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We would like to extend our condolences to those in the community who have recently lost loved ones.  If you Cannot Make It To a Funeral you can send.  A Condolence E-mail By Clicking on The Highlighted E-mail Link for Each Obituary.

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1931 - Ernest Murschel - 2023

Ernest Emanuel Murschel of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Doris Murschel (Rieger), passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on January 17th, 2023 at the age of 91 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Emanuel and Paulina (Rieger) Murschel; sisters, Florence Kalischuk and Elsie Pregoda; brothers-in-law, John Pregoda and Ed Huber; grandson, Devon Salmond; and great grandson, Eric Sears. He is survived by sister, Eleanora Huber; sisters-in-law, Vivan Schwab; Marjorie (Dave) Loranger, and Marion Sailer, and ; and brothers-in-law, George Kalischuk, Mel Sailer, and Eugene Sailer; stepchildren, Wayne (Susan) Sears, Cathy McArther, and Donna (Tim) Welsh; grandchildren, Chris, Justin (Pauline), Janelle, Alyssa, Kyle (Kathleen), and Lindsay; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; nieces and nephews, Janice, Marilyn, Lorna, Greg, Sharon, and Allison. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside will take place in the Spring. Many Thanks to all who cared for Ernie, both at the Haven and St. Joseph’s. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Ernest Murschel.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

Ronald Scott          1936 - 2023

 

Ronald “Ron” James Scott passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the age of 86 years, beloved husband of Beatrice Scott of Alsask, Saskatchewan.  Cremation has been entrusted to the Pattison Funeral Home.  To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

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Linda Hamel          1949 - 2023

 

Linda Hamel, 74, of Medicine Hat passed away on January 23, 2023, in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, of pneumonia brought on by Covid 19, with her husband and daughter by her side.  She is survived by her husband, Andy Hamel; daughters, Cheryl (Marc) Andrews and Darlene Day (Doug Hammel); eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; two brothers; her half brothers and sisters; one sister-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.  Linda was predeceased by her mother, Mary (Cozicar) Lanferman, father, Colin Boudreau; four sisters, her half brothers, two brothers-in-law and Andy’s parents, Roger and Germaine Hamel.  Linda was born on January 17, 1949 to Colin and Mary Boudreau in St. Paul, Alberta.  After high school, Linda went to Edmonton and took a hair styling course.  In 1970, Linda and Andy Hamel met, fell in love and were married July 29, 1972 at St. Paul, Alberta.  Linda had two children from a previous marriage, Cheryl and Darlene.  In 2009, Linda retired and spent her time relaxing, crocheting, playing bingo and enjoying her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those who wish to pay their respects, may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Prayers will take place in it the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Live stream of the prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Please visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and select live streaming, then select the youtube (arrow).  The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, January 28,  2023 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Naveed Arif celebrant.  The funeral mass will be live streamed.  You are invited to watch on www.youtube.com Medicine Hat Holy Family Church or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6zK-XzuXdDHj79rV6ut_Q.  Private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery.  Those who wish to remember Linda with a donation, may do so to Holy Family Parish or to the Alzheimer Society https://alzheimer.ca/en/take-action/donate (select Alberta and Northwest Territories for donations to stay local).  To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

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YVONNE MAVIS KUTTNICK

 

Yvonne Mavis Kuttnick of Camrose, Alberta formerly of Redcliff, Alberta passed away on January 21st, 2023 in Camrose at the age of 74 years.  She is survived by her husband Bob;  children, Amanda (Jim) and Darwin (Christy); grandchildren Porter, Paige and Kaitlin; numerous family and friends.  Yvonne was predeceased by her parents Ivan and Helen Haberman and one brother Alan Haberman.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Weber Funeral Home, Camrose, Alberta.  780-672-3131  Condolences may be expressed at www.weberfuneralhome.ca

1960 - Kathleen (Kathy) Pearce - 2023

 

Kathleen May Pearce passed away in Medicine Hat on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at the age of 60 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting  www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is 

Colin Fode          1961 - 2023

 

Mr. Colin Fode passed away in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, January 10th, 2023, at the age of 61 years.  Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion.  (Condolences may bbe expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is 

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1951 – Cheryl O’Hara - 2022

It is with tremendous sadness we say goodbye to Cheryl Ann O’Hara. She passed away peacefully on December 30, 2022 at the age of 71 years. She was born in Trenton ON to parents James and Dorothy O’Hara, along with two sisters, Sandra (Steve), Bonnie (Dan); and one brother Allan (Elaine). She leaves behind her only daughter, Amanda (Greg) and two beautiful grandchildren, Ryker and Rhya.  Throughout Cheryl’s life she has always had a special bond with books and music. As a child if she wasn’t catching bugs or skating she would be dancing to the latest music of James Brown.  Even my first memory of my mom is dancing to loud music in the kitchen to Bon Jovi. In her 20’s, she moved from Belleville, ON to Medicine Hat, AB to explore new possibilities.  She worked for many years at the Auxiliary in the Medicine Hat Hospital. She loved working with seniors and those who needed constant care. But more importantly she loved who she worked with, many of those relationships continued to the end of her life. Mom eventually moved to Burstall, SK, where you could see her walking her favourite companion, Scooter. I remember her love of books continued with her interest in crime and science fiction. It always brought joy to her that myself and both grandchildren had a passion for reading as well. She was also well known for her baking and coffee sessions with the girls. If I close my eyes I can still hear her contagious laugh.  Not only did mom find special bonds with so many friends in Burstall but she did find peace in her heart with her relationship with God. In late 1990’s Mom went deaf.  This was a hard time in her life. She felt isolated and lonely. Many of her friends and myself helped her through this difficult time. Being deaf never stopped mom from enjoying her books but thanks to closed caption Mom found a passion of movies and TV shows; science fiction of course. We would sit for hours talking about the latest movies and TV shows. The top of the list was The Walking Dead. I am laughing now at how many hours we bonded over zombies. In 2010, mom could no longer care for herself and she moved into assisted living. She moved around to different homes but spent the last eight years in River Ridge retirement home. She was known for being goofy with them and playful. Saturday afternoons were ice cream days and she relished in her favourite; chocolate. Much of the staff was a second family for her. As per Cheryl’s wishes her ashes will be taken back to Belleville to be laid to rest with her mother and father and no service will be held. If friends desire, donations can be made to the Medicine Hat public library to honor her memory of love for the written word. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Cheryl O’Hara.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

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EMILE LOUIS PELCHAT          Mar 22, 1933 - Jan 19, 2023   (Age 89)

 

Emile Louis Pelchat passed away Thursday, January 19th, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; sister, Gay; son, Dean; daughter, Terri (Morgan) Smedley; sons, Sherwin (Destiny), Tim (Donna) Yamazaki; grandchildren, Kanisha and Cassandra Smedley, McKenzie and Madison Pelchat, Michael and Dylan Parsons, Vanessa and Brandon Yamazaki; his brother-in-law, Peter Barth and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Aurore Pelchat; his brothers, Onill, Gerard, Harve and Paul; his sisters, Jeannette Sereda, Cecile Bonneville, Theresa Johnson, Noella Hillerud and Lillian Barth.  Emile married Joyce Daniels May 4th, 1957. They started their married life in Stettler, AB and moved numerous times while Emile worked as a farm laborer, truck driver, bus driver and various other jobs. They moved back to Medicine Hat in 1972 where they remained.  For a farm boy with only a grade 9 education, Emile felt one his greatest achievements was graduating from International Bible College in 1977. At the age of 44, he was the oldest in his class but that didn’t stop him from being in a quartet and singing in the choir.  His grandchildren lit up his world and he loved them with all his heart. Spending any free time he had to be in their lives whenever the opportunity and adventures would present themselves. His recent years weren’t the best but our memories will be of the good times and the laughter he brought to our lives.  We love you forever and ever.  A Celebration of Life will be held on February 1st, 2023 @ 2:30pm at Chinook Village with a luncheon to follow.  Condolences may be sent to www.gracememorial.com.  Arrangements by 

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1954 - PAUL WALLACE - 2023

 

Paul’s passing was quiet and peaceful, fitting for a kind and thoughtful brother, who lived with dignity and resolve.  Like most people, Paul’s life had many chapters. The final concluded on January 21, 2023 in Medicine Hat. His beginning was more raucous, being the sixth of ten children, when he was born in New Glasgow, NS on November 30, 1954.  Paul’s early years were east coast certified. He loved all sports and being the middle of ten children, he had just the right amount of feistiness to bring onto the field, or ice surface. Like many of his vintage, Paul was a vested Pictou County Rugby player. These were skills he carried onto the StFX University rugby team. His hockey career peaked with the New Glasgow Bombers, when they won the 1972-73 Maritime Junior B Hockey Championship. Always easy going and affable, Paul was student union president of New Glasgow High School and went on to StFX University and graduated from the business program.  Like many youth of his era, Paul’s career took him west. He first worked in Calgary in the oil and gas industry and then moved to Toronto where he worked for McDonnell Douglas. He came back home to work in Halifax for nine years, before moving to Medicine Hat in 2006. He had strong friendships in Alberta, many of which originated while at X.   It was in his early thirties that Paul’s struggles with mental illness first surfaced. At times the illness had the upper hand, but he never complained, even as it shifted him from a more traditional path. Kindness and a quiet strength of character were always his calling card.  Paul was a profuse reader and could converse on any subject – name the sport, no matter how obscure, politics, world events and family memories, with the dates to back it up. And like a true Maritimer, he had a quick wit and loved to laugh.  During his away years, Paul made annual summer pilgrimages home. He especially enjoyed family gatherings at Chance Harbour and Kings Head. Paul was always keen for a swim to the raft, Scrabble with Mom, a round of the all-inclusive Italian card game and of course, Sam’s pizza was de rigueur.  Paul, our brother, we are proud of you. You have fought the good fight and earned your rest.  Paul was predeceased, and dearly loved, by his father and mother, Neil & Mary (Feron) Wallace and two brothers, Tom and Peter.  He is survived by his siblings David (Joan) Wallace of New Glasgow, Janet Wallace of New Glasgow, Coleen (Ian) Ross of Deep Cove, BC, Michael (Arlene) Wallace of New Glasgow, Carol (Paul) Connor of Halifax, Chris (Paulette) Wallace of Moncton, NB, Margot (Kevin) Cameron of Halifax, as well as 15 nieces and nephews and nine grandnieces and grandnephews.  A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 11:00 am at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Glasgow with a reception to follow in the church hall.(Condolences may be expressed by visiting  www.cooksouthland.com)  

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KURTIS BRUCE BAUMGARDT          May 1, 1996 - Jan 19, 2023   (Age 26)

 

Kurtis Baumgardt passed away on January 19th, 2023, at the age of 26 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Shirley Baumgardt; brother, Mikey Baumgardt; sisters, Jennifer Banks and Miranda Enns; grandma, Margaret Janzen; Uncle, Lloyd (Loretta) Janzen; aunt, Sharon (Greg) Beisel; nieces, Taylor, Jordyn, Mariyah, Micah and Madelyn; nephews, Brandon, Austin and Avery. Kurtis was predeceased by his father, Darrell Baumgardt; brother, Travis Baumgardt; and grandpa, George Janzen.  Kurtis loved his family and will be missed by all who loved him.  A Celebration of Life come and go will be held on February 4th, 2023 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Elks Club - 305 3 St NW, Medicine Hat.  Condolences may be sent to www.gracememorial.com.  Arrangements by 

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