April 17th, 2021

SATURDAY, April 3, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 3, 2021.


MARGARET ANN AITKEN passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the age of 78 years following a long battle with heart disease.

Margaret is survived by her sisters: Beverly Cargill, Shirley (Bill) Barnowich, Judy (Jim) May, Connie Koncz (née Aitken) and Michele Aitken (Lyle) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was born and raised in Lethbridge. She was the second oldest of nine daughters. Following high school, she graduated from nursing. This was to be a short lived career. She found her stride working with AGT, advancing herself from operator to management. Once retired, she devoted herself to caring for family.

Margaret loved to shop. Boy, could she shop. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crafts and gardening. Family calls and visits were always cherished.

A private Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Margaret, just a kind thought or prayer would be appreciated. The world is a little less bright without her spark.

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Gayle Bishop

1954 – 2021

Ms. Gail Bishop of Lethbridge, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the age of 66 years.

Gail will be privately remembered by her loving family and friends.

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GILES HERBE BULLSHIELDS passed away on March 26th, 2021 in Calgary, AB at the age of 68 years.

A Visitation will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Visitation will also be held on Tuesday, April 6 from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Private Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – Only 20 people will be allowed in the building for the service.)

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Matthew Wade Curly Rider- Kootonaikowan (Kootenay Man)

November 2, 1988-March 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of our beloved son, dad, spouse, brother, uncle, nephew, team-mate, Matthew, at his residence on the Blood Reserve, Alberta on Saturday March 20, 2021.

Matthew was born to his loving and proud parents, Martin Jr and Crystal Curly Rider, at the Cardston Hospital. He was raised with strong Christian Morals, as a baby he was dedicated back to God in the Christian Faith. Matthew was given the name ‘Kootonaikowan’, by his grandfather Jack Curly Rider Sr, after travelling with his parents at 2 months old to a camp meeting in BC. Matthew believed in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He would be seen reading his Bible, filling his spirit with the Word of God.

Martin and Crystal always encouraged Matt to call upon Jesus in times of need as Matt was proud of his upbringing in the Lord. On the night of his passing at Martin and Crystals residence, along with other family members, began praying for our dear Matthew curly rider. Matt whispered in her ear “mom” one last time and then that sweet smelling saviour of the holy ghost filled the room, Crystal knew in that moment that Matthew was being carried away by our Heavenly angels and the Holy Spirit to Heaven. With our faith in Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew is home and at peace in Heaven.

Matthew was a natural born athlete. He would excel in any sport he joined throughout his life which brought him many championships along his journey. As a small child he started his athletic journey with T-ball, coach pitch, slow pitch, fast ball, cross country running, badminton, and volleyball, rodeo club in high school, roller hockey, ice hockey from pre-novice to midgets. In 2002 he represented Team Alberta at the North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While there, Barry and Matt, also known as the twins, won a Silver Medal in the Badminton Pairs Division. In 2005 Matt won a Championship Banner with the Didsbury Midget Hockey Team. Matthew was a dominant and phenomenal enforcer on the ice where his secret skills were well displayed, his coaches were often amazed by his hockey sense. Matthew also loved playing baseball. He started out playing T-ball in Lethbridge and when they moved back home, he played fastball with the following teams: The Gunns, from 2001-2008 and then from 2008 to present he played with The Tribe. Also, slo-pitch with the Sluggers. Matthew played in many tournaments, his favorite being the Canadian Native Fastball Championships playing with the Canadians. One of the Highlights of playing in Canadians, was hitting a Home run in Prince George, BC. He also played in the CISA League in Calgary for 10 years. He started out as a short stop but could play any position he was assigned, but he excelled as a short-stop. Matt also tried his hand at Volleyball, playing with the Cricketz. Matt made many friends on and off the field. He was a very respected individual who would give the shirt off his back. He was a very quiet but friendly person. Always had a smile on his face and would make sure to greet you with a head nod.

Along with the many accomplishments in sports, his passion for Education. He began his Kindergarten years in Lethbridge, before making his way back home to Kainai. From grade 1 to grade 6, he attended Lavern Middle school and continuing with school at Kainai High School. Matthew was proud to have graduated High School and obtained his High school Diploma in 2008. This started that seed of knowledge and he enrolled in the Automotive program at Lethbridge College, earning himself a certificate. In 2018, Matt enrolled in the Educational Assistant Program at Red Crow College with a collaboration with Bow Valley College and graduated in June of 2019. He was then employed with Kainai Board of Education, working as an Educational Assistant, making a full circle of returning to KBE.

Matthew was the proud father of his three beautiful children: Taleaya, Paisly and Kylen. Matthew went above and beyond to make sure his children’s needs were met. He was a very hands-on dad, and his children were the epitome of his life. We are happy that Matt left us a piece of himself here on Earth, as we see the many resemblances his children display.

Matthew is survived by his Spouse Kayla Scout and parents, Martin Jr and Crystal Curly Rider. Sisters: Vishura (Leon), Madison, Matana. Adopted sisters Keysha (cam), Josie (ty), Tannis (Dom), Tracy, Audrey. Adopted brothers Jimmy (Charlotte), Desmon (Chelsea), Chad, Robby, Winslow, and Waylon. Nephew King curly Rider. Paternal aunts and uncles: Marion and Casey Three Suns, Wilton, Reynold, and Joshua (Stephanie) Curly Rider. Maternal aunts and uncles: Doreen, Jackie, Carol, Pattie, Shauna, Deanna(Mike), Byron(Heather), Grant(Melissa), Austin and Steven Crying Head. Great Aunts Rita MF, Annie CH, Elizabeth and Martin V, Veronica CH. Great uncles Harrison WC, Bernerd S, and Jimmy D. Matthew was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Martin Sr and emiliy cr. Steven sr. Bertha Cr. Bothers Barry CH, Paternal: Joanna Cr, Josephine CR. Cousins Mickey Dr, Sheldon CH, and Dustin DR. We apologize if we have missed anyone, as Matt had a lot of traditional and adopted family through sports, work, camp meetings etc. We also thank everyone for the many prayers and condolences sent our family during this hard time.

Isaiah 40:31-But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

A Visitation will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, April 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Another viewing will take place on Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – A Total of 20 people will be allowed in the building.)

To send a condolence or Watch the Funeral please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.


HAZEL FONTELLA (FON) HOGG (nee Burgess) passed away peacefully on 30 March, 2021 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 90 years. She leaves behind to mourn her passing and to miss her dearly: her four children, Darla (Linn) Jensen, Blaine (Dienna) Hogg, Karen (George) Toone, Marlin (Chris) Hogg, 22 grandchildren and 45 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Milton and Hazel (Nelson) Burgess and her brothers and sisters: Leo (Helen) Burgess, Molly (Leo) Hancock, Irene (George) Gross, Rilla (John) Workington, Ella (Pat) Pittman, Julia (Bill) Hurd, Al Burgess, Ralph (Connie) Burgess, her daughter-in-law Neta Hogg and her son-in-law George Toone.

She was born in Magrath, Alberta on the 26 April, 1930 and had many memories of her childhood and upbringing. She loved her family dearly, especially her cherished husband of 73 years, whom she missed much after his passing last October. Her children and grandchildren will forever remember her long hugs and words of love. She was known as the candy Grandma by her many great grandchildren. They have fond memories of card games and board games with Grandma.

Her passion in life, aside from her family was Family History. She loved to research her ancestry and to help others find their roots. Many will remember her for her willingness to help and the many, may classes she taught on genealogy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Low for his kindness and gentleness these last few months. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Chinook Lodge for making Mom feel so at home. We appreciate the staff at the Cardston Hospital for their kindness and care in Mom’s last days.

A Private Family graveside service will be held on Monday April 5 at the Cardston Cemetery.

To send a condolence visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Margaret “June” Hood

1927 – 2021

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Margaret “June” Hood of Lethbridge, beloved spouse of Stan Dean. June passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the age of 93 years.

June was born in Eston, Saskatchewan on June 16, 1927, to Roy and Ellen Topp. After growing up on the farm near Plato, Saskatchewan, she obtained her teaching certificate, and moved to Southern Alberta and began her teaching career. She met and married William (Bill) Hood and had 3 daughters, and 1 son. June taught grade 3/4 at McNally School for 30 years. June was an avid volunteer with the Lethbridge Ladies Auxiliary of Branch No. 4 for many years. She became president of the Ladies Auxiliary and received the highest possible award given, the “Palm Leaf”. Throughout her years in Lethbridge, she enjoyed curling, playing bridge, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family.

Besides her loving spouse, Stan Dean, June will be deeply missed by her surviving 2 daughters, Heather (Warner) Loat, Brenda (Michael) Hogan and son Roy (Dawn) Hood. She leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Erin (Jay) Myren, Andy Loat, James (Dannielle) Hood, Jennifer (Luke) Hood and Curtis Hood, 5 great-grandchildren, Kalei, Jordan, Mila, Macy and Aria, along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

June is predeceased by her husband Bill Hood, her daughter Robin Payne, son-in-law Glen Payne, her parents Roy and Ellen Topp, sister Muriel Miller, and brothers Lynwood & Leonard Topp.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Garden View Lodge in Lethbridge, for their thoughtful caring ways these past 4 years.

June would have loved to have everyone together to celebrate her life, however with the current health restrictions it is not possible. The immediate family members will be paying their respects privately at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 10, 2021. A live stream will be made available through the Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel website at https://www.mb funerals.com/obituary/MargaretJune-Hood. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted on June’s obituary.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in June’s name can be made to the MS Society of Canada or the Ladies Auxiliary Legion Branch No. 4.

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Joshua (Bull) Lionel Little Leaf

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Joshua passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the age of 36. Joshua was born in Pincher Creek on January 22, 1985.

Joshua is survived by his mother, Velma (Doug) Little Leaf and step father Alvin Yellow Horn, his children Shenayah Little Leaf (late mother Candace Crazy Boy), Hayden, Kaydence, Mikayla, Jack Grant Little Leaf (mother Chantelle Bull Shields). His brother, Tyrel Yellow Horn (Nidel), his sisters, Deanette Little Leaf, Ashley Eagle Bear, Cheyanne Eagle Bear and Courtney Day Chief. His grandmother, Myrna Little Leaf, his uncles, Jack Eagle Bear and Roland (Sturdy) Little Leaf. His great grandfather, Mark (Blandine) Strikes With A Gun, great uncle Peter (Jeannie) Strikes With A Gun, great aunt Isabel Wolf Tail. His cousins, Margery Little Leaf, from the Tsuut’ina Nation, Pat Melting Tallow from the Siksika Nation, Jill Little Leaf and Conrad Little Leaf. His great uncles, Leander Strikes With A Gun, Clinton (Angeleen) Strikes With A Gun, Troy (Lisa) Knowlton, great aunties, Jacqueline (Mills) Big Bull, Pam (Frank) Wolf Tail, Gayle (Larry), Angel (Mike) Knowlton and Natasha (Neil) Sharp Adze. Joshua loved his nieces and nephews dearly, Coby, Raivyn, Parker, Ashlyn, Chyme, Tryton, Ethan, Marina, Kenlee, Hudson, Aubrey and Harlow Yellow Horn. He is survived by his aunts and uncles from Kainai Nation Natalie & Gordon Morning Bird, Frankie & Wilbur Yellow Old Woman, Cecilia & late Norbert Black Water, Florine White Man Left, Teresa & Ron Healy, Veronica Eagle Bear, Joe Stan Eagle Bear, and Pat Eagle Bear. Special cousins Chantelle Eagle Bear, Tasha Eagle Bear and Kelsie Eagle Bear, Ritchie First Charger, RJ Healy and Byron Morning Bird.

More recently, Joshua was employed as a laborer in Seismic activity throughout Alberta. During the fire season, Josh a trained firefighter, who like his fellow colleagues risked their lives to quell the fires throughout Alberta and BC. Josh also worked in construction and housing renovations. As a young man, Joshua moved his family to Calgary, where he also babysat his cousins, Talon, Justus Bearspaw, and Jin Little Leaf, over the years they have retained the friendship and Jin is now fondly called “Little Bull” which is Josh’s nickname, Bull. Joshua was a gentle and kind soul who was always there for his family and his friends. He tinkered in auto motives and was not great at it but because his friends were grease monkeys he jumped right in as well. Whenever an extra hand was needed Joshua was there to help. We will treasure Joshua’s handiwork, like the garbage containers, the benches, the bicycles he made out of recycled garbage. Joshua had a shopping cart at his aunty Jacqueline’s house that he used to collect junk and refurbish tools to sell to his uncle Mills, who appreciated everything Josh did for him. Joshua took good care of his grandmother Myrna by cooking for her and helping her around the house. Joshua loved his metal music and tattoos and would often ask his cousins to play his music. Josh was looking forward to the birth of his niece Raivyn’s baby. Joshua will be greatly missed by his cousins whom he helped in a heartbeat. Josh had many friends in Piikani, Kainai and Siksika he valued his friendships with all his peers and made many memories.

Joshua was predeceased by his brother, Brennan Yellow Horn, his beloved grandfather, Tony Eagle Bear, and great grandmother, Cecile Strikes With A Gun.

At 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, April 5, 2021 there will be a public viewing at Snodgrass in Pincher Creek followed by an open service at 1:00 pm Then at 2:00 pm Joshua will be transported to his grandmother Myrna Little Leaf’s residence in Brocket for a 1-night wake service. The funeral will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at the residence. Joshua will be laid to rest at the Brocket Cemetery. Former Chief Peter Strikes With A Gun will be conducting the traditional ceremony.

COVID – 19 safety protocols will be adhered to, social distancing, masking and had sanitizing will be enforced.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes assisting the Little Leaf family

with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.


January 4, 1956 – March 27, 2021

It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Moe at his home after a brief illness.

He will be missed by all that knew and loved him and by those who were like family to him,

Moe leaves to mourn Dale (Pat) Trentini, Janet Nyari, Darlene (Leo) LeRoy, Larry (Gloria) Trentini, Reno (Jane) Trentini, Mitch Trentini, also Ken (Bev) Dorchak, Frank (Margo) Dorchak, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a very special friend Val Stubbert. Moe was pre-deceased by brother Glen.

Moe was a loving, kind and caring person, He touched many lives, He was a local hairstylist who worked in Alberta and B.C., and had travelled in his younger years to countries like Japan, He told many interesting stories of his travels, especially when he accidentally dropped his new $500 leather, designer boots over the fairy railing when the horn sounded while travelling from Vancouver to Victoria. Moe took life lightly and he was an optimist-extraordinaire. He made people laugh and he was a one-of-a-kind person. We will miss him beyond words.

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Martin “Marty” Mueller

1950 – 2021

Mr. Marty Mueller of Lethbridge passed away at home on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the age of 71 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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ANDREA GAIL SCOUT ANDERSON passed away suddenly at home in Coaldale, on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the age of 43 years.

A Public Wake / Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 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.

The private Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Andrea’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Andrea, donations may be made to assist with education costs for Andrea’s children, Sophie and Micah (frscout06 @yahoo.ca).

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MILDRED “MILLIE” KATHLEEN SHANKS, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Shanks, passed away peacefully at home, on Monday, March 29, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Mildred’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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August 7, 1937 – March 31, 2021

WILLIAM RAYMOND “RAY” WEBBER, beloved husband of Joyce Webber, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

Ray is survived by Joyce, his wife of 61 years, his daughters Kimberly (David Calhoon) and Lisa (Rick Gwalchmai), grandchildren Maria Pecora, Claire (Alex) Pecora, Anthony Pecora, Annie Calhoon, Jake (Cassandra) Gwalchmai, Braeden (Maddie) Gwalchmai and great-grandson Bennett. He also leaves behind his brother Dennis (Cecile) Webber, and a niece and nephews.

Ray was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Nellie Webber, and parents-in-law Johann and Helena Schroeder.

Ray was born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married Joyce in 1959. They made their homes in Winnipeg, Calgary and Lethbridge. Ray spent his working years in the lumber industry, most recently Taiga Building Products. He enjoyed golf, curling and participating in a walking group. He also loved visiting “his girls” in Ontario and South Dakota, and having family visit him in Lethbridge.

Thank you to all the staff of 4B at the Chinook Regional Hospital that provided Ray with such excellent care. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, http://www.crhfoundation.ca/

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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SHARON WOLF CHILD, “Miihsinhskiiakii” passed away on March 25th, 2021 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 53 years. A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, April 4th beginning at 5:00 pm at Alice Wolf Child’s residence, House #54, Moses Lake. A Visitation will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Thursday, April 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Another viewing will take place on Friday, April 9th from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – A Total of 20 people will be allowed in the building.)

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