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Medicine Hat Obituaries



1958 ~Nancy Giesinger~ 2018

Nancy Christine Giesinger of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at the age of 60 years. Nancy leaves to cherish her memory her son, Jason Giesinger. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Nancy's memory may be made to the SPCA. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Nancy Giesinger. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~Charles W. J. Steiner ~ 2018

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Charles Wilfred John Steiner announce his peaceful passing on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the age of 84 years. The funeral was held yesterday at UNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH. If friends so desire, donations in Charlie’s memory can be made to Unity Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Charles Steiner. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1928 ~FRED KREIN ~ 2018

With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandfather, brother, and friend; Fred Krein. Fred passed away peacefully at his home, on July 5, 2018 at the age of 89. Fred was born in Neudorf, USSR on September 22, 1928. The following year his family made the long voyage by ship to Halifax. From there, the family travelled by train to Hilda, Alberta to work on a cousin's farm. As Fred was growing up, he attended the Sandy Point school. In 1953 he married the love of his life, Ella Doreen Schiefele. Fred and Ella were married 64 years and raised their children on the family farm. Fred served on the committee for the Sandy Point Park, and he was present to vote on the placement of the Sandy Point Bridge. Fred and Ella enjoyed a long and happy retirement that began with cross-country and cross-continent road trips in their motorhome. They also enjoyed various bus tours of both western and eastern Canada. Sadly, Ella passed away in 2015. Fred has spent the last several summers perfecting his paradise-like backyard and nurturing his prized apple trees. He filled the long winter hours enjoying emails, photos and YouTube videos on his iPad. His coffee 'program' included mornings and afternoons at various coffee shops with his favourite buddies. Fred was loved and is survived by his sister, Ella (Dick) Bradley; his brother, Emil (Ruth) Krein; his daughters, Linda (Dave) Duxbury and Joyce Krein; his son, Greg (Miriam) Krein; 3 granddaughters, Cheryl (Jim), Falone, Jolene (Matt); one grandson, Houston; four great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Krein and Flo Straub. In addition to his wife, Fred was predeceased by his younger brother, Gottlieb and an older brother, John Krein. The family would like to thank Shelly and Tina and all Fred's "girls" from 'Collette Cares ll' for the excellent companionship they provided. By request, a private family service will be held at Hillside Cemetery. Donations in Fred's memory may be made to Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation. Condolences may be made through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Fred Krein. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1957 ~~ ALFRED KEEP ~ 2018

Alfred “Alfie” Ian Keep of Redcliff, beloved husband of Lourdes Brioso Moss passed away on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at the age of 61 years. Alfie also leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Olive Judson, Hilda Keep, and Carol Doiron; brothers, Randy and Paul; nieces, Terri and Wendy Judson; nephews, Jason Keep, Robert Judson, Mike Judson, and Bruce Darling; sister-in-law, Kathy Fougere; as well as his Armed Forces family. Alfie was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Ora; one sister, Sharon; and one nephew Steven Keep. Alfie was a Combat Engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces for 32 years and he had a huge passion for running. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. There will be a come and go in Alfie’s memory to be held at the Redcliff Royal Canadian Legion on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Alfie’s memory may be made to the Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion, 302 Broadway Avenue W, Redcliff, Alberta T0J 2P0, or to the Margery E Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alfie Keep. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1952 ~ MARIE NOЁL ~ 2018

Marie Gabrielle Noël (neé Gyorkos) passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice on July 5, 2018 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with cancer. Marie is survived by her husband, Francois B. Noël; and his children, Joey (Adia) Noël (children: Mason, Angeli), of San Jose, California, Nicole (Kevin) Hieb (children: Marcus, Miley), of Medicine Hat and Steven Noël (children: Anika) of Campbell River, BC; as well as her own children, Evan McPike of Medicine Hat, and Sarah McPike of Edmonton. She also leaves behind her siblings, Michael (Jane) Gyorkos, Mark (Diana) Gyorkos (children: Nathan, Kassia), Matthew (Sally) Gyorkos, Stephen Gyorkos, Stephanie (Dave) Gyorkos (children: Landon), all of Medicine Hat, and Aaron (Lise) Gyorkos (children: Benjamin) of Victoria, BC; as well as her close friend, Donna Laughy of Medicine Hat. Marie is predeceased by her father, Ignatius Gyorkos, and mother, Alice Gyorkos-Hauck (John) (neé Rinker), of Medicine Hat. Marie will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, her love for animals, her inspiring resilience, and her beautiful smile. A memorial gathering will be held on July 11, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ross Creek Business Centre, 851 Industrial AVE SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta. To honor her memory, donations can be made to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8E8. A special thank you to the hospice staff for their compassionate care for Marie and her family. Arrangements entrusted to

1933 ~ LINDA PENNER ~ 2018

Linda Rita Penner, nee Matthies, was born in Lethbridge on February 14, 1933, and went to be with her loving Saviour on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Linda grew up on the farm outside of Coaldale, received her education there and graduated from high school. She then attended teacher training at the University in Calgary. She taught school in the Lethbridge area before attending Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg where Linda met the love of her life, Jacob. Married July 1, 1959 in Coaldale, Linda and Jacob moved to southern Ontario to begin their life together. In Ontario and the various places that the Penner family lived, Linda taught school. The family moved to Kansas where Jacob studied and served several churches between 1965 and 1968. Between 1968 and 1978, the family lived in southern Ontario where Linda and Jake again taught while raising their family. In 1978, the family moved to Medicine Hat, and further to Manitoba in 1982 teaching and serving churches at each place. Linda was an amazing green thumb and her flower garden will attest to that. She spent the time we call free time, keeping her home and yard up to her and Jacob’s standard of excellence. Linda was also known for her clever combination of wit and humour. Linda is survived by her husband, Jacob of Seven Persons; three loving children; Mark (Debbie) Penner of Seven Persons, Catherine Ann Friesen (Walter) of Winnipeg, and Lenore Marie Dyke (Carl) of Sylvan Lake; and sister, Helen Goertzen of Saskatoon. She leaves as her legacy nine grandchildren and spouses; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews across Canada and the US. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Dietrich and Anna Matthies; her brother, Arthur Matthies; her sister, Mary Patterson; and her twin brother, Edwin Matthies at birth. The Funeral Service will take place at CRESTWOOD MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2348 Dunmore Road SE, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Paul Durksen officiating. A Private Interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Linda’s memory may be made to The Gideons International, Suite 177, 1415 – 28 Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8P9. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Linda Penner.

GUY H. MARCY March 18, 1959 ~ June 21, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Guy Marcy passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the age of 59 after a long battle with cancer. Guy leaves to cherish his memory his wife, companion, and best friend, Wendy Jones; his children, Desiree (Jay) Sean, Christine, and Ryan; three grandchildren, Jacob, Taylor, and McKenzie; his mother, Carla; his brother, Norman (Terry); his sisters-in-law, Dracy (Paul) and Robin (Darrell); as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Guy was predeceased by his father, Norman Guy Sr.; and his stepfather, Bill. Guy was born in Williams Lake, BC and grew up in 100 Mile House, BC. He moved to Alberta in 1978 and obtained a career as a journeyman carpenter, and a master carpenter he was. He lived in Edmonton, Calgary and southern Alberta. Guy’s first love was his wife, Wendy, and family. His second love was his business, Rocky Cross Construction. He spent the last 12 years of his life in Medicine Hat growing his company and developing solid relationships with his employees and business associates. Guy treated his staff as a second family. He was a compassionate boss who was respected by all his employees. He was an enthusiastic sports fan and loved his ‘Oilers’. Guy enjoyed weekends watching Nascar. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a love for hotrods and spent the last few years enjoying his time showing his 1977 Hornet AMX. Special thanks to Dr. Monty, Dr. Foley, and the most wonderful nurses on 5East. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow at Guy’s favourite pub, Juggies, 181 Carry Drive SE, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please join us to honour and remember a great man who was called to Heaven way too soon. Happy Fishing My Love! Memorial gifts in Guy’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 – 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6 or to Lung Cancer Canada, 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 315, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1P9. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Guy Marcy.

DUERS, Audrey Elsie June 24, 1924 to June 26, 2018

It is with heaviest hearts we share the news of the peaceful passing of our mother, Audrey Elsie Duers, at the age of 94 years. She was the centre of our world and will be dearly missed. Audrey is survived by her loving daughters and their families: Margaret (Wayne) Sorenson and children Glen (Wendy) and Kevin (Lisa); Joyce (Gerry) Regier and children Bob, Ted (Martha) and Callan; and Lesley (Gerry) Girard and children Derek and Blair. Fondly remembering their great grandma are Dylan, Hannah, Milan, Evan, Jackson, Jorjia, Stephanie, Derek, Drew, Jordan, Brie, Joey and Charley. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Lorraine Winget; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased and will be reunited with her loving husband, Robert Charles “Charlie” Duers who passed in October of 2004. Audrey was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1924 to Cliff and Margaret Winget, having one sister. Joyce and one brother, Clinton. During the war, cooling off at the Swift Current swimming hole, she met an English Air Force soldier - the love of her life who became her husband of 62 years, Charlie (Ginger) Duers. After the war, in her early years of marriage, Audrey lived in Newcastle, England for 10 years before returning to Canada in 1953. She raised her family in many cities across Canada making lifelong friendships in each city. Audrey enjoyed many hobbies such as quilting, sewing, painting, gardening, crafting and stamp collecting. But it didn't stop there! Audrey had a passion for golf, curling, cards, bowling, camping - too many to mention. Most importantly, her family always came first. Watching or participating in graduations, sports events, concerts, theatre, recitals she was front and centre! A Celebration of Audrey’s Life will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. If you knew Audrey and would like to commemorate her life, please join us! In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carmel Hospice, c/o St. Joseph's Home, 156 – 3 Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1, or to a charity of your choice.

1931~ RALPH VOSSLER ~ 2018

Mr. Ralph Vossler beloved husband of Ruth Vossler of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, June 15th, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Ralph leaves to cherish his memory his brother, Roy (Fay†) Vossler; his sister, Irene (Ed) Weisgerber; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ralph was predeceased by his son, Morley; and his parents, Chris and Emma. He was born on October 19th, 1931 at Irvine and attended Newburg School before working on the family farm as well as his uncle’s farm. Ralph liked welding and trained as a welder during the 60’s when he and Ruth lived in Edmonton. They relocated to Medicine Hat where Ralph continued to work in the Oil Industry as a welder and actually worked on the first slanted oilrig. Ralph enjoyed going to rodeos, travelling, fishing, but mostly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. A private family funeral service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Memorial gifts in Ralph’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ralph Vossler. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to

1954 ~ KENNETH “KEN” WALSH ~ 2018

Kenneth “Ken” Joseph Walsh, beloved husband of Monica Walsh of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at the age of 64 years. Ken also leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Rolanda Walsh and Kim (Katie) Walsh; and one grandchild, London Walsh. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PATRICK’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 238 – 2nd Avenue NE, on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly, Celebrant. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ken Walsh.

1931 ~ JUNE KELLN ~ 2018

June Ramona Kelln of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Walter Kelln, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the age of 86 years. June leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Linda (Lindsay) Fraser of Coaldale, Brenda Bray of Medicine Hat, and Cathy (Lester) Janke of Brooks, and their families, Kevin (Marcia) Fraser of Airdrie, Tammy (Trent Froom) Fraser and children Abbie, Iain, and Courtney Froom of Lethbridge, Kimberly (Ray) Henry and children Rhett and Leighton of Airdrie, Kaylee Bray of Red Deer, Chris Bray (Sherry and children) of Petawawa, Ontario, Nolan Janke of Calgary, and Bryce Janke of Medicine Hat; her brothers-in-law, Elmer (Lillian) Kelln of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Wilfred (Val) Knaus of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Edwidge McKay; her husband, Walter; her in-laws, Adam and Anna Knaus; her brothers, Joe, Don and Ray McKay; her sisters, Yvonne Kellner and Evelyn Warren; her son-in-law, John Bray; and her grandson, Jason Bray. At June’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in June’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1J5, or to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, Renal Department, 666 – 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading JUNE KELLN . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1959 ~ LES TOTH ~ 2018

Leslie "Les" Toth, also known as Papa, beloved husband of Janet "Jake" Toth of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at the age of 59 years. Les was born and raised in Swift Current, Sask. and even though the last 24 years have been in Medicine Hat, he’s always considered himself a Saskatchewan boy at heart. His support and passion for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Swift Current Broncos were all the same, no matter how their seasons where playing out. Les worked at Cypress Hills Cheese (Dairy Producers) in Swift Current until it closed in 1994. Employment then found Les and Janet and their family in Medicine Hat where he branched out from the Dairy Industry and found a great family at Bromley Mechanical. To Les, going to work each day was more than just showing up for a job, he really enjoyed his time with his Bromley family. Les’ pride and joy was his granddaughter Olivia “Peanut”. She lit up his life like no other and would always bring a huge smile to his face. May 8th of this year Les’ life was once again blessed as his grandson Keaton Leslie was born; he now had two little angels to put a smile on his face. Les treasured and loved his family and friends beyond description. He always said, “LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, DO WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT TO BECAUSE THINGS CAN CHANGE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT”. Les loved to play pranks and didn’t even mind being at the receiving end of them. He was always able to bring huge smiles to everyone and was really a big kid at heart. Les enjoyed golfing very much. He was a member of Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course for many years. The majority of his weekends were spent having early morning breakfasts and golfing with the two “Larry’s”. Les would never pass up on an opportunity to go to Vegas or test Lady Luck at his favourite machine at any Casino that he may be fortunate to be at. He always enjoyed his vacations with family and friends. Les set goals in life. They didn’t have to be big goals, he simply used them to get past any hurdles he may face. No matter what challenge Les was facing in the later years with his health, he never lost his sense of humor. Les loved life no matter what cards he was dealt. Although we know he will be watching over all of us we sure are going to miss him… He leaves many special memories to cherish by his wife of 39 years, Janet “Jake”; his son, Travis Toth; his daughter, Jodi (Troy) Harkness; two grandchildren, Olivia Harkness (Peanut) and Keaton Harkness; his father, Leslie Toth Sr.; one brother, Andy Toth; three sisters, Susan (John) Vanden Elsen, Sandy Trousdell and Mary Ann Hostick; brother-in-law, Bryan (Emily) Reich; and one niece and eight nephews, Monty, Jeff, Rob, Kristine, Trent, Ryan, Jordan, Riley and Matthew. Les was predeceased by his mother, Mary Toth; two brothers, Joe Toth and Steven Toth; and his dogs, Dexter and Taffy. A Come and Go Celebration of Les' Life will be held at SAAMIS CREEKSIDE CENTRE, 11 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Les' memory may be made to his grandchildren, Olivia and Keaton Harkness at the RBC Bank, Downtown Branch. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading LES TOTH . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

~ 1931 ~ DONALD McARTHUR ~ 2018 ~

With his family by his side, Ken Kanewischer passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at St. Joseph's Home, at the age of 70 years old. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Expressions of sympathy can be extended by donations to Carmel Hospice c/o St. Joseph's Home or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ken Kanewischer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

~ 1947 ~ KENNETH KANEWISCHER ~ 2018 ~

With his family by his side, Ken Kanewischer passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at St. Joseph's Home, at the age of 70 years old. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Expressions of sympathy can be extended by donations to Carmel Hospice c/o St. Joseph's Home or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ken Kanewischer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

DUSTIN RIDDELL March 4, 1984 - June 9, 2018

On Saturday, June 9th, 2018, Dustin suddenly passed away at the age of 34. Dustin's memory will forever remain in the hearts of his mom, Loretta Schafer; his brother, Logan; Step-Dad, Dean Riddell; his loving partner, Amber Mercer; and their three beautiful daughters, Miriah, Shelby, and Jade. He will always be in the hearts of his Grandma Agnes Nygaard, and his many aunt's, uncle's, cousin's, friends, and extended families. Dustin will join his grandparents, Bill and Rose Schafer, Lloyd Nygaard; his uncle, Joe Schafer; and his cousin, Stephen Wood. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts can be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dustin Riddell. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

~ 1940 ~ ADELE ALICE PALMER ~ 2018 ~

Adele Alice Palmer passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 12, 2018. She is survived by her daughter, Meara Palmer and grandson Coen; her son, Blake Palmer; three sisters; one brother; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Adele was raised in Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan and chose nursing as her career. She attended Saskatoon City Hospital School of Nursing and received her RN degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She then obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Education at McGill University in Montreal. Adele was a caring and kind person and family and friends were of utmost importance. Other attributes were that she held up her Ukrainian heritage by cooking traditional foods, sharing the language, celebrating important holidays and teaching children Ukrainian folk dancing with the Medicine Hat Folk Arts Club. Adele received the “Hat’s Off” award for her community involvement. Adele was a member of the Horticultural Society and she and her grandson showed their flowers off for the summer garden tours. She was smart, artistic and creative. She loved a challenge. Her special interests were cooking, baking, quilting, paper tole, arts and crafts, and flower gardening. Sincere thanks and deep appreciation for the help, caring and kindness expressed to us by family, friends, neighbours, and healthcare workers during mom’s struggle with neuroendocrine cancer. A Celebration of Adele’s Life will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Adele’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Adele Palmer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

~ FREDERICK RADLEY HALL ~

Fred was born in Medicine Hat on June 6, 1933 and passed away peacefully with family at his side on June 9, 2018 at the Riverview nursing home. Fred leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Todd (Linda) of Dunmore and Drew (Heli) of Crowsnest Pass; one grandson, Dustin of Medicine Hat; one step-granddaughter, Petra of Finland; one brother, Grant “Skinny” (Carol); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his wife, Heather; his parents, Fred and Jean; and his brother, George. Fred enjoyed a full life. He played for the Medicine Hat Tigers for two years from 1951-53. The following hockey season he traveled by steam ship from New York to Britain to play in the British National League for the Ayr Raiders in Scotland for the 1954-55 season. Fred was traded to the Nottingham Panthers where he played the 1955-56 season. During this time, he met Heather Gough and before returning to Canada for the summer they were married on May 8, 1956. Fred played one more season in the BNL, 1956-57, for the Harringay Racers. The team travelled to Russia and played the Russian National team on Christmas Day outside to a sell-out crowd. Fred lived in many places but always considered his home as Medicine Hat. He was a businessman and had many successful businesses in Medicine Hat (P-Lawson Travel, Craven and Hall Real Estate, Craven and Hall Insurance, Century Homes and Reliance Insurance). One of his business adventures was building the Westlander Inn where numerous famous entertainers came including Joe Firth, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Hawkins, Bobby Curtola, Keith Hitchner and Ian Tyson. Fred and Ian became quite friendly and Ian wrote and recorded a song about Fred called “Freddie Hall”. As a young boy, Fred raised and kept many animals at their family home on 10th Street. His favorite was his horse, Tony, which one day he walked from Medicine Hat out to the Seitz farm located at Wisdom (south of town). We will miss Fred’s smile, sparkling eyes and sense of humour. Fred was an awesome father, grandfather, father-in-law, husband, brother, uncle, friend and companion to many people. A Private Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Fred’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Fred Hall. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1925 ~ TONY BOSCH ~ 2018

Anton “Tony” Bosch of Medicine Hat passed away on June 12, 2018 at the age of 93 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday at HOLY FAMILY PARISH. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Anton Bosch. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ WALT FENRICK ~ 2018

In the early morning on Friday, 8 June 2018, Walter Fenrick passed away peacefully. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel. Memorial gifts in Walter's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Walt Fenrick. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Walt Fenrick.

1954 ~ KENNETH “KEN” WALSH ~ 2018

Kenneth “Ken” Joseph Walsh, beloved husband of Monica Walsh of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at the age of 64 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday at ST. PATRICK’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ken Walsh. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1959 ~ LES TOTH ~ 2018

Leslie "Les" Toth, also known as Papa, beloved husband of Janet "Jake" Toth of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at the age of 59 years. A Come and Go Celebration of Les' Life was held yesterday at SAAMIS CREEKSIDE CENTRE. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Les Toth. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1931~ RALPH VOSSLER ~ 2018

Mr. Ralph Vossler beloved husband of Ruth Vossler of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, June 15th, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Ralph leaves to cherish his memory his brother, Roy (Fay†) Vossler; his sister, Irene (Ed) Weisgerber; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ralph was predeceased by his son, Morley; and his parents, Chris and Emma. He was born on October 19th, 1931 at Irvine and attended Newburg School before working on the family farm as well as his uncle’s farm. Ralph liked welding and trained as a welder during the 60’s when he and Ruth lived in Edmonton. They relocated to Medicine Hat where Ralph continued to work in the Oil Industry as a welder and actually worked on the first slanted oilrig. Ralph enjoyed going to rodeos, travelling, fishing, but mostly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. A private family funeral service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Memorial gifts in Ralph’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ralph Vossler. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to

1933 ~ LINDA PENNER ~ 2018

Linda Rita Penner, beloved wife of Jacob Penner of Seven Persons, passed away on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Linda Penner. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by

1933 ~1924 ~ HELEN GROPP ~ 2018 ~ 2018

Helen Gropp of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Wallace “Wally” Gropp, passed away on Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at the age of 94 years. Helen leaves to cherish her memory her children: Diane (Brian) Smyth, Dave (Jacqueline) Gropp, Carol (Doug) Prince, and Rick (Tammy) Gropp; her grandchildren, Lauri Pellow, Heather (Dan) Oster, Scott (Heidi) Gropp, Todd (Vicki) Smyth, and Shaun (Cheryl) Smyth; her great grandchildren, Shaylin, Josh, Wyatt, Paige, Casey, and Andrew; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Wally, Helen was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Lillian Lofthang; her brothers, Walter and Dick; and her sisters, Eve and Shirley. Helen was born and raised in the Simmie, Saskatchewan area where she grew up. She met Wally at the age of 15 years and they were married three years later, settling on a farm in the Webb, Saskatchewan district. Helen was a hard worker, she helped on their large farm they had, helped Wally in his construction business building houses, and always helped out her children and grandchildren. She relished the labor and the satisfaction of helping others. In her later years, Helen enjoyed traveling to Mexico and to the United States. After Wally passed away, Helen continued to live in their home. She eventually moved to a condo where she lived for the past three years until she needed assisted living. A Celebration of Helen’s life, and the interment where she will be reunited with Wally, will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Helen Gropp. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1933 ~ DUERS, Audrey Elsie June 24, 1924 to June 26, 2018 ~ 2018

It is with heaviest hearts we share the news of the peaceful passing of our mother, Audrey Elsie Duers, at the age of 94 years. She was the centre of our world and will be dearly missed. Audrey is survived by her loving daughters and their families: Margaret (Wayne) Sorenson and children Glen (Wendy) and Kevin (Lisa); Joyce (Gerry) Regier and children Bob, Ted (Martha) and Callan; and Lesley (Gerry) Girard and children Derek and Blair. Fondly remembering their great grandma are Dylan, Hannah, Milan, Evan, Jackson, Jorjia, Stephanie, Derek, Drew, Jordan, Brie, Joey and Charley. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Lorraine Winget; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased and will be reunited with her loving husband, Robert Charles “Charlie” Duers who passed in October of 2004. Audrey was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1924 to Cliff and Margaret Winget, having one sister. Joyce and one brother, Clinton. During the war, cooling off at the Swift Current swimming hole, she met an English Air Force soldier - the love of her life who became her husband of 62 years, Charlie (Ginger) Duers. After the war, in her early years of marriage, Audrey lived in Newcastle, England for 10 years before returning to Canada in 1953. She raised her family in many cities across Canada making lifelong friendships in each city. Audrey enjoyed many hobbies such as quilting, sewing, painting, gardening, crafting and stamp collecting. But it didn't stop there! Audrey had a passion for golf, curling, cards, bowling, camping - too many to mention. Most importantly, her family always came first. Watching or participating in graduations, sports events, concerts, theatre, recitals she was front and centre! A Celebration of Audrey’s Life will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. If you knew Audrey and would like to commemorate her life, please join us! In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carmel Hospice, c/o St. Joseph's Home, 156 – 3 Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1, or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Audrey Duers. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to