March 20th, 2019

SATURDAY, January 5, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 5, 2019.

Warren Asplund

1945 – 2019

Mr. Warren Asplund, beloved husband of the late Patricia Asplund passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Warren is survived by his daughter Sharla; son Travis (Terri); grandsons Nolan and Patrick who were the brightest lights in his life. Warren is also survived by his mother Dorrie; sister Marilyn (Len) Craddock; brothers Darryl (Nancy) Asplund, Dave (Judy) Asplund, Dean (Kris) Asplund; his sister-in-law Barb Slawson (Don Teed); cousins-in-law Mike & Maggie Chandler and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many dear friends. Warren was predeceased by his wife Patricia; his father Charlie Asplund; father and mother-in-law Earl and May Freeman and sister in law Rita Freeman. Warren will be remembered for his generosity, caring heart and his great sense of humour that we will all cherish and carry with us beyond his passing. A Celebration of Warren’s Life will be held at a later date. Sharla and Travis ask that memorial donations in Warren’s name, may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 – 19 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5 or to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre 1400 – 9 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5 where he spent the last days of his life and received such tremendous care though his journey. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Darcy Bitz

1962 – 2018

Mr. Darcy Bitz of Fort Macleod passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the age of 56 years. Darcy was born to parents Ruby and Arthur Bitz in Calgary, Alberta on May 14, 1962. He attended school in Calgary, then later moved to Fort Macleod, Alberta. He enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to go camping, fishing and hiking. He also loved to play his guitar and write his own songs. Darcy is survived by 3 brothers; Len, Gary, and Brian Bitz, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Darcy was predeceased by his parents; Ruby and Arthur Bitz, grandparents; Gramma and Grandpa Bits, and Gramma and Grandpa Stevensen. A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 PM, on Monday, January 7, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

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SHANNON MAUREEN BOYD, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 65 years.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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DIANE MARIE BULPITT, beloved wife of Don Bulpitt, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the age of 63 years.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her daughter Michelle (Jason) Harrison and grandchildren Sasha and Ryder of Raymond; and son Cory Bulpitt and grandson Logan Bulpitt of Lethbridge. She is also remembered by her sister Gladys Armour and nephew Darcy (Pearl) Armour of Lethbridge; sister-in-law Caroline Makarenko, nephew Michael (Tracy) Makarenko of Okotoks and Mitchell Makarenko of Calgary; in-laws Carol (Jerry) Becker of Abbotsford, Jason Becker of Richmond, and Rhonda Becker of Langley.

She was predeceased by her parents Helen and Mike Makarenko, brother Ed Makarenko and brother-in-law Earl Armour.

Diane was born and raised in Lethbridge. She truly enjoyed retired life for 12 years and tried to spend as much time as possible with her grandchildren, that she truly loved, as well as at our property in Montana until suffering a brain aneurism in August 2015. As a result, she endured a stroke, followed by seven more surgeries. As Diane’s health was declining, she took inspiration from the song by Brad Paisley, “Last Time for Everything”.

Diane will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Our thanks to the staff of the St Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit and the Chinook Regional Hospital.

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

In memory of Diane, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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Elvira Dueck

1926 – 2019

Mrs. Elvira Dueck of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Dueck, passed away at home, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Our dear Mum, MURIEL ROSA FOSSEN, beloved wife of the late Stanley Fossen, passed away quietly at home in Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Canon James Robinson officiating. A Private Interment will be held at the Northern Lights Cemetery in Edmonton at a later date.

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LARSEN – Kaye (Katrina) January 13, 1928 –

Coalhurst, Alberta December 27, 2018 –

Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kaye Larsen on Thursday, December 27, 2018, just shy of her 91st birthday. Kaye was born in Coalhurst, AB to George and Sophie Ukrainetz, moving to Lethbridge with her family after the Coalhurst mine explosion of 1935. She remained in Lethbridge practically her whole life, proud to always be a “Northsider”, and only leaving the city in 2017 to be closer to family in Calgary. She married Harold Larsen on July 12, 1949, and in 1952 they welcomed their only child, daughter Shelley. Following her retirement from Canada Safeway in 1988, Kaye and Harold enjoyed a wonderful life together of golfing and curling, and many spur-of-the-moment jaunts to Jackpot, Nevada. Sadly, Harold succumbed to cancer in July, 2001, and shortly after, Kaye was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. Not to let sight impairment get her down, she continued to golf and curl, having friends tell her where her ball ended up, or if she hit the broom! She was also determined to “see the world” before she couldn’t see it any longer. Her first big trip was to Greece followed by a once-in-a-lifetime African Safari with Shelley. She also discovered, and fell in love with cruising. Thus began annual Mother & Daughter Getaways which, over the past 10 years, took them to Australia, South America, South Pacific, and the Caribbean many times. These were such fun adventures, sometimes taking them away from home for months at a time! Kaye always made sure to try something new to tell the folks back home – ziplining, parasailing, swimming with sharks, having lunch with zebras, petting and feeding kangaroos ..! Although she travelled the world, Kaye remained a casual, simple lady whose greatest joys in life were having Caesars at happy hour and lavender bubble baths. She was loved by her family and her friends, for her kindness, sense of humour and her unwillingness to let her health problems get in the way of living a full life. Kaye is survived by her daughter Shelley (Ford), son-in-law Tony Hayduk, and Tony’s family in Calgary, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the US. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Harold, brother William (Bill) Ukrainetz, friend and companion Bill Flynn, her grand-dog Chuck and grand-cat Bobbi. Kaye will be laid to rest with her beloved Harold in Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. A private interment will be held. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents at The Manor Village Signature Park, Calgary, for their care and friendship, the medical teams at the Foothills Hospital for their perseverance and compassion, and first and foremost, we appreciate the thoughts and prayers from Shelley and Tony’s many friends who adopted Kaye as “Mom”. May God bless you and Dad as you travel together in all eternity.

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GERALD “GERRY” MOORE, beloved husband of Karen Moore and father to Ryan and Devin Moore, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 57 years.

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Andrew Olson

1960 – 2019

Mr. Andrew Olson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Debbie Olson, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 58 years. A Celebration of Andrew’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Ruth Preston Schilk, officiating.

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Darryl Olson

1966 – 2019

Mr. Darryl Olson of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Mrs. Bobbi Olson, passed away at home, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 52 years. He also leaves to mourn his loving children, Cal, Casey, and Cassandra, and his beloved companion Bear. Darryl will be privately remembered by his family and friends.

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Bill Pyrch

1931 – 2019

William Raymond Pyrch, beloved husband of Anna Pyrch, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the age of 87 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.

LYMAN “Saakooyinaa” (Last Chief) TAIL FEATHERS

March 02, 1948 – December 30, 2018

It is with great sadness and extreme sorrow we announce the sudden passing of a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and husband Lyman Tail Feathers. Lyman passed away December 30, 2018 at the Cardston Hospital at 70 years of age.

He leaves to mourn his daughter Jade Leah (Desiree); grandchildren Kash (Brae), Kiley (Jay), Lexei, Payton & Marshal; great-granddaughters Rhegan & Checotah; Alanna Eagle Bear and David Shade; his wife and life-long friend, Barbara Heavy Shields; sisters: Georgette (Pet) Fox, Margaret (Lammie) Fox, Bev Tail Feathers-Maiers; Brothers: Lester (Virginia), Gerald (Colleen) & Rick (Sharon); numerous nieces and nephews;

Lyman was born to Harvey and Nellie (nee Yellow Creek) Tail Feathers at the Blood Indian Hospital and was raised at their homestead in the Bullhorn area. Lyman attended St. Paul’s Residential School, graduating from Cardston High School and continuing his studies at the Lethbridge Community College and University of Lethbridge.

Lyman met the love of his life and together spent fifty precious years dedicating themselves to family. They built their homestead in Bullhorn where Lyman would often be seen tending to his horses, faithful family dogs or planting trees and flowers for Barb and his children. When Lyman became a dad he ensured his family had a wonderful home. Lyman took great pride and love teaching his children, grandchildren and extended family the craft of ranching and caring for the homestead where they welcomed many friends and family for barbeques and family gatherings. He was a proud and loving father to his cherished Jolaine, Lynel and Jade. Lyman supported his children in all their endeavors with school, sports and recreation most recently for Jade and her goal of returning to continue her post-secondary education. His life joy was in becoming “grampa” where he expanded his nurturing ways on his grandchildren as they grew alongside their hero. His warm smile and humility made all feel special. Lyman made his Cursillo in the early 1980’s. He acknowledged the many challenges he encountered but always said he had his own spiritual connection to our Lord and Creator.

Lyman was an athlete. His professional sporting career began with the Blood Reserve Boxing Club. His tenacity in the ring led him to Golden Gloves title at the tender age of 12. He was known to be “ferocious” in the ring winning 87 of 90 matches but outside of the ring he remained a true gentleman. Lyman continued his ascent in sports making a break in hockey and at the young age of 16 established a spot amongst the greats of Blood Reserve/Ranchland hockey. He and his lifetime friend, Roy Fox, were the youngest players on the team and held their own alongside the men. Lyman retired from hockey as a Kainai Chief but could not stay out of the rink. He coached hockey passing his skills onto his son Lynel and many Blood Reserve youth. Up until his passing, you could still see Lyman in different arenas encouraging Kash, Payton, Marshal, Rhegan & “Cota”.

Rodeo, too, was not ever far from Lyman’s reach. As a youngster he competed in the event he was fond of…steer wrestling. He won many titles and continued true sportsmanship in this arena as well lending out his beloved horses to many travelling cowboys. Lyman’s love of the sport filtered to his treasure, Jolaine, as she started her barrel racing career at the age of five. He was proud of her accomplishments. His support continued as his grandchildren Kash & Kiley and great-granddaughters Rhegan and “Cota” followed the pursuits of their legend they call “Grampa”. Lyman was committed to the sport. He was a member of IRCA in its early years and hosted many Blood Reserve Rodeos and steer wrestling schools at his home.

Lyman was employed by Blood Tribe Administration for many years. He was also a member of the Blood Reserve School Bus Coop for 26 years serving both as a bus driver and later as a senior supervisor. Lyman was respected and loved by the families he served, especially his number one priority, the students. On his bus run, he would often stop at the nearby food mart treating the students. After his retirement from bus driving, his students were known to ask when he was going to start driving again; they missed him so much. Lyman could not just retire from an occupation he loved. At the time of his passing, Lyman continued his duties as Blood Reserve Bus Coop Senior Supervisor.

Lyman was a good conversationalist captivating company with fantastic and his usually funny storytelling. His work, coaching, rodeo, travels and his love for storytelling made him many, many lifetime friends. The kind, gentle and caring soul will be missed immensely. Bullhorn will not be the same without Lyman.

Lyman leaves his Bullhorn Homestead to join his beloved children Jolaine Kate & Lynel; parents: Harvey & Nellie Tail Feathers; brothers: Gilbert & Philip; sisters: Christine Tallow & Lillian Scout; Aunt Helen and Uncle Ken; in-laws: Ed & Adelaide, Herman, Gordon, John and Mary Heavy Shields.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, January 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m.. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Feast: Following the Graveside Service, relatives and friends are invited to further share this day with Lyman’s family at the South Hill Chapel in Cardston, AB.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of CHRIS TANIGUCHI, who died peacefully in her sleep with family by her side, at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday, December 24, 2018 at the age of 60 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Lois Punton officiating.

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WILHELMINA VERVOORT, beloved wife of Guy Vervoort of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Russell West

1921 – 2019

Russell Jay West, beloved husband of Hazel West, passed away in Taber on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 97 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.

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