January 15th, 2021

MONDAY, December 31, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 2, 2019.


EIRA PATRICIA MARY ARISMAN, beloved wife of Stephen Arisman of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

A Private Family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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Mary Balfour

1926 – 2018

Mary (May) Carnegie Balfour was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1925 and grew up in Falkirk, a short distance away. There, she eventually married John Syme and together with their baby son David, immigrated to Canada in August of 1949. They settled in Toronto, Ontario and proceeded to have five more, wonderful sons. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1967 when John was transferred by Molson Breweries.

John passed away in 1984 and six years later, May met and married her second husband, Dr. Sig Balfour. May and Sig spent twenty wonderful years together until Sig passed away in December of 2010. May thoroughly enjoyed her new extended family and was warmly accepted by the Balfour clan.

May was always active in her community, from working at Woodward’s to leading CGIT for years at McKillop United Church. She loved to golf and play bridge, and she was an active member of two coffee groups that met weekly, one of them since 1968, and the other at Macdonald’s that has been getting together for at least sixteen years.

May was always extremely proud of her family and would brag to anyone and everyone about her six boys. As the years progressed and her family grew, she was equally proud of her eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

May is survived by two sisters, Betty and Grace, and one brother Alex, all in Ontario, along with many nieces and nephews there. She also leaves behind her loving children: David (Louise) Syme, Bill (Trish) Syme, Jack (Karen)Syme, Gordon (Marcie) Syme, Stephen Syme, Russell (Ally) Syme, David (Mary) Balfour, Susan Hughes, John (Shelley) Balfour.

At May’s request, there will not be a funeral.

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ELMA KOENIG, beloved wife of the late Emanuel Koenig, passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care, on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 99 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Gordon May

1959 – 2018

Mr. Gordon Douglas May of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at home on Sunday December 23, 2018 at the age of 59 years.

Gordon was born October 31, 1959 to Ken and Dorothy May (nee Veldhuis) at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. He was raised and educated in Lethbridge, and worked at the Southern Alberta Rendering Plant, Canadian Dressed Meats, Burns Meats, Braman Furniture, and most recently Antons Hardwood Floors. He became friends with many who he worked with, and also loved to fish, hunt, play pool, play cards and to be outdoors. He especially loved to garden and took great pride in his garden and gardening skills. Gord would always supply family, friends and neighbours with fresh vegetables from his garden.

Gord was a proud supporter of both the Lethbridge Broncos, and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, being a season ticket holder for over 35 years. He loved family and attending family events and reunions. Gord‘s religion and faith was instilled in him through his upbringing at the First United Church in Lethbridge, and the Monarch Reformed Church.

Gord leaves behind and will be sadly missed by his mother Dorothy May, sister Carol and Ed Tremel (Jason (Camila), Rhyse (Stephanie) Emily, and Taylor), brother Robert and Stephanie May (Meg’n and Craig Richter and Carson, Michael May and Michelle May), also Uncle Ron and Deb May, Aunt Bernice Hofman and Aunt Joan Veldhuis and numerous cousins.

Gord was predeceased by his father Kenneth May, grandparents George and Mae May and Ben and Mabel Veldhuis and numerous aunts and uncles.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday January 6, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB., Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

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