Thursday December 30, 2021
1:30 PM
A private family funeral service by invitation only will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.
In memory of
Howard Widmer
April 14, 1943 - December 22, 2021 - Age 78

Howard Andrew Widmer passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the age of 78 years, beloved husband of Darlene Widmer of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory three children, Deanna (Raymond) Ries, Colleen (Derek) Herter, Kerry (Kim) Widmer; three grandchildren, Brett (Tiffany) Ries, Kyle Herter (Rachel Hurley) and Mitchell Herter; two great grandchildren Lily Ries and Cooper Ries; one brother Lynn Widmer as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Howard grew up on the family farm near Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan. He farmed along side his dad until 1965, when he and his wife Darlene took over the farm. Farming was Howard’s life work and was his career until retirement in 2004. Howard enjoyed fishing, camping, curling and being in the outdoors with family and friends. Always quick with a friendly smile and handshake, Howard will be remembered as a good friend, proud farmer and dedicated family man. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Medicine Hat Hospital 5E and thank you to the staff at Masterpiece Southland Meadows for the special care provided to Howard. A private family funeral service by invitation only will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Due to the restrictions brought forward by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, indoor public gatherings are to be kept to 50 people. Masks are mandatory. The service will be live streamed, and family and friends who are unable to attend are invited to watch the service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home Youtube page. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time and will remain on the youtube page for future viewing. A private family interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Howard 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 charity of one’s choice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Howard Widmer.

To watch the funeral service of Howard, please follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RAsVIHtC4Y

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Message from Glenn Adam December 24, 2021
Sincerest condolences to Darlene and family
Glenn Adam
Message from Arden Erman December 28, 2021
Remembering days past, good friends from days past. Howard was one of our bunch and will always be thought of fondly and remembered.
Arden Erman
Message from Dean, Tracey, Madison and Mackenzie Kipta December 28, 2021
We are so sorry to hear the passing of your Grandpa/Dad/Husband. We remember him as a very cheerful, loving grandpa who liked to have fun with all the Widmer kiddos! Wishing you peace and comfort in remembering all the precious times you spent together with a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Dean, Tracey, Madison and Mackenzie Kipta
Message from Ken & Joan Thares December 28, 2021
Sorry to hear of your loss. Howard and I were best of friends as we grew up on the farm. We had many pool games at his place near Golden Prairie as youngsters and went to school together. I boarded at their place while I attended school at Bitter Lake during the winter months. Many good memories and heartfelt sorrow at your loss.
Ken & Joan Thares
Message from Arlen & Lori Herter December 28, 2021
We are very sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Many good memories of days gone by we have when you all lived in Golden Prairie. We send our sincere condolences to all of you at this very hard time. Keep your endless family memories going by reminiscing often of all the times shared together.
Arlen & Lori Herter
Message from Lorraine Hilgendorf December 29, 2021
Darlene and family. Sending my deepest condolences to all. Howard was ice fishing years ago at Caven Lake and he suggested to us to use purple power bait to catch fish. it’s been in the tackle box ever since!
Lorraine Hilgendorf
Message from Terry, Carolyn, Zachary and Danny Cey December 29, 2021
Colleen and Derek,
We were sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending you our deepest sympathies and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Terry, Carolyn, Zachary and Danny Cey
Message from Pat and Brenda Liboiron December 29, 2021
To Darlene and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing.Our deepest sympathy to everyone. We have fond memories of camping on the desert in Arizona with you and Howard.
Pat and Brenda Liboiron
Message from Ray & Jeanette Kohls December 30, 2021
our deepest sympathy to Darlene Deanna Coleen & Kerry on the passing of Howard Gone way to soon
Ray & Jeanette Kohls
Message from Norm Friesz December 30, 2021
May happy memories of times spent with Howard ease the pain you are suffering now. Someone gone to soon.
Norm Friesz
Message from Darrell and Wendy Turner December 30, 2021
Deepest sympathies to Darlene and families. Howard was a rock and always fun to be around.
Darrell and Wendy Turner
Message from Mike and Karen Ziemann December 30, 2021
Deepest sympathy to you Darlene and your family. A beautiful tribute to Howard in today’s service.
Mike and Karen Ziemann
Message from HARVEY WIDMER December 30, 2021
Although Howard and I are first cousins, we never stayed in touch with each other over the years. Seems that we get so involved in our immediate families. I do however have great memories of spending time with Howard in our early teens when I would spend some of my summer holidays in Golden Prairie. My wife and I hope, Darlene, that you will find peace in the days following this sad time. Harvey and Donna Widmer
Message from eileen December 30, 2021
Lovely memorial service of a life well lived. Condolences to the family during this time of grieving.
Eileen Kohls McAlister
Message from Bob, Mardelle & Jim Widmer and Lee (Widmer) Stephens December 31, 2021
Darlene and Family

We were sorry to hear of Howard's passing.

My biggest regret is I didn't get to know him better and spend more time with him through the years. Although we were first cousins and raised in the same little town of Golden Prairie, Howard was 2 years older than me and when you're a teenager in school, 2 years is immense. I spent much more time with Lynn who was my age. When I left home at nineteen I saw even less of Howard. But on occasion, when Mardelle and I saw you and Howard dance, we admired you guys set the floor on fire with the polka.

I am so grateful that my brother Jim, sister Lee and I had a chance to see Howard at the beginning of December, only 3 weeks ago. It was good to meet with you and Howard on more than one occasion in Masterpiece to talk about old times. Like how envious I was of Howard when he had a flat head Ford V8 car while I was running around in a 36 HP Volkswagen. Or us chatting about his farm machinery, his grain trucks, etc. And even though you could see he was struggling healthwise, the conversation was joyful, and he still had that little impish smile - a sincere smile - a smile I'll never forget,

He was a good man Darlene - and I know you and family will miss him dearly.

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

Howard will never be forgotten.

Our condolences for your loss
Bob, Mardelle, Jim & Lee
Bob, Mardelle & Jim Widmer and Lee (Widmer) Stephens
Message from Jeff and Val Wickenheiser December 31, 2021
So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. Deepest condolences to all the family
Jeff and Val Wickenheiser
Message from Harvey & Lorraine FAUSER February 18, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing! Our very deepest sympathy to you Darlene, and all of your family! We know this is an extremely difficult time for all of you, but cherish all those beautiful past memories!
Harvey & Lorraine FAUSER