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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 13, 2024.

MONNER, George MONNER, George Robert Jan 6, 1947 – Jan 2, 2024 It is with great sadness that the family of George Robert Monner of Calgary, Alberta announce his passing on January 2, 2024 at the age of 76 years. He will be dearly missed.

LATTA, Nancy LATTA It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy Carolyn Latta (nee Carnahan), on January 4, 2024 at the age of 91 years, with her loving family at her side.
Nancy was born on April 2, 1932 into a farm family in Kansas. She was half Irish, half Swedish, but 100% Kansan and 100% Canadian. Predeceased by her loving husband Bill, she will be sorely missed by her children Bill (Margaret), Linda (Barry), Leslie, and Tom (Jody). She was an exceptional grandmother to her seven grandchildren Anna (Scott), Lauren (Reid), Evan (Emily), Will (Mikayla), Emily (Mike), Madison and Kennedy plus her great grandchildren Ella, Victoria, Ivy, Lucy, Liam, Ashling and Fiadh.
She is also survived by a extended community of family and friends, including Gerry and Del Reid and Rick Guthrie.
Family gatherings were extremely important to her. Two years ago, she treated her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to a long weekend at the Banff Springs Hotel. More recently, she treated her immediate children to a long weekend at Pacific Sands Resort on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Devoted to her husband Bill and in support of his military service and academic career, she travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. All of these experiences shaped the person who was known and loved by many.
As per her wishes, there will be no service. However, there will be a small celebration of life later in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name may be made to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids at https://www.BB4CK.org

ELVES, John ELVES John Alexander Elves of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Echo for 51 years, passed away with his family by his side on January 7, 2024, at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit at the age of 78 years.
Besides his loving wife Echo, John is missed by his son Brad (Shannon), daughters Rebecca, Roberta, Jennifer (Ben) Boehr and granddaughters Carly and Adalyn Boehr. His kids were the best thing in his life, he truly loved each of them. Carly was the delight of his life and Adalyn was the joy of his life.
John is also survived by his brother Dr. Emmett (Karen) Elves, his sister Marie (Joe) Bialkowski, his sister-in-law Lucille (Bruce) Hetherington and many nephews and nieces.
John was an inspiration to all who knew him and respected by all. He valued his time spent with friends.
John met Echo at a Swinging Singles Square Dance in the fall of 1970. They were married on June 24, 1972 in Bellevue, Alberta and together they raised their four children.
He had a successful 40 years in lumber and hardware retail. He managed Beaver Lumber Stores in Alberta and B.C. He spent his last 13 years with Peavey Mart managing the Wetaskiwin and High River stores. His retirement was really about appreciating and enjoying his family.
John loved his flowers, gardening with his granddaughters, woodworking and working on family tree history. When you see a flower, slow down and observe the beauty and think of John.
A Prayer Services will held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at St. Basil’s Catholic Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. (604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
MARTIN, Mary MARY I. MARTIN 1926 – 2024 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” Proverbs 31:30 NIV MARY IRIS MARTIN of Coaldale, the beloved wife of the late Lester Roy Martin passed away peacefully after a brief illness with her family at her side on January 6, 2024, at the age of 97. She is now safely in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom she loved so much. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God was an inspiration to those who met her, and it was this faith that ultimately gave her peace at the time of her passing.
Besides her loving husband Lester to whom she was married for almost 60 years, she was predeceased by her brother Clayton and her sister Jessie.
She is survived by her children Ben (Laurel) Martin, Patricia (Everett) Nowlin, Derek (Debbie) Martin; brother Ted; grandchildren Joel (Ryleen) Nowlin, Josh (Meghan) Nowlin, Rebekah (Ryan) Bowlds, Patricia (Jaime) Petty, Nicole (Max) Joyal and Trevor (Heather) Martin. She is also the proud great grandmother to: Isabel, Fin and Vivian Nowlin; Brandon, Logan and Ryan Petty; Jackson and Samuel Bowlds; Ayden, Cohen and Tristan Joyal; Jonathan Martin, Kaylee (Elbert) Beekman, and Kassia Martel.
Mary was born August 24, 1926, in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan to Lillian and Cecil Johnson. The family moved to Lethbridge the following year but in search of greener pastures moved to the homestead west of Wetaskiwin in 1933, returning once again to Lethbridge in 1941. Mary attended the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1945. During this year her father died in a tragic workplace accident while he was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was in Lethbridge where she met and married the love of her life Lester resulting in this wonderful family. The family spent a few years on the family farm near Grassy Lake, but farming proved difficult, and the family moved back to Lethbridge in the mid 60’s. Once back in Lethbridge Mary worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses: Williams Tanner Bell accountants; YWCA; Case Power and Equipment; Bow River Irrigation District.
Mary was a kind and gentle soul who seldom uttered an unkind word. She enjoyed knitting and needlepoint, playing the piano, cooking for her family, and camping, but her happiest time was when the family was together as a group. She was dearly loved by her family and had a very strong faith and a firm belief in God. She was an active member of First Baptist Church where she was a regular attender until her health failed her. She loved attending bible studies and singing in the choir and her lovely voice was often heard around the house when she played the piano.
A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating.
To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Mary-Martin and scroll to the bottom of the obituary page.
Burial to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nursing staff on 4A as well as Dr. Walton, Dr. Orr, Dr. John Geers, and Dr. Justin Steed. We will be eternally grateful for the kind and compassionate care our mother received while at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale.
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PETERSON, Lois PETERSON LOIS FAIRBANKS PETERSON, beloved eternal companion of the late Clifford Junior Peterson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at 97 years old.
Lois is survived by her children: Cheri (Robert) Jenson of Utah, Rod (Diane) Peterson of Lethbridge, Barbara (Brian) Johnson of Magrath, Jeff (Karen) Peterson of Kansas and Marilyn (Orvil) Smith of Calgary. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 98 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Clifford Junior Peterson in 1994. She was also pre-deceased by her daughter Susan Romeril, her daughter-in-law Marilyn Peterson, her grandson Michael Peterson and her parents Harold and Madge Fairbanks.
Lois was born on September 7, 1926 in Raymond, Alberta. She was the second of ten children. She met her husband when they were both attending BYU and were married not long after on September 13, 1950 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. She and Cliff spent their whole lives in Lethbridge where they raised their six children.
Lois and Cliff had many close life-long friends. Lois even had weekly luncheons with friends until her last days. Her family was always the love her life and she could name and talk about every one of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a sharp mind and a great memory until the end.
Lois served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including 15 years working at the Cardston Alberta Temple. She had many hobbies including sewing, knitting, quilting, chocolate making, and even took up clogging for a few years. She loved doing crossword puzzles out of the newspaper pretty much every day and she also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge Stake Centre, 2410 – 28 Street South, Lethbridge, with Bishop Lee Oviatt officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Friends and relatives are invited to meet with the family at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Road, Lethbridge on Sunday, January 14 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or at the Lethbridge Stake Centre prior to the funeral on Monday, January 15 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The funeral will also be streamed live at http://www.salmonandsons.ca.
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HANEY, Robin ROBIN ALLEEN HANEY (née Reich) May 20, 1951 – January 10, 2024 We are devastated to announce Robin’s death. Sister, wife, mother, teacher, gardener, friend, Robin lived her life nurturing, nourishing.
Robin leaves to mourn her husband of over 50 years Peter, sons Matthew and James (Karen); beloved grandchildren Ayden (Amy), Ben, Madeline, Emma and Wyatt; brother Roger (Bev) Reich; many, many close friends; as well as cat Freddie and dog Doug, whom she adored.
Robin was born in Lethbridge to Alleen (Noble) and Walter Reich. Graduating high school from LCI, she subsequently earned a BA (English) (UAlberta) and Teaching Certificate (UCalgary). After retiring from teaching in 2016 Robin continued her volunteer service for Habitat for Humanity (Lethbridge).
Robin had so many skills, many to do with her home and garden. She demanded not to be remembered as a good baker, but she cooked and baked for family and friends, to celebrate high holidays and every day, to sustain those in need, to welcome neighbors.
Mum was, of course, much more than a wonderful homemaker. A skilled educator, she taught for over 30 years in schools across Lethbridge, much of it at Gilbert Patterson Middle School. Robin will be remembered by her colleagues and countless students for her dedication to learning, caring attention to each student, the treats she always kept in her desk, and for her impressive “teacher voice” when needed. She loved teaching Grade 8; she loved her students and their energy. She worked hard to provide them with a kind, calm and safe environment.
Above all, Mum, Robin, was a thoughtful, generous and caring wife, mother, daughter and friend. Robin was quietly devoted to her family, sacrificing much to be present and support her loved ones at every stage of their lives.
Robin’s days were marked by giving, humour, beauty and grace. We will miss her, every day.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre (CRH), 960, 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5, or Habitat for Humanity, 20 Rocky Mountain Boulevard West, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 8E1, or other charities serving all people.
We are profoundly grateful for the sensitive and professional care given Robin by the staff of the Lethbridge EMS, Jack Ady Centre, Palliative Care and ally agencies, and the Chinook Regional Hospital.
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FERGUSON, Nora Nora Emily Ferguson May 26, 1946 – Nov. 20, 2023 Nora “Nori” Ferguson passed away in Lethbridge on November 20, 2023 at the age of 77 years.
Nori spent her adult life in Lethbridge, serving others for more than 30 years.
She was a dedicated caregiver to many over the years, and those in her care benefited from her gentle and caring manner. She was always respectful of the residents needs, and diligently attended to those in her care with a quiet dignity and grace.
Nori was a very private person, who lived a quiet life.
She will be remembered fondly by those who knew and worked with her, a large group of Health care workers at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Auxillary wing, which then became St. Michael’s Auxillary Hospital.
Nori was laid to rest at Royal View Cemetery in Lethbridge, Alberta on December 28, 2023.
There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.

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.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 12:00pm, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 4 ST S, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY 1210 SCENIC DR S, Lethbridge, Alberta.
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THIESSEN, Margaret MARGARET THIESSEN 1926 – 2024 Mrs. Margaret Thiessen, beloved wife of the late Jacob I Thiessen (Honey), of Coaldale, Alberta, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the age of 97 years.
Margaret was born in August 1926 to Gerhard and Maria Wall in Danilivka, Ukraine. The family immigrated to Canada when she was two years old and eventually settled in the Coaldale area, where she also received her education. In her youth she accepted the Lord as her Saviour.
Mom and Dad were married in 1947 and started their life together, purchasing a farm in the Broxburn area. Her greatest joy was working alongside Dad in whatever venture they chose to undertake. Mom was involved in the Women’s Group at Church and enjoyed volunteering wherever she was needed. Mom loved to bake and shared her skills with her children and grandchildren. Mom was an outdoors person her entire life, and no summer was complete without a trip to Waterton with the family, KFC, and her delicious chocolate cake or cookies filled with raisins. After Dad’s passing, she continued to live in the home they had purchased in Coaldale until her mid-nineties when she moved to the Coaldale Health Care Centre.
Margaret is survived by her children Dorothy (Bill) Siemens, Grace (Dave) Matthies, Ed (Annemarie) Thiessen, Larry (Joyce) Thiessen, and Les (Melody) Thiessen; and her grandchildren Eileen, Keith, Rhea, Brent, Norah-Faye, James, Evan, Matthew, Lauren, Aaron, Victoria, and Brian (and their partners). Margaret is also survived by fourteen great grandchildren.
When the grass grows green again, family will hold a graveside celebration of Margaret’s life, but for now we say, thanks for all the memories, Mom!
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TOLLESTRUP, Kaylee KAYLEE TOLLESTRUP 1988 – 2024 Ms. Kaylee Tollestrup of Raymond, loving daughter of Doug and Val Tollestrup and beloved mother of Tyrell Still, Wyatt Still and Jaxon Pool, passed away in Raymond on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the age of 35 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 19, 2024, at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 4th WARD – RAYMOND ALBERTA, 221 North 400 West, Raymond, Alberta (West on HWY 52). Burial will follow in the Raymond Temple Hill Cemetery.
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RATKE, Jim RATKE It is with great sadness and broken hearts we announce the passing of JIM RATKE, beloved husband of Doris, on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at the age of 89 years.
He is lovingly remembered by his children: Karen (Bill) Blenner-Hassett, John (Mila) Ratke, and Mark (Judy) Ratke; grandchildren: Kyle (Nicky) Fuhrmann, Ryan (Jackie) Fuhrmann, Shauna (Craig) Johns, Jaclyn Hartwick, Robert Ratke, Chad (Alieta) Ratke, Nikki (Brandon) Iwaasa, Braeli (Darren) Bevers, Jaime (Hayes) Van Den Elsen, Laycee (Micah) Rogers and Rylen Ratke; and his 17 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Stena Meheden and Ruth Meheden.
Jim was born on May 15, 1934 on the family farm near Lethbridge. Jim and Doris were married for 65 years and raised their family on the farm at Spring Coulee. They retired to Lethbridge in 2001.
Jim had the kindest heart, a warm smile, a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was an honest, hard-working, humble man who lead his family by example and earned their utmost respect.
Family was the most important thing to Jim. He was so proud of them and had a special bond with each and every one. Whether he was farming, camping, boating, or playing a game of cards, Jim was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Christina Walton and to the nursing staff on 3B at CRH for their kind and compassionate care.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

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UMERIS, Alma UMERIS ALMA UMERIS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Arnold Umeris, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
Alma leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Gwen Umeris, her son Ed (Corinna) Umeris, and her two grandchildren, Isabella and Ethan Umeris; her sister Olga Rallion; and brothers-in-law Fred (Gail) Umeris and Hardy Umeris; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Arnold, she was predeceased by her parents Karl and Bertha Hering; brothers-in-law Henry Rallion and George Paskuski; and sisters-in-law Wanda Paskuski and Donna Umeris.
Alma was born on September 29, 1936 in Vilkaviskis, Lithuania. In 1940, the family resettled in Germany, and then immigrated to Canada in 1949, where they settled in the Iron Springs area. She married Arnold July 11, 1964 and moved into Lethbridge.
Alma was a beloved wife, mother and grandma. She enjoyed working in her garden, devoting time to her grandchildren, and following the lives of the Royal Family. She was a kind and gentle soul who was loved by all who knew her.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Olivier Ravelojaona officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Alma’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alma’s name to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre (crhfoundation.ca) or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca).

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
LIVINGSTON, Sheila LIVINGSTON SHEILA NORMA LIVINGSTON, of Magrath, beloved wife of the late Wayne Livingston, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the age of 80 years.
At Sheila’s request, a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
WALDNER, Katie WALDNER KATIE P. WALDNER, beloved wife of the late Paul Waldner, passed away peacefully at the New Elm Colony, on Friday, January 12, 2024 at the age of 96 years.
Katie is survived by her children: Dorothy (Edward) Entz, Sarah (Tom) Entz, Margaret (Jacob) Entz and George (Annie) Waldner.
A Funeral Service will be held at the NEW ELM COLONY, Township Road 42A, Magrath, AB. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:30 A.M.

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HAZUDA, Irene HAZUDA IRENE HAZUDA, the beloved wife of the late Mike Hazuda, passed away at home on Thursday, January 11th, 2024, at the age of 99 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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SIEMENS, Leo SIEMENS LEO SIEMENS passed away at Valhaven Care Home in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday, January 8, 2024 at the age of 85 years.
A Celebration of Leo’s Life will be held at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street, Coaldale, AB, on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Gary Burke officiating.

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OSEEN, Terry TERRY OSEEN 1960 – 2024 It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Terry Gail Oseen of Lethbridge, she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at the age of 64 years.
Terry is lovingly remembered by her daughter Jillian (Cody) Shearer; son Jonathan (Jenny) King; grandson Bill Shearer; mother Shirley Oseen; siblings Lana (Chris Gray-Wheeler) Oseen, Jay Oseen as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Terry is pre-deceased by her father Roy Oseen.
A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St Edward Blvd N, Lethbridge.
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HUGHES, Garth HUGHES Mr. Garth William Hughes, beloved husband of Sharon Hughes of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the age of 82 years.
More Information will follow when completed.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
PROKOP, Elsie ELSIE ELIZABETH PROKOP August 22, 1932 – November 19, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Elsie Elizabeth Prokop (nee Filipchuk).
Elsie passed peacefully on November 19, 2023, at the Extendicare facility in Fort MacLeod, Alberta and made her final journey to be with her Lord.
Elsie was born in Hampton, Saskatchewan on August 22, 1932, to Wasyl and Annie Chepil, the youngest of six siblings, and grew up on the family farm.
Elsie was baptized and confirmed at the Holy Ghost’s Ukrainian Catholic Church at Buchanan, Sask. on July 9, 1958.
Elsie moved to Moose Jaw, Sask., where she met Michael Prokop. They were married on July 12, 1958, at the Saint John the Baptist Church in Tadmore, Sask.
Since Michael was in the Canadian Air Force, the family moved around frequently in the early years of their marriage. Their first son, Brian Michael, accompanied them to Europe. Their second son, David Leonard, was born in France. Their third son, Morris Edwin, was born in Sask.
In the mid-seventies, Michael retired from the Air Force and accepted a position at the Shell Plant near Pincher Creek, Alberta. The family moved there from North Bay, Ont.
Michael worked there until retirement and passed away on Dec. 17, 1992.
Elsie moved into the Extendicare facility in Fort MacLeod in 2015. She spent her time growing tomatoes and taking care of the flowers and plants at the facility.
Elsie always had a love of gardening. It was a great joy of hers to spend many hours in her garden at the house in Pincher Creek.
She also had a great love of birds, animals, and nature which she passed on to her children as well.
Elsie is survived by her sons Brian Michael, David Leonard and Morris Edwin Prokop and her granddaughter, Jennifer Diane Prokop.
Elsie was a strong believer in Christianity who relied on her faith in God to get her through the tough times.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Anyone wishing to make donations on behalf of Elsie’s memory can do so to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada at http://www.alzheimer.ca
A celebration of life will be held for Elsie in the summer of 2024.
To send a condolence, visit http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
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