1951 - 2008
LOWELL FARRIES of Lethbridge passed away at the St. Michaels Health Centre on August 14, 2008 at the age of 57 years.
He is survived by one daughter Christy (Matt) Quaedvlieg of Keremeos, BC. He is also survived by siblings; Sharon (Les) Obbagy, Duane (Linda) Farries, Lynn (Barb) Farries, Renaye Burnard, Shannon Farries, Lyle Tyson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Verda Farries.
Lowell was born March 26, 1951 in Lethbridge and was raised and lived in Del Bonita. He farmed his whole life and had a love of the land. Lowell will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Monday, August 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Cathy Coates officiating.
In memory of Lowell, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge, #162, 200 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4C9.
WINIFRED C. FREEL
Deeply Loved and Greatly Missed
Win passed away peacefully on July 17, 2008 at 94 years of age.
She is the loving mother of Byron/Barney (Lydia) Freel, of Lethbridge, Virginia (Lloyd) Freese, of Haines Junction, Yukon, and Veronica (Pat) Emerson of Lethbridge. Her loss is deeply felt by her grandchildren, Vanessa, Nicole and Brittany Freel, Megan and Logan Freese, and her great grandson, Zachary Freel.
Win was pre-deceased by her parents, George and Frances, her brother, George, her husband, Barney and her best friend and sister-in-law Evelyn Grisak.
Winnie married Barney in London, England in 1943 and moved to Lethbridge in 1945. She enjoyed many wonderful years as a school secretary at both Central and Fleetwood-Bawden Schools.
Winnie will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind, generous and strong woman. Her dedication and unconditional love for her family and friends was unwavering. Her greatest priority was always her children and their families. Win will forever be remembered for her warm hospitality, her Sunday roast and Yorkshire pudding dinners and for having an open door for all family and friends.
We will greatly miss her ability to induce uncontrolled fits of laughter in all of us.
A Memorial reception will be held on Monday, July 21, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Winnie’s home, 1111-13 Street South. Please drop in and share some memories.
Interment will be a private family service.
In memory of Win, donations may be made to: Heart and Stroke Fund of Alberta, #209-542 7 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H, or Crohn’s & Colitis Fund, Box 563, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3Z4.
GILBERT JOSEPH FRADETTE
GILBERT JOSEPH FRADETTE passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at the age of 58 years.
A private family service will be held at a later date in Saskatchewan.
1938 - 2008
BENJAMIN RICHARD FULTZ of Lethbridge born March 21, 1938 in Fort Frances, Rainy River District, Ontario passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 6, 2008.
He is survived by his children Rick (Peggy), Teresa (Allan) and Mike (Shauna), grandchildren; Krystle, Brandon, Brittnie, Chad, Shaun, Delaine and Ryan. He is also survived by his partner in life Marie of Lethbridge and her children Celia and Brian and granddaughter Legacy.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
In memory of Ben, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 - 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1, the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500 Station South, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6K2 or to a charity of your choice.
1919 - 2008
STEPHEN FOX SR. “Oohkotoksiisahkomaapi” (Rocky Boy), passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the Kainai Continuing Care Centre, with his loving family by his side.
Born on November 26, 1919 on the Blood Reserve into the Many Children Clan (Aakaipokaiksi) Stephen was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Those left to celebrate Stephen’s life include his daughter Maryann (Alfred Jr.), grandchildren; Steve Jr., Nolan (Alex), Sarah and Chelsea Tailfeathers; Kim, Stephanie, Duane, Sandy and Leslie Weasel Fat; traditional adopted children Rita Sweetgrass, Jackie Stevens, Jerry Wells and Duane Goodstriker; sisters Helen Many Fingers, Corolla (Hugh), Martha (Tyrone), Bernadette, Marge (Charlie), Ann (Jack); brothers; Charlie (Judy), Lambert, Gerald (Valerie), Dan, Mike (Arlene), companion Isabelle, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Stephen attended St. Mary’s Residential School as a youth until 1936, then left to work on his father’s ranch. He was taught strong work ethics and a respect for the land where he would often credit this upbringing as the inspiration behind his many lifetime accomplishments.
Stephen married the love of his life, Queenie GoodStriker and together they returned to work at St. Mary’s school. Through his hard work and perseverance he acquired his own homestead near St. Mary’s Dam, where he continued to farm and ranch. Stephen often said his experiences helped him empathize with the struggles faced by his own people. Throughout his life, he used his personal experiences to seek out solutions that would benefit not only his community, but the entire Blood Tribe.
Stephen served his people as a lifetime minor chief and later served five terms as a councilor for the Blood Tribe. One of his most distinguishing achievements was his role as founding member of the Kainai Chieftainship - one of the highest honors bestowed upon one within the Blood Tribe. He was the president of the Immaculate Conception Parish Council and actively supported many church activities. He made a pilgrimage to Cap de Madeleine in Quebec, traveled often to Lac Ste. Anne and was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. A highlight of his spiritual walk included having an audience in Rome with Pope John Paul II for the Beautification of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha.
Stephen and other cowboys formed the Bull Horn Rodeo Club which eventually led to the Standoff Rodeo grounds and was also a founding member of the Indian Rodeo Cowboy’s Association; Kainai Chiefs Hockey Club; Blood Tribe Horse Racing Club, and served as general manager of the Kainai Boxing Club and Kainai Cattle Co-op.
Stephen also took his talents off the reserve including memberships in the American Quarter Horse Association. One of his horses (West Coast Bid) continues to hold the fast track record in Medicine Hat. He was also a member of the Southern Alberta Riding and Roping Club, as well as the Alberta Appaloosa horse club.
Stephen was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Cecelia Fox, his wife Queenie, sisters May Young Pine Adelaide Heavy Shields, Delores Fox, brothers; Paul, Bob, Alec, John and George; great aunts and Uncle Annie Wadsworth, Emma English and Joe Crazy Crow. The family apologizes for any names that may have not been mentioned.
Special thanks to Dr. Ester Tailfeathers, Dr. Christenson, Dr. Bester, the wonderful staff from Kanai Continuing Care Center, and all the friends and relatives who lent support to Stephen and his family.
A Wake Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moses Lake on Friday, May 2, 2008 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating.
Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
1928 - 2008
MURIEL FATH, beloved wife of Harvey Fath, of Lethbridge, formerly of Champion, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the age of 80 years.
Besides her loving husband of 57 years, she is survived by her children Brian (Kay) of Champion, Dianne (Jim) Isaak of Lethbridge, Wayne (Sharon) of Lethbridge and Gary (Kim) of Lacombe, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by Harvey’s family; Helen Strauss, Philip (Kaye) Fath, Robert (Joyce) Fath and Allan (Pat) Fath.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Muriel was born on February 2, 1928 in Pouce Coupe, B.C., the only child of Stanley and Mary McEachern. She grew up in Lethbridge and Calgary, where she met her husband Harvey Fath; they were married on May 30, 1950. Muriel and Harvey lived on their farm for 40 years before retiring to Lethbridge in November 1991. She enjoyed several pastimes including golf, bowling, knitting, reading and crossword puzzles.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Mr. Cliff Bogdan officiating.
Interment to follow at a later date in the Champion Cemetery.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of your choice.
1916 - 2008
“Trust in the Lord with all Thy heart and lean not unto Thy own understanding. In all Thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct Thy paths.”
IRENE FROUWS (nee Nagy), beloved wife of John Frouws, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.
Irene was born at home in Diamond City on August 17, 1916. After completing a hair dressing course, Irene had a wide range of customers, including the “madams” of Lethbridge’s red light district. She met Johnny when she was a teenager and they married in 1943 while he was on a military leave.
During the war years, she worked in food services for TCA Airlines. After WWII, she and Johnny bought a veterans home on Dieppe Blvd and they proceeded to raise a family. Irene was a very generous, loving and resourceful person who always made sure that her family ate well and dressed nicely. She was also an avid gardener. Together, she and Johnny won Canada’s best veterans vegetable and flower garden trophy five consecutive years. Over the years they climbed every coulee east of the Oldman River from the High Level Bridge to Alexander Park, picking luscious Saskatoon berries. Because she loved being around young children, Irene spent many enjoyable and memorable hours babysitting. For several years she and Johnny donated generously to various local and overseas organizations. Many hours were spent being a volunteer Sunday school teacher at Southminster United Church and a volunteer hair stylist at the Edith Cavell Care Centre.
Besides her loving husband of 64 years, Irene is survived by her daughters Carol and Diane and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Steve and Verona Nagy and her siblings; Sandy, Steve, Mary, Lewis and Mitch.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Major Glen Habkirk officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Irene, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
MRS. AURORA FTICHAR, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Ftichar of Swift Current, SK passed away suddenly at home in Lethbridge on Monday, February 4, 2008 at the age of 87 years.
She is survived by her children John (Brenda) Ftichar of Lethbridge and Jacqueline (Wayne) Morley of Lethbridge, grandchildren Peter and Paul Ftichar and Kurt and Kirsten Morley and great granddaughter Matija Ftichar.
She was predeceased by her husband John in 2002.
Aurora loved her family, she was a devoted mother and grandmother. She had a great love of life and had an outgoing personality that many were attracted to. She enjoyed her daily walks with her neighbours and was an uplifting person. Aurora was a devout Christian and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and co-habitants of the Legion Terrace apartments.
A Funeral Service will be held in Swift Current, SK at a later date.
MRS. EMELIA DOROTHY FROHLICK, beloved wife of Mr. Al Frohlick, passed away in Calgary at the Foothills Hospital on Monday October 22, 2007 at the age of 73 years.
Besides her loving husband Al, Emelia is survived by her three sons; Darrell (Ingrid) and their family, Doug (Wendy) and their family and Greg (Cecelia) and their family.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. BASILS’ CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Tim Boyle Celebrant.
Cremation to follow.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
MR. JOSEPH STANLEY FILGAS, beloved husband of Mrs. Yvonne Filgas, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Saturday, October 13th, 2007 at the age of 82 years.
Besides his loving wife Yvonne, he will be forever sadly missed by his daughter Susan (Adrian) Landtwing of Baar, Switzerland, son Rod (Tami) Filgas of Calgary and his adored grandson Zack of Calgary. He is also survived by his siblings Kay, Marlene, Elaine, Walter and Tom.
He was predeceased by his mother and father Michael and Ada and brothers David and Ken.
Stan will be remembered as an energetic, good natured person who liked to keep active, his passion for travel surprised many and gave him countless memorable experiences in his life. His love of family, helpfulness, fun loving spirit and high sense of responsibility are just a few of Stan’s many fine attributes which will keep him close in the hearts of the many family and friends who loved Stan.
Special thanks to the excellent staff on Cavel Court at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, your dedication and compassion are truly appreciated.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Cathy Coates officiating.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Stan, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
BETTY FRIG (NEE PITT), loving wife of E.W. Roy Frig of Lethbridge and mother of Len (Dyane) Frig of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at the age of 77 years.
Besides her loving husband E.W. Roy Frig, Betty is survived by son Len (Dyane) Frig and their children Heather (Brian) Reche and Krystal as well as great granddaughter Kylie of Salt Lake City, Utah. Betty is also survived by a sister Lil Hegland of Lethbridge, brothers Bill (Kay) Pitt and Clarence Pitt of Calgary, sisters-in-law Betty Pitt of Coleman and Marlene (Dean) Phillips of Atlanta, Georgia, brother-in-law Jerald (Dorothy) Frig of Vancouver, B.C. and all their families. She was a special “Auntie” to neices and nephews in Calgary, children of sister Dorothy.
She was predeceased by her parents Arthur & Dora-Ann, sisters Kath (Louie) Poch and Dorothy (Bob) Welsh and as well her brothers Alfie Pitt and Ceril (Tina) Pitt.
Betty was affectionately known as “George” by Lil’s family and “Old Girl” by her husband E.W. “Roy” (also known as “Old Boy” by Betty). She had a warm greeting for all her nieces and nephews even though she didn’t see some of them very often; you know who you are. Betty had a special place in her heart for her son Len but was unable to spend as much time with him and his wife Dyane as she would have liked. She had a great love for her grandchildren Heather and Krystal and her beautiful great granddaughter Kylie. The love was always felt even though they were many miles away. She will also be missed by the special girls across the street who called her Maw, a wide group of young people around Alberta and B.C, many who also called her Maw. Betty always seemed to have an extra bean in the pot at meal time and a bed downstairs for everyone from out of town. She will be known to members of the Labor Club, Miners Library and patrons of the Centre Village Mall and north side Dairy Queen for her boisterous and friendly ways.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Cancer Clinic, the 4th floor nursing staff and all others who were there for them.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
A private family Interment will precede the service.