January 20th, 2021

MONDAY, January 7, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 7, 2019.

Darcy Bitz

1962 – 2018

Mr. Darcy Bitz of Fort Macleod passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the age of 56 years.

Darcy was born to parents Ruby and Arthur Bitz in Calgary, Alberta on May 14, 1962. He attended school in Calgary, then later moved to Fort Macleod, Alberta. He enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to go camping, fishing and hiking. He also loved to play his guitar and write his own songs.

Darcy is survived by 3 brothers; Len, Gary, and Brian Bitz, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Darcy was predeceased by his parents; Ruby and Arthur Bitz, grandparents; Gramma and Grandpa Bitz, and Gramma and Grandpa Stevensen.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 PM, on Monday, January 7, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Elvira Dueck

1926 – 2019

Mrs. Elvira Dueck of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John J. Dueck, passed away at home, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 92 years.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERIVEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Celebration of Elvira’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1G2.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Elvira’s name may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, 400 – 393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 3H6.

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September 11, 1938

– January 3, 2019

Brian passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital after a short illness at the age of 80 years old.

He is predeceased by his parents Les & Edith, sisters (Gail & Bonnie) and survived his five brothers (Jim, Kerry, Goldie, Kevin & Dan) & two sisters (Marilyn & Holly).

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday January 12th, 2018 at SALMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME LTD, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport).

To send a condolence please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Eileen Lawson

1923 – 2019

Mrs. Eileen Lawson, beloved wife of the late Mr. William “Bill” Lawson, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the age of 95 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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GERALD “GERRY” FRANCIS MOORE, beloved husband of Karen Moore, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 57 years.

He is the loving father of Ryan (Tara) Moore of Lethbridge and Devin Moore of Lethbridge.

He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Quinton and Xander Moore, his mother Marcella Moore and brothers Pat (Linda), Russell and Mark (Denise). Gerald will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his aunt Marg Moore.

He was predeceased by his father William “Bill” Moore, as well as his father and mother-in-law Howard and Maureen Charlesworth.

Gerry was born June 5, 1961 in Carmangay, Alberta to Billy and Marcella Moore. He enjoyed curling, airplanes and especially his ’64 Chevy Impala he bought from his grandparents.

He spent many hours building Remote Control Airplanes until he got sick. He had his private pilot’s license, AG Mechanic license and Appliance tech tickets.

A Celebration of Life will be celebrated at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #4 – 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

Gerry will be laid to rest at the Bowville Cemetery at a later date.

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JALISA MARGARET PACE passed away in Lethbridge on December 26th, 2018 at the age of 25 years.

Jalisa is survived by her parents Pamela (Shawn) Little Bear and Timothy Pace; her ‘second mom’ Wanda (Andrew) Day Chief; siblings Shayna, Timara (Sterling),Bai-Lee (Bauer), Darcia, William, Ryder, Bo, and Cohen; Grandparents Margaret and Joe Knife, Louise Eagle Plume, and Mary Pace; Aunts Monica (Robert) Beebe, Deanna (Kelly) Day Chief, Deborah, Celia, and Tina Pace, Ann (Gerard) Fox and Barbara; Uncles Joseph (Reesa) Eagle Plume, Kevin Eagle Plume, Terrance Knife, and Harley Pace; Goddaughter Jurnee Eagle Plume; Godparents Jimmy and late Catherine Red Crow.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, Jan. 7th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Jan. 8th at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Bill Pyrch
1931 – 2019
William Raymond Pyrch, beloved husband of Anna Pyrch, passed in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the age of 87 years. 
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Bill is survived by his wife Anna Pyrch; children Jocelyn (John) Davy of Lethbridge, Calvin (Karla) Pyrch of Coaldale and Karen (David) Chilibecki of Vegreville;  grandchildren Michael Davy, Michelle Davy, Nicholas Pyrch, Kristan (David) Adkins, Jessica Pyrch, Melissa Pyrch, Dean Collett, Erin Collett, Cole Chilibecki and Curtis Chilibecki; great grandchildren Max, Zoey, Shawn, Owen, Scarlett and Violet. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Leonard (Dorothy) Karl.
He was predeceased by parents Katie and Olie Pyrch; brother John Pyrch; sister Kay Paul and brother-in-law Peter Paul.
Bill was born on May 27, 1931 at Gwynne, Alberta to Olie and Katie Pyrch, he joined an older brother John, followed by a little sister Kay. After high school, Bill went to work with his father at the CPR, where he worked his entire career.
Bill and Ann met in Camrose and were married in 1956. With the railroad they moved often also living in Thorsby, Compeer and Strome. They eventually settled in Taber with their three children in 1965, where they lived until 2017 when they moved to Elim Village in Lethbridge.
Bill had many artistic interests including painting, needlework and stained glass. All of the family enjoys pieces of his work in their homes. He took pride his yard and won several best yard awards while in Taber and he loved working in the flower shop.  He was also active in the Taber Choralaires and the Knox United Church Choir.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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