January 19th, 2021

July 24, 2020

By Obituaries on July 24, 2020.

1942 ~ JESS SACKMAN ~ 2020

Jess Lucille Sackman passed away peacefully in her own home with her family by her side on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the age of 77 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 59 years, Cliff “Sacky” Sackman; two daughters, Shelley (Hal) Benson of Medicine Hat and Carrie (Arnie) Smith of Leduc; two grandchildren, Brandon (Lisa) Heather and their children Elijah and Raphaella; and Tyler (Ashley) Heather; one brother Rick (Darren) Moore and one sister Helen Retelback as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Helen and Richard Moore; one daughter Cindy Lee in infancy (1961) and one sister Beatrice McCallum. Jess was born on December 17, 1942 in Medicine Hat and was raised in Redcliff. On March 25, 1961 she married Cliff Sackman and that same year their daughter Cindy was born and passed away after 3 days. Jess was proud to be a secretary for her entire career, retiring in 1996. In retirement she lived to golf. She also enjoyed travelling and more golf. Our family wish to express our gratitude to Dr. Foley and we will be forever grateful for the Palliative Home Care team. In compliance with restrictions in place regarding COVID- 19 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – funeral services are limited in attendance. Please practice safe distancing. The funeral service will be held on the 1st hole “Ladies tee box” at Riverview Golf Course in Redcliff on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. If possible please wear casual golf attire and bring your own lawn chair and an umbrella. It is recommended to park in the golf course parking lot and walk to hole #1. Those who wishto remember Jess with a donation, may do so to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic, or to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Palliative Home Care (cheques payable to MH&D Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, T1A 4H6 or online at http://www.InYourCommunity.ca. Please take care to specify which department you would like your donation to go to. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Jess Sackman, 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

1948 ~ Alexander “Al” Schafer ~ 2020

Alexander ‘Al’ Schafer passed away suddenly on July 21st, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Marj Schafer and Loretta Schafer and their families, as well as nephews, Derrick Schafer and Logan Riddell. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Rosie; brother, Joe Schafer; and nephew, Dustin Riddell. Al was raised and educated in the Schuler area and was employed as a mechanic for a few years prior to his accident. He also helped his father farm. At the age of 26 years, he moved to Medicine Hat and eventually started Paals Accessibilities. He loved to play the accordion and he enjoyed his family and friends. A Celebration of Al’s life will take place on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB with Gary W. Goran officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to 100 people including funeral staff and clergy. Those wishing to do so may watch the service via live webcast by logging into Al’s obituary located at http://www.saamis.com. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by
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.

1950 ~ D. ROSS CONGRAM ~ 2020

Ross Congram of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at the age of 70 years. Ross leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Olivia Congram, Alexandra Congram (Mike Hovan); grandson, Xander Hovan; brother, Glenn Congram (Debra); niece, Jill Congram and sister, Gail Congram. Ross was predeceased by his parents S.F. (Eric) and Annie Congram. Due to Covid-19 a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in Ross’s name may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5. 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.

1962 ~ MONIKA SILCHER ~ 2020

Monika Silcher of Medicine Hat, Alberta passed away on Monday, July 20th, 2020 at the age of 58 years. Monika leaves to cherish her memory her best friend and partner in life, Eddie Doehring and her step- children; Crystal, Aaron, Caitlin, Chelsea, and Nicholas; brother, Willi (Connie) Silcher; sisters, Hannelore (Gerald) Kulpe and Rita (Dave) Olsen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Monika was predeceased by her parents, Helmut and Wilma Silcher and her brother, Hinz Silcher. Monika was born and educated in Medicine Hat, AB. She was attracted to the great outdoors and all that it offered, her favourites being riding her motorcycle, boating, horseback riding and side-by- siding. She especially loved doing all these things in Parker Arizona, with all her snowbird friends. At home, she spent her days in her barber shop and weekends at 40 Mile. She was also an avid photographer and liked to post her photos online for her friends and family to enjoy. Monika was a great friend to all who knew her and she absolutely adored being in the company of her friends and family whenever she could. Memorial gifts in Monika's memory may be made to the ALS Society of Canada . Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Monika Silcher. 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.


John Harry Brumley was born November 7, 1946, oldest son of James (Jim) and Betty Lou Cool Brumley, at the Scared Heart Hospital in Havre, Montana. He passed away at his home in Syracuse, Utah on July 20th. He graduated from Havre High School and attended the University of Calgary in Alberta receiving Honors B.A. in Archaeology in 1971 and a M.A. in Archaeology in 1976.
From very early on John showed a great interest in archaeology. At the age of 15 he brought the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump to the attention of the proper authorities. He continued his interest in this site all of his life writing several articles and booklets about its history. In 1994 John and his wife Anna, took over managing the site until 2017, when they moved to Utah.
In August of 1969 John married Laurie Milne and they had two children, Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Anne. They later divorced.
After graduation, he started his own business, Ethos Consultants Ltd in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1983 he married Anna Knopp Sawyer in Billings, Montana. He opened a branch office, Ethos Consultants Inc. in Havre, Montana in 1985. John lived a large amount of his adult life in Alberta. He said he thought of Alberta as much his home as the US.
John has authored or co-authored over 500 published and unpublished reports. John's main interest was tipi rings and medicine wheels of which he wrote several technical reports on them. John always said he was very fortunate to spend his life doing something he really loved.
He shared his enthusiasm for archeology with many in Alberta and Montana. In 1975 he was instrumental in forming the Southeastern Alberta Archaeology Society in Medicine Hat, Alberta. John shared his interest in archaeology by holding workshops and involving members in actual investigations and research. He always had time to answer questions. He was very inventive both with devising ways of making site mapping and excavations more efficient as well as developing new theories that interpreted sites to reflect early peoples actual living experiences. He learned to fly so he could do aerial photographs of sites and then later invented the "photo boom" to take over head photographs from the ground and SPEED, a machine to make excavating much easier.
Summer time was spent going on field trips, mapping medicine wheels and other sites, floating various rivers including the Missouri – many good memories were made.
John loved being around his five grandchildren. He also had a love of animals and the house was always filled with an assortment of dogs and cats. He helped rescue and find homes for many of them over the years.
John received many awards during his career including the 1994 Distinguished Service Award, Archaeological Society of Alberta; 2002 Montana Archaeological Society Conservation Award and the 2013 Montana Governor’s Humanities Award.
John is survived by his wife Anna, brother Kenneth (Pam) of Virginia, daughter Sarah Anne, grandchildren Ben, Ava, Gunnar, Sam and Baron all of Alberta, and step son Flint (Cheri) Lachenmeier of Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Mary Elizabeth.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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