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Wednesday, October 18, 2023


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 18, 2023.

BAYLY, Edward EDWARD ERNEST BAYLY 1937 – 2023 Edward Bayly passed away peacefully at home, with his wife by his side on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at the age of 86 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years, Linda; daughter Sandra (Keith) Aiken and their children Keith Aiken Jr., Merrill (Tom) Darrah, and Maggie Aiken; daughter Susan Bayly (James Veronelly); and daughter Joanne (Jack) Van Tryp and their daughter Olivia. Ed will also be sorely missed by his brothers- and sisters-in-law Vaughn Palmer, Vicky (Randy) Wolsey, Shelley Olsen and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Frances Bayly, his sister Patricia Finigan, in-laws Merrill and Winona Palmer, and great-niece Jessica Stewart.
Ed was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on August 27, 1937 and immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1951. Ed and Linda married in 1970 and started their family. Ed was quickly outnumbered by the girls in his household but immediately and continually demonstrated how women should be treated with respect, love and equality.
A man of Faith, Ed was pleased to serve in many positions and accept callings from his LDS community. His gentle and generous spirit was apparent in all the service he had the opportunity to provide.
A talented artist, actor, playwright and designer, Ed was involved in almost all of the Lethbridge Musical Theatre and Playgoers productions over the span of many decades. He was the manager of the Yates Memorial Theatre for over 30 years and was a constant presence both on stage and behind the scenes in Lethbridge’s theatre and arts community.
While Ed always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, he had a particular passion for fishing – especially after his retirement from the Yates. He loved to golf with his friends and traveled to many exciting places with Linda and his family. Ed had a special affinity for all animals, had several long-time furry companions and would welcome any strays he happened to meet along the way.
Beyond Ed’s impact and involvement in the community, he was a shining example of what a husband, father, and friend should be. His kindness, humour, dignity and grace will be remembered by all those who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints West Highlands, 560 Highlands Blvd. West, Lethbridge on Saturday October 21, 2023 at 11:00 am for viewing, followed by the funeral service at 12:00 pm.
A private burial service will be held at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to your local S.P.C.A.
To share condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
HEALY, Heather Heather Rae Heidi Healy September 5, 1971 – October 6, 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce that “Topitkini” Heather Rae (Heidi) Healy has passed away on October 6, 2023 in Calgary, Alberta. Heather was born September 5, 1971, in Calgary, Alberta and was a proud member of the Kainai Nation.
Memories and condolences for Heather may be shared with the family by visiting Leydens.com
KROPINAK, Darwyn DARWYN KROPINAK 1957 – 2023 Mr. Darwyn Kropinak of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Twyla Kropinak, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on October 11, 2023, at the age of 66 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Interment to follow in Archmount Cemetery.
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JACOBSON, Ronald “Ron” RONALD “RON” JACOBSON 1935 – 2023 Mr. Ronald ‘Ron’ Jacobson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Mariette Jacobson, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at the age of 87 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2023, at the LETHBRIDGE MILITARY BARRACKS (VIMY RIDGE ARMOURY), 337 STUBB ROSS ROAD, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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DONALDSON, William “Bill” WILLIAM “BILL” DONALDSON 1948 – 2023 Mr. William “Bill” Donaldson, beloved friend of many in Picture Butte, passed away at the Piyami Place in Picture Butte on October 7, 2023, at the age of 74 years. Bill has built a loving relationship with many in his Church and in the town of Picture Butte in the last 4-1/2 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at the CORNERSTONE E-FREE CHURCH, 440 Crescent Ave, Picture Butte.
In lieu of flowers please consider an act of kindness to someone less fortunate.
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JONES, Patricia PATRICIA JONES 1939 – 2023 Mrs. Patricia Jones of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Neil Jones, passed away surrounded by family at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, October 16, 2023, at the age of 84 years.
A Viewing will be held at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Come and Go Celebration for both Patricia and Neil will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CLUB, 1511 St. Edwards Blvd. North, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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TODD, Gerald GERALD WILLIAM TODD 1933 – 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. Gerald William Todd of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Norma Todd, at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Gerald was born and raised at his family’s homestead in the Nobleford area. Growing up he attended school in the town of Nobleford, where he and his family later moved to in 1945 where he went to work for Noble Cultivators. In 1955, he moved into Lethbridge and went to work for Trans Canada Freezer (now called Versa Cold). He started out sweeping floors and cleaning equipment and with his hard work, he moved on to become Manager of the Lethbridge Plant. He also managed 4 other plants in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He retired in 2004, bought a motor home and with his loving wife Norma, they set out on some fantastic journeys.
He loved fishing, camping, tequila and travelling to the US. They found a beautiful spot at Lake Koocanusa, spent all their summers there and winters in various areas of the US.
Besides his loving wife Norma, Gerald is survived by his son Scott (Kathy) Brown; daughter Cheryl (Wade) Brown; grandchildren Hayley Todd, Cody Brown, Dylan Brown, Eric Brown, Candace Brown, Ashley Brown, Tyler Boe; sisters-in-law Madge Brotherwood, Anna (Dave) Williams, Trena Brotherwood; brother-in-law Herb (Heather) Brotherwood as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.
Gerald was predeceased by his parents William and Mae Todd; son Bill Todd and brother-in-law Ernie Brotherwood.
A Celebration of Gerald’s Life will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at COUNTRY KITCHEN CATERING, 1715, MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Gerald was a wonderful, kind man and will be missed by all who knew him.
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SAWATSKY, Ernst “Ernie” SAWATSKY ERNST “ERNIE” PETER SAWATSKY, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Carol Sawatsky, passed away peacefully with family by his side, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, October 16, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
BIRD, Jayden BIRD Jayden Bryce Bird, who was affectionally known as JB was born on December 21, 1995, in Cardston, AB to Shannon Bird. JB passed away on October 8, 2023, in Coaldale, AB.
JB was a bright light to all that knew him. His incredible sense of humor, charming personality, and the ability to make everyone smile and feel special were just some of the things that will be missed about him. He loved and looked forward to all holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas. His enthusiasm for the holidays was contagious and unmatched.
Music, drawing, and sports, especially bike riding and basketball, were among the things he enjoyed most. JB loved to give his special pieces of art to his friends and spent a lot of time making special art projects to decorate his home.
Jayden is survived and missed by his grandmother, Carol Bird, older brother Tryson (Talsa) Vold, foster parent Mary Allison and many foster siblings and siblings. Aunts, Edna Bird, Alannah (Warren) Bird, Luann Bird, and Uncle Chad (Katie) Creighton as well as numerous biological family members. He will also be missed by many friends, especially those at Rehoboth Christian Ministries.
Jayden was predeceased by his mother, Shannon Bird, aunt Michelle Bird, Grandfather Henry Creighton, and his foster parent Garry Allison.
The impact JB made on his friends and family the past 27 years is profound and he will be missed every day. Music, especially rap music was his heart and soul, and to quote one of his favorite artists Eminem, “love is just a word, but you bring it definition.” We will carry your love and kindness in everything we do. Rest easy and fly high JB.
Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston from 9:00 – 11:00 am on Friday, October 20, 2023. The Funeral Service will follow at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in Blood Band Cemetery, Stand Off.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
KAMINSKI, Elizabeth KAMINSKI ELIZABETH KAMINSKI, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Kaz Kaminski, passed away peacefully at home, on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32nd Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki, officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
DESJARDINE, Mary “Marilee” MARY “MARILEE” DESJARDINE 1941 – 2023 Mrs. Mary “Marilee” Desjardine of Coalhurst, formerly of Ontario and beloved wife of the late Mr. Russell Desjardine, passed away in her home on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the age of 82 years.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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OVEREEM, Judith JUDITH OVEREEM 1933 – 2023 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Mrs. Judith Overeem, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jan Overeem, at Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge, Alberta, on October 16, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Opportunity for Condolences will be held at from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601 3A ST, Picture Butte, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE 601 3A ST, Picture Butte, Alberta with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating.
Flowers gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate to Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096 701 3A Street South, Picture Butte, AB, T0K 1V0.
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SANGSTER, Bill Bill Sangster
1943 – 2023
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Thomas Sangster, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle with family by his side in Lethbridge on Monday, October 9, 2023 at the age of 80 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 19, 2023 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Bill’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2023. The livestream will begin at 2:00 P.M.
Besides his loving wife Cheryle, Bill’s memory will be forever cherished by his children Brian (Enid) Sangster-Kelly of Parksville, British Columbia and their family Rebecca (Bryan) Craigg and family, Josiah (Andi) and Jessica Sangster-Kelly; Cameron Sangster of Taber. He is also survived by Cheryle’s children Darcy (Cheri) Bernhart and family Blaine and Brock; Troy (Mandi) Bernhart and family Dawson, Caitlyn, Addisyn and Brinlyn; siblings Lynn Thiessen and family Carey, Nevada Thiessen, Jace (Sandra) Thiessen and son Zane; Ian (Cindy) Sangster and family Kira (Tim) Kinnahan and family Linkin and Sawyer, Brody Sangster and son Hunter; Cathy “Kitten” (Doug) Odland and family KaLey (Stephanie) Odland and family Wyatt, Weston, Wren and Adley Odland, Jesse Odland and daughter Ember; Brooke (Bobby) Scott and family Lizzy and Rhylee; Bill’s cats Mr. T and Miss Nikki.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Joan Sangster; sister Norma Sangster; brothers-in-law Jake Thiessen and Blaine Poberznick; in-laws Nick and Clara Poberznick.
Bill was born on May 17, 1943 in Calgary, the eldest child of five born to William and Joan Sangster. He grew up on a farm near Taber at Fincastle. Bill was an active member of 4-H in the beet, grain and beef clubs in the 1950’s. He loved the farm, his Palamino horse, part Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse named Bunny was his pride and joy. As a young man he loved playing baseball, he even went to Thompson, Manitoba and played for the Thompson Reds for his uncle. Bill graduated from WR Myers High School in Taber, then went to Olds College where he took agriculture. He bought his first semi truck in 1974 and started a partnership called “Fenton and Sangster Trucking.” It later turned to “Sangster Trucking.” Around 1978 Bill left Taber and went to work on a couple of ranches in Alberta, one being Palmer Ranch in Pincher Creek. The highway kept calling him back, so in the 1980’s he started driving for numerous trucking companies including Mullen, Chinook, H&R and Cool-X for many years. Bill received awards for safe driving, with forty five years of driving with over ten million kilometres behind the wheel. He loved being a long haul trucker, travelling across Canada and the United States with his little four legged companions “Whiskers, Tucker and Scooter.” Bill married Cheryle Poberznick on June 11, 2011 in their backyard in Lethbridge. When he retired from trucking, he drove a pilot truck for Meridian out of Lethbridge. Bill was an active member of the Knox United Church in Taber for many years. He was a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Calgary Flames. Bill loved tinkering in the backyard, garden and at the fishpond, he especially loved his roses. He enjoyed carpentry, golfing, curling, fishing, camping, playing cards or dice with family. Bill never missed a family gathering unless he was on the road and couldn’t get back, but he would always call and talk to all of his family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bill’s name may be made directly to the Last Chance Cat Ranch, PO Box 30025, Park Place, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4X3 or any animal rescue organization of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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