July 20th, 2024

SATURDAY, March 19, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 19, 2022.


AUDREY IONE CARTWRIGHT (née Harris), passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at the age of 89.

Mom always said she was born “on the 10th of the July” 1932 in Champion Alberta to Walt and Ione Harris. She married Fred Cartwright on April 14, 1951 and together they raised three children. In her thirties, she took on the challenge of finishing her high school diploma and enrolled in the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She graduated with a diploma in Occupational Therapy in 1972 and went to work at the University of Alberta Hospital. After the family moved to Lethbridge in 1974, Audrey worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Adult Day Program at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

In 1976, she was the creator and Coordinator of the Family Studies Program at the Lethbridge Community College. For over 10 years, she worked on programming centered around parenting, family and community, coordinating courses and seminars with basically any group that approached her with a desire for knowledge and skills development for families.

After retirement, she kept up with friends and family; phone calls, cards, letters and brunches, travel and crafting, if there was a need, she was there – often with a pot of hamburger soup!

Audrey was predeceased by her parents Walter and Ione Harris and her husband Fred Cartwright. She is survived by her three children, Deb, Walter and Tami Cartwright, one grandchild Em Cartwright and her brother Keith (Carol) Harris.

The family wants to thank the staff at St. Mike’s, who for over seven years kept her happy, clean, comfortable and above all safe – particularly over the last two years. We will be forever grateful for the care they took to protect her.

A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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

Loreen Chambers

1943 – 2022

Mrs. LOREEN CHAMBERS, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, made her journey home on March 10, 2022 at Edith Cavell Care Centre the age of 79 years old.

Renie was an amazing person who accomplished many things. She loved living on the farm and her passions included gardening, baking delicious pies and buns, farming and all things sewing, crocheting, and knitting. She took a keen interest in the Lomond community. Her and Ron later moved to Lethbridge to enjoy her retirement in the city. They moved to The View Lodge in August 2018, Ron then passed in September. Renie resided there until this past December when she moved to Golden Acres and then Edith Cavell.

She is survived by her son Danny; daughter-in-law Lori Howe; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, sister Donna as well as many nieces and nephews. Renie was predeceased by her husband Ron, parents Emelia Juanita and Bruce Crabb; son Barry; daughter-in-law Jane.

A private family Graveside service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army Community and Family Services, 1811 – 2 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2C9. Thank you for all your love and support during these times.

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


WILLIAM “BILLY” CHODYKA, of Coaldale, beloved husband of Barb Ennis, passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the age of 62 years.

Billy was born in the Crowsnest Pass, AB, on January 14, 1960 to George (Sr.) and Nadia Chodyka. He grew up in a large family with four brothers and five sisters. Billy was the eighth eldest in the family and attended school in Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass. In his youth he established himself as a handy mechanic and somewhat of a daredevil. He worked in local businesses in the Crowsnest Pass and as he got older he worked with the Crowsnest Forestry Service and Coleman Colleries.

Billy enjoyed the outdoors and was often found hunting, camping, or sledding with family and friends in the Crowsnest Pass or in Sicamous, BC. In 1996, Billy met the love of his life Barb, and life changed dramatically for him. He became a much-loved father to three children who grew to love him deeply. Together, Billy and Barb lived life fully enjoying family camping trips, going to concerts, dancing, sledding, and hosting family and friend get togethers in their home. Billy especially loved spending time with his four grandchildren. His children and grandchildren brought him so much joy. Billy was a loving man with a big heart. It showed throughout his life teaching his kids many life skills, including how to fix almost anything, in the bush, with a rock and a stick. His big heart was even more apparent while watching him with his grandchildren. He loved teaching them the basics-shooting BB guns, riding bikes, dirt bikes, quads, and how to fix anything electronically or mechanically powered.

Billy was predeceased by his mother Nadia Chodyka and his father George (Sr) Chodyka, as well as two sisters Val Rowley and Vera Chodyka. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Ennis, his children Kelli-Rae Tamaki (Tim), Christopher Ennis (Rebecca) and their children Rylen and Chloe, and Colin Ennis (Marissa) and their children Sophia and Scarlet.

A Celebration of Billy’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Billy’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billy’s name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge & District (lethbridge.bigbrothersbig sisters.ca/donate/)

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


JESSE DEAN DAVIDSON, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the age of 27 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Ronda Jordan-Jeanveau, daughter of Eleanor and Raymond Jordan, and beloved wife of John Jeanveau, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2022. She was 66 years old.

Ronda is the loving mother of Shane (Krystal) Wist, Terry (Jacquelyn) Wist, and Timothy (Lyn) Wist. She will be missed by her grandchildren; Robert, Alexandra, Gage, Tripp and Phoenix, her siblings; Caroline (Al), Norm (Pat), BJ, Nina (Mike), Marg (Robin) and Jimmy (Bernie), her nieces and nephews, plus many extended family members and friends.

She is predeceased her husband John Jeanveau, her husband Robert McFarlane, and her son Joseph Wist.

At Ronda’s request, there will be no service.

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


ALAN “CASEY” KITTLESON, beloved husband of the late Rose Kittleson of Lethbridge, formerly of Barons, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the age of 96 years.

He is the loving father of Linda (Bill) Fraser, Gloria (Chris) Oates, both of Lethbridge, Donna (Robin) Soenen of Coalhurst, and Norman

(Shannon) Kittleson of Barons; sisters Caroline Kroshinski of Lethbridge and Maxine McLellan of California; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Rose, brother Morris, sister Goldie and grandson Steven.

Casey was born on November 7, 1925 on the family farm near Barons, AB, He was raised and educated in Barons and went on to run the family farm until 1992 when he retired.

Casey and Rose loved to travel, extensively with family and friends.

They enjoyed many hours spent on the golf course as well as the bowling alley. He was a hard working, honest man that could rarely sit still. Casey kept busy, tinkering in his shop and yard.

He was a founding member of the Barons Elks and Legion Branch #160. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A private Family Service will be held at a later date.

In memory of Casey, donations may be made to the Barons Legion-Branch #160 (205 Main Street, Barons, AB T0L 0G0)

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Edward Lindsell passed away at the age of 85 years in Pincher Creek surrounded by love on February 13, 2022.

Ed, born November 15, 1936, grew up in Portsmouth, England. His education led him to sail on the RMS Queen Elizabeth I as a steam engineer until he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In order to be closer to his growing family, he joined the Portsmouth City Police and served 4 years as constable. Together, Ed and Lin immigrated to Canada with 2 young children in tow, a move Ed described as being one of his smartest decisions only second to marrying Lin. They settled in Pincher Creek in 1969, where Ed worked for Shell Canada and their family grew to include 2 more children. In “retirement” Ed began his most favorite job, driving school bus.

Ed loved playing tennis, badminton and squash with anyone brave enough to stand on the other side of the net. Their love of hiking had Ed and Lin trekking the West Coast Trail and summers were spent exploring and camping in Waterton. Their travels took them to far off places, like the Cook Islands, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East and South America to name a few. Born to show off, Ed was also a famous actor with the Windy Hollow Players and his children were so proud to watch him perform on stage.

Ed is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Linda. He will be missed by his 4 children; Andrew (Sandra) of Claresholm, Pippa (Brent) of Lethbridge, Catherine (Pat) of Lethbridge, Ian (Barb) of Coleman as well as his grandchildren; Logan, Colton (Deanna), Mikayla (Alex), Austin; Jocelyn (Cody), Kyla (Brett); Kyra, Sydney, Michael; Alicia (Tony), Eddie; and 6 great grandchildren. Ed was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother John, Logan’s wife Kayla and their unborn child Effie.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 28th at the Heritage Inn at 2:00pm (919 Waterton Ave, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0) Doug Rawlings Officiating.

(Service will also be live streamed, please go to edensfuneralhome.com prior to service for video link)

Instead of flowers, kindly support the Windy Slopes Health Foundation in Ed’s name. Box 2554

Pincher Creek, AB. T0K 1W0

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


ALVINE LOW HORN “Mianistohpoiskiakii”, beloved wife of Lester Low Horn, passed away on March 14, 2022 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 63 years.

The Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Sunday, March 20 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Monday, March 21 at 11:00 am.

Interment to follow at Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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


RICHARD “DICK” LUTWICK, beloved husband of Susan Lutwick, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital with his family by his side on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the age of 65 years.

Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Anne Mikla

1925 – 2022

  It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Anne Louise Westhora-Mikla, announce her passing in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the age of 97 years.

  Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M.

  The funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com

  Those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Anne’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 12:45 P.M. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The livestream will start at 1:00 P.M.

  Anne is survived by her daughter Cheryl DeBona of Lethbridge; her special niece Darlene Westhora who she raised; grandchildren Todd DeBona and his children Jesse, Darian and Shaylee DeBona and Tiffanni Watland; Reg DeBona and his and Anne’s cat Jack; Richelle (Rick) Gross and their children Emma (Daniel Anton) and Brynley; Billy DeBona (Khole Dubé); great great grandchildren Caidyn and Jaxson Fowler and Jasper Watland. She is also survived by her sister Jeni Gibson; sister-in-law Delores Mikla; special niece Gladys Smetany; her last surviving best friends from her many years at the cannery, Kiyo Koyanagi and Helen Higa as well as many nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by her parents Steve and Mary Westhora; brothers and their wives Casey (Eulala) Anderson, Bill (Lois) Westhora, John

(Edna) Westhora; infant sister Mary Westhora; brother-in-law Harold Gibson and son-in-law Rudy DeBona as well as numerous extended family members.

  Anne was born in Taber on January 2, 1925 to Steve and Mary Westhora.

In her late teens, she moved to Lethbridge and began working at Broders Canning Co. After some time, she met and married Joe Mikla and together they had one child, Cheryl. Anne moved back to Taber to work at Cornwall Cannery where she remained until her retirement after thirty five years with the company. Her reputation for being a hard worker and a very efficient employee earned her great respect.

  Anne loved Taber, never wanting to live anywhere else, however she did enjoy many bus trips throughout Canada and the United States, including Hawaii. She also cherished short trips to Great Falls with the Pavka’s. Anne was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage. She was well known for her delicous cabbage rolls and beautiful hand painted Easter eggs. Her creativity extended to her well manicured and colorful yard.

The last fifteen years, her greatest joys were attending her great grandchildren’s figure skating and hockey games. She always said, “we are a small family, but we stick together”. Anne will be greatly missed.

  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Anne’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 http://www.tdhf.ca or to the Taber Food Bank Society, 5512 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S4.

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

(403) 223-8778.

Lilian Pohjakas

1928 – 2022

Mrs. Lilian Pohjakas of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kaljo Pohjakas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the age of 93 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Allan Schaaf

1946 – 2021

Allan Clarence Schaaf of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Sandie Schaaf, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

Allan was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and grew up in Scandia helping on the ranch with his family, mostly staying out of trouble. He moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta, where he met and married Sandie, and graduated with a Masters in Entomology. They married in June 1970. Once graduated, he and Sandie moved overseas, living a few adventures in Jamaica and Guyana before coming back to Alberta. They eventually settled in Lethbridge where they raised a family, built a business, taught their kids to camp, and enjoyed the company of many friends near and far. In his spare time, he would almost always be found in the shop with sawdust in his hair or reading another book. After 19 years as business owners, Allan and Sandie were able to retire and enjoy a few more adventures with friends and family.

Allan could be relied upon to help, to share his insight, and make some kind of smart-ass comment.

Allan is predeceased by his father Clarence, and brother Leslie.

Besides his loving wife Sandie, Allan is survived by his mother Marjory, brother Armen, sister Teresa, three sons and their spouses, Aaron and Sheri, Nolan and Kim, and Evan and Megan, eight grandchildren, Gareth, Abigail, Chloe, Megan, Amy, Anna, Marshall and Leon, one great grandchild, Malcolm, and many nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren, cousins, and their families.

A Celebration of Allan’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Inurnment will be held 1 hour prior in the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY.

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Betty Elizabeth Scherer

1927 – 2022

Betty Scherer, beloved wife of the late Henry Scherer passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, on March 14th, 2022, at the age of 94.

She leaves her children to cherish her memory, Darlene (Emile) and their family from North Bay, Ontario; Gary (Dianne) and their family from Coaldale, Alberta; Candy (Ed) and their family from Bragg Creek, Alberta; daughter-in-law, Dawn (Terry) and her family from Lethbridge, Alberta; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Betty was predeceased by her five brothers; three sisters; as well as her son, Rocky Scherer. Betty was born at the family farm in Golden Prairie, SK, to John and Christina Spitzer on August 15th, 1927.

At Betty’s request, a private family graveside service will be held at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery in Medicine Hat, where she will reside next to her late husband, Henry.

Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the S.P.C.A. of your choice.

A celebration of Betty’s life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name can be made to the Medicine Hat Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Betty Scherer.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

Barry Seaman

1950 – 2022

Mr. Barry Seaman of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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A Celebration of Life will be held for WILLIAM (BILL) SIMPSON on Saturday March 26, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Parkbridge Estates Community Hall located at 2928 29 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

We invite everyone to join us for this open-house style get together to share their favourite stories and memories of Bill and join us in celebrating his life.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Hank Vanee

1953 – 2022

Mr. Hank Vanee of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Marianne Vanee, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the age of 71 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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