1927 - 2009
Lillian Gibson passed away peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side, at St. Michaels' Palliative Care on August 10, 2009 at the age of 82 years. Lillian was born on July 7, 1927, in Diamond City, Alberta, to Elena and Adamo Chiste. Lillian grew up on the Chiste family farm until she moved to Lethbridge to begin her career and raise her family.
Lillian was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her four children: Terry (Francis) Briggs, Carol (Terry) Steen, Greg (Lynn) Gibson, and Darin (Terri-Ann Fitz) Gibson. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Michael (Monique) Briggs, Kelly (Allan) Fernandes, Cameron (Jenn) Steen, Taryn (Nevin) Morrison, Adam Gibson, Carly Gibson, Anthony, Rylan and Carter Gibson; and her great-grandchildren: Katie and Alister Briggs, Jaxon, Eshay and Gabriella Fernandes; Darian, Jayda and Isaac Morrison. Lil is also survived by her sister, Mary Berube, and her brother Bruno (Marie) Chiste, cousins Lino (Irene) Chiste and Mariano (Antonette) Biscaglia and numerous nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by her brother Joseph and her parents Elena and Adamo.
Throughout her life, Lil worked at various places, including: Monroeâ€™s Pharmacy, Marquis Pharmacy, Royal Trust, and Stubbs Pharmacy. Upon her retirement, Lil enjoyed many years with the Lethbridge Senior Centre. Lil made many lifelong friends at each of these places.
Lil loved her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lil will be remembered by her friends and family for her strength, courage, and her wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital for their care and kindness. Special thanks Dr. A Van Der Poll, Dr. Holland and Dr. Li and the staff of St. Michaels' Palliative Care Unit.
The family will be holding a "Celebration of Lillian's Life" on August 26, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. at the GALT MUSEUM, 5th Avenue & Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. Cremation by Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematorium. A private family interment will occur at a later date.
If so desired, a memorial donation may be made in Lillian's name to the Lethbridge Seniors Centre Organization, 500 - 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4G7.
Email messages can be sent to the family at email@example.com
1981 - 2009
ELIJAH 'ELI' DE GUZMAN, beloved son of Rod and Enonie, brother of Lezar and Leia, passed away at Lethbridge, on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the age of 27 years. The de Guzman family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Fire and Rescue team and all those who gave their time and effort in the recovery of Elijah's body from the Old Man River.
A wake will be held at FREE GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH at 1807 - 2 'A' Avenue North, Lethbridge on Friday, July 31, 2009 from 6:00 P.M. to 12 midnight.
A funeral service will be held at FREE GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Ryan Case officiating.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In memory of Eli, donations will be accepted at the wake and funeral.
ERIK OLIVER GOBLE, beloved husband of Lori Goble of Lethbridge and Waterton Parks, AB, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by Karin Goble (Derek Lidstone) of Lethbridge, Erika Goble (Ryan Gullage) of Edmonton and Erik Goble Jr. of Lethbridge, and three grandchildren, Merek, Bergen and Evret GobleLidstone. He is also survived by his mother, Linnea Goble of Cardston, and his siblings, David (Hazel) Goble, Ron (Beth) Goble and Francie Hammell and their families. He was predeceased by his father Frank Goble. Erik was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time in the mountains, hiking, camping and prospecting as well as writing and doing photography. Relatives and friends are invited to an Informal Memorial Gathering to celebrate Erik's life on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Smitty's, Centre Village Mall. In memory of Erik and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association, 210'D' 12th Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1 or to the Lethbridge Dialysis Unit, 960 19 Street South, Lethbridge AB, T1J 1W5.
GEORGE GOOD STRIKER
1936 - 2009
On the early morning of February 6, 2009, a father, brother, and spiritual leader MR. GEORGE GOOD STRIKER went home peacefully to be with his wife Peggy and daughter Liz. George Sr. 'Isskssiinaopakstooki' (Wide Eared Insect) Good Striker was born August 28, 1936 in the old Indian Hospital to the late Frank and Marion Good Striker of the Lone Fighter Clan. Sadly and sorrowfully left to mourn his passing are his sisters Mrs. Irene Tail Feathers, Mrs. Mary Singer and Mrs. Doreen (George) Little Shields; his Aunts Mrs. Kitty Wadsworth and Mrs. May Weasel Fat; sisters-in-law Mrs. Annie Mae Good Striker, Mrs. Celina Good Striker and Mrs. Hilda (Ralph) Knife, Linda (Calvin) Small Legs, Calvin (Ernestine) Williams, France (James) Thompson, Karen (Sam) Wolf Plume, Lionel (Jessica) Williams, Norm (Glen) Gweener, Anna Wilson Shaffe and Pete Sidley and Moke Eagle Feathers. In 1957 he Wed Helen Scott and together they were blessed with four children; George Jr. (Toni), Robert, Dwayne and Liz (deceased). Later in 1972 he met and married the love and inspiration of his life Peggy Williams. Together they further blessed their union with three more children; Troy (Nettie), Shane and Tyler as well as two other children Leona One Spot and Greg Crow Child from the Tsuu T'ina Nation. George is also survived by his beloved grandchildren; Katana, Enver, Cloud, Tristen, Vienna, Clay, Elizabeth, Karis, Cassius, July, Skyler, Alex, Kevin, Mackenzie, Roberto, Ana, Jade, Adam, Eartha, Faith, Josh, Michael and numerous relatives, friends and acquaintances worldwide. He is also survived by his adopted children Lynn, Corky and River Jonasson, Rob Penner, John John Stiff Arm, Frank Russell, Vicki Good Striker among others that are too numerous to mention. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers; Frank, James, Rufus, sisters; Rubianne, Eileen, Queenie, Marion, Marjorie and Dorothy and his daughter Liz; Parents-in-law Victor and Alice Williams, spiritual brother Joe Roan; Brothers-in-law, Walter Singer, Steven Fox, Gerald Tail Feathers; sisters-in-law Theresa Chief Body, Sharon Williams and Aurbina Williams; aunties Louise Crop Earred Wolf, Katherine Eagle Speaker, Kate Healy and Beatrice Good Striker; uncles Fred Weasel Fat and Dan Weasel Fat. George Good Striker was an elder and a member of the Blood Tribe. He always lived on the Reserve with his family. George Sr. was one of the founding members of the St. Paul's Treatment Centre on the Blood Reserve. He fulfilled various roles when he worked at the centre from 1976-1996 to help combat the destructive forces of alcohol and drug abuse. He worked at the University of Lethbridge, Four Worlds Summer Institute for 10 years coordinating spiritual healing ceremonies for participants, regardless of race. Since 1990, to present George was a resource person for Kainai Corrections. He traveled extensively in the U.S.A. and Canada sharing his knowledge on the traditional teachings of our ancestors. In addition, he was invited to numerous organizations too many to mention. In the past, George has gone on numerous vision quests and has received many gifts from our creator. One of the most powerful things he did was run sweat lodges, and he never turned anyone away who came to him for help or healing. George believed that all people should be made aware of their traditional way of life and traditional values which can actually empower them. George believed in the holistic healing of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of an individual. He was an excellent role model and not only did he teach about the traditional way of life, he lived it. A Wake Service will be held at THE SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve, on Monday, February 9, 2009 from 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and continue on at George's residence. A Funeral Service will be held at THE SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with the Venerable Archdeacon Sidney Black officiating. Interment to follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery.
1922 - 2009
JOHN ALLEN GRANT beloved husband of the late Frances Elizabeth Grant passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2009, at the age of 86 years. John is survived by his 3 sons Ronald (Peggy), Dave (Betty) and Gary; daughter-in-law Helen as well as by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides his loving wife Frances, John was predeceased by his son Clinton, his parents Scott and Vella, brother Dan and sister Ada. John was born in Cantebury, NB in December of 1922. He joined the Army on December 14, 1941 and moved to Lethbridge, AB in January of 1944. John was discharged from the Army on October 12, 1946. While in Lethbridge, John worked with CP Rail for 37 years retiring in September of 1983. John's love of the outdoors led him to be a Class 'A' Guide for 15 years, built his own cabin which he enjoyed for forty years, and continue fishing and hunting in his free time. John loved nature, but more importantly loved his family. He cherished his time with his wife, family and friends at the Cabin. John will be dearly missed by his family and all of his friends. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Mr. Cliff Bogdan, officiating. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
1931 - 2008
It is with sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, “Pops”. JOHN GYORKOS, beloved husband of Doreen, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008 at the age of 77 years.
Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on May 26, 1931, John graduated from St Theresa’s Academy. He worked for Motor Car Supply in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Edmonton before returning to Lethbridge in May 1957 to work for Alberta Government Telephones until his retirement in December 1987. John married Doreen Hughes on August 30, 1958 and they were proud to celebrate their 50th Anniversary this past summer.
His family meant the world to him. Whether it was at the local rink, school gymnasium, baseball diamond or the soccer pitch, he was always there cheering his children or grandchildren on. He loved to spend time puttering in his garden, taking care of his yard and painting his fence. He always looked forward to weekly coffee at the Legion with his friends from AGT.
In addition to his loving wife he is survived by his three daughters and their families: Cheryle and Doug Hanna (Kimberly, Laura and Kevin), Wendy and Mark Weninger (Matthew, Evan and Sarah), and Lynda and Henry Bergen-Henengouwen (Jasmine and Scott). He is also survived by his brothers Steve, Martin and Mike, his sisters Mary and Anne and in-laws Ben, Garth and Charlene and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Annie Gyorkos and his grandson Adam Henry Bergen-Henengouwen. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 917-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. with Reverend Mr. Cliff Bogdan and Mrs. Pat Bogdan officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 917-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Friday at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Tim Boyle Celebrant. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to CRH Cancer Clinic, Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5 and Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
JANICE GOULD-HAWKE, extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter went to be with her Lord and Saviour on September 12, 2008, at the age of 62.
She will forever be in the hearts and minds of her loving husband of 42 years, Murray, her children, Connie (Chris) Brown and Casey (Jennifer) Gould-Hawke, her grandchildren, Justin, Alyssa, Taylor and Kendle, her siblings, Mother and other family and friends. She was predeceased by her Dad, Karol Lopatynski, in 1995. Janice started each and every day by worshipping God and with Him her spirit will live. Thank you to the Lethbridge Regional Hospital and the Foothills Hospital.
At Janice’s request, there will be no funeral.
Those who wish can donate to the Park Meadows Baptist Church or a charity of choice in her memory.
ARLENE DIANE GUNTER of Lethbridge, AB passed away peacefully with family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, July 21, 2008 at the age of 57 years.
She is survived by her loving husband, Gary to whom she was married for 35 years. She was the loving mother to daughter, Jamie Thurlow (Kevin), son Collin, and grandmother to Bradley, Jordan, Tyson and Kolson. Arlene will fondly be remembered by brothers and sisters, Bonnie (Mike) Yalowizer, Robert, (Sandy) Beaucage, Doug (Kate) Beaucage and Carol (John) Pascuzzo and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as special friends Robin and Liz Findlay and family.
Arlene enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren which always included trips to Toys “R” Us, the slurpee store and endless hours at “Grandma’s Park”. The annual family trips to Fairmont, BC to “Grandma’s condo” brought her great pleasure. She was a very creative individual who spent her time creating all kinds of “masterpieces”. After retiring from the Bay in 2000, she kept in touch with her many friends and her “Girls Dinner’s” were something she really looked forward to.
Arlene was predeceased by her parents: Robert and Flora Beaucage; brother: Mark Beaucage; and mother and father in law: Dennis and Kathleen Gunter.
A service of remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: St. Michael’s Foundation Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
1920 - 2008
Severino “Sam” Girardi of Lethbridge passed away on July 12, 2008 at 88 years of age.
He is survived by his loving wife Maria, sons Ivano of Edmonton and Elio (Myrna) of Lethbridge, and grandchildren Arryl, Samantha and David.
He is also survived by his sister Maria (Grazioso) Roman of Toronto, and by his sister Rosina Girardi, brother Alessandro (Gina) Girardi , and sister-in-law Liliana Girardi all of Italy. He also leaves Maria’s brother Giorgio (Ines) Sartorel , her sister Lucia Verardo , and sister-in-law Gina Sartorel all of Italy, and her sister-in-law Santina Sartorel of Cranbrook, B.C., as well nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and Italy.
Sam was predeceased by his parents Natale and Carolina Girardi, sister Luigia, brother Angelo, and brothers-in law Lorenzo Pighin, Giordano Sartorel, Primo Sartorel and Bruno Sartorel.
Severino was born in Zoppola, Italy on March 24, 1920. He married Maria Sartorel on January 11, 1947. Their first son, Ivano, was born in Italy. Sam left Italy for Canada in 1951 and settled in the Michel/Natal area, where his father had worked building the railway prior to WWI. He made this his home and sent for Maria and Ivano. Sam and Maria’s second son, Elio, was born in B.C. In 1959, the family moved to Toronto, where Sam worked for CDM. He transferred to Lethbridge in 1962, took classes at the college, and became a Steam Engineer. He worked at CDM in this capacity until his retirement in 1985. In his retirement years, Sam enjoyed gardening, bowling, spending time with family and friends, and walking his little dog, Coco.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South , Wednesday July 16, 2008 at 7:00P.M.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:30 P.M.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery
Memorial Tributes may be made to the Chinook Health Region 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.
1929 - 2008
MR. DELWIN ERNEST GALTS passed away in Milk River on July 13, 2008 at the age of 78 years, after a long battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Nadine (Gibson). He is survived by his children; Diane (Dean) Ellert of Lethbridge, Konrad (Carleen) Galts, Cathy (Randy) Harty both of Coutts, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, 2 brothers; Audrey (John) Van Leuken, Don (Carol) Galts, Mary (Don) Kuharski, Marvin (Chloe) Galts, Verna Hierath, numerous nieces and nephews and good friend Jill Kotkas. He was predeceased by his wife Nadine, daughter Maryanne, parents Ernie & Irene and brother Larry.
Delwin was born in Calgary on October 15, 1929 and was raised on the family farm east of Coutts. He received his education at Clarinda School and Coutts School. Delwin continued his education at SAIT in Calgary, taking welding and mechanics. On October 26th, 1950 Delwin married the love of his life, Nadine Gibson. They moved to the farmstead east of Coutts in 1951 where they raised their 4 children. In 1952 Delwin started managing the farm when the rest of his family moved to Lethbridge. Family returned home for summer months to help out. In 1968 Delwin bought the homestead from his Dad. Delwin and Nadine moved to Milk River in 1985.
Delwin enjoyed being involved in the community. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, active member of the Elks, Milk River Curling Club, and Southern Alberta Outdoorsmen. He loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, curling, golfing, playing cards, dancing and water skiing. His grandchildren were important to him and he enjoyed their basketball, volleyball and baseball games.
Delwin loved his family and was always planning a family get together. He was strong willed and never gave up. He courageously fought his battle with cancer. Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle: we love you; we will miss your company; and will keep you forever in our hearts.
Prayer Services will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River, AB on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH , 321 Main Street, Milk River AB on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Joseph T. Kalathiparambil Celebrant. Private family interment to follow at St. Angels Cemetery, Coutts, AB.
In memory of Delwin memorial tributes may be made to the Milk River Care Centre Long Term Auxiliary P.O. Box 90 Milk River, Alberta T0K 1M0.
VERNON ARDEN GAUNTLY beloved husband of the late Betty Gauntly of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Monday, March 10, 2008 at the age of 74 years.
He is survived by his sisters; Esther Goerzen of Calgary, Evelyn (Irvine) Pickering of Lethbridge, Eleanor Stephenson of Lethbridge and Shirley Fander of Lacombe, brothers Gordon, Robert (Alice), Leroy (Judy) of Lethbridge and Clarence (Diana) of Strath Roy, Ontario, nephews Ray (Michelle) Pickering and two great nephews Kyle and Kristopher Pickering who lived with Vernon for 17 years. He is also survived by many more nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Betty and his parents, Walter and Elizabeth.
Vernon loved his nephews and enjoyed going for bike rides, helping the boys fix their bikes and building tree houses for them. He loved it when they went camping with Ray, Michelle and the boys to the Magrath Campground where he enjoyed fishing with the boys.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Larry Hankinson officiating.
No flowers by request, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
1952 - 2007
Peggy Williams-Ominis sti skaki (Different Songs Woman)
Her name was bestowed upon her by her mentor and teacher Blood Sacred Woman and Sun Lodge Maker Mrs. Rides at the Door. Peggy passed away peacefully during the morning hours on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 55 years old as a result of complications of diabetes.
Peggy was born July 19, 1952 at the Blood Indian Hospital, daughter of the late Victor and Alice Williams. She attended the following schools; St. Paul’s Residential School, Standoff Day School and Granum Elementary School during her primary education years.
She married George Goodstriker in 1974 and happily supported and honored her husband by helping him with his chosen desire and duty to help all humans with prayer and traditional doctoring. They supported tribal residents and new family members who needed support and guidance through traditional healing in the sweat lodge ceremony. Together they traveled to many locations to offer their time and commitment to help others who were in need of spiritual guidance and healing. Some of her travels included Hawaii, Las Vegas, Boulder Montana International Gathering and other locations in Canada and the United States.
Together they raised their six children in the Bullhorn area. She is survived by her husband George, her five sons; Georgie (Tony), Duane (Teasha), Bobby (Vicky), Troy (Neddy), Shane, Tyler, and Hawk, her beloved grandchildren; Katana, Vienna, Clay, Tristen, Smoke, Liz, Alex, Kevin, Roberta, Mackenzie, Jade, Alex, Josh, Michael, Gail, Eartha and Jackie, her adopted children; Vicki Goodstriker, Frank Russell, Rob Penner, Hanna Butson, River Johansson and John Stiffarm.
Peggy leaves to mourn, sisters; Anne Wilson Schaef (Chuck), Hilda (Ralph), Linda (Calvin), Francis (James), Karen (Sam), Sarah (Buddy) Wesley, Theresa Johansson, Gayle Hitchcock, Sharon (Darcy), Norma (Glen) and the Living In Process Family, brothers; Cal (Ernestine), Pete Sidley and Lionel (Jessica), Larry Talks A lot, Lynn Johansson, Mook Eagle Tail, Leroy (Regina) Bullcalf and Moses Spearchief, in-laws; Mary Singer, Irene Tailfeathers and Doreen (George) Littleshields as well as numerous nieces and nephews and the extended families of the Good striker’s and Williams.
She was predeceased by her parents Victor and Alice, grandmother Paula Blackhorse, Sarah Ramsey, grandfather Harry Williams, sisters Teresa Chiefbody and Aurbina Williams, brother Steven (at birth), daughter Lizzy, uncles; Dan and Nelson Bad Arm, Alex Hunt, Les Buckskin, Orten, Glen and Clifford Eaglespeaker, Reggie Buckskin, Alec Hunt, aunts; Nellie Plainwoman, Adeline Badarm, Annie Braverock, Catherine Blood, Maude Calling Last, nieces Livia Williams and Jolynn, nephew Leon Williams, cousins; Valerie Valance, Esther, Pearline and Adolphus Bad Arm, Julia, David and Kim Eagle Speaker and Franklyn and Tom Crow Chief, in-laws; Frank, Rufus, James, Lorraine, Charles, Beatrice Goodstriker, Marjorie Manyfingers, Dorothy Boutland and Marion Makin/ Goodstriker.
Peggy’s final lesson to her family was to endure as much as you can endure and not succumb to defeat, as depicted through her ill health, she lived contented with her condition for many years and would have continued to thrive for life even though her condition worsened. Her biggest thrill was meeting singers Charlie Pride, Rod Steward and Donna Fargo.
A Wake Service will be held at WHITE CALF CHAPEL, Standoff on Friday, October 19, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at WHITE CALF CHAPEL, Standoff on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 11:00 A.M.
Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
1930 - 2007
JOSEPHINE GIOLO, beloved wife of Jack Giolo, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care, Lethbridge on Wednesday, October 27, 2007.
Josephine was born on June 11, 1930 in Burmis, Alberta to Mike and Theresa Yakubic.
She was predeceased by one of her two sons, Michael, both of her brothers and three of her seven sisters.
In memory of Josephine, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.