Kathleen OSBORNE


Kathleen Frances Osborne of Stettler died Thursday, September 3, 2009. She was born in Stettler to Frank & Pauline Avery on June 17, 1963. Kathleen graduated from Lindsay Thurber Composite High School in Red Deer. Her career in retail started at Lou’s Fashions in Stettler, continued with Woodward’s in Red Deer and then in Vancouver as a purchaser. While working for Eddie Bauer’s in Edmonton she met and married Mark. She continued to work in Saskatoon where Mark went to seminary. They moved up to Manning for 6 years and then returned to Stettler seven years ago as a family of four. Kathleen was a valued employee of the Town of Stettler as an aquatics instructor, lifeguard and superlative swimming teacher. She was a Victim Services advocate, a gardener, and a practical home renovator. Kathleen’s retreat was the family cabin at Rochon Sands. Kathleen was focussed, determined, vigilant, compassionate but seldom sentimental, truly amazingly efficient at work, yet ready for adventure and fun, with a laugh and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Kathleen is survived by her husband Mark; children Jonathan and Hannah; brother John (Sharon) Avery of Red Deer; sisters Sue (Don) West of Forshee, and Pat (Dave) Munro of Edmonton; brothers-in-law Gary Biggs of Edmonton, and Arden Osborne of Edmonton; sisters-in-law Joanne (Murray) Paulson of St. Albert, Terry-Ann (Richard) Haley of Edmonton and Shelley (Maurice) Pitt of Edmonton; aunts Shirley McKibbin of Three Hills, and Kay (Vince) Hart of Washington; parents-in-law Dave and Maxine Osborne of Edmonton and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends, colleagues, and students. She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Pauline Avery, and her sister, Jan Biggs. Kathleen’s life was celebrated at the Stettler Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. The Rev. Debbie Stockdale and The Rt. Rev. Derek Hoskin officiated. Rhonda Newton sang two solos. Veronica Weber played the piano. The Rev. Gary Sinclair and Dr. Lee Sinclair read the scripture. Cousin Jane Magee delivered the tribute. Members of the Stettler R.C.M.P. were pallbearers. Family and friends gathered for a time of sharing and light refreshments served by Brenda’s Catering. Memorial donations may be made to an Educational R.E.S.P. for Jonathan and Hannah, or to the W.W. Cross Cancer Institute – Patient Care, or to the Stettler Victim Services Unit.

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