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Medicine Hat Obituaries



1963 ~ NANCY HARRIS ~ 2018

Nancy May Harris of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the age of 54 years. Nancy also leaves to cherish her memory her son, Mark (Monserrat) Harris; her daughter, Jessica (Brandon) Buck; three sisters, Cheryle (Ray), Jean (Albert), and Jackie (Leonard); her partner, Allan Norwood; as well as numerous nieces, cousins and step siblings. Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Marlene Robillard and Jack Bamford. Nancy was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, enjoying fastball in her younger years. She was very happy when she was reunited with her mother, Marlene. Nancy had a wonderful sense of humour, a contagious laugh, and a big heart. She loved her children so much and was very proud of them. Nancy will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Nancy’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Nancy Harris. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1955 ~ FUZZY BOTH ~ 2018

Robert “Fuzzy” Lorne Both of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at the age of 62 years. Fuzzy leaves to cherish his memory his three brothers, Norman Scherer, David Both (Betty) and Roy Both; two sisters, Maxine Darbel and Sharon Adams; his step-brother, Harvey Turner (Leia); step-sister, Lori Turner (Rolly); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Fuzzy was predeceased by his father, Frank Both; his mother and step-father, Viola and Harold Turner; and two sisters, Judy “Tootsie” Both and Shirley Plunkett. Fuzzy was born on May 6th, 1955 in Calgary, Alberta and lived in Acadia Valley for a short time before moving with his family to Medicine Hat. He worked for numerous years at BYZ Construction and BYZ Enterprises and was very thankful for all they did for him over the years. Although Fuzzy didn’t have any of his own children, he played a major role in the upbringing of his nieces and nephews. Fuzzy was an avid gardener and loved to make knoephla, potato and sauerkraut dinners for his family. In the last year, Fuzzy also enjoyed attending First Assembly Church and found the love of Jesus. Those who were fortunate enough to know Fuzzy will always remember him as mischievous, caring, eccentric and generous to a fault. Fuzzy’s home for the last few years was the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital and his family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff, especially 5 East, for the compassion and care that Fuzzy received during his time there. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Monday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 395 – 9th Street SE, on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend George Koopmans and Pastor Matthew Redstone co-officiating. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts (monetary or other) in Fuzzy’s memory may be made to Canadian Blood Services, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 4J5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Fuzzy Both. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, CREMATORIUM AND RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 403-528-2599.

1933 ~ LUCAS DECK ~ 2018

Lucas “Luke” Deck, beloved husband of Maxine Deck, passed away on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at the age of 85 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Philip Le, Celebrant. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Luke Deck.

1929 ~ MURRAY TITTERTON ~ 2018

Murray Titterton of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Birdene Titterton, passed away on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Murray leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Richard (Pat), and Dale (Linda); seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Irene Husband. Murray was also predeceased by his parents, Bert and Rose Titterton. A private family time of remembrance will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Murray’s memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice, c/o St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Murray Titterton.

1969 ~ MICHAEL JOSEPH DOLAN ~ 2018

Michael Joseph Dolan, beloved father of Emma, Rachael and Matthew, (mother of his children Andrea Robbenhaar) of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the age of 49 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. PATRICK’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 238 – 2 Avenue NE, on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly, Celebrant and Father John L. Maes, Co-Celebrant. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com, subject heading Michael Dolan.

1939 ~ GARTH VALLELY ~ 2018

Garth William Vallely, beloved husband of Maryanne Vallely of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the age of 79 years. A Private Family Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. PATRICK'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Father Tomy Manjaly, Celebrant and Father John L. Maes, Co-Celebrant. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Garth Vallely.

1941 ~ JACQUELINE “JACKIE” SCHULER ~ 2018

Jacqueline Rheta “Jackie” Schuler, beloved wife of Ted Schuler of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Jackie also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Scott (Bernetta), Tracey (Douglas) Skurdal, Jeffrey, and Cameron; five grandchildren, Matthew (Jenna) Schuler, Kyle and Ryan Schuler, and Alyshia and Andrew Skurdal; two brothers, Brian (Joanne) Gross and Keith (Connie) Gross; sister-in-law, Audrey Gross; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jackie was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Margaret Gross; and two brothers, Edward Gross and Ted (Marg) Gross. Jackie was born in Lethbridge on March 29, 1941 and was raised on the farm in Grassy Lake. She attended school in Grassy Lake and went to Calgary to become a nurse’s aide. On July 13, 1963, Jackie married Ted in Medicine Hat. They lived in Schuler where Jackie helped Ted run Mac’s Cash Store for 35 years. They retired to Medicine Hat in 1999. Vigil Rites (prayers) will be said at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Philip Le, Celebrant. Memorial gifts in Jackie’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5, or to Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4V3. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jackie Schuler.

Balthasar "Balzar" Lanz
November 2nd, 1933 ~ March 31st, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, with family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Irene. He will be lovingly remembered by his four daughters, Mandy, Linda (Doug Klinck), Peggy (Reno Fleck), Bernadine (Gerry) Laforce; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren. Balzar is also survived by his brothers, Frank (Rose), Tony (Rose), Johnny (Phyllis), Ben (Penny) and Eddie (Geri); his sisters, Veronica (Tim), Francis (Pius), Mary (Jerry†) and Kathy (Russ); two sisters-in-law, Joan (Leo†) and Inez (Jim†); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his only son, Reg Lanz in 2011; his son-in-law, Barry; his parents, Erasmus and Katherine Lanz; his in-laws, Philip and Annie Stabler; one brother, Leo; and one sister, Maggie. Balzar was born and raised in Schuler, Alberta. He went on to marry Irene on June 22nd, 1957 at St. Edmund's (Christ the King) in Medicine Hat by Pastor Paul J. O'Bryne. They resided in Medicine Hat, where they raised their 5 children. Balzar worked at S.F. Scott and went on to retire from the Cypress View Foundation. Besides his love for his family, he also took pride in the many years serving as a goal judge with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His other interests were camping, fishing, boating and tinkering in his garage. In 2014 he went on a cruise of a lifetime to the Panama Canal with his wife. Balzar will be fondly remembered by the nicknames he came up with for his family and friends. “Aren't you glad I brought you here?” The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PATRICK'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 238 - 2nd Avenue NE, on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly, Celebrant. A Private Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Balzar's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Balzar Lanz. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1924 ~ Dean “Stub” Robinson ~ 2018

Dean Robinson, beloved husband of Norma Robinson (nee McKnight), passed away at the age of 93 with his family by his side on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Dean, may make a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dean Robinson.

1959 ~ COLIN SMITHDORF ~ 2018




Colin Trevor Smithdorf, beloved husband of Patricia Smithdorf of Redcliff, passed away on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at the age of 58 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Memorial gifts in Colin's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer Research. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Colin Smithdorf.

1961 ~ KEVIN MALLEY ~ 2018



Kevin Allan Malley of Medicine Hat, beloved son of Denis and Beverley Malley, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the age of 56 years. Denis also leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Shaun (Rita) Malley of Edmonton and children, Troy and Brandon; sister-in-law, Josephine Malley of Medicine Hat and children, Vincent (Courtney) Malley (Landon and Emma), and Travis Malley (Amber); special friends, Dean and Marg Wenzel and Char Lane. Kevin was predeceased by one brother, Roger Malley. A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation, Suite 270, 2323 – 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6Z3. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Kevin Malley. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to