January 15th, 2021

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 24, 2016.


MICHAEL THERON SHARP ADZE, of the Piikani Nation, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the age of 57 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Interment to follow at Brocket Cemetery.

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

Janina Borecki
1928 – 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Janina Borecki announce her passing in Lethbridge on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
A private family funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Janina is survived by her two daughters, Chris (Bill) Reamsbottom of Taber and Terry MacLellan (Dennis Cebuliak) of Leduc; grandchildren Cory Purvis (Colin Nahnybida), Brad (Sara) Reamsbottom, Kelsey (Paul) Theriault and Taylor MacLellan; great grandchildren Nick, Bella, Kyle, Mackenzie, Madison, Anna, Isabella and Owen. She also leaves to mourn her passing, her sister Teresa (Walter) Senko, her two brothers Zygmunt (Kazia) Sikora, Henry (Sophie) Sikora and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Tony, her parents Jozef and Jozefa Sikora, sister-in-law Rose Sikora and nephews Joe Sikora, Richard Sikora and Richard Brennan.
Janina was born in Bugaji, Poland on June 25, 1928. In 1941, following the onset of World War II, Janina and her family were deported to Germany where she was forced to work as a farm labourer. It was towards the end of the war that Janina met her future husband Tony. The two were wed as part of a communal marriage ceremony at a German work camp on July 7, 1946. In 1949 they immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Taber. Janina initially worked alongside her husband as a farm laborer. She also worked at Cap’s Java and seasonally at the local cannery and potato plant.
Janina was a loving wife and the mother of two daughters, Chris and Terry. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, knitting, crocheting and sewing new outfits for her two girls. Taking care of her home and family was foremost in her life.
Grandma Borecki devoted her life to spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed a birthday. She may not have remembered their name but she sure remembered their birthdate.
In February 2016, Janina moved from the home that she lived in for fifty eight years, into Clearview Lodge. Although her stay was short, she enjoyed time spent with residents and staff and appreciated the care she received.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Janina’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choosing.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JOSEPH CHIEF BODY, passed away in Lethbridge on June 18, 2016 at the age of 80 years.

A Wake Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston on Tuesday, June 28th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Elsie First Rider

Elsie “Na’aminnima” First Rider, passed away on June 21, 2016 at the age of 87 Years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


EDNA “GRACE” GILLETT, beloved wife of Joseph Gillett Sr. of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Bob Wallace officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Celebration of Life at Mountain View Cemetery.

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


RONALD MARSHALL HILL (Big Ron), an amazing husband to Lynn and the bestest father to: Lyndsey (Dustin), Kristen (Dustin), Carson (Liz), and Kaitland, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Friends may meet with the family ONLY on Friday, June 24 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TAYLOR STREET CHAPEL, Raymond, Alberta. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at LDS – Taylor Street Chapel, with Bishop Jim Steed officiating. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

Colleen Gayle Jones

1953 – 2016

With profound sadness and much gratitude for the wonderful memories she created with her family, friends and community, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and daughter on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the age of 62 years. Colleen was born the only daughter to Marjorie Eleanor Renwick and the late William George Renwick in Carberry Manitoba. She attended School in Carberry, did her nursing diploma and became a registered nurse at Brandon General Hospital. Colleen then went on to get her nursing degree from the University of Lethbridge completing with Honors with great distinction in the year 2000. Colleen’s main interests were reading, cooking, travelling, nursing, shopping, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Colleen worked at a number of hospitals throughout her long nursing career and made many lifelong friends and colleagues through those years. Her family was her biggest priority in life and she dedicated herself to her children and then to her grandchildren. Colleen’s first thoughts were always the well-being of others. She will be lovingly remembered by all for her generosity and caring spirit. Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister-in law, Friend and Mentor, Colleen left us after a three-year battle with Cortico-basal-ganglionic Degeneration. A special thanks to all of Colleens nursing friends and close lifelong friends who continued to be by her side until the end. A thanks also to all of Colleen’s doctor’s, and nurses who looked after her during her care and diagnosis. Thank you to the caregivers at Good Samaritans West Highlands. With their support she passed away peacefully on the morning of June 19, 2016. Colleen will be dearly missed by her son Kim and her daughter in law Melanie Jones and their 3 children Reese, Brookelynn, and Crue of Lethbridge, son Terry and her daughter in law Lana Jones and their 2 children Sawyer and Will of Pincher Creek. Colleen is also survived by her mother Marjorie Renwick of Lethbridge. She is also survived by the father of her children Vernon Jones, as well as numerous nieces’ nephews, brother and sister in laws. Colleen was predeceased by her father William George Renwick. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday June 27, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street.S., Lethbridge, AB. A private family and close friend inurnment will be held at a later date in Carberry Manitoba at the Carberry Plains Cemetery. In memory of Colleen, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta, Suite 4-2308 24 Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 5H8.

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


REVEREND PATRICK (PADDY) LITTLE BEAR (71), beloved husband of Reverend Christine Little Bear (Hoof), left on June 16, 2016 to continue his journey. He left peacefully while surrounded by family.

Patrick was born March 16, 1946 to Edward and Ruth (Beebe), the seventh child of ten; William, Leo, Gilbert, Morris, Evelyn, Leroy, Patrick, Leonard, Beverly and Gary. Raised at Dead Man’s Corner on the Blood reserve, he attended St. Mary’s Residential school and after completion, he left and worked many years in Yakima, Washington where he lived with his Yakima nation family, that of Louis So Happy.

After Paddy’s return, he soon began his employment with Blood Tribe Recreation and Parks as Maintenance worker, where he worked for many years until his Retirement. He prided himself on hardly ever missing work. He lived with his parents into their elderly years caring for them and travelling throughout Indian country to Shane’s Rodeos or visiting family in Montana, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico.

Fifteen years ago, Paddy met Christine the love of his life, although he never had children of his own, he gained a big family from Christine, he was Grandpa. They were very active in their church. They got ordained as Pastors in 2011. Together they travelled throughout northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana and Washington attending camp meetings and visiting their many brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Throughout his lifetime, Paddy loved to sing and play guitar, care for his cats, help his sister at her many ceremonies and be a kind uncle to his nieces and nephews. He will be forever missed by Christine and family.

Wake service will be held at Christine and Paddy’s residence on Friday, June 24, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the same venue Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Little Bear family cemetery.

Email condolences to: http://www.legacycardston@gmail.com


IRENE ISOBEL MCLACHLAN, passed away with her family at her side at the Milk River Health Center on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the age of 95 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the COUTTS COMMUNITY CENTRE on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 2 P.M. with Pastor Keith Dangerfield officiating. Irene will be laid to rest beside her husband at a later date.

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


Due to a change in Provincial Regulations governing all funeral homes in Alberta, cremated remains can no longer be stored past 5 years, within the funeral home’s premises.

We have attempted to contact all families that have cremated remains stored at Cornerstone Funeral Home that have been here over 5 years. We wish to respectfully return, or with their permission, inter their loved one’s cremated remains.

Unfortunately we were unable to contact the next of kin of the following individuals:

Joseph Kazokas, Oct. 5, 1998

Ervin Wade, Sept. 12, 2001

Gerald Yvon Beaulieu, Feb. 9, 2008

Peter Hoffman, Dec. 20, 2005

We are asking for any family of the above named deceased individuals to contact Cornerstone Funeral Home within the next 30 days. Should no legal next of kin give consent, we will with respect and care properly inter the cremated remains according to the Funeral Services Act.

Cornerstone Funeral Home

2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South,

Lethbridge, AB T1K 7B1 Tel. 403 381-7777





Our loving mother and wife, JUSTINE SERA, 77, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away suddenly on March 17th, 2016.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Frank Sera of 17 years, as well as her ten children: Beverly (Wayne) Johnson, Sandi (Todd) Williamson, Pat (Kerry) Grzech, Brenda (Mike) Bateman, Mike (Lucille) Penner, Polly (Chris) Andrews, Carmen (Wayne) Trockstad, Kevin (Carole) Sera, Randy Sera and Leigh-Ann Sera.

Also left to cherish her memory are her 23 grandchildren, 14 great-granchildren, and three great-great grandchildren and many friends.

Justine was predeceased by her parents Franz and Maria Miller, nine older siblings and first husband George Penner.

Justine was born on June 24th, 1938 in Winkler, Manitoba. She enjoyed singing, fishing, camping, spending time with family and entertaining. Along with Frank, they loved to spend time with friends and various activities.

Justine and Frank enjoyed spending time with family and friends and camping and fishing, especially when she caught the first and largest fish. She loved to sing alone or with others. After Justine and Frank married (17 very happy years) they started to sing duets and dress up in different costumes they made for various occasions. They were called the goofie couple. Most of their costumes were homemade from old drapes and bean bags. Their reward was seeing all the smiles and laughter from those around them, while tapping their feet to the songs. They entertained many at Senior Lodge and old folk’s homes.

Justine was active in several clubs. She was Honoured Royal Lady in the Elks Royal Purple Ladies, both Seniors Centres, Hungarian Old Timers Club, Readymade 50+ Club, and she loved to sing in different choirs. Justine also traveled to many parts of the U.S.A., as well as Cuba, Mexico, and United Arab Emirates. She was kind hearted and ready to help anybody, especially those with special needs.

Upon Justine’s request, cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her name to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1620 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB., T2N 4L7 in support of breast cancer research or to a charity of your choice.

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


AUDREY WALBURGER, passed away on June 19, 2016 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 91 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Leavitt, Alberta on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00-10:45 prior to the Service. Interment to follow at the Leavitt Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


Leonard Philip (Linc)

Apr. 11, 1952 – June 22, 2016

It is with very heavy hearts that his family announces the passing of a very special Father, Brother and Friend.

Linc has left us with many wonderful memories that will be cherished forever by his dear son Paul, sisters: MaryAnne (Dieter) Fehlberg, Kay (Terry) Wilford and Louise Deal, brothers: John (Debbie) and Peter and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.

Linc was the youngest of eight children and was raised in the Blackie area where his family farmed.

With his brother Peter, Linc owned and operated Leader Earthmoving in the High River area for many years and he earned the respect of everyone for his integrity and for his talent operating the equipment. Chess was a favorite pastime of Linc’s and he was a formidable opponent as his buddies will all agree.

Linc was predeceased by his parents Paul and Georgina, brothers Ray and Jim and niece Ina Fehlberg.

Cremation has taken place and at Linc’s request there will not be a funeral service but instead a “Celebration of Life” will be held for family and friends on Sun. June 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Heritage Inn in High River.

The family wish to thank Dr. Jensen and the nurses and staff at High River Hospital for the compassionate care to Linc.

If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the High River Hospital Palliative Unit or to the Canadian Cancer Society. To express condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements in care of

Snodgrass Funeral Homes Ltd. (High River) 403 652 2222

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