January 23rd, 2021

FRIDAY, January 24, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 24, 2020.


RALPH JOSEPH AINSCOUGH passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Left to mourn is his wife of 66 years Dorothy Ainscough, his children; Larry (Connie) Ainscough of Milk River, Debbie (Brian) Rains of Spruce Grove, AB, Karen (Pat) Smith of Lethbridge, Katie Ainscough of Lethbridge, Allen (Charene) Ainscough of St. Andrews, MB and Richard (Deb) Ainscough of Milk River. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Ralph will also be remembered by his siblings Marion (Les) Vornbrock, Edith Behiel, Paul (Pat) Ainscough, Phyllis (Byron) Barrows, Bev (Gary) Duell and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Bert & Rose Ainscough, Gordon & Caroline Jodrey, Matt & Peggy Spencer and four nephews and two brothers in law.

Ralph was born in Coutts, AB in 1934. He was a community oriented person who volunteered his time. Ralph spent 10 years with the fire department and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street Milk River on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Salvador Ahumada, Celebrant.

A Private Family Interment will follow in the Milk River Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Milk River Ambulance Box 90, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.

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


HENRY AUER, beloved father of Chelsey (Kevin) Paskal and Courtney (John Pittman) Auer, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the age of 65 years.

Besides his loving children, Henry is survived by his grandchildren, Beckham, Peyton, Grace, and Noah, his mother, Elizabeth Auer, his brothers, Richard and Hubert Auer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, John and Katarina Wetzel, and his father Englebert Auer.

Henry worked for the County of Lethbridge for many years as a heavy equipment operator. He loved driving and going on road trips, and was passionate about wildlife and hunting. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren; his eyes lit up when they were in the room, and he was always smiling and joking around with them.

He will be remembered for his wacky sense of humour and his passion for drawing, as he was always doodling or sketching something.

A Celebration of Henry’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Alberta Children’s Hospital (Childhood Cancer) at www. childrenshospital.ab.ca/donate.

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

Donald “Don” Cavers

1936 – 2020

Mr. Donald “Dapper” Matthew Cavers of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Maggie Cavers (nee Delaney), passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the age of 83 years. Don was born at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge on September 22, 1936 to parents Doc and Helen Cavers. He was raised in Lethbridge and went to school at St. Josephs. Don considered himself a “True Northsider.”. He was encouraged by his uncle Mike Douglas to take up golfing at a young age, and soon became the young “Tiger Woods” of Lethbridge, his home club being Henderson Lake Golf Club. Don created a name for himself by winning many local and provincial championships. He was just 16 years old when he charged into the golf spotlight by winning the Alberta Juvenile Championship, and later captured the Lethbridge Country Club Invitational Crown in 1955, 1957, 1962, 1963 and 1965, and in 1961 he set a course record of 66 which stood until the course was redesigned. He was inducted into the Lethbridge Hall of Fame in 2000. Golf was Don’s life- he was a pro as well as a Superintendent at many clubs in Southern Alberta and could always be seen at a golf club somewhere. Don was also an avid hockey player, as well as a curler. He was well respected by all that knew him, and he loved nothing more than being with friends. Don is survived by son, Doug (Della) Cavers of Calgary and their children, Brittany and Ashley; son Christopher Cavers of Calgary; stepchildren, Mandy (Dave) Shannon of Lethbridge and their children Mackenzie and Kayleigh; Richard Ragan and his children Kourtney and Charlee; Samantha Berard and her children, Jaymee and Breanna; Larry Berard,and his son Daxxen. Don was predeceased by his parents, Doc and Helen; and his first wife, Diane (Donaldson) Cavers. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at NORDBRIDGE SENIORS CENTRE, 1904- 13 AVENUE NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3.

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

Verna Cecilia Hawley

June 11, 1933 – January 12, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Verna Hawley, beloved wife of the late Allan (Al) Hawley, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 1st, 2020 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH – 411 – 11 ST South, Lethbridge Alberta at 1:00 P.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family at http://www.willowcreekfuneralhome.com

LASTUKA, Dexter Lynn

Dexter passed away peacefully January 17 in Coquitlam BC. Dex was born April 20 1953 in Lethbridge. He enjoyed his childhood on the family farm in Wrentham until 1967 at which time the family moved to Lethbridge. He attended WCHS where he met his lifelong partner Suzy Tarnava. Dex and Suzy moved to Vancouver in 1973 where he resided until his passing. Dex was a charismatic, kind, fun loving person who made friends easily and liked to golf, cook and entertain. He was a salesman extraordinaire! He is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his partner Suzanne Tarnava, parents George and Lois Lastuka, brother Derral(Carolyn) Lastuka, sisters Donna (Trevor) Kesler, Denise Lastuka (Tim Sully) as well as several nieces nephews and many cousins. The stars look very different today.


BERNARD (BUZZ) LAYTON, beloved husband of Vera Layton, passed away in Lethbridge on January 22, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


MAE WEST SELMAN, beloved wife of the late Barker Selman, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Raymond, Alberta, just 37 days short of her 102nd birthday. Friends may meet with the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, Raymond, on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Followed by a private family service. Interment will be held around 12:30 p.m. in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

For more information and to send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


May 12, 1941 – Jan. 18, 2020

ROBERT “BOB” DOUGLAS THOLE, beloved husband to Margaret Y. Thole (née Takeda), passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Arlyce (Phil) Wing and family of Seattle, WA; son Douglas (Jodie) Thole and family of Big Fork, MT; sisters Arlene (Michael) Sullivan of Seattle, WA; Kathy (Greg) Barkus of Big Fork, MT; and Nancy (Arlen) Hanson of Missoula, MT as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In honouring Bob’s wishes, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob to a charity of your choice.

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

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