October 26th, 2020

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 26, 2019.

DEGENSTEIN

Patricia Degenstein, beloved wife of Mike Degenstein, passed away on April 20, 2019 at the age of 78 years. With sorrow we announce that our dear wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother has unexpectedly passed away peacefully at the Fort Macleod, Extendicare. Besides her loving husband Mike of 54 years, she is survived by her 5 children Cindy (Gordon) Doram of Winfield, AB., Jo-Ann Silver of Coaldale, AB., Michael Degenstein of Fort Macleod, AB., Shelley (Mike) Weidenfeld of Cowichan Bay BC., and Tracey Van Hierden of Fort Macleod, AB. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren Dane (Christine) Doram of Winfield AB., Bobbie-Jo (Bret) Shipton of Grande Prairie AB., Ryan Van Hierden of Fort Macleod, AB., Rick (Nicky) Van Hierden of Stanley Mission SK., Brittany (Ryan) Steele of Fort Macleod, AB., Tiffany Weidenfeld of Langford BC., and Tyler Weidenfeld of Cowichan Bay BC., 3 great grandchildren Marie, Lilly and Madison of Grande Prairie AB. Patricia is also survived by her siblings Billy (Darlene) Smith of SK., Glen (Maxine) Smith of Raymond AB., Ken Smith of Claresholm, AB., Donna Smith of Coaldale, AB., Alice Smith of Coalhurst AB., and her 3 nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Birtha Smith (Oct 24, 1984), her father William Smith (April 20, 1992), son-in-law Rick Van Hierden (January 30, 1996), her brother Mark Smith (April 29, 1996) and her brother-in-law Bert McAdoo (February 4, 2017). Patricia was born in Fort Macleod, AB and married Mike on April 23, 1965. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 643 20th St, Fort Macleod, AB. In Lieu of Flowers memorial donations may be made in Pat’s name to the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202, 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0E3

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


Ivanka Dimnik

1922- 2019

Ivanka Dimnik of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Anton (Tony) Dimnik, passed away on April 22, 2019 at the age of 96 years. Born in Gorica Vas, Slovenia on August 4, 1922, Ivanka was the 10th child of Jakob and Ana Maté. She resided in Slovenia until near the end of World War II when, to escape the ravages of war, she and her younger sister were sent by their family to seek temporary refuge in Austria. That temporary refuge lasted for three years, after which Ivanka and her sister emigrated to Canada. Ivanka eventually settled in Lethbridge to be with her future husband, Tony. Ivanka met Tony just months before leaving Austria. That short time together led to a year long courtship consisting of eloquent poetic love letters to each other until Tony emigrated to Canada. Ivanka and Tony reunited in 1949 and married in 1950. Throughout her life, Ivanka displayed a strong personality which included characteristics of tenacity, determination, selflessness, responsibility for others and a strong instinct to survive. All of that was coupled with a very strong faith in God and prayer. Ivanka’s instinct to survive was evident not only in the struggle she endured as a non-English speaking immigrant to Canada, but also in facing serious health challenges. This included a near death experience in 1958 when after her heart and breathing stopped and she started to “move toward the bright light,” she turned back thinking that she could not die leaving her husband alone with five young children. After that experience, she rallied from and conquered other illnesses, including lung cancer and a stroke. In addition to her strong personality Ivanka, especially in her later years, was known as a lady of grace, elegance, beauty and a person with a warm and welcoming smile. While all of Ivanka’s formal education was in Slovenia, including college level education where she excelled in the area of mathematics, she was a life long learner and encouraged her children to be the same. All six of her children have excelled in educational endeavours leading to multiple post secondary and graduate degrees. Ivanka was a member of the Our Lady of Assumption Church serving in various ministries over the years and a long- time member of the Catholic Women’s League. Ivanka’s memory will be cherished and she will be dearly missed by her children: Tony Dimnik of Belleville, Ontario; Martha (Ralph) Ottenbreit of Regina, Saskatchewan; Stan (Jane) Dimnik of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Hedy (Michael) Lemiski of Calgary, Alberta; Barbara (Dave) Snopek of Cranbrook, British Columbia; and Michael (Michelle) Dimnik of Lethbridge, Alberta. Ivanka is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and several in-laws. Ivanka was predeceased by her loving husband Tony, her cherished daughter-in-law Judith, her parents and her 10 siblings. A Vigil Rites (Prayer Service) will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB, with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 110-1525 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON, K1Z 8R9 (donorinfo@heartandstroke.ca).

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FELLNER

JOYCE ALISON FELLNER, beloved wife of Erwin Fellner, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 71 years.

A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

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Ethel Gammon

1927 – 2019
Ethel Gammon, beloved wife of the late Gordon “GG” Gammon, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 91 years.
Since most of her friends have already arrived at the pearly gates, a graveside service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometre north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Ethel is survived by her son Robert (Barbara) Gammon of Lethbridge; her grandchildren Jeff, Jocelyn (Alex), Stacey (Tyler) and by seven great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Gordon, her parents Alex and Esther Cseke, brother Alex Cseke and her sister Esther Pupp.
Ethel was born in Hungary on September 13, 1927, the youngest of three children. She immigrated with her family to Canada, arriving in Halifax at Pier 21 in June of 1935. The family moved from Montreal to Taber where she attended school. In 1949, she married Gordon Gammon who worked for Canadian Pacific Railway. They had one son, Robert.
Ethel was a wonderful seamstress but her passion was women’s retail, including Vickeries General Store, Eaton’s, Draffin’s Drug Store, the Sally Shop and Mary Robison‘s. She was the manager of the Sally Shop for more than twenty years.
Over the decades, Ethel was a volunteer to many community organizations including the Red Cross and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. She was also a fifty year member of both the Royal Canadian Legion and the Lethbridge Symphony Women’s League, where she made many of her lifetime friends.
Much appreciation for Dr. Owen Ukrainetz, Dr. Morley Wong, the dedicated staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, hemodialysis unit and the nursing team at St. Michael’s Care Centre, palliative unit.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


MARY JANET LORRAINE (SYME) HAGG

(1924-2019)

Lorraine was called home by her Lord on Apr.18/19. Called before her was her husband of 69 years, Howard.

She will be deeply missed by her family; Cheryl Hanna, Gail(Lynn) McDonald, Gordon(Mary Lou) Hagg, Marjorie(George) Stenger, Beverly(Marvin) Vaage, her 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren & many others.

Lorraine’s life will be celebrated at the Vulcan Church of Christ, 409-1 St S, Mon. Apr. 29/19 at 2 pm.

Donations may be made to LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries & Pilots) Ministry, 4966-92 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T6B 2V4 or http://www.lampministry.org

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca


Willetta “Billie” Knight

1920 – 2019

Willetta “Billie” Knight, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 99 years. To honour Billie’s wishes, cremation was entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels and a private family graveside will be held at a later date.

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WILLIAM “BILL” KRYSAK SR.

August 8, 1924 – April 16, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of BILL KRYSAK SR. of Lethbridge, AB, formerly of Warner, AB, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Sylvia, and his six children: Bill Jr. (Gail) of Lethbridge, AB, grandchildren Lawrence (Stacy) and Stevin (Cynthia) and great-grandchildren Sawyer, Finn and Andrew (Courtney); George (Carole-Lee) of Lethbridge, AB, step-daughters Veronica and Angela; Theresa (Starley) Culler of Medicine Hat, AB, grandchild Jennifer (Jamie) Jones, great-grandchildren Jaxon, Jaelyn and Jason Culler and great-grandchildren Cameron and Cayden; Kathy of Saskatoon, SK; Geraldine of Saskatoon, SK; Chris (Amy) of Lethbridge, AB and grandson Ryan.

He is also survived by his brothers, Napoleon and Peter, and his sister, Helen Parchoma, along with their families and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Katherine, his brothers, Walter and Eugene, his sisters, Ann and Mary and his in-laws, Bill and Slawka Senkus.

Bill was born and raised in Krydor, SK. At the age of 19, he was conscripted into the Canadian Army on December 17, 1943 and served as a Gunner and was stationed in Britain. After the war, he served with the Occupational Forces in Belgium, Holland, Germany and France. He returned to Canada and received an honourable discharge on June 6, 1946. Upon his return, he eventually moved to Prince Albert, SK where he spent most of his career as a Parts Manager. Later on, he moved to Allan, SK then to Warner, AB where he worked for Madge Equipment in Milk River, AB before finishing his career at Roydale International in Milk River, AB.

Upon retirement in 1989, he spent a great deal of his time fishing and bowling until the age of 91. It wasn’t until one year later that he discontinued his real passion – golf – at the incredible age of 92.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Rodger Halvorson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family requests that donations be made to Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation: 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5, or to a charity of your choice.

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


Trudy MacDonald

1922 – 2019

Mrs. Trudy MacDonald of Lethbridge passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the age of 96 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

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Johannes Mans

1930 – 2019

Mr. Johannes Mans of Picture Butte, beloved husband of Mrs. Huibertje Mans, passed away at Bethesda Care Home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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MAXIM, Mary Magdalene (nee Kark)

September 7, 1925 – April 20, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Maxim on Saturday April 20, 2019, at the age of 93 years. Born September 7, 1925 in Nyircsaholy, Hungary, Mary was three years of age when she immigrated to Canada with her parents, Julius and Anna Kark. As a young girl she lived and worked in Lethbridge, Alberta. Mary married James Maxim on August 30, 1947 and moved to Calgary, Alberta where they built their life together. Our Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother was a strong woman with an optimism and a sense of joy that she expressed each and every day. Mary had an amazing work ethic and worked at the Hudson’s Bay Company for over 35 years. She was a fantastic cook, an avid gardener and was a great conversationalist who was most willing to express her opinion on the world’s daily events. She enriched and touched your life just by knowing her. Mary is predeceased by her husband James, and is survived by her son, James Maxim (Frances Lecky), her granddaughter Alicia Maxim-Welsh (Daley Welsh), and her great granddaughter Evie; her son, Robert Maxim (Anne Isbister), her granddaughter, Heather Russell (Dwight Russell), and her great grandchildren, Alaura, Jillian, Layne, and Seth. Mary will be greatly missed by her sister, Irene Onody (Alex) of Lethbridge, and countless relatives and friends in Canada, the USA, and Hungary. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (640 19 Avenue NW) at 11:00am. Reception to follow in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. A private family graveside service will take place following the reception. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Mary’s family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Carewest Sarcee Hospice (3504 Sarcee Road SW, Calgary Alberta T3E 4T4; 403-685-6460). A special thank you and expression of heartfelt gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Foothills Hospital and Sarcee Hospice for their medical care and kindness.

We will miss our loving Mother, tender Grandmother and beloved and cherished Friend.

“Love you forever, never forgotten”

Arrangements in care of

EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199


ETHEL BLANCHE NELSON

1926 – 2019

Nelson, Ethel Blanche, wife of the late Kenneth Nelson, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 92 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1 pm at the Vulcan Legion Hall (240 Sinclair Rd), Pastor David Sarsons officiating. Inurnment Vulcan Cemetery.

Any tributes in Ethel’s memory can be made to the Vulcan Community Health Centre Long Term Care Unit, Box 299, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0.

Arrangements in care of

Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca


POLLEMANS

MARGARET “MAGGIE” POLLEMANS, beloved wife of John Pollemans of Coaldale, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the age of 65 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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James Anthony Ress

1970 – 2019

Mr. James Ress of Lethbridge, beloved son of Angie Schwarz passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the age of 48 years. A Celebration of James’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, May 3, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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STANKO, Lawrence John

May 13, 1949 – Lethbridge, Alberta April 20, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Larry, beloved husband of Phyllis Stanko (nee Malone) of Calgary, AB, passed away on April 20, 2019 at the age of 69 years. Lawrence John Stanko was born on May 13, 1949 to John and Helen Stanko, in Lethbridge, AB. He attended Catholic Central High School and then Mount Royal College for two years, graduating in 1969. He transferred in September 1969 to WSU and met Phyllis Malone. Five years later they were married on April 20, 1974. Larry had graduated from WSU and worked for Scott Paper Ltd for one year by then, and was living in Calgary. After ten years as provincial sales manager in Regina, SK, he returned with Scott Paper for three years to Calgary. In 1993 he saw his employment change to Perkins Paper which eventually merged into Cascades Paper out of Montreal. He enjoyed learning and servicing commercial customers, government tenders and recycling in the paper industry across British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. His dream job came in 2013 when he started at Bass Pro Shops talking about fishing and boats – every day seeming like Christmas. Larry is survived by Phyllis and two daughters, Heidi Stanko–Bartoo (Dr. Aaron Bartoo), Mikaela and Braeden Bartoo; Pearl Sauceda (Fabian), Boston, Dash, Fabian Lawrence and Spencer. Other family members are Martha Malone Davis, Herb Malone, Brian Stanko, Eric Stanko, and many “boy cousins” from in and around Lethbridge who Larry grew up with; plus Carol and Bonnie. Special thanks go to Bob and Ev Sera (our best man), Ernie Janzen, Bill Twaddle, Art Henninger, Ken Guttrey and John Hanaford who said their goodbyes while Larry was in hospice. Another special thank you goes to the folks at Bass Pro Shops who were generous and kind, as well as the doctors and staff at Dulcina Hopsice. A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held on July 6, 2019. Please RSVP to Phyllis Stanko. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In living memory of Lawrence Stanko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.


STEWART

DORIS M. STEWART, passed away peacefully in St. Michael’s Health Center surrounded by much of her loving family and friends on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at the age of 73. Her fourth battle with cancer took her home to be with her daughter and other passed loved ones. She is survived by five children: Brenda McCashland, Brian Stewart, Justin Stewart, Erick Stewart and Karah Kusiek; 27 Grandchildren and 3 Great grandchildren; also her brother Don. Doris is predeceased by her daughter Kami, her brother Richard and sister Renee. Doris was born in Minot, ND graduated from both North Toole County High School in Sunburst MT, and business college in Spokane WA. Together with Stanley Hugh Stewart she lovingly raised her family in Fort Macleod. Mom was an example of love, patience, acceptance of others, and above all she loved her family. Granny was often in the second hand store finding treasures for herself and her loved ones. She enjoyed bringing family together with enticing baking, including strawberry-rhubarb pies, million Dollar fudge, rice krispie squares, Mardi Gras birthday cake, buckeyes, caramels, and lefsa. Mom loved genealogy and traveling. Her bags were always packed for an unplanned adventure. Friends may meet the family on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 10:00 – 10:45 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Forestry Ave Chapel, 4105 Forestry Ave. S. Lethbridge. The funeral will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at the Cardston Cemetery.

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


STRYKER

STANLEY JOSEPH STRYKER, beloved husband of Wanda Stryker, of Coaldale, passed away peacefully from amyloidosis at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the age of 69 years.

Stan was born in Medicine Hat to Glen & Rose Stryker. He was raised in Orion.

He worked for Glen Little Construction prior to starting his own business, Stryker Construction, which he owned and operated for 38 years. Stan really enjoyed his work and the people he met.

He married Wanda Hoyt on July 13, 1974 in Lethbridge. They lived in Coaldale for 45 years where they had two children, Candace and Tim. When Stan retired a couple of years ago, he and Wanda purchased a home in Yuma, AZ. Their time in Yuma quickly became his passion, as well as RC car racing. He loved camping with his family and working in the yard.

Stan & Wanda went on Alaskan, Caribbean and Panamanian cruises, as well as a few trips to Hawaii. He enjoyed traveling and had a playful and adventurous spirit.

Stan will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife, Wanda, his daughter, Candace Stryker, his son, Tim Stryker, his brothers, Alfred Stryker (Wendy Dreger) and Willy (Gladys) Stryker, his sisters-in-law, Deb Turnbull (Wally Chesko), Brenda (Rob) Taylor, Colleen Hoyt (Ken Babick), plus many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Glen & Rose Stryker and his parents-in-law, Bill & Joyce Hoyt.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you for the amazing care provided at both the Chinook Regional Hospital ICU and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit.

A Celebration of Stan’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stan’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

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


Alice Louise Wilson

(nee Bracken)

1916- 2019

Alice Louise Wilson passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 after a brief illness. Predeceased by her beloved husband Senator Kitch Wilson in 1977, Alice was a much beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother. A Private Family Service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the St. Michaels Palliative Care, 1400 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5, or to Martha’s House, 950 14 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2Y8.

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