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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Chilliwack - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 62

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FRASER, Eleanor - Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004
Eleanor Fraser passed away on November 24, 2004 at Chilliwack General Hospital at age 87 years. She was born on October 26, 1917 at Vita, Manitoba.
Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Sonia Sonntag and Carole Mason; sisters, Janice Gordienko, Marge Moran, Anita Demitrioff, Kathy Cox and brother, Adam Kowalsky; grandchildren Garth, Maureen, Debbie, Lea, Fraser, Jamie and Scott.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert James Fraser.
For many years Eleanor owned and operated “Stitch and Sew” in Chilliwack, where she enjoyed serving her many customers and friends. After retiring, she moved to Oakburn, Manitoba and lived amongst some of her lifelong friends from childhood. She returned to Chilliwack four years ago to care for her youngest daughter, Carole.
We will always remember her for her kindness and thoughtfulness. We will miss her hearty laugh and gentle smile.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4,2004 at 10:00 am from Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave. Chilliwack.

DUNN, Christine McLeod - Tuesday, 23 Nov 2004
Christine Dunn passed away at the Chilliwack General Hospital on November 23, 2004 at the age of 89 years. She was born in Dalmellington, Scotland on March 12, 1915.
Christine is survived by two sons; Ron (Gail) Finlay of Ladysmith and Brian (Marlene) Finlay of Delta, six grandchildren; Jeff, Ryan, Stacey, Cheryl, Greg and Melissa, three great grandchildren, Peyton, Taylor and Emily and one sister, Margaret Clayton of Brampton, Ontario.
She was predeceased by her husband James in 1985.
No Services will be held. In Christine’s honour, donations may be made by friends and family to the CNIB.

CUMMINGS, Rene Faye - Monday, 22 Nov 2004
Rene Faye Cummings passed away peacefully November 22, 2004 at her home in Chilliwack, B.C. She left to join her loving husband and dearest friend Patrick who was taken suddenly from us all on November 30, 2001.
Rene was predeceased by her parents, sisters Natasha, Florence and Patty, niece Judy, nephew Rob and son-in-law Ross.
The love will live on and the many stories sprinkled with humour will remain as fond memories with her family, daughters Michelle (Daryl Des Rochers) Keir-Des Rochers, Brenda (Randy) Waldenberg, step-daughter Barb (Gordon) Merkley, step-sons Will (Laverne) Cummings and Steve (Rowena) Cummings. She is also survived by her grandchildren Rebecca and Jordon Des Rochers, Tara (Greg Carlene) Hicks, Jeff (Lynn) Hicks and Tammy Ganyo, Melissa and Travis Merkley, Matthew and Emily Cummings and Patricia Cummings.
Special thanks to Rene’s daughter Michelle and niece Jani for their loving support and care during a time when she needed their love the most. Rene’s kind heart and love of people brought a radiant affection to all who knew her. Thanks for those memories Rene and please do not get lost on the road to meet Patrick. He will lead you once you are there.
A memorial tea will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 from 2 to 4 pm in the Tea Room at Henderson’s in Chilliwack, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, we sincerely request contributions be made in Rene’s honour to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, #200-601 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 4C2 or online at

PERRY, Gerald Bertram - Friday, 19 Nov 2004
Gerald Bertram Perry passed away in Chilliwack General Hospital on November 19, 2004. He was born in Lloydminster, Sask. on June 18, 1927.
He was the only child of Joe and Elsie Perry, who farmed northwest of the city in Alberta. Times were hard until the family moved to Vedder Crossing in 1942 where they farmed on Keith Wilson Rd.
In 1953 he married Phyllis Sexsmith, and had two children, Michele and Brent. Gerald worked for Dairyland for 35 years. In his spare time he loved to work with young people. He managed a youth boxing club in the 1960s, coached minor hockey in the ‘70s, and played Oldtimers hockey. He also loved fishing, and took many youngsters water skiing on Cultus Lake. Gerald and Nancy met when square dancing, and were married in 1980. Golf was something he enjoyed, and he played frequently until his legs gave out.
Gerald is survived by his loving family, wife Nancy; daughter Michele; son Brent (Launa); grandchildren, Devon, Dayna, Amber, Rhea, Jesse and Kaira; stepchildren, Paul, Wendy (Richard), and Colin (Leanna); and step-grandchildren, Brendan and Quinna.
He is predeceased by his parents, Joe and Elsie.
Gerald’s warm, caring, fun-loving nature will be missed by all who loved him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2004 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 45560 Watson Rd., Sardis at 2:30 p.m., followed by refreshments. Friends and family welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pacific Open Heart Association.

SONSTEBY, GordMonday, 18 Oct 2004
Gordon Sonsteby passed away peacefully at home, on October 18, 2004. Gordon was born on April 16, 1954 in Shaunavon, Sask.
He is survived by his loving wife Helen; and children, Michelle, David (Carla), Brandy (Mark), James, Christina, and Stephanie; seven grandchildren; his father Robert Sonsteby; step-mother Barbara; brothers, Robert (Linda), and Richard (Louise); and sister Margaret.
A memorial service will be held on October 23, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sardis Kingdom Hall, 45560 Watson Rd., Chilliwack.

MITCHELL, George Leonard - Monday, 18 Oct 2004
George Leonard Mitchell passed away on Monday October 18, 2004 at Chilliwack General Hospital at age 87 years. He was born May 28, 1917 in Prince Albert, Sask. to Mary and Harry Mitchell. After arriving in Vancouver in 1941, George met the love of his life, Margaret, they would have been married 62 years this week.
Their wonderful marriage was blessed with four daughters, Sharon (Gary), Sandy, Colleen (Harry) and Wendy (Dale). He was also proud grandpa to 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
George was predeceased by his parents; sister, Mabel; brother, Ronald and granddaughter Barbie.
George was a man known for his quiet strength, calm demeanor and soft smile. He was a successful and well respected contractor in the Lower Mainland but his proudest accomplishment was his service in WWII with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders.
After many eventful winters traveling to Arizona, George and Margie settled in Chilliwack where they resided until his passing.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at 10 am from the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack, BC. Major Angus Haggarty officiating.
In lieu of flowers, George would have appreciated donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Diabetes Foundation.
‘He was a good man.’ We love you, Dad.

CATTERMOLE, Robert James - Saturday, 18 Sep 2004
Robert James Cattermole passed away September 18, 2004, is remembered by his two nieces, Sandra Ackerman and Gwen Scott. Also by his sister-in-law, Babs, who was married to the late Richard Cattermole.
A funeral service was held October 16, 2004 in Vancouver.

SALKUS, Albert John - Thursday, 14 Oct 2004
Albert John Salkus, retired Royal Canadian Engineer, on October 14, 2004, at age 89, in Nanaimo Hospital.
Predeceased by parents Charles John and Annie (McNeil) of Bedford, N.S.; brother Johnny and sister Loretta Denault of Halifax, N.S.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gladys (Colling) of Parksville, B.C.; sons Neil of North Vancouver and Roy of Calgary; sister Joan Descoteaux (husband Bill) of Ottawa, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Halifax on September 10, 1915, Al was an outstanding athlete known as “Butch” to his teammates. Prior to World War II, he played baseball and hockey for the Halifax Maroons. He was still catching for elite Armed Forces softball teams during his forties. Subsequently he coached numerous youth baseball teams at Vedder Crossing, B.C. Other passions included fishing, gardening, bowling and cribbage.
Al joined the First Field Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1937. He served two tours of duty in Europe during World War II. Pursuing a career with the army after the war, Al was an electronics instructor at Camp Chilliwack, B.C., throughout the 1950s. During the 1960s, he was the military electrical engineer overseeing construction of the first two Diefenbunkers (Carp, Ont., and Nanaimo, B.C.). He retired from the armed forces in 1967, moving to Parksville where he and Gladys resided until his death.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Ascension, 837 Wembley Rd., Parksville, on Thursday, October 21 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to B.C. Cancer Foundation are suggested.

RILEY, Phyllis - Thursday, 14 Oct 2004
Phyllis Riley passed away at Chilliwack, B.C. on October 14, 2004 at the age of 84 years. She was born April 1, 1920 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
Phyllis enjoyed her family, home and gardening.
Phyllis is survived by her loving family, Daughter – Maryanne Enright – Chilliwack; Grandchildren – Theresa, Jim (Ida) and Julie (Tim); Great Grandchildren – Jessica, Ariadne, Jerri, Vanessa and Kelsey. Also survived by sister, Helen (Jim) Chappell and extended families and friends.
Predeceased by her Husband – Joseph – 1978.
Memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday Oct. 23, 2004 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home. Mr. Larry Adkins officiating.
Cremation, Valley Crematorium, Chilliwack, B.C.
Special thank you to the staff at Heritage Village and Dr. Brodie.
In lieu of flowers, should family or friends so desire, donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. Heart & Yukon.

OLIFIRENKO, Maria - Saturday, 09 Oct 2004
Maria Olifirenko late of Crystal Ridge Manor and formerly of #40 – 7455 Heron St., Chilliwack, passed away on October 9, 2004 in the Bradley Center at the age of 89 years. She was born on April 2, 1915 in Oscar Lake, Sask. to William and Zina Bouzovetsky.
Maria went to a country school in Oscar Lake and married John Litvenenko in Perdue, Sask. John was a farmer working hard and heavy in the hungry 30’s. In 1947 they sold the farm and moved to Penticton where she worked in the fruit packing house for 10 years and John built houses. In 1956 they moved to Kelowna to run a small grocery store. After selling the store they went back to building duplexes where Maria helped her husband by doing carpentry work.
Her husband passed away in 1962. In 1968 she married Peter Olifirenko in Kelowna. Together they did a lot of fishing and traveling to different countries including the USA. In 1986 they moved to Sardis, B.C. and she has lived in Chilliwack ever since.
Maria is survived by her only daughter Alvina (Leslie) Barnard, grandchildren Linda (Paul) Shields, Marty Lawrance, Barbara (Jess) Adair, Sandra (Dwayne) Ladoucer, five great-grandsons and one great- granddaughter; sisters, Ann Coutts of N.B.; Sonia (Eli) Lubchenko of Sask; Myrtle (Peter) Twarynski of Sask; brothers, John (Gladys) Busby of B.C.; Mike (Hazel) Bouzovetsky of Sask; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband John in 1962, 2nd husband Peter in 1996 and brother Albert in 1997.
Maria’s family wishes to give a very heartfelt thank you to all the staff and the owners of Crystal Ridge for taking the time to visit mother so often while she was in the hospital and also to the staff at Bradley Center for their thoughtful and caring ways.
Celebration of her life will be held at the Chapel of Henderson’s on October 23, 2004 at 2 pm.

JADISCHKE, Ella - Thursday, 14 Oct 2004
1926 - 2004
Ella Jadischke passed away suddenly, at the Chilliwack General Hospital on October 14th, 2004 at the age of 78 years.
She was born March 20, 1926 in Poland.
Ella is survived by her Husband – Wilhelm, Sister – Nellie Klaus, Children – Karin (Brian) Schultz, Wilfred (Colleen) Jadischke, Grandchildren – Nathan, Kristie, Kendra, Dustin, Janelle, Joleen, Jesse and Jenna.
She is predeceased by her parents – Edward and Emilie Klaus
After retiring from their East Chilliwack dairy farm, Ella and her husband enjoyed traveling. Last year, their 50th anniversary was spent with family, in her favourite destination, Hawaii.
A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday Oct. 20, 2004 at 2 P.M. from the Chilliwack Alliance Church on Young Rd., Pastor Harald Throness officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name, to the Message of Hope Dinners at the Chilliwack Alliance Church.

SCHIMMELMANN, Anna - Saturday, 08 Nov 2003
Anna Schimmelmann passed away early morning - Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 at the age of 87.
Anna immigrated to Regina, SK from Austria with her husband and two children in 1954, and moved to Chilliwack, BC in 1994.
Anna is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Paul; two children: Renate (Lloyd) of Burnaby, BC, and Paul Jr. (Gayle) of Kelowna, BC; three grandchildren, Curtis (Michelle) of Regina, SK; Ryan of Yellowknife, NWT, and Alyson of Abbotsford, BC.
Prayers will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Chilliwack, BC., - Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be - Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank her many friends from Rosewood Gardens and the Palliative Care home support nurses of Chilliwack.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the B.C. Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J4, or other charity.
Anna was a very loving, witty, and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her memory will be cherished by all those whose lives she touched.

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