May 18th, 2024

FRIDAY, December 11, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 11, 2020.

Anne Doerksen
1921 – 2020

 It is with heavy hearts that the family of Anne Doerksen announce her passing in Taber on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 just five months shy of her 100th birthday.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding Covid-19 and the government recommendations, a private burial service will be held at Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery, Vauxhall on Saturday, December 12, 2020.  Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Anne is survived by her five children Marlene (Bryan) Beerling of Lethbridge, Elmer (Marilyn) Doerksen of Hays, Elma Guinto of Lethbridge Gary (Sandy) Doerksen of Hays and Robert (Lori) Doerksen  of Hays; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Olfert and sister-in-law Helen Wiens.
 She was predeceased by her husband John, son Harry and two brothers Henry Wiens and Jacob Wiens.
 Anne was born in Molotschna, Ukraine  on April 21, 1921 to Heinrich and Margaretha Wiens. Soon after the Wiens family fled Russia to make a new home for themselves in Canada. Anne grew up and married John Doerksen in McCreary, Manitoba. In 1957, the family moved to Hays as part of a PFRA land exchange project. Mom helped with the farming chores including growing bountiful
vegetable and flower gardens. When they retired in 1990, they moved to Taber where they spent most mornings at A&W having coffee with their many friends. Mom had never learned to drive so she was so happy that she could walk everywhere to visit her friends and go for a coffee.
 Mom was a very thoughtful and caring woman, always remembering the birthdays of her family, friends and TOPS friends. She supported her children and grandchildren in all of their activities, be it school or their other activities. Mom loved her lap full of little ones. Mom always kept up with her extended family through the years.
 Her family meals were a feast! She loved to cook and bake, especially her buns, and have all of her family around the table. Mom also had a very sweet tooth.
 She was a faithful TOPS member even into her nineties and was so very proud of achieving, and keeping her KOPS status for many years.
 Most importantly, Mom’s faith in God was how she lived her life.  She spent time in prayer daily and loved to sing her favorite hymns. Her church life was very important to her. Finally, she eagerly anticipated her entrance into Heaven and meeting her Jesus face to face. We rejoice with you Mom.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Anne’s name may be made directly to the Clearview Lodge Resident Council, 4730 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6.
 Thank you to the staff at Clearview Lodge for taking such good care of her these past few years.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


LENNA GREER, beloved spouse of Linda Rawbon, of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the age of 64 years.

Besides her loving spouse Linda and dog Kodi, Lenna is survived by her mother, Barbara Colleen Greer of Prince George, BC, two brothers and one sister, all of British Columbia. She is also survived by Linda’s family in Burlington, ON as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father, Newton Frederick Greer.

Lenna enjoyed a full career working in the health industry. She owned her own business as a Massage Therapist. Following this, Lenna was the Office Manager and Assistant at Stamina Therapy. She also enjoyed working with the students and teams at Lethbridge College as Program Assistant in the Health and Wellness programs.

Lenna was an extraordinary artist who graduated with honours at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has been an avid photographer and a member of the Lethbridge Photography Club and recently volunteered at the Lethbridge Humane Society. She loved reading, writing, nature, cooking, arts and culture and spending quality time with her friends and family.

At Lenna’s request, no funeral service will be held.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Lenna’s memory to the Lenna Greer Scholarship Fund in Photographic Arts at the University of Lethbridge (

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Kathleen Hadlington

1933 – 2020

Kathleen “Kay” Hadlington of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of the late Mr. John Thomas and Jessie Hadlington, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Kay’s cremated remains will be buried beside her best friend Paulene Nalder in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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SIIPIITSOAHKITOPII – “Night Handsome Rider”

DECEMBER 28, 1985 – DECEMBER 4, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a son, father, companion, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, grandson and friend Rudy Josh (RJ) Heavy Shields, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on the evening of December 4, 2020. RJ is survived by his loving family, Children: Cohen and Paisley Heavy Shields, Mother: Paula Healy (Calvin Cross Child). Adopted sons: Rougan and Isaiah (God Son) Wings. Companion/friend: Darcie Doore and Stepson Kendon White Quills. Brothers and Sister: Trevor (Elena) Healy, Arlene and Todd Across the Mountain, Elaine (Troy) Devine, Cody (Mary) Fox, Shaw (Bailey) Scout, Clay Plume & Carter (Kayla) Little Shields & Mitch Many Fingers. Grandmothers: Lila (Richard) Heavy Head and Emily (Muggs) Goodstriker, Cousins: Kenny, Talsa, Bambi, Logan, Marty, Fawn and Sable Heavy Shields, Joni (Shane) Sweet Grass, Krissy Plume, Maizie (Ty) Little Shields, Chad, Motlee, Averi, Shanelle, Colby, Devin, Dwight, Robby, Candace, Brian Jr., Misty, Miranda, Rochelle, Marlee, Evan, Cera Healy, Wyatt & Kaedan Day Rider, Sophia, Scarlett, Conner, Krista, Tawny, Daleyn and Cash Healy. Nieces & Nephews: Natosii, Ariel, Cole, Adrianna, Laz, Ken, Marie, Jr., Aiden, Kiera, Halle, Briere, Christian, Nixion, Darius, Lendrix, Dallas, Kodi Bree, Fallyn, Hayden, Calli, Conner, Weston, Kip Roze, Rhyle, Eddie, Khyler and Silver, Keyshawn, Bailey. Maternal Uncles and Aunties: Murray (Margaret) Eagle Plume, Robert (Christine) Healy, Marlow Healy, Adam Healy, Tanya (Lance) Wolf Child, Sandy & Michelle Healy. Paternal Uncles and Aunties: Les (Emily) Heavy Shields, Darlene (Jim) Plume, Twylla (Lance) Little Shields, Paul (Nadine) Goodstriker, Duke (Irma) Rabbit. Great Aunties & Uncles: Bella (Bert) Mistaken Chief, Sheila Healy, Jessalyn (Armand) Page, Heather Black Water, Sandra Black Rabbit, Del (the late Diane) Healy Sr. Greg (the late Eileen) Eagle Plume Sr, Clara (Late Art Healy Jr.) Late Jordon, Burton and Terry Healy, Late Patsy Weasel Moccasin and Late Fern Healy, Delphine (Late Woodrow Good Striker), Alex/Mickey (Late Mildred Good Striker) Late Larry & Patsy Rabbit, Lena (Late James Russell), Late Herman Heavy Shields, Jordan Heavy Shields, the late Gordon (Okan) Heavy Shields, Barb (Late Lymn Tailfeathers), Late Mary Heavy Shields, Evelyn and Les Healy, Steven, Faye and Sharon Heavy Shields, Late John Heavy Shields. RJ, as he was known to his parents, the late Rudy Heavy Shields and Paula Healy, his friends, family and many relatives, arrived as a bundle of joy on December 28, 1985. RJ was loved and well-liked by all those who felt his warmth and comfort. Like his parents, RJ had a mischievous and humorous nature, as well as a truly compassionate and caring attitude. RJ was raised with those same values of his parents and ancestors who cared deeply for people as he would give the shirt off his back or feed those going through difficult times without asking for anything in return – that was his nature. He was especially close to his parents as he would confide in nearly everything with them. His concern and wellbeing of his mother Paula was heart-warming and touching as he made sure his mother knew he was her baby. He would always make sure she wasn’t feeling down or sick. When his dad Rudy was ill, he dedicated his time to be by his side. RJ made sure his dad’s needs were taken care of. It is with this same loving care and attention he shared with his parents that he assumed with his own children. As a father, RJ completely loved spending quality time with his children Cohen, and Paisley. RJ had fun with his girl Paisley, or Paz as she was called, and would often be heard laughing together as he tried to paint the perfect fingernail; RJ did, however, manage to master his daughter’s ‘messy bun’. RJ was also very supportive of his son by teaching and watching him play hockey and soccer. He tried his best to keep up with the hyper Cohen in their activities that included bike riding, roller blading and playing golf. His own little family meant the world to him. RJ was an athletic young man who played hockey in the minor hockey system all the way up into the Junior Hockey League. Hockey was his passion. He learned to play by watching his dad and uncles Les and Murray among other heroes. He was a gifted but modest athlete. RJ was an intelligent individual who graduated from the Kainai High School and later completed the Educational Assistance Certification program at Red Crow College. He enjoyed interacting with his fellow students and teachers and especially looked forward to teaching young children with special needs. His care and compassion were in the forefront during this time with the children; he was a natural teacher. But RJ knew he had much to learn and he did so by helping out as much as he could. Every year, RJ would camp out at the Sundance, helping out his Grandfather Ed and Patrick Black Plume, and offering his help to Lance and Twylla, Richard and Lila and to everyone who called upon him for his emotional and physical strength. RJ was a true human being. His character and attitude showed as he treated all his family and friends equally. He will always be remembered as his mama’s boy and his daddy’s best friend and he will forever live on in the hearts of his children and his loving family. RJ was predeceased by his loving Dad and Best friend: Rudy Heavy Shields, great-grandparents: Eddie & Adelaide Heavy Shields, Frank & Beatrice Good Striker, Art & Betty Healy, Bernard Eagle Plume and Irene and Emil Wings. Grandparents Marion & Ed Heavy Shields and Winston Healy and Bernadine Eagle Plume. Uncle Murray Heavy Shields & Brian (Plyers) Healy. Cousin: Gina Marie Heavy Shields and Daynin Healy, and Tyson Devine. The Family would like to thank the Doctors and Staff; Dr Shay Eagle Bear & Dr Clarke, and Lethbridge Regional Hospital who took excellent care of RJ. ICU Doctors: Dr. Olsen, Dr. Barnes, Dr. Tavish, Dr. Spence. Nursing Staff: Orie, Cindy, Jen, Scott and many others. Indigenous Hospital Care Team: Roxie Vaille, Suzan Heavy Shields, Anne Fox.

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, December 11th, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Saturday, December 12th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Legacy Funeral Home with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery. (Due to COVID regulations a limited number of 10 people will be permitted into the services- please wear a mask).

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Marian Hobberstad

1930 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of MARIAN HOBBERSTAD of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Hans Hobberstad. She passed peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre with her family by her side on December 6, 2020 at 90 years of age.

Cherished mother of three sons; Donald (Cheryl), Dennis (Pat), Robert (Linda), and two daughters; Diane (Brian) Anderson, and Brenda (Scott) Oseen. She was loved by 13 Grandchildren; Robin (Clint), Devin, Ryan, Danyae (Kyle), Brandon, Riley (Shelby), Tyler (Kristen), Cody (Ashley), Brady (Hope), Lisa (Dave), Michael (Tiffany), Brett (Taylor) and Kristen, as well as eight Great-Grandchildren; Ria, Gabe, Elise, Kinley, Madden, Rhett, Evan, and Colby. She is survived by sisters-in-law; Sylvia (Wallace) Rombough, and Louise Wiest, plus many nieces/nephews and their families.

Marian was predeceased by her beloved husband; Hans, her parents; Lena and Walter Marsh, her mother/father-in-law; Rakel and Rasmus Hobberstad, her five brothers; Clarence (Joyce), Alvin (Margaret), Archie (Hilda), Earl (Kay) and Harvey (Marjorie) Marsh, and sisters-in-law; Olaug (William) Palmer and Olivia (Cecil) Wiest.

Marian Lucille Marsh was born on July 30, 1930, in Granum. She was the youngest and only daughter of Lena and Walter’s six children. Their family moved to the Vauxhall area in 1933, where she attended grade school in Retlaw and high school in Vauxhall.

Mom met Dad at a dance and claimed it was love at first sight. The two married on October 24, 1951 and enjoyed many happy years together. They waltzed so gracefully together, and dancing with Dad was one of the most treasured memories of her life.

Together, they operated a grain and cattle farm in the Circle Hill area and provided a loving home to their 5 children. Mom was a great cook, gardener, and an exceptional baker – known for her delicious buns and cinnamon rolls.

After Dad’s passing in 1988, mom moved to Vauxhall where she lived for the next 25 years. In 2014 she moved to the Black Rock Terrace retirement home in Lethbridge.

Family meant EVERYTHING to mom! We were her ‘most precious possessions’. She welcomed each new member to our family with open arms and cherished the times when we’d gather together for holidays or special occasions. She poured her love into creating wonderful meals served to us on her fine china and crystal. We often celebrated her summer birthday with a family reunion.

Mom was a friendly, social person; joined clubs and enjoyed community events. She valued her friendships, many of which lasted for decades. Mom could be found at the curling rink, hockey arena, ball diamond, skating carnival, and school sports/concerts proudly supporting her family in whatever activity they were involved in. She loved when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren visited and would always play cards and games with them.

Mom was gentle, kind and caring and faced each day with a positive attitude; never one to complain. She loved flowers and her favourite, the rose, will forever remind us of her. We will miss her sweet nature, her grace, the silver in her hair and the gold in her heart.

Private Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel. Due to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19, the service will be invite only. The family invites you to watch the service via live stream at . Please click on Marian’s obituary and scroll to the bottom of the page. A link will be available 15 minutes prior to the service.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial Donations may be made in in Marian’s name to a charity of ones choice.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Black Rock Terrace for the great care they provided to mom in her six years of residency. She was really happy and at home there and spoke very highly of the staff, meals, accommodations and services. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre for the wonderful care and compassion they provided to her during her final weeks.

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Grace MacMillan

1934 – 2020

Mrs. Grace MacMillan of Lethbridge, formerly of Ontario and beloved wife of Mr. Gordon MacMillan, passed away in her home with her family by her side on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Grace was born and raised in Lancaster, Ontario. She married Gordon in 1955 in Lancaster and together they ran a dairy farm in Glensandfield, Ontario. Together Gordon and Grace loved to socialize, attending many parties, dances and gatherings. Grace was an amazing wife, mother, a wonderful cook and will be missed by her family, many friends and neighbors.

Besides her loving husband Gordon, Grace is survived by her children Robert MacMillan, Scotte (Ruby) MacMillan, Carey (Sylvia) MacMillan, Brenda (Conrad) Vegtor; grandchildren Kara, Patricia, Kristina, Kas, Myles, Fred, Jason, Karmyn, Kamile, Austin; great-grandchildren Gordon, Leo, Collins, Blake, Quinn, Brooklyn; sister-in-law Claudette Shepard, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Grace was predeceased by her parents Hugh and Margaret Munroe; sister-in-law Helen Macleod nee MacMillan; brother Hugh (Chummy) Munroe; God-daughter Sharon Brown nee Munroe; grandson Gordon MacMillan and daughter-in-law Shirley MacMillan.

For those who wish memorial donations in Grace’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7; a Heart and Stroke Foundation in Ontario or to a charity of one’s choice.

A Celebration of Grace’s Life will be held at a later date in Alexandria, Ontario.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Russell H. Mummery passed away peacefully on December 4, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 88.

Russell (Russ) (Rusty), our Dad, was born in Brandon, MB, the youngest of 9 children, to Russell Sr. and Winnifred Mummery (Huntley) who raised their family in Minnedosa. Dad married Mom, Ruth (Roach) in 1952 and together they raised their 3 children in the Brandon area before returning to Minnedosa in 1988. Dad and Mom moved to Lethbridge AB in 2001 to be closer to their daughters Valerie and Susan.

Even as a young lad Dad was entrepreneurial minded, delivering groceries around town with his beloved Shetland cart ponies Babe and Enid. He could often be found in winter on the ice honing his hockey skills. Dad played competitively for the Brandon Junior Wheat Kings and billeted players from the Wheat Kings in later years.

The Mummery family were railroaders, with Russell Sr., Dad and his brothers, several nephews and son Brad all working for CP Rail. He started out as a fireman shovelling coal on one of the last steam engines in the Brandon district. He then trained as a machinist. Dad left the railroad for a time but later returned as a brakeman; retiring as an engineer in 1991.

Many will remember Dad from his work as an award-winning meat cutter at brother Bob’s Victoria IGA in Brandon. It was mesmerizing to watch him make his signature beef sausages which were very popular with East enders.

As a capable jack of all trades, Dad was able to find satisfaction in numerous endeavors. He and his brothers built a house for his parents which stands today on Douglas Street in Brandon. Dad was always doing some kind of DIY in his younger years whether it was in wood working, building, or whatever he turned his hand to. He raised cattle and hogs with brother Bob. He obtained his private pilot license in the 1960s, fulfilling a long held personal dream.

An avid outdoorsman, Dad enjoyed duck and goose hunting, but fishing was his passion. He spent countless hours on Manitoba lakes and rivers; often travelling north with buddies for week long excursions complete with shore lunches a la ‘chef’ Mummery. He had a cabin at MB Lake of the Prairies in later years and welcomed one and all to join him out in the boat. He proudly achieved Expert Master Angler status in Manitoba, earning a Silver Badge for having caught five species of trophy fish.

He loved to read, play cards, golf, bowl, puzzles of all kinds and took pleasure in the simple things in life.

Dad was community minded; always there to lend a hand to friends and family. He loved Minnedosa and enjoyed volunteering with the local Ducks Unlimited and the 100th Anniversary homecoming celebration in 1983. For many years Dad was a dedicated blood donor and was honored with an award from the Lieutenant governor for giving over 50 times.

Dad’s greatest joy was spending time with Mom, their 3 children, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along with his large extended family and many friends.

Dad was predeceased by his parents and siblings Miriam, Noreen, Phyllis, Melville, and Marjorie, and several nieces and nephews.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years Ruth (Roach), daughters Valerie Exner (Ainslie, Leven), Susan Zubach (Michael, Devon) and son Bradley (David, Melissa, Morgan, Aura, Roya) and by surviving brothers Wesley, Garnet and Robert (Helen), many friends and extended family.

There will be no funeral service at this time; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to The Salvation Army Brandon Corps (, (1-800-Sal-Army (725-2769), or the MB Alzheimer’s Association (, (204-943-6622 or toll-free in Manitoba at 1-800-378-6699).

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PHILIP “PHIL” NOELIN NEWTON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 67 years.

Philip was the third son born to Noelin and Ruth Newton of Skiff. Phil is survived by his brothers: Don (Linda), Dean (Edie) and Murray (Tracy); as well as seven nieces, two nephews and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Noelin (2019) and Ruth (2018).

After completing his education in Foremost and Lethbridge Community College, he worked briefly at Triple M Homes in Lethbridge, Bank of Nova Scotia in Brooks and Lethbridge, and the Sandman Inn.

In 1977, he started working at Lethbridge Community College in the bookstore. He was promoted to purchase agent until his retirement in 2007. After his retirement, he looked after his ailing parents until their passing.

He loved collecting antiques and cars. He enjoyed the solitude of the farm where he was raised. He also enjoyed camping and family get-togethers.

A Private Family Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home at a later date.

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With heaviness of heart we announce that KAREN ANN REIMER, beloved wife of the late Ben Reimer, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, December 4, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Karen is survived by their only son, Mason (Caroline) of Lethbridge, her two rays of sunshine, Abigail and Carson, and her faithful puppy Ginger. She is also survived by her three loving siblings, Michael Malmberg (Sharon Mielnichuk) of Fort Steele, BC, Mary (Leo) Dieser of Coaldale, and Tom (Jean) Malmberg of Spring Coulee; and her four sisters-in-law Evelyn Reimer, Marguerite (Harry) Antonio, Rosalie Bain, and Dorothy (Allan) Sera. Karen is loved and cherished by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as loyal friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Max & Ardath (Mecham) Malmberg and her brother-in-law Bryan Bain.

Karen was born in Cardston, Alberta on November 7, 1945 to Max and Ardath Malmberg. The oldest of four, she took her big sister role seriously as she led “them kids” on many adventures at the family farm near Spring Coulee. Karen loved to help around the farm, whether it was in the field, feeding the cattle or baking with her mom. On Thanksgiving morning, October 8, 1951, Karen ended up in hospital in Cardston as she was quite ill and was later diagnosed with Poliomyelitis (Polio). Karen would spend many months, which accumulated into years, away from home in hospital being treated for polio and having surgeries. This never held her back or stopped her from pursuing her own personal goals. Karen knew in grade nine she wanted to be a pharmacist. After graduation in 1964 from Cardston High School, she moved to Edmonton and after three short years, received her BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 1967.

Karen returned to southern Alberta, living in Lethbridge and working as a pharmacist at Boyd’s Pharmacy. She worked at Woodward’s, the Bay, and Stubb’s pharmacy as well before her retirement in 1995. On February 5, 1969, Karen walked into Ben’s Accounting for tax advice and the rest is history as they would later be married on September 5, 1970. Karen and Ben enjoyed many vacations together; travelling to the Bahamas and Hawaii as well as Nevada and Arizona. Their biggest adventure was when they adopted their son Mason on February 14th, 1979, neither knowing quite what to do and both falling in love with their long awaited son. Family holidays were a highlight for Karen; and Mason always made them easier; with her most recent holidays being to Mexico and Texas with Mason and his family.

Karen beat more than polio and post-polio complications, she was also a breast cancer survivor and her more recent fight was against Parkinson’s disease. Karen strength and “You got this girl” attitude was what drew people towards her as a role model. Many looked up to her for her ability to overcome adversity and fulfill her dreams. Karen was passionate about drawing, water colour, and loved to sing with her Sweet Adeline’s chorus. Playing cards was her most recent hobby and she had regular dates with her friends, always keeping track of how many games she won.

Karen’s family was her life line. She adored talking and texting to her nieces and nephews. She never passed up an offer for a visit, a drive to the farm, or to go Duck Lake. Karen cherished every concert the grandkids sang in, every sports event they played in, and every Sunday supper they joined her in as she knew the importance of family. Karen was very proud of her siblings and her extended family, always highlighting their accomplishments with a smile and love.

Karen was and will always be an inspiration as she lived her life on her own terms, “She believed she could, and she did!”.

A special thanks to the home care staff from Gladium both past and present. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an animal charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Karen’s Life will be held once the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of ALOYSIUS JOHN THOMAS. Al passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Monday Dec. 7, 2020.

Al will be deeply missed by his daughter Kandis, son-in-law Bruce Topolnisky and his two grandsons Oliver and Owen Topolnisky of whom he was most proud. He is also survived by three sisters Jenny Butler, Louise Stone, Debra Weikum and his brother Fred Thomas.

Al was born on April 28, 1931 one of seven children to Frank and Mary Thomas of Holdfast, Saskatchewan. In his younger years after leaving the family farm he worked in seismic drilling off of both coasts of Canada and over much of northern Alberta and B.C. During this time he met Freda Mueller and they were married on May 11, 1957 and settled in Calgary to raise their new daughter Kandis and son Michael.

Al started working at Shell Canada in Calgary as a telecom analyst for network systems support which had him working on some of the first computers being used at Shell. This work led to many travels to various Shell gas plants all over Alberta where he installed all of the network infrastructure for the computer systems used in those times.

He retired from Shell on Oct. 1, 1991 and started on the first of many projects around the house that included a new kitchen and a beautiful sunroom addition that he totally constructed by himself. In addition to assisting Bruce and Kandis with building a home in Sylvan Lake, Al was always building and refinishing various pieces of furniture. Al enjoyed playing golf and always carried his clubs in his vehicle to try a new golf course to play with friends and family.

Al and Freda also enjoyed travelling, and one of their most memorable trips took them to the Maritimes and the lower eastern seaboard of the United States. After Freda passed in 1998 AL took up wine making and wood carving, and we still treasure today some of his most intricate beautiful carvings.

Al was predeceased by his son Michael in 2018.

Kandis and Bruce would like to thank all of the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare who looked after Al and deeply cared for him in his last year.

As per Al’s final wishes, there will be no memorial service and he will be cremated, with his ashes to be spread in Kananaskis at a future date.

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Halina Warszawski

(nee Gowin)

1958 – 2020

Surrounded by her family Halina passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on December 8, 2020.

Born in Promna, Poland on June 12, 1958 Halina came to Canada on a visit in 1976 but remained to marry her loving husband of 43 years, Henry.

Halina was a loving wife, mother and grandmother (babka) and will be dearly missed by her family and friends, both in Canada and Poland.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Wydislaw Gowin and is survived by her mother Stefania Gowin; sons Martin, Conrad (Michaela), and Damian (Tigan); granddaughter Maya Grigg Warszawski. She is also survived by her brothers Zbyszek (Maryla) and Zygmunt (Bozena) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Poland.

Halina’s greatest joy was her family, especially her granddaughter Maya and her numerous flowering plants. Her husband Henry would always complain to her that he couldn’t see outside of their windows due to the amount of foliage she tended.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of cancer research or to the Children’s Hospital, Calgary, 28 Oki Dr NW, Calgary, AB T3B 6A8.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Craig Wilson
1960 – 2020

 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald Craig Wilson after a brief battle with cancer, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, co-worker, friend and fellow firefighter on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at the age of 60 years.
 Craig was the beloved husband and soul mate to Judy Wilson; father and hero to Laine (Marcella) and Hayden Wilson. Besides his loving wife and children, he is survived by his siblings Randy (Lydia) Wilson of Coaldale and their children Shane (Annie) and Blair (Elizabeth); David Wilson of Taber and his children Keith (Marion), Kendra (Chris Chabot); Sharie (Gary) Gettman of Coaldale and their children Richard (Kirsten), Colin (Amber) and Grant; Kim (Jacen) Abrey of Coaldale and their children Kandace (Chad Ballman), Darcee (Kevin McKeown), Raegan and Kaci;  father-in-law, Rick Yerburgh; sister-in-law Colleen Weis with her son Kyle as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by his parents Barton and Frances (nee Dumont) Wilson; mother-in-law Pat Yerburgh; sisters-in-law Linda Wilson and Laurie Hines; brothers-in-law Ron Weis and Ray Hines; nephews Kelly and Kendal Wilson.
 Craig, our hero, was a kind genuine man who had a huge heart.  This huge heart included more than his family, it also included the community of Coaldale, his place of employment with Intercontinental Truck Body for thirty years and his family of firefighters where he also served his thirty years of service with the Coaldale and District Emergency Services as Captain. One of his great memories in firefighting was his deployment to protect the Prince of Wales Hotel during the Kenow fire of 2017, to which his crew was successful.
 He was proud of his Metis heritage and took much pride in his boys Laine and Hayden, they were his whole world. Whether it was camping, biking, volleyball or basketball events he was there being a proud Dad and cheering them on. He was a wonderful loving husband to Judy, his soulmate and companion who were at each others side always.  
 Craig will be dearly missed by all, and it is heartbreaking to think about continuing on without him in our lives, but sadly we must send you off with our salute. “We will take it from here Captain Wilson”.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding Covid-19, a celebration of Craig’s life will be held at a future date when we can gather together safely. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Craig’s name may be  made directly to the Coaldale and District Emergency Services, Box 1571, Coaldale, Alberta T1M 1N3.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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