April 23rd, 2021

April 8, 2021

By Obituaries on April 8, 2021.

1937 – RALPH DEERING – 2021

Ralph Richard Deering of Medicine Hat, passed away at Sunnyside Nursing Home on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the age of 84 years, beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Deering. He leaves to cherish his memory his sister Margaret Sturm and her two sons Robert Sturm and Brian Sturm; Brian’s two sons, Marcus and Joe and Ralph’s good friends Gary and Norma Demke. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Robert and Lydia Deering and his wife Mary Ann. He was born and raised on the family farm in the Woolchester district. After leaving the farm he worked a few jobs before starting at Joyline where he worked in the mechanic shop for many years, fixing whatever needed to be fixed. Ralph enjoyed playing cards and marbles; fishing was his favorite pastime. He also enjoyed watching movies. He had all kinds of John Wayne movies and many other westerns. Ralph was proud to have been a Lifetime Member of the Redcliff Lions Club. A special thank you goes out to all the staff, doctors and nurses at the Wellington and Sunnyside for the great care given to Ralph. Rest in peace Ralph, there is no more pain. At his request, a private graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Ralph with a donation may direct it to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the SPCA. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Ralph Deering, 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


1941 ~ PIUS GAETZ ~ 2021

Pius Gaetz, beloved husband of 57 years to Frances Gaetz, passed away on Monday April 5, 2021. He had celebrated his 80th birthday on February 9, 2021 in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Pius will be lovingly remembered by his children, Chris (Claudine) Gaetz, Mark Gaetz and Tracy (Gordon) Reid; grandchildren, Brittany Gaetz (Keagan Barker), Sean Gaetz (Alissa Fitzsimmons), Stephanie Gaetz (Derek Friesen), Tradon Reid (Kylie Sakino), Kasandra Reid, Anthony Gaetz (Devon Carlson); brothers, Ray (Gladys) Gaetz, Leo (Johanne) Gaetz and Jim (Rachel) Gaetz; sisters, Kay Bowes and Shirley (Howard) Sharpe; brothers-in-law, Frank Besplug, Tony (Rose) Lanz, Johnny (Phyllis) Lanz, Eddie (Geri) Lanz, and Kathy (Russ Peterson); sisters-in-law, Anne Gaetz, Ruth Gaetz, Penny Gaetz, Rose Lanz, Irene Lanz, Joan Lanz, Penny Lanz, and Mary Bitz. The rest of the family, nieces, nephews, and their children will always remember Uncle Pius as the light and life of the party. Pius was predeceased by his parents, Christian and Mary Gaetz; in-laws, Erasmus and Katherine Lanz; grandson, baby Andrew; brothers, Martin Gaetz, Robert Gaetz and Joe Gaetz; sisters, Rosemary Besplug and Sister Bernadette “Theresa” Gaetz; daughter-in-law, Jackie Gaetz; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Veronica (Tim) Sehn; Basil Bowes, Maggie (Mel) Hasper, Frank Lanz, Balzar Lanz, Leo Lanz, Ben Lanz and Jerry Bitz. Pius was born and raised in Medicine Hat and lived here for most of his life except for a brief move to Hanna, Alberta. He was a Journeyman Plumber and Gas fitter, owning his own company, Pius’s Plumbing, as well as working for other companies throughout his career. There was nothing that Pius could not accomplish when he set his mind to it. He built two houses from top to bottom for his family, with very minimal help and so much love. Pius’s love for music had him learning how to play the banjo on his own, then playing with his band members in Medicine Hat and surrounding areas. Everywhere that Pius went, his jokes and laughter followed him. He loved camping in Elkwater overflow with all Frances’ family in one big circle. A high point of their travel was to go to wherever Tracy and Gordon were living to spend time with them and their children. One of their favorite destinations with them was Disneyland. Frances and Pius were also able to travel to various destinations with family and friends. In later years, the trailer made its way to Rattlesnake Park, where golf carts and banjo playing had a whole new meaning. Pius was extremely proud of his grandchildren and was very ecstatic to find out that he had a great grandchild on the way this year. His love for family will be continued on through his children and grandchildren. The family would like to extend our thanks to the staff from 2 North at the Hospital who took outstanding care of Pius. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Friday, April 9th, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Due to current Coviid-19 regulations a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2nd Avenue NE, MEDICINE HAT, AB T1A 5Z9, on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 with Father Roque Pereira, Celebrant. Attendance is by invitation only. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to http://www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Pius’s memorial page. The interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Pius's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Pius Gaetz. 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.


1955 – GLEN NUNWEILER – 2021

Glen Allan Nunweiler, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the age of 65 years, beloved husband of Faye Nunweiler of Medicine Hat. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.
Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page where the video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time.
Those who wish to remember Glen with a donation, may do so to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Glen Nunweiler, 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


1956 ~ DONALD MITCHELL ~ 2021

On April 1, 2021 we lost Donald Bruce Mitchell. He was a great man and an even better father. He was loved by everyone who had the privilege to have met him especially his children and grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be missed by his children and grandchildren, Justin Mitchell (Anton and Ivan); and Kristi-Donn (Chris) Gray (Stetson and Greyson); his sisters, Donna (Larry) Finlay of Medicine Hat, Maggie (Gary) Hudson of Calgary, Bev Koehler of Medicine Hat and their families as well as many dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents Irene and Howard Mitchell and one brother Guy Mitchell. We love you to the “moon and back” Dad. “Go Leafs Go” His family would like to invite his friends to pay their respects at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, April 10, 2021, come and go between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Covid restrictions of a 20 person limit at one time will apply, and masks are mandatory. Cremation will follow and a memorial service will be held at a later date. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Don Mitchell, 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


1956 ~ LOUISE SCHAUFERT ~ 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Louise Mary Schaufert on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at the age of 64 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Jeremy (Brittany) Schaufert and Janessa (Cameron) Babitzke; grandchildren, Madison, Hayden, and Cooper; brothers, Joe (Amber) Wogrinc and Sean Girduckis (Michele); sisters, Kelly (Doug) Garrecht and Sonia (Dave) Moore, numerous nieces and nephews; and her special granddogs , Tucker, Annie and Ruby. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Tony and Julia Wogrinc. Louise was born on May 6th , 1956 in Taber, AB. Throughout her life, Louise cultivated many enduring friendships. She was particularly fond of the friends she made during her extensive career at Sears, and then most recently during her time that she worked at the South Country Co-op Agro Centre. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and could most often be found devoting her time to her flower garden. Louise was a wonderful person and she loved spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at Carmel Hospice for the compassionate care shown during her final days. Due to current covid-19 restrictions, a private family graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, April 9th, 2021, with Gary W. Goran officiating. Memorial gifts in Louise’s memory may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 5 St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6 or the Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph’s Home, 156 – 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Louise Schaufert. 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.


1957 – DAVID SCHMIERER – 2021

David Schmierer of Medicine Hat passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 63 years. He leaves three children, Justin, A.J. (Alex Day) and Breeanna London (Lucas Irvine) and her children Lexi and Asher. He was predeceased by his parents Alvin and Margaret and his sister Brenda. Due to Covid-19 a service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember David with a donation, may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to The Kidney Foundation of Canada. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: David Schmierer, 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


ANN LOUISE RICHARDSON

It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of Ann Louise Richardson at her home on March 26th, 2021 at the age of 64 years. Ann was born on May 17, 1956 in Medicine Hat. Ann married her high school sweetheart Terry in 1977 and soon after, added their two daughters, Jayme and Jodi to their family. Ann and Terry lived in Medicine Hat until the early ‘90s and then moved their family to the Columbia Valley. Several years after the loss of Terry, Ann was blessed with meeting her new spouse, Mike and the McGrath family.
Ann pursued her dream of becoming a registered nurse and it became an integral part of her life. Throughout her career, Ann has showed her love and compassion to an endless amount of patients. Those who have worked alongside Ann have shared many memorable moments and many of these coworkers have become lifelong friends. Ann had a hilarious sense of humour with a laugh that was so infectious. Ann had a deep love for her family. She guided her family through life with love, support, compassion and generosity. She loved her family and friends so much and found happiness in finding those perfect gifts while doing her favourite pastime of shopping. Ann had a life long love affair with trendy clothes, shoes and furniture. She loved travelling to warmer parts of the world, especially places where she was able to find the perfect pieces of jewelry and making memories with new and old friends. Swimming was something that Ann loved since her childhood. Camping with friends and family was a favourite pastime, along with time spent water and snow skiing.
Ann will be greatly missed by her spouse Mike McGrath of Harrogate; two daughters: Jayme Richardson (Ron Mason) of Revelstoke and Jodi (Phil) Adrian of Cranbrook; stepson Calvin (Chelsea) McGrath of Golden; four grandchildren: Carter, Payten, Vivienne and Brigitte; grand dogs: Kaya, Broo, Hank and Hulk, as well as numerous siblings and in-laws. Ann was predeceased by her husband Terry in 2003; her parents Gordon and Katherine (Kit) Prentice; her beloved pets Dakota and Chelsea; grand dog Jack and a number of family members and friends.
There will be a private graveside service later this Spring.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Ann’s family by viewing her obituary at: http://www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden.

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DEBRA SMITH

1959 – 2021
Debra Ann Smith (nee MacDonald), beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 62 years.
As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19 and the government recommendations, a private funeral service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, Taber on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.
Due to the fact that in person attendance at the service is limited and by invitation only, those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Debra’s obituary page on our website and choosing the ‘service video recording’ link after 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 11, 2021.
Besides her loving husband Les, Debra is survived by their three children Jeff (Lyndsay) Smith of Taber, Pam (Curtis) Schultz of Taber, Brad (Gillian) Smith of Okotoks; grandchildren Madison, Kelsey, Xavier, Elliott and Evelyn. She is also survived by her sisters Karen (Mike) Boyes and Janet (Roy) Bartz and their families, her mother-in-Law Margret Smith and numerous extended family members.
She was predeceased by her parents Hector and Eileen MacDonald and by her father-in-law Alan Smith.
Debra was born in Bow Island on March 16, 1959 to Hector and Eileen MacDonald. She married Les Smith on November 4, 1978 and together raised three children, Jeffrey, Pamela and Bradley.
Debra loved her family deeply and was always willing to help her children and grandchildren when needed. She had a passion for sewing and many enjoyed the numerous items she spent endless hours making. Les and Debra enjoyed many trips on their motorbike over the past few years. Yellowstone, Sturgis and San Francisco were just few adventures they took together. Their Arizona home away from home was their dream. Together they enjoyed golfing, hiking and biking. They always welcomed visits with family and friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Debra’s name may be made directly to HALO Air Ambulance, 12, 49 Viscount Avenue SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G4 (www.haloairambulance.com).


RACHELLE PRATT

1986 ~ 2021

Rachelle Anne Pratt was called home on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the age of 35 years. She is now safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is survived by her parents, Richard and Corinne Pratt, her beautiful daughter, Lilah and her loving sister, Janay. Due to Covid restrictions, a private Celebration of Rachelle’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jamie McDonald officiating. Those wishing to virtually join the family and experience the celebration are invited to watch via live-stream and may do so by visiting http://www.cook southland.com and click the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Rachelle’s name may be made directly to the Narrow Road Home Treatment Centre at https://narrowroadhome.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
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