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FRIDAY, April 22, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 22, 2022.

Adams, Calvin Fredrick

Feb. 8, 1957 – Apr. 15, 2022

Calvin Fredrick Adams (Freddy) 65 of Lethbridge, Alberta, died on April 15,2022 in Lethbridge AB from a Stroke.

He is survived by Judith and their one child, Calvin George and a daughter in law Nikki.

Funeral services will not be held as per his request.

Please visit zentnerfuneralhomes.ca to leave a condolence.



Sandra Jean Bradley of Lethbridge, passed away at home April 20, 2022.

She is the loving mother of Tammy Bradley and Shannon Calderwood.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge.

For more information, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

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


Lila Jean Charles passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s on April 15, 2022.

She is the loving mother of Paul (Carol Ann) of St. Albert AB, Dale of Lethbridge AB, and Mark of Nanaimo BC. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Lila was predeceased by her son; Bruce Charles, her brother; Sidney Thompson and her parents; Sid and Jean Thompson.

Lila Jean Charles was born on September 4, 1936. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Her love of life and people touched the lives of all who knew her. Lila was married to Paul Sr. for 34 years. During that time the family travelled extensively with different postings. Paul Sr. served in the Air Force as a pilot. They lived on three continents; North America, Europe and Africa. Lila was a strong woman and mother who raised four active and challenging boys.

Lila loved curling, playing in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta. When moving to Edmonton, Lila went to work at J2 on the Military Base, retiring in 1996. She moved to Lethbridge in 2007. It was there she became very active in Nord-Bridge Sr Centre, the Army and Navy Club and The Legion. She enjoyed all of her new friends and even took up Floor Curling (which she won medals for!) and shuffleboard. During this time in Lethbridge she travelled many times to Puerto Vallarta.

Lila will be missed by all. Donations may be made in Lila’s name to the S.P.C.A.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 St. N., Lethbridge.

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


JOHN COOMBES, beloved husband of Valerie Coombes of Coalhurst, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the age of 91 years.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2825 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.

Following the Celebration of Life, tributes, words of remembrance and some storytelling will be shared at a Reception in John’s Honour at the COALHURST ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION – 5205 6 St, Coalhurst, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Function Clinic, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.

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Janice Foster

1941 – 2022

Janice Mae Foster (Knox) beloved friend, colleague, mother and grandmother, passed away in her home in Lethbridge on Tuesday April the 19th at the age of 81 years old.

She had just retired from a long career as an elected member of the Lethbridge School District #51 Board of Trustees. Throughout her life she had been an advocate for children with special needs and underprivileged and at-risk children, beginning with her Fostering 60 children in her home over a period of almost 15 years.

She sat on the boards of many governmental and non-governmental organizations over her lifetime and always had the respect of her colleagues for her fierce advocacy of children in her community. She was a founding member of Lethbridge Family Centre and Lethbridge Association for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities. She was elected to one term on Lethbridge City Council and always remained politically active, serving as Lethbridge School District Trustee for 23 years, believing that small acts of love and kindness can change the world. She was presented with many awards and accolades including the Woman of Distinction award, an RCMP Service award and awards from the LSD#51 and the City of Lethbridge for her tireless devotion to her community. Professionally, she worked as a civilian administrative assistant in the RCMP for 10 years, she sold real estate and served on the Lethbridge Real Estate Board as Chairman. In her later years she worked for St. Michael’s Health Center and ran the Charitable Foundation for almost 10 years and raised millions of dollars for palliative care.

She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Stephanie and her beloved grandchildren Aiden and Jordan as well as her sister-inlaw Rhonda Ander, her niece Gill Hirch (Mark) and her nephew Chad Knox. Jan will be deeply missed by her family, colleagues and friends and all feel diminished by her absence. ‘Some see things as they are and say why, I dream things that never were and say, why not’ – George Bernard Shaw

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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James (Jim) W. Hodges

2 September 1943 – 18 April 2022

The family of Jim is saddened to announce his passing on April 18, 2022, at High River Hospital at age 78.

He is survived by his son Tim and his wife Carmen, his two Grandsons, Morgan and Parker, his brother Bill (Lois) Hodges and his faithful companion Pal.

Jim was born in Sacramento, California, raised in Santa Maria, California. He met his wife Meredith while attending the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. They were married in January of 1966 while Jim was in the US Army. Their son Tim was born later that year. The family moved to Canada in 1970, finally settling in Inuvik NT in 1973. While Jim was in the Army, he trained as a helicopter pilot and served two tours in Vietnam. He loved flying so much he never worked a day in his life after that doing anything else. Being a pilot became his lifelong career, and he had earned over 15000 accident-free hours flying before his retirement in 1995. Jim and Meredith retired to Southern Alberta to be closer to family and eventually found themselves in High River Alberta.

Jim lost the love of his life in 2016 to cancer when Meredith passed away. Jim travelled after that seeking the sun with his companion’s Patch then Pal. A high light of his life was scuba diving with his grandsons in Hawaii in 2019.

Thank you to all the staff of the third floor of the High River Hospital for the excellent care they gave to both Jim and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the High River District Health Foundation – Cancer Clinic, 560 9 Ave SW, High River, Alberta T1V 1B3

To email condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements in care of

Snodgrass Funeral Homes Ltd, High River. (403-652-2222)

Gusztav “Gus” Horvath

1935 – 2022

Mr. Gusztav “Gus” Horvath of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Helen Horvath, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the age of 86 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

Virginia “Louise” Johnson (Syms)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Virginia “Louise” Johnson (Syms) of Coalhurst, Alberta on April 18, 2022.

Louise was born March 23, 1962, in Calgary, Alberta, and celebrated her 60th birthday shortly before her passing. Louise grew up as both a city girl, and a country girl. Surrounding herself with dogs and horses since she was young, she could often be found teaching and training them to do tricks or learn obedience skills. She was definitely our dog-whisperer. Louise had the kindest, biggest heart and was famous for her home-made pickles and other canning delights. Her Christmas baking was also second-to-none, as many can attest. Her loving and supportive family brought her the greatest joy, and she is fondly remembered in so many ways.

Louise, beloved wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend, will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Cliff “Pickles” Johnson, children James (Jenna) and Nick (Laura), grandchildren Callum, Bowen and Stella, father Wayne Syms, mother Sharon Paschke (Doud), sisters Lorrie Syms (Dave Ewert) and Lana Syms and brother Michael Syms (Jessica). She leaves behind to mourn many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Louise is predeceased by her nephew Brandon Cole, cousin Teri Beauchesne and brother-in-law Reyn Johnson.

In keeping with Louise’s wishes, no funeral will be held. Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. If friends and family so desire, a donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society: 55 St. Clair Ave. West, Suite 500, Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7 or http://www.cancer.ca

Condolences can be sent to ace-john@shaw.ca or mailed to: Cliff Johnson, Box 143, Coalhurst, AB, T0L 0V0.

Our family wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of support during this difficult time. Your encouragement and kind words are greatly appreciated.

Please send condolences to: http://www.evergreenfh.ca


WALTER KROKER entered the gates of heaven, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the age of 75 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years Iris, children Sherry (Brian) and his treasured grandchildren, Brianne, Emmitt and Carson, brother Henry (Helen) and sisters-in-law Marilyn and Pat, as well as many in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Walter was born in Consort, AB, on October 6, 1946 and grew up on a farm in the small community of Sedalia, AB. He spent his whole career with the Alberta Wheat Pool. His favourite activities were curling, golfing and camping. He was a big fan of the Blue Jays and the Flames and would always say this is going to be our year. Once retired, he became a snowbird and headed to Palm Springs for warmer weather. Most recently, he enjoyed playing games and cards with his friends in the condo and at Nordbridge.

Walter was a man of deep faith who loved the Lord. Praying was like breathing. A mentor and friend to many, he enjoyed being a Big Brother. Friends were made wherever he went. Walter will be forever in our hearts. His favourite bible verse was Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs, according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”.

Special thanks to Dr. Smuts, Dr. Amatto, Jacky Ady, 4A and Palliative Care staff.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99, Lomond, AB, T0L 1G0.

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JESSIE LEONE McKAY, beloved wife of the late William Eaton McKay, passed away on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at the age of 95 years.

Friends may meet the family at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,Temple Street Chapel, Cardston, AB., on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

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


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gonzalo Osbaldo Olmedo Alvariza on April 20th, 2022 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Born on July 23rd, 1931 in Aiguá, Uruguay, Gonzalo was the youngest of five children. In 1955 Gonzalo married the love of his life, Teresa Barrón in Montevideo, Uruguay where he owned and operated two butcher shops, and where his daughters, Mayte Hufnagel and Mónica Ingoldsby, were born. In 1979 Gonzalo, Teresa and Mónica moved to Canada, following their daughter Mayte who had immigrated several years earlier. Once in Canada, Gonzalo changed professions and greatly enjoyed working as a mechanic’s assistant and vehicle safety inspector at Speedy Heavy Hauling.

Predeceased by wife Teresa in 2018, Gonzalo leaves to mourn his daughters Mayte (George) Hufnagel, Mónica (Terry) Ingoldsby, grandchildren Daniel (Regan) Bikman, Amy (Cameron) Court, Annie Jo (Shawn) Anderson, Adam Hufnagel; Christina (Cameron) Whitehead, Ashley (Nicholas) Jette, and eleven great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, Lethbridge. Friends and family are invited to gather at 11:00 AM with a brief Celebration of Life service to follow at 11:45 AM.

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


BENITA ANN RED CROW, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Melvin Wells Jr., passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at the age of 53 years.

A Wake will be held at WHITE CALF HALL, Stand Off, AB, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. Celebrating.

Following the Mass, Benita will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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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.

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.

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

Besides her loving husband John, Evelyn is survived by her son Russell Anthony Schoen of Warner; granddaughter Stephanie (Rudy) Stoesz of Chilliwack, BC, grandson AJ Schoen of Warner; great-grandchildren Emery and Phoenix Stoesz and her sister Patricia Berke of Calgary.

She was predeceased by parents Alexander and Mary Katherine Poffenroth, and brother Raymond Poffenroth.

Evelyn was born on June 20, 1928, at Calgary General Hospital to Mary and Alexander Poffenroth. She lived on a farm near Katheryn, AB, and graduated from the Katheryn School. Along with her sister Pat, she attended the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, graduating in 1953. She and Pat worked at the Calgary General Hospital as Registered Nurses until Evelyn met her husband, John. They married on October 29, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Calgary, this being her family’s home church where she received confirmation as a young girl. They lived with John’s brother and his wife, Joseph and Rosemarie Schoen, in New Dayton, AB, while their home in Warner was being built. John and Evelyn farmed near Warner and Evelyn worked at the Warner Memorial Library for 25 years. Evelyn loved the outdoors and she enjoyed hiking and fishing with her family at Waterton Park and Glacier National Park in Montana.

She was a caring and loving wife for over 64 years and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Nothing was more important to her than family.

A private Funeral Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home for family and close friends.

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

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