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Victims of motorcycle crash remembered fondly

A St. Albert couple, killed last weekend riding their motorcycle, was laid to rest on Friday.

A St. Albert couple, killed last weekend riding their motorcycle, was laid to rest on Friday.

Edward Peter Rensch and his wife Diane Rose were killed last Sunday after their Harley Davidson motorcycle was hit by a pick-up truck while they were riding outside Stony Plain.

Diane's brother Randy Conti said the couple is being fondly remembered by everyone.

"They were both very, very outgoing. Ed was very funny, they had many, many friends and they liked to socialize."

The couple had been married for nearly 25 years and leave behind two young adult sons, Hayden and Keelan. They had moved to St. Albert in 1996 and family friend Mike Moulds said both had been actively involved in the community.

Conti said Rensch had worked for many years as a heavy-duty mechanic before starting a new career just last year.

He said the couple had recently purchased the Harley Davidson.

"They had just started doing that last year. They bought a bike in March of 2009. Ed rode bikes when he was younger," he said. "It was something new for them to do together."

Moulds said Rensch had coached both lacrosse and hockey in the community and was well known.

Diane worked as a receptionist at the Royal Bank in St. Albert and Conti said his sister had taken a great interest in her health in recent years and started running marathons.

"In the last six or eight years she ran a couple of marathons."

She had also volunteered with Corrections Canada.

Conti said the couple's death has shocked family and friends, but they are coming together.

"We are doing the best we can I guess. It's a tough question," he said. "We all have our ups and downs, we are doing the best we can."

The funeral was held Friday morning at North Pointe Community Church in Edmonton.

Investigation continues

The couple was driving northbound on Highway 33, when a pick-up truck travelling southbound turned east onto Township Road 564 across their path.

Rensch was killed instantly. Diane was rushed to hospital by STARS Air Ambulance but died shortly after her arrival.

The police have ruled out both alcohol and weather as factors in the crash, but Const. Barbara Roy said they are still investigating the crash for other possible causes.

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