DORTHY ALICE (nee LEFEBRE) BLUMENSCHEIN

Dorothy Alice Blumenschein passed away peacefully March 20, 2015 in Palliative Care in Grand Forks, BC. Dorothy was born August 17, 1932 in Drumheller, Alberta to Maude (nee Winsor) and Joseph Lefebre. Dorothy matriculated high school in Drumheller before studying comptometer skills at a business school in Calgary. She met the love of her life, Ronald Blumenschein, at Catholic Youth Organization events in Calgary. Dorothy had no doubts that Ron would ‘Pass Muster’ with the sizable family clan of Lefebre’s and Guterson’s and they married on January 30, 1954 in Drumheller and made their home in Calgary. The following years were centered on raising their three sons, creating wonderful memories, while instilling the values of peace, compassion and curiosity. Mom and Dad enjoyed taking us canoeing and camping throughout the parks of Alberta and BC as well as on regular trips to visit family in Drumheller and the Okanagan. When her sons were older Dorothy returned to the working world as a Bookbinder at the Energy Resources Conservation Board in Calgary. She and Ron developed a love for travel and experienced the cultures of Spain, Portugal, France and Morocco. They were smitten with Spain in the 70’s and returned numerous times and their home soon took on the appearance of a Spanish casa. Dorothy and Ron bought their first RV in 1978 and for the next 25 years enjoyed touring much of Western North America. In 1982, she and Ron retired to Almond Gardens Road in Grand Forks where they built a beautiful home and cared for a big yard and garden and they delighted in enjoying the fruits of their labours. They later moved to a cozy home on Panorama Drive enjoying landscaping worthy of an arboretum and lots of wonderful neighbours. Dorothy was a good cook and baker, so hosting bridge evenings with Ron were a highlight since they were avid bridge players and they enjoyed the friendships that resulted from playing. She was a keen reader of histories, biographies and fiction of every kind and she knit or crocheted many slippers, mittens and afghans for gifts or to donate. She enjoyed her time as a volunteer in the Grand Forks & District Public Library. Dorothy and Ron’s sons and grandchildren carry on their love for the outdoors; walking, camping and gardening as well as reading, cooking and traveling. Dorothy is intensely missed by her beloved sons, Tim (Wendy E. Bakgaard) in Calgary, Andrew (Norma) in Belgrade, Montana and David in Trail, B.C. as well as her much loved grandchildren, Alexandra and Bryce in Montana and by her elder brother Don Lefebre. She is also mourned by her brothers-in-law; Jerry (Norah), Bob (Charlene), Ray (Sylvia) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband Ron and her sister–in-law Joan Saarikettu. Dorothy’s family extends their sincere gratitude to her wonderfully caring friends and the staff and volunteers at Silver Kettle Village. Thanks also to Dr. Coleshill and all the staff in the Grand Forks Hospital and Palliative Care for their continued care, concern and support. A Memorial Service was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grand Forks, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), Attn: Donations, 600-60 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4T 1N5 will be greatly appreciated.