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March 30, 2024

By Obituaries on March 30, 2024.


BEN SCHNEIDER

BEN SCHNEIDER 1938 ~ 2024 It is with heavy hearts that the family of Bernhardt (Ben) John Schneider, beloved husband of Irene (nee Hepfner) Schneider of Medicine Hat, announce his passing while surrounded by family at the Good Samaritan Society in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the age of 85 years. Ben had a great passion for the land and farming and the love he had for for his family was endless. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Irene Schneider; daughter, Venise (Mike) Silver and grandchildren, Ardian and Rylene; son, Stacey (Julie) and grandchildren, Sherissa and Tyson; siblings, Anne Unreiner and Adam Schneider as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Francisca Schneider; brothers, Joe (Anne) and Mike (Violet); brother-in-law, Tony Unreiner and sister-in-law, Irene Schneider. The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street SW, Medicine Hat on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. with Father Iqbal Khurshid officiating. Family interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery with a reception thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. (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”


HENRY BARTON BIEM

1942 – HENRY BARTON BIEM – 2024
Henry (aka Hank) Barton Biem passed away at the age of 81 years on March 20th, 2024, at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. In the days and hours before his passing, he was visited by family and friends in person and virtually. He leaves behind a legacy built on hard work, resilience, self-reflection, and compassion.
Hank was born on July 26th 1942 in Swift Current and spent his formative years on a family farm near Neidpath, Saskatchewan. He attended high school in Swift Current where his teachers noticed his strong academic potential. This recognition led Hank to change the course of his life by setting his sights on medical school.
A dedicated physician, Hank completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969 with an internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. He touched the lives of many through his practice in various locations, including Rosetown and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, St. Albert and Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was a true general practitioner, possessing broad experience, sound judgement and well-honed knowledge and skills. His practice included delivering babies, providing care to families across multiple generations, performing office-based surgical procedures, administering general anesthesia, and resuscitating critically ill trauma patients. Hank’s impact also extended to counselling numerous individuals facing challenges with alcohol use and other life obstacles. To this day, we hear stories of how Hank helped and saved the lives of many.
Hank had two long-term marriages: one to Marjorie Anne (Player) Biem from 1962 to 1988; and one to Leanne (Eric) Biem from 1989 to 2020. While differences emerged, each marriage was marked by many wonderful memories and enriched by relationships with extended family that Hank deeply appreciated. In his 30s and 40s, Hank enjoyed spending time at Turtle Lake and Whitefish and traveling to Costa Rica, California, and Europe. In his 50s and 60s, Hank broadened his travel to Europe, Asia and spent more time in the United States. Hank’s curiosity and desire to continuously learn and fully embrace life propelled him to trial a multitude of activities from golfing (his life-long passion) to sailing, fishing, flying, brick laying, carpentry (he built greenhouses, boathouses, sheds, decks and the infamous treehouse), gardening, painting, photography, piano, guitar and acting. His community engagement at various points in his life included membership in Kinsmen and Kiwanis. He was passionate about whatever he did and remarked “There is very little in life I have not tried” a testament to his enthusiasm for life.
Despite facing health setbacks later in life, Hank’s determination remained unshakable. He learned to speak again after a stroke, and admiringly adapted to living independently. He developed some remarkable friendships, especially through golf and AA, and deepened his relationships with his children during these later years. His commitment to personal well-being was evident in his gym routine three days a week. His passion for golf kept him active during the summer months, while he honed his skills indoors during the winter. He was a voracious reader and sports enthusiast (he was a fan of the Blue Jays, Oilers, and SK Roughriders). He impressed all who knew him with his unwavering spirit, connections with family and friends of which he had many, and continued travel to see family and celebrate many milestone events. Reflecting on life’s unpredictable journey, Hank once remarked to a friend, “It’s a funny life but I go to bed happy and sleep well”.
He is survived by his sister, Noreen of Hamilton, Ontario; sons, Henry Jay Biem (Sandy Biem) of Beaconsfield, Quebec, Kim Biem (Robin McMaster) of Regina, Saskatchewan; daughters, Heather Hadjistavropoulos (Thomas Hadjistavropoulos) of Regina, Saskatchewan, Sherri Kozub (Chris Kisinger) of Medicine Hat, Alberta; seven grandchildren, Henry Jason, Marjorie Helen, Madison, Matthew, Nicholas, Dimitri and Miranda); great grandson, Brayden; step-daughters, Christine Horton (Brent Horton) of Houston, Texas and Shannon Nelson (Chad Nelson) of Medicine Hat; Alberta; as well as step grandchildren, Aaron, Alyssa, Jaycey, Presley, Aiden and Dylan. He is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Sarah (Goertzen) Biem; brothers, Glenn and Curtis Biem; sister, Thelma Schwartz; and former wife and mother of his children, Marjorie Biem.
As his family and friends gather to celebrate Hank’s life, they honor a self-made man who lived life to the fullest and impacted many. He had a wonderful sense of humour, and a shocking level of perseverance in the face of adversity that will long continue to serve as a source of inspiration.
There will be a celebration of Hank’s life on Saturday April 13, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at the Paradise Valley Golf Course Clubhouse Restaurant in Medicine Hat, Alberta. All who are interested are welcome to join a round of golf before the clubhouse gathering tee times between 12:00 and 1:00 weather permitting. In lieu of flowers, please take time out to do an activity you enjoy and even better do it with those you love. Donations may also be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences to the family may be shared at http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Henry Biem. 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.


LAURA JOHNSON

1926 ~ LAURA JOHNSON ~ 2024 Laura Johnson of Medicine Hat (Redcliff), cherished wife of Joseph McFadzen, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24th, 2024 at the age of 97 years. She was also the beloved mother of Donna Johnson Alden and Janice Hehr. Funeral arrangements and details of her long full life will follow shortly. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Laura Johnson.
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.


BRAM WONKO

1949 ~ BRAM WONKO ~ 2024 Bram Wonko of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Caroline Wonko, passed away on Monday, March 25th, 2024, at the age of 74 years. For Bram’s full obituary, please go to http://www.saamis.com. 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.


DONALD ALDAG

DONALD ALDAG September 5, 1935 ~ March 26, 2024
It is with heavy hearts that the family announces that Donald Edward Aldag, beloved husband of Kaye, passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the age of 88 years.
Don was born on September 5, 1935, in Gull Lake, SK to parents, John and Harriett Aldag. Don was raised on the family farm in the Aldag District with his older brother, Calvin; older brother, Jerald (who died in infancy) and younger sister, Coleen. Don attended the rural Aldag School, located near the family farm and Luther College in Regina for one year, before returning to the Aldag District where he completed his schooling. Upon his return he began helping his Dad and brother, Calvin on the farm. In 1954, Don was hired by the oilfield company, Canadian Delhi Oil, where he worked until 1960. In 1957, he met the love of his life, Kathleen ‘Kaye’ Fenton who had come to the area with her brother who was also working in the oilfield. On July 21st, 1958, Don and Kaye were married at Good Hope Lutheran Church in the Aldag District, and they remained by each others’ sides for the next 66 years. While Don was working for Delhi, he began to purchase farmland and in 1968 when his father retired from farming, he purchased the homestead and an adjoining quarter of land. Don and Calvin continued to grow the farm that they grew up on until they retired in 2001.
During his years on the farm, Don was an active volunteer as a councilor for the R.M. of Carmichael and being a board member for the Lutheran Church and Gull Lake Special Care Home. Sports were also a big part of Don’s life as he was an original member of the Aldag Eagles fastball team that was formed in 1957 and played on a field that was located near the homestead. Later on, Don also became an avid curler and golfer, and he and Kaye were some of the Saskatchewan Roughriders most loyal fans.
Don was a very social person who loved visiting with family, friends and neighbors, whether it was when he and Kaye lived on the farm, retired to Gull Lake or eventually when they moved to their final home in the Grandview Village condos in Medicine Hat. It was here that they made many friends through the morning coffee gatherings, card/games nights and the regular outings to support the Medicine Hat Tigers hockey team and Medicine Hat Mavericks baseball team.
Don’s greatest life accomplishment was his family, being a devout husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen ‘Kaye’; daughter, Debbie (Robert) Jensen; sons, John Aldag (Elaine St. John) and Rick Aldag (Krista Collier-Aldag); his grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Krista (Joel) Pullman, Daniel Jensen (Megan), Kai, Hattie and Kalani Aldag, Dayden Collier and Conner Aldag; great-grandchildren, Madison, Carter, Mikayla and Caleb Pullman, Evangeline, Lewis and Judah Jensen; sister, Coleen Retzlaff (Glen Fletcher) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his parents, John and Harriett Aldag as well as his brothers, Calvin and Jerald Aldag.
Don was respected by all who crossed his path. He was loved and he will be missed!
A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at Victory Lutheran Church, 2793 Southview Drive S.E., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Grant Chrichton officiating. Those wishing to attend the service via livestream may do so by visiting the following link: https://victorylutheran.ca/livestream/ (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice or to AJ’s Loan Cupboard. 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”


DANNY DELISLE

DANNY DELISLE 1963 – 2024
Dianne (Danny) Gail Delisle of Medicine Hat formerly of Edmonton, Alberta, born on February 20, 1963 and passed away on March 10, 2024. Danny will be remembered by their sisters Wendy White (Don Pfeifle), Debbie (Wilf) Adair. They will also be remembered by nephews and nieces; Dustin Delisle, Jamie Delisle, Dallas Delisle, Amanda Delisle, Blake Delisle, Jordan Hartmann, Brett Delisle, Kiley Delisle, Shawn Delisle, Sasha White, Hailey White, Cole White, Shelby Gray, William Adair, and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces. Danny was predeceased by their father Lloyd Edward Delisle, mother Ardel Delisle, brothers Arden Delisle (Rita Delisle), Lyndon Delisle (Heather Delisle), sister Donna Delisle, nephews Darcy Delisle, Kelly Lubbers, and Chad Delisle. The Celebration of Life will be held in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Honorary Urn Carrier Dustin Delsile. Interment will take place at a later date in Edmonton, resting with their parents. Those who wish to attend virtually, please visit pattisonfuneralhome.com and select live streaming, then select the YouTube (arrow). Those who wish to remember Danny with a donation, may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society. 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


IDA SEITZ

IDA SEITZ (nee Stuber) 1923 2024
Our beloved Ida Seitz passed away at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, March 23, 2024, at the age of 100 years. She leaves to cherish her memory, son Allen Seitz and two daughters, Sharon Friesen and
Beverley McDougall; one sister Lena Stuber; five grandchildren, Monte Friesen, Mitchell (June) Friesen, Vanessa Friesen, Alison (Roger) Wilcox, Sean McDougall; and eight great grandchildren. Besides her loving husband, Gottfred Seitz, Ida was predeceased by her parents Erhard Stuber and Maria Magdalena Kriel, five sisters, four brothers, and son-in-law Don Friesen.

Ida was born and raised in Tothill, Alberta, the 7th of 11 children. She farmed and ranched with her husband in Little Plume, Alberta, managing a dizzying load of raising kids, growing food, milking cows, toiling in the fields, working cattle, and driving school bus, all before moving to Medicine Hat to work as a nurse’s aide, then in retail at K-Mart. She was a dedicated church member, spending much of her time helping with meals and special events. Ida would recount the best stories about the “Royal Quilters”, a group of church ladies who worked together sewing and selling quilts to support church needs. Ida will be remembered for her selflessness, faith, perseverance and hard work ethic, all carried out with joy and a great sense of humor. She was a prayer warrior! All who had needs, went on her list of petitions to “the Father”. She just wanted everyone to know her Jesus. Her life was in service to her family and community, full of energy even to the end. Though we miss her terribly, heaven is rejoicing!

Family time viewing from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Public viewing from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry Enslen officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com. 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


SUSAN BATEMAN

SUSAN BATEMAN 1936 – 2023
Susan Barbara Bateman of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the age of 87 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Dennis (Kyla) Lennox and her grandchildren Levi (Taylor) and Payton (Callia); one sister Mary Bjarnason and her cousin Delilah Phillips. A private family graveside service was held at Hillside Cemetery with Life Celebrant Pat Grisonich. Susan’s family would like to thank the staff at Cypress View Foundation and Good Samaritan’s for providing Susan with excellent care over the years. 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


JERYL ANDERSON

JERYL ANDERSON 1950 – 2024
Jeryl Lynn Anderson of Medicine Hat, AB, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on March 23rd, 2024 at the age of 73 years. Jeryl was born on October 21, 1950, in Frontier Saskatchewan, to parents Anthony and Jeanne Leger. Jeryl was blessed with many siblings and a house full of love and laughter. Jeryl was raised on a farm at Divide Saskatchewan, and went to school in a one-room school from grades 1-7 then finished her formal education in Frontier. In 1969, Jeryl opened her own hairstyling business in Frontier and served the surrounding community for the next 40 years. During this time, Jeryl took great pride in raising her two daughters and spending quality time with her family and friends.
In 1993, Jeryl married her best friend, Donnie Anderson, and together they looked after the farm, traveled the world, and spent countless beautiful moments together. In 2008, Jeryl and Donnie moved to Medicine Hat.
Jeryl was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandma, and a special friend to many people all over the world. She was well-known for her many talents, including her exceptional sewing skills, photography, wreath-making, scrapbooking, and of course her baking!
Jeryl was a kind soul who was known for her hospitality and was always delighted when people stopped in for coffee and a visit. She was a shining light in many people’s lives and her vibrant personality continues to reverberate in our hearts.
Those who knew her, knew she loved her family, the simple life, and Elvis Presley. Although Jeryl is no longer with us, her interminable determination, strength and her zest for life will forever be her legacy.
Jeryl is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Anderson; her daughter’s father, Garry Bakken, remarkable daughters, Rayann (Jason) Jarman, Stacie (Chris) Bakken; cherished grandchildren, Drayton (Casey) Deshryver, Landon (Maddy) Jarman, Jaida Deschryver, Chase Jarman and Dalen Jarman; one great-grandchild; loving siblings, David (Darlene) Leger, Gail Lightfoot, Darcy (Graham) Mazurek, Cecile Leger and Joanne Behrman; and her dear nieces and nephews.
Jeryl is predeceased by her parents; Anthony and Jeanne Leger; siblings, Brian Leger, Eldon Leger, Dean Leger, and infant sister Marie Leger; fathers and mothers in-law, Jim (Georgette) Anderson, and Helmer (Ida) Bakken; brothers-in-law, Jim Lightfoot and Lloyd Bakkeli; and nephews, Troy Leger and Tyler Lightfoot.
Please join us in celebrating Jeryl’s life Saturday afternoon April 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the BETHEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Frontier. A reception will follow the service in the Frontier Hall.
In lieu of flowers or donations, put a pot of coffee on, put some cookies in the oven and invite an old friend over for a visit – Jeryl would appreciate it. 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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