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Thursday, February 23, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 23, 2023.

CRYING HEAD, Tyler

CRYING HEAD TYLER ARNOLD CRYING HEAD passed away on February 11, 2023 in Calgary, AB at the age of 42 years.
The Wake Service will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve. The Funeral Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall on Monday, February 27at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Blood Band Cemetery.
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BIRD-CUTTER, Frances

BIRD-CUTTER FRANCES GALE BIRD-CUTTER, passed away on February 8, 2023 in Calgary, AB at the age of 60 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Friday, February 24 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the Blood Band Cemetery.
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PITCHER, Donna

PITCHER DONNA DELPHINE (DIEBERT) PITCHER, loving wife of the late Kent Pitcher, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in Cardston, Alberta on February 16, 2023 at the age of 82.
Donna was born in Cardston, October 20, 1940, the first daughter of Ed and Alvina (Schlaht) Diebert. She grew up on a farm in the Jefferson area. Donna was the oldest of six girls, the six D’s, Della, Dixie, Darlene, Debbie and Dorsie. To this day, her sisters are her closest friends and biggest supporters. Donna grew up being her dad’s son and learned many of the farm operations from him, which came in handy when she and Kent took up farming. She met Kent in 1958, and while he was on his mission, Donna attended school where she received her teaching degree. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 2, 1961, and she married Kent on May 4, 1963, in the Cardston Alberta Temple.Donna taught school for a few years until her second child was born and from then on, she stayed home to take care of her children. In 1977, Kent and Donna started their farming career with the creation of Amber Acres Livestock Ltd.
Donna loved to serve her neighbors, friends, and family. She also relished every opportunity to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ, in whatever position was asked of her. She and Kent also served two missions. Their first was to Ireland and in 2019 they served a summer at the Cove Fort Historic Site, which was a treasured memory for them both. They made many great friends and felt like it was their first taste of what Zion really could be like. In 2021 Donna’s sweetheart and eternal companion, Kent passed away suddenly on February 21st. She knew that in order to handle the intense grief she had to keep busy. She poured her soul into serving her neighbors, researching her family history, making quilts for each of her grandchildren and doing temple work. The day she passed away she spent the morning in the temple attending an endowment session and performing family sealings. She was so happy.
Donna’s pride and joy were her six children. Four boys and two girls. Gregg (Donna), Tim (Beth), Shawn (Patty), Dan (Jen), Angie (John) Bennett and Tiffany (Mike) Spencer. Her jewels were her 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Donna was predeceased by two sweet great-granddaughters, Merida and Eliza. Along with her reunion with Kent she was looking forward to meeting those two little girls.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, Cardston, AB., on Monday, February 27th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop Kelly Bielert officiating.
Friends may meet the family on Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held in the Cardston Cemetery.
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BAUMSTARK, Robert “Bob”

ROBERT “BOB” BAUMSTARK 1946 – 2023 Mr. Robert “Bob” Anthony Baumstark of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Therese Baumstark, passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness at his home, on February 15, 2023, at the age of 76 years.
Bob was born on March 6, 1946 to John and Lillian Baumstark. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Bob fell in love with carpentry at a young age. A love and passion that he became known for all his life. He was the owner and operator of Miami Construction LTD for over 45 years.
Bob met the love of his life Therese in Chicago, ILL. They were married on June 29, 1974 in Chicago. Bob and Therese moved to BC, Canada in the mid 70’s. their daughter Patricia was born in 1976. They made their home in Vauxhall, AB., in the early 80’s. Bob and Therese retired to Lethbridge in 2011.
Besides his loving wife Therese Baumstark, Robert is survived by his daughter Patricia (Leonard) Giofu; stepdaughter Diane (Les) Weiss; son Jim (Bridget) Baumstark; stepsons Robert (Caroline) Jakubowski, Michael (Angie) Jakubowski; 20 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sister Pat Szos of Chicago as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his many friends.
He is predeceased by his parents John and Lillian Baumstark; sister Charlotte Baumstark; brother John Jr. Baumstark and son in law Alan Giofu.
A Interment will be held at 2:00 PM, on Monday, February 27, 2023, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Dr. South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Dan Doerkson officiating.
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VUCUREVICH, Walter

WALTER VUCUREVICH 1936 – 2023 Walter Vucurevich, beloved husband of Janice Vucurevich passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the age of 86.
Walter is also survived by his children and grandchildren; Steven (Rocio) Mateo, Zachary; Gary (Christine) Blake, Nora; Michael (Dayna) Brady, Elayna, Ily, and Remy. His brothers Bill (Janet), John (Sophie); in-laws Val Vucurevich, Faye (Don) Hamilton, Steve Danyluk, Milo (Mary) Grimsrud, Randy (Wave) Grimsrud and their families. Walter was predeceased by his parents Steve and Helen, his in-laws Gerhard and Bernice Grimsrud, his brothers Nick and Mark, and his sister Jeanne.
Walter was born in Lethbridge, at Galt Hospital on February 23, 1936. He attended school at Raymond, Crystal Lake, McNally and Hardieville Schools. Walters long farming career began at age 15 when his father suffered a massive heart attack, and could no longer work. Farming became his life and, alongside his brothers, they raised beef cattle, sugar beets, cereal crops and forages in the Sunnyside district east of Lethbridge. An engineer at heart, Walter designed and built many things around the farm and house, being especially skilled at welding and woodworking.
He found the love of his life and married Janice Grimsrud on April 3, 1971. They enjoyed over 50 happy years together on the farm right up until his passing.
Walter enjoyed hockey as a player and fan, but mostly as “chauffeur” for his sons. Over the years, he also found time for skiing, working around the yard, road trips to SK and reading anything to do with history, politics or current events.
Retirement kept him and Janice busy with numerous travels in the US and Canada, cruises, coffee with buddies, visits with friends and neighbours, and driving tractor as much as he could.
Most of all he loved his family. Nothing made him more happy or proud than his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Friday, February 24, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.
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COURTOREILLE, Walter “Wally”

WALTER “WALLY” COURTOREILLE 1961 – 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Matthew Courtoreille on Wednesday February 15th 2023. Walter passed away peacefully at home at the age of 61.
Walter was born February 21st 1961 in Fort Vermilion, Alberta. He grew up and worked on farms in the Iron Springs, Turin, and Picture Butte area. He was a hard working man from a young age. He eventually became a heavy equipment operator until he had to retire due to health issues. Walter was a talented man with multiple hobbies and interests. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and camp any chance he got. He was a talented artist and musician who could play any instrument handed to him. He had the gift of gab and could strike up a conversation with anyone he met and made friends everywhere he went. He adored his children and grandchildren and bragged about them to anybody who would listen. He was encouraging, accepting, and supportive to everyone who knew him. He was the man who would check up on anyone and call or text to say hello, he will be greatly missed.
Walter is survived by his daughter Darylee Gerard, and his sons Trevor (Sarah) Gerard and Brandon Finley. His three grandchildren Keysha, Cassius and Siarah. His sisters: Darlene Collins, Donna Courtoreille, Shirley (Allen) Higa, Alice (Gerry) Finley and Beverly Sakal. His brothers: Graham Courtoreille and Doc (Francine) Courtoreille. The mother of his children Peggy Gerard, and an honorable mention to his partner of many years Shelley Vielle. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families and friends.
Walter was predeceased by his parents John and Violet Courtoreille and his siblings Johnnie Courtoreille, Dennis Courtoreille, Bernice Giroux, Ken Courtoreille, Hughie Courtoreille and Diane Breleand.
A Wake will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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IVEY, Gary

GARY IVEY 1957 – 2023 Mr. Gary Albert Ivey of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Teresa Ann Ivey, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, February 20, 2023, at the age of 65 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment to follow in the Royal View Cemetery.
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SNOPEK, Irene

SNOPEK IRENE AGNES SNOPEK, the beloved wife of the late Joseph Snopek, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, February 20th, 2023, at the age of 86 years.
A Service of Remembrance will be held in May, 2023. A full obituary will be published at that time.

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


HOLLANDER, Louise

HOLLANDER LOUISE ANN HOLLANDER, beloved wife of the late Richard Hollander, passed away peacefully at the Piyami Lodge, on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the age of 77 years.
Besides her loving husband Richard, she was also predeceased by her son Boyd Hollander.
A special thank you to the physicians and staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, and the team at Picture Butte Piyami Lodge who have cared for Louise over the past years.
As per the wishes of Louise, there will be no formal service.

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


PARK, Gayle

PARK GAYLE PATRICIA PARK passed away peacefully at the South Health Hospital in Calgary, on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at the age of 72 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


BOSNJAK, Daniel “Dan”

BOSNJAK DANIEL “DAN” MARTIN BOSNJAK, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at the age of 64 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

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


NELSON, Rose Mary

NELSON ROSE MARY (ALBIZZATI) NELSON, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023, at the age of 94 in the Raymond Health Center after succumbing to a severe fall. Rose was born at home in Hillcrest, Alberta to Luigi Albizzati and Maria Maniago on November 16th, 1928. She was the oldest of 4 children siblings John Albizzati, Loretta Kettlewell, and Allan Albizzati.
Rose attended Hillcrest Elementary School, and graduated grade 12 at Bellevue High School. On August 11, 1949, she married Darrell A. Nelson. They lived in Hillcrest, and Cardston Alberta before moving to Glenwood in 1951. Rose lived there until September 2021 when she relocated to the Raymond Riverview Lodge. She loved living there, so many new friends and activities. She was still driving her car and loved her evening card games. Rose was always a hard worker: as a young girl; a waitress; raising kids without indoor plumbing, growing huge gardens, babysitting; clerking at Van Dan’s store in Glenwood, Waterton Gift Shop, Calgary Woolco; farming alongside with her husband (raising sheep and cattle too!); finally working at the Glenwood Cheese Factory. Starting in 1975 Rose spent 24 years organizing, purchasing, and cooking food for hundreds of hunters for the NWT Outfitters Limited. She was a great cook and there were never any complaints. Rose had a way of making everyone feel at home no matter what the circumstances. She was young at heart, a loyal and supportive wife, mother, and friend. Kind, generous, compassionate, and understanding. She was loved by all who met her.
In her early 30’s Rose joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her faith in Heavenly Father became a powerful influence in her life. She served in many capacities and was a devout member until the end.
As a young woman she loved to play softball. She also loved gameshows, word searches, reading, playing Rook, making people laugh with her special machine, SHOP until everyone drops, and cheering on her favorite teams the Flames and the Mariners which kept her busy. She loved animals especially kittycats. Most of all she loved her family and extended family and was devoted to all. Rose had a special spirit that touched many lives. Through all the pain she suffered with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other afflictions she never complained! She always had a smile or a giggle, and a positive attitude. What an example she set for the rest of us.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Darrell. Parents Luigi and Maria Albizzati, infant brother Allan, brothers in law – Edward Lowry, John Sinnott, Ken Kettlewell, and Murray Bullock.
Rose is survived by her children Duane (Linda) Nelson), Suzanne (Wayne) Bennett, Arlene (Johnny) ZoBell. Her sibling John (Berniece) Albizzati, Loretta Kettlewell. A very special brother-in-law Dr. James (Louise) Nelson, and endeared sister-in-law Dorene Bullock. Many nieces and nephews, 8 grandchildren, 5 bonus grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 20 bonus great grandchildren.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glenwood, Alberta, on Saturday, February 25th, at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.
To Watch the service Later or send Condolences, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


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