Obituaries - 

We would like to extend our condolences to those in the community who have recently lost loved ones.  If you Cannot Make It To a Funeral you can send A Condolence E-mail By Clicking on The Highlighted E-mail Link for Each Obituary.

SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, 2021

 

 

CHICK
EVELYNNE (EVY) (TOLMAN) CHICK, beloved wife of the late Ralph Chick, mother of Cindie Williams and Trevor Chick, passed away on June 11, 2021 at her home in Taber Alberta at the age of 79 years.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

HATTON

The Hatton family sadly announces the passing of their dear Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, MARJORIE HATTON, on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  Marj enjoyed life to the fullest, and lived a life filled with people and activities she loved. Her vibrant personality drew those around her close and she always wore a smile. She was born on January 3, 1932 in Claresholm, Alberta to Ellen and Ronald Hahn. In 1942, the family relocated to a farm south of Fort Macleod. Marj married her high school sweetheart, Leonard Hatton in 1951 and together they raised 3 daughters and a son in Fort Macleod. Marj was a wonderful mother and her greatest joy was spending time with her family, and singing to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her many talents included music, singing, cooking, gardening, sewing, knitting, researching family history, and old time dancing.  She had a remarkable ability to rally and motivate people to participate in projects to enhance the community.  Mom loved to play cards, visit and entertain family and friends who were always welcome and everyone remembers happy times singing around the piano with Marj. Her home was always filled with Love, Laughter and Music.  She had many longstanding friendships and was always willing to assist others with her wisdom, humor and compassion.  Marj valued community service and worked tirelessly for a variety of organizations. She went door to door raising money to help save the historic Empress Theatre and helped paint and refurbish it. She was the Co-founder and Past President of the Fort Macleod and District Allied Arts Council and was instrumental in bringing theatre productions, musical groups, The Children’s Festival and the Christmas Craft Sale to Macleod.  Marj also assisted with the Fort Macleod History books, and was a founding member of the Sew Sew club, and Fort Players Society, and she spent endless hours completing grant applications for these organizations. Her energy, determination and positivity were inspiring. The Allied Arts Council honored Marj with the Lescarbot Award in 1993.  While raising her children Marj did the books for the family business, taught piano lessons, Sunday School and volunteered at the United Church. She was an accomplished musician and played the piano and the organ, and was known for her beautiful singing voice. Mom loved camping, and fishing with her family and could always come up with gourmet type meals at the campsite.  Marj and Len liked to experience new places and traveled through Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, Hawaii and the Bahamas, and enjoyed golfing with family and friends whenever and wherever they could.  Marj had a wonderful sense of humor and a delightful laugh that lit up the room. Mom bravely contested the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease with her sense of humor, and despite her infirmities, she lived with singing and gusto.  She was a resident of the West Highland’s dementia cottage for several years, and Marj and her family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the dedicated staff in the cottage who surrounded Mom with expertise, kindness, compassion and love. We sincerely appreciate all the wonderful things they did for Mom, and we are forever grateful.  Left to treasure the memories of her precious life are her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Wanda (Ken) HUTTON, daughter Emily and great-grandchildren Jackson and Chloe BOUTLAND; Claire HATTON, sons Judd McNAB (Kristen Brown) and Grayson McNAB; Lynette (Gary) BOYCE, daughters Brianne Boyce, Blakeley (Patrick) O’SHAUGHNESSY, Great-granddaughter Isla; Brent (Susan) HATTON; Sister Ronalda (Bill) Greenway, Brother Robert (Lynn) Hahn, and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.  Marj was predeceased by her beloved husband Len in 2010, her parents Ellen and Ronald Hahn, and her in-laws Emily and Walter Hatton, Albert and Lillian Hatton, Olive and Gower Kennedy, Kathleen and Duncan (Red) Kennedy, and Ethel and Jack Harris.  Due to the COVID restrictions there will not be a memorial service. A small family Celebration of Life will be held in Marj’s honor.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Lethbridge.  To send a message of condolence visit our website http://www.generationsfh.ca

LIPPA

CATHERINE LIPPA, beloved wife of Louie Lippa, of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the age of 67 years.  Besides her husband Louie, Cathy is survived by Christina (Americo) McMillan of Prince George, BC, Patricia Dawn (Rod) Baird of Salmon Arm, BC, Christopher (Alberta) Lippa of Medicine Hat, AB, and Ken (Sheri) Bennett, Patricia Alexa and Bobbi Bennett, all of Victoria, BC. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jessie-May Baird, Dawson Lippa, Mikayla Lippa, Millan Alves and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mom, Helen Barry and Dad, Ernie Norton, both of Victoria, BC.  Cathy was born in Annapolis Valley, NS. She moved around a lot but spent the last 24 years of her life in Coaldale, AB with her husband. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all that had the wonderful opportunity to know her. She will be missed dearly.  To Those I Love (by Isla Paschal Richardson)  If I should ever leave you whom I love, To go along the silent way, grieve not, Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk Of me as if I were beside you there.  (I’d come – I’d come, could I but find a way!  But would not tears and grief be barriers?)  And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved, please do not let the thought of me be sad…For I am loving you just as I always have…You were so good to me!  There are so many things to say to you…Remember that I did not fear…It was just leaving you that was so hard to face…We cannot see beyond…But that I know:  I loved you so – ’twas heaven here with you!  To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

David “Dave” Michalenko          1970 – 2021

Mr. David “Dave” Michalenko of Lethbridge, beloved son of Alexander and Margaret Michalenko and loving brother to Nick Michalenko, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the age of 50 years.  A private family service will be held. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family invites you to watch the service via livestream at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2021 by visiting https://www.fhwebsites.org/ymb/obituary/David-Michalenko by scrolling to the bottom of David’s obituary.  A Public Viewing will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South. Please book a time to pay your respects by visiting https://www.fhwebsites.org/ymb/obituary/David-Michalenko and scrolling to the bottom of David’s obituary or call our office at 403-328-2361.  For those who wish, memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada 880 – 5160 Decarie Blvd. Montreal, Quebec, H3X 2H9.  Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

SMETANY

STEPHEN JOSEPH SMETANY, beloved husband of Gladys Smetany, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the age of 82 years.  Besides his wife Gladys, Stephen is survived by his daughter Tara (Ken) Hunter-Jarvie of Lethbridge, son Gregory (Karyn) Smetany of Las Vegas and sister Marina Smetany, as well as six grandchildren: Kanyon, Kennedy, Stephen, Haley, Dustyn and Dylan.  He was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Helen Smetany and sister Barbara.  Stephen was born on January 28th, 1939, to parents Steve and Helen Smetany of Diamond City. He later moved to Lethbridge and met his wife, Gladys, at age 22. They later had children Greg and Tara during their 57-year marriage.  Stephen, or more commonly known as Steve, went on to become a skilled auto body mechanic who always took great care and pride in his work. Constantly fixing something, Steve was considered quite the “MacGyver” by his family, who always knew he could help with all of their problems. He was gifted in the area of repurposing anything old or broken. He loved being outside, especially on his lawn, as he took great care to make sure his lawn was the greenest on the block. Although, if he wasn’t outside, you could most likely find him inside enjoying one of many long naps or eating up his wife’s delicious Ukrainian pierogis or cabbage rolls. His 1987 Ford Bronco was another great source of pride for him, and it always gained him many compliments wherever he went.  Steve was a great father and grandfather, and we always felt his deep love for us. Papa, I’m sure right now, you are up there having a great time on your little boat and catching the biggest fish ever.  Thanks to the staff in 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital, especially Kerri, Dr. Garden and Dr. Plotnyk.  A Celebration of Life will be held at ROYAL VIEW MEMORIAL CEMETERY, 5920 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers and in memory of Steve, donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance (stars.ca/ways-to-donate/ab/) To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

VERES, Jennifer “Jill” (née Kerfoot)    June 17, 1950 – Calgary, AB.  June 5, 2021 – Calgary, AB.

Jennifer “Jill” Veres died peacefully on Saturday, June 5, 2021 after a courageous and hard-fought battle against cancer.  Jill was born on June 17, 1950 in Calgary, Alberta. She grew up on the family’s Providence Ranche near Cochrane, Alberta. She attended Westbrook School, St. Anne’s, St. Mary’s, and Marymount Schools in Calgary and she graduated from Cochrane High School. Jill was high-spirited and independent and kept her teachers on their toes.  Jill studied nursing at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and graduated in 1971. She met Bill Veres as a nursing student and they married in 1971. After graduation, Jill had a successful career in Medical Sales.  Jill had several passions throughout her life, including riding, golf, yoga, fitness and music. Despite Jill’s illness, she and Bill were able to enjoy a wonderful last summer in 2020. They rode their e-bikes all over Calgary and usually managed to ride 50 km a trip. Jill was also able to golf once or twice a week.  Jill had an infectious zest for life and threw herself into whatever she was doing. We will miss her courage, her positive attitude, her sense of humour and her ability to brighten any room that she entered.  She is survived by her loving husband, Bill Veres, and their two children, Heather Veres, and Cameron (Lesley and their son, Colby) Veres. She is also survived by her four siblings, Carolyn (Brian) Otto, Duncan (Lesley) Kerfoot, Hamish (Rita Sirignano) Kerfoot, and Quentin (Christine Hembrow) Kerfoot; and many nieces and nephews. Jill was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and James Kerfoot, and her in-laws, Betty and John Veres.  Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Jill’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Jill’s obituary at http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com.  Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

We would like to thank Rev. Dr. Jean Morris for helping Jill in her final journey, and Dr. Lisa Coffey, Dr. Matthew Cooper and Dr. Dina Radinskaia for their outstanding medical care and the staff, especially Stasia, at Chinook Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Jill.  In living memory of Jill Veres, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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