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SUNDAY, January 14, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 14, 2018.

Betty Friesen
1921 – 2018
Elizabeth Friesen, beloved wife of the late Ben Friesen, passed away in Taber on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 96 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 15, 2018 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue North, Vauxhall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. 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.


September 20, 1918 –

January 11, 2018

ELSIE ELIZABETH GRISAK, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Michael Grisak, passed away peacefully at the Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, January 11,2018 at the age of 99 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jacquelyn (Wade) Chipman, Gerald (Pat) Grisak, Michelle Hamilton as well as her grandchildren: Kevin and Robin Ross, Jesse and Daniel Grisak, Nicole Sims, Robbie and Andrew Grisak and four great grandchildren: Tanna, Lexxi, Cierra and Connor Ross.

Besides her loving husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Tim, sisters: Frances Swanson and Ethelena Thompson and brothers: Howard Bellew and Bob Swanson.

The joy of her life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she treasured the time that she was able to spend with them.

Until late in her life Elsie was an active member in the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at the IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH – #20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Robert Mohns officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Elsie will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery with her husband Michael and son Tim.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Elsie, donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance – 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7

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


FUJIO (FUZZ) TSUKISHIMA, beloved husband of Yoshiko, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Fujio was born on November 18, 1931 in Sullivan, B.C. In 1942 at the age of 10, the Tsukishima family was relocated to Stirling, Alberta. They eventually ended up in Coaldale where he met his future wife Yoshiko, and started his own family. He is survived by his loving wife Yoshiko, his children, Bryce, Anne Williams, Roy, Dean (Stacey) and granddaughters Lauren and Erica. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 between 7:00 and 8:00 pm at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, 433 Stubb Ross Road S (entrance to the airport). Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470 – 40 Street S, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers and Koden donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211 Lethbridge AB, T1J 4K7.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


MATTHEW WELLS, beloved son of Harriet Wells and the late John (Jiggs) Creighton, passed away peacefully at the Cardston Auxiliary Hospital on Sunday January 7, 2018 at the age of 65 years. He was surrounded by his loving family and relatives.

Matthew is survived by his children; Bradford (Aiyisha) Red Crow, Rosana Big Plume, Cody (Lesley) Wells, Tiffany, Tamara (Brad) and Tashina (Trinity) Wells as well as his 21 grandchildren. His brothers: Andrew (Evelyn) Wells, Melvin (Benita) Wells, Arnold (Joan) Wells, Henry (Carol) Creighton, Dicky Creighton, Billy (Raeann) Creighton; his sisters: Edith and Laverne Wells, Verna (Ivan) Many Fingers, Tammy, Natalie and Charlene (Tim) Creighton; his auntie Beauty Wells.

Matthew was predeceased by his stepfather Henry Day Rider Sr.; brother’s Henry M. “Little Joe” Wells, Brian and Alroy Creighton; sister Sharon Creighton; his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Wells Sr.; his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Percy Creighton; uncles, aunties and cousins too numerous to mention.

Matthew was born at the Blood Indian Hospital on November 9, 1952. He received his secondary education at St. Mary’s School and later pursued his post secondary education at Medicine Hat, Mount Royal College and in Grouard for Heavy Equipment Operator, upon completion he gained employment with Blood Tribe Public Works as a grader operator for several years. Matthew later enrolled in the Police Training Academy in Edmonton after graduation, Constable Wells served with the Blood Tribe Police Force and later decided to work for Blood Tribe Emergency Services as an Emergency Responder. His last employer was Blood Tribe Family Community Support Services as an Elder’s Support Worker. Matthew was employed until his diabetes forced him into early retirement.

Matthew grew up taking care of livestock, especially horses which he was very fond of and owned, this led him to participated in the rodeo circuit as a bareback rider and supported his relatives who were also involved in the rodeo circuit by attending rodeos. Matthew also, played basketball with the St. Mary’s Warriors basketball team which led them to be the Alberta provincial “C” champions and the Bullhorn Bulls; he coached his own ladies’ basketball team called the “Pandas” who were the provincial champions and traveled to Cheney Washington. He was also, a manager and trainer for the Golden Chiefs Jr. “B” and Kainai Braves Sr. “A” hockey teams whom he was so proud of, he also participated in curling and golf. Matthew was also a Kainai cadet and was actively involved in the cursillo movement.

Matthew will be surely missed for his humour and charismatic ways, he was also, very kind, caring, compassionate and considerate of all that knew him, he always had a smile on his face and in good spirits, he never complained, regardless of the pain and suffering he endured. He loved his children and grandchildren and supported them in their extracurricular activities. Matthew lived life to the fullest, it was never a dull moment when you met up with him, he always had a joke or a great story to share and welcomed everyone into his home. Matthew will be dearly missed by his loved ones and those that knew him.

A Wake Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, AB on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

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

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