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JIM WRIGHT

JIM WRIGHT 1960 ~ 2024 James ‘Jim’ Samuel Wright, loving partner of Debbie Rookes, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at the age of 63 years. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. (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”


MERLE RINKE

MERLE RINKE 1956 ~ 2024 Merle Frederick Rinke passed away suddenly in Medicine Hat on Friday, May 31, 2024, at the age of 67 years. Merle is survived by one brother, Wayne (Mildred) Rinke; two sisters, Paulete Fox and Betty Ann (Larry) Larson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held. (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”


PHYLLIS BAYER

PHYLLIS BAYER February 26, 1938 ~ May 30, 2024
Phyllis Dorothy Bayer (nee Roth), a long-time resident of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully at her residence in Masterpiece Southland Meadows on the eve of Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the age of 86 years.
Phyllis was born in Burstall, Saskatchewan and raised in Burstall and Medicine Hat. She married the late Leslie Bayer in 1958 and was his ‘right hand lady’ on the farm near Schuler, AB where she helped raise their two sons. From ages 19 to 81, Phyllis taught piano lessons for 62 years and played many a tune for church events and professionally as the organist for Cook’s Funeral Chapel for several years. She enjoyed golf, fashion, hosting college students at their home as well as spending time with friends and family.
Phyllis is survived by her sons, Monty (Michelle) and Morley (Christina); four grandchildren, Sloane, Jaydon, Nevayeh and Tayanna; sister, Marlene Craven; aunts, Viola Deering and Idella Ehnisz as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leslie; father, Emanuel and her mother, Edna.
A memorial service honouring Phyllis along with her late husband, Leslie, who passed away during the Covid pandemic in 2020, will be held later this summer. Further details will be announced to family and friends in the coming weeks. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cooksouthland.com) Memorial donations in Phyllis’ honour may be made directly to the Far East Broadcasting Society, 3200 – 8888 Odlin Crescent, Richmond, BC, V6X 3Z8 or Faith to Live By, Box 426, Winnipeg MB, R3C 2H6 or to Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church, 3785 – 13 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 1J2. 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”


MELVIN JAMES `JIM’ JESSE

MELVIN JAMES ‘JIM’ JESSE November 4, 1935 ~ June 1, 2024
Mr. Melvin James ‘Jim’ Jesse, beloved husband of the late Mona Jesse, passed away peacefully in Medicine Hat on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the age of 88 years. Jim leaves to cherish his memory four children, Charlene Jesse (Cynthia Perez), Cheryl (David) Coward, Rani (Rob) Wiedemann and Christopher Jesse (On-Uma Teerawatphothong). He is also survived by five grandchildren, Justin (Nanae) Coward, Aaron Coward, Emely (Taliesin) Cook as well as Nate and Finn Wiedemann; two great-grandchildren, Yuna and Hendrix and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Martha; step-father, William Renner as well as his brother, Earl (Hilda). Jim was born in Medicine Hat and attended Elm Street School through his early years. He finished the majority of his schooling in Medicine Hat before attending the University of Calgary to become a teacher. Jim was exceptional at connecting with his students and relished in each opportunity to mentor a young mind. He started teaching in Calgary, but a year or two later, he moved back to Medicine Hat where the majority of his career was spent teaching Art at Medicine Hat High School, something he was incredibly passionate about. He retired at 72 years of age, providing more time for him to enjoy gardening, pigeons and traveling with Mona. Jim raised racing homer and fancy pigeons, competing in numerous events and winning many trophies and awards along the way. A Private funeral and burial will take place in the coming week. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a public come and go celebration of Jim’s life in the Cook Southland Reception Facility on Monday, June 10, 2024, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed through 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”


BOB HASSARD

BOB HASSARD April 1, 1940 ~ May 24, 2024
Mr. Robert (Bob) Hassard, beloved life partner of Marlene Berrington, passed away peacefully at his residence in Medicine Hat on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the age of 84 years. Along with Marlene, his soulmate of almost 46 years, Bob leaves to cherish his memory four children: Shelley Hassard (Kevin Werre), Keith Hassard, Cory Hassard and Richard (Tammy) Berrington as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bob was born in Medicine Hat and raised on the farm by Elkwater. He worked for a short time in Calgary as a mechanic before starting his own business at Manyberries in 1979. He retired in 1999, and roughly 10 years later, moved to Medicine Hat. During his retirement years, Bob enjoyed garage sale’n, collecting a number of trinkets and things along the way. Family will forever remember Bob’s unwavering love for them, and he will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Relatives and friends are encouraged to join Bob’s family for a come and go celebration of his life which will be held in the Fireside Room at the Cypress Centre, 2055 – 21 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, June 21, 2024, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (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”


VIOLET SEIFERT

VIOLET SEIFERT 1946 ~ 2024 Violet Rose Seifert, beloved wife of Ted, passed away peacefully on June 4th, surrounded by her family. Violet is survived by her husband, Ted, of 59 years, and their three children: Rhonda (Jeet), Cory (Shelagh) and Kevin; grandchildren, Alicia (Quinton), Deryck (Malorie), Jory (Coralee), Ty (Raylah), Koby (Britanny); great-grandchildren, Austin, Brady, Cooper, Preslee, Dash, Maverick, Hartley, Stetson; her brothers, Larry (Gladys), Gerald (Gloria), Neil (Darlene) and Kelly (Stephanie) as well as her sister-in-law, Gladys (Eddie) and brother-in-law, Jerry (Karen). Violet was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Rachel Leismeister; her sister and brother-in-law Lorrainne and Pat, and her great-granddaughter, Quinn. Violet had a passion for working with the elderly and was a healthcare aid for many years. Her faith was her foundation in which brought her much comfort. She took pride in looking “Just so” and her greatest joy was spending time with her family. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Vincent Tuan Ha celebrant. (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”


ROBERT MASUKU

1960 ~ ROBERT MASUKU ~ 2024 Njabulo Robert Masuku passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on April 29, 2024, at the age of 64 years. A Funeral Service celebrating Robert’s life was held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, with Pastor Bob Church officiating, at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Robert Masuku. 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.


MARLENE CHRISTINA SAUER

MARLENE CHRISTINA SAUER
Following a 15 year long battle with Alzheimers, Marlene Christina Sauer passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the age of 71 years, beloved wife of Richard Sauer of Maleb, Alberta. She also leaves to cherish her memory one brother Glenn (Jan) Christman of Pincher Creek; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Emma Steinkey, Stan (Pat) Sauer, Albert (Susan) Sauer and Betty Parsons as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Katie and Herbert Christman, Richard’s parents Anna and Louie Sauer; her brothers -in-law, George Sauer, Frank (Anne) Sauer, Max Steinkey, Brian Parsons and sister-in-law Shirley Sauer. Marlene was born to Katie and Herbert Christman on March 29, 1953, in Medicine Hat and was raised on a farm at Schuler with her brother Glenn. The first vehicle she learned to drive was a Minneapolis U tractor which set the tone for her independent life. Upon finishing high school, Marlene pursued a career in hair dressing. She started working at Carol’s Beauty Salon and shortly after became the owner. On November 7, 1981, her life became complete when she married Richard in Medicine Hat. If needed, she would happily hop on a tractor and Richard would happily pick up a broom. They set up a hairdressing shop on the farm in 1981 so Marlene could continue her standard $5.00 hair cut which sometimes included a $10.00 meal, a “deal” she continued until she retired. She was also a great dancer, gardener and crafter as well as a shopper although she just “liked to look”. She loved to cook and entertain family and neighbours at her home. She was an excellent cook, her butterhorns were her signature treat, that she would make and Richard would deliver. Adventure through travel took them to many wonderful places like Hawaii, Branson and Germany and included several Danny O’Donnell concerts and a trip to the Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch. She loved animals, children and Skor Blizzards. She always felt blessed to share life’s special times with her soul mate.
Alzheimer’s Request Do not ask me to remember Don’t try to make me understand Let me rest and know you’re with me Kiss my cheek and hold my hand. I’m confused beyond your concept I’m sad and sick and lost All I know is that I need you To be with me at all cost. Do not lose your patience with me Do not scold or curse or cry I can’t help the way I’m acting I can’t be different though I try. Just remember that I need you That the best of me is gone Please don’t fail to stand beside me Love me till my life is gone. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Rosehaven Care Facility for the exceptional care and attention shown to Marlene and Richard over the past ten years.
Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. and will be available for viewing on live stream. Please visit Marlene’s obituary page on our website and select the link. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Chris Schmidt and Fr. Wojciech Jarzecki concelebrants. Live stream for the funeral mass can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/@medicinehatholyfamilychurch/videos. Private interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Marlene with a donation may direct it to Friends of Rosehaven, Rosehaven Care Centre 5303 47 Ave, Camrose, AB T4N 1Y6. 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


WILLIAM SIDORAK

WILLIAM SIDORAK 1931 – 2024 William Sidorak of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the age of 93 years, beloved husband of the late Olga Sidorak. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Roque Pereira officiating. The service will be live streamed. Those who wish to attend virtually, please visit William’s obituary page on our website for the link. Private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. 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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