I was shocked to hear of the passing of our own Raelene Schmaltz last week. Raelene was killed in a tragic traffic accident on Highway 9 south of Irricana. All of Beiseker is greiving her loss.
My wife and I met Raelene while we were teaching in Beiseker Community School back in the early 1970s. She attended my Social Studies classes throughout her school years. I was impressed by her quiet but forceful presence. I always knew that there was some very serious thinking going on behind those flashing dark eyes and I waited for her comments with great anticipation!
As in any small town, nobody really leaves, they just go a little farther away. We heard of her world travels and her graduating at the top of her class to become a nurse. We were all proud of her accomplishments. I also recall her working with 4-H kids over the years. In the past while, I would often see Raelene in town. She'd always give me a smile and a cheerful greeting. I will miss that.
Our sincere condolences go to Eileen & Clarence and their family.