Janet Hollie MacLennan
1964 ~ 2012
Janet, a resident of Rolla, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in her 47th year.
A Memorial service was held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm
At: Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Janet was cremated.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Janet may be made by way of donation to the
‘Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’
BC & Yukon Division
1501 - 4330 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 9Z9
‘BC Children’s Hospital’
4480 - Oak Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3V4
OLIVER J. STEWARD
1939 ~ 2012
Well known Dawson Creek and area businessman, sportsman, rancher and “story teller,” OLIVER (STU) STEWARD passed away Jan. 31, 2012 at age 81.
Born July 5, 1939 in a little farmhouse near Meeting Creek, Alberta, he loved to tell tales of his early days when work and play was done with horses and a good prank was the highlight of his day.
Stu moved to Red Deer for high school and here he played hardball with their senior ball team and hockey with the Red Deer Rustlers, both in the prestigious Central Alberta League.
In 1950, on a blind date, he met his future wife, Kathryn Hearonemus, & they were married Aug. 30, 1952 in Donalda.
He loved to tease her with the story (a little stretched) that the only reason she caught him was because he broke his leg in a hockey game against Ponoka, and he could not run!
The young couple moved to Stettler, Alberta where Stu became an accomplished cabinet maker under the tutelage of a Danish craftsman.
A competitive athlete, he continued to play sports with Stettler in the Central Alberta Senior baseball & hockey leagues.
In 1953, Oliver Jr. was born, followed by daughter Karen, in 1956.
At this time they moved to Dawson Creek where he worked for P & M Lumber (now Home Hardware).
He always joked that it was wearing his ball jacket that got him the job.
The local Cardinals baseball team needed his skills as catcher and shortstop!
In winter he played hockey with the Dawson Creek Canucks and Spirit River Rangers.
In 1958 son Rod, was born, and soon after Stu started Steward’s Cabinet Shop and Carpentry Services.
This he owned and operated for 30 years.
He was a skilled finishing carpenter and many of his cabinets still remain in area homes throughout the Peace, from Fort St. John into Alberta.
As his children grew, Oliver stopped playing ball & hockey & channeled his efforts into minor sports and family recreation.
He was instrumental in the organization of the Dawson Creek Little League Baseball Farm system, the D.C Commercial Hockey League, the D.C. Jr. Canucks in 1973, and eventually the D.C. Kodiaks.
Oliver coached minor ball and hockey for over 15 years.
He taught many boys, now men, not only the skills of the game, but the importance of sportsmanship, and the lessons to be learned in both winning and losing. “COACH” will be missed by many.
In the 1960’s, Stu purchased some horses, then a few cows, and eventually became both rancher and cabinet maker.
His family fondly remember weekends spent on horseback at the bush farm in Progress, rounding up the cattle for a count, followed by a campfire, a wiener roast & trek back to the highway through 7 gates & about 14 mudholes!
At one mud hole he parked an old tractor because it was so big you had to pull the truck through!
Those were days of active involvement with the Rope and Saddle Club, the Fall Fair Board, gymkhanas and trail rides.
He was a member of the Bear Mountain Community Pasture for over 30 years, retiring his membership in 2009 and selling his last cows in 2010.
In 1981, Oliver was recipient of the “Earl Johnson Memorial Award” for recognition of his many contributions towards sporting activities in Dawson Creek as a worker, builder and promoter of sports.
Dad/Stu was quite a character!
He loved family, sports and ranching, was a gifted story teller, quick of wit, and always ready for a good joke.
Honest and hardworking, he was a man whose word and a handshake were worth more than a signature.
As many friends have commented, “unforgettable.”
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Kathy, children Oliver, Karen & Rod, his grandchildren, sister Win, nieces and nephews, & many friends.
Predeceased by brother Wayne.
A Funeral Service for Oliver was held Friday, February 3, 2012 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel,
Oliver was interred in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Enola Laveck Harms
1929 ~ 2012
Enola, age 82, cherished wife to the late Bud Laveck and Jack Harms.
Loving mother to Judy (Mike), Garry (Donna), Christie (Howard), Ivy (Wayne), Shelly (Kelly), Kelli (Vince).
Treasured grandmother to 14 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.
Enola arrived in the Peace country in 1966 when she and Bud purchased property in Groundbirch BC.
With kids in tow and a few charolais cattle they went to work building their dream.
Enola loved to garden, tend to the cattle, and raise her family.
She was very active in the community and built many friendships that would last her lifetime.
With the loss of Bud in 1995 she moved from the ranch and continued building relationships closer to Dawson Creek.
Becoming involved again in many activities, she found herself time and time again at the Seniors Hall spending time with her new friends.
Enola was very active and she found that the hall had it all.
She was very proud to be part of that family, volunteering to cook, get ready for events and welcome new members.
It was here that she met and married Jack Harms.
Time dealt Enola another blow in 2003, when Jack passed away on January 13th.
Enola continued to spend a lot of time with her family.
She watched them grow, graduate and marry.
She was always overjoyed by their visits and loved the phone calls.
Enola was diagnosed with Cancer in October 2007 and underwent surgery that same year.
This was followed by radiation and chemotherapy of which zapped her of energy limiting her in her activities.
Enola made the decision in August 2011 to discontinue any treatments as she said she wanted quality of life.
Enola passed away in her home on January 25, 2012, with her family by her side.
Enola left us with a special message that she wanted her family to share:
To my family: thank you for always being there, in sickness and in health.
To my friends: thank you for your friendship and best wishes throughout my life with you.
When asked what word I would use to describe my life, I immediately thought, “rewarding”.
My life has been amazing! Bud was a wonderful husband, father and friend.
He was a good provider for all of us, and a very hard worker who understood not only his family but the animals he tended with great care.
I had 5 years alone and with the care, consideration and friendship of the seniors in Dawson Creek I was able to cope.
I have been blessed with many friends among the people of Groundbirch, Dawson Creek and within the Evergreen Complex.
Meeting Jack Harms was my salvation.
We spent 2 years and a bit together.
We were married for 11 days short of 2 years, when he passed away from cancer Jan 13, 2003.
Our 2 years together was a great joy. We travelled, floor curled, danced, sang together, bowled and worked side by side until his illness overtook him.
Time passed and I continued my many activities, cooking at the hall, cards with the girls,trips with my family and many music festivals.
While attending these activities at my second home (the senior hall) I was lucky enough to meet up with an old friend, Jim Lawrence.
Jim hung in there while I learnt to golf, which we did as often as the weather permitted.
We kept each other young while we attended family gatherings, music festivals, and dances.
Again, thank you to my loving family and my dear friends.
Enola was cremated and a Celebration of Life service was
held Friday, February 3, 2012 at
the South Peace Seniors Citizen’s Hall,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia.