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Joan Crockett Rose Michaud Diane Lander
Elizabeth St Onge Yolande St Onge Ray Huot
Pat Sloan Carl Asselin
Anita DeOcampoSheila ScharmannDebbie Wojtkiw
Eugene Krupa Shannon Wakefield Yvette Cyr
Rosie Kruhlak Helen Kieran Jeanne Gagné
Dawne Palmer Karen GreenErnest Chauvet
Eric Hesse Denise Lavoie- CyrLouise Slobogean
Diana Wright Yvonne Gagne Raymond Tremblay
Gaetane Champagne Laurent Johnson Lorraine St Martin
Rachelle St Onge Donna Hodgins Robert Regimbald
Louise Coulombe Holtom Pearl Bennett Ernie Stelmack
Nestor Sorochan Jeanne RoskaMonique Gravel

Carl Asselin

Bonjour Raymond,

Translation below

Ce matin, je faisais un petit peu de recherche dans mes souvenirs et je suis tombé sur la page web " Legal Teachers Alumni ". Cela m'a rappele bien des souvenirs. Comme tu te rappelles peut-etre, c'est la que ma carrière en enseignement a débute et me voila maintenant presque à la fin. Encore un autre 4 ou cinq ans et ce sera à mon tour de me retirer.

Je garde de beaux souvenirs comme le temps où tu m'avais repare ma petite Renault 5. Je vois encore certaines personnes de mon court sejour a Legal, notamment Rosie que j'ai vue encore la semaine dernière lors de la session de notation des examens du diplôme.

Je travaille maintenant, et ce depuis 10 ans deja au Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). Anciennement connu sous le nom de Alberta Correspondance School. Nous offrons un programme pour l'immersion française (9e à 12 annees), mais aussi pour les ecoles francophones de l'Alberta.

Du cote personnel, j'ai eu deux enfants, Emilie (22 ans) et Etienne (20 ans). Emilie est pilote de brousse au Botswana, en Afrique et Etienne en est a sa troisieme annee a l'universite de l'Alberta (Computer Science). Je suis remarié depuis 2005.

Carl

This morning as I was reminicing on my days as a teacher in Legal School, I came across the Teachers Website www.Legalteachersalumni.ca . This brought back many memories. As you may remember this is where I started my teaching career and now I am already approching retirement time. Four or five more years and it is over.

I keep many pleasant memories of my time in Legal amoung which the time you did the body work on my little Renault 5.

I also occasionally meet teachers from Legal school namely, lately, Rosie Ryl whom I met at the diploma exams markings.

For the last 10 years I have been working at Alberta Distance Learning. We offer a program for French Immersion (grades 9 to 12) and also a program for francophone schools of Alberta.

On a personal note, I have two children, Emilie (22years old) Emilie is a bush pilotin Botswa na Africa and Etienne (20 years old). is in third year at U of A (Computer science) I remarried in 2005.

Carl



Joan Crocket

Joan running for second term as Trustee for Greater St Albert.

After serving a first term on the board Joan decides to run for a second term for the coming election.

A proven teacher throughout her teaching carreer in Legal and MCHS, Joan has carried this same zeal in her new role as a St Albert School Trustee. She is currently vice Chair-Person on the board and her love of education and her enthusiasm towards her work makes her an excellent representative of the public and most of all the present generation of students.

Throw your support behind Joan! Exercise your right to vote, and vote yes for Joan in the up-coming election.

Ray

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Rose Michaud

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Diane Lander

May 30th 2016

Hi Ray,

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Thought this might make a nice addition to our Alumni site.

I established my 'French Immersion roots' at Legal School and French Immersion (FI) continues to be part of my work-world. Although my ability to communicate in French is still limited, supporting Parkland School Division's FI program is part of my portfolio.

This video represents the current project I coordinate for our grades 6-12 FI teachers.

Thankyou Diane for sending this very informative video. Click here Video


January 7th 2016

Learning from a Childhood Hero

Jan 1st 2016

Anne Frank, 1940 The Diary of a Young Girl (Photo on right)

On Remembrance Day this year, I watched a documentary about Anne Frank. This brought back the memory of my reading of The Diary of Anne Frank- a story that made a lasting impression on me. Anne Frank was definitely one of my childhood heroes!

A whole new understanding of Anne's life was revealed through the documentary. I learned that there are several versions of The Diary. Apparently, the one I read was intended for children; the one where the reader is left to believe that Anne escaped the holocaust unscathed and lived to publish her story. Much to my dismay, that is not the way things really turned out! The documentary taught me that the family was eventually apprehended, and Anne died of typhus in a concentration camp. Anne's diary was found after her family was taken from their "hiding place" and it eventually made its way to her father, Otto Frank, the only surviving member of her family. Otto eventually had several different versions of The Diary published. I'm actually quite happy that I didn't know the real ending when I was 10 years old; even now, the reality is disturbing.

The documentary prompted me to go to the library to check out the other version. My reading experience this time around was, as you may expect, quite different... And it's no surprise that I began to read from the perspective of an educator! The first part of The Diary, in particular, lends itself to analyzing the education system of the 1940's. Anne began to write in her diary several months before her family went into hiding, so I relished in reading the passages of Anne's musings of her school experiences.

The following 3 excerpts resonated with me for various reasons...

From pages 10-11: "Betty Bloemendaal does very well at school, but that's because she works so hard, not because she's so smart." [This excerpt almost sounds like it could be a quote from Carol Dweck's Mindset- very insightful thinking during a time when school systems were convinced that intelligence was a fixed trait.]

From page 11: "D.Q. is a very nervous girl who's always forgetting things, so the teachers keep assigning her extra homework as punishment." [No comment!]

From pages 16-17: "Our entire class is quaking in its boots. The reason, of course, is the upcoming meeting in which the teachers decide who'll be promoted to the next grade and who'll be kept back. From morning to night, it's "You're going to pass," "No, I'm not," "Yes, you ar... teachers are the most unpredictable creatures on earth. I'm not so worried about my girlfriends and myself. We'll make it. The only subject I'm not sure of is math. Anyway, all we can do is wait. Until then, we keep telling each other not to lose heart." [Did the students feel that the teachers just randomly determined whether or not they would pass to the next grade? Were they not cognizant of the extent to which they successfully met the learning outcomes? When we know better, we do better, and I, for one, am glad that we now know better than to "keep students back." I am also happy that we are consciously working towards a system where all students know what the learning outcomes are, understand that learning happens along a continuum, that different students in their class may be different points on the learning continuum and may need different levels of support to help them move forward - and THAT'S OKAY.]

The experience you bring to a reading really does define what you take away from it. Thank you, Anne Frank, for enlightening me, yet again, with the words in your diary. You are an even bigger hero to me, now that I know the real ending.

Diane


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January 14th 2015

Hi, Ray.

You know you're a curriculum geek when you document a major life experience through the frame of educational pedagogy! You'll see what I mean in my latest blog post "Building a House Through the Lens of Critical Inquiry".

Diane Lander Blog click here.

When we finish the yard work, it may be a good site for our next Legal teachers' reunion:)

Diane


Hi Ray,

Thank you for all the updates on the Legal Teachers Alumni website. It is great to read everyone's news, albeit not all of it is good news. All the best with the sale of your property and your move.

Thanks so much,

Diane Lander

October 13, 2012

My Dear Legal Colleagues,

While many of you have retired and are enjoying grandchildren, Elvyn and I are not quite at that stage in our lives. I am deeper into education than ever, and loving every minute of it! I invite you to read some of my blog postings so you can see where my journey has led me.

Parkland School Division (where I have been working since 2009) has a blog called "184 Days of Learning." Over the course of the 184 school days, staff and students volunteer to write about something they have learned. This year, I wrote on Day 20. You can check out my post here.

I enjoyed writing for the 184 Days project so much, that I decided to start my own blog! My Blog

If you decide to check it out, here are some things you should know about each section of the blog:

1.-Home - The home page will be updated each time I write a new blog post.

2.-Leadership Quality Standard - I'll be populating this section as I write up what I am doing (or have done) with respect to each of the different components.

3.-My Story- I have finished this write up. Be sure to click "My Story" before clicking into Humble Beginings and Growing as an Educator.|


Hope you have as much fun reading my posts as I do writing them!

~Diane


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Elizabeth St Onge

December 18th 2915

Hi everyone,

Lac Kivu, Rwanda

Three years , I sent my first message from Brazil. ln June, that same year, I went to Scotland for five weeks with one of my daughters, Ariane. We rented a vehicle; what an experience shifting with my left hand and driving on the "wrong" side of the road! We explored the beautiful countryside and visited many castles.

Scotland

We stayed a week in the amazing city of Edinburgh. Then I was off to France where I met up with my mom and one of my sisters. Although I have been there numerous times, I discovered yet another fascinating medieval city; Senlis near Paris! After one month, my sister and I were off to Rwanda for two weeks, staying mostly in the capital Kigali and in Butare, in the south, living with the family of a co-worker. We went on a safari in Akagera National Park in the east and visited the beautiful Lac Kivu on the western border.

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

We were very fortunate to travel in this spectacular "land of a thousand hills".

In October, 2012, I became the proud "mamie" to Luka(see photo section), son of Melanie, my oldest daughter, married in 2011. What a thrill! I spent much of the following summer with him.

In January, 2014, I spent ten days in Nicaragua with a group doing some voluntary work in Cinco Pinos. We also went to the capital Managua and its beautiful lake. That summer,

I went to Germany: mostly Frankfurt and Munich, to Luxembourg, to Liechtenstein, {left} and to Austria, mainly Vienna for six weeks with Ariane. This was again an amazing trip.

Luxembourg

Germany

This year, during spring break, I went to Montreal for a few days and to New York. As well as continuing to teach, I have continued taking courses at the U of A and finally completed my sixth year. I have taken courses in Spanish and in Portuguese with plans on travelling again in Portuguese and Hispanic countries. In April, to my delight, Melanie had a little girl, Dahlia 9 lbs12 oz. I love spending time with my two grand-children and look forward to retiring to be able to dote on them even more.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Elisabeth St. Onge (Liz)


From the Happy Voyageur to all her Colleagues

Salut Raymond,

Je t'envoie un article et quelques photos. Dis-moi si ca va. Si c´est trop long, coupes en, je ne veux pas écoeurer le monde..

Dear ex-colleagues,

As Raymond suggested, I am sending an update of my latest escapade. I took a year´s leave of absence from work to travel to South America. Here is a brief summary of my activities.

I left in October and first spent a month in Colombia, a very beautiful country. I then went to Equador where I hope to return some day as I did not spend enough time there to see and enjoy all its many wonders. From there, I went to Peru for over a month where I went on the famous Inca - jungle trail to Macchu Pichu

For those who had the priviledge of teaching him, I also spent over a week with Ronald Parent who is married to a Peruvian lady and has three wonderful children. We had a nice visit.

In Peru, I also went to the gigantic Lago Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) and Copacabana on the Bolivian side and went to Isla del Sol, a beautiful island...

From Peru, I then spent almost a month in Bolivia. Bolivia has to be one of the poorest country in South America but on the other hand, the most authentic. It is not yet a great tourist attaction and it is still wild and free.

Then I was off to northern Argentina before spending over a week in Chili. I returned to Argentina for a couple more weeks, spent a few days in Colonia, Uruguay, a gorgeous colonial city before going to Iguazu falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, marvelous!

From there I crossed over to the Brazilian side of the falls and headed southeast to meet with some cousins and my aunt. This proved to be another great adventure as they only speak portuguese and we could only communicate with my limited knowledge of spanish and their portuguese. Quite the challenge!! I am going tonight (an 11 hour bus ride) to Rio de Janeiro with my aunt (of African descendance), who speaks very rapidly and like many people of the Minas Gerais region does not prononce words completely (drops the final syllable).

Except for one flight in Colombia, I always travelled by bus. Needless to say, I covered many kilometres and some were very scary, on narrow cliffhanging paths, with rivers rushing across or the road simply being a path in the riverbed. There were times when roads were partially or totally closed due to landslides.

I met so many great people, both locals and fellow travellers. I would hook up with them for a day or two or even a week. I also had the chance to stay with friends of friends in almost every country. This was a nice break from the hostal scene, where I sometimes stayed in dorms with up to twelves beds. Although, this wasn´t the best place to sleep, is was where I would also meet other travellers. I only stayed in two hotels in my entire trip.

It has been super great adventure!! that is quickly coming to an end. I will be back in Edmonton in two weeks and I am looking forward to seeing my girls.

Elisabeth (Liz)

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Yolande St Onge

Yolande St Onge


Great Grand memere Yolande St.Onge

Our visit with Mme Yolande St.Onge today was most rewarding. At 91 years of age Yolande, now confined to a wheelchair, is very much with it enjoying whatever is available to her. She is an avid reader, a successful computer user and enjoys partaking in most of the activities offered at the residence. Her memory is excellent, as we were able to reminisce about the school days and beyond. She enjoys music, singing and recalls fondly the many "Christmas Parties" held at her home in Legal. In fact, I remember her singing, "You Pick a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucy" by Kenny Rogers, at one of those parties.

As I just mentioned, Yolande loves music and every week, she enjoys the small orchestra that shows up to play for them at the residence. Music, however, isn't her only form of entertainment. She loves to play Crib and many other card games. She is active on Facebook and generally likes to keep in touch with family and friends. All in all, Yolande is very much in the thick of things including Fund Raiser Bingos organised at the residence.

Mme St Onge has a very positive view of aging. "As we grow older", she said, "you must learn to accept your life as it is. There is no point in feeling sorry for yourself because of the many things you could do before but find yourself unable to do anymore." Yolande is thankful for what she has and continues to live life to the fullest of her capabilities. With respect to her co-habitants, she accepts others as they are. "We are all individuals and we must respect each other's individuality". Mme St Onge recognises that sometimes people do things that may cause you grief but it is not by malice. "They don't know. They don't want to hurt you. They don't even realise they may be hurting your feelings." As she is speaking those words, you can feel the deep sincerity in her voice. Mme St Onge's open mind and sense of congeniality are certainly huge contributing factors in her pleasant approach to life and longevity.

During our visit, Mme St Onge spoke very fondly of her family. Unfortunately, life has not proven to be easy for her as all for children, except one, have passed away along with her beloved husband Harvey. However she is all smiles when she speaks of her children's spouses. She is a proud grand-mother and great-grandmother. She lives for her family and thoroughly enjoys being with them.(See Family Picture below)

At one point during our visit, Mme St Onge shared fond memories of her husband and the many beautiful experiences they shared together. The many trips they took, the stays in the USA, the reunion of Harvey with his Dad and of course raising a nice family of five chidren.

In conclusion, thank you Mme St Onge for meeting with us and may your health continue to be good for yet a long time.

The St Onge Family

Raymond


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Pat Sloan

Pat Sloan's Retirement Years... to Date!

As you are aware by now, Marie and I spend most of our summer holidays in Joussard on the south shore of beautiful Lesser Slave Lake. To get there we travel right on by Pat and Milt Sloan's little paradise near the little town of Kinuso also on the south shore of the lake. Every year as we went by, we kept reminding ourselves that we should take time and visit Pat and Milt. Well finally last week, we put our words into actions and met with Pat near Strawberry Creek to proceed from there to her place of residense for the summer months. "Little House in the Prairie" all over again! Beautiful place. Congratulations Pat and Milt.

We all know Pat the teacher. Needless to elaborate on her performance there. However her dedication to her work, her desire to excel and her need to accomplish things followed her into retirement. Along with her husband Milt, Pat upon retiring, started to concentrate her efforts in the family business. Together, they transformed part of their land into an appealling RV park. The site is well situated, walking distance from the lake, and very pleasing to the eye. Lots are big and surrounded with plenty of well kept lawns . A golf course is also part of the decore. All the lots are serviced with power. IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING BUYING A LAKE LOT I SUGGEST YOU VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. For more info click on Website

Pat the Gardener

I'm not sure how she finds the time to do this but Pat is also an avid gardener. She has a huge garden in front of their home. The garden is very esthetically pleasing to the eye. Along with the potatoes, the tomatoes and a huge variety of other vegetables the garden abounds with flowers. The pictures below will attest to what I am saying.

The garden is beautiful but beware of the guardians at various places in the garden. ">Guard at attention click here if you dare

Pat the Grandmother

Like many of us Pat is blessed with grandchildren, four of them; Amelia, Haily, Avery, and Malikai. She does spend a lot of time with them and is enjoying it very much. Here are a few pictures of them.

Touring the RV Campground and raiding the garden was very relaxing and entertaining but the highlight of the day was to spend time with Pat exchanging best wishes and catching up with the news. Thanks Pat for a most entertaining stay at your place and yes, thank you for sharing some of your vegetables with us.

Thanks also Pat for your support at my niece's funeral last Monday.

Ray & Marie

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Sheila Scharmann

Sheila Scharmann Decmber 19th 2016 at 9:00am

This year I started volunteering with the St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association, and sit on the communications committee. Part of my job was to write the first article in the "Legacy" section for our web page. I was honored to write about the legacy that Fred left behind, and I thought some of you might like to read it here. It's quite lengthy, so don't feel obligated. I've also included the yearly picture tribute. Raise a glass to Fred this season as you celebrate Christmas with your family.

My husband Fred was a big man. He was physically imposing, but more importantly, his personality and "heart" were "larger than life." When he left us in December 2012, the hole his absence left was a painful gaping wound.
However,like all wounds do, it has begun to heal, leaving only a scar to remind us of his loss. What is more important than that scar, is the constant and comforting reminders of his presence. Fred is still very much a part of my family's life, as well as the life of the Sturgeon/ Morinville community simply because he touched so many people's lives in so many ways. Family keeps Fred's presence close. Fred and I had celebrated 35 years of marriage the July before his death. That may seem like a very long time to some people, but to us, it was not nearly enough. I miss him, but recognize that he continues to guide me in my new role as his widow. Fred was "dad" to three sons who mirror his value and attitudes every day of their lives. Those who know our kids also see a very strong physical resemblance to him! Tyler called him "Grandpa", and even though he was only five when Fred passed, he has clear memories of fishing with his best buddy. Fred was so proud of all the boys and of Tyler, and I'm sure he still smiles down on them every day. Some of Fred's ashes are inured at the farm where I grew up because my brothers and sisters held Fred in the highest possible regard, and wanted him to rest peacefully where we can all watch over him.

Many people in this area associate Fred's name with volunteerism. Since he was a young man in junior high, Fred saw the value in helping others. His first volunteer job was helping the janitor at his school every day after classes. How many junior high kids do that?? As an adult, there were a multitude of organizations who benefitted from Fred's generous spirit.

In the late '70's and earlier 80's Fred was one of the first people in Morinville to establish a local ambulance service, which was so very important to him. He not only gave many hours to assisting people in distress, but also gave up time to take courses which would enable him to be a better care-giver. He and some of his friends also "built" the very first rescue vehicle which housed the "Jaws of Life." He was always delighted to host open houses at the ambulance garage to educate the public about first responders and the equipment they use.

Fred also gave many hours to the St.Albert Seniors as their bus driver, the Morinville Soccer Association as a coach for several youth teams, and the Morinville Scouting Movement as "Akela" - - the leader of the pack! When the children were in school, Fred was always eager to go in to their classrooms and talk about model rockets or first aid. Assisting with the Grade Six camp was as much fun for him as it was for the kids' He was also very much at home showing kindergarten students about his job as an Orthopedic Technician.

In later years, Fred was a very proud member of the RCMP in the Auxiliary program. He had wanted to be an officer when he was a child, but his life path took him elsewhere. He was so proud to don the uniform and work within our community. His connections with the RCMP led him to assist the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch and COPS. He was passionate about making our community safe for everyone, and one of the hardest things for him to do after he got ill was to tender his resignation to the RCMP. He was saluted during his service by an honour guard of RCMP wearing their red serge, which would have made him extremely proud!

When Morinville Community High School needed a support truck driver for their annual "Roger Champagne Memorial Bike Trip" Fred stepped up to the plate. He loved the mountains, and working with kids, so this was a perfect fit for him.

We are so proud that the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch has implemented the "Fred Scharmann Volunteer of the Year" award, and that Morinville Community High School has honoured his legacy by offering the "Fred Scharmann Memorial Hiking Trip" every September.

Fred was a dedicated healthcare professional, who worked in the Emergency and Medical departments at Sturgeon General Hospital. His real love was orthopedics, though, and is widely remembered as "Fred, the Cast Man". He put casts on people who later brought their children to him to have his hands gently mould the casts on the second generation. These people still speak fondly of Fred's affinity for kids, and how he could put the most nervous of them at ease. His career at SGH spanned over thirty years because it was truly the job he loved.

In his spare time (I know, you're thinking "what spare time?") Fred was an accomplished wood worker whose crafts still grace the homes of many people who remember him each time they see his handiwork. Some of you reading this now, will look up and see some of his work, I'm sure.

As you can see by the number of organizations that Fred worked with, he had long reaching effects on hundreds of people in our community. At his Celebration of Life, they came from far and near, wearing their uniforms, and bearing tales of "One time Fred....." This is how he remains such a vital force in our community. His presence is still very strong, and on any given day, some one will speak his name with love, and we'll share a few tears, but more importantly a laugh. (Fred had a great sense of humour!)

In his last days here, Fred was a patient in the same hospital that he loved. The staff there treated him with such compassion and kindness that there are no words to adequately thank them. Although not on a Palliative Care unit, Fred's comfort and dignity in his last days were maintained at all costs, and our family was enfolded in gentle loving arms. We know that this level of care and concern made his transition much easier on him as well as us.

Our journey through the grief of losing Fred was made so much easier by the loving professionals who assisted us, but mostly by the knowledge that he is still very much a part of our lives.

It is my wish that his name continues to bring a smile to those who loved him, and that his legacy continues to enrich our community.

Sheila Scharmann

On a persomal note:

Hi Sheila,

I read your article about Fred's legacy with interest and with a lump in my throat. No doubt Fred was a "big man" in every sense of the expression. I remember him with deep feelings of love and appreciation. Fred was a big man for me and Paulette before she past away. This big man could make both of us feel better in the worst of times. He took exceptional care of Paulette (and Me) throughout this ordeal. Paulette illness was an excruciating period in my life but Fred's presence, his sense of humour, his ability to comfort made it so much easier for both of us. I will always remember him as a true friend, an extraordinary care giver, a man whose love of people can not be surpassed. With your permission I would like to publish your article in the teacher's web for the benefit of those who do not do Facebook. In a way it is for me an opportunity to thank Fred for being there when I needed help.

Thank you

Ray

Hi Ray.

I wrote this poem last year but just came across it now. The artwork was done by my grandson Ty who was 8 at the time. It inspired me to write the poem that goes with it. As we close out October with Halloween hilarity, it's important to remember the sober message that November brings.

Hope all is well with you and the family.

Sheila

Thank you Sheila for yet another touching poem. Also extend my gratitude to your grand son for the beautiful art.

Raymond


Germany tour Part 2

Have you heard of Meissen china? It's very very beautiful, but also expensive. It is made in the Dresden area, so we had a tour of the factory where the stunning pieces are all hand made. After seeing the labor intensive artistry that goes into each article, it's easy to see why it is as costly as it is.

Leaving the Dresden area, we travelled westward toward Cologne. We stopped at Wartburg castle, where we sang again in the beautiful concert hall. Weimar was also a stop which appealed to me. This is the home of Goethe, the famous German poet, and location of the only statue of William Shakespeare in Europe outside of Britain. It was pouring rain when we took our walking tour, but it was worth getting wet! A sobering sight on our way to Cologne was the guard towers which still brood over the green and vibrant country side. One can imagine desperate soldiers running through the woods, hoping all the while that the guards in the towers would not see them! We also drove by the prison camp Buchenwald, but unfortunately it was not on our tour. I would have like to have stopped, but I think our tour organizers wanted to keep the tone more up beat. Speaking of up beat - do you remember Leo Bruseker? He was the unofficial bar tender on the bus during our long drive to Cologne. That's him pouring schnapps for us. Ask him how hard it is to pour a drink while trying to balance in a moving vehicle after having one or two himself! We had some laughs. . . .

Leo serving Schnapps on the bus

Singing in the Cologne Cathedral was another highlight of the trip. "Stunning" is the only word to describe this church which took several centuries to complete. Building started in 1248, and was only completed in 1880. It is famous for its reliquary of the Three Kings - a work of art made of gilded bronze and silver. The cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so to say that we were excited to sing two hymns here is a gross understatement.

While in the Cologne area, we were billeted in private homes in the small town of Buir. What fun!!! We got to sing a formal concert for our hosts as well as join with two other choirs to do a "Serenade Concert" in some 18th century barn courtyards. Singing alongside our German counterparts was very very powerful and moving. The gift of song truly does bring diverse individuals and cultures together! (Free flowing beer doesn't hurt either!!)

The last stop on our wonderful tour was a day in Amsterdam for sightseeing. Most people were pretty "done" by this time, but all enjoyed spending the day in this most unique city. Some went to see the Anne Frank House, while others wandered the old town enjoying the floating flower market as well as the many superb restaurants and interesting sights. A few people took a canal tour which they really enjoyed. I've been to Amsterdam before, so my friend and I spent the time just wandering around enjoying the ambiance. We tried not to inhale too much of the aromas emanating from the many coffee shops, though! At the end of our time there, we all agreed that trying not to get run over by the multitude of bikes was the biggest challenge of all.

Thank you Sheila for this very interesting account of your trip to Germany



June 28th 2016

Hi Ray.

Here is part one of a post about my trip to Germany this spring. I'll send another e-mail with the second part. The file was too big to send all at once.

By the way,I think a catered meal for the reunion is a great idea.


June 25th 2016

An Eventful Spring! Part 1

  (The Adventures of Sheila Scharmann) My eventful spring started with a Spring Break (turns out the title is literal!!) trip to Phoenix Arizona with Adam, Adrianna and Ty. We'd been there about three days when we decided to go roller skating at "Great Skate" in Glendale. It was my first time on skates, and I was having a great time . . . and then I wasn't! Somehow I ended up on the floor with a broken wrist. This earned me a ride in an ambulance (silver lining here - very good looking paramedic who freely administered Morphine!!) and a visit to a top notch hospital. They fixed me up and sent me on my way. Thank goodness for good old Alberta School Employee insurance which came through for me. We didn't rush home - I stayed three more days after my accident and lounged by the pool - very hard thing to do, don't you think? Unfortunately, I had to have surgery on my wrist when I got back home. I'm pretty sure Fred was assisting the surgeon as he inserted plates and pins because the surgery was a compete success. I am now recovering more mobility and strength every day. This story explains why I have a wrist guard on my arm in my birthday pictures.

In April I had one of those "milestone" birthdays - 60 to be exact! I was not going to celebrate in any big way, but my boys and their girls thought I should have a party, so they organized a fantastic afternoon in my honour. On May 6, Five of my eight siblings (and some of their kids) came to celebrate along with many friends. Of special note are my long time friends from Legal: Ray Tremblay, Rosie Krulak, Joan Crockett, and Diane Beaudin. Debbie Wojtkiw and Marie Tremblay were under the weather that day, and sadly couldn't join us. As you can see from the photos, there was food and booze aplenty. Previously, I had made a trivia quiz which dealt with my life from the time I was a child until now. I was beginning to wonder if all the people in attendance were really at the right party because no one seemed to do very well on the quiz. Oh well - it was fun anyway! I am so fortunate to have such wonderful sons and daughters - in - laws. They made sure my 60th birthday was memorable.


Hi Ray.

Here is my posting about my trip to China. I hope it's not too long, but if it is, feel free to edit. The pictures I am enclosing are in order, and I 've put a caption for each.

I've never really had the urge to go to China. However, I'd heard from quite a few people that it is an amazing country. So, when the Morinville Chamber of Commerce organized an excursion to China, I thought to myself - why not go and see what all the fuss is about? I signed up and I am so glad I did - China truly is amazing! Above you have a view of of a smoggy day at 3:30 in the after noon.

Below is a photo of a cruise on a smoggy day.

Our trip started on Oct 10th with a direct flight from Vancouver to Shanghai on China Eastern Airlines. After a short stop there, we flew on to Beijing, arriving late on the evening of Oct 11. We had been told that our hotels would be 4 or 5 stars, but you know how sometimes that's an exaggeration. Not this time!! Throughout the entire trip, our hotels were truly above and beyond anything we had imagined. Vegas could take lessons!!

Anyway, without boring you with all the details of this amazing trip, let me just mention the highlights, and show you a few pictures. Beijing is the capital of China and covers and astounding area - 160 by 180 km to be exact. It has a population of approximately 23 million people, so to say it is a busy place is an understatement. Bikes, scooters, and cars know no boundaries - traffic laws are actually “suggestions”! It was crazy!!

Of course, a trip to China is incomplete without a trip to the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. When we were there, the skies were clear and smog was not an issue, (this is a rarity, we were told) so the views from the wall were spectacular. Tiananmen Square was sort of “underwhelming” but it was still cool to be there. The Chinese are very very proud of it.

The Great Wall of China

Aside from those landmarks we went to many temples, tombs and breathtaking gardens, and I have included a picture or two to show you how lovely they all are. There are far too many to describe individually, but be assured, each one is just as beautiful as the last.

Sheila in the Lingering Garden

No trip to a foreign city is complete with out a look at the locals, so we took a rickshaw ride into a "Hutong" where we were welcomed into a private home and fed a delicious home cooked lunch. We were also treated to a canal cruise through a bustling local neighbourhood in Suzhou which, at 5 million people, is considered to be a "small" city!

Because we were on a Chamber of Commerce tour, we were exposed to some of China's most important products. Jade is a cornerstone of Chinese culture so we were taken to a jade factory to see how the exquisite works of art are made. As well, we saw beautiful pearls and learned how to tell the difference between good fakes and the real deal. Visiting the silk factory was another fascinating experience. We saw the process of harvesting self from the cocoons which culminates in the lovely products China is famous.

Another interesting stop was a tea plantation (Picture at left) where we were given a very good explanation of how tea is grown, harvested and processed. A tea tasting was the highlight of this informative tour. A highlight for me was a stop at the Chinese Embroidery Institute(and I'm not even a "crafter") The women working here created works of art with silk embroidery which defy description. Some of their work was even double sided and 3D! We were unable to take pictures, here, which was a shame because these pictures can't even be described adequately.

Tea Ceremony

Our time in China culminated with a few days in Shanghai - another fascinating city. It has the largest population of any city in \the world - approximately 24 million people. It's a city of skyscrapers as its area is only about 2500 sq km. I like to say this city is "Vegas meets Mexico" because it has areas of crushing poverty butted right up against glittering towers. We took a night cruise on the river to see the stunning lights that adorn nearly every building in the downtown area. The area in the picture I have included was all built within the last 25 years. Before than, it was all rice paddy.

Another thing that the Chinese are very proud of is their "Magnetic Levitation Train" or "MagLev" as they call it. It cost 14 BILLION dollars to build but is the only one of its kind in the world. Its top speed is 430 km per hour so it takes only 7 minutes to go from the city to the airport. We took a joy ride on it just to say we'd had the experience. Needless to say, it was over before we really realized it had begun!

On our last night in China we went to see the "Era" show which was a heart stopping display of Chinese acrobatics. It was exciting, suspenseful and beautiful all wrapped up in one package. Absolutely amazing! On October 18, our whirlwind tour in Asia came to an end. We flew home from Shanghai to Vancouver tired, but amazed at our once in a lifetime adventure!

I would recommend that you go see China. In fact the Morinville Chamber is organizing another trip for the fall of 2016, and anyone from anywhere is welcome to go. The price is certainly right, and the value for the money is phenomenal.

More photos included in Sheila's posting

Tianamen Square

Tiger Hill a UNESCO in Suzhou

Sheila M. Scharmann


More of Sheila's poetry

Hi Ray

Here is a poem which I wrote last year to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces. As you can tell it is a companion piece to John McRae's "In Flanders Fields". The picture of the plaque(below) is actually on McRae's monument in Belgium at his Field Dressing Station. Fred and I visited it when we were in Europe in 2011.

 



Hi Ray

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Your recent postings have spurred me to send you some photos of the trip to Germany that the boys and I took in June.

We went to Frankfurt and Rotenburg on the Tauber to re-connect with three generations of Fred's family. We were treated like royalty but were kept busy from sun up to sun down. As you can tell we saw jaw dropping scenery and had many tasty meals complete with Germany's famous beverages! I'm pretty sure Fred and his parents were smiling down on all of us. I am blessed that my boys are such wonderful travel companions and that they are truly interested in keeping our family tree healthy and strong.

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Hi Ray.

Here is a poem I wrote, last year, our first Christmas without Fred.

While I felt his loss keenly, I also realized that I had blessings that some people don't have. I was watching the news and saw a story about a "John Doe" who had frozen to death in the streets and realized that even though we had suffered, there are others who suffer too, and some hurt worse than our family did. Therefore the poem was created.

Thoughts at Christmas time.

Don't cry for me this Christmas,
because of whom I've lost,
For I've been blessed in many ways
despite the heavy cost.
Family, friends and faith in God
the most important gifts
Sustain my heart in every way
and do my aching spirits lift.

Don't cry for me this Christmas
but for those who suffered long.
The crying souls who had no one
to know that they had gone.
Those who passed in loneliness
with pain or guilt or shame,
Those who went to be with God
but no one knew their name.

Don't cry for me this Christmas
but for families sad and sore,
who couldn't say the loving words
they'd meant to say before.
Cry for mothers, fathers too
who let a son or daughter go
Their pain must be worse by far
than any we could know.

Don't cry for me this Christmas,
because I do believe,
The man I've loved is with me still,
and so I will not grieve.
I'll celebrate this Christmas,
because I know he's near.
I'll thank him for eternal love,
and hold his spirit dear.

 

              s. m. scharmann

              december 2013


Hello Raymond

- I am attaching a few more photos to the ones that Sheila has sent of the trip. If Sheila has already included one in front of the Colosseum then you can disregard the one I sent. The other photo of the three of us is at gladiator school - don't we look fierce? and the photo with Nikolas and I below is taken in Florence.

Paris to Roma Trip- Spring Break 2014

One of the advantages of Sheila Scharmann being an active substitute teacher at Morinville Community High School is that Debbie Wojtkiw and I can get caught up on the news with her life and family.

When Sheila heard of the school trip that we were planning to Paris and several Italian destinations she immediately expressed an interest to join us. On March 28th Sheila's son Adam drove the three of us to the Edmonton International Airport. We were reminded of the passage of time when Adam disclosed that this summer marked his 10th year wedding anniversary. Wherever has the time gone? At the airport we joined our excited group and so began our journey to Europe.

After an overnight flight to Paris we were greeted at the airport by Rafaella, our tour guide for the trip. Despite being somewhat groggy from the flight we boarded a bus and headed out to the Palace of Versailles where we spent the day marveling at the wonders of the Bourbon kings' opulent residence and its many acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The next morning found us gazing at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in the Louvre, alt="" border="0"> snapping photos in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower (we also got to tour beneath the Eiffel Tower!), enjoying a boat cruise on the River Seine, and taking in the sights of Paris - the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees and Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

On the third day in Paris we got to see a unique part of Paris, that of the underground cemetery at the Catacombs that contains more than 6 million skulls and is a maze of caverns and tunnels. An early morning flight took us to Venice with its canals and gondolas, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, and the famous clock tower and cathedral in St. Mark's Square. In the evening two more travellers joined our merry group - my son Nikolas and his friend Justin. Nikolas graduated from the University of Alberta with a B. of Sc, Mechanical Engineering in December, and has been touring since then - Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

After Venice we proceeded through Tuscany via coach and took in many splendid examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture - Ferrara, home of the Castello Estense de Ferrara and Cathedral dating back to 1135, and Bologna, known for its medieval city centre and as the site for Europe's oldest university. Nightfall found us in the 900-year old Trebbio Chateau where we were taught how to make pasta and what to look for in good olive oil and wines.

Over the next three days we explored the wonders of Florence- the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) that some of us climbed to the top, the Uffizi Gallery that houses works by Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci , the Science Museum with its scientific instruments dating back centuries, including the works of Galileo, and of course the statue of David.

From Florence we traversed the verdant hills of Umbria and took in the medieval wonders at Perugia. Just outside of Perugia we stopped at the Perugina Chocolate Factory and got a tour as well as many samples of the famous Baci chocolates. The next morning we departed for Orvieto and experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery of the trip along the way. Orvieto's roots date back to Etruscan times and we saw some of that culture, along with ancient ruins dating from the Roman Empire era.

The last leg of the journey was spent in the Eternal City - Roma - with its Vatican City and the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Spanish Steps- these were just a few of the highlights of the city. We all threw three coins in the Trevi Fountain to return some day. During our final afternoon in Roma our courage and endurance was put to the test at Gladiator School. We learned how to hold and thrust a sword, how to follow basic military commands, and how to use a bow and arrow. It is a very good thing that I live in this era as I would not have lasted one second in the ring! After a traditional gladiator dinner we bade farewell to Rafaella and got ready for an early morning flight home. I said my good-byes to Nikolas who returns home in early June. Back on Canadian soil we were greeted by Debbie's husband Jerry who shared some of what had happened in our absence and got us all safely home.

It was wonderful being with Sheila outside the school . Wouldn't it be fun to plan a trip with the alumni some day?

Sheila, Rosie, and Debbie,

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Veradero Cuba - Wedding -

Sheila and family just got back from Veradero Cuba where her youngest son Craig married Rachel Dryden. Fifty family and friends attended the ceremony which took place at the Iberostar Laguna Azul. As you can tell from the picture, Fred was present, and was no doubt very proud. Some good friends from Havana also attended the wedding and had a great time.

In an unrelated item, I just wanted everyone to know that Fred's ashes have been scattered in a variety of places in Alberta, but that he has a memorial plaque in the Camrose cemetery by the "scattering area". If anyone is in Camrose, stop by and say "hi"! I have attached a photo of the marker.

Best regards to all my friends and "family" from Legal School.

Sheila


SGH memorial for Fred

Wherever Fred worked, he left his mark. His kindness , his understanding and his incessant willingness to help people earned him respect and love from everyone he was associated with. Young or old, Fred has touched us all in a very special way.

Consequently, it is no surprise that his colleagues from Sturgeon General Hospital, whom he has worked with for so long, have decided to buy this bench in Fred's memory.

Special thanks to the SGH Staff


Farewell Fred

January 12th 2013

The huge Community Cultural Center Hall in Morinville was filled to capacity for the Celebration of Life for Frederick(Fred) Scharmann on Saturday January 12th, 2013. Dispersed throughout the assembly, various people in uniform (nurses with their graduating caps, RCMP officers in full uniform, firemen, Emergency Medical Services, Scouts, Roger Champagnes Memorial Bike Trip representatives or participants, Ambulance personnel and others) were visible, each representing an organisation of which Fred, at one time or another, was an active member. The others present were people like myself who had been touched by Fred's presence in one way or another over the years. The celebration of life was short, by design, in order to allow people to mingle, share thoughts and stories about Fred while enjoying, at the same time, refreshments and a delicious snack in the lobby. Fred loved to talk with people and it was thought that he would have liked it like that.

The eulogy was not like those we are accustomed to. In fact there was none at the moment. Sheila and her family came up with the interesting idea of having everyone present, write a short story or memory about Fred which would than be included in a "Do It yourself" type of Eulogy. Soon after the celebration, all the stories and memories would be compiled and included into one manuscript made available to whomever desires one at a later date hopefully by early spring. This idea proved to be most satisfying to Sheila's and Fred's families and was implemented. If you could not be present for the "Celebration" and would like to add your thoughts on this outstanding individual I am sure that your contributions would be more than welcomed. You can send your memories electronically at the following e-mail: smscharmann@hotmail.com

In closing , to Sheila's and Fred's families and children(Adam, Adrianna,Ty, Craig and Rachel) we offer our most sincere condolences and may God bless you all.


Tribute to Fred Sharmann from the RCMP Detachment Morinville

Fred Scharmann was an Auxiliary Constable with the Morinville RCMP from November 2000 through to January 2010. He volunteered countless hours assisting the Morinville RCMP with community policing in particular driving the police vehicle that towed the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch float in parades in Morinville, St. Albert, Legal, Bon Accord and Gibbons. He always made sure the police vehicle was spotless, his uniform pristine, and had a smile and a friendly wave to all those folks who came out to see the community parade. He was proud to be a member of the Morinville RCMP Auxiliary Constable program and to represent the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch association.
This prayer means so much so please say the prayer for everyone.

Cancer is a strange cell.
You can go along for years in remission
and then one day it pops its head up again.
If you ever have it you will never be free of it.
Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.

Prayers certainly help, and we appreciate each and everyone that is sent to the Father on our behalf. Dear God, I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer in 2012 . In Jesus Name, Amen

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Anita DeOcampo

Hi Ray,

After reading all the recent postings from fellow teacher alumni, I felt motivated to share some of my own recent activities.
(Insert by RT - I hope it is contagious)

On September 12, 2014 I started my European "backpacking" with 3 lady friends, 2 of them are over 70 years old, one a 52-year old and me in my last year of being in the 60's. We first went to Dublin, Ireland, visited Our Lady of Knock Shrine there and did a lot of sightseeing on the Hop On/Hop Off bus for 4 days. After Dublin, we took RyanAir to London, England and spent 2 nights there. Again, we took the big bus HopOn/HopOff and saw the touristic spots of London. A highlight was the 30-minute ride in the London Eye which afforded us a bird's eyeview of London.

We also had a short cruise of the River Thames. From St. Pancras station, we took the fast train to Paris, via the chunnel. We spent four nights in Paris, enjoying the touristic spots on their HopOn/HopOff busses.We also learned how to ride the Metro.

From Paris, another fast train to Milano, Italy. We stayed there 3 nights only and again toured on their HopOn/HopOff bus. In all the 10 cities that we visited, we always took the HopOn/HopOff tourist bus. After Milano, we boarded a fast train to Monaco and Nice. Yes, I went to Monte Carlo casino and found myself 110 euros poorer after sitting in front of their slot machines. We stayed in those beautiful cities for 2 nights/3 days.

From Nice, we took another fast train to Rome and spent 4 nights in the Eternal City. A highlight of my stay in Rome is not only the tour of that city and the Vatican but my going up the 550+ steps up to the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica. The second stage of the ascent, another 200 steps, was much harder but I felt victorious upon reaching the top. This "Old Camel" can still do it!

From Rome,the youngest of our group had to go back to Edmonton, so the 3 seniors took another train to the beautiful city of Firenze and spent 2 nights there. I would like to visit this region of Tuscany again. From Firenze we took the airplane to Barcelona, Spain and spent 3 nights there. A highlight for me in this beautiful city is being able to finally go inside La Sagrada Familia Basilica, after queing up for over an hour to buy a ticket which enabled mr to enter the basilica the following day. It is beautiful inside.

From Barcelona, we had a scenic train ride along the Mediterranean coast to south of Spain, in San Javier, Murcia and stayed near the beach for 7 nights. From there, we went to Madrid and again stayed there for a few more days. My 2 friends left Madrid for home on October 28 and I was back to San Javier where my daughter Diana was to join me on November 10th. With my daughter Diana, I spent another 4 nights in Madrid before going back to Edmonton on November 24, 2014.

I was so homesick at some point during my solitude in Spain and realized that I do not want to be

away for that long. However, I was gone again from January 12, 2015 to March 6, 2015 to the Philippines to visit my mother who turned 96 years old on March 9th.

Thanks.

Kind regards.

Anita

Sorry Anita. The pics are not necessarily matched with the write up, but I didn't know for sure where to place them. Ray


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Debbie Wojtkiw

September 5th 2015

Hi Raymond and Marie,

Thank you for the lovely slide show. Your cruise looked amazing. It sounds like you've had a wonderful summer.

We too have been busy, but not travelling quite as much as of yet. We did have a very busy summer though. As usual it has passed in the blink of an eye. I don't know how to post information on your web page, so I'll pass on our excitement to you directly.

We received our second grandchilld. Amanda RAE (haha) had her second child, a little boy this time.... Emery August was born on August 9. Although Ava wanted a little sister, she is thrilled to have a little brother to play with. We too are excited to meet the little fella.

Take care and I hope that everything continues to go well for all of you.

All the Best,

Deb


Hello Raymond

- I am attaching a few more photos to the ones that Sheila has sent of the trip. If Sheila has already included one in front of the Colosseum then you can disregard the one I sent. The other photo of the three of us is at gladiator school - don't we look fierce? and the photo with Nikolas and I below is taken in Florence.

Paris to Roma Trip- Spring Break 2014

One of the advantages of Sheila Scharmann being an active substitute teacher at Morinville Community High School is that Debbie Wojtkiw and I can get caught up on the news with her life and family.

When Sheila heard of the school trip that we were planning to Paris and several Italian destinations she immediately expressed an interest to join us. On March 28th Sheila's son Adam drove the three of us to the Edmonton International Airport. We were reminded of the passage of time when Adam disclosed that this summer marked his 10th year wedding anniversary. Wherever has the time gone? At the airport we joined our excited group and so began our journey to Europe.

After an overnight flight to Paris we were greeted at the airport by Rafaella, our tour guide for the trip. Despite being somewhat groggy from the flight we boarded a bus and headed out to the Palace of Versailles where we spent the day marveling at the wonders of the Bourbon kings' opulent residence and its many acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The next morning found us gazing at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in the Louvre, alt="" border="0"> snapping photos in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower (we also got to tour beneath the Eiffel Tower!), enjoying a boat cruise on the River Seine, and taking in the sights of Paris - the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees and Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

On the third day in Paris we got to see a unique part of Paris, that of the underground cemetery at the Catacombs that contains more than 6 million skulls and is a maze of caverns and tunnels. An early morning flight took us to Venice with its canals and gondolas, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, and the famous clock tower and cathedral in St. Mark's Square. In the evening two more travellers joined our merry group - my son Nikolas and his friend Justin. Nikolas graduated from the University of Alberta with a B. of Sc, Mechanical Engineering in December, and has been touring since then - Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

After Venice we proceeded through Tuscany via coach and took in many splendid examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture - Ferrara, home of the Castello Estense de Ferrara and Cathedral dating back to 1135, and Bologna, known for its medieval city centre and as the site for Europe's oldest university. Nightfall found us in the 900-year old Trebbio Chateau where we were taught how to make pasta and what to look for in good olive oil and wines.

Over the next three days we explored the wonders of Florence- the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) that some of us climbed to the top, the Uffizi Gallery that houses works by Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci , the Science Museum with its scientific instruments dating back centuries, including the works of Galileo, and of course the statue of David.

From Florence we traversed the verdant hills of Umbria and took in the medieval wonders at Perugia. Just outside of Perugia we stopped at the Perugina Chocolate Factory and got a tour as well as many samples of the famous Baci chocolates. The next morning we departed for Orvieto and experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery of the trip along the way. Orvieto's roots date back to Etruscan times and we saw some of that culture, along with ancient ruins dating from the Roman Empire era.

The last leg of the journey was spent in the Eternal City - Roma - with its Vatican City and the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Spanish Steps- these were just a few of the highlights of the city. We all threw three coins in the Trevi Fountain to return some day. During our final afternoon in Roma our courage and endurance was put to the test at Gladiator School. We learned how to hold and thrust a sword, how to follow basic military commands, and how to use a bow and arrow. It is a very good thing that I live in this era as I would not have lasted one second in the ring! After a traditional gladiator dinner we bade farewell to Rafaella and got ready for an early morning flight home. I said my good-byes to Nikolas who returns home in early June. Back on Canadian soil we were greeted by Debbie's husband Jerry who shared some of what had happened in our absence and got us all safely home.

It was wonderful being with Sheila outside the school setting. Wouldn't it be fun to plan a trip with the alumni some day?

Sheila, Rosie, and Debbie,

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Sheila Scharmann


Hello Raymond

- I am attaching a few more photos to the ones that Sheila has sent of the trip. If Sheila has already included one in front of the Colosseum then you can disregard the one I sent. The other photo of the three of us is at gladiator school - don't we look fierce? and the photo with Nikolas and I below is taken in Florence.

Paris to Roma Trip- Spring Break 2014

One of the advantages of Sheila Scharmann being an active substitute teacher at Morinville Community High School is that Debbie Wojtkiw and I can get caught up on the news with her life and family.

When Sheila heard of the school trip that we were planning to Paris and several Italian destinations she immediately expressed an interest to join us. On March 28th Sheila's son Adam drove the three of us to the Edmonton International Airport. We were reminded of the passage of time when Adam disclosed that this summer marked his 10th year wedding anniversary. Wherever has the time gone? At the airport we joined our excited group and so began our journey to Europe.

After an overnight flight to Paris we were greeted at the airport by Rafaella, our tour guide for the trip. Despite being somewhat groggy from the flight we boarded a bus and headed out to the Palace of Versailles where we spent the day marveling at the wonders of the Bourbon kings' opulent residence and its many acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The next morning found us gazing at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in the Louvre, alt="" border="0"> snapping photos in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower (we also got to tour beneath the Eiffel Tower!), enjoying a boat cruise on the River Seine, and taking in the sights of Paris - the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees and Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

On the third day in Paris we got to see a unique part of Paris, that of the underground cemetery at the Catacombs that contains more than 6 million skulls and is a maze of caverns and tunnels. An early morning flight took us to Venice with its canals and gondolas, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, and the famous clock tower and cathedral in St. Mark's Square. In the evening two more travellers joined our merry group - my son Nikolas and his friend Justin. Nikolas graduated from the University of Alberta with a B. of Sc, Mechanical Engineering in December, and has been touring since then - Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

After Venice we proceeded through Tuscany via coach and took in many splendid examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture - Ferrara, home of the Castello Estense de Ferrara and Cathedral dating back to 1135, and Bologna, known for its medieval city centre and as the site for Europe's oldest university. Nightfall found us in the 900-year old Trebbio Chateau where we were taught how to make pasta and what to look for in good olive oil and wines.

Over the next three days we explored the wonders of Florence- the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) that some of us climbed to the top, the Uffizi Gallery that houses works by Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci , the Science Museum with its scientific instruments dating back centuries, including the works of Galileo, and of course the statue of David.

From Florence we traversed the verdant hills of Umbria and took in the medieval wonders at Perugia. Just outside of Perugia we stopped at the Perugina Chocolate Factory and got a tour as well as many samples of the famous Baci chocolates. The next morning we departed for Orvieto and experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery of the trip along the way. Orvieto's roots date back to Etruscan times and we saw some of that culture, along with ancient ruins dating from the Roman Empire era.

The last leg of the journey was spent in the Eternal City - Roma - with its Vatican City and the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Spanish Steps- these were just a few of the highlights of the city. We all threw three coins in the Trevi Fountain to return some day. During our final afternoon in Roma our courage and endurance was put to the test at Gladiator School. We learned how to hold and thrust a sword, how to follow basic military commands, and how to use a bow and arrow. It is a very good thing that I live in this era as I would not have lasted one second in the ring! After a traditional gladiator dinner we bade farewell to Rafaella and got ready for an early morning flight home. I said my good-byes to Nikolas who returns home in early June. Back on Canadian soil we were greeted by Debbie's husband Jerry who shared some of what had happened in our absence and got us all safely home.

It was wonderful being with Sheila outside the school setting. Wouldn't it be fun to plan a trip with the alumni some day?

Sheila, Rosie, and Debbie,

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Eugene Krupa

April 15th 2015

Marie and I had the opportunity to meet with Eugene and Kate Krupa in Penticton B.C. last week and shared a few moments relaxing in the cozy "Hooded Merganser" restaurant sitting on top of the picturesque waters of Lake Okanagan. What a lakeside experience! The floor to ceiling windows provide an excellent view of the lake and the mountains in the back scenery. The wine selection is also super, offering some of the most hard-to-fine Okanagan fine wines. The Krupas are hard to get in touch with as their work sees them travel between Kelowna and Zambia. Fortunately they happened to be in Kelowna while we were still in Osoyoos. Both Eugene and Kate are still involved in the same kind of work they were doing last time we received news from them. They enjoy the work they do, educating the locals, helping them along towards employability & entrepreneurship. Retirement doesn't seem to be in the near future.

Well, Gene and Kate, it was a pleasure to meet with you and share some time catching up with the news and exchanging views together. You are to be admired for the work you do and best of luck.

 


Hi Ray.

I hope you and your people are all well. You are a great communicator and community builder! Sounds like you are enjoying life in St. Albert. You might be encountering some Krupas if you attend Holy Family or the Francophone service (not sure of the church's name). You might remember you asked me to give a bit of update for the website, so here it is. Kate and I are doing well. We alternative month by month in Edmonton and Kelowna. The program evaluation business http://www.catalystrandd.com/Organization.html has been too good, and I might move into that full time if UofA decides to lay me off in July. The SPH admin are still deciding which way to go with eLearning, and I hope to find out about the future in a month or so. In the meantime, there are a lot of exciting things going on in both SPH and Catalyst, as well as with Zambia initiatives. Kate and I return to Zambia in May. We'll do the same as in past (interdisciplinary field school, research and development projects (lots with digital devices for training and schooling in remote areas), and training in evaluation and using knowledge for positive change in policies and practices. This time, launching Canada-Zambia collaboration (with Boyle Street group from Edmonton) in building employability and entrepreneurship skills. Also new initiatives with tablet-based learning in remote, and schooling for kids in long term care for cancer, or rehab for disability, etc.

The four Krupa children are all doing well
- Joel continues in work and PhD relating to alternative energy transition. Currently with Pic River aboriginal group in Ontario, developing alternative energy projects.
- JoyAnne is in medicine at UofC, and finally really enjoying it. She finds that her nursing experience is a real benefit now that they deal directly with people.
- Tim, my politician son, doing MA in Political Science at UBC Vancouver. Just returned from Israel and learning about conflict politics and policies there. Soon going to Phillipines to learn how they deal with election corruption. - Jeff is in first year science at UBC Okanagan, and he just loves physics. Has an interesting job a few hours per week and in the summer with nano particles.

And my mom is doing well too, planning her garden in Gibbons and eager to plant it when spring finally comes :-) Please let me know if there will be another reunion of Legal teachers in the summer, and I'll plan around it. God bless you and your people in the meantime :-)

Gene

Eugene Krupa, PhD, CE University of Alberta, School of Public Health E. Krupa / Catalyst Research & Development Inc. Mobile. 250-863-9316 Skype. eugenekrupa Email. ekrupa@ualberta.ca

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Shannon Wakefield

Septmber19th 2015

Young men practing the art of good driving! However they seem not to be aware of the "Distracted Driver rule" in effect in Alberta. Eating while driving is not pernitted. Be careful guys!{Shannon's grandsons}


July 2nd 2014

Second Grandchild

On the second day of March 2014, Shannon became a grandmother for the first time. This first grandchild, Marlee Paige, brought her a lot of joy and triggered her pride to the limit. Well maybe not! Now with the arrival of Reid Kenneth, that same joy and pride has risen to an even higher intensity. In her own words; "Reid Kenneth Wakefield was born June 21st at 12:42 AM. He weighed on at 5 lbs 15 oz. Everyone is doing great! Marlee and Reid have made me a very happy Grandma."

  

Reid Kenneth top right and bottom left with Marlee bottom right

 

 

 

Congratulations Shannon

- March 31st 2014

Another new grand mother

Congratulations to Shannon Wakefield who became a proud Grandmother on the 2nd day of this month. It was 5:55 in the morning, when Marlee Paige Wakefield was born and officially elevated Shannon into the ranks of all Grandmothers. Useless to say that Shannon is proud and excited over this beautiful little blue eyed 7.7 lbs bundle of life, barely measuring 19-3/4 inches in length and crowned with a good crop of wavy brown hair. In her own words:"Being a grandma is better than I could have ever expected".

Well, it seems that Shannon will have plenty of opportunities to play Grandma as a second grandchild is expected in July." I can't wait", says Shannon and she goes on to add,"...Grandma is already spoiling this one. I can't put her down when I see her".

Shannon, along with all your colleagues from Legal School, Marie and I wish you the best, we are happy for you. Enjoy your grandchildren.

Ray

Hi Ray,

Sorry I haven't contributed to the newsletter but hope to do so soon. I have had a very busy year. I spent 5 weeks in New Zealand where I got engaged and am getting married Sept 14th. My son was married on August 18th and all went well. It was a beautiful wedding.

I also just got back from a wedding in the Dominican Republic and had a fabulous time. I am also celebrating my 50th on the 24th, so that is a milestone I guess. We are having a get together at the Celtic knot in St. Albert on March 2nd.

If you and Marie are able to stop by for a drink that would be wonderful.

Hope all is well with the two of you.

Talk soon

Shannon

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Yvette Cyr

Another Additions to the Cyr family

October 10th 2012

We are so proud to announce the premature arrival of Julie Marie Cyr. Julie weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz. @ 7. a.m. Oct. 10, 2012 Marc, Nicole and baby are doing fine. Julie will spend some time in an incubator but she is doing well. Photos will follow later.

Nous sommes fiers d'annoncer l'arrivée de Julie Marie Cyr à l'hôpital Royal Alexandra, d'Edmonton. Prémature de 6 semaines, elle pesait quand même 5 lbs et 9 oz. Marc, Nicole et Julie se portent bien. Malgré que Julie va passer du temps dans l'incubateur, tout s'est bien déroulé. Des photos viendront plus tard.

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Cyr Family at Christmas Time 2011

Since Christmas, our family has grown by two new babies. Christine and Jean-Yves had a gorgeous baby girl Maelle, on Feb. 23 weighing in at 9 lbs and 11 oz. She's a sister to Solène who is now 3 years old. Picture below on right

Then on March 18, Louis and Chasity welcomed Luc into this world. Luc is our first grandson. He weighed in at 7 lbs and 14 oz....nine days overdue! Amélie (4) and Danica (2) were thrilled to have a baby brother. Right from the start of Chasity's pregnancy, Amélie would say that her Mom was expecting baby Jacques.

Nestor Sorochan

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Rosie Kruhlak

Hello Raymond

- I am attaching a few more photos to the ones that Sheila has sent of the trip. If Sheila has already included one in front of the Colosseum then you can disregard the one I sent. The other photo of the three of us is at gladiator school - don't we look fierce? and the photo with Nikolas and I above is taken in Florence.

Rosie and her son Nicholas pic taken in Europe

Paris to Roma Trip- Spring Break 2014

One of the advantages of Sheila Scharmann being an active substitute teacher at Morinville Community High School is that Debbie Wojtkiw and I can get caught up on the news with her life and family.

When Sheila heard of the school trip that we were planning to Paris and several Italian destinations she immediately expressed an interest to join us. On March 28th Sheila's son Adam drove the three of us to the Edmonton International Airport. We were reminded of the passage of time when Adam disclosed that this summer marked his 10th year wedding anniversary. Wherever has the time gone? At the airport we joined our excited group and so began our journey to Europe.

After an overnight flight to Paris we were greeted at the airport by Rafaella, our tour guide for the trip. Despite being somewhat groggy from the flight we boarded a bus and headed out to the Palace of Versailles where we spent the day marveling at the wonders of the Bourbon kings' opulent residence and its many acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The next morning found us gazing at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in the Louvre, alt="" border="0"> snapping photos in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower (we also got to tour beneath the Eiffel Tower!), enjoying a boat cruise on the River Seine, and taking in the sights of Paris - the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees and Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

On the third day in Paris we got to see a unique part of Paris, that of the underground cemetery at the Catacombs that contains more than 6 million skulls and is a maze of caverns and tunnels. An early morning flight took us to Venice with its canals and gondolas, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, and the famous clock tower and cathedral in St. Mark's Square. In the evening two more travellers joined our merry group - my son Nikolas and his friend Justin. Nikolas graduated from the University of Alberta with a B. of Sc, Mechanical Engineering in December, and has been touring since then - Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

After Venice we proceeded through Tuscany via coach and took in many splendid examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture - Ferrara, home of the Castello Estense de Ferrara and Cathedral dating back to 1135, and Bologna, known for its medieval city centre and as the site for Europe's oldest university. Nightfall found us in the 900-year old Trebbio Chateau where we were taught how to make pasta and what to look for in good olive oil and wines.

Over the next three days we explored the wonders of Florence- the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) that some of us climbed to the top, the Uffizi Gallery that houses works by Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci , the Science Museum with its scientific instruments dating back centuries, including the works of Galileo, and of course the statue of David.

From Florence we traversed the verdant hills of Umbria and took in the medieval wonders at Perugia. Just outside of Perugia we stopped at the Perugina Chocolate Factory and got a tour as well as many samples of the famous Baci chocolates. The next morning we departed for Orvieto and experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery of the trip along the way. Orvieto's roots date back to Etruscan times and we saw some of that culture, along with ancient ruins dating from the Roman Empire era.

The last leg of the journey was spent in the Eternal City - Roma - with its Vatican City and the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Spanish Steps- these were just a few of the highlights of the city. We all threw three coins in the Trevi Fountain to return some day. During our final afternoon in Roma our courage and endurance was put to the test at Gladiator School. We learned how to hold and thrust a sword, how to follow basic military commands, and how to use a bow and arrow. It is a very good thing that I live in this era as I would not have lasted one second in the ring! After a traditional gladiator dinner we bade farewell to Rafaella and got ready for an early morning flight home. I said my good-byes to Nikolas who returns home in early June. Back on Canadian soil we were greeted by Debbie's husband Jerry who shared some of what had happened in our absence and got us all safely home.

It was wonderful being with Sheila outside the school setting. Wouldn't it be fun to plan a trip with the alumni some day?

Sheila, Rosie, and Debbie,

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Mr Ryl, Rosie Kruhlak's father passed away at the age of 88

Our thoughts and prayers are directed to the Kruhlak family, Rosie,Walter and Nicolas following the passing of Mr Ryl, Rosie's father, earlier this week.

Rosie: "My Dad would have turned 88 in three weeks' time. He lived on the farm until September before undergoing a series of operations from which he never fully recovered. He was placed in an extended care facility in Athabasca on Tuesday and died the next afternoon. While he was not conscious of his surroundings at that point, I really think that some part of him knew and could not accept living such a way. Somewhere in heaven he is putting in the spring crop."

Our sincere condolences to the Ryl and Kruhlak families

Rosie and Walter Kruhlak celebrate major milestone in their lives

Twenty five years ago Rosie and Walter Kruhlac exchanged, in front of family and friends, vows of love, honor and respect for each other for the rest of their lives. For better or for worst, they accepted the challenge and started their married life confident that together they would surmount the difficult times and enjoy fully the good moments to come. True love is lasting and powerful. Twenty five years later Rosie and Walter still look at each other as if they were newly wed. The sparkles still present in their eyes and their love radiating. The "I love you look" is still obvious. Congratulations Walter and Rosie.

Twenty five years is a milestone worth celebrating and that is what Walter & Rosie chose to do. On July 28th family and friends again gatherd to share this wonderful moment with Rosie and Walter. The Muttart Conservatory was the site of this joyful event. The garden party theme was most inviting with each guest wearing a special hat for the occasion. Everyone had a good time!

The celebration also re-united the workroom Wonders. I'm sure you all remember the Workroom Wonders. If you don't, well here they are.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helen Kieran

For the benefit of those who are not in the St Albert Gazette's circulation boundaries, it is my pleasure to inform you that Helen Kieran was awarded the St Albert Volunteer of the Year Award in a special celebration on May 8th 2013. For the first time since the year 2001 the presentation was shared by two very worthwhile candidates in the persons of Helen Kieran and Vi Oko.

Both Helen and Vi are very good friends, their volunteering career starting with the St Albert Retired Teachers Association. Helen also volunteers with the Arden Theatre, Friendship Force of Edmonton and area, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

I was not able to reach Helen before writing this article but I believe strongly that all of you, former colleagues and good friends of Helen, will be happy to hear the good news and rejoice with Helen for winning this prestigious award. Should you run into Helen in the near future make sure to congratulate her and let her know that she has made us proud.

Raymond Trembvlay

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Dawne Palmer

October 10th 2014

You're right, those silly little ducks can be inspiring, especially when you consider how much energy those little bodies used up.

Hope that you and Marie are well, and enjoying retirement. Rick is still working, of course, so for us this is not retirement time. Not sure what that will look like either. Very much depends on my health and how much more independence I may lose before then. We shall just see what we see!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dawne


Greetings to all!

Just when Ray thought he had my email address fixed, we moved! After almost exactly 33 years in the same place, my needs for support and proximity to health care caused us to pull up stakes and move south.

We can now be found at:

34 Forest Grove
St. Albert AB
T8N 2Y1
PH: 780-569-3486
email: rdfpalmer@shaw.ca

If any of you who remember me (or ever knew me, some of you were before my time!), I'd love to hear from you, things that have changed in your lives, how many grandbabies (I have four little ladies, as well as the daughter Brett & Barb lost, and Courtney is expecting her second in November., etc.

That's it for now - my fingers and computer; neither want to work!!


Dawne




Louise Coulombe Holtom

Pearl Bennett

Hello Raymond,

Thank you so much for including me in your invitations. I would very much like to attend. I have some tentative plans for September with my sister who lives in Trinidad- a possible visit to India. We are not sure of exact dates yet. Might I let you know later on if I would be able to make it? I would also need to know the date.

It was great reading your blogs- wow! Everyone travels around a lot!

Thank you and I look forward to further details.

Pearl

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Ernest Chauvet

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Karen Green

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Eric Hesse

Memory

If your memory is running away from you , don't feel bad, you are not alone!!

Pam Peterson sings our song - Click here you might find some consolation

Eric

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Denise Cyr

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Louise Slobogean

Toby and Robby (The twins)are now one year old.


What is it Gido?...Are you sure?


What are you guys up to?..... Nothing!

Proud Grand Parents Louise and Jos Slobogean


Latest photo of Bobby and Toby

It was four thirty in the afternoon of March 11th, 2014 when a new set of grandparents came to be : Joe and Louise Slobogean.

Bobby and Toby were born at 4:30 pm. and even though they don't look quite the same, the reports of the tests indicate that they are actually identical twins. They share the same DNA. The twins were born a li ltle before their due date but at nearly 5 pounds they are doing very well. In fact they left to go back to their home in Whitehorse with their Mom and Dad on March 28th. Grandpa and grandma are very excited with the arrival of the twins. So much so that they already purchased air passes to go up north to visit or help if help is needed.

Bobby and Toby are the first born to Monica and Rob. It is not known if they want a large family but this is a good start. Our best wishes go to both parents and grandparents along with uncle Michael and aunty Paula.


Bobby and Toby Langmaid

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Diana Wright

March 28th 2015

March 29th marks the third anniversary of Doug Wright's death. Following is a note from Diana addressed to Doug. (Facebook) Let's have a special thought for Diana today.

"Three years ago today I lost you Dougie! There is not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I miss that great laugh and all the fun that came with it!! Even though I have moved on with my life I want you to know that you will always have a special place in my heart!! I love you my friend and I will never forget you." Diana


Dear Colleagues

It is with deep regret and grief that I learnt today about Diana Wright's(Arts)husband's passing after a short bout with cancer. This is a most difficult situation for Diana and she is having a hard time coping with it. She is a
     strong person but thess are a very crushing circumstances. If you have a chance to visit her, I'm sure a warm hug would be most comforting and appreciated.

Diana on behalf of all your colleagues from Legal school I want to offer you our most sincere condolences. Rest assured that our thoughts are with you as ou are going through these most difficult times.


Raymond




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Raymond Tremblay

A visit in the Esks Alumni Lounge

Tom Wilkinson Andre(my son) and Me

Me, Larry Wruck, & Andre

Willie Pless, myself & Graig Ellis

Hector Poitier and myself



Humour on board

Act of self defence


August19th 2015

Hi everyone

I didn't get to much to report lately. It seems like everybody is busy doing his own thing. I am busy too, trying to do as little as possible.I did however develop an interest in wood working.
In the picture above, you are looking at parts that will be used to do various projects.
I have done several urns for people who asked me to build some for them or for members of their families. When my brother passed away last winter, I found that the cost of Urns is so high that I decided to build some and sell them for very little profit. Basically my idea is to provide low cost Urns, to help those who have a hard time financially to cover funeral cost.


Of course I don't do only Urns. I have many little projects on the go at all times. Below you see some projects that I completed last fall and over the winter. The first is a sign for my lot at the lake and the second is a squirrel feeder. The third is a mirror stand that I made for Marie. N ext is a book stand;following are Salt & pepper shakers and a sugar bowl. At the far back a pencil holder. The last pic is a shoe stand and cabinet.







I am presently working on a set of Candle holders for my daughter Rachelle. I will complete that once we are back from our trip to Alaska starting August 23 and ending Sept 4th. In the mean time enjoy whatever you are doing and we hope to hear from you.

Raymond & Marie

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Good chance you've seen this before....but it will make you feel good all over again !!

There ARE happy people out there, all around the world! Not everyone is fighting & killing one another! It's a great production! I hope you dance! Sound on. Click on the link below:

 
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July 1st 2015

Hi

I don't know if you are aware of this place but if you are not you might be interesting in going there.

This is amazingly weird! Enjoy.

Fly Geyser in Nevada - not open to public

They could be pictures of another planet or the set of a science fiction movie. But it is in fact an amazing phenomenon created by accident in the middle of the Nevada Desert . The otherworldly images show Fly Geyser, a little-known attraction described as one of the most beautiful sights in the state. Located 20 miles north of Gerlach, in Washoe County , it was accidentally created in 1916 during well drilling. The geothermally heated pack of water found a weak spot in the wall in the 1960s and began escaping, creating a geyser. Over the years, dissolved minerals created the mound that water now spews from at heights up to five meters. The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). Multi-colored: The rainbow effect is created by minerals in the water reacting with oxygen in the air. These ponds are forming an ecosystem, with small fish and birds such as swans and mallards enjoying the geyser. David Jamison, who gives tours to the geyser said: 'I'd like to see more people be able to enjoy it. 'When I saw it for the first time it wasn't this big. This whole area's kind of magic, there's no airplanes here or cars. It's just peaceful and quiet, all these beautiful mountains around. And the sound of the water.' Fly Geyser is located on private land and is locked behind a closed gate and a fence topped with barbed wire. It is rarely open to the public but can be viewed from the road.


May 4th 2015

Dear friends

On May 30th, my two remaining brothers and myself we will be lowering our oldest brother Leon in the ground to his final resting place. Leon has always been very close to me over the years and to part in this most definite way is somewhat hard to accept. However, life is not like a novel to which you can choose the ending. "....and they lived happy forever and everafter". Unfortunately, "The forever and everafter" is not meant to be found on this earth.

Leon has now passed on from this earth to another life where some day we will all meet again. I am sadden by his passing, I grief deeply in my soul but at the same time I am am greatful that he was here for us for so many years. I am greatful for the message that he has transmitted to us on his death bed. His final smile radiated of the peace and joy one senses when a mission is successfully accomplished. Death was staring at him face to face yet he calmly expressed his gratitude for what we had done for him in the last stages of his life. "Thankyou, you two for all you have done for me".

Shortly after we left the room, he fell asleep. A sleep from which he would never come out. He peacefully left this earth to go back to his Creator. The final page was turned, his life had ended.

He will forever be remembered

I wrote this article because I needed to share this experience with others. Others who have lived through this sad reality and maybe did not get the support they needed or had no one to share it with. I thank all of you who were kind enough to express there condolences and accepted to partake in our grief. Your sentiments of sympathy were most appreciated.

Ray and Marie


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March 30th 2015

OSOYOOS IN BLOOM

Marie and I have been in Osoyoos for the last six weeks enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful scenery. Osoyoos has a lot to offer to snowbirds like us who prefer to stay in Canada to find a bit of heat when it is too cold in our own region. Obviously it is not as hot as it is in the States or many island of the southern oceans but it is a lot better than central Alberta in February or March. I much prefer freezing at three above as compared to 30 below.

Today I want to share with you some of the many flowers of the region along with the blooming orchards.The pictures below were all taken during the last couple of weeks. Next year maybe you should look at OSOYOOS as a possible winter site. Enjoy

Orchard in bloom - Apricots


Marie and I


December 19th 2014

On the 17th day of December 2014, my brother Leon passed away at the age of 81 years and three months. Leon was the oldest of our family and always played a central role in our lives. His death created an enormous hole in our midst but on the other hand it opened the door to an abundance of cherished memories.

Leon died at 9:30 in the evening, an hour after Marie and I left his bedside. Till the very end he kept his sense of humour. His last words to us prior to his final expressions of gratitude, were to tease me and praise Marie at my expense of course. ''Marie, I will continue to pray for you'' he said, ''for it must be very difficult to live with a guy like Raymond'' His smile was weak but there was still a spark in his eyes as together, we shared a last chuckle. When we left the room, we were confident to see him alive again, but it was not to be. Regardless of the efforts he made to hold on to life the illness eventually got the best of him delivering the final blow while he momentarily fell asleep. When we re-entered his room, after his death, he seemed to be resting peacefully in the same position he held before we left and hour before.

The hurt was there but at the same time a sense of relief seemed to find its way into our hearts. He had labored hard throughout his life, striving to achieve to the best of his abilities and never relenting, even when his health had completely bottomed out. In his own words ''Leon ne lâche pas'' (Leon does not give-up!) Even on his death bed he repeated this motto several times.

At a young age Leon was harnessed to a heavy load. Being the eldest of the family, he had to be pulled out of school in order to help with the farm work. We were poor and to make ends meet he had to join forces with Dad in order to supplement the income needed for a family of ten. During the winter he and Dad used to work in the lumber camps in order to achieve this goal. To make a long story short, Leon in many ways, sacrificed his own future, or at least delayed it, in order that we, the younger ones could have a more enjoyable life.

Leon was an artist. In fact he is quite well known as a painter. But his artwork extended beyond painting. He was a good writer, an excellent short story teller. He even composed and sang. When we were little, he spent many hours entertaining us. At one point when my mother had to leave for the hospital for a six month stay he took over and made our lives enjoyable by telling us stories, organizing group games and generally finding ways to help us live through that difficult period. In many ways, he was my hero. And now he is gone.

I am sad that he is gone but I am thankful to the Lord that He made it such, so that I would be able to help him during the years of his illness. For the last five years Leon's life was slowly taken away from him due to an illness that presented no mercy. Leon had Pulmonary Fibrosis and we knew that death was not far away. I also knew that pay-back time had come for me. At this point I want to thank Marie for assisting me every step of the way throughout these last five years of giving and caring that together we were able to devote to Leon. As hard as it was to see Leon life gradually fade away, as rewarding it was to return the generosity bestowed upon us by him many, many years ago.

He is now resting in peace with my other brothers, Noel, Jean Eudes and Paul. Together with Mom and Dad they are now all getting ready for a Heavenly Christmas reminiscing of the many Christmases of our childhood.

In closing I would like to thank Sheila for the pictures she sent me and will be publishing soon on the Web. But most of all, I want to thank her for the beautiful poem she wrote last December at roughly this time and sent me last week. Little did I know that the poem would mean so much to me until the death of my brother Leon last night. Read the poem and you will know what I am talking about.

Raymond

 

Thoughts at Christmastime.

Don't cry for me this Christmas,
because of whom I've lost,
For I've been blessed in many ways
despite the heavy cost.
Family, friends and faith in God
-the most important gifts
Sustain my heart in every way
and do my aching spirits lift.

Don't cry for me this Christmas
but for those who suffered long.
The crying souls who had no one
to know that they had gone.
Those who passed in loneliness
with pain or guilt or shame,
Those who went to be with God
but no one knew their name.

Don't cry for me this Christmas
but for families sad and sore,
who couldn't say the loving words
they'd meant to say before.
Cry for mothers, fathers too
who let a son or daughter go
Their pain must be worse by far
than any we could know.

Don't cry for me this Christmas,
because I do believe,
The man I've loved is with me still,
and so I will not grieve.
I'll celebrate this Christmas,
because I know he's near.
I'll thank him for eternal love,

and hold his spirit dear.

s. m. scharmann
december 2013


November 27th 2014

Hi Everyone

It is almost Christmas! It is the time to exchange best wishes for a Happy Noel and a most rewarding New Year. May the New Year bring you joy, good health and all the nice things you desire. The Christmas season is always a busy one and this year won't be any different I am sure. Fortunately, after all the "hustle and bustle" of the festive season is done, life does not come to a stand still. With the grand kids in all kinds of sports, or other activities, Marie and I do not experience any boredom whatsoever. We are enjoying our retirement fully, doing hobbies, visiting, playing cards, travelling etc. We are not "Snowbirds" in the true sense of the word but in winter, we do spend time in Osoyoos where the weather is more clement. Many of our friends congregate in that area at the same time we do and we continue to socialize there.

As you can see in the picture and judging from the space we occupy on that chair, we must be approaching our second childhood. It's either that or we have turn into Liliputians. Whatever.. Liliputian or not we are looking forward to Christmas when we will be justified to put the diets on the back burners and enjoy the good food of the ''Christmas Reveillon''. Good tourtieres mashed potatoes followed by the traditional Christmas cake. Oh yes, the Ice cream too!

In closing I invite you to keep in touch with us, either through this website or otherwise.

Merry Christmas and happy new year
Raymond & Marie


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May 4th 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend mass in the St Albert Parish this morning and I was pleased to witness an event that I had never heard of till now; "The Blue Sunday Celebration" If, like me, you are not familiar with this very special display of appreciation and gratitude, allow me to share with you these thoughts. Regardless of your religious convictions and practices, this celebration is bound to touch your heart.

We so often take for granted so many aspects of our lives that we fail to identify the whys or the hows of all our good fortune. We enjoy our freedoms, we like the comfort generated by our many priviledges, we savour the resources surrounding us, we prosper within a climate of security provided by excellent health benefits, superior police services, a strong military, efficient fire departments in a setting within which we have the freedom to exercise our rights. We appreciate our freedoms, of speech, of religion, and assembly. We love to participate and be part of our political systems.

This is our reality my friends! Why is it so? Because so many people, men and women, devote their entire lives making sure that these rights and priviledges are maintained in our society. "Blue Sunday" is all about this. It's all about celebrating the people that make it all happen: Police Force, the EMS workers, prison guards, military, peace officers and the list goes on. The partipants, many of whom come in full uniform, add a lot of color to the celebration and the singing is superb.

The complete celebration takes place every year in the St Albert Parish, thanks to the generous work of the Knights of Columbus Council 4742 in St Albert. At this point I wish to recognize them and congratulate them for such a nice gesture.

Please note that this is an annual events in the St Albert Parish and that everyone is welcome to attend. A few photos depicting the celebration on this special Sunday in the Parish, will be published soon.

Written by Raymond Tremblay


January 2014

Sing Along with the Mexicans

Marie and I, along with my son Dan & his wife Carol, and Donald Regimbald and his wife Karen, went to Mexico recently and had a very good time. Out on an excursion one day, we met with a group of joly Mexicans who gladly accepted us for a meli melo of songs, some of which I happenned to know. We sang our hearts out to the tune of "I an el Rancho grande" and others. Here is a sample of our encounter.Click below!!

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November 2013

Hello everyone!

Well we have been in our new home now for five months today and I'm pleased to say that we are finally enjoying our new place of residence and our new home. As you know, moving has it's share of stress attached to it. The first few months have been very busy ones as we were trying to put our things in order. God knows how much "junk" (to use Marie's words) we (or I) accumulated over the years. My shop was basically a museum of assorted tools and knick & knacks that I had some difficulty to part with. One auction in the fall, ten loads to the dump, one large storage bin filled to capacity in St Albert and there is still some left. In fact I have a few items on kijiji at the present time that I have to get rid of due to lack of space.

However everything is done! Finally we can relax in our home and enjoy the beginning of our new life. Both Marie and I are very pleased of our decision to move and settle in St Albert. Many people are asking us if we like St Albert. Well the answer is; "Yes we do". Sure the taxes are high but we get the services to go with it. Sure we miss our friends from Legal but we have many friends in St Albert too and the ones from Legal are only 25 minutes away. By the way the distances are the same both ways!!

St Albert has a lot to offer. An excellent fire department, a state of the art hospital with doctors at proximity, a multitude of dining places, quantities of stores and shops of all kinds and to put the icing on the cake, a brand new Costco store was built in the last few months. Hey! What else do you want!

The summer was a mixture of work and lake life. We spent some time of the summer at the lake this year but not as much as we would have liked. Our new property needed some attention. For one thing, I needed a place to work. My big shop is not available anymore, I proceeded to build myself a small shop in my backyard. It is not very big but there is enough space to fit in the tools I need for my future hobby. If everthing goes as planned, I will be doing some woodwork during the winter. A guy needs to have something to do. Wood working was always The assignment was almost horrendous but fortunately I knew of a farmer and his wife in the area who were raising pure bred sheep. The problem, they were very particula something I wanted to try my hands at and the stage is now set. Hopefully I will not cut a finger too soon! Marie has her sewing room all set up and if she ever gets the time, she should be doing some sewing this winter.

Well this is where we are now. I would like to hear from you in the near future. If you wish to communicate with the others via this website I will gladly publish your news. I'm sure everyone is interested.

Raymond


September 2013

The Sheep With The Special Attributes(Part Two)

July 2013

Yes things got difficult for my poor sheep! As I was holding it firmly in my lap it decided to have a B.M. Needless to say that I got it...and the smell was not the best. Nevertheless we brought the animal in with the hope of winning the hunt.

Meanwhile another group showed a lot of imagination and determination. As they say, "If you can't get what you want, you have to improvise with what you have". In this case the group had Diana Arts (Wright). Now we all remember Diana very well and we know that nothing was impossible to her. So here she shows up, back in the yard, dressed as a sheep. Well I must say that she was a very impressive sheep. Good looking, proportionally shaped, very feminine with obvious attributes that our sheep, unfortunately, could not display. Well that did it! Our hopes had vanished just like that. The winning trophy went to Diana's group.

There is a lesson to be drawn from this; "If you really want to attain something, to grasp the opportunity or reach what appears beyond the reachable, set your mind to it and somehow you will find a way. When all the doors are shut look for an open window.

Congratulations to Diana's group.

Raymond


July 2013

The Sheep With The Special Attributes(Part one)

For this particular "End of the Year Party" the main event was a gigantic treasure hunt that included all kinds of items varying from "bra hooks" to live sheep. I don't remember how many items were listed but I know the number was high. Time was definitely a factor.

First we were all divided into groups of six or seven and given a list of all the items. With a minimal amount of instructions, we were sent on our way. Bingo, the race was on.

First we were all divided into groups of six or seven and given a list of all the items. With a minimal amount of instructions, we were sent on our way. Bingo, the race was on. In order to win this "hunt", organization was of essence.In our group we further divided into groups of two, each group to concentrate on predetermined items while not overlooking any other items on the list. For myself, of all things, I was asked to find a sheep or what could possibly pass for a sheep. r about their animals. Stress was bad for them and they didn't bite too easily on what I was proposing. For myself, I felt having a real live sheep could very well turn the scale in our favour and give us the victory. I needed this sheep and I was determined to get it. Needless to say that I had to revert to all the convincing techniques I had acquired over the years to convince these nice people that their sheep would be very well treated, and returned to flock in good shape, completely stress free and happy. Let me tell you that I was hoping I would be able to live up to what I had said. Maybe the sheep was to be stress free but I wasn't! In any case, after every thing was said and done, I took off with a nice healthy male sheep in my truck. Being afraid to bring it in the box, I decided to have him ride home in the cab with me and the driver who unfortuna tetly I forgot the name.. Mistake! On the way home the sheep started to get nervous and fidgety. After a short while he was in a total state of physical tension. Guess what happened.... Raymond To be continued

In order to win this "hunt", organization was of essence.In our group we further divided into groups of two, each group to concentrate on predetermined items while not overlooking any other items on the list. For myself, of all things, I was asked to find a sheep or what could possibly pass for a sheep.

The assignment was almost horrendous but fortunately I knew of a farmer and his wife in the area who were raising pure bred sheep. The problem, they were very particular about their animals. Stress was bad for them and they didn't bite too easily on what I was proposing. For myself, I felt having a real live sheep could very well turn the scale in our favour and give us the victory. I needed this sheep and I was determined to get it.

Needless to say that I had to revert to all the convincing techniques I had acquired over the years to convince these nice people that their sheep would be very well treated, and returned to flock in good shape, completely stress free and happy. Let me tell you that I was hoping I would be able to live up to what I had said. Maybe the sheep was to be stress free but I wasn't!

In any case, after every thing was said and done, I took off with a nice healthy male sheep in my truck. Being afraid to bring it in the box, I decided to have him ride home in the cab with me and the driver who unfortunatetly I forgot the name..

Mistake! On the way home the sheep started to get nervous and fidgety. After a short while he was in a total state of physical tension. Guess what happened....

Raymond

To be continued


Grand Theft in Public View

Hello.

It's me again reminiscing and enjoying every minute of it. (You should do it too sometimes you would enjoy it). This particular incident occurred way back when...to the days when Nestor was still keeping his wife in a cage. (Some of you will remember that, I am positive). As usual the party was thriving with activities and games and of course certain individuals were starting to feel the side effects of alcohol on the human brain. So much so, that in front of everyone present, they committed what I will refer to as "grand theft." I will not devulge their names. I will simply refer to them as R & N. Of couse some of you might associate these letters with Real & Nestor but note, that I did not say that!

It was shortly after we finished eating our 12 oz steaks and a ton of other delicious items brought by everyone, that the weather started to show threatening signs of a possible dumping on us. So, in advent of the storm, we wisely decided to move into the garage to continue the festivities. Fortunately the rain did not come, but as we were all settled in the garage, we continued celebrating the year end party, inside the garage. Sometimes in the course of the evening, "N" backed up his truck in front of the garage door and he and "R" proceeded to load my garage tools in the truck. In went the bench saw, then the radial arm saw, followed by my wood-lathe and so on. At one point they even proceeded to lifting Marie's chair, with her in it, in the truck. That's when they erred! It so happened that Marie failed to cooperate as R & N were having all kinds of problems trying to lift her in the truck. They were caught and their little adventure came to an end. Our two frienly crooks had to return all the merchandise to the garage.

Question:

At a chrismas party at Harvey St Onge's place one year, some people or one person, hid chicken bones from KFC in a dresser drawer in the bedroom adjacent to the recreation room. Who was it?? It is time to confess!!!

I reminisce,

Ray


June 26th 2013

Where You There?

Sometimes I like to sit back and eminisce about what many like to think of as: "The Good Old Days". As a group of educators we work hard to achieve our objectives but we also enjoyed ourselves extensively when the occasions presented themselves. Extensively is probably the best way to describe our many "Staff Parties" over the years. Some were memorable but most were unforgettable.

Were you there for the treasure hunt in the bush that was interrupted by a massive rain storm and almost cancelled? Yes, almost but not cancelled. Thanks to a few brave warriors who refused to lay down their arms in front of adversity, the hunt took place. Three "braves" took off in the rain and thunder to find the coveted treasures. Graig Ozipko, Walter Kruhlak, and I believe Lawrence Beaudin, not deterred by the storm, headed out for the bush soon after supper. They remained unheard of for at least an hour and a half. A couple of the wives became quite worried as their absences continued into the night and I had to reassure them explaining that they could not get lost as they were surrounded by roads and many farmers in the area.

The party was going strong inside the Quonset while our "braves" were getting soaked in the bush when all of a sudden, a booming voice is heard over the hustle and bustle. It was Walter hauling "Where is Ray? I have a score to settle with him". The three were completely wet from head to toe but they had located all the treasures which they proudly laid on a table.

I don't think any of them got sick from the adventure, and no, Walter didn't beat me up.

More to come soon

Ray


Hi
We have bought a house in St Albert.

Our new address as of June 15th will be 18 Napoleon Crescent in St Albert


Marie & Raymond


December 17th 2012

Dear Colleagues

The Christmas Season is now upon us and Marie and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year. May the Peace of the Lord Jesus descend upon you and bring you peace and tranquillity for the coming new year. During this time of love & peace let us not be afraid to express our esteem and allegiance to our loved ones. Let us cherish the time we have together and be thankful for every new day that we awaken to.

Also during this period of family gatherings and celebrating let us remember those who are suffering and battling adversity, ill health and other times of trial. Let us have a special thought and prayer for those who will spend the festive season with a loved one who is seriously ill or missing. Let us also offer a prayer for the latest school victims in Newtown, Connecticut, thanking God that we never had to live through a similar situation while involved in our schools.

In concluding, again best wishes for the Festive Season!

Marie & Raymond


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Gaetane Champagne

Real & Gaetane March 11th 2015

What a pleasant surprise to see Real and Gaetane Champagne knock at our door in Osoyoos yesterday. They were on their way back home from Vancouver Island after spending six weeks in the sun visiting family and friends in the area. Among them Lucille Dube and Marie's brother Richard Cloutier.

Both Real and Gaetane are doing well and using Real's own words; "We had a real good time visiting the Island's many beautiful spots" To top it all they actually had the services of a local tour guide, a friend of Lucille Dube. Talk about being spoiled!

Upon their arrival here Gaetane met Jeanne Roska a friend from way back during their high school days. That proved to be a pleasant surprise for both of them.

Real and Gaetane are wishing you all the best

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Laurent Johnson

Lorraine St Martin

Gerard St Martin leaves us after a long and courageous battle against M.S.

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For those of us who knew Gerald, his passing is most painful even though his death had been eminent for a few years. Upon my arrival in Legal, Gerald was a healthy young boy in grade eight, and like every young man he enjoyed life to the fullest. He was good in school, proficient in sports, strong socializer, generally, a fine young gentleman with a keen sense of humour, a trait he maintained till the last days of his life. Gerald married Lorraine DeChamplain in 1976 and together they started a family which now consists of three lovely daughters, Nathalie, Caroline and Stephanie. All three are married and Stepanie is the proud mother of two children whom Gerald had the joy of knowing and loving. He became the loving "Pépère" a title he accepted with love and tenderness. It was more than he had hoped for.

I could go on, but at this point on behalf of Marie & myself and all your former collegues, Lorraine, we offer you our deepest sympathies and may God be at your side for these most difficult times.

To conclude I am pleased to let Lorraine, in her own words, express her final goodbyes to the man she loved, the man who became the father of her children, the Pépère of her grandchildren and now the man who is the angel up above keeping an eye on all of them.

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Rachelle St Onge

July 7th 2014

I apologies for the delay in publishing this information from Rachelle but I was unable to work on the website last week. However here it is. First, let me comment on Rachelle's third retirement project, the broken wrist. Last I heard, the heeling process is progressing nicely and a complete recovery is in site. Good for you Rachelle. That took long enough!

As far as Rachelle's first project is concerned, becoming a grandma, well that is going well. First Violet Audrey is born to Denis and Amanda St. Onge, and now Nicholas Marcel St. Onge is born to Marc and Robin St Onge. Congratulations to the happy parents and to Grandma Rachelle.

 

This is Nicholas Marcel St. Onge, born on June 4, weighing 7lbs 14oz.
News from Rachelle St. Onge:

I retired from teaching in June, 2013 and my first project was to become a grandma!

 

This is Violet Audrey St. Onge, born to Denis and Amanda on July 25, 2013.

My second project was to participate in a humanitarian project in Puerto Vallarta. In October, 2013, I helped the St Albert Rotary Club set up a Kindergarten for children who reside at the dump. We also set up a Day Care, a Teen Center and a Kitchen in a complex that the families are being re-located to. It was a very rewarding experience. These children had difficulty wrapping their heads around our Canadian generosity!

My third project was to suffer a broken wrist! (Not a very pleasant way to spend my retirement, to say the least!) I tripped over a t.v. repairman's boots left in the middle of my own kitchen! Because I suffered nerve damage, I have gone to Physio or Occupational Therapy every day for four months! They do tell me I will eventually fully recover!

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of grandchild #2. At the end of May, Marc and Robyn are expecting a boy, to be named Nicholas! Everyone is ecstatic!

Best Wishes to all of you,

ox Rachelle


Farewell Marcel

On Thursday January 10th 2013 family and friends gathered at the St Albert Funeral home to pay their last respects to a son, husband, father, brother and friend Marcel Harvey st Onge.

The Celebration of Life for Marcel, who valiantly fought MS for decades to eventually succumb to the disease on January 6th 2013, was a very touching one. The celebration was highlighted by the Candle Ceremony during which eight members of Marcel's family and closest friends came forward in turn to light a candle in Marcel's honor, each one representing Marcel's traits and qualities. Following is the essence of the celebration.

Candle Celebration

1. First to light a candle was Yolande, Marcel's mother.

Throughout his life, Marcel showed great endurance and strength. Without complaint, he accepted the hand he was dealt and always saw the positive in every situation, greeting every new day as a blessing. So many times in the last few years everyone would think that for sure it was the end but somehow he always pulled through. Life was still worth living for him, no matter how difficult things got.

2. Lynn Found, Marcel's sister.

Marcel was devoted to his family. When his father Harvey retired, Marcel took over the family poultry farm, determined to continue the project his father had started. Even with failing health he beautified the farm, built a new house, built more barns and successfully increased the quota to 36,000 broilers. He was proud of his accomplishments. If anyone showed concerns about his difficulty walking he would say, "I have a quad!" He buzzed around the farm on his a.t.v with Max the springer spaniel on one side and Sparky the german shepherd on the other.

3. Stan and Cathy Dezaeyer, friends.

Marcel, with his gentle personality and cheerful nature, readily made friends with everyone he met. He was easy to talk to and treated people with kindness and respect. At Lac la Nonne, a common sight would be Marcel motoring down Duncan Road on his red scooter, stopping at every house to visit.

4. Jennifer Agrell-Smith, Marc's partner.

Marcel was very knowledgeable. He was an avid reader with particular interest in scientific fact and fiction. He loved to challenge himself with topics such as cosmology and understood well the theories of Steven Hawking, for example.

5. Marc, his first son.

Marcel was very well organized. One of his first jobs was computer programming. He enjoyed using spreadsheets and excel documents to keep the household and business organized. Another trait that Marc represents is Marcel's sense of integrity. Marcel was an honest man with sound morals.

6. Denis, his second son.

Marcel was very intelligent with a good sense of humour and wit. He took pride in bettering himself intellectually and he was always current and informed. His witty comments kept everyone laughing. He referred to driving Rachelle around as "driving miss daisy", or he would call her bling shoes "fat-lady-going-to-bingo-shoes".

7. Rachelle, his wife of 43 years.

Marcel was a devoted husband. His partnership with Rachelle is a true example of love, concern for one another and unselfish commitment.

8. Amanda, his new daughter in law.

Amanda became Denis' wife in October of 2011. She represents new life and legacy. A few weeks ago, Marcel was so proud to hear some very good new... that his spirit will live on in a new grandchild, due in July.

End of Candle Celebration

It is sad that no remedy has yet been found to eliminate this disabling illness. Research is paramount in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and the family encourages you to support The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Alberta in their efforts to find a cure for this devastating illness.

Marcel's Eulogy

Marcel was born on May 11, 1948. He was the oldest child of Harvey and Yolande St. Onge, followed by Lynn, Raymond, Roland and Liliane. According to his mother, Marcel was a happy, busy child. He worked on the farm uncomplainingly and enjoyed being with his father. Marcel was a supportive big brother and was an excellent role model for his siblings.

Marcel was introduced to Rachelle Pelletier from Morinville, by a mutual friend (Madeleine Larose-St. Jean) at a teen dance in Bon Accord. They somehow knew, the moment they met, that they would be together, forever. They were engaged on Valentine's Day in 1969 and married in July of that same year. The wedding vows

Marcel worked at Sherritt Gordon in Redwater as an Operator and then at Alcan in Strathcona as an Operations Foreman. They set out to have a productive and happy life together and raised two fine sons, Marc and Denis. Marcel eventually took over the St.Onge Family Poultry Farm and Rachelle worked as an elementary school teacher in Legal. Marcel had many interests: He enjoyed Science Fiction and loved to call himself a Trekkie. He was an active member of the Legal Lion's Club, enjoyed Playing Cards, listening to Music, Curling, Snow Skiing, Quadding, Golfing, Motorcycling, Ultra-lite Flying, Skydiving, Boating, Fishing, Ping-Pong, Waterskiing and Carpentry. With all of his hobbies, he still managed to find time to build four houses and several barns.

One winter day in 1986, when Marcel was walking around the farm, he felt a tingling in the soles of his feet. He assumed that he had frozen his feet. The tingling lingered for several weeks. On another occasion, he noticed that his vision was changing and it seemed that he was looking through cellophane. After seeing his family doctor and then a neurologist, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the chronic progressive kind. His health started on a downward spiral. He soon began walking with a cane, eventually needing a wheelchair. Realizing that he needed extra care, he admitted himself to a long-term care facility. Marcel's unselfishness in making that decision made the transition easier on his family.

The MS presented itself as an exhausting fatigue that denied Marcel all physical activity. He soon became quadriplegic, no longer able to speak. He did, however, enjoy listening to music and always understood conversation. He liked to be read to and particularly enjoyed the poems "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and "Sam McGee" by Robert Service, both of which Rachelle read so often that she memorized them. Marcel continued to be a devoted husband and father who always placed his family first. He was always understanding, kind and unselfish. He was a good listener, always cheerful and positive.

Marcel was blessed to have the unwavering and loyal support of his family, especially his wife, Rachelle. She saw him daily through all of his years in care, often several times per day. When he became unable to feed himself Rachelle fed him and chatted about her day, making his days more enjoyable and giving him something to think about and to look forward to.

Anyone who had the privilege to know Marcel was blessed with a precious experience. His purpose in life was to "LOVE" and to "BE LOVED" and by his example he distributed strength to everyone around him. Marcel was an inspiration to us all. He handled his illness with dignity, never complained and always retained his sense of humour.

He will be missed.

Rest in peace, Marcel.(Cathy and Stan Dezaeyer)


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Donna Hodgins

I am doing just fine. Yep I have gotten into quilting. I always liked sewing but didn't always have the time for it. Now I have lots of time and some days use a lot of hours quilting.

Ralph and I took a month long cruise last October. It was awesome. We started in Vancouver then went to Seattle, Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and some other South Pacific islands. We ended up in Sydney Australia and flew home from there. We were tired but had a great time. So now that we have spent our holiday budget for a while I guess we'll stay home for a bit.

Now that spring is on it's way I am getting the urge to look at seed catalogues. Not that I have a big garden space but I like to plant some pots of flowers. I'll try tomatoes again this year hopefully I'll be more successful than last year.

It's always nice to hear from you. Thank you for keeping the Legal teachers going. I hope you and Marie have a great spring and best wishes to all.

Donna


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Robert Régimbald

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Ernie Stelmack

Ernie passed away

In my last communique I had mentioned to you that Ernie Stelmack, our janitor, was facing serious health issues. Regretfully, Ernie left us on July 5th 2012. He was found unresponsive the night before by Sofie and rushed to the hospital where the next day, he peacefully left this earth to claim his eternal reward. Ernie was a devoted man well liked by everyone. He will be missed by all. Our most sincere condolences go to Ernie's family and friends.

Sofie, Tina and Scott our prayers are with you.

Funeral arrangements are being made for July28th in Edmonton at Park Memorial at 3:30 P.M.



Hi Everyone

I had the opportunity to communicate with the Stelmacks this week and exchange news. Sofie and Ernie are now retired and residing in Calgary. Unfortunately Ernie's health is not good at the moment as he has a number of serious health issues. He did spend some time at the palliative care facility but thanks to the excellent care he received from his doctors and the staff at the palliative unit he is now back home and receiving home care. His condition is serious but stable. Sofie is doing well and finds a lot of satisfaction and support from her children Tina and Scott. Both Tina and Scott are married. Tina has two children Isabelle and Mathew. Scott and his wife live in Leduc but do not have children yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left: Tina & her husband Derrick, Sopphie & Ernie --On right: Scott & Wife Emily

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Jeanne Roska

News from Osoyoos

The time has come to depart and of course the time to say our goodbyes. It was a real pleasure to reconnect with Jeanne and John Roska after some 25 years of non contact. Its amazing the number of things one can reminisce upon after such a lengthy separation. Meeting John was also a very rewarding encounter. His mischievous smile grabs your attention and you know this guy is going to have a lot of stories to tell. And let me tell you, we were not disappointed. His many years in the far north on the D.E.W. line, provided him with many anecdotes and events enough to fill a few of our evenings.

We are now looking forward to next year to meet again in Osoyoos and enjoy a great time.

Written by R Tremblay


 

February 24th 2015
We met with John and Jeanne Roska yesterday and enjoyed a nice chat while playing a game of cards. As you may remember Jeanne did a lot of substitution for Legal School some years ago. In fact she was a very reliable substitute, always answering to the call. Jeanne is now retired and living in Westlock with her husband John who is also retired.

It was very rewarding to exchange news and to dig deep into the memories of the past together. Interesting to know that John and Jeanne started their married life in the far north, him working on the D.E.W line and Jeanne doing some subbing while raising the children. Working up north proved to be very satisfying for both of them as they enjoyed socializing with the people surrounding them and even at times playing tricks on them. A good sence of humour helps when most of the days up there are on the darker side.

After completing their time in the North, John bought the family farm in Vimy and they lived there until they retired in Westlock.

Of course I introduced Jeanne to the teachers website and she was very pleased to learn about her former colleagues. Getting re-accquainted sure brought a smile to her face.

Written by RT

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