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Elizabeth Kluzak

Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Kluzak (Gates)

January 15th, 1932 - November 8th, 2019
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Obituary

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 Sunnyview 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, 2019 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 through www.saamis.com or to condoleces@saamis.com subject heading Betty Kluzak.
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Service Details

  • Celebration of Life

    November 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    November 16th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5
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    Officiant
    Gary W. Goran
  • Interment

    November 16th, 2019 |
    When
    November 16th, 2019
    Location
    Hillside Cemetery
    Address
    Gershaw Drive SW & 10 Avenue SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
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    Private Interment
  • Reception

    November 16th, 2019 |
    When
    November 16th, 2019
    Location
    Saamis Creekside Centre
    Address
    11 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5
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Donations

Donations are being accepted for: CLIMAX UNITED CHURCH.

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Cindy Glenn-Schultz

Posted at 04:34pm
Glen, Donna, Norma and Gord and families
So sorry to hear of your wife’s, mom’s, and grandma’s passing. Betty was a very nice lady who made a visit to the hospital easier with her lovely smile and sense of humour. Our thoughts are with you.
Sincerely Cindy (Glenn) and Josh Schultz
SM

Shelly McCrea

Posted at 02:06pm
Norma, Warren, Brock, Denton and family: Our sincere condolences in the loss of your Mom/ Grandmother Betty! She was such a sweet special lady. On our last trip to Az on Nov 3 2019 I sat beside a lady from Montana who was friends with Glenn and Betty in their retirement community in Mesa. We both commented what a beautiful lady Betty was. She also shared how she loved to watch Glen and Betty dance and how much the ladies missed Betty at Golf these last few years. Its been a long hard goodbye.
May you all find comfort in sharing loved memories. Wishing you Peace. Big Hugs Shelly and Ron McCrea
CS

Caryl Swarbrick

Posted at 04:19pm
Very sorry for your loss. Betty was a lovely person, and a great nurse. We always valued her nursing expertise at the Climax Hospital.
Caryl and Bruce Swarbrick
CS

Caryl Swarbrick

Posted at 04:19pm
Very sorry for your loss. Betty was a lovely person, and a great nurse. We always valued her nursing expertise at the Climax Hospital.
Caryl and Bruce Swarbrick
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Joyce McNaughton

Posted at 12:06pm
We wish to extend our Sympathy to you, Donna, and your family. Your Mother Betty and my Mother Alice Haas shared many special memories at Meadow Ridge. Your Mother was alway so kind and caring even though we only knew her in her declining years.
May God give you peace and keep you in His care.
Joyce and Dave McNaughton
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