January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, September 1, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 1, 2018.

ARSENE Mar 25, 1924 – Feb 3, 2018

Rene Arsene, aged 93, passed away peacefully and comfortably in her home at Cedar Creek, Lethbridge. She was predeceased by her husband George, and survived by her three children, April, Colly (Chuck), George Harris, granddaughter Amy, and great grandson Adam. The family would like to thank all the special staff and caregivers at Cedar Creek for their kind and devoted care of Rene during her 4 years with them. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 411 – 11 Street Street South, Lethbridge with The Rev. Canon James Robinson celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta would be appreciated.

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Carole Harris (nee Hierath)

Carole passed away peacefully at her home in Vancouver, Wash. on July 4, 2018 at the age of 73.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph, her parents Harold and Violet Hierath and Brother-in-law Warren Brower.

At school in Masinasin and Milk River, she excelled in both track and basketball. After attending the Banff School of Fine Arts and SAIT, Carole graduated from the University of Calgary where she received a Bachelor of Education. Beloved by her students, she taught in Calgary for over 20 years and later moved to Vancouver where she continued to teach until she was 70. This dedication extended to her gardening, as evidenced by her beautiful yard in Calgary and her acreage in Vancouver.

Carole will be forever remembered by her brothers Phillip (Wanda), Michael (Caryl-Sue), Brian (Wendy) Hierath, her sisters Lynne Brower and Kathy (Burke) Russell, her many nieces and nephews, her Thielen and Hierath relatives as well as the many friends and students whose lives she touched.


CARL DANIEL “BUD” HECK, beloved husband of Margaret, of Coaldale, formerly of Hays, passed away following a brief illness and surrounded by his loving family, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at the VAUXHALL MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall, AB, on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Blair Stretch officiating. Interment to follow in the Field of Honour, Vauxhall Cemetery.

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It is with great sadness that the family of SAMSON MANDEFRO, of Lethbridge, announce his unexpected passing at the age of 23 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Daniel Hunkiye officiating.

Samson will be laid to rest in Nazareth, Ethiopia at a later date.

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MAY, Kenneth Lloyd

April 17, 1942 on the farm near Dunrea, Manitoba to August 27, 2018 at Pincher Creek, Alberta

Ken passed away peacefully on August 27, 2018 at the age of 76 after a long and courageous struggle with blood cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Mary (nee Elliot), his loving children, Deanne (Cameron) Bertsch, Shannon (Keith) MacMillan, and Devon (Stephanie) May as well as his cherished grandchildren, Tavia and Kiara Bertsch, Catriona and Carson MacMillan and Emmy and Nathan May. Ken is also survived by his siblings, Gerald May, Claire (Lies) Van Marion, Marion (Jack) McKay and Arlene McKnight as well as many nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Elsie May, and his sisters, Diane and Lillian May.

Ken had many adventures growing up on the farm where he learned to work hard, love nature and value his education in the one room school. He developed a passion for sports which lasted throughout his lifetime, baseball in his early school days followed by football in high school. He was passionate about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and eventually transferred this passion to the Calgary Stampeders. His sisters taught him to jive and Mary loved nothing better than jiving with Ken.

Ken graduated from high school in Killarney, Manitoba as valedictorian, in 1960. In 1963 he graduated from Brandon College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. He taught on permit for two years in Miniota, Manitoba before attending Simon Fraser University for his Bachelor of Education degree. It was there he met Mary and they were married in Vancouver on July 22, 1967. Ken persuaded Mary to leave the grey skies of Vancouver behind and move to sunny Manitoba where they lived and taught in small towns for eight years. Ken moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1975 with his family, which now included three children, to teach Mathematics at Winston Churchill High School. Ken obtained his Masters degree in Math and Science education over the course of three summers at U.B.C. He had a memorable year teaching on exchange in Melbourne, Australia in 1981.

Ken was an exceptional teacher whose greatest strength was his ability to relate to his students and to help them to develop a love of math. He was often found helping individual students after school or around the dining room table at home. He was proud to have taught each of his three children calculus in their grade 12 year. Ken was instrumental in establishing the International Baccalaureate Program at Churchill. He was also very involved in extra-curricular activities including coaching baseball, ski club organizer, Reach for the Top coach and debate club organizer. He served as a vice-principal at Churchill for seven years.

Above all, Ken was a loving husband and father who cared deeply about his wife, children and grandchildren and always put his family first. He had a great sense of humour and made Mary laugh every day. They shared many common interests including hiking, skiing, tennis, camping, curling and bridge. When they retired in 2000, Ken and Mary moved to their mountain cabin in Beaver Mines. They have been fortunate to travel the world with several trips to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and exciting cruises to far flung places like South America. He fell in love with Arizona twelve years ago and loved his winter home in the sun at Greenfield Village in Mesa.

In recent years, Ken became passionate about duplicate bridge, attending tournaments, taking lessons and becoming a director. He loved playing bridge with good friends in the Pincher Creek Duplicate Bridge Club and longtime friends in Lethbridge.

Ken’s zest for life, positive energy and kindness are qualities which we will remember always. His inner peace and acceptance of his health condition were an example to us all. Ken, we will love you forever.

A memorial service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at Pincher Creek Community Hall (287 Canyon Drive) on Saturday, September 15 at 11 AM with lunch to follow.. A very special thank you to Dr. Rommens and the caring staff at Pincher Creek Hospital. Ken’s opportunity to receive flexible transfusions during the last four years extended his life. We also want to thank Dr. Jenkins at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for her expertise in treating Ken’s blood cancer over many years. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Windy Slopes Health Foundation, Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB T0K1W0 or Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29 St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N4N2. Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


BRYAN SEELEY FRANCIS NORFORD, beloved husband of Ann Norford of 63 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Besides his loving wife Ann, Bryan is survived by his devoted children Heather (Gary) Alexander, Karen (Alvin) Fritz, and Alexandra (Gino) Antinozzi, who will cherish his memories always; cherished grandchildren Jenny (Matt) Horch, Lee (Olivia) Alexander, Joshua Fritz, Daniel (Aimee) Alexander, Dustin Fritz, Shawn Alexander, Luciano Antinozzi and Matteo Antinozzi; and precious great-grandchildren Norah, Cole, Jakob & Jesse Alexander, and Isaac & Ezra Horch. He is also survived by his loving sister Heather Finch of Sussex, England.

Bryan was predeceased by his parents Frank and Adelaide Norford and his sister Wendy.

Bryan was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery during a Private Family Graveside Service.

A Celebration of Bryan’s Life will be held at PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 – 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Lorne Willms officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bridges of Hope, P.O. Box 81 Stn. Main, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3Y3 or to BSF International (Canada) Ltd., c/o P.O. Box 204, Monarch, AB T0L 1M0.

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WAYNE VANCE OLSEN, beloved husband of Karen Mendenhall Olsen, passed away on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 in Cardston, Alberta, at the age of 83 years.

Wayne was born February 3, 1935 to Frank Olsen and Emma Vance in Cardston, Alberta. He was the 8th of their 9 children. Wayne married Karen Mendenhall on July 24, 1957 in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. They were blessed with 9 children. Sandra (Tom) Earl, Wendell (Jeanine) Olsen, Jane (John) Pennington, Shawn (Lynda) Olsen, Todd (Karen) Olsen, Jonathan (Amber) Olsen, Jennifer (Brian) Broadhead, Kimberly (Chad) Gladstone, Jim (Bekah) Olsen.

He graduated from the University of Alberta Dental School and practiced Dentistry for 38 years.

Wayne served faithfully in many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including a mission to the Canada West Mission, Branch President, Bishop, Seminary Teacher and Temple Worker. Wayne and Karen later served a mission together in the Canada Toronto East Mission.

Wayne was passionate about everything he did. He took great pleasure in hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, golfing, photography, biking and spending time with his family.

Wayne had a zest for life, even with his health struggles throughout the years. He had a quick wit and always had a joke to share. He was loving and had an impact on everyone he met. His greatest joy was found in being with his family and serving The Lord.

Friends may meet the family at the Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, September 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center (846 1st Ave W). Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the Humanitarian Fund.

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



Ron passed away peacefully on August 12, 2018 just short of his 69th birthday at St. Michael’s Palliative Care in Lethbridge. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Edna Westhora, his brother Brian, granddaughter Isabella, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves behind his wife, Janet; two sons, John of Squamish, BC and Daniel (Shannon) and grandchildren of Lethbridge; and siblings, Dale of Sylvan Lake, Gary of Mission, BC, Sherry of Lethbridge, and Kent (Debbie) of Abbotsford, BC, along with numerous nieces and nephews; his aunts, Anne Mikla and Jeni Gibson, both of Taber, and numerous cousins.

Ron was born, raised and educated in Taber. He lived for many years in BC before returning to Alberta in his later adult years. He worked as a custodian at St. Mary’s School in Taber for several years prior to his retirement. He resided in Taber and Lethbridge.

Tribute was paid to Ron by family and friends who gathered together on August 18th to share stories and remembrance of his life.

The family would like to thank the Lethbridge Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Palliative Unit for their kind and gentle care in Ron’s last days.


March 23, 1948 – August 20, 2018

Larry Brian Smid, beloved father, grandfather and father in law, formerly of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at his ranch in High River on August 20, 2018 at the age of 70 years.

Larry is survived by his children Belinda Tomiyama (Craig) and Jason Smid (Angela) and his grandchildren Cody, Dylan, Alicia and Jayden. Larry is also survived by his brother Ron (Judy) and numerous nephews and nieces.

Larry was born in Elrose, Saskatchewan and lived on the family farm until he was 14 years old, when the family moved to Swift Current. After high school Larry started working with his father Jan at the family business Frontier Feeds. He moved his family to Medicine Hat in 1978 and then off to Lethbridge in 1979. Larry worked in the Agricultural feed business for 50 years alongside many colleagues and clients who became his friends. Larry moved to High River in 2012 and lived on his horse ranch until his death.

He is predeceased by his father Jan, mother Myrtle, brother Duane, sister Jeanette and brother Lyle.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:00 am in Lethbridge, Alberta at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club, 3401 Parkside Drive South, Floor 3, Centennial Room.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Larry’s name to the Calgary Health Trust, 800, 11012 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, Alberta T2J 6A5.

Visit http://www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca to send condolences to the family.


GRACE ANNIE WILLIAMS, beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Williams, of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on August 30th, 2018, at the age of 86 years.

Grace will be dearly missed by her 5 children: Bryon (Carla), Ron (Vera), Lori (Harold) Murray, Donna (Bryce) Schultz and David (Karen). She will lovingly be remembered by her 25 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Muriel Thomson of Victoria BC.

Grace was born September 22, 1931 in Lethbridge, AB. She was raised in Barnwell and later in Erickson BC. She graduated from the Holy Cross Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1956. Her nursing career was interrupted when she married the love of her life Bob Williams in 1957 and started a family. Later, she worked at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic and for Lethbridge Home Care. She loved gardening, genealogy, reading, singing in a church choir, and sharing a good meal with family and friends. Grace’s life reflected that “Family is everything!” She was often seen supporting her children and grandchildren in their various activities from dance, piano, sports, school and church events. Grace was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Edith Cavell and St. Mike’s for their thoughtful care.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Blvd South, Lethbridge.

Friends may meet the family at the Church prior to the service at 12:00 to 12:50 p.m.

Interment at the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, Alberta

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

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