1932 - 2007
MR. RONALD JOHN KOENEN, beloved husband of Mrs. Marilyn Koenen of Picture Butte, passed away at the Piyami Place, Picture Butte on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at the age of 75 years.
Besides his loving wife Marilyn, he is survived by his son Jack (Dianne) of Iron Springs and daughter Donna (Wayne) Nordin of Coaldale and grandchildren Eric, Danielle and Jillian Koenen and Brett and Summer Nordin, all of whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his sister Kay (Bob) Montgomery of Lethbridge, brothers Earl (Marge) Koenen of Red Deer and John (Sandy) Koenen of Picture Butte, sister-in-law Dorathy Watson of Avonlea, SK as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Jack & Florence Koenen and brother Ray Koenen and his wife Sharon.
Ron was born in Lethbridge on June 8, 1932 and lived on the family farm near Iron Springs until retiring to Picture Butte in 1992.
A Memorial Service will be held at TRINITY UNITED CHURCH, 528 Maple Crescent, Picture Butte on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert, LPM.
A private family Inurnment will precede the service at Huntsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Picture Butte Volunteer Fire Department, 120 – 4th Street North, Picture Butte, AB, T0K 1V0 or to the North County Health Foundation, 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.
1923 - 2007
MR. HENRY KOWALSKI passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the age of 84 years.
Henry is survived by his daughter Yola (Randy) Bloomberg; his grandchildren Kendra, Kassi and Kylar; his sister Jane Guzowski; his brothers Louie (Alice), Alex, and Joseph (Jadwiga); and Lucy (George) Hurst; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Michelle, sister Kathy, and brother Zennon.
Born in Poland on March 3, 1923, Henry immigrated to Canada with his family in 1950.
In 1962 he became a Journeyman Plasterer and later operated his own plastering and stuccoing business. He was hard working and always took pride in the work he did.
Henry always enjoyed the outdoors. On weekends he could usually be found by a lake in the mountains camping and fishing with family and friends. He also loved to spend countless hours in his greenhouse and garden nurturing his many flowers and vegetables.
Although Henry enjoyed many things in life his greatest pride and joy were his three grandchildren. Spending time with them always put an extra twinkle in his eye.
Henry will be sadly missed.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, October 1, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Raul Hernandez Celebrant.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Henry, those who wish may donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
BETTY JOYCE KARAPITA
MRS. BETTY JOYCE KARAPITA nee Carlson, beloved wife of Mr. Mervin “Red” Karapita of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Monday, August 20, 2007 at the age of 69 years.
Besides her loving husband of 42 years, Betty is survived by her children Dana Karapita of Claresholm and Kent Karapita of Claresholm. Betty is also survived by her sister-in-law Ann Carlson and her family Lorna (Lloyd) and Graeme (Tammy) and their daughter Kaylin, sister-in-law Sylvia (Bud) Moan and their family Warren, Pam and Kim, sister-in-law Iris Dixon and her son Alan as well as numerous other relatives in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ireland.
She was predeceased by her parents Ted and Lavinia Carlson and brother Gordon Carlson.
Born on July 23, 1938, Betty grew up in Champion. After school she attended the Galt School of Nursing and graduated in 1960. This was a special time for Betty as she became very close with her classmates, and they developed sister like relationships that have lasted and only gotten stronger over the last 47 years. After becoming a nurse, Betty spent a year working in Hawaii, she then returned to Alberta and moved to the Wetaskiwin area where she met and married Mervin “Red” in 1965. Betty and Red and their two sons moved to Lethbridge in 1988. For most of her career as a nurse she worked in home care. Betty loved people, and was always up for an adventure as long as she had someone to share it with. She loved to go walking and her favourite place was around Henderson Lake. Betty and her husband spent the last few years wintering in Parker, Arizona. Wherever Betty went she made friends as she sought to love people unconditionally.
She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Special thanks goes out to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, the Galt Class of 1960 and all the friends and family who offered support to Betty and her family.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Darrin Parkin officiating.
In memory of Betty, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
ALEXANDER THOMAS KOSHMAN
1914 - 2007
MR. ALEXANDER THOMAS KOSHMAN, beloved husband of Mrs. Kathleen Koshman, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre after a valiant battle with cancer on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the age of 93 years.
Alex is survived by 4 sons; Terry, Ken, Ed (Rose) and Chris (Peggy), daughter Jennifer (Sandy), his beloved grandchildren Jordan, Tanner, Ashley, Everly, Justin, Derrick and Stephanie as well as a great grandson William. Alex is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Alex was born in Hardieville in 1914 where he was raised and where he and his father had a water hauling company. He also worked in numerous coal mines in the area. Alex joined the army in 1942 where he served overseas in the medical corp. as a nurses orderly. He met and married his lovely wife in London and after the war he brought Kathleen home to Shaughnessy where he was the fire boss in the Shaughnessy mine. They later moved to Lethbridge where he worked for Canada Post. Upon his retirement Alex became an avid gardener and was admired for the beautiful geraniums he grew in his greenhouse.
Alex was a wonderful, caring person and his home was always open to both friends and family. In his younger years he played a mean harmonica and could yodel with the best of them. The last 10 months of his life was spent at the St. Michael’s Health Centre where he met new friends and cleaned up almost every week at bingo. He got great joy in giving his wife a new teddy bear each week.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Michael’s for their care, support and compassion for Alex as well as the family during such a trying time. You will always be in our hearts.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.
A private family Interment will precede the service.
1933 - 2009
JOHN (JACK) EDWIN LAWSON, beloved and loving husband of Patricia for 51 years and proud and loving father of Sharon, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital following a massive stroke on July 5, 2009 at the age of 75 years.
John was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba in 1933. After graduating from Shoal Lake Collegiate, he attended both the University of Manitoba and the University of Minnesota. As a young man he participated in many sports, his favorites being curling, baseball, and hockey. He also enjoyed bird hunting.
In 1957 he moved to the Experimental Farm at Onefour, near Manyberries, Alberta where he supervised research projects on beef cattle breeding. In 1958 he married Patricia Campbell, also from Shoal Lake. In 1964 they moved to Lethbridge, where John continued his research on selection and crossbreeding in beef cattle at the Lethbridge Research Station. John retired in 1988 after 31 years as a researcher, the last four years also as Head of the Livestock Sciences Section. For another six years he was employed as Executive Manager of the Canada/Alberta Livestock Research Trust. Later he spent two years writing a book on “75 Years of Research 1927-2002 Research Substation, Onefour”.
John is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Sharon, father-in-law George Campbell, sisters-in-law Shirley Lawson and Audrey Campbell, nieces Margaret Gagnon and Isobel Lawson, nephews Jim Lawson and Neil DeMaere and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Delmar and Lillian, his brother Arnold, and his mother-in-law Anne Campbell.
In accordance with John’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation will be followed by a family grave side service at a later date.
No flowers by request – if desired memorial donation may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 724 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 2T1.
ANNE LUMLEY, beloved friend, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the St. Michaels Health Center, on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the age of 74 years.
Anne loved her children unconditionally and “lived” to spend as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to gather at 1405 Waterton Road South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, July 2, 2009 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
GERALD THEODORE LUSCHINSKI, with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Jerry Luschinski on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the age of 58 years.
Jerry was predeceased by his father Ted Luschinski. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Shirley, son Mark (Roberta) and two grandchildren, his pride and joy; Mikayla and Kierra. He also leaves to mourn his passing, his mother Rose of Gimli, Manitoba, sisters Carol, Nancy and Susan (Glen) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends too numerous to mention.
All of us who loved Jerry knew him as a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Jerry loved and encouraged his son Mark in everything he wanted to do in his life. While growing up he watched Mark play hockey, golf, soccer and any type of sports he was interested in. Mark and his wife Roberta gave him the most precious two granddaughters who always made him laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. His second passion was golf. Everyone knew if he wasn’t with Shirley and his granddaughters he was on the course hitting golf balls. You will be sadly missed Jerry, by all of your family and friends.
A private Funeral Service will be held.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
JAMES LOW HORN
JAMES LOW HORN (Po’takssaoka’simm – ceremonial circle root), beloved father to Jimmy Lee, Blair, Charles and Chelsea; son of the late Jim and Mary Rose Low Horn, was call home by the Creator on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the age of 48 years.
A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 4:00P.M.
A Wake Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN CHAPEL, Moses Lake, AB, Sunday, April 26, 2009 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH on Monday, April 27, 2009, at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawell Andrasz, Celebrant.
Interment will be held at the Blood Band Cemetery.
ERNA ELIZA LARSON
1913 - 2009
ERNA ELIZA LARSON, beloved wife of the late Dr. Olaf Peter "OP" Larson, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the age of 95 years.
She is survived by her son, Arthur (Maggi) Larson; her daughter Caran (Clive) Langdon-Wilkins; her grandchildren Rayna Larson, Ted Larson, Melanie Langdon-Wilkins, and Natalie Langdon-Wilkins. She is also survived by her sister Nora Bergseth.
She was predeceased by her husband Olaf in 1979 and her brother Ludwig Satre in 1995.
Erna was born on June 24, 1913 in Lougheed, AB to Eric and Eliza Johnson. She was raised on a farm near Lougheed and later attended "Normal School" to obtain her teaching credentials. She was a school teacher in rural central Alberta for seven years before she married Olaf in 1938. Shortly after her marriage she moved with Olaf to Wetaskiwin, AB where he was a school principal. In keeping with the times, she became a "stay at home" wife and mother who was highly supportive of her husband and family. In the late 40's Olaf became a School Superintendent for the EID School District. After taking a year off in 1959 to complete his PhD in Education he became a Superintendent in Medicine Hat in 1960 and in Lethbridge in 1968. As a result, Erna resided with her family in Brooks, AB, Eugene Oregon, Medicine Hat, AB and Lethbridge, AB. Erna was a consummate wife, mother, homemaker, hostess and friend. She enjoyed entertaining, gardening, reading and painting. In Lethbridge, she was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she served on the Board of Directors and as a Sunday School Supervisor.
A Memorial Service will be held at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 – 11th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, March 27. 2009 at 11:00A.M., with Pastor Kevin Powell officiating.
A Private Family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.
In accordance with Erna’s wishes, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
1923 - 2009
MRS. HELEN LATURNUS, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 5, 2009 at the Coaldale Health Care Centre. She was the beloved wife of John Laturnus Sr. of Coaldale.
Helen was born August 30, 1923 in Nagyborzsony, Hungary. In 1930 she came with her mother and sister Liz to join her father, George Antal, in Raymond, AB. She married John Laturnus Sr. on July 2, 1946 in Lethbridge, AB. They resided in Coaldale 50 years of their married life.
Helen is survived by her 3 sons; John Jr. (Janice), Don (Alisa) and Jim (Karen) all of Coaldale, grandchildren Jason (Debbie) Laturnus, Jeremy (Amanda) Laturnus, Carisa (Ryan) Romans, Jackie (Brendan) Scholton, Paula (Colin) Chatfield, Kyle Laturnus, Devin Laturnus, Renae (Finance` Robbie Hale), 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 brother-in-law, 3 sister-in-laws.
She was predeceased by her mother, father, stepmother, mother and father-in-law, 5 brother-in-laws and 2 sister-in-laws.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Sunday February 8, 2009 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
A Memorial Service will be held at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18th Street, Coaldale, AB on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Rudy Heidebrecht officiating.
In Memory of Helen Laturnus, donations may be made to the Coaldale Health Care Centre Recreation Department, 2100 – 11th Street Coaldale, T1M 1L2.
MRS. ROBERTA (BERT) PAULINE LOMAS, beloved wife of the late G.W. (Web) Lomas of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the age of 87 years.
She is the loving mother of George (Shannon) of Lethbridge and Rod (Peggy) of Waterton Park. She is the cherished grandmother of Jennifer (Will), Chris, David (Mindy) and Amy Lomas and great grandmother to Trysten, Colbi, Trinity and Tylee. Bert will be missed and lovingly remembered by many family and dear friends.
In honor of Bert’s memory, memorial donations may be made to Lethbridge Parkinson’s Society, 1254 – 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB or a charity of one’s choice.
A Memorial Celebration will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 31, 2009 with Reverend Lois Punton officiating.