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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 23, 2022.


NORMAND ERNEST LECLAIRE 1935 – 2022 Mr. Normand Ernest Leclaire of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of the late Patricia (Patsy) Leclaire, passed away quietly at Chinook Regional on December 16, 2022, at the age of 87 years.
Norm was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to parents Margaret and Ernest Leclaire. He was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was an avid sportsman. Attending Vancouver College, he participated in a number of sports including football and boxing. He learned to hunt and fish in the endowment lands of the University of British Columbia and the beaches of Point Grey. At the age of 18 he jumped on a train to Regina and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with stations in Wetaskiwin, Cardston, Taber and finally Manyberries. He met the love of his life, Patricia (Zuback), in Cardston and started a family with four children, Paul, Patty, Peter and Brian. After his last stationing he left the RCMP and soon joined the United Food and Commercial Workers union as a Business Agent. An ardent advocate for labour rights, he spent over 30 years in the service before finally retiring. Spending an additional 10 year on the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
Norm was a passionate sportsman with a particular passion for hunting and fishing. A passion that he passed on to two generations of Leclaires. If not in the truck out hunting or fishing withhis children and grandchildren, he would be in the stands watching them play sports whether it was basketball, judo, hockey or football. He enjoyed his last game this past fall in Calgary watching his grandson on the University of Saskatchewan. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of his life.
Norm was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia (Patsy) Leclaire (Zuback), his parents Ernie and Margaret, his sisters Joyce and Eugenie, and his brother Paul. He is survived by his son Paul Leclaire, wife Kathy, grandchildren Peter and Laura, and great grandchildren Chloe, Conner and Chase; daughter Patty Leclaire, husband Mark MacMahon and grandchildren Daniel and Emily; son Peter Leclaire, wife Jill and grandsons Dru, Leif and Reid; and son Brian Leclaire and children Brienne and Brett.
A Graveside Service was held.
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WAKEFIELD TIMOTHY SHANE WAKEFIELD, of Magrath, Alberta passed away at home on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the age of 53 years.
Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston, Alberta on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Burial at Magrath Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Dinner at Magrath Seniors Center at 1:30 p.m.
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DICK, Leona

DICK LEONA DICK, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Henry John Dick, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at the age of 96 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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GONZY, Monica

MONICA ELIZABETH GONZY 1953 – 2022 Monica Elizabeth Gonzy, beloved mother of Jerry Tymensen and sister of Shirley Cashen, Sheila Newinger and Allan Gonzy slipped away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2022, at the Raymond Health Centre, at the age of 69 years.
Monica (Mon) was born in Lethbridge on August 01, 1953, the second daughter and fourth child of Louis and Jeanne Gonzy. Her birthplace, St Michael’s hospital would later play a significant role in her life. Monica married just out of High School and she and Wilf welcomed a son Jerald Tymensen on December 15, 1971. When Jerry was a little older, Mon decided to go back to school. She applied to the Lethbridge Community College in the Faculty of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in October, class of ’81. She began her nursing career immediately, first at St. Michael’s, then, when it closed, at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Monica was a kind, compassionate and very professional nurse. She loved her job and would regale us with both happy and sad stories sometimes punctuated with the gallows humour that softened the often-heartbreaking cases she and her colleagues dealt with daily. She made many friends and was beloved to all her patients. Mon’s nursing career was cut short due to health issues and she had to leave nursing. Not ready for retirement yet, she parlayed her medical and people skills into another vocation and became a massage therapist, her clients benefitting once again from her compassion and healing touch. Eventually, plagued by both mental and physical health issues, Mon decided to kiss the work world goodbye and embrace retirement.
Her home in Stirling was her paradise. She enjoyed the solitude of her garden and huge backyard and spent many hours planting, pruning & nurturing her shrubs, trees and beautiful flowers, many of which started as “clippings” from family, friends and neighbours. They became homes for owls, hawks, lots of birds, butterflies and other critters. She loved to restore and paint or repair items that were broken and many a statue in her “serenity garden” got a facelift. Monica was also a very talented pianist, another of her creative arts. She was able to play most any tune by ear and she found great comfort in her music.
Monica is survived by her son Jerry, her furry, best friend Ajax, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, sisters Shirley and Sheila, brother Allan and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Jeanne Gonzy and brothers Gerald and Lou Gonzy.
A private family inurnment of Monica’s ashes into her parents’ gravesite will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Canadian Mental Health Association, 426 6 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9.
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ARNETT, Timothy

TIMOTHY ARNETT 1936 – 2022 Mr. Timothy Arnett of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Mrs. Barb Arnett, passed away at St. Michaels Palliative Health Centre on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at the age of 86 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Barb Roycroft, officiating.
A private family Interment will be held prior.
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VIOLA BEHRNS 1933 – 2022 Mrs. Viola Behrns of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Herbert Behrns, passed away at Adaptacare, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at the age of 89 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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BRYAN ELLEFSON 1948 – 2022 Bryan Adolph Ellefson passed away peacefully in the early morning of December 17, 2022, surrounded by love, just the way he lived out his 74 years.
Bryan was born on August 4, 1948, to Barney and Mary (nee DeMaere). He grew up in Enchant, Alberta, with his three big sisters, Shirley, Maxine, and Beverly where his dad ran a mechanic shop and his parents drove the school bus. He told great stories about the characters of Enchant, mischievous cousins, tormenting sisters, and his best friend, Vincent Long.
Bryan studied Education at the University of Lethbridge, earning his undergrad in 1971. It was there that he met his love, Linda, and they married in September of 1972. Bryan got a job teaching in Picture Butte, where they lived for 30 years, raising their children, Michael and Jana and growing a community of lifelong friends.
Bryan was a dedicated educator, earning his Masters degree in 1994. Over his career, he served as a beloved high school English teacher, administrator & curriculum coordinator for Palliser Schools, and secondment instructor at the University of Lethbridge. Between 2002-2009, he worked in Edmonton as Assistant Director of Curriculum for Alberta Education. After retiring, Linda and Bryan moved to Creston, BC, where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and introducing the community to the concept of “happy hour”, which often extended to many hours of happy.
Throughout his life, Bryan sought out adventures including scuba diving, fly-fishing, photography, horseback riding, spelunking, backpacking, motorbiking, sailing, travel, and took up triathlons in his 50s. Bryan enjoyed great books, great conversations, and gatherings with family. He was thrilled to be a grandpa (Buba) to Ellis and Sacha and share time fishing and camping. Boating was another adventure that Bryan loved sharing with willing participants. He loved navigating the shoreline and bays of beautiful Kootenay Lake.
His family who will lovingly remember his calm presence and ready laugh are his devoted wife, Linda; son Michael (Erin), daughter Jana (Mark), and grandchildren Ellis & Sacha Boschee. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Bev, numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his many colleagues and friends.
In lieu of flowers, buy yourself a beautiful book, sit in the perfect place, and read intently. Smoking a pipe is optional.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, December 23, at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Ave, Picture Butte, Alberta.
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DALE WILSON 1935 – 2022 We are sad to announce the passing of Dale George Wilson at Chinook Regional Hospital, on December 16, 2022, at the age of 87.
Dale is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey, son Darren (Brenda) Wilson, daughters Marion Champion and Michele (Bill) Scheurkogel, grandchildren Jeffrey (Jenn) Wilson, Kayla (Casey) Frattin, Levi Champion, Ethan (Ayla) Champion, Kory Scheurkogel (Jessica Wigton), Kevin Scheurkogel, Kristal Scheurkogel (Eric DeLauw), and 2 great grandchildren Brooklyn and Walker Wilson. He is also survived by his brother Kelly (Melissa) Wilson, sister in law Marlene Wilson, as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was predeceased by his parents Cliff and Arley and his brother Norman.
Dale was born January 23rd, 1935, in Edson, Alberta, and later moved to Lethbridge with his parents. Dale attended school at McLean School and later McNally school where he met Audrey in grade 6. He and Audrey married in 1957 and lived in Calgary before moving to Lethbridge where Dale worked as a Steam Engineer at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre for 35 years.
Dale loved sports and over the years played broomball, hockey, and played slow pitch for many years, travelling to St. George, Utah, for the Huntsman World Senior Games for 20 years. Dale had a love for bowling starting in 1959 and continuing until last year. Dale was outgoing and made friends everywhere he went, and he and Audrey welcomed everyone into their home. Dale was so loved and will be greatly missed.
Dale’s family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Chinook Regional Hospital and Tara and Monique at the heart clinic.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.
A private family graveside service will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery.
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ROYER We are saddened to announce that BETH (ELIZABETH) ANN ROYER has gone to her eternal rest. Anyone who knew Beth can confirm that rest was not something she did often, so while it is well deserved, it is much too soon. Beth was surrounded by her loving family, and holding the hand of her beloved husband Vic while passing peacefully on December 19, 2022.
Beth is survived by her loving family: husband Vic, daughter Sandra (Erle) Moshurchak of Calgary, son Andre (Jeff Carlson) of Lethbridge; grandchildren Emma and Sam Moshurchak; siblings Bud (Tricia) McAlister, Bill (Sylvie) McAlister, Wendy Airey, and Maureen McAlister.
Beth was predeceased by her siblings Jane (Bob) Smith; brother-in-law Bob Airey; and parents Bert and Liz McAlister.
She will also be missed by the many groups she treasured, including: St. Vincent De Paul, Bunko Babes, Golf Divas, her church family at St. Martha’s, and many others.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre for the wonderful care she received during her stay.
A Celebration of Beth’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. with Father William Monis officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. For those unable to attend, the Celebration of Life and Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and available to view on Beth’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Beth will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (albertacancer.ca)

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HANSEN, Darlene

HANSEN 1935 – 2022 MRS. DARLENE “DOLLY” JOAN HANSEN, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Victor Hansen, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, December 17, 2022, one day short of her 87th birthday.
Dolly is survived by her children, Reg (Marianne), Tami (Richard) and Liana (Gary); grandchildren: Haley, Travis, Jessica, Dylan, Cortni, Devan, Brittney, Mackenzie and Lyndsi; and ten great-grandchildren as well as her brother Darryl (Shirley).
Dolly is predeceased by her parents, Oscar and Mary Renning, sister Diane and “baby” brother Darwin.
Darlene was born on December 18, 1935, but was soon nicknamed Dolly by her father. Dolly married Victor when he worked construction on the Travers Dam north of Picture Butte. Their married life together spanned 68 years, during which they moved many times throughout B.C. and AB. The “prairie-born” couple soon became self-sufficient in traversing mountainous terrain and establishing a home environment while road building in remote places. Dolly was well known for meeting all challenges head on while helping others and enjoying the camaraderie of friends.
Dolly developed extensive self-taught skills throughout her life. She made her wedding dress at age 19 and other family members for similar occasions. She refinished furniture, painted cars, did needle point, art work, made dolls & clothing and was a tremendous cook.
In 1979, Vic and Dolly moved to Alberta from Revelstoke, B.C. to take over the Renning family homestead. Dolly and Vic were widely known as a working team in all farming activities, while maintaining a welcoming environment for a growing family and friends. Dolly enjoyed membership in the Barrhill Ladies Club, the Sons of Norway and coordinated social events in their area and on their farm. After 25 on-farm years, Vic and Dolly moved to Lethbridge, where Victor currently resides.
At Dolly’s request, no Funeral Service will be held. Cremation has taken place, and Interment and Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.

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FATH, Harvey

FATH It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of HARVEY FATH, of Lethbridge and formerly of Champion, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at the age of 100 years.
Harvey is survived by his children Brian (Marion), Dianne (Jim), Wayne, and Gary (Kim), as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Muriel, and daughter’s-in-law Kay and Sharon.
As per Harvey’s wishes, a private family service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. The service will be publicly livestreamed and may be viewed through Harvey’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Thank you so much to Tawnya Faust, the homecare staff, and the doctors, nurses, and staff on 5B for the exceptional care.

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Jen Angyal

1974 – 2022

  Jennifer Rae Angyal (née Smith), beloved mother of Jayden and Chase Angyal and beloved daughter of Terry-Ann (Willie) Hannah, passed away in Calgary on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the age of 48 years.

  “Just breathe”

   Further information will follow once arrangements have been finalized.

  Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone:

(403) 223-8778.

Ivy Lee

1929 – 2022

 Ivy Grace Lee, beloved wife of the late Glen Lee, passed away peacefully in Bow Island on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the age of 93 years.

 Ivy is survived by her son Tom (Glenda) Lee; sisters Joyce Lypka and Frances (Jerry) Thacker; sisters-in-law Carol Annon, Karen Annon and by numerous nieces and nephews.  

 She was predeceased by her husband Glen Lee; parents William and Margaret (nee Keeler) Annon; stepmother Bertha Annon; sisters Nona Cuthill and Wilma (Warren) Quinnell; brothers Anthony Annon and Roger Annon; daughter-in-law Debbie Lee; brothers-in-law Martin Lypka,  Eddie (Mary) Lee, Ralph (Doreen) Lee and sister-in-law Lora (Dean) Mcknight.

 Ivy was born in Winnifred on January 29, 1929, the eldest daughter of William and Margaret Annon. She attended River School which was situated near the coal mine where her dad worked.  She always said she was born a coal miner’s daughter.  This school closed when the teacher joined the air force. Ivy completed high school in Bow Island before she obtained a Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Calgary. She taught school at Sunnynook, Alberta, taking over from a supervisor and at Etzikom for two years.  In 1950 she married Glen Lee and a year later their son Tom was born. For the first five years they lived at the Huff place with only a prairie trail leading in resulting in weeks at a time being snowed in.  In 1956 they moved to Grandpa Lee’s place so Tom could go to school. In 1961 they built a new house with their first running water, both in and out! She resided there till 2013 before moving to Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island.  Following a fall, she moved to the long term care facility just two years ago. 

 Ivy belonged to the Women’s Institute, Community Club, Sunshine Club, she was a 4-H Clothing Club leader and a also member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

 Ivy loved teaching so much she continued to substitute every chance she got.  In reading her journals back to her, the days were filled with having company for coffee, going for coffee, shopping, babysitting and sometimes all on the same day! 

 Ivy and Glen were fortunate to take many trips back to South Dakota, Hawaii, a legion trip to Europe, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Disneyland, bus trips to Alaska, Nashville/Indianapolis/Chicago. Most of their car excursions were enjoyed in the company of Harry and Betty Cooper.

 Ivy was always a classy dresser and her weekly hair styling trips were a must.  Mom loved little kids and they loved her. Sewing was her passion. She made many clothes and enjoyed taking every sewing class that came along. Later, she turned to quilting and nieces, nephews and others received quillows as grad gifts. She did all the trends as they came along, be it ceramics, leatherwork, decoupage or artex and was an accomplished knitter as well. 

 A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Etzikom Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com

 One of Ivy’s proud moments was the completion of the Etzikom history book for which she spent countless hours fretting over getting it ‘just right’.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ivy’s name may be made directly to the Etzikom Museum, Box 585 Etzikom, Alberta T0K 0W0.

 Ivy was grateful for the friendships that were forged with both the residents and caregivers during her time at the Lodge. The family gives thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the care that she received at both the Lodge and Long Term.  We know you will be missing her as well.

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

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