April 24th, 2024

SATURDAY, February 27, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 27, 2021.

Ihoko Asakuma

1943 – 2021

Mrs. Ihoko Asakuma of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Hideki Asakuma, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, February 22, 2021, at the age of 77 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Greta Boere

1932 – 2021

Greta Boeré of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Anton Boeré, departed this life after a brief illness at Fort Macleod AB on February 22nd, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

Greta is survived by her children René (Brenda), Peter (Verne), Sylvia (Mark) and Valerie; grandchildren Adrian (Lisa), Robyn (Neil), Alistair, Dax, Austin, Blake (Nicole), Hanna, and great grandchildren William, Kaitlyn and India.

She lived in Lethbridge since 2007 and previously for many years in Edmonton. Greta was born Geertje Wilhelmina Rijkje Nieuwhoff in the town of Breukelen, Netherlands in 1932 and after surviving brutal conditions in the war years married Anton in 1956. They emigrated in 1958. She worked as a domestic aid to struggling families before her marriage and thereafter was a dedicated homemaker on four continents.

Greta, first with her husband, and later on her own, was active in charitable work through the Hope Mission and other organizations assisting the disadvantaged in Edmonton and, earlier, in Nova Scotia. Her compassion and kindness were appreciated by all with whom she had contact.

A private family Graveside Service will take place at 11:00 am, Monday, March 1, 2021 at South Haven Cemetery in Edmonton, Alberta.

Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Mission, Box 953, Edmonton AB T5J 2L8, http://www.hopemission.com

Absent from the body…

to be present with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5.8.

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Born December 20, 1936 in England.

Passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Dr.F.H. Wigmore Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sk. January 12, 2021.

Audrey is survived by her, son Perry (Monica) Dovell, daughter Kim (Garnet) Robson and grandchildren: Scott (Jessica), Sarah (Nolan), Carly (Dakota), Ryan (Madison), Clinton (Paige) and four great grandchildren: Brooklyn, Cooper, Emily, Brianna. Audrey had a long, wonderful marriage to her late husband Brian John Dovell and many special friendships throughout her lifetime. She will be dearly missed and held close in our hearts by her family and friends. Special thanks to friends, doctors, nurses and caregiver that went above and beyond to make her comfortable.


ANGELINA FICUR, beloved wife of the late Lino Ficur, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Beryl Judd

1932 – 2021

Mrs. Beryl Judd of Lethbridge, daughter of Frank and Ethel Burns and beloved wife of the late Mr. Richard “Dick” Judd, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

Beryl is survived by her son Trevor (Diana) Kinsey; grand-daughters Veronica (Gerald) Kinsey, Shauna Ford as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband Dick, Beryl was pre-deceased by her parents Frank and Ethel Burns; daughter Gaye Sleightholm and her brother Raymond Burns.

The family would especially like to thank Betty and Doug Florence for their care and compassion shown to Beryl throughout the years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Hisako Esther Kitaguchi (Sato)

1919 – 2021

Mrs. Hisako Esther Kitaguchi (Sato) of Calgary and formerly of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Tadashi “Tad” Kitaguchi, passed away at Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the age of 101 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when complete.

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MRS. LEONTINE “LENA” LIEBIG passed away peacefully at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, Alberta on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

Lena is survived by her two daughters: Beverly (Jim) Kemp and Louise (Doug) Scholpp as well as her grandchildren: Sheralyn (John) Pearce, Brian Kemp (fiancée Amelia Eggebrecht) and Christopher (Sholeh Rempel) Scholpp. Also left to cherish her memory is one great-grandchild Emmett Pearce and his little brother or sister to be born in August.

Lena was predeceased by her husband Christopher Liebig in 1985, parents David and Emilie Pomreinke and all of her siblings as well as all of her in-laws.

Mom will be dearly missed by those who knew her including the staff at Sunny South Lodge who took such excellent care of her during the past few years. They made her time there a happy one.

A private Graveside Service for the immediate family will be held in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Collin “CJ” Mills Jr. announce his sudden passing on February 15, 2021 in Cardston, AB at the age of 20 yrs old.

CJ was born on April 10, 2000 in Cardston, AB to Collin Mills Sr. & Rose Marie Cutter/Gros Ventre Boy. CJ attended the Cardston Elementary School then moved on to Cardston Junior High from grade 7-9. He also attended Kainai High School after meeting good friend Raymond First Rider and eventually transferred to The Kainai Alternate Academy where he encouraged friends to attend as well.

CJ inherited his shy yet humble characteristics from his mother and had a way of drawing you in and letting you feel comfortable with his contagious and warm smile. CJ truly lived life to the fullest through the simple pleasures in life and embraced challenges full on. CJ was very close and looked up to his older brother Atraol. Anywhere Atroal went, CJ was almost always with his brother. They enjoyed hanging out with cousins, friends and family, often listening to music, talking, and playing video games. CJ was known to never back down from a dare, no matter how crazy the situation was. Cardston is a small town but he never failed to find something to do. CJ enjoyed skateboarding, bike riding, and playing basketball at the elementary school in the spring, summer and fall. He also enjoyed playing ground hockey, ice skating and sledding in the wintertime. Every summer he and his friends and cousins always found a way to go swimming at the many swim spots in and around the Blood Reserve and Cardston areas. As shy as he could be he never shied away from catching a ride to do what he loved, swimming, hanging out and having fun! No matter the day or season, he always had something to stay busy and keep friends and family close.

CJS parents were very protective of him and even as a young adult, his father made sure to keep him close and at home. Family was everything to CJ! In his later years he found out he had older siblings whom he embraced and loved with every bit of him, as he did with those whom he kept close. He developed a strong bond with his brother Christian and on the days he wanted to get away from home, you would usually find him hanging out with his brother Christian at their grandpa Rex Birds place.

Our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and grandson, CJ, leaves behind to mourn his passing his parents Collin Mills SR. and Rosemarie Gros Ventre Boy. His siblings: Atraol (Cheryl), Hailey, Payton, Joseph Mills, Christian Fox, Raven Heavy Runner, Jessie (Sam) Many Bears and adopted sister Sherri Crying Head. Numerous Nieces and Nephews. His Grandmother: Judy Mills. Adopted grandmother: Mary Bird-Fox. His Aunties: Jennifer Gros Ventre Boy, Stephanie(Terrance) Gros Ventre Boy, Wanda(Preston) Gros Ventre Boy, Angela(Lawrence) Big Sorrel Horse, Lorna (Merlin) Eagle Plume, Doris(Leslie)Standing Alone, Crystal Mills, Shelley Vielle and adopted aunt Susie Bird. Uncles: Casey Vielle and Ronald Cutter Jr. Adopted uncles: Norman(Stacey) Black Plume, Ryan Bird and Gabe Bird.. His great aunts: Frances Gros Ventre Boy, Faye Mills, Jessie Calf Tail, Doris Bird, Moreen Bird, Doreen Bird, Gail cutter and Floria Duck Chief (Cutter). His Great uncles: David Mills, Alex Mills, William Mills, Gary Bird, Henry Bird, and Wilfred Bird. He also leaves to mourn extended families: Mills, Gros Ventre Boys, Crying Heads, Curly Riders, First Chargers, Hairy Bulls, First Riders, Calling Lasts, Small Eyes, Wolf Childs, Eagle Plumes, Shot both Sides, Mchughs, Cutters, Big Snakes, Calf Robes, Tailfeathers, Bruised Heads, Spotted Eagles,Yellow Flys, Red Guns, Two Horns, Gladstones, Birds, Delaneys both from the Blood and Siksika Reserves.

CJ is predeceased by, his maternal grandparents: Mabel Gros Ventre Boy and Ronald Cutter Sr. of the Siksika Nation. His paternal grandfather: Rex Bird of the Blood Reserve. Uncles: Leslie(Seymour) Gros Ventre Boy, Norman Calf Robe, Billy Mills(Bird), Calvin Vielle and Richard Vielle. Aunt: Leslie Mills. Cousins: Roman Crying Head, Alroy Creighton Jr., Jasmine Vielle, Kurtsy Mills and Brittany Medicine Crane. Great aunts: Cecile Gros Ventre Boy, Rita Calf Robe and Mary Rose Gros Ventre Boy, Mary Big Snake, Marina Yellow Fly, Margaret Red Gun and Miranda Cutter. Great uncles: Beatty Gros Ventre Boy, Donald Gros Ventre Boy, Roland Gros Ventre Boy, Pete Many Fingers and Harold Cutter. The family apologizes if we’ve forgotten to mention any others.

A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Monday March 1 from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.) Interment to follow at Pioneer Cemetery.

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ELIZABETH RED CROW (née White Man Left), beloved wife of the late Frederick Red Crow, of the Blood Reserve, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Robert Cecil Harrison, 95, of Coaldale, Alberta passed away on February 19, 2021. He was born on his folks’, Cecil and Pearl’s homestead in southern Saskatchewan, and attended the one room Pony Butte School.

Bob was humble about his WWII service. He signed up with the Canadian Air Force when he was just 17 years old and ended his commitment 3 years later with the Army after serving at the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1949 he moved to Coaldale with his bride-to-be, Lorene (Jahnke) where they built their lives and their family over the next 72 years. From construction foreman to liaison for the local Member of Parliament to managing his acreage on the edge of town, Bob was industrious. He served as the lead in building the sanctuary of the Coaldale United Church, supported the development of the Birds of Prey Foundation and was active in politics. In his leisure time Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter, the upshot being listed in Boone and Crockett for a Caribou in 1987. His later years gave rise to a stunning rose garden honoring his English roots, beekeeping resulting in delicious honey and tending his hobby farm.

Bob believed in people having opportunities for education and he took pride in every one of his 14 Grandkids having attended college. More importantly, he believed that the best education was to travel. His message was “Travel, see the world, meet people. This is how you really learn.” Having circumnavigated the globe three times on the Semester At Sea ship, Bob travelled to 50 countries and had endless tales of adventures that he shared in a delightful and animated style.

Above all else Bob was a practical man, hardworking, always up to the task at hand. Over the decades he happily built 3 homes for his family and “I never missed a day of work doing it!”

Bob teased often, laughed easily, told stories endlessly and loved his family immensely. He is survived by a large, loving family including, his wife of over 70 years, Lorene Marguerite and six children and their families: Ron (Helen) Harrison, Aura (Peter), Hunter, Diesel, Keya and Miksiw (Stacey) and baby; Roberta (Ross) Taylor, Kent (Megan), Keith (Kaitlin) and baby, Kurt; Marvel (Tom) Harrison Csanadi, Sopahn, Alex; Delynn (Ed) Schor, Jared, Brynn, Evan; Shannon (Keith) Schneider, Colton (Dallis), Jadon, Macai, Malia, Calais, Jenna Macai (in memory); Renée (Mark) Ehrnstein. Predeceased by sisters Irene, Vera and Gwen and brothers Fred, Gordon and Murray and survived by brother Richard (Dick), sister Pat and over 70 nieces and nephews whom he cherished and plenty of in-laws, he fondly called the out-laws.

Integrity and Bob’s gentle way of being leave a wide swath having influenced and inspired many friends and family members. He loved to visit with folks and was openly respected and admired.

Bob lived fully, with curiosity and wonder to the very end. Until a week before he passed away, he and Lorene spent three months enjoying zodiac rides to see dolphins, whale watching, regularly touring a bird sanctuary estuary and relaxing with sunsets while living on the beach with family in southern California. As Bob quipped the night before he flew back to Alberta, “It is hell to be old but I had a good time getting here!”, concluding it had been a good ride.

The family kindly requests in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Birds of Prey or a charity of your choice. Thank you. A Memorial gathering to celebrate his life and stories will be held when family and friends can safely gather. Bob lived to be 95. He’d likely shrug and say, “What’s the rush?”


CORNELIUS “KEES” UYTDEWILLIGEN passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Ian Gagné celebrating. The Mass will be live streamed and may be accessed via Case’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Case will be laid to rest in the Coaldale Cemetery during a private Family Graveside Service.

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Dezeray Wells (Thomas)

1993 – 2021

Ms. Dezeray Wells (Thomas) of Lethbridge passed away in Calgary on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the age of 28 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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April 23, 1935 – February 26, 2021

John passed away after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife Gisela of 64 years, his four children, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

He will be lovingly missed.

Due to Covid, there will be a celebration of life at a later date.

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