September 21st, 2020

June 6, 2020

By Destinee Mattson on June 6, 2020.

1160 Obituaries

1951 ~ ALICE McLEOD ~ 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Alice May McLeod (nee Stewart) announce her passing on May 30th, 2020 in Medicine Hat, Alberta at age 68 (but 39 forever). Alice was born and raised in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on November 15th, 1951.

She married and moved to Gull Lake, Saskatchewan where she lived for 30 years. She enjoyed farm life and loved spring when all of the new animals were born. Being an active member of Golden Sheaf Women’s Institute and the Gull Lake School Board, chaperoning school trips, being a Brownie leader, and being a hockey mom kept her busy. She loved listening to music and singing along with the radio. Alice was a fantastic cook and baker who took great pride in preparing meals for family and friends. She cherished spending time with family and organized 3 Stewart-Scorgie family reunions in Meota, Saskatchewan. Staying in touch with friends was also a priority whether by social gatherings or letters and cards with updates and pictures. Every summer she kept close watch for when the hummingbird moths would visit her flowers. In 2001, Alice started a new journey in Medicine Hat. She retrained and applied her artistic creativity to her work as a master picture and artwork framer. She enjoyed meeting so many new people through her condo community and various jobs. Growing flowers in the summer, reading the newspapers, and decorating for Christmas remained pleasures throughout her life.

She is survived by her children Cory (Tera & Sophia), Melissa, and Jared (Leanne, Luke, & Kate), her sisters Barb Stewart and Maggie (Ron Crawford), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents Charlie & Grace Stewart, her sister Celia & brother-in-law Albert Carlson, and her brother-in-law Edwin Matthews. By request, no formal funeral service will be held. Those who wish to honor her memory may do so by donating to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Medicine Hat Home Care and the staff on 4 west at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for the excellent care and concern shown to our mother. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Alice McLeod, 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

1969 ~ JANETTE PETERS ~ 2020

Janette Rose Peters of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the age of 50 years. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Sirjackson, Lorraine (Ross), Johnathon and Rachael and their father Kelvin; one brother Bert (Donna) Fischer and one sister Angeline Evans as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Lorraine and George Fischer and one brother Art. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Larry Enslen officiating. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Janette Peters, 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



January 12, 1934 – May 27, 2020

Peacefully, on Wednesday, May 27, our dear Mom and Baba passed away at Beacon Hill Lodge in Winnipeg, with her two daughters by her side. She was 86 years old.

Anita is survived by daughters Janet (Dave) and Susan (Claude); daughters- in-law Tara and Wanda; grandchildren Trevor, Katie, Chelsea, Lindsay, Cody and Steven; as well as great grandchildren Oliver, Aven, Luke, Riley and Ivy.

She was predeceased by her husband Fred, sons Jigger and Fred, and granddaughter Miranda.

Anita was born in Winnipeg and lived in Fisher Branch where she met Fred. They were married on April 6, 1953. She was very active in the community and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, 4-H, and Community Centre. She and Fred owned and operated a grocery store and butcher shop.

Anita was a very proficient seamstress, created beautiful Easter eggs, and developed a passion for art in many forms. She also enjoyed curling and golf.

The family moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1972 when she and Fred went into the hotel/motel business. Anita worked with Fred in the motel and also developed her many skills as an artist and gourmet cook. At one point she taught cooking classes at the Medicine Hat College. Besides being involved with the church, she was a life-time member of the Medicine Hat Art Club.

Anita was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1990. Her tenacity and determination allowed her to enjoy many more active years before choosing to live in a personal care home.

After Fred passed on June 5, 2019, Anita moved back to Manitoba. We are so grateful to have had her nearby and able to spend time with family in Manitoba.

We are also grateful to the wonderful staff on the 6th floor at Beacon Hill who gave her the most dignified and compassionate care.

We will have a celebration of her life in Medicine Hat when the pandemic threat has subsided. She will then be interred along with Fred at Hillside Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial donations in Anita’s name can be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 Manning Road, N. E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5 or, to the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta, 101-928, Allowance Avenue, S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Condolences may be expressed at

Cropo Funeral Chapel

1442 Main Street

Winnipeg MB R2W 3V7


May 27, 1983 ~ May 29, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Brandon J Niwa on Friday, May 29th, 2020.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Ashly, parents, Greg and Janice Niwa, big sister, Lindsay (Kris Mathers) and nephew, Parker. As well as his grandma, Marie Niwa, Ashly’s parents, Wendy and Duncan Macdiarmid, sisters-in-law, Kyly (Mike) Houde and Haily Macdiarmid and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandpa, Dennis Niwa, and maternal grandparents, Orv and Terry Kope and his best “friend,” Missy, his most loyal companion.

Brandon was born and raised in Medicine Hat. He graduated from McCoy High School in 2001. Brandon made so many long lasting friendships throughout his life, many starting in early elementary school and thru sports like minor hockey. He was able to carry many of those friendships even through the current years. It wasn’t unusual to wake up to his closest buddies Teeg, Leif or Oveson camping on the couches on the weekend. He was there

for so many when support was needed.

When he graduated he went to work with his Dad at Niwa Crane. It was there he spent 20 years working alongside his Dad and Uncle Bruce who was pivotal in him becoming one of the best crane operators around. He loved his job and he worked so hard. He was the backbone of Niwa Crane. Everyone there is going to miss him so much.

August 8th, 2015 Brandon married his best friend, the love of his life, Ashly Macdiarmid. When their busy work schedule allowed you could often find them camped out in the basement or curled up in bed with their fur babies watching movies or Netflix. If feeling adventurous, you could find them touring the world to see Metallica. Whitefish was their favourite getaway and they spent many winter weekends away snowboarding Big Mountain, or cozying up by the fire at the family cabin. In the summer they loved to spend the days on the lake, and in the evening lay in the boat looking at stars and listening to Brandon’s terrible “house music” or Metallica- Nothing Else Matters. And just be there. July 4th was always spent in Whitefish with family, where Uncle Brandon would be Parker’s hero buying out every firework vendor and putting on a show that usually ended up with a small disaster.

Aside from work and married life it was not uncommon for Brandon to spend time with several of his closest friends, playing poker, causing innocent trouble and playing numerous pranks. As one of his friends aptly put it, “Brandon was a walking memory…” These memories and stories will make us laugh for years to come. We will miss him terribly. He was loved by so many…

A private service is to be held. The family is planning a celebration of Brandon’s life in the future with details to come as well as Cubs Alumni game.

In lieu of flowers or food please consider a donation to the Niwa Family Fund c/o the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta, (430 6 Ave SE #104, Medicine Hat, AB T1A. Through our Family Fund, donations go to our Communities greatest needs, we will keep Brandon’s memory alive for many, many years to come.

(Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”


August 7, 1961 – May 26, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Gerald Nygaard, beloved son, brother,uncle and special friend to many who are suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. He will be missed by all. Funeral will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mental Health Association. Rest in peace, you will be missed.


June 26, 1923 –June 2, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Vern on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the age of 96. Predeceased by his wife Eileen in 2012, Vern will be lovingly remembered by his children Linda and Arthur (Sandi Hill); grandson Lyle (Aaryn-Marie) and 3 great grandsons. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also mourn his passing. The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowlands Retirement Home, Medicine Hospital and Agecare Valleyview for their care of Vern. Owing to Covid-19 a memorial service will be held at a later date. To express condolences, please visit:



Wilbur was born in Yorkton and grew up in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University Of Alberta School Of Dentistry in 1956.

After retiring as a Dental Health Officer for the Medicine Hat Health Unit, Wilbur began a second career as a Wildlife Photographer with headquarters at his beloved Wildhaven Farm. He was always an avid birder and his specialty was birds of prey. His photographs were displayed in many texts and publications, as far away as Germany, Japan and Argentina.

Wilbur is survived by Nancy, his wife of sixty years, his sister Kathleen, and his sons, Michael (Corina), Courtney (Sharon) and Anthony (Phuong) as well as his grandchildren Kendra-Lynn, Janae, Laurier, Suzanne, Samuel and Christine and step-grandsons Aaron and Jay. He was predeceased by his grandson Jaden. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Susan Underwood and her sons, (dear nephew) Nathan (Samantha) and Thomas (Jenna) and by brother-in-law Don Lancaster (Leanne) and his daughter Sara (Brian) Lancaster, nephew Daren Wahler and niece Debra Hart.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Those wishing to remember Wilbur may do so by making a donation to the Alberta Wilderness Association, 455 – 12 St. NW Calgary, AB T2N 1Y9.

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