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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 15, 2024.


KEN GABRUCK 1951 – 2024 Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Gabruck of Lethbridge passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at the age of 72 years.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, in the Grand Ballroom at the COAST LETHBRIDGE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Dive South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite sports team jersey, uniform or team colors.
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Beryl Layton 1938 – 2024 Beryl Louise Layton, beloved wife, cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away very peacefully in Lethbridge on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the age of 85 years, with Lynn, the love of her life of sixty seven and a half years, holding her hand and numerous family by her side.
A private Burial Service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Besides Lynn, she is survived by their three children Donna (Ron) Young, Perry (Helen) Layton and Michelle (Dean) Layton-Kronlund; eleven grandchildren Jonathan (Morgan) Hamilton, Sterling (Jamie) Hamilton, Graham (Rachele) Andersen, Evan (Michaella) Andersen, Joshua (Claire) Layton, Jordan (Jamie) Layton, Carolynn (Jean) Viau, Daniel (Larissa) Layton, Tony Zucco, Jesse Machacek, Jaxin Machacek and also twenty one great grandchildren.
Beryl was born in Kimberley, BC, moved to Medicine Hat, AB and then in grade ten, the family relocated to Barnwell, AB where Beryl’s mom Leona Payne took a teaching position.
Beryl and Lynn met on a school bus basketball trip and fate placed Lynn beside her. Lynn made a cheeky comment which resulted in a slap across his face and the rest is history.
Beryl enjoyed her employment at the Bank of Montreal, Taber Post Office, Taber Supermarket and at Pharmasave.
Beryl immensely enjoyed her family, friends, shopping and travel. She will be dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Beryl’s name may be made directly to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

HOHM, Mary

MARY YVONNE HOHM 1926 – 2024 Mary Yvonne Hohm of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Eric Hohm passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024, at the age of 98 years.
Mom was born on March 21, 1926, in Regina Saskatchewan and moved to Lethbridge in 1940 with her late mother and father Marion and Bert Turner who started the radio and television business Bert and Mac’s.
Mom met a wonderful man Eric Hohm in 1951 at the opening of St Mary Dam and decided he was the one for her and they were married in July 1952 and the beginning of a wonderful journey for the next 60 plus years.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Eric and son Gordon. She is survived by daughter Shari (Fern); son Roger (Fran); daughter in law Cathy; Grandchildren Mandy (Chris) Schlosser and their children Haven, Calla, Mason, and David (Nadine) Hohm; Grandchildren through marriage Shane (Willianne) Trotter and their children Kayla (Clint) Weston – children Kenna, Kader, Tyler, Brandon, Tiegan, Addison, Brody, Jodie (Rod) Narkaus, and Marlene Trotter.
Mom loved theater and speech arts and began a long and enjoyable career teaching Speech Arts in 1972, starting teaching from home, then from school in Magrath and Cardston, the Bowman Arts Centre, University of Lethbridge and finally the Conservatory of Speech at Lethbridge Community College. After more than 50 years, mom retired from teaching in 2014. Mom also enjoyed golfing, curling and the many days enjoying the beauty of the mountains at the cabin in Waterton Park.
Mom was an active member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and involved in many community organizations. Moms belief in God was her guiding light and she was a dedicated member of the United Church and was a lay Minister for the Southern Alberta Presbytery.
Mom loved to travel, enjoying visits to Europe, British Isles, Australia, Asia, and all across Canada from east to west and north to south. If she wasn’t going someplace, she was planning for the next adventure.
Thank you to the staff at Extendicare for your care and loving support of mom during her years living there.
A family gathering to celebrate moms life will be held at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stars Air Ambulance at
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GARRY HEINONEN 1960 – 2024 Mr. Garry Heinonen of Picture Butte, AB passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the age of 64 years.
Garry will be privately remembered by his loving family and friends.
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GODOY, Dudley

GODOY DUDLEY ASHLEY GODOY, of Raymond, beloved husband of Elizabeth del Aguila del Castillo De Godoy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Raymond Health Centre, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the age of 76 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at RAYMOND SENIOR’S CLUB, 55 East 100 North, Raymond, AB, on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.
Dudley will be laid to rest in Northern California Veterans Cemetery, in Redding.

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EWING, Melody “Mel”

EWING MELODY “MEL” ELAINE EWING, beloved wife of Jim Ewing, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by family, on Friday, February 2, 2024, at the age of 75 years.
Born and raised in Lethbridge, Mel graduated from WCHS in 1967. She briefly worked at Tastee Freez before starting at AGT as a Telephone Operator, then 611 Repair Clerk. In 1971, she married Jim, her beloved husband of 52 years. They had two children, Alison, and Ryan, and Mel briefly left the workforce. When the kids started school, Mel volunteered in the classroom, eventually becoming an LSD51 employee, first as a Teacher’s Assistant in the special ed room and kindergarten, and at retirement, a Speech and Language assistant. She spent most of her career at Nicholas Sheran School. Mel then worked part-time as a circuit coach at Curves until her full retirement in 2017.
Mel’s strength, kindness, and love for family and friends, earned her the respect and love of all who knew her. Although she endured chronic pain and many health issues in recent years, Mel always remained positive and put others needs first.
Family and friends were especially important to Mel. She looked forward to her weekly Sunday dinners, coffee or lunch with friends, and spending vacations, special occasions and Christmas with family, extended family, and friends.
Mel loved to cook and was always looking for new recipes. Homemade chocolates for Christmas, which began with a lesson in chocolate making with sister-in-law Sheran, became a 50-year tradition.
There are many special memories of family vacations to Kootenay Lake and Disneyland/Disneyworld and camping at Waterton, Beauvais Lake/Beaver Mines. Jim and Mel travelled to many places, but Mel’s true love was Costa Rica. For 18 years, a part of each winter was spent in Costa Rica, and Mel always looked forward to the next trip.
Mel is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Alison, son Ryan (Kali), grandkids Jordan (Jonny), and Ari, great grandchildren Kai and Luca, and little Pepper. She is also survived by her sister Rose (Clarence) Rhodes and their family, along with extended family – Sheran Leverick (George), Doug Aspeslet, Barry Ewing and numerous nephews and nieces.
Mel was pre-deceased by her parents Ralph and Hazel Lightizer, sister Gail, mother and father in-law Dorothy and Tom Ewing, brother-in-law Darryl Stuckey and sister-in-law Linda Aspeslet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choosing.
A Celebration of Mel’s life will be held at the ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 1511 St Edward Blvd North, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 1:00 P.M.

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WIRZBA, Margaret

MARGARET WIRZBA 1929 – 2024 Mrs. Margaret Wirzba of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Emil Wirzba, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the age of 95 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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OWEN MCLEOD 1975 – 2024 Mr. Owen McLeod of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Michelle McLeod, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the age of 49 years.
A Viewing will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Owen’s Life will be held at a later date.
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Please join us for a Celebration of life

in honour of 


July 20, 1960 – Nov 20, 2023

Saturday, May 18th, 2024 

at 10 am

Hillcrest Miners Club 22733 7th Ave, 

Hillcrest mines, AB

    Please come to honor, remember and celebrate the life of a beautiful soul who’s uplifting and positive personality impacted us all in ways that we will cherish and keep with us forever.

    Bring your stories, memories and experiences so that we can all share in the love and beauty she brought into our lives.

    Food, dessert and light refreshments will be served at noon.

     Please wear purple if you can, as a tribute to the colour she always added to every situation!

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