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Thursday, September 25, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 25, 2014.

1917 ~ 2014
Our Precious Mother, Grandmother, Auntie and Friend Elizabeth (Betty) Sarah Healy passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the age of 97. Betty was the eldest child born to Alice (No Runner) and Willie White Feathers of the Blood Reserve on October 15, 1916. Betty was also the granddaughter of Mary Brown and Nicholas Sheran, the founder of Lethbridge. Mom had a love so deep for her all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren (5 generations) as well as her late sisters¹ children and extended family, it showed through her prayers as she would pray for each and everyone every morning. Mom¹s storytelling was shared by her children, grandchildren and leaving each of us with fond memories and her wisdom to carry on. Mom¹s humour was something we all loved as you could hear her and family laughing and enjoying special moments, which sometimes would last into the wee hours of the morning. Mom was a very strong woman, whom endured and survived the Indian Residential School and later in life she survived and beat cancer. Mom experienced the transition of the simple but hard life, such hauling water from the river and washing her laundry by hand, and drying and smoking meat up to the time of modern technology, although she never desired to own a cell phone. She is an example of all that is good in this life. “She loves the Lord and her family and enjoyed the simple things in life. Mom would not want us to be sad, but to be happy for her as she has left behind the pain and sadness and is reunited with her husband and her loved ones. She lived a long life and left behind a great legacy, her children and grandchildren.” As an honoured and well respected elder of the Blood Reserve and surrounding area, Betty has played an important role in many cultural activities for almost a century. She was more than happy to share the knowledge that she had gained throughout her lifetime and passed them down to the young and old, and for those who made the time to sit and listen. Recently, she was honoured at the Saipoyi Elementary School and she was very happy and excited to be recognized as one of the oldest members of the Blood Reserve. She and her (late) husband, Arthur Healy Sr. inducted numerous noteworthy candidates into the Kainai Chieftainship, whom include Prince Charles, Senator Joyce Fairbairn, Mary J LeMessurier and John Diefenbaker, just to mention a few. Betty along with her husband had the honour of being a part of the Calgary Stampede as Parade Marshals in 1977. Betty received her Patriarchal Blessing on August 27, 1998 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Betty and Arthur were members of the Horn Society for over 24 years. This has been known to be the longest time that anyone has committed to this sacred society. Betty was also a member of the Motokiis Society for 10 years, also members of the Magpie Society with her husband. The Lady Whip and Headdress was given to her by Rosie Davis which gave Betty the honor to conduct the headdress transfers and numerous other ceremonies. Our family has paid tribute to her long-standing commitment to our traditional ways. Betty is a truly a virtuous woman and worthy of recognition. “She is not gone but just going over the horizon to the next stage of life”. Betty is survived by her children: Del (Diane), Jordan, Patsy Healy, Bella (Bert) Mistaken Chief, Sheila Healy, Fern Healy, Lila Heavy Head, Jessalyn (Armand) Page, Robert(Christine) Healy, Heather (Norbert Jr) Black Water, Blair (Milan) Orr, Tanya (Lance) Healy, Sandy (Brad)Healy, Buddy Lane Healy and Kelsey Healy. Her daughters in-law Clara Healy, Rita Tall Man, Gilbert Healy. Adopted Children: Sam Cook, Charlotte Manuel, Trevor Panczak, 52 grandchildren, 140 great grandchildren, and 43 great great-children, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and her extended families; No Runner, Old Shoes, White Feathers, Soop, Weasel Fat, Brown, Mountain Horse, Wadsworth, and Scout. We apologize if we missed or overlooked anyone. Betty was predeceased by her husband Arthur Healy Sr, her children Art Jr, Winston (Loretta), Burton and Terry Healy. Her grandchildren: Kendall, Raphael, Rosanne, Great grandchildren: Daffney, Dimitri, Christi Marie, great great grandson Robby. Her parents Willie and Alice (No Runner) White Feathers, her grandmother Mary Brown (Nicolas Sheran) her sisters Beatrice Weasel Fat and Annie Day Chief, and daughter in law Bernadine Chief Moon, adopted son Bob Gottfriedson, her aunties: Maggie Hinkle, Susie Powell, Helen Cochrane, uncles: Mark Old Shoes, Bob No Runner, Morris Baker and George Coming Singer, as well as numerous relatives. A Wake will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 at OLD AGENCY HALL. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at OLD AGENCY HALL. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

SHANIA SHALENE SKY BLACKSTAR – SCOUT, beloved daughter of Tricia Spear Chief and Sheldon Blackstar, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 21st, 2014 at the age of 17 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, September 26th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. Interment in St. Paul¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net

1920 ~ 2014
Cecilie deLisle (Swanson) Parke, known to many as Squish, passed away in Lethbridge on September 17, 2014 at the age of 94.
Youngest daughter of Enid (Schreiber) and Cecil Swanson, born in Victoria April 20th, 1920. Predeceased by her son Owen Gordon and her two sisters Vera Burns and Beatrice Armstrong. She will be sadly missed by her son Brian Cecil Parke and daughter-in-law Andrea Mulder, her daughter Linda Elaine Parke-Borrelli and her two granddaughters Kaila and Madelyn Borrelli. A Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at ST. JOHN¹S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Pincher Creek, AB. Reception to follow at the church. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

WALLY FRITZ, beloved husband of 66 years to Florence Fritz of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Besides his loving wife, Wally is survived by his sons Darryl (Diane), Derrick (Joanne), Darcy (Kathy) Darren (Lorna) and daughter Wendy (Joe), 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Wally is predeceased by his parents Alma and Earl Fritz, as well as Donna Campbell. Wallace was born June 9, 1926 in Lethbridge. He received schooling in AB and graduated in BC. Upon returning to Lethbridge, he met the love of his life, Florence Osberg and they were married in 1948. Wallace entered the milling industry and became a manager for Ellison Milling for over 40 years. Wallace loved spending time with family and traveling with Florence and their daughter. He enjoyed gardening and was thrilled by donating it to whoever wanted to eat it. Wallace was a hard working, caring man who will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
A Private Family Graveside Service was held at Mountain View Cemetery. Thank you to Dr. Lowe and his staff for taking care of him. By his request, no funeral will be held.
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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

1924 ~ 2014
Mrs. Hazel Penny, beloved wife of Mr. Jim Penny, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Hazel is survived by her husband Jim; her daughter Aarol (Ken) Pattenden; granddaughters Andrea Penny and Chelsea Pattenden; grandson Brodie Pattenden; daughter in law Joan Penny. She was predeceased by her mother and father Anna and Peter Brovold; son Dr. Foster Penny; two brothers; eight sisters and granddaughter Shannen Pattenden. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 at ST. ANDREW¹S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 ­ 5 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Hugh Jack, officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Scenic Drive, Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

1930 ~ 2014
On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Mr. Joseph “Joe” Sokoloski, beloved husband of Mrs. Earlene Sokoloski, passed at Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 84 years. He suffered from Parkinson¹s Disease for the past six years. He is survived by his wife Earlene; his son Douglas; his grandchildren Landon and Pearson. Joe was born in North Portal on July 5, 1930, and spent most of his life in Saskatchewan. He and Earlene moved to Lethbridge in 1997. He was an avid sportsman with five hole-in-one accomplishments in golf. He also played baseball and softball, as well as played and coached hockey for over 30 years, and he loved the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, and seven sisters. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date where he will be laid to rest in the family plot in Oueens Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to The Parkinson¹s Society of Southern Alberta, 1254-3 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0J9. Send condolences at

CECILE “CIS” MARIE LARIVIERE passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at St. Michael¹s Health Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. Cecile was born June 29th, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario to Joseph and Alexina Brunelle. In April 1957, Cecile married her young darling and dance partner, Sidney Lariviere (predeceased), and raised two beloved children, Karen and Mike. She worked many years as a nurse¹s aide at Huron Lodge in Windsor, and enjoyed spending time on her apartment balcony overlooking the Detroit River, watching boats float by and listening to the sounds from Detroit Tigers games. Cecile was an avid bowler, a competitive card player, and an ice cream enthusiast. She also loved to travel and visited many warm and wonderful places; including the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Jamaica, Florida, Arizona, the Bahamas, and Hawaii. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her family. Cecile was an accomplished cook and often hosted family dinners for the benefit of her children and grandchildren, her friends and family. Cecile is survived by Mag Nelson, her daughter Karen and son-in-law James (Jake) Gaudette, her son Mike and daughter-in-law Alice Lariviere, her grandchildren Stacey Gaudette-Sharp and Stephen Sharp, Sidney and Tina Gaudette, Michelle Lariviere and Lanz Tory and Malissa Lariviere. Her great-grandchildren Luther, Leighton, Harper and Jaxon. Her sister Pauline and son-in-law John Simons, Leona and son-in-law Larry Tessier, brother Henry and sisters-in-law Heather Brunelle and Betty Brunelle. Please join us for a Celebration of Cecile¹s life at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Michael¹s Foundation, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 or http://www.covenantlethbridge.ca/?page_id=170
A Committal Service will be held at Heavenly Rest in Windsor Ontario on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., followed by a luncheon.
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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

KATHLEEN MAY MACK, beloved wife of Ken Mack of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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

GEORGE SCHLICHTER, beloved husband of Gerda passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 23 at the age of 84.
George was born in Barcs, Hungary on January 11, 1930, the only child of Adam and Elizabeth Schlichter. He moved to Canada in 1951, settled in Lethbridge and was followed by Gerda in 1953. He was a skilled craftsman, trained as a furniture maker in Europe and established a custom home building business in Lethbridge. He has laid down his tools, but his accomplishments are featured in many fine homes throughout Southern Alberta. George will be sadly missed by Gerda Schlichter, his wife of 61 years; his children: Edith (Doug), Henry (Lori), Don (Loretta) and Gary (Lisa) and his twelve grandchildren: Lana, Lucy (Chris), Kevin, Adam, Miyah, Amanda, Sadie, Mason, Justine, Megan, Savannah and Bronson, and one great- grandson, Otto. Rest in peace George. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge with Deacon Bill Young officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, followed by a get together at Eagle Hall, 631 ­ 13 Street North, Lethbridge. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may give to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge AB, T1J 4K7.

SHARON ANN VOORT, beloved wife of Tony Voort of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the age of 66 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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

George Nakatsuru
1922 – 2014
George Nakatsuru, beloved husband of the late Mie Nakatsuru, passed away in Lethbridge on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the age of 91 years. The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Yasuo Izumi officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; .
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Alberta has lost a native son. Robert Hironaka died peacefully on September 22, 2014.
“You get out of life what you put into it. If you don¹t put into it you don¹t get much out of it”
Robert Hironaka – Alberta Order of Excellence 2012
If you were to ask the many that Robert came in contact with throughout his life, they would say that he lived life to the fullest – a lifetime dedicated to excellence and service. Robert was born on January 18, 1928 in Raymond, Alberta to Yoichi “Harry”
and Tsuki (Kanehiro) Hironaka. His sister Fusae and brother, Akira (Yasuko, deceased), predeceased Robert. He is survived by his brothers Tucker (Sachi), James (Aya, deceased), Marshall (Sally) and Arthur (Pat) as well as by his two sisters Florence Senda (Yosh, deceased) and Misae Masuda (Aki). As many early immigrants, Robert¹s father Yoichi taught his children the importance of family and the value of education. After receiving a diploma from Olds College of Agriculture, Robert went on to complete his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Alberta and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. In 1950, Bob met Shizuko (Susie) Kohashigawa at a house party in Edmonton, and married in 1955. They had three children, a son Wesley (Colleen Hierath) and two daughters, Lorelei, and Tamiko (deceased in 1982). Sadly, Susie passed away in 1995. Robert always missed her dearly, and would tell everyone about his beautiful wife. Bob dedicated the Rotary Paul Harris Award in memory of Susie. Bob and Susie¹s legacy lives on in their six grandchildren – Wes¹ girls Haley, Shea and Quinn, and Lorelei¹s boys Jesse, Daniel and Zachary. In 1959, Dr. Hironaka joined the staff of the Lethbridge Research Centre. His research in the area of animal nutrition gained him international acclaim. He often represented Canada at symposiums and joint research projects around the world. Robert¹s distinguished work has been recognized in many ways. Bob retired from the Lethbridge Research Station in 1991. This would be the start of a life dedicated to community service. As a founding member of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Bob spent many days enjoying the garden as it matured. He continued his work with the Buddhist Church; the Lethbridge Twinning Society; Communities in Bloom; Rotary and many other community projects. One of his greatest honors was in serving the University of Lethbridge as Chancellor from 1995-1999. Dr. Hironaka received many distinguished awards for his service work, including the Alberta Order of Excellence, a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Lethbridge, and Foreign Minister¹s Commendation of Japan for his promotion of Japan Canada Friendship. A fellow community leader describes Robert Hironaka as “an exemplary ambassador for the University, Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, and in fact, all of Alberta,” In addition, “his contributions have made this community a better place to live, work and study.”
Bob enjoyed living his life simply, with great generosity and integrity. Robert¹s grandson Jesse puts it simply: “Always eager to have an animated conversation with anyone, [my grandfather] treated everyone fairly.” Jesse goes on to say, “He’d always be very concerned with our health, and he personally made us various concoctions of vitamins.” Bob was always there for his family and his many treasured friends, making an extra effort for family reunions or to help anyone out in some small way. Everyone enjoyed his optimism and his wonderful sense of humour. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. A private service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470 –40 St South, Lethbridge.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Colleagues, friends and family are cordially invited to reminisce about Robert at his favourite place, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, following the burial service. In honour of Dr. Hironaka, the Gardens will be closed during the funeral ceremony, and will reopen its doors at no charge to all for the remainder of the day. The Hironaka family warmly welcomes you to enjoy the beautiful gardens with them in the afternoon. Rain or shine, bring an umbrella, as Bob would suggest.
Robert, Bob, Jisan ­ We will miss your caring ways and your smile. In lieu of Koden and flowers donations may be made to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, PO Box 751 Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z6.

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