Denise was the first born of Bert and Betty Gruntman. She grew up on a small farm north of Duhamel. In 1974, she moved to New Norway and in 1976 married Rick Solverson and started their family. She completed her nursing degree in Red Deer. She was a registered nurse and worked at the Red Deer Regional Hospital in the dialysis unit. Her love of knowledge and caring for her patients was a tribute to her profession. Denise purchased a house in Blackfalds where she lived until her first stroke in January, 2020.
Denise leaves to mourn her 4 children: Jason (Meghan and her son Bevyn) of Lacombe, Gary (Claudia) and grandson Liam of Calgary, Kylie (Wes) Smallenberg of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Tony and granddaughter Falynn of Blackfalds; her brother Darryl (Janice) Gruntman of Sherwood Park; her sister Kari (Leon) Braseth of Bashaw; her brother-in-law Peter (Adele) Towpich of Bashaw; and numerous nieces and nephews. Denise was predeceased by her parents Bert in 1992, Betty in 2018, and sister Twylene Towpich in 1993.
Denise's sanctuary was the family campsite by Ferintosh. Many happy memories were made there.
Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, a private family Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ponoka Funeral Home. A live-stream broadcast will be available at service time and the recording of the service will remain on this page for 90 days. The viewer is located at the bottom of this page.
If desired, donations in her memory can be made to the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury at Centennial Center (PO Box 1000 Ponoka, AB T4J 1R8) or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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