September 30th, 2020

September 5, 2020

By Destinee Mattson on September 5, 2020.

1160 Obituaries

1930 ~ Frank Joseph Gechter ~ 2020

The family of Frank Gechter sadly announce his passing into the arms of Jesus Christ his savior on September 1, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Frank leaves behind his wife, Rose of nearly 69 years; sons, Rodney (Conny), Dwayne (Eleanor) and Brian. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David (Jennifer), Tara (Clayton), Krista, Melanie, Michelle (Jason) and Shaun; six great grandchildren. His sister, Annette Huisman; sister-in-law Raymonde Gechter; brother-in-law Dennis (Nova) Kletchko and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his brothers, Alois (Elizabeth) and Bernhard; daughter-in-law Debra. Frank was born January 28, 1930 to Ralph and Alice Gechter in Medicine Hat. He was raised and lived on the family farm at Whitla until 2000 when he semi-retired in Medicine Hat but he still had an interest in farming and his Angus cattle (rarely missing a cattle sale). Frank belonged to numerous organizations and was a founding member of the Medicine Hat Co-op serving 30 years as director. He also served 14 years as a delegate for the UFA. Frank was on the Whitla community board and helped in 1969 and 2006 write the Whitla History books. Frank also enjoyed curling and playing cribbage, especially with Brian and Dwayne. He will be dearly missed. A private family service will be held. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Frank Gechter. 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.


1943 – JAMES HILLSON – 2020

Reverend James “Jim” Henry Hillson of Medicine Hat passed away near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the age of 77 years. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons Mark (Shannon) Hillson of Vancouver Island and Brendan (Carole) Hillson, two granddaughters Madeleine and Josephine; and Bonnie Simpson and Mary-Ann Britt, all of Medicine Hat; one brother, Jack (Annmarie) Hillson of Saskatoon as well as his niece Stephanie and nephew John; stepchildren Dominic Baril and Ginette Chay (her children, Amy, Vanessa Berg and Caitlyn Baril). James was predeceased by his wife, Janet (Campbell) in 2004 and two brothers, Glen and Bill. Jim’s only calling was to be a minister, a position which he was born to and loved. He led his first service at age 19 at his childhood home of Briercrest, Saskatchewan, and was ordained with the United Church of Canada in 1967. His work was chiefly in Calgary, where he was the first minister of Robert McClure United Church; in Medicine Hat at Fifth Avenue Memorial Church; as well as Trail, BC and Vancouver. Upon retirement, he returned to Medicine Hat where he happily occupied his time with his granddaughters’ sports, family dinners, church activities and bridge. 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 Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, (476 – 4th Street S.E.) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Pollard, Rev. Linda Ervin, and Rev. Joel Den Haan co-officiating. To assist the church with contact tracing, please call – 403-526-2237 or email the church – office@famunitedchurch.ca and register to attend. Please include in the email your name, address, and phone number. Those who are unable to attend are welcome to view the funeral live on the “Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church” Facebook page. If you wish to remember Rev. Hillson with a donation, you may do so to Doctors Without Borders online at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: James Hillson, 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


1944 ~ FLORENCE FINCER ~ 2020 

With great sorrow we announce that Florence Fincer (born in Bucharest, Romania) passed away in Medicine Hat on August 31, 2020 at the age of 76 years. She was a kind, loving mother and grandmother, who extended her love to more than her family. She was a scholar and her work and social contributions inspired many. She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Sergiu (Lydia) Ciubotaru and George (Mihaela) Ciubotaru; her grandchildren, Alexandra, Andreas, and Jason (Danielle). She was predeceased by her parents Livia and Petre Niculescu. A special thank you to Dr. Ajaz Ahmad and the Dialysis Unit staff, Dr. Lysack, Dr. Jeraj, Homecare and Palliative care nurses for their kindness and dedication in caring for Florence in the last 2 years. A private funeral service will be take place in the PATTISON CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers those who wish to remember Florence with a donation may do so to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation – tribute to Florence Fincer. Cheques made payable to MH&D Health Foundation 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 or online at http://www.InYourCommunity.ca. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to:office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Florence Fincer 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


1955 ~ SANDRA ROSS ~ 2020

Sandra Lynn Ross of Medicine Hat passed away on September 3, 2020 at the age of 65 years. She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Ryan (Gina) Fitzgerald and Robin Fitzgerald all of Medicine Hat; her mother, Marian “Sunny” (Al) Ingram of Viking; one grandchild, Aidan Fitzgerald; two step grandchildren, Kendra Pels-Waton, and Rylan Pels; and one step sister, Sherry Ingram. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday between 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. 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. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service 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: Sandra Ross, 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


1986 ~ MITCHELL SERR ~ 2020

It is with heavy hearts, the family of Mitchell Clarke Serr announces his passing at the age of 34. A most loved son, family member and friend passed away August 27, 2020. Mitchell is survived by his loving parents Cathryn and Ron Trieber; Larry Serr; and Mitchell’s “little” family Dez, Hayden, Jayce & Hayley. Mitchell also leaves to cherish his memory his aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Mitch loved his family and friends fiercely, and was loved by so many more. His smile and personality would light up an entire room, his creativity and artistic talent will be cherished by many. Mitch will always be remembered for love, laughter, and happiness he brought to everyone around him. Those wishing to pay their respects and share fellowship with Mitch’s family are invited to do so on Monday, September 7, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB (Please use the Chapel Doors). A Celebration of Mitchell’s life which will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, please watch for further details regarding the time and location. Mitchell was so proud of his Tattoo Artwork so please feel free to attend Mitch’s Celebration with yours on display. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Mitchell Serr. 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.



ANITA SCHMIDT

Deacon Terry led an intimate gathering at Cook’s Funeral Home this past Saturday, honouring the life of Mrs. Anita Schmidt. Her gentle, compassionate nature will live on within the hearts of all those who knew her.

Her caring and gentle nature,

Will live on for generations to come,

She lived a faith filled life,

Now with the Lord, as one.

Her Life Lived…

Her Life Cherished…

Her Life Honoured.

Courtesy of

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”


Dr. TERRY LAW

August 8, 1943 – August 31, 2020

Dr. Terry Law was born Terrance Herbert Law on April 8, 1943, to the Reverend Herbert and Ann Law of Four Corners, Saskatchewan, Canada. He passed into the presence of his Lord on August 31, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Terry was preceded in death by his wife, Janice (D’Arpa) Law. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Law, and children Misty Law Flurry, Scot Law, Rebecca Law, Shawna Law Lawrence, Jason Law, Laurie Law Wilson, and David Wolfer, and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his family in Medicine Hat, Lorne and Lois Taylor, Lyle, Sharon and Linda Taylor as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebrated graduate of Oral Roberts University, Class of 1969, Terry Law’s ministry as an evangelist and humanitarian for Christ spanned some fifty-four years, taking him into more than 100 nations, from the plains of western Canada to the deserts of Iraq, with special emphasis on closed nations.

Dr. Law’s early career began 1969, when he and the late pianist, Larry Dalton, formed “Living Sound,” a ministry that pioneered contemporary music concerts with preaching of the Gospel. During its seventeen-year run, Living Sound grew from its original thirteen members into four fulltime teams that won tens of thousands to Christ in dozens of nations on six continents. Along the way, he devoted himself to both evangelistic preaching and extensive humanitarian efforts, whether personally smuggling bags of rice across the frozen Tumen River into North Korea, delivering food, medicine, and clothing to refugees from al-Qaeda and ISIS, or preaching to audiences as large as a quarter million people in Poland. For these and his other efforts, Dr. Law gained the trust of such luminaries as his friend, Pope John Paul II, and the Presidents of Iraq and today’s Iraqi Kurdistan, where religious freedom initiatives he began in recent years are still in progress.

For all these achievements, Dr. Law’s proudest accomplishment and greatest legacy are the lives of his children, as well as the hundreds of ministries that sprang up from his preaching and discipleship. Throughout his life, he broke barriers thought impenetrable and ran into the storms that everyone else fled. He was, as the name of his life story suggests, a true “Storm Chaser.”

The Funeral Service can be viewed online on Tuesday, September 8 at 1pm CST (12pm MT) at http://www.Facebook.com/OralRoberts Universtiy./

For friends wishing to honor Dr. Terry Law’s life, donations may be given to Terry’s unfinished project: Fresh Water for the Ninevah Plains. Terry’s heart long burned with love and compassion for the people of this region. He recently began a project to provide fresh water to the villages of Kurdistan. If you would like to help complete this project, you may go to: http://www.terrylawspeaks.com/donate to contribute or mail donations to: 5109 E 107th Place, Tulsa, OK 74137.


EMILY KESSLER

Oct. 29, 1931 ~ Sept. 3, 2020

Emily Kessler, beloved wife of the late Edward Kessler, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society in Medicine Hat on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 88 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her two children, Peggy Anderson and Alan (Cheryl) Kessler; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Emily was predeceased by her parents, Tony and Frances Schlosser; brother, Bill Schlosser and sister, Irma Schlosser. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Good Samaritan Society for their exceptional care and kindness. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Emily’s life will be held at a later date. (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”


HEINZ TRAICHEL

Some of Heinz’s precious antique cars were on display this past Saturday as relatives and friends joined the family in saying farewell to this much loved man. His laughter will be missed!

Generous to a fault,

Always extending a helping hand,

Heinz’s adventures now continue,

In the graces of God’s land.

His Life Lived…

His Life Cherished…

His Life Honoured.

Courtesy of

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”


JAMES WADDELL

1937 ~ ‘Grumpy Jim’ ~ 2020

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Bev’s husband and best friend of 56 years, James Glen Waddell ‘Grumpy Jim’, passed away after a short and intense battle with cancer. Along with his beloved wife, Beverly, Jim will be lovingly remembered by his son, Robert (Della); grandchildren, Ashley (Blaire), Jason, Kymberly (Richard) and Connor as well as great-grandchildren, Brayden and Arya, Todd, Troy, Rhianna, Lexi, and Beckett. He is also survived by his sister, Vera; sisters-in-law, Patty (Sid) and Susan; niece, Shauna as well as nephews, Scott, Jim (Karen), Lindsay (Lynette), Troy (Annie), Nathan (Abby) and their children. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jody Waddell-Wenaas; parents, Robert and Sybil Waddell; sister and brother-in-law, Doug and Mary Moser as well as his mother and father-in-law, Dave and Caroline Unger. Jim was born in Medicine Hat on December 11, 1937, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He loved spending his mornings with his coffee buddies at the D&D Diner – Petro Canada. Jim was a Navy veteran, an avid hunter, fisherman and a huge sports fan. He worked for Dowell for many years following his Navy career, then started his own oil field consulting company “Grumpy Jim Wellsite Supervision” and retired in 2010. Jim and Bev moved back to Medicine Hat in 2012, where they have continued to reside. A Come & Go Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at D&D Diner, 820 Redcliff Drive S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB., T2E 2P5. (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”


Matilda (Tillie) L. Robinson

July 19, 1935 – Sep. 1, 2020

Mom is now singing with the angels. She

passed away in her Edmonton home Sep.

01,2020. Amazing mother of son Keith Roth

of Medicine Hat and daughter Kathy Roth

(Mark Petaske)of Edmonton. Predeceased

by daughter Barbara Roth, husbands Ben

Roth and Edgar Robinson. She is the last of

her 13 siblings to pass away.

Tillie’s greatest loves were her

grandchildren Michael, Robert, Mitchell,

Nicholas, step-granddaughter Larissa, and

singing from the bottom of her heart. She

will be sadly missed.


TYLER RAE

July 9, 1972 ~ September 1, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Tyler McKenzie Rae announce his passing on September 1, 2020, after a courageous and quiet battle with cancer. Tyler was born in Missoula, Montana, and while moving to Medicine Hat as a baby, Montana always held a special place in his heart. He spent every summer ripping it up on Flathead Lake, and later, asked Kim to marry him on the family dock under the magnificent stars.

True to his last day, Tyler was a fiercely loyal and kind friend. He treasured his many lifelong friends with all his heart. The first of these were made attending Vincent Massey and Crescent Heights High schools. Later, through sports and other interests, Tyler met a few more people that remained important to him. And then, along came the Monday Night Football crew, his true brothers. He treasured the frequent laughs, debates, bantering and above all respect. Tyler’s Monday night friends shared a bond beyond football pride and in the end, walked the hard walk beside him.

At the core of Tyler’s heart was his beloved family. His foundation: Mom, Dad, Gran, friend and sister Erica. His pride and joy was the family he built with Kim, Kassidy, Kobe and Kiera. Kassidy was his hope, Kobe his rock and Kiera his light. Each of Tyler’s children has inherited a special part of him – his quick wit, his deep loyalty and his humble wisdom. His love, belief and pride in his children will live on.

Kim and Tyler were best friends. They were drawn together by mutual respect, love and commitment to family. This remains and shall forever remain.

Tyler leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 21 years, Kim and three beautiful children, Kassidy, Kobe, and Kiera. Tyler also leaves his devoted mother, MaryEllen, his special friend and sister, Erica and family – husband Bob, Grace and Freddy Graham. He was also loved by his father-in-law, Tom; sister-in-law, Leanne and his brother-in-law, Brad (Janice, Haley, Chloe, and Brody) Herman. Tyler will also be remembered by his extended family.

He was predeceased by special people: Dad, Bill, Gran, Marian, and mother-in-law, Antonia.

A Private Celebration of Tyler’s life will be held in the coming days. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). Those wishing to remember Tyler may do so through a donation to the Medicine Hat College Foundation – Rattlers Athletics, 299 College Drive S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3Y6. 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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