May 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, November 21, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 21, 2020.


JOHN “BJ” “Johnny” WADSLEY BAINS of Nobleford, Alberta passed away peacefully with family surrounding him in his last hours on November 16, 2020, at the age of 74. John was born in Lethbridge on June 12, 1946, and grew up in the town of Nobleford.

John is survived by his cherished wife, Colleen Bains; his daughter Samantha (Damon) Postman of Nobleford; and his sons John Hunter of Calgary and Russal Hunter of Lethbridge. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Tyler (Rachel) Postman, Madison Hunter (Kurtis Krall), Riley Postman (Julia McCrae), Ashley Postman, Claudia Hunter and Sebastian Krieger.

He will be remembered for his love of fishing, camping, Scouts Canada leadership, curling, golfing, woodworking, photography and travelling.

John will be cremated. Followed by an invite-only celebration of life service. Condolences can be sent to Colleen at Box 217, Nobleford, AB T0L 1S0. A caring gentle man, John will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

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Sylvia EricksonFeb. 6, 1942 ~ Nov. 10, 2020It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, sister and friend, Sylvia Erickson. Sylvia peacefully passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 5:45 p.m. at the age of 78 years. She leaves behind what she considered her most precious gifts: her loving husband, Pat Erickson; her devoted and loved sons, Ray Erickson, Rod Erickson and Darcy Erickson and of course her loving daughter, Christine Erickson (aka Chrissy Pat); her beautiful grandchildren  who she was so proud of include: Sean Erickson, Avery Erickson, Devin Erickson, Nicole Erickson and Colby Erickson; her sisters, Sheila (Bill) Smith, Elsie Spark, Sharon (Randy) Stolz and Fern (Ray) Day as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is with the stars, the universe, with the ones who left before her and with God. At this time, Sylvia will be silently remembered by family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Memorial donations in Sylvia’s name may be made directly to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, 3100 – 246 Stewart Green S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3C8. Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel


EDWARD (Bibitdana)


October 3, 1938

– November 18, 2020

With great sadness the family announce the passing of Edward (Bibitdana) Heavy Shields on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Cardston Hospital surrounded by family and friends. A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, November 24th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 25th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandma, sister, auntie, niece, cousin and dear friend JOYCE MARIE NATALIA JOHNSON (née Strelioff). Mom fought many health battles over the last five years and had strength within her that we all marveled at. On November 18, she went home to be with the Lord.

Joyce will be forever missed but will be joining her parents Pauline and Peter Strelioff, her brother Len Strelioff, sister-in-law Grete, and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and great friends.

Joyce leaves behind her brothers, Wayne (Coleen); Henry (Leona) [their daughter Mila (John, Ella, Cameron) and son Evan (Dana, Luke, Callie), and Len’s daughters Susan (Jeff, Gracie), Tricia (Ireland) and Joanne (Les, Matthew, Addison)]; her daughters, Tanya (Dave) Kalashnikov and Paula; grandchildren Madeline and Jackson; as well as many other very special family members and great friends, all of whom will miss her generosity, love, support, and sense of humor. Her family and friends were her life and always her top priority until the day she passed. Although we are grieving our loss and feeling an incredible absence from our lives, we are so grateful for cherished memories that we will hold dear forever. Our grief is only outmatched by our love for her. May we live by her example of incredible strength, courage, determination and perseverance.

Joyce was the eldest of four children. She and her family lived in Arelee, SK on a farm where she attended Balmae School. In 1948 the family moved to Saskatoon. She attended Buena Vista School and Mayfair School where she won the General Proficiency Award for Grade 8 graduating class. She attended Bedford Road High School (1954 to 1958) where she played saxophone in the school and Lions band. She received an ARCT piano designation and played piano in her dad’s orchestra. She attended Teacher’s College in Saskatoon 1958/59 and Graduated College of Education University of Saskatchewan in 1966. She taught at Pleasant Point School, North Battleford McKitrick School, Saskatoon Greystone Heights, and Eastend. She married, and when daughter Tanya came along, she had just taken a new teaching assignment in Alberta. In Lethbridge, Joyce made many great friends and became very involved in the close-knit community, enjoying the curling, dances, card parties, music concerts, and other fine art performances. She was very involved with music programing for School District Number 51 and 9, and helped with many of their musical competitions and events. There was a home and garden to tend, and she took pride in all the extracurricular activities of her children. Joyce was always ready with a meal whenever people stopped by. She enjoyed time with friends and family and would always be up for a good family jam session. With her daughters almost grown, she ventured back into the classroom with the support of the St. Francis staff and students until her retirement.

Once retired, Joyce hosted and travelled the world extensively and most fondly with her Lethbridge chapter of Friendship Force. She dressed wildly with her all her Liddle Biddies from Crown Jewels of Canadian Society. She would spend the day gardening and all-night playing bridge. She enrolled every semester in LSCO classes and still had energy to cheer at horse shows, hockey, soccer, dance and school recitals. Joyce enjoyed catching up with former curlers and colleagues via Alberta Retired Teachers and reconnecting with Faculty Wives on Thursdays at The Kingsmen’s Ale House. She continued countless hours volunteering at the hospital, charity canvassing, and regularly attended church and luncheons of the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs. She always took great joy in filling her calendar and accepted every celebration invitation. She was always eager to help and support not only family and friends but anyone she saw in need; her kindness was truly her trademark.

The family would like to thank Dr. Strank, her In-Home Care Team, and all the wonderful staff at Peter Lougheed Centre, Chinook Regional Hospital, and St. Michael’s Health Centre for all their care, kindness and compassion during Joyce’s complex journey.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Health Foundation (contact Ben Kwan: or a charity of one’s choice.

Cremation has been entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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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.

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.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of John, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, (covenant or the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (

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Steve Kovacs

1930 – 2020

Steve Kovacs passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 surrounded by his family, at 90.5 years of age (he was a stickler for details).

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, who was with him always “in good times and in bad, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health”. He was a loving dad to Jerry of Ottawa; Diane (Darren) Malchow, of Lethbridge, and their children, Lindsey (Ryan), Vance, and Brenna. He was incredibly proud of being a new great-grandpa to Macen, whose chubby cheeks would always bring a tear to his eye and a smile to his lips. Macen was truly the Sunshine in his life, and we will be forever grateful that he knew him.

Steve was the 6th child of John and Lidia Kovacs, but the first to be born in Canada, all five of his older siblings being born in Szendro, Hungary. He was born on May 1, 1930, “in a farmhouse, across the road from the jail”, and spent his early years in Raymond and Hardieville, finally moving to the family farm in Shaughnessy in 1939. Steve worked on the farm, and in the coalmines when he was younger, then worked for AGT for 27 years, before retiring at the age of 50.

Steve and Mary spent many hours at Hungarian dances and picnics getting to know one another, before getting engaged, then marrying on November 19, 1953. They were both incredibly fortunate to spend 67 years together.

Steve always had a strong work ethic, building many residences, including his own. He enjoyed snow-skiing, snow-mobiling, water-skiing, and taking care of his yard, in his younger years. He loved all the pets he said he didn’t want, with a passion. He was incredibly close with Taffy, his best friend whom he took everywhere in his old truck to go building. He loved Honey and Ginger, and even called in sick to work when one of them was in labor with her puppies. He loved watching his grand-daughter Brenna, ride Angel and Diamond, and talked about his own childhood, and stories of riding horses into town from the farm in Shaughnessy. In his latter years, he doted big on Tucker “Tucky-boy”, and Penny and Mutchka, and fooled no one with his feigned indifference.

Steve and Mary travelled together, going across Canada, Europe, Hawaii, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, California, Nevada, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee. He loved his trip to Disneyland, and to be able to see it through the eyes of his grandchildren. He looked back with fond memories to his trip to The Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood, and Graceland, and his love for country music was unsurpassed. (Don’t even try). Steve enjoyed going for coffee with his coffee buddies and playing “Bumps” with family.

Steve was predeceased by his sisters and brothers; Margaret, John, Joe, Lydia Toth, and Rose Melnyk. He is survived by his brother, Andrew (Carol) Kovacs, of Lethbridge.

Our family would like to thank Arnold, who gave new meaning to the word “friend”, over the past eight months. Arnold was very special to Steve, and one can only imagine what it would have been like to be in “lock-down” in a new and unfamiliar place. Arnold went above and beyond to make things easier for Steve, and his caring and concern for him will not easily be forgotten.

Steve made his mark (and his opinion) known wherever he went, and he will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In memory of Steve, please take time to listen to “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves, reminisce, and send some love his way. It was one of his favorites.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s name may be made to an animal rescue or shelter of your choice.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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MINEO MASUDA passed away in Lethbridge on November 18, 2020 at the age of 94 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Chris Minion
1986 – 2020

 Christopher John Minion passed away in Warner on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 34 years.
 Chris will be privately remembered by his family. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Lillian Tyniwsky

1925 – 2020

Mrs. Lillian Tyniwsky of Lethbridge, formerly of Windsor, Ontario, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the age of 94 years.

Lillian was born in Theodore, Saskatchewan on November 21, 1925 to John and Kate Ostapovitch. She was the third eldest of seven siblings and was raised on a farm in Theodore. From there the family moved to Insinger, Saskatchewan and once again in 1939 to Windsor, Ontario where the family settled, and Lillian attended high school. Lillian worked at the Singer Sewing Machine Shop in Leamington, Ontario where she developed a love of sewing and needlework. Later during WWII she worked for Champion Sparkplug in Windsor.

In 1953, Lillian married Jerry Tyniwsky and soon after gave birth to daughter, Emily. She stayed at home to raise her daughter, and later returned to work as a cook and a waitress. She loved cooking Ukrainian food, chocolates, playing the mandolin and visiting with relatives. Her favorite songs were “Down In The Valley” and “You Are My Sunshine”. After her divorce in 1996, she moved to Lethbridge to be closer to her daughter.

Lillian is survived by her ex- husband Jerry Tyniwsky; she was a loving mother to her daughter Emily Holmes; proud Baba to Diana Snow (Holmes) and Heather Waite (Holmes); she is also survived by great grandchildren Nathan and Grace Lambert, Mackenzie Murphy, Michael and Brighton Snow, Elisabeth Wiersma; Greysen and Lynnley Waite; sisters Vicky Caira (Ostapovitch) and Emily Biggleston (Ostapovitch); brother Eddie Edwards (Ostapovitch).

She was predeceased by her parents John and Kate Ostapovitch; brothers Bill and Pete Ostapovitch; and sister Mary Pelkie.

Our family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the West Highlands Assisted Living Staff for all of the care, love and compassion shown to Lillian during her time there.

Gone but never forgotten she will be dearly missed by her family and nieces and nephew’s who all called her Aunty Lily and Lal.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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February 10, 1934

– November 17, 2020

It is with profound sadness that the family of Mrs. Sybil Waters; our beloved mum, grandma & G.G. announce her passing on November 17, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Sybil is predeceased by her husband Lieutenant Guy Howard Waters – British Army.

Sybil is survived by her daughter Caroline (Ed) Martin and son Tim (Bev) Waters. Sybil is also survived by her grandchildren Victoria (Tyler) Perry, Matthew (Jenna) Waters, Amédée Waters, Madeleine Waters and her great-grandchildren Ben Perry and Amelia Waters as well as her sister Betty Creer (UK) and her dearest lifelong friend Ivy Dickinson (UK).

A private service will be held at a later date.

– Free as a very beautiful butterfly returning home to God –

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Robert “Bob” Pricey Wilcox

1941 – 2020

Mr. Robert “Bob” Pricey Wilcox, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Kevah Wilcox, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 78 years.

He will be missed dearly by his 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Rob (Leslie) Wilcox and their son Derek (Dallas) and their children Fynn, Sully and Harper. Jana (Darren) Corbiell and their children Kyle, Kyra and Kole. Cory (Shawna) Wilcox and their children Mikayla, Sydney and Wayk. Bob is also survived by his brother Gary (Brenda) Wilcox and brother in law’s Reid (Faye) Deforest, Kirby (Marci) Deforest, sister in law’s Sheila (Glen) Eaton and Lissa (Herb) Tanigami, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Kevah in 2019, his sister Parnell in 2020 and his parents Price and Thelma.

Bob was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan where he started his 41 year career with CP Rail, Signals and Communications (Sept 1, 1959 – October 1, 2000). Bob was proud that both his sons also chose the railroad as careers, maintaining 4 generations of Wilcox’s with CP Rail. Following his retirement, Bob drove crew bus for Hallcon Crew Transport, transporting train crew personnel for many years.

Being a signal maintainer took Bob and Kevah to various towns and cities with Gleichen being where they settled and raised their children. Bob was active in baseball and hockey as a player, coach and referee for many years in both Gleichen and the Siksika Nation where many friendships were made. He served on the Gleichen Town Council for 8 years and Fire Chief for many years. Bob and Kevah moved to Coaldale in 1993 where Bob retired, but Gleichen was always home.

He enjoyed hunting, sports, getting together with family and friends and his beautiful yard. He particularly enjoyed going to the farm to help Jana and Darren with harvest.

The family would like to thank the staff at Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Mikes PARP Unit for their care and compassion given to Bob over the last 6 months.

At Bob’s request, he will be privately remembered by family and friends.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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