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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 19, 2024.

WOLF CHILD, Billy WOLF CHILD Billy Reginald Irvin Wolf Child passed away on April 14, 2024 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 38 years.
A Wake Service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, Alberta on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm with a meal being served at 6:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.
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MEDICINE CRANE, Maxwell Maxwell Thomas Medicine Crane July 31, 1956 ~ April 14, 2024 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Max Medicine Crane, of the Blood Tribe, on April 14, 2024, at the age of 67 years.
A Candlelight Vigil will be held at Galt Gardens, 601 – 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, starting at 2:00 PM.
An All-Night Wake Service will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 – 5 Avenue, Fort Macleod, AB, on Sunday, April 21, 2024, starting at 6:00 PM.
A Funeral Service will be held at Old Agency Hall, Blood Tribe, on Monday, April 22, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM.
Following the Funeral Service, Max will be laid to rest at the Medicine Crane Family Plot, Blood Tribe.
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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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KLEIN, Bernard KLEIN BERNARD DOUGLAS KLEIN, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, following a lengthy battle with cancer, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the age of 88 years.
A private Funeral Service will be held.

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HOFER, James “Jim” HOFER JAMES “JIM” G. HOFER, of Welling, husband of the late Esther Hofer, passed away surrounded by family in Raymond, Alberta, on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the age of 75 years.
Upon Jim’s request, a private family service will be held.

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SLEMKO, Pete SLEMKO PETE SLEMKO, beloved husband, devoted father, and respected member of the community, passed away peacefully at Buffalo Grace Manor, surrounded by his devoted wife Diana and family, on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the age of 103 years.
He leaves behind his wife Diana; his children: Marian, Patricia, Kevin, Jason, Mark, and Ryan; as well as ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished deeply, along with each and everyone in his broad extended family.
Born in Lethbridge to Ukrainian immigrants, Peter’s family relocated to a farm north of Coaldale when he was nine. The land became a central part of his life, inspiring in him the values of hard work and communal responsibility.
Pete’s passion for education led him to serve as a teacher at Hutterite colonies and rural schools, eventually becoming the principal of John Davidson School in Coaldale, where his leadership and dedication touched the lives of countless students and colleagues.
In his free time, he traveled the world with his wife. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club and Archaeological Society, through which he devoted so much time and energy to serving his community.
In honoring Pete’s memory, may we continue to embody the values of collectivism, community, generosity and family that he held so dear. May he rest in peace.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, Pete will be laid to rest in Royal View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to a charity of your choice.

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MOORE, Kenneth MOORE March 5, 1927 – April 14, 2024 KENNETH CYRIL MOORE, beloved husband of the late Phyllis Moore, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by loving family on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the age of 97 years.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Carol (Irv) Quan of Lethbridge; sons: Ken (Jennifer) of Canmore/Kona HI, Keith (Lisa) of Calgary and Lyle (Alecia) of Lethbridge. He was very proud of his grandchildren: Lauren, Taylor, Mattson, Makayla, Carson, Brendan, and Brady. He is also survived by his sister Alice of Oregon and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides his loving wife, Phyllis, of 63 years, Ken was predeceased by his parents, Alan and Laura; brothers: Bill, Don, Jack; and sisters, Eileen and Elsie.
Ken grew up on the family farm near Tompkins, Saskatchewan during the “dirty thirties”. He worked hard his whole life at everything from farming, to road construction, hauling gravel in his own truck and partnering in a flyer distribution business. He started working for the C.P.R. in 1949 – first as a brakeman and then as a conductor until his retirement March 1, 1987.
Ken was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He loved curling, camping, the Blue Jays, CFL football (especially the Sask. Roughriders and Stampeders). He faithfully attended any sport or activity his kids or grandkids were involved in. Ken could figure out how to fix anything and was always there to help family or friends when there was a job to be done.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers that supported Ken through his last few years. Special thanks to the wonderful people at Norbridge Pharmacy, the hospitalists and palliative care physicians at the Chinook Regional Hospital, the Emergency department and staff of 5B, 4A, 4C. He appreciated you all so much.
At Kenneth’s request, no memorial service will be held. A private family function will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the charity of your choice.

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KRUSE, Roy Roy Christopher Kruse June 7, 1981 – April 16, 2024 Roy Christopher Kruse passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on April 16, 2024, at the age of 42 years.
Roy survived by his brothers Jerry (Shannon) and Adam, James, his foster father Tom West, plus many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his biological parents Karen and Edward Kruse and his foster Mom Pat West.
Service will take place on Friday April 26, 2024, at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home (703-13 St N, Lethbridge, AB) 1:00PM visitation and 2:00PM service time. Reception to follow.
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RACH, Stanislaus “Stan” In Loving Memory of STANISLAUS “STAN” RACH July 21, 1931 – April 13, 2024 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Stan, our “Sonnenschein,” beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, who left us on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the age of 92.
He passed away unexpectedly, surrounded in body/spirit by his entire loving family, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and inspiration. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Margit, as well as his parents, Maria and Ernst, and brothers Anton, Walter, and Adolf, and brothers-in-law, Frank and John Halluk, and sisters-in-law Krimhilda, and Teresa Rach.
Born on July 21, in Smorgwa, Poland, Stan was a lifelong lover of the simple joys in life. His passion for gardening was evident in every flower that bloomed and every vegetable that thrived under his care or placed on the lawn to share his bounty with his community. His passion for gardening was shared with his wife, Margit by his side for more than six decades, and then the last decade independently. They worked seamlessly together to create a garden that garnered much wonderment. His hands had the magic touch that could coax life from the soil, and his garden was a testament to his patience, dedication, and love for nature. He found solace and happiness in the beauty of his garden, prayer, his strong faith and communal worship and to the many friends that stopped to visit over the years that he lived fiercely independent and keeping up Mom’s high standards. He never let her, or anyone down, in life together, or in the ten plus years after her passing.
Family was the keystone of Stan’s life. He cherished every moment spent with our mother, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. His home was always filled with laughter, love, and the warmth of family gatherings. His wisdom, love, and guidance will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Never afraid to share an opinion, of which he had many, based on a life well-travelled and well lived, from the far reaches of Poland, Germany, surviving World War II, Chile, Germany, Canada, eventually settling in Coaldale. Stan and Margit cultivated not only a beautiful garden but also a beautiful life together. They instilled in their children a love of plants, dogs, travel, and respect for humankind, for which we will always be grateful, and proudly passing onto the next generations.
Stan was a trained cobbler, a master of all trades, largely self-taught, with no job too big to take on as a challenge. He enjoyed learning, and found great reward in successfully conquering challenges, through remarkable intuition, skills, and stick-to-it determination. His multiple skills made him an invaluable resource, providing spontaneous teaching moments, and always saving the time and expense of hiring a tradesman.
Fishing and camping were other cherished pastimes for Stan, again with our mother by his side. They could often be spotted riding together in their VW campervan once Stan retired from his job at the Department of Highways, after 40+ years of keeping the summer and winter roads safe, no matter the hour. Stan and Margit always had a suitcase at the ready for Auf Der Reise (on an adventure trip). Whether Stan was casting a line into a quiet lake or sharing stories with friends by the water’s edge, he found happiness and relaxation in the simple act of fishing and being in nature. The tranquility and the thrill of the catch brought him endless joy throughout his life. His quest for knowledge and skills was immense, such as learning to master filleting, and only made more impressive by his sharing of his talents, as he could often be seen with a crowd of young and old gathering round them while fishing, as he demonstrated his filleting skills.
Stan was a passionate nature lover, bird watcher, and loved to feed the birds, and instilled in us the importance of taking the time to enjoy the simple beauty of the life that surrounds us all.
Stan’s life was a testament to the values of hard work, kindness, and perseverance. He faced life’s challenges with grace and optimism, always finding a way to see the silver lining and inspire those around him to do the same. His positive outlook and unwavering faith in the goodness of people touched the lives of all who knew him.
Stan will be deeply missed by his children and their families. He leaves behind his four children and their families: Margit (Doug), Stanley (Judy), Kathy (Stewart) and Monica (Gerald), grandchildren: Caylee, Brett (Kayla), Madelaine, Mischa, David, Emily (Austin), Pamela (Eamonn), Michelle and Christina, and great-grandchildren: Ethan, Nylah, Caoimhe, Padraig, Ciaran, Cillian, Malachy, Sydney, Eva, SJ, and Grace. He also leaves behind his sister Christa (Rick) and his sister-in-law, Mercedes.
He leaves his special childhood friend Ursula, and her family Martina, Jürgen, and Christiane in Gieboldehausen, Germany, who will dearly miss their daily chats on WhatsApp. He was proficient in navigating the digital world, including Facetime with friends and family all over the world, including numerous cousins, extended families in Germany, and many friends we will undoubtedly meet sometime.
He was always curious, with a multitude of interests, from plants to politics. He was well-versed in politics, frequently engaging in conversations about current affairs, both local and worldwide, drawing on his life experiences to add meaningful context to discussions. He was well-travelled, coupled with a proficiency for learning languages, and spoke fluent German, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, and English.
As we bid farewell to Papa, Opa, Stan, may we hold onto the cherished memories, the love he shared, and the lessons he taught us. May his legacy of kindness, love, grace, gratitude and connection live on in our hearts and inspire us to live our lives with the same passion and grace that he did.
You will be forever missed and always remembered with love. We take comfort knowing you will be reunited with all your loved ones, especially Mama, and together again, you can go Auf Der Reise! This time, you don’t have to hurry back!
To honour Stan’s memory, plant a row of zinnias, fillet a fish, say hello to a neighbour, and toast to a life well lived.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale, AB, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagne celebrating.
Flowers are gratefully accepted.

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TALLMAN, Gary GARY TALLMAN 1947 – 2024 Mr. Gary Tallman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Alice Tallman, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at the age of 76 years.
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.
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