January 20th, 2021

FRIDAY, January 12, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 12, 2018.


It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of ROBERT STEPHEN BOYCHUK, beloved brother and uncle, who passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the age of 57 years.

Bob is survived by his sisters Sheila Dietzen, Gerry McLaren and Carol (Ron) Krikke, brothers Ron (Diana), Ken (Bonnie), Mike (Robin) and Richard, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Mike and Lena, brother Tom, brothers-in-law Richard McLaren and Don Dietzen and nephew Jeffrey McLaren.

Bob was a hockey fan; he would watch any game but his favourites were the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers. Like a true hockey fan, he could tell you the stats of any player. He also loved his family and would often reminisce about his favourite family gatherings.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. For those who wish to pay their respects to Bob, viewing will take place from 9:30 A.M. until the start of the service.

Bob will be laid to rest at a Private Graveside Service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

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CALDWELL, Allan Keith

1950 – 2017

Caldwell, Allan Keith of Champion, passed away suddenly at his home December 28, 2017 at the age of 67 years.

Keith is survived by his mother, Eileen Caldwell of Champion, sister, Marie Greaves of Airdrie, son Allan Caldwell of Red Dear, daughters Christina (Brian) Guidolin of Red Deer, Karen Gammel, Leeann (James) Sparkes of Champion, 6 grandchildren, Christian, Destiny, Julianna, Jacob, Dominic and Billy, as well as cousins, nieces and friends.

Memorial Service at Champion Community Hall, Saturday January 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Inurnment Champion Cemetery.

Tributes in Keith’s memory can be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, NWT & Nunavut #207, 242-7St. South Lethbridge T1J 2H1.

Arrangements in care of

Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear daughter, mother, sister, auntie and friend, CRYSTAL CALLING LAST, beloved companion of Joe North Peigan; loving mother of Tyson, Brandon, Katherine, Jewel, Dave Jr. and Christom.; older sister to Woodrow Jr. (Tina) and Vernon Jr.; daughter of Duane & Wilma Crow Chief .

Crystal was born on June 20, 1973 to the late Catherine (Albert) Calling Last and Woodrow Bull Shields Sr. in Cardston, Alberta. She passed with her love Joe by her side on January 2, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Fri., Jan. 12th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Saturday, Jan, 13th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Joshua Curly Rider Officiating.

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


Mrs. Betty (Elizabeth) Evans, beloved wife of the late Mr. Alma Gill Evans of Raymond, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Good Samaritans in Raymond at the age of 94 years. Betty was born on October 18, 1923 to Frank and Verland (Kirkham) Leavitt as the eldest of two children. Following high school, she attended Henderson Secretarial School in Calgary before marrying Alma Gill Evans in the Cardston, Alberta temple. Together they had 5 children: Mark (Carolyn) Evans of Raymond, Evelyn (Dick) Robertson of Raymond, Thom (Cheryl) Evans of Calgary, Marianne (Kim) Taylor of Cardston and Nancy (Chris) Webster of Tacoma, WA. She is the much-loved grandmother of 22 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bert (Ellie) Leavitt of Kanata, Ontario as well as several nieces and nephews. Betty was born in Cardston, AB but moved to Raymond a year later where she remained (except when in secretarial school and a year in Picture Butte) until her death. Throughout her life, Betty was a shining example of service, holding many ward and stake callings in her church; her favorite being a Seminary teacher for 5 years. She also served in several community organizations, including two terms on the local School Board. Throughout her life, every minute of Betty’s spare time was filled with genealogy, sewing, knitting, crocheting or quilting, with the end products being given to family, friends and the less fortunate either nearby or to the poor in third-world countries. Betty thought the best way to live is by giving yourself and helping others as often as possible. She loved her family, the town of Raymond, and those whom she served. The family would like to thank those who gave such excellent care to Mom at Good Sam’s. They constantly showed concern, love, and support to her and her family. Special thanks to Dr. Tollestrup for his care and concern. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – KNIGHT ST. CHAPEL – 260 E 200 N Raymond, AB with Branch President Lanny Howard, officiating. Friends may meet with family prior to the service from 10:00 – 10:40am. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

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


On January 8, 2018, SHIRLEY HANKE passed away surrounded by her loved ones after a brief battle with cancer.

Shirley was born on April 26, 1943 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She grew up in the Enchant area. In 1959, she married Bill Holoboff, and together they had four children. Although they moved frequently, she spent her happiest years living in Kimberley, British Columbia.

Shirley devoted her life to looking after her family, both blood and acquired. She was proud of her work on the Cominco Gardens, but no matter where she worked she was a dedicated and loyal employee. Shirley also had other skills and talents, such as editing the Elkford Bugle in the ‘70s or throwing herself in to painting in the ‘80s, working on art projects like the backdrop in the Golden Wildlife Museum in British Columbia. Her friends and family cherish her saw blades and cream cans. Other talents included cake decorating and baking, and many of her grandkids have learned to cook her homemade noodles. Shirley loved to sing and dance and she especially loved karaoke. She was into softball and bowling, and she was an avid Calgary Flames fan.

Shirley is survived by her four children: Brenda (Neil) Secrist, Janet Cronquist (Antonio Long Time Squirrel), Alexander Holoboff and Shiela Ann (the late Bruce) Dyck; her grandchildren: Neil Secrist (Shanna Collins) and their children Brandon, Brytnee, Isabelle and Scarlette; Wes (Sara) Secrist and their children Janea and Cullen; Billi Joe (Howie) Flemming and her children Mackenzie, Aurora and Destiny; Jessica (Chris) Holzapfel and their children Dean, Mathew and Livia; Amy Cronquist (Ryan Boban); Salina Thien and her children Swaylon, Lovaida and Isaac; William Holoboff; Virginia Holoboff; Alex Holoboff; Alicia (Mike) Hirsche and their children Kansis, Jamie, Ryder and Sadie; Richelle Merrick; one brother Melvin Speager and one sister Audrey Orsten, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Alexander Speager and her mother Janet (McNiven) Speager, as well as one granddaughter Jennifer Holoboff, two husbands Bill Holoboff and John Hanke, and one brother Stanley Speager.

She touched so many lives, like those of her best friends Donna Keyes and Jim Gillespie. Some others that were special to her were her granddaughter-in-law Jenny Secrist, granddaughter Jen and great-granddaughter Savanna Delyea. If we have missed anyone, please know that you may not be on paper but you are forever in Shirley’s heart.

All who knew and loved her are invited to join the family for a Celebration of her Life at the PICTURE BUTTE SENIORS CENTRE, 120 – 4 Street North, Picture Butte, Alberta on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Please bring your favourite memories of Shirley to share with the family.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Mom, please plant a tree, take a hike in the mountains, or donate to an animal charity of your choice.

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


WALTER HNATKOWSKI, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on January 10, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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EILEEN HOBBS, beloved wife of Harcourt, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. A reception will follow.

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With great sadness, we announce the passing of BILL KERR (James William), beloved husband of the late Pat Kerr. Bill passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Bill was a loving dad to Kelly (Al) Rypien, Sandy Williston, Jim (Laura) Kerr and grandpa to Taylor and Matt Rypien, Aislinn and Emily Williston and Sydney and Sam Kerr. He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Lottie Kerr. He is survived by his sisters Joyce, Christine and Joan, as well as his brother Gerald.

Bill was born March 6, 1933 in Pointe à la Croix, Bonaventure, Quebec. Bill met Pat, the love of his life, in 1956. They were married in 1958 and began their life together in Pickering Village, Ontario. He was a devout family man and was committed to bettering his community through volunteer work. In 1983, Bill relocated the family to Lethbridge, Alberta to advance his career as Plant Superintendent with Kawneer Lethbridge. He retired in 1991 but in his early retirement, decided to rejoin the workforce as a school bus driver with the City of Lethbridge where he remained for 20 years.

Bill was an avid golfer, had a passion for woodworking and was a proud member of the Lethbridge Hockey Hounds. He was a people person and what was most important to him was the relationships he built with all those he came into contact with. Above all, his children and grandchildren were his world!

Bill was one of a kind and he will be forever remembered and missed!

The family would like to thank all the health care staff that have cared for Dad throughout the last few years.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Bill, the family asks that donations be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

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

Peter Visser

1942 – 2018

Mr. Peter Visser, born September 4, 1942, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the age of 75 years. Peter was residing at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Mrs. Betty Visser. He also leaves to mourn his loss, brothers, Rens and Ted (Anne) and Sister, Renske.Peter is predeceased by parents Siebren and Reino Visser as well as brothers John, Rinky and Jim. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer Society, #402 – 740 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0N9, or a charity of your choice.

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JOHN ALBERT STOTZ, beloved friend and companion of Barb Allsop, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the age of 78 years.

Some will know that John was born in Red Deer, on December 15, 1939, came to Lethbridge in 1967 and worked briefly at Purity Dairy and Canada Packers. Many more will know that he and his cherished wife Donna started Bridge City Caterers in 1970. John lost Donna to cancer at an early age, but he carried on with the business with the help of devoted staff; Betty Annonson and others as well as his loyal customers until he sold his company in 2008. He also worked tirelessly with the Hockey Hounds for many years. John’s second marriage produced his dear son, John Jr. in 1983. In 1990, his friendship with Barb took off in earnest. They spent hours golfing, fishing and going for drives. It was with her by his side that he fought to regain his health.

John is survived by his companion Barb, brother Frank (Mary) of Beaverlodge, sister Yvonne McDonald (Warren) of Red Deer, brother Rodger (Marilynne) of Stoney Plain, son John Jr. of Fort Macleod and by many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all.

John was predeceased by his wife Donna, parents Elizabeth Siebold and John Stotz Sr., sister Betty Gray (Bill), their sons John and Sean and his brother-in-law Archie. Cremation has been completed and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5 will be gratefully accepted.

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FUJIO TSUKISHIMA, beloved husband of Yoshiko, passed away suddenly on January 10, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Funeral announcement will be made forthcoming.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

William “Sonny” Buis

1938 – 2018

Mr. William “Sonny” Buis of Foremost, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 6, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, Friday, January 12, 2018 at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 802 – 1 Avenue West, Foremost, Alberta with Reverend Pauline Bell officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Foremost Cemetery.

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Barb Turin
1932 – 2018
 Barbara A. Turin, beloved wife of the late Dennis Turin, passed away in Taber on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, January 14, 2018 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.
 The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Barb is survived by her daughter Margaret (Don) Ackrill of Vauxhall; grandchildren Michelle Lawlor, Jason Turin, Greg Ackrill and Andrea (Darrell) Kast; great grandchildren Riley and Josh Lawlor, Donovan, Declan and Chryslyn Kast, Brittany Pyne, Tyler and Shaun Ackrill, Xander Myrkle, Ashton and Avery Turin. She is also survived by her sister Juanita Ell, sister-in-law Jackie Sanderson, brother-in-law Vince Leismeister and numerous nieces and nephews.
 She was predeceased by her husband Dennis Turin, son Peter Turin; parents Albert and Ester Sanderson; siblings Ramona Leismeister, Ed Sanderson and Ron Sanderson; brother-in-law Alvin Ell.
 Barb was born and raised in Taber where she resided her whole life. She worked alongside her husband in the hardware store and dress shop until Dennis passed away. Barb loved to travel, go camping and fishing. She always put her family first and just loved to spend time with her grandchildren. In recent years, she never missed coffee with the ladies at A&W, all of whom were very special to her. Staying independent in her own home made her happy and she was there to the end. Barb will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.
  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Barb’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.ca).
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
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