Birthdays and funerals are parts of life

GADSBY -- Switching to summer "whine." We need rain not wind!

GADSBY — Switching to summer “whine.” We need rain not wind!

Bill and Joyce Hansel were over to Karl and Grace Krautt’s, west of Stettler, on Sunday to help Grace celebrate her birthday. Happy birthday, Grace!

Best wishes to Don and Elsie Yates, who spent their first night, March 14, in their newly built home in Stettler, they will be missed in the community after 43 years in the Westwoods area, on the Yates family farm, but we know they won’t forget us.

Congratulations to Lincoln Carey and Justin Hankins, who were among the band that played at the Music Festival April 15 and earned honours. They are heading to New Orleans in May, best of luck!

Richelle Skocdopole celebrated her birthday Friday, beginning with a road trip to Red Deer with Bridget and Jinger and friend Leslie Hennel. Then Richelle and Greg and family, sister Tasha and family, parents Stand and Gloria, Jim and Dixie all met at the Pump in Stettler for supper and out to Richelle’s for birthday cake. Happy birthday, Richelle!

A time of remembrance was held at the Gadsby Hall on Friday evening to say goodbye to Siegried Heier. About 40 friends and neighbors and family were there. Leading the service was niece Stephanie; opening prayer by brother Conrad; a video of the service held in Sweden was viewed (Conrad had attended the service). Sister Ingrid shared memories and a poem, “Footprints in the Sand”. A time of fellowship and lunch followed. Siegfried was laid to rest in Sweden. He was 51 years of age.

Percy and Paulette Heer, along with Dale Van Straten drove to Wetaskiwin Thursday to attend the funeral of Percy and Dale’s cousin Melvina (Coultis) Callies. Melvina grew up in the town of Stettler, taking her schooling there and working with her mom, Minnie at the Stettler Municipal Hospital. Melvina married Slim Woodford and they had three children, Alan, Stan and Gayle. Later in life, she married Lewis Callies and they had a son Grant. It was great to visit with cousins Al and Vi Coultis of Camrose and their family; Brenda and Marlene . Al Coultis (Tom to many) was Melvina’s brother. After the service and lunch, Percy and Paulette and Dale followed Gayle and Brian out to their farm for a time of remembering lost loved ones and past family stories. Melvina was 87 years young.