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By Obituaries on July 29, 2020.

1925 ~ VIOLA KESSLER ~ 2020

Viola Kessler of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the age of 94 years, beloved wife of the late Al Kessler. She leaves to cherish her memory her three children, Glenn (Carol) Kessler, Debbie (Lyle) Garrecht and Dale Kessler; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. As per her wishes, those who wish to remember Vi with a donation, may do so to the Ronald McDonald House in Medicine Hat ( /donation/financial-gifts/Select Medicine Hat House). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Viola Kessler, 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

1939 ~ ED STURM ~ 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Ed Sturm on Thursday, July 23, 2020. He died peacefully at the Medicine Hat Hospital, surrounded by his three loving children. Ed lost his wife and best friend, Ruth, in January 2010. They shared nearly 50 years of marriage. He will forever be in the hearts of his children, Bonnie Sturm of Nanton, Sandy (Matt) Read of Redcliff and Micheal Sturm of Calgary. Ed grew up the only child of John and Mathilda, on their farm south of Elkwater. They later moved to Medicine Hat where dad enjoyed the city life. He became involved in the militia, car club and shenanigans with his buddies. Once dad had a family, his main activities were camping and fishing. There are many, many fond memories of trips to Reesor Lake, Beauvais Lake, and Glacier Park. Ed’s main employment were as a Honey Boy bread delivery man, secretary- treasurer of the Moose Lodge and clerk for the A.L.C.B. No matter the job or task, he was always a hard and conscientious worker. His retirement years included lots of camping and fishing, many card and board games with family and friends and time with Sheba cat. We are proud that he became so tech-savvy for someone his age and was adept at texting, facebooking, on-line banking/ shopping and making CD’s and DVD’s for friends and family. In fact, a video of his life, created by him, is available to view on the Pattison Funeral Home website link Unfortunately, in the last few years, dad faced many health challenges (without complaint), the biggest being TLGL leukemia. In 2017, ill-health made a move to Chinook Village necessary. Dad enjoyed the companionship there and felt well-cared for by the wonderful staff. The family is extremely grateful to his “medical team” Dr. Benke and the exceptional staff at the Cancer Centre; Dr. Osborne and Chelisa at HealthWORX and recently the staff on 4W. Also, thanks to the Carry Drive Lab, Northlands Co-op Pharmacy, Respiratory Home Care Solutions and Day Medical at the hospital. A private family graveside service will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. If desired, please consider a donation to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic (make cheques payable to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 – please specify department. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Ed Sturm, 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

1948 ~ Alexander “Al” Schafer ~ 2020

Alexander ‘Al’ Schafer passed away suddenly on July 21st, 2020. A Celebration of Al’s life was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL with Gary W. Goran officiating. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

1978 ~ MICHAEL ENGEL ~ 2020

Michael ‘Mike’ Charles Engel of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the age of 41 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his father and mother, Dale and Linda Engel; his sister, Jen (Scott) Nadeau and their children Joshua and Ember. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Landry officiating. Due to restrictions in place regarding COVID-19 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health – funeral services are now limited to no more than 100 attendees including family and funeral home staff. Those family and friends not attending the service by invitation may do so by streaming it live through the Pattison Funeral Home website. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Mike Engel, 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


1948 ~ 2020

It is with sadness that the family of Reverend Barrett Scheske announce his passing on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, at the age of 71 years after a brief battle with cancer. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Jane; his sons, Myles Scheske, Benjamin Scheske, Joshua Scheske (Alyssa Lentz), Kevin Harrison (Alanna); his grandchildren, Parker Harrison and Ainsley Harrison and his sister, Kimberly Scheske. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Funeral Service will be by invitation. The private Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Bredeson and Pastor Brad Everett co-officiating. Private interment will take place in Claresholm, AB at a later date. Those wishing to watch the service via the live stream are encouraged to visit and click the video stream button on the homepage at service time. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity one’s choice or Victory Lutheran Church Perpetual Remembrance Fund, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta,T1B 2H1. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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
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Frances passed away quietly on January 15, 2020 in Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 88 years, she was born in Meaford, Ontario on February 26, 1931 to the late George and Mabel Austin.
Frances leaves to cherish her memory a son Donald Knight, five Grandchildren and one Great-grandchild, three sisters, June, Gladys and Shirley, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Frances was predeceased by her husband Erwin Sommer, daughter Patricia (Trish) and son Robert (Bobby), her father and mother, six brothers, George, Les, William (Bill), Roy, Harold and Donald (Don), and two sisters Agnes and Gwen; Fran was number six in the tribe.
Fran loved sports and music. Music was an Austin trait and a big part of Fran's life. Fran and her brother Don sang duets at fairs and with Hartley's Band for dances in Meaford. Country music was in her blood, writing poems and songs, playing guitar and keyboard. Fran left all this and became a rancher with her late husband Erwin. When they sold the ranch and moved into Medicine Hat, Frances was back in the music and sports. She played slow pitch till in her seventies, she played for the Meaford Ladies team in her younger years. Frances played for Capital Glass, Centennials and Prime Cuts in Medicine Hat after the move from the ranch. I understand Frances quit because of complications with her shoulder. Frances was also an accomplished bowler, loved swimming and skating. Frances, you were loved and you will be missed.
Frances was laid to rest with her husband Erwin at the Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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