On Saturday, September 25th we lost a kind soul. There will be no funeral service, however, we hope for a celebration of life next spring. Thank you to Bethany Riverview for all their care and support, especially in the last week of her life. Before she passed, Robyn wrote the obituary below for us to share.
"Dear Family and Friends, if this message is being read, then I have already passed. I stayed as long as I could for the sake of my two children, "no longer kids!", James Allen, my oldest son (34), and my daughter, Heather Diana (31).
I was one of six children born to Lyle Norman Bolstad and Erna Anne (nee Radke). They were delighted to welcome my brother Kenneth David (wife Linda, daughter Rebecca [husband Adam], and son Scott). Ken is 3 years older than me and in between was a second son, Curtis Bryan who passed at four months of age due to Spinal Meningitis. They also lost another son due to miscarriage but were delighted to welcome me, a girl into the world after. Soon after me came Lyle Murray, then Twylla Martha Marie (daughter Cody [husband Reece]). Lastly, Cheryl Roseanne was born and completed the Bolstad family. Needless to say, my parents had their hands full with all of us.
I went to Renfrew Elementary, Colonel McLeod Junior High, and Crescent Heights High. I loved going to school and was very active in several programs. I wanted to become a teacher, as long as I could remember. My involvement in the outstanding phys. ed. programs in high school and U of C led me to become a phys. ed. teacher at Sir John A MacDonald and Lord Beaverbrook High. That is where I met my friend, Marilyn McPhail, who changed my life in many ways. I always said to her "Life would be dull without you!" She convinced me to pursue my love of art and personally accepted my first job as an art teacher for me, as I was out of town at the time. Since then, I have become quite the talented artist.
Marilyn and I were on a ski trip to Whitefish when I first met Bob Cochrane, my future husband. I was attracted to his long curly, blonde hair and his dance moves. The years that followed were filled with many wonderful travels and raising two great children. With the marriage, I had my sister-in-law Sheila (husband Kel) and their daughter Lindsay. Through Bob, I met my lifelong best friend Diana Sandalack, whose husband and mine were former roommates. She was my daughter’s godmother and her namesake.
In the year of 2000, my baby sister, Cheryl Roseanne Daniels, sadly passed away at the young age of 39. She is survived by Bill, daughters Tiffanie Theresa Anne and Tancee Maye Nadine. In November 2001, I lost my younger brother and best friend, Lyle Murray at 46 years of age. On July 8th 2002, I lost my mom (72). My father, Lyle Norman passed away at 83 in March 2010. Those were incredibly tough times for me.
I also survived breast cancer and was later able to participate and enjoy the Sisters in the Dragon Boat Races, an organization to support the cause. A few years later, I had symptoms of Parkinson's that was later diagnosed as MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). It is a horrible disease with an uncertain future.
I am not sure what the plans are but my wishes are not to have a funeral or to be buried. I feel blessed having such great friends and family. I always looked forward to the fun times I had with my Cha Cha Sisters. I feel fortunate to have travelled the world and enjoyed the experience of so many hobbies and interests. I hope that happy memories of me will be spoken of often.