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TUESDAY, December 8, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 8, 2020.


MARY HAUG passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5th, 2020, at the Raymond Health Centre, at the age of 70, with her family by her side.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of RUDY JOSH “RJ” HEAVY SHIELDS.

RJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on December 4, 2020 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, December 11th, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Saturday, December 12th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Legacy Funeral Home with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery. (Due to COVID regulations a limited number of 10 people will be permitted into the services- please wear a mask)

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Marian Hobberstad

1930 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of MARIAN HOBBERSTAD of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Hans Hobberstad. She passed peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre with her family by her side on December 6, 2020 at 90 years of age.

Funeral Arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Helen Kolakovic

1949 – 2020

Mrs. Helen Kolakovic of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Sam Kolakovic and mother to Darren Kolakovic, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, December 4, 2020 at the age of 71 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Gene Lyon

1944 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gene Darrell Lyon announce his passing on Friday, December 4, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.

Gene is survived by his siblings: Judy Zimmel of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Harold (Donna) of Kelowna, BC, Gordon (Yvonne) of Carmangay, Alberta, Susan Lyon (Lyn) of Head Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia and Wade (Lynn) of Ottawa, Ontario. Gene is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Lily Lyon and his sister Sandra Ulevog.

Gene spent his life in Barons, Alberta, except for the last year and a half when he moved to Piyami Lodge in Picture Butte. He loved farm life whether raising sheep or seeding in the spring and bringing in the harvest in the fall. Perhaps he was happiest camping, hunting and fishing in the hills west of Claresholm and the surrounding area.

Thank you to the staff at Piyami Lodge for looking after Gene so well and also thank you to the staff at Chinook Regional Hospital for their compassionate care of our brother for the last few weeks of his life.

A Memorial Mass will take place at on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at ALL SAINTS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Derek Remus, celebrant.

Due to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19, the service will be invitation only. If you wish to attend, please contact Gordon at 403-643-2512. The family invites you to watch the service via livestream by visiting and clicking on Gene’s obituary. A link to watch the service will be available 15 minutes prior to the service.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made in Gene’s name to Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.

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IVAN WADE MANY FINGERS, Ni’tohkitopii (Lone Rider) of the Blood Reserve (Fish Creek Community), passed away suddenly at the Cardston Hospital on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the age of 43 years. Wade was the first born to Ivan and Verna Many Fingers, he was born on July 7, 1977 at 7:00 pm, at the Cardston Hospital.

Wade lived a good life with his parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles, he was loved by all; his cousins were like his siblings whom he grew up with, and spent a lot of time with them at gramma’s house. Wade and Cary were born 8 months apart; he was a big brother to Stacey, Bryan, Sonya and his younger cousins, and referred to him as an all around good guy. Wade enjoyed horseback riding, all kinds of music; and played hockey with the Cardston Minor Hockey Association.

He attended school at the Cardston schools, from Elementary onto High School, then pursued an IT Computer Technology Program. Whenever we needed help, Wade was there, he was our computer expert.

Places of employment: Leafy Spurge Project with Blood Tribe Lands Department; Construction Contracting; and worked around their ranch with his dad and brother Terry. Wade also helped Grampa Frank, Uncle Buck and Many Fingers’ cousins, around the Many Fingers’ Ranch.

Wade had a sense of humour, and had many stories to make you chuckle or put a smile on your face. He enjoyed spending time with his cousins/buddies, Todd Soup, Ernie, Jimmy, Wes, Byron (Bullet), Colin Many Fingers, Lee Boy Melting Tallow, Blaine Tailfeathers, Billy and late Blaine Wadsworth, Darryl Russell, late Jarvis Wells, Randolph Gros Ventre Boy, Ernest Day Chief, also the guys from the Waterton Hutterite Colony and numerous other buddies. Wade grew up with his cousin, Willie Shade whom was like a brother to him.

He enjoyed annual family trips to California, Nevada, Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, B.C., and left us with many happy memories to look back on.

Grampa Frank named Wade Ni’tohkitopii (Lone Rider), in reference to Frank’s long boat trip to Australia, where Grampa Frank was one of the rodeo participants, and led him to win the all around championship trophy.

Wade was kind hearted, generous, thoughtful, and caring; he would give his shirt off his back to someone who needed help. Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to the care and well-being of mom, siblings and especially dad, whom he loved dearly and always making sure they were okay. Wade is lovingly remembered and will be forever missed.

Wade is survived by his loving parents Verna (nee Creighton) and Ivan Many Fingers, Brothers Terry (Talyssa) Many Fingers, Roan Scout, sister Zoe (Brad) Butterfly, nieces June and Blaire Butterfly; Aunties/Uncles: Virginia Tail Feathers, Gerri (Donnie) Many Fingers, Ann (Rod) Healy, Natalie, Charlene (Tim), Dikki, Jessie, Ritzie (Ivan), Elaine, Kim Creighton, Kim Black Water, Carol Bird, Cary (Candace) White Quills, Kirby (Brenda) Many Fingers, Billy (Raeann) Creighton, Robert Wells, Rod (Lavern) First Rider; Cousins: Stacey Wells, Brian (Lanni), Mikki, Raven (Steve) Plume, Kyla (Kevin) First Charger, Sonya, July, Chad Creighton, Brad Red Crow, Rick (Marlene), Todd (Arlene) Soup, Esther, Bill (Laurie), Kelsey, Jim (Brynne) Tail Feathers, Ann (Jake) Jirousek, J.R, Scott, Chelsea, Colin, Cory, Haylen Many Fingers, Ross, Dorin Holland, Tracy, Bonnie (Brent), Shawn, Chad, Susan Healy, God Parents Roy and Christine Bare Shin Bone, and his Creighton and Many Fingers’ families.

Predeceased by: Paternal Grandparents Frank and Kate (nee Red Crow) Many Fingers, Maternal Grandparents: Mrs. Mary (nee Cole) Arthur White Quills and John “Jiggs” (Arabella) Creighton, Uncles/Aunts: Adrian Buck, Franklin, Jordan, Brent Many Fingers, Brian, Henry, Alroy Creighton, Mathew Wells, Clothilda Soup, Sharon Creighton, Tammy Creighton-Many Fingers, Janice White Quills, Joanne/Girlie Wells, Cousins Darcy Tail Feathers, Renny Soup, Kayley Soup and Niven Wells.

The family apologizes for anyone who may have been missed.

The family would like to thank Melissa & Karl Russell, Cardston EMS, Dr. Justin Low, Cardston Hospital & Emergency Department Nurses, also Nurses Nikki Tanner and Tammy Chief Moon for their excellent care and assistance.

The Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, December 8th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 9th, from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions only 10 people will be allowed into the service at a time. The funeral staff will help rotate in friends and family to allow viewing.)

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‘cause God don’t make no junk!!”

NAOMI LYN McNEELY passed away peacefully, with her brother and sister by her side in Lethbridge, on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

Naomi is lovingly remembered by her parents Marian and Everett Tinsley of Coalhurst, sister Manette Robulak (Dale Turner) of Rocky Mountain House and her daughter Taylor of Lethbridge, brother Evan (Maureen) McNeely and their children Kyle and Jared of Edmonton, brother Lorel McNeely of Dunmore and his son Darrin (Amanda) McNeely of Lethbridge, brother Austin (Diane) McNeely and their children Jayden and Cameron of Lethbridge, and sister Tambi (Travis) Kellett and their children Laryette and Chase of Picture Butte. She is also survived by her three stepsisters and their families: Liz (Kelly) Maupin, Marie (Gary) McLaren, and Leia Brunt and great-nieces and nephews.

Naomi was predeceased by her brother Brad McNeely and nephew Brett McNeely.

Naomi was born Feb 3, 1963 in Lethbridge. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School. After working for the family business, Everett’s Blade and Graveling Service for several years, she then worked in the trades and customer service industry. She enjoyed attending all elementary school field trips with Tambi. She also enjoyed meeting with “the girls” for Saturday morning breakfast. Naomi’s had a love for watching movies, old TV shows, crocheting, watching PBR events and attending her nieces and nephews sporting events. She had a love for small dogs, and always had one by her side. Over the years, she had Tinker, Flower, and most recently, Daisy.

Thank you to the staff of the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit and the Home Care Health Team.

At her request no funeral will be held.

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PHILIP “PHIL” NOELIN NEWTON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, December 10, 2020 at the age of 67 years.

A Private Family Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home at a later date.

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NORA LUCY POTTS-BLACK RABBIT passed away on December 2, 2020 in Airdrie, Alberta at the age of 52 years.

A wake will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, in Cardston on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Due to to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.) A Private Family Service will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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KAREN ANN REIMER, beloved wife of the late Ben Reimer, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, December 4th, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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RICHARD GORDON TAYLOR, of Coalhurst, AB, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord, on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Richard will be deeply missed by his wife Cora and children Matthew (Michelle), Carlee and Chad and granddaughter Anna. He is survived by one brother and four sisters.

He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Richard was born September 19, 1947 in Emo, Ontario. He fought COVID-19 for a month in ICU at Chinook Regional Hospital. We would like to thank all the medical staff for their excellent care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM with Dr. Nigel Wheeler officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is by invitation only and the service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Richard’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s name can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation ( or Crossroads Christian Communications Prayer Line (

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “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.” NIV

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JACOB M WALDNER, beloved husband to Mary J Waldner, passed away on December 6, 2020 at Big Bend Colony, Cardston, Alberta at the age of 90 years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Big Bend Colony.

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Wildman Family announce the passing of a wonderful husband and father. LESLIE WILDMAN, age 93, born July 3, 1927 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, passed away in his sleep on December 2, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

Leslie is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Janet; three children: John, Christine and Susan; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother and six sisters.

At his request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Sleep peacefully with no regret, eternal slumber at the end. On the wings of angels guiding you home amongst the stars, where you will dwell to shine your light on loved ones left behind. May your spirit fly free and may the memories we share stay with us forever and always.

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Sadly passed away at Kingston General Hospital on Saturday November 28 2020 at the age of 56. Beloved husband of 10 years to Claire. Much loved father of Jonathon, Sarah, Anna, “Keelan, Nathan, Damien”, and Silas. Dear brother of Matthew Woelders (Debbie) and Maria (Connelly) Schultz. Predeceased by one sister Maria in infancy and his parents Herman and Betty Woelders. Uncle of Trevor, Kenny, Catherine, Joshua, and Jeremy. Brother in law of Corey. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy donations made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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