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June 14, 2018

By Obituaries on June 14, 2018.

1925 ~ TONY BOSCH ~ 2018

Mr. Anton “Tony” Bosch of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Reta Bosch, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Tony leaves to cherish his memory his three children: Anita Bosch, Alan Bosch, and Brent (Donna) Bosch and their families. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Tony Bosch. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by
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.

1929 ~ WALT FENRICK ~ 2018

In the early morning on Friday, 8 June 2018, Walter Fenrick passed away peacefully. Walt was one of the few folks that was born and raised in Medicine Hat, and except for about the 6 months that he spent at a technical drafting school in Ottawa, he lived and worked here for his entire 88 years. He would often say, “This is the best place on earth. Why would I want to live anywhere else?” As a youngster, he grew up downtown; they lived directly above his dad’s jewellery store. Some of his earliest memories were riding around downtown Medicine Hat on his tricycle, occasionally getting a pickled pig’s foot from the butcher down the street or parking his tricycle in the lobby of the theatre and watching a movie where his aunt worked. He spent much of his childhood at his grandfather’s house near Seven Persons creek, just downstream from Kin Coulee. His grandfather was a master gardener who, at least according to Walt, “could grow sunflowers so big that the seeds would fill a washtub, and cornstalks so big you could climb ‘em!” Throughout high school, he worked at the jewellery store both as a salesman (he hated that) and repairing clocks (his dad hated that). His dad was a watchmaker and really didn’t enjoy working on the big stuff. As soon as Walt was old enough, he took over the clock repair side of the business, and continued to repair the clocks for both his dad, and later Harvey Sommers who also worked at the store and eventually opened his own store (Harv’s Jewellery) until they both retired. After high school, he briefly worked on a road crew and a survey crew building highways around Alberta. Always up for a challenge, he thought both jobs would be interesting and challenging, but he found out that all the ‘fun’ stuff was done by huge firms in Calgary, and that being on the crews was just work. Not that he was ever afraid of work…. He just wanted to use his head and his talents a little more. He got his chance when he began work at Suffield. In 1952, he was given the opportunity to go to Ottawa to learn mechanical drafting, and he jumped at the chance. He had always been fascinated by the technical drawings that he had seen in manuals and wanted to know how to do that. That was pretty much at the beginning of his incredibly interesting and satisfying career at Suffield. The skills he learned as a draftsman allowed him to design countless mechanical marvels and the machining and mechanical skills he learned in high school, and by working in the jewellery store allowed him to turn those ideas into real hardware. Holding at least 10 patents, his friends describe him as one of the best techs that has ever worked at Suffield. One of the Suffield Old Boys (SOBs) said, ‘He not only had the ideas…. He could make them happen.’ The job was never boring, and for the most part — save for a few — he loved the guys he worked with. There were huge trials that involved tons of people and tons of overtime and tons of explosives — really big stuff — but it was the pranks that they played on each other, and the fun that they had despite the hard work that made it “…the best place in the world to work.” As another SOB said, “There was a lot more freedom. You could work on your own ideas that MIGHT prove useful.” After working at Suffield for a few years, in 1953, he met the love of his life, Amalie Roth when she was working as a waitress. They dated for a couple of years and on the 15th of September in 1956 they were married. In 1958-1959, together they built the house that they have lived in ever since. But even more important than the house and yard that they built, is the life and the memories they built for their son. In 1962 their son Dennis arrived and life was never the same. Walt was always busy with some project, or hobby, but nothing was more important to him than his family. From building sandboxes, to tricycle trailers, to go-carts, to homemade air-hockey tables, nothing was too much work for his little boy. Along with all of the ‘stuff’ that Walt built, the yearly tent camping trips offered endless teaching opportunities. There are pictures of chopping wood, and holding fish, and hiking through the mountains with Walt and Uncle Ray and building ponds and countless summer BBQs/birthday parties for Auntie Arlene and Shelly. There are photos of his little boy painting the tricycle wagon, and running the lathe, and later the milling machine, all under his watchful eye. As Dennis says, “He was a VERY patient and careful teacher. I owe more of my career to my Dad than to any of my formal education.” Walt retired from Suffield after 33 years, but not one to simply ‘be retired’, he started Chart Drive Maintenance Service (CDMS). Before the days of wireless telemetry, the production from each natural gas well was recorded on a paper chart driven by a mechanical chart drive movement. Over the next 20 years, he serviced over 5000 mechanical chart drives. As times changed, the mechanical chart drive movements were replaced by quartz controlled units, and Walt was able to service them…. much to the chagrin of the clock companies that were really only interested in selling new clocks. Eventually, and about the time that Walt was getting ready to ‘hang it up’, the data collection began to be recorded electronically, and he closed CDMS. During the CDMS years, Walt’s grandson Hayden was born, and just like when Dennis was young, it didn’t matter how busy Walt was, there was always time for ‘Grampa’s Little Boy’. Dennis recalls losing his position in the pecking order as soon as Hayden arrived. He was no longer greeted by, “Hi. How ya doin’?” It had been replaced forever by, “Hi. How’s Grampa’s Little Boy?”, or “What’s Grampa’s Little Boy up to?” Walt was a careful, ingenious man who was a tremendous husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and friend. He was always busy, but he was never too busy to help out his family or friends. Survived by his wife, Amalie; son, Dennis and daughter-in-law Linda; grandson, Hayden; sister, Arlene; niece, Shelly; and numerous SOBs, he will always be loved, and very much missed.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 12:30 until to 1:25 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, on Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Maury McNeil officiating. Interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Walter's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Walt Fenrick. 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.


Robert Henry Bardston of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced later in July. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, those who wish to remember Robert with a donation may direct it to the Canadian Association for HIV Research (www.cahr-acrv.ca) or to the Rotary Music Festival c/o Box 2498, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8G8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Robert Bardston, 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


1929 ~ 2018
Ida Heeg of Acadia Valley passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the age of 89 years. Ida’s memory will be cherished by her children and their families: son, Ken Heeg; son, Howard (Linda) Heeg (grandchildren, Jim, Rhonda, Angie and great-grandchildren, Kaily and Mia); daughter-in-law, Rita Heeg (grandchildren, Scott (Stevie), Steven (Jennifer); son, Tim (April) Heeg (grandchildren, Greg (Danica) and Alli). Ida’s memory will forever remain in the hearts of her sister, Violet Anhorn; brother, Milton (Helen) Gill; aunt, Alida Sackman and uncle, August (Doreen) Stoltz, brothers-in-law, Albert and Robert as well as numerous, numerous nieces an nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Heeg; parents, August and Emma Gill; son, Larry Heeg and her niece, Iona Anhorn-Melgaard. Ida was born in Mendham, SK., on May 20, 1929, and married Edward on July 5, 1950. They were married 57 years raising their four boys into fine men. Ida was a caring, loving and hard working woman who had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus. She was humorous and straight forward when she needed to be. Ida kept up on her politics through a watchful eye on current news and events. She loved animals of all kinds, especially cats, dogs and the bush bunnies who visited her yard. She enjoyed time spent in her garden and she was a good cook… no one left her house hungry. Ida was a fabulous farm wife, sister and friend but most importantly, she was a gracious wife and mother who loved her family immensely. A Celebration of Ida’s Life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Ken Edel officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). Memorial donations in Ida’s name may be made directly to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Dr., St. Louis, MO., U.S.A., 63141 or to the International Lutheran Laymen’s League, 270 Lawrence Avenue, Kitchner, ON., N2M 1Y4. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


1926 – 2018
Katherine Phillipina Rarick, beloved wife of the late Tony Rarick, passed away in Medicine Hat on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the age of 91 years.
A private burial service will be held at the Foremost Cemetery on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Kay will be lovingly remembered by her children Edward Rarick of Foremost, Isabel (Alvin) Bechthold of Lacombe, George (Donna) Rarick of Medicine Hat, Charlotte (Robert) Herbst of Medicine Hat, Rod (Iris) Rarick of Red Deer, Roger (Lori) Rarick of Foremost; daughter-in-law Marlin Rarick of Foremost and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Paul (Gladys) Marthaller, Ivan (Marie) Marthaller and LeRoy (Margaret) Marthaller; her sisters-in-law Helen (John) Schatz, Delores (Joe) Harty, Sylvia Robinson, Elaine Hauff and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Tony Rarick who passed away the same day ten years earlier, on June 8, 2008 at the age of ninety one; her son Barry Rarick; daughters-in-law Judy Rarick Edna Rarick; her parents Mike and Margaret Marthaller; sisters Connie (Roy) and Alice (Leo) and brothers Simon, Steve (Marg) and John.
Kay was born in Foremost on July 3, 1926 and later met the love of her life and married Tony Rarick on September 21, 1942. They lived in Nemiscam until 1962 when they moved into Foremost and Kay remained living in her own home until her passing. Some of her favourite pastimes were listening to music and enjoying a good conversation over coffee, which was frequent as her door was always open.


Karen Louise Kelman of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the age of 50 years, beloved mother of Paydan Kelman. She also leaves to cherish her memory her parents James and Dianne Toole of Medicine Hat; one brother Erin (Yassah) Toole and two sisters, Theresa Siewert and Penny Reimer as well as her nieces and nephews. No funeral service will be held. Please remember Karen in your own way. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Karen Kelman, 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


This past Friday, family and friends came to Cook’s Chapel dressed in blue or superhero shirts to honour the short, yet impactful life of little Noah. His big heart and unique laugh will be forever loved and forever missed.

Noah was the greatest teacher,
Always a twinkle in his eye,
Our beautiful new angel,
Looking down on us from the sky.

His Life Lived…
His Life Cherished…
His Life Honoured.

Courtesy of
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


July 17, 1922 – June 12, 2018
Norm played his last trump on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. He was born on a hot July day in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he spent his youth until enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He completed a tour of operations, partly with 415 Squadron, (Wellingtons) and 436 Squadron, (Dakotas), in Burma, where it was even hotter than Medicine Hat. After the War, Norm used his DVA credits to graduate from UBC with majors in Math and Physics. Teacher training was next and he began his teaching career in 1952 in Port Alberni. Moving to Victoria in 1959 he taught at Vic High until 1966 when he joined the Institute of Adult Studies, which soon became Camosun College, from which he retired in 1987.
Norm is survived by his children: Paul (Stephanie) of Victoria and Shirley Sarac of Crofton; two grandchildren David Barnes (Jennifer) of Cobble Hill and Andrew Barnes of Victoria and by his nephew Preston Archibald of Uxbridge, ON. In 1984 Norm married Marion Adams (1921 – 2010) and was immediately adopted by her extended family: Brian Adams (Pat), Cranbrook, B.C., his children David Adams (Deleen) of Cranbrook, Cathy Paton (Fred) of Salmo, B.C., Brian J. Adams (Bianka) of Victoria; and John Adams (Donna) and their children Chris (Susannah) of Victoria and Kate Adams (Chris Miller) of Vancouver. From this extended family Norm eventually inherited 12 more grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Norm was very active in teacher’s affairs and in the affairs of the Camosun College Faculty Association. He played badminton, tennis, curling and very much enjoyed fishing off Clover Point, chess and playing bridge, which he did until 2 weeks prior to his passing. He was active on the Council of his condominium association and for many years was the “go-to” person for small repairs that were needed in the building.
Special thanks are offered by Norm’s family for the caring and thoughtful treatment he received from Doctors and staff at Victoria General Hospital during the last 2 weeks of his life. He requested and was granted MAID and at the time of his passing he was comfortable, surrounded by family and had just recited his favorite poem “The Road to Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling. There will be no services at Norm’s request and his cremated remains will be interred in Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Norm’s name is asked to consider the Greater Victoria Retired Teachers Scholarship Foundation, or any other charity of their choice.

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