Family reunions mark the season

Frank and Betty Hadwin traveled to Benalto, where over one hundred family members gathered for a family reunion

Frank and Betty Hadwin traveled to Benalto, where over one hundred family members gathered for a family reunion on Betty’s mother’s side of the family. A lot of relatives came from the Peace River country. Daughter Janet from Drayton Valley, Betty’s sister Phyllis from Rocky Mountain House and brother John Spencer from Duncan were all there. It was a great time for all.

Bill and Joyce Hansel along with daughters Sandra, Sue and MaryLou and son Larry and Ericka all attended the wedding ceremony, reception and dance for Christopher Hansel and Amber Creasy. The wedding was held in Rotary Park in Stettler, which made a beautiful setting for the service. On Sunday, MaryLou Botting stopped at Bill and Joyce’s on her way home. as did grandson Devon Trennery and his girlfriend Heather. And…congratulations to Bill and Joyce on the arrival of their twelfth great grandchild, a baby girl; Willow Breanna on July 29 in Red Deer hospital, weighing six pounds three ounces. Proud parents are Calvin and Stephanie Trennery and Proud Grandma Sandy Trennery!

Vic and Barb Carey and family were among the two hundred relations who attended the “Green Family Reunion” on the long weekend. The event was held at Buffalo Lake and is Barb’s mom’s mother(Granny Johnson’s) side of the family. Barb’s brother Ken and Elaine Ganshirt from Saskatchewan were also there. As were sister-inlaw Gretha Ganshirt and family of Red Deer. On Sunday the Ganshirt/Carey family were in charge of the pancake breakfast.

It was a sister’s long weekend when Velvet Nickerson and her two sisters, Faye Gramm and Vicki Pagura got together for the Big Valley Jamboree! With Faye were her daughters Veronica (Edmonton) and Jillian and her boyfriend William (Kamloops); Sarah and Kathleen of Kimberly, B.C. Younger sister Vicki and husband Terry had their son Tristan (our hockey star) and daughter Daynen with them. All of Kimberly. Vicki and Terry came a day early to Velvet’s so they could visit with Haley and Cooper. (Fred away at work!)

The cribbage tournament is over. The July 31 results were: first place went to Margaret Lewis, second to Kathy Tuck and Joe Hansel won the Booby. The final day, Aug. 7 saw winner of the day Shirley Reynolds, second to Myrt Hoopfer and Bobby Joe Hansel. So…final jackpot six week winner was Shirley Reynolds and the six-week booby went to Joe Hansel who I’m told has a really good sense of humor! It was a successful, fun six weeks and plans are under way for the next one. Also the annual pancake breakfast at Heritage Place will be Sunday, Aug. 31 in conjunction with Decoration Day.

Percy and Paulette Heer, along with Jeanne Beisel motored to Three Hills on Saturday to daughter Christy and Curtis Wideman and family where they celebrated Percy’s 75 birthday that day and Christy’s birthday this Wednesday. Joining them were Percy’s sister Dale and Eldon Van Straten. Christy and Curtis, Matthew, Clayton and Josie have just returned home from a two week vacation in Prince Edward island.

Bingo! this Saturday night, Aug. 16 at the Bank Building. Doors open 6:30pm. Early Bird starts at 7 p.m. sharp. And the loonie pot is still growing! Everyone welcome. Coffee and cake half time.

Get well wishes to Chance Derr! Very glad to hear he is out of hospital and recovering nicely from his accident!

The community was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Joan Lawrence, who fought a short but severe battle with cancer. Joan had moved to Gadsby a few years ago and made a corner of the town hers, adding a modular home and beautifying her spot. Sympathies go out to her children Leasyl Carey and grandson Lincoln; Rachelle Atterbury (Shane Kromm) ; son Tony Borek (Arlene Ray); Don (Andrea) Borek and to all her grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 8. She was 71 years of age.


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