ALEXINA "ZENA" SANDERS (nee Gove)
February 8, 1920 - February 9, 2009
It is with very sad hearts that we announce Zena's passing at 89 years of age.
Zena was born in Kincardinshire, Scotland and moved to Lethbridge with her family in 1921. She met her beloved Ladell Julius “Dude” Sanders, whom she thought was “so handsome”, and they were married in 1948. Zena and Dude spent their lives together in Lethbridge, though Zena was always a Scot at heart. She was nurturing, compassionate and devoted to her family. In later years, Zena took care of her mother, Ann, until her passing and with great sacrifice and love cared for Dude after his health began to deteriorate. She bowled for many years as a “Golden Girl”, adored the music of John McDermott and treasured nothing more than playing games and spending time with her family. She loved Dude most of all and longed to be with him after his passing and although we will all miss her and will keep her close in our hearts, we are thankful that she can be with him again.
Zena was predeceased by her parents Ann and David Gove; her husband Dude; her youngest daughter Connie Nori (Rick); her sisters Isabelle Sawchuck, Margaret Cooke, Kay Stabler (Harold), Ellen "Sandy" Pitchko and her brothers David Gove (Lorna) and Jack Gove (Sara). She is survived by her children Diane Sereda (Greg), Chestermere, Tom Sanders (Karen), Lethbridge, Gary Sanders, Lethbridge, Brian Sanders, Edmonton; her brother Jim Gove, Vancouver; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her family will host a celebration of Zena's life at the LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, 500 – 11th Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation at 1-877-715-7700 or www.kidneyfoundation.ab.ca .
MRS. SUSAN (SUE) BLENDINA STEVENS, beloved wife of Roy Stevens, passed away after a short yet courageous battle with cancer in Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the age of 50 years. She is a loving mother to son, Todd (Ashley) Maxwell of Ponoka, AB, and two daughters, Jasmine (Chris Nesbit) Stevens of Lethbridge, AB, and Charlotte Stevens, of Lethbridge, AB. Two beautiful grandchildren also survive her with a third on the way. She is also survived by extended family and numerous friends.
Sue was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and later moved to Drumheller, AB, where she met and married the love of her life, Roy and later moved to Lethbridge where they started their family. Together they had 28 wonderful years together.
Sue is predeceased by her father and mother, Nelson and Louise Marsden, brother, Joseph Marsden, and sister Cathy Marsden.
It was Sue’s wish that there be no service. A small private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sue’s honor to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7, or a charity of one’s choice.
MARGARET JEAN SIBLEY
Mrs. Margaret Jean Sibley - on February 3, 2009, at the age of 92 years, at Lethbridge, Alberta, Margaret (Mardy) Sibley (née MacKenzie), beloved wife of the late Dr. William M. Sibley, loving mother and mother-in-law of Robert William Sibley of Hamilton, Ontario, John MacKenzie Sibley and Carmen S. Thériault of West Vancouver, B.C. and Jean Elizabeth Sibley of Soquel, California, and proud grandmother of Jamie Rose, John Alexandre and Eric William; predeceased by son James MacLachlan, sister Leila and husband Bill.
A Memorial Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. with Canon James Robinson officiating.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to The St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Lethbridge, AB.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of the cardiac unit on 4B of the Chinook Regional Hospital for their care, commitment and compassion.
ANDREW STANDING ALONE
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andrew “Ikinanskii” Standing Alone, our most beloved son, brother, uncle and great uncle on Monday, December 29, 2008 at the Cardston Palliative Care Center after a short bout with cancer.
Andrew will be missed by his mother, Angeline Standing Alone; brothers and sisters, Alphonse (Marilyn), Nadine (Thomas), Jeffrey (Pricilla), Marion (Rick), Sandra and adopted brother Andrew (Holly) Bull Calf, as well as nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Andrew spent his formative years in the Old Agency Area, shortly thereafter attended St. Paul Residential School. After several years at St. Paul School he then went to school in Drumheller, AB. Andrew was raised by his paternal grandparents Henry and Louise Standing Alone. At age 18, Andrew reunited with his mother and siblings in their new home in Moses Lake. Andrew will be remembered for his caring and kind disposition to his mother, siblings, nieces and nephews whom he loved very dearly. Taking care of mom Angeline was very important, always making sure her life was a little more easy to bear. Andrew also saw to it that his siblings were well cared for. Andrew worked most of his life as a ranch hand and farm labourer, most of this time in Montana and with Forest Bevans in Cardston, AB. Andrew was a very quiet individual with very few words he never had anything negative to say about anyone, and he never complained about things even right to his death.
Andrew established a very strong bond to his nephews and nieces. He never hesitated to help them out and he enjoyed their company. All his little relatives knew where he stashed his change so when in need of a looney or a tooney they knew where to go. Andrew was a father figure to all his siblings.
Left to mourn his passing are his aunties, Mae Weasel Fat, Margaret Good Rider, Sophie Tail Feathers, Nita Wells, Ruth Quesnelle, Florence Red Crow, Bernadette Young Pine, Pauline Tallow and Deloris Gadbois; his uncles, Rod (Audrey), Vincent White Quills, Leonard Young Pine, Pete (Betty), Alfred (Lily) and Henry G. Standing Alone.
Immediate family gone before him; father, Andy Standing Alone, siblings, Alberta – July 20, 1974; Alvin – July 2, 1988; Alec – April 8, 2008; Kevin – December 10, 2008; and his brother-in-law, Alvin Bad Man – August 2007.
Other family; Morris, Arthur, Leo, Eugene, Dennis, Jane and Julia White Quills, Allan and Gilbert Sr. Standing Alone and Ada Fox, his paternal grandparents Henry and Louise Standing Alone, Fanny Young Pine and Paul White Quills. We apologize if we failed to mention any other family members.
A Wake Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moses Lake, on Friday, January 2, 2009 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. with Arch Deacon Sidney Black Officiant.
A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Cardston, on January 3, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. with Arch Deacon Sidney Black officiating. Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery on the Blood Reserve.
CAROL ANNE SZPAK of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at the age of 61 years after a valiant battle with cancer.
Carol is survived by Gordie, her loving husband of 42 years and their son Darren (Stephanie) of Victoria and daughter Lori (Tom Borau) of Calgary and precious granddaughter Madison Borau. Carol is also survived by her sister Valerie (Tim Seehagel), brother Clark Johnson, mother-in-law Ann Szpak, sisters-in-law Sharon (Ken Moriyama), Charlene (Bill Hutton), brothers-in-law Stephen Szpak and Marvin (June) Walker, stepmother Lillian Johnson, stepsisters Ashala Bracken and Terry (Bruce Johnson) as well as numerous nieces and a nephew. Carol was predeceased by her mother Grace in 1966 and her father Al in 2000.
Carol began her career that she so dearly loved, with Lethbridge School District #51 while volunteering as her children attended elementary school. Carol’s career continued while employed with the school district until June 2007 when she began her fight against cancer.
Carol’s selfless, kind-hearted, gentle spirit and extraordinary generosity will be missed by so many who were fortunate enough to have known her.
The family would also like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Julian Raphael, Dr. Holland, staff at the Lethbridge Cancer Clinic and staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit as well as numerous neighbors and friends. Special recognition goes out to lifelong friend Pat Christie.
At Carol’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations will gratefully be accepted by the Lethbridge and District Humane Society, P.O. Box 783, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z6 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.
KEVIN BRENT STANDING ALONE
Born: September 5, 1967
Died: December 10, 2008
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of KEVIN BRENT STANDING ALONE, our beloved and cherished son, brother, uncle and great-uncle on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in Old Agency.
Kevin will be remembered and sadly missed by mom Angeline Standing Alone; siblings: Andrew, Alphonse (Marilyn), Jeffery (Priscilla), Andrew (Holly) Bull Calf, Nadine (Thomas), Marion (Rick) and Sandra, his aunts Florence Red Crow, Bernadette Young Pine, Pauline Tallow, Deloris Gadbois and RoseMarie Tail Feathers, his uncles Vincent White Quills, Rod (Audrey) White Quills, and Sidney Young Pine, stepson Chaz whom he helped raise as his own, and numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Immediate family that have gone before him are his father, Emil Wings; his siblings, Alberta, Alec and Alvin and brother-in-law Alvin Bad Man.
Kevin was a cowboy. He tried his best to live the cowboy way, but he did so as a proud Blackfoot. Kevin carried with him the values and traditional characteristics of a true Blackfoot Indian. He was never one to speak bad words about anyone. He tried his best not to be angry with people. He helped raise his nieces and nephews as they were his first priority when they were around. He would feed them and make sure they understood what it meant to be neat. Kevin was fluent in his language and was a source of interpretation for those wanting to know how to say a certain word, or what it meant.
Kevin was the youngest of the family and his mother Angeline was always concerned about him. She would feel happy and relieved when he was visiting one of his family members or relatives. Whenever Kevin would return from visiting family, he would always end up at the Calling Last’s home. He enjoyed their company and friendship.
As a young man, Kevin was athletic. He won many trophies and medals in boxing, cross-country and motocross on his YZ 80 Yamaha. He later moved into the sport of rodeo in following the footsteps of his past relatives and his brothers—the Young Pine boys. He was especially fond of Paul Young Pine whom he regarded as his brother.
As a youngster, Kevin had an opportunity to be a stuntman in the movie, “Into the West.” He loved his music, his hot foods and visiting with people in Moses Lake.
His many family, relatives and friends will miss the light that shined so brightly in their lives. For, when the dust settles gently in the rodeo arena of life, Kevin will ride bravely and gently into that great unknown as a proud and humble warrior.
Wake Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN CHAPEL, Moses Lake, AB on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, Blood Reserve, on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Pawell Andrasz Celebrant.
Interment at St. PAUL’S CEMETERY, Standoff, AB.
1927 - 2008
PATRICK (PAT) JOHN SEXTON, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre on Friday, December 12, 2008 at the age of 81 years.
He is the loving father of Patrick Sexton of Houston, Texas; Michael Sexton of Palm Bay, Florida; Colleen Hutton of Winter Springs, Florida; and Kathy Morgan-Jones of Oscoda, Michigan. Patrick is survived by his five grandchildren, Daniel Sexton, Ryan Sexton Seeholzer, Matthew and Andrew Hutton, and Katie Killingbeck. Patrick was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Jessie Sexton.
Pat was born in Medicine Hat on December 8, 1927. He graduated from St. Theresa’s Academy. He was in the Air Force in communications. Pat was employed in advertising sales and at the Royal Canadian Legion. Pat was an active member of the RCL in Medicine Hat, Calgary and Lethbridge. He loved to travel, golf and garden. Pat also loved to watch all sports.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at ST. MICHAEL’S HEALTH CARE CENTRE, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Sister Ivy Maccan officiating. Cremation.
In memory of Patrick, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L7.
MERILYN STELTER (KEINICK), loving wife, mother and grandmother (Grammy) passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on December 12, 2008 surrounded by her family.
Merilyn was predeceased by her late husband Larry, and mother Genevieve. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband Norman; his children, Joy (Robert), Malcolm (Katie), Dwayne, and Jennifer. Merilyn is also survived by her children, Coleen (Ron), Todd (Chelsea) and Michelle (Darin). “Grammy” will be sadly missed by her six loving grandchildren, Tyler, Shane, Kaylee, Danielle, Lucas, and Joel; and six extended grandchildren, Delanie, Chase, Drayden, Mandy, Leslie and Samantha.
A Memorial Service will be held at PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 – 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Barry Seifert officiating.
MRS. ANTONIA “TONI” SIFRER, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Sifrer, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at the age of 85 years after a lengthy illness.
Toni is survived by her loving husband Frank of 60 years, children Maria of Kelowna, Frank (Kiomara) of Lethbridge, Margaret (Jeff) of Calgary, Irene of Calgary, Andy (Sherry) of Calgary; grandchildren Tara (Adam) of The Hague, Netherlands; Kristin and Carla of Calgary; Jessica and Jennifer of Lethbridge; great grandchild Kali of Calgary and relatives in Lethbridge, Strathmore, Kranj, Slovenia and Cleveland, Ohio.
Toni was born, raised and educated in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1945, she went to Austria where she married Frank on July 17, 1948, and together they immigrated to Canada in 1949, settling in Lethbridge where she resided until her passing. Toni was a seamstress and a teacher of sewing and other needlecrafts. Toni was first and foremost a mother and homemaker who took pride in her home and children. Her cooking and baking abilities, especially her potica, were renowned. She also worked in the laundry department at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Lethbridge Regional Hospital for her entire career from 1963 until her retirement in 1998. Toni’s family is sincerely grateful to the staff of Edith Cavell Care Centre for their love and caring support.
Prayers will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Raul Hernandez Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Toni’s memory can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
1923 - 2008
LES SMOLNICKY, SR., beloved husband of Julia Smolnicky (nee Baranyi), passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at the age of 85 years.
Leslie Nick Smolnicky is survived by his wife, Julia of 57 years, father of Rita Wiersema (Stan), Elizabeth Davis (Brett) and Les Jr., grandchildren Chris Wiersema (Caroline); Bridgette Wiersema (Wade); Shane Wiersema (Jennifer); Tristan Davis (Krista); Amanda Davis (Andrew); great grandchildren Briawna, Latisha, Travis, Dalton, Brier, Byron, Megan, Taylor.
Les was born August 25, 1923 in Nagykovezd, Czechoslovakia to Joseph and Anna Smolnicky. The family immigrated to Canada November 1934. Les worked for the Lethbridge Research Station for 30 year as a winter wheat technician. He was a sergeant with RCEME for 12 years. Since his retirement in 1984 he enjoyed volunteering for several organizations at Winners Bingo and Casinos. He was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus.
Prayers and Tributes will be given at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. with Francis and Cybele Noronha officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 917-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Raul Hernandez Celebrant. Cremation to follow.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
1915 - 2008
IRMA STRAFEHL-HORN, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the age of 93 years.
Irma will be lovingly missed and always remembered by Daughter Toni Dieser of Lethbridge, Grandchildren Karen (Allan) Gukert, Rachel, Ryan, Aaron; Debi (Peter) Andersen of Delta, B.C.; Mark (Andrea) Dieser, Ethan of Lethbridge. Daughter Christel Bradley of Surrey, B.C., Grandchildren Tim (Debbie) Bradley, Tyler, Kayli, Simone Ashe of Vernon, B.C., Vanessa, Amanda, Marissa, Taylor, Melissa, Emily and Haley; Jeff (Lisa) Bradley, Caleb; Matt Bradley. Grandchildren Michelle Strafehl (Mike), Vanessa, Codi, Graham; Jennifer McNiel, Mariah and Savannah. Brother-in-law Oscar (Frieda) Strafehl; sister-in-law Marie Stelke, brother-in-law Jim Williams, one niece and four nephews. As well as, two very special friends Karen and Richard Marthiensen. Irma was predeceased by her parents, husband Siegfried Strafehl; second husband Ernst Horn; brother Erwin; sister Lucy; son Erwin; and great-grandson baby Owen.
Irma was born in Moscow, Russia on January 17, 1915. The family relocated to Kaunus, Lithuania in order to take over the family hardware and jewelry store before WWII. In 1939, Irma married Siegfried Strafehl and moved to Lethbridge in 1948. Irma and Siegfried enjoyed a life together active in the German Canadian Club since its inception. She held various positions in the German Canadian Club including Registrar, Membership and Women’s Auxiliary. For many years Irma was successful in representing the German Canadian Club in the Ethnic Association. Irma was an extremely talented seamstress, specializing in wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Her passion was to entertain her family and friends. She loved to cook and bake while taking great pride in her home and garden.
A Funeral Service will be held at CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416-12 Street South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Kevin Powell officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Those who wish to express their condolences may make a donation to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400 - 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.