October 30th, 2020

WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 31, 2018.

Peter Ferros
1933 – 2018
Peter Ferros, beloved husband of Clara Ferros, passed away in Taber on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:30 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.


Julia Haibeck

1917 – 2018

Mrs. Julia Haibeck, beloved wife of the late Gervase “George” Haibeck, passed away on October 28, 2018 at the age of 101 years. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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RON HARKER

1956 – 2018

Ron Harker of Medicine Hat passed away on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at the age of 61 years. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Don and Lora Harker of Magrath, Alberta. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Rose Harker; daughter, Elisha (Todd) Ammann; and son, Justin (Sarah) Harker. He was especially beloved by Wanda Ward (Dave) and her brothers along with their families. Also remembering their Papa Ron are his 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His four sisters, two brothers and their families will forever remember Ron’s teasing and kind nature. Ron was an excellent basketball player in his youth, winning several championships with the Magrath Zeniths. He enjoyed travelling while semi-truck driving across the country and later in housing construction. Ron loved camping, movies and spending time with his family. His calm disposition, quick humour and patient spirit will be missed by all. After multiple health issues Ron was an example of how to endure, never complaining and never becoming stressed. Ron’s fortitude and positive outlook is something we can all learn from and cherish. He will be truly missed. The Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 170 N Centre Street, Magrath, Alberta on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with John Balderson officiating.

Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ron Harker.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”,

Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.


LOW

LaPriel Butler Low, age 85, returned to her heavenly home on Friday, October 26, 2018 after complications from a stroke she suffered on October 14th. Her devotion to her family and her strong faith supported her to the end. LaPriel was born on August 4, 1933 in Cardston, Alberta to Asael and Effie Butler. She grew up on her family’s farm in Hill Spring, Alberta and had many happy experiences there with her three brothers and one sister. She loved to ride horses, do gardening with her mother, and pick wildflowers. She enjoyed competing in basketball and played the saxophone in high school. After High School, LaPriel attended nursing school in Idaho Falls, Idaho where she earned her nursing license, and went on to be a nurse in many different capacities throughout her life, which was very fulfilling for her. LaPriel was blessed with a loving husband and family. She married Byron Y. Low in Cardston, Alberta on October 20, 1955 and they were blessed with 4 children- Shelly, Todd, Shannon and Desiree to whom they taught the values of faith, hard work and love for one another. She and Byron enjoyed 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2015. After 20 years living in the States, LaPriel and Byron returned home to Southern Alberta to raise their family close to their parents and extended relatives. LaPriel showed great pride taking care of her home and garden on the west side of Lethbridge for nearly 40 years. LaPriel was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, serving faithfully in many callings and had a strong testimony that she shared with her family and others. She loved reading, gardening, taking care of animals and going to Waterton to hike in the mountains. She especially loved reading with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching good movies with her family. In her later years, she moved to Claresholm to be closer to her daughter Shelly. LaPriel will be deeply missed by her children, Shelly (Dennis) Hill, Todd (Robbie) Low, Shannon Low (Josh Heggie), Desiree (Jeremy) Harris, her 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers LeVerre, Sylvan, and Clinton Butler. The Funeral Service will be held in CLARESHOLM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00a.m. at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY-SAINTS- 4924-3rd Street East, Claresholm, Alberta. Friends and relatives may meet the family from 10:00a.m. to 10:45a.m. We invite all who knew her to join us as we celebrate her life. Lunch will follow. Interment will be in the Cardston Cemetery, Saturday afternoon following the service and lunch.

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


MANY SHOTS

STERLYN ETHAN MANY SHOTS, beloved husband of Treysha Little Light of Calgary passed away suddenly in Calgary on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the age of 20 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Fred Mellen
1932 – 2018
Frederick John Mellen, passed away in Bow Island on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the age of 86 years with his dear partner Lou Beard, by his side.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 139 – 2 Avenue West, Bow Island on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Fred will be lovingly remembered by his children Michelle “Mickey” (Kelly) Kimura of Coaldale and Shaun (Margaret) Mellen of Edmonton. Grandpa Fred will be forever missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren Spencer (Sarah) White of Barnwell and their family Jackalyn and Freddy; Tyler (Mercedes) White of Taber and their family Gallifrey and Amelia; Ariel White of Summerland, British Columbia; Jessica (Russell) Bridgeman of Fort McMurray and their family Bryn, Bentley and Brooks; Amie (Brad) Dieno of Edmonton and their family Kylie and Kacey; Angie Mellen of Saskatoon; Christie, Brandon and Kaylie Mellen of Edmonton. Fred will also be remembered with love and fondness by his sister Helene Taylor of Calgary, brother-in-law Jack Mitchell of Orleans, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by Dolly Mellen, the love of his life; his father Fred Rawleigh Mellen and mother Mildred Gladys Mellen; his mother-in-law Viola Annon and father-in-law Joe Annon; sisters-in-law Ila Terry, Audrey Mitchell, Joanne Havens and Gerry Annon; brothers-in-law William “Bill” Taylor, Bus Terry, Rollie Havens and Wayne Annon.
Fred was born in Redcliff, but spent the first fourteen years of his life in the Village of Tilley where his parents operated a grocery store, Mellen’s Grocery.
In 1946, Fred moved to Bow Island with his parents where again, they operated a grocery store for many years. During his teenage years, he got into all sorts of hijinks. He also concluded that high school did not agree with him much, and dropped out in Grade eleven. It was interfering with his ability to play and organize baseball and hockey games. It was during this time that he met and started dating Dolly Annon, the smartest decision he ever made.
Fred and Dolly were married in 1956 and remained happily married until Dolly passed away in 2011. They loved to dance especially to swing music from the Big Band era.
In 1950, Fred began working in Grantham with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), a job which he held for a couple of years. He did survey work as a rodman. He would later work for the PFRA while stationed in Vauxhall. In 1954, he was hired by Alberta Agriculture (Irrigation Division) and moved back to Bow Island. He initially worked as an instrument man and draftsman. From 1966 to 1968, Fred attended the Irrigation Technology program at Olds College. In 1975, Fred was promoted to the position of Technologist 4, the only person at this level in Alberta Agriculture. Fred continued to work with the Irrigation Division until his retirement in early 1988.
In the early 1980s, Fred successfully completed the Economic Development Programme at the University of Waterloo. Then, from 1988 to approximately 2001, Fred worked part time as the Economic Development Officer for the Town of Bow Island. He was heavily involved in encouraging businesses to come to Bow Island including the Alberta Bean Growers and Spitz. He also worked tirelessly on the committee which prepared the Town’s updated history book (A History of Bow Island and Area: Sage Brush to Pivots).
Fred loved Bow Island and gave countless hours of his time to the community in various capacities. He served a term as Mayor commencing in 1971; he served as a Councillor on three separate occasions (1965 – 66, 1971, and from 1976 to end of the term); he was a volunteer firefighter for seventeen years; he coached baseball and hockey for many years and served in various executive roles. In 1980, Fred and Dolly were recognized for twenty years of service to the Bow Island Minor Baseball and Hockey Association. He was on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, and served on various other committees and organizations.
In 1988, Fred was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Medicine Hat College. In 1992, Fred was awarded a Canada 125 medal.
In approximately 2012, Fred started to write ‘Down Memory Lane’ by “Old Fred Mellen”. These articles were published on a regular basis in the 40 Mile Commentator right up until the time of his passing.
Fred will be remembered by many as someone who got things done. He worked hard and expected everyone else to do the same. He had a true fighting spirit. But, he also loved to tell stories. He was an accomplished public speaker and could make people laugh. He enjoyed genealogy and desperately wanted to prove that he was Irish. And he loved all of those grandkids and great grandkids. May the memory of the “sucker tree” live on forever!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Fred’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island Health Centre, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0.
Special thanks to Dr. Woodruff who provided excellent care over the last number of years and Dr. Tawfeeq for his tremendous help in the past year. We also acknowledge the timely assistance of Gerald Mertz of RHS Medicine Hat over the last number of months. Finally, we truly appreciate the help of Bow Island Emergency Services and the Bow Island RCMP detachment on the evening of October 26, 2018.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


METZ

SUSAN MARIE METZ, beloved friend of Ed Parson of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 67 years.

Susan is survived by her sons, Richard Forsyth & Brian (Jennifer) Forsyth and by her grandchildren, Ryan Forsyth, Tyler Forsyth, Mark Forsyth, Brian (BJ) Forsyth & Morgan Phillips, all of Lethbridge, as well as two great-grandchildren, her brothers, Steve (Susan) Filkowski of Meadow Lake, SK & Ron Filkowski of Coaldale and her sister, Sharon (Jim) Tyrer of Lethbridge, as well as many other family and lots of friends that she called family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter & Anne Filkowski.

Susan was born in Lethbridge and raised on a farm in Coaldale. She loved traveling, especially going on cruises. She also loved baking and cooking and always made the most wonderful treats for her family to enjoy. She cherished her group of coffee ladies and the countless memories and laughs they shared together. She was a gentle soul that adored cats and dogs. She loved to laugh and always wore a big and infectious smile. Susan was a caring, compassionate and generous woman and she will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Susan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

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


ONOFRYCHUK

Mrs. Doreen Rose Onofrychuk, beloved wife of the late Nick Onofrychuk, passed away at Legacy Lodge on October 29, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Doreen is survived by her brother, William Delmark; sister, Carole Turner as well as many nieces and nephews. A private, family memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


Jane Pargeter

1956 – 2018

Ms. Jane Pargeter of Coleman, Alberta, beloved spouse of Mr. Lester Anderson passed away at Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 62 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Ronald “Ron” Julius Peta

1936 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ron Julius Peta, beloved husband of Venancia Peta, on Thursday October 25, 2018 at the age of 82. Besides his loving wife Venancia, Ron is survived by his daughter Charlene Kocken (Dan Sullivan); his son Ron Peta (Linda Peta); his four grandchildren Brittany Sperling (Travis Sperling), Courtney Kocken, T.J. Kocken, Liam Peta, and his sister Lorraine McCormick (Dr. Peter McCormick). Ron was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Helen Peta, and his brother Lawrence. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Celebration of Life will take place at 12:00pm, Saturday November 3, 2018 at ST. MARTHA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS society of Alberta, 7874 -10 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W1.

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REISER

BARBARA ALOISIA REISER (nèe Steiner), beloved wife of the late Hans Reiser passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Christine Reiser (Frank Baart) of Raymond, Gabriella (Byron) Karl of Foremost, and Giselle (Ron) Schreiber of Lethbridge. She was a proud Oma to her grandchildren: Jenni Karl (Mark Forth) of Kamloops, Jeff Karl of Foremost, Kristen (Bryan) O’Hara of Lethbridge, and Kyle and Nathan Schreiber of Lethbridge. She is also blessed with one great-grandchild, Sawyer O’Hara.

Barbara was born in Matrei, Austria to Kaspar and Genovefa Steiner in 1929. She met her husband, Hans in Horn, Switzerland. Together, they immigrated to Canada with their one year old daughter Christine in 1958. They lived in Lake Francis, MB as well as Nanton, Skiff, Warner, and Lethbridge, AB.

Barbara was very devoted to her family. She enjoyed ranch and farm life and was a hardworking lady, who took pride in her beautiful gardens and flowers.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0E3.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Rhodes

Gordon Rhodes, beloved husband of Cheryl Rhodes, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 76 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Champion Chapel, 203 4 St, Champion, Alberta. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories, #40, 1202 – 2nd Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3. A private family interment will be held at the Bowville Cemetery.

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


STANKO

ROSE STANKO, beloved wife of the late Andy Stanko, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Ray & Ellen Wagner officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. CATHERINE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne, celebrant.

Interment at Mountain View Cemetery will follow the reception at the church.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SZPECHT, Leontyna (Leona) July 8, 1919 – Bakonówka, Poland October 26, 2018 – Okotoks, Alberta

With great sadness in our hearts we announce that our loving mother, Leontyna (née Waskiewicz) Szpecht, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the age of 99 years. Born in the village of Bakonówka, Poland, Leona was the eldest of six children. After WWII, she immigrated with her husband and daughter to Canada, arriving at Pier 21, Halifax on May 20, 1950. Lethbridge was her home for 63 years.Leona is survived by her daughter Annette (Philip) Petrovich and her son John (Glenda) Szpecht. She was the proud grandmother of David Petrovich, Deanna McLure, Heather Szpecht, Amanda (Clifford) Brown and Colin Szpecht. She was a proud great-grandmother of Christopher, Eric, Matthew, Ryan, James, Clark and Cameron. She was predeceased by her loving husband Michal; her parents, Michal and Chrystyna (née Kostecka) Waskiewicz; her siblings, Genowefa, Bronislaw, Antonina, Stanislaw and Maria; and her grandson Andrew Szpecht. Leona was devoted to her family and friends and will be dearly missed.Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Basil’s Catholic Church (604 – 13 Street N, Lethbridge, AB) on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded

through

http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family thanks all those at Tudor Manor in Okotoks for their wonderful care, and especially Dr. Van Tonder. In living memory of Leontyna Szpecht, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.


VANDEVELDE

MARY ELAINE VANDEVELDE, passed away Wednesday October 24, 2018. She was born September 3, 1976 in Calgary. She is survived by her mother Wanda Thompson, her siblings Jerry Thompson (Crystal), Brian Want (Lisa), and Jennifer Want. Her nieces and nephews, Wyatt and Emma Thompson; Seth, Jasmine and Spencer Want. Her grandfather Chuck Thompson. Her grandmother Mary Thompson pre-deceased her September 14, 2014.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fort Macleod, Alberta, on Saturday, November 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to:

http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


VIPOND

ROBERT JAKE VIPOND of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the age of 76 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his nephews, Anthony and Lawrence Vipond.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Ann and Robert Vipond and his brother, Lawrence Vipond.

Robert was born on July 4, 1942 in Chaplin, Sask. and lived for a time in Shaunavon. Around 1948, his family moved to Lethbridge where he spent the rest of his life. Robert worked in the construction industry in Lethbridge and enjoyed his time with his many colleagues and friends.

Once he retired, he loved to golf, fish and spend time gardening, walking along the river with his cocker spaniel and best bud, “Reno” and watching every hockey game he found on TV. Robert enjoyed listening to music and especially had an affinity for Blues and Jazz. He also loved waxing, polishing and working on the mechanics of his Ford Mustang.

Robert will be remembered for his outstanding wit and sense of humour, heartfelt laugh, wise understanding and belief in good in all people as well as his firm, vise grip-like handshake. He will be dearly missed.

A Private Family Interment will take place at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Alta Walmsley

1939 – 2018

Mrs. Alta Walmsley of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Orval Walmsley passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday October 28, 2018 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Dolores Wingerter

1935 – 2018

Mrs. Dolores Wingerter of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leo Wingerter, passed away on Saturday October 27, 2018 at the age of 83. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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