Medicine Hat Obituaries

1921 ~ Alice Johnson ~ 2021

Alice May Johnson passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge on April 1, 2021. She was born and raised in Redcliff/Bingville, AB to John and Belle McLachlan. She is survived by her children, Cliff Johnson of Calgary, Audrey (John Wilson) Reti of Lethbridge, Gene (Mary Joan) Johnson of Iddesleigh; three grandchildren, Dr. Sandra (Jim) Davidson of Calgary, Heather (Eldon) Petherick of Kemptville ON, and Zack (Samantha) Johnson of Iddesleigh; four great grandchildren, Matt and Natalie Petherick of Kemptville, ON and Korben and Eva Johnson of Iddesleigh; as well as numerous dear nieces and nephews in BC, Alberta, Ontario and across the US; one sister, Lucille (H.A Bud) Olson of Calgary; predeceased by her husband, Mel in 2008; brothers, Hugh, Alex and Bill McLachlan, and her sisters, Marg Oaks, Isabel Bergdahl and Verna Brown. She married her fabulous husband, Melvin (GM) Johnson in 1943 and moved onto the family farm in Iddesleigh. There they raised their three children, Clifford, Audrey, and Gene and continued to add on to the size of the original farm...enjoying every year regardless of what weather or life threw at them. They retired to Brooks and then to Medicine Hat and finally settled in Lethbridge for the last 17 years to be close to their daughter, Audrey and family. Mom was a fantastic cook, baker, superb gardener, talented seamstress, knitter and hardanger, “jack of all trades”, she supplied meals to the field at harvest, drove grain trucks, helped out at brandings and weaning. She volunteered with the Red Cross for over 30 years as a canvasser, etc. and received a commendation plaque. She was dedicated member of the Iddesleigh Ladies Aid for decades. Mom had a ‘special’ birthday...Halloween Oct. 31, so many happy memories around that date! Mom and Dad travelled extensively to Europe, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii and almost every state in the USA and across Canada as well, they were great fans of Las Vegas (Dad more so than Mom) but she was a trooper because she knew Dad enjoyed it!! A tremendous “Thank you” is extended to all the caring staff at Columbia Assisted Living and at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge, and Dr. Logan Steed who have been her dedicated caregivers for the past 13+ years...keeping her safe through this COVID pandemic. Our hearts go out to you all who have been so professional in your care for our Mom, Alice. And last but not least she would want to thank the chefs and kitchen staff and the fabulous hairdressers, Elsie Wither-Sully at Columbia and Dawn Lapointe at STV, she loved having her meals provided and looked forward to her hair appointments each week...she held you all in high esteem!! All in all it has been a long life lived well, and she would often say...”I don’t feel this old and I don’t have any pain”... it doesn’t get any better than that! Enjoy your next adventure Mom and catching up with Dad!! A private family service was held on April 8, 2021 with interment in Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Special Thank you to Nathalie Lawrence for her exemplary service. Memorial gifts in Alice’s name may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2H 0G5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com heading Alice Johnson . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1956 ~ Louise Schaufert ~ 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Louise Mary Schaufert on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at the age of 64 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Jeremy (Brittany) Schaufert and Janessa (Cameron) Babitzke; grandchildren, Madison, Hayden, and Cooper; brothers, Joe (Amber) Wogrinc and Sean Girduckis (Michele); sisters, Kelly (Doug) Garrecht and Sonia (Dave) Moore, numerous nieces and nephews; and her special granddogs , Tucker, Annie and Ruby. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Tony and Julia Wogrinc. Louise was born on May 6th , 1956 in Taber, AB. Throughout her life, Louise cultivated many enduring friendships. She was particularly fond of the friends she made during her extensive career at Sears, and then most recently during her time that she worked at the South Country Co-op Agro Centre. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and could most often be found devoting her time to her flower garden. Louise was a wonderful person and she loved spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at Carmel Hospice for the compassionate care shown during her final days. Due to current covid-19 restrictions, a private family graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, April 9th, 2021, with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Louise’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 5 St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6 or the Carmel Hospice at 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 heading Louise Schaufert . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1944 ~ WILLIAM LALONDE ~ 2021

William "Bill" LaLonde of Medicine Hat, AB passed away on Monday April 5, 2021 at 77 years of age. Born in Moose Jaw, SK, Bill moved to Medicine Hat in 1969. He was a mechanic by trade, but skilled in so many areas, always coming up with a new project or a visionary new design. He had a mischievous sense of humor, homespun phrases, and always loved a good deal. He was happiest when building and creating something new or having a visit at the door. Bill was predeceased by his father Joseph in 1946; his mother, Helen in 2009; his sister, Pegg Hamel in in 1997; and his brothers, Tom LaLonde in 2000 and Bob LaLonde in 2012. He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Lois Franks, Dort May, and Yvonne (Ralph) Davidson; his daughters, Lori (Robert) Fraser, Susan (Duke) Dorohoy, and Sandra LaLonde (Eric Kirol); his grandchildren, Dayna Heimark, Tylan (Christine) Dorohoy, Emily Fraser, Jonathan Dorohoy, Ian Fraser, and Benjamin Dorohoy; his great-grandchildren, Shyanne, Taiya, Cole, Axle, and Raelee; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Many thanks to all his healthcare providers over the years, as well as to the emergency responders. Special thanks to all the staff at his favourite restaurants for taking such good care of him and keeping up with his sense of humour. If you have any stories or memories to share, please add them to Bill’s memorial page on the website at http://www.saamis.com. The family looks forward to reading them. Due to current health restrictions, a gathering in Bill's honour will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com heading WILLIAM LALONDE. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1930 ~ Melvin Clifford Roth ~ 2021

Melvin C. Roth, the son of William and Mary Roth of Medicine Hat, died peacefully on April 5, 2021 at 90 years old. A long time resident of the Medicine Hat area he was raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, near Fox Valley where his Romanian-German parents and grandparents settled after the turn of the 20th century. He was devoted to providing for his family, his loving wife June (Howitt), and his children. He worked at the Redcliff Glass Factory, as a machinist apprenticing through the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, at the Western Co-op Fertilizer plant, and later in life as a realtor. But his real passion was the outdoors, nature, and country life on their farms raising hay crops, livestock, and many horses, like his father before him. He planted and nurtured hundreds if not thousands of trees on the land he cared for, inheriting his very green thumb from his mother, Mary. No one who met Melvin forgot his sense of humor, and most were left laughing after spending a few moments with him. He loved a good joke and had many dear friends. After retirement he would entertain his friends and acquaintances at talent shows, playing music, and performing amateur comedy routines. He volunteered at and supported his church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, and Boy Scouts of Canada. He enjoyed being a summer campground host at The Boat Club and he fished, hunted, and hiked with his friends, children and grandchildren until he was well into his 80s. He leaves his four children; Ron (Patty), Wes (Tannis), Carla (Merritt), and Wynne (Martin); his brother, Irvin (Lee) Roth; sisters, Verna Parker and Naomi (Gary) Norman. Melvin was pre-deceased by his loving wife, June after 62 years of marriage; his son, Paul; his elder brother, Albert; and his brother-in-law Lyle (Verna). He also leaves six grandchildren, Tylor, Melissa (John), Jillian (Sai), Kelsie (Cole), Alexa (Scott), and Emerson and four great grandchildren, Brayden, Asher, Austin, and Bennett. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Mel’s memory may be made to your charity of choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com heading Melvin Clifford Roth. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1941 ~ Pius Gaetz ~ 2021

Pius Gaetz, beloved husband of 57 years to Frances Gaetz, passed away on Monday April 5, 2021. He had celebrated his 80th birthday on February 9, 2021 in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Pius will be lovingly remembered by his children, Chris (Claudine) Gaetz, Mark Gaetz and Tracy (Gordon) Reid; grandchildren, Brittany Gaetz (Keagan Barker), Sean Gaetz (Alissa Fitzsimmons), Stephanie Gaetz (Derek Friesen), Tradon Reid (Kylie Sakino), Kasandra Reid, Anthony Gaetz (Devon Carlson); brothers, Ray (Gladys) Gaetz, Leo (Johanne) Gaetz and Jim (Rachel) Gaetz; sisters, Kay Bowes and Shirley (Howard) Sharpe; brothers-in-law, Frank Besplug, Tony (Rose) Lanz, Johnny (Phyllis) Lanz, Eddie (Geri) Lanz, and Kathy (Russ Peterson); sisters-in-law, Anne Gaetz, Ruth Gaetz, Penny Gaetz, Rose Lanz, Irene Lanz, Joan Lanz, Penny Lanz, and Mary Bitz. The rest of the family, nieces, nephews, and their children will always remember Uncle Pius as the light and life of the party. Pius was predeceased by his parents, Christian and Mary Gaetz; in-laws, Erasmus and Katherine Lanz; grandson, baby Andrew; brothers, Martin Gaetz, Robert Gaetz and Joe Gaetz; sisters, Rosemary Besplug and Sister Bernadette “Theresa” Gaetz; daughter-in-law, Jackie Gaetz; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Veronica (Tim) Sehn; Basil Bowes, Maggie (Mel) Hasper, Frank Lanz, Balzar Lanz, Leo Lanz, Ben Lanz and Jerry Bitz. Pius was born and raised in Medicine Hat and lived here for most of his life except for a brief move to Hanna, Alberta. He was a Journeyman Plumber and Gas fitter, owning his own company, Pius’s Plumbing, as well as working for other companies throughout his career. There was nothing that Pius could not accomplish when he set his mind to it. He built two houses from top to bottom for his family, with very minimal help and so much love. Pius’s love for music had him learning how to play the banjo on his own, then playing with his band members in Medicine Hat and surrounding areas. Everywhere that Pius went, his jokes and laughter followed him. He loved camping in Elkwater overflow with all Frances’ family in one big circle. A high point of their travel was to go to wherever Tracy and Gordon were living to spend time with them and their children. One of their favorite destinations with them was Disneyland. Frances and Pius were also able to travel to various destinations with family and friends. In later years, the trailer made its way to Rattlesnake Park, where golf carts and banjo playing had a whole new meaning. Pius was extremely proud of his grandchildren and was very ecstatic to find out that he had a great grandchild on the way this year. His love for family will be continued on through his children and grandchildren. The family would like to extend our thanks to the staff from 2 North at the Hospital who took outstanding care of Pius. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Friday, April 9th, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Due to current Covid-19 regulations a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2nd Avenue NE, MEDICINE HAT, AB T1A 5Z9, on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 with Father Roque Pereira, Celebrant. Attendance is by invitation only. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Pius’s memorial page. The interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Pius's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com heading Pius Gaetz. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1927 ~ Jean Schattle ~ 2021

Jean Kathleen Schattle of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at the age of 94 years. The private family funeral service was held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. Memorial gifts in Jean's memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jean Schattle. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1921 ~ Alice Johnson ~ 2021

Alice Johnson of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at the age of 99 years. She is survived by her children Cliff Johnson of Calgary, Audrey (John Wilson) Reti of Lethbridge, Gene (Mary Joan) Johnson of Iddesleigh and their families. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alice Johnson. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by

1927 ~ Jean Schattle ~ 2021

Jean Kathleen Schattle of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at the age of 94 years. Jean leaves to cherish her memory her one son, Rick Schattle; four daughters, Coleen (John) McAvoy, Valerie Schattle (daughter-in-law); Marie (Jim) Mack, Sheila (Rod) Tubman, Laura (Gilbert) Weiss; grandchildren, David, Sharon (Ian), Dana (Corey), Elizabeth (Lazaro), Joseph (Becky), Jessie (Melanie), Travis, Cassie (Abhinav), Shawna (Peter), Erin (Jerry); 15 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; sister, Arline (Chuck) Crockford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Fred; parents, Christian and Lydia Schneider; son, Allen Schattle; grandson, Trevor Tubman; brother and sister-in-law, Lavern (Shirley) Schneider. Jean was born on February 28, 1927 in Medicine Hat, she was raised south of Medicine Hat in the Tothill area and went to school at the Albeck school. She worked on the family farm before she married Fred Schattle on April 14, 1945 in Medicine Hat. Jean and Fred ranched at Eagle Butte from 1945-1982. They then retired in Medicine Hat. Jean will be remembered for all her volunteer work for the hospital, church and woman’s shelter. Jean enjoyed doing all sorts of crafts. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Private Family Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 with Pastor Jim Bredeson officiating. Friends are invited to view the service by live streaming at www.saamis.com. Streaming will begin at 1:25 p.m. on the day of service. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Jean's memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 204 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8 or HALO, 49 Viscount Ave SW #12, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G4. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com heading Jean Schattle. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ Jacob ”Jack” Bischoff ~ 2021

Jacob Pius “Jack” Bischoff of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Verna Bischoff, passed away on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at the age of 91 years. Jack leaves to cherish his memory wife, Verna; children, Brenda (Melvin) Hittel, Leslie (Bev) Bischoff, Wanda (Brian) Munro, Murray (Connie) Bischoff, and Blanche (Lorry) Bakke; grandchildren, Melanie (Kelly) Robb, Stacy Hittel, Renee (Chris) Mealing, Stuart (Stef) Munro, Nicole (Mitch) Clarke, Shaelyn Bischoff, Nevada Bischoff, Morgan (Chad) Hingley, and Taylor (Brock) McAtamney; great-grandchildren, Brennan Robb, Meaghan Robb, Deacon Mealing, Haddie Mealing, Tripp Mealing, Sawyer Clarke, Adaline Clarke, Coltson Munro, Boden Munro, Aubrey Hingley, Rylee Hingley, Kinley Hittel and Jace Hittel; sister-in-law, Hilda Schwartz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his parents, George and Felicia Bischoff; siblings, Catherine (Nels) Folk, Mary Joe) Lutz, Helen (Kasper) Hirsch, Barbara (Peter) Heidrich, Lena (Roy) Wist, Valentine (Christina) Bishoff; Frank Bischoff, Ivy (Bill) Bonogofsky, and Rose (Henry) Duschererer; mother and father-in-law, Martin and Elizabeth Schwartz; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Joe Schwartz, Tillie (Oly) Meyer, and Bill Schwartz.

Jack was born August 9th, 1929 in the Liebenthal, SK area on the family farm where he was raised. In 1945, he moved with his family to Prelate and attended Nicefield School. He worked at various jobs in and around the Prelate area. He married his sweetheart Verna on April 21st, 1952 and they moved and settled in Medicine Hat, AB. That same year Jack began his lifelong career with the Defense Research Establishment of Suffield (DRES) where he continued to work until his retirement in 1983. Jack and Verna were enthusiastic travellers and they enjoyed many vacations together. He was an avid sports fan and he enjoyed all sports. He particularly fancied a good game of darts.

Jack’s biggest accomplishment was his family and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects, sign the register, and offer their condolences at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing measures will be enforced and masks are required. All guests are requested to enter through the front door of the funeral home. A private Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, MEDICINE HAT, AB T1B 4V3 on Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 1:00 pm with Fr. Iqbal Khurshid officiating. Attendance at the church is by family invitation. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to the Holy Family Parish page at www.youtube.com/Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Jack’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Parish Building fund. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jacob Bischoff. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1930 ~ Jack Kuntz ~ 2021

Jack Kuntz of Medicine Hat passed away on Monday, March 22nd, 2021 at the age of 90 years. A private funeral mass was held yesterday at Holy Family Parish with Father Rodel Abanto, Celebrant. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Jack's memory may be made to the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jack Kuntz. Funeral arrangements are entrusted towww.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jack Kuntz. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1927 ~ Esme Crowther ~ 2021

Esme Crowther of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at the age of 93 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Ken (Theresa) Crowther, Nadine (Patrick) Dougherty, Barry (Linda) Crowther, and Ray (Yvonne) Crowther; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Esme was predeceased by her loving husband, Harold; parents Arthur and Thirza May Willet; and her two sisters. Esme shares her story at YouTube A private family graveside service will take place on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Esme Crowther's memory may be made to the Dialysis Unit of the Medicine Hat and District Hospital c/o Medicine Hat & 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 heading Esme Crowther. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1931 ~ Victor Skye ~ 2021

Victor George Skye of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at the age of 89 years. Victor leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Alice Hauck, Donna (Dale) Cove; son, Doug (Marcey) Skye; grandchildren, Katrina (Art) Hauck-Miller, Colin Hauck, Eli Cove, Angela Cove, Jade Skye; great grandchildren, Lucas, Xan and Aria; sister, Thersa Oddan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Victor was predeceased by his wife, Donna; parents, George and Natalie Sky; son-in-law, Doug Hauck; sisters, Mary Elliott, Jesse Hawthorne and Rose Joseph; friend; Laura Schneider. Victor survived the 30’s on the farm near Maple Creek, SK. He often told stories of running a trap line and snaring wild rabbit for extra income and food. He practiced his skills as a gardener, canner and fisherman for many years. He left the farm and began his career for CP Rail in 1949. His jobs ranged from shoveling coal, to rail gang supervisor and signal maintainer. Victor and his family lived in many southern Alberta and BC communities over the years including Medicine Hat, Irvine, Blairmore and Field. Victor retired in Medicine Hat in 1988. He had a passion for travel. He and his siblings visited Lithuania and USSR while the Iron Curtain stood so they could meet their many cousins from the old country. Victor enjoyed loading his family in a truck and camper and heading south all the way to Mexico, Yellowstone, Disneyland and many sites along the way. After retirement Victor would regularly head south with his friends so they could escape the cold and enjoy the country music shows and night life in Las Vegas. Victor was a skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber, painter, drywaller and upholsterer. He owned and maintained a four unit apartment until well into his 80’s. We will miss you Dad! Rest in peace. The Funeral Service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Victor's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Victor Skye. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1933 ~ Doris Loran ~ 2021

Doris Eugenia Loran of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 87 years. Doris leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, Brian (Brenda) and Perry Loran; daughters, Wanda (Dave) Dease, Sheila Burke, and Laura Didack; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Loran many years ago, parents; Isadore and Mary Rose Montour; daughter, Judy Arnold and son in law, Steve Didack. Doris was born at Fox, AB on December 7th, 1933. She grew up in various places but settled in Medicine Hat where she married and raised her children. Doris had many occupations, a Hairdresser, Bookkeeper, Bricklayer, and she even tried Carpentry School. In her later years she ran her own commercial cleaning company and she worked diligently to keep all her customers satisfied and content. At home Doris enjoyed puzzles, her crossword books, making floral arrangements for all occasions, knitting and gardening. She could often be found checking her lotto 6/49 tickets….her one guilty pleasure. Doris had the purest love for all animals, especially dogs. Time spent with family and friends were a priority and she especially cherished the moments spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of both, Cypress View Foundation and Sunnyside Care Centre for their wonderful care. A private family graveside service will be held at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VEIW CEMETERY at a later date. Memorial gifts in Doris's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Doris Loran. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1932 ~ Annie French ~ 2021

Annie (Stetar) French of Consul, Saskatchewan passed away unexpectedly surrounded by family on March 17, 2021. Annie was born on Sept 26, 1932 in Consul, Sask, to Thomas and Anna Stetar and this is where her journey through life began. Annie grew up south of Consul where she spent much of her life farming. Annie married Joe French on March 28, 1955 in Havre, MT. They live in the Village of Consul, and later moved to the farm East of Consul where she lived until she passed. Annie was your typical hardworking Canadian farm wife helping every step of the way. Annie ran the restaurant in Consul off and on for decades as she loved to cook and interact with people. Everyone who stopped in at the restaurant will remember Annie’s cooking, big heart and wonderful smile. Annie and Joe raised three children, William (Billy) French, Joanne Behrman (French), and Thomas (Tom) French in the Village of Consul. Annie had a soft spot in her heart for family, friends and animals. Annie remained active on the farm until 2015 looking after her pigs. When the last of the pig was sold, Annie decided to take up cat ranching, as it was a less vigorous feeding routine than the pigs. For all that visited her, we got to see her big herd of cats that only she could pet. They kept her busy for hours playing with them and watching them play. Annie had a sweet side but only few saw the card shark inside of her! You always had to keep a couple loonies in your pocket when you went to visit because baked goods and rummy were always on the menu. Annie loved to curl and in her younger years she was one to be reckoned with. As Annie got older you could bet if it was curling season, the Scotties or the Brier were on her television. Annie loved to write, whether it was in her diary or letters to family and friends near and far, if you sent her a letter you would always get one back. Annie was predeceased by her husband, Joe French; son, Billy French; grandson, Trevor Behrman; brother, Louis Stetar; brothers-in-law, Paddy French and Johnny French. Annie leaves to remember her, daughter, Joanne (Jim) Behrman; son, Tom (Marjorie) French; grandchildren, Renee (Damion) Grieman, Trent (Haley) Behrman, Jodi (Michael-Jon) French, Ryan French, Corey (Richelle) French, Megan French, and Darcy French; great-grandchildren, Wren Behrman, Crue Behrman, and Hattie French; sisters-in-law, Saloma French, Irene French, June Stetar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Annie’s name to the Consul Curling Club and the Consul Ambulance Service. As per Annie’s request there will be no service. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Annie French. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ Jean Mary Dunn (Cardno) ~ 2021

Jean, beloved wife of the late Allan Dunn, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Medicine Hat on March 16, 2021. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dale (Wayne) Ross, Ken (Janice) Dunn, Linda (Burt) Klapp, Robin (Le’Raine) Dunn, Brian Dunn (Tim Grandfield) and adopted daughter, Lila (Tim) Hawkes; nine grandchildren, Darryl (Tammy) Ross, Jason Ross, Cyndi (Steve) Kelly, Amanda Klapp, Mark (Nicole) Dunn, Scott Klapp, Bonnie (Aaron) Johnson, Kayne (Susan) Dunn, Cole (Shannon) Dunn; eighteen great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Doris Dunn. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Allan; parents, Alexander and Cathelene Cardno; three sisters, Helen, Dorothy, Mildred; adopted children, Ricky Norquay and Melody Evans. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to A.J.‘s Loan Cupboard P.O. Box 45006 MacKenzie Drug Post Office Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0B1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jean Dunn. Funeral arrangements by

1934 ~ Alice (Afra) Maria Veersteegden ~ 2021

Alice Maria Versteegden of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, March 14th, 2021 at the age of 86 years. The Funeral Service was held on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alice Versteegden. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1948 ~ Linda Lee Hamilton ~ 2021

Linda Lee Hamilton passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the age of 73 years. Linda is survived by her husband, Rod Kilthau; her sons, Darcy Lutz and Scott Lutz; mother, Trudy Kazokas; two brothers, Wayne (Janette) and Wally; four sisters, Marge (Marvin), Gayle (Ronnie), Peggy (Dave), Joan (Garry); two sister-in-laws, Bev (Dean) and Cindy (Percy); special friends, Linda (Bob), Alice and especially Hayden ; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Linda was predeceased by her father, Clarence; brother, Jon; sister, Myna and brother-in-law, Keith. Linda was born March 2, 1948 in Lethbridge, AB. She loved reading, camping, dice and loved all of her pets. A private celebration of Life will be held in the summer for family and friends. Memorial gifts in Linda’s name may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association 204 – 1865 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Linda Hamilton. Funeral arrangements by

1934 ~ Gerald Fitzhenry ~ 2021

Gerald Fitzhenry of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at the age of 86 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving companion, Joyce Bulbeck; his children, Darrell (Heather) Fitzhenry of Lethbridge, Lane (Ron) Berger of Medicine Hat, Glen (Kelly) Fitzhenry of Medicine Hat, and; seven grandchildren, Kevin (Darcy), Mike (Laura), David (Rachelle), Derek (Shivonne), Landon, Christopher, and Curtis; nine great-grandchildren; Joyce’s children, Bonnie (Terry) Neudorf, Jeff (Janice) Bulbeck, and Lana (Bill) Foth; grandchildren, Jason, Kellie (Alex), Michael (Julie), Nicole (Jimmy), Savana (Devin), Zachary (Tianna), and Bailey (Zach); six great-grandchildren, with twins expected in April; siblings, Doreen (Bill) Germain of Calgary, Shirley (Eric) Weigelt of Lethbridge, Ken Fitzhenry of Calgary, Jim Fitzhenry of Trenton, ON and Barry (Anne) Fitzhenry of Nobleford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Jeannette, who passed away in 2001; parents, Harvey and Isabel; and brothers, Myron and Leonard. A private family graveside service will be held at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 1:00pm. Friends are invited to view the service via live streaming at www.saamis.com through the webcast link on Gerald’s memorial page starting at 12:55 pm. Memorial gifts in Gerald’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gerald Fitzhenry. Funeral arrangements

1920 ~ Mary Margaret Stewart ~ 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Stewart on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the age of 100 years. She is survived by her son, Christopher (Lee); three grandsons, Alex (Lynn), Bill (Sofia) and Ross (Shannon); eight great-grandchildren, Caetlin, Athena, Alek, Viktor, Yeva, Brooke, Bailey and Gavin. A private interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery. A family celebration of Mary’s life will be held when covid-19 restrictions allow. Memorial gifts in Mary’s name may be made to Salvation Army 164 Stratton Way SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1B 3R3 or Medicine Hat & 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 Mary Stewart. Funeral arrangements by

1939 ~ Jacob Krause ~ 2021

Jacob Krause of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at the age of 81 years. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jacob Krause. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1933 ~ Ruby June Wutzke ~ 2021

Ruby (Bentz) Wutzke, beloved wife of the late David Wutzke, passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2021 at the age of 87. Ruby leaves to cherish her memory her one son, Darcy (Fern) Wutzke of Calgary; three daughters, Eileen (Glen) Sletvold and Dianna (Bill) Hoffman, both of Medicine Hat, and Delphine (Douglas) Ramsden of Vancouver; two grandchildren, Kevin (Raelynn Bell) Brannan, and Jeffery Brannan; four great-grandchildren, Cole, Chazz, Kevin Jr. and Michael; her much-loved dogs, Sparky and Roadi; and relatives and friends. Ruby was predeceased by her parents, George and Theresa Bentz. Ruby was born on June 12, 1933 in Eastend, SK. She married David, the love of her life, on November 10, 1953 and in the later years worked side by side until they retired. She worked at various jobs throughout her life including the Medicine Hat Stampede and Curling Rink. Ruby will always be known as a very hard worker and for her life passion for gardening. People often referred to her as the “tomato lady” that grew the best tomatoes in the city. She loved to take the dogs for long walks through Strathcona Island Park but really slowed down in the last few years. All her family will be forever grateful for the time and memories they have shared with Ruby. She will be sadly missed and forever in the hearts and thoughts of family and friends. Ruby’s family would like to sincerely thank WeCare and Home Care staff for the compassionate and excellent homecare visits she so thoroughly enjoyed. A private family service will be held yesterday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ruby Wutzke. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1932 ~ Rose Becker ~ 2021

Rose Maxine Becker of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at the age of 88 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Rose Becker. Funeral arrangements entrusted to