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BETTY WESTWOOD, beloved wife of the late Malcolm Westwood, of Coalhurst, passed away after a lengthy illness at the St. Michael Health Centre, Palliative Care unit, on Friday, October 30, 2009 at the age of 70 years.
She is the loving mother of; Lesley Leblanc (Doug Wilson) of Coalhurst and Laurey (Clarence) Zerkee of Lethbridge; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Melissa) Leblanc of Petawa, ON, Daniel Leblanc of Petewawa, ON, Billy Leblanc of Lethbridge and Mary Zerkee of Lethbridge, two great grandchildren Havana Little and Cooper Leblanc.
She is also survived by three sisters and one brother and their families.
She was predeceased by her husband Malcolm, one brother and one sister.
Betty was born September 18, 1939 in Lethbridge where she was raised and educated. She was a loving mother and G-Ma who will be sadly missed. Betty was a long time member of the Coalhurst Royal Canadian Legion and was an avid dart player. Betty was very proud of her grandchildren especially Jeremy and Daniel for being in the military.
A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY with Major Glen Habkirk officiating.
Relatives and Friends are invited to a Reception at the COALHURST ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 5205-6TH Street, Coalhurst, on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 starting at 2:00 P.M.
ANDREW J. WURTZ, beloved husband of the late Katie Wurtz, of the Deerfield Colony passed away at home, on Friday, October 9, 2009 at the age of 86 years.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 11:30 A.M. at Deerfield Colony, Alberta.
February 14, 1951 – October 4, 2009
Val was called home suddenly but peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2009.
She is survived by her loving son, Brien Watts, and many nieces and nephews.
Val was predeceased by her sister, Laverne Schow, her brother, Brien Watts, and parents, Leland and Pauline Watts.
She was a wonderful mother that supported her son Brien in all of his endeavors. Besides her son, family and friends were very dear to her and she held them close to her heart. Blessed with a good sense of humor and an appreciation of individuality; friendships were easily made.
Auntie Val played an important role in her family’s lives and was cherished by all.
She was a faithful Christian, growing up in the First Baptist Church and continued her fellowship with all who knew her.
Val was recently recognized for 15 years of service with the Lethbridge HIV Connection Society and will be missed greatly by her coworkers and clients.
A Celebration of Val’s Life will be held at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1615-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. with Reverend Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.
A Private Family Interment was held prior to the service.
She had a great fondness for animals especially birds, so in lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Val Watts to: http://worldparrotrefuge.org/, World Parrot Refuge, Box 645, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0.
WILMA GAIL WINTER
WILMA GAIL WINTER, beloved wife of Wayne Winter passed away in Lethbridge on September 30, 2009 at the age of 66. Besides her loving husband she is survived by her sons Hal, of Lethbridge and Glen (Kerry) of Medicine Hat and her two precious grandchildren Lindsay and Ben.
Wilma was the daughter of Miriam and George Santa. Her paternal grandmother delivered her the night of a great blizzard, January 22, 1943 in 117 District near Milk River.
She is survived by her siblings, Laurette (Darryl) Hutchings, Les (Clarice) Santa, Don (Pat) Santa, Janet (Ron) Sheen, Skip (Carol) Santa, Gary Santa, nieces and nephews, by her aunts Edna Santa and Julie (Santa) Nierenberg, as well as by her brothers-in-law Doug (Nancy) Winter and children and Jerry Winter.
Wilma obtained a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, a Master of Education and a Doctorate of Education at the University of Oregon. She was a Founding Faculty Member of the University of Lethbridge and spent her career teaching in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She was very proud to be the Head Coach of the U of L’s women’s basketball team when it won the Canadian Junior Women’s Championship. While at the U of L Wilma was honored to be nominated to the University Board of Governors and became the sitting Faculty member. For many years Wilma was the Chief Marshal of Convocation and retired as a Professor Emerita.
Wilma was well known in Lethbridge for her tireless work and leadership in many charitable endeavors. She was Chair of the Provincial Special Olympics Games, Co-Chair of the Provincial Senior Games, Chair of the Kiwanis Music and Speech Arts Festival. At her passing she was the President of the Lethbridge Duplicate Bridge Club, past Board member of the Lethbridge Country Club, the YWCA, and 1st Choice Credit Union. She was chosen as the YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2006 for her volunteerism and leadership skills. The Province of Alberta honored Wilma with the Alberta Centennial Medal for her community involvement in 2005.
Wilma was a long time golfing member of the Lethbridge Country Club. As a bridge player, she attained the level of a Silver Life Master Duplicate Bridge player from the American Contract Bridge League as well as an accredited Duplicate Bridge director. She was a voracious reader and an avid world traveler. Bon Voyage Wilma.
A Celebration of Life will be held at THE COAST LETHBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. (use north entrance on 5th Avenue South), on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11:00 A.M., with Terry Michaelis officiating
ALLERGY ALERT: Flowers gratefully declined. If you so choose, make a donation to Lethbridge Food Bank, 1016-2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, T1J 0C9 or Kiwanis Music Festival, Box 125, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 3Y3.
ALFRED EDWARD WOODS
ALFRED EDWARD WOODS, beloved husband of the late Eileen Woods, of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, September 28, 2009 at the age of 84 years.
He is survived by Tom, Valerie, and Peter, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his loving sister-in-law Doreen Richardson and sister-in-law Jean Woods.
He was predeceased by his family; Bessie, Vi, Norman and parents Peter and Alice, also his loving and devoted wife Eileen.
Alf was born in Wallace, Idaho, but raised in Taber, AB. Alf served in the Canadian Army during WW2 at which time he met and married his true love Eileen. Alf and Eileen were married for 64 years. They spent the rest of their days residing in various places around Alberta, finally settling in Lethbridge. Alfred was an inspiration to us all and will be dearly missed by his loving family.
A Reception will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
In memory of Alfred, donations made be made to St. Michael's Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 - 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Jimmy Wells, September 20, 2009, at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre at the age of 72 years. Jim was born in 1937 at the old Indian Hospital on the Blood Reserve to Molly (Long Time Squirrel) and Jim Wells II.
Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife Barbara, his daughters Connie and Melanie, his grandchildren Robert, Vanessa, Buddy (Vanessa Knife) and Aeron, adopted sons Alexander Smith and Destry and adopted granddaughter, Cassandra Smith. He is also survived by sisters Teresa Mistaken Chief, Anna Wells, Nina (Eric) Buckskin, Carla (Bruce) Day Chief, Shirley Mountain Horse and Yvonne (Calvin Crow) Morning Bird; brothers Jerry Wells, Gordon Morning Bird and Bernard Shouting; and aunties Beauty Wells, Harriet Wells and Rosaline Many Guns. Jim was predeceased by his first wife Juliana; his parents Molly and Jim; brothers Smokey, Jordan, Nap Black Rabbit, Jessie, and Dominic; and sisters Florence Brave Rock, Joan Wells, Esther First Rider and Shirley Calf Robe.
Jim was a gifted teacher and one of the first native people in Alberta to obtain his Education degree. He was the first Kainai member to work as a certified teacher in Lethbridge at Assumption School and the first Kainai Principal of St. Mary’s (Kainai) High School after having taught there for a number of years. Jim was also a founding member of Red Crow Community College, and served on many native boards and Blood Tribe Council. For the last fifteen years Jim operated his own business delivering workshops and programs throughout Alberta to native learners, and co-authored the book “History of Kainai Health”. His wonderful sense of humour and kindness will be remembered by his family and many former students and friends.
The family would like to thank all the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre and Home Care nurses for the wonderful care they gave Jimmy.
A family service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.. followed by a wake at CHIEF MOUNTAIN CHAPEL in Moses Lake, Blood Reserve from 7:00-11:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass will be at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, Blood Reserve on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Pawell Andrasz, celebrant. Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.
KYLE JECHONA VICTOR WILLIAMS
KYLE JECHONA VICTOR WILLIAMS, “GUYOOH BEAR”, beloved son of Darcy Eagle Child and the late Sharon Eagle Child/Williams. Kyle was called home by Gods will on September 14, 2009 at 23 years old.
Kyle is survived by his father Darcy Eagle Child; eldest sister Cheyanna Wlliams; twin brother Lyle Williams; and his younger brothers Chad Williams and Darcy Jr. Eagle Child. Along with his nephew, Kyle helped raise Arian Williams. Nieces Shaylize Williams and Chaylymne Williams. Kyle also leaves to mourn along with his family and friends Renee, and son Joseph.
A Wake Service will be held at WHITE CALF CHAPEL in Stand Off, AB. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at White Calf Chapel on Wednesday September 23, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
DEBORAH WESTOBY, beloved wife of Richard Westoby, of Lethbridge passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, on Sunday, September 6, 2009 at the age of 53 years.
Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children Tiara Westoby (Chad Burrows) of Lethbridge, Roxanne Westoby (Dave Purcell) of Lethbridge, Wade Westoby of Lethbridge and six grandchildren.
She is also survived by Edna Kuruluik (James Pickett), Violet (Richard) Burris and Flora (John) Mugford.
She was predeceased by her parents Edgar and Jeannette Heward.
Deborah was such a loving, caring person. She touched so many lives. She will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:00 P.M., with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating.
In memory of Deborah, donations may be made to St. Michael's Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 - 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
EDWARD FREDERICH WUTKE
1919 - 2009
EDWARD FREDERICH WUTKE, of Nobleford passed away at St. Therese Villa, on Monday, August 24, 2009 at the age of 90 years.
Ed, the second youngest of seven children, was born July 17, 1919 on the family farm in Waldersee, Manitoba to Emil and Margaret.
He grew up on the farm growing grain and raising cattle. In 1952, Ed married Lilly Pfahl and together they had four children. In 1969, he sold the farm and moved to Gladstone, Manitoba where he worked for area farmers until his retirement.
Ed moved to Rose Butte Apartments in Nobleford in April of 1999 to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed his morning coffee at the café with the local guys joking around, talking about the weather and the art of farming. When the weather was nice, he could be seen riding his bicycle around town.
In December 2008, Ed then moved to Lethbridge and resided at St. Therese Villa until his passing.
Ed loved horses, fishing and watching Bull Riding and Wrestling on TV. He was an avid hunter all his life and got his biggest mule deer at the age of 88.
He loved to watch his grandchildren grow up, often saying that he had worn out his shoes pushing them in their strollers. He especially enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children Harold (Joselynn) Wutke of Nobleford, AB., Donna (Tymen) Stotyn of Monarch, AB., Eileen (Curtis) Mark of Whitecourt, AB. and Ron (Bobbie) Wutke of Granum, AB. His grandchildren Erin Wutke of Lethbridge, AB., Tyler Wutke of Nobleford, AB., Jason (Lesley) Stotyn of Lethbridge, AB., Cheryl (Shaun) Heck of Monarch, AB., Aarron and Hailey Wutke of Granum, AB., and great-grandchildren Emilie Baumback, Danica Stotyn, Manni and Anneliese Heck.
Ed was predeceased by his brothers, sisters and parents.
Dad we love you and you will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Kevin Powell officiating.
Interment to follow the funeral service at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 or Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 - 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
April 4, 1931 - September 30, 2007
'Weep, but briefly, for your loved ones as they enter into the Kingdom of God. For they shall possess a joy and peace that is unattainable on God's earthly realm. Rather, rejoice in their everlasting and total happiness, for their eyes have seen God.'
HARVENA WADSWORTH passed away at the Cardston Health Centre on Sunday, September 30, 2007 at the age of 76 years. She leaves to mourn her children; Donna White Quills, Leonard White Quills, Karen Bottle, Jennifer (David) Weasel Head, Charlotte (Casey) White Quills, Desmond (Robin) White Quills, Kristal Small Face and Ian (Nicole) Wadsworth, adopted children; Rhonda (Charlie) Weasel Head and Lester and Virginia Tail Feathers, grandchildren she raised Craig and Todd Many Bears, Amber (Jason) White Quills, Tracy (Ricky) Vare and her Kipitaipokaa Nikita. She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson Colten, her many adopted grandchildren, sister Sadie (Floyd) Wadsworth, brothers Lucius (Pam) Wadsworth and Melvin (Theresa) Wadsworth, numerous nieces and nephews, step-children; Pearline, Noreen, Tonya, Colleen, Marleen, Wes and Les Heavy Runner as well as other relatives including: Tail Feathers, Brave Rock's, Weasel Moccasin's and Wolf Leg's. She was predeceased by her parents William and Annie Wadsworth, brothers Phillip, William Jr. and Steven, sisters Lucy and Bernice Wadsworth, children Vivian (Bunny), Wendy and Steven White Quills and grandson Benjamin White Quills. Harvena grew up in the Bull Horn area until she was 7 years old, she then went to St. Paul's Residential School until the age of 13. From there she lived with her mother A'poiaakii Annie Wadsworth (nee Moon Calf). In her late teens she met and married Maurice White Quills and resided in the Bull Horn area and raised their nine children. After their children left home she moved on and resided in Cardston until her passing. Her main hobbies while growing up were horseback riding, sewing, cooking and helping to raise her siblings. She was a very religious and spiritual woman who attended church every Sunday and was a member of the Anglican Church Women's Group and Vestry. She was very supportive for her family's involvement in the Sundance and pow-wow trail. Her beliefs and values carried on in her home life, she had many friends and acquaintances who came to call her 'gramma'. She was a talented seamstress and could make and design anything achievable. Her last accomplished project was a full traditional buckskin outfit for her nephew, former Head Chief Roy Fox, which she completed in May 2007. She was also a bus driver for the Blood Tribe Bus Co-op for 30 years and retired in 2003. She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and their endeavors and supported them in any and all ways possible. She was a loving and caring person and she went out of her way to help those around her. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her. She had many close friends but her dearest friend since childhood, the late Christine McHugh (Tallow) was someone she spoke of often and reminisced about their life together. Na'aa Kitsikakomimmo Kitakitamattsin (Mom, I love you, I'll see you again) A Wake Service will be held at ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Cardston on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Cardston on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. Interment to follow at the Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 for Breast Cancer Research.
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