January 19th, 2021

FRIDAY, December 22, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 22, 2017.


CAYLEE LYNN BLANEY, beloved daughter of Darren and Carmen Blaney passed away suddenly near Crossfield, Alberta in a tragic car accident on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at the age of 23 years.

Caylee is survived by her loving parents, Darren and Carmen Blaney, her brothers Brayden and Landen, her Grandparents Don and Evelyn Adams and Ken and Myrna Blaney, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Caylee was born on June 5, 1994 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Caylee spent her first year living on the Deseret Ranch south of Magrath, her growing up years in Lethbridge and then Stirling, and finally moved with her family to Cardston. Before attending post-secondary school, Caylee participated in a humanitarian service trip to Guatemala where she volunteered in an orphanage. She attended Southern Virginia University for a semester before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlotte, North Carolina. Caylee cherished her mission and was a wonderful missionary who truly loved those she was able to teach. Following her mission, Caylee returned to Cardston where she served as the YSA Branch Relief Society president for two years while working as a receptionist and then doctor’s assistant at the Cardston Clinic. Caylee very much enjoyed working with the doctors, nurses, staff and patients at the clinic and decided to further her education in the medical field. In the fall of 2017, she headed to Edmonton where she was enrolled at NAIT taking upgrading courses with the goal of becoming a Lab/X-ray Technician. Once in Edmonton, she immersed herself in college life and the YSA Branch, making new friends and excelling in her studies. She died in a crash on icy roads while on her way home to Cardston for Christmas.

Caylee had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was blessed to know that families can be together forever. She was a kind, caring woman with the ability to uplift and love those she came in contact with. She had an infectious smile and always made everyone feel included. Caylee genuinely loved people and had the ability to draw people in and make everybody comfortable whether she was home with family, with friends, in North Carolina or in her new adventures in Edmonton. She loved to spend time outdoors with her family in Waterton and at the ranch in Mountain View. She loved life and appreciated the beautiful world around her. Caylee will be dearly missed by her family and all those who love her. The family would like to sincerely thank all those who have reached out to them during this difficult time. Friends may meet the family at the church on Saturday, December 23rd, from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Hill Chapel, Cardston, AB on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop Jeff Bectell officiating.

Interment to follow in Mountain View, Alberta. Condolences may be sent

to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Edward “Toad” Walsh

1933 – 2017

Mr. Edward “Toad” Walsh of Foremost, beloved husband of Mrs. Susan Walsh, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Besides his loving wife Susan, Toad is survived by his daughter, Shelly (Darrell) Kurtz; son, Chad (Nova) Walsh; and four grandchildren, Megan Kurtz, Kelsey, Jarod and Sean Walsh. A Private Service will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Friends are invited to a Come and Go Reception at 2:30pm at the Foremost Community Hall.

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January 31, 1922 –

December 17, 2017

It is with a deep and profound sense of loss and sadness that we announce Wilbert “Wib” Haufe peacefully passed away at Calgary at the age of 95. A devoted husband and father Wib is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years Helen (nee Schaus), his four children and their spouses Tim Haufe (Lori), Christine Stewart (Darrel), Robin King (Brian) and Mark Haufe (Kari), his nine grandchildren Kim, Mark, Cam, Craig, Blaire, Mandy, Kinnon, Sam and Sarah and three great grandchildren Emilie, Matheo and Farrah and many relatives and friends. Wib mourned the premature loss of his brother Hugo and granddaughter Erin. Born and raised on the family farm near Commanda in northern Ontario Wib developed a mature and strong sense of responsibility and purpose at a very early age. He put himself through high school, taught in a one room schoolhouse and enlisted and served his country with courage and valour in World War II. Following the war he obtained a Bachelor of Science (University of Toronto), Masters of Science (University of Western Ontario) and eventually a doctorate (University of London, England). He met and married Helen and moved to Lethbridge in 1953 where he enjoyed a 33-year career as a distinguished and respected research scientist in the field of entomology at the Lethbridge Agriculture and Development Center for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. During this time he was president of the International Society of Biometeorology for nine years. Wib was a devout worshiper and respected elder at Immanuel Lutheran Church and a strong supporter of the community as a 60-year member of the Kiwanis Club with a special interest in the Kiwanis Music Festival. During his well-earned retirement Wib traveled widely and often with Helen, curled, golfed played bridge and gardened. Wib will always be remembered for his love of family. A memorial service and reception celebrating Wib’s life will be held at the Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge, at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to PLAN International Canada, 245 Eglinton Ave East Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M4P 0B3. http://www.plancanada.ca To send condolences and view Wib’s Tribute Page please visit http://www.lylereeves.com . Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.


Dr. Keith Hubbard of Fort worth, Texas passed away on December 19, 2017. Keith was born in Lethbridge, son of Harrisam and Lilian Hubbard. Left to mourn him are his wife Dianne, daughters Jillane and Heather, granddaughters Alana and Mylia as well as 2 sisters Norma and Carol, and various nieces and nephews.

Lydia Carmen

1928 – 2017

Ms. Lydia Carmen of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Mabel Row

1920 – 2017

Mrs. Mabel Row of Barons, beloved wife of the late Mr. Victor Row, passed away at the Claresholm General Hospital on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the age of 97 years. Family and Friends are welcome to pay their respects between 7:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, December 22, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Mountain View Cemetery. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4619 – 56 Ave., Claresholm, Alberta, with Pastor Donna Alm officiating.

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Marlene “Marty” Lehto

1948 – 2017

Ms. Marlene “Marty” Lehto nee Kliensasser of Coaldale, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, surrounded by her family on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the age of 69 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta.

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1963 – 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son JOSEPH PETER SZALAVARY on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the age of 54 years.

“No more pain. No more illusions. No more shattered dreams. Rest in peace, my love.” –Mom & Dad

By request, no funeral service will be held.

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Ernest Charles Wilson, age 72 passed away Monday December 18th, 2017 at the Chinook Reginal Hospital in Lethbridge Alberta. Ernie was born on March 10th, 1945 at St. Michaels Hospital in Lethbridge Alberta. Ernie resided in Lethbridge and small towns and cities in and around southern Alberta for some years until his job took him to Edmonton, but Ernie couldn’t stay away from the pull of the Southern Alberta Rockies. He returned to Southern Alberta, residing in Lundbreck Alberta until his passing. Ernie had a love of fishing that he passed down to his kids and grandkids, he had a passion for woodworking just like his father. He spent many hours away from home fishing in his favorite fishing spot and just as many hours in his wood shop. Ernie was predeceased by his Father (Theodore Wilson) his Mother (Pauline Wilson) his Brothers (David Gary Wilson) and (Thomas Wilson). Ernie is survived by his wife Donna Wilson of 31 years, his sons Kirk Wilson (Geraldine Limb), Anthony Wilson, Ernie Wilson (Lisa Wilson), Troy Stronski and daughter Tina Statham (Dennis Statham) step-daughter Cathy Baker and foster son Keith Hope, 5 grandsons Michael Wilson, Tyler Statham, Tanner Statham, Carter Statham and Liam Wilson. Ernie is also survived by 3 brothers Ronald Wilson (Nettie) Walter Wilson and sister in-law Beth Wilson (Thomas Wilson – predeceased) Donald Wilson (Evelyn) and many nieces and nephews. There will be a family only Celebration of Life in the New Year, details to follow. The family would like to extend a Thank you to Walter Wilson and Tom Baker for your help over the past few weeks. On behalf of our family we would like to thank the staff in the ICU at the Chinook Reginal Hospital for their care and compassion of our Father. Donations can be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.

Naomi Kimoto
1948 – 2017
Naomi Joy Kimoto, passed away in Taber surrounded by her family on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the age of 69 years.
Left to mourn her passing are her stepsons Travis Janson of Drayton Valley, Randy (Nadawn) Janson of Crowsnest Pass and Brady Janson of Picture Butte; grandchildren Cohen, Shalayne, Aden-Lee and Matty. She is also survived by her father Michio Kimoto of Lethbridge; siblings Barb Bockman of Calgary, Richard (Maureen) Kimoto of Chemainus, British Columbia, David (Darlene) Kimoto of Taber, Beverly (Dan) Loose of Lethbridge, Alan Kimoto of Calgary and Michelle (Warren) Zeller of Lethbridge; nieces and nephews David (Amanda) Kimoto (their children Madison and Mitchell), Tracy (Jim) Bystom (their children Adriana and Meredith), Tammy (Scott) Reiling (their children Kyla and Eric), Jason (Thea) Loose (their children Kiyomi and Kaori), Aaron (Stephanie) Kimoto (their children Duncan and Katsumi), Derek (Tammy) Loose (their children Nevaeh and Taylin), Kimberley (Randy) Johnston (their children Victoria, Elizabeth and Lincoln), Ashley (Jeff) Davidson, Jared (Carly) Zeller and Shilo Zeller as well as many dear friends, especially Jan and Gladys.
She was predeceased by her mother Eileen Kimoto and sister Debbie Kimoto.
Naomi was born and raised in the Crowsnest Pass and taught school there for many years before moving to the Yukon where she finished her teaching career. She returned to southern Alberta in the fall of 2016 to be closer to her family and friends.
A private family service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Naomi’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Taber Health Centre and the Jack Ady Cancer Centre.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Dennis Zelenka
1930 – 2017
It is with great sadness the family of Dennis Emanuel Zelenka, beloved husband of Julianna Zelenka, announce his peaceful passing in Taber on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the age of 87 years.
A private service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, December 29, 2017. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Julianna, his loving wife of sixty four years, he is survived by his children Robert (Carol) Zelenka of Lethbridge, Kenneth (Adrianne) Zelenka of Ottawa, Joanne (Jeff) Bronsch of Taber and Phillip (Janet) Zelenka of Cochrane; grandchildren John, Heather, Andrew, Alexandra, Carmen, Courtney and Kelsey as well as one great grandchild Blake. He is also survived by his sisters Ramona (Ray) Ganton and Marilyn Zelenka.
Dennis was born in Taber on October 23, 1930 to Amil and Julia Zelenka. He married Julianna Fekete on February 26, 1953. They resided on the family farm twelve miles south of Taber where they raised their four children. After forty years of farming, Dennis and Julianna retired. During his retirement, he wintered in Arizona and enjoyed travelling to Europe, Hawaii and all across Canada with his wife. When he was not travelling, he enjoyed watching hockey and baseball, woodworking and spoiling his seven grandchildren. Dennis lived life to the fullest and enjoyed meeting new people, socializing and having a good time.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dennis’ name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.com).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
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