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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 9, 2024.

VASELENAK, John JOHN VASELENAK 1935 – 2024 John was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 9, 1935. He passed away peacefully in Red Deer, Alberta, after a short illness on February 27, 2024. He was predeceased by his brother George and sister Mary. He is survived by his partner Patricia Dyck of Red Deer, AB; his two daughters Cari (Ron) MacLean of Oakville, ON and Cindi (Jim) Vaselenak of Edmonton, AB; and his stepchildren Dave (Susan) Nicholson and Kathy Reschke; and his brother Mike Vaselenak of Lethbridge, AB.
John enjoyed playing sports, in particular, baseball, basketball and broomball. He played professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals minor league and later with the Lethbridge White Sox in the Western Canada League. He coached the Lethbridge Minors to the Canadian National Finals and later the Lethbridge Lakers. John was a Major League Baseball scout for the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He loved to watch movies, especially westerns.
As John wished, a private memorial will be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Sylvan Lake Funeral Home and Crematorium.
Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium – your Golden Rule Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
MCFADDEN, Barbara MCFADDEN It is with heartfelt grief that we announce the passing of Barbara Jane McFadden on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at the age of 86. She died at home, cared for and surrounded by her loving family.
Barb was born in Lethbridge to Claire and Maude Simpson. After the war, her brothers were born, Bob (Dorothy) Simpson and John (Debbie) Simpson. Barb was known locally as a talented performer who was featured in the Howard Ritchie show and performed at the Capital Theatre and the old Lethbridge Bandstand by Henderson Lake. Barb was also a strong swimmer, a love that she nurtured throughout her lifetime, swimming laps with Stan Siwik as her coach in her youth, and falling asleep while floating on her back in the ocean in her sunset years.
Barb was just a lanky teenager when she met the love of her life, Barry McFadden. She was a few years younger than him, but a few inches taller, so she used to step off the curb when they kissed so they’d be the same height. Barb and Barry worked hard and built a beautiful life together, welcoming their daughter Sheri into the world, and then their son Jon, her baby boy. Barb had an adventurous spirit so there was never a dull moment in the household, whether she was redecorating, trying new recipes, or building a skating rink in the back yard for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy. Barb kept the spirit of fun going for her beloved grandchildren, Justin and Ashley (who was known to play sick so she could stay home from school and spend the day at grandma’s house.)
Barb was an entrepreneur later in life, co-owner of Gifts Galore, then opening Kid’s Town. Barb loved travelling to Montreal and Vancouver to buy fashion for the upcoming season, often accompanied by her daughter Sheri. Her keen eye for fashion was not wasted on herself, as she never left the house without a dab of coral lipstick and a gorgeous outfit on. Barb and Barry travelled the world attending Honda conventions, spent winters in Palm Springs and Arizona, and summers on the road in their motorhome, often in a multi-rig caravan with friends from all across North America.
Barb rallied against “damned dementia” in her final years, and although it impacted her ability to find the right word, it never impacted her adventurous spirit, her sense of humor, her generous heart, or the way that she shone and sparkled. With the support of her family, Barb continued enjoying the Bridges Seniors Day Program, local theatre performances, and weekly soaks in the hot tub at Nicholas Sheran Pool, right up until the end.
Barbara was a woman who loved deeply, lived brightly, and laughed often. She was held by her granddaughter as she left this life, and we know she was embraced by her daughter Sheri on the other side. These final words were written by Barb 20 years ago…
“As far as my feeling go regarding my life they are pretty simple. There is not much that I have wanted to do that I did not give a try. Some successful, some not but I did not hold back on living and enjoyed it to my fullest. I loved to try new things, meet new people, make new friends, keep old friends, keep a sense of humour whenever possible, and above all adored my family, each and every one.” A Celebration of Life will be held on March 12, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home (433 Stubb Ross Rd S Lethbridge, AB)
Livestream will be available at http://www.salmonandsons.ca
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
JENSEN, Barry JENSEN It is with much sadness that the family of Barry Dale Jensen announce his unexpected death. Barry passed away peacefully with his eternal companion Kristine by his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at the age of 75 years, due to complications from a fall on February 5.
The service for Barry is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2024, at 12:00 pm, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 175 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB. Friends may meet with the family prior to the funeral service from 11:00 – 11:45 am. A private interment will follow at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined due to allergies.
For more information or to share your condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
GELLENY, Constance “Connie” GELLENY Constance “Connie” Midori Gelleny (nee Yoshida) passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 88 at Chinook Regional Hospital on February 28, 2024.
Connie was born in Fanny Bay, B.C. on September 8, 1935 to Nobushige and Tomo Yoshida. During World War II, Connie’s family was placed in an internment camp in Slocan Valley, B.C. As the war ended, the family moved to the Picture Butte area to farm sugar beets in 1946.
Connie attended the St. Michael’s School of Nursing, being one of the first graduates of the school in 1956. Connie married Thomas in 1959 and had three children. After a long and successful career in nursing, Connie supported her husband, Thomas, at his radiator shop.
They purchased ‘the farm’ outside of Coalhurst and spent their retirement years being “hobby farmers”. Connie moved back to Lethbridge after Tom passed.
Connie loved to golf, travel, play the lottery, socialize and garden. She had an extensive collection of flowers in every place she lived. Connie at her age was well known for her walking long distances in the Coulee Springs area while wearing her beloved safari hat. In addition to golf, she enjoyed watching hockey and was a true Calgary Flames fan. The only teams that Connie loved more was any team that her granddaughter and grandsons played on. Connie loved to spend time with her grandchildren and enjoyed telling everyone around her how proud she was of them. Over the years, she volunteered her time preparing meals at the Soup Kitchen. Connie was able to continue living at home until her passing under the support and care of her son, Bradley.
Connie is survived by her three children, Karen (Kirk) Gelleny, Bradley Gelleny, and Susan (John) Beers; her grandchildren: Kala, Owen (Kayla), and Carson Beers; and many nieces and nephews.
Connie is predeceased by her husband, Thomas and her siblings Ruth, Jean, May, June, Tim and Min.
A sincere thank you to EMS, Dr. A. Wilde, Dr. S. Wilde and the medical staff at Chinook Regional Hospital. A special thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to nurse Cailei for her tremendous care and support to Connie and family.
Connie will be fondly remembered and missed by all who loved her.
As per Connie’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.
We Love You Mom!

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REDMAN, Bruce BRUCE REDMAN 1933 – 2024 It is with great sadness and gentle peace that our family announces the passing of Bruce Walter Redman of Lethbridge, on March 6, 2024, at the age of 90 years.
Bruce will be forever remembered by his family, daughter Cheryl (James) Steele; sons Neil (Gemma) Redman, Derek (Ashelyn) Redman and Murray (Lisa) Redman; grandchildren Tyler (Tina Marie) Steele, Declan (Shona) Redman, Logan (Melanie) Redman, Connor Redman and Ethan Redman; and great grandchildren Grace & Luke Redman and Kaelum & Aylish Redman, and The Manns families.
Bruce was predeceased by his loving wife Bernice on December 8, 2023
A private family Memorial will be held in his honor.
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BUIS, Lorne LORNE BUIS 1965 – 2024 Lorne William Buis of Foremost, Alberta, loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend passed away unexpectedly at home on March 3, 2024, at the age of 59. Lorne was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 8, 1964, and welcomed into the Buis family at 6 weeks old.
Lorne was devoted to his community and loved to help people. From his first ambulance call on his 18th birthday to his last volunteer shift this past week, Lorne always had his community in mind. He also had a large network within the agriculture community that was developed during his 26 years with W. Buis Holdings Ltd. He served on the Village of Foremost council for 23 years on various committees with the last 6 years as Mayor. He took so much pride and joy volunteering in various organizations such as HALO, Redcoat Rail, and the PEP Board just to name a few.
Lorne loved dogs, going on motorbike rides, spending time at the lake with family, watching and officiating hockey, and serving his community but what Lorne truly loved was being a fire fighter and EMT. From his start in 1989 with the Calgary Fire Department, then serving almost 40 years on the Foremost Fire Department, to recently fighting wildfires in Northern Alberta this past summer, Lorne was always the first to run when the tones dropped.
He had a larger-than-life personality and loved to talk to people. If you were a stranger, you didn’t stay one for long.
Lorne is survived by his best friend and wife Kerri (Rowley); mother Charlotte (Dillenbeck) Buis; sisters Lisa (Warren) Bechthold; children Taunie (Nathan) Magnuson, and Colby Bechthold; Chris (Ron) Preddy; children Kristen and Luke; sisters-in-law June Roy, Leslie (Lyle) Treiber, children Teri (Craig), and Kale (Courtney) as well as numerous other family members and friends.
Lorne was predeceased by his father William “Sonny” Buis and niece Cammie Magnuson.
A Celebration of Lorne’s Life will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 2:00pm at the FOREMOST COMMUNITY HALL, 802 1st Ave West.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Foremost Fire Department c/o Village of Foremost, Box 159, Foremost AB T0K 0X0 or HALO Air Ambulance 557 18th St SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8C4.
To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Lorne-Buis and scroll to the bottom of Lorne’s obituary.
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FLAMAND, Paul PAUL STANLEY FLAMAND 1936 – 2024 Paul Stanley Flamand of Warner, Alberta, beloved husband of the late Doris Flamand, passed away peacefully at Park Meadows – Good Samaritans on February 25, 2024, at the age of 87 years.
Paul was born and raised in Battleford, Saskatchewan. He found the love of his life in Doris and married her on August 8, 1972. Paul and Doris blended their families together, shortly before. Paul joined his extended family at Doenz Ranches on November 27, 1967; his 31st birthday. This was the start of a lifelong friendship with Leo & Helen and the rest of the Doenz family. Paul and Doris raised their family on the ranch for the next 11 years before moving into Warner. After moving into town, Paul worked at Dri-Land Feeders and the Department of Highways for over 20 years respectively. Paul always was a caring person and carried that with him as a volunteer firefighter with the Village of Warner. He was always available for a call. His helpful character followed him as he always was available to help members of the Warner 4-H Beef Club, not only with his own family, but with all who needed the help. Making nylon rope halters was one of his hobbies. Paul always had a smile on his face and that attracted many friendships. After his retirement, Paul was always welcome with his drop-ins for a chat or a coffee at the Ranch, the Feedlot, the Fire Dept, or even at the local service station where the “old guys” hung out. A lot of memories have been instilled into the hearts of family and friends; hopefully those happy stories will be shared and remembered for years to come.
Paul is survived by his only daughter, Merlyn Smith-Gladue; stepchildren Donna Pyne, Darrell (Marla) Ross and Larry Ross; grandchildren Brandon (Breanne) Smith, Judy (Chris) Hughes, Cathy (Wyatt) Whillans, Harold Pyne (Ashley Sugimoto), Rachel Reed and Shanita Hepworth; and great grandchildren Destiny and Jesse Calder, Weston Whillans, James and Jackson Reed, Remigold and Poet Rose Hepworth.
A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 STREET S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Brother Jason Carroll officiating.
The family have asked that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Warner Fire Department, Box 218, Warner, Alberta, T0K 2L0 or the Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society, #40, 1202 – 2nd Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.
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HOLLIHAN, Daniel HOLLIHAN DANIEL RAY HOLLIHAN, of Nanton, passed away after a valiant effort for life on Monday, March 4, 2024 at the age of 68 years.
Daniel is survived by his brothers, Rod (Holly) of Salmon Arm and Darran (Clara) of Lethbridge, and stepmom Clara of Lethbridge as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother Maxine, father Ray and nephew Trevor.
At Daniel’s request, no funeral will be held.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HARRIS, Jay HARRIS JAY PATRICK HARRIS, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Cynthia Harris, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with his loving wife and cherished sons at his side, on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the age of 78 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jay, donations can be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
KANASHIRO, Carla KANASHIRO Carla Jean Kanashiro passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday March 6, 2024 at the age of 58.
Born in Lethbridge in 1965 to Jim and Minako Kanashiro, Carla leaves to mourn her passing several siblings, nieces, nephews and numerous grand-nieces and grand- nephews. She was predeceased by her father Jim Kanashiro, mother Minako (Min) Kanashiro, and sister Gwen Kanashiro.
Carla’s family are extremely grateful for the compassionate care she received at Chinook Regional Hospital. Thanks to the dedicated nurses and physicians on unit 4A, as well as the palliative care team.
Carla was a talented baker, and devoted much of her life to caring for family, especially her grand-nieces and grand- nephews, who loved her dearly.
At Carla’s request there will not be a funeral service. Flowers and Koden are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations can be made in memory of Carla to the Caring Hearts Tribute Fund at crhfoundation.ca
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
KNIFE, Brandon “Woody” Brandon “Woody” Knife August 8, 1995 – March 6, 2024 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brandon Knife, of the Blood Tribe, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Lethbridge, Alberta, at the age of 28.
The Wake Service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Tribe, on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 6:00 PM until 11:00 PM.
The Funeral Service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Tribe, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 AM
Following the Funeral Service, Brandon will be laid to rest at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, the Blood Tribe.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.edensfuneralhome.com
DOE, Barbara DOE BARBARA EMMA CHRISTINE DOE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Horace “Holly” Doe, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Friday, March 8, 2024 at the age of 97 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
FLAMAN, Ronald “Ron” RONALD BRIAN FLAMAN A kind soul has left this earth! Ron Flaman passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 7, 2024, at 79 years of age. Ron was a Veteran who served two tours of duty as a Corporal as a member of the Canadian Contingent serving with the United Nations Force in Cyprus in the Service of Peace. First Tour was with the Fort Garry Horse Armored Reconnaissance Squadron. His second tour was with the Lord Strathcona Horse (RC) UN forces Infantry Outpost Greenline Nicaea.
Ron was predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Margaret Flaman and his wife Julie Ann Cossette-Flaman.
A Graveside Service will be held in memory of Ron in Mountain View Cemtery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. For those attending, please gather at the front gates near the Eternal Flame.
Please send condolences to http://www.evergreenfh.ca
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