January 20th, 2021

FRIDAY, December 20, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 20, 2019.

Pohksinaimskaissohko’maapi (Little Thunder Pipe Boy)

Andre Daniel Big Snake-Weasel Moccasin

May 16, 2000 – December 15, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Andre who left suddenly to Omahksspatsikoyi.

Andre was born to Wylie (Jessica Black Rabbit) Weasel Moccasin and Dana Big Snake. Left to mourn are his parents, siblings: Alize, Daija, Destiny, Christopher Jr., Baby Wylie, Brandon, Hayden, Jewel, Marley, and Rick; grandparents Alva & Patrick Black Plume and, Justine Yellow Fly; paternal aunts & uncles: Willis (Terrace), Theresa (Paul), Louis (Cheryl), Todd (Tina), Tyler (Erica), Dee Dee (Priscilla) Beebe, Lance (Sophia), Pamela (Donald), and Leslie (Carla) Black Plume; maternal aunt Jolayne Belcourt; uncles Lauren & Carlin Big Snake, Godmother Larissa Big Snake, Godfather Jared Weasel Moccasin and his extended families of Weasel Moccasin, Beebe, Big Snake, Cutter and Crows.

Andre was predeceased by his grandfathers Wilbert Beebe, Claude Crow and Donnie Yellow Fly; great-grandparents Howard & Mabel Beebe, Dan & Ada Weasel Moccasin, Lucy Black Plume, and Bernard Big Snake & Mary Cutter.

Andre attended Aahsaopi, G.R. Davis, F.P. Walsh schools and graduated in June of 2018 from Kainai High School. Andre was a jokester and, in school, his teachers would call him “class clown” as this was always mentioned during his parent/teacher interviews. Andre’s secondary education may have been short lived as he wanted to quit school because of all the costumes at his first school Halloween party. Alas, he went back the next day! But in later years, he refused to go into the school’s haunted houses.

Andre’s work history included employment at Blood Tribe Agricultural Project, Blood Tribe Economic Development Entrepreneur Program, Blood Tribe Employment and Training’s Safety and Carpentry programs, and his most recent venture at the Blood Tribe’s FCSS Food Bank.

Andre was involved and exposed to Blackfoot traditional teachings and had a deep respect for it. He was part of Kaanatsoomittaiks for several years. The annual Blood Tribe Sundance was his favorite time of the year and he would take leave from work just to be there. He was our “go-for”. From his home teachings and school curriculum, Andre understood and spoke our Blackfoot language. He took pride in knowing the school’s Blackfoot Prayer and even won Jr. Boy’s Grass Dance Championship at the very first Levern Indian Days celebration.

Andre experienced all kinds of activities and sports including basketball but the sport he favored was hockey. He was part of Kainai’s minor hockey league to his Midget years where his seasonal highlights were the Treaty and Provincial tournaments. Andre’s lifelong friends, ‘da Boyz’, were formed and was so proud when the Midgets brought home the 2017 Banner! A few years ago, his brother Al started calling him ‘Onge’. We asked why. Al’s reply was Andre’s name was too long and ‘Onge’ sounded like his name when shortened. During Midget games, Grandpa would call him ‘Onge’ and… the name stuck. His friends all called him ‘Onge’. Andre was also involved in the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp and at the age of 13 he left home for the very first time to attend a two-week general training in Vernon, BC. Of course, some were lonesome. Grandpa and Grandma were ready to drive 755 kilometres to pick Andre up. However, they were talked into not picking him up. He completed the training.

Andre loved to eat but would not eat Grandpa’s cooking…Dad was his favorite cook. His favorite past time was cruising with ‘da Boyz’, playing ground hockey, shinny and basketball. Andre loved his concerts even travelling to see his favorite rapper Juice World in Vancouver this past spring. Unfortunately, J.W. passed away. Andre then said to dad, “Geez, Dad. With the passing of J.W., it just feels like one of ‘da Boyz’ died.”

Andre was quite the character. As a toddler and during potty training, he would command further attention calling to Dad and Grandpa, “I’m done!” He had a way of squeezing money out of dad, grandpa and grandma…all at the same time. He could talk his way out of anything when caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing, and, we would believe him!

Andre was always the life of the party, loved to make people laugh and had a great sense of humour. He was also so proud of the baby Kehlani, our latest addition to the family. He was always checking on her and holding her.

We will forever miss Andre’s smile, his voice, the teasing of his siblings and just his presence. He’s our angel watching over us. Since our hearing the news of Andre’s passing, we have been comforted by the shower of dimes. Andre knew dimes were messages from Heaven. We are not worried anymore as we can hear him say, “Don’t worry about me… I’m ‘G’!”

The family thanks all who offered prayers, words of encouragement and support, Marcel & Verda Weasel Head, Siksika Nation Chief and Council, Blood Tribe Chief and Council, Saipoyi Elementary School, Blood Tribe Departments and Entities and especially to Fort Macleod RCMP Cst. Stubbe for his compassion expressed at our time of deep sorrow.

The Family Service will be at the Cardston Seniors’ Centre, Cardston on Fri., Dec. 20th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Old Agency Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.. The Funeral Service will be at the Old Agency Hall on Sat., Dec. 21st at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Shirley Huddlestone

1934 – 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shirley Huddlestone on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Lethbridge Extendicare Fairmont at the age of 85 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of over 65 years Bob Huddlestone; son Barry (Debbie) Huddleston; daughter Tovi (Jim) Nalder; and granddaughter Celeste Nalder. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Karen Cahoon. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother. One of her special gifts was her ability to be a good listener, and she was always very patient and understanding. During her time on the family farm in Warner, she kept very active in the community and took great pride in creating a happy and loving home. After she and Bob moved to Coaldale, Shirley devoted much of her time to becoming a wonderful caregiver for her parents and many other family members. She had a passion for music and loved to play the piano. She was also interested in genealogy and kept the records for many family members, including putting together her cherished photo albums. Shirley and Bob also loved to travel, especially to Southern California on their yearly trips with friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2020, with further details to be announced. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. The family would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Park Meadows and Extendicare Fairmont for the excellent care they provided for Shirley, and they would also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Wilde for the extraordinary care that he provided. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please consider a donation in Shirley’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Society Lethbridge Chapter #40, 1202 – 2 Ave., S., Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0E3, or to The Alberta Lung Association P.O. Box 4700 Stn. S., Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 9Z9.

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It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the passing of Pastor JAMES “JIM” WAYNE KRAUSE, beloved husband of the late Jean Krause, beloved dad, grandpa, brother and friend to many. Jim passed away surrounded by family at the Milk River Health Centre on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the age of 86 years. After a courageous battle with cancer, Jim was taken home to be with his Lord and Saviour.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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In Loving Memory of



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gene Fee Mah on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 90 years. Gene was born in Toi-shan, China on October 21, 1929 and arrived in Canada in 1956. He settled in Lethbridge, Alberta and worked at and later became a co-owner of the Majorette Restaurant from 1958 – 1978. Taking great pride in his work and relationships with his customers, he and a partner took over the Mandarin Restaurant, which they ran successfully until his retirement in 1987. During retirement, Gene moved to Calgary, Alberta to be closer to his children and their families, all of whom brought him great pride and joy. Gene will be loved and forever missed by his three sons, John (Barb), Donald (Anna) & Erick (Laureen); his seven grandchildren, Sara, Ryan, Julia, Morgan, Jacob, Sofia, & Carter and extended family and friends. A private family gathering will be held in early 2020 to celebrate Gene’s life. If it is the desire of friends and family, memorial contributions can be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Gene, please visit http://www.choicememorial.com.

Dr. Kenneth William Richards

August 10, 1946 – December 17, 2019

It is with deepest regret that we announce the sudden passing of Ken Richards, beloved husband of Linda Mae (Ost) Richards of Lethbridge. Also grieving his passing are Dr. Kimberly Richards (Abbotsford, B.C.), Keith and Dr. Theresa Richards (Portland), Aaron and Julia and grandchildren, Thea and Elliot (Seattle). How proud Ken was of his family! He loved doing things with them. He loved to hear the ways they challenge themselves and what they contribute to the world. Ken’s passing will also be grieved by a circle of friends and scientific colleagues from Lethbridge, Saskatoon and around the world. Ken was the son of Doris (Larmour) and William “Bill” Richards of Lethbridge (predeceased), and the brother of Deborah (Victoria, B.C.). As a junior high student Ken was part of Dr. Ruby Larson’s science club. Caught by the science bug, he studied at the U. of A. and did summer bee research at Beaverlodge and on Ellesmere Island. Ken obtained a PhD in Entomology from the University of Kansas where he studied with famed entomologist, Dr. Charles D. Michener. The topic of his dissertation was “Population Ecology of Bumble Bees in Southern Alberta.” Ken and his first wife, Lynn, did the research for his dissertation west of Pincher Creek. After convocation, Ken returned to Lethbridge Research Station to work with leaf cutter bees and pollination. Much of the success of his work at Lethbridge Research Station was accomplished with his lifelong friend and workmate, John Virostek. Happy to add to Ken and Lynn’s lives was the birth of sons, Keith and Aaron, born during those years. Following his marriage to Linda Mae in 1986, Ken and Linda spent a year at world leader Rothamsted Experimental Station at Harpenden, England where Ken studied the use of leaf cutter bees in the pollination of lupine flowers. They returned to their previous jobs in Lethbridge, and in 1989 their daughter, Kimberly, was born. In 1996 Ken took over management of Canada’s Plant Genetic Resources with its relocation to Saskatoon from Ottawa. Ken supervised the construction of the new Gene Bank attached to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada at the University of Saskatchewan. Ken and Tim Myers divided in half every packet of the 550,000 packet collection of plant seeds for the transfer. Half of the collection was sent by surface trucks and half of the collection was relocated by a Canadian government Hercules airplane. In subsequent years the plant collection was joined in Saskatoon by the microbial, fruit tree and animal collections. Ken assembled and supervised a wonderful team of scientists who worked from P.E.I. to the B.C. Okanagan. He and Linda and Kimberly lived in beautiful Saskatoon for fifteen years. Ken was a great ambassador for Canadian agriculture and Canadian bees. He represented Canada at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U. N. for the ratification of treaties sharing and protecting genetic material. He delivered the Canadian collection of genetic material to Svalbard, Norway to the opening of the Global Seed Vault. In 2011 Ken and Linda retired to a wonderful Lethbridge acreage where Ken could grow bee-friendly, native Canadian plants, and Linda could have her horses. An active member of the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society, Ken keenly grew plants and planted them in the Hort section of the new Legacy Park. Ken returned to previous research conducting native bee counts at Waterton before and after the 2017 fire. During bee season he would weekly walk a section of the park identifying the bees and recording what flowers they were visiting. Parks Canada benefitted from this accumulated research report. Ken was a world-class scientist, loving father, dedicated friend and community member, a beloved husband. Ken and Linda loved to travel together. Botanical gardens, theatre and art galleries brought them such pleasure. Ken loved to share his immense knowledge of plants and bees to interested individuals or public presentations. A tribute event will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you plant some bee-friendly flowers in your garden, or made donations to Lethbridge and District Horticultural Club, or Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Mom, SUSAN PEGGY ROUSSY, beloved wife of Philip Roussy, at the Fort Macleod Health Centre on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the age of 63 years.

A Celebration of Susan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

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Jean Tatebe
1919 – 2019

Jean Hisako Tatebe, beloved wife of the late Joe Tatebe, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the age of 100 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Although she did not have any children, Jean was like a mother to her siblings and to many others in her life. She was the first of four children born to Fusakichi Fujimagari and his first wife, Misu Hayashi in Burnaby, British Columbia and was a half sister to the children from a second family. Of her siblings, she is survived by Joyce Hirasawa, Margaret Clark and sister-in-law Hiroye Fujimagari; her step children Albert Tatebe, Joan Bielun, Dalphy Pollard and Rodney Tatebe and by numerous extended family.
She was predeceased by her husband Joe Tatebe in 2011 and her first husband Eichi Kitagawa in 1986; brothers Jack, Yoshio, Taketomo Fujimagari and her sisters Takeko Baba and Akiko “Anne” Kamitakahara; brothers-in-law Harry Baba, George Hirasawa and Ken Clark; sisters-in-law Mary Fujimagari and Barbara Fujimagari and numerous other family members.
At the request of the family, Koden and flowers are greatly declined.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Russ Tyo
1963 – 2019
Russell Wayne Tyo, passed away peacefully with family at his side in Calgary on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the age of 56 years.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, December 23, 2019 between 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
A service will be held in Retlaw at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Russ is survived by his daughter Kala (Leavitt) Howg of Vauxhall and their children Bennett and Violet. He is also survived by his brothers Allen Tyo, James (Brenda) Tyo, Will (Tina) Tyo, Don (Judith) Tyo and his sister Tracey (Clayton) Young and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Russ was a truck driver most of his life. He enjoyed gardening and caring for his many plants. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and was very proud of his grandchildren.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


SAMUEL ROBERT WOLF PLUME, 54, passed away in Fort Macleod on December 14, 2019.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the White Calf Hall, Standoff from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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