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December 28, 2016

By Obituaries on December 28, 2016.

1929 ~ PRITCHARD ~ 2016

Our loving mother, Donna Pearl Pritchard, passed away peacefully with Wendy and Lori by her side on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at the Riverview Care Centre in Medicine Hat at the age of 87 years. Mom was born on August 4th, 1929 in Imperial, Saskatchewan, the youngest child of Charles and Pearl Shirkey, one of Saskatchewan's early pioneering families. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald in 1975; brothers, Ray Shirkey, Earl Shirkey, and Howard Shirkey; and sisters, Berneice Parks, Mildred Rombough, Joyce Hodgins, and Evelyn Seaman.
When recently asked what made her happy, Mom replied that she was happiest when with her family. She was truly devoted to her children, Shari Brightwell (Trevor Sherk), Rick Pritchard (Ruth), Wendy Smid, Randy Pritchard (Sandra) and Lori Ulbricht (Vic), her 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. There was an abundance of love from her at all times.
Mom and Dad raised their family in Imperial, where we all enjoyed many outdoor family activities. Our parents loved to cross country ski and another fond recollection of them is circling Imperial on the "bicycle built for two" which Dad made. Mom loved traveling and made trips to the British Isles, throughout Canada and the US, Mexico and her favorite spot, Hawaii, returning several times. Mom proudly was a 69 year member of Eastern Star (IOES) having joined when she was 18 years old. She was Worthy Matron in Imperial the year Lori was born and was honored with two Grand Chapter appointments, Grand Page and Grand Esther. Mom enjoyed reading, walking, skating, and camping. She passed the camping skills on to the Girl Guide Company in Imperial which she led for several years.
Mom was a beautiful baker and a lasting remembrance treasured by her family were her hand-written cook books given to each family. Mom enjoyed knitting slippers for her friends and entire family for years in all colors and sizes – how blessed we all were!
The family would like to thank our sisters, Wendy and Lori, and our brother-in-law, Vic for the undiminishing love and devotion provided to Mom during the last years of her life. We would like to give thanks for the kindness our mother received from all the staff during her time spent at the Riverview Care Centre. A special thank you to Sharon and Shona for their compassion and care.

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don't you ever cry.

The love that's deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You'll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

A private family service will be held at the Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel and interment in Imperial with her beloved Gerry. Memorial gifts in Donna's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Donna Pritchard. 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.


October 23, 1925 ~ December 20, 2016

The family of Ernest Marchand sadly announce his passing at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the age of 91 years. Dad was born in the 2-14 area and moved to the 1-17 at an early age. He attended a one room school house and rode his horse to school. After the usual antics of a growing boy, he moved to and worked on a ranch owned by Ben and Clisty Sproat south of Milk River. After joining the Army and training to be a motorcycle dispatch rider, he tells the story of coming home for visits and returning late for the train and missing his leave deadline because he stayed at Clisty's for one more day, for her Sunday Roast Chicken. Military punishment was doled out accordingly, but was well worth it. After the war, he came to Medicine Hat to work for his brother-in-law. He met and married mom, and worked in Western Canada in the early days of the Oil Patch. Returning to the Hat, he worked at: Craftsman Wood Products, where he built and installed aluminum window awnings on several buildings around town, including St. Joseph's Home (1956) where he spent the last month and a half before his passing; Gas City Planning Mill, where City Hall now sits, where he built door and window units for many of the post-war raised bungalows on the SE and SW Hill; Canada Post, where he was a mail carrier and an inside sorter; Oglive Flour Mill; and CFB Suffield, as a Materials Handling Operator for the British Army Training Unit for approximately 25 years. He and mom raised 3 boys, and he passed on his love of motorcycling to all of us, and his love of flying to 2 of us. He loved country music, camping, and fishing, and sold his car top boat at approximately age 75, when it suddenly got very heavy from too much fishing, so he said. It was never confirmed. Never to be out-done by anyone, he was an avid joke teller and loved to trade jokes and stories (lies) with anybody. He had lost his little finger of his left hand, and was instantly dubbed 3-fingered Ernie by his co-workers. He loved a cool one while sitting outside. He wore out the webbing on his favorite chair and fell thru the seat…and couldn't get out…and nobody had a camera that day. It was the 80’s. Voted 'Most Told Story' by the rest of the family. He had a love for animals; cats, dogs, horses…cows…not so much. He treated his mother-in-law (our grandma) with respect and compassion, giving her a room during the last years of her life. Ernie will be remembered by his wife of 69 years, Eileen; three children, Perry Alan (Diana), Kenneth Edward and Dean Russel (Kim); five grandsons, one granddaughter, seven great-grandsons and two great- granddaughters. He was predeceased by his parents, William & Felicity Marchand (nee Patenaude); a daughter-in-law, Mary; six brothers and four sisters. A Celebration of Ernie’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cook southland.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

1937 – 2016
It is with sadness that the family of Kenneth Loose, beloved husband of Gwen Loose, announce his passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the age of 79 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cook southland.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


Jean Page, age 95 years, of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2016. Jean was born to Wilmot and Keturah Clark on August 19, 1921, in Edmonton where she was raised and received her education. After high school, she worked at the Alberta Treasury Bank. She met Charlie Page and they were married on October 13, 1943 in Edmonton. After the war, Charlie got a job with the forestry service in the Banff area. They moved into a cabin at Stoney Creek and then on to manage the Bar C Ranch just west of Cochrane. Charlie and Jean came to Medicine Hat in 1948, settling on a place in the Box Springs area. Jean was a city girl but she learned how to survive, raise a family and keep a place going in the driest part of the province. She worked right along with Charlie all their working life. She didn’t want people feeling sorry for Charlie marrying a city girl. They spent their retirement winters travelling the USA and ending up in Yuma, Arizona. She moved to the city in 2001, when she stopped driving south for the winter. After Charlie passed away, Jean continued to take trips only now mostly with Shayne. She enjoyed visiting with friends but she absolutely loved having family around. Painting, knitting, crocheting were crafts that kept Jean busy until she started sewing felt decorations which she did right up to the time of her passing. She always had to be doing something. In 2010, she moved into Cypress View Lodge where she continued to walk up to a mile a day in all kinds of weather until just before her passing. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilmot and Keturah Clark, her husband Charlie, son Shayne, son-in-law Murray Patterson and by her brother Jim. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Whorly (Doug Kovatch) of Brooks, Sandy Patterson of Cochrane and Mike (Susan) Page of Medicine Hat; six grandchildren, Brad (Diane) Whorly of Duchess, Scott (Tanessa) Patterson of Cochrane, Wade (Brittany) Patterson of Cochrane, Lenore Page of Calgary, Travis Page of Medicine Hat and Leah Page (Jarred Brown) of Medicine Hat. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100 – 119 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Jean Page , 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


1928 ~ 2016

Ralph passed away following a brief illness on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at the age of 88 years. He was born on September 30, 1928, in Maple Creek, SK., spending his early years in Piapot. As a young man, he moved to Medicine Hat to work in various capacities at Medalta Potteries. Ralph earned his Master Mechanic license apprenticing at Central Motors. He was also one of the first graduates of Medicine Hat College earning a diploma in Business Administration. Ralph’s entrepreneurial spirit led him in many directions including farming, market gardening and finally as the owner/operator of New Life Engine Service. He was creative and passionate about everything mechanical, collecting parts and gadgets for his many projects and was able to fix anything. Ralph spent many years as a member of the Medicine Hat Vintage Car Club, Medicine Hat Rock & Lapidary Club, Medicine Hat Flying Club and was a proud supporter of the Alberta Wild Rose Party. Ralph spent the last year living at Leisure Way Community Group Home. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the exceptional staff who took such excellent care of their Dad; he was very happy there. Thank you also to Dr. Jonker, Dr. Monty and nurse, Heather Armstrong from HealthWorx Medical Clinic for the compassionate care provided over the years. Family always knew that their Dad was in good hands. We know your spirit has already taken flight – Godspeed dad. Ralph leaves his wife of 63 years, Evelyn; children, Arlen, Kerrie (Leroy) and Leta (Rick) along with his beloved grandsons, Jamie (Bev) and Nick (Kyla) Gauthier and Grayden and Ashton Zaleski as well as his great-grandchildren, Evan, Laine, Chase, Hallie and Easton. Ralph is also survived by his siblings, Velma Brost, Glen Jahraus, Ella Nelson and Lois Miller. He was predeceased by his brother, Vernon and parents, Julius Jahraus and Bernadine Kelly. A celebration of Ralph’s life will be planned for the spring. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouth land.com) If friends so desire, memorial donations in Ralph’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, #201, 770 – 6 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6 or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


Anna Clare Telke, beloved wife of the late Ottokar (Otto) Telke, passed away peacefully at the age of 79 years on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. To cherish her memory she leaves her children and grandchildren, Brenda(Don) Chapman and their children, Jocelynn (Davin Heintz) and Janessa(Ryan) Humphreys; Brian(Pamela Steele) Krause; Sherri (Burt) Skuban and their children Christopher(Kait) and Sheldon(Crystal Sivertsen) Skuban; her step children, Louise (Glenn) Deering and their children, Denise and Derek (Carlene); Deborah Telke and her children, Kimberly (Allen) Gould, Devon (Chad) Patience, and Jeneal (Mathew) Vargo; Owen (Leanne) Telke and their children, Ryan (Melissa)Telke, Kaitlin (Justin) Hall and Kyle Telke; her sister, Bonnie Kallen (Ray Mackie) of Delta, BC; ten great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She now follows her husband, Ottokar Telke, who passed away in August 2016. Anna was also predeceased by her parents, John and Margaret Boyd, two brothers, Douglas and Lawrence, her stepson, Brian Telke and her first husband, Oswald Krause.
Anna Clare (Boyd) Telke was born on May 1, 1937 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She attended school in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. After completing school she became a secretary at Miller & Brown Transport of Medicine Hat. She married Oswald Krause in June of 1956. They resided in Red Deer and the Medicine Hat area. Ossie and Anna were blessed with three children, Brenda, Brian and Sherri Krause. While living in Medicine Hat, Anna also worked as a custodian at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and later at Andy’s Furniture Mart.
In the early 1970’s Anna moved from Medicine Hat to Brooks, Alberta with her second husband, Otto Telke. Anna`s family then expanded with her step children, Louise, Deborah, Owen and Brian Telke.
In Brooks, Anna and Otto owned and operated Otto’s Furniture Store from the 1970’s until 1989. While in Brooks, she and Otto not only ran the furniture store but also a lighting store, the storage business and other business endeavours for many years. Anna was also very active in the downtown business association in Brooks.
In addition, Anna was deeply involved in many church activities at the Duchess Lutheran Church. When not working or spending time with family you would find her, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School or taking part in the Lutheran Women`s Missionary League. After closing their furniture store in town, they then moved onto an acreage a bit north of Brooks and started Telke’s Mini Storage.
Anyone who knew Anna would know of her love for horses! She got her first horse, Blue Boy, when she was only 10 years old. Anna loved Arabians and spent decades raising, training and riding her beloved horses. She loved to show her Arabian horses, both in Western and English classes. Anna participated in many horse shows and parades over the years with her daughter, Sherri Skuban. Anna also had Arabian costumes which she wore to compete in costume classes in horse shows and to show off her and her horse’s finery in various parades. She belonged to the Shortgrass Riding Club in Brooks where she held the position of Secretary for a time and was instrumental in organizing horse shows for the club.
Anna and Otto had many opportunities to travel extensively and had a condo in Hawaii. Her children remember them hosting big family Christmases at the acreage in Brooks. Anna really enjoyed all the preparations and festivities surrounding the Christmas season. The grandchildren remember especially the New Year`s Eve parties with Grandma while their parents were celebrating elsewhere. Anna would open the front door to welcome in the New Year and give the children pans from the kitchen to chase the old year out the back door. The grandchildren will also remember spending time in the summers where Grandma would have them riding her horses and showing them the procedures that would happen in a show ring. Another one of the treasured memories is making delicious jam with Grandma on the acreage.
Anna and her husband lived on the acreage just outside of Brooks until their retirement in July 2011. Retirement brought them back to Medicine Hat and condo living until their health dictated more extensive care.
Most people who knew Anna would think of her as pretty mild-mannered. However, you might want to ask her sister about a time when Anna was so mad at her brother that she chased him with a board that had a nail in it! You might also hear about her chasing her brother, Doug and banging his head on the sidewalk when he refused to help her dry dishes. Her mom was at work so a neighbour lady had to intervene.
Anna was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would tell anyone who would listen about their activities and accomplishments. Anna was deeply loved by her family and will be remembered fondly by so many.
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the St. Paul Lutheran Church (515 Sprague Way SE) on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Ken Edel officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministry c/o Lutheran Layman’s League of Canada, 270 Lawrence Ave, Kitchener, Ontario N2M 1Y4 or Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, (cheques payable to MH&D Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, T1A 4H6 or the Duchess Lutheran Church, 117 – 1 St E, Duchess, AB T0J 0Z0. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Anna Telke, 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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