May 25th, 2024

WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 14, 2020.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of DENNIS MOSES FROMM The Man, The Myth, The Legend… on October 10th, 2020 at the age of 77.

Denny will be forever remembered by his loving wife Kay, his children, Marty (Jannie) Fromm, Brady Fromm (deceased) and Dionne (Randy) Ellingson.

He will be deeply missed by the apples of his eyes, his 9 grandchildren, Ryan (Jessie) Fromm, Amy (Travis) Allen, Casey (Kendra) Fromm, Shelby Fromm, Paige (Cole) Nelson, Dillon (Sarah) Ellingson, Kash Ellingson, Rhett Ellingson, and Bradee Ellingson.

Along with his 14 precious great grandchildren, Jaxen, Will, Brady and Sunnie Fromm, Hudson and Harvey Allen, Stone and Ozzie Fromm, Vance, Norah, Quinn and Clay Nelson, Rowen (deceased) and Albany Ellingson.

Denny was the oldest of 12 children and will lovingly be remembered by them. Dixie (Donny) Sudo, Vinnie (Chris) Jensen, Mona (Gordon) Powelson, Norma (Tom) Allen, Morris, Peggy (Kirk) Sorley, Ginger (Morris) Aneca, Lloyd , Danna (deceased), Ronny (Barbara) Fromm and Kenny (Corinne) Fromm, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Denny lived his whole life in Raymond Alberta. He started his working career as an Autobody Mechanic, Mechanic, selling farm equipment, running a skidoo dealership at Raymond Motors, then eventually built his own garage in his backyard, where he continued to work until his passing.

He was a master at his craft, He could fix absolutely anything, his hands were magic.

Denny lived a very full and adventurous life. The Man who did it ALL, with such passion and commitment. His accomplishments were too many to mention. One of his mottos in life was to Work Hard and Play Hard.

His life was dedicated to hard work of over 60 years. He taught this trait by example. He exemplified perserverance, loyalty and commitment.

Denny was a friend to all, young and old. To know him was to love him. He had such huge impacts on individual lives, his people skills were immeasurable. His stories were mesmerizing and his wit and humor were contagious.

He was a man of great faith, who loved the Lord, with an unwavering testimony of the gospel.

Denny’s greatest accomplishments here on this earth were his family, definitely his most treasured possessions. He loved each one of them more than life itself. So proud of each one of them. He would get emotional every time he would talk of them.

He loved his Katie, seldom saw one without the other. There will be a huge void in our lives as we try to adjust to his absence. Words can’t adequately express our sorrow.

We love you Grandpa Denny!!! You are our HERO!!

Friends may meet the family ONLY on Friday October 16, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00pm at the RAYMOND STAKE CENTER (2 North 200 West, Raymond Alberta).

Due to the covid-19 restrictions, a private Service will be held on Saturday October 17, 2020 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints RAYMOND STAKE CENTER. Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery. To view the Service online, a link will be provided at on Saturday.

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(1992 – 2020)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Alexandra Four Horns/Cat Face announce her sudden passing on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in Calgary, with her husband Elijah by her side. She leaves behind her husband Elijah and her three loving children: Illyanna, Dennis & Gracie.

The Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, at 11:00 am, followed by a one-day Wake Service at Bethany Four Horn’s/Cat Face’s residence at noon. The second Wake Service to take place at her adopted parents George & Beverly Four Horn’s residence on Thursday, October 15, from noon to the morning of October 16, 2020. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 1:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 16.

Snodgrass Funeral Home (Pincher Creek) assisting the Four Horns/Cat Face families

with funeral arrangements,

(403) 627-4864.


It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother, HAZEL MARGARET GRISACK, who passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the age of 94 at St. Therese Villa, with family by her side.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Funeral Mass has been postponed. Details to follow when available.

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Haugen, John Richard Martin

1935 – 2020

On October 1, 2020, John Haugen of Edmonton passed away at the age of 85 years.

Born in 1935, son of Julian and Ethel (nee: Pettinger) Haugen. John worked in a lumber yard in Neilburg, SK and later worked in Brooks and Vauxhall, AB as manager of Atlas Lumber. He went on to also manage Atlas Lumber in Drumheller and later worked for Crestline in Lethbridge. In Edmonton he worked with Westroc Industries for 25 years. He was well respected in the business community.

John enjoyed playing baseball, hockey and golf throughout his life. He played semi pro baseball with the Vauxhall Jets as a catcher and in later years, golf became his passion.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Mary; children, Johnny Jay; grandchildren, Graeme, Teagan and Brody; siblings, Jewel and Carol as well as many relatives and friends.

John was predeceased by his parents, Julian and Ethel; siblings, Jeannine and Jackie.

Memorial donations in memory of John may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alberta Diabetes Association.

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Shirley Johnston

1941 – 2020

Mrs. Shirley Diane Johnston of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Mr. Charles Johnston, passed away with her loving family by her side at the Milk River Health Centre, on Friday, October 9, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

Shirley is survived by 3 daughters, Agnes (Russell) Dobrocane of Milk River, Irene (Roy) Marceniuk of Bonnyville, Betty (Jason Childs) Graham of Medicine Hat; 1 son, Robert (Linda) Johnston of Milk River; grandchildren, C.J. and Kristin Dobrocane, Kayla and Kurtis Marceniuk, Mathew and Hayley (David) Graham, Dayton Johnston, and Brooke (Brian) Ferguson; sisters, Betty (Mike) Owens and Joanne (Morris) Sosick.

Besides her loving husband Charles, Shirley was predeceased by her parents, John and Agnes Popel and brother Jonnie Popel.

Shirley was the eldest daughter born to John and Agnes Popel. She attended school from grades 1-6 in Winnifred and grades 7-12 at Gershaw High School in Bow Island. She went on to graduate from Nursing Aide School in Calgary, and then worked in Claresholm and Taber before moving to Milk River to work at Border Countries General Hospital. There she met the love of her life, Charles Johnston. After getting married, Shirley dedicated her time to being a full-time mother and housewife.

Some of Shirley’s simple pleasures were working on the farm, gardening, cooking, baking and Scrabble. She enjoyed attending school events for her children and grandchildren, such as school plays, sporting events, theatre and many others. In her spare time, Shirley loved to sew, read, knit, bowl, have coffee with friends and neighbors, and complete any puzzle she could find.

A private family service will be held at 10:00 am, on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Those who wish may watch the livestream at: https://www.fhwebsites .org/ymb/obituary/Shirley-Johnston. Please note: the livestream link will be available on the Martin Brothers website below Shirley’s obituary at 9:45 am.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make a donation to the Prairie Rose Lodge 117 3 Ave NW, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0 or the Milk River Tree of Hope, c/o Milk River Health Centre, 517 Centre Ave NE, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.

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KANEGAWA, Richard Shigenobu

June 18, 1930 – New Westminster, British Columbia

October 8, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

We are heartbroken to announce that Richard Shigenobu Kanegawa, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 90 years of age. His lung condition returned from 2018 and despite his desire and will to live, his body fought this difficult battle before and could not do it again. We were so lucky to have been given a second chance to spend with him these past two years to add to our collection of memories and his adventures.

Richard was born on June 18, 1930 in New Westminster, B.C., the youngest of seven children. During World War II, his family was evacuated and interned to Southern Alberta to start a new life all over again. He and his brother Stan started farming potatoes and from there, bought farmland growing sugar beets and wheat. He married a city school teacher from BC, Suyeko (Sue) Asari, whom he adored, on November 26, 1960. She was his rock and stood by every venture he went into and (wanted to escape) every party he had. Not satisfied with just farming, he branched out into many other agricultural businesses where he found his love in the cattle business – commercial cattle and exotic purebreds – becoming known as the Japanese Cowboy. His attitude of “more guts than brains” allowed his dreams to become reality. Over the years, his business passion expanded into numerous projects but his biggest endeavour was starting the Heritage Inn hotels in 1974 with the vision of providing full facility hotels to serve the communities they were in within Western Canada. He continued with commercial cattle as a ‘hobby’. His love of farming and the art of the deal never left him.

This farmer, rancher, hunter, adventurer and human calculator was a creative and free spirit. His love of travel to see the world was immense – to seek the best views from the tallest buildings, to stay in the most modern of hotels, to sail the largest cruise ships, and to taste the best seafood anywhere (knowing that nothing could beat Alberta beef and potatoes).

We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to keep him home and comfortable until his very end, where he was surrounded by love in the presence of his wife Sue; his daughters, Sandra (John Sun), Shelley (Steven Ming), Susan (Ward Takeda); and his ultimate pride and joy of his grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin), Jarret, Sydney, Cameron, Ronin and Neo. Richard is survived by his older sister, Yumiko (Mary) Osaka of Lethbridge, AB and an abundance of incredible nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces in Canada and Japan.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, Sumi and Sakuji Kanegawa and his siblings, Shizuko Baba, Sadako Mukai, Misako Yagi, Yoshiko Wada and Stanley Sr.

Richard would always say, “The past is the past”. He was a visionary – he dreamed big and lived big. Life owed him nothing as he lived life to the fullest every single day. We will miss his kind heart, generosity, smile, laugh, relentless drive, keen sense of business, and most of all his “Richard-isms”.

To the amazing team of physicians, specialists, and nurses – Richard recognized their exceptional care and was forever grateful … thank you. In addition, thank you to the family, friends, caregivers, business partners and colleagues who have supported him and us throughout the years and now.

We will be having a private family service. Once gathering restrictions are lifted, we welcome all to join us to share stories and laughs in true Richard Kanegawa fashion which always includes plenty of food and drinks. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Richard’s obituary at

In lieu of flowers and koden, donations to one of the following charities in honour of Richard’s giving spirit will be greatly appreciated; Calgary Health Trust – Respirology, Hematology, Cardiology, or Urology, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta 470 – 40th Street S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z5 or Calgary Buddhist Church, 207 – 6 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3Y1.

In living memory of Richard Kanegawa, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

Carol Knox

1943 – 2020

Mrs. Carol Marie KNOX (Losey/Wilson) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Paul Knox, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020 at Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 76. In keeping with her lifelong devotion to family and her caring and compassionate nature, Carol was able to stay with us long enough to give her family a chance to say goodbye.

Carol is survived by her mother Bernice Losey; her children Michele Wilson (Mike Rowland), Todd (Janice) Wilson, Dean Wilson; grandchildren Blaine and Courtney; siblings Donna Karl (Lorne Coyle), Gail (Roy) Hummel, Alan (Diane) Losey, Alyce Miller, Keith (Peggy) Losey, and Lyle Losey (Lois), along with a large extended family.

Carol was pre-deceased by her second husband Paul Knox; father Richard Losey; brother-in-law Greg Miller and her nephew Brad Karl. Her family will remember her as a spunky, happy, social, classy lady.

Carol was born in Lethbridge, AB and raised on the family farm in the Lucky Strike area. She attended Masinasin School and graduated from Erle Rivers High School in Milk River. She married her high school sweetheart Gary Wilson and together they raised their 3 children.

After raising her children, Carol went to business school and embarked on a long, successful career as an office manager and grain buyer. She was on a first name basis with almost every farmer in and around the Lethbridge area. She always found the time to stop and chat and was genuinely interested in their lives.

Carol married Paul Knox in 1989 where she also gained a stepson, Ian Knox. Although Carol and Paul only had 7 short years together before Paul passed away, it was a time of pure wedded bliss.

Carol’s devotion to her family was immeasurable. She loved large family gatherings and rarely backed down from an invitation to any social event. Carol opened her door to anybody who needed it. Her spare room was often occupied by a niece, nephew or grandchild who were more than willing to accept her generosity, home cooking and cheap rent.

When she became a grandma, she immersed herself in the lives of Blaine and Courtney by attending every Christmas concert, awards ceremony, volleyball, hockey and baseball game she could. Grandma may have thought she was the lucky one who was blessed with living so close to her grandkids when in fact the kids know, they were the lucky ones. Their fondest memories are weekends spent in her company.

After semi-retiring Carol chose to pursue another path and became a licensed realtor in the Lethbridge area for a few years before finally retiring for good at the age of 65. Carol loved a good party and had an attitude of the more the merrier. So, to celebrate retirement she decided to spend her entire first pension cheque (maybe more like several pension cheques) on a grand party for herself.

Carol was also a globetrotter. In fact, she travelled so much we had trouble coming up with an all-inclusive list. Some of the highlights were trips to Europe, Disneyland, South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, the 2010 Winter Olympics, South Carolina, Australia, and a wild car trip from Corpus Christie, TX to Lethbridge.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Memory Care Unit of St. Therese for their wonderful care of Carol as her health declined in recent years.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings of our lives. There is nothing we are more grateful for than to have shared in her life’s journey. Love you forever and ever.

Due to the recent restrictions, a private family (invite only) service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, October 17, 2020 with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

The family invites you to watch the service via live stream at 11:00 am, on Saturday, October 17, 2020 on the Martin Brothers website https://www.fh PLEASE NOTE: the link to watch the live service will be available at 10:45 am below Carol’s obituary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carol’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, Lethbridge Chapter, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

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Jean Minchau

1952 – 2020

Mrs. Jean Minchau of Spring Coulee, beloved wife of Mr. Allan Minchau, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Kyomi Dawn Sakamoto

1956 – 2020

Kiyomi Dawn Sakamoto, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Lyal Sakamoto, passed away on October 10th, 2020 at the age of 64.

Dawn is survived by many loving family members: her husband, Lyal; her mother, Akiko Kobayakawa; 3 daughters, Karyn Ormston (Kyle), Jessica Sakamoto, and Lisa Sakamoto Hakkarainen (Jessy); 5 grandchildren, Sierra, Peyton, Callie, and Noah Ormston, and Hadley Hakkarainen; brother, Scott Kobayakawa (Kim); and niece, Rachel Kobayakawa.

Dawn is predeceased by her father, Takao Kobayakawa; and granddaughter, Hailey Ormston.

Dawn was born in Montreal, Quebec on August 17th, 1956, to Takao and Akiko Kobayakawa. In 1970, she moved with her family to Richmond, British Columbia. Dawn graduated high school from McNair Secondary, in Richmond, in 1974. She moved to Calgary in 1981, before settling in Lethbridge in 1984. Lyal and Dawn were married at McKillop Church on April 26th, 1986. Together, they raised their 3 daughters: Karyn, Jessica, and Lisa. Dawn loved being a grandmother to her 6 grandchildren: Sierra, Hailey, Peyton, Callie, Noah, and Hadley.

Dawn enjoyed traveling with her family and friends. Her favourite vacation spots include Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. Throughout their marriage, Lyal and Dawn participated in numerous collector car tours which resulted in many cross-country road trips. Dawn loved spending her time doing cross stitch, scrapbooking, sewing, and most of all quilting. She enjoyed making quilts for her loved ones for special occasions. Dawn took pride in teaching her granddaughters how to sew and make their own quilts. Dawn enjoyed participating in paint nights and crafting events with her close friends. She was also a lover of country music and frequented many concerts across North America. Dawn found pleasure in cooking and baking for her family and was always excited to try a new recipe. When at home, Dawn loved the company of their family dogs: Apollo, Maui, and Bailey. Dawn will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 15th, 2020, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th 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.

Due to COVID-19, a private memorial service will be held on Friday, October 16th, 2020. The family invite you to watch the service via livestream by visiting and searching Southern Alberta Buddhist Temple.

Flowers and koden are gratefully declined. In lieu, memorial donations may be made to the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge (1103 3 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 0H7) or the Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society (P.O. Box 751, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3Z6).

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1958 – 2020

BELLE VAN VLIET passed away peacefully on Saturday October 10, 2020 after a long battle of health issues, with her loving husband Henry and good friend Joyce Klassen by her side.

Belle is survived by her husband Henry of 28 years, 3 sisters, Surinder, Satwant, and Amrit, 3 nephews, 3 nieces, and a great-niece of Modesto California, as well as 3 sister-in-law’s and their families from Henry’s side. Belle was predeceased by her mother Resham and her father Gurmel, and a brother Balwant Singh.

Belle was born on December 19, 1958 in Nadi, Fiji. She immigrated to Canada in 1976, living in Richmond BC, Calgary AB, settling in Lethbridge AB in 1978. She had a few jobs before she started her 26 year career at the AMA. After AMA she pursued a career at Lethbridge College for several years, while there she obtained her business admin and accounting diploma which she worked very hard at and took great pride in.

In spite of Belle’s many health challenges over the past 6 years she remained positive and hopeful.

Belle was such a caring person, constantly thinking of others before herself. She always asked about the well being of friends and family. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Flowers are gratefully declined, for those who wish memorial donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance, Kidney Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Diabetes Canada, all of which Belle depended on. Loving memories and words may be shared at the memorial by those who are willing.

A Funeral Service will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:00pm.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there is limited seating. Please register with Salmon and Sons if you plan on attending the Service.

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Robert Wapple

1987 ~ 2020

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Robert Paul Wapple announce his passing in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at the age of 32 years. Robert will be lovingly remembered by his father, Kevin Wapple of Medicine Hat; mother, Heather Ann Wapple of Lethbridge; sister, Nicole of Calgary; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as his cat, Macaroni. Robert was predeceased by his grandmother, Mary MacFarlane and grandfather, Mel Wapple; aunt, Wendy Lipinski and his uncle, Boyd Wapple. Robert was born in Medicine Hat on November 7, 1987.  This is where he grew up and attended Webster Niblock, CHHS and Medicine Hat College. In his younger years, Robert played youth soccer, baseball, hockey and golf and continued to play golf as an adult. He had a variety of interests and a keen mind in which he was constantly seeking knowledge. Robert held a 3rd class power engineer certificate and had completed 3 of 6 requirements for second class certification. He held various positions as an apprentice electrician, maintenance in healthcare and in the family business. Previous to his passing he was working as a power engineer. Robert had numerous traits that he will be remembered for including being funny, sarcastic, caring, kind, gentle, smart, loving, wonderful and adventurous. He will be forever remembered! A private family service was held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel with Murray Jaster officiating. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 204 – 1865 Dunmore Road S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 1Z8 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB., T2N 1Z6..  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at    Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone toll free 1-877-528-6455


AUDREY JOANNE WEST, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend was born in 1932 at Stirling, Alberta. She has been a resident of Southern Alberta throughout her life, moving from Stirling to Raymond as a child and finally to Lethbridge in 1966.

Audrey is survived by her children; Dixy Lee (Tofy), Kathleen (Eric), Brian (Lynn), and Michael; grandchildren, Troy, Lailee, Shawn, Clay, Jessica, Curtis, Elias, Natasha and Scott; and great grandchildren, Sidney, Bjorn, Cole, Ethan and Spencer.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Gladys and Frank Liddle, her husband, Larry West and her brother Dallas Liddle.

She was a homemaker focusing on taking care of her family and friends. She was an avid quilter and knitter, making many beautiful quilts and knitted toques, scarves and sweaters. Her family members were the lucky recipients and are still enjoying their gifts. In her later years she knitted many squares for quilts for the needy and most recently baby toques for the hospital.

Audrey was a people person who loved to socialize and was a friend to many. She had an optimism that was unbounded and was always able to see the good in others.

Audrey was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many different positions in the church over the years. She participated in charitable works and was always available to help those in need.

Graveside Service and Dedication will take place at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond Alberta, at 2pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

“Its so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone”

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