February 25th, 2021

TUESDAY, February 16, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 16, 2021.

BROWN

KEN BROWN, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


CARSWELL

MRS. SHAWN ELAINE CARSWELL, of Coaldale, passed away at home on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the age of 60 years.

At Shawn’s request, no formal service will be held.

Visit http://www.generationsfh.ca to send a condolence.


Gordon Davy

1941 – 2021

After battling failing health this past year, Mr. Gordon Davy of Lethbridge passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Health Care on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


HARPER

ROY HARPER (Elwood Lawrence)

The family announces the passing of a loving husband and father, Roy Harper at the age of 86 years at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 11, 2021 due to complications of Covid-19.

Roy was predeceased by his loving wife Gladys, and by numerous brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his brother Reo, his sister Dorothy; his children Margaret (Andy) Hardy, Norma (Ed) Kaustinen, Roy (Glennis) Harper, David (Tracy) Harper; by his 14 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Dad was a Veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed wood carving, hunting, fishing and camping. Roy loved his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Visit http://www.generationsfh.ca

to send a condolence.


Justin Christopher Lukenda

1990 – 2021

It is with heavy hearts we share with you the sudden passing of Justin Christopher Lukenda of Lethbridge, and eldest son of Brian and the late Lana Lukenda (Atchison) who passed away in 2011.

Justin was born on October 13, 1990 to parents Brian and Lana Lukenda. He loved basketball, cooking and food.

Justin leaves to mourn his father, Brian Lukenda of Lethbridge, his brothers, Jordan Lukenda of Lethbridge and Brandyn Lukenda of Calgary; his godmother, Cenz Rossi; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins who loved him dearly.

Besides his mom Lana, Justin was predeceased by his beloved Nana Lavern Atchison Kavanagh (John Kavanagh); his Baba Madeline Lukenda, and Katy Pawluk, all of whom he regarded as his heavenly angels. Cenz was his earthly angel, and the family is blessed and grateful to have her as part of our family.

After the passing of these angels, Justin wrote:

“Just tell the people that you love that you loved them when you do. I’m sure this is an old cliché or saying, but the only thing guaranteed in life is death and it can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime, without warning. If you care about someone, don’t take them for granted, because the moment you do, could be the last time you see them, or are able to have a tangible conversation, hug or kiss. And just saying all those magic words could make a world of difference.”

A private Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel. The family invites those who wish to view the livestream at https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Justin-Lukenda and scrolling to the bottom of Justin’s obituary 15 minutes prior to service time.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. The family invites those who wish to view the livestream at https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Justin-Lukenda and scrolling to the bottom of Justin’s obituary 15 minutes prior to service time.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Justin’s name to Streets Alive Mission, 323 4 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1Z9.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


MILLER

July 13, 1953 – February 12, 2021

GORDON JAMES MILLER of Milk River, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at his side on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

Gordon will be forever missed by his adoring wife of 39 years, Valerie Miller.

He is the proud and loving father of Jeralyn (Paul) Goldsmith, Tyson, Kale (Megan) and Zachary (Shannon). Gordon was also very smitten with his six grandchildren: Payden, Harper, Emmett (Jeralyn), Adair (Kale) and Wade & Ashton (Zachary). His grandchildren were his whole world and he was excited for the arrival of #7 in May.

Gordon is also survived by a loving extended family, his brother Ken (Carol) Miller, sister Carol (Harold) Johansen and sister Marilyn (Jean) Bouchard and all of their loving families.

He is predeceased by his parents Merritt and Corinne Miller, sister-in-law Mary Miller, nephew David Johansen as well as his parents-in-law Ailsa Fiander-Morris, Robert Fiander & Steve Morris.

From a young age, Gordon developed a love of farming that would last a lifetime. He was certainly fond of his cows and loved to spend time watching them out in the pasture. He was also very eager to get the combines rolling at the first sign of harvest. Even after spending almost 3 weeks in the hospital in the summer of 2020 Gord was determined to drive the combine during harvest for the bumper crop he was excited about.

Gordon was very proud to be a member of his small-town community. He was involved with coaching basketball, leading 4-H clubs and church councils. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing crib and sports. Gord was a long-time member of both the Canadian & American Salers Association and the Canadian Charolais Association.

He always had time to stop and have a visit with a friendly face. Gordon touched many lives with his generosity and kindness and will be so dearly missed by all who knew him.

A Visitation will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 301 Main Street, NW, Milk River, AB. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 20 guests at a time. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry. A Private Family Prayer Service will follow at 7:00 P.M.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Andrew Pyon officiating.

Both the Prayer Service and Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and may be accessed through Gordon’s obituary on the Cornerstone website at their respective times.

Gordon was always thinking of others. He was also a strong supporter of Operation Smile and as such, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gord’s memory to operation smile (operationsmile.ca), or to a charity of your choice.

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


OOSTLANDER

JACK NICOLAAS OOSTLANDER, beloved husband of the late Isobel Oostlander, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the age of 74 years.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 20 guests at a time. Kindly RSVP your attendance to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Jack’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In memory and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca/donate).

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


PETERSON

KEVIN GRAY PETERSON, beloved husband of Tammy Peterson of Stirling, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the age of 59 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


RIBIC

SUZANA “SUZY” RIBIC, beloved fiancée of Miro Kyjac, of Lethbridge, passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 45 years.

A Private Celebration of Suzy’s Life will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Deacon Frank Peta officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Suzy’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


TETERIS, Aria

February 11, 1923

– Mazsalaca, Latvia

February 11, 2021

– Calgary, Alberta

Aria Teteris went to her final rest on Thursday, February 11, 2021, on her 98th birthday, following a tough battle with Alzheimer’s for almost two decades.

Arija Zenta Tilts was born in 1923 at Josts farm near Mazsalaca, Latvia. She and her sister fled Latvia during WWII as young girls, and spent some years in a camp in Germany, where she studied as a dental assistant supporting her sister Valda’s university studies. She came to Canada in 1948 and settled in Lethbridge, where she worked for Galt Hospital. It was there she met Viesturis, also recently arrived from Latvia, and they married in 1950. They bought a home in the Lakeview area and lived there almost fifty years. Aria took great pride in her home and her large garden, and from sunup to sundown would be found tending to her fruits, vegetables, and flowers. She freely shared the bounty of her garden at harvest time, and every August friends and neighbours looked forward to a basket of lush tomatoes. Every fall she filled an entire wall in the basement with her jars of jams, jellies, and preserves from the garden, that fed the household all year. Her family and friends were also blessed with her cooking skills and great meals (and even better desserts) flowed from her tiny kitchen with no dishwasher every day. People were always asking for her recipe for this and that. Even into her eighties neighbors shared that the light was still on in her kitchen into the early morning hours. Aria valued healthy quality food and always recycled grass clippings and organic waste back into her garden, shopped at specific groceries, farmer’s markets or bought meat and dairy from friend’s farms. She enjoyed fashion, jewelry and accessorizing her outfits. In the evenings, her ancient treadle sewing machine could often be heard whirring away as she made and repaired the family’s clothing. She enjoyed being lucky by entering contests because her name was often drawn. She insisted on not giving up her consecutive wringer washing machines, hanging out the laundry in the fresh air or basement in the winter, ironing bed linens or tea towels and only conceded to a clothes dryer in later years. She kept in touch with the family in Latvia and her Latvian heritage, attending several Song Festivals. She also supported the family in the old country by sending hard-to-find goods. Outside the home, she enjoyed bowling for many years. She loved music and she sang in the church choir at Christ Trinity Lutheran Church, where her husband Ted was counselor and treasurer for several decades. Aria and Ted also enjoyed evenings with their many friends at the Elks and German Canadian Club, church functions as well as attending accounting conferences.

Most recently, Aria had been living at Trinity Assisted Living for three years where she rejuvenated and thrived; then Chinook Care Centre in Calgary for twelve years, again outlasting the other residents in her unit. Aria’s family would like to thank the doctors and staff of both facilities who provided excellent care and support during her time there.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Sandi Smith of Calgary; her son Andrew Teteris (June) of Toronto; her niece Rena Upitis of Yarker; nephew Ivar Upitis (Sylvie) of Ottawa as well as great-nephews Brencis, Marcis, Hayden and great-nieces Kora and Zinta. Aria was predeceased by her parents, Peteris and Anna Tilts in Latvia; her husband of forty-six years, Viesturis (Ted); her sister Daila Valda Upitis (Ziggy), her younger brother Imants in childhood and older brother Ojars who passed in WW II.

Memorial donations in memory of Aria may be made to Alzheimer’s Society Canada at donorserve@alzheimer.ca; or in honour of Aria, please do something kind for someone else.

A service will be held at a later time. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Aria’s obituary atwww.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Aria & Ted Teteris, two trees will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


Joyce Van Dyk

1963 – 2021

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7

On Friday, February 12, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, Joyce Van Dyk was called home by her Lord and Savior following a lengthy nine-year battle with cancer, at the age of 57.

Born in Lethbridge on September 4, 1963, she was the seventh of nine siblings born to Hugo and Elizabeth Van Seters.

Joyce married her childhood sweetheart on November 13, 1981. John and Joyce’s married life started out in a small farmhouse in Cranford, Alberta while John went to school to become a Chartered Accountant. After the first four sons, John and Joyce moved to Coaldale, where the youngest 2 sons were born, and where they resided together until the time of her passing.

A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Joyce was a pillar of strength and consistency for her husband, her kids, and her grandkids. Everything was secondary to ensuring that she instilled a living faith in her sons, and she demonstrated this through humility and love. She is survived by John, who was the love of her life, her constant companion, and her very best friend, sons Justin (Janice) and their children (Ethan, Andon, Cohen, and Gracyn), Eric (Julianna) and their children (Sam, Sawyer, and Arthur), Mitchell (Julie), and their children (Tahlia, Oliver, and Madison), Jordan (Lindsay), and their children (Finn, Norah, and Miles), and Dylan (Rebecca), and their daughter Mayelle (with another one on the way), and Sean. She was predeceased by her mother Elizabeth Van Seters, her father-in-law Peter Van Dyk, and her sister-in-law Yvonne Van Dyk.

Words cannot express adequately how much she meant to our family, and she will be sorely missed.

A private Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 19th, 2021, at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel. The service will be livestreamed and can be accessed through Joyce’s obituary on the Martin Brothers website https://www.fhwebsites.org/ymb/notices/Joyce-VanDyk

In lieu of flowers, those who so desire can make donations in memory of Joyce to Compassion Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”

C.S. Lewis

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


Jonathon Neil Cordell

Weasel Moccasin

1977 – 2021

With broken hearts and sadness, that we announce the sudden passing of Jonathon Neil Cordell Weasel Moccasin “pookhshkomapii” (small boy) on February 07th, 2021 at the age 43 on the Blood Reserve, Alberta.

John was known as John Boy growing up, and as an adult he was known as Johnny Blue. He was a kindhearted and humble man. John was born a month premature and he overcame his health struggles as an infant. Growing up John was spoiled by his parents. John was a mischievous boy and often got him and his younger sister Corrie Ann in trouble with their parents. In his early years John attended school in Cardston, Standoff and F.P. Walshe. As an adolescent, his favourite pastime was hockey. He was the goalie for the Kainai Tomahawks, his hockey allowed him to travel all over and attend a hockey school in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Our brother started off as a forward position and the goalie didn’t show up for a game, so he volunteered to stand in goal. He had a natural talent with stopping the puck, hence began his goal tending career. John was also known for singing to his siblings and others who would listen to him. He joined a powwow drum group and made his debut in Brocket Indian Days. John worked at various jobs throughout his life. John was a general contractor in Calgary and was employed with various roofing companies. He also was employed as a maintenance man at the Blue Trail R.V. Park, and he was a green keeper for the par 3 golf course. John worked at the Standoff Argiplex breaking horses and he was a ranch hand with the late Frances Scout, fixing fences and tending to Frances’s cattle. He also was employed at the Fort Macleod Auction Market and Bolvery Exports. He graduated from the Agricultural Program at BTEST.

John always made time to phone his loved ones to see how they were doing. He would always tell them he loved them before he hung up. He had a special relationship with his Uncles Del, Andrew, and Stewart. John was our ‘Uncle Buck’. He would bring his nieces and nephews swimming in the summer and in the winter, they would go sliding. He was an excellent cook and always had to have his onions with every meal. John was a mommas’ boy and took great care of her. When he lost his mom, a piece of his heart was missing. He leaned on his older brother Wildon, they were inseparable. When Wildon had passed, it affected him deeply. He will be sadly missed by all.

John is survived by his sisters: Trina (Clayton) Healy, Leanne (Charles) Healy, Betty-Jo (RJ) Healy, Corrie-Ann Weasel Moccasin, Kristy (Kendall) Weasel Moccasin, and Shauna Day Rider. Uncles: Del Sr. Healy, Stewart (Marion) Weasel Moccasin, Andrew Sr. Weasel Moccasin, Wilfred Blood. Aunties: Bella (Bert) Mistaken Chief, Lila (Richard) Heavy Head, Jessica (Armand) Page, Sheila Healy, Alva (Patrick) Weasel Moccasin, Greta (Raymond) Many Bears.

John was predeceased by his baby girl and parents: Cordell and Christina Weasel Moccasin. Brother: Wildon Weasel Moccasin, Niece: Daffney Weasel Moccasin. Brother-in-Law; Monte Rabbit. Uncles: Art Jr. Healy, Winston Healy, Jordan Healy, Burton Healy, Terry Healy, Gilbert Healy, Blair Orr, Daniel Weasel Moccasin, Emil Wings Jr. Aunties: Fern Healy, Rita Tall Man, Louise Chief Body, Sylvia Eagle Child, Marie Healy, Mildred Jerry, Eleanor Delaney, Joanne Cross Child, Martina Blood and Juliana Weasel Moccasin. Grandparents; Dan and Ada Weasel Moccasin, Art Sr. and Betty Healy.

A Wake Service will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Elders are welcomed from 5pm to 6pm) on February 17, 2021 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel. Due to Covid 19 restrictions there will only be 20 people allowed at one time. Please call 403-328-2361 to book a time spot.

A private family Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on February 18, 2021 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.

Interment to follow in One Spot Cemetery.

The family invites those who wish to watch the service via live stream by going to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Jonathan-WeaselMoccasin and scrolling to the bottom of Jonathan’s obituary.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.


WOODRUFF

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Tami Louise (Fairbanks) Woodruff on Friday February 12th, 2021.

Tami Louise Woodruff was the beloved wife of Morgan Woodruff. She was the loving mother of Melissa Tolley, Shannon Woodruff and a son-in-law Adam Tolley. She loved being a Grandmother of Claira Tolley and Kaydon Tolley.

She was welcomed home by her parents Richard A. and Geraldine L. Fairbanks. She will be greatly missed by her sisters

Shawna (Rob) Tymchyna, Dixie (Rick) Anderson and Mona (Darren) Peterson.

Her example of love kindness and forgiveness has and will continue to impact for good the lives of many.

Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703 -13 Street North beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those planning to attend, we ask you to phone prior to the service to book a time slot. Masks are mandatory. A Private Family service will be held later.


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