January 15th, 2021

FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 4, 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: daughter Karla (Chuck) Praught and their daughter, Katy; son Keith and his daughter, Lindsay; youngest daughter Koreen (Cam) D’Andrea, their daughter Kaylee (Joey) and their granddaughter, Tatum; son Tanner (Ricardo); and her brother, Raymond.

Frances was predeceased by her 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.

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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. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


1963 – 2019

LAUREL ANNE LACROIX COOKE passed away suddenly at St. Michael’s Health Centre, a sad victim of a rapidly-progressing cancer.

Her caring family and many loving friends will greatly miss her. As a trusted employee of H & R Block, Lethbridge, Laurel was a hard worker and enjoyed the challenge of completing income tax returns accurately and promptly.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lethbridge for most of her life, Laurel’s Memorial Service will be held at the KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 5 – Rocky Mountain Blvd. W, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

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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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It’s so saddening to announce the passing of Gregory Curtis Goulding of Lethbridge, Alberta, who, on September 27, 2019, was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident. He was 65 years young.

Greg was born on August 20, 1954 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to William and Margaret Goulding. He was raised with an appreciation for family, community and pride in one’s work. Greg, “Goldie” or “Gregor” to his colleagues, worked for the City of Lethbridge as a heavy equipment operator. He was skilled in his work and earned respect for his work ethic.

Greg was predeceased by the love of his life, Deborah Kostek.

Greg was a former member of the Eagles Club and Miner’s Library. He enjoyed fishing, darts, crib (when he was winning), lawn darts, reading a good book, especially dusters, and singing, albeit a tad off key, with his friends and family. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a knack for making you smile. Greg loved to laugh with his whole heart and body. He found the good all around us because he took the time to look for it. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.

He is survived by siblings, Ronald (Barb) Goulding of Sherwood Park, Terry (Donna) Goulding of Port Alberni, Linda (Maurice) Jacobsen of Weyburn, and Bryan (Linda Covey) Goulding of Innisfail; his step-daughter, Tanya (Dave) Roth and family; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and a litany of friends. He was predeceased by parents, William and Margaret Goulding; and siblings, Lawrence, Merle, Audrey, Deb, Joyce, Barbie and Beverly.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall at the Royal Canadian Legion, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive S, Lethbridge, Alberta. Donations in memory of Greg may be directed to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE (Box 570), Calgary, AB T2E 8M7. Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.

Joan Jamieson

1953 – 2019

Mrs. Joan Jamieson of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jim Jamieson, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the age of 65 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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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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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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RAYMOND THIELEN, beloved husband of Ann Thielen, passed away at the Milk River Health Centre on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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.

1932 – 2019

Mr. Ryszard Urbaniec of Lethbridge passed away at St. Therese Villa on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the age of 87 years.
​Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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