January 18th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 2, 2019.

Ronald “Ron” Chapman

1944 – 2019

Mr. Ronald “Ron” Chapman of Milk River, passed away in Milk River on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the age of 75 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Lorne Burritt Collins, age 101, passed away on September 27, 2019 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Lorne was born in Strathclair, Manitoba on January 21, 1918, the son of a country doctor. Lorne had a happy childhood, with daily horse riding (to school and for pleasure), working on farms, and many travel adventures in the family’s Model T with his parents, brother and sisters. Lorne left home at age 16 to go to Wesley College in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1941 as a Medical Doctor. He paid his way through medical school by working in an axe gang for a logging company, and for one summer as a medical officer for the Department of Indian Affairs, traveling by canoe to Indian settlements in northern Manitoba along with a Mountie, to make treaty payments and provide basic medical service. After completing his medical internship and an additional residency in surgery, Lorne joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1942 and was posted first to Winnipeg then to Camp Shilo before going overseas in 1944. Lorne was stationed in England, and then in Utrecht, Holland and eventually the Ruhr valley in Germany, performing surgery in field dressing stations and base hospitals for the Royal Canadian Army. He returned to Canada in 1946. Lorne met Rhonda, the love of his life, while they were together in medical school. They married before Lorne went overseas and, after Lorne’s return from the war, they moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta in 1946, where Lorne started a general medical and surgical practice. The practice grew substantially over the years, as Lorne quickly developed a regional reputation as a surgeon. In 1949, the local hospital built a 50-bed addition to deal with the growth. Several doctors joined Lorne’s practice over the years, and Rhonda joined him in practice once their youngest child had entered primary school. Lorne was instrumental in starting a rural country practice rotation for medical students, in conjunction with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. From 1974 to 1978 Lorne was also a part-time assistant professor in surgery at the University of Calgary, and was appointed to the Hospital Privileges Appeal Board for Alberta. Lorne was also active in the Alberta Medical Association, which awarded him with a Senior Life Membership for his contributions to the medical profession in Alberta as did the Canadian Medical Association. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta also recognized his contributions, with a Certificate for Meritorious Service, and an Honourary Life Membership. Lorne was also a medical officer for Indian health services for the Peigan Indian Band, from 1947 until Medicare became available to the Band. Lorne practiced medicine until age 61, when he and Rhonda both retired. Lorne joined with a good friend and worked as a realtor for several years. The early retirement years were full of frequent foreign travel, and motorhome trips to Alaska, across Canada and to various parts of the United States. Lorne and Rhonda eventually purchased a unit in a retirement park in Mesa, Arizona and spent many happy winters there, hiking, golfing and socializing with their many friends. Lorne had a busy family life, encouraging his children in their academic and musical studies, and sharing with them his great love for the outdoors. Lorne spent much of his free time in outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, golfing, gardening and – every summer for many years – a week-long horse pack trip into the mountains. Lorne fished for salmon off Vancouver Island, hiked the Chilcoot Trail, rafted down the Yukon River, and took a mule ride into the Grand Canyon. Lorne and Rhonda had a very social life – golf league, curling, the Pincher Creek Community Band (where they both played clarinet), frequent dinner parties and community events. Lorne was also active in community affairs: serving a term on the Town Council; serving on the Board of the Pincher Creek Co-op; and active in the Royal Canadian Legion, the United Church and various local organizations. Lorne is survived by his wife of 76 years, Rhonda Maynard (Boughton) Collins; his four children, Shelagh (George Torbiak) Stefan, Ruth (Someshwar) Collins-Nakai, Elinor (Paul) Hobbs and Peter (Elizabeth) Collins; his seven grandchildren, Sean, Natasha, Rachel, Joshua, Sunil, Erin and Monica; his two great grand-children, Wesley and Sam; and many nieces and nephews. Lorne was an elegant gentleman who led a rich life for many years. He was a loving husband and a much-loved wonderful father, who will be greatly missed by his family. There will be no public memorial service for Lorne; the family will have a private remembrance for him, when his ashes are interred at the Pincher Creek Cemetery. The family thanks the staff at Adaptacare Personal Care Homes – Cedar Creek for their care of Lorne. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, whose audiobooks brought Lorne much pleasure in his last years as his eyesight failed. To send condolences please go to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

Tony Dunphy
1959 – 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Anthony Kirk Dunphy, beloved husband of Mindy Dunphy, announce his passing in Taber on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the age of 60 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Community Hall, 417 – 4 Street North, Vauxhall on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial service will be held at the Vauxhall Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Bonnie Espelien

1936 – 2019

Bonnie Francis Espelien, beloved wife of William C. Espelien for 65 years, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2019. She was born in Saskatoon, SK, on August 9, 1936. She had a fulfilling life being a wife, mother and grandmother. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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CRAIG ERNEST GODLONTON, beloved husband of Sherry Godlonton, passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 66 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Magrath Alberta Stake Center on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Friends may meet the family at the Church on Monday, October 7th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or from 1:00-1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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

Tim Menzak

1962 – 2019

Mr. Tim Menzak of Lethbridge passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the age of 57 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday, October 4, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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ROBERT “BOB” GLEN SCHOOLER, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away after a lengthy and courageous fight on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judy and his daughters, Tracy (Sean) Demers and Sandra Vonk. He is fondly remembered by his granddaughters, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Allison, Rowan and Quinn. He also leaves behind his two sisters, Shirley Mohl and Karen Kropinske and his brother, Fred Schooler.

His kindness, love, stubbornness and sense of humour will live on with those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to STARS Air Ambulance are greatly appreciated: http://www.stars.ca/ways-to-donate/ab

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Sept. 12, 1926 – Sept. 30, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, KATHELLA (KATHY) MARY SEWERS—a loving and devoted mother and friend to all those lives she touched.

Mom was born on September 12, 1926 in Edmonton where she was also raised, educated and married. She was the youngest of four children born to George & Mary Audley. She passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the age of 93 years.

Mom & Dad were married at Highlands United Church on October 21, 1949. They relocated to Calgary and finally to Lethbridge in 1960. They were active members of McKillop United Church, with Mom being part of the UCW until her passing. Mom loved to volunteer and help wherever she could, having served on the Board of Stewards, church visiting, CGIT leader, and Sunday school teacher.

Mom is survived by three children, Laurie (Tony) D’Agnone, Ken (Dayle) Sauers and Greg (Cindy) Sewers; eight grandchildren, Scott McManaman, Stacey (Roger Smith) McManaman, Kristene (Ryan) Coller, Shannon (Bryn Jones) D’Agnone, Kelli (Phil Grossi) Sauers, Nicole (Andrew) Penton, Todd Sewers and Telaina Sewers; and nine great-grandchildren, Nicholas & Emma Smith, Aiden & Devin Coller, Owain & Gareth Jones, Audrey & Vivian Penton, and Leo Sauers-Grossi. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fox and Hazel Audley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Sewers (d. 1992), her brothers, George (Catherine) Audley & Harold Audley and her sister, Maisie (Gordon) Cooper.

Mom also leaves behind special friends, Alice Myers, Mary Leach, Edna Plumpton, Margaret Ross, Sandie Hegland and Ray & Joyce Webber. Mom has lost many close friends over the years and each of them was special to her. For over 40 years Mom belonged to a Tuesday morning coffee group.

Mom loved people and lived a life of kindness and hospitality. She showed us the importance of enjoying the moment, creating experiences and valuing family and friends. Mom was known for her chocolate brownies, raspberry jam squares and bean salad.

Mom & Dad enjoyed traveling and often loaded their family of five into the car and headed out on many memorable vacations. In later years, Mom & Dad traveled to Australia, Great Britain, Hawaii and across the USA.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be celebrated and remembered. Family and friends are invited to join us as we celebrate the life of our Mom at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12:00 Noon with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Mom will be laid to rest during a private service at Mountain View Cemetery.

Special thanks to the staff at Martha’s House where Mom lived for eight years and to the Palliative Care doctor teams at CRH and St. Michael’s. The Palliative Care nurses at St. Michael’s are an amazing group—so compassionate and wise. A rare and exciting privilege to meet Dr. Hollis Roth—you are one of a kind! Sincere thanks to Mom’s special homecare ladies, Jackie and Mel and admin Ruth and Sonja, for being so good at what you do.

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DONALD JOSEPH STURM, of Coalhurst, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Harry Sowinski
1934 – 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Harry Nicholas Sowinski “The Bear”, beloved husband of Jean Sowinski, announce his passing in Taber on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the age of 84, surrounded by his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Master Ian Zamudio

2015 – 2019

Ian Zamudio, beloved son of Salvador Zamudio and Diana Flores, and little brother of Sara and David Zamudio, passed away in the embrace of family on September 27th, 2019 at the age of 4, following a 3-year battle with cancer. A Prayer Service will be held at 6:00pm, on Friday, October 4, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, http://www.childrenshospital.ab.ca

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