February 26th, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 7, 2024.

UNWIN, Brian UNWIN We say goodbye to Brian John Unwin, beloved husband, father, and papa. Brian passed peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan 28, 2024, at age 68. Born in Kimberley, B.C., Brian’s journey led him to new adventures, including following his heart to Lethbridge when his wife Sharon pursued her college education.
Brian was not only a devoted family man but also an avid fisherman. Whether he was tending to his garden or cheering on his favourite sports teams, Brian’s zest for life was contagious. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and resilience.
In addition to his loving wife Sharon, Brian is survived by his sons Shaun (Ashley) and Jason (Carly), and four adorable grandchildren. Brian’s legacy extends beyond his immediate family, reaching friends and acquaintances alike.
A memorial service to celebrate Brian’s life will be held on February 10th at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Rd S., Lethbridge, at 2:00 pm. Friends are welcome to meet the family half an hour prior to the service.
We invite friends and family to join us in honouring a remarkable man whose spirit will forever live on in our hearts.
In place of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Streets Alive Mission.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
BRECKA, Lydia Lydia Brecka
1936 – 2024 Lydia Brecka, beloved wife of the late Henry Brecka, passed away in Taber on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 8, 2024 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.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

YAMADA, George YAMADA George Shoji Yamada, beloved husband of Catherine Yamada passed away in Raymond on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 80 years.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 11:00 am at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 St. S.
Friends are welcome to meet the family from 10:00 – 10:45AM prior to the service at the church.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
MATKIN, Rhea MATKIN RHEA PEARL MATKIN peacefully passed away and was reunited with her eternal companion on February 3rd in Raymond at the age of 99. Rhea was born in Cardston on May 18, 1924 to Joseph Young Card and Pearl Eliza Christensen.
She excelled at school and attended Brigham Young University for a brief time before marrying her beloved husband Lamont Matkin in the Cardston Alberta temple while he was training in the RCAF during World War II. She always loved education and was a lifelong learner, reading and learning about as many things as she could. She had a deep appreciation for nature and an eye for beauty in all the world around her. She was a connoisseur of many things ranging from music and the arts to chocolate and cheese, and she always loved to share. Her appreciative nature was contagious. She had a sparkling sense of humor, a keen intellect, and an unfailing memory that she maintained right to the end of her life. She taught English as a second language in the community and loved to learn from others with different cultures and perspectives.
She made many lifelong friends in the community, especially while serving in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a deep love for the Savior, whom she strived to follow all her life. She served as matron of the Cardston temple with her husband as president.
She had a numerous posterity and her greatest love was for her family, whom she learned to love unconditionally and prayed for by name. She had a tremendous gift for nurturing and seeing those around her.
She will be deeply missed by her daughters: Gayle (Boyd) Whitesides, Carol (Warren) Roundy, Mary (Robert) Bissett, Donna Wood, Maren (Devin) Cahoon; 28 grandchildren; 89 great grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Eva Matkin. She is also survived by her brother Lincoln Card of Utah.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks for those care workers and friends who have served and cared for our mother and family during this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humanitarian or Perpetual Education fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Funeral Service will be held on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10TH at 11:00a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Stake Center, 2 N 200 W Raymond with Bishop Travis Bissett officiating.
Friends and relatives may meet the family prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:40a.m.
Interment will be held at the Cardston Cemetery.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
BRASSARD, Darlene Darlene Barbara Brassard 1951 – 2024 Darlene Barbara Brassard, beloved companion of Peter Lord, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the age of 72 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 13 St N, in Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Al Litchfield officiating.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
MULLEN, Elinor ELINOR MULLEN 1928 – 2024 Mrs. Elinor Mullen of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Lester Mullen, passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the age of 95 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
ROSENVALL, Lynn ROSENVALL LYNN ALBERT ROSENVALL, of Cardston, passed away in Cardston, Alberta, on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the age of 85. Lynn was predeceased by his beloved wife Elizabeth Ann (Kurtz) Rosenvall (deceased March 2010) and is survived by his loving wife Marilyn (Cahoon) Rosenvall, whom he married in 2018.
Lynn is also survived and will be dearly missed by his children and their spouses, eighteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren: David and Denise Rosenvall and their children Rebecca, Diana, Curtis (Regan), and Jared; Carol Garrick (Craig – deceased) and her children Jaxon and Jayden (Rebecca); Julie and Derek Kearl and their children Daniel (Natasha) with great grandchildren David, Elizabeth, and Alanna, Emily (Eric) Hendrickson with great grandchildren Gavin and Dean, and Scott (Emma); Laura and Jamie Mulholland and their children Brianna Johnson (Ben) with great grandchildren Crew and Knox, Jordan, Jamis, Brooklyn Evans (Joshua), and Jacob; and Heather Rosenvall and her children Ethan McKinlay (Yun), Davis McKinlay, and Lauren McKinlay. Lynn will also be missed by Marilyn’s large family, who were wonderful to him these past five years.
Lynn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 19, 1938. Lynn was the son of Erick and Vernice (Gold) Rosenvall, and brother to Jean Orgill (Richard), Alan Rosenvall, Anita Mills (Roger – deceased, and Jim Lord), and James Rosenvall (Katherine). Lynn loved his parents, his siblings and their spouses, and his nieces and nephews, and they loved him. Anita, Jim, Katherine and Jim survive Lynn’s passing.
Lynn devoted his life to service. As a teenager, he moved to New Zealand with his mother, father and Jim, where his father oversaw the construction of the New Zealand Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lynn served a two year building mission, followed by a two and a half year proselyting mission.
Lynn returned to Utah after his mission and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Utah. Lynn and Beth were married September 4, 1964, in the Salt Lake Temple. Immediately thereafter, they moved to Berkeley, California, where Lynn earned a doctorate degree in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1969, Lynn accepted a faculty position with the newly established University of Calgary, so that he and Beth could raise their family close to Beth’s parents and other family. Lynn taught and was an administrator at U of C until he retired in 2002. Lynn enjoyed his work experiences and colleagues. Lynn had great faith and loved service in his church. He served in many capacities including as Stake President, Regional Representative, Area Authority Seventy, and President of the Cardston, Alberta Temple (with Beth as Matron of the Temple).
Shortly after completing their temple service, Lynn and Beth permanently moved to Cardston. While in Cardston, Beth passed away in March 2010. After over eight years a widower, Lynn found and married Marilyn in November 2018.
Lynn’s love and kindness for others, love of the gospel, and the love of the scriptures will be greatly missed.
In his last few years, as his health waned, Lynn was under the exceptional care and concern of those around him, the foremost of which was Marilyn and her children and their spouses. We (Lynn’s children) will forever be grateful to her and them.
Friends may meet the family on Friday, February 9th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, or at the Church on Saturday from 10:00 – 10:45 am, prior to the service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel (355 3 St W, Cardston) Saturday, February 10th, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow the service in the Cardston Cemetery.
To Watch the Service or send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
EWING, Melody “Mel” EWING MELODY “MEL” ELAINE EWING, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Jim Ewing, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the age of 75 years.
A Celebration of Mel’s life will be held in the Spring of 2024.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
RUDE, Frances RUDE FRANCES CHARLOTTE RUDE, beloved wife of the late Victor Eugene Rude, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the age of 86 years.
A Celebration of Fran’s Life will be held at the LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZEN’S ORGANIZATION, 500 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
POWELL, Derek Derek Powell 1971 – 2024 In loving memory of Derek Kenji Powell who passed away in Calgary on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the age of 53 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, February 9, 2024 between 6:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, February 10, 2024 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.
Derek leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, survived by his mother Amy (Emiko) Powell. Derek’s absence will be deeply felt by his sister Norma Powell (Helmut Neuper); cousins Tammy Endo (Les Harkness) and Ken Endo; uncles Roy and George Endo; aunts Ruth Endo and Ayako (Walter) Endo; nieces Sonya Harkness, Annika and Zoe Neuper.
He was predeceased by his father W. Hugh Powell, grandparents Eiji (Frank) and Kesami Endo and uncle Walter Endo.
Derek was born on January 12, 1971, in St. Catherine, Ontario, but a devoted long time resident of Taber and Lethbridge. Derek’s educational journey led him through L.T. Westlake Elementary, Taber Junior High, WR Myers High School and the University of Lethbridge, shaping his character and forming lifelong connections.
A passionate soul, Derek’s heart belonged to hockey, his cherished family and loyal friends. His love for the game echoed through the ice rinks, creating lasting memories for all who shared in his passion. Derek’s warmth extended beyond the ice, embracing the bonds of family and friendship.
May Derek Powell rest in peace, his vibrant memory forever etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know and love him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Derek’s name be made directly to Right to Play, PO Box 108, Toronto Adelaide Retail, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H8 (www.righttoplay.ca) – Right to Play is an organization that reflects his spirit of playfulness and compassion. Alternatively, donations may also be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 100, 119 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 (www.heartandstroke.com).
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Tsuji family and the many others who have offered so much support.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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