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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 13, 2023.

TRAWEEK, Howard Howard Eugene Traweek Sr. October 10, 1933 – December 10, 2023 Howard passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, on December 10, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
As per his request, there will be no formal funeral service.
Cremation has been entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
BUTLER, Robert “Bob” REV. DR. ROBERT “BOB” CHARLES BUTLER 1958 – 2023 Rev. Dr. Robert Charles Butler of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Patty Butler, passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer on Monday, December 4, 2023, at the age of 65 1/2 years.
Bob was born in Scarborough, Ontario 10 months after his sister Liz. Their relationship went deeper than sibling love, as they were the best of friends for 65 1/2 years. Young Bobby was creative, artistic, musical, talented and athletically gifted. During high school he and his best friend Jim played sports and found God. They served overseas in Hong Kong with YMAM where Bob was called to full time ministry, and spent the rest of his life fulfilling that call. When Bob was 25, he met Patty, became a Westerner when he went to Bible School in Saskatoon, became a dad when Joel arrived in 1986, graduated, produced a worship album, bought and renovated their first house and entered into fulltime ministry… life was full… then Kayleigh arrived in 1994. His passion to serve God took him to many countries as well as fully immersing himself in local church ministry. His love for all nations and people groups was infectious and led to missions work in India where he supported hundreds of Pastors. Although he faced numerous health challenges, ne never allowed illness to keep him down for long. He fought fiercely and was courageous right to the end.
Besides his loving wife, Patty, Bob is survived by his daughter Kayleigh Paddock (Spencer Paddock); son Joel Butler (Bridget Mulligan); grandchild Elsie Del-Rose Paddock; sister Elizabeth Leake (Allan Leake); 2 brothers Liam (Lauren) Butler, Bryan (Katherine) Butler; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Nuala Clark and Arnold Butler.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, December 15, 2023, at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2710, COLLEGE DRIVE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Bill Zwartbol, officiating.
A private family Interment will be held prior.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King of Kings Fellowship – India. Cash or cheques can be made to King of Kings fellowship Lethbridge, or etransfers can be sent to books.kingofkings@gmail.com
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SCHMIDT, Ruth RUTH HILDE SCHMIDT 1931 – 2023 Mrs. Ruth Hilde Schmidt of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Johann Schmidt, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at the age of 92 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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DONAHUE, Kevin KEVIN PATRICK DONAHUE 1977 – 2023 It is with much sadness that the family of Kevin Donahue announce his sudden passing on Thursday December 7, 2023, at the age of 46.
Kevin is survived by his wife Sabrina (O’Leary) and children Findley and Reagan, whom he adored. He is also survived by his parents Carroll and Margaret (Foley) Donahue, sister Dawn Donahue, sister-in-law Natalie, niece Kate and nephew Nolan. He was a beloved nephew, son-in-law and brother-in-law. He was predeceased by his brother Shawn Donahue.
He had a wicked sense of humor, and from a young age loved to tease – a trait he has passed down to Findley! His children were everything to him. He would proudly tell you all about them, how hockey was going for Findley, or curling and piano for Reagan. He was active in all school activities and would often join the FLVT Marathon Club for practice on the mornings that he wasn’t working. He joined Snapchat in order to be “cool” at work and home…. his kids may not have agreed that this was a success for him! He loved being outside whether that was in the backyard with his family, walking and biking in the coulees or a last-minute trip to the Mountains for a hike and fresh air. Kevin proudly crossed the finish line at his first half marathon in September 2023. Kevin and Sabrina had a retirement goal of a small A-Frame in The Pass that they would talk about at length. Their love story started as a “blind meet” and quickly became a love story that would carry them through their years together.
He loved Harley’s – something that was a shared passion with his dad and his brother. Sabrina would hear him talk to one of them, or sometimes both, for hours about bikes. He loved to sing and play guitar, a quiet voice until you placed a guitar in his hands. For those that grew up with him, or hung out with him, a guitar was often placed in his vicinity at get togethers and he would entertain for hours.
He loved fiercely and was a friend you could count on to help you at a moment’s notice. To those that had the privilege of calling him a friend, they knew that he was solid and would be there for them always.
He was a proud Irving employee for almost 20 years and called Cavendish Farms home for the past 5 of those. He loved his work family and talked of them with great respect. He was a proud Power Engineer and loved wearing his “green hat”.
Kevin was a man of strong faith who worked hard, was a good friend, and loved his family. To have had him in your life was a privilege and a blessing. We thank God for everyday that we were able to share life on earth with him and will miss and love him forever.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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LEBLANC, George “Allen” LEBLANC GEORGE “ALLEN” LEBLANC, beloved husband of Robin Gemer, passed away peacefully at home, on Monday, December 11, 2023 at the age of 76 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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SOLBERG, Wendy SOLBERG WENDY LOU SOLBERG, of Shaughnessy, passed away peacefully at home, on Friday, December 8, 2023, at the age of 68 years.
Arrangements to be announced once completed.

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KENNEY, Linda KENNEY July 24, 1945 – December 6, 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to LINDA KENNEY, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Bill Kenney, mom, grandma, sister and erstwhile rock of our family, passed away suddenly at home, on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at the age of 78 years.
Linda is survived by her husband Bill; sons: Trevor (Dionne) and Gavin (Laura); grandchildren: Emma, Ethan (Trevor and Dionne) and Liam (Gavin and Laura); and siblings: Eleanor (Ernie), Ted (Liz), Judy (Derek), David (Dede), Jack (Tannis) and Debra, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her sister Anna, and parents John and Annie Redekop.
Linda came into this world, the fourth of eight children born in Coaldale, to John and Annie. To say she grew up in a bustling household is an understatement, and she learned quickly from her parents the values of hard work and independence, supported by love and family. While still in high school, she met a hotshot basketball player at a Friday night dance in the Coaldale Community Hall. Bill actually lived just a few blocks away. They soon became an item, and after three years of dating, married at Southminster United Church in 1966 and began their new life in Lethbridge. For 57 years, they supported and loved one another through both good times and bad, with the good always winning out.
She gave birth to her first son, Trevor, in 1967, and then Gavin in 1975. She kept the most immaculate house and, having learned self-reliance growing up, annually cultivated a bountiful vegetable garden – everything was home made.
All the while, she established herself as a first-rate executive assistant. Called a secretary back in the day, Linda was ahead of her time, truly representing how invaluable the best assistants are in a successful organization.
Linda’s work roles included time with the law office of Martin Hoyt, Lethbridge College, Watkinson, Hanhart, Duda, Dorchak Accounting, Young, Parkyn, McNab Accounting and eventually Lethbridge School Division, where she served as the executive secretary to three board superintendents. Upon retirement, her diligence and professionalism carried over to the many volunteer opportunities of which she took advantage, while she and Bill teamed up as a dynamic starter and marshal duo at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort. Bill set golfers up and Linda made sure they were on the clock the whole way around. And if you were lucky enough to play golf with Linda (usually at Land O’ Lakes), you were always treated to the best cookies and snacks along the way.
Linda and Bill spent many winters in Arizona, while summers were spent golfing and meticulously maintaining her gorgeous flower gardens.
From family dinners to parties with friends, nobody put out a better spread than Linda, and when her boys married and brought grandchildren into her life, she was complete. Her greatest gift was the life lessons she taught through everything she did and everyone she touched, and her heart was full with every milestone and every success her family enjoyed.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in her early 40s, Linda never wavered, spending 30 years tackling the many challenges her condition threw at her head-on. Only recently did she finally allow others to begin to take the lead on family get-togethers – though she still always asked, “What can I bring?”
While our hearts ache now with her passing, they overflow with pride, joy and love for having been touched by her beautiful soul – it lives on in all of us and especially in the legacy of her beloved grandchildren. Goodbye, we love you.
A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held in Spring 2024.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a cause of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
WATT, Walter WALTER WATT 1941 – 2023 Mr. Walter Gordon Watt of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lorri Watt, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at the age of 82 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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THIESSEN, John THIESSEN JOHN THIESSEN, beloved husband of Lydia Thiessen, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home, on Wednesday December 6, 2023 at the age of 91 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 4717 – 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, December 13th at 11:00 A.M. The Memorial Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through John’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
The Interment will be held at the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery at 9:00 A.M.

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