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By Obituaries on May 15, 2019.

1928 ~ NORMA KNOX ~ 2019

Norma Knox of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday at HOLY FAMILY PARISH. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Norma’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5H6. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Norma Knox. 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.


1938 ~ IRENE NITZ ~ 2019

Irene Nitz of Medicine Hat, AB, passed away on Monday, May 13th, 2019 at the age of 80 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Darlene (David) Tessman of Medicine Hat, AB, Brenda (Bill) Rose of Vernon, BC, Dean Nitz of Medicine Hat, AB, Charlene (John Grona) of Strathmore, AB, and Mary (Steve) Seitz of Medicine Hat, AB; 10 granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Georgina (Morris) Stenger, and Annie (Harvey) Sackman; and numerous nephews and nieces. Irene was predeceased by her husband, Gotlieb “Gus” Nitz; parents, Valentine and Pauline Bischoff; sister, Evelyn Kobley (Mike); and daughter-in-law, Charlene Nitz. Vigil Rites will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3, on Monday, May 27th, 2019, at 11:00 am with Father Vijaya Bathineni, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic Section at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Irene’s 's memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o The Medicine Hat District Health Foundation, 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat AB,T1A 4H6 or the The Lung Association Alberta/NWT Division, P.O. Box 4700 Station South, Edmonton, Alberta. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Irene Nitz. 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.


1951 ~ CATHERINE AITKEN ~ 2019

Catherine Ann Aitken of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at the age of 68 years after a long but courageous battle with cancer. Catherine leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Pauline (Jerry) Fitzgerald; nephew, Philip (Anita) Fitzgerald and their children, Henry and Isabella; and nephew, Robert Fitzgerald. Catherine was predeceased by her parents, Ross and Lois Duke; first husband, John Parkins in 1976; and husband, Robert Aitken in 1986. Catherine began her life long journey in the nursing program at Toronto Western Hospital where she graduated from in 1972. She continued her education over the next several years; graduating in 1981 with a BSc from University of Toronto (York); and a BScN/NP from Ryerson University in 2000. Over the span of her career she acted and cared for patients in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner.
Family was very important to her. She married John Parkins in 1973. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1976. In 1977, she married Robert Aitken. Together they moved to Montreal, QC, and then to Toronto, ON. Sadly, Bob passed away in 1986. Catherine was buoyed up by the births of her nephews, Philip Fitzgerald and Robert Fitzgerald. The boys brought her great joy. She spent many hours knitting, crocheting, and sewing for them. This love of family continued with the arrival of her great-nephew, Henry; and her great-niece, Isabella. Catherine devoted her time to her career and to volunteering. She was multi-talented and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and tending to her gardens. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 10:30 am with Father Vijaya Bathineni, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Catherine’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Catherine Aitken. 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.


LEONARD VAN MAARION

1922 ~ 2019
Leonard Van Maarion, beloved husband of the late Caroline Van Maarion, passed away at Masterpiece Southlands in Medicine Hat on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the age of 97 years. A Celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the Christian Reformed Church, 300 Primrose Drive SE, Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor George Koopmans officiating. (Condolences may be expressed by 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


DONALD VALKENBURG

1935 ~ 2019
It is with profound sadness that family of Donald Keith Valkenburg announce his passing in Medicine Hat on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 83 years. Along with Gladys, his loving wife of 63 years, left to cherish Donald’s memory are his two sons and their families: Todd (Val) and their children, Danton Valkenburg, Vanessa (Matt) Gagnon and their son, Jack Brian Gagnon; Kasey (Nadine) and their children, Jazmin (Andrew) Junkin and their daughter, J-Cee; Aspen Valkenburg (Fiancé Greg Allsopp) as well as Skylar (Jaren) Schile and their “soon to be” baby-boy due on June 14th of this year. Donald was predeceased by his parents, Casey and Emiline. A hard working and duty driven individual, Donald never took a sick day over the 30 years that he worked as a letter carrier. He enjoyed time spent in the outdoors camping and fishing and relished in every opportunity to watch his children and grandchildren play sports, following them everywhere. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation which will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. No formal funeral proceedings will take place. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Medicine Hat Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is because of their team and specialty equipment that Don’s great-granddaughter is here today. Please make donations payable to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. 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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