January 15th, 2021

SATURDAY, May 16, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 16, 2020.


Lillian Karren Baldry, our dear mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt, and friend was reunited with her sweetheart, Arthur Baldry, on Friday, May 15th, 2020. She passed peacefully with family by her side and was welcomed home to a joyous reunion.

Lillian was born November 5th, 1925, in Magrath, Alberta. She lived a beautiful life full of love, adventure, family, and service. Her greatest treasures and legacy are her family and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and valiantly served her Heavenly Father through her selfless service to family, friends, and the various communities she lived in. Lillian is survived by her children, Karren (Don) Runquist, Roger (Karie) Baldry, Debby (Ian) Wood, and Mark (Teresa) Baldry; 22 grandchildren, a sea of great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law, Ron Peterson. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 61 years, Arthur Baldry; her parents, Frederick Harold Karren and Lillian Hibbard Karren; brothers, Fred (Luella) Karren and Clinton (Joyce) Karren; sisters LaRue (Elmo) Fletcher, Helendean (Boyd) Huntsman, Joanne (Gerald) Moser, and NuRae Peterson; sister-in-law, Ruth (Keith) Pilling, brother-in-law, Wilfrid (Bianca) Baldry, and daughter-in-law, Peggy Baldry. We will miss you dearly Grandma “B”. May we follow your example of service and faith by striving to live by all that you have taught us.

Following COVID-19 restrictions, Friends may meet the family at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home Chapel, 703 13th Street North, Lethbridge on Monday, May 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m and a private family service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. livestreaming link will be on our website csgfh.ca, simply click on the online obituary for Lillian Baldry then click on the link provided at the bottom. Interment in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.

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

Ingrid Bennink-Christianson

1966 – 2020

Mrs. Ingrid Bennink-Christianson of Nobleford, beloved wife of Wade Christianson, passed away suddenly April 17, 2020 at the age of 53 years.

Ingrid was born July 10, 1966 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She grew up in Nobleford and was an active participant in both sports and the community for all of her life. She moved to Lethbridge for a few years, but on November 25, 1995 Ingrid and Wade got married, and a few years later moved back to Nobleford to raise their daughter, Amber.

Ingrid’s endless hours of hard work and determination led to the successful continuation of the family business “Jobe Sand & Gravel.” Despite work, Ingrid always made time and provided support and love for her friends and family.

Ingrid is lovingly remembered by her husband, Wade; daughter, Amber Christianson and her fiance Dennis; mother, Miny Bennink; and aunt, Mia Biesterbos-Joosten.

She was predeceased by her father Henry Bennink.

A Celebration of Ingrid’s Life will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations made be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Center at 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1WS.

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Ernest “Ernie” Block

1926 – 2020

Mr. Ernie Block of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 94 years.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a public celebration of Ernie’s life will be announced at a later date.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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DONALD MICHAEL BORAS passed away at home surrounded by his family on May 12, 2020 at the age of 67. He was born in Lethbridge on March 27, 1953 in the middle of the worst blizzard of the decade.

Don leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Jane; his children, Kaelin (Sean) and Lian; his mother, Helen; his brothers Rob (Joan), Gordie (Brenda), Randy (Lyse), Wayne (Shelly); sisters Deb (Orv) and Kathy (Blake); his brothers’-in-law Sid (Mel) and Arthur; his mother-in-law Thea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don worked at the sugar factory from 1971-1979. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a B.Sc and then obtained a graduate degree in Archeology from the University of Calgary. He was employed at Lethbridge College from 1992-2002 where he met two of his closest friends, Linda and Carolyn. He then worked with Arrow Archeology as a senior archeologist where he made another close friend, Neil. In this capacity he was thrilled to combine two of the things he loved, traipsing across the prairies looking for old stuff and taking lots of photographs. In this position Don worked closely with the First Nations and was honoured to be given the Blackfoot name, Iihkitsikam – Seven.

A passionate school board trustee, Don was proud to be involved with Palliser Regional Schools these past few years. He also created an unofficial Picture Butte archive on Facebook showcasing his extensive archive of photographs dating back to the 1970s.

Don was always a voracious reader. So much so that as a child he read the Encyclopedia Britannica cover to cover which sparked his interest in learning about everything. Don shared his extensive knowledge of history, politics, economics, philosophy and science freely and loved a debate. He was a very social treasure trove of knowledge and based his opinions on research and reason.

Don didn’t hesitate to let the people he loved know how he felt. He loved his family passionately and was incredibly proud of his kids.

Don began his fight with colon cancer in 2014 and fought this battle with optimism and inspiring courage for six years, enduring countless surgeries and treatments. In lieu of any other gesture, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

He will be missed and loved forever.

A Celebration of Life will be held in August.

“Don’t be sad that I’m gone, be glad that I was here. I certainly was.”

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Ken Klinkhammer

1954 – 2020

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth James Klinkhammer of Lethbridge on May 5, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

Ken was born on April 24, 1954 to Bernard and Yvonne Klinkhammer in Lethbridge. He attended St. Patrick’s elementary school and Catholic Central High. Ken was a Journeyman Electrician and worked for D.A Electric for many years before his retirement.

Ken was a good athlete and loved all sports, especially hockey, golf, pool and NFL football. He was an avid golfer at Henderson Lake Golf Club and enjoyed playing in the Men’s Scramble tournaments.

Hockey was also a great passion of Ken’s, he was a very good hockey player and was on the 1975 Lethbridge native sons hockey team when they won the gold medal in Canada Winter Games. This summer the team will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Ken played pool with many leagues and loved watching and talking about NFL football, he kept stats on every team, a habit he learned from his Mom.

Ken was a kind, gentle soul who never hurt anyone and had many friends. He could be found at Pop’s Pub, Beaches or the Flamingo having a beer with his buddies, always quick to laugh and solve the world’s problems. With Kenny you would be talking sports, telling many stories and then laughing and crying at the same time, such a special person.

Ken was predeceased by his father and mother, Bernard and Yvonne Klinkhammer as well as his brother Donald Klinkhammer.

Left to mourn Ken is his sister Gail Gibb and brother Gerry (Colleen) Klinkhammer as well as nieces and nephews David, Darren and Michelle Gibb, Dawne (Mike) Klemke, Robert (Jess) Klinkhammer and Tyler and Corbin Klinkhammer.

Due to COVID-19 a private family burial has been planned. When restrictions are relaxed, the family would like to invite family and friends to have a beer on Kenny to celebrate his life, share memories and imagine him pointing his finger at you and saying “Love you, don’t ever die”.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Box 2211 Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

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Donna Joyce Loxton

1942 – 2020

Donna Joyce Loxton of Coalhurst, beloved wife of the late Mr. Gerald Loxton senior, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Donna was known to many as grandma and the life of the party. Her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were her pride, joy and her everything. Donna also enjoyed hanging with her friends, playing crib, visiting and was known as one of the Strawberry Tea Queens.

Mom/Grandma will be greatly missed and her memory will live on forever in our hearts, and at our parties.

Donna is survived her 2 sons Gerald Loxton junior, Craig (Michelle) Loxton; grandchildren Brittney (Mike) Perlich, Ethan (Brooke Smith) Loxton, Carley (Dan) Skocdopole, Shaley (Steven) Rodger, Allie (Blake Tajiri) Loxton; great-grandchildren Sienna, Braxten, Briggs, Thomas and Baby Skocdopole; sister Sandra (Roy) Omelchuk; brother Doug (Jolayne) Lyons; nephew Chad (Heather) Lyons and niece Nikki Lyons.

Besides her loving husband Gerald Loxton senior, Donna was pre-deceased by her parents George Lyons and Doris Bennett as well as her brother George Lyons junior.

A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held at a later date.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Edna Many Fingers

1954 – 2020

Edna Many Fingers Kah ki’niy’ist sikini passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 after a lengthy illness with her daughter at her side.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzy (Luke); grandchildren, Nicole, Dane, McCarthy, Otto, and Dylan Many Fingers; daughter in law Dee Dee Tailfeathers, siblings, Clara Healy, Gilbert (Velma) Eagle Bear, Evelyn (Francis) Scout, Audrey Eagle Bear, Marsha (Merlin) Provost, Anita (Randy) Bottle, Connie Tail Feathers, Virginia, Veronica Eagle Bear, and Dorothy Day Rider; Loved niece, Pam Healy and her children, Bailey & Joel. Throughout the years Edna remained close with all of her extended family. Her nieces and nephews called her their favorite auntie.

Edna remained close to Audrey MF and Connie Fox, and these girls learned many skills from her. She was like a big sister to them. Extended family: Alvin (Melody), Calvert (Terry), Marvin (Trina) Many Fingers. The family remember fondly the attachment and bond Edna had with her former in-laws. Gordon & Loretta Many Fingers, often referred to her as their daughter and loved her dearly.

Shortly after the loss of her son Tommy, Edna was diagnosed with cancer. Edna fought to survive and was able to spend two more years with her grandchildren. Edna was so proud of her grandchildren and all of their accomplishment. She never missed a birthday, special occasion or milestone and was always there to support them.

Against the odds in her final fight of her illness, Edna mustered the strength to call each of her grandchildren by name to tell them that she loves them. These children were the core of Edna’s world. Edna would consistently FaceTime or phone her grandchildren.

Grammas house was a place where everyone was welcomed. It was a second home to many where she taught them the patience and kindness she was known for.

Edna is predeceased by her son Tommy Many Fingers; parents, Mike & Angeline Eagle Bear; paternal grandparents, Jack & Agnes Eagle Bear; maternal grandparents, Jonny Pace & Rosie English; siblings, Alphonse, Michael Jr, Vern Eagle Bear and Fritz Chiefmoon; cherished aunts, Susie Bull Shields, and Margaret Weasel Fat.

Special thanks to the Chinook Regional Hospital 4C doctors, nurses, Age Care Columbia, Roxie Vale & Susan Heavy Shields and the palliative care team for their compassion and kindness taking care of our grandmother.

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Mike “DJ Sharp”

Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg

Oonistaytahyoka, Calf Sleeps Alone

With great sadness we announce the departure of our beloved Mike Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg. He passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family on May 10, 2020. Mike is survived by his wife Claudia North Peigan; his loving children Larissa (Britt), Sharla (Tyran), Trent (Chelsea), Riley (Celia), Aaliyah: his grandchildren – Frankie, Arianna, Charlie: and his nieces and nephews – Tharriss, Lewonni, Raiden and Kalli.

Mike was born on May 03, 1976 in Cardston, Alberta to his biological mother Valerie Many Grey Horses. In his lifetime he was blessed to have many moms. As an infant his great aunt Molly Many Grey Horses and her family cared for Mike. Then his parents Bonnie and Josephine (Blackrabbit) Wolf Leg from Siksika Nation adopted him. As a young adult Mike returned home to the Kainai Nation. Mike and Claudia spent 16 beautiful and loving years together. Mike’s term of endearment for Claudia was his “Buckskin Baby Doll”. Mike is survived by his mother Valerie and his siblings – Kelly Ann Many Grey Horses, Jesse, Jessica and JD Humphrey and Crystal Wolf Leg; his Wolf Leg/Black Rabbit family; his aunts and uncles – Douglas (Caroline), Calvert (Connie), Rex (Yolanda), Rosie, Molly, Evelyn, Martin Eagle Child, Donna, Mary, Martha, Terry (Calvert), Rebecca (their families), and the extended Black Water family. Mike’s more recent ancestors include Mr. and Mrs. Long Time Squirrel, Mary Black Water and Henry Cochran. His adopted families from the Blood, Piikuni, and Siksika Nations will miss him.

Mike was a talented guy with a great personality. He was outgoing and made friends easily with his sense of humour and gentle ways. He did what he loved and he exceled in all that he enjoyed doing. Mike was known as DJ Sharp on 89.9 FM Lastar Radio and his quick wit and humour could be heard across the airwaves of the Kainai Nation. His listeners loved him. Mike trained and worked as a Chef and his awesome cooking was a delightful experience for his customers at Le Vorona, Boston Pizza and Luigi’s in Pincher Creek.

Mike enjoyed playing stick games and became well known for being an awesome pointer, singer and dancer. He was always happy to be in the presence his stick game family and friends. Mike carried a love of high energy for the games, using his humour, singing, and drumming to make it fun. Mike placed at numerous stick game tournaments and jackpots. He was very proud to have won the World Champion Stick Game Singing Contest in 2016. His stick game family and friends will miss him.

Onistaytahyoka, Calf Sleeps Alone followed his great grandfather, Alphonse Many Grey Horses Sr.’s footsteps into the Horn Society when he became a member for 13 years under the leadership of Rodney First Rider. His holy brothers and sisters and extended family earnestly supported him so that he completed the term of his membership. Onistaytahyoka, Calf Sleeps Alone was a member of the Mamioyiiksi, Aakaipokaiksi and Namopiksi Clans. As Calf Sleeps Alone makes his journeys to the Great Spiritual Realm to meet his beloved family and friends gone before him, he will be singing loudly and proudly.

The family of Mike Sharp would like to acknowledge and give special thanks for the care provided by Dr. Parker, the nurses and doctors from the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, the Pincher Creek Hospital and the Piikani Nation Home Care. Gratitude to all of his many friends and family from the four cardinal directions for your prayers and words of encouragement you gave to Mike during his challenging moments. We also apologise for any names we missed. Many Blessings to you.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the following restrictions will be adhered to – only 15 participants can gather indoors but they can take turns going inside or remain outside in their vehicles. A prayer service will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, Pincher Creek. This is to be followed by a two-day wake at Claudia North Peigan’s residence in Brocket. The funeral service will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel in Pincher Creek at 1 PM on Saturday, May 16, 2020; this is to be followed by the burial that will be held at the Many Grey Horses’ family plot on the Blood Reserve. The family welcomes telephone calls, cards and emails extending condolences.

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

Snodgrass Funeral Home assisting the Many Grey Horses/Wolf Leg/North Peigan families with funeral arrangements (403) 627-4864.

Sandra “Sandy” Omelchuk

1946 – 2020

Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Omelchuk of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Roy Omelchuk, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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EDWIN PAGNANA passed away on April 10, 2020 at the age of 56 years.

He is survived by his siblings; Elizabeth Stewart, John Lybbert, David Lybbert, Helen Wilde and Beth O’Donell. He was predeceased by his loving parents Milby and Bessie Lybbert of Raymond. Edwin is also lovingly remembered by Jim and Labeana Heggie and family of Raymond

Cremation is entrusted to Salmon and Sons Funeral Home.

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1957 — 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of BARRY WAYNE PETERSON, beloved husband of Sandie (Waddle) Peterson, announces his unexpected passing at home on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Barry was the first of three sons, born May 3, 1957 in Lethbridge to Herb & Shirley (Evernden) Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Sandie; daughters: Rosie Payne (Eric) and their children, Sophia and Samuel; Katie Casey (Dave) and her daughter, Ava; his mother, Shirley Peterson; brothers, Kevin (Jennifer) and their daughter, Lauren; Glen (Mia) and their daughters, Skye and Zara. He also leaves to mourn his faithful four-legged companion, Billy.

He was predeceased by his father, Herb, in 2009.

Barry went to school in Lethbridge and, after graduating, became an electrician and worked on such places as the Buffalo Jump, Raymond Hospital, and many others. In 1996, he purchased Lethbridge’s Harley-Davidson dealership as motorcycles were a passion he shared with his dad. He took great pride in his family-run business and always tried to be fair with his customers.

Barry was a warm and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend who always put his family first. He loved them dearly and was very proud of his kids and grandkids.

We will all miss him terribly.

It’s been an awesome journey, love! Have a great ride on the other side BEAR.

Due to the current gathering restrictions, a Private Family Service and Graveside Service will be held. A Memorial Ride in Barry’s honour will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wood’s Homes at: http://www.woodshomes.ca/how-you-can-help/donate/donate-to-lethbridge

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


HANTJE “HARRY” PIEKEMA, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Gloria Piekema, passed away suddenly at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

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

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

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.

Following the Funeral Service, Travis will be laid to rest privately on the Steele Estate.

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DONALD THURLOW passed away, in his 94th year, on May 13, 2020 at Chinook Regional Hospital after a short hospitalization.

Donald was born and raised on a farm near Travers, Alberta. The youngest of six children, he attended the Kasimir School near Enchant, and Starline High School near Barons. After he finished school, Donald spent the rest of his life in Lethbridge. Many older farmers will remember Donald from his many years at General Farm Supplies.

In 1948, Donald married Ellen Ridley. They had two boys, Melvin and Lynn. Their marriage ended with the untimely death of Ellen in 1980.

Love came calling again, and in 1981, Donald and Betty Makin were married. Their marriage brought Betty’s daughters, Arlene Makin and Linda Radic into the family. Sadly, Betty passed away in 2013.

In addition to the children mentioned, Donald is survived by his sister-in-law, Eileen Thurlow, 94 years young, and many nieces and nephews, mostly living in and around southern Alberta.

Since we are still under the challenges of isolation due to Covid-19, there will not be any visitations. At a later date, the immediate family will have a private gathering to celebrate Donald’s life.

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Mr. Sammy Tschetter of Thompson Colony passed away suddenly at home with his family by his side at the age of 65 years.

He is survived by his wife Susanna, Children; Mark, Susan (Robert), James, and Travis.

A Private Funeral Service will be held at Thompson Colony.

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