January 24th, 2021

SATURDAY, February 1, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 1, 2020.


October 29th, 1936 – January 25th, 2020

Frances Beresnak passed away peacefully in Calgary, AB on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at the age of 83. Frances is survived by her daughter Laurie Paul (nee Beresnak); granddaughter Natashia Mensah (nee Paul); grandson Alanzo (Khadija) Paul; as well as four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Fabian and Helen Vidra; and her long time friend Pius Labolevich. A graveside Service will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lethbridge, AB in the summer of 2020. Further details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made toward the Pius Labolevech Memorial Scholarships (cheques should be made out to ‘Palliser Regional School District’ and sent to Palliser Regional Division No. 26, #101, 3305-18th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5S1.).

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December 19, 1923 – January 22, 2020

Philip died early on January 22, 2020. A month prior he had celebrated his 96th birthday, with a large party attended by family and friends from all over Canada and the US. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jenifer, and by his children Deirdre, Aidan (Margreet), Oliver (Judy), Augustus (Janet), Nicholas (Nikola) and Victoria (Andy); by his grandchildren Niall (Kayley), Nadia (Terry), Megan, Mary, Sally (Magdi), Patrice (Sam), Bergen, Reuben (Heidi), Linnaea, Helene, Alyosha, Nelson, Naomi Rose, Patrick, Rebecca and Aidan; by his great-grandchildren Georgia, Andrew, Clarissa(David), Eleanor, Wilfred, Olivia, Noah, Rory and Felix Rose; by Janet and Harley, by Wendy and Jane; by his half-brother John(Mary), by his sister-in-law Sybil, and by numerous nephews and nieces and their families.

He was pre-deceased by his parents James and Virginia Butterfield, infant son Roland, grandson Damon, his first wife Myra, his brothers James and Aidan, and his son-in-law John.

Philip was born in Vancouver, spent his early childhood in Summerland, BC, did a year at Art School in New York, and then, as a young man went north to Atlin, BC and the Yukon. The three oldest children were born in the north. He worked in the goldmines, was a longshoreman on the steamboats of the Yukon River, was a woodcutter, and taught in schools in Whitehorse. In 1955 the family went to Vancouver where he was a schoolteacher until 1963. After four years at graduate school in Seattle he joined the new University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta as a founding member, and remained there as both an administrator and philosophy professor until his retirement in 1989.

The move to the prairies brought a new interest in raising purebred Shorthorn cattle and so in 1970 the family moved to what became known to us all as “The Farm” in Monarch, Alberta. Philip combined his university activities with raising his considerable herd, showing and selling prize cattle all over the world. He did this while also remodelling the family home with his boys, farming the land, and extensively landscaping the property.

Philip remained on the farm to the age of 91, and in 2015 he and Jenifer moved to Victoria.

Philip loved his family; he loved the farm with all the trees he planted, and all the animals he raised; he enjoyed company and solitude, he loved to argue and debate. He always had a project on hand and was still working on one – his “Wall” – with photos and prints of family, animals, scenes, and whatever, until his final days. He died in his sleep at Sunrise Senior Living in Victoria. We would like to thank the staff of Sunrise for their special attentive and loving care to him during the last year of his life.

We, his large, varied, and extended family will so miss him.


MARIA CHIEF CALF, of the Blood Reserve, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge, on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 33 years.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with the Right Reverend Sidney Black officiating.

Following the service, Maria will be laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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

Margaret Horvath
1919 – 2020
Margaret Horvath, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully in Taber on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 100 years. Over these 100 years, we have accumulated many great memories of our beloved Margaret.
A private funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday, February 3, 2020. A private burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
She is survived by her son Jim Horvath (Mary Kaytor) and son-in-law Steve Csabay (Colene Bennett) all of Taber; five grandchildren Lorraine (Allen) Megella, Tony (Nancy) Csabay, Richard Horvath, Andy Csabay and Shirley (Lee) Pennycook; six great grandchildren Jedd, Hannah and Hallie Horvath, Kate Csabay and Cole and Evan Pennycook. She is also survived by her sister Judy Horvath, several nieces and nephews as well as special friends Rhonda Horvath and Joan Oswald.
She was predeceased by her husband James Horvath; daughter Margaret Csabay; daughter-in-law Theresa Horvath; parents Andrew and Margaret Boda; sisters Rose Zsombor and Pearl Birch; brothers-in-law Joe Zsombor, Tony Birch and Jim Horvath.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Margarets’s name may be made to the Good Samaritan Society, Linden View, 4700 – 64 Ave, Taber, Alberta T1G 0C6 (www.gss.org/locations/linden-view).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Leonard Anthony Marchewka (“Chewky”) passed away in Lethbridge on January 26, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Len was employed at H & R Transport for over 35 years. He was a dedicated driver with over 4.7 million accident-free miles. He also received multiple awards during his career.

Besides his loving wife Nancy, he is survived by his sons Leonard, Darin (Marni), Chad (Brenda) and daughter Sharla (Randy); seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; also three siblings, Larry (Brenda), Margaret (Barry) and Bernard (Bianca).

A Celebration of Len’s life will be held at a later date.

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.

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


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.

Left with wonderful memories are her daughters, Elaine VandenBerg and Reta Ellice, daughter-in-law, Betty Orchard, eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband Lawrence, son Dr. Ken Orchard, sons-in-law Jan VandenBerg and John Ellice, two sisters and four brothers.

Being a farm wife most of her life, Ruth was a hard worker. Her days were spent driving school bus, growing a huge garden, tending to farm chores and raising three children. A game of cards was one form of relaxation for her and from that, she became the master crib player! Upon retirement and moving to Lethbridge in 1992, Ruth was a life member of Nordbridge Seniors Center where she enjoyed the camaraderie and of course, crib games. She was a loving part of four generations who are left with fond memories of her sense of humour, quick wit and the warmth of her welcoming home.

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.

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


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 http://www.cancer.ca/donate.

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


WALTER ABE PENNER, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Velma Penner, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

A Celebration of Walter’s Life will be held at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s memory to The Gideons International at http://www.gideons.ca/donate.

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


GALE PATRICK ROBERTS, beloved husband of Gail, passed away in Cardston on January 30th, 2020 at the age of 77 years.

The Funeral Service will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Centre, Cardston, AB., on Thurs., Feb. 6th at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Woolford Cemetery.

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

Carol Ross

1937 – 2020

Carol Lorraine Ross (Simmonds), beloved mother, passed quietly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on January 25, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 82 years. Carol started her early career in the Lethbridge Library and finished a long career at the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital as a recreation therapy aide. Carol will always be remembered for helping people and being a caring soul. Carol is survived by her loving children Lona (Jim Ilchyshn) Chow; and Bob Chow; sister Gayle (Mike) Lanz; and cousins Terry (George) Lyster and Vickie (Jim) Brewer. A private family ceremony will be held in the spring at Archmount Cemetery. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


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


1951 – 2020

On January 24th, 2020, Marlene Shaver of Magrath, was called back to play piano in a three-piece band, joining her dad Herman on violin and son Randy on guitar. She was surrounded by her seven surviving children and a dear friend, and supported by her loved ones near and far on this final passage from the pain of cancer to the freedom of the sweet hereafter. We thank the Raymond Health Centre for their care and support.

Memories, stories and condolences can be shared at http://www.evergreenfh.ca.


January 4, 1928-January 29, 2020

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother AMY MARY WOOLFORD, on January 29, 2020 at the age of 92 years old.

Mom is survived by her five children, Trudy (Dennis) Hatt, Jack (Anna) Woolford, Rod (Trudy) Woolford, Lynda (Rick) Smith and Brenda (Frank) Pigat, as well as 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Mom was predeceased by our dad, Kenneth Woolford on July 14, 1999.

Mom was born to John and Edith Olshaskie on January 4, 1928. She was the first daughter born to them, later joined by sisters Eva (Lyle) Vance, and Jean (Kelvin) MacDonnell. She was a tomboy who loved to be outside, helping her dad run their farm.

She met the love of her life Ken at a Harrisville dance, and married him June 18, 1948.

Mom devoted her life to helping Dad on the ranch and raising her five children. In her later years she finally had the time to develop her artistic talents, painting many beautiful pictures and having them displayed in several art shows. She loved family history and spent many hours researching and documenting information.

The ranch was a welcoming place for friends and family. She will always have a special place in the hearts of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her last few years were sometimes a struggle, but she never complained, becoming a favorite resident at St. Mikes with her smile. We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff who treated her with dignity and respect.

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 St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Harrisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted for St. Andrews United Church, Cardston.

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

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