By Obituaries on October 28, 2013.
.1916 ~ BUNKOSKY ~ 2013
Violet Bunkosky of Bow Island, beloved wife of the late Edward Bunkosky, passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at the age of 97 years. Violet leaves to cherish her memory her children, Marvin (Liz) Collinge, Tom (Wilma) Collinge, Alfred (Elle) Collinge, Brian (Bridgette) Collinge, Barry Collinge, and Sharon (Perry) Reich; twenty grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two step-sons, Robin (Pat) Bunkosky and Ronnie Bunkosky. Violet was predeceased by her first husband, Kelly Collinge in December 1964; her second husband, Edward Bunkosky in December 1993; her parents, Delbert and Adeline Moore; two granddaughters, Teresa and Debra; five brothers; three sisters; two half-brothers; and son-in-law, David Middleton. Violet was born on January 27th, 1916 in Maple Creek and attended Kinkorth School in the country. She married Kelly Collinge on October 3rd, 1936 in Maple Creek and raised their family on the farm until Kelly passed away. Violet then moved to Maple Creek where she remarried in 1968 to Edward Bunkosky. In 1969 Violet and Edward moved to Redcliff where Violet was a Lifetime Member of the Redcliff Angler’s Club, a 43-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch #6, and a 25+ year member of the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed her yard and fishing at Golden Sheaf Park, her home away from home. Violet loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild and will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by them all. The Funeral Service will be held in SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Blaine Schaufele officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Violet’s memory may be made to Long Term Care, Bow Island Health Centre, 938 Centre Street, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0, or to the Pleasant View Lodge, 1039 – 1st Street East, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to email@example.com subject heading Violet Bunkosky. Radio funeral announcement can be heard on Monday around 12:35 p.m. on 93.7 Praise FM. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599
.1922 ~ WETSCH ~ 2013
RoseMarie Wetsch of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Kasper Wetsch, passed away on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at the age of 91 years. RoseMarie leaves to cherish her memory five children, Frank (Ann), Jane (Michael) Stanko, Paulette (David) Smith, Beatrice (Ron) Weisgerber, and Bernadette (Rod) Tessem; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Sister Jane Frances Wetsch and Pearl Weiss; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. RoseMarie was predeceased by her husband, Kasper; one son, Joseph in infancy; her parents, Conrad and Brigetta Weiss; one granddaughter, Loralee Stanko; five brothers; and six sisters. RoseMarie was born in a sod house on May 29th, 1922 on the farm near Krassna, Saskatchewan when there was just a church and a post office (six miles north of Fox Valley). She was baptized at the church in Krassna and was raised and educated in the area until the age of 15. She then attended St. Angela’s Academy in Prelate from 1938 to 1944. Upon fulfilling her commitment in June 1944, RoseMarie came home and on October 28th, 1944 married Kasper on his birthday. Together they farmed at Schuler on Kasper’s homestead until 1980 when they moved into Medicine Hat. Kasper continued to farm from town with their oldest grandson until 1983. RoseMarie enjoyed bowling, curling, baking and cooking. She loved cooking and sewing for her grandchildren! They were her pride and joy. RoseMarie was a member of the CWL for over 60 years and an active church goer for over 91 years. RoseMarie will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday from 6:00 to 6:55 p.m. and at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Monday from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held in SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Philip Le, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic Section at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in RoseMarie’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Parish Building Fund, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4V3. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading RoseMarie Wetsch. Radio funeral announcement can be heard on Friday around 12:35 p.m. on 93.7 Praise FM. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599
.1928 ~ CASH ~ 2013
Mrs. Leah Cash, beloved wife of Mr. Harold Cash of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Leah also leaves to cherish her memory four children, Milton (Karen) Cash of Medicine Hat, Myron (Marilyn) Cash of Redcliff, Lorna (Claire) Schattle of Stumplake, Saskatchewan and Arlin (Connie) Cash of Seven Persons; eight grandchildren, Stephen Cash, Mason Cash, Mitchell Cash, Billie-Sue (Richard) De Bruijn, Russell (Marla) Schattle, Blaine Cash, Rachel Cash and Nolan Cash; three great grandchildren, Raef, Winston and Burke De Bruijn; two brothers, Ben (Linda) Friemark and Leonard Friemark; six sisters, Annie (Elmer) Ebel, Emma Perrin, Clara Heebner, Cora (Harvey) Knoblich, Ella Gueldner and Betty Kramer; one brother-in-law, Harvey Cash; one sister-in-law, Pearl (Clem) Prochnau; special friend, Don Andreas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Leah was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Martha Freimark; two sisters, Viola Kirschenman and Julia Serfas; three brothers-in-law, Mervyn Heebner, Herb Gueldner and Elmer Perrin; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Verlyn) Cash. Leah was born on April 6th, 1928 in Irvine, Alberta and was raised on the family farm south of Irvine. She was educated at Sentinel School southeast of Irvine. Leah met Harold Cash and they were married on December 25th, 1949 in Medicine Hat. They remained in Medicine Hat until 1952 when Harold was attending University in Edmonton. In 1956, they returned to Medicine Hat, where they raised their family. Leah was very hardworking and volunteered for many organizations. She loved to cook and bake and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, reading and had a close relationship with her Lord. Leah will be remembered as an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. Her memory will be cherished forever by all those who knew her. The Funeral Service will be held in SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Murray Miller officiating. Memorial gifts in Leah’s memory may be made to the Gideon International, 177, 1415 – 28th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8P9 or to the Global Outreach Mission, P.O. Box 1210, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7A7 or to the One Mission Society (Oriental Missionary Society), 132 – 293 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 8E7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or http://www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca or to email@example.com subject heading Leah Cash. Radio funeral announcement can be heard on Friday around 12:35 p.m. on 93.7 Praise FM. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599.
Ida Christiaens of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the age of 100 years, beloved wife of the late Rene Christiaens. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Janet Croghan; two grandchildren, Shona Walls and Kevin Gray; four great grandchildren, Amanda, Katie, Hunter and Breton; one great great granddaughter, Autum; her brother, Edward (Gladys) Miller and two sisters, Elsie Beres and Anna (Clarence) Stickel. She was predeceased by her parents, Maria and Henry Miller; her husband, Rene on December 19, 1988; her son-in-law, Tom Croghan in June, 2013, four brothers, Henry, Bill, Emanuel and Emil and one sister, Emma Heckenleibel. A private graveside service will be held. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Ida Christiaens, 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
June 18, 1921 ~ October 24, 2013
Mrs. Irene Serr, beloved wife of the late Carl Serr, passed away on Thursday October 24, 2013, at the age of 92 years. Irene leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Larry Serr and Ken (Donna) Serr; grandchildren, Tamara (Jeff) Noon, and Mitchell Serr. Great-Grandma will be lovingly missed by Kai, Halle and Annie Noon; Micah, Levi, and Jirah Ferguson. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Melanie (Serr) Ferguson; sister, Margaret Duncan and her parents, Fred and Charlotte Frasch. Irene was born June 18, 1921 in Lodi, California, and moved back to Canada with her family when she was a young girl. Mom and Dad celebrated 53 years of marriage before Carl’s passing in 2000. They were great partners, and worked side by side as they built and renovated houses, raised their family, and enjoyed their grandchildren. Mom was a great cook and enjoyed preparing meals for every family member on birthdays, anniversaries and calendar holidays. Irene was a strong Christian woman and her faith was an important part of her life. She was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church from the 1950’s until the church closed in 2010. She served in many different positions over the years and became a Life Member of the Good Samaritan Society after volunteering in that organization for many years. Although we are saddened by the loss of our dear Mom, we know that she touched many people over her 92 years and we know that she is having a wonderful reunion in Heaven with her granddaughter, Melanie and her husband, Carl. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., on Sunday, October 27, 2013, between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday, October 28, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson officiating. Private Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery prior to the service. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) In lieu of flowers, Irene may be remembered through a gift to The Children’s Wish Foundation, 39 Somerset Dale S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 0G9. Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone: 403-527-6455.
.JOANNE MORRISON (1943-2013)
“Beloved Wife, Mother, and
Joanne Morrison, beloved wife of Ray Morrison, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on October 25, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer, with her daughter Michelle at her bedside. The former Joanne Dawn Brackenbury was born in Saskatoon SK July 30, 1943 and received her elementary and high school education in Cut Knife SK. While in Cut Knife she was active in her church (St. Paul’s Anglican) with Sunday school (student and teacher), the church youth choir, Junior Auxiliary and Girls’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed participating in figure skating, waterskiing and most sports as well as “hanging out” with friends and family at Atton’s Lake near her home. Joanne attended Saskatoon Business College, and then worked briefly for the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services in Saskatoon, then for one year at the University of Saskatchewan Alumni News Office. Following her marriage to Ray in 1963, the couple moved to Medicine Hat where Ray was employed as a teacher by Medicine Hat School District No. 76. Joanne made the decision to become a full-time homemaker for Ray and their two daughters. Joanne was active in Jaycettes, the local ladies morning curling club and the All Saints’ Anglican Church Women, choir member and was church treasurer for the past few years. She was also a volunteer canvasser for several health charities. Joanne enjoyed many types of handicrafts and arts. She worked as a poll clerk and supervisor during municipal, provincial and federal elections, did data entry for the compilation of provincial voters lists and compiled information for the federal census. She also enjoyed part-time jobs at Folklore and the Southview and Lodge gift shops. When her younger daughter began kindergarten, Joanne took up the game of golf which became a true passion. She became a very active member of Connaught Golf Club and served terms as ladies club president, member of the club executive and the pro shop committee. She was a past winner of the ladies club championship and winner of the ladies championship flight at Connaught’s annual Southeastern Golf Tournament and other area tournaments. Although she enjoyed playing competitively she was always happy just to be playing. She also involved her daughters and grandchildren in junior golf leagues. Her Connaught family was very important to her and she appreciated very much the kindness and thoughtfulness of her golf buddies during her illness. As a true “sports grandma” Joanne loved to chauffeur her grandchildren to their ringette, soccer, baseball, football, hockey and golf events and could always be heard cheering them on. She enjoyed travelling to warmer places, especially Las Vegas (where she celebrated her 70th birthday in July 2013) and a trip to Cuba in 2012 with husband, daughters, their spouses and her grandchildren. Joanne is survived by Ray, her husband of fifty years; two daughters, Kim (Michael) Hallas of Medicine Hat and their children Taylor of Cochrane AB and Shaun, Landon and Mitchell of Medicine Hat; and Michelle Morrison (Pierre Plamondon) of Edmonton and her stepsons Josh (Tamara) Plamondon and their children Kai and Talia of Edmonton and Travis (Bekah) Plamondon of Edmonton; one sister Gail Schwab of Calgary; Ray’s siblings Ross (Shirley) Morrison of Medicine Hat and Rhelda (Jim) Winterhalt of Unity SK and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their children. She was predeceased by her parents Harold and Margaret Brackenbury; Ray’s parents Harry and Lou Morrison and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at All Saints’ Anglican Church, 606 – 12th Street SW, Wednesday, October 30 at 2:00 PM with the Rev. David J. Carter officiating. Interment of ashes at St. Margaret’s Church, Eagle Butte at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital 666 – 5th Street SW Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or http://www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca or to email@example.com subject heading. Joanne Morrison. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599
1950 ~ 2013
Linda Bosch, beloved wife of Richard Bosch, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the age of 63 years. Along with Richard, Linda leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Sandra (Leonard) Hicks; brother-in-law, Philip (Darlene) Bosch; sister-in-law, Emily Klug; mother-in-law, Ann Bosch as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Jim Pickett; her parents, Pete and Wilma Ruckaber; father-in-law, Joe Bosch and brother-in-law, Tony Klug. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A Celebration of Linda’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. with the Very Reverend Father Long Vu officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Linda may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 Crestwood Square One, 1865 Dunmore Road S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1Z8. Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone: 403-527-6455.
Elfrieda Reimer passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the age of 71 years, beloved wife of Peter Reimer of Medicine Hat. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church on Saturday, from 12:00 noon – 12:55 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Crestwood Mennonite Brethren Church (2348 Dunmore Road SE) on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Willems officiating. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Camp Evergreen, Box 492 Sundre, AB T0M 1X0. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Elfrieda Reimer, 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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