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September 14, 2021

By Obituaries on September 14, 2021.

1938 – JOE GUNDERMAN – 2021

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Joseph ‘Joe’ George Gunderman of Medicine Hat announce his passing on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the age of 83 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his six children, Karen (Victor) Wagman, BrendaLee (Wesley) Miller, Shelley (Bruce) Champion, Lanette (John) Hieb, William Gunderman and Jackie (Ken) Beck, with the support from their mother Adeline Gunderman; his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Annalisa (Ryan), Colton, Billie-Lynn (Cody) and their children Theran and Ellis; Dustin (Jamie) and their son Brooks; Stacey, Jordan, Shyanne, Wylder and Ryley, one sister, Jean ‘Jenny’ Kosolofski as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Anne Gunderman; one grandson, Jalen; one great grandson, Samuel James; his brother, Johnny; three sisters, Annette (Wendell) Besplug; Mary (John) Bachmeier and Katie (Joe) Dietz; three stepbrothers, Michael, Paul, William and brother-in-law, Joe Kosolofski. A private family service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL with Life Celebrant, Dave Townsend. Those who wish to remember Joe with a donation, may do so the charity of your choice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Joe Gunderman, 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

1941 ~ WAYNE MUNROE ~ 2021

Wayne Anthony Munroe of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at the age of 79 years. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Wayne Munroe. Funeral arrangements 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.

1955 – ALLAN KRASSMAN – 2021

Allan Blake Krassman was born on September 26, 1955 in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Victor and Mary Krassman. Allan has two siblings, one brother Mark Krassman, and his sister Victoria Krassman (Jerry Shaw). As an adolescent Al was very talented in a wide array of fields. He was an accordion player growing up, and in addition to traditional accordion songs such as Roll Out the Barrel, Al could also rock out tunes like smoke on the water, any and all Led Zeppelin songs, as well as all the hits from his favorite band Three Dog Night. Al was very athletic and excelled at sports. It was noted that Al was the only kid in the neighborhood who could throw a rock across the south Saskatchewan river. Others would note that if you wanted to see a show of speed, you could catch Al darting across the streets of Riverside narrowly beating cars racing down the street. It was said that Al never lost a foot race, earning him the nickname Flash. As Al transitioned into adulthood, he worked a variety of laborer jobs. Whether it was masonry work, construction, or in the beef processing plant, Al never minded rolling up his sleeves. He was known for his incredible strength and on several occasions moved grand pianos up several fights of stairs by himself. Many people remember Al from the YMCA. He became an avid weight trainer/ body builder. Al also had an insatiable love for his dog Timber. In his later years, you could always find Al at the downtown Tim Hortons. He would always greet everyone with a smile/ friendly demeanor, and could amaze you with his unbelievable knowledge of statistics. Whether you knew him as Al, Flash, or Big Al, people always had a fond story to share about him. Allan, may you always have the running shoes you want on your feet, a dry path in front of you, and a smile for everyone you meet. May you always have the wind to your back and run in heaven forever. Keep looking down on us as we go through life's endeavors and when we see a flash run across the sky, we will know in our hearts that you are forever near by. There remains no restrictions as to the size of gatherings, therefore everyone is invited to the funeral service that will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, Pat Grisonich. Masks are mandatory. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Allan Krassman, 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


Edward Harry Francis Almond, beloved husband of the late Joy Almond, passed away with his daughters by his side on Thursday, September 9th, 2021. He was born in Lloydminster, SK on June 8, 1929, to a family of twelve children. During the war years he was schooled in a convent in Clandonald, AB making many memories and life-long friends. He worked as a telegraph operator and then on the oil rigs where an accident to his left hand led to retraining as a public health inspector. Returning to Lloydminster, he married Joy Laws on May 19,1955. They moved to Athabasca in 1956 to an inspector job he really enjoyed and was very proud of before retiring to Kelowna in 1987. In 1988, Joy had a brain aneurysm and Ed became her primary caregiver for the next 30 years. They moved to a cattle farm outside of Blackfoot, AB in 1990 before settling in Medicine Hat in 2003, but his heart was always on the farm. Ed was a man of many interests and talents including coaching hockey, coin collecting and woodworking. We were all proud to say, "My Dad can fix anything!" He had a sense of humour that never left him but most important was his great faith in God that sustained him through the years. Edward is survived by his children: Catherine (Aidan), Teresa (Perry) and Christopher (Patricia); grandchildren, Avice DeKelver (Devon), Aaron DeKelver (Jenna), Sydney Almond, Ethan Pelensky and Matisse Pelensky; brother, Wesley and sisters, Dorothy, Stella and Christina. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruby and Joseph Almond and Joy's parents, Elsie and Gerald Laws, four brothers, Joe, Fred, Ernest and David as well as three sisters, Agnes, Louise and Betty. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Francis Tran celebrant. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience the Funeral Mass, may do so by visiting Cook Southland’s website and selecting the ‘View Broadcast’ button on the homepage at service time. Interment will take place at the Lloydminster Cemetery, Lloydminster, SK, on Saturday, September 18th, 2021, at 12:15 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting 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"


1943 ~ 2021

Gerald Dennis ‘Jerry’ Bowman, beloved partner of Deborah Anderson (nee Draudson), passed away in Medicine Hat on Friday, September 10, 2021, at the age of 78 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion. (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"


1972 ~ 2021
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of a beloved son, brother, uncle and husband. On September 9, 2021, after a valiant struggle, Ken peacefully left this world and left the suffering behind. Ken was a person of great positivity and everything in his life was met with his brilliant smile regardless of the adversity. Ken was living his second chance at life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his blood sister Karen Haines whom he had only met about 25 years ago and formed an unbreakable bond. Ken was born in Portage La Prairie in 1972 and adopted by his parents Judy and Bruce Champion and shared his life with his new brother Jason that was born in 1973. After several moves across provinces Ken settled with his family in Medicine Hat in 1993, met his soul mate Carollee Gaub in 1996 and married in 2008. Ken’s work life was mainly in restaurant kitchens and anyone that has eaten in a restaurant in Medicine Hat over the last 30 years is likely to have had food prepared or cooked by Ken, he knew his way around a kitchen. Ken’s failing health over the last few years kept him home bound but he connected with people all over the world through his love of online gaming, he will be missed by hundreds who knew him as “Borys”. Left to treasure Ken’s memory is wife, Carollee (nee Gaub); his adoptive parents, Judy Champion (Brian Pattison), Bruce Champion (Shelley); brother, Jason Champion (Jody Henderson) and nephews, Evan Ross, Sebastian and Xander Champion; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Steve Paris and special aunts and uncles, Roy and Marie Champion, Margaret and Merlin Loewen, and Barbara and Jim Nichols. Ken is also survived by his Sandy Bay First Nations family; father, Norman Mousseau; siblings, Micheal, Kevin, Karen and many half sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his three sets of grandparents, Fred and Joyce Strong, Lawrence and Erie Champion and Percy and Lena Mousseau; his birth mother, Rosalina Haines and his mother and father-in-law, Ruth and Ted Gaub. A private family service with special friends by invitation only will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, on September 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to and joining the live webcast on Ken’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Condolences may be sent to subject heading Ken Champion. Memorial gifts in Ken’s name may be made to S.P.C.A., 55 Southview Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Special thanks to Medicine Hat Hospital, Dr. Holland, Special Recognition of Sandy Bay First Nation Chief and Council. 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.


1936 – 2021
Louise Wutzke, beloved wife of the late Bill Wutzke, passed away in Bow Island on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the age of 85 years.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, September 17, 2021 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:45 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, 139 – 2 Avenue West, Bow Island on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Bow Island Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Louise is survived by her best friend Peter Schile of Bow Island; her daughter Lynn Strom of Bow Island and her children Michael (Jennifer) Knapik (their family Hudson, Scout, Poet and Ruby), Leanne Taylor, Lisa Knapik (Chantel Berkley), Sarah (Jon) Lehn and their father Doug (Carol) Knapik; her son Bruce (Cheryl) Wutzke of Grayson, Saskatchewan and their children Eric Wutzke and Rebecca Wutzke (Kirby Spasoff). She is also survived by her sister-in-law Jeni Gibson and by numerous nieces, nephews and special cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband William Wutzke, son-in-law Al Strom, parents Eugene and Katherina Gibson and her brother Harold Gibson.
Louise was born in Medicine Hat on January 13, 1936 to Eugene and Katherina (nee Ditto) Gibson. She attended Conquerville Consolidated School. It was here that she met the love of her life, her sweetheart Bill Wutzke. They began dating when she was in grade four.
Bill and Louise were married on October 29, 1955 and took over the farm when his folks retired to Bow Island. Lynn was born in 1957, followed by Bruce in 1959. Bill took flying lessons and in 1964 they purchased T&D Aerial Spraying Ltd. In 1978, Bill and Louise moved to their new home in Bow Island and relocated their agriculture spray business to the new airport there while continuing to farm.
Together Bill and Louise spent many winters in Arizona as rockhounding snowbirds, and were charter members of the Medicine Hat Rock and Lapidary Club. Bill and Louise made many good friends along the way, adding to their lifelong farm community friends. They officially retired from farming in 2015.
After Bill’s passing in 2017, Louise was given a second chance at true love with Peter Schile. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by Peter, her family and her friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Louise’s name may be made directly to HALO Air Ambulance, 12, 49 Viscount Avenue SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G4 (

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