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By Obituaries on February 15, 2017.

1925 ~ VICTOR LISKE ~ 2017

Victor Liske, beloved husband of Isabel Liske of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Victor also leaves to cherish his memory one son, Victor (Sandy) Liske Jr.; one daughter, Doris (Robert) Volk; five grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Makepeace, Terry Volk, Scott (Jessicca) Liske, Jennifer (Craig) Bilodeau and Cody Liske; twelve great grandchildren, Emily Volk, Alyssa Makepeace, Sophia Makepeace, Jordan Volk, Maya Liske, Kelsey Liske, Devyn Liske, Lauryn Liske, Kaylee Liske, Cooper Grisak, Bowen Bilodeau and Brooklyn Bilodeau. Victor was predeceased by parents, John and Pauline Liske; one brother, Alex Liske; and two sisters, Meta Ulmer and Helen Lemke. Victor was born and raised in the Ukraine and during the war he escaped from a concentration camp in Russia, making his way to Brazil in 1941. In 1952 he married the love of his life, Isabel Cacko and in 1960 they immigrated to Canada making Medicine Hat their home. He was employed at the Medicine Hat Public Library for 21 years. Along with Isabel he cherished his family for 65 years. He was the love of Isabel's life and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Victor's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 124, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8 or to The Arthritis Society, Alberta and N.W.T. Division, 300, 1301 – 8th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 1B7. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Victor Liske. 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.

1941 ~ HALVORSON ~ 2017

Harold Leroy Halvorson of Foremost, passed away on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 75 years. Harold leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 52 years, Marion; his children, Curtis Halvorson (Jana Roose), Byron (Lana) Halvorson, and Carla (Scott) Brigden; grandchildren, Tory O'Connor, Morgan Halvorson (Zack Weibe), Candace Halvorson, Ashley Halvorson, Trinity Brigden, Abigail Brigden, and Devonee Brigden. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Harold’s life. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be said at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 205 – 2nd Street West, Foremost, on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Foremost Community Hall, 802 – 1st Avenue West, Foremost, on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Marino Infant, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Harold's memory may be made to the Etzikom Museum Society, Hwy 885, Etzikom, Alberta, T0K 0W0, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200 – 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Harold Halvorson. 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.

1962 ~ WAYNE POAT ~ 2017

Wayne Poat passed away at home, peacefully and pain free in the presence of his devoted wife and daughter on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
Wayne was born and raised in San Diego, California. His childhood with three brothers and a sister was steeped in sweetness and love. This firm foundation of love, family and friends was established by his beautiful parents, Anne and Leo. Wayne was privileged to experience great amounts of extended family, many travels, camping trips, water sports, ocean adventures, and desert dune discoveries including his beloved San Felipe, Mexico, destination. Life at the Poat house was always overflowing with love and laughter.
Wayne in his youth was an avid fisherman and baseball player which developed Wayne into a fine coach and young man always trying to be his best. He excelled at tennis and was dedicated to physical fitness and always trying to understand his physical challenges. After high school, he served in the United States Army, later working many years for the City of San Diego as a Water Distribution Officer and eventually finding his true calling working with students with special needs for the San Diego Unified School District.
Wayne's rich childhood made him a natural caregiver and father par excellence. Devoted to Andrea, he made her his world and tirelessly designed her enrichment with endless amounts of reading, music exposure, instrument playing, gymnastics, letter writing, service work, faith development and serious work ethic. He was a true 'Pied Piper' as children of all ages always gravitated to him.
Through his work in Special Education, Wayne met his wife, Brenda, and they began life together in Canada. Together Wayne, Brenda and Andrea included Mary (Nellis), Brenda's mother, into their loving family to care for to the end of her life as had been modeled by their parents with their elders.
Wayne's gifts and interests were many — he loved to read, enjoyed languages, travel and cultures. He was an avid lifelong learner with a passion for social justice and the environment, letter writing, world music, guitar playing and singing. His faith was deep, inclusive and unwavering. His greatest gift, however, was his generosity of spirit in gently making people feel at ease and comfortably moving into sharing stories and laughter.
Wayne had a long painful journey with a musculoskeletal disease called Thoracolumbar Scheuermann's Disease as well as a four-year battle with cancer. He gracefully persevered these many years of suffering while always keeping alive his hopes and dreams of travel and being of greater service to others. Constantly refining his selfless character and deepening faith, he became very beautiful and Christlike — always putting his faith first as his focus beyond the pain.
He is survived by the love of his life, Brenda of Medicine Hat, Alberta; his parents, Anne and Charles (Leo) Poat of San Diego; brothers, Andrew and Brian (Janice) of San Diego, and Chuck (Lynn) of Hubertus, Wisconsin; sister, Paula of San Diego; and daughter, Andrea Poat of San Diego and Medicine Hat; as well as pal, Buddy.
The Funeral Service will be held at FIFTH AVENUE MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH, 476 – 4th Street SE, on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dave Pollard officiating. Interment will take place in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Medicine Hat, 526 – 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0H3. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Wayne Poat. 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.

Alistair John Barclay

1933 – 2017
With great sadness the family of John Middleton announce his passing Feb. 10, 2017. Surrounded by family and partner in life Grace Burch he fought a lengthy battle with cancer. Dad is predeceased by parents Louis Bremnar and Violet Helen, sisters Constance and Susan. Also daughter Sheena and grandsons Dustin and Jarred. Survived are Sheryl, Robert, Cindy and Grant Middleton, 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He loved his nephews Greg, Rod, Shane, Chris and Graham as well as one favored niece Linda and their extended families. Dad loved to visit and will indeed be dearly missed. He requested no funeral and will hold a private internment in spring. Thank you for all the kindness shown by those who loved him.


1926 – 2017

It is with sadness as well as joy that the family of Harold Robert Steinley announce his peaceful passing on Friday, February 10, 2017. The sadness is because he will be greatly missed; the joy is that he is now with his beloved Tina, who passed June 14, 2016. Harold was not ill. He was lonely for the woman to whom he had been married for 64 years. He told all his visitors and caregivers on Thursday that, in his words, “I have kept my wife waiting for far too long”, and “My place now is with Tina”. Harold was proud of the fact that he was 90 years old, the same age as the Queen. Born in Empress on August 5, 1926, Harold spent his life farming, which began with his parents, Lena and Edward Steinley, in the Mayfield District. In 1949, he began farming jointly with his brother, when they purchased the Rowles farm. Harold pitched many a baseball game with the Empress team for about 10 years. His father had a policy that the summer fallow be worked and the chores be done before attending a sports day. So there were times when he would work day and night to take part in his favourite activity. He remained a loyal Blue Jays fan as baseball was the second love of his life. Harold met Christina Dirk when she came to Empress from Prelate to work at the hospital. According to Harold, it was love at first sight, and they were married on December 27,1951. They raised four children: Audrey, Lucille, Nola and Martin. Tina and Harold later purchased Grandpa Fred Steinley Sr.’s land and Stan Smith’s land, farming them for many years. They moved their residence from the farm into the town of Empress, as Harold put it, so the children would not have to endure the long bus ride to school. Harold joined the Masonic Lodge and later the Preceptory and was very honoured that he was then invited to join the Shriners. In 1970, due to the lack of wheat sales, Harold and Tina purchased the local grocery store, which they owned and operated for several years. Harold also had a partnership in a snowmobile business. He was enterprising and ambitious and always ready to try a new adventure. Harold was very philanthropic and this benefited the town of Empress greatly. While he was on Town Council and Mayor from 1976 to 1983, he built a solid relationship with the local MLA and during this time some of the accomplishments that were made were: a second water well for the town; a new water system; a new hospital; a manor for the elderly; an airport was built; a new bridge over the Red Deer River; a senior citizens recreation centre and….many trips were made to meetings and conventions in order to save the Empress school from closing. The completion of these projects were quite a feature for a small town and Harold was integral in every facet of their development. Harold and Tina retired in 1985 and then moved to Medicine Hat in 1994; at which time they built their dream home. Here they enjoyed the view, the river, the wildlife and especially the birds. Many wonderful memories were created in this beautiful home on the South Saskatchewan, as they loved to entertain. Family and friends were always greeted with enthusiasm, wonderful food and incredibly warm hospitality. When this large home became too much for them to care for, they downsized to Chartwell Gardens, a community that they enjoyed very much. Harold will be remembered by many friends and also his children: Audrey McLemore (Buck), Lucille Bishoff (Leonard), Nola Skappak (Dwaine), all of Medicine Hat, and Martin Steinley (Kathleen) of San Diego, California. His grandchildren: Jeremy Bishoff, (Calgary), Jessica Senkiw (Medicine Hat), Dan Petersen (Calgary), Alexander, William and James Steinley (San Diego). His great grandchildren: Ava Senkiw, Bodie Senkiw, (Medicine Hat), Celes Skappak and Max Skappak (Calgary), and his two sisters: Bernice Kisslanko (Oyen) and Lillie Hern (Medicine Hat). Harold was predeceased by his wife Christina Steinley; his grandson, Jordan Skappak; his parents, Lena and Edward Steinley; his brothers, Walter, Edward and Allan Steinley and his sister, Gladys Bohonos. There will be a celebration of music and of memories at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street SW, Medicine Hat on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. The family extends a heartfelt invitation to all who may wish to attend, to enjoy the live music, and to reminisce and share in the honouring of a life well lived! (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cook southland.com) Harold’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, each person consider donating some of their most valuable asset… their time… to a lonely person in a care facility. “It broke our hearts to observe just how many of the elderly have no one – to advocate for – or to even sit by and hold their hand. Our prayer is that you will heed this message and make a difference.” Memorial donations may be made to the Empress & District Historical Society, Box 272 Empress, AB., T0J 1E0. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


Mrs. Annette Florence Marie Munro passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the age of 79 years, beloved wife of the late George Munro. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Brian (Wanda) Munro and Bruce Munro and son-in-law, Les Costea all of Medicine Hat; four grandchildren, Stuart Munro (Stef Irwin), Nicole (Mitchell) Clarke, Justin Costea and Jordan (Ashton) Costea and two great grandchildren, Sawyer Clarke and Maverick Costea as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, George “Sam” Munro on April 22, 2015; her daughter, Lynn Costea; her parents, Victor and Bertha Lariviere along with ten siblings. Annette was born on March 11, 1937 in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan to Victor and Bertha Lariviere, the youngest of eleven children. On May 24, 1958, she married George Munro at Gravelbourg, then moving to Medicine Hat where they made their home and raised their children. Annette loved being a stay at home mom but was also the supporter of George when he made the major decision to start his own surveying company. Annette and George made the most of their 57 year marriage; travelling extensively, watching family sporting events and gathering on Sunday for lunch. They loved being around their family and lifelong neighborhood friends. In December of 2011, health issues forced them to sell their home and move into Chinook Village. After George’s passing, Annette moved to Meadowlands Retirement Community where she passed away. We will miss our feisty by nature, extremely kind, very generous, determined, hard working, considerate, huge hearted mother. She always had a smile on her face and was well liked and loved by many. Rest in peace mom, as you are now reunited with dad, Lynn, family and friends. A huge hole has been left in our hearts, but your kindness, generosity and love will live on forever. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (238 2nd Ave N.E.) on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada 600-60 St. Clair Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1N5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Annette Munro, 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


February 23, 1936 – February 12, 2017

Mr. Thomas Edward Brilz of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Mrs. Violet Brilz, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with family by his side on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the age of 80 years. Along with his loving wife of over 54 years, Tom leaves to cherish his memory five children and their families: Todd (Denyse) Brilz and their family, Alicia and Ashley; Terry (Linda) Brilz and their family, Alan (fiancée Siobhan) and Carissa; Carla (Fred) Weinheimer and their family, Joel and Noah; Holly (John) Stroh and their family, Kiera and Jadyn; Shannon (Ging) Ma and their family, Abby and Evan. His memory will also live on in the hearts of his sister, Lenore (Don) Froehlich, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews as well as his very special friend of over 70 years, Leo Nadeau. He was predeceased by his parents, Erasmus and Lydia; step-mother, Barbara as well as two brothers, Victor and Leo. Tom was born in Maple Creek, SK., on February 23, 1936. He lived on the farm until the age of 10 when his family moved into Medicine Hat. Shortly after attending St. Theresa's Academy, Tom started working in construction, starting his own company in 1962. This was also the same year that Tom married the love of his life, Violet Deringer. In 1974, he took a short break from construction, moving out to the farm with Vi. This allowed them to raise their family in a peaceful country setting while enjoying the freedom that came with the outdoors and farming the land. Tom's skills soon had him back in construction, something he continued to enjoy and stay active in up until the months prior to his passing. He played an integral part in the construction of the Cupola at St. Patrick's Catholic Church as well as a monument dedicated to all immigrant pioneer settlers in Western Canada located out front of the Esplanade. Tom was a very social man and he loved striking up conversations at the curling club or pulling a rabbit out of the hat with his wonder stick at the course (no one knows what club the wonderstick really was… it just always worked!) More than anything, Tom will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. A true family man, any family events (especially family gatherings) always took priority. He leaves a legacy of love, laughter and good will that will live on in all the hearts of those who had the privilege to know him. The Funeral Mass Celebrating Tom's life will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow immediately thereafter in Higdon Hall at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Grounds. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, donations in memory of Tom may be made directly to the Medicine Hat Cancer Clinic. Please ensure donations are made payable to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. 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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