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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 17, 2015.

Richard Drake

1951 – 2015

Mr. Richard Drake of Lethbridge, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the age of 64 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

 Lulah Gibb
1910 – 2015
Lulah Maud Gibb, beloved wife of the late Ross Gibb, passed away in Taber on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the age of 104 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Albert Kalvi
1923 – 2015
Albert Kalvi, beloved husband of Josephine, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the age of 92 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. 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.

Kost Menzak

1935 – 2015

Mr. Kost Menzak of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Heidi Menzak, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the age of 79 years.

Close friends and family are invited to a Funeral Service at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. Those who wish to pay their final respects may do so one hour prior to the Funeral Service.

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to send a private condolence.

Larry Grant Nelson

1951 – 2015

Mr. Larry Grant Nelson of Magrath, beloved husband of Allyn Nelson, passed away on August 11, 2015 at the age of 63 years.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the JOHN MARTIN RECREATION AREA – PAVAN PARK, (110-62 Avenue North).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Larry to the Jack Addy Cancer Centre 1A129, 960 – 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5, or to the Raymond Auxiliary to Health Care Facilities (Box 599, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0)

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 Sub Nishi
1926 – 2015
Saburo Nishi, beloved husband of Kimino Nishi, passed away in his sleep, at home on his Bow Island area farm, on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the age of 88 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 – 40 Street South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Reception to follow.
The Burial Service will be held at the Bow Island Cemetery on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. A reception will follow at the Golden Age Club, 206 – 5 Avenue East, Bow Island. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Saburo will be dearly missed by his children Joyce Nishi of Medicine Hat; Susan Nishi of Burnaby, British Columbia; Vivien Nishi of Vancouver, British Columbia; John (Mika Sutherland) Nishi of Millarville and their daughter Maiya; Audrey (Justin Miles) Nishi of Vancouver, British Columbia. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother Hideo’s wife, sister-in-law Mitsuko Nishi of Bow Island.
Saburo will be remembered by an assorted crew of nieces and nephews. His brother Yoshinori’s five children, Priscilla Thomas and children Tamiko and Andrea; Ron Nishi; Grace Devaux (her late husband Garth Collins) and children Melanie, Keiko and Quentin; David (Joy Williamson) Nishi; Keith Nishi, daughter Miya and her mother Debbie Nishi. His brother Hideo’s five children, June (John) Chin; Linda Harris (her late husband Bob Harris) and children Scott and Angela; Gary Nishi; Ken (Mary) Nishi and children Jordan, Carly and Kevin; Sharon Nishi. His sister Akiye’s two children in Kaseda, Japan, Noriko Miye and Toshihiro Tagashira.
He was predeceased by his father Taichiro Nishi and mother Eda Nishi (nee Shikaze); brothers Yoshinori (his wife Hideko) Nishi and Hideo Nishi; sisters Sode (her husband Masao) Gonomaru and Akiye (her husband Keizo) Tagashira; his infant daughter Bonnie Masako Nishi and his niece Diane Nishi.
Saburo was born on November 8, 1926 in Takeda-Kami, Kaseda City, Kagoshima, Japan. He was the third son to Taichiro and Eda Nishi. Saburo immigrated to Canada in 1937, with his seventeen year old brother Hideo. They boarded a steamship in Yokohama and arrived ten days later in Victoria, British Columbia and joined family on their berry farm in the Hatzic area east of Mission, British Columbia. Saburo attended Ferndale Elementary School, Hatzic Public School and Mission Junior High School, where he tried to stay out of trouble with the local Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadian) boys who labelled him an “FOB” (fresh off the boat) immigrant. With the outbreak of the Pacific War and subsequent evacuation, the Nishi family (as were all Japanese Canadians living in Mission) were moved to Southern Alberta in the spring of 1942. The Nishi family left the berry farm, a half tonne truck and a horse named Prince and boarded a train at the Mission Station. They travelled under Mountie guard and arrived in Lethbridge with the baggage restriction of two suitcases per person whereupon they were assigned as sugar beet laborers to the D.E. Quist Farm in Shaughnessy. It was an inauspicious beginning for life in Southern Alberta where they started with few possessions and little money. Despite the gruelling ‘widow-maker’ work of forking harvested sugar beets on to trucks, the Nishi brothers managed to survive the harsh conditions and eventually started farms of their own.
Saburo moved to the Bow Island area in 1960 and Kimino joined him in 1961. Saburo and Kimino enjoyed life as successful bean farmers, although Sub was a potato growing ‘king’ at heart. Echoing the sentiments of Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With the Wind’, Sub liked to articulate… “I have a tremendous affinity for the land, which is ultimately what sustains life.” Sub enjoyed fishing and hunting and in his retirement he preferred travelling by bus or ‘chauffeured’ vehicle over air travel, watching local news and NHK Japan on satellite TV, reading ‘hot, juicy novels’ by James A. Mitchener and socializing with family and friends, acquaintances and any friendly passers by whom he would often engage in conversation.
No Koden or flowers by request. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Saburo’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island Health Centre, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0 or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 – 40 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z5.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


VALERIE CAROL HARRIS PALMER, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the age of 71 years.

Valerie was born February 11, 1944 to Bert Powell Powelson and Alice Priscilla Card. She graduated from the Galt School of Nursing in 1975 and served as an RN for most of her life, until she retired in 2009. She met and married Arnold L Harris in 1966 and they raised 8 children during their 29 years of marriage before Arnold passed in 1995. She met and married Donald K Palmer in 1998.

Val’s passions were Temple work, gardening, music, reading, and serving others. Many lives were touched by her sweet and uplifting words and endless service. She was dedicated to her family and Church all of her life. One of Don and Val’s favorite pastimes was traveling around the world and serving in various temples, which they did often.

Family members loving and missing her dearly are her husband, Donald, sons and daughters Travis (Leslie), Carrie (Don), Jeremy (Marie), Byron, Eli (Tine), Clinton (Kristen), Mindy (Derek), Heather (Brad), step- daughters Patty (Doug), Diana (Rick) Wendy (Mark), Sharon (Randy), Sister Rita (Darrell), Brothers Gordon (Mona) and Max (Rae). Val was the proud grandmother of 30 grandchildren. She also loved 20 step- grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Val has now been reunited with loved ones who passed before her including her Eternal companion, Arnold L Harris, a son, Trevor Dee, her parents, and grandparents.

Friends may meet the family at the LEGACY FUNERAL HOME on Monday, August 17th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, CARDSTON ALBERTA WEST STAKE CENTER (Waterton Hi-way) on Tuesday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta. Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

RABBIT, Larry William Niistamoohtsaaka’si

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of LARRY RABBIT our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather on Thursday August 13, 2015 at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Larry was born April 29, 1942 in Cardston, Alberta to MattsistainaamaahkaBill and TaakiiRita Rabbit. However, Larry was a kiipitapooka who enjoyed being with Grandpa AahsaopiNelson and Grandma IitsisainowaKate.

At a young age Larry attended St.Mary’s Residential School. During his high school years, he enjoyed playing football alongside his best friend Leroy Heavy Runner. At the early age of 21 years old, Larry owned his own heard of cattle. On October 15, 1966 Larry married the love of his life, Patsy. Together they built their homestead in Old Agency. In the early 1990s, Larry was the first rancher to own Corriente cattle on the Blood Reserve. He was a full out rancher who enjoyed bailing. Some of the best times were the annual brandings with Grandpa Bill and Grandma Rita and all the food that was shared along with the stories.

Besides farming, Larry and Patsy were school bus owners with the Blood Reserve Bus Co-op. This is where he created lasting friendships with those who rode his bus. During this time, Larry and Patsy operated the Iitoyo’p restaurant where many more friendships were created within the community. Larry was a part of the Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association family, who was a strong supporter of High School Rodeo. In 1981 and 1983 Larry and Patsy travelled to Douglas, Wyoming along with Ed and Marion Heavy Shields where Duke and Rudy qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals. Larry was like a dad to all the young First Nations cowboys.

Larry was also involved in Senior Pro Rodeo. Of all the Old Timers that he enjoyed rodeo with, Leroy Heavy Runner and Martin Eagle Child are the only two left. Larry recently attended the 2015 Piikani Annual Celebration where he witnessed his son, Duke win the Team Roping event. Larry was a very proud dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He attended all of his children and grandchildren’s graduations. In 2007, he witnessed Wacey win the Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants. Larry was very spiritual, he attended church on a regular basis in Standoff, St. Mary’s, and Fort Macleod. He made his Cursillo in 1986, his theme song was “Lord Help Me.”

Larry had many friends, it was like he had a list of names of who to call. He would start from the top and sometimes he would go through the list again, if no one answered. Larry loved his daughter and sons in-law very much. Dad will be missed by his children; Bill (Mary Jo) Rabbit, Duke (Irma) Rabbit, Marlene (Marvin) Yellow Horn, and kiipitapookaLarissa (Rayan) Najjar. Grandchildren; Sonny, Wacey, Tanita, Otis, Lucyinda, Thomas, Sasha, Great Grandchildren, Christian, Nevada, Martina, Great Great Grandson; Trigger. His siblings; Albert (Jennifer) Rabbit, Christina Fox, Marilyn (Alphonse) Standing Alone, Katie (Dallas) Young Pine, Woodrow (Delphine) Goodstriker, Mickey Goodstriker, Emily Goodstriker and Ed Heavy Shields. His special nephews; Rudy, Dexter, Monte, Jason, Audie, Joel, Jessie, Cory, Garrett, Nelson, Tucker, Davey, Raegan, Tanner, Dorie, and Mr. Ze. Predeceased; by his wife Patsy, granddaughter; Leanne Fox, grandparents; Nelson and Kate, parents; Bill and Rita Rabbit, sister; Dorothy Rabbit, uncle; George Day Rider, father and mother in-law; Frank and Beatrice Goodstriker, sister in-law; Marion Heavy Shields.

We would like to thank Dr. Christiansen, Dr. Bester, Dr. Low, and the Blood Tribe Home Care for their love and care of our father.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Wake at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, August 17, 2015 from 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2604 – 3rd Avenue, Fort Macleod, AB on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Angelo D’Costa, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Old Agency Cemetery.

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


DORIS LORAINE ZOBELL, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Raymond, Alberta at the age of 97 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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