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September 9, 2020

By Obituaries on September 9, 2020.

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 was 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.


1930 ~ PAUL TUCHSCHERER ~ 2020

The family of Paul Tuchscherer sadly announce his passing on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. PATRICK ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Memorial gifts in Paul’s name may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Paul Tuchscherer. 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 – JIM HILLSON – 2020

Cousin Jim
by Paula Stromberg
“Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, I never suspected how proud I would eventually feel about my cousin Jim Hillson. In the 1970’s, when I was coming out as a lesbian in Vancouver, I was awestruck when I opened Macleans Magazine to see a news story with my very own cousin, a heterosexual United Church minister, speaking out about LGBT ordination, and the importance of the church welcoming gay congregants as well as honouring same-sex unions.
What bravery in that era in Canada to convey the findings of a Church task force on human sexuality. Many clergy disagreed with the findings, magazine readers wrote letters registering disapproval, but Jim was a stalwart spokesperson, communicating a message of inclusion and acceptance. Back then, Jim had no idea about my personal journey, but much later I told him I’d felt ten steps ahead because of him.
For all these years I have I bragged to my queer friends about this courageous, ground-breaking cousin of mine: His vision and his decency. He was fun.
Over the past several years, we phoned each other about once a month to catch up. In addition to proud updates on his son Mark on Vancouver Island, he often said he was glad he had moved to Medicine Hat to have daily contact with Brendan, Carole, Maddie and Josie, as well as Bonnie and Maryann. He was tickled at being the morning go-fer for the bakery. Jim loved his family and delighted in their daily doings. I too felt cared about by him and was touched by the way he included my partner as part of the family. I loved Jim. I am among the many who will miss him”.
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


MARVIN MASER

April 27, 1948 – September 4, 2020
Surrounded by love, Marvin Maser died in Medicine Hat on September 4, 2020, at the age of 72 years. His memory will be cherished by his loving wife Pearl, children; daughter Mindy (Jim) Kirk and children Kieran, Isla and Bryn (Australia); son Kurtis (Carmen) Maser, children Kage, Eve, Max; daughter Paige (Chan) Phon, children Taeya and Rowan. Mother-in-law Nesta Hunter, aunt Frieda Gazdag, four sisters, three brothers and their families; seven sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and their families. Predeceased by his parents, Martha and Kayo, father-in-law Jim Hunter, two sisters and one nephew and two nieces. Marvin was born in Medicine Hat and grew up on a farm near Irvine. Marvin was proud to have spent 40 years in the oil and gas industry. Marvin and Pearl were married in 1977, they had three children and eight grandchildren who were the light of his life. There will be a private family service held in his memory. Memorial contributions can be made to A.J.’s Loan Cupboard or to Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Marvin Maser, 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


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