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.