January 22nd, 2021

THURSDAY, August 9, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 9, 2018.


It Is with sadness that we, the family of Magdalena Mandel Berniko , announce her passing on August 6, 2018. Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at Church of God In Christ, Mennonite, Linden, Alberta.

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Gertruda Bos

1936 – 2018

Mrs. Gertruda (Truus) Bos of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Marinus Bos, passed away at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 82 years. Condolences will be held between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, August 13, 2018 D.V. at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 D.V. at BETHEL FREE REFORMED CHURCH OF MONARCH, 6 Eastman Rd, Monarch, AB, with Pastor Eric Moerdyk, officiant. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 92056 Highway 845, Coaldale, AB T1M 1N1 or http://www.rehoboth.ab.ca

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Curtis George Vander Gaast, beloved husband of Amy (nee McCormick) and daddy to precious daughter Georgia, passed away suddenly at the age of 36 on Sunday, August 5, 2018 surrounded by loving family.

He is survived by his parents, George and Bev Vander Gaast, sisters Kristi (James) Mitchell and Amanda (Danny) Webster, brother Brian (Denica) Vander Gaast, and grandmother Hotty Vander Gaast. Parents-in-law Bob (Terry) McCormick and Donna (Glen) Campbell, sister-in-law Jennifer (Sean) O’Brien, brother-in-law Dale (Susan) McCormick, and grandmother-in-law, Ferne Lentz. Curtis will be cherished in the memories of his five nephews, five nieces, and extended family members. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Tina Bexte, grandfathers, Carl Johnson, Wiebe Vander Gaast, and Clem Bexte, and cousin Megan Kondor.

Curtis was born on May 2, 1982 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was a loving husband, super-daddy, compassionate son, and caring brother. He was a hard worker and 13-year volunteer of the Taber Fire Department. He was a passionate Vancouver Canuck fan, avid outdoorsman, sports fanatic, and expert gamer. His boisterous laugh and dimpled smile were infectious to all and he was loved for his kind and gentle soul. Even in his death, Curtis is helping others as an organ donor, he will potentially save the lives of many people. Curtis never wavered from his love of family and God.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather in fellowship with the family on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 7-8 PM. A memorial service will be taking place on Saturday, August 11 at 1 PM. Events will be held at the Taber Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements coordinated by Evan J. Strong Funeral Services, Calgary, Alberta.


It is with deep, deep sadness and broken hearts that we share that on August 1, 2018 God took the hand of our precious, precious mom, grandma, and great grandma, EILEEN MILDRED KEELER and she went to be with her loved ones in heaven. It is an extreme privilege and honour to know that we were chosen to be part of the life of such a special person. It is also with extreme gratefulness, and the only way that we can possibly be without her for a while, is knowing that she will now be at rest in God’s hands and has been happily greeted and reunited with her family, pets, and friends she so loved. In June and July, Grandma made an amazing recovery from pneumonia in the Lethbridge Hospital but was tired, and after struggling at home for a little more than a week, peacefully took God’s hand and was reunited with her best friend and little love, Trixie dog; her dear son Fred Keeler; husband Roy Chandler Keeler; her parents Fredrick and Margaret Sage, brothers Harvey (Jean) Sage and Norman Sage, and sister Birdene (Johnny) McConkney; parents-in-law William and Helen Keeler and their sons Alfred Keeler, David (Mary) Keeler, Art Keeler, Ernie Keeler, and Eric and Gordon Keeler who went to heaven as babies; and her dear Lord to whom she prayed nightly, who had prepared a beautiful, well-deserved mansion for our dear mom, grandma, and great grandma.

Grandma was born and grew up in Cabri, Saskatchewan with loving parents, two brothers and a sister. Upon graduation, she moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta where she completed her training to be a nurse and worked in the Medicine Hat Hospital. She married Roy Chandler Keeler and they raised their children on the Keeler farm north of Bow Island until moving to Bow Island when their children were young. Her husband Roy passed away in 1965 after a brief battle with cancer. Grandma then worked at the Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island, where she worked for 25 years. In the year 2000, Grandma moved to Lethbridge where she resided with daughter Margaret.

Grandma most of all loved her family and the animals she had over the years. Grandma loved knitting for her family; her plants; watching families in the park behind her home; doing word search, reading Danielle Steele; and visiting family. Grandma loved to camp and travel, travelling mostly with family through Europe, across Canada and the US, including many visits to Disneyland in California, and Disney World, cruising to Alaska and the Caribbean; and to Hawaii, including cruising the islands. Other than family times, perhaps one of the greatest highlights of grandma’s life was doing the Queen Walk with the Queen in Calgary in 1989, when one of her granddaughters won an essay contest to meet the Queen. During the last 15 years, Grandma travelled to Victoria many times to visit family, and in the last seven years, enjoyed spending time at the condo she shared with daughter Margaret in Sidney B.C. During the past two years, Grandma spent a great deal of time in Calgary helping babysit her newest grandchild, as well as travelling to visit family and friends in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in either her new Red Equinox, or her little RV.

Left to remember and cherish memories of Grandma are her immediate and extended children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Norman Keeler (Darlene) daughters Nicole (Jeff Paulson) and Melanie; Gordon Keeler (Darla), son Chris (Tanya) children Heather and Zenon, son Joel (Lisa) children Raine and Daxon, daughter Tania (Jeff) Anderson and new baby on the way, and Darla’s daughter Bailee; Margaret Jenkins, daughter Brandi and son Callum and his father Jeff Hunter, daughter Lynsi (Scott Peake) daughter Sawyer and new baby girl on the way; Clifford (Wendy) Keeler, son Derek (Jodi) children Raya and Jaden; daughter Marci (Jared) Sweet, children Barrett and Charlee; daughter in-law Valerie Keeler, son Jeff and son Alex and his mother Megan Keeler; son Dean (Nicole) children Sidney and Layne; Diann Lorinczy (Brent Reid); son Rylee Lorinczy (Amanda) children Jace and Kai; son Chance Lorinczy (Jen) adopted daughter Destiny; son Tyrel Lorinczy (Jayde) daughter Marisa; Steven Reid (Heidi) daughters Sienna and Kennedy; and Brenden Reid.

Grandma also leaves others special to her: sister in-laws Jean Keeler and Daphne Keeler; niece Maxine (Lief) Jepson; Barb Maciever and Tom; June and Max at the condo; her Home Care workers; and many other family and friends who were privileged to have known Grandma over the years. Although Grandma never thought so, Grandma was indeed a very unique and special person. She was a very selfless person who held a lot of love in her heart for each and every member of her family, her animals and friends, and asked for so very little.

Always in our hearts Grandma,

Until we are together again.

We will always love you.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating.

Eileen will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Roy in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat.

In memory of Grandma, grandma would be pleased donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Foundation, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5.

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


Niisitapiotasin (40 Horses),

beloved love of Shawna Goodstriker, was peacefully called home by the creator to be with his loving grandparents Gordan (Aa koo ta sii) and Loretta (Issitsinaan ) Many Fingers as well as Mike and Angeline Eagle Bear on August 3, 2018 at the Lethbridge Chinook Hospital. Tommy was born January 5, 1973 at the Cardston Hospital to Colin Many Fingers and Edna Many Fingers – Eagle Bear. Tommy is the eldest brother of one sister Susan (Duane) Many Fingers and uncle to his three loving nieces and nephews Nicole, Dane and Otto. Tommy was survived by his uncles and aunties : Alvin (Mel), Cal (Teri), Marvin (Trina), Audrey, Connie. Gilbert (Velma), Audrey Eagle Bear, Marsha (Merlin) Provost, Clara Healy, Evelyn (Frances) Scout, Anita (Randy) Eagle Bear and Connie Tailfeathers.

On May 24, 1997 Tommy married DeeDee TailFeathers. Together they had and raised two beautiful children McCarthy Ky Many Fingers and Dylan Johnel Many Fingers.

In 2014, Tommy met his love Shawna Goodstriker and was blessed to inherit three more children Jayden, Dayton, Petra and one grandson Ricky.

Tommy is leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, humbleness, strength and determination in life and thus “Never to Give Up”. Everyone who knew Tommy will never forget that million dollar smile and most unforgettable laugh.

Tommy received his education both on and off the reserve. He graduated with his High School Diploma from Cardston High School in 1991. He received his Class 1 truck driver in July 1999, he then attended Kenen Heavy Equipment Training in Grader and Backhoe. In May 2000 he and Dee Dee purchased a water truck and started a water hauling business called MAC Water Hauling after their son. He provided water service to many big oil companies and this business brought him all over Alberta. Tommy worked long hard hours to provide for his family and on his days off he would be busy with his kids.

Hockey was his passion and as soon as his son could walk he put him in skates, he coached McCarthy for many years in Cardston and also the annual Treaty and Provincial games bringing home many championships. He traveled all over the U.S., Alberta and eastern Provinces for Mac’s hockey. Tommy was very proud of his children and their accomplishments, he was especially proud of Dylan being crowned Saipoyi Princess and all of her academic awards. His children are going to miss their Dad and all of the good times spent with him but will always have the memories.

Tommy’s passion for hockey began when he was 5yrs old, he started his career in Standoff where he met the majority of his hockey brothers. During Tommy’s bantam years he was a very valuable player and was a top notch scorer. At the age of 15 Tommy made the Golden Chiefs team where again he became a valuable asset as he always remained in the top 5 of the scoring race. During this time his hockey parents Marvin and Trina travelled with him in the International Jr B Hockey league in a chartered bus with the Junior B Kainai Golden Chiefs. One of Tommy’s greatest games was when he played the Touring Russian hockey club, another memorable accomplishment was when he was invited to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Jr club for try outs. Tommy ended his hockey career with the Kainai Chiefs.

When Tommy wasn’t playing hockey he would be golfing, when he wasn’t golfing he would be playing fastball and if he wasn’t playing fastball he was playing pool. No matter what the sport was he excelled in all his endeavours

Tommy’s Maternal clan was Pook sta kii and his Paternal clan was Mamioyiiksi. Tommy was raised very Catholic throughout his entire life but towards the end he followed the traditional Kainai/Blackfoot ways of life.

The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to all the health professionals in Lethbridge and at the Peter Lauheed Hospital who took care of Tommy during his illness. The family would also like to thank Public Works for their kind and generous donation as well as Husky Russell Trucking and everyone for prayers, condolences, donations and tributes as we send Niisitapiotasin to the Spirit World. We especially want to thank all the folks not mentioned for their kind acts of support and generosity, there are so many to numerous to mention.

Tommy was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Mr & Mrs Gordon Manyfingers, great grandparents Mr & Mrs Albert Manyfingers, Mr & Mrs Christopher Buster Mills, aunts and uncles, Mr & Mrs Gerald Shade, Virginia Mills, Rose Marie Mills, Maryrose Manyfingers, Mr & Mrs Norman Little Child, Liza Mills, Chirstopher Mills Jr. Richard Mills, Franco Mills and Delbert Mills, Lloyd Gary Manyfingers, Lindsey Manyfingers, dear cousin Jessica Manyfingers. Maternal grandparents Mike & Angeline Eagle Bear, great grandparents, Jack and Agnes Eagle Bear, uncles, Alphonse, Michael Jr, Vern Eagle Bear and Fritz Chief Moon.

A Wake Service will be held at the Gladstone Community Hall on the Blood Reserve on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at the St. Basil’s Catholic Church 604 -13 Street North, Lethbridge on Friday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at the Pioneeer Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta.


JOHN SKIBA, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He was a strong and vibrant 86 years old.

John is survived by his wife Jacqueline Skiba and sons Fred (Louise) Pearson, Wes (Ledean) Skiba and Randy (Lizanne) Skiba. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Katina, Loren, Coral, Paige, Reed, Sarika and Torryn and one great-grandchild, Aiden.

John’s parents, Janos and Maria, had eight children with John being the youngest. John is survived by sister Annie of Calgary as well as many nieces and nephews who he was most grateful to connect with in the past couple of years. John was predeceased by siblings Mary, Helen, Elizabeth, Julius, Robert, and Louis.

Janos and Maria came from Hungary in the early 1900s, first to the United States, and then to the Lethbridge area. Janos worked very hard, starting his new life in Canada by working in the coal mines near Hardieville. Then, through great sacrifice, they acquired farm land. John passed on his pride in this heritage to all his family.

John spent his life building up the family farm South East of Lethbridge. He had a love for his work that few people are so fortunate to have. He married Jackie in 1963 and the farm became part of both of them. In 1999, they began transitioning the family farm over to their son Wes, but John was never very far off from the farm, either physically or in thought. This was the case to his very last days. In his retirement years, he also enjoyed gardening and wood working, but family, especially his grand children, was his greatest joy.

John also cared deeply about friends, neighbours and community. He was always one to help someone else where he could. He was a welcoming person, always up for a visit.

He set many examples one could live by: do right by others; be kind and generous; work hard for what is important; connect with other people. He is dearly missed.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at MCNALLY COMMUNITY CENTRE, (intersection of Township Road 8-2 and Range Road 21-1), Lethbridge County, AB, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

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

Adam & Noah Waldner
2007/2008 – 2018
Adam A. Waldner and his brother Noah A. Waldner, beloved sons of Abraham and Emma Waldner, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 11 and 9 years respectively.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Oaklane Colony, Taber on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at the Oaklane Colony 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.


BRIANNA LEIGH WISKERKE, beloved daughter of Amanda & Sean Mainzer of Coaldale, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 25 years.

Along with her loving parents, she is survived by her siblings, Triston, Jada and Addison, her father, Maurice Wiskerke and her siblings, Melissa and Evan. She is also survived by her grandparents as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandfather, Gordon Kroeker in 2008.

Brianna was born on January 22, 1993 in Coaldale. She was a young, headstrong lady who was also funny, witty and could make everyone laugh. She loved animals and she loved her family, especially her younger sisters. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Celebration of Brianna’s Life will be held at the COALDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1217 – 20 Avenue, Coaldale, AB on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. with a Memorial Tribute at 2:00 P.M.

In memory of Brianna, donations may be made to the YWCA Shelter, 604 – 8 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2K1.

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