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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 20, 2024.

ANDERSON, Shirley Shirley Anne Anderson April 19, 1930 – April 11, 2024 Shirley Anne Anderson (Bennett) died peacefully at home with family by her side. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert Newton Anderson and her brother George Ritchie Bennett. Shirley is survived by her children Janis Pritchard (Malcolm), Ellen Anderson (Warren Moore), Jeffrey Anderson (Carol), Garnet Anderson (Francis Autendyke) and David Anderson (Cathy); ten grandchildren, Jennifer Pritchard (Ryan Norton), Arwyn Moore (Jason Cobham), Matthew Pritchard (Lauren McGruthers), Dylan Moore (Sylvie), Hilary Pritchard (Reginald Miller), William Anderson (Shaina Jukes), Anna Moore, Rachel (Anderson) Souster (Taylor), Blair Anderson and Cali Anderson; and eleven great grandchildren, Celia Pritchard, Sarah Miller, Madeleine Norton, Winston Cobham, Aesa Pritchard, Liam Norton, Ezra Anderson, Beatrice Cobham, Lilian Moore, Elsie Miller and Evelyn Moore; as well as her sister in-law Gena (Anderson) McNabb (James) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley was born and raised in Saskatoon. She graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where she met her husband Bob. She worked as a social worker in various communities in Saskatchewan before and after their marriage. After the arrival of their children Shirley supported Bob through all of his post graduate studies and throughout his distinguished academic career. She was instrumental in all of Bob’s professional and personal accomplishments, even as a busy mother of five. Shirley returned to social work after completing her second degree, a BSW at the University of Calgary, while still actively parenting at home. She was employed as a social worker in Lethbridge until retirement. Shirley and Bob and their family lived in many places and traveled the world, especially after they retired. Shirley was a fearless traveller and continued her travels until a few years ago. Shirley was an active member of Harbourside Co-housing in Sooke where she lived after Bob’s death. She was the oldest person at Harbourside and a role model for all of her friends there. She had a personal trainer for the last year of her life. She inspired her Harbourside friends with her kindness, strength, determination and independence. Her family was her most important priority in life and she kept an active interest and involvement in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought her much joy. Always generous with her time and talents, Shirley was and remained interested in all the activities of her family, and was involved in every community she lived in. She was an active member in University Women’s Club and Habitat for Humanity wherever she lived. She was a hospice visitor in Sooke for a number of years and helped prepare and deliver Meals on Wheels in Sooke. She was a cutthroat Words with Friends player and regularly won at Scrabble, Bridge and every card game she played – even winning often at bocce when she had limited eye sight. Shirley was a devoted member of McKillop United Church in Lethbridge and maintained a keen interest in local, provincial and federal politics and world events. She was a citizen of the world. Her enduring sense of humour and curiosity sustained Shirley and her family members until the end. As always she was the most loving, intelligent, kind, practical and sensible of women in all of her roles – a role model and inspiration for her children and their families.
There will be a family gathering in Saskatoon in the summer to celebrate Shirley’s life.
KAZAKOFF, Verna KAZAKOFF, Verna Kathleen (nee Kane) October 1, 1951 – April 5, 2024 Verna (Kane) Kazakoff, beloved wife of Gregory (Greg) Kazakoff passed away peacefully on April 5, 2024, in the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 72. Born Verna Kathleen Kane in Lethbridge, AB, to the late Robert & Doris (nee Zmurchyk) Kane on October 1, 1951, Verna was the youngest of six children. Her first six years were spent on the Kane Dairy Farm, five miles east of Lethbridge. She moved with her parents to Calgary in 1957 where her father established Kane’s Motorcycle Shop. After grade 12 graduation Verna enrolled at the University of Calgary and that is where she met her husband. After completing her Degree in Computer Science, her career included working for the Federal Government, Calgary School Board as a Program Analyst, Interfaith Thrift Store Manager but finished her career of over 20 years with the BC Oil & Gas Commission, in Victoria and Kelowna. Her retirement came early when she was diagnosed with Cancer.
Verna was especially close to her family, travelling with her parents before she was married and in later years, made many visits to Priest Lake, Idaho, where her dad kept a boat on the Lake. Then, to Arizona when her parents acquired a Park Model in an RV Park in Apache Junction.
Verna was an avid collector all her life. Many will remember her turtle collection and her collection of anything of Royalty. As her husband had spent many years working with the Indigenous People, many artifacts made their way into their home, including 2 polar bear rugs.
Verna loved to decorate, whether it was at her place of work or in her home. Whatever the occasion, there would be streamers, banners or pictures. Just prior to her passing, her home was decorated for Easter, including her home made Ukrainian Easter eggs.
Although Verna and Greg had no children of their own, Verna was a special “Aunty” to her many nieces and nephews, always remembering to send them cards, for their birthday or Christmas, with a few dollars tucked inside the card.
Besides her husband, Greg, Verna is survived by her siblings. Laureen Tetzloff (nee Kane) of Lethbridge, AB, Glen & Brenda Kane (St. Albert, AB), Richard & Donna Kane (Calgary, AB) and Marilyn (nee Kane) & Allan Shea (Calgary, AB). She was predeceased by her oldest brother, Bob Kane Jr & his wife Arlene (Kelowna, BC).
She is also survived by her brother in law, Dennis Kazakoff & Joanne Bachynski (Calgary, AB). She was predeceased by Greg’s brother, Tim Kazakoff (Calgary, AB) and Greg’s parents, George & Nadia Kazakoff.
Verna is survived by Lethbridge families: Nephews: Doug Piekema (Sandy), Todd Piekema (Alison) & Evan Shea (Tanya Hodgson). Cousins: Lorne Coyle (Donna Karl) & Michael Golia (Beth). She was predeceased by two special Aunties: Helen (Zmurchyk) Coyle (Les) and Anne (Zmurchyk) Golia (Mike)
She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews, with special mention to Susan Kane, Byron Kane & Melody Geddes of Kelowna who were so supportive during her journey with Cancer. Also, special mention to her sister, Laureen, who was able to spend those last 5 weeks with her.
Following Verna’s wishes, she has been cremated, may she rest in peace and light, always.
A Celebration of Life for Verna will be held in Lethbridge, AB on August 17, 2024 and her final resting place will be Mountain View Cemetery.
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BROWN, Darrel Darrel Owen Brown Nov. 18 1943 – April 12, 2024 Darrel Owen Brown, born on November 18, 1943, in Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary due to complications following a heart attack.
Darrel was a dedicated machinist at CP Rail and retired at the young age of 57. After retiring, he enjoyed a second career driving a school bus alongside his beloved wife, Jeanne, who served as the attendant. He continued this role well into his 70s.
In retirement, Darrel cherished the open road, camping in his 5th wheel RV pulled by his diesel GMC. He was a regular at the Blackfoot Truck Stop, where he met with friends for weekly breakfasts. He was an active member of his RV club and loved his twice-weekly dinners at Dover Pizza.
Darrel was a committed member of the local Canadian Royal Canadian Legion Branch #286, where he served as the Sergeant at Arms until recently. He was passionate about his community and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.
Darrel is survived by his loving son Darren Brown; daughter-in-law Alexis Apps; and granddaughter Rowan Apps-Brown. He is also survived by his sisters: Marilyn Bailes, Sandy Thom, Karen Lindwall, and Cyndee Mandeville; and brothers: Colin Brown and Rick Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Brown, brother Bill Brown, and parents Morris and Lucille Brown.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, a Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery (1605 – 100 Street SE, Calgary) in the Garden of Memories at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service celebrating Darrel’s life, which will begin at 12:00 noon at The Royal Canadian Legion Jubilee Branch #286, #5, 1107 – 33 Street NE, Calgary.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Darrel’s memory to The Royal Canadian Legion. Jubilee Branch #286, #5, 1107 – 33 Street NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6T2.

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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ROBIN, Jean JEAN TAYLOR ROBIN 1927 – 2024 Jean Taylor (Black) Robin, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, died in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the age of 96 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 pm, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329, 15th AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival Society (#4B, 740 – 4 Ave. South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0N9) or to McKillop United Church (2329 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 0X5).
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GILCHRIST, Thomas “Tom” THOMAS ‘TOM’ GILCHRIST 1934 – 2024 Mr. Thomas ‘Tom’ Parker Gilchrist PEng, PAg, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Lois Gilchrist, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2024, at the age of 89 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 25, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., starting with lunch, in the Lakeview Salon, at the AGRI-FOOD HUB & TRADE CENTRE, 3401 Parkside Dr. South, Lethbridge. Program to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation (, 101 RancheHouse Rd, Cochrane, Alberta) or a charity of your choice.
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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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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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KLEIN, Bernard “Bernie” KLEIN BERNARD “BERNIE” KLEIN passed away in St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on April 17, 2024 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Leask, Saskatchewan on June 11, 1935.
Bernie is survived by his loving wife Gerri; his son Tim (Marcella) and grandsons Paul (Alex Woelfle) and Mark; sister Lillian Nadeau and brothers Herb and Art Klein. He is also survived by Gerri’s children Neal (Suellen), Marlin (Darlene) and Vince (Dawn) Konynenbelt and Jolayne (Chris) Coe and their families as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary; his daughter Wendy Klein and her husband Paul Oevering; sister Helen George and brother Charles Klein as well as his parents.
Dad was a generous provider to his family throughout his life and very giving to friends and neighbors. He had a passion for motorcycles and cars that spanned his lifetime. Dad worked in the trucking and freight delivery industries until his retirement on June 13, 1996. He very much enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons whom he loved dearly. His grandsons remember many special moments with Grampa, G or G-man – various special names given to him through the years. Dad was an impeccable dresser and was indeed the classic “sharp dressed man”! Dad was very handy and seemed able to accomplish whatever task he set his hand to and was a problem solver on many levels.
Bernie was blessed with 62 years with his first love, Mary, and was an excellent caregiver for her in her later years. In 2021 Bernie found love and companionship again and enjoyed 2 1/2 wonderful years with Gerri until his passing.
Dad was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by many. Rest well until we meet again!
We extend our sincere thanks to the many doctors and caregivers who have looked after Dad through his cancer journey and a special thank you to the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their excellent care of Dad during his last days.
A Private Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Donna Alm officiating. Following the service, Bernie will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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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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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 children: David and Jane (Ian) and special family friend Carla Schluchter.
His wife of 70 years, Joyce Sarsfield, passed away on April 18, 2024. 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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SIMMONS, Jack “Victor John” JACK (VICTOR JOHN) SIMMONS 1943 – 2024 Jack (Victor John) Simmons of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mary Simmons (Falconer), passed away after a lengthy illness at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the age of 81 years.
Jack was born in London, England during WWII. He came to Canada in January of 1945. His early years were spent on the family farm near Minto, Manitoba. When he was 12, the family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. After high school, Jack joined the military and travelled a bit before leaving it in 1963. In 1964, he met the love of his life, Mary Falconer. They married at Easter in 1965 and spent the next 59 years together.
Jack loved to make people laugh. From the soldier on the Mauritania when he got away from his Mum all the way to the staff at Saint Michael’s in his last days, laughter and joy were the emotions he liked to invoke. Many of his friends and family remember his laugh. His children found him by the sound of his laugh when they were in crowds.
In 1967, he rejoined the military and he and his young family travelled western Canada, expanding their horizons. In 1987, he retired from the military and rejoined civilian life. He and Mary returned to Lethbridge for their retirement years in 2003.
His accomplishments through the years included being an excellent husband, father and grandfather. According to his sisters, he was a pretty good brother. In his lifetime of service to others he was a soccer coach, a Legion president and during his retirement years in Lethbridge he volunteered with The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services, the thrift store and spent many hours working with the Christmas Kettles.
Besides his loving wife Mary, Jack is survived by his daughter Trudy Simmons; sons Victor (Michelle) Simmons and Trevor Simmons; grandsons Allan Simmons (Mal Bogdane) and Christopher Simmons; sisters Lyn Nishimura, Dayle Deal and Judy (Rob Jack) Leschasin.
He was predeceased by his parents Harper and Edith Simmons.
We would like to thank all the staff at Saint Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their loving care for Jack at the end of his life.
He has been promoted to Glory.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the SALVATION ARMY COMMUNITY CHURCH, 1302, 4 AVENUE SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Major Brian Beveridge, officiating. Lunch to follow at the church hall.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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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, Papa, Opa, 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 Krimhild, 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 Mama’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 Mama, 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, 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 Mama 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 him 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.
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WHITE QUILLS, Michael “Mikey” WHITE QUILLS MICHAEL “MIKEY” JONATHAN WHITE QUILLS passed away peacefully at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, on Monday, April 15, 2024.
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ABE, Barbara BARBARA ABE 1963 – 2024 Miss. Barbara (Barb) Abe of Lethbridge, passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer on Friday, April 12, 2024, at the age of 60 years.
She is survived by 2 sisters: Linda (Keith) Ransome and Elaine Davie (Abe); 1 brother, Duane Abe; 3 nephews: Matt Black (Jackie) and their children Kalex, Lakelyn and Willow; Kynan Ransome (Elyse) and their children Miya, Sonny, Presley and Everly; and Dylan Davie (Cindy); as well as best friend Gail and her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Delima and Noboru (Nobby) Abe.
Barb graduated from Coalhurst High School and later attended business school at Lethbridge College. She started work on April 8, 1986, at First Choice Credit Union as a Financial Service Representative. She was hardworking, dedicated, and loved by many members and staff. When not working she was a passionate volunteer, volleyball player, traveler and adventurer, often with her family and friends. She was looking forward to dancing in heaven and holding her cat, Joey.
Barb will be missed by her loved ones and relatives, and all whose lives that were touched by knowing her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m, on Friday, April 26, 2024, at WESTSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 480 MCMASTER BLVD W, Lethbidge, Alberta.
A private family interment will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre,
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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.
John was born in Glenwood, AB, on November 24, 1930, to John & Mary Hofer. He grew up at Felger Farms, south of Lethbridge. He married Rebecca Wipf on July 11, 1954, and they raised their family near Stirling, AB. John was a member of the Stirling Mennonite Church, and his greatest desire was to stay faithful to the Lord.
John enjoyed raising and training horses in his younger years. He was an avid woodworker and built many treasured pieces for family and friends. He also spent hours in fieldwork. John remained interested in life around him until the very end. His faith in God carried him throughout life and finally home to glory.
John is survived by his daughter Linda (Ron) Ulrich, his son Glen (Charlene) Hofer, his son Jonathan Hofer, and his son-in-law Allen (Mina) Hostetler, 12 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Jacob (Junia) Hofer, sister-in-law Mary Hofer, brother-in-law Dave Stahl, brother-in-law Tim Kubassek, and sister-in-law Mary Wipf.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca (Wipf) Hofer, his daughter Esther (Hofer) Hostetler, his sisters Marie Stahl and Sarah Kubassek, his brother Darius Hofer, infant twin brothers, and two grandchildren.
The family extends sincere thanks to daughter Linda, and the staff at both the Raymond Hospital and Buffalo Grace Manor, for their wonderful care of Dad/Grandpa. God bless all of you.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” Jude 24 & 25 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 H
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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