January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, January 3, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 3, 2020.


DENIS CONSTANT, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Nicole Constant, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the age of 76 years.

Denis is survived by his wife, Nicole, his children, Daniel Constant, Tina Constant, Kim Constant (Brad Sutfin) and Kevin Constant (Jessica McLean), as well as ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Jean-Noel Constant, Gilles (Louiselle) Constant and Chris (Sue) Constant, and multiple nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fabien & Jeanne Rose Constant.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.

To send a condolence, please visit



DALE ANDREW FREEBORN, of Lethbridge and formerly of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at his side on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

To send a condolence, please visit



It is with profound sadness that the family of Robert Regan Peere Williams-Freeman, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, announce his passing at the Fort Macleod Hospital on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. After a lengthy illness, our Dad passed away at the age of 91 years old.

His Funeral Service will be conducted on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church, 320 21 Street Fort Macleod, Alberta.

If you so choose, donations may be made to the Welcome Mat Senior’s Centre, (Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0) in his name.

Condolences maybe sent through:



BEVERLY JEAN GIBSON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge.

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

HUNT, Stanley “Stan” Maurice

March 4, 1933 – Milk River, Alberta

December 31, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Stanley Maurice Hunt, after spending his final day surrounded by his family expressing their deep love for him; he passed away peacefully in Hospice on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at the age of 86 years.

Stan was born on March 4, 1933 in Milk River, AB. From his early roots in southern Alberta, Stan led the family on their journey to St. Albert before retiring from AGT/Telus and settling with Joan in Calgary in 2001.

Stan was a true renaissance man. He loved computer technology, photography, the outdoors, working in his garden and was a gifted handyman, well known as ‘the man who could fix anything’. He was extremely creative, teaching himself to play numerous instruments and was known to frequently break out in song for one and all. One of his great joys was writing his book ‘Road to Miners Coulee’ which traced the history and journeys of the Hunt family.

At Stan’s core however was his faith in God and his love for his family and it was these two core beliefs that sustained him throughout his life and especially during recent times of declining health.

Stan leaves behind his wife and soul mate of sixty-seven years Joan; children, Terry (Mike), Joanne (Scott), Ron, Wendy (Barrie); and his cherished grandchildren, Sean (Kelsey), Rachel (Jason), Patrick (Kehna), Dylan (Bea), Mitchell (Kennedy), Tasha (Jody), Graham (Stacey) and his caring extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, sister, brothers and granddaughter Kaitlyn.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Stan’s obituary at http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

A tree will be planted in living memory of Stan Hunt. McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD SE, CALGARY, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403- 256-9575.


ELMER CARL JOHNSON passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen Margaret, his son Ron, brother Ray, and sister Doris.

He is survived by three sons, Lyle (Bev), Ralph (Maya) and Murray (Joanne), his daughter, Lana (George), and daughter-in-law Maureen, sister, Eleanor Mac Nevin, grandchildren, Natasha, Nevin, Joelle, Taylor, Jara and Sarah, as well as many special nieces and nephews. Elmer also leaves his good friend, Cecil Reisner.

Elmer was born January 23, 1931 in Limerick, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the family farm, after graduation he farmed with his father and brother. Elmer and Helen were married in October 24, 1953 and raised five children. Elmer and Helen semi-retired to Lethbridge in 1979, and he continued to farm until 1992. Elmer farmed for 45 years.

After retiring Elmer was active in McKillop United Church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed bowling, gardening and was a sport enthusiast.

Special thanks to Good Samaritans West, St. Michael’s Health Centre and Dr. Wayne Burton.

The family will be holding a private service, and Elmer will be laid to rest with Helen at Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Elmer, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

To send a condolence, please visit



Mar. 18, 1933 – Dec. 16, 2019

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.

For those who would like to visit with the family, a time of Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Jim’s family would be honoured by your presence at a Memorial Service to celebrate his life at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street N.W., Milk River, AB on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. A time of fellowship will follow at the Milk River Civic Centre, 321 – 3 Avenue N.E.

To send a condolence, please visit


Ken Montgomery

1938 – 2019

Mr. Ken Montgomery of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Martha Montgomery, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on December 31, 2019 at the age of 81 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

ROXANNE “Ninamskasiisoyakii” OKA

Fish Eater/Lone Fighter Clan

February 11, 1966 – December 21, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of ROXANNE OKA announce her passing after a lengthy illness on December 21, 2019 at the age of 53 years. She passed away peacefully in her home that she loved so much in Cardston. Roxanne leaves behind a beautiful family that she loved and cared for; her husband Henry Big Throat of 30 years. Daughters; Santanita (Skip Goodstriker) and Kennedy (Devon Watcheston). Grandchildren; Hayden, Roan, Kahleia, and Hendrix. Step children; Vince, Tanya, Heather, Candace, Wade and Piita. Brothers; Mike (Angel), James, and Russell (Merldine) Oka. Sisters; Mary Ann (Roy) Murao, Dorothy (Dennis) First Rider, Louise Smith, Veronica Oka-Wells, Jackie (John) Colliflower, Margaret (Mark) Laynes. Sister-in-Law; Melinda Moosemay. Her God Mother Rosie Many Grey Horses. Lifetime friends; Lucy Yellow Wings, Debbie Day Chief and Doris Big Throat. Countless other family; Crop Eared Wolf’s, Weasel Head’s, Oka’s, Small Face, Russell’s.

Roxanne was born and raised on the Blood Reserve in Saikois. She met the love of her life Henry and they moved to Cardston where they found their dream home and raised their children together. Roxanne played a big role in raising her grandchildren who called her “Aunna.” She was a loving and supportive wife and mother, a caring and playful grandma and a person to turn to for love, encouragement, and a good laugh.

Roxanne graduated from Red Crow Community College and the Traditional Land Use Study Program (TLUS). She successfully completed an Entrepreneurial Training Program hosted by Siksika Nation. She was not afraid of hard labour as she worked in highway construction for most of her life until an injury prevented her from working with Heavy Equipment. She worked as a TLUS Technician and at the time of her passing sat on the Blood Tribe Lands Appeals Board.

Roxanne’s spiritual journey led her to join the piercing Sundance with Morris Crow and Buster Yellow Kidney.

Roxanne loved travelling with her family on the Hand Game trail. She made life-long friends along the way and won championships at Kainai Indian days and at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium as well as other places. Roxanne and Henry travelled together extensively and their most memorable trips were to New Zealand, Hawaii and South Africa. Her interests and hobbies included riding horses, refinishing furniture, working with her crafts and caring for her Chihuahua’s Dakota and Echo. In her earlier days she loved four-wheeling in her big red 4×4 Chevy Monster Truck. She was well known for her backyard mechanic skills; she would be under the truck changing oil and/or doing mechanical repairs while Henry would be inside doing dishes.

She was a stunt woman in Lonesome Dove in the 90’s and she was a proud participant in the Calgary Stampede parade in full Regalia on horseback. One of her most memorable highlights was when she attended Willie Nelson Concert with Henry during one of their travels. She supported the Cardston Peace Camp sharing her traditional and ecological knowledge with the students.

Roxanne loved all her nieces and nephews and was known to them more as a sister than an Aunty. She always gave the family a good laugh especially when the family was going through tough times. Her personality, her humor and her story telling will be greatly missed by all who knew her. With sincere gratitude we would like to thank our extended family and friends, and Henry and Roxanne’s neighbors for the compassion and support they have extended to us. The family would also like to acknowledge Roxanne’s neighbor, Val Shipley, for being there for Roxanne especially after the passing of our dear mother and the passing of her beloved Hailey May. Thank you for always checking up on Roxanne and including her in your craft sessions and group dinners.

Roxanne is preceded in death by her parents Mike and Mary Louise Oka. Hailey May; her grand-daughter whom she missed so much, her brother Peter Oka, brother-in-law Franklin Wells, her sisters Esther (Keith) Rides at the Door, Catherine, Baby Mary, and Gabrielle Oka, and sister-in-law Avaline Marlene Oka.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 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 Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Intement in the Oka Cemetery.

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

Agnes Pocza

1929 – 2020

Mrs. Agnes Pocza of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Mr. Steve Pocza, passed away at AgeCare Seton in Calgary, on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

Ainsley Rae SMITH

Nov 5 – Dec 27, 2019

Just 52 days after coming into the world, Ainsley Rae Smith passed away peacefully in her parents’ arms at the Foothills Medical Centre NICU in Calgary. During her short life, she touched many hearts and was loved by all.

Ainsley is the daughter of Mark & Laura Smith of Lethbridge and the granddaughter of Leanne Sanderson and Raymond & Rhonda Smith. She is the answer to their prayers, and they waited for her birth with joyful expectation. Born 13 weeks early and weighing only 1 lb 5 oz, Ainsley was known to be feisty, strong, and alert. Her favourite things were cuddles with dad and holding hands with mom. She was gone too soon and will be dearly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday January 4, 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – North Stake Centre, 560 Highlands Blvd W Lethbridge.

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

Share this story:


Comments are closed.