Kenneth Alexander McDonell
1922 ~ 2011
Ken McDonell was a well known and highly respected farmer in the East Pouce Coupe district. He passed away at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital on June 17, 2011, after a short stay in the hospital. Kenneth Alexander McDonell started farming with his brother Don in 1934 and retired in 2007, on the original homestead that his father had filed on. Ken's dad was killed instantly by lightning in August of 1934. Their mother rented the land out for four years and in 1939 Ken and his brother Don, planted their first crop. They farmed for seven years with eight horses on the cultivator with harrows behind. The seeding was done with four horses on the seed drill. During World War II, Ken was called to serve in the army, leaving Don alone to do the farming. From February 1943 to October 1945, was a long time to be away from home. He was a very hard worker, but always the gentleman. Ken was born July 23rd, 1922, the second son of John and Catherine McDonell. He had two sisters, Margaret Ellen McDonell and Ellen Christina DeWetter, and one brother, Don. Ken attended the East Pouce Coupe School for eight years. He worked with threshing crews in the fall and saw mills in the winter. Ken was always ready and willing to help anyone whenever he was needed. Ken was a very community minded person and could be counted on to help in such instances as building the East Pouce Coupe Hall and was a member of the Farmers' Institute, which looked after the hall. Ken was also a very social person and enjoyed old time music and especially old time dancing. I remember their fine old Victrola and their collection of records you could dance to with that old wind up record player! Ken played the violin and often livened up the evenings in the farm house living room. Ken was very good at playing cards and checkers, too. Ken came from a very fine old pioneering family, as his parents came into the country over the Spirit River Trail in 1917. His mother reported that she would walk across the railroad trestles and his Dad would ford the creeks with his team, often having the wagon and all its contents under water. Miraculously, only one bowl in her set of 108 dishes given to her by her mother was broken!
Ken was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine McDonell, sisters, Margaret McDonell and Ellen DeWetter, and brother-in-law, Jack DeWetter, brother Don and nephew, John DeWetter.
Ken leaves to mourn his loss, his niece Catherine Mulvihill and her husband Robert, of Peachland, BC. and their two sons, John and Robbie and his wife Anna Marie; a nephew, Gerald Roy DeWetter and Ana Cantre of Pouce Coupe BC and Carol (John - deceased) DeWetter, Pouce Coupe, BC.
Ken will always be loved and never forgotten.
1954 ~ 2011
Marie passed away September 1, 2011 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, at 57 years of age.
She was born February 2, 1954 in Grouard, Alberta.
A Wake was held Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the Nawican Friendship Centre, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Officiated by: Father Michael Anyasoro
Musical Selection was: ‘Where Roses Never Fade’
The family invited everyone to join them for refreshments at the Nawican Friendship center after the service.
Marie was a loving mother to Shane Hanna, Glenna (Dean) Andrews, Arthur Read, and Donald Andrews.
Dear grandmother to Charity Andrews, Brittany Hensel, Danika and Alexandria Payou and Arthur Read Jr.
Dear sister to Alex Andrews, Joseph Andrews (Jean Cameron), Fred (Mary) Andrews, Theresea (Louie) Lalonde, Elizabeth Capot, Yvonne (Ed) Randle, Donna (David) Prince, Dean (Maureen) Andrews, and the late Lawrence Andrews.
Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
Rick Harold Supernault
1974 ~ 2011
Rick Supernault born June 23, 1974 in Dawson Creek and was living in Lillooet, British Columbia.
Rick passed away in Spirit River, Alberta, Monday, August 29, 2011 in his 37 year.
A Wake was held Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Dawson Creek Ski Club Chalet.
A Funeral service was held Thursday, September 1, 2011 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia with Reverend Marilyn Carroll Officiating.
Rick will be missed by his sons Dalton Supernault and Taylor Supernault.
Girlfriend Jaime Peters.
(her children Spencer Tom and Janelle Tom) .
Mother Violet Wagar (Ron Ferguson) and the late Harold Supernault.
(Stepmother Sharon Supernault).
Brothers and sisters Jason Supernault (Jessica Gustafson), Lance (Vanessa) Supernault, Sherril (Merle) Supernault, Cheyenne (Jarod) Scheck, Morgan Ferguson (Anita Bassi), Reece Ferguson and Mitch Ferguson.
Nephews and nieces Trayden, Teanea, Shanesse, Chaylin, Braden, Shea, Chance, Keirra, Milly and Taiyah.
Best friend and mother of his children Katie Wrangler.
1925 ~ 2011
Jack Schram, aged 86, of Dawson Creek, passed away on September 13, 2011. The funeral service was held on Monday, September 19, 2011 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Jack was born July 19, 1925 to Peter and Minnie (Wilhelmina) Schram on the Coldstream Ranch near Vernon, B.C. He was the fifth son in a family of ten boys. Jack often said they had enough brothers to have their own baseball team. He was his mom’s main dishwasher. As his younger brothers grew, Jack often took them fishing and hunting. Growing up on the ranch he did everything from picking apples, building apple boxes to running tractors. One day of pulling the liquid pig manure spreader, however, was more than enough for him.
He once thought he’d try his hand at the post office as a mailman. On his very first day on the job, having delivered mail all day, they told him he’d have to work overtime with no pay. He said, “I guess you need the money more than I do,” and handed in his letter carrier bag, making that the shortest job of his working life.
He worked a short time in a men’s wear store before going to work for the Hudson Bay Company in Vernon. In March 1961, Jack, Clara and daughter Brenda moved to Dawson Creek where Jack had been transferred to manage the furniture, sporting goods and toy departments. One Friday evening in May of the following year, he walked into the Dairy Queen and spoke to Karl Kortmeyer about his sporting goods store (owned then by Mr. Kortmeyer and run by Mr. Lane, thus the name Corlane Sporting Goods) . Less than a month later, Jack and Clara were in business. They took over the store on June 1, 1962, and never looked back. Later that fall they welcomed their second child, Rod, into the family, followed in 1964 by their youngest son, Tim. Jack and Clara ran Corlane Sporting Goods for 28 years, working 6 days a week, 51 weeks a year, until their retirement in 1990.
Jack was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. When his children were young, he taught and supervised the Sunday school. Later, he was treasurer and president, and greeted guests with a firm, warm handshake and a smile. His grandchildren recall evening scripture readings after every supper. Hundreds of people enjoyed food, music, bocce, three-legged races, Frisbee and horseshoes at the annual church picnics he and Clara hosted at their Kiskatinaw campground.
(You were hard-pressed to beat Jack at a game of horseshoes.)
Most Wednesday afternoons when his kids were young, he would head to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam with his fishing gear. And sometimes, if there were no school tests that day, he would bring his kids along. On one of these fishing trips, in the cold of winter, Jack fell through the ice. Although most people would probably have called it a day, he crawled out and wouldn’t leave until he caught a fish.
In fact, he caught two before giving up. His wool pants were freezing to the point where his knees would no longer bend. That was Jack – nothing stood between him and his favourite past-time. He seemed to have a sixth sense when it came to feeling those nibbles on the end of the line.
He was brave, too. During a camping trip at their Heart Lake cabin, Jack and his son-in-law Perry returned from a successful early morning fishing trip to have breakfast with Clara, Brenda, and grandchildren Carmen and Aaron. As they ate inside the cabin, they heard a commotion on the doorstep. To their surprise, a small black bear was just outside the window trying to steal their fresh fish. Jack ran out, clapping and yelling at the bear, “Go catch your own fish!”
Jack was involved in the Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club. As a club director he ran indoor pistol shooting one evening a week in winter months, and summers found him trap shooting. He was instrumental in starting the annual gun shows which he attended every year, including this spring.
Jack spent 25 years putting together one of the finest Winchester gun collections in Canada. He took pride in the smallest detail of every one of his 200-plus collection.
After their retirement Jack and Clara traveled across B.C. in their motor home. From fishing charters with friends Edna and Ralph, to a bus trip to Vegas with his brothers and sisters-in-law, a cruise to Caribbean, and a bus/train/cruise trip from Alaska to Vancouver, they saw it all. Jack continued sharing his love of card-playing and the outdoors with family and friends with regular Tick tournaments and hunting and fishing adventures.
Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His gentle nature, quick wit, generosity and deep appreciation for life will be treasured by everyone who was blessed to have known him. The very definition of a gentleman, a good friend said Jack was the kindest man he had ever met in Dawson Creek.
Jack was predeceased by his parents and brother, Ron Schram.
He is survived by his wife Clara; eight brothers: Phillip, Norman (Lydia), George, Elmer (Pearl), William (Joan), Don (Shirley), Thomas (Sandra), and Robert (Jenny) ; children: Brenda (Perry) Mathias, Rod Schram (Tamera Golinsky), and Tim (Lee) Schram; grandchildren: Carmen (Matthew) MacKenzie and Aaron Mathias (Lorelee Friesen), Sierra and Liberty Schram, and Steele and Tymber Schram; and many nieces and nephews.
During the last two years, Jack was extremely well cared for by the staff at Rotary Manor where he resided until last week, when he was called home to Heaven. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
No doubt he took his tackle box with him.
Clifford Morris Dagg
1953 ~ 2011
Cliff passed away suddenly on July 15, 2011 at 58 years of age. He was born on January 11, 1953 in Arberfield, Saskatchewan.
A Memorial service was held Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Officiated by Carol Loney
Cliff is survived by his wife of 24 years Sheri, daughter Corrie (Al) Anderson, and son Kelly Dagg.
Stepchildren Lana Fowler and Lance (Marie) Fowler.
Grandchildren Brady, Riley, Nolan, Jillian, Sydnie & Brooklyn. Sister Darlene (Bill) Storoschuk.
Cliff is predeceased by his mother Bernice & father Clifford Dagg.
George Frank Scherbaum
1913 ~ 2011
George Scherbaum a resident of Dawson Creek and formerly of Tupper, British Columbia, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 97 years of age.
George was born in Falkenau, Czechoslovakia, December, 24th 1913. He became a Canadian Citizen June 23, 1949.
George will be sadly missed by his wife Sofie and family.
No service was held at his request.
George’s family would like to thank everyone for their support during this time.
An Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Sudeten Cemetery in Tomslake, British Columbia.