January 16th, 2021

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 13, 2018.

BLAIR, Marion “Mimi” (nee Zahn)

Mimi passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 10, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dean; her children, Jeff (Debbie), Ed (Grace), Bill (Andrea) and Rebecca; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters; nieces and nephews, and her two cats.

Mimi was born on December 4, 1936 in Wausau, Wisconsin. In 1951 she graduated as a pediatric nurse. On April 9, 1960 she married Dean in Wisconsin, where they resided for ten years. The family took the plunge and moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1970. Mimi raised her children and worked as an educational assistant until 1995 when she and Dean retired in beautiful Victoria. She enjoyed nature and hiked regularly. Her gardens, both indoors and out, were spectacular. Mimi loved children and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. The family wishes to thank Dr. Brookfield, Dr. Gainor, Dr. Seth-Smith and Dr. Troughton who cared for Mimi.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:00 am, with Dr. Grant Gainor officiating. A Memorial Reception to follow the ceremony. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local SPCA. Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.McCallGardens.com.

McCall Gardens of Victoria, BC


Frank Bogusky

1940 – 2018

Mr. Frank Junior Bogusky passed away peacefully on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Frank was lovingly cared for by the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care team and his loving daughters until his passing.

A Celebration of Franks Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday April 14, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, AB.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Care Foundation, 1400 – 9 Avenue S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, Suite 300, 55 St. Clair Avenue W., Toronto, ON, M4V 2Y7.

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Margit Burns

1930 – 2018

Mrs. Margit Burns, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Burns and devoted & loving mother of Roger and Dianne, passed away peacefully in Pincher Creek on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Pastor Andrew Craig officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects one hour prior to the service from 1:00pm to 1:45pm.

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Karen Cahoon

1948 – 2018

Mrs. Karen Cahoon of Taber, beloved wife of Mr. Allan Cahoon, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the age of 69 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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HELEN CHARLESWORTH (née Aitken), beloved wife of the late Albert Charlesworth, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 90 years.

Helen is the loving mother to Keith Charlesworth of Lethbridge, AB, George Charlesworth of Abbotsford, BC, Dale (Jo-Ann) Charlesworth of Creston, BC, Mark (Debi) Charlesworth of Welling, AB and Shelly (John) Guelly of Westlock, AB. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, her sister Bev (Len) Herring and her son-in-law Ken Norman.

She was predeceased by her husband Albert, her daughter Donna, her daughters-in-law BJ and Sharon and her siblings: Kay, Ron, Sheila and Gail.

Helen was born in Lethbridge in 1927. She lived in Barrhill until 1968 and Picture Butte until 2013, before eventually returning to Lethbridge where she resided at Black Rock Terrace until her passing. She was a proud member of the Happy Old Timers in Picture Butte. Helen’s hobbies included golfing, camping, and she loved travelling to new places with her friends and family. Her grandchildren were her passion and the most precious things in her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to extend a thank-you to the staff at Black Rock Terrace, the nurses and doctors on 3C at the Chinook Regional Hospital, as well as Renae Peterson for all of their heartfelt care and compassion to Helen.

A Celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at the LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, 500 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., with a tribute to Helen being given at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Helen, donations may be made to any charity of your choice.

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


Mrs. June A. Fawns of Raymond, beloved wife of the late Mr. Reed Fawns, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the age of 94 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 20, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL (260 E 200 N – Raymond, AB), with Branch President Lanny Howard, officiating. Respects may be made prior to the service from 10:00am – 10:45am.

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

Brock D. Owen Hirsche

1992 – 2018

Brock D. Owen Hirsche, beloved son of Tim and Sharla Hirsche, passed away on April 8, 2018 at the age of 26, after a courageous battle with Testicular Cancer.

A Celebration of Brock’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, April 13, 2018, at NICHOLAS SHERAN ICE ARENA, 401 Laval Blvd W, Lethbridge, with Pastor Mark Dyck officiating.

As per Brock’s request, please wear a jersey of your choice, if available to you.

Flowers are gratefully declined, but for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Brock Hirsche Pronghorn Hockey Award. Donations can be made online at gohorns.ca/for-brock.

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Ethel Ruth Langridge

1920 – 2018

The family of Ethel Ruth Langridge of Lethbridge is sad to announce her passing at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the age of 97 years, just one day after what would have been her 76th wedding anniversary. (Ethel was predeceased by her best friend, soul mate and husband, Bert, in 2011).

Ethel was born in Romford, Essex, England on April 28, 1920. During World War II, she met a young Canadian soldier (Bert), and in 1942 they were married. Following the war, she and their first child arrived in Canada to begin a new life in Lethbridge. Ethel and Bert shared a romance and marriage that would last for 69 years, and they were absolutely inseparable, walking kilometers every day, holding hands wherever they went.

Ethel is survived by her daughter Jean (Bill) Gordon; grandchildren David (Shelley) Dragland, Gary (Sandy) Dragland, Deb Dragland, Jeff (Bonnie) Gordon, Rob (Wendy) Gordon; son-in-law Dave Dragland; granddaughter-in-law Tracy Dragland, and grandson-in-law Mike Kennedy; fourteen great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

All members of her large family including her niece, nephews and their families loved her beautiful smile (which often attracted fellow bus passengers to come up just to speak with her), her ability to give each family member her full and individual attention and love, her outstanding skill as a listener which enhanced her reputation within the family as an excellent “detective”, her far reaching knowledge of and interest in the world around her from current politics to social media, and the fact that they all agree that she had the family’s most amazing memory, even at the age of 97 years. (“Nanny, when is x’s birthday again?”)

In addition to her husband, Bert, Ethel was also predeceased by her parents; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pete and Eileen Langridge; daughter Ruth Dragland; grandson Brent Dragland; and great-great grandson, Baby Bryson.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care unit who made Ethel’s final days comfortable, peaceful and filled with love. Their support made a difficult time far less difficult for all the members of Ethel’s family as we travelled with Ethel on her final journey.

In lieu of flowers or other similar tributes, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Michael’s Health Care Foundation, 1400 – 9 Avenue S. Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Logan Boulet

1997 – 2018

With immense sadness we announce our hero, Logan Alexander Boulet, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2018, due to injuries sustained from the Humboldt Broncos tragic bus crash.

Born on March 2nd, 1997 in Lethbridge, he was the son of Bernadine and Toby and the brother of Mariko. Logan attended Dr. Probe Elementary, G.S. Lakie Middle School, and Winston Churchill High School. Sports were a huge part of his life as he played hockey, rugby, badminton, soccer, and curling growing up. He spent his last three hockey seasons playing in the Saskatchewan Junior ‘A’ Hockey League. Logan started as a Kindersley Klipper and continued the majority of his career as a Humboldt Bronco. He was accepted to attend the University of Lethbridge this fall, following the footsteps of his parents and older sister. He was seeking to be an educator like his mom and dad.

Logan always wanted to be defined as more than just a hockey player. He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, a best friend, a student, a teammate, an overall wonderful human being, and yes, also a hockey player. Logan will be remembered as a creative soul who loved adventures both in his own backyard and across the world. He was drawn to art and music and took time to look, listen, and create with his talents. He was a quiet guy, yet never failed to light up the room with his quick wit. He is remembered by those who knew him best for his antics to bring laughter to any moment in time.

He will be joining great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles from the Boulet and Higo families, beloved life mentors, as well as teammates and staff of his Bronco Family.

He is loved by so many and will be incredibly missed.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

A Celebration of Logan’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at NICHOLAS SHERAN ICE CENTRE, 401 Laval Blvd. W., Lethbridge, AB.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Kidsport – Logan Boulet Fund (Lethbridge & Taber Chapter), 1001 – 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 0J3.

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MARIE ELVA MCCRACKEN (nee Ireland) passed away peacefully on April 9, 2018 while in the care of Raymond General Hospital. Her family was fortunate to be with her on her 91st Birthday three days earlier.

Marie was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) in 2000. She is survived by her children Lesley (Glen) Jewitt, Robert, Peter, John (Carolyn), their sons Ryan and Cole, three Sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie had a vast curiosity about everything and was always exploring the back roads, learning about people places and things or learning a new hobby. Vancouver’s Expo86 was a magnet to Marie. The opportunity to experience so many countries was something Marie couldn’t miss. After an earlier visit to Expo with Bob and in-laws Marie and Harold, Marie drove to Vancouver three times by herself because she needed to learn as much as possible before Expo was over. For a centennial project a new interest in genealogy resulted in a large McCracken family tree and the first McCracken family reunion. Genealogy became her passion. When the “big city” girl (Toronto & Calgary) moved to a farm in the Glenwood area, Marie took rural life on as a challenge. A little rocky at first but she adapted well. Her greatest achievement, although not a passion, was being mid-wife to numerous ewes and nurse maid to hundreds of lambs. Well done Marie! While in Glenwood Marie was very active with the Glenwood Cemetery Committee. The history of the area always appealed to her. Years later Bob and Marie retired to Lethbridge. Shortly after Bob’s passing Marie took on another challenge and went on a mission for her LDS church. She was sent to Vancouver Island where she accomplished most of her goals and came home much richer in spirit from the experience.

In keeping with Marie’s wishes, a private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Box 2211, Lethbridge AB T1J 4K7), Canadian Diabetes Assn. (#220, 6223 – 2 Street S.E., Calgary, AB, T2H 1J5) or charities of choice.

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


NEIL MATHESON MCDONALD passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on April 6, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Neil was born September 16, 1932 to Mr. & Mrs. J.M. McDonald in Eckville, AB where he grew up. He had an interesting and adventurous life that took him from working in a creamery in Alberta, to drilling for salt in Windsor, ON, and then to drilling for oil both in Canada and in the Arabian Sea in the 1960s. During his time working in the Middle East he traveled extensively to places ranging from England to Japan. He returned to Canada and completed his education at Horticultural College in Olds, AB. He then settled into a career as a Fruit and Vegetable Inspector for the Federal Government which moved him from Edmonton to Lethbridge. However, he still had other interests on the side, including being part owner of a hotel/bar.

Neil married Darlene in 1975 and had an instant family with her children Dean and Danni. Neil and Darlene were avid square dancers until Multiple Sclerosis took Darlene’s mobility. Neil was a very good step-father and introduced his new children to many things ranging from skiing and travelling to playing bridge. Sadly, Darlene passed away in 1997.

After Darlene’s passing, Neil’s passion for playing duplicate bridge grew and he would play several times a week continuing up until his recent health problems a few months ago. Neil accomplished the challenging goal of becoming a Bridge Life Master. Going to coffee with him often meant replaying some of the hands of bridge he had played the night before after first catching up on the latest news about all his “kin-folk”.

Neil met Loretta Schwartzenberger and they have been companions for the past several years. They were able to do some traveling and enjoy life. Loretta’s family was always very good to Neil and included him in all of their activities.

Neil is survived by Loretta Schwartzenberger, step-children, Dean (Bev) Gallimore, and Danni (Pete) Bendkowski, grandchildren Lauren Gallimore, Amanda Gallimore and Luke Bendkowski and sister Margaret Ferguson along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Neil was predeceased by his wife Darlene, sister Phyllis Andrews and brothers Donald and Ewart McDonald.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating. A Reception for family and friends will follow in the Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Neil, please feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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

Nelson, Toni


Toni Lynne Nelson, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully Friday, April 6, 2018 at Monterey Seniors Village in Calgary, Alberta. Toni was born May 3, 1945, in Tremonton, Utah to Ford and Marcella Jeppson. She is survived by her children, Natashya Pippin and Justin Nelson; her grandchildren Dagan Nelson, Ava Nelson, Nakita Pippin; and by her sister and brother, Bonnie Lewis and Joel Jeppson. Toni was a successful and respected member of the Lethbridge professional community as a chartered accountant, business partner, and academic. She earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 1983, and her PhD in Accounting in 1991. Toni made Lethbridge her home and enjoyed a rich career at the university from 1991 to 2011. During her time there, she held the positions of Full Professor, Assistant Dean, and Acting Dean. In retirement, Toni was an avid gardener, dog-lover, voracious reader, and a deep-thinker. She was a dedicated and unconditionally loving mother. Her humour, warmth, and kindness were apparent to all who knew her. There will be a ceremony to honour and celebrate Toni’s life on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at Choice Memorial in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to: https://www.alzheimercalgary.ca/get-involved/donate-now

Richard Schultz

1934 – 2018

Mr. Richard Schultz of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Anne Schultz, passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with MS on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale, AB., with Pastor Daron Blenkin officiating.

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It is with great sadness to say with his family by his side, Alex Yalowega peacefully passed on Wednesday April 11/18 at the age of 94 1/2 years.

Alex was predeceased by his parents Steve and Anna (nee Shewchuk); step mother Julia Yalowega (nee Chudo); Brothers Bill, Johnny and Andy Yalowega, Sister Marge Bryant (nee Yalowega) and by daughter in law Janet Yalowega (nee Bateman).

Alex leaves behind his wife and partner of 64 years Joyce Yalowega (nee Buchinski); son Ed Yalowega of Lethbridge; granddaughters: Veronica Heninger (nee McNutt) and great grandchildren Aiden, Madison and Skyler of Lethbridge; Chelsea Berrigan (nee McNutt) and great grandchildren Kalvin, Arya of Okotoks as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alex was born in Sturgis Saskatchewan August 1/1923. Worked in the forestry industry and farm laborer around Saskatchewan until moving to Lethbridge in 1945.

Here he worked on road construction at various places in Alberta and BC until finding his place with the Sick’s Lethbridge Brewery until retirement in 1988.

Alex will be sorely missed by all.

A Reception for family and friends will be held Saturday April 14 from 1-3 PM at Country Kitchen Catering 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, located in lower level entrance door, Eastside of the Keg Restaurant. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

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