May 17th, 2024

FRIDAY, December 17, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 17, 2021.


SHIRLEY ELIZABETH BEACH, beloved wife of James Beach, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the age of 90 years old.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, on Friday, December 17 at 11:00 A.M. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 50 guests. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@

The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Shirley’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Shirley, donations can be directed to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund at

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Christina Wilhelmina deWit

(Van Dyk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Oma, Great grandmother & friend, Christina deWit in Lethbridge at the age of 82 on Nov 21st, 2021.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Friday, December 17th, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Christina’s obituary on the Cornerstone website. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.

A reception will be held at the German Canadian Club, 902 – 6 Street North, Lethbridge. Those who wish to attend, government identification and a QR Code must be presented.

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of DWIGHT (SAM) EVANS, beloved husband of Evelyn Evans, who passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the age of 77 years.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 52 years Evelyn Evans, son Clay (Tara) Evans and their daughters Cassie and Jorja, daughter Carol (Rob) Spark and their sons Liam and Ira, brother Cam (Eileen) Evans, sister Rita Lemieux, in-laws Marie Morrissey, Phyllis (Mike) Leddy, Charles (Willie) Murphy and Leo (Jane) Murphy, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Dwight was predeceased by parents Hazel and Rae Evans, brother Harlow Evans, brother-in-law Roger Lemieux and many in-laws.

Dwight was born July 9th, 1944 and was raised on the family farm near Warner. Dwight was trained in electronics at Devry Tech and later became a journeyman electrician. He worked as a miner at Thompson nickel mine, and as a seismic observer on the ocean, tundra and desert. He was a partner at Greens N Things in Medicine Hat. His work took him to Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, Michigan, California, Alabama, Newfoundland and PEI, as well as two years in Pakistan with his family. Dwight’s heart always wanted to farm, so in 1986, they embarked on a homesteading adventure, moving to Carcajou/Keg River. As he worked the land, he built his house and granaries. He was active in the community as an electrician, hauling water for others and as a sawyer cutting lumber with his portable saw mill. They were part of that community for 32 years. They made many good friends and participated in curling, fishing derbies, playing cards and in pony poker rallies.

In 2017, they retired to Lethbridge to be closer to family. Dwight was a humble, kind man that made friends easily wherever he went. He always saw the good in people and was willing to lend a helping hand. Dwight enjoyed engaging with children, especially his grandchildren. He would stir their imaginations with his many adventurous stories. He loved visits from family and friends. He was well travelled and always ready for adventure. He will be sadly missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or The Funeral Service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Dwight’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Dwight, please make a donation to your local food bank.

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Samuel Hofer

1941 – 2021

  Our Dear Dad, Samuel J. Hofer, entered into his eternal rest the morning of Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at the age of 80 years, joining Anne, his beloved wife of fifty years who predeceased him on August 22, 2021.

  The Funeral Service will be held at the Copperfield Farms Colony, Vauxhall on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Copperfield Farms Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at

  Leaving behind to mourn and miss him are his dear children James (Vera) of Copperfield, Tim (Susanna) of Cameron Farms, Min. Marvin (Barbara

Ann) of Copperfield and Carolanne (Clarence) of Warden, Washington; nineteen grandchildren, three sisters, a brother and his entire community.

Sam was born on September 1, 1941 at Ewelme Colony. In 1969, he moved to Cameron Farms. On July 4, 1971, he married Anne and raised a family before moving to Copperfield where he fully embraced his job as farm boss, inventor and machinist.

  Sam was a God fearing, hardworking man. A devoted husband, respected dad and a kind loving grandpa. Farewell, with love forever in our hearts and always in our thoughts.

Marilyn Kwiczak

1953 – 2021

Ms. Marilyn Kwiczak of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

In keeping with her wishes, Marilyn will be privately remembered by her family and friends.

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Helen Murkin

1945 – 2021

Mrs. Helen Murkin (Tamaki) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Brian Murkin passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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LOIS MARLENE PETERSON, beloved wife of Wayne Peterson, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family by her side on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Aaron Jon Stonehouse died Saturday, December 11th, 2021 in Lethbridge from a cardiac incident. Left to grieve are his parents Pat and Jack and his brother Andy. For those who knew Aaron, you will remember him as a kind gentle soul. He was loved dearly and will be missed. Thank you to all the people who helped Aaron along in his life journey. A family gathering to celebrate Aaron’s life will be held next summer. Rest In Peace, Aaron.

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ALOJZ STRAGA, beloved husband of Ivka Straga, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

Alojz was born in Mali Banovac, Croatia, to Marija and Antoni Straga. He started to learn the bricklayer trade in Croatia where he worked alongside his grandfather. In 1952, he met his best friend and soulmate Ivka, they were fortunate enough to have spent more than 69 years together. They got married April 22, 1952. Three years later, they tried to immigrate to Canada, but due to unrest were unable to. Instead, they left for Austria. Two years later, they were able to immigrate to Canada and settled in Iron Springs, with Ivka’s aunt and uncle Hormoth, on the farm, before moving to Lethbridge three years later.

Alojz was overjoyed and so proud to welcome their first daughter Linda in 1965, and Terry in 1967. His number one priority was his family. He loved playing with his girls, watching them grow, and taking yearly family vacations to BC. In later years he enjoyed time playing with his grandchildren, and most recently spending time with his great grandchildren.

Alojz was a skilled bricklayer, proudly pointing out the numerous buildings in the city he worked on, as well as all across Alberta. He would fix anything and was called upon many times by his family for repairs, which he gladly obliged. Even as his health slowed him down, he could be found on a ladder or roof at the age of 90 years old.

Alojz had a quiet dry humor although often silent, when he did speak, he was always good for a laugh.

Alojz is survived by his wife Ivka, daughter Linda (Bill) Bennett, grandchildren Christina Bennett, Jordan Bennett (Tayler) and great- grandchildren Addison, Kinnley and Maddon. He is also survived by three brothers – Vlado, Frank and John and families. His sister Regina in Austria, Ruzina in Croatia and their families. He was predeceased by his daughter Terry Tschernetzki in 1992, his brothers Pero and Carlo, his sisters Anna, Theresa and Mira.

The family would like to send a sincere thanks to Dr. Amatto and the staff at Campbell Clinic West for their care over the years. A special thank you to Rick Siemens at London Drugs Pharmacy for your kindness and care and Dr. Plotnyk and the staff on 4A for your compassionate care while Alojz was a patient there.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. Due to Covid-19, attendance will be limited for both the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or

Following the Funeral Mass, Alojz will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

Please join the family at the luncheon following the Interment at the NORD-BRIDGE SENIORS CENTRE, 1904 – 14 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB at 2:30 P.M. This invitation is extended to those unable to attend the services as well as those who were able to. Please be advised that the Restrictions Exception Program will be in effect, requiring proof of vaccination and picture ID or a negative Rapid COVID test within 72 hours.

If you would like to contribute to Alojz memory in some way, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Arie Veluw

1931 – 2021

Mr. Arie Veluw of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Mrs. Henny Veluw, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2021 at the age of 90.

Arie was born on February 27, 1931 in Nykerk, Netherlands. As a young man, he was inspired by the dedication of the Canadian troops that brought liberation to Holland during World War 2. It was then that he resolved to immigrate to Canada. Arie arrived in Canada in 1955. After a time of working with Calgary Power, he settled in Southern Alberta, and fell in love with Henny Donkersgoed. Arie and Henny were married for 64 years. During this time, Arie fully committed to his thriving dairy farm. He also manifested kindness and compassion to others by sitting on church councils and school boards. But, more importantly, he was the proud father of six children. He was their role model, their mentor and confidante. Family gatherings with his children and enjoying their accomplishments were always moments of great joy for him.

Arie’s family extend special thanks to the many family members, friends, and palliative care team who provided support this last year. Together, they were able to honor his wish to be cared for in his home.

Arie leaves to cherish these memories with his wife, Henny, his children Alice (Stan), Terry (Randy-deceased), Susan (Doug), Richard (Cindy), Anita (Ken) and Heidi (Russel); along with his fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Also, mourning his loss are Arie’s sister, Janny Van Hierden, brothers Jan and Gerrit (deceased); as well as Henny’s brothers Tymen and Ken and sister, Anna, along with brothers, Gerrit, Bert and sisters Jans, Tina, Molly, and Stiena (deceased). Arie’s nieces and nephews also mourn their Uncle Arie.

Dad is predeceased by his parents Albert and Aartje van Veluw and Henny’s parents, Klaas and Mia van Donkersgoed.

We will all miss Dad’s ability to string a tale, his sense of humor, his enquiring mind, his servant’s heart and his keen interest in those he was in relationship with. He was our consummate hero and treasure-husband, father, grandfather and role model. Our tears flow freely as we miss him deeply, but we are assured that he is fully healed and whole and rejoicing before His Lord and Savior. He is finally in his eternal home.

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A Celebration of Life will be held in early January 2022.

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Sarah Waldner

1944 – 2021

  Sarah P. Waldner, beloved wife of Peter Waldner, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the age of 77 years.   The Funeral Service will be held at the Evergreen Colony, Taber on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Evergreen Colony Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at


JACQUELINE ANNE WRIGHT passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday December 10th, 2021 at the age of 75.

“Jackie” was born in Stettler Alberta on August 28th, 1946. She grew up in Big Valley Alberta on the family farm, where her love for animals was developed. She especially loved horses, cats and dogs. Mom was happiest when she was cooking for her family and friends. She was a talented artist, cook and hairstylist. Her hairstyling career took her literally around the world. She went from Stylist, to Manager, to Regional Manager in just a few years at Regis Hairstyling. Regis took her to Amsterdam, England, Paris, Spain, Italy, New Orleans, Turkey and the Caribbean. This was such a great opportunity for a single mom and we were so proud of her.

She leaves behind two daughters, her eldest daughter Peggy (Tom) Molyneux, along with her grandson Michael Molyneux, who she was so proud of and adored, and her youngest daughter Patricia Wright who has been one of her main caregivers. She also leaves her 3 siblings Dennis, Susan and Gerald Edwards and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Walter Gerald Edwards and her Mother Anna Edwards (Ernst).

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Elizabeth (Liz) Zanewich

(née Prokopenko)

Mom always said she grew up in the best of times, life was simple and even though her life was tough, she always cared about family and had loads of fun. Growing up in Winnipeg, she remembered her and her mom trading tokens with neighbours for sugar during WWII. She spent many summers picking blueberries with her mom and brothers (Steve, Bill and John Paul). After multiple summers, she finally saved up enough money to buy a bike. She also witnessed tremendous social, technological and global changes during her life. Even with the constantly changing technology and iOS updates, mom always challenged herself to become a master, especially of her iPads, so we could all stay connected despite distance.

At a very young age, mom began her teaching career as a “permit teacher” in a one room schoolhouse teaching all grades in Eriksdale, before completing Normal School in Winnipeg. She moved to Flin Flon, met her future husband Steve, and got married in 1955. In the 1960s, they moved westward to Alberta. Mom and dad worked together to own a couple small hotels in rural Alberta and raise a family. After dad’s passing, she began her career as a realtor in Lethbridge where she achieved the Million Dollar Club status.

As a single parent, mom continued raising four young children (Karen, Allan, Debra and Glen) and was the biggest supporter of all their sports and activities. Our house was never without some sort of pet, be it fish, gerbils, hamsters, cats and even a dog. Mom wondered why a cute, stray kitten kept hanging around our house until she realized that her children were regularly sneaking it into the house through a basement window to feed it.

After her retirement, mom spent countless hours with her six grandchildren (Landon, Makenna, Zachary, Brinnley, Isabelle, and Hadynn). Many puzzles were constructed, scrabble games were played and nature paths were travelled. Mom even learned to play chess to indulge her grandkids.

Mom loved to travel abroad, garden and explore nature. She was especially fond of birds and the mountains. On many of her travels she seemed to keep meeting up with water challenges – be it stepping on stones to cross rivers, walking gangways to disembark from a houseboat, and dipping her toes in the swirling ocean waters. Mom enjoyed spending mornings sipping her coffee, warming her back with the sun, reading the newspaper and tackling her crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

At mom’s request, there will be no formal gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Helen Schuler Nature Center, Lethbridge Family Services, or a nonprofit organization of your choice.

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