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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 28, 2023.

PITCHER. Lorin PITCHER LORIN LeROY PITCHER, husband of the late Margaret Pitcher, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at the age of 100 years.
Friends may meet the family from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, December 30th, at 11:00 a.m., with interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.
To Watch the Service or send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

MCLEAN, Cynthia-Ann McLEAN CYNTHIA-ANN “CINDY” McLEAN, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mohamedou Niang, passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the age of 65 years.
Cindy is the loving mother of Anna (Kazuki) Kobayashi of Tokyo, Japan, and Mona (Yuya) Kanemaru of Kagoshima, Japan. She is also survived by her mother Maud McLean, sister Natalie McLean and brother-in-law Terry Schwartz, as well as nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister Kim McLean and father Patrick McLean.
Cindy was a loving mother, who cherished her family dearly. She was an artist, and loved to be creative as she lived her life.
A private Family Service will be held for Cindy’s immediate family at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ZADNIK, Al Al Zadnik 1932 – 2023 Aloysius John Zadnik, beloved husband of Helen Zadnik, passed away in Taber on Sunday, December 24, 2023 at the age of 91 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Helen Zadnik (née Bolen), Al is survived by their children Glen (Wanda) Sincennes of Lethbridge and their family Joel (Karli) Sincennes and Michelle Therrien; Blaine (Shannon) Sincennes of Airdrie and their family Megan (Trent) Finney, Jenna (Justin) Cook and Mackenzie Sincennes (Jordan); Philip (Jackie) Zadnik of Taber and their family Jianna Zadnik (Nick), Dominique Zadnik, Elliah, Christian and Faith Potapoff; Michael Zadnik of Texas and his family Justin Zadnik (Amanda) (her family Averie, Henry and Noah) and Mitchell Zadnik; Elizabeth (Ryan) Buck of Taber and their family Nathan Buck and Curtis Buck. He is also survived by his great grandchildren; sister Georgia (Eugene) Hogan; Helen’s siblings Harold Bolen, Leonard Bolen, Brian (Maureen) Bolen, Verna (Butch) Clark, Della (Neil) Goruk, Helen (Steve) Zadnik and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Martin and Mary Zadnik; his first wife Philida “Phil” Zadnik (née Burch); brothers Martin Zadnik (in infancy) and Steve Zadnik; sisters, Sr. Elizabeth Zadnik and Sr. Mary Zadnik; in-laws Eddie Bolen, Patty Valgardson and Deirdre Burch.
Al was born and raised on the family farm southeast of Taber. His lifelong goal was to be a farmer and own his own land and he work as a laborer building some of the homes in Taber. He finally achieved his goal, and bought a quarter section that he would call home for the majority of his life and worked in a partnership with his brother Steve. When Steve quit farming, Al followed suit and rented his farm to the Oudman family, who assumed ownership of it this past August. Al would also spend many campaigns at the Sugar factory during those late fall and winter months to keep him busy.
Al had many ups and downs, some that would challenge him physically. When challenges presented themselves, his Catholic faith was an anchor and helped him navigate events in his life. It was also influential, as he would met both his wives through the church. He married his first wife Philida in 1966. Together they had three children Philip, Michael and Elizabeth. Philida passed away in 1978 which presented Al with his next challenge, the role of being a single parent for the next eight years. He excelled at parenting and had the added support of his brother and sisters and well as his cousins. Then, five years later, Al met Helen. They were like teenagers cruising to town beside each other in the truck and two years later they were married in a small ceremony with family which enabled him another thirty seven years of adventures.
His vegetable and fruit gardens were his lifetime passion and hobby. The gardens were big and he grew so much produce that he was always sharing. He would be asking relatives, neighbors and friends to come and pick what they could use. Al and Helen would spend many of his birthdays travelling to Kimberly, British Columbia for the annual accordion festival. There were also day trips to Oyen, Calgary, Waterton and Banff. He will be sadly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Al’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca) or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 995 Station Main, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4A4 (www.kidney.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

RANDA, Edward “Ed” EDWARD “ED” RANDA 1955 – 2023 Mr. Edward “Ed” Randa of Lethbridge, beloved brother and uncle, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at the age of 68 years.
Eddie was born September 30, 1955, in Lethbridge, Alberta. He completed 12 years of education at Coalhurst high school. While attending school, he worked the summer months hoeing sugar beets. He then attended Lethbridge Community College and received a Diploma in Meat Technology and became a butcher, working in several shops around Southern Alberta including Burns Meat, Lilydale and Con Van Burren’s and a few others. Eddie returned in 2012 and spent his days with his brother Robbie. Ed and Robbie lived with their mom Annie and cared for her until the day she passed. Sadly, he became ill 6 weeks ago and passed away suddenly but peacefully at the hospital.
Eddie is survived by his best friend and brother Robbie, as well as brothers William, Albert, John, Jim, Mike and Richard; sisters Albina, Anne, Irene and Mary, as well as many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to his niece Shelley for taking such good care of him over the years, and especially the last 6 weeks.
He was predeceased by his parents Annie and Izidor Randa, and his brother Jerry.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604, 13 STREET NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.
Interment will follow at Royal View Cemetery.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
STROEVE, Bernardus “Ben” STROEVE BERNARDUS “BEN” ANTHONY STROEVE, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Stroeve, passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 at the age of 87 years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Ben’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Following the Funeral Mass, Ben will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
PETERSEN, Patricia PATRICIA ANN PETERSEN 1951-2023 PATRICIA ANN PETERSEN passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the age of 72 years.
Pat is survived by her husband Wayne of Lethbridge, son Scott (Amelia) of Lethbridge, son Ian (Michelle) of Calgary, grandchildren Evan and Claire of Calgary, sisters Carolyn of Vietnam, Lorrie (Sean) of Longview, Alberta, Susan (Marc) of Vancouver, BC, and brother David (Julie) of Lethbridge. She is remembered by her special “sistas” Brenda Stryker of Foremost, Alberta and Susan Melnyk of Lethbridge.
She was predeceased by her parents Walter and Anne Boras.
Pat was born to Walter and Anne on April 24, 1951 in Lethbridge. She attended grade school in Picture Butte and then received her registered nurse designation from St. Michael’s School of Nursing in 1972. During her nursing training, Pat met Wayne while curling on Sundays with groups of students from University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, and both nursing schools. They were married in 1974. Pat worked briefly in Lethbridge then in Kingston, Ontario supporting Wayne as he attended law school. They returned to Lethbridge in 1975 to pursue their careers and start a family. Scott arrived in 1981 and Ian in 1984. Pat was a creature of habit; falling in love with the house bought in 1981 and living there until her passing.
Pat was a proud and dedicated nurse as well as an exceptional teacher and mentor; foregoing opportunities at management so she could remain at the bedside of her patients. She was an original leader of Look Good Feel Better, a support program for cancer survivors. She was recognized nationally by LGFB and named a Woman of Distinction in Lethbridge for this role. Emergency/ICU work was her first love but then the operating room called. A mid-life crisis took Pat to Saudi Arabia to work as an OR nurse in a National Guard hospital in 2003. A member of the Royal Family was one of her patients.
Pat loved to travel; whether it was following Wayne around the golf world, travelling with friends to the United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Italy, South Africa, and New Zealand, or sitting in the back seat of the Harley Davidson all over Canada and the western United States. She grew very fond of Palm Springs and looked forward to November and March visits each year.
Pat was fiercely proud and protective of her family; aptly earning the nickname of “Mama Grizzly”. When cancer attacked her in May of 2022, she battled through treatment with courage and confidence; acquiring another nickname from her daughter-in-law as “Warrior Bitch”. She fought the cancer to a standstill but could not overcome the devastation of the stroke suffered on December 18, 2023.
Pat will be dearly missed by her family and her friends. She was, as many of the condolences suggest, a very special lady.
Pat has requested a private family Interment and a really big Celebration of Life later when the weather is warm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Good Samaritan Society, Park Meadows Village, Lethbridge, Alberta (https://gss.org/locations/park-meadows-village/)

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HANDEL, Erica HANDEL ERICA LYNN HANDEL, of Lethbridge, beloved partner of Chad Horvath, passed away suddenly at her sister’s home on Monday, December 25, 2023 at the age of 46 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
MRAZEK, Mary MARY ROSE MRAZEK 1933 – 2023 Ms. Mary Rose Mrazek of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on December 25, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
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