May 28th, 2024

TUESDAY, December 28, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 28, 2021.


STEPHEN “STEVE” ARISMAN, Beloved husband of the late Eira Arisman of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare, on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

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Steve Dimnik

1928 – 2021

Steve was one of ten children born to Joseph and Maria Dimnik in Slovenija. WWII resulted in the family fleeing Slovenija to Austria. After four years in a Displaced Persons camp, he and other family members immigrated to Canada to work as farm labourers. Upon fulfilling this commitment, Steve began working as a trained journeyman carpenter. Through the years he continued to hone his craft of finishing carpentry and became well known for his excellent work. Much of his handiwork still adorns buildings and homes throughout Lethbridge and surrounding areas. Steve was defined by his love for his wife of 67 years and his desire to make the best possible life for his family. He savoured the simple things in life. He had a playful and mischievous side that endeared him to those who knew him. Steve’s generosity coupled with his outgoing personality and willingness to help others touched many hearts.

Steve was predeceased by his parents and nine siblings. He is survived by his wife (Ann); his children Leo (Susan) and Mark (Barbara); his grandchildren Nadine (Nicholas), Jason (Jenna), Andrea (Brendan), Ben, Jackson, Jonah; and his great grandchildren Nathaniel, Cameron, Briella, Elias and Kinsley. The family wishes to thank the excellent care provided over the years by Drs. Zielke and Strank.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC PARISH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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LEO FURUKAWA of Taber passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 7th in Lethbridge, at the age of 92.

Leo is survived by his son Rob (Lisa) his grandson’s Kason and Conner and his brother Bob (Rose) Furukawa and their two sons Barry and Jason.

His loving wife, Yosh Furukawa, predeceased Leo.

Leo was a volunteer firefighter for many years in Taber. He enjoyed fishing and most of all watching his grandson’s play hockey and baseball. Leo will be sadly missed by his family and all those who new him.

A private family funeral was held on December 12, 2021.

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Steve Gajdostik

1927 – 2021

It is with a tremendous sense of loss that Steve’s family announce his death on Monday, December 20, 2021, just days before his 94th birthday.

A Visitation will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Prayer Service will follow at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge and will be led by Deacon Frank Peta.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11: 00 am on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513-23 AVE, Coaldale, AB with Father Ian Gagne, celebrant.

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BORYS GEORGE GLEB, beloved husband of Albina Gleb of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at the age of 96 years.

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The family of EVELYN ALMA HEALY announces her passing on December 22, 2021 in Calgary, AB at the age of 75 years.

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Robert “Bob” Kinniburgh

1944 – 2021

Robert “Bob” David Kinniburgh of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away on December 21, 2021 at the age of 77 years.

Bob was born and raised in Taber, Alberta. Following graduation from St. Mary’s High School, he completed his predental training at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington followed by four years for dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He practiced dentistry in Lethbridge from 1969 to 2011 and was able to contribute to organized dentistry at the local, provincial, and national level throughout his career. Over the last 10 years, he also had opportunities to practice in Edson, Alberta and Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.

Outside of his love of dentistry, Bob enjoyed time pursing art, golf, and fly-fishing.

Bob is survived by his children, Nicole, and Robert (Shannon), five grandchildren, and his two brothers (Timothy and Donald).

Bob was predeceased by his parents William and Evelyn as well as his sister Marion.

At Bob’s request, there will be no funeral service. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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DUANE “MICKEY” LITTLE BEAR, Naatsikapoinaamaahkaa, “Two Guns Crossing”, passed away on December 19, 2021 in Cardston, AB at the age of 54 years.

The Wake Service will be held on Thursday, December 30th at White Calf Hall, Stand Off from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 31st at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve. Interment will follow at the Little Bear Family Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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With broken hearts and deepest sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of Joshua Cale Neufeld, P.Eng at the age of 35 years on December 12, 2021 in Edmonton Alberta.

Josh is the beloved son of Randy and Linda, and brother of Mandy Chudobiak (Jason).

He will be dearly missed by all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and the many friends he leaves behind.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

No flowers by request.

Donations can be made in Josh’s name to: CMHA Alberta Division

320 Ledgeview Business Centre 9707-110 Street N.W. Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2L9 Or online at:

1941 – Marilyn Pahl – 2021

Marilyn Grace Lillian Pahl passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the age of 80 years, beloved wife of Walter Pahl of Burdett. She also leaves to cherish her memory three children, Connie (Barry) Fleming of Ranier, Oren (Lorry) Pahl of Coleman, and Scott (Lori) Pahl of Lethbridge; four grandchildren, Tyler Fleming (fiancé, Dana), Nicole Pahl (fiancé, Jason), Ryan Holt (Brittany), and Tyler Holt (Jade); eight great-grandchildren, Zack, Brooklynn, Payton, Afton, Hudsyn, Jayce, Auri and Serenity; her brother, David (Marlene) Theriau; her sister, Gwen Starblanket; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Dora and Charles Theriau; three brothers, Chuck, Eddie, and Lemme; and one sister, Audrey. Marilyn grew up in Saskatchewan until the age of 13 when her father was transferred to Bow Island. She met Walter and they were married in 1958 and they continued to live in Bow Island until Walter and his brother decided to open a service station in Burdett. During the summers Marilyn began cooking at the Alberta Bible Camp and after her children were grown in the early 80’s, she started cooking at the Pleasantview Lodge as head cook until her retirement. A private funeral service will be held in the Evangelical Free Church in Bow Island on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor George Mills officiating. You may view the funeral service online at Due to the restrictions brought forward by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, indoor public gatherings are to be kept to 50 people. Masks are mandatory. Interment will follow in the Burdett Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Marilyn Pahl, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence.

John Reimer

1940 – 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Werner Reimer of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Cedar Creek Adaptacare on December 20, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. If you wish to join in on the celebration of John, please follow the link below https://www. and scroll to the bottom of the obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Camp Evergreen Capital Project ( support-us) as this was near to John’s heart.

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Alex Sereda

January 14, 1927 – December 21, 2021

Alex Sereda better known to most as Dido, left his earthly home, surrounded by his loving family; to live peacefully with his eternal Father, Wednesday, December 22, 2021, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Dad (Alexander) was born on January 14, 1927 in Hadich, Ukraine to Nikita and Anastasia Sereda. Dad’s family left Ukraine and walked to the Hungarian border and then to Austria and eventually came by ship to Pier 21 in Halifax.

Dad’s family arrived on June 16, 1948 by train to the Lethbridge area. (Dad recalls how there was rain for a week when they arrived and then it dried up and there was no moisture until the snow flew.) Dad bought a farm in Shaughnessy in 1951 with his parents.

On a cold winter day in December of 1955, Alex met Mary Ponomar and the two were engaged on her birthday in 1956 and married October 27 the same year.

Mary and Alex lived in Lethbridge until they were expecting their first child, Leona.

That fall Mom and Dad bought their own farm in the Newlands district west of Kipp.

The family grew; Peter, Zoia, and Irene completed their family. Dad worked at the CPR on steam trains; Sugar Factories in Picture Butte and Taber and was a Power Engineer at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital until his retirement.

In 1964, they moved to the farm in Shaughnessy where they resided until 2004. At that time, Mom and Dad sold the farm and retired to Lethbridge. In 2016, they moved into St. Therese Villa, where he was cared for until his passing.

Alex was pre-deceased by his father, Nikita in 1997, mother, Anastasia, 2010 and great-grand-daughter Cora Kraemer August 2015.

Alex is lovingly survived by wife Mary of 65 years, daughter Leona (Kevin) Kraemer; Jason (Jackie) Jaxon; Kelly (Amber) Sophia; son Peter (Lori) Sereda, Nicholas (Kristie), Westin, Montgomery, Beau; Nathan (Naomi); Nolan (Dannielle) Isabella; Nevin (Charlee); daughter Zoia (Daryl) Schacher, Tanessa (Jared), Holden, Macrae, Payce; Braeson (Natasha); daughter Irene (Gord) Schussler, Jaylene (Lance) Maren, Rhett; Deiryk (Hannah) Hunter, Garrett, Kaleb, Marijka; Clayton (Myriah) and his brother Lloyd Sereda.

Dad was gentle, respected, easy-going, supportive, and filled with love.

We love you dearly and forever.

Many thanks to the staff of St. Therese Villa and Dr. Stitt for their great care of dad over the years.

Due to COVID restrictions, attendance numbers are limited and will be by invite only.

A Viewing will be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Funeral Service will be held at THE HOLY TRINITY UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Taras Krochak, officiating.

Interment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.

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HARM VELDMAN, beloved husband of Henny Veldman of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Home, on Monday, December 27, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

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