January 25th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, August 10, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 10, 2016.


It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved husband, VICTOR BZDELL, of Lethbridge, at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Victor’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

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


1986 – 2016

NICOLE ROSA LEE COOK, beloved daughter of Judy and Cyril Cook, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at the age of 30 years.

Besides her loving parents, Nicole is survived by her sister Tammie (Damon) Kearney of Edmonton and Brothers Joey (Chelsea) Cook of Lethbridge, Marvin (Tahlia) Cook of Australia and Uncle Brian Cook of Picture Butte. She is also survived by two nieces Tehya and Mackenzie and three nephews Brayden, Charlie and Cooper.

Nicole was predeceased by her grandparents Charlie & Ruth Gaschnitz and Albert & Helen Cook as well as her beloved pet cat Ebony.

An Interment Service will be held at ROYAL VIEW MEMORIAL CEMETERY – 5310 13 St N, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

In memory of Nicole, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.ca

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George William Lee

1945 – 2016

Mr. George William Lee of Coutts, AB., beloved husband of Marilyn Lee, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the age of 71 years. A Celebration of George’s Life will be announced at a later date.

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Maria “Mary” Grodzicky

1922 – 2016

Maria Grodzicky passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 94, beloved wife of Joseph Grodzicky.

Mary is survived by two children, son Ron Grodzicky and daughter Eileen (Phil) Dussome, granddaughters Jen (Jerry) Dussome, Darrah (Aaron) Bailey, Carrie (Cody) Dahl as well as 8 great grandchildren, Connor Dussome, Madison and Cayden Bailey, Aliyah, Braydee, Claire, Jordan and Maygen Dahl. She was predeceased by her youngest son Peter Grodzicky.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7 and 8 pm on Friday, August 12, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Pastor Matt Funk officiating.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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GORDON FAWNS HEGGIE (86) passed away peacefully on July 27, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born January 8, 1930 in Raymond Alberta Canada to James Velv and Lauretta May Fawns Heggie. Dad attended school in his hometown of Raymond and then continued his education at Brigham Young University. His love of the gospel lead him to serve a mission in the Perth Australia Mission. On March 18, 1953 he married his grade school sweetheart, Aneta McBride in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Together they raised 9 children: Wendy (Rick) Excell, Washington, UT; Randy (Patsy) Heggie, Del Bonita, AB; Darcey (Delores) Heggie, Porterville, CA; Tammy (Robert) Brandley, Seattle, WA; Sonya (Chris) Wilcox, Las Vegas, NV; Tonya Meyer, Henderson, NV; Todd (Laurel) Heggie, Claresholm, AB; Tedd (Julie) Heggie, Ely, NV; Mark (Mona) Heggie, Cardston, AB. They were blessed with 35 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Dad spent his life as a ranch manager on ranches in California, Oregon and Alberta. This lifestyle allowed him and Aneta to teach their children the benefits of daily chores, responsibility and hard work. Family was very important to dad and he taught us that our best friends lived under the same roof. As grown-ups we are still best friends. Dad supported us in many ways and built a strong family bond while helping us in the rodeo arena, conquering school projects, competing in school sports or spending days in the saddle teaching us about horsemanship, husbandry and hard work. Dad had a love for long days in the saddle on a young horse and working with good dogs. Aneta passed away on May 6, 2007 and he later married Ruth Graham Swinney. Together they split their time between their homes in Las Vegas and Claresholm spending time with family in both places. He is predeceased by his wife Aneta McBride, Grandchildren Natasha Meyer, Jedd Heggie and Travis Excell, brothers Max, Doug and Dean and his sister Romona Geremia as well as his parents. He is survived by his sister Evelyn (Steve) Prokop. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, Raymond, Alberta on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.


OKAN HUNGRY WOLF made his departure for home to the happy hunting grounds on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 43 years. He chose to go soar with the eagles in the mountains he so loved.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents Beverly (John) and Adolf Hungry Wolf, his children Sunny Rain and Azalea, his siblings Niq (Shaun), Wolf (Brenda), Iniskim (Quindy), Star (Pat), Shane (Sherry) and adopted siblings Vern and Paulette.

Okan was born June 25, 1973 and lived his years between the family homestead near Skookumchuck, B.C., and the Blood Reserve where family and ceremonies often called. He was raised in a household rich with his culture. His upbringing, surrounded by nature, influenced Okan’s lifelong love of living as one with the natural environment. His home was the many camps he made throughout the countryside often accompanied only by his horses and dogs. Okan was proud, quiet and deep of spirit, humble and respectful of others.

His formal education was achieved through home schooling by his parents and throughout his lifetime he continued learning teachings of niitsi’tapi – the real people. He was first painted by Willie Scraping White Makkoi’yapii who gave him the name Matsi’staayo’towa. He was painted by numerous noted elders. As a child he spent much time with Moka’kin (Pat Weasel Head). He began receiving transfers of various rites at the tender age of three, when he became a nii’namskaan, receiving the sacred topknot for the Mountain Medicine Pipe. He was transferred a straight-up headdress by Tom Morning Owl, a weasel shirt by Larry Plume and numerous other sacred articles. At the age of 12, he became co-owner with his family of the Beaver Medicine Bundle. At 23, he sat holy with Itsspo’wanaato’ komi / Stella Tallman for the Okan, or Medicine Lodge at the Kainaiwa Sun Dance, a partnership for six Medicine Lodges. For 12 years, he learned the Okan ceremony with Pi’kunii Sun Dance leader Mike Swims Under, who also transferred him rights to the Kit Fox Society, when Mike became his grandfather. Okan also learned the songs for the Thunder Medicine Pipes and Beaver Bundles and throughout his lifetime helped his father lead these ceremonies. He also partook in Brave Dogs Society for many years. At Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, he was given a corn planting ceremony by adopted grandfather Pat Romero, with whom he spent much time while learning their ways. Okan loved the mountains. He grew up in them and spent much of his life hiking, climbing, riding, guiding and establishing camp sites. He referred to himself as ‘a Survivalist Technician’ and prided himself in being able to live in the mountains in a tipi at any time of the year. He was a skilled huntsman and archer. He had expert knowledge of the fauna and plant life native to this land, as he learned from his studies at the Universities of Lethbridge and British Columbia. While studying at UBC, he designed his own course, titled ‘Native Ecology’ and used this knowledge as he worked for the Blood Tribe Lands Department. During his employment with tribal lands, he carried out various research for extended periods at the Timber Limits/Beebe Flats from where he led excursions and summited Chief Mountain many times.

He was an artist both drawing and painting; a craftsman using traditional Blackfoot materials and design. He was also a photographer, videographer, illustrator and writer, co-authoring several books with his father and accompanied him on many journeys throughout the world. Among his passions were cars, trains, sail boating and fishing. He was a singer of ceremonial songs and an old time Chicken Dancer, spending many hours with his Uncle Tony Black Water practicing dance moves. With his younger brother, Iniskim, he learned about life, working together at jobs such as bee keeping, logging, horse training, inventing and building. They recently competed with their horses in Indian relay races and worked as extras in numerous films and television programs. He was a snowboarder and an avid runner, covering vast distances on the reserve. He ran many marathons and at the last Moonlight Run, won a silver medal. Recently, he was Interpreter and Wagoneer at Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge.

Okan was often seen traversing Standoff in his wagon behind his team of Spanish Mustangs while surrounded by many children and dogs. He will be forever missed by his children whom he loved beyond words. He leaves behind family and friends with whom he left a lasting impression. The loss of Okan imparts one to live life fully and love with no bounds in the fragility of life.

Okan was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Adolf Gutohrlein, Elsa and Irvin Couch, his maternal grandparents Edward & Ruth Little Bear and his bro Jude Creighton. He is survived by his uncles Morris, Leroy (Amethyst) and Gary (Lisa), his Aunt Erika and family in Germany, nieces and nephews Shelby, Sarah, Rope, Jaxon, Danika, Cash, Aliyah, Dusty, Jake, Winona, Natanik, Teresa, Austin, Jackie and Dallas, relatives from families of Heavy Head, Day Chief, Heavy Runner, Knife, Hunt, Bebee, McDonald, Low Horn, Fox, Eagle Plume and Weasel Head, his Blackfoot family, Bird Rattler, Bull Plume, Boy, Little Plume, Kicking Woman and Kipp/Davis, Crow family the Alden’s, families from the Okan, Beaver Bundle and Ni’naamskaan, special friends Kevin Healy, Matt Bruised Head, Brad Hamlett, Lige Bruised Head, John Bergenske, Cliff Grant, Dexter Healy, Tim Brown Weasel, Roy Bare Shin Bone, Brian Wadsworth, Alvin Many Chiefs, Orlando Calling Last, Blair Orr, John Day Rider, Jessie DeRocher, Lenny and James Eagle Tailfeathers, his friends from the Lands Department, his guiding buddies and his homeboys from Canal Flats and Cranbrook area. Okan’s family sincerely apologizes if anyone was missed as Okan had numerous family and friends, all of whom are so very appreciated.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.

A Wake Service will follow at GLADSTONE HALL – Blood Reserve, AB from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at GLADSTONE HALL on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

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


August 20, 1944 – August 8, 2016

Vern passed away peacefully at Points West Living, Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 71 years.

Vern is survived by his loving family: brother, Ervin (Joanne), his nephews, Allen Kope & family; Wayne Kope & family; nieces Mary Ellen Elgin & family; and Leona Kope.

Vern is predeceased by his father, Peter Kope, his mother, Mary Kope and his brother, Allen Kope.

Vern will be fondly remembered and missed by the community of Coaldale as “Mr. Coaldale – mailman ” and by the Coaldale Copperheads Junior Hockey Team.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

Walter Shaskin

1927- 2016

Mr. Walter Shaskin of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Olga Shaskin, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the age of 89 years. Prayers will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, August 12, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB with RT. REV. FR.Taras Krochak, officiating.

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William “Bill” McMahon

1950 – 2016

Mr. William “Bill” McMahon of Coaldale, beloved spouse of the late Mrs. Joyce (Betty) Brousseau, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 years.

Bill was born at St. Michaels General Hospital in Lethbridge, AB on May 30, 1950. He grew up on his family’s farm in Raymond until the age of 15 when he decided to leave home to go on his own adventure. At about the age of 22, he began to work on his fathers’ golf course in Anaheim, California after his family had moved there. He began a life of truck driving in 1976 which allowed him to see many amazing places and continued that until 2010 when he got out of the big truck and took the ‘easy’ (as he called it) job piloting. He said that’s the job he should have had from the get go!

If you knew Bill you knew how generous and caring he was towards everyone that he knew. Anytime you needed anything, he was there for you. Though truck driving often took him away from his family, we always knew he was thinking of us when he brought home little trinkets and gifts from places that he had been.

His biggest accomplishments were last minute truck stop gifts for Betty’s birthdays! Betty and Bill got together and settled down in Coaldale in 1978 when Bill decided to take on a new kind of adventure, an instant family. Where he immediately fell into the natural roll of being a husband and dad, and eventually a fantastic grandpa and great grandpa. He is well known by the kids of the family for sneaking chocolate under the table, unbeknownst to Betty who was filling plates with vegetables and asking how they had so much energy. He was also probably one of the most inquisitive people you could ever meet.

Even though it seemed to us that Bill knew everything there was to know, he still had unanswered questions and was constantly researching this or that and telling everyone he could about his findings (even if we seemed far from interested at the time). The things he most liked to talk about were theories behind the JFK shooting, bigfoot, if aliens exist, and how Elvis was still alive no matter what anyone told him. We are all hoping that right now he is on his newest adventure of discovering the real truth about everything he’s ever wondered. He will be greatly loved and missed by everyone who knew him; until we meet him again.

Bill is survived by his son Johnnie Brousseau of Lethbridge and daughter Joy (Trevor Mathews) Stoddart of Coaldale. His grandchildren: Nicole (Jerred) Procee, Blayne Salisbury, Chelsea (Justin Boe) Stoddart, Jodee Mathews, Ayla Brousseau, and Alex Brousseau. His great grandchildren: Nikkolas, Allison, Madison, Chloe, and one on the way. His sister Mary (Jack) Heninger, brother Pat (Peggy) McMahon, and sister Chelli Barnes; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Besides his loving spouse Joyce “Betty” Brousseau, he was predeceased by his parents James and Mae McMahon, as well as his brothers Jim Jr. McMahon, Richard McMahon, and Michael McMahon.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held for all of his friends and family at 1:30pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the KIN PICNIC SHELTER, 2304 16 Ave., Coaldale, AB.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made on his behalf to the charity of your choice.

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Edward Wojtowicz

1930 – 2016

Mr. Edward Wojtowicz, beloved husband of Martha Wojtowicz, passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Edward was born on February 2, 1930 to Walter and Maria Wojtowicz in Alonsa, Manitoba, on the homestead. When Edward was 6 years old, the family moved to Diamond City and in 1942 moved to Lethbridge where he attended St. Basil’s and St. Patrick’s schools. His first job was at Niven Brothers then continuing employment with Lethbridge Iron Works, Canadian Sugar Factories in Raymond and Picture Butte and later as a Maintenance Supervisor at Lethbridge Community College, retiring at age 65. On June 9, 1956 he married the love of his life Martha Gaetz, who were blessed with three children: Denise (Tony), David (Victor) and Larry (Gina), step-grandchildren Jen (Gordon), Justin and step-great-grandson Tristan. In his youth he played soccer for the Lethbridge Legion Team, enjoyed bowling and traveling to Galiano Island for summers and Christmas. He loved spending time tending to his gardens. He also enjoyed various hobbies and doing crossword puzzles with Martha in his later years. Edward is survived by his wife and children, sister Helen (George) Dolbak; brothers Anthony (Tina), John (Charlotte), Carl (Colleen – deceased); and sister-in-law Dorothy (Stanley – deceased); as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Edward is predeceased by his parents Maria and Walter, brothers Joe (Evelyn), Eugene (Connie), Adam and Frank. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 -32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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