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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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1936 - EDGAR JANS - 2024

 

Edgar Jans, cherished husband of the late Loretta (Bauer) Jans of Medicine Hat, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the age of 88 years. A Celebration of Life in honour of Edgar was held yesterday at VICTORY LUTHERAN CHURCH with Reverend Roland Weisbrot officiating. A private interment followed at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Edgar’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.  Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com with the subject heading "Edgar Jans." Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to

HARRY ZELLER            1935 - 2024

 

Harry Zeller, beloved husband of the late Eleanor Zeller, passed away at South Country Village in Medicine Hat on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the age of 88 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion.  Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com.  Honoured to serve the family is

Rita Bessant            1945 - 2024


It is with saddened hearts that the family of Rita Joyce Bessant announce her passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the age of 78 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com)  Honoured to serve the family is

Kasper Alban Fitterer passed away peacefully at the age of 87 with his family at his side. Kasper was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan, the oldest of three boys.  His mom passed away when Kasper was just eight years old. This is how Kasper came to live with, and was raised by, his maternal grandparents (Karl and Marian Duchscherer).  They moved from the farm, into Prelate and finally to Medicine Hat, building a house on Riverside.  Kasper attended St. Teresa's Academy, graduating as the last class out of the academy.  Kasper's memories of this time were full of family and adventures.  These memories would give Kasper peace during his final days.  Kasper met the love of his life, Irene (Brown), and they were married on July 3,1965.  They were together 58 years.  Kindersley, Saskatchewan was their home where Kasper worked for Keller & Cameron (John Deere Dealership) as the Controller, Equipment Deliverer, and all-around company ambassador.  In the late 80's, Kasper and Irene left Kindersley and relocated to Stony Plain where they managed a large apartment complex until retiring in 2003 and relocating to Redcliff, Alberta.  Redcliff became Kasper and Irene's new home where they quickly became part of the community. This meant cards, dancing, fishing, Redcliff seniors trips, going to garage sales, and of course family. All of these things kept the hood of Kasper's car always warm to the touch.  He is survived by two sons and three daughters: Darrell (Pam) of Burstall, Saskatchewan; Brian of Red Deer,  Myrna Smart (Ryan Scoular) of Neilburg, Saskatchewan,  Rena (Brian) Robinson of Medicine Hat, Alberta and Nola (Rick) Pirart of Bentley Alberta.  Both Kasper and Irene came from very large families and created a fairly large family of their own. Kasper knew who you were, who your parents were, and whom you lived beside.  He carried you in his heart and to Kasper you were all family.  Special thanks to the staff at Meadow Ridge for the care Kasper received over the past two years.  Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday, February 23rd from 6:00 - 7:00 with the prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTRE.  The prayer service will be live streamed,  please visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and select live streaming, then select the YouTube (arrow).   You may also pay your respects at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass which will be celebrated in HOLY FAMILY PARISH (1451 Strachan Rd SE) on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Iqbal Khurshid celebrant.  You are invited to watch the funeral mass via livestream by following the link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6zK-XzuXdDHj79rV6ut_Q or visiting www.youtube.com/Medicine Hat Holy Family Church.  Interment will take place at Blumenfeld Cemetery later in the day Saturday.  Those who wish to remember Kasper with a donation, may do so to A.J.’s Loan Cupboard (Alan Joys Memorial Fund Society) Box 45006, McKenzie Postal Outlet, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7H3 or to the Blumenfeld Heritage and District Site c/o PO Box 104, Leader, Saskatchewan S0N 1H0.  To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

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June Wagman          1940 - 2024

 

June Wagman, aged 83, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, dedication, and community spirit. Born to Frank and Daisy Kozdial in Summerberry, SK, June lived a life marked by hard work, and devotion to her family. She is survived by her loving children Patti Wagman (Arwyn Evans) of Medicine Hat and Marti Wagman of Melbourne, Australia; grandchildren Gareth Evans, Rhys Evans, Leah Wagman, and Carter Wagman, as well as her sister Marion Moskowy, and numerous nieces and nephews.  June's journey was shaped by love and loss. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Neil Wagman, her parents Frank and Daisy Kozdial, her brother Lorne Kozdial, and her infant daughters Mary Ann and Joanne Lynn.  June's life was a testament to resilience and commitment. Before marrying Neil, she pursued her dream job as a teacher. However, upon joining Neil in marriage, she embarked on a new adventure, dedicating herself to the family dairy farm near Balgonie, SK. Together, they nurtured the land and their family with steadfast dedication. June's greatest joys were found in her roles as a mother and grandmother.  Throughout her life, June was actively engaged in her community, lending her time and talents to various causes and organizations. Her kindness, generosity, and warm spirit touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was known for having many talents, most notably her skill in calligraphy, glass painting and her legendary perogies! You could always tell when June was in a room; her unmistakable laugh would fill the space, rising above even the loudest chatter.  In her final years, June received exceptional care and support from the staff at The Wellington and the compassionate caregivers at South Country Village, Haven View. Their dedication provided comfort and solace to June and her family during her time of need.  A funeral to celebrate June's life will be held later this summer, allowing family and friends to come together and honor her memory in a meaningful way. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society, South Country Village care home, or a charity of your choice in June's honor.  June will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched with her kindness and warmth. May she rest in eternal peace.   Cremation has been entrusted to the Pattison Funeral Home and Crematorium.  To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

Barbara Payne            1958 - 2024

Following a brave battle with cancer, Barbara Jean Payne of Medicine Hat  passed away with loved ones by her side on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the age of 65 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her only child, Kit (Leaf) Payne, beloved grandson, Wilder; brothers, Mark  (Elizabeth) Guite and Guy (Dorothy) Guite as well as numerous relatives and friends across Alberta, Ontario, and B.C. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 23 years, Timothy Payne; sister, Gloria Guite-Storm; brother, Dwight Guite as well as her parents, Viola and Leopold Guite. A celebration coinciding with Barbara’s birthday will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.  The service will be live streamed.  Those who cannot attend but wish to experience Barbara’s celebration may visit Cook Southland’s website and select the View Broadcast button on the home page at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com) Those wishing to remember Barbara may do so through a donation to AJ’s Loan Cupboard, P.O. Box 45006 Mackenzie Drugs Postal Outlet, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0B1. Honoured to serve the family is

CLAYTON WALLS             1948 - 2024

 

Clayton Howard Walls of Medicine Hat passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at the age of 75 years, beloved husband of the late Darlene Walls. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. To leave a message of condolence you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneral home.com.

Len Harty           1937 - 2024

 

 

Leonard “Len” Andrew Harty of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the age of 87 years, beloved husband of the late Marjorie Harty.  Funeral details will be announced in March.  To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

Lyle P. Weis             Nov 8, 1947 - Feb 17, 2024

 

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Lyle Percy Weis announces his passing at the age of 76. Lyle was born in Beardmore, Ontario on November 8, 1947 and passed away February 17, 2024 in Medicine Hat.  He leaves to cherish his memory his best friend and wife Darlene Renner; son Jared (Rachel) Weis; daughter Erica (Bryan) McKeddie, sister Christine (Eldon) Kraushar; sister Sharlene Weis; Stepson Aaron (Alissa) Renner, Stepson Justin (Chelsey); grandchildren, Brody, Lea, Jonas, Isla, Abigail and Noah; numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Glen and Sylvia Weis.  Lyle spent his childhood years in Marysville Washington before his family moved to Coquitlam, BC. He attended Simon Fraser University; the University of British Columbia; and the University of Alberta to obtain his PhD in Canadian Literature. He taught at various schools and later the University of Alberta.  He was a lifetime published poet and author of adult fiction, young adult literature, short stories, book reviews, and many magazine articles. He was active in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets, and various programs through Young Alberta Book Society. He was involved in the Writers Guild of Alberta, including serving a term as Executive Director and helped found ‘On Spec’, The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic.  The life he shared with his soulmate Dar was filled with the joys of travel, laughter and writing. He had a lifelong interest in history, politics, and geography and could speak and write eloquently on these and any other subjects.  Medicine Hat was the last chapter of his life. He became a familiar face in the neighborhood, sharing a beer with friends, and working in the yard. A doting grandpa, affectionately known as Beebo, he was teacher, friend, and playmate.  Memorial donations may be made to the Young Alberta Book Society programs Taleblazers or Seeds of Stories Bursaries fund. Donate via Canada Helps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/young-alberta-book-society/ or e-transfer to ed@yabs.ab.ca.  The family would like to send a sincere thank you to the compassion and care provided by all the wonderful doctors, nurses and technicians on 5E, 4W, 2N and ICU.  A Celebration of Lyle‘s Life will be held in May. Service details will be announced once completed.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.gracememorial.com.  Arrangements are made by 

1984 - Michael Strong - 2024

With sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of Michael Strong, ending his battle with cancer in Medicine Hat on February 6th, 2024, at the age of 39 years.   A memorial service was held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB.   Memorial gifts in Michael's memory may be made to AJ’s Loan Cupboard,  P.O. Box 45006, MacKenzie Drug Post Office, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0B1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Michael Strong.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1946 – Guy Jean Pierre Vallender - 2024

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Guy Jean Pierre Vallender on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at the age of 77 years with family and close friends by his side. Family and friends attended a “come and go” luncheon that took place on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Redcliff Senior Centre, 629 1st Street SE, Redcliff, AB, in his honour. In lieu of flowers, donations in Guy’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Guy Vallender.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

1930 - GEORGE METKA - 2024

 

It is with profound sadness that Joanne announces the passing of her beloved life partner, George John Metka. He passed away in  Maple Creek, SK., on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the age of 93 years. Along with Joanne, George is survived by his sons, David (Sherry) Metka and Craig (Tanya) Metka; Joanne’s daughter, Tracy (Darcy) Klein; grandchildren, Scott (Melie) and their daughter, Camilla; Brittany (Chad) and their children, Quinn and Simon; Stephanie (Josh) and their children, Lily, Hayden, Adeline and Logan; Nicole (Nick) and their son, Ford; Charlene (Mark) and Shelby (Reid). He is also survived by his brother, Gordon (Monica) Metka as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, George Metka in 1981; mother, Nellie in 1998 and his sister and brother-in-law, Jean (Ken) Hellings.  George was born in Moose Jaw, SK. on October 27, 1930, to George Sr. and Nellie Metka. At the young age of 15, he left home and joined the Merchant Marines. George had a distinguished 28 year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his gallantry and rescue efforts. While in the military, he was married in 1955 and had two sons, David and Craig. In 1977, George moved the family to Maple Creek and became the administrator for the Maple Creek Union Hospital, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. Through his retirement years, George and Joanne enjoyed numerous trips to BC, where they would bring back salmon to can and smoke which they loved to share with friends and family. They also enjoyed frequent trips to the US where they visited David in Texas, explored Nevada and took the occasional trek down to Havre, Montana. During the summer months, you could find George and Joanne tending to their garden or relaxing on the deck with a cold drink. George was also very proud of his Ukranian heritage and never missed a Ukranian Christmas celebration. In 2022, George moved into assisted living and later to long-term care where he remained until his passing.  George’s life will be remembered silently by family and friends without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southwest Integrated Health Care Facility, 102 - 5 Avenue West, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, S0N 1N0.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cooksouthland.com)    Honoured to serve the family is

1930 - Errol Carruthers - 2024

 

Errol Webster Carruthers, beloved husband of the late Margaret Berger, died Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Good Samaritan South Ridge Villa, Medicine Hat, AB. He will be missed by his siblings; Margaret Carruthers, Toronto, ON; Norman (Diana), Charlottetown, PE; Beth Cruickshank, Gravenhurst, ON; Doris (Bob May), Toronto, ON;, several nieces and nephews, and by his special friend, Ida Kenny, Edmonton, AB.  He was predeceased by his sister, Esther Jorgensen; his brother: Clair Carruthers; by his brother-in-law, Jim Cruickshank; his brothers-in-law, Palmer and Overt Berger; and sisters-in-law, Adeline Stertz and Helen Berger. Errol was born in Summerside, P.E.I. on August 24, 1930, the eldest of eight children of the late Lorne and Jean (Webster) Carruthers. He was brought up on the family farm in Augustine Cove, P.E.I. and was educated in Augustine Cove’s two-room school, high school at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Bachelor of Science at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and Master of Science at McGill University in Montreal. After graduation, Errol worked with Atomic Energy of Canada at Chalk River, ON. Later he taught high school at Deep River, ON. In 1965, Errol moved to Medicine Hat, AB to teach chemistry in the new Medicine Hat College. In retirement Errol enjoyed membership in the Golden K Kiwanis Club working mainly with young children. He also enjoyed the company of friends and travelling as well as golfing and curling. Errol was generous with his time in the community and in his church, Victory Lutheran. A celebration of Errol’s life will be held in Medicine Hat this Spring with details to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Errol’s memory may be made directly to: The Alzheimers Society of Alberta, # 101, 1201 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2Y2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Errol Carruthers.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

DONNA DARLENE (HAGEN) KANA            April 27, 1945 - Feb 14, 2024   (Age 78)

 

Donna Darlene Kana passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the age of 78 years, beloved wife of Vincent Kana of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.   She also leaves to cherish her memory two children, Cara Teichroeb (Lynn Needham) and Tina Knapp; six grandchildren, Amy (Trevor) Hadden, Erin Teichroeb, Colton (Megan) Teichroeb, Jillian Teichroeb, Sarah Knapp and Hana Knapp; seven great grandchildren, Hayden, Olivia, Cole, Caleb, Lucy, Sasha and Zachary.  She was predeceased by her parents Sarah and Andrew Hagen and one grandson Heath Knapp.   The funeral service  will be held in the ALL SAINTS/ALL ANGELS ANGLICAN CHURCH (220 McDonald Street, Piapot) on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. (CST).   Interment will take place in the Piapot Cemetery.   To leave a message of condolence you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com

JOHN "JACK" CHARLTON PIERCE            July 6, 1927 - Feb 20, 2024  (Age 96)

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, John Charlton (Jack) Pierce, at the ripe old age of 96 and a half years.  Dad was born in Medicine Hat on July 6, 1927, and except for a brief time living in Saskatchewan, lived here all his life. Dad told us many stories about growing up in Medicine Hat with his brother, Fred, and sister, Helen. At the age of 18, he joined the Navy and served 5 years, travelling to many ports around the world. After returning to Medicine Hat in 1951, he met and married the love of his life, Anne Marie. Together they raised 4 children in the house that he built himself. Dad was a Scout Leader for more than 25 years and was active in the Anglican Church. Dad worked for many years at CFB Suffield, finishing his career at CFB Dana, in Sagehill, Saskatchewan. In retirement, Dad was able to pursue his hobbies of gardening, walking, and birdwatching. Mom and Dad spent lots of time at the cabin in Elkwater and travelled to Yuma, Arizona for many years to escape Alberta winters. They made great friends during their years there.  Family was all-important to Dad, and he made every effort to stay in touch with our relatives. After 96 and a half years, Dad’s family tree was well-grown with 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Between the Pierce clan and the Skjei clan, there are also many nieces and nephews, and of course now (remember – 96 and a half years old), grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Everyone was precious to Dad.  Dad lived in his own home until well after his 95th birthday, with help from Extended Family Services. For the past 10 months, Dad has been living at Riverview Long Term Care Centre. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for the loving care and respect he received from ALL of the staff at Riverview. Everyone from the office staff, to the meal servers, laundry people and cleaners, the recreation and occupational therapists, the dietician, and the social worker, especially the Nurses, LPNs and HCAs, always treated Dad, and our family, with respect, care, and good spirits. Dad made many new friends there. We thank them all for this gift.  Thank you to Dr. Monty for his compassionate care of Dad while he was at Riverview. We also want to thank Veterans Affairs Canada for their support.  Dad taught us by example the values of kindness, generosity, honesty, and humour. He will be missed by all who knew him.  Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife, Anne Marie, in 2016; his son, Darrell, in 2019; and his daughter-in-law, Laura Lee, in 2022. He is survived by his son, David; daughter, Nancy (Robert); and son Doug (Jaylene). He is also survived by his sister, Helen Rogers; sisters-in-law, Elaine Lawrence and Sandy Krawec; brothers-in-law, Gary Skjei (Mary) and Paul Skjei (Helen).  The family will have a Celebration of Dad’s Life at a later date.  Go to www.gracememorial.com to send a condolence.  Arrangements by

RAYMOND "RAY" ROBERT TARNASKY            May 13, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024   (Age  93)

 

Ray Robert Tarnasky passed away on February 18, 2024, at the age of 93 years. Left to cherish Ray’s memory is his son, Barry Tarnasky; daughter, Joyce (Rick) Hyde; granddaughter, Cyndra Hyde; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Ray was predeceased by his wife, Helene Tarnasky; parents, Sam and Bertha Tarnasky; step-grandson, Richard Hyde; brothers, Albert, Bill and Ernie; and sister, Olga.  Ray was born on May 13, 1930, in Medicine Hat and raised in Hilda, AB. He moved to Medicine Hat as a young adult and worked at Consumer Glass in Redcliff until retirement. Ray was an avid sportsman, hunter, and fisherman. He enjoyed fishing at Reesor Lake, Spruce Coulee, Michelle Lake or any lake for that matter. In Ray’s younger years, he liked to camp at Elkwater. Also, every year the garden was his pride and joy. With his phenomenal green thumb, he produced some of the best tomatoes and yellow peppers.  As per Ray’s wishes there will be no formal funeral. At a later date there will be a celebration to honor his life and memory.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca.  Go to www.gracememorial.com to send a condolence.  Arrangements by

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JAMES “KIRBY” JORGENSON            Mar. 20, 1962 – Feb 10, 2024

 

With sadness we announce the passing of our son and brother James “Kirby”.  Kirby passed in the comfort of his home in Vancouver B.C. He was 61 years of age. Survived by parents Betty & Dennis Jorgenson. Sister Kathy (Brian) Wuitchik. Nephew Scott (Susan) Wuitchik. Great Nephew Jake Wuitchik. Great Niece Lily Wuitchik.  To quote Vince Gill “Go rest high on that mountain. For your work on earth is done” Funeral arrangements by Glenhaven Memorial Chapel, Vancouver B.C.

Marth Louise Elton (Antoine)           Nov 7, 1927 - Feb 20, 2024

Marthe Louise Elton of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Elton, passed away on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at the age of 96 years. Marthe leaves to cherish her memory her children, Lorraine (Rick) Parker, John Elton, and Wayne (Nancy) Elton; grandchildren, Steven (Ashley) Elton, Tamara (Ryan) Pitman, Amber (Darren) Smeby, Sharon (Jason) George, Darryl Elton, Kevin (Erin) Elton, Blaine (Cherilyn) Elton, Evan Elton, Shane Parker, and Scott (Gillian) Parker; great-grandchildren, Winston, Maxwell, Bryceton, Dax, Daivey, Neve, Tiara, Brennan, Matthew, Sage, Tyran, Trae, Jaysa, Ashtyn, Travis, Payton, Austin, and Dexter; great-great-grandchild, Cheryl; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marthe was predeceased by her husband, Bob Elton; parents, Lucien and Marie Antoine; daughter, Yvette Elton; daughter-in-law, Lola Elton; and great-grandson, Jayton George. Family was very special and important to Marthe, especially her grandchildren. She loved sewing, gardening (flowers being her specialty), and knitting. Up until a few years ago, she would spend numerous hours knitting slippers, dog beds, and many other items. Marthe will be lovingly remembered and forever missed. The Funeral Service will be held at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB on Saturday, March 9th, 2024 at 11:00 am with Pastor Shane Hein officiating. If unable to attend, family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Marthe’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Memorial gifts in Marthe's memory may be made to A.J.‘s Loan Cupboard, P.O. Box 45006, MacKenzie Drug Post Office, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0B1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Marthe Elton.

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HOWARD SOLIE             (1941 - 2024)


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Howard Solie, who passed away on Saturday Feb. 17 surrounded by his family. Howard was born Feb. 25, 1941, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, to Hans and Ingrid Solie, and he and his brother Ivor grew up on the family farm near Richmound, Saskatchewan. Howard’s love of fishing and the outdoors developed during the many family fishing trips to Elkwater.  Howard graduated from Richmound School in 1959. He continued his education at the School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, and he and Ivor took over the farm after Hans’ death in 1961. Howard earned his diploma of mechanical engineering at Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw in 1963. He worked for the Government of Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture’s AMA program testing farm machinery until the program was discontinued, then took up a position at STI teaching drafting and surveying. He and Hilda Lingnau were married in Delisle in 1965, and Karen was born in Moose Jaw in 1966. The mechanical engineering program was moved to Saskatoon in 1968 as part of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and Dianne was born in Saskatoon in 1969. During these years, Howard continued to farm, moving the family to Horsham for the summer months. Craig was born in Saskatoon in 1974, and Howard left his position for the late harvest of a bumper crop in the fall of that year. He soon obtained a teaching position at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture, and worked there until the spring of 1975. The Solies moved into their new house on the farm in the fall of 1975, on the yard with Ingrid and Ivor, and it’s been home ever since.  The family enjoyed camping and fishing trips in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Howard loved hunting, curling, coaching, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s many sporting and music events, and was a dedicated Richmound Rockets fan. He was a member of the Richmound School Board and served on the Richmound Credit Union Board of Directors. Howard was an avid reader and life-long learner, and an enthusiastic supporter of Craig’s various musical endeavors. There were always projects underway in the farm shop, and Howard believed there wasn’t anything that couldn’t be fixed, and no problem that couldn’t be solved. Lunches in the field and evenings around the firepit in the yard were happy additions to a busy workday, and trips to the cabin at Duncairn Dam eagerly anticipated. Howard continued actively farming in partnership with Craig until the time of his passing. It was what he loved and where he loved to be.  Howard was predeceased by his parents, Hans and Ingrid, his brother Ivor, his mother and father-in-law Johanna and Aloysius Lingnau, his brother and sister-in-law Siegfried and Cathy Lingnau, and his brother-in-law Mervyn McDonald. He is survived by his wife Hilda, sister-in-law Christel McDonald, daughter Karen, daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Mike Brodie, son Craig and daughter-in-law Freya Brehaut, and grandchildren Alison Brodie (Dylan Hinshaw), Jordan Brodie (Patti Jones), Inga and Erik Solie, and his nieces and nephews and their families. Howard’s family will go forward with profound gratitude for his example, his integrity and love of life, and for the many joyful memories made. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to your local food bank.  A celebration of Howard’s life will be held in the Richmound Community Hall on Friday, March 1, beginning at 2 p.m. Saskatchewan time.  Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.binkleysfuneralservice.com

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BRYNE LENGYEL             1948 - 2024


Bryne Lengyel, a dedicated and beloved member of the Foremost, Alberta community, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2024, at the age of 75 years.  Born and raised in Foremost, Bryne was deeply rooted in the land, his family and the people around him. He was the oldest child of John and Jeannette Lengyel and beloved brother to Karen Duda. Bryne’s commitment to building a generational farm was unwavering and left a lasting impact on his family. Bryne inherited his work ethic from his father, John, and has passed down this trait to his children and grandchildren. Beyond his work in the fields, Bryne was a passionate fly fisherman, outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing. He found solace and joy in the great outdoors casting a line on a tranquil river with his friends. As a young man Bryne loved tractor pulling, playing guitar and performing with his band Hi-way 61.  In recent years Bryne served as a councillor for the County of Forty Mile and was then elected Reeve of the County. He was a passionate member of council and was also a member of many boards and committees. Bryne helped promote the County in everything he was involved in.  Bryne’s greatest source of happiness came from his family. He cherished every moment spent being with his children and watching his grandchildren excel in sports, dancing, and music. His pride and love for them knew no bounds.  Bryne is survived by his children Angela (James), Robert (Jackie), Gina (Dereck), and his 9 cherished grandchildren: Trevor, Grace, Ryan, Claire, Abigail, Julianne, Emily, Ivy and Bliss. He is also survived by his sister Karen Duda.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Lengyel and his parents John and Jeannette.  In addition to his immediate family, Bryne’s life was enriched by his special friend and companion Beth Dixson and her family, whose love, warmth and companionship meant the world to him the past 7 years.  Bryne Lengyel’s legacy of hard work, love for the land, and devotion to family and community will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, March 1, 2024, at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 205 2 Street West, Foremost, Alberta. Interment will follow at the Foremost Cemetery.  Immediately following the service, a Luncheon will be held at the Foremost Community Hall.  Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.

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