June 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, April 16, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 16, 2022.

Wayne Allan Barrows

1964 – 2022

Mr. Wayne Barrows of Coutts, beloved husband of Mrs. Sandra Barrows, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the age of 57 years.

Wayne was born the only son of Russel and the late Rose Barrows in Milk River, Alberta on June 20, 1964. He attended elementary and junior high school in Coutts and later graduated from Erle Rivers High School in 1982, marrying his high school sweetheart, Sandra, only 4 months later in October.

At the young age of only 5, Wayne approached his mom to pray with him and to accept the Lord. His devotion to the Lord was lifelong, and he eventually became a registered Pastor in 1996. Music was also a major part of his life, beginning in elementary school and church continuing to adulthood. In 1983 he started playing with a Christian band named LOGOS led by Paul LaBelle. Wayne’s love of sports led him to coach basketball and many other sports for boys and girls.

Besides taking over the family farm after his marriage to Sandra, Wayne worked at many other professions, being a true entrepreneur from the time his grandma Fern bought him his first lawnmower at age 16. He owned his own janitorial business, landscaping business and was the owner and operator of Zestos restaurant in Coutts. At the time of his passing, he was in partnership with all of his kids in business. It was one of his greatest joys. He later studied and received his business license as an Exempt Market Dealer Representative. Being a Pastor, he also officiated many weddings and funerals over the years.

Besides his loving wife Sandra, Wayne is survived by his daughter Jalisa (Shaye) Tennyson; 3 sons Jayson (Christine) Barrows and their children Myla, Amora and Russel; Jamie (Nathalie) Barrows and their daughter Olivia; Jeremy (Angelica) Barrows; 3 sisters Deborah Kirley (Barry Wooten), Shelley (Ian) Baker and Cherie (Jason) Taylor; father Russel Barrows; sisters in law Beverley Erlendson, Sherry (Rodney) Pahl and Terri Dawn Weenk; step mother-in-law Mabel Stirling; honorary “daughters”, exchange students Cici Shen and Alessandra Soares; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who he was a surrogate “dad” to if they needed him.

He was predeceased by his mother Rose Barrows, and mother and father-in-law Frances and Fred Mueller.

Wayne’s large and infectious smile made him many, many friends from all over the world. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at 10:00 am on Monday April 18, 2022 at PARALLEL CHURCH LETHBRIDGE, 1 Mile East on Highway 3, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Kelly Stickel, officiating.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, April 18, 2022 at PARALLEL CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE, 1 Mile East on Highway 3, Lethbridge, Alberta. For those who wish to watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary /Wayne-Barrows and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.

Interment will follow at Milk River Cemetery, Milk River, Alberta.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to MyCityCare 120 F Mayor Magrath Dr N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 3P4, or Not4Sale, https://not4sale.ca/contact-us/.

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ALVINE MARGARET BEEBE passed away on April 10, 2022 in Cardston, AB at the age of 82 years.

The Wake Service will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at LDS Stake Centre, 338 5th Ave E, Cardston from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at Legacy Funeral Home on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:00 am with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating. Interment to follow at Shade Family Cemetery.

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KENNETH “KEN” BUSSIAN passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, April 2, 2022, after a valiant effort for life, at the age of 80 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Christa, children: Scott (Jamie) of Estevan, Saskatchewan, and Travis (Dixie) of Lethbridge, Alberta, two granddaughters who he adored: Morgan and Taylor, his brother Edwin (Pauline) of Nanaimo, British Columbia and numerous nieces and nephews that loved being around him when he was able to be with them. He also has a long list of cousins, many of who live in the Lethbridge area.

He was predeceased by his parents, Katherine and Wallace Bussian.

Ken was born on March 14, 1942 in Claresholm, Alberta. He was quite a character and had a unique sense of humor and a quick wit, which he carried with him until the end.

Ken was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He touched us all and our time with him was always interesting. Ken’s courage, strength of spirit, creativity and sense of humor will be carried forward by those who knew and loved him. He will be dearly missed.

A private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.

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Joanne Gyorffy

1953 – 2022

Mrs. Joanne Gyorffy of Coaldale, beloved wife of Mr. Victor Gyorffy, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the age of 68 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Elita, at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 with family by her side. Elita was born to the late Bertha Black Face and Martin Wolf Child. A Wake Service will be held on Thursday, April 21 at White Calf Hall, Stand Off from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, April 22 at 11:00 am with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating. Interment to follow at Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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DONNA MAY HANCSICSAK, beloved wife of George Hancsicsak, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the age of 84 years.

A private family graveside will be held in Manitoba later this year.

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Bernice Hartley

1926 – 2022

It is with great sadness that our dear mom Bernice Hartley passed away peacefully at the amazing age of 95 years. She lived a full life even beating us at crib right to the end.

Mom was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan but after marrying dad, they moved to Lethbridge where she spent over 70 years making many friends along the way. Mom worked in the cash office at Sears for many years then the LSCO where she was a volunteer co-ordinator and organized their dances. Dancing was her passion and continued to still dance with the staff at Edith Cavell until her last days.

Bernice is survived by her daughters Jan (Darrell Cox) and family, Karen Hartley and newly adopted daughter Becky Webber as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Bernice was predeceased by her parents; husband Russ and all her siblings.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Recreation Department at Edith Cavell, where Mom enjoyed her last days.

Bernice’s Life will be celebrated privately by her family.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Pastor Alex Hunt

1933 – 2022

Pastor Alex Hunt of Lethbridge and beloved husband of Mrs. Bernice Hunt, passed away at Raymond Hospital on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Walter Pashuk

1923 – 2022

Mr. Walter Pashuk, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Beverly Pashuk, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2022 at the age of 98 years.

Born in Poland, he immigrated to Canada in 1932 with his mother, brother and sister to join his father, who was already in Canada. The family settled in Enilda, Alberta. Shortly thereafter, their father was killed in a train accident. The family then moved to Magrath where Walter was raised. Life was difficult for the family; they worked in the beet fields and sold fresh vegetables to make a living.

Dad was trained as a welder, but his career took him in a different direction. He started working at Alberta Canning Company in Magrath, then rose to the position of Manager. He then held management positions at food processing plants in North Collins, New York and Vauxhall, Alberta. His position before retirement was at Empress Foods in Lethbridge.

He was an athlete. In early adulthood, he was an excellent baseball pitcher and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team. Since the pay was poor in baseball, Dad chose to stay in Magrath and continue working. Baseball was not his only interest. Dad earned many awards for golf, curling, hunting and fishing. In fact, for several years, he held the provincial record for the largest rainbow trout caught in Alberta. He held memberships at both Henderson Lake Golf Course and Magrath Golf Course, and he golfed until he was 97.

Dad was creative. During his career, he designed and reconfigured equipment to streamline food processing. In retirement, Dad spent hours in his garage on various projects, including creating furniture, making picture frames and building more than one hundred bird houses, many of which he donated to the Magrath Golf Course. Dad was most generous with his time and talents. Even into his 90’s he could be seen cutting lawns, shovelling snow or fixing things for his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Wendy Fox (Allan); son, Robert Pashuk (Brad McCarty); his granddaughter, Ashley Fox (Cody Reid); his great granddaughter, Avery Reid (“Little One”); his sister-in-law, Jo Pashuk; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Beverly; and his siblings Helen (Parasiuk) and Victor.

The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the medical staff at Chinook Regional Hospital and to Dr. R. Strank for the excellent care they provided to Dad.

At Dad’s request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation to Lethbridge Family Services (Immigrant Services). Lethbridge Family Services (lfsfamily.ca)

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BERNIECE PAVAN, beloved wife of the late Benny Pavan, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village, with family be her side, on Friday, April 15, 2022 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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REMUS, Joyce Mamie

May 6, 1925 to April 10, 2022

Joyce Mamie Remus of Lethbridge passed away one month shy of her 97th birthday on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Joyce was born in Didsbury, Alberta in 1925, the middle of nine girls raised by loving parents Wilfred and Mayme Merner. She is survived by her children, Lynda (Dave) Navratil, Roy (Shari) Remus, Darryl (Wendy) Remus, Neil Remus, and Jerry (Corrine) Remus.

Joyce was predeceased by Norman her husband of 71 years in 2021; sisters, Evelyn Laforge, Beulah Thomson, June Swanson, Peggy Storfield, Fern Bruneski, and Donna Benedict.

In her youth, Joyce attended Point Inspiration Bible Camp, where she first met her future husband, Norm. At 17 years old, she left home to live in Edmonton where she worked several jobs and taught herself to play the organ. After moving back to Wetaskiwin, Joyce and Norm met again outside the Post Office in Wetaskiwin when she was 22. They married three years later, on January 4, 1950.

Starting on a farm in Brightview, Alberta, Joyce loved helping Norm care for the chickens, horses, pigs and cows. Their daughter Lynda and son Roy were born while on the farm. Later they moved into Wetaskiwin and then settled in Edmonton. Darryl was born in Wetaskiwin, Neil and Jerry were born in Edmonton. While raising the family in Edmonton, Joyce enjoyed making doughnuts, carting the kids around, and even caring for friend’s children in her home. In 1969 the family moved to Lethbridge. Joyce enjoyed participating in the Evangelical Free and Lakeview Mennonite Churches. She loved playing the organ, singing in a ladies trio, church choirs and socializing with her family, relatives and friends. Joyce also loved cooking and baking for her hungry family, playing games like spoon pit and crokinole; she gave us haircuts, and loved laughing with her sisters (what a cackle).

In 1983, Joyce and Norm retired to enjoy the resort life in Kelowna. After a few years they sold their home to travel across Canada and the USA for 8 months in a camper van. In 1991, they built a house overlooking Kelowna and the gorgeous Okanagan valley. There they attended Trinity Baptist Church and subsequently The Church of God. They enjoyed winter holidaying with Norm’s sister Pearl and friends in Yuma, AZ.

After 30 years, they reluctantly left their hillside Kelowna home to move back to Lethbridge and their family. They made many friends at the Black Rock, Golden Acres, Blue Sky, and Cedar Ridge Lodges. Joyce and Norm enjoyed their family which blossomed to 13 grandchildren, 22 great-, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Mom loved visiting family and holding our hands.

Her Memorial Service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home with interment to follow at Royal View Cemetery.

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EVELYN MARION SCHOEN, beloved wife of John Schoen, of Warner, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital with family be her side, on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the age of 93years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Chelsie Nevada Shade – Paahk’tsiiyaakii’ohkiitok – Sacred separate roots

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear Chelsie on April 8, 2022, at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital due to medical complications. The family is very appreciative of all the Doctors and nurses for her medical care. Chelsie was born on Sept 12, 1994, in Cardston, Alberta to Angie Eagle Plume and Todd Shade. Chelsie was a survivor of a rare childhood cancer, bilateral Retinoblastoma, cancer in both eyes. The SickKids Hospital in Toronto was the only place in the world that could treat this rare form of cancer. She was diagnosed with it when she was 17 months old. She spent the next 3 years of intensive cancer treatments, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, and laser therapy in Toronto. She lost sight in one eye but maintained good vision in her other eye.

Traveling back & forth to the SickKids Hospital, her second home became the Ronald Macdonald House, all the families at RMH became her other family. Chelsie made great friends with everybody; her best little friend was Nelson, a little boy from Australia who lost vision in both eyes due to this cancer. Chelsie knew his disability; she would take him by the hand & walk around with him making sure he didn’t bump into anything or trip over something. She celebrated some major holidays and her 2nd birthday at the RMH. Many thanks to Dr. Brenda Gallie and Dr. Helen Chan of Toronto.

Chelsie attended school in Cardston and completed some high school courses at the RMH in Toronto. She graduated from high school in June 2013. She left home at the age of 18 to attend the Lethbridge College on a scholarship she won. This was the KCC Derek Mandzura Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for cancer survivors. She was the youngest individual to ever win the individual top prize.

Chelsie was a very talented artist. She held various jobs until her passing. Her involvement in sport activities was limited due to her lack of 3D vision. Chelsie attended some powwows as a traditional dancer. Growing up in a rodeo family, she entered the sheep riding event at all the rodeos her family contracted.

Chelsie was a loving auntie to all her nieces and nephews, she enjoyed babysitting & playing with them. Chelsie was known as all time “animal lover”, whether alive or stuffed. She rescued a severely brain damaged puppy whom she named “Cowboy” and raised him to be a good working ranch dog. Chelsie always wanted a pet snake and a pet mouse but was not allowed to have these creatures. She would rescue a wayward mouse that came into the house before her brothers could kill it. They would be up on chairs with weapons in their hands while she would pick up the mouse by the tail and take it outside to safety.

As a toddler she accumulated 3 garbage bags of stuffed animals from the SickKids Hospital, RMH (Calgary and Toronto), Calgary Children’s Hospital, family, and friends. She never got over the love of stuffies and currently owns a huge collection and several animal onesies. Predeceased by Stanley, Cowboy, Kitty, and Blue: survived by Benny, Felisha, Crybaby, and CeCe.

At the tender age of 16 she became the loving mother to her son Angelo. Angelo inherited the same eye cancer as Chelsie. With her adopted Mom and Dad, Barry and Ronni in tow, they went to live in Toronto for 3 months for aggressive treatments followed by years of travelling to Toronto. This was extremely challenging on such a young mother; however, she preserved and became a strong young lady.

Chelsie maintained strong relationships with her maternal family, no matter the distance and/or time it always continued. She enjoyed being with her Wolf Child/Eagle Plume family, attending numerous pow-wows and travels where she gained lots of friends. She loved going to their family home often and spending time with all her cousins, especially cruising and listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chelsie loved going on adventures, picnics, and animals. Chelsie will be deeply missed, especially for her affectionate laugh, silliness, and warm hugs.

Chelsie was predeceased by her mother, Angie Eagle Plume, her brothers Darby Shade; Tyson Shade; cousins Makai, Steven, Austin, Marilyn, Dustin, her Uncle Harley Singer and her great uncle, Ervin Shade. Her great auntie Alvine Beebe recently passed away on April 10th, 2022; Grandfather, Vern Eagle Bear, Grandmother: Lori Eagle Plume, uncles: Ross Eagle Plume, Dexter Eagle Plume, Aunty: Marilyn Eagle Plume, Great grandparents: Kitty and Stephen Wadsworth.

Chelsie leaves to mourn her precious son Angelo, adoptive parents Barry and Ronni Shade; and biological father Todd Shade; brothers, Shawn (Liz), JJ, Willie (Jasmine), Kevin (Beth), sisters Shaylynn Shade and Tatjana Singer/Spear Chief, adopted brother Winston Bruised Head (Lavina), Uncle Doug Singer, and long-time friend Dylan Standing Alone.

She is also survived by her maternal great grandparents, Ann Marie & Bruce Wolf child, Connie Tail Feathers, sisters Jade and Sky Wolf Child, Aunties: Nada Wolf Child, Leanne Wolf Child, Stephanie Wolf Child, Corina Eagle Plume, Clo-Ann (Stanford) Wells, Lacey Eagle Plume, Delphine Right Hand, Great aunties: Alice Wolf Child, Elizabeth Wolf Child, Great uncles: Stephen Wadsworth, Brian Wadsworth, Winston Wadsworth, Max Wadsworth, Uncles: Everette (Cheryl) Eagle Plume, Monte Wolf Child, Shay (Hilary) Eagle Bear, Jace Eagle Bear. Godparents/grandparents: Gilbert & Velma Eagle Bear, aunties Evelyn Scout, Audrey Eagle Bear, Marsha Provost, Anita Singer, and Phyllis Eagle Bear.

A family service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home at 5 pm on Monday, April 18th, the wake service will follow at the White Calf Hall from 7 – 11 pm. The funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, April 19th at the St Mary’s Catholic church on the Blood Reserve with Father Pawel Andrasz OMI officiating. Interment will be at the Shade Family Plot. A feast will be held at the Tanner Center in Cardston after the funeral service.

Any donations in her name to a local animal shelter is appreciated

The family apologizes for any names that may have been missed.

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Wanda Szutarski

1925 – 2022

Mrs. Wanda Szutarski of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leon Szutarski passed away at Adaptacare on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the age of 96 years.

Wanda will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends at a private family service.

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Catherine Chris Thrall

1936 – 2022

With sadness and gratitude, the family of Catherine ‘Cathie’ (née Christou) Thrall of Lethbridge, Alberta announces her peaceful passing surrounded by family on April 10, 2022. Cathie is predeceased by her dear husband, Ralph Thrall Jr. and is survived by their four children (Ralph III, Erin, Eric and Chris) and nine grandchildren. There is joy in describing Cathie’s life, as she embodied love, openness and a warm, giving nature that enchanted those around her.

Daughter to Christos and Anastasia Christou, Cathie was greatly enriched by the language, dance, music and food of their Greek heritage. A gregarious child, she also enjoyed piano studies, skating, singing and was known to juggle oranges and tap dance at family gatherings. As a young adult, Cathie ventured to Edmonton where she earned a B.Sc. and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta. She taught English and Home Economics in Calgary and later in Lethbridge where she married and raised a family.

Cathie was a selfless mother and encouraged creativity and intuition over accomplishment. She espoused a balance of the physical, mental and spiritual realms. In Cathie’s adult years, she cherished the Anglican and First Baptist church communities. She sang in the church and Joybells choirs and often visited seniors’ homes to share music. Cathie loved to golf, play tennis and spend time with her walking group. She co-founded the Textiles Guild at the Bowman Arts Centre and never ceased to appreciate visual art and design, taking classes at the Banff Centre, Red Deer College and at California College of the Arts. Cathie embraced the cultural richness of her community. She and Ralph hosted artists, musicians and many other guests at the McIntyre Ranch.

Cathie was passionate about friends and family, and was greatly energized by those around her. Celebrations were highlights, including annual summer picnics with the extended family. Cathie had a unique ability to connect with people, displaying compassion in all of her interactions.

Some say that Cathie wore rose-coloured glasses and indeed that it how she viewed the world. Cathie’s grace, her loving and playful essence remained during her final days with Alzheimer’s. Her caregivers referred to her as ‘Happy Cathie’. She continued to dance whenever the spirit moved her. Cathie’s wonderful smile always lit up the room and will forever shine in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her.

A Memorial Service will be held in Lethbridge, Alberta, with details to be announced at a later date.

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Oma and old Oma Corrie Van Driesten, of Fort Macleod at the age of 81 years. Born February 22nd, 1941, passed away in Fort Macleod on April 11th, 2022.

She is survived by her children, Elsa (Dennis) Nathe, Andrea (George) Feyter, John (Aleida) Van Driesten, Henry (Leanne Dahl) Van Driesten, Conroy Van Driesten; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Corrie is also survived by her sisters, Aartje (Evert Vander Weijden) Van Middendorp, Lientje Beusekom, Rita (Gerald Beekman), Nellie (Jim) Chymboryk, Bertha (Walter) Rosendal, also sister-in-laws Hennie Van Middendorp, Eefje van Middendorp and Riek Van Driesten, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Corrie is predeceased by her loving husband , Joe Van Driesten, also parents Andries and Hendrika Van Middendorp, brothers Gijs van Middendorp, Drees Van Middendorp, parents-in-law, Martinus and Elizabeth Van Driesten brother-in-laws Arnold Beusekom, Maas Van Driesten, Bill Van Driesten and sister-in-law Wilma Van Driesten.

Corrie and Joe were married August 17th, 1961, in The Netherlands. Together they came to Alberta and made their home South of Fort Macleod and resided there until her passing.

A Condolence Service will be held between 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. on Saturday April 16, 2022, at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Avenue, Fort Macleod, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday April 18, 2022, at the Reformed Congregation of North America in Monarch, AB, with Elder Paul Wander officiating.

Memorial Donation in lieu of flowers may be made to Bethesda Home for Seniors, 701 3A Street South Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0.

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

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