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Dale Wagner   1925 - 2016

It is with sadness that the family of Dale Franklin Wagner, beloved husband of Adeline Wagner, announce his passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the age of 91 years.  Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  www.cooksouthland.com)    Honoured to serve the family is


    Helmer Schwartz   1938 - 2016

Mr. Helmer Ralph Schwartz, beloved husband of Mrs. Joann Schwartz, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the age of 78 years.  Along with Joann, Helmer will be lovingly remembered by his children, Kalvin Schwartz, Michael Schwartz, Melonie (Travis) Reimer and Steven (Angelica) Schwartz; grandchildren, Tanner (Abby) Reimer, Kaitlin (Ryan) Glass, Mateja and Hudson Schwartz; great-grandchildren, Maci and Gemma Reimer; siblings, Arthur Schwartz, Florabelle (Walter) Senft and Gordon (Frances) Schwartz as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Helmer was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Reil and his brothers, Wilfred and Raymond. The Celebration of Helmer’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Roland Schlenker officiating.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at www.cooksouthland.com)    Honoured to serve the family is

        1932 - BOETTCHER - 2016

It is with so much sadness that we share the loss, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 6, 2016 of our mom, wife, nanny and great grandma, Florence Ruth Boettcher.  Florence lived for 84 years, and she was the best.  Born January 12, 1932 in Medicine Hat, Florence grew up in Horsham, Saskatchewan, attending the Green Corn School.  On April 23, 1952, she married Bill Boettcher and they started their life together on the farm in Schuler, AB, later moving into Medicine Hat where she resided with her family ever since.  Florence was predeceased by her parents, John and Hilda Fischer; and two sisters, Theola Fischer and Violet Maier.  Florence is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Boettcher of Medicine Hat; two daughters, Sandi (Mark) Kowalko of Calgary and Connie Boettcher (Robert Poutney) of Lacombe, Alberta; ten grandchildren, Corey Copeland, Colette (Brad) Ross, Crystal (Brandon) Gaudio, Caleb (Triana) Kowalko, Lukas Kowalko, Hannah Kowalko, Danyel Inglangasuk Kowalko, Simeon Kowalko, Jackie Whitford and Matthew Christiansen; five great grandchildren, Anthony, Kalan, Keenan, Laughlin and Isla; one brother, Elmer (Lilly) Mueller; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as Bill's family…Florence celebrated all the people in her life.  In every visit, she quickly enjoyed hearing about her visitor’s life and would enter into their experience, leaving them knowing they were precious and valuable.  Florence leaves a beautiful legacy of deep faith in Jesus Christ, continuous prayer, and an attitude of overcoming; she was a fighter for every moment of life.  Her unconditional love for all her family and friends made it hard for her to leave us.  Mom brought laughter to our home daily, always finding something to smile about.  The last 3 years of her life were lived in Sunnyside Care Centre, which became home for her.  With sincere thankfulness, we appreciate the love and care that was given daily by the staff.  Mom was always grateful for you going the extra mile.  To Dr. Ahmad, a huge thank you from our heart to yours for all you did for mom; we appreciate your care so much.  Also, to the Dialysis Team and the amazing staff of 5 West in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, we extend a special thank you.  You were always kind and compassionate to mom even though the journey was difficult.  Thank you also to Dr. Monty, Dr. Osborne, Dr. Jonker and Dr. Marsay for all you did for mom.  We will have a service to celebrate Florence’s life on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the WUERFEL AUDITORIUM in the Sunnyside Care Centre, 1720 Bell Street SW.  Memorial gifts in Florence's memory may be made to the Renal Dialysis Unit, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 - 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Medicine Hat & District Branch, 102, 73 - 7th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2.    Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Florence Boettcher.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


A special thank you... - Ted Butcher -

We, the family of the late Ted Butcher, wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to those who showed their support by sending food, flowers, condolences, cards and kind words.  Special thanks to Ted’s colleagues who were able to get together to celebrate his life.  We extend our gratitude to Gerry Getz for officiating the service and for all of the beautiful music.  We are very thankful for the care that Dad received from Dr. Durand and his nurse, Sheri.  We acknowledge the Medicine Hat Lodge for providing the family dinner following the ceremony.  Thank you to everyone at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, especially our Funeral Director, David Stroh.  Your guidance and professionalism was of great comfort to our family.  We are truly blessed to have such good people in our lives and we have been deeply touched by all of you. 

The Family of Ted Butcher


                  SCHAPANSKY

Elizabeth “Bette” Schapansky passed away peacefully in Airdrie on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the age of 84 years, beloved wife of John “Jack” Schapansky.  She also leaves to cherish her memory her children Darren (Lorraine) Schapansky of Abbotsford, BC and Marina Cumming of Airdrie;  two grandchildren, Matthew Schapansky and Emori Cumming.  She was predeceased by her parents, Frances and Alexander Wolfe, and by her son-in-law Graeme Cumming.  Bette and Jack were married in Edmonton in April 1958, and moved to Medicine Hat in 1974.  In 1997, Bette and Jack settled in Airdrie.  A Celebration of Bette’s life will be held at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100 - 119 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Elizabeth Schapansky, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


                        BENNETT

June Marilyn Bennett of Medicine Hat, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the age of 85 years, beloved wife of the late William “Pat” Bennett.  She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Wayne (Suzanne) Bennett and Linda (Jeff) Sohn; her grandchildren, Linda (Dalton) Kraft and their children Addison and Tytan; David Bennett (Kaylen Donald) their children Serra and Marlee Bennett and Keily Donald; Tanner Sohn (Kenzie Lind) and their children Kruz Lind and Sawyer Sohn; Carter Sohn (Morgan Krassman).  She was predeceased by her parents Mary and Marvin Smeland and her husband Pat on October 16, 2008.   June was well known in the community for teaching baton twirling and being part of the Medicine Hat Stampede parades for over 25 years under the banner of the Elks Majorettes.  June and Pat, (aka Beasley and Geiser), traveled as chaperones with the Police Boys Band to Europe and Disneyland.  She made it to her favorite place on earth, Hawaii in 1997. In her younger years, she was artistic and although she didn’t go, she earned a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts.  She hosted several large gatherings, cooking turkey dinners for family, friends and acquaintances. The coffee pot was always on and she always had cookies, tarts or pies to go with it. She was an excellent pastry baker. Her favorite thing to do was to go out for lunch or dinner. She attended Heights Baptist Church regularly and she was very involved in the church in her younger years.  Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.  June was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  She was known to be outspoken but she had a heart of gold.  She will be missed by all who knew her.  Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Friday December 9, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday at Heights Baptist Church from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m.  The funeral service will be held in the Heights Baptist Church on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Don Holloway officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre (Medicine Hat Regional Hospital) c/o 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: June Bennett, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


ERESMAN

Alvin Joseph Eresman of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the age of 76 years, beloved husband of Shirley Eresman of Medicine Hat and loving father of Sheree Eresman.  Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading:   Alvin Eresman, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


Scott McCray   May 31, 1961 - December 6, 2016

Scott Francis McCray, dear husband of Pat McCray of Bow Island, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the age of 55 years following a brief illness.   Scott will be remembered by his wife, Pat; daughter, Bailey both of Bow Island; son, Miles (Ashleigh) of Medicine Hat and his most favorite person in the world - his granddaughter, Mekah (and her mom, Jessy). Also cherishing his memory are his brothers, Allan (Luanne) of Abu Dhabi and their son, Stephen of Seattle, Glenn and his son, Caden of Lethbridge; father-in-law, Tom Yates of Lethbridge as well as Pat’s siblings, Russel (Rochelle) of Coaldale, Shelly and her daughter, Kaelin of Benalto and Murray (Jayne) and their sons, Clayton and Rohdy of Carseland. Scott was predeceased by his parents, Lawrie and Florence; grandparents, Lawrence and Ruth McCray, Marjorie Nosser, and his mother-in-law, Midge Yates. Scott was born on May 31, 1961, in Calgary and spent his early childhood living in Delburne above the Bank of Montreal where his parents both worked. The family moved to Coaldale where he took his schooling graduating in 1979. Scott started working with Calgary Power in Taber and was sent to Bow Island in 1981 as a floater for a few weeks and ended up staying. His career as a power lineman lasted for 35 years. It was at the bowling alley in Bow Island where he met Pat and they married in Las Vegas 30 years ago. Scott was a faithful fan of the Seattle Seahawks since 1976, having made it to a few games in Seattle. He enjoyed spending time with great friends (and you know who you are); travelling, including visits to Eastern Canada, San Francisco, Belize and Hawaii; driving his Chevelle; feeding the inside and outside birds and playing with Mekah. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him and we will treasure all of the memories. Scott was not one for dressing up, so casual attire is fine; Seahawks gear would be wonderful. A Celebration of Scott’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating.  If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation, 2124 - 16 Avenue, Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1M8, a charity near and dear to Scott.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  www.cooksouthland.com)    Honoured to serve the family is 


Annie Pauline Degenhardt (Erickson)  1942 - 2016 

Annie Degenhardt, beloved wife of William "Bill" Degenhardt of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at the age of 74 years.  Annie leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 52 years, Bill; her son, Patrick (Lisa) Degenhardt and their children, Payton and Jaxon Degenhardt; her daughter, Michaelene (Doug) Spencer and their children, Billie and Leighton Spencer; one sister, Vivian Anhelher; four sisters-in-law, Ilene Getz, Delores (Dick) Edwards, Valeri (Rick) Stefani and Gerry Degenhardt; one brother-in-law, John Degenhardt; and many nieces and nephews, as well as numerous family members in Sweden, a heritage she was very proud of.  She was always torn on who to cheer for whenever Sweden and Canada played against each other in Curling or Hockey.  Annie was predeceased by her parents, Nels and Brita Erickson; her in-laws, Val and Connie Degenhardt; one brother, Johnny Erickson; one sister, Bertha Long; three brothers-in-law, Jack Anhelher, Lewis Long and Mike Degenhardt; and one nephew, Kenny Stefani.  Annie was born on August 24th, 1942 in Cabri, Saskatchewan, was raised in Abbey, Saskatchewan and later moved to Medicine Hat where she attended Garbutt's Business College.  Annie married her husband Bill on May 8th, 1965.  Together they raised their two children in Medicine Hat.  She was employed by Lily, Sherlock and Baker Insurance and later became a home maker.  Annie will be remembered for her uncanny memory of important dates…in the past and the future.  She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and made sure everyone else remembered too.  She enjoyed doing yard work and feeding the rabbits and birds in her yard throughout the year.  Annie looked forward to family gatherings and loved her family and grandchildren very much, always seeing the very best in them all.  She loved to bake and make people happy with her treats, her shortbread cookies were the best.  Annie enjoyed watching curling and football, and was proud to be a long-time member of the Legion.  At Annie's request, there will be no formal funeral.  "Nothing fancy" words she used almost every time she placed a beautiful meal in front of her family.  A private internment ceremony will be held in the spring… her favorite time of the year.  A Come and Go Celebration of Anne's life will be held at MICHAELENE AND DOUG SPENCER'S RESIDENCE, 1736 - 13th Avenue SE, on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Anne's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Annie Degenhardt.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


                         SOX

Alexander “Zander” Francis Sox passed away in the arms of his loving parents after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Calgary.  Zander was born on April 9, 2012 in Medicine Hat to Landon and Amy Sox of Burstall.  He also leaves behind his brother Anthony and his sister Athena; his grandparents, Terry and Margie Volk of Burstall; Alan and Heather Sox of Irvine; uncles and aunts, Myles and Lindsay Peterson; Dan and Marianne Taylor, all of Calgary; John and Jennifer McLeod (Kaitlyn, Paige and Madelyn) of Medicine Hat; great grandmothers, Waneeta Ritter of Medicine Hat and Phyllis Schweigert of Eatonia as well as many other loving relatives. Zander was an inspiration to many.  After being diagnosed with brain cancer at age 3, he proved to everyone how much of a super-hero he was.  Becoming a paraplegic, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, could not stop his amazing personality from shining through.  Zander didn’t lose his fight to cancer.  He defeated it by taking away the one thing it needed to survive. The family would like to give big thanks to his entire care team at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House and the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.  Special thanks to Dr. Doug Strother and Dr. Nina Hardcastle.  We will never forget all that you did for our son.  Thank you also to all those who supported us in the last 19 months. The funeral service will be held in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE)  on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Shane P. Andrus officiating.  In honour of our super-hero, we ask people to wear super-hero shirts if they wish. In lieu of flowers or gifts, in memory of Alexander, donations may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3B 6A8 or to the Rotary Flames House 18 Childrens Dr NW, Calgary AB T3B 6A8.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Zander Sox, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence.


1937 - CRUICKSHANK - 2016

William "Bill" Alistair Cruickshank of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Margaret Cruickshank, passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at the age of 79 years.  Bill leaves to cherish his memory one son, Darcy Cruickshank; one daughter, Anita Cruickshank; one step-daughter, Judy Keehn and their families.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating.  Interment will follow at Redcliff Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bill's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 124, 430 - 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Cruickshank.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


           1933 - MOORE - 2016

In peace and surrounded by family, Barb (Barby) joined her life-long love and husband, Ray, and her two daughters, Debra and Shelaine.  Barb was born in Regina to Bessie (†) and Herbert (†) Hogg, and was raised on a farm with her two brothers, Jim (†) and Herold (†).  As a little girl, Barb spent much of her time helping in the family’s general store.  At the age of 15, she met Ray at a country dance, and it was true love at first sight.  She was educated in Regina and became a teacher, after which she taught in a one-room school house in southern Saskatchewan.  Barb loved teaching, but she loved Ray more, following him to every RCMP posting he held in Manitoba.  Together, they started their family in Reston, and welcomed the last of seven children in Lynn Lake.  Anyone that knew Barb saw her empathy, sense of humour, and compassion.  There was always extra food on the table for any who needed a meal, or just the company.  From cabbage rolls, to meatballs, to pierogis and game meat, Barb was always cooking up a storm for the many hungry (and happy) mouths she fed.  You could often find her with her back to a roaring fire and a bubbling pot of “stovies” while she prepared to cook-up the family’s catch of the day.  And, for those in need, Barb always made sure there was an extra bed for them to rest their troubles.  She truly was compassion embodied.  Barb and her family moved to Medicine Hat in 1975 and continued to build a wonderful life.  She loved animals and working outside, and there was always a dog on the porch, and a garden in the earth.  Ever the explorers, in around 1988, deciding their city garden wasn’t quite enough, Barb and Ray moved to Craig Farg Farm, Saskatchewan.  Outside the walls of their old stone house, Barb tended to her many gardens.  She and Ray extended their love of animals to include sheep, chickens, geese, and an old bull.  Many family celebrations were held at the farm; however, after about a decade, with an ever-growing family, they returned to Medicine Hat to spend their Golden Years with the ones they love.  Barb leaves to cherish her memory so many, and will be forever loved by her family.  Her children, Ken Moore, Debra (†) (Wayne) Blanchard, Kevin (Loralee) Moore, Shelaine (†) Schau, Tim (Phai) Moore, Lisa (Stephen) O’Brien, and Patrick (Tina) Moore.  Barb is also beloved to her ten grandchildren, Nolyn Moore, Tasha (Louis) Barata, Billie-Jo Blanchard, Mitchel (Stephanie) Blanchard, Terrance (Dani) Moore, Richard (Laura) Moore, Jennifer Schau, Allan Schau, Jesse O’Brien, and Sarah O’Brien.  She will forever be remembered by her great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, in-laws, the caring staff at Riverview Care Centre, and any who had the pleasure of knowing her warm, smiling face.  A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at Echo Dale Regional Park, Swim Centre, on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  Bring your appetite and a story.  Memorial gifts in Barb’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, #201, 770 – 6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Barb Moore.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


         1952 - DOOLEY - 2016 

William “Bill” John Dooley of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, November 26th, 2016 at the age of 64 years.  Bill leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Warren Dooley (Kira Pettigrew) and Ryan Dooley (Kristen Lambert), both of Calgary; two brothers, Barry (Vivian) Dooley and Ron (Dorothy) Dooley; one sister, Marlene Lind; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Thelma Dooley; and his brother-in-law, Carl Lind.  Bill had a passion for sports, politics, popular culture and music.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating.  Interment will follow in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery.  A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held in Calgary at a later date.  Memorial gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.   Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Bill Dooley.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


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