Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.

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LACZO, KHARISSA February 16, 2018


KHARISSA MARIE LACZO passed away suddenly on February 9, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta.

Kharissa was born on April 22/1990 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is survived by her sons Haiden Schalk, and Harlen Francis, her mother Kerri Wemple Laczo, Her brothers Taylor and Tyson Laczo, her auntie Jaime Thomas & husband Derek, her uncle Kevin Wemple, close cousin Amanda Helmer, close uncle Dave Person & Grandfather James Wemple. She was predeceased by her loving grandmother Karen Wemple.

Kharissa was loved by many and she loved her sons and family very much. She had many struggles throughout her life and in the end she lost her brave battle. Kharissa was a very cute girl who grew into a beautiful young woman. She was loyal like no other and would stand up for what she believed in. You are now one of God’s Angels watching over all of us. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her sons Haiden and Harlen.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 16th 2018 at 2:00 pm at SALMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME LTD, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport)




March 06, 1946 – February 07, 2018

SIGVALDI JAMES GUNNLAUGSON, Son of Brynjolfur (Ben) and Margaretta (Reta), was born in Holland, MB. He succumbed to his valiant battle with the evil that is Mesothelioma in Lethbridge, AB.

As a loving Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend to so many more, he lived his thrill-seeking life of numerous passions through a workman like effort.  No challenge was too heavy for his positive attitude while the adventures he sought carried with them his remarkably genuine smile.

To those that wish to share in the Celebration of His Life, you are invited to join in his day of honour on February 14, 2018 at 1:00p.m. at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH (2329 15th Ave S) in Lethbridge, AB.  Following the Service, a luncheon will be held at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club (3rd floor, 3401 Parkside Drive S)

“Jimmy G” would much prefer any good deed done in his honour instead of flowers or donations.




CHARLES LAWRENCE DUNMIRE, beloved husband for 36 years of Mary Dunmire and devoted dad of Billy and April Dunmire, passed away Wednesday January 17, 2018 at the age of 59 years.

Cherishing his memories are his brother Don Paterson, Uncle Gerald Dunmire and his family, and Mary’s family and friends.

He leaves his best friends John Hawkes, and “Flipper” Hofer to carry on fishing and sharing stories.

Once in Heaven, a joyous reunion was attended by all those who Charlie loved and arrived before him.

At Charlies request, no formal service will be held.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Stars Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7.


MAYNES, HELEN RUBY February 3, 2018


HELEN RUBY MAYNES (Auntie Helen), born June 23, 1941 in Calgary, AB to Alexander L. Maynes and Thora (Harding) Maynes, passed away peacefully January 15, 2018 joining her sisters Pamela and Alice and her parents. She is survived by her brother Earl (Joan) and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday February 3rd 2018 in the Stirling LDS chapel at 10:00 am.


TSUKISHIMA FUJIO (FUZZ) January 17, 2018



FUJIO (FUZZ) TSUKISHIMA, beloved husband of Yoshiko, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Fujio was born on November 18, 1931 in Sullivan, B.C.  In 1942 at the age of 10, the Tsukishima family was relocated to Stirling, Alberta.  They eventually ended up in Coaldale where he met his future wife Yoshiko, and started his own family.

He is survived by his loving wife Yoshiko, his children, Bryce, Anne Williams, Roy, Dean (Stacey) and granddaughters Lauren and Erica.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 between 7:00 and 8:00 pm at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Road S (entrance to the airport).

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at

In lieu of flowers and Koden donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211 Lethbridge AB, T1J 4K7.





Robert Fletcher Shore was born on June 23, 1929 in Calgary, Alberta and he passed away peacefully in his home in Lethbridge, Alberta on January 3, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Bob is survived by his loving wife Emerice Shore of 36 years, his children Keane, Janine, Evelyn, Bill (Cynthia), and Henry (Yvette).  Bob was a loving grandfather and enjoyed many hours with his grandchildren, Corey, Jeremy, Kimberly, Amy, Carter, Winsome, Ethan and Calder.

Predeceased by his first wife Violet Shore.

Bob was raised in Milo, Alberta and then in Calgary, Alberta. Bob loved gardening and had a large garden in his back yard and at a community garden. His large home yard boasts flowers, vegetables and trees, including oak, orange and desert trees from Arizona.  Bob Always said “As I grew up in a drought, my goal was always to try and grow something.”  Bob was a member of the lapidary club, a walking club, and entered the Midnight Run in Mayo, Yukon Territory and took the gold medal.  Bob had many interests over the years, such as reading, camping, love of nature, wood working, hiking, love of his dogs, travelling, archaeology (participating in many archaeological digs), presenting his pictures on slides with a detailed explanation of each one, historical society, and love of food.  Bob had a wonderful dry sense of humour, a quick wit and pleasant personality.  Bob always opened his home to friends and family. Bob was a friend to all and always was easy to talk to.  Bob always was eager to share his vast knowledge to anyone who would listen.

Bob volunteered at many organizations.  He was a cub leader for 15 years. A member of the Kiwanis Club helping with the Kiwanis Music Festival, a member of the executive for the School Plant Officers of Alberta, Chair position of the Chinook Stoke Club at the LSCO, a member of the executive of the Archaeological Society of Alberta (Lethbridge sector), a member of the executive of the Lethbridge Historical Society, a part of the Support Services Hospital Visiting Program, a volunteer at the Victorian Order of Nurses Daycare Centre in North Lethbridge, volunteered at the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen, and at the Lethbridge Handicapped Riding Assoc.

Bob came to Lethbridge with his family in 1952 to help establish a farm machinery company. Later he went to work for the Public School District in maintenance and ten years later moved to the University of Lethbridge as superintendent of buildings (Physical Plant Operations and Development) from 1969 to 1989.

Bob received the Alex Johnson Memorial Award of Merit with the Historical Society.  He also received Honorary Life time Member of the Archaeological Society of Alberta Lethbridge Centre.

Bob survived many years of ill health and fought a good fight and will now have the peace and health he so desired.  Our family has been so blessed to have him in our lives and hope to make him proud of the legacy he leaves.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish donations can be made to Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank.  1103 – 3 Ave, North Lethbridge. Or The Lethbridge Animal Shelter  2405 – 41st Street North  Lethbridge

Memorial Service details will be announced at a later date.


LEISTER IRENE January 13, 2018


IRENE LEISTER passed away January 3, 2018 at the Milk River Long Term Care. Irene was born at her grandmother’s home in Lethbridge, Alberta on January 26, 1920.  Most of her childhood was spent on the farm at 1-17, west of Milk River, Alberta.  She attended Garbutt Business College in Lethbridge and pursued a career as a bookkeeper for many years.  She was an avid homemaker and a very good “Hungarian” cook. She loved people and joined with her husband in socializing, traveling and ministering to many. Most of all she loved her family and would do anything for them.

Irene was predeceased by her husband John Leister and her son-in-law Del Jones.  She will be missed by her three daughters; Mary Ann Jones, Elizabeth Alger, Jean (Rob) Blake and her son Robert Leister. She will also be missed by seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 11.00 a.m. at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Coutts Chapel, Hwy 4 – 345 3rd ST W, Coutts, AB

Friends are welcome to meet with the family prior to the funeral service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

Interment to follow at the Milk River Cemetery.




JOSEPHINE FLEXHAUG, beloved wife of Vern Flexhaug, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 4, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

Memorial Service details to be announced at a later date.


OLER RALPH FROMM January 6, 2018


RALPH FROMM OLER passed away suddenly Monday January 1, 2018, in his 78th year. Survived by loving wife of 54 years Kathy. Children and grandchildren – Robert (Jackie) Oler of Lethbridge, {Eryka (Derrick) Alaric, Esther (Mark) Remington, Steven (Dakota) Oler, Daniel (Amanda) Oler},  – Karen (Dr. Todd) Olsen of Lethbridge, {Tehani (Skylar) Matthews, Jayce Olsen, Mackenzie Olsen, Justin Olsen}, –  Kandi (Richard) Russell of Magrath, {Brittany (Brandon)Knapp, Kennedy (Matt) Orr, Shelby (Taylor) Oberg, Maycee Russell, Porter Russell} – and Kristen (Dr. Darin) Brimhall of Henderson, NV, {Alexis (Torey) Ellis, Jon Brimhall, Ben Brimhall, Michael Brimhall, and Jacob Brimhall.} As well as 18 darling perfect Great Grandchildren that he was so proud of and loved so much: Henry, Summer, Eli, Maddox Alaric; Finn, Summer, Beau Remington; Simon Oler; Elliot Oler; Payton, Kaisley Matthews; Torger, Preston, Cutler, Austyn Knapp; Cooper “Ralph”, Crosby Orr; Olivia Ellis with two more arriving in 2018. Also surviving are his Sister Carol (Peter) Porkolab, Sister-in law Loretta Oler.

Predeceased by his parents, brother David Oler, Brother-in-law Larry Mulholland and Sister-in-law Elaine Mulholland.

Ralph was born 28 April, 1940 in Raymond, Alberta son of Delbert and Dora Oler. He loved Basketball and was a true “Comet”.  After High School he served a mission for his church in California.  Upon his return he married Kathy Mulholland of Claresholm in the Cardston Alberta Temple April 17, 1963.  They spent the next four years in Toronto where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree, and returned to practice Optometry in Lethbridge for 43 years, with offices in Lethbridge and Blairmore.  Ralph had many interests through the years – camping, fishing, woodworking, boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting, but his total favorite was Smallbore and High Power rifle shooting. He won many Provincial and National Championships throughout Canada and the US.  Ralph was proud to shoot a National NRA record in Pennsylvania.  He served as President of the Alberta Metallic Silhouette Association for many years, Member of the NRA and Silhouette Rifle Association of Canada. Ralph was always ready to help with anything and anyone at the shooting range, and happy to share his knowledge and experiences of shooting with family and friends.

In his 78 years Ralph served in many church callings – Teacher, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake Clerk, Ward Clerk, Temple ordinance worker, and many others – always ready to serve and share his knowledge of the gospel.  He had a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, and a pleasant personality.  He was a friend to all and a judge of no one. Honesty and integrity were only a few of his wonderful qualities.  Eleven years ago in December he survived a major heart attack, and was a two year colon cancer survivor. These last two years have been a tremendous struggle for him.  He has fought a good fight and will now have the peace and health he so desired.  Our family has been so blessed to have him in our lives, and hope to live to make him proud of the eternal legacy he leaves.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday January 6th, 2018, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Lethbridge Stake Centre – 28th St and Scenic Drive South, with Bishop Joshua Sherwood officiating.

Friends and family are welcome to meet with the family Friday January 5th 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Salmon & Sons Funeral Home – 433 Stubb Ross Road South (Airport entrance), or at the church, prior to the Service Saturday January 6th 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM.  There will be a private family interment prior to the Service at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.


ZAHOREJKO ALEX LYLE December 21, 2017


September 15, 1985  –   December 10, 2017

It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of ALEX LYLE ZAHOREJKO.

Alex will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed by; his children Lexa Zahorejko and Caleb Zahorejko; his parents Sandi (Randy) Nystrom and Stephen Zahorejko; his brothers Boe Zahorejko and Kile Zahorejko; his grandmother Sylvia Woodford; his nephews and niece Xavier Zahorejko, Venice Zahorejko, and Aryo Zahorejko; his companion Kirby Mills-GrosVentreBoy: he is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his loving grandmother (grandma with the sandals) Mary Villebrun in 2015 and great grandmother (Granny) Frances Caldwell in 1988.

Alex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 15, 1985. He lived in Lethbridge most of his life with the exception of living in Saskatoon, Sask and Calgary, Alberta for a short time. He was a kind, gentle, loving, generous soul who would do anything he could, to help anyone who needed it.  He was blessed with having two wonderful children whom he loved so much.  Lexa and Caleb were a gift to him and the loves of his life.

Alex loved country music as well as all music.  He loved to two-step and would take any opportunity available to dance up a storm.

Alex was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The way he loved people and helped people was a testament of his beliefs in the Church.  In Alex’s words: “Live, love, lift others and define yourself in Gods eyes as a loving human”.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 2410 – 28 St. S. Lethbridge, AB (next to the Enmax Centre) at 11:00am. Friends are welcome to pay their respects from 10 to 10:45am, prior to the service.


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