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July 30, 2020

By Obituaries on July 30, 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, Gregg (Lisa) Kessler, Bryan (Kristine) Kessler, Amanda (Donovan) Nunweiler, Aaron Ulrich, Erik Kessler and Christopher Kessler (Melissa Neurauter); five great grandchildren, Emerie and Harper Kessler, Josh, Kai, and Anna Nunweiler; two sisters, Doreen Macdonald and Florence (Joe) Preston; four sisters-in-law, Marion (Art) Rieger, Vicki Oberhammer, Annabelle (Phil) Marchant and Emily Kessler; one brother-in-law, Mel Oerlemans and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Christian and Bertha Deg; her husband Al on April 24, 2008; two sisters, Laura Day-Cooke and Ella McFarlane; one sister in infancy and other loving family members. Vi was born on August 9, 1925 at her parents’ farm in the Graburn area south of Walsh. She was the third child in a family of five girls. Her mom and dad did plenty of moving with stops in Irvine, Medicine Hat and finally to a farm in the Bowell district. She and Dad were married in a double ring ceremony along with her sister Ella (Gordon) McFarlane on August 14, 1948. During WW2 Mom and her dear friend Dora Brink worked at Medalta Potteries in the glaze room with artist Thomas Hulme. About 10 years ago Mom & Dora were interviewed by Ron Mason and he wrote a song (Colourful Years) about their friendship. She was very proud of that. She was a stay at home mom, never drove a car but was a pro on the transit system. She was a super mom, meticulous homemaker, and an excellent cook. Family gatherings were her specialty. Dad’s enormous garden added to her workload. Mom was an excellent seamstress. She sewed clothes and did alterations for her children, grandchildren and friends including Barbie outfits, baby clothes and bonnets. She also enjoyed knitting, spending many hours visiting with her mother in the evenings. Mom was also an avid reader until her eyesight began to fail. In her eighties she became a caregiver for Dad. When dad passed away in 2008, mom moved to Norwood Grande where she enjoyed 11 years of independent living. She was very happy to reunite with old friends and form new friendships. This past November she was fortunate to have an opportunity to live at Masterpiece Southlands where she resided until her passing. Our family would like to thank all the staff for the great care and love that they provided, especially in these last four months. Mom was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved visits and hugs from her family. Birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards always included a little spending money. She had an excellent memory right up to the end. Mom would always say “At least I still have all my marbles.” As per her wishes, a private graveside service will take place at a later date. Those who wish to remember Vi with a donation, may do so to the Ronald McDonald House in Medicine Hat (rmhcalberta.org/donation/financial-gifts/Select Medicine Hat House). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Viola Kessler , 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 ~ 2020

His work here on earth is complete and he has answered the final call. Reverend Barrett Scheske passed away 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; sons, Myles Scheske, Benjamin Scheske, Joshua Scheske (Alyssa Lentz) and Kevin Harrison (Alanna); his grandchildren, Parker Harrison and Ainsley Harrison and his sister, Kimberly Scheske. Barrett also leaves behind aunts, cousins, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, colleagues, friends and parishioners from near and far who will miss his presence in their lives. He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Scheske on July 14, 1994. Barrett Bradford Frederick Scheske was born in Eriksdale, MB on September 28th, 1948, to Rudy and Agnes Scheske. He received his early education in Manitoba, later graduating from high school in Swift Current, SK. He attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, completing his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Theatre and Communication. He immersed himself in the freedom and fun of college life to its fullest measure, much to the chagrin of his parents. With those wonderful four years behind him, he entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK and settled down to the task of earning his Master of Divinity degree with the ultimate goal of performing the work God had intended for him. He was ordained on June 6th, 1976 in Winnipeg, MB and began a lifelong vocation as pastor, preacher, counsellor, teacher and friend to many. During this time he was privileged to serve several congregations that included Lemberg, SK, Edmonton, Claresholm, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Foremost and Hilda. One of the greatest gifts Barrett possessed was his ability to fit in to any church setting, ranging from the smallest rural churches to large city churches to the Inner City Ministry in Edmonton. He made each parish his home and developed life-long connections with many parishioners. Barrett first attempted to retire in 2006, trying his hand and his gift of the gab as a car salesman. He returned to the ministry in 2008, finally recognizing that it wasn’t that easy to leave his true calling behind. He served various congregations until failing health in the summer of 2019. Barrett loved his children without reservation through both the good times and the tough times. His grandchildren knew him as Papa Bear and he enjoyed watching them grow into the loving and sensitive young people they are today. He loved cars, but never thought twice about trading one in on a whim and coming home with a new one, a bigger one, or a faster one. He had a wonderful, rich voice and he used it to its full advantage, whether that be through preaching, singing, telling stories or giving directions. Barrett loved that he was called to be a “shepherd” and he followed that path with enthusiasm and integrity throughout his 43 years of ministry. He touched many lives over the years and he will be missed by those who knew and loved him. 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. Those wishing to watch the service via the live stream are encouraged to visit http://www.cooksouthland.com and click the video stream button on the homepage at service time. A private interment will take place in Claresholm, AB at a later date. In recognition of the loving and professional care Barrett has received, family wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Jeraj, Homecare, Palliative Care and the staff at St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to Victory Lutheran Church Perpetual Remembrance Fund, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta,T1B 2H1. (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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