June 24th, 2024

SATURDAY, August 7, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 7, 2021.


BRUYCKERE – LUCIEN PETER, beloved husband of Lorraine Bruyckere, passed away at the St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

Besides his loving wife Lorraine of 60 years, Lucien is survived by his two children, Dean (Claudia) Bruyckere of Parksville, B.C. and Myrna-Jean (Dann) Burroughs of St. Albert, AB. He is also survived by his brother Wayne Bruyckere of Calgary, AB, sister in-law Eileen (Edward) Ivanics of Lethbridge, AB, his four grandchildren, Chandler & Richelle Bruyckere, both of Calgary and Emma & Ethan Burroughs, both of St. Albert and his niece, Colleen Leadbetter of Missoula, MT.

Lucien was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Freda Bruyckere, his parent-in-laws, Andrew and Elizabeth Salamon and his sister-in-law, Phyllis Bruyckere.

Lucien was born October 13, 1937 in Lethbridge and was raised on the family farm east of Milk River, AB. In January 1960, Lucien attended a wedding dance in Milk River and that is where he met the love of his life Lorraine; each had met their soul mate. They married July 29, 1961, settling in Lethbridge. In 1962 he attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where he earned his ticket in Welding and Pressure Welding. He used that education and found work as a welder at Noble Cultivators and Horton Steel. In 1979 he left welding and found work with the Lethbridge Public School Division where he started with the Maintenance Department and later moved to Custodial work at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) and Fleetwood Bawden School before retiring in 1999.

During the years of raising a family, Lucien was always busy gardening, tending meticulously to his lawn & yard, detailing vehicles, prepping the trailer for family camping trips, planning hunting adventures, watching baseball, following his son’s baseball teams throughout Canada & USA, going to supper & dances with Lorraine and spending time with family & friends at dinner gatherings.

Over the years, Lucien & Lorraine’s love for each other and their family led to many road trips to visit their children and grandchildren all over British Columbia and Alberta, as they were always a priority. After retirement, Lucien kept busy puttering around the house and coffeeing with many friends at Polly’s, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s, just to name a few.

We wish to extend our thanks to the staff of “A House” at St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre, for the compassionate and loving care they provided Lucien over the past 15 months.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Hungarian Canadian Old Timers Hall, located at 410 – 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

In memory of Lucien, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge AB, T1J 4V5.

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Horst-Hermann Berke (born March 9, 1951) of Coaldale on July 30, 2021, beloved husband of 49 years to Brigitte.

Hermann was an amazing father and “the best opa in the world” to Matthew (Lauren); their child Seth Berke, Clinton (Jennifer); their child Max Berke, Joshua (Rhiannon); their children Julian and Ava Berke, and Sarah and her children, Alexandra Noelle Leger and Hunter Taylor.

Hermann is also survived by his mother Adele Oglesby, uncle Emile Dorok, aunt Talita Andrejcsik, aunt Tillie Krueger (Hilmer), cousins Christine Sekura (Al), Mark Krueger (Cory), David Krueger, Ann Kambietz (Steve), and Michel Andrejcsik (Beth)

Hermann was predeceased by his father Hermann Berke in 1953.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 2:00 P.M. till 4:00 P.M. on August 12, 2021, at Eden’s Funeral Home Coaldale (1711 20th St, Coaldale, AB). A celebration of Hermann’s life to follow at 85010 RR 21-1 (Howe Rd) from 4:30 P.M. till 9:00 P.M.

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visit http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


Kathleen (Kay) Croteau DOB Oct. 2/1924 – beloved wife of Dovey Croteau passed away peacefully July 17, 2021 at the age of 96.

Kay was predeceased by her husband of 42 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her children; Leslie (Floyd) Cody of Milk River; Laurie Mudie of Calgary; Wendy (Wayne) Telcs of Edm., Shannon (Don) Watson of Calgary; grandchildren Sheryl (Mal) Cody Eskelson, Michelle Cody, Adrienne (Shawn) McClusky, Matthew Cody, Stephen (Jennifer) Cody, Jennifer (Craig) Pichach, Linda (William) Tober, Shanna (Brian) Phair, Teagan (Chris) Patterson-Telcs, Conner Watson, Meagan Watson.

Kay graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing & entered her career as a health nurse. First in Assiniboia then moving to Warner where she met her life partner. They enjoyed life on the family farm and in retirement travelled to Arizona for the winter.

Kay lived an active lifestyle & enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, quilting, square & round dancing, O.O.R.P. & card games. She always looked forward to & enjoyed her family. There was always cookies for the littles and her specialty – choc angel food cake – made with love for every birthday celebration.

She will be deeply missed, especially her quick smile, wit & use of a soft hand & empathy to those in need.

You were our very own Wonder Woman. Dance on those clouds with Dad and we will see you again someday.

Frances Dimnik

1926 – 2021

Frances Dimnik of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 4th at the age of 95. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph as well as her parents and siblings.

Frances was born on February 3rd, 1926, in Vevce, Slovenia. She completed her vocational schooling in 1943 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With world war in progress and communist forces advancing, Frances and her family fled Slovenia for Austria. It was there that she met and married her husband Joseph in 1948. A year later, they immigrated to Canada arriving in Raymond Alberta where she completed a two-year farm labour contract. Upon moving to Lethbridge, she began working for St. Michael’s hospital where she worked for 33 years.

Frances was committed and devoted to her faith and sang for the Resurrection Choir for years. She was loved and cared for by many family members and is survived by her brother-in-law Steve Dimnik and his wife Ann Dimnik, her sister-in-law Marie Dimnik as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada, Argentina and Slovenia.

Prayers will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, August 9, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4th St. South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday August 10 at ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH (All Saints Parish), 2405 – 12th Ave. South, Lethbridge. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society/All Saints Parish, 2405 12 Avenue S. Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0P4.

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WILMA JOYCE EAGLE CHILD, passed away in Calgary, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the age of 55 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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FRANK STEVEN FUDRA, beloved husband of Jean Fudra, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, with his wife and daughters by his side, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the age of 74 years.

Along with his wife of 53 years, he will be remembered by their daughters, Tamara Nelson and Raquel (Nick) Polychronopoulos; four precious grandchildren: Britain, Taylor, Evangelos and Noah; mother-in-law Evelyn Pickering; sister Louise Balderston and brothers-in-law Ken Pickering, Ray Pickering, Dale Pickering and Gordon Balderston, as well as all of their families.

Frank was predeceased by his parents Steve and Annie Fudra, and brother Jack.

Frank was born on September 9, 1946, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge, and raised on the farm at Broxburn. He married the sweetheart of his life, Jean, in February 1968. He bought a farm in 1969 at Rolling Hills, before moving back to Lethbridge in 1975. He worked at Canada Packer’s and Swift’s, and then owned and operated Frank’s Deli in Lethbridge, retiring in 2000.

Following his retirement, Frank kept active by volunteering for many organizations, including the Lethbridge Hurricane’s Hockey Hounds, Galt #8 Mine Society, Friends of Chinook Health Region and the Sierra’s of Courtyard Terrace.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital ICU Unit for their loving care.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

Following the Reception, Frank will be laid to rest in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chinook Regional Hospital (crhfoundation.ca/give/donate) or the Galt #8 Mine Society (galt8.org/donate)

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

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 Felicitacion “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 immense sorrow that the family of Robert John Kucheran announces his unexpected passing on Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 at the age of 74. He is grieved by his best friend and wife of 27 years Brenda Osmond, his children Tamara Kucheran (Dan McDonnell) and Michael Kucheran, his much-loved grandchildren Fynneas and Amelia McDonnell, his brother Bill Kucheran, friends and family far and wide, and his ever-faithful sidekick Maggie.

Bob was born on June 30, 1947, in Lethbridge, Alberta to Nicholas and Helen Kucheran. After a short career as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bob finished his degree in psychology at the University of Lethbridge. In 1972 Bob and his first wife, Heather Kirkham, moved from Lethbridge to Burnaby, B.C. to start a family and a new life on the west coast. Bob dedicated his life to serving as an advocate for the public interest. Throughout the 1970s he worked as a counsellor for troubled youth in Burnaby. The 1980s saw him switch careers, becoming the Executive Director of the B.C. Government Managers Association in Victoria, B.C. In 1990 Bob returned to the Lower Mainland as the Executive Director of the B.C. Pharmacy Association. Bob and Brenda married in 1994 and remained in Vancouver. In 2003 Bob retired from the BCPhA and spent the next couple of years studying the fine arts at Emily Carr and the culinary arts at the Dubrulle Culinary Institute. In 2006 Bob and Brenda made a major career change and turned their attention to law. Bob, at the tender age of 62, and Brenda graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in 2009. In 2010 Bob was called to the Bar, and in 2013 he began working with Pacific Medical Law alongside Brenda.

Bob believed in the power of organizations to effect change and was fascinated by group dynamics. He served on a number of boards including the Health Professions Review Board, the Council for the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, the Board of the Coast Mental Health Society and the Coast Mental Health Foundation. He was even a member of the BC Lions Waterboys. In addition, Bob served with the Government of British Columbia Health Human Resources Advisory Committee, the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce Health and Education Committee, the Canadian and American Society of Association Executives, the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Council, the Canadian Pharmacy Coalition on National Pharmacare, as well as the Burnaby Hospital Ethical Resources Committee. He is lovingly remembered by his family as a true renaissance man; a raconteur, gourmand, and talented musician, artist, photographer and woodworker. Always looking for new challenges, his most recent avocation was collecting antique pocket watches and watchmaking.

If you wish to honour Bob’s memory with a donation, he would have loved you to consider the SPCA. The family will be holding a private service with a celebration of life to follow.

Feel free to share your memories of Bob at http://www.Dignitymemorial.com

for the Kucheran family.


Desiree Karen Lamb, beloved wife of Kerry Lamb, mother, grandmother and aunt, passed away at her home in Hill Spring, AB on the morning of Sunday August 1st, 2021 at the age of 62. She was surrounded by her husband and loving pets.

She was the mother of Erin (Rob) Essex of London, England, Adam (Christa) Essex of Lethbridge, AB, and Keely (Colin) Essex of Calgary, AB. She is also survived by 5 stepchildren, 4 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews near and dear to her heart.

She spent her career as a cherished teacher by her students and colleagues for over 25 years. Desiree passed on a love of nature and gardening, a gift for poetry and writing, and a devotion to her friends and family.

She will be missed profoundly.

Interment is at Mountain View Cemetery at 2pm on August 9th 2021, Lethbridge for all who would like to attend, and as well, a reception service to follow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Northside Lethbridge.

Doreen Lee
1926 – 2021

 Doreen Lee, beloved wife of the late Ralph Lee, passed away in Bow Island on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the age of 95 years.
 The Funeral Service will be held at the Foremost Community Hall, 802 – 1 Avenue West, Foremost on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial will follow at the Foremost Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.  
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Sofie Majchrzak

1927 – 2021

Our beloved Mom and Oma passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

She will be deeply missed by her children Sig (Dolores), Monica and Rita; grandchildren Markus (Stacey), Kevin (Mark), Jessica (Garrett); great-granddaughter Lea and nephew Richard Kreuzer of Germany.

Sofie was pre-deceased by her husband Frank; her parents and sister.

Sofie was born in Hiltensweiler, Germany in 1927 and immigrated to Canada in 1950.

Mom was a beautiful, kind, humble lady, she always reminded us to keep smiling.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

A Private family memorial mass will be held with burial in the Coaldale Cemetery with her husband Frank.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of NATAAWO’TAAN – DELBERT GEORGE MANY BEARS, August 1, 2021 at the age of 75 years old. He passed away peacefully at his residence at the West Highlands Good Samaritans, Lethbridge, AB.

Delbert is lovingly remembered by his aunt, Mary Steele; brothers, William and Gus; sisters, Shirley Starlight, Delia (Pat) Twigg and Hanna; nieces, Irene, Trisha, Gina, Nikki, Angela and Kristen; and nephews, Joe, Doug, Stevie, Boss Q, Shirley, Mary Ann and Mike Steele.

Also left to mourn are his extended family members of the Many Bears, Mistaken Chiefs, Bloods, Long Time Squirrels, Many Grey Horses, Bruised Heads, Cross Childs, Red Crows, Beebes, White Man Lefts and numerous others.

Delbert was predeceased by his parents, George and Irene Many Bears; sisters, Antonia Rita and Marlene Vera; brothers, Brian Canute and Bill; niece and nephews, Wilomena and William Jr. Many Bears, Sheldon Many Bears; grandnephew Jamie Black Rabbit and grandniece Ariel Old Shoes, Lillian Steele and numerous aunts and uncles.

Delbert was born May 12, 1946 in Cardston, AB to George and Irene (nee Mistaken Chief) Many Bears. He was a residential school survivor with his education consisting of grade 12 at St. Mary’s High School on the Blood Reserve.

Delbert’s work consisted of helping his fathers and brothers with family farming and ranching. He worked various labour jobs and helped with cleaning and security at Kainai Industries.

Delbert’s interests were more in the traditional field such as beading, wood crafting, tanning hides and making traditional tipi backrests. He would harvest mint, saskatoons, choke cherries, bull berries and many other berries that grew in the prairie fields and river bottoms and loved to make traditional foods such as chokecherry crush, pemmican and cracklings.

Delbert was a traditional dancer which allowed him to travel many miles all-over Western Canada and Western US to dance in competition powwows. His special powwow travelling family included Wilbert Beebe and the Calf Robes.

Delbert did not marry or have any children of his own however he looked out for the neighborhood children, passing on the traditional skills and various dances he knew and sharing with them his famous hard time stew and oven bannock.

Delbert loved his nieces and nephews and visiting with the elderly. He enjoyed pulling pranks and joking with the older ladies. Delbert appreciated that he acquired a lot of traditional knowledge and skills from those people.

Delbert started getting sick the latter part of his life and had numerous health challenges to which he would eventually succumb.

Our family apologizes for anyone not mentioned and extend our sincerest thank you to all those who have helped in preparing the funeral arrangements. Special thanks to the staff at the West Highland Good Samaritans and all others for looking after Delbert.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 STREET SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE, AB on Monday, August 9, 2021 starting at 5:00 P.M.

A Funeral service will be held at ST.MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I.

Delbert will be laid to rest in the St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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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.

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.

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LINDA SHOT BOTH SIDES, beloved wife of Jim Shot Both Sides, of the Blood Reserve, passed away peacefully at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the age of 69 years.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. A Wake will follow at the family’s home on the Blood Reserve, beginning at 6:00 P.M. and continuing all night.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST.MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.

Following the Mass, Linda will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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Robert Smith

1940 – 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Allan Smith, 80 years, at his home in Lethbridge, July 30, 2021.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Allan and Phyliss Smith of Lethbridge.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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THIBAULT, Paul Emile

Paul Thibault, beloved husband of Joyce Thibault (Phillips), passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, August 2, 2021, at the age of 92.

Paul was born on December 12, 1928, in Ponteix, Saskatchewan and grew up on his parent’s farm in Aneroid, Saskatchewan. After completing high school and working at various jobs in western Canada, Paul moved to Edmonton where he met Joyce and began his education in pharmacy at the University of Alberta. On December 24, 1959, Paul and Joyce married. They had one son, Stephen Emile Thibault, born in Edmonton on June 25, 1961. Paul and his family moved to Lethbridge in 1966 where he worked as a pharmacist at the College Mall Woolco Pharmacy until his retirement in 1993. Paul had very fond memories of the people he worked with during his career at the pharmacy.

Paul was a committed husband and father and had a close relationship with his and Joyce’s brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews throughout his life. Paul loved to visit relatives, read, travel, lavish attention on the dogs and cats that were part of the household, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters Erin and Anna Thibault.

Paul is survived by his son Stephen and his granddaughters Erin Thibault and Anna Thibault. He is also survived by his brother Lionel Thibault, and three sisters, Irene Dureault, Georgette Martin, and Lucille Kopperud. Paul was predeceased by Joyce, his wife of 43 years, his parents, Emile, and Rose Thibault, and by his siblings Armand, Rene, Harvey, and Yvette.

A private family funeral service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery near the town of Raymond, Alberta. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.generationsfh.ca and scrolling to the bottom of Paul’s obituary.

If friends and family desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 1-800-616-8816, donorserve@alzheimer.ca.

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Gerald Voxland

1948 – 2021

Mr. Gerald Voxland of Lethbridge, beloved spouse of Roxanne Lorenzen passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at the age of 72 years.

Gerald leaves behind his loving wife Roxanne Lorenzen; children Brian Voxland, Gerry Voxland (Crystal), and Mary-Anne Harris (Dustin) nee Voxland; grandchildren Kitana Alcock- Voxland and Brooklyn Adcock-Voxland.

Gerald was predeceased by his parents John Voxland and Ellen Voxland nee Tapanila; and his brother Gerad Voxland.

He loved his two dogs Molly and Cody. He had a great passion for the years he worked as a long haul transport driver, living on the open road.

He will be missed by family and friends near and far.

A private family service and gathering will be held on August 5, 2021. Interment will follow at a later date.

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