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FRIDAY, April 20, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 20, 2018.

Christina Big Swallow

1983 – 2018

Mrs. Christina Big Swallow, beloved wife of Mr. Steven Big Swan, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the age of 35 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Karen Cahoon

1948 – 2018

Karen Kim Cahoon (nee Bolokoski) of Taber, Alberta, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the age of 69 years.

Missing her loving presence is devoted husband, Allan; dog, Willow (yes, the dog comes before the children); sons, Todd Boschee (and Tammy Boschee), Mark (Jana) Boschee; stepdaughter, Tracy (Adam Kostek); grandchildren, Taelynn, Taryn, Elise, Sacha, Hanna, and Peyton. Also left to mourn is her dear sister, Shirley (Bob) Huddlestone and their family (Barry & Debbie Huddleston, Tovi, Jim & Celeste Nalder).

Karen was born May 19, 1948 in Medicine Hat to William and Francis Bolokoski. She was an excellent student, particularly enjoying the arts. Her talent for drawing had her commissioned to sketch the portraits of the Medicine Hat Tigers in the early ‘70s. While raising her sons in Warner, Alberta, she taught piano and handed out plentiful stickers to her lucky, talented students. She also worked as an administrative assistant for the County of Warner Public Works Department for many years. Her love for her grandchildren, movies, books, music and camping has filled Karen’s retirement years. She will be remembered for her unconditional support, loving worry, sense of humour, and excitement for giving.

Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony and would appreciate memorial donations made to Alberta Lung Association, 17420 Stony Plain Rd #208, Edmonton, AB T5S 1K6, Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 or Canadian Cancer Society, 55 St. Clair Avenue W., Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Kathleen Collin

1928 – 2018

Mrs. Kathleen Jeanette Collin of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Merton Collin, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the DIAMOND CITY HALL, Diamond City, AB.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Doug Donaldson

1950 – 2018

Mr. Douglas “Doug” Keith Donaldson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Laurie Donaldson, passed away on Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 67 years.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Due to construction at the main cemetery gates, we ask that all family and friends meet at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels, 610 – 4 Street South, at 12:45pm and together we will proceed to the Mountain View Cemetery.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday April 20, 2018 at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE, 1805 – 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Frank Allen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Lethbridge Christian Tabernacle, 1805 – 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 1H8 or http://www.thetab.ca.

“Please no suits & ties. Come share my last pot of coffee because I AM GOING HOME!”

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Conner Ebbert

1926 – 2018

Mr. Conner Ebbert of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. June Ebbert, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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FAWNS

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


John Miller

1948 – 2018

Mr. John Richard Miller of Lethbridge, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, AB on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the age of 69 years.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 at COUNTRY KITCHEN CATERING, 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB.

There was a special place in his heart for Veterans and Military personnel. He asks that any memorial donations be made to Wounded Warriors, 310 Byron Street South, Suite 4, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 4P8.

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OLEKSY

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of BILL OLEKSY at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Left to mourn is Jennie, his wife of 63 years (to whom he was a fantastic loving partner); son Brent (Jamie), grandchildren Rick, Jody (Craig) and great-grandchildren Tesla, Nolan, Calder; daughter, Brenda (Bob) and grandson Chase; and youngest son, Barton (Cris) and granddaughter Katya. He is also survived by his sister Sylvia (Richard).

He was predeceased by his mother, father, three brothers and three sisters as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, with whom he was very close.

Bill was born in Strong Pine, Saskatchewan, on October 3, 1926. He attended a small, one-room country school until grade nine and, when his family moved to BC, finished his schooling in Langley. He then made his way to Winnipeg to enroll in Teachers College. After graduation, he taught in many rural schools before settling in Swan River, Manitoba in 1953 to teach grades five through seven. He met Jennie, a fellow teacher, married her in 1956, and had three wonderful children.

For a change of pace, he moved his family to Lethbridge in 1967 where he managed the Super Sonic Car Wash for a year. He then returned to his first love – teaching. He taught in many schools, but his favorite time was as principal of the Dorothy Gooder School for eight years. At the same time as teaching and raising his children, he attended night school at the University of Lethbridge and obtained his B.A. He is fondly remembered as the teacher who loved to organize field trips and get his students to have more fun in and out of the classroom. Bill retired from teaching in 1987, but kept busy doing a number of things, including driving for Handi-Bus and working with AMA to teach driving to high school students.

One of his favorite sayings was that, if he had to do it all over again, he’d have more fun!

Bill was famous for his wild selection of ties, suit jackets and mismatched socks. His collection of clothes was featured on CBC and was on display at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Bill was also well known around town at Christmas, where he would stroll through different businesses playing Christmas carols on his mandolin. His mandolin playing was also enjoyed by many family members when he and Jennie would call to play and sing happy birthday.

The family would like to give a special thank you to nurses Kara, Katie, Doctors Plotnyk and Winder and all of the amazing staff on the 4th floor of the CRH.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Bruce Martin officiating.

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


Mark Richards

1963 – 2018

Mr. Mark Richards of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the age of 54 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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