January 17th, 2021

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 11, 2018.


Andrew Black Water beloved husband of Phylis Eagle Bear passed away suddenly on May 6, 2018 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced when completed. Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Carmell Jean Bokvist

Beloved daughter, sister and auntie, Carmell Jean Bokvist born October 19, 1972 in Calgary, Alberta will be sorrowfully missed by loving, devoted parents Gary (Darla) and Geri (Rob), faithful sister Cassandra (Curtis) dedicated niece Paynter, loving brother Ian (Alivia) special niece and nephew Kenz and Cullan.

Though from birth it seemed her life was fraught with sickness, pain and torment; Carmell was the “Come Back Kid”. In spite of her many health challenges and the seemingly endless roadblocks in her life’s path, she never gave up, she fought to survive, lived her life to the fullest possible until her very final moment; Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 Foothills Hospital Calgary, Alberta.

Carmell was a music and movie buff. Everything from Bergman and Bogart to horror flicks, musicals and indy movies. Listening and dancing to music was freedom and happiness for her: Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates, Duran Duran and Billy Idol to name a few. Talented cook, baker and excellent at sewing as well as crochet; many have been recipients of her fabulous crocheted afghans.

She had a special passion for the outdoors; Carmell had a tremendous admiration and respect for nature, all manners of flora and fauna (land, sea and sky). Road trips and camping with her dad were cherished, special times; she looked forward to participating in the horseshoe tournaments that could last into the wee hours.

Never forgetting a birthday or special holiday, buying cards and gifts for all happily and with great generosity. Often admonishing her sister for waiting until the last minute to mail out greeting cards (I promise I’ll do better).

Quick witted and a good sport Carmell would giggle in reminiscence of her own verbal faux pas and humorous “slips of the tongue”. Warm, funny, fierce but gentle, a stalwart confidant, a best friend, spectacular sister, auntie and devoted daughter; Carmell will be forever loved and remembered. “Well, there’s nothing to lose and there’s nothing to prove, well, Dancing a-with myself” -Billy Idol-

Love you always and forever

Mom, Dad, Sis and Bro

Peace for you at last

In lieu of flowers please donate in Carmells name to your local Humane Society, Ducks Unlimited, Birds of Prey Centre or plant a tree

To email condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd, High River.



July 4, 1946 – March 21, 2018

With a truly amazing attitude about life and dying George passed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

George was born on July 4, 1946 in Lethbridge Alberta to Edith and George Faulkner. A man of great humour, eloquent speech, a fixating voice and a crown of white hair; he was dedicated to everything he undertook throughout his career and volunteer activities. He believed in hard work, accepting what you cannot change, never giving up or complaining, putting others first, being grateful, and handling life, both good and bad, with an incontrovertible sense of humour. He was blessed with a brilliant mind, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a wide range of interests and tireless energy. Although limited by ill health in the final year of his life he showed remarkable grace, humour and dignity throughout.

He was a beloved son, devoted husband, revered brother and wise friend. George is lovingly remembered by his wife Linda, his brother Jon, his sister-in-law Dorothy and his “little family”.

Our most sincere thank you to an extraordinary team of medical professionals: Dr. A Sommerville, Dr. V Krause, Dr. C Schieman, Dr. F Adams, Dr. T Athwal, Dr. J Simon, Foothills Medical Centre – Unit 61, Rockyview General Hospital – Unit 73, and last but not least, Palliative Home Care for guiding us through this journey. Never ending support came from his brother Jon and from his “buddies” Dr. John Rothschild, Mr. Robert Rowley, Mr. Paul Weaver and the “4 party” buddies from ATCO, ENMAX and SHAW.

George, we will look for you and remember you, always, and we will continue to see and hear you in everything. Rest peacefully my love.

Rather than mourn the absence of the flame; let us celebrate how brightly it burned.

A celebration of George‘s life will be held on his birthday, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Location will be confirmed. Please RSVP at gwf.calg@gmail.com

Ronald Helmer

1936 – 2018

Mr. Ron Helmer of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the age of 81 years, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lynne Helmer.

Survived her sons Tim (Nadine) Helmer of Calgary; grandchildren Erin Helmer (Joel Duda), Kyle Helmer, and David (Charlene) Helmer of Cochrane; grandchildren Alina Helmer and Jenna Helmer.

Besides his loving wife Lynne, Ron was predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Emma Helmer.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 1:00pm on Monday, May 14, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4TH Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Followed by a Graveside Service in Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


ALLEN ROYCE JENSEN, born May 18, 1942 in Cardston, AB to Lois Ellison and Grant Maxwell Jensen, passed away May 2, 2018 at the age of 75 in Yuma, AZ.

Allen was a physician of 47 years. He was still helping patients several days a week up until February 19th when Cancer of the Liver snuck up on him. (Please note: Annual checkups including Ferratin Labs and iron levels are very important.)

Allen was a man of 100 hobbies. His interests included skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain man retreats, putting many thousands of miles on his motorcycle each year, woodworking etc. Allen loved to research and learn. Jeremy said his dad knew more than Google.

Allen was an activity member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, especially in the young men’s program. He was a Queen Scout in Canada (equivalent to the Eagle Scout) and encouraged several boys in Millville, Utah to pursue their Eagle Scout award.

Allen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, compassionate physician and friend. Several of his patients have become good friends. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn Lola Kay (Nelson) Jensen, their 5 children and 10 grandchildren namely Sherri Casper (daughter) & Shannon Schilling; Dr. Jordon Jensen(son) & wife Janel Jensen and their children Schuyler, Emma, Eliza, Carter and Hannah; Dr. Candice Jensen-White (daughter) & husband Brian White; Dr. Jeremy Jensen (son) & wife Angela Jensen and their children Alex and Abrianna; Kristi (daughter) & husband Dan Jones and their children Ella, Oliver and Leo. He is also survived by his sisters Myrna Jensen and Jane-Marie Sandberg.

Friends may meet the family on Friday, May 11th, 2018, at the Legacy Funeral Home 107 6 St W, Cardston, AB from 7:00 to 8:00 p m or at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Hill Chapel 9th Avenue and Highway 2, Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


It is with great sadness that the family of MRS. JOAN McKENZIE, beloved wife of the late Dr. Hugh McKenzie, announce her peaceful passing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 96 years.

Joan is survived by her son, Ross (Deborah) McKenzie of Lethbridge, her daughters, Carol (Iain) Wilson of Edmonton and Carmen (George) Graham of Rainier and her eight grandchildren, Kyle McKenzie (Tara, and their children, Xander, Mannix and Milana), Colin McKenzie, Christina McKenzie, Andrew Wilson, Scott Wilson, Catherine Davies (Braidy, and their children, Sage and Wynn), Rob Graham and Erin Graham.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her loving husband, Hugh.

Joan was born on November 2, 1921 in Yorkshire, England and was raised in Pocklington. Joan trained and worked as an accountant in York during World War II. She met a Saskatchewan farm boy, Hugh McKenzie, a Flying Officer with the RCAF stationed nearby. They were married on December 11, 1943. After they were married, Hugh completed his tour of duty with Bomber Command. On each bombing mission, Joan counted the number of planes that left and returned. Hugh survived three plane crashes. On one mission, Hugh’s plane did not return and had to crash land on the coast of England. This was a very stressful time in Joan and Hugh’s lives, but resulted in a very close and loving relationship between them, which lasted throughout their marriage.

Hugh returned to Saskatchewan in September of 1945. Eight months later, Joan was able to join Hugh at the family farm near Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. They lived in Saskatoon while Hugh attended the University of Saskatchewan. Once he completed university, the couple moved to Indian Head to work at the Agriculture Canada Experimental Farm. In 1951, they transferred to Lethbridge where Hugh began his lifetime career working at the Lethbridge Research Station.

Together, they had three children, Ross, Carol and Carmen. Each were very welcomed and loved additions to their family. Joan and Hugh had a very happy relationship and enjoyed raising their family in Lethbridge. Sadly, Hugh died in an automobile accident in 1979. Joan remained living in Lethbridge and cherished her close relationship with her children, eight grandchildren and, over the past six years, her five great-grandchildren. Joan’s family was her inspiration and she was so proud of each and every one. Joan was a long-time member of Southminster United Church.

At Joan’s request, a Private Graveside Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5, the Brooks & District Health Foundation, 440 – 3 Street East, Brooks, AB T1R 0G5, or to a charity of your choice.

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


Mrs. LaRene Steed Phillips, beloved wife of Alfred Phillips, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

She is the loving mother of ReDonna (Flayne) Byam, Paula (Ronald) Hendry, Michael (Valerie) Steed, Jacqie (Keith) Orr, Lawnee – deceased (Jesse) Wilde, Joel (Allison) Steed, as well as 32 grandchildren and 90 great grandchildren.

Friends may meet with the family on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA STAKE CENTRE, 2410 28 St S, or prior to the service from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the church at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Interment in the Mountain View Cemetery.

To send condolences,

please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

Jon Popel
1956 – 2018
Jonnie Bernell Popel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and Winnifred historian, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the age of 62 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, 202 – 5 Avenue East, Bow Island on Saturday, May 12, 2018 between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Jon was born in Medicine Hat on March 4, 1956, to Agnes and John Popel. He lived most of his life in Winnifred where he farmed with his father. Jon attended the University of Calgary and obtained a degree in Geology where he met his future wife, Janet Ferguson. They were married on February 27, 1982 and together Jon and Janet farmed and raised three amazing children, Jonathan (Peggy), James (Stephanie) and Julianne (Dan Baran). He so loved his two grandchildren John and Anne and greatly enjoyed his visits with them.
After the farm and just like in everything he has done, he took pride in a career at the St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID), “chasing water” as he put it, for almost twenty years.  He will be remembered by his brothers at The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) and past members of the Bow Island Ducks Unlimited Committee.
In addition to his own family, Jon leaves behind three sisters Joanne (Morris) Sosick of Lethbridge, Shirley Johnston of Milk River and Betty (Mike) Owens of Redmond, Washington and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Charles Johnston.
In lieu of flowers and donations, Jon’s family ask that you spend time with your children, grandchildren and families and like Jon would want, hug them and hold them close as he would say that is most important.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JOSHUA TWIGG, beloved husband of Crystal Twigg, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the age of 45 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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RYAN MERTON QUIROGA, beloved father, brother, son and friend, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the age of 28 years.

Ryan is survived by his children, Benjamin (Mary), and Sariah (Karmyn); his stepmother, Darlene Quiroga (Nash); his brothers, Jeremy and Joe Quiroga; his sisters, Miriam Quiroga and Kristi Nash, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jose & Joan Quiroga, as well as his stepbrother, Cory Nash.

Ryan was a kind, loving and extremely generous man. His true loves in life were his family, camping, vinegar and hot sauce. His laugh was infectious and his smile would brighten your day. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.

A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

Memorial donations may be made in Ryan’s honor to the Canadian Mental Health Association by visiting http://www.lethbridge.cmha.ca or by calling (403)-329-4775. A trust fund for Ryan’s children has also been set up. Those wishing to contribute can do so by visiting any Scotiabank, calling 403-382-4670 ref account # 414590044458, or by e-transfer to sariahben@gmail.com.

To send a condolence, please visit


Kenneth Riley

1926 – 2018

Mr. Kenneth Riley of Lethbridge, beloved Husband of the late Mrs. Terry Riley, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 9:00pm on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Monday, May 14, 2018 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Liturgy of the Word will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at ST. MARTIN OF TOURS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5437-43 Street, Vegreville, Alberta.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


June 30, 1940 – Uslar, Germany

April 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Manfred Schlemme of Calgary, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Fred was born on June 30, 1940 in Uslar, Germany. In 1953 his family immigrated to Canada. They worked in the sugar beet fields of Turin, before moving to Coaldale and finally settling in Lethbridge. Fred spent much of his adult life working for Macdonalds Consolidated in Calgary. He had a passion for travelling and saw many countries and continents. Fred had a great sense of humour and always had a kind word to speak of everyone.

Manfred is survived by his twin brother Siegfried (Lorrie) Schlemme of Lethbridge, his sister Rose (Ervin) Saunders of Blackfoot, AB, sister-in-law Bessie Schlemme of Calgary and several nieces and their families.

Manfred was predeceased by his parents Karl and Irmgard Schlemme; his brother Helmut Schlemme and his nephew Monty Lietz (Schlemme).

A private burial will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Katherine Tymburski

1926 – 2018

Mrs. Katherine Tymburski, beloved wife of the late Mr. Peter Tymburski, was taken into the Lord’s presence with family by her side on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the age of 92 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00pm and 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18th St, Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Lorne Willms, officiating.

A Graveside Service will take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Brenda Wieland

1952 – 2018

Mrs. Brenda Wieland of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the age of 66 years, wife of the late Mr. Brian Wieland.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, May 11, 2018 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend James Grunden, officiating.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Archmount Cemetery.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

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