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January 12, 2018

By Obituaries on January 12, 2018.

1921 ~ HELENE BORCHERT ~ 2018

Helene, Auguste “Helen” Borchert (nee Eggert) of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at the age of 96 years. Helene’s memory will be cherished by her loving family; daughter Marianne, son Guenter, and her only grandchild Geoffrey. Helene and her twin sister Herta were born on March 19th, 1921 in Bladiau, East Prussia (Poland). Her other siblings include the eldest sister Friedel, and youngest sister Elizabeth. Towards the end of WWII, Helene was part of the long march of refugees, which followed the shores of the Baltic Sea in the winter of 1945, to eventually lead her to Hamburg, Germany, where she met her husband Fred. He had spent the majority of the war in a camp in the Kananaskis valley of Alberta, and they were married in Hamburg on March 19th, 1949. Her daughter Marianne was born, in Hamburg in October of 1949. In April 1951, Fred returned to Alberta, and began work as a farm labourer in Scandia. Helene along with her daughter Marianne re-joined Fred in December of 1951, as immigrants to Canada. Her son Guenter was born, in Brooks in November of 1952, after which the family settled on the Oscar Johnson farm in Scandia. Helene and her family left the farm and moved to Medicine Hat in 1969, where she continued to reside until her passing. We would like to convey a special thank you to the nurses and care givers of Sunnyside Care Center for providing Helene with loving care and attention throughout her many years of stay. A Private Graveside Service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in the spring. As an expression of sympathy, those wishing to remember Helene may do so with a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5, or to a charity of their choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Helene Borchert. 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.


1930 ~ DON KANEWISCHER ~ 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Kanewischer, beloved husband of Edna, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the age of 87 years. He is Home at last, rejoicing. Don was a man who loved the Lord, loved his family and spent a lifetime loving the land, especially his farm in the Hilda area. He was passionate about all he did, whether it was farming, constructing new homes, gardening, spending time with family or working for his church, and was blessed in all endeavors. He will be forever missed. He leaves to cherish his memory the love of his life, his sweet wife of 65 years, Edna; daughter, Donna; son, Murry; sister-in-law and brother-in-law (and friend), Alice and Ephraim Haas; as well as many other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH, 3785 – 13th Avenue SE, on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Bolender officiating. Reception to follow. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Don's memory may be made to Whispering Pines Camp, Box 23110, Medicine Hat Mall P.O., Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 4C7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Don Kanewischer. 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.


BERNICE RICHTER

1926 ~ 2018

With heavy hearts the family of Mrs. Bernice May Richter, beloved wife of Mr. Michael Richter, announce her peaceful passing at River Ridge in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the age of 91 years. Bernice was born November 15, 1926, in Empress, Alberta, one of seven children born to Frank and Etta Rubbelke. She grew up in Little Sweden what is now known as the British Block. She attended school in Little Sweden and completed her education in Buffalo after she moved there. Bernice was one of a few students in the last graduating class before the school closed. For a period of time she taught school and was a school supervisor at Burstall, Bowmanton and Walsh. The old school she supervised at Walsh is now part of the heritage buildings at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds. On November 30, 1957, she married Michael and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage! They resided in Buffalo before moving to Bassano where they lived for 7 years. In 1970, they made their final move, making their home in Medicine Hat. She was a hardworking lady and worked in a variety of fields including education and secretarial, the Salvation Army and was a chambermaid in the hotel industry. Bernice was active all her life and enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, music and loved to dance. She was a member of the Moose and the German From Russia Society. Bernice was a social butterfly who loved the company of others and often visited with neighbours and had coffee with them. She was a people person and those around her naturally liked her! She enjoyed her life and travelled all across Canada and almost all of the United States including Alaska. Bernice was a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed by her husband, Michael; children, Sharron (Don) Taylor, Coreen (James) Sheardown and Vicki Fode; grandchildren, Carmen (Brent) Worobets, Dean (Cindy) Richter, Kevin (Pascale) Richter, Brendon Fode, Christopher Sheardown and Shayla Fode; daughter-in-law, Susan Richter and siblings, Helen Gilham, Norman (Doris) Rubbelke, Gail Andrus (Bob Thompson) and Blayne (Jane) Rubbelke as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Etta Rubbelke; sons, Calvin Richter and Darcy Richter; sister, Helen “Elaine” Franklin and brother, Arnold Rubbelke. A Celebration of Bernice’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Shane Andrus officiating. A time of fellowship will follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bernice’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society, #300, 770 – 6 Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T1A 4J6. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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


BREKKO

Alma Brekko (nee Brown) of Medicine Hat passed away at Riverview Care Centre on January 7, 2018 at the age of 91 years. Alma was born March 25, 1926 on a farm near Demaine, Saskatchewan. In order to continue her high school education, Alma took a position in the hamlet of Demaine as an au pair. It was there that her intellect and personality came to the attention of the school superintendent, who fast-tracked her entrance from the 11th grade to Normal School in Moose Jaw. After graduating from Normal School with her teaching certificate in 1945, Alma taught grades one to 11 at an isolated one-room school where she lived in a small teacherage on the grounds.
In 1946, Alma married Norman Brekko of Beechy, Saskatchewan and eventually settled in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where she embraced what she considered her greatest accomplishment—-becoming a “career housewife”. In 1961, Norman, Alma, their sons Terry and Roger and infant daughter Sonja moved to a farm near Beechy. Four years later another son, Todd arrived. Alma relished the fresh country air and thought the rural lifestyle ideal for her children. For many years Alma and Norman wintered in Mesa, Arizona, but continued to farm until the age of 65, when they leased the farm out and formally retired to Medicine Hat. Alma was very involved with the Beechy Homemaker’s Club and the Palette Club of Mesa, Arizona, and was known for her tremendous hospitality, culinary expertise, gardening and sewing. At the age of 50 she took up cross country skiing, playing the bass guitar and oil painting and excelled at all. A fast learner, Alma soon joined her husband Norman and son Todd in The Rhythmaires, a local orchestra for which she played bass guitar. Alma was a singer/story teller, traveler, and above all, a devoted wife, mother, and grand- and great grandmother. Alma leaves to cherish her memory her children: Terry (Lyndell), Roger (Therese), Sonja (Wayne) White and Todd (Cedric); eight grandchildren, Tara (Steve) and their daughter, Isla; Tyler, Tobi (Seb) and their children, Sophie and Ewan; Chad (Sabrina) and their children, Eric, Colin and Adam; Chelsey (Mike) and their children, Max and Sophie; Mitch (Corrin) and their daughters, Penny and Sadie; Daniel and Zayne as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by one brother Robert, three sisters Vivian, Jean, Freida and their families. Alma was predeceased by her beloved husband, Norman, parents Herman and Martha Brown; three brothers, Bernard, Otto and James and two sisters, June and Emma. The family would also like to thank Revera Meadowlands for her years spent there and are especially grateful to Dr. Hirsch and the staff at Riverview Care Center for the loving care she received there. According to Alma’s wish, there will be a private family service at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society, 550 Spruce Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4P1. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Alma Brekko, 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


GERRY PETRYK

1951 ~ 2018
Gerry Petryk was born on June 30, 1951, in Swan River, MB., and passed away at the St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Nellie Petryk as well as his brother, Raymond Petryk. Gerry leaves behind his best friend and partner of 24 years, Linda Glasier and her sons, Charles (Willow) Glasier and Chris (Tristan) Glasier. Also grieving his loss are several close friends, an aunt and numerous cousins. Gerry was raised in Flin Flon, MB., and moved to Medicine Hat at age 19 to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers after being traded by the Flin Flon Bombers. Gerry claimed he was the first person to skate in our arena, which was referred to as “the loudest barn.” He remained a loyal Tigers fan. Gerry spent his working career with the CP Rail as a conductor where he developed many lifelong friendships. After retiring in 2006, he continued to be an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his friends. Those who knew him will remember his quick wit, never-ending jokes and his occasional magic shows. Linda and family wish to express special thanks to Dr. Jeraj, Dr. Woodley, the paramedics and the staff at St. Joseph’s for their compassion and excellent care. A come and go celebration of Gerry’s life was previously scheduled to be held at Gerry and Linda’s residence. Family have since decided to move the celebration which will now be held at the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club, 947 Pigeon Street N.E., Medicine Hat on Saturday, January 13, 2018, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (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


JACK NICOLL

1959 ~ 2018
The convoy to Heaven has welcomed one of the best on life's highway. Jack passed away on January 6, 2018, at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital after a hard fought battle with cancer. Jack leaves to mourn his beloved wife, the love of his life, Robin; parents, Tom and Arlene Nicoll; brother, Rick Nicoll (friend, RoseAnne Selinger) and sister-in-law, Randi Ulmer. He also leaves to mourn a special "niece", Lacey Holowaty; aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends all over Western Canada; especially his treasured German Shepherd, Skye. Waiting to greet Jack are his grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and his cherished friends and pets that have gone before him. To all who knew him in the trucking industry and beyond, Jack was always there when someone needed him. His quick wit, hard work ethic and generous nature were well known to everyone in his life. Jack never expected anything in return and if you knew him, he considered you his friend. A time of visitation will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and then again on Saturday, January 13, 2018, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Celebration of Jack’s life, will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Jack’s name may be made directly to the Rescue Pet Society (Persian Dreams &  Canine Themes) or to the SPCA. (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


MARTHA SCHATTLE

1925 ~ 2018
Mrs. Martha Schattle, beloved wife of the late Mr. Willie Schattle, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the age of 92 years. Relatives and friends are invited to share in a time of visitation with the family at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, January 18, 2018, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A Private service and interment will follow at a future date. Further announcements including the family information will be published in the Wednesday, January 17, 2018 edition of the News and on the Cook Southland Website. (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


WILLIAM (BILL) KLASSEN

Born Nov. 9, 1929 in Warman, SK. Passed away Jan. 10, 2018 in Medicine Hat, AB after a brief battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his wife Pearl Irene Klassen (Mundell); daughters Cheryl (Mac) Hart, Holly (Larry) Langeman, and Jennifer (Darren) Crotenko; grandchildren Kelly (Tammie) Hart, Jessica (Andrew) Shaw, and Liam Hart; great grandchildren Lucas Franz and Carlie Franz, and their father Matthew (Kim) Franz. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Abram and Maria, and three sisters and one brother.
Throughout his life, Bill’s gentle smile and twinkling eyes touched the hearts of everyone who knew him. He loved every opportunity to be outdoors, and was a keen observer of wildlife. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he gave all praise to the Creator. Bill and Irene married in 1954 and raised their family in Saskatoon. A loving husband and father, and a faithful elder, Bill worked tirelessly to encourage and upbuild his family and the congregation. He looked forward to the time when God’s Kingdom will take away death forever. We will miss him every day until then.
Bill’s family wishes to thank the staff at Carmel Hospice for their kindness and excellent care.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 62 Valleyview Drive SW, Medicine Hat.


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