May 30th, 2024

WEDNESDAY, December 22, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 22, 2021.

Matias Ayarra

1935 – 2021

Mr. Matias Ayarra of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Helga Ayarra, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

Matias was born in Juarrieta, Spain on July 23, 1935.

He is survived by his loving wife Helga; son Gregory (Gina); daughter Benita (Wade); sisters Elvira, Regina and Luisa (Harry).

He was predeceased by his brother Francisco; sister Estefania and brother Juan Jose.

At Matias’ request, he will be privately remembered by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


Michael Balint

1934 – 2021

Mr. Michael Balint of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Jackie Balint, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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BOYCHUK

VICTOR JOSEPH BOYCHUK, beloved husband of Shirley Boychuk, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, December 20, 2021, at the age of 89 years.

Friends may meet the family at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Northside LDS chapel. Those wishing to attend the evening visitation are asked to call the funeral home to book a time.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Northside Chapel, 2213 – 6A Avenue North. Masks are mandatory.

To send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


DE VRIES

ADRIAN DE VRIES, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Bertha De Vries, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


DEWSBERY

It is with great sadness that the family of Francis (Frank) Kendrick Dewsbery announces his passing on December 20, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Ruth Wiley.

Frank was born in Raymond on March 25, 1935 to Frank and Edith Dewsbery. All of his school was in Picture Butte. He married Ruth in 1958 in the Cardston Alberta Temple and enjoyed 63 years of marriage. They were blessed to have 4 beautiful children, Debbie Birch (Terry – deceased), Rick (Trish), Chris (Cindy) and Wesley (Karma) with 14 grandchildren and 25+ great grandchildren.

Frank is predeceased by his parents Frank and Edith Dewsbery, Dorothy and Jack Reeder, sister and husband, Terry Birch, son-in-law and great- grandson Evan Jensen. He leaves behind his sister Melba Bergman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frank served a 2 year mission in England and Ireland (British mission) in 1955. Frank did many jobs though out his life, so the family called him “The Jack of all Trades” but master of none. He had a terrific sense of humour and could converse with anyone or anywhere. He especially loved to talk and whistle. He would often talk to a small child and if it was a little girl he would tell her he knew her name was “Twinkle Toes.” He loved his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. No Flowers by request.

A Private Family Service will be held. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


Steve Gajdostik

1927 – 2021

Mr. Steve Gajdostik of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Louisa Gajdostik, passed away at Fort Macleod Extendicare on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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LANCASTER

JOSHUA WADE

Jan. 1, 1979 – Dec. 8, 2021

Our family is heartbroken to announce the passing of Joshua Wade Lancaster, son to Wayne (d), Margaret (Clare); father to Bria and Laken Lancaster; brother to Tyler (Stephanie) and family; sister Judy and family; Nephew to Betty Martin, June Braithwaite, Bill and Judy Sturgeon; Cousin to Brenda and Terry Snow and family; Michael and Barb Martin and family; James Martin (d) and family; Rob Evans; Aaron and Kristin Sturgeon and family; extended family and many friends in Ontario and Alberta.

Josh was predeceased by his father Wayne Lancaster, his brother Travis, cousins Julie, Matthew, Jimmy, and his uncle Jim Martin.

Throughout his life, love for family, especially his children Bria and Laken, remained constant. We will miss his great smile, warm hugs, and of course his stories. Be at peace Josh, we love you.


MANNING

KENNETH “KEN” CHARLES MANNING, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age of 78 years.

At Ken’s request no funeral service will be held.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Timothy Robert Parsons

1958 – 2021

Timothy Robert Parsons of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Sharon Dersch, passed away peacefully on Saturday December 18, 2021, with his family by his side. He bravely fought his battle with cancer with the same dignity and quiet determination he lived his life, ne’er a complaint.

Tim grew up in Lethbridge and after earning a B.Mgt. from the University of Lethbridge he managed the family businesses until his passing. He was dedicated to his work but also took time to enjoy life to the fullest with a passion for the outdoors and staying physically fit. He was an inspiration to many who worked out with him at the YMCA. He loved golfing, kayaking, playing the piano, and hiking, spending innumerable hours on the trails in Waterton Park with family and friends.

He imparted his love of Waterton to his children and treasured sharing the wonders of the park with them. Although saddened by the devastating fire in Waterton he found joy in watching the rebirth and renewal of the forest with his family. Characteristic of Tim he always saw “the silver lining”. We will forever hold dear so many cherished memories of the time spent there with him hiking the trails, gathering around a fire in the evening, lying on lawn watching the stars into the night…

Tim was an exceptional husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was so very proud of his three daughters. Besides his loving wife Tim will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Christina Hubbard (Danny Saunders), Emily and Cara, his mother Nell, and sister Lori (Donald) McArthur. He was predeceased by his father Robert (Bob) Parsons, mother-in law Colette Dersch, and nieces Megan MacDonald and Kelli-Lynn Robertson.

The family extends their gratitude to the palliative care team, and nurses on unit 4A at the CRH with a special thank you to Jay and Heather for their exceptional care.

A Celebration of his Life will be held in Waterton at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada, 2 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M4V 1L5.

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John Werner Reimer

1940 – 2021

Mr. John Werner Reimer of Lethbridge, loving husband of Mrs. Elsie Reimer, passed away peacefully at Cedar Creek Adaptacare in Lethbridge on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held.

To watch John’s Funeral Service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/John-Reimer and scroll to the bottom of the obituary.

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RICHARDS

ROBERT NEPHI RICHARDS, beloved husband of Vivian Richards, passed away peacefully at the Raymond Health Centre on Sunday, December 19th, 2021 with his cherished family at his side at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SWANSON

MONTE SWANSON, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


VAN REE

SUSAN RENEE VAN REE (née NYHOFF), beloved wife of Ken Van Ree, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18th, 2021, at the age of 58.

Susan is survived by her loving family, her husband Ken, her children Kalie and Braeden (Ingrid), her granddaughter, Octavia, as well as her mom, Sharron Nyhoff, her three brothers, Darren (Cindy) Nyhoff, Doug (Karen) Nyhoff and their children Taylor (Brigid), Mason, and Kennedy, and Kevin (Mairi) Nyhoff and their children Olivia and Asher, along with her in-laws Dick and Koshie van Ree, and Diana Fay and her children Travis (Jen) and Ryan. Susan was predeceased by her dad, George Nyhoff.

Susan loved many of the simple things in life, and especially enjoyed making memories with her family and friends. Travelling, camping, golfing, playing games, and knitting were some of her greatest joys. Susan felt blessed to have had many great people in her life with whom to share experiences, adventures and memory making moments.

Susan was passionate about teaching and making a difference in a child’s life by helping them discover the joy of learning and reading. Even though she no longer taught children, she continued to provide advice, guidance, and teachable moments to those she loved.

Once diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, Susan learned to find joy in the life she was living, even if it was not the journey and adventures she had planned. She faced many challenges with strength, courage, determination, and positivity. A special thanks to all those who provided support, comfort, care, wisdom, hugs, and laughs along the way.

Susan always looked forward to catching sunsets at the end of the day. She enjoyed the peace and calm provided by a sunset and believed them to be proof that endings can be beautiful too.

At Susan’s request, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring Susan by doing an act of kindness to make a difference in someone else’s day.

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


VERHAEGHE

Dustin Verhaeghe of Lethbridge, AB, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at the age of 37 years.

Dustin was born in Regina, SK, to parents Terry and Pauline Verhaeghe.

Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street SE, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Those attending will be asked to provide valid government identification (with name and date of birth) AND confirm one of the following: (A) Provincial vaccine record with QR code (pa- per or digital); OR (B) negative COVID test (within 72 hours); or (C) valid medical exemption (signed letter); OR (D) under 12 years of age, as well as wear a mask. Public is welcome.


William Williams

1933 – 2021

William Richard Williams, beloved husband of Heather Velma Williams, passed away peacefully at Covenant Health Facility in Lethbridge on Saturday, December 18, 2021

Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba December 2, 1933. The family moved to Lethbridge where he completed his schooling. Bill began his career as a teen-aged call boy with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He studied Petroleum Engineering and worked in the Alberta oil fields. He enlisted in the Canadian Navy, was stationed on Cornwallis and Tecumseh and honourably released in Esquimalt, B.C.

Throughout his life Bill accumulated and maintained an extensive collection of financial and historic books as well as collections of classical and western music. He had an enduring love of horses and all things Western spending many hours at George Ross’s Lost River Ranch.

Bill travelled the country extensively as part of his employment with the Federal Government, retiring in a supervisory capacity.

In accordance with his wishes no service will be held. Bill’s ashes will be mingled with the wild grasses of the western countryside that he knew and loved.

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