January 18th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 15, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 15, 2019.

Alfreda “Freda” Allsop

1924 – 2019

Mrs. Alfreda “Freda” Allsop of Lethbridge passed away in Black Diamond on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the age of 94 years. Alfreda was born December 5, 1924, in Lethbridge. She is the sixth child of father Theodore “Ted” Erno and mother May Hewitt. Freda was proud to have lived her entire life in Lethbridge. She took commercial subjects in High School, which led to her employment in the Department of Transport and Lethbridge Building Supplies. Freda is survived by her three daughters Rhonda (Randy) Sorgard of Cobble Hill, BC, Darla Hughes of Lethbridge, AB and Terri (Russ) Paton of Millarville, AB; her dear sister-in-law Flossie Erno; along with eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several step children and their families. Freda was the last of her siblings to pass and was predeceased by her first husband, Charles H Shepherd and her second husband, Albert E Allsop. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday February 16, 2019, at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0W3, with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.

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Helen Angyal

1929 – 2019

Mrs. Helen Angyal, beloved wife of the late Mr. Steve Angyal of Milk River passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Milk River Long Term Care Centre at the age of 89 years. Vigil Rights (Prayers) Will be held at 7:00pm, on Friday, March 1, 2019, at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street NW, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, on Saturday March 2, 2019, at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street NW, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Milk River Cemetery.

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Dennis Arndt

1943 – 2019

Mr. Dennis Arndt of Raymond, beloved husband of Mrs. Shirley Arndt, passed away at the Raymond Health Care Centre on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the age of 75 years. A Celebration of Dennis’ Life will be held in the spring. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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May 12, 1968 – February 11, 2019

JOSEPH ANDREW BENNETT, passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his family at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the age of 50 years.

Joseph will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Ashley and Samantha Bennett, parents Darwin and Jo Bennett and brothers Jim (Lorri) Bennett and John (Nora) Bennett as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

Joseph will be laid to rest during a Private Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Judy Fleming

1942 – 2019

Mrs. Judy Fleming of Barons, beloved wife of Mr. Harold Fleming, passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the age of 76 years. A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Private Family burial will be held at a later date in Barons, Alberta.

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On January 25, 2019, after spending a great afternoon with his Bridge family, CURTIS DAVID LARKO passed.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Reception at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

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Harry Lenz

1938 – 2019

Harry William Lenz, our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the age of 80 years. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, February 15, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB., Following the celebration, family and friends are invited to a lunch reception at Harry’s “ol’ dancin’ grounds”, the Diamond City Community Hall (310 Underwood Avenue, Diamond City). For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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Merv Friesen, of Lethbridge, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at the age of 64. Merv is survived by his loving wife Fran, his children Corey (Ophelia) of Nanaimo, Kyle (Sam) of Lethbridge, and Ali (Desi) of Lethbridge, his step children J.D. (Anne) Russell of Bozeman, Montana, Jeremy (Kylie) Hanson of Kansas, and Tiffany (Rodney) Hanson of Bozeman, Montana. His grandchildren Jasper, Taya, Zayden, Havana, Jimmy, Hunter, Mackenzie, Hadley, Devin and Ryker. He is also survived by his mother Thelma Friesen of Lethbridge, 2 brothers, Brian of Calgary and Bruce (Rae Lynne) of Lethbridge and two sisters, Sharon McNab of Lethbridge, and Linda (Scott) Fujita of Lethbridge, as well as his nieces and nephews Renae, Niki, Mike, Jessie, Robyn, Christen, Aleyna, Daycin and Berkley. Merv is also survived by his children’s mother, Cheryl Friesen.

Merv was predeceased by his father Leonard Friesen, grandparents John and Helena Friesen and Alex and Helen Clarke, as well as uncles and aunts Cleon Friesen, Harvey Friesen, Udo Vegter, Bill Chrunik and Lillian Chrunik. Merv’s best friends Buddy and Wolfman passed away and for 10 plus years they were all inseparable. Merv will miss his latest pets, Kenya and Congo, a pair of registered boxers as well as their pup Tia.

Merv was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta and lived there till 1995 when he relocated to Lethbridge. He worked at Triple M Housing over 28 years with his latest position as Sales Manager. He had a unique passion for his work. He enjoyed going to work every day. He also loved a 7 year Realtor career prior to Triple M with Century 21 and McNab Realty.

Merv’s life was dedicated to his dogs and children he cherished so much. He served on the Recreation Board in Fort Macleod, President of Fort Macleod Minor Hockey for numerous years and President and co-founder of the Southwest “AA” Rockies hockey club. He also served as President of the Foothills, South Central and the Chinook Hockey leagues in Alberta. Coaching Little League and Minor Hockey teams was a passion he enjoyed so much for so many years. An avid volunteer, he was recognized for his efforts the year of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He loved Men’s and Mixed slow pitch as well as playing recreational hockey many years.

In June of 2000, he met Fran of Wichita, Kansas and they were married June 23rd of 2001, and they started their new life together in Canada.

Despite his illnesses, he carried on with his witty humor, practical jokes, cruising in his Corvette and Trans Am, enjoying life to its fullest. A common quote from him was “Quality time is more important than Quantity time”. Merv was happiest when around his devoted pets and never lost interest in all that was happening in his children’s lives. He organized the continuing Friesen Reunion for nearly 21 years in honor of his grandmother Helena, whom he respected and admired.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Cancer foundation.

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Mrs. Eunice (Piepgrass) Peterson, beloved Wife of the late Gerald Bruce Peterson, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Raymond Hospital at the age of 87 years. She is the loving mother of Mark (Blanca) Peterson of Calgary and Cameron (Shawna) Peterson of Raymond. Eunice has 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Marie (Piepgrass) Wright. Eunice was born in Raymond, AB on November 25, 1931. She was the youngest child of Fred and Edyth Piepgrass. Eunice’s family was her life. Her brothers and sisters were always important to her and close to her heart. Eunice and Gerald were married in March of 1960 and resided most of their married life in Taber. Over the last 30 years as grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived, she thrived on them to fulfill her life. Eunice has been a strong and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life where she received so much happiness and many blessings. Friends may meet the family on Friday, February 15 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm or prior to the service on Saturday February 16, 2019 from 10:00 – 10:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel, 221 N 400 W, Raymond, Alberta, the Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m with Bishop Tollestrup officiating. Interment to follow in the Taber Memorial Cemetery.

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


Kenneth (Ken) Peterson, (68 years), beloved husband of 47 years to Judy Peterson, passed away February 6, 2019 at the Rosefield Center in Innisfail Alberta. Besides his loving wife, Ken is survived by his three children Don Peterson of Lethbridge, Dee Ann Peterson (Brad Black) of Red Deer and Daryl (Jen) Peterson of Calgary; his beloved dogs Beethoven and Brandy, his 12 grandchildren Austin, Tristan, Brianna (Don), Kyden, Jaira, Calob, Bree (Dee Ann and Brad), Jade, Jason, Joshua, Jordan and Joseph (Daryl and Jen); his great grandson Damian (Jaira); his brothers Grant (Beatrice) Peterson of Calgary, Larry (Sandi) Peterson of Lethbridge; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ken was predeceased by his parents Nels and Molfrid Peterson and his two brothers Alvin Peterson and Gordon (Marlene) Peterson. Ken was born on August 25, 1950 in Taber, Alberta. Ken’s passions in life were family, cars, racing, coin collecting, garage sales with Judy and old music. Ken was always laughing, smiling and there when you needed a helping hand. Ken was an amazing man and will be missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 17, 2019 at the Legion Hall in Taber, Alberta 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This will be a casual service so feel free to come as you are. A light luncheon will be provided.


ROBERT “BOB” OSCAR PETERSON, beloved husband of Mardell Peterson, of Coutts, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

He is survived by his wife Mardell, and their beloved dog Murphy; three children: Terry Peterson (Liz), Daryl Peterson, and Sharlene Thielen (Bob); grandchildren: Brent, Cory, Lara, and Richard; and sister Linda Matt (Ed).

He is predeceased by his parents Simone and Foster Peterson and in-laws Ivan and Florence Livingston.

Bob was born on November 6, 1939 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He moved to Coutts, Alberta in 1954. Bob married Mardell Livingston in 1958 and they resided in Coutts until his passing.

Bob had many careers in his lifetime including owning a barbershop and the Hillview Café and Village Pub. Later in his life, Bob purchased a semi-truck and spent a few years on the road.

Bob supported his community. He was a member of the Coutts Fire Department for 30 years. He also served as councilor and mayor.

Bob was always up for a new challenge. He could renovate, build, manufacture, or fix anything. One of Bob’s greatest pleasures was watching his grandchildren participate in sports.

In his retirement, Bob enjoyed travelling with family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at COUTTS CIVIC Centre, 105 Center Avenue, Coutts, AB, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coutts Fire and Rescue, Box 277, Coutts, AB, T0K 0N0

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


1962 – 2019

After a precious afternoon and evening of laughter and story telling with her lady and girl clan, our cherished mum Wendy Pohl passed away peacefully in the arms of our dad the morning of January 26, 2019.

Our mum trained as a nurse in England where she worked for two years and then moved to Canada for a “short term” nursing opportunity which turned into a 24-year career at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, followed by a year at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. We have been overwhelmed with cards and texts of support from England and Canada sent by mum’s colleagues and friends; where a consistent theme described mum as caring, supporting, funny, compassionate, and hardworking. Mum’s use of the words “magic” and “lovely” was fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Our mum was diagnosed with cancer in early October 2015 and she was only given three months to live. Like her mother, determined, strong, fearless, and English, she faced the cancer head on with the excellent and compassionate service of our Alberta healthcare system. Thanks to this system and her determination our mum had a great quality of life for over three years; never letting the cancer get the better of her as she shared the best of herself with her family and others. As mum said many a time she was “ever so thankful” for those in the health system that were responsible for giving her over three additional years with her family.

On behalf of mum we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to her hero Dr. Smith and the staff at Bigelow Fowler Clinic East; Dr. Smith was the hub and coordinator all of mom’s care (as well as the rest of our family’s care). Dr. Imbulgoda, Carmen, and the staff at Jack Ady; Dr. Imbulgoda was tireless in finding and procuring the trial study medications that gave mum the extra years with us. Dr. Shukkoor and his palliative care colleagues, along with Viki Dixon; Dr. Shukkoor held a special place in mum’s heart and his support and compassion brought great comfort to mum. The staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit; the staff in this facility provided the highest level of care and kindness during mum’s final days and hours with us. As a nurse, Mum was extremely proud and appreciative of the level of care provided by the staff on unit 4B at the CRH (even though she didn’t let them know she was a nurse). Others that mum wanted us to thank are Dr. Sailendra, Dr. Malpica, Dr. Low, Dr. Ireland, Dr. Oviatt, and the CRH Respiratory Department. Finally, mum wanted us to let the staff at the Safeway West Pharmacy know that their support of her and our dad was akin to being cared for by family.

We of course send our love and thanks to our family members, friends and colleagues who helped us, our granny Hazel, and our dad throughout mum’s illness. Special thanks to the Salmon & Sons Funeral Home for accommodating, on the shortest of notice, mum’s private cremation.

Mum was predeceased by her father Bill; she is survived by her loving mother Hazel Davies, her two courageous daughters Imogen and Zoë, her huggable husband Randy, and her two beloved pets Sophie Dog and Honey Cat.

Friends and family of mum are invited to an informal gathering at the Galt Museum on February 15th from 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm. Stay as little or long as you like, but please tell us something you remember about our mum. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit, or the Last Chance Cat Ranch.

Mum lived life with an almost unrivaled level of happiness and concern for others. For those of us who remain behind please know that mum would be most happy if we were not sad at her passing; after all she is waiting to see us again with all that is “magic” and “lovely”.

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


Mark Edgar Poirier passed away unexpectedly in Edmonton, on February 10th, 2019 at the age of 54. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Mark achieved his Heavy Duty Mechanics Journeyman Certificate in 1991 (Red Seal). He worked for years as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator in Edmonton and various places throughout Northern Canada. He loved being in the far north. It is there that he met his ex-wife Eve, whom he always thought so fondly of. Mark enjoyed skiing, fishing, camping and touring on his motorcycle. He was very proud of his niece and nephew. He always enjoyed helping them with work around their homes. Mark had a thirst for knowledge and spent many hours at the library reading. He engaged in conversations easily and always enjoyed a good visit.

Predeceased by his parents Ricki and Gil Poirier, Mark will be missed by his sister Michele (John) Tavernini, niece Jennifer, nephew Scott (Meghan Brohman), maternal aunts Louise Reiter, Elvera Linders and Antoneta Baer as well as his cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Funeral Home with reception to follow.

To sign the book of condolences, please visit http://www.trinityfuneral home.ca/obituaries.


FRANK TAKACS, the beloved husband of Joann Takacs, of Magrath, passed away on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, at the age of 76 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Alice Takacs officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

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


ANNIE TERESA YOUNG PINE passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019 at the age of 85 years old at the Kainai Continuing Care Center.

She leaves behind her children: Daryl (Linda), Wendall (Karen), Sheldon (Tammie), Roy (Tanya), and Frances (William). Her only surviving sibling, her sister Odile, who was also her best friend. They resided together for many years, and they did everything together. Her sister in law Bernadette. 43 grand kids, 65 great grand kids, and 22 great great grand kids. Great Aunties Margaret Small Face, and Ann Fox. Great uncles Gerald, Lambert, Danny, Charlie, and Michael Fox.

She was predeceased by her husband Jesse Three Persons. Her son’s Clinton and Delbert, grandson Gilbert Jr. Parents Joe and Mae Young Pine. Grandparents Imitaapsskini and Komisskinii Young Pine, Cecilia and Stephen Fox Sr. Siblings Raymond (Kathleen), Jerry, Sidney, Jim (Margaret), Madeline (Tom), Irene (Luke), Maryrose. Great Aunties Helen Many Fingers, Adeline Heavy Shields, and Bernadette Fox. Great uncles Alex, John, Stephen, George Fox. Uncles Billy and Black Sleep Young Pine. Auntie Augustine Small Face (Young Pine).

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, February 15th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the White Calf Hall, Standoff from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, February 16th, at 11:00 a.m.

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

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