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May 25, 2024

By Obituaries on May 25, 2024.


PATRICIA MAY (PATTI) FORD Patricia May (Patti) Ford (nee Blysak) was born on October 28, 1968 in Vancouver, B.C. and died on May 13, 2024 in Whitehorse Yukon after a brief battle with cancer.
The youngest of three, Patti lived in Grasmere, B.C. until she was 9 years old when she moved with her family to Mayo, Yukon. After a couple years the family moved to Watson Lake and eventually into Whitehorse where Patti graduated from FH Collins High school in 1986. After high school, Patti attended SAIT and the University of Calgary, earning a degree as a medical laboratory technician. She worked at Medicine Hat Hospital for 37 years until she retired. After retirement, Patti packed up and moved back to the Yukon, where she accepted a new job in the lab at Whitehorse General Hospital. Patti and her partner Chris were excited to start a new chapter of life in the Yukon.
Patti was always up for adventures and involved in many activities throughout her life ….skydiving, square dancing, gymnastics, babysitting, traveling, cheering for her Toronto Blue Jays and singing whenever she could. Her love of singing was passed to Alex and Patti proudly shared their performances with everyone. She was equally proud of Nathan and his many accomplishments.
Patti is survived by her partner Chris Simmons, her children Nathan and Alex Ford, step-children Ben and Tony Simmons, mother May Blysak, sister Karen Macklon, brother Stephen Blysak (Alla), half-siblings Jennifer Miller and Chris Kohlman, her many nieces and nephews and her two great-nieces. She will also be greatly missed by her large extended family and multitude of friends and colleagues.
Patti is predeceased by her father, Clarke Blysak (2010), her brother in law Alan Macklon (2022), her grandparents (Harry and Emma Black, Stephen and Josiphine Blysak) along with many aunts, uncles and extended family.


LOIS LOUISE CLARKSON September 18, 1932 May 19, 2024
Lois Clarkson of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, in palliative care at St. Joseph’s home.
Mom’s memory will always be cherished by her daughter, Dawn Cote; son, Kevin (Jeannette) Clarkson; son, Blair Clarkson (Sharon Perry), daughter, Marcia Clarkson; sister, Lucile (Wally) Novak; sister, Marlene Lemon; sister-in-law, Loretta Lemon; and Aunt Doreen (Jack) Pickett. She is also survived by her grandchildren , Tracy (Graham) Cowley, Challa (Vance) Crouse, Lee (Carla) Clarkson, Jillian Clarkson (Tyler Gabrysh) and Alex Winters (Tedd Huckabay); as well as numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Lois was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Ralph Clarkson; parents, James and Evelyn Lemon; in-laws, Lee and Clara Clarkson; brother, Larrie Lemon; brother and sister-in-law, Merlin and Shirley Lemon; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Cal McKeag; son-in-law and grandson, Lyle and Darryl Cote; and great granddaughter, Kressley Clarkson.
Mom was born at home in Mair, SK on September 18, 1932, the oldest of five children. She started her schooling at Grangehurst where her father, James , had his schooling. Her father was a grain buyer with Searle Elevators and transferred to Fairlight, SK in July 1940. Then to Glenavon, SK in July 1941, and in August 1942, he transferred again to Willmar, SK.
Lois and Ralph Clarkson were married on February 10, 1951, in Arcola, SK. Mom and Dad resided in Willmar for many happy years where they ran a general store. Dad wore several hats including school bus driver, postmaster, and a bulk fuel delivery dealer. In 1976 they closed their business in Willmar when Dad took the Postmaster position in Manor, SK, and in 1983 he took the postmaster’s job in Redvers, SK. In 1988, Dad retired, and he and mom moved to Carlyle, SK. During their time in Manor, Mom worked at the Moose Mountain Nursing Home in Carlyle, and after moving to Carlyle, she worked part time as a security guard at the RCMP station. In 2002, they moved to Regina, SK, and then to Medicine Hat, AB, in 2005. In 2007, they moved into the Valleyview Care Centre in Medicine Hat.
Mom was always active in the community including Fall suppers, church events, bonspiels, and whist parties. She liked golfing, loved music, and was a very good dancer. And we all have special memories of the many years we shared at our cottage at White Bear Lake. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. In her later years, she loved to read, play games on her computer, do crossword and other word puzzles, read the newspaper every morning, and was an avid fan of curling. We all avoided calling or stopping in to visit when a curling game was on!
She was always gracious, kind, and loving, and a friend to all she met. She might express some displeasure if we did something she didn’t approve of, but she never spoke harshly of anyone. She was always our light to guide us and taught us to treat others with respect, to care for others, and to walk humbly through life. Mom didn’t loudly voice any religious claims but the way she lived her life and her everyday actions loudly proclaimed what she believed. She loved her family, and they were always on her mind and in her heart. We loved her dearly and will always miss her. Thank you, Mom.
According to Mom’s wishes, a gathering of family at her graveside will be held at a later date, where her ashes will be interred with Dad in the cemetery in Arcola, SK. Condolences may be sent to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lois Clarkson. 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.


RAYMOND SEITZ April 13, 1930 ~ May 23, 2024
Raymond Seitz, beloved husband of the late Mona Seitz, passed away peacefully at South Country Village in Medicine Hat. He began his new life’s journey with family by his side on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the age of 94 years. Left to cherish Raymond’s memory are two children: daughter, Dixie (Ray) Reierstad and their two children, Jill (Jose) and their two kids, Felix and Knox; Kristopher (Bristie) and their daughter, Wrenley; son, Jim (Renee) and their two children, Danyelle (Kyle) and their two kids, Kassidy and Reese; Matthew (Lauren) and their two kids, Caleb and Danica. Raymond is also survived by Jack’s three children, Justin, Crystal and Jonathan as well as their families. Along with Mona, Raymond was predeceased by his son, Jack; parents, George and Sophie; six brothers, George, John, Rheinhold, Earl, Edgar and Wilbur as well as one sister, Jean. Raymond was born at Wisdom, AB., on April 13, 1930. This is also where he received his schooling. He worked for the PFRA for a short time before he started farming in the early 1950’s near Orion in the Peigan Coulee. He was passionate about his land; farming truly was his life. Family wish to extend their appreciation to Dr. Jeraj as well as the nurses and staff at South Country Village for the care Raymond received during his time there. A Private Celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at a future date. (Condolences may be expressed at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Those wishing to remember Raymond may do so through a donation to HALO, 12 – 1 Airport Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G4. 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”


MOLLY IRVING 1930 ~ 2024 Emily ‘Molly’ Irving, loving partner of Leo Pelland, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Southridge Village in Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the age of 94 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion. (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”


WENDY HEIDINGER (nee Austin) (nee Beisel) 1958 ~ 2024 Wendy passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the age of 65 years following her battle with lung cancer. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 32 years, Dennis Heidinger; her children, Jay Heidinger, Crystal Stoyke and Jeffery Beisel; grandchildren, Zander Heidinger, Ryder Stoyke, Jada Nelson-Beisel and Rowan Stoyke. She is also survived by her mother, Ev Austin; three brothers, Jim Austin, Terry Austin (Sherry) and Randy Austin (Dee) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Wendy was predeceased by her first husband, Rick Beisel in 1986 and her father, Gil Austin in 2018. A Celebration of Wendy’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. A time of fellowship will follow immediately thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com). Those wishing to remember Wendy are encouraged to do so through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5. 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”


VICTORIA CHOPEK May 27, 1936 – May 23, 2024 Victoria (Vicki) Chopek, beloved wife of the late William (Bill) Chopek, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024, just days shy of her 88th birthday. Vicki leaves to mourn her memory eight children, Don, Nancy Beatch, Doreen (Frank) Sleeking, Sharon (Cameron) Anhelher, Jim (Tammy), Wayne (Colleen Andrew), Doug (Michelle), Russ (Tanya); 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A private family gathering honouring Vicki’s life will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed at http://www.gracememorial.com. Arrangments 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


SHARON KATHLEEN ENSLEN July 4th, 1949 May 23rd, 2024 It is with shattered hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Sharon Enslen.
Born in Medicine Hat, Sharon was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Johnina Sullivan.
She was also predeceased by her three sisters, Pat Montean, Helen Wigard and Irene Sullivan.
Left to mourn are her only son & daughter-in-law, Kelly & Stephanie Enslen of Medicine Hat; their two sons, Sharon’s pride and joy, her two precious grandsons, Joshua and Ashton.
Sharon is also survived by her brother, Danny Sullivan (British Columbia); brother-in-law, Roy Wigard (British Columbia); as well as many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
In her younger years, Sharon was an avid motorcyclist. She enjoyed playing bingo and a good afternoon at the Casino with her sister, Pat. She loved getting out for a good meal and spending time with her family, who meant everything to her.
Sharon truly had a heart of gold and was a beautiful soul. She will be missed immensely; always loved; always remembered.
As per Sharon’s wishes there will be no visitation or service. Donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society or Parkinson’s Association of Alberta. Condolences may be made at http://www.gracememorial.com.

A piece of our hearts broke away and went to heaven today. We weren’t ready, left asking why? A beautiful soul, ready to fly. Our family circle, forever broken.
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


EVELYN DORIS SCHLACHTER of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late James (Jim) Schlachter, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital surrounded by family on Monday May 20, 2024, at the age of 90 years.

Evelyn is survived by her loving family; Sons: Rodney (Linda), Daniel (Janet), Blair (Susan) and Shannon; Grandchildren: James, Lindsey (Kevin), Christopher, Megan (Justin), Kimberly (Derek), Katie, Cody (Amanda) and Carlena (Aaron); as well as eleven great grandchildren. Evelyn is also survived by her Sisters-in-law: Marianne Renyk, Angelina Schlachter, Lenora (Richard) Flynn, Marlene (Ronald) MacDonald and one Brother-in-law: Wayne Schlachter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great friends.

Evelyn was born the youngest of six children on July 3, 1933, on the family farm to Jesse and Eva Preskey. Her heart found a match in Jim Schlachter and they were married on May 3, 1956. Together they raised five children and purchased a farm in the Conquerville area. Jim and Evelyn were kept busy by the activities of their children; volunteering and being active in the community and building their farm. Tragically, Jim and their only daughter, Carla were taken in an automobile accident in the Fall of 1979. With grit and determination, Evelyn stayed on the farm helping her sons farm the land. In spring of 1982, Evelyn sold the farm and moved into Medicine Hat. It was here where she developed many great friendships with neighbors and others she met.

Being a Mother and Grandmother brought her the greatest of joys. Her Grandchildren treasure the many memories they have in playing board and card games with her, her delicious home cooked holiday meals and the many sleep overs and family times spent within her home.

Evelyn enjoyed her hobbies of crocheting, gardening, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She was the head of our family, truly our rock, always encouraging everyone to stick together. With her loving guidance and teachings in the value of hardwork, love of family, loyalty and friendship, she will be deeply missed.

Evelyn was predeceased by her beloved Husband, Jim, only Daughter Carla, Parents, Jesse and Eva, Siblings: Erma (Simon) Weiler, Edith (Fritz) Rossol, Charles (Anne) Preskey, Adaline (Peter) Headsworth, Alice (Ralph) Brittner. Father and Mother-in-law: Jacob and Katherine Schlachter, Brothers-in-law: Timothy Schlachter and his wife Lenora Schlachter and Robert Renyk and nephews Bradley MacDonald and Clark Marcolin.

On behalf of the Schlachter Family, a special thank you to all of the Havenview South Country Village staff for the kindness, loving care and friendship so freely given to our Mother, and the care and compassion from the Palliative care team at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant Pat Grisonich officiating. The service will be live streamed. Those who wish to attend virtually, please visit Evelyn’s obituary page at pattisonfuneralhome.com and select the link. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Evelyn with a donation, may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Association https://crm2.diabetes.ca/site/Donation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta https://www.heartandstroke.ca. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com.


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