Medicine Hat Obituaries

1929 ~ Anne Crichton ~ 2019

Mrs. Anne Crichton, beloved wife of the late James Alex Crichton, passed away on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. Anne leaves to cherish her memory her son, Douglas Crichton; daughter, Carol (Ted) Nordal; grandchildren, Belinda Crichton, Melissa Crichton, Kael Crichton, Wray (Jessie) Morrell, and Bryce Nordal; great-grandchildren, Darwyn Lewis, Elizabeth Bowey, Ethan Bowey, and Harrison Morrell; and brother, Danny Oucherek. Anne was predeceased by daughter, Marie Crichton; son, Charles Crichton; husband, Alex Crichton; sister, Lillian (Lloyd) Nelson; and brothers, Paul (Peggy) Oucharek and Steve (Liz) Oucharek. Anne was born in Rhein, SK on April 29th, 1929. She was the daughter of Joseph and Helen Oucharek. She married Alex Crichton on March 8, 1950 in Melville, SK and together they raised their four children. Anne was one of the first telephone operators in Melville, SK and while the children were growing up, she also held several retail clerk positions in Melville businesses. Anne loved playing board games with family, monopoly was a favorite, as well as chip rummy, and cribbage. After the children left home, Anne put her energies into her needlepoint, which she was passionate about. Anne also loved wine making, gardening and long walks with Alex. She collected wind up music boxes and flower garden ornaments, which she adored. Alex and Anne were ardent curlers and travelled to many briers and world championships, as well as serving their own local curling club. After Alex passed away in 2001, Anne moved to Medicine Hat where she resided at Meadowlands. At Anne’s request, there will be no formal service. Anne will be interred alongside her husband, Alex and son, Charles, in the Melville Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Anne Crichton. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1935 ~ CLARENCE GRUSZIE ~ 2019

Clarence Gilbert Gruszie, beloved husband of Leona Gruszie of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the age of 83 years. Clarence also leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Brad (Gloria) Gruszie of Medicine Hat and Blake Gruszie of Vernon, BC; two grandchildren, Christopher Gruszie (Jamie Hardy) and Kyle Gruszie (Courtney Toms); one sister, Betty (George) Berg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Clarence was predeceased by his parents, Gustav and Emma Gruszie; and one brother, Charles Gruszie. Clarence was born on December 13th, 1935 in Thorsby, Alberta. He married Leona Jacober on August 2nd, 1958 in Medicine Hat. Clarence enjoyed fastball, curling and seniors slow pitch. He loved the Medicine Hat Tigers and went to almost all the Maverick games each season. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Monday from 1:00 until 1:55 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Clarence’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Clarence Gruszie. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1965 ~ CARLYLE GILL ~ 2019

Carlyle James Gill, of Empress, AB, passed away on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at the age of 54 years. A Graveside Service was held on Saturday at Empress Cemetery, Empress, Alberta. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Carlyle Gill. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

April 29th, 1923 ~ Constance “Connie” Cyster (nee Snowdon) ~ September 2nd, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Connie Cyster, in Medicine Hat from complications of a broken hip, at the age of 96 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Connie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta or to AJ’s Loan Cupboard or to All Saints’ Anglican Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Connie Cyster. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1946 ~ Phyllis Armstrong ~ 2019

Phyllis Louise Armstrong passed away on August 29th, 2019, at Medicine Hat, AB. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL with Dr. David J. Carter, officiant. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Phyllis Armstrong.

1923 ~ Constance "Connie" Cyster (nee Snowdon) ~ 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Connie Cyster, in Medicine Hat from complications of a broken hip, at the age of 96 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, son, Ron; daughters, Norma Mueller (David Gourlay) and Lynn (Jim) Moore; as well as grandson, Aaron Cyster; and her sister, Muriel Snowdon. She will be missed by nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Mom was born in Manitoba and moved to Medicine Hat in 1946 when she married Allan. Connie was predeceased by her parents, John and Florence Snowdon; twin sister, Daisy; brother, Keith; and her loving husband, Allan Cyster. Mom was involved with Girl Guides for many years, was an avid gardener and loved her African Violets. She bowled for many years and loved doing handicrafts. She was a founding member of All Saints’ Anglican Church and a member of ACW. She was a kind woman, always willing to help others. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. Connie’s family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those that helped Mom over the years at Chinook Village, MHRH (2N and 5W), Masterpiece Southland Meadows and the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Gloria Schirok officiating. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Connie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4J6 or to AJ’s Loan Cupboard, P.O. Box 45006, MacKenzie Drug Post Office, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0B1 or to All Saints’ Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 606 – 12th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V2 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Connie Cyster. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1925 ~ John Kopp ~ 2019

John Kopp of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at the age of 94 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday at HOLY FAMILY PARISH with Father Iqbal Khurshid, Celebrant. Memorial gifts in John's memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading John Kopp. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1965 ~ Carlyle Gill ~ 2019

Carlyle James Gill, of Empress, AB, passed away on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at the age of 54 years. Carlyle leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Violet Lohr; brothers, Kevin (Lisa) Perich, Dennis (Angie) Lohr and Collin (Vicky) Lohr; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carlyle was predeceased by his father; sister, Colleen Lohr; grandparents, Carl and Elnora Gill; along with numerous relatives that have gone before. A Graveside Service will be held at Empress Cemetery on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 11:00 am with Gary W. Goran officiating. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Carlyle Gill. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1963 ~ Bonnie Warkentine ~ 2019

Bonnie Jean Warkentine, beloved wife of Gordon Warkentine of Seven Persons, Alberta, passed away on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at the age of 55 years. Bonnie also leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Janine (Dylan) Stuber, Holly-Lynn (Dale) Hunter, Angelina Warkentine (Derek Faichuk) and Rochelle (Cory) Poss; her mother, Marie Anderson; twelve grandchildren, Jordyn Stuber, Braden Stuber, Aubrey Stuber, Emmett Stuber, Erika Hunter, Adalynn Hunter, Presley Hunter, Bane Faichuk, Makhi Faichuk, Kylie Poss, Taylor Poss and Owen Poss; two brothers, Eric (Janet) Anderson and Mike (Lois) Zvolensky; two sisters, Melanie Anderson and Lori Johnson; her biological father, George (Jean) Zvolensky; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bonnie was predeceased by her father, Robert Anderson; and one grandson, Bennett Faichuk. Bonnie was born on October 29th, 1963 in Brooks, Alberta. She was devoted to her husband, Gordon, who she loved greatly. Bonnie was known for taking care of others and loved time spent with her grandchildren. She had an incredible sense of humour and enjoyed cooking and camping. Bonnie had amazing strength and courage through her long 8-year battle with cancer. The family would like to thank Dr. Foley and staff from the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre and the nurses, doctors and staff at St. Joseph’s Home, Carmel Hospice for their excellent care of Bonnie. A Private Family Time of Remembrance will take place. Memorial gifts in Bonnie’s memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bonnie Warkentine. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1948 ~ Elizabeth Wyszynski ~ 2019

Elizabeth Mary Wyszynski of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Don Wyszynski, passed away on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at the age of 71 years. Elizabeth leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Don; children, Kirk (Ellery) Budden and Kim (Troy) Power; grandchildren, Justin, Nicole, Brandon, Austin, Spencer, Ryder, Skyler, Hunter, and Dexter; her father, Watson Budden; as well as her brothers, sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was predeceased by her mother, Ethlen Budden and two of her brothers. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 10:30 am with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Elizabeth Wyszynski. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1932 ~ Roger Hagen ~ 2019

Roger John Clayton Hagen of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Isla Hagen, passed away on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at the age of 87 years. Roger leaves to cherish his memory his memory his wife, Isla Hagen; daughter, Sandra Hagen; son, Roger “Bud” (Marguerite) Hagen; grandchildren, Ryan (Allison Atwell) Morkin, Jacelyn Morkin, and Eric (Jessica Pelland) Hagen; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Owen and Julien Morkin and Desiray Pelland, Freya and Isla Hagen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Hagen; and siblings, Frances Firth, Ellen Ferguson, Jean Hardy, and Evelyn Trithart. Roger was born, the fourth of five children, on March 19, 1932 in Galahad, AB and was the only son. He had a beautiful voice and as a youth could always be found singing or whistling a tune. He met, and then later married Isla, and together they raised their two children, Sandra and Roger “Bud”. Roger spent most of his life working in the oil and gas industry. His favourite career in the field was as a Land Consultant, which is what he continued to do until his retirement. Roger worked until he was 80 years old. He loved to meet and talk to people. He had a witty sense of humour, much to the amusement of the many people that he met throughout his life. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf; and he took his last hunting trip in 2017 at the age of 85. He was kind and generous and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always there for them when they needed him. He will be deeply missed by the many that knew and loved him. Roger’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, who treated him with such compassion, kindness, and dignity. A memorial service in Roger’s honour will be held at a later date in Forestburg, Alberta. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, in Roger's memory, may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Roger Hagen. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1958 ~ Diann Jean Simpson ~ 2019

On Thursday, August 22nd, 2019, Heaven gained the most beautiful, funniest, quirkiest, and coolest angel they could have ever hoped for. Diann Hammel-Simpson (aka Mommya) was, still is, and always will be the absolute BEST mom, daughter, sister and aunt in the entire universe. She was brought into the world by the lovely Maggie on September 10, 1958 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Little did she know that she would go on to graduate from Bow Valley College, in 1983, and that she would then pursue an awesome career in nursing, working in B.C., Canmore (she always said, “The mountains will bring you peace”), and ending in Medicine Hat in the same hospital where she was born. In addition to being a kick-ass nurse, her proudest accomplishment was her only child, daughter, and little “Jellybean”, Dallas. She bragged and gushed about her to everyone every chance she had. They were (and always will be) each other’s best friends, confidantes, and rocks. Diann fiercely loved her six brothers and sisters, mom, daughter, and her friends. Especially Sis #1 and 3. Diann passed away surrounded by family and friends knowing how truly and deeply loved she was. Her last words were, “I love you”, and that is more than anyone could ask for. We are all going to miss her so very much, but we find comfort in our knowledge that when it is our time, Diann will be waiting for us at a kitchen table, beer in hand, ready to skunk our butts in a game of Yahtzee. Please, if you are able, and in honour of Diann, hug your parents a little tighter today and tell them how much you love them. Sometimes the most important things in life can be gone in the blink of an eye. To all of those who knew and loved Diann, you are invited to come and share your stories, and celebrate her fabulous life at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 1:00 p. m. A pizza party will be held after, as requested by Diann herself. Diann was a joyous and magical ray of sunshine and we would like to reflect that during her service so please wear bright and happy colours instead of depressing ones to pay tribute to her spirit. Gifts of dog food or cat food may be donated to your local S.P.C.A. in honour of Diann’s love for Zelda, Nixie “Poo-Poo” and Ronnie. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Diann Simpson.

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1954 ~ Selina Mahar ~ 2019

Selina Mahar of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Ben Mahar, passed away on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at the age of 65 years. Selina leaves to cherish her memory her children, Darcy (Karen) Mahar, Kerry (Amanda) Mahar, and Melissa Mahar; grandchildren, Kyle (Amanda), Brenna, Daylan, Brady and Lexi; great-grandson, Keaton; brothers, Edmund Gould, Wilson Gould, Clement (Theresa) Gould and Nicholas Gould; sisters, Irene (Mike) Myers, Theresa (Eugene) Simmonds, Lily (Jim) Caines, Florence (Ron) Simmonds, and Verna (Tom) Mahar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Selina was predeceased by her parents, Edmund and Florence Gould; and brother, Louis Gould. Selina was born at Bird Cove, Newfoundland on April 5, 1954. She spent most of her life living in Newfoundland where she loved to spend time with family and friends. She was a very hard worker and always took care of everybody. She loved cleaning, cooking, baking, doing crafts and going for nature walks. She was a very quiet and gentle woman who always put everybody before herself. In July 2018, she moved to Medicine Hat so she could be close to her immediate family. She enjoyed her time in Medicine Hat where she spent lots of time with her children and grandchildren. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 from 2:30 pm to 3:25 pm. Vigil Rites will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Monday, August 26th, 2019, at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 3:30 pm with Father Francis Tran Celebrant. Memorial gifts in Selina's memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Selina Mahar. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1929 ~ Hazel Hedin ~ 2019

Hazel Agnes Hedin of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church. Memorial gifts in Hazel's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Medicine Hat Branch or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Hazel Hedin. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1934 ~ LAWRENCE MARTIN "LARRY" PLANTE ~ 2019

Larry Plante, of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019. A Celebration of his life was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre. Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lawrence Plante. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


~ 1919 ~ MARY CHRISTINE SCHNEIDER ~ 2019~

Please join us for a Celebration of Life in memory of Mary Christine Schneider who passed away Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at the age 99 years. The family will gather for a Graveside Service on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery. Family members attending please meet at the cemetery gates at 12:45 p.m. Family and friends are asked to join us at Alan and Sharon’s farm where we will have a Time of Refreshments and Snacks to celebrate Mary’s life. Please bring lawn chairs. Memorial gifts in Mary’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat S.P.C.A., 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mary Schneider. Arrangements are entrusted to


~ 1945 ~ LAWRENCE SMITH ~ 2019~

Lawrence James “Larry” Smith of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at the age of 74 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving partner, Pat Simpson; son, Terry Smith; daughter, Andrea Sanders; five grandchildren; brothers, Everett and Roger; sister, Wendy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by both his parents, Bernard and Orma Smith and his sister, Cathy. Larry spent his early years in Redcliff but then moved to Medicine Hat. He loved to play golf and enjoyed watching the Medicine Hat Tigers. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Graveside Service will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 at 11:00 am with Gary W. Goran officiating. Those wishing to attend can meet inside the cemetery gates at 10:45 a.m. Memorial gifts in Larry's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 or the S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through

~ 1955 ~ LEE McKENZIE ~ 2019~

Lee Douglas McKenzie, born February 14th, 1955, of Medicine Hat passed away at the Riverview Care Center on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at the age of 64 years. A Gathering for “Our Cowboy” was held yesterday at MEDICINE HAT EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE GROUNDS, Pioneer Village. Memorial gifts in Lee’s memory may be made to the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lee McKenzie. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

~ LYNDA ANTKOWIAK ~

Lynda Louise (Sparrow) Antkowiak, beloved wife of Henry Antkowiak of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, August 8th, 2019. Lynda also leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Sonya (Tim) Maerz; one son, Adam Antkowiak; one grandson, Max Brierley; one brother, Hal (Sherley) Sparrow; one sister, Bea Sparrow; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lynda was predeceased by her parents.
A Private Family Time of Remembrance will take place. The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home for their compassion and care of Lynda. Memorial gifts in Lynda's memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent

God saw you getting tired
when a cure was not to be.
So He closed His arms around you and whispered
"Come to Me"
You didn't deserve what you went through,
so He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.
And when we saw you sleeping so peaceful and free from pain,
we could not wish you back to suffer that again.

1933 ~ LORRAINE DIRK ~ 2019

Lorraine Dirk of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at the age of 85 years. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Keith Dirk; daughters, Nancy (Bruce) Vaessen and Peggy (Bill) Stewart; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and siblings, Eileen (Cyril) Bracconier, Phyllis (John) Lanz, Jimmie Rath, and Kathleen (Bob) Fuller. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Katherine Rath; son, Roger Dirk; daughter, Gloria Blaquiere; two brothers; and her three sisters. Lorraine worked at the Pink Lantern in Medicine Hat for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and playing cards. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. A private family graveside will be held at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Donations in Lorraine’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lorraine Dirk. Funeral arrangements entrusted to

October 18, 1940 ~ Donald Stuart Culbert ~ August 5, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Don, age 78 years, of Medicine Hat, Alberta on Monday, August 5th, 2019. Don was predeceased by his wife, Terry Ann Fowler; his mother, Edna Culbert; his father, Gordon Culbert; and nephew, Dean Culbert. Don will be forever missed by his daughters, Billie-Lee and her spouse, Daniel and Janie; his sons, Donnie and Glen; grandchildren, Alanna, AJ, Brayden, Carter and Kyra; and his siblings, Zelda, Gordon, Les (Olga) and Lorne; sisters-in-law, Donna (Steve) and Linda (Robert); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at REGINA FUNERAL HOME, 4001 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Don'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 Don Culbert. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1947 ~ LEO CORNET ~ 2019

On Monday, July 29th, 2019, Leo Cornet, passed away in the arms of his love, Diane, at St. Joseph's Carmel Hospice. Leo also leaves to cherish his memory his children, Matthew (Patricia) Cornet and Jessica (Joey) Thiessen; grandchildren, Waylon Cornet and Dylan Cornet; brothers, Robert (Toni) and Maurice (Pearl); sister, Julie; and Diane’s family, daughter, Bonnie (Jason), son Marc; and her grandchildren, Matt, Kaiden, Aiden and Naish, Leo was predeceased by the mother of his children, Sandra; his parents, Rene and Annette; and his brother, Daniel. Leo was born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan on November 22, 1947, to Rene and Annette Cornet, and was the third child in a family of five. In 1959, the family moved to Medicine Hat and this is where Leo spent most of his years. Leo loved life. He had an infectious smile and he loved music. From the early days playing with the Crescendos, the River Bottom Band and then Springfield, and then to the past few years with his buds in Caught Red Handed. Music was his passion and he played his harps and sang wherever he travelled; from Huatulco to Montego Bay to winters spent near Quartzite, Arizona. He also enjoyed fishing and was thrilled when he landed his huge sailfish and Dorado in Mexico as well as many a walleye at Calling Lake. Leo was responsible for starting the Saturday Jams at the Royal Hotel which over the years became famous across Canada. He was also one of the first few riders in the original Santa Claus Toy Run. Only one week ago, on July 20th, Leo was humbled by his friends and family that came out for his One Last Jam at the Redcliff Hylton. Leo was surrounded with an aura of joy as he played his harps and sang with fellow musicians and reminisced with friends. This was Leo's wish and we are so thankful to everyone for making it happen. Our little buddy is now playing music in heaven. The family would like to thank all of Leo’s caregivers for the love and support offered to Leo and his family during his time of illness. In keeping with Leo’s wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Memorial gifts in Leo’s memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5 Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Leo Cornet. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to