May 14th, 2021

May 1, 2021

By Destinee Mattson on May 1, 2021.

1923 ~ ROSINA FETTIG ~ 2021


Rose (Rosina) Fettig of Medicine Hat beloved wife of the late Anton J. (Tony) Fettig passed peacefully on April 24, 2021 at the age of 97 years. Rose leaves to cherish her memory her children, Dwayne (Lynda Niemans) Fettig, Del (Suellen Hallworth) Fettig, Heather (Greg) Mezei; grandchildren, Justin Mezei, Breanne Mezei & Simon (Stacey) Fettig. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Tony Fettig in 2002 and her son, Sherwin Fettig. She’s the sole survivor of her immediate family parents, John & Elizabeth Zacher; brother & sisters in-law, Milton (Eva), Joseph (Agnes), John (Phyllis), Peter (Elizabeth), George, Martin (Eleanor), and Wendell Zacher; sisters & brothers in-law, Irene (Matt) Shatz, Katie (Frank) Bernhart, Jennie (Joe) Roth, Betty (Joe) Krassman; survived by in-laws, Katherine Zacher, Helen Zacher, Elsie Fettig & Jack Fettig; as numerous nieces, nephews & their families. Rose was born October 8, 1923 in Medicine Hat, raised on the farm in the Winnifred/Maleb areas. After her schooling she worked for the Murray Family and Medicine Hat Hospital Maternity Ward. Mom met the love of her life, Tony Fettig, in 1942, wed October 3, 1945 and shared a loving and steadfast marriage for 57 years. Together they developed a mixed farming operation south of Burdett. Mom had a green thumb, enjoyed her plants and flowers, keeping a large garden ensuring enough produce to preserve to carry us to the next year. There was plenty of hard work but Sundays were for attending Church, special dinners, laughter, singing, dancing and playing cards with family & friends. Our parents gifted each of us with music lessons. After evening meals Mom sat beside us listening closely as we practiced our lessons while Dad took over dish duty in the kitchen. Mom had a loving heart and we shared our home with foster children for 12 years. Rose & Tony sold the farm in 1975 retiring to Bow Island where Mom provided child care services. They enjoyed dancing with the Hat Swingers Square Dance Club, with their greatest highlight a trip to Bermuda, where they danced in the ocean. Relocating to Medicine Hat they enjoyed shuffleboard with family and friends. They loved their grandchildren dearly, spoiling them on weekly visits indulging in Dad’s homemade icecream, learning Mom’s baking skills, assembling puzzles, coloring and eating smarties. Mom and Dad were their greatest cheerleaders, attending their sporting and school events at every opportunity. After Dad’s passing Mom became a resident at Cypress View taking pride in reviving the plants in the solarium. As her health declined Rose transferred to Meadow Ridge Seniors Village, looking forward to her daughter’s visits and dancing with her at the entertainment events. They danced every dance together, otherwise, as Mom said “it was a waste of good music!” The family is grateful for the loving care she received at Meadow Ridge during the final years of her life. Mom handled the challenges of her illness with grace & dignity, had a positive outlook on life, always finding the good. She loved her family dearly and had a strong faith, remembering the words to her prayers right until her last days. She was resilient, full of energy, and is a 25+ year breast cancer survivor. One of her enlightening sayings “If you don’t like something and can’t change it, you have to accept it if you want to be happy”. She always found a way to be happy! Mom’s loving memory will live on in our hearts. Prayers will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel Friday May 7th from 7-9:00 pm. A private family celebration of Rose’s life will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel on Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 am. Family & friends are welcome to participate via livestream logging on to joining the live broadcast on Rose’s memorial page on May 8th at 9:50 am. Condolences may be sent to subject heading Rosina (Rose) Fettig. Memorial tributes in Rose’s name may be made to Halo Air Ambulance 12 – 49 Viscount Avenue SW Medicine Hat, AB TlA SG4. Funeral arrangements by

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.




1932 – DALE LAWRENCE – 2021

Dale Lawrence passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the age of 88 years, beloved husband of Vera Lawrence of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory four children, Brenda (Darrell) Seitz, Patrick (Gail) Lawrence, Bonnie (Rick) Hanson and Michael (Linda) Lawrence; his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Derek Seitz (Marlon, Milica); Dean (Robin) Seitz (Dawson, Danica); Christopher (Krista) Lawrence; Sarah (Dustin) Theberge (Amy, Charlie); Dana (Bridgette) Hanson (Farrah, Vaughn); Tia Hanson; and Christopher and Sarah’s mother Susan Lawrence. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Victor Lawrence, one granddaughter Coralee Lawrence, his brother Bryan and sister Marion. Dad was very proud of his career as a firefighter. His peers always held a special place in his heart. He was a lifelong, avid swimmer and held numerous records throughout his competitive years. He loved hunting, fishing, playing darts and being outdoors. He was proud of his Metis heritage, but what he was most proud of was all of his grandchildren. We will miss his sense of humor, his jokes and his booming laughter. We love you and will miss you dad! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (238 2nd Ave N.E.) on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. John Maes celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Dale with a donation, may do so to the Alzheimer Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories or to the Canadian Cancer Society. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@ subject heading: Dale Lawrence, 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





Kenneth Gordon Willerton of Medicine Hat passed away on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at the age of 68 years. Kenneth leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Crystal (Rob); sons, Troy and Mike; daughter-in-law, April; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Brayden, Paige and Jackson; sister, Shirley; brothers, Rick (Liz), Terry (Alex), Dave and Phil; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kenneth was predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Willerton and wife, Marilyn Willerton. Kenneth had a long career in the military; in his spare time he loved golfing, playing poker and baking. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go camping. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no service at this time. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Kenneth Willerton. 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.





1940 ~ 2021


Mr. George Schonhofer passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the age of 80 years old. Further announcements will follow upon completion of the arrangements. (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 “Locally owned & directed”







It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Shirkie at the Good Samaritan Home in Medicine Hat on April 28, 2021, at the age of 93 years. Margaret is lovingly remembered by her family, Alice (Jim) Hoffart, Mary (Duffy) Rebman, all of Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Andy (Debbie) Shirkie of Cabri, Saskatchewan. She was a cherished grandmother to Derek (Lisa) Hoffart of Regina, Jordan Hoffart (Miranda Lane) of Edmonton, Shawn Rebman (Adara Laycock) of Medicine Hat, Heather (Verna) Neilson of Canning, Nova Scotia, Amie Shirkie (Dean Ziegler) of Saskatoon, Camille Shirkie (Brennan Kilmister) of Saskatoon, and Janice Shirkie (Jesse Butler) of Swift Current. She delighted in her ten great-grandchildren, Elliot and Clara Hoffart, Henry and Hazel Hoffart, Adia and Arlo Neilson, Grayson Rebman, and Mila, Rowan, and Remi Kilmister. She is also survived by two sisters; Dorothy Lytle and Connie Williams; sister-in-law, Maryanne VanBuskirk; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews on both the VanBuskirk and Shirkie sides of the family. Margaret was predeceased by her loving husband of 45 years, Harry Shirkie, in 1996. She also lost three sisters; Vera Reed, Marian Scheelhaase, and Florence Wallis; a brother, David VanBuskirk; as well as five brothers-in-law, Henry Reed, Ray Scheelhaase, Joe Wallis, Bill Lytle and Bevan Williams. Margaret was born at Tuberose, Saskatchewan to Alice and Walter VanBuskirk on June 25, 1927 and grew up as the middle child of a family of seven children on a farm near Kyle, SK. After completing her schooling in Kyle, she worked at the Royal Bank in Swift Current and later in New Westminster, B.C. She married Harry Shirkie on November 4, 1950 in Burnaby, B.C and they moved to their farm at Battrum, SK in the spring of 1951, where they continued to farm until 1983 when they moved to their new home in Pennant, SK. Margaret loved farm life and she was very active in the operation of the farm, running the combine and hauling grain. She and Harry contributed their time and talents to the communities of Battrum and Pennant, through dedicated service to the United Church, 4-H, youth groups, the Senior’s group and the Curling Club, where they were both avid curlers. Margaret loved her summers spent at the cabin at Clearwater Lake – a real gathering place for family and friends! She enjoyed travelling to Arizona, B.C., Hawaii, the Maritimes and Alaska. In 2002, Margaret moved to Medicine Hat, where she formed new friendships and again spent many hours volunteering on the Social Committee of the Park Meadows Village Condo. She greatly valued her independence and was known for her generosity, hospitality, spunky but practical approach to life and her love of family and friends. It gave her great joy to be surrounded by those she loved! As her health declined, she lived in Meadowlands Senior’s Complex and later in the Good Samaritan Society Home. Her motto was to accept the things that could not be changed, and she was always grateful for the many blessings she had received all throughout her life. The family wish to thank Dr. Jonker and the amazing care team at Good Samaritan for the wonderful compassion, care and support given to Margaret. There will be a graveside service at the Pennant Cemetery at a later date when the family will be able to gather together. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Society, 550 Spruce Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4P1 or your charity of choice. 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.







Yesterday in Cook’s Chapel, family gathered to honour Simon and the legacy he will leave behind. His granddaughters added a personal touch while his grandsons carried him to his place of rest at Hillside Cemetery. He will be forever cherished…


Devotion to his family,

A world of patience too,

Dad is such a special word,

Because it stood for you!


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 “Locally owned & directed”





1941 – 2021

Wayne Thomas Craven slipped away quietly, gently on Friday, April 23, 2021 at age 80. He leaves behind his beloved family, wife and touch stone of 55 years Sandra (Brown), his two sons, Boyd (Sherry) and grandsons Darrian and Cooper, and Mark (Sasha) and grandchildren, Eleandra and Blake; sister-in-law Marlene Craven, cousin Nicki (Bradshaw) Hudec; in-laws Darlene and Norman Keeler, Lori and Darcy Moch; numerous nieces and nephews; many dear friends, especially Ken and Missi. He was predeceased by father Milton ‘Mickey’ Craven, mother Mary Craven-Williams, step-father Alec Williams and brother Ron.

Wayne was blessed with an abundance of gifts, gifts which he used wisely to create a rich and fulfilling life. In 1961, Wayne accepted a position as ‘nightman’ at CHAT Radio, thus beginning an eight-year association with the company. His deep rich voice, good looks and easy-going personality suited a career in broadcasting and he flourished. Time spent at CHAT Radio and TV, provided opportunities to hone skills which would serve him well in business, politics and the Arts. From 1969 to 1973, he operated P. Lawson Travel Agency. In 1974, he became a partner in Century Homes/Craven and Hall Real Estate, with brother Ron and Fred Hall.

In 1963, Wayne joined the cast of South Pacific, his first musical. This began a fifty-year commitment to community theatre using his talents to act, produce and direct more than 35 plays and musicals.

1989 saw Wayne enter the political arena. Such was the public’s on-going support, Wayne served a total of six terms, each time leading the polls.

His sense of community stemmed from his formative years living on the Flats. “People sat on their porches, you could smell the cooking, hear and see kids playing. You knew your neighbors.” He spoke with such pride and respect.

Away from the lime light, however, Wayne the husband, the parent was a quiet, introspective individual. Relaxing to jazz, puttering around the yard, enjoying the ‘noises’ of grandchildren and family gatherings grounded him.

Cancer took his life, but not his soul or our memories.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend and The Rev. Dr. Oz Lorentzen officiating. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by going to youtube – search Pattison Funeral Home. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time. Those who wish to remember Wayne with a donation, may do so to either the S.P.C.A., Meals on Wheels or the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@ subject heading: Wayne Craven, 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

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