January 15th, 2021

FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 15, 2020.


On the morning of Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Lois Czech passed away peacefully in Conrad, Montana at the age of 87. She would have been 88 on Mother’s Day.

Lois was born at her home in Glenwoodville, Alberta Canada to her parents, Frank and Leah Rodgers. She met and fell in love with Joseph Czech and they were married in Coutts, Alberta in 1951 and were blessed to have five children, Rick (Karen) Czech, Cathy (Kerry) Geiser, Roger (Laurie) Czech, Greg (Terry) Czech and Wally (Rhonie) Czech.

Throughout their life they lived in several places in Montana and Alberta and many dear friendships were made, which were a very special part of Lois’ life.

Quilting and sewing, her love for animals (especially cats), growing flowers, and her deep love for her family all made Lois so special.

Lois is survived by her loving sister Pat Piepgrass, her five children and their spouses, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Lois will be laid to rest on Friday, May 15th, next to her husband Joe in Bozeman, MT. A family memorial will be held at a later date when we can safely gather together.

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David Hoffarth

1931 – 2020

Mr. David Hoffarth of Claresholm, beloved husband of Mrs. Phyllis Hoffarth, passed away peacefully at the Claresholm Hospital on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

A private family graveside will take place at a later date.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Ken Klinkhammer

1954 – 2020

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth James Klinkhammer of Lethbridge on May 5, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

Ken was born on April 24, 1954 to Bernard and Yvonne Klinkhammer in Lethbridge. He attended St. Patrick’s elementary school and Catholic Central High. Ken was a Journeyman Electrician and worked for D.A Electric for many years before his retirement.

Ken was a good athlete and loved all sports, especially hockey, golf, pool and NFL football. He was an avid golfer at Henderson Lake Golf Club and enjoyed playing in the Men’s Scramble tournaments.

Hockey was also a great passion of Ken’s, he was a very good hockey player and was on the 1975 Lethbridge native sons hockey team when they won the gold medal in Canada Winter Games. This summer the team will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Ken played pool with many leagues and loved watching and talking about NFL football, he kept stats on every team, a habit he learned from his Mom.

Ken was a kind, gentle soul who never hurt anyone and had many friends. He could be found at Pop’s Pub, Beaches or the Flamingo having a beer with his buddies, always quick to laugh and solve the world’s problems. With Kenny you would be talking sports, telling many stories and then laughing and crying at the same time, such a special person.

Ken was predeceased by his father and mother, Bernard and Yvonne Klinkhammer as well as his brother Donald Klinkhammer.

Left to mourn Ken is his sister Gail Gibb and brother Gerry (Colleen) Klinkhammer as well as nieces and nephews David, Darren and Michelle Gibb, Dawne (Mike) Klemke, Robert (Jess) Klinkhammer and Tyler and Corbin Klinkhammer.

Due to COVID-19 a private family burial has been planned. When restrictions are relaxed, the family would like to invite family and friends to have a beer on Kenny to celebrate his life, share memories and imagine him pointing his finger at you and saying “Love you, don’t ever die”.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Box 2211 Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

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Edna Many Fingers

1954 – 2020

Mrs. Edna Many Fingers of the Blood Reserve passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the age of 65 years.

A private family Funeral Service will be held.

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MARY MASSON, beloved wife of the late Angus Masson, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Joseph’s Home in Medicine Hat, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Susan (Arnie) Lichter of Lethbridge and son, Brad Dunham (Greg) of Medicine Hat, grandchildren, Jeff (Diana) Coyle of Calgary and Jennifer (Steve) Adnam of Rosetown and great-grandchildren Hunter and Telayna Coyle and Jasper, Emmett and Scarlett Adnam.

She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Isabella and son-in-law Dale Coyle.

Mary was a good, kind mom who loved her children and grandkids. She enjoyed arts and crafts and will be sadly missed by her family.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

In memory of Mary, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca)

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Olga Pavlenko

1922 – 2020

Mrs. Olga Pavlenko of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020, at the age of 98 years. She is the beloved wife of the late Dimitry Pavlenko.

A private Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, May 15, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Rt. Rev. Father Taras Krochak clergy, officiating. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to the COVID-19 rules, the funeral will be kept to immediate family only, but for those who wish, please visit http://www.mbfunerals.com click on Olga’s obituary to view the live stream of the service.

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CALVIN “TODD” RENNING was tragically taken from us on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the age of 50 years.

Todd was born in Lethbridge, AB and raised in Picture Butte, AB. As a young man, he was passionate about building model cars, racing, greenery, fishing and cooking.

As Todd grew older, he wanted to live somewhere other than the flatlands of Alberta and decided to venture off to B.C. He called Burnaby, BC home for next ten years before moving back to AB.

Over the years, Todd not only worked for different employers but he also worked for family. Todd and Troy owned their own flooring company, he also worked for his brother/sister in law at DLP Welding/Mike Fortin Autobody (Mike & Lynette Fortin).

Todd was a perfectionist at everything he did and in his spare time would often go fishing, doing odd jobs for someone or just simply working on vehicles. Cars were his passion and that’s when a close friend of his asked him to be his pitman while they raced out at Bridge County Raceway. He also volunteered at the Shaughnessy Community Centre and if anyone ever needed help, you could always count on Todd to be there to lend a helping hand. He also loved to cook and get you to eat the new dishes that he thought he’d try. Some of the concoctions he’d come up with were pretty interesting and make you shake your head at, but man did they taste good!

He is lovingly remembered by his parents Darryl & Shirley Renning, brother Troy Renning (recently deceased), sister Tabetha Renning (Bob Fortin – deceased), and nephew Markus Renning, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers and in memory of Calvin, please consider a donation to The Shaughnessy Community Association, Box 22, Shaughnessy, AB T0K 2A0.

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1954 ~ 2020

    Mr. Francis “Frank” Sandberg of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Cindy Sandberg, passed away in his home on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the age of 65 years.
    A Private family celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date.
    Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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STANLEY KEVIN SAUR, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his mom, Shirley Saur of Coalhurst as well as his sister, Crystal (Jay Danielson) Saur of Gravelbourg, SK.

Stan was predeceased by his father, Melvin.

Stan worked for Parks Canada in Waterton Park, AB for a number of years. He started on their grounds crew and after earning his Journeyman Carpenter ticket, worked as a carpenter as well as a historic building restorer. Once he left Parks Canada Stan started a business in lawn maintenance and carpenter work.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

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VAUGHAN, Lloyd (Lorne) Verne

Captain, CD, (Retired)

Canadian Armed Forces, 2RCHA

April 21, 1938 – May 7, 2020

We lost a larger than life father, grandfather, brother and uncle on May 7, 2020. Lloyd (Lorne) Verne Vaughan, born April 21, 1938, left this world with a legacy of love, kindness, and a life well lived. He was born in Port Burwell, Ontario to Lauretta and Lloyd Verne Vaughan. He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Dorothy Louise Vaughan (nee Sim), sister Beverly Williams (Ray) and his children Paul (Heather), Laurie, Keven (Brigitte), Nina (Leon), his beloved grandchildren Marc-Andre, Hannah, Megan, Allison and one great grandchild, Travis. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Lauretta Parks. Dad had a wicked sense of humour and is famous for his elaborate jokes. He was the life of every party and was the kind of guy you wanted to sit down and have a beer with. He told the best stories, and could make anything funny. He had a huge heart, was a man of his word, and he’d give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He loved his family and adored his wife of 59 years. He always told us that meeting and marrying Mom was the luckiest thing that ever happened to him. Dad joined the military in 1954 under the Soldier Apprentice Plan, which trained 16 year old young men through a two year program. Family lore has it that his mom and dad signed the papers to allow him to enter this program as they were worried about his “wild nature” and thought the army would be good for him. Dad had a rocky start, missing the train to Winnipeg to start his basic training. Despite always being in trouble as a young soldier, he went on to a stellar and well-respected career of 37 years serving our country in Canada and overseas. Dad rose through the ranks and in 1986 he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, Sergeant Major Instructor of Gunnery. In 1988, he was commissioned to the rank of Captain. Dad was the kind of leader who led by example and never asked his troops to do anything he wouldn’t be willing to do himself. He received many honours, medals and awards, including several meritorious service awards. He served proudly and with great dedication. Mom accompanied Dad on every one of his postings, and she did remind him occasionally that regardless of what rank he was, she was always going to be one higher. After his retirement from the military, Dad devoted himself to his community, performing untold hours of volunteer work. He was a true champion of the underdog and was always ready to help anyone who needed it. He became a Mason and belonged to Charity Lodge #67, serving many Grand Lodge and Scottish Rite offices. He was a 33rd degree Mason and the recipient of the Royal Order of Scotland in 2010. Although Dad spent the last 20 years of his life fighting Parkinson’s Disease, and recently Covid-19, he did not allow himself to be defined by that fight. He always told us kids “you have to play the hand you’re dealt”, and he lived by those words. He never lost his sense of humour. Despite the ravages of Parkinson’s, he continued to live his life with dignity, grace and kindness. Someone once asked Dad what he would change if he could live his life over again and he said “I would change nothing”. That is a life well lived. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Lorne’s family through http://www.evanjstrong.com

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