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It is with sadness that the family of Ethel Anna Krizsan (nee Panczak) announces her passing on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the age of 104 years and 5 months.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Ethel is survived by her son Bill (Audrey) Krizsan of Barnwell, son-in-law Ralph Thomson of Lethbridge, youngest sister Isabelle (Leslie) Androkovich, ten grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
Mother was predeceased by her husband Andrew Sr., son Andrew Jr., daughter Ethel Thomson, granddaughter Connie Spittal, parents John and Julia Panczak, sisters and brothers-in-law Julia (Frank) Jablonkay, Teresa (Louis) Molnar, Caroline (Tom) Kaytor, Elizabeth (Frank) Goulle, brother John (Helen) Panczak and infant brother Bert as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Ethel was born on July 24, 1910 in Emod, Borsod Megye Hungary to parents John and Julia Panczak. Mother arrived with her family as a young eighteen year old woman to Grassy Lake, on March 1, 1928 on a snowy spring morning – to the waiting home of her sister Julia and Frank Jablonkay who had emigrated earlier. The harsh prairie spring that greeted her left a lasting impression and for the remainder of her life and she wistfully lamented to return to southern Europe and the home of her youth. She and her husband Andrew Sr. were able to travel to visit family in Hungary ten times between 1959 and 1985 where they renewed loving family ties and friendships.
Following her whirlwind engagement (three days) she married her husband of fifty six years in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Calgary on November 12, 1928 whereupon they travelled to Andrew’s homestead in Lac La Biche, Alberta. The northern years were difficult times but the loving friendships they developed lasted a lifetime. After seven years, and the birth of two sons (Andrew and Bill), they moved to the Barnwell area in 1935 where they purchased a farm and raised their family which now included a daughter (Ethel). She and Grandpa retired to Taber in 1965 where she lived in the home they had built with their own hands until her ninety sixth birthday.
Grandma was an amazing cook – her bread, doughnuts, soups, pastries, cabbage rolls and homemade Hungarian food created memories for her entire family of their home being full of family and friends gathered for all types of celebrations including Christmas, Thanksgiving, graduations, birthdays, weddings and any other reason which would bring them together.
Ethel was active in the Taber Hungarian Society and helped cook for many of the old fashioned Hungarian wedding feasts held in and around Taber. She organized young people and put on plays and taught traditional Hungarian dancing. She was also a long time member of the St. Augustine’s Catholic Women's League.
Grandma had, even until the day she passed, an incredible memory of her life. From memories of her father being wounded in World War One and suffering in a prisoner of war camp, to her youth (she never kissed not even one single boy), to her immigration to Canada and her many travels back to the old country.
Great Grandma was always well dressed and knew that you were not ready to appear in public unless your coordinated outfit included a hat, purse and shoes and lots of jewelry. Until her passing she never went to dinner without being stylishly dressed.
During her 104 years of life she witnessed countless changes to the world around her. As she witnessed and experienced these changes her family remembers most her many prayers on their behalf, her unchanging faith in Jesus Christ and her unfailing devotion to her God.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ethel’s name may be made directly to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church (Youth Ministry), 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T4.
Bernard Joseph Kress, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 - 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 324 - 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. A private burial followed at the Vauxhall Cemetery.
Barney will be sadly missed and thought of often by Mary Kress; his children Mike (Cathy) Kress of Vauxhall, Terry (Lori) Kress of Vauxhall, Randy (Leslee) Kress of Winfield, John Kress of Hays, Jackie Kress (Gary Redekop) of Vauxhall, Kelly (Dave) Kambeitz of Vauxhall and Darwin (Jackie) Kress of Vauxhall; grandchildren Chad (Cary Anne) Fletcher, Jodie (Lyle) Poitras, Derek (Sara) Dawson, Nikki (Jaden) Odland, Tanielle, Stephanie, Bailee and Owen Kress, Tyler, Dakota, Brittney and Brennan Kambeitz; great grandchildren Taylor, Bailey, Dawson and Bella Fletcher, Taylor and Braden Chapple. He is also survived by also survived by four brothers Leo (Henritte) Kress, Dan Kress, Ben (Margaret) Kress and David (Eva) Kress; in-laws Shirley Kress, Eugene Mehlhaff and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by parents Paul and Barbara Kress; five sisters Angeline (Andrew) Bolen, Aggie (Paul) Proust, Cecilia (Dan) Weisgerber, Leona Mehlhaff and Teddy (George) Wolosuk; three brothers Jack Kress, Edward Kress and John (Cleofae) Kress; sister-in-law Alarine Kress.
Barney was born and raised in Masefield, Saskatchewan where he met and married Mary Peterson. In the spring of 1953 they moved to Hays where they began farming and started their family. He farmed from spring to fall and worked in the oil patch in the winters. Barney enjoyed watching and travelling with his children and grandchildren to sporting events wherever they were playing. Barney also enjoyed fishing and over the last fifteen years went to the coast on a salmon fishing trip. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be missed dearly.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Kress in Taber on Sunday, November 2, 2014, with his family by his side, at the age of 95 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. A private burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
John is survived by his three daughters Marlene (Roger) Hansen of Taber, Myrna Lynn (John Turnbull) of Taber and Mardel (Byron) Mitchell of Edmonton; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. He is also survived by five brothers Leo (Henritte) Kress, Dan Kress, Barney Kress, Ben (Margaret) Kress and David (Eva) Kress; in-laws Mary Kress, Shirley Kress, Eugene Mehlhaff, Harland (Bertha) Brandon, T.C. Hayes, Gloria (Bob) Smith and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of twenty three years, Cleofae Kress; parents Paul and Barbara Kress; five sisters Angeline (Andrew) Bolen, Aggie (Paul) Proust, Cecilia (Dan) Weisgerber, Leona Mehlhaff and Teddy (George) Wolosuk; two brothers Jack Kress and Edward Kress; in-laws Leo (Johanna) Brandon and sisters-in-law Alarine Kress and Fern Hayes.
John was born December 24, 1918 in Rosefield, Saskatchewan. He met the one and only love of his life, Cleofae Brandon and they married April 12, 1944. He will be remembered as a kind, compassionate and devoted family man.
“Dad’s generosity and kindness for his family went far and beyond what any of us could ever thank him for. Our lives will never be the same but we will stay strong as we smile, laugh and even cry as we cherish all of the memories of him. Dad will never be gone as he will live forever in our hearts. We love you dad, more than words can say and we know that somehow you will let us know you are still watching over us.”
Malwina Kurek, beloved wife of the late Jan Kurek, passed away peacefully in Taber on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Malwina is survived by her sons Joe (Cindy) Kurek of Vauxhall and Stan (Debbie) Kurek of Hays; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren Lisa Florendine of Lethbridge and her children Brooke and Chase, Stan Kurek of Grande Prairie and his children Bailey and Chevy, Carrie Kurek of Grande Prairie, Jamie (Chad) Gow of Medicine Hat and their children Layne and Trae, Kim (Steve) Dunsmore of Enchant and their children Pierce, Tyra and Jadyn.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Jan, in 1995.
Malwina was born in the Ukraine on June 29, 1924. Her life changed drastically when the Second World War erupted. Although this was a challenging time, Malwina was fortunate to meet the love of her life, Jan. It was love at first sight! They were blessed with two sons and together they bravely made the daunting journey to Canada. They eventually settled in Taber where they worked hard and raised their family. Shortly after Jan's passing, she took on the lofty challenge of writing her memoirs. This process reminded her of their lives together and provided her a sense of healing. She was able to remain in the family home until she was eighty.
Malwina took pride in being able to provide for her family and friends by cooking, sewing, crocheting and gardening, just to name a few of her many talents. Her flower and vegetable gardens were also a source of pride and provided many meals made from her efforts. Malwina enjoyed the simple things life had to offer including cooking and sharing a meal with family and friends, sitting by the lake watching Jan fish and occasionally getting dressed up to go dancing. She never passed up an opportunity to educate us on the importance of embracing family and having a strong work ethic. We will always remember and cherish the sense of home she provided with the smell of homemade bread in the oven, the crispness of freshly starched sheets, and a warm greeting offering to feed you whether you were hungry or not.
The last few years of Malwina's life were enhanced by the numerous health care professionals and "sweethearts" who provided support and care that was beyond compare. The family would like to send a special thank you to the employees of Linden View who cared for Malwina with patience and compassion.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Malwina’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.
Laurel Lee Kalvi (nee Knibbs), passed away peacefully in Lethbridge, surrounded by her family on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the age of 58 years following a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer.
A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
A celebration of Laurel Lee’s life was held at the Italian Canadian Club, 1511 St. Edwards Boulevard North, Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.
Laurel Lee is the beloved wife of Joseph and mother of LeAnna Lee; daughter of Sylvia (nee Haynes) and the late Gerald H Knibbs and sister to the late Charlene, Carol Lee and Cheryl Lee (Matt).
Laurel Lee was raised with her sisters on a farm east of Grassy Lake but was a city girl at heart. In 1974, she moved to Taber where she discovered her love for accounting and for Joe. After marrying in 1977, they moved to Lethbridge and built their dream home and life together. In 1991, they were blessed with a daughter. The birth of LeAnna brought her immense joy and added lots of new opportunities and experiences to her life. Laurel Lee was most recently employed at TD Canada Trust. Her spirit will live forever in the hearts of her family.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Laurel Lee’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 (www.crhfoundation.ca).
Regina Kiss, beloved wife of Rudy Kiss, passed away in Taber surrounded by her loving family at her side on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the age of 75 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:00 P.M.
Regina will be forever missed by her loving husband, Rudy Kiss of Taber, two children Leanne (Erv) Penner of Calgary and Larry (Tracy) Kiss of Taber, five grandchildren Josh and Hannah Penner, Logan, Ty and Ryler Kiss. She is also survived by her sisters Ursula (Ludwig) Zogler of Edmonton, Christine Mitchell-Golda of Peace River, Liz Borau of Lethbridge and sister-in-law Rita McKeown of Lethbridge. Regina will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, Wanda and Frank Golda.
Regina was born in Stendal, Germany in 1939, and moved to Kipp, Alberta, in 1953 with her family. In 1954 the family moved to Taber. Regina married Rudy Kiss on November 12, 1959, and they resided on the family farm, until 2006 when they moved into Taber.
Regina was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Nothing was more important to her than her family. She had an amazing talent for cooking, baking, sewing and for making her home a welcoming place for family and friends. Mom loved to cook for her family and made the best homemade bread and gave much of it away to friends and family. Her kind and generous nature was abundant. She loved shopping and making regular trips “down south” to find various treasures or deals that she wasn’t able to find here at home. Mom treasured her grandchildren and spent countless hours with them. She was their most avid fan and supporter, as she watched them play hockey, baseball, swim and do other activities. Being a grandma gave mom the most joy, and the loving memories she has created for her family will be forever in our hearts and minds. She will be sadly missed and forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Joseph Klemen, beloved husband of the late Anna Klemen, passed away peacefully in his sleep, with family at his side during the evening hours of Monday, September 1, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Joe is survived by his loving sons Edward (Mary Jane) Klemen of St. Albert, George (Pat) Klemen of Medicine Hat, Anthony (Jane) Klemen of Taber and by his grandchildren and great grand children.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Anna in March 2011, son Richard in November 1967 and his mother Teresa in August 1977.
Joe was born on March 1, 1925 in Toranj, Croatia and emigrated along with his wife Anna from Austria to Southern Alberta in October 1948. He was actively involved in the early 1950s in farming and working at the building of the Taber Sugar factory. He then entered the meat processing industry, working for several different companies over the years. Joe and Anna farmed with their family from 1960 to 1967 and then they opened their own butcher shop. He fully supported and was involved in not only rearing his family of four boys but applied to the family farm, the butcher shop and his most dear love to provide the best customer service to clients coming to the family operated custom meat processing business. Joe took pride in family gatherings, the art of barbecuing pork and lambs on a spit, which became his trade mark in the surrounding area.
As a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he endeared having his family around him. Joe was a self taught musician and it was obvious at these family gatherings as he enjoyed playing his accordion, harmonica and his many different mandolins to entertain the people around him.
Joe had a wealth of family and friends and anyone was welcome to drop by for a coffee or a meal. He instilled in his family faith in God, work ethic, honesty and love for each other. His most special smile and loving hugs will be missed but never forgotten.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joe’s name may be made directly to charitable cause of one’s personal choosing.
Jacob Klassen, beloved husband of Bette Klassen, passed away in Taber on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the age of 82 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family in the Relief Society Room at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brock Campbell conducting. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides his loving wife Bette, he is survived by his children Patrick (Janice) Klassen of Lethbridge and Kevin (Verna) Klassen of Lethbridge; grandchildren Chad and Justin Klassen, Keagan and Kayla Klassen, Kristine Hemsley and Meagan (Kacey) Savoie as well as four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Edna (Larry) Lait of Sylvan Lake and Lenora (Mel) Hieb of Ponoka and sister-in-law Berniece Klassen of Edmonton.
He was predeceased by his first wife Phyllis Klassen, brother John Klassen.
Jack accomplished so much in his lifetime. Beginning school at the age of ten and being only fluent in German, he achieved his heavy duty mechanic license and diploma in horticulture. He also served on the Taber Town Council. In his spare time Jack enjoyed wood working, golfing and especially camping and fishing with his boys. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, who will miss him dearly.
Terry-Ann Kunimoto (nee Weir, formerly Chadwick), wife of Bruce Kunimoto, passed away in Taber on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the age of 62 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Terry during her sixty two years, among them - Never pass up an opportunity for a party. St Patrick’s Day is the best opportunity to celebrate being Irish, regardless where your ancestors come from. Egg fights make a great Easter celebration. Goofy, personalized poems mean Happy Birthday with love.
Terry was born and raised in Saskatchewan and was a devoted Roughriders fan, convinced that her choice of game day shirt had a direct impact on the outcome of games. She also had a deep love of children, and showed her love through countless bowls of macaroni and ichiban soup shared while she read a lunchtime story. Even as she found herself unable to continue working, Terry sought opportunities to help kids learn to read by volunteering in local schools.
Swimming, aquafit and activities at the pool were among Terry’s favorite ways to stay fit. She could often be found walking and remained a cheerleader at curling events even after she was no longer able to play. Her love of God inspired her service to her church, where she was Superintendent of Sunday School and offered insight on many committees.
Above all, Terry was an amazing friend, famously asking all guests to “excuse the mess and come on in for coffee”. Her ability to connect with many, coupled with her mischievous love of play and crazy sense of humor, endeared her to friends new and old.
Her spirit is carried on by her husband, children and grandchildren whose photos covered her refrigerator and china cabinet. Besides Bruce, she is survived by her four daughters and their families, Dawn (husband Ryan, children Nathaniel and Wyatt); Leisa (husband Tom, children Tianna, Marieka and Elias); Tamara; Erin (husband Chris); sisters Nancy and Pat; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Terry’s name may be made directly to Ovarian Cancer Canada, 1409 Edmonton Trail NE, Suite 105B, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3K8, Phone 1-866-591-6622 (www.ovariancanada.org).
Marilyn Ann Kosowan, beloved wife of Greg Kosowan, passed away unexpectedly in Taber on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the age of 63 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with the Rt. Rev. Taras Krochak, Presider. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Marilyn was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by Greg, her husband of thirty nine years and by her children Fred (Dawna) McDowell of Fernie, British Columbia, Allan (Shari) Kosowan of Pembroke, Ontario, Joseph (Brandi) Kosowan of Taber and Tanya Kosowan (Jason Pizzati) of Taber; seven grandchildren Brandon, Gregory, Katie, Dawson, Sara, Bobbi and Jordynn. She is also survived by her siblings Clifford (Winnifred) Whitrow, Walter (Shelley) Whitrow, Donna (Lorne) Ingram, Beverly (Richard) Phillips, Margaret (Terrance) Lewis, Brenda (Murray) Phillips, June (Wade) Weiss, Gordon (Mishal) Whitrow, Ernest (Eilleen) Whitrow and mother-in-law Vera Stratychuk; her loved and respected brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Lillian Whitrow, son Gordon McDowell, daughter Anita McDowell, father-in-law Andrew Kosowan and step-father-in-law Philip Stratychuk.
Marilyn will forever be in our hearts!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marilyn’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (www. diabetes.ca) or to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, 12001 - 44 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2Z 4G9 (www.cpalberta.com), a cause that was close to her heart due to the fact her son Gordon suffered as a result of Cerebral Palsy.
Walter (Wataru) Koyanagi, beloved husband of Kiyo Koyanagi, passed away peacefully in Taber on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 93 years.
A private family service was held at Knox United Church on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with Reverend Arij Langstraat officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Walter will be deeply missed by his wife of sixty six years, Kiyo, sister Misao (Koji) Kadonaga of St. Albert, brother Chikara (Kay) Koyanagi of Calgary, sister in-law Catherine Koyanagi of Lethbridge, sister in-law Grace Adachi of Taber, former business partner and best friend George (Pat) Meyer of High River and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents Sakumatsu and Shio Koyanagi, sister Suzumi Uyeda, brother in-law Go Uyeda, brother Tadashi Koyanagi and brother in-law Kenji Adachi.
Walter grew up in Acme Cannery, British Columbia and was relocated with his family to southern Alberta during the mass evacuation of Japanese Canadians in 1942. Despite humble beginnings, Walter became an active and successful member of the Taber community as partner-owner and publisher of the Taber Times, a weekly newspaper and printing company. In 1980, Walter received the Silver Quill Award from the National Community Newspaper Association for “outstanding service to weekly newspaper journalism”. Walter served on the Town of Taber Recreation Board, Library Board and Archive and Museum Society. He also spent many years as executive secretary of the Alberta Japanese Canadian Community Association (JCCA) and was a member of the JCCA national council. Walter will be remembered as a loyal and kind husband, brother, uncle and friend.
If friends so desire, in lieu of koden and flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Regina Killinger, beloved wife of the late Frank Killinger, passed away in Taber on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Regina is survived by three children Mary (Fern) Girouard of Warner, Regina (Randy) Wiechnik of Oyen and Frank (Deanna) Killinger of Taber. She is also survived by her grandchildren Luke (Sheila) Girouard of Taber, Deanna Hirch of Lethbridge, Craig Wiechnik (Sarah Clifford) of Strathmore, Lynda Wiechnik of Strathmore and Dearra Benton (Shawn Risto) of Taber; great grandchildren Stephanie Girouard (Jeff Juhar) of Turin, Nikki Girouard of Taber, Victoria Girouard of Taber and Amanda Hirch of Lethbridge. She was affectionately known as “Gramma K” to Keaton Risto, Abby Risto, Aidan Risto and Urijah Benton. Regina will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank Killinger, her parents Maria (nee Penich) and Frank Merkl, her brother Frank Merkl and sister Theresa (John) Skorya.
Regina loved her family and was eager to show them off to her friends when they visited. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and helping others. She loved to watch the golfers (from her window in the Clearview Lodge) come around to hole #10 on the Taber Golf Course, always looking for someone she recognized. Regina will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Regina’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Sadae “Sally” Kanegawa in Taber on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, May 2, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street South, Lethbridge on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Yasuo Izumi officiating. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Mom will be sadly missed by her daughter Shirley (Paul) Goto of Delta, British Columbia and their children Ian, Mark (Grace) Goto (their children Jorace, Loraine and Charlene); daughter Esther Kanegawa of Calgary; daughter Sharon (Marvin) Koizumi of Calgary and their children James and Kelly (Rob); son Stan (Audrey) Kanegawa of Vauxhall and their children Erin (Duncan), Karsten and Kyler; daughter Marlene (Rob) Wiest of Enchant and their children Mathew (Britny), Stephanie and Rylan; son Stuart (Nyree) Kanegawa of Scandia. She is also survived by her older sister Kikue Osaka of Richmond, British Columbia; brother Don (Chiyo) Narukami of Richmond, British Columbia; sister-in-law Yumiko Osaka of Lethbridge and brother-in-law Richard (Sue) Kanegawa of Calgary and their children Sandra (John), Shelley (Steve), Susan (Ward) and their children, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom’s love and support will also be missed by Kenny (Shoko) Nakatani and their children Jeffrey (Tiffany), Michael (Kirstin), Jeanne and their children; as well, Shane (Etsuyo) Nishi and their children Scott, Cesilia (Mohamed) and Wesley.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Stanley Kanegawa, infant daughter Natsuko, her parents, older sisters Tsutae and Yoshie and brother Teruo.
Sadae was born on November 27, 1923 in Steveston, British Columbia to Katsugiro and Utae Narukami. At sixteen years old her mother passed away. During the Second World War, her family was forced to relocate, as was the experience of so many other Japanese Canadians. Eventually, her family would board a train, arriving in Lethbridge in 1942. The trip would bring them to work in the sugar beet fields of southern Alberta. She met Stanley Kanegawa, whose family was also relocated and eventually, they married on September 5, 1946. After many years of various farm employment, she and Stanley’s family were able to purchase land in the farming community of Vauxhall in the early fifties. While working alongside family and friends, they would eventually establish a successful farming business and she would raise six children and help care for her extended family.
Both were very active and devoted members of the Taber Buddhist Church. Mom continued that involvement after her husband’s pass
ing and served as president at the time when the church was amalgamated to form the new Buddhist Temple in 2009.
Mom had many hobbies and interest, she loved flowers and making flower arrangements, cooking and baking, gardening, golfing, travelling, singing and dancing. Her strongest passion though, was her love for Japanese (odori) dancing, as she had participated as a child. Sadae, along with other friends formed the Momiji Dance Club in Lethbridge (1976), performing at various local events, schools and charities to promote Japanese culture. She would perform and instruct with the club for over thirty years.
Above all else, her true love and duty was kept for her family, extended families and close friends. Strong family ties were very important to her. She loved to laugh and tell stories with her children and grandchildren. Her kindness, grace and appreciation for others will always be remembered by those who knew her.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Sadae’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca) or to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 (www.crhfoundation.ca) or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 - 40 Street, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z5.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hargrove and the wonderful, devoted nursing and admin staff at the Taber Health Centre, the caring staff of Home Care/Lethbridge Family Services, Dr. Zeilke, Heart Function Clinic and staff, Pharmasave Taber and the Chinook Regional Hospital staff.
June Kanomata, beloved wife of the late Joe Kanomata, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the age of 74 years.
At June’s request, a private funeral service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
June is survived by her children Sandra (Garth) Blades of Drayton Valley and Calvin Kanomata (Marilyn) of Taber; granddaughter Taylor Miyoshi Blades and grandson Zachary George Blades. She is also survived by her siblings Lois (Yosh) Hattori of Picture Butte, Dick (Carol) Sawa of Lethbridge, Diana (Sal) Nakamura of Red Deer, Roy (Jackie) Sawa of Lethbridge, Sharon (Tom) Takahashi of Toronto, Ontario, Larry Sawa of Red Deer, Pat (Doug) Smith of Toronto, Ontario and Harry Sawa of Red Deer; sister-in-law Audrey Sawa (Tracy) of Nanaimo and brother-in-law Gerry Bossenkool of Lethbridge. She is also survived by Joe’s family, his brother Gary (Jane) Kanomata of Toronto, sisters Rosemary (Kay) Kitagawa of Lethbridge and Wendy Ridsdale of England, sister-in-law Mae Kanomata of Taber and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Usaburo and Chizuko Sawa and Joe’s parents, Kiyoshi and Miyoshi Kanomata; brother Daniel Sawa, sister Mae Boessenkool; brother-in-law Charlie Kanomata, sisters-in-law Molly Matsumoto, “little” Carol Sawa and brothers-in-law George Matsumoto and Jeff Ridsdale.
June was born June 25, 1939 in Stave Falls, British Columbia. She married Joe Kanomata in Taber on December 17, 1958. June enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.
By request, Koden gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in June’s name may be made directly to the St. Michael’s Foundation (Palliative Care), 1400 - 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
Else Anna Koeck, beloved wife of the late Frank Koeck, passed away in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 93 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Carl Bogda officiating.
Else is survived by her son Gerhard (Bev) Koeck of Hays and his children Jackie (Greg) Davis of Regina, Lisa (Tom) Devoe of Grande Cache and Dan Sedore of Grande Cache; daughter Annamarie Behrens of Hope, British Columbia and her children John (Sarah) Behrens of Hope, British Columbia, Rose (Chris) Young of Calgary, Monica (Rod) Wombold of Calgary, Richard (Lisa) Behrens of Charlie Lake, British Columbia and Bob (Lisa) Behrens of Ponoka as well as numerous great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank Koeck and son-in-law Dick Behrens.
Else was born in Atzendorf, Germany on January 5, 1920. She married Frank Koeck and together with their children they immigrated to Canada in 1951, settling in Hays.
Else enjoyed many things including traveling, hunting, fishing, gardening, dancing, amusement park rides and baking, especially strudel kuchen. She also loved farming and spending time visiting with company. Else will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Else’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
Katherine Frances Keast, beloved wife of the late John Keast, passed away in Taber on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the age of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brock Campbell conducting.
Kay is survived by her children Jude Keast (Helen Nelson) of Toronto, Philip Keast of Edmonton, Caroline (Simon) Tang of Vancouver and Linda van Voorthuizen of Toronto; grandchildren Kathy, Brenda, Giorgi, Philip, Iain, Alastair, Sophia and great granddaughter Maya Katherine. She is also survived by her brothers Michael James, Jude James and their families in the United Kingdom.
She was predeceased by her husband John E.V. Keast, sister Rose Eyers, brother Tony James, brother-in-law Roy Eyers, sisters-in-law Jean James, Peggy James and Ethel James.
Kay was born January 23, 1923 in Winchester, England. She entered domestic service to help her family during the great depression in the 1930s. With the advent of war, she became a driver-mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (RAF). Post war, she trained as a nurse, becoming a Registered Nurse in the early 1950s. She immigrated to Canada in 1956 with the first three of her children, to join her husband John who emigrated from England ahead of them.
Her introduction to Canada began at the French River in the dead of winter where she learned to tell the difference between the barking of dogs and the howling of wolves! She continued her nursing career in Sudbury, Kirkland Lake and Sioux Lookout in Ontario where she and John added their fourth child to the family. In the mid sixties, the Keast family moved to Alberta and she retired from full time nursing a few years later to become an avid, full time gardener. It was said by her friends in Taber that if Kay Keast couldn’t grow it, it couldn’t be grown!
Kay had little in the way of diplomatic skills which meant that you always knew what she thought about a particular subject and where you stood with her. Her love was not uncritical but it was unconditional! She will be missed by family and friends alike.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kay’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca).
The family extends a grateful thank you to the staff and residents of the Clearview Lodge, the Linden View care facility and Dr. Hughes and staff of the Taber Health Centre, Active Care Unit for the care and compassion shown to Kay during the last few months of her life.
Keigi “Kenny” Kadoyama, passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the age of 64 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
The Burial Service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometre north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.
Kenny is survived by his sisters Lillian Vander Wal of Taber, Patricia (Susie) David of Lethbridge, Mae (Jack Fuller) Eldridge of Lethbridge, Ami (Fred) Oliver of Lethbridge and Chiyo (Leonard) Burke of Calgary; brother Sam (Frances) Kadoyama of Taber; brother-in-law Doug Eldridge of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his nieces Shelley, Karen, Vickie, Michelle, Cindy, Melody, Kim, Marlene, Crystal, Dawn, Sara and his nephew Terry and their families; cousins Ruth, Mark, Luke, Donna, Richard, Janet and their families all of British Columbia as well as his long time friend Terry (Brenda) Rombough and family.
He was predeceased by his parents Tsuaya (nee Kadonaga) and Ichiro Kadoyama; niece Bonnie Eldridge; Uncle Takehiko and Aunt Miki Kuromi and two brothers-in-law, John Vanderwal and Vern David.
Kenny was born in Lethbridge on April 2, 1949. After attending school, he worked on a farm and later spent several years in the oil patch around Taber. Most recently he worked at a hotel. Over the past couple of years his health began to deteriorate, forcing him to take residence at the St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kenny’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 400, 740 - 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9.
Kenny’s family would like to thank everyone for the care and concern shown to him. They are truly grateful for the help they have received.
Joseph Kanomata, beloved husband of June Kanomata, passed away in Taber on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the age of 83 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Sandra Riddell officiating. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Besides June, his loving wife of fifty four years, Joe is survived by their children Sandra (Garth) Blades of Drayton Valley and Calvin Kanomata (Marilyn Gajdostik) of Taber; granddaughter Taylor Miyoshi Blades and grandson Zachary Blades. He is also survived by his brother Gary (Jane) Kanomata of Toronto; two sisters Rosemary (Kay) Kitagawa of Lethbridge, Wendy Ridsdale of England and sister-in-law Mae Kanomata of Taber. He will be fondly remembered by June’s family, Lois (Yosh) Hattori, Dick (Carol) Sawa, Diana (Sal) Nakamura, Gerry Bossenkool, Roy (Jackie) Sawa; Sharon (Tom) Takahashi; Audrey Sawa (Tracy), Larry Sawa, Pat (Doug) Smith, Harry Sawa and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Kiyoshi and Miyoshi Kanomata and June’s parents, Usaburo and Chizuko Sawa; brother Charlie Kanomata; sister Molly Matsumoto; brothers-in-law Daniel Sawa, George Matsumoto and Jeff Ridsdale; sisters-in-law Mae Boessenkool and "little" Carol Sawa.
Joe was born April 29, 1930 in Mission, British Columbia. He married June Sawa in Taber on December 17, 1958. Joe enjoyed life to the fullest and filled his time fishing, having coffee with great friends and golfing. The highlight of his golfing career was celebrated last summer when he golfed a score under his age, he shot eighty one. When he wasn’t golfing, Joe could be found tending to his vegetable garden with the bountiful harvest being shared with his buddies.
Bronco Kalvi (CD1 - Retired MWO of Canadian Armed Forces, RCEME Branch) of Cambridge, Ontario, passed away unexpectedly at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the age of 65 years.
A service was held at the Cambridge Golf Club, 1346 Clyde Road, Cambridge, Ontario on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Bronco was the beloved husband and best friend of Linda Kalvi (nee Gregson) and loving father of Jason Kalvi and Curtis (Noi) Kalvi all of Cambridge, Ontario. Also mourning his loss are his parents Albert and Josephine Kalvi of Lethbridge, two brothers Joe (Laurel Lee) Kalvi of Lethbridge, John Kalvi of California and their families.
Bronco was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for thirty years and after retiring, he was employed by L3 Wescam for thirteen years where he was supervisor of the Optics department.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bronco’s name may be made directly to Wounded Warriors Canada, 310 Byron Street South, Suite 4, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4P8.
Freda Kinniburgh (nee Bartram), beloved wife of the late Jack Kinniburgh, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the at of 90 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, February 18, 2013 between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Wes Midgett officiating. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
She will be greatly missed by her children Fred (Daisy) Kinniburgh of Lethbridge and their family Sandi (Bernny) Keujer and their children Karli, Taya and Chad, David (Darla) Kinniburgh and their children Lexi, Chayne and Lawson, Stuart (Janelle) Kinniburgh and their children Bailey and Taylor; Gordon Kinniburgh of Purple Springs and his family Zelda Gayle Kinniburgh (Patrick Deschamps) and children Brady and Olivia, Adam Kinniburgh and his son Drayden, Daniel (Dan) Kinniburgh, Christy (Kealey) Storrs and their son Callum, Susan Kinniburgh and Jesse Kinniburgh; and their mother Colleen Kinniburgh; Jack (Maureen) Kinniburgh of Keremeos, British Columbia and their family Kelly and Jodi; Kate Jensen and her family Quinton (Mori) Jensen and their children Carson and Kaydree; Katie (Brandon) Shields and Einar Jensen.
She was predeceased by her husband Jack; son Ian Kinniburgh and by her son-in-law Dwin Jensen.
Freda (nee Bartram) was born in Milk River on April 28, 1922 to Frederick and Kate Bartram. As a young woman she joined the Women’s Division of the RCAF and met the love of her life, Jack Kinniburgh. They were married on July 27, 1945. Purple Springs became their home where they raised their five children and entertained their many friends. You could always get a cup of coffee there and were welcome to stay for supper.
Music was a big part of Freda’s life. Her beautiful voice entertained many people over the years. She was a part of the Taber Community Band and then went on to sing with “The Old Guys”, singing all the songs she loved so dearly.
If friends so desire, memorial tribute’s in Freda’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.