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SATURDAY, February 05, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 5, 2022.

Emmylou Faith English

It is with heavy hearts that the family announce the passing of Emmylou English in Brocket, Alberta on January 30, 2022, at the age of 40. There will be a short Prayer Service at Snodgrass Funeral Home on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 6:00pm. The family will then process to Gary North Peigan’s residence on Piikani Nation for a one-day wake. Funeral Service will take place at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel on at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 7, 2022 with Fr. Roy Jaymaha as Celebrant. Interment to follow at Piikani Nation Cemetery in Brocket.

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DONNA TRYPHOSA FARKAS of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Ervin Farkas, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the age of 83 years.

Donna will be laid to rest beside her loving husband in Mountain View Cemetery during a private family graveside service.

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FLETCHER, Doreen Hazel

January 10, 1934 – January 15, 2022

Doreen Hazel Fletcher, nee Malacko of Calgary went to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 15th, 2022, at the age of 88 years. Doreen was born in Lethbridge, AB on January 10th, 1934, the seventh child of nine born to John and Angela Malacko.

Doreen completed high school in Lethbridge and her registered nursing diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She nursed in Vancouver, Lethbridge, Edmonton, and Ponoka before meeting and marrying Frank in 1964. Together they moved to the Peace Country to farm, nurse and raise their family. Doreen was passionate about nursing and enjoyed midwifery, cardiology, psychiatry, and palliative care. She worked full-time for 42 years before her retirement.

Christian faith was also a very important part of life for Doreen, and she was deeply involved in her local church and children’s camp ministry. Her life verses were “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”. Her faith prepared her well for end-of-life, trusting in God for her journey to her eternal home. She was appreciative of the care she received from the many doctors and nurses over the past few years and more recently from the CNSs with the Palliative Care Consult Service and the staff at Chinook Hospice.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Cathie and Cary Pochailo; Angie and Warren Ferguson; her grandchildren Jennifer (Nick) May; Samantha Stannard; Stuart and Isibéal Ferguson; her great grandchildren Ruari, Finleigh, and Elwin May and Levi Stannard; her brother Edward (Edna) Malacko, and her sister Jean Strong; and special friend Nelda Priddle; numerous nieces and nephews; many dear friends and classmate alumni.

Doreen was predeceased by her husband Frank in 2007; her father John in 1969, her mother Angela in 1984; her sister Marie in 1928; her brother Gerald in 1999; her sister Leona in 2005; her brother Ernest in 2013; and brothers James and Richard in 2016.

A celebration of life will be held in Fairview AB at the Dunvegan Motor Inn on July 2, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. A private family graveside service will be held at Whitelaw Cemetery.

Forward condolences through cathiej@shaw.ca or angieleeferg@gmail.com If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to David Thompson Bible Camp or a charity of choice.

Andrea Habijanac

1924 – 2022

Andrea Habijanac (nee Bebek) of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Rudy Habijanac, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 25 at the age of 97 years.

Andrea was born on April 16, 1924 in Sipovaca Hercegovina Yugoslavia to parents Jurka Zivkusic and Jure Bebek. Jure immigrated first to Canada in 1928. Andrea and the rest of her family joined him in 1937 and worked in the sugar beet fields in Raymond and Picture Butte areas for several years. Andrea met Rudy Habijanac at a Croatian picnic in Barnwell and they were married on July 23, 1944. Andrea and Rudy farmed near Coaldale with Rudy’s parents until their passing. Together, Andrea and Rudy raised their family on the farm and continued farming until his passing. Andrea then decided to stay on the family farm, where she resided until her passing.

Andrea loved the farm and could not imagine living anywhere else. Over the years, she raised cattle and chickens, had milk cows, a few pigs sheep, and geese. She had a large garden which included numerous vegetables and gladiolas and flowers too. She was a great cook and family and friends were beneficiaries of her cabbage rolls and her specialty baking, kifles, as well as many other delicious treats.

Family was number one for Andrea and she loved spending time with them. There were many get-togethers with family and friends at the Habijanac farm. And every Thursday was “coffee day” in Lethbridge, a tradition which continued until recently.

Andrea is survived by her four children: Don (Pam), Ron (Tracy), Ken (Kathee) and Barb (Clarence) Giesbrecht. Andrea was a proud grandmother of Carrie (Tom) and Laurie, Brett (Jen), Tara (Adrian) Harbison, Nicholas, Sacha (Thao) and Julie. She was a proud great- grandmother of Jenna, Jordan and Kaden Husein, Lucien, Dylan, Nathan and Lauren Habijanac and Makena and Tea Harbison. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband Rudy, Andrea is predeceased by her parents Jure and Jurka, her in-laws Izidor and Frances, her siblings Nick (Eva) Bebek, Mike (Freda) Bebek, Madeline (Steve) Lukenda and Millie (Ivan) Ponjavic and her in-laws Kathryn (Jim) Spence (Guido Bagozzi), Vic (Anne) Habijanac, Barbara (Paul) Konigsbauer.

Andrea was a strong and courageous woman, determined to live her life on her own terms. Her life is a wonderful example and her legacy will live on in us. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, February 5, 2022. The family asks those who wish, to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Andrea-Habijanac.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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The family of Benjamin Roy Herter is sad to announce his passing January 24, 2022, at the age of 89. He was born February 7, 1932, in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Mary and Dan Herter.

Ben loved music and as a young man played the banjo in a band at local dances. It was there he met the love of his life Evelyn, and on October 4, 1952, they were married and resided in Lethbridge. Together they had five children. They were married 66 years when his beloved wife passed away.

Ben is survived by his children Gerald from Calgary, Colleen (Joe) from Edmonton, Karen (Barry) Trites from Leduc and David (Debra) Herter from West Virginia. He is also survived by his brothers Clarence and Wayne (Betty) and sisters-in-law Christine and Margaret. Ben is the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren, and 9 great- grandchildren and Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He also had a four-legged love in his cat Bethany.

Ben was predeceased by his wife Evelyn, parents Mary and Dan Herter, daughter Sharon Morland, brothers Archie and Elroy Herter and sister-in-law Carol Herter.

A celebration of Ben’s life will be held at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Monday February 7, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. with lunch to follow at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre 1511 – St. Edward Blvd. North, Lethbridge, AB. The REP program is in place, so vaccinations or negative tests will be required to attend. A private interment will be held.

For those who wish, live streaming will be available. A link will appear below this obituary 15 minutes before service time.

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

Kelly Kraemer

1991 – 2022

Mr. Kelly Kraemer of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 30 years.

A public Viewing will be held from 4:00 pm, to 6:00 pm, on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Due to the fact that in person attendance at the visitation is limited, those who wish to attend may do so by selecting the ‘Click here to RSVP” link on Kelly’s obituary to schedule an appointment. Or you may call Martin Brothers at (403) 328-2361 to schedule a time. Please do not arrive earlier than scheduled. 50 individuals will be allowed in every 15 minutes so please be mindful of the 15 minute window assigned to you.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, February 7, 2022. The family invites those who wish to watch the service VIA livestream by going to https://www. mbfunerals.com/obituary/Kelly-Kraemer.

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On Sunday, January 30th, 2022, NEIL JAMES MAZUREK passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 31.

Neil and his identical twin brother, Brian, were born on April 6, 1990, in Lethbridge, Alberta to Claire and Kas Mazurek. Neil attended Catholic Central High School and received a Culinary Diploma from Lethbridge College. He was a gifted chef who specialized in modern North American Cuisine, eventually earning his Red Seal certification. Neil worked at The View and most recently, at The Lethbridge Golf and Country Club.

In addition to his cooking, Neil was very passionate about music. He was an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and original song writer. Whether in a concert hall or around a campfire he loved to perform for family and friends. Neil and Brian formed a band called The Dregs and performed throughout Southern Alberta for several years. He also enjoyed travelling across North America to watch and meet some of his favourite bands, especially The Mountain Goats, on tour.

In recent years, Neil and his brother, Brian were on Team Carnage, a paintball team that participated in tournaments throughout Alberta. They also enjoyed repairing, modifying, and testing their paintball guns together at the expense of their mother’s basement and backyard fence.

Neil loved to be by water and spent many happy summers as a child with his brothers and cousins at Victoria Beach, Manitoba. Victoria Beach always held a special place in his heart. He also enjoyed traveling to Cuba and Mexico and often said “I like to feel the sun on my skin, the sand under my feet and hear the sounds of the ocean”. His love of being near the water extended to fishing and his favourite spot to spend a morning or afternoon was the pier at Victoria Beach.

Neil was an avid poet who shared his wonderful poetry online. He was an advocate of animal welfare and deeply loved his cats, especially his domestic long hair cat Monters. Neil was also a passionate fan of Boston sport teams, in particular the Red Sox.

Neil was known for his warm and infectious smile, great sense of humor, amazing impressions, funny tiktok videos, and his genuine and compassionate spirit. He was always willing to help others and give of himself. Last November, Neil participated in the Movember campaign to raise funds for men’s mental health. Neil was a kind and loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. He has touched many lives and left his mark on those who knew him. We know that his strong, beautiful spirit will live on in us.

Neil is survived by his father Kas, mother Claire, stepfather Philip, three brothers Brian, Jeff, and Ken (wife Laura and son Logan – Neil was Logan’s godfather) as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the excellent doctors and nurses of Chinook Regional Hospital ICU and the staff of Unit 4B for their compassionate care of Neil.

In honour of Neil’s passion for music, cooking and animals, the family has asked that a donation be made to a charity of your choice in his name.

There will be a private family service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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FREDRICK “RICK” OLEKSIAK, of Milk River, beloved husband of Gayle Oleksiak, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the age of 81 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his brother in Chicago.

Rick was predeceased by his parents.

Rick was born and raised in Chicago and after graduation, joined the U.S Marines in Los Angeles and remained enlisted for 4 years.

He met Gayle in Los Angeles and they married in 1961. They recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Rick was devoted to education and earned 3 Masters Degrees. The last was his passion in Speech Pathology and he worked in that field in the northern United States and western Canada, mostly in Saskatchewan. Rick and Gayle retired to Medicine Hat, AB. but eventually moved to the quiet community of Milk River where he resided until his passing.

At Rick’s request there will be no funeral service. An interment will be held in the Milk River Cemetery in the spring.

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Lawrence Rempel

1963 – 2022

  Lawrence Dale Rempel passed away in Taber on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at the age of 58 years. He was a great son, brother and uncle.   Lawrence will be laid to rest at a private burial at the Turnhill Cemetery, Saskatchewan. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com


GEORGE SIEGL passed away on February 2, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

Survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Maria and sons George (Sharon) and Perry (Melissa), grandchildren Sam (Carla), Maddie, Logan and Haley.

George was predeceased by his parents George and Franzesca Siegl and brothers Wilhelm and Erik.

A special thank you to the staff at Extendicare Fairmont Park.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made at any charity of choice.

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SHARON WINDRIM, of Lethbridge passed away at home on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the age of 74 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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