Mabel Irene Kutryk ( nee Malarkey ) a resident of Creston, BC passed away on December 7th, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Mabel was born to Anne and William Malarkey on May 22nd, 1926 at Fort Pitt, SK.
Mabel married Michael John Kutryk in Edmonton, AB on December 3rd, 1949. She worked as a teachers aid at the Alberta School for the Deaf in Edmonton and then they retired to Wynndel, BC in 1984.
Mabel was predeceased by her parents Anne and William Malarkey; sister Margaret Card; brothers Reginald and Raymond Malarkey and husband Michael Kutryk.
She will forever be remembered by her children Patrick, Philip and Deborah; grand children Michael Kutryk, Virginia LeMesurier, Sarah Kutryk, Jennifer Bain; great grandchildren Michael Bain, Audrey Bain and Sapphire Kutryk; niece Grace Detlor (Card), nephews Kenneth Malarkey, William Malarkey and niece Rita Chilibeck.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Allsaints Anglican Church in Fort Pitt, SK with Interment to follow.
Phyllis Evelyn Bath (nee Downie) passed away after a lengthy illness on December 11, 2011 in the Creston Valley.
Phyllis was born to parents John and Annie Downie on June 9, 1922 in Didsbury, Alberta. She married Arthur Bath on her birthday 27 years later, June 9, 1949, in Trail, BC.
Phyllis was a member of the East Trail United church and sung in their choir. She also served with the Canadian Women’s Army Corp in Toronto during WWII. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Trail Tadanac Hospital and C.S. Williams Clinic.
Phyllis was predeceased by her parents John and Annie Downie. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 63 years, Arthur Bath; son Robert; daughter Shirley (Bob) Bruce all of Creston, BC; grandchildren Chris (Amy) of High River, AB, Stephanie (Brian) Baillargeon and great grandchildren Brianna and Zakhary of Oakley, CA; sisters Doreen and Pat Downie of Creston, BC.
A Private Family Memorial Funeral Service will be held at a later date.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC – 828 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2
Marie Sylvia Tompkins
April 27, 1916 – December 9, 2011
Marie Tompkins (nee Johnson) passed away on December 9, 2011 in the Swan Valley Lodge at the age of 95 years.
Marie was born to parents Sven and Faltine Johnson on April 27, 1916 in Strongfield, SK. Together, the family moved to Canyon, BC in 1937 and later they moved to Erickson, BC, near Brennan’s Garage. Marie married Kenneth Tompkins in 1942 and they made Erickson their home.
Marie loved life and was a very caring, giving person. She was a proud member of the Erickson Covenant Church for over 70 years and made many special friendships with the congregation.
Marie was predeceased by her parents, Sven and Faltine Johnson; husband Kenneth; brothers Jonas and Harold Johnson and grandson Marc Legare.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter Lavonne (Gerry) Legare; sons Allan (Linda) and Mark (Rowena); grandchildren Michelle, Kaela, Ashley, Jodi and Derek and great grandchild Tyler Legare.
A Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson Covenant Church with Pastor Tom Greentree officiating.
Marie will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She especially enjoyed the Christmas season and the spirit of giving at this special time of year. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, a gift of charity could be given to Swan Valley Lodge – Equipment Fund, which benefits many people. Box 1880 Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.
Ernest Waldemar Richter passed away on December 8, 2011 in Creston, BC at the age of 83 years.
Ernest was born to parents Fred and Lydia Richter on September 9, 1928 in Yellow Grass, SK. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Elsie Dreger.
He worked in the oil patch in Alberta until he returned to farming in 1958. Ernest was an active member in the Peace Lutheran Church Council and he was one of the founding shareholders of Weyburn Inland Terminal. He was also a member of various boards including the United Grain Growers, Conservation Development Authority and the Yellow Grass Rink Board and he coached hockey. Ernest and Elsie retired to Creston in 1986 and here he had various interests one being restoring tractors.
Ernest was predeceased by his parents Fred and Lydia Richter.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Elsie Richter; his children Gail (Rick) Murray, Neil (Donette) Richter, Gord (Megan) Richter; grandchildren Eric, Dean (Kim), Lindsay, Krista (Mike), Kimberly, Justin, Jessica, Megan and Kelly; six great grandchildren Taryn, Rilyn, Jaden, Lawson, Jack and Leo; brothers and sisters Vic (May), Wilbur (Evelyn), Donelda Nicholas, Doris (Bill) Hill, Leonard (Sherry) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held Friday December 30. 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan with Pastor David Hanes.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC – 4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9
Jack Alfred Patrick Burden, age 80 years, passed away on December 5th, 2011 at Creston, BC, after a lengthy illness. He was born to Flora and John Burden on March 17th, 1931 at Hastings, Sussex, England and received his education at Kent, England.
Jack married Fay Huggett on May 1st, 1954 on the Island of Malta, while he was a member of the British Royal Navy, serving for seven years. The couple immigrated to Red Deer, AB in 1964, where he was employed as an electrician. In 1965 they moved to Rossland, BC, where Jack gained employment with Cominco before moving to Elkford, BC, where he was a supervisor for Fording Coal Ltd., before retiring to Creston, BC.
Jack was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association, competing in the Gray Creek Reggatta for many years. Jack enjoyed sailing, which took him to places such as the Virgin Islands, Channel Islands, Flordia Keys and on Kootenay Lake and the West Coast of BC.
He was predeceased by his parents Flora Beatrice Burden and John Arthur Burden; father-in-law George Huggett; mother-in-law Eleanor Huggett and brother-in-law Les Cobb.
Jack will be dearly missed by his loving wife Fay, son Jonathan ( Jane ) Burden and family, Holly (Saul) and Aszjeca, daughter Lorraine ( Don ) Leduc and family, Doug (Val), Michael, Melody, and great grandchildren Ryan, Annaka, Lorissa, Siarrah and Cara; sister Joan Cobb and nieces Marriane ( Steve ) and children, and Sandra and children.
The Memorial Funeral Service was held on Monday December 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Br#29, Creston with Padre Randy Wood officiating. Royal Canadian Legion Veteran Tribute.
Friends wishing to make a memorial tribute in Jack’s name may do so to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch #200 – 4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4K6
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Holly May Ducharme on November 29, 2011 at the age of 96 years.
Holly May Ducharme (nee Gaines) was born to parents Pheobe and Frank Gaines in Hanley, SK on May 3, 1915. She received her formal education in Hanley, SK. Holly married Joseph Placid (Joe) Ducharme on November 10, 1934 in Medstead, SK and four years later they made their journey to the Creston Valley.
While living in Creston in the earlier years Holly worked in private homes. Then Holly and Joe left Creston for a period of time and lived in Fort Macleod, AB, Salmo, BC, Jaffery, BC, Calgary, AB, and Mountain Shores, BC. She worked as a cook in different restaurants in all of these places except Calgary where she managed an apartment building. In 1981 they made their way back and retired in the Creston Valley.
Holly enjoyed her garden until she was no longer able to, she also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, writing letters and keeping in touch with them. She loved reading, playing cards and watching the Calgary Stampede on the television every year.
Holly was predeceased by her husband of 74 years in 2009 Joe Ducharme; grandson David Berg; daughter Mrytle Kovacs; granddaughter Glenda Swietalski (nee Berg); sons Grant Ducharme and Frank Ducharme; grandson Wesley Ducharme; three great grandchildren Taylor and Lane Ducharme and Cole Berg; three sisters Myrtle Gaines, Iva (Bill) Mather and Fern (Joe) Holms and one brother Glen (Norma) Gaines.
She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her three sons Lloyd (Jean), Fred (Yvonne) and Larry all of Creston, BC; daughters-in-law Margaret and Luella of Fort Macleod, AB, as well as sixteen grandchildren, thiry-nine great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a wonderful, gentle, kind lady. A wonderful mother and mother-in-law who will be greatly missed.
A private family Memorial Funeral Service will be held at a later date.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the charity of the donor’s choice.
It is with great sadness that the family of Elsie Spetifore announces her passing on November 20, 2011 at the age of 90 years.
Elsie was born to parents Lorne and Alphonsine on May 6, 1921 in Langham, SK. She moved to Delta, BC with her family in 1937. It was there that she met and married Albert Frederick. They became very proud parents of Warren and Lorne. Sadly, Albert was killed at war in 1944. Elsie later met and married Robert Spetifore and together they had four children. Although their marriage ended, they remained friends.
Elsie moved to Creston in 1992 so she could be close to her family. She continued enjoying all the things she loved; her family, her many crafts, tea parties, cooking and feeding people, watching and feeding the birds, game shows, gardening, crosswords, road trips to visit her family.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children Warren (Liisa) Frederick, Lorne (Maureen) Frederick, Moke (Sandi) Spetifore, David (Linda) Spetifore, Rose Spetifore (Dieter) and Greg (Janice) Spetifore, her 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, her brother Gordie and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Lorne and Alphonsine McNolty and her siblings Irene, Flo, Len, Merv and Ev.
A Memorial Funeral Service was held on Saturday November 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the G. F. Oliver Funeral Chapel with Canon Randy Wood officiating.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – 4480 Oak St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V4.