January 25th, 2021

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 28, 2018.



Mathew died on November 13, 2017 in a motor vehicle accident. His ashes will be interred with those of his grandfather in Beacon Hill, Sask on May 19th. Mathew was much loved by his brothers William and Michael, his sister-in-law Tess, niece Aria, parents Jennifer and Charles Bridges, aunts and uncles and grandmother as well as numerous cousins.

Mathew’s loss leaves a gaping hole in his family. Mathew’s circle of friends were tight. He was a regular Sunday bowler and enjoyed his volunteer time at a local seniors residence. Mathew was a consistent blood donor since high school and continued his practice with tissue and organ donation after his death. Mathew had a great faith in God and lived his beliefs. He will be forever missed.

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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JACOB CUMMINGS & KELLY-ANN CUMMINGS (BRUISEDHEAD) passed away suddenly on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Calgary, AB

Relatives and friends are invited to Wake Services at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. with Tributes being given at 7:00 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with cremation to follow the service.

In memory of Kelly-ann and Jacob, and in respect to Delilah, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB, T3B 6A8, who continue to care for Kelly-ann’s five year old niece who was also injured in the motor vehicle accident.

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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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MARGARET WILEY FRANK, wife of the late Gordon Frank, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Margaret is survived by her two children – Robert Frank (Carrie) and daughter Jeanne (Kent) Lamb, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is now together again with her husband, Gordon Eugene Frank and her parents, Alma & Elmira Wiley.

May she rest in peace.

Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, Cardston, AB on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 10:00 to 10:45 am with a service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in the Hill Spring Cemetery.

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Otto Gross went to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the age of 85 years, beloved husband of Ursula Gross of Bow Island. The funeral service will be held in the Zion Lutheran Church (104 2nd Ave W, Bow Island) on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mac deWaal officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity of your choice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Otto Gross, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneral home.com and leave a message of condolence.

Arrangements are by the

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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.

Besides his loving wife, Priscilla Heilman, Phil is survived by his daughters, Maria (Warren) Rowntree and Sherry (Kirk) Moffat; son, Darren (Kirsten) Heilman; grandchildren, Jeff, Kelsey, Randi (Devon), Laura (James), Megan, Dustin, Taylor, Michael and Hunter; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Aspen; sister, Fran (Alfred) Gomersal; brother, Joe (Leona), Jerome, Fred (Joyce), Clarence and Cliff (Lena); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Phil was predeceased by his parents, Balzer and Christina and his sister, Christine.

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.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 1A129, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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LANGFORD, Norma Muriel

Norma passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Bournemouth, England on October 24, 1925 she came to Canada as a war bride on the RMS Aquitania. Settled in Medicine Hat, moved to Lethbridge in 1967. Norma owned and operated several beauty salons in Lethbridge in the 1970’s and 80’s. In retirement she volunteered at the Lethbridge Senior Centre and with the Lethbridge City Police Department by doing presentations for the Wise Owl and Elder Abuse Programs. Norma loved to travel in her motorhome, and loved to vacation in Mexico. Norma is lovingly remembered by her daughters; Sandra Helmer and Corinne Knodel, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is predeceased by three husbands; Lawrence M. Messmer (1959), Joe Mrazek (1985) and Edgar Langford (1992); her son Nigel Messmer (1979); her granddaughter Renee Helmer (2014); and sons in law Ron Helmer (2012) and Duane Knodel (2015). The family thanks the staff of Rocky Ridge Retirement Community for taking care of Norma the past six years. In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Norma’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary, 800 – 7015 MacLeod Trail SW., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca

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In loving memory of (Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend) TIMOTHY ALAN NEUFELD, died peacefully on April 26, at the age of 63. A celebration of his life will be held at the Coaldale Community Centre, on Tuesday, May 1 from 5 till 9 PM

Warren Clifford (Moore) Prince

Cliff was born in Cardston Alberta. Cliff passed away on April 19 2018 at the age of 94 in Surrey BC. He is survived by his wife Gayle (Selk), his daughters and sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Cliff was a veteran of WW2 where he was stationed in Tofino BC and then later transferred to Atikocan ON. Cliff enjoyed woodworking, inventing things, and working with his hands. Cliff always had smile on his face and a joke to tell. Cliff was always a friend to those in need, he would give the shirt of his own back. The family would like thank all the staff at the Guildford Seniors Center in Surrey, who took such great care of dad in his final days. Private interment will take place at a later date.

Peter Regier

1923 – 2018

Mr. Peter Regier of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Annie Regier, passed away at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the age 94 years.

Enjoying His Savior fully now

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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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, PO Box 90, 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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IRENE MARIA SZNERCH, beloved wife of the late Michael Sznerch, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME 433 Stubb Ross Road South Lethbridge (entrance to the airport), on Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 9:00 A.M., with Father Lukas Drapal as Celebrant. A private family interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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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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