June 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, September 18, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 18, 2021.


ANNA “ANN” BROWN passed away peacefully with family by her side, at Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the age of 96 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her son John (Carol) Brown, daughter Mary (Shane) Howard, grandchildren JoAnn Deal (Abe Friesen), Jean (Derek) Cope, JD (Doug) Whillans, Janice (Del) Hildebrand, Allen, Terry (Renee), Jeff and Brittany Brown, 14 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Ann was predeceased by sons Jerry Boyko, Alex Brown, her parents and siblings.

Ann was born on April 26, 1925 in Chillary, Poland to parents, Wasyl and Paulina Zoroka. She emigrated to Canada in 1950 and settled in the Picture Butte area. In later years, she lived in Lethbridge. Ann enjoyed curling, bowling and playing Bingo however her passion was growing beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She was a talented crafter and created many beautiful crochet doilies and quilts.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Fairmont Extendicare and Dr. Smith and Dr. Horne for their compassionate care.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 32nd Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

The service will be live-streamed and will be available to view via Ann’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 50 guests. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #200, 119-14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit 522, 1300 University Ave., Toronto, Ont. M5G 2R5.

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

Jim Cheyne

1929 – 2021 

It is with great sadness that the family of Edward James Cheyne announces his passing on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the age of 92 years.  Born on September 2, 1929, in Edam, Saskatchewan to Elfrieda and Edward Cheyne, Jim was the eldest of twelve siblings. He was raised on his parents’ farm at Fairholme, Saskatchewan. In 1956 Jim married the love of his life, Lilly Pylypow, and this year the couple celebrated their 65th anniversary. The couple moved to Taber in 1960 and Jim became an active member of the Taber community as a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, as a scout leader and member of the United Church Men’s Club. During his long trucking career with various oil companies, he hauled fuel to the local farming community. A one-time farmer himself, he felt strongly that he was serving the most important people. Jim retired early to be a stay-at-home grandpa where he could be at home to help care for his grandchildren and working wife, and where he could dabble in another passion of his life, cooking. Together with Lil, Jim was able to travel the world, seeing amazing sights in Scotland, Great Britain, Continental Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Hawaii, Mexico and the United States. Jim was passionate about sports, whether watching the Toronto Blue Jays and his beloved curling matches on television, or hitting the ice at the local curling rink himself.  Jim bowled and downhill skied for many years and looked forward to seeing his family at our annual Cheyne golf tournaments. An avid outdoorsman, he took advantage of every opportunity to be in nature to go camping, fishing, canoeing or hiking with his family. He spent many memorable summers at his favorite spot, his father’s original homestead at Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. Jim was always excited to go “home” to Saskatchewan during spring work and harvest time to help his brother-in-law Bob Pylypow and family. He was a dedicated family man who truly loved his family and showed this every day through his support, patience and kind heart. He leaves a legacy of kindness and love and amazing storytelling. He will forever remain in our hearts as a loving husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa. Jim is survived by his wife Lil of 65 years; daughters Donna Cheyne and Colleen (Michael)  Banning; five grandchildren Amber (Tyler) Baines, Ryan (PJ) Cheyne, Jennie (Mark) Sudo, Lindsey (Brien) Gehring and Matthew Marklinger; six great grandchildren Teagan, Connor, Nathan, Emma, Carter and Olivia. Jim is also survived by one brother, Bob Cheyne of High River and six sisters Kathleen Croshaw of Eston, Saskatchewan, Annie Hawkins of Jacksonville, Florida, Vivian McNeilly of Fort McMurray, Mary Martens of Calgary, Mrs. Jean (Randy) Harris of Whitecourt and Mrs. Judy (Glen) Duggan of Langley, British Columbia; sisters-in-law Vanessa Cheyne of Delta, British Columbia and Barbara Cheyne of Red Deer. Jim is also survived by his Pylypow siblings and many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father  Edward Cheyne (1968), his mother Elfrieda Cheyne (nee Wiczorek) (1991); brothers Jackie  Cheyne (2018), Donald Cheyne (2018); sisters Bernice Walton (1979) and Betty Seitz (2000); brothers-in-law George Walton (1980), Les Martens (1998), Kenneth Croshaw (2008) and Dave McNeilly (2015). Jim will be privately remembered by his family and friends. 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. 

Louise Church (nee Wukusich)

1924 – 2021

Mrs. Louise Church (nee Wukusich) of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at https://www.allsaintslethbridge.org/ and clicking on “All Saints Livestream Mass”.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and dad CHRIS COSTLEY.

Chris will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his wife Susan, son Jeremy (Breanne) and many other family members and friends.

Chris had a great personality with many lasting friendships that he spoke of often.

No formal Service will be held.

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BARRY COUSINS passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Barry is survived by his loving wife Mary and sons Thomas and Hunter. He is also survived by his family: mother Becky, brothers Bob (Lois) and Bruce (Cathy), sister Beverly (Harry), and sister-in-law Lily; In-laws Cathy, Greg (Toby), Theresa (Rick) and Linda; and his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who were very special to him.

Barry was predeceased by his father William, his big brother Bill, his beloved in-laws Tom and Agnes Sobuliak, and by his grandparents Bill and Ida Stokes and James and Jenny Cousins.

Barry was born in Lethbridge in 1961 and stayed all his life because it was close to family and to all the places where he loved to hunt and fish. At a young age Barry’s Dad and his Granddad Stokes started him on his passion for fishing and hunting which he enjoyed passing on to his sons and to anyone else interested in learning. Barry always looked forward to the opening day of pheasant hunting and to fishing trips with his lifelong friends Greg Hooper, Ken Kotkas and Darrell Sekiya.

Barry was larger than life and you often heard him well before you saw him. His presence filled the room. There were always so many laughs when Barry was around; he had the quickest and wittiest one-liners. He also had a unique and creative viewpoint and always came up with the perfect nicknames for people or things.

Barry was never without his fly fishing rod and he managed to catch and release an amazing variety of fish on flies that he had tied. He was extremely well read and his near photographic memory enabled him to recall a vast number of facts, dates and events. Barry was also an avid and highly animated sports fan.

Barry was not afraid to share his opinions, yet he was also deeply introspective and he showed so much kindness, empathy and compassion to those who needed it.

Barry was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed.

There will be a huge, quiet and dull void in the world without Barry in it.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (www.albertacancer.ca/donate)

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PAUL J. ENTZ, beloved husband of Suzie Entz, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the age of 82 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the RIVER ROAD COLONY on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at noon.

Paul will be laid to rest in the River Road Colony Cemetery.

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John Douglas (Papajon) Hall

John was born April 18, 1939, in Cardston Alberta to Kenneth Douglas & Tomene Hannah Hall (Woolford). He was the oldest of 3 children having a sister Priscilla (Craig) Stutz & brother Merlin (Maureen) Hall. Dad was raised in a home built by his father and grandfather, John Woolford. Dad called it “the best neighborhood ever.” There he made childhood friends that lasted a lifetime. John was very close to his Grandparents John and Mary Woolford (Nelson) and spent most weekends and all summers at their farm. He rode horses, herded cows and ran farm machinery. He learned to work hard, which he did all his life. At thirteen years old, his grandfather gave him his own team of horses that allowed him to go around hauling bundles at thrashing time. As John was close to his grandparents, he was very close to his grandchildren. John was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He loved spending time with them. They have many memories going skiing, fishing, getting driving lessons long before they had licenses, going out for Chinese food or a milkshake, and spending summers just hanging out at his house. Dad loved cars. He always had a nice vehicle, and it was always clean. At 15 years old, his Grandpa Woolford helped him get his license and first car, a 1951 2 Door Plymouth that was blue and white. His parents were concerned he was too young, but Dad felt it was “a turning point in his life”. In recent years, you could see him driving around town in his Red Lincoln Truck, with the license plate “Papajon.” In January 1958, he left grade 12 after one semester and went looking for work; he found a job with a division of Calgary Power, Farm Electric. On February 12, 1958, he got a call to be in Black Diamond & Turner Valley as soon as possible! His career with Calgary Power and TransAlta spanned over 34 years where he was a lineman and District Manager. He enjoyed his job and made many friends who he kept in touch with into his retirement. As a young boy, he always had a dog – Spot, Pal, Brownie, Toots, Sunny and many more. These last few years have been spent with Buddy. You would often see him out walking his dog, where he would stop and ask how things were going, and always have a story to share. These little daily interactions will be the things we’ll miss the most – hearing one of Papajon’s many sayisms like “Do you need anything?” in a phone call, a text, or a comment in a Facebook post. John passed away in Cardston Alberta on September 11, 2021. He is survived by his dear wife of 52 years, Elaine Hall (Lewiski). A Son with Elaine, Anthony (Elaine) Hall. Four Daughters from a previous marriage to Carol Hawthorne; Melody Kim Hall (Don McLachlan), Jo-Anne Carol (Ron) Secretan, Donna Rae (Darwen) Beazer, Susan Jane (Joachim) Hengerer. A private family service will be held in the future and people are encouraged to visit Elaine at her home where you can share a memory of John.

To send a condolence visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Jenny Holzapfel

1942 – 2021

Mrs. Johanna “Jenny” Holzapfel, beloved wife of the late Mr. Vaclav Holzapfel, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Thomas Hunka

1964 – 2021

Mr. Thomas Hunka of Lethbridge, son of the late Mr. John T. and Mrs. Elisabeth Hunka, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the age of 56 years.

Thomas will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A Private Family Service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.

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JERRY KEITH KIRCHNER, beloved husband of Bernice Kirchner, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, September 17th, 2021, at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Mary “Marie” Wilson (nee Szakaly)

August 7, 1935 – July 24, 2021

Marie passed away at home with her family by her side after a short illness. Marie was born on the family farm in Tilley, Alberta to George and Magdolin Szakaly, and was raised in Lethbridge and Calgary. Her secretarial career took her first to Eastern Canada and then to Vancouver BC, where she met and married Gerald, her husband of 59 years. In 1962, six months after their marriage, the couple followed their dream to move to California. They settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where their two children, Kenneth and Catherine, were born. In 1964 Gerry’s career took them to Stockton California, where Marie was kept busy raising the children, and among other things sewing their clothes, being a Cub Scout Den Mother and coaching girls’ softball. Her many other interests included macrame, cake decorating, bowling, boating, travelling in the family’s motorhome and many trips to Canada and Hawaii. After the children were grown, Marie became a successful Century 21 Real Estate Agent until 1980, when the couple co-founded Galaxy Rental and Party store in Stockton, which Marie managed for 25 years. In 2019, after 14 years of retirement and the death of their daughter Cathy in 2016, Marie and Gerry moved to Foster City, California, to be closer to their son Ken, who lives in nearby Half Moon Bay.

Marie was predeceased by her daughter Cathy; her parents; brother Joe Szakaly; and two sisters, Irene Miklos Ross, and Pat Szakaly. She is survived by and will be sadly missed by her Husband Gerry; Son Ken (Lori); and three Grandchildren, Nic and Chris Wilson in California and Ryan Wilson (Sara Ann) in Indiana. In Alberta, she is survived by nephews Garry (Cathy D’Andrea) Miklos and George Miklos, niece Janet Miklos (Blaine) Barr, sister-in-law Myrna Phillips Szakaly Gehrke, and nephews Geordie (Karen) Szakaly and Garth (Connie) Szakaly, as well as by many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She will be missed, but never forgotten.


December 8, 1944 – Vancouver, BC

September 11, 2021 – Cardston, AB

It is with profound sadness that Dianne announces the passing of her beloved husband and dearest friend, Craig, who passed away peacefully with her at his side on September 11.

Craig, the son of Margaret and Art Parkinson, was raised in West Vancouver, BC. He was very involved in the YMCA during his high school years and subsequently became the Program Director of the Vancouver “Y”. In January, 1969 he fulfilled his childhood ambition and became a proud member of the R.C.M.P. with whom he served in various locations for 9 years. He joined the Lethbridge Police Service in April, 1978, serving until his retirement in 2004. In addition to serving on the boards of the Lethbridge chapter of the Kidney Foundation, Lethbridge Child Services, Lethbridge Habitat for Humanity, and the Waterton National History Association, Craig volunteered many hours to STARS, who saved his life in 1998.

On December 6, 1985 Craig met Dianne Deak and they married on that date the following year. During the 36 years they had together they experienced many wonderful adventures. They loved the time they spent at their cabin in Waterton and Craig especially enjoyed his boat which was his pride and joy. They travelled extensively but his most memorable trip was to Regina to attend the 50 year reunion of R.C.M.P. 20 Troop. His love of life and appreciation of people touched the lives of those who knew him.

In addition to his cherished wife, Dianne, Craig is survived by his daughter Angela (Derek) Talbot & their children Claire and Sarah; daughter Colleen (Darryl) Gensorek & their children Matthew and Nathan; and special niece Erin (Anthony) Tupper.

He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Art; his birth father, Wilfred Miron and his wife, Betty; and Dianne’s siblings, Terry and Janice Deak.

Craig was very appreciative of the care, concern, and assistance he and Dianne received over the years and wanted to acknowledge and thank the following: Drs. Lloyd Clarke, Gordon Hunt, Debra Isaac, Lee Oviatt, and David Steed; Stephen Little of Remedy’s RX in Coleman; the entire staff of the Cardston Hospital; and our amazing family of Waterton friends, without whom we could never have managed. Our eternal gratitude goes out to all of you.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Craig’s memory to his favorite charity, Children’s Wish Foundation of AB and NWT, 270-2323-32 Ave. NE, Calgary AB, T2E 6Z3 would be appreciated. A celebration of life will be held in Waterton next summer.

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


With great sadness we announce the passing of GLADYS REIVE, beloved wife of John Reive. Gladys passed away at home on September 15, 2021, after a long battle with lung disease, at the age of 84.

She is survived by her spouse John, brother Robert, children Kathy, Ron, Brian, Richard, grandchildren Jack, Andrew, Abi, Will, Sarah, Ian and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gladys was predeceased by her parents Mary and Fabian Alexandrovich, infant brother Ronald, sister Jeanette, and sister-in-law Zelma.

Gladys graduated from Glenwood High School and the Galt School of Nursing in 1958. She loved to travel, especially to Southeast Asia and China, and to spend time with family and friends.

She was always quick with a sharp comment or knowing look. She was a master cook, seamstress and mother to her unruly children who entertained everyone who sat behind them in church.

Gladys was an excellent teacher as she taught her husband John at a late age “where the forks are kept”.

Gladys was an authentic person evidenced by the fact she had friendships that lasted a lifetime. Gladys truly cherished these friendships as many felt more like family.

To know Gladys was to love her. We will carry her in our hearts and will miss her every day.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH (2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB), at 11:00 AM, with Father Derek Remus Celebrating.

Due to Covid restrictions, seating is limited. Please contact Cornerstone Funeral Home to confirm your attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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


CAROLYN ELIZABETH ROBINSON, beloved wife of Paul Bentley Robinson, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit with family by her side on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the age of 60 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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TAKAKO JOYCE SARUWATARI, beloved wife of the late Tosh Saruwatari, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the age of 94 years.

Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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IRENE TINORDI, beloved wife of the late Mike Tinordi, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the age of 86 years.

Irene is survived by her children, David Tinordi of Fort Macleod, Terry (Alice) Tinordi of Lethbridge, Tim (Sharon Telford Desbiens) Tinordi of Fort Macleod, and Cathy Tinordi of Lethbridge; her grandchildren Aaron Sampson, Pamela (Cary) Tinordi-McLean and their children Rylan and Rose, Angie Tinordi and her children Chris and Michaela Meldrum, Dan (Lisa) Tinordi and their children Haley, Cole and Tristan, Rachael Anhelher and her daughter Gibson Infunari, Tito Tinordi as well as numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Mike, her daughter Marie, her parents Joseph and Julia Liszkay as well as several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Irene was born in Mankota, Saskatchewan. Her family moved to Brooks, Alberta and Irene worked on the family farm while getting an education. She met our father in 1948. Four years later they married and soon started a family. After raising five children Irene worked in the Lethbridge service industry for over 12 years before she and dad decided to purchase a motel in Fort Macleod in 1982. Operating this motel was hard work but mom loved to talk to the patrons and listen to their stories about where they had come from and where they were going to. After dad passed away in 2001 mom decided to retire in 2003. She has kept many friendships from her years at the motel. She joined The Royal Canadian Legion in 2002. She was a member of the Legion for 19 years and she served on the Ladies Auxiliary for ten of those years. She was also a member of Senior Citizens Welcome Mat. Irene loved to watch the Blue Jays play ball and she would cheer on Canada in the curling finals. She loved to crochet but her favorite activity was to play crib with her friends from the Legion and Senior Citizens Welcome Mat. To know Irene was to like Irene. She formed many bonds and friendships throughout her life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, Fort Macleod, 2424 – 5 Ave Fort Macleod, AB on Saturday, September 25, 2021. A viewing will be held at 1:00 P.M. with a service to follow at 2:00 pm. A video recording of the service will be available at http://www.edensfuneralhome.com/obituary/Irene-Tinordi at a later date.

Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com.

Gerrit Jan “John”

Vanden Brink

1929 – 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Gerrit Jan (John) Vanden Brink, at the age of 92, in Picture Butte on September 15, 2021.

The Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9:00am at the LETHBRIDGE NETHERLANDS REFORMED CHURCH, 90022 Range Rd 211, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Archmount Cemetery.

Please be advised that COVID-19 protocols will be in place and will be followed.

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