January 21st, 2021

MONDAY, April 27, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 27, 2020.


It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of BLAINE DOW. Blaine passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on April 24, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Blaine was born shortly after midnight January 1, 1931. He was the first New Year’s Baby in Lethbridge area and received a lot of gifts from the Lethbridge Herald thus the name “Herald Blaine Dow” which he changed to Blaine. Blaine loved and played hockey for the Shawnessy Cadillacs and followed hockey throughout the remainder of his life.

Blaine’s passion for rodeos and parades came from attending a rodeo in Picture Butte as a young man. He was so impressed with the Rodeo Announcer that he wanted to become a cowboy. This passion led Blaine to take an Auctioneer course and he graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in 1959. Over time he was an Auctioneer for Lethbridge Stockyards, Taber Livestock, Lethbridge Co-op Livestock, Hays & Earl Ltd and Lethbridge Central Feeders. In between Livestock Auctions, Blaine had a weekly show called Kids Bids TV Show which was very successful and ran for seven years which he was the Auctioneer. He was also an Announcer for Rodeos and did the Southern Alberta Roping and Riding Circuit for several years as he loved horses. After Blaine’s Auctioneer career he went into farm equipment and car sales.

One of the highlights in his life was meeting his movie star hero, Roy Rogers, which he never forgot. Like he always used to say “I’m just a small town country boy”. Blaine was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he loved his service in the Temple.

Blaine is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; Sisters, June and Margaret; Sons Jeff, Dahl (Brenda), Clair (Irene), Dana (Denise); and grandchildren Jyvanie, Drydn, Clinton, Travis and Ravonna. Step daughter Donna, step sons Randy and Tim. Step grandchildren Darren, Brett, Jessy, Michael and Christina.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for those who have been asked to attend. Friends and family may view the service online by visiting http://www.salmonandsons.ca.

Another Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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PATRICIA ANN HEGEDUS, beloved wife of Leslie Hegedus, high school sweetheart, mother, and grandmother, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the age of 77 years. Pat will be remembered with love by her children Vicki-Lynn, Karen, Michael, Janalee, and Tricia, and sixteen grandchildren. Patricia and Les were happily married for over 57 years.

Pat enjoyed many hobbies: quilting, crocheting, sewing, collecting rocks for her rock garden, camping, gardening, traveling, and genealogy. She loved to teach and was in the classroom for nearly 50 years, helping shape the young minds of several generations. She was passionate about serving in her church callings and in the community. Leslie had the great ideas, but Pat made them happen; she was organized, thoughtful, energetic and a natural leader.

Pat taught her family about resourcefulness and self- sufficiency, earning her the nickname Jane Thrift. Being a good example was important to Pat, and she expected the same from her children. Her faith and optimism sustained her through difficult times in life. She was always supportive of her children and grandchildren, lending a listening ear, giving advice when asked, and encouraging them to be their best selves. Pat continued babysitting her grandchildren until her final year.

A viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 29th from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. (in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be permitted in the viewing at one time). A private family service will follow at 1:00 p.m.

To send condolences or watch the funeral streamed online visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Interment to follow at the

Cardston Cemetery.

Willem Van Waardhuizen

1934 – 2020

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of Willem Van Waardhuizen, beloved husband of the late Catharina Van Waardhuizen. Willem passed away at Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the age of 85 years.

Willem leaves to mourn some immediate family in the Netherlands, some extended family in the area, and many friends and acquaintances.

Willem was born on May 16, 1934, in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands, where he met and married Catharina. They immigrated to Canada in 1976, and resided in Coaldale for many years, until Wim’s health necessitated a move to Lethbridge, and eventually to Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte. For many years they served in the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Lethbridge as custodians with love and faithfulness.

We would like to thank all those who befriended and helped them in any way during the years when they were still together, as well as those who visited him during his time in the care home, especially during the last years when he was alone. A very special thank you to the staff and residents of Bethesda and all those involved in his care for the love and companionship shown.

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions, a private viewing will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, Highway 3 & Howe Road, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Rev. E. C. Adams officiating. Private interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, Alberta, T0L 1V0.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


KENNETH JOSEPH WIPF passed away in Lethbridge on April 23, 2020 at the age of 55 years from an aggressive form of cancer.

He is survived by his parents; Joe and Betty Wipf, and his sister; Teresa (Joedy) Kozniuk.

Due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

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