November 27th, 2020

August 22, 2020

By Destinee Mattson on August 22, 2020.

1160 Obituaries

1930 ~ SHEILA VOGEL ~ 2020

Sheila “Laura” Vogel of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at the age of 89 years. The funeral service was held yesterday at FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD. Donation’s in Sheila’s memory may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank or to Gideons International in Canada. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Sheila Vogel. 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.


1948 ~ LINDA KOEHLE ~ 2020

Linda Koehle of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Leslie Koehle, passed away peacefully at Masterpiece Southland Meadows on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 at the age of 72 years. Linda will be lovingly remembered by her son, Randall (Monelle); daughter, Kerry (Bill); and her four grandchildren. Linda was predeceased by her husband Leslie. She was an avid golfer and dog lover. Memorial gifts in Linda’s memory may be made to the, S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Linda Koehle. 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.


ALEC STUBER

1933 ~ 2020

Mr. Alec Stuber, beloved husband of Judy Stuber, passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Friday, August 14, 2020, at the age of 86 years. He will be dearly missed by his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Alec was a farmer / rancher and a school bus driver for over 40 years. In honouring his wishes, there will be a private, by invitation, columbarium placement at Hillside Cemetery at a later date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Alec’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. 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”


ANITA MARGARET SCHMIDT (nee Labbé)

January 12, 1934 ~ May 27, 2020

Peacefully, on Wednesday, May 27, our dear Mom and Baba passed away at Beacon Hill Lodge in Winnipeg, MB., with her two daughters by her side. She was 86 years old. Anita is survived by her daughters, Janet (Dave) and Susan (Claude); daughters-in-law, Tara and Wanda; grandchildren, Trevor, Katie, Chelsea, Lindsay, Cody and Steven as well as great-grandchildren, Oliver, Aven, Luke, Riley, Ivy and Felix. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; sons, Jigger and Fred and granddaughter, Miranda. A Celebration of Anita’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., with Deacon Terry Olson officiating. Due to current restrictions in place from the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding COVID – 19, the funeral service will be limited to no more than 100 attendees including family and funeral home staff. Anita’s celebration will be live streamed through the Cook Southland website. 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. Private Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery with the family joining friends for the fellowship thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Anita’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Road, N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5 or to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, 120 – 6835 Railway Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2V6. 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”


BARDUAGNI, Orlando

January 8, 1938 – August 11, 2020

Orlando Barduagni passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the age of 82 years. Orlando was born in Fano, Italy on January 8, 1938 and immigrated to Canada the age of 18 years. Not long after, he started working for CP Rail as a section man (maintenance gangs) in Bassano, AB. He later moved on to working for Maple Leaf Mills in Medicine Hat, AB (currently ADM Milling in Calgary, AB) until he retired to Calgary at the age of 65 years. Orlando married Maggie (Kowalawski) on July 9, 1966 and were happily married for 54 years. He enjoyed polka dancing with his wife; dressing up in his cowboy boots, belt, and hat when he was not working; and building things out of wood while whistling and singing Italian folk songs. Orlando is survived by his wife Maggie; his four children: Tim (Annette), Corey, and Dori (all of Calgary), and Margaret (Mark) of Medicine Hat. He will be deeply missed by his five grandchildren: Michael, Kayla, Demicia, Dalton and Hunter; as well as his sister Giuliana, and numerous family and friends in Italy and across Europe. Orlando was predeceased by his parents Clemente and Maria, as well as his two brothers, Giorgio and Guerrino (Carlo). Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Orlando’s family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. The family would like to express gratitude to the nursing staff at Bethany Riverview for the care he received. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199


DIRK, Jerome “Jerry” Michael

August 17, 1937 – Prelate, Saskatchewan

August 17, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Jerome Dirk of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home with his family on Monday, August 17, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Jerry was born to John and Erma Dirk in Prelate, Saskatchewan, the youngest of eight children. The family moved between Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC until they settled in Medicine Hat where Jerry graduated from high school. He followed this with technical school, eventually becoming a Master Electrician and Registered Electrical Engineering Technologist.

Upon moving to Calgary, Jerry was lucky to meet the girl in the apartment next door, and he married Dianne Story in 1965. Jerry was particularly proud of the three years he and Dianne spent in St. Kitts in the Caribbean where he taught at a technical college for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Now with three children, Jerry and Dianne settled their family in Lethbridge, AB and started their own electrical and mechanical contracting company. Many happy times were had camping, skiing and working around the yard. Jerry was never short of projects to work on and could often be found in his garage repairing something that wasn’t ready to be thrown out. He finally retired from UMA Engineering.

Jerry valued helping others and volunteered his time and skills to the Lethbridge Catholic Charities Clothes Bank, L’Arche and the Condo Association Board of Directors. He enjoyed a challenging game of bridge, square dancing, and was a volunteer handyman for anyone with something that needed fixing. Jerry enjoyed doing Sudoku, reading novels, collecting coins and never turned down a Crown Royal with a splash of water. He loved spending his retirement driving his fifth-wheel camping trailer, with his wife Dianne, exploring North America continent-wide.

Jerry is survived by his daughters, Michele (Carson) Harding of Calgary, Colleen (Andrew) Marples of Denver, Colorado; and son Brian (Joyce) Dirk of Wellington, Utah; his nine grandchildren will miss him dearly, Rachel, Peter and Jennifer of Calgary, AB, Courtney of San Antonio, Texas, David, Lucas and Sydney of Denver, Colorado, and Michael and Nathan of Wellington, Utah.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife Dianne Dirk, his parents, Armelia (Erma) Volk and John George Dirk, and six siblings.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church (2223 – 34 Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service will take place in Lethbridge at a future date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Jerry’s obituary at http://www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Jerry Dirk, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


ERVYN EVAN ORCUTT

August 11, 1936 – August 14, 2020

Ervyn “Evan” Orcutt passed away on August 14th, 2020 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sharon (Dave) Cope, Donald Orcutt and Frances (Gino, deceased) Cassino; as well as stepsons, Henry (Gerry) Funk, Bernie (Eileen) Funk, Phillip Funk, Jake (Debbie) Funk and John (Cheryl) Funk; his cousin, Kathy (Stan) Blaikie; and niece, Donna Hake. Evan was also blessed with many grandchildren, step-grand children, and great grand children. He is predeceased by his brothers, Richard (Dawnette) Orcutt and Don (Fran) Orcutt; his wives, Margaret (Funk) and Edith (Rock); as well as the mother of his three children, Yvonne (Carlson). Evan was born in Edson, Alberta to Richard and Dorothy (nee Cooper) Orcutt. At sixteen years of age, Evan went to work for the CN Railway in Edson Alberta. His co-workers affectionately called him “Boots”, for the large rubber boots he wore to slug through the Alberta mud. Evan made friends wherever he went. He had a great sense of humour and a sparkle in his eye. He took great pleasure in music and dancing. He lived a full life, fishing, gardening, feeding the birds, building, fixing cars, and being a jack of all trades to his family and friends. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ervyn Orcutt. 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.


In Memory Of

HEINZ TRAICHEL

February 16, 1940 – August 2, 2020

It is with heavy hearts the family of Heinz Traichel wish to announce his sudden passing while visiting Germany on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the age of 80 years.

Heinz is survived by the beloved mother and grandmother of their children and grandchildren, Lydia Traichel. He also leaves to cherish his memory Karen (Gary) Botter and their children, Jennifer, Lindsey, and Nathan; Anita (Kelly) Reid and their children, Harrison and Karliana; Sandra Traichel (fiancé, Zachary Mauch); Stephan Traichel; Mark Traichel and his children Julia, Carmen, Anika, James and their mother Gwen Traichel (Mark’s partner Kate Grimsdale and her son Karter); sister Brunhilde “Bruni” (Art) Schlenker; sister-in-law Frieda Freitag, brothers-in-law Gus (Doris) Stojke and Herb Stojke (Julie Hrup) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Rudolf and Emma Traichel; sisters-in-law Marg Stojke and Irene Stojke and brother-in-law Arnold Freitag. Heinz was born in Brienne, Bessarabia (Romania) on Feb 16, 1940. The family was resettled to Poland from 1940 – 1943 due to WWII and eventually settled in southern Germany. It was here that Heinz saw a blacksmith and knew as a young lad that his ambition was to work with steel. In 1956, the family immigrated to Canada and bought a mixed farm where he worked many evenings and weekends. He shared that he was one of the youngest fellows to start his apprenticeship at the age of 16 and received his welding certification at the age of 20. Following this he was employed at SF Scott Manufacturing and Northwest Nitro. In 1962, Heinz married Lydia and together they raised five children on an acreage while running a business, farm and many other business ventures. He taught us all with perseverance and determination that we could accomplish anything we set our mind to. Wonderful memories were made on many family vacations going boating, camping and being fortunate to share his love for travel in both Europe and North America. In 1968, Heinz fulfilled his lifelong dream and ambition to be an entrepreneur and owned and operated Gas City Welding, then Gas City Truck Body Equipment Ltd. and later Gas City Metals and Recycling Ltd. Being in business suited his independent, determined and positive nature. He developed and maintained many good business relations as well as friendships with his employees and the wider community of Medicine Hat and Cypress County over the course of 50 years in business. Heinz also enjoyed the ring of the auctioneers gavel both as a buyer and seller of equipment which developed a lifelong friendship with Jim Schlenker of Schlenker Auction Service. Heinz lived his life to the fullest and never let his age dampen his enthusiasm for enjoying life and taking risks. He shared his enjoyment of boating, water and snow skiing, parasailing, and his passion for motorbikes, planes and antique cars with family and friends. In addition, he was always generous with his time and resources to help those down on their luck, as well as the local church, community association and others. Heinz will be affectionately remembered for his appreciation for a good laugh and a joke – especially his own! This usually involved a quotable quote in German which dad would share with those of us who understood German…Das Leben ist schön und teuer. Mann kann es auch billiger machen aber dann ist es nicht mehr so schön. Dad, we hope you enjoy your last ride in the Caddy! Due to COVID restrictions both the funeral service and celebration of life are by invitation only. The funeral service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Mike Leist officiating. Private family interment will follow at Little Plume Church Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held thereafter at Kin Coulee Park from 2 – 4 p.m. Should you wish to attend please reach out to Karen at 425-984-3819 or at kbbotter@outlook.com. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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 MacPHAIL

1977 ~ 2020

‘Billy’

William Robert MacPhail, passed away in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Sunday, August 16, 2020, at the age of 43 years. He is survived by his father, William; mother, Martha; brothers, Tom, Randy and sister, Cindy; children, Issac, Will and Kane; his aunt, Betty and uncle, Donny. Billy will be greatly missed by all family and friends. He was born in Edmonton and was raised in Medicine Hat. The family would like to offer a special thank you to Brothers Without Colors (The Dawgs) for their continued support. A Celebration of Billy’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Williams name may be made in directly to the Redcliff Youth Centre, 19 Main Street South, Redcliff, Alberta T0J 2P0. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this Funeral Service will be by invitation only. Those wishing to watch the service via Live Streaming are invited to click on the link on the website at http://www.cooksouthland.com just prior the service time. (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”


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