Trish Wentzel (n. Jacobsen) passed away on December 8 while in hospital in Drumheller. Her obituary appeared last week but I will repeat the news for those who may not have heard. Trish was born August 9, 1954, a younger sister to Gary and Roddy, later becoming big sister to Greg. She attended elementary school in Dalum in the days before bussing to Drumheller and later lived in Drumheller, Airdrie and Grande Cache before settling in Hanna. At just sixty two years of age, she is gone too soon and is survived by her daughter Lindsay of Rosedale and brothers Gary and Greg of Drumheller, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The Jacobsen family was well known in Dalum and like so many other family histories to be found in “Reflections”, the stories contributed by Harry, Ruth, Grace and Edith are well worth reading. In the Peter Jacobsen story contributed by Alfred Axelsen, it is noted that Peter donated the five acres of land where the church and cemetery are located. There will be no public funeral for Trish but at some time in the future she will be returned to the family plot, so close to the home where she spent her childhood. Donations in her memory may be made to the Drumheller District Humane Society.
Mike Ostergard reports that things have been pretty quiet at the fire hall with the exception of a recent call to a motor vehicle accident near the Jerry Norman farm where a county gravel truck got a bit too close to the soft edge of the road and ended up in the ditch. There was considerable damage to the cab of the truck and the load of gravel spilled into the ditch but the driver was, thankfully, unhurt.
Carol Vogstad reports that their family circle has expanded again with the arrival of a sixteenth great-grandchild for Edward and her. This is the thirteenth grandchild for Larry and Rosemary Rosin and a son for Layton and Melissa Rosin. The little fellow was born on November 30 and has been named Shayne Otto Rosin with his given names, as is often the case, chosen in respect to other family members.
About thirty people attended the most recent Sunday service at Dalum where Pastor Dan supervised an “audience participation” nativity pageant. Paula provided costumes for the congregation and everyone, young and old, had a part to play. After the service there was a pot luck lunch and later in the afternoon the pageant was repeated when the pastor conducted a four o’clock service at Hussar. A reminder that the Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Bethlehem Lutheran church at Dalum begins at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 24.
The ladies who have been sewing night gowns for the continuing care facility in Drumheller for so many years will meet at the church on Saturday, January 7, at about 9:00 am when they will begin sewing the garments which were previously cut. The usual crew of volunteers are reminded that they should bring the usual equipment required for the job.
Gary Jacobsen and Barry Pallesen both marked another year last Sunday and Kurtis Coffin had a birthday on Monday. While Kurtis can count his birthdays on one hand, with two fingers left over, Barry and Gary would need help from some friends, using all their fingers and toes, to count their years. Happy Birthday to all.
With Christmas approaching there is the annual effort to find just the right gift for everyone on your list and apparently the folks at Hanna would like to fill Premier Notley’s stocking with coal but she is not a big fan of the product and prefers that they keep it in the ground. While further east, in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau had quite a gift list prepared prior to his election as Prime Minister but is seems that not everyone is getting what they wanted. Of 223 election promises made, only 37 have been achieved with 68 in progress and the remaining 118 are either broken or not started. Of course, depending on your point of view, that may not be a bad thing.
Whether your Christmas is made happy by recalling treasured memories from the past or by making new ones to carry into the future, I wish blessings and joy to you and those dear to you.
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