Passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone at the age of 97.
After 97 years of a life lived with love and gratitude, our beloved Mom, Gramma and Great-gramma/Amma passed on to join her husband Ab; parents Ingo and Stefania(Hermanson) Dalman; son-in-law Errol Ferguson; brothers Harold, Norman, Gordon, Frank, Arnold and sister Evelyn (Sis); siblings-in-law Sheila, Bette, Audrey and Gordon and many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. She is survived by her daughters Sharen (John) of Selkirk, Valerie (Richard) of Gladstone and Marcia (Jim) of Langruth and her son-in-law Greg of Gladstone; her grandchildren Travis (Janie), Shandra (Brent), Brad (Jennifer), Amberly (Shawn), Scott (Tasha), and Christopher; great-grandchildren Tyler, Clayton, Kara, Hannah, Madigan, Michael, Castleton and Aspen remain here to cherish memories and to remember the unconditional love and selfless support she gave and the lessons she quietly taught. Also left enriched by her life are her beloved sister Mabel; brother-in-law Les; sister-in-law Margaret; nieces and nephews. Corinne was born in Selkirk, MB on November 5, 1921 and enjoyed her youth on her Dad's dairy farm in the north end of Selkirk. She remembered her childhood fondly, including her time swimming in the Selkirk slough with siblings and friends, visits from Aunts in Winnipeg, and her Dad getting milk to those in town who needed but couldn't afford it. Having grown up through the Depression, Corinne had a deep appreciation and strong sensibility that never left her. Nothing was wasted and everything possible was reused, whether wax paper, wrapping paper or otherwise. In 1946, Corinne married Ab, who she met after Ab and her brother Norman joined to serve in the Royal Canadian Engineers and before they were deployed to serve in Europe. Corinne and Ab then moved to the Woodside/Steelbridge area where they farmed with Ab's brother Gordon who was married to Corinne's sister Evelyn. Their daughter Sharen was born in 1949, followed by Valerie in 1953 and Marcia in 1955. Corinne enjoyed life on the farm, curling, playing cards, sewing, gardening, and visits with extended family and many friends. After retirement Corinne and Ab moved from the farm to Gladstone where they both continued to be involved in the community. For Corinne, this included volunteering in the Royal Canadian Women’s Auxiliary (Life member) the United Church Women's and the Gladstone Hospital Aid as well as helping others out in the community in countless ways. Shortly thereafter, she became a Gramma. Corinne continued to be devoted to her family and gave and received great joy from attending her grandchildren's activities which included frequent trips to Winnipeg and Selkirk. After Ab passed on in 1985, Corinne never hesitated to jump in her car and continue these trips. Corinne also spent summers hosting family, which often included her grandchildren's friends, at her simple lakefront spot at Big Point Retreat on Lake Manitoba. Gramma would play countless games of Uno and crib and never said no when we asked for one more game. She also continued to spend months in Texas with her brothers Harold and Frank and their wives, curl in the winter and golf in the summer (the last of which continued into her 80's). Corinne enjoyed traveling, including family trips to visit relatives in North Dakota when she was young, a trip to England with Ab to visit the family Ab billeted with at Christmas during the war, sightseeing on Vancouver Island, multiple trips to California to visit Mabel and Les and many trips throughout Canada for military reunions with Norman and Bette and at age 88, a 4 generation trip to Iceland. She also appreciated the visits she received from nieces and nephews who thought to stop in on their way through Gladstone. Corinne was proudly Canadian and very proud of her Icelandic heritage (and being hailed by many as the best vinatarta maker), proud of Ab's as well as her brothers Norman and Gordon’s service to Canada. She was most proud of her family. She loved our family holiday celebrations and our weekend gatherings around hotel pools. We will miss her quiet stubbornness and determination, her grace, her generous support, her interest in all we did and her infinite love, but as she would want, we will focus on being thankful for the time we had, the memories we made, the lessons we learned and the love we shared.
And lastly these words from the song “I Call You Names” by Tenille Arts:
I paint you in the most beautiful light
I call you (mama) Mom, my best friend
My everything til the end
I call you my angel
I call you a saint
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