January 18th, 2019

January 1, 2019

By Obituaries on January 1, 2019.

DALE WHEELER

1958 ~ 2018
It is with extremely saddened hearts that the family announces that Dale Kenneth Wheeler of Bow Island, beloved husband of Debbie, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at the age of 60 years. Along with Debbie, his loving wife of 40 years, left to cherish Dale’s memory are his daughters, Kimberly (Gary) VanDorp and their sons, Kyler and Daylen and Kendra (Rob) Gibney and their daughters, Raynah, Kenna and Lacey. A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held at Senator Gershaw School, 104 – 1 Avenue West, Bow Island, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor George Mills officiating. (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


ESDELA HERMAN

This past Friday, the life of Esdela Herman was celebrated at Cook’s Chapel in a way that would have made her proud. Her memory will forever be cherished.

You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You’re always by our side.

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


HELENA EVANS

1923 ~ 2018
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Helena Ruth Evans announces her passing at the St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the age of 95 years. Helena will be cherished in the hearts of her daughters, Carol (Dennis) Evans-Bergen, Gail (Sid) Hurlbert and Yvonne (Warren) Affleck; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; a daughter, Marie Anderson as well as nine siblings. A Celebration of Helena’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Major Murray Jaster officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. (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


HILDA ESTHER RICHARDSON (NEE MIGOWSKY)

January 19th, 1928 to December 25th, 2018

Hilda was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan, but she grew up in Leader and lived all of her life in this little town on the prairie that she knew and loved so much. She grew old in Leader. She became feeble and slowly left us, but she never left Leader. And now her circle of life is complete.
She went to school in Leader through the war years and completed Grade 10 in 1944. She continued her education at Luther College in Regina and graduated from grade 12 in 1946. When she returned from away, she worked as a nursing aide in the hospital for a time before meeting and marrying Fred Kelln in 1947. Hilda was married to Fred until his death in 1986. They raised two children, Kim, born in 1954, and Tammy, born in 1959, in their little house across from the park.
As her children grew, Hilda became restless and decided that the time was right in 1968 to become more than a mother and home maker. With her mother picking up “daycare”, she became the Eaton’s agent in Leader, providing a much needed catalog service to the community.
As the catalog business diminished, she pursued her other passion and became the editor of the Leader News for many years. Hardly impartial, Hilda was a strong advocate for progress and the building of community. She talked passionately about the town and did her best to make sure people were engaged, putting her words into action as a member of the Economic Development Council in the mid 80’s.
Hilda married Eric Richardson in 1988 and they started their new life together as a retired yet active couple in Leader. At about the same time, she decided that she needed to take a more active role in making her home town a better place to live in and was elected to the Town Council from 1988 until 1991.
Completing her active role in the community was her stint on the Lutheran Church Council from 1990 until 1994 when Eric came on Council. Hilda was elected as a Deacon of the church and served as acting chairperson in 1991 for a period of time.
Since being retired just meant more time to serve your community, Hilda was involved with the Leader Housing Authority from 1993 until 2008 and with the Leader Tourism Board from the mid-90’s until 2004. She was always promoting and took great pleasure in taking anyone that looked interested around to all of the tourist sites.
Eventually, retirement had to mean actual retirement and both her and Eric wrapped up a lot of their community involvement, spending more time with family and friends. In the early years of the new millennium, Hilda’s advancing dementia made it difficult to live independently and it became necessary to move into a full care facility in Maple Creek; something that neither of them wanted.
Eric passed away in 2014 and Hilda was devastated. She was much happier when she was able to move back to the Western Senior Citizens Home in Leader. She knew that she was home, although everything else was becoming fainter and further away. The last few years were not kind to Hilda, but at least she was home.
Hilda is predeceased by her parents, Michael and Pauline Migowsky and by her first and second husbands, Fred Kelln and Eric Richardson. She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Anderson; her son and daughter, Kim (Christine) Kelln and Tammy Dietrich; her Grandchildren Jocelyn (Jay), Meagan (Alan Cho) and Graeme Kelln, and Ben (Leanna) and Dan (Courtney) Dietrich; and her Great-Grandchildren Eleanor and Penelope Cho-Kelln, and Sara, Emily, Vienna and Autumn Dietrich.
The funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leader, on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the Leader Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, special care aides, cleaning, laundry and kitchen staff at the Western Senior Citizens Home for all the loving care they gave Hilda over the last several years.
Donations in memory of Hilda can be made to the Leader Ladies Auxiliary care of the Western Senior Citizens Home, Box 129, Leader, SK, S0N 1H0. Online condolences may be offered to the family at binkleysfuneralservice.com


KOENIG

ELMA KOENIG, beloved wife of the late Emanuel Koenig, passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care, on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 99 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


MARVIN KNUDTSON

It’s been just over a week since the Alfred Egan Home family came together to celebrate the life of Marvin Knudtson. Through Christmas carols and a special tribute by Kim, Marvin’s life was truly honoured.

If you look for me at Christmas,
You won’t need a special star,
So be happy for me dear ones,
I’m right there where you are.

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


PETER VAN MONTFORT

1942 ~ 2018
Mr. Peter van Montfort, beloved husband of Inge, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the age of 76 years. Further announcements will follow 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


SAILER, Stanley Jack

January 4, 1933 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
December 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Stanley “Stan” Sailer of Calgary, beloved husband of Clarese, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
Prior to Stan’s retirement in 1980, he was President of McAra Printing. He loved life and enjoyed volunteering, golfing, singing, dancing, and whistling. Stan gave his time generously to several organizations including: Rotary, Jaycees, AMA, Canadian Cancer Society, United Church, United Way Appeal, and Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. He was a President of the Rotary Club of Calgary, a Paul Harris fellow, and Jaycee senator.
Stan is survived by his wife of 64 years, Clarese; his cousins; loving in-laws; and a whole gang of super nieces and nephews-in-law.
Stan was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Ida Sailer and his brother Gerald.
A Celebration of Stan’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thank you to Stan's healthcare team, Dr. G. Mortis, kidney nurses Lisa and Ruth, Dr. S. McFadden, Dr. D. Ruether, the Palliative Home Care group led by Amanda and Rachel, and to Dr. Van Rooi and the wonderful and caring volunteers, staff and nurses at Sarcee Hospice. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Stan’s honour may be made directly to the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Foundation, 305, 105 12th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T29 1A1.
In living memory of Stan Sailer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.


THOMAS NICOLL

1936 ~ 2018
With heavy hearts the family of Thomas ‘Tom’ Andrew Nicoll, beloved husband of Arlene Nicoll, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society in Medicine Hat on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the age of 82 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completed. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website: 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


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