October 21st, 2020

TUESDAY, June 26th, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 26, 2018.

Delia Plantinos

1945 – 2018

Delia Parcon Plantinos, 73, of Barangay Dapitan, Pototan Iloilo, Philippines passed away on June 10, 2018 in Olds, Alberta due to a tragic accident. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 and Friday, June 29, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback, presider. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Ellen personally, or to the GoFundMe page set up for Ellen and her two children, Theo and Tristan.

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Margaret “Maggie” Gardin

1955 – 2018

Margaret Elizabeth Gardin, nee McGuigan, eternally loved wife of Gerry Gardin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at the age of 62 years.

Brought into this world in Derry City, Ireland on October 2, 1955, Maggie (as she was so lovingly referred to) immigrated to Edmonton Alberta, Canada in 1959 with her parents and 4 of her eventual 7 siblings in the McGuigan Clan.

Maggie enjoyed her upbringing in Edmonton. Belonging to a close-knit family, you would rarely find her without the company of at least one of her siblings. Attending various schools and eventually graduating from O’Leary Composite High School in 1973, Maggie began working in the Traffic department and Billing office of Burns Transport in Edmonton. Soon after, opportunity would bring Maggie to Calgary, to continue working as a dispatcher for Burns.

It would be in Calgary that Maggie would come to meet the love of her life, Gerry. After a brief courtship that epitomizes love-at-first-sight, Maggie would endeavor to join Gerry, along with his two daughters, Angie and Ally, in Gerry’s native city of Lethbridge. From there they built on their family, welcoming two more daughters, Lindsey and Meagan, and creating a life so full of love, it could be felt by anyone who knew them.

Starting a day home would begin Maggie’s journey in working with children. In 1991 she would move on to be an integral part of Kiddly Winks Nursery School, and in 1995, Maggie embarked her 23-year long career, doing what she so passionately loved most, as a Special Needs Education Assistant at Father Leonard Van Tighem School. During this time, she would work to achieve her certification for the Special Needs Education Assistant program through LCC. Maggie was known to have special connections with each of the children she was blessed to work with, and each one held a special place in her heart.

Maggie was a remarkable wife and mother, and friend. Maggie’s life was nothing short of a loving and vibrant one. A sentiment shared by anyone who was gifted to have known her.

Maggie is survived by her husband Gerry, her 4 beautiful daughters; Angie, Ally (Nate), Lindsey, and Meagan (Lyndsy) and one cherished grandson; Kian. She is also survived by her parents Pat and Mary McGuigan, 3 brothers; Hugh (Anna), Liam (Francine), and Kevin (Nadine), and 3 sisters; Cathy (Dave), Marie, and Eileen (Chris). Also surviving Maggie are her father and mother-in law Ezio & Sophie Gardin, brothers-in-law Ezio Jr. (Sue), and John (Donna) and sister-in-law Sherry, as well as numerous nieces, nephews.

In eternal peace, Maggie will join her oldest brother Patrick, and brother-in-law Pete.

We owe insurmountable gratitude to Dr. Henning, Dr. Shukkoor, Dr. D. Orr, the staff of 3B, Celeste and the amazing team in Palliative, and many more who were a part of this journey.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, June 29, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Deacon Frank Peta, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,c/o In Memoriam Program, 300 17 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2T 5S8 or St Michaels Palliative Care c/o Covenant Foundation, 1400 9 Ave South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5.

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HOUGH

MERYL RUTH (JOHNSON) HOUGH, beloved wife of the late Arthur Hough, passed away in Raymond, Alberta on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Meryl is survived by her children, Bryan (Janice) Hough, Jean (Joe Pitcher deceased) Don) Ethridge and Sharon (Rod deceased) Gibb and 12 grandchildren (Chad P itcher-deceased) and 25 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters – Irene Palmer and Lola Sharland. Predeceased by her parents and 11 siblings. Meryl was born on August 7, 1930 in Barnwell, Alberta to Benjamin Franklin Johnson and Zella Park Allred, the 13th of 14 children. She spent most of her life in Southern Alberta, except when her work as a hospital administrator took her north to Moose Factory, Ontario, and Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories. Many memories and lifelong friendships were built as Art and Meryl lived in Taber, Cardston, Whisky Gap, Woolford, and Magrath. Meryl is well known for her quilting and bread making skills. She had a thirst for knowledge and spent many hours reading. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 10:00 am at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS – GARDEN PLACE CHAPEL, 170 N Center Street, Magrath, Alberta. Friends are invited to meet the family on June 30th, 2018 from 9:00-9:45am prior to the service.

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Leo Palencia

1978 – 2018

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Leo Palencia, on June 10, 2018 at the age of 39. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 and Friday, June 29, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback, presider. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Ellen personally, or to the GoFundMe page set up for Ellen and her two children, Theo and Tristan.

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OLD SHOES

CYNTHIA GRACE OLD SHOES passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the age of 54 years.

A Candlelight Vigil will be held at YWCA LETHBRIDGE, 604 – 8 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

Service details will be announced once completed.

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Kaljo Pohjakas

1923 – 2018

Kaljo Pohjakas of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on June 23, 2018 at the age of 94 years. Kaljo was born August 12, 1923 in Raasiku, Harjumaa, Estonia. His life journey travelled the globe beginning in Estonia and ending in Canada; and navigated through WWII. His last working position was as Department Head of the Land Classification Branch for the Alberta Government, from which he retired in 1988. It is impossible to pen a man’s life story when his accomplishments and influence are so far reaching in all aspects. So instead, we, his family, say farewell to a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather whose impact on us will live through many generations. We love you. Kaljo is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lilian Pohjakas; daughter Tiina (Darryl) Williams and their children: Dexter and Tyson; daughter Lea (Mark) Switzer and their children: Arthur (Catherine)Switzer, Eva (Jason) Lamb, and Anna Switzer; and his great grandchildren: Noah, Eden, and Charlotte Lamb. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Steve Bateman to officiate. Cremation will be entrusted to MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS.

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Alma Severtson

1920 – 2018

Mrs. Alma Severtson of Lethbridge, formerly of Enchant, beloved wife of the late Mr. Harry Severtson, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the age of 98 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at ENCHANT COMMUNITY HALL, 127 Center Street, Enchant, AB with viewing one hour prior. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Ada Sherman

1920 – 2018

Ada Sherman, beloved wife of the late Andy Sherman, passed away at Columbia AgeCare Assisted Living on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the age of 97 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610-4TH Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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Phillis Winger

1923 – 2018

Mrs. Phillis Laura Doreen Winger, beloved mother of Bonny Greenshields, Harley Winger, and Blair Winger, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 95 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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WYROSTOK

ALDEGONDA “GONDA” JOHANNA WYROSTOK (née Van Buuren), beloved wife of the late William Wyrostok, formerly of Coalhurst and now of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans West Highlands, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the age of 90 years.

Gonda is survived by her loving children, Joanne (Doug) Nash of Courtney, BC, Irwin (Kyla) Wyrostok of Lethbridge, Larry (Penny) Wyrostok of Lethbridge, William (Teresa) Wyrostok of Calgary, Ron (Leanne) Wyrostok of Vernon, BC and Rosemarie (Melvin) Roth of Coalhurst, as well as her 16 grandchildren and 19 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Johanna (Jermaine) Soenen and three sisters-in-law, Louisa, Maria and Dorothy Van Buuren.

Along with her beloved husband, William, she was predeceased by her four brothers and three sisters-in-law.

In the beginning, Gonda’s life focused on raising her six children, taking care of the household and market gardening on the Wyrostok homestead just outside of Coalhurst. Her vegetables were taken to the Farmer’s Market in Lethbridge to sell and – at times – were entered in the Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society where she won many prizes. She worked for years at the Coalhurst Greenhouse, Wesselman’s Gladiola Farm, Sakon’s and Joe Buck’s. She also enjoyed working at Coalhurst Community Dances for the Hilltopper’s Gymkana Club, Coalhurst Fire Department, Coalhurst Miner’s Days and some private functions. She did these for many years and enjoyed the social aspect of the jobs.

In 1972, Gonda started working at the University of Lethbridge as a nighttime caretaker, working her way up to the daytime shift foreman. She celebrated her retirement in 1992 from there after 20 years of dedicated service.

In her retirement years, she focused more on her creativity with her crocheting and knitting and attended many craft shows in Lethbridge and Coalhurst. There are many newborn babies that received a sweater or blanket made with her loving hands. The slippers she made were a big hit and one of her best sellers.

Gonda was a very hard working and independent person and never asked for much from her family. She enjoyed her family gatherings every Saturday for lunch where anyone available could come. Coconut and lemon pies were a favourite. The door was always open, the coffee pot on and a variety of treats on the table.

Unfortunately, in 2012, Gonda was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and a new chapter of her life started. She was unable to be independent anymore and was moved to West Highlands Care Centre where she resided until her passing. We would like to acknowledge the West Highlands Staff (especially Darcy and Norma) for their loving care that was given to Gonda during this time.

Gonda will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her family and all those who had the personal blessings of knowing her.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Gonda will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

Those who wish to make a donation in Gonda’s memory may do so with the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D – 12A Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1 or with the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

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Dan Rigby
1972 – 2018
Daniel Aaron Rigby, went to glory on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the age of 45 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Dan will be lovingly remembered by his parents Paul and Carol Rigby and his brothers Robert Rigby and Joel Rigby all of Lethbridge.
His time of service, ended early by a brain tumor, was spent being a friend and mentor to kids. He believed that reaching and helping troubled youth was his calling and his many years of service in child and youth work between camps and social agencies were his proudest moments. His faith in God shone through him. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Evan Easthope
1932 – 2018
Evan Dawn Easthope, beloved husband of Kaye Easthope, passed away in Taber on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, July 5, 2018 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, July 5, 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.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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