October 18th, 2017

October 6, 2017


By Obituaries on October 6, 2017.

1940 ~ LENORA SCHLACHTER ~ 2017

Lenora Schlachter (nee Mastel) of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Timothy Schlachter, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the age of 77. Lenora leaves to cherish her memory four children, Denise (Aileen Speedie) Schlachter of Vancouver, Glenn (Vivian) Schlachter of Seven Persons, Brian (Laurie) Schlachter of Medicine Hat, and Janice (Brad Herman) of Schuler; nine grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Moore, Carson Moore, Colby Schlachter, Kaycee Schlachter, Graham Schlachter, Nathan Schlachter, Haley Herman, Chloe Herman, and Brody Herman; three great-grandchildren, Mikayla Moore, Emsley Moore, and Ophelia Moore; three sisters, Cecilia Klein, Rosella (Don) Hadnagy, Diane Assen and numerous nieces and nephews. Lenora was predeceased by her parents, George and Helen Mastel; four brothers-in-law; one niece and one nephew.
Lenora was born August 18, 1940, raised on the family farm, and received her education in the Conquerville area. Lenora married Timothy Schlachter on November 4, 1959. Together they farmed and raised their four children in the Conquerville district. In 1983 they retired to Medicine Hat where she enjoyed hobbies that included cooking, gardening, sewing, and painting. Together they enjoyed square dancing, travelling, and yearly trips to Vancouver. Lenora loved having her family around and there’s nothing she enjoyed more than dinners shared with them. What brought her the most joy though, were her grandchildren, whom she adored with all her heart.


It’s love that makes a house a home and love that keeps a family close.
Thank-you to a wonderful Wife, Mother and Grandmother for the wonderful example you’ve been to us all.

A Private Family Service will be held. Memorial gifts in Lenora’s memory may be made to the Lupus Society of Alberta, Suite 202, 1055 – 20 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 1E7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lenora Schlachter. 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.


1945 ~ GARY SCHLACHTER ~ 2017

Gary Sylvester Schlachter, beloved husband of Gabriella "Gaby" Schlachter of Walsh, passed away on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at the age of 72 years. Gary also leaves to cherish his memory one sister, Mary (Alvin) Wutzke; and five nephews, Alex (Michelle) Wutzke, Brad (Janneane) Wutzke, Chuck (Doré) Wutzke, Donald (Leslie) Wutzke and Fred Wutzke; as well as 13 great nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Timothy and Lily Schlachter; and two brothers, Kenny Schlachter and Albert Schlachter. Gary loved going for his early morning walks and looked forward to having a conversation with anyone he may meet up with. He was always more than willing to help someone if they needed it. He loved everybody and I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He enjoyed puttering around in the yard, but most of all he loved his 2 precious girls, our furbabies, Stephie and Roxy. Honouring Gary’s wishes, no formal funeral services will be held. Memorial gifts in Gary's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gary Schlachter. 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.


1959 ~ ROGER “ROCKY” RATH ~ 2017

Roger “Rocky” Rath of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at the age of 58 years. The Graveside Service will be held today at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY, 5160 Gershaw Drive SW, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Bolender officiating. Memorial gifts in Rocky’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Home, Carmel Hospice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Roger Rath. 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.


ADRIANA (JEAN) VANDENBERG

It is one week today that Jean’s life was honoured and her memory cherished through a celebration held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel. She now rests safe in the arms of Jesus.

Keep your beautiful memories of Jean,
And you will never be apart,
She will live forever safely locked,
Deep within your heart.

Her Life Lived…
Her Life Cherished…
Her Life Honoured.

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


BOYLAN

Mr. James “Jim” Robert Boylan passed away in Nanaimo, B.C. on Wednesday October 4, 2017, at the age of 74 years, beloved husband of Jennifer Boylan 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: Jim Boylan, 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


BUTCH STAFFORD

1934 ~ 2017
Mr. Raymond “Butch” Stafford passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in Medicine Hat, at the age of 83 years. Butch leaves to cherish his memory, his sons Raymond Jr. “Casey” and Patrick (Amber); grandchildren, Colby, Shelten and Jacob and his sister, Rita (Paul) Lohmann as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Butch was predeceased by his wife, Loreen in 2007. Butch was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and moved to Medicine Hat when he was 28 years old. He married Loreen Moser in May 1961 and worked at Ogilvie Flour Mill for 35 years. Butch was an avid CB radio talker and his handle was “Jolly Miller”. He was a big jokester and enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. Butch’s life will be honoured and his memory cherished without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


ERKER

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Vincent Erker, beloved husband of the late Margaret Erker, announce his passing on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the age of 83 years. He leaves to cherish his memory six children, Garry (Wanda) Erker, Janice (Les) Eckert, Dean (Janna) Erker, Michelle (Shawn) Huntington, Darren Erker and Jason Erker; nine grandchildren, Ryan and Amy (Carson and Kyra); Daniel; Justine; Nolan and Brittany (Emmett); Jared; Trisha; Tasha and Brayden (Liam); Gabriel; Nathaniel; one brother Gerald (Linda) Erker; three sisters, Tillie (Rene) Pinel, Theresa (Carson) Rine, Anna Gamble and one sister-in-law Jeanette (Leon) Eckert, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his good friend and companion Margaret Loran. Vincent was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2016, his parents, Elizabeth and Roy Erker, six sisters, Frances, Elizabeth, Katherine, Eleanor, Cecilia and Margaret. Born near Liebenthal, Saskatchewan Vincent was the second eldest of eleven children born to Roy and Elizabeth Erker. He attended Baden School and Liebenthal School before beginning his farming career. He married Margaret Heck in 1959, and together they raised their children on a farm located half a mile from the farm where Vincent had grown up. Vincent and Margaret moved to Medicine Hat in 1991, but he continued to farm until 2004. Vincent was a very active member of the community, volunteering as a baseball coach, school board trustee, and member of the Liebenthal recreation board. He was also very involved with the Knights of Columbus at Liebenthal, and later the Joe McKenna Council in Medicine Hat. He was an active church volunteer and loved to sing in the church choir, and later in the congregation. Vincent loved music; he had a wonderful voice and a natural musical ability. He taught himself to play the accordion and, later on, the organ. One of his favorite past-times in recent years, while living at the Wellington, was to attend the musical entertainment provided by many local musicians, and he could be heard singing along to the songs he knew. Vincent was a devoted husband and he cared for Margaret for several years as her health was declining. He was a strong Christian and he continued to find great comfort in his faith. He was a treasured husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Philip Le, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre (Medicine Hat Regional Hospital) c/o 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6 or to the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Society, 11728 Kingsway Ave N.W., Edmonton, AB T1G 0X5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Vincent Erker, 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


GASTON FORGET

1938 ~ 2017
Mr. Gaston Forget, beloved husband of Paulette, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital while surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the age of 79 years. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


IAN HEDLEY WILLS

August 19, 1945 to September 7, 2017
From the Mud, Through the Blood
to the Green Fields beyond.
Ian sadly left us suddenly on Thursday Sept 7, 2017 at the age of 72, while relaxing at Flathead Lake in Montana.
He is survived by Carolyn his partner then wife of 36 years. He adopted Carolyn's family as his own and leaves to remember him his in-laws – Elizabeth and Bill Yuill, Sandra Hill, Laurie and Brian Schlachter and nephews Graham and Nathan (the other one) Schlachter, all of Medicine Hat. He is also remembered by many from his other family, the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment and numerous friends made here in Medicine Hat.
He was predeceased by his parents Hedley and Pauline Wills of Devon, England, and his much loved mother-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Hill and father-in-law, who he never had a chance to meet, Joseph (Joe) Hill of Medicine Hat.
Ian was born in Newton Abbott, Devon, England. On completing school, Ian worked for a year at the Co-op before joining The British Armed Forces' 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. During his 20 years of service with 3RTR, he had many postings in various countries, including BATUS. Upon leaving the forces he worked at Darlington Memorial Hospital in Darlington, England for 10 years before coming to Canada with Carolyn. Here in Medicine Hat he worked for The Monarch Corporation for 20 years before retiring at age 70.
As a young man Ian played rugby and cricket, sports he continued to follow. He also spent some time in the boxing ring. Here in Canada he quickly became a fan of hockey, the WHL in particular, attending practically every Tiger's home game since 1995. He was also a follower of the Everett Silvertips and was thankful the two teams only met here once every 2 years, barring playoffs, as they were tense games!
Ian will be remembered for his quick wit and very British sense of humour. He will also be remembered for his love of animals of all kinds, reunited with him again will be his furry friends Corrie, Tavey and Ailsa. Donations can be made in Ian's memory to either the SPCA or the Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre.
A gathering in remembrance of Ian will be held on Thursday Oct 12, 2017 at the Kinplex Social Room between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. As per Ian's wishes he would have wanted this to be a happy and casual occasion.


JEAN GILCHRIST

December 4, 1927 ~ September 11, 2017

Jean Noreen Gilchrist (nee Leslie) passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice at the age of 89 years. Jean will be forever remembered by her daughter, Judy Wallace and son, Ted (Marjorie) Gilchrist; grandchildren, Trevor (Nicole) and Shawn (Amy) Nicholson, Jamie (James) Bengert, Loris Gilchrist (Craig Charlton), Ryan (Stacey) Gilchrist, David (Donna) and Dean (Karin) Wallace and Rick Wagenaar; great-grandchildren, Talia Rose and Charlie Nicholson, Meara Jean and Finley Nicholson, Wyatt Bengert, Ashlyn Gilchrist, Carter, Hudson and Lennon Gilchrist, Raymond, Marty, Gerad and Kyle Wagenaar, Russell Wallace, Michelle, Jordan and Brett Wallace. Also left to cherish her memory are her extended family, Dona Leslie, Winnie Leslie-Hanson, Isabel Gordon, Joyce Nuttal, Darlene Halladay, Keith Scott, Beverley O’Riordan, Bob Gilchrist as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Jack (1983); daughter, Linda Nicholson (1994); son, Jim Gilchrist (1999); son-in-law, Glen Wallace (2006); granddaughter, Karen Wagenaar (2017); sisters, Jessie Foster, Helen Reesor and Midge Halladay; brothers, Bob, Jim and Dave Leslie; brothers-in-law, Ross Foster, Keith Reesor, Hugh Halladay, Bud Hanson, Barry Gilchrist, Jim O’Riordan; sisters-in-law, Bernice Leslie, Mary Ellen Gilchrist and Dorothy Gilchrist. The family would like to thank Dr. Best and Dr. Hirsch as well as Helen and staff at Haven Care Centre and St. Joseph’s Home for their love and care they provided to Jean while in their care.
“This life for me is truly past. I have loved you all to the very last.
Weep not for me, but courage take. Now love one another for my sake.”
A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held at Whiskey Creek, 937 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. (Please use south entrance). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jean’s name may be made directly to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre c/o of the MH & District Health Foundation, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4H6 or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8E8. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.coo ksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


JONES, Brody Alexander

June 29, 1989 – September 28, 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Brody Alexander Jones of Medicine Hat, AB. Our youngest son died suddenly on September 28, 2017 in Edmonton, AB after he succumbed to a long battle with addiction.
Brody was born June 29, 1989 in Medicine Hat, AB to the parents of Loretta Brost (Ratti) and Brian Jones. He is the youngest of two siblings.
Brody was a bright and loving child who spent his school years in the Redcliff School district and later McCoy High School. Brody was very proud of his accomplishment in the Army Cadets. In his short life Brody worked various jobs but his favorite was doing concrete work. He had a great work ethic and would do anything to help you out. The apple of his eye was his daughter, Jade Amara Jones.
Brody will be sadly missed by his mother, Loretta Brost (Ratti) and partner, Bill Lehne of Saskatoon; father, Brian Jones of Red Deer; brother, Jamie (Jen) Jones of Medicine Hat; daughter, Jade Jones of Medicine Hat; grandfather, Rennie Ratti (Thelma) of Prince Albert; aunt, Lisa Fraser (Colin), uncle, Albert Ratti (Angela) and uncle, Rene Ratti (Lisa); and many cousins and extended family. Brody was predeceased by his grandmother, Germaine Beaulieu (2017); his paternal grandparents, Jack and Vera Jones; and his best friend, Thea Hirsche.
Funeral Service will be held in Saskatoon at a date to be announced. Condolences may be sent to beyondglass@gmail.com or http://www.parkmemorial.com.
Park Memorial
Edmonton 780-426-0050
Family Owned Funeral Home


FELL

Rodney Cecil Fell of Medicine Hat, AB; born June 23, 1957 in High River, AB passed away Sept. 23, 2017 in Calgary, AB after a courageous battle with cancer.
Rod is survived by his children, Damian Fell (Nicole), Dixie Fell (Prentice), and Daniel Fell, as well as grand-children, Tristan, Kobe, Trinity, Tyler and Jaxson. Rod is also survived by his loving girlfriend Willaine Rosenau and his sisters, Darlene Rutschke, Faron Fell, Belinda Watters, Elsie (Eric) Taylor, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Rodney is predeceased by his father, Cecil Fell and his mother Mable Both, as well as brothers Robert, Tom, Sid, and Elvin.
Rod’s passions in life were hunting, fishing, farming, trucking…and a good game of cards. He was a jack of all trades and was known as the man who could do anything. He was loved by all who knew him and is already greatly missed. In his last months of physical misery Rod was comforted by profound revelations of God’s love for him and the mansion He had prepared for him.
At Rodney’s request there will be no service.


SHIRLEY NEWTON

1930 ~ 2017
Mrs. Shirley Agnes Newton of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Rex Newton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the age of 86 years. Further announcements will follow upon completion of the arrangements. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455



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