October 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, August 28, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 28, 2021.

Antonetta “Netta” Baer

1928 – 2021

On Monday, August 23, 2021 ANTONETTA (NETTA) BAER passed away at the age of 93 years at St.Therese Villas, leaving the world with a great deal less magic and grace.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday August 28, 2021 at ST. BASILS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13 STREET NORTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father Kevin Tumbak, Celebrant.

To view the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/Antonetta-Baer and scroll to the bottom of Antonetta’s obituary.

All family and friends are welcome with the understanding that Covid protocols are in place. Lunch will not be provided but the family will be hosting a Celebration of Netta’s life in safer times. Everyone is invited!

Interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Netta and Fred are reunited. Their ashes will be buried together.

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John Walter Blaylock

August 13, 1946 – August 25, 2021

John Walter Blaylock was born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan on August 13, 1946. He passed away peacefully at Fort Macleod Extendicare after a long struggle with dementia in the early morning hours of August 25, 2021, just 12 days after celebrating his 75th birthday with family.

John is survived by his wife of 31 years, Audrey, his son Michael (Carmella), and his two grandsons Seth and Oliver, and their mother Donna. Other family members include his brother Barry (Linda), sister-in-law Angela, brother-in-law Ron Stickel, ex-wife Karon and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his father Jack, his mother Edna, his son Kevin and his brother Ronald.

A special thank you to the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to a child food program.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels. A private family service will be held.

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BRAVE ROCK

GARY BRAVE ROCK, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the age of 58 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 2213 – 6A Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Wilton Day Chief and Travis Plaited Hair officiating.

Following the service, Gary will be laid to rest in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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Crissoula (Christina) Maria Davi Cohen Bryan Born May 20, 1927 – deceased August 24, 2021 with her family by her side.

Born in Greece to Anna and Stanley Davi, one of five children. Christina married John Cohen, and moved to Malta where their five children were born. In 1960 the family immigrated to Canada. In 1962, John was tragically killed in a car accident. On her own, Christina raised her five children. She was employed in housekeeping at the University of Lethbridge and Catholic School District No.9 until she retired. Mom will be greatly missed by her five children, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Therese Villa, CRH Emergency staff (Dr. Hamilton), and family physician Dr. Jonker for their kindness and care for our beloved mother. Evergreen Crematorium Services will be assisting with burial and a Celebration of Her Life Memorial Service is planned by the family for October 2 at Legacy Pavilion located at 216 Cougar Rd. N, Lethbridge between 2-4 pm.

“Your Physical life has ended but your memories live in our hearts forever.”

“Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15 NKJV

To send condolences, please visit http://www.evergreenfh.ca


DE CECCO

GIANNIVA “NINA” DE CECCO passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the age of 65 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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ELEMANS

September 18, 1931 – August 19, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad, FRANS J. ELEMANS, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

Frans is survived by his wife Ada, and children: John (Catherine), Rick (Marj), Maria, Yvonne, Angela (Steve) and Michelle (Scott). He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were the light of his life. Never would his face brighten as much as when he was with his grandchildren.

Frans was predeceased by his daughters, Jackie and Patricia, and son-in-law, Brent.

Born in Helmond, Netherlands, Frans came to Canada in 1956, where he and Ada soon married and started their family.

A voracious reader, Frans developed a keen interest in business, Canadian history, art, politics and a particular passion for gardening.

He was proud of his contribution to his community through the Knights of Columbus, the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society and as a volunteer at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He was often a volunteer on his kids school trips, most notably on an exchange trip to Sackville, Nova Scotia, much to his daughters chagrin!

Dad/Opa, for seeing the beauty in chaos, influencing a family of hard workers, making us laugh, instilling the importance of education, love of reading, love of travel, a strong work ethic, ski trips, late night pizza and all the DQ runs….Thanks a Million! You did it your way.

A special thank you to Dr. Choileain and Dr. Greidanus for your years of compassion and care. To all of Dad’s neighbours who kept an eye on him especially Ben and Ralph. Also, many thanks to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

At Frans’ request, a family ceremony was held on August 21, 2021.

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James Kaizer

1937 – 2021

Mr. James Kaizer of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 83 years.

James was born in Brandon, MB and moved to Kipling then Broadview, SK and spent his childhood and school years in Broadview. He worked at the Sherwood Co-op in Regina for a short time before venturing off to Lynne Lake MB working for the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trade in 1956. He eventually moved back to Regina to work for Canada Safeway and then Yorkton where he raised his family. He then spent many years in the farm equipment business before retiring in Southern Alberta James was a member of the Canadian Legion for over 49 years and AMA Member since 1958. He took pleasure in the simple things in life and enjoyed a good steak, fishing, and was an excellent crib player. He will be dearly missed by all that he touched.

He was predeceased by his parents John Kaizer and Hazel Carleton. James is survived by his daughter Tracy Kaizer.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Robert “Bob” Larson

1946 – 2021

Mr. Robert “Bob” Larson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Jean Larson, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the age of 75 years.

Bob was born and bred in Lethbridge. He loved all sports and played slow pitch winning the city championship in 1977. Later he took up golf. He was a member of Picture Butte Golf Club and played league and weekends for many years. He was a faithful fan of the Lethbridge Bronco’s and Hurricanes, frequently calling GM Peter Anholt to offer his advice. Bob joined Black Velvet Distillery in 1973 and stayed until his retirement in 2007.

Bob is survived by 2 sisters Joan Ennis of Edmonton and Carol Shimek of San Francisco.

He leaves to behind to grieve his passing his two daughters Karen Larson Mckinstry of Lethbridge and her two sons Robert and Connor, Sharon Cambridge of Airdrie and her husband Derek and their two children Mackenzie and Larson.

He was predeceased by his parents Clara and Clarence Larson.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Steve Bateman, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220 6223 2nd Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1J5.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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MALACKO

Our mother, FRANCES MOORE MALACKO (Nee Ferguson), passed away on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021, just three days short of her 98th birthday.

She was born in Fernie, BC on August 27, 1923 and was the eldest granddaughter of the Ferguson and Townsend families who immigrated in 1910 from Cumbria and Lancashire, England to Fernie and Coal Creek to work in the coal mines. Her family lived in Fernie until WWII and then she moved to Nelson to attend business school. Frances worked for a securities firm and thus began her hobby of dabbling in the stock market.

Mom married our father, Ernest “Ernie” Malacko, a Lethbridge native son in 1947 and they built a new home at 524 Dieppe Blvd where they lived for the next 60 years. It was the best neighbourhood to call home and many life-long friendships still flourish. They raised five children: Marilyn, Penny, Stuart, Brian and Murray and cherished eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mom was a “stay at home mom” and was always there for her family. Her pastry was #1 and her grandpa thought it was better than her grandma’s, a compliment she treasured. She also made Yorkshire puddings that were the highest and crispiest. Mom was a master knitter and seamstress and our family all benefited from her creations over the years. She shared her love of the East Kootenays with all her family and the Tie Lake cabin was a retreat for everyone.

Mom had been a resident of St. Therese Villa since dad’s passing in 2013 and the family wishes to thank all the staff there for their friendship and the loving care our dear mother received.

At mom’s request, there will be no formal funeral service. She will be laid to rest with our dad in Mountain View Cemetery.

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


MANY BEARS

Dark hung be the heavens as we call out to our ancestors in the spirit world to welcome our beloved Natoiysoika’sa (Korine Many Bears, nee Yellow Horn) into their embrace. Among the family greeting Korine in Omahksspatsiko (the Sandhills) are her parents Koopis (Thomas Yellow Horn) and Mi’sohpsski (Nellie Yellow Horn) and her sisters, Matsowaakii (Agnes Smith), Caroline and Maohksipi’ksaakii (Denise Dion). Korine will be especially happy to see her son, Naamskiisaoksskini (Jonathon Many Bears), for whom she grieved every day since his death. She will finally get to know her grandson Nolan.

When she glances to the family she leaves behind, she will see Floyd, her husband of 52 years, and their daughter Kendra Marie (Phil). Surrounding them are Kendra’s boys Jude and Giovanni and Jonathon’s daughter Nola, with her two daughters Myla Begay and Alanna Many Bears. Beside them is her special nephew, Nathan, who always called her mom. She will see her sisters Dorothy Provost, Connie Crop Eared Wolf (Andy) and Kathy Breaker (Stuart) and her Yellow Horn brothers Romeo, Joseph, Marvin (Marlene) and Eldon. Behind them is gathered a crowd of life-long friends and caring relatives who are all sorry to see her leave. We who knew Korine in our lives now feel a spot in our hearts that will be forever empty.

Korine was born at Brocket on the Peigan Indian Reserve on January 10, 1947. Her Piikani identity was an important part of her life. She took great pleasure in attending powwows and she often went back to Brocket during the annual “Indian Days.” Dancing and living in a tipi were the memorable moments of summer for her. Her commitment to Niitsitapi culture eventually led her to participate in the sacred ceremonies of the Ookaan (Sundance) as a bundle holder with the Iitskinaiksi (Horn Society). Once she transferred her membership, she became an Elder guiding new members through the ceremonies and duties of a medicine bundle holder. As her health declined so did her ability to dance, but she still liked powwows. She gained comfort from the songs and visiting with friends.

Like many Piikani children, attending residential school was part of Korine’s life experience. She was a student at the Ermineskin School in Hobbema, now Maskwacis, Alberta. Despite this challenge, she surpassed the education she received there. She returned home for high school and enrolled at G.R. Davis School in Fort Macleod. When she graduated in 1964 that was an uncommon achievement for girls. She was among the first Piikani students to attend the Lethbridge Community College and to have a modern career as a social worker. As a young couple, Korine and Floyd celebrated a personal triumph in 1973 when they became home-owners in Lethbridge. These milestones that Korine passed seem remarkable because of the time, but not for her because she was used to reaching beyond her grasp.

Korine was part of the first generation that could leave the reserve without needing a permit, which was a good thing because nothing could constrain her. As soon as she could she got a driver’s licence and never looked back. With her own money from her job, she bought that famous blue VW Beetle that nearly clocked a million miles while it was on the road. She and Floyd liked to travel. They would regularly pack up the Beetle, hitch on their pop-up trailer and hit the road. When Jonathon and Kendra came along, they up graded to a truck and camper for their family vacations. Their favourite destination was the open road and their Alberta licence plates were often spotted in Montana, California and all the western states in between. Unfortunately, mobility issues forced Korine to curtail her travels but not before she made one more epic journey with Kendra to Medjugorje in 1989 when it was still part of Yugoslavia. She made this pilgrimage to rekindle her faith and to prove that she could reclaim the independence she lost to a stroke.

Korine learned to walk again and regained her speech in Blackfoot and English, though the paralysis in her right arm was permanent. Disabled was a status she rejected as she never felt any diminished capacity to learn. She became a student again when she enrolled at the University of Lethbridge, where she earned a BA (‘94). She continued her studies at the University of Calgary and successfully completed the degree requirements for a BSW (‘97). Education was her therapy and each goal she attained helped to rebuild her self-confidence. Ultimately, the toll of chronic illness undermined the advances she made. For the last two years she enjoyed the company of peers at the Kainai Continuing Care Centre. She went to live with our ancestors on August 23, 2021, at the age of 74.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M. with Martin Eagle Child officiating.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Wilton Goodstriker officiating.

Following the service, Korine will be laid to rest in the Many Bears Family Plot on the Blood Reserve.

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


John Pimm

1951 – 2021

Mr. John Pimm of Milk River, formerly of Lacombe and beloved husband of Mrs. Debbie Pimm, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 70 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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SMETANY

STEPHEN JOSEPH SMETANY, beloved husband of Gladys Smetany, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the age of 82 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at ROYAL VIEW MEMORIAL CEMETERY, 5920 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SWATSKE

ADELHEIT “ADELL” SWATSKE, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the age of 70 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


THOMPSON

RALPH THOMPSON, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 89 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed via Ralph’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

To send a condolence, please visit

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Arthur “Al” Watterud

1936 – 2021

Mr. Arthur “Al” Watterud, beloved husband of Mrs. Lil Watterud, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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