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June 11, 2020

By Obituaries on June 11, 2020.

1929 ~ MARGARET JANSEN ~ 2020

Margaret Maria Jansen of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 91 years, beloved wife of the late Godefridus “Frey” Jansen. Sad at her passing but grateful for a life so well lived are her two sons and four grandchildren, Marco Jansen (Michele Winger), his children Brianna and Lucas, and Jeffrey Jansen (Isabel Bernete), and her children Morgan and Brooklyn; Brianna and Lucas’ mother Gail (Mike) Kesslar; one sister Martha Liesting as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Margaretha and Jan van Gent; her husband Frey in 1988; three brothers, Wim, Nico and Jan van Gent; three sisters, Jannie Naayen, Lenie Mulder and Nellie Feteris.
She lived a life of happiness and gratitude even though she lived through the occupation of The Netherlands during WWII, contracting tuberculosis near the end of the war, and defied the doctors’ expectations of her chance of survival. She remained grateful for the service and sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers that liberated her, throughout her entire life.
She married Frey in 1965 and when he was offered a promotion and transfer to his choice of Kenya, the US, or Canada in 1967, they chose Canada. She crossed the Atlantic by ship with her infant son, Marco, and their dog, while Frey flew ahead to prepare their new home.
Eventually settling in Edmonton, where Jeffrey was born, she created a life of joy, gratitude, and caring that touched everyone she came in contact with.
After retirement, she moved to Medicine Hat to be closer to Brianna and Lucas, where she quickly became “Oma” (Dutch for Grandmother) to everyone around her. She continued to spread happiness everywhere she went, especially when she moved to Meadowlands. The staff there quickly fell in love with her, and she with them. She welcomed them into her suite like family, and always had time for a chat, a song, or to give them a piece of chocolate.
It was during this time that she befriended Sue, who at the time was the nurse at her physician’s office, and her husband Ray. The two became exceptionally close friends, and Margaret would often refer to Sue as her soulmate. Margaret knew she could always rely on Sue to be there for her.
She would have loved to stay with her “family” at Meadowlands, but when her care needs quickly increased, she needed to be moved to St Joseph’s/ Carmel Hospice. Once there it only took about 30 minutes before one of the unit staff told another, “If you need cheering up, visit Margaret.”
Both facilities treated her with the utmost care and love that her entire family will be forever grateful for, right up to the moment of her peaceful passing as she slept.
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Family and Friends are invited to remotely attend any public funeral service at our facility through live streaming on our Facebook page – Pattison Funeral Home and Crematorium.
Those who wish to remember Margaret with a donation, may do so to the Red Cross. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@ pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Margaret Jansen, 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


1935 ~ DOREEN BEIERBACH ~ 2020

The family of Mrs. Doreen Beierbach, beloved wife of the late Herb Beierbach Jr., passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on February 12th, 2020. Mom leaves to cherish her memory four children, Barry Beierbach of Strathmore, AB, Rodney (Cecilia) Beierbach, Roxanne (Dave) Marr, and Rainy Deis (Kevin Peterson), all of Medicine Hat, AB; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; sister, Pearl (Alex) Palama of Hawaii; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Herb; eldest son, Wayne; parents, Emil and Viola Darr; in-laws, Herb Sr. and Marie Beierbach; stepmother, Elsie Beierbach; and sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Jack Hellman. Mom was born in Fox Valley, SK on January 27th, 1935. She was raised north of Hilda on her family’s farm. On July 25th, 1953, she married Herb and together they continued to farm/ranch the homestead until they retired in 1977 and moved to Medicine Hat. Mom then went to work at Kresge’s for several years and then Joyline until she finally RETIRED. She loved her garden and her flowers, and a year never went by when she did not plant a vegetable garden. She was always giving away the vegetables that she grew to others. Mom had a green thumb! She had the most beautiful flower gardens. No weed could get by her! Mom really loved the visits from her grandchildren and in later years, her great-grandchildren. She always made sure there were plenty of sweets and Hawkins Cheezies for them. Over the past several years, Mom started to pamper herself by having her nails done by one of her granddaughters. She would look forward to the “next” ones, always full of smiles about the colours and designs that were done. Mom was also the VERY BEST cook! She always made everyone’s favourite dishes when they visited. She would ask “what would you like?”, and then had it made when we arrived with plenty of leftovers to take home along with desserts and other sweets. We are going to really miss “THE COOK”!! In her honour, we will have a come & go garden party to celebrate Mom’s life on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 at 765 Taylor Road SE, Medicine Hat. from 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and reminisce amongst family, friends, and flowers. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Doreen Beierbach. 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.


1943 ~ DORA GOULD ~ 2020

Dora Ann Gould passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 76 years, beloved wife of Gary Gould of Medicine Hat. She also leaves to cherish her memory her two children, Rhonda (Andy) Birtle of Medicine Hat and Brendan (Rochelle) Gould of Grande Prairie; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Jonny) Sykes, Perry (Ashley) Birtle, Matthew Birtle, Grace Gould, Rowan Gould and Benjamin Gould; five great grandchildren, Isabelle Sykes, Sophia Sykes, Isaac Sykes, Henry Birtle and Isla Birtle; four brothers, Ernie (Olga) Cornelson, Harry Cornelson, Jake (Betty) Cornelson and Wes (Tina) Cornelson; her sister, Lori Seymour as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Justina Cornelson; her grandson, William Birtle; two brothers, Norman Cornelson and David in infancy and her sister, Betty Dyck. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Isaac Dyck officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that remembrances of Dora be by the way of donations only, to either Prairie Gleaners Society, P.O. Box 656, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 7G6 or The Gideons, P.O. Box 23142 – Medicine Hat Mall, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1B 2C7. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Dora Gould, 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


1951~ ELAINE INSKO ~ 2020

Elaine Anne Marie Insko peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, after a very long battle with many illnesses at the age of 69 years. Elaine is survived by her husband, Rod Insko; daughter, Christina (Brent) Jans of Medicine Hat; two grandsons, Cullen and Nolan Jans, who she loved more than they will ever know; sister, Laurette (Allen Campbell) Dumont of Saskatoon, SK; brother, Gary (Leona) Dumont of Asquith, SK; three brothers- in- law, Stan (Donna) Insko, Butch (Bonnie) Insko, Brian (Florence) Insko all of Medicine Hat; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind special friend, Rick Gardner; her bingo friends, Elsie Pender (deceased a few years back); and Ann Poersch, and Joan Townsend both of Medicine Hat. Special thank you to Colleen Insko and Renee Insko for helping Rod at the hospital. Thank you also to the nurses on 5 West in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. They did a fantastic job. Thank you Rod and family. Donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to the S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8, or any animal shelter or The Arthritis Society Alberta and N.W.T. Division 300, 1301 – 8th Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1B7. Due to Covid – 19 restrictions put in place by Chief Medical Officer of Health – there will be a private family service. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Elaine Insko.. 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.


1960 ~ DEBRA HARRISON ~ 2020

Debra Lynn Harrison passed away early Monday morning, June 8, 2020, in her home at the Riverview Care Center, Medicine Hat, at the age of 59 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Ashley (Brandon), Lisa (Cornelius), and Tanya (Willy); her husband, Dave; her mother, Joyce; brother, Keith (Jody); sisters, Shelley (Doug) and Leanne (Trevor); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Debra was predeceased by her father, George Robert Wittig and her grandparents. Debra was born on November 17, 1960 in Leader, Saskatchewan to George Robert “Bob” Wittig and Joyce Agnes nee Angerman. She grew up on a farm in Burstall, Saskatchewan before moving to Medicine Hat to attend Garbutt’s Business School. She was working for Culligan and attending a business retreat in Banff when she met and fell in love with David William Harrison. They married on May 18th, 1990 and that following December she gave birth to her first daughter, Ashley Lynn. Five years later they welcomed twin daughters, Lisa Joy and Tanya Leanne. In 2011, Debra moved into the Riverview Care Center, and with guidance from care home workers, especially Bonnie, from the recreational department, lived the remainder of her life with grace. All three of her beloved daughters were able to visit with her during her final days. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the funeral service will be at invitation of the family. Those unable to attend are invited to share this time with our family through live streaming on Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 1:00 pm available through the Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel’s website. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Debra Harrison. 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.


GREG BOYD

June 14, 1966 ~ June 1, 2020

Mr. Gregory Ian Boyd, beloved husband of the late Pamela Boyd, passed away in Medicine Hat on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the age of 53 years. Greg was born in Victoria, B.C., raised and educated in North Battleford, SK. Following high school, he went on to live and work in Saskatoon, SK., for the next number of years. There he met his wife, Pamela Daniels and where they started their family together. Greg worked in the construction industry throughout his life, in particular at Goldland Construction in Brooks, AB. Greg loved his job and the people he worked with who became like family to him. As his mom’s health declined, he moved to Medicine Hat to look after her. Following her passing, he did lawn care and enjoyed spending time with his friends. Greg stayed connected to his native heritage by making dream catchers, beading, painting shields and smudging. He loved fishing, going for walks and always had a good story to tell about all his adventures. His memory will be forever treasured in the hearts of his birth father, Ernest Rice; children, Steve, Brandon, Benjamin, Shelley, James and Gregory Jr; grandchildren, Arlo, Braylean and Hayden; siblings, Clifford Whitford, Walter (Heather) Whitford and Sandra Whitford as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Greg was predeceased by his wife, Pamela Daniels; step-son, Derek Daniels; daughter, Ellen Boyd; step-father, Walter Whitford and mother, Georgina Whitford. A Celebration of Greg’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Due to restrictions in place regarding COVID – 19 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – funeral services are limited to no more than 50 attendees including family and funeral home staff. As a courtesy, the celebration of Greg's life will be live streamed through Cook Southland's website. Those wishing to watch the service should visit Cook’s website and select the ‘View Broadcast’ button on the homepage.
(Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) 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 http://www.cooksouthland.com
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