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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 18, 2024.

CRAZY BULL, Franklin CRAZY BULL FRANKLIN JOHN CRAZY BULL SR. passed away on April 12, 2024 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 43 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Tanner Center, Cardston on Sunday, April 21 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Tanner Center on Monday, April 22 at 12:00 pm. Interment to take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery.
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EWASHEN, Kenneth “Kenny” KENNETH “KENNY” EWASHEN 1947 – 2024 Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Ewashen of Lethbridge, beloved partner of Mrs. Carole Everts, passed away in his home on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at the age of 76 years.
A “come and go” celebration of life will be held on April 20, 2024, at the Parkbridge Estates Hall, in Lethbridge, AB from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Friends and family are invited to come pay their respects and are encouraged to wear their Lethbridge Hurricanes jersey or favorite motorcycle attire.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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HOFER, John JOHN R. HOFER 1930 – 2024 John R. Hofer, beloved husband of the late Rebecca (Wipf) Hofer, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the age of 93 years.
A Viewing will be held at 6:00 pm, on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. To watch via livestream, please go to
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at the STIRLING MENNONITE CHURCH, 61022 Range Rd 201, Raymond, Alberta. The Funeral Service will be recorded and available to view later at
Interment will follow at the Stirling Mennonite Cemetery.
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SLEIGHTHOLM, Jennet “Jeannie” JENNET “JEANNIE” SLEIGHTHOLM April 11, 1952 – April 10, 2024 The family of Jennet “Jeannie” Anna Sleightholm said goodbye to our precious mom on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at the age of 71 years.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, April 19, 2024, at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH, 604, 13 STREET NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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TALLMAN, Gary GARY TALLMAN 1947 – 2024 Gary Donald Tallman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Alice, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at the age of 76 years.
Gary was born on October 27, 1947, in Estevan, Saskatchewan to parents Lester and Gladys Tallman. When he was very young, the family moved to the southern interior of British Columbia, and he spent the rest of his growing up years there. As a young man, he worked many different jobs in B.C., then Ontario for a short time, and then in Alberta. While working in Edmonton at a game farm, he met Loretta Kovacs working at the tourist store. They married in 1967 and shortly after moved to Grinrod, B.C. to run a tourist store at Mara Lake. Graham joined their family in 1971 and then Cheryl in 1973. After a very long battle with cancer, Loretta passed away in 1976. In 1977, Gary moved to Sexsmith, Alberta where he attended Peace River Bible Institute for 1 year. Following the end of that year, he married Alice Friesen, and she became the instant mother of Graham and Cheryl. They lived in Clairmont, Alberta for a very short time, where their daughter Lana was born, and then Gary decided that he wanted to go farming with his dad and brother-in-law in Hudson’s Hope, B.C. area. In 1981, their youngest son Brian joined the family. They lived in Hudson’s Hope for 9 years. After farming for a few short years, he was hired with multiple B.C government departments. When the government downsized, Gary was offered a job as a commercial transport inspector in Sparwood, B.C. He took it and worked there for 19 years before taking early retirement in 2004. He got to fulfill a dream of his to own land and raise animals when he and Alice bought a parcel of land outside of Moyie, B.C. after his retirement. His happiest years were spent on that little farm, thoroughly enjoying living in the mountains and being with his animals. Unfortunately, Gary developed some serious health concerns after several years of living there, and he and Alice both felt that they needed to move. So, after 13 years of living in Moyie, they moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in August 2020 to be in the same city as their daughter, Lana, and her family. The last 3.5 years of Dad’s life was very difficult as he battled mounting health concerns. He talked so often of wanting to go to heaven and how excited he was to meet Jesus. As a family, we are so very grateful that the Lord took him to glory after a very brief stay in the hospital and then palliative care. He will be remembered as a stubborn man with a generous heart, and one that loved Jesus and loved his family very, very much.
Besides his wife, Alice, Gary is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Eilene (Ivan), and Lana Annelle (Luc); his sons Graham Dean (Julie), and Brian Lee (Brooke); his grandchildren Samuel, Gabriella, Phoebe, Stephanie (Luke), Melina (Franco), Matthew, Julia, Aislynn, Amelia, Griffin and Arya; his great-grandchildren Adelina and Guilana; his sister Sharon (Jim); his brothers Oren (Linda), Wes (Lois), and Harvey (Veronica), as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Gary was predeceased by his parents Lester & Gladys; his first wife Loretta; his sisters Verna and Brenda and his grandson Eden Isaac.
A Visitation will be held at 9:30 am, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 am, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Craig Webber, officiating. Interment will follow in Archmount Cemetery. To watch the service via livestream, please go to
Flowers are gratefully accepted.
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TAYPOTAT, Margaret TAYPOTAT MARGARET MARIE TAYPOTAT, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the age of 63 years.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Margaret will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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SARSFIELD, Leslie SARSFIELD LESLIE IRVINE SARSFIELD, of Lethbridge, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Leslie is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joyce Sarsfield, his children: David and Jane (Ian) and special family friend Carla Schluchter.
He was predeceased by his daughter Patricia, his brothers and sisters: Annie (Jim) Tuckwood, Doris (Peter) Dutka, Lorna (Sydney) Thayer, and Clifford (Jackie) Sarsfield as well as his parents, William and Bertha Sarsfield.
Besides his family and cat Lucy, his true love was the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society, for which he devoted countless hours to designing and building bluebird houses, studying, banding, and reporting on the bluebird activities. Gardening was another passion, focusing on the Patterson lilies and an immaculate lawn. The annual fishing trip to Beaver Mines and its many tall tales were also cherished.
He was active in many service clubs including the Lions Club, Kinsmen Club, and Rotary Club. He served as the president of the Alberta Lung Association as well.
Growing up in Drumheller Valley, Leslie, following his father’s footsteps, started out as a coalminer. Leslie then worked for Calgary Power for 42 years, and after retirement, worked as a courtesy driver for Mount View Dodge for many years.
His years at Black Rock Terrace were very enjoyable due to the welcoming residents and staff.
At Leslie’s request, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society or the charity of your choice. We loved him and will miss him.

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ESAU, Ronald RONALD ESAU 1963-2024 (The words that follow are Ron’s own written only a few months before he passed. Only the date of his passing has been updated.) Ron Esau was born in Coaldale, Alberta on September 9, 1963. He passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy battle with cancer on Monday, April 15, 2024 with his loving wife LeAnn and several other family members at his side.
He is survived by his loving wife, LeAnn (Popson) Esau; his beloved siblings: Marion (Ron) Braun; Alvin (Sandra) Fowler Esau; Rose (Dennis) Siemens; Linda (Bill) Holden; Frieda (Norm) Klippenstein; Ken (Karen) Esau-as well as LeAnn’s siblings: Dwight (Mary Jean) Popson; Wade Popson (Sandra Napper). Ron is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
Ron was predeceased by his parents John & Anne Esau, and by LeAnn’s parents Steve & Stella Popson.
Ron graduated in 1981 from Kate Andrews High School (Coaldale). Ron loved school so much that he kept on going and graduated once from Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, BC), three times from Lethbridge College, and two times from the University of Lethbridge.
In spite of all of his nice times learning in school, Ron’s happiest day of each year was getting called back to work for the City of Lethbridge. His career included ten seasons in Parks Irrigation; ten seasons as a Parks Landscaper; 15 seasons as the City of Lethbridge Mosquito Technician; and over 20 winter seasons driving the Zamboni in different Lethbridge arenas.
He had very few bad workdays. He loved his fellow employees and bosses. His favourite work was training the new employees and giving them the best first day on the job possible. When not working, he would try to fit in two or three fitness classes each day.
He loved biking, running, and hiking. Even if the weather was bad, golfing nine holes at Picture Butte with his good friends had to be attempted. Ron loved camping in Waterton with LeAnn and their dog Abby.
Most of all, Ron loved Jesus and anything that Ron accomplished was from Jesus working through him. Ron was so thankful for the almost two years Jesus gave him after his cancer diagnosis. Praise God!
A Graveside Service will be held at ROYAL VIEW CEMETERY, 5920 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:00 A.M., followed by a Funeral Service at COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, at 1:00 P.M. with Ken Esau and Pastor Dick Deweert officiating.
For those wanting to honour Ron’s memory, donations may be made to or to

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