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         Ruth Edwards  1936 - 2016

It is with sadness that the family of Laura “Ruth” Edwards announce her peaceful passing while at South Country Village in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the age of 80 years. Ruth was born in Foremost, Alberta on March 23, 1936, a daughter to proud parents, Willard and Edna Baxter.  She raised her young family for many years until she met and fell in love with Charlie Edwards and together they raised her children and soon welcomed their grandchildren. Charlie predeceased her in 1999 and a piece of her heart went with him. Ruth was a mom before all else and the love for her family had no limit. She lovingly supported her grandchildren whether it was at a sporting, Special Olympics event or band gig. Many memories have been made sitting around the table eating the meal she had lovingly prepared. Family and community were her greatest loves. A woman of great strength, loyalty and devotion her legacy and memory will live on in the hearts of her children: daughters, Glennis Theofan (Rick Henderson) and Kim (Dean) Marchand and son, George (Alice) Theofan; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Kevin (Serena) Wagner - Chas and Stella; Kyle (Robin) Marchand - Austin, Emilee, Austin and Chase; Brydon Marchand; Jordan (Sarah) Theofan - Nikolaus and Alivia and Daniel Theofan. In Ruth’s honour, a Private Graveside Service will be held at Hillside Cemetery with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. The family is eternally grateful for the extraordinary care and compassion shown to Ruth while at South Country Village and express their sincere, heartfelt appreciation to the RN’s and support staff. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at In lieu of gifts of sympathy to the families, we kindly request donations in Ruth’s name be made directly to the Special Olympics Medicine Hat, c/o the Medicine Hat Mall, P.O. Box 23046, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4C7. Honoured to serve the family is

Richard Bertram Marshall

August 10, 1943 - July 20, 2016

Richard Marshall passed away at home on July 20, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.  Richard was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta to his parents, Val and Mary Marshall and studied to be a doctor at the University of Portland, Oregon and Oceanography at Scripps College in San Diego.  Richard met his wife, Lois in San Diego in 1966, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he started his company, Career Personnel.  He loved his work as a recruiter and owner of his recruiting agencies for his entire career.  In 1973, they moved to Gstaad, Switzerland with their son Justin, and then moved to Carmel, California in 1976, where they had two more children, Joelle and Jordan.  After living in Carmel for 30 years, he moved back to Medicine Hat in 2006, to be closer to his family. Richard was a loving and devoted family man who was compassionate, thoughtful, generous and understanding who was always full of hope, strength and laughter.  Richard will be remembered most for his legendary sense of humour and wit.  He always saw the best in every person and every situation and his sense of humour never failed.  He was a true gentleman who was respected and loved by all who knew him.  Richard truly loved his family and friends and impacted the lives of all he knew.  He had a long list of best friends, who truly were the best of friends.  He had a passion for traveling the world and exploring new places, loved jokes and  keeping in contact with people by e-mailing daily jokes.  Richard was a great gardener who took great pride in his garden.  He enjoyed great food, hiking, history, the challenge of fixing almost anything around the house and discussing any type of business.  He primarily loved taking care of his family and guiding and watching his family grow. Richard always spoke encouraging words of wisdom and guidance that came from experience and always made time to listen to and help others.  He had an enormous heart, generous soul and brilliant mind.  Richard truly lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment with humour, laughter and integrity.  He was a truly remarkable and honourable man who will be greatly missed.  Richard is survived by his son, Justin Marshall; daughter, Joelle (Ken) Silveira; son, Jordan Marshall and son, Johnny Ross; granddaughters, Caitlin Martis and Sophia Silveira; great- granddaughter, Landyn Martis; brothers, James (Lorine) Marshall  and Robert (Darlene)  Marshall and his mother, Mary Campbell. He was predeceased by his father, Val Marshall and the love of his life, Lois Marshall.  A candlelight vigil will be held at St. Patirck’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Following the mass, a time of remembrance will be held at Echo Dale Regional Park, day use area/ campground (on far east end) in Medicine Hat, from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  Honoured to serve the family is


Albertina “Tena” Lehn (nee Rivard), age 87, of Redcliff, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on July 26, 2016.  Tena, the oldest of fourteen children, was born in Willowbunch, Saskatchewan on October 5, 1928 to Victoria and Dolphis “Jumbo” Rivard.  Tena moved from Regina to Calgary in 1972, where she spent 30 years engaged in her many passions: catering, floral design and volunteering many hours of time to seniors and the sick.  May of 1992 and May of 1997 would find Tena in her greatest role yet - a grandmother.  Tena’s granddaughters would become the light of her life.  After a few years in Red Deer, she made her way to Redcliff where she would spend time with family and new friends.  Tena’s homes were open to her numerous nieces and nephews, and always filled with fresh baking and a good dinner.   Tena leaves behind her son, Percidale Hala; daughter, TerryLee (Byron) Reban; granddaughters, Natawni (Scott Sailer) Codd  and Shenoah Reban.  She was recently predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Sandra Krystalowich and her nephews Ronald Percy and Conrad Rivard.  Her family is grateful for the love and care given to Tena by her nephew Ron and his wife, Anna, and by the staff at St. Joseph’s.  A Come & Go Celebration of Tena’s life will be held at Whiskey Creek, Creekside Reception Center, (937 13th Street SW) on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 1A St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G5.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Albertina Lehn, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 

          Patricia  Eld  1944 - 2016

Patricia Ann Eld, beloved wife of Mervin Harvey Eld, passed away peacefully at her home in Medicine Hat on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the age of 71 years.  She was born on November 12, 1944 in England to John and Margaret Thiessen and moved to Canada as a child.  Patrica married, Mervin Harvey Eld on January 9, 1965.  She will be forever remembered in the hearts of her husband, Mervin; children, Kevin (Laurette) their children, Courtney (Jaeden) and Kai; Sean (Chrissy) their children, Brittany, Greyson and Keegan; Colin (Tracey) their children, Hayden and Caelen; Kat (Rob) and their children, Nolah and Kamryn.  Patricia will also be remembered by her sisters, Margaret Woolsey, Carol (Ian) Wylie and sister-in-law, Linda Thiessen.  She was predeceassed by her brother, Gary Thiessen and brother-in-law, Al Woolsey. The family will honour Patricia’s life with a family interment in Drumheller, Alberta, on August 13, 2016.  If friends so desire, memorial triubtes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB., T3B 6A8.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  Honoured to serve the family is


Margaret Annette Anderson passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016, at the age of 86 years, beloved wife of Ian Anderson of Medicine Hat.  She also leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Lyle Dragland.  She was predeceased by her parents, John and Minnie Hansen; two sons, Glen and Neil Dragland; her baby daughter Norine; her brother, Henry Hansen and her sister, Violet Hansen.  No service will be held at this time as per Margaret’s wishes.   To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Margaret Anderson, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 


It is with great sorrow that our family announces the loss of our mom/grandma, Marjorie Voeller, beloved wife of the late Mike Voeller.  Mom took her last stroll in her garden at her home in Foremost on July22, 2016 at the age of 81 years.  Mom was born in Floran, Alberta on July 9, 1935 to Edward and Anna Williams.  A younger sister to Babe and Laura Ann, and an older sister to Norm who came along a few years later.  Mom lived in and completed her education in Foremost, later going on to the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge to get her teaching degree.  Mom then started teaching at Hoping, and then on to  Etzikom.  It was there that she met dad, the love of her life.  Mom and dad were married in February 1958.  After they were married, they lived in the bunk house on the Hearn family farm in Etzikom, as dad was a hired hand there.  Mom continued teaching for awhile until she put her career on hold when they became the parents of two children.  After the births of Coleen (1959) and Fred (1962), mom and dad moved to Conquerville where she resumed her teaching career.  Following the birth of Todd in1965, dad became “Mr. Mom”, sharing in the caring for us with Florence Voeller until we were old enough to go to school.  Mom continued teaching at Conquerville until the school closed in 1985.  She was then hired at the Rosedale Hutterite Colony in Etzikom where she continued to teach until her retirement in 1994.  In 1986, after the death of her mother, they moved to Foremost, purchasing the family home.  Mom was able to spend a year with dad before his passing in 1995.  Mom touched a lot of people: friends, family, and her students.  While she was teaching, she was given the name “Hawkeye” by some of her students (you know who you are!) because she never missed a thing!  Quite often, past students would randomly show up at the house just to say hi, share a coffee and visit. Growing up, we spent a lot of time camping at various places and boating at Grassy Lake.  One of her great memories was from when she and dad went house boating on the Shuswap with a group of their friends.  Mom was tickled pink by the births of her grandchildren, who she spoiled unbelievably.  Then came the births of her great grandchildren, who she spoiled even more.  She alway said how fortunate she was to be able to meet all of those little bundles of joy. After her family, mom’s next love was her gardens (flower and vegetable) and bird watching out of her kitchen window.  During her life, the coffee pot was always on and the birdbath and bird feeders were always full.  Mom is survived by her children, Coleen (Micheal) Galipeau, Fred Voeller and Todd (Stephanie) Voeller; her grandchildren, Aimée (Greg) Sarsons, Dallas (Tammy) Galipeau, Kole and Miah Voeller, Lindsey and Michael Voeller, and her great grandchildren, Latin, Emmitt, Quinn and Grayson; her sister, Laura Ann (Harold) Wesley; her brother, Norm (Muriel) Williams as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Mom was predeceased by her dad and mom, Edward and Anna Williams; her husband, Mike; her daughter-in-law, Sharlene; her sister, “Babe” and brother-in-law, “Red” Wadams; and nephews, Frank and Keith Wadams. A celebration of her life will be held in the Foremost Community Hall (802 1 Ave W) on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 2:30  p.m. with Pastor Dave Sarsons officiating.  Interment will follow in the Foremost Cemetery.  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 or Canadian Cancer Society 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8 or the Foremost Community Hall, 802 1 Ave W, Foremost, AB T0K 0X0 .  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Marjorie Voeller, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 


Thomas McDonald

Mr. Thomas Allan McDonald passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Meadow Ridge Seniors Village, Medicine Hat.  A Graveside Service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  Those wishing to attend are asked to gather at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., by 9:45 a.m. to join the procession to the cemetery.  Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  Honoured to serve the family is

    KUNTZ, Elizabeth (nee Fieger)

Elizabeth (Betty) passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 92 years.  She was predeceased by her husband Pius in 1987; sister, Alena and brothers, Peter and Aloysius (AI).  Surviving siblings include, Eliza Herle, and Ignatius (Iggie) Fieger.  Betty was the last of the Kuntz aunts.  She is also survived by her children, Sharon (Dennis), Roderick (Arleen), Patrick (Veronica), Rebecca (Ray); her grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Tamsin (Andy), Roderick (Stephani), Alyssa (Josh), and George; great- grandchildren, Brinley and Thomas, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.  Betty led a full and active life and the family will remember mom as a loving, caring mother and grandmother.  She started her career as a teacher as a very young woman in Saskatchewan in a one- room schoolhouse teaching grades 1-12 by herself.  She made an indelible impression on her students, imbuing them with the love of learning.  Betty was a very vibrant and active woman, involved in many activities including the CWL, the Teacher's Association, and loved playing bridge with her lady friends.  Her passions included hockey, baseball and a variety of handicrafts such as needle work and painting.  Betty was an avid traveller, both in Canada and internationally.  She continually provided us with a link to our extended family history, recounting anecdotal stories and historical events that allowed us to appreciate our heritage.  She was a wonderful grandmother, always ready to play, offering stories and wisdom whenever asked.  The funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (238 2nd Ave N.E.) on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Tomy Manjaly celebrant.  A private family interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories 547 4 St. SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0K7 or 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: subject heading: Elizabeth Kuntz, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 

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