January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, October 6, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 6, 2018.

Linda Aspeslet

1946 – 2018

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Linda Doreen Aspeslet at the age of 72 years. Linda was born on April 23, 1946 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She spent her early years on the family farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse before moving to the city. It was during her high school years at LCI when she met her sweetheart, Doug. After graduating from high school, Linda went to work for AGT. In 1965, she and Doug got married and Linda left her job to raise their four daughters. After all the girls had begun school, Linda returned to the workforce. For thirty-seven years she thoroughly enjoyed working with the dentists of Family Dental and later their sons at Southridge Dental. As a busy wife, mother of four rambunctious girls and an office manager, Linda still found time to be active in the community. She volunteered for various school activities, coached youth bowling and participated in fundraising events such as the Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society. She and Doug were also active members of the Gyro Club where they developed many lasting friendships and created wonderful memories. Linda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015 but it would not deter her from doing the things she loved, one of which was traveling. From the time she had a young family, vacations had always been a big part of their lives and after retiring in 2016, she and Doug began to travel more. They spent even more time at daughter Launa’s cabin on Kootenay Lake, an area where they had vacationed since the girls were children and took trips abroad with friends and family alike. Linda’s motto was always, “Do what you can while you can.” Linda was also interested in expressing her creative side, whether it be through macramé, crochet, quilting, porcelain doll making, never-ending house redecorating projects – and of course her Christmas goodies, which she lovingly shared with anyone and everyone. Family and friends were of the utmost importance to Linda and she made sure to pass that on to her children and grandchildren. As a family, they would walk together in support of the Step N Stride for the Parkinson Association of Alberta. Friday and Saturday night family suppers were a mainstay at Doug and Linda’s house – a time to reconnect and talk of past and future adventures. She made sure each of her children and grandchildren felt special and loved, even keeping up with the latest technology so that she could follow her girls on Facebook or Facetime/iMessage/text with her grandchildren. Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Doug; daughters Launa Aspeslet, Tara Aspeslet, Nicole Simms (Billy), Dionne (Trevor) Kenney and the joy of her life; grandchildren Nicholas, Ethan, Ainsley, Carson, Alicia, Isabelle, Shayla and Emma. She is also remembered by her sister, Sheran Stuckey (George); brothers Jim (Melody) Ewing and Barry Ewing, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Tom and Dorothy Ewing and son-in-law Lorry Simms. A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, 101 Country Club Road South, Lethbridge. For those who wish, memorial donations in Linda’s name may be made to a charity of your choosing.

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CHRISTOPHER THOMAS CLIFTON passed away on Saturday September 29, 2018 in Calgary following a brief illness. Chris was born on February 3, 1957 in Magrath. He graduated from Magrath High School in 1975 and shortly after moved to Lethbridge, where he lived until his passing. Chris had always been active in sports, especially enjoying basketball and slow pitch. He worked as a correctional officer at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre from 1983 until his retirement in 2015.

On February 13, 1989, he married Carol Skretting in Honolulu, HI. They had two children, Brett (Kimberley) of Lethbridge and Kennedy (Michael Klein) of Sparwood, BC. Chris was a busy and caring father, always finding time to participate in his children’s educational, athletic, and personal endeavours. He was a proud grandpa to Penelope and enjoyed a special friendship with his Yorkie, Mizuno.

After his retirement, Chris liked to work on projects in his own home and was always willing to help out his kids and friends. He was a particularly talented and enthusiastic military and genealogical researcher and had recently collaborated with an Ottawa-based historian and filmmaker, as well as a France-based historian and author.

Retirement gave Chris the time to travel and he had the opportunity to make several trips, visiting historical sites in France, the UK, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition to this, he took in many Major League Baseball games with the goal of seeing every team. Chris often stated that no matter where he went in the world, he always seemed to find someone he knew from Southern Alberta.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Catherine (Kitty) Clifton and his brothers, Ray and Allen.

It was Chris’ wish that there be no formal service, flowers or other like tributes. If you would like to honour his memory, you could do so by making a donation to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge AB T1H 5E9 or the animal related charity of your choice.

Chris will be interred in the Clifton/Bennett family plot in the Magrath Cemetery at a later date.

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Kenneth Roy Craig

1930 – 2018

Mr. Kenneth Roy Craig of Lethbridge passed away peacefully, on September 16, 2018, at the age of 87 years, beloved husband of Marian Travis Craig. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

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WINSTON DAY CHIEF “Ksistsikominaa”, beloved husband of Martha Day Chief of the Blood Reserve, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the age of 79 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.

Interment to follow at Old Agency Cemetery.

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MARCH 11, 1922 –

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Eva Forth in Calgary on September 26, 2018, at the age of 96 years. She is survived by her husband Frank; two sons: Ron (Marla) Forth of Chestermere, Alberta and Ed Forth of Lethbridge; three granddaughters: Sabrina Eve,

Calista Marie, and Veronica Nicole of Chestermere; one sister Nora Morrow of Thorsby, Alberta, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Thomas Carter in November 1974; her mother Eva Carter in February 1999; her brother Phil in February 1994; sister-in-law Pat in July 1994; and brother-in-law Tom in November 2010.

Eva will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered for her kindness, sense of humor, and devotion to her family. At Eva’s request there will be no services. A private family gathering in remembrance will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Eva’s name to The Salvation Army Agape Hospice, 1302 8 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 (www.agapehospice.ca).

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Frances Wentz

1921 – 2018

Mrs. Frances Wentz of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Benedict Wentz, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 5, 2018 at the age of 97 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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ANDREW “ANDY” GEORGE KUNTZ, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Beverly Kuntz, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Andrew will be forever missed by his daughter Sheina (Scott) Russell and their children Terra (Kevin) [Seth, Griffin and Callie] McCulloch and Kassy (Aaron) [Rory, Emery and Greer] Shak; daughter Renee (Sergio) Cattoni and their children Colby (Greg) Gaudette and Matteo Cattoni; and daughter Kelly (Mike) Balaz and their children Justin Morton (Lana), Madison (Darcy) [Nate] and Dylan and Brett Dunlop, and Amanda Balaz, one sister in law Pat Dennis (Colleen Baker) as well as Roger Dunlop and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his loving wife, Beverly, Andrew was predeceased by his son Bobby Kuntz, grandson Rory Russell, and mother-in-law Dorothy McArady.

Andrew was born on February 21, 1936 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, to Peter and Margaret Kuntz. He was the brother of Barbara (George) Erick, Mike (Gloria) Kuntz, Frank (Wendy) Kuntz and Billy (Shirley) Kuntz.

Dad was loved by all and was born with the gift of gab. He never forgot anyone he met. His favourite words were “gorgeous” and “beautiful” and he used them often. We adored our dad and know how proud he was of each and every one of us! He loved the cabin at Lake Newell and liked nothing better than to have each and every one of us and his siblings to show up, whether it was to go boating or to have numerous card or dice games, and maybe a drink or two! Dad loved life and lived it to the fullest, whether with family or friends, an afternoon at Smitty’s or harvesting at the farm east of Coutts.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at ROCKY MOUNTAIN TURF CLUB GRANDSTAND, 3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

In memory of Andrew, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6, or to a charity of your choice.

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Carol Jean McCoy was born in Magrath, Alberta on May 25, 1947, to the parents Ardella and Samuel Bennett. Carol met the love of her life Allan McCoy and was married in 1966. She and Allan had 3 children; Ronald, Eugene and Barbara. Carol has several Grand Children and Great Grand Children who she loved dearly.She was very dedicated to her community and was involved in many charities, school events and almost anywhere she was needed. She had a passion for baking and loved to share her homemade treats with family and friends.Carol worked many years at the Magrath Trading Company before changing her career into the Health Care System. Carol worked for the Magrath General Hospital until she retired. She resided in her family home until 2017, then she was placed into the care of the Good Samaritan’s Society- Prairie Ridge until she passed away on September 29, 2018. Her husband Allan would like to share his appreciation to the staff at Prairie Ridge, who ensured Carol was taken care of with the upmost dignity and respect.At this time, we would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Generations Funeral Home for all their help and compassion.A Celebration of Life for Carol will be held in May 2019.

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YVONNE ADELE MYERS, nee La Belle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, after a long battle with cancer, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, just 26 days short of her 71st birthday.

Yvonne leaves to mourn her loving husband Gordon; children Julie-Anne Hamilton, Susanne Badger, Sharon (Ed) Tomljenovick; grandchildren James (Corrie) Hamilton, Cecilia Hamilton, Douglas Hamilton, John Hamilton, Angel Hamilton, Robin Badger, Jessie Badger, Jonah Badger, Khrys Shinduke, Kayla Kowalchuk, Steven Kowalchuk and Shelby (Cornel) Vandervlist; great-grandchildren Lilith Hamilton, the twins Aurora and Mackenzie Hamilton, Stella Hamilton and Sol Hamilton. She was also survived by four sisters and four brothers.

Yvonne was predeceased by her parents Albert E. La Belle, and Gaitanne C. (La Belle) Boyd, sister Claudette and brother-in-law Ben Larose.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (CHURCH OF CHIMES), 2606 – 16 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:30 P.M.

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Salmon, Jay Dahl

April 9, 1927 –

September 30, 2018

Jay Salmon passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the age of 91 years in Calgary. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Doris; children David (Linda) Salmon, Ross (Karen) Salmon, Bruce (Lori) Salmon, Mark (Loraine) Salmon, Diane (Konrad) Lee, Carol Salmon, Laurel (Nicolas) Ruiz and Linda (Chris) Blasczyzk; along with 41 grandchildren, and 113 great-grandchildren. Jay was born in Lethbridge, Alberta. He served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia. He married his sweetheart Doris in 1951. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1954. Jay and Doris raised their 8 children in Calgary. Special thanks to the staff at St. Marguerite Manor for their loving concern. A viewing will be held for Jay at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Bow Valley Chapel (2526 24th Avenue NW, Calgary) on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held for Jay at the same location on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 am preceded by a viewing from 9:30 – 10:45 am. The Graveside Service will be held in Temple Hill Cemetery (Raymond, Alberta) on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:30 am. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca.

Mary Sorgard

1927 – 2018

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

John 10: 27 – 28.

Mary Anne Sorgard, beloved wife of the late Norman Sorgard passed away peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Mary was born in Himod, Hungary in 1927 and immigrated with her family to Canada in 1929. She married Norman Sorgard in 1948 and they settled on a farm in the Iron Springs area to raise their 5 sons. Mary was known as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, an excellent cook and gardener but most of all she was a faithful servant to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Mary is survived by her four sons, Randy (Rhonda), Dale (Jean), Patrick, Ted (Anita) and daughter-in-law Karen as well as grandchildren Derek (Anna), Chris (Vanessa), Ryan, Jeff, Kristy (Ryan), Shannon (Jason), Michael, Mark (Emily), Joshua, Andrew and Sam in addition to many great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Mickey and Ethel. Besides her loving husband Norman, Mary was predeceased by her son Jamie and five siblings – Coleman, Frank, Tex, Anne and Rose. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday October 9, 2018 at, MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry P.O. Box 428, Station A, Brampton, ON L6V 2L4

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