November 1, 1919 - June 27, 2009
Our dear husband, father, brother and grandpa passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, June 27, 2009.
Walter left many happy memories with his family, who will miss him very much. He is survived by his wife, Mabel, daughter Debbie (Brent) Turner, son Derrick (Cheryl), grandsons Jeff (Rebecca) Turner, Caleb Stasiuk, granddaughters Rebekah (Rob) Whitelaw, Jessica (Jack) Wesolowski, great grandson Lucas Whitelaw, and his buddy “Charlie”. He was predeceased by his son Grant in 1970. He had a large, loving family of 11 siblings, being predeceased by brothers Mike, Nick, and sisters Mary and Ann, being survived by sisters Toni, Pearl, Stella, Kay, Helen and Ruth. He also had many nephews and nieces, including two special nieces – Sharon (Barrie) Batchelor and Darlene (Bill) Kawa.
Walter spent his working years as a Welder and mechanic, operating his family business with his brother Nick in Canora, Saskatchewan for many years. He and Mabel relocated to Kamloops in 1996, where Walter no longer worked for a living, but took great joy in helping many friends and neighbors with everything from dull knives to lawnmowers, cars and watch batteries.. He was always happy to help any and all, and was amazingly capable until the day he died.
Walter also took great joy in talking to his friends and neighbors about his faith in his creator, Jehovah, and the hope that he had for the future. He looked forward to a much better future, and took comfort from that hope when courageously facing his final illness.
The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff at RIH in the ER and 3 West for the compassionate care of Walter in his last hours. Our most difficult hours were made bearable by the incredible kindness extended to Walter and family.
There will be no formal service, by Walter’s request. But his family is most grateful for the kind expressions of sympathy offered by so many. Walter will be interred at a later date with his son Grant in Canora, Saskatchewan. He so looked forward to welcoming him back when they both wake up in the resurrection promised by God.
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March 9, 1950 - June 29, 2009
Sonja Wilford of Kamloops passed away June 29, 2009 at 59 years of age. Survived by her loving husband Barry Wilford, parents Andrew and Betty Zeeman of Oliver BC, sisters Lydia Miller of Kaledan BC, Sylvia Revell of Bristol TX USA, brother Andy Zeeman of Oliver BC, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers and sisters in law.
A sincere loving unselfish person, Sonja was a consummate professional in her nursing career and daily life.
Memorial Donations may be in the memory of Sonja to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Western Canada Chapter 310 1682 West 7th Ave Vancouver BC, V6J 4S6.
A Memorial Service will take place at 2:00pm on Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel with the Hospital Chaplin Victor Gundel officiating.
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Rose Kotyo Kobayashi
May 25, 1912 - July 9, 2009
Rose Kotoyo Kobayashi passed away on July 22nd at 97 years of age. Survived by her brothers Ed (Meri) Takahashi, Doug (Val) Takahashi. Predeceased by her parents Tadashi and Sai Takahashi and her husband Tom of 57 years. Together Tom and Rose were involved in many charitable organizations including Kinsman and Rotary, Rose was also a member of the PEO. Rose especially enjoyed spending time with her nephews Edward, Sydney, Roger, David, and niece Joanne. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to all the staff at Overlander Extended Care Hospital for all their kindness, care and compassion that they gave to Rose. Rosie was a very special and much loved member of our family, she will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by us all. Flowers and koden gratefully declined, donations in the memory of Rose may be made to the auxiliary of Overlander Extended Care Hospital 953 Southill Street Kamloops BC V2B 7Z9. A private services will be held. Service arrangements are entrusted to;
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KEMBEL, Shirley Jeanette (nee McDonald)
March 10, 1932 to July 20, 2009
Born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to loving parents Angus and Ethel McDonald. She spent her summers at Madge Lake with an extended family of aunts and uncles to whom she was the only child.
In 1950, she graduated from Kamsack Collegiate Institute and in 1951 met Archie on a double date. They married June 18, 1952 and were blessed with twin boys Gary and Donald, who were born in 1956. The family moved to The Pas, Manitoba in 1960 where Shirley worked as a telephone operator. She took on a second job as a bookkeeper. In 1963, Joanne was born.
Archie transferred with the CNR to Kamloops in 1975. Shirley, then 43 years old, went back to school to Cariboo College and completed a certificate as a legal stenographer. She enjoyed working at Tranquille School until it closed in 1984. She devoted the next two decades to caring for her mother and closest friend in their Kamloops home.
Archie retired from the CNR in 1988, and the three of them enjoyed many trips in their RV and long summer days by their backyard pool, often with visiting grandchildren Derek, Karen and Alex (Donald); Graeme and Evelyn (Gary); and, Hannah and Emily (Joanne).
Ethel passed away in 2002 at the age of almost 102, and Shirley always expected to meet that goal. She took great care with her diet, her fitness and her health and told the oncologist, “Other than having cancer, I’m really very healthy.” Her remarkable positive, joyful and loving outlook promised a long and fulfilling life. She was very active in the local chapter of the Rebekah Lodge as Past Noble Grand. Her close friends in the bridge club and her season’s tickets with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra ensured a lively social life. She was active at the Curves gym until diagnosed with recurrence of her cancer, just three weeks before her passing.
Shirley was at home with her family until hours before she passed away quietly at 8:10 a.m. July 20, 2009, in the women’s room of the Emergency Department of the Royal Inland Hospital, under the affectionate care of the emergency staff, her family physician Dr. Thomasse, and her loving husband and children.
Service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009 at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive. Donations to Royal Inland Hospital and Canadian Cancer Society.
Maureen June Terpsma
May 3, 1947 - July 21, 2009
It is with deepest sadness we regret the passing of Maureen June Terpsma (nee Watson) on July 21, 2009. She leaves behind her beloved husband Harry, mother Mona, daughter Shelley (Bruce), son Greg (Denise) step daughter Tracy (Eric) step son Michael, grandchildren Teri, Nicholas, Kaylee and Alec, brothers Dave ( Jenny) aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends. Special thanks to Dr. Hollman and the staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home. A private family service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Maureen may be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9. Service arrangements are entrusted to;
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September 30, 1933 - November 29, 2007
We regret to announce the sudden passing on Thursday, November 29th of Jim Solowan at the age of 74. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Margaret Solowan, as well as his four brothers, one niece and one nephew.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marion and his children Glen (Heather) Solowan of Vanderhoof B.C. and Debbie of Abbotsford, BC; also grandsons Matthew and George of Prince George, BC. Also left to mourn his passing are his sister Victoria (Henry) Grandish of Edmonton, Alberta, his mother in-law Helen Smith of Vernon, BC, four sisters in-law of Edmonton, Alberta and sister in-law Ethel (Dick) Bielert of Campbell River, BC. Jim thought the world of his special Aunt Joey Wilmot of Kamloops.
Jim worked for Highland Valley Copper as an equipment operator and retired from there after 29 years of service. He was an avid crib player and enjoyed many local crib tournaments. He also enjoyed watching a variety of sports on TV. Jim and Marion took many trips to Reno in their later years.
There will be no formal service at Jim’s request. Cremation is entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home and a family gathering will take place at a later date.
The Solowan family wishes to extend a big thank-you to Doctor Collier and the staff at Royal Inland Hospital Emergency ward.
January 11, 1914 - August 2, 2009
Torazo Omatsu passed away peacefully at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kamloops on August 2, 2009.
Torazo leaves his loving wife, Etsu of 67 years. He was much loved by his surviving nieces and nephews, as well as by his great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Torazo was predeceased by his parents, Denji and Tome, brothers Rinzo and Denno, and sister Shizue Kobayashi.
Torazo was born on January 11, 1914 in Vancouver BC. He started working for BC Interior Sawmill in 1943 and retired from Weyerhaeuser as the Quality Controller for Weyerhaeuser’s Kamloops Sawmill in 1979. During his employment, he was the recipient of numerous awards in lumber grading.
The Omatsu and Kobayashi Families would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice and the nurses and doctors in the Emergency Department and 6 South at Royal Inland Hospital for all their support and love. Deep and lasting gratitude to Dr. Alice Huang for her kindness and personal care of Torazo.
No flowers by request. Please make any form of koden or donations to: the Kamloops Buddhist Temple, 361 Poplar St., Kamloops BC V2B 4B9; Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9; or to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation (2nd CT Scan), 311 Columbia St., Kamloops BC V2C 2T1.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 15, 2009 in the Kamloops Buddhist Temple, 361 Poplar St., with Sensei Yasuhiro Miyakawa officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Jesse Harold Gitzel
August 22, 1983 - August 1, 2009
Jesse’s life was tragically taken from us as a result of a motor vehicle accident while camping with his “buddies” at Shuswap Lake.
Jesse will be sadly missed by his loving mum, Debbie and dad, Lyle, bro Kyle (Char), grandparents Helen Thomson, Harold and Myrna Gitzel, his favorite uncle Dave (Diane) Thomson, aunts Heather and Yvonne (Al) Gitzel, Wanda Thomson, as well as numerous other family members and friends, especially Brett, Mike, Shawn, Dave, Shoe, Rick, Justin and Levi. He will be especially missed by the love of his life, Amber. He was predeceased by his grandfather Horace Thomson and uncle Neil.
Jesse was a very happy-go-lucky young man who loved life and was taken from us far too soon. His favorite pastimes were - going to the beach, camping, and applying his artistic talent doing graffiti art.
“Jesse Boy, you will always be my shining star,
will always be loved and in my heart, never forgotten”
Your loving Mom
A Celebration of Life will be held at Westsyde Fellowship Baptist Church, 2833 Westsyde Rd., Kamloops, BC, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7th, 2009.
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