October 19th, 2017

September 22, 2017


By Obituaries on September 22, 2017.

1919 ~ WANEETA RITTER ~ 2017

Waneeta Emazine Ritter (Babcock), passed away on September 18th, 2017 at the age of 98 years. Waneeta is survived by her children, Gary (Darlene) Babcock, Clifford (Sylvia) Babcock, and Heather (Alan) Sox; four grandchildren, Jennifer (John) McLeod, Landon (Amy) Sox, Angela (Corey Bailey) Campbell, Steven Babcock, and Erin Babcock; ten great-grandchildren who she loved dearly; and two sisters, Myrtle Panko and Florence Panko. Waneeta was predeceased by two husbands, Wilfred Babcock and Wilhelm Ritter; her great grandchild, Alexander Sox; and her siblings, Roy, Clifford, Vera and Elsie. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brethren in Christ Church in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Kindersley Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Waneeta’s memory may be made to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4700, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 9Z9. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kindersley Community Funeral Home, 801 – 9th Street West, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, S0L 1S0, 306-463-2659.
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.


1921 ~ MARTHA JANECKE ~ 2017

Martha Janecke of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Earl Janecke, passed away on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the age of 95 years. The Funeral Service will be held in the Terrace Room at CHINOOK VILLAGE, 2801 – 13th Avenue SE, on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Lance Duncalfe officiating. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Martha Janecke. 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.


1928 ~ REUBEN KURPJUWEIT ~ 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Reuben Harvey Kurpjuweit announces his passing in Medicine Hat on September 17, 2017 at the age of 89. Reuben was born on January 19, 1928 in Medicine Hat, the youngest child of Rudolph and Lydia Kurpjuweit. Reuben grew up on a farm in the Rosebeg area (south of Medicine Hat) with three older brothers and two older sisters, attending Little Plume School. On October 11, 1952, he married Doreen Seitz. They lived on Great Hope Ranch where they raised five children (Patty, Arvid, Merle, Cyndi and Sheldon). Reuben was a hard-working farmer/rancher and provided well for his family. To supplement the family income, he drove substitute school bus for many years. Later in life he worked for several years as the maintenance man at Hillcrest Christian College and Primrose Villa.
Reuben enjoyed golf, and participated in baseball and curling well into his senior years.
A devoted Christian, Reuben was involved at The Little Plume Evangelical Church and later at Hillcrest Evangelical Church. Reuben volunteered as Treasurer for Rancher’s Mutual Telephone Company, Treasurer for Horizon Village, volunteered at the Prairie Gleaners, drove for the food bank and was a faithful blood donor.
Following the passing of Doreen in 2013, Reuben found love again at the age of 87 and married Stella Friesen on October 10, 2015. They treasured every day, knowing they wouldn’t have many years together, and celebrated their anniversary on the 10th of each month.
Reuben is survived by his spouse, Stella Friesen of almost two years. Most of his family continues to live in Medicine Hat with a few exceptions noted – his children: Patty Drysdale, Arvid (Evonne) Kurpjuweit, Merle (Dorothy) Kurpjuweit, Cyndi (Barry) Chomick of Airdrie, Sheldon (Kelly) Kurpjuweit; his grandchildren, Aaron (Kristy) Bowal, Brady (Jasmin) Bowal, Stephanie Drysdale, Kelley (Candace) Kurpjuweit, Kurtis (Alanna) Kurpjuweit, Clark (Renate) Kurpjuweit, Jennifer (Chris) Friess, Michael (Yvonne) Kurpjuweit of Saskatoon, Lindsey (Karl) Sine of Cochrane, Christie Kurpjuweit (Chris Stevens), Alyssa (Shane) Yuhas of Toronto, Dalyce (Jesse) Stevenson of Toronto, Jesse (Jennifer) Chomick of Airdrie, Robin (Kirsty) Kurpjuweit, Sara (Haris) Softic, and Chelsey (Aaron) Welwood as well as 40 great-grandchildren (and counting). He is also survived by the Friesen family – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his sister, Luella Kowalsky of Castor; as well numerous nieces and nephews.
Reuben was predeceased by his first wife, Doreen; his parents, Rudolph and Lydia Kurpjuweit; and his brothers/sisters-in-law, Herman/Olga Kurpjuweit, Norman/Martha Kurpjuweit, Edward/Martha Kurpjuweit, Agnes/Samuel Meier and Edward (Bud) Kowalsky.
We will see you soon, Dad.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service to celebrate Reuben’s life will be held at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL CHURCH, 3785 – 13 Avenue SE, on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Bolender and Pastor Lance Duncalfe, co-officiating. A private family interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Reuben’s memory may be made to the Prairie Gleaners Society, P.O. Box 656, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7G6, or to Whispering Pines Camp, Box 23110 Medicine Hat Mall PO, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4C7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Reuben Kurpjuweit. 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.


1935 ~ ERNA JACOBER ~ 2017

Erna Wanda Jacober (nee Kleis), beloved wife of Harold Jacober of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at the age of 82 years. Erna also leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, Darrell (Anne) Jacober of Medicine Hat and Bradley (Barb) Jacober of Vernon, BC; four grandchildren (loves of her life), Lance (Darnyll) Jacober, Melissa Jacober (Landon Deelstra), Ashlee (Andrew) Dunham and Cindee (Terry) Hamilton; three great grandchildren, Jake Hamilton, Ethan Nitz-Jacober and Liam Dunham; two brothers, John (Lorna) Kleis and Bert (Evelyn) Kleis; two sisters, Audrey (Gordon) Newman and Lorraine Mayer; one brother-in-law, Elmer (Julia) Jacober; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Boettcher and Marge Jacober; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many good friends. Erna was predeceased by her parents, Adam and Adelia Kleis; one brother, Edward Kleis; two sisters, Gertrude Kleis and Berta Bierback; her mother and father-in-law, Julius and Bertha Jacober; three brothers-in-law, Sam Bierback, Wilbur Boettcher, and Ruben Jacober; and two sisters-in-law, Penny Jacober and Joan Kleis. Erna was born in Medicine Hat on March 12th, 1935 where she was raised and educated. She married Harold H. Jacober on October 2nd, 1954. Before and after her marriage Erna began her employment as a sales clerk with Raber's, the Darling Dress Shop and the Betty Shoppe. She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening and reading. Family and friends were very important to Erna. Her grandchildren were very special to her and she always tried to be fair to them all. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wong and his staff for the wonderful care Mom received over the years. We are also grateful to the staff on 6th West who treated Mom up until her passing. Your dedication was so appreciated. It was Erna's request that there be no viewing before cremation. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH, 758 – 8th Street SE, on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. A private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Erna's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Medicine Hat & District Branch, 102, 73 – 7th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2 or to St. Joseph's Home Carmel Hospice (In-Home Bed Program), 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Erna Jacober. 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.


1935 ~ JACK WIST ~ 2017

Jacob “Jack” Wist passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17th, 2017. The Funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday at HOLY FAMILY PARISH. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jack Wist. Funeral arrangements 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.


1955 ~ GORDON LESMEISTER ~ 2017

It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Gordon James Lesmeister on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at the age of 62 years. Gordon was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan on March 31st, 1955. He was predeceased by his father, Leonard in 1980. Left to mourn his passing is his wife of 42 years, Norma; their sons, Jason (Annette) and their children Ben and Quinn, and Mike (Krista) and their children Danielle, Reid and Brianna. Gordon is also survived by his mother, Rose; his brothers, Brian, Lionel, Ken, Neil, Bob, and Ivan; his sisters, Audrey and Rosalie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Gordon was an avid sports fan, most notably watching his Montreal Canadiens, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Dallas Cowboys. He also looked forward to Saturday afternoons watching college football. A Private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization, 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 601, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2Y3. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gordon Lesmeister. 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.


ARIA HIRSCH

2013 ~ 2017
Another Angel got her wings as Aria Tenille Hirsch, precious daughter to Emily Simon, step-daughter to Maurice Hennebury and twin sister to Adriana, passed away peacefully at the Children’s Hospital in Calgary on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the tender age of 4 years. A come and go celebration of Aria’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Monday, September 25, 2017, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Aria’s name may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6A8. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


BRIAN T. PEARCE

1933 ~ 2017
Mr. Brian Thomas Pearce, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the age of 84 years. Brian leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Nola, and their sons, Darwin (Sherri-Lynn) Pearce, Bob (Jeanette) Macaulay and Bruce (Jocelyn) Macaulay and daughter, Gloria Grossman; seven wonderful grandchildren that he loved dearly, Ty, Téa, Joel, Jodie, Chandra, Craig and Marla; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob and Donald Pearce as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Ellen Pearce; sisters, Mary Walsh and Kathleen Krassman and brothers, Norman and Billy Pearce. Brian was a proud servant to the public and dedicated 35 years to policing with over 32 years as a proud member of the Medicine Hat Police Service, retiring at the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1987. A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. with Chaplain Bob McGougan officiating. Private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery with a luncheon to follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Brian’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT, 201, 770 – 6th Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6 or to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 204, 1865 Dunmore Road S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1Z8. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


KEN WIDMER

Last Saturday, family and friends gathered together at Cook’s Chapel to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Although he will be dearly missed, his memory will never be forgotten.

In heaven we’ll meet,
Again someday,
‘Til then your memory,
In our hearts will stay!

His Life Lived…
His Life Cherished…
His Life Honoured.

Courtesy of
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


TERRY VanDerKAADEN

March 5, 1956 – August 31, 2017
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our sister Terry (nee Cyr). She is loved and sadly missed by her father Ron Cyr; sisters Donna Dueck(Terry); Holly Morrison (Ken); nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a celebration of her life in Medicine Hat on October 13, 2017, at the Hillside cemetery @ 11am. There will be refreshments to follow at Whiskey Creek Pub. In lieu of flowers you may donate to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.


WILLIAM "BILL" HORACE GILCHRIST

1922 – 2017
William “Bill” Horace Gilchrist of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the age of 95. The Graveside Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Gilchrist. Funeral arrangements 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.



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