July 23rd, 2024

SATURDAY, June 04, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 4, 2022.


CATONIO (Née: Pozzi)

February 20, 1933 – May 31, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce that Mary Catonio was called into the arms of our Lord on May 31, 2022. She was blessed with 89 years of a rich and fulfilling life.

Mary was born in Blairmore, AB to parents, Carmen and Rinaldo Pozzi. She was raised with a strong faith and to appreciate all of life’s blessings. After blossoming into a lovely young woman, she caught the eye of Valentino “Tino” Catonio. The happy couple pledged their love in holy matrimony on August 17, 1957, and they went on to be blessed with a wonderful family of their own and fifty-five years of marriage.

Mary was a woman of many talents including crocheting, knitting and especially cooking. She loved socializing and entertaining, and enjoyed “happy hour” whenever she could. Her penchant for story-telling and delivering a good joke was well-known to all who knew her. Not only was Mary a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, but she was also devoted to her community as evident through her involvement with the Royal Purple, Catholic Women’s League and the Red Hat Society. Some of her happiest times were spent wintering in Mexico, but her favorite moments were spent with her beloved family and cherished grandchildren. Mary’s was a life well-lived and she will live on in precious memories.

Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her sons, Colin (Laurie) Catonio of Lethbridge, AB and Gerald (Michelle) Catonio of Invermere, BC; her daughter, Francine Catonio of Surrey, BC; her grandchildren, Chantel, Brittany, Ash, Trista, Ciana and Natalia; as well as her extended family and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Valentino “Tino” Catonio; her parents, Carmen and Rinaldo; her brothers, Angelo Pozzi and Alphonse Pozzi; her sister, Helen Yanota; and her step-brothers, Bruno Rinaldi and Ronald Rinaldi.

Mary’s family would like to thank Dr. Wong and the staff at the renal and dialysis clinic in Lethbridge, AB for the compassionate care they provided her. Also, a special thank you to Extendicare Fairmont Park for their kindness and care, especially her HCA, Teresa who was always there for her.

The Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00am on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish (13126 – 21 Ave., Blairmore, AB) with Fr. Myles Gaffney as Celebrant, assisted by Deacon Renso Castellarin.

Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555


January 27, 1947 – May 24, 2021

KEITH CHARLESWORTH passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, early Monday, May 24, 2021 at the age of 74 years.

A Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. (please use the Scenic Drive and 16th Avenue South entrance). Following the Graveside, relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the German Canadian Club, 902 – 6 Street North, Lethbridge, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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ROSE MARY CHUDOBIAK, beloved wife of the late Don Chudobiak, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the age of 82 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parallel Church – 1 Mile East, AB-3, Lethbridge, AB – on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.

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(Formerly: Coombs, Née: Smith)

April 29, 1932 – May 28, 2022

Etta Mary Hale, 90 years of age, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away on May 28th, 2022, after a long life full of love for family and friends. Etta was born in Milk River, Alberta on April 29th, 1932, to Hubert and Esther Smith. Her love for family was her gift to us all.

She will be dearly missed by family and friends as we remember her as the wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend we all came to know and love. We wish you well on your journey home.

“…Fear not, to stand up, all alone,

Nor follow the trendy way.

To always be true unto myself,

As I go from day to day.

Where e’er I am, both near and far,

Your magic will ever rally,

You’re the land of my dreams,

My mem’ries home,

My Peaceful Valley.”

From the poem My Peaceful Valley by Lyla V. Smith (Sproed) – Sister-in-Law

This summer immediate family will gather to celebrate her life. She is survived by her sons and daughters: Dale Coombs, Rodney Coombs, Wendy Heidinger (Coombs), Cynthia Schafer (Coombs), and Greg Hale, their families, and many relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Alberta Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca), Canadian National Institute for the Blind (www.cnib.ca), or Canadian Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.ca). The family of Etta Hale wishes to thank all medical and care staff who assisted with her care in recent years. A special thanks to the staff of Garden View Lodge and Edith Cavell Care Centre of Lethbridge, for their care and support.

Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel

entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555


ELAINE ROSE KNOTT, beloved wife of the late Boniface Joseph Knott of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Cedar Creek Adaptacare on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

At Elaine’s request, no funeral service will be held.

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Celebration of Life

RICK KURIO, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lorna Kurio, passed away suddenly at the University of Alberta Hospital surrounded by family, on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at the age of 64 years.

A Come and Go Reception will be held at Lethbridge City Hall (in the main foyer), 910 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., with a short program at 3:00 P.M. Parking is behind City Hall, access just behind the building off of Stafford Drive S. Enter through the SE doors, from the parking lot (doors on 4 Ave. S. will be locked).

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Gordon Lepore

1957 – 2022

Mr. Gordon Lepore of Red Deer passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the age of 65 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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

LUND, Perry

Perry passed away at home on May 11, 2022, in his eighty-second year. A loving husband and proud father, he will remain forever in the hearts of his wife, Ardene; his children, Nicole (Bill Wilson), Craig (Maryann), Greg (Laura); and 9 grandchildren. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his sisters Elaine Reich and Verlee Bate. After retiring from 40 years working in financial management, Perry enjoyed his leisure time golfing, curling, and travelling. In remembrance of Perry, think of him when you land that shot a foot from the pin or make that double take out. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity.

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Rose Mason

1956 – 2022

Mrs. Rose Mason of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the age of 65 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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December 16, 1952 – May 24, 2022

Dennis Easton McTaggart, beloved husband of Theresa McTaggart of Milk River, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at the Milk River Health Centre, with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the age of 69 years.

Besides his loving wife Theresa, he is also mourned by his three children: Layne (Cary-Anne) McTaggart, Lindsey (Joel) Hougen, and Lee (Kristi) McTaggart. Dennis treasured and adored his five grandchildren: Jordan and Eddie (Layne), Carter (Lindsey) and Aubree and McKenna (Lee).

Dennis is also survived by his siblings: Gloria (Chuck) Whipple, Ted (Mary) McTaggart, Tim (Bev) McTaggart and Peggy (Myron) Demkiw and their families, as well as Theresa’s siblings and families.

A lover of many sports, Dennis always followed and supported his children through their many sporting activities and continued this tradition by watching his two oldest grandsons Jordan and Carter as they participated in their sports. We are certain he will continue being all his grandchildren’s #1 fan from above.

Throughout the years, Dennis developed many life-long cherished friendships. We sincerely thank all these special friends and family members who supported Dennis throughout his life.

Words can never express how grateful we are for the medical team that supported and cared for Dennis from the day of his diagnoses until his passing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Margaret McTaggart and his in-laws Herb and Clara Garber.

Honouring Dennis’s wishes there will not be a formal funeral service, we will gather on June 12 at Gold Springs Campground for a casual come and go BBQ to share stories and memories of Dennis with his family and friends. Please RSVP to dennismctaggartrsvp@outlook.com if you would like to attend.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If you so wish, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice in Dennis’s name.

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

Cec Minion

1932 – 2022

 Cecilia Frida Minion, beloved wife of the late Lee Minion, passed away in Taber on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the age of 89 years.

  Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday, June 6, 2022 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:45 P.M.

 The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 209 – 2 Avenue NE, Milk River on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. The burial service will be held at the Warner Memorial Cemetery, (north west of Warner at the corner of Range Road 173 and Township Road 42), on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 4:30 P.M. 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 contacting the funeral home by phone (403-223-8778) or email (info@southlandfuneral.com) and the zoom link offered by the church will be provided to you.  

 Cecilia is survived by her daughter-in-law Margaret Minion; grandchildren and great grandchildren Jessica Lee Minion-Cole (Ian) and family Logan and Scarlett; Dallas Ronda Minion (Scott Brown) and family Freedom Minion, Xadyn and Dallas Brown; Jason (Wendy) Minion, his daughter Shirlee Lucas (William Latour) and her family Anna, Brooklyn and Logan Lucas-Latour; Marnie (Jay) Zorn and son Zachary. She will also be remembered by her sister Rose Munro Graham (Lloyd); Lee’s sisters Joyce Templeton and Bonnie Nottingham and by numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was predeceased by her husband Lee Minion and their sons Ron Minion and Warren Minion; grandchildren Frieda Minion and Christopher Minion; her parents John and Frida Bachman; sisters and brothers-in-law Alice (Bruce) Colwill, Trudy (Merv) Newinger, Evan Munro, Shirley (Lewis) Tudor and Louise (Marvin) Christensen. She was also predeceased by Lee’s parents Dallas and Dagmar Minion and Lee’s sister Betty Doenz.

Cecilia, known to many as Cec, was born July 24, 1932 in Warner, the fourth daughter of John and Frida Bachman. She was raised in Warner and received her schooling there, and later attended the University of Calgary. She taught school in Barhill and Readymade for two years before returning to Warner to marry Lee Minion. She loved to sew and knit, enjoyed all sports (especially curling) which she was active in until 2018. She was a hard worker and worked along with Lee and her boys on the family farm with the farming and cattle. She was active in 4-H for many years. She was a special mother, grandmother, 

sister, aunt & friend. 

 The family wish to offer special thanks to the staff at the Prairie Rose Lodge (Milk River) and both the Chinook Regional Hospital and the Taber Hospital for the excellent care she received. 

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

Michael Darcy O’Shea

(April 18, 1957 – November 5, 2021)

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,

and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11: 28

Michael passed away at noon on November 5th, 2021, with family and his favorite music surrounding him. A special heartfelt thanks is given to the attentive and compassionate 2nd floor, east wing staff in the Benevolence Care Centre, Edmonton. They gave Michael the very best care as he navigated the ever intrusive and debilitating early onset disease, Frontal-temporal Dementia (FTD).

It is an unfortunate part of life that illness befalls so many wonderful people. Michael was diagnosed with moderate Frontal-temporal Dementia in July 2014, at the age of 57. Within four years, he needed full time care. In December 2018, he was transferred to Benevolence Care Centre, where he was cared for like family.

FTD first took his gentle and caring personality. Next his passion for music was quieted and his guitar strings silenced. Lastly, time would lay an unnatural dust on his hiking boots, and his binoculars would no longer be lifted. Dementia had muted and crumpled our dear Michael, but his eyes still recognized his family, and his fingers would curve to hold our hands.

Although short, Michael’s life was dynamic and effervescent. No matter what he did, he bubbled with enthusiasm and passion to do it better. Always a gentle way, a bright smile, and an encouraging word for everyone. He had a passion for volunteering and teaching, so contributed whenever he could, in every community he called home, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Bindloss, and Burdette.

Michael was predeceased by his dearly loved parents Neal Alvin O’Shea (2020) and Louise Marlene O’Shea (2019), wonderful son-in-law Colin Scott (2016); Mother-in-law Sheila Watson (2009) and brother-in-law Donald Harrigan (1988).

He will be loved and cherished always by his wife Marie (nee Watson) of 35 years; daughter Kealey (Colin d. 2016) Scott, grandchildren Callum and Saoirse; daughter Meagan (Craig) Deck, grandchildren Liam and Gareth.

He is survived by his sisters Maureen (Alistair) Furtado, and Kellie (David) Wirzba; nieces Mandy Reimer (Sheldon), Kat (Sarah) Furtado, Avril Wirzba; nephews Kevin (Ashley) Reimer, Ryan Furtado, Bryce Wirzba and Brayden (Eden), with their many children; Father-in-law Roy Harrigan; Brother-in-laws Steven (Sheryl) Watson; Geoffrey (Melanie) Watson; Kevin (Kathy) Harrigan and Sister-in-law Jillian Christy; and their many children, and grandchildren.

Please join the family for Michael’s Celebration of Life service and reception at the Glenview Church of Nazarene (4072 Strachan Rd SE, Medicine Hat, AB) on June 11th at 1:30 pm. The family asks that everyone wear colour to celebrate the energy and enthusiasm Michael had for life.

If unable to attend, family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to http://www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Michael’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely.

Donald Roy Pickett

1927 – 2022

Don passed away suddenly May 30, 2022 at the age of 95 years.

A shining example of a fine gentleman, he will be lovingly remembered and forever in our hearts. Don was predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Dorothy in 2020 and his son Jim in 2015. He is survived by his children Bill (Susan) and Dawna; his grandchildren Chelsea, Breanna, Anali (Dmitri), Jadon (Jessica), Blair (Leah); and great- grandchildren Alice, Alex, Nicky, Hannah, Maggie, Gillian and Colin.

Don spent his working years within Beaver Lumber Company, managing stores with Dorothy doing the books throughout southern Alberta, then for a time as district manager for southern Alberta and finishing his career as the Lethbridge franchise owner. Seemingly for ever on the move, yet always drawn back home to Taber for fun times with loving family and the best of friends.

A Private Service will be held with friends and family.

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

Masako Tani

1944 – 2022

Ms. Masako Mako Tani, of Lethbridge, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2022 at the age of 77 years.

She had a true connection with nature and spent much of her time outdoors to be closer to the natural world. She also greatly enjoyed spending her time with people of all ages, from teaching Japanese at the LCI, being a regular at the Nord-Bridge Senior’s Centre and thru a lifetime of learning and shared experiences with singing, drumming, dancing, woodworking, pottery and more. Mako is survived by her sons Robert, Kenneth and Richard, grandsons Owen and Ethan, brothers Hideo and Toshiyuki and sister Taiko.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. Arrangements for a Celebration of Life will be announced in the near future.

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


Beatrice Kathleen Wuth, beloved wife of the late Fritz Wuth, passed away in Pincher Creek on January 24, 2022. Born July 10, 1928 at Bentley, Alberta, she leaves behind her loving sons Farley and Brett of Pincher Creek, as well as sisters-in-law O’dell Stephenson and Wilma Behrens, many nephews and nieces of whom she was very fond and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Amalie Stephenson, and her siblings Alice Ellsworth, Robert Stephenson, Irene Anderson, Bertha Stephenson, Violet Read, and Roy Stephenson.

Next to her family, Beatrice’s delight was in nature and with them she enjoyed many years of skiing and hiking in the mountains. Her pleasure was in painting landscapes and trees on location which she did in all kinds of weather. Besides painting locally, she painted across Europe, the East and West Coasts, Mexico and the N.W.T. She worked in radio at CKRD Red Deer, CJIB Vernon and CFOC Saskatoon before her marriage and later sold stories to the CBC and the BBC.

Beatrice enjoyed travelling widely in early years with her family and later with her husband. Before returning to Pincher Creek to be near her sons, she lived in Ontario, Saskatchewan, B.C., Pincher Creek, Denmark and Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Beatrice.

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

Donald “Don” Young

1947 – 2021

Donald “Don” Young of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Hazel Mitchell, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2021 at the age of 74 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM, on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch the service livestream, please go to http://www.mbfunerals.com and scroll to the bottom of Don’s obituary.

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