June 14th, 2024

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 2, 2021.

Katherine “Kathy” (Madge) Barker

1955 – 2021

Katherine “Kathy” (Madge) Barker of Coaldale, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the age of 66 years.

She is survived by her loving husband Michael Barker of 23 years; 4 children Julie (Brent) Woods, Jennifer Johnston, James Gage, Nicole (Travis) Coleman; 17 grandchildren Seth, Cody, Tessa, Shelby, Ryan, Brent, Isabelle, Levi, Abagail, Leah, Gavin, JJ, Reagan, Tiernan, Riley, Emilly and Alexa; great-grandson Odin; sister Deborah Bednarski; brother Lorne (Darlene) Johnston; nieces and nephews John, Dawn (Stan), Kelly, Kyle and Erin as well as many loved friends.

Kathy was predeceased by her father John Johnston; mother Eva (Earl) Thurier and her granddaughter Kaetlyn Needham.

Kathy’s friends and family will remember her together in a private family gathering.

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Norman Chuen

1936 – 2021

NORMAN CHUEN, passed away unexpectedly in Medicine Hat, AB on June 25, 2021.

Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, July 2, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the WESTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, Medicine Hat, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of choice.

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Robert “Bobby” Crighton

1942 – 2021

Bobby Crighton has received a special invite that only comes once in a lifetime. Bob joined his past friends and family on June 27, 2021; we all will miss him. This invite comes with a wonderful bonus, an eternal beer with the people he cherished that moved on ahead of him. It gives us great pleasure to know he will be forever entertaining his old friends and family for eternity.

Jim and Rene Crighton welcomed Bob into the world, March 10, 1942. Bob the youngest, with three siblings, Miriam Smith, Bill Crighton and Ron Crighton. As a proud Crighton, he took up the family business, meat cutting at Alberta Meat Market. Being the venturous soul that he was, he opened a second family business, along with his brothers in 1979, Alberta Meat and Grocery. The grocery store became famous, not for its goods, but for its back room. The famous (maybe infamous) Alberta Meat and Grocery back room, where there was always a warm welcome and a cold beverage for anyone who stopped by. In 2001, he and his son decided to turn the back room into Pops Taphouse North. Pops became his new social site, where he always welcomed all guests with the kindest of welcomes. Between his dear friend (business partner) Ruth Wilson and himself, every guest became a friend.

Bobby and Anne Crighton raised three children, and he was so proud of his daughters Kelley (Tim) Gross, Joan Crighton; son Scott (Janis) Crighton; granddaughters Challis Gross, Paris Foder; grandsons Eastyn (Sam) Gross, Colton (Chelsey) Prete, Joey Crighton and Sam Crighton; great-granddaughters Ada Rene Ducharme and Mila Jo Prete.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will take place from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, on Monday, July 5, at NORTH POPS TAPHOUSE, 1475 St. Edward Blvd N, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Elizabeth “Bette” Cronkhite

1932 – 2021

Mrs. Elizabeth “Bette” Cronkhite of New Dayton/Warner, beloved wife of the late Mr. Hal Cronkhite, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

Bette was the loving mother of Debra (Ladell) Smith, Darcy (Carol) Cronkhite; grandma of Linde (Troy) Yancie, Randi (Ian) Martens, Cody (Aspen) Cronkhite, Justin (Jen) Smith, Lane (Hayley) Smith; great grandma of Rayna, Kamryn and Corryn Yancie, Jaylen, Jacey and Brylee Cronkhite, Rowan Smith and Jackson Smith Bette is also survived by her sister Judy Weber and her brother Philip (Glenda) Morrison.

Besides her loving husband Hal Cronkhite, Bette was pre-deceased by her parents Norman and Isabel Morrison as well as her brother Dale Morrison.

A Private Family Graveside Service was held in the Warner Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

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Hilda Dick

1927 – 2021

Ms. Hilda Dick of Lethbridge, formerly of Coaldale, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Hilda was born on May 4, 1927 in a simple farm building on a farmyard six miles southeast of Coaldale, Alberta. Having arrived half an hour after her twin brother Walter, she officially became the eighth child in the Johann and Liese Dick family which eventually numbered 13. She was always a busy person even at an early age, helping her twin brother strip beautiful ripe berries from a current bush and scattering them on the ground. Later, she focused her energies on more positive endeavors, teaching Sunday school and preparing Christmas presents for her many nieces and nephews. Ministering to patients in the Coaldale hospital and for 34 years serving in the Coaldale Medical Clinic was her life occupation.

When her parents retired in 1957, Hilda became their care giver in their home in Coaldale. After her father passed away, she continued to care for her mother for another 34 years. Later she continued her ministry to her only surviving sister, Louise Allert in Black Rock Terrace for two years.

Hilda is survived by three brothers, a host of nieces and nephews as well as many friends who’s lives she has impacted though her church and the Coaldale community, plus those friends at Black Rock Terrace who became family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating.

A Private Family Interment will follow in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery

For those who wish to watch Hilda’s service via live stream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Hilda-Dick and scroll to the bottom of the obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make a donation to MCC Alberta, 210, 2946 – 32 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7.

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NICOLE DANIELLE GROS VENTRE BOY “Kotonakii” passed away on June 20, 2021 on the Blood Reserve, AB at the age of 36 years. A Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 4 at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston from 3:00 – 5:00 pm with a Wake to follow at Darrell and Rebecca Shouting’s residence in Levern from 6:00 pm continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Monday, July 5 at 11:00 am. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery.

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LESLIE HOYTOS, of Milk River, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, Long Term Care, on Monday, June 21, 2021, at the age of 84 years.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 2:00 PM, in the Milk River Cemetery, with Reverend Marion Martin officiating.

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Anna Ott

1934 – 2021

Mrs. Anna Ott of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Emil Ott, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

Anna is survived by her children Aniko (Rick) Kucheran, Margaret McKillop, Otto (Maria) David; grandchildren Michael (Elfi) Shardlow, Richard Shardlow, David McKillop, Kevin McKillop; great-grandchildren Easton Shardlow, Caiden, Caira and Emma Shardlow; brother Les (Val) Kurtos as well as niece Ildiko, nephew Rob and their families.

A Private Family Graveside will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to charity of your choice.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Linda Salomons

1946 – 2021

Mrs. Linda Salomons of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Larry Salomons, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, July 2, 2021 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating.

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On Thursday, June 3, 2021, KENNETH “LYLE” SUNDE passed away peacefully in his sleep, following a short, difficult battle with leukemia.

A Memorial service and gathering will be held via zoom, July 3, 2021, at 1:00 pm – Mountain Time – (Alberta) – Noon – Vancouver time. Everyone is welcome to attend the Memorial. If you are interested in attending, please contact the family at ddksunde@gmail.com.

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Jeffrey “Jeff” Wamsteeker

1990 – 2021

Jeffrey “Jeff” Wamsteeker of Lethbridge passed away surrounded by family at the Peter Lougheed Medical Centre in Calgary on Friday, June 25, 2021, at the age of 31 years.

Jeff was born on April 14, 1990, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Jeff lived in Alberta during most of his childhood. Later, he moved to West Branch, Iowa, where he spent most of his middle school and high school years. Following high school, he relocated back to Lethbridge, where he pursued his love of learning at the Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge. His hard work and passion for computer science helped him earn scholarships for continued education in the field. In our family, he was the tech guru – always the person who could fix your computer problem, program your phone, and find the show you wanted to watch.

What Jeff enjoyed most was being with his family, spending time with his friends, and enjoying his favorite foods. He was a hunting, football, fishing, and music fanatic. During his time in Iowa, he developed a love for the Iowa Hawkeyes, always supporting the team, and watching every game.

For those who knew Jeff, even just a little, knew he was the kindest, most caring, giving, and empathetic person. Although he is no longer with us here, his light, laugh, and love will continue to be with us forever.

Jeff will be missed every day by his loving fiancée Tennille Ehnes; parents Peter and Charlotte Wamsteeker; sisters Becca Dyck and Kaitlyn Aird; brother in-laws Joey Dyck and Eric Aird; nephew Remington Dyck; niece Avery Dyck; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his many friends. Each of these people he loved and touched very deeply. What now gives us joy is knowing he is no longer suffering and is together with his loving Grandma Ann and Oma and Opa Wamsteeker, who passed before him.

A Celebration of Jeff’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, July 5, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. For those who are unable to attend the funeral, a livestream will be available at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of his obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, we ask for donations to be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association at https://cmha.ca/donate. Mental health awareness is a critical step to acceptance, treatment, and recovery. It is our goal to increase awareness of mental health illnesses and help struggling individuals and their families.

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Nadya Wasilenko

November 6, 1926 – June 25, 2021

Mrs. Nadya Wasilenko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Fred Wasilenko passed away peacefully with family at her side at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Friday, June 25, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Nadya was born in Belarus and came to Canada in 1950 with her husband Fred, landing in Halifax and settling in Picture Butte. In 1954 they moved to Coaldale and remained until Fred’s passing in 1994. She then moved to Lethbridge where she resided until her passing.

Nadya was an amazing woman who made friends everywhere she went and will be missed by many.

Nadya is survived by her four sons Walter (Lynn) from Lethbridge, Tony (Caroline) from Victoria, Victor (Peggy) from Salmon Arm, and John (Sheryl) from Kelowna. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Shelley, Darla (Andrew), Natasha (Blair), Shawn (Lotje), Caylee (Cam), Kirista, Chase, as well as her great grandchildren Lincoln, Jessica, Tatiana (Marko), Connor, Chlea’, Bryson, Zoey, Torrey and Raeya.

A time of Prayer will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am at THE ASSUMPTION OF THE HOLY VIRGIN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 907 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Antonie Ciobanu, celebrant.

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Allan (Whitey) Wright
of House Wright and Coleman, First of his Name, Tormentor of the Seven (children) and Protector of the Fifteen (grandchildren), Master of Snakebites, Zealot of Golf, Cracker of Bullwhips, Mentor of Hockey, Champion of Rook, Binder of Socks, Obsessor of Sports and Counter of Ribs died on June 28, 2021.
As his name implies, Whitey Wright was legendary, especially to children. If you were a child (or the parent of a child) and crossed paths with Whitey, you likely remember simultaneously feeling deathly terrified, electrifyingly excited and unconditionally loved. You knew a maelstrom was about to unfold whenever Whitey entered a room, even if it were only for one of his notoriously brief cameo appearances. You also knew at least some collateral damage would be left in his wake. He was usually the quietest in the room but caused the most raucous. He wound up the kids in a whirlwind of chaos and then quietly snuck out before anyone knew what hit. 
Whitey’s many years of coaching hockey were memorable to his athletes, who talk about him affectionately decades later.  Known for a quick and sometimes fiery temper, his locker room pep talks could be colorful and unconventional, but almost always delivered the desired results. He had a way of being stern with his players in a way that lifted them up, motivated them and brought out their best. If you were a student in his Sunday School classes, you might remember being held upside down over the garbage pail if you misbehaved. It wasn’t coincidence that the rowdiest kids always seemed to end up in Whitey’s class. He was the only teacher that could keep them in line, all while somehow magically making going to Sunday School class enjoyable. The wilder you were the more he loved you and usually, the more you loved him.
Whitey was born in Cardston, Alberta to Leatha (Coleman) and Robert Wright on May 10, 1944. Initially christened Allan, his snow-white hair led to his childhood nickname of ‘Whitey’. While his golden locks darkened over the years, the name stuck, so much so that to this day, few knew his actual first name. Whitey was raised in Beazer and Cardston, AB with his four siblings Robert, Gary, Arvella and Reva. They grew up in a tiny one-bedroom home. 
Whitey married the love of his life, Brenda Forsyth in 1971. They were blessed with 7 children: Kristi (Ryan), Ryan (Allan), Ronna (Michael), Darren (Jerilyn), Regan (Luis), Dustin (Oxana) and Karlee (Kyle). Whitey’s pride and greatest source of  joy were his fifteen grandchildren. In his last months, his toddler granddaughter Halli would climb into his lap and quietly sit with him, sometimes for hours. As he struggled to breath at times with the progression of his illness, his greatest consolation was his grandchildren.

In his final weeks, Whitey was often seen tearing through Raymond streets on his new e-Bike, oxygen tank strapped to his back, helmet-be-damned and at full-throttle, “bangs-up” speeds leaving a cloud of dust in his path. Whitey passed away on Monday, after attending his last “Council of the Elders” at the local Subway shop. It was here the Elders would deliberate the “going-ons” of the day and commensurate over their respective ailments. He took one final spin on his beloved e-Bike before returning home. He left the world as he lived his life, unpredictably and on his own terms. His family and friends will forever miss him and are grateful his timing has allowed them to gather together to celebrate the amazing life he lived.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 5th at the Taylor Street Chapel in Raymond, AB. Whitey’s family will visit with friends and family at a viewing in the same chapel on Sunday, July 4th at 7:00 to 8:00 pm and again on Monday at 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. The burial will be following  funeral services in the Cardston Cemetery.
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Delores Marie Yanke of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Center, Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Cremation entrusted to Zentner Funeral homes Ltd.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

ZACHER, Katherine

Mom passed away peacefully at the Legacy Lodge, in Lethbridge, on Monday, June 28th, 2021, at the age of 94 years. Our mom will be sadly and lovingly missed by her children, Sharon Hammel, Gordon (Sandi) Zacher, Blaine (Luciana) Zacher, Gary (Violet) Zacher and Tammy (Ed) Asuchak, her grandchildren, Harlan and Tracey Hammel, Cindy and Craig Ramsay, Gordon Zacher Jr., Boyd and Bonnie Zacher, Lisa and Corey Holts, Michael and Angela Zacher, Melanie Asuchak, Chanse Asuchak, and Addison Asuchak, as well as her great- grandchildren, Rylan Hammel, Daxon Hammel, Shelbi and Justin Kostiuk, Tyson Ramsay, Jaralyn and Joe Eldridge, Ainsley Zacher, Cortlan Holts, Harper Holts, Alexis Zacher, Jayden Zacher, Gavyn Asuchak and Brody Asuchak.

Mom was predeceased by her loving and adoring husband George and also her son-in-law, Leroy Hammel.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00 A.M., with Father Derek Remus, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Both services will be live-streamed at their respective times and may be accessed via Katherine’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In memory of Katherine, please make a donation in Mom’s name to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 – MacLeod Trail, S.W., Calgary, AB. T2H 2K6

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