May 28th, 2024

Thursday, May 9, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 9, 2024.

COLLINS, Rhonda COLLINS Rhonda Maynard Collins (nee Boughton), age 105, beloved wife of the late Dr. Lorne Collins, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 3rd, 2024 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Rhonda was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on March 17, 1919. She had four siblings, Lorraine (deceased), John (deceased), Glenn (deceased), and Ardeth.
Rhonda graduated with her Medical Doctor degree from the University of Manitoba in 1943, cum laude, and was also presented with the Dr. Charlotte W. Ross Gold Medal, for the highest standing in obstetrics.
After the Second World War, Rhonda and Lorne moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta where they practiced medicine and raised their family. They had four children: Shelagh (George Torbiak) Stefan, Ruth Collins-Nakai, Elinor (Paul) Hobbs and Peter (Elizabeth) Collins; seven grandchildren, Sean, Rachel, Natasha, Joshua, Sunil, Erin and Monica; two great grand-children, Wesley and Sam; and many nieces and nephews.
Rhonda served on the local school board for nine years, was a member of the local library board for many years, and also served on the Board of Governors of the University of Lethbridge, from that University’s founding in 1967, until 1973, and thereafter on the University of Lethbridge Senate.
Rhonda was an elegant, graceful and beautiful woman; a fine mother; Pincher Creek and district’s “women’s doctor”; an advocate for the advancement of women; an avid reader; a musician (voice, piano and clarinet); a knitter; and a good friend to many.
There will be no public memorial service for Rhonda; the family will have a private remembrance for her, when her ashes will be interred at the Pincher Creek Cemetery alongside those of Lorne (who predeceased her in 2019). The family thanks the staff at Adaptacare Personal Care Homes – Cedar Creek for their kind and compassionate care of Rhonda in her final years.
Visit http://www.evergreenfh.ca to send condolences.
VARGA, Magda MAGDA VARGA 1941 – 2024 It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend, Magda Varga on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the age of 83 years.
A Celebration of Magda’s Life will be announced when completed.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
SMITH, Greg GREG SMITH 1962 – 2024 Greg Smith of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully after a long battle with his illness at Lee Crest Care Facility in Cardston, Alberta on May 4, 2024, at the age of 62 years.
Greg was born in Calgary and would eventually make his way to Lethbridge where he would meet and marry Leanne Jones, and together they would have two sons. Greg worked to earn himself a ticket as a heavy-duty mechanic, gaining the reputation as a trustworthy and knowledgeable person. He also served as the inspiration for his oldest son to become an industrial mechanic. He had a love for camping and fishing, and he could always be counted on to watch a hockey game, or have a chat over his favorite beer, Lucky.
Greg’s greatest pastimes were riding his Harley, Caliopy, and spending time with family and friends. To Greg, his friends were his family, but his greatest joy in life was his grandchildren, and once he became a grandpa, nobody in his world mattered more to him.
Greg is survived by his two sons Bryce (Kasi), Cole (Sophie); three grandchildren Niah, Emberly, Briggs; three brothers Bruce (Nancy), Darcy (Chantelle), Trevor (Dawn); sister Deb (Phil); two nieces Kennedy, Andie; as well as the mother of his children and close friend, Leanne.
“Ride Hard and Ride Free, Greg Smith” Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
WASELENAK, Nina NINA WASELENAK 1927-2024 Nina Waselenak, beloved wife, cherished mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 96 years of age, with her family by her side.
She is the loving mother of George – dec. (Linda) Waselenak, Marie (Ed) Gray, Holly (Bernie) Huizing, Victor – dec., and Katherine (Bill) Van Braak. As well as the loving grandmother to nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Nina is also survived by her nephew Igor (Lena) Gridin of Toronto.
She was born to parents Ivan and Maria Miroshnytschenko (Kremenchuk, Ukraine) joining older sister Pasha and then her younger sister Valia completed the family.
Despite the hardships she endured during the war years, she bravely came to Canada alone (1947), not knowing anyone in her new homeland. She and our father Michael met in Lethbridge and were married in 1948. They had 41 wonderful years together until his passing in 1989. In 1995 she married George Slemko of which their union was short lived with his passing a few years later.
Prayers will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 6:00-8:00pm at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13 St. N Lethbridge, Alberta. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Church, 643 – 12B Street N, in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
To send a message of condolence please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
EAKETT, Dagan Dagan Eakett 2002-2024 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our son and brother Dagan Lee Eakett, May 3, 2024 in Calgary at the age of 21.
Dagan was born September 9, 2002 in Lethbridge, Alberta and lived most of his young life in Raymond. He is the beloved son of Doug and Crystal Eakett and Mandy Kindt, and big brother and biggest tease to little Theo.
Dagan came into the world a chubby little bundle of joy! He was so loved by his parents. As a boy, he was incredibly friendly and loved to talk. He had a gift for connecting with people and brightened lives with his happy spirit.
He was passionate about sports, especially hockey, baseball and golf. Dagan started playing hockey as a young boy and was supposed to play in a tournament on the day of his death. He recently discovered a love of golf and loved to play with many friends and family. He had a keen mind, he could tell you facts about any hockey player, especially his beloved Edmonton Oilers. We will miss his animated conversations about hockey with his uncles.
Dagan attended school in Raymond and was active in the band program and track and field. He was especially good at shot put and discus throw. Following graduation Dagan worked at a couple of different jobs in Calgary before settling in at his job in the family business in Lethbridge. He was his dad’s right-hand man and looked forward to being a partner and owner in the years to come.
Dagan made friends easily and loved to get together at the basketball courts and sporting events. He had a wonderful group of friends who loved and supported Dagan and stood right by his side until the very end.
Nine months ago, Dagan met the love of his life, Kinae Wallis. His time was devoted to her, and they made many wonderful memories.
He will be remembered for his friendly way, his big hugs and his incredible laugh.
Dagan was so loved and will be missed by the love of his life Kinae Wallis and their baby to be born in December, his parents Doug and Crystal Eakett and Mandy Kindt, brother Theo Eakett, Grandparents Brian and Lori Eakett and Monte and Kate Kindt. As well he leaves to mourn his Great Grandma Anita Begieneman and Nana Jen Peterson, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and close friends. He was predeceased by his Uncle Steve Kindt and Great Grandparents who knew and loved him.
Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Stake Centre, 2 N 200 W on Friday, May 10th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and on Saturday May 11th, from 10:45 – 11:45 am. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm.
Live-stream will be available for the funeral service and a link will appear for access below this obituary 15 minutes before service time.
To share your condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca
SEKURA, Frank Frank Sekura 1945 – 2024 Frank John Sekura, beloved husband of Ann Sekura, passed away in Taber on Monday, May 6, 2024 at the age of 78 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:00 P.M.
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the prayer service online may do so by clicking on the livestream link that will be available on this page at 6:45 P.M. on Friday, May 10, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 10:00 A.M.
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the funeral mass online may do so by clicking on the livestream link that will be available on this page at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 10:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Frank is survived by his wife Ann; children Jason (Roxanne) Sekura of High River, Jim (Jodene) Sekura of Taber, Chris Sekura of Australia and Rob (Charlene) Sekura of High River; grandchildren Ethan, Gracyn and Emmit Sekura of High River; Ashley, Maddison and Blake Sekura of Australia; Paige Sekura of High River. He is also survived by his siblings Elizabeth Bandelow, Theresa (Don) Maxwell, Mary (Blair) Wagner and Virginia (Bud) Lewis as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank Sr. and Elizabeth Sekura; brother Joe Sekura; sister-in-law Mary Sekura; brother-in-law Karl Bandelow.
Frank was born and raised in Taber, spending his life farming east of town. After graduating from St. Mary’s School in 1963, Frank married Ann Leeb from Medicine Hat in 1969. Together, they raised four boys on their farm.
Frank had many interests. He enjoyed playing broomball and commercial hockey in his younger years. Later, he developed a passion for community theatre, acting and directing , even having a play he had written performed by the Taber Players theatre group. A significant moment for him was participating in the Drumheller Passion Play in 2016.
A devoted fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Frank often travelled with friends to games and Grey Cups. In his later years, he cherished conversations with his grandchildren and took great pride in their achievements.
Frank will be remembered for his hard work, love for his family, his compassionate nature in connecting with friends and providing support to those in need.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Frank’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca) or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

ROMANIUK, Platon ROMANIUK PLATON ROMANIUK, beloved son of Inna and Serhii, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, May 6, 2024 at the young age of 15 years, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Platon will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Serhii and Inna Romaniuk, siblings Vira and Sofiia, grandparents; and his loving and supporting girlfriend, Brynn; as well as many friends.
Platon attended Chinook High School, where he had many friends, and played in the school band. He loved guitar, playing chess and swimming. He was a lover of life, and was a courageous fighter through his battle with cancer.
Thank you for all of the support and visits he received from his friends.
A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB. Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Daniel Meinema officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Platon’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
McINTYRE, Edwin McINTYRE It is with great sadness the family EDWIN JOHN McINTYRE, of Lethbridge, announce his peaceful passing at St. Therese Villa, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
A Celebration of Edwin’s Life will be held at THIRD DAY CHURCH, #90, 550 WT Hill Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Dick Deweert officiating. The Celebration of Life will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Edwin’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Edwin will be laid to rest in the Saskatoon Cemetery at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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