January 18th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 14, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 14, 2020.


KEITH ELMER ATKINSON, beloved companion of Pauline Swanson of Nobleford, passed away peacefully at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

A Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St. Edward Blvd. North, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society at http://www.lethbridgehumanesociety.com/donate.

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

John William Chute

1925 – 2020

Mr. John William Chute of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Cecile Chute, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the age of 94 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Hazel Eagle Bear was born on April 22, 1941 in Cardston, Alberta. She passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her family was at her bedside when she passed over. Hazel was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, and sister- in-law. She is survived by her sons: Dexter Eagle Bear, Farley Wesley Eagle Bear (nicknamed Smiley), Philbert Eagle Bear (known as Jim) wife Ish, adopted son Thomas Knife Eagle Bear. Her grandchildren: Kimberley Eagle Bear, Michael Brent Eagle Bear, Lucy Eagle Bear, Rae Lee Eagle Bear, Kineisha Eagle Bear. Her great-grandchildren: Kylie Eagle Bear-Big Throat, Kyle Eagle Bear-Big Throat, Caleb Eagle Bear Big-Throat, Miley Eagle Bear-Big Throat, Nova Soop, Kaydence Bastein. Her sisters: Magdaline Cress, Angeline Webster, Melva Black (Sydney). Her nieces: Isabelle Pothier, Patricia Crow Child, Sandra Vielle, Shirley (Gilbert) Wolf Child, Erin Black, Cary Black, Gloria Eli, Shirley Eli. Her nephews: Robert (Betty) Vielle, Phillip Cress, Jonathan Cress, Steven Gamble, Allen Eli, Ivan Eli, David Black. Hazel was predeceased by her husband Eddie Eagle Bear, her daughter Gloria Karen Eagle Bear, parents Frank and Lucy Eli, nee Willows, brothers: Lawrence (Alberta) Eli, Floyd ( Maryanne) Eli, sisters Viola Eli, Alva Eli, niece Andrea Schmidka Woods, nephew Larry Vielle, foster daughter Cheryl Knife, parents-in-law Jack and Agnes Eagle Bear, sisters-in-law: Eva (Alfred) Sweetgrass, Louise (Herbert) Bullshields, Margaret (Andrew) Weaselfat, brothers-in-law: Mike (Angeline) Eagle Bear, Stan (Madeline) Eagle Bear, Billy (Margaret) Eagle Bear, Louis (Louise) Knife. Hazel was brought up on the Blood Reserve at St. Paul’s Residential School. She lived with Eddie after leaving residential school. She and Eddie married in 1970. They separated in 1985 and Hazel moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. She went to the Lethbridge College and to the U of L to upgrade her education. Hazel was a foster parent for many years. She was a board member of the Friendship Center, a board member of Treaty Seven, and various committees. She liked to crochet and do word puzzles. She liked road trips. Hazel and her daughter Karen and granddaughter Kimberley and her foster children went to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles (Disneyland), Seattle, Coeur d’Alene (Silverwoods), Spokane, Vancouver and other places. A Service for family and friends will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge followed by a wake service from 7-11 p.m. at the Old Agency Hall. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Old Agency Hall at 12:00 noon.

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


HOWARD FRANKLIN FOLKINS, of Lethbridge and formerly of Warner, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on August 9, 2019. Howard was born October 18, 1924 in Lethbridge, the son of Bert & Treva Folkins.

Howard proudly served while training in the Royal Canadian Air Force and farmed for many years in the Warner area. His love for people was reflected by his involvement in the Warner community.

Howard demonstrated a love for music by playing his clarinet and oboe for the Lethbridge Symphony, participating in the Community Band during his retirement years, and singing for many years in the choir at the Warner Evangelical United Brethren Church.

He partnered with Vic Wright in organizing the local community band in Warner which eventually evolved and merged into the combined high school bands of Warner and Milk River. He was also involved with organizing activities at the ice arena at the Warner Civic Center. He gave much of his time managing the facility and coaching and refereeing hockey through its early years of development.

Howard is survived by his sister-in-law, Rosalie Folkins; children, Greg (Lyla) Folkins and Brenda Taylor; son-in-law, Jay Donelon (Janine); grandchildren, Jared (Jaimi) Folkins, Jacqueline (Ryan) Apple, and Christian Folkins; as well as his great-grandchildren, Gracie, Jude, Ethan, and Lucas. He was known as a favorite uncle to many of his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Shirley Folkins.

Howard was preceded in death by his son, Kent Folkins; daughters, Karen Folkins and Janine Donelon; as well as a grandson, Jaye Folkins.

He leaves behind many friendships while living out his remaining years in Lethbridge. His influence on the community of Warner, his love for his family, the farm and for music will be remembered by all who knew him.

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February 3, 1924 – February 7, 2020

The family Edna Jane Groves Komarynsky is saddened to announce the passing of their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, on February 7th, 2020 at the age of 96, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Edna Jane Groves was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on February 3rd, 1924 to Jane Price Groves and William (Billy) Groves at 30 Boundary Street. This past year, she had asked to go back to 30 Boundary Street – and on February 7th, her Irish ancestors called her home.

She will be deeply missed by her children – Alan (Cheryl) Komarynsky, Maureen (John) McCrady, Kevin (Karen) Komarynsky, Shauna (Terry) Willoughby, and Michael (Helen) Komarynsky; Grandchildren – Colin (Lisa) Stutsman, Laura Komarynsky (Jason Ferguson), David Komarynsky, Nicole (d.) (Drew) Dalby, Melissa (Jon) Schildwachter, Stephanie (Ethan) Mink, Andrea (Glenn) Dryden, Kyle Komarynsky, Patrick Komarynsky, and Kara Komarynsky; Great-grandchildren – Tyler MacKinnon, Matthew Mackinnon, Sarah Ferguson, Kaleigh Ferguson, Alex Dalby, Marcus Dalby, Dean Schildwachter, and Tom Schildwachter; Step-grandchildren – Caitlin (Alon) Bar-Nur, and Olivia Willoughby; and her family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Edna was predeceased by her husband Nick Komarynsky, grand-daughter Nicole Wood Dalby; her parents Jane Price and William J (Billy) Groves; and all of her siblings.

Edna came to Alberta, Canada, just after the second world war. She lived in various communities, including Duffield, Edmonton, Black Diamond, East Coulee, Wabamun, Beaumont and Lethbridge. She has such a great sense of humour, a happy go-lucky nature, and could strike up a conversation with anyone she met. She loved to sing, and the world truly was a better place when she was in it.

Edna’s remains have been cremated care of Cornerstone Funeral Home and will be interred next to her husband Nick at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Edmonton. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made in memory of Edna Komarynsky to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer Society

Lynn Lowe

1934 – 2020

Mrs. Laura Lynn Lowe of Lethbridge, beloved wife of 62 years to Mr. Gordon Lowe, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the age of 85 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Friday, February 14, 2020, at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Colonel Glen Shepherd officiating.

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1952 – 2020

DANUTA OLEKSIEWICZ, of Lethbridge, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the age of 67 years. Danuta is survived by her sons Chris and Robert. A private family service will be held on a later date.

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


JAMES HENRY SMITH, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Per James’s request, no formal funeral service will take place.

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Boyd Tucker

1930 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Bidwell Boyd Tucker, who passed away on February 10, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Boyd was born in Punnichy, Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he studied Pharmacy. Boyd moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1961 and opened Boyd’s Pharmacy which he operated for 25 years. Boyd was a true entrepreneur at heart and also invested in, and ran, numerous other business ventures. Boyd believed in hard work, respect and gratitude which was obvious in all his interactions with colleagues, customers, friends and family. He was very athletic and pushed himself to perform at every sport he enjoyed. He loved skiing, golf and curling and he excelled at all of those. Boyd was an active member of many local organizations. He was curious at heart which led to a great deal of travel with his wife, Shirley, the last adventure of which was Hong Kong and mainland China. Boyd loved his family deeply and was tremendously proud of all their accomplishments. Boyd will be lovingly remembered by his wife and partner of 59 years, Shirley Ann Tucker (née Wagness), and his children Trent Tucker, Brad Tucker and Dana Tucker and her husband Jack Tavares. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Callahan Tucker, Grayson Tucker and Zia Tucker; his surviving sister Elaine Tucker; sister-in-law Jean Schmitt (née Wagness) and her husband Ray Schmitt, and his numerous nieces and nephews. Boyd’s family is forever grateful to the staff of unit 4B of the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, and the staff of St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre, and would like to thank them for the kind and respectful care that he received. Boyd was given the gift of life and has now bravely given it back. He has requested we have a Celebration of Life ceremony that will be held at 11:00am, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0X5, so that those who loved him can honor the man that he was and the joy he brought to all of us. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5, or Jack Ady Cancer Centre Lethbridge, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Martin Ulrich

1944 – 2020

Mr. Martin “Marty” Ulrich of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Marie Ulrich, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the age of 75 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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