September 30th, 2016

Saturday March 29, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 31, 2014.

Audrey Iris Rollefson (MacLennan), nee Dyer
August 19, 1922 –
March 21, 2014
Audrey passed peacefully, surrounded by family, at St. Michaels Palliative Care in Lethbridge, Alberta. Born in Mission, BC to Harry and Annie Dyer, then raised in New Westminster, B.C. While in Vancouver in 1949 she met and then married Ellis MacLennan. Audrey and Ellis had two children (Patricia and Donald) and after numerous moves within Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge they settled in Regina establishing and operating MacLennan’s Leather Goods. Widowed in 1976, she met and married Herb Rollefson in 1978. Widowed once again in 1979 Audrey moved back to Vancouver to be closer to her daughter, and siblings. While there she was blessed with family ties, friends, occasional out of country vacations, golfing, bowling, live theater, socializing and most of all excellent health. Audrey enjoyed people, chocolate and crosswords. Her humor, character, and caring made her a pleasure for all who met her. Her role as sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend were second to none. Ageing and health required Audrey to relocate to Lethbridge in October of 2013.
Audrey is survived by her son Don (Theone) MacLennan of Diamond City, Alberta, brother Louis (Min) Dyer of New Westminster, BC, sister Patricia MacLennan of Richmond, BC, four grandchildren Jessica (Emile) Reale of Auckland, New Zealand, Melissa Needleman of Vancouver, BC, Tessa (Jon) Brady of Taber, Alberta, Kailey (Farren) MacLennan of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and three great grandchildren Ayden, Lucia, and Rylan.
She was predeceased by her parents Harry and Annie Dyer, husband Ellis MacLennan (1976), and daughter Patricia (2013).
Family would like to acknowledge the compassion and care provided by the staff of Columbia Assisted Living, Lethbridge Home Care, and St. Michaels Palliative Health Centre.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (403-327-5452 or 317 – 10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7) are appreciated.
Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium
2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1
Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403) 381-3128
Toll Free ~ 1-(888)-381-7778
care@cornerstonefh.ca

Christel Dawn Plain Eagle-Weasel Bear
Matoomsokasimyakii
“First Prairie Women”
1972 – 2014
Creator called our daughter, mother, sister, auntie and cherished friend home on the eve of March 23, 2014, after her lengthy battle with several illnesses
Christel Dawn – Matoomsokasimyakii (First Prairie Woman) Plain Eagle- Weasel Bear passed away in Pincher Creek on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the age of 41 years. Christel was born on November 25, 1972 in Pincher Creek, AB. She attended the Peigan School, as well as Canyon Elementary School, & Mathew Halton High School in Pincher Creek. In her later years she attended Lethbridge Community College in the Criminal Justice Program. In 1994 Christel worked with RCMP as a Liaison officer. In 1995 she graduated from the Adult Education Career Centre (UCEPP) on the Piikani Nation. Other work history includes the Peigan Recreation and Cultural Centre as the administrative assistant and later on the Interim Director of the Old Man River Cultural Centre. She grew up on the Peigan Nation, where in her younger years she was an avid participant on the Pow Wow trail throughout Canada and the United States. Up until recently she was a long time member of the Pow Wow committee, where she volunteered at numerous Pow Wows. Christel was a very proud mom attending every hockey game as well as travelling to different tournaments cheering on her son Kieven. She also enjoyed watching her son and brother playing slow pitch throughout southern Alberta. Her children were her life, her grandson Hayden whom she loved immensely was her pride and joy! She especially enjoyed hanging out with her family and friends sharing stories. Christel is survived by her children Kieven (Megan), Naomi (Brett), Chase and her grandson Hayden; Her Parents Leslie Man Who Smokes and Florence Weasel Bear; Brother Jaron (Kaitlyn); Sister Melanie (Gary); Adopted Brothers ; Kyle Plain Eagle, Randy Wolftail, Lynol Smith, her special niece Baby Girl Hannah, (God Daughter) Joelle; Nephews Tiegan, Mathew, Decan Sean, Rylan, Hunter, and Kicker, Grandmothers; Margaret Plain Eagle, Lousie English, Great Aunties; Elsie Crow Shoe, Catherine George, Great Uncle; Arthur Crow Shoe, Uncles; Stanford (Shannon), Richard (Noreen), Douglas (Sheena), Cameron (Brenda), Calvin (Tammy), Alex (Raeanne), Johnny (Margaret), Wilton, Aunties; Doreen (Eric), Helen (Joe), Deanna Vare, Audrey, Beverly (George), Laura (Doug), Ru, Lorraine, Leona (Coyote) Hall. Special cousins; Nelberteen Plain Eagle, Trina First Rider, Treena Ram, Keisha Lalmas, Vaness Plain Eagle, Karen Spotted Bull, Kendall Good Rider, Betty Smith. She was predeceased by her Brother; Shawn; Grandparents; Alex and Mary Weasel Bear, Grandfather; Jim Plain Eagle, Aunties; Hazel, Judy, Uncles; George, Gary, Harvey, Melvin, Stanley, Nelbert, Tom George, Special cousins; Lydia Weasel Bear, Melodie Spotted Bull. With Heavy Hearts, we say goodbye to Christel, but we know she will be greeted by all who went before her to welcome her home. The family will gather at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Snodgrass Funeral Home for a Traditional Prayer by Elder Leo Pard. The Wake Service will follow at the residence of Les Man Who Smokes and Florence Weasel Bear on the Piikani Nation, on Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Piikani Community Hall with Archdeacon Sidney Black officiating. The Interment will follow at the Brocket Cemetery, Piikani Nation. The Man Who Smokes, Plain Eagle and Weasel Bear Families would like to invite you to a meal and a tribute at the Piikani Community Hall after the internment.
To email condolences, please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com
Funeral arrangement entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek, AB (403) 627-4864

DECKER
Beverly Ann (Bev) 70 years. Beloved wife of Don. She is also survived by 1 Daughter 3 Grand-daughters, 3 great granddaughters. There will be a graveside Service at the Champion Cemetery. Lunch to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 2 PM.

GILBERT LLOYD PERRY
1941 ~ 2014
Mr. Gilbert Lloyd Perry of Coalhurst beloved husband of Mrs. Marilyn Perry passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the age of 73 years.
Besides his loving wife Marilyn Perry, Gilbert is survived by his daughter Angela-Lyn (Lorne) McDonald, his three sons Wesley Alexander (Karen), Brent Stephen, and Jason Todd; grandchildren Dillan Johnathan, Samuel Isaiah, Jordan Nathaniel, Mallorie Puckett, Michael (Shelby) Puckett; great-grandchild Jackson Puckett; sister Illene Keam, six brothers Sam (Margaret), Donald (Gwen), David (June), Robert (Gail), Lorne (Bonnie), and Cliff (Mary-Ann); and as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Gilbert was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Agnes, his daughter Carmen Tracey; brothers Wesley and William and his sister Gertrude (Wesa).
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Monday, March 31, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Last Post Fund, 401 – 505 René- Lévesque Blvd. West, Montreal, QC H2Z 1Y7.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623
Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901
http://www.mbfunerals.com

HAROLD MILLER
1929 ~ 2014
Harold Miller of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Thelva Miller, passed away on March 26, 2014 at St. Therese Villa at the age of 84 years.
Harold is survived by 5 children Donna (Fern), Brian, Glen (Lynne), Sandra (Ron), and Ken; 5 grandchildren, and 2 great- grandsons. He is also survived by 6 sisters-in-law and 5 brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal funeral service held. An interment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623
Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901
http://www.mbfunerals.com

MERLE ATKINSON
1918 ~ 2014
Mrs. Merle Atkinson, beloved wife of the late Mr. Robert Atkinson, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the age of 95 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623
Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901
http://www.mbfunerals.com

MICHELSON, GWENDOLYN LEORA
May 5, 1929 – March 26, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Gwen Michelson on March 26, 2014 in Calgary a the age of 84. Gwen is survived by her beloved partner Fharell Lafoy of Calgary; her five children Carolee Walton of Airdrie, Laurie Wieland (Les) of Iron Springs, AB, Linda Hornberger (Steve) of Calgary, Greg Michelson (Karen) of Carbon, AB and Renay Michelson of Airdrie; two stepchildren Barry Byman and Marlene Doucette; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grand children; her brother Byrnie Bodnaruk (Angela); sisters-in-law Donna and Diane LePard; and many nieces and nephews.
Gwen was predeceased by her husband Dwaine; her friend Verne Byman; her parents Wesley LePard and Lila Johnson; her brothers George, Stuart and Don LePard, Bobby Bodnaruk; and sister Colleen McLean.
Gwen’s greatest joys were shopping, decoration for every occasion, dressing up in western clothes, and dancing and spending time with her family. She was much loved and will be dearly missed.
A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Calgary East Stake Centre (7017 California Blvd. NE, Calgary) on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:00pm wit an opportunity to visit with the family from 1:00 – 1:45 pm at the Church. A graveside service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 1 at 1:00 pm. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at http://www.piersons.ca. Funeral arrangements are in care of PIERSON’S FUNERAL SERVICE, Calgary. Telephone 403-235-3602

NORGARDT
MR. LESLIE CYRIL NORGARDT, beloved husband of Mrs. Barbara Ann Norgardt, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at the age of 86 years.
A Private Family Celebration of Life will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Scenic drive & 11th Street South, Lethbridge, on Saturday March 29th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium
2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1
Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403) 381-3128
Toll Free ~ 1-(888)-381-7778
care@cornerstonefh.ca

June Kanomata
1939 – 2014
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 June¹s request, a private funeral service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. A private burial service followed at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
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 Joe¹s 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 Joe¹s parents, Kiyoshi and Miyoshi Kanomata; brother Daniel Sawa, sister Mae Boessenkool; brother-in-law Charlie Kanomata, sisters-in-law Molly Matsumoto, ³little² 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 June¹s name may be made directly to the St. Michael¹s Foundation (Palliative Care), 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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