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TUESDAY, June 21, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 21, 2022.


It is with great sadness that the family of CZESIA AKSNOWICZ, beloved wife of the late Alfons Aksnowicz, announce her passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 90 years.

Czesia will be lovingly remembered by Gina (Larry) Wojtowicz, and Alice (Dan) Renning; grandchildren Jen Buit, Justin (Jocelyn) Buit and Kevin Renning; great-grandchildren Tristan, Jaelynn, Janae, Vincent, Violet and Xavier. She is also survived by brothers Anthony (Theresa) Kuziomko and Nick (Lorette) Kuziomko, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her loving husband Alfons, she was predeceased by her son Robert; son-in-law Jack Buit; parents Amelia and Anthony Kuziomko; brothers Stanley and George Kuziomko; her in-laws Malvina and Adam Aksnowicz and dearest friends Helena and Jan Pietkiewicz.

Czesia was born to Amelia and Anthony Kuziomko on March 8, 1932 in Jankowieze, Poland, the second of five children. When the Second World War broke out, Czesia and her family were loaded on trains and taken to various German camps throughout the war. The family survived the war and they immigrated to Canada in 1949, arriving by ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They then travelled by train to Barnwell, Alberta, to work in the sugar beet fields. 1949 was also the year she met the love of her life, Alfons, and they were married on May 13, 1950. Czesia and Alfons began their lives together in Southern Alberta, where they raised three children and celebrated 68 blessed years together.

Czesia and Alfons purchased a farm near Picture Butte, where she enjoyed creating her beautiful flowerbeds. Every year, she would search many garden centres with her daughter and granddaughter, finding something new to plant and expand her flowerbeds. Alfons would shake his head every time the car was unloaded, but they enjoyed swinging in their backyard together, admiring the view. She also planted an enormous vegetable garden, where she would freeze and preserve the harvest.

Czesia also loved to keep herself busy cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, knitting and spending time with her family. She enjoyed going to the Polish dances (oh how she loved to dance!) and volunteer her time in the kitchen for these events. She also looked forward to camping each year in Radium, British Columbia, soaking in the hot springs and visiting with many friends. Czesia and Alfons travelled to visit family in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Poland.

Most of all, she cherished and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Czesia was a woman of great faith. Our family is comforted in knowing she is now with her Saviour and surrounded by loved ones.

She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered forever.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Santiago Torres officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 9:30 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Czesia will be gratefully accepted at the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (crhfoundation.ca)

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

Helen “Lena” Boschman

1931 – 2022

It is with sadness, yet grateful hearts that we announce Helen “Lena” Boschman, beloved wife of the late David D. Boschman went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the age of 90 years.

A Celebration of Lena’s Life will be held at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/HelenLena-Boschman and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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BETTY BLY CLIFTON passed away on Sunday June 19, 2022, at the Raymond Hospital in Raymond Alberta. Betty was born on September 2, 1934, to Harold and Irene Bly in Magrath Alberta.

Betty was predeceased by her loving husband, Edward (Ted) Clifton, in 2014 after 60 years of marriage. Betty will be sadly missed by her children, Craig (Terry) Clifton, Janet (Corwyn) Miller, Brent (Shauna) Clifton and Carroll (Tim) Bullock.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her children and her 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Betty loved Family History and helped many people with finding their ancestors. Betty was known for her love of Christmas and her beautiful yard in the summer.

Betty was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was called to serve in various callings within the church throughout her life. Betty and Ted in 1994 served a full-time mission in the McAllen Texas Mission.

During their lives, Betty and Ted travelled to various destinations around the world with friends and family. One of the highlights was their trip to Israel and Egypt.

Betty’s love for her Savior was evident to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Dahl and the Dahl Clinic for their attentive care of our mother over the last few years, along with the Raymond Hospital Nurses and staff who showed Mom such great care and love during the last few weeks of her life.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am, at the MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE in Magrath, Alberta with Bishop Tim Sabey officiating. There will be a meet the family on Wednesday evening, only, from 7:00-8:00 pm at the GARDEN PLACE CHAPEL in Magrath, Alberta. The interment will precede the funeral services in the Magrath Cemetery.

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KEITH MIDDLETON ERDMANN, beloved husband of Donna Lee Erdmann, of Lethbridge, Passed away peacefully, on Saturday June 18, 2022 at the age of 80 years.

At Keith’s request there will be no funeral service held.

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VERL MORGAN FYFE, beloved husband of Myrna, passed away on June 19, 2022 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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DOROTHEA AGNES “DORA” KLOEPPER, beloved wife of the late Ernst Siebo of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the age of 93 years.

A Celebration of Dora’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Dora will be reunited with her beloved Ernst during a private Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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DR. DONALD ROY STEWART, husband of the late Lise Stewart, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by family, on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Richard Teramura, beloved husband of Ann, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on June 12, 2022 at the age of 81.

Richard is survived by his wife Ann and his 2 daughters Michelle (Doug) and Dalyce (Todd). He leaves behind 2 grandchildren Jordan and Miya. Richard had an exceptional teaching career in Bow Island, Picture Butte and Coaldale. He was an avid golfer and loved cheering on the Calgary Flames and Toronto Blue Jays. He was also the first and last one to crack a joke in a conversation.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South.

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

Mildred Thompson

1919 – 2022

Mrs. Mildred Thompson nee Anderson of Milk River, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leonard Thompson, passed away at Milk River Long Term Care Facility on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the age of 102 years. 37 days short of her 103 birthday.

Mildred was born east of Milk River at home to William and Mabel Anderson in Kippenville, Alberta on July 26, 1919 and spent all of her life in the Coutts, Milk River area. She married Leonard Thompson of Coutts on October 29, 1942. Mildred was very active in the Coutts United Church, the Royal Purple and the community. They retired to Milk River in October of 1981, after Leonard’s passing in 1998, she stayed in her home until spring of 2009 when she moved to Prairie Rose Lodge then on to the long term care in December of 2018.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband Leonard; grandson Leslie; grandson-in-law Jamie Packer; her family Harold (Kay) Anderson, Peggy (Bert) Wicks, Darrel (Jan) Anderson and all of Leonard’s siblings and their spouses.

Mildred is survived by her sons Kirt (Louise) Thompson, Roy (Sharon) Thompson; grandchildren Allen (Renia) Thompson, Sheila Thompson, Karen (Chris) House, Dan (Mary) Thompson, Scott (Debbie) Thompson, Todd (Jennifer) Thompson; 11 great- grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH, 201 – 2 Avenue NE, Milk River, with Reverend Marion Martin, officiating. A private family graveside service will be held prior in the Milk River Cemetery.

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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 is 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 Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta. Cathie loved colour, so please wear something colourful if the spirit moves you.

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