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WEDNESDAY, March 21st, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 21, 2018.

Edna Bittner

1939 – 2018

Mrs. Edna Bittner of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Albert Bittner, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the age of 78 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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George Merkl, of Edmonton, lost his short but courageous battle to cancer on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the age of 64. He was born into a large family in Taber. His parents Laurence and Martha; brothers Steve and Lawrence predeceased him. Brothers-in-laws Art Fuzey, Rick Ervin and Steve Seiller also predeceased him. He will be missed by his brothers Godfred (Ann) of Taber, Joe (Edmonton), and Frank (Margo) (Medicine Hat). His surviving sisters are Elizabeth and Rose (Lethbridge), Teresa Seiller (Lethbridge), Mary (Don) Bell of Edmonton, Irene Fuzey (Lethbridge), and Martha Ervin (Lethbridge), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

George had a distinguished academic career; he received his formal education at St. Mary’s School in Taber graduated with an average of 90.04%; was valedictorian of his graduating class; and won numerous awards. He furthered his education at the University of Alberta and became a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. George was on the honour roll at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for exemplary academic standing in Computer Systems. As a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers he was recognized for his 20 years of commendable service. George had an inquisitive mind, and he enjoyed studying and debating many worldly issues.

A celebration honoring George’s life will be held at St. Augustine’s Catholic

Church Basement at 5006-48 Ave in Taber on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 am followed by a light luncheon. A private family burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.

To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to f.m.merkl@gmail.com


Kathleen Grant, beloved sister, aunt, sister-in-law & friend passed away in Brocket on the Piikani Nation on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the age of 76 years. Besides her loving pets Cowboy and Willow whom she loved dearly, Kathleen leaves behind her sisters: Margaret Waterchief, Maureen Stewart, Betty Big Bull and her brother Mills (Jacqueline) Big Bull and as well as brother-in-law Don Striemer. Kathleen was predeceased by her husband: Lawrence Grant; her parents Willy and Jane Big Bull; her sisters: Violet Striemer, Esther Provost & Caroline Big Bull; her brothers: Wallace Big Bull, Roy Big Bull, Billy Big Bull and Andrew Big Bull and her brothers-in-law: Raymond Waterchief, Jack Stewart & Guy Provost and sister-in-law Beatrice Big Bull. A Prayer Service at Snodgrass Funeral Home (Pincher Creek) will be held at 10:00 am, with Peter Strikes With A Gun & William Big Bull, following by a Catholic Mass at St. Paul’s Church in Brocket at 11:00 am with Fr. Roy Jayamaha, Celebrant. A one-day Wake to take place at Mills & Jacqueline Big Bull’s residence in Brocket, commencing after the Catholic Mass. The Funeral Service will be held at the Piikani Community Hall at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 23, 2018, with William Big Bull & Fr. Roy Jayamaha officiating, followed by the burial at Brocket Cemetery. Feast to follow after burial at the Community Hall. Snodgrass Funeral Home assisting the Grant/Big Bull families with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.

Ina Lorraine Hubbard

1917 – 2018

Mrs. Ina Lorraine Hubbard of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018 at the age of 100 years. Ina is survived by her children, Harry of Lethbridge, Ardyce (Lyle McArthur) of St. Albert, Bruce (Marlene) of Medicine Hat, and Glen (Lani) of Lethbridge, as well as 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Arteric, grandchild Chani, and daughters-in-law Laverne and Delores. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ina’s name may be made to the MS Society of Canada, Suite #150, 9405 – 50 St, Edmonton, Alberta, T6B 2T4 or call 1-866-922-6065.

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ALLEN STEWART TOLY passed away March 16, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 81 years old due to complications from Alzheimers. Born October 14, 1936, he was the oldest of five siblings born to Steve and Gay Toly. He leaves behind his three children, Lance (Shelly), Lisa, and Dana Watson (Neil), seven grandchildren (Ali, Paige, Jaxson, Noah, Kelton, Laken and Dayton) and two great grandchildren (Hixon and August). He was predeceased by his brother Wayne and is survived by his three sisters Pat Smith (Ron), Sona, and Linda Kofman (Rudy). Dad was passionate about education and received degrees from Olds College, Montana State University (BSc.), and UC Davis California (MSc.). He raised his family primarily in Claresholm where he was employed as a District Agriculturist for 26 years. He owned a small dryland farm outside of town which was his pride and joy and was a source of fulfillment to him. Many life lessons were taught on that farm. Dad grew up in Coaldale and learned the value of hard work in the sugar beet fields on his family farm. One of our lasting memories of “Grandpa Pops” is teaching his children and grandchildren the value of obtaining a higher education. He was insistent that this was the gateway to a better and a more productive life. And we believed him. After his retirement, he sold the farm and settled in Lethbridge where he delighted in his grandchildren’s various school, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments. He loved to watch and cheer them on throughout the years. He was a strong and proud man, but his heart was softened by his grandchildren’s love and respect for them. In his retirement years he enjoyed watching movies, keeping his truck clean, oil painting, wood carving, and enjoyed travelling to different parts of the world. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mikes, Dr. Lee, Dr. Ikuta, and countless other health care staff that helped care for him in his declining years. There will be no formal service. Family will gather together for a private celebration of his life at a later time.

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Victoria “Vicky” Linn

1927 – 2018

Be kind and find the good in one another!

Mrs. Victoria “Vicky” Linn of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. George Linn, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Vicky was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion for sixty years and the Fraternal Order of Eagles for sixty-five years. Vicky will be lovingly remembered by her six children, Ernie Linn, Rod Linn (Carol), Dan Linn (Bonny), Nancy Moyer (Don), Mary Ann Waldner (Arnie), and Diane McNeely (Austin); sister, Dolores Bessex; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; long-time companion, Lawrence Velker; and daughter-in-law, Sheila (Lowell). A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 2N9, with Canon James Robinson officiating. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 3L7.

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