October 22nd, 2020

WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2019


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 8, 2020.

Hugh Bell
1946 – 2020

Hugh John Charles Bell, passed away unexpectedly in Taber on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the age of 73 years.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, January 9, 2020 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:45 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Hugh is survived by his sons Patrick Bell of Medicine Hat and Craig (Roberta) Bell of Edmonton and their mother Georgia Stauth; two grandchildren Wylie and Weston Bell; his brother Kenneth (Carol) Bell, sister Colleen (Wilf) Tolsma, sister-in-law Barb Bell, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Russell and Beryl and by his brother Keith Bell.
Hugh was born in Taber on January 22, 1946. He grew up on the family farm near Vauxhall and after graduating, spent some time working in the oil patch and then began farming full time. Farming suited him well and he continued on that path for many years.
Hugh loved hunting, fishing and golfing. He was an excellent trapshooter and was one of the founders of the Vauxhall Trap Club. From marksman to machinist, Hugh wore many hats. He was keen to learn new skills and was determined and resourceful enough to tackle most challenges on his own. Hugh enjoyed spending time with friends and family and was always ready to put on a pot of coffee when neighbours would drop in for a visit. Hugh had a good sense of humour, was humble and respectful of others.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


BLACK PLUME
It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of BRAXTON WAYNE BLACK PLUME-GOODSTRIKER in the early morning hours of Tuesday December 31st, 2019 at the age of six months old, in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Braxton was born on Friday June 28th, 2019 at the Chinook Regional Hospital to his loving parents Whitney Hunt Goodstriker and Jared Black Plume and his two loving sisters Sophia and Braylee Goodstriker. His special uncle Jaylin Goodstriker, His special cousin’s Julius Goodstriker Wolf Plume, Sanders White Man and Tianna Plume.
Braxton was also survived by his loving grandparents Corey and Marilyn (Hunt) Goodstriker, Mike & Kay Deranger, and Jerry & Joanne Black Plume and Lisa & Ken White Man. By his Great-grandmothers Sheila Hunt, Emily Goodstriker & Diane Plume. His Maternal Uncles Myles & Trisha Hunt Goodstriker( Tanayah, Dominic, Drae, Darwin and Damon), Jaylin and his Maternal Aunt’s Katie Hunt Goodstriker & Colin Wolf Plume(Julius) and Bailey Hunt Goodstriker & Tylo Gros Ventre Boy and His Paternal Aunts Anna Plume (Rhys Williams), Tabitha White Man (Monty Big Throat) and Dion and Tasha White Man, and Jim White Man.
The Wake Service will be at the White Calf Hall, Standoff  on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 2020 from 7:00 p. m. all night. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Jan. 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in One Spot Cemetery, Blood Reserve.  Condolences may be sent at: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.caBLACK PLUME-GOODSTRIKER

It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of BRAXTON WAYNE BLACK PLUME-GOODSTRIKER in the early morning hours of Tuesday December 31st, 2019 at the age of six months old, in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Braxton was born on Friday June 28th, 2019 at the Chinook Regional Hospital to his loving parents Whitney Hunt Goodstriker and Jared Black Plume and his two loving sisters Sophia and Braylee Goodstriker. His special uncle Jaylin Goodstriker, His special cousin’s Julius Goodstriker Wolf Plume, Sanders White Man and Tianna Plume.

Braxton was also survived by his loving grandparents Corey and Marilyn (Hunt) Goodstriker, Mike & Kay Deranger, and Jerry & Joanne Black Plume and Lisa & Ken White Man. By his Great-grandmothers Sheila Hunt, Emily Goodstriker & Diane Plume. His Maternal Uncles Myles & Trisha Hunt Goodstriker (Tanayah, Dominic, Drae, Darwin and Damon), Jaylin and his Maternal Aunt’s Katie Hunt Goodstriker & Colin Wolf Plume(Julius) and Bailey Hunt Goodstriker & Tylo Gros Ventre Boy and His Paternal Aunts Anna Plume (Rhys Williams), Tabitha White Man (Monty Big Throat) and Dion and Tasha White Man.

The Wake Service will be at the White Calf Hall, Standoff on January 8th, 2020 from 7:00 p. m. all night. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Jan. 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the One Spot Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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


ROBERT WILLIAMS-FREEMAN

It is with profound sadness that we the family of Robert ‘Bob’ Regan Peere Williams-Freeman, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, announce his passing at the Fort Macleod Hospital on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. He passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years old. Our father was born on March 29, 1928 in Shropshire, England to George Napier Peere and Emily Alice [née Ready] Williams-Freeman. He was predeceased by his wife Georgina, son Richard, grandchildren Michael and Georann, sister Naomi Foster, brother in-law Vernon Foster, sister-in-law Renée and brother Peere. He was also predeceased by the parents of his wife, George and Bertha Davis, her great-grandparents Charlie and Rosie Davis, and Joe and Dorothy Bull Shields. He is survived by his dear friend Betty Abramenko, brother Anthony Williams, sister-in-law Anne Williams-Freeman, children Shirley Fowler (Bruce), Barbara, Grant (Carol), Kerry (Becky), Dana (Lianne) and daughter-in-law Lori, grandchildren Dean (Tina), Jason, Cherie (Daniel), Jarret (Melissa), Mitch (Kelly), Joseph, Gabriel, Holly (Edwin), Greg, Amanda (Devin), Julian (Colinda), Celine (Adam) and Megan (Desmond), step-grandchildren Lyla, Elijah, Bryna, Nick, Matt and Neil. He is also survived by many beloved great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and his faithful dog Scooter. Bob emigrated with his family at the age of one to Canada and settled in the Vermilion, Alberta area, where they farmed during the Great Depression. He left home at a young age to find employment in the farming, lumber and railroad industries. At the advice of his older brother Anthony, he enrolled at the Alberta College in Edmonton. It was at the college that he met our mother Georgina Davis, who was from the Kainai Nation. Bob and Georgina were married on February 14, 1949 and lovingly raised a beautiful family. Our Dad was proud of his grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; their special name for him was ‘Bama’. Bob began his career in agriculture as a Certified Irrigation Designer. He earned the position as General Manager of Oliver Irrigation, the largest Valley Irrigation pivot dealership in Canada, and for many years traveled throughout western Canada and most of the United States. After retiring, he continued to design and sell Reinke irrigation systems. For his remarkable efforts in advancing the irrigation industry and for maintaining a high standard of irrigation technique and procedure, he was presented with the Crawford Reid Award by the Irrigation Association in 1988. One of our father’s passions was flying an airplane, and in order to increase the range of his business contacts he became a certified pilot. Subsequently, he spent time as the Director and President of The Lethbridge Flying Club and developed lifelong friendships with his fellow flying buddies. After retirement, Mom and Dad moved to an acreage north of Fort Macleod and there he enjoyed serving his community in a multitude of ways. Bob was a member of the Rotary Club International, where he took pride in being actively involved in fundraising. He was instrumental in the ‘Los Amigos’ project which donated an ambulance, a fire truck and a handibus to Mexico. As he aged, he was honoured to take on the role of the President of the Fort Macleod Senior Citizens Welcome Mat, and loved to socialize and play pool with his fellow members. It is so hard to let our Dad, Papa, Bama, treasure and friend leave our loving arms. We know that he is at peace and will forever be in our hearts. 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. In Bob’s name, donations may be made to the Fort Macleod Senior Citizens Welcome Mat, P.O. Box 181, Fort Macleod, Alberta, T0L 0Z0.

Condolences maybe sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com


Courtney Gruninger

2001 – 2020

Miss Courtney Gruninger of Picture Butte passed away tragically in a car accident, on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the age of 18 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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


WINNIFRED INNES

1921 – 2020

We celebrate the life of our dear mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Wynn Innes, a fully lived life surrounded by people who loved her. Predeceased by her husband Alec Innes (1958) and eight siblings. She lived ninety-eight wonderful years. Wynn is survived by her children, Robert (Terry) Innes of Lethbridge, Brian Innes of Edmonton and Doris Innes of Okotoks. She also leaves behind her precious six grandchildren, Jeffrey (Becca) Innes, Roberta (Andy) Charlebois, Gillian (Dale) Comchi and Samatha Innes, all of Lethbridge also Alexander Innes and Adeline Innes of Edmonton. She also has eleven cherished great grandchildren (Nick, Logan, Daniel, Kade, Ysabella, Hannah, Tavish, Addison, Lucas, Olivia, and Ella. Her family is grateful for having had her in their lives; her humour and wit was a joy to all.

There will be a family and friends celebration of her life at Christensen Salmon Generations, 703 – 13 Street N. at 2 pm Friday, January 10.

Thank you to the caregivers of St. Therese Villa for their care.

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


JAMES

RUTH CECILE JAMES, beloved wife of Jack James, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit with family by her side, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Besides her loving husband of 65 years, Ruth is survived by her seven children: Wendy James, Karen (Fred) Hawkins, Pamela (Brian) Fuller, Darcie James, Connie (Lanny) Quintin, Doug (Tracy) James and Barb (Peter) James-McCallum. She was also deeply loved by her 14 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren, as well as her three siblings Betty (Harpo-deceased) Moriyama, Pat (Harold) Adair and Gene (Betty-Ann) Stauffer.

Ruth was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, June & Jim Kulka.

As per Ruth’s wishes, a Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 4V5.

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


LEAVENS

Lillian Yukiko Leavens (Sakamoto)

July 7, 1939 – January 5, 2020

Lillian beloved wife of Allan Leavens of Picture Butte, Alberta passed away at the age of 80 years. Lillian was born in Pitt Meadows, B.C. in 1939 and with family moved to Taber, Alberta where she completed her highschool. She then moved to Lethbridge in 1956 where she attended hairdressing school. Lillian continued working as a hairdresser up until her retirement. She met Allan Leavens and was married in 1970. They had two daughters Terra (Chris) Liska and Alana (Aaron Snowdon) Leavens and four grandchildren Zachary, Jackson and Sebastian Liska and Owen Vander Hulst. After many years in Lethbridge they retired and moved to Picture Butte. She loved baking, gardening and enjoyed traveling to various places. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandsons. She is survived by her siblings, brother Norman Sakamoto, sisters Irene Sakamoto, Evelyn (Jim) Cozac, Janice (Bob) Foster and Carolyn Sakamoto, Sisters-in-law Tobie Sakamoto and Louise Sakamoto. She was predeceased by her parents Masahiro and Asaye, her brothers George, Larry and Darren, and her niece Lindsay Bain. Lillian will be missed by her family and several nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Family would like to thank Dr. Amatto, Dr. Shukkoor and the nurses who provided great care to Lillian in the palliative unit at St. Michael’s. Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta at 10:30am. 470 40 St S, Lethbridge. Donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta in Lillian’s name are greatly appreciated.

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


Agnes Pocza

1929 – 2020

Agnes Margaret Pocza, of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Steve Pocza, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020 at the age of 90 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with an Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 9618 – 101 A Avenue NW, Edmonton AB, T5H 0C7.

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


WHITNEY

PATRICIA ANN “PAT” WHITNEY passed away peacefully on December 20, 2019 at home due to a recent fall and an ongoing battle with COPD.

Pat was born on April 21, 1942, in Camrose, AB to John & Irene Lidberg. She attended school in Meeting Creek, AB and took her Nursing Aide training in Calgary. She later worked at the hospital in Cardston until her retirement. Pat enjoyed reading a good book and doing word searches.

Pat is survived by her husband, Gordon Whitney; her step-son, Jamie (Erin) Whitney of Lethbridge; her grandchildren, Lexy, Alex, Jaxen, Chelsea and Grant; her siblings, Don of Camrose, and Carmel of Calgary; as well as her niece and nephews, Lara, Lyle, Miles, and Bari. She is also survived by a multitude of cousins and family from Saskatchewan.

Pat was predeceased by her parents, John & Irene.

A Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend John Estabrooks officiating.

A Reception with the family will follow the Service.

“Life has to end, Love doesn’t.”

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

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