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May 3, 2019

By Obituaries on May 3, 2019.

1930 ~ JACK SHUPE ~ 2019

John "Jack" Milton Shupe of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Lila Shupe, passed away on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Jack leaves to cherish his memory his children, Judy (Denis), Jill (Keith), Jane, Jerry (Nicole) Shupe; four grandchildren, Morgan, Jessica (Dave), Chelsea (David), Megan (Chad); and four great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Emma, Easton and Zade; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. Jack was predeceased by his wife, Lila; his parents, Wally and Iva Shupe; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Gaylen and Rae, Blaine and Elizabeth and Doug and Lois. Jack grew up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Sports were always important in the Shupe household, he and his brothers played many sports including baseball, golf and curling. Hockey was where Jack really excelled, and it became more than just a passion but a career. This love of hockey is what brought him to Medicine Hat to play for the Tigers. He fell in love with and married his wife Lila who was his partner in life. As fate would have it, he returned to Medicine Hat to coach the team that he once played for, this was one stop on the journey of coaching that took him to new places and created friendships that spanned time. His time with both the Tigers and the Victoria Cougars were successful endeavors where he took his teams to championships. After hockey he enjoyed time with family, playing with his grandchildren and regular meetings with his coffee friends. These were some of his favorite memories and the people that he connected with daily. Jack loved to reconnect with former players and teammates and was grateful for these bonds. He always recognized how truly lucky he was for the abundance of amazing friends and relationships that he cultivated throughout his lifetime. He looked forward to all of the times that he was able to enjoy these connections. We would like to thank everyone for the love and friendship that was shared with our Dad. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Jack's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jack Shupe. 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.


1935 ~ FLORENCE GERVAIS ~ 2019

Mrs. Florence Gervais of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Emile Gervais, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the age of 83 years. Florence leaves to cherish her memory her children Laird (Jan) Gervais of Crystal Lake, SK, Joanne (Neil) Forer of Melfort, SK, Glendora (Blaine) Tenborg of Calgary, AB, Kurt Gervais (Marcia Amaral) of Calgary, AB and Trevor Gervais (Louise Plante) of Medicine Hat, AB; eight grandchildren Nicole (Korrie) Miller, Brad (Karla) Gervais, Aaron (Shannon) Forer, Devon Tenborg, Kristen Tenborg, Sophia Gervais, Iradele Plante (Meg Heesaker), Ysatrice Plante (Tanner Goring); seven great-grandchildren William, Jonathon, Isabelle, Brynlee, Vann, Kaiden and Vaelan; sister-in-law Betty Leclerc; and numerous nephews and nieces. Florence was predeceased by her parents Aimé and Maria Leclerc, one sister, Beatrice Martel and one brother, Maurice Leclerc. Florence was born at Cantal, Saskatchewan on November 6, 1935 and was raised and educated in the Wauchope District, Saskatchewan. Florence married Emile Gervais on November 14, 1953 at Manor, Saskatchewan. Florence was a loving wife, mother and partner. She helped Emile study for his plumbing exams when he was changing careers. When she and Emile purchased a plumbing business at Whitewood, SK, Florence ran the office while Emile was at work in the community. In 1976 the family moved to Medicine Hat, AB where Emile continued his plumbing career. Florence went to work at the Sears department store for its grand opening in 1980, she naturally worked in the plumbing department, and worked there until her retirement. Florence loved to garden and was very happy when she was playing in the dirt. She enjoyed playing cards and doing crafts, making quilts for all her children and grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, at 1:30 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment to follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Florence’s memory may be made to Friends of Medalta, 713 Medalta Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3K9 or The Lung Association Alberta/NWT Division, P.O. Box 4700, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 9Z9. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Florence Gervais. 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.


1942 – LAVERNE RETELBACH – 2019

After a swift battle with cancer, Laverne Retelbach slipped away peacefully on April 28, 2019. Laverne was predeceased by his parents Albert and Augusta Retelbach. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Carol-Lyn Retelbach, Laurel (Steve Van Dam) and Jodi (Bruce MacKay); his grandchildren Aidan, Megan, Josh (Van Dam); Norah and Noelle (MacKay); the mother of his children Dorothy Bender; his sister Sheila (Ken) Chisholm and their family. Laverne was blessed to have spent his last years with his loving and supportive companion Verba Hallahan. A proud and dedicated Hilda farmer, Laverne carried farming and the land in his blood until the end. He played slowpitch with the Hilda Bears and his Redcliff CB Radio Club call sign was “Alberta Bobcat”. After moving to Medicine Hat, many of his days were spent catching up on current news with his friends and neighbors at Levinson’s Music and the Meadowlark Village Club House. Country music and dancing was a true and deep passion which brought him great joy. Laverne was well known for his kind, charismatic personality and quick smile. He always had a witty comment at the ready. At his request, a private family time of remembrance will be held. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Laverne Retelbach, 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


1949 ~ JANE HERN ~ 2019

Mary Jane “Jane” Hern of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the age of 70 years. Jane leaves to cherish her memory her children, Casey (Mandi) Hern and Vandy (Trevor) Bishop; four grandchildren, Nicholas May, Austin Hern, Kane Bishop and Diesel Bishop; three brothers, Jim (Kay) Campbell, John (Donna) Campbell and Bill (Diane) Campbell; four sisters, Tish (Harold) Fieldberg, Cathy Sutherland, Peggy Herman and Judy (Lee) McKenzie; the father of her children, Ben (Kathy) Hern; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jane was predeceased by her parents, Donald “Happy” and Mary Campbell; and twin daughters, Mary Louise and Helen Christine, in infancy. Jane was born in Empress, Alberta on March 26th, 1949. She attended Cavendish school for grades one and two, riding her horse to and from school. Then, when a new school was built in Bindloss in 1957, she was fortunate to be bussed. She took up to Grade 11 in Bindloss, and then went on to Hairdressing School in Medicine Hat in 1967. Jane’s main interests revolved around the weekends, when the family would go to gymkhanas, horse races, rodeos, ropings and horseshows. Jane competed in halter classes, western pleasure, barrel races, pole bending and stake races, in which she won many trophies and ribbons. Then, in 1967, Jane won the Brooks Centennial Rodeo Queen Contest – another highlight of her life. In 1968, Jane married Ben Hern – a rancher and professional rodeo cowboy. They bought their first place in the Bindloss area and lived there for 7 years with no electricity and no running water. They had, “air conditioning when the wind blew and running water when it rained.” They travelled the rodeo circuit for many years. A pick-up truck and camper was their home. In 1975, they moved to a new place, four miles west. “What a mansion!” they thought. Jane followed the Canadian Cowboys Rodeo Circuit, roping and barrel racing. In addition to this, she had a short modelling career where she modeled clothes at the Calgary Inn and Edmonton Plaza for the Canadian Cowboys Rodeo Conventions. In 1979, a boy, Casey Lee was born and in 1981, a girl, Vandy Jane. Following the birth or their kids, rodeo life started to fade and ranch life took over. In addition to this, Jane took Self-Health and Horse Chiropractic courses along with Therapeutic Touch and Reiki. Given her love for animals she used this training to help with animal’s recovery from injuries with a focus on horses. She also attended Dressage lessons in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. She barrel raced at Border Country Rodeos along with Vandy while Casey rode steers and later bulls. Following a divorce from Ben in 1993, Jane continued to stay on the ranch and acquired her own heard of Black Angus cattle. She was a dedicated mother and her whole life centered around her children. She was an amazing woman: thoughtful, kind, caring, generous; but yet determined, passionate and fierce. Even after facing 3 brain hemorrhages, Jane never complained, maintained an incredible will and never lost her love for her children and animals. She was an amazing mother and grandmother, Mom and grandma, we love you and will never forget you! The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Leisure Way Group Home for loving, caring and pampering her for nearly 7 years. A Celebration of Jane’s Life will be held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede GRANDSTAND BANQUET ROOM, 2055 – 21st Avenue SE, on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Shane Andrus officiating. Memorial gifts in Jane’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jane Hern. 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.


1967 ~ TANYA KUNDERT ~ 2019

Tanya Leigh Kundert of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the age of 52 years after a short but valiant fight with cancer. Tanya leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband and best friend, Lavern; children, Theo (Bria) Magnus and Taylor (Shyanne Lesmeister) Magnus; step-son, Trent Kundert; step-daughter, Stacey Roberts; grandchildren, Austin, Abrianna, Tyree and Kalani; her mother, Lyla (Wayne) Pedersen; her father, Doug (Kathy) Hutton; sisters, Jami (Kelly) Spademan, Amanda (Dustin) Gallais, and Melanie Hutton; brother, Chris Hutton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her many life-long friends and many new friends that she made since she moved to Medicine Hat from Melfort, SK. A wonderful and loving person, she will be fondly remembered by her coworkers at Royal LePage Community Realty. She will be missed by the many residents of Chartwell Gardens which she managed for Livewell Communities and as a representative of DAAS. Tanya will be dearly missed by the many friends that she made during her yearly treks to Palm Springs with the RV. At Tanya’s request, there will be no formal service held. A BBQ will be held at a later date in her honour. Memorial gifts in Tanya’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 or to the Lion’s Foundation of Canada, 152 Wilson Street, Oakville, ON L6K 0G6. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Tanya Kundert. 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.


BRIAN DAVID PICKERING

1945 ~ 2019
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the untimely passing of Brian on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 73 years of age. Brian was born in Medicine Hat in October of 1945 to Yvonne Marie Pickering (Choiniére) and Gabriel ‘Gib’ Pickering. After completing his education in Medicine Hat, Brian moved to Saskatchewan where he worked briefly as a radio commentator and D.J. before moving to a position in television in Edmonton. In later years he returned to Medicine Hat where he worked for several years as a security guard. Brian was an avid and creative writer having written, in his early years, the manuscript of a complete novel about which he was passionate, and over the years an extensive collection of poetry, some of which he self published in both booklets and an online blog; the latter attracting readers in over one hundred countries. He was a country music enthusiast and an animal lover, especially his two dogs who were his constant companions and whom he loved dearly. In recent years he became a staunch fan of the Medicine Hat Mavericks baseball team, attending every home game and following their progress on the road. He will be deeply missed by his brother, Richard Pickering (Ruth), niece, Ann McCarroll (Patrick); nephews, Michael Pickering, Doug Edward (Shelley), Derek Edward (Deanne); brother-in-law, Del Kurtz as well as extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Gail Mary Kurtz (Edward, Pickering). At Brian’s request he will be interred at Hillside Cemetery with his parents, A Memorial will be held at a date to be determined. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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


CHARLES RICHARD LINDSAY

Charles Richard Lindsay, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Jean Lindsay, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, on Friday April 12, 2019, at the age of 79 years. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Noreen (Art) Beyko, Allyn (Duane) Ottenbreit, Garth (Susan) Embree, Dawn (Chris) Keim, Stuart (Leona) Lindsay; grandchildren, Eric Hasfjord, Mark (Erin) Hasfjord, Jayson (Jen) Ottenbreit, Kyle (Shantel) Ottenbreit, Rolando Lozano, Natalia Lozano (Phillip Lira), Nathan and Sarah Lust, Eric, Kyle and Taylor Keim, Bobbie Jo Wilson (Phil Baird), Tina Wilson (Chris Leidal), Toni Davies and great-grandchildren, Mason, Brooklyn, Avery, Nikolai, Fallen, Rowan, Chloe, Charlotte and Dante. He is survived by his brother, Phillip (Pam) Lindsay, sisters, Lucille (Gordon) and Eleanor (Rex); sister-in-law, Jessie (John), brothers-in-law, Leonard and Ernie as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; son, Larry; daughter, Laura; parents, Charles and Mary; sister, Marilyn (Bryan), Margaret (Barry); Dorothy’s sisters and brothers, Georgina (Burt), Irene, Donald, Joe (Marg) and Bruce. Charles was born and raised in Cust, New Zealand. After receiving his electricians certificate while working at Addington Railway in Christchurch, Charles decided to see more of the world and began travelling. He settled in Kamloops, BC getting a job with CP Railway and was eventually transferred to Medicine Hat where he met and married Dorothy. Charles left CP Rail and worked at various companies as an electrician. After retiring, he took up golf which lead to a seasonal job with the Riverview Golf Club as part of the grounds crew. Charles was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge, past President of the Medicine Hat Soccer Association and former piper with the South East Pipe and Drums Band. He had a love of many things including reading, golf, rugby, soccer, NASCAR and Star Wars just to name a few. He enjoyed his friendship with his “Lunch Buddies” at the Veiner Centre but mostly Charles loved the time spent with his family. A Celebration of Charles’ life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street SE, Medicine Hat, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery with a time of fellowship to follow thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. Donations may be made to the Medicine Hat Hospital, 666 – 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 or to the charity of one’s choice. (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


EDITH COWIE

1932 ~ 2019
Edith Barbara Cowie (nee Duncan), known to friends as “Edie”, passed away in her sleep at the Good Samaritan Society in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the age of 86 years. Edith is survived by her children: Gary Duncan of Edmonton, AB., with daughters Stephanie (Marty Collins) and Sheree (Corey Quinton); Glen Piper of Medicine Hat, AB., with his furry companion, Reese; Gail Ribble of Napanee, ON., with sons, Kris (Mariona), Scot (Margaret), and daughter, Susan; Susan (Rick Wahl) of Medicine Hat, AB., with daughter, Laura and son, Cody; and Hal Cowie (Sherry) of Kingston, ON., with sons, David, Chris, David and daughter, Kellie as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Also special to Edith’s heart are niece, Gwen Merritt (Whynnie) of Burlington, ON., with daughters, Shannon (Tom), Jennifer, and Nicolas (Michelle); and best friend Lil (Jean Vezina) of Lethbridge, AB. Edith will also be remembered by her sisters, Helen Jesseman and Ruth Nelson of Ontario and brother, Robert of Vancouver; sister-in-law, Veronica Cowie and many nieces and nephews. Edie was born on July 11, 1932, in Oakville, ON to John and Helen Duncan. She was the second youngest in a family of nine. Hardworking, dedicated, loyal and proud, were words that described Edith’s work life. Edie was a steadfast fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, had a great love of animals, was a very good dart player for many years and music was always playing in her house. A Celebration of Edie’s life will be held on at St. John’s Presbyterian Church on June 8, 2019. Further details to follow. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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


LEY

Evelyn Ellen Ley of Calgary, formerly of Bow Island and Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2019, at the age of 104 years, beloved wife of the late John Ley. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Gary Barrett, Carol (Roger) Larocque, Joy Lahti and Susan Lahti; ten grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Claudia and Fillmore Dillon; her husbands, John Lahti and John Ley; one daughter Joan McDowell; five brothers and four sisters. Evelyn was born on September 1, 1914 in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. Following the passing of her husband John Lahti in the early 80's, she moved to Medicine Hat. She met John Ley and they were married in 1982 and farmed in the Bow Island area. They retired to Medicine Hat and John passed away on July 21, 1996. Later, Evelyn moved to Calgary to be closer to her family. A private family graveside will be held at Hillside Cemetery where she will be reunited with John Ley. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Evelyn Ley, 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


OLIVER FLAIG-ALLISON

This past Saturday at Hillcrest Church, family and friends celebrated Oliver’s life through tributes and a video of cherished memories. His smile could light up a room and his contagious laughter will be forever remembered!

You filled our home with happiness,
and made our lives complete..
The time we had with you
was far too short, but oh so sweet!

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


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