January 25th, 2021

SATURDAY, July 25, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 25, 2020.


T. LAMONTE “MONTY” ALLEN, of Stirling, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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August 26, 1920 – July 17, 2020

It is with grace and dignity that we announce the passing of MARY BOON of Lethbridge on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 99 years, just five weeks short of being a centenarian.

She will be remembered by her son Glenn Allan (Patricia) and stepgrandson Todd Merrick, son Rupert Allan (Karen) and stepgrandchildren Candice Nagy and Mark Tanner as well as stepsons Alan Boon and Les Boon, stepdaughters Jeannie Walton and Julie Boon and their families.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, husbands Jim Allan and Phil Boon, and sister Lena Baker (Peter) of Edmonton, sister Elsie Milton (Albert) of Yellowknife and Edmonton, and brother Steve Snider of White Rock, BC.

Mary was born in Sheho, Saskatchewan on August 26, 1920 to Ukrainian immigrants John and Annie Snider. At an early age, Mary moved to Coleman, Alberta with her parents, sisters Lena and Elsie, and her brother Steve. Mary had many fond memories of growing up in “bushtown”. She studied nursing for three years at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1943. Returning to Coleman, she worked for two years in a doctor’s office, helped out in the OR at the local miners’ hospital and assisted in delivering babies in the homes. In 1945, she married the first love of her life, Jim Allan. He was helping his father run a small Coleman grocery store. She gave up nursing to raise sons Rupert and Glenn.

The Allan family moved to Lethbridge in 1958. Jim was an accountant for Lethbridge Collieries, Horne & Pitfield Foods, and Commercial Printers & Office Outfitters, was a Purchasing Agent for Lethbridge Community College and then a long time Purchasing Agent for the University of Lethbridge. Family was most important to Mary. She became a stay at home full-time mother while her boys were young. Weekends were spent in many outdoor activities, such as camping, rock hunting, and exploring southern Alberta and BC. She was a strong believer in education and supported both her sons going to university. Later, Mary took up nursing again, firstly in private duty part time for eight years, and then full time in general duty for ten years in the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital ending in the ER and the new ICU, finally retiring in 1976.

Jim passed away in 1978 and Mary married the second love of her life, Philip Boon. Phil was the long term Manager of the University of Lethbridge Printing Department. Phil pursued woodworking and Mary sewing and gardening and being an excellent cook. Mary became an avid reader (especially of travel adventures). Together they volunteered with Meals on Wheels, camped, fished, and travelled, finally enjoying a round-the-world cruise.

In 2015, Phil and Mary sold their long term home in the 10A Ave South cul-de-sac, leaving many neighbour friends to take up residence at AgeCare Columbia Assisted Living. For several years, they were continually supported by Mary’s son Glenn (Patricia) and stepdaughters Jeannie Walton (Tom) and Julie Boon, all of Lethbridge. Phil passed away in 2017 and Mary continued residing at Columbia until her passing. She was supported by son Glenn and Patricia, and had great and continual communication and many visits from son Rupert of North Saanich, BC, stepsons Les Boon (Maureen) of Abbotsford, BC and Alan Boon (Joyce) of Courtney, BC, nephews Barry Milton (Robyn), and Campbell Milton (Shawna) both of Calgary and Peter Baker (Sue) and Danny Baker, both of Edmonton.

Due to current restrictions a funeral will not be held. She was cremated and will be laid to rest with her first husband Jim Allan in Coleman at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the staff of AgeCare Columbia for the excellent care and friendship that they have provided to Mary for the last five years and the support of Dr. Frick, Haig Clinic and the Home Care case workers of AHS for their professional support over the years.

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PATRICIA RUTH BROWN, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Brown, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at her side on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Patricia is lovingly remembered by her children Leslee Brown, Brian Brown and Todd (Sara) Brown; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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MAXINE ALPHERA HAUG, beloved wife of the late Neil Haug, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Higgins, Eli Gordon

February 5, 1990 – July 19, 2020

It is with great sorrow that the family of Eli Higgins announces his sudden passing on July 19, 2020, doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. He leaves behind the love of his life Marrisa Dumonceaux; his mother Darlene (Mike); brother Patrick and sister Sarah (Ryan). Eli is also survived by his grandmother Kay Stack; grandfather Dan Higgins and grandfather Gordon Bond. His loss will also be felt by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and beloved friends. Eli is predeceased by his father Ron Higgins; grandfather Al Stack; and grandmother Jane Bond. Eli was born February 5, 1990 in Camrose and lived a number of places, including Wetaskiwin and Whitehorse, YT, before his family settled in Cardston in 1996 where he lived until graduating from high school. Eli then moved to Lethbridge where he lived and worked for several years before deciding to pursue a career as an Instrumentation Technologist. He began his courses at SAIT in the fall of 2014 and excelled academically throughout his time at school. During his final year of courses, Eli became president of the International Society of Automation SAIT Student Section which allowed him to utilize his natural ability as a mentor and leader. It was also during his time at SAIT that he met the love of his life, Marrisa. After graduation, he moved to Fort St. John, BC to start his career in instrumentation alongside Marrisa, where they gained several years of experience in their field before transferring back to Alberta and settling in Standard. He inherited a love of motorcycles and all things mechanical from his father Ron and was always willing to teach and pass on his knowledge or offer assistance when it came to maintenance of the family vehicles. Eli was a kind, generous person who never hesitated to offer a helping hand to those he cared about. He was loved deeply by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on August 9, 2020 at the Severn Dam.

Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca

Elaine Malinsky
1929 – 2020

 Ella Elaine Malinsky (nee Sparks), beloved wife of the late George Malinsky, passed away in Taber on Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 90 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations, a private visitation will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday, July 27, 2020. A private burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Elaine is survived by her daughters Georgia (Greg) Stauth and Donna (Bryon) Broderson; grandchildren Patrick and Craig (Roberta) Bell, Kevin (Natalie) Broderson and Lyle (Jenny) Broderson; great grandchildren Brittany and Braden, Chantele and Chase Broderson, Wylie and Weston Bell; brothers John Sparks, Robert (Margaret) Sparks, sister-in-law Pat Sparks and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
 She was predeceased by her husband George Malinsky, her parents Wilfred and Ella Sparks, her sister Joanne Lysohirka, her granddaughter Robin Broderson, her nephew Mark Lysohirka, her brother Edward “Eddy” Sparks, her sister-in-law Patsy Sparks. She was also predeceased by George’s family, his parents Annie and Daniel Malinsky and his siblings Johnny (May) Malinsky, Alex Malinsky, Bill (Gladys) Malinsky, Nick (Mary) Malinsky, Dolly (Bud) Douglas, Mary (Raymond) Crowe, Helen Malinsky and Edward Malinsky.
 Here is Elaine’s story: I was born in Taber on September 16, 1929, the eldest of five children to Ella (nee Barton) and Wilfred Sparks. At a very young age I began singing and performing in music festivals, concerts, band concerts. In my teenage years, I sang in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints choir under the direction of John Johansen and I acquired a love for choral music and harmony. When I was fifteen years old my mother passed away leaving dad with a family of five young children to raise. Because I was the oldest girl in the family I became the “mother” as I cooked, cleaned, did the laundry and mending while also attending high school.
 At the end of World War two, George Malinsky came home from overseas and we became “re-acquainted.” We had lived in the same neighborhood all our lives, but I was only thirteen years old when George went overseas. We were married February 12, 1947 and eventually had two lovely daughters, Georgia and Donna. George went to work for the St. Mary River Irrigation District. in 1953 and in 1954 we transferred to the Bow Island area where we spent ten years.
 It was at Bow Island that Georgia, Donna and I started singing harmony together and we were involved in several musical productions through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was also while we were in Bow Island that I became a Lieutenant in the Girl Guide Company where Donna was a girl guide. I was also appointed to a three year term on the Alberta council of the Girl Guide Association during this time. I was involved in the Home and School Association and attended a provincial convention at the Banff School of Fine Arts. We enjoyed the ten years in Bow Island very much.
 In 1963, we transferred to Grassy Lake and found the people there to be very friendly. It was at Grassy Lake that I began to sew and made most of the clothes the girls and I wore.
 In October 1966, I began working at the Bank of Montreal as a ledger keeper. We were planning to move to Taber on January 1, 1967, but I had a chance to go to work in October, so I lived with my dad in Taber for three months until George finished his job at the end of December. We purchased a home in Taber and lived there ever since. I remained with the Bank of Montreal for twenty nine years and worked in all positions from ledger keeper to branch manager. I retired from the bank on January 1, 1994.
 George passed away August 6, 1978 and I tried to keep myself busy since that time. Since my retirement I have served a three year term on the Taber Public Library board and was also elected to two, two year terms on the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion.
 I love to curl and I was a member of the Taber Ladies Curling Club for forty five years. I was presented with a life membership in the Ladies Curling Club several years ago. I also curled in the Senior Curling Club. I also enjoy bowling and when I was younger played slow pitch on the senior ladies team, winning gold and bronze medals in summer games for two consecutive years.
 I also love to golf and have been a member of the Vauxhall Golf Club for many years. I was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for fifteen years and was presented with the Order of the Rose.
 I love music of all kinds and particularly love singing with my daughters. I enjoy singing karaoke and do so at every opportunity. I have always loved music and the radio is always on, or records and tapes are being played in my home.
 All in all I have had a good life! I love my daughters and sons-in-law (who are more like sons to me.) I love every one of my grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are all so special and have brought a lot of joy into my life.
 My brothers have been very good to me all my life and I do love and appreciate them. I have met many wonderful people in my lifetime and consider myself very fortunate to have had so many friends.
 “Elaine was a thoughtful, caring, loving, courageous and feisty person. She was a dedicated employee, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a loyal friend.”
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Elaine’s name may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S8 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (http://www.heartandstroke.ca).
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Rev. Kenneth Oswald

1934 – 2020

A man of faith, conviction and family values, the Rev. Kenneth Oswald passed away peacefully Friday evening, July 17, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Kind and soft-spoken, he was committed to the service of others. His accomplishments are present in the lives he touched, the compassion he showed, and the example he set for all.

Born in Lethbridge, AB on August 13, 1934 to George and Mary Morden Oswald, Ken was the second of ten children. He developed an early aptitude for auto mechanics and a love for Dodge cars while working with his brothers and Dad at the family garage. In his early teens, he was recognized by the Boy Scouts Association of Canada for his quick thinking and actions in rescuing two girls from drowning in the coulee just north of Warner, AB.

In July 1959 Ken married Florence Ostby, daughter of Clarence and Belle Bannen Ostby – the girl next door. Florence was his rock, his loving companion and partner in ministry until her death in January 2008.

Educated at Hillcrest Bible College and the University of Alberta, he began his career working at the Bank of Commerce. He soon realized that his passion was the Ministry and served congregations in Ontario and Alberta before moving his family to North Dakota in 1968. As an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church he had a long and rewarding career serving several different parishes in both North and South Dakota. Highlights of his career include involvement at Lehr Camp, working with hospice programs, and mission trips to Haiti and Israel.

He was so proud of being recognized in 2009 with a certificate acknowledging his 50 years of active service to the church. Throughout his career, he and Florence developed many cherished friendships, drawing strength from those connections and relationships over the years.

After retirement Ken and Florence settled in Lethbridge to be near family and friends. During that time, Ken continued to volunteer his time providing pastoral care. Thoughtful and with a resolute foundation of service, nothing gave him more pleasure than to share the word of God, whenever he was called.

Preceded in death by his wife, Florence and his parents George and Mary Oswald. He is survived by his children, Lowell and Lavine, who will strive to carry on his legacy, and have gratitude for the upbringing and values instilled in them by their loving parents.

He was blessed by his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Oswald and son-in-law, Alex Shapiro and the richness they brought to his life. Ken was incredibly proud of his grandchildren Jacob and Joshua, constantly impressing on them the importance of honesty, integrity and following the rules.

During this especially challenging time, the family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at St. Therese Villa and a very special thank you to Dr. Mark Horne.

With the current restrictions in place, a private graveside service will be held for immediate family. A Memorial Service will be held at a later time and will provide an opportunity to gather to celebrate a life well lived. Contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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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With a heavy heart we announce the passing of BEN REIMER, beloved husband to his bride of almost 50 years, Karen Reimer, at Chinook Regional Hospital on July 17, 2020 at the age of 77. Besides his loving wife, Ben is survived by his only son, Mason (Caroline) of Lethbridge and their two children, Abigail and Carson, who were his pride and joy.

Ben is also survived by his four wonderful sisters, Evelyn Reimer of Coaldale, Marguerite (Harry) Antonio of Edmonton, Rosalie Bain of Calgary, and Dorothy (Allan) Sera of Coaldale; his brothers-in-law, Tom (Jean) Malmberg and Michael Malmberg (Sharon Mielnichuk); his sister-in-law, Mary (Leo) Dieser, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins whom he adored.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry & Susie (Riediger) Reimer, his grandmother, Katherine (Reimer) Klassen, and his brother-in-law, Bryan Bain.

Born in Vancouver BC on September 7, 1942, Ben’s life had very humble beginnings. One of five children of two immigrants from Russia, Ben was taught that a man’s word was his bond, to look a man in his eye when you shook his hand, and to appreciate the value of a dollar. His family moved to Vauxhall when he was three years old and settled in Coaldale when he was five. Ben enjoyed school as a child and got his first paper route when he was twelve. Ben worked after school as a pump jockey then quit high school to drive semi trucks for John Foder. When he was not working, Ben raced stock cars with SAAR (Southern Alberta Auto Racers). Ben was an active member of the Coaldale Kinsman for many years as well as McKillop United Church.

Ben’s life changed on August 11, 1962, when he had an accident and became a paraplegic. After spending the next nine months in hospital in Lethbridge and Edmonton, Ben drove home with his parents, using a crutch on the brake and gas. He decided to go to Lethbridge College and became an accountant since truck driving was no longer an option. He opened Ben’s Accounting in Coaldale shortly thereafter. Ben worked with Krahn Homes in the early 70s, then starting Astro Realty and in 1972 Ben sold his accounting business and started Astro Insurance Ltd. Ben successfully ran Astro for 27 years alongside his registry office and his property management company, Astro Property Management, which is still in business now.

On February 5, 1969, Karen walked into his accounting office and changed his life again. One year later, on the their first anniversary, Ben finally proposed and the two were married on September 5, 1970. Ben and Karen loved to travel and visited many of the US states, the Bahama’s, and Hawaii. Their favourite vacation destination being GreenValley, Arizona, where they wintered for many years. Ben loved entertaining his friends there and enjoyed having Mason and his family come and visit. Ben cherished his time with Karen and always was up for a game of cribbage or rummy. Their love grew stronger every day.

Ben and Karen adopted their son Mason in 1979. Ben loved being a father, showing Mason how to do all the boy things. Ben was involved with Mason as a scout leader, baseball coach, and pit crew/fellow kart racer with him. They loved to fish together at Duck Lake, tinker in the garage on karts, and share in each other’s company talking about everything.

Ben loved a good laugh and was so proud of all of his family. He was gentle, kind, and always ready to help. He arranged every party and family get together with precision and thoughtfulness. He will be deeply missed by many and loved by that many more.

A Celebration of Ben’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service will be invite-only; however, those who are unable to attend may watch a livestream via his obituary on Cornerstone’s website.

Ben will be laid peacefully to rest during a private ceremony in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully welcomed as Ben loved them. If desired, donations can be made in his name to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta at http://www.sci-ab.ca/donate.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Muriel Dorothy Zasadny

1930 – 2020

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of our mother Muriel Dorothy Zasadny (nee Dogterom) on Sunday March 29, 2020.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Deacon Bill Young officiating.

To watch the live stream of Muriel’s Memorial Service, please go to https://www.fhwebsites.org /ymb/ymb/obituary/Muriel- Zasadny

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.

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