January 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, November 1, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 1, 2018.


FRANKLIN “ROLAND” BIG THROAT, husband of Peggy, passed away in Cardston on October 26, 2018 at the age of 75 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Cardston Seniors’ Centre, Cardston on Friday, November 2nd from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m.

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Peter Ferros 1933 – 2018 Peter Ferros, beloved husband of Clara Ferros, passed away peacefully 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. Besides his loving wife Clara, he is survived by their three daughters Mildred (Paul) McKerley of Bristow, Virginia, Brenda Ferros (Lyndon Horvey) of Calgary and Elizabeth Ferros (Justin) Welbourn of Calgary as well as grandchildren Aiden McKerley, Jaya and Nahlin Welbourn. He is also survived by his siblings Sister M. Eulalia of the Apostolic Carmelites, Patna, India, Aurelia (Mark) Mendes of London, England and Angelica (Mike) Fernandes of Perth, W. Australia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Mary (nee Monteiro) and Fedelis Ferros; brother Stephen Ferros and sister Antonieta Correia. Peter was born in Goa, India on February 21, 1933. He completed his primary and secondary education at St. Paul’s High School, in Belgaum, India. In 1951, he relocated to Mombasa, Kenya to pursue work as an Customs and Excise officer for the Kenyan Federal Government. In 1963, Peter married Clara D’Souza in Mombasa. Seeking a brighter future for his family, he relocated again to Taber in 1970 under the sponsorship of Constantine and Antonieta Correia. Peter was fortunate to find work at Lucerne Foods Ltd as a general labourer and moved into an office job with the same company, after four years. He retired from this position in 1996, with twenty six years of service to the company. Peter enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, fishing, gardening, singing in the church choir and watching his favourite NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens. Although quiet in nature, he was known and loved for his generous heart and quirky sense of humour. If family and friends so desire, memorial tributes in Peter’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.ca). Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


GERTRUDE JEAN GALTS, beloved wife of Ken, of Coutts, passed away at the Milk River Health Centre on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the age of 81 years.

A Celebration of life will be held at the COUTTS CIVIC CENTRE, 305 Centre Ave., Coutts, AB, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Keith Dangerfield officiating. Luncheon to follow celebration.

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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


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


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.

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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.

He is the loving father of Scarlet of Calgary. He is survived by his mother Darolyn Wells, father Sid Black Rider, one sister Kealy (Tyler Black Face) one brother Luke, step sister Jessica and step brother David.

He was predeceased by father Albert, brothers Tyson and Skylar.

A Wake Service will be held at SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve, AB on Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 5:00 P.M. and continuing all night.

A Funeral Service will be held at SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

Sterlyn will be laid to rest at the Farm Four Day Rider Cemetery.

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Edward Olsson

1934 – 2018

Mr. Edward Olsson of Coutts, Alberta, passed away at Milk River Health Centre on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 84 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. 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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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

Danny “Dan” R. Skretting

1964 – 2018

Danny, beloved son of Dianne Skretting, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 53 years. Danny was born and raised in Lethbridge and after high school he became involved in the automotive industry. He attended technical school and became a Journeyman Partsman in his early 20’s. He worked for Ford Motor Company for many years and was then employed by Davis GMC Buick in 2005, became Parts Manager in 2007 and remained in that position until 2013. Following that, he worked the parts desk until 2016 when his illness forced him to go on long term disability. Dan always said working for Davis was the best job he had ever had, he loved it! Dan had a three year battle with liver disease which he fought with dignity, humor, love and compassion until the very end. Dan had a love of fast cars and owned many hot rods over the years. He also had a love of guitars, playing and owning many over the years. He also built guitars and his family will always cherish his creations. He had a wicked sense of humor that left us laughing many, many times and he was an avid lover and owner of cats and dogs all of his life. Besides his loving mother Dianne, Dan is survived by his cherished daughter Shyla (Keith Madge) Caldwell; grandsons Aidan, baby Chase who was born on October 23, 2018; his devoted sister Karyn (Jeff) Jarvis-Mehrer and equally devoted brother Jeremy Reierson; treasured niece Chelsea Jarvis and her boys Trey, Tripp, and Jett who adored Danny; special nephew Tyler Jarvis; fiancé Lisa Todd whom he loved dearly; brother-in-law Bryan Calpas and his father Ken Skretting of Cranbrook, BC. Dan was predeceased by his sister Denise Calpas; grandma Julie Doucette; grandparents Hans and Mary Skretting and brother-in-law Ken Jarvis. Dan left this world with a great legacy, he loved people and they loved him. He never made an enemy and his kindness, compassion and loving nature will be missed by many. Rest in peace Danny Boy (as he was affectionately called by his family) you are now mended and free from pain. We will always miss your kind, loving soul but it brings us peace to know you are now reunited with your sister Denise. A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN TURF CLUB GRANDSTAND, 3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Please come and share memories of Dan with us. For those who wish, memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to the Last Chance Cat Ranch, Box 30025 Park Place, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1X3.

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ROSE STANKO (the Steak Lady) passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, 16 days before her 90th birthday.

Mom was born in Raca, Czechoslovakia on November 13, 1928 to Paul and Agnes Trncik. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1938 and settled in Onoway, Alberta where they began to farm. Life was very tough for them, clearing the land and enduring the harsh winters. A few years later, the family moved south to the Barrhill area near Picture Butte. Some of Mom’s jobs in Lethbridge included being a top egg grader and later working at the El Rancho Hotel as the head girl in the banquet rooms. She married Andy Stanko in 1948 and they lived at the Stanko family farm near Readymade. In 1960, they bought their own farm in Lomond where Dad did the farming and Mom took care of the cattle. In 1969, along with the farming, they also started to manage the Shaughnessy Hotel for the estate of Grandpa Stanko. Dad’s sudden passing in 1973 changed Mom’s life forever. Rick came back to run the farm which allowed Mom to continue to run the hotel, which she purchased in 1975. Being a people person, the hotel was very good for her especially after Dad’s passing. She became famous for her pan-fried steaks and catered many Christmas parties for businesses.

We were always amazed at who we would find sitting at her kitchen table talking to her and getting advice; we’re thinking the City of Lethbridge may have even benefitted from one of these sessions. Mom became quite the community person and believed in giving the people what they want. Mom started having community summer sports days at the hotel with pig wrestling, chariot races and a horseshoe tournament. Mom sold the hotel in 1996 and retired to Lethbridge, but retirement for her meant continuing to manage her many rental properties in Shaughnessy and Picture Butte. She had loved her cattle on the farm and every calving season she would remind us of what to do and look for.

Rose is survived by her two sons and their families: Rick & Cindy and their three daughters, Jennifer (Kent) Halluk and their children, Kale & Khloe; Kim (Tony) Ankermann and their children, Hudson & Nash; and Chris (Dwayne Harrison); Doug & Mary Anne and their three daughters, April (Bruce) Thomi and their children, Anita, Vince & Tess; Lindsay (Chad) Halyk; and Heather.

She was predeceased by her husband Andy in 1973, an infant son Jerry and son Wesley in 2011.

Special thanks are given to the staff of Black Rock Terrace, St. Therese Villa and first responders, especially Jack Peacock, who were always great to Mom.

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.

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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


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.


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.

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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. Vigil Rights (Prayers) service will be held at 7:00PM, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 Street North, Lethbridge AB. Cremation will be entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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