April 14th, 2024

TUESDAY, April 05, 2022

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 5, 2022.

Iitaksik’kit’staakii Lucille Bare Shin Bone

Lucille was born on April 28, 1953, to Ainoota (John) Bare Shin Bone and Iimii’tsimaakii/Ksik’kawootaan (Annie Blood) Bare Shin Bone. Lucille attended St. Mary’s Indian Residential School at the tender age of five.

Her Mother, Annie worked at the school, and she felt comfort in that. Prior to residential school, Lucille was brought up the traditional and culture way of life, she was named Iitaksik’kit’staakii by her aunt Emma Rides At The Door. Whom along with her husband George raised her as one of their many Kipiitaapo’kaiks in the traditional way of life. Her first language was Blackfoot which she was fluent in and continued to speak until she left this world. She took great pride in her up bringing especially the teachings from her parents. She continued to practice and taught her traditions and cultural knowledge to her staff and participants.

Following residential school, she graduated at the age of sixteen in 1969 from McCoy High School in Medicine Hat. She then went on to the Henderson School of Business, and eventually the University of Lethbridge. Lucille was known for, and prided herself, in her professionalism and strong work ethic.

In the early seventies, Lucille was able to secure a secretarial position at Blood Tribe Social Development. Along with her lifelong friend and sister Vivian White Quills. They went through a lot of adventures and spent time together, especially the past twenty years.

During the mid-seventies, Lucille met Albert Many Fingers and together they built a ranch with a beautiful home. They raised their daughter Elana and shortly thereafter Aaron came along. Lucille and Albert loved their family and provided for their children to the point of spoiling them. She was devastated when she lost Albert, but she preserved and continued as a single parent.

Lucille was employed with Kainai Children Services as an Executive Assistant during the time of her husband’s passing. She enjoyed her job especially when she coordinated a group of Elders; Rosie Day Rider, Louise Crop Eared Wolf, Rosie Red Crow, Margaret Hind Man to name a few.

She learned more traditions, culture, protocols, and practices from them which made her more efficient and knowledgeable. She said, “I learned from the best”. Through all these teachings, Lucille in turn was an Elder!

Lucille met and married Oliver Soop and met his children. Lucille excepted them with open arms and considered them as her own. She was a close friend to Everette Soop and spent time with him listening, learning, and gathering more knowledge. Again, she was devastated when he passed away.

Thereafter, Lucille was hired as Cultural Facilitator for Lethbridge Aboriginal Career and Employment Centre. That’s where she started teaching culture and language to youth participants. She thrived in this position and said it was her “Calling” as she had found her niche in life. Lucille returned to the Blood Reserve and found employment with Blood Tribe Social Development, where she first began her professional career years prior, as the Programs Supervisor, teaching what she loved most: Culture. She was with the department for ten years until her passing, her coworkers were her second family. Participants gravitated to her because of her gentle nature, kind words, and gave great inspiration to all who met her.

Lucille leaves to mourn her son Albert, grandson Owen and granddaughter Allie ManyFingers. Her Stepchildren; Leon (Heather), Eldon (Estelle) and Simone Soop, Cissy (Lawrence) Mistaken Chief. Her adopted children; Ivy Annie Big Head, Trisha (Rumpa) Blackwater, Josie (Clint), Shelby Bare Shin Bone, Byrdie Healy, Wes Black Rabbit and Jolaine Chief Moon. After her sister Linda passed in August, she was mom to her children; Maria, Malcolm and Denise Eagle Speaker, Beulah (Colin) Mountain Horse and Lurlene Bare Shin Bone. Lucille is survived by her siblings; Roy (Christine), Jordan (Susan) Johnny, Randy Bare Shin Bone, Gail (Randy) Many Bears and Cynthia (Ronnie Scout) Bare Shin Bone; Brothers-in-law Dale Low Horn and Jim Shot Both Sides.

Iitak’ksik’istaakii joins many loved ones who have gone before her, daughter; Elana ManyFingers. Parents; Ainoota (John), Iimii’tsimaakii/Ksik’kawootaan (Annie) Bare Shin Bone. Brothers; Peter Big Head, Vernon and Francis Bare Shin Bone, her sisters; Ruby Eagle Plume, Malina Bare Shin Bone, Yvonne Big Head, Linda Shot Both Sides, Sylvia Low Horn, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

The Wake Service will be held on Monday, April 4 at White Calf Hall, Stand Off from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:00 am. The family is requesting no flowers.

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Travis Luke Fair Chief Calf, passed away on March 28, 2022 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 29 years. The Wake Service will be on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Holy Grounds Ministries Church, Blood Reserve from 6:00 pm – all night. The Funeral Service will be held at Holy Grounds Ministries Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, April 8 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Kathryn Hoyt

1959 – 2022

Miss Kathryn Betty Hoyt of Lethbridge, beloved mother, grandmother and dear friend to so many, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the age of 62 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers donations in Kathryn’s name can be made to Southminster United Church. 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P7.

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A Celebration of life Reception will be held for the Late Evelyn Jane Jones on April 9, 2022 at the South Minister United Church, 1011 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB from 12-2pm.


Carrie Ann MacQuarrie (Zaraska)

It saddens us to say, Carrie passed away at foothills hospital March 28, 2022, of natural causes.

A daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a friend.

Carrie leaves behind her son, Scott (Hope), daughter Leah, (grandson: Colten) mother and father Mavis and John, sisters Penny (Barrie) and Dana (John) and brother Doug. And many nieces and nephews.

We will remember Carrie for her love of the sunshine, playing with her plants and reading books and also for the love she brought to so many lives.

Carrie was born in Grand Forks, BC. 1965 /07/26 Her family moved to Merritt, BC and then Elk Point, Ab where she graduated from high school. She resided for a short time in Edmonton and Saskatoon but spent most of her life living and raising her family in Lethbridge, Ab.

As Carrie wasn’t a fan of large crowds or being the center of attention, the family has decided on a small family gathering at a further date.

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December 9, 1960 – March 31, 2022

BLAISE MARKLINGER, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Sandy Marklinger, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the age of 61 years.

He will be truly missed by his mother Peggy Marklinger, wife Sandy Marklinger (Hall), children Bradley Marklinger, (Sandra), Matthew Marklinger, Renae Martinell, (Jan), Matthew Martinell, (Rachel), grandchildren Isaac and Liam, sister Karen Boyd, mother-in-law Treva Hall, nieces and nephews, and many friends and acquaintances.

Blaise was predeceased by his father Gerald Marklinger, sisters Kathleen Flak and Loreen Guerra, nephew Shayne Hamilton, and father-in-law Roy Hall.

Blaise was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta on December 9th, 1960. He met and later married Sandy in 2007. They enjoyed many years together in Lundbreck as well as Lethbridge.

Blaise loved to go fishing and hunting, and for many years kept the freezer full with his ability to provide. He enjoyed cooking, camping, and the great outdoors.

Blaise overcame many health issues and continued to persevere with all his determination. He was a true fighter until the end.

A Celebration of Blaise’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11:00 A.M.

At the family’s request, for those who attend the service, facemasks will be mandatory and will be available upon entry.

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November 9, 1920 – April 2, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, BARBARA LORETTA O’CONNELL (née Bright) at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the age of 101 years.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Dennis.

There is no funeral planned at this time.

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LEOLA (LEE) JEAN PHILLIPS, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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LORNA PIRAUX passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022, peacefully with her family at her side.

Lorna was predeceased by her parents, Avelino and Mary Marchi.

She is survived by her husband, Lanny Piraux of Raymond AB; her children, Shona (Vern) Tellefson of Raymond AB, Kayla Reyes (Mynor) of Lethbridge AB, and Kyle Piraux of Victoria BC; her grandchildren, Craig, Kassidy, Aaliyah, Owen, and Austin; her great-grandchildren, Aspen, Ophelia, and Quinn; her sisters Jean Marchi, and Rita Lloyd; and her nieces and nephews, Shane, Jason, and Laura.

Lorna’s passion was her family and the time she spent with them. She was also dedicated to the personal and professional growth of her students. She will be sorrily missed by the many people whose lives she touched. Lorna created a ripple effect in the world. She was an influencer and mentor to so many people. She will forever remain in our hearts. Lorna’s final wish was to have her strength lived through us and to make the most out of each day. Life is a gift!

A private Funeral Service will be held, with interment to follow.

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Lilian Pohjakas

1928 – 2022

Mrs. Lilian Pohjakas of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kaljo Pohjakas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the age of 93 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at FREE GRACE FELLOWSHIP, 1807 AB-2A, Lethbridge, AB T1H 0G4.

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RICHARDS – DICK OWEN DALE passed away in Cardston, Alberta April 1, 2022 after an lengthy illness at the age of 96.

Dick was born May 12, 1925 in Aetna, Alberta and spent his whole life in the Cardston area. He spent his Childhood in Aetna and lived in the village 50 years of his married life.

He spent a life of service and was always very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is survived by his loving wife

of 71 years, Shirley (Oviatt) and is the father of six children: Kaye, Douglas (Patty), Patricia Patterson (John deceased), Robert deceased (Vivian), Christine Wendel (Cam), Kendon (Kristi), 15 grand children and 38 great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral home, Cardston,

Alberta on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at 12:00 noon. Friends may meet the family from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Aetna Cemetery.

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DOUG SHIELDS, beloved husband of Mary, passed away at home on April 2nd, 2022 at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife Mary and his children Carol (Bill) Turko, Debra (Leonard) Binning, Brenda Shields and Doug Shields Jr.

He was blessed with nine grandchildren Brooke, Macaul (Travis), Clarke (Mackenzie), Hannah (Clayton), Justin, Rachel, Dougie, Ryley, Kieran and three great grandchildren Ruby, Lucy, Molly and another on the way.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday April 7th at 1:00pm at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints 2410 28 St S (Beside The Enmax).

Friends may meet with the family before the Service from 12:00-12:45pm. A zoom link will be available on the Salmon and Sons website if you wish to watch online.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Christopher Switzer

1931 – 2022

Mr. Christopher Hilton Switzer of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Merle Switzer, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, April 4, 2022, at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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JOHN VAN ROON passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

John was born on February 5, 1941, in Strijen, The Netherlands. In 1952, he emigrated to Canada with his parents and five siblings, and settled in the Iron Springs area. At age 18, he joined the RCMP and served for 26 years, mostly in the lower mainland of British Columbia, later in Lethbridge, including two years as part of the Musical Ride. After retiring, he took up farming where he never tired of cutting and baling hay, planting trees and spending time in the Quonset, which was full of auction sale finds and replacement parts, to which friends and neighbours were always welcomed. John sang with the Christian Men’s Choir and volunteered for many years at Young Offenders and thrift stores. He also loved to golf, twice scoring a hole-in-one.

He left behind everything he owned and those he loved and held most dear: His wife of 47 years, Elvina Mae (nee Nieboer); son Ken Van Roon (Julie Barr); daughter Darcy (Wes) Dyck; grandchildren Kaitlyn (Brian) Jenkins, Courtney (Santiago) Allier, Josh Dyck and Nathan Van Roon; great-grandchildren Oakley and Hanes Jenkins; brothers and sisters Casey (Heidi) Van Roon, Peter (Wilma) Van Roon, Riet Scheffer, Audrey Kolk, Anne Wichers, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by Elvina’s family Will Nieboer, Joyce Doumeng, Carol Nieboer, four nieces, one nephew and their families.

John was predeceased by brothers-in-law Herman Scheffer, Albert Kolk, Cyril Wichers, Dick Doumeng, Raynold Nieboer and sister-in-law Twylla Nieboer.

John loved his Lord and was ready to meet him. His favourite bible verse was John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he

gave his one and only son,

that whoever believes in Him should

not perish, but have eternal life”

Dear man, how we will miss you.

A family gathering will be held at a later date.

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

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