Karin Hamilton, a beloved member of the Drayton Valley community, and loving wife of Reg Hamilton, peacefully passed away on October 1, 2023, at the Drayton Valley Hospital. Born on December 22, 1945, in Germany, Karin left an indelible mark on the lives of those she encountered through her kindness, dedication, and unwavering spirit. Her departure leaves a void in the hearts of her family and friends who cherished her deeply.
Karin's journey in healthcare began at the Drayton Valley Hospital where she dedicated an astounding 40 years of her life. As a committed and empathetic individual, Karin served as a pillar of support for countless patients and their families during their time of need. Her nurturing nature brought immense comfort to those around her, making her an invaluable asset to the hospital staff.
Having migrated from Germany to Canada, Karin's proudest accomplishment was embracing a new country and building a life filled with love and opportunity. The challenges she faced during this transition only served to strengthen her character and resolve. Through resilience and determination, Karin not only shaped her own destiny but also became an inspiration to those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Family was at the core of Karin's existence. She deeply loved and cherished her daughter, Sharon (Randy) Wiltermuth, stepdaughter, Leah Hamilton, daughter-in-law, Brenda Schollmaier, grandchildren, Erin (Rob), Chelsea (Tyler), Taylor (Mason), Morgan, and great-grandchild, Levi. There was no end to Karin's joy when surrounded by her family; their love brought immeasurable happiness to her life.
Karin remained closely connected to her roots in Germany through a strong bond with her parents Emmi and Andy Freier. Their memories were treasured by Karin until the very end. She drew strength from them throughout life's trials and tribulations.
In addition to Reg, Sharon, Leah, Brenda, and their families, Karin leaves behind her dear siblings Yogi (Betty) Freier, Brigitte (Neil) Woznesensky, and Monika (Gerald) Murnane, brother-in-law Ken Jacobsen and numerous nieces and nephews along with many many friends. The bond they shared was unbreakable, filled with laughter, support, and an abundance of cherished memories. Karin's siblings provided a constant source of love and encouragement throughout her life. She was predeceased by her mother and father Emmi and Andy Freier, her first husband, Fred Schollmaier, sister, Vera Jacobsen, nephew Randy Freier, and son Alan Schollmaier.
To honor Karin's memory and pay tribute to a life lived to the fullest, a funeral service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Drayton Valley on October 6, 2023. The service will begin at 1:00 PM, providing an opportunity for family and friends to gather together and share memories of their beloved Karin.
Karin Hamilton will forever be remembered as a compassionate soul who lit up the lives of those she encountered during her remarkable journey. Her unwavering dedication to her profession, boundless love for her family, and her courage in the face of adversity serve as an enduring inspiration for all. May her vibrant spirit live on in our hearts as we remember the profound impact she had on our lives.
The family extends their appreciation to the staff at Drayton Valley Home Care and Acute Care for their kindness and compassionate care to Karin during her illness.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Drayton Valley Health Foundation. 4550 Madsen Ave. Drayton Valley, AB. T7A 1N8
Arrangements in care of Colleen Sekura and Mike McCrae.