Medicine Hat Obituaries

1942 ~ William (Bill) Patrick Degenhardt ~ 2020

Bill passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday August 11th, 2020 at the age of 78 years after a brave fight that never pushed him to complain or take the smile from his face. Bill enjoyed visits from his family and friends, especially if they came for Happy Hour. Bill was born in Leader Saskatchewan and moved to Medicine Hat as a young boy where he later met the love of his life Annie, married & raised their family together. He is survived by his two children, Patrick (Lisa) Degenhardt and Michaelene (Doug) Spencer; his four grandchildren, Billie and Leighton Spencer and Payton and Jaxon Degenhardt; his sisters, Delores (Dick) Edwards, Valeri (Rick) Stefani; brother, John Degenhardt; sisters-in-law, Gerry Degenhardt and Vivian Anhelher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Annie Degenhardt and his brother, Michael Degenhardt. Bill loved to play as hard as he worked and truly enjoyed doing both; family and friends were always welcomed in his home. Plenty of food and cold beer were on hand all the time. Cooking and feeding his friends and family was a great source of happiness, and if 10 people were expected there would be enough food for 30 people. Bill’s warm heart and sly sense of humour will be missed by all that knew him. Bill loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his grandchildren whenever possible. After leaving his home of 40 years, Bill enjoyed his stay at Masterpiece where his family and friends could come visit with him at Happy Hour. His care givers at Masterpiece and the MHRH Dialysis unit became his extended family and he appreciated them all immensely. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the Dialysis Unit c/o Medicine Hat and 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 William Degenhardt. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ Dennis (Ike) Pinder ~ 2020

Dennis Pinder of Redcliff, AB, passed away on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at the age of 85 years. A Memorial Service will take place at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at REDCLIFF CEMETERY. Due to Covid-19, attendance will be limited to 100 people including staff and clergy. Those who wish may view the service via live webcast by logging into Dennis’ obituary information at www.saamis.com at the service time (Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.). Memorial gifts in Dennis’ name may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5 or to a charity of your choosing. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dennis Pinder. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1944 ~ Roger Bryce Carefoot ~ 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of my best friend and the greatest man we have ever known. After a lengthly battle with metastisised prostate cancer, Roger succumbed with dignity and bravery. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Rosalyn Fisher of Medicine Hat; two daughters, Eve (Chris) Carefoot and Teresa (Steve) Siebold; two grandsons, Cameron and Colten; sister, Marilyn (Nick) Snyder of Coeur d’Alene and all of Calgary. Roger was born in Saskatoon December 17, 1944, moved to Prince Albert then to Moose Jaw and finally to Medicine Hat in 1957 where he attended Alexander and MHHS. His dry humour and sense of mischievousness often landed him in less than academic situations. He prevailed and chose land development, then after receiving his A.S.E.T from U of C. he worked for UMA, constructing the Maple Ave. Bridge, Trans Canada Hwy and overpass upgrades. He lived in Calgary for 38 years consulting with Stantec and his own consulting firm before moving back to Medicine Hat in 2012, where golf, winters in Palm Desert and visits from his grandsons occupied his time. Roger’s incredible sense of humour and gentlemanliness endeared him to all. He will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He lived his “Dash” brilliantly with grace, humour and integrity. Good Bye my Love… it was an honour. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Roger Carefoot. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1931 ~ Eleanor Albrecht ~ 2020

Eleanor Albrecht, beloved wife of the late, Carl Albrecht Jr., passed away on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at the age of 89 years. A private graveside service was held yesterday at Hillside Cemetery with Pastor Jim Bredeson officiating. Memorial gifts in Eleanor's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to a a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Eleanor Albrecht. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1948 ~ Irene Orge ~ 2020

Irene Shirley Orge of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Clayton Orge, passed away on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at the age of 72 years. Irene also leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Kaleb (Kathleen) Orge and Elliott (Alexandra) Orge; grandchildren, Ava and Evanie; brother, Donald (Linda) Stefanyk; sisters, Valerie (Greg) Nichol and Margret (Curtis) Scott; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Murtt Stefanyk and Mary Hammill. Irene was a very active member of her church. She loved to spend time with her granddaughter, Ava, watching movies and sneaking candy together. She was looking forward to meeting her second granddaughter, Evanie in person, but was delighted to face time her for the time being. Irene left a lasting and heartfelt memory in all who met her. She will silently be remembered by all those who knew and loved her. Memorial gifts in Irene’s memory may be made to A.J.‘s Loan Cupboard, P.O. Box 45006, MacKenzie Drug Post Office, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0B1, Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5, or 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 Irene Orge. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1977 ~ Jason Lesmeister ~ 2020

Jason Lesmeister of Lethbridge, AB, passed away suddenly on July 30th, 2020 at the age of 43 years. Jason leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Norma Lesmeister (Don); son, Ben Robert; daughter, Quinn Grace; brother, Mike (Krista) and his children Danielle and Reid; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jason was predeceased by his father, Gordon Lesmeister in 2017. Jason was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB and graduated from Crescent Heights High School. He lived in Edmonton for 10 years, moved to Calgary and was living in Lethbridge at the time of his passing. Jason was a big fan of the Boston Bruins and enjoyed NASCAR. Most of all Jason loved to be in the company of his family and friends. A private family fellowship will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jason Lesmeister. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1933 ~ Harold Pearcey ~ 2020

Harold John Pearcey of Medicine Hat AB, passed away on April 2, 2020. The funeral service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel. Memorial gifts in Harold’s memory may be made to Hydrocephalus Canada or the Lung Association Alberta/NWT division. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Harold Pearcey. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel & Crematorium.

1957 ~ Marie Anne Meier ~ 2020

Marie Anne (Yvonne) Meier of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at the age of 63 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Dale; daughters, Shashauna Meier and Carrie Paul (Tyler); grandchildren, Kendra Mogck (Jordan), Isla Jarvie, John Paul, Arlana Meier-Bumphrey, Sophia Paul, and Irelynn Jarvie; brother, Emile Parent; sister, Ghislaine Beatch (Don); son-in-law, Chris Jarvie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marie was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Aurelie Parent; brother, Robert Parent; and daughter, Nicole Barley. Marie Anne will be silently remembered by all those who knew and loved her. Memorial donations in Marie Anne’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation for the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 - 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marie Anne Meier. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

Noreen G. Hill (nee) Hurd June 30, 1948 - July 29, 2020

It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our Amazing Beautiful Mom, Momma (Grandma), Sister, Aunt, Cousin and dear friend to many. Mom passed away peacefully with her Stacey and Gerry at her side. Mom leaves to cherish her memory, Daughter, Stacey Heath (Mark Kennedy); Stacey’s children, Cody Heath, and Emily Heath (Michael Caravan). Her son Gerry Bleile (Kerry Richmond-Bleile) and their children Shelby Bleile, Sarah Richmond and Katelyn Mary Marie. As well as her very special Brother VerDon (Donnie) Hurd, sister Myrna (John) Brosnikoff, and sister Judy Bitschy, and numerous nieces and nephews whom adored her. She was Auntie Noreen, Auntie No, and Weenie to those that were close. A special Thank you to Lucy Jacober and our Aunt Lorraine Mundy for loving our Mom and watching out for her while we were not here. Mom was predeceased, by her first husband Ken Tebbs, her Mom Lila Barker and her Brother Jerry Hurd. At Mom’s request there will be no service. In Lieu of Flowers Stacey and Gerry request a donation be made to Lung Cancer Canada in her name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1962 ~ Monika Silcher ~  2020

Monika  Silcher of Medicine Hat, Alberta passed away on Monday, July 20th, 2020 at the age of 58 years.   Monika leaves to cherish her memory her best friend and partner in life, Eddie Doehring and her step- children; Crystal, Aaron, Caitlin, Chelsea, and Nicholas; brother, Willi (Connie) Silcher; sisters, Hannelore (Gerald) Kulpe and Rita (Dave) Olsen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Monika was predeceased by her parents, Helmut and Wilma Silcher and her brother, Hinz Silcher.  Monika was born and educated in Medicine Hat, AB.  She was attracted to the great outdoors and all that it offered, her favourites being riding her motorcycle, boating, horseback riding and side-by-siding.  She especially loved doing all these things in Parker Arizona, with all her snowbird friends. At home, she spent her days in her barber shop and weekends at 40 Mile. She was also an avid photographer and liked to post her photos online for her friends and family to enjoy.  Monika was a great friend to all who knew her and she absolutely adored being in the company of her friends and family whenever she could.  There will be an informal Celebration of Life held on Saturday July 25th, 2020 at Willi and Connie Silcher’s, 12423 RR 65 off the Holsom Road from 2pm - 5pm. Memorial gifts in Monika's memory may be made to the ALS Society of Canada . Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Monika Silcher.   Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1948 ~ Alexander "Al" Schafer ~ 2020

Alexander ‘Al’ Schafer passed away suddenly on July 21st, 2020.  He leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Marj Schafer and Loretta Schafer and their families, as well as nephews, Derrick Schafer and Logan Riddell.  He was predeceased by his parents, William and Rosie; brother, Joe Schafer; and nephew, Dustin Riddell.   Al was raised and educated in the Schuler area and was employed as a mechanic for a few years prior to his accident. He also helped his father farm.  At the age of 26 years, he moved to Medicine Hat and eventually started Paals Accessibilities.  He loved to play the accordion and he enjoyed his family and friends.  A Celebration of Al’s life will take place on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB with Gary W. Goran officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to 100 people including funeral staff and clergy.   Those wishing to do so may watch the service via live webcast by logging into Al’s obituary located at www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Alexander "Al" Schafer. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by