January 15th, 2021

SATURDAY, June 13, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 13, 2020.

Thomas “Tom” Amatto

1962 – 2020

Mr. Thomas “Tom” Amatto of Lethbridge, beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the age of 57 years

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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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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ROMMEL VINCENT CRYING HEAD, son of Vivian and Roland Crane Chief, grandson to Elizabeth Vielle, passed away suddenly on June 5th, 2020 in Standoff, AB at the age of 30 years. A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, June 15th, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service will take place at Legacy Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 16th at 11:00 am. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery.

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TIANNA EAGLE TAIL FEATHERS, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on June 11, 2020 at the age of 40 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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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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Georgia Lou Green Fooks, beloved wife of the late Norman Henry Fooks, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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


WILLIAM “BILL” FREDRICK, beloved husband of the late Sharon Fredrick, passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

Following the service, Bill will be laid to rest with his beloved wife in Mountain View Cemetery.

For those who wish to attend, the family kindly asks that you RSVP to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca in order to properly adhere to the ongoing gathering restrictions in place.

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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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Vera Helen Koppenstein

1932 – 2020

Ms. Vera Helen Koppenstein passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Vera grew up on farms in the Irvine and Taber area. She tried many professions; secretarial, nursing, nursing instructor and finally she found that her calling was “Farming”. She started farming with her dad and continued until her passing. She was recognized in the area as a conscientious farmer. She stayed up to date on farming practices and was always watchful of the weather.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all those who took great care of Vera thru the last few years and her final days.

Vera is survived by her sister, Ida; nephew, Val; niece Linda; 5 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew; 2 great-grand nieces and 1 great-grand nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Melita.

A Private family service will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Reverend Eva Stanley, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may made memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Fabian Gilbert Medicine Crane, on Friday June 5, 2020 at the age of 56 years old. He was born on August 10, 1963 at the Blood Indian Hospital, Cardston Alberta.

Fabian was born and raised on the Blood Reserve and resided there until his passing. He attended a variety of schools at a young age; including schools from Fort Vermillion, Edmonton, Cardston, Calgary and Lethbridge. In his adult years he attended the University of Regina and Red Crow Community College. His extensive training included that of a First Responder with the Blood Tribe Health, Probation Officer with Lethbridge Corrections, Pharmacist Assistant in Calgary and worked with the Homeless Shelters in Lethbridge & the Blood Reserve.

Fabian was very active throughout his life; participating in a variety of extra curricular activities. As a young boy he enjoyed the rodeo circuit and competed in the area of boys’ steer riding; under the guidance of the late Horace Red Crow. Fabian had a connection to horses and would often assist other families with this particular trade. He travelled with a variety of families on horse related expeditions; he had fond memories of travelling with the No Runner and Cross Child families. He was also actively involved in hockey as a young boy; he was known as the “smallest player” on the ice. His outdoor activities included golfing, fastball, track and field and jogging in his leisure time; he particularly enjoyed golfing with his late uncle Eric Buckskin. Fabian was blessed with a grandson, shortly after the death of his youngest son Kaisley, Able who kept him on his toes. Fabian was a man of God, when he had queries about life he would turn to the bible for answers. He attended church on a regular basis with his parents at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

As a child Fabian was very curious and would often get into mischief with his late brother Lindsay Medicine Crane and sister Annette Soup. From his mischievous ways came the childhood nickname “Pinocchio”. Fabian was an avid reader and would often be seen reading from the authors of Tom Clancy, John Grisham & Dean Koontz. He would speak of the world through the books he read; anywhere from politics, crime and world wonders. Little known fact about Fabian-he was a great country singer. He also developed a green thumb and would often be seen pruning, cutting dead limbs, watering of the landscape at his parents’ home. His pride and joy were visualizing the plants flourishing under his care. Fabian would cut his parent’s lot the size of a football field

He enjoyed spending time with his family. He had fond memories of the time he spent with his late grandparents Reggie and Gladys Buckskin and late aunt Freda Buckskin and Old lady, Minnie Long Time Squirrel. Fabian is known as a very kind person who wore his heart on his sleeve. He would help those that needed help-often giving away his last dollar or sandwich. He had many friends from all walks of life; both young and old. He had a humorous nature; often laughing at his own jokes. Never a dull moment with him around. Fabian was the kind of individual that family and friends could reach out to when they needed a shoulder or kind word. He travelled a lot with his parents and would speak of his expeditions with color and laughter.

Fabian is survived by his children; Calem (Cheyenne), Zane and Santana (Nathan), grandson Able, Parents Geraldine & Ike Eagle Speaker: Siblings Annette Soup & Tanya Buckskin & Calvin Black Horse, Aunts, Marina No Runner, Maryann Buckskin, Nina Buckskin, Sandra Shade, Gabrielle Buckskin and Uncles Jasper (Gabrielle).

Fabian is proceeded by his late son Kaisley Medicine Crane, Brother Linsey Medicine Crane, Father Gilbert Medicine Crane, Brother in Law Rennie Soup, Grandparents Reggie and Gladys Buckskin, Aunt Freda Buckskin, Uncle Eric Buckskin, Leslie Buckskin, Cousins Winslow Buckskin, Leslie (Tincey) Buckskin, Other grandparents: Bob and Julia Medicine Crane, his dad, Gilbert, uncles; Julius, Robert and Barry, Aunties: Theresa and Mildred. Uncle and aunt: Tom and Katherine, cousins, Herman, Cousin Pickles

Fabian’s extended families included the Brave Rocks, Hunts, Williams, Eagle Bears, Black Waters, Red Crows, Tail Feathers, Cottons, Heavy Shields, Medicine Cranes, Spotted Bulls, Davis, Plumes, Singers, Wells, Wadsworth, Wolf Childs. Fabian’s favorite comment was “The whole world is my family”

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, June 14th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral will take place on Monday, June 15th at 11:00 am (Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time.)

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


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


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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