January 15th, 2021

SATURDAY, April 4, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 4, 2020.


Gregory Jay Binning, of Tsawwassen, B.C. – oldest son of Bill & Rita Binning (both deceased) passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020. Born August 6, 1950 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Older brother to Jackie (Don) Mehalko, Kent (Lesia) Binning and Leonard (Debra) Binning.

He is survived by his loving soul mate Diane Bell, and his children Nicole (Rob) and Robert Binning along with his beautiful granddaughter Sunny.


BARBARA M. BROWN, the beloved wife of the late Raymond Brown of Picture Butte, passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the age of 74 years, due to complications from surgery.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Barbie (Cory) Brown of Lethbridge, her granddaughters, Melissa Kitt of Calgary and Bri (Tyler) Duell of Lethbridge, and her great- grandsons, Damon & Leo. She is also survived by her brother Edward (Jesse) Malberg and family, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, and her precious cats’ Squeaker and Shorty.

Besides her husband Ray, Barb was predeceased by her best friend & sister, Pat Nolette, brother-in-law Bud, son-in-law Darren, and parents, Ted & Fern Malmberg.

Barb was a hairdresser in Picture Butte for over 51 years both in her home and later at the Piyami Lodge. She also was a courier driver for Picture Butte Carriers for over 20 years part-time which she did enjoy very much. After retirement mom would go to the lodge and visit with numerous friends, especially Mabel, who mom said was like a second mom to her.

A special thank you to her nieces & nephews & their families for everything they did for mom, Terrianne, Shannon, Dennis and an extra-special thank you to Dianne, who was always there no matter what time, day or night.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date once all her family and friends will be able to attend.

Donations in Barb’s memory can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Allan Bryant
1924 – 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Sydney Allan Bryant, at his home in the Good Samaritans Linden View, Taber on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the age of 96 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Enchant Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Allan is survived by his five children Ray (Jeanelle) Bryant of Taber, Sheryl Dyson of Lethbridge, Gary (Colleen) Bryant of Calgary, Darlene (Mike) Perkins of Calgary and Karen Bryant of Lethbridge. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one remaining brother Jerry Bryant of Ontario.
Allan was predeceased by his wife Elsie Bryant, son-in-law Mel Dyson, parents, one sister and six brothers.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Linden View for their care that they gave Allan during his stay there.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JOSEPHINE CURLY RIDER “Natwipiitakii” passed away on March 31, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 71 years. A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:00 am with a private viewing from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

To WATCH the funeral service

online or to send condolences visit: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Hildegard “Hilde” Elke

1927 – 2020

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Hildegard Elke passed away peacefully at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, Alberta at the age of 92. She was the loving wife of the late Alberta Elke and the mother of three children. Hilde was born July 14, 1927 in Zelonia, Poland. She was the second of four children born to Frederich and Lydia Lueck. At the young age of ten years, Hilde and her childhood friend were chosen to be of service to their country at the beginning of WW II. Because they excelled at spelling, they were removed from school to record the names of soldiers and to organize food stamps at City Hall. Despite the fact that Hilde pleaded with her father to remain in school, it was not to be. Because of this, self education was always a top priority in Hilde’s life. Hilde passed the importance of education on to her children and her grandchildren. Hilde’s English language skills were the result of her rigorous self-taught efforts. The war brought considerable hardship to Hilde and her family. It was during this time that Hilde lost her beloved brother John. Despite the many challenging obstacles that the family faced, with determination and perseverance, they were able to forge onward to rebuild their lives. As WW II began to come to an end, Hilde and her family fled from Poland to Germany. They were able to secure work on a farm to keep the family fed. As a young teenage girl, Hilde was assigned the task of hand milking a dozen cows twice a day. This wasn’t an easy task! When she wasn’t milking cows, she was working in the fields with her father, alongside many others who had also fled to Germany. In October of 1948 Hilde and her family immigrated to Canada, along with a wave of postwar German immigrants. Winnipeg, Manitoba became the new home for the Lueck family. Here, Hilde was able to use her sewing skills to hire out as a seamstress in a blue jean factory. Her gift of song was also shared with her fellow members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The same church would become the meeting place between her and her future husband, Albert Elke. Albert’s irresistible charm and dashing good looks captured Hilde’s heart and the couple joined in marriage on May 25, 1949. They remained together for 56 years. Albert and Hilde were a perfect match for each other, as they both knew the value of hard work. Albert and Hilde set out to create a home and raise a family in the small farming community of Warner, Alberta. Despite their humble beginnings in a run down shack, they built a good life together. In the early years of their marriage, the Elke’s joined family members in Winnipeg during the cold winter months. The couple was blessed with three children. Ralph was their first born, followed by Harold and eventually their daughter, Julie-Anne. Albert and Hilde instilled in their children the value of hard work. Hard work had been critical to their survival and success thus far in life. Hilde showed her love to her family by keeping a spotless home and cooking and baking for them. She often worked by oil lamp and had no running water for ten years while raising her family. In 1960, Hilde and Alberta were gifted a new, modern home from the couple that they were renting land from, prominent attorney Saul and Mary Moscovich. Albert and Hilde were able to gradually purchase land of their own, as well as continue to lease land. During these years, Hilde contributed much to her neighbours in the community of Warner on a personal level. She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. With her commitment and devotion to God, she was the first to lead a women’s Bible study in the East Warner area and she was a member of the Ladies Aide Society in church. She held every position at least once during her involvement there. Hilde was well known for her baking, especially her cinnamon buns. Hilde and Albert were a very social couple and they loved to entertain friends in the family home. This gave Hilde a chance to shine with her hostess skills, while Albert entertained guests with his gregarious personality. Dancing brought much joy to Hilde and Albert and they were regulars at the German/Canadian club. Once again, Hilde was able to show off her sewing skills, creating matching outfits for her and her square dancing partner, Albert. Once Hilde and Albert’s children were grown, the couple moved to Lethbridge. They were finally able to enjoy the fruits of their labour and build their dream home there in 1984. They sold the family farm in 1985. They enjoyed time with friends for many years, spending 15 winters in Mesa, Arizona. Albert and Hilde received great joy from each and every one of their grandchildren, and were extremely proud of them all. After Albert’s death in 2006, Hilde resided in her condo at the Sierra’s and the Martha’s House, both in Lethbridge. She spent the final years of her life at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale. During her years alone, she made many wonderful friends that she cherished. She was an avid reader and she particularity enjoyed reading her Bible. She continued to be a classy, impeccably dressed woman into her later years of life. Hilde was especially proud of the fact that she never once colored her hair. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Steed and the nurses and staff of Sunny South Lodge for their tremendous care and compassion during our mothers stay. Hilde was preceded in passing by her husband Albert; son Ralph (Ruth); father and mother Frederich and Lydia Lueck; in-laws Gustave and Amanda Elke; brothers John and Edmund (Vera); brother in law Paul Pallas (Kathe) and 10 sets of in laws from Albert’s side of the family. She is survived by her sister in law Eva Elke, Ruth Elke (daughter in law); son Dr. Harold Elke (Bridget Larson); daughter Julie-Anne Dyck (Dr. Jason Dyck); grandchildren Dr. Kate Tobin, Heather Egan (Jeff), Robert Elke (Marlies), Arielle Elke (Werner Hippler), Biance Elke (Michael Mezei), Jared Dyck, Leighton Dyck and Grady Dyck; great grandchildren Emily Tobin, Sarah Tobin, Jessica Tobin, Rebecca Tobin, Ryder Egan, Rachel Egan and Beau Mezei as well as a special friend and caregiver Bronia El Meadawy. A Private Family Celebration of Hilde’s Life be held on Monday, April 6, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Hilde’s previous pastor in Warner and family friend, Pastor Brian Magee officiating. The family would like to extend our thanks to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels and especially manager Daryl Lockyer for their exceptional service to both our parents over the many years. The family asks in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Hilde’s name to either The Gideons International of Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6T9 or to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 10430 – 61 Avenue NW #306, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2J3

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Robert (Bob) Evart Whitfield

June 22, 1945 – March 29, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Bob Hayes announces his passing after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer, at the age of 74.

Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Sharon (Ness) and his children, Joey (Michelle), Johnny (Kyla) and Julie (Stan). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Zachary (Alexandra), Emily, Jasmin (Bryce), Zoe, Tyler, Justin and Kierra; great-granddaughters Elise and Evony; by his sisters Sandy, Rosie, Maude and Dorothy and their families; and a large extended family, mother-in-law Marie, sisters-in-law Connie, Debbie (Ken) and brother-in-law Allen (Shirley) and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Florence, brother Elmer, father-in-law Clifford, sister-in-law Judy and brothers-in-law Wayne and Jack.

Some of Bob’s best days throughout his life were spent on Northern Alberta lakes perch fishing, or picking berries for his homemade crisp. He was adventurous and had many interests including gardening, wine-making, painting and woodworking.

Bob’s lifelong love of hockey whether as a player, a coach (“was coaching just as good from the parking lot?”) or as a fan allowed him to travel, build life-long friendships and create special memories with his family.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would have appreciated that a donation is made to a charity of your choosing.

The family does plan to hold a Celebration of Life in the near future in Sherwood Park. Details will be shared closer to the date.


June 8, 1939 – April 1, 2020

JERRY KIERS was blessed with 80 years of life; during this time, he experienced the love of his wife, Nettie, for 56 years, and got to watch his four children, Margaret, Karen, Rick, and Sandy grow and succeed; he took great pride in his family. His love for his grandchildren and great-grandchild was apparent, always showing a compassionate interest in their lives.

Along with his 12 siblings, Jerry immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1950. From an early age he showed a strong work ethic; he was a valuable employee in the poultry industry and completed every task to a high standard. He enjoyed golfing, travelling, going for coffee, playing cards, and spending time in Montana by the lake. Jerry was a devout Christian; he actively participated in the church and found joy in singing in the men’s choir. Jerry’s admirable traits were easily recognizable; he was kind, easy-going, considerate, and friendly. With ease, Jerry could engage in a conversation with close friends as well as the stranger he just met at the coffee shop.

In these last years, he didn’t like how his body was slowing, and he sometimes wondered why God was keeping him alive; perhaps it was to teach us that when faced with difficult situations, you handle them with grace, optimism, and a sense of calm while maintaining an appreciation for what you have been given and gratitude to those special in your life.

Left to cherish many fond memories are Nettie, Marg and Stephen, Nicole, Daniel, Sarah and Eevee; Riley and Christy, Jordan and Michelle, and Kim; Karen and Gerrit, Lindsey, Tyler and Hannah; Rick and Marlene, Braeden and Courtney and Kenzie; and Sandy and Dale, Justin, Jared and Cayley, and Shalyn.

Due to the current situation, a family graveside ceremony was held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Mission Thrift Store, 3001 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 7B1. Jerry would have liked to thank Nettie and all of the medical personnel who provided him with such amazing care.

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Kubota, Marnie Ann

November 25, 1965 – March 28, 2020

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of our daughter and baby sister Marnie Kubota on March 28, 2020 at the age of 54. She will be dearly missed by her father Edward Kubota; brother Clifford Kubota (Agata); three sisters Roxanne Nemeth (Terry) of Ottawa, Candice Sephton (Paul) and Rochelle Bliek (Tim), all of Calgary; her cousins, aunts and uncles, and her many nieces and nephews (niblings and great niblings) whom she adored and who loved her in return; as well as her many other relatives and friends. Marnie was predeceased by her mother in 1990.

Born in Lethbridge, Marnie was raised in Calgary and graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School. As a young girl, Marnie’s untamed, bouncing curls were the envy of all watching as she was chased in play by her three older sisters – all giggling with joy as their Mom looked on. So many of the friendships begun by Marnie her childhood years lasted throughout her life and beyond. She worked as an administrative assistant in Oil Gas, and later for a number of years in the Legal profession. She married Douglas Lessard, to whom she showed lasting devotion. Marnie sang sweetly as an angel, or could rock a karaoke, but at all times she demonstrated the flair of a born performer and passion of an artist. She was keen to find humour in most any situation, and to the end showed a cheerful and optimistic attitude, all while facing her challenges with courage and a conviction that tomorrow will be better yet than today. Marnie’s nature overflowed with caring and concern. She was always considerate of others, mindful of their feelings, and could be counted on always to do right by her friends and family. Marnie lived with the faith that she would one day return to her Mother, joining her in lovely celebration – a belief and a comfort shared by all who knew and loved them both. Marnie, we miss you already. Til we meet again.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 6 at Pierson’s Funeral Home, 4121 – 17 Avenue SE; due to current restrictions on gatherings, please call to schedule a time for your visit. A Funeral Service for her immediate family only will be held for Marnie at Pierson’s Forest Lawn Chapel on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm., and will be broadcast live for those many who wish to participate. Cremation will follow, and she will be laid to rest with her mother in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, AB. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date when we can all gather together. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations my be kindly made to the Heart Stroke Foundation of AB. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca .

Kenneth Lynn

1955 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ken at the age of 64 years, a son and a brother. He is lovingly remembered by his mother Marion Lynn and his siblings Sharon Row, Jim Lynn, Wendy (Hugh) Hudson, Sandra (Lyle) Magistad and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Ken is predeceased by his dad Donald “Bud” Lynn; brother-in-law Richard Row and sister-in-law Joan Lynn. Ken grew up on the family farm near Keho Lake, working with various companies in the Noble Cultivator building for 40 years. Ken was a farm boy at heart, growing flowers, he had a huge garden and donated vegetables to family, friends and the Food Bank. He enjoyed his daily coffee with the boys at Gas King. Ken proudly received a certificate for donating 100 pints of blood. Due to the recent pandemic, no service will he held at this time. In memory of Ken, donate a pint of blood, or to a local Food Bank.

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It is with sadness, love and thankfulness to God that we say goodbye to our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Hilda Mollie Munton,

who passed away March 25, 2020 at the Vulcan Hospital at 95 years of age.

Hilda is survived by her children: Doug (Valerie) from Coaldale and their children: Ken (Eunice) from Calgary and their children; and Linda (Murray) Hartung from Vulcan and their children.

Due to the ongoing health concerns, the family will have a private graveside service next week and look forward to celebrating Hilda’s life and legacy in the future.

Any Memorial tributes in Hilda’s memory can be made to the Southern Alberta Bible Camp (SABC) c/o Jon Gartly at Box 99, Lomond, AB T0L 1G0.

Arrangements in care of

Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca


MARIJKE OUDE-REIMERINK, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

As per Marijke’s wishes, a funeral service will not be held.

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Kurt Ruff

1942 – 2020

Mr. Kurt Ruff, beloved spouse of Mrs. Kay Ruff, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife and daughter on Saturday, March 28, 2020 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Kurt is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Kay; daughter Kathy (Steven) Doyle; grandson’s Matthew (Caitlyn) Horvath and Riley Horvath; brother Edmund (Luba) Ruff; sisters Ruth (Helmut) Schock, Monica (Brian) Been and Annette (Les) Barker; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Kurt has been welcomed home by his parents, Gottliebe and Alexander Ruff; stepmother Olga Ruff and brother-in-law Helmut Schock. Kurt was born as one of fraternal triplets and will be rejoining his sister Erica and his brother Horst. Kurt was born on April 16, 1942 in Graudenz, Germany with his family fleeing during war times, settling temporarily in Löchgau until having the opportunity to immigrate to Canada in 1955. Kurt had a range of interests and talents from sports such as handball and soccer, to a love of nature, walking the rivers and fishing. His enthusiasm for sports and the outdoors were taught to his grandchildren who now know how to kick a soccer ball with both feet and how to set the hook to bring in that big fish. Kurt was employed at the Lethbridge Iron Works for 35 years; after retirement, he continued to enjoy annual fishing trips with coworkers who had grown into lifetime friends. When Kurt was not fishing or mentoring his grandchildren, he enjoyed annual visits to the shores of the Hawaiian Beaches and deep sea fishing. Kurt was a long time member of the German Canadian Club and in addition to the dinners and dances, enjoyed participation in the Hubertus group each Wednesday evening. Kurt enjoyed singing and over the years, increasingly volunteered to sing at wedding and memorial events, to residents of the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale and at his church, Christ Trinity Lutheran. Due to the recent restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 virus, a Celebration of Kurt’s Life will be held at a later date, which will be announced when determined.

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Ronald “Ron” Weed

1939 – 2020

Mr. Ron Clark Weed of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Mrs. Laurel Weed passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the age of 80 years. Ron is survived by his wife Laurel of 44 years; sons Craig of Calgary, Darren (Heather); grandchildren Norah, Jackson and Charlie of Lethbridge; sister Donna (Ernie) Pelat of Regina; uncle Lyal Weed of Rockglen, Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins from across western Canada. Ron was born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan in Killdeer and later Rockglen. As a young boy baseball was his passion. Healthy competition and the excitement of a fair game remained a solid part of Ron’s makeup and served him well as he navigated through life. Family ties were strong and as a result he developed a quiet strength of his own and stood behind others unconditionally when support was needed. In 1965, Ron started his business career of 33 years with Barber Ellis (later becoming Unisource Fine Papers) in Regina. In the seventies, Ron became the GM and was instrumental in building a new office/warehouse in the city. There he stayed until he accepted a position as VP of the Prairie Division and transferred to Calgary where he retired in 1998. A business man through and through he continued to work in Calgary’s Real Estate Market until 2009 at which time he realized that work was interfering with his pleasure of travelling south so he and Laurel packed their bags and spent some winters in the Arizona sun. Ron’s greatest happiness was spending time with his family and particularly his sons and later his grandchildren. He spent many years coaching baseball and attending hockey games. Hours spent on golf courses developed and cemented friendships he treasured. Throughout his life, Ron cared for his family with devotion and love. He will be missed greatly by those who had the pleasure of knowing his kindness and integrity. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at a later date and friends and family will be notified at that time. Donations in Ron’s memory will be gratefully accepted by the Alzheimer’s Society of Lethbridge, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3. Laurel, Craig, Darren and Heather wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge, for the care they gave Ron during his time there.

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JIM (JAMES DEAN) WOOD, beloved husband of the late Jeri Wood, passed away on April 2, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

A Family Graveside Service will be held in the Cardston Cemetery.

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Muriel Dorothy Zasadny

1930 – 2020

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of our mother Muriel Dorothy Zasadny (nee Dogterom) on Sunday March 29, 2020. Muriel is survived by her son Frank (Sandra) Zasadny, and daughters Faye (Larry) Nikiforuk and Diana Zasadny (Robert Malmberg). Grandchildren include Lynne (Andrew), Glen (Katie), Andrea (Brian), Sam, Laurel and Brittney (Adam); and great grandchildren Rowan, Jack, Natalie Anne and Nolan. Her surviving in-laws include Polly Howarth, Evelyn (Frank) Wince, Tom (Joyce) Zasadny, John (Leyda) Zasadny, Fran Dogterom and Norma Zasadny; as well numerous nieces, nephews and their families and life-long friends. Muriel was predeceased by her husband Alexander and siblings Louis, Marie, Francis, Jake, Raymond and Hendrik and Dogterom in-laws Irene, Grace, Irma, Robert and Zasadny in-laws Joseph, Fred, Ruth, Margaret and Mary. Muriel was born April 22, 1930 in Lethbridge to Jacob and Emily (Charest) Dogterom. She was raised on a farm east of Lethbridge where she found her passion for gardening and sewing. She received her education at McLean School, White School, McNally School and Garbutt Business College. Muriel worked as secretary for the Lethbridge Research Station and then Niagara Finance Co Ltd. In November 22, 1958, Muriel married Alex and soon became parents to Frank, Faye and Diana. Muriel’s friendships were lifelong. She cared greatly about family near and far, and nurtured those relationships. Muriel offered steadfast support. Always a friendly smile, an easy laugh and a cup of tea. Muriel gave her family a love of cards, scrabble, games and puzzles. She enjoyed her travels to Spokane and BC, and especially to Schoonhoven, where her father was born. Thanks to all the staff at Blue Sky Lodge in Lethbridge, Linden View Lodge in Taber and Home Care for their care. A Celebration of Muriel’s Life will be held at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to your local Food Bank.

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