October 30th, 2020

FRIDAY, December 8, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 8, 2017.

Charlotte Bagozzi

1925 -2017

Mrs. Charlotte Bagozzi of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Donald “Don” Bagozzi, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the age of 92 years. Charlotte was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and was a long-time member of the Central Church of Christ. Charlotte is survived by her children Jim (Sandy) Bagozzi, Bob (Wendy) Bagozzi, Donna (Steve) Lynch; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Besides her loving husband Don, Charlotte is predeceased by her parents James and Helen McGilvary; as well as siblings John McGilvary, Janet Neely, Mollie Pinkus, Elizabeth Baxter and George McGilvary. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Dr., S., Lethbridge, Alberta.

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CLARKE

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of ALLEN CLARKE at the age of 60 years. He was born on May 5, 1957 and raised in Lethbridge.

Allen passed away suddenly on December 2, 2017 at this home with his family by his side. Our beloved son, father, papa, brother, uncle, partner and dear friend will always be remembered.

Allen is predeceased by his mother Lois Clarke and survived by his father Ronald, son Cody (Ivory, Phoenix and Xander) son Kyle (Paige and Etnee), partner Launa (Lulu), brother Ron (Nancy and Terri), sister Lisa Lutz (Darren, Keanna and Tori), brother Jim (Deb and Miyah) and many close and cherished friends.

Allen was a proud man and affected many in a positive way. Anyone who knew “Big Al” knew about his love of cars, his need for speed and tinkering in his garage. He owned a transport company called “Greg’s Transport” which he purchased on December 1, 1980 and lived by the motto “my customers were always my friends, and this truck will stop at nothing to make them my first priority.” Allen had a passion for hunting and never missed a season; many will say he needed to perfect that “third gear sneak.” Among all these affections, his heart was, and will still remain with his family cabin at Duck Lake, MT where he spent most of his time with the ones he loved.

At the request of Allen, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, per Allen’s choice of charity.

The family wants to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

To all those who knew Big Al – “Well I S’pose!”

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GERZANICH

MICHEAL JOHN GERZANICH, of Lethbridge, beloved partner of Karen Miller, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at the age of 58 years.

Mike was laid to rest during a private family Graveside Service.

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Christina Hammer 1975 – 2017

Christina Hammer of Lethbridge AB beloved daughter of Dallas and Larry Hammer passed away suddenly on November 30, 2017 at the age of 42. Besides her loving mother Dallas and step father Rob Bodnar, Christina is survived by her daughter Daylynn Jarvis, son Dawson Jarvis, grandmother Margaret Wieler, brother Larry (Kim) Hammer, as well as niece Katrina Reimer, nephew Ashton Hammer. Christina was predeceased by her father Larry Hammer. Christina was born in Lethbridge AB in 1975 to Larry and Dallas Hammer. Christina grew up on the family ranch in Twin Butte AB. She attended school in Pincher Creek. As a child Christina loved riding horses and spending time on the family ranch. Christina moved to Calgary where she met Kevin Jarvis and began their own family welcoming into their lives son Dawson and daughter Daylynn. Eventually they moved to Lethbridge where they resided to this day. A private family service will be held in the spring of 2018. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Streets Alive (323 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1Z9). Condolences may be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


HETFLEIS

MARY ANN (WIGHT) HETFLEIS passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law April and Brent Van Vaerenbergh and four grandchildren Tyler, Tricia, Alyssa and Hunter Van Vaerenbergh of Picture Butte, her son Paul Smith of Calgary, her brother and sister-in-law Riley and Penny Wight of Kamloops, BC and her niece and nephew Cherie and Francis Wight and their families.

Mary Ann was predeceased by her parents, Emmett and Catherine Wight.

Mary Ann was a resident at Piyami Place in Picture Butte where she met lots of great friends and her contagious smile and laugh will be missed so much.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne, Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 724 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T1.

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John Tkachenko

1924 – 2017

Mr. John Tkachenko, beloved husband of Anna Tkachenko, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Prayers will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 9:00am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with RT. REV. FR. Taras Krochak officiating.

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Margaret Robinson

1929 – 2017

Mrs. Margaret Robinson of Magrath/Del Bonita, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kenneth Robinson, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 11:00am – 11:45am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00pm with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. Interment will take place at Archmount Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, a donation in Margaret’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Paul Maruyama

1929 – 2017

Mr. Paul Jun Maruyama passed away peacefully on November 25, 2017, at the age of 88 years, in Edmonton, Alberta. He was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on June 11, 1929. He is survived by his beloved wife May of 53 years, his son Bryan (Christianna), grandchildren (Liam and Ella), siblings Sat (Shirley), Wayne, Daisy (Jim), and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his siblings Tuck, Ken, Jack, Jane, Gen, Norma, and Katy. The family wishes to thank the staff at Laurier House Lynnwood, Edmonton, Alberta for their care of Paul for the last few years. A Private Family Graveside Service was held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 2, 2107 in Mountain View Cemetery.

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NEWTON

LEONARD K. NEWTON passed away with his family by his side at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at the age of 61 years.

Leonard is survived by his brother Randy and Louise Newton of Osoyoos, BC and their family Heather and Aiden; and Ken, Tyson, Brad and Jillian; his sister Janice Hufnagel of Cochrane, AB and her family Frank and Martha, John and Jamie, Greg, Kate; Pat and David, Parker, Jared; Donna and Kevin, Annalee and Jesse, Dallas. His sister Sharon and George Jagielski of Lethbridge, AB and their family Travis and Shannon, Katie, Alex, Brooke; Joel and Phoebe, Brenden, Anjah, Gaven; Everett and Terrelle.

He was predeceased by his parents Ken and Verna Newton; his sister and brother-in-law Helen and Frank Borthwick; his brother-in-law Carl Hufnagel, and an infant brother at birth.

Len had a wonderful personality full of the joy of life. He was a compassionate and friendly man who loved his family, his many friends and enjoyed his animal companions. Len loved to laugh, dance and sing. He enjoyed many years participating in horseshoes, swimming and bowling through Special Olympics. He was very proud of his involvement with the LACL, Rehoboth and, most recently, Special Development Unit in Fort Macleod. His love of life and people touched the lives of all who knew him. The Funeral Service will be held at the OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue S., Lethbridge, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Deacon Ray Wagner officiating. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. Len will be laid to rest at Archmount Memorial Gardens, Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Macleod Health Foundation (c/o SDU), Box 520, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0; Rehoboth Christian Ministries, Box 1312, Coaldale, AB T1M 1M1; or the Lethbridge Association for Community Living (LACL), 527 – 6 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2E1.

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OHNO

Mrs. Shirley Shiyoko Ohno (nee Murao), passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Legacy Lodge at the age of 81. Shirley is survived by her loving husband Ted Teruo, and her children Sheila (Ken) Penner, Donald, Janice (Frank) Arjomandi, and granddaughter Madalyn Arjomandi, as well as her siblings Roy (Mary Ann) Murao, Aki (Eileen) Murao, Mitzi (Art) Ohashi, all of BC. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Shirley is predeceased by her siblings Jean, Todd and Amy Murao. Shirley was born on February 24, 1936 in Steveston, BC. She was an LPN in Vancouver for several years until she married and moved to Lethbridge. Shirley was active in the lives of her children, and after they were older, went to work at Woodwards / The Bay. She was involved with the Womens Group at the Japanese United Church. Shirley enjoyed golfing with the ladies at the Henderson Lake Golf Club. She also enjoyed curling with the senior league at the Lethbridge Curling Club. The family wishes to thank the medical and support staff at the Legacy Lodge for the excellent care given to Shirley. At Shirley’s request, there will be a private family service. Also at Shirley’s request, flowers, koden and donations are gratefully declined.

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Lena Konrath
1925 – 2017
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, God called Magdalena Konrath to her heavenly home at the age of 92 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


OLEKSY

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of BILL OLEKSY at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Left to mourn is Jennie, his wife of 63 years (to whom he was a fantastic loving partner); son Brent (Jamie), grandchildren Rick, Jody (Craig) and great-grandchildren Tesla, Nolan, Calder; daughter, Brenda (Bob) and grandson Chase; and youngest son, Barton (Cris) and granddaughter Katya. He is also survived by his sister Sylvia (Richard).

He was predeceased by his mother, father, three brothers and three sisters as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, with whom he was very close. Bill was born in Strong Pine, Saskatchewan, on October 3, 1926. He attended a small, one-room country school until grade nine and, when his family moved to BC, finished his schooling in Langley. He then made his way to Winnipeg to enroll in Teachers College. After graduation, he taught in many rural schools before settling in Swan River, Manitoba in 1953 to teach grades five through seven. He met Jennie, a fellow teacher, married her in 1956, and had three wonderful children.

For a change of pace, he moved his family to Lethbridge in 1967 where he managed the Super Sonic Car Wash for a year. He then returned to his first love – teaching. He taught in many schools, but his favorite time was as principal of the Dorothy Gooder School for eight years. At the same time as teaching and raising his children, he attended night school at the University of Lethbridge and obtained his B.A. He is fondly remembered as the teacher who loved to organize field trips and get his students to have more fun in and out of the classroom. Bill retired from teaching in 1987, but kept busy doing a number of things, including driving for Handi-Bus and working with AMA to teach driving to high school students. One of his favorite sayings was that, if he had to do it all over again, he’d have more fun!

Bill was famous for his wild selection of ties, suit jackets and mismatched socks. His collection of clothes was featured on CBC and was on display at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Bill was also well known around town at Christmas, where he would stroll through different businesses playing Christmas carols on his mandolin. His mandolin playing was also enjoyed by many family members when he and Jennie would call to play and sing happy birthday.

The family would like to give a special thank you to nurses Kara, Katie, Doctors Plotnyk and Winder and all of the amazing staff on the 4th floor of the CRH.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held in the spring of 2018. Details will be announced at a later date.

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Wilmer (Bud) Matson 1926 – 2017

Wilmer (Bud) Matson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Marie Matson, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the age of 91 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE, 1805 – 9th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations can be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

Cremation entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.


WOJTOWICZ

CARL GENE WOJTOWICZ, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Colleen Wojtowicz, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the age of 77 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Carl will be laid to rest with his wife at Mountain View Cemetery.

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