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June 13, 2017

By Obituaries on June 13, 2017.

1926 ~ MONICA MASTEL ~ 2017

Monica Mastel of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Adolph Mastel, passed away on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Monica leaves to cherish her memory three children, Wayne Mastel, Bruce Mastel and Donna Mastel (Nick Rothwell) and their families. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Wednesday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. and at ST. PATRICK’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 238 – 2nd Avenue SE, on Thursday from 10:00 until 10:55 a.m. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. PATRICK’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Philip Le, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic Section at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Monica’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Monica. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to
SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park” #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 (403)528-2599 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

1928 ~ FRED SYROISZKA ~ 2017

Fred was born on November 13, 1928 on the family farm and passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 8, 2017. He was the second of five children born to William and Rosa Syroiszka. He went to school in Gascoigne, Saskatchewan to grade 8 then eventually took over the family farm. In his lifetime he also worked on the seismic, painting and stippling. Hunting, fishing and camping were always his passion. He was always compassionate to all animals and willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He is survived by his wife Ann, his loving wife of 50 years; his daughters, Coreen (James) Bozak of Medicine Hat, AB and Carrie (David) Beaudoin of Hanna, AB; and two granddaughters, Jaycee and Delane Beaudoin; his sisters, Mary Sedun and Olga Hominuk, both of Winnipeg, MB, Ann Zubot of Medicine Hat, AB and Sophia Long of Ottawa, ON; sisters-in-law, Veronica Dirk and Josephine Koch, both of Medicine Hat, AB. A Come and Go Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held at the SAAMIS CREEKSIDE CENTRE, 11 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Fred’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6 or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Fred Syroiszka. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to
SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park” #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 (403)528-2599 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

1975 ~ NICOLE FLAIG ~ 2017

It is with broken hearts that the family of Nicole Flaig (nee Elhart) announce her passing on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice, surrounded by her loved ones, in Medicine Hat at the age of 41 years. Nicole is survived by her beloved children, Ethan, Ty and Emersyn Flaig; and her husband, Sheldon Flaig. She also leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Larry & Judy Elhart; her brother, Mark (Amy) Elhart along with their sons, Kane and Vann. She is also survived by her in-laws, Terry & Linda Flaig; brother-in-law, Jason (Char) Flaig; and sister-in-law, Brandy (Steven) Anderson and their respective families. She also leaves behind her aunt, Verla (Joe) Liptak; cousins, Val (Chris) Orban, Cathy Trempner, David (Lisa) Liptak and Sherri (Eric) Nielsen and their families. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Albert & Irene Elhart and Jake & Joan Langeman; as well as her uncle and aunt, Norman & Margaret Elhart. Nicole was born in Medicine Hat on July 25th, 1975 and received her basic education in Medicine Hat as well as 2 years at Medicine Hat College. Nicole had various jobs throughout her life until the birth of her first child, when she chose to stay at home to be a full-time mother to her 3 children (and what a devoted mother she was). Nicole was known for her bright smile and sunny disposition as well as her ability to make friends wherever she went. Nicole will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. A private interment took place at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, June 9th, 2017 with Pastor Dave Maneschyn officiating. A public Come and Go Celebration of Nicole’s Life will be held at THE BEVERIDGE, 620 – 2nd Street SE, on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Nicole’s memory may be made to the St. Joseph’s Home (Carmel Hospice), 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Nicole Flaig. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to
SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park” #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 (403)528-2599 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

DAVIDS, David Edward

October 12, 1917 – June 11, 2017
On June 11, 2017, David “Dave” Davids passed away at the age of 99 years.
Dave was a multi-talented individual, distinguishing himself both as a musician and as a scientist. His first instrument was violin, and he then took up the trumpet so that he could perform in dance bands during the 1940’s. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a major in Agriculture, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, first as a bandsman in what became the North West Air Command Band, then transferred to bacteriological research in the later stages of the war. He mustered out of the RCAF with the rank of Warrant Officer I. He continued his research career with Canada’s Defence Research Board at laboratories at Suffield, Alberta and Kingston, Ontario.
David is survived by his son, Cary Davids (Carol Gilbert) of Lisle, IL, daughter, Leslie Arkin (Talon Arkin) of Turkey, son, Lorne Davids (Peggy McKernan) of Edmonton; and daughter, Ellen Beck (Richard Beck) of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth Davids (Shragge).
At Dave’s request a private service will be held.
Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through
Park Memorial
Edmonton 780-426-0050
Family Owned Funeral Home,
Crematorium, Reception Centre


(June 7, 1924 – February 5, 2017) – A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 2pm at the Duchess Hall in Duchess, AB. All are invited to share memories in the company of Ken’s family and friends. For further information, to light a virtual candle, upload a photo, or to leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit or call (403) 501-1010.


June 28, 1926 ~ June 10, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ruth Marthina Thompson (nee Robertson), announce her passing at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the age of 90 years. Ruth’s memory will be forever cherished in the hearts of her children, Dorothy (Cal) Larson, Rick Thompson, Tom (Sharon) Thompson, Kathie (Larry) Klim, Ken (Angela) Thompson, Mark Thompson, Judy Thompson, Brian Thompson and Marcia (Alan) Valberg; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jock; numerous nieces and nephews as well as her dog, Pookie. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Jim; son, Don and siblings, Eddie, Archie (Rita) and Doris. Ruth was very devoted to her family and loved spending time with them. She always looked forward to new additions to the family with each baby being born. Her family will always remember the stories she told and her lounging in her big chair in the gazebo. Ruth’s life will be hononoured without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made directly to the CNIB, #102, 520 – 2 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0C6. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


Alfred “Al” Antonony Schmidt of Brooks passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 84 years, beloved husband of the late Catherine “Laurie” Schmidt. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Philip Le celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Brooks Health Centre, Dialysis Unit, 440 3 Street E, Brooks, AB T1R 0G5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Al Schmidt, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence.
Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

William (Bill) Zion Brown, Whistle Man

June 18, 1930 – June 9, 2017

Bill Brown died Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 86. Bill faced his brief terminal illness, as he faced life, with remarkable humour and grace. Predeceased in 2010 by his wife Polly (Korda), Bill leaves four children, Bill Jr., Brita Wood (Peter Wood), (Linda) Susan Brown (Steve Karpik) and Judy Brown; grandchildren Emily Ekelund, Henry Ekelund, and William (Billy) Wood (Amanda Verigin); great granddaughter Ayla Wood; his sister, Brita Elliott; and many close friends in Nelson and across Canada.

Born on June 18, 1930 in Saskatchewan to William Elliott Brown and Linda Lindskog Brown, Bill graduated Technical Collegiate in Saskatoon in 1948 and enrolled in general arts and then law at the University of Saskatchewan. Bill Brown married the love of his life, Polly Korda, on December 31, 1951. Bill spent a 56 year legal career in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including Brooks, Medicine Hat, Calgary, North Battleford, and La Ronge. Much of his career involved general private practice, but included legal aid services in northern Saskatchewan. Bill took great pleasure in helping clients to navigate some of the most difficult and stressful moments of their lives.

On the prairies, Bill became an avid golfer, bird hunter, and bridge player. In Medicine Hat Bill much enjoyed his association with the Cypress Club. An exceptional photographer, Bill developed many candid and affecting black and white prints of Polly and their children and relatives. In La Ronge Bill and Polly became keen anglers, frequently taking family, friends, and visitors out to catch big northern pike. As a boy in Saskatchewan during the dirty thirties, Bill whittled whistles out of willow twigs in the spring. Later, Bill became “The Whistle Man” to children in La Ronge, spending spring days in local parks carving whistles and eventually giving away over 5000 to children and adults. In 2013 Bill shut his law practice in La Ronge and moved to Nelson to live close to family.

We extend much thanks to Dr. Michael Vance, Dr. Anne-Marie Baribeau, Nelson Home Care Services, and 3rd Floor Staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital for their wonderful care. A memorial celebration will take place at Kalein Hospice Centre, 402 West Richards Street, Nelson, BC at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Nelson Civic Theatre Society, 719 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4G3.

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