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January 7, 2021

By Obituaries on January 7, 2021.

1916 ~ SALLY WINDER ~ 2021

Celestine “Sally” Winder of Medicine Hat passed away on January 1, 2021 at the age of 104 years. She will be remembered with love by her children Donald Dirk and Diane (Murray) McCartney, daughter-in-law Marjorie Dirk, grandchildren Desiree (Bryan) Coyle, Denise Dirk-Feininger, Aaron Dirk, Miles (Kathryn Monaghan) Dirk, Tracy (Janice) Dirk, Dean Dirk, Shane (Nancy) Dirk and Troy Dirk, eight great-grandchildren (and six great-great-grandchildren), Hannah Polonsky, Christina Dirk (Aislynn), Ashlee Poppe (Haylee and Kallie), Justin (Krystin) Dirk (Jack, Nate), Quentin Dirk, Brady Dirk, Krystal Dirk and Theresa (Morgan Carnelli) Dirk (Rowan). Sally was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Herman Dirk in 1983, second husband Julius Winder in 2013, sons Michael H Dirk and Joseph H Dirk, daughter-in-law Darlene Dirk, parents Joseph and Agatha Hintz and siblings Magdalena Franks, Mary Lanz, Kay Pahl, Virginia Hotchen, Peter Hintz and John Hintz. Sally was born December 7, 1916. She was part of the greatest generation, living through the Great Depression and the war years on the farm at Fox Valley, Saskatchewan. She was hard working and blessed with a creative mind and talented hands that allowed her to develop phenomenal skills as a seamstress, hostess and cook, generously sharing with all. After the family moved to Medicine Hat in 1961, Sally began caring for many homes and in the process developed long term friendships with her clients and their families. Family was the cornerstone of her life. Sally was a wonderful mother, grandmother. friend, confidant and advisor who loved unconditionally, lived simply and cared deeply for her family. Sally’s home was always a place for family and friends to gather. Sally lived a long and healthy life and was fortunate to reside independently until she was 100.She appreciated the support she received first at Chinook Village, then at Park Place Meadow Ridge Seniors Village, St. Joseph’s Home and lastly the excellent care at South Country Village. In accordance with Covid guidelines a private funeral mass will be celebrated on January 8, 2021 at Holy Family Parish. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Sally Winder, 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


1931 ~ JOHN LEASK ~ 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Harvey Leask of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, December 28th, 2020 at the age of 89 years. A private funeral service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Interment followed at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading John Leask. 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.


1934 ~ GERHARD BROST Sr. ~ 2021

Gerhard Brost Sr., beloved husband of Helga Brost, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 4, 2021. Along with Helga, he also leaves to mourn his passing his children, Rosemarie (Rudolf) Merkle, Gerhard (Hilma) Brost, Ute (Kyle) Rehill; grandchildren, Stefan (Stacey) Merkle, Dennis (Irina) Merkle, Aaron (Sherry) Brost, Tim (Jenna) Brost, Sara (Grant) Hopkins, Adam (Sarah) Rehill, Kelsey Rehill; great grandchildren, Lillia, Amery, Rosa and Aksel Merkle; Maria, Vanessa, Angela and Olivia Merkle; Kyler and Kristopher Brost; Nic, Drake and Milo Brost; and Finley Hopkins. Also, his brother Friedhold (Irmin) Brost; Helga’s sisters in Germany, Ursula (Siegfried) Jassmann, Gerdi Neuweiler, Rose (Harry) Siegloch; and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Immanuel and Erna Brost. Born in 1934 in Dennewitz, Bessarabia, Gerhard’s life was marked by travel and relocation. At six years old he lost his Dad in the war, and soon after he fled Bessarabia with his mom, his brother and extended family. After several short-term stays in Eastern European countries, he eventually settled in West Germany where he met his beloved Helga Karr and they married in 1955. Finally, a long period of settling down followed as they raised their three children in Fuerfeld, Germany. One of his careers was to drive long distance bus tours throughout Europe and the middle east. During one of these trips to Israel, he embarked on his personal journey with God and eventually the entire family came to love and serve God. He loved to recount the stories of Bessarabia and his travels and had particularly fond memories of his early childhood. In 1974, Gerhard led the family on a new adventure, this time to a new home in Canada. Soon the entire family, including mom Erna and brother Friedhold with family joined. Settling in Medicine Hat, he returned to his early career in carpentry and soon started a construction company. Gerhard and Helga enjoyed many happy years in retirement with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. They eventually moved into Chinook Village, before health issues saw him moved into long-term care at Masterpiece. We are so thankful for the wonderful staff there who made him as comfortable as he could be. He is finally at rest in his forever home. A private family interment service will take place, with a celebration of life to be held when the entire family and his friends can gather in one place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mustard Seed, 503A Allowance Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3E8 or to Opportunity International Canada 145 Lincoln Rd, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2N8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Gerhard Brost, 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


REGINALD ELLS


Gone Home
It was one week ago today that a celebration honouring the life of Reginald Ells was held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel. As the opening selection was played, family present turned and acknowledged those watching via the livestream with a wave, a sign of solidarity as they all shared their final farewell.

“He has found perfect peace,
With the Lord, as one,
Watching down from the heavens,
Reginald’s journey has just begun”

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"


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