September 26th, 2020

TUESDAY, February 11, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 11, 2020.


Clair Chester Bilow, beloved husband of Mary, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Clair was survived by his children: Gary, Allan (Caron) and Deborah (Roger) Wiebe; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister Nina. He was predeceased by his son Kenneth (1977).

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KEITH CALLIHOO (SAOKIISAAHKOMAAPIWA) of the Blood Tribe, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at Good Samaritans Lee Crest in Cardston, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the age of 63 years.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Burt Tallman officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Keith will be laid to rest at the family plot in the BELLY BUTTES, BLOOD TRIBE.

The family asks you to join them for a Feast at OLD AGENCY HALL following the Interment.

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Bryce Carlsen
1977 – 2020
Bryce Frank Carlsen, beloved husband of Jennifer Carlsen, passed away in Taber on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 42 years.
The celebration of Bryce’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 13, 2019 between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

James (Jim) L. George

1927 – 2020

It is with deep sadness that the family of James L. George announce his passing at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the age of 92 years. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011-4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Ruth Preston Schilk, officiating. The family invites donations be made in memory of Jim to either Cancer Research, Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum Society, Lethbridge Horticultural Society or the United Church Historical Society.

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DAN GRUNINGER, beloved husband of Arlene, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel, Raymond, Ab. Interment will follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of EDWARD JONES on Saturday, February 8, 2020. He was born in Blairmore to Teddy and May Jones on February 19, 1937. Ed loved animals, camping, fishing and meeting friends at Bully’s for coffee and horse racing. He had many talents. He was a barber, a welder and drove city bus for over 25 years. Ed was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, one brother, one niece and two nephews. He is survived by his wife Jennie of 55 years, daughters Leanna (Cliff-deceased) Miyashiro, Laurie (Mark) Heinricks, a sister Muriel Woledge, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care for the kindness shown to Ed during his stay there. At his request, no funeral service will be held.

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The family of EDNA JANE GROVES KOMARYNSKY is saddened to announce the passing of their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, on Friday February 7, 2020 at the age of 96 at Fairmont Extendicare, Lethbridge, AB.

Edna has been cremated and will be interred next to her husband Nick at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Edmonton. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Lynn Lowe

1934 – 2020

Mrs. Laura Lynn Lowe of Lethbridge, beloved wife of 62 years to Mr. Gordon Lowe, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the age of 85 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm, on Friday, February 14, 2020, at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Colonel Glen Shepherd officiating.

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GERALDINE (“GERRY”, “DEAN”) MORRIS, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020 at the age of 89.

Gerry was born on May 11, 1930 in Portage la Prairie, MB to Gerald and Olive Moyse. She married Eric Joseph Morris, who was with the Canadian Armed Forces and started his service in Korea. Eric and the growing family served throughout Canada and Germany with various Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Regiments for over 45 years.

Gerry is survived by her husband, Eric, and their sons, Rick (Deborah), Grant (Marilyn), Brent (Lisa), and a number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Gerry was the eldest of her siblings, and she was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy, Dib and Beth, and her brother, Grant.

A Private Family Service will be held, and a Celebration of Gerry’s Life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated:

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SUSAN MERLE PATTON of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 6th, 2020, at the age of 63 years.

A Meet and Greet with family and friends will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, February 13th, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Cremation, with a private interment at a later date.

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PONTAROLO, Pearl (Severtson)

July 20, 1930 – Travers, Alberta

February 6, 2020 Calgary, Alberta

Pearl Pontarolo passed away in Calgary, AB on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Pearl’s obituary at

An announcement for a Celebration of Pearls’s Life will be placed at a later date.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone 403-256-9575.


Tyson Dion Shade, Nii tao yiiksi namm (In the Shade) passed away on the Blood Reserve at the age of 36. Besides his wife, Jennifer Scout who became his soul mate in 2002; Tyson is survived by his son Kordic Shade and daughters Fallon and Sofia Shade all of whom he cherished very much. He is also survived by his parents Barry and Ronni Shade, brothers: Shawn, Todd, JJ, Willie (Jasmine), Kevin (Beth), sister Chelsie (Sean), grand nephew Angelo and God Son – Kendall Singer; his uncles Doug Singer, Ervin (Christine), Donald (Marie), & Hank (Evelyn) Shade, aunties Alvine, Harriet (Leroy), Colleen, and Patty (Evans). He is also survived by his in-laws: mother/father-in-law Flora Scout (Don) and Sherry Chief Body, brothers-in-law: Jeremy and Lil Jon Scout, Clay and Cameron Chief Body, sisters-in-law: Amy and Jonelle Scout and many nieces & nephews. Left to mourn his passing is his respected and much-loved Elder, David (Evelyn) Striped Wolf.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Harry & Agnes Shade, maternal grandparents Walter & Mary Singer, his uncle, Harley Singer, nephew Darby Shade, niece McKai Shade, and cousins Marilyn Shade, Austin Shade, & Stephen Heavy Runner, brother-in-law Cory Scout, father-in-law Brent Chief Body, grandparents-in-law Louie * Mildred Scout.

Tyson was a very kind, gentle, compassionate man. He always helped the less fortunate in any way he could. Everybody was his friend; he never said bad words about anybody. He was very dedicated in his native spirituality with great respect for Elders. He helped his brother, JJ for 7 years of dances and encampments at the Sundance during JJ’s membership in the Horn Society. He befriended the Elders, who instilled Native Traditional knowledge, Native Cultural Values, and Native Spirituality in him.

One of his greatest passions was hockey; he started playing hockey at the age of 5 with the Cardston Tiny Mites then later moved on to the Kainai Minor Hockey Association where his teams won several Provincial championships. He played for the Kainai Golden Chiefs Junior B Hockey team. From there he was drafted by the Thunder Bay Feather Hawks who played in the The Superior Lakes Major Junior Hockey League (Western Ontario and Minnesota) from 2002 to 2004.

Being raised as a stock contractor, he started helping with stock chores before he started school. When he was old enough he was heading colts at the fall brandings, he graduated to heading the 2 year old studs when they were thrown to be gelded. With his agility, fearlessness, & strength he jumped on the stud’s heads as soon as they hit the ground. He was the last of his brothers to earn his PhD (Post hole Digger). At the rodeos Ty helped with the handling of the stock behind the chutes, this was his greatest thrill, filling the bucking chutes & watching the horses buck riders off. His top bucking horse was #25 – Ghost Dog, who travelled all over western Canada in the Pro Rodeo Circuit and was the top saddle bronk at the St Tite, Quebec Fall Festival Pro Rodeo in 2009.

He was in the film, Dream Keepers produced in 2001. Ty worked for the Blood Tribe Youth Ranch from 2004 to 2007 assisting counselors with their client’s daily care. In 2009 he started working with the Blood Tribe Tribal Government – Consultation. His various jobs were Technician & Consultation Monitor for major transmission power lines and oil and gas line projects as well as coal mine projects. Another company he worked with was the Bison Historical Services Ltd. Honorary mention to his TLUS team: Elders – David Striped Wolf, Norbert Black Water Sr, Ray Black Plume, Andy Black Water (deceased), and Frank Weasel Head (deceased). Also to his work team: JJ Shade, Sonny First Rider, Mike Tail Feathers, and Mike Oka.

He was tremendously loved by his family, his many cousins and friends. He has left a huge void in the Shade and Scout families. Donations may be made in his name to a Food Bank or to a Homeless Shelter.

A Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tues., Feb. 11th at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Wed., Feb 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Shade Family Cemetery.

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Johanna Vossebelt (Grisnich)

1926 – 2020

It has pleased the Lord to take out of our midst our dearly beloved mother, grand, great and great-great grandmother Johanna Maria Vossebelt, beloved wife of the late Willem Vossebelt at Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte on February 7, 2020 at the age of 93 years.

She was born and raised in The Netherlands, where she married Willem Vossebelt in 1948. They raised their family in Hoofddorp until 1967 when they immigrated to Iron Springs. In 1972 the family moved to the farm north of Coaldale where she lived until May 2009, at which time she moved to the Bethesda Care Home where she was lovingly cared for until her passing.

Johanna is survived by her seven children and their spouses, John and Ann Vossebelt of Chin; Grada and Adrian de Wilde of Monarch; Bea and John Aleman of Coalhurst; Marjoke and Rev. Adrian Verhoef of St.Catharines, Ontario; Ray and Norma Vossebelt of Coaldale; Derk and Jackie Vossebelt of Coaldale; and Chris and Sya Vossebelt of Iron Springs; 49 grandchildren, 140 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brother in law: Mary Van Zweden of Rock Valley, Iowa; Grada Leeuwenburgh of Diamond City; Ann and John Vanden Brink of Coalhurst; sisters-in-law: Alie Grisnich, Tine Grisnich, Ank Grisnich and Gery Grisnich all of Picture Butte.

She was predeceased by her husband Willem in 1995, parents Reijer and Gerarda Grisnich; brothers and sisters and their spouses: Wim Grisnich, Alie and Kees Barendregt, Grie and Henk Vander Veen, Joe Van Zweden, infant brother Gerrit, Gerrit and Coby (Grisnich-Vander Knijff) Ray Grisnich, John Grisnich, Ted Leeuwenburgh, Gijs Grisnich, and Cor Grisnich. She was also predeceased by her parents in law Jan Willem and Berta Vossebelt; brother and sisters in-law: Nel Vossebelt, Tiny Vossebelt, Wim and Hannie Winter; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A Funeral service will be held at 10:00am, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF LETHBRIDGE 48-90022 Rge Rd 211, Lethbridge County, Alberta with Rev. A.H. Verhoef officiating.

Interment will be in the Coaldale Community Cemetery following the service.

Those who wish may make a donation to Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB, T0K 0V0

Ruby Wakelin
1924 – 2020

Ruby Violet Wakelin, beloved wife of the late Earl Wakelin, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 95 years.
A private burial service will be held at Archmount cemetery prior to the funeral service on Friday, February 14, 2020.
The Funeral Service will be held at University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Ruby will be missed by her six children Phil (Dianna) Wakelin of Fort Macleod, Joy (Ron) Ewasiuk of St. Albert, Harvey Wakelin of Fort Macleod, Hal (Yvonne) Wakelin of Lethbridge, Doris Petherbridge of St. Albert and Mavis (Paul) Kaufman of Westlock; ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Earl and brother Roy (Pauline) Watson.
Ruby was born on the family farm near Pearce, Alberta on October 26, 1924. She attended Free Methodist Bible College in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for three years and graduated at the age of 20. She met Earl while he was stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force at Pearce, Alberta. They were married in Fort Macleod on October 27, 1944. They started farming near Fort Macleod by the Oldman River in 1947 where all their children were born. In 1966, they opened the King Koin Launderette in Lethbridge followed by two others over the next few years. They moved into Lethbridge in 1967. In 1972, they moved to Abbotsford where they resided for nine years before returning to Lethbridge. Earl passed away in January 1988. Ruby was able to live in her own home until a few days before her passing. Throughout the years she enjoyed travelling, music, painting, sewing and gardening. Her love of flowers was displayed in her sun room and in large flower gardens at the farm. Ruby has been a faithful member of the Alliance Church since 1944 and was the organist for ten years.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ruby’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 (
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Anna Zalik
1928 – 2020

Anna Zalik, beloved wife of the late Steve Zalik, passed away in Coaldale on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 91 years.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Coaldale Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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