It is with deep sorrow that the family of Elizabeth (Liz) Gebauer (nee Nagy) announces her passing at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the age of 67 following a short battle with cancer.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 39 years Henry Gebauer of Coaldale, sisters Julaine (Gerald) Coyne of Sunnyside and Margaret Wieler of Lethbridge, brothers-in-law Bill Pelham and Armin Gebauer, sisters-in-law Rose Willms, Marlies (Jim) Csabay and Irma Gebauer as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her father George Nagy, mother Julianna Nagy, brother George Nagy Jr., twin sister Irene Nagy and sister Priscilla Pelham.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. with Pastor Jamie Waring officiating.
A Celebration of Liz’s life will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown and Pastor Jamie Waring officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7 or to a charity of your choice.
AMELIA GUNDERSON passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at the age of 92 years.
She is survived by her children Patricia (Martin) Cook of Saskatoon and Karren (Jim) Gaehring of Lethbridge, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Phyllis Gunderson of Lethbridge, nephew Alan and family of Ontario as well as many nieces and nephews in Britain and Australia.
Amelia was predeceased by her husband Oliver Gunderson, son Alan, granddaughter Laurie and many brothers and sisters.
Mom was born in Croyden Surrey, England and came to Canada as a war bride in 1944 and lived on the family farm in Claresholm. Later they moved to Warner and then to Lethbridge where she worked for many years as a caregiver. Mom loved to sing and was very involved in choirs and musicals. She loved her years spent with the Loyal Order of Moose holding various positions. She was a lifetime member of the Legion and Norbridge Seniors. She was always noted for her quick come backs in any situation. She will be deeply missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the MOOSE HALL, 1401 – 5th Avenue North, Lethbridge on Saturday, September 15, 2007 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
In Memory of Amelia “Millie”, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
April 10, 1952 – August 14, 2007
Lorraine “Ikkinaawaatsimoihkaakii” (Slow Praying Woman) Goodstriker was peacefully called by our creator with family at her side on Tuesday August 14, 2007.
She was born April 10, 1952 at the Blood Indian Hospital. Born to the late Rufus Piinakoyim and Christine Namaakii (Many Fingers) Goodstriker. Lorraine was the youngest of their four children Wilton (Evelyn) Goodstriker, Joyce Goodstriker and Christine (Ross) Black Water. Following the passing of her mother Christine, Lorraine was raised by her father Rufus. Rufus later married Celina Brewer in 1958 and had six children; Rufus Jr. (Louise) Goodstriker, Francis (Godfrey) Weasel Head, Kathleen Goodstriker, Rochelle (Corey) Pace and Leon (Lloyda) Goodstriker, also raised with her family as siblings were Stanley (Joanne) Scout, Tyrone Eagle Speaker, George Jr. (Toni) Goodstriker and Alvin Eagle Child.
Lorraine was a loving mother to four beautiful daughters Renate, Jessica (Todd), Shawna (Kelly), Carrie Dawn (Lonny) and one special grandson Skip. Adopted daughter; Crystal (Doane) Goodrider and numerous nieces and nephews whom she treated as her own.
Lorraine is predeceased by her mother Christine, father Rufus, son Shaun Kelsey, brother Charles and nieces Cassandra & Carlyle.
Lorraine’s maternal clan was Mamioyiiksi and her paternal clan was Ni’taitsskaiksi she was raised traditionally and later in life joined the Iitskinayiiksi society. Lorraine was given the privilege to work with her father in traditional medicines and healing.
Lorraine received her education at St. Mary’s Residential School, later attended school in Edmonton and Calgary where she lived with her brother Wilton.
Lorraine excelled in all sports, especially basketball and track. On two separate occasions she had the opportunity to travel to Reno Nevada and Los Angeles California for the National Indian Activities Association.
Lorraine loved to spend time with family, meet new people from all around the world, travel, ride horses, listen to music, e-mail special notes and thoughts to friends, exercising and maintaining good health, and was still racing her daughters (and winning) at her youthful 55 year old life.
Lorraine was a Blood Tribe bus driver for the Blood Tribe Education Board for many years. She moved on to work as a tour guide for the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump then decided to work with Kainai Board of Education as a Blackfoot Immersion teacher and special needs student teacher. Lorraine’s dream was always to continue her career at the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump; she followed her heart and applied for her job as Head of Interpretation and fulfilled this dream for 15 years. Lorraine had great pride in her job as she could properly educate people from all over the world on the ways of life to be a proud Blackfoot Woman.
Lorraine had a kind heart and shared her life with people from all walks of life. She had a way of helping people laugh with her humor and most memorably with her lasting laugh. Lorraine was a humble person and always undoubtedly thought of everyone she met, as her friend. For this reason, Lorraine requested not to list any Honourary Pallbearers as everyone was her friend and she did not want to exclude anyone. Lorraine is leaving behind a lasting legacy of kindness, and hoped that everyone she touched would carry that same quality in memory of her.
The family wishes to express our appreciation to all who have been so very helpful in our time of need.
A Wake Service will be held at the ELKS HALL, 301 – 25th Street, Fort Macleod on Sunday, August 19, 2007 from 6:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at the ELKS HALL, Fort Macleod on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Clayton Twigg officiating.
Interment to follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
In memory of Lorraine, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
PETE GOSTOLA, beloved husband of Cathy Gostola of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Monday, August 13, 2007 at the age of 50 years.
Besides his loving wife, Pete is survived by his sisters Martha Renning of Lethbridge and Eva (Joe) Bellhumer of Coaldale, mother-in-law and father-in-law Al & Lia Fried of Lethbridge, brother-in-law Lloyd Renning of Shaughnessy, sister-in-law Corinne (Russ) Fried of Lethbridge, nieces and nephews; Brian Renning of “the bush”, Brandy Renning of Shaughnessy, Bobbi (Brian) Bradley of Lethbridge, Ronny (Darryl) Pansky of Picture Butte, Jenny (Darryl) Janzen of Lethbridge, Randy Radisic of Lethbridge, Joey (Jeff) Bilodeau of Coaldale and James Fried of Lethbridge, and special friend Bea Dietl of Shaughnessy as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Pete was predeceased by his parents.
Pete grew up on the farm near Iron Springs before moving to Lethbridge. He met Cathy, the love of his life and married her on April 29, 1989 in Calgary where they resided at the time. They returned to Lethbridge in 1992. His love of tinkering with cars led him to a career as an automotive mechanic specializing in transmissions. He loved living on the acreage which had lots of room for his beloved cats and dog and his “stuff”. Pete will be forever missed by everyone that knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, August 17, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
In memory of Pete, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210D – 12 “A” Street North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2J1.
Glenn William “Bill” Gillin
July 26, 1934 - August 10, 2007
It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Gillin announce his passing on August 10, 2007. He suffered the indignity of Alzheimer’s disease which increasingly assaulted his brain and body over a ten year period.
He will be sadly missed and remembered by his loving wife Anne. He also leaves to mourn his “special daughter” Cathy (Ron) McLaren, grandchildren Jim (Jennie) and Leanne McLaren, brother Frank Lytle (Alice) Gillin from Ronan, Montana, nephews Bud and Frank and their families, sister Kathleen (Harold) Chappel from Seattle, Washington, nieces Andrea and Marsi, nephews Jack and Glenn and all their families, mother-in-law Emilie Younie, sister-in-law Jean Ramage, nieces Laurie Ramage, Christine (Tom) Pytlarz, great nieces Alexa and Shaylee all from Lethbridge and Renee (Mike) Roig and great nephew Christopher from North Ridgeville, Ohio.
Bill was predeceased by his first wife Betty Holliday (1970), parents Theodore Frank Gillin and Eunice Richard Gillin Porter and his older brother Richard Leonard Gillin from Glendale, Arizona.
Bill was born in Great Falls, Montana on July 26, 1934. He went to elementary school there where he quickly learned to read and write which became his life long passion. The family moved to Medford, Oregon, a more moderate climate for his ailing father. Bill completed his secondary education there. Since his father was house bound, Bill learned to cook, clean, wash clothes and iron while his mother worked at a variety of jobs. During the summer the boys worked at odd jobs to help pay the household bills.
The family moved back to Montana where his father passed away at the age of 42. Bill went to school and completed his high school in Roman, Montana. Immediately after high school (1953) Bill enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego, California. He was trained in radar surveillance at Naval School. His first assignment was on the USS Mount Olympus which sailed to the Arctic Circle to participate in a joint USA/Canada venture – the DEW line (now disassembled). Near the end of the Korean War, he was stationed at Osaka, Japan his first encounter with the Asian culture – this was the beginning of his continued interest in Japan. He was honourably discharged in 1961.
Bill used the G.I Bill credits to attend the University of Montana (Dillon) where he earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education in 1961. His first job was teaching English literature and language in Troy, Montana to grades 10, 11 and 12. Bill won the students respect and the seniors dedicated their portion of the year book to Bill.
Bill immigrated to Canada in 1965 where he accepted a teaching position in Taber at W.R Myers High School for 2 years. He applied and was accepted by the Lethbridge Community College to teach English in 1967.
He met Betty Holliday and her daughter Cathy in Lethbridge and Betty and Bill were married in 1969 (Betty passed away in 1970). Bill took a sabbatical leave and entered Seattle University for his masters. In September 1974, Bill met Anne Younie a new faculty member. They were engaged in October and married on November 27, 1974. In January of 1975 he returned to Seattle and earned his master of arts in teaching in the spring of 1975. Bill did some stage acting as well in his university days.
Bill became a proud Canadian citizen in November 1975. During the years at the College, Bill was on a number of committee’s as well as being the Faculty President for a year. He actively participated in conferences in Canada and the U.S and acted as conference chairman. He was a member of the Elks Club and a member of the Glenbow Museum. He believed in continuing education and received his certificates from the Ransselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and from the Department of Rhetoric University of Minnesota.
Bill loved to tour and travel. He and Anne travelled throughout Canada and the U.S plus a wonderful trip to the Cayman Islands. Bill did a walking tour of the 22 Temples in Japan – this further added to his love of Japan. He learned Tai Chi, became a member of the Bonsai Society and the President of the former Canada Japan Society.
He visited libraries, art galleries and museums whenever they travelled. He had a large record collection of jazz and classical music, a large coin collection as well as a large home library on a number of different topics. Bill loved dining out, visiting with family and friends and watching the grandchildren grow up. Bill retired from teaching at the age of 60 and used the joint gift given to retirees from the College Board and Faculty Association to set up a student award in his name.
His retirement was short lived. He lost focus, became more introverted and lost his memory and soon lost his ability to talk or read.
Bill was friendly and intelligent, had a great sense of humor and was witty. He loved teaching, had a good rapport with his students and was able to draw out the best in his students. He volunteered his services to students for special events and fund raising activities. Bill had an extraordinary memory. Colleagues would seek him out for help with word usage and sentence structure rather than looking up references. Bill Gillin was a gentleman and scholar.
In memory of Bill, the family is inviting neighbors, friends, colleagues, business associates and care givers to a gathering at Erickson’s Banquet Room, 1725 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday 25, 2007 at 2:00 P.M.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Lethbridge College Foundation, The Bill Gillin Award, 3000 College Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 1L6, the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 426 – 5th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2B7 or to a charity of your choice.
ROBERT (BOB) JAMES GOLD
ROBERT (BOB) JAMES GOLD of Lethbridge, loving husband of Sharyn Gold, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his wife and surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 5, 2007 at the age of 53 years.
Bob leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Sharyn, his two daughters; Jennifer (Lawrence) Thenu and Simona Johnson, his stepson Heath (Heather) Helgeson and stepdaughter Serena Swidinsky. He also leaves to mourn his granddaughters; Teegan Zuffa, Christine Gold, Ashley and Marrissa Helgeson and his grandsons; Tyler Johnson, Talon Swidinsky, Donovan and Tristan Thenu.
Bob is survived by his loving parents Robert and Vera Gold, sisters; Jane (Dave) Klug, Judy (Jack) Gee, Donna Rodin, Janet (Ken) Dillabough, Debbie (Lyndon) Christan, Barbie (Leonard) Luman, Marcie (Dave) Gold, brothers; Jim (Rhonda) Gold and Jeff (Kyndra) Gold as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother Bruce, his nephew Jarrod Rodin and his great niece Ireyland Rodin.
Bob was born May 13, 1954 in Trail, B.C. and always retained a love for B.C. and the mountains. He was raised in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and belonging to the Angus Clan. Bob worked seismic in the Arctic and loved the unbelievable beauty of the place. He was proud to be an active protester of the Vietnam War and felt he was lucky because he had done so much and seen so much. He also worked for CPR for seven years, working his way up to Gang Master. Bob was a quiet man who never followed the norm. He was a member of the Southern Alberta Pagan Association and had a deep belief and spirituality.
Bob had an overwhelming love for his two daughters and two stepchildren and his grandchildren meant everything to him. He never felt sorry for himself or wanted others to feel sorry for him. He wanted to be remembered for his determination in fighting Kidney Disease. He had a great admiration for his Mom in her struggles after her stroke and hoped he set the same example for those he knew. Bob’s philosophy was that struggles make you strong and it is as is because it is!
As an expression of sympathy, those wishing to remember Bob Gold may do so with a gift to the Lethbridge Renal Clinic at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.
A Special Thanks to Dr. Wong, Diane, Sharla, Anne Marie, Delores, Jeanette and Mary at the Renal Clinic. Your compassion and caring was greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Ferguson of Lethbridge, husband of Cathy Ferguson for 52 years, died peacefully at home on Monday, July 20, 2009 at the age of 76 years.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his daughter Cathy (Al) O’Neil and her children Andrew and Jamie; his son Brian (Rhonda) Ferguson and their children Riley, Maddison and Lukus; and his daughter Mary (Jack) Peake and their children Ty and Kyra.
Bill was predeceased by his father and mother Dougal and Lillian Ferguson, his sister Katherine, and infant son Roderick Ferguson.
Bill was born and educated in Lethbridge. He began working for CP Rail. He left the CP Rail and began working for the City of Lethbridge Electric department as a power lineman. He retired after 34 years of service. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:00 P.M.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Following the Graveside Service, Relatives and Friends are invited to further share this day with the family at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kidney Foundation of Canada, 438-10 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 2C7.
RUTH ELIZABETH FLEMING
1922 - 2009
RUTH ELIZABETH FLEMING, beloved wife of John Fleming, passed away at the Good Samaritan West Highlands, on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the age of 87 years. Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her four nephews; John Perry of England, Bob (Margaret) Perry of Toronto, Ontario, Doug (Gail) Perry of London, Ontario and David (Susan) Perry of London, Ontario; great nephew Rupert and two great nieces Margaret and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by one sister Mary and one brother Jack.
Ruth was born April 20, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario where she was raised and educated. She worked most of her life at St. Claire Avenue West United Church. She also worked for Ontario Hydro. In 1967 she married John Fleming and they lived in Brandon, Manitoba until the fall of 1978 when they moved to Lethbridge. Ruth was a loving wife and an accomplished cook who will be sadly missed. She enjoyed volunteering at Palliative Care at St. Michael’s Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.
In memory of Ruth, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge, #162, 200–4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4C9.
JAMES PATRICK FINN
With great sadness, the family of JAMES PATRICK FINN of Lethbridge, AB. (formerly of Dundurn/Saskatoon, SK) would like to announce his passing on Wednesday May 27, 2009 at 81 years of age.
Jim was the son of the late Dr. J.J. Finn and the late Flora Finn of Dundurn. He is survived by his wife Albertine, daughter Caroline Taylor (John) of Red Deer, son Patrick Finn (Amber) of Lethbridge, grandchildren Brian Taylor (Red Deer), James Finn (Calgary), Kimberley Finn (Lethbridge) and his twin brother Joseph Finn (Marge) of Toronto, ON.
A Family Service will be held.
JOYCE R. FILATOFF, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the age of 72 years.
At the request of the family, there will be no Funeral Service held.
ROY FEDORAK, beloved husband of the late Rose Fedorak of Coalhurst, AB, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the age of 73 years.
Roy is survived by and will be sadly missed by his daughter; Patricia Lynn Belanger- Wolfe and grandsons; Anthony Davis Belanger and Alexander Ray John Belanger; his brother John Fedorak and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Rose Alma Wolf-Fedorak and daughter Brenda Anne Belanger. Roy worked for PFRA for many years and also the Town of Coalhurst.
A Time of Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:45 P.M., followed by a Graveside Service at 1:00 P.M. at Mountain View Cemetery, with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Peter Koegler and all the staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre.