1926 - 2007
MRS. CATHERINE VICTORIA PARKER, beloved wife of the late Mr. Glen D. Parker of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at the age of 81 years.
She is survived by her sons; Greg (Lavina), Bob (Marilyn) and Jim (Lorelei) and grandchildren; Stephen, Sarah, Matthew, Michael, Stephanie and Stacey.
She was predeceased by her husband Glen in 2002 as well as 2 sisters and a brother.
Cathy was born in Hardieville on June 15, 1926 and later moved to Victoria with her family. She married Glen Parker on October 26, 1949 and moved back to Lethbridge. Together they farmed in the Broxburn Road and Pincher Creek areas for over 40 years.
Catherine also worked for Alberta Environment and retired in 1987. Her greatest joy was cooking and visiting with family and friends. She welcomed everyone into her home and loved to laugh, dance and play the piano. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Peter Coyne officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Catherine, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.
1920 - 2007
BEATRICE GRACE PONECH, beloved wife of the late William (Bill) Ponech of Lethbridge, was born January 27, 1920 and passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on October 17, 2007 at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Besides her two children, William (Bill) of Lethbridge and Ronald of Calgary, Grace is survived by two sisters, Corrine Dunn (Mac) of Red Deer and Myrtle McNaughton of Burnaby BC. She is also survived by her grandchildren William (Sherri) and Susan (Dan) both of Lethbridge, and their children, Grace’s great grandchildren, Grady and Myles. She is also survived by step-grandchildren Cory and Lori Hall of Calgary and their children Darby and Triston. Grace is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Grace was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband. She was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers: Marguerite Beaumont (Ron), Hazel Simpson (Jack), Florence Roth (Walter), Edith, Raeman (Dan) McColl and Edward (Ted) McColl.
Grace was a boundlessly generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was ever a voracious reader and a true seeker of knowledge and comprehension of history, people, politics and global affairs. She was exceptionally self-reliant and courageous in life and in her battle with cancer. She now rejoins her beloved husband, but will be dearly missed by her adoring family and friends.
At Mom’s request there will be no funeral service but a small private service will be held at a later date.
In Grace’s memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317- 10 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2M7.
THOMAS GEORGE ROTH
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Tom Roth passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on March 15th, 2009, comforted by the presence of his family, after a brief stay at the Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge.
Tom was predeceased by his first wife of 49 years, Clementine, and his wife of 13 years, Marjorie.
Tom’s life is treasured by his family, his four children, Arlene (Eileen McIntyre) Roth, Terry (Sheila) Roth, Dianne (Colin) Beattie, and Blair (Jan) Roth, his ten grandchildren: Sherri Corazza, Stacey Czibere, Jason Coyle; Tim, Erin and Courtney Roth; Sean, Clint and Mike Beattie; and Nathan Roth, as well as nine great-grandchildren, Travis and Tyler Corazza; Dianne Coyle; Emily, Connor, Sydney and Madison Czibere; Ragan Roth, and Prestyn Beattie. Tom’s legacy of love and friendship extends to his numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom, the last of a generation, the tenth and youngest child of Jacob and Margaret Roth, was born on the original homestead south of Bow Island, and farmed there for more than fifty years. After retirement to Lethbridge in 1988, Tom continued an active life in his garden, his carpentry workshop, and with his church community through the Knights of Columbus and seniors groups.
A warm, humble, thoughtful man, Tom’s integrity and quiet strength remain a model for his family and friends.
A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, March 20th, at 8:30 P.M. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2405 12 Avenue, S, Lethbridge.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Tom on Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Tim Boyle presiding. Interment will follow at the Mount Calvary section of Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Tom, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 10th Street S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2H1.
PHYLLIS DELPHINE RIEHL “Del Riehl” “Grandma Del”, born June 27, 1933, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia on Monday, March 16, 2009 in Lethbridge AB, 75 years young.
She leaves behind the love of her life, sweethearts since they were 19, Glenn Riehl, husband of 56 years. Del leaves to mourn her passing, one daughter Barbara (Bob) Cole of Lethbridge, one son David (Susan) Riehl of Lethbridge, granddaughters Lindsay (Scott) Kornelson of Lethbridge, and Cyndi (Jeff) Logelin of Strathmore, and grandsons Kelly (Carly) Riehl of Grande Prairie, Jordan Napper (Teri Vander Heyden), Dustin Napper (Alison Riegle), Loran Napper of Lethbridge and John Adam Ziolkowski of Ontario. She also leaves behind one brother Ivan (Bev) Hopp of Prince George BC, sisters-in-law and families of Jeanette & Charlie Miner of Drayton Valley, Rose & Gordon Hawley of Calgary, Laura Gorzitza of Vulcan and brother-in-law Bill Romanchuk of Lethbridge, her favourite aunt Bertha Sherring of Lethbridge, aunt Vi Travalia and uncle Art Valin of Lethbridge, as well as special friends Tom Shiels, with whom she spent half her life playing music, Mavis Steward, Art & Carol Ann Bedster, Sharon & Bill Treber, George & Ann Gorzitza, Verna & Al Hawley, Hans & Carol Isele, Linda Sackman and neighbor Shirley Beach, along with many other friends and family.
Del was predeceased by her father Ted Hopp of Edmonton in 1971, her mother Helga (Hopp) Rose of Hope BC in 1981, parents-in-law Dave & Mary Riehl, sister-in law Bernice Romanchuk, brother-in-law Walter Gorzitza, nephew Darrell Gorzitza and best friend Mary Ann Shiels.
Del & Glenn worked together to build Riehl Excavating Ltd., better known as Draco Excavating. They loved to camp and she always had her accordion close to her. They retired during the late 1970’s to spend winters in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and summers in their motorhome, enjoying over 40 years camping at Gold Creek with many friends and family who returned year after year. She was self-taught and managed to play many instruments – accordion, keyboards, guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles - if it made music she had to have it. Del truly loved music, and enjoyed playing bluegrass wherever she was, with many special friends including Noel, Jenss and the LSCO Thursday night jam sessions. In Hawaii she met her uke partner Kurt Lindner and Carl & Judy McClusky, Kona Bob who taught her to play slack key, her uke teacher Willie Pereira and her class at the KTA, closest friends Pat Neerdaels of Wisconsin, Jo Albinati of Grande Prairie, Leabert Lindsay of Kona and many others, too numerous to mention for fear of excluding someone.
Funeral services will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West (continue south on University Drive) in Lethbridge, on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown Officiating.
Interment to follow the reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lethbridge Regional Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5 or to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. W. Lethbridge, AB T1K 8E1.
C. JACK RACZ , beloved partner of Holly Tait of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at home on Monday, March 9, 2009 at the age of 59 years.
Besides his partner Holly, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberlee (Brett) and Karalee, five grandchildren, Kameron, Robyn, Braidon, Chance and Alysia. He is also survived by siblings Art (Kathryn), Bonnie (Adrian), Sherrie (Mike) and Tammie (Sheldon) and nieces and nephews; Jennifer, Chad, Kalman, Jackie, Anthony, Elliott, Amanda and Audra.
He was predeceased by a son Christopher, granddaughter Marina, grandson Drake, brothers Jerry, Fred, and Marlon, father Kalman Racz of Kipling, SK. , mother Beaulah Postnickoff of Blain Lake, SK.
A extra special thank you to Holly Tait and Dr. Mortimer and his wife, for without their friendship and devotion to Dad’s health, he could not have endured as long as he did. Thank you to all the health care professionals at the cancer clinic, home care and palliative care team. Also special thanks to all the family and friends who gave their support, love and care.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Wrentham at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Palliative Care Team and the Home Care Team, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.
MARION ROMANCHUK (nee PETERSEN)
June 26, 1939 – February 16, 2009
MRS. MARION JOAN ROMANCHUK, beloved wife of the late Andrew Romanchuk passed away after a long battle with breast cancer at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday February 16, 2009.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Jackie (Cam) Campbell and Joanne (Bernd) Stanke, as well as her precious grandchildren, Tory (Carley) Campbell, Jesse Campbell and Mackenzie Stanke and the latest addition a great grandson Dylan Campbell. Marion is also survived by her brother Ken (Lynne) and his family Michael (Tobey), Ken (Zanzara) and Jill (Murray) Larsen as well as her sister’s family of Heather (Gord) McDowall, Donna (Rick) Lussier and Darryl (Elaine) Harris. She was predeceased by a twin sister Mildred Harris, parents Mervin and Eunice Petersen and nephew Murray Petersen. She is survived and remembered by Andy’s loving family.
Marion worked for nine years in the banking industry and after taking five years off to raise her two daughters, joined the Campbell Clinic in Coaldale, where she worked for 27 years. The last 12 years were spent working for the Chinook Health Region as a medical transcriptionist where she worked up until the first week of January. In her younger years she enjoyed curling, which she still loved to watch on T.V. She always enjoyed music and was involved in whatever way she could as a participant or just as a viewer and listener.
Many thanks to all the wonderful family and friends who have been such a big part of her life.
A Memorial Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Cathy Coates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7, or St. Michaels Palliative Care Center 1400 - 9th Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.
1941 - 2009
MRS. Donna-Kae (Kae), beloved wife of Ernie Resler of Lethbridge, AB, passed at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre, on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the age of 67 years.
She is the loving mother of children, Dale Resler of Vancouver BC, Audra (Dave) Stinson of Coaldale, AB, and Derek (Tracy) Resler of Lethbridge, AB; her four grandchildren Courtney, Chrissy, Morgan and Alex; brothers Gary Krause, Bill Krause and sister Sharon Scheuerman.
She was predeceased by, her brother Jim Krause, her parents Donna and Alex Krause.
Donna-Kae was born in Provost, AB, September 25, 1941. She grew up in Edmonton and area where she met Ernie while they both worked for Imperial Lumber. They moved to Lethbridge in 1970 where Donna-Kae took an active role in her community as a Sunday School teacher, bookkeeper and friend to all that knew her. Although she suffered a stroke in 1981, she always had a great sense of humor, a quick wit and always made her family, friends, other patients and the nursing staff smile.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Michael’s Health Care Centre and the former St. Michael’s Rehabilitation Hospital for their years of dedicated care for Donna-Kae.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. W., Lethbridge, AB, Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.
In Memory of Donna-Kae, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1, or a charity of one’s choice.
Born: May 8, 1923 – Passed away: January 14, 2009
MRS. STANISLAWA ROZYCKI of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the age of 85 years.
Stacia was born in Dombrowa, Poland on May 8, 1923. In February 1940, she and her mother were sent to Siberia to a camp due to World War II. From there, they were sent to Teheran and Tanzania, Africa where she attended Agriculture School for three years and finally, onto Cornwall, England where they boarded a ship to Canada. While in Siberia through to Africa, Stacia corresponded for seven years with her future husband, Karol, whom she met through her brother, John, (via mail) while they fought for Polish forces under British command. Upon arriving to Lethbridge in February 26, 1949, she finally met Karol and was married. They lived through some difficult times: living in a small hut with no running water, losing her home to fire after insuring it just one day before, and finding a job but having no English speaking skills. In the early 50’s the family moved to their dream home which was kitty-corner from the Polish hall. Stacia happily resided there for 53 years until poor health forced her to move to a Lodge. Her passions in life were her daughter, son in law, their two sons, Corky dog and gardening.
Stacia is lovingly remembered by her only child, Teresa, and her husband, Edmond Rocheleau, and their two sons, Ryan Karol and Bradley James, her caring sister in law Lucy Malec and her family, Zenon (Deanna), Arthur (Sharon), Arlene (Peter) and their children.
Stacia was pre-deceased by her parents, Peter and Bronislawa Malec, her brother, John Malec, and infant sister, Jadwiga.
In Lieu of flowers please send your donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210d - 12a Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1.
A Memorial Service will be held at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Mr. Cliff Bogdan officiating. Interment of Stacia’s ashes to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear father, brother and Uncle Curtis Rabbit on Friday January 9, 2009 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge Alberta.
Left to carry on his legacy are children; Sheldon (Karen), John (Amelia), Barry, Carmen (Casey), Eldon, Franny, Celeste, and Kaylee; Grandchildren; Kobe, Tiarra and Hannah, Casey Jr.; Brothers and Sisters; Andrew (Michelina), Joseph (Monica), Michael (Lorraine), Robert (Hope Ann), Homer (Donna), Bruce (Trina), Brenda (Robert), Wayne and Norman, Aunt Myrna, Uncle Martin, nieces, nephews, and other relatives too numerous to mention.
Curtis leaves behind a legacy of hard work, caring, and unity. He was a down to earth human being, never setting out to make big promises to anyone but always giving of himself unselfishly. He proved himself very capable in all that he did.
Curtis was born in Cardston and raised in the community of Lavern on the Blood Reserve. Curtis received his education at St. Mary’s and in Cardston. Experiences at school and home reinforced the ethics of hard work. He was committed and dedicated to his job of 15 years at Blood Tribe Department of Health and another 10 years at St. Paul’s Treatment Center.
He was a caring and loving father endeavoring to always provide for his children for necessities of life, his brothers a helping hand and others quality time. Often one would witness the special way he interacted with his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was kind.
There will certainly be a void in the hearts of his teammates. Curtis played fastball with his sons, brothers and friends, forming the team “Lavern Blues”. His contributions as a catcher brought the team to many tournaments across Canada, to the podium as League Champions in Lethbridge, 1991 and in Calgary, 1999.
Curtis had a creative spirit that he shared with many as he played his guitar “Lucille” as he beautified his home landscaping, and as he designed and helped to build the new gym at St. Paul’s. His creative spirit outshined all others one Christmas when he won honors for his Christmas light display in Lavern. All of us who knew him are saddened by his passing.
We are comforted knowing that he leaves us in this world to join other family members gone before us; mom, Celina, 1981, dad, Joe, 1982, brother, James 2003 and others too numerous to mention.
A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 3:00 P.M.
A Wake Service will be held at SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve on Friday, January 16, 2009 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. and then continuing at the Residence. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawell Celebrant. Interment to follow at the Rabbit Family Plot.
NEVAEH RED CROW/WOLF CHILD
NEVAEH TARA LEE, beloved daughter of Rochelle and Brad of the Blood Reserve was taken into Jesus’ loving arms on December 26, 2008.
Besides her loving parents, Nevaeh is also survived by her sisters, Mackenzie and Jasmine; her brother Dustin; her maternal grandparents, Alfie and Theresa Red Crow and paternal grandparents Noreen Red Crow and Matthew Wells; and her great grandparents Florence Red Crow and Clarence (Emily) Red Crow and Harriet Wells. Nevaeh is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her great grandparents Sam and Elizabeth Wolf Child and Allan Sr. and Mary Red Crow.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Standoff.
MRS. GOLDIE-MAE ROSSLER, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at the age of 74 years.
Goldie-Mae is the loving mother of Stan (Sherry) Christensen of Coalhurst; Sheila-Mae (Ken) Balkwill of Calgary; Russelle “Rusty” (Glen) Watmough of Calgary. Goldie-Mae is survived by her two grandchildren, Christina Christensen of Coalhurst; and Logan Watmough of Calgary; and by her great grandchild, Lexah Christensen.
Goldie-Mae is also survived by her aunt Freda Kinniburgh and other extended family including Carey-Ann (Gene) Thomson and their children Bailey and Hunter; her nieces Cheryl (Phil) Young, Linda Foote and Melody (Ron) Lehman.
Goldie-Mae was predeceased by her husbands Russell W. Christensen and Manley Rossler; and her sister Elaine (John) Revak.
Goldie-Mae was a long time resident of Legion Arms in Lethbridge where she made many lasting friendships. She was also cared for and comforted by a great group of home care workers.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. with Reverend Frank Lewis officiating. Cremation.
In Memory of Goldie-Mae, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.