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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 14, 2023.

MORROW, Patricia PATRICIA DAWN MORROW Oct. 4, 1943 – Jan. 9, 2023 Patricia Dawn Morrow, age 79, of St. Malo, MB., formerly from Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, January 9, 2023.
She is survived by her daughter Arlene Abel (Jim) of Landmark, MB. Cherished grandma to Bryan of Winnipeg, MB., and Kevin of Landmark, MB. She is survived by her siblings Kenny Davis of Kanata, ON., Jill Cusick of Warner, BC., Hope Bowkett (Peter) of Lethbridge, AB.
Predeceased by her parents Kenneth Davis and Emily (nee Wallingford), and sister in-law Bette Davis.
Patricia grew up in Ottawa, ON, with many fond memories of the family cottage at McGregor Lake. Her career began in Ottawa with nursing at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, and then a lab technician. Later, she moved to Lethbridge, AB., where she enjoyed designing and selling kitchen cabinets for a few years. Patricia never lost her passion for nursing. At age 50 she re-entered the nursing field as a Registered Nurse and continued her dream job until retirement. Patricia enjoyed spending time in her garden and fishing with friends. Patricia will be missed by all those whose life she touched.
A Memorial will be planned at a later date.
Arrangements by:
BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL CO-OP 1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030 http://www.birchwoodfuneralchapel.com
THOMSON, Barry Barry Thomson
1942 – 2022
Lawrence Barry Thomson, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the age of 80 years. Being a Christian man, he got to spend Christmas with Jesus this year. His family definitely felt the void.
The service honouring a dear dad, papa, brother and friend will be held at Parallel Church, Highway 3 one mile east of Lethbridge on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Barry leaves to mourn his son Randy (Julie) Fajnor and their children Shaun (Reba), Darren (Tricia), Neil (Brenna), Megan (Darren), Lynden and their twelve grandchildren; daughter Laurie Gregus and her children Amber (Scott), Kendon (Keely) and her three grandchildren; daughter Wendy Thomson and her children Jade and Cliff; son Darcy (Barb) Fajnor; daughter Charlene (Rob) Feenstra and their children Justine (Cody), Chanel (Ryan) and their three grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn, his brothers Dale; Fred (Karen); Jim (Elaine); Doug (Trudy); sister-in-law Brenda (Ralph), their families and numerous cousins. The family would like to give special mention to his friend Gus who has been a great help to him over the past couple of years and who is the new owner of his dog Wanda. The family appreciates all that Gus has done and continues to do.
Barry was born in Calgary on September 14, 1942 to Harry and Norleen Thomson, the second oldest of seven boys. He was married three times (twice to the same woman) and had five children. He had the priviledge of living in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In the 60s he took his Motor Mechanic and Heavy Duty, and in the 70s, his Locksmith & Induction Training for Penitentiary Service. Barry was a man of many talents and a jack of all trades. He was a mechanic, firefighter, tour bus operator and truck driver. He was an outdoor enthusiast- enjoying motorbikes, fishing, shooting, archery, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and camping. He raised many breeds of birds over the years and kept very active.
Barry’s kind manner was known by most. He rooted for the underdog, was always there when you needed him and was passionate about what he believed in and what he stood for. He was a man of few words but much integrity. Barry loved his family and came to every event he could. He enjoyed being involved in his kids and grandkids lives. He believed in hard work and didn’t tolerate laziness. One might say he was a tough old bird.
Barry served as a Councillor with the Town of Vauxhall and enjoyed being on committees that brought betterment to his community. Unfortunately, the last couple years brought him many health challenges but he was strong enough and stubborn enough to keep going as long as he could. Eventually those challenges got the better of him and he finished the race. Barry fought the good fight. He found himself very lonely after losing his best friend Rose in June, as they spent a lot of time together over the last decade.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Barry’s name may be made directly to the MyCityCare program. Cheques payable to Taber Parallel Church, Attention: Kelly Fehr, Box 4920, Taber, Alberta T1G 2E1or online by visiting https://parallelchurch.com/give.
The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, cards, calls, texts and the messages sent through social media. Thank you to the Town of Vauxhall for the beautiful write up in the paper and on Facebook. Finally, the family wish to offer a special thank you to the “angel’ who cleaned Barry’s house while he was in the hospital.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

VERWOERD, Daniel 1934 – Daniel Verwoerd – 2023 Daniel Easter Verwoerd passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 88 years. Dan is survived by his daughter, Susan (Ron) Fode; grandson, Brandon Moser; step granddaughter, Kendra (Connor) Robinson; sisters, Carol Rose and Karen (Ralph) Hunter; brothers, Jim (Judy) Verwoerd, Tom (Joanne) Verwoerd and their families; sister-in-law, Karin Verwoerd and family; and cousin, Jan (Wimmy) Verwoerd of Amsterdam. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise; son, Dale; father, Dick; step-mother, Della; mother Nellie Berry; step- father, Milton ‘Slim” Berry; brother, Jack Verwoerd; and brother-in-law, Bob Rose. Dan was born June 26, 1934 in Lethbridge, AB. He attended Central Grade School and Lethbridge Collegiate Institude High School (LCI) until 1951. He then went to work for his dad on a Bridge Crew as a Pile Drive Operator in Piapot, SK for over two years. His next job was at Archibald Motors in Lethbridge where a customer recognized his work ethic and wanted him to join their company. He started his career with Jordan’s Carpets Ltd. In 1955. He married Louise Bishop, August 18, 1956 and they welcomed their son Dale on June 24, 1961. He continued to work in the Lethbridge store until 1963 when he was given the opportunity to be an area representative in Medicine Hat and run the business out of his home. They made the move and on March 30, 1964 their daughter Susan was born. Dan was a certified Journeyman Flooring Mechanic for 38 years until his retirement in June of 1993 at the age of 59. Up until the last few years he could remember his customers names, addresses, the carpet and the square footage of the job – Amazing! He was an honest, reliable, hardworking, learned man, a perfectionist, whether it was carpentry or any household renovation, there wasn’t a job that he couldn’t handle. His pride and passion was his meticulously manicured vegetable garden. Creating a square foot design of his own with every row perfectly measured and spaced within each square, and not a weed to be found. The reward was harvesting the fruits of his labour. There was one year he boasted about having five – 5 gallon pails of carrots. Pretty sure that was the year Susan’s friend turned orange! Dad loved to BBQ, as soon as spring came around. He didn’t use a fancy gas or propane one, he was adamant on using charcoal brickettes in his Hibachi. We used to poke fun about his OCD, from writing his meals on a calendar, to counting out 40 Mini Wheats for his breakfast every day, to writing down the time the mail was delivered and finally wanting his glass of chocolate milk moved over an inch on his table. His stubborn sense of independence will be sadly missed. Due to health reasons he was admitted into Valleyview, assisted living in October of 2020. October of 2021 he was moved into long term care where he resided until his passing. A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Valleyview who were so supportive, respectful and caring. At Dan’s request there will be no formal service held. Memorial gifts in Dan’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 770-6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Daniel Verwoerd. Funeral arrangements by SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

STROM, Sylvia Sylvia Agnes Strom
August 30, 1944 ~ January 11, 2023

Sylvia Agnes Strom passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the age of 78 years. She leaves to cherish her memory: siblings, Elaine Acosta, Phil (Janet) Strom, Ray (Lois) Strom, Joan (James) Babe and Lori (Rick) Dykstra as well as sisters-in-law, Lynn Strom and Laura Kroeker. Sylvia was blessed to have a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved dearly as well as a large extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Gladys Strom; brother, Allen Strom and nieces, Ellen and Amy Strom.
Sylvia was born on August 30, 1944, in the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta which is now the Museum. She grew up on a farm south of Burdett and attended Burdett School through her junior high school years. At age fifteen, she left home to attend Prairie High School in Three Hills, Alberta, followed by four years at Prairie Bible Institute.
Sylvia obtained her education degree at the University of Lethbridge with a Math major. She taught at Christiansen Academy in Venezuela, Manyberries School, the Alberta Correspondence School in Edmonton, NorthStar Academy and Cherry Coulee Christian Academy. She was a substitute teacher for Prairie Rose School Division and she also tutored. Sylvia taught adult classes in computer, photography and ESL in Bow Island.
While obtaining her education, she worked at the Alberta School Hospital in Red Deer; on a construction crew, building roads and bridges in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge where she was called on to use her math skills. She also worked for a trailer construction company in Lethbridge. Later, she worked as a receptionist for an Edmonton orthodontist and as the parts person and part-time receptionist for a manufacturing company in Edmonton.
Sylvia loved to travel to interesting places. While living in Venezuela, she toured Columbia, Peru and Ecuador. She made special trips to visit family in Bolivia and Zimbabwe. Sylvia visited friends in New York and France, making a side trip to Rome. Road trips included a trip across Canada and two trips to Texas.
She moved to Bow Island nineteen years ago to be the main care-giver for her aging parents.
Sylvia had many interests: Education, politics, painting, astronomy, photography, sewing, card and jewelry making, theology, piano and shopping. She loved interacting with people and was knowledgeable about many subjects, weighing out both sides of an argument. One of Sylvia’s accomplishments was keeping up her friendship with her penpal for seventy years. She maintained contact with many cousins, friends and students.
Sylvia had a strong faith and hope in her Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of four, she asked Jesus to be her Saviour, which started a relationship that lasted her whole life. As He promised, she now has eternal life with Him.
Sylvia was compassionate, kind and loving. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 414 – 2 Street West, Bow Island on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION FACILITY
901 – 13TH STREET S.W., MEDICINE HAT T1A 4V41-877-528-6455 http://WWW.COOKSOUTHLAND.COM”Locally owned & directed”

MICHALENKO, Margaret MARGARET MICHALENKO 1945 – 2023 Mrs. Margaret Mary Michalenko of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Alexander Michalenko, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at the age of 77 years.
Margaret was born in Salzburg, Austria on November 16, 1945 to parents Michael and Paraskeva Tunow. The family arrived in Canada on April 12, 1949, where they first lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then to Coaldale, Alberta to work on a sugar beet farm. They eventually settled in Lethbridge where she graduated from Winston Churchill in 1964.
Her first job was at Jack’s Coffee Shop, then the Bank of Nova Scotia, followed by CJOC TV and finally Holiday Bowl where she became co-owner. She loved bowling, gardening, bingo, traveling and baking, and was a lifetime member of the 5 Pin Bowlers Association.
Besides her beloved husband Alexander, Margaret is survived by her son Nicholas Michalenko; sister Ann Becker, and brother Walter Tunow.
She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Paraskeva Tunow; son David Michalenko, and brother-in-law Gary Becker.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, January 16, 2023 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Antonie Ciobanu, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Margaret-Michalenko and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.
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JONES, Bradley BRADLEY A. JONES It is with great sadness, that we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Brad at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at the age of 63 years.
He was predeceased by his wife, Michelle (nee Emery).
Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in the spring of 2023 at the Carberry Plains Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Friends and family are invited to visit Brad’s memorial page @ interlakecremation.ca, where memories and condolences may be shared.
Arrangements entrusted to: Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services
BOTTOLFSON, Paul PAUL BOTTOLFSON 1933 – 2023 Paul Eugene Bottolfson, much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on January 5, 2023 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. A livestream of the service can be found at https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Paul-Bottolfson
In Paul’s memory, donations can be made to Teen Challenge Alberta; https://www.tcalberta.ca/ or to Good Samaritan Park Meadows Village; https://gss.org/locations/park-meadows-village/
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MARKUS, Dwane DWANE MARKUS 1964 – 2022 Dwane Edward Markus was taken from us too early on November 4, 2022, at the age of 58.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. the ROCKY MOUNTAIN TURF CLUB, 3401 Parkside Dr S, Lethbridge, Alberta. We will also celebrate the life of Alveda Markus and Pete Markus (Dwane’s Uncle who passed November 19, 2019) which were postponed at their time of passing.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish to make a donation may be made to Paws Society; or Paw Society Box 255, Lethbridge AB, T1J 3Y5. Cats and kittens were always Dwane’s greatest love.
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PALMER, Erin ERIN LEE PALMER 1970 – 2023 Erin Lee Palmer, of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of Donna Palmer and the late Peter Palmer, passed away at South Health Campus in Calgary, AB on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the age of 52 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile Canada at operationsmile.ca, or any charity in support of women or a charity of one’s choice.
A Celebration of Erin’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.
To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/ErinLee-Palmer and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
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MORRIS, Margaret MARGARET MORRIS 1956 – 2023 Mrs. Margaret Ann Morris of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Lon Morris and mother of Adam, Glen and Neal passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, from a sudden onset from a late stage of Parkinson’s disease.
Margaret was born on October 28th, 1956, to Helen and Frederick Dean of Lethbridge, Alberta. Margaret was a loving and caring soul who treated family friends like they were an extension of her family. She enjoyed sci-fi, loved cats, and worked many long years in customer service.
Besides her loving husband, Lon, Margaret is survived by her two remaining sons, Glen and Neal: as well as her grandchildren Jasmine and Cameron.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Lisa Shimozawa, officiating.
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KLUCZNY, Mary KLUCZNY MARY PATRICIA “PAT” KLUCZNY, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Dale Kluczny, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at the age of 83 years.
She is lovingly remembered by her children, Kelly Clampitt (Larry Ivan), Scott Kluczny and Bryan (Stacey) Kluczny, grandchildren, Chanelle (Aaron) Bauer, Adam (Katie) Clampitt and Nick and Alex Kluczny, great-grandchildren, Payten, Avarie and Monroe, sisters, Eileen (Frank) Peta and Barb (Mac) MacLean, sister-in-law, Lois Kluczny as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was born in Lethbridge to Reg and Mary Chisholm. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School (now CCHS) and attended post secondary education to earn her certificate in Interior Design. Pat stayed at home with her children but over many years also sewed draperies for Graham’s Upholsteries & Draperies, Sears Custom Draperies and Eaton’s Custom Draperies Dept. She also worked for Bojangles Jewellers, Eaton’s in their Designer Outlet and Men’s Wear Dept. as well as their Candy Dept., then at Laura Secord Chocolates.
Pat enjoyed staying active as a competitive bowler in her Ladies Women’s League and the camaraderie of friends as a member of the Red Hatters Group with their many events and travels.
Her creative spirit shined over the years in her ceramics and quilting projects. Pat loved Major Junior hockey and was an avid fan and season ticket holder of the Lethbridge Broncos then Hurricanes.
Most of all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on family holidays, birthdays and celebrations of every kind. Pat was so proud of all of their achievements and enthusiastically supported them in their various competitive sporting and dance events as their biggest cheerleader.
She was always willing to help in her community with volunteer roles for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and helping with the St. Patrick’s Church Funeral Receptions.
Pat will be remembered as a caring, kind and compassionate person and will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.
A private Family Interment will be held in MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, AB, where Pat will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Bob.

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HUGHES, Robert HUGHES ROBERT “BOB” CLIFFORD HUGHES passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 79 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.
Following the Funeral Service, Bob will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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GREBINSKY, Janet JANET GREBINSKY “Much Loved Mom” Janet Grebinsky lost her 16-year battle with MS on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the too young age of 66 years.
In her new home in Heaven she will be reunited with our first Son Tein Grebinsky; her dad Peter Kopek; grandmother Helen Marcinko; mother Anne Kopeck and her great friend Jo-Ella.
Left to heal from her absence are her husband of 49 years Bob Grebinsky; daughter Tammy (Rene) Grebinsky; son Adam (Heather) Grebinsky; grandchildren Tein and Sheadin Grebinsky; sisters Gayle (Martin) Balaz, Linda (Doug) Figley and brothers Gary (Wendy) and Wayne (Cheryl) Kopeck.
Janet worked part time positions in three different cities and was the difference between steak or hamburger on the grill. She was CEO of the home with a support staff of two children.
In keeping with her clearly stated wishes there will not be a service.
Flowers are respectively declined. Those who wish may make a donation to: Coaldale Health Centre Greatest Needs. 2100 11th Ave Coaldale AB T1M 1L2.
To send condolences, please visit http://www.evergreenfh.ca.
YANKE, Katherine YANKE KATHERINE JUNE YANKE, beloved wife of the late Elmer Yanke, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the age of 87 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.
Katherine will be laid to rest with her beloved husband in Archmount Cemetery.

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VASELENAK, Helen HELEN VASELENAK 1928 – 2023 Mrs. Helen Vaselenak of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Vaselenak, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at the age of 94 years.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 6:00pm, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at 11:00am, on Friday, January 20, 2023 at ONE LIFE CHURCH, 501 40 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.
A private family interment will be held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery.
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