January 23rd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 4, 2018.


Thomas William

Feb 6th, 1925 – June 28th, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce we lost the most wonderful man we have ever known our Dad.

He was our mountain he kept us steadfast and strong. He was not only a WW2 hero he was our hero.

His love never faltered his strength never dimmed. Love you Dad forever and a day Gill, Ian and Chris.

Celebration of Life Saturday July 7th between 1 and 4 PM at The Woodside Seniors Club, 411 Woodside Dr NW Airdrie Alberta.


JUDITH “JUDY” DIETRICH passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the age of 59 years.

At Judy’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

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FLEXHAUG October 28, 1922 – January 4, 2018

JOSEPHINE FLEXHAUG, beloved wife of Vern Allen Flexhaug, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 4, 2018 at St. Michaels Palliative Care, shortly after celebrating 60 years of marriage. She will be dearly missed by her husband Vern, children; Donald Grant of Oshawa, Dolores Kennelly of Thunder Bay, and Robert Johnson of Calgary, and seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. A Graveside Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday July 5, 2018, at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond Alberta.

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Died June 22, 2018

INEZ GIBB HARRIS was born to Joseph Franklin Gibb and Mabel Stark Gibb on April 25, 1925 in Hillspring Alberta. Her maternal grandparents were Daniel Stark and Ann Priscilla Birkenhead. Her paternal grandparents were John Lye Gibb and Hannah Simmons Smith (Hannah was the midwife that bought Inez into the world). She was the youngest of 8 children; Stanley, Rosco, Bruce, Dean, Dorthy, Wayne, Bert and Glen.

In 1941 she attended the Calgary Normal School and became a school teacher. She taught school full time from 1945 to 1958. She began teaching in Innisfail AB where she rode a horse three miles each day to a one room school house that had 21 desks and a stove in it. The school was lit with candlelight and they used an out-house of course. Other places she taught were; Glenwood AB, Mountain View AB, Hillspring AB, Taber and Barnwell AB. She worked the summers polishing silver at the Prince of Whales Hotel in Waterton AB.

In 1955 she married Bernarr Harris and they settled in a house east of Taber on Harris Road. They spent more than 62 years in that house. She stopped teaching full time after she was married and continued teaching as a substitute teacher. She worked with the Red Cross and became very involved with the Provincial Fair Organization. She entered as a competitor in many events and ultimately became a Provincial Judge and traveled extensively through the Province to judge fairs. In 1961 they adopted Glade, 1963 Jennifer was adopted and in 1966 Dwight was adopted. She remained very busy in the community and her church. She became a Master Homemaker; cooking, canning, gardening, knitting, sewing, crocheting, needlepointing, tatting and she is probably most known for her quilting abilities; all stitching on her quilts were done with incredibly small stitches.

She lost her eye-sight for the last 15 years of her life. This was frustrating for her as she was unable to be as productive as she would prefer. It is an incredible blessing that she is now able to be with her loved ones and enjoy her eye-sight once again.

Inez is survived by her three children; Glade, Jennifer and Dwight. She has eight grandchildren; Brett, Jessica, Ryan, Tyler, Kyle, Cody Lydia and Hunter. She has one Great Grandchild; Ryder Gregory Davenport.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, TABER STAKE CENTRE, Taber Alberta. A viewing will be held prior to the Service from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at the church.

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VIVIAN ROSE JACOBSEN, beloved wife of Ingmar Jacobsen, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Dorothy Albert (Key) Lait passed away after a long illness at the Good Samaritan’s, Park Meadows Village on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

“Dot” as she often went by, was born in Bellevue, Alberta on September 6th, 1922, She was the youngest of 6 children born to Dr, James and Effie Key. Many times we laughed as she entertained us with tales of growing up in a household of six kids.

Dot is predeceased by her husband of 58 years Wilfrid John Lait (1999). Mom was a WWII bride. Marrying dad in August of 1940 and then seeing him off to join the navy from Jan. 1941 to the fall of 1945.

Dot is survived by her Children, Elizabeth (Betty) (Gerry) Benn of London Ont., Gary (Carole) Lait of Victoria, B.C., Gordon (Terry) Lait of Seven Persons, Alberta, and James (Karen) of Lethbridge, Alberta. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

In 1961 in her 40’s she attended the Grace Hospital school for several months to earn an LPN degree and was the valedictorian for her class. After graduation she worked at the Grace hospital in Calgary.

Dot and Wilf lived in Calgary for most of their married life and were original members of the Calgary Winter Club. Mom loved the game and did very well at it. Winning many Bonspiels and also the prestigious Tournament of Pearls in 1963. She was one of 3 women in 1969 nominated for Sportswoman of the Year in Calgary.

In later years they lived in St. Albert, where Dad opened his own Automotive Business. As usual, in a family situation Mom became the “extra staff person” helping with cleaning the store and doing whatever else was needed.

After selling the business they moved around from place to place, (Osoyoos BC, Didsbury AB, Lethbridge AB. etc). They kept active curling, golfing, bowling, and spending time with family and friends. They enjoyed their church and the many activities they were involved in. Mom loved to “help” and enjoyed fixing meals and sharing with others. She played the piano by ear and for years was the alto voice as she and her sisters sang duets and joined choirs.

In Mom’s last years she struggled with poor hearing and eyesight. She spent her later life under the great care of the Good Samaritan Facility in Lethbridge.

Now we are grateful she is with her Savior and once again well. We love you Mom and miss you. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca


It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of FRANCES DENISE LARSON. After a courageous battle with cancer Frances, better known as Denise, Mom, Grandma or Grams, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Care Centre in Lethbridge surrounded by family on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the age of 76 years.

A Celebration of Denise’s Life will take place at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, Highway #4, just East of the 43rd Street intersection, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastors Dr. George Takashima and Mark Dyck officiating. A Private Family Interment will precede the service.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MS. CYNTHIA “CINDY” GRACE OLD SHOES (KIPIITAA’KII) on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the age of 54 years.

Cindy is survived by her parents, John & Holly Old Shoes, her children, Candace (Tyler), Amanda (Bert) and Cody (Crystal) Old Shoes, her nine grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Jayden, Hannah, Rylyn, Trayton, Evans, Jolene, Kyra, Joseph and Zoey and her godson, Dwight Many Bears. She is also survived by her siblings, Cecilia Taylor, Becky Old Shoes, Clarence Old Shoes and Paul Old Shoes, as well as 16 nieces and nephews, 23 great-nieces and great-nephews, several aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and her special friend, Danny Eagle Child.

She was predeceased by her common-law husband, George Long Time Squirrel, her son, Charles Old Shoes, her brother, John (Tweedy) Smith, her grandparents, Peter & Grace Smith, Mark & Eva Old Shoes and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. with Morris Little Wolf officiating.

A Wake Service will follow at STREETS ALIVE, 323 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

Interment will follow in the St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Standoff, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Streets Alive, 323 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1Z9.

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Marie Louise (Skip) Oseen

1941 – 2018

Everyone must die, but when you are loved as much as Skip was, it makes it particularly difficult for family and friends.

Marie Louise (Skip) Oseen passed away at the age of 76 in the Lethbridge Chinook Regional Hospital on July 1, 2018.

She was born November 9, 1941 in Lethbridge Alberta. She was raised in Vauxhall Alberta spending lots of time on the sheep ranch in Grantham. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and various other hobbies. She married Bryan Oseen at the age of 18 on January 30, 1960. Together they had 3 sons: Kirk, Scott (Brenda), and Todd. She will be missed by her sister Pat (Larry), sister in law Shirley (Roy: deceased), her grandchildren Kristen, Brett, Jesse (Jenny), Amy (Dustin) and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Edith Cavell and Extendicare for the wonderful care. In lieu of donations, the family requests you send flowers to someone you love in honour of Skip. A Private Family Graveside Service will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

A Celebration of Skip’s life will take place at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the NORLAND, 5801 – 1 Avenue S., Lethbridge, AB.

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Barnaby Paul Provost (Barney)

Piita Aniista (Eagle Calf)

and Saahsisstamiks (Short Bull)

May 15, 1976 – June 25, 2018

It is with great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of husband, father, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, friend, and leader, Barney Provost. Barney was born to Dila Provost and Leslie Barney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barney lived his early life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Calgary, Alberta, Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, however his home was always the Piikani Nation. He later became involved with his own Siksikaitsitapi traditions. Barney honored his Blackfoot Ways and was a member of the Horns Society and the Brave Dog Society. Barney lived his entire life drug and alcohol free.

Barney excelled in academia and sports. He graduated from high school in 1994, he then lived and worked on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu, coaching the Vanuatu Men’s National Basketball team. He attended Augustana University and played for the Vikings Basketball Club and later graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. On his travels he met his spiritual brother Mr. Stan Blue Horse, introducing him to the Sundance ways of the Great Sioux Nation. He obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree and later earned a Master of Education from the University of Lethbridge. Barney was a teacher and Vice Principal at Piikani Nation High School, and later a Principal at the Tsuu’tina Senior High School.

In 2015, Barney was elected to the Piikani Nation Chief and Council, where he was an acting council member at the time of his death. Barney worked tirelessly to put the needs of his community first. He took initiative in housing projects, setting a goal of adding 200 houses in Piikani before his term ended. Three years into his four-year term, he accomplished this goal. Barney was the voice of the many who were voiceless and advocated for the marginalized population. Barney will be remembered as a strong leader who wanted the best for his people.

Barney lived a full life with endless accomplishments and successes, but none of which could compare to the family he built with his wife. Barney’s life began when he met Kristy in 2002, his true love. Barney and Kristy married in 2009, and had four beautiful children Tess (2005), Payton (2007), Bryleigh (2011), and Declan (2013). Barney loved to explore and take his family on trips, sharing new experiences and teaching his family to stop and take in the beauty of the world. Barney was a present and doting father and husband, and loved his French Bulldog, Q-Bert.

Barney is survived by his beautiful wife Kristy, their wonderful children Tess, Payton, Bryleigh, and Declan; His mother Dila Provost, brothers Terry (Dimples), Toby (Edna), Vance, Vaughan (Shawnna), Riel (Kimmy),sister-in-law Courtney and numerous nieces and nephews; His Minnesota siblings: Angela, Leslie Jr, and Leon Barney; His God Children: Maddie Cross Child and Destyn Wolf Child; Uncles: Howard (Pinki), Edwin (Joslin) and Aaron (Rachel) Yellow Horn; Aunts: Loretta and Katherine Follett of Minnesota; Adopted father Bernard Houle; Adopted brothers: Rod Scout, Eddie Wolf Child, Truman Soop, Leo West, Donnie Stump, Darren Iron Shirt, and Trevor Prairie Chicken and Tom West.

Barney was predeceased by his father Leslie Barney, his brother Bradley Barney, mother-in -law Judy Day Chief, Grandparents’ Albert and Delma Yellow Horn, uncles Frank Barney, Roy, George, Vern and Rocky Yellow Horn, aunties Bella and Elaine Yellow Horn, cousins BJ Crow Shoe and Lukey Yellow Horn.

A Family Service will be held in The Chapel of Eden’s Funeral Home on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:00pm. The Wake Service will be held at Multipurpose Building in Brocket immediately following the Family Service. A Funeral Service will be held Pow Wow Arbor in Brocket on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:00am. Condolences can be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


VERN FAWNS SEELY, formerly of Stirling and Fort Macleod, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritans West Highlands surrounded by family on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

Vern is lovingly remembered by his five children, Lloyd (Tricia) of St. George, UT, Sandy of Somers, MT, Brian (Judy) of Overton, NV, Janice (Gord) of Pincher Creek, AB and Louise (Karl) of Creston, BC as well as 22 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He will be missed by many other extended family and friends.

Vern was predeceased by Kaye, his wife of 66 years, whom he has missed greatly, his parents, Artie and Ovedia Seely as well as his five siblings, Deloy (Elva), Pearl (Ray), Melvin (Enid), Twila (Walter) and Ludene (Rod).

Vern loved farming and caring for the land and animals. He was a hardworking, fun-loving and kind man. He was very social and loved gatherings with family and friends especially when games, music and dancing were involved. He loved good food, and picnics at the farm were his favourite. His five children were precious to him and he enjoyed playing and working with them, sharing his many skills and talents. Vern loved to serve the Lord and his church. He was a generous and giving man, lending a hand to anyone in need.

As a Father, Grandfather and friend, Vern was well-loved and will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, COPPERWOOD WARD, 9 Keystone Terrace West, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Sheldon McLachlan officiating.

Interment to follow at the Stirling Cemetery.

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DECEMBER 28, 1938 – JUNE 29, 2018

Dr. Maurice Simpson (Maurie) passed away peacefully on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the age of 79 years. A celebration of life will be announced when arrangements are completed.


Peter Stasiuk, 79, of Duluth MN, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday June 28, 2018. He was born July 31, 1938 in Lethbridge Alberta to his Ukrainian immigrant parents Joseph and Julia Stasiuk. He graduated from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute while also working for the CPX railroad.

He played junior hockey in Canada, during which time he was recruited to play collegiate hockey for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He had a great love for his alma mater and was grateful for his amazing hockey experience there, especially helping his team win an NCAA National Championship in his senior year, 1963. In December of 1963 he married the love of his life, Bonnie Swedberg of Fargo ND. Peter and Bonnie have remained avid North Dakota hockey fans ever since.

His life career was in teaching and coaching. His first job was teaching physical education and coaching soccer at Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg Manitoba. He also taught physical education and coached basketball in Minong, WI. In 1967 he was hired by the Hermantown School District to teach middle school science and coach the fledgling Hermantown Hawks hockey team. His first team consisted of only 7 players. In the 19 years he coached the Hawks, without a rink of their own, he developed the program into respectable contenders. He retired from teaching in 1998.

Peter and Bonnie spent the last 18 winters in Mesa AZ, where he enjoyed playing golf, croquet, and tennis. He had a wicked backhand slice his opponents will remember him for. He also spent hours every day making beautiful creations in the woodshop.

To Peter, a kid at heart, life was all about having fun. Whether it be teaching, coaching, playing sports, or playing with his children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, he had an infectious zest for life and shared his enthusiasm with those around him. He was an avid gardener and took joy from making and sharing wine, pies, jelly, jam, and juice from the bounty of his beautiful gardens, vines and trees. He also had a keen interest in all things around him, especially science, nature, and people, which allowed him to make lifelong friends easily.

Peter was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife of 54 years; children Julie (Larry) Edwards of Sanford MI, Pam (Troy) Brattelid of Granville ND, Deb (Chuck) LeRoux of Stillwater MN, and Pete Stasiuk of Duluth; grandchildren Cory Brattelid, Mariah and Sean LeRoux; Elizabeth and Bryan Edwards; brother Victor Stasiuk of Lethbridge Alberta; sisters Anne Ogston of Langley, British Columbia and Rose Lambie of Lethbridge Alberta; in-laws Robert (Lise) Swedberg of Denair CA, and Karen Yost of Mesa AZ; step-grandchildren Tonya (Chris) Stueven and children Kaden and Adley, Kristi Brattelid and children Yusuf and Serine, Travis Brattelid, and Brittany (Steve) Ybarra; and many nieces and nephews. Though we will sorely miss him, we are comforted that he had the love of Jesus in his heart and that we will see him again in heaven.

Visitation Sunday, July 8 from 5-7 PM at Dougherty Funeral Home 600 E. 2nd St in Duluth. Service Monday, July 9 at 11:00 AM at United Protestant Church, 830 88th Ave West, Duluth, with visitation starting at 10:00 AM. Memorials preferred to Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation or United Protestant Church, where Peter was a member.

Alfred Young

1932 – 2018

Alfred Wesley Young, beloved husband of Yvonne Young of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at his home.

Born and raised in Lethbridge, AB, where he lived his whole life, he worked for AGT for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Yvonne, and their 3 children Debra (Warren) of Lethbridge, Pat of Lethbridge, Len (Renee) of Lethbridge; in addition, He was adored by his 6 grandchildren Melissa, Matthew, Joey, Adam, Ryan, Justin and 3 great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by all of his family and friends and all that knew him.

He spent most of his life enjoying the outdoors: hunting, camping, fishing, he also loved his garden and yard. We will all miss the wonderful hunting and fishing stories. Dad was the starter of our passion for the outdoors. He was a happy joker and loved being the joker.

As per Alfred’s wishes, there will be no formal service.

Flowers are gratefully declined, for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street NW #200, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

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