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TUESDAY, November 17, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 17, 2020.


(1961 – 2020)

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Maniel Everett Big Swan passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge with his loving wife Elizabeth of 45 years by his side. He was 59 years old.

The Prayer Service/Wake will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 4:00 PM at Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Pincher Creek). The Wake will continue until 11:00pm.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 12:00 pm at Snodgrass Funeral Homes, Pincher Creek, with Rev. Manfred North Peigan officiating, followed by the interment at the Piikani Nation Cemetery in Brocket, Alberta. Livestream will be available on FaceBook. Please view Funeral Service @ “Church on the Rock Piikani Nation”.

Due to current restrictions re: gatherings, only 50 participants are able to attend indoor and outdoor services.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes

assisting the Big Swan family with funeral arrangements

(403) 627-4864.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RAYMOND BLACKWATER at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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.

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.

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

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Dr. Zoltan Daroczi

1963 – 2020

Dr. Zoltan Daróczi of Lethbridge passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 29 2020 at the age of 57 years.

A Letter from his Daughter

Zoltan was born to Julianna Koti and Lajos Daróczi on March 22, 1963 in Komàdi, Hungary. His family lived in a small town in the eastern part of the country where his mother worked as an elementary school teacher and his father as an officer in the Hungarian State Railways.

Shortly after his birth, Zoltan and his family moved to Ócsa, the city where he would grow up in. When he was 4 years old, his brother Tamàs (Thomas) was born and because their parents were away a great deal of the time, Zoltan took it upon himself to take care of his little brother; the two of them grew to be very close.

Zoltan and education were inexorably linked from his earliest beginnnings. As the first child in the Koti and Daróczi families, his grandfather and uncle Steve would spend hours on end telling him stories. It was because of them that Zoltan developed a rich vocabulary and imagination as well as the ability to read at a very young age (3)! As a child growing up in Hungary, Zoltan was incessantly curious about the world; his favourite subjects were history, science, literature, and poetry. According to his childhood friends, Zoltan was a very quiet, caring, and smart kid who had a great sense of humor, always smiling and willing to help others. Zoltan graduated Summa Cum Laude from high school.

Zoltan loved punk music and the likes of Johnny Rotton, Clash, and the Hungarian band, Beatrice. Listening to music also helped him to learn English and dream about a world beyond his birthplace. Zoltan also had a great passion for soccer. His favourite Hungarian team was the Ferencvàros and he commonly sported the team’s famous white and green colours.

Zoltan began his post-secondary studies at the Budapest University of Economics. In 1986, he obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Economics. For the next few years, Zoltan worked in the Department of Agricultual Statistics and then as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Budapest University of Economics. In 1992-1993, Zoltan held scholarships and fellowships to study at Purdue University in Indiana, the University of Reading in the UK, and Stirling University in Scotland. And from 1992 to 1995, he held a research fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

On July 9 1993, Zoltan married Kati Szép in Budapest, where they had first met. They loved each other very deeply and shared a passion for travel and seeking out new knowledge That same year they left Hungary for an education and life in the United States. Zoltan worked as a teaching and research assistant for the next few years at Iowa State University while Kati worked to support them both. In 1995 and 1997, Zoltan obtained a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Business Administration both from Iowa State University.

In the late 1990s, Zoltan worked and studied at Michigan State University. And in 2001, Kati and Zoltan moved to Alberta, Canada so that Zoltan could take up the position of Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge. While in this role, Zoltan completed his PhD in marketing from Michigan State University.

In 2002 they welcomed me, their daughter, Adrienne, into their lives. Zoltan worked tirelessly to be good father and gave everything he possibly could to his family. He wanted to watch his daughter grow up, and thankfully, he did.

Zoltan suffered a stroke in December 2004, giving rise to one of the most inspirational stories ever told. For 16 years, Zoltan fought until the end, and his inner-strength was astounding. I am sure that every person who knew him would agree with me that he was truly heroic for what he had to endure. He was my hero, never to be replaced, remaining in all our hearts forever.

My mother and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the people that have surrounded our family with care and support over the years. While this includes the entire Lethbridge community, we especially want to give thanks to two groups: The University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Management (now the Dhillon School of Business), who continued to support Zoltan even after his first stroke; and the Hungarian Cultural Society, for the endless amount of love and helping hands, they have given us.

The number of individuals involved in Zoltan’s life has been countless, and it would simply be impossible to name all of them here. However, Zoltan’s life would not have been as full if it were not for the work of Paul McDonald, Bob and Suzan Boudreau, and Laszlo Horvàth. Regardless of their schedules, each took time out of their lives to organize Zoltan’s living arrangements, financial matters, and medical care. Zoltan very much cherished their visits.

From beginning to end, they were the people behind everything, and no amount of ‘thank yous’ could ever be enough.

Now, at the end of Zoltan’s life, it is difficult to know how we could ever repay him for the strength, humor, wisdom, and joy he shared with each and every one of us on a daily basis. From being a son to a brother, and a husband to a father, his was a life that will never be forgotten. As Zoltan himself said, “it wasn’t easy, but I did it.”

Goodbye ‘Deddy,’ your loving daughter,

Adrienne Krisztina Daroczi

A Private Family Service will be held for Zoltan.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Zoltan Daróczi’s name may be made to the Edith Cavell Care Centre, 1255 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0V6.

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1958 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Dexter Eagle Bear, announce his passing on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the age of 62 years.

A Wake Service will be held from 7:00pm- 11:00pm on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB.

Interment will immediately follow in the One Spot Cemetery.

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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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PATRICK ALEXANDER GLASHAN (February 6, 1948- November 13, 2020), father of David, Andrew, and Elizabeth, and husband of Patricia, died suddenly of a cancerous brain tumor.

Patrick had a lifelong devotion to education and was at various times a teacher, principal, superintendent, and college professor, as well as chairman of the Education department at Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

His fondest memories were of teaching children, especially at Clearwater Academy in Calgary, and of spending time with his family. He touched the lives of many and used kindness as the guiding principle in his life.

Patrick was passionate about sports. He played and coached throughout his life and was a lifelong enthusiast. Trips were often planned with baseball and football schedules in hand.

Patrick was deeply devoted to his family. Summer vacations were filled with trips across Canada visiting relatives. He was a committed Catholic and active in parish life where ever he lived. He was also a pro-life advocate.

Patrick enjoyed reading and gardening. He used the produce of the garden for cooking and making mead and wine.

In lieu of flowers consider donations to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (960 – 19 Street South Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5) in Patrick’s name.

A Prayer Service will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 – Columbia Blvd. W., Lethbridge, on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Thursday, November 19th, at 11:00 A.M., with Father William Monis as Celebrant.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Seating will be limited to 40 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

For those unable to attend, both services will be live-streamed and may be accessed via the obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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Lucyna Osko

1924 – 2020

Mrs. Lucyna Osko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Marian Osko, passed away at St. Michael’s Long-Term Care Centre on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the age of 96 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 ST N, LETHBRIDGE, Alberta with Father Derek Remus, celebrant.

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GLEN SEEMAN, beloved husband of Hilda Seeman, passed away after a brief battle with cancer at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit with his family by his side, on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Herbert “Herb” Taylor

1933 – 2020

Mr. Herbert “Herb” Taylor of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Shirley Taylor, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows, on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at the age of 87 years.

A private family service will be held at 2:00pm, on Friday, November 20, 2020. The service will be live streamed and accessed via Herbert’s obituary on the Martin Brothers website

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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