January 18th, 2021

THURSDAY, October 3, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 3, 2019.


FRANCES “FRAN” ELIZABETH BORAS (née Zubach), beloved wife of the late Walter Boras, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, just shy of her 82 birthday.

She was loved and will be sadly missed by her children: Karla (Chuck) Praught and daughter Katy; son Keith and daughter Lindsay: and youngest daughter Koreen (Cam) D’Andrea and daughter Kaylee (Joey) and their daughter Tatum: son Tanner (Ricardo); as well as Fran’s brother Raymond.

Frances was predeceased by brother John and sister Marion.

Fran was born in Coalhurst, Alberta on October 8,1937 and resided in southern Alberta her whole life. She married Walter and settled on the farm in Iron Springs, handling that life quite well. Fran and Walter retired to Lethbridge in 1989, where they enjoyed visiting friends and family often. Fran was involved in CWL, 4-H, the soup kitchen and enjoyed going to Assumption Church on Sundays. One of her favourite activities was to be around her family and grandchildren. After Walter passed, Fran moved to Calgary due to failing health until her passing. RIP Bubba

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Maureen Condon Horon officiating.

Fran will be laid to rest with her husband Walter at a later date.

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

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.

A Graveside of ashes will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2019 in the MILK RIVER CEMETERY, with Reverend Marion Martin, officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


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. Please send your condolences to http://www.evergreenfh.ca/notices/lorne-collins

Keith Francis
1929 – 2019
Keith Evan Francis, beloved husband of Joan Francis, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the age of 90 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Cherie May Butler Lunn, age 59. Taken from us suddenly on 27 September 2019 in Cowley AB.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Susan shared her faith in God and love for her fellowman. Her kind and uplifting words were only surpassed by the amazing things she did for others.

Susan is survived by her husband Wade, their five children, seventeen grandchildren, one great grandchild, and her dachshunds Willow and Sherlock (he stayed with her till the end).

All are welcome to join her family for the viewing on Thursday October 3rd 6-7pm at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home. A funeral will be held on Friday October 4th, 1:00pm at the North Stake Centre, 560 Highlands Blvd W.

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

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


Lamont Ronald Donaldson Selby, passed peacefully on the morning of Sunday, September 8th, 2019 in the Chinook Regional Hospital.

The Funeral Service will be held the evening of Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 260 E. 200 N, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0.

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

Clifford Traxler
1944 ~ 2019

It is with heavy hearts that Barbara announces the passing of her beloved husband, Clifford Merle Traxler at St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice, Medicine Hat on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the age of 74 years. Cliff was born in Medicine Hat and raised in the Etzikom district where he attended the Etzikom School.  Cliff married Barbara Rose Ellen Heitrich on July 12, 1969. He worked at Cole Farm Equipment for a number of years before farming in the Etzikom area until 1995, when at this time he continued to farm in the Orion area. Cliff enjoyed family functions and usually contemplated what prank he would pull next on the unsuspecting victim. He enjoyed travelling to auction sales and rodeos as well as spending numerous hours either on horseback or working with one of the many horses that had been on the farm. Cliff was a member of the Manyberries Community Assoc. and the Etzikom Roping Club. His memory will be treasured in the hearts of his wife, Barbara; children, Shane Traxler, Vickie Elhart (Arthur Burgess); grand-children, Dylan Seefried, Ryder and Grace Becker; Arthur’s children, Tristen, Teyarah (Chris), Tessa, Teagan; great-grandchildren, Carson, Kinsley, Arya and Heidi. Cliff will also be remembered by his sister, Elaine (Doug)  Mueller; brother, Grant (Marie) Traxler and a special nephew, Rick Heitrich and his daughter, Robin Heitrich; niece, Kathy LaChapelle as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. Cliff was predeceased by his parents, Claude and Faith Traxler; nieces, Karen and Laurie; sisters, Grace Tucker, Claudia Halverson and Ruth Webster. The family will celebrate Clifford’s life with a private family gathering at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 5M1. (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 Toll free 1-877-528-6455.

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