January 24th, 2021

SATURDAY, April 11, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 11, 2020.

Joseph Chiew

1932 – 2020

Mr. Joseph Chiew of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Jun Chiew, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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WINIFRED (FREDDIE) OLSEN DAHL died April 4, 2020 at the age of 84. Freddie was born on May 2, 1935 in Fountain Green, Utah to Ercel Allred Olsen and Homer Christian Olsen. Freddie is survived by her brother, Steven Thomas Olsen of San Francisco, CA. She is predeceased by her sister Marilyn Magee and brother Homer Olsen Jr. Freddie grew up in Monroe, Utah, where she attended South Sevier High School. She met her husband of 58 years, David Costley Dahl on a blind date while attending Brigham Young University in Fox Hall residence. Freddie married David on May 26, 1955, in the Manti Utah temple. David predeceased Freddie on November 7, 2013. David and Freddie moved to Raymond, Alberta, and eventually to Calgary, much to her mother’s sadness, and Freddie began her new life in a “foreign” land. Freddie was a Utah girl and very proud of her heritage; she was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Alberta. The subsequent family trips to Utah every summer were anticipated, cherished and wonderful.

Freddie served her community and was involved in the Benny the Bookworm book drives in Calgary; she was a docent for the Utah Symphony; and taught piano for many years. She loved music and was always composing songs for her children and others to sing for special occasions. She had a strong spiritual connection and was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held several callings and served as Stake Relief Society President. Freddie was a devoted mother, beloved grandmother and loved her family and friends. She was kind, gracious and compassionate. Freddie enjoyed sewing, preserving fruits and vegetables, and creating beautiful dried flower arrangements. Her signature baked bread was renowned and made the best toast. In her later years she took up oil painting and the beauty she saw in the world lives on through her art. Freddie is survived by her four children, Cynthia Mitchell, Rosemarie (Erik) Horne, Trish (Doug) Hatch and Dan (Mary) Dahl. She has 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Freddie Dahl Scholarship Fund. Funds will be given annually through the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Edmonton Branch to the piano student receiving the highest mark in Level 8 piano in the Edmonton Region. This fund will be administered and awarded by her daughter Rosemarie who currently teaches piano in Edmonton. Please send donations via PayPal https://paypal.me/pools/c/8o2TT55EFj

A private graveside service will be held in Raymond April 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In the fall, when travel permits, a memorial service will be held for family and friends.

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

Vickie Elhart

June 30, 1973 ~ April 5, 2020

Vickie Marie Elhart passed away with her family by her side at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat  on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the age of 46 years. Vickie’s memory will be forever cherished by her son, Dylan Seefried of Seven Persons and his children, Carson and Kinsley; son, Ryder and daughter, Grace both of Redcliff; her partner, Arthur Burgess and his family; brother, Shane Traxler of Lethbridge;  mother, Barb Traxler as well as her extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Tracy Elhart; father, Cliff Traxler as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Vickie was raised in a farming community at Etzikom and attended school in Foremost from K-12. She was involved in 4-H Light Horse and always had many animal friends around her. Vickie loved camping and traveling to Cuba and Mexico with Art and friends but she especially loved having her kids and grandbabies around.  A private family time of remembrance will take place. Memorial donations in Vicki’s name may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 5M1. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting  http://www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone toll free 1-877-528-6455

Dixie Jones (Stroman)

March 30, 1951 – April 3, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Dixie Jones announces her passing on Friday, April 3, 2020. Dixie was born March 30, 1951 to Chester & Lucille Stroman. Dixie was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew her. Dixie had a great sense of humour and a unique laugh that could be heard around a room. Dixie was a graduate of the Warner High School and SAIT College of Nursing. Dixie returned from Nursing School and married Bob Jones on October 3, 1970. They lived on the Jones farm near Warner until 2016 when they moved to town. Dixie worked at the Border Counties General Hospital in Milk River until she became a mom to Kim in 1978, followed by Jason in 1980. Dixie was an amazing, loving, and dedicated wife & mother that would do anything for her children and their friends that came out to the farm. Once Jason started kindergarten Dixie started work as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Elm Spring Hutterite Colony School and loved every minute of helping all the kids. After assisting the school kids Dixie took on the kitchen at the Warner Civic Center cooking up food for everyone. Dixie was famous for her Mc Dixie sandwich and was called The Dixie Chick by the Warner Minor Hockey kids & parents. Dixie loved to go camping with the kids and enjoyed many trips to Mexico, Panama & Cuba with friends & family. Dixie also enjoyed going to visit her parents in Indio, CA where Chet and Lou had their winter home. Most of all, Dixie loved her 3 grandchildren. She loved to do crafts and play games with them. The grandkids definitely put a sparkle in Grandma’s eye. Dixie was predeceased by her parents, Chet & Lou Stroman; sister Terry McLeod and brother-in-law Jim Black. Dixie will be loving remembered by her husband Bob Jones; daughter Kim Owen (Deven); son Jason Jones (Tracy); grandchildren Ethan, Ally & Jackson Jones; sisters Deb Black & Wendy Scinski; brother-in-law Gunner McLeod, as well as numerous nieces & nephews. The Jones, Owen and Stroman families would like to send out a huge thank you to Dr. Krogg and the healthcare staff at the Milk River Long Term Care and also to Dr. Shukkoor and the healthcare staff at the St. Michaels Palliative care unit. The level of care that Mom received while in these facilities was above and beyond. The compassion and care that you showed Dixie was impeccable during her final days and hours with us. There will be a private family service at the Warner Cemetery along with a Celebration of Life in the future when we can enjoy drinking a Corona and not hide from it. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, may make a memorial donation to a charity of your choice or see if your neighbour needs some help during this time as that is what Dixie would have done. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Pete Lowen
1932 – 2020

Peter Lowen, beloved husband of Mary Lowen, passed away in Taber on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the age of 87 years.
The private burial service was held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Peter is survived by his wife Mary Lowen (nee Martens) of Taber and Mary’s five children who he was a supportive step father to. He is also survived by four sisters and one brother-in-law.
He was predeceased by five brothers, two sisters, oldest step daughter and three nieces.
Pete was born September 1, 1932 in Beaverlodge, Alberta. He was one of twelve children born to Abe Lowen and Gertrude Lowen (nee Quiring), both born in Marienthal, Russia. The family homesteaded near Beaverlodge. In 1945, as a growing family, they moved to a farm northeast of Vauxhall, approximately seventy five years ago. The second residents on newly farmed prairie. On the family homestead, he lived a full and busy life. Pete was a kind man, always ready to help both family and neighbor. His big grin and twinkling blue eyes will be greatly missed.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Avis Mary Rettie (Geldreich)

1924 – 2020

With heavy hearts we share the passing of Avis Rettie on April 8, 2020 at Piyami Place in Picture Butte. An only child, Avis was born to Paul and Cora Geldreich on October 18, 1924 at Medicine Hat, Alberta. Soon after, the family moved to a farm near Turin which was opened up for irrigation in 1924. Avis rode her horse to attend the local school where she made many lifelong friends. After graduating from high school, Avis attended business college in Calgary. She returned closer to home to work in Lethbridge for an insurance company and then for Trans Canada Airlines. During the war years, she met Jim Rettie and in 1948 they were married. In the mid-1950s they took over the family farm in Turin where they lived until 2010. Avis especially enjoyed summertime on the farm that brought with it family gatherings, bouquets of gladiolas and fresh garden vegetables. She was an active bridge player, meeting regularly with neighbours and friends who took turns hosting the afternoon ‘tea and cards’. In 1991 Avis earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, achieving this long term goal through courses with Athabasca University. In 2003 Avis co-authored a book with her lifelong friend Bess Page (Matthews). Hello, Can You Hear Me? is a collection of short stories highlighting the good times “growing up on an irrigated farm in southern Alberta”. In 2010, both Avis and Jim were forced to leave the farm due to ill health. Avis is survived by her daughter Kathy, son Roy, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandchildren Wade, Sam Christian and Holly (Gard), and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Jim, and sons Paul and Michael. We are most grateful to the staff at Piyami Place who provided Avis with such great care and support for 10 years. A special thank you to her favourite nurses – you know who you are – and to her nieces Val and Wendy; she loved those indoor picnics you staged in her room. A private family Graveside Service will be held once the current pandemic-related restrictions are lifted. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Darlene Romanchuk

1948 – 2020

Darlene Romanchuk of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the age of 71 years.

In keeping with her wishes, Darlene will be privately remembered by family and friends.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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SUK MAYA SARKI, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Khadka Bahadur Sarki, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the age of 55 years.

A Private Family Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home with interment to follow at Royal View Cemetery.

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April 28, 1929 – April 5, 2020

“Death leaves a heartache,

no one can heal”

“Love leaves a memory,

no one can steal”

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our Mom, our friend and our mentor, Loretta “Jeanne” Smith. She passed away peacefully April 5, 2020 at the Edith Cavell Care Centre just shy of her 91st birthday.

Jeanne will be lovingly remembered by her children Greg (Gloria) Smith, Linda (Kim) Jensen and Barbara (Bill) Hensel; grandsons Justin (Kendra) Jensen and Travis (Shelley) Jensen; great granddaughters McKenzie, Kadence, Aaliyah and Jaxynne Jensen.

She was predeceased by her parents Isaac and Mae Kitchen, sister Ruth Walker and brother Lloyd (Helen – deceased) Kitchen.

Jeanne grew up in Raymond with a large circle of friends. Once married, she moved to a farm close to Lethbridge where she had many happy memories raising her children. After farm work was done, there was never a dull moment as she ensured all of her children were introduced to the arts, reading and adventure. Whether it was piano lessons, dance, riding lessons, swimming, skiing or a trip to the library or mountains, the family car was always on the go. Jeanne had a great love for all animals and a special bond with her dogs, Scampy, Cindy and Chico.

Later in life Jeanne went back to school and proudly earned her degree as a Pharmacy Technician. She pursued her new career in a hospital setting starting in Calgary, then relocating to the BC coast. Eventually she retired at a beautiful complex in Maple Ridge, BC. Jeanne loved the mild climate and spent her days on the golf course, swimming daily and traveling. She made a new circle of friends and always kept her family close.

As time went on, Jeanne returned to Lethbridge and eventually moved into the Edith Cavell Centre for the loving care she needed. The family extends gratitude to the staff of Edith Cavell and to Dr. Greidanus for his guidance and compassion.

A Private Family Celebration will be held at a later date. The family asks in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jeanne’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, your local Humane Society or show an act of kindness to someone in need during these difficult times.

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

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