January 18th, 2021

SATURDAY, May 12, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 12, 2018.


Andrew Black Water beloved husband of Phylis Eagle Bear passed away suddenly on May 6, 2018 at the age of 78 years. A Family Service will be held in the Chapel of Eden’s Funeral Home on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:00pm. A Wake Service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve immediately following the Family Service. A Funeral Service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:00am. Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Carmell Jean Bokvist

October 19, 1972 – May 2, 2018

Beloved daughter, sister and auntie Carmell Jean Bokvist passed away unexpectedly in Calgary Alberta at the Foothills Hospital on the evening of May 2nd 2018 surrounded by those she loved and dearly loved her.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Carmells name to your local Humane Society, Ducks Unlimited, the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre or plant a tree.

To email condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements in care of

Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd, High River.



July 4, 1946 – March 21, 2018

With a truly amazing attitude about life and dying George passed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

George was born on July 4, 1946 in Lethbridge Alberta to Edith and George Faulkner. A man of great humour, eloquent speech, a fixating voice and a crown of white hair; he was dedicated to everything he undertook throughout his career and volunteer activities. He believed in hard work, accepting what you cannot change, never giving up or complaining, putting others first, being grateful, and handling life, both good and bad, with an incontrovertible sense of humour. He was blessed with a brilliant mind, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a wide range of interests and tireless energy. Although limited by ill health in the final year of his life he showed remarkable grace, humour and dignity throughout.

He was a beloved son, devoted husband, revered brother and wise friend. George is lovingly remembered by his wife Linda, his brother Jon, his sister-in-law Dorothy and his “little family”.

Our most sincere thank you to an extraordinary team of medical professionals: Dr. A Sommerville, Dr. V Krause, Dr. C Schieman, Dr. F Adams, Dr. T Athwal, Dr. J Simon, Foothills Medical Centre – Unit 61, Rockyview General Hospital – Unit 73, and last but not least, Palliative Home Care for guiding us through this journey. Never ending support came from his brother Jon and from his “buddies” Dr. John Rothschild, Mr. Robert Rowley, Mr. Paul Weaver and the “4 party” buddies from ATCO, ENMAX and SHAW.

George, we will look for you and remember you, always, and we will continue to see and hear you in everything. Rest peacefully my love.

Rather than mourn the absence of the flame; let us celebrate how brightly it burned.

A celebration of George‘s life will be held on his birthday, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Location will be confirmed. Please RSVP at gwf.calg@gmail.com


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Peter Globa on April 26, 2018. Don was born on June 25, 1951 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended St. Michael’s Elementary School, St. Paul’s High School, and graduated from E.D. Freehan High School. Throughout his life, Don’s two great passions were music and football.

After playing for his high school team and later with the Saskatoon Hilltops, there was more football at the University of Saskatchewan where he also obtained a degree in Music Education, enabling him to share his passion for music with hundreds of students across his stellar career in both concert and jazz band. Don was recognized nationally on several occasions for guiding his band students to the top levels in the country.

After retiring as a full time teacher, he continued teaching part time for several years and enjoyed that immensely. His love of football also carried on with completed dedication to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His support for the Riders never wavered as he followed every game, play by play.

Don was an avid reader, and always seemed to have at least one book on the go. In between reading he would try to catch up on T.V. series he had recorded. Cooking was another past time he truly enjoyed in his retirement, often trying new recipes he found on the internet. Summer time gave him the chance to pursue fishing in the beautiful rivers and streams of southern Alberta, an activity he thoroughly enjoyed.

Don was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Anne Globa, and his wife, Pamela Perry-Globa. He leaves behind his faithful companion, Jake, the latest of the many dogs who were lucky enough to have had Don as their owner. Don’s friendliness, generosity and sense of humor will be missed. He was one of a kind, who lived life large and enriched the lives of those who had the privilege to know him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society.


Howard Hagg passed away on May 2, 2018 at age 95 and was taken home to be with his Lord.

Howard leaves to mourn his wife of 69 yrs, Lorraine, his 5 children Cheryl, Gail (Lynn), Gordon (Mary Lou), Marj (George), Bev (Marvin), 17 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and 4 sister-in-laws (spouses). Howard was predeceased by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law Laura (Jim) O’Reilly.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Champion Community Hall. Interment Champion Cemetery.

Tributes in Howard’s memory can be made to the Champion Legion Branch #262 (Box 248, Champion, AB T0L 0R0) or the Wilderness Ranch (wilderness ranch@platinum.ca).

Arrangements in care of

Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca

Ronald Helmer

1936 – 2018

Mr. Ron Helmer of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the age of 81 years, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lynne Helmer.

Ron is survived by his sons Tim (Nadine) Helmer of Calgary; grandchildren Erin Helmer (Joel Duda), Kyle Helmer, and David (Charlene) Helmer of Cochrane; grandchildren Alina Helmer and Jenna Helmer.

Besides his loving wife Lynne, Ron was predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Emma Helmer.

A Private Family Service will be held.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB., T2E 6Z3.

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

HOFFMAN, Helmut (Hal) Bernhart

July 21, 1934 – Elmwood, Manitoba

May 6, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Helmut (Hal) Bernhart Hoffman passed away peacefully on the morning of May 6, 2018 at Rockyview Hospital in Calgary, AB at the age of 83 years.

Hal was born in Elmwood, MB to Wilhelm and Helena Hoffman (nee Heinrichs). One of nine siblings, Hal grew up on the family farm near Halbstadt, MB and later near Dominion City. As a boy, he received his early schooling at a German school, but farm duties prevented him from completing high school. As a young man, Hal worked on the farm in the summers and did railway maintenance during the winter.

With the intent of becoming a farmer, Hal trained as a mechanic, thinking this a useful skill on the farm. His training took him to Calgary where, by chance at a local dance hall, he met his life long love, Marie, whom he married in Winnipeg in 1960.

Hal’s studies sparked a keen enthusiasm for learning and a desire to impart his skills to others. While working full time to support his family, Hal went to night school to earn his high school diploma with the goal of becoming a mechanics instructor. In 1964, Hal and Marie moved the family west so Hal could to take a teaching position at the Lethbridge Community College (LCC). Early in his tenure at LCC, Hal furthered his own education, obtaining a bachelors degree and later, a masters degree, in vocational education from the University of Alberta. Hal was popular with his students and a respected member of the LCC faculty and he eventually served as the faculty union president. After his retirement in 1991, Hal and Marie travelled the world and hosted visiting couples in their home through the Lethbridge Chapter of the Friendship Force creating many happy memories and friendships.

Hal will always been remembered for what he gave back to his family and his community. Hal volunteered countless hours of his time and put his skills to good use through the Rotary Club, Lethbridge City Police Commission and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. True to his farming roots, every spring and summer, Hal, along with Marie, expertly tended a large backyard garden which sustained their family and brought them much joy. To the delight of his children, Hal transformed the garden into an ice rink in the winters. Hal was a resourceful and talented metalworker who crafted items for his home, friends and his church. His appreciation for music was cultivated through singing in both the Good Shepherd Church Choir and the Men’s German Chorus, the latter of which gave Hal the great pleasure to use his German.

Hal will also be remembered for his passion for politics which led him in 1972 to run as a candidate in the federal election for the New Democratic Party. He was a frequent and articulate contributor of letters to the editor in the local Lethbridge paper on political issues of the day. Mostly, Hal will be remembered by his family as a loving father, grandfather and husband who offered unfailing support and guidance to his wife, children and grandchildren. He was immensely proud of the accomplishments of his children and his three granddaughters, Maddison, Kristen and Zoey.

Left to mourn Hal are his son Rob Hoffman and his wife Ivy of Calgary; daughter Susan Duncan and her husband Darren; daughter Judi Hoffman and her husband John Wall; granddaughters Zoey of Vancouver, and Maddison and Kristen of Calgary; and siblings, Albert Hoffman (Lena) of Altona, Anita Braun of Altona, Rudy Hoffman (Karlene) of Winnipeg, Harold Hoffman (Marge) of Mississauga, Irene Braun (John) of Winnipeg, Dennis Hoffman (Jeanine) of Winnipeg, and Marvin Hoffman of Thailand. Also surviving him are his in-laws, Betty MacGillivray of Stanley, NB, Bill Moss (Donna) of Cross Creek, NB, and Rosemary Ingraham of Arrowwood, AB; and by many nieces, nephews and good friends. Hal was predeceased by his wife Marie in 2016 after fifty-five years of marriage; brother Irwin Hoffman; brother-in-laws Gordon Ingraham, John MacGillivray, and Jake Braun.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Arthritis Society, #300, 1301 – 8th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 Telephone: (403) 228-2571 or 1 (800) 321-1433. http://www.arthritis.ca or to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 USA Telephone: 1 (800) 597.5972. https://lwr.org. The family sincerely thanks the dedicated staff of Millrise Place for their compassionate care during Hal’s time there.

In living memory of Hal Hoffman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

Thomas Howard

1935 – 2018

Mr. Thomas Howard of Lethbridge, loving Father of Tom (Joanna Lamb) Howard and Shelley (Shawn) Zorn, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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

Richard Kelly

1931 – 2018

Mr. Richard Kelly passed away peacefully in his sleep, at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Please join his family for a Celebration of Life at 2:00pm on Saturday May 12, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S, Lethbridge, AB.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Richard’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4K7 or their website at http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate or a charity of your choice supporting youth education.

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Kenneth E. Riley, beloved husband of the late Terry Riley (nee Dubuc) passed away On Tuesday, May 8th at St. Therese Villa at the age of 91 years.

Ken is survived by his son, Kevin, of Lethbridge, his daughter, Diana, of Edmonton, his sister, Gail (Leo) Scheer of Winnipeg, MB and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Roy.

Ken proudly served his country over many years, enlisting in the Canadian Army after the war. He joined the R.C. M. P, meeting the love of his life, Terry, while stationed in Vegreville. They were married in 1952. He and Terry worked with young people in Cubs and Scouts. After being stationed in several towns in Alberta, they enlarged their family with the addition of Kevin and Diana. Ken retired from the Force and moved to Lethbridge in 1969, accepting a position at Lethbridge College. He retired as Director of the Law Enforcement Program.

Ken was a Community Person volunteering with Lions Club International, becoming District Governor Area #51 Southern- Alberta-Montana. He was involved in the Leo Club and the Seeing Eye Dog Program to name a few. Ken was recognized for his wisdom and wise counsel, a friend to many. He was the consummate authority on Canadian History, particularly history of the R.C.M.P

Ken’s public service was recognized in 1998 being presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and the Sovereign’s Medal at the age of 90 yrs.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects Between 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, Lethbridge. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 14th 2018 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lethbridge, Alberta Liturgy of the Word will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, Vegreville, Alberta.


It is with great sadness that the family of MRS. JOAN McKENZIE, beloved wife of the late Dr. Hugh McKenzie, announce her peaceful passing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 96 years.

Joan is survived by her son, Ross (Deborah) McKenzie of Lethbridge, her daughters, Carol (Iain) Wilson of Edmonton and Carmen (George) Graham of Rainier and her eight grandchildren, Kyle McKenzie (Tara, and their children, Xander, Mannix and Milana), Colin McKenzie, Christina McKenzie, Andrew Wilson, Scott Wilson, Catherine Davies (Braidy, and their children, Sage and Wynn), Rob Graham and Erin Graham.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her loving husband, Hugh.

Joan was born on November 2, 1921 in Yorkshire, England and was raised in Pocklington. Joan trained and worked as an accountant in York during World War II. She met a Saskatchewan farm boy, Hugh McKenzie, a Flying Officer with the RCAF stationed nearby. They were married on December 11, 1943. After they were married, Hugh completed his tour of duty with Bomber Command. On each bombing mission, Joan counted the number of planes that left and returned. Hugh survived three plane crashes. On one mission, Hugh’s plane did not return and had to crash land on the coast of England. This was a very stressful time in Joan and Hugh’s lives, but resulted in a very close and loving relationship between them, which lasted throughout their marriage.

Hugh returned to Saskatchewan in September of 1945. Eight months later, Joan was able to join Hugh at the family farm near Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. They lived in Saskatoon while Hugh attended the University of Saskatchewan. Once he completed university, the couple moved to Indian Head to work at the Agriculture Canada Experimental Farm. In 1951, they transferred to Lethbridge where Hugh began his lifetime career working at the Lethbridge Research Station.

Together, they had three children, Ross, Carol and Carmen. Each were very welcomed and loved additions to their family. Joan and Hugh had a very happy relationship and enjoyed raising their family in Lethbridge. Sadly, Hugh died in an automobile accident in 1979. Joan remained living in Lethbridge and cherished her close relationship with her children, eight grandchildren and, over the past six years, her five great-grandchildren. Joan’s family was her inspiration and she was so proud of each and every one. Joan was a long-time member of Southminster United Church.

At Joan’s request, a Private Graveside Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5, the Brooks & District Health Foundation, 440 – 3 Street East, Brooks, AB T1R 0G5, or to a charity of your choice.

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

Beverley Paterson

1940 – 2018

Bev Paterson, beloved wife of the late Gordon Paterson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening May 8, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Born in Lethbridge, Bev was an active young person playing basketball, the bagpipes, modelling and earning her spending money babysitting and demonstrating the hula hoop on Saturday mornings at Woolworths. Bev attended the University of Alberta graduating with a nursing degree. Interrupting her studies was a blind date with Gordon and upon returning to Lethbridge after graduation, they were married. Once Bev became a mother she retired her nursing cap to focus on her three children Jan, Eryn and Bruce. Bev and Gordon loved their time with their family. Years of summer vacations at Christina Lake topped her list of favourite times. Early morning skis on a lake of glass for the kids and an afternoon of tanning on the boat for Bev made those holidays so special. Skiing in Whitefish, golf weekends at the cabin in Waterton and travel with Gordon to visit kids away at school filled her heart with great joy.

While raising her family, Bev cultivated her love of giving to her community through a myriad of roles including: the Lethbridge YMCA, the Allied Arts Council, the Lethbridge Community College, the Chinook Regional Health Authority, the South Alberta FASD Network, the Steve Fonyo Cancer Foundation, Skate Canada, the Southern Alberta Winter Games…to name but a few.

Bev will be remembered for her incredible warmth, love, caring nature, dedication to friends and her strong commitment to her causes. Bev’s legacy continues through her family and through those she and Gordon ‘adopted’ by love. She will be deeply missed by all of them.

A private cremation will take place this week and a celebration of Bev’s life, for family and friends, will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4K7 or call 403-327-3239 or donate on their website at http://www.heartandstroke.ab.ca.

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October 3, 1955 – May 10, 2018

A funeral is not a day in a lifetime,

it is a lifetime in a day!!!

Beloved husband of Colleen Julie Pickett passed away in Calgary on May 10 2018 at the age of 62.

Riley is survived by his 3 daughters: Amanda Rae Pickett (or Minnie as he called her) of Taber, Hannah Emily Pickett (Logan Fournier) of Edmonton, and Jamie Dawn Lesburg (Zakary Lesburg) also of Edmonton.

Riley had 4 grandchildren: Bradley Riley Pickett, Kalista Bailey, Madyson Bailey and the newest addition Chevy Lesburg. Riley was also blessed with a great-grandson: Kash Holt-Wilton.

Along with his father Floyd Pickett and his loving sisters Shanon (Marv Harwood) and Karen (Mary Harrison) he had numerous nieces and nephews.

Riley took great pride in his career within the oilfield trucking industry. He tried to live his life in such a manner as to create a framework for his girls to build upon. He was a very charismatic man who loved camping, fishing and enjoying his family and friends.

Riley was deeply passionate about his faith and tried oh so hard to get his girls to follow. He would often have deep talks with them about his philosophy of life and his perception of the mysteries that our journeys hold.

Always the trickster, Riley would put spiders in Hannah’s shoes, or apply double-sided sticky tape to the fridge door, or tease Jamie with the nickname of “James” every chance he could. Even more memorable was the time he used shoe laces to tie a loose bumper back onto Amanda’s car because he figured that she was not being “hickster” enough just living in Taber. His best invention of all, however, was to zip-tie the toilet seat down so he would not fall off… all in good fun.

Riley was a huge presence in many, many lives and he will be missed! But lets remember that he hasn’t really left us, he has gone to his heavenly home and will always be closer than we know.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday May 14, 2018 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, TABER STAKE CENTRE, 4709 50 Ave Taber Alberta. Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service at the church.

Immediately following the service, there will be a luncheon with a video and memorial tributes by his daughters in the Church Cultural Hall.

Interment in the Taber Memorial Gardens.

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

Jon Popel
1956 – 2018
Jonnie Bernell Popel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and Winnifred historian, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the age of 62 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, 202 – 5 Avenue East, Bow Island on Saturday, May 12, 2018 between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Jon was born in Medicine Hat on March 4, 1956, to Agnes and John Popel. He lived most of his life in Winnifred where he farmed with his father. Jon attended the University of Calgary and obtained a degree in Geology where he met his future wife, Janet Ferguson. They were married on February 27, 1982 and together Jon and Janet farmed and raised three amazing children, Jonathan (Peggy), James (Stephanie) and Julianne (Dan Baran). He so loved his two grandchildren John and Anne and greatly enjoyed his visits with them.
After the farm and just like in everything he has done, he took pride in a career at the St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID), “chasing water” as he put it, for almost twenty years.  He will be remembered by his brothers at The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) and past members of the Bow Island Ducks Unlimited Committee.
In addition to his own family, Jon leaves behind three sisters Joanne (Morris) Sosick of Lethbridge, Shirley Johnston of Milk River and Betty (Mike) Owens of Redmond, Washington and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Charles Johnston.
In lieu of flowers and donations, Jon’s family ask that you spend time with your children, grandchildren and families and like Jon would want, hug them and hold them close as he would say that is most important.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


RYAN MERTON QUIROGA, beloved father, brother, son and friend, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the age of 28 years.

Ryan is survived by his children, Benjamin (Mary), and Sariah (Karmyn); his stepmother, Darlene Quiroga (Nash); his brothers, Jeremy and Joe Quiroga; his sisters, Miriam Quiroga and Kristi Nash, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jose & Joan Quiroga, as well as his stepbrother, Cory Nash.

Ryan was a kind, loving and extremely generous man. His true loves in life were his family, camping, vinegar and hot sauce. His laugh was infectious and his smile would brighten your day. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.

A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

Memorial donations may be made in Ryan’s honor to the Canadian Mental Health Association by visiting http://www.lethbridge.cmha.ca or by calling (403)-329-4775. A trust fund for Ryan’s children has also been set up. Those wishing to contribute can do so by visiting any Scotiabank, calling 403-382-4670 ref account # 414590044458, or by e-transfer to sariahben@gmail.com.

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Kenneth Riley

1926 – 2018

Mr. Kenneth Riley of Lethbridge, beloved Husband of the late Mrs. Terry Riley, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Monday, May 14, 2018 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

Liturgy of the Word will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at ST. MARTIN OF TOURS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5437 – 43 Street, Vegreville, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Lions Eye Bank, 320 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2W6 or a charity of your choice.

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AUGUST 19, 1941—MAY 7, 2018

Known to many as “the bear’s best friend,” this celebrated and beloved rancher, photographer, author, naturalist and ultra-light pilot passed away in Calgary despite every possible effort by the Foothills ICU staff to save him. Charlie is deeply missed by his loving partner Melodey Wood, his siblings Dick Russell (Colleen Calvert), Gordon Russell and sister Anne Raabe (Peter), by his granddaughter Zoe Russell (daughter of his son, Anthony) and Zoe’s mother Chris Russell and grandmother Margaret Hynd. He is mourned also by nephews Jonas Dodd (Magali Bailey), Tim Raabe (Barb) and niece Sarah Russell (Jeremy Bryson). He will be missed by sister-in-law Valerie Haig-Brown, friend and confidant Beth Towe and by former partners Sandi Twiss, Maureen Enns and Irina Ikruglyakova. He was predeceased by his parents Andy and Kay Russell, his brother John and son Anthony.

The son of renowned conservationist Andy Russell and wife Kay (nee Riggall), and grandson of the famous pioneer outfitter and naturalist Bert Riggall and wife Dora (nee Williams), Charlie was literally born and raised to be a leader in wildlife conservation. As youngsters, Charlie and his brothers roughed it through Canada and Alaska in 1960 to assist Andy Russell with his groundbreaking film, Grizzly Country. After studying photography in New York, Charlie took up ranching on the family place, Hawk’s Nest, in the heart of southwest Alberta grizzly country. More and more of his time was devoted to conservation issues such as the Waterton Biosphere Reserve initiative, but the closest thing to his heart was defending bears, for as this bear of a man once growled, “If it hurts the bears, it hurts me.” Eventually, he decided to give up ranching and devote himself to disproving two myths then prevalent in our times: “1. that bears are unpredictable and 2. that they are inherently dangerous if they ever lose fear of people.” His researches led in the 1990s to a 13-year period of living in close proximity with wild grizzly bears and Kermode (black) bears on Princess Royal Island and Khutzymateen, BC, and then Kamchatka, Russia. In Russia he and then partner, the artist Maureen Enns, were instrumental in funding an anti-poaching program and creating a Brown (grizzly) bear sanctuary centered on a cabin they built on Kambalnoye Lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Charlie obtained a number of orphaned brown bear cubs from the Russian authorities, taught them to fish for char, defended them from predators and successfully got them into hibernation. These efforts resulted in documentary films with PBS and BBC and a number of books, including Grizzly Seasons. Charlie was heartbroken in 2002 when he discovered the bears he had protected were slaughtered by poachers while he and Maureen were back in Canada, fund-raising. More recently, challenged by old-school biologists who questioned his methods, he concentrated on convincing the public that” …the problem is with us, not the bears.” His work and example has shifted the public perception of bear human interactions more towards Charlie’s point of view, to the great benefit of bear conservation in general. But Charlie was also a mentor to a new crop of conservationists and biologists, whose thinking about not only bears, but all wildlife has been transformed by his ego-free gentle examples in the wild. A celebratory rendezvous to honour Charlie will be held at Hawk’s Nest, the family ranch, from 10:00 AM onward, September 2, 2018.

Gordon Russell at (403) 627-1898, Waterton Park, AB TOK2MO Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com

Sheila Ryan

1934 – 2018

It is with profound sadness that the family of Mrs. Sheila Ryan of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Edward Ryan, announce her peaceful passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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June 30, 1940 – Uslar, Germany

April 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Manfred Schlemme of Calgary, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Fred was born on June 30, 1940 in Uslar, Germany. In 1953 his family immigrated to Canada. They worked in the sugar beet fields of Turin, before moving to Coaldale and finally settling in Lethbridge. Fred spent much of his adult life working for Macdonalds Consolidated in Calgary. He had a passion for travelling and saw many countries and continents. Fred had a great sense of humour and always had a kind word to speak of everyone.

Manfred is survived by his twin brother Siegfried (Lorrie) Schlemme of Lethbridge, his sister Rose (Ervin) Saunders of Blackfoot, AB, sister-in-law Bessie Schlemme of Calgary and several nieces and their families.

Manfred was predeceased by his parents Karl and Irmgard Schlemme; his brother Helmut Schlemme and his nephew Monty Lietz (Schlemme).

A private burial will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.


Jan. 30, 1973 – May 4, 2018

It is with great sadness that the Twigg Family announces the sudden passing of JOSHUA LEVI KEVIN TWIGG on May 4, 2018 at the age of 45 years.

Joshua is survived by his wife of 26 years, Christel, his children: Cody (Michelle) Day Chief, Brittany (Mebratu), John (Shania), Celina (Tazzmaine), and Chantelle Twigg, his grandchildren: Lorelei, Kaydence, Jasmine, Joshua, Tina, Christina, Aaliyah, Rhonda, Lane, Chloe, Lacey, Aria, and Chase. He is also survived by his biological mother, Marie Bernadette (the Late Chester) Davis, his brothers: Wayne, Clayton, Warren, Cory, and Leo, his sisters: Geri, Carolyn, Annette, Roxanne, Kris, Desirae, and Kelly Thunder Chief. Joshua is also survived by his uncle Charlie Small Face, and his aunts: Mary Twigg, Theresa Plume, Veronica Brewer, Christine Good Dagger, and Laura Gervais, and by his Great Uncle Donald Big Swallow, and Great Aunt Harriette Wells. Special cousin Russell Twigg. His sisters in law: Brandy Bellhumer (Vince White Quills), and Lesslie (Gary) Munghun, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends and extended family members left to mourn his passing are the: Twiggs, Big Throats, Small Faces, Many Guns, Day Riders, Many Bears, Weasel Heads, Bloods, Potts, Standing Alone, and Crop Eared Wolf families.

Joshua is predeceased by his parents James and Celina Twigg, his son Lane, his brothers: Leonard, Tony, Charlie, and Sheldon, his sisters: Doreen, and Mary-Anne. His sister in law, Kim Twigg, his niece Lacey Twigg, and his great niece, Brielle Twigg.

Forever a Cowboy, Josh was raised on his parent’s ranch on the Blood Reserve. He was an accomplished Steer Rider, Bull Rider, Bareback Rider and Saddle Bronc Rider. He rode bulls for 23 years in various Associations. Highlights of his rodeo career include: winning the year end and finals championships in the Chief Mountain Rodeo Association, the Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association, and the Blood Reserve Rodeo Club in the Steer Riding and Bull Riding Events. In his first 2 years of rodeo, he held the record for winning every single rodeo and finals in the CMRA in the steer riding event. His family and rodeo family were also very proud of him when he rode the bulls Jazz and Little Jazz. Joshua has won so many rodeos over the years that they are too numerous to mention, and Josh would never mention them. Humble and kind, he took every victory with a huge smile on his face and bashful eyes, never one to boast, or brag. He practically gave away every trophy he ever won, and just went on to the next for the love of the ride.

Never one to sit still for very long, Joshua has held various jobs over the years, most recently, he worked for his sister Carolyn, helping her to care for their disabled nephews Riley and Dylan, who he had a close bond with after the passing of their father, mother, sister and niece. He has also worked for Bouvry Exports (3 yrs.), Medical Transportation (8 yrs.), broke horses and did ranch work for Melvin Wadsworth, worked at Albert’s Gas Bar, Balog Auctions, and spent 13 years driving school bus for the Blood Reserve School Bus Co-op.

Joshua held family above all, and did all he could to make sure those he cared about most were well looked after. He never turned down a request for help, and would often show up to his older siblings homes and do things like take out the garbage, mow the lawn, and clean up the yard, all without being asked, and never asking for anything in return. He will be sadly missed for his huge smile, kind eyes, and helpful heart. Joshua loved his rosary and rarely missed an opportunity to pray to Our Blessed Mother. Therefore, the family invites everyone to attend a Wake Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, May 13, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, on the Blood Reserve, AB, on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating. The Interment will follow at the Twigg Family Cemetery, Twigg Ranch. Feast to follow at the Moses Lake Gymnasium. In lieu of flowers and cards, family asks for donations to be made to the funeral expenses at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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