No matter the weather, Three Hills resident visits husband at local lodge multiple times a day

A fresh snowfall, icy paths and -17 degree C. wind chills on Tues. March 31 are not enough to keep Three Hills’ resident Leona Duerkson from visiting her husband through the window at the Golden Hills Lodge.

With the Lodge being closed to visitors because of the coronavirus, not even close relatives are allowed in, so no matter the weather, Mrs. Duerkson, a Robertson Manor resident, is at 91-year-old George’s north-facing window three or four times a day, no matter the weather.

“Haven’t missed a day yet,” she said, “and I phone him at least four times a day.”

The Duerksons have been married 61 years. “I don’t blame the Lodge for the shutdown,” said Duerkson, “but we both look forward to when we can visit, other than through closed windows. We are both so lonely without each other.”

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