January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, January 18, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 18, 2020.

ABLONCZY; Elsie Hanako “Carol”

May 25th, 1930 – January 8th, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Carol Ablonczy on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at the age of 89. Carol will be forever loved and remembered by her son Les; daughter Angela (Dave Johnson); three granddaughters Kirsten, Tannis, and Lindsay and their mother Monica; sister Hideko; as well as other family members. Carol lived in Lethbridge where she owned Asahi Gifts and Confectionary. She enjoyed volunteering and singing karaoke at the Senior’s Centre in her later years. Memorial Service will be held at the Japanese Buddhist Temple (470 – 40 St South, Lethbridge) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Preservice (meet the family) at 1:00 pm. Koden is gratefully declined.

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ANNE EVA BORAS, beloved wife of the late Walter Boras, passed away at the Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. CATHERINE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB, on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating.

Following the Funeral Mass, Anne will be laid to rest with her husband in Mountain View Cemetery.

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JASON GOODSTRIKER [OOTSIMIOHKITOPI (Sorrel Horse Rider), TASUNKA DUTA AKANYANKA (Red Sorrel Horse Rider)] passed away in Slave Lake, AB, on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the age of 47 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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 Tania, 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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Annon Hovde

1989 – 2020

Mr. Annon Hovde passed away in Edmonton on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 30 years. Annon is survived by his father, James (Christy); mother, Lynette (Nick); sister, Carly; children, Onyxx and Xxena; and their mother Ashley Dargie. He will also be lovingly remembered by his grandparents Merlin and Peggy Hovde; Linda Salomons, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. PLEASE NOTE: A Celebration of Annon’s life will now take place at 2:00pm, on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at LETHBRIDGE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Mark Archibald officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a trust, donations can be sent to: Onyxx.XxenaHovdeTrust@gmail.com

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1936 – 2020

I, Darlene, would like to announce the sudden passing of my husband, Ron, on Saturday, January 11, 2020. He was the love of my life and the very best partner this girl could’ve ever had.

Ron’s life was a life well-lived. He was a man that was passionate about many things, and so very proud of his son, Randy. Most of Ron’s working life was as a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Marketing Manager for Calgary Co-op Association. He loved his work—but let’s not forget his golf. Ron was an intrepid traveler and we were so lucky to see many parts of the world together.

He was quick to smile and always whistling. He had a quick wit and loved to tease us all. With Ron around, there weren’t many dull moments.

He is mourned by his wife, Darlene, his buddy, Heidi, his son, Randy, his first wife, Ulla, his sister, Daun, his sister-in-law, Diane (Ruben), his brother-in-law, Dan (Maryanne), his nieces and nephews, Tim, Greg, Angela, and Adam, as well as many cousins.

Come to share in a Celebration of Ron’s Life at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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Vera Glendora Owsley (Warnock)

December 14, 1924 – January 10, 2020

Go Rest High on that Mountain, Your Work on Earth is Done.

Vera passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, January 10th in the arms of her loving children. Vera is survived by her children Patricia (El) Manderville; Cheryl (Steve) Maunsell-Wybrants; and Ken (Lea-Ann) Owsley. Her grandchildren Mark (Jessica) Maunsell, Alix Maunsell (Coady Doell), Drew Owsley (Jamie Myers), Mitch Owsley, and Eryn Owsley. Great grandchildren Jorgey, Evy, Sawyer, Bryer, and Frank Maunsell. There are several more members of Vera’s extended family that were very dear to her, Daryl (Angela) Manderville and family and Janice (Todd) Christianson and family. Vera also maintained precious relationships with her numerous nieces and nephews, proud of her Warnock heritage. Vera has gone to a place to reunite with her husband Kenneth (Mick), daughter Debbie, father William, mother Helen, brothers Loren, Layton, and Jim. Vera arrived in this world as a 2 ½ pound premature baby and was placed in a shoe box with cotton batten and hung from the wood burning stove handle to keep warm. She departed the same way she arrived, despite failing physical and mental health, she fought to the very end and reminded us daily of the person she really was. Growing up on the family farm, Vera learned the value of hard work and grew a fondness of horses. She left for school but returned when her contribution was needed back at the farm. Her professional career began at Commercial Printers where she learned many of the accounting skills that she passed on to her family. But it was Vera’s various roles at Sears where most people will remember Vera’s smiling face and undying customer service skills. We have no doubt that Sears would still be operating if they had more dedicated employees like Vera. Vera was also very artistic and had a love for recreation. She taught herself piano and always had an organ in her living room so she could play songs she learned by ear. She took great pride that all of her daughters and granddaughters took lessons on piano. She was a very dedicated baseball and hockey mother and grandmother, and always valued her time on Alberta Ranch. She always had the biggest smile on her face at the ballpark, the rink, the recitals, and in the fresh air of the foothills. She even took up oil painting at 70 years of age, completing 27 pieces that we all will cherish and value in our homes. Vera’s story cannot be told without sharing her greatest skill which was that of a loving wife and mother. Mick and Vera married in 1952 and together they shared a life journey until Mick passed away in 2005. They lived together through some challenging times but always provided for their extended families. This was true until their last days, family was always a priority and a core value passed on to future generations. Vera lived for almost 15 years after Mick passed away and her care for her husband in his time of need will never be forgotten. Til Death Do Us Part is a vow that Vera took quite literally and it just reaffirmed her dedication to a life of service. A mother is defined as a “woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, who puts her children before herself, the one you can count on above everyone else”. This definition epitomizes who Vera was and her children will live this spirit forward. This compassionate and caring side of Vera has been passed on to current (and future) mothers and nurses in the family. Vera did realize every mother’s worst nightmare when she lost a child in the spring of 1993. We are comforted knowing that mother and child are catching up. A special thanks goes out to the numerous care workers that were there for Vera in her greatest time of need. The support received from the Edith Cavell Care Center was very much appreciated. A special thank you needs to be shared with Pat as Mom’s care was your priority when Mom needed it most. You can be thankful that you have inherited many of Mom’s caring qualities. Granddaughters Alix and Eryn, thanks for offering support at a time that was very difficult for grandma, she knew you were there for her. A private family service will be held, with burial in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

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SHEILA MAY RED CROW, beloved wife of Alvin Red Crow, of the Blood Reserve, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Wake Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Roque Pereira celebrating.

Following the Mass, Sheila will be laid to rest in the Red Crow Family Cemetery.

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BEVERLY ROSE SHIGEHIRO of Lethbridge, beloved mother of Marisa Shigehiro, passed away at home on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the age of 65 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, 716 – 23 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Flowers and Koden are gratefully declined.

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JANET CLARE THOMPSON, beloved wife of the late Kendall Wayne Thompson, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Ginger (Rod), Melody (Scott), Robin. Her grandchildren, Cody (Jenny), Christine (Nate), Chantell (Wayne), Kelsey (Dami), Dusty (Amy), Shaylee, Kenadee (Tyler), Brayden (Stevie). She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, her brother Wayne, and her amazing mother-in-law, Eva Thomson, who held a special place in her heart. She will be dearly missed by everyone.

The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Friends may meet the family from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

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


CRYSTLE RAY TWIGG-WHITE QUILLS, 45, passed away in Lethbridge on January 13th, 2020.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, Jan. 20th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the White Calf Hall, Standoff from 7:00 – 11:00 p. m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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

Berend “Ben” Van Arragon

1935 – 2020

Mr. Berend “Ben” Van Arragon of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Tina Van Arragon, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the age of 84 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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Jim White
1955 – 2020
Thomas James White, beloved husband of Janice White, passed away, surrounded by his family in Taber on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 64 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. A private committal service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Jim is survived by Janice, his loving wife of forty five years and their children James White of Edmonton, Heather (Chris) Smith of Taber, Robert (Natalie) White of Taber and Kristyn (Kyle) Marchuk of Coaldale; ten grandchildren Chelsea, Ashley, Kaya, T.J., Tyler, Braiden, Amy, Abigail, Brooke and Chase. He is also survived by his sisters Mae Foran, Dorothy (Mario) Bebenedictis, Edie Rodway and Eileen Caron; brother-in-law Roger Rombough and by numerous nieces and nephews. Jim’s family was his pride and joy.
He was predeceased by his parents James and Lily White; sisters Margaret White-Ferrel and Barbara Rombough; brother George White; brothers-in-law Gord Ferrel, James Foran, Bert Rodway and Leo Caron.
Jim was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 19, 1955. He married Janice Patrick on January 26, 1974 and they relocated to Taber in 1982 where Jim worked as a plumber for Seiko’s Plumbing until he started White’s Plumbing in 1992, a legacy that is being fulfilled by his son Robert.
Jim had a heart of gold and a sense of humour that was one of a kind. His business and his customers meant the world to him and he treated all of them like family.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


ELIZABETH G. WIPF passed away at the Goldspring Colony, on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the GOLDSPRING COLONY, Warner, AB, on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. with Interment to follow in the Goldspring Colony Cemetery.

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April 25, 1930 – January 9, 2020

It is with deep sorrow to announce the passing of Rose Zsombor at Chinook Hospice Calgary on Jan 9, 2020. Rose was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Zoltan Joseph Zsombor.

Rose will be remembered for her beautiful smile (she loved to laugh) and her friendly and welcoming personality. With warmth and hospitality, she treated new acquaintances as old friends, and old friends as family. Having a love for conversation and a caring compassionate soul, Rose touched many hearts and will be missed by those fortunate enough to have known her. Her children will forever remember her unwavering love for her husband, Joe and their family. Rose is survived by her 7 children Rose (Robert) Clemensen, Larry, Andy (Diana), Frank (Kendy), Carol (James) Matthews, Patrick (Deb), Darlene (Peter) Dvorack; her grandchildren Katherine Dascomb, Jasmine and Phoenix Zsombor, Tina Djikstra and Joe Zsombor, Develin and Nicky Matthews, Amanda Beer, Kaitlyn and Ty Dvorack; sisters Margaret Horvath and Juliana Horvath; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At Rose’s request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Alberta Lung Association at http://www.ab.lung.ca

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