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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 3, 2023.

ROTH, Loretta Loretta Anne Roth July 25, 1943 – Feb. 8, 2023 Loretta Roth of Ladysmith, British Columbia, passed away on February 8, 2023.
Loretta was born to the late Jacob and Mary Roth, the eldest of five children and was raised on the family farm in Southern Alberta. Loretta lived in many places including California and Vancouver Island but was particularly drawn to the Peace Country in Northern Alberta.
Loretta worked as an LPN for 25 years north of Grande Prairie for Central Peace Hospital in Spirit River and Fairview General Hospital.
Loretta had a love for music, gardening, crafting, and reading. She cared for all animals big and small which included one wee dog named Amigo.
Loretta is survived by her children; Angela (Larry) Scriba of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Michael Viani of Parksville, B.C., Elizabeth (David) Viani of Red Deer, Alberta, and Catherine Viani of Maple Ridge, B.C. Also surviving Loretta are her four grandchildren Cory, Lacey, Samantha, Anthony; her great grand children Larissa, Porter, Waylon, Dylan, Carmen & Ivy; Loretta’s siblings Alice (Brion) Upton of Edmonton, Alberta, Marilyn (Tom) Yacishyn of Osoyoos, B.C., Tony (Sophie) Roth of Lethbridge, Alberta and Rita (her partner Rick) Wilkins of Nanaimo, B.C., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by both parents, father Jacob Roth in 2005 and mother Mary in 1978.
Appreciation and a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Swamy. At Loretta’s request there will be no funeral service. If desired, memorial donations may be directed to the SPCA or the Canadian Cancer Society.

LEVENNE, Ken LEVENNE Ken James Levenne of Fort Macleod, AB, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 20th, 2023.
Ken leaves behind his wife Linda, son Jordan (Brittany) Levenne, Clint (Meredith) Van Der Aa, grandchildren Hannah, Sadie, Christopher, Carson, his mother Norma Levenne, and siblings Scott (Dawn) Levenne, Perry-Lynn (Darris) Sturtevant as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Ken was predeceased by his father Dewayne and brother Terry.
Ken expressed no service or gathering, but only to enjoy a large black Tim Hortons coffee in memory of him.
Condolences, memories, and pictures can be sent to info@evergreenfh.ca

MCNAMARA, Jacqueline JACQUELINE (JACKIE) MCNAMARA 1945 – 2023 Jacqueline (Jackie) McNamara of Lethbridge AB, beloved wife of Larry McNamara, passed away suddenly on February 24th at the age of 77 years.
Family and friends are invited to meet with the family at 9:00 AM, on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at ST. MARTHA’S PARISH, 355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at ST. MARTHA’S PARISH, 355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge.
Friends are invited to join Jackie’s family at Paradise Canyon Golf Course for a social hour remembering Jackie immediately following mass.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery or Community Foundation both located in Lethbridge.
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POCZA, Roy ROY POCZA 1944 – 2023 Mr. Roy Pocza of Lethbridge, beloved partner of the late Gwen Willimont, passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, February 27, 2023, at the age of 78 years.
Roy was born in the old Galt Hospital and raised in Lethbridge. He fondly looked back on his days spent on the family farm which was located on the area now famously known as “the Sugar Bowl”. Roy followed in his father’s footsteps, spending 38 years in the automotive business. His work in parts, service, sales and management cultivated many cherished long-time clients and friendships. He worked for Beny Chev Olds, Davis Pontiac and the McDonald Auto Group. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to share the experiences of hunting, fishing, camping and golfing with his family and friends. He especially loved his time at the Pocza Hideout (lakelot) at Duck Lake, Montana. Roy also had a passion for gardening and his beautiful yard was always impressive.
Roy is survived by his two sons Jason (Kelly), their children Leni & Finn; Ryan and his daughter Isla; stepchildren Billy Baum (Michaela) their kids Chloe and Cooper; Tara Baum and her kids Katie, Max and Allie. Also left to mourn, his brother Grant and his daughter Whitney; Roy’s very special friend Trudy Thys and his canine companion Lucy.
Besides his loving partner Gwen, Roy is pre-deceased by his parents Chester & Elizabeth Pocza; sister Barbara (Tom) Ayerhart; nephew Allan Wiebe and survived by their family, son Carlin (Susan) Ayerhart, their children Lily and Lemmy and daughter Tracey Wiebe.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Monday, March 6, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Roy-Pocza and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page to find the link.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Rd NE #200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.
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DUNSMORE, Daryl DARYL DUNSMORE 1949 – 2023 Daryl Dunsmore of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Karen, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, February 24, 2023 at the age of 73 years.
Daryl was born in Brooks, Alberta, on March 23, 1949, the middle of 7 children born to Sandy and Jessie Dunsmore. He spent his childhood in Scandia and Vauxhall, and married Karen in 1973. Born and raised in Southern Alberta, he spent the majority of his career working in the oilfield.
Daryl enjoyed slo-pitch and hockey in his younger years, where he earned the nickname “Smoky” – a name he was known as by many friends and family. Later in life, he also continued to enjoy curling and golf.
Daryl was a loving father, and his grandchildren were the absolute light of his life. He was always quick with a smile and a joke or two, and his easy-going personality had him loved by many.
Besides his loving wife, Karen, Daryl is survived by his two daughters, Alyson Dunsmore, and Melissa (David) Russell; granddaughter Emily Russell and grandson Gavin Russell; three sisters Sharon Bailey, Darlene (Glen) Birney, and Linda Dunsmore; one brother Jack (Marie) Dunsmore; brother-in-law Elmer Cook; sister-in-law Sandy (Glenn) Becker; sister-in-law Kim (Carey) Sulz; sister-in-law Shelley Barnard; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Daryl was predeceased by his parents Sandy and Jessie Dunsmore, his in-laws Dennis and Connie Wilford, grandson Aiden Russell, brother Jim Dunsmore, sister Sandra Cook, brother-in-law Bill Bailey, niece Kerrie Dunsmore and nephew Robert Bailey.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15 AVE S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to http://www.mckillopunited.ca/funerals.
In lieu of flowers for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to: The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2C8 (www.stollerykids.com).
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MOUNTAIN HORSE, Bernadine MOUNTAIN HORSE BERNADINE MOUNTAIN HORSE, passed away on February 28, 2023 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 74 years. A Candlelight Vigil will be held this Saturday, March 4 at 5:00 pm at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge (320 Scenic Dr S) at the back (West Entrance). A Wake Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, March 10 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm and continuing all night at Bernadine’s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in St. Paul’s cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
CROSS CHILD, William In Loving Memory William Cross Child Matsowap’sahkomapi – Handsome Boy May 24, 1985 – Feb. 26, 2023 William Harold Cross Child, of the Blood Tribe, and beloved son of Connie Cross Child, passed away on February 26, 2023, at the age of 37.
A Wake Service will be held at Old Agency Hall, Blood Tribe, on Monday, March 6, 2023, from 6:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M., An All-night Wake will continue at the Cross Child residence.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Tribe, on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.
William will be laid to rest at the Cross Child Family Plot, Blood Tribe.
Condolences may be sent through http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
SKRETTING, Gerald SKRETTING 1957 – 2023 GERALD SAMUEL SKRETTING, of Enchant, passed away peacefully in Calgary, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the age of 65 years.
Friends are invited to gather with the family for a time of remembrance at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, March 3, 2023 between 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Gerald will be laid to rest privately in a Family Graveside Service in Enchant.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Gerald, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
BABINERICRICHARDBABIN,OFLETHBRI BABIN ERIC RICHARD BABIN, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Nancy Babin, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the age of 46 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March, 4, 2023 at 3:00 PM with Pat Siedlecki officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
PARK, Gayle PARK GAYLE PATRICIA PARK passed away peacefully at the South Health Campus in Calgary, on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at the age of 72 years.
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 11:30 AM officiated by Pat Siedlecki.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HECK, Margaret HECK MARGARET VIOLET HECK, of Lethbridge and formerly of Hays, 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.
Margaret is survived by her children: Fay (Les), Linda (Ross), Robert (Rose), Dennis (Lorraine) and Tom, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Barbara (Bryan) Watts, Verna McDowell and Sharon (Ike) Fehr as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her loving husband Bud, Margaret was predeceased by her parents Elmer and Agnes Mickelberry, brothers, Norman, Bud and James, and sisters, Irene, Dorothy and Betty.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Greg Esselmont officiating.
Margaret will be laid to rest with Bud privately, in the Field of Honour in the Vauxhall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Margaret, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca)

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