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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 16, 2023.

STRANG, Andrew STRANG DR. ANDREW GRAY STRANG, beloved husband of the late Joan Marilynne (MacDonald) Strang, passed away unexpectedly in Cardston, Alberta on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the age of 79 years.
Andy was born on September 25, 1943 in Claresholm, Alberta to Claude Gray Strang and Eleanor Margaret (Anderson) Strang. He is survived by seven children, Gerald (Liz), Joe (Lacey), Jeff (Jolene), Jim (Anita), Janet (Steve), Shannon (Dennis), and Eric as well as 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Joan Ready and Robin Riehl.
Andy grew up on a farm east of Claresholm. That farm life ultimately led him to the University of Saskatchewan to study Veterinary Medicine. In 1968, Andy married Joan, a package deal that came with five children under the age of ten. After graduating with a degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1969, Andy, Joan and their five children moved to Cardston, AB where Andy became a partner with Dr. Glen Jones at the Foothills Veterinary Clinic. After a few years of marriage two more children were added to the family. Andy continued to work at the Foothills Veterinary Clinic for the next 41 years until his well-earned retirement in November of 2010. Andy and Joan travelled extensively in their retirement; an activity they enjoyed together until, after 53 years of marriage, Joan passed away in 2021.
Throughout his life, Andy gave countless hours of service to the community including over 50 years as a member of the Lion’s Club, 37 years on the Aetna Irrigation Board, many years of involvement with Scouts Canada, Heritage Days Pet Show, Cardston Festival of Lights, and regular visits to residents in Lee Crest just to name a few.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cardston Lion’s Club.
A Memorial Service will be held at the South Hill Chapel, (950 Main Street), Cardston on Thursday, March 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Lindemann of the Lutheran Church officiating.
Friends may meet the family at the church on March 23rd, from 10:00 to 10:55 a.m.
To Watch the service Later or send Condolences, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca
WILDE, Mabel WILDE Mabel Lillian Wilde, beloved wife of the late Marlin David Wilde, passed away at Fort Macleod Extendicare on Monday, March 13, 2023 at the age of 98 years. A month and a half before her 99th birthday.
Friends may meet the family on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. prior to the service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge East Stake Chapel, 4105 Forestry Ave. S. The Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
For more information and to send condolences please go to http://www.generationsfh.ca
ENGSTROM, Ruth RUTH ENGSTROM 1939 – 2023 Mrs. Ruth Engstrom of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Carl Engstrom, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, March 10, 2023, at the age of 83 years.
Ruth was born in Saskatoon at St. Paul’s Hospital to parents Jacob Dickman and Helen Janzen at 11am on July 14, 1939. After attending Saskatoon business college, Ruth worked as a secretary at city hall in Saskatoon, and later in Wetaskiwin. She married Carl July 15, 1967, and had 2 children: Darren and Warren. She enjoyed reading, studying the Word, watching hockey and golf and writing letters. A major accomplishment was leading a ladies Bible study for a number of years.
Ruth is survived by her son Warren; sister Gladys Procyshen, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Carl, Ruth was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Helen Dickman; son Darren; and first husband Arnold Krahn.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21. 2023 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Ruth-Engstrom and scroll to the bottom of Ruth’s obituary page to find the link.
A private family Interment will be held.
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NIBLER, John JOHN NIBLER 1946 – 2023 Mr. John Nibler of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Barbara Nibler, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at the age of 76 years. He is survived by his wife and three children, Amy Anderson, Sarah Pederson and Jonathan Nibler.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at ST. MARTHA’S PARISH, 355 COLUMBIA BLVD W, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father William Monis, celebrant. To watch John’s service via livestream, please go to https://www.youtube.com/@st.marthasparish-lethbridg6000
A private family Interment will be held.
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LYONS, Jolayne LYONS JOLAYNE DORIS LYONS, beloved wife of 52 years to Doug Lyons, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s – Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at the age of 73 years.
Jolayne is the loving mother of Chad (Heather) Lyons and Nikki Lyons. She will be remembered by her sisters Doreen Trapp, Gladys Christensen, Janette (Perry) Porter; brother Plenny (Betty) Anderson, and sisters-in-law Pat Anderson and Barb Anderson. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, and close long time family friends.
Jolayne was predeceased by her brothers Lloyd Anderson, Kenneth Anderson, Glen Anderson; and brothers-in-law Lloyd Trapp and Skeez Christensen. As well as sisters-in-law, Gill Anderson, Donna Loxton, Sandra Omelchuk; parents Lydia and Clarence Anderson; and mother-in-law Doris Bennett.
Jolayne had an extensive career of 43 years with the Government of Alberta AISH office. She built many friendships with her coworkers and was known to many in the community.
Jolayne had a wonderful sense of humor and was always ready to plan the next great prank/joke. She brought her laughter, kindness, witty one-liners, and her “tell it like it is” attitude to everyone she knew. She fought her battle with cancer with strength and an optimistic spirit that was well admired and respected.
Jolayne enjoyed a good cup of coffee, visiting with family and friends, camping, gardening, and browsing the local thrift stores.
Jolayne will be dearly missed by all and her memory will forever live on in our hearts.
We would like to extend our Thank you to Dr. Roth, the Palliative Care home care team, and the staff at the St. Michael’s – Palliative Care Unit for the wonderful care of mom.
Mom’s wish was for no formal funeral service to be held. A private family gathering will held be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jolayne, donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.ca or to the St. Michael’s Health Centre – 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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HOGLUND, Joan HOGLUND JOAN KATHLEEN HOGLUND, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the age of 80 years.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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BZDELL, Eleanor BZDELL ELEANOR RUTH BZDELL of Lethbridge, wife of the late Victor Bzdell, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the age of 88 years.
As per Eleanor’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.

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HELWIG, Douglas HELWIG It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of DOUGLAS JAMES HELWIG, of Milk River, AB. Doug was surrounded by his family when he passed peacefully at the Intercare Chinook Hospice in Calgary on Friday, March 10th, 2023, after a battle with cancer.
Doug was 86 years old and led a long and fulfilling life doing the things he loved to do – farming, ranching, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.
Doug was born in Calgary but spent most of his life in Milk River developing strong ties to the community he loved. He had a quick smile for everyone he met and one of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren teaching them to play his favorite card game – Cribbage.
He is survived by his wife Rosy and four daughters: Florry (Brian), Gail, Michele (Mel) and Tammy (Cameron). He was blessed with seven grandchildren – Krysten (Trent), Marissa (Dion), Isabella, Matthew, Jack, Tate, and Siena. He also had three wonderful great-grandchildren: Blake, Logan and Corbyn.
A Prayer Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street NW, Milk River, AB, on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at 10:10 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada celebrating. A Eulogy will be presented at 10:00 A.M. The Eulogy and Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Doug’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Following the Funeral Mass, a Lunch Reception will be held at the Milk River Civic Centre.
Doug will be laid to rest in a private Family Interment in St. Isadore’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Allerston, AB.
In memory of Doug, donations may be made to the HALO Air Ambulance, 557 – 18 Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8C4.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
TWIGG, Tarasina TWIGG Tarasina Mary Celine Twigg, NATO’WAKII “Holy Woman” passed away suddenly at the Cardston Hospital on March 7, 2023 at the age of 29 years old. She was born on August 8, 1993.
Left to mourn her passing are her children: Cobin Jr. and Kateri Young Pine, special friend JD Potts, her father Clayton Twigg, her stepfather Wallace Shingoose, siblings Nicole Twigg, Naomi (Chris Jr.) Shade, Clayton Twigg Jr., Jameson Twigg, and Peyton Twigg. Her maternal grandparents, Carolla and Hugh Hanley. Her nephews, Cole (Sharlee), Lazarus, Drew & Chase, nieces, Adrianna, Savannah, and Kenny Jr.,God parents, Delores and Mylen Red Crow, God children, Lazarus, Beekie, Leo & Chase, uncles, Wayne Twigg, Cory Twigg, and Marlin Black Rabbit. Aunts, Geraldine Twigg, Bernadette Davis, Carolyn Twigg, Annette Twigg, Roxanne (Alfie) Twigg, Desirae Auger, Mary Starlight, Deloris, Denise, and Cheryl Hanley. Her best friend Taylor Bastien, Maya Many Grey Horses, Miranda Twigg, Jazmine Fox, and Allie Healy. Adopted siblings Mike Twigg, Beth Wells, Brian (Kasten) Fox, Keelie Scout, Carlin Black Rabbit, and Amber Creighton. In Laws Leon Young Pine, Elios Day Chief, Tim Day Chief, Dolly Yellow Wings, nieces and nephews, Myles, Reese, and Cassidy. Tarasina will be greatly missed by numerous family and friends, we greatly apologize if anyone was missed.
Tarasina was predeceased by her Husband Cobin Young Pine, her Mother Janice Shingoose, paternal grandparents, James and Celina Twigg, maternal grandfather, Ernest Black Rabbit, niece, Callie Shade, great grandparents George and Emma Many Feathers, uncles Leonard, Tony, Charlie, Sheldon, Josh Twigg, Barry and Ernest Black Rabbit, aunts, Doreen Zuback, Kim Twigg, and Nora Black Rabbit. Sister in law, Terrace Yellow Wings, special cousins, Russell Twigg, Crystal “Girlie” Twigg, Leanne Fox, and Nevada Heavy Runner, Nedra Fox, and Stephanie Fox. Dear friends Nikki Lawerance and Kayleen Weasel Head.
Born at the Cardston Hospital,Tarasina was lovingly named after a very dear friend to her parents, Sister Tarasina McNeil, and her paternal Grandmother Celina Twigg. However, she was affectionately referred to as “Sinaface,” because her dad felt that she had the perfect little face. As a chubby little baby, she was instantly loved and adored by many family and friends, especially her Godparents: Delores and Mylen Red Crow. She was always very protective over her cousins, friends, and her baby brother and sidekick, CJ. Attending Pow Wows from birth, Tarasina was referred to as the family’s “Pow Wow Baby.” She began dancing at a very young age in the Jingle Dress Category. She is well-known for having pioneered a very unique style of dancing which is widely used by other dancers to this day. She also had a very distinct look that made her stand out at competitions. Tarasina won and placed at several dance competitions throughout her lifetime. She and her best friend Taylor Bastien shared a love of dancing and were rarely far from each other at Pow Wows. At 11 years old, she was officially initiated into the Pow Wow Circle. Her unique style of dance and dress, made her a favourite for various Pow Wow Posters, Advertisements, and News Articles. Along with a love for Pow Wows, she also attended many ceremonies, bundle openings, and the Sundance where she would offer to help as much as she could. She always loved wearing her ceremony dresses and bandanas. Dancing was her life’s passion, she loved traveling to as many Pow Wows as she could, where she would camp and spend time with family and friends. She was also very dedicated to her Catholicism and was an altar server throughout her childhood and teens at All Saints Parish. Tarasina also participated in many Searches, and had a special devotion to Saint Kateri.
Tarasina met the love of her life, Cobin Young Pine, at the age of 16 years old. They were one of the sweetest couples you would ever meet. They lovingly welcomed the birth of their son Cobin Jr. in 2012, they were then married on October 4, 2014, and celebrated the birth of their precious daughter Kateri in October 2015. Tragically, Cobin was killed in an accident in January 2016. Although she was absolutely devastated by the loss of her loving husband, her love for her babies gave her strength to carry on.
In December 2018, she met JD Potts, and quickly formed close bonds with his mother, Dolly Yellow Wings, and sister, Terrace Yellow Wings. Spending time with them and her friends and family were always very important to Tarasina. Her friends were very important to her and she served as a Bridesmaid and Maid of Honour to several of them throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by so many.
Tarasina completed her primary schooling in the Holy Spirit School Division, and later graduated from the Lethbridge Community College with a Diploma in Marketing in July of 2018. She also attended the Purely Inspired Beauty Academy from September 2018 to June 2019. She loved working with Mary Ann Crow-Healy at the Blackfoot Art Gallery. She also loved teaching Jingle Dress Dance lessons and taught many crafting and beading classes as well.
A loving mother, a devoted wife and partner, a beautiful daughter, a protective sister, and a loyal friend, she was truly an angel in our lives and will be missed beyond words.
A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday March 18, 2023 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in Twigg Family Cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.
WEASEL HEAD, May WEASEL HEAD MAY ROSE WEASEL HEAD, of the Blood Reserve, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the age of 71 years.
A Wake will be held at MOSES LAKE GYM, Blood Reserve, AB, on Sunday, March 19, 2023, from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB, on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, May will be laid to rest in the Young Pine Family Plot.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
MANY BEARS, Jessie MANY BEARS JESSIE MARIE MANY BEARS passed away in Lethbridge, on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the age of 26 years.
A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.
Following the Funeral Service, Jessie will be laid to rest in the Many Bears Family Plot.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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