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SATURDAY, November 14, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 14, 2020.

Catherine Bernhart

1917 – 2020

Catherine Bernhart of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Frank Bernhart passed away peacefully after a short illness on October 18, 2020 with Kathy, Tina and Troy by her side, at the age of 103 years.

A Private Service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:00pm. The service will be live streamed and accessed via Catherine’s obituary on the Martin Brothers website https://www.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 110 – 1525 Carling, Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R9.

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“KEM” KATHERINE EMILY BREWER, beloved wife of Wayne Brewer, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Her spirit is carried on by her husband Wayne Brewer; her children: Monica (David) Williams of Leduc and Theresa (Bruce) Forster of Lethbridge; and her grandchildren Matthew and Emily Williams; and Thomas and Kayleigh Anne Forster and brother Darryl Vincent.

She is predeceased by her mother and father Christine and Gordon Vincent.

Kem was born on July 1st, 1952 in Saskatoon, SK. She had moved around with her family before settling in Saskatoon where she met Wayne on a blind date for his high school graduation. They were married on September 3rd, 1976. Kem and Wayne resided in many communities, including Calgary and Winnipeg before settling in Lethbridge. She had careers with both Business Development Bank and the Lethbridge Housing Authority. Kem was an incredible volunteer, lending her time to Victim Services, Girl Guides, Hospital Eucharistic Ministry and many more. She was an active member of the Lethbridge Country Club, especially the Tuesday morning ladies group. She enjoyed the golfers more than the golf. Kem was an avid traveler starting at an early age, backpacking through Europe. She went on multiple trips to Ireland, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Hong Kong, Arizona, California and Australia, where Kem and Wayne danced on top of the Sydney Bridge.

Kem was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who adored her family. She was always there, showing her support and love. She will be so sadly missed by the many circles of friends that cared for her.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. Inurnment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, we have now reached the maximum number of attendees. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

The Mass will be live streamed and may be accessed via Kem’s obituary on the Cornerstone Website.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Vincent de Paul (c/o All Saints Parish, 2405 – 12 – Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4) or the Canadian Cancer Society (

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CANNADY, Myron Earl of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the Cambridge Manor in his 78th year. Predeceased by the love of his life, Kathy, in 2018. Dearly loved father of Kevin (and wife, Allin), Keenan (and wife, Michele), and Kirk (and wife, Mila), all of Calgary. Cherished Grandfather of Keaton, Kandra, Carolyn, and Jessica, all of Calgary. Beloved brother of the late Jim (and wife, the late Barb) Cannady of Taber, Alberta, Betty (and husband, the late Bob) Morrison of Lethbridge, the late Joan (and husband, Keith) Langille of Camrose, Gordy (and wife, Brenda) Cannady of Calgary, June (and husband, Harry) Wong of Edmonton, and Bobby (and wife, Carol Anne) of Guelph, Ontario. Dear brother-in-law of the late George (and wife, Elenor) Hooge of Caronport, Saskatchewan, Lena (and husband, George) Plett of Gem, Alberta, Jake (and wife, Marie) Hooge of Lethbridge, and Dorothy (and husband, Pete) Dzobia, of Lethbridge. Myron was also loved by many nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to express our sincere and profound gratitude to Gordy, Brenda, and Ryan Cannady for moving in with Myron on his beloved acreage and caring for him for nearly eighteen months. Only with their kindness and selflessness was he able to remain in the comfort of his own home for that length of time.

We would also like to extend our deep appreciation to the staff at the Cambridge Manor for their friendly, cheerful, caring, compassionate dedication to Myron’s care during these unprecedented times; especially when COVID prevented family visits. Several of you went far beyond the scope of your practice to keep him safe and feeling loved when we could not.

Myron will always be remembered for his love and undying devotion to his soul mate, Kathy, his deep affection for their dogs, his enjoyment of camping, hiking, and nature. They are all together again. He is also fondly remembered for his love of traditional country music (especially Elvis), classic cars, horses, cheezies and all things chocolate (especially sister Betty’s famous fudge).

The family will find a way to celebrate Myron’s life with family and friends sometime in 2021 pending Covid and resulting restrictions and guidelines. All will be notified when we are able to gather.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Alzheimer’s Society, or the Calgary Humane Society.

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Buella May

May 03, 1929 – October 04, 2020

Buella May Chervinski passed away peacefully at Cedar Creek Lodge on October 4, at the age of 91.

Our beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully after a full life of 91 years.

Buella was predeceased by her husband Adam and their two sons Leonard and Ken. Buella will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter Jean, grandsons Jason, Riley (Natasha), grand daughter Robyn (Thomas) Calvert, great grandchildren Mya, Kenna, Logan.

She is also survived by her niece and special friend, Patricia May and long time best friend Val. Buella was born in Eastend, Sask, and raised In Lethbridge and in 1950 she married Adam “Ab” Abraham Chervinski and later moved to Taber where they raised their three children and opened a Antique store which gave them a great opportunity to meet and be involved in the community. 1992 they moved back to Lethbridge where Buella became very active in Nordbridge Seniors’ Centre. As an avid sports fan she enjoyed watching all sports on TV. She had a season ticket for her beloved Hurricanes Hockey Team and when they scored Buella could be seen enthusiastically ringing her bell. Buella was also an avid gardener and loved surrounding her home with beautiful flowers.

The family thanks the Staff of Cedar Creek for the amazing and compassionate care in her final days. Also many thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at Martha’s House and the friends who made her feel so comfortable and very happy during her stay 2014 – 2020.

Buella will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers we ask that a donation be made to the Cancer Assoc. or to a Charity of your choice. RIP


GARRY ALAN GILBORN, beloved husband of the late Diane Gilborn, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at his side on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Garry is survived by his daughter Shelley (Darcy) Della Costa of Beaumont, son Shawn of Lethbridge, daughter Tammy (Lorne) Zmeko of Lethbridge, sister Beryl (Bob) Sudo of Cranbrook, brothers Rick (Ilene) Gilborn of Calgary and Brian Gilborn of Edmonton, two grandchildren: Kaden and Natasha Zmeko of Lethbridge and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Diane in 2004, his brother Stewart in 2019, parents Dan and Eva.

Garry was born November 8, 1939 in Shelby, Montana and lived in Coutts with one older sister Beryl, and three younger brothers Stewart, Brian and Richard. Garry attended school in Coutts where he was a star athlete, particularly in basketball and a natural student. Before retiring, Garry worked on farms, as a customs broker, at CP rail and as a truck driver.

There were four main elements to Garry’s life: family, friends, travel and sports – all tied together with a bow of passion.

Garry and Diane were married in 1961. They began their married life in Coutts and started their own family made up of Shelley, Shawn and Tammy. In 1976, the family moved to Lethbridge. Garry’s family was highlighted by his wife Diane (Croteau) who was the rock that everyone anchored to. Garry and Diane were married for 43 years when she predeceased him in 2004.

Garry had many friends because he was very outgoing and was quick to share a story with anyone. He made lifelong friends from Coutts, Milk River and Warner through school, sports and work. He also made an amazing group of friends later in life including a loyal and special friend Geraldine. They have a regular coffee group and got together for birthday dinners and travel. A special thank-you goes out to his friend Quince who picked him up daily to go for coffee.

He truly found his passion for traveling after retirement. He enjoyed many cruises with friends and family and his ever loyal travel companion Gerri. Some highlights were, The Holy Land, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Baltic cruise, New York, Paris, Newfoundland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Garry volunteered his time to causes that were important to him and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He would drop anything to help family or friends in need – no questions asked. His outspoken, honest, fiery and story-telling personality will be missed by all.

Cremation has been entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

The Celebration of Garry’s Life will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. with Francis and Cybele Noronha officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Garry’s obituary on the Cornerstone website. Following the Celebration of Life, and after a short break, the live stream will continue with the Graveside Service.

Due to the increasing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and taking into consideration the health and safety of others, Garry’s family respectfully requests that other friends and family take part by way of the internet live-stream service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (, Make a Wish Foundation ( or to the charity of choice.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of JOHN GEORGE KOSTIUK, on Monday, November 2, 2020 at the age of 67 years, following a courageous two year battle with cancer.

He will always be lovingly remembered by his soul mate, high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Doris; his daughter Elaina (Shane) Mohrmann and their children William and baby John and his son Lorenzo Kostiuk (Hailey); sister-in-law, Verna Kostiuk and her children Corey Kostiuk (Godson) and Kyle Kostiuk; his brothers-in-law, Renzo Cattoni, Sergio (Renee) Cattoni and their children Colby (Greg) Gaudette and Matteo Cattoni (Michaela), Mauro Cattoni and his children Alexandra Cattoni (Jaxon) and Eric Cattoni (Janu); cousins, Christine (Barry) Brown and family; Zia Lilia Cattoni and family.

John was born in Taber, Alberta on February 3, 1953 (on his mother Helen’s birthday). Growing up on the farm, his family lived in the Chin/Taber area before moving to Lethbridge in 1959. In grade school, he met his lifelong best friend Katalin Petrunia. John, in his teen-age years, spent many hours at the stockcar racetrack with his dad and brother, Bill, as a flag boy.

John’s greatest love was for his family who he would do anything for; his greatest joy was to be with the people he loved. He was the master of “the small surprise gift” and found happiness in bringing joy to others. John spent most of his working life at ATCO Gas where he made lasting friendships and enjoyed helping with the children’s Christmas parties. He also loved being outdoors. In the earlier years, he did a lot of hunting and kept up with fishing, golfing with his buddies, coffee with friends and doing projects around the house and yard. John was an athlete in his own right: junior-high basketball, a trophy-winning running back for the CCH Cougars and hockey for ATCO in his adult years. He was very involved in all his kids’ sports – from Elaina’s T-ball, coaching her basketball, and early morning figure skating to Lorenzo’s T-ball, hockey, football, basketball and coaching / managing his Cosmos Soccer team. John loved his time travelling with the team for games all over western Canada and the U.S. He was a long- time member of the Italian Canadian Club and, in retirement, found a love for cooking and preparing food; it was one more way he showed love. John was never without his camera – taking photos of everything from family events, soccer team, his grandkids, birds, the moon and his family’s travel adventures. He is the reason we have so many wonderful photo memories and we are so grateful. They enjoy living with the gang in Oxford Place where they all shared watching their families grow. Many appreciated John’s witty sense of humor – even when things were hard, he always found a way to make the people around him smile.

John and Doris’s “second home” was visiting with their best friends, Kat and Denis Petrunia and family in Victoria, B.C. – he loved being by the ocean. Travelling was high on the to-do list and they thoroughly enjoyed travelling to see parts of Canada, the U.S. and Europe together. John would drive his family to the coast every summer, driving through the Rockies and always making a pit stop in Revelstoke, B.C to visit Zio Johnny Augustyn (recently deceased) and cousins, Christine & Barry Brown and family.

John will be forever missed but will be joining his parents Helen and George Kostiuk, his brother Bill Kostiuk and sister Annie Way; his in-laws Joe and Gina Cattoni, Zia Amalia and John Augustyn and relatives from Italy.

If we can learn anything from John it is this: be kind, find a way to smile, take care of your family, and love fiercely.

A Private Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via John’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Lucyna Osko

1924 – 2020

Lucyna Osko (nee Wozniczko) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Marian Osko passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020, the Feast of All Saints, eight days after celebrating her 96th birthday.

Lucyna was born in the village of Opatkowice Drewniane, Poland, the second of three children of her parents, Ignacy and Bronislawa. Her mother died of tuberculosis when Lucyna was only 2 1/2 years-old and her year-old brother died a short time later. Poverty necessitated Lucyna to leave home to work as a domestic in the city of Kielce at age 14. At 16, Lucyna worked in housekeeping at a hospital in Kielce, where she contracted typhoid fever and became a patient there. After her recovery, she travelled to Germany to work for several years as a domestic for a well-to-do landholder. These years were during the second half of WWII. Insulated from any news of the atrocities occurring at that time, Lucyna did not learn of them until after the American liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Being displaced by the war and its aftermath, Lucyna was settled in a refugee camp in Germany, where she met her beloved husband Marian. They were married in 1946 and were blessed with their first son, Kazimierz, in 1947. The small family landed in the Turin area of southern Alberta in 1949 on a contract to provide sugar beet farm labour. They worked for a number of farmers in the Turin, Iron Springs, and Picture Butte areas until 1956, when they were able to buy their own farm near Picture Butte in partnership with another family. Lucyna was a dutiful farm partner who loved gardening, cooking, and baking. She produced bountiful vegetable gardens, preserving the harvest to feed her family over each coming year. Lucyna baked months-long supplies of bread, cinnamon buns, and numerous pastries. She was a splendid cook with a long list of favourite go-to recipes, but was always happy to try new ones to add to the list. Her primary love was growing flowers, starting many of them over winter and tenderly caring for them through the growing season in her magnificent flowerbeds. Lucyna and Marian remained on the farm until 2000, when they moved to a newly constructed home in Lethbridge, where she continued to grow both vegetable and flower gardens and cook up a storm. Lucyna dedicated herself to the service of her family, friends and community. No visitor left her home hungry. She had a hearty laugh, and no child could forget her smothering hugs and kisses. She had a child-like faith, accepting life’s trials through trust in God. Lucyna will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Lucyna is survived by her daughter Julia Palech (Don), son Terry Osko (Glennys), grandchildren Sherry Dieser (Lloyd), Brandy Osko, Alexandra Faucher (Bryan), Christina Palech, Erica Osko, Sarah Osko, and great granddaughter Grayson Dieser, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Marian of 69 years, parents Ignacy and Bronislawa, brothers Jozef and Stanislaw, son Kazimierz, daughter-in-law Linda Osko, sister-in-law Zofia Wozniczko, and nephew Jerry Wozniczko.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge. Alberta.

A PRIVATE Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Tuesday November 17, 2020 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street, North, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Derek Remus, celebrant.

Due to the restrictions surrounding COVID 19, we require all attendees to wear a mask, and practice safe social distancing.

Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary section of Mountain View Cemetery.

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COLLEEN MARY PANKONIN (née Brown), of Coaldale, the beloved wife of the late Ben Pankonin, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, due to a sudden stroke at the age of 72 years.

Colleen is survived by her two daughters, Anita (Darcy) Haley & Tracy (Rocky) Scheer both of Coaldale; six grandchildren: Tanner (Lyndsay), Tyrell (Pati), Jessica (Darnell), Dalton, Shy-Lynn and Lee; and five great-grandchildren: Lilliana-Joy, Ryan, Lee-Lynn, Brook-Lynn & Ryder. She is also survived by her favorite (only) brother Terry, his wife Carla their children Robert & Richard, and many nieces and nephews.

Colleen was predeceased by her husband Bernhard (Ben), her mother Eveline, her father Joe & her mother in-law Natalie.

Colleen was born in Kelvington Saskatchewan on April 28, 1948. Shortly after she was born, she moved with her father, mother and brother to Ireland. Unfortunately, that did not last long, and they moved back to Canada and settled in Lethbridge. This is where she met her future husband at a skating rink many years later by being hit by a snowball. Ben and Colleen married in 1967, raised two daughters and resided in Lethbridge until Ben’s passing in 2008. She then moved to Coaldale to be closer to her children.

Colleen loved people; she was our social butterfly. Everywhere Colleen went, she knew somebody and if she did not, she would always strike up a conversation with a stranger, bragging about her girls, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a sing-song voice whenever she talked about her family. Colleen loved to sing and had an incredible voice that touched a lot of people when she sang at the Lodge in Coaldale with a small group of friends called the Echo’s of Hope. If Colleen was not doing something with her family, you could find her either playing cards with her friends or painting ceramics. Her home was always filled with ceramics that she painted, a passion that she had for over 40 years.

Due to provincial COVID 19 restrictions, a private Family Interment will be held on Monday November 16, 2020. A Memorial will be held at a later date when everyone can come and celebrate Colleen’s life.

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Doris Edna Shearer

1929 – 2020

Doris Edna Shearer (nee Cutforth) died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday night, November 10, 2020 surrounded by family.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob Shearer Sr.; her parents Frank and Eva Cutforth and her nine brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind four children, Patricia (John) Warnke, Bob Jr. (Wendy) Shearer, Doug (Geri) Shearer, and Karen (Keith) Flatla, plus 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Doris was born and raised on a farm just outside of Barons. She met her husband Bob in Barons where they both attended high school and married in 1950. They were married for 67 years and were seldom apart. Together they enjoyed traveling, visiting with their family, friends, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Doris completed her teaching certificate in Calgary before starting her family.

Her greatest joy was raising her family and she later spent several more enjoyable years working at Eatons department store until her retirement.

She will be forever in our hearts.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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SCARLETT ZAYLEE WHITE MAN LEFT, infant daughter of Chris Day Chief and CJ White Man Left, passed away at birth on November 8, 2020 in Calgary, AB. The Graveside Service will be held at Tammy Day Chief’s residence, Farm 4, Blood Reserve on Monday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m.

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