MARLENE “MARTY” LEHTO
1948 ~ 2017
Ms. Marlene “Marty” Lehto nee Kliensasser of Coaldale, passed away after a lengthy illness at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, December 21, 2017 at the age of 69 years. "She died with her boots on!!"
Marty was born in Lethbridge and grew up in the Barhill area in southern Alberta. She attended Barhill school and later Alberta Beauty School in Lethbridge. She opened her first beauty shop in Milk River in her teenage years and later opened up Style Seekers in the Pass with her friend Carol McGuire. She added bus driver to her resume and enjoyed the company of the students on her bus.
Marty loved everything horse and outdoor related. She was involved in many community events and volunteered with many organizations. She took part in 4-H, riding clubs, parades, Rum Runner Days (riding in the Pony Express) and skiing. She also volunteered for all of the events and clubs mentioned as well as Scouts, Girl Guides, and anything else her children or grandchildren were involved in. She enjoyed dancing throughout her lifetime and went dancing whenever she could.
Marty is survived by her brother Marvin Lehto; ex-husband William Kliensasser; children Derek (Petra) Friesen, Lolita (Bruce) Webber, Todd (Carolina) Kliensasser; grandchildren: Stephanie (Philipp) Koller, Colton Friesen, Shawn (Tabetha) Webber, Jessica Kaprowski, Karine Kliensasser, Jose Carlos, Angel and William Kliensasser; as well as her great-grandchildren: Roslin and Ada Kaprowski and Acelyn Lerocque.
Marty was predeceased by her parents Margaret Lehto nee: Krisher and Ralph Lehto.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 - 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Marty’s name may be made to the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, 205015 Hwy 512, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4P4; your local 4-H Club or to Stars Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7.