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FRIDAY, April 27, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 27, 2018.

Kathleen Collin

1928 – 2018

Mrs. Kathleen Jeannette Collin of Diamond City, 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.

Kathleen is survived by 5 daughters – Elizabeth (Elwyn) Holmberg, Karen Collin, Shirley Mireault, Lorna Wall and Danni (Michael) McKenzie; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; along with many well-loved nieces, nephews and a few cousins. She is also survived by her half siblings Lynne, Betty, Edward, Rosemarie, Donald, Evelyn, Margaret, Iris and Mary-Anne.

Kathleen was born in Wabamun, AB and at the age of one, moved with her family to a homestead at Edson, AB. As her father worked for the railway, the family also lived in Mirror, Saunders, Alsask and Lloydminster. After her marriage in 1946, she and Merton started Hi-Way Grocery Store in Edson, which later became Collin Grocery Co. Ltd.

Kathleen volunteered in many community organizations her whole life. After moving to Diamond City, Kathleen continued to be active especially with the Diamond City Community Association. She took bookings and cleaned the hall for over 20 years after Merton passed.

Kathleen appreciated the friendship of all her Diamond City neighbors and their visits and help in recent 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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Katherine Dolezal

1926 – 2018

We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and babcia, Katarzyna “Kathy” Dolezal, on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

She was born to Rose and Stephan Andruchow on March 21, 1926 in Lubaczow, Poland. During the war, she was taken away from home at age 16 to work in Germany. After the war she moved to England, then eventually to Canada.

She was a hard worker and raised 4 children. She loved cooking, dancing, gardening and later in life, bingo. Her greatest joys were her grandkids and great-grandkids, and their parents too.

Kathy was preceded in death by her husband Jerry and her son Michael.

She is survived by her daughters Maria (Ron) Sander, Christine (Barry) Groves and Joanne (Brian) Gedrasik. She was a loving grandma to Trina (Kurt), Jeremy (Crystel), Erin (Evan), Aidan (Jess), Jordan (Megan), Janine (Chad), Andrew (Terri), and Patrick; as well as a beautiful babcia to Kyla, Griffin, Tyson, Grace, Madison, Alex, Darwin and Osian.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 27, 2018 at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. W., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Salvador Ahumada, celebrant.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects one-hour prior at the church.

A private family interment will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Mom you taught us well and will always be in our hearts.

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Conner McDonald Ebbert

1926 – 2018

Conner McDonald Ebbert of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2018. He will be dearly missed by his children, Dale (Janice) Ebbert and Cyndie Britton (Carm); grandchildren, Kirsten Ebbert (Scott), Spencer Ebbert (Jessica), Carli (Mike) Rodger and Mackenzie Hart; great grandchildren Siri, Maven and Boden Rodger; and his beloved companion and friend, Joyce Owen. Con was predeceased by June, his wife of 49 years, in 2000 and his son Randy, in 2012.

Con was born on August 25, 1926 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Jeanette and Elmer Ebbert. He grew up on the family farm on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, where his love of nature and gardening began. In 1948 he left home, moving to Lethbridge where he soon began a lifelong career in the automotive business, working with Imperial Motors, Fleming Motors, Car Lane Auto Sales and Bridge City Chrysler. For most of those years Con was the service manager and ended his career in sales with Bridge City. Throughout his career, Con received many Chrysler service management awards, obtained his Master Technician Certification and was salesman of the year for each of the last three years of his career. His insistence on doing things right and his integrity and honesty were hallmarks of his reputation and earned him the respect and admiration of not only his family, but also his many customers and friends.

Con and June were avid campers and their grandchildren will always treasure the wonderful times they enjoyed camping with Grandpa and Grandma and their memories of his harmonica tunes, ice cream cones, searching for the perfect branch to create a wooden whistle (or sling shot), campfires and toasting marshmallows.

In his retirement years, Con spent many hours gardening, woodworking and caring for his home where family and friends were always warmly welcomed. Many will remember barbecues in Con’s backyard and being toured around as he described the names and origin of his flowers, shrubs and trees. He was particularly in awe of his magnificent elm tree as it matured along with him. He was grateful for winter trips to Arizona and the good times and memories he and Joyce shared together.

Dad was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren. He worked hard and was a perfectionist, leading and teaching by example. He supported each of us in anything we chose to do, encouraging and taking pride in our educations and involvement in sports and the many opportunities life offered to us. Dad was a loving, kind and considerate gentleman and his sense of humour was appreciated by all who knew and loved him. Con lived into his old age with the same humour and with gentleness, grace and gratitude.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Clair Forestell, Janet Friebel, the team at Edith Cavell Care Centre, and the staff at Chinook Regional Hospital for their care, kindness and compassion for Dad in his final years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 – 11 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Andrew Horne, officiating.

Inurnment to take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200-325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a very loving person, MARGARET ERMA “MARG” FORISH-BLOCK, beloved wife of Ernie Block of Lethbridge, who passed away at Legacy Lodge on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

Margaret leaves behind her beloved husband Ernie Block and beloved daughter Debbie (Klaus), along with Al (Carol) Block and Keanne (Carrie) Block. She also leaves behind many more beloved family members of the Santrau and Block families, as well as her sister Ann Davies and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father John, sister Elizabeth and brother John.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the physicians and health care providers at the Chinook Regional Hospital ICU and Floor 3B, and most of all everyone at Legacy Lodge. Margaret thought you were all so special.

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Phil Heilman

1944 – 2018

Mr. Phil Heilman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Priscilla Heilman, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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SARAH (SADIE) McCOLL, beloved wife of the late Andrew McColl of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2018, just days short of her 87th birthday.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alberta Lung Association, 17420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1L9 or online at ab.lung.ca/donate or a charity of one’s choice.

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Please join us in honouring and Celebrating the Life of BILL OLEKSY, who passed away on December 1, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

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.

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Willard Penner

1924 – 2018

Mr. Willard Penner of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Erika Penner, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 4717 24 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Dave Acree, officiating.

A Private Family graveside service will be held in the Grassy Lake Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Willard’s name may be made to the Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp, c/o John Regier, 2225 27 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 6K5.

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Jim, beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away in Victoria B.C on March 22nd, 2018 at the age of 44. Left to cherish his memory are his three children Jadyn, Eric and Nadia and mom to his kids, Shalini Mudalair.

Also Jim’s mom- Adele Young (Rob), Dad- Lou Pizzingrilli (Sandy), his sisters- Carol Heggie (Hunter) and Tammie Schmautz, many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was predeceased by his grandparents Jim and Mary Atkinson and Emilio and Isolina Pizzingrilli.

It gives us great comfort in knowing Jim was able to donate his organs to those in need.

In lieu of flowers Jim would have appreciated donations made to the Interfaith Food Bank (interfaith.ca) for donation info or any charity of your choice in his name.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Oddfellows hall 505 4 Ave S on Saturday, April 28th at 1:00 pm.


DONALD “CLARK” SELK “checked-in to this world” on July 9, 1948 in Pincher Creek. He “checked-out of this world” on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit at the age of 69 years.

Clark has joined his son, Brad, and his parents, Gene & Evelyn, as well as many others who left before him.

He is glad to be survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda, his daughter, Rhonda (Matt) Wolske of Calgary, his daughter-in-law, Tanya Selk of Swift Current, SK and his grandchildren, Hailey & Carter Wolske and Lucas Selk.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV officiating.

A Memorial Mass will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Benedicto Tugano IV celebrating.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Clark, donations may be made to the Milk River Health Centre, 517 Centre Avenue N.E., Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.

Since Clark loved being with his family and friends, his family asks that you buy a coffee for a friend and enjoy a good joke and B.S. session in his memory.

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Yumi  Saka
1938  ~  2018
It is with heavy hearts that the    family of Yumiko “Yumi” Reni Saka announce her passing at St. Joseph’s – Carmel Hospice on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the age of 80 years.  She was born in Mission City, B.C., on (April 4, 1938) but her birth was registered on April 29, 1938, to Eiji and Yasu Tashiro and attended school in Coalhurst. Yumi had many wonderful traits that included her caring nature, thoughtful and selfless care for her patients, a great mentor and dedicated teacher and sometimes bossy and stubborn with those she worked with; but above all, loving and warm hearted. She loved gardening, reading (wore out her library card), volunteering, golf, hockey, the Flames and of course, figure skating. Yumi worked first as a Lab Tech and then as the ultimate nurse in Honolulu and in Medicine Hat.  Yumi was a member of the Nursing Association and was recognized for an award in 2008 for actively working until the age of 70 years. There were many other achievements throughout the years in nursing and in her volunteer life.  Yumi especially enjoyed the sunsets of Hawaii, seeing a baby born and the activities of her own children during their youth.  She was extremely fond of her pets, Kekoa, Zoe and grand-puppy, Junior. Yumi’s memory will be forever treasured in the hearts of her children; Jay Saka of Edmonton and Jody Saka (Tom Oliver) of Atlanta, Georgia; Jack Saka (father of Jay and Jody); sister, Lily Kamachi of New Westminster, B.C. as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba; “surrogate” grandmother to her many friends’ children and grandchildren.  Yumi was predeceased by her parents, Eiji and Yasu Tashiro; brother, Masami “Sami” Tashiro and sister, Kazuko Tashiro. The Celebration of Yumi’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Everyone attending the Funeral Service is asked to bring a copy of a photo of Yumi for the photo memory book.  For those unable to attend;  the Funeral Service will be Live Streamed on the Cook Southland webpage at http://www.cooksouthland.com  and you watch the service by clicking on the link on the Home Page.  If friends so desire, memorial donations in Yumi’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice in which supports animals, children or cancer. (Condolences may be expressed by http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB.  T1A 4V4  Toll free 1-877-528-6455.
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