1950 - 2008
PETER SCHWARZ, beloved husband of Marilyn Schwarz of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at the age of 57 years.
Besides his loving wife, Peter is survived by his daughter Kari (Tony) Davis of Cyprus, son Erik Schwarz of Lethbridge, grandchildren Teagan and Dylan, brothers Albert, Alex and Alvin, sisters Annie, Olga and Zena as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father August and mother Alvina.
Peter was born in Germany on April 29, 1950, immigrating with his family to farm in the Picture Butte area in 1951. By 1953 the family had grown and they moved to Lethbridge. He attended Bowman Elementary and Hamilton Jr. High School. In 1974 Peter and Marilyn were married on July 20. The same year he began working for Atco Gas, operating heavy equipment. The last 10 years he had been working as a meter reader out of the Fort Macleod agency.
Peter’s passion was riding his motorbike. He rarely gave up the opportunity to ride the open roads. Peter was an active member of Southern Alberta Bikers. He also loved camping and fishing with family and friends. Peter will be sadly missed by his family, numerous friends and co-workers.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
JOSEPHINE SNIDER (nee Boguski)
1917 - 2008
JOSEPHINE SNIDER passed away at the Good Samaritans, Park Meadows Village on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at the age of 90 years.
Josie was born in Lethbridge, May 15, 1917, to Adolf and Annie Boguski. In 1939 she married her loving husband Carroll Snider, who passed away in 1999. Josie will be lovingly missed by her children; Allan, Joan (Melvin) Nemecek, Glen (Jackie) and Faye (Brent) Kozak. Her eldest son George (Sherry) passed away in early January. Josie is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren who adored their kind and generous “Grandma”. Only one sister (Frances Vaselenak) and one brother (Tony Bogusky) remain of her siblings.
Josie and Carroll farmed in the Diamond City/Park Lake area before retiring to Lethbridge in 1973.
A Funeral Service will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.
Interment to follow at Archmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritans, Park Meadows Village, 1511 – 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 1W2.
FREDRICK SWEET GRASS
MR. FREDRICK SWEET GRASS passed away in Standoff on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the age of 61 years.
Fred is survived by his brother Arthur (Rosetta) Sweet Grass, sisters; Mary, Alfreda Sweet Grass, Catherine (Oliver) Russell, Rosabelle (Calvin) Day Chief, aunts Margaret (Andrew) Weasel Fat, Elsie (Herbert) First Rider and Isabelle Healy. He is also survived by his special nieces and nephews he raised as his own children and loved very much; Kelly, Troy (Gaylene), Jamie (Christine), Chrissy (Jono) and Tracy Sweet Grass and special great nieces and nephews Landon, Stetsun, Tylene and McKenzie Sweet Grass who were all like grandchildren to him, nieces and nephews Darren and Marlene Sweet Grass, Lori, Ace, Cade Sweet Grass, Robin Day Chief, Donna (Almer) Soldier, Colin, Lynn, Karen (Keith), Jackie Russell, Michael (Stephanie) Chief Body, Nichole (Andy) Many Fingers, Rose Marie, Doris (Dale), Connie (Calvert), Doreen (Randy) Sweet Grass as well as many other numerous great nieces and nephews.
Fred was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Eva (Eagle Bear) Sweet Grass, grandparents Jack and Agnes Eagle Bear, Mary Frank and Leonard Sweet Grass, brothers Wilfred Jr. (Tony) and Conrad Francis (Gordon) Sweet Grass, sisters Christine (Fred) Healy, Bertha Sweet Grass, niece Laura and nephew Clarence Sweet Grass.
Fred was known to many friends and family as “Bumsi”. Fred attended the St. Mary’s Residential School at age of 8 years until 15. After leaving school, Fred furthered his education at Drumheller Vocational School for one year. He later attended Fort McMurray and received his certificate for Heavy Equipment.
Fred worked for his uncle Stan Eagle Bear for many years on the farm as a ranch hand. He was a kind, gentle person who loved to joke around and visit with family and friends. He enjoyed taking walks around home and to Standoff. Fred was always there when he was needed and that was every day and he never hesitated when asked to help. He also enjoyed having his “slush”. Fred was loved and he loved everyone.
A Wake Service will be held at WHITE CALF CHAPEL, Standoff on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, Blood Reserve on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Pawel Andrasz officiating.
Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
Further gathering will take place at the Old Saipoyi School Gym.
SHARON SMITH passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at the age of 62 years.
Sharon is survived by her loving children; Kimberly Johnson, Dawn (John) Publow and Dale (Lesa) Johnson as well as grandchildren Bailee Johnson and Nicholas Publow and step-grandchildren Jason and Krystan Publow. She is also survived by sisters; Leona (Bruce) Duncan, Ardiste (Fred) Snell and Kathleen (Dan) Lacoursiere, brother Terrence (Eileen) McKee and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sharon was predeceased by her husband Marvin Smith and parents Frank and Marjorie McKee.
A Memorial Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.
LUCJAN JUREK STELMASZCZUK
MR. LUCJAN JUREK STELMASZCZUK (a.k.a. STANFORD) of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at the age of 54 years.
Graveside Services will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 11th Street and Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. with Major Brian Beveridge officiating.
We regret to announce the sudden passing of WILLIAM “BILL” STANKO on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at his daughter’s home in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 65 years.
He is survived by his daughter Candace (Trevor) Page, son Troy Stanko, and their half brother Shane, the mother of his children Faye, brothers George (Margaret), Mike (Janey) and Allan (Elsie), sister Julie (Ed) Lastuka, grandchildren; Craig and Tannis Page, Kelsey and Colton Stanko, extended family Darleen, Cindy, Steven, Jennifer, Lisa, Stevie, Chelby, Kayla as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Bill will also be sadly missed by his best friend and companion Yogi.
Bill was predeceased by his father George Stanko Sr. and Mother Mary Loretta Stanko.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 - 7 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
1914 - 2007
MR. KARL SZABO passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the age of 93 years.
Karl is survived by his children Helen of Lethbridge, Joe of Calgary, Zoltan (Caran) of Ontario and Leslie of Calgary, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother in Hungary.
He was predeceased by his wife Helen, son Karl and granddaughter Lydia.
Karl was born on April 26, 1914 in Hungary and came to Canada with his family in 1957 to escape the communist regime. He was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening and fishing. Karl had a unique sense of humour. He was a good provider for his family and always tried his very best. Karl was a loving husband who was faithful to his family. He will be sadly missed by all.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 10:30 A.M.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Karl, donations may be made to the St. Michael's Foundation, 1400 - 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.
1922 - 2007
MR. TONY SCHOEN JR., beloved husband of Mrs. Elra Schoen of Warner, passed away peacefully at the Milk River Long Term Care Centre on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at the age of 85 years.
He is survived by his children; Arlene Olson of Calgary, Diana Metzger of Elkford, B.C., Toni “Bunny” (Larry) Ambrose of Lake Isle, AB, Cyril (Jan) Schoen of Crossfield, AB, Kelly (Craig) Baceda of Lethbridge and Craig Schoen of Warner, grandchildren; Michele (Alan) Van Der Kooi, Cindy (Kevin) Petrie, Blaine (Joanne) Metzger, Rene Metzger, Todd (Erin) Schoen, Jamie Schoen and Tracy Enns and great grandchildren; Bradshaw, Shelby, Dakota and Evan.
Tony was predeceased by his father Anton, mother Eliza and grandson Chad Enns.
Tony, the eldest son of Anton and Eliza Schoen was born on March 6, 1922 in Chur, Switzerland. They moved to Canada in 1923 and eventually settled on a farm east of Warner where Tony attended the Watt’s School.
Tony farmed all his life, from working on neighboring farms to doing his own custom combining in Canada and the U.S. In 1948 he took over the Dale Hutchinson farm and also started purchasing his own land. Tony was often seen walking through his grain fields. He was involved in the Hub Feeders Feedlot built on the farm where his son Craig resides now.
He loved to walk as most Swiss people do. Fishing was his favorite sport, especially with his family. Throughout the years, there were many vacations taken in Waterton and Montana’s many glaciers where there was plenty of hiking and plenty of fish. He also loved boating where he took most of his children to water ski and of course taught them everything there was to know about fishing. Hunting was another favorite sport which Tony and Elra both participated in as well as some of his children. Later in life Tony and Elra both took up snow skiing which they enjoyed for some years.
Tony and Elra did a lot of travelling throughout the world. From as far north as Alaska to as far south as South America as well as many trips to Hawaii. They took in a farm tour of Europe which took in a stop to his homeland of Switzerland.
Tony especially loved his music, whether it was a Swiss lullaby or the sounds of Wilf Carter, Hank Snow or Charlie Pride.
Tony was a true family man. He loved unconditionally his wife, children and grandchildren. His brothers Joe and John were always close to him and a big part of his life. He departed this world with many fond memories of family and friends. Please remember his smile, his laugh and his over all love of life.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, December 13, 2007 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 413 – 3rd Street, Stirling on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 2:00 P.M.
Interment to follow at Archmount Cemetery, West Side Drive West (North of Burnco), Lethbridge.
In memory of Tony, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9.
MR. STANLEY KENNEDY SPROUL, beloved husband of Mrs. Elizabeth “Beth” Sproul, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, December 3, 2007 at the age of 85 years.
Stan was born in Martintown, Ontario and raised and educated in Winnipeg. After working in Winnipeg and Montreal he relocated to Lethbridge in 1967 as Refinery Manager for Canbra Foods.
He was a member of McKillop United Church and the Kiwanis Club. Stan was very active in the Masons and was Past Master and Secretary of York Lodge #119 (now North Star #4), a member of Scottish Rite and Concordant bodies, a member of the Royal Arch and Past Patron of Maple Leaf Chapter #7, OES.
Besides his wife Beth of 55 years, Stan is survived by his daughters Allison (Michael) Dixon of Winnipeg and Donna Brittner of Lethbridge, granddaughters Amanda (Rob) Lipsey of Calgary, Melissa (Brad) Gillam of Lethbridge and Amy Brittner (fiancé John Cadman) of Calgary and great grandchildren Madeleine Gillam and Jackson Lipsey.
Stan was predeceased by his parents Olive and Leslie Sproul, sister Margaret Shorten and brother Dr. Douglas Sproul.
A Celebration of Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington and Reverend Cathy Coates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McKillop United Church Memorial Fund, 2329 – 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 0X5 or to the Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund, 330 – 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 0H2.
MRS. CLARICE ELIZABETH SHORTLAND, beloved wife of the late Mr. William Shortland, passed away at the Lethbridge Extendicare on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at the age of 99 years.
She is survived by her son John (Mary) Shortland of Lethbridge, grandchildren Steven (Dorothy) White of Edmonton and Susan (Edward) Carroll of Virginia Beach, USA and great grandchildren Kris (Laurelie) White of Edmonton and Kerry (Graham) Bodner of Edmonton.
She was predeceased by her husband William in 1990.
Clarice was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, General Stewart Branch #4 as well as the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a life member of the Norbridge Seniors and enjoyed Bingo and friend Sandy. Every Friday enjoyed (and looked forward to) getting her hair done by her friend Gillian. Clarice lived in the Legion Arms from 1989 to April 2007 before moving to the Lethbridge Extendicare.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Larry Hankinson officiating.
In memory of Clarice, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3L7.
July 19, 1931 - November 20, 2007
LIONEL C. SINCENNES, beloved husband of Lauraine Sincennes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at the age of 76 years.
He is survived by his children, Rita (Argirios) Efthimiou, Conrad (Rhonda) Sincennes, Norman (Diane) Sincennes, Marie-Ann (David) Takeda and Jackie Slezina, grandchildren, Stella (Mike) Abdul-Hadi, Kosta, Frank Efthimiou, Crystal, Kevin Sincennes, Santina, Graysen Sincennes, Devin, Nikki, Brett Takeda, Tony and Austin Slezina, brothers & sisters Jeanne (Oliver) Peltier, Raymond, Delores (Leo) Wingerter, Noella (Scotty) Parks, Gerard (Marlene), Yvonne (Bob) Nelson, Alida (Dan) Genn, Beatrice Gibson and Roger.
He was predeceased by his parents, 4 infant children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
Lionel was born and raised in Val Marie, SK and married Lauraine Fiset on November 24, 1954. They moved to Alberta in 1956 where they raised their family. Lionel worked for many years as a welder and millwright until health problems forced him into early retirement. He had many passions including horses, auction sales, hunting, but his greatest pride was his family.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23rd Avenue, Coaldale on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Wilbert Chin Jon Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 - 7 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1, to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D – 12 “A” Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 438-10 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2C7.