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Medicine Hat Obituaries

1922-William “Bill” Horace Gilchrist-2017

William “Bill” Horace Gilchrist of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully in Palliative Care at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the age of 95. He was the beloved husband of the late Carrie Gilchrist. Bill was born on May 21st, 1922 in Coldwater, Ontario to Roland and Ellen Gilchrist. He grew up on the Shepherd farm where his father was employed, with his one brother and two sisters. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and he earned his 3rd year, Motor Vehicle Repair in 1946. Bill’s passion for airplanes took him to many places including Sardinia, Gander, Newfoundland and Bournemouth, England. He remained a career military man as a Civil Servant for the Armed Forces stationed in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Bill met and later married his “lovely wife” on September 15th, 1979, and together they resided in Portage until his retirement in 1987. Upon his retirement, they moved to Medicine Hat in 1988 to be closer to family. Bill enjoyed being an active member of the Medicine Hat Church of God (Pentecostal), camping, tinkering with small engines, learning to use a computer to research subjects of interest, walking his dog and watching his grandchildren, and later, his great-granddaughters grow up. Bill was a quiet, meticulous, steadfast man who could figure out any problem given enough time. Once he set his mind to something he didn't quit until he fully understood all of the working parts. Bill was also very generous, and would extend a leg up to anyone in need. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his step-children, Rhonda (Darryl) Shoemaker and T. Lindsey (Sharon) Reid; his grandchildren, Marissa (Derrick) Jordan, Gordon (special friend Jenn) Shoemaker, Claudene (Dan) Watt, and Trevor (Laura) Baker; and great-granddaughters, Marlee and Lara Jordan and Khloe Baker; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Carrie (2016); step son, Ron Reid (2009); granddaughter, Cynthia Baker (1990); as well as his parents, Roland and Ellen; and siblings, Fred, Aida and Grace. The Family wishes to extend special thanks to the wonderful staff on the Palliative Care Unit and all of the nursing staff who looked after Bill over the past few years. The Family invites those wishing to pay their respects to meet at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. and join them for procession to the Graveside Service to be held at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY at 1:30 p.m. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5, or to the Gideon's Bible Society, PO Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 7A2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Gilchrist. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1921 ~ MARTHA JANECKE ~ 2017

Martha Janecke of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Earl Janecke, passed away on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the age of 95 years. Martha leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Larry (Betty) and Wayne (Jayne) and their families. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Martha Janecke. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1928 ~ REUBEN KURPJUWEIT ~ 2017

Reuben Harvey Kurpjuweit, beloved husband of Stella Friesen of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Reuben also leaves to cherish his memory his five children, Patty, Arvid (Evonne), Merle (Dorothy), Cyndi (Barry), and Sheldon (Kelly), and their families. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Reuben Kurpjuweit. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1933 ~ JOHANNA “HANS” BOUMAN ~ 2017

Johanna Petronella (Rozestraten) Bouman, age 84, passed away September 8, 2017. Hans was predeceased by her husband Bert of 62.5 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at the WUERFEL AUDITORIUM. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Johanna Bouman. Funeral arrangements entrusted towww.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1922 ~ BILL GILCHRIST ~ 2017

William "Bill" Horace Gilchrist of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Carrie Gilchrist, passed away on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the age of 95 years. The Graveside Service will be held at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY, 5160 Gershaw Drive SW, on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Glen Dueck officiating. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Gilchrist. Funeral arrangements are entrusted towww.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1934 ~ LORNE YANKE ~ 2017

It is with great sadness the family of Lorne Yanke announce his peaceful passing on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lorne Yanke. Funeral arrangements entrusted towww.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1933 ~ JOHANNA “HANS” BOUMAN ~ 2017

Johanna Petronella (Rozestraten) Bouman, age 84, passed away September 8, 2017. Hans was predeceased by her husband Bert of 62.5 years. She leaves behind her daughters, Joanne (Jay) DeJong, Bernice Bouman (David Peacock) and Audrey (Bruce) Bain; and her son, Harry Bouman. Hans was “Oma” to nine grandchildren, Mike, Erica. Anita, Cory, David, Ian, Jennifer and Clinton; “Great Oma” to Jaxon, Journey, Mallory, Luca, Rex and Violet. Hans was one of six children born in Amsterdam on March 14, 1933, and is survived by her sister Nelly Van Eysden. Hans lived through the war, working in a factory where she was chosen to model some of the blouses. She loved to play cards, get dressed up and “turn heads”. She caught Bert’s eye and eventually was convinced to move to Medicine Hat, leaving everyone she knew behind. Hans learned English on the job and started dishwashing at the Greyhound, wearing a three piece suit and heels. The couple spent ten years tending bar at The Sergeant’s Mess. Hans then continued being the best at customer service while working at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, Central Meat and Sausage, and H and R Delicatessen. The Bouman family grew up with other Dutch families, and Bert and Hans were proud members of the Dutch Canadian Club and the Medicine Hat Legion. Hans and Bert lived their last years at the Haven Care Centre. Her door was always open, and Hans become close to the care team. The family is so grateful to Helen Santer (RN), the staff at Haven Care Center, Dr Monty, and the Nurses and Doctors at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, who treated mom with kindness these last six weeks. Her illness, stroke or heart issues never dismissed her ability to say “Thank you” or “give me a kiss”. The Funeral Service will be held at the WUERFEL AUDITORIUM, 1720 Bell Street SW, on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Findley officiating. Interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Those who would like are invited join the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, Ortona Room, 702 – 2nd Street SE, at 5:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Han'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 Johanna Bouman. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1956 ~ PAT CARRY ~ 2016

Patrick "Pat" Brian Carry, beloved husband of Verna Carry of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at the age of 60 years. Pat also leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Amanda Carry (fiancé Darcy Wright); four brothers, Wayne (Kathy) Carry of Redcliff, Mark (Kathy) Carry of Medicine Hat, Cameron (Michelle) Carry of Kelowna, BC, and Shawn Carry of Okotoks; three sisters-in-law, Ginny Knight (Charlie Viguie), Verle Packard, and Vivian Child; two brothers-in-law, Olie (Sandy) Schell and Vince (Marion) Schell; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as his granddog, Pugsley. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Rod and Joyce Carry. Pat will be remembered for his love of life that included his family and friends, moving rigs, and ranching. A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at the MEDICINE HAT EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE GROUNDS, GRANDSTAND BANQUET ROOM, 2055 - 21st Avenue SE, on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Pat's memory may be made to the Alberta Lung Association, PO Box 4700, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 9Z9, or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8, or to the Canadian Red Cross, 398 Aberdeen Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0R2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Pat Carry. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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GERALDINE “GERRY” HELMER (NEE CAMPBELL)

Geraldine Christine “Gerry” Helmer, beloved wife and best friend of Gordon Helmer of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Gerry also leaves to cherish her memory two children, Scott (Courtney) Helmer and their children, Max and Addison, Tanis (Richard) Ziegler and their children, Tyson, Logan, and Jayda; two sisters Carolyn Campbell, and Annette White of San Francisco, California; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Samuel and Christine Campbell, as well as her father and mother in-law, Herman and Lydia Helmer. Gerry was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She lived in Scotland for almost two years as a young child and came back to Medicine Hat to attend school. She met the love of her life, Gordon Helmer, and they were married on December 11, 1965 in Medicine Hat. Gerry had an outgoing personality and engaging wit; she loved to talk to any and every one. She was devoted to her family and especially loved baking for her grandchildren. Gerry loved to garden and took pride in her beautiful yard. She enjoyed going for coffee with friends and loved to read a good book when she had the time. She worked for over thirty years for the Medicine Hat School District 76 as a teacher’s assistant, eventually retiring from Herald School. Gerry passed away after a very courageous battle with cancer with her family and friends by her side. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at St Joseph’s Carmel Hospice for their care of Gerry. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Gerry’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gerry Helmer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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ALBERTA AUGUSTA “BERTA” WOOLFREY

Berta Woolfrey passed away on August 31, 2017 at the age of 97. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, Lynett Getz officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Berta’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, #201, 770 – 6 Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Berta Woolfrey. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to] www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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1934 ~ LORNE YANKE ~ 2017

It is with great sadness the family of Lorne Yanke announce his peaceful passing on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 with his family at his side in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 83 years. Lorne is survived by his loving wife, Margo of 58 years; his daughter, Michele Nelson; his son, Darren (Lisa) Yanke; four grandchildren, Jesse (Taylor), Kirsten (Allister), Austin, and Kendyl; two sisters, Gladys (Elmer) Mayer and Gloria Rabb; sister-in-law, Grace Roth; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lorne was predeceased by his parents, John and Leida Yanke; one sister, Donna (Ralph) Murray; mother and father-in-law, Sam and Frieda Roth; and brother-in-law, Ralph Roth. Lorne was born in Medicine Hat on September 8th, 1934. He lived on the family farm until he retired in 2000. His farm was his pride and joy. We love you and miss you dearly. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Chelsea Masterman and Reverend Patrick Schoenberger, co-officiating. A Private Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Lorne’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #102, 73 – 7th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2, or to the Alberta Heart & 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 Lorne Yanke. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com

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