January 15th, 2021

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 14, 2020.


I have fought the good fight. I have

finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Tim 4: 7-8.

BETTY MARILYN BARTHEL, beloved wife of Bill, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. After a long fight with cancer she is with her Heavenly Father. Betty was raised in Nobleford by her parents Neal and Minnie Konynenbelt, with her two brothers and four sisters. She was predeceased by her siblings Alan and Tonia. She attended the Galt School of Nursing, class of 64. She married Bill Barthel in 1964 and began their married life in central Alberta before taking on the family farm, where she became the Egg Lady, in Coalhurst in 1968. They shared a wonderful life adding Susan (Rob) Oldenburger, Bob (Kim) Barthel and Brian (Monique) Barthel. She was a loving Grandma to 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mom’s legacy is one of love. She gave love unconditionally and taught by example the Love of God for us.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to her doctor and health care staff, especially to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre. Mom had over 60 chemo treatments and you made her feel at home. We cannot than you enough. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jack Ady Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5) or online at http://www.crhfoundation.ca

We also thank all the people who loved her and prayed for her. The communion of the saints is a beautiful gift.

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            Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at the age of 95 years.

            Bertha was born March 4, 1925 in Climax, SK to Jesse and Lily (Lundberg) East. She received her early schooling in a one room country school and her high school in Orkney, SK. Bertha went on to attend Normal School in Regina, SK to become a teacher. At the age of 17, she took on her first teaching job in the Strasbourg/Bulyea area, followed by teaching high school in Robinhood before returning home to Orkney to be principal for a short time.

            On January 12, 1946, Bertha married Harland Brandon, starting out married life on his father’s ranch during which time she was called to teach at the nearby country school. In 1953, they moved with two small children, Beverley and LeWayne, to the newly opened irrigation project in Hays, AB. Bertha joined the teaching staff in the Hays School in 1959, continuing to teach there until she retired in 1982. She taught many of the students in the Hays area and has been remembered well by many of those students over the years. She was a friend to education, fellow teachers, and students. She balanced praise and discipline, each year setting limits and realistic goals for each student to help them achieve their personal best. Through these years in Hays, Jeffery and Mark completed the family.

            Bertha was proud to have been raised on the prairies, enjoying the western spirit and freedom that came along with that. She loved the farm life, raising a large vegetable garden and canning many jars of fruit, corn, pickles, jam and jellies over the years. Along with all of this she milked cows, raised chickens and turkeys and even found time to make her own butter, cottage cheese and homemade bread.

            After 47 years of farming, Harland and Bertha retired to an acreage near Diamond City, AB in 1984 and then to Lethbridge in 1994. During these retirement years, they were able to enjoy many camping and fishing trips with friends and family as well as vacations to Hawaii, California, and Florida. Bertha was able to renew her hobbies of knitting, crocheting, wheat weaving and reading to name a few. Each Christmas she would knit slippers for each member of the family. She has continued to faithfully read the Lethbridge Herald cover to cover up until a week before her passing. She was always up on the most current events.

            Bertha was a selfless person, never too busy to help arrange or participate in community and church functions. She dedicated a great deal of time to making the first Hays history book “From Sod to Silver” a reality. As Bertha enjoyed public speaking, she was called upon many times to act as the master of ceremonies for wedding anniversaries, bridal showers, and farewell parties. She was an active member of the Hays United Church, serving on the board and teaching Sunday school.

            As health began to fail, Harland and Bertha moved into West Highlands Estates in Lethbridge where Bertha enjoyed many coffee parties and card games with other residents.

            Bertha has always strived to set an example of good work ethics and encouraged her family to be the best that they can be. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, LeWayne (JoAnn) and Mark (Florence); son-in-law, Howard (Kathy) Dell; six grandchildren, Jason (Vickie), Kari (Ryan) Hanna, Mitchel (Lacey), Harland (Mackenzie Coatham), Donavon (Katherine) and Lane (Cathryn Story); six great-grandchildren, Montana, Madison, and Chance Brandon, Taylor and Braxton Hanna and Leon Brandon; sisters, Martha Reid, Hilda Gouldie, and Iris Parker; sister-in-law, Elaine East; brother in law, Bob Smith; and nieces and nephews.

            Bertha was predeceased by her loving husband, Harland (2015); parents, Lily (1963), Jesse (1978), son, Jeff (2007), daughter, Bev (2010), infant brother, Ronald East (1932), brother, David East (2014), sister, Gertie Workman (2016), Harland’s parents, Leo (1955), Johanna (1980), sister-in-law, Cleofae Kress (1967), Fern Hayes (2014), Gloria Smith (2018); brothers-in-law, Bill Workman (1987), Don Parker (2006), Walter Reid (2012), John Kress (2014), Gordon Gouldie (2015) and Tom Hayes (2019).

A Family Graveside Service will be held in Royal View Cemetery. For all family and friends who cannot attend due to the current gathering restrictions, a recording of Bertha’s service will be available under her obituary on our website between May 15 and June 14.

Donations in memory of Bertha may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation at http://www.heartandstroke.ca/donate.

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Marjorie Clark

1928 – 2020

It is with great sadness the family of Marjorie Clark announces her passing on May 6, 2020.

We will miss her strength, generous heart and compassion for sport.

Marge is survived by her sister Marie (Ison) and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Marge was also predeceased by her brother Jim, sisters Nancy and Betty (Roberts), and longtime companion, Elma Groves.

She was a committed long-time teacher and coach in Lethbridge and loved spending her summer camping and fishing. She was named Citizen of the year and was inducted into Sports Hall of Fame.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Funeral Service will be planned at a later date.

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Feb. 29, 1928 – May 10, 2020

Neville was born in Church Stretton, Shropshire, England. He served in the British Navy before immigrating to Canada and careered with the Canadian Armed Forces. He then moved to Lethbridge and worked with the Corps Commissionaires until he retired.

Neville is survived by his wife Emma of 62 years of marriage and by his daughter Karen (Tony Kok), grandchildren Christopher (Emily) and Ashleigh (Robert) and five great-grandchildren John, Kate, Carter, Kinda and Emma.

He was predeceased by their daughter Kinda in 1961.

The family would like to thank Good Sams Nursing Home in Taber and Lethbridge for their excellent care during these trying times.

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Feb. 29, 1928 – May 10, 2020

Neville was born in Church Stretton, Shropshire, England. He served in the British Navy before immigrating to Canada and careered with the Canadian Armed Forces. He then moved to Lethbridge and worked with the Corps Commissionaires until he retired.

Neville is survived by his wife Emma of 62 years of marriage and by his daughter Karen (Tony Kok), grandchildren Christopher (Emily) and Ashleigh (Robert) and five great-grandchildren John, Kate, Carter, Kinda and Emma.

He was predeceased by their daughter Kinda in 1961.

The family would like to thank Good Sams Nursing Home in Taber and Lethbridge for their excellent care during these trying times.

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Timothy “Tim” Heather

1963 – 2020

Mr. Timothy “Tim” Heather, of Barons passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 56 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Donna Loxton

1942 – 2020

Mrs. Donna Loxton of Coalhurst, beloved wife of the late Mr. Gerald Loxton, passed away at St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

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William Dale Many Bears Jr. (HONEY) passed away suddenly at the Cardston Hospital at the age of 54 years old.

Dad leaves behind the love of his life, of 37 years, Frances. His beautiful Children; Lyndon (Sonjae), Jennifer (Joey), Ryan (Larissa), Terrance, and Ellianna (his drama Queen). His precious baby bears; Maria, R.J., George, Madison, Lexus, Willy, Brielle, (his sparring partner) and the newest member, Diamond. Parents; William Many Bears Sr. and Fanny White Feathers Siblings; Irene, Joe (Gail) and Wesley Weasel Fat. Adopted children; Braydan, Sierra Skye, Alfreda, Travis, and Justin. God children; Kirsten, Sam, Daylin, and Shelby. His mother in law Odile, sister in law’s Noreen and Donna (John). brother in law’s, Delroy Oka, Darryl (Linda), Wendall (Karen), Sheldon (Tammy) and Roy. And the rest of the Young Pine family. Our dad was also known as “Fatman” due to his chubbiness as a baby. Our dad travelled with his dad for hockey and rodeo. He played hockey with the Ranchland Kainai Braves Senior Men’s Hockey Club and the Golden Chiefs. On the ice, he was known as an enforcer and earned the nick name ‘Semenko’. He could hit, skate and score. A well-rounded hockey player. At a Gleichen tournament he won all star and MVP, and many more as his trophy collection speaks volume of the awesome hockey player that he was. He was the first one to ride ‘Beavers’, an un-rideable bull. Dad was invited to the URIA (United Indian Rodeo Association) finals to represent Canada when he was in high school in Malta, Montana. When he played hockey, he was scouted by the Calgary Wranglers (WHL). If it wasn’t for a groin injury, he got during a bull ride, who knows the places he would’ve gone. Dad also played Fastball and later Slow pitch with his love. When dad’s oldest son Lyndon started playing hockey, he hung up his skates, to which his bros gave him a hard time and told him he was ‘hen pecked’. This made his decision that it was Lyndon’s turn to thrive in sports. He coached his son Lyndon’s team along with Chester D. Chief, and Rumpa B. Water for many years and with this, the team won many championships, including a win at the Native Provincial Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Ab. (Eagle Division-1997). Also, in the same hockey season, winning a Provincial Championship for the regular season Tier 4 League in Caroline, Alberta. Our parents love started as secret admirers when they were very young. Dad promised mom that he would propose to her as soon, they could secure their forever home. They were married on September 21st, 1991. Together they raised their family full of love, and now their precious babies by the Belly Buttes. Dad loved and cherished his family so much that, he would do anything for them. And with this he decided that he would take time off from work, to help raise his babies. Dad and mom took us children on many road trips, weather it was for hockey or a family vacation; To BC, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and to the Happiest place on earth (Disneyland) as dad would say, San Diego Zoo and Sea World on three seperate occasions. Just to name a few. Dad loved going with our mom to concerts, Bingo, playing Casino and spoiling our mom with flowers and fine pieces of jewelry as well as letting mom shop to her heart’s desire. He loved all his baby bears, as he would call them. He enjoyed watching them whether it be hockey, soccer, lacrosse, ringette and powwow (although he was never one to go or participate in). He was a very quiet humbled mannered man who enjoyed listening about his grandchildren’s daily routines. Always breaking the ice with his funny jokes and good-humored personality. His kids looked up to him and will be missed having morning coffee’s sitting on the deck. He was so proud of them and their accomplishments. Whenever one of his grandkids needed to be brought somewhere for anything, he did without hesitation. Dad had shared a special bond with his Mad Madie, and Willy. He would take Madie to the Belly Buttes and never go without her, as this was their spot. Madie will sure miss his hash browns with the secret ingredient, no one could make them like him. And all the adventures he took them on. Our dad/papa has left a huge HOLE in our hearts. He worked hard all his life to provide for his family, as his dad told him “Fatman you need to get out there and work now that you have a little family” and with that. His career started him on the following jobs. Blood Tribe Housing, ATCO housing in Calgary Ab, Blood Tribe Fire and Emergency, firefighting, Dwyer Fox Construction (working on the canal), SRI Homes, Treaty 7 Housing. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents; George and Irene M.B., Uncles; Brian M.B.; Sibling; Wilomena; Nephew; Jamie B.R. Kelsey W. C. Niece; Ariel M.B. Maternal Grandparents; Fred and Beatrice W.F.; Uncles; Ralph, Gilbert; Auntie; Rosella B.P.; Uncle; Bernard T.M. Mother in law, Annie Thersa, brother in law’s Delbert Y. Pine, and Edmund W. Child. As well as his best man Kevin Vielle. Dad’s family consists of the following; Many Bears, Mistaken Chiefs, Old Shoes, Great grandma White Man, Wells, Many Grey Horses, Weasel Fat, Day Chief’s, Healy’s, Tall Mans, and his Love’s side of the family. William will be deeply missed by all. A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, May 15th at 12:00 p.m with a viewing from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Due to COVID -19 Restrictions a limited number of people will be allowed into the service. Dad will be laid to rest in the Many Bears family plot.

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

Mike Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg



On Sunday, May 10, 2020, Mike Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg passed away suddenly on the Piikani Nation with his wife Claudia by his side.

Due to current restrictions re: gatherings, only 15 participants able to attend any of the following events. The family welcomes cards, phone calls or emails to the funeral home extending condolences.

Prayer Service to be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 14, followed by two-day Wake Service at Claudia North Peigan’s residence. Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, May 16, with Fr. Roy Jayamaha, Celebrant. Burial to take place at the Many Grey Horses’ family plot on the Blood Reserve.

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Snodgrass Funeral Home

assisting the Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg/North Peigan families with funeral

arrangements (403) 627-4864.


TRAVIS TYLER STEELE, of the Blood Reserve, passed away in Vancouver, on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the age of 36 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Arthur “Art” Stratulat
1931 ~ 2020

Mr. Arthur “Art” Stratulat of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Joyce Stratulat (2013), passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday May 9, 2020, at the age of 88 years.
Dad was born in Avonlea, Saskatchewan on June 16, 1931, the third child of John and Sophie (predeceased) Stratulat. He was a cowboy through and through.
Art will be dearly missed by his daughters, Donna (Kent), Cheryl (David) and Brenda (Bernard); grandchildren, Carey (Scott), Amanda (Kris), Paul (Brittany), Jennifer, Krystal (Mike), Kayla (Darren) and Wade (Donita); great grandchildren: Jordan, Asha, Lyndsey, Kaleb, Braelyn, Ethan, Mercedes, Sergio, Hugo, Ariana, Sydney, Owen, Mikeala and Dominic; siblings: Phyllis (Fred deceased), Steve (Pearl) and Philip (Jean) as well as many nieces, nephews, family members and friends across the country.
Besides his loving wife Joyce, Art was predeceased by his son Lynn (1999), and his sister and brother in law Elaine (Mel).
We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Jameison, Dr. Roth and their Palliative Care team as well as the nursing staff on 5A at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their compassion and care during dad’s stay.
Due to the recent restrictions surrounding Covid – 19, A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held a later date.

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