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WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 20, 2022.


WILLIAM “BILL” ANDREACHUK, the beloved husband of the late Joyce Andreachuk, passed away on Sunday, April 17th, 2022, at the age of 94 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Dean Blair

March 27, 1932 – April 8, 2022

On Friday April 8, 2022, Dean passed away peacefully in Victoria at the Sunset Lodge. He was 90 years old. He is predeceased by his wife Mimi and survived by his four children (Jeff, Ed, Bill and Rebecca), eight grandchildren and eleven great- grandchildren.

Dean Blair lived a rich life filled with family, music and teaching. He earned a Bachelor of Music at Stetson University followed by a Masters of Music in Composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1958. Upon graduating, Dean joined the music faculty of Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point. It was there he met and married the love of his life, Mimi.

In 1970, he and the family relocated from Wisconsin to Alberta to accept an associate professor position in music theory and composition at the newly-established University of Lethbridge. Over the next 25 years, Dean dedicated himself to teaching, composing and served as department chairperson for nine years. He was loved by his students and was nominated twice for the University of Lethbridge’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dean wrote over 200 musical compositions (many on commission) covering nearly all instrumental and vocal media. A composition of his was also performed for Queen Elizabeth during one of her Canadian tours.

In 1995, Dean and Mimi retired to Victoria where they enjoyed walking nature trails, gardening and spending time with their grandchildren. Dean will be remembered for his everlasting humour, kindness and happy spirit. “I’ve lived a good life,” he often stated. He will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life will be held mid-July in Victoria. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia https://ltabc.ca/

Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.mccallgardens.com


Marilyn Elizabeth Brown (nee Baxter), passed away peacefully with loved ones at her side, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on January 6th, 2022, at the age of 85 years. Marilyn was born in Nova Scotia, one of seven children of the late Ella Mae Porter and Arthur Roy Baxter.

Marilyn is survived by her twin sons, Bruce and Steven Kirk, stepsons Robert (Marion) and Glenn, grandchildren Peter (Aimee), Dale, Trevor (Kate), Merissa, Dustin, Sydney, Jennifer, Robbie, Nikita, and Ryan, as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by first husband, Peter Kirk, her two sons, Richard (Sharon) and Jeffrey (Gina) Kirk, her siblings, Ronald, Audrey, Lester, Fred, Jeanne and Barry, and her beloved husband Gordon Brown who passed away on February 7, 2021.

Marilyn has been cremated, and her funeral service was postponed until the spring at the request of family to allow for a gathering after the easing of restrictions. The service will take place at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Cornerstone Funeral Home. A livestream of the funeral service will be available for those unable to attend, and can be accessed through Marilyn’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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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.

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




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.

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


James ‘Jim’ Albert Heggie, 83, of Raymond, Alberta, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2022.

Jim was the son of Albert and Marguerite Court Heggie of Raymond. During high school Jim excelled at playing basketball for the Raymond Comets and later played for the Raymond Union Jacks. In 1959 he married his sweetheart, LaBeana Bossert, a Magrath Zeniths cheerleader. Jim and LaBeana were married for 63 years.

After a brief career working for Ellison Mills in Lethbridge, Jim and LaBeana moved their young family to Idaho and then Cedar City, Utah where Jim completed his university studies. In 1971 Jim graduated top of his class at Southern Utah University. The University awarded Jim the Pestalozzi Medallion in recognition of his academic achievements and both he and LaBeana were asked to speak at graduation.

Following graduation, Jim taught elementary school in Cedar City, Utah and ran a landscaping business. A few years later he returned to Raymond where he excelled as a Grade 4 teacher in the Raymond schools. Students fortunate enough to be in his class will remember his hunting stories and may still wonder if they were true or not. They will remember him reading books such as ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ and ‘Summer of the Monkeys’ along with square dancing lessons and numerous art projects. Prior to his retirement, Jim spent several years teaching at the O.K. Hutterite Colony south of Raymond. He loved his students and the people of the O.K. Colony.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carole Passey (Glen) of Magrath, and his oldest son James Cameron Heggie. He is survived by his wife, his son Thomas (Jean) of Lethbridge, his daughter Lori of Raymond, his son Travis of Bowling Green, Ohio, his son Blaine (Wen-Zhen Chang) of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and his brother Don (Roslyn) of Raymond. Jim and LaBeana have 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, (260 E 200 N, Raymond AB). The link for the livestream will be available on the Salmon and Sons website.

Friends are invited to meet the family on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church or on Saturday from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the Service at the church.

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


Olga Mitchell (born Ragan) passed away in Calgary, AB on Apr. 14, 2022 at the age of 78 years. She was born Apr. 24, 1943 and raised on a farm north of Picture Butte, AB. She attended Barrhill School and graduated in 1961. She later moved to Calgary and married John Mitchell in 1967. There, they raised two children, David and Beverley.

Olga was predeceased by her husband John in 2015, by her parents John Ragan and Anne Ragan (born Kuliska), and by her brother Walter. She is survived by her son, David, his wife Susan, and their children Dillon and Samantha; also, by her daughter Beverley and husband Jayson Traynor; and by her siblings Melvin, Anne, Edward, Paul, and Steve.

A service will be held on Friday, April 22 in Lethbridge, AB in the Buchanan Chapel of Southminster United Church at 11:00 a.m.

For further information please visit http://www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (800) 528-4190.


After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s we’re sad and a little relieved that Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma Berniece passed away peacefully on April 15th with her family by her side. We’re happy that she’ll be reunited with Benny (1934-2011) the love of her life.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, at 10:00 am with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. The Mass will be livestreamed and available to view via Berniece’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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REMUS, Joyce Mamie

May 6, 1925 to April 10, 2022

Joyce Remus, beloved wife of the late Mr. Norman Remus, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2022 at the age of 96.

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.

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


BARBARA KAY SANTONI (née Wheeler), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Danny Santoni, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home, on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the age of 73 years.

Besides her beloved husband Danny who passed away only a month before, Barb was predeceased by her parents Vincent and Ester Wheeler, parents-in-law Pietro and Esther Santoni, her brother Jim (Ivy) Wheeler, her sisters-in-law Rosi Bonora and Arlene Wheeler.

She is survived by her only child, Michael (Denise) and their children Ava, Danilo, Vivviana, Taylor (Alex), and Kelsey; her brothers Gary and Darren (Penny) Wheeler, sister Marilyn (Jamie) Christie, and brothers-in-law Corrido (Marilyn Goruk), George (Pat) Santoni and Mario (Addy) Bonora. Barb is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and treasured friends.

Barb was born on November 23, 1948, the middle of five children. Barb met Danny Santoni in 1967 just after completing college. Danny was too shy to ask Barb out, so he had a friend call her first. He met all of the criteria Barb had set in her mind for her husband when she was five years old – he was handsome, he was Italian, Danny wasn’t a “stupid name”, and his last name ended in an “i”. They were engaged on Christmas Eve 1969, and were married on August 8, 1970. They had one son, Michael in 1974. Barb’s early life was spent working for the City of Lethbridge in various roles. In her later life, Barb was a doting Nonna and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening and painting.

A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. If anyone wishes to share a story or memory, there will be an opportunity at the service.

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

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