October 31st, 2020

SATURDAY, July 4, 2020


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 4, 2020.

Barry Aleman

1961 – 2020

Mr. Barry Aleman of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Mrs. Ruth Aleman, passed away suddenly in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 59 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


BULLSHIELDS

COLIN PHILLIP BULLSHIELDS (White Rock), passed away in Calgary, AB on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the age of 25 years.

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, July 5th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Monday, July 6th, from 9:30 – 11:00 with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time.)

To WATCH the Service online or send condolences, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


FESTER, Martha Amy

With wonderful memories and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Martha Amy Fester on June 27th, 2020 at Hardisty Care Centre. Predeceased by her loving husband Gordon in 2016, her parents, Doris and William King; and her brother, David King. Martha graduated from nursing in 1960 from St. Michael’s hospital in Lethbridge. She had pride in her work which carried through to present day in helping to care for (although informally) fellow residents at Revera Riverbend Retirement Residence. Here, she was also on the official welcome committee and enjoyed all the recreational activities in addition to shopping. She had a lifelong love of music, singing and dancing as well as playing the piano. Her and Gordon had over 50 years together and enjoyed traveling the world, and playing a lot of golf.

Martha will be forever remembered by her sister-in-law Sharon (Larry) Andreotti, niece Julie (Leno) Iannelli, nephew Curtis (Tammy) Androtti and their children Jaedyn and Ashlyn as well as members of the Vermeulen family; Helen (Henry); Stephanie (Justin), Helena, Mila Balko; Peter (Michaela), Nora, Estelle; Girly, and Lois Balko; members of the Fester family, Christine (Ken) Fester, Annette (Robert), Parker and Denver Seitz, Arlene (Jeremy) Liam and Rhys Ediger, Ryan (Jacqueline) Marcus Fester, as well as Leanne (Dennis) Emily, Bennett, Adeline and Reid Seitz; special friends Jackie Evans of Lethbridge, neighbours including Thelma and Dick Lorentz, the Sowchyns and many friends from Trinity Lutheran.

Martha will be laid to rest at Mt. Pleasant cemetery next to the love of her life, Gordon. A private ceremony will be presided upon by Pastor Ingrid for close family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or STARS.

To sign the book of condolences and to share memories, please visit http://www.southsidememorial.com

South Side Memorial Chapel

8310–104 Street

Edmonton, Alberta

T6E 4E8

Phone: 780-432-1601


GARY KIRK

APRIL 1933 – JULY 2020

Gary Kirk parlayed his father’s dream into a successful tire store enterprise, but it was the meaningful and lasting relationships he cultivated along the way that were truly a measure of his riches.

Those friendships allowed Gary to enjoy experiences beyond the wildest dreams of most, and far-removed from his humble beginnings. He passed away in hospital July 3 with family at his side, at the age of 87. Even as his health failed and his final days approached, Gary had no regrets and shed no tears. This was only fitting for the self-proclaimed “luckiest man in the world.”

Gary idolized his father, Bill, who founded Kirks Tires in 1936 and later welcomed him as a business partner. While entertainment royalty and professional sports team owners called him the best of friends, it was his loving wife of almost 60 years, Loreen, whom he considered the most important person in his life. If there was ever such a thing as the perfect wife, Gary was sure she fit the bill. Not only did they have three sons together, Loreen offered Gary the unbending support and freedom that allowed him so many adventures and resulted in so many friendships. Loreen passed away in 2012, and as his time ticked down Gary relished the prospect of their pending reunion.

Along with Loreen, Gary was predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara Bosnak. He is survived by his sister Bonnie, his three sons, Richard, Kevin and Brad, and their extended families.

Born in Swift Current, Gary moved to Lethbridge with his father before he returned to Saskatchewan to attend Notre Dame School. Prior to joining Bill at the tire shop, his first jobs included baggage boy with Greyhound Bus Lines and newspaper delivery with the Lethbridge Herald. Other than Loreen, Gary’s greatest passion was the tire business. He saw the respect his father had earned in the industry and he in turn loved the relationships he was able to foster with his suppliers, his customers and his staff, many of whom he considered family.

Gary’s most public friendship dated back almost 60 years, when he met a teenaged Wayne Newton after a concert. Gary would see ‘Mr. Las Vegas’ perform hundreds of times as his guest over the years, but he was much more than a fan. He served as best man at Wayne’s wedding, and the entertainer not only performed two benefit concerts in Lethbridge on his friend’s behalf, he brought Gary and Loreen to dine with the President of the United States and flew the couple to important medical appointments in his private jet. The hard work Wayne put into every performance inspired Gary to be a better businessman, husband and father and treat every friend like his closest.

Gary’s involvement in sports also provided him with many lasting friendships. While he never considered himself a gifted athlete he would serve as a scout for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, due in part to his relationship with Earl Ingarfield. Gary was also co-owner of the Lethbridge Broncos. His time as business manager for George Wesley’s White Sox senior baseball team in the late 1950s saw him bring north many U.S. college players. Among those was a young Steve Schott, who would go on to become an extremely successful businessman and one-time owner of the Oakland Athletics Major Baseball League franchise. Their relationship took deep roots and continued a lifetime, with Steve flying Gary and Loreen to numerous games to join him in watching his A’s in action, including an appearance in the World Series.

Gary’s many contributions to the community were also recognized over the years, and he was awarded a Key to the City of Lethbridge in 2010.

At Gary’s request, no public funeral service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Humane Society, Gary’s heartfelt charity since the passing of Loreen and her puppy Pecos.


GOOD RIDER

Mr. Jimmy Franklin Good Rider ‘Matoomsaakaasi First Holy Root’ passed away on June 29, 2020 at the age of 63 years. A Wake is to be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Jimmy’s residence in Piikani Nation. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Jimmy’s residence.

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


KAIN

RANDAL ANTHONY KAIN of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 26, 2020 at the age of 58 years.

Randy is survived by his loving parents Elio and Joan Kain; siblings Kelly (Carolyn) Kain and their son Ryan; Perry (Kim) Kain and their daughter Justina; Valerie Kain and her children Brian and Ashley; Marcy Kain (Rob Harvie).

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limited indoor space, please RSVP your attendance for either or both services to Cornerstone Funeral Home at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Josephine Letal

1924 – 2020

Mrs. Josephine Letal of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Letal, passed away at the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the age of 96 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Funeral Services are now limited to 100 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff.

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


Erna Letkeman

1939 – 2020

Mrs. Erna Letkeman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Larry Letkeman, passed away at home on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Gillian Lothian

1941 – 2020

Mrs. Gillian Lothian of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Donald “Don” Lothian, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


RHEA

Mr. Ralph Rhea, long time resident of Fort Macleod passed away at the Pincher Creek Hospital, on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the age of 96 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Beatrice in 2018 after being married to her for 71 years.

He is survived by his son Martin Rhea (Lora) of Grand Forks BC; daughters Dianne Campbell of Calgary, Charlynn Rhea (Beth) of Toronto, Ontario, as well as 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will be missed dearly.

A Celebration of Ralph’s life will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


Joan Gloria Schaufele

1957 – 2020

Joan Gloria Schaufele went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the age of 63 years.

Joan was born on March 3, 1957 in Taber, Alberta, to Albert and Sarah (Sally) Schaufele from Bow Island. She was the much-loved sister of John (Rennie) Schaufele, Paul (Betty-Jo) Schaufele, Rachel (Wayne) Booker, and Sue (Bill) Smienk.

For many years, Joan was an extraordinary math and handbell teacher at Glenmore Christian Academy in Calgary. In 2006, Joan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood cancer) and retired from teaching. Once she was in remission, Joan moved back to Lethbridge to be closer to her family, including dearly loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was also an active member of several handbell choirs, Lethbridge Scottish Country Dancing and was a passionate quilter.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Funeral Services are now limited to 100 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff.

Friends are also welcomed to attend an outdoor send off with an honour guard and bagpipes at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 6, 2020 (in the parking lot at Martin Brothers) before the family leaves for a private service and burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations to be made to Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99, Lomond, AB TOL IGO, Myeloma Canada, 1255 Trans Canada Route, Dorval, Quebec H9P 2V4, or a charity of one’s choice.

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


WURZ

ANDREW K. WURZ, beloved husband of Katrina passed away at the Carmangay Hutterite Colony on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

A Wake will be held at the CARMANGAY HUTTERITE COLONY on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

A Funeral Service will be held at the CARMANGAY HUTTERITE COLONY on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

Andrew will be laid to rest in the Carmangay Hutterite Colony Cemetery following the Funeral Service.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

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