January 25th, 2021

MONDAY, March 4, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 4, 2019.


October 17, 1980

– March 1, 2019

“I carry your heart… I carry it in my heart”. This is the story of a man who jumped from high places. A man who was the master of his own design. A man who was strong, kind and soft. Josh’s talents were unlimited. He was a creator, a magician, and an inventor. He was a carpenter, a mechanic, a plumber and as a little boy a gymnast. He loved and lived life to the beat of his own drum. Josh would carry you home on his back or out of a snow storm in the night. He fought and loved for others and befriended the troubled and lonely. You could find Josh sitting on the porch with Razor, camping with uncles or helping a friend. He found joy in the simple things in life.

Josh’s greatest joy were his children; Greyson, Jordyn and Tucker. Their mutual devotion was a joy to watch. Razor was his loyal companion for the last 10 years. They are left in the care of their mother Pat and big sister Maddie.

He leaves his family, parents; Bill and Susan, brother; Tom (Laurie), sisters; Chelsea and Kezia (Josh). Uncle Joshy was adored by his nieces and nephews; Magnus, Layla, Isabae, Izaak, Zandyn, Stella, Violet, Annie, Ren and Fisher. He will be missed by his grandparents Tyler and Gloria Alston and was predeceased by Lloyd and Muriel Bettger. The Alston and Bettger extended families were loved by Josh. His family will miss his dimpled smile and big heart. No one was more loved.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, GARDEN PLACE CHAPEL, 170 North Centre Street, Magrath Alberta. Friends may greet the family on Tuesday evening only, at the Garden Place Chapel from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Interment in the Magrath Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 6 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9.

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SHARON CHIEF CALF, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the age of 50 years. She was surrounded by her children and family.

Sharon is greatly loved by her entire family and many wonderful friends. She will be greatly missed and remembered by all. Sharon was a strong, kind-hearted, loving, caring, respectful woman of the community. Sharon was like a mother to many. She was greatly talented with her beading, singing and cooking and had a great sense of humor. She had a strong sense of belonging and knowledge to her culture. Sharon left a lasting impression on all who she crossed paths with. Her beauty will forever be remembered.

She is survived by her eight children and 15 grandchildren; Maria Chief Calf (mother to Mason, Arriana, Ryan, Aurora and Michael), Ranley Chief Calf, Emerald Chief Calf (mother to Ricky, Lazarus, Aiy’auna-Rose and late daughter, Harmony), Ernestine Aubichon, Jenna Jade Aubichon (mother to Zaiden, Kyrie and a daughter on the way), Monique Aubichon (mother to Hunter), April Aubichon (mother to Octavia), and Junior Aubichon (father to Reece). She will also be missed by her special partner Johnny Walker.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with the Right Reverend Sidney Black officiating.

Sharon will be laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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Raymond Higdon
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.

Emma Knoch

1935 – 2019

Mrs. Emma Knoch, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Knoch of Raymond passed away peacefully at home, on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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MARIE ANNE MCLAFFERTY, beloved wife of the late Hugh Patrick McLafferty, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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Annie Shimek

February 19, 1925 – February 26, 2019

Annie Shimek passed away just days after a quiet celebration of her 94th birthday. She had travelled with friends from her home in Lethbridge to Sherwood Park in the hopes of spending Christmas 2018 with family. Regrettably her health took a turn for the worse shortly after her arrival and she was admitted to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Annie was born Anna Dora in Lada, Slovakia and immigrated with her parents and two brothers to Tilley, AB at the age of 9. She married Carl (Charlie) Shimek in 1943 and moved to the Picture Butte area. There she farmed with Charlie and together, they raised three children. In February 1993, they suffered the loss of their eldest daughter, Shirley. Charlie passed away in 1998.

Annie will be greatly missed by her son Jerry Shimek (Coleen); daughter Carol Bentley (Bruce); grandchildren Shelley Wilson, Robert Wilson, Kristine Strilchuk, Amy Spink, Cale Bentley and Jase Bentley. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren.

Jerry and Carol invite family and friends to a Memorial Service honouring their mother at 1:00PM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Should you wish to remember Annie through a donation please contact the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

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