January 16th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, September 5, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 5, 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.

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

Bakos, Anna (Annie) February 2, 1921 – August 23, 2018

Anna (Annie) Bakos formerly of Coaldale and Lethbridge, passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on August 23, 2018 at the wonderful age of 97. For the past 12 years she lived at Aspen Lodge where the staff made her stay feel like home. Also, Global – Senior Care provided wonderful and caring companions for Anna the last 2 years. Anna was predeceased by her husband Andrew, daughter Doreen and seven brothers and sisters. She will be missed by her daughters Peggy (Doug) Campbell, Judy (Rick) Lowcay, 5 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Choice Memorial (105-4715 13th Street NE) on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Annie, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.


April 12, 1929 – August 16, 2018

Promoted to glory while surrounded by family after a battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life is September 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Salvation Army’s Cariboo Temple, 7195 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, B.C. V3N-4A6


Sept. 3, 1927 – Sept. 3, 2018

ELLA COOK, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Harold Cook, passed away peacefully at the Legacy Lodge, on Monday September 3, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of ALROY JOHN CREIGHTON JR. in Calgary on August 28th, 2018 at the age of 35 years.

A Wake Service will be at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off, AB on Friday, September 7th from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Saturday, September 8th at 12:00 Noon.. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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RICHARD “DICK” GERALD DEIMUTH, beloved husband and best friend to Karen Deimuth, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the age of 76 years.

Richard was a loving husband and father who cared deeply about his family; he will be dearly missed by his children: Craig (Kim) and their son Richard (Kyla), and Heather (Doug) and her daughter Brittany. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sheila Bailey and his nephews Darren and Sean Bailey and their families.

Richard was born on June 29, 1942 in Lethbridge, Alberta and grew up in the Sundial area. He attended school in Sundial, Turin and finished his formal education at Garbutt Business College in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Karen and Richard settled and raised their family in Nobleford, Alberta, where Richard became the manager of the retail division of Noble Cultivators. Richard was active in his community as a volunteer firefighter for twenty-five years, including time as fire chief. He and Karen were avid golfers and managed the Keho Park Golf Club Pro-Shop. Richard was instrumental in developing the original Keho Lake Golf Course.

Richard curled in the Nobleford & Lethbridge Curling Clubs & competitively with the Nobleford Legion and the Lethbridge Legion, achieving an eight ender in 1967. He was a coach for his son’s Little League Baseball team, his grandson’s Little Rockers Curling League, and an enthusiastic cheerleader at his granddaughter’s dance recitals. Through all of these activities, both he and Karen developed cherished and lifelong friendships.

In their retirement years, Richard and Karen spent several years working at Paradise Canyon Golf Club, where they organized many tournaments and built many more meaningful and lasting relationships with friends and community members.

The family is most appreciative to all who supported Richard during his battle with his illness. They would like to thank the staff at the Jack Addy Cancer Center, Home Care nurse Helen, the doctors who were involved with his care, and the staff at St. Michael’s Health Center – Palliative Care Unit.

In accordance with Richard’s wishes, his immediate family will celebrate his life at a private gathering. the family respectfully declines flowers, but encourages anyone wishing to memorialize Richard to donate to a charity of their choice in his name.

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


PERCY M. EVANS, of Fort Macleod, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the age of 82 years.

Percy is survived by his ex-wife and friend Edith Evans; stepsons Donald Cook and his children Ryan and Amy, David (Bobbi) Cook and their children, Stephani (Cameron) Wipf and their children Deegan and C.J., and Keeley, Cassidy and Griffin Cook. He is also survived by his sisters Elsie (Bill) Kaval of Coaldale and their children Joe Kaval and Dorothy (Siemens) Kaval; Eunice David of Lethbridge and her children Lori (David) Westerson, Shelly David and Cameron David; Jacqueline Evans of Lethbridge and her children Ken Huisman, Rand Huisman and Terry Huisman; Dorothy (Clyde) Matheson of Lethbridge and their children Leslie Matheson and Dan Matheson.

Percy was predeceased by his father Joseph Harrington Evans (1967), mother Dorothy Vida Bright Evans (1965) and his brother-in-law Ken David (2017).

Percy was born August 18, 1936 in Fort Macleod, the second of five children born to Dorothy Vida (Bright) Evans and Joseph Harrington Evans. He attended school at McBride Lake and Fort Macleod. In 1967, Percy took over the family farm where he lived until December 2017.

In 2015, Percy received the Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award for 100 years of Family Ranching from 1915 to 2015 (Joseph and Percy Evans of McBride Lake Angus).

Ranching and farming was Percy’s life passion, as he was no stranger to hard work and was skilled in all aspects of this lifestyle. Welding, leather and woodwork were some of his hobbies. Percy was an avid reader, excellent marksman and enjoyed a challenge. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to neighbours with chores, machinery repairs or advice over a cup of tea when necessary. His favourite time of year was calving season followed by harvesting the crops and his large garden.

At Percy’s request, there will not be a formal funeral service. A casual Come and Go will take place at the ARDENVILLE SCHOOL, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

In memory of Percy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6.

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


July 27th, 1973 – August 31, 2018

Born in Toronto and lived in Vancouver, Grande Prairie, Ft. McMurray, Calgary and Lethbridge.

It is with the deepest of sorrow that we share the passing of Silas, beloved son of Elizabeth M. Ginn and brother to Muffy McKay and uncle to nephews Auren McKay and Benjamin McKay. Silas also leaves his sister Amanda Perillo and her family in Seattle, WA, and many relatives in Ontario. He also leaves his step-daughter Ever Mee in B.C.

His death has left us all in shock and happened very quickly due to complications from illness. Silas was looking forward to the future and talked about travelling with his Mom this month back to Fogo Island, Nfld and Labrador.

Always a friend to those in need, including his beloved dog Charlie and family dogs over the years; his beloved cat Kermode and others in the rescue of the Last Chance Cat Ranch, Silas was always there to help animals in need. From a very young age, he rescued reptiles, fish, rabbits and spiders. A passionate Vegan for the majority of his life, he saw no purpose in treating all creatures, including flies, without respect for their lives. He loved gardening and caring for his many houseplants. Animal companions aside, he was a friend to many. Silas was a compassionate, giving and caring guy.

He was also passionate about motorcycles and was working on rebuilding some. He belonged to a Motorcycle Forum that had members all over the world. Condolences are coming in from South Africa, Great Britain, Europe and all-over North America. He had an incredible gift for writing and had been encouraged to write and publish by many, including former teachers in high school and college.

Silas suffered from a debilitating back injury for the past 20 years and yet was always there to help those in need. He was grateful for what he had and supported his mother in her endeavors as an artist and writer. A gifted mind, a stable and passionate love for the earth, Silas distained the acquisition of material wealth in absence of concern for the vulnerable. He leaves a next to zero carbon footprint as he was a fanatic recycler, but he does leave a large footprint on the hearts of many.

Silas did not want a funeral per se. He opted for a green ending with his ashes to become the strength for the growth of a tree. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date for family and friends.

Sharon Jensen
1939 – 2018
Sharon Brooks Jensen (nee Easthope), beloved wife of the late Gary Jensen, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the age of 78 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with great sadness that the family of Reiko Nogamine announce her passing on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the age of 83 years with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Shigeru Nogamine of Lethbridge, loving mother of Mary (Ken Nishi) of Calgary and Bachan to Jordan, Carly and Kevin Nishi. She is also survived by her brothers Shinobu (Tamiko) of Osaka, Japan; Tom (Setsuko) of Lethbridge and Tsukasa (Chiyoko) of Miyazaki, Japan and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Jim, parents Yukichi and Fumi, brother Isamu and sister Kyoko.

Reiko was born on April 1, 1935 in Kagoshima, Japan. She and Shigeru with Jim and Mary immigrated to the Vauxhall area in September, 1967 as part of the first group of Japanese to be allowed to immigrate to Canada, post-war. This group formed their extended “Canadian family” and in 2017, they celebrated their 50th anniversary of being in Canada with their children and grandchildren. They lived and worked in the Vauxhall and Taber area from 1967 – 1976 after which they bought their own farm west of Burdett. They farmed from 1976 to 2007. She also worked outside the farm at Shimbashi’s and Lamb Weston potato facilities where she made many friends – celebrating their birthdays with gifts of home made sushi, pickles and desserts.

She was an avid gardener throughout her life – toiling for hours to produce bountiful amounts of vegetables which she generously shared with her family, friends and neighbours. She was also known for the many kinds of Japanese pickles – tsukemono which she also shared with family and friends.

After retirement, they moved to Lethbridge, where the back yard did not provide enough room to grow all the produce she wanted to grow, so they rented a community garden plot to continue to produce enough vegetables to share. She was a hard working, caring and generous person, always thinking of others before herself and always calling to see how the grandkids were doing in school and whether they got home safely from their many school and sporting events and their commutes to university. She always had delicious Japanese meals ready to eat whenever the grandkids would visit with extra home made munju and sushi to take home with them.

Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Christensen Salmon GENERATIONS Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge at 2 p.m.

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to the entire nursing staff and Palliative Care Doctors at the Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit for the all the comfort and care they provided to her.

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


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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KEITH MEEKS PALMER, devoted husband of Lynne Palmer, passed away Sept 1st, 2018, at the age of 87. He died peacefully with his family by his side, after complications from a fall.

Keith was born February 16th, 1931, to Edwin and LaRue Palmer, and raised in Cranford and later Taber, Alberta. Keith, and his identical twin brother Garth, were the oldest of seven children. Keith served a mission, in 1952, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Ottawa. He moved to Raymond and married his sweetheart, Lynne Galbraith, in 1959, and had seven children. Keith served in many callings in the church including Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Bishop of the Raymond 4th Ward and in recent years enjoyed serving in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Keith loved raising his children, crops and cattle on the farm that he loved with his wife that he cherished. He found joy spending time with his children and grandchildren, and treasuring his time with Lynne, sitting on the porch gazing out over the prairies.

Keith is survived by Lynne, his loving wife of 59 years, and his children, Sherri (Rod) Wendorff, Dwaine (Norie) Palmer, Craig (Carolyn) Palmer, Laurene (Jim) Moore, Shauna (Todd) Petty, and Hugh (Courtney) Palmer, 25 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who each feel that they are his favorite. Keith is also survived by his siblings Jerry Palmer, Ella Mae Gardner, Jim Palmer and Sheila Hague.

Keith was predeceased by his infant son, Keith Galbraith Palmer, parents, Edwin and LaRue (Meeks) Palmer, his twin brother Garth Palmer and sister JoAnn Williams.

A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, TAYLOR STREET CHAPEL, 221 North 400 West, Raymond, Alberta on Saturday September 8, 2018 at 11:00am.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday September 7, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00pm at the church, or prior to the service on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45am. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Robert Pich

1940 – 2018

Mr. Robert Pich, beloved partner of Helen Banville of Lethbridge, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announce when completed.

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Eddy Sparks
1932 – 2018
Wilfred Edward Sparks, beloved husband of Pat Sparks, passed away in Calgary on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, September 6, 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, September 6, 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 his loving wife Pat, Eddy is survived by his nephew Shawn (Michelle) Rombough of Taber; siblings Ella Malinsky, John (Patsy) Sparks and Robert (Margaret) Sparks all of Taber; brother-in-law Ken Rombough of Taber and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents Ella (nee Barton) and Wilfred Sparks, his sister Louise Lysohirka and brother-in-law George Malinsky. He was also predeceased by Pat’s parents Del and Walter Rombough and her sisters Sheron Rombough and Arlene Rombough.
At an early age, Eddy was stricken with polio. His right leg and torso were in a full plaster cast. He was unable to participate in any childhood activities. A doctor suggested to Eddy’s mother that riding horses would be good therapy for him, so Roanie was purchased for twenty dollars by his mother, who also got him a job herding one hundred head of cows which were grazed on open prairie north of Taber. He was paid fifteen a month.
Eddy was a talented calf roper, artist, singer, historian, writer, speaker and he loved to dance. He had several articles published in various magazines and had an article written about him in Cornelson’s publication Antelope Trails (2007). He had an article published in the Canadian Cattleman’s (two installments) about the history of the quarter horse.
Eddy completed grade twelve at W.R. Myer’s High School, attended Cal Poly Tech in San Luis Obispo, California where he completed a horse shoeing course and started team roping. He shod horses for several years, then worked for the federal government as a produce inspector.
In 1965 Eddy married Patricia Rombough and started raising registered quarter horses. Over the years, they received many awards for their horses, many trophies, belt buckles and saddles for competition on the Rodeo circuit (both Eddy and Pat). He was the founding member of the Sugar Town Saddle Club, the Taber Roping Club, Taber Equestrian Club, Southern Alberta Roping and Riding Clubs, Chinook Rodeo Association and the Taber Exhibition Association. Eddy and Pat’s greatest accomplishment was receiving the Legacy award from the American Quarter Horse Association for fifty years of raising registered Quarter Horses.
Eddy had many friends and family who loved him dearly. If you wanted to know anything about the Taber area or horses he was the man to talk to. Eddy was a loving husband, brother and friend. He loved children. He always had time for coffee with family and friends at McDonald’s. Eddy always had time for his wife and her needs at the extended care. He was one of a kind. The world needs more good people like Eddy Sparks. He would probably say to everyone, “happy trails to you till we meet again”.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Eddy’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (http://www.stars.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Frank Vidmar

1954 – 2018

Mr. Frank Vidmar of Hanna, formerly of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly in Hanna, on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the age of 63 years.

Frank was born and raised in Lethbridge. He started his career with the Government of Alberta as a surveyor in 1974 and advanced to his present position in Hanna. Frank had an interest in sports, model building, he was very proud of his garden, and his love of NASCAR took him to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Motor Speedway. He particularly enjoyed visiting Slovenia with his mother to get a taste of his heritage.

Frank is survived by his mother Ivanka; siblings Anna (Per) Hansen of Calgary, Peter (June) Vidmar of Lethbridge, Cathy Korby of Edmonton; niece Sara Hansen and nephews Christian Hansen, Dakota (Stephanie Dennis) Vidmar, Ethan Vidmar, David Korby.

Besides his father Jernej (Jerry), Frank was predeceased by his brother-in-law Steve Korby.

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, September 7, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A graveside service will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6.

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Henry Yee

1932 – 2018

Mr. Henry Yee, beloved husband of the late Judy Yee of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announce when completed.

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

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