May 20th, 2019

March 15, 2019

By Obituaries on March 15, 2019.


1945 – 2019
Bryan Edward Fandrich passed away at River Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat on March 7, 2019, at the age of 73 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Bonny in 2013, and by his parents Ed and Iris Fandrich. He is survived by three daughters: Leslie Fandrich (Chris Janata) of Warwick, New York, Jill (Mark) Braithwaite of Trail, British Columbia, Tracy (Allen) Woloshyniuk of Coalhurst, Alberta; and six grandchildren: Milo and Quinn Janata, Annaka and Bram Braithwaite, William and Nicole Woloshyniuk. Bryan is also survived by four siblings: Bruce Fandrich, Denyse (Bob) Yeast, Beverly (Christoph) Eversmann and Grant (Linda) Fandrich; and numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Bryan was born May 30, 1945 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He started working at his dad’s business, Fandrich Refrigeration, as a teenager and spent summers farming on his family’s farm at Hilda. He met Bonny Bouchard, the love of his life, in 1968 and they had a wonderful life together. At age 23, he bought a vacant lot on the Flats and designed and built his own house. He loved to travel with his family in the van, camping all over western Canada and the US. He dreamt about flying fighter jets but had to settle for watching the movie Top Gun at least fifty times.
When his dad slowed down, focusing on the domestic calls, Bryan started his own successful refrigeration and air conditioning business, Commercial Refrigeration. He was an active member of the Optimist Club in the 80s and 90s, working on their newsletter and special events. Bryan loved to tinker, could fix anything and always had a project on the go, including a number of DIY home renos. He owned an abundance of tools and flashlights – his packed garage was a sight to behold. His avid interest in computers came alive when he retired in 2000 – he even built his own computer. For many years he sent out weekly “webbies” to everyone he knew, links to interesting things he found on the internet, and he created and shared PowerPoint slide shows on his favourite subjects, which were many and varied! His creativity also took the form of looking for good deals at second-hand stores for project materials. He made beautiful knives by hand, sewed his own moccasins and patched together many decorative lamps into what could, loosely, be described as art. Bryan laughed easily, loved a good joke, was a great storyteller and was always the life of the party. He was a hard worker and a good husband, son, father, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed. Bryan’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Good Samaritan Society South Ridge Village and River Ridge Seniors Village and give special heartfelt thanks to Kreste Sadler for the support and devoted care she provided during the last few years.
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Bryan Fandrich, 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


1932 ~ 2019

Lucien ‘Lucky’ Louis Goddu, beloved husband of Lorna, passed away peacefully at the St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the age of 86 years. Lucien was born on June 21, 1932, in Frenchville, Saskatchewan where he was raised and farmed with his family until he met his wife, Lorna. He and Lorna moved to Swift Current where he began his career working in automotive and raising seven children. The family later made a move to Medicine Hat where he gained employment as an mechanic at OK Tire before opening his own business, Lucky & Sons Alignment. Lucien loved his family and spending time in the outdoors going camping and walking his dogs, Kita and Cisco. He also enjoyed Blue Jays baseball, curling and with his feisty nature, debate on almost every subject which of course included cars. He was a die hard Ford man and he made sure he let his kids know about it! Lucien will be deeply missed by his wife of 64 years, Lorna; sons, Mike, Connie (Tara), Greg (Shawn) and Jeff; daughters, Teresa (Jim) Lawrence and Laurie (Kim) Thome; grandchildren, Brett, Cody, Corey (Kelsey), Chris (Julia), Justin (Jessica), Shandee (Tyler) and Dakota (Mike) and Ryley; great-grandchildren, Caisie, Cayden, Izzy, Austin and Freyja; one sister, four brothers as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Cindy (Ed) Kopp; parents, Albert and Annette Goddu as well as Lorna’s parents, Tim and Johanna Christiansen. “We are so incredibly thankful for the amazing care he received at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice. Their compassion and thoughtfulness with our dad gave us such peace of mind…we thank you.” A family celebration of Lucien’s life will be held at a later date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Memorial donations in Lucien’s name may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3rd Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1 or to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


April 22, 1935 ~ February 27, 2019

Marica Kolosetti passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at the age of 83 years. Marica’s memory will be cherished by her four children: Jasna Kolosetti, Blanka (Richard) Kastning, Mirijana (Craig) Wallace and Tony Kolosetti. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Tiani and Tylar Kolosetti, Ryan (Nicoal) Kastning, Jordan and Jadeyn Kastning, Bryce and Eric Wallace, Mindy and Matthew Kolosetti; two precious great-grandchildren, River and Sawyer Kastning; four sisters, Rezika, Katica, Jelka, Ankica (aka Annie); brother, Ilija Josipovic as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews living abroad. Marica was predeceased by her husband, Tedor; parents, Doroteja (Teja) and Ilija (Ivan) Josipovic; brother, Juka (aka George); sister, Milka; brothers-in-law, Stefan Zadra, Robert Pillot; sister-in-law, Katica Josipovic and in-laws Rikardo and Ana Kolozetti. Marica was very family oriented whose greatest love and joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends whether it was playing cards or just visiting. Marica loved her garden and flower beds; her yard was certainly evident of that! She also loved her weekly dances until she was unable. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so starting one hour prior to Vigil Prayers and one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on March 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on March 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Marica’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. (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


Another angel got his wings as Morgan John Doyle, beloved son of Brandy Taylor and John Doyle and brother to Gavin, Alex, Lelin and Mindy joined the choir of the angels in heaven on Sunday, March 7, 2019. A private celebration has taken place. (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

PALKO, Beverly (nee Onheliger)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bev. She lost her hard fought battle with cancer on March 8, 2019 at the Foothills Country Hospice, with family at her side. She was born in Leader , Saskatchewan on February 14, 1945, and is lovingly remembered by her two sons, Brad (Carrie) and Tyler (Leigh); daughter Patti James (Don); grandchildren Alexander, Ambrosia, Jakob, Masen and Mitchell Palko; Jaroslav Palko; Jazmine and Dezerea Reid; Chelsea Doucet (Ryan Hughes) and her parents Fern and Jocelynne; her great grand children Herbie and William. She also leaves behind her brother Ken (Marion) Onheliger, neice Rhonda (Dave) Hockheimer and Jason (Dixie) Onheliger; her brother in law Tony Palko and sister in law Olga Palko. She will be missed by many, including her very close friends Helen Wood, Lynne Wood-Whiteside (Cara), Wendy Cook (Doug), and the many friends that she had. Bev was predeceased by her loving husband Jerry Palko.
Bev enjoyed cooking, quilting, travelling, spending time with her family and her many friends.
The Palko and Onheliger families would like to say a huge thank you to the amazing staff at the Foothills Country Hospice, and Dr. Tang and the team at Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
At her request, no public funeral service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Foothills Country Hospice, 322001 – 32 St E, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5 or to Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation, Box 6131 Stn Main, High River, AB T1V 1P7.
To email condolences please visit Arrangements in Care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Okotoks 403-938-3111.


May 12, 1951 ~ February 28, 2019

Rhonda Shoemaker (nee Reid) beloved wife of Darryl Shoemaker, passed away on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the age of 67 years. Rhonda also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Marissa (Derrick) Jordan; Gordon Shoemaker (Jenn Bomersine); two granddaughters, Marlee and Lara Jordan; one brother, T. Lindsey (Sharon) Reid; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rhonda was predeceased by her father, Gordon Reid (1966); her mother, Carrie Gilchrist (2016); step-dad, William Gilchrist (2017); brother, Ron Reid (2009); and niece, Cynthia Baker (1990).
Rhonda was born on May 12, 1951 in Emo, Ontario to Gordon and Mary “Carrie” Reid. She was raised on the family dairy farm in The Rainy River District with her two brothers until a short time after her dad contracted polio, at which time the family moved to Barwick, Ontario. After graduation she eventually moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she met the love of her life, Darryl Shoemaker in the spring of 1972. After a brief 6 month courtship, they were married October 14, 1972. Together they eventually settled in Brandon, Manitoba where they welcome their two children, Marissa and Gordon. Employment opportunities led them out west to the small town of Brooks, Alberta where Rhonda was a stay at home mom. She returned to the workforce as the Executive Administrative Assistant, at the Brooks Hospital, until they moved to Medicine Hat in 1992. After working in Medicine Hat at Entre Corp, Rhonda retired and moved with her husband and their critters to Irvine, Alberta for a slower, paced, small-town lifestyle. Rhonda’s health brought her and Darryl back to Medicine Hat in 2018 where they could be closer to their family and especially their granddaughters.
Rhonda was an amazing cook, gardener and ‘mom’ to everyone. She was known to drag home every stray cat, dog or kid she ever came across. She always had a warm meal or jar of homemade grape jelly to give. Rhonda was an avid reader, enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, doing crafts like crocheting, knitting, sewing and cross-stitching, and she took great pride in her yard. Each Spring the house was converted in to a greenhouse to start all her little plants. Though tiny in stature, Rhonda had the heart of a lion and she loved her family and God with everything she had.
Family wishes to extend special thanks to the amazing respiratory care team who looked after Rhonda over the past few years, the wonderful amazing staff on 5E and 4W at the MHRH, as well as very special friend and nurse Sara.
The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Rhonda's memory may be made to one's charity of choice. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Rhonda Shoemaker. 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.


1917 – 2019
Russell Leo Wright, beloved husband of Mildred Wright, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the age of 102 years.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so, prior to the funeral service between 10:00 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street SW, Medicine Hat on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Life Celebrant, Shelly Dawn Bassett officiating. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Russell is lovingly remembered by Mildred, his wife of seventy eight years and their thirteen children Russell (Alice) Wright of Hays, Gary Wright of Coaldale, Mable Leeson of Vauxhall, Doug (Lorette) Wright of Taber, Heather (Rodney) Skuban of Vauxhall, Gale (Robert) Connolly of Vulcan, Carmel Lewis of Milo, Richard Wright of Two Hills, Alan Wright of Medicine Hat, Pearl (Ian) Cully of Medicine Hat, Tim Wright of Taber, Barb (Lloyd) Tilleman of Lethbridge, Kelvin (Heather) Wright of Vauxhall and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Dixie Alberts of Brooks. He will be fondly remembered by a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his son Wayne Oliver Wright and a great grand daughter Manda Elizabeth May Emes. He has also been reunited with his parents, siblings and numerous other family members.
Russell was born to Roy and Mable Wright on March 12, 1917 in Eckville. At a young age, he and his family of ten siblings moved to Picture Butte and grew up on the family farm and he attended Granite Falls School. He later met Mildred Cyr and they were married on October 19, 1940. They worked on the Cohen Ranch in the Cowley/Lundbreck area until Russell volunteered to serve in World War II. Upon returning from the war, Russell and Mildred continued farming and raised their fourteen children. A few hard years forced them off the farm and an opportunity with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) moved the Wright family to Vauxhall where he worked as a carpenter, ditch rider and assistant water master in the Hays and Enchant areas until his retirement.
Retirement for Russell and Mildred was filled with many road trips, camping and enjoying museums and Alberta Heritage sights. At home, his greatest joy was spending time gardening in the backyard, tinkering with wood projects and time spent visiting with family and friends. In 2018, Russell and Mildred moved to Meadowlands Retirement Residence in Medicine Hat where he lived in comfort until his passing.
It is with great pride that Russell will be honoured as being the last surviving Veteran of World War II in all of Alberta.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Russell’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.

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