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By Obituaries on September 16, 2020.

1926 ~ Esther Gladys Dieterle ~ 2020

Gladys (Wittig) was born on June 6, 1926 on what was known in the Burstall area as Wittig Corners. She was the eldest child of George and Esther (Schlotthauer) Wittig. Gladys died peacefully in Medicine Hat on September 12, 2020.
Gladys met her true love Clarence Dieterle while he was on furlough from the RCAF, and they married in 1947. She will be interred on what would have been their seventy-third wedding anniversary. Gladys is adoringly remembered by her three loving daughters Patricia (David) Byron, Marilyn Dieterle and Kathleen (Neil) Burbidge; her grandchildren David (Amanda) Byron, Stephen (Nikkei) Byron, Liz Alexander (Sean McGladdery), Margo (Tim) Stewart, Matthew (Julie) Burbidge, Nelson (Christine) Burbidge and her great grandchildren Ben and Lily Byron, Abigail and Bruce Burbidge, Annie Burbidge and James Stewart.
Gladys became a teacher to fulfill her mother's wish. At the young age of 18 she left the security of her family and farm life and moved to Moose Jaw to begin her training. She completed the certification while also working for her room and board but spoke fondly of those memories. She taught for many years and often former students would stop to greet her and ask if she remembered them.
Gladys was predeceased by her devoted husband, Clarence; sister, Marlene and brothers, Bob and Fred. She will be dearly remembered by her sisters -in-law Edna Dieterle, Joyce Wittig, Gayle Wittig, Joyce Neigum and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Carmel Hospice St. Joseph’s Home, Medicine Hat. 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.

1929 ~ KAROLINE "LINE" GILL ~ 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Karoline Friedericka Gill on September 12, 2020. Born in 1929, Karoline was the daughter of Karl and Louisa Gerstenlauer of Eibensbach, Germany. She completed her early schooling in Eibensbach, though her later studies ended because of the war.
After the war ended, Line met a handsome bachelor, Waldemar Gill. When Waldemar immigrated to Canada in 1950, Waldemar and Line corresponded by air mail. Upon accepting Waldemar’s written invitation to join him and to build a life together in Redcliff, Alberta, she bravely moved to Canada in December of 1951. They wed in February of 1952; their union bore them six children.
Karoline worked at the greenhouses in Medicine Hat for many years, as well as providing catering services at the Redcliff German Canadian Harmony Club. She sang with the German Canadian Harmony Club Choir and was a faithful parishioner at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Karoline’s life was dedicated to Waldemar, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She showered all of her family with love, instilled a strong sense of family values and commitment, and maintained a spirit of adventure. Gardening was her second greatest passion, quiet grace was one of her most outstanding qualities.
After Waldemar’s passing in 2007, Karoline remained in her family home and maintained her steadfast commitment to her family and her gardens until shortly before her passing. Hers was a life well-lived.
Karoline is survived by her children Margot (Jack) Coleman, Megan (Artie) Eggins, Chris (Jaime); Irmgard (Neil) Leslie, Allison, Garth (Katelyn); Rita (Greg) Sumka, Mike (Janice), Mark (Angela); Dorothy (Paul) Casey, Sidney (Andrew) Fraser, Karl (Sarah); Harold (Corinne), Marissa, Cristen (Amir) Hamed, Jaime (Alex); Arthur (Geraldine), Graham and Joshua. She is survived by her brother, Walter (Elana) Gerstenlauer, sisters-in-law Erna Gill and Hilma (Jake) Schlenker. Also surviving her are five great-grandchildren: Izzy, Lyrah, Cayden, Everest, and Hakeem; many nieces and nephews survive her in Germany and here in Canada. She was predeceased by her parents, Karl and Louisa, her husband, Waldemar, her brothers Frederick, Hermann, Gotthilf, Paul, and her sister, Emma.
Given restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 virus, Karoline’s funeral is by invitation only. Friends wishing to pay their respects are welcome to do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, September 17, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church (515 Sprague Way) with Pastor Ken Edel officiating. Interment will follow in the Redcliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Association of Alberta or to a charity of your choice.
Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service 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.

To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Karoline Gill, 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 ~ ALICE MEIER ~ 2020

Alice Madelin Meier of Saskatoon, formerly of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the age of 86 years, beloved wife of the late Joseph Meier. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Myron (Sharon) Meier; her two grandchildren and one grandson, Travis (his son Liam) and Chad; three brothers, Jerry (Doreen) Walz, Edward (Shirley) Walz and Doug (Lynn) Walz; two sisters, Irene Schultz and Doreen (Gerald) Gronning. She was predeceased by her parents, Martin and Frances Walz; her husband Joseph on August 25, 2017; two sons, John and Joseph in infancy; four brothers, Pius, Raymond, Ken and Louis; two sisters, Emma and Alvina. A private family graveside service was held. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Alice Meier, 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

1937 ~ JOAN OBRITSCH ~ 2020

Joan Marilee Obritsch of Medicine Hat passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 82 years, beloved wife of the late Joe Obritsch. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children, Roger (Betty) Obritsch, Phyllis (Lance) Dirk, Albert Obritsch, Brent Obritsch, Janice (Scott) Wells, Miles Obritsch, and Mark (Stacey) Obritsch; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Boyd (Marie) Algee and Gary Algee; five sisters, Betty Obritsch, Phyllis Beedie, Heather Gray, Donna (Paul) MacDonald, and Beverly (Barry) Demone; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Madeline and Keith Algee; her husband Joe on July 12, 2017; one grandson, Scott Ries; her brother, Ronald Algee; three sisters, Patricia, Carol, and Paulette. Joan was born on November 5, 1937 in Purcells Cove near Halifax, Nova Scotia where she was raised. At the age of 16 she came to Saskatchewan and married Joe on February 27, 1953. They moved to the farm in the Fox Valley area where they farmed all their lives and raised their family. In the early 1980's, they moved to Medicine Hat where she resided until her passing. The Funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish, (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Iqbal Khurshid celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. If you wish to watch the funeral mass please go to and type in Medicine Hat Holy Family Church live stream or follow this link: Those who wish to remember Joan with adonation, may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society or the local S.P.C.A. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Joan Obritsch, 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 ~ 2020

Nina Mildred Rath passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at the age of 86 years. Her memory will be forever cherished in the heart of her beloved husband of 62 years, Melvin; son, Todd; daughter-in-law, Christine; grandsons, Matthew and Justin; brothers, Leonard (Beverly) and Jim (Cindy) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Nina was predeceased by her son, Russell; parents, Jack and Emma Stroh; sisters, Velma (Sam) and Delores (Peter) and Melvin’s parents, Mike and Pauline Rath. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to attend the interment are asked to gather at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at 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
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