May 25th, 2024

FRIDAY, November 5, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 5, 2021.


GABERIAL BAGU, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded with loving family on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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STANLEY JOSEPH “SONNY” BLACK WATER Jr., of the Blood Tribe (Kainai), passed away at his home in Stand Off, Alberta, on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the age of 63 years.

The Celebration of his Life will begin with the Family Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME (2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB) on Monday, November 8th, 2021, at 4:00 P.M. Following that, the family will process to the Wake Service, which will be held at the TANNER CENTENNIAL SENIORS CENTRE (206 – 1 Street West, Cardston, AB), from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH (Blood Tribe/Kainai) on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, at 11:00 A.M., with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating. Following the Mass, Stanley will be laid to rest at the St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Gelane Collin
1934 – 2021

 After 31,953 days of a life well-lived and well-loved, Ruby Gelane Collin peacefully left this world to travel to her eternal home before the sun had risen on the morning of Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the age of 87 years.
 Gelane leaves to cherish her memory four of her children, seventeen grandchildren and twenty four great-grandchildren including the families of son Stewart (Corinne) Collin (Erin, Chloe, Lydia, Luke and Avery); son Clinton (Lorry) Collin  (Nicole, Jarrett, Danielle and Melissa); daughter Maureen (Brian) St. Peter (Cassandra, Chad and Blake); daughter Lynnette (Terence) Hochstein (Shelby, Justin and Michayla); daughter-in-law Natalie (Reid) Collin (Michelle and Tyler); brother Jay (Geri); sister Patricia; sisters-in-law Annabelle, Joyce and Sandy; and the many nieces and nephews and their families who were so blessed to be touched by her love.
 She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Harvey Collin (1996); son Harvey “Reid” Collin (2008); dear friend and second husband Roy Ondrik (2008); parents Josiah “Mike” and Ruby Holland; brothers Wayne and Lowell; and sisters Wanda  and Nadine.
 Born on May 9, 1934, Ruby Gelane Holland was one of seven children lovingly raised by their parents, Mike and Ruby, in Raymond. On November 7, 1953, she married the love of her life, Raymond Collin, joining him to work and raise a family on the Collin family farm southwest of Foremost. Ray and Gelane retired in 1988 and were privileged to watch the next generation continue the legacy. They enjoyed several years of travel, escaping Alberta’s cold weather first in Hawaii, then making their winter home in Mesa, Arizona, where they made many new friends. After Ray’s passing, Gelane made the trip a few more times before choosing to remain in Foremost. She was very involved in her grandchildren’s lives and kept her hands busy completing countless hand-stitched quilts, woven blankets and other crafts she enjoyed. Gelane was very involved in her community, being part of the theatrical society for many years, a member of the Catholic Women’s League and other community groups. She loved to cheer for all the Foremost teams, even after her grandchildren were grown. She opened her home to music lessons, many visiting families and even some sports teams – all rewarded by being called “Grandma Collin” by everyone who knew her.
  After a graveside service at the Foremost Cemetery on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with her granddaughter, the Reverend Lydia Collin, as officiant of the ceremony, Gelane will lay at rest beside Ray. The family will plan a wonderful celebration of her life this coming summer. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Currently, the restrictions will allow for up to 200 people outdoors attending a funeral related event.
  If friends so desire, our family welcomes donations in Gelane’s memory to be made directly to the ALS Society of Alberta, 7874 – 10 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W1 (, a charity near and dear to our hearts.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Garrett, Edith “Bessie”

Scott (nee Bean)

Edith Garrett, our loving Mom, passed away quietly in the early hours of Tues. Nov. 2nd at the age of 85. As the youngest of six children and one step-brother, she was predeceased by her Father, David Bean of North Dakota; her Mother Elizabeth Bean Brown of Coutts-Milk River, then Magrath; her step-father Frank Brown of Magrath; and all of her siblings, as well as both her first husband, Murray Scott of Southern Alberta; and her second husband Thomas Garrett of Coalhurst.

She is survived by her children, Lorna (Edward) Frache of Lethbridge, Ken (Barb) Scott of Slave Lake, Glen Scott of Raymond, Gary (Vicki) Scott of Lethbridge, and Holly (Barry) Fisk of Raymond; one sister-in-law, Jane Ellen (John) DeMitri of Kelowna; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; “as-good-as-sisters” friends; friends and neighbours. Mom loved all her extended family – whether you were literal family or adopted in. If she loved you, you were extended family.

Edith has spent the past 9 months receiving wonderful care from the staff at both Lethbridge and Raymond hospitals, and Good Samaritan’s residences in Magrath, Raymond and most recently Cardston. We sincerely thank all those at each facility for their kindness and compassion.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel (221 North, 400 West, Raymond). All are welcome, however for those who wish, live-streaming will be available at, and scroll to the bottom of Edith’s obituary. Interment will follow at Magrath Cemetery.

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We are saddened to announce the passing of a dear husband, father, brother, and uncle.

Dennis Green passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021, in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Dennis was born December 3, 1964, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he resided until he moved to Lethbridge where he met the love of his life, Corry. They were later blessed by the birth of their son Kevin, who was the light of their lives. He enjoyed fishing, camping, mud bogging and quading, and was also known for his tattooing.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Corry of 37 years; his son Kevin and sister Mary (Lance).

Dennis was predeceased by his father Allan, and mother Leona.

Dennis’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife, son, sister, family and many friends.

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Lola Alice Heaven was born October 1, 1921, living a remarkable 100 years. She might be remembered for living through the Great Depression, leaving school at age 12 to go to work, or raising a daughter while her husband served overseas during WW2. She might be congratulated for living so long and experiencing many changes in the world like delivering messages to the neighbours by horse back or facetiming great grandkids. But Lola’s legacy is ultimately in what she taught us all about living.

Lola did not approach life as if it was a journey collecting experiences and meeting goals. Instead, she lived well, one important minute to the next. She busied her hands when she was idle. She found beauty on a rainy day. She enjoyed the lively banter that emerged from a game of cards at the kitchen table. And mostly, she lived for the company of people. She was not only excited about others, but she was also excited for others. She made each of us to feel as if we mattered to her.

As a life-long Flames fan on the lead up to her 100th birthday, it pained Lola delightfully to spend a whole year associated with number 99 🙂 She was thrilled to make her 100th birthday and in the process gave the world a model for a long and graceful life. Whether she was offering up another homemade cookie, or simply twinkling her eyes during a good chat through a pandemic-safe exterior window (see picture above), her outlook was unwaveringly “wonder-full.”

Most special to her were her husband Pat, her 3 children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and her younger sister, Pearl. Of equal mention were her many life-long friends whom she spoke of with deep fondness. Lola’s second family were the residents and staff at Columbia Aged Care. She treasured how lucky she was to be surrounded by wonderful friends and caregivers.

Lola Alice Heaven was one of a kind and we will miss her. We love you sweet Grammie!

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MARY HRANAC, beloved wife of the late Fred Hranac, passed away peacefully at Cedar Creek Adaptacare, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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JUDY JACKSON, beloved wife of Brian Jackson, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the age of 63 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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KARREN, Dwight

Dwight Karren, beloved husband of Diane Karren, passed away with family by his side on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the Raymond Hospital at the age of 76.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cobblestone Chapel, Raymond AB. Further details to come. For those who wish, live streaming will be available at, and scrolling to the bottom of Dwight’s obituary.

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Alice Kooy

1932– 2021

“And now I will show you the most excellent way…Love never fails”. 1 Corinthians 13

Alice Margarita Kooy (Pilon), of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Albert John Kooy, passed away peacefully on November 2 at the age of 89. She was carried by the love, prayers, and songs of family and friends prior to her passing.

Alice was born in Lynden, Washington on September 21, 1932 to John and Dorothy Pilon. She grew up on a dairy farm outside Lynden, the oldest of six girls. Alice met a lanky young Albert from Southern Alberta at a young people’s gathering at her church in Lynden. Eventually wooed by the tall Canadian, at the age of eighteen Alice married Albert and moved from the lush coast of Washington to the starkness of the prairies, determined to carve out a new life with her husband far from everything she knew in a much less forgiving environment. Her resourcefulness and creativity guided her as she raised a family of five while throwing herself into gardening, design, décor, and culinary pursuits. When Albert and Alice were able to take more time away from the farm, travel became a meaningful pastime providing many opportunities to sample fashion and design in further flung places. Above all, music remained her passion, contributing her voice on many occasions to both church and the university choir. Albert and Alice were known to croon in harmony as well, should the opportunity present itself.

Alice was an active member of the Nobleford Christian Reformed Church, and later the Maranatha congregation in Lethbridge. Over the past decade, Alice dealt with many challenges to her health, all the while surprising everyone with her resilience in the face of many difficulties. After a stroke this past Spring, Alice found it difficult to deal with the compromises she faced with her body. When the time came, she was ready to meet her Lord.

Alice was predeceased by her daughter Doreen and her husband Albert.

She is survived by her children Cheryl (Eugene) Boehr, Peter

(Diane) Kooy, Delbert (Louise) Kooy, and Julie (Henry) Klok, as well as her sisters Minnie (Jim) Buys, Pat (Delbert) Bosman, Joanne Vanderveen, Linda (Walter) Egli, and Sharon McDaniel; sister-in-laws Johanna Konynenbelt and Gertrude Kooy, and also a grandmother to fourteen and a great-grandmother to twenty.

A small gathering in celebration of life will be held with close family and friends at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, 2021.

An Interment ceremony will take place in Nobleford/Monarch cemetery at approximately 3:30 pm.

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The family thanks the staff of Cedar Creek, as well as Dr. David Stewart, for their kind and respectful care of our mom.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lethbridge Symphony.

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On the night of Oct. 31, 2021, the world lost a great man due to complications of Covid-19. ROBERT MCNAB, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at Lethbridge Regional Hospital at the age of 71.

Robert was born in Camrose, AB on Jan. 30th, 1950 to Rose and Victor (Bud) McNab. At the age of 6, he and his family, which now included 3 younger sisters, moved to Milk River. During his school years, Robert loved racing cars and excelled in sports, his favorite being basketball. He also began dating the love of his life, Neva Bair, who had years ago decided that this was the man she would marry.

After high school, he worked at various jobs until finally going into the grain business with his father Bud at Milk River Grain. Robert and Neva were married in Lethbridge in August, 1972. They moved back to Milk River shortly after, where they were involved in Kinsmen and Kinettes. The curling rink was a favorite place for Robert, where he enjoyed a few beverages after a hotly contested curling game.

Milk River Grain was sold to Continental Grain and the McNab’s were sent to Winnipeg for a 2 year training course, to learn the ins and outs of specialty crops such as peas and lentils. That 2 years stretched into 23 years, during which time 2 children were added to the family – Jeff in 1977 and Ashleigh in 1981. Life in Winnipeg was good, despite the cold in winter and the mosquitos in summer. Robert was highly involved with Jeff’s hockey, often getting up at 5 am to take him to practise in the middle of the cold Winnipeg winter.

During their time in Winnipeg, Robert held several high positions in the grain industry. He travelled many times around the world, gaining new customers and many life-long friends. After Continental Grain decided to downsize their Canadian operations, Robert and Neva moved to Regina, where he was employed by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. After 3 years there, he was offered his dream job: manager of Parrish and Heimbecker, back in his beloved Lethbridge.

In 2000, the McNabs moved to Lethbridge and enjoyed the years being back with family and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. After living so many years in the flatlands of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, going to the mountains was a special treat for Robert. His favorite place of all was Meadow Lake, Montana.

Robert retired from the grain business in 2015. In his retirement, he loved to cook wonderful meals, golfing at Paradise Canyon, travelling to Palm Springs, California, and becoming a real “techie”. He would spend hours on the computer, creating programs that his poor wife could never understand. His other hobbies included a beautiful salt water aquarium and growing Bonsai trees. He researched both the tank and the trees thoroughly to make certain everything was done just right. He loved puttering in his yard, growing his lovely delicious tomatoes and every August making dill pickles.

Robert was a man of great integrity and honesty – something his golfing buddies may not agree with! His family meant the world to him – he loved being a grandparent and he would do anything for Neva or his kids. He was a man of few words, but had the biggest heart. If you were his friend, you were his friend forever.

Robert is survived by his wife of 49 years, Neva, Jeff (Savannah) McNab of Sicamous B.C., Ashleigh McNab (Sebastiaan) of Lethbridge, and grandkids, Sira and Jake. He is also survived by his 3 sisters, Linda McNab (Gary), Andrea Riplinger (Wilf- deceased ) both of Osoyoos B.C. and Judy Hoffarth (Greg) of Picture Butte, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Bud and Rose McNab, brother-in-law Wilf (Rip) Riplinger, parents-in-law John and Donna Bair, sister/ brother-in-law Gayla and Stewart Gilborn, and nephew Layne Gilborn.

Robert, you will be missed so deeply by everyone who knew you. Our hearts are shattered by our loss. A private family gathering will take place soon, and a larger celebration of Robert’s life will be held in the spring, for Robert loved nothing more than a party! In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Kidney Foundation of Canada ( And, in Robert’s memory, hoist a glass of your best scotch.

Rest in peace, my love. Until we meet again.

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Mr. Stan Piontek of Vancouver British Columbia, beloved brother to Jean Stabb of Lethbridge Alberta, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the age of 91.

Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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This is our link with all those who have ever loved. This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion – Pema Chodron

With broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Geoff on October 27, 2021. He is the beloved son of Darlene (Dennis) Carlson.

Geoff is also survived by his sister Jodi (Sunny), step-mother Sandy, step-sister Danna (Stan) step-brothers Stacey (Cari) and Ryan, as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his dad Brian, grandparents Carl and Jean Thompson and Tony and Edna Shatz.

Geoff was a very kind, gentle person who followed the teachings of Buddhism all his adult life. He was an excellent musician having played guitar for many years. He was also a talented artist and writer.

Wildflower, I will love your silences as I have loved my own – darkness too, is beautiful. – Geoff Shatz

Cremation. In Geoff’s memory, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Rose Elizabeth Szigli

June 5, 1919 – October 23, 2021

It is with great sadness, that we said goodbye to our precious dear Mom on Saturday October 23, 2021, at the age 102.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm, on Friday, November 5, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm, on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Those who wish, may watch the service via livestream by visiting All Saints Parish website

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SHAYLIZE TALINA WILLIAMS-DAY RIDER, passed away on October 28th, 2021 on the Blood Reserve, AB at the age of 19 years.

The Wake Service will be held at the Tanner Center, Cardston on Sunday, November 7th from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will take place at Legacy Funeral Home on Monday, November 8th at 11:00 am with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating.

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