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Medicine Hat Obituaries

1930 ~ Laura Odenbach ~ 2021

Laura Henriette Odenbach of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at the age of 91 years. Laurra leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Robert (Rita) Odenbach, Tim (Debbie) Odenbach; daughters, Valerie (Colin) Engel, Susan (Rioh) Rizzio, Rita Denise Heringer; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren; sister, Marie (Ben) Paul, as well as numerous nieces and nephews . Laura was predeceased by her parents, Gustave and Sidonie Kolly; brother, Robert Kolly; sisters, Rita Arndt and Cecile Hassett; nephew, Gayle Hassett. Laura will be missed by all who new and loved her. A private Graveside Service will be held for family and friends by invite only. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Laura Odenbach. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1927 ~ Mary “Molly” McClements ~ 2021

Mary “Molly” McClements passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the age of 93 years. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary McClements. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by

1936 ~ Francis Pius “Frank” Hordos ~ 2021

Francis Pius Hordos of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Dianne Hordos, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at the age of 85 years. Frank leaves to cherish his memory his children Roland (Monica), Peter, Corinne, Joseph (Jenn), Pius, and April; grandchildren, Willow, Olivia, Kayanna, Peyton, Hendrix, Gage, and Hayes; brothers, Abraham, Anton, and Adam; sister, Yolanda; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Alma Hordos; son, Leon; brother, Joe and sisters, Julia and Alma. Frank was born to a farming family in Quinton, SK on March 2nd, 1936. As a young man, Frank found his way to Elkwater, AB obtaining employment with Alberta Provincial Parks. It was then that he met the love of his life, Dianne. They married in 1966 and together they raised seven children. Frank also worked as a volunteer fireman for many years. In his spare timer, Frank enjoyed working on vehicles and also enjoyed curling and riding his bicycle. Frank was generous with his time and would always make himself available to those in need. A private family graveside service will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 at Hillside Cemetery with Fr. Iqbal Khurshid, Celebrant. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Frank’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Francis Hordos. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1951 ~ Chryle Bascom ~ 2021

Chryle Fay Bascom (nee Finkbeiner), loving wife of Daryl Bascom, passed away suddenly, September 14th, 2021 at the age of 69 years. Chryle's memory will live on through her children, Marla (Colin) Smith and their children, Codee, Cassidy, Carissa and Coy; Lane (Chantel) Bascom and their son Wiley; grandsons, Mason and Connor Appell; brother, Don (Darcy) Finkbeiner and their children, James and Randy; and all brother and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Chryle was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Marg Finkbeiner and daughter, Marti Appell. Further announcements and funeral arrangements will be released when completed by

1948 ~ Eric Teeple ~ 2021

Eric Teeple of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at the age of 72 years. A private family time of remembrance has taken place. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Eric Teeple. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by

1926 ~ Doris Galonski ~ 2021

Doris Mary Galonski, a life-long resident of Medicine Hat, passed away at the age of 94 years on September 9, 2021. Doris happily resided at South Country Village for the last five years. She was a devout Catholic and sang in the St. Patrick’s Church choir for many years. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Galonski; sisters, Anne Pudwell, Clara Maybe and Rose Gray; and brother, Ted Galonski. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. At the request of the family no funeral service will be held. Cremation has taken place and her remains are interred at Hillside Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Doris Galonski. Funeral arrangements by

1965 ~ Donald “Don” Vorra ~ 2021

Donald Vorra of Dunmore, passed away on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at the age of 55 years. The Funeral Service was held Saturday at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery, 5160 Gershaw Drive SW, MEDICINE HAT, AB. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Donald Vorra. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1933 ~ Regina Eberhardt ~ 2021

Regina Eberhardt of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at the age of 87 years. The Funeral Service was held Saturday at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery, 5160 Gershaw Drive SW, MEDICINE HAT, AB. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Regina Eberhardt. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1972 ~ Kenneth Champion ~ 2021

Kenneth Dean Champion of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at the age of 49 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 Ken Champion. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1947 ~ John Robert “Bob” Opsahl ~ 2021

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce that John Robert (Bob) Opsahl, beloved husband to Marie; father to Tina (Tim) and Todd (Stacy); grandfather to Shelby (Drew), Spencer (Chloe), Peyton (Brayden) and Cameron; brother, Rick (Deb) and sister, Jacky, was called home into the arms of the angels.  Bob was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Mary Opsahl;  Dave and Mabel Shaw; and brother in law, Gary.  Bob and Marie were married on March 16, 1968 in Elrose, Saskatchewan and just celebrated their 53rd anniversary. Bob was a heavy duty mechanic then later a truck driver and loved his wood working.  He played all sports and later was an avid Rough Rider, Mavericks, Blue Jays and Tiger fan.  One of his new loves was watching his great grandson, Wyatt and always being on the lookout to buy him more activity toys even a little Radio Flyer. Bob loved to shop.  He had such a big heart, if someone needed one thing, (two or more), would be better or your sidewalk cleared he was there.  There wasn’t a holiday he didn’t decorate for.   Bob will be starting a new adventure in Heaven while we on earth remember the love he shared with us all. There will no funeral service at this time. Memorial gifts in Bob’s name may be made to the Mustard Seed, 503A Allowance Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3E4. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bob Opsahl.  Funeral arrangements by

1941 ~ Wayne Munroe ~ 2021

Wayne Anthony Munroe of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at the age of 79 years. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 11, 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 Wayne Munroe. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1932 ~ Arlene Blackmer ~ 2021

 Arlene Leila Blackmer of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, September 3rd, 2021  at the age of 89 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery 5160 Gershaw Drive SW MEDICINE HAT, AB.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Arlene Blackmer.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to

1927 ~ Gysberdina Burczyk ~ 2021

Gysberdina “Betty” Burczyk beloved wife of the late Alex Burczyk, passed away on August 30th, 2021 at the age of 94 years. Betty leaves to cherish her memory one son, Andrew and his three children, Corry, Mary and Peter. There will be a private family time of remembrance at a later date. Memorial gifts in Betty’s name may be made to Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Rd SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3 or Medecins Sans Frontieres, 551 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 0N8. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Betty Burczyk. Funeral arrangements by

1933 ~ Henry “Hank” Galecki ~ 2021

Henry "Hank" Galecki of Medicine Hat passed away on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at the age of 88. A private family interment was held at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery on Saturday, September 4th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Hank Galecki. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1926 ~ Alice Flaig ~ 2021

Alice Flaig went to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 29, 2021. Alice passed away peacefully at the age of 95 years. She was the oldest of 8 children, born to the late Fred and Emilie Stuber and the wife of the late Herbert Flaig. She leaves to cherish her memory their children, Lyle (Susan); granddaughter, Jennifer; great-granddaughter, Sophie all of Surey, B.C., Bruce (Patricia); sisters, Florence Jans, Irene Jans, Beatrice Bollinger and Rose (Gene) Kraemer; sister-in-law, Loretta Stuber, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeacesed by her brothers, Walter Stuber (Lily), Jim; sister, Doreen; brothers-in-law, Clarence Jans, Richard Jans, Fred Bollinger and Edward Rath. The funeral service will be held at Victory Luthern Church,2793 Southview Dr SE, Medicine Hat, AB, Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at 2:30 pm. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so 1 hour prior to the service. A private interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Alice’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alice Flaig. Funeral arrangements by

1941 ~ Carolyn Cora Unreiner (Nee Schuler) ~ 2021

Carolyn Cora Unreiner of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Bernhart “Ben” Unreiner, passed away on Friday, August 27th, 2021 at the age of 80 years. Carolyn was born in Medicine Hat and grew up in the Schuler area where she met and married Ben, her husband of 60 years. Together, Ben and Carolyn had two children, daughter, Kellie (Kevin) Rittinger and son, Timothy Unreiner who predeceased her in 2016. Mom’s true joy were her three grandchildren, Mandi (Tyson) Bartkow, Jordyn Wuerfel, Landon Wuerfel and her very precious great-granddaughter, Vienna Bartkow. Carolyn could be seen at Tim Hortons three times a day like clockwork. Carolyn and Ben were Tiger hockey fans and have held seasons tickets for 40 years. Mom absolutely loved traveling to Vegas. She would get off the plane and say, “I love the smell of this town.” When she won, we always had to go buy a new Brighton purse. Mom was both sweet and sassy, and we loved her that way. A private family time of remembrance will be held. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Carolyn Unreiner. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1924 ~ Bertha Schimpf ~ 2021

Bertha Natalie Schimpf of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, August 27th, 2021 at the age of 96 years. Bertha leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Vivian Glesman; nephews, Dwight (Laurianne) Schimpf, Larry Schimpf, Kevin (Natalie) Schimpf, Lance (Aline) Schimpf; niece, Elaine (Dale) Hausauer; as well as their families. Bertha was predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Katherine Schimpf and her brothers, Eddie, Harold, and Wilbert. A private family funeral service will take place at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Interment will take place at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY (Calgary) on Friday, September 3, 2021. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bertha Schimpf. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1963 ~ Donna Miller ~ 2021

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, it is with immense sadness that the family of Donna Caroline Miller has to announce her passing on August 26th, 2021. The Funeral Service will be held today at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL at 11:00 am with Art Hildebrand officiating. The interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Family and friends who are unable to attend are welcome to participate via livestream by logging in to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Donna’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. If so desired, memorial tributes can be made the Medicine Hat Salvation Army, 164 Stratton Way SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta. T1B 3R3 and/or the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, #104, 516 – 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0H3. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Donna Miller. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1935 ~ Gladys Gaetz ~ 2021

Gladys Gaetz (Krauss) passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at the age of 86 years. Gladys was survived by her loving husband, Raymond of 67 years. Lovingly remembered by her children, Blaise Gaetz (Lee Caswell), Bernie (Darcy) Frey and their children, Jarett (Shelisa and Paxton) Frey, Jennalee (Matthew) Dykstra, Ray (Teresa) Gaetz and their children, Zachary (Madison), Tanner and Kiandra Gaetz. She was predeceased by her daughter, Hatty (2020); both parents, Edward (1965) and Elsie (2014) Krauss. Gladys was a devoted mother to her family and to the farm life. She had a wide range of crafting abilities and made the most unique and beautiful quilts for everyone. Baker extraordinaire; she made the best homemade bread, buns and straw hats that were enjoyed by her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Gladys spent over 20 years volunteering at the Post where she made so many friends and coffee partners there. Her dedication to all those around her was unparalleled. She will be greatly missed by her family and her beloved dog, Brandy. The funeral service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the funeral service 1 hour prior to service time (1:00 pm). A private interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Gladys’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gladys Gaetz. Funeral arrangements by

1983 ~ James Schmidt ~ 2021

James Nolan Schmidt of Medicine Hat, AB passed away on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at the age of 37 years. A Celebration of James’ lie was held on Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL with Life Celebrant Lynett Getz officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts in James' memory may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading James Schmidt. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ Esther Krause ~ 2021

Esther Hilda Krause passed away on August 21, 2021, at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 87 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, with Pastor Roland Weisbrot and Pastor James Bredeson officiating. Memorial gifts in Esther's memory may be made to the Victory Lutheran Perpetual Remembrance Fund. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Esther Krause. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ Leonard Yanke ~ 2021

Leonard Allan Yanke of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late, Kathleen Mary Yanke, passed away at Masterpiece Southland Meadows on Monday, August 16th, 2021 at the age of 86 years. Leonard leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Cathy (Harvey) Martin of Medicine Hat, AB and Christine (Steve) Nelson of Calgary, AB; sons, Allan (Brenda) Yanke of Shaunavon, SK, Robert (Anita) Yanke of Pincher Creek, AB and Bill Yanke of Calgary, AB; eleven grandchildren; as well as many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Kathleen, Leonard was also predeceased by one grandson, one brother, and six sisters. Leonard will be remembered for his hard work ethic and his love of driving trucks. He will be quietly remembered by his family. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Leonard Yanke. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ Thomas May ~ 2021

The family of Thomas “Tom” May, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, announces Tom’s passing on Sunday, August 15th, 2021 at the age of 86 years. A private family graveside service will be held. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Thomas May. Funeral arrangements by

1927 ~ Sheila Baker ~ 2021

Sheila Valda Baker passed away on August 10, 2021 at the age of 93 years. Sheila’s funeral was held yesterday at Holy Family Parish, Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Sheila Baker. Funeral arrangements by

1954 ~ Debra Straub ~ 2021

The family of Debra Mae Straub are saddened to announce her passing on August 6th, 2021 at the age of 66 years. A family service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the S.P.C.A. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Debra Straub. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to