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WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 18, 2020.


1960 – 2020

Calvin North Peigan was born January 20, 1960 in Brocket AB. Passed away March 12, 2020 in Edenbridge homes Lethbridge AB.

Calvin was predeceased by his parents Julianna and Fred North Peigan, brothers Robert Rabbit, Frederick North Peigan, sisters Elaine, Sofia, and Zelma North Peigan.

Maternal grandparents, John and Anne Rabbit (neeCrossChief), Paternal Grandparents, Victor and Nora North Peigan (nee One Owl).

Survived by brother John Glenn North Peigan (Darcia), and sister Miriam North Peigan, 5 nieces and 3 nephews.

Funeral service Saturday, March 21/2020 at Snodgrass; viewing from 10 to 11 and Funeral Service at 11 am; following the service will be laid to rest in Brocket cemetery.

John William “Jack” O’Connor

November 26, 1953 – March 12, 2020

We are heartbroken to share that we have lost Jack—Dad, brother and ‘papa’—suddenly and unexpectedly this past week. In many ways he was heartbroken too, since the death of his son Daniel in 2008, and since the love of his life, wife Trudi, became ill with early-onset dementia in the last few years. This sweet, shy man is survived by Trudi, their daughter Jen O’Connor, and her children Jordan O’Connor (John Morin) and Mason Crawford, as well as Daniel’s children Jesse, Spencer and Caley O’Connor. Jack also leaves behind two sisters Kathleen Stuckert (Terry) and Shannon Spenceley (Bill), sister-in-law Holly Wight, two great grandchildren, James and Brooks Morin, as well as niece Alexandra Cattoni, and nephews Eric Cattoni and Ted Spenceley. He was pre-deceased by his parents Mary O’Connor-Coutts and Patrick O’Connor, sister Maureen, and of course his son Daniel. Jack was a wizard at all things electronic, and his basement was always buzzing with beeps, bings and buzzes that the rest of us would roll our eyes at as he patiently explained what these things were indicating. He was always very bright, and his mom Mary used to brag that his teachers had trouble keeping Jack interested in the same materials his classmates worked on—so his teachers got him into university calculus in middle school. He eventually studied at SAIT and graduated as an electrical mechanic, married his beloved Trudi and had Jen and Dan, and worked at Hagen’s Electric for over 40 years– only retiring when Trudi became ill in 2016. He had an absolutely hilarious, witty sense of humour, and a keen interest in the politics of the day—he and kid sister Shannon enjoyed summarizing the state of the world over coffee over the last few years—and sharing their reviews of the latest Star Trek movie or series. He was also so proud of his family—he would softly brag about his daughter Jen becoming a Registered Nurse in 2016, privately marvel at the accomplishments of his grandchildren, and although he never met Brooks, he would joyfully snuggle little James with Trudi at his side. He was kind, shy and generous—and would blush furiously when you hugged him or told him you loved him—which we did often anyways! In these last few years, Jack was devoted to the care of his dear wife, even as he battled depression and alcoholism. His laughter became rare, and we all struggled with how to best help him. We can only hope he is finally at peace. We write these words as a reminder to always keep the lines of communication open with the ones you love, keep trying to help even if it is rebuffed, and express your love often (even when it is received with discomfort). At Jack’s request, we will be holding a private family gathering at a later date.

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(nee Severtson)

Pearl Pontarolo of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of 89 years surrounded by her family. 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. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Pearl’s obituary at



BETTY ROCKENBACH, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the age of 94 years.

Betty was born in Raymond, Alberta on February 6, 1926, daughter of Allan and Emma Erickson. She grew up on the farm in Wrentham, Alberta. She married Charlie Rockenbach on June 5, 1944. They farmed in Wrentham all of their lives. Betty worked tirelessly alongside Charlie. Betty loved to garden and her favorite flower was a variety of gladiolas. She was always available to her children and grandchildren no matter what the circumstance. Christmas was a special time of year for her. Betty volunteered in various community activities. She was always helpful to ones in need.

Betty will be forever remembered by her children, Dianna (Tom) Ivins and their daughter Tanya (Cole) Nelson; Morgan (Lenore) Rockenbach and their children Jason, Amber and Logan; Kim Rockenbach and his children Kyle and Krista; four great-grandchildren Haley and Falen Nelson, Mackenzie Goodwin and Maddox Rockenbach; two step great- grandchildren Jessica and Taylor Brown. She is also survived by three sisters, Ruth (Tom) Cronkhite, Gail Jensen, Lorna (Ray) Hintze and brother, David Erickson.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Charlie Rockenbach, granddaughter Kaitlan Rockenbach and two sisters Donna Bowerman and Cheryl Erickson.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Betty’s name can be made directly to the Alzheimer Society, # 40, 1202-2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0E3

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Randall Todd

1947 – 2020

RANDALL “RANDY” TODD, beloved husband of Cheryl Todd, passed away surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, March 9, 2020, at the age of 72 years. Randy was born in Lethbridge on May 31, 1947 to George and Rose Todd. He grew up on the farm outside Nobleford with his older brother Richard and younger sister Jo-Ann McTighe. In 1971, Randy married Cheryl and together they raised their daughters Allison (Ken) Hebenik and Liane (John) Lawford. Randy had two wonderful grandchildren, Logan and Ava Hebenik, with whom he loved to joke and play around. Randy worked with his father on the family farm, and later was able to purchase the farm. He was an active member in the Nobleford community and founded many lifelong friendships. Randy loved spending his winters hunting and curling at the Nobleford Curling Club and in many bonspiels. In the summers, Randy loved fishing, golfing and camping with his family and friends. When Randy retired from farming in 2006, he and Cheryl enjoyed taking road trips to explore Canada, Alaska, and other destinations in the United States. The family would like to thank Shannon and Myron Stolte, as well as the staff on 3C at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Dr. Nathan Lavens, and Dr. Dionne Walsh for taking care of Randy during his final stay. A Celebration of Life is tentatively scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St Edward Blvd N, Lethbridge, Alberta; however, may be rescheduled to a later date due to COVID-19. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Bridges of Hope, PO Box 81 Stn Main Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Y3, or the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 St. S, Lethbridge AB T1J 1W5.

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