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By Obituaries on March 25, 2017.

1923 ~ LEA FRIESZ ~ 2017

Lea Friesz of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Arthur “Art” Friesz, passed away on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Lea leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Norman Friesz and Terry (Candace) Friesz; one daughter, Karen (Mike) Ziemann; five grandchildren, Randy (Lisa) Ziemann, Michelle (Scott) Sauve, Lana (Craig) Stewart, Amber (Greg) Abbott, and Rhett (Chelsea) Friesz; eight great- grandchildren, Austin Ziemann, Cassidy and Hayden Sauve, Ewan and Bram Stewart, Garrett, Griffin and Ainslee Abbott; three sisters-in-law, Alma Friesz, Tina Friesz, and Edna Elle; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lea was predeceased by her husband, Art Friesz; her parents, Henry and Lydia Elle; her daughter-in-law, Norma Friesz; three brothers, Albert (Mary) Elle, Ernest (Mable) Elle and Henry Elle; as well as numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Lea was born south of Richmound on October 4th, 1923. At the age of 14, her mother passed away and she took over the family household. On November 19th, 1943, Lea married Arthur Friesz and together they farmed and raised their family in the Golden Prairie area. Art and Lea retired to Medicine Hat in 1979. Lea was very involved in the church and enjoyed gardening, bowling, playing cards…she had an active social life. Lea loved spending time with her family and friends. She hosted many wonderful family meals creating special memories for her family. Lea will be lovingly remembered by all. The family would like to thank the staff of Valley View for their kind and special care of Lea over the past few years. The Funeral Service will be held at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2793 Southview Drive SE, on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Bredeson officiating. Interment will take place in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lea Friesz. 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.


1938 ~ BEA McCALLUM ~ 2017

Beatrice "Bea" McCallum of Redcliff, beloved wife of the late James "Jim" McCallum, passed away on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at the age of 78 years. Bea leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Brent (Monika) Besplug and Scott (Cathy) Besplug; three grandchildren, Matthew (Chelsey), Dylan (Katelyn) and Carley (Jeremy); three great grandchildren, Payton, Serenidy and Noah; one brother, Rick (Darren) Moore; two sisters, Jess (Cliff) Sackman and Helen Retelback; Jim’s children, Merle (Graeme) Wheeler, Ian (Jacqueline) McCallum, Kevin McCallum and Brian (Leonie) McCallum and their families; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bea was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her son, Warren Besplug; and her parents, Richard and Helen Moore. Bea was born and raised in Redcliff and worked at Canada Trust for many years. She was very dedicated to her church on Riverside and St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Bea enjoyed trips to the Redcliff Bakery with her coffee friends to have a lot of great laughs. She was instrumental in starting the quilting club, Bea’s Quilting Bees. Bea has a special connection to her daughter-in-law, Cathy and was like a second mother. She had a great love of dogs and birds and was a very caring woman to all, she had a sparkling personality and always put others before herself; Bea was a natural caretaker. Bea was a dedicated Granny to her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be missed dearly by all her family and many friends. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. JOHN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 504 – 2nd Street SE, on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Nancy Cocks officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bea's memory may be made to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bea McCallum. 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.


1953 ~ DAVID BERRETH ~ 2017

David William Berreth of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at the age of 64 years. David leaves to cherish his memory one son, Stephen Heller; one daughter, Kelli (James) Harris; four grandchildren, Kayla, Kaden, Mina and Savannah; one great granddaughter, Elaina; his mother, Marion Berreth; one brother, Brian (Roxanne) Berreth; one sister, Shirley (Wayne) Countryman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his father, William Berreth. David enjoyed travelling to Cuba, Dominican, Mexico and the USA. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading David Berreth. 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.


AMANDA JAYNE FROSTAD

1960 ~ 2017
(You probably knew her as “Mandy”)
My dear sister, Mandy went to be with the angels on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the age of 56 years. Mandy was born November 27, 1960 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan to Bunt and Hilda Frostad. She grew up with her sister and later found she had a half brother. She attended school in Assiniboia and worked at the Tee Pee Drive-in flippin’ burgers. From a young age Mandy carried a love for animals and disrupting the natural order. Mandy most recently adopted her precious Diesel, and she made him happier than you could imagine. He had to learn to share Mandy’s love with her cats and their dog, Charlie. She was truly her own person, holding back may not have been in her nature, but she always had the best intentions… her heart was gold! She moved to Medicine Hat years ago with Debbie Erfle Hertz and there she stayed. She worked at the Royal Hotel for several years, making many friends. She then found her niche when Hugh and Patty hired her at Bice & Sons. She took great pride in her insulating ability. Mandy performed her job very well and actually enjoyed it. Now about her friends, there are so many they cannot possibly all be named – you know who you are and you are all special! Her short stay in the hospital was accompanied by an extremely loyal friend, Mike Clifton. Mike was there for the good moments, the bad moments and the final moment. Mandy is survived by her sister, Tamie; nephews, Curtis and Travis LeBlanc; uncle, Cliff (Iris); step-mother, Paulette; half brother, Gary (Wanda), nephew, Jarod, niece, Vicki, cousins and of course numerous friends. She was predeceased by her parents. Special thanks to Hugh and Patty, Kate, Barb, Theresa, Donna and Raylene for making Mandy’s last days filled with friends. Mandy’s life will be silently remembered by family and friends. (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


BANCESCU

Joyce Elaine Bancescu of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday March 22, 2017, at the age of 79 years, beloved wife of the late Gus Bancescu. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the “Halo” c/o Southern Alberta Medic Air Society, #12 49 Viscount Ave SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G4. Please make cheques payable to Southern Alberta Medic Air Society or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 – 1201 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2 . To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Joyce Bancescu , 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


BESPFLUG, Melvin Richard George

July 7, 1943 – Prelate, Saskatchewan
March 14, 2017 – Calgary Alberta
Melvin (Mel) Bespflug passed away peacefully in Calgary on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the age of 73 years after his brave battle with cancer. Mel was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan on July 7, 1943. He grew up in Saskatchewan making many friends and moved to Calgary in 1965. Mel met Beatrice and they were married in 1967. He was a proud father of Sheri and Edward and very proud and active grandpa. Mel dedicated his career to Sears where he had many friends and loyal customers. Mel's favorite past times were hockey, football and baseball especially the Montréal Canadiens. He leaves his beloved wife Bea, daughter Sheri (Keith); grandchildren Rachel and Kaitlyn, son Edward; grandchildren Nicole and Caiden; godchildren Michelle Dempster and Tammy Still; favourite pets Jake and Bubbles; as well as so many other family members and friends too numerous to mention. Mel was predeceased by his parents Frank Bespflug and Magdalene Leismeister. The Celebration of Life for Mel Bespflug will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home 1605-100 Street SE Calgary (17th Ave SE & Garden Rd) on Saturday, April 1, 2017 1:00 -3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to Canadian Cancer Society 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or http://www.cancer.ca. To express condolences, please visit http://www.mountainviewmemorial.ca


EWARD 'EDDIE' BECKER

1923 ~ 2017
After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, Edward ‘Eddie’ Becker passed away with family by his side while in the loving care of the staff at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the age of 93 years. Eddie was predeceased by his first wife, Alice (nee Schlinker); his second wife, Kay (nee Clark) as well as one daughter, Brenda (Jack) Dietzen. He leaves to cherish his memory: two sons, Dennis Edward Becker of Medicine Hat and Albert (Bernadette) Clark of Nova Scotia; six grandchildren, Donald Edward Becker of Cold Lake, AB., Daniel Becker of Edmonton, AB., Kelly (Andre) Higgins and their daughter, Melissa Higgins of Strathmore, AB., Darren (Krista) Clark and their two children, Patrick and MacKenzie of Nova Scotia, Judy Dietzen of Red Deer, AB. and Tracey (Jim) Beanblossom of Rocky Mountain House, AB. Eddie’s memory will live on in the hearts of his brother, Harvey (Jo) Becker of Calgary, AB.; sister, Violet Aberle of Taber, AB.; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Mat) Schlinker of Medicine Hat and Roy Schlinker of Vernon, BC.; sister-in-law, Olive (Lance) Brost of Medicine Hat as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Edward Becker was born to Jacob and Katherine Becker in Schuler, AB. on April 3, 1923. Many will remember 'Mr. Becker’ from his days as the Custodian at Vincent Massey School. From 1975 through until his retirement in 1998, he always remained popular with both the students and the staff there. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. A celebration of Eddie’s life will be held in the coming months. Further announcements including the date and time of the service will be made during the days leading up to the celebration. Special thanks to Eddie’s friends, management and staff at The Wellington for their support and friendship during his years there. Family also wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the exceptional staff of St. Joseph’s Home for the loving care and support provided to Eddie during his stay there. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Eddie’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. (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


LEI

Fok Tong Lei passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, at the age of 91 years, beloved husband of Vai Van Lei of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory six children: Darlene (Gordon) Joe; Benny “Tek Chong” (Michelle) Lei; Im Sam (Kai Ming) Li, Im Ling (Kai) Tung, Im Teng (Tai) Tran and Terry “Tek Pun” ( Jessica Li Qing) Lei; eighteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one sister Mee Yue Lueng as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Bo Tai Wong and Ying Chu Lei; one brother and two sisters. Our father was born in 1925 into a family of five children in the town of Toi San in the province of Guangdong China. He brought his family to Canada in May of 1980 with the assistance from my older sister, Darlene and her husband, Gordon Joe. They settled down in Medicine Hat, Alberta where they started a new life. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Satuday, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Fok Tong Lei, 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


NOZEWSKI, ANDRZEJ

(12 May 1961 – 10 Mar 2017)
Andrzej (Andy) Nozewski, aged 55, died on Friday, March 10th, 2017 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Andy leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Lois (nee Kohlman) and adoring children, Anna and Nick. The funeral service will be held in the Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Philip Le officiating. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank, 532 South Railway Street SE, Medicine Hat, T1A 2V6 . To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Andy Nozewski, 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


WAGNER

Anton “Tony” Raymond Wagner of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Tony was predeceased by his wife Barbara (Heck) in 1983, Frieda Yackel in 2013, his parents, Raymond and Elizabeth Wagner; nine brothers and sisters. Tony and Barbara farmed at Liebenthal where they raised their five children among a community of life-long friends. He was blessed with and enjoyed fifteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Thank you to Cypress View and Good Samaritan for the care they gave dad during his stay there. Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Philip Le celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Anton Wagner, 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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