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THURSDAY, December 23, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 23, 2021.

Michael Balint

1934 – 2021

Michael Balint, beloved husband of the late Jackie Balint of Coaldale, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his family on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at the age of 87 years.

Born in Michel, British Columbia on November 13, 1934, he was the youngest child of Michael and Mary Balint. As a child he was raised in a small mining community. It was there that his love of people and the foundations of traditions and cultures began. When his father passed away as a teenager, Michael’s mother encouraged him to move in order for him to expand his skills in hockey. He moved to Saskatchewan where he played hockey for a short time. At 21 years old he moved to Lethbridge and lived with his sister Mary. He began his career as a Lethbridge City Police Officer. During his 35-year career he made many lasting friendships. He met the love of his life; Jackie and they moved to Coaldale to raise their family. After Jackie’s passing, Michael continued to create a home full of hospitality, love, laughter and the traditions he was raised with. His strong, dedicated personality was what drew people to him.

Michael enjoyed being a member of the Hockey Hounds. He was an avid golfer. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends as well as watching baseball and hockey.

Michael is survived by his eight children Bob (Margaret) McKeen, Beth Wilson, Elaine (Roger) Taniwa, Kathy Watson, Ken (Deb) McKeen, Rendee Rapuano, Ellen Balint and Michael (Analea) Balint; 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister Mary Smolnicky; a niece Joanne (Gary) Moroz and extended relatives.

Michael was predeceased by his loving wife Jackie, his parents Michael and Mary Balint and his son in law, Tom Wilson.

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

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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.

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Christopher Clement

1957 – 2021

Mr. Christopher Clement of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the age of 64 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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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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JOHN J. KLEINSASSER, the beloved husband of the late Maggie Kleinsasser, passed away at the Kingsland Hutterite Colony, New Dayton, on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, at the age of 90 years. John was a hard-working man and he continued to work until the last minute. Besides his family, he is survived by many dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at the colony on Friday, December 24th, at 11:30 A.M.

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ROBERT “BOB” 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.

Besides his devoted and loving wife Vivian Richards (née Still), Bob is survived four sons: Dustin Richards, Ryan (Rachel) Richards, Brandon (Morgan) Richards, and Bradley (Camille) Richards as well as 15 grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his parents Dick and Shirley Richards, his mother-in-law Merle Still, two brothers, three sisters as well as many close relatives.

Bob was a great outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and was a talented woodworker. He was a favourite to all with his fun loving, generous, and caring personality.

He was a member of the LDS church and will be sadly missed.

A Visitation will be held at the MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE, 21 East 1 Avenue South, Magrath, AB, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:45 P.M., with a private Funeral Service at 1:00 P.M. with Bishop Tim Sabey officiating. Please be advised that Covid Protocols are in effect, requiring proof of vaccination and picture ID or a negative Rapid COVID test within 72 hours. The Funeral Service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Bob’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Following the service, Bob will be laid to rest in the Magrath Cemetery.

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Adrian Venning

1952 – 2021

Mr. Adrian Venning of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Candace Venning, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the age of 69 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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