September 27th, 2016

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 23, 2015.

1930 ~ 2015
Albina Chronik Redlinger (nee Slodkowska) died peacefully in Mesa, Arizona on February 13, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Albina is survived by her husband, Artie Redlinger, her five children: Stasia (Andee), George (Deb), Mary, Dan (Elizabeth), Patty (Peter), ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and her sisters Stasia Michalska and Apolonia Radzinska. Albina was born on August 6, 1930 in Adamowka, Poland. She married Alexander Chronik on Oct. 17, 1946 and immigrated to Canada in 1949, where they settled in Picture Butte, Alberta. Here they raised their five children. They were married for almost 52 years until Alex¹s passing in 1998. Albina then married Artie Redlinger on June 27, 2002 and moved to Mesa, Arizona where she has resided for the past thirteen years. Albina¹s happiest moments were spent in the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was passionate about scrapbooking, anything to do with her family¹s accomplishments and was constantly taking pictures of her life¹s precious moments. She was very devout in her faith and a long-time member of the C.W.L. Her interests also included travelling, cooking, baking and gardening. All are invited to attend and celebrate Albina¹s life. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 23rd at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4th St. S. Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 24th at ST. CATHERINE¹S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Ave North, Picture Butte, with Father Newton Rodrigues, celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 ­ 10 St. Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7. The family would like to thank Senior Bridge, Carrie Fernandez, Mom¹s personal hospice nurse and the staff at Infinity Hospice Care and Doctors Long and Dawson for their compassionate care. Send condolences at

JOAN ARELIS nee Doram, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Victor Arelis and loving mother of Rick Arelis and Veronica Rowe, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the age of 76 years. A celebration of life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. In memory of Joan, Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7
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1916 – 2015
VILMA CHIZMAZIA, beloved wife of the late James Chizmazia, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at her home, with family by her side. A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778

July 17, 1965 ­ February 14, 2015
Cynthia Ann Seraphim Hartman (Cindy) Schatz (nee Hepple), beloved wife and mother, passed away at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the age of 49. It is with the deepest sadness that we announce Cindy¹s passing after a long, brutal battle with a rare and very aggressive form of cancer that saw her family temporarily relocate to Saskatoon. Cindy was a true warrior and fought to the bitter end to remain on this earth for her family, always her top priority. Cindy was born on July 17, 1965 in Fredericton, NB into a military family. She lived with her family at different postings across Canada, and even in adulthood she never quite lost the urge to travel and explore new places. Nokomis, SK was her home for the past couple years. Cindy is survived by her husband Darren and their two children, 11 year old Olivia, and 8 year old Daniel; her brother Jeff (Tina) Hepple of Lethbridge, AB; sister-in-law Cheryl (Tony) Schmidt of Nokomis, SK; brother-in-law Brian (Cindy) Schatz of Young, SK; her best friend and Œsister¹ Yvonne DesRoches of Lethbridge AB; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Cindy was predeceased by her birth father Seraphim Hartman of Manning, AB; parents June and Alan Hepple of Lethbridge, AB; grandparents; and some aunts, uncles, and cousins. Special thank yous to Cheryl, Tony and Derrick Schmidt of Nokomis, SK; Dr. Mark Bosch, and Renee Stuckel and staff at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre; to the nurses of the Stem Cell Transplant unit at Royal University Hospital; and to Telemiracle for recently providing temporary housing in Saskatoon. In lieu of Þowers, those so wishing may make a memorial donation towards Olivia and Daniel¹s education, by sending a cheque to the ŒTown of Nokomis¹, Box 189, Nokomis, SK, S0G 3R0 (receipts will be issued). A memorial service will take place Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Martens Warman Funeral Home in Warman, SK. Those able to attend are encouraged to wear something pink in memory of Cindy.

DEMAS, Presley Evelyn
July 19, 2012 ­ February 16, 2015
In the wee morning hours of Monday, February 16, 2015, with her loving father at her side and comfortably in the arms of her loving mother, Presley Evelyn Demas was peacefully returned to her kind and loving Heavenly Father. She was two and one-half years old. Presley was full of life and energy and brought love and joy and a ray of sunshine to all those that knew her. She will be dearly missed. She leaves behind her devoted mother, Courtney Mayowski, and her dedicated father, Nick Demas, both of whom loved and cherished Presley deeply throughout her short time on this earth. Her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members and friends mourn for her but are comforted in the knowledge that she is now being watched over by angels and administered to by Christ the Lord in whose presence she will dwell forever. A graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Cavell Cemetery near Chipman, Alberta which will include a release of purple, pink and white helium filled balloons. Those attending are asked to bring their own balloon in one of the requested colours. A celebration of Presley¹s life will follow at the Moyer Recreation Centre in Josephburg, Alberta. In lieu of flowers the family invites those interested to make a donation in Presley¹s name at any branch of the ATB Financial.
To send condolences, visit
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Edmonton 780-426-0050
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KAY HARRIS DOW passed away in Cardston on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at the age of 85 years, beloved husband of Wilda Nelson Dow. The Funeral Service will be held at the Temple Street Chapel, Cardston on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 12:00 to 12:45 pm prior to the Service. Interment in the Edenbrook Cemetery, Calgary on Thursday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m. E-mail your condolences to:

1924 ~ 2015
Dr. Francis Gordon Gore-Hickman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Luella Gore-Hickman, passed away on February 17, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm, on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at ST. AUGUSTINE¹S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 ­ 11 Street South, Lethbridge, with Canon James Robinson, officiating. Send condolences at

1933 ~ 2015
Mrs. Hilde Stein of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. George Stein, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 81 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 22 St. Christopher St., Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at

1926 ~ 2015
We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of our father Jake Dogterom on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Jake is survived by his daughters Coral (Bill) East, Jan (Jim) Kuhn, Nancy Dogterom; son Dave (Donna) Dogterom; seven grandchildren; one great- granddaughter; sister Muriel Zasadny; sisters-in-law Fran Dogterom, Thelma Coutts and Pat (Les) Bull; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Jake was born in Lethbridge on July 26, 1926 and was one of 7 children. He grew up on the farm east of Lethbridge and brought his wife Irma there in 1950 where they raised their family. Dad worked the farm with his dad Jacob and his brother Ray. In 1988 he and Irma bought a house in Lethbridge but Jake continued to commute to the farm. Jake also golfed, curled and was an active member of the Probus Club. He and Irma square danced for many years and had an enormous circle of friends. They enjoyed traveling and Jake was especially thankful to visit Schoonhoven, Holland where his father was born. Eventually they had to leave their house and make a home in Black Rock Terrace. In spring 2014 Jake was embraced by the caring staff of Legacy Lodge and Home Care. We wish to thank everyone for the exceptional attention he received there. Family and friends were always most important to Jake and he will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, Reverend Eva Stanley, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society Lethbridge Chapter, #402, 740 ­ 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7. Send condolences at

Tattsikiipoyi ³Middle Speaker²
Tattsikiipoyi, known as Leslie Man Who Smokes (Plain Eagle) passed away suddenly in Pincher Creek on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the age of 62 years. Les was born on August 25, 1952, in Brocket, Alberta, and lived his life on Piikani Nation. He is survived by his loving wife Florence Weasel Bear of 45 years. Also survived by his son Jaron Weasel Bear (Kaitlynn), Keivin (Megan), and Naomi (Brett) Chase; and grandchildren: Matthew, Devin, Teigen, Taryn, Hayden & Brielle; his traditionally-adopted children: Randy, Lionel, Daniel & Keisha; his mother Margaret Plain Eagle; his special aunts Catherine George, Louise English; his brothers: Standford, Richard (Noreen), Douglas, Cameron (Brenda), Calvin (Tamara), Wade (Crystal); his sisters: Audrey, Bev (George), Laura (Doug) & Bree (Juan), Vaness, Trina (Charles), Leona; his special brother: Coyote and special friend Peter. Les was well-known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed making people laugh. He grew up on the Piikani Nation and lived there most of his life. He participated in the rodeo for a number of years and was very involved in hockey and later participated in football and was a coach and player for the Peigan Eagles. Les was always involved in the traditional way of life. He valued the teachings he received from his late Aunty Elsie & Uncle Arthur. He took those teachings and became a traditional mentor for the local schools and post- secondary students. Leslie was predeceased by father Jim Plain Eagle; son Shawn; daughter Christel Weasel Bear; sister Judy; brothers: Harvey, Melvin, Gary; sister-in-law Hazel; brother-in-laws: George, Stanley and Nelbert. With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Les. We know he will be greeted by all who went before him to welcome him home. The family to gather at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Snodgrass Funeral Home for a traditional prayer, followed by the Wake Service to follow at the residence of Florence Weasel Bear on the Piikani Nation. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 23 at 11:00 am at the Piikani Community Hall in Brocket with Archdeacon Sydney Black officiating. The interment will follow at the Brocket Cemetery. The Plain Eagle and Weasel Bear families invite you to a meal and a tribute at the Piikani Community Hall after the interment. To email condolences, please visit Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes, Pincher Creek, AB (403) 627-4864.

1921 ~ 2015
Mrs. Linnea (Bowen) Barnett of Del Bonita, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 93 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. South, Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 or to the Autism Society of Alberta, 174, 3359 27 Street NE Calgary, Alberta, T1Y 5E4. Send condolences at

JOAN MARTENS, forever the beloved sweetheart of John Martens, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at the age of 72 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.
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APRIL 11, 1944 ~ FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Richard Dick Thunder Chief (Day Chief) of the Blood Indian Reserve, beloved husband of Geraldine Thunder Chief, was called home to the creator surrounded by his loving family and friends on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 70 years. Richard leaves to mourn his loving wife and best friend of 49 years, Geraldine, and their children Ron (Kelly), Rich Jr. (Gail) and Lorna; Grandchildren Kalib (Jade), Chet, Drayton, Nakoda, Kyanni, Mackenzie, Hunter, Taylor, Royce and Skye (Wilfred); his only Great Grandson “Baby Ricky;” Adopted children include: Karen, Harley, Stephanie, Tessie, Marvin, Christie, Cynthia, Caroline and Marlon Young Pine, Verna Delaney, Dallas Houghton, Chickory Black Water, Jana Day Chief, Belinda Bull Shoe and Barbara Day Chief; adopted Grandchildren Whitney, Larmer and Dryden; Godchildren Desi Creighton and Ryan Standing Alone; Brothers Evans (Patty), Ivan (Juanita), Horace (Dolly), Sheldon and sisters Gloria, Dorothy, Theda (Floyd) and Carol (Natashia); “Special Brothers” Harrison Shade, Harrison Wolfchild, Tom Crane Bear, Gilbert Provost and “Best Man,” Del Healy Sr. as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Richard attended the St. Mary¹s Residential School, returning home to work along side his dad tending to his horses and cattle. He was proud of his father Dick who was a major influence in his life, crediting him with instilling a strong work ethic and ideals of family, generosity and trust. Richard joined his father at many hand game tournaments and rodeos where Dick entered into calf roping, which lead him to his passion for the rodeo, entering many events which included saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping and calf roping. Richard also played with the Ole Yellers Hockey Club and Imatso Basketball Team. In 1965 while on the rodeo trail traveling with his “best man” Del Healy Sr., Richard met up with his soon-to-be wife Geraldine Provost, it was “love at first site!” On December 18, 1966 they married and later welcomed two sons Ronnie and Richard Jr. and a daughter Lorna. With the strong work ethic instilled in him by his dad, Richard provided for his new family and ensured they never went without. He travelled for work moving to several area towns, including Fort Macleod, Cowley, Lethbridge and Yakima, Washington. Richard and his family eventually moved back home to the Blood Reserve and into their new home in1976. Shortly after moving into their new home, Richard purchased his first herd of cattle and began running his own cattle operation and with his entire family returned to his love of rodeo. Rodeo took both him and his wife to Reno, Nevada to compete in the Sr. Pro Rodeo Association Finals, Richard in Calf Roping, Geraldine in Barrel Racing and both in Ribbon Roping. Richard never forgot where he came from; he danced in the Men¹s Buckskin competition and was joined by his wife Geraldine in the Women¹s Traditional at many powwows and Indian Days celebrations, he sang with the Old Agency Drum Group and the White Feathers Drum Group consisting of his brothers and sisters, he also composed many of his own songs and actively practiced the “traditional ways.” Richard was proud to serve the Blood Tribe membership in many capacities; grader operator with the Blood Tribe Public Works, an EMT and firefighter with the Blood Tribe Protection Services and as an elected Blood Tribe Councillor. In 1990 Richard became an entrepreneur launching “Triple R Trucking” and was a founding partner and Vice President of the Blood Tribe Truckers Association, negotiating various contracts for the Blood Reserve truckers. From 2010 to 2013 Richard served on the Blood Tribe Police Commission. Richard passed onto his family the same strong work ethic and values passed onto him, both he and his wife remained actively involved in their children¹s lives supporting them in their careers, endeavours and successes. Richard loved his grandchildren, he was their teacher, their supporter, their biggest fan, and most of all, their “Grandpa!” Richard touched the lives of many, his friends too many to name. He lived his life selflessly and without judgement ready to lend a hand. He will forever be remembered for his unconditional love for his family, siblings, nieces and nephews and their families, his generosity in the community, his strong values, quick wit and sense of humour. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Dick and Annie Day Chief, brothers Calvin and Darren and sister Noella. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to both Father Kevin Tumback of the All Saints Roman Catholic Parish and Father Francis Tran of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their special blessings for dad and family.
The family would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all the doctors, nurses and other medical staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, Medical Imaging and Outpatient Units for their compassionate medical care of Dad and to the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-San Martin Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada for the special care Dad received during his travels to the INFR 2014.
A Wake Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve, AB. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 23, 2015 at ST. MARY¹S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH, Blood Reserve, AB. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Chinook Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit, 960 -19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5. Send condolences at

1963 ~ 2015
Ms. Sandy Cyr of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the age of 51 years.
Sandy is survived by her beloved companion of Mr. Keith Thurlow, her daughters Dawn, Ashley, and Melissa, 6 grandchildren, mother Bonnie, brother Kevin, and sister Darla and their families.
A private family service will be held in British Columbia at a later date. Send condolences at

1974 ~ 2015
Mrs. Tanya Wichers of Calgary, beloved wife of Mr. Mitch Diaper and stepmother to Conor, passed away suddenly in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 40 years. Besides her husband Mitch and stepson Conor, Tanya is survived by her mother Doris Wichers; brothers Harvey (JoAnn) Wichers and Brian (Stacey) Wichers; sister Lisa Wichers; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her father John Wichers and sister Carol Ann Wichers. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN FEFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd West, Lethbridge, with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating. Send condolences at

YVONNE DOORAINE WATTS passed away in Cardston on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the age of 90 years, beloved wife of Ernie Watts. Yvonne was born in Queensland, Australia and emigrated to Canada in 1967 with her husband and youngest daughter after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She remained a faithful member of the church all her life serving for many years in the Cardston Temple, a stake mission to the First Nation Reservation and a full time mission with her husband in the Chicago Temple. Yvonne was a sweet, quiet lady with a keen sense of humor. She is survived by her husband, Ernie Watts; daughters, Jan Hill of Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia and Lorraine (Kent) Christensen of St. George, Utah. Eleven grandchildren, 33 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. The Funeral Service will be held at the Cardston Alberta Stake Center (East Hill) on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Gerry Selk officiating. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery. E-mail your condolences to:


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