Dale Maurice Ward
Dale Maurice Ward, 71, of Dawson Creek, BC, passed away on May 23, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is predeceased by both his parents and his brothers, Jack, Wayne and Dennis.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his son, Clinton (Jeannette) of Charlie Lake BC, their children, Connie of Grande Prairie, AB and Randy of Charlie Lake, BC; his daughter, Kim (Ben Giesbrecht) of Rolla, BC, their children, Kyle, Jeff, TJ, Dawn and Tiera, also of Rolla, BC. His companion, Darlene Henderson, of Dawson Creek, BC her children, Les, Jim, Bruce and Noreen, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Dale will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated by the family.
Funeral arrangement under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Ron Spittal, well known businessman who owned and operated Spittal’s Meats with his dad David Spittal from June 1946 until Ron’s retirement in 1978, passed away quietly May 15th, after a short illness.
Ron was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Spittal; father, David Spittal Sr. and his ex-wife Virgie Ford.
Ron is survived by his six children, Ronna-Lynn (Sunny) Berkener, Brad Spittal, Pat Watson, Michel Spittal, David Spittal and Tracy Spittal. His two sisters, Mary Irene (Wolf) Redies, Janet (Gordon) Vamplew. Hs brother David (Zeata) Spittal and stepmother Cecile Spittal. Special friends of the family, Shirley Roberts and Rhonda Kelly. Three grandchildren, Brandi Lee (Matt) Geddes, Christopher and Cory Watson. Two greatgrandchildren, Mason and Devon Geddes.
Many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. There will be no service by Ron’s request.
Muriel Erickson, born Nov. 9th, 1923 in Olds, Alberta, died peacefully May 15th, 2003 in Vancouver with her children at her side. She was predeceased by her husband Vernon.
Born and raised in Olds, Muriel was an active member of the community of Dawson Creek. She later resided in Aldergrove, Ladner and Vancouver.
Her children Bruce (Darlene), Karen (Rob), Neil (Sherrie), Elaine and Kathy and her beloved grandchildren Jenna, Lanae, Lacey, Jessie and Axel, along with relatives and friends, grieve her passing and celebrate her life.
A memorial service was held Wed. May 21st, at the United Church in Ladner, B.C.
Shirley Icy Scheck
Shirley Scheck a resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away on May 1, 2003 at the age of 46 years. A memorial service was held on Tuesday May 6, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Reverend John Klassen officiated; interment will be at a later date.
Shirley Icy Scheck was born on August 8, 1956 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan to Frank and Winona Leer, a baby sister for Robert, Arthur, Dorothy, Earling and Lester. Their mother passed away in 1961, and Shirley and Lester were raised by their grandparents. In 1968 her dad and Lester moved and Shirley stayed with Dorothy for a year before joining her dad and brother in Quesnel. After High School, she met her first husband, Bob Galbraith, who lived across the road. This relationship gave her many valuable experiences, including three wonderful stepchildren, Curtis, Lynne and Sharon, later becoming Nana to Cody, Shelbie, Robert, Melissa, Daniel, Jeremy and Andrew. This was a role that she was born to play as Shirley loved children, and was called Nana by many other children as well. In 1992 Shirley lost Bob as well as her father, but she moved on with her life, becoming a very independent individual. Shirley made a career of working for 7 Eleven as assistant manager and also team trainer (a position she was very proud of). This job brought her to Dawson Creek, where she met, and fell in love with the milkman. Shirley married Dan Scheck in September of 2002 and anyone who knew her, knew how happy she was. Family and Friends were very important to Shirley, and she loved to take care of them. She was quick to lend a hand or anything to anyone who needed it. Shirley was amazing at remembering things, if you told her in passing that you liked something; if possible she would make sure you got it. She had a wonderful sense of humour and loved jokes. Shirley loved country music and attended as many performances as she could. Her favorite pastime had to be playing cards, and most evenings were spent playing Canasta, Rummy or Crib. Shirley loved her cat CJ and treated him as if he was a child, and he truly believes he is. Shirley will be sadly missed by everyone, and will live on forever in our hearts.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Reginald John Flowers
Reginald Flowers passed away on April 10, 2003 in Dawson Creek hospital as a result of a stroke. A funeral service was held at St. James Presbyterian Church, Dawson Creek on April 16th, with the Rev. Gordon Strain officiating.
Reg was born on October 6, 1929 at home, on the homestead near Monitor, Alberta to Winifred (Whiting) and Harry Flowers, a younger brother for Edgar who was seven years old. When Reg was nine months old, the family moved to Edmonton where he attended Alex Taylor School and played trombone in the Edmonton School Boys Band.
When Reg was 13, he chose to take violin lessons which he paid for from his paper route earnings. In a recent visit to Edmonton Reg pointed out many of the buildings in the downtown area where he used to have his paper route.
Reg worked for the provincial government learning to be a draftsman and later worked for DOT helping with the layout of a number of airports in the north, including Whitehorse and Cold Lake Airports. For 10 years he worked for the City of Lethbridge and always he worked at upgrading his training until he became a Civil Engineering Technologist.
Upon his return to Edmonton in 1965, he met and fell in love with June Parker and they were married in 1968 in Edmonton. In November 1971, they were blessed with the birth of their only son Charles in Kelowna.
During his career, he worked for the cities of Lethbridge, Edmonton, Kelowna and Dawson Creek.
In March of 1977 the family moved to Dawson Creek where Reg had been hired to operate the Engineering Department of the city since council had chosen to contract out major engineering jobs.
For 12 years Reg enjoyed playing violin for the local Symphonette and Choir. Later he became involved in the Horticulture Society, St. Marks Food Bank and curling with the seniors. Reg’s gardening and his development of a rose garden has been a wonderful satisfaction for him. Many people have shared how much they enjoyed his quiet droll sense of humour.
St. James Church and the worship of God has been a very important part of our lives. Reg spent many hours studying his Bible.
Reg was the beloved husband of June, loving father to Charles Flowers, son-in-law to Dolly Parker. Brother-in-law to Joyce (Floyd) Holmes, Beverly (Ed) Hoff, Edith (Fred) Schmidt, Mary (Duayne Reynolds) and Edna Flowers. Dear uncle to Robert (Lorraine) Flowers and David Flowers. Cousin to Dianne (John) Collyer, Donald Whiting, Fred (Jean) Whiting and Bill (Norma) Whiting and several other cousins in Minnesota and England.
Reg was predeceased by: his parents, Harry and Winifred Flowers, his only brother Edgar, several uncles, aunts, cousins and his father-in-law Jack Parker.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Reg by way of a donation to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 714, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium, Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Erma (Walker) Bradley of Powell River, B.C. (formerly of Dawson Creek, B.C. and Dundurn, SK) died April 22, 2003. Erma was predeceased by her parents Mary (Polly) and George Walker; brother Jack and sister Yvonne Blenki; all of Sintaluta; sister Avis Oudot, Davidson; her husband of 51 years, Alexander John Bradley; and daughter Gail. Left to cherish her memory is her companion, Tony Stobbart (Powell River); her daughters Lynn (Scotty) Oliver, Regina/Montmartre and Carol Bradley, Calgary; sons Clayton (Edie), Powell River; Byron (Peggy), Red Deer; and Early (Wendy), Dawson Creek; grandsons Travis, Sheldon (Christina), Ryan (Angela), Curtis and Lowell Bradley and Scott and Sean Shore; great-grandson Craig Bradley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Erma was born in Wolseley, SK, June 23, 1920 and raised in the Sintaluta district. She married Alex in 1941 and devoted a lifetime to creating a home for her family. Erma was blessed with many artistic and creative talents: she sang,; danced the Highland Fling; played the accordion, drums and piano; and later enjoyed many quiet hours with her desktop organ. Her flair for colour and design emerged in the clothes she sewed and the array of colourful blooms ever present on her balcony. She embraced painting late in life, creating on canvas the mountain and ocean landscapes she loved. Erma wore her Legion tam and pin with pride and was a member of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary for over 40 years.
A memorial service and interment at Riverside Memorial Park, Regina, SK, will be held at a later date.
Janice Lavina Kiyawasew
Janice Lavina Kiyawasew a long time resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. and a member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Alberta; passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, December 21, 2002 at the age of 42 years. Janice was born in High Prairie, Alberta on January 14, 1960.
A memorial service was held on April 22, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Father Chris Lynch officiated.
Janice had a great love for the many joys of life but perhaps her greatest joy was being around her family and friends. Janice was greatly influenced by her late Grandmother Isabelle. We remember how hard our Kookum worked and how she always made sure that everyone was fed and clothed properly. Kookum never turned anyone away and she would often be seen feeding and doing whatever she could to help her visitors and neighbors. Observing our grandparents must have had an obvious impact on Janice because the same kindness and generosity that was displayed by both our grandparents was what also made Janice so special to many people that were privileged enough to have known her.
Janice did not turn away anyone who was in need of help. She would often have people stay at her house that had nowhere else to stay. She did not complain, neither did she ask to be paid in any way. Her only payment came in knowing that she did all she could to help others. Janice was someone who would walk into your life when all others walked out. She had a beautiful and loving smile and a laugh that reminded you of someone who had no care in the world but to enjoy the moment. You tended not to take the daily struggles of life too seriously after spending some time with Janice. She just had this calm, patient way about her that made you feel more relaxed and less stressed out. Janice didn’t believe in physical punishment for her kids. She tried her very best to be a good mother to her three daughters. Janice also had this soft and quiet presence about her as well, but if someone were to pick on her family or friends then those people would find out quickly just how fierce and fearless she could be when it came to protecting her loved ones.
Janice wasn’t just a friend to people. Many people regarded her as a sister, someone who was always there to share her time with anyone who was feeling lonely and just needing someone to talk to. She was the type of person who would share the last of her bread to anyone who was hungry.
Janice loved animals. She would often bring home stray dogs and puppies and she’d take it upon herself to nurture and care for them. She wasn’t too fond of cats but if she happened to see one on the street that seemed to be in need of help, there was Janice bringing the cat home.
Janice also had a love for music; she enjoyed listening to her favorite albums or someone playing a guitar.
When Janice was young she spoke the Cree Language. When she was very young some of her uncles would jokingly ask her “tansi Kisikason” (What is your name). Janice would casually reply “Meemin tanta”. In her own words what she was trying to say was “Raymond’s daughter” in Cree.
Janice would spend time between Dawson Creek and Sturgeon Lake in her youth. When she missed seeing her family and friends in Sturgeon Lake, she would make it a point to go and visit even if it meant having to hitch hike.
Janice loved to swim. She would spend all the daylight hours in the water if she could. You had to literally drag her out of the water. She loved swimming in Sturgeon Lake. In the winter we would toboggan down the hills near our grandparents’ house. Janice also loved to ride horses. She had a favorite horse down at a place call Doonans‚ in Dawson Creek. Janice had a special love for animals and the animals always seemed to respond positively to her.
Janice loved to get together with friends and family for special occasions like Christmas and Birthdays. Janice had a great sense of humor and you could always hear her rich and lively laugh. She was not a person to dwell on anything negative, she had an amazing inner strength. Janice taught others how to love and live life to the fullest.
Janice was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Constant and Isabelle Kiyawasew and paternal grandparents, Frank and Jeanette Mitchell.
Janice was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by daughters Jessica, Trudy, Kelly and granddaughter Bailey, mother Mary Kiyawasew of Dawson Creek, and father Raymond Mitchell of Debolt, sister Sandra(Richard)Kiyawasew-Webb, Jackie (Gilles) Kiyawasew, Marj Blais, brothers Chris (Bettina)Kiyawasew, and Duncan Kiyawasew. Janice also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Eva Kathleen Haugen
Eva Haugen a long time resident of the Peace River Country passed away on April 16th, 2003 at the age of 79 years. A funeral service was held on Tuesday April 22nd, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from the South Peace United Church, Reverend Judy Hare officiated, interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Eva Kathleen Haugen was born July 8, 1923 to Guy and Lila Haney. Her early years were spent in the Spring Hill and Arras area. Eva told how she enjoyed working outdoors with her dad, she was always very proud of her parents’ ambition and contribution to their community and their kindness towards friends and neighbours. She also recalled many fond memories of her brothers and sister as they were growing up together.
Eva married Ken Haugen in August 1946. Together they raised seven children.
Eva had a great love of family and this showed through in everything she did. She was always a friend as well as a guiding and loving presence to all of her family. Eva was always interested in what was going on in the lives of her children and grandchildren and they were always eager to share their experiences with her because they could always expect praise and encouragement from her. If there were a need for criticism she would deliver it in a gentle and positive way that usually proved to be most effective.
Even in these last few years Eva consistently proved what a caring person she was to all of her family, she would always ask about everyone else’s health and minimize her own problems. All who were fortunate enough to have known her will sadly miss her. Eva leaves to mourn, her husband Ken, five daughters and sons-in-law, one son and daughter-in-law, 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.
Robert Donald Cuncannon
Bob was born March 6th 1927 in Drumheller Alberta, the second son of Stanley and Beatrice Cuncannon.
Bob grew up on the family farm and attended Sunbeam School, which was across the road from the farm and later went to high school in Drumheller. He worked many years for the M.D. of Starland #47, firstly as an operator on road equipment and later as a heavy-duty mechanic.
While working for “Industrial and Road Equipment” of Calgary as a heavy-duty mechanic he met Irene Ziebart of Calgary. They were married in August of 1952.
By the time Bob and Irene left Calgary in 1965 to move to Dawson Creek, they had adopted Bill, Maria and Joe
In Dawson Creek, Bob continued to work for “Industrial and Road Equipment” and in 1968 he went to work for the “John Deere” dealership and continued there until his retirement in 1994. Bob resided in the same residence from his first day in Dawson Creek to his last day on April 12th.
Bob enjoyed restoring his antique tractors as well as constantly keeping an ample supply of firewood on hand.
Both parents and his elder brother Vern predeceased Bob.
He will be fondly remembered by Irene, his children, Bill Cuncannon (Serena), Joe Cuncannon, Maria Symons (Peter), his grandchildren Arthur, Helena, Colin and Joshua, as well as his sister Grace Churchill and his brother Jack Cuncannon. Also many other family members, friends and farmers he met during his life.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of family friend Ric Hamre of Hamre’s Funeral Chapel and Cremation Centre, Fort St. John, B.C. 1-800-844-4499.