Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

As many of those who read this col­umn al­ready know, my fam­ily is deal­ing with a per­sonal tragedy and I may take a break from writ­ing the Dis­patch for a while but I would like to men­tion a few things this week.

We must re­mem­ber that joy and sor­row have a way of stay­ing in bal­ance and with that in mind I am happy to hear that the tra­di­tional Aerosport party to honor Don and Carol Oster­gard on their Golden Wed­ding day took place last Satur­day morn­ing. With the dec­o­rated archway, songs, break­fast treats and the tra­di­tional eye opener the cou­ple was duly hon­oured on their fifty years of mar­riage by a crowd of about forty guests. Don and Carol wish to ex­press their thanks to all those who have joined them in cel­e­brat­ing in Drumheller last week and at their home on the twenty-ninth.

Those in­ter­ested in brows­ing for arts, crafts and a va­ri­ety of other items are re­minded of the pre-Christ­mas fair which is sched­uled to take place at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6 and with Re­mem­brance Day ap­proach­ing there are two more things to mark on your cal­en­dar. On Fri­day, Novem­ber 11, the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice will be held at the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church and those wish­ing to at­tend are re­minded that they should be seated by 10:45 a.m. With plenty of tele­vi­sion spe­cials hon­or­ing mil­i­tary veter­ans dur­ing that week, you might also be in­ter­ested in watch­ing the episode of “War Junk” which will air at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10, on the His­tory Chan­nel. Some months ago Joan Sny­der and Joy McKee were in­vited to Hol­land where they were guests of the pro­duc­ers and learned some­thing about the mil­i­tary his­tory of their fa­ther dur­ing World War II.

As noted in her obit­u­ary, there will not be a public fu- neral for Maryann. She was ba­si­cally a shy and pri­vate per­son and of­ten told me af­ter at­tend­ing those events for var­i­ous friends and neigh­bors that she wished for a pri­vate fam­ily ser­vice, prefer­ably in our home, as we did for her mother. So, that is how it shall be. On Satur­day, Novem­ber 12, Pas­tor Dan will pro­vide that ser­vice for our fam­ily and then, to hon­our the wishes of our fam­ily mem­bers and the many friends and neigh­bors who have ex­pressed their sor­row and con­cern, we will host a public re­cep­tion at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We value the sup­port of all those who have reached out to us in these sad days and look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to share our love for Maryann with oth­ers at that time. Those who wish to make memo­rial do­na­tions may con­sider the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, The Drumheller & Area Hu­mane So­ci­ety or the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum. As she so of­ten does, Rita Palle­sen will ac­cept any do­na­tions and di­rect them to the var­i­ous char­i­ties.

In the five years that I have been writ­ing this col­umn it has al­ways been sub­mit­ted by Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen and while she did not do the writ­ing, Maryann was my proof reader and, in many cases, my con­science when I wanted to state my opin­ions too strongly. She an­swered the phone and helped with ideas when there was not much to put into the col­umn and she al­ways cau­tioned me about in­clud­ing too much about our own fam­ily. And now, as I think about all those lit­tle things that we do for one another with­out say­ing thank you or, I love you, I want to re­mind ev­ery­one, as did my son Ja­son, in a re­cent Face­book post­ing, to make an ef­fort to show those close to you that you love and ap­pre­ci­ate them.

Bye for now, Ger­ald.

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