June 22nd, 2024

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 29, 2020.

Eddy James Bad Eagle


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, friend — Eddy James Bad Eagle of Piikani Nation on April 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife of 37 years, Jocelyn Bad Eagle, and his six children: Crystal, Merlin, Charmayne, Christina (Darcy Buffalo), Patrick (Trisha Pard) and J.R. (Sharon) Bad Eagle; his four grandchildren: Savannah and Landon Bad Eagle; Winter and Jayden Buffalo; and his brother Bryant (Annette) Bad Eagle and Family.

Pursuant to current restrictions due to Covid19, it is critical that the family adhere to government regulations re: groups not exceeding 15 persons. The family welcomes your cards, emails and/or phone calls.

Prayer Service to be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek, with Fr. Roy Jayamaha, Celebrant. Following Service, a two-day Wake at the Bad Eagle’s residence on Piikani Nation from April 30 until the morning of May 2, 2020.

On Saturday May 2, 2020 at 11:00 am, a traditional Blackfoot Funeral Service shall take place at the Bad Eagle’s residence followed by interment at Brocket Cemetery. This service will be streamed live on Zoom. Log in at 10:30 am. Password to be given the morning of May 2 on Facebook and Snodgrass Funeral home website.

To email condolences please visit http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

Lino Chiste

1929 – 2020

Mr. Lino Chiste of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Irene Chiste, passed away peacefully at the West Highlands Good Samaritan Lodge on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Lino was born on September 7, 1929 in Lasino, Italy – near the city of Trento. After serving in the Italian Army, Lino moved to Lethbridge in 1952 and began working in the #8 coal mine in West Lethbridge. He was later employed with various hardware stores in Lethbridge before joining Revelstoke Building Supplies where he stayed until his retirement.
He married Irene Lazaruk in May of 1969 and lived on 7th Avenue North until moving into a home just North of 9th Avenue North, East of 13th Street. They resided there until Irene passed away in February of 2014 and Lino’s declining health forced him into moving into Age Care Columbia shortly after. His need for more care resulted in him moving into West Highlands in 2016 where he resided until his death.

Lino is survived by nephews, Glenn (Wendy) Wyrostok, Geoffrey Wyrostok, Greg (Barb) Lazaruk, Larry (Margaret) Lazaruk and Pat (Millie) Tarrant, all of Lethbridge; close cousins, Marie Chiste and family, and Greg Gibson and family, both of Lethbridge. Lino is also survived by many relatives still living in Italy. Also surviving is sister in law Velma LeGrandeur and many great, and great great nieces and nephews.
As well as his wife Irene, Lino was pre-deceased by his father, Mansueto; his mother, Maria; his sister, Clementina; and his brother Adriano. He was also predeceased by Irene’s parents, Mike and Annie Lazaruk; his sisters-in-law, Margaret Wyrostok and Lillian Soice; his brothers-in law, Peter Lazaruk and George Wyrostok; cousins, Lillian Gibson, Mary Berube, Joe Chiste, and Bruno Chiste; niece, Linda Westling; nephew and niece Garry and Margaret Wyrostok, and nephew Michael Tarrant.
Due to the restrictions in place for the Corona virus, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St Martha’s Catholic Church.
To those who wish, a memorial donation may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of BLAINE DOW. Blaine passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on April 24, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Blaine was born shortly after midnight January 1, 1931. He was the first New Year’s Baby in Lethbridge area and received a lot of gifts from the Lethbridge Herald thus the name “Herald Blaine Dow” which he changed to Blaine. Blaine loved and played hockey for the Shawnessy Cadillacs and followed hockey throughout the remainder of his life.

Blaine’s passion for rodeos and parades came from attending a rodeo in Picture Butte as a young man. He was so impressed with the Rodeo Announcer that he wanted to become a cowboy. This passion led Blaine to take an Auctioneer course and he graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in 1959. Over time he was an Auctioneer for Lethbridge Stockyards, Taber Livestock, Lethbridge Co-op Livestock, Hays & Earl Ltd and Lethbridge Central Feeders. In between Livestock Auctions, Blaine had a weekly show called Kids Bids TV Show which was very successful and ran for seven years which he was the Auctioneer. He was also an Announcer for Rodeos and did the Southern Alberta Roping and Riding Circuit for several years as he loved horses. After Blaine’s Auctioneer career he went into farm equipment and car sales.

One of the highlights in his life was meeting his movie star hero, Roy Rogers, which he never forgot. Like he always used to say “I’m just a small town country boy”. Blaine was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he loved his service in the Temple.

Blaine is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; Sisters, June and Margaret; Sons Jeff, Dahl (Brenda), Clair (Irene), Dana (Denise); and grandchildren Jyvanie, Drydn, Clinton, Travis and Ravonna. Step daughter Donna, step sons Randy and Tim. Step grandchildren Darren, Brett, Jessy, Michael and Christina.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for those who have been asked to attend. Friends and family may view the service online by visiting http://www.salmonandsons.ca.

Another Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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

Elsienus “Al” Wiersema

Passed away peacefully at home on April 24th, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Beloved husband of the late Dorthy (nee Adamson). Loving father of Dianna (Randy) Fillmore and Sandra (Tim) Chandler and predeceased by his daughter Patricia Vienneau. Adored grandpa of Chris (Sherrie), Amy (Kody), Sara (Owen), Ben (Bernie), Laura (Nic), Erika (Aaron), Tim (Steph), Ben, Greg, Aaron (Sam) and great grandpa of 21 great-grandchildren, predeceased by great-grandson Jordan and great-granddaughter Theia. Al was predeceased by his sister Jantje and brothers Hindrick and Tjaart.

Due to current social limitations a Private Family Funeral will be held at Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division Street Bowmanville on Wednesday April 29th, 2020. Interment Bowmanville Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences and donations may be made at:



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ISAMU (SAM) KAWADE on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 81 years.

Left to mourn his loss is his wife Sharon, son Michael (Jodi) Kawade, daughter Debbie (Rick) Gal, five grandchildren; Zachary and Chloe Kawade, Taylor (Courtney), Blake and Mackenzie Gal and two great grandsons; Jayke and Nash Gal.

Sam is also survived by his brothers George (Rene) Kawade and Gene (Shannon) Kawade as well as many nieces and nephews. Sam was predeceased by his father Shinichi, mother Shizuyo Kawade and his sister Michiyo Kawade.

Flowers and Koden are graciously declined. If you so wish, memorial donations can be made to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, 470 40 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z5.

A private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 2, 2020 at 10:00am.

For those who wish to view the service online, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca and click on the link. We will be using the ZOOM program.

To send a condolence, please visit


LEYS, Hazel “Mary”

January 11, 1951 – April 15, 2020

Mary passed away peacefully in my arms at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She lived her life her own way and followed no-one. Mary is survived by her siblings Robbie, Donnie, Rene (John) and Debbie (Dwight). She adored her 2 nieces, Traci (Gary) and Alaina; her nephews, Trevor (Jill), Aaron (Shauna), Duncan (Karma), and Devon (Josh); as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. And was called “my crazy old aunt” by Alaina. Mary led a private life, never asking for much. She had a beautiful smile and will be greatly missed at our Sunday suppers. The last 2 years she put a large dent into her bucket list. She enjoyed camping, playing games and travelling and we made 2 trips down south into Mexico. After graduating high school at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, she attended Olds College and then worked in Warner. Mary then went into the Army Militia and spent most of her career in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. She retired in the 90’s and started at the University of Saskatchewan before transferring to the University of Lethbridge. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Mary loved animals, often saying “I have met a lot of people I don’t like but very few animals I don’t love”. She adopted numerous orphaned creatures. Mary was an active member of both senior centers in Lethbridge. She would have played cards every day if she could have. Mary and her card partner, Ruth, attended tournaments all around southern Alberta. She was also very lucky at cards on her trips to Vegas where she once thought she lost an entire day playing.

Photos, memories and

condolences may be shared with Mary’s family through http://www.simplycremations.ca.

In lieu of flowers please donate in her name to an animal rescue organization. She would have loved that.

Maria Johanna Peeters (October 12, 1931-April 24, 2020)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Mary Peeters at the Pincher Creek Health Centre at the age of 88. She will be fondly remembered by her five children: Elizabeth, Garry (Marilyn), Shirley (Lloyd), Ron (Linda) and Robert (Debbie); her grandchildren: Chris Toltesi, Ashley Sloat, Brian Peeters, Krista Peeters, Mia Vaughan, Duane Peeters, Morgan, Trevor and Brett Peeters; her great-grandchildren: Alex and Natalie Toltesi, Isla and Adeline Sloat, Emma and Sybil Peeters, Brycen and Raya Peeters, Braxton, Joella and Lukas Vaughan and Jaydee Peeters; her siblings in Holland, Lei, Harry and Bet; as well as by other dear relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman; her parents, Elisabeth and Gerard; as well as her sister, Stiny. Mary was born and grew up in Montfort, Holland along with two brothers and two sisters. Mary came to Canada in 1954 with her husband, Herman, and lived in rural locations until 1961 when they moved into Pincher Creek where they raised their five children. Mary resided in the same house until her passing. Mary was very active in Pincher Creek being a seamstress for many people. Quilting, knitting, crocheting, gardening and baking were among her many passions. She was a long-time member of the CWL. She enjoyed many years of volunteering at the Saint Michaels Library and also working at the Pincher Creek Library which worked well as she was an avid reader. Mary enjoyed going three times a week to aqua-fit where she met and visited with some of her many friends. Mary was also an exceptional poet, writing on slips of paper or a napkin whenever a poem came to mind. One would get a good sense of Mary’s life if you were to read thru her literary collections. She enjoyed life and the changing seasons. Her elegance and kindness endeared her to many and will leave a vast and empty space in all our lives. Due to the Covid-19 situation, a private family funeral service will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Her final resting place will be at Fairview Cemetery in Pincher Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windy Slopes Health Foundation (P.O. Box 2554, Pincher Creek, Alberta, T0K 1W0) in memory of Mary.

Condolences may be sent through: http://www.edensfuneralhome.com

Henry Redekop
1928 – 2020

 Henry Redekop, beloved husband of the late Helen Redekop, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the age of 92 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19, and the government’s recommendations, a private burial service was held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery on Monday, April 27, 2020, officiated by Gerald Klassen. To read the complete obituary notice or to forward messages of condolence, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. A video tribute prepared by Henry’s family will be available on Henry’s obituary page at http://www.southlandfuneral.com when it is completed.
 Henry is survived by his children Randy (Janice), Gary, Bruce (Monika), Tim (Pat), Shelley (Brian) and Terri (Irene).  He is also survived by his grandchildren Kerby (Kathrina), Mark (Natalie), Sarah (Daniel) Andrew (Richelle), Nick (Bridgette), Brendan (Nikki), Chris (Kym), Emily and Mariel, as well as nine great grandchildren who he loved dearly.
 He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen, his infant son Terence and his sons Marvin and Lawrence.  
 The family wishes to thank the Doctors and staff at The Peter Lougheed Hospital, Lethbridge Regional Hospital and St Michael’s Palliative Care for their care of Dad during these past two months.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JARVIS EDWARD WELLS passed away on the Blood Reserve, AB on April 24, 2020 at the age of 58 years. A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m with a time to pay respects from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 Restrictions a limited number of people will be allowed into the service. Interment in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.

To WATCH the service Online or to send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


LANE SKEETER WELLS passed away in Lethbridge, AB on April 26, 2020 at the age of 27 years. A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m with a private viewing from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID -19 Restrictions a limited number of people will be allowed into the service. Interment in the St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

To WATCH the service Online or to send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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