Obituaries — 13 September 2017
Ursula Kosik – 1939 – 2017

Ursula Kosik – 1939 – 2017

In loving memory of Ursula Elisabeth Kosik, age 78, who passed away surrounded by love on August 25th, 2017.

Ursula was born in 1939 to Willy and Gertrud Drechsler in Weissbach, Germany.  Willy relocated to Canada first and in 1953 Ursula made the journey with her mother and two sisters, Edelgard Zimmer (deceased) and Inge Desautels.  Settling first near Edmonton, Alberta and eventually in Dryden, the family owned and operated Drechsler’s Poultry Farm.  

Ursula met Alphonse Kosik while he was working on the local pipeline.  They were married in 1959 and went on to have three children, Sheila (Jim), Janet (Gerry) and Ronald (Barb).

Forever a farm girl at heart, there were always animals around.  Countless hours were spent in her beloved garden or in the kitchen cooking, baking and canning.  Ursula also loved to knit, play crib and watch curling but all activities paled in comparison to fishing.  Her and Al spent many days on the water at Lorne Lake and in later years would compete, keeping a running tally of the number of fish they caught throughout the summers.   

She was, without a doubt, one of the hardest working women out there.  Whether it was work on the farm, her job at the tree nursery or just everyday chores, you can be guaranteed that not only did she set the pace, she set the standard for quality; a standard that she expected from everyone else.  She enjoyed her job at the tree nursery and the lifelong friends she made there is a true testament to the love and respect she received everywhere she went.  

Her greatest accomplishment was becoming a Grandma and the love that she had for her grandchildren is something that Amber (Tom), Allison (Scott), Samantha, Ryan (Claudia), Chelsea and Kyle (Taylor) will cherish for the rest of their lives.  She didn’t miss much as the grandchildren grew up, from hockey rinks and piano recitals to the bleachers of the football field, baseball diamond and volleyball court, she would always show up seat cushion in tow, ready to watch for hours.  She was very proud of her grandchildren and the love they had for each other; a special bond they shared because of her.

Ursula’s life was not without its hardships.  In 1977 she fought her first battle with cancer.  Considering herself lucky to be alive, she then lived life to its fullest.  Cancer would take her on twice more in recent years, only for her to come out on top.  This slowed her down but could not stop her.  After fighting sickness since late last year she is now at peace although her fire and sense of humor were present until the end.  

It isn’t often in our lives that we come across someone so special, someone that stays with you forever.  Ursula was that kind of person.  She cared more than most, loved more than most and was an inspiring strength to all who knew her.  There is a part of her in each of us; something she gave and asked nothing for in return and through that she will continue to live in our hearts forever.

Ich liebe dich!  You were our anchor, our heart, our world!

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate Ursula’s life was held Thursday, August 31st, 2107 at 2:00 p.m. in Our Saviour Lutheran Church with Pastor James Wood officiating.  Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to DRHC CT Scan Fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca 

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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