January 17th, 2021

SATURDAY, April 18, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 18, 2020.

Helene Granson

1928 – 2020

Mrs. Helene Granson of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Wilhelm Granson, passed away at Coaldale Health Centre on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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KLARA JURCAK, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Coaldale Health Centre at the age of 93 years.

Due to present circumstances concerning COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Cuc Trang Luu

1933 – 2020

It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Cuc Trang Luu at her care home in Lethbridge, Alberta on April 15, 2020. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 87.

Cuc was born on September 9, 1933 in Chaozhou in the Canton province of China.

After surviving World War II, she moved with her mother to start a new life in Saigon, Vietnam. There, she met and married the love of her life, Tich Chau Luu. Both ventured to a foreign country with modest means, but for the next 2 decades, worked hard to build a happy life together with 4 sons and 3 daughters and a successful restaurant business.

In 1985, after the fallout from the Vietnam War, she emigrated with her family to Lethbridge, Alberta. Again forced to re-build in unfamiliar territory, Cuc and Tich persevered and provided love, support and care, not only to their children, but also their grandchildren. While their kids were now the ones to venture out to make their way, Cuc and Tich provided by helping raise all of their grandchildren while ensuring that there was always a delicious meal on the table by dinner time.

Through the years, Cuc has been able to watch her grandchildren graduate university, meet their own loved ones, and become proud working Canadians. Cuc’s family is so grateful for the years they had with her. Their hearts will be imprinted with her commitment to family and the bi-annual dinners that brought them all home together.

Cuc is survived by her loving husband Tich, son Minh Quang Luu (Thi), daughter Ve Linh Ngo (Quang), daughter Ve Quan Hong (Tich Leng), son Ve Hoa Luu (Iris),sons Te Hoa Luu and Tieu Minh Luu, and daughter Minh Chau Pham (Tuan); as well as her grandchildren Kelly (Ian), Joanne (Zeke), Kevin, Jason (Emily), Kathy, Justin, Dagan (Amy), Danny, Stephen, Kristy, Duong Truck Vy and Duong Gia Han.

A private Funeral Service will be held to celebrate her life. The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses, doctors and caregivers at the Chinook Regional Hospital and Edith Cavell Care Centre that warmly and patiently cared for her during these last difficult months.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.

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Charles Douglas McIntyre

2009 – 2020

Charles Douglas McIntyre of Lethbridge, beloved son of Lee and Heather McIntyre, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 10 years.

Charles was born on July 15, 2009 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He lived in Yorkton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. Charles went to school at Coalbanks Elementary School for the past 3 years. He loved spending time with family, friends and his pets, biking, camping, boating, playing video games and watching his favorite shows and movies.

Charles is survived by his parents Lee and Heather; brother Simon; grandparents Doug and Irene McIntyre, Charles and Sandra Weinhandl; great- grandparents Mildred and Lawrence Weinhandl, Gladys Zimmer (Krepakevich); Aunts and Uncles Dawn and Steven Iwaasa, Kara and Shane Dyer, Carl and Darcy Weinhandl, Amanda and Jon Carr; cousins Hailey, Andrew, Madison, Gaven, Theodore and Rayne.

A Celebration of Charles’ Life will be held at a later date.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Peter Drummond McLea of Lethbridge Alberta passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer at the age of 64 years.

Peter was dearly loved father of Tanya Bucar and Joelene Bamford and grandfather to Kaydence Bucar, Sara Bamford, and Mikayla Bamford. Peter is also survived by his two brothers Rick Muir and Robbie McLea. He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (Dot) Wolstenholme.

Peter was born in Prince Rupert British Columbia, on December 1, 1955. He worked at Otis Elevator Inc. in Calgary for many years and was a long time and active member of IUEC Local union.

Peter enjoyed fishing and could always be counted on to tell a good story and make those around him smile.

Peter will be sadly missed by many friends and his family.

Due to Covid-19 a celebration of Peter’s life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Please send condolences to: http://www.evergreenfh.ca

Perry Parker

It is with saddened hearts that the family of Perry Craig Parker, announce his unexpected passing on Friday, March 13, 2020 at his home in Arizona, at the age of 59 years. As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations, a private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Monday, May 4, 2020. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.  Perry is survived by his two children, Adam Parker (Alicia) and Jessica Parker; granddaughter Avery Parker and by the mother of his children and his friend Sherry Parker. He is also survived by his six siblings Jennifer Valgardson, Brad Parker, Sylvia Jensen, Sheri Parker, Troy Parker and Ryan (Mandi) Parker, as well as nine nieces and nephews and seven great nieces and nephews. Perry also leaves behind his best four legged friends Bijou and Chuck. He was predeceased by his mother Patricia Valgardson, his father Kenneth Parker and brother-in-law Ed Valgardson. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Perry’s name may be made directly to Taber Lost Paws Society, 5715 – 46 Street, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H8.


IRVINE JACK PICKERING passed away with his beloved Evelyn by his side at St. Michael’s Health Centre, at the age of 94 years.

Along with Evelyn, his wife of 73 years, he will be lovingly remembered by his children: Jean (Frank) Fudra, Ken (Linda), Ray (Michelle), and Dale (Cheree) Pickering; nine precious grandchildren, Tamara, Raquel, Amanda, Mark, Jaylene, Kyle, Kris, Kori and Danyel; 11 great- grandchildren, Britain, Taylor, Evan and Noah, Emily, Kalie, Jocelyn, Grayson, Zachary, Mckinley and Ellie; his sister, Arleen Albiez, and brothers, Roy and Jack Pickering.

Irvine was predeceased by his son, James “Jimmy” Pickering, parents, James and Elizabeth Pickering, brother, Alvin Pickering, brother- in-law, Bud Albiez, and sisters-in-law, Hilda Pickering and Allie Pickering.

Irvine was born in the Van Harlem Hospital in Lethbridge on November 20, 1925 and raised on the family farm, one mile west and four-and-a-half miles north of Coaldale. He married the love of his life, Evelyn, in May of 1946 and they remained on his family farm until he retired to Lethbridge in September of 1999 at the age of 75 years. Irvine was a farmer at heart and loved the land, growing sugar beets and grain.

Throughout their lives they enjoyed adventures to the Philippines and Yuma, AZ as well as trips camping, fishing and boating. Irvine was also a handyman; he built his own motorhome and designed a beet incorporator for seeding sugar beets. He was a hard working, loyal and strong-willed man and deserved the rest of a slower paced life after retirement. He loved life and fought to live it to the very end.

Thank you to all the staff at St. Michael’s for their incredible care to Irvine.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the St. Michael’s Health Centre Recreation Program, 1400 – 9 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

A Celebration of Irvine’s Life will be held for all family and friends at a later date.

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

Garry Pound

1954 – 2020

It is with profound sadness that we advise the sudden passing of Garry on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 65 years.

Garry was born in Roblin, Manitoba and moved to Alberta after High School and found his life work as a proud Union Iron Worker. He worked on structures and bridges from B.C. to Ontario and was quick to point them out when passing by as “his”: including the Calgary Saddledome. After 30 years, a serious work accident ended his iron work career. He is a Life Member of Local 725 of the Iron Workers Union. For the last 15 years Garry has been the used lot manager for Murray Chevrolet Cadillac in Lethbridge.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, partner and best friend of 36 years Margaret Cook Pound; step-son Patrick (Kelly) Lawlor; beloved granddaughter Audrey Lawlor, and his special Yorkies, Sophie and Bella; in Manitoba he leaves his sister Sherryll (Marty) Jeffery and their children Kris and Shawn and their families; brother Eric (Janice) and their child Robyn and her family; as well as nephews Kevin and Keenan Pound. Garry had a family of friends at Murray’s who will miss him as well.

Garry was pre-deceased by his sister Gail; infant sister Linda; nephew Kelly Pound; parents Gordon and Ada Pound and his in-laws William and Audrey Cook.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Feb 3, 1944 – April 13, 2020

Rene Ray Peirens passed away peacefully in his sleep from an extended battle with heart failure at home where he was loved. He leaves behind his children Rene “Clayton” Peirens, Jacqueline Dawn Arich, Jamie Ray (Trisha) Peirens, and Katie Lorene Leishman-Peirens. He was predeceased by parents Rene and Ollie Peirens, Sister Evelyn Smith, and Nephews Al “Scott” Smith and Carmen Passey. He requested that no funeral services be held, but donations in his name can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Anyone who knew him knew he was an avid motorcyclist. If he wasn’t home he could be found on one of his two bikes, yes even on a winters day. He was a giving person and would stop and help anyone in need. He took pride in helping introduce his grandson Kristian to the Sturgis, SD Rally, and even went so far as to help him acquire his fist Harley Davidson. He was never the same after his Nephew Al “Smoothie” and his lifelong friend Dennis Arndt passed from cancer. His biggest love was his children, grand and great grand children, but his passion was motorcycles.

Sister Margaret MacFarlane

MacFarlane, Sister Margaret (Peggy), formally Sister Ian Marie, 88, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Mary’s Court, Parkland Antigonish on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in the 66th year of her Religious Life. Her death is not related to COVID-19.

Born in Upper Margaree, Nova Scotia, Sr. Margaret was the daughter of the late John Archie and Alice (McDaniel) MacFarlane.

Sister Margaret entered the Sisters of St. Martha on August 15, 1952. She pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1954 and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1957. Sr. Margaret spent almost half of her religious life in the field of education, having obtained a teaching diploma from the Normal College, Truro in 1956. She continued her own education with a BA from the University of British Columbia, and BEd from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish in 1970. Sr. Margaret taught in several communities in which the Congregation was present. In Nova Scotia she taught in St. Andrew’s; St. Margaret’s Bay, CB; Ingonish, CB; Dingwall, CB. In British Columbia she taught in Kamloops. She also served as Principal in Kamloops and Ingonish. Following her time as a teacher she moved into Catechetical Education in Dominion, CB before serving in the ministry of Spirituality. She was known as a trusted Spiritual Director and facilitator of Retreats and programs. Martha Retreat Centre in Lethbridge, AB., was among the many communities in which she served in this ministry.

Within the congregation Sr. Margaret served as the first Director of Martha Associates; Director of First Commitment; Director of Ongoing Formation; Assistant Congregation Leader. She also served as local superior in several of the local Communities in which she lived. She also put her love of history into practice as Oral Historian for the Congregation.

A woman of deep wisdom, Sr. Margaret was a trusted confidant to many. Her laughter was contagious, and she loved a good game of cards and was always up for adventure. She held the cares of the world deeply in her heart, and valued above all her relationships with God, her Martha Sisters, and her family with an abiding love for each.

Besides her parents, Sister Margaret was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Gerald. She is survived by her brother James (Jim) and his wife Shirley, and her sister, Sr. Mary MacFarlane, CSM. She was devoted to her many nieces and nephews, and they to her.

The burial will take place in the private cemetery of the Sisters of St. Martha following the recommendations and procedures required during this time of COVID-19.

A Memorial Mass, and celebration of her life will be held at a later date once the doors to Parkland Antigonish can be open to guests.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish.


ALMA SPEAR CHIEF “Itohkitaipoyi” (Standing On Top), beloved wife of the late Martin Scout, passed away on April 14, 2020 at the age of 70 years. A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, April 20th at 11:00 am with a Private viewing from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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

Andrew Valer

1929 – 2020

It is with profound sadness, love and thankfulness that we announce the passing of a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Andy Valer.

Andy passed away at the Good Samaritan Society West Highlands Facility on Monday, April 13, 2020. Andy just celebrated his 91st birthday on April 6, 2020 with his family outside his window due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a memory that will stay with us forever. We all toasted dad on that night at exactly 7:00 p.m. It was tough not to be by his side on his birthday, but we are confident he felt our presence.

Andy led a good life running a successful business and raising his family. He had a sense of humour that would light up the room in the toughest of times. He loved to hunt, fish and spent many years with his family out at the cabin doing exactly that. We will all miss those good old days. In his words, easy come, easy go; here today and gone tomorrow!

He was kind to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren making sure they had everything they needed. He always thought of them, before himself.

Andy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Wilma, his sister Mary, his brother, Paul (Amy), his children, Lori Burns (Donnie) and Cindy Koskewich (Darrel), his grandchildren Brad Burns (Ashley), Tiffany Oriold (Lance), Jennifer Slingerland (Matthew), Jeremy Koskewich, 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Andy was predeceased by his father Andrew Valer, his mother Elsie Valer, his brother John Valer, his sister Elsie Schimph, and his granddaughter Kristina Burns.

Although he had not been at home with us for a long time, everything that surrounds us, reminds us of him.

A Celebration of Andy’s Life will be announced at a later date when we can all be together again.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to West Highlands, 2687 Garry Drive West, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5A3.

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