Dorothy Myra Osberg

Dorothy Myra Osberg, born April 27, 1930 died peacefully, with loving family at her side, at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care residence on November 19, 2023. Dorothy is survived by her seven children: Jan (John), JoAnne, David, Susan, Sonja, Teri (Doug) and Barb (Leslie), as well as eight grandchildren who delighted her as much as she was adored by them; and 5 Great Grandchildren who affectionately refer to her as their ‘GG’.

She was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to loving parents Rosella and Howard Parsneau. In her early 20’s Dorothy and a close friend ventured west to Vancouver and then on to Jasper. After starting her family in Jasper the family moved and settled in Okotoks, Alberta. While raising her seven children, she pursued many creative interests. She was a talented seamstress, she quilted, she painted, she studied calligraphy, she explored many different mediums of art. Dorothy loved to learn. Her primary passion was music and it was always playing in the house with Dorothy singing along. She had the voice of an angel.

The family would eventually move from Okotoks to a farm outside of Alix, Alberta. In the many years on the farm, Dorothy honed her gardening skills and knowledge to an expert level, keeping meticulous gardening journals and generously sharing her knowledge with friends and family.

This prairie girl dreamed of again living by the ocean and so it came to be. She spent her last years, very happily living on Vancouver Island. She settled in the seaside town of Sooke where gardening again became her pastime. She made many dear friends and found her perfect music outlet in the Blue Grass community. In her 70’s Dorothy Myra Osberg was singing on stage for the first time, with her friend, Joe Anderson playing the fiddle. Her life revolved around music and singing, regularly jamming with these wonderful people who encouraged and celebrated her beautiful voice. She had so much fun. She was an inspiration to all of us.

Dorothy’s inexhaustible curiosity, her love of learning, her creative spirit was instilled in all of her children. She was a cherished friend to so many. She will be dearly missed. Her memory will be forever a great blessing.

Dorothy moved to the Alexander Mackie Retirement Lodge in 2012 where she made many wonderful friends and quickly became the smiling loving favourite of the staff. She remained there for 9 years before going to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thank the wonderful and kind staff of both the Mackie and SPH for providing the loving care and support for our Mom.

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  1. What a talented beautiful soul. I love this photo of her. She was very special to me. I feel very blessed to have had her in my life. Love to her family ❤️❤️

  2. Very sorry for the loss of a wonderful lady

  3. My dear Osberg family. How blessed we all were to have your mom in our lives. Those years together in Okotoks are some of the best childhood memories I have. Your mom cooking up a storm and easily inviting me to stay and eat. I loved sitting around your table and have such a strong memory of her sitting there with her brood. Always a smile for me and I always felt her love. Your obituary is lovely and I learned things I didn’t know, notable her beautiful voice. Wish I’d known. Thanks for being the family I always felt at home with. Your mom made that happen. She was a treasure. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

  4. This past week has been long — full of memories of time spent together and with all of you. Dot and I shared over 60 years , not always close at hand , but always close at heart, and ready to laugh, to cry, to share our lives,,, and now to remember.
    Love you, Dot.
    And my always warm thoughts to
    All of you, Dot’’s Children

  5. My love and hugs to my Osberg sisters and brother David. Your mom was my mom in my heart too. I will always remember her caring, loving arms around me, comforting me when as a child when my dad had passed away. She has always been an inspiration and blessing to all those who knew her. I know Dot is flying with her butterflies and looking down over each and every one of her people.

  6. To the Osberg family, I am so sorry for your great loss. Sonja you did a great job writing the obituary and I too learned things I didn’t know about your Mom. She was a great Mom, you will all miss her for sure. Sending you all big hugs and especially to Susie, sending a million hugs to you Susie, my sweet friend, for peace at this difficult time ❤️

  7. She was an absolute light in the world and everyone who knew her was lucky. Thinking of all of the family and wishing you peace and comfort in the knowledge that she’s at rest.

  8. I feel blessed to have been a part of Dorothy’s life for many years. She was deeply loved by her family and friends. She had a great sense of humour along with her many other attributes the least of which was her ability to love unconditionally. She was a treasure and I will keep her memory alive in my heart.

  9. The loss of this gracious, talented, warm and loving human being is deeply felt by me and I’m sure by everyone who knew her. I have never forgotten my friend Susie’s beautiful Mom and how special she was. My thoughts are with Dot’s children, friends and family.

  10. As so many have mentioned, your mother was a gift to us all….. Always fun to be with, smiling and accepting of anyone who came her way. I was so privileged to have had Dot in my life through Calligraphy, and also while living in the same complex so many years ago. She was the one who was able to identify my Ponytail Palm plant and marvel at its’ age and size! She was a true friend and I so enjoyed the many visits with her on the Island whenever I was able to travel that way. My heart goes out to you as you grieve her absence but also share in the joy of having had this wonderful lady in our lives. Hugs..

  11. Cheryl (Foster) Nikonchuk

    My deepest condolences to the family.

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