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By Obituaries on April 26, 2024.


VIRGINIA MACKAY

VIRGINIA MACKAY
November 18th, 1930 – April 22nd, 2024 The family of Virginia Mackay announce with great sadness, her peaceful passing on April 22nd, 2024, at the age of 93.Virginia is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 74 years, Dale Mackay; 6 children, Glen (Pat), Lynn Ann (Doug), Gail (Marv), Sharon, Kim and Debbie (Terry); 11 grandkids; 23 great grandkids and 9 great great grandkids.
Virginia was predeceased by her mother; father; sister; brother; son, Colin; infant daughter, Teresa and granddaughter, Marceya.
Dale and Ginny married on February 27th, 1950, and raised 7 kids while both working full time jobs. She worked and retired from Dom Glass in 1985 then sold Nevada tickets at the Redcliff Legion. They loved to travel with family but spent some winters down in Yuma as well until the exchange rate changed their plans. They spent a lot of time camping and travelling while they could. Every one of their family members have so many memories of her doing exactly what she loved to do….looking after everyone else’s needs with a smile.
She was always in such good health that we thought nothing could slow her down. She was still going for breakfast at IHOP, coffee at the mall and then the casino right up until last year. We would like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Faul in MHRH and all the girls at St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice as well as Grace Memorial. There are many of you that gave the best care to Virginia. Just know we all appreciate it so much.
As per Virginia’s wishes, there will be no funeral held. 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


GARY WHITNEY

GARY WHITNEY March 17, 1942 ~ April 22, 2024
Gary Whitney of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Linda Whitney, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2024, at the age of 82 years. Along with Linda, Gary leaves to cherish his memory: children, Joanne (Ken) Sundholm and Mike (Nicole) Whitney; grandchildren, Cassidy, Tyson (Courtney), Logan, Kaden, Dane and Avery; sister, Linda Bower as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Burt and Bunny Whitney as well as his first wife, Marilyn. Gary grew-up on and eventually farmed at the family farm in Webb, Saskatchewan. He attended school in the local area and proudly drove the school bus through his last high school years. He was a great story teller, and told many stories of memories of school, farm life, dances, baseball games and curling bonspiels. Gary became an avid hockey fan, following his own son’s teams and cheering on the Swift Current Broncos. When hockey season was over, he had his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders to cheer on, believing “There’s always next year” if they didn’t make it that season. Gary was active in his communities, his kids schools and his church. He loved to play cards and could count a hand of crib faster than anyone! He passed his love of cards on to his grandchildren, the game of black ball will live on! Gary (Papa to his grandchildren) was proud of all his grandchildren and enjoyed attending as many of their activities as he could. Gary was a big presence, loved by many and will be deeply missed and forever remembered. A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Webb Community Hall in Webb, SK., on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. Family encourage all of their relatives and friends to attend this come and go luncheon and to do what Gary loved the most which was visiting and telling stories while sharing memories and laughter. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gary may be made to the 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”


IRENE PALMER

1929 – IRENE PALMER – 2024
Our gentle, kind & compassionate mom passed away in Medicine Hat, Alberta a few days after her 95th birthday, with her daughter by her side reminding her of the wonderful memories she created for her family & friends. Mom was the glue for our family. She loved us unconditionally, was an awesome listener, the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for, a devoted friend & always there for anyone in need. Mom cherished her family; sons, Jim (Shirley), Cam (Brenda), Brent-deceased (Darlene), and Tracy; her daughter, Nancy Dalgleish. Glen shared the same birthday as Irene and was like a son. Glenda, mother of Brent’s children. Mom was so proud of her 12 grandchildren & enjoyed seeing all the children they created & those children’s, children! Mom loved her little sister, Vera Salmon and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith. Mom was at the right age at the right time to begin a special connection with her nieces & nephews back when they were young adults & committing their shenanigans! Irene is reunited with her parents Bill and Ollie Smith, her loving husband, Bill; brother, Cliff and brother-in-law, George; Bills family: parents, Percy and Emily; sister, Elsie (Danny); brother, Jack (Audrey); brother, Len (Ina).
Being transferred by dad’s company they were often on the move, even during their retirement years they had a few moves. Mom was a prolific packer, planner and hands on creator! They frequently bought, renovated and sold homes in the same community before moving onto the next. The original house flippers! They built so many wonderful & lasting friendships throughout Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, BC and Alberta throughout their 68 years together.
Mom started curling in Saskatchewan when she had a young family & continued to curl in whatever province they lived in and enjoyed so many years of fun, regardless of wins or losses. She was a proud member of Medicine Hat Curling Cub and curled well into her 80’s. If Mom wasn’t on the ice herself, she was calling the shots behind the glass or watching every rock thrown on every televised game!
A celebration of life will be held for Mom at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB at 2PM on Thursday May 2,2024. If unable to attend, family and friends can be granted private livestream permission by contacting the funeral home. 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 Irene Palmer. Memorial gifts in Irene’s memory are appreciated and can be directed to the Medicine Hat Curling Club, 880 2nd Street SE., Medicine Hat Alberta T1A0E6, 403-526-3821 or email: manager@mhcurling.com. 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.


GLORIA PICKEN

GLORIA PICKEN 1942 ~ 2024 Gloria Picken of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, April 20th, 2024 at the age of 82 years. Gloria leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Doug Picken; children, Bruce Picken, Sandy Brabant (Mel) and Debbie Picken; grandchildren, Mark Picken (Amber) and Christine Hilsendeger; great-grandchildren, Cade, Lacey and Rowan; brother, Stan O’Connor (Sandy). Gloria loved camping, gardening, stock car races and searching for hubcaps in the ditches but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She had a love for country music, loved to sing and have dance parties and watched the country music channel every Friday night. Gloria was the glue to our family, a very strong woman and didn’t get enough credit for everything she did for everyone. There will be no funeral service held at this time. Memorial gifts in Gloria’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 Gloria Picken. 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.


GERALD VANCUREN

GERALD VANCUREN 1929 ~ 2024 Gerald Vancuren of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, April 19th, 2024 at the age of 94 years. The Funeral Service was held yesterday at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gerald Vancuren. 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.


PERCY HARPER

PERCY HARPER 1942 – 2024 It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Percy, who was a beloved father, brother, uncle, nephew, grandpa, great grandfather, and papa. Percy passed away peacefully the morning of April 21, 2024, surrounded by family, at the age of 81 years.
Percy was born on July 16, 1942, in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He grew up on East Pleasant Street, which explains his personality. He was often running around with critters in his pockets and was known for his hunting and fishing adventures. One of Percy’s favourite places to fish was at the Pumping Station. Percy remained in Amherst until he joined the army at a young age.
Percy joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1963 and served in several deployments with the Armoured Corps around the world. After 30 years, Percy retired in Suffield, Alberta as a Master Corporal. In 1978, Percy married Lorna McRae and they cloned five boys Paul, Jarod, Scott, Brian, and Dustin. He came from a family tradition of scouting and carried on that tradition with his boys in New Brunswick and Alberta. Percy loved his boys and inspired their passion for the outdoors with many hours of camping and fishing.
Percy possessed a flirtatious nature and infectious sense of humor. One of the family’s favourite memories included the 2019 trip back home to Nova Scotia where Percy showed all his boys some of his old haunts, shared his love of bologna, and re-taught the boys how to crack lobster shells (you already showed us a million times, Dad). Percy was a tinkerer, constantly renovating his house and garage. He loved to take things apart but failed to put them back together. Percy also had an extremely green thumb that led to a jungle growing in his living room.
Percy was predeceased by his father Percy Sr., mother Marjorie, sister Hazel (Guy), and daughter Gail. Percy leaves behind his aunt Gladys and brother Peter and his memory lives on through his children, Paula, Clinton, Stacey, Paul (Farrah), Jarod (Shanda), Scott (Megan), Brian (Lorraine), and Dustin. His legacy remains in his grandchildren Jennifer, Brandy, Jada, Ryley, Caden, Austyn, Isabella, Niko and Sparrow, and his great grandchildren Gigi, Avro, Archer, Adler, Harper, and Rya. Percy will be missed by so many more including friends, in-laws, nieces and nephews and many extended family members in Nova Scotia and across Canada.
As a final note, Percy never forgave Paul for crashing his Mercury Cougar but readily forgave Lorraine for crashing his boat. Oh Percy.
Percy will be silently remembered by his family and friends. If others who loved Percy so desire, memorial donations in Percy’s name may be made directly to Heroes Mending on the Fly Canada, Quilts of Valour, or Wounded Warriors Canada.
We would like to thank the staff at Riverview Care home for the wonderful love and treatment of Percy and the Medicine Hat Hospital for making him comfortable in his final hours. 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


JULIE GOGOLINSKI

JULIE GOGOLINSKI 1983 – 2024
With profound sadness the family of Julie Gogolinski announces her passing on Monday April 22, 2024, at the age of 40 years. We would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice in Medicine Hat for their loving care.

Julie Anne (Taylor) Gogolinski arrived on December 16, 1983, in Didsbury, Alberta, the youngest of five children born to Brian and Judy Taylor. Julie grew up on a dairy farm near Carstairs, where she enjoyed a happy childhood. She was influenced early in life by her extended family, by the many friends she made wherever she went, and by her adventures travelling to many countries.

Julie loved God, enjoyed good music, and the colour ‘purple’. Because of her love for children, she began working at a local foster home, then in Canmore as a beloved nanny, and later in Calgary as a creative pre-school teacher.

In 2010, Julie met the love of her life – Ryan Gogolinski. They were married on October 8, 2011, and settled into farming life at Orion, Alberta.

Three beautiful children blessed their home: Elise, Kellan, and Rayelle. Being a wife and mother made her very happy!

Julie loved life and filled her days helping on the family farm, gardening, making preserves, and decorating their lovely home. She was a gracious hostess, loved playing games and organizing events. She became very involved in their community, church, their children’s school, and sports activities.

Throughout her courageous two-year battle with cancer, Julie inspired many people with her thoughtful posts on ‘Julie’s Journey’, revealing her positive attitude, and beautiful smile!

Julie will be forever missed, and remembered for her sweet spirit, friendliness, loving ways, and her quiet determination.

Julie is survived by her devoted husband Ryan Gogolinski, and their children Elise, Kellan, and Rayelle; her parents, Brian and Judy Taylor of Carstairs, and Ryan’s parents, Phil and Maxine Gogolinski of Medicine Hat. Her siblings: Landon (Marti) Taylor of Carstairs; Janelle (David) Hay, Katelyn, Emily, Julia of Sherwood Park; Lori (Dave) Reid, Carmen, Charlotte, Lynelle, Evelyn of Cremona; Lowell (Julie) Taylor, Fraser, Stefan of Lethbridge. And Julie’s brother-in-law Kyle (Christine) Gogolinski, Rachel, Briea of Ft. McMurray. She will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends all around the world.

Sincere thanks to the Gogolinski and Taylor families, and friends far and wide who brought meals, helped with childcare, and offered support and encouragement in so many ways during this difficult journey.

A celebration of Julie’s life will take place at Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church (3785 13th Ave SE) on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Julie with a donation may do so to the St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice 156 3rd Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 5M.
The funeral service will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend. Please visit hillcrestchurch.net then select “watch” then “funerals” then “funeral live-stream”. 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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