Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.
BILLIE ANNE SLAVICH was born in Skiff, Alberta January 6, 1923. She spent summers working in the restaurant at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton. She married Sonny in 1947. She worked for Sven Ericksens at the Marquis Hotel and the El Rancho and then finally for Sven Ericksens until she retired.
Billie will be missed by her daughter Karlyn (Jerry) Kanewischer, son Jim (Kelly) Slavich and her granddaughter Kim Magill, grandson Shelby Slavich as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, George and Lucy Perverziff, her husband Sonny, her daughter Sandra Bechtel, her brothers George, Peter, John and her sisters Helen and Marie.
Cremation has been entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.
EDGAR LAWRENCE HILL (TED) passed away peacefully on September 20, 2020 at the Alberta Rose Lodge in Lethbridge. He is predeceased by his father, Edgar Lawrence Hill (Larry) and mother Deloise Bennion Hill, his two sisters, Colleen Fink, and Joan Berkley Olsen and brother Robert (Bob) Bennion.
Ted was born on February 13, 1935 in Lethbridge, Alberta. His family spent most of their summers in Waterton with family and friends. The Vimy Vue was the family cabin and he was the 3rd generation to enjoy its views and charm.
He is survived by his 3 children: Fred (Yvonne) Hill, Dee Dee (Walter) Michel and Becky Hill, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
As the owner of Hill’s Pantry, he is fondly remembered for his ability to service most of the equipment he sold including Bosch bread makers. He could also make a tasty loaf of whole wheat bread.
He coached baseball and made life-long friends with many of the young men under his tutelage. He also spent many hours as an active supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.
Ted’s favorite past-times were fishing and telling fishing stories. He spent many hours looking for the best lure and the best fishing hole. His fishing skills meant that his family ate fish all summer long. He also loved to share his fishing poles and expertise with family and friends. He has a perpetual lease on the fishing holes in the lakes in Waterton.
He will forever be remembered for his big smile and friendly greetings. His door was always opened to welcome in strangers and friends alike.
No funeral service will be held at this time but there will be a gathering of family and friends in Waterton next summer to celebrate his life.
He will be cremated, and a plaque will be placed on the wall at the Waterton cemetery underneath the ones for his father and mother.
DOROTHY ANN PICKETT, beloved wife of Don Pickett, passed away in her home, surrounded by family, on September 16, 2020 at the age of 88 years. She will be lovingly remembered and forever in our hearts.
We express our heartfelt appreciation for the services provided by our health-care system, and to the dedicated workers who supported the family.
A Private Service will be held for friends and family.
Elizabeth Fedunec passed away in Lethbridge Alberta, on Wednesday September 9, 2020 at the age of 87 years.
A Private Service will be held in Castlegar British Columbia at a later date.
Isla Leylan Sonnenberg, daughter of Heather and Joe Sonnenberg, was born into the arms of Jesus on August 29, 2020 at 6:03 am. Isla weighed 6lbs 12.5 oz and was 47 cm long. Isla was loved so much by her Mommy and Daddy and had so many friends and family awaiting her birth, especially her big brothers Jeremiah and Drummond. She is also survived by her grandparents Laurel and Greig Sheppard, and Raeleen and Robert Sonnenberg and her Great Grandparents Bill Armerding and Erna Sonnenberg.
Isla was beautiful and Mommy and Daddy love her so much. Though our hearts are broken right now, we both look forward to the day when we will hold her again. We are comforted by the knowledge that she has been welcomed into heaven by many other friends and family members who have gone before, and especially her Auntie Melissa and her precious little friend Dawsyn.
We would like to thank the labour and delivery nurses and Dr. Button at the Hinton Healthcare Centre for their compassionate care during the hardest night of our lives. We are also so thankful for the outpouring of support and love from so many family and friends, it means the world to us right now.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre in memory of our precious little girl.
VERLA FLEXHAUG (HEGGIE)
July 24, 1943 – September 1, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Verla Rae Flexhaug (Heggie) wife of Monte Flexhaug. Verla passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 1, 2020 at the age of 77 years.
Verla was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta; she was number three of eight daughters to Dean and Georga Heggie. She has fond memories of her grandma Heggie and all the love and affection she gave. Verla later spent time working in Waterton where she made lifelong memories and met Betty who would become a great life-long friend.
Verla was the best mom, grandma and great grandma to all her girls. Her daughters have memories of their mom who seemed to be able to do it all, and was always such a strong support in their lives. Through the years she spent much of her time trying new hobbies; she enjoyed everything from knitting, needle work, quilting, ceramics and much more through the years.
She also enjoyed spending time in her garden. Her granddaughters fondly remember many special things about her including some of the more simple things such as time spent visiting with grandma after school.
She will be greatly missed by her husband Monte Flexhaug; daughter Cheree (Dale) Pickering and their children Kori (Jeff) Bezooyen and Danyel Pickering; daughter Suzanne (Charles) Jarvie and their children Nicole (Austin) Jarvie and Kelli Jarvie, and her great-granddaughters Mckinley Blokker and Ellie Bezooyen who knew her affectionatly as Gigi.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road South Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to Canadian Red Cross (335 Columbia Blvd W. Lethbridge T1K 5Y8)
GERALD STREY passed away in Lethbridge, on August 21, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
He is survived by his wife Cora Strey, daughter Kelly Duff, six step-children, and 15 grandchildren.
A private service will be held at a later date.
ELSIE KEARNS (nee Pavan)
Elsie Louise Kearns, beloved wife of Fred Joseph Kearns, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on July 19, 2020 at the age of 93.
Elsie was born Aug 9, 1926 in Lethbridge to Petro (Pete) and Elizabeth (Voller/Faller) Pavan. She was raised on the farm with her two younger sisters in the Eight Mile Lake District and later in Lethbridge. She married the late John Delano Poche of Maybutt (Stirling) in June 1949 where they farmed and raised their family until John passed away in 1965. Elsie rented the land but remained on the farm with Ken until she married Fred Kearns from Nemiscan in 1970. They then farmed the land until retiring to Lethbridge in 1978 but they continued to enjoy the farming seasons whether on leisurely drives, cooking meals or providing a helping hand. Elsie kept her yard and house immaculate and was happiest when people stopped in for a visit and had their fill of her fresh baking. She treasured her grandchildren and embraced every moment she had with them leaving numerous fulfilling memories behind.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her sister, Joan (Ed) Baker of Mirror, Alberta; her son, Ken (Monica) Kearns of Lethbridge and her three grandchildren: Barrett (Eisha) Kearns and their son Nicholas of Lethbridge, Bonnie (Raif Shath) Kearns of UAE and Tiffany (Kyle Heitman) Kearns of Lethbridge. Also mourning her passing are caring in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; first husband; infant daughter, Brenda Poche; and sister, Marion (Charlie) Schramm.
With declining health issues she moved into Edith Cavell Care Centre in 2017 where she has resided until her passing. The family would like to thank all the staff for the care and assistance she received during this time.
At Elsie’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.
RONALD CHARLES CAMPBELL
On August 9, we lost a cherished husband and father. Dad fought to live life on his terms. His determination and strength shone brightly and we are proud and honoured to have been able to share his life.
Dad was born in Humboldt, SK and was the eldest of four children. He spent early years playing hockey and baseball. At age 15, dad lost his father and left his childhood behind to step into a new familial role. As times were tough, Dad quit high school after grade 11 to join the Royal Canadian Navy to support his country and his family.
After WWII, Dad came home to finish high school and earn entrance to the University of Toronto, School of Optometry. He returned to Saskatoon to practice and later received his Doctorate from UCLA.
Dad and Mom met when young and were reacquainted in Saskatoon, then married in 1953. In 1959, they relocated to Melfort where they raised their family and enjoyed company of good friends. They enjoyed their retirement in Kelowna, BC for many years before relocating to Lethbridge, AB to be closer to family.
Dad loved to share his zest for life with his daughters, whether it was sports, games, berry picking or variety of his single malt scotches. He was a golfer, curler, downhill skier, fisherman and hunter into his 80s. He loved spending time at the cabin he built on Whelan Bay at Whiteswan Lakes in SK.
He volunteered many hours to Kinsmen/K40 Clubs, Melfort Regional Park/Golf Course, U of S Senate, Saskatoon Fish and Game League, Hunter Safety Course and numerous other organizations.
He was so proud of his Scottish heritage, history, ballads and pipes.
Dad was dedicated to taking care of his family throughout this life. He was a man who would set a goal and achieve it.
Ron is survived by his wife Dorothy (Stroeder) and daughters Camille Bieber (Brian), Carla Campbell, Shelly Campbell (Mark Antonini). Grandchildren Brett Bieber (Tanya) and Lachlan Barry. Great grandchildren, Bennett, Ayden, Ashtyn Bieber. Sister Isobel Allan.
As per Ron’s request, there will be no service.