Taking time to remember Bryce Mailer

GADSBY/WESTWOODS -- We've been experiencing what the late and infamous weather specialist Bill Matheson used to call a "Siberian High."

GADSBY/WESTWOODS — We’ve been experiencing what the late and infamous weather specialist Bill Matheson used to call a “Siberian High.” For us that meant minus 27 to 30 with highs of minus 21 or 22 this past week or so. But we are Albertans and life goes on.

The village of Gadsby councillors, Fred Entiwisle, Sam Wilson and guest, Brian and Jennifer Burk, and town CAO Carla Tuck celebrated an early Christmas with dinner at The Town Pump in Stettler.

Bill and Joyce Hansel along with daughter Sandy and Ro – who were still here from the birthdays – took in the annual Santa Day Breakfast in Halkirk put on by the local Elks. They enjoyed a tasty treat.

Bill and Joyce took in an afternoon of Christmas concert in Stettler at the PAC to watch great granddaughter MacKenna perform along with her classmates.

Wade and Ybiette Diegel and family are home from a dream-come-true trip to the Phillipines where they visited Ybiett’s family. They were gone for 25 days. One of the highlights was time spent with Ybiett’s dad who got to meet his son-in-law for the first time and spend time with his grandchildren.

This Sunday Wade and Ybiett will be hosting a belated birthday family supper for Elijah whose birthday was last Wednesday, Dec. 7. He turned five. Happy birthday Elijah.

There will be a New Year’s Eve dance at the Gadsby Community Hall, with more details to follow.

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Bryce Mailer, as the community mourns. Bryce and Verna lived south of Gadsby for many years, their children all attended the Gadsby School, took part in 4-H, and many other community events. Bryce and Verna retired to Stettler, where they were living at the time of his death. Sincere sympathies to Verna; to their children Bev (Sherry), Robyn (Barry), Byron (Maureen) Lewis (Vicki), daughter-in-law Cathy Mailer as well as the grandchildren and great grandchildren. A time of remembering and service will be held today, Dec. 14 at the Stettler Community Hall at 1 p.m. The funeral notice says, “wear your jeans and hat.” So like Bryce, he was 91 years young.