Helen Dyck, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia passed away on July 3, 2002 in Pouce Coupe, at 89 years of age. A private family funeral service was held on July 8, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Interment followed on July 9th in the Didsbury Cemetery, Didsbury, Alberta.
Helen Dyck was born on March 18, 1913 in Gouldtown, Saskatchewan to Jakob and Anganetha Klassen (nee Penner). She was born the third youngest of eight children. Her education consisted of German and some English up to grade six. She married Cornelius Dyck on August 16, 1931 at the age of eighteen years.
The early years were spent struggling and managing to raise a large family through the thirties and forties and eventually settling in Didsbury until the passing of her husband in 1985.
Helen was always noted for her vegetable and flower gardens. Many evenings were spent embroidering tablecloths and doilies for all her children and friends. Family gatherings were spent playing horseshoes and the game of Crokinole.
At age seventy-two, she retired to the Rotary Harbour for seniors in Dawson Creek. Here, she met Ella Paradowski, who became her neighbor and her best friend. Independent living was a major change and a new challenge for her. Several years later, Ella moved to Peace River Haven, and shortly after, Helen followed. Here she was introduced to the game of skittles and other interactive games. When embroidery became too strenuous for her eyes, she took up doing hundreds of jigsaw puzzles. The hallways at Peace River Haven were lined with puzzles that she had put together. She spent many hours in the smoking room with Ron Clarke, who became a devoted friend.
After a lengthy time dealing with osteoporosis and fracturing her leg of late, she finally succumbed to her passing on July 3, 2002 - doing what she enjoyed most, having a cigarette in the smoking room with Ron.
She was predeceased by her husband Cornelius; and daughters, Margaret, and June.
She is survived by three daughters and five sons - Pat Willet, John (Sheila) Dueck, Nettie Alder, Jake Dyck, Pete Dyck, Eva (Bud) Glenn, Abe (Brenda) Dueck, and Larry Dyck, twenty-five grandchildren and numerous great and great, great grandchildren.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
John Dwight Anderson
John Dwight Anderson, passed away on June 25, 2002 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, at 77 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on June 29, 2002 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Eulogy read by Leonard Patterson. Interment followed in the Rolla Community Cemetery, Rolla, BC.
John was born to Charlie and Clara Anderson, on October 11, 1924, on the family farm in Rolla. He was the youngest of 4 children. His parents came from Nebraska to Rolla, where they homesteaded and raised their family.
John rode his horse to the Rolla School. He helped on the family farm until he enlisted in the army at the age of 18. He was trained in Calgary, and served in Belgium, Holland, England, and was part of D-Day.
After the war, John worked in Alberta on a farm, but felt the pull of the Peace River. John returned to Rolla, purchased his farm through the VLA, and set about becoming one of the area’s better farmers. Until his passing, he still lived on the first farm he had purchased those many years ago.
John met his wife, Hazel Amundson at the Rolla Store, where she was working over the summer. John and Hazel were married June 15, 1957. They lived on the family farm, and raised their children; Arlys, Doug, and Janet.
He loved the land and his cows, the countryside, fishing, camping, and cooking over an open fire; he figured he had it made with a meal of fresh fish, homemade bread, fresh saskatoons, and black coffee.
John liked sports, he played on the Rolla ball team, and he and Hazel enjoyed curling in the winters. John had great pride in his community; he was a member of the Rolla Elks, Rolla Curling Club, Director of the Rolla Cemetery, 4H Leader, he judged 4H cattle, and he selected bulls for bull sales and community pastures.
He worked at Patterson’s Auction Mart for many years, weighing livestock. He had a good eye, and took pride in his ability as a good judge of cattle.
John leaves a wonderful legacy in the South Peace Feeders Co-op, where he was one of the founding Directors in 1970; he went on to become President in 1972, retiring 20 years later in 1992. He also helped set up the North Peace Feeder’s Co-op in 1990.
John Dwight Anderson, better known as J.D., has left this world a better place; a good husband, friend, community person, he also leaves this land a better place, with his good farming practices.
John was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Dahlen, and a brother, Arvid Anderson.
John leaves his family to mourn him: his wife and soul-mate, Hazel; children, Arlys (Tim) Thomsen, Doug (Gerri) Anderson, and Janet (Hugh) MacLennan; grandchildren, Kristopher, Sarah, Ashley, Briana, and Dana; brother, Bud (Marie) Anderson; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Laurie Anne Markling (nee Kelly)
Laurie Anne Markling (née Kelly), passed away in Dawson Creek on June 25, 2002 at 45 years of age. A funeral service was held on June 28, 2002 at 2:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Following the service, Laurie’s cremated remains were interred in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.
Eulogy written and read by Bev Charbonneau:
Laurie was the eldest daughter of Phyllis and Ed, and big sister to Linda, Joy, Mike and Kathy. She was a beautiful little girl. At an early age, Laurie established herself as power to be reckoned with. She not only had a mind of her own - she knew how to use it! She grew into a beautiful lady. A lady with great dignity, strong principles and tremendous strength of character. Laurie did not believe in the words “I can’t.” No matter what happened, she sat back, thought about it, analyzed it, turned it inside out and round side in, and made it work… in her way, under her terms. Laurie did what she needed to do and carried on.
Laurie was a proud woman with a fierce sense of independence. A very private person. She knew who she was. She didn’t feel a need to impress anyone, but she not only impressed us, she left her impression in our lives. A lasting impression.
Laurie was quiet about her accomplishments. Her greatest accomplishments are here with us today; her son, Kris, her daughter, Rae-anne, her grandson, Ashton, and her grand-daughter, Viktoria. Being a mother and then being blessed with grandchildren meant everything to Laurie. Spending time with Ashton and Viktoria was precious to Laurie. Ashton and Viktoria, your grandma is very proud of you. She loves you LOTS.
Watching Kris and Rae-anne these past days, with eachother, the teasing…the laughter…holding eachother, comforting each other…their strength. Your Mom is such a part of you. Kris, on Tuesday morning, you gave your mom the best tribute a mother could ask for. You told her, ‘Mom, I couldn’t have asked for better, when I was a kid or now.’ I know she heard you. She wrapped those words in her heart forever.
Rae-Anne showed me a beautiful card she had given her mom. Laurie had kept it all these years, it was her treasure. Inside the card it read, ‘Mother, this wreath of flowers is a reminder of you. For mothers and roses are much the same. Both symbolize a love that’s precious and true. Add to this love, a heart filled with understanding, patience and tenderness and it’s a perfect description of you.’ Your mom loved her flowers, didn’t she, Rae-anne? - especially roses. She insisted on helping you plant the flower beds this spring. When we were in Edmonton, she told me with great satisfaction that Rae-anne had gotten the flower beds ready. You understood that your mom needed to plant her flowers, so you and Viktoria helped her. You made sure she did what she needed to do. Your mom knows how much you both love her, Kris and Rae-anne. She respected you, challenged you to become who you were meant to be, and will always love you unconditionally.
Kathy, you said Laurie was like a lioness. Strong, protective, and territorial when it came to her loved ones. She made you feel safe, cared for, and infinitely protected. Kathy, you and Laurie have a special bond. Like Joy said, the two of you have this special thing… a harmony, a sense of each other that will always be there. We remember Laurie always said, ‘MINE’, when it came to her Lil Sis.
Laurie had many other accomplishments. In May of this year, she received her Associate of Arts Degree with a major in history. Laurie had a passion for learning. She was on the honor roll each year of her studies. She also worked full time as Director of Records at Northern Lights College, and was Wayne’s right hand gal at Night Riders. Amazing.
This lady could do whatever she set her mind to. For ten years, she worked as a paramedic with the local ambulance service. She got that twinkle in her eye when she said she her first partner wondered what good that “itty bitty thing” would be. Well, she carried her own weight, actually probably at least double her weight most of the time. Itty Bitty, yes, strong you bet! Kris told me about her effective coaching methods for football. Kris, Mom said you weren’t getting down low enough to hit your opponent and set him on his butt. She told you ‘come at me, knock me over.’ So you dropped down into position and rushed her with all you had. How far did you fly???? Made her point didn’t she? Rae-anne, remember all those trips from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek to bring you and Kris to school? It always had to be the best she could give you. You and Kris gave her your best. You were there for her when she really needed you.
Laurie has been blessed with a remarkable family. You gathered around her to bring her comfort, do anything you could to help. She needed all of you to come together with her so that she knew she didn’t have to worry about you. Laurie needed to know that so she could go on herself.
Today, we are here all together to celebrate this lady. Laurie should be celebrated. Laurie believed in having fun. That infectious giggle. I can hear it. The twinkle in those beautiful eyes, and that smile ooooohhhhhhh that smile! Then there was that LOOK, you know THE LOOK. No words necessary, you had been told!!! ‘GEES’, she would exclaim with hands on her hips. When we were together last night to say our own private good-bye so many of us were just waiting to hear her exclaim ‘What??’ ‘What were we all doing crying?’ ‘GEES!!!’
Wayne you are our hero. You carried Laurie through these difficult times and she let you. That was a testimony of her love for you. She glowed when you were with her, and she glowed when she wasn’t with you with just the thought of you. Our Laurie, the tough lady, turned to mush with just your touch. She was so happy with you.
Laurie had some instructions for us. She told us, ‘No blubbering.’ Laurie, I hope you’ll cut us a bit of slack, just a few tears okay? We are supposed to remember the fun. Hear her laughter often, and laugh with her. No fuss! That was Laurie. Well we kept it simple, straight to the point, and it’s not our fault you were so great that all of these people have come to celebrate you. You endeared yourself to their hearts, you did that all by yourself.
Remember that Laurie is still with all of you. With her determination and all consuming love for you she will walk with you always. Celebrate Laurie that’s what she would want. Let her strength be yours. Miss her, but remember she is in a beautiful, wonderful place. As she would say, ‘that’s faith.’
Laurie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by: her partner, Wayne Bews; children, Kris, and Rae-anne Markling, LaDonna, and Dustin Bews; grandchildren, Ashton Irwin, and Viktoria Markling; parents, Phyllis Foster, and Ed (Germaine) Kelly; grandmother, Marjorie Dennis; siblings, Linda (Ken) Brummond, Joy (Garry) Bratt, Mike Kelly, and Kathy Erickson (Tim Makuch); 9 aunts and uncles, 15 nieces and nephews, and 4 great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Louise Annette Scafe
Louise Annette Scafe, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on June 18, 2002 in Edmonton, Alberta at 54 years of age. A memorial service was held at 1:00 pm on June 22, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, with Pastor Lee Stephenson officiating.
Born in Victoria, to James and Jean Bartholow, Louise grew up with a mind of her own, her opinions and strength of character began to show even as a young girl. She loved animals, and that love remained throughout her life.
In Metchosin, she met and dated young James (Jim) Scafe, whom she married in 1967. Jim and Louise had two children, born on Vancouver Island: John ŒJay‚, and Roy. As their family began to grow, they started looking for land to settle on. They bought land in Upper Cutbank outside of Dawson Creek in 1971. Their ranch became known as Misty Hills Shorthorns. Both of their fathers helped them with the move from the coast and to break in to this new country.
After settling into the Dawson Creek area, Louise and Jim continued to expand their family and their ranch; a third son, Joe, and their only daughter, Christina ŒChrissy‚, were born.
Louise was described as a mother bear; swift to discipline, and ferocious to protect those that were hers. She had an unconditional love for her family and extended family as well. She lived life in the black and white; true to honesty and fairness, and spoke her mind with a determined strength and commitment that could be imposing yet inspiring all at the same time.
Louise and Jim's ranch, now known far and wide, grew through hard work and the partnership between Jim and Louise. Louise was truly Jim's right hand. With a passion for people in needy situations, the farm could always find a bed, a meal, and work for all who passed through their always open door.
Louise was a mother to more than just her own children, as they grew up and moved out on their own, she filled the farm with visitors from other lands; students from Japan were frequent. Louise was patient to teach them, and included in them in the family.
Louise's final 'success‚ was a young farming couple from South Africa. Louise fought a long and hard battle to see that they could come to Canada and become Canadians. She did not leave us without knowing that they were going to be landing in Canada before the end of June.
This year was the year of the hardest spring in a long time; winter never seemed to end, and it was a year in which the most livestock was lost. It will also be remembered as the year that Misty Hills Shorthorns, family, friends, and neighbors, felt the pain from the loss of a remarkable woman. Louise Annette Scafe will pass out of our present day, and will live on in our memories, with remembered events and moments treasured, which will live on in and reflect forever.
Louise will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim; her children, John (Tanya Salmon), Roy (Dawn Logan), Joe, and Christina Scafe; grandchildren, Alexander, Jeremy, Daryl, and Wesley, father, James Bartholow; friends and daughter-in-laws, Tina Nellis, and Carol Mathieson; sister, Bev (Murray) Benson, niece, Tracy Hodgetts, as well as many friends and neighbours.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek ˆ Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Julia Margaret Trupish
Julia Margaret Trupish, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on June 28, 2002 in Dawson Creek, at 77 years of age. A private family funeral service was held on July 5, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, cremation followed.
Known to her immediate family as ‘Nan’, and to all others, as ‘Judy’, she was born in Brownlee, Saskatchewan on July 13, 1924, one of six children to Lance and Della Wayland.
The Wayland family were pioneer homesteaders in the Eureka River area of Northern Alberta, and it is from this pioneering spirit that Judy obtained her strong and trusting personality. Judy accepted almost all the people she met in her life as friends, and always sought out the best in people, providing her support in whatever manner she was able to give at the time.
Judy lived in Dawson Creek, since the early 1950’s with short periods at Hedley, BC and at Britiana Beach, BC.
She first met Mike Trupish in 1969, and they were married in 1981, with Mike proving to be her loving and trusting companion and caregiver throughout their time together. Mike and Judy, with their faithful dog, Amber, traveled western Canada together in their motorhome, sharing laughter and good times to all friends and family they visited with on their journeys. Judy shared with Mike a keen interest in painting, gardening, playing cards, and going to casinos. The family is forever thankful to Mike for his love and support of their mother and friend.
Judy will be remembered fondly by all as a prankster, she loved playing with, and fooling her loved ones. There are remembrances of numerous knick-knacks and clocks in Judy’s home, as well as her need to create change in moving her furniture around on a frequent basis.
Judy was a very strong and courageous lady who was very kindhearted and understanding to all. A lady who was most supportive of her family and of her grandchildren.
Through Judy’s battles with health problems, very few of us, if any, heard Judy complain or seek our pity or sympathy. Julia Margaret Trupish will remain an inspiration to us all, as we strive to live a full and prosperous life, as Judy has lived.
She was predeceased by a son, Brent Painter, in 1977.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Mike; children, Shirley (Robert) Sieben, Gail (Larry) Gillespie, Gary (Carol) Painter; grandchildren, Tony, Kim, Tammy, Blaine, Christine, and Darren; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Spencer, Chase, and Hunter; and one sister, Majorie Moonie.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Reta Bollhalder, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on June 20, 2002 in Dawson Creek at 68 years of age. A funeral service was held at 3:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Walter Boldt officiating. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery.
Eulogy read by Reta’s grandson, Chris Nicholson: “First of all, I would like to thank all of my Nanny’s friends and family coming by to pay their respects and to say goodbye at this solemn occasion, and to thank my auntie Suzie for being a source of comfort and support to my mom and myself. Also, my wife Renate who loved my Nanny and who my Nanny dearly loved, and who has been a pillar of strength to us in our time of need.
Nanny met and married my grandfather at 16. Shortly there after, my mother, her only child, was born. It was during my childhood my fondest memories of my grandmother, whom I always called ‘Nanny’, formed.
I must say that she was always a giant in my life and I learned so much from her, from how to shuck oysters to shooting a rifle. Any questions that my mother could not answer, Nanny could.
On June 29, 1991, Jake Bollhalder and Reta became Mr. & Mrs. at the United Church in the beautiful city of Dawson Creek. Together, they traveled and enjoyed life as passionately as they could, and enjoyed a happy married life.
In later years, my Nanny became quite ill, and I’d personally like to thank Jake for his patience, love, and support during her diminished capacity. I know she dearly loved Jake.
Nanny always had the ability to make friends easily, and had many during her life time. She was very charitable and had a foster child in South America.
She touched many during her journey through life, and now has begun another journey. We know Nanny, you will be loved on that journey as well.
I’d like to encourage every one to donate the cost of a package of cigarettes to the BC Lung Association, so if you are a smoker, they will be there when you need them.”
Reta will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jake; daughter, Karen (Lloyd) Latham; grandchildren, Chris (Renata) Nicholson, and Kordina Millichamp; sisters, Audrey (Les) Bunn, and Susan (Doug) Davidson.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek Fort St. John.
Douglas Roland Berg
Douglas was born on September 14th, 1923 at Kelvington, Saskatchewan. He passed away on June 26th, 2002 in the Dawson Creek Hospital, at the age of 78 years. Doug was a long time resident of Groundbirch, B.C. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Yuvonne, his daughters Iris (Tom) Reynolds, Esther (Doug) Field, his granddaughters Alisha and Amie Reynolds. Crystal, Allison and Melissa Field. Also three brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
To respect Doug’s wishes no service will be held.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.