By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 30, 2013.
ALBERT ROBERT “BOB” HAGA, of Vulcan, beloved husband of April, passed away peacefully at home, on December 20, 2013. Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Central Church of Christ (409 – 1 St. S) in Vulcan, AB. Interment Vulcan Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.
ANNE HRYCOY ( PRUS)
We sadly announce the passing of Anne December 9, 2013 at the Lethbridge Hospital at 73 years. A wonderful wife to John Hrycoy, a wonderful Mom to Brent Lawlor (Edmonton), an awesome Grandma to Justin Lawlor (Edmonton) She will be dearly missed by brother Albin (Taber); sisters Mary Gajdostik, Zita (Frank)Tinordi of Lethbridge. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.
1927 ~ 2013
Mrs. Audrey Skiba passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by her family on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear KAREN CRANE CHIEF in Lethbridge on December 14th, 2013 at the age of 46 years. Karen was born to the late Dan & Eileen (Hairy Bull) Crane Chief on March 28, 1967 at the Blood Indian Hospital in Cardston, AB. Karen is survived by 3 siblings – Clarence Crane Chief, Sherry (Blaine) Parkins, and Wanda Crane Chief (Oliver). She is also survived by her 2 uncles Martin Hairy Bull and Robert Bad Man; 1 auntie Myrna Chief Moon. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Clara, Doreen, Bernice, Linda, Brenda, Martin, Daniel, Douglas, Jonas, Roland , and Cory Crane Chief. Karen was a very kind and humble person who couyld often be depended on to help care for her nieces and nephews. She was everyoneÂ¹s favorite Â³AuntieÂ². She enjoyed playing cards, pool, jacks, and crossword puzzles. Karen was also known for keeping her room tidy and keeping all her thins organized. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A Wake Service will be held at StreetÂ¹s Alive, Lethbridge on Sunday, December 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and continue at the Levern Community Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at the Levern Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ken Kissick Officiating. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
Gerald A. (Jerry) Rogers II
“Then Sings My Soul”
Gerald A. (Jerry) Rogers II, beloved husband of Lily Rogers of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital after a sudden, brief illness on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at the age of 81 years. He leaves his five children and their families: Catherine and Lorne Marco and their children Sarah (Kevin, and their children Zoe and Cacia), Kyle (Amy) and Elise (Tyler, and their children Siren, Niya, and Trey); Dianne and Bruce Johnston and their children Brett (Julie, and their son Hamish), Bryce, and Orye; Gerald and Joan Rogers and their son Gerald; Kenneth and Christine Rogers and their children Christopher and Camille; and Margaret and Neil James and their children Riley and Kaylee. He is also lovingly remembered by his sister Jocelyn Pritchard of Vancouver B.C., and her five children and their families, and his brothers-in-law Paul Pedersen (Carol) of Camrose, and Dennis Pedersen (Donna) of Wetaskiwin and their two children and their families. He was pre-deceased by his parents The Reverend Dr. Gerald F. Rogers and Margaret Rogers, his sister Daphne Rogers, his brother-in-law Blake Pritchard, and his father and mother-in-law Bernard and Edith Pedersen of Camrose. Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Jerry was born on July 19, 1932 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was a proud Bluenose. In 1947, when Jerry was 15, his family moved from Halifax to Edmonton, Alberta. He loved his memories of his years in Edmonton while in high school and as a young adult. Jerry and Lily’s life together began in Camrose sixty years ago. As a young couple with a growing family, Jerry and Lily made many good friends in Camrose, Wainwright, and Lethbridge, where they settled in 1972. With a background in lumberyard management, Jerry joined the City of Lethbridge Assessment Department, and enjoyed his work there until his retirement in 1997. In his retirement, Jerry enjoyed travels with Lily, and extra time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an active lifelong member of The United Church, and his deep-rooted love for music and singing was expressed through more than 60 years of continuous membership in church choirs. Jerry and Lily were founding members of the Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society, to which they devoted many volunteer hours. Jerry lived his life with integrity and honour, supporting his family with love, strength and confidence. JerryÂ¹s family is grateful to the staff at CRH Intensive Care Unit for their loving care. A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, December 27th, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. with The Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.
1949 ~ 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of my dear wife & our dear mom, Hanna Cox, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. MichaelÂ¹s Palliative Care Unit, at the age of 64 years, with her family by her side. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:30pm- 1:00pm on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge; a Funeral Service will follow at 1:00pm, with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. Those who wish may make a memorial donation in HannaÂ¹s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2T4 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 724 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2T1. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Kevin George Heaton passed away on December 19, 2013 at the age of 46 years, Kevin is survived his children Allissa, Nicolas, Joshua, Jayson, parents David and Joanne Heaton, brother Rob Heaton, sister Nicki (Todd) Goodreau, four nephews, and three nieces. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday December 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church 637 Charlotte St, Pincher Creek, AB with Pastor Barry Breker Officiating. Memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 or a charity of your choice.
JOSEPH “GEORGE” WILLIAMS
1930 ~ 2013
Mr. Joseph “George” Williams, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Charlotte Williams, passed away at St. MichaelÂ¹s Palliative Care on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the age of 83 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
MBDR T.L. HALMRAST
1985 ~ 2013
Travis Lee Halmrast of Warner passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the age of 28 years. Travis enjoyed his life on the farm especially the hunting and he was an avid hockey player during his school days. Travis is lovingly remembered by his wife Marci; his beloved sons Mason & Ethan; his parents Dale Halmrast and Shauna Lee; sister Sammy Zeeb and Ashtin Halmrast; brother Dean Curtis as well as many extended family members. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the VIMY RIDGE ARMOURY, 337 Stubb Ross Road, Lethbridge, AB with Padre Ken Eden, officiating. Interment will follow in the Warner Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Soldier on Fund c/o Canadian Forces Morale @ Welfare Services Attn: Corporate Outreach, 4210 Labelle Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K2 or by telephone at 1-877-445-6444. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
MILDRED KAY CHIEF MOON
“Beautiful Horse Woman”
MILDRED KAY CHIEF MOON (Aanatsinokaomitaakii), beloved wife of John Chief Moon Sr.passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge surrounded by her loved ones. Mildred was born on January 8, 1938 as a Ninnapohkawa (child of traditional royalty). Her parents were the late hereditary Chief NaatoÂ¹saapi (Jim Shot On Both Sides Sr.) and the late Tanataakii (Annie Shot On Both Sides) (nee Wolf Child). Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 60 years John Chief Moon Sr.; her 5 children Vernon (Brenda), John (Monica), Evelyn (LeRoy), Gloria and Leonard (Ethel); her 16 grandchildren Sonja, Annie (Cory), Vernon Jr., Samara, Amanda, John Ross, Patricia-Daisy, Tiffany, Toni (Chris), Diamond, Kathrina, Randi, Devon, Ty, Leonard Jr. and Suzie; seven great grandchildren Tegan, Bailey, Darius, Mikayla, Xavier, Zayden and Nema. Adopted children Chris (Beans) Shot On Both Sides Jr., Barbara Eagle Tail Feathers, Glen Yellow Feet, Carl Quenelle, Quentin Talman, Rubin Plain Eagle, Bruce Iron Shirt and Robert Tail Feathers. Special nephews Jason Chief Moon and Cameron Shot On Both Sides. Her loving godmother Dr. Helen Many Fingers. Also left to mourn Mildred are her siblings Alfred, Chris Sr., Jim (Linda), Christine (Roy), Clara, Donald, Lena, Gabriel, Maryanne (Matthew), and Florence (Richard); her Chief Moon family Ed (Elaine), Virginia (Tony), Myrna, Jordan (Rosetta), Daniel (Priscilla), Keith (Karen), and Bertha; her Crow Shoe family Evelyn (Bruce), Margaret, Rosaline, BettyAnn (Morris), Gerald (Elvira), Louisa (Leo), Valerie (Ivan), Dr. Reggie (Rose), Jocelyn and Vera; several nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. She was predeceased by her son Oral Alvin Chief Moon, granddaughters Noel and Cassidy; siblings Clovis, Bernard, and Roderick Shot On Both Sides, Pauline Eagle Child and Flora Healy; Joe, Mervin and Luanne Crow Shoe and adopted sister, the late Lorraine Good Striker. Mildred was raised as a Kipitapohkawa by her paternal grandfather AtsoÂ¹taowa (Francis Xavier Shot On Both Sides) and paternal grandmothers Itssoyaisttokimaa (Drumming in the Water) and Misamahkoyinimahki (Long Time Medicine Pipe Woman) in the traditional ways. Mildred embraced her late adopted parents Dr. Joe and Josephine Crow Shoe from Piikani who initated her to be a bracelet keeper for the Short Thunder Pipe Bundle. During MildredÂ¹s life, she drove a school bus for Richard and Mable Fox while working full-time at the Cardston Municipal Hospital. After retiring as a bus driver, she continued working at the hospital and also worked full-time at the Shot On Both Sides building as a custodian. After her retirement, Mildred could not sit idle. She immersed herself in her crafts and soon established a clientele. She set up her craft table at the building every Wednesday. She expanded her business by becoming an Avon Lady. Her business was made successful by her faithful clientele and as a result Mildred won Â³Sales Person of the YearÂ² numerous times. She was one of the pioneers at the BTA known as one of the Golden Girls along with Julianna Day Chief. After retiring, Mildred and John became elder advisors for OÂ¹opohkaasin in Lethbridge and the First Step To Healthy Babies program. Mildred and John were casted as extras in the motion picture Hidalgo starring Viggo Mortensen, whom he called Â³momÂ². She and her husband took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. They were also part of the planning committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, BC. Education was very important to her, she encouraged all her children to pursue post secondary diplomas or degrees that would allow them to attain good careers. All who knew Mildred know she was a humble person. She had a kind word and unconditional love for all the people in her life. The family would like to thank all those that sent well wishes and prayers during her stay at the hospital. We would also like to thank Dr. Bester and his nurse Rayla Janisko; Dr. Janzen and Dr. Wong and all the ICU nursing staff at LRH for the wonderful care given to Mildred. Special thanks to Dolly Creighton, First Nation Liaison Worker for her encouragement to our Dad John. We have been so overwhelmed with our loss we may have overlooked some family members and we apologize for that. The Wake service will be held at the Cardston Senior Centre in Cardston from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2013. The Funeral Service will be held at the Glenwood L.D.S. Church in Glenwood, AB on Monday, December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Glenwood LDS church.
MARLAINE VIRGINIA STROHSCHEIN (nee Hann) of Olds, Alberta passed from the loving arms of her family into the arms of her Heavenly Father after a brief battle with cancer on December 17, 2013. She was born September 27, 1953 in Lethbridge, Alberta to Herman and Lois Hann. Marlaine grew up in Nobleford, Alberta where she took her grade schooling. She briefly attended Cornwallis for Canadian Military Training. Licensed Practical Nurse training followed in Calgary and she subsequently worked as an LPN in Claresholm, Picture Butte, Coaldale and Red Deer. She also worked at Olds Koinonia Christian School as a librarian and an Educational Assistant. In 1989, Marlaine married Emrie Strohschein from Olds. They had two children; Jeff and Kathrin. Marlaine enjoyed teaching Sunday School, and was involved in Bible Studies and many other areas of service in her church. Marlaine accepted Jesus into her life in her early twenties as she attended a Christian rally with her mother. Her greatest joy was to see her children walk with the Lord. Marlaine was predeceased by her parents, Herman and Lois Hann. She is survived by her loving husband, Emrie and their children Jeff and Kathrin; brothers Mac and his wife Colleen and their children Derek and Lindsay; Alex and his wife Trudy and their children Heidi, Karen and Leisel; Fred and his wife Jackie and their children Matt and Samantha; sisters Martha and her husband Monty and their children Scott, Keith and John; and Lorna and her husband Jeff as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church, Olds with Pastor Brent Reilly officiating. A private interment will follow at the Wimborne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center, Olds or to Compassion Canada. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610 http://www.heartlandfuneralservices.com
TAYLOR WILLIAM ELLIOTT
“To remember is to love and celebrate the life of our Taylor.”
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Taylor Elliott. Taylor was the beloved eldest son of Michelle and James Elliott and devoted older brother to Alex Elliott. Also left to mourn are his Grandmother Mavis Davidson, Grandparents Donna and Bill Elliott, Aunt Jill (Joe) Chamberlain, Cousins Emma and Hayes Chamberlain, Aunt Cheryl Davidson (Dominic Sylvain), Uncle Bryan (Kim) Elliott, Girlfriend Jenna Koshney, many aunts, uncles cousins and loving friends. Taylor was predeceased by his Grandfather Mike Davidson in May 2013. Taylor was born in Pincher Creek on February 24, 1991. He loved life and there were not enough hours in his day to accomplish the things important to him. He loved the outdoors and the mountains; hiking with his family, hunting with his dad and brother, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, riding his horse Raz, biking, running and playing baseball. He was a gifted natural athlete. He was an exceptional hockey player who played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Olds Grizzlys and then the Brooks Bandits. This fall he helped coach the Southwest Rockies hockey team. Taylor was a natural leader and role model who had a smile for everyone and was always willing to lend a hand. He lived life to the fullest. We thank God for TaylorÂ¹s presence in our lives. He was truly a caring and loving inspiration for all. “To remember is to honour Taylor who will always be a light in our lives and our hearts.” A Memorial Service will be held at 1 P.M., on Monday December 30, 2013 at the PINCHER CREEK COMMUNITY HALL, 287 Canyon Drive, Pincher Creek, AB. Memorial donations may be to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Â Prairies/NWT Chapter, c/o In Memoriam Program, 700, 10665 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB, T5J 3S9 or to the Alberta ChildrenÂ¹s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB, T3B 6A8.
VAN DEN BERG
On Saturday, December 14, JURRIE and his son MIKE were flying to Tofino to visit friends when they were both tragically taken from us in a plane accident due to bad weather. A Memorial Service for Jurrie and Mike will be held at the PORCUPINE CORRAL CLEANING SHOP (Highway 519, 1 Mile East of Picture Butte, Turn South on R.R. 21-2) on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Picture Butte Fire Fighters Association, Box 1065, Picture Butte, Alberta, T0K 1V0.
We have shared together the blessings of God.
Tony Vanee passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 19, 2013 in Fort Macleod. He has left behind his loving wife of nearly 56 years Dini Vanee, their children: Linda (Theo) Grier, Darrell (Marina) Josh & Matt Grant, Brendan (Lindsay) Zachary & Zoe Grant :Bernita (George) VanderVeen, Yvonne & Anthony Prins, Melissa VanderVeen: Jackie (Tracy), Eric & Bradley Palmer: Rhonda (Barrie) Alexa, Travis & Bethany Loyst. He is also survived by special friends Manon (Peter) Vander Heyden, Dylan and Sophie de Peuter. He was predeceased by his son Robert in December 1992. Tony is survived by 10 brothers and sisters, Riek Van Driesten, John (Matty) Vanee, Janet Vanee, Harry (Lorraine) Vanee, Greta (Dirk) Beekman, Ed (Gwen) Vanee, Jeanette (Dick) Pols, Rita (Rick) Olson, Hank (Marriane) Vanee, Jim (Wendy) Vanee. Also eight brothers and sister-in-laws; Klaasje Struik, Joanne Aleman, Corrie Aleman, Bev (Dan) Fear, Anne (Evert) Tanis, Betty Dykslag, Mike (Mary) Aleman, John (Bea) Aleman. He is also survived my many nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by his parents Reyer (1988) and Fennetje (1995), his siblings Gerrit, Joe, and Wilma, his siblings in law Maas Van Driesten, Bill Van Driesten, Arie Struik, Casey & Jenny Aleman, Jake Aleman, Clarence Aleman, Andy Dancek, Moses & Yozina Aleman, and Eddy Dyklsag. Tony was born on May 26, 1935 in Amersfoort, Netherlands. Tony and his family emigrated from the Netherlands in 1950. For a short time they lived in Millet and moved to Southern Alberta in 1951. He worked in the beets, irrigation, construction, bridge crew and feeding cattle. His trucking aspirations started when he worked for Juris Livestock. Tony married the love of his life Dini Aleman in January of 1958. They were blessed with five children. In 1962 they moved to the Å’farmÂ¹ where they lived until September of this year at which time they moved to Rosewood Villa. In 1979 they decided it was time to get back to the Å’old countryÂ¹ for a visit. This was the beginning of their travels. Over the years they enjoyed travels to many European countries and to each of the provinces of Canada as well as all of the states in the United States.In 1960, along with his brothers Joe and John, they started Vanee Livestock. Over the next several years along with his brothers he started, bought and owned many other businesses. Tony was thankful that God blessed him with so many years of successful business relationships and he cherished the friendships that grew from these opportunities. Condolences will be held from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Bethel Free Reformed Church in Monarch, AB. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday December 24, 2013 at Bethel Free Reformed Church Monarch, with Pastor Eric Moerdyk Officiating. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary Box 1866 Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0 or the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Box 105 Burgessville, ON N0J 1C0.
WILLIAM (BILL) MOKOSKI
Born August 1943 in Lethbridge, passed away at the Red Deer Hospice, December 17, 2013. Sadly missed, much loved husband and best friend of Vera, Red Deer, and big brother of Marian (Bill) Hillen, Lethbridge, son in law to Mary M Kubik, Martha House, Lethbridge, and pack leader of devoted pets, Patches and Della. He fought a 9 year battle against brain cancer, facing all his challenges with quiet dignity, courage, and determination. A man of many talents, he was a teacher, market gardener, and sheep rancher, always fiercely devoted to this family. After being forced, by illness, to leave the sheep ranch at Pine Lake / Lousana, he became passionate about exercise, mostly walking Patches and Della, and attending Tai Chi as many times a week as he could manage. He also found time to raise an incredible garden at the community garden plot, as well as keeping the yard, at his home, green and well tended. Feeding the birds was always a joy, and he rejoiced at the new arrivals at the feeders at the beginning of each season. He did bird counts volunteered time for the literacy program and did peer support for the Cancer Society, which gave him a sense of sharing his knowledge and expertise with those in need. A quiet man, he was overwhelmed with the care and support of family and so many friends throughout his illness, and especially during his stay at the hospice, a tribute to a life well lived. Rest well dear friend. Many thanks to the tender loving care and support to Dr. Myburgh, homecare staff, our neighbors, and especially the staff of the Red Deer hospice. There will not be a funeral, as Bill requested, instead, we will celebrate BillÂ¹s life and remember him at a get together in the spring, his favorite time of the year. Arrangements to be announced later. Contributions in memory of Bill, may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Salvation Army, Red Deer and District SPCA, and the Red Deer Hospice, all charities that he supported.
1930 – 2013
Minoru Urano, beloved father of Robert, Doug, Janet and Esther Urano, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the age of 82 years.
A private family service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, December 20, 2013. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.