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WEDNESDAY, January 24, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 24, 2018.

Anna Toplak

March 8, 1936 –

January 20, 2018

Mrs. Anna Toplak of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Anton Toplak, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 81 years. Anna was born to her proud parents, Stefan and Katarina Copot on March 8, 1936, in Odranci, Slovenia. Anna immigrated to Canada in 1959, where she met Anton and began their life together. Anna’s home and garden were her pride and joy. She loved her big family meals, and was an excellent cook, and she enjoyed spending time in her beautiful garden. You are reunited with your husband now in God’s house. You will be sadly missed and we all love you. She is survived by her sister Cecilia Kelenc; daughters Bernadette Garrett and Amelia Ivanco; sons-in-law Darren Garrett and Greg Ivanco; granddaughters Kaylee Garrett, Trisha Ivanco and Shae Ivanco; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Lukas Drapal, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society Lethbridge Chapter, #402 – 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0N9.

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Bhagwan Dua

1936 – 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Husband, Brother and Grandfather, Dr. Bhagwan Dass Dua. He passed away suddenly on January 10, 2018, while on vacation in Kona, Hawaii. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Lethbridge, A735 University Hall, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4.

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Freda Gatzky

1941 – 2018

Freda Gatzky of Lethbridge, formerly of Edmonton, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Edith Cavell Care Centre at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Judy Robins

1945 – 2018

Ms. Judy Robins of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 72 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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KEITH EDWARD VORNBROCK

Keith Edward Vornbrock passed away tragically in Mexico on January 20, 2018.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, January 26 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Milk River, Alberta.


KLEIN

EDNA LYALL KLEIN, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the age of 79 years. Edna spent her last days surrounded by her family.

A Celebration of Edna’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Edna was laid to rest in a Private Family Graveside prior to the Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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LONG TIME SQUIRREL

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, DION LONG TIME SQUIRREL. Dion began his journey with the Creator on January 16, 2018.

Dion is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Vivian White Quills; two precious daughters D.J. Chanel and Deidre (Godfrey) Long Time Squirrel, his pride and joy grandson “His son”, Kingsley, as well as his two step-daughters Lorilee White Quills and Delaine (Steve) Frank. Dion is also survived by his sister Dylana (Brian) Long Time Squirrel, Denise (Tyrone) Potts, Lynn, Pam Healy, and Lucille Bare Shin Bone; brothers Kevin (Lori), Kurt Healy and Myron (Tanya) Eagle Speaker; aunts Bonita and Pearl Long Time Squirrel, Patsy Weasel Moccasin, Bella (Burt) Mistaken Chief, Lila Heavy Head, and Jessilyn (Armond) Page; uncles and godfather William (Mary) Long Time Squirrel and one of his favourite uncles, Del Sr. and Gilbert Healy. He is also survived by his Great-Aunts, Annie Davis and Betty Hoof. Sister-in-laws, Peggy and Vera White Quills and Tammy (Ed) Knife. Brother-in-laws, Eugene (Lucille) and Kirk (Lorna) White Quills. He is also survived by numerous family relations: Wells, Many Grey Horses, Old Shoes, Eagle Plumes, and Plain Womans.

Dion was born July 4, 1964 in Calgary, AB at the Holy Cross Hospital to (the late) Blandine Long Time Squirrel and (the late) Arthur Healy Jr. and was raised by his grandparents, Nellie and Tom Long Time Squirrel. As the oldest grandchild, he was a “Kiipitaapokaa,” and raised in the Fort Whoop Up area on the Blood Reserve. Alongside his cousins, whom he took as his brothers and sisters; Leonard, Ditty, P.J., Antonio, Barry, Lyle, George, Newton, Shelley, Leeann, Roxanne, Pam and Judy.

In his younger years, alongside his cousins, they went for fishing trips with uncle Darius and Aunt Pearl. They always went prepared to clean and cook what they caught on the banks of the river.

Dion’s grandparents didn’t allow him to go to Indian Residential School, so therefore he received his education in the Lethbridge area. In Junior High at St. Francis Junior High he played football for the “Bombers” as well as playing basketball.

In 1987, this is when he met the love of his life, Vivian. Dion was devoted to taking care of his wife and daughters, ensuring they were well taken care of. He took on the job training with the pipelines, that enabled him to travel all over Alberta. During his tenure with the pipelines, he was required to relocate wherever the work took him and had stories to tell about the adventures involved and how his smooth talking could get him out of trouble with the police. After ten years with the pipelines he returned home, he went back to doing what he loved, carpentry. This took him to renovating and moving his family into his grandparents homestead. As a ‘Kiipitaapokaa” Dion was notorious for neatness, cleanliness, and orderly in which everything had a place. He did his own laundry and made sure everything was folded, including his underclothing and socks.

He played softball with his in laws, their team called the Prairie Fire. And was a fast ball pitcher for Fort Whoop Up team. Winning trophies he displayed proudly, with stories to tell behind them. He retired from playing, then one game his step-daughter Delaine and son-in-law Steve asked him to play for their team the Killer Kleats. He wasn’t impressed with the outcome and said he should of just stayed retired.

Dion was an avid hunter and went on many hunting expeditions, with his cousins, bringing home trophies or souvenirs, bringing them to the taxidermy.

The happiest day of his life was when his first grandchild was born, and to his amazement, he got a grandson. His little boss man. He loved to spoil Kingsley, they were inseparable, he called him, “My son”.

In his past time he read the newspaper daily and loved reading hunting magazines. He was well informed of the current events. In the past year and a half, Dion spent his time spoiling his grandson “bossman.” To be called “Papa” was a real honor he took very seriously, with pride and joy. He received a shirt that he loved wearing proudly, it said “Im too cool to be called Grandpa, so call me Papa.” He would also be on the phone gossiping with his neighbor “Bobo” Hunt. When Vivian would come home everyday from work, Dion always had a story to tell about his daily walk abouts.

Dion made friends everywhere he went. He was a gentle, kind person, who attracted everyone to him, always joking around, making everyone laugh. Dion also enjoyed helping his uncle William during branding season. When Auntie would call him, he would always say, “Just taking it easy relaxing in my man cave.” Dion always mentioned his domain (his man cave). You could always spot Dion a mile away with his camo jacket. He loved the outdoors and hunting.

Dion was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Tom and Nellie (Plain Woman) Long Time Squirrel. Paternal grandparents, Arthur Sr. and Betty Healy (White Feathers), aunts Deanna, Mary, Sylvia and Theresa Long Time Squirrel; uncles Darius, Thomas, Clarence, Marlin and Conrad Long Time Squirrel, Winston, Jordan, Burton and Terry Healy; special cousins Donna, Marie, Judy, Newton, George and Christopher “Twister” Long Time Squirrel. Mother-in-law Olive White Quills, Grandmother-in-law, Flora Creighton and brother-in-law Robert White Quills.

The family apologizes for any names that may have been missed.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. with Pastor Rocky Brave Rock officiating.

A Wake Service will follow at WHITE CALF HALL, Blood Reserve, Alberta from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment will follow the Mass at the Blood Band Cemetery.

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Marie “Suzanne” Lavoie

1959 – 2018

Ms. Marie “Suzanne” Lavoie of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 58 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Ryan Michael Ripley May 29, 1979 – January 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Ryan Michael Ripley, who passed away on January 17th, 2018. Ryan was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on May 29, 1979. Ryan’s early years were spent in Southern Alberta, and after high school he moved to Saskatchewan. Ryan maintained a large group of friends and family in both provinces whose lives were deeply impacted by his big heart, boisterous spirit, and kind soul. Ryan resided and worked in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he devoted his time and efforts to his three children. Ryan was an excellent father, he found ways to show his kids how much he loved them every day and his face would light up when he spoke of them. Ryan enjoyed hockey and music, and has been referred to by his teammates as the best dressing room DJ around. Ryan was an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and enjoyed attending and watching many games with his family and friends. His entire work life focused on helping people with their taxes, he enjoyed meeting with his clients and meeting new clients. He got great satisfaction from helping them and guiding them in challenging times. He was passionate about his family and would make a point of taking time to spend with everyone even though it meant many hours of driving. Ryan will be dearly missed by so many, the positive impact he has had on other people’s lives was truly remarkable. Ryan will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, passion for music, and the compassion he exemplified to those around him. Ryan leaves behind his son, Hunter, daughters Vienna and Charlee; sister Cindi (Chris), and their daughter Kiera, mother Doreen (Dave), father Rob (Gail), and a large group of extended family and close friends. Ryan will rest near his hometown of Magrath, Alberta and a celebration of his life will take place in the spring. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Ryan’s close friends for the love and support shown to Ryan, may we all find comfort in our hearts knowing he is now at peace. In lieu of flowers, donations to a fund for his children will be graciously accepted. Please send an email to cindiripley@hotmail.com for more information.

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Sandra Schawalder

1956 – 2018

Ms. Sandra Schawalder passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 61 years. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th St. South, Lethbridge AB.

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TINORDI

HILDA TINORDI, beloved wife of the late John Tinordi, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

Hilda is survived by her children, Debbie (Ken) Masson of Lethbridge, Bob (Cindy) Tinordi of Lethbridge, Kim (Lori Anderson) Tinordi of Lethbridge and Don (Toby) Tinordi of Calgary; her grandchildren Brett (Eloise) Masson and their son Blake, Stacey (Kyle) Sawatsky and their children Kyndrie and Jase, Chris Tinordi, Chelsie Tinordi (Paul Bertsch), Kaylee Tinordi (Zac Curtis), Tyler Tinordi (Melanie McIsaac), and Jennifer Tinordi.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband John, her parents Karl and Clara, as well as all of her brothers and sisters.

Mom accomplished much in her life, including raising her four children. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend whose life was the very definition of true compassion and love. She loved to cook and bake and you could never leave her home without a bundle of special treats. She enjoyed 5-pin bowling and was an avid gardener, always making certain that her yard was immaculate. Her quiet courage, strength of spirit, creativity and sense of humour will be carried on forever by all those who knew and loved her.

A Meet & Greet Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Meet and Greet.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Hilda’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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