January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, January 17, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 17, 2018.

Dr. William “Bill” Batting

1925 – 2018

Dr. William “Bill” Batting of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Maria Batting, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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MRS. FLORENCE HARTMAN, of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Philip Hartman, passed away peacefully at the Sunny South Lodge on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the age of 83 years. She will now join Dad in Heaven – Together Again.

Florence will be sadly missed by her children Raymond (Sandy) Hartman, Donald (Valerie) Hartman, Laura (Ilo) Anderson, Debbie (Derek) Martin, Kathy (Alan) Sparks, Brenda (Gordon) Shimbashi and Shirley (David) Novak; her siblings Shirley Gwilliam, Peggy Tetarenko, Arthur (Sharon) Ransom, Gerald Ransom and Geraldine Schmidt, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Philip Hartman, sister Louise Fettes, brothers-in-law Lyle Fettes, Frank Schmidt, Ron Tetarenko and Fred Gwilliam and sister-in-law Carol Ransom.

Florence was born on September 12, 1934 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan. As a child, she attended school in Coronach, SK. At the age of 13, she left school to help support her family through the Great Depression, shoveling grain into railroad cars alongside her father. In 1952, she married Philip Hartman and together they raised seven children on a farm near Tisdale, SK. In 1967, they settled in Southern Alberta, as her husband had changed careers.

Florence will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and avid knitter, baker and gardener. Of all her hobbies, gardening was her passion. There wasn’t a flower that she couldn’t grow! Many neighbours would look with awe at Florence’s incredible flower gardens.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Following the Funeral Mass, Florence will be laid to rest with her husband Philip at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Florence, donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 1302 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0R4.

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Anne Hofer

1924 – 2018

“For the Lord HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Ms. Anne Hofer of Raymond, passed away at the Raymond Hospital on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the age of 93 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at a viewing service from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, with a short program beginning at 7:00pm, on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the STIRLING MENNONITE CHURCH, Highway 52 and Range Road 201 South.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, 3260 Bricker School Line Rd, R.R. #3, Wallenstein, Ontario, Canada N0B 2S0.

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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.

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DONALD WILLIAM LEHMAN, passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2018 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 79 years. Don is survived by his wife, Doreen, with whom he enjoyed 56 years of happy marriage; his children, Greg, Lori (Randy) Whillans; grandchildren, Jessica, Holly, and Bobbi; and great-grandchildren, Jadie and Jace. Don is predeceased by his son Billy. A Celebration of Life will be held for Don in the spring.

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HELEN RUBY MAYNES (Auntie Helen), born June 23, 1941 in Calgary, AB to Alexander L. Maynes and Thora (Harding) Maynes, passed away peacefully January 15, 2018 joining her sisters Pamela and Alice and her parents. She is survived by her brother Earl (Joan) and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday February 3rd 2018 in the Stirling LDS chapel at 10:00 am.

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Barry Hal Nelson

1955 – 2018

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dear son, Barry Hal Nelson, who passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital in my presence on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Barry was born on November 12, 1955 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is survived by his mother, Ellen Nelson of High River, Alberta; sister, Bev (Doug) Topley; niece, Lisa (Scott) Crossett and Taylor; and nephew, Dana Topley, all of Bentonville, Arkansas. Barry was predeceased by his father Hal Nelson on May 5, 2013.

Barry spent his last few years at St. Michael’s Health Centre and always enjoyed visits with family and friends.

A special thanks to Dr. Wong and Stephanie for her care and assistance on 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

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Frieda Wallace
1933 – 2018
Frieda Wallace, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully in Taber on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the age of 84 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Hays Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Frieda is survived by her children Alan Wallace of Forestburg, Randy (Andrea) Wallace of Baltimore, Maryland and Robert (Joan) Wallace of Hays; her loving grandchildren Amanda (Lincoln) Sipko, Heather (Christopher) Ehnes, Jillian (Matthew) Vanden Dungen, Christel (Cody) Todd, Jennifer Wallace, Brenna (Fabian) Pahl, Megan Wallace, Russell Wallace, Brittany (Dan) Bastian, Noelle (Ryan) Meier and by thirteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her twin sister Hedwig “Hedy” Griffiths of Calgary and sisters-in-law Elsie Pipke, Helen Wallace and by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband George Wallace; parents Heinrich and Hulda Pipke; brothers Ewald Pipke and Bruno Pipke; brothers-in-law Alan Griffiths, Peter Wallace, Garth Matkin, Jim Harbaugh and Russ Davidson; sisters-in-law Lyla Davidson, Thelma Harbaugh and Violet Matkin.
Frieda was born in Poland on October 2, 1933 to Heinrich and Hulda Pipke. She was not expected to live so her grandmother and aunts took her home with them and incubated her in a wood stove. She lived with them until she was about five years old and then she went back to live with her parents and siblings. At first, Frieda did not care for this arrangement as her grandparents and aunts spoiled her rotten. At her parents’ home, the girls had to learn to share their clothes and the few toys that they had.
As the country was being torn apart by World War II, Hulda decided it was time to get the family to Canada. One son was already lost to the Russian army and she wasn’t about to lose the second. Sadly, after making all the arrangements to immigrate to Canada, Hulda passed away. Around 1948, Frieda, her twin sister, Hedy, brother Bruno and father Heinrich arrived in Canada and settled near Edmonton.
Frieda and her sister soon learned English and became nurses’ aides or LPN’s. Her work soon took her to Cardston where she met Violet, one of George’s sisters. She took a liking to Frieda and thought she would be a good match for her little brother George.
George and Frieda were married September 24, 1955 and lived in Hays. Over the next few years they had three sons, Alan, Randy and Robert. After Robert started school, Frieda went back to nursing at the hospital in Taber. She worked there for twenty seven years. Frieda and George lived on the farm until 1996 when they moved into a house in Taber. In 2005, due to health issues of both Frieda and George, they decided to move into a condo in Taber. After George’s passing in 2015, Frieda moved into Clearview Lodge in Taber where she lived until the time of her passing.
Frieda was a very social person and enjoyed nothing better than knowing what was going on all around her. She and George made every attempt to attend every family function and especially enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even in her declining health, she still tried to come out to the farm for Christmas and birthday celebrations. She was also still remembered by some for the kind care she showed to various patients while she was nursing.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ernest Yurkowski

1935 – 2018

Mr. Ernest Yurkowski of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Violet Yurkowski, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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BETTE BOYD ZMEKO, beloved wife of Rudy Zmeko passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 11, 2018.

A Funeral Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH – 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB. on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

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