January 24th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 6, 2019.


Reed Carlos Jensen was born on September 17, 1923 in Aetna, Alberta and is the second of seven children born to Einar and Lenore Jensen. He is the twin brother to Reece. They lived in Aetna until Reed was about 5 ½ years old, and then they moved to Barnwell, Alberta. Here Reed and his siblings grew up on the family farm 1 mile east of Barnwell. On the farm he learned to work and care for animals. Reed loved the farm, loved animals, and loved to work. There were lots of chores and other work to do and having a household of boys helped to get that work done. In November 1941, Reed and Reece enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, went to Ontario to begin their training, and then were stationed in England until the end of WW II in 1945. During this time, Reed and Reece were never separated, and Reed was always grateful that they were able to serve together the entire time. At the end of the war, they came home and started looking for work, careers, and wives. On Oct. 28, 1953 Reed married Arma Jean Francis in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They lived in Barnwell at first, and then moved to Taber, where they lived from 1958 to 1970, where they farmed/ranched just west of Taber. In 1970 they bought a farm north of Barnwell, moved there, and continued farming/ranching until 1997. Reed and Jean were happy to have been able to raise their 9 children on the farm, to be able to teach them how to work, and to serve others. After retiring from the farm, they built a home in Barnwell and enjoyed hosting family gatherings. Reed was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various roles and capacities in the church throughout his life and enjoyed whatever opportunity he had to serve. He was a counselor in a Bishopric, the Ward Welfare Farm Coordinator, and later in life, a Scout Leader. He also enjoyed working with Jean in the temple. Reed was predeceased by his parents, Einar & Lenore Jensen. His siblings, Vance, Reece, Thea, Devon, Dwin and Arden. He was also predeceased by his wife Jean, 2 grandsons, Jesse Jensen and Tyler Williams, and 1 granddaughter, Hannah Jensen. He is survived by his children, Kathy (Jordan) Samhuri, Carlos (Julie) Jensen, Nola (David) Williams, LoAnne Bajowa, Susan (Robert) Berezay, Alan (Jeannette) Jensen, Corinne (Tony) Yee, Eric (Chrystal) Jensen, and Carolyn (David) Crockett. He has 37 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren, with more on the way. Family was everything to Reed, and he always enjoyed having his children and grandchildren around. Nothing made him happier. The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Barnwell Chapel, with Bishop Troy Anderson officiating. Friends may meet the family Friday Mar 8, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Barnwell Chapel, or Saturday Mar 9, 2019, prior to the service, from 10:00-10:45 am. Internment will follow the service in the Barnwell Cemetery.

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


Monte KENDALL aka “Butch” passed peacefully after battling cancer in the early morning of February 12, 2019. Monte was passionate about fly fishing and enjoyed times on the water and outdoors with his family and friends. Monte was born in Lethbridge Alberta on March 20, 1943. He was the loving father of sons Mitch (Raelle) Kendall of Kamloops BC and Dean (Ellen) Kendall of Calgary. Monte was an uncle to 8 nephews and nieces, Kirk and Rick Evans, Jerry, Randy, Barkley, Todd and Lara Kendall and Jason Schnitzer. He was a grandfather to Mishel and Braden Kendall and Connor Baillie. Monte is survived by his sisters Lavonne Kendall, Gayle Schnitzer and long-time friend Val. He was predeceased by his parents Henry Kendall and Sally Bent, brothers Duane and Richard and his nephew Barkley. A celebration of life will be held at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street N, Lethbridge on March 16th, 2019 at 11:30 am. Donations may be given in Monte’s name to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michaels in Lethbridge.

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


JOHN ROGERSON KNOX, beloved husband of Helen Knox, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the age of 92 years.

He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Helen, as well as his two children, Lorne and Joanne (Darryl) Mills and his grandchildren, Mike (Laurie) Mills and Lauren (Joseph) Cleveland. John’s memory is also cherished by his six great-grandchildren.

John will be lovingly remembered during a Memorial Service at the KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 1510 Stafford Drive North, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Special thanks to Wendy and all the staff at Legacy Lodge. John also expressed appreciation for the excellent care at the Renal Clinic and Access-A-Ride.

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

Marica Kolosetti
1935 ~ 2019

Marica Kolosetti passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at the age of 83 years. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so starting one hour prior to Vigil Prayers which will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on March 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat, on March 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone 1-877-528-6455.


RICHARD LEONARD SMELTZER, beloved husband of Sherry Smeltzer, of Lethbridge and formerly of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the age of 58 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


God called David home because he needed him to fix something.

DAVID WAYNE VAN LUYK, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 51 years.

He is survived by his beloved parents, Jacob & Maria Van Luyk; his sisters, Cheryl Van Luyk and Anita (Tony) Van Ee; his niece and nephews, Tony Jr., Eric and Kristie Van Ee, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Tekla & John Melnyk and Jean & Peter Van Luyk.

David was a quiet, gentle and hardworking soul who was always riding his bike in the coulees or golfing in the greens. He was a man of many talents who loved to help everyone. He will be immensely missed by everyone who loved him.

A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.

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

Karen Willoughby (Sterling)

1947- 2019

Mrs. Karen Lee Willoughby (Sterling), beloved wife of Mr. Lee Willoughby of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019 at St. Michaels Health Centre at the age of 71 years. Karen was born in Melita Manitoba, on September 20, 1947 to Jean and Pat Sterling. She completed school in Melita and moved to Winnipeg then Calgary where she took a key punch operator course. Bored… she joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1967 as a Navy Radio Operator and was posted to Mill Cove N.S. Karen realized the limits of being a Naval Radio Operator and changed trades to Teletype Operator. Eager to see something other than a teletype machine she requested and was accepted as a flight attendant with the Canadian Forces. She spent 4 years flying everybody, from the Prime Minister to the Queen of England, literally! After returning from flying, bored again she volunteered for a UN posting in Egypt and was one of the first females to be accepted. Upon returning she moved around and then got bored and volunteered to be the Senior Flight attendant and was again off flying. After returning she was eventually posted to Penhold where she met Lee. Lee was eventually posted to Colorado Springs and her to Goose Bay Labrador. They decided this wasn’t working too well, and Karen took her release to join Lee in Colorado, soaking in the hot tub, cutting grass, and chasing squirrels for the last two years there. After Colorado they were posted to Vancouver and eventually Ottawa where they decided to call it quits and move to Lethbridge to be close to family. Karen took a part time job at Safeway to keep busy in retirement and eventually retired from that to look after her beloved black lab “Mika”. Her most memorable times she would say were definitely flying with the Royal Family and Prime Ministers and Governor Generals. She enjoyed golfing curling and playing ball in her younger days. The family cannot thank the nurses and staff at Palliative Care at St. Michaels enough, as well as Dr. Walsh and Vicky Dixon at Home Care for their devotion to Karen’s wellbeing in her time of need. Karen is survived by her husband Lee and Stepdaughter Jan (Chad) and their children, her mother Jean Sterling; sisters Patricia Downey and Ruth Zahrodney; brothers Bill (Cheryl) Sterling and Stephen (Darlene) Sterling, along with numerous nieces and nephews Karen is predeceased by her father Pat Sterling and brother Robert Sterling, brothers in law Francis Downey, and Larry Zahrodney. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5. At Karen’s request there will be no Service. There will be a private Celebration of her Life in Melita Manitoba in the spring when she will be interred with her family.

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