January 15th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 7, 2019.


KAYLEY TAYLOR KYOMI HAYASHI of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of Wayne and Jeanine Hayashi passed away in a tragic car accident on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the young age of 18. Kayley left behind her siblings Shannon, Shane, and Kristi, as well as her grandmother Marie Kulsky.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

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Alec Hofer
1932 – 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Elias “Alec” Hofer, beloved husband of the late Rebecca Hofer, announce his peaceful passing on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 87 years, with his family by his side.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Copperfield Farms Colony on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9:30 A.M. Burial to follow at the Copperfield Farms Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Alec is survived by his daughter Barbara, sons Henry (Ruth) and Martin (Susanna); his grandchildren Megan, Carl, Grace and Martyna and by his extended family.
Alec was born and raised at the Ewelme Colony. He married Rebecca Walter, the love of his life in 1959 and they were blessed with three children. Rebecca passed on to eternity in 2012, after fifty two years of marriage.
Alec was an active community member, helping wherever he was needed. He was a shoemaker by trade and fixed and repaired many a pair of shoes for friends from far and wide but also tending laying hens in the barn.
In 1967, Rebecca and Alec moved to Cameron Farms where he again looked after the laying hens, delivering eggs once a week to the city for forty four years. He also enjoyed running a combine at harvest time.
In 2011, the family made another move to Copperfield Farms. Embracing new beginnings, Alec, with an open, eager spirit and willing hands, assisted wherever need be. He was much appreciated as he enjoyed working with the concrete shop crew, almost until his passing.
Alec was a quiet man, but treasured having coffee and talking about old times with family and friends, as they were all very near and dear to him.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Paulina Kolibar

1922 – 2019

Mrs. Paulina Kolibar, beloved wife of the late Mr. Michal Kolibar, passed away at The Good Samaritan Society Garden Vista in Magrath, on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at the age of 96 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 10:30am to 12:00pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family Graveside will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery with Pastor Rodger Halvorsen, officiating.

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DONNA MARIE LABADIE of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Jim Labadie, passed away at St. Michaels Health Centre, with her loving husband by her side on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the age of 59 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Kam Ho Mah

1924 – 2019

Kam Ho Mah was born on October 29, 1924 in Toisan, China and immigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1967. She worked at the New Moon, Capri, and Alexandra restaurants until her retirement in 1987. Kam Ho Mah passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 95 years. Devoted mother of 3 sons Ken (Lana) Mah, Peter (Jenny) Mah and Terry (Cammie) Mah; 5 daughters, Billie Chow, Suet Ping (Wee Lem) Wong, Linda (Wally) Lew, Sandra (Edmund) Li and Sherry (Tim) Chung. She is also survived by her loving 2 sisters, and beloved 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She spent her life devoted to her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and especially to her passion of gardening until her passing. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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JEAN MAZACS passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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MCDONALD, Michael Dean

September 17, 1951

  • Gull Lake, Saskatchewan

July 31, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Michael McDonald, beloved husband of Susan (nee Thomas) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 67 years.

Michael was a successful international oil and gas executive, capping his career as Vice President of Finance and CFO of Talisman Energy.

Michael is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Ryan and Adam (Mae); and beloved grandchildren, Oliver, Adrian, and Casey; and brother Lorne (Pauline).

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the cancer charity of your choice.

In living memory of Michael McDonald, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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RUTH HILDUR MEHEDEN, beloved wife of the late Fred Meheden for 54 years, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Ruth is survived by her children: Melanie, Tom (Cathy) and Ken; sister Stena Meheden and brother Jim (Doris) Ratke, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents John and Hilda Ratke, daughter-in-law Lee and two infant children.

Mom was born June 6, 1930 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan then moved to Southern Alberta, settling first in the Coaldale area then in the Sunnyside district before retiring to Lethbridge in the mid 70’s. Mom was known for her love of family, warm smile, caring heart and compassion for others.

Thank you to the staff at the Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village.

At Ruth’s request a private family memorial will be held.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ruth, donations can be made to: Arthritis Society, #150, 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB, T2C 3G3 or Good Samaritan Society, 1511 – 15 Ave. N., Lethbridge, AB, T1H 1W2.

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DONAT AIME JOSEPH MELANSON, beloved husband of Cynthia Melanson, passed away in Cardston on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at home surrounded by his wife and children after a long battle with cancer at the age of 72 years.

Don is survived by his loving and most supportive wife, Cynthia, his son, Joe (Lisa and Ashlea), his daughters, Terra (Doug) and Aleshia. Don enjoyed fishing, camping and the occasional round of golf. Don loved his Schnauzers, Jake and Sophie, with whom he is reunited with.

Don was born in Winnipeg in St. Bonface Hospital and grew up in Portage La Prairie and Winnipeg. He was the 13th of 15 children and is survived by 2 sisters, Doreen and Joyce.

Don and his family moved to Cardston, Alberta in 1976 to work on his brother-in-law’s ranch, however Don and cows did not get along so he decided to return to long haul trucking. He retired in 2011. Don continued to do some trucking after retirement for McRae’s and some local farmers.

During his retirement you could often find Don on his boat trying to catch the perfect Walleye or with his beloved wife camping with good friends like the Lund’s. Don enjoyed golfing with his son-in-law, Doug, and his stepgrandchildren, Ben and Cassidy, and with other friends. On Sundays Don often watched Patriots Football or golf with his adopted nephew, Tommy. Don was a very proud Legion member. He was President for a time but became too ill to continue. Don managed the bar at the legion for many years and met many wonderful people doing so. Getting a big smile out of Don was as easy as mentioning his granddaughter, Ashlea, of whom he was so very proud. He loved her very much.

A Viewing and Eulogy will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Cardston, Alberta on Wednesday, August 7th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Cardston, Alberta on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Benedicto A. Tugano Officiating. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer center.

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


DONALD MACKAY NEWTON, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Sammamish, Washington the evening of July 30, 2019 at the age of 87.

He was born June 23, 1932 in Cardston, Alberta to Lawrence and Virgean Newton, the fifth of nine children. He was sealed in the Cardston LDS Temple on June 17, 1953 to his high school sweetheart, Alofa Colleen Cahoon. She preceded him in death on March 27, 2014. He married Marilyn Johnson on April 23, 2015 in the Oakland LDS Temple.

A child of the Great Depression, he suffered heartbreaking affliction in his early years as poverty and disease took an enormous toll on their family. As a small child, his parents took him, convulsing, to the hospital on their way to their daughter Marilyn’s funeral, wondering if they would soon have another one for Don. When he was 10, the family was separated while the parents recuperated from tuberculosis in a sanitorium. At age 14 he started mixing concrete and carrying the blocks to assist his father in the concrete and bricklaying business. These early experiences indelibly shaped his character, deeply instilling in him the virtues of thrift, industry and an indomitable competitiveness. He marshalled the extraordinary inner strength to overcome these and future challenges with an infectious sense of humor and a nearly boundless optimism. And rather than giving in to bitterness, he channeled these early privations so as to soften his heart. He has thereby always had the unique ability to identify and empathize with the down-trodden and has extended the hand of help and relief to countless people. To many, Don Newton is quite simply the most generous person they have ever known.

Don was a gifted athlete in boxing, track & field and especially basketball. He was named Cardston’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Second Half Century. His play for the Cardston Cougars high school team led to a basketball scholarship at the University of Alberta. In his playing days he was mentioned or featured in no fewer than 100 newspaper articles, in which he was referred to as “Newt”, “Slick Don Newton”, “Team Quarterback”, or “the Golden Boy”. In 2009 he was inducted into the University of Alberta’s Sports Wall of Fame. After completing his BEd/PE in 1954 at the University of Alberta, he went on to earn an MSc from Brigham Young University in 1957 and an Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 1969. He taught and coached basketball at Western Canada High School in Calgary 1957-59. The “Redmen” were undefeated in city league play for 3 consecutive seasons, and Provincial Senior A Boys Alberta Champions in 1959. He remained close to the members of that high school team throughout his life, a mentor and friend to each. A team picture hung prominently in his home until the day he died, and he would often speak of them to his family. He later coached at the University of Saskatchewan from 1962-1966 and the University of Calgary from 1967 to 1970. He taught at the University of Calgary and was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1987. As a professor, he would amaze his students by memorizing each of their names by the second day of class. Throughout his career he was a powerful spokesman for the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (CAHPER), serving as national president from 1977 to 1978. He was honored with the Queen’s Medal for Outstanding Service and Leadership in 1977 and the R. Tait McKenzie Medal for Outstanding Service in 1980. He was also a successful business entrepreneur.

Early in life, Don had learned masonry and construction while working alongside his father. As a college student and early in his career, he spent summers building garages and often exceeded his annual teacher’s salary in just 2 months. He single-handedly built a family cabin on a rocky cliff at British Columbia’s Shuswap Lake. And he could be an exacting taskmaster while helping his kids with their home improvement projects. In his later years he moved to Sammamish Washington and enjoyed playing golf, especially with his son Scott. His grandkids enjoyed riding in his golf cart with the license plate, “Golden Boy”. He served as a Water Commissioner there.

Don was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many leadership positions in the church, including priesthood quorum leadership, bishop’s counselor and District President in Saskatoon. He and Colleen served as missionaries at the Church’s Family History Library from 1997 to 1998, where he was famous for wearing his bright “Rush Limbaugh” ties. They also served in the Everett Washington mission as a senior couple encouraging elders to cleaner apartments with “push-up contests”. Most importantly, his life was infused with the doctrines and covenants of the restored gospel which he lived.

Under the guidance of Don and Colleen, the Newton family has always been remarkably close-knit. Together, they had five children: Doneen, Lori, Scott, Nancy and Cheryl (Cherie). By the early 1990s a majority of their children had ended up in the Pacific Northwest, so they left their home in Calgary and moved there to be close to them. Their legacy is reflected in the lives and accomplishments of their children, grandchildren and now even great grandchildren. The afflictions of his early life have been mirrored in its closing chapters. In less than two years Don lost his wife and two beloved children. Colleen passed March 27, 2014. Scott succumbed to cancer April 2, 2015. And Nancy also died of cancer February 4, 2016. Characteristically, Don not only endured these tragedies, but “endured them well,” knowing that they are part of the perfect design of a loving Heavenly Father. His example in adversity is a great gift to his family. He married Marilyn in 2015 and they have had four very happy years together.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Colleen, his children Scott and Nancy, and by his parents, his brother Howard, and sisters Marilyn and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughters Doneen (Wayne) DeMeester, Lori (Bruce) Salmon, and Cheryl (Michael) Harker; 23 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren; siblings Rita Sommerfeldt, Wallace (Norene) Newton, Thea Perrier, Lloyd (Gerry) Newton, and Peggy (Pat) Sloan; together with numerous admiring and loving nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet the family on Wednesday, August 7th, at the Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston from 7:00 to 8:00 p m and on Thursday at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Centre, (846 -1 Ave West), Cardston, AB., on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

In lieu of flowers you are invited to donate to the “Coach Don Newton Memorial Scholarship” at the University of Calgary. Go to https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/donnewton.


Otto Alexander Pakarno, beloved husband of Lillian of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 81 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge.

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


TOSH SARUWATARI of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Joyce (Takako) Saruwatari passed away peacefully on August 4,2019 at the age of 93 years. Besides his loving wife of 71 years, Tosh is survived by his son Gordon (Joy) of Raymond and 3 daughters Gail (Gordon) Mitten, Debra (Gordon) Jensen and Wendy (Jim) Gerlock all of Lethbridge, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, sisters Sadako Tagami, Jeannie Takahashi, sister-in-law Mary Saruwatari and numerous nieces and nephews. Tosh was predecessed by his parents Juzo and Ai Saruwatari, infant daughter Suyeko, brothers Mamoru, Takayuki, Minoru and Sakae and sisters Kashiko, Ritsuko and Toshiko. Tosh was born in Raymond, Alberta where he spent most of his life farming on the Milk River Ridge with his wife Joyce always at his side. He practiced kendo in his younger years. Tosh served as president of the Raymond Buddhist Church for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, curling, square dancing, karaoke, golfing, playing cards, traveling and photography. His greatest treasure was his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470-40th St. South, Lethbridge, AB. Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, or on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Koden and flowers are respectfully declined. Those who wish may make donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta or the charity of your choice.

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


ANDREW YANISH, beloved husband of the late Marie Yanish, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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