By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 2, 2019.
July 20, 1929 – February 2, 2019
Helen (Huszar) Angyal of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Steve Angyal, passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Helen was born on July 20, 1929, in Hungary to Frank and Theresa Huszar, their second child and only daughter. She came to Canada in 1938 with her mother and her brothers Simon and John to join their father in Rosedale, Alberta. The family later moved to Lethbridge and Helen worked at the Lethbridge Laundry where she met some of her lifelong friends.
In 1945 Helen was introduced to Steve Angyal who was home on leave from the army. He had come with his parents to visit the Huszar family who were from the same village in Hungary. They were married on Remembrance Day in 1946 and celebrated their 67th anniversary before Steve’s passing in 2014.
Steve and Helen settled on the farm in 1-17 west of Milk River and raised five children while growing the farm. Helen learned to be a terrific cook, baker and hostess. She escaped to the garden when she needed peace and quiet. As well as being a devout Catholic, she was a member of the CWL and earned her 60-year pin. She and her friends established a Birthday Club and enjoyed every celebration. When they moved into Milk River in 1980, Helen learned to play golf and volunteered at the Travel Alberta site.
Helen always had a good book to read and she loved to dance and listen to music. She and Steve travelled extensively but the highlights of her life were family events and spending time with her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her children Christine Barnhart, Ron (Barbara) Angyal, Kathy (Gord) McCarthy, Sheila (John) Mazutinec; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; her brother Frank (Grace) Huszar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her loving husband Steve, Helen was predeceased by her son Greg, parents Frank and Theresa Huszar, and brothers Simon and John.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Milk River Health Centre for their excellent care and for making the last nine years of Helen’s life happy and comfortable. Her family is forever grateful for the kindness and professionalism.
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, with Father Alphonse Narisetty officiating.
A private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Milk River Cemetery.
The Family kindly requests that you please refrain from wearing scented lotions or perfumes due to allergies.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Milk River Health Centre, PO Box 90, Milk River, T0K 1M0, for the new Sensory Room that is to be used by Alzheimer and Dementia patients, or to the charity of your choice.
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ERIC REGINALD BUCKSKIN, 75, beloved husband of Nina, passed away in Lethbridge on Feb. 26th, 2019.
A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wed., March 6th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thurs. March 7th at 11:00 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
DOUGLAS ROY ELLIOTT, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the age of 73 years.
Doug is survived by his daughter, Candice (Jake) Boldt, his son, Ryan, his grandson, Corbin, his brother, Jack and his sisters, Joyce and Phyllis.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Ken and George, his sisters, Gladys, Grace, and Dorothy and his parents, William and Lillian.
Doug was born in Moose Jaw, SK on April 3, 1945. He married Anice (née Craig) in July of 1968 and they had two children: Douglas Ryan and Candice Marie (Jake Boldt). At a very young age, Doug and his family moved to Calgary. After completing high school, Doug was employed as a salesman for PPG Industries and worked in Calgary, Lethbridge, back to Calgary and then to Edmonton. In 1980, Doug opened Bridge Seal Glass as owner/manager until 1988. He made many friends while employed with Lube Time, Southland Welding and Casino Lethbridge. In 2000, Doug married Cheryl and had many happy years with her.
Doug loved hockey and coached teams in Calgary and Lethbridge for several years. He also loved camping and boating at Lake Blaine, Windemere and Lake Okanagan. He was a collector of many things, especially Coca-Cola memorabilia. A great bond was formed with his son-in-law, Jake Boldt, and many hours were spent talking about building things, renovations, camping and all things country. They became best friends. Doug’s eyes would also light up every time he was with his grandson, Corbin. He always had a cookie in his pocket for the family dog, Bailey.
Dad, all of the laughs and great memories we shared will be with us forever and you will be dearly missed.
A Casual Come-and-Go Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. with a short service beginning at 3:00 P.M.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Doug, “share a Coca-Cola and a smile.”
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ROBERT BRYAN FLEXHAUG, beloved husband of Lavone Flexhaug, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the age of 82 years. Bob is survived, by his brother Vern of Lethbridge and sister Jean of Medicine Hat, four step-children, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. At Bobs request, no funeral service will be held.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
1922 – 2019
Hubert Raymond Higdon, passed away peacefully at the Taber Hospital on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the age of 97 years, after a battle with cancer.
Raymond is survived by his sister Florence and brother John both of Vauxhall; two nephews Bob Browning of Calgary and Randy Browning of Virden, Manitoba.
Raymond was born, raised and farmed in the Retlaw district. Upon retirement, Raymond moved to Vauxhall.
A private family memorial will be held. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Raymond’s name may be made directly to the STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
Special thanks to the staff and nurses at the Linden View Care Centre and the Taber Hospital for their kind and compassionate care given to Raymond in his final two years of life.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
March 2, 1922 – February 27, 2019
After a long and full life, MARY MATSUKO NAGO, of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the age of 96 years.
Mary was born on March 2, 1922 in Drumheller, Alberta to Anno and Kiyo Makishi. She married Mickey Eiro Nago in 1942 and together they raised six daughters. They were married 26 years.
Mary’s faith and worship were very important to her. She was involved in many community activities including the Coaldale Seniors Association, Coaldale Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Lethbridge Nisei Gospel Church, Canadian Japanese Mission, Lethbridge Haig Tower Senior Association, Lethbridge Army and Navy Club and the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen . Prior to moving to Lethbridge, Mary was employed at Coaldale Pharmacy and Gifts. Many will remember her cheerful demeanor and caring ways.
She is survived by her six daughters; Marlene (Greg) McCaughey of Lethbridge, Faye (Joe) Riehle of Batavia, Ohio, Lynda Brassard of Lethbridge, Amy (Hoppy) Unger of Coaldale, Dianne (Sheldon) Gleave of Langley, B.C., Luanne (Allan) McCray of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., niece Dawn Makishi of Calgary and niece-in-law Christel Makishi of Lethbridge. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren; Derek McCaughey, Shannon Wobschall, Joanna Weingartner, Stefanie Riehle, Denise Nachtigal, Trevor Inaba, Cara Inaba, Renae Giles Way, Christine Gleave, Jacqueline Gleave, Kimberly Gleave and Stephen McCray, and 18 great-grandchildren; Emily and Lillian McCaughey, Maggie, Jane and Anne Wobschall, William Weingartner, Penelope Schneider Riehle, Isabel, Kaori and Evan Nachtigal, Dani and Kwynton Giles, Kieran and Ryland Inaba, Zoe and Ember Cheung, Raiden Villanueva and Jaxon Dewinetz.
Mary is predeceased by her husband Mickey, brother Ted, sister-in-law Susie, nephew Rod and parents Anno and Kiyo Makishi.
A Private Family Graveside will be held prior to the Memorial Service.
A Memorial Service will be held at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE, 1805 – 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow.
I Needed the Quiet
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.
Into the shadows where we could confide.
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled
But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things
Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay.
He loved me so greatly He drew me away.
I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead –
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.
I needed the quiet so He drew me aside.
By Alice Hansche Mortenson
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Faye Foxall Oshiro
Faye Foxall Oshiro, of Coaldale, Alberta passed away on February 23, 2019, at the age of 91 years. She is survived by two sons Wayne (Gayle) Foxall and Don (Cindy) Foxall; daughter-in-law Judy Foxall; two brothers Russell Fairhurst, and Douglas Fairhurst; sister-in-law Grace Fairhurst; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, all whom she dearly dearly loved. Faye is predeceased by her husband Earl J. Foxall “Squeak”; second husband Dr. Jim Oshiro; her parents Flora and Lyle Fairhurst; her sister Thelma and husband Jack Elliott; her brother Lyle Fairhurst; her son Doug; her granddaughter Krystal England. Squeak was the love of her life. During the war, she sent a picture to him to lift his spirits. She became the “pin up girl” for the barracks and service men wrote Mom letters of appreciation. This convinced him he needed to marry that girl! After Squeak’s passing, Faye married Dr. Jim Oshiro, a life-long friend and family doctor. He too was in the war and shared many of his stories with the family. Faye grew up in Coaldale and never wanted to leave her home community. Her family owned “The Biggest Little Hotel in the Country”, the Coaldale Hotel which was the gathering place for all friends and family. From softball games, badminton tournaments, organized sports to political events, she enjoyed them all. Shopping was a favourite and usually involved coming home with a new pair of shoes! Faye worked in the clerical field at the Coaldale Health Unit as office manager and secretary for the Medical Officer until her retirement. She was an advocate and supporter for The Coaldale Fire Department and Emergency Services. Faye loved to laugh and have a visit, even when “her Irish was up”, she had a smile. She could never get enough of any celebration with family and friends, never wanting it to end. Visits from out-of- town relatives or drop-in surprises, all were welcome in her home if she could make you happy, she was happy. When the Coaldale Health Centre became her home, she looked forward to any activity and celebration with enthusiasm. She made many new friends and deeply cherished both old and new. Faye was one to get up early in the morning, put her face on, style her hair, and greet the day with dignity and class! Her family is forever grateful to the compassionate caregivers and friends at the Coaldale Health Centre who enriched her life by your kindness and friendship. A heartfelt thank you to the excellent care by the doctors and nurses at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. By request, a private Family Graveside service will be held at a later date. Mom felt truly blessed to have you all in her life and wished to be remembered by sharing a story or two. For those who wish, please donate to the Coaldale Fire Department and Emergency Services, 1507 20th Ave, Coaldale, AB T1M 1N3, or a charity of your choice. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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GUY WILLIAM STEWART, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the age of 43 years.
A Come and Go Celebration of Guy’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., with a short service to take place at 3:00 P.M.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
THOMPSON, RICHARD IVER
Passed away too soon on December 31, 2018 at his home in Langley BC at the age of 71.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Dad was humble about his U.S. military service in Vietnam, with the 704th Maintenance Battalion 4th infantry division, after which he continued his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer.
Besides being a great father, Dad was a husband, who dearly loved our Mom Garda, and didn’t want to do much without her by his side. He was the anchor of the family, a dedicated foster Dad for 25 years, and a proud Boppa. He was the oldest brother in the Thompson clan.
He was a big kid.
Dad was passionate about his Harley and the brotherhood of the legion riders.
He loved flying, fishing, horses, Mexico, “fixing” in his garage, camping in his motorhome, cooking (especially breakfast), harassing Mom, and all things shiny, just to name a few.
Dad was the salt of the earth, a man among men, he would go above and beyond for anyone in need. Brilliant, charming, he had a way with words, and would have done a much better job at writing this than us. Man, we will miss you!
There will be a combined American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard Ceremony potluck at the American Legion, Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive, Blaine, Washington on February 17, at 13:00 hours.
A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on March the 09th from 13:00 to 17:00.