Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLAS­SI­FIEDS - Ger­ald Ras­mussen

403-823-2036

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.

You may call 403-823-2036 with news items or email to Ger­ald Ras­mussen at ger­mar70@ magtech.ca.

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