Medicine Hat Obituaries



1931 ~ Louis Seifert ~ 2019

Louis Martin Seifert of Medicine Hat, Alberta and formally of the Hatton, Saskatchewan area, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Sandy and their children, Ardis (Wayne Terry) Lerner, Clint (Danette) Seifert, Heather (Warren) Belanger, Russell (Kristine) Crane and Jody (JP) Thibault and their families, his brother and sister in law, Herman and Marie Seifert, as well as a large extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Mary Seifert and his sister and brother in law, Marie and Junior Einspahr.  Louis was born in Medicine Hat and grew up and spent his career farming and ranching from the land that his father homesteaded in 1914 in the Hatton area. During these years he was very actively involved in activities in the rural area, the town of Maple Creek, the Province and the Lutheran Church. In 1992, he was awarded a commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada by the Governor General in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.  The Funeral Service will be held at ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 515 Sprague Way SE, on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Ken Edel officiating.  Memorial gifts in Louis's memory may be made to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 - 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Louis Seifert.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1926 ~Joe Sisko ~ 2019

Joseph “Joe” Sisko, beloved husband of Marienne Sisko of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at the age of 93 years.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Monday, January 21st, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.  A private interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery.  If friends so wish, Joe would have appreciated memorial gifts be made to the Sunnyside Nursing Home, Long Term Care, 1750 Bell Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G1.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Joe Sisko.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1923 ~Margaret (Peggy) Smith~ 2019

With sadness and sorrow, the family of Margaret (Peggy) Blanche Smith, beloved wife for 65 years of the late George (Al) Albert Smith, announce her passing on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the age of 95 years.  A Celebration of Peggy’s Life was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL.  A Graveside Service will be held in the spring at the Memory Gardens in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital 5W, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation or to the Shriner's Sick Children's Travel Fund, WaWa Shriners of Regina.  Condolences can be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com, subject-heading Peggy Smith.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1938 ~ Joyce hansvall ~ 2019

Joyce Hansvall (nee Erickson) aged 80 years of Medicine Hat, Alberta and formerly of Tompkins, SK, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2019 at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Delphia Joyce was born in Creston, BC, to Einer and Signe Erickson on January 24, 1938, a birthday present for sister, Phyllis. She attended Central School near Tompkins, SK and then high school in Medicine Hat, AB. She studied hairdressing in Calgary, graduating in 1955. On March 16, 1956 Joyce married the love of her life, Clary Hansvall. Clary and Joyce enjoyed a busy life on the farm raising their children; Kim, Shane, Tex and Heidi. Between the farm, farm animals, four children and a huge garden, Joyce was a very busy lady. The farm was a popular place with company, family and friends always welcome and often stopping in for visits, supper and a game of cards. When Joyce was home you never went away hungry! Joyce enjoyed gardening, quilting, taking pictures and collecting treasures including an impressive spoon collection. She was involved in the Rebekah Lodge, Boy Scouts and the Church. In 1993, Clary and Joyce moved to Medicine Hat to allow Clary to be closer to health care services and Joyce to be closer to her aging Mother. Joyce began housekeeping services, caring not only for homes, but for any needs of her many clients. She enjoyed the fellowship and outings. In Medicine Hat, she was an active member in Unit 2 with Fifth Avenue UCW. After the fire in the house on New Year’s Day 2004, they settled into condo living at Park Meadows, which meant new friends and card game partners were a plenty. Joyce was a devoted caregiver to many through her years; clients, aunts, uncles, children and grandchildren, but none more special than her beloved Clary. Joyce dedicated many years of 24/7 care to Clary, which kept her young, but most important to them both, allowed him to stay at home right up until the last few months of his life. Joyce enjoyed travelling when she could get away, with trips to Invermere, Toronto, California, Detroit, Ireland, Maui, Vancouver and summers in Cypress Park, among others. She was fortunate and thrilled to be able to visit many of her grandchildren in recent months. Joyce was predeceased by her husband Clary; parents, Einer and Signe Erickson; son-in-law, Paul Turgeon; sisters-in-law Ragnhild Norman, Esther Honsvall, Ruth McMillan, brothers-in-law Harold Honsvall, Arthur Honsvall. She survived by her four children, Kim (Dave) Turgeon-Hardman, Shane (Shannon) Hansvall, Tex (Carol) Hansvall and Heidi (Kerry) Yuzik; grandchildren, Matthew Turgeon, Mason (Sarah) Turgeon and their daughter, Quinn, Stacey Hansvall (Shayne Felske) and her children, Kieran, Avah and Koen, Chelsey (Eddie) Brown, Keagan Hansvall (Katie) and their children, Masen and Aleeah, Sara (Andrew King) and their son Cillian, Haylee Hansvall, Kyle Hansvall, Cassie Hansvall, Jesse Yuzik, Tori Yuzik (Jon Soroka), Riley Yuzik; two sisters, Phyllis (Maurice) McIlwrick and June (Scott) Harvey; Sister-in-law Lilly Elmgren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church in Medicine Hat, AB with Reverend Dave Pollard officiating. The eulogy will be presented by Dale McIlwrick. Shane Hansvall will be the urn bearer. Honorary Pallbearers are Sterling and Kathy McAlister, Donna and Vic Wickstrom, and Helen Griffith and Gwen McGregor. A family internment service will be held at Memory Gardens in Swift Current, Saskatchewan at a later date. Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB, T1A 7L5 or to Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, 476 4th Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0K9. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, The Chapel in the Park, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

1923 ~ SMITH Margaret (Peggy) ~ 2019

With sadness and sorrow, the family of Margaret (Peggy) Blanche Smith, beloved wife for 65 years of the late George (Al) Albert Smith, announce her passing on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the age of 95 years. Peggy was born and raised in Indian Head, Saskatchewan and has been a resident of Medicine Hat, Alberta since 2002. She was the eldest daughter of four children born to the late Blanche and Thomas Rolfe. She took her secretarial training at Balfour Technical College in Regina and worked at the Saskatchewan Parliament in the Education Ministry as a typist and stenographer. Peggy and her friends loved to dance at the Trianon Ball Room and that is where Peggy met her future husband, Al. He was a flying instructor in Regina and they were married in the fall of 1944. After the war, Peggy and Al purchased the Air Service in Swift Current, Sask. and renamed it Smith Airways. Over the course of the following 30 years, Smith Airways was respected as a superior Air Service in Southwest Saskatchewan. It was a place where local pilots and travelers gathered, and Peggy, a pilot herself, always had the coffee pot on. Flying was Al's passion, but it was Peggy who was the face of the business. Highlights, over their course of the years operating the business, included both the Saskatchewan and the International Flying Farmers Airport Operator of the year awards. After retirement, Peggy and Al spent many years as snowbirds in sunny Arizona and traveled extensively, in their motor-home, throughout North America. Many of their trips included visiting family and treasured time spent with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Peggy loved to sing and was an active member of the United Church Choir in Indian Head. She enjoyed socializing with friends and family, dancing, ceramics, crocheting, traveling, bible study and of course playing cards. Peggy will be missed by her family and friends and will always be remembered for her quick wit and her commitment to her family. Peggy is survived by her three daughters: Cheryl Pickett and her daughter, Amanda (Mike) Macdonald and their son, Cappur; and her son, Geoffrey; Penny Kerr and her daughters, Heather (Andreas) Rauscher and their sons, Carsten and Aiden, and Maureen (Brad) Hauck and their daughter, Willow; Doreen (Ron) Sitter and their family, Paul, Valerie (Cory) Pohl and their son, Revan, Victoria (Chris) DeVita and their children, Kassandra and Alexander, and James (Zemeta) Sitter and their daughters, Saba, Samra and Sofia. Peggy also leaves behind other family and friends including her sister, Joan Thompson, her sister-in-law, Joan Rolfe, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends. Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Blanche Rolfe, her parents-in-law, William and Martha Smith; her sons-in-law, Fred Tarry and Dan Kerr; two grandchildren, Barbara Tarry and Michelle Kerr; her siblings, George Rolfe and Jack Rolfe, and her brothers-in-law, Don Thompson, Alan Smith and her sisters-in-law, Eileen Chouinard, Leona Sites. A Celebration of Peggy’s Life will commence on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, with Pastor Lance Duncalfe officiating. A Graveside Service will be held in the spring at the Memory Gardens in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital 5W, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 - 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the Shriner's Sick Children's Travel Fund, WaWa Shriners of Regina, Shrine Centre, 2065 Hamilton Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 2E1. Condolences can be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com, subject-heading Margaret (Peggy) Smith. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, The Chapel in the Park, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

1938 ~ JOYCE HANSVALL ~ 2019

Joyce Hansvall of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Clarence "Clary" Hansvall, passed away on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at the age of 80 years. Joyce leaves to cherish her memory four children, Kim (Dave Hardman) Turgeon-Hardman, Shane (Shannon) Hansvall, Tex (Carol) Hansvall and Heidi (Kerry) Yuzik and their families. The Funeral Service will be held at FIFTH AVENUE MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH, 476 - 4th Street SE, on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dave Pollard officiating. Interment will take place in the Spring of 2019 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current. Memorial gifts in Joyce's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T1A 7L5 or to Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, 476 - 4th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0K6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Joyce Hansvall. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1923 ~ PEGGY SMITH ~ 2019

Margaret "Peggy" Smith of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Al Smith, passed away on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the age of 95 years. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Peggy Smith. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by

1955 ~ Mary Lou Falardeau ~ 2019

Mary Lou Falardeau of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at the age of 63 years.  She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Ryan Falardeau and Chad Falardeau; five grandchildren, Caleb, Hanna, Dylan, Braeden and Jayden; two sisters, Lorraine Gillespie and Eileene Richardson; one brother, Arnold (Nathalie) Gillespie; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, William and Frances Gillespie; and two sisters, Darlene Wilson and Edith Reddon.  Family was important to Mary Lou and her grandchildren were the highlight of her life.  She loved spending time with them and with her friends and family.  Mary Lou will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  The Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 1865 Division Avenue North, on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Bishop Ralph Daniels officiating.   Memorial gifts in Mary Lou's memory may be made 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 Mary Lou Falardeau.

1980 ~ Justin Sinclair ~ 2019

Mr. Justin Johann Sinclair of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at the age of 38 years. A Come and Go Celebration will take place at SAAMIS CREEKSIDE CENTRE, 11 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Justin Sinclair. Funeral arrangements entrusted to o

 

1950 ~  Sandra Fay Soltis ~ 2018

Sandra Fay “Sandy” Soltis (nee Ward) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, at the age of 68 years, with her beloved husband, Don, by her side. Sandy was born in Vancouver, BC and raised in Gibsons, BC.  She joined the Canadian Forces in 1973.  After 18 years of service, she was medically released, due to injuries, as a sergeant. She met and married Don in 1978 and for 40 years they led an adventurous life, travelling to the USA and many countries in Europe.  Sandy enjoyed camping, travel, and meeting people.  Over the past 40 years, Sandy fought many medical battles successfully, but unfortunately she didn’t win the last one.  Sandy continually helped people, and during her life she assisted 53 foster children in improving their lives.  She had many passions including sewing, embroidering, quilting, and Toll painting, just to mention a few, and was extremely good at everything she did. She loved her family and was very proud of them.  She leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Gerry (June) Ward of 93 Mile House; sisters, Lyn of Surrey, BC, and Karen (Stan) Sopow of Gibsons, BC; sister-in-law, Faye (Jerrie) Zahn and Debbie ( Harold) Motz of Medicine Hat, AB, Murray (Janine) Soltis of Morden, MB; along with numerous uncles, aunts, great nieces, and nephews.  She dearly loved her 4 fur babies, 3 of which greeted her on her arrival in Heaven.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 10:00 am with Mike Tivadar officiating.  At Sandy’s request, please dress casual.  Memorial gifts in Sandy’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. .  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Sandra Soltis.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1926 ~ Tillie Krassman ~ 2019

Mrs. Odelia ”Tillie”  Krassman, beloved wife of the late Daniel Krassman of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, one month short of her 93rd birthday.   Tillie leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Donna Zahn of Schuler; two grandchildren, Carolyn (Terry) Cey of Medicine Hat and Donny (Jennifer) Zahn of Schuler; four great-grandchildren, Zachary and Danny Cey  and Oliver and Leo Zahn; her two sisters; Katie Schafer and Mary van den Brink; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Tillie was predeceased her husband Dan in 2005; son, Donnie, in infancy; son-in-law, Don Zahn in 2009; parents, Joseph and Helena Bosch; two brothers, Tony (Reta) Bosch and Lucas (Frances) Bosch; three sisters, Anne (George) Besplug, Martha (Emmanuel) Hagel, and Lena (Frank) Schafer; two brothers-in-law, Tony Schafer and Core van den Brink. Tillie was born on February 2, 1926, at Burstall, SK.  She married Dan Krassman on November 5, 1945 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Schuler, AB.  There they began their life together, working side by side breaking land, picking rocks, and building the farm.  They worked hard but also played hard, socializing at many community and home functions.  Tillie enjoyed being active  and over the years played softball, slow pitch, bowling, and curling; skipping a curling team until she was 90 years old.  She was very active in St. Joseph’s Parish until 1984, when they moved to Medicine Hat and became members of Holy Family Parish.  Travelling extensively with family and friends during the 1980’s, Tillie and Dan created many wonderful memories.  At home they enjoyed dancing the polka, playing pool and shuffleboard and during the summer months they enjoyed their swimming pool.  Tillie’s greatest joy was her family and she took great pleasure in her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.  Tillie will be remembered for her independence, her energy, her determination, her work ethic, and her love of the outdoors as she was always planting flowers, cutting grass, trimming trees and taking care of her pool in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. Her life was founded in the Catholic faith.   Vigil Rites will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be held at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vijaya Bathineni officiating.  Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic section of Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Mrs. Tillie Krassman may do so by having a mass said, which can be obtained at the Parish office.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Tillie Krassman.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1924 ~ Gregor Bonogofski ~ 2018

Gregor Bonogofski of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, December 31st, 2018 at the age of 94 years.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his sons; Ralph (Lindsay) Bonogofski, grandchildren, Shyloh-Dawn, and Josh; Glen (Janice) Bonogofski, grandchildren, K-Lyn, Ciara;   brother, Peter (Barbara) Bonogofski; and one sister-in-law. Gregor was predeceased by his wife Lewarna; parents, Zach and Emelia; his brother, Adam; and his sister, Frances Bosch.  A private family service will be held.  Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gregor Bonogofski.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to