January 18th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 7, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 7, 2020.


FRIEDA ANTON of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Frieda is the loving mother of Terence (Leona), Ken (Bonnie) and James (Jan), all of Lethbridge; and Oma to her cherished grandchildren: Nicole, Christopher, Rachel, Julia, Daniel and Adam, all of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her brother, Willie (Ida) Kuhn, sister Irm Kuhn and nieces, Lily (J.C.) Chameroy and Lorraine (Adrian) Kaufmann; and nephew, John (Sofia) Kuhn as well as numerous special relatives on the Anton side.

Frieda was predeceased by her father, Wilhelm Kuhn, mother, Eleanor Kuhn and sister-in-law, Ilse Kuhn.

Frieda worked at the Lethbridge Herald for 21 years, followed by employment at Charm Diamond Centre in semi-retirement. Once retired, she volunteered at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Frieda was an avid gardener and baker and enjoyed bowling and bus trips. Her greatest love was spending time with family and friends, especially her beloved grandchildren, attending the many activities and sporting events they were involved in over the years. Frieda also cherished visits and fun times with her closest friends.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Lee Loveridge officiating.

In memory of Frieda, donations may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church General Fund (c/o Immanuel Lutheran Church).

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

Big Swallow

CURTIS ROBERT BIG SWALLOW, 33, passed away in Fort Macleod on February 2nd, 2020.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, Feb. 10th 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 Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 11:00 a.m.

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

Diane Dubé

1955 – 2020

Mrs. Diane Dubé of Coalhurst, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jocelyn Dubé, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the age of 64. Diane was born on October 7, 1955 to Victor and Aline Pitre. Diane and Jocelyn were married in 1979 and raised 2 children together Wayne and Christian. Diane was a dedicated mother and took great pride in caring for them. She had a love of cats, shopping, vacationing and family. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Wayne and Christian (Miyuki); grandchildren Zachery, Aiden and Alyssa; brothers Alphonse, Michael, Richard; sister Linda. Besides her loving parents Victor and Aline; Diane was pre-deceased by her husband Jocelyn; brother Wayne. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Patrick “Pat” Fournier

1948 – 2020

Patrick “Pat” Fournier of Lethbridge, AB, beloved husband of Lyn Fournier, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on February 3, 2020 at Foothills Medical Centre. Pat was born in Moose Jaw, SK on May 10, 1948 to Lloyd and Elsie Fournier. Some of his fondest memories growing up were fishing with his Grandma and Grandpa Fournier on Buffalo Pound Lake and spending summers with his Uncle Wes and Grandma Farr on the family farm in Ogema, SK. Pat graduated from Peacock High School in Moose Jaw and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Lyn, on January 4, 1969. Over the years, Pat and Lyn lived in many communities throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they raised three children and Pat worked as a bank manager, partsman and driver until his retirement. Pat enjoyed gardening and traveling throughout Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching their activities whether it was hockey, ringette or the performing arts. He was an avid fan of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and went to the games every chance he could. In his downtime he loved to follow the adventures of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj on the Big Bang Theory. Pat is survived by his loving wife, Lyn, his sons, Wesley (Ann) Fournier, Wayne (Claire) Fournier and his daughter Kelly (Don) Marois. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jonathon (Tiffany) Petrie-Fournier, Eric Fournier, Alicia Fournier, Alexander Marois, Julianna Marois, great grandson, Ryder Petrie and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Elsie Fournier and sister, Betty Fournier. Special Thank You to the Lethbridge EMS, the Chinook Regional Hospital Emergency Department, STARS Air Ambulance and the Foothills Medical Centre Intensive Care Unit C. Pat couldn’t have received better, more compassionate care. A private family service will be held.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance at http://WWW.STARS.CA.

Gordon Laurence Duncombe

April 11, 1944 – February 2, 2020

Gordon Duncombe, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully after a long battle of Polycythemia Vera, Pulmonary Hypertension, Kidney Failure, Heart Failure, and a severe brain bleed on February 2, 2020. When he passed, he was surrounded by his family on both sides of the veil and embraced into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father. He fought a courageous battle and never lost his desire to live, work, spend time with his family, and serve others. He was a strong man to the end.

He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He grew up playing basketball, riding horses, and helping at his grandparents’ farm. When he was 19 years old, he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. During his mission, he served the people of New Zealand and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. When he returned, he worked in the Northwest Territories driving heavy machinery through swamps and rugged lands. He also worked on the Northern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman to support himself through college. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Gordon married Mary Pat Hogan on August 28, 1969 in the Idaho Falls Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They began married life in Texas, while Gordon finished his degree. Then, they moved to Lethbridge Alberta, Canada, where they welcomed their first child. They lived in multiple areas of Canada (Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), where Gordon worked as an Economist for the Canadian Government. While in Canada, they welcomed six more children and Gordon held many callings in their church, including Bishop for five years.

They moved to Saint Michael, Minnesota (United States) in 1982, where they had three more children and Gordon started his own tax consulting business. Gordon was a man of extraordinary integrity and developed many strong friendships through his years of business expertise. He was a generous man, who was interested in helping others.

He was a valiant member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served faithfully as a Bishop, Temple Worker, Teacher, and more. He lived his life through faith and service.

Gordon had a passion for life. He loved the outdoors and was always dreaming of his next adventure. He traveled to many places, including all throughout the United States, Mexico, Belize, China, British Columbia, England, Scotland, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, and more. He lived his life by the motto, “Work hard, play hard.” When it was time to play, Gordon loved to take his children horse-riding, motorcycle riding, boating at the lake, and camping. He took his family on many fun trips, including horse riding and motorcycle trips through the Black Hills, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and British Columbia. In 2016, Gordon took his ENTIRE family to Disney World, a trip that everyone still talks about.

He is predeceased by his parents, Udine Sabey Duncombe and Lawrence Lowell Duncombe, his sister Carol Wimmers, and his grandson Daniel Gordon Duncombe.

He is survived by his wife Mary, their ten children and their spouses: Gina (Cameron) Kemp, Mitchel (Mary E), Amy (Robert) Mercado, Paul (Tessa), Daniel (Stephany), Michael (Shannon), Jonathan (Michelle), Katharine (Matthew) Pearson, Thomas (Stacy), Kristina (Brandon) Lowe, and 38 grandchildren and their spouses: Miranda, Morgan, Mackenzie, Maggie, Peter, Nora, Cole, William, Edward (Sofia), Alysa (Taylor), Jared, Aryn, Alice, Porter, Emily, Skyler, Cailyn, Sawyer, Jessica, Hailey, Allie, Samantha, Ethan, Isabella, Ava, Odin, Lydia, Blair, Emma, Jane, Sarah, Thomas, David, Ruth, Timothy, Brooks, and Elyse. Siblings, Susan (Brian) Eaves, Jacquie Siewert, Lloyd (Pam) Duncombe.

Visitation and brunch will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Funeral Services will begin at 1:30pm.

All services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 9474 Naber Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330.

Elizabeth Kathleen

(Collin) Holmberg August 21, 1949 – February 1, 2020

Elizabeth, beloved wife of Elwyn, left us on February 1, 2020 to join her heavenly family. She is survived by children Jennifer, Corina and Donovan; daughters of the heart Christel and Samantha; loves of her life grandchildren Onyx, Grayce and Calla; special aunt and uncle Glenda and Bill; sisters Karen, Shirley, Lorna and Danni; as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a huge host of friends, especially from Diamond City and area. Elizabeth was always a teacher, both professionally and in her personal life. She helped and encouraged everyone she met and was a great example to all of us. She is very missed but will always be present in our hearts. No formal funeral as per her request. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


1947 – 2020

Alvin Joseph Kinch (Al), beloved husband of Lynne, passed away at St. Mike’s Palliative Care Centre on January 30, 2020 at the age of 72.

Besides his loving wife Lynne, Alvin is survived by his daughter Dee Kinch of Penticton BC, step daughter Shannon Styra (Richard), step son Scott Bodnaruk, both of Lethbridge, sister Sharyn Matthews (Greg) of Saskatoon, sister Darlene (Doug) Lockinger of Fairmont, niece Robin (James) Elliott of Saskatoon, nephews Travis (Shay) Matthews, Terry (Julie) Matthews both of Oklahoma City and David Lockinger of Chase BC.

No service by request. Cremation entrusted to Evergreen Cremation Services.

Al will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Steeves, the doctors and nurses on 4C at the Regional Hospital and St. Mike’s Palliative Care Center for the wonderful care Al received.

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


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.

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

Edward G. Richards

1941 – 2020

It is with profound sadness and heartbreak we announce the passing of Edward G. Richards, beloved husband of Marilyn Richards who passed away at home of a massive heart attack on February 3, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Edward, the youngest son of Frank and Evelyn Richards, was born September 9, 1941 and raised on the family farm northeast of Coaldale. Born to be a farmer he loved being on the land, watching his crops grow and enjoyed the challenges the weather brought every year. He attended school in Coaldale graduating in 1959 with a matriculation diploma. He attended the agriculture program at Olds Agricultural College taking two years in one and graduating with honors second from the top of 120 people in 1961. He had an excellent work ethic working hard all his life. He was an excellent farmer knowing everything about the different soils. He was very mechanically inclined. He could fix anything and innovative at inventing ways to improve machinery adapting it to improve his farming techniques. He had excellent Math skills and was sharp at calculating and remembering numbers. “He said farmers have to be able to do math in their head.” He said that he learned and practiced the motto in farming: “Don’t be the first to try something new and don’t be the last.”

He was a past member of the Coaldale Kinsmen Club, the Coaldale Recreation Board and Minor Hockey Association. He was involved with the local Sugar Beet Growers’ Association, The Vegetable Marketing board and the Lethbridge Marksman Club. He was presented with the Max Gibb Award for showing outstanding volunteer service and commitment to the summer games in 1980. He served on the Gem of the West Museum Board for many years. In past years he curled, winning many events, and also has participated in drama presentations. He was adept at skeet shooting, sporting clays and hunting game. He has won many trophies and medals at shooting competitions and wild game was a staple at the Richards’ dinner table. He was a member of the Archeology Association and has much expertise in this field having participated in dugout expeditions when he was fifteen. He was a history buff and loved to read all kinds of history books. Edward had a keen sense of humor and could think off the top of his head with his keen mind. He was also known as a wordsmith. He had a way with words. He loved his family and was very proud of them always extremely happy when his family were around him. He also thoroughly enjoyed hunting with his son Bob and visiting with his friends daily at Tim Hortons. He was a proud member of AA for 34 years helping others as much as he could.

He was predeceased by his parents, in laws and infant daughter. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years; sons James (Bela), Bob (Danelle) and Mark (Tania); Grandchildren: Mathew (Tenelle), Jaron, Emilia (Spencer) Hudson, Blair Richards, Stephen (Rachel), Brendan, Kathryn (Joe) Mortensen and Michael (Nicole); Great Grandchildren: Scarlett and Emmett Richards, Sawyer Hudson, Jaxson Richards and Adalynn Mortensen. His brother Norman (Jean) Richards; Sister in law Sandra (Richard) Thiem and brother in law Donald Anderson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, COALDALE CHAPEL (2216 – 21a Ave. Coaldale), at 1:00 pm Saturday February 8, 2020, with Bishop Ken Pitcher officiating.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family prior to the service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm, or on Friday February 7, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the COALDALE CHAPEL.

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


TYSON DION SHADE, 36, passed away on the Blood Reserve on January 31st, 2020.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tues., Feb. 11th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Wed., Feb 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Shade Family Cemetery.

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


EMILIE ‘ANNE’ STOJKE, beloved wife of Adolf Stojke of Carbon, AB, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the age of 71 years. Anne is the beloved mother to Edward (Tricia) Stojke, Dale (Rhonda) Stojke and Colleen (Warren – deceased) Bauman; grandmother to Jaydon, Alison, Megan, Heidi, Erica, Connor, Ava and Joel; sister to Brenda (Dick) Schuler and aunt to DiAnne (Jon) Speer. A Funeral Service will be held at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

David Thiessen

1919 – 2020

Mr. David Thiessen of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Susie Thiessen, was welcomed into his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Chinook Regional Hospital, reaching the age of 100 years. David was born in Orenburg, Russia on June 5, 1919 to parents David and Helena Thiessen. At the age of 11 years in 1930 he immigrated to Canada with his parents and 4 younger siblings. Coaldale, Alberta was chosen as his earthly home where he resided until his passing. David lived a long and fulfilling life; he was disciplined, dependable, uncomplaining and courageous until the end. He was a man of integrity and faith, who exemplified a positive outlook on life. Beginning at a very young age he developed an exceptional work ethic which stood him in good stead throughout his lifetime. He tried his hand at numerous and various jobs ranging from farm labourer to eventually retiring from Inland Concrete as a trucker. Upon his retirement, having led an active lifestyle, David took up golf and curling. He already enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cycling, camping as well as yearly trips to visit his parents and family. He loved ushering at numerous church and community events; meeting and greeting people of all ages. Many years were devoted to custodial work at his church which he excelled at. By meeting up with “The Senate” (his coffee friends) many of the world’s problems were solved!! It was imperative this took place weekday mornings…socializing was a must! On March 27, 1942 David married Susie Harder. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2017, quite a milestone!! Left to cherish his memory are his sons Victor and Verner; daughters Edna and Wanda (Bill) Clarke; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. Surviving him are his brothers John (Helen), Frank (Mary-deceased) and Peter (Verna); sisters Kathy Thiessen, Betty (Peter) Friesen, and Hilda (Cornie) Goertzen. He was predeceased by his parents; brother Leonard; sisters Mary (Ben) Wall, Anne (Henry) Buhler and Helen (John) Harms. David will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

“Auf Wiedersehen, Lieber Papa.”

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 10:00am and 11:00am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00pm, on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18th Street, Coaldale, Alberta., with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating. A private family Graveside Service will be held prior at the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, Box 767, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2L4.

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