January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, August 15, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 15, 2020.


Anthony (Tony) Thomas Bosnjak, age 64, passed away on August 10th, 2020 in his home in Calgary, Alberta. Born in Blairmore, Alberta, to Elizabeth Straub and Joseph Bosnjak, he worked for Signature Floors in Sales. He enjoyed spending time with friends cheering on the Flames and will be remembered for his generous spirit and willingness to help anyone in need. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

A loving and devoted father, he is survived by his daughter, Jenna, and his three step-children, Stefany, Daniel and Navarre. As well as his brothers Willy and Danny, his sister Melinda, and several nieces and nephews. A private viewing and blessing will be held for immediate family on August 15th, 2020 followed by a small celebration of life.


1933 – 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of LeRoy Alexander Chanda on Monday, August 10th, 2020.

Roy is survived by his wife Anne of 58 years, daughters LeeAnne (Dean) Jetten & grandsons Taylor (Tasya) & Braydon, Lynette (Geoff) Snider, and son Roy Jr. (Kae) and grandson Austin. Roy is also survived by his sister & niece Jean & Barb Coninx (deceased brother-in-law Pete and nephew Robert), inlaws Eileen & Bob Ferguson, nieces Shannon Bissanti & family, Janice Hepfner & family (deceased nephew Jeff Ferguson).

Roy was born & raised in Raymond, Alberta. At the age of 15, he had to quit school as his father passed away. He became involved with the family farm, caring for his mother, sister and nephew.

As a young man, Roy started his career with Jubilee Motors and later became a salesman at Acklands. He traveled the roads & drove many hours making many friends & acquaintances. Roy then purchased Parkside Grocery Store. This store made him very happy and it soon became the hub of the neighbourhood. Roy enjoyed visiting & socializing with everyone who walked through the front door. His customers became a second family to him.

Roy loved all sports & participated in curling, bowling, golfing and fastball. Fastball became one of his favorite sports. He was a very good pitcher and had a mean delivery of the ball. He was a member of the Hamilton Floors Bowling Team. Roy received many trophies for his high bowling scores. Golf was another sport Roy enjoyed. With his teammates, he was a member of the Raymond and Indian Hills golf courses. In 2003 at the Raymond Golf Course Roy got a hole in one. He was very proud of himself and we, his family, were also proud of this accomplishment. A lifelong hobby of Roy was his coin collection.

Roy met Anne at a Hi-Fi singles club. Anne was attracted to Roy’s fancy feet on the dance floor. They dated for two years, married in 1962, and then started a family.

Roy & Anne loved to travel and their journeys took them to places all over Canada & the United States. Later they purchased property at Meadow Lake in Columbia Falls, Montana. The family enjoyed many holiday times in Meadow Lake as Roy always looked forward to a great game of golf, barbecuing, playing board games and relaxing on the deck with a cold drink in his hand.

Roy was proud of his three children LeeAnne, Lynette and Roy Jr., he introduced them to the sports he loved and was always involved with all practices, games and tournaments.

Roy was blessed with three grandsons, Taylor, Braydon and Austin. Papa took patience and time with Taylor & Braydon and shared his passion for golf with them. Papa loved to watch his grandsons sports and he enjoyed his morning video chats with Austin from Thailand.

Roy loved to lend a helping hand to those in need. He volunteered for 30 years with the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen and then 10 years with the Lethbridge Food Bank. Roy was an active member of the Catholic Church and had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He joined the Rosary Guild Group and thousands of his rosaries have been distributed all over the world to Catholic churches, the Catholic School System and students at LeeAnne’s school.

Thank you to Roy’s neighbors who live in a close-knit cul-de-sac neighborhood. We thank you for your visits and concerns that you have shown towards Roy and his family. Thank you to Dr. Gibb, Janelle, and all the nurses at the CRH, unit 4C, who showed compassion & comfort to a husband, father & grandfather.

There will be no funeral service due to COVID-19. A private service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. Donations would be appreciated to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen, 802, 2A Ave. N., Lethbridge, T1H 0C9, or the Lethbridge Food Bank Society, 1016 – 2 Ave. S., Lethbridge, T1J 0C9.

Please enjoy a game of golf, volunteer, pray a decade of the Rosary, or visit a friend, in remembrance of Roy.

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

Cecile Chute

1927 – 2020

Cecile Marie Chute (Bouchard) of Coaldale, Alberta, beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Chute, passed away peacefully at home with family on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at the age of 93 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at ST. AMBROSE PARISH, 1513 23rd Ave, Coaldale, Alberta, with Father Ian Gagne celebrant. Internment to be held at a later date.

Due to the restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – the Funeral Service will be limited to 90 attendees. Including family and Funeral Home Staff. Masks are required inside the church, please provide your own.

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


Diana Dennis of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Terry Dennis, passed away peacefully at home on August 12, 2020 at the age of 55 years.

Diana’s passion as a caregiver led her to become a second mom to many in her 15 years as a day home provider. She then took her talents to the Lethbridge School District where she enjoyed working with students for 17 years as an Educational Assistant. Diana had many talents and could make anything with her creative abilities. Her knitted creations have been enjoyed by many throughout the years. Ladybug Di will be missed by all.

Besides her loving husband Terry, Diana is survived by her Daughter Kathleen Turner, Sister Marieann Hussell (Gordon), Brother Edward Labby (Teresa), as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Diana was predeceased by her parents Eduard Labby, and Denise Bosse.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Diana’s favourite charity, Last Chance Cat Ranch.

A special thank you to Cass and The Goddess Girls for all their caregiving and support. The family would also like to acknowledge the nurses from Lethbridge Home Care for their quality service.

Diana’s family will be planning a celebration of life event for the Spring of 2021.

To send a condolence, please to go http://www.evergreenfh.ca


It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our Mom, Maureen, on August 7, 2020, after a very short but courageous battle with cancer. She was 85 years old – born on February 2, 1935 to Haydn and Verna Spencer. Predeceased by her parents, brother Duane and sister Susan.

Mom will be lovingly remembered by: daughter Cindy (Richard) Coolidge, grandchildren Jennifer (Kevin), Jeremy (Akari), Pamela, great grandchildren Devany (Eric), Connor (Sullivan), Emma ; daughter Pam Garner (Deb Marek); son Greg (Cheryl) Garner and grandchildren Morgan and MacCoy Garner.

Mom also leaves to mourn: her best friend (of over 50 years) Maureen Heckbert, her very special cousin Gerrie Dowdle, and her recently found half-sister Janet Cordwin.

Mom wanted everyone to know she had no regrets.

She was able to see the Giant Pandas with Cindy and Pam at the Calgary Zoo. This was the dream of a lifetime.

She spent time with Pam in Phoenix for her 85th birthday and was able to watch her beloved Cubs play at Spring Training.

She was a lifelong fan of horse racing and got to the local track with her longtime friends Shirley and June as many Sundays as possible. Going to Century Mile racetrack in Edmonton with her best friend Maureen and her daughter Tracey, as well as Cindy and Pam, was beyond her expectations.

She was a volunteer at Helen Schuler Nature Center for over 17 years as a meeter/greeter. She met people from all over the world, thousands of school children and had a very special bond with Peg Leg the Crow. She loved Schuler!

She wanted to make special mention of the Royal Canadian Legion where she was a devoted member since 1966.

“To my two remarkably awesome daughters: they were hit out of the blue with a high-risk situation we knew nothing about, but said ‘Bring it On’ and took very good care of me.”

Thank you to the doctors and nurses on 3C at Chinook Regional Hospital for their extraordinary care of mom, as well as to the compassionate staff at St. Mike’s Palliative Care unit, who were with us at the very end.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted at Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society, 910 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 0P6 or online at: naturecentre.ca/donate

As per mom’s request, and due to the restrictions of Covid-19, there will be no funeral service.

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


January 8, 1940 – August 9, 2020



With heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Gordon Willard Jacobs. A beloved father, son, brother, and husband. Gord died suddenly at home on Sunday August 9th. Gord is survived by his wife Joan Jacobs as well as his sons Barry (Cathy), Jason (Kim), Michael (Pamela) and David (Jennifer), along with eleven treasured grandchildren. Gord was a proud graduate of BYU. He was married to Gayla Christensen of Raymond, Alberta in the Cardston Temple in 1960. They went on to live in Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, and Toronto, forming close friendships and bonds with their fellow Latter-Day Saints wherever they went. Gord and Gayla shared southern Alberta energy and warmth with everyone they knew. Upon their return to southern Alberta, they lived in Welling for several years before Gayla’s passing in August 2005. Over the last nine years, Gord also became a member of the extended McGrath/Jones family. He was a fun-loving and doting grandfather to all. Gord was known for humour, energy, and passion for sports, whether in his career in marketing and sales, or in his second career in auto parts. He relished meeting people and being out and active. Smiles, good conversation, and positive feelings just materialized once Gord arrived on the scene. We will cherish his memory. Gord’s second home was the Magrath public golf course and he is perhaps one of the few golfers known to have made four holes-in-one. Gord was predeceased by his parents, Henry Chariton Jacobs, and Thelma Burnham, as well as his sister Rosemarie (Dan) Ellis. He is survived by his sister Joyce (Don) Salmon, of Edmonton, and Barbara (Watson) Ririe, of Magrath. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, East Stake Centre, 4105 Forestry Avenue, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family on Saturday August 15th from 10:00 to 10:45 am, including a reception line. A closed memorial service will then be held at 11:00 am. Seating is limited to family, with limited extra seating available until we reach the seating capacity. A reminder that all who attend will need to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

For the LIVESTREAMING link of the service, visit Christensen Salmon Generations website at http://www.generationsfh.ca. Simply click into Gordon’s obituary, and again on the link provided at the bottom.

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

Roy Macdonald

1950 – 2020

Mr. Roy Macdonald of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Echo Macdonald, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

Kenneth “Ken” Manitowabie

1978 – 2020

Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Manitowabie of Bellevue, father to Kyra Manitowabie, passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the age of 41 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


HELEN “LENA” MARTENS, beloved wife of the late Peter Martens of Coaldale, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the age of 101 years.

Lena was born on July 8, 1919 to Jacob & Maria Friesen in Omsk, Siberia. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1926 when she was six years old. After living in Manitoba, the Friesens moved to Coaldale. It was there that Lena met the love of her life—Peter Martens. The couple stayed happily married for 74 incredible years until Peter’s passing in 2017.

Together, they raised three children: Bill (Jean) Martens, Carol (Dave) Dancoisne and Candace (Fred) Nicoll, and had nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mom & Dad loved to travel in their retirement years until the decline of Mom’s health. She loved babies, especially all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and prayed for her children every single day.

A private graveside service will take place in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Leonard McCarty

1950 – 2020

Mr. Leonard McCarty of Lethbridge, formerly of Taber, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


DARRELL WAYNE PETERS, beloved husband of Joanne Peters (née Howell) of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at the age of 57 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone. Seating will be limited to 100 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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William Thomas Peterson

On August 9th, 2020, the world lost a genuine cowboy. William Thomas (Bill) Peterson, passed away peacefully. A drive by “Meet the Family” will be held on Friday August 14, from 7-8:30 pm at the Peterson homestead in Welling for those wishing to offer their condolences.

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

TAKASAKI, Robert Shigeo

Bob Takasaki – loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully August 9, 2020. He was born in Picture Butte, Alberta on March 4, 1952 to parents Jean and John Takasaki. He grew up a talented, hard-working, and accomplished athlete excelling in school and keeping up with his 5 brothers and sisters. He played basketball, baseball, football and swam competitively.

Bob attended the University of Lethbridge where he earned his education degree and began his lifelong calling of teaching. He taught both junior high and high school for 36 years before retiring in June of 2013. He was a devoted and influential teacher, touching the lives of so many of the students who came through his classroom door, not only through his teaching but in his coaching of football, curling and volleyball teams. He cared deeply for his students and their education, but more than anything, he truly loved us kids and our dad never missed an awards ceremony, a game, or a class function.

Bob was also a great friend, incredible curler, and enthusiastic golfer. He spent summer after summer with close friends on the Land O’ Lakes Golf & Country Club, and even while struggling with health issues in his last years, he continued to rack up hours on the course doing what he loved. He enjoyed his part time job at the casino and appreciated staying busy while meeting new people each day. Most of all, his legacy is his great love for his kids and grandkids. They were his pride and joy and he surrounded himself with their pictures, artwork, and lots and lots of visits, calls, and cards.

Bob is survived by his wife: Joanne Takasaki; his children: Christopher (Jalae) Steed, Jayme (Brad) Pierringer; his grandchildren: Madison Pierringer, James Pierringer, Audrey Steed and Cash Steed; his sisters: Joy Jensen, Gay (Jerry) Arnold and Vivian (Jim) Ragan; and his brothers: Leo (Doris) Takasaki and Alan (Shirley) Takasaki.

Many thanks for all the kind words and support that have poured in from so many.

“We love you and will miss you, Dad.”

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, plans for a memorial will be posted at a later date. We appreciate your understanding.

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

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