Deborah Van Den Hoogen
July 22, 1950 - March 27, 2009
After a short but full life, Deborah Van Den Hoogen (nee Nichol) succumbed to her battle with cancer on Friday, March 27, 2009. She has now earned her angel wings and is watching down on us.
Born in Ottawa on July 22, 1950, predeceased by her daughter Dawn, sister Diane and mother Greta. She is survived by her loving husband Frank, devoted son Kevin, and her loyal sisters Rosemary and Linda, niece Corey, and her nephews Kirk, Dennis, Paul and Raven, and her two comforting cats, Sincha and Shada.
Deborah was a very caring, loving and helpful minded person, volunteering her time to many of the local organizations in the communities where she lived. She was recognized many times for her involvement with these organizations. Along the way she has gained many cherished friends.
The family would like to thank all of Deborah’s coworkers, especially Catherine Guiguet and the Kamloops Hospice for their continued support and superb care.
A Memorial Service will take place at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Thompson Rivers University, in the Open Learning Building, Room127.
A Memorial Service will also be held at the United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr., Ottawa Ontario, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009, followed by interment at Capital Memorial Gardens, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Nepean Ontario at 3:00 pm.
Donations in Deborah’s name may be to the Kamloops Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Darshan Singh Virdee
August 18, 1944 - April 8, 2009
With great sadness we announce the passing of Darshan Singh Virdee on April 8, 2009.
He leaves behind his loving wife Harinder, children Belle, Sonny and Nikki, daughter-in-law Michelle, son-in-law Peter, and grandchildren Mathew and Andrina, as well as family in England, India and friends in Kamloops and Clearwater, BC.
Darshan moved to Kamloops in 1972 from London, England. He worked as a contractor for many years before deciding to move to Clearwater, BC to open a garden centre. He called Clearwater his home for the past 11 years where he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
We would like to thank the staff of the ICU department at Royal Inland Hospital for their exceptional care and sensitivity.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 16, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.
The family would appreciate donations made in Darshan’s memory to the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital, in lieu of flowers.
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Violet Geraldine Fretwell
December 5, 1921 - January 28, 2009
Vi was born December 5, 1921 and passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 28, 2009. Vi is survived by her daughters Terry Watkinson [Harvey] of Kamloops, Dawn McCormick [Evan] of Kelowna and her very dear sister Betty Gammon of Surrey. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Michael [Rene] McCormick, Jason [Shae] McCormick, Leyla [Greg] Johnson and Jory [Brenna] Mayer; and six great grandchildren, Rhayne, Brynn and Teghan McCormick, Saylor Mayer, and twins Ryder and Carter Johnson. Vi was predeceased by her loving sister Winnie Cosco.
Vi was a WWII Veteran and served for 5 years in England. Her life time employment was working for Woodwards Stores from 1953 to 1986. Vi spent lots of her time walking about town chatting with friends and meeting many others. Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her precious great grandchildren. “Granny” will be sadly missed.
Vi and her family wish to give special thanks to Dr. Bantock, whom she fondly referred to as “dessert”, and to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home for their exceptional kindness and care during her final days.
“Always in our hearts, Mom. We love you”
DENNIS JOHN MOULD
October 8, 1946 – April 12, 2009
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden death of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend, Denny.
Denny leaves behind his best friend and wife of 42 years, Sandy, and their two children, Kerry and Darlene, son-in-law, Franco, and beloved grandchildren, Rebbecca and Sarah. They were the light of his life.
He also leaves behind three surviving siblings, Jean, Cathy and Jamie, and many nieces and nephews. He goes to join his mom and dad, Edna and Jack, and his sister Avis.
Denny was born in Burns Lake, BC. He spent his early years in Smithers. It was there, at just 15 years old, that he met the love of his life and future wife, Sandy. They fell in love and were married in 1967. After their marriage, he attended electrical training at BCIT in Vancouver. He was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant in Smithers, where their two children were born in 1967 and 1970. In 1972, they moved south. He worked as an electrician at the Weyerhaeuser pulp mill in Kamloops, then at jobs in Revelstoke and Adam’s Lake, before starting at the Kamloops Weyerhaeuser sawmill, where he worked until he retired in 2007.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing, but more than anything, he loved being a grandpa best of all. Denny and Sandy had the travel bug, taking many trips abroad, including several extended vacations with their fifth-wheel trailer across Canada and the USA. They enjoyed the company of their many wonderful friends and family and made many new ones in their trips south. He and Sandy were inseparable and did everything together.
A Celebration of Denny’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 17, 2009, in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive, with Canon Jack Phelps officiating.
Denny suffered from Pulmonary Fibrosis and Colitis. He asked that in lieu of flowers his friends and family make a donation to the Canadian Lung Association or the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of Canada in his honour. Always thinking of others, in a final act of pure selflessness, he donated his eyes to the Eye Bank.
We will miss him terribly, but feel blessed to have had him with us for an all too short 62 years.
May he rest in peace.
Jim Strauss Sr.
October 31, 1922 - April 12, 2009
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jim Strauss Sr. on April 12th, 2009 at the age of 86 of accidental aspiration.
He is survived by his sons Peter (Janet) and Jim (Pam), his granddaughter Alicia (Kerry) Hughes, two great grandchildren, his wife Jan, and former wife and friend, Mary.
Jim was born on Halloween in Mukacevo, Austria and in 1957 immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen. Jim and his family lived in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where Jim worked for the local electric power authorities until moving to Kamloops, BC in 1968. Jim was a prominent business man who owned and operated many different businesses in Kamloops.
Jim dedicated over 30 years of his life to pursuing his passion of herbal medicines. His strong belief in protecting people’s right to make their own choices regarding their health was vigorously defended throughout this time. He gave many lectures throughout Canada on his beliefs of disease prevention through the use of herbs, healthy eating and drinking pure water. When Jim believed in something, nothing would or could stand in his way. He truly was a unique man.
Jim had many interests and led an active life well into his 80’s. He was brilliant with electronics, an accomplished violinist, delighted in ballroom dancing to his favourite Johann Strauss waltz and loved to ski. He was a great debater, enjoyed a good bet, played bingo, but his all-time favourite pastime was simply spending time with his son Peter and this he did every single day.
Jim had many friends who will miss his quick wit and words of wisdom but he will be remembered through his contributions to herbal medicines and beliefs.
The Funeral Service will take place at 12:00 pm on Monday, April 20th, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive. Everyone is welcome. Those who so desire may make memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, PO Box 885 Main STN, Kamloops BC V2C 5M8.
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May 21, 1927 - April 14, 2009
It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Ressler announce his passing on April 14, 2009. Joseph passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Evelyn on March 23, 2008.
Joseph will be deeply missed by his daughters Brenda (Ian) McGregor, Kelly-Ann (Norm) De wit, and son Wade (Sheri), and five grandchildren: Madison, Cole, Shawna, Thomas, and Owen. Joseph will also be missed by his two brothers, Adam and Sid and sister Mary, not to mention the many nieces and nephews.
Joseph was born in Fairview Alberta in 1927. He married Evelyn in 1959 and with their three children resided in Kamloops for over 40 years. Joseph worked for the Operating Engineers for most of his life and was involved with projects such as the Bennett and Revelstoke dams. After retirement he took great joy in his beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and derived much joy in entertaining people in his home and back yard. Joseph loved people, he was happiest when his home was full of family, friends and music. He was known for his great soups and listening noodles. Joseph’s greatest joy was his grandchildren, he was very proud of them and spent time watching their sports and always orchestrated the annual pumpkin carves and Easter egg coloring contests.
We will miss you Poppy!
We would like to thank Dr. Yanko for his compassion and humour, and Betty the nurse for her grace and concern. Thanks to the many friends that stopped to share a laugh and play a game of crib with Joe over the last year.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 18th, at St. John Vianney’s Parish in Westsyde, 2826 Bank Road. Father Wladyslaw Karciarz, Celebrant.
Viewing will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Rosewood Room at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a truly wonderful place - The Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice House, 72 S Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops V2E 2S9.
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