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his 99th year, passed away in Erickson Hospital with his family at his side. That fall, Karly moved to Townview Manor in Minnedosa. At this time, she has taken up resi­ dence in the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. In her 89th year, she still enjoys visits from her Home Care "Girls", Pastor Lanny Knutson from Erickson Lutheran Church, her new friends at Townview, and her family. She entertains her family with stories of her youth in Norway, her immi­ gration to Canada in 1930 with her sister Esther, husband John, and their four boys, her courtship with Olav and their marriage in 1933. Her memory is sharp and the whole family enjoys hearing about the two little blond-haired boys, Ken and Harold, and their growing up years in the village of Erickson.

In the latter part of the 80's, Kenneth Gilleshammer, the older son of Olav and Karly, continued to work for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Winnipeg. He had now moved into commercial banking at the main branch in downtown Winnipeg. Ken's wife Patricia was also working with Scotia Bank. In July of 1996, Ken was appointed Manager of the main branch in Brandon, MB. July 2, 1999 marked Ken's fortieth anniversary with the bank. He started his banking career at this same location. Ken is pleased to have a number of people from Erickson doing their bank­ ing with him now and they, of course, receive very special treatment.

Their son Brian graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and went on to a career in commercial real estate. He married Cheryl Clarke in 1995, and they reside in Winnipeg with their daughter, Laura. Laura was born in 1998, making her Karly's first great grandchild. A second baby is due in September 2000. The family has a golden lab named Fraser whose escapades would necessitate a complete book of his own.

Ken and Pat's daughter, Janet, graduated from the Faculty of Arts in 1994 from the U of M. She spent a year of studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Then she moved out west to British Columbia where she worked as an alpine ski instructor before starting a career in the Film and Television industry (working behind the scenes). Though she will travel to various parts of Asia in the Year 2000 to live and work, Janet considers BC her home.

Their youngest son, Allen, attended the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Arts. He moved to Brandon in 1999 and worked for Paul Crane Construction. Allen is presently attending Red River Community College special­ izing in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He dedicates a lot of his time to intramural hockey in winter and golf is his preferred summer sport, much like his dad.

Harold and Diana continue to live in Minnedosa.

Harold remained Principal of Minnedosa Collegiate until 1988. In April of 1988, Harold entered provincial politics as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

for Minnedosa Constituency and as a member of the new Progressive Conservative Government. He has been re­ elected in 1990, 1995, and 1999. During these years, Harold has held a number of portfolios: Minister of Family Services (1990-93); Minister of Culture, Heritage, and Citizenship (1993-97); Minister of Labour (1997-99), and for most of 1999, Harold was Minister of Finance. He had the privi­ lege of working with a number of mayors, reeves and their councils, as well as community groups in Erickson and the RM of Clanwilliam to bring about community improve­ ments. Among these were infrastructure renewal, renovating and upgrading community places and the build­ ing of a new Hospital and Care Home in Erickson. In September of 1999, there was a change of government, and Harold is currently serving as the Deputy Leader of the PC Party of Manitoba.

In the mid 1980's, Diana purchased a giftware busi­ ness in Clear Lake. She renamed it "Diana's Creative Arts" and as the name indicates, her quaint little store featured artwork and crafts made by Manitoba artisans, as well as a selection of books and cards. She operated the store for nine years with the assistance of many fine employees, including daughters Susan and Barbra. Diana presently works as a Resource Coordinator for Minnedosa Senior Services - a position she greatly enjoys.

Susan and Barbra both graduated from Minnedosa Collegiate. Susan obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and then spent a year at St. Anne's University in Nova Scotia in French Immersion. She worked a number of years for Riding Mountain National Park and then in Winnipeg in the area of Child and Family Services. In the fall of 1997, Susan left for Asia and the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. There, she is employed by Kaohsiung American School teaching English to Taiwanese children in the public school system. In Taiwan, Susan met and married Shawn Berg from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In August 2000, Susan and Shawn will have their North American wedding at Danvers Lutheran Church.

Barbra is currently attending Brandon University and will graduate in May of2000 with a Bachelor of Teaching Degree. Since her high school graduation in 1999, Barbra has divided her time between work, education and travel. In addition to completing her 2nd degree and looking forward to teaching, Barbra has traveled extensively. She spent one year in Denmark following high school. On her way to an Arts Degree at the U of Manitoba, she found time to spend a year in the Rockies working at Chateau Lake Louise, followed by a year in Australia and then a year in Kaohsiung, Taiwan teaching English with her sister. Barbra hopes to find a teaching job in the primary grades.

The Gilleshammer and Mosti families in Norway knew so well that parents give their children two things: one is roots and the other is wings. Ken and Harold and their families are proud of their heritage and their years in

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