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JERRY HENSEL

JERRY HENSEL October 6, 1948 – February 23, 2023 ‘Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day’ Gerald “Jerry” Michael Hensel, beloved husband of Tracy, passed away at Riverview Care Centre on Thursday, February 23, 2023. For full life story and condolences, please visit http://www.gracememorial.com. Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable Burial & Cremation 1924 10th Ave N.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5 http://www.gracememorial.com 403-905-0440


ARTHUR “ART” MCKIM

ARTHUR “ART” MCKIM June 6th, 1922 February 23rd, 2023 Art McKim passed away on February 23rd, 2023, at the age of 100 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Doug (Michelle) McKim and Dale (Cindy) McKim; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; half-sister, Betty Naughton.
Art was predeceased by his parents, Nelson McKim (Laura Marshal); wife, Edith McKim; daughter, Rhonda McKim; granddaughter, Drewin McKay; sister, May Woelful; half-brothers, Fred (Marg) McKim and Gordon Marshall.
Art was born and raised in Halkirk, Alberta. He served in WWII.
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverview care centre and Art’s friend, Louis Wells, also at Riverview.
No formal service will be held. Condolences may be made at http://www.gracememorial.com. Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable Burial & Cremation 1924 10th Ave N.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5 http://www.gracememorial.com 403-905-0440


Gerald “Jerry” A. Baerg

GERALD “JERRY” A. BAERG September 24th, 1959 February 18th, 2023
Jerry was a social person, surrounding himself with many dear friends and good times. He had a stern mustache and rocking mullet. He was shirtless and shoeless most of the time with a cigarette or a J hanging out of his mouth and a beer in hand. He had a permanent smile on his face, always cracking jokes with his endless wit, this was just who he was. On the morning of February 18th, 2023, Gerald Alonzo Baerg peacefully passed away with his family at his side in Medicine Hat at the age of 64 years young after battling with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for the later part of his adult life.
Jerry was born to Doreen and Jacob Baerg in Estevan, SK in 1959. He is the oldest sibling in the family and the most stubborn of them all. When his mom and dad moved the family from Estevan to Hudson Bay, Jerry had to be chased around the moving van, screaming about how his hockey was too important for him to leave and he couldn’t miss a minute of practice. His dad was proud of him and took every opportunity to brag and share in his dedication to the sport. When he wasn’t in hockey school, he spent his time lovingly taunting his siblings. Jerry always had a dry sense of humor and dangling his brother and sisters off the balcony was something he considered play and found it amusing. It is a fond memory shared between his brother and sisters.
Jerry left Hudson Bay when he was 16. He and a friend hit the open road in his dads stolen work truck to make their way to somewhere new, live their dreams and never look back. This is exactly what he did for the next few decades. He went from a prairie boy to a mountain man, living the life in Winfield, Kelowna. It was here that he fell in love and married his partner, Joanne Simpson. Eventually settling down in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. He spent his time there choosing a life that he wanted to live and surrounded himself with lifelong friends.
Jerry always owned a boat, no matter where he was, he was happiest on the water. From boating, fishing, and waterskiing to hiking and camping in the wilderness with his many dogs, he was always seen with a contagious smile. Jerry was always present in that moment and lived a carefree life. He was an adventurous soul, a free man; a person who never followed the rules or constraints of society and he forged his own path.
Jerry returned to Kelowna in the early 90’s after he and Joanne grew apart, it was here that he created a place that all his family, and friends visited during the summer, creating life-long memories together. He would tour us from the lake to waterfall adventures, and houseboat floating. To this day, these memories bring a smile to our hearts. Nature was where he felt most at home. Sleeping in his boat or setting up camp in a remote spot, or at home in his garden. Jerry was passionate and dedicated to his gardening and he enjoyed every stage of it. Digging in the dirt, nurturing the plant from seed to sprout to flower bloom. This brought him joy and he took pride in his gardens, plants, flowers and to everyone who knew him, his leafy greens. He was all about the good stuff, home grown was the way. Along with his love of nature came the love of his pets. His 4-legged friends were not just considered dogs, they were his family. Max, Duke, Spike, Walter, Stella, and Timber. Anyone that knew Jerry, knew how much he loved his dogs.
In the early 2000’s, after a near death experience in the Okanagan, Jerry decided to find his family roots again. He returned home to Hudson Bay for Christmas without telling a soul. He showed up at a family gathering, gifts in hand and nobody skipped a beat, it was as if he never left at all. From there he moved closer to his sister Jackie in Medicine Hat and continued his career as a Carpenter.
A few years after moving to Medicine Hat, he was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, his long battle with the disease started. During this time Jerry became an even greater storyteller, spending hours sharing his life and adventures with everyone. He could make the saddest person laugh and drive the sanest person crazy with his weird projects or crazy ideas, always acting on them. As he got older, he became a great boss from his chair, he would assign you duties with relentless direction, even to his dad on how to carry out these wacky ideas.
Jerry is survived by his father Jacob Baerg and Siblings, Brenda Silbernagel, Charlene Baerg, Jackie Plustwa, Cheryl Baerg and Jody Baerg; his many nieces, nephews, dear friends, and people that were his chosen family. Jerry was predeceased by his mother, Doreen Baerg.
The family of Jerry Alonzo Baerg would like to extend our deepest gratitude to his caregivers and close friends who helped him during his long fight with MS. He treated the people around him like family and always put the needs of others before his own. He spent his days giving pearls of wisdom to those that were willing to hear it. Jerry touched many lives and he will be dearly missed, he wouldn’t want us to mourn his death, he would want us to celebrate his life knowing he is at peace and passing over the rainbow bridge to reunite with his mother Doreen and his many eager 4-legged companions.
No formal service will be held. Condolences may be made at http://www.gracememorial.com. Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable Burial & Cremation 1924 10th Ave N.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5 http://www.gracememorial.com 403-905-0440


1926 ~ ISABEL LISKE ~ 2023

1926 ~ ISABEL LISKE ~ 2023 Isabel Liske of Medicine Hat passed away on Sunday, February 19th, 2023 at the age of 96 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. A private family interment followed SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Memorial gifts in Isabel’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Isabel Liske. 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.


1935~LAVENESURINA~2023LAVENESUR

1935 ~ LAVENE SURINA ~ 2023 Lavene Surina of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late John Surina, passed away on Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at the age of 87 years. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL. Interment followed at HILLSIDE CEMETERY. Memorial gifts in Lavene’s memory may be made to Tree Canada (Plant a Tree) at treecanada.ca or Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5, as Lavene passed away from brain cancer. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lavene Surina. 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 http://www.saamis.com inquiry@saamis.com Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


CHRISTEL RICHTER

CHRISTEL RICHTER 1929 ~ 2023 Seven weeks after the passing of our Dad, our Mom, Christel Elfriede Richter of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Paul Richter, peacefully passed away on February 17, 2023 at the age of 93 years.Mom, the second of twelve children, was born to Gustav and his first wife, Emilie (Schritt) Kort on August 16, 1929, in Schmellenthin (now a part of Poland). After resettling in Germany during World War II, she met Paul, and they were married 71 years ago. Their oldest daughter, Cornelia (aka Coni) was born a year later; shortly after the family immigrated to Canada, residing in Medicine Hat. Their second daughter, Gisela, was born and completed the family.Christel was creative, meticulously so; she enjoyed cooking and baking. What a hostess she was! Each birthday was made special by the torte she made for us. Gisela and I have tried replicating this talent and have failed miserably at it. Mom loved entertaining; and in spite of having to work full-time, she had no problem planning dinner parties, without recipes, for family or friends, groups sometimes as large as 20 people. Her tables always looked amazing! Mom found enjoyment in knitting. She would give us a Sears catalogue, and would say, pick a sweater you want. Two sweaters would be finished in no time, and looked exactly like the picture in the catalogue, all without a pattern. Our parents both enjoyed gardening Dad planted the vegetables, and Mom the flowers of all colors and description.Mom taught us about sacrifice and that love conquers all by saying good-bye to 11 siblings and her parents in Germany to live in a foreign land she knew nothing about but would later call home. She taught us that prayers are answered, about helping and being kind to others and to love the way Jesus taught us.Christel is survived by her daughter, Coni (John) Christo and their children, Kevin (April) Christo along with Oma’s ray of sunshine, great granddaughter, Kinley; and daughter Sheena (Jim) Slobodian; and her daughter Gisela (Vince) Mullan and their daughter Carrera (Mitch) Kostur. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters in Germany, as well as brother-in-law Rudy (Marlene) Richter and sister-in-law Marie Richter.Besides her loving husband Paul on December 31, 2022, Mom was predeceased by her parents, two sisters and five brothers as well as seven sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law.Following a private interment at Hillside Cemetery, the funeral service will be held in the Wuerfel Auditorium at South Country Village, 1720 Bell Street SW, on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating.Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish to remember Christel Richter with a donation may do so to South Country Village, 1720 Bell Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G1 or a charity of your choice. The service will be live streamed. Those who wish to attend virtually, please visit pattisonfuneralhome.com and select live streaming, then select the youtube (arrow). To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com. PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

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