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TUESDAY, June 19, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 19, 2018.

Anne Chiswick

1923 – 2018

Mrs. Anne Chiswick of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Les Chiswick, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the age of 95 years. Born, raised and educated in Eastbourne, England, Anne Mary Gander came to Canada at the age of 23. She was the youngest of 8 children. Anne had served in WAAF 1941-1945 where she met and married Derek Martin. In her younger years, Anne enjoyed bowling, curling, and golfing. She was a beautiful knitter. Her afghans, baby blankets, sweaters and baby booties were family treasures. Later in life, she kept busy doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles and crosswords. Anne worked at Mayfair Vogue Ladies Wear for 9 years. Here she learned to dress immaculately from head to toe. This would include earrings. Being fiercely independent, Anne walked or took the bus everywhere, in any kind of weather. She loved her bus drivers as well as bus passengers and shared stories over coffee with many of them. Friday hair appointments were sacred and white wine was a dietary staple. Some of her happiest years were spent with her 2nd husband, Les Chiswick. They were married in Hawaii in 1982 and continued a happy life in Lethbridge. Les and his daughter Marianne completed her family. Sadly, Les passed away in 1986. We will miss our little red headed spitfire. Her spirited walk and quick wit will be remembered by all who knew her. Anne will be lovingly remembered by the Dale Martin family. Kay, Elizabeth (Gord) Jong; Dale Jr. (Colleen) Martin; Cathie Martin (Brian) Weersink and their families: also her beloved step daughter Marianne McBride of Calgary. Anne is predeceased by 4 sisters and 3 brothers all of England. Those who wish may make donations in Anne’s name to the St. Augustine’s Piano fund. Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411- 11 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Canon Allan McCuaig, officiating. Cremation will be entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. Anne will be laid to rest beside her loving husband the late Mr. Les Chiswick in the Mountain View Cemetery, Field of Honour.

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Dr. John “Ed” Andrews

1922 – 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. John “Ed” Andrews announces his passing on June 16, 2018 at the age of 96 years in Lethbridge, Alberta.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 70 years Mina Andrews (Craig) and their children and families: son, Curtis Andrews and Katia Papasoff of Halifax and their sons Samuel (Fredericton) and Sebastian (Ottawa); daughter, Janine Andrews and Larry Anderson of Edmonton and their dog Lilly (Edmonton); son, Craig Andrews and Chris Andrews (Pitt) of Lethbridge and their son Ian (Edmonton); and daughter, Lynn Paterson (Andrews) and Allister Paterson of Montreal and their daughter Nikki (Lake Louise) and son Cory (Montreal).

Dr. John “Ed” Andrews was born in St. Clements (near Selkirk), Manitoba in 1922 to father Frederick George Andrews (of St. Andrews, New Brunswick) and mother Beatrice Eveline (of East Selkirk, Manitoba). After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945 as a flight instructor he attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a B.S.A. in 1949. He took post graduate training in plant breeding, genetics and plant pathology at the University of Minnesota where he received a M.Sc. degree in 1950 and a Ph.D. in 1953.

His research career began at the Winnipeg Research Station in 1949, and he was transferred to the Lethbridge Experimental Station in 1951, where he continued as a research scientist until 1959. His major early research contributions at Lethbridge were the development of WINALTA, a widely grown winter wheat, and the development of laboratory techniques for assessing hardiness in winter wheat.

Beginning in 1959 Ed’s career evolved from research scientist to Director in charge of several major research centres in Canada and East Asia under the auspices of Agriculture Canada. From 1959 to 1964, Ed was the Director of the Research Station at Brandon Manitoba where he began his management learning curve. By 1965 he accepted the position of Director of the Research Station at Swift Current, Saskatchewan which was a larger research enterprise in one of the most arid regions of Canada.

Ed’s next stop was back to Lethbridge in 1970 as the Director of the Lethbridge Research Station which at that time was the largest of the Agriculture Canada’s Research stations or institutes with 80 research scientists and engineers. During his tenure as the Lethbridge Director, a new Agriculture Centre was planned and constructed to provide new facilities for the Research Centre and to bring together at the same location all of the extension and development staff of Alberta Agriculture.

While in Lethbridge he was also the Director of the All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, India (1969 – 1982). This project involved research by over 200 scientists at 23 Centres in India; introducing the results to farmers and training programs for extension staff and village workers. During the same period (1978 – 1982) he was also the Director of Dry Zone Research and Development – Sri Lanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka. This project involved research and development activities to improve food production in dry zones of Sri Lanka.

In October 1981, Dr. Andrews was appointed Director General, Western Region, Research Branch, Agriculture Canada. In this capacity he was responsible for all agricultural research carried out at 15 research stations and 10 experimental farms or research substations in western Canada including a staff of 1,374.

In 1983, Dr. Andrews became the senior advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research with major responsibility for special international projects. He held this position until his retirement in 1987. During his 38-year career with Agriculture Canada, he was not only devoted to his work, but also enjoyed serving on many provincial, national and international committees.

Ed was also an active community member in every city where he and Mina lived. He was a member of the Lethbridge Rotary Club, the Kinsmen Club, their favourite Lethbridge bridge club, the Legion, the curling club, and the Lethbridge Country Club where he helped to found the Elderly Gentlemen’s Golf Society (EGGS). Ed’s passion for research and the value of post secondary education led him to serve the University of Lethbridge as a founding member of the Board of Governors and a member of the Senate.

Ed will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for:

• A warm smile, wicked sense of humour, expertise as a phenomenal dancer in every genre, his love of hosting a

great party and dressing up and attending formal events;

• Making pancakes on Sunday morning for his kids so he could avoid church, carving the perfect turkey, teaching

us to respect others and their cultural protocols, and to take pride in everything we do;

• His frugalness and insistence that we don’t waste food, money or time;

• His obsession with the news, world and local politics, and later just snoozing in his recliner and forgetting about it;

• His love of games and sport, his expertise in playing bridge, teaching hunting and fishing skills to his kids,

savouring a good curling shot, teaching us to play snooker, his Arnold Palmer golf swing, his incessant search for

golf balls in out of bounds areas, and his detailed knowledge of every rule of golf;

• His love of flying single engine Harvard’s, knowledge of aircraft types, and better known as the “Queen’s” pilot;

• His handy-man skills, helping us to build go-carts, speed boats, tree houses and model cars, and taking apart

Mom’s kitchen appliances and never putting them back together;

• His love of travelling the world with Mina, his kids and his close friends;

• His love of living in warm, windy and arid locations around the world;

• His incredible memory for details including the name of every place, city, historic site, village, river crossed, and

person met on his world travels;

• His ability to tell a good story – which got better over time – and his excellent public speaking skills;

• His strong pride and enduring love for his family; and

• His everlasting love for his sweetheart and soulmate Mina.

We will miss you so much Ed/Dad/Papa, but …. we will ….. see you later!

The family sincerely thanks the Chinook Regional Hospital staff, including the nurses in Unit 4C, Dr. J. Burke, Dr. McIntyre, and Dr. C. Walton; the staff at St. Therese Villa, especially the LPN’s, HCA,s and others from two west; AHS Home Care RNs; Dr. Strank; and Ava Matisz (special companion to Dad and Mom) for their compassion, care, and support of Ed while he transitioned through his final stages of life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, charitable donations may be made to the University of Lethbridge or the Canadian Red Cross in the name of Dr. J. E. Andrews.

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VERNA MAY KELLER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

A Come and Go Reception celebrating Verna’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:30 P.M.

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Al McNiven
1951 – 2018
Allister Joseph McNiven, beloved spouse of Marcy Huntley, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the age of 67 years.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


BEATRICE “BETTY” MAY LUCO, born October 22, 1917, to Robert and Edith Needs, passed away on June 16th, 2018 at the age of 100. She was predeceased by her parents, husband George Luco, daughter, Betty Hronek (nee Luco) and sister, Mary Thomson. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Stark Chivers (Queenston, Ont.), son and daughter-in-law Robert and Wende Luco, their children Robert (Oahu, HI) and Benjamin (Lethbridge), granddaughter Dawn Weins (Stettler), grandson Barry Hronek (Houston, TX) and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Betty was a talented musician, was the organist at Southminster United Church in her early years, and played piano for the Southminster Sunday School in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She also accompanied many choirs, solo vocalists, and musicians for festivals and music competitions. Betty attended Normal School in Calgary, earned her teaching certificate in 1937, taught for a short period of time in Coalhurst, then married George Luco in 1939. Together they built a successful farming operation west of the Lethbridge Airport becoming pedigree seed growers and winning the World Wheat Championship at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair in 1964. Along with being a hard-working farm wife, Betty found time to teach her two children music and crafts, and lead the local young women’s sewing club, organized many Christmas and Easter School pageants at McNally School with the help of her good friend Evelyn Murray (deceased).

Betty was an avid curler. In 1973, Betty Luco’s Senior Ladies’ Curling team was the first Lethbridge ladies’ rink of any age to win an Alberta championship. The Luco rink captured the Southern Alberta title in Calgary, advancing to the Alberta Championship in Valleyview where they were undefeated. 1973 was the first year a National Sr. Ladies Curling Championship was held in Ottawa with the Luco foursome representing Alberta finishing in third place. The Luco rink included lead Helen Johnson, second Gladys Redfern, third Kay Redding and skip Betty Luco.

Betty will be missed by her family and friends. She has requested no service but a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lethbridge Harbour House, 604 – 8 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2K1 or the charity of your choice.

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Lydia Bakowski

1931 – 2018

Mrs. Lydia Bakowski of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Hannes Bakowski, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Louise Wiens
1930 – 2018
Louise Wiens, formerly of Coaldale, then Ryley, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Bow Island Health Centre on the early morning of Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the age of 88 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Saturday, June 23, 2018 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Burial Service will follow at the Bow Island Cemetery at 11:00 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


KEITH THEODORE NELSON, passed peacefully in Cardston, Alberta on June 16, 2018 at the age of 88.

Keith was born to Earl and Teddy Nelson on July 8, 1929 in Stirling, Alberta. He has lived in Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton, Coaldale and Cardston and served a mission in Eastern Canada as a young man and later in the Manilla, Philippines Temple, and Nauvoo with his wife Nona. He was predeceased by his brothers Bob and Danny and his wives Evelyn, and Carolyn. He will be missed by his wife Nona, his brother Larry (& Sharon), his daughter Jayne (& Art) and his sons John (& Kathy), Daniel and Jim (& Erin) and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Stake Center, at 846 1st Ave W, Cardston, AB on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Interment will be prior at 10:00 am in the Stirling Cemetery.

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Mon On Chow

1927 – 2018

Mr. Mon On Chow of Lethbridge, loving husband to Mrs. Din Hoi Chow, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Steve Sutka
1928 – 2018
It is with great sorrow that the family of Stephan Thomas Sutka announce that he passed away peacefully in Taber on Sunday June 17, 2018 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides Bessie, his loving wife of sixty five years, Steve will be greatly missed and held deep in the hearts of their two sons Ron (Maureen) Sutka of Cranford and Jerry Sutka of Calgary; grandchildren Michelle (John) Winters of Newport, Virginia, Jason (Jennifer) Sutka of Taber and Troy Sutka of Cranford; great grandchildren Kallista Winters (Adam Harless), Kyrra Winters, Brodyn Sutka, Josh Sebok and Tyrah Sebok. He will also be remembered by his sister Helen (Frank) Benci of Lethbridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Steve was predeceased by his parents Katie (nee Hanzlik) and William Sutka, sister Annie Praskach and brother-in-law Joe Praskach and by Bessie’s parents Mary (nee Frolka) and Joe Kacer.
Steve was born in Hostovce, Czechoslovakia on February 16, 1928, the youngest child of William and Katie Sutka. His father immigrated to Canada in 1928 with the rest of the family following in 1935, settling in Picture Butte where his family farmed and the children received their education.
On November 19, 1952 Steve and Bessie (nee Kacer) were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lethbridge and together they farmed and raised their sons in Cranford.
Steve continued to reside on the family farm until his passing.
He was a man who was proud of his heritage and you could often find him in the kitchen cooking foods from his childhood.
Steve loved to spend his spare time gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling. He and Bessie were able to enjoy vacations to Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and various other places in the United States and loved spending summers at Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia. His greatest pleasure was travelling back to Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Steve was a family man at heart and cherished every moment spent with the ones he loved most. You could always see the sparkle in his eye when his grandchildren and great grandchildren were near.
Steve’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Galbraith, Dr. Zielke, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Leishman, all the nurses and staff at the Taber Hospital, Taber EMS and Taber Home Care for providing exceptional care.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.



Thomas (Tom) Frederick Hart, beloved husband to the late Grace Hart, passed away after a prolonged illness June 10, 2018 at 76 years of age. Tom was active in all aspects of scouting including planning international Jamborees for which he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (awarded by the Governor General to those who contributed to public life). He loved politics and was an active member with the Conservative Party of Canada in both Calgary and Lethbridge. Tom was also very involved in the Anglican Church lay ministry. He enjoyed helping people and often gave rides in his favorite convertible to those needing transport to get groceries or to appointments and services. Tom spent most of his working life in the insurance industry including running Hart Agencies in Calgary. After retiring, he and Grace moved to Lethbridge where they were heavily involved in the Lethbridge Newcommers Club. Tom was born in Calgary to Edgar and Mary Hart and is survived by step children Joanne McLeay and Rodger McLeay: grandchildren Devin (Laurie) Linnington, Kristy Linnington and Dustin Linnington and great grandson Shayden as well as his uncle and aunt Don and Gloria Moore and several cousins and their families. Friends and family can pay their respects at the funeral service, officiated by Rev Steve Bateman, on Wednesday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church in Lethbridge; 411 11 St S. His ashes will be interred later in Calgary at St. Barnabas Church burial site next to those of his wife Grace who predeceased him in 2013.


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