Dalum Dispatch, July 12, 2017.
The Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum was well filled with friends and relatives of Svend Andersen as he was remembered at his memorial service last Saturday, on the 98th anniversary of his birth. His son, Rick, commented that Svend would have been surprised at how many attended the celebration of his life as he had often stated that at his age “all my friends have died”. Of course, that is not true. Although most of his contemporaries are no longer with us his circle of friends includes many who are much younger than the nearly 98 years of his life which came to an end on March 9, 2017. There are many memories made over such a long life and tributes by two granddaughters as well as his children, Dale, Rick, and Barb described what an impact the man had made on so many people. They recalled the humble beginnings of the family which arrived at Dalum when Svend was an infant, the youngest of five children in a family which had lost its father only a few months earlier and noted that Svend was the first baby baptized in the newly formed community. Besides his hard work on the farm, Svend’s community involvement included serving as a telephone lineman, being one of the founding leaders of the 4H beef club, driving a school bus and supporting youth sports. He was loved by his family, was respected by his neighbors, and was well known in the Drumheller area through his active involvement with the Drumheller Co-Op where he held membership #1 until his death. He and Marie, who pre-deceased him in 2013, were married for seventy years and enjoyed a long retirement. His military service in WWII allowed him to spend his final years at the Care West Colonel Belcher facility in Calgary where he gracefully declined from the vigor of earlier years to the frailty of age but, to the end, he remained a handsome man with a charming and gentle personality. Following the service and luncheon at Dalum the family and a few guests gathered at the Danish Canadian Club in Calgary which was one of Svend’s favorite places to socialize and where more memories were shared about the man who had led a fine, long life. It has been said that you have achieved success when you can look back at your life and the memories make you smile; if there is one thing that I will always remember about Svend Andersen it is his friendly, cheerful smile. Those who wish to make memorial donations in honour of Svend may select the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum or the Calgary Health Trust in care of Care West Colonel Belcher, 1939 Veterans Way, Calgary Alberta, T3B 5Y8, with a note including your name and phone number. As is often the case, Rita Pallesen will accept any donations and forward them to the appropriate destination.
A note to those who are expecting to join in the pot luck lunch after church next Sunday, sorry, the schedule had an unexpected change when the Andersen family offered a quantity of extra lunch items following Svend’s memorial and they were put to good use after last Sunday’s service. In other church news, families are reminded that Summer Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the evenings of July 18, 19 and 20. For more information and to register, please contact Julie Eskeland or Pastor Dan Hendrickson.
Some news items from the Pallesen family include a reminder that a meet and greet baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle, the new addition to the Jenny and Travis Doyle family, will be held at the home of Karen McMillan on Sunday, July 16, beginning at about 1:00 pm. Connie Halliwell (n. Pallesen) also reports that son Erik recently graduated Jasper Place High School with honours with distinction and he hopes to enroll in an engineering program at U of A this fall. Family members from Dalum were among the many guests helping to celebrate that event.
In regard to preparations for the Dalum centennial celebration to be held next year, Ellen Nygaard has recovered a series of audio tapes from the Alberta Archives which contain interviews with some of the early pioneers in Dalum. Ellen had helped to conduct these interviews in 1973 and they have since been converted to a digital format which we hope to include among the historical displays at the reunion. The ten recordings are presently being reviewed and to hear the comments and the stories told by these “old timers” in their own voices is a real trip down memory lane. Among others, there are recordings of Ada Petersen, Peter Lund, Peter Ostergard, Albert Jorgensen and Walter Mauritsen; I will provide more details and suggestions of how families may participate in making use of the recordings in a future column.
Birthday greetings this week go to Susan Brown (n. Jensen) and to Gunnar Mortensen who, in his own words, is a young man who has been young for a very, very long time.
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