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1932 - Betty Kluzak - 2019


Elizabeth (Betty) Jean Kluzak passed peacefully with family at her side at the Sunnyside Care Centre in Medicine Hat on November 8th, 2019 at the age of 87 years. Betty is survived by Glen, her husband of 65 years; their 3 children, Donna (Greg) Balas,  Norma (Warren) King and Gordon (Tania) Kluzak; seven grandchildren, Donovan (Kylie), Dara (Dan), Brock (Christine), Denton, Alexandra, Marina and Sophia; and three  great-grandchildren, Reed, Bryn, and Theodore. Betty was born January 15th, 1932 in Bracken, Saskatchewan to Archie and Jessie Gates. They raised eight children on a homestead south of Climax Saskatchewan: Lucy, Betty, Ross, Christie, Margaret, John, Kathy and Ron. Betty was home-schooled until grade 7 when they moved closer to Climax.  Betty took her nurses training in Moose Jaw. She was awarded a scholarship to complete her graduate training as an operating room nurse in Philadelphia in 1953. She married Glen Kluzak on Nov. 17, 1954 in Climax. They had a beautiful double wedding with her sister, Christie, and Bob Balfour. She was very special to her in-laws, Art and Hazel Kluzak; to Gordon (Dorothy) and Helen (Evan), Glen’s brother and sister; and to Helen and Cecil King.  Betty and Glen moved to Moose Jaw where Betty was appointed as operating room supervisor. She ordered equipment and set up the operating rooms in the new hospital. In 1955, Betty and Glen moved back to Climax. Glen farmed and Betty worked as the Matron in the Climax hospital until they both retired and moved to Medicine Hat in 1995. She delivered many babies, including her grandson, Brock (on the way to the hospital in Medicine Hat).  Betty and Glen enjoyed dancing, golfing, spending winters in Arizona, and following Gord’s hockey career all the way to the NHL.  We would like to thank the skilled and caring staff at Sunnyside Care Centre where she spent her last two years and to those at Meadow Ridge and River Ridge where she also lived during her long journey with Alzheimer’s. An extra hug goes to Kim Schmeichel, our private care aide, who became like a member of her family.

You are invited to join us for a celebration of Betty’s life on Saturday, November 16th at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1       Dunmore Road SE, at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Climax United Church (General Delivery, Climax SK, S0N ON0. Condolences may be sent to subject heading Betty Kluzak.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

Alice Christensen          1936 - 2019

Alice Yvonne Christensen, beloved resident of Alfred Egan Home in Bow Island, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the age of 83 years with the caring Alfred Egan Home staff members by her side. Alice was born on September 12, 1936, in Innisfail, Alberta. Alice lived with her family until she moved to Michener Services when she was about eleven years old. Alice moved to Lethbridge during the mid eighties and while there, lived in several   different group homes. She moved to Alfred Egan Home on June 28, 2013. Alice lived her life by her own terms. The staff have fond memories of her saying good night or holding her hand out for them to take it. Alice will be missed by the staff whom she came to know as her family at Alfred Egan Home. A Celebration of Alice’s life will be held at the Alfred Egan Home, 939 - 1 Street East, Bow Island, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Alice will be interred with her late mother, Pauline in the Murrayville Cemetery in Langley, BC, at a later date. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting  our website at    Honoured to serve the family is

Mary Russell          1926 - 2019

It is with profound sadness that we, the family of Mary Clara Russell, announce her peaceful passing which occurred at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, November 11, 2019, at the age of 93 years. Mary will be fondly remembered by her eight children and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, David Russell on August 25, 1992. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Tomy Manjaly celebrant.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at  Honoured to serve the family is

1926 - Frank Smith - 2019

Frank Smith passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019, at the age of 93 years, beloved husband of Theresa for 71 years.  His life will be celebrated privately by Fr. Francis Tran with Frank’s family and close friends.  A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan.  Those who wish to remember Frank with a donation may direct it to the Palliative Care unit at St. Joseph’s Home 156 3rd Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 5M1.  To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Frank Smith,  or you may visit  and leave a message of condolence.  

1923 ~ Thelma McLuhan ~ 2019


Thelma McLuhan of Medicine Hat passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at the age of 95 years.  She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Ron (Cynthia) McLuhan, Linda (Allen) Reesor, and Curtis McLuhan; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Alton (Jean) Barsness; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service will be held at RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH, 1101 Queen Street S.E. on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial gifts in Thelma's memory may be made to the Gideons International in Canada, PO Box 23142, Medicine Hat Mall, Medicine Hat, AB  T1B 2C7.  Condolences may be sent to subject heading Thelma McLuhan.  A private interment will be conducted at the Robsart Saskatchewan cemetery on a date to be announced when her extended family can be convened.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

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