May 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, October 23, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 23, 2021.


We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of our Mother, Thea Hoeksema, on October 17, 2021 at Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 96.

Thea was born in Groningen, Holland on March 3, 1925. As a new bride, Thea immigrated to Canada in 1948 with her husband Hedde (Harry) Hoeksema (deceased 1988), settling in the Fort Macleod and Granum areas. Together, they raised their six children: Ari (Kathryn), Edward (Lorraine), Stella (Stephen), Randy, Ethel and Glenn (deceased 1984). Thea is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren whom she loved very much, as well as nephews and nieces all over the world.

Thea was predeceased by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.

She was an accomplished homemaker and seamstress and enjoyed keeping herself busy with multiple crocheting, needlepoint and knitting projects. Her family and friends are the beneficiaries of many “Oma” afghans.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Fort Macleod Handi-bus Society, the Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary or a charity of one’s choice.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Granum Christian Reformed Church at 11 am on Friday, October 29, 2021 by invitation only. All current COVID restrictions will be followed.

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September 25, 1980 – October 14, 2021

“I Love You Like the Sun”

– Ryan Indzeoski

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of LORI EVELYN INDZEOSKI of Coalhurst, Alberta with her family by her side on October 14, 2021 at the age of 41 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ryan; daughters: Addesyn, Jessie and Charley; her pup Bellz, and grandcat Rosé; mother, Doreen Russnaik, nee Olsen and mother-in-law, Dianne Indzeoski; siblings: Tracy (Lance) Smith; Clint (Kayla) Russnaik; brother/sisters-in-law: Kris, Karla & Annie Indzeoski as well as her cherished nieces and nephews, Ty & Brady Indzeoski; Ailish & Kian Nolan.

She will be dearly missed by her countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and co-workers.

She was predeceased by her father Clint Russnaik and her father-in-law, Ken Indzeoski; grandparents Norman & Evelyn Russnaik and Kathleen Olsen.

Lori was born September 25, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario. Lori often reminisced about happy childhood memories, many from having had the opportunity to experience various cultures after moving from Eastern Canada to Ecuador to Lethbridge, Alberta, before calling Coalhurst, Alberta home in 2004.

Lori met the love of her life, Ryan in 1998 and it wasn’t long before they planted roots and began their adventure together. She discovered her passion in life when she became a beautiful Mom and Lori’s natural ability to nurture was obvious. Ryan and the girls were draped in love every moment she was near. Lori had a cheerful, optimistic outlook and always allowed everyone the benefit of the doubt. She had a positivity that won’t be matched and believed wholeheartedly in humanity. She could turn a bad mood around with nothing more than a conversation and a hug if you were willing. Lori was so very compassionate and you could count on her to listen and offer a shoulder to cry on without fail. Lori valued family above all and loved to gather as a unit. Having everyone together brought her so much joy and she was sure to let you know her displeasure if you failed to bring the kids along for the visit. Lori was an amazing friend and co-worker to so many and she truly felt grateful for what she considered an extension of her family. She made certain that we all knew how much she loved us.

Lori loved being with Ryan and the girls and supporting whatever activity they were involved with. She was their biggest cheerleader and never missed an opportunity to be involved. She was their Rock, their best friend and could make their day better with just a smile and her amazing laugh.

We’ve never known anyone to look better in a ball hat and it will always be a mystery where she found space to store her collection of head coverings. She lit up a room with her beautiful red lipstick and her enthusiasm for the holidays & festive attire never ceased to make us all smile.

Lori has passed the baton onto us as we navigate the relay race of cancer. Lori’s journey with cancer has touched every corner of our souls and we thank her for accepting the burden of the first leg with grace and an inner beauty that will provide us strength and give us the courage to keep running…. Together with love, kindness, and support for each other we will carry her legacy with us forever and become a mighty team.

A private service was held for family in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Samuel Kleinsasser
1959 – 2021

Samuel D. Kleinsasser, beloved husband of Annie Kleinsasser of the Midland Colony, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the age of 62 years.
As a result of the current restrictions regarding COVID-19, the funeral service will be private and by invitation only. The Funeral Service will be held at the Midland Colony on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Burial to follow at the Midland Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


ANNE MAYWALD, beloved wife of Sigfried Maywald, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritans West Highlands, on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 94 years.

Anne was born on December 13, 1926 at Shore Acres, B.C. At age two, she moved to Vulcan, AB, and attended public school at Sunny Glen. It was a one-roomed schoolhouse with one teacher for nine grades. Thereafter, she attended high school in High River, AB, and came to Lethbridge in 1945 and worked for special diet in the kitchen for the Galt Hospital.

In 1947, she married Peter Bowman, lived at the River Bottom for six years and had a large garden. When their lease at the River Bottom was cancelled to make room for a park, they moved into town. Peter worked as a bricklayer and was Union Secretary, whose work he shared with his wife Anne for 28 years. Four sons, Kenneth, Donald, Douglas and Randall, were born to this marriage.

She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Stella Rebalken, her brother Mike and half-brother Sam. On October 1, 1985, Peter Bowman passed away from a battle with cancer.

In 1987, Anne married Siegfried Maywald and thereafter, moved to a three-and-a-half-acre lot west of Stony Plain, AB. Loving gardening, we both plated many fruit trees, berry bushes and cultivated a large vegetable garden. To guarantee pollination for our fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetables, we kept two beehives, which supplied us with plenty of honey. In earlier years, Anne did lots of knitting and sewing for the hospital, church and senior’s centre.

Now remaining is her second husband, Siegfried Maywald, her sons: Kenneth, Douglas, Donald and Randall Bowman, grandsons Aaron, James and Michael Bowman, and granddaughters Kyla and Michelle Bowman.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor James Wesley officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

Following the service, Anne will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Aldo Meli

1930 – 2021

Mr. Aldo Meli of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Antonietta Meli, passed away peacefully at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital Thursday, October 14th, 2021, at the age of 90.

Aldo was born on October 27th, 1930 in Napoli, Campania, Italy to parents Giuseppe and Erminia Meli. He was one of six children. As a child growing up in Italy, Aldo loved to swim, dive, and fish in the Bay of Napoli. In 1951, Aldo met the love of his life Antonietta and they became inseparable. Aldo immigrated to Canada in 1954 and Antonietta soon followed. They were married on April 13th, 1955, at St. Basil’s Catholic Church, in Lethbridge, AB.

Aldo and Antonietta began their new life together and he quickly put his skills as a tradesman to work to provide for their growing family. Despite the challenges of a new country, and language, Aldo found ways to utilize his artistry and for most of his career would work for himself as a highly skilled painter. He also loved gardening and shared their large backyard crop with many friends and neighbours, especially the greenhouse tomatoes! Aldo was proud of his Italian heritage and as one of the founding members of the Lethbridge Italian Canadian Cultural Centre, he helped build the hall from the ground up.

Aldo was devoted to his family and made sure that there was always time for gathering with loved ones. The traditions of making homemade sausage, wine, and pasta from scratch are happily ingrained in his family. As time went on the family continued to grow, but Aldo always made sure there was a seat for everyone at the ever-extending dining room table. This time was filled with great stories, delicious food, lots of laughter, and plenty wine of course!

Aldo was a loving husband to Antonietta for 66 years and will be deeply missed. He took great pride in his 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren; they will hold their father, nonno, and bisnonno in their hearts forever. Son Joe (Leslie) Meli grandchildren; Lindsay and Ashley. Son Tony Meli (Jackie) grandchildren; Tara (Shaun; Vienna and Vallyn), Devin (Erika; Ayden, Easton, and Quinn), and Peter. Daughter Rosie Kenna (Shawn) grandchildren; Karli (Daryl; Zakkary, and Parker), and Kimberli. Daughter Patti (Brent) Ruby grandchildren; Nathan and Isabella (Shawn).

Aldo was predeceased by his parents Giuseppe and Erminia Meli, and Antonietta’s parents Antonio and Anna Maria Rinaldi. Aldo will be missed by his siblings Armando dec. (Anna) Meli, Antonio (Lena) Meli, Mario dec. (Ciara dec.) Meli, Rosaria dec. (Danny dec.) Antulov, Rosita (Pepino dec.) Lombardi. As well as, Antonietta’s siblings Salvatore dec. (Lina) Rinaldi, Tina dec. (Angelo dec.) Pantaleo, Carmen (Franco dec.) Bauduin, John dec. (Susan) Rinaldi and predeceased by their son Oliver Rinaldi. Aldo will be forever loved by his large extended family spanning from Italy to Canada.

The family is very grateful for the loving care that Aldo received from Dr. M. Cassis and Dr. M. Wong, along with Dr. S. Zielke and the medical staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am MST, on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The family invites those who wish to view the service via livestream, to follow the link at the bottom of Aldo’s online obituary:

Flowers are gratefully declined; a donation can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Aldo’s family feel the best way you can honour him is to keep your families strong, together, and be kind to one another.

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Anna Rogan

1934 – 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Anna Rogan who passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 20, 2021, at St. Therese Villa at the age of 87 years.

Anna was born in Kuzma, Slovenia on July 6, 1934, to Stefan and Marija Zrim. She was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, and friend who had strong faith in God which guided her through life’s journey. Anna enjoyed cooking and baking and tending her rose garden.

Anna will be greatly missed by her beloved husband Ernest; sister Terezija Sukic in Slovenia; sister-in-law Emilia Zrim in Lethbridge, and various nieces, nephews, and cousins in Slovenia, Austria, and Lethbridge.

Anna is predeceased by her parents Stefan and Marija; son Dr. Ernest Rogan and his wife Anne; sister Marija; brother Stefan; two brother in-laws Alojz and Feri, and her nephew Stanko; as well as aunts and uncles.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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HOPPY UNGER of Coaldale, beloved husband and best friend of Amy, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the age of 83 years.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Coaldale Cemetery (north on Hwy 845, west of Gem of the West Museum) on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Barb Roycroft officiating. Tributes and Eulogies will be shared beginning at 5:00 P.M. Both the graveside and the tributes will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Hoppy’s obituary on the Cornerstone website at their respective times.

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Gayle Watson

1942 – 2021

Gayle Ila Watson passed away Tuesday, October 19 at the Coaldale Health Centre surrounded by her loving family.

A private family Service will be held at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The family invites those who wish to view the service via livestream, to follow the link at the bottom of Gayle’s online obituary: Interment to take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

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