SITTER, Delphine

Sitter Delphine

1941 - 2019 - Delphine passed away peacefully at the Peace River Hospital July 7th, 2019 with her daughter Janet by her side. Del was born to Bartholomew and Louise Aherne on February 9th, 1941 in Westlock, Alberta.Del was predeceased by her parents Bartholomew and Louise; husband Tony; Brothers John and Leo; children Gwen, Charlene, Blaine, and baby son; son-in-law Richard; and nephews Brian and Terry. Del is survived by daughters Janet, Cheryl (Tom), Val; son Doug (Katie); grandchildren Joel, Becky, Cheri, Madison, Serena, Tina, Steven, Shane; great grandsons Ethan and Michael and great granddaughter Nicole. Del’s mother passed away when she was 7 years old. Del carried the load of homemaker at an early age. She recalls cooking for thrashing crews on the family farm at the age of 10-years-old. She carried the tasks of being the female presence on the farm on her shoulders, which helped to shape her into the woman that she became. Greatly because of this experience, she was able to instill the qualities of strength, independence, and empathy into her children and grandchildren. Del met her “Waterloo” Tony Sitter in Westlock where they were married on December 19th, 1959. Together they had six children and were faced with the hardships of three infant deaths and the death of their 23-year-old daughter Gwen in 1989. They lived in several communities in Alberta and British Columbia during the first few years of their marriage. They purchased a farm in Linden, Alberta where Del worked at the Linden Co-op as the dry goods manager. She did this until her and Tony became owner/operators of Ty-Dal Tank Truck Services. They later moved to Sangudo, AB in 1998 to own/operate the Carwash and Laundromat. Once ready for retirement they moved to Berwyn, AB in 2004 to be near their daughter Janet and her family. Del was a fabulous cook, and she was always eager to feed and care for others. She passed on her techniques of making bread, “noodles” and sausage to her children as well as to her grandchildren Joel and Becky. Del embraced her Irish heritage throughout her life, ensuring that Irish history and music were passed down to her children and grandchildren. She wished to visit Ireland, but unfortunately her ill health over the years had made that dream out of reach. Del was an inspiration to everyone she met. Her kindness, gentle nature, generosity and humour were her greatest attributes. These attributes are the reason that she was immediately loved by those that came across her path in life. She was a devoted and faithful servant to “her Jesus” and the most loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Amidst struggles with her physical health since 2000, Del, being that saint that she was, marched on with grace and humility. “Saints are people who have made a difference in the world – not by doing remarkable things, but by doing ordinary things remarkably well”.A Memorial Service was held at the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Peace River, AB Friday, July 12th, 2019. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Chapel of Memories Funeral Homes & Crematorium Peace River, AB. Ph:780-624-2686.