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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 23, 2014.

CORNELIUS “NEIL” GRISNICH
1934 ~ 2014
Mr. Cornelius “Neil” Grisnich of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Mrs. Gery Grisnich, passed away on October 21, 2014 at the age of 80 years. Condolences will be held from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30pm on Monday, October 27, 2014 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601 3 A St. S., T1K 1V0. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

GORZITZA
Gorzitza, Ronald ³Ron² John, of Vulcan, passed away at the Vulcan Community Health Centre, surrounded by his family, on October 17, 2014 at the age of 84years. Ron was born on August 21, 1930. Loving father of 5 children, Ron is survived by Wendy (Laurie) Gartley, Brenda (Clive) Joseph, Greg (Diane) Gorzitza, Rob (Ann) Gorzitza and Darren (Shannon) Gorzitza, son-in-law Jay Westman, twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Vulcan United Church (210 – 2 Ave. South), Sue MacDonald, D.M. officiating. Interment Vulcan Cemetery. Tributes in Ron¹s memory can be made to the Vulcan Health Care Long Term Care Unit, Box 299, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0. Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.

HEGLAND
LILLIAN ‘LIL’ HEGLAND, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Lil is survived by her children; Harold (Pat) Hegland, Carol (Joe) Karl, and Sandi Hegland. Her grandchildren; Ashley (Nancy) Hegland, Jackson (Jennifer) Hegland, Bradley (Sara) Park, Scott (Leanne) Park` and Danny McMann. Her Great grandchildren; Waverley Hegland, Grady and Ella Hegland, Carter, Caris and Macie Park, Dorian and Lukas Park. Lil is also survived by Betty Pitt, Kay Pitt (sister in laws) and Roy Frig (brother in law). Lil was predeceased by her first husband Gustav Hegland (1974) and her second husband Fred Preston, her sisters Kathleen Poch, Dorothy Welsh, Betty Frig, her brothers Cyril, Clarence, Alfred and Bill Pitt.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta officiating. A Graveside Service will be held in the spring of 2015.
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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

JEAN D. SCHMITT
1933 ~ 2014
Mrs. Jean Delilah Schmitt, beloved wife of Gordon Schmitt, of Milk River, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2014, at the age of 80 years. She will always be much loved and greatly missed by those who knew her. Jean was born on November 17, 1933 in Calgary, to Carl & Jane Johnson. She was the youngest of 12 children, and was predeceased by her parents, 5 sisters, and 3 brothers. She is survived by her husband Gordon, daughter Winona (Lance) Doram of Longview, AB, three grandsons, Jaxon, Jagger, and Jace Doram, son Richard Schmitt of Vancouver, B.C., sisters Hazel Coleman of Magrath, Ida (Archie) Campbell of Lloydminster, AB, brother Jay (Joyce) Johnson of Raymond, AB, and numerous nieces and nephews. Trained in 1955 in Edmonton, as a lab and x-ray technician, she worked in Magrath, Hanna, and High River, eventually settling in Milk River. It was in Milk River that she met Gordon, and they married in September of 1964. In 1966 they welcomed their daughter, and in 1968 their son. They enjoyed many activities together, especially curling and golf. Jean very much enjoyed other sports, as well, including skiing in her younger years, fishing, and softball, of which she played, and also coached, for a number of years. She also loved to watch Major League baseball, curling, and The Olympics. Jean was very involved in her community throughout her life in Milk River, and she served, in her middle years, as Hospital Board Chairman. In later years, she and Gordon enjoyed their time as Snowbirds, wintering for 19 years in Yuma, Arizona, where they golfed, and had an active social life. Jean especially enjoyed golfing, and loved her annual golf trip with close friends. Family was also very important to her, and the lights of her life were her three grandsons, the first coming along in 2001. She doted on them, was very proud of them, and loved them deeply. She also had many amazing and dedicated friends, whose company she greatly enjoyed, and whom she also loved dearly as family. Thanks to the staff of Chinook Regional Hospital, and especially the staff at Milk River Hospital, many of whom Jean worked with many years ago, for their kind and compassionate care in her final months and weeks. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the MILK RIVER CEMETERY, Milk River, AB. Luncheon to follow at the Agora Room, in the Milk River Civic Centre. In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204-2323-32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB., T2E 6Z3. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

KUBIK
MARTIN JACOB KUBIK of Picture Butte, AB., passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the age of 68 years.
Martin is lovingly remembered by his sons Martin (Julie), Tom (Tam), Dan and Pat (Sarah) and grandchildren Grayson, Hudson, Harrison, Felina, Jonah and Henry. He is also fondly remembered by his sisters Vlausta (Paul Upton) and Peggy (John Marko) his brother John (Jean) and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife Lillian and his parents Jacob and Marie Kubik. Martin was a wonderful father, industrious farmer, avid outdoorsman and loyal friend. He gave all of himself – we will remember that as his gift and his curse. Martin will be sadly missed by all. At Martin¹s request a private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Martin’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2M7 or to the Picture Butte Curling Club c/o Ken Johnson, Box 1032, Picture Butte AB., T0K 1V0
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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

Laurian Beauchesne
1941-2014
Mrs. Laurian Emily Beauchesne, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Henry Beauchesne, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus early morning of October 21, 2014 at the age of 73. She is survived by her second mom, Mary Edey; siblings, Colin (Sherley) Edey and Maida Edey; sons, Michael (Sandra) Bunning, David Bunning and Mark (Cheryl) Bunning; grandchildren, Cameron, Manda-Lynn (Steven), Casey, Cheyenne, Sanchira, Dustin, Darnell (Miranda) and Bryce; great-grandson Dakota; as well as numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Laurian was predeceased by her parents Edward “Ted” and Madelon Edey, first husband Jack Bunning and second husband Henry Beauchesne.  Celebration of Laurian¹s Life will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

MCCOLLISTER
Mrs. Nova McCollister, beloved wife of Dick, passed away at the Pincher Creek Hospital on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the age of 81 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the PINCHER CREEK UNITED CHURCH, 972 Police Ave., Pincher Creek, with Reverend Brent Woodard, Officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Nova¹s memory to the Windy Slopes Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0.

MOCH
With gentle relief, the family of JAMES “JIM” ALBERT MOCH, sadly announce his passing on Saturday, October 19th at the age of 74 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with reverend Andrew Horne officiating.
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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

PALATE
BETTY D. PALATE, loved by many, beloved wife of the late John Palate of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the age of 87 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at VICTORY CHURCH – 1 mile east of Lethbridge on Highway 3, on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.
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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

SCHRIJEN
MR. JACOBUS “JAC” SCHRIJEN, beloved husband of Mrs. Astrid Maassen, of Nobleford, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at the age of 56 years. A visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Friday, October 24th, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.
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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

SHIRLEY MOUNTAIN HORSE
Sept. 10, 1937 – Oct. 18, 2014
SYBIL SHIRLEY MOUNTAIN HORSE (Pistsikaakii), of the Blood Reserve, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 18, 2014 in Cardston, Alberta at her place of care for the past two and a half years, the continuing care home, Good Samaritans. In celebration of Shirley¹s life, her legacy and memory will live on through her children: Delores (Peter) Weasel Moccasin, Brent (Mavis) Singer, Alvine (Narcisse) Mountain Horse, Ivan (Kailey) Singer, Carolyn, Ray (Beverly) Mountain Horse, Marvin, and daughter-in-law Roana (Darcy) Weasel Head; her grandchildren; great grandchildren; her siblings; Theresa Mistaken Chief, Carla (Bruce) Wells, Jerry Wells, Nina Buckskin, Yvonne Morning Bird, Gordon Morning Bird, Bernard Shouting; her sisters-in-law Mary Singer and Adeline Singer; numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was born on September 10, 1937 to Aahkiaapikkitstaakii (Annie Mountain Horse). Shirley¹s formal western education began at the age of 8 years old at the St. Paul¹s Anglican Residential School until the age of 14 years of age. She had a very traditional upbringing, as her mother was very involved in the traditional societies of the Blackfoot people and the annual Sundance encampment held at the Belly Buttes every summer. Shirley¹s mother was a very long time member of the Maoto¹kiiksi (Buffalo Women society) and she was a herbalist from whom Shirley acquired her own knowledge as a herbalist. Her mother transferred on a lot of her herbal medicine knowledge that Shirley used to help/treat a lot of people that were sick and that would rather have herbal medicine instead of pharmaceutical medicine prescribed to them by a doctor. She was able to share some of that knowledge of the herbs and plants when she participated in the acclaimed website project, ³Nitsitapiisinni ­ Stories and Spaces: Exploring Kainai Plants and Culture² with the Galileo Educational Network at the University of Calgary, in partnership with Red Crow College, and Kainai Board of Education. The website was launched on May 27, 2005. Besides having the knowledge of the plants and the herbs, Shirley was given other Blackfoot traditional transfer rights like; making the blood soup at the kano¹tsissin (all night smoke ceremonies) and fixing ochre to make/cook it to the right texture/color. She was the tripod owner for the Ninaimskaoh bundle ³Aistsiisihtsi². She was a very skilled bead worker and seamstress while never owning a sewing machine when her children were still very young she sewed their clothes by hand. She was also a very talented cook one of the skills she picked up during her time at the residential school. Some of the many skills and talents that Shirley passed on to her children. Shirley was predeceased by her mother, Annie Mountain Horse; her father Jimmy Wells Sr.; her infant son Charles Singer; her son Michael Mountain Horse; husband Reid Singer; her son-in-law Michael Andrew ³Binky² Weasel Fat; her mother-in-law Antoinette Singer; her brothers-in-law: Walter Singer, Lambert Singer, John Singer, Clarence Singer, Billy Singer, and Frederic Heavy Runner; her special sister-in-law Agnes (Harry) Shade; her brothers: Wallace Mountain Horse, Jimmy Wells Jr., Edwin Wells, Jordan Wells, and Nap Black Rabbit; her sisters: Florence Brave Rock, Shirley Calf Robe, Anna Wells, and Joan Wells.
Shirley comes from a very large extended family and relatives, which include the families of the Crow Chiefs, Day Chiefs, No Runners, Healys, Old Shoes, Kings, Heavy Heads, White Feathers, Singers, Shades, Willows, Tallows, Small Eyes and we apologize if any families were missed as this was not intentional. A Wake service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, October 23rd from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m. Interment in St. Catherine¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

VALERIO “VAL” MATTEOTTI
1913 ~ 2014
It is with sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dr. Valerio “Val” Matteotti, beloved husband of Mrs. Flora Matteotti on October 17, 2014 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 101 years. Born in Italy on February 12, 1913, Val immigrated to Canada at the age of 10 years to join his mother and father who came to Canada earlier to establish a home. Val was raised in the Cardston area where he worked on the family farm and acquired his strong work ethics. Val left the farm and hitchhiked to the United States and worked as a bellhop and kitchen helper in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, saved his money, and returned to Canada to start his own farming business. In 1930, he had saved enough money to lease with the option to purchase his first farm. Val formed a partnership with his two brothers, and together were successful farmers. The partnership was later disbanded and Val formed the company Val Matteotti Ranches Ltd. Val and Flora were married in Italy in 1948, and when they returned to Canada, they worked side-by-side to make Matteotti Ranches one of the most successful farm and ranch operations in Southern Alberta. At one time, they owned and operated four large farms located across Southern Alberta, and Val spent his days going from farm to farm managing the work crews. In 1988, they sold their last farm, settled in Lethbridge, and began to successfully invest in Calgary real estate, but his love for farming and the land never left him. He became a legend in Southern Alberta for his strong work ethics, integrity, generosity and sense of humour as well as having an astute business acumen. There is not a single aspect of the Southern Alberta community that was not happily touched by the life of Val Matteotti. Education, Health Care, Youth Sports, Culture, Arts, Nature etc. ­ All elements vital to a vibrant and socially responsible community have benefitted from the generosity of Val¹s philanthropy. His special interest were in the areas of Youth Sports, Education, and Health Care, although he generously supported the Lethbridge Symphony, Allied Arts Council, Lethbridge United Way, Lethbridge Athletic Association, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge Minor Soccer, Lethbridge Minor Baseball, Lethbridge Slow Pitch, Food Bank, and many others too numerous to list. He supported both the Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge. Val was acknowledged for his major contribution to the college. In 1988 the college named their new gym the “Val Matteotti Gymnasium” and further honoured him by inducting him into the LCC Hall of Fame. In 1990, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the college, Val was named the Honorary Chairperson for the TEC 2000 Capital Campaign, and gave a generous leading gift to the campaign. He was also a huge supporter of the College Athletic Programs. The University of Lethbridge honoured Val with a special Faculty of Management Scholarship Dinner in the year 2000 and as a result, a series of scholarships were set up in his name. Val became Dr. Val Matteotti when he received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the U of L in 2004, an honour reserved for only a few very deserving recipients. Val was a generous financial contributor to many other university events, including the University Singers, Festival of Art & Song, Abbondaza, LINC Library Project etc. Val received honours from all levels of the government. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal 125 from the Governor General of Canada, marking the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. In 1988, Val received a special certificate of merit from the Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for his outstanding support of his community. In 2005, the Provincial Centennial Medal marking the Province of Alberta¹s 100th Anniversary was presented to him. He also received a certificate of merit from Premier Ralph Klein and his cabinet for his support of Health Care in Alberta. Val was given the prestigious and very rare Premiers Silver Medallion for his support of the Lethbridge community in 2005. In Calgary, Val and Flora were honoured with the Philanthropic Award in 2001, presented by the Alberta Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award was presented in Calgary by Mayor Dave Bronconnier. He also received awards from the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Kinsmen Pediatric Centre. The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame inducted Val into the honoured hall on three separate occasions. 1995 a group of local business people started the Italian Open Golf Tournament with Val as a patron. Later, the tournament was renamed the Val Matteotti Italian Open Golf Tournament. The event sold out every year, it has raised over $1,200,000 for much needed health care equipment at the Chinook Regional Hospital. For over 27 years, Val donated trees to be planted in Henderson Lake Park to replace old or diseased trees. He was proud to involve students from the General Stewart Elementary School to help plant the trees and learn the importance of nature. One of Val¹s proudest and most cherished sponsorships was the Val Matteotti Golden Hawks AAA Bantam Hockey Team. They were the first sports team he sponsored and were always his favourite. He followed their progress every year, and was proud when he was told they refer to themselves as the “Matteotti¹s kids”. On April 27, 2006 Val was named as the inaugural Lethbridge Citizen of the Year, sponsored by the Lethbridge Herald and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge. He was extremely proud of this award, not only because he was the first person named as Citizen of the Year, but because the submission to the selection committee included submissions from the community, including many of the clubs and organizations he had supported over the years. That evening at the awards banquet, Val was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow. The Paul Harris Fellowship is a Rotary Club Honour, reserved for people of distinction. The same evening, Mayor Bob Tarleck presented him with the Keys to the City in honour of his exemplary contributions to the Lethbridge Community. We will miss Val and his generosity, but most of all we¹ll miss his presence in the community, his wisdom, sense of humour and storytelling. Besides his loving wife Flora of 66 years, Val is survived by his sisters-in-law Anne Matteotti & family, Alice¹s children, Henry¹s children, sister-in-law Wanda Lutterotti, nephew George (Adella) Lutterotti & family, nieces Alberta (late Frank) St. Amand, Nevis (Douglas) Goruk & family, as well as many relatives in Europe. Val is predeceased by his mother Teresa, father Angelo, siblings Henry, Alice and Guido. Vigil Rites (Prayers), Eulogy and Tributes will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4 Street South, Lethbridge, led by Deacon Cliff Bogdan. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1101 ­ 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Flowers are gratefully declined; those who wish may donate to the Val Matteotti Open, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

WARZUTA
Mr. Stanley Warzuta of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on October 19, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
At Stan¹s request, there will be no funeral service.

WIEBE
JAN CARIN WIEBE, beloved wife of Barry Gamow of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the age of 51 years. A Celebration of Jan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNRAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Following the service a reception & light lunch will be served.
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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

WILLIAM MALCOMSON
1927 ~ 2014
Mr. William Malcomson, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Malcomson, passed away on October 18, 2014 at the age of 87 years. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, AB.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

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