Medicine Hat Obituaries



 

1935 ~ FLORENCE GERVAIS ~ 2019

Dorothy Evelyn Hanley of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late William "Gerry" Hanley, passed away on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her children, Bill (Sherry) Hanley and Sharon (Dean) Junkin; five grandchildren, Candace (Chris) Jones, Will "Curtis" Hanley, Cory Hanley, Deanna (Layne) Fossen and Derek (Leeza) Junkin; four great grandchildren, Calico, Indigo, Layla and Orlynn. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Gerry Hanley; her parents, Charles and Vesta Banks; one brother, Henry Banks; and three sisters, Ruby Gardner, Evelyn Banks and Eva Rinke. Dorothy was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She attended Montreal Street School and Alexandra School. Dorothy worked for TD Bank, the Health of Animals, Midland Doherty Ltd. and was also the treasurer for St. John's Presbyterian Church. She loved performing in the Medicine Hat Symphony Orchestra, the Medicine Hat Concert Band, Elks Band and could play any instrument she picked up. A private family Memorial Service will be held at the Saamis Creekside Centre on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 with Pastor Bob Cruickshank officiating. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Dorothy's memory may be made to St. John's Presbyterian Church, 504 - 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0C6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dorothy Hanley. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1951 ~ RHONDA SHOEMAKER ~ 2019

Rhonda Shoemaker (nee Reid) beloved wife of Darryl Shoemaker, passed away on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the age of 67 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Memorial gifts in Rhonda's memory may be made to one's charity of choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Rhonda Shoemaker. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1926 ~ DOROTHY HANLEY ~ 2019

Dorothy Evelyn Hanley of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late William "Gerry" Hanley, passed away on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her children, Bill (Sherry) Hanley and Sharon (Dean) Junkin; five grandchildren, Candace (Chris) Jones, Will "Curtis" Hanley, Cory Hanley, Deanna (Layne) Fossen and Derek (Leeza) Junkin; four great grandchildren, Calico, Indigo, Layla and Orlynn. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Gerry Hanley; her parents, Charles and Vesta Banks; one brother, Henry Banks; and three sisters, Ruby Gardner, Evelyn Banks and Eva Rinke. Dorothy was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She attended Montreal Street School and Alexandra School. Dorothy worked for TD Bank, the Health of Animals, Midland Doherty Ltd. and was also the treasurer for St. John's Presbyterian Church. She loved performing in the Medicine Hat Symphony Orchestra, the Medicine Hat Concert Band, Elks Band and could play any instrument she picked up. A private family Memorial Service will be held at the Saamis Creekside Centre on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 with Pastor Bob Cruickshank officiating. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Dorothy's memory may be made to St. John's Presbyterian Church, 504 - 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0C6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dorothy Hanley. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1928 ~ VIOLINA SCHNEIDER ~ 2019

Violina Schneider, beloved wife of the late Hector Schneider of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. Violina leaves to cherish her memory her son, Doug Schneider (Nasim Karimi); daughter, Gerri Schneider; son-in-law, Brian Langevin; grandchildren, Josh Schneider (Brooke Knies), Jesse Schneider (Vicki Schira) and D-Jay Schneider; sister-in-law, Irene Eaton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Violina was predeceased by her son, Robert Dale Schneider, in infancy; daughter, Marilyn Langevin; her parents, Sidney and Augusta Eagle; and brothers, Jack (Maureen) Eagle and Tom (Mary) Eagle. Violina was born on April 26th, 1928 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and was raised in the Maple Creek district. She married Hector Schneider on June 30th, 1949 in Medicine Hat. Hector and Violina bought land in Maple Creek and created a successful purebred Hereford cattle herd for the next 25 years. In October of 1976 they sold the ranch and moved to Wetaskawin where Hector became a Hereford cattle promoter. In 1983 they moved to Medicine Hat and worked the purebred Hereford cattle circuit promoting the Hereford breed. Violina enjoyed playing bridge weekly with her friends in their private bridge club. She also followed Hector to as many events as possible. Violina took great pride in knitting and crocheting many items of clothing. A Private graveside Service was held at SAAMIS PRAIRIEVIEW CEMETERY yesterday. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1923 ~ MARGARET ROTH ~ 2019

Mrs. Margaret Roth, beloved wife of Emanuel Roth of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at the age of 95 years. Margaret also leaves to cherish her memory numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Emanuel and Maria Beierbach; and five sisters, Sally, Emma, Hertha, Christina, Mary and Olga. Margaret was born on October 16th, 1923 in Romania. She immigrated to Canada and settled in Walsh, Alberta. She attended the McKay Creek School. Margaret married Emanuel on March 26th, 1960 and together they farmed in Richmound, Saskatchewan before retiring to Medicine Hat. Margaret also worked at Medalta Potteries and The Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. She loved living on the farm and gardening. Thank you to the nursing staff at the Haven and Sunnyview at South Country Village for their care and patience for Margaret; their care was very much appreciated. A private graveside service will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery, on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 with Pastor Bob Church officiating. Memorial gifts in Margaret's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 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 Margaret Roth. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1945 ~ BETH AKINS ~ 2019

Elizabeth “Beth” May Akins (nee Lightfoot) passed away at Good Samaritan Southridge Village, with her children by her side on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the age of 73 yrs. Beth leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Billy Ramsay (Jenn Sharp) and his children, Morgan, Wyatt and Rylan Ramsay; their mother, Jody; one daughter, Nadine (Pat) McKnight and their children, Tatum and Krista McKnight; step son, Jeremy (Ali) Akins and family; and her two sisters, Bernice White and her daughter, Melissa White and Connie (Ed) Geiger. Beth was predeceased by her husband William “Bill” Ramsay; her parents, Chuck and Marg (Donnelly) Lightfoot; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Alice (Beierbach) Faulkner; her nephew, Mitchell White; and brothers-in-law, David White and Gary Fox. Beth was born August 17, 1945 in Eastend, SK and raised in Consul, SK. Upon high school graduation in 1963, Beth attended St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Lethbridge, AB where she trained as a Laboratory Technician. In May of 1965, Beth married Bill Ramsay and moved to the ranch in the Cypress Hills, SK. In 1973 Beth was widowed, she remained at the ranch with her children and was remarried in 1975 to Bill Akins. She continued to operate the ranch until 1993, at which time she semi-retired and moved to the Medicine Hat area. Beth’s early years in Consul were full of action and adventure which served her well when she married a rancher and moved to the Hills. Though she was raised in a small town, Beth adapted quickly to the ranching lifestyle. She embraced all aspects of ranch life, except for raising chickens! In addition to the commercial ranching operation, Beth enjoyed raising horses and longhorn cattle. She was involved in a number of activities and organizations including softball, curling, skiing, Irvine Ag Society, Texas Longhorn Association and Stockgrowers to name a few. Upon semi-retirement, Beth worked at several businesses in Medicine Hat, she particularly enjoyed the years she spent at the Beefeater. Beth had an enduring faith in God and attended the River Valley Community Church as long as she was able. She was also blessed with many wonderful friends and neighbours who supported her throughout her life. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Grandstand Banquet Room, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds, 2055 - 21 Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 3:00 pm with Pastor Mark Borrows officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Memorial gifts may be made in Beth’s name to Good Samaritan South Ridge Village. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Elizabeth Akins.

May 12, 1951 ~ Rhonda Shoemaker ~ February 28, 2019

Rhonda Shoemaker (nee Reid) beloved wife of Darryl Shoemaker, passed away on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the age of 67 years. Rhonda also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Marissa (Derrick) Jordan; Gordon Shoemaker (Jenn Bomersine); two granddaughters, Marlee and Lara Jordan; one brother, T. Lindsey (Sharon) Reid; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rhonda was predeceased by her father, Gordon Reid (1966); her mother, Carrie Gilchrist (2016); step-dad, William Gilchrist (2017); brother, Ron Reid (2009); and niece, Cynthia Baker (1990). Rhonda was born on May 12, 1951 in Emo, Ontario to Gordon and Mary “Carrie” Reid. She was raised on the family dairy farm in The Rainy River District with her two brothers until a short time after her dad contracted polio, at which time the family moved to Barwick, Ontario. After graduation she eventually moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she met the love of her life, Darryl Shoemaker in the spring of 1972. After a brief 6 month courtship, they were married October 14, 1972. Together they eventually settled in Brandon, Manitoba where they welcome their two children, Marissa and Gordon. Employment opportunities led them out west to the small town of Brooks, Alberta where Rhonda was a stay at home mom. She returned to the workforce as the Executive Administrative Assistant, at the Brooks Hospital, until they moved to Medicine Hat in 1992. After working in Medicine Hat at Entre Corp, Rhonda retired and moved with her husband and their critters to Irvine, Alberta for a slower, paced, small-town lifestyle. Rhonda’s health brought her and Darryl back to Medicine Hat in 2018 where they could be closer to their family and especially their granddaughters. Rhonda was an amazing cook, gardener and ‘mom’ to everyone. She was known to drag home every stray cat, dog or kid she ever came across. She always had a warm meal or jar of homemade grape jelly to give. Rhonda was an avid reader, enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, doing crafts like crocheting, knitting, sewing and cross-stitching, and she took great pride in her yard. Each Spring the house was converted in to a greenhouse to start all her little plants. Though tiny in stature, Rhonda had the heart of a lion and she loved her family and God with everything she had. Family wishes to extend special thanks to the amazing respiratory care team who looked after Rhonda over the past few years, the wonderful amazing staff on 5E and 4W at the MHRH, as well as very special friend and nurse Sara. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Rhonda's memory may be made to one's charity of choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Rhonda Shoemaker. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ Mary DeMarco ~ Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Mrs. Mary Lydia DeMarco of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Mary leaves to cherish her memory her son, Tony (Doreen) Cleave; daughters, Carmen Anhorn, Chris Campbell, and Diane Keating.; grandchildren, April Cleave, Sheriden Jane Anhorn, and Cole DeMarco. Mary was predeceased by her father, Antonio DeMarco. At Mary’s request a family time of remembrance will be held. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary DeMarco.

1928 ~ CLIFF SCHMIDEK ~ 2019

Clifford “Cliff” Donald Schmidek of Dunmore, beloved husband of the late Irene Schmidek, passed away on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. Cliff leaves to cherish his memory three children, Lorne (Elaine) Schmidek, Lee (Lorelie) Schmidek and Gail (Reg) Gill; eight grandchildren, Colin (Brenda) Gill, Sheldon Gill, Nathan Schmidek, Devin (Angela) Gill, Sarah (Wally) Portelance, Kate (Polo) Sprunger, Payton Schmidek (Ben Motz) and Tate Schmidek; eight great grandchildren, Kyra, Reese, Chet, Caitlyn, Nash, Clara, Hendrix and Zoe; one brother-in-law, Harold Brucker; one sister-in-law, Vi (Dale) Olsen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful four legged companion, Boy. Cliff was predeceased by his wife, Irene; his parents, Fred and Katherine Schmidek; and one sister, Winnifred Thomson. Cliff was born on May 8th, 1928 in Medicine Hat where he met and married Irene Brucker on January 8th, 1953. He spent most of his life on the farm and loved the time he was able to devote to it; he never missed a branding and auction marts were a favorite of his. Cliff also enjoyed puzzles, one could always be found on his table. He was blessed with wonderful health his entire life. Beyond all else, Cliff loved his family and getting together for supper or cards. He will be missed, and his memory cherished by his family and friends. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH, 758 - 8th Street SE, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. A private interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Cliff's memory may be made to ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH, 758 - 8th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1M5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Cliff Schmidek.

1950 ~ ERNEST FRANZ ~ 2019

Ernest Franz of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the age of 68 years. Ernest leaves to cherish his memory his brother, Greg (Lorrie) Franz; sisters, Linda Franz and Holly (Ray) Goodfellow; and numerous nieces, nephews and special cousins. Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Emmanuel and Nina. A Private Family Time of Remembrance will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Ernest'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 Ernest Franz. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1937 ~ Anna Marie Maskell ~ 2019

Mrs. Anna Marie Maskell of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Edward Maskell, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the age of 81 years. Anna Marie leaves to cherish her memory her sisters, Lena Sears and Irene (Tim) Hammel; Sisters-in-law, Melody Maskell and Lena Gutfriend; special friend, Gerri Packard; and numerous nephews and nieces. Anna Marie was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Marianne Gutfriend; brothers, Albin, Val (Jackie), and Tom; sister, Jenny Schnell (Jack); and mother-in-law, Elinor Maskell. Anna Marie was born in Leader, SK and raised in Fox Valley, AB. She moved to Medicine Hat where she began working at Dominion Glass in Redcliff and where she met her husband of 40 years, Ted Maskell. Gardening flowers was Anna Marie’s love of her life. Although not having children of her own, she loved her niece and nephews as her children and their children as her grandchildren. Anna Marie was the sweetest lady and loved by all. The Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 1Z5, on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 11:00 am with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Anna Marie's memory may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6A8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Anna Maskell.

1930 ~ DUANE CASAT ~ 2019

Mr. Duane Edward Casat, beloved husband of Shirley Casat of Irvine, passed away on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at the age of 88 years. Duane also leaves to cherish his memory two brothers, Roy Casat and Eugene (Yvonne) Casat; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Duane was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Bernice Casat; and one sister, Adeline Casat. Honouring Duane's wishes no formal funeral service will be held. Memorial gifts in Duane's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Duane Casat. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1923 ~ Marjorie Gaffney ~ 2019

Marjorie Gwendolyn Gaffney (nee Bissett) of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Richard “Dick” Gaffney, passed away on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the age of 95 years. Marjorie leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Joyce Oshiro of Abbotsford, BC; nephews, Don (Mona) Girling, Harry (Shirley) Gaffney, and Richard (Penny) Gaffney; great-nephews, Cody (Amanda) Girling and Cameron (Rachel) Girling; great-nieces, Janice Arnot and Sandra Gaffney; great-great-nieces, Asia, Rebekah, Aella, and Emma; and many other nieces and nephews. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband Richard, and her parents, William and Olive Bissett; her sister, Audrey Girling and her brother-in-law, Bob Girling. Marjorie was born and raised in Dunmore, Alberta; attending the Dunmore school where she enjoyed acting and theatre. She met the love of her life, Dick, when she attended high school in Medicine Hat, and they married in 1944 while Dick was serving during the war. Throughout their years together they made their homes in Calgary, AB; Phoenix, AZ; and Vernon, BC. Both Marj and Richard had a life-long passion for golf and they were also very adventurous, travelling Europe and North America. After the passing of her parents, Marj and Dick retired to Marj’s childhood homestead in Dunmore. She loved animals and was very fond of cats, especially Tigger” and “Pepper” who were very special to her. Marj loved to read and do crossword puzzles and socialize with those around her. Marj was also very proud of her Scottish heritage and loved the sounds of the highland bagpipes. Marj’s family is very grateful to all of her caregivers at Meadowlands that have watched over her these past years. At Marj’s request, there will be no formal service. Memorial gifts in Marj’s memory may be made to Persian Dreams & Canine Themes, 127 1st St. SW, Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 3Z1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marjorie Gaffney. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1946 ~ Huguette Henderson ~ 2019

Huguette Henderson, beloved wife of Gerald Henderson, passed away on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at the age of 72 years in East End, SK. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Huguette Henderson. Funeral arrangements were completed by