May 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, January 2, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 2, 2021.


RALPH BRADLEY passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31st, 2020, at the St Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, at the age of 81, with his family by his side.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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LENA CECILE BULL SHIELDS passed away in Lethbridge, AB on December 21st, 2020 at the age of 18 years. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, January 4th, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. (Due to COVID-19 – A limit of 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

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Dennis Burke

1940 – 2020

Mr. Dennis Burke of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Carolyn Burke, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn whom he was lovingly married to for 54 years; three children Doug (Jackie), Cathy (Wes) and Gary (Kristi); grandchildren Matt and Mark Burke, Sarah, Jess and Liam Meyer, Jill and Sydney Burke; brother-in-law Carl Nelson; sister-in-law Beryl Burke, as well as numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Lethrie and June Burke; sister Raema and brother Roger.

Dennis was born and raised in Carmangay, AB. He learned all the skills a farm kid does, but quickly took a shine to mechanics, following in his father’s footsteps. He was well known as the fix it guy for miles around. He worked on vehicles, tractors, rebuilt engines and could make almost anything run. Among Dennis’ many endeavors he was a third-generation house mover, licensed mechanic, owned his own trucking business and a bottled water company. He served as a Mayor and councillor of Carmangay for many years as well as a volunteer fireman. In his retirement he worked for Sterling trucks and Davis GMC.

His hobbies included working on (stock and drag) race cars and was a member of the antique truck and car clubs. Restoration of antique trucks and cars were his passion. Dennis loved camping, quadding, and fishing in the mountains. He and Carolyn loved travelling to various places around the world.

A very special thank you to the Physicians and nursing staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Dennis was well loved and will be fondly remembered by family and friends alike.

Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 119 14 St NW #100, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Dennis’ life will be celebrated at a later date.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Mr. Bastiaan (Bas) de Peuter, beloved husband of the late Geertje (Gerie) de Peuter, passed away December 29th, 2020 at his home in the presence of family and loved ones.

Born in Haarlem, Holland on December 3, 1934, Bas immigrated to Canada and Southern Alberta with his parents and three brothers in 1952. He met Gerie in 1956, and they were married April 5, 1958.

Bas is survived by his son Martin, with grandchildren Mariele and Kent: Son Jake: Son Bastiaan (Anna), with grandson Bastiaan and great granddaughter Charleigh; and grandson Jake: Daughter Gonda, with grandson Joshua and great grandsons Joseph and Tate; Grandson Luke with great grandson August: Son Aris (Yumi) with grandchildren Samuel, Zenith, and Sarah: Daughter Janie (Rob) with grandchildren Shelby and Tristan: Son Michael with grandchildren Alexi, Jaidon, and Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Jake (Jane) de Peuter: Brothers in law Jake (Nell) Slingerland, Aris Slingerland, Martin (Jeanette) Slingerland, Case (Rose) Slingerland, Adam (Annie) Slingerland, Hank (Arlene) Slingerland, Tony (Lisa) Slingerland, Marinus (Wilma) Slingerland, and Willem Slingerland: Sisters in law Jannie (Jaap) Stouten, Gonda (Kor) Vanden Hoek, Judy (Chris) den Hertog, Diane Slingerland; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Bas was predeceased by his wife Gerie on January 31, 2020; by his oldest daughter Meta on December 6, 2017; by his grandchild Nathaniel in 1992; by his father Jacob in 1988 and his mother Metje in 1974; by his brothers Dewey in 2018 and Peter in 2010; by his father-in-law Maarten Slingerland in 2012 and his mother in law Hillegonda in 2005; by his brother in law John Slingerland in 2016; and sisters in law Judith Slingerland in 1954, Margaret Slingerland in 2003, and Ellie Slingerland in 2019.

Private Condolences will be held on Monday January 4th, between 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. As to work within Covid Protocols, Family will not be in attendance. Please RSVP to book a time slot either through or by phone 403-553-3772.

A Private Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday January 5th, at the Netherland Reformed Congregation Church, 2608 7 Ave, Fort Macleod, AB. Live Audio Stream instruction will be available at on the day of the service.

Internment to follow at Union Cemetery.

Bastiaan’s family would like to give a special thank you to all the Staff at the Bethesda Care Home for all your kindness and care to Bas and Gerie over the years.

In Lieu of Flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Bethesda Care Home, P.O. Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0

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Clemens Dean Determan, 79, of St Albert, Alberta, passed away on December 24th, 2020 at the St Albert Chartwell Retirement Residence due to COVID-19.

Clem was predeceased by his loving wife Helen Determan, whom passed mire hours before him on December 24th, 2020; and his parents, Clemens and Lillian Determan.

He is survived by 4 children & 9 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

Chow Clem

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It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Beneth Determan announces her passing on December 24, 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19.

Helen was the longest living Liver Transplant recipient in Western Canada. Through receiving this Gift of Life 31 years ago – Helen became a symbol of resilience, strength and determination amongst her peers and the medical community.

She will be remembered by her four children; Cheryl (David) Whittle, Heather (Tim Soltys) Determan, Darren (Gwen) Determan, Darlene (Ray) Somerville; grandchildren, Andrew, Coralie, Jenna, Hope, Amanda, James, Brittany, Lauren and Rayanne. Helen is also survived by her brother David (Marlene) Doram; sister Betty Jane (Dave) Takahashi, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Helen’s husband, Clemens Dean Determan passed away within hours of her death also on December 24, 2020.

Helen was born in 1944 in Lethbridge, Alberta and was the eldest child of William and Beneth Doram. She was raised on the family farm and attended nurses training in Calgary. She married Clem Determan on April 23, 1965. They raised their family in St. Albert, Alberta where she worked at the Grandin Medical Clinic and was an active volunteer in the community. After her Liver Transplant, Helen enjoyed some global travel as she represented Canada in the World Transplant Games.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Nursing Staff at the Misericordia Hospital for their profound support and care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support the Canadian Liver Foundation and/or the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

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Ron Ficek
1952 – 2020

 It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald Wayne Ficek in Taber on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the age of 68 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding Covid-19 and the government recommendations, Ron will be privately remembered by his family at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Monday, January 4, 2021. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Ron is survived by his daughter Michelle (Doug) Cranston and their children Jaiden, Taryn and Jaxson. He is also survived by his son’s children Chancelor, Kaya, Brooke and Chase Ficek;  brothers Jason Ficek, Jamie Delaney and D’Arcy Delaney; stepmother Carla (Herb) Mason as well as his lifelong friend Syl Carlin and numerous nieces and nephews in Ontario.
 Ron was predeceased by his beloved wife Marie Ficek (nee Turk), son Raymond Ficek, father Frank Ficek and auntie Helen Murray.
 Ron was born in Kenora, Ontario on February 7, 1952. He was the eldest of three brothers. It was there that he met Marie who quickly became the love of his life. They moved to Vancouver and started their lives together. Ron found work as a house mover and began establishing lifelong friendships. Ron and Marie eventually moved to Taber where they married on February 11, 1976. Ron found work on the rigs which lead them to calling Taber their home. Soon after their  arrival there, they started their family.  
 Ron’s family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed traveling to hockey, volleyball and basketball games where he offset his cheering wife with his quiet demeanor. He was a proud dad and a proud papa. Jaxon called him Papa Roni. Ron cherished spending time with his grandchildren and oftentimes took them to lunch.  
 He enjoyed camping in the mountains, fishing, watching UFC, playing crib and spending time with his dogs. Ron also enjoyed going to rock and gem shows and had an extensive collection to prove it. His door was always open to show them off and discuss them over coffee. Ron was a gentle soul and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  
 If so desire, memorial tributes in Ron’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


NEDRA JOY FOX passed away in Lethbridge, AB on December 26th, 2020 at the age of 38 years. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. (Due to COVID-19 – A limit of 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time.)

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KATHLEEN “KATY” FRECKA, beloved wife of the late John Frecka, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Hulley, Victor Segrave

April 4, 1929 – December 25, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Victor Segrave Hulley at Haven Hill Care Centre in Penticton, BC on Friday, December 25, 2020.

Victor will be remembered by his six children, Lynn Hulley (Allan- deceased), Calgary AB, Maureen Hulley, Penticton BC, Chris Hulley (Shannon), Fort MacLeod AB, Patricia Woodall (Jay), Creston BC, Bridgett Taylor (Keith), Calgary AB, Cheryl White, Edmonton AB and by 15 grandchildren, Brenna (Sean), Garrett; Scott (Crystal), Ross (Kait), Thomas (Kristina); Jacqueline (Joey), Jamie (Brad); Candace (Kevin), Catherine (Dave), Carrie (Mike), Coleen; Allisa (Michael), Collin; Zachary (Alysha), Nicholas (Desiree) and 20 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Liam, Wyatt, Kingston, Everleigh; Mason, Charlotte, Matilda, Connor; Gracie, Kenzie, Zoey, Nolan; Madison, Mia, Ashley, Macey, Delilah; Evie and Riley. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Kasperski, Lethbridge AB and many, many nieces and nephews. Victor was predeceased by his father, Charles, mother, Louisa (nee-Appleton), brother, Kenneth, sisters, Doreen Grange, Olive Bissett , Cicely Hulley Lacaille, Lola Hulley and Sheila Ryan. Victor will be dearly missed by his best buddy Lester Lezard and dear friend Belinda Manze.

To Dr. David van den Berg we wish to express our sincere thanks for all the care and attention provided to our dad, also Barb Bryson for her conversation, hugs and laughter. And heartfelt thanks to all the beautiful smiles and warm hearts that keep Haven Hill Care Centre humming along. We salute each and every one of you.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will take place in Lethbridge AB at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of our dad, Victor.

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WENDY LYNN JARVIE, beloved wife of Robert Jarvie, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the age of 67 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Michael Thomas Kambeitz

January 14, 1929

– December 28, 2020

Michael Kambeitz passed away peacefully at The Legacy Lodge Care Facility on Monday, December 28th, 2020, at the age of 91 years old.

Michael Will be laid to rest in the Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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Jan “John” Klok

1938 – 2020

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Jan (John) Klok at the age of 82, beloved husband of the late Janet Klok.

John was born on July 5, 1938, in Harskamp, the Netherlands, and passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in the Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte.

He is survived by his 8 children, Peter (Marianne), Betty (Cornell) deKok, Janey (Henry) deKok, Henrietta (Andre) deKok, John (Cheri), Jannette (Andrew) Beusekom, Nelly (Adrian) Sinke, Ed (Marieke); 56 grandchildren; 117 great grandchildren; sisters Corrie Ouwendorp, Eefje de Ruiter, Maasje (Isaac) Kruijt, Cootje van Beek and sisters in law Bertha Klok, Teunisje (Willem) Slingerland, Hennie Van Hierden.

John was predeceased by his loving wife Janet of 59 years on August 3rd, 2020, great grand-daughter Alysha Roth, and numerous brothers, sisters and in-laws.

A private family Graveside Service will be held in the Picture Butte Memorial Cemetery.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of CURTIS WOLF LEG/KNIFE on December 24, 2020. Beloved son of the late Leon Williams and the late Tamara (Tammy) Wolf Leg.

Curtis was adopted and raised by his Grandparents: Ralph Knife and Hilda Williams in a Traditional Structured Blackfoot household. He leaves to mourn: Grandmother Hilda. Sons: Pax and Kaiden (Kiaayo) Wolf Leg, Jade (mother of his sons). Brothers: Damon Houle and Ralph Williams. Sisters: Sarah (Paul) Meguinis and Stephanie Williams. Curtis had a huge extended family, too numerous to mention.

Curtis was predeceased by his Parents, Grandfather Ralph Knife, Grandparents; Gilbert Young and Shirley Wolf Leg, Victor and Alice Williams, Louis Sr. and Louise Knife, Sister/cousin Magan Williams, and numerous relatives. Curtis was loved dearly by his children, mom, siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and several friends he had made along his journey. The family apologizes for anyone they may have missed.

His relatives include: The Williams, Wolf Legs, Knife’s, Calf Robe’s, Badarms, Hunts, Eaglespeakers, Standing Alones, Blackwaters, Eaglebears, Tsaakoo’s extended family and relatives from Siksika.

Curtis was a very outgoing, kind, and humble man. His greatest pride and joy were his sons: Pax and Kiaayo (Blackfoot word for Bear), he was so thrilled to become a father and loved his children tremendously, cherishing each moment watching them grow. Curtis moved to his grandparents’ home, on the Blood Reserve and was raised and cared for by grandparents whom he took as his parents. He attended schools on the Blood Reserve and in Lethbridge Alberta. He enjoyed and participated in various sports and had a fond love for the trips he would go on with his family. Curtis easily made friendships with people from all walks of life. Curtis was a quick learner and eager to take on new projects, one in particular was when he was relocating to the City of Calgary shortly after the birth of his first son, Paxton. Curtis had applied to an available job posting for a “framer” in the Construction Industry, he landed an interview but without any formal training in the area he began teaching himself what would be required of him in this job role, thanks to his research and determination he successful landed an interview and was successful in securing the position. Curtis continued to pursue his passion in construction until a near fatal head and back injury made it impossible for him to continue working. This ailment plagued him till his demise.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 10 guests at a time. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

A private Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Interment to follow at the White Calf Gravesite, Stand Off, Alberta.

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HANS (JOHANN) KREMENIK, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Monday, December 28th, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Rose, sons Richard (Linda), Erich (Liliana), Peter (Terri), Edward (Rebecca) and Anthony (Christina); nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister Katherine Freihaut and daughter-in-law Arlene.

Born in Vucevi, Croatia to Joseph and Eva (nee Magosch) Kremenik on April 23rd, 1932. After losing their farm at the end of World War II the family migrated to Canada and shortly after he married Rosina Freihaut. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year!

Hans worked as a mechanic at numerous dealerships in Lethbridge until he started his own business (the Shaughnessy Garage) in 1974 which remained open for 30 years until he retired.

He was a devoted Catholic and member of St Basil’s Parish. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian German Club in Lethbridge.

Hans enjoyed collecting coins and stamps and loved to fish, camp and travel. He was an avid soccer player and coach. He was very social and enjoyed dancing and social gatherings with family and friends.

We thank all the skilled and compassionate health care nurses and doctors that helped Hans and our family through this difficult year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada (donate.

A Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 7:00 PM, with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 10:00 AM, with Father Derek Remus celebrating. Both services will be live-streamed via Hans’ obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions the Prayer Service and Mass will be by invite only.

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Cody Wilfred Lencucha

1992 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mr. Cody Wilfred Lencucha announce his passing on Saturday, December 26th, 2020 at the age of 28 years.

Cody was brought to our world in the loving arms of Craig, Lesley, Jenna and Cole Lencucha on September 4th, 1992 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. He started his life at an early age on a journey of love, heartache, and health issues. These moulded him into the unique man he was with God’s own special call.

His first and foremost love were his twin sons, Bowie and Sawyer, their sister Maya, and mother of the children, Meghan Phillips. This love extended to his grandparents, parents, brother, sister and their spouses, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and his dogs, and continued even in his passing. This was evident during many conversations we had fueled by emotion, love, and his unwavering commitment to his beliefs.

No matter when life’s challenges were weighing him down, he never turned down an opportunity to spend time and play with his nephew, Coen, especially if it involved a baseball and bat.

From a young age until his last breath, he saw the world as a place where you do not ignore suffering from any form of life and held a special place for those who were lost. Often as a child, he would stop when he saw someone on the streets suffering, and using the money he had, he would give it all to ensure they knew the soul of a child recognized them as someone. This continued everyday throughout his life sharing his cigarettes, money, and kind words when he had nothing else to give.

His health challenged him both physically and mentally through his battle with cancer, his struggle with addiction, and the growing loss of loved ones in his life.

Even though at times he believed he did not deserve the love of his family, he continued to hold his values close to his heart.

Some of his most valued memories after family carried onto the baseball field. He would tell us the best years of his life were in Lethbridge American Legion Baseball playing beside his brother and solidifying some of his strongest friendships and memories. He held the highest respect for his coaches and their decisions, understanding it was for the team and not him.

His passion, grit, and need for perfection continued in his work ethic, pride and quality of workmanship he displayed even with a fatigued body and soul. His last job held a special place in his heart with Flynn Canada in the construction and addition to the Cancer Centre in Calgary, working alongside his friend and mentor Rydian.

As health, fatigue, and loneliness formed a dark cloud over him, God finally decided he had suffered enough, picked him up in his arms, and carried him to a place of peace from his body and mind.

We who loved you will forever hold a tear in our eye, a place in our heart, and a smile everytime we hear his laugh.

Cody Wilfred Lencucha is survived by his twin sons, Sawyer and Bowie Lencucha, their mother Meghan Phillips, her daughter Maya; mom and dad Lesley Lencucha and Craig Lencucha; sister Jenna (Dave) Low; brother Cole (Sarah) Lencucha; newphews Coen and Remington Lencucha; uncles Alan Filkowski, Ed (Dawna) Filkowski, Mark (Diane) Lencucha; aunts Deborah (Maurice) Hollingsworth, Heather (Lane) Carpenter; Pat and Dan Jones and their families.

He is predeceased by grandpa John Filkowski, grandma Dorothy Filkowski, grandma Theresa Lencucha and auntie Margaret Filkowski.

We love you and you will always be missed.

A private family service will be held.

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

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Al “Mattie” Mathison

1932 – 2020

Mr. Al “Mattie” Mathison of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Grace Mathison passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Mattie was born and raised in Gleichen, Alberta and left there as a young man to work in northern Alberta on the seismic crew. When at home one summer, Mattie met Grace on main street in Gleichen and that began their 65 years of life together. They were married in Great Falls in 1955. As a young married couple they lived in Calgary, where Mattie worked in the Burns Meat Plant. After a work place accident that resulted in the shortening of a few fingers, he left the cutting floor and moved to an order desk. It was during this time that Mattie and Grace welcomed their first of two daughters Jo, followed a few years later with the birth of Jeannie. In 1964, Mattie was offered a sales position and territory in southern Alberta, and the family re-located to Lethbridge. After retiring from Burns Meat, he became a seasonal worker for the gas company where he loved working with the “young guys”. He was always selfless, as he was first to say “lay me off first, hire me back last, let the young guys work because I am just here for fun!” After working the distress room at the Pepsi Co., Mattie began a long lasting friendship and a deep connection with Paul and Dorothy from the Cranford Colony. When Mattie retired from day-to-day work life he lived for the spring so that he could go back to his roots and help on the Sauve Farm. He loved driving around in circles, pretending to be a farmer; but fall was where is heart really was, he loved to harvest and knowing that hockey season was right around the corner.

If it was Friday at 4:00pm he could be found with his buddies at Bully’s for a beer and planning the next golf game. During the week he had a regular morning visit with the City Crew at the Enmax. Those who knew him say that he will leave a huge void at the arena and shared some great conversations about the many current topics and a million laughs.

In 1982, Mattie was made an honorary life member of southern Alberta Old Timers Sports Association, he spent numerous years as a member of the board of the directors of the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, and prior to that the Lethbridge Broncos. He was a Lethbridge Hockey Hound for 42 years and it was only fitting, that he spent the last week of his life wearing his Hockey Hound t-shirt. So, if you’ve been to a hockey game chances are you bought a 50/50 ticket or a program from Mattie. Grace would say “never plan anything on game day” and we re-arranged all family events if there was a game on the same day. Mattie was a tireless volunteer for Sutter Brothers Golf Tournaments in the 80’s as well.

Besides his loving wife Grace, Mattie is survived by his daughters Jo (Howard) Stribbell and her daughter Kodee (fiancé Mitchel Hahn) Pilling; Jeannie Mathison and her son Raymond Kaupp; great-grandchildren Royce and Ryan Kaupp.

Mattie was looking forward to walking Kodee down the aisle at her upcoming wedding in July and now will be watching over her instead.

Mattie was pre-deceased by his parents, all of his siblings and his first grandson Harley Korthuis.

Mattie was a very humble man, he survived a two year battle with cancer, and never once complained.

A Celebration of Mattie’s Life will be held at a later date. Please remember Mattie by sharing stories and a toast with your close friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, please purchase an extra 50/50 ticket next time you are at a Hurricane’s game. Or please donate to the Lethbridge Hurricane’s Hockey Club Education Fund, #2, 2510 Scenic Dr. S. Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 7V7.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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GAY LAREE ORCUTT, beloved wife of the late Albert Daniel Orcutt, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the distinguished age of 90 years.

Gay is survived by her sons Ross and Lonnie and niece Mona. Left to honor the life that she lived are her granddaughters Heather, Ash, Callie, Casey and Lillian; grandsons Cory, Daniel, and Lucas; great-grandsons Bishop, Damon, Isaac and Quincy; and her adopted family, the Smiths.

Gay is predeceased by her husband Albert; daughters Shannon and Cindy; son Rick; and sister Elva.

Gay was born on February 3rd, 1930 in Lethbridge, AB to Richard and Norma Erickson. Gay’s fondest childhood memories included playing dress-up with her kittens, riding horses with her friends, branding at the Rowlands and the Mortons and helping her father out on the family farm south of Warner, AB.

In her own words, she “soon strayed from the flock and found an interesting cowboy”. On February 10th, 1948, Gay married Albert Orcutt. In the spring of 1954, Bert and Gay bought their first home and together they built a homestead east of Warner. For 63 years, Gay was the backbone of the family as well as the farming and ranching operations. She took pride in tending to the homestead, raising a family and taking care of animals. Gay was a devoted mother and grandmother, instilling numerous life skills in the house, out in the yard and around the card table.

Gay and Bert enjoyed spending their summers camping and taking many road trips when the farming life allowed. Together, Gay and Bert spent 30 plus winters south in Mesa, Arizona, square dancing, playing cards and making memories with their friends.

Despite her tiny stature, Gay lived a large life. She overcame every challenge that was presented to her. Having strong morals, she believed in modesty and manners but those who knew her well, knew she could be a spitfire when standing up for her beliefs.

Words cannot express the love we have for our Grandma. She was a teacher, a confidant, a chef, a gardener, a craftswoman and so much more. She changed the lives of her grandchildren for the better and never asked for anything in return. She was a true definition of motherly love. Gay will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Gay will be laid to rest with her husband Bert in Warner Cemetery at a later date.

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RANDALL “RANDY” SCHWARTZ, much loved husband of Maureen Schwartz, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

Besides his wife, Randy is survived by his children: Jennifer and Dan Latreille and Kevin and Nerissa Schwartz; and by his precious grandchildren: Noah Latreille, Asher Latreille and Brielle Latreille. He also leaves behind his brothers and sisters: Ken (Shirley), Alden (Lillian), Patricia, Cal (Ether) and Nancy (Dan) as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and friend, David Short and his family.

Randy was predeceased by his grandson, Gage Latreille, his parents Oswald and Agatha Schwartz, his father and mother-in-law, Russell and Anne Short, and brothers-in-law, Ron Short and Les Braun.

Randy was full of life and couldn’t wait to enjoy his retirement with his “new knees”. He loved nature and the outdoors and looked forward to the day camping season would open and he could spend his days riding his mower, sitting around the campfire watching the night sky and going for numerous bike rides. Family was his strength; Friends were his strength; Honesty was his strength; and, Sarcasm was his strength. Nieces and nephews will remember that he had nicknames for all. He was loved by so many and will be missed by so many. A life cut too short.

As per Randy’s wishes, no funeral service will be held.

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

– A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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Sylvia Anne Campbell (née Woeller)

Sylvia Anne Campbell was many things to different people: Loving wife (to Gordon), mother (to Douglas, Darroch, Lachlan, & Janet), grandmother (to Aria, Lucius, Ava, JuJu, Taliah), friend, Raging Granny, community builder, civic leader. She was passionate about politics, education, the environment, and Scrabble.

Born November 29, 1932, in Kitchener, Ontario, to a family of German heritage (Woeller), Sylvia became an avid swimmer and had memories of endless lessons, the key to future summer life-guard jobs. She often spoke fondly of spending summers at Georgian Bay with her brothers Michael and David. Sylvia graduated from Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate in 1951 and later from McMaster University in 1954 (Arts). She subsequently attended the University of Toronto to complete a degree in social work (1955).

While working as a social worker in Toronto and attending a local conference, she met a tall, dark-haired man named Gordon. He quickly swept her off her feet with all of his clever stories and his prowess on the piano. Without waiting around, they got engaged two weeks after meeting and married on November 23, 1957.

Shortly thereafter, Sylvia and Gordon relocated to the prairies, with Regina being the first stop, and the arrival of new baby, Douglas (1962). With Gordon accepting the role of Principal of Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC, the family moved to the Kootenays for a brief stint. While living in Trail, BC, Darroch (1965) and Lachlan (1966) joined the family before they all relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta, where Gordon got a position with the new university in 1967. Ultimately, Janet arrived (1968), with the family established in Lethbridge.

For many years each summer, like a flock of migratory birds, Sylvia would drive the family vehicle (with two dogs) from Lethbridge to tiny Hornby Island, one of the Gulf Islands on Canada’s west coast. The family caravan went through Christina Lake, where the family stopped to visit Gordon’s relatives at their cabin. There was some reprieve from a hot car and family fusses while kids went swimming, fishing, and exploring. After a few days, it was time to continue the family’s Pacific journey. Sylvia enjoyed this arduous drive because of the changing colors of the trees in late summer, which reminded her of childhood memories from Ontario.

Upon arrival at Hornby Island, the family set up camp at Heron Rocks Camping Cooperative, where Sylvia loved reading books on a sandy beach or while sitting at the base of an arbutus tree. Periodically throughout the day, she would cast a casual eye upon the roving kids, preoccupied with shells and tidal zone creatures along the shoreline. This idyllic setting provided an outdoor daycare where there were lots of older kids to watch over the younger ones. There were also many intimate late-night discussions about family issues or social justice with a network of like-minded campers by the light of a Coleman lantern or adjacent to a beach campfire. Sylvia looked forward to this annual excursion throughout the year.

When the kids were almost old enough to fend for themselves, Sylvia took on teaching after earning a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge in 1979 (and winning the William Aberhart Gold Medal!). Sylvia loved working with adult First Nations students in Brocket, Alberta, while employed by the Lethbridge Community College. She was fascinated by their lives, stories, community, and perseverance. It was during this time that an interest in the environment blossomed. Sylvia got involved in numerous environmental initiatives of importance in Alberta while working as a teacher. She was a recycler before it was de rigueur and became the President of the Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (“SAGE”). Her old VW van was testament to her commitment, routinely crammed with a collection of flattened cans, glass, plastic containers, and bundled newspapers destined for the local recycling depot.

In 1982, Sylvia got a teaching job at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (“LCI”), the high school that all four of her children attended. She received a Teacher-of-the-Year award in her first year on the job. Always trying to improve her Scrabble game, Sylvia went on to complete a Masters of Education from St. Francis Xavier University (1993), working on her studies at the end of the teaching day and in the summers, during her “time off”.

Sylvia was well-known for her formidable skills of debate and argument in many forums; She was a long-time member of the Raging Grannies, a group through which she worked to raise awareness of social justice issues related to peace, the environment, gender, human rights, world equality, Canadian unity and social programs. She also did some time in the trenches running for the Alberta legislature with the NDP, which took thick skin in the 80’s. She didn’t win, of course, but she put forth a valiant effort. In 2003, Sylvia was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her efforts at many of these initiatives.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, years of living in a big house eventually got to be too much for Gordon & Sylvia. After a short time in a retirement facility in Lethbridge, Gordon & Sylvia left for the west coast in 2015, to be closer to children and grandchildren (JuJu in Vancouver and Aria & Lucius in Hong Kong), eventually settling into a care setting at Crofton Manor in Kerrisdale (Vancouver).

Sylvia was uncomplaining in the face of the ravages of a debilitating condition, which she ultimately succumbed to on August 1, 2020, with family members close-by and flowers next to her, as Gordon would have wanted. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Gordon (2017), and brothers Michael (Marion) and David (Elizabeth). She leaves behind four kids: Douglas, Darroch (Tamina), Lachlan (YanYan), Janet (Richard) and five grand-children (Aria, Lucius, Ava, JuJu, and Taliah). Sylvia also had a special place in her heart for her many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by family and friends alike and remembered with great love and respect as an agent of social change that embodied the hope for a better tomorrow.

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