September 23rd, 2019

September 2, 2019

By Obituaries on September 2, 2019.

1925 ~ JOHN KOPP ~ 2019

John Kopp of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Wilma Kopp, passed away peacefully with a song in his heart on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at the age of 94 years. He also leaves to cherish his memory his children, June (Lawrence) Streifel of Medicine Hat, Edward Kopp (Debra) of Seven Persons, Rita Ziel of Calgary and Ruth (Stan) Benedek of Calgary; grandchildren Laurianne (fiancé, Corey), Christopher (Leeanne), Andrea, Vanessa and Daniel John; great-grandchildren, Tayden and Madilee; brother, Tony (Helen) Kopp of Medicine Hat; and numerous nephews and nieces. John was predeceased by his parents, Reinhold and Elizabeth Kopp; brother, Nicholas Kopp; sister, Dorothy Schile; and son-in-law, Harry Ziel.
Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, MEDICINE HAT, AB T1B 4V3, on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, at 11:00 am with Father Iqbal Khurshid, Celebrant. Memorial gifts in John's memory may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading John Kopp. 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.


1929 ~ Hazel Hedin ~ 2019

Hazel Agnes Hedin of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church. Memorial gifts in Hazel's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Medicine Hat Branch or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Hazel Hedin. 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.


1932 ~ ROGER HAGEN ~ 2019

Roger John Clayton Hagen of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Isla Hagen, passed away on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at the age of 87 years. Roger leaves to cherish his memory his memory his wife, Isla Hagen; daughter, Sandra Hagen; son, Roger “Bud” (Marguerite) Hagen; grandchildren, Ryan (Allison Atwell) Morkin, Jacelyn Morkin, and Eric (Jessica Pelland) Hagen; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Owen and Julien Morkin and Desiray Pelland, Freya and Isla Hagen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Hagen; and siblings, Frances Firth, Ellen Ferguson, Jean Hardy, and Evelyn Trithart. Roger was born, the fourth of five children, on March 19, 1932 in Galahad, AB and was the only son. He had a beautiful voice and as a youth could always be found singing or whistling a tune. He met, and then later married Isla, and together they raised their two children, Sandra and Roger “Bud”. Roger spent most of his life working in the oil and gas industry. His favourite career in the field was as a Land Consultant, which is what he continued to do until his retirement. Roger worked until he was 80 years old. He loved to meet and talk to people. He was a true gentleman and had a witty sense of humour, much to the amusement of the many people that he met throughout his life. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf; and he took his last hunting trip in 2017 at the age of 85.
He was kind and generous and he loved his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He was always there for them when they needed him. He will be deeply missed by the many that knew and loved him. Roger’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, who treated him with such compassion, kindness, and dignity. A memorial service in Roger’s honour will be held at a later date in Forestburg, Alberta. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, in Roger's memory, may be made to the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Roger Hagen. 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.


ALLAN GORDON

1943 ~ 2019
Allan Roger Gordon passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 2:40 a.m. Allan passed away with his daughter, Sherry in his presence at St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice. He was 75 years young when he passed. Allan showed the utmost passion and love for his family, and his bride, Sheila Gordon. “Papa” always left an impression on anybody he met, his laugh and witty jokes will forever stay in the hearts of his close family. Papa is survived by his wife, Sheila, four children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who were the light of his life. Allan will be silently remembered by his family and friends. (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


FIESEL (RUSSELL)

Vivien “Viv” Frances Fiesel (Russell) passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the age of 73 years, beloved wife of Bill Fiesel of Burstall, Saskatchewan. She also leaves to cherish her memory her two children Tony Russell and his children Caitlin and Ryan, Roxanne Russell and her children Jaerett and Jorja; she is also survived by Bill’s children Leona Collette (Wesley Rhodes), Boyd Fiesel, Sherry (Joe) Kelly, Dwayne (Dawna) Fiesel; Bill’s numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother Michael Pigott. She was predeceased by her first husband Dale Russell on July 15, 2006, her parents Frances “Dora” and Maurice Pigott, and one son Jeffery. Vivien was born September 22, 1945 in South-End-On-Sea, Essex. After WWII, along with her family, they relocated to Kokomo, Indiana and then finally Medicine Hat. Many of her aunts and uncles found new homes in Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. Her parents loved the gardens in Medicine Hat when visiting which reminded them of England. Mom graduated from McCoy High School in 1963 and found various bookkeeping jobs and then worked as a clerk at Northwest-Nitro Fertilizer plant. This is where she first met Dale and asked him out on a badminton date. They were married in 1966 and enjoyed 39 years together. In 1977, they moved to the small town of Burstall, and after mom’s initial hesitation of small town living, she embraced the new friendships and community. It is here where Tony and Roxanne were raised. She was truly blessed to find love a second time and married Bill in 2010.
Vivien loved being a stay at home mom, being active in her church and contributing to the community. She loved the volunteerism activities of her new home town. Mom was extremely active in the Ladies Auxiliary, community fundraising, and was a founding member of the Burstall Welcome Wagon committee. Volunteering was something very important to her. Mom had a strong faith and thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with many of St. Michael’s Parish celebrations.
Mom’s hobbies included crafting, playing cards, entertaining friends with dinners, curling, and swimming in the summers. She was also quite athletic in her younger years with track and field. Mom was an excellent bowler and was especially hard to beat in table tennis. Camping and fishing were centre pieces of summer, travelling all over Canada and the United Sates. This is something she dearly enjoyed sharing with her grandkids. The grandkids loved baking and decorating her honey cookies and butterhorns. Mom’s famous bun recipe will live on forever.
Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Parish Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vijaya Bathineni celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. We as a family are requesting those who wish to make a donation in memory of Vivien, please direct it to the Burstall Community Hall. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Vivien Fiesel (Russell), 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


PIMENTEL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lucia Maria Pimentel, beloved wife for 61 years of Gualberto Pimentel, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the age of 85 years. She also leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Paula (John) Gillmore, Maria Grimm, Debbie (Rob) Côté and Louise Pimentel; six grandchildren, Megan, Emily (James), Stephanie (Kevin), Morgan (Kelsey), Mitchell, Kallan and Abbey; one brother, Tony (Odette) Melo and family; two sisters, Osvalda Ferreira and family, Rafaela (Tony) Pacheco and family; special friend Virginia Cabral and family as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Tereza and José de Melo; one son-in-law Robert Lapinski; one brother-in-law José Ferreira and special friend Orlando Cabral. Lucia was born on October 10, 1933 in the village of Ribeira Grande, Azores, Portugal. She met Gualberto in school and they soon fell in love and became inseparable. They started their new life in Canada shortly after leaving behind those they loved but looking forward to exciting opportunities with their relatives in Canada. Over the next several years, they raised four daughters whom meant the world to them. Later in life, once her grandchildren came along, she delighted in being involved in their lives and they loved her dearly. Lucia loved to cook and it gave her great pleasure to share that with her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and took pride in watching the garden flourish. Lucia’s love for God was the foundation on how she lived her life. She was a devoted and faithful Catholic. Despite the challenges she had with Alzheimers, she never lost her ability to be loving and affectionate and always had a joyful sense of humor. Our “querida” Lucia will forever be in our hearts. Special thanks to Sunnyview staff for their great care and kindness they showed Lucia during her time there. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vijaya Bathinen celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Alberta or to South Country Village, 1720 Bell Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 5G1. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Lucia Pimentel, 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


WALSH

Leslie “Les” Chris Walsh of Bow Island passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the age of 88 years, beloved husband of the late Edith “Edie” Walsh. He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Wayne and Terry; four grandchildren, Chris, Amy, Jisteen, and Allan; three great granddaughters, Chloe, Charlotte and Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his wife Edie on August 17, 2013; his parents Amelia and Walter Walsh; one son Ricky, and four brothers, Donald “D”, Henry “Hank”, Edward “Toad” and Harold “Punk”. The funeral service will be held in the Foremost United Church (202 2 Ave E) on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with Jane Meaker officiating. Interment will follow in the Foremost Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Pleasant View Lodge. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Leslie Walsh, 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


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