December 15th, 2017

December 1, 2017

By Obituaries on December 1, 2017.

1924 ~ BILL BURGESS ~ 2017

Thomas William “Bill” Burgess of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Joyce Powel-Burgess, passed away on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Bill leaves his children, Thomas (Wendy), Michael (Dalyce), Debra (Robert), James (Nancy), and Alan; his brother, Frank; his sisters, Doris and Dorothy; as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Faye Burgess; his brothers, Ray and Roy; his sisters, Irene and Marjorie; and his wife, Joyce Powel-Burgess. A Private Family Graveside Service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8 or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Burgess. 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.


1936 ~ MARIE RUFF ~ 2017

Marie Yvonne Ruff, 81, of High River, Alberta, passed away suddenly at the High River General Hospital, on November 22, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. Born on March 11, 1936, in Taree, New South Wales, Australia, Marie was the daughter of the late Stanley and Gladys Stace (nee McKay). She is survived by her loving family: husband Solomon Ruff; her sons, Craig Ruff and wife Shauna Laubman-Ruff; and Christopher Ruff; her grandchildren, Janae and Dannica Ruff; her sisters, Phyllis Atkins, Heather Atkins, Thelma Wallis and Janice Jones; as well as many other relatives and close friends. Marie was predeceased by her brothers, Frank Stace and Colin Stace; and her sisters, Margaret Andrews and Betty Matthews.
Marie worked as Registered Nurse in Australia before she came to Canada, met Sol, and married him in Medicine Hat on October 31, 1964. Their sons, Craig and Christopher, came along in 1969 and 1972 respectively. Marie will always be remembered as a woman of special charm, with a unique wit and exuberant sense of humour. She was loving, charitable, and proudly Australian. She loved her family, her friends and her dogs. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. BARNABAS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 635 – 4 Street SE, on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Oz Lorentzen officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Marie’s memory may be made 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 Marie Ruff. 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.


1937 ~ LORETTA WALL ~ 2017

Loretta Wall was born in 1937 in Richmound, Saskatchewan to Millie and John Heck. Being hard working local store owners, the Heck family moved to Medicine Hat where they opened a grocery store in the Riverside area. That would be where Loretta met Bob (Robert A. Wall) who worked in Suffield. The two married and moved to Ottawa and then embraced the adventures of an airforce lifestyle traveling as far as France and living in communities across Canada. It was not long before they had three children – Rob, Bill, and Kim. Retiring from the forces in 1977 Bob and Loretta returned to Medicine Hat where they continued to raise their children enjoying camping, gardening, and eventually grandchildren. Sadly, Bob passed away in 1993. Loretta took great pride in the family they raised and shared that joy often. An avid sports fan she cheered on the Jays and the Riders, and made great friendships through her curling leagues and Tigers games. Her enthusiasm and kinship was appreciated by many. Loretta left us peacefully following a brief battle with dementia and cancer at the age of 80 years. We are forever grateful for the care and kindness she received during her stay at the Carmel Hospice.
Loretta is survived by Rob and Mayda Wall, Bill and Carrie Wall, Kim Wall and Jackie Dzuba; grandchildren, Adam, Robert, Kevin, Morganne (Wyatt), Melissa (Marc), Heather (Shane); and great grand children, Danika, Konnor, and Keenan. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 from 7:00 until to 9:00 p.m., and on Friday,December 22nd, 2017 from 9:00 until 9:55 a.m. A Celebration of Loretta’s Life will take place at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating and a luncheon to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Carmel Hospice, St. Joseph's Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Loretta Wall. 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.


1942 ~ MARGARET R. JANZEN ~ 2017

Mrs. Margaret “Rose” Janzen beloved wife of Mr. Jacob Janzen of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at the age of 75 years. Besides her husband Jacob, Margaret leaves to cherish her memory her son, Cory (Loralee) Janzen; her daughter, Charmaine Janzen; five grandchildren, Tanea (Marshall) Kuystermans, Braiden Janzen, Daniel (Danica) Janzen, Sarah Janzen, and Nathan Janzen; one great grandson, Jacob Kuystermans; two brothers, Harry Wiebe, and Clarence (Justine) Wiebe; one sister, Lydia Ann Bueckert; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Bill) Flear, and Evelyn Markowsky; and three brothers-in-law, Henry Braun, Henry Janzen, and John (Mary Ann) Janzen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. Rose was predeceased by her parents, Abram and Margaret Wiebe; her sisters-in-law, Clara Wiebe, Olga (Henry) Braun, and Joyce Wiebe; her brothers-in-law, Henry Bueckert, and Orest Markowsky. Rose was born to Abe D. and Margaret Wiebe on April 30th, 1942 at Beaver Flat, Saskatchewan. She married Jacob Janzen at Herbert, Saskatchewan on August 31st, 1968 and took her teaching degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Rose taught school and worked in customer service until her retirement in June of 2017. Favorite pastimes were crocheting, jig saw puzzles, reading, and making Mennonite food. She was an excellent housekeeper and an amazing cook. She was known for her quick wit and sense of humour, generous heart, turning strangers into friends and loving them like family. Rose enjoyed time spent with her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. A Time of Remembrance will be held at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL CHURCH (in the gymnasium) with lunch to follow, 3785 13th Avenue SE, on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jamie McDonald officiating. A Private Interment will be held. Memorial gifts in Margaret’s memory may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Margaret Janzen. 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.


1942 ~ SHIRLEY ISAAC ~ 2017

Shirley Louise Isaac, beloved wife of Calvin Isaac of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, November 24th, 2017 at the age of 75 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH. Memorial gifts in Shirley's memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice, St. Joseph's Home. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Shirley Isaac. 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.


1946 ~ GERALD HILLIS ~ 2017

Gerald Wilbert Hillis, beloved husband of Laura Hillis of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at the age of 71 years. Gerald also leaves to cherish his memory four children, Kim (Taras) Stokalko, Shawn (Christie) Hillis, Chrystal (Aaron) Heinz and Greg (Darcy) Hillis; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Stokalko (Dylan Wyatt), Sierra Stokalko (Cole Plaskan), Jace Hillis, Alexis Heinz, Payton Heinz, Teyla Hillis and Ronen Hillis; one great grandson, Carter; three brothers, Lyle (Joyce) Hillis, Dale (Jeanette) Hillis and Dennis (Bernice) Hillis; one sister, Lynn Gourlay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gerald was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Maizie Hillis; one brother, Glenn Hillis; and one sister, Anne Schreiner. Gerald was born on October 3rd, 1946 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. He loved golfing, camping, driving truck, reading and watching western movies. But above all Gerald loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He will be missed by all and his memory cherished. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Life Celebrant Lynett Getz officiating. Memorial gifts in Gerald's memory may be made to the Santa Claus Fund, c/o Medicine Hat News, 3257 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7E6. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gerald Hillis. 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.


ALVIN ALBERT "SHORTY" HERINGER

December 1, 1936 – November 25, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Alvin Albert “Shorty” Heringer, beloved husband of Patricia, announce his passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the age of 80 years. Along with Patricia, Shorty leaves to cherish his memory four children, Sherry (Andy) McGrogan, Tom (Cindy) Heringer, Lorelei (Kirby) Lindal and Wendy (Kevin) Kroeker; grandchildren, Ryan McGrogan (Madi Sanchez), Courtney Heringer (Shawn Benedict), Samantha and Kylie Heringer, Taylor and Julia Lindal, Bailee Shantz (Michael Allan) and Hayden Kroeker; grandson-in-law, Sean O’Beirn; brother, Harry Heringer and sister, Erva Both. Shorty was predeceased by his parents; granddaughter, Kayle McGrogan; five brothers and one sister. Shorty was born in Rimbey, Alberta, raised in Carlos, Alberta and moved to Medicine Hat in 1974. He married the love of his life, Patricia Channon, on August 6, 1959, in Bashaw, Alberta. Shorty was the proud owner and operator of Paradise Valley Golf Course. After many years of enjoying the green grass, Shorty retired and sold the golf course in 2008. He was proud of his accomplishments throughout his life and loved his family immensely. His smile and wit will be missed by many! The Celebration of Shorty’s life will be held at Hillcrest Evangelical Church, 3785 – 13 Avenue S.E. on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Bolender officiating. Memorial donations in Shorty’s name may be made directly to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W. T1A 8E8. (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


LAMMIGJE 'LAMMY' HAZELAAR

July 15, 1927 ~ November 28, 2017

Lammigje Hazelaar went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the age of 90 years. Lammy will be dearly missed by her daughters, Marlene Hazelaar and Chris (Jim) Harty; grandchildren, Jonathan Hazelaar, William Hazelaar, David (Danielle) Hazelaar, Kevin Hazelaar, Justin (Pam) Harty, Ryan Harty (Simone Schimpf); great-grandchildren, Mason and Brielle Harty; brothers, Willem (Dina) Hummel, Cornelis (Tita) Hummel and Lucas (Susan) Hummel; sisters-in-law, Betty (Bill) Schollaardt, Lynn Hazelaar, Rita Hazelaar and Audrey Hazelaar as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Hazelaar in 1975 and son, Lew Hazelaar in 2007 as well as five sisters and two brothers. Lammy was born in De Wijk, Drente, the Netherlands on July 15, 1927 to Lucas and Willemina Hummel and was raised in Hollandscheveld. She, along with her mother, father and four brothers immigrated to Canada in the spring of 1949 and settled in Nobleford. In 1954, she married the love of her life, John Hazelaar, and together they made their home in Medicine Hat where they had three children. In 1965, they moved to Redcliff to start their own greenhouse business. After John’s death, Lammy and the children moved back to Medicine Hat where she worked at the All Seasons Restaurant until 1985. She enjoyed gardening and did lots of crocheting. Lammy enjoyed watching her grandchildren play hockey and soccer in Medicine Hat as well as visiting her grandchildren in Edmonton. She loved travelling and went to many different countries, enjoying each trip she took. Lammy was a quiet woman with a strong faith in God making it easier to go through life with Him as her guide. She had difficult times but also a very rich life which she appreciated to the end. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Family wish to express their appreciation to everyone at the Meadow Ridge Seniors Village for taking care of their Mom this past year. Thank you to Diane and Pastor George for the time that they spent with Lammy during her final weeks. A special thank you to the staff at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice for making their Mom’s last days as comfortable as possible. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, December 1, 2017, between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. with interment thereafter at Hillside Cemetery. A Celebration of Lammy’s life will follow at the Christian Reformed Church, 300 Primrose Drive S.E., Medicine Hat on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor George Koopmans officiating. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial gifts in Lammy’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice as she donated to many charities herself. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


OLGA STAHL

1918 ~ 2017
It is with deep sadness that the family of Olga Stahl, wife of the late Henry Stahl, announces her peacefully passing in Medicine Hat on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the age of 99 years. Olga will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Dianne (Lorence) Wittke, Cynthia (Dean) Carnelli, Roselyn (Dennis) Ritz; her adored grandchildren, Justin (Jessica), Matthew, Lyndsey and greatgrand-children, Denver, Arley and Sienna. She is also survived by her brothers, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and special friends. Olga was a kind, caring and gracious individual, which was always expressed by the love for her family, friends, and her Lord and Savior. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Olga’s life will be held at River Valley Community Church on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Borrows and Pastor Ken Roset officiating. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery prior to the funeral service. Memorial gifts in Olga’s honor may be made to Gideon’s International In Canada, #177, 1415 – 28 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 8P9. (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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