Medicine Hat Obituaries

1932 ~ George Hauck ~ 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of George Wendlin Hauck, beloved husband of the late Katherine “Kay” Hauck. George passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 88 years and was surrounded by his loving family. He will remain forever in the hearts of his five children, Denise Hauck, Anita (Cliff) Nagel, Robert (Brenda) Hauck, Darcy Hauck and Leslie Hauck; six grandchildren, Amy (Jay) Hauck, Kate Michalczyk, Clay (Madison) Nagel, Brayden Hauck, Kayla Hauck and Jared Hauck; two great-grandchildren, Coleton (Ashlee) Hauck and Paige Hauck; as well as three great-great- grandchildren, Nevaeh, Hudson, and Parker. George is survived by his two sisters, Marion (Felix) Lutz and Catherine (Bert) Besplug; as well as his sisters-in-law, Kay (Joe) Hauck and Josephine (Peter) Koch. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Kay on July 25, 1979; his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Hauck; five brothers, Tony (Vera), Bill (Marie), Leonard (Millie), Joe (Kay) and Matt (Rose) Hauck; and one sister, Betty (Hank) Galecki; one brother-in-law ,Paul (Martina) Schneider; three sisters-in-law, Anne (Tony) Wagner, Veronica Dirk and Anna Marie (Fred) Syroiszka. George also leaves numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory. A few comments from them are: “Uncle George was my favorite uncle”; “He had the most incredible laugh”, and “He is surely dancing in heaven now.” George was born August 25, 1932 on the family farm in Mendham, Sk. He married his love, Kay Schneider where they continued to farm and raise their family of 5 children. He was a full-time farmer and an incredible athlete - active in curling, baseball, hunting, and fishing to name a few. According to his sister Cathy, George was known far and wide for his running agility and speed. In her words: “That boy could move...” His sister Marion shares: “George, you were my #1 brother. You were always happy, happy, happy & always said I love you.” A personal excerpt from George’s children: Dad was an incredible athlete as evidenced by the numerous trophies on his mantle. As such, Dad was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame in 2019 for his long-standing role in playing baseball for the Mendham Monarchs. He was so proud of this recognition. Camping was an annual family event, usually following a baseball tournament but was enjoyed by the whole family. With the passing of Kay in 1979, dad sold the farm and moved to Medicine Hat. He was an extremely talented bowler, pool player, loved golfing and spent countless hours with his grandchildren, either on the golf course or shooting pool. Nothing made dad happier than being with his children and grandchildren. With all of his children settled in Medicine Hat, he was a very busy, very hands-on grandpa. He never forgot a birthday and attended every event the grandchildren were involved in, sometimes in quite a dilemma when events overlapped and he had to run from one to another, but he managed to always show his love for his grandkids in every possible way. Dad was never without Leslie by his side. Les lovingly took care of Dad and Dad took care of Les. As the youngest of the family, Leslie was with Dad the longest, right up to his passing. Dad was always saying how much he loved his boy – the last link to his precious late wife Kay. Most conversations with Dad always included how much he loved and appreciated Les: “Les takes such good care of me – What would I do without him?” Dad accomplished much in his life, but his greatest accomplishment was the legacy of love left behind through his five children and their families. (Love is patient and kind…Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends - 1 Cor. 13:4-8) A celebration of life may be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading George Hauck.

1930 ~ Helen Hammer ~ 2021

Helen Hammer (nee Gergely) went to be with her Lord at the age of 90 years in Medicine Hat, AB on January 13, 2021. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Perry (Marcy), Greg, Geoffrey (Melinda); grandchildren, Delanie Hill (Paul), Brittney Hammer (Clint), Nicole Tisnic (Trent), Christopher Hammer, Brett Hammer, Joshua Hammer (Corey); great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Farrah, Samuel, Lucas, and Wyatt; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as all the students whose lives she has touched over the years. She is predeceased by her husband, Oswald “Ozzie”; parents, John, and Susan Gergely; son, Lorne; brother, John; sister, Beth; brothers-in-law, Tony Ganzer and Willard Mitchell; and sisters-in-law, Esther Mitchell, Rosemary Gergely, Yvette Hammer and Eileen Hammer. Helen (Ilonka) Hammer was born February 9, 1930 at home in their sod house located on SE 25-16-29 W3. She went to school from grade one through ten at Olevean School. She obtained her teaching certificate at Moose Jaw Normal school after which she returned to Olevean school in 1948. She went to teach at Golden Prairie School in 1954, were she remained until her retirement in 1988. She married Ozzie Hammer February 5, 1957 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. They bought the home farm 3 ½ miles south in 1959 which was a mixed cattle and grain farm. They had four children: Lorne, Perry, Gregory, and Geoffrey. In 1990, they bought the Hector Schneider farm 6 miles west of Maple Creek where they went to semi-retire until their move to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1997. Helen was a woman of great faith. She was a great cook and seamstress and passed her knowledge on to her students as well as ensuring her sons knew how to cook and sew on a button. She never had idle hands, there was always work to be done in her beautiful vast garden and flowerbeds. She was an avid reader and she also loved sports, especially the Roughriders and curling. She could debate on any topic. She was a wonderful teacher, mother, and ranch wife. She had more energy and worked harder than anyone. She was upbeat and always had a smile on her face. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3, on Thursday, January 21st, 2021, at 1:00 pm with Fr. Rodel Abanto. Celebrant Due to Covid-19, attendance at services is by family invitation only. However, you are invited to view the prayer service via livestream through Helen’s memorial page at www.saamis.com and the funeral service via livestream through You Tube via Medicine Hat Holy Family Church. Memorial gifts in Helen's memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Helen Hammer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1935 ~ Annie Wutzke (nee Kungel) ~ 2021

Annie Wutzke of Medicine Hat, AB, passed away on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at the age of 85 years. A private Funeral Service was held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Annie’s memory may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Annie Wutzke. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1930 ~ Valentine “Val” Hoffner ~ 2021

Valentine Hoffner of Medicine Hat, AB, beloved husband of Anna Hoffner, passed away on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at the age of 90 years surrounded by family. Val leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Anna; children, Sharon Cartwright, Brian (Shirley) Hoffner, Charlotte (Dale) Roberts, Harvey (Janice) Hoffner, Linda (Pat) Friesen, Corinne Hoffner, Dale (Sandra) Hoffner, Donna Hoffner, Randy (Margo) Hoffner, Colleen (Scott) Wilson; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances DeBoer; Helen Leismeister; and Irene Hoffner; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Hoffner; brothers, Johnny, Adam, and Martin; sisters, Phyllis Hoffman, Mildred Heinz, Anna Volk, and Katie Wendalen. Valentine farmed at Liebanthal, SK with his wife, Anna, by his side from 1954 to 1994 before making Medicine Hat their home. It was at that time, that Valentine started playing slow pitch which he loved doing. When he retired from the game at age 83, it did not stop Valentine and Anna from going down and watching games every night. He also enjoyed fishing, playing pool, BINGO, and dancing with Anna. He will be greatly missed by all. The Funeral Service will be held at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE MEDICINE HAT, AB T1B 4V3, on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 with Father Rodel Abanto officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Due to current COVID-19 -19 restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only. However, you are invited to view the service via livestream through You Tube via Medicine Hat Holy Family Church. Memorial gifts in Valentine's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Valentine Hoffner. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1968 ~ Peggy Ann Carnegie (Meier) ~ 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peggy Ann Carnegie, of Redcliff, AB, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the age of 53 years. A memorial service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB. Memorial gifts in Peggy’s name may be made to Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association or Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre (APARC). Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Peggy Carnegie. Funeral arrangements by

1930 ~ Barbara Bonogofski ~ 2021

Barbara Bonogofski, beloved wife of Peter Bonogofski of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her husband at Age Care Valleyview on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 90 years. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Ann (Larry) Flaig of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, and Betty Ann Bugg of Lethbridge, Alberta; her grandchildren, Justin (Jackie) Bugg of Lethbridge and their children Heston and Holden, Jennifer Bugg (Jamie Arnold) of Coaldale and their children Reese and Linden. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Evelyn Kurtz; and many nieces and nephews. Barbara is predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Magdalena Kurtz; her daughter, Patty Bonogofski; her son-in-law, Terry Bugg; her siblings; as well as extended family members.
Mom enjoyed gardening, especially when it came to her flowers and tomatoes. Family and friends enjoyed coffee and mom’s delicious dishes that she would serve up in no time at all. The grandchildren and great grandchildren put a smile on her face, a skip in her step, and warmed her heart. Mom fought hard the last few years, but chose to join her daughter, Patty in Heaven. She has become an angel for those who need her. We will hear her Hail Mary’s whispered gently for all!
Thank you to the staff of Age Care Valleyview for the care and support mom received and dad continues to receive.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, with Father Francis Tran officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the service will be by invitation only. Friends are invited to view the service by live streaming at www.saamis.com. Streaming will begin at 10:25 a.m. on the day of service. Memorial gifts in Barbara’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Barbara Bonogofski. Funeral arrangements by

1929 ~ Mary White ~ 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary White on January 6, 2021 at the age of 92 years. She leaves to cherish her memory brothers, William (Helen) Love, James (Jean) Love, Alex (Nathalie) Love all of Scotland; sisters, Ina Cripps of Vancouver, Margaret King of Seattle, Helen and Sheena (Jack); niece, “Dolly” Victoria Felesky of Medicine Hat; great niece, Penny Porcina Felesky of Medicine Hat; great great nephews, Blaine Becker and Jason Becker; great-great-niece, Janaine Porcina; special cousins, John Love, James Love and Annie Love; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends in Britain. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Cyril in 1994 and parents, John and Helen Love. Mary was born, raised and educated in Scotland. In 1956 she immigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver. There she worked as a nanny and then the Hudson Bay Company from the early 1960’s till the 1970’s. She married Cyril White on November 16, 1967 in Vancouver. In the mid 1970’s they then moved to Cranbrook until the late 1980’s, later making their home in Medicine Hat. Mary was a member of the Southview Church of God. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. There will a public viewing on Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat AB. The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the service will be by invitation only. Friends are invited to view the service by live streaming at www.saamis.com. Streaming will begin at 10:55 a.m. on the day of service. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary White. Funeral arrangements by

1931 ~ John Leask ~ 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Harvey Leask of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, December 28th, 2020 at the age of 89 years. John is survived by his son, George “Geo” Leask (Selena Fisher); daughter, Vivian Leask; grandchildren, Mitchell Leask (Sam Morris), Matthew Leask, Natasha (Chris) Kennett, Christina Duncan, and George Roti; great-grandchildren, Maddy-Mae, Ember, and Hope; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Norma Leask; daughter, Connie Marie in infancy; brothers, Joe and Richard; and sisters, Vivian, Beverly, and Mary. John was born on November 24, 1931 and raised on the family farm near Spalding, SK. John worked hard on the farm and quickly realized that in order to keep things going and to keep the farm productive, it was essential for him to become inventive as well as to develop many different skills. His experiences on the farm allowed him to become competent in both heavy duty mechanics and welding. After years of rigorous work on the farm, John made the decision to enlist in the army. His experiences as an enlisted man offered him the opportunity to learn additional and enjoyable specialties that would serve him well in his future. After his discharge form the army, he worked hard to support his family. They moved to BC, where work was even more demanding. John encountered many hurdles working hard in BC, SK, and then eventually settling in in Alberta. After a brief stint in Strathmore and then Brooks, John moved to Medicine Hat in 1989 where he was able to utilize his numerous skills and knowledge working for Quoyloo Enterprises offering sharpening services. John employed techniques that were both innovative and unique and he continued this path until his retirement. John was a proud Metis citizen and was very active with the Metis Nation of Alberta. He would often pass time sharing his unique sense of humour with the girls at the Miywasin Centre and they, and others who he encountered, will greatly miss his visits. John was also a proud Legion member – this year was his 60th year - earning him a badge of honour for his lengthy commitment to the local branch. John was challenged with both hearing and visual impairments in his senior years, but it did not stop him form enjoying weekly Scottish country dancing or Sunday morning services at his favourite Westminster United and Fifth Avenue United churches. The family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlands Retirement Home and good friend, Richard Winterholt for their aid and support during John’s final years. Special thanks to Dan Pede for all the care and comfort he provided and for being there for John during the many challenging years and struggles with his hearing and visual impairments. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.. A private funeral service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 10:00 am with Gary W. Goran officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the service will be by invitation only. However, you are all invited to view the service via livestream through John’s memorial page at www.saamis.com starting at 9:55 am. Interment will follow at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading John Leask. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1931 ~ Dorothy Haughian ~ 2020

Mrs. Dorothy Haughian of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late DeWayne Haughian, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her son, Lee Haughian; her daughters, Mikki Haughian, and Roxy Haughian; seven grandchildren, Regan, Tanner, Taija, Daniel, Marc, Cole, and Cheyenne; two great grandchildren, Caderin, and Paisley; two sisters, Dianne, and Linda. Besides her husband DeWayne, Dorothy was predeceased by one son, Randy; and her parents, Richard and Margerite Pickering. For further information, please see the website. A Private Time of Remembrance was held. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dorothy Haughian. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1946 – Gary Eiserman – 2021

Mr. Gary Eiserman of Grande Prairie, AB passed away on Friday, January 1st, 2021 at the age of 74 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Dorothy Eiserman; children, Mark (Becky) Eiserman, Wendy Guthmiller and Sheila (Boris) Gavric; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Gary was predeceased by his father, Ted Eiserman and sister, Christina Wingenbach. A family time of remembrance will be held. Memorial gifts in Gary’s memory 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 Gary Eiserman. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1975 ~ James Canning ~ 2020

James William Canning of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, December 19th, 2020 at the age of 45 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Judy Canning. Memorial gifts in James's memory 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 James Canning. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1943 ~ Ronald L. "Ron" Schorr ~ 2020

Ronald L. “Ron” Schorr , passed away on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020  at the age of 77 years.  he funeral service was held yesterday at Little Plume Church.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ron Schorr.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ William Horst Seirfried ~ 2020

It is with great sadness, that we announce that Willi Seifried passed away on December 25, 2020.  Willi was born in Barenwalde, Schlochau, Germany.  As a young child during the war, and with borders rapidly changing, Willi’s family migrated and resettled in Bentelor/Langenberg, Germany, in 1945.  Despite growing up during a terrible war, with many hardships, Willi always spoke fondly of his earliest childhood memories, growing up on the family farm with his younger siblings, and, of the many childhood adventures shared with many cousins, all living nearby.  Willi emigrated to Canada with his family in 1953, landing in Quebec and making their way by train, to Medicine Hat, Alberta, where the family settled and began a new life.  Here Willi worked alongside family members initially at Medalta Pottery, then the CPR, and in 1957 began working for the City of Medicine Hat, until his retirement in June 1990. In addition to his full-time job, Willi also pursued a passion for working on the land, by operating a hobby farm with cattle, as well as hobby beekeeping for many years.  William married Lilly Eichele in September 1959, and the two of them have enjoyed life’s goodness as well as enduring sorrows, always together, for the past 61 years. William will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Doris (Tim) Sidlick; brothers, Gunther Seifried (Emma) and Heintz Seifried (Susan); brother-in-law, Jakob Eichele; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  Willi was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lilly and son, Randy; parents, Daniel and Elisabeth Seifried; sister, Hilda Ledarney; brother-in-law, Mike Ledarney; and sister-in-law, Elfrieda Eichele. The family wishes to extend a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at the Riverview Long Term Care Home, Meadowlands Retirement Residence, and the Home Care and Palliative Nurses for the compassion, kindness and care they have provided these past few years. A private family service will take place at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 DUNMORE ROAD SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3Z5. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 at 11:00 am with Pastor Shane Hein officiating.  Extended family and friends are invited to watch the service via the live stream link on Willi’s memorial page at www.saamis.com beginning at 10:55 am.  In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 758 – 8th Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1M5, where William was a devoted member for many years.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Willi Seifried.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1947 ~ Joan Brigden ~ 2020

Joan Brigden of Cypress County, AB , passed away on Monday, December 21st, 2020 at the age of 73 years. Joan leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband, Ross; son, Graham (Carla) Brigden and their daughter, Emily; brother, Robert (Laureen) Keating; sister, Maryanne (Jack) Lindsay; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Leonard and Dorothy; son, Ryan; brother, Clifford; and grandson, Connor. Joan was born on April 4, 1947 in Estevan, SK and was raised in Benson. As a young adult she moved to Regina and received her education in business technologies and then accepted a position with Coop Insurance in Regina in their computer department back when computers were still a relatively new idea. Joan met the man who was to be the love of her life in Regina, Ross Brigden, and in 1975 they were married. They remained there and they welcomed their first son, Graham. In 1979, the family moved to Redcliff, AB. Shortly after, they were blessed with second son, Ryan. In 1986, the family moved to their current home in Cypress County, just west of Medicine Hat. Joan was an exceptional wife and mother. Her family and her friends were her passion and delight and she especially loved spending time with them at the family cottage in Kenosee, SK. She leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. The Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 at 2:00 with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the service will be by family invitation only. However, you are all invited to view the service via livestream through Joan’s memorial page at www.saamis.com starting at 1:55 pm. Memorial gifts in Joan's memory may be made to the Medicine Hat Ronald McDonald House, 569 4 St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4G2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Joan Brigden. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1967 ~ Rory James Lefever ~ 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Rory (Rock) Lefever, the son of Rob and Sharon; sister of Sheri, and brother-in-law, Murray Craven; nieces, Haley and Sara; and nephew, Joel Craven, announce his sudden passing. The true loves of his life were his dog-babies, Gizmo and Molly, who will forever miss their Dad, and all the love that he gave them. Rory was the most caring of people who always put others first. He saw the bright side of every situation, and never hesitated to use his humor and kidding ways to make others laugh and smile. Rory started working at Farmland Supply at the age od 18 years, under his father’s guidance, eventually buying into the company and continuing to work side by side with his father. Rory’s passions included riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. He made countless memories riding his bikes with his numerous biker friends. Elkwater Lake was also a huge part of Rory’s life. He spent many summers and Christmas’s at the lake throughout his life. He eventually purchased his own cabin in Elkwater to make his own memories and to enjoy life the way Rory knew best. He had a genuine passion for life and found immense joy in being surrounded by his family and friends. Always one to be the life of the party, Rory will remain forever in the heart of his loved ones. Due to current Covd-19 restrictions, the blessing of Rory’s life was held on Tuesday, December15, 2020. Rory did not want a funeral, but rather a party to celebrate his life which will happen at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Rory Lefever. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to