April 14th, 2021

TUESDAY, March 30, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 30, 2021.


January 21, 1931 – March 26, 2021

It is with broken hearts we announce the loss of our mother, grandmother, and best friend, DOREEN CARPENTER of Lethbridge. Doreen passed away at Legacy Lodge, on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 90 years. She was the forever love of the late Johnny Carpenter.

Doreen and Johnny met when they were 17 years old, and married three years later. Together, they raised one daughter Lynda (Jim) Selman, and four “North Side” boys: Buzz (Wendy), David, Russell (Michele) and John (Pat).

She was such a proud grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother of 12. Each one of them knew when she came to visit, that there would be kisses and a hug that was just a little too tight. She loved them all so very much. She is also survived by one sister, Connie Jones, as well as numerous brother and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Doreen was predeceased by her parents, Mathew and Mary Bolokoski, one grandson Dana Carpenter, as well as five siblings: Trudy, Doris, Lawrence, Roy and Audrey.

Doreen was a fierce protector of her children and grandchildren. Although she was our lone parent for the past 48 years, we never felt deprived of love. We all respected Mom, not only because we loved her, but because she demanded it of us. She lovingly was given the name “the little general”.

How Mom could make a gourmet meal out of next to nothing was amazing. Wow, could that woman cook, and cook she did. Three meals a day, even when she lived alone.

The achievement Mom was most proud of was her librarian certificate. With this, she was able to set up the New Picture Butte Library. Being the head librarian, she organized many activities including her favorite, the Art Shows. Mom often commented how she loved every moment of working there. After her retirement, she volunteered for the Lakeview School lunch program, and made many good friends there.

We wish to thank the staff of Legacy Lodge for all the loving care given to Mom during her stay.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please give someone you love a hug, that might be, “just a little too tight.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Sidney “Sid” Albert Ernest Collier Sr.

1934 – 2021

Mr. Sidney “Sid” Albert Ernest Collier Sr. of Lethbridge, beloved husband for 65 years, of Mrs. Melba Collier, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 87 years.

Sid was born on February 12, 1934 in Carmangay, Alberta. Sid was a Carmangay kid!!! The community took good care of him when his mother passed away when he was just 12 years old. To provide for his family, Sid had a long career as a hardware man, working for a number of different companies in southern Alberta. He loved to play baseball and at just 13 he played on the Carmangay men’s team.

Besides his loving wife Melba, Sid is survived by his sons Sidney Jr. (Bernie) Collier, Patrick “Rick” (Connie), Collier, Graham Collier; grandchildren David (Tessa) Collier, Thomas (Larissa) Collier; great-grandchildren Evie, Salma and Emery Collier.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

A private family graveside of Sid’s ashes will be held in the Royal View Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donation in Sid’s name may be made the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, 10430 61 Ave NW #306, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J3.

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MATTHEW WADE CURLY RIDER, “Kootonaikowan” (Kootenay Man), passed away suddenly on March 20th, 2021 on the Blood Reserve, AB at the age of 32 years. A Candlelight Vigil will be held at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31st at Martin and Crystal Curly Rider’s residence. A Visitation will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, April 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Another viewing will take place on Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – A Total of 20 people will be allowed in the building.)

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Else (Dyck, Wieler) Duda

April 20, 1930 – March 26, 2021

On March 26, Else went to her room for an afternoon nap and slipped away peacefully to be with the angels.

Else was born on a beautiful Easter Sunday to Jacob and Helene Dyck in Chortitza, Russia. Her five older siblings often spoke of their dismay at having to postpone the Easter egg hunt.

War broke the family apart, and in 1943, thirteen-year-old Else fled to Germany from the advancing Russian army with her mother, grandmother and two sisters. Only four of the six siblings and their mother were eventually able to get safely to Winnipeg, Canada in 1951.

In 1953, Else married Gerhard Wieler and had three children, Elenore (Roland), Hannah (David) and Richard. Else always made her home a beautiful, welcoming place even as she worked at Economy Textiles, later Hudson’s Bay, and attended night school to upgrade the education she’d missed during the refugee years. She was a dynamo who needed very little sleep.

Else was a devoted Christian, baptised in Germany in 1944, member of First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg for over 40 years and then Coaldale Mennonite Church until her passing. She had a personal relationship with God and spoke as if they were close friends.

In 1992, she married Wilhelm Duda and moved to Coaldale, AB. There she was able to achieve her dream of creating a rose garden like the one from her childhood home. She and Willi enjoyed their retirement years with travel, gardening and entertaining. They were generous hosts and loved touring guests to the mountains and surrounding lakes.

After Willi’s death, Mom decided she needed more help and moved to The View in Lethbridge. She was very happy there and made many friends. The staff cared for her with kindness as did the wonderful group of ladies from Homecare.

Her last months were spent in The Good Samaritan Park Meadows. The staff there not only took good care of her but quickly grew to love her. Else took joy in her small room surrounded by her dearest possessions as well as the company of 9 other ladies in her ‘cottage’. All our telephone visits and video chats were full of love and pleasant reminiscing.

Else survived war, the refugee flight from Russia to Germany, the loss of a kidney to cancer and the death of both husbands. She was a strong and brave woman. As sad as we are to lose her, we are comforted by the gentleness of her passing.

Else is survived by her three children and four grandchildren, Noel Patenaude (Victoria), Hope Pregno (Dan), Haley Schoenfeld and Brianne Wieler, and great-granddaughters Jasmin, Ella and Jaden Patenaude, as well as stepsons Hans (Jean), Wally (Karen), and George (Kathy) Duda and step daughter-in-law Kathi Solomon Duda, the Duda grandchildren, Cindy, Sheri, Shawna, Shayne, Shannon, Jason, Robin, Tori, Brad, Daryl, Bryson, Joel and Elise, 27 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews across Canada and the U.S. as well as Germany.

A zoom service to honour Else’s memory will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. If you would like to participate, please send a note to firstunited@telus.net for the zoom link and details.

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Suzy Egeland

1938 – 2021

Rosalie Ann Egeland passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Health Centre in Lethbridge on Friday March 26, 2021.

Suzy (as she was better known) was born January 27, 1938 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Peter and Theodora Peterson. She was welcomed home by 5 big brothers: Marty, Dick, Don, Bud and Ikey. At the age of 10, Suzy moved with her family to Seattle, Washington. At the tender age of 16, this big city girl moved to the prairies to marry the love of her life Olai, to which they were blessed to share 66 years. Together they raised their 4 children: Darlene (Harvey), Dean (Sandy), Ron (Carol) and Norma (Dennis) on the farm in Circle Hill. To this beautiful family was added 9 grandchildren: Daniel, Genese, Daryl, Kelly, Marissa, Chantal, Brett, Kaylee and Miranda, and 12 great-grandchildren. Suzy was predeceased by her parents Peter and Theodora Peterson, brothers: Marty, Dick, Don & Ikey, and by her son in law Bruce Lamond. Mom was the heart of our family and had a strong faith. Grandma loved Sunday dinners after church, special occasions, and any opportunity to get together with both family and friends. You could consider yourself someone special if you were ever on the receiving end of a loaf of fresh bread, buns, or the much sought-after cinnamon bread.

A private family service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of Suzy’s obituary.

Mom had requested absolutely no flowers but instead buy a plant to enjoy in your own yard. If you so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 28 Oki Drive, NW, Calgary, AB. T3B 6A8.

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LORAINE VALLOY FISHER, beloved wife of the Late Franklin Paul Fisher passed away in Lethbridge on March 28, 2021. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Bryan Gilborn

1946 – 2021

Mr. Bryan Gilborn of Coutts, passed away at George Spaday Palliative Care Facility in Edmonton on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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ARNOLD HEALY, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday March 21, 2021 at the age of 64 years.

Arnold is survived by his children: Chelsea Across the Mountain (Marcus), Beverly Mills (Wendall) and Ryan Mills (Lucy); his grandchildren Maliyah, Tylynn, River, Harley, Kaisley, Jason, and Arielle, as Dad was always ready for babysitting duties; his siblings; Robert, Brian (Delana), Verna, Wilma, and Cindy (Wally); and his aunties Pearl, Sheila, Judy and Barbra. He was predeceased by his son, AJ Healy-Forsyth and adopted daughter Monica Mills; his parents, Jim Hunt and Maureen Healy; siblings: Melva (Joe), Billy, Shirley (Tom), Ronnie, and Shelly; his uncles and aunt: Bernard, Pete, and Sophie; and his grandparents: Bob & Lost Bird Hunt, Art Healy Sr. (Betty) & Marie (Willie Mills) Bumble Bee.

He was an accomplished artist throughout his life, excelling in many different techniques. In his early years, he was a farm hand with his dad in the Raymond area. He also lived with Barnabus & Shirley Tallman. He attended St. Patrick’s, Raymond School, and later at St. Mary’s Kainai High School, where he graduated and played basketball and football. In recent years, he completed the Blackfoot Lodge TIPI Family training course. He was spiritually active in the art of drum making in all styles, leading a sober (13 years) and humble life. Everyone was welcome at dads. It was a safe haven for many, including his adopted children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews; Johanna, Jolaine, Kayla, Jolene, Shay, Benjamin, Charles, Kelsey, Nigel, Kyle, and Brian Trev. His extended family included numerous aunties and uncles; Hunt, Healy, Tallman, Chief Body, Eagle Child, Scout, Jerry, Melting Tallow, Mills, Bottle, Brave Rock, Buckskins, & Nice Cutter. He also had many friends downtown Lethbridge, thanks to Streets Alive Mission and Shelter, and LDS Church. The family apologizes for any names missed.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Arnold’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Arnold will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Patrick “Pat” MacLean

1956 – 2021

Mr. Patrick “Pat” MacLean of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Rosemary MacLean, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at the age of 65 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Maxine Mehalko

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Maxine Mehalko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Joseph Mehalko, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

A private family service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to gathering restrictions, the services will be for immediate family only.

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MILDRED “JOYCE” ORSER, beloved wife of the late Robert Orser, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by loved ones on March 26, 2021, at the age of 89 years.

Joyce is survived by her four children: Bonnie Fisher, Olive Polson, Mae Fisher and Cole Lesko. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Steven (Elaine) Hames, Dawn Hames (Jason), Tommy Hames, Christi Norris, Terry (Lisa) Norris, Loretta (Bryan) Milos, Jessi Norris (Jeremy), Robert Pruden, Karamia Davis (Will); 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and her loving fur baby Angel.

Joyce was born in Winnipeg. She settled in Calgary where she met the love of her life, Robert, while working as a coder at Canada Post. The two enjoyed camping, fishing and bingo. Joyce had a love for cross stitching, baking, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Joyce was predeceased by her toddler son Wayne Fisher, husband Robert Orser, her parents and Alfred Lesko. At her wishes, there will be a cremation but no funeral.

Family lovingly requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of your choice in her name.

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Alexander “Alex” Uhryn

May 3, 1929 – March 25, 2021

Alex Uhryn passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Legacy Lodge Care Facility at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Tenus (Martenus) Van Tol

1923 – 2021

Tenus Van Tol passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the age of 97 at Vista Village, Pincher Creek. Tenus was born on the family farm at Pearce, Alberta on August 31,1923; the 5th child born to Hendrika (Veldhuis) and Hein Van Tol. His parents immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands and met at Monarch, Alberta where they were married. The Van Tols moved to the Fort Macleod area from Pearce where Hein continued to farm. The Gladstone Valley became home in the early 50s.

Tenus went to work logging in Northern Ontario when he was 16. As a young man, he worked as ranch hand for many in the Pincher/ Lundbreck area upon his return. He took up the carpentry trade that brought him to Saskatoon where he met a career nurse, Norma Jean Crawford, and was smitten. They were married there on September 4, 1954. When construction went flat, Tenus and Norma decided to move back to Southern Alberta and settled in Fort Macleod in 1958. Tenus started Van Tol Construction and Norma nursed at the hospital, retiring as Matron. They raised two children and were involved in the community through their church and various service organizations. Sadly, Norma passed from cancer in October, 1987 at the age of 60.

Ranching was work Tenus loved and he ran cattle on the home-place up the valley; a strong work ethic and a love of nature kept him tied to the land. Tenus took pleasure in combing the back-country on horseback whether looking for game, unique landscapes, or photo opportunities. He loved to garden and always had an abundance of flowers.

Tenus was predeceased by his parents and all his siblings: sisters Ann, Gert, Ricky, Jenny; brothers Joe, Ari, Dick, Hank, Ben. His children, Carla McNally (Calgary) and Greg Van Tol (Pincher Creek), his granddaughter Chelsea Ling and great grandsons Jude and Jett Ling (Charlottetown, PE) celebrate his life with fond memories and gratitude for his wisdom, kindness, and love. He will be remembered fondly by his care providers and extended family members.

Tenus will be interned with Norma in Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod at a later date. No funeral service at the request of the deceased. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice at your discretion.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes assisting the Van Tol family

with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.

Abe Wall
1941 – 2021

 Abram Wall, beloved husband of the late Dianne Wall, passed away in Taber on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the age of 79 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19 and the government recommendations, a private funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Thursday, April 1, 2021 with Shelly Bassett officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary notice or to forward condolences, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Due to the fact that in person attendance at the service is limited and by invitation only, those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Abe’s obituary page on our website and choosing the ‘service video recording’ link after 12:00 P.M. on Friday, April 2, 2021.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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