January 20th, 2021

MONDAY, January 13, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 13, 2020.

Janet Groeneweg

(Nee: Kennedy)

1938 – 2020

Janet Groeneweg, beloved wife of Marinus “Bud” Groeneweg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 10, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Janet was born in Woodstock, ON and moved to Vancouver, BC with her father and sister at a young age. After finishing grade school at 16 years of age, she attended UBC where she received her Teaching Certificate and went on to teach in Smithers B.C, where she then met the love of her life, Marinus. Shortly after they were married in 1959, they moved to Lethbridge where Janet began working with the County of Lethbridge (which became the Palliser School District) as an Educator, while completing a bachelor’s degree of Education at the University of Lethbridge.

In almost 30 years of her Lethbridge career, she held many educational positions, some of which her students today will remember her from. After she retired from her education career, she spent 20 years volunteering at the Medical Imaging Center at the Chinook Regional Hospital. During her years in retirement, Janet also passed her time reviewing books for the Lethbridge Herald, volunteering at Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre and Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization, as well as attended various community clubs.

Janet will be remembered as a great friend to all. She loved her social life and was a devout member of the Monarch Reformed Church.

Janet will be forever remembered by her husband of 60 years, Marinus “Bud”; son Joe; daughter Patricia (Brian); and grandchildren Tanya, Jessica, and Jacob; sister Pat (Charlie); as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Janet was predeceased by her eldest son Willy; and her infant grandson Marinus.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family graveside will be held in the spring in the Monarch Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, please consider a donation in Janet’s memory to a charity of one’s choosing.

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ELEANOR JOYCE HOFMAN went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on January 8, 2020 at age 87.

A Remembrance Service for Eleanor will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor John Moerman officiating.

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MARLENE (BELL) MYERS, beloved wife of Howard Myers, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the age of 84.

Marlene was born in Coleman, AB on November 2, 1935. She will be greatly missed by her children, Catherine (Barry) Falk, Maureen Toews, and Jennifer (Albert) Friesen; her grandchildren, Jaimie (Dustin) Andreasen, Paige Falk, Anna and Mark Toews, Wade and Troy Friesen; and four great-grandchildren, Logan, Holly, Layla, and Henry Andreasen. Marlene was predeceased by her parents and sister.

Marlene loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a bridge player, reader, pie maker, rose gardener, gift giver, traveler, and friend.

The family is appreciative of the care provided by the wonderful staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care. Cremation was entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home. Per Marlene’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Care Foundation or McKillop United Church.

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LAWRENCE ROBERT PASSEY – “LARRY”, beloved husband of Sheila Toews, of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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OWEN, Michael “Mike”

Leonard Spencer

With deep sorrow and humility, the family of Dr. Michael Owen announces his passing on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Michael will be lovingly remembered and is survived by his “Lady” and best friend, Kimberly Storie-Owen; stepdaughter, Tiana Storie, and his family who reside in England; brothers: Nicholas Owen and his wife Joy and Roderick Owen; nephews: Spencer Owen and his wife Janine and Douglas Owen and great-nephew, Joshua Owen.

Michael is predeceased by his parents, John and Stella Owen.

Always known to his brothers as Mick, he was born in Epping, Essex, England on September 25, 1949. He immigrated to Canada in 1974, where he prided himself on his cab driving skills in the cities of Toronto and Calgary until starting medical school at the University of Calgary in 1975. Michael achieved his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta in 1985 and obtained his specialty certification in Psychiatry in 1990.

Michael contributed 27 years of service in Lethbridge and surrounding communities as a consulting Psychiatrist and was appointed Chief of Psychiatry over two different terms. He carried out his duties with diligence, integrity and fearless leadership. His strengths were in his direct approach towards problems, providing clarity and direction while balancing patient and organizational needs.

Michael had a longstanding love affair, as a Superfan with the Rolling Stones, attending over 140 concerts. He enjoyed travelling to Hard Rock Cafes and had a fondness and appreciation for old steam engines and English buses. Michael truly lived out his daily life in a simple fashion. He had an insatiable quest for knowledge and was often referred to as a “living encyclopedia”. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, staff, and patients.

At Michael’s request no service will be held.

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you just might find you get what you need”.

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