June 22nd, 2024

FRIDAY, June 4, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 4, 2021.


This is a very sad time. James was taken from us far too soon. He had passed away in his sleep due to a Health-Related Issue that was unknown to both James and us on Friday, May 28, 2021.

He will be dearly missed and is survived by his mother Brenda (Oriano Delbello), Sister Brianna, and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

He was predeceased by his Father, Ronald James Baldrey, his grandparents, Larry and Laura Hendrickson and James William (Slim), and (his favorite) Dorothy Baldrey and his Aunt, Sharon Hendrickson.

James was born and completed all his schooling in Lethbridge, Alberta. Growing up James was always eager to have a knock on the door from neighborhood friends to come out to play. It did not matter what time of day or what you wanted to play. It could have been driveway hockey, shoot hoops, build a snowman or igloo. It didn’t matter whether you were a boy or girl, or how old you were. He never declined an invitation even as he got older. Throughout James’ life, he loved playing and watching many sports, especially lacrosse, soccer, football, basketball and golf.

James was generous and considerate of others. He would offer what little money he had to someone he felt needed it more, and it did not matter whether he knew them or not. Although he struggled with many things in life, some things that did not change were his sense of humour, generosity and thirst for knowledge.

For those who wish, memorial donations in James’ name may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Cancer Society and Heart or Stroke Foundation.

If you have a favourite memory, funny story, or even a picture you would like to share, please email it to RememberingJamesBaldrey@hotmail.com.

We will compile these together and have a “Walk Down Memory Lane” in the future so they can all be shared. Thanks.

James will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. Due to Covid restrictions, the service will be private. For those who wish, the service will be live-streamed, and can be accessed on James’ obituary.

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

Diane Buzunis

1950 – 2021

Mrs. Diane Buzunis of Fort Macleod, beloved wife of Mr. Ted Buzunis, passed away at the Fort Macleod Hospital on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the age of 70 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

Lillian Olson
1933 – 2021

 It is with great sadness that the family of Lillian Mae Olson announce her peaceful passing in Lethbridge, with her family by her side, on Monday, May 31, 2021 at the age of 88 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 Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting 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 Lillian’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
 Lillian is survived by her children Calvin (Maggie) Olson of Pincher Creek, Rod (Beth) Olson of Lethbridge, Elwyn (Denise) Olson of Spruce Grove, Orlyn (Diane) Olson of Lethbridge and Virgil Olson of Taber; twelve grandchildren, twenty one great grand children and one great great granddaughter who will all sadly miss her and forever cherish her memory.
 She was predeceased by her loving husband Herman Olson on July 27, 2004.
 Lillian was born in Taber on February 21, 1933, the second oldest of nine children born to Clarence and Edith Rombough. She grew up on the family farm in Grassy Lake and Enchant. She married Herman Olson on October 20, 1951 and they remained married for fifty three years until his passing. Lillian and Herman raised five boys starting in Enchant and then moved to Vauxhall in 1964. Her love for baking, sewing, community, church and helping others lead to many friendships. Lillian’s greatest love was family. You never left her house empty handed and she was always the first to lend a helping hand.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lillian’s name may be made directly to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.



ANNE PETA, born May 24, 1922, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on May 28, 2021, at the age of 99 years.

Anne was born in Hungary, and immigrated to Canada at the age of 12. She lived in East Coulee where her father was a miner. They had boarders in their home, and that is how she met her husband Frank, whom she was married to for 63 years. They were blest with their first son, Franklin, in 1942, and on October 14, 1953, their second son Michael, who died in infancy. Anne (better known as Nagymama) was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to spend time in her kitchen making her famous mini cabbage rolls (baby finger size), bread, doughnuts and many other Hungarian traditional foods. Her family was her special focus, especially her grandchildren, with whom she always shared her ice cream treats with.

She is survived by her loving son Franklin (Eileen) and their three children; Micheal (Dawn) Peta of Lethbridge, Barbara (Recee) Dorigatti of Red Deer, and Marianne Peta of Calgary. Mom’s great-grandchildren Conner (Vici) Peta of Edmonton, Luke Peta of Lethbridge, Ashlyn Peta of Lethbridge, Ava Nakonechny of Calgary, Ayden and Ella Dorigatti of Red Deer, Jasmin (Bryce) Chernecki of Calgary, and Jared Gaerhing of Coaldale. and great great-grandchildren Elise and Evony from Calgary.

Anne was predeceased by her loving husband Frank (2004), her parents, Anna and Charles Szakacs, along with her brother Istvan (Steve) Szakacs.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to the Garden View staff, where she resided a number of years, who were so wonderful to mom every day. Thank you Thank you!! Also to Lethbridge Home Care (Especially Gloria) as well as Chinook Respiratory and 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on June 5th and live-streamed from St. Basil’s Church with Father Kevin Tumback at 11:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Anne, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o All Saints Parish, 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0P4


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


LOUIS “LOUIE” RAVOY Sr. was born in Svedernik, Czechoslovakia on January 15th, 1929.

He is predeceased by his father and mother, Joseph and Antonia Ravoy as well as his siblings Stefan Ravoy, Anne Duraj, Joanna Zobell, and Joseph Ravoy Jr.

Louie emigrated to Canada with his parents when he was only four years old along with his older sister Joanna and younger brother Joseph Jr. and settled near Raymond, Alberta. After completing high school in Raymond, he travelled the United States on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. He then moved to Edmonton where he became a licensed pilot as well as a licensed airplane and auto mechanic. The knowledge had served him well when he decided to return to the family farm near Raymond. He was well equipped to fix anything that could and would break down.

Louie met the love of his life, Valorie Krisko, and they were married in 1952. He exchanged his Harley for her ring and so their life together began. Louie became well known in the area for being a “jack-of-all trades”. He became very skilled at welding and mechanics and helped many neighbors and friends in mechanical distress. Early in his farming career he had a terrible farming accident where he sustained head injuries and the loss of his right arm. Miraculously he recovered and Valorie soon became his right hand and together they raised five children. Because of his diverse interest from politics to geography, mechanics, war machines and you name it, he was always interesting to talk to. Many good discussions took place amongst neighbors and friends at the Ravoy family table. He continued farming, trucking and ranching until he retired and became an inspiration to many people who said he could do more with one hand than many could do with two.

Louie’s hard work paid off and he was able to retire and travel more of the United States for almost twenty years. Valorie recalls Louie helping people on vacation who had engine trouble.

Louie had a quiet but strong faith in God that helped him through the tough times and there were many. His family is left with much wisdom to draw from for years to come. He loved poetry and if you were fortunate he would recite Rudyard Kipling’s “The Ballad of East and West” to you. He always appreciated every blessing that came his way especially his wife and children. His sense of humor was truly a gift. Even in the last seven years of his life when he had dementia he was able to find humor in the simple things.

Louie was a faithful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be remembered by all who knew him.

“Thank you Louie for teaching us all how to be a better person by the way you lived your life.”

The Ravoy family would like to thank Dr. Tollestrup in Raymond and the entire medical team at Raymond Hospital who cared for Louie in his last days. A special thanks also to his nurse Janet and the rest of the team from Lethbridge Home Care. Your care was much appreciated.

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


JOSEPHINE “JOSY” RUSSELL, of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre, on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. with Father William Monis officiating.

A Public Wake / Visitation will follow from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 20 guests at a time. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care @cornerstonefh.ca Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

The Prayer Service and Wake will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Josy’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit



STEVE JOSEPH SMETANY, beloved husband of Gladys Smetany, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the age of 82 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit



CLARA SUSANNA WILLMS, beloved wife of the late Arnold Willms, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Park Meadows Good Samaritans, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Clara will be laid to rest with her husband Arnold in Mountain View Cemetery.

The Funeral and Graveside Services will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Clara’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit


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