Medicine Hat Obituaries

1935 ~ John Joseph Wallace “Wally” Bertrand ~ 2020

John “Wally” Bertrand passed away October 21, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Wally leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sharon Sandau; son, Granger (Denice) Bertrand; grandchildren, Tonille (Jay) Mallette and Granden (Myra) Bertrand; great grandchildren, Korbin, Lucus and Aarilynn; sisters in law, Mary Bertrand and June Bertrand as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Wally was predeceased by his parents, John and Violet Bertrand; brothers, Michael Bertrand, Jackie Bertrand, Billy Bertrand, Ron Bertrand; sister in law, Rose Bertrand. Wally was 17 years old when he went to the army and was there for four years. Wally loved working at Good Year and loved all his jobs over the years including the chicken business at LaPoulet Farm. Wally was very involved in his community, he was a Boy Scout Leader and very devoted to his Church. He made friends with everyone. Wally was a Mr. Fix It of all, he enjoyed wood working “bird houses” and many other projects. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church 758-8th Street SE Medicine Hat, AB on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at St. Peter Lutheran Church is limited to 75 people including funeral staff and clergy. Memorial gifts in Wally’s name may be made to S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Wally Bertrand. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1932 ~ Mary English ~ 2020

Mary English of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Ralph English, passed away on Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at the age of 88 years. Mary leaves to cherish her memory her children, Mary Louise (Danny) Anderson of Canmore, AB, Shari English (Dean) Verpy of Medicine Hat, AB and Roderick (Dawn) English of North Battleford, SK; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ralph in 2013; parents, Walter and Mary Smith; and her son, Lynnwood, in 1976. Mary was born on October 11th, 1932 in Gull Lake, SK., where she was raised and attended school. She moved to Regina, SK to attend the Regina School of Nursing and graduated in 1954. She married Ralph that same year in Medicine Hat, AB. Together they raised their family and farmed NW of Gull Lake, SK until they retired to Medicine Hat, in 1993. Memorial gifts in Mary's memory may be made to the Autumn House Independent Living Facility, Box 630, Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary English. Mary and Ralph’s cremated remains will be interred at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1933 ~ Frieda Lehr ~ 2020

Frieda Lehr of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Ken Lehr, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at the age of 87 years. Frieda leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Beverley Heinz of Medicine Hat, Steven (Deborah) Lehr of Edmonton, Brenda (Fred) Dennis of Medicine Hat, and Wanda (Allen) Hamilton of Langley, B.C; grandchildren, Shawn (Chelsey) Heinz, Kendra (Landis) Byers, Jeff (Jen) Lehr, Stephanie Lehr (Daniel Matar), Jon (Annette) Dennis, Kent (Sandra) Dennis, Colin Hamilton, Aaron (Kaileen) Hamilton; sister, Erna Schorr of Medicine Hat; numerous great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Frieda was born and raised in the Burstall District, with the family moving and settling in Medicine Hat just after the war. Frieda married Ken in Medicine Hat in 1950. Frieda and Ken farmed in the Tothill District until Ken’s passing. She then moved into Medicine Hat in the fall of 2000 and lived in Southridge for 19 years. In 2019 Frieda then settled into the Chinook Village. Frieda was a excellent cook, loved to sing and crochet but most of all loved spending time family and friends. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020 at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, AB with Reverend Jim Bredeson officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at services is limited to 100 people including funeral staff and clergy. Live streaming is available through the Victory Lutheran Church website (https://victorylutheran.ca). Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Frieda Lehr. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1932 ~ Evelyn Trieber ~ 2020

Evelyn “Ev” Trieber passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Evelyn Trieber. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1935 ~ Benjamin “Ben” Klassen ~ 2020

Benjamin “Ben” Klassen of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Mary Klassen, passed away on October 17th, 2020 at the age of 85 years. He also leaves to cherish his memory daughter, Winona and her children; son, Barry (Jackie) Klassen and their families; brother, Stan; and sisters, Bertha (Fred), Juliana (Neil), Judy, and Myrvina (Dennis). Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The funeral service will take place in November. Service details will be announced prior to the service date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ben Klassen. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1938 ~ Ernest Maki ~ 2020

Maki photo Ernest Matthew Maki of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Elaine Maki, passed away on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at the age of 82 years. Ernest leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Elaine; children Randy (Cheryl) Maki and their son, Matt (Stacey) and daughter, Ashley; Brian (Sheri) Maki and their children, Ryan (Mary), Kelsi (Jason), Derek (Lisa) and Kristin; and daughter, Tammy (Larry) Mastel and their children, Brandon and Dillon; eleven great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Matthew and Irene Maki and two sisters, Hilda and Fay. Ernest loved the land and was forever a cowboy at heart. He loved his family and enjoyed the time he could spend with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. A family time of remembrance will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ernest Maki. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1936 ~ Elwyne Klettke ~ 2020

Klettke Mr. Elwyne Klettke of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Joan Klettke, passed away on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at the age of 84 years. Elwyne leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Larry (Angela) Klettke of Stettler, AB, James Klettke of Eston, SK, and one daughter, Elaine Matson of Calgary, AB; six grandchildren, Christa (John Coppola), Jenelle (Quinn McLean), Tiffany Matson, Candace (Cam Davis), Danelle (Dean Jones), and Briana (Tyler Bauman); as well as fourteen great grandchildren. Elwyne was predeceased by his wife, Joan; his daughter, Lori Diane; his parents, Otto and Lillian Klettke; his only brother, Wayne Klettke; his son-in-law, Chuck Matson; and great granddaughter, Kiya Jade Matson-Tekeste. Elwyne was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on August 17th, 1936. He was raised southeast of Kindersley on the family farm in Madison, Sask. For several years Elwyne attended school at a small local schoolhouse in the village of Madison. Elwyne’s children note that one of his greatest strengths was his work ethic. Growing up on a farm he learned that life was about making the most of what you had and working hard in order to achieve further success. As a young adult Elwyne, his brother Wayne, and father Otto formed Klettke and Son’s, a heavy equipment operation company. On March 14th, 1959 he married the love of his life, Joan Margaret Flatt. Their journey together, until the time of her passing in 2008, took them on several adventures with their young family: Lori, Elaine, Larry and James. Elwyne spent several years in oil and gas with companies like BJ Hughes and Nowsco Well Services. When his parents retired in 1972 from the farm in Madison, SK, Elwyne and Joan spent five years back in Madison on the family farm. In 1977 they moved to Brooks area and re-entered the oil and gas industry with Canan Cementers. Shortly thereafter he partnered with his friend Dick Malone to purchase Superior Oilwell Cementers. Together they operated their business in the town of Brooks until his retirement to Medicine Hat in August of 2004. One of the greatest joys for both Elwyne and Joan were their many winters spent in Yuma, Arizona; they met and enjoyed the company of so many friends during those years. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family will be holding a small private memorial service at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat in the month of November. There will be a live stream available for friends and family that are unable to attend; a link to the live stream will be provided on the Saamis Memorial website. Memorial gifts in Elwyne’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice, 156 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Elwyne Klettke. 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.

1948 ~ Roger Samuel Kessel ~ 2020

Kessel Roger Samuel Kessel passed away on October 14th, 2020 at the age of 71 years. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 38 years, Marge; son, Derek Kessel; step-children, Cliff, Edith and Steve Gorzo; adopted son, Dan Kessel; sister, Ruth Hasjford; brothers, Allan, David and Roy Whitlock; Uncle Eddie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Cliff and Frieda Whitlock, Uncle Rudy, and son-in-law, Ray Deering. Roger was born and raised in Maple Creek, SK and spent most of his working career as a ticket and freight agent at Greyhound Bus Depot in Medicine Hat. He loved travelling across Western Canada, especially when Marge made wrong turns and it became a more interesting adventure. Roger will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. A private family gathering will be held and a Celebration of Roger’s life will also take place next spring. Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Roger Kessel. 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.

1963 ~ Denyse Aberle ~ 2020

Denyse Leah Aberle of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Tracy Aberle for 21 years, passed away on Monday, October 5th, 2020. A Come & Go Celebration of Denyse’s life was held on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at Saamis Creekside Centre. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Denyse Aberle. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

November 29th, 1954 ~ Mary Ulbricht (Nee Ries) ~ October 11th,2020

Mary Ulbricht passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the age of 65 years. The Funeral service was held yesterday at Victory Lutheran Church. Memorial gifts in Mary's memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary Ulbricht. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1955 ~ Sharon Ward ~ 2020

Sharon Alice Ward passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at the age of 65 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Natalie Ward; daughter, Stephanie Ward and her children, Kayla, Gavin and Preston; daughter, Amanda Ward (Trevor Mossing) and her children, Tyson and Paige; daughter, Tiffany Ward (Scott Gowan) and their children, Charity, Faith, Chase and Luke; great grandchildren, Kaysen and Kaylen; siblings, Rick Ward, Janet Ward, Judy Bratton, Darlene (Tim) Herman, Derrick (Brenda) Ward and Jackie Ward; fur babies, Gizzy, Kujo, and Storm; as well and numerous nieces and nephews. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Murray and Shirley Ward and her sister, Faye Patterson. Sharon loved to play Bingo and sing Karaoke for many, many years. Her pets were her life. She will be dearly missed all those who knew and loved her. Those wishing to donate in her memory may do so to Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre (APARC), 1002 South Railway Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2W2. . Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Sharon Ward. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1940 ~ Katherena “Kathy” Murney ~ 2020

Kathy Murney, beloved wife of Gilbert, passed away on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, “Gib”; children, Wanda Lazar of Medicine Hat, AB, Dean (Kate) Murney of Devon, AB, and Rosa Murney of Calgary, AB; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one brother; three sisters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Helen Werezak; one brother, Felix Werezak and grandson, Austin Lazar. A family graveside service will take place in Saskatchewan at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations tmay be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Katherena Murney. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1936 ~ Trudy Mae Bryant ~ 2020

Trudy (Gertrude) Mae Bryant passed away October 3, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospice after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer. Trudy was born September 19, 1936 in Minot, ND, the eldest daughter of Lutheran missionaries. Her young life filled with adventure and travel. She travelled as an infant by ship to Bergen, Norway, her first steps filmed in Paris, lived in Madagascar from ages 2-18 where she graduated from the American Boarding High School where she made lifelong friends. Be it freighter ship, airplane (not like now), oxcart, outrigger canoe, mom would tell the stories with pictures to prove it. Her pet Lemur Mak (mok) will never be forgotten. Mom returned to Minneapolis trained as an LPN working in Montana where she married Dad. Together they immigrated to Canada. Living in BC and AB, farming and ranching, until retirement to Medicine Hat in 1997. Mom made her mind up she was moving near her first grandson and daughter - dad had no choice. So, for the last 23 years she was involved and present for her two grandsons - she was their cheering squad no matter what. Mom enjoyed meeting people and making friends writing to many over her lifetime. Her Christmas letters were legendary.
Her Lutheran faith sustained her throughout her life but especially after her illness which she handled with dignity and grace. Mom is survived by her husband Ray of 62 years; son, Stephen (Cheryl), daughter, Brenda (Doug) Bird; grandsons, Michael and Matthew Bird; brother, Melvin Rossing; sisters, Martha Sloboden, Elizabeth Erickson and their families. Trudy was predeceased by her parents Rev. Malvin and Anna Rossing and her brother David Rossing.

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The Funeral service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERLA CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 100 people including staff and clergy. We request masks be worn. Live streaming will be available via www.saamis.com for Trudy Bryant. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Joseph’s Home, 156 3 Street NE, Medicine Hat AB T1A 5M1 would be appreciated as they provided such wonderful care to mom and her family - providing us such comfort during these last days. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Trudy Bryant. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to