By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 1, 2015.
1919 – 2015
Mr. George Glatley of Lethbridge passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the age of 94 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
MATILDA MARY HOLCEK passed away at St. Therese Villa, Lethbridge on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
John William Hutton, passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 67 years. John was born on March 25, 1948 in Fort MacLeod to Bill and Gwendoline Hutton. John lived his life in Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Leduc and Vancouver; spending time outdoors, taking pride in his work and always helping others. John will be remembered by his three children Brad (Ariel Ward) of Vancouver, Jeff (Loren Brunelle) of Vernon and Janice Hutton (Izzi Woodrow) of London, England; and his four grandchildren Tylan, Carter, Griffin and Kajsa. John is also survived by his sisters Debbie of Lethbridge, Judy of Fort Macleod and his brother Jerry of Chilliwack as well as their families. Cremation has taken place and a gathering in John’s memory will be planned at a later date.
Miinaâ€™ki / Woman of the Berries – PHILOMENA LITTLE BEAR returned home to the Creator after a lifetime of service on March 23, 2015, at the age of 76; she passed on surrounded by family. Philomena was born on October 10, 1938, to Bob No Runner and Helen (Oka) and was the fourth in a family of seven. She was raised in a loving home by hard working parents. She attended school at St. Paulâ€™s Anglican Residential School and after completion in 1956, she attended Olds College. Philomena met her life`s partner, Gilbert Little Bear in 1957, and throughout their marriage of 54 years, they lived together in true companionship. Philomena was her family`s pillar, with her devotion never wavering she tended to her husband and children with loving hands. Philomena was the embodiment of a mother to Tom, Joanne and Cynthia, and to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Philomena lived her life on the Blood Reserve in the community of Old Agency; her family life was traditional. Her parents were long time keepers of the bundle and her grandmother Ahkopikssi was central to her upbringing; they all lived the spiritual life. Philomena exemplified their teachings. She was kind and respectful to all, not one to impose her will on others, she exuded only peace. Ever reserved, Lady Philomena quietly fulfilled her roles with love. Her love extended to the many dogs she tenderly cared for throughout her lifetime. Many a stray dog would somehow find its way to her door and surely she would restore it to health. As part of her final wishes, she explained that her Chihuahua T-Rex â€œneeds to be cared for like a babyâ€. Her home was the entire familyâ€™s hub where extended family shared in countless dinners and where her famous bannock and fry bread were always in abundance. Philomena was mom to all, in her quiet and humble way she took care of all who entered her home. She personified beauty inside out. Our Angel will be forever missed. Her children extend gratitude to family and friends who have been so supportive during this trying time and to Dr. Crawford and the nurses of Cardston Hospital who took exceptional care of mom during her stay. Thank you. Philomena will be forever missed by her children; Tom (Amanda), Tiny & Cindy, sisters; Frances & Della No Runner & Beverly Hungry Wolf (John), adopted sisters; Jennifer No Runner & Cheryl Spear Chief (Julius), grandchildren; Melodie (J.J.), Brandy (Audie), Tommy, Lily, Bayley, Dacey, Darwin (Abigail), Cian & Kenton, great-grandchildren; Sydney, Nola, Brody, Badger, Marlee, Connor, Christa, Tawny Jo, Suray & baby Philomena, adopted children; Clayton No Runner (Sandra), Delphine Cross Child (Merle) & Brian Wadsworth, nephews; Alvin (Delia) & Calvin (Joanne), Delvin (Roni) & Harley, nieces; Charlotte & Sherry (Shane), her Little Bear brothers; Morris, Leroy (Amethyst), Patrick (Christine) & Gary (Lisa) & sister in-law Marina No Runner & brother in-law Dominic Cross Child (Kathy). Miinaâ€™ki was predeceased by her husband Sikkowapsspi, (Gibert), granddaughters; Tawny Jo & Morning Star, son Rusty Healy, parents Bob & Helen, siblings; Lawrence, Donald, Dorothy & Nancy, parents-in-law; Edward & Ruth and Hilda, brothers- in-law; Horace Red Crow, William & Leonard Little Bear, nephews & niece; Darrell, Robert, Roddy, Dugan & Harley Nova, aunts; Annie Day Chief, Betty Healy, Beatrice Weasel Fat & Edith Mills, uncles; Steve & Tom Oka & special cousins Art Healy Jr., Richard Day Chief & Gilbert Weasel Fat. A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PAULâ€™S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 90-1st. Avenue West, Cardston, Alberta, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with viewing starting at 11:00 A.M. Reverend Tipper to officiate. Interment to follow at One Spot Cemetery, Old Agency, Blood Reserve, Alberta.
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Evelyn Mills 1926 – 2015
Mrs. Evelyn Mills of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Ken Mills, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 88 years. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at McKillop United Church, 2329 15th Ave South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
Helen Marion Oliver
August 21, 1927 – March 23, 2015
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Â Prayer of St Francis. Predeceased by husband Kenneth; son Stephen; brothers and sister Bob, Harold, Sid, and Dorothy. Remembered by children Rick (Karen), Rod (Flora), Pam, Peter (Alison) and Bill (Marie); grandchildren Alexandra, Kyle, Michael, Stephen, Shawn, Bobby, Corey, David and Jamie; and great grandchildren Raelee and Keenan. Born in Regina, Helen was the youngest of five children for Montague and Marion Clements. She roamed prairie back-roads as a girl, in a Bible School caravan. She held great memories of travelling by train to Regina Beach on warm summer days for family outings. When war came, the family moved to Ottawa where Helen attended Glebe Collegiate, played violin, and earned a degree in microbiology. In the early 50s, she married Ken, left her job at the Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) and moved to Buckingham, Quebec. The first of six children arrived in 1954, the second in 1955. They moved to the High Falls hydro station, somewhere in the wilderness near Poltimore. They welcomed a daughter into the world in 1959 and then back to Buckingham in 1960. Three more kids joined the ranks in 1962, 63, and 64. Pioneers, they put up preserves, froze meat; Ken hunted and fished for Helen’s stew pot. Helen served St. Stephen’s Anglican church, in Buckingham; was a driving force behind the Buckingham Little Theatre, and wrote for the Buckingham Post. She taught Sunday school, worked fundraiser teas, bazaars, and BBQs, always finding time for coffee, company and conversation. Happy weekends were spent camping at lakes in Quebec, and summers in Bar Harbor, Maine. In 1967 Helen returned to work at ADRI, and the family moved to Ottawa in 1971. Her church family now became All Saint’s Westboro where she served in many capacities. In 1980 she transferred to the Lethbridge ADRI lab, and with the younger boys she returned to the prairies where her heart was. She retired from ADRI in1989. In Lethbridge she attended St Mary’s, and St Augustine’s; volunteering for the Lethbridge handicapped riding association (LHRA), Girl Guides of Canada, and the NDP. Helen spoke often of her dream of becoming a writer. She loved her garden, and animals and happily neglected less important things. There was always a dog or a cat in her home. Every stray animal had a home with Helen and sometimes the strays were human, many youth finding sanctuary on her couch. She loved to ride horses. She was committed, unconditionally, to her children; family was very important. She took every opportunity to ensure her children connected with their relatives. Her hands kept busy with knitting, reading, or preparing food. Her musical tastes were light classical, the Nutcracker, and Oscar Peterson. She was a long time supporter of the Lethbridge Symphony. This indomitable woman led by serving; her story a legacy, one that will never end. Helen passed peacefully, surrounded by family on March 23, 2015; she was 87. Funeral: St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 411 – 11 St. S. Lethbridge, AB, Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. Donations instead of flowers: St. Augustine’s building fund.
Peter John Penner
1933 – 2015
Mr. Peter Penner passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 28, 2015 after a long illness, at the age of 82 years. Pete was born on March 8, 1933 in Pengman, SK to John and Tina Penner. He was the oldest of six children. He is survived by his sisters Erna (Jake) Klassen of Coaldale, AB, Leona (Ken) Driedger of Sexsmith, AB; brother Ben (Barbara) Penner of Claresholm, AB, brother-in-law Frank (Justine) Sera of Lethbridge, AB. Pete was predeceased by his parents John & Tina; sisters Elsie Driediger & Loretta Sera; sister-in-law Helen Penner; brother in-law Al Driediger. The family would like to thank the Sunny South Lodge and the Chinook Regional Hospital for everything they did to make Pete as comfortable as possible. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316-17 St., Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Lillian Thompson & Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 210-2946-32 St. NE, Calgary, AB or Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp c/o John Regier 2225-27 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1K 6K5. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
PHYLLIS MAGDELENE COCKERILL (1928-2015)
All of our family in Lethbridge had a chance to say farewell to Mom/Grandma Phyllis as she made her ascent into eternity on March 28, 2015. She is survived by her five children: Stanley (Pat), Kim (Peggy), Wendy (Wayne), Fay and Chuck. She leaves behind eight grandchildren: Jodi, Hilary, Candace, Lindsey, Shannon, Ryan, Cheyenne and Chase; and two great grandchildren, Keagan and Elijah. Her husband Stan Cockerill and all of her immediate family predeceased her, with the exception of her brother-in-law, Gerald Turnbull. As a mother she had a natural insight regarding the most direct and honest path to cope with challenging life situations. As a grandma, Phyllis acknowledged the individuality of each grandchild and ensured their personal preferences were given full attention at birthdays and family occasions. Her top priority, in her own words, was to make sure â€œWe always had a good time!â€ Phyllis believed strongly in biblical principles and conducted herself graciously through her ability to respect the belief systems of others while staying true to her own. On behalf of this kind, gracious lady, her family would like to thank the staff of Blackrock Terrace, as well as the wonderful staff on 3C and 5A of Chinook Regional Hospital for the compassionate care they provided. Special thanks to Dr. Malpica and Dr. Gillis, as well as Dr. Burton for providing comfort at the time it was most important. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Friend may meet the family prior to the service from noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7.
ROBERT FRANKLIN ESSER â€œBobâ€ 1939 â€“ 2015
It is with great sorrow that we announce Robertâ€™s passing on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Cranbrook, BC at 75 years of age. Robert was born on May 30, 1939 in Lethbridge, AB and spent the last 34 years living in Cranbrook. He enjoyed being outdoors in the East Kootenay in all of the seasons. He loved camping, waterskiing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and gardening. Robert was a licensed heavy duty mechanic, truck driver and self-taught body man and painter. He made good use of his dream garage â€“ although it got too small for all his projects! There was very little he could not repair or build. Retirement allowed him and his wife to travel to many different parts of the world. His priority in life always remained constant – his family, particularly his beloved granddaughters. Robert is survived by his wife Sue of 51 years, his son Michael (Lori), his daughter Michelle (Phil) and his granddaughters Amanda, Megan and Ashley. Also, left to mourn his passing, are his sister Ruth (Howard), numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Robert was predeceased by his parents Walter and Annie and his brother Melvin. A celebration of life for Robert will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Robertâ€™s honour may do so to the: Stars Foundation, 1441 – Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7 or the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: http://www.mcphersonfh.com