April 14th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 31, 2021.


NORMA JEAN DOUGLAS, beloved wife of the late Michael “Dutch” Douglas, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at the St. Therese Villa on Monday, March 29, 2021, at the age of 95 years.

Arrangements to be announced once completed.

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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.

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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Patrick Maclean

1956 – 2021

Mr. Patrick Maclean of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Rosie Maclean passed away unexpectedly at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 28, 2021 at the age of 65 years.

Patrick was a journeyman carpenter and specialized in cabinetry. When Pat retired, he spent his summers working in Waterton, his happy place. Nothing brought Patrick more joy than sitting in the river looking at the mountains. Patrick spent his childhood summers in Waterton helping his grandfather at the dance hall.

Patrick is survived by his wife Rosie and his daughter Katie, who was his pride and joy.

Besides his beloved wife and daughter, Patrick is survived by his sister Carol (Dave) Cruickshank, his brother Peter Maclean, his sister Kathryn (Nate) Roberts, and his sister Sue (Leah) Maclean and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Patrick was predeceased by his parents Elva June and Lawrence David Maclean

To have known Patrick was to have known love. All Patrick wanted to do was to help others and we are proud to say that even in his final moments he was able to do that through the gift of organ donation.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre. The family also asks that those who loved Pat share any stories or photos that they may have with Rosie and Katie.

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Martin “Marty” Mueller

1950 – 2021

Mr. Marty Mueller of Lethbridge passed away at home on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the age of 71 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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MILDRED “MILLIE” KATHLEEN SHANKS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Shanks, passed away peacefully at home, on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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.

Alex is survived by his two daughters Beverly (Werner) Duda, Brenda (Darren) Wilson; grandchildren Elyse (Ryan) Collier, Bradley (Gabrielle) Duda, Kayla (Casey) Frattin, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Wilson; great-grandchildren Aiden and Liam Collier, Brooklyn Wilson; sister Jennifer Uhryn; sisters/brother-in-law Eva Porter, Marie Uhryn, Esther Romanchuk, Lilly (Steve) Shimek as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides his loving wife Veronica of 56 years, Alex was predeceased by his parents Dmytro and Dora Uhryn; brothers Mike (Muriel), Morris, Bill (Mildred Pachniosky), John (Martha); sisters Ann (Walter) Tratch, Olga (Bill) Michalenko; brothers/sisters-in-law Bill (Bernice) Romanchuk, John (Lillian) Romanchuk, Annie (Bill) Elaschuk, Mike (Gladys) Romanchuk, Andy (Marion) Romanchuk, Alex Romanchuk, Fred (Myrtle) Romanchuk, Nick (Renee) Romanchuk and Les Porter.

Alex enjoyed fishing, camping, baseball, hockey, curling and broomball. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought so much joy to his life.

A private immediate family only viewing will be held at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Donations in Alex’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Thank you to all the staff at Legacy Lodge (north cottage) for the excellent and compassionate care they gave Alex over the past two years.

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