FRIESEN, Maria - Saturday, 15 Nov 2003
Maria Friesen late of the Tabor Home, Abbotsford, B.C. passed away - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at age 93 years. She was predeceased by her second husband Jacob in 1992. Survived by her daughter Irene (Les), son Jack (Sue) and their families as well as many extended family members. A visitation will be held on Wednesday Nov.19, 2003 from 7 :00-9:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Funeral Service held Thur Nov. 20, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from Woodlawn Funeral Home with interment to follow at Maclure Rd. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the M.C.C. or Tabor Home.
STAMMET (nee Bohac), Beverley Anne - Thursday, 13 Nov 2003
After a courageous battle with cancer, Beverley Anne Stammet has gone to be with her Dad, John Bohac; Mom, Doris Bohac; and brothers: Bob and Kenny Bohac.
Beverley was born Nov. 29, 1944 in Chilliwack, BC. Bev will be missed by her husband, Edmond; daughter, Kim (Ed) Salt; grandchildren, Valerie and Robert Salt; sisters, Donna (Dennis) Brigge, Shirley (Keith) Palmer; nieces and nephews; great nice and nephew; her dog Amos, and all who had the pleasure to know her.
She treasured the times she spent with her two grandchildren and looked forward to their visits from Alberta. Reading and gardening were pleasures she much enjoyed. The family would like to invite everyone to join them in a Celebration of Bev’s life on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Although she is gone, she will never be forgotten.
RUMSON, Rita J. - Thursday, 13 Nov 2003
Mrs. Rita J. Rumson of Chilliwack, B.C. passed away peacefully at Heritage Village on November 13, 2003. She is survived by her loving husband Sam, one son David, one daughter Judy, son-in-law Larry Hooper of Cranbrook, B.C. and two grandchildren, Shaun and Danielle Hooper. There will be no service. Those wishing to remember Rita may do so with donations to Heritage Village, 7525 Topaz Drive, Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 3C9. Rita was a loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother who will be sadly missed.
PORTER, Kenneth Francis - Wednesday, 12 Nov 2003
Kenneth Francis Porter late of Chilliwack, B.C. passed away November 12, 2003 at the age of 66. He was born February 1, 1937 in Leroy, Saskatchewan.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Chilliwack United Church on Friday, November 21, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Doug Ireland officiating. Cremation, Valley Crematorium,Chilliwack.
He is survived by his loving family, wife JoAnn; 3 daughters; Cathy Porter, Barb Porter, Tracy Porter all of Chilliwack; and Baxter,; 1 brother Lloyd (Sonja) of Chilliwack; 3 sisters; Rita Kovich of Chilliwack; Lois Stinn of Mission; Elizabeth (Ted) Howe of Chilliwack; many nieces and nephews.
“Dad was a family man, hard working and a friend to many.”
BERGSTROME, Brant Baldwin “Sonny” - Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003
Brant Baldwin “Sonny”Bergstrome passed away - Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at Chilliwack General Hospital at age 58 years. He was born Jan. 18, 1945 in Summerland, B.C. and moved to Chilliwack in 1983.
Sonny is survived by his mother Flora of Summerland and father, Dr. Brant Bergstrome of Napanee, Ont.; sister Breen (Charlie) Robison; niece, Flora and nephew, Charles; brother, Scott (Moira) of Saltspring Island, sister-in-law Connie, Uncle Roy and Aunt Frankie, Aunt Peg; cousins, Ivan Sayers; Cherie, Bill, Peggy Lee, Ida (Wellwood) and Garth Sherwood; numerous nieces and nephews; grandnieces and nephews. Sister Johan predeceased him in 1988.
Sonny was an achiever who loved life. He was intelligent, imaginative, witty, enthusiastic and loving. He loved music, sports and flying with Charlie. He helped his team win the gold at the 1996 Winter Games in Calgary. Important in his life were, Elizabeth and Ray Sullivan; best friend, Allan; Elenore and Larry Isaac.
Special thanks to Arlene Pede and everyone at Chilliwack Opportunity Society; Jory Allte of the Ministry; and Harvy Smyl and the Chilliwack Chiefs.
A Remembrance Tea was held at the Chilliwack Opportunity Workshop on Thursday Nov. 13, 2003. Cremation with Interment in Summerland Cemetery, Summerland, B.C.
If friends so desire donations in Sonny’s Memory may be made to Chilliwack opportunity Workshop of Special Olympics.
DESAULNIERS, Sister Alma - Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003
(CSJP, 1905 - 2003)
Sister of St. Joseph of Peace Alma Desaulniers (Sister Victor), a musician, teacher and principal in Catholic schools in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California for 46 years, died in Chilliwack, British Columbia on November 11, 2003 at the age of 98.
Born on April 19th, 1905 in Moyie. British Columbia, Marie Rose Alma Desaulniers was the third of seven children born to Victor and Marie (Boissinault) Desaulniers. Alma’s father ran the hotel in Moyie; her mother gave her a lifelong gift by teaching her to play the piano. Alma completed high school at St. Joseph’s, Nelson, B.C., where she first encountered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.
She began teaching in 1924 after earning teacher’s certification through the B.C. Normal School in Victoria.
After several years of teaching, Alma Desaulniers answered a call to religious life, entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Bellingham on August 15th, 1930. Soon she was teaching again, while attending summer school to complete her college degree.
Sister Alma received her Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from the University of Montreal in 1949, a Bachelor of Education from Seattle University in 1961, and a Masters in Education, also from Seattle University, in 1968.
Sister Alma taught in schools in Fernie, Nelson and Trail, British Columbia; Longview, Port Angeles and Seattle, Washington; Corvallis, Oregon; and South San Francisco, California. She was a dedicated musician who studied voice and choral music; in all her many school assignments, she was always the choir director. Her favorite teaching assignments were fourth and fifth grade, though from 1950 through 1968 she served as Principal in five different schools, teaching the seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Sister Louise DuMont, one of her pupils at St. Joseph School, Nelson, remembers that she used to take her students out into the country on hikes and that she loved to play cards and word games.
In 1976, Sister Alma retired to Chilliwack, where she became part of a lively CSJP community that included Sister Margaret Wood, Sister Emilia Sosnowski, and Sister Rosalie DuMont, who died last month. She served as a pastoral minister at St. Mary’s Church, Chilliwack, for many years, making visits to the sick and to people in nursing homes. One of the homes she visited was Eden Manor, which became her own home when she needed nursing care in 1998. In the last months of her life she received more intensive care at the Extended Care Unit of Chilliwack General Hospital
Sister Alma is survived by her sister Esther McDevitt of North Vancouver and many nieces and nephews. Her vigil will take place at the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, St. Mary’s, Bellevue at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 19th; the Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Bellevue at 10 AM on Thursday, November 20th by Father Gary Gordon, Sister Alma’s pastor at St. Mary’s Church, Chilliwack. Interment at Holyrood Cemetery will follow. Gifts in memory of Sister Alma may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, P.O. Box 248, Bellevue, Washington 98009.
PETTIE, Margaret Shephard - Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003
Margaret Shephard Pettie passed away at the Chilliwack General Hospital on November 11, 2003 at the age of 79.
Margaret is survived by her husband Jim of 59 years, their three children, Muriel (Jeff) Dowle of Vancouver, Cliff (Mary) Pettie of Richmond and Dorothy (William) Glendinning of White Rock, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grand children. She is also survived by many cousins. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, brother William Edward Long in 1989.
Formerly of Kitimat, Margaret has lived in this area since 1979. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Cooke’s Presbyterian Church.
Services will be held at the Cooke’s Presbyterian Church on November 28 at 11:00 am with Reverend Herb Hilder officiating. Friends and family may make donations in Margaret’s name to the Cooke’s Presbyterian Church or to the Alzheimer’s Society.
The family would like to thank the Parkholm Lodge and the Extended Care Unit and their staff for the loving care and attention over the years.
TURNER, Pearl - Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003
Pearl Turner (nee Inkster), precious and beloved wife of Bruce, passed away Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 in Chilliwack B.C. at the age of 75 years.
Pearl, who is of the Crow Clan and a member of the Tahltan nation, was born in Dease Lake, BC on February 24th 1928, and was one of fourteen children born to Richard and Elsie Inkster. Pearl’s childhood was spent in Northwestern BC living at Telegraph Creek BC, so that she could enjoy growing up surrounded by her immediate family, her grandparents and the rest of her relatives.
Pearl met the love of her life, Bruce Turner who was working along the Alcan Highway. Pearl and Bruce were stationed at CFB Whitehorse and then later transferred to CFB Chilliwack. Pearl raised her young family which had grown to five children as well as working as a civilian employee of the Canadian Forces. Pearl was employed as a tailoress on the base which resulted in 22 years of loyal public service.
Pearl was predeceased by her parents Richard and Elsie, Brother Andrew, Sister Trudy and her eldest daughter Beverley. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years Bruce, her daughter Faye (Wayne) Busilla, son Rick (Yvonne) Turner, daughters Val (Jorn) Soegard, and Maureen (Lyle) Wiebe, as well as twelve loving grandchildren who were her pride and joy.
She will be remembered for her kind heart, her graciousness, her endless love and devotion to her family and friends. Pearl leaves a legacy of love.
A celebration of Pearl’s life will be held at the Rhombus Hotel, 45920 1st Ave, Chilliwack BC, Sunday, November 16th 2003 at 2:00 pm.
If family and friends so desire, donations can be made to the Cdn. Diabetes Society in her memory.
ERSKINE, Audrey Mary - Saturday, 13 Nov 2004
Audrey Mary Erskine passed away on Saturday, November 13th, 2004 at The Waverly in Chilliwack at age 84. Born in Vancouver on March 1st, 1920, she is survived by her sister, Diana and brother, David, along with her niece, Joanna and nephew, Ian.
She was predeceased by James (Jim - VE7BEN) Scott Erskine.
Audrey will be missed by the family, the Owens, and her dear friends - particularly Anne Lauter, Gail Hayton and Perry Martin, each of whom were an important part of her daily life.
Audrey worked many years in the Chilliwack offices of Drs. Drew and Archie Young. She had a passion for swimming and participated in marathon swims for charities well into her late seventies, matching laps to her age. Audrey was also a strong supporter of the War Amps Child Amputee Program (Champs).
It was her wish that there be no funeral or memorial service, but donations can be made to the War Amps (Champs) or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Our family extends sincere thanks to the staff at The Waverly for the exceptional care and attention they provided to Audrey.
DELEY, Dennis Frederick - Sunday, 14 Nov 2004
Dennis F. Deley (Sept. 26, 1950 - Nov. 14, 2004) passed away peacefully - Sunday, Nov. 14 at Chilliwack General Hospital after a brief illness. Dennis was surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Dennis spent most of his life serving his country. A member of both the Canadian Armed Forces (retired) and the U.S. Military ('A' Co. 2nd BN 9th (M) Inf). Dennis travelled the world. His sense of adventure will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Dennis is survived by his wife Bonnafe and their daughter Melcharita. Brother and sister-in-law Peter and Lisa Deley (Thunder Bay), sister and brother-in-law Doreen and Roy Sallows (Winnipeg) and sister Kelley Deley (Toronto) nieces and nephews (Sean Sallows, Benjamin and Hannah Deley). Dennis is also survived by daughter Robyn Jessica Peters (Chilliwack) from a prior marriage, as well as many friends and family in Canada and the Phillipines.
Dennis will be remembered for his kindness, his gentle way and his love of family. A loving husband and devoted father, he will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at Chilliwack General Hospital for their assistance and care as well as to our friends who are and continue to be a strong support network for Bonnafe and Melcharita.
Prayers with visitation following will take place Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church 8909 Mary St., Chilliwack, B.C. Funeral Mass to follow at St. Mary's Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Celebrant: Father Eugenio Aloisio.
In lieu of flowers donations in Dennis's name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. McLean's Funeral Services in care of arrangements.
CHIDWICK, Annie - Tuesday, 16 Nov 2004
Annie Chidwick late of Chilliwack, B.C. passed away November 16, 2004 at the age of 64 years. She was born October 4, 1940 in Trail, B.C.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Sardis Community Church, South Sumas Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 at 2 p.m.
Pastor Graeme Isbister officiating. Cremation, Valley Crematorium, Chilliwack.
Annie is survived by her mother, Grace of Castlegar, B.C.; children: Lorrie (Clarence) Buter of Victoria; Richard (Maria) Shukin of Richmond; Karen Kemp of New Westminster; Susan (Michael) Regan of England; Toni (Steve) Aeichele of Surrey; Joanne Chidwick of Mississauga, Ont.; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Paul (Bev) Legebokoff of Castlegar; numerous nieces, nephews and Aunt Polly Markin and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Tony in 2003.
Should family and friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
ABBOTT, Yvonne Jeannette - Saturday, 13 Nov 2004
Yvonne Jeannette Abbott passed away on November 13, 2004, at home, at age 57 years. She was born September 23, 1947 in Prince Rupert, BC.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Kenneth Edward; their children, Graham (Theresa) and Sarah; grandson, Noah; mother, Joan; brothers, David, Robert, Gerry and Richard Kearney.
She was predeceased by her father Gordon Kearney.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 1:30 pm from the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack, BC with Pastor Brian Wiebe officiating.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Bevan Voth and the nursing and home care support staff for the wonderful care given during this time.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice.
SMOKER, Sheila Maureen - Thursday, 11 Nov 2004
Sheila passed away peacefully on November 11, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer with the same vibrancy and energy in her spirit, that she brought to the world in New Foundland on November 27, 1951.
Sheila is survived by her daughter, Renee Bush; granddaughter, Maggie of Salt Spring Island and son, Joey Bush of Chilliwack and numerous relations in Ontario and Newfoundland.
Sheila was an inspirational woman who was loving, caring and full of life. She was always smiling, laughing, and sharing her passion for living with everyone who knew her. Sheila had a passion for all animals especially her beloved Shih Tzu’s. She has been a member of the Canadian Kennel Club for over 15 years and had raised many champions. She was very compassionate and was known to give those who were in need of unequivocal love one of her beloved Shih Tzu’s.
Sheila was a very accomplished person with many talents, winning awards for piano solos while attending the Trinity College of Music in Newfoundland, as a young girl. Sheila went on to receive certification for Airline Personnel Training. Later in life after taking a break to raise a much loved son and daughter, she again changed direction in her careers. She turned to helping others working as a Medical Office Assistant. But Sheila was a hands on person who loved to be in the field working directly with people, she began working as a Resident Care Attendant. Of her many talents she had a natural talent working with persons in the palliative care field giving support, comfort, love, and dignity to patients and families. Sheila moved on to become a very important part of the Mental Health Team here in Chilliwack touching the lives of co-workers, clients and their families.
Sheila assisted many of her friends, family, co-workers, clients, with income tax, marriages, divorces, the loss of a dear one, moving or learning to live a better life from day to day. She was unique in being able to find exactly what a person needed on a moments notice at an extremely reasonable price. She always had the fortitude to keep on working until the task was done.
Please feel free to bring a photo or write a favourite story about Sheila to be placed in a memorial book for the family. If you wish the original back, please put your name and phone number on the back.
There will be evening prayers for Sheila on November 18, 2004 at St. Mary’s Church at 7 p.m. The funeral will follow on November 19, 2004 at St. Mary’s Church at 1 p.m. Following at 3:30 p.m. there will be a Celebration of Sheila’s life at Henderson’s Funeral Home in the Tea Room for family, friends, co-workers and clients past and present.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Lisa Jeppesen for her knowledge, honesty, support and caring. The family also wishes to thank the nursing staff on the 4th floor of the Chilliwack General Hospital for their patience, support and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations if desired, can be made to Cancer Research.