January 22nd, 2022

January 4, 2022

By Obituaries on January 4, 2022.

1928 ~ IRMGARD NICKEL ~ 2021

Irmgard “Irma” Nickel of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at the age of 93 years. The Funeral Service was held at Crestwood Church, on Saturday, January 1st, 2022. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Irma Nickel. 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.


1944 ~ JOHANNE GAETZ ~ 2021

Johanne Elizabeth Gaetz of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of Leo Gaetz, passed away on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021 at the age of 77 years. She also leaves to cherish her memory her children, Murray Gaetz and Kayley (Trent) Samoil; grandchildren, Parker Samoil and Chynna (Rhys Fingas) Samoil; brother, Clarence Tell; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Johanne was predeceased by her parents, Jozef and Kathleen Tell. Johanne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved the outdoors and was enthusiastic about the times she could spend camping with her family. She had many talents and enjoyed various crafts and liked interior design. Johanne lived her life according to her Christian faith and values and was a devoted supporter of St. Thérèse and the mission of the Society of the Little Flower of Jesus. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 at 6:00 pm to 6:55 pm. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 4V3, on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at 11:00 am with Fr. Iqbal Khurshid, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic Section at Hillside Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that anyone planning to attend be double vaccinated. All other Covid-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to. Family and friends are also welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to http://www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Johanne’s memorial page on the above date at 10:50 am. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Memorial gifts in Johanne's memory may be made to the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 N. Frontage Road, Darien, Illinois 60561-5340, Littleflower.org. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Johanne 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.


1951 – JOHN A. HOFER – 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of John A. Hofer of Boxelder, at the age of 70 years. A loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and a special friend to many. He was taken into the loving arms of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom he had a deep relationship with and was his dearest and nearest friend. He was the first he worshipped every morning and praised every evening. John was hog manager for 25 years then he became gardener and German school teacher for 22 years, His highlight was working with the bees and in the meat shop.
John will be greatly missed by the love of his life Annie. They were married for 48 wonderful years. Together God blessed them with three daughters, Rosa (Jerrylee) of Grandview, Marilyn (Rev. James) of Mayfield, Edna (Joseph) of Viking; nine grandchildren; seven sisters, seven brothers and a very close nephew Mark (Edna) of Boxelder. John was predeceased by his parents and in-laws, a granddaughter Sierra, two brothers, two sisters and three brothers-in-law.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, January 2, 2022. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: John Hofer, 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


DARRYL WHITTLETON

September 2, 1967 ~ December 28, 2021

Mr. Darryl Stanley Whittleton passed away in Redcliff, AB., on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at the age of 54 years. Darryl was born on, September 2, 1967, at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton, AB., where he lived with his mom, dad and younger brother until the age of four years. The family then moved to Kinistino, SK., briefly before moving to Prince Albert, SK., where he grew up and attended school. Darryl met the love of his life, Marnie Nyland and had two children, Trevor and Kristen. In 1989, Darryl became an apprentice in Heavy Duty Mechanics and in 2001, relocated to Medicine Hat with his family where he continued his career with Summit Motors as a Journeyman Mechanic until his passing. Darryl loved tinkering in his garage on the classic car he won, his truck, motorbike and anything else he could get his hands on. He was a jack-of-all trades. Darryl truly enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, hunting, fishing or going for a good scenic truck drive or motorbike ride. Darryl loved all his family and friends and was there for anyone who needed help. He was proud of what he had accomplished in his life. Darryl was a solid man with a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by so many. We Love You! Darryl’s memory will be forever cherished in the hearts of his children, Kristen (Justin) Allen and Trevor Whittleton; grandchildren, Kaidyn Allen and Keara Allen; siblings, Murray (Rita) Whittleton and their three children, Tyler, Brad and Natalie Chahoyer. He was predeceased by his father, Louis Stanley Alberati; mother, Jean Margaret Whittleton and fiance, Marnie Nyland. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A private celebration of Darryl’s life, will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB., on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Those wishing to join the family virtually and experience the funeral service are invited to watch via live-stream by connecting to http://www.cooksouthland.com and click on the View Broadcast button. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.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
"Locally owned & directed"


ERIC WILLIAM LEEKS

1963 ~ 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Eric William Leeks, who passed away peacefully at home in the loving arms of his family in Medicine Hat, AB, on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, at the age of 58. Eric was born in Eatonia, Saskatchewan on January 27th, 1963, to Frederick and Phyllis (Denton) Leeks.
Eric leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Carolyn MacLean-Leeks along with his children, Devin (Amanda) Leeks and their children, Ryker and Amelia; Erika Leeks and her daughter, Vada; and Carleen Smyke and her children, Nikki, Dezmon, Kaiden and Aaryn all of Medicine Hat. He is also survived by his brothers, Russell Leeks (Weyburn, Sask) and Mark Leeks (Medicine Hat); his sister, Mary Gauthier (Medicine Hat); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Eric was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Tatum, Lynn McLeod and her husband, Harold; half-brother; Geoff Glasper; brother-in-law, Scott Gauthier; and parents-in-law, Alexander and Joan MacLean.
Eric grew up in Laporte, Sask. He moved to Medicine Hat with his family in 1979 and spent most of his life working in the oil field. He was a consultant up until his illness last year. He met the love of his life, Carolyn, in 1983 and they were married in July 2007 in Cape Breton. Eric loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also loved fishing, golfing, dancing and card games. He particularly enjoyed his trips to Cape Breton to visit Carolyn’s family and to British Columbia visiting Erika, along with camping and houseboating. Eric will also be missed by his best friend, his dog Diesel who he took on endless walks and drives.

“To you, and my Devin, and Erika,
I give you my heart, my soul
Because without you all
I would be lost”
Love Dad & Hubby

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, the service honouring Eric’s life will be by invitation only. The Celebration of Eric’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. The chapel service will be live-streamed and anyone wishing to experience the service are encouraged to visit http://www.cooksouthland.com and select the View Broadcast Button on the homepage at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, memorial donations in Eric’s name may be made directly to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation (Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre), 666 – 5th Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. 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
"Locally owned & directed"


JOAN WENDY RAY

1945 ~ 2021

Mrs. Joan Wendy Ray, beloved wife of the late Jim Ray, passed away in Medicine Hat on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at the age of 76 years. Joan’s memory will live on within the hearts of her four children: Verna Fang of Welland, ON., Donald (Shannon) Main of Regina, SK., Dennis Main of Welland, ON. and Mervyn (Wanda) Main of Edmonton, AB. as well as numerous other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by one daughter, Kathy Main. A graveside service honouring Joan’s life will be held at a future date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.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
"Locally owned & directed"


TINA RESSLER

1934 ~ 2021

Bernadine Regina ‘Tina’ Ressler, beloved wife of the late Joe Ressler, passed away at Masterpiece Southlands Meadows in Medicine Hat on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the age of 87 years. Left to cherish Tina’s memory are her children, Gerard (Carla), Calvin (Lannette), Yvonne (Terry) and Yvette (Greg); 12 grandchildren as well as 3 great-grandchildren, Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road S.E., Medicine Hat, on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Iqbal Khurshid celebrant. Those wishing to join the family virtually and experience the Funeral Mass are invited to watch via live-stream by connecting to YouTube and searching: Medicine Hat Holy Family Church and selecting the video link. (To read more about Tina’s history or to express condolences please visit http://www.cooksouthland.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
"Locally owned & directed"


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