January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 25, 2020.


RALPH JOSEPH AINSCOUGH passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Left to mourn is his wife of 66 years Dorothy Ainscough, his children; Larry (Connie) Ainscough of Milk River, Debbie (Brian) Rains of Spruce Grove, AB, Karen (Pat) Smith of Lethbridge, Katie Ainscough of Lethbridge, Allen (Charene) Ainscough of St. Andrews, MB and Richard (Deb) Ainscough of Milk River. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Ralph will also be remembered by his siblings Marion (Les) Vornbrock, Edith Behiel, Paul (Pat) Ainscough, Phyllis (Byron) Barrows, Bev (Gary) Duell and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Bert & Rose Ainscough, Gordon & Caroline Jodrey, Matt & Peggy Spencer and four nephews and two brothers in law.

Ralph was born in Coutts, AB in 1934. He was a community oriented person who volunteered his time. Ralph spent 10 years with the fire department and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street Milk River on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Salvador Ahumada, Celebrant.

A Private Family Interment will follow in the Milk River Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Milk River Ambulance Box 90, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.

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


HENRY AUER, beloved father of Chelsey (Kevin) Paskal and Courtney (John Pittman) Auer, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the age of 65 years.

Besides his loving children, Henry is survived by his grandchildren, Beckham, Peyton, Grace, and Noah, his mother, Elizabeth Auer, his brothers, Richard and Hubert Auer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, John and Katarina Wetzel, and his father Englebert Auer.

Henry worked for the County of Lethbridge for many years as a heavy equipment operator. He loved driving and going on road trips, and was passionate about wildlife and hunting. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren; his eyes lit up when they were in the room, and he was always smiling and joking around with them.

He will be remembered for his wacky sense of humour and his passion for drawing, as he was always doodling or sketching something.

A Celebration of Henry’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Alberta Children’s Hospital (Childhood Cancer) at www. childrenshospital.ab.ca/donate.

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

Donald “Don” Cavers

1936 – 2020

Mr. Donald “Dapper” Matthew Cavers of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Maggie Cavers (nee Delaney), passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the age of 83 years. Don was born at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge on September 22, 1936 to parents Doc and Helen Cavers. He was raised in Lethbridge and went to school at St. Josephs. Don considered himself a “True Northsider.”. He was encouraged by his uncle Mike Douglas to take up golfing at a young age, and soon became the young “Tiger Woods” of Lethbridge, his home club being Henderson Lake Golf Club. Don created a name for himself by winning many local and provincial championships. He was just 16 years old when he charged into the golf spotlight by winning the Alberta Juvenile Championship, and later captured the Lethbridge Country Club Invitational Crown in 1955, 1957, 1962, 1963 and 1965, and in 1961 he set a course record of 66 which stood until the course was redesigned. He was inducted into the Lethbridge Hall of Fame in 2000. Golf was Don’s life- he was a pro as well as a Superintendent at many clubs in Southern Alberta and could always be seen at a golf club somewhere. Don was also an avid hockey player, as well as a curler. He was well respected by all that knew him, and he loved nothing more than being with friends. Don is survived by son, Doug (Della) Cavers of Calgary and their children, Brittany and Ashley; son Christopher Cavers of Calgary; stepchildren, Mandy (Dave) Shannon of Lethbridge and their children Mackenzie and Kayleigh; Richard Ragan and his children Kourtney and Charlee; Samantha Berard and her children, Jaymee and Breanna; Larry Berard,and his son Daxxen. Don was predeceased by his parents, Doc and Helen; and his first wife, Diane (Donaldson) Cavers. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at NORDBRIDGE SENIORS CENTRE, 1904- 13 AVENUE NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3.

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RUTH LEANNA ELZINGA, beloved wife of Auke Elzinga and cherished mother of Candice and Dana, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

In Memory of Jason Goodstriker

Ootsimiohkitopi (Sorrel Horse Rider)

Born: September 26, 1972 • Passed Away: January 16, 2020

Jason Goodstriker, a well-respected Leader, Announcer, Orator, Educator, and Athlete will be greatly missed by the many people who have had the honor to have met him during his short journey on this earth. He was a Husband, Father, Son, an Uncle, a Nephew, a Relative, and a Great Friend to the many who knew him. His Kainai, Blackfoot Confederacy, and Dakota/Lakota People have lost a great son. Jason will always be remembered as a Statesman and Eyapaha for Indian People, of whom he had great knowledge and insight; retelling and sharing his understanding of histories and cultures of the Great Indian Nations of this Continent.

Jason was a proud member of the Blood Tribe and of the L/Dakota People of Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in the Province of Saskatchewan. His father, Wilton Goodstriker is a renowned rodeo and powwow announcer who raised Jason to be the man he was. Both father and son have become famous for their announcing capacities throughout Indian Country. His parents ensured that Jason was immersed in traditional ways, both Blackfoot and L/Dakota. His mother, Evelyn made sure there was love, respect, and sharing taught in their home and activities in his childhood years. His parents enrolled him in the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame for his Grade 10-12 education. It was difficult to let their child go at such a young age, but they knew it was to build inner strength, to achieve a grade 12 diploma, and to pursue his love for hockey.

He was an avid athlete, in his younger years, he enjoyed many sports. He went on to play with Kainai Golden Chiefs Jr B Hockey team as they battled with teams in the Southern Alberta league, the Golden Chiefs were the leaders in scoring and penalty minutes. With Team Coach, Duane Delaney and Jason as Assistant Coach, the team travelled to many hockey tournaments across Canada. Jason loved to play Golf, he brought his clubs whenever he could. He would join any groups, tee off and make new friends on the course. As a student at the University of Lethbridge he was the first ever First Nation student to be elected to the University of Lethbridge’s Students Union.

Jason embarked on a Powwow Announcing Career that brought him to many places such as Washington DC, Honolulu, Hawaii, Toronto, Ontario, Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Montana, Rosebud, South Dakota, and San Ignacio, Colorado just to name a few places. He was known for his humor and knowledge of tribal histories at the various celebrations he announced.

On the political front, he was the Grand Chief of the Alberta Chiefs Assembly for a term and was instrumental with many national files that were impacting First Nations in Canada. Prior to being Grand Chief, he sat a term on the Blood Tribe Chief and Council, where he initiated new programs and services for our community. Jason continued to be involved with issues that impacted Indian Country, as a spokesman and resource person for various organizations and entities throughout the country.

Jason, is survived by his wife, Tiffany Pompana, his children Elle, Jaelyn, Sadie and Mirabel Goodstriker. His adopted children, Shane, Keshia and Mia Pompana and Mireya and Na’tehya Curly Rider. His parents, Wilton and Evelyn Goodstriker, his siblings, Nadine (Garret), Chris and Josh (Rebecca). His nephew Tyler (Kristian) and nieces Keelie (Earl) and Cammie (Dax), Marlee, and Dazzelyn. His grand/nephews and nieces, Jordan, Joey, Lynda and Paisley. Jason had many traditional adopted family that all held special places in his heart. He was pre-deceased by his maternal grandparents, Alex and Stella Goodwill and his paternal grandparents, Rufus Goodstriker and Christine Many Fingers. His uncles Howie Goodwill and Charlie Goodstriker and his aunts, Audrey Goodwill, Joyce Goodstriker, Lorraine Goodstriker, Christine Black Water, and Frances Weasel Head. Jason was born and raised on Blood Reserve, he was from the traditional Mamioyiiksi – Fish Eater and Ni’taitsskaiksi – Lone Fighter Clans. Jason’s early mischief crew, were his brothers Joe, Kenny, Wes, Joe and Vernon. They were always running through the valley, riding horses, or hooking on trucks at the Sundance. Jason attended Standoff and Glenwood schools from Kindergarten to Grade 9. During the summer he would get involved with various activities such as Trail Rides, with Pete Standing Alone, where Jason, Daryl, Scotty, and others would ride in North End area, learning from elders the history of Kainai and teasing his cousins. He loved music and dancing. He was an Adventurer and a Dreamer, with his creative spirit he would invent games, a play, and make everyone participate. He spent many summers at the Crossbell camp and later recreated the tipi camps in the mountains, his summer camp was called Night Singer, after his younger brother Chris. Youth groups arrived from different parts of Alberta, he designed the camp activities, everyone enjoyed the fresh mountain air, the trees and animals. Jason was a Youth Ambassador and travelled to meet John Denver in Colorado, they set up a tipi camp and he shared his knowledge of our ways with the attendees. He then travelled to Rio de Janeiro to a conference, it was an experience of a lifetime. One year, Jason teamed up with Dale Auger, a Cree Artist, and with a band of local Indian cowboys, they developed a live theatre story in Bragg Creek area. They taught Nathan Arcand how to ride horses!

Today celebrate Jason’s life. Remember him for the life he lived and his irresistible Spirit. When we look back, all of the accomplishments and honors that Jason had achieved in his lifetime, Jason was just that, he was more than Great!

An Honouring Service will be held at UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GYMNASIUM (1ST CHOICE SAVINGS CENTRE FOR SPORT AND WELLNESS), 4401 University Drive West, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 A.M.

In memory of Jason, donations to assist with funeral costs may be made through Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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


Sandra Isobel Howe (Nee Sayers), Passed away January 22, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on April 2, 1947, she grew up near Cut Knife. She was an avid motorcyclist, and gardener. She is survived by her loving husband John, brother Ken (Lorna), brother in law Herb (Betty), sons David (Stephanie) and Bryan, grandsons Noah, Zack, Liam and Anthony (AJ), and many nieces and nephews. Sandra was predeceased by her Mother (Ruth) and Father (Norman), and her older sister Betty. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandra’s name can be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge, AB. Cremation will take place.

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


Bernard Dell (Buzz) Layton passed away peacefully at Lethbridge Regional Hospital on January 22, 2020 at the age of 90. Buzz will be lovingly remembered by his wife Vera, 4 children, Cora Lee (Barrie) Grunewald, Randy (Laurie), Blair (Debra), & David (Shauna), 15 grandchildren, 23 greatgrandchildren, sister-in-law’s Rae Stevens & Alice Haynes, and numerous nieces & nephews. Buzz was predeceased by his son Robert (Lorie) & his parents William Ezra Layton & Elsie Nora Burrows Layton as well as 5 brothers, Calvin, Clelland, Owen, Byron, & Ivan. He was born in Taber, Alberta on March 12, 1929. Buzz had a career of 38 years with the Canadian Western Natural Gas Company where he mastered his skills as a welder, pipe-fitter & crew foreman. He was instrumental in providing natural gas lines to many communities in Southern Alberta. Buzz enjoyed sports & outdoor activities of all kinds. He enjoyed traveling, camping, furniture refinishing, playing cards & games with his close friends, & serving his family & others. Buzz served in many capacities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The only viewing will be Friday, January 31, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (2223 6th Ave North). The interment will be Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 am at Taber Memorial Gardens. There will be a Meet the Family at the church (2223 6th Ave North) from 12:00-12:45 pm. The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm.

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


It is with heart-filled sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother IRMGARD ANNA MAINZER beloved wife of the late Robert Mainzer, on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

Norman Lloyd Metz

1928 – 2020

Norman Lloyd Metz passed away peacefully and completely lucid at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 20, 2020, after a short period of health challenges. He is predeceased by his loving wife Margaret “Peggy” Metz (nee Williams), 1999 and his oldest son David John Metz, 1993. He is survived by his youngest son Lloyd Metz, wife Rhonda, four grand daughters: Melissa Metz-Guzzi, Christin Metz, Alexis Metz and daughter of David, Michelle Morgan (nee Metz), husband Michael, one great grand daughter, Giovanna Guzzi; niece Wanda Cooke (nee Metz), along with many other relations and close friends including his special friend Audrey Baker. Norman was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, March 14, 1928; one of five children born to Earl and Grace Metz (nee Busch), he was raised on the family homestead near Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. He moved to Regina with his brother Lorne while in his early teens where he started learning skills in survey and drafting. This profession took him to the Taber, Alberta area working for the PFRA. After meeting Margaret “Peggy” Williams they married in Taber and settled in Lethbridge around 1953 where he resided for some 65 plus years. Although living most of his life in Alberta, he never lost the Saskatchewan spirit of Rider Pride. His early career as a surveyor draftsman allowed him to establish himself within the industry and in 1968, he established Lethbridge Blueprinting Ltd providing services to local engineering and architecture businesses. Among the printing jobs he completed included the original bid documents for construction of the University of Lethbridge. He also provided input into planning the development of Lethbridge’s west side. Health challenges in 1973 lead to him closing his business. Shortly after Norman welcomed the opportunity to teach Drafting and Survey at the Lethbridge Community College, a job he thrived at for the next twenty years. Involvement in his sons lives led him to participating in various volunteer rolls with the Lethbridge Lions Amateur Swim Club, the Boy Scouts, and the Lethbridge Elks. His business associations saw him involved with the local businessmen that brought the Montreal Expo Pioneers baseball team to Lethbridge. He continued to participate with the local organization which changed professional affiliations over time and was proud of the world series rings he acquired while Lethbridge had association with the Los Angels Dodgers. In retirement he continued his volunteer involvement with the Lethbridge Community College Alumni and chairing for a time the board of his local condo association. Early years of retirement led him to participating and helping organize weekly dances at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens facility. Travel took on a passionate focus for Norman and Peggy, with planes, boats, trains, busses, and automobiles taking them to many locations throughout the world. A favorite of his was to drive through the United States stopping to watch professional baseball and visit his parent’s roots in the Milwaukee / St Louis area. He loved playing cards with weekly game nights and weekend tournaments enjoying the company of his friends. He cherished his friends at Nord-bridge Senior Center along with achieving lifetime membership. Nothing stopped him from his Bus trips to the casinos and it was well known that when sharing time building puzzles (which he spent may hours of enjoyment) you only touched a piece if you knew it would fit. A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at McKillop United Church, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Norman’s name to the Alzheimer’s society Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 1202 2 Ave S #40, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3, as this was near to Norman’s heart with the journey his beloved wife Peggy, traversed.


RICHARD “RICKY” MISTAKEN CHIEF, 65, passed away on January 19, 2020.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, Jan. 26th 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 Monday, Jan. 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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


May 12, 1941 – Jan. 18, 2020

ROBERT “BOB” DOUGLAS THOLE, beloved husband to Margaret Y. Thole (née Takeda), passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Arlyce (Phil) Wing and family of Seattle, WA; son Douglas (Jodie) Thole and family of Big Fork, MT; sisters Arlene (Michael) Sullivan of Seattle, WA; Kathy (Greg) Barkus of Big Fork, MT; and Nancy (Arlen) Hanson of Missoula, MT as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In honouring Bob’s wishes, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob to a charity of your choice.

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

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