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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 27, 2015.


Mr. James Cunningham Elder of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away on October 20, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

At James’ request, there will be no service.

Mary Gajdostik

1923 – 2015

Mrs. Mary Gajdostik passed away peacefully October 22, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband Frank Gajdostik, parents Michael and Elizabeth Prus, sisters’ Elizabeth Tomcala, Ann Hrycoy, Margaret McMillan, brothers Karl Prus and Albin Prus. Mary is survived by her daughters Marian and Vera and sons Tony and Frank. Mary was blessed with nine grandchildren and twelve precious great grandchildren. She is also survived by Zita (Frank) Tinordi, godchildren Anne, Mary Jane, Frank and many nieces and nephews.

Mary at her husband’s side farmed in the Coaldale area and retired in 1985. Mary took pleasure in culinary delights and welcomed anyone who came to her table. Mary took pleasure in farm life including her fantastic garden, but her greatest enjoyment and happiest times were the presence of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary also was proud to be a chartered member of the Coaldale CWL at St. Ambrose parish.

The family is extending its sincere thanks to the nurses, care attendants, support staff and management at St Michael’s Covenant Care as well as Good Samaritans. In her remaining time she received attentive care with love and dignity. All the staff of these facilities are very special people who are indispensable and are extremely appreciated by the family. A special thank you to all the doctors especially Dr. Tupper who worked hard at making Mary comfortable for nearly a decade.

Mary’s energy, determination unrelenting spirit, encouragement and sense of humor will be greatly missed by the family. She was a beautiful example of how to live a meaningful life and we were very blessed to have her in our lives for so long.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue S. Lethbridge with Father Lukas Drapal celebrant. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery after mass with lunch to follow with family and friends in Assumption Hall, adjacent to Assumption Church.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Sandra Regier of Martin Brothers.

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



“NOH’KIITSITAPIAKI” – Different Woman

It is with great love and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, ANNIE MAE GOODSTRIKER, who left to be with the love of her life James on October 20, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Annie Mae was born to Pete and Susan Provost on February 23, 1944 in Yakima, Washington. She received her education at the Sacred Heart Residential School in Brocket, Alberta. She completed her Building Service Workers Course – Grade 10. From 1958-59 mom worked as a Short Order Cook at The Java Shop in Fort Macleod. She had learned in her younger years to be a hard worker, when she was employed as a Nanny/House Keeper in Calgary. In 1977-79 Annie was a Cooks Assistant at St. Mary’s Residential School. In 1979-92 She was a housekeeper at Cardston General / Auxiliary Hospital. She started her employment in 1992-98 with the Blood Tribe Department of Health as a Housekeeper, Thereafter she was promoted to Supervisor for the Housekeeping Department. At this time she retired due to health reasons. In her last years of employment with the Department of Health it was where she had formed many valued friendships that lasted a life time. It was this work ethic that she had instilled with all her children, family and friends. The Provost family were ranchers and farmers and also active members of the Black Horse Society and Fast Horse Society. The family hosted an Annual River Side Rodeo that became a historical event each year. Annie Mae was also a member of the Big Bull Clan and who were very active in the ceremonies and keepers of Sacred Beaver Bundles and Blackfoot Lodge Bundle as well as performing in traditional dancing. On November 19, 1966, Annie Mae married the love of her life James and between the both of them they raised their family. We remember Dad saying that he was born on a cold day in December and married Mom on a cold day in November. Dad had a photography business and the both of them enjoyed travelling to many rodeos throughout Canada and the U.S and made many long lasting friendships throughout the rodeo circuit. They also were very active with the various sporting events throughout Indian Country and she had the privilege of travelling with James to Japan, Hawaii, Ireland and England when he as Professional Photographer / Journalist who reported and covered the Warriors Basketball team for the Kainai News, Canada’s Number 1 Newspaper. Annie Mae’s good friends Evelyn Good Striker, Caen Bly and Lillian Fox had all taught her to golf, where she accomplished and was very proud of her Hole in one at the Fort Macleod Golf Course. She was all around Sports Mom who attended Ron and Darrell’s numerous sporting activities. At one time she had to step behind the bench and coach Darrell’s Pee-Wee Hockey Team, as well as stepping in behind the plate to call and strikes for one of Darrell’s Baseball games where she really stepped up to the plate! Mom always said she was Dad’s banker, accountant, sales woman, and chauffeur, but most of all she was the back bone to Dad’s Photography Business. She was very supportive to the traditional way of life where she attended Bundle Opening ceremonies, Sweat Lodges and showed her support at the Sacred Horn Society Sundance.

Annie Mae enjoyed playing bingo, storytelling, visiting on the phone, reading, watching her favourite soap operas, watching and cheering on her Calgary Flames and most of all she enjoyed her “Du Maurier Special Mild King size”. She was a very loving and caring person and made numerous friends throughout all walks of life. One of our last family trips with Annie Mae was to Arlee, Montana this past summer to attend a Sweat Lodge for prayers and healing. We had made a slight detour to stop at the Arlee Pow wow to get her an Indian Taco.

In 1985 James and Annie Mae took on the role of raising their Kipitapoka, Lacey Heavy Head. Raising a grandchild was a norm in the traditional way of life to the Blackfoot People. On June 26, 2014, Grandson Lennon “Lemons” Stanley Ryker Day Rider was born and became the New Man in her life. She never thought another man would come into her life until “Lemons” was born and stole her heart until her passing.

Annie Mae is survived by Children Ron, Val (Tony), Darrell (Olivia), Darcy and Theresa (Ed). Adopted Children Julie, Janita (Danny), Laurie and Rachel, Mary Ann, Ursula (Lee Boy), Velma (Marlon), Melinda (Jimmy), Jenny, Tammy, Nadine and Garrett. Grandchildren Janelle, Veronica, Darcelle, Amanda, Michelle and Hannah; Lacey, Shawnee, Lennon, Katie and Lil’ Ed, Charmaine, Cheyanne, Chelsea H.H., Darnelle, Chelsea T.F. Sisters Jeannie (Peter) Strikes With A Gun and Darcia (Glen) North Peigan; Brother In law John Little Mustache; Surviving Aunt Patsy Provost. Sister In laws Mary Singer, Irene Tailfeathers, Doreen Little Shields and Sister In law Celina Goodstriker. Godchildren Karen Three Persons and Nicole Tailfeathers. She also had the privilege of raising numerous nephews and nieces.

She is predeceased by her Spouse James (Jim) Goodstriker and Granddaughter Misty Medicine Crane; her Parents Pete and Susan (Big Bull) Provost, Grandparents Napolean and Angeline Provost and Nap and Alice Big Bull; Sister Lorraine Little Mustache; Uncles Sam, George, James, Andrew, Eddie, Adrian and Jerome Provost, Tom Bull Pen, Ceril Yellow Face, Hartwell Big Bull and one unknown Uncle; Aunts Agnes Yellow Face, Nellie Yellow Horn, Christine Small Legs, Jenny Bastien, Annie Yellow Wings, Mae Bastien, Minnie No Chief and Suzette Flammand. In-laws Frank (Beatrice), George (Peggy), Marion Deginas, Rufus, Dorothy Boutland, Queenie (Stephen) Fox and Marjorie (Floyd) Many Fingers.

Annie Mae also leaves to mourn relatives from Browning, Montana, Cardiff, Wales, London England, North Carolina, California, Oklahoma, Blood Reserve and Siksika Nation.

The Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, Oct. 27th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. continuing all night at Annie Mae’s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca



It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of CHRISTIE “CHRIS” JAMES HEALY, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Lethbridge AB at the Age of 41 years.

Beloved husband of Lorraine Healy and loving father to Trey, Kane and Hana Healy. Chris also leaves to mourn his passing his parents: Ron & Theresa Healy, Auntie Mom: Veronica Eagle Bear, Grandmother: Clara (Francis) Russell, his siblings: Dagmar, Shawna, RJ (Raven) Healy. Tamara First Charger & Kelly (Ron) Thunder Chief. His mother in law Nora Stabs Down, sister in laws: Pam (Phil) Dahdona, Bonnie (Chad) Stabs Down, brother in-laws: Freddy & Norman Stabs Down, Ralph Weasel Fat Jr.

Chris has left such a huge void in the lives of all who loved him, especially in the lives of his family. Lorraine, the love of his life, seldom were they ever apart. There was no Chris without his Lorraine and no Lorraine without her Chris. He was such a loving and devout father to Trey, Kane and Hana, always providing for their every need and was their biggest and proudest fan. He will forever be remembered for his kind loving ways. His contagious smile and his never ending love to tease. Chris was a gentlemen, a man with a big heart, humble and compassionate, a legacy for his children to follow. Thus the reason he made many friends wherever he went and they always became family. There are many stories one can share of Chris that more often than not end in humour. We have only been so blessed to have shared a lifetime with Chris and life as we knew it will now never be the same without him. Currently Chris was employed with Charlton & Hill Roofing, in his second year of apprenticeship, and had formed special friendships with his co-workers whom will miss him deeply. Prior to his current employment Chris was a professional truck driver 10 years in the Calgary and area.

Chris is also survived by Hugh (Jean) Tallow, Great Aunts Margaret (Andrew) Weasel Fat & Elizabeth Big Throat. Aunties: Cecilia (Norbert) Black Water, Florine White Man Left, Natalie (Gordon Morning Bird) Eagle Bear, Frankie ( Wilbur) Yellow Old Woman, Annette Russell & Vicki Goodstriker. Aunt Wendy Tallow, Ann ( Levi) Black Water, Trina Tallow, Kelly (Todd) Tallow. Aunt Inlaws: Leona Stabs Dow, Evelyn (Hank) Stabs Down, Lena (Newton) Bullshields, Myrna Stabs Down, Uncles: Pat Eagle Bear, Joe Stan Eagle Bear & Frank Russell. Uncle In-laws: Harry Stabs Down & Billy Yellow Horn. Many cousin too numerous to mention.

Chris was predeceased by his grandparents: Billy Eagle Bear & Margaret Calling First, Aunts: Susie (Herbert) Bullshields, Mary Eagle Bear, Eleanor Healy-Crow Chief. Uncles: Anthony Eagle Bear & Curtis James Russell and Uncle In-law: Melvin (Wallace) Stabs Down.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.

A Wake Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Wednesday October 28, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13 St. North, Lethbridge, AB. on Thursday October 29, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Standoff, Alberta. to follow.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


JOHN PAUL HUBER beloved husband of Rae Huber passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 78 years.

He is the loving father of Rick Huber (Lorielle) of Kamloops, Rod Huber (Teresa) of Calgary, Reg Huber (Teresa) of Calgary, Chellaine Dueck (Carey) of Crossfield, Don Huber (Karen) of Airdrie, along with 10 Grandchildren.

John was predeceased by his mother, father, four sisters and three brothers.

John enjoyed curling, watching hockey and baseball. He was very involved in youth sport and dedicated his life to his family.

As per John’s wishes, no service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7.



Mr. Edward Leeck of Picture Butte, Alberta passed away on October 23, 2015 at the age of 59 years.

A Memorial gathering will be held. Details will follow.


It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our mother PATRICIA “PAT” NOLETTE. She is the loving mother of Terriann (Herwin) Vonkeman, Shannon (John) Bezooyen, Dianne (Bubba) Nolette-Breen and Denis (Katie) Nolette. She was extremly proud of her eight grandchildren: Shane Bezooyen, Amanda (Brad) DeLeeuw, Branden (Naomi) Bezooyen, Jeremy Vonkeman, Christopher Vonkeman, Ryder Nolette, Shea Nolette and Ty Breen.

She is also survived by her sister & best friend Barbara (Raymond) Brown and family, her brother Edward (Jesse) Malmberg and family, as well as by her cherished pets, dogs: Jersey & Lola and all her cats. Pat was predeceased by her parents Theodore and Fern Malmberg. Pat was born on August 19th, 1948 in the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge. She was a selfless person who always made us laugh. She loved shopping, especially for clothes and earrings. She loved camping, family holidays at Lee Lake and of course her diet coke with ice. She was a devoted single mother who always put the needs of her children before her own. Pat will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 11th Street & Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 11:30 A.M.

A Memorial Service will be held at TRINITY UNITED CHURCH, 528 Maple Cr., Picture Butte, AB. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS, 14541 – Aviation Park N.E., (Box 570) Calgary, AB. T2E 8M7 or to the ICU at the Calgary Foothills Hospital , 1403 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Marian Osko

1922 – 2015

Marian Osko of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lucyna Osko passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on 22 October 2015, one month after his 93rd birthday.

Marian was born in Podoblocie, Poland, the fourth of six children of his parents, Jozef and Katarzyna. Marian grew up helping his mother with her market garden business, in the absence of his father who had died in an accident when Marian was eight. The Nazi’s arrested Marian in occupied Poland in 1941 for refusing conscription into service of the German army. He was imprisoned in a number of concentration camps including Auschwitz and Dachau. After WWII, he found himself in a refugee camp in Germany, where he met his beloved wife Lucyna. They were married in 1946 and were blessed with their first son, Kazimierz, in 1947. The small family landed in the Turin area of southern Alberta in 1949 on a contract to provide sugar beet farm labour. Marian worked for a number of farmers in the Turin, Iron Springs, and Picture Butte areas until 1956, when he was able to buy his own farm in partnership with another family near Picture Butte. Marian loved farming, but had to retire due to health reasons in the mid-1970’s. He remained on the farm until 2000, when he and Lucyna moved to a newly constructed home in Lethbridge. Never afraid of hard work, he provided well for his family and could be relied upon to help any friend, relative or neighbour in need. Marian was a man of deep faith, trusting in our Lord through all trials until the end. He will be sorrowfully missed.

Marian is survived by his loving wife Lucyna, daughter Julia Palech (Don), son Terry Osko (Glennys), grandchildren Sherry Dieser (Lloyd), Brandy Osko, Alexandra Faucher (Bryan), Christina Palech, Erica Osko, Sarah Osko, and great granddaughter Grayson Dieser, daughter-in-law Linda Osko, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Jozef and Katarzyna, brothers Stanislaw, Jan, Aleksander, and Kazimierz, sister Marianna, and son Kazimierz.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street, North, Lethbridge, led by Alice Takacs.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am, Wednesday October 28th, 2015 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street, North, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary section of Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (317-10 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7) in lieu of flowers.

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


LUDWIG MARTIN STEIN, beloved husband of Lotte Stein of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


MARIE (HATELY) STILL of Stirling, beloved wife of Herbert “Bert” Still of 64 years, passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Taber Health Centre at the age of 83 years.

Marie was born in Del Bonita, Alberta to Robert and Ann Hately. Bert and Marie met at the Stringham Ranch where they we were both employed. Marie enjoyed working alongside Bert on the different ranches and retired from Nelson family Ranches in Stirling. They served a church mission in the Edmonton Mission.

Marie loved to ride horses and to write poems.

Besides her loving husband Bert, she is survived by her children; Phillip (Marilyn) of Stirling, Ken (Melanie) of Lethbridge, Kieth (Freda) of Magrath, Carol (Yves) Lavertu of Drayton Valley, Brian of Magrath and Gail of Stirling.

Marie is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews with whom she all loved.

Friends may meet the family on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the LDS Stirling Chapel.

Family has requested not to have a friends meet family prior to the service.

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, STIRLING CHAPEL, with Bishop Wilde officiating.

Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.

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