January 15th, 2021

SATURDAY, March 7, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 7, 2020.

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.

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.

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DOMINIC FLOYD CROSS CHILD SR. (ONASTASSTATSIKAPOYII), beloved husband of Katherine, was called home by the Creator surrounded by family and prayer on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Gordon Duncan Fisher

1946 – 2020

Mr. Gordon Fisher of Lethbridge, formerly of Ocean Falls, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta surrounded by his loved ones. Gordon is survived by Christa Fisher (Stock), his love at first sight, partner throughout life and wife of 52 years. Gordon lived a life of adventure on the West Coast from Ocean Falls to Port Hardy, where he raised his family: Melanie Hillaby (Fisher), Robert Fisher, and John Kennedy. In 2009, Gordon and Christa left behind scuba diving, award-winning photography, hiking and fishing for new adventures in Alberta with his grandsons, Logan, Cameron and Riley Hillaby, and son in law Kevin Hillaby. Gordon lived his life to the fullest, made everyone laugh and touched many hearts. In accordance with his wishes, Gordon’s ashes will be returned to the sea. Namaste, Gordon.

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S. Douglas Fix

1957 – 2020

Mr. Doug Fix of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Arlene Fix, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the age of 63 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to IRSM Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, 16940 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 4H5. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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It is with great sadness that the family of JUDY KESLER, beloved wife of the late Greg Kesler, announce her peaceful passing at home on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the age of 74 years.

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Norman Lloyd Metz

1928 – 2020

Norman Lloyd Metz passed away peacefully and completely lucid at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 20, 2020, after a short period of health challenges. He is predeceased by his loving wife Margaret “Peggy” Metz (nee Williams), 1999 and his oldest son David John Metz, 1993. He is survived by his youngest son Lloyd Metz, wife Rhonda, four grand daughters: Melissa Metz-Guzzi, Christin Metz, Alexis Metz and daughter of David, Michelle Morgan (nee Metz), husband Michael, one great grand daughter, Giovanna Guzzi; niece Wanda Cooke (nee Metz), along with many other relations and close friends including his special friend Audrey Baker. Norman was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, March 14, 1928; one of five children born to Earl and Grace Metz (nee Busch), he was raised on the family homestead near Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. He moved to Regina with his brother Lorne while in his early teens where he started learning skills in survey and drafting. This profession took him to the Taber, Alberta area working for the PFRA. After meeting Margaret “Peggy” Williams they married in Taber and settled in Lethbridge around 1953 where he resided for some 65 plus years. Although living most of his life in Alberta, he never lost the Saskatchewan spirit of Rider Pride. His early career as a surveyor draftsman allowed him to establish himself within the industry and in 1968, he established Lethbridge Blueprinting Ltd providing services to local engineering and architecture businesses. Among the printing jobs he completed included the original bid documents for construction of the University of Lethbridge. He also provided input into planning the development of Lethbridge’s west side. Health challenges in 1973 lead to him closing his business. Shortly after Norman welcomed the opportunity to teach Drafting and Survey at the Lethbridge Community College, a job he thrived at for the next twenty years. Involvement in his sons lives led him to participating in various volunteer rolls with the Lethbridge Lions Amateur Swim Club, the Boy Scouts, and the Lethbridge Elks. His business associations saw him involved with the local businessmen that brought the Montreal Expo Pioneers baseball team to Lethbridge. He continued to participate with the local organization which changed professional affiliations over time and was proud of the world series rings he acquired while Lethbridge had association with the Los Angels Dodgers. In retirement he continued his volunteer involvement with the Lethbridge Community College Alumni and chairing for a time the board of his local condo association. Early years of retirement led him to participating and helping organize weekly dances at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens facility. Travel took on a passionate focus for Norman and Peggy, with planes, boats, trains, busses, and automobiles taking them to many locations throughout the world. A favorite of his was to drive through the United States stopping to watch professional baseball and visit his parent’s roots in the Milwaukee / St Louis area. He loved playing cards with weekly game nights and weekend tournaments enjoying the company of his friends. He cherished his friends at Nord-bridge Senior Center along with achieving lifetime membership. Nothing stopped him from his Bus trips to the casinos and it was well known that when sharing time building puzzles (which he spent may hours of enjoyment) you only touched a piece if you knew it would fit. A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at McKillop United Church, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Norman’s name to the Alzheimer’s society Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3, as this was near to Norman’s heart with the journey his beloved wife Peggy, traversed.



DARRYL LLOYD NICKEL passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease, on the morning of March 2, 2020.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Diana, and his sons, Jeff (Andrea), Tyler (Gita), and Dayne (Katie), all of Lethbridge. He also leaves to mourn seven beautiful grandchildren, as well as many cousins and friends.

Darryl will always be remembered as a kind and humble man. He was a true gentleman who was always the voice of reason. Our time with Darryl was not long enough, and his patience and wisdom will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 – 11 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Kathy Calkins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Darryl’s name may be made to the Parkinson Association of Alberta at www. parkinsonassociation.ca/donate-now.

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George Nyhoff

1939 – 2020

William George Herman Nyhoff, beloved husband of Sharron Patricia (Eccleston) Nyhoff, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 80.

Born in Lethbridge, AB in 1939, George spent his early childhood years in the Nobleford, AB area with his loving parents and six siblings. His humble beginnings instilled in George an incredible work ethic and drive, propelling him to success in his life and enabling George to mentor his children and grandchildren to success in their own lives.

George moved to Lethbridge, AB in 1955, attending LCI, where he met the love of his life, Sharron. Upon graduation, George attended the University of Alberta, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Distinction. After university, George returned to Lethbridge to marry Sharron in 1961. Together, they raised four children, Darren Nyhoff, Susan (Nyhoff) Van Ree, Doug Nyhoff and Kevin Nyhoff.

George started his career in the construction industry at the age of 16, working summers as a labourer at Glen Little Construction, continuing throughout university. After university, George joined the company full-time as an Engineer, helping develop the business and ultimately becoming President. George later partnered with his son Darren, forming Nyhoff Construction in 1989 until retiring in 2015. In total, George spent approximately 60 years in the industry he loved, working on notable projects throughout Lethbridge and the surrounding communities, enjoying many relationships formed with others, earning a respected reputation for hard work, honesty, fairness and integrity.

Though George’s career was very important, family was always his first priority. He loved Sharron deeply, working hard to provide a good life for them both. They were fortunate to indulge their love of travel, enjoying many wonderful adventures around the world, always returning to share their experiences with family and friends. George was always there for Sharron through the good times and bad, as Sharron was for George. Their love for each other was deep and long lasting.

George considered his children and grandchildren his greatest “construction” project in life, for which he was immensely proud of everyone’s accomplishments and success. George believed in instilling the value of hard work and education while providing many opportunities for the family to gather and travel, creating wonderful experiences and memories for all. Nothing made George happier than being surrounded by his grandchildren, teaching them to fish, sharing barbeque skills, telling tall tales and watching them play in his backyard. George will be sorely missed by all, but be remembered by his family as a kind, generous, tenacious and funny man.

Second only to family, George loved gardening, pouring his heart and passion into his yard, ensuring he grew the best flowers, and tomatoes, for all to view and enjoy. In addition, George had a passion for restoring several antique cars over the years.

George is survived by his wife Sharron Nyhoff, children Darren (Cindy) Nyhoff, Susan (Ken) Van Ree, Doug (Karen) Nyhoff and Kevin (Mairi) Nyhoff, grandchildren Kalie Van Ree, Braeden (Ingrid) Van Ree, Taylor Nyhoff, Mason Nyhoff, Kennedy Nyhoff, Olivia Nyhoff and Asher Nyhoff, along with his siblings Francis Dudley, Rense Nyhoff, Elta (John) Buckman, Ken Nyhoff and Marvin Nyhoff. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth (Nyhoff) Kambeitz and parents Albertus Nyhoff and Maurine (King) Nyhoff.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, March 20, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A private family Inurnment will precede.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 119 14 St NW #100, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 (www.heartandstroke.ca) or the McKillop United Church Special Gift Fund, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0X5 (www.mckillopunited.ca).

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Ruth Pohl

1938 – 2020

Mrs. Ruth Pohl of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Erwin Pohl, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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(nee Severtson) July 20, 1930 – Travers, Alberta February 6, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Pearl Pontarolo of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of 89 years surrounded by her family. She will be forever remembered by her two daughters, Susan Goldade (Bill), Connie Cooke (Kelly); her two sons, Bob Severtson (Shelley), Jim Severtson; her eight grandchildren, Jessica (Mike), Jeremy (Anne), Amber, Brad (Kelly), Cody (Roxanne), Jennifer, Chandler, Lindsay; and seven great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered by her sister Myrt Craig, and her two brothers Abe Dubland (Helen) and Harold Dubland (Donna); her extended family, Donna (Raymond) Macdonald, Rod (Gail), Blaine (Marion), Kevin Pontarolo and their families. Pearl also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by husband Alf Severtson (1975) and Ernest Pontarolo (2002); parents Ole and Petra Dubland; brother Olaf; and sisters, Marie Bell and Elsie McClain. Pearls passion for life was infectious and she left an impression on everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by all. Due to the current health crisis and to protect family and friends, the family of Pearl Pontarolo are postponing her Celebration of Life that was to take place on Saturday March 21, 2020 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Lethbridge. We will schedule a Celebration at a later date and appreciate your understanding.

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Hiroshi “Herb” Urano passed away March 2, 2020 at the age of 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife Gwendolyn; father Ichiji and mother Haru; sisters Shigermi Nagatia, Kay Moriyama, Toshiko Hase; and brothers Shig and Yosh Urano. Herb is survived by his step daughter Sherry Jones and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held on Monday March 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Bowden United Church with Reverend Tammy Allan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610


Brian Walker

1944 – 2020

Following a lengthy hospital stay and the most courageous battle ever fought, Brian John Walker peacefully ended his fight surrounded by the love of his family on February 25 in the ICU unit of Foothills Medical Center. Please join in a Celebration of Brian’s Life at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating. The family hopes in lieu of flowers you might consider a donation to: Brian Walker – Lethbridge Hurricanes Educational Scholarship – In Trust Donations can be made at any provincial ATB Financial branch, Account #0722921900610745179. As the donations to this trust account will remain anonymous to the family, and tax receipts will not be issued, we would like to thank everyone who chose to donate to something so close to Brian’s heart.

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