Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.
CHARLES NEIL JAMES MCKAY,
beloved husband of the late Clara McKay, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at the age of 93.
Charles was born in Birtle, Manitoba October 23, 1923 to Jim and Sylvia McKay, a baby brother for Mae and a big brother for Janet, Fred, Jim and Murray. Charlie is survived by his lifetime friend and soulmate Bertha Soderquist, his daughter Pat (Don) Humphreys and his daughter-in-law Betty (Bud, deceased) Johnson; his siblings, Mae (Les, deceased) Lewis, Janet (Dick,deceased) Dickout, Fred (Marg) McKay, Arlene (Jim, deceased) McKay, and Murray (Shirley) McKay
There are eight grandchildren, Jim (Loretta) Johnson, Sandra(Blair) Ogden, Alison (Mark) Morrison, Bill (Shannon) Johnson, Robin (Dan) Burbank, Gary Firth, Karen Cox and Craig (Sasha) Firth. Twenty great grandchildren and eleven great, great Grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife Clara Isabelle (Johnson), his son, Bud Johnson, his parents Jim and Sylvia McKay and one grandson Bradley Donald Burbank.
The Funeral Service was held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive S, Lethbridge, on Saturday January 28th at 11:00am. Friends are invited to meet with the family prior to the service from 10:00–10:45am.
July 3, 1933-January 24, 2017
Theodore (Ted, Moe) Elmer Haynes beloved husband of Sharon Frodsham of 59 years passed away peacefully on January 24th. His children Ted Jr. Haynes (deceased) (Laurie) of Bow Island, Randall Haynes (Lisa) of Magrath, and Sherri Swing (Mike) of Park City, UT. His siblings Vivian (Val) Little of St George, UT, Joyce (Keith) Densley of Mapleton, UT, Iris (David) Pauls of Taber, and Joan (deceased) (Leonard) Vaselenak of Coaldale. Ted and Sharon have 18 grandchildren (Todd and Levi Haynes) (deceased) and 11 great grandchildren
Ted was born in Taber, Alberta on July 3, 1933 to Theodore and Hazel Cook Haynes (deceased) and was the only boy of five children. Ted was raised and educated in Taber. He served an LDS mission in Australia where he was also able to proselyte by playing basketball for the “Mormon Yankees”. After he returned from his mission he married Sharon Frodsham from Cardston on August 14th, 1957 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He then attended BYU where he graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Education Administration. He started his teaching career at Provo High and then moved his family to Magrath where he taught high school and was Vice Principal for 27 years.
Ted was very active in his community serving as President of the Southern Alberta Athletic Association, various capacities in the ATA, active in local politics serving on town council and numerous committees. He participated in the campaigns of several federal and provincial officials.
Ted was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed playing, coaching, and supporting sports. He loved golf and was instrumental in the development of the Golf course in Magrath. He enjoyed many hours with his friends at the senior center.
He served in many LDS church capacities and has a strong testimony of Jesus Christ.
The Funeral service will be held at the Magrath Garden Place Church, 170 N Centre Street, on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00pm. Friends can meet with the family Friday from 7:00-8:00pm and Saturday from 12:45-1:45pm at the Magrath Garden Place Church. Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.
MARY JEAN WARNOCK (nee Griffiths) of Calgary passed from our world to be with God on January 4, 2017. She is survived by her cherished husband of 64 years Loren Warnock of Calgary, daughter Ann (Victor) Warnock-Matheron of Calgary, son Keith Warnock of Lethbridge, son Garth (Fay) Warnock of Vancouver, brothers George (Maxine) Griffiths of Lethbridge and Donald Griffiths of Medicine Hat, grandchildren Noelle, Will, Tara, Tyler, Kirsten, Reagan, Dayna, Shelby, Tayler and great-grandchildren Keith, Sumi and Maximo. Mary was predeceased by parents Jack and Hannah Griffiths, daughter Rose, sister Leatha and brothers John and Rodney.
Born in Lethbridge in 1928, Mary grew up on a grain and cattle ranch in antelope country of the Sweetgrass Hills south of the Milk River near Aden, not far from the Alberta-Montana border. She learned the tough, frugal and resourceful ways of her pioneer parents and excelled in school though she hated riding her horse who was “obstinate and smelled bad” to school. She chose a career path of health care, and went to Lethbridge where she studied at the Lethbridge Galt School of Nursing. In those days, this esteemed training was so highly regarded that they did not have enough room in the dormitory for her class to sleep leading them to proclaim that they would be prepared to sleep on the floor to make certain they could get the training they needed! In 1950 Mary was awarded the degree Registered Nurse and certified to practice. She joined an elite group of Galt Grads renowned for their competence, compassion, confidence and communication and, distinguished with the tribute “White Caps and Red Roses”. Mary honed her skills as a general duty nurse in Lethbridge-area hospitals.
She fell in love with her eventual life mate Loren Warnock of Iron Springs and, they were married in snowy January 1952. It is reputed that the innkeeper in the Crowsnest Pass, where they stayed on their wedding night, told Loren he could tell they were newlyweds because he could see the twinkle in Mary’s eyes. They settled into life on Loren’s irrigation farm. Mary was no ordinary woman. She became a mother of 4 children, and was always the academic guardian for their education, an exacting mother that jobs were well done with medical precision, and a trackside coach for her daughters’ notorious success in track and field. She maintained her nursing career with service in Picture Butte’s hospital and medical clinic and a surgical ambulatory clinic. Her career was distinguished by fierce resolve to deliver high standards of nursing care to her community. All could feel confident in the bedside care of this woman who was so tolerant and respectful of persons of all ages, genders and faiths.
Not even a blizzard stopped her from going to work providing the John Deere tractor could blaze a trail for her to get to the highway. We remember her when a medical emergency happened in her rural community as the resuscitator on her knees in the mud of the field tending the injured in the field, until the doctor arrived. In her “spare” time she drove the 3-ton truck to haul sugar beets from the farm to the local receiving station prompting her to ask the aghast beet dump attendants “Are you going to just stand there, or are you going to dump this thing?!” Her meals and baking were exceptional and legendary, those recipes since tucked securely among the family secrets. She and Loren hosted community card parties, turkey raffles and school field trips for children. Mary always welcomed her growing grandchildren with open arms, showing them the wholesome experience of growing up on a farm with lots of livestock. She loved Polka music, the western show Bonanza, and Guy Lombardo ringing in the New Year with his music.
Mary, with Loren, balanced their busy lives with winter trips to the warm climate of Nevada where they enjoyed poolside lounging, gambling and touring. They relished those southern freeways in the California desert eating fresh grapefruit and Crackling Oat Bran and a juicy barbeque steak. Mary retired from her life on the farm in 2006 and, she moved to Lethbridge where she and Loren enjoyed full time retirement for 7 years. Declining health led to her moving to retirement facilities and extended care living in Calgary where she could be close to daughters Ann and Rose. The cruel progression of arthritis constantly challenged her mobility and right to be pain free, but her indomitable spirit prevailed and she walked right up to the most recent year of her life. Most of all she could still reminisce about the high standards of nursing care of which she was a pioneer and she still had a broad grin on her face when the Blue Skirt Waltz or the Pennsylvania Polka was playing!
The Funeral Service will be held at McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, on Saturday January 14th at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Trevor Potter Officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association-Calgary Region, Suite 400 105-12th Ave S.E., Kahanoff Centre, Calgary T2G 1A1
Rodney Leroy Gibb of Magrath, Alberta passed away surrounded by his family on January 1, 2017. He was 63 years old.
Rod was survived by his wife, Sharon (Hough) Gibb, his children, Jayme (Lara) Gibb, Alisynn (Jason) Dickson, Missy (Ryan) Sharpe, KD (Brad) Wolsey and his 12 grandchildren and his mother Alice Gibb.
Rod was born November 26, 1953 in Whitehorse, Yukon. He spent his childhood in Cardston and Picture Butte with his 5 brothers. He settled in Cardston for his high school years and there he met Sharon, the love of his life.
Rod was married to Sharon and moved to Lethbridge to begin his career. He was trained as an automotive mechanic and worked at Short Stop Auto before becoming an automotive mechanics instructor at the Lethbridge College. Rod was involved in the Magrath Town Council and church service.
Rod was well known for his sense of humour and practical jokes.He was quick to make a joke and even quicker to give service. He was well known and loved through out the community because of the service he gave.
The funeral service will be held Saturday January 7th, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE, 21 East 1 Ave S, Magrath.
Friends are invited to meet with the family Friday January 6th from 7:00-8:00pm at the MAGRATH STAKE CENTRE or prior to the service on Saturday from 1:00-1:45pm.
Always in our hearts
Corinne Faye Archibald (nee Zuehlke)
Corinne was born in Lethbridge Alberta on July 12, 1949 to George and Mabel Zuehlke. She grew up in Warner, AB with her siblings Ross, Garnette, and Armand and graduated from Warner High School. Following high school, in 1967 she met Bruce Archibald through mutual friends and they were married the following year. They had 4 children, who have all married and have families of their own. Left to mourn her loss are her children and grandchildren, Earl (Melody) Archibald – Korey, Ryan and Haley; Warren (Jennifer) Archibald – Anastasia and Caitlyn; Coral (Peter) Wigand – Zachary, Rylee, and Evan; Bruce James (Patricia) Archibald – Claira and Grayson. Over the years, Bruce and Corinne called many communities in Southern Alberta their home, including Lethbridge, Taber, Calgary, and Coaldale. Following Bruce’s passing in 2015, Corinne returned to Lethbridge where she successfully established new social networks and enjoyed the many groups she spent time with, including McKillop United Church, the Lethbridge Legion, and several card and shuffle board groups. Above all, the most important thing to Corinne was her family. She was very proud of and cherished her 4 children, their spouses, and her 10 grandchildren, whom she loved spending time with. Corinne is best remembered for her great cooking, her giving and hospitable nature, and her love of fun and laughter. She will be greatly missed by so many people who called her friend, sister, mother, and grandma.
Corinne was called home suddenly on December 4, 2016. Her family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughtful expressions of love and kindness by relatives and friends during this time of loss and bereavement. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Corinne’s memory to the Secret Santa for Seniors program at London Drugs, or online at: http://living.agecare.ca/a-christmas-to-remember
GEORGE ROBERT HARKER, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Saturday November 19th, 2016 at the age of 79.
George was born on Oct 2nd 1937 and raised in Magrath. He was educated at Ricks College and BYU. George was married to Celia (Carley) in 1961. He spent his career working in Edmonton and Calgary in various government positions and finished his career as a Director with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
George was predeceased by his parents Nephi Clyne Harker, Alice Larene (Clifton) Harker, and his sister Karen (Arnold). He is survived by his siblings LaRene (Norris) Jackson, Marvin (Marion), Merlin, Jean (Fred) Hayner, and Roy (Kathy). George leaves behind his wife Celia (Carley) and his five sons, Zane, Quinn (Kristen), Nathan, Cory (Kristin), and Levi (Becky).
George retired to Magrath in 2000 and spent the rest of his life as a committed member of the community, with particular interest in the Magrath Museum in preserving the history of Magrath.
The funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel, 170 North Center Street, Magrath, on Saturday November 26, 2016 at 11:00 am.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Church, Friday, November 25, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm or prior to the funeral service on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the church.
In lieu of flowers George would have appreciated a donation to the Magrath museum.
MICHAEL SZNERCH, beloved husband of Irene Sznerch, of Lethbridge passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday November 6, 2016 at the age of 95 years.
Besides his loving wife Irene, Michael is survived by his son, Kaz (Betty) Sznerch and his daughter, Grazyna (Chris) Kolodziej, his grandchildren, Jeff (Cindy) Sznerch, Michelle (Justin) Dormer, Shannon (Jorn) Lawson, Darren (Christina) Sznerch, Andrea (Michael) Salmon, Ryan Kolodziej, and 9 great grandchildren.
Michael was born in Tomaszow, Lubelski, Poland on July 5, 1921 to Henry and Rozalia. He was the youngest of seven children and was predeceased by his parents and siblings.
At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Polish army and was trained as a Medic. He was sent to the front line and while under fire treated and moved wounded soldiers out of the war zone. Later, he was a nursing supervisor at a military hospital and assisted doctors during surgery.
Michael met mom at a birthday party in Krakow, Poland and after corresponding through mail, they were married on November 24 1946. In 1961 they immigrated to Canada with their two children. After working in construction and other jobs, he studied and passed his exam to become a nurse’s assistant. He was employed by St. Michael s Hospital for twenty-one years.
Michael belonged to Canadian Polish Association and the Knights of Columbus. He loved gardening, grafting fruit trees, raising pigeons and playing the violin. As a young boy he made his own violin and taught himself how to play. He loved having the family over for dinner and would help mom make perogies and cabbage rolls. He was very proud of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Dziadzius” _thank you for your love and generosity, strong work ethic, your sense of humour and ability to make us laugh, and your unwavering faith in God and your fierce determination to live.
A Prayer Service will be held at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME 433 Stubb Ross Road South Lethbridge (entrance to the airport), on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M., with Len and Sandy Whyte officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Friday, November 18th at 11:00 A.M., with Father Lukas Drapal as Celebrant. A private family interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Box 2211, Lethbridge, Ab T1J 4K7.