October 16th, 2021

THURSDAY, August 5, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 5, 2021.

Edward “Bud” James Kinney

1934 – 2021

Edward “Bud” James Kinney passed away on July 30, 2021 at the age of 86.

Bud was Born in Seattle, Washington to Nora Elizabeth O’Reilly and Edward Stephen Kinney in 1934 and moved to Biggar, Saskatchewan at the young age of 4 where he eventually worked with his father at CN Rail. Bud met his future wife, Dolores, and married on July 31, 1956 in Saskatoon. The happy couple raised 5 children. Sadly, Dolores passed away in 1996. Bud was also the grandfather of 8, and great- grandfather of 3.

Bud, Dolores, and kids uprooted to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in his search for new work. Even though the family relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1989, his love for the Great White North and all its outdoor activities did not fade. Bud often went fishing with his brothers, enjoyed camping with his family, and loved watching the trains roll by while he counted the cars with his binoculars. He also had a long-standing passion for the horse races, where he would frequent with his twin granddaughters, Kristen and Erin.

Bud re-married on September 12, 2015 to Felicitation “Cita” Penaflor who remained his companion until his passing. Cita was a loving wife who doted on Bud with her home-cooking and continued care throughout their time together.

At the wishes of Bud, a service will not be held, and he will be returned home to the Yukon.

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It is with extreme sadness and grief that we announce the passing of our precious mother, MARY ROSE MIHALIK, at the age of 91 on Saturday, July 31, 2021 surrounded by her family, at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Mary was born, raised, and educated in Lethbridge. She had a warm, loving relationship with her late husband, Blondie, and was extremely close to her daughters, grandchildren, sisters, nieces and friends. Mourning her passing are her devoted daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Jim) Zook and Debbie (Walter) Coyle, as well as four grandchildren, Alison (Pete), Alana (Brian), Megan, and Jimmy (Atley), Mary’s sisters, Jolane Marusz, and Helen (Harold) Deal, their families, and her Mihalik nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Blondie, her parents, Paul and Katie Berze, her youngest sister, Liz Akroyd, and her niece Deeanna Akroyd.

Mary worked diligently alongside Blondie in the family grocery business, Mihalik’s Food and Dry Goods. She greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and enjoyed working with and serving many loyal customers over the years.

Mary was an extremely dedicated, supportive mom and grandma. She was an excellent cook who loved to spend time with her family, sharing delicious meals often with a new dessert or square she wanted to try out on us. Her famous “pink square” was one of the favorites she donated to bake sales and friends in need.

Mary and Blondie were travellers. Our family enjoyed many summer holidays, most often driving to Las Vegas and California to Disneyland. Mom loved to drive, and she did! With Blondie navigating, she drove to Ontario to visit Debbie, Walt, Megan and Jimmy, one time even driving back home via Nashville and Memphis. They would also show up at the Oregon Coast for some beach time with Linda, Jim, Alison and Alana. They also visited Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Mary had a playful spirit: when they flew to Australia to visit Linda and Jim, they purposely waited to be the last passengers to deplane, leaving Linda and Jim to wonder if they missed their flight. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, mom and dad packed up Linda and Debbie and their families and surprised everyone with a flight to California so that everyone could experience Disneyland together.

Mary was very kind and very generous. She was well liked and respected in the community and was active in the church, as well as in many service clubs and organizations, often holding a position on the executive board. She liked to be part of bowling teams with her friends, walk, bake, go out for coffee, and play the lottery.

Mom came to the realization that she couldn’t remain in her house on her own any longer. Sadly, she moved into care the day before the pandemic lockdown occurred. Although she was confined and isolated during Covid, we were able to have Virtual Visits twice a week. She was interested and participated in the lively conversation. We all looked forward to these visits, being united by our love for mom and missing her.

It was a pleasure and easy to care for mom. She was always grateful, loving and very appreciative of everything done for her. We were happy to help her as she spent her whole life helping others. She will be very sadly missed, and will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, or to the Arthritis Society (www.arthritis.org/donate)

A private Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. with Father Gary Sedgwick celebrating. The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Mary’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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

Donna Miller

1946 – 2021

Mrs. Donna Miller of Magrath, formerly of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Miller, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Raymond Hospital on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

A Celebration of Donna’s beautiful spirit will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 20, 2021 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor John Moerman, officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Please wear bright colours in honor of Donna’s bright personality and life.

“I am hoping that my death will be a joyous occasion.

After all, I will be in Heaven with the Lord and those we love who have gone before.

Although you might miss me,

please remember that

we shall meet again!”

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MARGARET “FLORENCE” PANSKY (nee ALEXANDER) passed away peacefully, at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge on July 30, 2021, at the age of 91 years surrounded by her children.

Florence was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, on April 30, 1930, and grew up on the family farm in the Hazelmere district south of Fort Macleod. She attended Hazelmere School and completed her high school in Fort Macleod. Then Florence worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Fort Macleod. She married Bill Pansky in 1950 and they raised their five children in Fort Macleod and Lethbridge. They relocated to Lethbridge in 1975. Florence then attended the Henderson Business School, and began to work for Southland Credit Union, followed by TD Bank until her retirement in 1993. She was also a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League.

Family and friends enjoyed many years of large get togethers in her home for family announcements, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. She always used to say “there is always room for one more at our table.”

Florence is survived by her children Ric (Judy), Bette (Wayne), Randy (Patti), Ron (Lorianne) and Bonnie; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2014, her sister Mary Burger, her parents Tam and Fern Alexander, son-in-law Lyle Walker, and her grandson Jeremy Ducarme.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 1:00 PM, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Assumption Parish hall.

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


MARY SCHNEIDER, wife of the late Otto Schneider, passed away in Raymond on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the age of 101.

She is survived by daughter Nancy Schneider, son Oliver (Coleen) Schneider and Elinor (Donald) Hamilton.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, Raymond. Interment to follow in Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

Please – no flowers.

Visit http://www.generationsfh.ca to send condolences and scroll to the bottom of Mary’s obituary for a link to the livestream.


Rejoice in the Lord always.

I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4.

On Friday, July 30, 2021, at the age of 70 years, the Lord took LENIE VAN EEDEN PETERSMAN (VERHEIJ), to her eternal home. Let His name be praised.

She will be remembered by her husband of 49 years, Chris, and by her children, Lloyd (Debbie), Ryan (Karen), Norman (Rosanna), Irwin (Candice), Nancy (Scott) Winkelaar.

She will also be remembered as Oma by her grandchildren, Tyler, Amanda (Brayden), Darren, Heidi, Cara, Justin, Landon, Brendan, Levi, Karisa, Kendra, Donovan, Alanna, Janelle, Jason, Kristin, Jayda, Elliott, Harper, Leah, Joel, Macy, Daniel, Reid, and Hannah.

The memorial service will be held, Lord willing, August 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Trinity Reformed Church, 1100- 40 Ave. Lethbridge with Rev. John van Eyk officiating. The service will also be streamed online at http://www.trinityurc.ca.

In lieu of flowers, please consider support for Lethbridge and District Prolife, Mount of Olives Children’s Village, http://www.missions-network.org or The Truth About Cancer, http://www.thetruthaboutcancer.com.

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Cor Van Raay

1936 – 2021

Cornelius “Cor” Hendrikus Maria Van Raay, father, companion, prominent cattle and grain farmer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 29, 2021, with family at his side.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC PARISH, 355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Family Service will take place at Mountain View Cemetery following the Funeral Mass.

For those who wish, the service will be available to view via livestream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/Cor-VanRaay and scrolling to the bottom of Cor’s obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to a charity of your choice, or to the Covenant Foundation – Supporting St. Michael’s Health Centre, https://covenantfoundation.ca/ online or mailed to 3C60, 11111 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4

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