November 1st, 2020

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 31, 2020.


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.

Verna is survived by her children; Gloria (Larry) Silsbe, Darlene Hawley, Colleen (Doug) de Casmaker and Wes (Diane) Hawley; grandchildren Shawn (Mini) Silsbe, Kayla (Ryan) Silsbe, Scott (Chelsea) de Casmaker, Amanda (James) Fehr and Melissa (Derek) Fehr; great-grandchildren; Nevaeh, Hayden and Piper de Casmaker. She is also survived by her sister Cecilia (Ron) Chapman of Lethbridge; Sister-in-laws Ilda Robblee, Rose Hawley and Sylvia Forczek. As well as numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends. Verna also leaves behind her caregiver and best friend Evangeline Wagang.

Verna was predeceased by her loving husband Allan in 2010; grandson Matthew in 2006. Also her parents Stanley and Ludwika Forczek, siblings Mary, Dancha and Stanley; and her life-long best friend Sophie Shiels in 2019; as well as many other family members and friends.

Verna was born in Lethbridge on June 11, 1933 and raised and educated in Lethbridge. Mom married Dad on July 28, 1952 and in 1953 started their family raising four children. In August 1960 Mom and Dad started Al Hawley Trucking which is still operating today by their son Wes.

Verna will be remembered as a loving and amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Her door was always open to anyone that wanted to have a meal, a cup of coffee or just a shoulder to lean on. Mom enjoyed gardening, baking, playing crib, and most recently Poker Dice. She and Dad loved dancing and camping in their younger days.

Mom will be remembered for her kind heart, her witty sense of humor and her words of wisdom that she loved to share with everyone. She was strong in her faith and faced life’s challenges, especially in her later years, with grace and dignity, never complaining.

Mom will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

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.

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Alan Dale Lindsay

1960 – 2020

Mr. Alan Lindsay of Lethbridge, beloved son of Mrs. Anne Lindsay, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the age of 59 years. Alan is survived by his mom Anne Lindsay (Peter); daughter Danielle (Travis); son Brandon (Justina) Lindsay; grand-daughter Bailey; sisters Linda (Arnie), Ruth (Dennis), Carol (Bob); brothers Glen (Denise), Jim (Bonnie) and Brian (Anne), and several nieces and nephews. Alan was predeceased by his dad Hamilton Lindsay; brothers Raymond (Joyce) and Wayne. A Private Family Service will be held and Alan will be laid to rest in the Carmangay Cemetery.

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June Florence Maud Mowers

1927 – 2020

Mrs. June Mowers of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

June was pre-deceased by her father, Albert, mother, Constance, brother, Harold, first husband, Dr. Terence Bassett and second husband, Cleo Mowers. Surviving June are her son, Anthony (Toronto, ON), daughter, Jennifer (Reg) (Middle Sackville, NS), grandsons Ron (Tracy) (Stettler, AB), Galen (Halifax, NS), David (New Plymouth, NZ), granddaughter, Clare (Toronto, ON) and great-granddaughters, Remi (Stettler, AB) and Eboni (Stettler, AB). A Celebration of June’s Life will be held at a later date.

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1922 – 2020

The last hand has been dealt and the cards put away.

With heavy hearts, the family of RUTH BARBARA ORCHARD wishes to announce her passing. Ruth passed away at Fairmont Extendicare with her daughters at her side on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the age of 97.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Ruth’s Life at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Harold Cooper officiating.

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WILLIAM MATTRU ORICH, beloved husband of Barbara Orich of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the age of 77 years.

Besides his loving wife, William is survived by his sons, Billy (friend Rhona) Orich of Lethbridge, Harold (Cynthia) Orich of Lethbridge, and Donald (Treena) Orich of Picture Butte, as well as seven grandchildren, Alicia, Nathan, Caley, Jordon, Brady, Maddy, and Ciara, and four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Lennyx, Austin, and Shavana. He is also survived by his sisters, Bev (Marvin) Ruttan of Campbell River, BC and Bernice (Tom) Thompson, both of Picture Butte, and his brothers, Butch (Marlene) of Jasper and Ivan (Linda) Orich of Lethbridge.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mike & Aino Orich, two brothers, Larry Orich and Ken Orich, two sisters, Connie Orich and Diane Orich, and one grandson, Christopher.

William was an accomplished man, having worked as a long distance truck driver for 25 years, a qualified plumber for 18 years, and a deliveryman for Marquis Flowers for eight years. He loved camping and fishing, and enjoyed spending time working on his garden and other personal projects. He would always help his friends and family whenever they needed.

Thanks to the doctors and nurses at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit—God bless you for taking care of our loving husband and us when we needed support.

A Celebration of William’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.

In memory of William Mattru Orich, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at

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Robert Potvin

1957 – 2020

Mr. Robert Potvin of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Dianne Potvin, passed away at home, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the age of 62 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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Born February 28th, 1935 and passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on January 22nd, 2020, after a valiant effort for life.

Tillie was predeceased by her husband John James Schmidt in November 2009. She is survived by her son Gary (Rhonda) Schmidt of Lethbridge County and her daughter Debbie (Brian) Erdos of Coaldale. Two beautiful grandchildren Brittany (Jordan) Abraham and Brad (Amanda) Erdos, as well as two great- grandsons Carson and Connor Erdos.

As per her request there will be no funeral, only a private gravesite ceremony for her family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Foundation.

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AMY WOOLFORD, beloved wife of the late Kenneth Woolford, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at the South Hill Chapel, 950 Main Street in Cardston, Alberta, on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

Interment in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Harrisville.

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EUPHEMIA “FAY” JANE ZONTA, the beloved wife of the late Dino Zonta, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at the age of 89 years.

A Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, February 1st at 1:00 P.M. Family & friends wishing to attend are to meet at the Eternal Flame at the entrance of the cemetery and the procession in will start at 12:55 P.M.

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