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THURSDAY, October 22, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 22, 2020.


MARIE BRECKA passed away peacefully at the Hythe Pioneer Home on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the age of 95 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Seating will be limited to 90 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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JOHN FRIESEN passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Luzia Pitaluga Hovey

1953 – 2020

Mrs. Luzia Pitaluga Hovey of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the age of 67 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Cecilija Kelenc

1931 – 2020

Mrs. Cecilija Kelenc, beloved wife of Matija (Mathew) Kelenc, passed away peacefully October 16, 2020 at St Therese Villa, in Lethbridge, Alberta, at the age of 89 years.

Cecilija was born in 1931, in Odranci, Slovenia. In 1958, together with her husband Matija and their two daughters, they journeyed to Canada, settling in Lethbridge. Cecilija’s first job was at a Cannery, where her and her husband where both able to work. This allowed her to work days, and her husband to work nights, ensuring that someone would be home with their 2 daughters. In 1959, she was hired as a member of the kitchen staff, at St. Michael’s Hospital. She enjoyed her job, and the many wonderful friendships she had with the kitchen and hospital staff. After her retirement, she spent much of her time gardening so she could share her abundance with her family and friends.

Cecilija loved spoiling her children with her cooking and baking, and she never missed an occasion to bring us all together so we could feast upon her “old country” recipes, and her sense of humour. She always spoke her “truth,” blessing us with many unique insights, that we will remember and cherish forever. Her most beloved memories came from the camping and fishing trips she took with her husband and grandchildren, and all the time she was able to spend with her sister Anna. She loved having her nephew Joe come over, joking with him and reminiscing about their lives, and families still living in Slovenia. Some of her most memorable get togethers were with her “Old Country” friends who were very near and dear to her heart.

In 2013, Cecilija was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. For the past 7 years she has lived at St Therese Villa, where she was blessed with the kindness, love, and wonderful care, from the Memory Care Unit staff. During these years she became very tender hearted, and even though she talked very little, she still blessed us, and her caregivers, with her wonderful sense of humour.

Thank you for the memories dear Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, and Aunt we will cherish you and our memories together – forever.

Cecilija is survived by her loving daughters Bernarda (Ron) Dickie, Dragica (Vince) De Pippo, and son Matthew (Cheryl) Kelenc. Granddaughters Vanesa (Dan) Lott, Jennifer (Barrett) Gysemans, Amanda (Kurtis) Staples-King, Vanessa (Peter) Principalli, Jennifer De Pippo, and Grandsons Ryan (Kathy) Telkamp, Travis (Traci) Dickie, and Reed McCowan, and her 9 Great Grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Cecilija you will be sadly missed by your loving family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

We would like to thank the staff at St Therese Villa’s Memory Care Unit for the loving and caring support they provided, during Cecilija’s time with them. They are truly angels on earth.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish to honour Cecilija’s memory may send a donation to the St. Therese Foundation, 253 Southgate Blvd. South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 2S1.

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Miss Jolene Oudshoorn

August 22, 2002

– October 19, 2020

So teach us to number our days,

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Miss Jolene Oudshoorn of Picture Butte, beloved daughter of Harry and Christina Oudshoorn, passed away tragically on Monday, October 19, 2020 at the age of 18 years.

Besides her parents, Jolene is survived by her loving brothers and sisters: Darren and Jessica Oudshoorn (Logan), Sarah and Rylan Dekok (Ainsley, Abigail and Chad), Daniel, Leanne, Michael, Braeden, Kayla; her dear boyfriend Willem Neels; Opa Barend den Hertog; Opa and Oma Harry and Ena Oudshoorn. Left to mourn her passing are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.

Jolene was pre-deceased by her Oma Jennie den Hertog; uncles Bert den Hertog, Evert den Hertog and Jan Christiaan den Hertog.

Jolene graduated from Calvin Christian School in June 2020. She was employed as a health care aide at the Bethesda Care Home and also worked at DeVry Greenhouses in Picture Butte.

Family and friends are invited to offer their condolences which will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020, D.V. at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Picture Butte. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we ask those who wish to offer their condolences in person to text Darren at 403-332-0711 to schedule a time slot.

A Private Funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, October 23 by invite only at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Picture Butte with Reverend E.C Adams officiating. The service will be live streamed at

Flowers are gratefully declined; memorial donations can be made to the Bethesda Care Home, 701 – 3A Street South, Picture Butte, Alberta T0K 1V0.

Interment will follow in the Picture Butte Memorial Cemetery.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RALPH LESLIE PRICE, beloved husband of Marilyn Holt Price, on Saturday October 17, 2020.

A Private Family Service will be held on October 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

The Service will be available the view via Livestream at the Salmon and Sons website.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday October 23, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, (200 North, 260 East, Raymond Alberta). Mandatory masks and other Covid-19 precautions will be in place.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. (6007 1a St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G5)

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DEREK LESLIE TOKAI, beloved son of Ron & Richelle and loving brother of Jeff & Logan, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 25.

Arrangements will be announced once completed.

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January 8, 1960 – October 16, 2020

KEITH “KEON” FRANKLIN GODFREY WEASEL HEAD, beloved husband of Linda Weasel Head, was born at the Blood Indian Hospital on January 8, 1960 and the Creator sent his father, Miiksskim, to bring his spirit home in the early morning hours of Friday, October 16, 2020 at the age of 60 years.

We will miss the laughter, crazy jokes, knowledge, songs and his love for us. He lives in our hearts now. We have already seen him flying with the eagles, no longer suffering with pain.

Keon loved the adventures of life, the challenges of mathematics, and his Blackfoot language and culture, and teaching grade two & three at Aahsaophi Elementary School. He was a member of the Crazy Dogs from the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. He was a part of numerous drum groups throughout his life. He spent a lot of his early years at the Sundance and attended various ceremonies on the Blood reserve. He made many friends on the handgame trail in Canada and the USA. Many considered him a formidable opponent. He and Linda were fortunate to have traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand where he made many friends with the grassroots Indigenous peoples. The Australians wanted him to come teach and learn with them. The Maori of New Zealand exchanged languages, phrases, and gifts, even inviting him to their traditional lands and giving him free taxi rides while we were at the WIPCE conference.

He was never one to forget his own people and was especially kind-hearted and generous to those less fortunate as he knew through experience how hard life can be at times. He made many donations to the shelter in Moses Lake. His niece stated “On a tight budget, Keon and Linda would go all out to give the kids a better than ever Christmas never leaving out their nieces and nephews.” He loved to do last minute shopping.

He was encouraged to pursue a degree in education, when people saw that he was a natural teacher. These skills were recognized by Kainai Board of Education and he was named teacher of the year in 2007, just two years after he received his BEd from the University of Lethbridge in 2005. Keon was also a forest fire fighter and was part of an elite crew out of Missoula, Montana.

He was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, always encouraging them to do their best, to finish school, and pursue their talents. He wanted his children and grandchildren to know their roots. When his granddaughter asked for information on her ancestors he wrote, “On my mother’s side, you are from the Short People’s Clan and from my Father’s side Mikskiman (Iron) Clan. On my grandfather’s side there are two clans: Owns Many Different Colored Horses and Akaksiman/Old Agency.”

Keon loved the land. During the spring season he would take time to pick sage, in summer season he would spend countless hours picking Saskatoon and Bull Berries, becoming famous for his “berry surprise”. He loved fishing in the streams of Montana for rainbow trout, where we would often go camping taking a whole carload of kids with us. He loved to fish for Pike, and then cook it up with his secret recipe. All these foods would be shared with others throughout the fall and winter. In turn he would ask for berry soup and fry bread.

Keon took pride in his collection of Matchbox cars. He displayed his favourites and kept a box of cars to give to the little ones, who looked forward to this gift from Papa or “Ampa. He also loved to make model cars, which he painted with just the right colors. He loved challenging puzzle books, gadgets, drones, and to his delight, discovered online shopping.

Keon is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Linda Weasel Head; mother Diana Plume (nee Bull Shields); auntie-mom, Pauline Whitegrass (nee Bullshields), siblings: Roland Weasel Head, Paula Weasel Head; adopted siblings: Carrie Fox (nee Weasel Head), children: Lisa (Curtis) Big Swallow, Tatonkaska Howard, Amber (Jamie John-Kehewin) Weasel Head, Christopher Weasel Head (Shannon Goodstriker); shared children: Darcie (RJ Heavy Shields) Weasel Head, Lacey Scout, Desmond (Jean) Panther Bone, Franklin Panther Bone, Alvin First Rider; god daughters: Jessica Bullshields, Mia Scott. His sister also survives him in-laws across the line: Diana Cote, Roberta Steele (Jim), Dawn Wahl (Travis), Rasena Christopher, and brothers-in-law, Vernon Christopher and Guy Morrison. He was especially fond of his aunts-in-law: Frances Vanderburg and the late Marie Fyant. He had many aunts and uncles on the Bull Shield and Weasel Head families, too numerous to name with relatives from the Small Eyes, Russell’s, First Riders, Smith, McDougall’s’, Many Bears, Heavy Runners, Big Throats, Shoutings, Okas and many more.

He always made sure to include his grandchildren in our family events on both sides of the border. His grandchildren include: Kathy, Robert (Suset), Matt-Matt, Jeremiah, Kailene and LiliAnna Howard who all reside in Montana. Cassondra, Samantha (Trevor), Cynthia (Buddy), Jessica (Horace), Desiree (Harvey), Brittany, and Kobe (Joley) Big Swallow; Sekoya, Kimowan, and Kihiw Weasel Head – Kehewin; Ethan, Draven, and Athena Weasel Head; Kenden White Quills and Derek Scout. A special place was always in his heart for his great-grandchildren who called him Papa or ‘Ampa: Robert Jr., Denzel, Liam, Clara-Jane, Arrianna, and Emberly Howard; Doyle, Devin, and Little Man Shouting; Jalisa Healy; Valen, and Hartley Sweet Grass.

The huge family of handgame brothers and sisters and his adopted moms who always doted on him: the late Veronica Scott, Louise English, and Hilda Standing Alone. From the north, he was a brother to the Cardinal families.

Keon is being met on his journey home by his father Frank/Miiksskim Weasel Head; brothers: Francis and Adlarde (Smiley) Weasel Head, Floyd “Tiny Man” Heavy Runner; sisters: Wendy Bullshields, Delores Standing Alone, aunts: Lillian and Beatrice Bull Shields; children: Matthew Howard, shared children Galena Brave Rock, Mamie First Rider; grandchildren Stephen and Joshua Howard. great-grandchild, Jeriah Howard. paternal Grandparents Pat/ Mokakin Sr. and Paula (nee Iron) Ponah Weasel Head; maternal grandparents: Charlie/ A’waohkitopi and Irene (nee Prairie Chicken)/ Anattsipistohkmi Bullshields: great-grandparents: I’pitsohkomi (Calling from the Water), George Prairie Chicken, Rosie/ Kastsikomikosaki Small Eyes (nee Wolf Plume), Christopher/ A’pii’maan Bullshields, Jim Owns Many Different Colored Horses, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Weasel Head, Tatsi ki’poyi or Miikksima (Iron), Clan Chief of the Lone Fighters.

Our families are huge and he had many, many friends, we apologize if we have overlooked anyone. When the Covid-19 has settled, we will have a memorial feast/handgame tournament.

A Wake Service will be held AT CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating. Burial to follow.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or Seating will be limited to 90 guests. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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JIM LEE WHITE MAN LEFT, beloved husband of Tobi White Man Left, of Lethbridge, passed peacefully away at the Chinook Regional Hospital surrounded by family, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the age of 39 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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