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By Obituaries on August 9, 2018.

1930 ~ ALICE HAAS ~ 2018

Alice Haas, beloved wife of Ephraim Haas of Medicine Hat, passed away at Masterpiece Southlands Meadows on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the age of 88 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH. Memorial gifts in Alice’s memory may be made to The Gideons International in Canada or Whispering Pines Camp. Condolences may be sent though or to subject heading: Alice Haas. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

1942 ~ GARY SYVERSON ~ 2018

Gary Richard “Sy” Syverson, beloved husband of Donna Syverson of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the age of 75 years. A Celebration of Gary’s Life was held yesterday at the CORONA HOTEL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Gary’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey Association. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Gary Syverson. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


November 17, 1920 ~ August 2, 2018

Dorothy Margaret Olmstead, beloved wife of the late Guy Edward Olmstead, passed away peacefully at West Park Lodge in Red Deer, AB. Born in Lethbridge, AB, Dorothy moved to Irvine with her parents at an early age and received much of her education there. In 1940, Dorothy went to Toronto, ON, where she studied piano and organ at the Royal Conservatory of Music, graduating with an A.R.C.T. Diploma. Returning to Medicine Hat, she established her own music studio and became a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (A.R.M.T.A.). Dorothy taught on the staff of the Medicine Hat College Music Department for five years prior to her retirement in 1976. On December 11, 1948, she married Guy Olmstead and the couple remained in Medicine Hat until 2000, when they moved to Red Deer. Dorothy was well known as an accompanist for the Rotary Music Festival and she was an active member of Fifth Avenue United Church where she served as a choir member and assistant organist. She was an accompanist for the Medicine Hat Musical Theatre and for many local soloists and was the staff organist for Cook’s Funeral Home for many years. Dorothy was also the organist and Choir Director at Westminster United Church. She was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and celebrated her 65th year as a member when she lived in Red Deer. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Robert Harold and Margaret Florence (nee Gray) Davidson; and her husband, Guy Olmstead. She will be remembered with love by her sons, Robert Calvin Olmstead (Anne Findlay) and Douglas Edward (Linda) Olmstead; her grandchildren, Raegen Olmstead, Carmen (Glen) Clarke, Scott Olmstead (Krystel Pe Benito), and Kailey and Amanda Larson; her great grandchildren, Kiera, Kayden, Sydney, and Hunter Clarke. Dorothy will also be missed by her extended family of nieces and nephews, especially Lexy Fisher and Sonya Johnson, as well as many dear friends, including Joyce Condon and Judy Shand. Dorothy’s family would like to sincerely thank the exceptional staff at West Park Lodge (Choices in Community Living) for their loving care and the residents for their friendship; Dr. Willem Myburgh for his compassion and her community at Sunnybrook United Church in Red Deer. We thank Judy Shand from the bottom of our hearts for her friendship, time spent with Dorothy and for her love and guidance. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


Lillian Mary Evans, beloved wife of the late Floyd Evans, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the age of 87 years. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Karen Evans of Medicine Hat, Kim (Michelle) Evans of Invermere, B.C., Kerry Evans of Regina and Dean Evans of Moose Jaw; and nine grandchildren ten great grandchildren Stephanie (Tim) Haroldson (their boys, Iden and Ashlin), Shauna (Steven) Seymour (their daughters, Chloe and Aleeya), Carissa Zacharias (her daughter, Jovi), Jordan Evans (his daughter, Teleah), Brieanne Evans, Christine Evans (Lindsay Wudrick) (her daughter, Shayanne), Ryan (Nina) Evans (their daughters, Charlie and Ryley), Kelsey Evans, Brayden Evans and one great great granddaughter Hadley. She was predeceased by her parents, Tina and Jacob Rumanski, seven brothers and six sisters. Lillian was born on December 24, 1930 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was raised on the farm near Vonda. At a young age she moved with her mother to Vancouver and from there she moved to Toronto to live with her sister, Rose. It was there that she met Floyd who was an RCMP Officer. They were married on January 22, 1954 in Toronto, and started their journey through Saskatchewan where Floyd was stationed at various places including Prince Albert, Mankota, Willow Bunch and Morse. They retired to Herbert, and later settling in Swift Current. Following the passing of Floyd, Lillian moved to Saskatoon and then to Medicine Hat to be closer to family. Lillian was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and played lots of “nertz”. She had a small circle of good friends who enjoyed each others company. At the age of 74 Lillian was still playing tennis with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at Warrren’s Funeral Chapel (126 2nd NE, Swift Current) on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Interment of ashes will follow in the Mount Pleasant Burial Park (George Street East). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Lillian Evans, or you may visit 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


Evelyn Hazel Jans of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Raymond “Ray” Jans, passed away on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018. Evelyn leaves to cherish her memory ten children, Brian (Joy) Jans, Darlene (Ray) Aman, Daryl (Deborah) Jans, Bruce (Linda) Jans, Deborah (Wayne) Brost, Dean (Diane) Jans, Alison (Dennis) Christie, Laurie (Darryl) Angle, Tracey (Dwayne) Dennis and Brent (Christina) Jans; twenty grandchildren, Steven (Carla) Jans, Jarret (Jessie) Jans, Tannis (David) Schwarz, Kent Aman, Landon (Ivanka) Aman, Tyler Jans (Marta), Brooks (Liana) Jans, Lindsay (Mark) Strutt, Lana Brost (Tyler), Kelli Brost (Ahren), Cameron (Jen) Jans, Janeil (Curt) Lentz, Melissa (Lloyd) Stuber, Kyle (Amie) Christie, Jordan (Kim) Angle, Brandon (Justine) Angle, Jayce Dennis, Mackenzie Dennis, Cullen Jans and Nolan Jans; twenty-nine great grandchildren; one brother, August Johnson (Dianne); two sisters-in-law, Bev Jans and Carol (Les) Herman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Ray on September 4th, 2005; her parents, August and Christina Johnson; two brothers; and one sister. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Jim Bredeson officiating. A private interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1J5 or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Evelyn Jans. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


Leo Bynum Hill passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at the age of 87 years, beloved husband of Marie Hill of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory his children, Craig (Theresa) Hill of Surrey, B.C., Bruce (Kathleen) Hill of Medicine Hat, Ron (Laurel) Hill of St. George, Utah, Janet (Robert) Janosch of Medicine Hat, Karyle (Hal) Tagg of Stony Plain, and Karen (Mike) Meldrum of Beaumont; thirty grandchildren; fifty great grandchildren; one brother, Jim (June) Hill of Edmonton; and two sisters, Sandy (Noel) Pilling of Mountainview and Joyce (Russ) Montalbetti of Blairmore. He was predeceased by his parents, Burdett and Jesse Hill, as well as six brothers and sisters. Leo was born on June18, 1931 and raised the second of ten children on a farm near Taber. After completing a two and a half year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Germany, following the second world war, he married and moved to Edmonton where he completed degrees in accounting and hospital administration. In 1971 he moved his family to Medicine Hat where he became CEO of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital and oversaw the first expansion. He retired in 1988 and devoted himself to volunteer service. He oversaw humanitarian efforts for his church in Eastern Europe from 1991-1993 following the fall of the Berlin Wall. He served on numerous provincial boards and local committees to improve government and community and initiated events like the Christmas Pageant in Kin Coulee. He spent his life serving his family, his community and his church until his blindness in 2003. His last 15 years were spent in the cherished company of his wife and family. He lived well, laughed often and loved much. Friends can greet the family and express condolences in The Relief Society Room from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday. The funeral service will be held in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 Sierra Blvd SW) on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Jordi Mulholland officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Leo Hill, or you may visit 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


It is with deep, deep sadness and broken hearts that we share that on August 1, 2018 God took the hand of our precious, precious mom, grandma, and great grandma, EILEEN MILDRED KEELER and she went to be with her loved ones in heaven. It is an extreme privilege and honour to know that we were chosen to be part of the life of such a special person. It is also with extreme gratefulness, and the only way that we can possibly be without her for a while, is knowing that she will now be at rest in God’s hands and has been happily greeted and reunited with her family, pets, and friends she so loved. In June and July, Grandma made an amazing recovery from pneumonia in the Lethbridge Hospital but was tired, and after struggling at home for a little more than a week, peacefully took God’s hand and was reunited with her best friend and little love, Trixie dog; her dear son Fred Keeler; husband Roy Chandler Keeler; her parents Fredrick and Margaret Sage, brothers Harvey (Jean) Sage and Norman Sage, and sister Birdene (Johnny) McConkney; parents-in-law William and Helen Keeler and their sons Alfred Keeler, David (Mary) Keeler, Art Keeler, Ernie Keeler, and Eric and Gordon Keeler who went to heaven as babies; and her dear Lord to whom she prayed nightly, who had prepared a beautiful, well-deserved mansion for our dear mom, grandma, and great grandma.
Grandma was born and grew up in Cabri, Saskatchewan with loving parents, two brothers and a sister. Upon graduation, she moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta where she completed her training to be a nurse and worked in the Medicine Hat Hospital. She married Roy Chandler Keeler and they raised their children on the Keeler farm north of Bow Island until moving to Bow Island when their children were young. Her husband Roy passed away in 1965 after a brief battle with cancer. Grandma then worked at the Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island, where she worked for 25 years. In the year 2000, Grandma moved to Lethbridge where she resided with daughter Margaret.
Grandma most of all loved her family and the animals she had over the years. Grandma loved knitting for her family; her plants; watching families in the park behind her home; doing word search, reading Danielle Steele; and visiting family. Grandma loved to camp and travel, travelling mostly with family through Europe, across Canada and the US, including many visits to Disneyland in California, and Disney World, cruising to Alaska and the Caribbean; and to Hawaii, including cruising the islands. Other than family times, perhaps one of the greatest highlights of grandma’s life was doing the Queen Walk with the Queen in Calgary in 1989, when one of her granddaughters won an essay contest to meet the Queen. During the last 15 years, Grandma travelled to Victoria many times to visit family, and in the last seven years, enjoyed spending time at the condo she shared with daughter Margaret in Sidney B.C. During the past two years, Grandma spent a great deal of time in Calgary helping babysit her newest grandchild, as well as travelling to visit family and friends in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in either her new Red Equinox, or her little RV.
Left to remember and cherish memories of Grandma are her immediate and extended children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren:
Norman Keeler (Darlene) daughters Nicole (Jeff Paulson) and Melanie; Gordon Keeler (Darla), son Chris (Tanya) children Heather and Zenon, son Joel (Lisa) children Raine and Daxon, daughter Tania (Jeff) Anderson and new baby on the way, and Darla’s daughter Bailee; Margaret Jenkins, daughter Brandi and son Callum and his father Jeff Hunter, daughter Lynsi (Scott Peake) daughter Sawyer and new baby girl on the way; Clifford (Wendy) Keeler, son Derek (Jodi) children Raya and Jaden; daughter Marci (Jared) Sweet, children Barrett and Charlee; daughter in-law Valerie Keeler, son Jeff and son Alex and his mother Megan Keeler; son Dean (Nicole) children Sidney and Layne; Diann Lorinczy (Brent Reid); son Rylee Lorinczy (Amanda) children Jace and Kai; son Chance Lorinczy (Jen) adopted daughter Destiny; son Tyrel Lorinczy (Jayde) daughter Marisa; Steven Reid (Heidi) daughters Sienna and Kennedy; and Brenden Reid.
Grandma also leaves others special to her: sister in-laws Jean Keeler and Daphne Keeler; niece Maxine (Lief) Jepson; Barb Maciever and Tom; June and Max at the condo; her Home Care workers; and many other family and friends who were privileged to have known Grandma over the years. Although Grandma never thought so, Grandma was indeed a very unique and special person. She was a very selfless person who held a lot of love in her heart for each and every member of her family, her animals and friends, and asked for so very little.

Always in our hearts Grandma,
Until we are together again.
We will always love you.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating. Eileen will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Roy in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat. In memory of Grandma, grandma would be pleased donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Foundation, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5.
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August 1, 1941 – August 3, 2018


Our man Jack, the light of our lives and a bright light in Medicine Hat, hung up his tool belt on Friday, August 3, 2018. Jack passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Cherishing his memory are his adoring family: Dawn, his wife of 53 years; his two children, Katharine Knowles (Chris Mazurenko) of Vancouver and Tanis Knowles Yarnell (Patrick Yarnell) of Winnipeg; his two grandchildren, Olivia and Eric Yarnell; his sister Maureen (John) Dowler, brother Len Knowles, brother-in-law Bill (Monique) Pringle, uncle Len (Laurie) Sharland of Medicine Hat; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, all who miss him dearly. Jack was born in Medicine Hat on August 1, 1941 and was very proud of this city. In his personal life, Jack was known as many different things to many people. He was a Queen Scout, pigeon fancier, keeper of 101 dalmatians, king of the disco, photography hobbyist, Medicine Hat history buff, proud Kiwanian and Kinsman, part-time Shriner, possibly a Mason (he kept it a secret), challenger of City Hall, David Suzuki super-fan, professional and personal mentor, promoter of the local Prostate Cancer Support Group, and lover of bagpipes and all things plaid. He had a creative mind and great sense of humour. His practical jokes were legendary. He was a collector of many things, and had over 83 screwdrivers, 55 rolls of electrical tape, 41 staple guns, 27 vintage lightbulbs, and countless friends and neighbours, new and old, all who will miss seeing him around. He followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a Master Electrician, and took over the family business ‘Knowles Electric’ which he was proud to say was in business for over 80 years. Everyone knew where to find Jack—his shop door was always open. He was never too busy for a friend. His belief in people never wavered, often giving people who needed it advice, support, or a job. He believed in second chances. He had a collection of funny photos and signs posted at his shop and one of them said, ‘Never Give Up’ and he never did. He never gave up on people, projects, the hope that he would beat cancer, and that he would have more time. Jack spent his last few weeks in his backyard supervising work being done on many projects he always meant to do, even making a tree swing for his grandchildren. Family and close friends celebrated his 77th birthday with him on August 1st at a beautiful backyard party. He died two days later with paint on his hands and a golden tan from hours spent sitting outside, doing jobs, and listening to the birds in his beloved crabapple trees. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3:00pm at Westminster United Church, 101 6th Street SE, Medicine Hat. A celebration of Jack’s life will take place immediately following the service at the Carriage House at the Medicine Hat Stampede Grounds, 2055 21st Avenue SE. All are welcome. Messages of remembrance and sympathy may be expressed by visiting: Memorial gifts may be made to the Medicine Hat Prostate Cancer Support Group or the David Suzuki Foundation. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 13th Street, SW, Medicine Hat, tel: 403.527.6455.


Edward Minard Moser passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at the age of 76 years, beloved husband of Eileen Moser of Medicine Hat. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the S.P.C.A., – 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Edward Moser, or you may visit 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


April 11, 1949 ~ July 27, 2018

With deep sadness Warren McKinley announces that his dear wife Kathie, of 48 years, passed away peacefully in his presence on the morning of July 27, 2018 at the St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice in Riverside. Kathie also leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Lisa McKinley Surber of Newell, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Corbin of Bozeman, Montana and Cameron of Belgrade; one brother, Tim (Kathy) Sharp of Edmonton; five sisters, Mary (Ray) May of Edmonton, Ann Sharp of Calgary, Brenda (Robert) Deleau of Parksville, BC, Cecelia “Cathy” Sharp of Calgary and Janine Coté of Parksville, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kathie was predeceased by her parents, James “Jim” and Eileen Sharp; two brothers-in-law, Dick McKinley and Larry Coté; and her father and mother-in-law, Guy & Muriel McKinley. Kathie was brought into retail by her father, Jim Sharp, the proprietor of Hutchings and Sharp Western Store, at a very young age. Hutchings and Sharp had deep roots with the ranching community in Western Canada and served as an anchor of the downtown community of Medicine Hat. After school, she would join her father in the store to work and, early on, enjoyed spending time with Jim’s partner, Harry Hutchings, from whom she learned a great deal. As her business knowledge and interest blossomed, she assumed increasing responsibilities with the store and took over all aspects of management well before her father’s passing. Kathie was particularly fond of choosing styles for the upcoming season on buying trips, creating unique and innovative forms of advertising, and dressing the store front windows. She had an eye for fashion and was well known for helping people look their best for any occasion. Kathie mentored and developed fond friendships with many employees over the years. She was a committed supporter of the downtown business community serving many years on the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone where she was instrumental in bringing the Heritage Canada Main Street Program to Medicine Hat. All who knew Kathie recognized that she took great pride in owning and operating Hutchings and Sharp.
After a brief time attending college business classes, Kathie married Warren McKinley in 1970 and stepped into the role of a ranch wife and all it entailed, supporting Warren and his father, Guy with McKinley Hereford Farms. Kathie shared her life lovingly with Warren for over 48 years. Much like the other aspects of her life, Kathie embraced ranch life with zest and developed a passion for it. Her duties were never ending; from helping to save calves in the spring, to moving and trailing cattle, and preparing ranch meals. She did all this while working and managing the store and raising their daughter, Lisa. Annual branding meals were anticipated and revered by many. Kathie was never satisfied unless the meal was perfect; loving to put on a spread, achieving a perfectly cooked roast beef while finding the right tablecloth and the perfect prairie flowers to match. One of her passions was cooking and no one left hungry from her dinner table and if they did it was their own damn fault. Manx cats and border collies were beneficiaries of her caring and kind hearted nature. Over the years, as Lisa became more active in 4-H, riding and horses, Kathie and Warren took great pride in seeing Lisa achieve horseback successes. She was extremely supportive and encouraging of Lisa’s endeavors and was particularly proud of Lisa’s academic achievements and career path in the Agricultural industry. An additional role that Kathie took pride in playing was Grandma to her grandsons, Corbin and Cameron. She deeply loved her grandsons and nothing gave her more pleasure than seeing those boys doing ranch activities or riding with Warren. She was notorious for spoiling them on birthdays and Christmas. A Celebration of Kathie’s Life will be held at the MEDICINE HAT EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE GROUNDS, GRANDSTAND BANQUET ROOM, 2055 – 21st Avenue SE, on Friday, August 10th, 2018 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Kathie may do so with a gift to the Carmel Hospice (St. Joseph’s Home), 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1 or to the Medicine Hat Community Foundation, 104, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Kathie McKinley. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

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