May 18th, 2024

THURSDAY, December 09, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 9, 2021.

Pat Bartoshyk

Feb. 18, 1959 – Dec. 5, 2021

It is with heavy and broken hearts that Marilyn, Patrick, and Aryn announce the passing of their much-loved husband and father on December 5, 2021. He died as he lived, in his home, surrounded by the love of his family.

Pat was born in Myrnam, Alberta and spent much of his childhood in St. Paul. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance), he spent 6 years as co-owner, alongside his brother Perry, of the Denim Den franchise in St. Paul. In 1987, he and Marilyn moved to Lethbridge where he became a dedicated and accomplished Investment Advisor for over 30 years, first at Richardson Greenshields, then at TD Waterhouse until his retirement in 2019. He was an exceptional athlete and an avid fan of football, baseball, hockey, and golf, passing on his love of sports and travel, his insurmountable work ethic, and his strong family values to Patrick and Aryn. He was their role model, their mentor, their confidante, and their stronghold, and was so deeply proud of their many accomplishments. For Marilyn, he was a devoted and caring husband, the love of her life and soul mate of 34 years, and her steadfast rock that unremittingly supported her through life’s challenges and opportunities. Family was Pat’s life passion and behind everything he stood for.

Pat is survived by his wife (Marilyn), his son (Patrick), his daughter (Aryn & fiancé, Warren), his brothers (Perry & Percy), and his mother (Pauline).

He was tragically predeceased by his twin sisters (Patsy & Peggy) on Christmas Eve of 1977, and by his father (Pete) in 2008.

Marilyn, Patrick, and Aryn extend special thanks to the many family members, friends, colleagues, physicians, and caregivers who provided support to them and to Pat during the last many months of his debilitating illness. He was taken much too soon and while we will never know why, we take comfort in knowing that love and precious memories will outlast the pain of grief.

A private family service will be held at a later date, at the graveside of Pat’s beloved twin sisters. In memory of Pat, we ask that you treat everyone with kindness, and support organizations such as Lethbridge Home Care (AHS), the Canadian Cancer Society, STARS, and the Canadian Red Cross.

How does one, Survive the death of your life mate?

How does one, Wake up every morning alone,

when it’s so natural to seek a sense if he is awake?

How does one, Live the day, still expecting to have a conversation with him?

How does one, Navigate the weeks,

unfolding from each day alon instead of shared with him?

How does one decide what to do,

When what to do depended on what he wanted too?

How does one, Prepare a meal that is not taking, his likes in to consideration

How does one, Go to sleep at night without saying “good night” to him?

How does one, Learn to do all the things he took care of?

How does one, Parent adult children without problem solving with him?

How does one, Welcome grand babies into the world without grandpa?

How does one, Travel without the driver, and without the companion,

that made the trip more special because it was shared?

How does one, do a solo journey,

when growing old together was THE PLAN? How does one?

Poem by Maxine Reidel

Visit to send a condolence.


CLEMENT BLACK RABBIT, passed away in Stand Off, Alberta on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the age of 66 years. The Wake service will be held at White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 6 – 11 pm. The Funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 am, with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating. Interment to follow at Black Rabbit Family Cemetery.

To send condolences go to


After years of bringing life into the world, we are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. PHILIP MICHAEL BROWNE, beloved husband of Anne Browne, on Monday, November 8, 2021, with his loving family by his side after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

A Private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Phil’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flower and in memory of Phil, donations may be made to the American Bird Conservancy ( or any Conservation Organization that you support.

To send a condolence, please visit


The family of MARY D GRAHAM is saddened to announce her passing on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

Mary is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ken, and their four children: Kathy (Steve) Thorlakson, Janet (Ken) Knox, Michael (Stephen) Graham and Richard (Sharon) Graham. She was also blessed with four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mary was born in Exeter, Ontario, daughter of Fern and Mac McKinnon. Over the course of her 93 years, Mary cherished the many friends she made along the way, starting with her early years as a child in Paris, Ontario. Mary graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, and then worked at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, where she met a gentle veterinarian student who convinced her to spend the rest of her life with him.

Mary braved a move west to Claresholm, where they both worked hard setting up the veterinary practice. The four children along the way kept her that much more busy. Mary loved living in Claresholm. She was a small town gal and immersed herself in the small town atmosphere of Claresholm. Over the course of their 20 years there, she gathered more friends through the Reading Club, church and Rotary Club. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1969, which became home for the rest of her life. Mary was always busy with church functions at First United, square dancing, keeping four children in check and volunteering for Meals on Wheels for nearly 40 years.

Travel was a big part of their lives and they really did see the world.

A private Family Service will be held at the family home with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. Mary will be laid to rest in Archmount Cemetery.

As Mom always said towards the end, “My working days are over and I rest in the loving arms of God.”

To send a condolence, please visit


December 14, 1928 – December 4, 2021

GORDON BERNARD THIELEN, beloved husband of Barbara Bianchi Thielen and the late Katie (Gaetz) Thielen, passed away suddenly ten days shy of his 93rd birthday. He was the oldest child of Xavier Thielen and Hilda Vornbrock.

Gordon was born and raised in the Allerston area and farmed there until moving to Milk River with Katie in 1994. They had 48 years together and in 2000 Katie passed away suddenly. At the age of 80 Gordon married a lifelong friend, Barbara Bianchi, and they had twelve wonderful years together.

This quiet, gentle man is survived by wife, Barbara and his children:

Son, Leonard and children; Stacey (Brent Barrows) – Kelsey (Lane Ferguson) – Harper and Tuftin; William and Ethan; Lannie (Erin) – Clyde and Kate; Jaime (Trevor Drapaka) – Hunter and Brooklyn.

Son, Wayne (Betty) and children; Trevor (Amanda) – Jonathan; Jody (Carl Strahl) – Caroline, Kenneth, Eric and Douglas; Brady (Jessica).

Daughter, Ramona and children; Nicole (Scott Rose) – Aurora; Michelle (Rob Auld) – Ella and Alex.

Daughter, Lois (Tim Andrew) and children; Cole (Allison), Clayton and Austin.

Son, Clifford (Joyce) and children; Ryan (Brittni) – Rhettlee Rae; Russell (Jessica) – Emma, Dawson, Grayson and Easton; Jessie May.

Son, Tom (Julie) and children; Chase (Rae Ann) – Tatum and Miles; Wacey (Jordyn).

Barbara’s children – Boyd (Colleen) Bianchi, Annette (Ken Long), Carleen (Konrad Galts), Darcy (Don Finkbeiner) and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sister, Rosy (Doug Helwig), brothers, Russell Thielen and Ken Wachtler (Janice) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by wife, Katie and grandson Ted Andrew, sister, Burniece (Leland) Orcutt and brother Melvin (Marilyn) Wachtler.

A private Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9:45 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating. The Mass will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Gordon’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Gordon will be laid to rest in the Allerston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, have a mass said in Gordon’s honor or donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation ( or Diabetes Canada (

To send a condolence, please visit


Sept. 19th, 1962 – Dec. 1st, 2021

Lori Joan Phyllis (Tysseland) Shellenberg peacefully passed away at the age of 59, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband David, children Stephanie & Kevin, daughter in-law Karlie, father David Tysseland and siblings Gary Tysseland & Beverly Tysseland and a long list of extended family. She was predeceased by her mother, Phyllis Tysseland.

Lori met Dave in Lethbridge in 1978 and continued to date until July 1983, when they married. She

moved from Lethbridge to Calgary to train at the Foothills Hospital and became a Registered Nurse in 1983. She worked her entire 33 year career in several units at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Lori was loved by many and the family would love those she impacted to join us in a Celebration of Life, which will be held in Calgary in mid-January 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the MS Society of Canada ( or Canadian Cancer Society ( To send a condolence or see the details for the Celebration of Lori’s life, please visit:

Share this story:


Comments are closed.