Obituary of Christine Dreger
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our Beloved Angel, Christine Dreger, at the young age of 56 at 2:50pm on Wednesday April 12th, 2023.
Born on October 23rd, 1966 in Edmonton AB, Christine would grow into a vibrant, hard-working person who was a fierce protector of those she loved, expecially her children. Having her first child when just 19, Christine would immediately realize her true purpose in life, being a mother. Although it would soon become clear, she would be doing it alone. She spent the next 10 years with a singular purpose, her son, Aaron.
At age 31, she would meet her soul-mate, Randy Dreger. They were married on Oct 17th, 1999. Along with gaining a new life in Lloydminster, she would gain a step-son, Jesse Dreger, three sister-in-law's, Darlene, Wendy and Valarie, who unfortunately would also pass away from cancer a young woman at 59. Having gone on to form a strong, loving bond with Valarie and her husband Larry Booth, they gained a special place in Christine's heart.
Christine and Randy would have one child together on March 19th, 2000, their son, Bruce would complete the family.
After a month of extreme headaches, Christine was diagnosed with a particularly untreatable form of brain cancer. Glioblastoma. Having just a year prior beating skin cancer, this would not change her as she never lost her clever wit, warmth or the loving nature she was known for. Having had a great many hurdles in life including a motorcycle accident that would leave both her and Randy with injuries that would cause both great physical pain thereafter, she would face this new and final one with the same strength, courage and hope that she always did.
Having lived most of her life not knowing her biological father or any relatives through him, Christine always longed to find him and thus know more about herself and her roots. After bravely seeking out her estranged family, Christine would again find herself enduring heartache after learning her father, Robert Young, had passed away years prior. Sadly he never knew he had a daughter, let alone one so truly special. However, as things tended to be in her life, she would again know great happiness to match her losses. Although she wasn't able to meet her dad, the rest of the Young family in Airdrie AB, would immediately welcome her with love, finally filling that hole in her heart. One of them would become especially dear to Christine, Robert's sister, Patricia Norton, her "Aunt Patty".
From the moment of her diagnosis, husband, Randy would be her primary caregiver in everyway possible. He never left her wanting for anything, and doing everything there was to make sure her remaining time was as happy as could possibly be, just as he had from their first meeting more than 25 years earlier.
A one-of-a-kind soul that was happiest rocking out at concerts with Randy, watching movies at home with her sons and who would always find herself to be the steadfast shoulder to cry on for both friends and family. We will always remember her as a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, who brought light into the world.
Christine is survived by: her husband, Randy; sons, Bruce and Aaron; step-son, Jesse and his wife, Lana, along with their daughter, Rowan, Christine's grand-daughter who she loved dearly; mother, Darlene Bolding; her younger siblings, sister, Jennifer and her, son Mathew, Christine's only nephew and brother, Ryan Smith; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and more.
We know wherever she is right now, Christine is happy and would want nothing less than her family to remain happy also until such a time as we see her again.
The Dreger's would like to extend special words of thanks to all the invaluable people who went above and beyond for almost two years for Christine and her family. From the ones who helped make things easier on us by either donating to the fundraiser that was started shortly after Christine's illness as well as all the others who sent monetary aid through other avenues. It was largely due to the generosity of these wonderful people that Christine's husband and children were able to spend a lot more time with her than they could have otherwise. As that list of wonderful people is quite large we hope they know who they are and that we will forever be indebted to you all. Last but not least we need to let the Surgeon, doctors, countless nurses, homecare workers and social workers know that to the ones who not only cared dearly for Christine in the hospital and her home, but also made up for some of their colleagues many failures during certain times we wish you all nothing but the very best in your futures and hope you all know which of you we will always remember will love and respect. Once again we are unable to name the multitude of professionals that will remain forever in our hearts.
A private family service in memory of Christine will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Christine may be made to donor's charity of choice.
Christine's memorial card can be viewed or downloaded from the link below.