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SATURDAY, September 22, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 22, 2018.

Grenald Cowan

1924 – 2018

Mr. Grenald Earl Cowan of Magrath, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Jean Cowan, passed away at Raymond Hospital on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the age of 94 years. Grenald was born on September 2, 1924 in Halkirk, Alberta to George and Sarah Cowan. He was predeceased by his parents; loving wife Jean; one grandson; two sisters and five brothers. Grenald is survived by his children Rhonda (Derrel) Taylor, Loretta Cowan (Jim Toman) and Earl (Treana) Cowan; 8 grandkids and 13 great-grandkids. A Celebration of Grenald’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, September 24, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. For those who wish, you may pay your respects 1 hour prior. Interment will follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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Kenneth “Ken” Craig

1930 – 2018

Mr. Kenneth Roy Craig of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Marian Craig passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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SHIRLEY SARAH HIND BULL passed away on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 on the Blood Reserve, AB at the age of 59 years.

The Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, September 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center (846 1st Ave W). Friends may meet the family from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Hind Bull Family Cemetery.

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MARIAN MCCARTY passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Robert Shiyoso Mikado passed away at the Raymond Hospital Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the age of 90.

He was predeceased by his wife Sue, daughter Betty Jane, parents Masakichi & Tsutayo, five of his brothers, sisters and their spouses- Joan Mikado, Mark & Kay Mikado, Mary & John Nagata, Martha & Phillip Murakami, Sam & June Mikado. Also, niece Elaine Gregor, nephews Don & Steve Murakami, Tom Cork, Don & Karen Mikado.

He is survived by his daughter Judy and his brother Doug & wife Susie.

He was born April 19, 1928 at Ganges on Salt Spring Island, B.C. In 1942, his family was moved to Magrath with the Japanese evacuation from the west coast. Shortly after his arrival at the age of 14 he got a job delivering groceries in a horse drawn cart for Mr. Sabey. After working five years hoeing sugar beets he learned how to cut meat and was a butcher, later a grocery manager at the Magrath Trading Company for 39 years.

A year after his retirement in 1981, he managed the Magrath golf course restaurant and lounge for one year. During his years as a Magrath resident he was Town Councilor, President of the curling club and board member of the golf course. At 8 A.M. Monday through Saturday you would find him at the senior center for a few games of crib with Larry and Ewald. He was also a regular at the Wednesday night senior supper.

He was a member of the Championship Japanese Evaks Baseball Team, an avid curler and was deeply touched and surprised to be given a lifetime membership to the Magrath Curling Club. He was still golfing 3 times a week at the age of 89 years. He played over 54 different courses in his lifetime, but home was always the best. He enjoyed the comradery of old friends and new acquaintances. In his spare time, he liked to go trout fishing, play a few slots at the casino, sitting outside visiting with his neighbors.

At his request there will be no funeral service. Please no Koden and any donations to be made to the charity of your choice.

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Raymond Joseph



Mr. Raymond “Peppy” Joseph Petit of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the age of 81.

Ray was born on April 10, 1937 in Antler, Saskatchewan to Denise and Cerile. He moved to Lethbridge in 1957 and quickly wove himself into the fabric of Southern Alberta. He married his wife Marlene (Park) in 1959 and they shared 37 wonderful years together raising their two daughters.

After Marlene’s passing in 1996, Ray was blessed to find love again. He married Ruby (Shaw) in 1998 enjoying 10 years together before her passing in 2008.

Ray lived his life in the service of others. After protecting our community for 34 years as a member of the Lethbridge Fire Department, Ray retired as a Platoon Chief in 1998. Ray also served since 1957 with the 20th Independent Field Battery, and as a Major taking command in 1975.

Ray was a proud NDP supporter. He volunteered countless hours and served over 30 years as Local Treasurer. He was proudly team orange long before it was cool to be so. He was a dedicated volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, and Lethbridge Military Museum among others.

Ray was an avid outdoorsman, and spent many cherished moments fishing his favorite spots in Beaver Mines and Duck Lake. He was also a huge sports fan, faithfully cheering on his Habs and Jays. He was a proud Lethbridge Hurricanes season ticket holder for over 30 years.

He will be terribly missed by his daughter, Monique Petit; granddaughter Nicole (Jason) and the sparkle of his eyes, his great granddaughters Brynnley, Callie, and Emslea Kowal. He is also survived by his stepchildren Judy (Kirk) Godlonton, Tim (Shelley) and Montie (Gerie) Shaw and their families.

He leaves behind sisters Joyce (Dennis) Hawes, Bertha Boutin, Marguerite (Steve) Kowbel and brother Roger (Beth) Petit, as well as the beloved Park family; Joe (Linda), Allan (Betty), Stuart (Bev), Lorna and Linda.

He was predeceased by his cherished wives Marlene, Ruby and daughter Michelle.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday September 27, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, followed by a Wake at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rays’ memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o 100 – 119 14 Street NW, Calgary AB, T2N 1Z6.

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Leslie “Les” Conrad Toth

May 14, 1924 – September 13, 2018

Les was called home to be with his precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the young age of 94.

No one would have ever guessed Les’ age. His youthfulness, passions and zest for life kept him young physically and at heart through his entire life.

Les was born in Diamond City, Alberta to Steve and Zsofia Toth. His early years were spent on the family farm with his 5 siblings: Elizabeth, Ella, Mary, Anne, and Steve; numerous cousins close by, his mom’s good Hungarian cooking, and devoted pets.

Les really loved school especially math and bookkeeping as well as school fairs, fieldtrips, and concerts.

Sports were an integral part of Les’ young adult years. Les played Back Catcher for the Shaughnessy Cadillacs Fastball team. No one came close to them. He also played hockey for the Lethbridge Maple Leaf’s. They captured the 1950 Western Canadian Championship and are best known for their gold medal win in the 1951 World Amateur Hockey Championship in Paris, France.

Les began his career at the Shaughnessy Mine at the age of 17 as a Slate picker to help his parents buy their first tractor. He was only down in the mine 5 or 6 months when he moved to the Storehouse giving out supplies and keeping inventory. Les was so well liked he was called to work in the office. At this time, he started business courses 3 nights/week at the Garbutt Business College in Lethbridge taking typing, bookkeeping, and later accounting and commercial law from International Correspondence Schools acquiring his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as becoming a Notary Public. In 1942 he became comptroller – management for supervising accounting and finances, doing payroll for 400 men as well as other duties. Even today miners speak highly of Les and his care and concern for them as he treated them as family and say he was the best boss and Shaughnessy Mine was the best place to work. Les is an exceptional visionary and pursued his purposes with passion leaving a legacy wherever he went, with whatever he pursed.

After the mine closed in 1965 Les became Secretary Treasurer and then General Manager of the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District (LNID). He introduced modern technology – water piped underground to eliminate seepage and water above ground in concrete lined canals, as well as a computerized supervisory control system for releasing and shutting off water from the head gates.

Les owned and operated a successful accounting and insurance business continuing the accounting to age 94.

At the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers of Canada, he also became manager. He is proud of the wool baler press he designed and built which is still there today, as well as establishing a retail business of wool products and fashions.

Les’ heart and experience for mining led him to be a strong, unyielding advocate for the Galt #8 Mine in West Lethbridge. He was hugely active in the Galt #8 Mine Historic Site Society to restore the mine and create an international tourist attraction with 4D and live theaters, a glass front restaurant overlooking the river valley, banquet hall, and more. This passion kept him a very active President until his passing.

Les has always been a follower of Jesus Christ and a committed, active church goer. At Bethlen Hungarian Presbyterian Church he was an elder and created and delivered sermons in the ministers’ absence. Later at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church he was active on the Board of Managers and led a Promise Keepers bible study each Saturday morning. His heart was always to draw in the youth with activities and lead them to Jesus.

Les is a devoted family man and holds dear to his heart all his family as well as his friends. Les and his wife Lydia grew up on close neighbouring farms and in October of 1956 were married and were a few months short of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary upon Lydia’s passing. Les loved the formal events he and Lydia attended.

Les and Lydia raised 2 beautiful children, Vivian and Calvin, and were blessed to enjoy many special and precious moments with them as well as with son-in-law Garry and their dearly loved granddaughters Rachelle, Tamara, Sasha; daughter-in-law Ildi and grandsons: Joshua, Jordan, Damon. There are so many precious times we could write of. Les had great fun planning a family trip to both Disneyland and Hawaii with Lydia, Vivian, and Calvin. Les loved being a part his family’s life and everything each member of the family were involved in. Les loved traditions like always going for Chinese food New Year’s Day. Special occasions held their special place in his heart as he enjoyed each moment. Les says his very favourite moments are times spent together with family around his table.

Les is already greatly missed and is loved forever by his daughter Vivian (Garry) Malmo and granddaughters: Rachelle, Tamara (Matthew) Eagles, Sasha; son Calvin (Ildiko) Toth and grandsons: Joshua, Jordan (Samara McIntosh), Damon; nieces, nephew, cousins, brothers and sisters in-law, more family, dear friends.

Dad’s favourite saying to us is “love you to infinity and way beyond”. “Dad, we love you to infinity and way beyond.”

Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with Les’ family at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL, Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm.

A Celebration of Les’ life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5th Avenue South. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Van Eck

Mrs. Evertje “Effie” Van Eck, beloved wife of the late Gysbertus “Bert” Van Eck passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Family Condolences will be held between 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Eden’s Funeral Home 2424 5th Ave, Fort Macleod. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Bethel Free Reformed Church, 6 Eastman Rd, Monarch, AB. https://www. sermonaudio.com /bethelfrc

Memorial Donations may be made in Effie’s name to the Christian Blind Mission Canada, P.O Box 800 Stn Main, Stouffville, ON L4A 9Z9 or the Wycliffe Bible Translators, 4316 10 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 9Z9. Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Norbert Vornbrock

1935 – 2018

Mr. Norbert Vornbrock of Milk River, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Judy Vornbrock, passed away at Milk River Long Term Care on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

A Celebration of Norbert’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at RIVER OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP, 401 Main Street, Milk River, Alberta, with Pastor Keith Dangerfield.

Memorial donations may be made in Norbert’s name to the Milk River Long Term Care Centre at 517 Centre Avenue East, T0K 1M0.

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