Albert George Cameron
1939 ~ 2012
Al, a long time resident of Bonanza, passed away
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 72 years of age in
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
He was born on October 19, 1939 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Beloved partner of Chelsea Heppell.
Loving father of Bonnie (Jim) Zdnuch,
Tammy (Martyn) Shaw, Danny Cameron,
Darcy (Tammy) Cameron, Rocky (Helen) Oldfield,
Randy (Donna) Oldfield, Rhoda (Sheldon) Vamplew,
and Robby Oldfield.
Dear grandpa of Adam, Aaron, Cole, Brianna, Alexander, Dawson, Dylan, Keaten, Patricia, Douglas, Stacey, Daylon, Jessica, Jennifer, Josh, Amie, Shasha, Ashley, and Kyle.
Great-grandpa of Jayden, Kyra, Ezra, Tyson, Eliza,
Brynlee, and Mason.
Brother of Blanche Neufield.
Uncle of numerous nieces and nephews
A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Bonanza Hall, Bonanza, Alberta.
Officiated by Vern Braaten
Eulogy by Ernie Reutlinger
Al was cremated and inurnment to follow at a later date in
the Dawson Creek City Cemetery,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Al,
may be made by donation to the
‘Canadian Cancer Society’
#103 - 9805-97 Street,
Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 8B9
Daniel Joel (DJ) Sodergard
1995 ~ 2012
Daniel, born January 4, 1995 in Jakobstad, Finland
passed away February 20, 2012 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Beloved son of Danja and Shayne Wetters.
Dear brother of Lianna and Kai.
Loving grandson of Johnny and Gunve Sodergard,
and Anita and Brian Crum,
and great grandson of Nils Lassander.
A 'Celebraton of Life' service, viewing, and visitation was held
March 1, 2012 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Daniel, may be made
by way of a donation to the
‘Canadian Cancer Society’,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2B9
565 West 10th Avenue,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4J4
John Arthur Villers
1925 ~ 2012
John, a long time resident Fort Nelson and lately of
Dawson Creek, passed away
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in his 86th year.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of John may be made
by way of donation to the
' Fort Nelson Seniors Society'
Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Richard Douglas Garland
1929 ~ 2012
Doug, a resident of Dawson Creek, passed away
Monday, February 20, 2012 in his 82nd year.
Doug was born May 21, 1929 in North Vancouver,
British Columbia to Henry and Florence Garland.
No service will be held by request.
Yvonne Ruth Kashuba
1935 ~ 2012
Ruth was born in Armstrong BC, Oct. 9, 1935 to Iva and Delbert Surkan. She grew up on a farm on Grand View Flats in the Okanogan, where it is sunny and hot. As a girl she had farm chores as all farm kids do. She had a love for all the farm animals, which she kept all her life. Ruth was too far away from school to go, so she and her two siblings, June and Lloyd did home schooling.
Later on she met and married Sam Michalski. They lived in Vernon, BC. Ruth took a job as a cleaning lady. She took night courses to become a LPN. Her first child, Bill was born in Vernon. Sam worked for the Departmentof Highways and was transferred up to the Peace River Country for a six month tour of duty. The first winter was hard on her, being from the sunny south, but she fell in love with the Peace Country. They lived in Pouce Coupe, where her second child, Ivy was born. And after a short time her third child, Julie was born. Sam and Ruth were divorced and she moved to Rolla with her children.
She met and married Henry Mazanek and moved into a little house in Tomslake. The house had power but no running water. This was quite a change for everyone. Henry and Ruth farmed together and Ruth went to work in the Pouce Coupe Hospital. Ruth was one of the original members of the Tomslake Women's Institute. She was also the secretary for the start up of the Tomslake & DistrictFire department.
Ruth was an avid bread maker, which she passed on to her daughters and Ivy passed this on to her daughter, Helen, who passed it on to children in Norway, where they now teach a ‘bread making class’ at Matteson School of Missions, therefore many make bread because of Ruth. Ruth always had a huge garden. She wouldsay "fresh vegetables always taste so much better than store bought ones".
She quite her hospital job and became a full time farmer. For several years the whole family was in the cream and hog business. NADP shut down in Dawson Creek so the cream market left. Ruth went back to nursing. Henry had a small sawmill to help pay the bills. As time went by lumber was cut and set aside for the new house. Moving from the little house to the new house with running water and forced air heat from a heatingoil furnace was a real treat.. She said "We will not have to pack another stick of wood in or haul another ash out". The old house only had wood heat. This did not last to long for she missed getting fire wood. A fire place was built and a wood heater moved into the basement. Ruth was in 7th heaven, she loved getting firewood, she would go out by herself to get it.
Bill met and married Debbie Comer. They have two sons, Billy and Doug, she became a grandma. A motor home was purchased and grandma and grandpa would take the
grandsons out and about. Ivy met and married Rob Ross. They have four children, Helen, Sara, Michael and Anne. Now Ruth has 6 grandchildren. Julie met and married Ray Chmielewski. They have two children, Nicole and Ryan. Grandchildren now numbered 8.
Ruth went driving school bus, she had quite a bond with her kids. She was often surprised when years later full grown men and women would stop on the street and say "Hello Mrs. Mazanek do you remember me, I am so and so."
Sadly Henry passed away. A partner was lost a love gone. Ruth was hit hard by his passing. To pick up her spirits her children took her out camping, which she really enjoyed. She started a small herd of cattle which became the most spoiled pets in Tomslake.
Ruth met Mike Kasuba, they were married and they moved to Vernon. But the callof the Peace was too strong, they moved back.
Her grandson, Billy married and a daughter, Ayden was born. Great grandchild number one. Grandson, Doug met and married Tanya. Two more great grandchildren, a boy, Colton and a girl, Tayanna. She became Great Grandma for three children, and loved them dearly.
Again she lost a husband, with Mike's passing. She moved from a house in Dawson Creek to a moble home in the country. From there she moved her home back into town.
Ruth never lost her want to help people. In her 70's she took on clients to look after, people in need who needed her help.
Sadly on February, 19, 2012 she herself passed away. Ruth lived a very good and busy life. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.
A service was held on March 3, 2012 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Paster Cavin Chwyl officiating.
Kenneth Marsden Look
1944 ~ 2012
Ken was born in the beginning of 1944. It was a good year! The war in Europe was over and the one in the Pacific was winding down. Through no fault of his own, he was born in Edmonton Alberta, but spoke with pride about being conceived in the Northwest Territories.
He spent most of his early years in Yellowknife and when his father joined the federalgovernment, they moved to a number of locations around about the north. But from Fort McPherson he attended the Residential School in Inuvik for 3 years, and from Hay River he attended the Residential School in Yellowknife completing his high school education. After graduation, he accepted a position with the Anglican Residential school in Inuvik, but stayed there for only 1/2 year. He joined the CBC in July 1965. He worked there for 12 years during which time he was married and had 2 children. In 1977 he was visited for the first time by Floyd Byman and Greg Morgan who were Jehovah’s Witnesses. A long unfulfilled desire was met as he began to study the Bible and learn the truth.
In 1978 he moved to Hay River where he met and married Elvie Rotar in April 1981 and started work with CBC again. They were an inseparable team.
After having 2 heart attacks, they moved to Yellowknife. Ken’s beautiful voice woke the northerners up every morning on the CBC morning show “Mackenzie Morning.” He was sadly missed when he had to retire because of his health in 1993. They moved to Dawson Creek in 1997 to be closer to Elvie’s family.
Ken battled with heart disease for 25 years and lost his battle on February 13, 2012. He always expressed his appreciation to nurses despite the torture they inflicted on him.
He was known as a man of great strength, courage, and his positive outlook. He lived up to his name.
A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Kingdom Hall, Dawson Creek, British Columiba.
Ken was cremated.