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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Dawson Creek - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 1

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Date: Thursday, 23 June 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Brandon Lee Christopherson
October 9, 1973 - April 15, 2002

Brandon was born in Ashcroft, B. C. with a strong zest for life, October 9,1973 and adopted into the Christopherson family April 12,1974. He immediately set about staking out his ground with his irresistible smile and enjoyment of discovery. What a delightful playmate for sisters, Gina and Kira. He captured the hearts of his parents and grandparents with his sweetness and enthusiasm. When he was four and a half years old, his brother, Jay, was born. These brothers became the best of buds establishing a relationship of love, loyalty, value and fun.

Brandon loved to read. He would read through a box full of books in no time. He attended Nawican Preschool; Tremblay, Bethel Christian, Crescent Park Elementary schools; Central Junior, O'Brien, South Peace Senior Secondary, Caronport High and Northern Lights College.

Sunday School and camp action choruses delighted Brandon. How well we recall this exuberant little boy happily singing his favorites.

Camp Sagitawa introduced Brandon to many of the outdoor activities he enjoyed throughout his life He loved to camp and fish with his dad and grandpa. Later in life, Brandon cherished time spent with his friends hiking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, fishing and swimming, even in subzero weather as demonstrated by his participation in the annual polar bear dip!

Once at the home of his grandmother, he was asked why he was being so diligent about cleaning, doing dishes and generally helping out. He said he was trying to improve his attitude toward work1 Brandon's places of employment were many and varied, but his cheerful attitude often inspired others as he whistled his way through his shift.

Brandon's nephews experienced a great deal of excitement with Uncle Brandon as they played games, shared a movie, listened to his stories or just chased him around the house.

He was sensitive, tender hearted and generous. He would certainly meet your need or encourage you if he could. He focused on the funny, positive side of aggravating circumstances and could lighten a situation with his marvelous wit and uplifting sense of humor. His ability to tell a story was captivating. He knew how to laugh hard - and often- and laugh at himself.

Brandon was predeceased by his grandfathers, Harvey Christopherson and George
Harter in 1989. He is survived by his parents, Dale and Sandi Christopherson;
grandmothers Edith Christopherson and Lillian Harter; sisters Gina ( Kirk Schlase ) and Kira Christopherson; brother Jay; nephews Tristan, Kaidan and Kale; niece Madison; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brandon we love you and miss you enormously. Words can never express our grief at the loss of one so very dear. Thank God for the tremendous hope we have of joining you again one day. You will be in our hearts forever.

Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Irene Mary Knight

Irene Mary Knight, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and former long-time resident of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, passed quietly away on Sunday, December 29th, 2002 at the age of 88. By request no funeral services were held.

Irene was born and raised in Moose Jaw, and was a well-known, respected and valued member of the music community. She received her first piano at age seven, and by age 12 had started on what would be a long and rewarding career. Irene taught many, many students over her 60 year career and loved the challenge of a young mind.

She was pianist for the Ladies of the Orange Lodge, and an Honorary Life Member of the Rebekah Lodge. Irene also participated musically in many recitals, special events and functions that took place over the years.

In their family based orchestra, ‘The Knights of Rhythm’, she played piano for over forty years, earning recognition and popularity for the many dances and special events they played for in Moose Jaw and surrounding communities.

In 1997, they moved to Dawson Creek, to be closer to family.

Irene is pre-deceased by her loving parents, Hannah and Harry Dixon, and sister, Gladys Gallaher.

Irene will be sadly missed by Reg, her loving husband of 60 years; her children, Keith ( Maxine ) Knight of Chilliwack, Donna ( Bob ) Dilts of Dawson Creek and Cheryl ( Rick ) Walsh of Kamloops; her grandchildren, Sheila Knight ( Tim Dennett ) of Victoria, Heather ( David ) Alexander of Vancouver, Dave ( Holly ) Larden and Lynell ( Wayne ) Peters of Dawson Creek, Jeff ( Stacy ) Gerlach of Kamloops, Jody Gerlach of Kamloops, and Jason ( Lori ) Gerlach of Lumby, as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Jean-Paul 'John' Lachapelle

Jean-Paul Lachapelle, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on December 5, 2002 in the Dawson Creek at 71 years of age. A memorial service was held at 10:00 am on December 14, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Reverend Judy Hare officiated.

Eulogy composed and read by Gisele Guay:

Jean-Paul Lachapelle, ‘John’ to a lot of people, and Uncle to me. He lived a full life and touched a lot of people. John served in the army in Korea and also served in the navy. He was a life guard, bus driver and a sometimes carpenter, when he wasn’t creating works of art for other people.

John drove transit bus in Vancouver for many years and he loved it. One day he was driving and a shot rang out, just missing him. He parked the bus and quit his job. Guess he was disillusioned with big city life.

He has family all over Canada, and in his last weeks they made the trip here – from Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Alberta – to see him and say goodbye. It was so heartening to see his children be able to have this time with him. One son Terry, who lives in Toronto, was ill and could not come so he stayed in touch by phone and computer. I was able to write emails to Terry and to send him pictures. Terry had to go through chemotherapy and John was quite worried about him because he was upset at losing his hair. He had his head clipped for Terry. While he was in the hospital we were able to take pictures of him and email them to Terry. Terry and his wife Christine were so touched with this gesture of love.

John’s mother passed away last year at this time. His sisters Cecile and Sue always referred to him as the “little brother” and tended to spoil him a bit. He leaves to mourn 7 children, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces, 2 nephews, 5 great-nephews, 5 great-nieces, 4 great-great nephews and 3 great- great nieces, and numerous friends. A large legacy.

Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Donald Drain Miller

Resident of Farmington, British Columbia passed away on December 8, 2002 at 77 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 14, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Reverend Clair Denninger officiating. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.

Eulogy read by Kristin Briard:

Donald Drain Miller was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and community member. He possessed many admirable qualities but Don’s lifelong love and devotion to his wife Viola was truly inspiring. He was very special to his entire family and enriched their lives in so many ways.

He was born on July 5, 1925 at Mount Vernon in Washington State. At the age of 13, Don’s family moved to Ladner, BC, which is south of Vancouver.

Don graduated from high school in 1943. Shortly after graduating, he registered for the WWII American draft and was called to service with the U.S. Marines in January of 1944. He left on a troop ship for the South Pacific where there was fierce combat with the Japanese. On May 24, 1945 Don was wounded at Okinawa by bomb shrapnel in his chest and spent 6 months in a hospital on Guam.

After the war, he attended Oregon State College in Corvallis where he graduated with a Degree in Agriculture. Don met Viola at her sister Regine’s wedding rehearsal where she was the bridesmaid and he was the best man. They were married on April 14, 1951 at the Lutheran church in Portland, Oregon.

In 1952, Don and Viola bought a farm in the Sweetwater Farmington area where they raised five children, who in turn gave them fourteen grandchildren, and who in turn have given them eleven great-grandchildren. Don lived in Farmington for the last 50 years and spent 43 of those years farming. He officially retired from farming about seven years ago but he continued to be involved and interested in farming. Although Don wasn’t born here, there is no place he would rather have spent his life, he loved this land.

Don had great respect for his friends and a deep and genuine love for his family. In turn, he was loved very much and will always be missed and never forgotten.

He leaves to mourn: his wife, Viola; children, Teressa Stojan, Kathy ( John ) Bowen, Richard ( Patricia ) Miller, Sonia Gibson and David Miller; grandchildren, Kristin ( Ross ), Kathrin ( Glenn ), Matthew, Hillary, Shawn ( Sharman ), Kristopher, Justin, Scott ( Lindsey ), Alana ( Danny ), Brent, Mark, Kelly ( Tyler ), Boden ( Jenny ) and Ben; great-grandchildren, Colby, Kirk, Kira, Devin, Kennedy, Payton, Kendra, Austen, Dreyten, Zane and Gage.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Roy George McRann


Roy George McRann was born Sept14th, 1918 on Sec 34 Tp 20 Rge 5 near Grayson, Saskatchewan. He moved to the Peace Country with his parents and 8 siblings in the spring of 1928. The first years were busy getting land cleared and helping with chores on dads homestead located on the eastside of the Pouce Coupe river. In the early 1940’s Roy started on his own half section along Henderson Creek in Alberta bordering the home farm. This land had been had been previously owned by older brother who had moved on. As Roy was a stockman at heart and his land being half in the creek believed it to be an ideal place to star this herd of Pretty View Shorthorns. For many years he showed them at fairs and sold bulls at local sales expanding to Kamloops, Williams Lake, Edmonton and Calgary where he sold his last bulls after which Roy just grew grain and started to travel. 1981, was a big year for Roy he got married, bought a motor-home and sold his farm. The next 17 years were spent at Rotary Harbour and traveling to such places as Mexico, Australia, Alaska and Hawaii. He spent time visiting family and such until Marj passed away suddenly in September 16th, 1998. Roy then spent most ofhis time at home, visiting family and carpet bowling. Roy was predeceased by his parents, George and Bell, as well as his brothers Jim and Alf and sisters Alice Smothers, Beatrice Clark and Sadie Lilico. He is survived by sister Mabel Stone of Pouce Coupe care home and brothers Gordon and Ken ( Bula ) of Dawson Creek, 30 nieces and nephews and numerous extended family.
On the lighter side of younger days Roy was always out at picnics, dances, ball games, curling and such other activities. He willingly donated his time and financial help and later to the senior citizens hall. Many good times were had Christmas Dinners with family, fishing and hunting trips and trips to Kineuso falls with mother and other places.

Farewell Roy.

Cremation by Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium. Service at
4 p.m. January 8th / 2003

Evelyn Sarah Mytron

Evelyn Sarah Mytron, better known as ‘Eve’ Mytron, resident of the Pouce Coupe Care Home, former resident of Rotary Manor, passed away on February 9, 2003 at 80 years of age. Evelyn was cremated, and by request, no service was held.

Eve was born on March 28, 1922 in Plato, Saskatchewan. She was the second of three girls born to Peter and Anna Vindedahl. She grew up on a small farm in Saskatchewan and attended schools in Plato and Eston, SK. Her father died when she was very young, and Eve was very close to her mother and two sisters.

She worked at the Dawson Creek Bakery, then as a cook at the Co-op cafeteria until her retirement. Eve loved her family get-togethers, cooking Sunday suppers, and her visits to Saskatchewan and Vancouver; she especially loved to go to the lake in Saskatchewan. She had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh. She also loved dancing and singing, she was in the Parkhill Church Choir, and was also a member of T.O.P.S. She enjoyed crocheting, and made lovely afghans for her family.

Eve was very proud of her family. She loved sleepovers with her granddaughters, and watching her grandsons play hockey.

She was pre-deceased by her infant son, Trevor, and her husband, Marvin.

Eve will be lovingly remembered by her family: Sharon ( Wayne ) Lambie, Brenda ( Richard ) Frank, Karen ( Marvin ) McCrae, Randy ( Celia ) Mytron, Keith Mytron, Bill Cushing, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters, Betsy Proudlove and Alma Proudlove, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Mary-Ann Florence Schmidt

Mary-Ann Florence Schmidt passed away on December 27, 2002 after a courageous
three-year battle with cancer, at the age of 57 years.

We watched you suffer. We watched you sigh,
But all we could do was just stand by.
When the time came we suffered too,
For you never deserved what you went through.
God took your hand, and we had to part,
He eased your pain, but broke our hearts.
If you could have spoken before you died,
These are the words you would have replied,
This life for me has truly passed,
I have loved you all till the very last.
Weep not for me, but courage take,
And love one another for my sake.

Mom, you will always live in our hearts,
Rest in Peace.

Predeceased by her son, Donald Frank Dyck and by her first husband, Frank Dyck.
Lovingly remembered by her husband, Don Schmidt, her sons, Eugene ( Deanne ), Troy
( Rayna ), Blaine, Colin ( Kelly ), her brother Sonny, her sisters Ev ( Art ) & Rita, her grandchildren Don, Amanda ( Ron ), Shaun, Matthew, Jordan, Tala, Kolby, Paige, Davis, her great grandchild Anthony, her best friend Janis, and numerous other family and friends.

At Mary-Ann's request there will be no funeral services held.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.

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