May 18th, 2024

WEDNESDAY, January 6, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 6, 2021.


MICHAEL BARON, beloved husband of Marie Baron of Coaldale, passed away at Taber long term care centre on December 30, 2020, at the age of 87 years after a short battle with cancer.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by James (Linda) Baron, Kevin (Kathy) Baron, Laura (Mike) Baron, Leanne (Randy) Warnock, Lisa Baron, 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Nick (Linda) Baran along with various nephews, nieces and their children.

Mike was born of Ukrainian immigrants on September 1, 1933, in a remote sod shack near Rama, SK. He was the fifth of 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Mike reluctantly attended a one room schoolhouse near Stony Plain, SK, where he nearly completed grade 7. He told us of years of hiking through the bush in 3 feet of snow, uphill both ways. Personally, I think he just got tired of the snow.

Over the years Mike held such diverse jobs, among others, as farm labourer for his brother-in-law and his uncle, working for INCO in Thompson Lake, MB, Atlas Brush Company in Winnipeg, building bridges along the Trans-Canada highway near Banff and Lake Louise, Ellison’s Flour Mill in Calgary and maintenance man at the Norseman Motel, also in Calgary.

It was at the motel restaurant that he met the prettiest waitress he’d ever laid eyes on. At first Marie resisted his charms, but he was persistent and eventually won her over. Mike and Marie married in Calgary on October 29, 1960. In 1961 they moved to Milk River where they proceeded to take over the Wachtler family farm. In addition to their 5 fabulous and talented children they raised weeds, gophers and field mice. In a good year there was also grain, hay, cattle, hogs, horses, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, quill pigs, howly-dogs and various other critters.

After nearly 40 years of dirt ranching Mike and Marie retired to Coaldale in 2000.

Mike’s stories will be missed the most.

A Celebration of Life will be held down the road.

Thank you all for your kindness, generosity and support.

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ADRIAN BLACK FOREHEAD “Piitaihpii – Eagle Dancer” passed away peacefully at the age of 64 years old, surrounded by his loving family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on December 31, 2020.

Adrian is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years Elizabeth Black Forehead. His only daughter Michelle Crow Eagle and special granddaughter Jorrie First Rider, his two sons, Dwayne Crow Eagle and Cody Black Forehead. His grandchildren Kylee, Riley, Jenna, Ellie Kate, Raquel, Taylor, Alexa, Starlayna, Axxel, Cruiz and Haidez, his very special granddaughter whom he was very close to – Brittlyn Fox, and his only special great grandson Kyson Kane who brought him the greatest joy to his heart, and his son-in-law Cody Coward. He also leaves behind his brothers Daniel (Bettina), Leonard, and his sisters Catherine, Annette (Myron), Marilyn, Edna (Marna) Brenda, adopted sons Terrence, T.J., Bo Wells (Cheyenne), adopted daughters Marcy, Lisa Healy (Larz), Darlene Plume and numerous nieces and nephews. Adrian is predeceased by his parents Jack and Amy Black Forehead, sister Cindy, stepdaughter Debbie, Stepson Brian, nephew Charles, niece Tanya. Adrian will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, January 11th, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 am. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment in the St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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ALEX COSOVAN, beloved husband of Linda, passed away at home on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the age of 80 years. Alex’s passing was not due to Covid-19.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Hubrecht “Huib” De Kok

1930 – 2020

With deep sorrow we announce the passing of my dear husband, our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Hubrecht (Huib) de Kok at the age of 90 years.

Huib was born on December 28, 1930, in ‘s’Heer Arendskerke, The Netherlands, and passed away on January 1, in the Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jannigje (Jannie); 10 children, Jany (Barend) Van Maanen Cornell (Betty), Henry (Janey), Herbie (Mieke), Andre (Henrietta), Gerald (Linda), Terry (Sharon), Marie (Ed) Vandenberg, Rick (Mary), Elaine (Koos) Vis; 71 grandchildren; 174 great grandchildren; brothers Kees, Andy; sisters Kaatje, Neeltje; in laws Mina, Fijgje Van Herk, Judith & John Overeem, Willem & Teuni Slingerland, Cobi Slingerland, Anneke Slingerland, Tony & Margaret Slingerland and Andy & Nita Slingerland.

Huib was predeceased by grandchildren, Jeffrey de Kok, Infant de Kok; great grandchildren Alysha Roth, Landon Mourits, Kelsea de Kok, and numerous brothers, sisters and in laws.

A private family Graveside Service will be held.

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

She is survived by her children: Bill (Marjorie) Frecka, Deb (Alex) Campbell, Kathy Van Ryn (Lou Ravoy) and Gary (Sylvia) Frecka as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband John, she was predeceased by her parents Bill and Rosalia Nagy, sisters Irene (Joe) Chabay and Jolane (John) Kovacs and brother Bill Nagy Jr.

Katy was born January 21, 1928 in Tiszaadony, Bereg County, Hungary. At age three, she immigrated to Canada with her mother, where they joined her father.

Katy was a homemaker, gardener, great cook, baker and crafter. John and Katy opened Master Cleaners for 18 years where they made lifelong friends. She loved to travel to various destinations.

She was always known as Gramma Katy and she would give the best “HUGS”. She is now dancing with her Johnny….

The family would like to thank the staff at Fairmont Extendicare for the wonderful care they gave Katy the past three years. Katy mentioned many times she was treated like a Queen.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Katy’s obituary on the Cornerstone Website.

Donations are gratefully accepted in Katy’s memory and may be made to Fairmont Extendicare (115 Fairmont Blvd. S, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 5V2).

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Alexander “Alex” How

1927 – 2021

Mr. Alex How of Lethbridge passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

He will be sadly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel.

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MR. ROBERT “BOB” LAWRENCE of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

He is survived by his loving friend Isobel Lawrence, son Jason (Andrea), daughter Kristy (Cory) and grandchildren Marko (Tatiana) and Acelynn.

He was predeceased by his father Wilson “Scrappy”, mother Lyla and brothers Donald and Douglas.

Bob was born January 6, 1950 in Thessalon, Ont. In 1973, he married Isobel and shortly after, moved to Edmonton, where they would have two children. Bob moved his family to Lethbridge in 1978 and then Coaldale in 1993 while working for Lilydale Foods until its closing in 2001. Bob then worked at Maple Leaf Pork until 2010, at which time he would suffer a stroke. Bob never let this hold him back and would prove many wrong by walking and driving again. He even went as far as taking up curling where he met many new friends. Bob spent the better part of his last year living at Black Rock Terrace in Lethbridge, where he absolutely loved the staff and other residents. It seems wherever he was, he would always leave quite an impression.

Today Bob would have turned 71, so with heavy hearts, we would like to wish him a very Happy Birthday.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. Cremation and private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (

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Richard Atwood McCollister

September 10, 1930

to December 31, 2020

With heavy heart and deep sadness, we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.

Dick is survived by his children Harriet and her family, Wyatt (Tasha) their children Riley and Nate, Zane (Ashley), Steven and his children Corbin, Maddie and Olivia. Jesse (Linda) and his family Travis (Rae) their children Sage, Allie and Shane, Leah (Lance) their children Brynlee, Harley, Lexie, Presley and Shilo, Jared (Keisha) their children Weston and Ariah, Ashley (Sterling) their children Emily and Wace. Wesley (Leanne) and his family Jolene (Kyle) their children Kenzie and Cole, Calib and his daughter Lucia, Kyle (Jenn) their children Kyson, Jordan and Drayana, Jami (David) their children Caitlyn and Travis, Jessica and her daughter Jorgia. Lana (Gus) and their daughter Donita (wade).

He was predeceased by his loving wife Nova and his daughter Denise, his brother Kenneth McKie and his wife Florence. Dick is also survived by his brother Alton (Gus), sister Gloria (Curt) Kruger and their families, sisters-in-law Adelia (Jack) Wade and Konita (Stan) Stout; as well as many many nieces and nephews and treasured friends.

Dick was a farm boy at heart, he married the love of his life Nova August 8,1951. Dick started working for the Shell Canada in 1956 at the Jumping Pound Plant, he then transferred to the Shell Waterton Gas Plant in 1961 and retiring in 1991.

Dick was a very hard working, kind and generous man, always a smile on and a hello to everyone even strangers. Dick was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was very active in his community, lots of clubs and organizations. Dick was a real softy for kids of all ages, especially his family. Milkshakes and homemade ice-cream were his signature, it never took much to talk anyone into joining him into one, especially his grandkids. Dick was one of the first Axillary RCMP in Alberta, for which he took great pride in.

A big void will be left in the lives of all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rommens and the Pincher Creek Health System for all the excellent care over the years. Lee Crest, Cardston and Vista Village, Pincher Creek where they all treated him with loving care and kindness.

Flowers gratefully declined, those who wish memorial donation may be made to Windy Slopes Health Foundations P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0 or the Pincher Creek United Church. P.O. Box 3037, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0

Due to Covid-19 a service may be planned in the new year.

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TWYLA LYNN MISTAKEN CHIEF passed away in Calgary, AB on December 29th, 2020 at the age of 35 years. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, January 7th from 9:00 – 11:00 am followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Alfred Harold Oseen born August 13, 1934, passed away December 30, 2020. He passed away peacefully in Puerto Tenasco, Mexico at the age of 86 years.

Harold is survived by his son Marna Lee Oseen and his grandchild Julian Lee Oseen and Marna’s mother Marie Oseen, also 3 brothers and 1 sister in law and their families – Dean, Larry, Charles, and sister in law Donna Jane Oseen. He was predeceased by his father and mother Alfred and Ellen Oseen and his oldest son Shaun Oseen in 1995 and brother Dennis Oseen in 1997. Rest in peace, the family.


RUTH MARY OSLANSKY, beloved wife of Anthony Oslansky, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the age of 97 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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CAMILLA WADSWORTH, beloved wife of Steven Wadsworth, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre-Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, January 4th, 2021, at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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