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SATURDAY, January 15, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 15, 2022.


December 7, 1917 – January 12, 2022

Our beloved mother, Lorna, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritans West Highlands, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the age of 104 years.

Left with cherished memories are her six children: Barry (Mary-Lou) of Oakville, ON; George (Vicki) of Calgary; Adair Close (Robert) of Victoria, BC; Terry (Gail) of Northhampton, UK; Trevor of Victoria, BC; and Bonnie Jean of Lethbridge. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren

and 15 great-grandchildren.

Lorna was predeceased in February 1999, by her loving husband, George, a well-known broadcaster with CJOC (Lethbridge) and CFAC (Calgary), and host of Musical Memories, after 57 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by an infant granddaughter, Meaghan, in


Mom was born and raised in Lethbridge, but lived in Calgary from 1952 to 1972, during her prime child-raising years. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed weaving on her loom. She especially loved gardening (her rose garden was her pride and joy), a good cup of tea and crossword puzzles. She was able to live on her own in the house her father built, until she was over 100. She was also very proud to be a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

We thank the staff at West Highlands Centre for their loving care of our mom over the past year.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date, with Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.

In memory of Lorna, donations may be made to the Salvation Army (salvationarmy.ca/donations/) or Southminster United Church (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/lethbridge-southminster-united-church)

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


Donald John Casey, DVM of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on January 12, 2022, at the age of 97, while a resident at the retirement community, Vi @ Silverstone in Scottsdale. Thank you to the entire staff for making his days so rich and filled with love. He was predeceased by our mother, LaDeane Casey, who passed away December 1, 2018.

Our dad was a decorated WWII combat Marine (Pacific Theater), private pilot, accomplished large and small animal veterinarian, and third generation Iowa farmer. He was the last survivor of a band of six brothers and two sisters. Dad was a gentleman farmer and beloved veterinarian. With a smile and a wink, he used to say, “I have never really worked a day in my life because I love what I do, and even get paid for it!” Dad was a humble man but received many awards and held various titles in his profession. His daily mission was to make the people and animals in his life feel better. He always had a kind word and compliment for everyone he met. Halfway through their lives, Mom and Dad (at the age of 50) moved the family from Iowa to Paradise Valley, AZ. “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” He continued practicing veterinary medicine for 25 years in Arizona, starting up multiple small animal clinics until his retirement. He also was long-time volunteer for the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul, attended daily Mass at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, enjoyed golf, and spent many hours actively watching his grandchildren’s sporting and school events.

Dad’s greatest pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his children: Kent (Amy); Robert; Diane Casey Maloney (Kevin Ahern); Donna (Bruce) Tait; and Mark (Caroline). Also, by his son-in-law, Craig Larsen (daughter Janice Casey deceased); his nine grandchildren Dylan (Liz) and Brook Casey; W.J., Sean (Kerri) and Connor Maloney (Peyton Jackson); Kelleen and Greg (Kass) Tait; and Charlotte and Ruby Casey. Dad had three great granddaughters: Ella and Harper Casey; and Madison Maloney. A service and burial will be held in Iowa during Summer 2022. There will be no local services.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you “Do what Dad would do.” Tell the next person you meet that they are Great! They are beautiful! Tell your family that you love them. Everyday give the people around you a reason to feel good. That is his true legacy.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.whiteymurphyfuneralhome.com


DONALD “DON” JOSEPH BEVERLY DEMPSEY, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mary Dempsey, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Charles “Doc” Dowling

1921 – 2022

CHY “Doc” Dowling MWO, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge, after a short battle with pneumonia.

Charles was born on March 9, 1921 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is survived by his loving daughter Dory (David) Rossiter; granddaughter Lisa (Conrad) Schalk; great-grandchildren Megan (Loren) Wadstein, Brayden, Kaitlyn and Kyle; great-great- grandson Hunter Wadstein; sister-in-law Shirley McWalter and extended family in California, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He was predeceased by his first wife Theodora (Dory) and second wife Frances.

Doc enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces as a 17-year-old and served for 35 years, retiring as a Master Warrant Officer. As a member of the Fort Garry Horse and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), his armoured regiment was part of major battles in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy during the Second World War. He was later posted back to Germany, served with the UN on peace keeping missions and was also posted to numerous military bases across Canada.

The military was a life he loved and after mandatory retirement spent over 30 years volunteering as the Southern Alberta Army Cadet Liaison. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion also serving a term as president of the Royal Canadian Legion General Stewart Branch No.4.

A Celebration of Doc’s Life will be held in the spring of 2022 with cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Dowling-Rossiter Fund at the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, 1202 – 2 Avenue South #50, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3, to help support local causes and charities.

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

Ines Hajek

1937 – 2022

  Ines Hajek, beloved wife of Carl Hajek, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the age of 84 years.

  A private funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Monday, January 17, 2022. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com [1].

  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone:

(403) 223-8778.

Alida Hanhart

1930 – 2022

Mrs. Alida Hanhart of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Piet Hanhart, passed away at Adaptacare on Wednesday January 12 at the age of 91 years.

Alida Hanhart (nee Steneker) was born in Overveen, the Netherlands on November 28, 1930, the sixth of seven children. Following the war, she was engaged to Piet Hanhart in Holland. She immigrated to Canada in 1953 where she settled in Lethbridge. Piet and Alida were married on September 19, 1953.

Over the course of the next decade, Alida and Piet had four children: Steve, Gerri, Carol, and Anita. Alida enjoyed staying at home and raising her family. In 1974, Alida and Piet bought an acreage close to Kipp where they resided for the next 20 years, creating a beautiful home where the extended family would meet together. In addition to raising her family, Alida enjoyed gardening and piano playing.

Alida was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She recently said that not one of her grandchildren had failed her and that they had all done her proud. Her home was a meeting spot for family, where there was always good food and conversation. In addition, she was an avid walker and could often be seen walking through South Lethbridge.

Alida leaves to mourn her children: son Steve (Jola) Hanhart and their children Ben (Cassandra), Lindsay (Chris), Rachel (Jonny), Luke (Sara) and their grand-children Will, Cadence, Parker, Breanna-Lynn, Oliver, and Mataya; daughter Gerri (John) Wilson and their children Jonathan (Ashel), Alyssa (Aaron), Michael (Alicia), and their grand-children Evelyn, Olivia, and Emilia; daughter Carol (Ron) Kundrik and their children Sara (Jacques), Emily, and Rebecca (Nathan), and their grand-daughter Elizabeth; and daughter Anita (Kevin) and their children Stephanie (Josiah), Thomas/ T.J. (Aimee Beth), Tasha (Chris), Tyler (Emily), and their grand-children Victoria, Archer, Avalyn, Jude, Alida, and Paxon. She is also survived by her sister Coby, and two brothers, Con and Gus and their families.

Alida was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Dick, and her sisters Mineke and Gerri.

At Alida’s request, she will be remembered privately by her family and friends.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the YMCA of Lethbridge, 74 Mauretania Rd W #140, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5A8 or Streets Alive 323 4 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Z9

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


DONALD WAYNE HUDSON, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Anne Hudson, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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KOOP, Peter

Nov 24, 1928 Glenwood AB

– Jan 6, 2022 Calgary AB

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Peter Koop on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the age of 93. Peter is survived by wife Lennie; children Larry (Esther) Koop, Pincher Creek AB, Eileen (Kim) Jessen, Calgary AB, and Daryl (Julie) Koop, Chilliwack BC; Grandchildren, Crystal Koop, Michael Koop, Kelcie Jessen, Brayden (Margaret) Jessen, Amanda (Greg McKenzie) Koop, Zachary Koop, and sister-in-law Norma Koop, Abbotsford BC.

He was born and raised on the farm in the Ewelme district, Glenwood. He attended the Ewelme School, completing grade 8, highest possible grade in school, and continued education at the Menno Bible Institute, Didsbury. There, he also met Lennie Janzen of Rosemary and they married May 1, 1952. They farmed in the Halifax district, Pincher Creek until 1999, when they moved to Lethbridge. In 2021, ill health moved them to Calgary.

Pete drove school bus and was an active and passive member of the Springridge Mennonite Church where he sang with the men’s quartet and choir. Blue Jays baseball and Calgary Flames Hockey were favorites. He enjoyed attending several Flames games in his time. Also, Farmers & Sunday School picnics with games and “lots” of ice cream were enjoyed.

He is the last, and youngest of his siblings. Predeceased by infant son Dennis Roy, his parents Aaron and Helen, siblings; John, Mary, Abe, Henry, Aaron, Katie, as well as an infant sister.

A private Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Springridge Mennonite Church, Pincher Creek. Urn interment to follow in the Church Cemetery. For those who wish, live streaming will be available by visiting http://www.generationsfh.ca and scrolling to the bottom of Peter’s obituary.

In lieu of flowers, family kindly asks that you consider donation to a charity of your choosing.

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

Kevin Laffin

1984 – 2022

Mr. Kevin Laffin of Lethbridge passed away at home on Friday, January 7, 2022 at the age of 37 years.

Kevin Allen Laffin was born to parents Terry and Roberta Laffin on September 26, 1984 in Halifax Nova Scotia. Despite his troubles, he touched many lives with his open and kind heart and formed many close relationships with those he met.

Kevin is survived by his children Lacie, Jayden and Trinity Laffin; mother Roberta Laffin; grandmother Helen Christian; father Terry Laffin; Aunt Madeleine (Jeff) LeGrand; brothers Caleb, Micheal (Teneil), Mitchel (Katelyn) Laffin and their children Lily, Rosa and Rowan; cousins Ryan and Todd McNeely; and many relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

He was predeceased by his grandfather John Stennitt; uncle Todd Stennitt; grandparents Charlie (Gloria) Laffin; great aunt Lillian Hildebrand; second cousins Shane Hildebrand and Mark Arcand; great grandparents Alfred (Flora) Arcand; third cousins Morris (Carol) Gilbert.

Kevin will be interred with his uncle Todd, great aunt Lillian Hildebrand and cousin Shane Hildebrand.

A private family Funeral Service will be held.

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


Dec. 22, 1929  Jan. 11, 2022

Ben Lorincz of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at Edith Cavell Nursing Home on January 11, 2022, at the age of 92 years.

Ben is survived by his sons Terry (Marilyn) Lorincz, David (Dianne) Lorincz, Kim (Brenda) Lorincz, Rick (Ellen) Lorincz, and his daughters Wendy (D’Arcy) MacKay, Brenda (Gary) Irvine, his grandchildren Karli Lorincz, Josh (Fairry) Lorincz, James (Dani DeVoe) Hood, Jennifer (Luke) Dickison, Megan Lorincz, Kevin (Egypt Fife) Lorincz, Hayley (Greg Seidelin) MacKay, Sean (Katie) MacKay, Taya (Travis) Jestin, Jeremy (Tanis Kidney) Covey, Connor (Kassidy) Irvine, Carson Irvine, his great-grandchildren Ben and Rose MacKay, Mila, Macy and Aria Dickison, Korbin, Mikayla and Aria Jestin, Asher and Isla Covey, and Bennett Irvine. Ben is also survived by his brother, Ralph and sisters Kathy and Marge, numerous nieces and nephews, and his wife, Pauline.

Ben was predeceased by his loving wife, Frances, his daughter, Sheri Covey, his parents, David and Mary, brother Joe and sisters Irene, Pat, and Helen.

Ben was quite a character. He loved to socialize, had a playful sense of humour, loved music and dancing. He loved to play the accordion for his friends and family when he had the chance. On special occasions, he would make his cabbage rolls for the family which we all looked forward to. Ben enjoyed the time he spent with his friends. He loved his grandchildren, having many laughs along the way. Ben mostly loved to be with his family at any gathering of the “clan”.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Fairmont Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

Those interested may attend the funeral virtually via Zoom using this link which will be opened just prior to the service: http://bit.ly/3qqDeoz.

The family would like to thank the staff at Edith Cavell Nursing Home for the care and kindness shown to our father.

In honour of Ben, please consider visiting a family member, having a coffee with a friend, and perhaps sharing a story or two.

Edwin Arthur Miller

May 13, 1952 – January 7, 2022

A man with a heart of gold. A man seen by many. Riding his bike with his satchel under his arm, with many stories to be shared. To his family he was much more. Ed was a licensed mechanic that held 2 red seals in light duty and heavy-duty mechanic. Earning the honors of the Lebaron Award of mechanics. Edwin Miller had a love for motorsport at a young age. Feeding a passion to his young brothers that has lasted nearly 40 years and on to a second generation. He would always be at the shop for an hour or so early to do a final check underneath the truck and trailer to make sure the family would have a safe trip. When the team would return home, Edwin would pedal to the car wash to just hear how the weekend went and wash the car and do what was needed. Loading up in the rain, unloading the car in the cold. Ed was always there for his family. Ed has finished his race in life, holding up the checkered flags in our eyes.

Now Ed is free to go and to travel with the one’s he loved. One day, we will meet again in victory lane to share out stories.

Ed is survived by his sister Shirley (Harold Nykyforuk) Miller of Magrath; brothers Larry Miller of Edmonton, Donald (Sandy Chow Miller) Miller of Lethbridge; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

Besides his parents Frank and Marjorie Miller, Ed was predeceased by his sister Susan Koma and brother-in-law Larry Koma both of Shaughnessy.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Marilyn Murl (Miller) Naydiuk

March 24, 1933 – January 9, 2022

Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend slipped away quietly and peacefully in her sleep at dusk on Sunday, January 9th, surrounded by her family. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Steve; daughters Mary Lee (John), Jane (Terry), and Jill; grandson Steven; siblings Gwen (Tuffy, deceased) and Ian (Brenda); her cherished nieces and nephews; and many, many precious friends. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Jack.

We wanted to write so much about Marilyn and how special she was to her family and all who knew her, but Mom didn’t want any fuss … so there isn’t a detailed story of her life, nor will there be a service. As she loved and cared deeply and dearly about everyone she met, please consider making a donation to a charity that works with people in need. Thank you to everyone who knew and loved our dear Mom — she will be greatly missed.


Donald George Swedish passed away suddenly in Edmonton, AB on January 6, 2022 at the age of 76. Born February 24, 1945 in Lethbridge, Alberta the only child of his now deceased parents, Steve and Bessie Swedish.

Don will be lovingly remembered by Margaret (nee Peddie) his wife of 54 years whom he married January 13, 1968, children: Jan (son-in-law, Jay Rose), grandsons Justin (Australia) and Jeremy Swedish; Meghan, (Cochrane); Stephen and granddaughter, Ember Swedish, (San Francisco, California).

Also remembered by Margaret’s siblings and families, Linda Scott (Jerry), (Cardston), Shelley MacDonald (Rick), Scott MacDonald (Kim), Paxton MacDonald (Tanya); Jean Doig (Allan), (Perth, Australia), BryceDoig (Rebecca), Kendra Jones (Craig); Elaine Peddie Bolokoski (Lethbridge), Drew Bolokoski, Dee Bolokoski de Bruin (Ed); Diane Middleton (Cliff), (Lethbridge), Stacey Middleton, Clayton Middleton (Laura); Kathy Peddie Scavarda (John), (Victoria); David Peddie; Kenneth Peddie.

Also remembered by several cousins, great nieces/ nephews and other family members and friends. Don was predeceased by brothers-in-law Allen MacDonald and Bryan Bolokoski and several relatives.

Don graduated St. Francis Boys High School in1963. Here he was active on Student council, the football team which included position of captain; and was coordinator of the T.V. program “30 on Teens”. He was well recognized as a good public speaker. He completed the Professional Data Processing program with highest honors at the Automation Institute of Seattle, Washington in 1965.

His computer/ data career began at Pan American Petroleum, Calgary, AB in 1965. In 1970, he joined Merchant’s Consolidated, Winnipeg, MN. His work there included establishing the affiliate company, DaTech Ltd. In 1990 he moved to Edmonton, AB with Canada Post in Corporate Security as a Certified Fraud Examiner until his retirement in 2010.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on January 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 210 Haddow Close NW, Edmonton, AB.

Due to Covid restrictions there is a maximum capacity of 50 people in the church. All who are attending must wear masks. Thank you for your understanding.

Memorial Donations, in Don’s name, may be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute care of The University of Alberta Foundation or to any charity of your choice.

Hainstock’s Funeral Home & Crematorium

Honoured Provider

of Dignity Memorial


Carol Anne Widmer (Pinske) peacefully left this earth while surrounded by family on January 7, 2022 to be with her heavenly father and family gone before her.

We are having a celebration of life on Monday January 17, 2022 at 1:30pm at Parallel Church in Lethbridge Alberta, due to COVID19 restrictions please R.S.V.P to pmkerr78@gmail.com

Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com.



CATHERINE WOLF CHILD – BLACK WHITE MAN passed away on January 11, 2022 in Stand Off, AB at the age of 73 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Tanner Senior Centre, Cardston on Monday, January 17 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, January 18 at

11:00 am with interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Stand Off. (Covid gathering restrictions in place).

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1930 – 2022

Anni Wollschlager of Coaldale, formerly of Thorsby, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Bruno Wollschlager passed away peacefully at Sunny South Lodge on January 12 at the age of 91 years, she was 14 days shy of 92 years.

She is the mother of Meta (Vern) Siemens, son Jurgen (Connie) of Westerose, Alberta, and daughter Valentina Rose Byam. She leaves 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

She is survived by her sister Lydia (Horst) Puch of Pincher Creek; brother Walter Ahlert of County Cork, Ireland; sister-in-law Rosa Ahlert of Germany and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

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