June 16th, 2024

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 1, 2020.


SEPTEMBER 10, 1945

– APRIL 27, 2020

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Donald Bartz announces his passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday April 27, 2020 at the age of 74.

Donald was born to Conrad and Anne (Issler) Bartz on September 10, 1945. They resided on a farm in the Monarch area. Donald went to the Monarch School from Grade 1 to 6 and then finished his schooling in Coalhurst. Donald’s first job was working at Fred King Motors – then he went to Fleming Motors, Bridge City, Mountview Dodge (all of these were in the parts department), his last job was working with Off Shore (Global).

Donald liked to go fishing, camping, hunting, playing cards with the Wiebes & Lisoways, gardening and tinkering with old vehicles. He belonged to the Lethbridge Coulee Kruisers, the Royal Canadian Legion (Lethbridge & Coalhurst) and the Monarch Community Association. Donald was diagnosed with Bone Marrow Cancer in 2003- he had a stem cell transplant, went on many trials and always kept fighting & stayed positive to the end.

Donald is survived by his wife Donna (Vandenberg); sons Scott (Karen) Bartz and Greg Bartz; grandchildren Ashley (Garrett Holstine) and Nickolas; sisters Marlene (Bruce) Hubbard, June Dow; brother Roy (Janet); sister in law Alvina Bartz as well as numerous other extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents Conrad and Anne Bartz; brother Kenny; brother in law Doug Dow; his in-laws Martin and Gladys Vandenberg and brother in law Henry Vandenberg.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic a memorial service for loved ones, including family and his many friends to attend will be held at a later date.

May God Bless You All.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5 or to the Christ Trinity Lutheran Church, 416 12 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2R4.

Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


DEZSO MATYAS “DAN” HIRSCH passed away in Cardston, AB on April 27, 2020 at the age of 87 years. A Viewing will be held at Legac Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, May 1st from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. A Family Ceremony will be held at a later date. In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions a limited number of people will be allowed into the viewing at a time.

To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

William Hrestu (Bill Christou)

June 20, 1933 – April 17, 2020

William (Bill) Hrestu, formerly known as Basil (Bill) Zeus Christou, passed away on April 17, 2020 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He was 86 years old.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Anastasia (nee Gerassis) and Chris Christou of Lethbridge, Alberta, his brothers George Christou and Van (Helen) Christou, and his nephew Chris (Alison) Christou.

Bill is survived by his loving sister Catherine (Ralph Jr.) Thrall, nieces/nephews Sandra (Geoffrey) England, Philip (Florian Beigel) Christou, Michael (Dianne) Christou, Ralph III (Rae Ann) Thrall, Erin (Peter Johnson) Thrall, Eric (Bayie) Thrall, and Chris (Lise) Thrall as well as many grand-nieces and nephews.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1933, Bill grew up in a vibrant Greek-Canadian community. He graduated from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in 1952 and attended the University of Alberta (1952-55). For many years Bill pursued training in Food Services at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Humber College, University of Guelph, and Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, during which time he worked in magazine sales, telemarketing and food services. Until recently, he continued to work at Jake’s Warehouse with the gracious and generous support of Vic Sevadjian and his family.

Bill was known and appreciated for his diligence and hard work as an employee and in all his activities. He was loved by his friends and co-workers for his reliability, integrity and positive spirit. In his later years he enjoyed meeting friends at the Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors and at church on Sundays. His gentle and generous nature will be missed by all who knew him.

Bill will be cremated in Oakville and buried in Lethbridge Alberta. There will be a memorial service to honour his memory at a later date.

The family extends deep gratitude to the medical care team at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care of Bill during these trying times.


KEN INDZEOSKI, beloved husband of Dianne Indzeoski, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by his cherished family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Peter Williams, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on April 17th, 2020, at the age of 76, after a 5 year battle with Cancer. Peter was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, where he worked as a journeyman carpenter and draftsman. He came to Toronto, Canada in 1965 and was hired by Gilbey Canada. In 1973, he was transferred to Lethbridge as the Bottling, Blending and Warehousing Manager at Palliser Distillers, now the Black Velvet Distilling Company. In 1990, Peter became the Plant Manager at Black Velvet, overseeing the installation of modern computerized stills. While living in Lethbridge, Peter was active in the community. He was a parishioner and sang in the choir at St. Patrick’s Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was active in the Lethbridge Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Governors at the University of Lethbridge. In later years he was also a member of the local Legion on Vancouver Island. Peter was transferred to Menlo Park, California in early 1999. During this period Peter was in charge of both the Menlo and Lethbridge production facilities. In the fall of 1999, he officially became the plant manager of the Menlo facility and he made the transition to the US. In 2002 he retired from Diageo Inc., came back to Canada and relocated to Vancouver Island. Island life treated him well. He enjoyed all of the activities and walking trails, still went swimming 3 times a week and rode his bike on regular occasions. He also enjoyed golfing, and spending time with his daughter, Emma and Grandson Joshua. They were the highlight of his life. He loved being a Dad and a Papa. Peter was a leader and mentor who inspired confidence. He was friendly and easy going, making friends wherever he went. Peter will be missed. A memorial service will be held for Peter at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Canadian Cancer society in his name.

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