January 25th, 2021

SATURDAY, July 18, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 18, 2020.

Aldean Arnold

1944 – 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Aldean Rae Arnold announces her passing on Thursday, July 9th, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

Predeceased by her husband, Vernon Arnold in 2010, Aldean is lovingly remembered by her children Dean (Angie), Donna (George) Newman, Doug (Tami) and Dan (Lindy). She will be forever carried in the hearts of her 10 grandchildren, Blake (Kennedy) Andrus, Mackenzie, Cade, Tanner, Ashlynn, Amy and Devyn Arnold, Jack, Tim and Mitchell Newman, and 1 great granddaughter, Kynlee Andrus.

Aldean is also survived by her sisters, Marjorie (Don) Karl, Doreen Jurgens, Pearl Wolfe (Dick Murphy), Faye (Floyd) Orcutt and her brothers, Larry Wolfe and John (Val) Wolfe as well as her brother-in-law Keith (Diane) Arnold and sister-in-law Norma (Wally) Janser. She was predeceased by one brother, Robert Wolfe and 2 sister-in-laws, Shirley Wolfe and Carol McIvor. Her passing is also mourned by her dear friend Arnold Bodie and his family, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and beloved friends.

Born on May 5, 1944 to Leo Wolfe and Doris Morgan, Aldean was raised with her 7 siblings on a farm south of Foremost, Alberta. She married Vern in 1962 and together they raised their children in Foremost while volunteering tirelessly for the community. Aldean was the Southern Alberta Summer Games athlete co-ordinator for the County of Forty Mile for many years, coached slow-pitch and was a long-time member of the Foremost United Church. She worked for Canada Post for over 25 years, retiring in 2011. She moved to Parkbridge Estates in Lethbridge in 2012.

Mom’s passion was sports. She would try any of them but particularly loved playing slow-pitch with her women’s teams and was a keen track and field competitor, winning many medals in the Summer Games over the years. That competitive spirit was passed down to her children and grandchildren and she spent many happy hours cheering them on in hockey, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Mom was never happier than when she was surrounded by her family or dear friends. She loved people and was well-loved in return.

Her battle with Lupus and Pulmonary Fibrosis was one she fought with courage and dignity. Her family extends sincere thanks to Dr. Charlene Fell and nurse clinician Kirk Mathison for their tireless efforts to give us more time with Mom and also to the Lethbridge Home Care and CBI team for making Mom’s last days as comfortable as possible. As well, we thank her dear friends Bonnie and Joyce, her neighbours at Parkbridge Estates and many others who supported Mom so well over the years.

Please consider, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Mom’s name.

A celebration of Aldean’s life will be announced and held at a future date as soon as we can all safely gather together.

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Aylmer Baker

1934 – 2020

Aylmer Baker of Granum Alberta, beloved husband of Norma Baker, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Aylmer was born in Calgary on May 5, 1934, the only child of Harold and Inez Baker. He was raised on the farm just west of Nobleford and spent his life in the Granum/Nobleford area. He met his wife Norma Barnes through family friends Laura and Bill Parker and they were married at the house where Norma lived on November 17, 1956. They were very close, doing everything together, and after 63 years of marriage still inseparable to the end.

They made their home in a few places before settling down at the Barnes house where Norma was raised. Aylmer drove truck for Noble Blades and their first home was a small house by the elevators in Nobleford. In 1957 he worked for the Alberta Wheat Pool, first in Nobleford, then Taber and finally Turin. In 1958 they lived in Lethbridge until moving back to Nobleford where Aylmer helped his Dad farm. Later that year they moved into the farm home where Aylmer was raised. In the fall of 1961, they settled in the home where they were married and where they lived and farmed for 59 years. They had five children … Layne, Brant, Sherry, Barry and Carol Ann.

When not farming Aylmer loved to go fishing with his family. He enjoyed drawing and leather work, making many belts for the kids. He and Norma very much enjoyed spending time with their children & grandchildren, and going to all their sporting, 4-H and musical activities.

Aylmer battled cancer and associated ailments for a number of years. Aylmer’s strong will and God’s hands carried him through these times. Even when he was getting quite weak, you would find him with his hand weights exercising in his chair, or pushing his walker trying to stay mobile.

Besides his loving wife and five children, Aylmer is survived by twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica (Layne & Donna Baker); Jordan, Branden, Wyatt (Brant & Laurie Baker); Kyle, Darren, Evan (Sherry & Lawrence Vandervalk); Alysha, Joey (Barry & Teresa Baker); Kaylee, Colin (Carol Ann & Allen Zoeteman) and nine great-grandchildren. Aylmer was predeceased by his parents Harold and Inez.

A private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Granum Christian Reformed Church, with interment to follow at the Church Cemetery. Due to Chief Medical Officer of Health restrictions, Funeral Services are now limited in size.

Though we cannot have all of Aylmer’s family and friends attend in person, those who would like to watch the service can do so online by going to the Granum Christian Reformed Church YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs0yVlMAC_bnTpqX8Ch0xfA.

It is also available at https://www.mbfunerals.com/listings by clicking on Aylmer’s obituary.

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Larry Basque
1943 – 2020

Joseph Lawrence Basque, beloved husband of the late Monica Basque, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 77 years.
Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ernie Block

1926 – 2020

Ernest Edward Block of Lethbridge passed away suddenly on May 13, 2020 at the age of 94.

Ernie was born in Medicine Hat to Marie and Gustav Block on March 15, 1926. He grew up in a home with musically talented parents and became a multitalented musician at an early age, mastering numerous instruments throughout his life.

Although Ernie was best known for his musical abilities, he had many athletic abilities as well and was an avid sports fan of baseball and hockey. At the age of 17 years he was making a name for himself in baseball and was professionally scouted but chose to continue with his academic and musical interests.

Ernie graduated from Alexander High School in Medicine Hat and went on to get his teaching degrees at the University of Alberta and University of Missoula. He taught for a total of 35 years. He was the first Grade 8 typing teacher at Hamilton Junior High in Lethbridge for 29 years until his retirement.

His retirement from teaching allowed him to devote himself to his passion – music.

Ernie was involved in music from an early age. He had his own orchestra from the early 50s to the early 60s – The Ernie Block Orchestra. He started with the Lethbridge Big Band in 1963. Throughout his musical career he also participated in the Lethbridge Playgoers and Lethbridge Musical Theatre. He played in many different bands in Southern Alberta. He was an accomplished musical arranger (wrote his first arrangement at age 12) and copyist sharing his arrangements with many in Canada and the U.S. Ernie enjoyed volunteering his time helping with the Junior high and high school Jazz bands at lunch or after hours. He jokingly would say he “never had a day off”

Ernie received a tribute from Lethbridge Jazz Society for outstanding contributions to the Music Community of Southern Alberta for 50 years.

Ernie had a very upbeat personality and loved to acknowledge his appreciation of music. In his later years he would attend concerts and productions and marvel at the talent that was right here in Lethbridge.

At the time of his passing, Ernie was still actively involved playing bass with the Herb Hicks quartet as well as playing with the Dixieland band for the Horse Races at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club. He was looking forward to the next gig at the Mocha Cabana and for the Horse Racing to start up again.

Ernie was still living independently in his own home, driving his own vehicle, (one of the oldest members of Alberta Motor Association) and was looking forward to a regular tee time at the Lethbridge Country Club. During his 44-year membership he had scored 2 hole in ones.

Ernie was predeceased by second wife Marg Forish (2018) and son Douglas Block (1998).

He is survived by former wife Jean Buxton (Edmonton) and children Allan (Carol Flaig) Lethbridge, Brenda (Ken Greenan) Edmonton, Carol (Art Riendeau) Edmonton, Marg Forish’s daughter Deb (Klaus Santrau) Lethbridge; grandchildren Keane Block, Amanda (Derrek Hansen and great grandson Sawyer) Patrick Riendeau, Tori Greenan and Josh Halldorson.

Ernie touched many lives and as much as the family would enjoy a public gathering to honor his memory, due to Covid restrictions we are unable.

A private family service will be held, and a public Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date when restrictions are lifted.

The funeral service will be recorded for all to view on Martin Brothers obituary website. https://www.fhwebsites.org/ymb/ymb/obituary/Ernie-Block.

In honor of Ernie, donations can be made to Lethbridge Jazz Society c/o Allied Arts Council 318 7th St S Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2G2.

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Sharon Harper

1939 – 2020

Mrs. Sharon Harper of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. George Harper, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Gary Hatt

1940 – 2020

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, that we announce that Mr. Gary Lee Hatt of Lethbridge, has passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife Alice Hatt; daughter Jenan; son Dennis (Lara); granddaughter’s Taryn (Russell), Toni (Devyn); grandson Nick (Paulina) and great-grandchildren Chloe and Deynahi. As well his brothers Dennis (Trudy), Rick (Suzanne); sister Linda (Peter), and his many family members and loving friends.

Gary has shared his life strongly with God by his side and was a Pastor for 15 years as well as a Professor at the Alberta Bible College for 30 years. Gary’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughtful expressions of love prayers and kindness by relatives and friends during their time of loss and bereavement.

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

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1934 – 2020

Velma May Hauserman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of John Hauserman, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Velma was born on July 3, 1934 and raised in Bengough, Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school, she began work at the Imperial Bank of Canada. During this time, she met John, the love of her life, at the local curling rink. After a short courtship they were married, recently celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. John’s work in the oilfield took them across several provinces. They lived in many small towns from Estevan to Fort St. John and many places in between. They eventually settled in Vauxhall in 1961, where Velma became a pillar of the community. She enjoyed 25 years working at the Vauxhall Pharmacy. She was active in the UCW group and the Presbytery of the United Church. She was a devoted member of Parkview United Church, serving on the board and leading CGIT. She loved curling and participating in zone and provincial playdowns. She was a volunteer for many fundraisers and donated her time freely to community endeavors. She especially liked helping those who had mobility issues, offering to drive many friends and acquaintances to Lethbridge for appointments. Velma raised her children with patience, understanding and love. She actively followed their sports pursuits of figure skating, hockey, baseball, judo and curling. On the farm she grew a huge garden and preserved and froze the harvest. Her home was always open to others. There was always extra food and for sure something for dessert. For special occasions, she always made sure there were three or four pies to choose from. In 2000, John and Velma moved to Lethbridge. They enjoyed many trips down south and being a part of a new community. She continued with volunteering, liked golfing and walking and especially looked forward to coffee with friends. She lived her life with consideration and kindness. She believed strongly in service to others and making the world a better place.

She had been living at Extendicare Fairmont where she continued with her positive spirit and friendliness in supporting others. The family would like to thank all the staff for the care and assistance that Velma received.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her husband John and her children Cal (Brenda), LeRoy, and Diane (Orlyn); grandchildren Adam (Christina) and Michelle (Andrew); great grandchildren Hannah and Luca. She is also survived by four brothers and their families.

A private family service is planned.

Those who would like to donate in Velma’s memory may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, #40, 1202 – 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

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


NADZIEJA “NADZIA” KOZIOL (July 22, 1945 – July 13, 2020), beloved wife of Eric Koziol of Shaughnessy, passed away peacefully at Piyami Place in Picture Butte on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the age of 74.

Nadzieja was a loving and caring wife and a loyal friend to many. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid animal lover.

Her faith in the Almighty God Jehovah was at the forefront in her life. As a long-time student of God’s Word, she took comfort and full confidence that in the near future, words of God will come true as noted in Revelation 21: 4, “He [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

A private family celebration of Nadzieja’s life will be held virtually on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Special thanks to the staff at Piyami Place for their outstanding personal care toward Nadzia over the past 16 months.

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LISBET FLINKFELT LEBOEUF passed away on Thursday July 9, 2020 in Lethbridge Alberta at the age of 73 years.

Lisbet is survived by her loving husband Paul Gibson, Brother Mauritz (Joan) Flinkfelt, sister Inger (John) Mulligan and brother Leif Flinkfelt.

Cremation has been entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.

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Doreen Madden

1966 – 2020

Mrs. Doreen Madden of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Geoff Madden and beloved mother of Breanna, Ryan and Justin, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital with her loving husband by her side holding her hand on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the age of 53 years.

Also left to mourn are her parents Meta Geddes and the late William Geddes, her brothers and sisters Donnie, Judi, Kevin, and Cate. She is also survived by her parents in law Bernie and JoAnn, brother in law Ed, and late sister in law Tammy.

Flowers are gratefully declined, those who wish to provide financial support to the family during this difficult time may do so by mail 461 Twinriver Road W, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Y9.

In keeping with her wishes, a private Celebration of Doreen’s life will be held at a later date.

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STACY JO-ANN QUIRING (Csabay), beloved wife of the late Andy Quiring of Scandia, passed away at Foothills Medical Centre on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the age of 49 years, as a result of injuries she sustained in a motorcycle accident with Andy 10 days prior.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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FLORENCE “BETSY” SHAW passed away suddenly on Thursday July 16, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Candi-Jo Van Ryn

1979 – 2020

Mrs. Candi-Jo Van Ryn of Coaldale, beloved wife of Mr. Jason “Jake” Van Ryn, and beloved mother of Jo-Lynn and Jaiden Kenney, passed away in Coaldale on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the age of 40 years.

Candi-Jo was born in Magrath, Alberta where a love for the farm and country living began. She moved to Kerrville, Texas where she completed her secondary school, had her babies and entered the medical field. After some time, she moved back to Lethbridge with a southern charm and a very present “y’all.” Connecting with family, honouring her heritage, teaching the values, beliefs and traditions instilled in her by her grandparents, was so very important to her; and now, passed on for many generations to come. Candi-Jo had a contagious laugh, with a big beautiful grin, thrown in with a snort or two on occasion. She was steadfast and firm when needed, confident within her profession and highly skilled. With a nurse’s humour and an openness that was slightly shocking at times (yes Candi, I pooped today). She radiated warmth, was welcoming and accepting to all. In her quiet time, she cross stitched, tended her flowers, hosted game nights, had sleepovers with her baby niece, enjoyed cooking new and traditional recipes, laughing with her girls and spending time with her gentle husband, the love of her life in their Coaldale home.

With expressive green eyes – mischievous at times, lit with joy and shadowed with grief, she had so many losses along the way and a depth of pain we’ll never fully understand. And yet, she was determined and despite it all, she smiled. Choosing to live a simple life, a full life, with her husband, girls, friends and family by her side. She did so with tenderness and grace.

Candi-Jo was strong, she was fierce, an inspiration and unfortunately unaware of how many people she’s impacted and touched over the years. She had a quiet faith, shared dreams of Heaven while holding her grandmother’s hand and made a promise to see her again. She’s “Home”.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Monday, July 20, 2020 at MAGRATH CEMETERY, Magrath, Alberta with Pastor Mark Dyck, officiating.

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.

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Shirley Virostek
1932 – 2020

 Shirley Anne Virostek, beloved wife of the late George Virostek, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations, a private service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday, July 20, 2020. A private burial will follow at the Enchant Cemetery. A public service in celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at a later time when we can all gather together safely. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.   
 Shirley is survived by her four sons Kevin (Richelle) Virostek of Coalhurst, Darcy (Deb) Virostek of Enchant, Sheldon (Geri) Virostek of Enchant and Blaine (Pat) Virostek of DeWinton; seven grandchildren Scott (Tammy) Virostek, Brett (Dawn) Virostek, Mitch (Camee) Virostek, Kelsey (Mitch) Honess, Marty Virostek, Colby (Christine) Virostek and Brady (Josh) Virostek; eighteen great grandchildren Kassidy, Keira, Brodyn, Emma, Kaden, London, Kaden, Kolter, Keeley, Kinslee, Grayson, Peyton, Heston, Emerson, Kitson, Charlotte, Jex and Amelia.
 She was predeceased by her husband George Virostek; parents Clifford and Florence Reynolds; daughter-in-law Wendy Virostek; brothers Roy Reynolds and Dennis Reynolds; sisters-in-law Lois Reynolds, Norma Reynolds and Irene Reynolds.
 Shirley was born on the farm near Enchant on June 25, 1932, the youngest and only daughter of Clifford and Florence Reynolds. She graduated in Enchant, then attended Garbutts College in Lethbridge, graduating with honors. After six years of courtship, she married the love of her life George Virostek on October 10, 1953 and together they started the family farm. During her fifty seven years of marriage there were good times and hardships, but she enjoyed raising four boys, running cattle, farming, participating and watching all sport activities. Shirley continued to raise cattle until her passing and always looked forward to the round-ups, branding and especially selling of the calves.
 Mom was proud to call the community of Enchant home. She was involved in every organization and board, always willing to lend a hand for the good of families, friends, faith and church. Shirley was known to have a strong voice, but was truly a loving, caring person who had the ability to make someone laugh. We can’t forget her love of music and dancing. Mom believed the love of family is life’s greatest blessing and she cherished the moments of family gatherings. She always enjoyed the company of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids around her. Knowing that mom made a difference in the lives of others is why she was a very special person and will be missed by all who knew her. We are so very proud of her. Our families will try to carry on your traditions and legacy that you established.
 She enjoyed the path that her life had led her. May God grant you happiness on your path.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Shirley’s name may be made directly to the Enchant Community Hall, Box 1921, Enchant, Alberta T0K 0V0 or to the Enchant Seniors, Box 1784, Enchant, Alberta T0K 0V0.  
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


ANTON ZALIK, beloved husband of Denise Zalik, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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