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Medicine Hat Obituaries

1929 ~ FREDERICK MACK ~ 2018

Fred Mack of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Emma, passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2018 surrounded by his wife and family at the age of 88 years. Besides Emma, Fred leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter Lorrie (Paul) Guenard, and his three sons Terry (Melanie), Murray (Tammy) and Frederick “Darren” (Michelle). Also cherishing their grandpa are his ten grandchildren; Amy, Heather, Amber (Scott), Tyler, Troy, Cole, Meghan, Frederick “Braden”, Kiera and Jerika and his great-granddaughter Kinsley. He also leaves to mourn two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Christina Mack; his four brothers, John, Archie, Albert and William; and two sisters, Martha (Chris) Seitz and Emma. Fred was born on the family farm on March 21st, 1929 in the Ranchville area where he was raised and educated. In his early years Fred left home to work on neighboring farms, eventually returning to the family farm. In the summer of 1957 Fred met the love of his life Emma Jetter and they were married on August 2nd, 1958. He and Emma shared 59 years of marriage while raising their family on the farm and ranch at Ranchville. Fred’s love for the farm did not diminish with age as he was actively involved in the farm and continued to hay and run the combine well into his 80’s. The Mack family wishes to thank the nurses and staff on 5 East at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for the care and comfort that they provided Fred in his last days. The family also wishes to thank Patricia and the caregivers from Alberta Health Services for the respite care given to Fred over the past two years. The funeral service will be held at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2793 Southview Drive SE on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim Bredeson and Diaconal Minister Lila de Waal officiating, with a luncheon to follow. A private family interment at Hillside Cemetery will take place prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers and as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Fred’s name. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Frederick Mack. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1933 ~ STANLEY RUNIONS ~ 2018

Mr. Stanley “Stan” Runions passed away on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 two days prior to his 85th birthday. Stan will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Vera; two children, Garry and Marilyn; grandchildren, Camilla, Marissa, Aaron and Bryce; and 5 great grandchildren. Celebration of life will be held at Redcliff Royal Canadian Legion, on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made on behalf of Stan to Medicine Hat S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8 (http://www.medhatspca.ca/) or to South Country Village, 1720 Bell Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 5G1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Stan Runions. Arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ JAMES ALISTAIR MACARTHUR ~ 2018

Alistair MacArthur, beloved husband of Eleanor, passed away on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Alistair leaves to cherish his memory his children, Jim (Patricia) and Allyson; one grandchild, Brooks; sister, Jean “Peggy” (Bill) Taylor; sister-in-law, Marcy (Len) Forbes; four nephews, and one niece. Alistair was predeceased by his parents, James and Mabel; one brother, Hugh; and in-laws, Richard and Cora Hansen. Alistair was born on April 10th, 1929 in Medicine Hat and started school in Walsh in 1936 and completed high school in Irvine. He then went on to Olds School of Agriculture returning home to ranch. On November 8th, 1958, Alistair married Eleanor Hansen and they lived on the MacDonald place north of Walsh. He was involved with the Walsh Cattle Marketing Association and, along with his partners, built Hat Livestock Auction in 1969 in Medicine Hat and sold the business in 1977. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Alberta Cattle Commission in the late seventies and early eighties. Eleanor and Alistair continued to live at the MacDonald place until selling it to the Hargraves in February 1989. They then purchased a ranch northeast of Sceptre, Saskatchewan and enjoyed their time there making many new friends in the community. Eleanor and Alistair sold their Sceptre ranch and retired to Medicine Hat. Alistair will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. A Private Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 504 – 2nd Street SE, on Friday, January 19th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Jeff Lackie officiating. Memorial gifts in Alistair’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 340D Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5, or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alistair MacArthur. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1959 ~ Donnaleen Cameron Tokamp ~ 2018

Donnaleen Hope Cameron Tokamp was born on May 18th, 1959, the youngest of four children, to Roy and Marion Cameron in Calgary, Alberta. Donna was a free spirit that lived her life to the absolute fullest, never afraid to be herself, she inspired others to live the same way. She loved her family deeply, Sunday dinners were the highlight of her week. Family vacations, camping, visiting relatives and whale watching off Vancouver Island were some of her favorite memories. As an avid bowler for 38 years, she enjoyed coaching all 4 of her children, and many others through their YBC years, going as far as the National level. She enjoyed her league nights with “Kranky’s Krew” for well over a decade. Through her life she was employed at Dominion Glass, Redcliff Esso, and 7-11 Canada for 28 years. Donna passed away on Friday, January 12th, 2018 in the arms of her loving husband Bobby, with all her children by her side. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Bobby; her children, Deanna Tokamp (Nick Anderson), JoDana Tokamp (Dustin Tizzard), Bobbi-Jo (Josh) Bennett and Tyler Tokamp (Jenni Cummings), all of Medicine Hat; two grandchildren, Faith Tizzard and Jordin Volk; one brother, Roy (Gail) Cameron of Dunmore; one sister, Tereena Cameron of Medicine Hat; her mother-in-law, Zonia Tokamp of Medicine Hat; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends; and her dogs, Pacco and Monte. Donna was predeceased by her mother, Marion Cameron; and one sister, Shirlene Deering. Special thank you to Dr. Woodley and all the staff at Carmel Hospice for their genuinely compassionate care of our Donna as well as Dr. Stephen McNeil from Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Foothills Medical Centre for his ongoing care through the years. A Celebration of Donna's Life will be held at MEDICINE HAT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 947 Pigeon Street NE, on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, c/o The Covenant Health Foundation, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Donna Cameron Tokamp.

1925 ~ ART ROTH ~ 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur “Art” Roth, beloved husband of the late Hedwig “Heddy” Roth, announce his passing on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Art was born in Burstall, Saskatchewan to a farming family of 4 brothers and 4 sisters. He married Heddy in 1947 and they moved to Hanna, Alberta to farm. They returned to Medicine Hat and Art went into the construction business working with his father-in-law, Bob Preuss. He returned to his farming roots for a time before entering real estate until his retirement. Upon retirement he and Heddy enjoyed travelling and spending time with their family, friends and grandchildren. He is survived by his two sons, Glen (Kathy) Roth and Allan (Cathy) Roth; four grandchildren, Tyler (Kirstyn), Justin, Sherrie (Josh) and Kayla (Mike); five great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Tatum, Michael, Haven and Braxton; two sisters, Mabel Pfahl and Lillian Grusie; two half-brothers, Manny Roth and Lee Roth; and brother-in-law, Edgar Hofer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Art was predeceased by his wife, Heddy; his parents, Jacob and Emma Roth; Jacob’s second wife, Christina Roth; two sisters, Irene Job and Rose Grusie; one brother, Oscar Roth; one half brother, Harry Roth; and sister-in-law, Olga Hofer. The family would like to thank the Good Samaritan Society for their wonderful care and kindness shown to Art. A Private Family Time of Remembrance will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Art's memory may be made to the S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1J5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Art Roth. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1930 ~ DON KANEWISCHER ~ 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Kanewischer, beloved husband of Edna, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the age of 87 years. A Celebration of Don’s Life was held yesterday at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Don's memory may be made to Whispering Pines Camp. . Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Don Kanewischer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1921 ~ HELENE BORCHERT ~ 2018

Helene, Auguste “Helen” Borchert (nee Eggert) of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at the age of 96 years. Helene’s memory will be cherished by her loving family; daughter Marianne, son Guenter, and her only grandchild Geoffrey. Helene and her twin sister Herta were born on March 19th, 1921 in Bladiau, East Prussia (Poland). Her other siblings include the eldest sister Friedel, and youngest sister Elizabeth. Towards the end of WWII, Helene was part of the long march of refugees, which followed the shores of the Baltic Sea in the winter of 1945, to eventually lead her to Hamburg, Germany, where she met her husband Fred. He had spent the majority of the war in a camp in the Kananaskis valley of Alberta, and they were married in Hamburg on March 19th, 1949. Her daughter Marianne was born, in Hamburg in October of 1949. In April 1951, Fred returned to Alberta, and began work as a farm labourer in Scandia. Helene along with her daughter Marianne re-joined Fred in December of 1951, as immigrants to Canada. Her son Guenter was born, in Brooks in November of 1952, after which the family settled on the Oscar Johnson farm in Scandia. Helene and her family left the farm and moved to Medicine Hat in 1969, where she continued to reside until her passing. We would like to convey a special thank you to the nurses and care givers of Sunnyside Care Center for providing Helene with loving care and attention throughout her many years of stay. A Private Graveside Service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in the spring. As an expression of sympathy, those wishing to remember Helene may do so with a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5, or to a charity of their choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Helene Borchert. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1947 ~ LORNE WEBSTER ~ 2018

It is with heavy hearts that the family announce the passing of Lorne George Webster of Medicine Hat. Lorne passed peacefully at home with Gladys by his side on January 2nd, 2018 at the age of 70 years. A celebration of Lorne’s life was held on Saturday at the Royal Canadian Legion. Donations in Lorne’s memory can be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lorne Webster. Arrangements entrusted to

1952 ~ LLOYD CRIDLAND ~ 2017

Lloyd Allan Cridland of Medicine Hat passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on December 20th, 2017. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Condolences may be sent to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lloyd Cridland.

1926 ~ EVA RATH ~ 2018

Eva Rath of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, December 25th, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Eva leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Harold (Roberta) Rath and David Rath; one daughter, Bev Rath (Dutch); three grandchildren, Raymond (Nicole) Rath, Perry Rath and Brandi Peard (Grant Wipf); six great grandchildren, Madison Rath, Kingston Rath, Samantha Rath, Tyler Bang, Mitchell and Madi; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Emanuel and Pauline Lehr; one grandchild, Ryan Peard; and three brothers, Ernest Lehr, Jack Lehr and Emanuel Lehr. A Private Family Time of Remembrance will take place. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Eva Rath

1926 ~ BOB NIKLAUS ~ 2018

Robert "Bob" Emile Niklaus, beloved husband of Bjorg "Betty" Niklaus of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Bob also leaves to cherish his memory one son, William (Diana) Niklaus; one daughter, Ingrid (John) Hart; four grandchildren, Andrea Niklaus (Joseph Krauss), Kathryn Niklaus, Ashley Hart (Scott Smith) and Lindsay Hart (Clarke Croissant); one sister, Denise Niklaus; one nephew, Peter (Maja) Schenker; and one cousin, Christoph (Veronique) Kern. Bob was predeceased by his parents, William and Julliette Niklaus; and two sisters, Heritte and Trudi. Bob was born on October 27th, 1926 in Laussane, Switzerland and immigrated in 1952 to Canada and he immediately fell in love with Canada and called it “home”. As per Bob's request, no formal funeral services will be held. Memorial gifts in Bob's memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 164 Stratton Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3R3. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bob Niklaus.

1924 ~ JOYCE PEARCE ~ 2018

Joyce Pearce (Nicholls), beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Pearce for 70 years, passed away on January 12, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Joyce will lovingly be remembered by her 3 children, Michael (Pauline) Pearce, Ken (Sheila) Pearce, and daughter, Linda (Murray) Dallas. Joyce was an amazing grandmother to Kevin (Lindsey) Pearce, Pamela (Monty) Stokke, Quinten (Alesa) Pearce, Stacey (Andrew) McFetridge, Greg (Jo-Ashlie) Dallas, and Arlette (Joe) Jacob. Her 12 great grandchildren will also carry on her legacy. Joyce was greeted in heaven by her parents, Arthur and Kate Nicholls; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roland and Nellie Pearce; grandson, Mark Pearce; and her 2 brothers and spouses, Ken and Winnie Nicholls and Les and Elsie Nicholls; and sister and spouse, Irene and Leonard Purchase. As well as brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Edith Pearce; and nieces and nephews that predeceased her. Joyce was born in Bristol, England on October 20, 1924. She met the love of her life, a Canadian soldier named Bob Pearce, on a rainy night in Bristol and the rest is history. A long journey on the SS Aquitania across the Atlantic had her arriving in Canada on June 6, 1947 and married July 21, 1947 at Maple Creek, SK. They lived on a farm near Maple Creek where they raised their family, until moving to Medicine Hat in the fall of 1997. Joyce kept very busy with gardening, canning and freezing her vegetables. Many delicious meals were shared with family and friends. Christmas was her favorite time of year to share all her baking with their company. Joyce always had a Boxing Day feast for all her family and anyone else that wanted to come. There was always a houseful. She really enjoyed having her grandchildren with her at the farm. She liked to sew and knit in the spare time she had. Her children and grandchildren were always dressed well with her finished projects. Many an outfit was made for the granddaughter’s dolls, some of which the great grandchildren still are enjoying. Joyce had many wonderful qualities that have been passed on and will be remembered by all. She enjoyed music and dancing, playing cards/board games, was family oriented, hardworking, quick witted, had a love for children, was tenacious and as her husband Bob would say, she was “little but loud”. Joyce always loved her cats on the farm and managed to bring one with her when they moved to Medicine Hat. Katie was a spoiled cat that lived to a good old age and didn’t really like anyone but Joyce. A private celebration of life will be held at Saamis Creekside Reception Centre on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Special thank you to Carmel Hospice Staff and the heart felt care they provided. Any donations in memory of Joyce can be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6 or to the S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8.