November 27th, 2020

August 15, 2020

By Destinee Mattson on August 15, 2020.

1160 Obituaries

1930 – WILF MAYER – 2020

Wilfred “Wilf” Mayer of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the age of 90 years, beloved husband of the late Alice Mayer. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 1:30 – 2:25 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Dennis Betker and Pastor Danny Gales co-officiating. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend any public funeral service at our facility by going to and search for Pattison Funeral Home. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time on the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Wilf with a donation, may do so to the Glenview Church of the Nazarene 4235 Black and White Trail, Medicine Hat, T1A 8G8. 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. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Wilf Mayer, 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

1934 ~ DENNIS (IKE) PINDER ~ 2020

Dennis “Ike” Pinder passed away Sunday, August 9th, 2020. The funeral service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel. Memorial gifts in Dennis’ name may be made to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, Palliser Health Authority: Home Care c/o Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation or to a charity of your choosing. Condolences may be sent through or to 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.

1942 ~ William (Bill) Patrick Degenhardt ~ 2020

Bill passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday August 11th, 2020 at the age of 78 years after a brave fight that never pushed him to complain or take the smile from his face. Bill enjoyed visits from his family and friends, especially if they came for Happy Hour. Bill was born in Leader Saskatchewan and moved to Medicine Hat as a young boy where he later met the love of his life Annie, married & raised their family together. He is survived by his two children, Patrick (Lisa) Degenhardt and Michaelene (Doug) Spencer; his four grandchildren, Billie and Leighton Spencer and Payton and Jaxon Degenhardt; his sisters, Delores (Dick) Edwards, Valeri (Rick) Stefani; brother, John Degenhardt; sisters-in-law, Gerry Degenhardt and Vivian Anhelher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Annie Degenhardt and his brother, Michael Degenhardt. Bill loved to play as hard as he worked and truly enjoyed doing both; family and friends were always welcomed in his home. Plenty of food and cold beer were on hand all the time. Cooking and feeding his friends and family was a great source of happiness, and if 10 people were expected there would be enough food for 30 people. Bill’s warm heart and sly sense of humour will be missed by all that knew him. Bill loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his grandchildren whenever possible. After leaving his home of 40 years, Bill enjoyed his stay at Masterpiece where his family and friends could come visit with him at Happy Hour. His care givers at Masterpiece and the MHRH Dialysis unit became his extended family and he appreciated them all immensely. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the Dialysis Unit c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading William Degenhardt. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


June 15, 1922 – Irvine, Alberta

August 10, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Howard Arnold, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the age of 98 years.

Howard was born on a farm in Irvine, AB, and following his schooling, moved to Medicine Hat, AB. He joined the Armed Forces in 1939 and was a heavy Artillery in WWII. During the war, he met the love of his life, Edith, and they were married in 1945. Howard returned to Medicine Hat and went to work for Alberta Clay Products. In 1958, Howard went to work for Canada Post as a letter carrier until 1987 when he retired. He was always known for his happy attitude with his work and infectious smile. In 2001, Howard and Edith decided to move to Calgary in order to be closer to their family. Howard was engaged in many charitable organizations including the Royal Canadian Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fraternal Order of Elks, and an officer in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Howard is survived by his daughter Nena (Ray) Fuller, son Darell (Bev) Arnold, son Neil Arnold and son-in-law Thomas Sobkowich. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and a great-great- grandchild. Howard was predeceased by his loving wife Edith in 2005, his daughter Lolita Sobkowich in 2018.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Howard’s obituary at http://www.McInnisand

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of Howard Arnold, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


January 11, 1933 ~ August 11, 2020

Beatrice Eileen Hirsch, beloved wife of Peter Hirsch, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the age of 87 years. She was born on January 11, 1933, in Golden Prairie, SK., and went to school in Golden Prairie and Medicine Hat. Beatrice married Peter John Hirsch in Medicine Hat on June 30, 1951, starting their married life in Tunstall, SK., where Peter worked as an elevator agent. A few years later, they started farming full-time, moved to Golden Prairie and continued to expand their farming operation until their retirement in 1986, when they moved to Medicine Hat. Peter often called Bea his ‘right hand man’ as she was an excellent farmer’s wife. Beatrice not only worked on the farm but also at the local general store. Their house always welcomed many friends and neighbours for social gatherings. She loved to sing and play the electric organ and was an avid gardener which included both flowers and vegetables. She participated in curling, bowling, golf and loved to watch the Blue Jays with Peter. Her fondest vacations included a road trip with family to Seattle in 2011 to watch the Blue Jays and a family Christmas vacation to Disney World in 1993. Along with her beloved husband, Peter, Beatrice will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of her children, Charlotte (Wayne) Wheeler, Braden (Margaret) Hirsch and Michelle Hirsch; grandchildren, Ryan Wheeler, Kevin Gejdos, Jordan (Alyssa) Hirsch, and Devon (Kristy) Hirsch; great-grandchildren, Dylan Gejdos, Brooklyn Gejdos, Oakley Wheeler and Willow Hirsch as well as her brother, Stan (Gail) Sulz. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Natalia Sulz; sister, Lillian Kohls; brother, Marvin Sulz; granddaughter, Yvonne Gejdos and daughter-in-law, Lesley Hirsch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this Funeral Service will be by invitation only. Those wishing to watch the service via Live Streaming on the internet are invited to click on the link on the website at just prior to the service time. The celebration of Beatrice’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Beatrice’s life may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta. T2N 1Z6. (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 “Locally owned & directed”


1952 ~ 2020

Karl Ludwig Mueller of Medicine Hat, Alberta passed away on August 8th, 2020 at the age of 67 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his two sons, Lu (Ludwig) Mueller and Karl-William Mueller; his sister MaryAnn Mueller (Toby Weisgerber); and nephew, Matthew Weisgerber. Karl was born in Heidelberg, Germany on December 11, 1952 to Fritz and Anne Mueller. They immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Medicine Hat. In 1957, Karl’s sister MaryAnn was born. Karl graduated from Medicine Hat High School before attending Medicine Hat College. He attended the University of Calgary, graduating in 1975 (B.Sc. Hon.). Karl then moved to Victoria, British Columbia to study Psychology at the University of Victoria on a full scholarship. There, he met and married his first partner Cheryl Mallette. After graduating from the University of Victoria (M.A., Ph.D.) he began his career as a Registered Psychologist, providing Counselling and Educational Psychology services in Victoria. With the birth of his son Lu, in 1985, Karl packed up the family and moved to Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan where he worked as a School Psychologist for many rural schools in the north-central region. A few years later the family decided to return to BC, settling in Castlegar where his son William was born in 1991. With a new addition to the family, Karl accepted a position as a Child Psychologist at the Trail Children’s Development Centre and also had a successful private practice. In 2004 Karl returned to his beloved hometown of Medicine Hat to begin a new chapter in his life. He accepted a position as a Statistics Instructor in the Division of Science & Health Studies at Medicine Hat College (his Alma Mater). For his dedication and outstanding work at Medicine Hat College, Karl was recognized with a Service Achievement Award in 2012 and a 15 Year Service Award in 2019. In his work for the college, Karl was known for being an enthusiastic and innovative instructor who always had great consideration for his students and colleagues. Outside of his work as an instructor, Karl often volunteered his time and participated in many college and community activities. Karl worked passionately and tirelessly as an Instructor at the college from 2004 until his retirement in 2020. Karl’s dedication and passion for helping others extended far beyond his work. For over 20 years, Karl was a distinguished member and often acting President of Jest Toastmasters. Karl was also a significant member of the Archaeological Society of Alberta – Southeastern Centre, where he has served as Director, President, and Past President. Karl was a devoted and fun-loving father who always encouraged his sons to expand their horizons. He was adventurous and enjoyed trying new things, going to new places, and sharing what he discovered with his children. As a child himself, affectionately nicknamed “Loots” by his sister MaryAnn, he learned carpentry from his father. He enjoyed making puzzles from wood and built a birdhouse which was used by many sparrows. Even as an adult, Karl had a fantastic sense of humour and never lost his appreciation for fun novelties like magic tricks, illusions, and brain teasers. He loved watching old movies and listening to music such as The Beatles, Burton Cummings, and Leonard Cohen. He approached everyday problems with unconventional and brilliant solutions. Karl was very proud of his German heritage and greatly enjoyed visiting his birthplace of Heidelberg. Karl’s presence will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, students, and countless others who have had the pleasure of meeting him. We give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Medicine Hat Hospital for their care and support of Karl and his family. A private time of remembrance will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Karl Mueller. 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


Gwen Louise Herbert of Red Deer, Alberta passed away at The Red Deer Hospice on March 30, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Gwen leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved partner Gil Grusie of Red Deer, her daughter Terri (Robert) Bainbridge of Hinton, her sons: Dean (Allison) Kapcala of Medicine Hat and David Kapcala of Calgary, her Grandchildren Derek Ballantyne & Great Granddaughter Taylor, Granddaughter Roechelle Ballantyne,

Great Granddaughters, Kaylee, Cambrie, Loic & Adley & Granddaughter Allie Kapcala, her sister Jo-Ann (Reg) Ovendon , nephew Kirk Butuk, nieces Collette Cox and Kim Orszulak.

She was predeceased by her husband Allan Herbert, her parents Cecil & Blanche Scofield & her sister Irene Eeles.

Gwen was born May 5, 1940 in Medicine Hat and spent many years here raising her family & working as an Executive Assistant for Dowell.

She was an independent person and a very private person except with a few. She had long time friends from school that remained her friends throughout her life. Gwen loved bowling, gardening and dancing. She had a passion for quilting and loved the time spent with her family. She was loved and will always be remembered.

A private family graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery with Reverend Jeff Lackie officiating. Condolences can be sent to If desired a donation can be made in her memory to the: or by mail Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Ave. Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6

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