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         1948 - BOCKMAN - 2016

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Andrew “Andy” Bockman on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at the age of 67 years.  Andy was born in Medicine Hat on June 3rd, 1948, the third son for Chester and Mary Bockman.  Left to cherish his memory is his soul mate of 42 years, Marlene (Kusler).  He is also survived by his brothers, Tom (Patt) from West Chicago, Len (Wendy) from Calgary, and Ray (Barb) from Medicine Hat; as well as his in-laws, Lorne and Bev Kusler from Maple Creek; many nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends and neighbours.  Andy was predeceased by his parents, Chester and Mary; and his mother and father-in-law, Art and Florence Kusler.  Andy grew up in Redcliff and graduated from McCoy High School.  He worked at A & B Steel, Varsteel, Dom Glass, and Wittke Waste Management in purchasing and retail.  He took pride in doing a perfect job keeping up to date at all times.  He was fussy and never late.  His most recent part-time job as a funeral attendant with Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel was most rewarding as this position fit his passionate and caring nature.  Travel was exciting for Andy with some of his favourite places being Jamaica for his niece, Jeanine’s, wedding, a cruise to St. Thomas to visit his niece, Kyla, a cruise through the Panama Canal, an Alaskan Cruise, and many other locations closer to home.  He was always ready for a game of golf at Elkwater, providing the weather was nice…he was a fair weather golfer.  Andy enjoyed many peaceful weekends at the lake playing cards and helping out with various functions put on by the Community Association.  For the last two years, he enjoyed going to the mall food court for coffee with friends.  Andy was a member of the Elks Club for a number of years and worked his way up to Exalted Ruler.  He enjoyed his time there and the people he worked with.  He also spent time on the board of directors for the Elkwater Golf Club, and was presently a director with the Elkwater Community Association, as well as secretary-treasurer for the Medicine Hat Horseshoe Club.  Andy’s faith was important to him and enjoyed going to church when it fit into his schedule.  It was important to have clean vehicles.  He loved his white truck and worked hard to keep all his vehicles spotless inside and out.  Andy was a great helper and could reach things in high places.  If there was any cleaning to be done, he was the man.  Andy was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend.  He never hesitated to tell you he loved you and gave big hugs.  We will miss him.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be said at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Father John Maes, Celebrant.  A Private Interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Andy’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, #124, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8, or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the Elkwater Community Association, PO Box 27, Elkwater, Alberta, T0J 1C0.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Andy Bockman.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


       1930 - BURBIDGE - 2016 

Evelyn Fern Burbidge, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2016 at 85 years of age.  Eve will lovingly be remembered by her children: Sandy Moritz (Immanuel) and Neil Burbidge (Kathleen); her grandchildren: Jennifer Loran (Chris), Matthew Burbidge (Julie), Nelson Burbidge (Christine), and Tasya Moritz; her great-grandchildren: Noah Loran, Izaak Loran, and Abigail Burbidge.  She also leaves to cherish her memory many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.  Eve was born on the Erhardt family farm and as she would fondly say “near Govan, Saskatchewan”.  Mom loved the hard work of farm life, sharing many happy times with her parents: Frederick and Lydia Erhardt; her siblings: Elmer Erhardt (Luella), Joyce Johnson (Fred) and Elaine Kelln (Ozzie).  At twenty, she moved to Medicine Hat where she met her husband Philip Burbidge and they were married July 17th, 1951.  Home became the centre of her life, raising her children, baking bread and cookies, and being a great neighbor and friend.  As a founding member of Grace Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School and ran the Brownie Pack for many years.  When her children were older, she worked at Marshall’s Bookstore and the Monarch Theatre.  In the mid-seventies, Eve went to work at Westgarth Gallery, eventually purchasing it and becoming a proud “business woman”.  Later, forming a partnership with Neil, they changed the name to Cottonwood Gallery.  She enjoyed every day in the store meeting new people and creating lasting friendships.  Much to Mom’s joy, she and Sandy spent much time together travelling and exploring the world.  As her grandchildren and great-grandchildren came into her life, she dedicated her time and love to them, enormously proud that they grew to be strong and independent.  Eve was predeceased by her parents: Frederick and Lydia Erhardt; her husband, Philip Burbidge; and her brother in law, Ozzie Kelln.  Cancer impacted her health but not her spirit. Mom lived a long life but she was always young at heart.  And twilight drew its curtain and pinned it with a star.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating.  A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery.  Memorial gifts in Evelyn's memory may be made to St. Joseph's Home (Carmel Hospice), 156 - 3rd Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Evelyn Burbidge.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


       1943 - WISEMAN - 2016

Maxine Louise Wiseman of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at the age of 73 years. Maxine's bright smile and kind heart led her to a loyal and long employment with the Bank of Montreal in various locations in Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Maxine always took great joy in giving her most to her friends and family.  Her memory will be cherished by many, and namely by her many extended families, of which includes the Mack Family (et al); Thomas Family (et al); Hancock Family; Baines Family (et al); and Wiseman Family (et al); and the vast circle of friends.  Maxine was predeceased by her parents, Martin (aka. Max) Wiseman and Ethel Harder (Wiseman).  Maxine is an angel watching over all of us and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Findley officiating.  At Maxine’s request, a private burial in Leader, Saskatchewan will take place at a later date.  Memorial gifts in Maxine’s memory may be made to the Marjery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Maxine Wiseman.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


      1923 - VOCKEROTH - 2016 

Theodore "Ted" Vockeroth of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Lydia Vockeroth, passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the age of 93 years.  Ted leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Myrna (Garry) Crawford of Regina and Wanda Vockeroth (Barry Watson) of Millarville, Alberta; two granddaughters, Jade and Brooke; one brother, Hubert (Elsie) Vockeroth of Medicine Hat; one sister, Agnes Coderre of Medicine Hat; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Ted was predeceased by his wife, Lydia Vockeroth; his parents, William "Bill" and Charlotte Vockeroth; and two brothers, Roy Vockeroth and Charley Vockeroth.  Ted was born on his parents' farm near Hatton, the oldest of 5 children, on March 22, 1923. He attended Newport School, where he met his future wife, Lydia. They married in 1947 and farmed in the Surprise District of Saskatchewan for 28 years before retiring to Medicine Hat in 1975.  Ted was an avid fisherman, curler, bridge and pool player.  He curled several times a week, first in Schuler, Alberta and later in Medicine Hat, until the age of 90.  He played bridge twice a week for many years.  He was a talented bridge player, and held the high score in his bridge club for the month before he became ill.  Ted had a sharp mind, and was diligent about doing daily crossword puzzles and Sudoku.  He had a natural musical ability, and played the banjo, accordion, fiddle and harmonica. He loved carpentry and was a jack of all trades around the house and farm.  There was nothing he couldn't do if he applied himself to it.  In his late 80's, he taught himself how to cook.  Family and friends looked forward to his specialty, chicken and dumplings.  Ted had many friends including his "coffee club" at the A&W, his bridge club, the curling community and many others.  He will be forever remembered for his positive outlook on life, his friendly personality, his cheerful demeanour and his sense of humour.  He enjoyed life to the fullest, and was always ready with a joke or a witty response.  Whenever he was asked how he was, he always responded with his trademark thumbs up sign and a verbal "A-1!"  Ted's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ahmad and the dedicated staff of the Dialysis Unit, Medicine Hat Hospital, who treated Dad with kindness and compassion, and cared for him like a family member.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Jim Hillson officiating.  A private interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery.  Flowers are graciously declined but Memorial gifts in Ted's memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ted Vockeroth.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to


Gordon Elmer Beierbach  June 8, 1928 - April 29, 2016 

Elmer Beierbach, beloved husband of Rovena of 63 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 87 years.  Elmer was born in Medicine Hat to Gordon and Emma Beierbach, the eldest of 4 sons.  Dad was raised and received his education in the Graburn area not far from the Cypress Hills.  On October 25, 1952, Elmer married the love of his life, Rovena Weiss, in the Grace Baptist Church.  After their marriage, they began farming and ranching.  During their early years, they were blessed with two children, Sandi (1953) and Doug (1956).  Dad and Mom sold the old place and in 1959, they moved their family and their farming/ranching to Graburn, 5 miles north of the Cypress Hills.  Dad loved his Hereford cows and his John Deere tractor.  After many years of hard work (seeding crops, haying, branding, moving cattle to the Cypress Hills for summer grazing and fall round-ups to bring the cattle home for the winter) and nasty blizzards.  Dad and Mom said “enough” and retired to Medicine Hat in 1978.  In town, dad had the most beautiful flowers and the lushest, greenest lawn.  The highlight of Dad’s life was when his granddaughters, Brandi, Jodie and Krista were born.  He carried the girls here, there and everywhere showing them pictures, flowers and whatever they wanted to see until they were old enough to walk.  Many trips were made to Grandpa’s candy dish.  September 2014, Dad moved to Sunnyside due to failing health.  Along with his wife Rovena, Elmer is survived by:  his children, Sandi (Ed Beach), Doug (Rhonda) Beierbach;  granddaughters, Brandi Beierbach, Jodie (Brad) Fisher, Krista (Cory) Vossler;  great-grandchildren, Toby and Zoey Fisher, Payton and Hunter Vossler;  brothers, Ken (Shirley) Beierbach, Walter (Marlene) Beierbach and Len Beierbach;  sister-in-law, Bernice Lehr as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a daughter in infancy, Kathy;  parents, Gordon and Emma Beierbach;  parents-in-law, Herb and Olinda Weiss;  sisters-in-law, Marlene and Josephine; brothers-in-law, Lavern Weiss, Ernie Lehr and Vic Opp as well as one niece and two nephews.  In honouring Elmer’s wishes, his life will be remembered without the proceedings of a formal service.  “If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.” A come and go celebration of Elmer’s life will be held at Rovena’s home, 2975 - 15 Avenue S.E. (behind Chinook Village) on Thursday, May 5, 2016, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  We, the family, would like to thank all of the staff at Sunnyside for the wonderful care and compassion they provided to Dad.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, donations in memory of Elmer may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Honoured to serve the family is 


Freda Lowe  1925 - 2016

Mrs. Freda Noble Lowe passed away in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the age of 91 years.  Left to cherish Freda’s memory are her daughters, Myrna (Gordon) Bushell, Joyce (Larry) Zazalack and Vickie (Darryl) Stevenson.  A Celebration of Freda’s Life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is


Paul Polisky  July 1, 1969 -  April 27, 2016

Paul Raymond Polisky of Medicine Hat, succumbed to his long battle with kidney disease on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the age of 46 years.  Paul was born on July 1, 1969, and from the start was a bright and creative child.  Before he started school, he loved to be read to and he would ask for the funny parts of stories to be pointed out to him.  He was also very interested by science and would often be talking about interesting scientific questions.  By the time he started school, he had taught himself to read and became a life long avid reader of all types of books.  During school, Paul’s creativity showed through music and art.  He studied piano at the United Conservatory of Music and played in their festivals in Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer.   He earned his grade 8 Toronto Conservatory Certificate.  When he was 11, Paul’s teacher, Sister Alfreda, noticed and nurtured his talent in art.  She incorporated painting into her program and encouraged him to paint.  That year, he had a piece chosen for the children’s art display.  In later years, Paul struggled in school and had difficulty being understood or supported.  Because of this, he went to Medicine Hat College to complete his grade 12.  In this supportive environment, he excelled in chemistry, physics and math and he earned his advanced university entrance grade 12 diploma and enrolled in calculus.  After years of dialysis, Paul received a kidney transplant in 2002.  He enjoyed a few years of freedom from those appointments, working for the city and travelling to visit family before he had to once again start dialysis.  In his final months, Paul lived a quiet life.  Between dialysis visits, he had coffee with friends and family and spent time reading and resting.  Despite his medical treatment, Paul’s health deteriorated to the point where his life ended while in the hospital surrounded by family.  Paul is survived by his beloved son, Austyn;  parents, Ray and Mildred Polisky;  sister, Lisa (Greg) Wallis and their children, Sophie and Lachlan;  brother, Murray (Gina) Polisky and their children, Sam and Alex as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, beginning at 6:00 p.m., one hour prior to the start of Vigil Prayers which will be recited on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road S.E., Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Philip Le celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.  If friends so desire, memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 - 1 A Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G5.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  www.cooksouthland.com)    Honoured to serve the family is


1987 - DURKIN-SMITH - 2016 

It is with immense sadness and heavy hearts we announce the tragic and sudden passing of a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and auntie, Kayleigh Elizabeth Durkin-Smith, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at the age of 29 years.  She is now a beautiful pain free angel watching over what she called her ‘Walton clan of a family’.  Kayleigh will be sadly missed and instilled forever in the hearts of her loving husband and soul mate, Brandon; her daughter, Rylee (Princess); her son, Ryder (Dude Man); her parents, Jamie and Brenda Durkin; her sister and best friend, Nicole and her children, Jack and Olivia; and her grandma, Ethel Hanna.  She also leaves to cherish her memory her aunts and uncles, Terri (Dennis) Mann, Julie (David) Herman, Brett Hanna, Mark Hanna, John, Tim, Lee, Mark and Pamela; mother-in-law, Michelle Fortin; grandparents-in-law, Ron and Jackie Smith; brother-in-law, Dustin Smith; her special cousins, Justine (Lily), Jade and Brendan (Huddy and Blakely), Amy and Blair, Brianne and Brady, Anna and Murray (Hope and Gabriel) and Chris (Amy).  Kayleigh was predeceased by both her grandpas, Pat Hanna and Joe Durkin; one grandma, Audrey Durkin; and one uncle, Barry.  Kayleigh was born on April 17th, 1987 in the early hours of Good Friday.  Behind her rough exterior she was a very vibrant, compassionate woman with a heart of gold.  In her younger years, up until her passing, her zest for life shone through and always will shine through her two precious babies.  Anyone who knew her, knew she loved her children first and foremost and her beloved Brandon.  She looked forward to summer each year, as she yearned for the most beautiful garden to plant and watch bloom every year.  She was so excited to show us her tulips that popped out last week.  Kayleigh will be loved and remembered by those who knew and loved her.  God bless our dear Kayleigh until we meet again.  The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating.   Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Kayleigh Durkin-Smith.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

  


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