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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.

Dr. David Marsh          1949 - 2020

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the sudden passing of Dr. David Glenn Marsh, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the age of 70 years. He will be lovingly remembered  by his beloved wife, Shelly; son, Dylan (Lynzee) and daughter, Amber (Kelton). Dave was a great man who will be missed terribly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The family would like to invite all who knew Dave, to join them in celebrating his life at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

1921 - MARTHA DURR - 2020

With great sadness we the family of Martha “Molly” Durr wish to announce her peaceful passing into God's beautiful garden on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at the age of 98 years.  Martha leaves to cherish her memory two sons, John Durr and Jesse Durr; four daughters, Bonnie (Harvey) Wolfer, Dixie (Brad) Becker, Cheryl Unreiner and Carol (Grant) MacDonald; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Martha was predeceased by her husband, one daughter, one grandson, one granddaughter, her parents and all of her siblings.  The family would like to thank Pastor Jim for being there for mom.  The family would also like to thank the staff at the Good Samaritan Society for the excellent care they gave mom for the last nine years.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, on Thursday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. and at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2793 Southview Drive SE, on Friday from 12:00 until 12:55 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Jim Bredeson officiating.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.  Those who desire may send flowers or make a memorial gift in Martha’s memory may be made to Victory Lutheran Church, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 2H1 or to Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre (APARC), 1002 South Railway Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2W2.  Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Martha Durr.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to



Allen Guthmiller of Medicine Hat passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the age of 79 years.  He leaves to cherish his memory numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Annie Guthmiller; his brother, Vern Guthmiller; two sisters, Ediline Kleinknecht, Leonora Hummel; sister-in-law Evelyn Guthmiller and numerous nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.  Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Allen Guthmiller, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 

1948 - Ron Eresman - 2020


Ronald “Ron” John Eresman passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the age of 71 years, beloved husband of Gladys Eresman of Medicine Hat.  The funeral service will be held at Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation (specify funds to be allocated to the Dialysis Unit); cheques made payable to MH&D Health Foundation 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 or online at  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Ron Eresman, or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence. 

Laurie Sharland           July 23, 1936 - January 16, 2020


With a heart full of love for the family she adored, Dolores Patricia ‘Laurie’ Sharland passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the age of 83 years. Laurie will be lovingly missed and forever cherished by her husband, Leonard; daughter, Raeann; granddaughters, Jessilyn (Dan) Forigo, Jennafer Yuhas and dear family friend, Theresa Wiebe.  Also left to mourn her passing is her brother, Stan (Betty) Biffard; sisters-in-law, Agnes Biffard and Marylou Sharland; nieces; nephews; her rodeo and travel families as well as many friends. Laurie was predeceased by their only son, Leonard Lee; parents, Henry and Hulda Biffard; sister, Marjorie Blair as well as sisters and brothers-in-law, Leona and Maurice Knowles, Marion and Frank Bagshaw and Don Sharland. Mom loved life and lived it to the fullest. Countless hours were spent volunteering, in Mom’s words, “because of the love of your community and the belief in the organization you are volunteering for.” She loved working with young people and coached many in swimming, bowling and baseball. One of her greatest passions was the time spent with the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede of which both she and Len are Life Director’s. Laurie was Chair of the MHES Queen Committee for 35 yrs, Chair of Miss Rodeo Canada for 14 yrs and continued her involvement with MHES until her passing. As tour coordinator with Kabet Travel for 25+ years, Laurie and Len enjoyed many adventures and built lifelong friendships travelling to the Canadian Finals Rodeo, National Finals Rodeo and numerous other destinations. Laurie often said “you don’t volunteer expecting recognition” but went on to receive honours and awards too numerous to mention.  Family was the most important part of Mom’s life and she loved nothing more than our family dinners. Her greatest joy and favourite title was Grandma to Jessilyn and Jennafer, teaching them so many things and to “always use manners, always show respect” and if you want to play outside “go see your Papa”. Included in Laurie’s activities were racing stock cars, coaching sports, volunteering with Medicine Hat Cubs and Tigers, Leaders of Tomorrow and Senior Games.  She enjoyed a good crib or rummy game, tending to her flowers and visiting with friends. There are people who touch the lives of others in a unique way. Knowing them brings us joy and inspiration and when they are gone, Memories of what they have done stay with us, encourage us and comfort us. A celebration of Mom’s amazing life will be announced at a later date.  If friends so desire, memorial donations may be directed to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation or a charity of your choice. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Honoured to serve the family is

Teresa Dunn           August 4, 1954 - January 15, 2020


It is with heartfelt sadness and the joy for a life that we announce the passing of Teresa Coppock Dunn. Her memory will be forever      cherished by her two daughters, Victoria and Claire Dunn. Teresa spent her life doing what she loved; travelling, riding horses, looking after her dogs…. and of course her grand-dogs. She had the privilege of visiting many  beautiful places around the world. Teresa spent the majority of her life in England, South Africa and Canada. However, a real holiday for her included a proper cappuccino on the beach. Teresa enjoyed working in the garden and in the summer cutting the grass on her tractor, her home was her little oasis on earth. She was always a joy to be around and such a beautiful soul. Her absence will forever be felt in our hearts.  Teresa’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, 9 Strachan Bay S.E., Medicine Hat,  on January 22, 2020. Please join us to celebrate Teresa Dunn and to say good-bye between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be a formal ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m.  “Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving Mother is the greatest of them all.” If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Teresa’s name directly to the Canadian Diabeties Association, #220, 6223 - 2 Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2H 2P5.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Elizabeth Mary Speltz          January 18, 1930  -  January 18, 2020

Mrs. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mary Speltz (nee Roche), beloved wife of the late Mr. Ronald J. Speltz, passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on her birthday, Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the age of 90 years. She was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK., and attended St. Paul’s Nursing School in Saskatoon, SK.  Betty married Ron on June 29, 1957 in Prince Albert, SK.  She was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic faith and a Life Member with the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Canada. This was an organization she was very proud to be a part of.  Betty worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. She loved to socialize and entertain, always a great host to those family and friends who shared in a great meal or an adult beverage together. In those younger days, Betty loved to go camping with her family.  She always needed to be on the go and treasured the closeness of her family and their  friendships. In her downtime, Betty enjoyed knitting, baking, crotcheting, bridge and watching sports, especially those sporting events her children and grandchildren were involved with.  She  was a member of the Ladies Golf League and golfed until the age of 83 years, achieving an unprecedented - two holes-in-one. Betty was so proud of her three children and their marriages as well as being able to attend the high school graduations of all six of her grandchildren, two of which were in Spokane, Washington. Together with her husband, Ron, they loved to travel  in which included numerous trips to Hawaii, multiple cruises and adventures around the world.  Betty’s memory will be forever treasured in the hearts of her children, Tim (Lynn) Speltz and their daughters, Jenna & Hannah; Dave (Charmaine) Speltz and their daughters, Stephanie (Logan) Faber and Nicole; Trish (Brad) Schafer and their children, Meghan and Chris; sister-in-law, Irene Hughes; brothers-in-law, Dick Bowron, Richard Wray as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald; brothers, Jim and Nick; sisters, Kitty, Jo and Margaret.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant. Following the Funeral Mass, fellowship will take place at the Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club, 947 Pigeon Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  If friends so desire, memorial  donations in Betty’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis, 1130F - 44 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta. T2G 4W6.  Honoured to serve the family is 

1966 - Hatty Gaetz - 2020


Miss Hatty Laureen Gaetz of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 19th, 2020 and went to be with Her Lord, at the age of 53 years.  Hatty leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Raymond and Gladys Gaetz; siblings, Blaise Gaetz (Lee Caswell), Bernie (Darcy) Frey and their children, Jarett and Shelisa Paxton-Frey and Jenna Lee (Matthew Dykstra); and Raymond (Theresa) Gaetz and their children, Zachary, Tanner, and Kiandra Gaetz.  Hatty was a happy, healthy young woman who touched a lot of hearts over her 53 years.  She loved music and swimming and her love for bowling earned her many trophies.  Hattie enjoyed many years with the CORE Association and formed and maintained a lot of close friendships through out her years there.  She will be deeply missed by all those who know and loved her.    Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Hatty Gaetz.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

Winny Rath          July 15, 1940 - January 17, 2020 (age 79)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved aunt, nana, and sister-in-law Winny Rath, age 79, on Friday, January 17 at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital after a lengthy battle with kidney failure and cancer.  Winny was predeceased by her brothers Dixon and Jim Rath, niece Charlene Nitz, nephew Rodger Rath, nephew Farley Neitz, well as her parents Tillie and Fred Rath.  Winny leaves to cherish her many memories two families: her family by blood that she loved dearly: sister-in-law Inez Rath, sister-in-law Jane Gruble, nephews Floyd Rath and Gene Rath, nieces, Carrie Rath and Joanne (Tom) McKee, and great nieces Darnyll (Lance Jacober) Nitz, Shareen Nitz, Sarah McKee, Kelly McKee, and great great nephew and niece Ethan and Leigh Jacober; as well as her adopted family, the family of lifelong friend Marion and Ed Yoder: Brenda and Darren Fulmore, Betty and Merril Radford, Ray and Mary Yoder, with adopted grandchildren Matthew, Daniel (Kate) and Kaitlin Fulmore, Natasha (Phil) Robertson, Sheldon Radford, and Violet, Isaac, and Phoebe Yoder.  Winny had a sharp wit, a forgiving heart, and a huge love for family and Jesus. She was full of life and loved to help out in whatever way she could. She loved cross-stitching, spending time with family, and volunteering at Southland Church in the kitchen and Information Centre.  According to her wishes, cremation will take place and Winny's final resting place will be at Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach.  Many thanks to the staff at Bethesda Regional Health Centre for their wonderful care in her final weeks.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 20, 2020 in the Southland Church Chapel.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at the Garden Lounge in Chinook Village, 2801-13th Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3R1.  Family and Friends may sign a book of condolence at  Arrangements entrusted to Crossings Funeral Care, Steinbach, Manitoba.  (204) 326-7203

1936 - EDWARD EMES - 2020

Edward Harrison "TED" Emes of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at the age of 83 years.  Condolences may be sent to subject heading Edward Emes.  Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed by 

JASON (JAY) MILLER          Jan 18, 1975 - Dec 26, 2019​   Age:44

It is with heavy hearts the family of Jay announces his sudden passing at his home in Bali, Indonesia.  Jay leaves to cherish his memory his wife Lynna, his extended Indonesian family, daughters Kristy and Kaylee and their mother Sharon Miller.  He also leaves to mourn his passing his beloved mother Donna (Vern)Arnold, his sisters Amy (Levi) Barlee and Chandra Miller, the grandfather he adored Papa Tony Dirk and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Jay was predeceased by his father Patrick Miller, his Grandmothers Emma Miller and Rose Dirk as well as other treasured family members.  Jay was an adventurous soul who believed in living life to the fullest.  He started working in the oilfields of Alberta and then following his father's footsteps went overseas.  Jay worked in Indonesia, Iraq and lastly in Saudi Arabia.  Although Jay had been overseas for over a decade, he always came home to see his family and friends at every opportunity.  We all knew that it did not matter where he was, he was just a phone call or video call away.  Jay was a talented self-taught musician who loved to play his bass guitar and often played at the local clubs in Bali.  He would simply walk to the stage and the band would hand him a guitar and he would play as if he had been a member for years.  A Celebration of Life will be held on January 25th, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Redcliff Senior Centre 26 Main Street.  Jay was a great storyteller; with his impish grin he would tell his family and friends about his latest adventures and the occasional misadventures.  We loved that he shared his life with us through stories and beautiful photographs and ask his family and friends to honor his memory by sharing their memories of him.

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