January 22nd, 2021

FRIDAY, June 12, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 12, 2020.

Adrian “Buck” Many Fingers

Sikapohkiitopi (Grey Horse Rider)

April 20, 1944 – June 8, 2020

Buck was born at the Blood Indian Hospital to Kate and Frank Many Fingers on April 20th, 1944. He was the first boy born to Kate and Frank whose family already included Clothilda, Virginia, and Geraldine (Gerri), but soon came Franklin (Gabby), Anne, Jordan (Jake), Ivan and Brent. Buck grew up with his family in Fish Creek, on the west end of the Blood Reserve, and continued to live there until his passing. He did leave to attend Hill Spring for many years before attending school at St. Mary’s Residential School and then in grade twelve he was in Calgary. Buck was a gifted athlete playing basketball and football but he was an avid cowboy in the rodeos, especially loving to compete in bareback. Buck was born to be a real cowboy from breaking and training horses, taking care of cattle on the back of his horse, and able to fix just about anything with what he had. He was known to be a hard and tireless worker, a great and humorous storyteller, both generous and kind, and a great neighbor and a friend to so many. Buck is survived by his siblings Virginia (Lester) Tailfeathers, Gerri (Don) Many Fingers, Anne (Rod) Healy, and Ivan (Verna) Many Fingers. He is also survived by his nephews Rick and Todd Soup; Bill, Kelsey, and Jim Tailfeathers; Kirby and Colin Many Fingers, Ross, Cory and Dorin Holland; Shawn and Chad Healy; and Wade and Terry Many Fingers. And he is also survived by his nieces Esther and Ann Tailfeathers; Bonnie, Tracy and Susan Healy; and Lynette Scott. He also has many great nephews and nieces, everyone loved Uncle Buck.

Buck’s funeral will be held in Cardston, Alberta on Thursday June 18th through Legacy Funeral Home.

Henry John Bergen cm, aoe, lld

June 26, 1935 – June 7, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Henry Bergen at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre at the age of 84.

Henry was born June 26, 1935 in the Mennonite village of Gnadenthal, Ukraine to Johan and Justina Bergen. In 1937, Henry’s father was forcibly taken from his home and family by the Stalinist Regime and was never seen or heard from again. In 1943, Henry’s mother with five young children left the Ukraine by wagon train to Poland and Germany. They spent five years as refugees in Germany and with help from the Mennonite Central Committee were able to immigrate to Canada in November 1948. They settled on a small farm in Coaldale and worked sugar beets to pay for the trip to Canada.

Henry attended school and then in 1952 started employment at the Canada Agriculture Research Station as a field technician and then later moved into the shop as a mechanic and then eventually as an innovator and fabricator of scientific equipment for use in field projects.

In 1962, Henry married Mary Ann Lepp and together they had three children, David Henry, Douglas John and Jacqueline Marie.

In 1968, Henry bought the Siemens Hatchery location on Highway 3 in Coaldale and started GEN Manufacturing Ltd. where he continued to build scientific instruments and also managed an automotive tune up service for a large clientele. In the early 80’s, Henry decided to shift the business more toward the agriculture sector and began developing, manufacturing and marketing ground engaging openers and wear points for farm seeders and other tillage equipment. The opener business is thriving to the present day.

Also, in 1975, Henry purchased property at Jaffray, BC and started Bergen Plantations blue spruce tree nursery which he managed for many years.

As a result of his lifelong achievements in the agricultural field, Henry was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. Also, he received a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2008 and was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2009. He was a member of the U of L Senate from 2004 to 2007.

Henry was very driven in his business pursuits and always strived for perfection. He had a great capacity for providing wise advice and solving problems and helped many people and organizations in this way.

Henry is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his children, David (Salma), Douglas (Lisa), and Jackie (John) Dyck, his grandchildren, Brandon, Tristin, Dana, Mariah (Nigel) Thiessen, Victoria, Grantham, Ryan, and Bethany. Also his sister Anna Hildebrandt and sister-in-law Annie Bergen. He is predeceased by his parents Johan and Justina Bergen, brothers John, Bill, and Peter, brother-in-law Jake Hildebrandt and sisters-in-law Martha Bergen and Lona Bergen.

Due to current restrictions, a funeral service will be held at a later date.

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DONAT PAUL DEMERS passed away peacefully on his 77th birthday, June 5, 2020, at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge after a short but brave fight with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Last Chance Cat Ranch in Lethbridge.

A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Due to the ongoing gathering restrictions, family and friends that cannot attend are welcome to watch a livestream via his obituary on our website for both the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass.

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DAN EAGLE CHILD, passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2020 in Standoff, AB at the age of 90 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Dan Eagle Child residence, Blood Reserve on Sunday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m continuing all night. The Funeral Service will continue at the Eagle Child residence beginning at 11:00 am on Monday, June 15th. Interment in the Eagle Child Cemetery.

To send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Auguste “Dusty” Elman

1948 – 2020

Mrs. Auguste “Dusty” Elman of Lethbridge, formerly of Milk River, beloved wife of Mr. Dennis Elman passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

Dusty was born on May 27, 1948 to Gus and Anna Kron. Dusty was raised in Warner, Alberta and spent her adult years working in the Milk River Hospital.

Besides her loving husband Dennis, Dusty is survived by her daughter Tammy (Shawn Greeley) Elman; grandson Spencer Amon; sister-in-laws Sonja Heinemann, Shirley Wisdahl, Norma King and Esther Elman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She will be lovingly remembered by her many friends as well.

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

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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It is with great sadness that the family of Denis Gerard Fournier announce his passing after a brief battle with cancer, on Monday June 1, 2020, at the age of 75.

Denis will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Irene and his children, Angela, Pierrette, Lynn, Matthew and Jared.

Denis was cremated and will be buried at a later date.

Please send condolences to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

Garth Arnold Hendricks

1936 – 2020

Mr. Garth Arnold Hendricks of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Pat Hendricks, passed away with his wife by his side at Good Samaritans West Highlands on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the age of 84 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Come to me, all you who are

weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28


July 15, 1968 – June 8, 2020

Ed (Edwin) Hendriks of Lethbridge passed away suddenly at home on June 8, 2020 at the age of 51.

Ed is the loving father to 3 beautiful children: Brandon Hendriks, Mia Hendriks and stepfather to Kayla (Clint) Russnaik.

He is survived by 1 brother Gerald (Mary) Hendriks, 4 sisters: Margaret (Tom) Manley, Annette (Rob) Vander Molen, Elizabeth (Dave) Bakker, and Loretta Schlichter and many nieces and nephews. His nephew Chad Vander Molen will remember his uncle as his best friend, mentor and best man.

Ed was predeceased by his parents Ben and Jean Hendriks, sister Veronica and all his grandparents.

He was born July 15, 1968 and was the fifth child of six, the second redhead of two and the second boy of two in the Hendriks family. We moved 14 times so 3 of us were born in Medicine Hat and 3 in Lethbridge. Edwin was the 3rd one born in Medicine Hat.

Edwin was a sweet baby and grew up to be a sweet, shy and gentle giant. He had lots of friends and was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. He started out average or even on the short side by grade 9 but then the growth spurt started as he grew to 6’ 9” tall with size 15 feet. He had a few different careers he was an electrician, a Security Guard and then a window and door delivery and installer.

We will miss the sweet person we loved and remember the happy times and are glad he isn’t struggling anymore and safe in the arms of Jesus.

A Private family graveside service will be held.

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


KATHARINA KETLER, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Frank Ketler, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the REINLAND MENNONITE CHURCH – 4809 64 Avenue Taber, AB. on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor John Hiebert officiating.

Katharina will be laid to rest at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery.

Due to the current pandemic all standards set by Alberta Health Services will be followed, including maximum gathering restrictions.

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LORRAINE ELFRIEDA NALDER (Broadhead) passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 7th 2020, in Lethbridge at the age of 63. She is survived by her loving husband, Jay, and four wonderful sons, Chris (Kesiko), Derek (Leslie), Tim (Hannah), Theron (Lauren) and four grandsons.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13th 2020 and will be livecast (details to be determined).

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visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, LaDENE NELSON.

LaDene passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 87. She will now join her beloved husband Norman in eternal life.

She is survived by her two children, Greg Nelson (Myrna Morton) and Glenna (Lorne) Erickson; six grandchildren, Brandon, Damon (Laura), Dayne, Daniel (Anna), Bradley (Melanie), and Kaitlyn; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Emma, and Seren; one sister, Marge Manderville, and two brothers, Myron Hirsche and Lynn Hirsche.

She was predeceased by her parents, Fern & Leonard Hirsche; husband, Norman Nelson; brother, Dewaine Hirsche; sister, Gay Ericksen; nephew, Gordon Hirsche, and great-nephew, Brock Hirsche.

LaDene was born in Stirling, AB on November 5, 1932. She married her loving husband, Norman Nelson, on December 8, 1951 and together spent 62 years on the family farm near Wrentham, AB. In addition to her work on the farm, LaDene spent 40 years working at Grovers General Store in Wrentham.

Due to the ongoing gathering restrictions, a Private Celebration of LaDene’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM. A Private Family Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service.

Friends and family that are unable to attend in-person may watch via livestream under LaDene’s obituary on our website.

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FLORENCE OSTERMAN (née Mardian) passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 9, 2020—the week of her 94th birthday.

She leaves her beloved children: Patricia (Leo) Meier and their children, Derrick and Colleen; Gloria (Ken) Lillehei and their children, Dawn and Scott; Kenneth (Melva) Osterman and their children, Tricia and Shaun; Judy (Ken) Holmes and their children, Brandi, Jennifer and Crystal; Tim (Darcy) Osterman and their daughter, Megan; Cynthia (Mark) Locking and their children, Cory and Cody; as well as 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mary & Hilarious Mardian; her husband, Casimir Osterman; her son, Garry; and her grandson, Tyler.

Florence was born in Prelate, SK on June 12, 1926. She always lived life to the fullest; she never missed dressing up for Halloween and adding decorations for every special occasion—there were hearts everywhere on each Valentine’s Day. Some of her greatest loves were her grandchildren; a call, visit, or special craft made for her always filled her heart with love. During her time at Garden View Lodge, her passion for dancing was brought back to life by her love, Jim Bayford. They never missed a waltz.

A Private Funeral Service will be held on June 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Due to the ongoing gathering restrictions, the service will be closed to immediate family only; however, family and friends that are not in attendance are welcome to watch via livestream under her obituary on our website.

The family thanks Garden View Lodge, Dr. Thusi and his nurse Jen, and the entire palliative care team.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would love for you to buy a Tim Hortons coffee for someone and share a laugh with them.

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

Michael Alexander Slovak

Born September 27, 1921 in went to the Lord on June 2, 2020 in Claresholm Alberta.

Mike was born on September 27, 1921 to his parents George and Agnes Slovak in Csanadapaca, BekesMegyae, Hungary. In 1929 Michael traveled to Canada with his parents and sister arriving in Lethbridge Alberta. He lived in the Picture Butte area and worked in the beet fields. Mike attended Hemp Hill Diesel school in Vancouver after he finished eighth grade in Picture Butte at the age of 17. Here he learned many things about diesel mechanics and engines. In 1948 he purchased the farm in Wrentham. He married the love of his life Bette on September 18, 1954 in Lethbridge at St. Andrews Church. They farmed there until 1965 when they moved to the farm in Claresholm. Together they raised three beautiful children Lorna, Ken, and Tom. Mike was active in both the Claresholm and Wrentham communities where he helped in the United Church, Scouts, and Brownies, and School Board and helped build the community church in Wrentham.

One of Mike’s crowning achievements was building the house on the farm in Claresholm. Together he and Bette hosted many family gatherings that were enjoyed by all. Mike enjoyed life on the farm, swathing and seeding were his favorite seasons. He could be found out on the tractor well into his old age happily working away.

Mike also enjoyed his grandchildren, from delivering lambs to Gord and Bev in the trunk of his car to playing Lego and Lincoln logs with Michael and Brady. To carefully holding each of the great grandchildren as they arrived and singing and playing with them.

Mike loved to dance.

Waiting in Heaven for Mike are his parents and sister Kathleen, and granddaughter Sarah.

Mike is survived by his wife Bette Slovak, daughter Lorna (Dennis) Guitton, Ken (Denise) Slovak, Tom (Darla) Slovak. Grandchildren Gord (Julaine) Guitton, Beverly (Kevin) Allain, Michael and Brady Slovak Amber Oneil and Samantha Chretien. Great Grandchildren Rylen, Jase Guitton, Andrew and Aaron Allain, and Rider . His brother Joe Slovak and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as sister and brother in laws.

The family respectfully asks that donations be made to the Alzheimers Society – 7015 Macleod Trail SW #800, Calgary, AB T2H 2K6 or the Claresholm Health Foundation – Box 2638, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0 in lieu of flowers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at ZENTNER FUNERAL HOMES – 4079 1st Street West, Claresholm, AB on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

Condolences may be made at http://www.zentnerfuneralhomes.com



JOHN ROY STARZYK, of Calgary, beloved husband of Albertine North Peigan, passed away suddenly in Calgary, on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 56 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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