February 26th, 2024

Tuesday, January 2, 2024


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 2, 2024.

TAILFEATHERS, Frederick “Rick” TAILFEATHERS Rick Tailfeathers (Suwatsiikinii) passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and his dear friend, brother Sheldon First Rider on December 21, 2023. Rick was a Strong Warrior as he battled cancer for two and a half years. Our most beloved Family patriarch.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, of 46 years. His children Ryan (Carrie), Arnell, Shaun (Wynetta), Deserae (Laine), adopted children Colin Peigan and late Jasmin Peigan. Grandchildren; Liam, Abigail, Madison, Sequoia, Shaun Jr. Seth, late Simone, his siblings Georgette Fox, Margaret Fox, Gerald (Colleen) Tailfeathers and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by Nellie and Harvey Tailfeathers, his siblings Lester, Lyman, Phillip, Gilbert, Lillian , Christine and his granddaughter Simone.
Rick was born in the Blood Indian Hospital on Nov. 6,1950. Rick comes from the All Tall People Clan. He grew up in Bull Horn and he attended St. Paul’s Residential School for 11 years and he graduated from the Cardston High School. He attended Mount Royal College in Calgary. He received a diploma in Social Work. When he moved back to the Reserve, he worked with Blackfoot Radio and as a journalist for Kainai News. In 1991 he launched an exciting business! Working with his own film and video company, Sweet Grass Productions. He created numerous educational, promotional, documentary and feature videos. He focused on the Blackfoot Language, history and culture and current issues impacting the Blood Tribe. Rick worked as a Cultural Consultant for the most well known film, “Where The Spirit Lives.” It was the Inspirational beginning of Reconciliation. He went on to work for the Blood Tribe as the Communications Director. He was the Voice of the Blood Tribe. He represented the Tribe in Public Relations. Rick contributed so much to the positive image and well being of the Blood Tribe people. He was well respected in Kainai and the Blackfoot Confederacy.
Rick also loved the St. Pauls Anglican Anglican Church. He was on the Vestry, serving as the People’s Warden. Rick contributed to the planning of the beautiful basement and kitchen renovation. He was a talented artist, musician, skilled carpenter. He played in a rock band in his younger days. Rick was a dedicated loving family man. Above everything else, he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. They enjoyed his Story telling, Cultural teachings, (Blackfoot language) Napi legends, humor and he loved to entertain with his guitar. Rick always loved to work outdoors, doing lawn work, building a tree house, etc. He was a hard worker! Rick built a huge addition to their house. He was always busy, being productive. He was amazing, inspiring, intelligent, wise, strong, kind, courageous, compassionate, patient with great integrity. He led by his great example, footsteps. Together Rick and Sharon achieved so many of their dreams! They worked as a team, supporting each other. Their beautiful family life was their best achievement. They enjoyed camping and travelling to places like B.C., the U.S.A. and Mexico.
One of the most Precious times is when Rick and Sharon joined the Itskinaiiks (Horn Society). With their leader Wilton Goodstriker and their Society, they were instrumental to Reviving and Preserving our way of life. They cherished their ceremonial experiences and relationships with their holy brothers and sisters. Rick always looked forward to our annual Sundance. Later Rick became an Elder for the following Horn Societies. He was always so happy to be painting faces and praying for so many people. Rick was happy to share his teachings with the younger people. Many people attended the annual ceremony for prayers, protection and healing. Rick was a true grandfather by the way he lived as a kind strong humble man. Rick started his Spirit Journey on the Winter Solstice. Each Sundance Horns pray that they can make it to the Solstice. At the solstice they pray to make it to the next Akokatsin (balance).
The people of the Blood Tribe, the Blackfoot Confederacy, within and beyond our traditional territory will deeply miss a loving friend, a traditional grandfather a loving husband and father. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and numerous relatives. Bullhorn will not be the same without him.
Sharon and Family thanks all the medical staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, St. Mikes Hospital and the Foothills Hospital (Tom Bakers Cancer Center) to the Professional Doctors and Nurses who have given their best medical care to Rick. We also appreciate the Blood Tribe Medical Transportation (Robert Wells) and their dedicated drivers.
A Wake Service will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, South Hill Chapel Cardston on Thursday, January 4, 2023 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, January 5 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.
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HANNA, Rosealie ROSALIE MARVEL HANNA 1939 – 2023 Mrs. Rosalie Marvel Hanna of Picture Butte and Lethbridge, beloved mother of Terry, Donna, Bev, and Murray, passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly in her home on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the age of 84 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.
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SHAVER, Eleanor ELEANOR MARY ELIZABETH SHAVER 1921 – 2023 Mrs. Eleanor Mary Elizabeth Shaver of Lethbridge passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at the age of 102 years.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 ST S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Eleanor-MaryElizabeth-Shaver
A private family Graveside Service will be held prior in Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
If friends desire, donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/
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ROGAN, Ernest ERNEST ROGAN 1928 – 2023 Mr. Ernest Rogan of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Anna Rogan, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the age of 95 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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DAIGNAULT, Laurance DAIGNAULT, Laurance Bernard August 14, 1941 – December 24, 2023 Laurance Daignault beloved husband of the late Dorothy Daignault passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 24, 2023.
Laurance will be lovingly missed by his children, Sharyl (Keith) Major and Darryl (Cath) Daignault; and grandsons, James (Lauren), Cale (Kat), Cameron and Patrick. Laurance will be loved and remembered by his youngest brother Jacques (Heather) Daignault as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will also be missed by his dear friend Dianne and all the other special friends whose lives he touched.
Laurance made family his priority, yet he made sure to make time for the many friends he made through his professional and volunteer activities and his time spent at Turner Valley Golf Course. He was actively involved with the St. Gerard’s Church community and the Knights of Columbus.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of your choice.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Mr. Daignault’s service streamed live here https://youtube.com/live/4gPo1iEILqc?feature=share on the day of the service. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Laurance’s family at http://www.MHFH.com.
In living memory of Laurance Daignault, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

BERGMAN, Homer “Melvin” BERGMAN HOMER “MELVIN” BERGMAN, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Melba Bergman, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge, on Friday, December 29, 2023 at the age of 95 years.
A private family Service will be held at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
ARROYO, Lucia ARROYO LUCIA ARROYO, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Monday, January 1, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Arrangements will be announced when completed.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
PISKO, Shirley PISKO SHIRLEY DIANE PATRICIA PISKO, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Ronald Clarence Pisko, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the age of 78 years.
A prayer service will be held on Friday January 5, 2024, at 7:00 P.M., at Cornerstone Funeral Home, 2825 32nd Ave South, Lethbridge AB, with Father Mark Bayrock officiating.
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 643 12b Street North, Lethbridge AB.
Following the service Shirley will be laid to rest with her beloved husband at Mountain View Cemetery.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
GRAHAM, Ruth GRAHAM Ruth Elizabeth Graham (Gehmlich), 84, of College Station, TX, left this mortal existence on December 9th, 2023 in American Fork, UT.
Ruth was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta Canada. She was a dedicated student and graduated from Raymond High School as Valedictorian. She met and married Robert Graham, and a short time later began a lifetime of selfless devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, scrapbooking, journaling, sewing, gardening, and working puzzles.
Ruth supported her husband in many pursuits during their life together that allowed them to live in Canada, Central FL, Marietta GA, and College Station TX. At the time of her passing, Ruth lived in Highland, UT.
As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ruth loved to serve others. Many came to know and love her through her church service, including Ward and Stake Relief Society President and Stake Young Women’s President. Ruth had a deep love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and modeled her life after the Savior. It was a rare occasion to hear her complain or speak unkind words about another. She truly was a follower of Christ and radiated those attributes to all who knew her.
Ruth is preceded in death by her infant daughter, Wendy May; her parents Karl and Herta Gehmlich; her brother Grant, and her loving husband Robert Graham.
She is survived by eight children- Richard (Tracy) Graham of Kennesaw GA, Randy (Jana) Graham of Silver Springs FL, Daren (Amber) Graham of College Station TX, Kevin (Lydia) Graham of Wichita KS, Michelle (Todd) Bagley of Lehi UT, Lisa (Darrell) Brantley of Belleview FL, Todd (Jamie) Graham of College Station TX, and Tim (Kim) Graham of Woodbury, MN; brothers Deter, Robert, and Ralph Gehmlich; thirty-nine grandchildren; and thirty-one great grandchildren.
The Graham family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the loving staff at Highland Glen Senior Living for the gentle and nurturing care they provided Ruth in her final year of life.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday January 3, 2024 at 11:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cobblestone Chapel (27 Cobblestone Ln, Raymond, Alberta)
Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 9:00 to 10:45am at the church prior to the Service.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca
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