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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 5, 2022.

BENOIT, George George Clarence Benoit…has gone camping! George was born in Antigonish, NS. on August 25, 1945 and passed away in Lethbridge, AB. at the age of 77 on October 25, 2022.
George loved the outdoors his whole life, so after finishing his schooling, he enrolled and graduated from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in Frederickton, NB in 1970. He worked one year in NFLD before moving to Alberta in 1971 where he found his calling with the Alberta Forest Service. His career took him all over Alberta and he eventually retired in 2010. The work he enjoyed most was fighting forest fires, but anything that got him out of the office, whether it be mill studies, oil field inspections or land use programming was good with him!
He met his wife at the bar one day after work, where she rescued him from the unwanted amorous attentions of another female. He continued to keep their relationship interesting by dropping her in a mud puddle on their first date! They eventually married in 1977 and were together for another 45 years, raising two sons.
George’s greatest joy was camping and trying to “skunk” his boys at cribbage.
He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Margaret DeWolf, father, Clarence Joseph Benoit, and step-father, Thomas Lawrence Connors.
George is survived by his wife, Wendie, sons Travis (Ally) and Bradey (Laurie); plus two granddaughters, Emily and Aubrey. His remaining siblings include Karen DeWolf, Margaret Benoit, John Leo Benoit, Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Connors (Barbara) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Instead of having a Celebration of Life after his death, we celebrated George’s life with him a few days earlier, where he got to visit with family, eat and drink whatever he wanted and enjoyed treats like black licorice pipes!
There are no formal gatherings planned, as George’s remains will be scattered in some of his favourite places. If you wish to remember him, please feel free to have a drink while camping, or enjoy his favourite meal of steak, mushrooms and beer at your favourite restaurant.
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GEORGE, Gordon George, Gordon Richard Feb. 1, 1931 – Oct. 31, 2022 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Gordon Richard George, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Gordon passed away peacefully Monday, October 31 at the glorious age of 91, at Good Samaritan Prairie Ridge in Raymond.
He will be lovingly remembered by Sybil, his wife of the past 32 years; his children Dale (Afton) of Las Vegas, Holly of Edmonton, Donald (Vivian) of Red Deer, Kenneth (Beverly) of Red Deer and Lorraine (Dick) Brantner of Wrentham, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by his stepchildren, Sue (Delon) Shurtz of Raymond, Roy (Shannon) West of Hamilton, Ont., Paul (Mary) West of Lacombe, and Beth (Milo) Holthe of Glenwood.
He was predeceased by Beverly Fletcher, his first wife of 35 years, his parents, three brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter.
Gordon grew up in Climax, Sask., and worked in the Grain industry all his life, which he loved. He managed the grain elevator in Raymond until he retired many years ago and has lived in Raymond ever since.
He was a devoted husband and a loving, tender, and selfless man who made many friends during his lifetime. He loved his Heavenly Father and his Saviour, and he was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for which he held many positions and worked faithfully in many capacities. He had an unfaltering testimony of the Gospel, which he happily shared with others, particularly when he and Sybil served two proselytizing missions, one in Edmonton and the other in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gordon loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, letting them comb his beautiful white hair and catching them in the “bear trap.” He loved family gatherings, playing games and eating home-cooked meals, and he was never too full to enjoy a bowl of ice cream, his favourite treat.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS- KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, 206E 200N. (Right beside the Raymond Hospital) Friends can meet the family prior to the service between 10:00 AM and 10:45 AM. An interment will take place in Raymond at the Temple Hill Cemetery following the service.
Special thanks to the caring staff of Good Samaritan Prairie Ridge and the Raymond Health Centre.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond Stampede and Exhibition or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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VON HEYKING, Karin KARIN VON HEYKING 1931 – 2022 Karin Edith Brigitte von Heyking (nee Stillmark) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Rolf von Heyking, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2022, at the age of 91 years.
Karin was born near Talsi, Latvia on July 21, 1931. After a childhood disrupted by war and refugee experiences, she immigrated to Canada in 1954. She settled in London, Ontario and worked for London Life. She married Rolf in 1959, was blessed with four children in the next decade, and was a dedicated mother. The family moved to Calgary in 1976 and as her children grew up, she re-entered the workforce, working for Woolco. She spent her final years in Lethbridge close to family.
Mom was incredibly strong, and a lovely and generous woman. She made a warm home for her family and welcomed everyone to her table. She was a woman of strong will and character. She lived through so much and raised us with love and gratitude for every opportunity we have had to build a good life. In a published account of her experiences as a refugee and immigrant, she was described as having “the ability to act and form something good out of any challenge.” We are mourning our loss but so grateful for the time we had and the legacy she leaves.
She is survived by her children, Barb Olafson (Kelly), Lori von Heyking, Amy von Heyking (Lance Grigg), and John von Heyking (Sonya); by grandchildren Kristin Trenholm (Jeremy), Karin Olafson (Dakota Mantyka), Andrea Olafson, Lindsay Smith (Logan), Emily Clink, Conor Grigg (Meagan), Alison Grigg, Geoffrey Sitwell (Alison), Evie Anderson, Audrey von Heyking, and Sebastian von Heyking; and, by five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Fred von Heyking, as well as a nephew, nieces, and their families.
Besides her loving husband, Rolf, Karin was predeceased by her brother Oskar and sister Renate.
We would like to thank the amazing doctors and nurses at Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, and at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge, particularly to Dr. Razavi and Nurse Katie for their wonderful care and compassion. Thanks to the doctors of the Family Medical Centre and to BJ Millman and the whole home care team for their care, and to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael’s who saw Mom through her final days. Thanks and much love to everyone at AgeCare Columbia who provided her with community and a caring home in the past few, often difficult, years.
A Funeral Service will be announced at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
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BOHNERT, Pauline PAULINE BOHNERT 1934 ~ 2022 Pauline Bohnert, beloved wife of the late Hans Bohnert, passed away at the age of 88 at St. Therese Villa on Saturday, October 29th, 2022.
Pauline Hildebrandt was born in Mariewka, Romania on August 6th, 1934. In 1940, when Pauline was just 6 years old, her family moved from Romania to Austria. The family travelled by horse & wagon to Austria where they stayed in a refugee camp for 1 year while they waited to be settled in German territory. They were taken by train to the city of Gogolin, Poland (West Prussia) and were there from 1941 until they had to flee from the advancing Russians in January of 1945. They again fled in a covered wagon further west into Germany. On August 18, 1952, Pauline and her family immigrated to Canada on a ship named Beaverbrae, landing in Quebec. The family travelled to Alberta and settled into a life of farming in Kipp, Alberta. Within one month of arriving, Pauline met Hans Bohnert at a social gathering at the Lutheran Church. Hans proposed to Pauline on her birthday in 1953 and they were married on May 15, 1954. They welcomed 6 sons and spent the majority of their time living on South Parkside Drive and later building & moving into the big house on the hill by the old mine in 1975. Pauline was a dedicated wife to her husband Hans, she was a loving mother and was a very active and serving church member for her entire life. She loved serving others and hosting large dinner parties and was especially known for her wonderful cooking and baking. Pauline never had a negative word to say about anyone and welcomed and loved all those she met. Her two great loves were God and her family.
Pauline is survived by her 6 sons, 15 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren; Norbert (Denise) and children Elisa (Brandon) with great-grandsons Merritt and Fynn, Daylan (Kaila) with great grand-daughter on the way; Ralph (Beth) and children Nicole, Aaron (Cathy) with great-grandson Noah, Nathan (Jade) with great-grandson Nash, Megan (Pat); Lorenz and children Sara, Joshua (Kim) with great grandchildren Max, Hazel & Felix, Josef, (Veronica); Hilmar; Paul (Sherri) and children Tyson (Ashley), Jeremiah and Kiann; and Mark (Beverly) and children Gregory, Jennifer and Ryan.
Pauline is also survived by her brother, Rudy (Julie) Hildebrandt, sister-in-law Mary (Richard Hildebrandt). She was predeceased by her parents Immanuel and Pauline Hildebrandt; brother Karl (Emma), sister Alwine (Ewald) and brother Richard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.
There will be a private family graveside service.
Everyone is welcome to attend a come-and-go Celebration of Life Reception from 12:30pm to 4:00pm on Monday, November 7, 2022 with a short program beginning at 1:00pm.
It will be held at the COUNTRY KITCHEN HALL (BELOW THE KEG), 1715 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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HART, Joyce JOYCE ELLA HART 1930 2022 Joyce Ella Hart, beloved wife of the late Albert Hart, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge in Lethbridge, on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at the age of 92 years.
Joyce was born on July 4, 1930, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She grew up on a farm in Foremost before moving to Lethbridge. In Lethbridge, she worked at Crystal Dairy where she met Albert, and later worked at Advanced Lumber. Joyce was an avid hockey lover and knew everything about the game. She loved getting together with friends for holiday meals and get togethers.
Joyce will be remembered fondly and missed dearly by her friends and family.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. Upon her request, there will be no funeral service.
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SLEIGHTHOLM, Shirley SHIRLEY SLEIGHTHOLM 1925 – 2022 Mrs. Shirley Sleightholm of Lethbridge passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at the age of 97 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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VAN EGMOND, Douglas Douglas James “Jim” Van Egmond Jun. 11, 1955 to Nov. 3, 2022 With broken hearts we share the passing of Jim aged 67 years, while at St. Michael’s Palliative Hospital. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. In his final days he was surrounded by his loving wife and his children. Jim fought a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Jim was born June 11, 1955 to Casey and Janette. He grew up on the family farm north of Monarch. He married Sylvia Wind on May 14, 1977. They lived and raised their two children just north of the farm on the “old Postman place”. Jim farmed with his dad and eventually bought “the home place”. He was looking forward to watching the fifth generation grow up there. Jim worked as an electrician for 47 years. He started his electrical career at Wyatt Electric, and then started his own business known as Van Egmond Electric Ltd. He was well known and much respected for his honesty, integrity and quality workmanship. Many of his customers became friends.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and photography. He hunted with his dad and siblings every year. In fact, he was still making plans for this year’s hunting season.
Jim is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 45 years; his children and grandchildren. He was especially proud of his two children, Brad (Amanda) and Andrea (Dan) Sandford. He was Pampa to Lindsey and Brittany Van Egmond; and Grandpa to Aaron and Benjamin Sandford.
He is also survived by brothers, Geoff (Colleen) and Tim (Lynn); sister-in-law, Margaret; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Casey and Janette; sister, Marilyn; brother, Lawrence; sister-in-law, Kathy; and nephew, Lloyd.
Friends and family are welcome to pay their respects between 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022 at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at MONARCH REFORMED CHURCH, 103083 Range Rd 235, Monarch, AB. Interment will follow in the Monarch Nobleford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s memory to the Monarch Reformed Church, PO Box 8, Monarch, AB T0L 1M0.
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BLAIS, Roy BLAIS It is with sorrow, but a host of wonderful memories, that we mark the passing of a dear man, ROY MILBURN BLAIS, at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. We celebrate his extraordinary 87 year journey as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Roy is survived by his beloved wife Ardyth, three children Erin (Lynn) Joblonkay of Taber, Cheryl (Gerald) Pilger of Camrose and Kelly Blais of Lethbridge as well as seven adored grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Roy was predeceased by his parents Zephr and Octavia Blais, two sisters and five brothers.
Roy was born in Edmonton, on February 27, 1935. He grew up in Grande Prairie from age five on.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating.
Roy will be laid to rest privately in Mountain View Cemetery.

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MILLAR, Carolyn CAROLYN MILLAR 1953 – 2022 Carolyn Millar of Lethbridge, beloved friend of Ron Stickel, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on October 28, 2022, at the age of 68 years.
Carol leaves behind a large loving family, her children Mike, Cara, Chris; grandchildren Paige, Cody and Skylar; 2 loving sisters; 2 younger brothers and many nieces and nephews who made her a great aunt.
Carol had a way about herself, bringing love and light to all who made contact with her. R.I.P. until we meet again.
A Celebration of Life will be announced in the Spring of 2023.
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BAERT, Frank FRANK CYRIL BAERT 1952 – 2022 Frank Cyril Baert passed away suddenly at home in Lethbridge, on the morning of November 2, 2022 at the age of 70.
Frank thoroughly enjoyed following the Lethbridge Hurricanes, whether it was at home, or on the road. Frank lived the final years of his retirement enjoying family, friends, watering his grass and flower beds, and fine tuning his golf game with his golf buddies.
Frank is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his children and grandchildren, Mark (Lyn) Baert and their children, Jameson, Devin, Evan and Erika; Chantal (Ty) Gaebel and their children, Rylee, Brody, Dane and Nixon; Shawn (Katrina) Lavoie and his stepson Braxton O’Grady; Kelly (Marilyn) Lavoie and their children Mason and Jack. His mother Rita Baert; his siblings Maurice (Sheila) Baert; Brenda (John) Carr and their children Owen (Shelby) and Chase (Dana) Carr and their daughter Cecelia. Sister-in-law Wyn Baert and her children Ken (Noelia) Baert and their children Dani, Bryce and Briar and Doug (Kristy)Baert and their daughter Devry.
Frank was predeceased by his dad, Archie Baert and two brothers, Gerry Baert and Ron Baert.
A Visitation will be held at 12:00 PM, on, Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS WATERTON SUITE, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment will be held at Royal View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local SPCA at https://www.albertaspca.org/.
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KNOX, Edward KNOX EDWARD “ED” L. KNOX, beloved husband of Judith “Judy” Knox of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the age of 80 years.
A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor James Wesley officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed through Edward’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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KNIFE, Melvin KNIFE MELVIN GENE “BUTCH” KNIFE, beloved husband of Mrs. Pauline Knife and loving father of Laine Knife and Lyndon Knife, passed away suddenly on Monday, October 31, 2022 at the age of 66 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
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