The CAMROSE BOOSTER, February 23, 2021 – Page 24
Nathaniel Bosshard Our family received the gift of Nathaniel Jacob Abe on May 4, 2020. We knew while I was still pregnant with Nathaniel that there was something special about him. Shortly after he was born, through genetic testing, we learned he had a rare condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. This meant his body did not produce collagen effectively, which caused his bones to be brittle and easily break. We soon learned that what Nathaniel lacked in collagen, he made up for in character. We were able to take him home three weeks after he was born, and our family learned the true blessing it was to have him in our lives. God creates everyone with a purpose. Nathaniel was a teacher. He taught us that through the grace of God, we can experience joy and peace in any circumstance. He taught us perspective and how we should enjoy every moment to the fullest, and to treasure the memories in our heart. He taught us to be eternally minded. In this life, there are trials, but if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to lead and guide through these times, we have the hope of an eternity with Him where there is no pain or suffering. It didn’t take long for anyone who met Nathaniel to fall in love with him. He had an easy smile, and the most radiant, expressive blue eyes. Nathaniel’s siblings quickly fell victim to his charm and were completely smitten with him. His oldest sister, Jade, enjoyed holding him and talking with him. He shared a special bond with his brother, Daniel. Nathaniel’s eyes would light up when Daniel came near to play with him, and it was always sweet to hear the low chuckles these times produced. Nathaniel watched and listened contentedly when his sisters Paisley and Quinley would read books or sing songs to him. Nathaniel also had a great love for his Daddy. Early on, they enjoyed long heartfelt ‘conversations’ together, and if Daddy had to step away for a moment, he was quickly called back. Nathaniel also enjoyed Daddy’s touch as Daddy gently massaged his legs until Nathaniel was wiggling with joy. As his Mommy, I will never forget the sweet and quiet times of holding Nathaniel and having him look up at me with humbling adoration. Many times, my eyes would water with the joy of having this beautiful little boy in my arms. In severe cases of osteogenesis imperfecta, such as Nathaniel’s, simply sneezing can cause fractures. Because of the many fractures his ribs had, they weren’t able to grow as fast as the rest of his body, which caused his lungs to be restricted. On February 15, with immeasurable sorrow, we had to say goodbye to our beautiful little boy. Our family is forever changed for the better because of the lessons we learned from our tiny teacher. A few of our favourite things about Nathaniel: Mommy: With his hand on the bottle while I was feeding him, he would stretch his fingers straight up in anticipation of me kissing the tips of them. This was repeated many times in the course of a bottle. The feel of his skin under my lips as I kissed him while drinking in his sweet smell. Playing with the small patch of hair on the right side of his head that was at least two inches longer than the rest of his hair. Daddy: Those eyes, full of trust, love and wonder. Every morning, he would contentedly spend a quiet time gazing out the window at the tree tops and birds. He very much enjoyed this. There was no upset that a gentle foot massage wouldn’t fix. Our long discussions and his delight in the various sounds with which we would mimic each other. When he was smaller, he loved to be cradled in my bare hands without being on a pillow. Jade: He was just a sweet boy who was always content. Daniel (6 years): “Everything he did, and that he was my brother.” Paisley (4 years): “He smiled lots..” Quinley (3 years): “I like him smiling.” Nathaniel is survived by his loving parents Dan and Tricia Bosshard; his siblings Dustin and Kristal, Dillon, Jade, Daniel, Paisley, and Quinley; his grandparents Abe Neustaeter, Dan Bosshard, Linda and Gord Brown; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandma Jessie Neustaeter. Due to the pandemic restrictions, a private family graveside service will be held at Highland Park Cemetery, New Norway, Alberta. Memorial donations may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Garry Rakowski Garry Rakowski passed away quietly at the home he shared with his wonderful wife, Dianne, on January 30, 2021, at the age of 74. He was surrounded by his family and extended family throughout all the final steps of his journey and battle with cancer. Garry was born in Camrose, Alberta, on September 2, 1946. He went to school in Meldal, Round Hill and Camrose. Garry went to SAIT for his Glazier ticket after he moved to Calgary. He started up Marlboro Caulking Ltd., which gave him a great deal of professional satisfaction, being the perfectionist that he was. In 1989, he went to Beijing, China for four months, and to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for nine months, working as a Technical Advisor on the construction of new Canadian Embassies. Garry and Dianne lived in Edmonton and Red Deer, where he personally built their home, which was an abundant source of pride for them. Garry was always a hard and meticulous worker, who held himself and others to a high ethical standard. He coached his sons in hockey and ball, and was always conscientious about demonstrating appropriate and proper language, especially when referring to politicians or the police. He is remembered for always sharing his opinions with his nieces and nephews, always being welcoming to all of the boy’s friends to come over and chat, and having a three-car garage that never had room for a car to ever park in. Garry married Dianne (nee Schmitz) in 1970, and they were married for over 50 years. They had two sons Derek (Sandi) and Todd (Deanne); and two grandchildren Matthew and Samaera. He is lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and cousins. In addition to his immediate family, Garry is survived by his two brothers George (Carol) and Dennis; and his brother-inlaw Calvin (Terry) Schmitz. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Mildred; and his sister Rosa (Leonard) Cappis. At Garry’s request, there will be no funeral service for him. He chose to be cremated and will be buried at the Rakowski family plots at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Round Hill, Alberta. Due to current restrictions, the family will hold a graveside Celebration of Life in the future.
Donald Leo Sharkey May 7, 1924 ~ February 18, 2021 With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Donald Leo Sharkey of Camrose, formerly Duhamel, on February 18, 2021, at the age of 96. He was born on May 7, 1924, and had a farm upbringing with eleven siblings. Don started his own career with the Seed Growers’ Association, and moved between Camrose, Coronation and Duhamel. Returning to the Camrose area, he managed Greenan’s in Wetaskiwin and Junction Service and Auto at the Highway 21 junction. He followed his love of mechanics and opened Don’s Esso in Edmonton in 1960. During his time in Coronation, he found the love of his life Crissie (Crystal Caseley), and married on his birthday in 1950. What a present! They were blessed with four children Dwayne, Roddy, Jacqueline and Michelle. Don worked extremely hard, but also loved and cherished his time with family, friends and community. Don loved sports and spent time playing baseball and hockey and umpired long into his later years. His kids would say there was no favouritism when Dad was umpiring. Don and Cris were enthusiastic curlers, and loved to go square dancing with friends. With Crissie working at Wardair, they enjoyed many travels, especially Hawaii. Don enjoyed a good party, loved cracking jokes and playing tricks on his friends and family. You always had to be on guard with Don around. When their grandchildren came along, they were always the priority. He found extreme joy in being a poppa, and was always there when it came to rocking them to sleep or making sure their car was fit for the journey home. He loved spending time passing on his tricks, and watching many of the sports with which they were involved. In retirement, Don and Crissie used their time to socialize with friends and family. Don remained involved in baseball, working with the Trappers and Cracker Cats in Edmonton, until they moved back to Camrose in 2006, to West Park Village. Don and Crissie enjoyed their neighbors and many activities. Don was always a card shark and continued to play until his last days; he was always the luckiest guy at the table. In the fall of 2019, Don was able to move into Bethany Meadows Assisted Living, where he lived until his passing. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Crystal; children Dwayne (Rita), Jacqueline (Chris) Vammen and Michelle (Mel) Crowson; grandchildren Dax, Dayna (Jodi), Ryan, Rebecca, Reed, Connor and Reilly; great-grandchildren Logan, Bryanna, Kale, Brett and Dalten; and extended family, nieces, nephews and friends. Donald was predeceased by his son Roddy; six of his brothers and sisters; and his mother and father. As per Don’s wishes, there will be no public funeral service. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, or to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, please visit www.burgarfuneralhome.com.
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Dawn April 19, 1971 ~ February 24, 2019 The day I met you was the day I found my soulmate and true love. You made my life complete and made me a better person. It is so very hard to believe that two years have passed since God took you away. It still feels like yesterday. I miss everything about you. Your smile, which I fell in love with the moment I saw it. I miss your voice and the love we had for each other. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t wish you were still here beside me. Love forever and always, Doug, Jenna, Erik, Sydney, Brandon
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