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August 11, 2020

By Obituaries on August 11, 2020.

1923 – WILFRED FAIRHURST – 2020

Wilfred Henry Fairhurst of Medicine Hat passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the age of 96 years, beloved husband of the late Nellie Fairhurst. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
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.
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Lance Duncalfe officiating. Interment will follow at Redcliff Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend any public funeral service at our facility by going to youtube.com and search for Pattison Funeral Home. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time on the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Wilfred Fairhurst 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


1931 ~ ELEANOR ALBRECHT ~ 2020

Eleanor Albrecht, beloved wife of the late, Carl Albrecht Jr., passed away on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at the age of 89 years. A private graveside service was held yesterday at Hillside Cemetery with Pastor Jim Bredeson officiating. Memorial gifts in Eleanor's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to a a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Eleanor Albrecht. 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.


1934 ~ DENNIS (IKE) PINDER ~ 2020

Dennis Pinder of Redcliff, AB, passed away on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at the age of 85 years. A Memorial Service will take place at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at REDCLIFF CEMETERY. Due to Covid-19, attendance will be limited to 100 people including staff and clergy. Those who wish may view the service via live webcast by logging into Dennis’ obituary information at http://www.saamis.com at the service time (Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.). Memorial gifts in Dennis’ name may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5 or to a charity of your choosing. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Dennis Pinder. 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.


1938 – GORDON LUTZ – 2020

We are sad to announce the passing of Gordon Bev Lutz of Redcliff, who passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the age of 82 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Lori (Derrick) and Larry (Loretta); his grandchildren, Jesse (aka: Muskrat), Trevor (aka: Gone Cat) (Angela), Krysten (aka: Grasshopper) (Tarren); his brother, Wesley and sister, Clara. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Ida Lutz, his brothers, Jimmy and Bill; his sisters, Vicki and Grace and one incredibly special kitty, Scrunchions. Gordon was born on May 29, 1938, originally raised on a farm in the Elkwater area. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Redcliff and resided there until his passing. He was employed at Co-op Fertilizer, and later in life began his own painting company “Cliff-U-Painting”. After many years of painting he decided to close shop and try his hand as a long-haul truck driver. When he decided to stay closer to home, he took a job with McMillan Transport hauling grain, he loved being out on the road and continued this venture until his retirement. Gordon enjoyed hunting and his fishing trips with his buddies – Hans, Rene and George. He also enjoyed an occasional good party. Gordon was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking and baking. He was especially proud of his German dishes. His Strudels were the icing on the cake, which his family would never pass up. He was proud of his children and grandchildren – recently stating “I have had a good life, got to see my children grow up and my grandchildren grow older”. Gordon was known for handing out nicknames. If you spent any time around him it was not long before you were honoured with a nickname, and it remained with you forever. He had a great sense of humour ftlineand loved to laugh, sometimes at his own expense and sometimes at others expense. The family would like to thank special neighbors, Andy and Alvina (and her beloved Bella, who will miss her treats from Gordon), for all their help over the years; and special friends Len and Sheila. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; no funeral service will be held. Due to COVID-19 restrictions please respect social distancing. Those who wish to remember Gordon with a donation, may do so to the SPCA, HALO OR HIP. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Gordon Lutz, 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


1962 – ADRIAN OOSTLANDER – 2020

Adrian John Oostlander passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 58 years, beloved husband of Corrie Oostlander of Medicine Hat. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Adrian Oostlander, 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


JOAN WATTS

1943 ~ 2020

Mrs. Laura Joan Watts, beloved wife of the late Jerry Dale Watts, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the age of 77 years. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Funeral Service will be by invitation only. The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to watch the service via the live stream are encouraged to visit http://www.cooksouthland.com and click the view broadcast button on the homepage at service time. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (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
"Locally owned & directed"


WILLIAM OPALKA

1933 ~ 2020

An Uncle is a blessing
It means so many things
Words could never tell
The joy an uncle brings
An Uncle is a band of faith
That even time can’t sever
A gift to last all our lives
An uncle is forever.

William (Bill) Opalka, beloved husband of Geraldine Opalka, passed away in Medicine Hat on Friday, August 7, 2020, at the age of 87 years. Left to cherish his memory is his niece, Pam (Mike) Hole; nephew, Darren (Rose Ann) Rud; great-niece, Hannah Rud (Jeff Newman); as well as Gerry’s children, Brennan (Susan) Schneider and their family; Cindy (Tom) Roberts and their family. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Michalina Opalka; one sister, Minnie Rud and a brother-in-law, Tom Rud. He was a man with a strong belief in God and his Catholic faith was important to him. He held on to that faith until the end of his life. He enjoyed running well into his 70’s, playing bridge, and loved a good bowl of ice cream. He was a loving Uncle who cared for his nephew and niece as though they were his own kids. Uncle Bill always brought a present when he would visit, would plan great activities to parks followed by a trip to Dairy Queen for ice cream. Bill was an intelligent and generous man who took great pride in his work. He was extremely proud of his profession as a Chartered Accountant. He achieved his dream by going back to university and being named to the Alberta Bar while in his late 40’s. He cared deeply for those he was close to and has lifelong friends who will miss him very much. He struggled the last few years of his life with a mind that worked but a body that failed him. Bill’s family extends its gratitude for the kindness and patience of his many caregivers over the years. Due to Covid restrictions, a Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemtery. Those wishing to experience the service via the live stream are encouraged to visit http://www.cooksouthland.com and click the view broadcast button on the homepage at service time. Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made directly to either the United Way of South East Alberta, 928 Allowance Ave.SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3G7 or to Holy Family Parish (Bishop’s Appeal TIA), 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4V3. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouth land.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
"Locally owned & directed"


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