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FRIDAY, April 24, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 24, 2020.

Lillian Esther Collins-Amlin

(nee Friedenberg)

May 17, 1926 – April 19, 2020

On April 19, 2020 at the age of 93, Lillian Esther Collins-Amlin went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior after a recent diagnosis of cancer. Lillian cherished life and lived it fully. She was the beloved wife of the late Allan Collins for 46 years and later husband Johnny Amlin for 14 years.

She was born at Medicine Hat, Alberta on May 17, 1926. Lillian grew up on the family farm. She loved the outdoors and spent a great deal of time helping her dad on the farm, collecting the cows, working in the garden, and helping take care of the family home. She married Allan Collins in 1949 and farmed in Skiff, Alberta area, later moving to Lethbridge. She was a woman of many talents, a fantastic homemaker, skilled seamstress, expert gardener, and was known for her great cooking. Her personal motto was “Learn To Do Well” and each activity she was involved with, she did to the best of her ability. She loved working with numbers and accounting. She particularly enjoyed helping the startup of Double A Fertilizer with her husband Allan, and later enjoyed the start-up of Carefree Express with her son and daughter in law. She enjoyed doing the books, banking, and running numerous errands around the city. She took time to write an autobiography entitled “Memoirs of a Prairie Gal.”

Lillian loved her church and faithfully served in various capacities. She helped in the kitchen at church, she was church secretary treasurer for years, helped with Women’s Missionary Society, and was part of the lady’s groups called Priscillas and Silver Threads. She was very involved with the planning and beginning of Prime Timers. She also enjoyed being involved with Southern Alberta Bible Camp.

Her greatest legacy is a loving family who will miss her deeply and hold her forever in their hearts. Lillian is survived by her two children, Leslie (Shelley) Collins, Norma (Bob) Barsness. In addition she was so proud of her grandchildren Amber (Ken) Taves, Shaun (Marla) Collins, Jasmin (Kevin) Wragg, Brittany (Chad) Thomas, Brent (Amy) Barsness, Andrew (Samantha) Collins and Michelle Collins and great grandchildren, Kayla, Declan, Evan, Luther, Lola, Ava, Benjamin, Eden, Fraser, Conrad and Kennedy. Her husband Johnny’s extended family was also taken into her heart, Marvin (Lorna), Diane (Ian) and Eleanor.

She is also survived by her brothers Reuben (Ann) Friedenberg, Len (Lorraine) Friedenberg, sisters Theo (Joe) Niessen, and Karen (Don) Fulgham. Her extended family of nieces and nephews will also miss her.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband Allan Collins, and husband Johnny Amlin, and son Howard Collins.

Lillian has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Alberta Bible Camp, 100 – 151002 RR213 Vulcan County, Lomond, AB T0L 1G0, or The Gideons International, 501 Imperial Rd N, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

A private family Graveside Service has taken place in Archmount Cemetery.

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

Bastien – Lopez, Krisma Kim


“I wish I had hugged you a little bit harder that day, I didn’t know it was my last….” anonymous

Krisma was born in Fort Macleod on October 19, 1973. Krisma returned to the Source of Life on April 11, 2020 as a result of complications to Covid-19 in Upland, California at the age of 47.

She was a Kipitaipokaa to grandparents George and Mary Bastien. Krisma was born into two large extended families the Bastien’s, the Crowshoe’s and married into three large families the Lopez’s, the Morale’s and the family of Blue. She was loved and cherished by all.

Her birth was a blessed gift and she will be remember for her genuineness, her beautiful smile, her infectious laughter, her kind and thoughtful words, her warm embrace and her spontaneous gestures of love. She will also be remembered for her generous playful spirit and love of life.

Krisma was a role model as a mother, as Sean’s lifetime partner and as a daughter which guided her life’s journey by her enthusiasm in being a loving, patient and doting mother to her sons, a loving and devoted partner to her husband Sean and a loving and caring daughter to her mother Elsie, a constant joy and will be deeply missed. She was loving and loyal friend and sister to her brothers Daren, Cody, sisters Raven, and Natasha. Krisma, in her lifetime and in her last days, taught us to always have love, faith and hope in our hearts, even in the darkest of hours and in life’s most challenging situations, as she did.

Krisma graduated from the University of Lethbridge 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science and a Management Certificate from Business Enterprises and Self Governing Systems of Indian, Inuit and Metis People, Faculty of Management. Krisma co authored a book with Dr Russel Barsh titled: Effective Negotiation by Indigenous Peoples: An Action Guide with Special Reference to North America. Published in 1997. Through out her years at the University she worked as a CSR for the Royal Bank.

Krisma moved to California with the love of her life David Sean Lopez.

They married and had two sons Joshua and Johnathan Lopez. Krisma and Sean had 23 years to celebrate their love.

Krisma worked in various places In California including the Indian Center, Los Angelos Housing to name a few. Most recently she worked as a Para-Educator with special needs children for the school district.

Krisma travelled extensively. Each year the family went on Disney Cruises to various exotic places. On long weekends Krisma and Sean took their children to various educational and amusement sites within the California state.

During the 23 years that Krisma made her home in California she would return to Blackfoot country every summer. Both her sons have Blackfoot names given to them by the late Pete Standing Alone. She returned to reaffirm her relationship with the ancestors and with family and friends. Krisma made every effort to visit with family and friends. She strived to make those connections because of her commitment to her Piikani roots, to family, to friends and so that her sons would know their relatives. Krisma lived a full life although it was cut too short.

Krisma is survived by her devoted and loving husband David Sean Lopez, Detective LAPD, her sons Joshua and Johnathan Lopez, her mother Elsie Bastien, her brother Daren Thomas and wife Carla, her sisters Raven Bastien (Willy), Natasha, and brother Cody Crowshoe. Krisma will be sadly missed by dear friends Monique, Kelly and Daniella. Krisma is survived by her father in law David Lopez, mother in law Rosie Acosta (Gus) 1 brother-in-law Joseph Saikaly (Cindy).

Krisma is also survived by her maternal Bastien Family Aunts Blandene (Mark), Betty, and Babette (Lambert); her uncles Cecil, Brian, Vergil (Barb) Erwin (Cathy), and Joe; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Krisma was the first born of her father’s children, the second born grandchild and eldest grand-daughter, so she had a special place in the Crowshoe family. Her connection to them was especially cherished when her father tragically passed away in 1984 and she assumed her father’s place as the eldest.

Krisma is also survived by her paternal Crowshoe family, her uncles and aunts, Donna, Darryll (Debra), Lorna (Eugene), Karen (Mike), Doyle, Lisa, Justin and Tanya, as well as her nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son Sean George, her father Jeffrey Crowshoe, her grandparents, Mary and George Bastien, Edward and Anne Marie Crowshoe, her uncles Steward, Elmer, Stanley Bastien and Lionel Crowshoe, her niece and nephews Reese, Jenna, Jordan and Colin, her cousin Daniel, Dylon and Shawn, and her great-grandparents, Josephine Plain Eagle, Albert Sunday, Lucy Black Weasel, Frank Bastien, Jack and Missy Crowshoe.

“Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. …. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.”

Robert H. Test.

The family thank you for the many genuine expressions of support, sympathy and donations to the Go Fund received.

Due to present circumstances concerning COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


BETTY WUANITA GOMM, beloved wife of the late William Gomm, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Thank you to the staff of West Highlands Good Samaritans and to the Doctors and Nurses at the Chinook Regional Hospital, especially the those on the Renal Unit for all their care and support.

At Betty’s request, no funeral service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Renal Unit at the Chinook Regional Hospital, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.

To send a condolence, please visit



Klara Maria Cecelia Jurcak, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Coaldale Health Centre. She passed away peacefully at the age of 93 years.

Klara was born in Hindenburg, Germany on December 20, 1926. She grew up with fond childhood memories with her mother and siblings. When the effects of war became too great, Klara and her sister were prompted to make a long trek from East Germany to West Germany, ending up near Stuttgart. After a few years of recovery she met the love of her life, Eugene Jurcak, whom she married in 1951. With Eugene, Klara and her son Klaus immigrated to Canada settling in Iron Springs, Shaughnessy, then Coaldale and eventually Lethbridge. Klara and Eugene remained happily married until Eugene was suddenly taken after 19 years of marriage.

Klara lived a good life centered on family fun. She enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, and barbecues with her children and grandchildren. She also loved to sing and dance and take pictures of her family to hang on her walls. During her later years she loved going for coffee with Rose and Joanne and looked forward to Caroline’s visits from Edmonton. Throughout her life she always had a canine companion by her side. Klara was known for going for a car ride to visit the local sites of Southern Alberta. Her favorite social activity was to ‘go for a coffee and a plain bagel’ at Tim Hortons. She also loved to go shopping with family ‘just to look’. She spent much of her time at her beloved townhome in Lethbridge, where she hosted many holidays and made wonderful family memories.

Klara was predeceased by her father Friederich Lemke, mother Florentine Lemke, beloved husband Eugene Jurcak, brother Johannes Lemke, sisters Hedwig, Marta, and Gertrude, son Claus Jurcak, and daughters Rose Jurcak and Ruby Jurcak.

Klara is survived by her daughters Caroline Jurcak and Joanne McLeod; grandchildren Jean (Travis) Iwaasa, Clifford Iwaasa, Gregory (Brittany) Iwaasa, and John Jurcak; great grandchildren Kallie, Kojun, Jiro, Yua, Everett, Hiroshi, and Raia; nephew Norbert Altvater; ‘other daughter’ Kelly Gorrill.

Klara has been cremated and a memorial will be held in her honor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or donations, friends and family who wish to make a donation in Klara’s honor are encouraged to do so to the Coaldale Health Centre or to the local food bank.

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


ELIZABETH SEILLER of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Julius Seiller, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her sons, George (Lana), James (Charlie) and John; grandchildren, Marc (Rebecca), Christopher (Cheryl), Austin (Kaylum), Andrew and Julia; and great-grandchildren, Matea, Zachary, Brie, Isabella, Easton and Avery.

Besides her husband Julius, she was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth Hanzel and brothers, Julius and John.

Betty was born on October 26, 1931 in Vackisujfalu, Hungary. She immigrated to Canada in 1938 with her mother and two brothers where they joined their father who had previously immigrated to Lethbridge. Betty met Julius on a blind date and they were married on July 18, 1956. They raised three sons and celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing in December 2016.

Betty enjoyed gardening, cooking Hungarian meals and spending time with family and friends. She loved to travel, visiting Hungary, New York and Toronto and would often reminisce about her vacations. Betty was an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Johnny Horton music. She had strong family values and was a devoted daughter, wife, mom and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Cahill, Dr. Coma and staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation: #200, 119 – 14 St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.

A Private Graveside Service will be held with a Memorial Service to follow at a later date.

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KENNETH LEE STILL of Stirling, beloved husband of Melanie (Johnson), passed away in Raymond on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, after his bravely fought battle with cancer, to be reunited with his mother Marie (Hately) Still.

Besides his loving spouse Melanie, Ken is survived by his father Herbert Still and his siblings: Phill Still, Kieth Still, Carol Lavertu, Brian Still and Gail Still. He leaves behind his loved children and dearly loved grandchildren: Shannon Still; Kerry Still Lippa – Chase Lippa and Kaye-Lee Sansom; Ryan (LaChelle) – Lily and Graham Still; Tara Still (Jason Sazalski) – Quinn and Hunter Douglas, Kourtney and Ashley Sazalski; Jenna (Josh) Bolen – Paisley, Jett and Aspen Bolen and Megan (Jayme Loose) – Jackson Loose.

Today, the world lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He loved hunting, ranching, and being around cows, horses, dogs and sometimes cats. He always had a positive attitude and no matter where he went, he made friends and loved serving them. He loved and lived for his family and would drop everything to help. He cherished his grandchildren above all and was so attentive. He was always there to support them in sports and special events/occasions and no matter the distance he would travel it.

A Drive Through Graveside Service will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 for friends and family to pay their respects at the Stirling Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. For more information regarding the graveside please email kenstillfuneral@gmail.com. For any information regarding Sunday evening’s viewing, please email ryanstill79@gmail.com.

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

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