July 20th, 2017

July 6, 2017


By Obituaries on July 6, 2017.

1927 ~ HAZEL SIMMONS ~2017

Hazel Beatrice Simmons, beloved wife of Frank Simmons of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Hazel also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diana Simmons (Alfred Egan Home), Darlene (Arnie) Macauley, Debbie (Randy) Zaiser and Rodney (Wanda) Simmons; six grandchildren, Jenna (Jamie) Simmons, Sydney Simmons, Jan (Angela) Macauley, Dawn (Crystal) Macauley, Cody Zaiser and Brady (Kate) Zaiser; six great grandchildren, Jessika Macauley, Edwin Macauley, Autumn Macauley, Serena Macauley, Quinn Macauley and Willow Macauley; one brother, Roger (Violet) Beach; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, August and Mary Beach; and three brothers, Earl Beach, Alvin Beach and Bill Beach. Mom was born in Medicine Hat and raised in Wisdom where she attended Lloyds School from grade one to nine. Mom had four brothers and told many stories of their adventures such as collecting garter snakes and riding bareback to school. She also loved caring for her baby brother, Roger while her mother was busy doing chores. She finished high school at Alexandra and at 18 became the manager of the food counter at Woolworths.
Mom loved to go to dances, but mom and dad met while skating, where she caught his eye and they married September 1st, 1947. Diane was born on May 21st, 1949 and because of her handicap mom became an avid supporter for the mentally handicapped. Mom was a charter member of the Medicine Hat and District Association for the Mentally Handicapped and a director at the provincial level. She was also a member of the school board when George P. Vanier School was built.
After Darlene, Debbie and Rod were born mom worked part-time in the Woolworths toy department during the Christmas season and later as a stenographer for the school board. Mom then attended the Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge obtaining her Bachelor of Education while Rod was only nine years old. She then taught at River Heights School where she loved teaching grade seven and coaching the girls softball team. She especially enjoyed the kids from the country. Later, she taught at Connaught and Herald Schools but her career was interrupted after only seven years due to a heart condition.
Mom had many hobbies including knitting (which she won many awards for), sewing, gardening, travelling and fishing from canoes dad built with her help. We took many camping trips, the most memorable being summers in Elkwater in our large green tent. Mom always said being surrounded by nature was her church.
Mom’s pride and joy were her six grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always loved to have family around and cook large family feasts. Everyone especially loved her fried chicken and meatballs with mushroom gravy on homemade noodles.
A Private Graveside Service will take place in July at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Hazel’s memory may be made to the Alfred Egan Home, 939 – 1st Street East, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0 or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Hazel Simmons. 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 http://www.saamis.com inquiry@saamis.com Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


GLORIA SCRIBNER

1945 ~ 2017
While surrounded in the presence of her loving family, Ms. Gloria June Scribner peacefully passed away at the Masterpiece River Ridge in Medicine Hat on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the age of 72 years. Gloria’s memory will be honoured in a private celebration of her life. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Gloria’s name may be made directly to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


GRACE PREVOST

1941 ~ 2017

With heavy hearts the family of Mrs. Grace Prevost, beloved wife of Ken Prevost, announce her passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the age of 76 years. Grace was born in Eastend, Saskatchewan on March 11, 1941, a daughter to Edward and Marguerite Wills. On September 17, 1960, she married Ken Prevost and their marriage was blessed with three children, Brian, Rhonda and Tammy. Grace was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who made her house a home. She was caring and committed to her family, friends and faith in God. For many years, Grace served in her faith with the Anglican Church Women of Canada. Besides being a homemaker, she worked in retail and served her country in the Air Force Nursing Corp. She was an adventurous spirit who loved doing many different things including camping, travel, snowmobiling, golf, walking, water aerobics, baking and reading. Family meant everything to her and she always looked forward to the next family wedding or the arrival of the newest grandchild. Grace was fortunate to have celebrated some remarkable milestones – a 50th wedding anniversary as well as her 75th birthday. She was well loved and will be dearly missed by her husband, Ken; children, Brian (Helen) Prevost – Clinton and Shelby; Rhonda (Ken) Peterson – Leah, Scott and Tyler; and Tammy (Mark) Hughes – Kenna and Brett; a brother, Bob (Evelyn) Wills; two sisters, June Arendt and Mary Lou (Howie) Wright. She is also survived by extended family, Clifford (Phyllis) Prevost, Gladys Nespliak, Lorne (Bernie) Prevost, Bernice Mitchell and Diann Tonita. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Marguerite Wills; two brothers, Norman Wills and Frank Wills and a sister, Ruth Grundler. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 635 – 4th Street S.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Oz Lorentzen officiating. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery, Eastend, Saskatchewan on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Grace’s name may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1311 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


TREVOR “CHIRCO” DOUGLAS FITZHENRY

August 17, 1970 – June 26, 2017

Born in Medicine Hat, AB

Resided in Calgary, AB

He leaves behind his mother Leona Kirk & Paul, sister Myra and Scott Copper. Brothers-Vincent & Emilys Darr. John & Pam Fitzhenry. David & (Dawn) Fitzhenry

Funeral was held in Calgary on the 28th of June.


HENRY DROZDZ

1929 ~ 2017

Henry Stanley Drozdz, beloved husband to Mary Drozdz of Seven Persons, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the age of 87 years. He leaves to cherish his memory four children, Ken (Crystal Crawford) Drozdz, Kathy (Tracy) DeValter, Brenda Ann Drozdz and Tim (Brenda) Drozdz; five grandchildren, Brayden DeValter, Devin, Abby, Toby Drozdz, Keith (Heidi) Crawford and his family, as well as four sisters, Wanda Feeney, Irene Schwab, Frances Schwabe and Patricia Lynch and their families. Also left behind are numerous members of Mary’s family. He was predeceased by his parents, Julia and Bill Grabowicz and Stanley Drozdz, an infant brother, Edward and his father and mother-in-law, John and Annie Stopanski. Henry was born December 14, 1929 at Jenner, Alberta. He attended Osborne School in the Tide Lake area, and this is where he also farmed. He met the love of his life, Mary and they were married April 4, 1959, celebrating 58 years of marriage. In 1961, Henry and Mary moved to Medicine Hat to work in the excavating business for Frank DeMare Construction. Soon after he ventured into his own business with his first backhoe. As Henry’s entrepreneurial skills grew, he made the move with his family to Seven Persons in 1971. With his good friend and business partner, Glen Stiff, they developed the Four Winds Trailer Court, which expanded the hamlet of Seven Persons. With Henry’s sons, the excavating business grew to include trenching and plowing in gas lines. However, his proudest achievements came from developing fresh water springs for farmers and ranchers all across southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. To compliment his working life, Henry and his family enjoyed many road trips and camping excursions and social visits with friends and relatives. He was a kind, considerate, honest man to all who knew him. His greatest joy was get-togethers with family, his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, memorial donations in Henry’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5 or to the charity of one’s choice. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


KEIL

Richard Keil passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the age of 91 years, beloved husband of Ellin Keil. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Shane P. Andrus officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Leader Curling Club – Building Fund Box 39, Leader, Saskatchewan S0N 1H0 (please make cheques payable to Town of Leader). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Richard Keil, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com 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


SCHILE

Della Schile passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2017, at the age of 70 years, beloved wife of Lewis Schile of Medicine Hat. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Della Schile , or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com 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


ZUKOWSKI

Waleria “Veronica” Zukowski of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the age of 83 years, beloved wife of the late Antoni “Tony” Zukowski. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons Richard (Kim) Zukowski of Medicine Hat and Edward (Dale) Zukowski of Calgary; four grandchildren, Jordan, Colton, Sierra and Eric; one brother-in-law Joe Zukowski; two sisters-in-law Lola Gawlinski and Sophie Tietz all of Calgary as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Helena and Eugene Jedruszewski; her husband Tony; grandson Joel Zukowski, brother Zenon Jedruszewski and brother-in-law Victor Zukowski.
Veronica was born on May 1, 1934 in Poland just before the start of WW II. Her entire family endured many hardships during this time. At the end of the war they lived in European refugee camps. The family immigrated to Canada in 1952, looking for a new start and a better life. Veronica settled in Turin, Alberta with her Dad, Mom and Brother where they worked the sugar beet fields for two years. Veronica dated Tony, who’s family also immigrated from Poland and were working the fields in Turin. Their courtship continued in Lethbridge, Alberta where they were married in 1955.
Veronica worked at St. Michael’s General Hospital in Lethbridge where she aided the nursing staff in various tasks and also acted as an interpreter. In 1958, Veronica moved to Medicine Hat with Tony who had apprenticed to become a plumber. Together they started Tony’s Plumbing which later was renamed Height’s Plumbing. Veronica aided Tony and worked many long hours and saw the family business flourish.
Mom was a talented and versatile lady. Her cooking was the highlight of all family gatherings. She spent hours tending her garden. It was her pride and joy. She looked stunning in a dress but was not afraid to hold a shovel and get dirty or go fishing with the men. She loved being outside spending time camping, picking wild mushrooms or just admiring natures beauty in the flowers and vegetables she would grow. Mom’s door was always open and she loved to entertain and spend time with both family and friends. She was devoted and prayerful, a beautiful lady both inside and out. Her presence will be dearly missed by all.
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00 – 6:55 p.m. and at the church on Friday, July 7 from 9:30 -10:25a.m. Vigil Prayers will be held on July 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the PATTISON CHAPEL. The funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (238 2nd Ave N.E.) on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Luncheon to follow at St. Patrick’s Church Hall.
As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 1A St. SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Veronica Zukowski, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com 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



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