Medicine Hat Obituaries

1969 ~ CHERYL HART ~ 2018

We sadly announce the passing of CHERYL LYNN HART of Medicine Hat, with family and friends at her side, Cheryl passed peacefully on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 49 years. Cheryl is survived by the love of her life, Martin Allard and stepdaughter, Desiree; her mother, Iris Boychuk (Fred Bohnet) of Medicine Hat; her sister, Cathie Horon (John) and nieces, Courtney and Caitlyn of Calgary; sister, Darcy Thruthwaite (Brian) and niece, Jessica of Manitoba; her stepmother, Joy Borden (Dennis Boychuk) of Saskatoon; as well as very special extended family and friends. Cheryl was predeceased by her father, Dennis Boychuk in 2014. Cheryl was a light in a sometimes dark world. She touched every soul she met, and left them better for it. She will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Chery's Life will be held at the VEINER CENTRE, 225 Woodman Avenue SE, on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Cheryl's memory may be made to the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association, 532 South Railway Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2V6 or to the Calgary Food Bank, 5000 – 11th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2Y5 or to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8, or to the Calgary Humane Society, 4455 - 110th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2C 2T7. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Cheryl Hart.

1922 ~ LYDIA MAIER ~ 2018

Mrs. Lydia Maier beloved wife of the late Edwin Maier passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018 at the age of 96 years in Edmonton, Alberta. Lydia leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Barry (Evelyn) Maier of Edmonton and Stan (Terri) of Lethbridge: four grandchildren; Dr. Michael (Kristy) Maier, Michelle (Dr. Alastair) McKean, Tyler (Katie) Maier and Amanda Maier (Shawn Fischer); ten great grandchildren, Caleb, McKenzie, Evan, Arik, Catriona, Cara, Abrielle, Gracelyn, McKinlee and Banks; two sisters, Emma Weiss and Molly Hedley as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lydia was predeceased by her husband, Edwin; parents, Jacob and Maria Schneider; brothers, Jack, Chris, Henry, Pete, Fred and Sam; and sister, Mary. Lydia was born on July 29, 1922 in Westerham Saskatchewan. She was raised on the family farm near Leader Saskatchewan and attended Deer Forks School. In 1942 she moved to Medicine Hat where she worked as a cashier and clerk. Lydia married Edwin Maier on June 11, 1948 in Medicine Hat and together they made their home in the city for the next sixty-two years. During her lifetime she enjoyed working with children and owned and operated the John & Judy Kindergarten. Lydia had a great love of music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ and was a former member of the Westminster and Memorial Salem United Church choirs. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 10:00 to 10:55 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Lydia's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or 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 Lydia Maier.

1943~ Stickel ~ 2018

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Marie Ann Stickel of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of David Stickel, passed away on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the age of 75 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Bernie (Tina) Dyck of Medicine Hat; daughters, Deanna (Doug) McClain of Redcliff and Lee Ann (Mike) Kerr of Cochrane, and their families; her brothers, Leon (Jeanette) Eckert and Ken (Maxine) Eckert; two sisters, Diane (Erwin) Renz and Deb (Gerald) Deis; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Marie was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Frances Eckert; and two sons, Harold and Jerry. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3, on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3, on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 1:30 pm with Father Iqbal Celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside cemetery. Memorial gifts in Marie’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220- 6223 2 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marie Stickel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1973 ~ Brad Handley ~ 2018

After a courageous 4 year battle with ALS, Bradley David Handley of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Corrie and devoted father to his young son, Beckett, passed away on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at the age of 45 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother and father, Cathy and Roger of Lethbridge, AB; brother, Michael; grandmother, Phyllis; father and mother in-law, Dale and Charlotte Roberts; brother in-law, Derek (Carmen) Donnelly and their sons, Kaden and Tyler; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bradley was born on May 13, 1973, in Lethbridge and was raised in Coaldale. Bradley attended the University of Alberta and received a degree in Physical Education. Bradley enjoyed sports including running, kickboxing, and he especially enjoyed his time training and working at hockey schools in the OHL and in Penticton. Bradley was a dedicated husband and father and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Bradley’s life will be held at Medicine Hat Lodge, Ballrooms A, B & C, 1051 Ross Glen Drive SE, on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up at for his son, Beckett, at the TD Bank Trust, Account 255WJ2A. Please make cheques payable to Corrie Handley in Trust. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bradley Handley.

Avril “Brandy” Calvert

Avril “Brandy” Calvert passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 30th, 2018. She leaves to mourn her son, Matt (Ruth); granddaughter, Rowan; brothers, Tim (Jennifer) and Ty (Hilary); nephews, Brad and Drew; and many friends and colleagues. Brandy lived her life to the fullest. She kept busy with projects around her house and trips to Fabricland to make more lil’ baggers. She loved the sun, enjoying it in her beautiful backyard and on may sandy beaches. Brandy’s love of food brought her to many farmer’s markets in search of her favorite ingredients. Brandy’s many years working in radio took her all around Alberta. For the past ten years she has worked in communications and she has been a great ambassador for the City of Medicine Hat. Brandy’s smile lit up the room and she made many lasting friendships wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by many. A private family time of remembrance will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


John Edward Gledhill 1934-2018

IJohn Edward Gledhill of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the age of 84 years. John leaves to cherish his memory his three children, James Gledhill, Elizabeth Daniels and Lana Mandzak; his grandchildren, Sarah Daniels (Evan Hansen), Samantha (Taylor) Thomas, Melissa (Draason) Verissimo and Ashley Mandzak; his sister, June Poole; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty; sister, Lillian Gledhill; brother, Bill (Mary); sister, Dorothy (Reg) Beech; brother-in-law, Allan Poole; and son-in-law, Murray Mandzak. John was born in Grimsby, Ontario. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces at 18 and served 25 years, including 2 years overseas. Moose Jaw was home for John for 42 years, where he raised his family and worked at SIAST until he retired. He moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 2011 to be with family. John was gentle-hearted; he adored animals and babies. He loved foreign cars, motorcycles, aircraft and travelling back home to the cottage at Balsam Lake. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in John's memory may be made to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading John Gledhill. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to .


1956 ~ MARILYN BURTON ~ 2018



Marilyn Elaine Burton of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at the age of 62 years. Marilyn leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Donelda Burton; her daughter, Tanisha (Aaron) Petrick; her three grandchildren, Trey Davis-Nieman, Tyrece Davis-Mayer,and Ryder Petrick; three brothers, Dwayne (Donna Marti) Burton, Terry Burton, and Doug Burton; and many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was predeceased by her father Lloyd Burton and her daughter Tammy Davis. Marilyn was born July 24, 1956 and raised in Medicine Hat. Marilyn attended school in Medicine Hat and then worked at George P. Vanier School as a teachers’ aid. She also worked as a private caregiver for families with special needs children. In the last few years she spent countless hours caring for her mother at Masterpiece in Southlands where you would often find her and her dog Tianya. She enjoyed camping and waterskiing. She also enjoyed doing crafts at home adding sparkle and glitter to almost everything she could decorate. She had a love for her grandchildren and her animals Tianya and Motley. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL 1 DUNMORE ROAD SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 1:30 pm with Gary W. Goran officiating. A private interment will follow at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Memorial gifts in Marilyn's memory may be made to Tails of Help, 1260-5328 Calgary Trail NW Edmonton, AB, T6H 4J8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marilyn Burton. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


1934 ~ HELEN BACHLEITNER ~ 2018

Helen Maria Bachleitner of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Donald Bachleitner, passed away on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at the age of 84 years. Helen leaves to cherish her memory three children: Eric Bachleitner and wife Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi; Mark Bachleitner and wife Sandra; and daughter, Denise Parker and husband, James Parker; two grandchildren: Nicholas Bachleitner and wife, Gabby; and Matthew Bachleitner. Helen was predeceased by her husband: Donald Bachleitner; parents: Maria and Gerard van Halderen: and brothers, Gerard and Paul van Halderen. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. BERNADETTE'S CHURCH, 6543 - 132 Street, Surrey, BC, on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Surrey, BC. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Helen Bachleitner. For further information please contact Valley View Funeral Home at 604-239-0152. Arrangements are entrusted to.


KILTHAU, Keith Francis 1952 – 2018

Keith Kilthau passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 66 years, with his children by his side. Keith will be lovingly remembered by his dear friend and companion Merna Stangler; and his children, Nicole (Vanan) Kilthau, Dallis Kilthau, and Kassia (Jon) Anderson. Papa Keith will be forever missed by his grandchildren, Chase, Brittney, Tristen and Cooper Kilthau; and Daxton and Maddox Anderson. Keith is survived by his siblings, Cindy Kowatch, Arleigh Kilthau, Beverly (Dean) Nagel, and Rodney (Linda) Kilthau; as well as numerous other extended family members and friends. Keith was predeceased by his mother, Cecelia Kilthau, his father David Kilthau, and his sister Audrey Kilthau. Keith was born in Leader, SK in 1952. After attending Grade 12 at Leader Composite High School, Keith attended Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Moose Jaw where he received his ticket in welding. Keith had a passion and natural knack for mechanics, welding, woodworking, tile setting, and everything in between. Keith will be fondly remembered as “Jack of All Trades” as Keith could build, create, and fix anything. Keith also enjoyed fishing, camping, scuba diving, and hunting game birds. Keith was well known for his curling, bowling, and billiard skills. Those who knew Keith, knew that he worked, played, and loved hard. Keith fought an admirable and heroic battle against numerous health conditions through the latter part of his life. Psalms 71:20-21 “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” With respect to Keith’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. If you wish to honor his name, donations can be made to Medicine Hat SPCA at 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Keith Kilthau.


Avril “Brandy” Calvert

Avril “Brandy” Calvert passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 30th, 2018. She leaves to mourn her son, Matt (Ruth); granddaughter, Rowan; brothers, Tim (Jennifer) and Ty (Hilary); nephews, Brad and Drew; and many friends and colleagues. Brandy lived her life to the fullest. She kept busy with projects around her house and trips to Fabricland to make more lil’ baggers. She loved the sun, enjoying it in her beautiful backyard and on may sandy beaches. Brandy’s love of food brought her to many farmer’s markets in search of her favorite ingredients. Brandy’s many years working in radio took her all around Alberta. For the past ten years she has worked in communications and she has been a great ambassador for the City of Medicine Hat. Brandy’s smile lit up the room and she made many lasting friendships wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by many. A private family time of remembrance will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


1986 ~ CARTER SCHLAHT ~ 2018

It is with saddened hearts, that the family of Carter Robert James Schlaht, beloved son of Alan and Laurel Schlaht of Bindloss, Alberta mourn his passing. Carter was born October 26, 1986 and passed on October 16, 2018. He was a caring and loving son and brother. Left to cherish Carter's memory is his sister, Jenna Schlaht of Edmonton; his grandmas, Tillie Schlaht of Medicine Hat and Nordis Maley of Swift Current; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Jack Schlaht of Medicine Hat and Russell Maley of Swift Current, SK. Carter was born in Medicine Hat on October 26, 1986. He went to school in Bindloss and Acadia Valley, then graduated from Eagle Butte High School. He enjoyed many years of playing hockey in Burstall, SK. Being active in Bindloss 4-H Beef and Horse Club kept him busy. He was good at volleyball and track and field. Carter learned many skills through the different jobs that he had experienced, but he loved family farming most of all. He obtained his Class 1 truck driving license of which he was very proud. Most recently Carter was employed as a farm laborer in the Echo Dale area. Standing over 6'4", Carter was a gentle giant of a man. His easy going nature and gift of listening was greatly appreciated. Carter's dry sense of humor made people smile. He loved the prairies and took pride in owning and maintaining his own farm. Carter was a nature lover and was happiest relaxing by the local river, hiking, fishing, or motorbiking. He had an interest in trucks and machinery. In 2013 Carter travelled to Perth, Australia. He also travelled to Mexico, Maui, Hawaii and all through western Canada. During the 2017 Bindloss CFB wildfire, Carter fought bravely alongside his neighbors in order to protect their property. He did not hesitate when called a month later to fight fire in the neighboring Hilda community. Carter quietly bore his condition of depression with great dignity. Over the years this affliction would appear and then retreat at various intervals. He seldom complained. Carter fell to the disease after a valiant effort to beat this adversity. Carter was deeply loved by his family and he loved his family in return. Carter will be forever missed and forever in our hearts. We love you Carter. The family would like to thank everyone for their help and support. To name a few; Oyen and Redcliff RCMP, HALO, Les and Terry at Rangeland Helicopters for donating their aircraft, the Swenson family of Bindloss, Search and Rescue, and local surrounding communities. The Funeral Service will be held at MEDICINE HAT EXHIBITION & STAMPEDE GROUNDS, HIGDON HALL, 2055 – 21st Avenue SE, on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Shane Andrus officiating. A private interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Any donations to HALO, 12 - 49 Viscount Avenue SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G4 or SARS, Search & Rescue Association of Alberta, 9768 - 170 Street, Suite 142, Edmonton, AB T5T 5L4, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Carter Schlaht. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


1956 ~ RON HARKER ~ 2018

Ron Harker of Medicine Hat passed away on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at the age of 61 years. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Don and Lora Harker of Magrath, Alberta. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Rose Harker; daughter, Elisha (Todd) Ammann; and son, Justin (Sarah) Harker. He was especially beloved by Wanda Ward (Dave) and her brothers along with their families. Also remembering their Papa Ron are his 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His four sisters, two brothers and their families will forever remember Ron's teasing and kind nature. Ron was an excellent basketball player in his youth, winning several championships with the Magrath Zeniths. He enjoyed travelling while semi-truck driving across the country and later in housing construction. Ron loved camping, movies and spending time with his family. His calm disposition, quick humour and patient spirit will be missed by all. After multiple health issues Ron was an example of how to endure, never complaining and never becoming stressed. Ron's fortitude and positive outlook is something we can all learn from and cherish. He will be truly missed. The Funeral Service will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 170 N Centre Street, Magrath, Alberta on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with John Balderson officiating. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ron Harker. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


1962 ~ RANDY McDONALD ~ 2018

Randolph “Randy” Martin McDonald, beloved husband of Sandy McDonald of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at the age of 56 years. Randy also leaves to cherish his memory his son, Thomas; and his daughter, Patricia. As per the families wishes no formal service will be held. Condolences may be sent to through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Randy McDonald.


1933 ~ JOE COLBE ~ 2018

Joseph “Joe” Colbe, beloved husband of Darline, passed away on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Joe also leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Roger (Judy), Cory (Jodie), Derek, and Cody (Cody); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents, André and Alida. Joe was born in Saint Léon, Manitoba on August 12, 1933. In the late 1950’s he moved from Duchess, AB to Empress, AB while he was working for CP Rail as a telecommunication lineman. Shortly after moving to Empress he started farming and opened a Snowmobile shop with his friend and business partner. In 1974, Joe and Darline moved to Acadia Valley, AB to establish the family farm, then in 1978, he opened the first Butcher shop. Joe was community minded and served on multiple boards. In 1996, Joe semi - retired. He continued to farm but enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the cabin in Elkwater. As the weather turned colder, Joe would spend his winters in Las Vegas, Nevada and Yuma, Arizona. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE MEDICINE HAT, AB T1B 4V3, on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 from 12:00 to 12:55 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. A public interment will take place at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Acadia Valley, AB on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Roman Catholic Section. Memorial gifts in Joe’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 164 Stratton Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3R3 or Elkwater Community Association, P.O. Box 17, Elkwater, AB T0J 1C0. . Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading JOE COLBE . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


1917 ~ MARY MARSHALL CAMPBELL ~ 2018

Mary Margaret Marshall Campbell of Medicine Hat passed away on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at the age of 100 years. Mary leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Jim Marshall (Lorine) and Robert (Darlene) Marshall; Robert’s children’s mother, Terry Meek; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her first husband, Valentine “Val” Marshall; her second husband, Dr. Wilfred Campbell; her son, Richard Marshall; her parents, Bertrum and Isabella Richardson; and two brothers, Mel and Harold. Mary Richardson was born at home in Medicine Hat, Alberta on October 28, 1917. She was the youngest of three children, with two older brothers Mel and Harold. Mary’s grandparents lived across the street from the bakery, and Mary and her family next door to it. Mary led a rather charmed life; she had plenty of friends and was a very talented and outgoing young woman. She attended Connaught School before Alexandra High School. She had many life-long friends from her school days. When she was just sixteen-years-old, Mary met Val Marshall. They dated for two years and they married in 1937. Mary and Val were very active, belonging to several clubs and organizations, Moose Lodge, Shrine Club, ladies P.E.O., Rebecca Lodge and Rotary. Mary made Mac and Cheese nearly every Monday while Val was at Rotary and she knew how to make it good. Various versions of her mac and cheese are enjoyed to this day by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even her great-great grandchildren, she was a great cook. Val and Mary owned and operated Val Marshall Printing Ltd. from the early 1950’s until Val passed on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1973. In October of 1973, Mary married Wilf Campbell, an old friend as well a long time family doctor. Together, they spent many great times with friends, traveled and enjoyed lots of very nice gatherings with their combined families until Wilf passed in 1986. Not only was Mary a great home maker and incredible mother, she was also a very talented artist. Her paper toll projects were incredibly unique and something she was very skilled at. Mary spent the last decade of her life cruising the halls of River Ridge with one of her old high school friends Florence Gust. In the 100 years she lived, Mary made many wonderful friendships, many of which lasted a lifetime. She lived a beautiful, full life and was able to spend time with many of her great-children and get to know many great-great grandchildren. She will be remembered for her friendliness, her kindness and her love of decorating. She leaves a legacy four generations deep that is built on togetherness and love. What is truly remarkable is that Mary’s artistry and love for animals are apparent in each of the four generations. The Graveside Service will be held at HILLSIDE CEMETERY, Gershaw Drive SW & 10th Avenue SW, on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Cruickshank officiating. Those wishing to attend, please meet inside the cemetery gates at 10:45 a.m. Memorial gifts in Mary's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary Marshall Campbell. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to