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LINDA HVIDSTEN

LINDA HVIDSTEN 1955-2024
Linda passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 surrounded by her family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 47 years Frank Hvidsten, her children Crystal (Rob) Zeemel and Hans Eric (Adelle) Hvidsten. Linda will be greatly missed by her 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan, Markus, Makinley, Austin, Levi and Evan. These kids were the her pride and joy and called her YaYa!
She will be deeply missed and remembered by her siblings Ron (Leanne) Enns, Jim (Bernie) Enns, Pat Enns; sisters-in-law Sissel (Duayne) Bray, Shelley (Keith) Hvidsten, and her brothers-in-law Hans (Lori) Hvidsten and Chris Hvidsten.
She cherished her time with her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews where you would often find them staring at her with love in their eyes.
Linda had many lifelong friendships that will be remembered by all.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, Ken and Lois Enns; her mother and father-in-law, Kjell and Sissel Hvidsten; her sister, Kathy McSweeny; and her brother-in-law Don Galonski.
Linda was born and raised on a farm just outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. After graduating from highschool she moved to Calgary, Alberta, to attend SAIT, where she met the love of her life, Frank. They moved to Airdrie where they have called home for the past 45 years. They raised two beautiful children and had the pleasure of watching all of their grandchildren grow up.
Linda worked at Cam Clark Ford for over 30 years and wore many hats. She loved to volunteer at the BGC Airdrie. When she wasn’t spending time with her beloved husband, you would find her doing yardwork, shopping, cooking, cleaning, having dance parties in the kitchen with her grandkids, sitting in her gazebo or, of course, floating in her pool.
We would like to thank everyone that cared for our precious Linda over the past few years, but most of all we would like to thank the doctors and nurses on Unit 61 at the Foothills Medical Centre.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In leiu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the BGC Airdrie Club – (Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie) Messages of condolence for the family may be left at http://www.prairierosefunerals.ca

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FRANCES GETZ

FRANCES GETZ 1934 ~ 2024 Frances Elizabeth Getz, beloved wife of the late Ralph Getz, passed away at AgeCare Riverview in Medicine Hat on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the age of 89 years. Frances will be silently remembered by family and friends without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. (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”


DONNA HIRSCH

DONNA HIRSCH 1965 ~ 2024 While in the loving presence of her family, Donna May Anne Hirsch passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the age of 58 years. Donna’s memory will be forever cherished by her daughter, Shelby (Jesse) Denman; granddaughters, Adalynn and Emma as well as her beloved partner, Neil Jangula. A private celebration honouring Donna’s life will be held at a future date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Cook Southland’s 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”


Kitchen

KITCHEN August 25, 1942 February 24, 2024 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, ESTHER ANNABELLE KITCHEN, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by family gathered by her side, on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the age of 81 years.
Esther will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband, Tom; daughters: Kim (Lannie) Donaldson and Lenore Giesbrecht; grandchildren: Geoff (Evelyne), Anna (Jeremy), Sierra (Troy) and Carter, as well as her three great-grandchildren: Olivia, Avery and Reid.
She was predeceased by her mother, Annie Wolfe (née Wiebe); father, Peter A. Wolf; brother, Peter Wolfe; and niece, Dana Sylvia Ann Wolfe.
Esther was born August 25, 1942 at the Bethel Hospital in Winkler, MB, to Peter and Annie Wolfe. Esther was raised and spent most of her years growing up in and around Sidney, MB.
Esther met, fell in love, and then went on to marry the love of her life, Tom Kitchen, in the Sidney United Church. They then moved to Carberry, MB, where they started their family and had two beautiful daughters, Kimberly and Lenore.
After a brief time in Carberry, they moved to Brandon, MB, Edson, AB, Medicine Hat, AB, and Bow Island, AB, before they finally settled in Lethbridge, AB.
Esther was a fulltime homemaker, where she took care of her family and raised her children. When her children were older, she then worked for Medicine Hat Appraisals for may years, where she was awarded “Secretary of the Year”, an immensely proud moment in her working career.
She was deeply passionate about her relationships with her family and friends. Esther’s faith in the Lord was very important to her; she lived her life with God close to her heart and blessed those around her with the good Lord’s verses and hummed her favourite hymns. She also loved reading books and doing her crossword puzzles.
In accordance with Esther’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


LILLIAN BETCKER

1946 ~ LILLIAN BETCKER ~ 2024
Lillian Dianna Betcker (nee Kanewischer) of Medicine Hat passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 25th, 2024 at the age of 77 years. Lillian leaves to cherish her memory her children, Candi Betcker and Dixie Emary (Fabio); her grandchildren, Shannon (Dave), Lorissa (Kyle), Jennaya and Kierrah; four great-grandchildren, Kaleea, Randilynn, Bentley and Blake; her brother, Terry (Alma) Kanewischer; sister, Florence Oss; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, Otto and Edna Kanewischer and her husband, Richard, on August 3rd, 2007. Lillian was born on June 23rd, 1946 in Medicine Hat, AB. On March 9th, 1973, she married the love of her life, Richard Betcker and together they raised their two daughters. Lillian enjoyed a busy and full life, balancing her family life with working outside the home. She worked at the City Café, the Grey Cup Café, and the German Harmony Hall throughout her lifetime. She loved children and for many years she helped with a dayhome as well as volunteering her time at Southview School. Lillian liked to spend time with friends and going for daily coffee dates with them. She was a giving person who found joy and comfort in helping others whenever she had the opportunity. When time allowed, she could often be found researching and learning about her family’s ancestry and heritage. Her love of family was her guiding light in life and she prioritized family gatherings. Time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was of utmost importance. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, on Monday, March 4th, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 1:55 pm. The Funeral Service will follow at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL at 2:00 pm with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. If unable to attend, family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to http://www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Lillian’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 through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lillian Betcker. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


VERONICA GETZ

1926 ~ VERONICA GETZ ~ 2024 Veronica Getz, beloved wife of the late Peter Getz, passed away Monday, February 26th, 2024. A Funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday at Holy Family Parish with Father Iqbal Khurshid, Celebrant. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Veronica Getz. 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.


SANDRA IDA MCCOLLUM

SANDRA IDA MCCOLLUM 1944 – 2024 Sandra Ida McCollum passed away February 27th, 2024 peacefully with her family by her side. She will be lovingly remembered by the family she left behind: her siblings, Willie Matson and Margaret (Wayne) Robinson; children, Sharon (Kelvin), Johnson, Mark McCollum, and Adrienne (Greg) Howe; grandchildren, Samantha (Dan), Richelle (Myles), Tamara, and Chelsea; as well as great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Liam, Ewan and Sterling. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Arthur McCollum; son, Brian McCollum; sisters, Beatrice Matson and Sylvia Doonan; brother-in-law, Bert Doonan; and nephew, Kelly Doonan. Sandra was the youngest daughter of Vilho and Helen Matson. She grew up on the farm that her grandparents, Ole and Helmi Matson, founded in Manyberries in 1909. She attended New Home school and graduated from Manyberries School. She managed the Orion Co-op and later began her nursing career at the Medicine Hat Hospital. She loved working at the hospital but when she wasn’t working you could find her spending time with family, gardening, camping and fishing. She will be dearly missed by many. There will be a casual luncheon to remember Sandra on Monday, March 4th, 2024 at the Moose Lodge, 901 8th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital NICU in remembrance of Sandra. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Sandra Ida McCollum. 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.


MARLENE MCDONALD

MARLENE MCDONALD 1944 ~ 2024 Marlene Ann McDonald of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Garry McDonald, passed away on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at the age of 79 years. Marlene leaves to cherish her memory her children, Carol McDonald, Kathy Lavoie, Kevin Gallinger, Karen (DJ) Worrell, and Christina (Ryan) McNeil; grandchildren, Kayla Worrell, Miranda Nielson-Worrell, Jasmine McDonald, Ethan Gallinger, Jamie Lavoie, Justin Lavoie, and Jeremi Lavoie; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra Abraham; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marlene was predeceased by her husband, Garry; parents, Carl and Beatrice Siivonen; and brother, Thomas Siivonen. Marlene was a very supportive lady as well as an amazing mother figure. She loved fishing, camping, her friends, and enjoyed an evening out at bingo, but her absolute favorite thing was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will always be forever missed, forever remembered, and always in our hearts. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marlene McDonald. 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.


RONALD SLEEVA

RONALD SLEEVA 1953 – 2024 Ronald Gerald Sleeva of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the age of 70 years. He is survived by his Son Nolan, Grand-Godson Dallas Bitz; Daughter Elise (Dallas) Longmuir, Grandchildren, Marshall, Maddison and Morgan Longmuir and his Grother Myron (Gloria). A celebration of his life will take place in Conora, Saskatchewan at a later date. http://www.gonebutnotforgotten.caCremation has been entrusted to the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com.

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

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