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Friday, February 17, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 17, 2023.

KNOWLDEN, Robert William (Bob) Robert William (Bob) Knowlden
After a long full life, Bob peacefully passed away at home early Friday morning, February 3rd, 2023 at the age of 93.

Bob was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on November 6, 1929. He met his soulmate Helen while delivering papers to her sister’s front door. When he finally got the courage to ask her out, he picked her up on his bicycle and off they went, Helen balancing on the handlebars. They did not look back for 78 adventurous years.

Bob loved the outdoors and in the early days living in Calgary, Alberta you could always find the family on camping trips to Jumpingpound Creek and further into the Rocky Mountains. Bob transferred to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his career company Robin Hood Flour Mills, in the late 1960s. While out exploring their new province, they ventured up north and discovered Nemeiben Lake, a jewel in northern Saskatchewan. They obtained a lakeside property that could only be accessed by boat, and with only chain saw and hand tools, Bob and Helen built a cozy log cabin in the woods, where they shared their love of Nature with their children and grandchildren.

After Bob retired, they packed up and headed to Vancouver Island where they built another beautiful home together at Mill Bay and enjoyed acreage living for 15 years. But the lure of being near water once again pulled them north and they ended up at beautiful Port Alice, on the shoreline of an ocean inlet. In Bob’s late 80s they made one last move to Fairmont Hot Springs so they could sit on their porch and enjoy the view of the western slopes of the Rockies, with all the family nearby.

Bob’s priority was his family. He was humble, loyal, genuine, and multi-talented. His magical hands could build or fix absolutely anything, create beautiful pieces of art from wood and leather, catch fish by the fry-pan full, and then toss it in flour and cook it like no one else could! Not to mention his famous scrambled eggs! He was a kind and patient father. His patience was obvious as he sat through years of violin lessons listening to his bookish son Bruce squeaking away. He was a self-taught teacher and generous with his time for anyone that asked. He was a loyal friend to many over his lifetime.

Bob was deeply loved by his family and will be sincerely missed every day.

GG, as he was lovingly known to his grandkids and great grandkids, is survived by his wife and soulmate Helen (née Mereski); children Bruce (Suzanne), Bob (Valerie), Lori (Graeme II), Lynn (Dale); grandchildren Guillaume (Cassandra), Jesse (Carys), Julia (Alex), Graeme III (Karen), Meghann (Tony), Chloe (Jesse) and Jasmine (Jason); great grandchildren Graeme IV, McKinley and Riley; sisters Beverley Gray and Bonnie Babki; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

His wishes were that no formal funeral or memorial service be held. His family will gather around the campfire to roast wieners and tell tales in his memory.

Bob would want you to remember him by taking time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, which is everywhere in Nature.

“Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.”

CRANE CHIEF, Roland Jr. CRANE CHIEF ROLAND JR. TRAVIS CRANE CHIEF, passed away on February 9, 2023 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 29 years. A Wake Service will be held at the New Life Fellowship Centre Church in Little Chicago, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, February 22 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Thursday, February 23 at 12:00 pm. Interment will take place in Pioneer cemetery. To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
SKEITH, Sandra SANDRA SKEITH 1952 – 2023 Our beloved Aunt, Sandra Ann Skeith, passed away peacefully with family by her side on February 12, 2023, at the age of 70 years.
A Funeral Service celebrating Sandy’s life and honouring her memory will be held on Friday, February 17, 2023, with a viewing at 12:00 p.m. and the service beginning at 1:00 pm at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family Graveside Service will follow.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Cerebral Palsy Alberta 12001 44 St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4G9 or http://www.cpalberta.com.
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PITTMAN, Glen GLEN PITTMAN 1960 – 2023 Mr. Glen Pittman of Milk River, beloved husband of Mrs. Colene Pittman, passed away at home on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at the age of 63 years.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, February 17, 2023, at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main St NW, Milk River, Alberta, with Father Salvador Ahumada, celebrant.
A Graveside Service will follow at the Milk River Cemetery.
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CARUSO, John CARUSO John Gregory Caruso, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023 at home in Lethbridge, at the age of 61 years.
John is survived by his mother; Tillie Caruso, his sister; Gina (Trent) Ervin, his brother; Rodney Caruso, his niece; Brittany (Luke) Lomanovskis, his nephews; Brandon (Laura) Caruso and Jason (Jill) Caruso. John was predeceased by his father John Caruso.
A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.
To send a message
condolence please visit
http://www.generationsfh.ca
FABBI, Ronnie “Ron” DR. RONNIE “RON” FABBI 1943 – 2023 Dr. Ronnie “Ron” Fabbi of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Dana Fabbi, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at the age of 79 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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SZILAGYI, Thresea SZILAGYI THRESEA “JOAN” SZILAGYI formerly of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Gyorgy “George” Szilagyi passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Health Centre in Calgary after a brief illness on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, February 20, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.
Both the Prayer Vigil and Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Joan’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
SHIMOZAWA, Hisashi “Slim” HISASHI “SLIM” SHIMOZAWA 1928 – 2023 Hisashi “Slim” Shimozawa of Taber, beloved husband of the late Kiyoko Shimozawa, passed away unexpectedly (seems weird to say it, but it’s true) after a brief stay at the Taber Health Centre, on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the age of 94 years.
Dad is survived by his son Trent (Merina), daughter Lisa, granddaughter Chrystal (Rick), great grandson Loki and great granddaughter Clio. Also left to mourn his passing are his siblings Kay Sameshima, Tom (Fumi) Shimozawa, Diane Lyseng, and sister-in-law Audrey Shimozawa. He has many nieces, nephews, cousins, and Mom’s family who will miss him dearly. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings Walt Shimozawa, Sue (Yo) Nishimura, Joe Shimozawa, Mits Shimozawa, Stan Shimozawa, and brother-in-law Sam Sameshima. Losing Uncle Stan was particularly tough on him, as he was supposed to see him after the lengthy lockdown, but sadly he did not get that opportunity. Dad is also survived by his trusty feline companion Mari, who is adjusting to her new loving home in Moose Jaw, SK. He can now reunite with all of the furry family members who left before him.
Dad was born in Steveston, BC to Kazuichi and Hatsu Shimozawa on August 4, 1928. The family lived in Nanaimo, BC, until the WWII internment, when they were sent to Tashme (Hope, BC). When the war was over, the Shimozawas moved to Southern Alberta (Stirling, Taber, and Lethbridge), and Dad went to work for Tona Ohama Farms in Rainier. He went to Japan and met and married Mom, and they then lived in Rainier, Barnwell, and Taber, where Dad resided at Clearview Lodge at the time of his passing. He worked for many years for Diamond S Produce (Shimbashi Farms), working farm labour and looking after irrigation.
After his retirement, he mostly looked after his yard, and his house. He was very handy and could fix most anything on his own. He took great pride in his garden, and he and Mom spent many hours looking after the vegetables, flowers, the apple tree, and the grapevines.
You could also find him at some local haunts (the Palace and the Royal) having a cold one with his friends; as he got older and outlived his first set of drinking buddies, he started hanging out with the young guys, he truly loved that.
When Mom’s health declined, dad became her caregiver, and took great commitment in looking after all of her needs. They moved into Linden View together, and when mom needed more care, he had to move back to the house, and then eventually to Clearview.
Dad was an uncomplicated soul, he never complained about anything, and was very matter of fact when it came to talking about things like the internment, moving out of his house, letting go of his driver’s license, Mom’s passing, and even in his own death, he didn’t complain, always smiling at the nurses and thanking them. He was the best dad and provider, a very hard worker, and he was a good friend to many.
We knew he wouldn’t live forever, but dammit, we would have loved a couple more years. Bye, Dad. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 Steet South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Yasuo Izumi, officiating.
Please consider a donation in Dad’s name to Taber and District Housing Foundation, 5318-48 Avenue, Taber, AB T1G 1S2, or http://www.taberhsg.ca. Clearview Lodge was his home for the last 3 1/2 years, and we are very grateful for the care and love he received there.
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HEGEDES, Kalman HEGEDES KALMAN HEGEDES, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Regina Hegedes, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the age of 88 years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 11:00 A.M with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Kalman will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Regina in Mountain View Cemetery.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
LONG TIME SQUIRREL, Leanne LONG TIME SQUIRREL LEANNE LONG TIME SQUIRREL, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at the age of 45 years.
A Wake will be held at the TANNER CENTENNIAL SENIORS CENTRE, 260 – 1 Street West, Cardston, AB, on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. till 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Leanne will be laid to rest in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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