisters Elsie and Gail.

Dirk was predeceased by his parents Pieter and Susanna Kok; brother Jake; sisters Trijn and Jacoba; grandchild Michael, and great-grandchild Damien.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, in Coaldale Hwy 3W, with Rev J. Huijgen officiating.

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RAYMA LEONE FRACHE, beloved wife of the late Ernest Frache, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

Georgina Bozsak

1944 – 2017

Georgina Bozsak of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Steve Bozsak Sr., passed away suddenly at home on November 6, 2017, at the age of 73 years.

Georgina was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on August 2, 1944 to John and Marcella Harasyn. She attended school and became a Journeyman Hairstylist in 1972. Her hobbies included playing crib, gardening and gossiping on the phone (lol).

Left to mourn her loving memory are her son, Steve Bozsak Jr.; sisters, Helen and Nelly; brothers, Jack and Johnny; her boyfriend, Mike; numerous nieces, nephews and their families and the lovely “Granddog” Jersey.

Georgina was predeceased by her loving husband, Steve Bozsak Sr.

Friends and Family are invited to pay their respects between 1:00pm and 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Gina’s house, 331 – 28th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, you can make a donation to the SPCA Humane Society, 2920 – 16th Ave N, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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ADOLF CONRAD GRUSS, beloved husband of Margaret Gruss, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the age of 78 years.

He is the loving father of: Angela Bodnar (Wade) of Rivercourse, AB and Rosemarie (Rosie) Schneider (Sean) of Westbridge, AB.

He is the grandfather to five grandchildren: James and Gerrid Bodnar of AB, Aiden, Kiya and Kieran Schneider of B.C.

He is also survived by: mother-in-law Ethel Suto of Lethbridge, sister Maria Marten (Otto) of Lethbridge, brother Karl-Heinz Gruss (Gutrun) of Germany and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by: sisters Johanna Multerer (Albert) of Germany, Annemarie Kretchmer (Ralph) of B.C., Lydia Schnorr (Joseph) of B.C., nephew Patrick Kretchmer of B.C., Wilhelm Gruss of Germany and niece Petra of Germany.

Upon request of Adolf, there will not be a service.

In memory of Adolf, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northern Territories, #40, 1202 2nd Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB. PH: 403-329-3766.

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ROGER DEAN HOLT (RD), 51, passed away in Bucerias, Mexico on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Born September 23, 1966.

Son of the late Roger W. Holt and Barbara J. Salmon. RD will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his children Asa and Avery Holt, whom he adored, both of Denver Colorado.

He is also survived by his siblings; Jason Holt, Hilary Holt-Brown, Candice Miller and Julie Holt, and many nieces, nephews and loved ones whom will miss him greatly. RD was raised in Raymond, AB. During his younger years he was a gritty Raymond Comet. He had the privilege of continuing his Football career while attending Snow College and later transferred to and graduated from Montana State University. RD loved his hometown; he enjoyed telling stories and history of his beloved land on the Milk River Ridge and spending time there sharing his knowledge with friends and family. His passion for fishing and the outdoors gave him respite later in life. He enjoyed much success in his life but none more so than the birth of his son and daughter. His legacy lives on in their hearts and memories. He was a friend to all who met him and was a character not easily forgotten.

His family invites you to celebrate his life with them on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, 260 E 200 N, Raymond, Alberta. He will be laid to rest beside his best friend, his father, Roger W. Holt. Friends are welcome to meet with the family prior to the Service on Monday November 13, 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45am at the church.

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MARTHA LANGEMAN peacefully passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on November 4, 2017. Martha was born in Broderick, Saskatchewan on February 18, 1926. She was the youngest daughter of Jacob Peter and Justeena Langeman.

In the spring of 1918 her family moved to Coaldale and she lived there ever since. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers Peter (Lily) Langeman, Jacob (Joan) Langeman, her sister Christina (Jake) Martens, her nephew John Martens, great-nephew Jack Martens and great niece Nicole Flaig.

After her education, Martha was offered a position with the Coaldale Post Office and she continued working there until her retirement in 1989.

Martha is lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Walter and Susan Langeman, Linda and David Waugh, John (deceased) and Audrey Martens, Verla and Joe Liptak, Bill and Bonnie Martens, Ed and Linda Martens, Stanley (Butch) and Cathy Martens, Judy and Larry Elhart, Shirley Martens and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Martha’s life was filled with joy and happiness with her association with family and friends. She was an active member of the Mennonite Brethren Church and found joy in supporting many missionaries throughout her life.

She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors and caregivers at the Coaldale Health Care Centre for their kind and dedicated service.

A Memorial Service will be held at COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale, AB on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Gary Burke officiating.

Prior to the Service, Martha was laid to rest at the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery.

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Silvio Mauro

1924 – 2017

Silvio Mauro, beloved husband of the late Rosina Mauro, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his family at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at the age of 93 years.

Born in the hamlet of Grimaldi, in the province of Cosenza, Italy, on March 12, 1924, he was the third child to Angelo and Anna. From the beginning, Silvio was taught a devotion to God, the value of family and his Italian traditions. Having his Father immigrate as a young boy played a significant role in Silvio’s life. He was primarily raised by his Mother and often spoke of his relationship with her. She had a huge impact on creating the man he was and leaving him with the solid foundation of loving every human being and to always bring happiness to their lives. Although countries separated him and his Father, it was he that built his stature, respect, values and dignity. His Dad’s sacrifice taught Silvio what it meant to strive for the best life for his family. Silvio was a cabinet maker by trade. At the age of 23, Silvio married the love of his life, Rosina Vercillo and they started their family. He made the decision in 1951 to follow in his Father’s footsteps and immigrated to Canada without his family to create a better life for them. His wife and two young boys were reunited with him in 1954 in Trail, B.C. Shortly after, they moved to Lethbridge where they raised their four children and where he resided until his passing. His strength, determination and strong faith in God are what guided him through life’s journey. Silvio demonstrated his strong faith by his conviction to the rosary by having them throughout his home and around his neck. This was his way of fulfilling his testament.

Silvio was a hardworking, devoted, nurturing husband, papa, nanno and cata nanno. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and especially the little ones. He continued with his Wife’s qualities of taking great pleasure in creating a home full of hospitality and wonderful “Silvio style” homemade meals. The most important part of his life was his family. He strived to create a life full of love, laughter, and strong family values. Silvio also established a vast circle of friends.

Silvio loved to entertain, had endless stories and welcomed everyone into his home. His ability to find joy in every situation was displayed through his spontaneous dancing and singing; without rehearsal. His sense of humour and playfulness were what attracted people to him. When in Silvio’s company, no matter who you were, no matter what age or status, his charismatic demeanor was engaging. He had a special, natural power that gave him the ability to influence other people and attract their attention and admiration.

Silvio was a founding member of the Lethbridge Italian Canadian Culture Center. He was a 4th degree Knight and was always honoured to serve at masses.

Silvio left an imprint on everyone who was lucky enough to spend time with him. We are all forever changed because of this kind-hearted man. Ti amo per sempre.

Silvio is survived by his daughter, Anna (Daniel) Zrim of Lethbridge; sons Angelo (Linda) Mauro of Kamloops, B.C. and Joe (Selena) Mauro of Lethbridge; a daughter-in-law Pauline Mauro of Lethbridge; seven grandchildren: Ashley and Stefan Zrim; Rosina (Jason) Deak, Billy (Brandy) Mauro, Alyssa Mauro; Analea (Michael) Balint, and Michael (Jamie) Mauro; ten great-grandchildern: Matthew, Jade Deak; Joelynn, Bryson Mauro; Carter, Zylan, Nico Balint; Siena, Milan, and Lucio Mauro; sister-in-law Teresa Vercillo; and numerous relatives in Italy, United States, and Canada.

Silvio was predeceased by his loving wife Rosina; son Michele “Mike”; parents Angelo and Anna; sister Rosaria Gallo; and brother Giuseppe.

Vigil rights (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S. Lethbridge, Alberta.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the ST. MARTHA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Eric Nelson celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Family Plot.

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

The family requests that you please include your favorite memory of Silvio in your condolence.


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