January 23rd, 2021

FRIDAY, October 5, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 5, 2018.


CHRISTOPHER THOMAS CLIFTON passed away on Saturday September 29, 2018 in Calgary following a brief illness. Chris was born on February 3, 1957 in Magrath. He graduated from Magrath High School in 1975 and shortly after moved to Lethbridge, where he lived until his passing. Chris had always been active in sports, especially enjoying basketball and slow pitch. He worked as a correctional officer at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre from 1983 until his retirement in 2015.

On February 13, 1989, he married Carol Skretting in Honolulu, HI. They had two children, Brett (Kimberley) of Lethbridge and Kennedy (Michael Klein) of Sparwood, BC. Chris was a busy and caring father, always finding time to participate in his children’s educational, athletic, and personal endeavours. He was a proud grandpa to Penelope and enjoyed a special friendship with his Yorkie, Mizuno.

After his retirement, Chris liked to work on projects in his own home and was always willing to help out his kids and friends. He was a particularly talented and enthusiastic military and genealogical researcher and had recently collaborated with an Ottawa-based historian and filmmaker, as well as a France-based historian and author.

Retirement gave Chris the time to travel and he had the opportunity to make several trips, visiting historical sites in France, the UK, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition to this, he took in many Major League Baseball games with the goal of seeing every team. Chris often stated that no matter where he went in the world, he always seemed to find someone he knew from Southern Alberta.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Catherine (Kitty) Clifton and his brothers, Ray and Allen.

It was Chris’ wish that there be no formal service, flowers or other like tributes. If you would like to honour his memory, you could do so by making a donation to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, 2920 16 Ave N, Lethbridge AB T1H 5E9 or the animal related charity of your choice.

Chris will be interred in the Clifton/Bennett family plot in the Magrath Cemetery at a later date.

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Kenneth Roy Craig

1930 – 2018

Mr. Kenneth Roy Craig of Lethbridge passed away peacefully, on September 16, 2018, at the age of 87 years, beloved husband of Marian Travis Craig. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

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WINSTON VICTOR DAY CHIEF “Ksistsikominaa” (Thunder Chief) patriarch of the All Black Faces clan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his cherished & loving wife Martha Day Chief and his children and grandchildren of the Blood Reserve, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the age of 79 years.

Winston’s passing has left a huge void for not only his immediate family but also the Bloodtribe, as they lost one of its most respected traditional elders.

Foremost he was a husband, a father, a grandfather and great grandfather.

Winston was married to Martha his loving wife and partner and best friend for 57 years. Together they raised their family Winston Jr (Renee), Barney (Sandra), Dexter (Anna) Debbie (John Mac), Wendy, Warren and Ira. Their adopted children Horace (Dolly), Tracy (Beth) and Russell (Merldine) Oka. He cherished his 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Winston was born on the Blood Reserve to Victor and Lucy Day Chief. As the eldest child, he was nurtured by his grandmother (Minnie) and Iron. Raised in the traditional way, as a miineepooka. In his youth, he attended the St. Mary’s Indian Residential School. His real schooling was left to his father and uncles. They instilled in him a hard work ethic, humility and the ability to laugh at oneself. All of this can be seen in his own children today, whom he passed it on to.

Winston was blessed with two passions, his singing ability and horsemanship. He was one of the original members of Old Agency drum group. His singing voice was recognized throughout Alberta and western United States. He brought back many honours to the Blood Tribe. His ability with horse’s was unmatched, whether it was training for match racing, rope horses, wagon team horses, or just riding horse. His love for the horse and it’s welfare was always foremost to him.

Winston was involved in many organizations on the Blood Tribe. From fundraising for the construction of the Old Agency Hall to serving on the Blood Tribe Council. No task was to small or to big. If he gave you his word, it would be done. That was very important to him.

His lively passion was to support his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting activities. They all made him very proud.

In 1971, he, along with mom would start a new chapter in their lives, as members of the newly formed Magpie Society. This group of 70 plus members would be entrusted with the most of sacred tasks. Carrying on Niitsipaitapiisinnii. The Horn society-Iitskiinaiks.

For 18 years, he was a active member, then another 17 years as an drummer and an elder. As a member of the society and elder, he often serenaded the whole Sundance camp for over 60 years.

His other passion was stickgaming. From attending local jackpots to huge tournaments. He won his share. You always knew he would be there as he was often asked to say the opening blessing at these events. The past few years, it wasn’t about winning anymore, it was to visit with his Handgame family and reacquaint with old friends.

From establishing a riding program for the youth with Ervin Shade and Charlie Fox-Aayaaksima. He performed naming ceremonies for grandchildren and headdress transfers for family members, with a highlight being the headdress transfer to Premier Ralph Klein. His immense knowledge of the Blackfoot culture, its language, the songs and its traditions will be missed by all. Some people leave us with short stories but he was a novel.

He was asked once, what is our culture

“You see me pray and smudge the sweetgrass every day those who ask and for those who don’t ask. You heard me sing in the sweats and in the ceremony. You heard me sing for those that want to dance. I’ve taught u my language I showed you how to laugh. I showed you how to be a family, how to love it and protect it. That is our way our culture and you won’t find it in any book”.

Winston is survived by his siblings: brothers Wilton (Trina), Chester (Bonnie), Bruce (Carla) and Perry (wife); sisters June, Rita (Keith), Harriet, Lavern (Rodney), Patsy and Delia (John); Winston’s extended families: Heavy Runner, Mountain Horse, Beebes, Heavy Head, Knifes, Hunts, First Chargers, Panther Bones, Little Bears, Wolf Childs, Gro von boys, Russels, Blackwaters, Goodriders, Small Eyes and Bullshields. From South Peigan: Butterfly’s, Running Cranes; from North Peigan: Yellow Horns and Pards and from Sisika: Turning Robes and his handgame family, too numerous to mention.

Predeceased by son Brent, his twin granddaughters Shaquille and Showan; brother Jarvie (Julianna); and sisters Elfreda, Rosialine, Doris and Judy K.

The family apologizes for those names they may have missed.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

A Wake will be held at OLD AGENCY, Blood Reserve, AB, on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.

Interment to follow at Old Agency Cemetery.

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

Glen Gardner
1932 – 2018
Raymond Glen Gardner, beloved husband of Lona Gardner, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the age of 86 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


CLIFFORD LAWRENCE HANSEN, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at ONE LIFE CHURCH, 501 – 40 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

Clifford will be laid to rest in a Private Family Interment.

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ALFRED ALOJZY KASZUBA, beloved husband of the late Pat passed away on October 2, 2018 at the age of 75 years. He is survived by his children; Ian (Heather) Kaszuba, Jill (Al) Pickering, Glen Kaszuba, Ingrid Peters, Maureen (Bill) White, Wayne Fox, Heather Ries and Don (Bobbie) Fox; 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; Ludovicus and Maria, and by his brother; Norm Kaszuba. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge with Deacon Cliff Bogdan celebrant.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


LEVI DARCY RANDY KNIFE, passed away on the Blood Reserve, AB on September 27th, 2018 at the age of 21 years. A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 6 p.m near Albert’s Gas Bar, Standoff, AB. A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, October 7th from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Monday, October 8th at 11:00 a.m.. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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LILLIAN MAY (KOSHNEY) PETERS passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Monday, September 24th, 2018, at the age of 92.

There’s no greater love

Like the love of a mother.

Lillian was born on August 12th, 1926, along with her twin brother, James Wesley in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. For Mom’s entire life she referred to Gull Lake as home. She had such fond memories of growing up on the farm, so fulfilled with the love of her many cousins. Mom married our dad Alphonse Richard Koshney, together they raised their five children, until the passing of our dad in 1965. In 1969 mom married Al Peters. Mom devoted her life with all her love to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mom fought a hard battle to stay with us. Loving her for eternity she leaves her children, son, Rick Koshney (Sharon), grandchildren Jade (Kris) Dylan, Jenna and Max; her daughter Sheila Ito (Ron), grandchildren Mark (Robyn), Ryan (Karen), Brandy (Lorin); her daughter Laurie Harrington (Bob), grandson Wesley; (Christina), granddaughters (Sherry’s daughters) Melissa Gillespie (Rich), Melanie Peterson (Eric). Mom also leaves many great-grandchildren, who she so adored.

Mom was predeceased by her twin brother James, her parents Thomas and Anna Wannamaker, two children, her oldest daughter Sherry and her youngest son Randy, as well as her grandchildren, Shane Koshney and Robin Harrington.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank her many friends & cousins who blessed her life along her journey. Her home-care providers, so many of you she considered Friends. All of you from Nord-Bridge Senior Centre, friends & staff. Mom enjoyed Friday’s lunch and Bingo, and Monday’s Outreach. Thank you to all of her health care providers, doctors, nurses, her denturist Dr. Hosack, who did his best for us and her. Sincerely, Rick, Sheila, Laurie, and families.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. At a later date, Mom will take her final journey back home for interment.

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


ANDREW “ANDY” GEORGE KUNTZ, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Beverly Kuntz, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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HARUKO HELEN KURIO, formerly of Calgary, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on October 1, 2018 at the age of 86 years. She is survived by brothers Matt (Clara) Kurio, Gordon (Brenda) Kurio, Ken (Emy) Kurio and sister Terrie Tokitsu.

To respect Helen’s request, there will be no funeral.

Special thanks to the staff of (Victoria Lane) Edith Cavell for the compassionate care extended to Helen during her residency. Thanks to Dr. Orr and the Doctors from the Family Medical Clinic for their visits.

Offerings of flowers and Koden are graciously declined.

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

Ray Tymko
1946 – 2018
With great sadness, the family of Raymond Richard Tymko share that on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the age of 72 years, in Taber, his gentle spirit left to join his Creator in and through Jesus.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
He is survived by his loving wife Jenny, their sons Kim (Trina) Tymko of Lethbridge, Sheldon (Bee) Tymko of Taber and daughter Raylene Tymko of Lethbridge. He was a beloved Poppa to five grandchildren Jordan, Kalyna, Noah, Petra and Jayda. He is survived by one brother Barry Tymko of Calgary. Ray also shared his life and love with a wealth of relatives who cherished his time spent with them.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Ann Tymko, his brother Gordon Tymko, sister Joanne Kuprowski and an infant sister Ann Marie.
Ray was born May 23, 1946 in Wadena, Saskatchewan. He spent his school years there as an adventurous boy priding himself in the mischievous camaraderie of small town prairie life. Following high school, he went to work in Lloydminster where he met and married Jenny, his life companion of fifty one years.
In 1972, Ray and Jenny journeyed west to Lethbridge eventually settling in Taber in 1977. His entrepreneurial spirit flourished during these forty one years in the community with numerous and varied business involvements. Ray’s love of business and “wheeling and dealing” built partnerships and deep lasting relationships with many people in the community and beyond. He embraced each day at work as a gift and developed strong bonds with employees, customers and all who became a part of his unique projects or were engaged by his story telling.
By far, Ray’s deepest love was family and friends, always happiest when sharing home cooked food, laughter and his infectious spirit with all around him. As a proud Father and Poppa, he was always available to nurture, mentor and share his wisdom with his children and grandchildren. His deep faith and compassionate spirit welcomed many and motivated his commitment to serve the Church and community using his gifts and efforts for those in need.
Family and friends shared opportunities for Ray and Jenny to experience a variety of places at home and abroad. Ray was energized with travel always connecting to people and embracing diversity while appreciating the common ties of family, food and fun.
Ray’s life leaves a huge footprint of love and care that will be deeply missed. His lengthy battle with cancer reflected his great love for life and his courage to face hardships and suffering with dignity. With faith in God and acceptance of His plan, Ray passed peacefully, wanting to guide and support others while expressing gratitude for the goodness of his life until the end.
At Ray’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in his name may be made directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 5009 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T4 or to the Taber Food Bank Society, 5512 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1S4 (http://www.taberfoodbank.weebly.com).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Trista Wasnik

1984 – 2018

Ms. Trista Wasnik of Lethbridge passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday October 3, 2018 at the age of 34 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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