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THURSDAY, February 24, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 24, 2022.


MARY BEARD, beloved wife of the late Ralph Beard, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Health Centre, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at the age of 103 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Mary Matilda Carlson (nee: Neilson), beloved wife of the late Jim Carlson, passed away at St. Therese Villas in Lethbridge, on Friday, February 18th, 2022 at the age of 93.

Mary is survived by her children, Ed and Laurel Carlson, Marjorie and Brent Hawthorn, Debbie and Gary Seebeck, Margaret Crane, Jim and Kelly Carlson, as well as Karen and Steve Rota; 14 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Carlson; son, Don Carlson; and grandson, Edward Hawthorn.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Champion, Alberta. Friends may meet the family from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held in the Champion Cemetery. For those who wish, Live Streaming will be available by visiting www. generationsfh.ca and scrolling to the bottom of Mary’s obituary. The link will become active approximately ten minutes prior to service time.

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


With heavy hearts and great sorrow we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece, and Aunt: SONYA MARIE CREIGHTON (Mianistsikamosaki); who left peacefully on February 12, 2022 in Calgary, AB at the age of 40 years.

Left to mourn her passing, her sons: Tyreese, Roan, and Ryker Creighton. Common law partner: Brian Healy. Sister: Stacey (John). Grandmother Mildred Melting Tallow. Aunts: Debbie Melting Tallow, Verna (Ivan) Many Fingers, Natalie, Charlene (Tim), Dee, Ritzie (Ivan), Jessie (Cookie) and Kim Creighton, Carol Bird and Kim Black Water. Uncles: Andrew (Cindy) Many Fingers, Barry, Leeboy, and Jeff Melting Tallow. Cary (Candace) and Billy (Reann) Creighton. Robert Wells. Great Aunts: Clara (Mike) Sigurdur, Sylvia Tail Feathers, Roseanne Many Fingers, and Marie (Don) Shade. Great Uncles: Herbert and Burton (Virna) Many Fingers. Goddaughter whom Sonya always called “my baby” Mackenzie Wells. Mother inlaw: Tina Spotted Eagle.

Sonya was predeceased by her parents: Cynthia “Tammie” Many Fingers (nee Creighton) and Delbert “Sonny” Many Fingers. Sister: Kyla Many Fingers. Maternal Grandparents: Mary (Arthur) White Quills, and John “Jiggs” (Arabella) Creighton. Paternal Grandfather: Clarence “CM” Melting Tallow. Aunts: Sharon, Barbara “Tiny” Creighton, Joanne “Girlie” Wells and Leanne Melting Tallow. Uncles: Brian, Alroy, and Henry Creighton. Matthew Wells, and Todd Many Fingers.

The Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 11:00 am with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating.

Interment to follow at Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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


RUTH MAY DAW passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at St. Michael’s Health Centre at 93 years old.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Kathleen Hnidan

1952 – 2022

Ms. Kathleen Hnidan of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Ms. Debbie Yanota, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the age of 69 years.

A Service to remember the incredible life of Kath Hnidan will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL at 610 – 4 Street, Lethbridge. Please note Covid restrictions have been lifted, the service will be fully open to the public, with masking still required. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream by going to https://www. mbfunerals.com/obituary/ KathleenKath-Hnidan and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Should you choose to honour Kath in a charitable way, donations should be made to a charity of your choice.

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Wladyslaw “Walter” Kortt

1931 – 2022

Mr. Wladyslaw “Walter” Kortt of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Anna Kortt, passed away at home on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the age of 90 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH, 604 13 St N, Lethbridge with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Those who wish are invited to watch the Funeral Mass via livestream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/WladyslawWalter-Kortt and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Crohns and Colitis Canada, 600-60 St. Clair Avenue East Toronto, ON M4T 1N5, or online at https://crohnsandcolitis.ca/Ways-to-Give

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Mary Lowen

1932 – 2022

 Mary Lowen, beloved wife of the late Peter Lowen passed away in Taber on Friday, February 18, 2022 at the age of 89 years.

 The funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online, may do so by visiting Mary’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 12:45 P.M. on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

 Mary is survived by her four children, Walter (Audrey, nee Patershuk) Sukkau of Banjul, Gambia, Africa, David Lowen of Leduc, Ann-Marie (Paul) Mathers (nee Sukkau) of Lethbridge and George Lowen of Okotoks; six grandchildren, two step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David (Ruth, nee Rempel) Martens of Coaldale and by numerous members of her extended family.

 She was predeceased by her first husband Warner Sukkau, her second husband Peter Lowen, her eldest daughter Caroline Zaretski and by many in her extended family.

 Mary was born October 26, 1932 in Whitebeech, Saskatchewan. She was the first of twelve children.

 She married Warner Sukkau on June 20, 1953. They farmed together north of Bow Island until his unexpected passing at the age of forty two on May 6, 1968, leaving Mary with five young children, the youngest, barely three months old. She sold the farm and moved into Bow Island, where she got a job at a local bakery, Sitzema’s Bakery. Mary married Peter Lowen on August 8, 1975 and moved to the farm in Vauxhall where the three youngest children spent their formative years. Mary and Pete enjoyed many wonderful years together until his passing in 2020.

 The family are grateful to the staff at Linden View for their loving care.

 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


LARRY MARCHUK went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, February 18, 2022, at the age of 69 years. He was born in Yorkton, SK on June 21, 1952 to Nick and Patricia Marchuk.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife Barb and four children: Kelsey (Ashley), Kyle (Kristyn White), Kassidy (Derrick Mensch), and Kalin. Larry loved to be a Papa and he was grandfather to Jaeden, Kaya, Kaidence, Brooke, Nataley, Chase, and Maverick. Larry is also survived by his mother, Patricia Marchuk, his brothers, Garry (Deb), Brant, and Grant and his sister Linda (Terry), mother-in-law Ann, his sisters-in-law Gwen (Whit), Tanya (Elbert), and brother-in-law Rod (Dee), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was predeceased by his brother Allan Marchuk, his father Nick Marchuk, and his father-in-law Roy Sterenberg.

Larry was the first of six children and loved to play practical jokes on his siblings almost as much as he loved playing hockey. Hockey defined his childhood likely more than any other single aspect. It’s been said that the minute the ice was available, Larry would lace up first thing in the morning, often not retiring his skates until well after dark. Meals were eaten – skates on! Eventually, Larry played hockey in Germany after high school for a year, but his professional hockey aspirations were cut short when he injured both his knees playing the sport that he loved so much on summer break.

As a child, Larry’s summers were spent at Good Spirit Lake where his family ran “Pat’s Diner” and Larry’s love of fishing and the outdoors was born.

In his late teens, the family moved to Alberta where Larry continued to reside until his passing.

He met and married the love of his life Barb in 1990 and together they raised their four incredible children. Larry and Barb both enjoyed watching the kids’ sports activities and musical events and Larry would quietly swell with pride with each of his children’s accomplishments and successes. The kids all inherited Larry’s love of the outdoors and much time was spent together fishing, hunting, and camping.

Larry was a jack of all trades and worked in outdoor renovation work until he and Barb took over Larry’s parents’ store, Purple Springs Confectionary in 1992. Lifelong memories were made there as were lifelong friends. Eventually, they sold the store and Larry got involved in building playgrounds for Blue Imp playgrounds. The children all had a hand in working with him and he always considered himself the luckiest guy in the world to have had that opportunity.

Larry was known for his quiet strength, his ‘grinch smile’, his ability to move past any crisis. When he made friends, it was for life. Larry, Curly and Moe are a shining example of that as were many of his hockey buddies, his driving buddies and a multitude of neighbors-turned-friends.

Larry’s absence here will be felt for our lifetimes, but the knowledge that we will see him again, the knowledge that he knew where he was going, makes our parting not a ‘good-bye’, but instead it is ‘see you soon’. It isn’t hard to imagine Larry working alongside Jesus who promised that He went to prepare a place for those who believe in Him. Larry believed.

A Memorial Service will be held at MIZ CITY CHURCH, 502 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Coyne officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Larry, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


DOUGALD NOCHASAK passed away in Lethbridge, on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the age of 43 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of CHARMAINE SHARON PROUDFOOT (nee Laflamme) on February 15, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 67 years old.

Charmaine is survived by her former husband, Jeffery Proudfoot; her daughter Tiffany Mandryk (Christopher), granddaughter Celeste Mandryk; brother Norman Laflamme (Sri Mintarti); niece Cassidy Laflamme; former sister-in-laws Colleen Proudfoot, Sharee Proudfoot (Gerry Diakow), and Joan Proudfoot; former nephews and niece Hector Diakow (Andrea), Brandon Diakow (Anastasia) and Rachel Diakow (Joel Smith); as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins especially her cousins: Terri Hrkac, Susan Bukovy (Brian), and Nancy Carleton (Mark).

She was predeceased by her wonderful son Matthew Proudfoot, her parents, step-father Real Laflamme, former brother-in-law Garry Proudfoot and former in-laws Colin and Judith Proudfoot.

Charmaine was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 15, 1954. She moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario as a young child to be closer to family, then later moved to Dryden, Ontario in 1965. She graduated from high school in Dryden and then moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she got a job with the Royal Bank. She worked there for a few years, then moved to the Lower Mainland, BC with Jeff. They were married in 1977 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They then moved to Creston, B.C. in 1978 after purchasing their first business, the Kokanee Inn. They grew that business, and their daughter Tiffany was born there in 1980. In 1982, they sold the Kokanee Inn and purchased the Lethbridge Hotel and Jessie’s Bar and moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. They grew that business with Jeff working as the hotel manager and Charmaine working as bar manager for many years until Charmaine was able to stay home with her young family. Their son Matthew was born in Lethbridge in 1983. They sold the hotel in 2000, which allowed for them to enjoy a semi-retirement life with winters spent at their home in Arizona, and summers at home in Lethbridge. In 2016, Charmaine decided to move to Edmonton to be closer to her daughter and other family.

Charmaine was a lover of books, cooking for family and friends, travel, golfing, and hosting friends and family. She loved supporting her children in all their school and extra-curricular activities, including hockey and Girl Guides.

A Funeral Service will be conducted on February 25, 2022 AT CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME-2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta at 10:00 AM, with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. A reception will follow.

Charmaine will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery, next to her son, Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation-960 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5 http://www.crhfoundation.ca

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

David Robb

1966 – 2022

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday February 24, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 25, 2022 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 AVE S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Following the service, a gathering will be held at EVA ROBB’S HOME, 2206 12TH AVE S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Flowers are appreciatively declined, please consider making a donation to Pop Up Yoga Lethbridge at popupyoga- lethbridge.com, or The Sage Clan at sageclanpatrol.org

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

Alfred Vallieres

Alfred was born January 30, 1931 in Edmonton, Alberta. He passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta on February 18, 2022. Along with his only sister Ethel, they lived in several communities with his Mom and Dad, Henry and Mary, eventually settling in the Ardenville community 20 minutes South of Fort Macleod, Alberta.

There are many words to describe Alfred, but lazy is not one of them. He lived life with a passion only few matched. You could say he “lived life large”.

Alfred and his wife of 65 years, Annette had 6 children, starting with the oldest Collette (Les) Messmer, Connie (Brad) Holt, Teresa (Peter) Danielson, Monique (Geoff) Krokosh, Rob, John, (Linda). Alfred is survived by his wife Annette, his sister Ethel, his 6 children and their spouses, 19 Grandchildren, 23 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alfred operated an ever growing mixed farm, while finding time to be involved in and lead Elks, 4H, and the MD of Willow Creek Council. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus and numerous other community organizations.

He will leave a huge hole in everyone’s heart he touched.

Services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Fort Macleod, AB, where Alfred and Annette were married some 65 years ago.

Prayers presided by Deacon Bill Young: Friday, Feb 25/22 @ 7 pm

Mass celebrated by Fr. Benedito Tugano: Saturday, Feb 26/22 @ 2 pm

We want to acknowledge with heartfelt appreciation the care he received while in the hospital, and also to Dr. Cunningham and team, along with the Home Care team and his many friends where he retired at the Seasons.

Services are open to everyone. Seating capacity approximately 100. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness for a friend or stranger. Donations may be made to the Ft.Macleod Legion.

Prayers and Mass service will be live-streamed. Links to view live are: Prayers https://youtu.be/VSeNJVmAlly Mass https://youtu.be/xA70_z2AT7o

Condolences maybe sent via the Kneehill Funeral Services Facebook site.

Kneehill Funeral Services, Three Hills, entrusted with arrangements. 403-443-5111

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