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BARRY KEITH TAYLOR

BARRY KEITH TAYLOR September 29, 1954 – December 21, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry on December 21, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Barry is predeceased by his father, James; his mother, Rose; sisters, Margaret, Judy & Linda; and by his brother, Richard. He is survived by his brothers, Randy & Ron; his sisters, Kathy (Gerry), Debbie (Brett); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A very special thank you to Cathie Francis (Barry’s angel) (Joe Read), Beth Munson (Brett Cozart), Leisa Chevrier (Allen), Deni, Shaye and his favourite little friend, Keely Watson. Amazing friends who were always there when Barry needed them. Also heartfelt thanks to St. Joseph’s Hospice for the amazing care.
As per Barry’s wishes, there will be no service. In memory of Barry, please go to MHDRA racetrack this season. Barry would really like that.
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


JEANETTE HEINZ

JEANETTE HEINZ September 25, 1940 – December 26, 2023 A LIFE WELL LIVED! On Tuesday, December 26, 2023, Jeanette Marguerite Heinz loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Home in Medicine Hat at the age of 83 years. She leaves behind her daughter, Sharee Cann and her two sons, Mathew and Alexander and four great-grandchildren, Gemma, Emmett, Izabelle and Sebastian; and son, Darren (Danette) Heinz and their two children, Danielle (Stefan) and Darek as well as her brother, Lawrence (Phyllis) Pudwell. Jeanette was predeceased by her husband, Farrius in 2006 and her parents, Philip and Marguerite Pudwell.
Jeanette was born on the farm in Richmound, Saskatchewan and attended Etna School from grades 1-6. She then moved to Medicine Hat and attended Medicine Hat High School, graduating in 1958.
At the age of 16, Jeanette was offered a part-time job with Niblock & Company and after finishing grade 12, she was hired full time working there from 1958-1987.
Jeanette’s many talents included curling, which was her passion having doing so for many years. She was also a member of the 4-H Club from the age of 12-14. Jeanette became a huge advocate of the Alzheimer’s Society during the time and after the passing of her husband, Farrius who had been diagnosed with the disease at age 60. She helped many families to understand what their loved ones were going through.
Jeanette also took on the role of treasurer at St. John’s Church and did this with great pride, honesty and dedication for 20 years. Due to her diagnosis of leukemia in 2021, she had to step away from these duties.
Jeanette was an avid holiday seeker, travelling and cruising to places such as Russia, Turkey, Panama, Sydney, Singapore, Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska; and these are only a few of the many places she visited.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 504 – 2nd Street SW, Medicine Hat on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nancy Cocks officiating. The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful help and care given by St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4H6. (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”


IRENE NICHOLS

IRENE NICHOLS March 12, 1944 ~ December 22, 2023 It is with extreme sadness that the family of Irene Margaret Nichols (nee Teel) announce her passing. Irene was born in Medicine Hat on March 12, 1944, and passed away on December 22, 2023, at the age of 79 years with her family at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Wanda (Senwich) Teel; brothers, William Teel and Frank Teel and her sister, Patricia (Howard) Gould. Irene will be missed by her loving husband, Gerald Nichols; daughter, Catherine (Alan) Tschritter; son, David (Candice) Nichols; and son, Robert (Janis) Nichols all of Medicine Hat. Irene also had several loving grandchildren including her grandsons, Michael Tschritter and Adam Nichols; granddaughters, Kennedy Nichols (Brett Voeller); and Ella Nichols; and one great-grandson, Nash Voeller. She also has one surviving sister-in-law, Joyce Teel and several nieces and nephews.
Irene completed nursing school in 1963, and worked at many different locations, moving with Gerald’s early road construction days. Irene and Gerald met in Claresholm, AB, where she was working in the municipal hospital. As Irene referred to it, they went “steady” for three months before getting engaged on September 7, 1963, and were married that same year on November 23rd. In August of 1964, Cathy arrived on the scene in Calgary, followed by Dave in 1966 in Medicine Hat. In the early days of their marriage, there were lots of moves until they finally settled in Medicine Hat in the house “on the Hill” after having Bob in 1970. This is where most of her children’s memories reside. Her grandchildren fondly referred to her as “Grammy” or “Tee Tee” and have so many memories of going to their house for turkey dinner, bologna, wiener wraps and tomato soup cake (her specialty)! Irene was highly involved in all her grandchildren’s lives and took pleasure in helping with the grandkids in any way she could. Irene and Gerald recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 23, 2023. They both loved to go camping in their earlier retirement years, travelled across Canada in a motorhome twice, took many vacations, and later in life took great pleasure in their country drives around the Medicine Hat surrounding area. Thank you to all the staff at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital who made Irene so comfortable and at peace during her final journey. Also, a special thank you to Pastor Jamie McDonald from Hillcrest Church for his special prayers and visits to see Irene during this hospital stay and several others in recent years. The family will be celebrating Irene’s life in a private celebration early in the new year.
Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, still very dear. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). Donations in memory of Irene can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 119 – 114 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6 or a charity of one’s choice. 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”


KATHLENE JUNE GOLD

KATHLENE JUNE GOLD
December 5th, 1958 – December 25th, 2023 Kathlene “June” (Sadden) Gold was called home to the Lord on December 25, 2023, at 0936. She was surrounded by dear friends at the time of her passing.
June was born to Joseph & Millie Sadden of Neville, SK on December 5, 1958. June is predeceased by her father and precious fur baby “Sir”. June is survived by her mother, three brothers, numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless friends.
There will be no service as per June’s request, ashes to be interned at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers, cards or gifts can be made to the SPCA at the request of the family. 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


LORRAINE “LORI” JANS

LORRAINE “LORI” JANS 1958 ~ 2023 Lorraine “Lori” Faye Jans of Schuler, beloved wife of Dale Jans, passed away on Friday, December 22nd, 2023 at the age of 65 years. The Funeral Service will be held in the Auditorium at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds, 2055 – 21st Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 at 11:30 am with Pastor Roland Weisbrot officiating. Interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lori Jans. 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.


VALERIE ANN BROWER

1950 ~ VALERIE ANN BROWER ~ 2023
It is with sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of beloved aunt, friend, and teacher, Valerie Ann Brower, in Medicine Hat on December 16th, 2023 at the age of 73 years. Valerie was the eldest child born to Lynn and Florence (Reierstad) Brower of Etzikom, AB on February 10th, 1950. She was predeceased by both of her parents as well as her brother, Roy Brower. Left to cherish her memory are her niece, Pearl (Dean) Jones; nephew, Gordon Brower; her chosen extended family, niece, Randi L’Heureux; son, Chan Phon; and her beloved cat, Miss Muffet.
Valerie was raised in Etzikom and spoke often of her memories growing up behind the counter of Brower’s General Store. After completing high school in Foremost, she completed her Bachelor of Music and decided that the best way to share her gift of music was to become a teacher. Many students learned to play on her beautiful grand piano, and many school productions included her hand bell choir. She spent several years teaching in elementary schools all around the province, and even came out of retirement to teach the Music for Young Children program through the Conservatory of Music & Dance. Her love of children was unmistakable throughout her career, and she often reflected that she did not need to have kids of her own because her students had been her children. This was evident when going through her photos and finding her class pictures from every year she had taught, as well as every individual student photo that she had been gifted.
Valerie touched the lives of all who met her. Her infectious smile lit up the room and was often accompanied by her little giggle. She was a very social person and almost never went anywhere she did not come across someone she knew. On the rare occasion she did not know someone, she would strike up a conversation and would visit as if she did. When scheduling errands, extra time was always allowed for, as one never knew just how long those visits would take.
She loved to travel and treasured the special times she spent with friends and relatives touring throughout the USA and around the world. Her house was filled with pictures and mementos from those trips, and if ever there was a question about any of her previous destinations, the books lining the shelves of her office housed all the answers.
Valerie was a long-time member of both the Eastern Star Murray Chapter No 58 and the Sons of Norway, when it was still active in Medicine Hat. She truly enjoyed the friends she made and the events she was able to attend within both groups.
In her later years, she was tasked with taking care of the family ranch after her brother passed away. While country life had always been in the background for her, she often liked to joke that she was a ‘cow lady’ now, and she enjoyed all she learned from Dean about innovations and improvements to ranching throughout the years.
There will be a private memorial celebration of Valerie’s life in the New Year. The family will reach out with details of the service once arrangements have been made. Anyone wishing to make donations in Valerie’s name may do so to H.A.L.O., Southern Alberta Medic Air Society 666 – 5th Street SW Medicine Hat AB T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Valerie Brower. 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.


RITA GRAVES

1934 ~ RITA GRAVES ~ 2023 Rita Elsie Graves of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, December 27th, 2023 at the age of 89 years. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 758 – 8th Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB on Saturday, January 6th, 2024 from 12:00 to 12:55 pm. The Funeral Service will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. If unable to attend, family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by joining the live webcast on youtube.com at St. Peter Lutheran Church Medicine Hat live stream at the above date and time. Memorial gifts in Rita’s memory may be made to the St. Peter Memorial Fund. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Rita Graves. 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.


JAMES “JIM” TENNANT

JAMES “JIM” TENNANT 1949 ~ 2023 James “Jim” Alexander Tennant of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, December 22nd, 2023, at the age of 74 years. Jim leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Bernie; sons, Brett (Cindy) and Jason; sister, Garda Davies; Bernie’s 11 brothers and sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Alec and Donna Tennant; and Bernie’s parents, Theo and Elizabeth Hammel. There will be no Funeral Service held at Jim’s request. Memorial gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1 020 HRIF-East, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1 or Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Jim Tennant. 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.


MARY ELIZABETH “BETTY” WIE

MARY ELIZABETH “BETTY” WIEDEMANN 1928 ~ 2023 Betty Wiedemann of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 at the age of 95 years. The Memorial Service will be held at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, 476 – 4th Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0K6, on Saturday, January 13th, 2024 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Dave Pollard officiating. Memorial gifts in Mary’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Betty Wiedemann. 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.


GLEN SCHAFFER

GLEN SCHAFFER 1952 – 2023 Glen Allan Schaffer, beloved husband, father, grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, December 24, 2023, at the age of 71 years. Glen was born on March 16, 1952, in Medicine Hat where he met and married his wife Judy. They were married on July 10, 1971 and cherished their 52 years of marriage together. Glen is also survived by two daughters, Tracy (Chris) Grainger and Tammy (Keith) Vanderloh; two grandchildren, Kodi (Kelsey) Vanderloh and Tanner (Jessica) Vanderloh; one sister Ella (Jerry) Beach and his mother-in-law Doris Heringer. He was predeceased by his parents Roy and Mary Schaffer and by his father-in-law Roy Heringer. Glen enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, boating, fishing and making homemade sausage. Most of all, Glen loved his dogs Maya and Chloe and would take them for scooter rides to the park. A private service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to A.J’s Loan Cupboard (Alan Joys Memorial Fund Society) Box 45006, McKenzie Postal Outlet, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7H3, in memory of Glen. 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


ANNE LYSIAK- GAETZ

ANNE LYSIAK- GAETZ October 2, 1929 – December 23, 2023, 94 years old.
It is with pure sadness and heartbreak we lost a strong, energetic, smart and determined Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother who had many aspirations and careers through her life. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, January 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Those who wish to attend are asked to meet at the main gate to the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Anne may be made to the SPCA or HALO. 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


ELIZABETH MELHAM

ELIZABETH MELHAM 1934 ~ 2023 Elizabeth “Beth” Magdelina Melham of Medicine Hat passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the age of 89 years. Beth Melham was born in East Coulee, Alberta on September 23, 1934. She is survived by her children, Michele Melham (Les Johnson), Lois MacDonald, and Michael Melham (Sharlene), as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband , Michael Melham, her parents Michael and Eva Faller, and in-laws George and Sophie Melham. Beth obtained her accounting degree and worked at several locations, until she found her home working with the family at Lawn Shop Services until it shut down in 2012. She spent many days out at 40 Mile Park and enjoyed the lake, fishing with Mike, and playing with her dogs. She will be known for her hugs and loving nature. No formal funeral service will take place. A come and go celebration of Beth’s life will be announced in mid January. Cremation has been entrusted to the Pattison Funeral Home and Crematorium. Those who wish to remember Beth with a donation, may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the S.P.C.A. 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


JOHN KLAIBER

JOHN KLAIBER 1934 – 2023 John Klaiber of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023. He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Lauren (Marc) Fourrier and Reese (Carla) Klaiber; five grandchildren Natalie Fourrier, Jocelyn Albers, Morgan Klaiber-Nasse, Hayden Klaiber and Autumn Klaiber; a great granddaughter Kinsley Fourrier and one sister Doreen Munro. John was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Hertha Klaiber; one son Neil Klaiber and two sisters Ida Heidinger-Hust and Eileen Frank. John was born 89 years ago on the family ranch south of Medicine Hat, in the Ranchville area. In his childhood, they moved to another farm/ranch south of Medicine Hat along the Black and White Trail. Over many years, John expanded the ranch to the southwest, and began a partnership with his sons. John loved his family, his ranch, his cattle and horses. He worked tirelessly doing what he loved, and was a genuine cowboy. John was a soft spoken and respected cattleman. He will be truly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. with Life Celebrant Pat Grisonich officiating. 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). A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. 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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