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MARGARET BLANCHARD June 28, 1930 ~ June 25, 2024
It is with sweet sorrow that we announce the passing of Margaret June Blanchard (nee Rapson) on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. She passed away with her family by her side at her residence at the River Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat, just three days shy of her 94th birthday.
Margaret was the much loved mother of daughters, Diane Blanchard, Susan (Jim) Cooper and Laurie (Tom) Hermann. Margie was the dearly loved grandmother of her nine grand-children and their families: Jeremy Spies; Nell Spies (Anthony Morden) and their children, Lola and Ella; Miriam Spies; Jill (Todd) Regehr and their children, Avery and Owen; Lisa (Michael) MacLeod and their children, Bennett and Juna; Kevin (Janae) Cooper and their children, Mark, Miles and Jade; Lindsey (Rob) Flury and their daughter, Violet; Krista (Franz) Zemp and their children, Oliver and Josie; and Brennan (Pamela) Hermann and their daughters, Milla and Alice. She will be also fondly remembered by her sister-in-law, Beverly Rapson and many nieces and nephews. Margaret was pre-deceased by Gordon, her husband of nearly 70 years; infant daughter, June; sister, Mary Nell Berger; brother, Philip Rapson and brother-in-law, Ken Berger.
Margaret grew up on a farm in Winnifred, the second of three children born to Philip and Ruby Nellie (Atwood) Rapson. After graduating high school in Bow Island she attended the University of Calgary to become a teacher, like her mother before her. Over the years she taught at several schools throughout the County of Forty Mile. In 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, Gordon, and they were blessed with four daughters. They moved from Conquerville to Calgary to Medicine Hat before settling on the farm at Whitla where they farmed for many years. In retirement, they lived in Bow Island before finally moving to Medicine Hat. Margaret was an active member of the Whitla community, the UCW and the Women of Unifarm where she took leadership locally and provincially. She served on the board for Mental Health in Medicine Hat and provincially for some years. Margaret was the first woman elder at St. Andrew’s United Church, Bow Island, serving with intelligence and passion and leading Sunday School at St. Andrew’s for several years with great creativity. She read voraciously and enjoyed the world of ideas. A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 139 2 Avenue West, Bow Island on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Wallace officiating. Because Margaret enjoyed colour, we invite you to wear bright colours. Interment wil follow at the Bow Island Cemetery. You are further invited to share a piece of birthday cake at a time of fellowship at the Golden Age Club, 206 5 Avenue East, Bow Island following the service. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our 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”


JOAN GILLILAND 1937 ~ 2024 On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024, we said good-bye to our much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Joan Gilliland (nee King), at the age of 87 years. Dignified cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. (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”


CODY LEE PETRICK June 30, 1982 June 29, 2024 Cody Lee Petrick, son of Lloyd & Sandra Petrick, passed away at the age of 41. Leaving behind his mother, Sandra; three loving daughters, Nevaeha, Mylee and Meadow; and their mother Cody; brothers, Ryan (Jenn), Clay (Randi); nieces, Abby, Jaelyn, Bell, Jazmyn; nephews, Jaxtyn and Owen, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Cody was predeceased by his father, Lloyd Petrick; uncles, Jerry Petrick and Brian Silliphant; grandparents, Shorty & Isobel Petrick and Norm & Marguerite Silliphant.
Being the youngest brother, he grew up on baseball diamonds, hockey rinks or at the pools. Always trying to keep up with his brothers and cousins. Cody was a natural athlete who had a passion for sports and being outdoors, where he met many lifelong friends. He was full of energy and enthusiasm for whatever…
He had great pride and love for his daughters, enjoying many adventures and activities with them. Especially fishing and camping trips, that was his happy place. He was a great Dad; his daughters were his world.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Cody found a career in Pipeline construction, he met and gained many more lifelong bonds and friends. Cody was known for being a very hard worker with a strong drive and unmatched work ethic. He later became a journeyman Welder and did various jobs. Cody was always on the go, doing stuff of his own or helping others with their tasks, cleaning yards, cutting trees, fixing roofs. Whatever was needed, he was always a call away for those he cherished.
Cody will be missed by all. His huge heart, love, laughter, and energetic personality will not be forgotten.
Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be made at http://www.gracememorial.com. 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


1939 ~ KENNETH FISCHER ~ 2024 Kenneth Adam Fischer, beloved husband of Marlene Fischer, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at the age of 85 years, with his wife by his side. Kenneth leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Marlene; grandchildren, Ryan (Stacey) and Reid; brothers, LeRoy and Gerald; sisters, Beverly Eastwood and Florence Scherer; sister-in-law, Delores Fischer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kenneth was predeceased by his son, Mitchell, in 2023; parents, Adam and Minnie Fischer; brothers, Maurice and Gordon; brother-in-law, Eugene Scherer; sisters-in-law, Clare Fischer and Norma Fischer; as well as niece, Kim. Kenneth worked for the town of Redcliff for many years until his retirement. He loved the outdoors and could often be found gardening, fishing, and especially walking his dog. He will be forever missed and remembered. Kenneth’s family would like to say a special thank you to the nurses and staff at South Country Village as well as Dr. Monty for their exceptional care, support, and kindness. A private family graveside will be held at the Redcliff Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Kenneth’s memory may do so to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, PO Box 460 STN K, Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Kenneth Fischer. 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.


ELAINE S. GRAY 1930 – 2024 Elaine S. Gray of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at the age of 93 years, beloved wife of the late Dr. Allison “Al” Gray. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com.



DELORES STICKELMIER 1930 – 2024 Delores Stickelmier of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2024, at the age of 94 years, beloved wife of the late Voldy Stickelmier. She leaves to cherish her memory numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Voldy on August 21, 2016, her daughter Jo-Anne on September 19, 2010 and by her parents Elma and John Hildenbrand. Delores, the only child of Elma and John Hildenbrand was born on June 12, 1930 at Schuler and was raised on the family farm at Horsham. On November 10, 1950, she married Voldy Stickelmier at Burstall, Saskatchewan, settling on a farm three and half miles south of Burstall. On their 10th anniversary, November 10, 1960, their beloved daughter Jo-Anne was born. In 1982, they retired to Medicine Hat where Delores enjoyed curling and later on in life, golf. Throughout the years there were many card games played, especially Schmier and Crib. You could also find Delores playing bingo and going to the casino. Many hours were spent in their motorhome as Voldy and Delores travelled to the United States with many of their friends. Please note the change of day from Monday to Tuesday The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend officiating. The funeral service will be live-streamed. Those who wish to attend virtually, please visit Delores’ obituary page on our website for the link. Interment will take place at Prairie View Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Delores with a donation may direct it to Medicine Hat andDistrict Health Foundation (specify funds to be allocated to: Electric Bed Appeal) Cheques made payable to MH&D Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 or online at http://www.InYour Community.ca. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com.


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