January 20th, 2021

MONDAY, October 21, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 21, 2019.


Elizabeth Jenny Finch Davies, wife of the late Cyril B. Davies, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on October 18, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Jenny is the mother of Alexander Wood (Sonia Rica) of Toronto. She was blessed with two grandchildren; Natachia Wood Duke (David Duke) and Daniel Wood. Natachia and David blessed her with her great granddaughter Charlotte Duke of whom she was very proud.

Jenny was born the seventh child of Anna Maria Patteet and her father Cyril Vernon Finch in Hoboken, Belgium on July 3, 1930. She has very fond memories of her kind, beautiful mother, however, her mother was frail and had poor health and when Jenny was nine years old her mother passed away. Jenny had a difficult childhood and had to grow up quickly. At age 15 she went to work to support herself. While working in London she met and married Cyril Davies. In October of 1972, Jenny and Cyril emigrated to Canada to follow their son Alexander. They lived in Toronto for a number of years before settling in Kelowna B.C. After Cyril’s death, Jenny moved to Alberta and made Lethbridge her home. Jenny worked most of her life to provide for her family. Her sunny disposition and positive attitude made her a joy to be around. She was always so grateful and appreciative of any kindness shown to her. She will be missed by her friends at the Garden View Lodge and all those who had the privilege of being around her.

Jenny will be interred in the Peachland Municipal Cemetery in British, Columbia at a later date. As Jenny requested, no formal service will be held at this time.

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

Richard “Rick” Esselink

1950 – 2019

Rick Esselink of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Trix, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019, at the age of 69 years, at the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michaels Health Centre after a courageous battle with cancer. Besides his loving wife Trix, Rick is survived by his children Carmen (Jeremy) Steward, Tim (Veronica) Esselink, Valerie Esselink and Rachel (Seth) Wagner. He is also survived by his grandson Liam Esselink who was the pride and joy of his life.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Thursday October 24, 2019 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Paul Van Stralen officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (https://foodgrainsbank.ca/).

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

Robert Benjamin (Ben) HUGHES

Robert Benjamin “Ben” Hughes died October 17, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 86 years. Ben was born April 26, 1933 in New Westminster, BC to Arthur and Charlotte Hughes (nee Keddie). The eldest of 4 children, Ben spent his early years in BC and Calgary, settling in Lethbridge in 1944. Ben married Margaret Angela (Peggie) Brown on April 11, 1963. Over the next 56 years they lived in Calgary, Raymond, Didsbury and Edmonton. The years he spent in Raymond held a special place in his heart. It was there he raised his daughters and enjoyed a career with Canadian Western Natural Gas, retiring in 1995. Throughout his life, Ben enjoyed any activity involving his family. He was very involved in thoroughbred horse racing and loved any sport or event that his children or grandchildren were participating in. Ben was the highlight of any get together. He will be remembered for his story telling, quick wit and unique euphemisms. He was a family man through and through and his greatest pride was his daughters and grandchildren. Ben was predeceased by his daughter Shona; infant son, Robert; as well as his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggie; his daughters, Sheina Hughes (Morgan Neff) and Pamela Heggie (Rod Heggie); his favourite granddaughter, Bailey Heggie and his favourite grandson, Peyton Heggie; his siblings, Doreen Gyorkos, Garth Hughes and Charlene Laing; and their families including his extended family of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends. He especially enjoyed the lifelong friendship of Spud Kitigawa. His family is grateful for the care he received from Drs. Ahmadinejad and Flook and the staff of 5F2, University of Alberta Hospital, for his care during his brief hospitalization prior to his death. There will be no funeral at Ben’s request. Cremation and arrangements in care of Trinity Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Heather McKay
1954 – 2019

Heather June McKay, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the age of 65 years.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Heather is survived by her children Jessica McCombe of Medicine Hat and Dustin McCombe of Medicine Hat; grandchildren Logan, Sierra, Dakota and Cassidy McCombe; mother Helen McKay; siblings Donnie (Sharon) McKay, Debbie (Cedric) McKay, Terry Potter, Sherie McKittrick and Beth (Peter) Doble Wiebe. She is also survived by Calvin McCombe, Loren Calpas and Angela Adams as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father Gordon McKay.
Heather was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia on July 5, 1954 and moved to Nelson when she was three years old. She met and married Calvin McCombe in 1972 and they moved to Brooks where they raised their family. Heather was involved with numerous community activities while living in Brooks. She moved around for a few years before finally settling in Taber in 2005, where she became an active part of the community. She was employed for two years at Walmart both in Taber and as the manager of the auto department in Lethbridge. In 2007 she become employed with A-OK Used Cars in Lethbridge and within a short time became co-owner with her good friend Loren Calpas. She received a gift from the Lord in Medicine Hat fourteen years ago in the form of her grandson Logan McCombe, one of her numerous and final foster children she has guided throughout the years. Her life then became centered around Logan’s Catholic upbringing, which always involved her love of horses and fast cars. She was known by family, friends and acquaintances as the “horse lady”. She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Heather’s name may be made directly to the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, 24 205015 Hwy 512, Lethbridge County, Alberta T1J 5N8 (www.ltra.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Christine Mensch

1947 – 2019

Mrs. Christine Mensch of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Nikolai Mensch, passed away at St. Michaels Palliative Care on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


LUCILLE LILLIAN MILROY, beloved wife of the late Andrew “Nap” Milroy, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the age of 93 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

Katie Siemens

1934 – 2019

Mrs. Katie Siemens of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Allen Siemens, passed away at Good Samaritan West Highlands on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the age of 85 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


Toshiko Takeda, beloved wife of the late Muneo Takeda, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the age of 96 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

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