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JAMES “JIM” GAETZ 1935 ~ 2024 James Pius “Jim” Gaetz of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Myrna Gaetz, passed away on Sunday, February 4th, 2024 at the age of 88 years. James leaves to cherish his memory his children, James (Glenda) Gaetz, Heather Ann Gaetz, Tom (Ingrid) Gaetz, and John (Michelle) Gaetz; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Margaret Gaetz; loving wife, Myrna; and two sisters, Kay Walchuk and Lee Haussecker. Jim was born and raised in Momart, SK. After marrying Myrna in 1955, they settled in Medicine Hat to raise their family. Jim worked at Goodyear for 14 years before opening his company, “Gaetz and Sons Construction”. Jim was a hard worker and remained in the construction industry for over 25 years. He loved to spend as much time as he could outdoors–spending his time in his yard, tending to his garden, and also hunting. He shared his love of the outdoors as a Boy Scout leader for many, many years. However, his priority was always his family first and he cherished time spent with them. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends. A private family graveside will be held on Friday, February 16th, 2024. For those not in attendance, you are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to and joining the live webcast on Jim’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Memorial gifts in Jim Gaetz’s memory may be made to Scouts Canada, 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 0A7 or to the Alberta Fish and Game Association, 346 3rd St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0G7. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading James 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 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


1959 ~ THOMAS STEVENS ~ 2024 Thomas Reid Stevens passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the age of 64 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosanna. He is also lovingly remembered by his children, Crystal (Aaron) Young and Clayton Stevens (Victoria Zozobrado); stepsons, Tom (Ashley) Funk and Jim Funk; grandchildren, Darian, Jude, Georgia, Amergin, Faith, Mercedes, Elle Mae and Rex and Davis Funk; great grandson, Finley; brother, Roy Stevens (Linda): sister-in-law, Edith Stevens; as well as his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by father, Ron; mother, Maxine (Rex) Nelson; sister, Carol; brother, Stan; and wife, Rebecca Stevens. Tom was a happy, kind, and gentle man. He had quick wit and a great sense of humor, always ready with a joke. He was caring and empathetic; ready to help family and friends with his handyman skills. He was a Journeyman plumber and power engineer. When he sold his farm and closed his plumbing business in Hays, he moved to Medicine Hat where he was employed by Johnson Controls at the Medicine Hat College. He was employed in maintenance at St. Joseph’s Hospice and senior’s home at the time of his passing. He loved working at his son and daughter-in-law’s store because he could visit with all the patrons. There will be a short Graveside Service held on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 1:00 pm at the Hays Cemetery followed by a reception at the Hays Civic Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, PO Box 460 STN K, Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Thomas Stevens. 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.


ARNOLD SCHNELL 1961 ~ 2024 It is with great sadness that family of Arnold Jacob Schnell announce his passing in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the age of 62 years. Arnold’s life will be honoured and memory cherished without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. (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”


WILBERT THEODORE ZINGER December 3, 1931 – February 7, 2024

It is with a mixture of joy and sorrow that we announce the passing of our precious father Wilbert Theodore Zinger. He went to his eternal home with his Lord and Saviour on February 7th, 2024, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Wilbert was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan on December 3, 1931, and grew up in Denzil. He loved spending time on his grandparents’ farm driving the tractor, combining, pitching bales, picking rocks and feeding the animals. Dad left home in Grade 8 and worked at various jobs before he began his lifelong profession in North Battleford as an electrician. He helped put power into the North where he met a beautiful teacher who later became his wife, Christina Miskolczi. They were married on September 1, 1958 and raised eight children together.
Mom and dad moved to Kerrobert in 1963 where they started their own business, Twin Electric and C & W Services. Later he was employed by Interprovincial Pipeline (Enbridge) where he worked out of Rosetown and then Regina where he was Terminal Operations Coordinator until his retirement. He later volunteered at the Post, fixing anything they would let him.
Faith was always part of his life and was a great influence on his children and grandchildren. We had a big garden and dad’s motto was “no weedie, no eatie”. In 1968 they purchased a cabin at Aquadeo Beach where the family enjoyed fishing and boating. Dad had a great sense of humor and loved to make faces for the camera. He was a strong man and a hard worker until his brain injury in 2018.
Dad was a mentor to his children as well as many others. He was generous with his time and talents and there was always room for another person at our table or home. He and Chris opened their home to his father in 1980 and they continued to care for him for 13 years until his passing at 103 years of age.
After Mom’s passing Dad split his time between the farm, helping Barb and Joe’s family with spring seeding, going to the lake and returning to the farm for fall harvest for many years. “Why wouldn’t a guy” was dad’s favorite saying later in life.
He is survived by his children: Lynn Zinger (Kaz), Allan, Gale Driedger (Calvin), Barbara Bell (Joe), Karen Zinger, Cecile Seebeck (Al), Michael (Shanann), Mark (Twyla); 13 grandchildren (Adam, Kevin, Greg, Krystal, Brant, Branden, Miranda, Blair, Jordan, Evan, Kayla, Alex and Carter) and 15 great-grandchildren whom he shared great joy and laughter with, along with many a Gee-Breaker. He was lovingly referred to as Grampa Gee-Breaker. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Klotz; sisters-in-law, Sister Ernestine Miskolczi, Maryrose Ryan (Mike) and Isabel Miskolczi as well as numerous nieces, nephews, special friends and relatives.
He was predeceased by his wife, Christine; mother, Frances; father, Theodore; brother, Father Cecil Zinger; three stepsisters, Marjorie, Irene and Lorraine; sisters-in-law, Marie and brothers-in-law, Philbert, Peter, Alfred, Eugene, Ernest and Eddie.
We as a family are so grateful for all the people who helped and cared for our father in his final years. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vincent Tuan Ha celebrant. Funeral Mass will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience the Mass may visit the Cook Southland website and select the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. A time of fellowship in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass with interment thereafter at Hillside Cemetery (Condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Wilbert’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, #306, 10430 – 61 Avenue N.W., Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 2J3. 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”


JOSEPH TOBEY December 12, 1950 – February 2, 2024
The family of Joseph Bradford Tobey announces his sudden and unexpected passing in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Friday, February 2, 2024, at the age of 73.
Surviving family include children, Joe Tobey, Pam (Peter) Pepper, Diane (Ben) Vaka, Laura (Hugh) Simpson, Cherilyn (Trevor) Gilbert, Lisa (Mark) Jarvis, Katie (Shawn) Yanke, Tommy Tobey and Joshua Cousineau and Jonathon Cousineau; grandchildren, Nick, Rebecca, Chris, Daniel, Theri, Jonathan, Cherilyn, Gavin, Emily, Bj, Amy, Megan, Simi, Lucy, Faith, Joshua, Jacob, Andrew, Ari, Avry, Jeter, Joy, Ella, Dustin, Macy, Luke, Molly, Theo and Ollie; along with 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Margaret, Priscilla, Madeline, William and Michael; many nieces and nephews by whom he will be missed.
Predeceased by mother, Madeline and father, Francis and brothers, Foster and Francis Tobey.

Joseph was born to Madeline and Francis in Honey Harbour, Ontario December 12, 1950. His early years were spent in Honey Harbour. While attending high school in Midland, he met and then married Margaret Swaile. They went on to have 8 children together. Joe would call many Ontario towns home, including Cape Croker where he lived until moving in 2013. Joseph loved his family, which was one of the reasons he moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, which became his home and where he lived the last 10 and a half years of his life.

Joe worked in the trades as a carpenter for many years. He loved this career until he became ill in his early fifties at which time he was forced to retire. Fortunately, his health improved after moving to Alberta and he was able to spend more time outdoors enjoying his hobbies of gardening, fishing, and hunting. He could also be found visiting and sharing stories with those around him where you could hear his Tobey laugh. His desire to return to work and his improved health allowed him to become a recognizable face around Medicine Hat as a delivery driver. Just like any work he did, he took pride in what he did, committing himself to work hard. He enjoyed this work and being able to meet so many people which led him to developing friendships that were important to him. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he valued friendships made there as well.

Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 Saamis Rotary Way SW, Medicine Hat, on Monday, February 10, 2024, at 11 am.The service will be live streamed. Friends may meet the family at Grace Memorial funeral home for visitation on Saturday, February 10, from 2:00 3:30pm. Condolences may be made at Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable
Burial & Cremation
1924 10th Ave N.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5


RONALD ANTON BOLEN February 6, 1947 – February 8, 2024
Ronald Anton Bolen passed away on February 8, 2024, the age of 77 years. He is survived by his wife Joyce Bolen; children, Jason (Jennifer) Bolen and Bonnie (Dean) Bischke; stepsons Ryan and Quinn Stewart. He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren, Tyler and McKenzie Bolen and Haylee and Kacia Bischke; his beloved dog, Avya; sister, Joan Bolen; brother, Dennis Bolen, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was born and raised in Arbothnot, Saskatchewan and then lived in several communities throughout his life in Alberta before settling in Medicine Hat to spend the last few years of his life, accumulating lasting friendships everywhere he went. He worked 37 years in the gas and oilfield spending the last years of his work with Direct Energy and was incredibly proud of the clean driving record he maintained throughout his career and the over 2 million kilometres he drove during those years. Anyone who knew Ron will remember him for his unfailing ability to find a reason to laugh and make a joke about anything no matter what the situation may be. He always had a smile to share and loved to spend time with family and friends alike and loved to cuddle up at nights with his wife, Joyce and his beloved puppy, Avya. Ron loved to golf and became an avid reader later in life who loved all different genres of books. One of his fondest memories he had was of purchasing the cabin in Elkwater and spending a number of years there with his beloved wife, Joyce. Together, he and Joyce travelled and enjoyed many cities around the world. His favourite saying was, ‘if you can’t laugh about it, what’s the point of living’, and he lived this philosophy right to the end. His passing leaves a giant hole for those left behind and he will be deeply missed.
A special thank you to all the staff on 5 East and 4 East at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for their amazing care during the last days of Ron’s life and a special thank you to Helen for her loving care in his last hours.
A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hearinglife Canada.

Condolences may be made at Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable
Burial & Cremation
1924 10th Ave N.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5


Chooung Il Park of Medicine Hat passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at the age of 82 years. Chooung also leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 55 years, Chong Suk Park; son, Augustine Park; son-in-law, Tyrone Wessner; grandchildren, Mackenzie Park, Zachary Park, Emily Wessner, Ben Wessner; brother, Chooung Won Park; sisters, Sung Hee Park, Sung Ae Park, and Sung Ran Park, as well as nephews and nieces, Douglas Park, Sue Chung Yeoh, Lucy Park, In Girl Park, Min Jung Kim, Tae Hyun Kin, Sang Bong Lee, Sang Young Lee and Min Hae Lee. Chooung was predeceased by his father, Cheon Suk Park; mother, Jeoung Ok Kim; son, Dominic Park; daughter, Monika Wessner; and brother, Chooung Hoe Park. Chuck, as he was known to most, was the eldest of six children. He immigrated to Canada in 1970 with his wife and son. He came from humble beginnings but was a very a hardworking and proud man who at times worked multiple jobs in order to support his family. In 1977, he moved his family to Western Canada to seek out new opportunities and he purchased a business in 1979 in a small town just outside of Edmonton, AB. In 1991, he came to Medicine Hat to take on a new business challenge and has been here ever since. He met many wonderful people here and he loved Medicine Hat. Chuck was a dedicated family man who would do anything for his family and friends. He will be sorrowfully missed. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church 238 – 2nd Avenue NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5Z9, on Friday, February 16th, 2024 at 11:00 am with Fr. Iqbal Khurshid officiating. Memorial gifts in Chooung Il “Chuck” Park’s memory may be made to the . Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Chooung Park. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

“The Chapel in the Park
#1 Dunmore Road SE,
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5
Locally owned and directed
CGR Holdings Ltd.


DONNIE BUELOW 1973 – 2024
Donnie Buelow, beloved brother of Trish Steinkey, Sheena Steinkey, Cherie Buelow and beloved uncle to Ashly Magotiaux, Sophie Steinkey and Gracie Steinkey, passed away suddenly on January 10, 2024 at the age of 50 years. A celebration of his life will take place at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. with Life Celebrant David Townsend officiating. Following the service, you are invited to stay and join his family for a reception. Those who wish to attend the celebration of his life virtually, please visit and select live streaming, then select the YouTube (arrow). Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence you may visit

540 South Railway St. SE,
Medicine Hat T1A 4C2


NORMA LACHER 1941 – 2024
Norma Cecile Lacher passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the age of 82 years, beloved wife of Ken Lacher of Medicine Hat. She also leaves to cherish her memory three children, Kim (Tony), Darcy, and Troy (Robert); her grandchildren, Pam, Melissa, T.J., Tamara and Ian; great grandchildren, Gavin, Josh, Raiden, Tristin, James, Isaih, Hanna, Charlee and Eli; one sister Joyce and one brother Gordy. Norma was predeceased by her parents Sylvester and Laura Coderre and by her siblings, Arnold, Alice, Don, Bill, Grace, Jean, Marie, and Harold. Her family would like to send a very special thank you to the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s Home for the care and compassion shown during her stay. To honour Norma’s wishes, there will not be a formal funeral service. The family invites you to remember her in a way that you feel reflects your relationship with her. Those who wish to remember Norma with a donation, you may direct it to the Canadian Cancer Society. To leave a message of condolence you may visit

540 South Railway St. SE,
Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

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