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      Mervin Springer  1934 - 2014

Mr. Mervin Clarence Springer passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at the age of 80 years.  Merv was born in Weyburn, SK., rural area and raised in Weyburn.  He moved to Regina, SK., in 1972 and to Medicine Hat, AB., in 2002.  He will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of his wife of 62 years, Elaine; children, Jack (Claire) Springer of Kemptville, ON., Sandi Parsons of Medicine Hat, Gary Springer of Medicine Hat, Bruce (Blanca) Springer of Regina, SK., Sue Horn of Redcliff; along with 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Merv is also survived by his sister-in-law, Rita Springer; numberous nieces and nephews and his special friend, Bill W. of over 55+ years.  Merv was predeceased by his mother, Cleo North; father, Clarence Springer; brothers, Jackie (in infancy) and Ronald and step-father, Stanley North.  The funeral service will be celebrated at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., with Reverend Jerold Daniels officiating.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting
www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is


        Bent Pedersen  1933 - 2014

Bent Pedersen of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Gavina Pedersen, passed away peacefully at the St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the age of 81 years.  Bent wore many hats throughout his lifetime.  He was a paper mill employee, a cowboy at East and West Ranch, a Fish and Game Officer, the first manager of the Hockey Hounds rink in Medicine Hat as well as an installer of all floor coverings.  He enjoyed time spent fishing, hunting and trap shooting as well as his many trips to Las Vegas.  Along with Gavina, his loving wife of over 53 years, Bent’s memory will live on in the hearts of his two daughters, Mary Ann (John) O’Connor of Clarkson, West Australia and Karen (Jeff) Holmes of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia;  two grandchildren, Kristen Holmes of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Brendan Holmes of Kananaskis Village, Alberta;  brother, Erik (Kirsten) Pedersen and sister, Birthe Aaen of Denmark;  brother-in- law, Jack (Shirl) Burns of Thunder Bay, Ontario, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Denmark and Canada.  A Celebration of Bent’s life will be held at COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Sidney Nelson officiating.  A time of fellowship will follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting
www.cooksouthland.com)  In lieu of flowers, donations in Bent’s memory may be made directly to the St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice, 156 - 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1.  Honoured to serve the family is


TURENNE

Dominique Joseph Turenne passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the age of 83 years, beloved husband of Aline Turenne of Medicine Hat.   Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.   To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Dominique Turenne, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


Bruce Widdis  June 18, 1933 - November 15, 2014

It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Bruce Widdis, beloved husband of the late Elaina Widdis, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the age of 81 years. A Celebration of Bruce's life will be held at CookSouthland Funeral Chapel on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting
www.cooksouthland.com)   Memorial donations in Bruce's name may be made directly to Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation (Palliative Care Unit), 666 - 5th Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 4H6 or to St. Joseph's Home - Carmel Hospice, 156 - 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1.  Honoured to serve the family is


                   SNORTLAND

Floyd Oliver Snortland passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the age of 93 years, beloved husband of Elinor Snortland of Medicine Hat.  He also leaves to cherish his memory four children, Delbert Snortland of Manyberries, Darrel (Helen) Snortland and Denise Snortland (Ross Scrimshaw) all of Medicine Hat;  eight grandchildren, Jody (Lawrence) Pellissey, Cole Snortland (Roseann), Brooke Price, Erin (Dan) Cavan, Colin Snortland (Maguay), Jayden Snortland, Amber (Jay) Adams and Chad (Chiaki) Palmer; fourteen great grandchildren, one sister, Vi (Bill) Biesterfeldt, one sister-in-law Mabel Snortland as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and Arthur Snortland, one daughter, Dolores Palmer on December 30, 1990; one grandson Shay Snortland on March 13, 2010; one brother Roy and two sisters, Doris Snortland in infancy and Eleanor Mann.  Floyd was born on the farm near Manyberries on October 2, 1921.  Following his schooling he enlisted in the Army in WWII and was stationed in Italy.  On March 14, 1949 he married Elinor Kvavig in Rolla, B.C.  Following his discharge from the war he worked in the oilfield until 1958 when they moved to the farm at Pendant d’Orielle.  They raised their family there and five years ago they fully retired to Medicine Hat.  While on the farm Floyd was active in his community serving as Councillor for the County of 40 Mile and being very involved with 4H.  He loved every aspect of farming but his love for horses was evident by the way he handled them and how they responded to him.  A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.  Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet inside the main gate at the cemetery by 1:20 p.m.  As anexpression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society 401D 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0G8 or charity of your choice.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading:    Floyd Snortland, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


                      MAKUS 

With profound sadness, the family of Melita Makus announces her passing on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the age of 93 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Ray Makus, and leaves to cherish her memory a son Vernon (Lorraine) Makus and a daughter Darlene Schuster, both of Redcliff.  Also mourning her passing are six grandchildren; Malcolm Makus, Pam (Pete) Hintz, Kerry (Liz) Makus,  Angie (Mark) Anderson, Lindsay (Violet) Schuster, Tracey (Bill) Merritt, nine cherished great-grandchildren, one brother Fred (Ruth) Fauser and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Melita was predeceased by her father Andrew Fauser in 1964, her mother Matilda (Ernst) Fauser in 1977, sisters Freada Makus in 1999, Alice Volk in 2001, Edna Andrews in 2002 and son-in-law Ray Schuster in 2004.  Melita was born September 25, 1921 and grew up on the family farm near Kuest, Saskatchewan.  On November 14, 1940 she and Ray were married, and together they farmed in the McLaren Lake area, then later in the Golden Prairie district until selling their land and semi-retiring to that village in 1965.  Melita and Ray then decided to take on a new venture and become caretakers at McLaren Lake Park, a position they held for a number of years before completely retiring.  Throughout her lifetime, Melita welcomed many into her home and always had a kind word and a delicious meal for everyone.  She delighted in singing with the community choir and was a member of the C.H.I.C. club for several years.  Though she would miss the Golden Prairie community, a move to South Country Village in April 2003 brought Melita great joy as she reunited with family members and friends from her youth.  Her ready smile, quiet cheerfulness and sincere kindness will be lovingly remembered.  Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Wuerfel Auditorium on Monday, December 22 from 1:00 - 1:55 p.m.  The funeral service will be held in the Wuerfel Auditorium, South Country Village (1720 Bell Street S.W.) on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Findley officiating.  A private interment service will be held in the Redcliff cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to HALO c/o Southern Alberta MedicAir Society, #12 - 49 Viscount Ave. S.W. Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5G4; to South Country Village (Electric Bed Fund); or to the charity of ones choice. To email a message of sympathy, please direct it to:  pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading:  Melita Makus or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 


                    FRANCHETTO

Renato Fiorino Franchetto, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the age of 50 years, loving father of Katie Franchetto and husband of Karen Franchetto of Medicine Hat.  He also leaves to cherish his memory his sister Loretta (Larry) Lutz and their children, Trevor and Krysten; one brother Marco (Sarah) and their children Santino and Dahnya as well as his aunts, uncles and other family members.   Renato graduated from McCoy High School in 1982 and attended SAIT the following fall to study computers.  After obtaining his degree, he realized he wanted to do something else and decided to obtain his teaching degree at the University of Lethbridge.  He’d found his passion.  For the next 30 years Renato gave to the children.  His teaching career began in Fort McMurray.  He touched the lives of countless staff, students their families and communities.  He substitute taught in both the Medicine Hat Catholic and Public School Divisions.  In addition he taught in both Burstall and Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.  In 2011, he became the principal and upper years teacher of Spring Creek Hutterite Colony School.  He was one of the most dedicated teachers around and often tutored his former students long after he had quit teaching them, even though busy with his own life, he always made time for them.  Renato was a generous and caring man, a spiritual musician, a fabulous teacher, a wonderful brother, friend and loving father.  He could pick up any instrument or hear a few notes of any song and be able to play it.  Renato also enjoyed playing tennis and was good at it too.  He spent many hours on the court.  However, Renato’s greatest joy came later in his life, in 2009, when he and Karen became parents to their precious daughter Katie.  He loved her oftlinemore than can be written in words.  Our hearts are broken, you left us much too early.  We take comfort in knowing you are with Mom and Dad in paradise.  Though the piano stands silent today, may the memory of the sound it made yesterday carry us all through tomorrow.  Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Philip Le celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.  An education fund for Katie has been set up.  Those who wish to remember Renato with a donation may direct it to RBC Royal Bank 580 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat (transit # 07599, account 07599-5050810 c/o Sarah Franchetto).   To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Renato Franchetto, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com  and leave a message of condolence. 

 


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