June 23rd, 2024

July 13, 2018

By Obituaries on July 13, 2018.

1939 – 2018

Ferruccio (Frank) Giurissevich
passed away peacefully on June 28, 2018 after a long battle with cancer in Penticton B.C


Avanthia died at home on July 9th, departing the world peacefully, painlessly, and gracefully as she had traversed it. Born Aug. 13, 1937 in Medicine Hat AB, the first child of John Evangelos and Carrie Reeder, she was ever her fathers girl. Very bright and equally attractive, she made an early impression on the stage, winning the provincial Dominion Drama Festival Best Actress award followed by scholarship study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her young marriage produced 3 children, each of whose lives reflect her pursuit of love, beauty, and accomplishment. They were ever a source of pride for her.

When all the children were reasonably rooted in life, she returned to school and took an honours degree in History and Literature at York University, followed by a teaching degree. Rather than teaching she joined the ranks of Torontos free-lance book editors, where she enjoyed many years creating clarity in textbooks, while sneaking in some writing of her own.

Retirement made possible the adventure of living in varied places. Based in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where she had three different homes a great little acreage on Quamichan Lake, followed by a strange hill house on Anzio Rd, and lastly a modest bungalow near Maple Bay. But she also purchased and set up homes in the SE of England (Horsham), in Capetown SA (in Newlands and Sea Point) and in San Diego (La Jolla), while fitting in 2 years in a rental apartment on Bute St. in Vancouvers West End. Each of these homes reflected her magic taste in every aspect of décor and was crowned by her own distinctive art work.

Many will miss her, but none so much as her 3 children (GTA and Victoria) and her 2 brothers (Edmonton and Medicine Hat) and their families.

Her husband Joe looks back fondly and wistfully on over 60 years of happiness, adventure, and love.


A Celebration of Life for Hugh Campbell Beaton will be held at 2:00 PM, on Sunday, July 15th at the Hillside Cemetery with Rev David Carter presiding. Reception to follow at Medicine Hat College to share memories.


A private gathering was held at Hillside Cemetery a short time ago to say good-bye to this honourable lady. A life well lived now granted eternal rest.

A life well lived is a legacy
Of joy and pride and pleasure,
A loving, lasting memory
Our grateful hearts will treasure.

Her Life Lived…
Her Life Cherished…
Her Life Honoured.

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


Freda Heilman (Schreiber) passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the age of 93 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her two daughters, Sharon (Walter) Regehr and BeverleyAnn (David) Jeggo; her five grandchildren: Trevor (Tina) Regehr, Todd (Jill) Regehr all of Medicine Hat; David Jeggo, Jr. of Brockville, Ontario, Chris (Veronique) Jeggo of Ottawa and Melanie (Craig) Weigel of Toronto. Also mourning her passing are her great grandchildren: Nicholas Regehr, Avery and Owen Regehr, Zachary, Maya and Noah Jeggo and Freda’s sister Evelyn (Carlo) Paccagnan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her in-laws: Marie (Ewald) Schreiber, Lillian (Don) Schreiber, Margaret (Peter) Derringer, Balzer (Dorothy) Heilman of Medicine Hat, and Lorraine Bowes of Calgary as well as Albert’s nieces and nephews. Freda was predeceased by her first husband, Jack Heilman, her partner Albert Pomreinke, her parents, Frederich and Katherina Schreiber, three brothers, Ewald (Marie), Otto (Dorothy) and Don (Lillian) Schreiber; three sisters Hilda (Bill) Kanewischer, Marie (Fred) Schuetzle , and Laura (Gordon) Schneider; her sisters-in-law Emily Herman, Betty Andreas, Lydia Rathwell, and Mary Sailer; as well as her four brothers-in-law Andrew, Anthony, Stephen and Nels Heilman (and their spouses). Freda was born on February 25, 1925 in Bessarabia, Romania. The family immigrated to Canada via Pier 21 in 1930 and then made their way to a farm in the Hilda/Schuler area. Frederich was a successful farmer in Bessarabia, but sadly had to start over once he came to Canada, like so many other immigrants. Freda, Hilda, Laura and Lydia (Jack’s sister) started working at the hospital in the kitchen when they were 16 years old. They all lived in the nurses’ quarters and on their days off, all but Hilda, would go dancing. It was at these dances that Freda met her future husband, Jack. Jack was an orderly and after a brief courtship, they began their life together. Freda was not afraid of hard work. When her daughters were young, she worked in the fields on the Sakamoto Farm, at the National Fruit Company, and at the National Bakery decorating the most amazing doll cakes. Soon thereafter, she went back to work at the hospital in the laundry department and later in the sewing department. In total, she had worked 35 years at the hospital before retiring at the age of 60. A shy lady, Freda would prefer to be in the background cooking, sewing, and looking after her garden. She left the socializing up to Jack. She was very fond of children and our family would often look after a variety of children throughout the years. She was an extremely creative person. She could take an empty apple crate and make it into the loveliest piece of furniture. Each year during the months leading up to the Medicine Hat Stampede, Freda would make Stampede costumes for her daughters to be worn in the Kiddies Parade. They were beautiful with lots of embroidery and most often the girls would win 1st and 2nd place. Freda was 48 when Jack passed away and after a few years of being alone, she joined the Minus One Club. It was here that she met Albert Pomreinke and they spent many years together going to the Club, camping and fishing. Freda was kind and loving. She was the very first resident of Meadow Ridge/Park Plaza and enjoyed the staff and the residents. She was very happy in the Memory Care unit, where she could be observed spending many hours with crayon in hand doing her colouring. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 12 noon to 12:55 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Drive SE) on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Diaconal Minister Lila deWaal. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Freda loved flowers, however, those who would rather make a donation to a Romanian orphanage may do so through CARO (Canadians Reaching Out to the Worlds’ Children Foundation) #301, 278 Park Meadows Drive S. E. , Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4J1.
To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Freda Heilman, 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


1922 ~ 2018
Mrs. Margaret Winkler of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Mr. Leonard R. Winkler, passed away peacefully in the Haven of Rest at South Country Village, Medicine Hat on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the age of 96 years. Further information will be announced upon completion of the arrangements. (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


Family and friends gathered in Cook’s Chapel to honour the life of this remarkable lady. Her smile and laughter will remain in our hearts forever!

Always remembered,
Forever loved,
Marina’s at peace,
in heaven… above!

Her Life Lived…
Her Life Cherished…
Her Life Honoured.

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

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