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Tuesday, January 31, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 31, 2023.

HORVATH, Lita

HORVATH Aug. 17, 1934 – Jan. 19, 2023 Lita Horvath has flown directly to heaven leaving behind her sorrows and suffering. Mom is now in the loving arms of Jesus together with her beloved: husband Steve; sons, David Stephen and Alan John; daughter, Della Julia; her parents; and in-laws.
Lita was born in Raymond, Alberta, lived the first part of her life in the farming community of Readymade, moved to Coaldale and Lethbridge in retirement and spent the last fourteen years in Calgary near her eldest daughter and family. Although she had a quiet nature, Lita’s primary career as bank teller gave her contact with many people which she found very enjoyable and satisfying.
Relatives mourning Lita’s passing include: surviving daughter Cathy (Fred) Zinkhofer; sister, Rosemary Bartosek; son-in-law Ken Kunkel; four grandchildren, Stephen Zinkhofer (Emily Nolan), Darrin Zinkhofer, Lindsay and Kenny Kunkel; three great-grandchildren, Addison Kunkel, Esmé Della Zinkhofer and Bailey Della Kunkel; sisters-in-law, Ethel Hanna, Jane Horvath and Mary Perrault; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Czechia.
The many friends Lita made over the years will miss her sense of humour and generosity. Lita loved gift giving, including many offerings of love and friendship from her excellent kitchen.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation. A few of Lita’s numerous donees were: Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Canada, Kidney Foundation, War Amps, Salvation Army, Catholic Womens’ League and St. Ambrose Parish.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at 1 p.m on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1513-23rd Avenue in Coaldale, AB. Interment will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB.
To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


WOLF CHILD, Rena

WOLF CHILD Rena Gale Wolf Child passed away on January 25, 2023 at Cardston, AB at the age of 57 years.
A Wake Service will be held at Moses Lake Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Stand Off, AB.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


LUIMES, Margaret

MARGARET LUIMES 1948 – 2023 It is with sadness that we announce the passing Margaret Gaitske Luimes of Lethbridge, and it is with joy that heaven welcomes her. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister passed away peacefully at home after a battle with cancer on January 22, 2023, at the age of 74 years. She will be missed but we know her voice has joined the chorus of angels above.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Ave, Nobleford, Alberta, with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating. A private family Interment will be held in the Nobleford Monarch Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, 1103, 3 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0H7, or online at https://interfaithfoodbank.ca/
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FENNELL, Dr. Austin

REVEREND DR. AUSTIN FENNELL Jan. 14, 1933 – Dec. 15, 2022 “Well done, good and faithful servant.” FENNELL, Austin Boyd. Following a brief illness, the Rev. Dr. Austin Fennell died on December 15, 2022, at the age of 89 years, one month before his 90th birthday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Mission and Service Fund of The United Church of Canada, of which Austin was a lifelong supporter.
A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 am, on Friday, February 3, 2023, at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB.
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MASON, Raymond

MASON It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our loving father, RAYMOND LEE MASON on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He battled pneumonia like the “Tough Old Viking” he always called himself over the last couple weeks before going to meet his daughter, Colleen Mason, who was waiting to welcome him to the other side of the veil.
Ray was born on November 6, 1947 to parents Viola Sander and Roy E Mason in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He spent his formative years in Denver, Colorado where he became a staunch Broncos fan and grew to love the mountains and outdoors. During high school, he started a life long pursuit of weight lifting, competing and placing third in Mr. Colorado. Through his early married life, he spent many hours at the gym, often with his children as he shared his passion with them.
After high school, Ray married Gretchen Huey and joined the military before moving to Canada where he worked in sales in Lethbridge, Alberta where they raised their three children. He worked hard and provided a great life for his family, often recognized as the top salesman for his company across Canada.
Following his divorce, Ray spent time between Calgary and Lethbridge before moving to Oliver, British Columbia where he lived out his dream of being in “his” mountains for the last 10 years of his life. He enjoyed photography, hiking and camping where he could be at one with nature.
Ray is survived by his two children, Erik Mason (Rachel Mason) and their children, Asher, Lexi, Hunter and Evie as well as daughter, Kimberly Gillespie (Jason Mercer) and their children, Keaton, Isabella and Sasha.
Erik said of his father, “He taught me to be strong and how to work hard. He taught me how to fight and the importance of loyalty. He taught me the importance of faith and having a strong relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ. His spirit was like a rock even through the many trials and great difficulties he lived through. I love you Dad and look forward to being reunited again some day!”
Kimberly’s last thoughts of her father were shaped as she sat with him in the hospital over the two weeks before he passed, “He was a humble man with very little in terms of worldly wealth and comfort, but what he had he freely shared with those in need around him. He spent as much time as his frail body could handle in the last years working with the soup kitchen and other homeless services in Oliver. He often said that he knew every homeless person in the area by name and gave what little he had as he truly exemplified the Widow’s Mite.”
We will be holding a memorial service and wake for those who knew Ray on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the German Canadian Club 902 6 St. N, Lethbridge, AB., starting at 6:00 p.m. Those planning to attend, please RSVP at erikmasonfamilyof6@gmail.com to join Ray’s family and friends in celebrating his life.


DOHERTY, Gary

1958 ~ Gary Doherty ~ 2023 Gary Doherty was born on March 23, 1958, and passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the age of 64 years. Gary leaves to cherish his memory his bothers, Larry (Life partner, Gayle) Doherty and Ted Doherty; sisters, Linda Vanderham, Brenda Thomas and Arlene (Gary) Collins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Shirley Doherty; sister, Elaine (Harold) Landers and brother-in-law, Garry Thomas. Hallelujah the pain is gone, Gary passed away, as he wanted, at home surrounded by his family. Gary enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as so many different activities. He took pride in his home and did well. Work, family and friends were his life.” Love Family, Cherish Friends, Forgive All, Celebrate Life … I Did”. Gary will be forever etched in our memories and forever missed. At Gary’s request, a private family celebration will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gary Doherty. Funeral arrangements entrusted to 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.


MOTYCKA, Annie

MOTYCKA ANNIE “ANNE” MOTYCKA passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the age of 92 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


OURWERKERK, Antonie

Antonie Ouwerkerk March 22, 1940 – January 22, 2023 Antonie (Tony) Ouwerkerk passed on to his eternal destination on January 22, 2023, at the age of 82 years.
For those who wish, a Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 90022 Range Rd 211.
An interment will be held immediately afterwards at Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Calvin Christian School in memory of Tony.
To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


MEHEW, John

MEHEW, John 1936 – 2023 John Michael Mehew passed away peacefully at the Raymond Health Centre January 27 2023. Beloved husband to Bev Mehew (nee: Audenart); and father to Cherie Moser, Don (Mona) Mehew, Barry (Marilyn) Mehew, Deena (Wes) Ashford and Jan (John) Scott.
John was predeceased by his first wife Mary Snow Mehew in 1979.
Friends may Meet the Family ONLY from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, 260 E 200 N, Raymond, Alberta. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 1, 2023, at the Knight Street Chapel, with interment to be held afterwards at Temple Hill Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to Raymond Hospital Auxiliary.
To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


SZILAGYI, Thresea “Joan”

SZILAGYI THRESEA “JOAN” SZILAGYI, formerly of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late George Szilagyi, passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Hospital after a brief illness, on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


CARBERT, Curtis

CARBERT Curtis James Carbert, of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the age of 42 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
For more information and to send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


STEED, Colleen

STEED Colleen Steed, 93 of Raymond, Alberta passed away on the 28 of January 2023 in the Raymond Hospital. Colleen was predeceased by her husband Robert Dean Steed and son Stephen. She is survived by her daughters Carol (Roy) Singleton, Rae Ann (Kevin) Archibald and sons Robin (Ramona) and Tyler Steed, her brothers Doug (Marie) and Gary Christensen. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held in Raymond at the Knight Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 4th, 2023.
The service can be viewed at http://www.generationsfh.ca


HECK, Margaret

HECK MARGARET VIOLET HECK, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Carl “Bud” Heck, passed away peacefully at the St. Therese Villa, comforted by the presence of her family on Monday, January 30, 2023 at the age of 93 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


PLAITED HAIR, Julian

PLAITED HAIR JULIAN PLAITED HAIR, passed away on January 24, 2023 in Calgary, AB at the age of 33 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, February 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in St. Catherine’s cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.


PETERSON, Gordon

GORDON PETERSON 1942 – 2023 Mr. Gordon Clifford Peterson of Milk River, beloved husband of Mrs. Lorna Peterson, passed away in Milk River on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the age of 80 years.
Besides his loving wife Lorna, Gordon is survived by his children Rhonda, Brent (Donna); grandchildren Dustin (Shelby) and Tristan (Mackenzie); and great grandson Weston.
Flowers are gratefully declined.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


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