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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 25, 2024.

FULLER, Michael MICHAEL FULLER 1958 – 2024 Mr. Michael Fuller of Lethbridge passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 21, 2024, at the age of 65 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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PAVKA, Miles Miles Pavka 1937 – 2024 Miles Charlie Pavka, beloved husband of Janice Pavka, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. A private committal service will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Those who are unable to attend and wish to view the service online may do so by visiting Miles obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. Barring any technical difficulties, the livestream will begin at 11:00 A.M.
Left to mourn is his wife Janice Pavka (née Marriott) whom he was married to for fifty one years; daughter Victoria (Douglas) Arndt of Lethbridge; son Mark Pavka (Brenda Irwin) of Calgary; daughter-in-law Stacey Pavka of Lethbridge. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Colter Pavka, Carson Pavka, Mackenzie Arndt, Mykaela Pavka and Camryn Arndt; nieces and nephews Ann (Jerry) Baron Bob (Joanne) Kubik, Richard Pavka, Kathy Pavka, Stacey (Glenda) Marriott, Lawrence (Karen) Marriott, Donna Williams, Rick (Eileen) Marriott and their families as well as and many friends.
He was predeceased by son Brian Pavka in 2017; parents John and Katerina (née Tomecek) Pavka who immigrated to Canada in 1927; brother John Pavka Jr.; sister Mark Kubik.
Miles was born in Lethbridge June 4, 1937 at the Galt Hospital to John and Katerina Pavka.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Miles name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

JONES, Marion MARION JEAN JONES 1949 – 2024 Marion Jean Jones was born on April 17, 1949, in Vulcan, Alberta to Ellwood and Dorothy (Levers) Myers. Growing up in Vulcan, Alberta, she met her future husband Wendel Jones during a high school dance. The two struck up a conversation and continued to see each other after high school was done. After her graduation, Marion moved to Calgary to attend legal secretary school and was soon working for a law firm in Calgary.
During this time, Wendel and Marion got married on July 12, 1968, in her hometown of Vulcan, Alberta. The two of them were only 19 years old at the time.
Three years later in 1971, Marion and Wendel had their first son Bradley Lloyd. Jeffrey Scott, their second child came three years later, followed two years later by the birth of their daughter, Heather Jean. Marion embraced her new role of homemaker, perfecting her skills as an amazing cook for the Jones family. In addition to doing all the cooking, Marion sewed all the clothes her children wore and kept an immaculately clean home.
Her small family continued to live in Calgary until 1978 when Wendel transferred in AGT to the Lethbridge office. Marion embraced the change to a smaller city and provided a loving home for Wendel and her three children. Lethbridge was a welcome change that she has called home since then.
Marion loved to read, sew, cook, crochet, play bingo, and watch British murder mysteries. She loved her family and looked forward to playing bingo with her daughter Heather and daughter in-law Lee Jones weekly. Marion always spoke her mind and didn’t leave anyone guessing what she was thinking, welcomely honest to a fault. Seemingly having a hard shell, her softness and caring had no limits.
Suffering from lifelong health concerns, Marion always was optimistic in her faith and love of God and was often heard saying, “The question shouldn’t be Why me, but rather, Why not me?”. Her strong will and spirit continued even during her recent treatments where she was an inspiration to all of us.
Above all else, Marion cherished her husband of 56 years, Wendel. She will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to be loved by her.
She was predeceased by her father Ellwood Myers, her mother Dorothy Myers (Levers), her brother Lloyd Myers, and her brother Stuart Myers. She is survived by her husband Wendel Jones, her sons Brad Jones (Lee), Jeff Jones, her daughter Heather Challenger, grandchildren Scarlett Jones, Andrew Jones, Jacob Challenger, Sam Challenger, Em Hunt and Ethan Hunt.
Marion will be privately remembered by her family. The family thanks Martin Brother’s Funeral Chapel for their kindness, care and compassion.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
KOWAL, Ralph KOWAL Leaving a hole larger than his big personality; RALPH ALLEN KOWAL, husband to Darlene, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, June 14th,2024 at the age of 65 years.
Join us for a celebration of Ralph’s life at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32nd Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, June 25th, 2024 at 1:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be warmly welcomed to the Ronald McDonald House, Calgary (rmhcalberta.org).

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HOLBERTON, Isabella HOLBERTON It is with heaviest of hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of ISABELLA ROSA MAINZER HOLBERTON, aka “Izzy” or “Chick” of Lethbridge, AB, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at the age of 73 years, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Isabella will lovingly be embraced by her father William Leslie Holberton; mother Elizabeth Mable Mildred Harrison; stepfather Colin Preece; sisters, Hazel Ulvestad and Georgia Ajtai; twin brother Thomas Holberton (who loved to point out he was 15 minutes older); and granddaughter Brianna Wiskerke. Isabella sadly leaves to mourn her passing, her son Sean (Amanda) Mainzer; daughter Tammy (Trevor) Millward; grandchildren, Devin Millward (Courtney Galenzoski), Nash Millward (Kirby Stevenson), Triston McMillan (Rachel Vavrik), Cloe Millward (Randy Teeple), and Jada and Addison Mainzer; great-grandchildren, Axton, Huxton, Hartlen Millward and Ledger Lowry; and sister-in-law Kathy Holberton of Edmonton, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Isabella dedicated her life to her family and friends, and absolute love of helping others as a Health Care Aide. She loved swimming competitively in her youth alongside her siblings. Mom had a deep passion for the sport of hockey and was known for her unwavering love of her team, the Calgary Flames, and for the game.
Special thanks to Mary Bartell for being the best conversationalist and entertainer to Mom, Sean and Tammy, for the hours of stories and laughter in our time of need.
At Mom’s request, a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Isabella, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca), Canadian Red Cross (redcross.ca) or charity of one’s choice.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
GULASH, Noella GULASH NOELLA EILEEN GULASH was born on February 3, 1955 in Redverse, Saskatchewan. She passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2024, surrounded by the love, laughter, and tears of the family that she so dearly loved and cherished.
Noella is the daughter of Syd and Eileen Banting; devoted and loving wife of Dave Gulash; loving mother to David (Shelley), Daniel, Clint (Lynn), and Brent (Sabrina); and loving grandmother to Dustin, Dylan, Gracelyn, Avery, and Stefan. Noella is also a beloved sister to Rick (Brenda), Tim (Sharon), Robin (Carolyn), Dave (Bobbi), Wanda (Ron) and Mark (Elke).
She was predeceased by her father Syd Banting, brother Robin Banting, and nephew Harley Banting.
Noella had a deep love for her family and friends. She loved to laugh and to tell jokes and funny stories. She was dearly loved and cherished and will be missed by us all.
She was especially grateful for her loving and devoted husband of over 26 years, Dave Gulash.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca)

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
LENON, Patrick LENON PATRICK LENON, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at the age of 84 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Teresa Hanlon officiating. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Patrick’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Flowers are gratefully accepted.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HARTMAN, Gerhardt HARTMAN GERHARDT HARTMAN, of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Patricia Hartman, passed away suddenly at home after a brief battle with cancer, on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the age of 83 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
WILCOX, John WILCOX JOHN BOYD WILCOX, beloved husband of Marietta Wilcox of Magrath, AB, passed away peacefully in Raymond, AB on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel, Magrath, AB on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m.
Friends may meet the family at the church on Saturday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Interment to follow at the Cardston Cemetery.
To Watch the Service Later or send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
GOUGHNOUR, Dean DEAN GOUGHNOUR 1937 – 2024 Mr. Dean Goughnour of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Maureen Goughnour, passed away suddenly at home, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Dean will be greatly missed by many friends, golf buddies and business associates that he has met over the years. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Besides his loving wife, Maureen Goughnour, Dean is survived by his brother; Rae Goughnour, and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Dean’s request, there will be no funeral, cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
KJELDGAARD, Dean KJELDGAARD DEAN KJELDGAARD passed away in Edmonton on June 24 at the age of 64 – beloved son of Dennis and (Melba, deceased) Kjeldgaard. Dean is survived by his wife Ana and daughter Bailey & Marq and family, son Taylor & Brianna and family, dad Dennis and Kathy, his brother Glenn & Sue and family, his sister Rhonda and Rich Sutter and family and his brother Cam.
Dean passed away after a hard battle over the past many years with multiple health issues.
He has donated his body to science in the hope that it will help someone down the road with health issues such as his.

FAIRHURST, Wiliam Russell “Russ” FAIRHURST WILLIAM RUSSELL “RUSS” FAIRHURST, of Coaldale, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday June 22, 2024 at the age of 94 years.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ELLERT, Dean ELLERT DEAN FRANKLIN ELLERT, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Diane Ellert, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the age of 73 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
COYNE, Loretta “Lorette” COYNE LORETTA “LORETTE” COYNE (nee Thiessen), of Coaldale, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the age of 90 years with Bob and Verne by her side.
She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Leonard Coyne in 2021 , her father Abram, mother Sara, brothers Rudy, Peter and Kerv.
Lorette will be lovingly remembered by her son Bob (Cathy); nephew Verne Thiessen (Donna); grandchildren: Chielse (Andrew), Josh and Shannon (David); and great-grandchildren Charlie and Amy.
Lorette is also survived by sisters-in-law Mildred Thiessen, LaVerne MacLaine and Julaine Coyne, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Lorette was born in Coaldale on May 8th, 1934 and lived her entire life in town. She was very proud of her Mennonite culture, history, traditions and large extended family.
Family Reunions, Celebrations and Holidays always brought her so much joy and happiness. She absolutely loved people and the opportunity to visit and share stories and meals. Quite often you would hear Lorette say “Come on down, I’ll buy you a coffee”. Her home had an opened door policy where all were welcomed, including cats! She always provided a wonderful home for her furry friends.
Lorette married Len Coyne on April 22nd, 1954 and lived in Coaldale. They were active members of the community, supporting various organizations and volunteering their time whenever needed. They formed strong and lasting friendships throughout the years. Together, they maintained and worked hard at the Rental Property Business that they started in 1964.
A feisty little lady, Lorette had a big heart and a caring spirit. She knew who she was and stood by her convictions. She faced all challenges in life with courage and strength.
Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 St. S., Lethbridge, on Thursday, June 27th, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 P.M.
A Graveside Service will be held at the COALDALE COMMUNITY CEMETERY on Friday, June 28th, at 10:00 A.M., where Loretta will be laid to rest beside her husband Len. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow at the Gem of the West Museum.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Gem of the West Museum (PO Box 343, Coaldale, AB. T1M 1M4

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
HIRSCHE, Bradley “Brad” HIRSCHE BRADLEY “BRAD” REED HIRSCHE, beloved son of Marion Hirsche and the late Reed Hirsche, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at the age of 53 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
WAMSTEEKER, Gerda GERDA WAMSTEEKER 1930 – 2024 Mrs. Gerda Wamsteeker of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Nick Wamsteeker, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village on Friday, June 21, 2024, at the age of 93 years.
Gerda will be privately remembered by her loving family.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.
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