Ronald Earle Frederickson
Ronald Earle Frederickson, better known as Earle, was born on February 2, 1928 in the old Pouce Coupe Hospital. He was the third son to Smith and Myra Frederickson.
His parents had taken a homestead in the Kilkerran district in 1918. In 1934 he started school at North Dawson, a lone room log country school. It burned a few years later and was replaced by a frame building were he finished his grade eight. The only time that Earle had trouble staying focused on his school work, was the day his teacher read “Lady Of The Lake” to the older grades. He was enthralled by the beauty of the written word. This started a love of reading and writing that lasted his lifetime.
Earle’s Mother fell victim to cancer in 1943 and he became the head bull cook and bottle washer around the house. The knowledge gained served him well in the future. In the summer of 1946 Earle applied for a homestead north of his parents’ original quarter.
In 1948 he cooked on a fall hunting trip for Frank Golata, and for Dennis Callison in 1949. Later Earle cooked on a summer survey party in northern Saskatchewan and two winters surveys, one into the Territories the other again in northern Saskatchewan. He had been told it wasn’t possible to bake bread in a tent during the dead of winter. His ingenuity and tenacity brought Earle to experiment until such time as he could get the dough to rise. By hanging it from the ridge pole near the stove pipe he could get the dough to rise and did bake bread, much to the delight of his crew. Earle went to an oilrig job the fall of 1952. After a year and a half he went back to the farm. Due to small holding and poor crops he went back to the rigs in the fall of 1955 where he stayed until the spring of 1960. Earle had acquired more land, and decided to turn to farming full time.
Earle had a love of sports; playing softball, hockey and broomball and watching boxing, hockey, etc. While coaching a ladies softball team he met and on March 16, 1963, married Marg Isaak. He said this was the smartest thing that he had ever done. Earle was very close to his new family and thought of them as more brothers and sisters and he had a special bond with Marg’s mother. Daughter Betty joined them in 1964 and son Warren in 1966. Earle enjoyed trying to shock people sometimes, for example, his fairy tales never followed a tried and true path. There was usually a change somewhere along the way just to make sure everyone was paying attention. If a child was eating ice cream, they were well advised to cover the bowl when they took a look for the eagle that had just flown by, otherwise they would find a large part gone when they looked back.
Earle and Marg worked together to expand their land base and ran a mixed farm comprised of hay, grains, cows and up to 300 head of sheep until 1981 when the livestock was sold. Earle loved the animals and tamed most of them. Most of the livestock would come up to him for a scratch behind their ears. He shocked us all when he had the colt follow him into the house. Everyone who ever looked like they needed something to do was quickly put to work picking rocks alongside Earle.
On April 15, 1991 an industrial accident sent Earle to Shaghnessy spinal cord unit in Vancouver. He was an inspiration to everyone; and insisted he would walk again despite numerous doctors trying to help him come to grips with his new reality of immobility. Earle was extremely fortunate that his broken neck did not result in a complete severance of his spinal cord. He was diagnosed a quadriplegic incomplete, and was able to recover some mobility due to his iron will and dogged determination. Before the accident Earle had started building a lake on the north land. During his stay in Vancouver he was fueled by thoughts of finishing the lake. After the accident the things he missed the most were dancing and playing the violin.
Despite the fact his life was drastically altered and there was much pain, Earle maintained his sense of humour and love of life. He began to concentrate more on his writing, a fascination that carried over from his school days. He wrote about his own life experiences, stories others had told him and a couple of works of fiction. Earle’s near photographic memory, and an abundance of research, served him well in recounting many stories of the early pioneer days.
Earle was very happy to get a chance to get to see his grandchildren grow. His face would light up when they would come for a visit, especially when they started to play card games with him, except Go Fish. He called them his ‘sunshines’. From day one he would play tunes for the grandkids on his harmonica.
Predeceased by; Myra, Smith, Kenny & Vera Frederickson (also his in-laws that he considered family), George & Annie Isaak, Anita Todd, Dave Peters and Don Isaak.
Earle is survived by; his wife Marg, children; Betty and Doug Kirtzinger, Warren and Karen Frederickson, grandchildren; Cynthia, Sabrina and Hunter Kirtzinger, Griffin Frederickson, family; Ernie Frederickson & Dorothy Dagasso, Doug & Judy Frederickson, Gordy Todd, Irene Isaak, Helen & Jack Giesbrecht, Eldon and Darleen Isaak, Betty Peters, Myrana and Louie Van deVoorde and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on June 13, 2006 at Bergeron’s Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Officiated by Peggy Bergeron.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Ida Gertie Supernault
Ida Gertie Supernault, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia passed away on September 14, 2002 in Pouce Coupe, at 85 years of age. A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on September 20, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Pastor Chester Banner officiated. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.
Ida was born on February 16, 1917 in Grande Prairie, Alberta to Sylvester and Clariess Belcourt.
She was predeceased by her fist husband, Elzaear Larocque, her children, Wilfred Larocque, Danielle Larocque, Josephine Larocque, Louise Belhomme, Leo Larocque, Orville Larocque, a baby boy, and her second husband, Sylvester Supernault.
Ida will be lovingly remembered by her children, Marie (Alvin) Johns, Kathy (Arnold) Rudkvist, Victor (Madeline) Larocque, Lydia Jobin, Martha (Louie) Tirixow, Melvin Larocque, Rodney Larocque, Ken (Faith) Larocque, Verna (Donald) Whitford, and Ester (Danny) Spence; grandchildren, Troy and Waylon Belhomme, Mary-Lynn (Bertus) Horseman, Rose Ann (Devon) Gayner, Brent LaRocque, and to numerous other grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Arthur Barber (Known as "Art")
Art was born in the municipality of Turtle Mountain, Killarey, Manitoba, May 28, 1903. He passed away on August 28, 2002 at the age of 99.
A funeral service was held at 10:00 am on September 2, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, with Captains Barry and Gail Haggett officiating. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe.
Art was the fourth of five sons born to Albert William and Tabaitha Barber. After his mother’s death from influenza in 1919, the boys all moved to Swan River, where they worked in logging camps until they moved to the Peace area in 1930.
Art had a homestead Southeast of Pouce Coupe (Riverside Area) . He lived there until he signed up with the Army in 1939. He was with the 49th Edmonton Regiment (Ml 7516) and other units while in England. He was on the raid to Dieppe, and then served with the Calgary Highlanders.
While fighting in France, he was injured in the leg and brought back to England. After he recovered, he was placed on general duties, and then to a Forestry Camp in Scotland until he returned to Canada in 1945 and was discharged.
Upon his return, Art lived with his brother, Leonard and his wife Yvonne, on the farm East of Pouce Coupe. Art had a trap-line Southwest of Pouce, He enjoyed the trapping during the winter, gardening and farming in the spring and summer. When Art retired from trapping, he bought a cabin and moved it to the farm site. He lived there until he moved to the Tremblay House in Pouce Coupe, 1989, and then moved to the Peace River Haven Care Home in 1990. He enjoyed the activities of shuffle board, group outings and entertainment while at Pouce.
Art loved the outdoors and wildlife of all kinds. He enjoyed painting, woodworking, and writing poems. Gifted with detail, he enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crossword puzzles.
He loved to travel, visiting places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Texas, California, Nevada, The Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, Yellowknife, Disneyland, Disneyworld, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamacia, and all of Canada, except Newfoundland. Art would come home with lots of pictures and stories.
He was a quiet man but he always had time to visit. He was an excellent listener and had time for anyone. His favorite indulgences were his tobacco pipe and his Apricot Brandy. He enjoyed family get-togethers, you could always find him in a penny-anti poker game.
Art would lend a helping hand no matter what you needed. He was also a great teacher when it came to hunting and trapping. Being a bachelor, he didn't have any children, yet he treated all children as his own. He would always give a treat. You didn't leave Art's place empty handed.
He lived a very long happy life. He was loved by his family and friends and will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.
Art was predeceased by his parents, William Albert and Tabaitha, brothers, Albert, Adrian, Leonard, and Percey.
He leaves to mourn his nephews, Kenneth (Barb) Barber, George (Judy) Barber, Stan (Georgina) Barber, Russell (Dianna) Barber, Rick (Dianne) Barber, and Murray Barber; nieces, Ethel (Martin) Riddle, Margaret Barber, and Glenna (Al) Beamer; and many grand nephews and grand nieces.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Ulla Rita Bohn
Ulla Rita Bohn, resident of North Rolla, British Columbia, passed away at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital on August 21, 2002 at 77 years of age. Ulla was cremated, and by request, no service was held.
Ulla was born on August 30, 1924 in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents, Rita and Paul Luftstrom.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Andy Bohn; sons, Steen and Gary Blechingberg; daughter, Janine (Jeff) Wilkins; four grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Violet Mary Margaret Jensen
1921 – 2002
Violet Mary Margaret Jensen, former resident of Valhalla, Alberta passed away on July 30, 2002 in Beaverlodge, Alberta, at 80 years of age. A memorial service was held on Friday, August 2, 2002 at 3:00 pm, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Valhalla, Alberta, with Pastor Ella Loberg officiating. Voilet’s cremated remains were interred at the Valhalla Cemetery following the service.
She was born on November 10, 1921 in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; the youngest of four children to John and Agnes Purvis. She lived in Saltcoats until the age of seven, when the family moved to the Molde District in April 1929, and brought ‘Dolly’, her Shetland pony, with them. She attended the Molde School.
Violet lived and worked on the farm, and owned and operated Jensen’s General Store in what was then called Valhalla, in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
She enjoyed bingo, watching Blue Jays Baseball, gardening, playing cards, flowers, making jam, horses, berry picking, canning, and quilting. She was a gold medal winner for whist at the 2001 Alberta Senior Games in Lethbridge. She also volunteered at the thrift store, tourist office, and was a member of the W.I.
Violet was predeceased by her parents, John ‘Jack’, and Agnes Purvis; brothers, Jim, Alex, and John Francis (who died as an infant) ; husband, Jule Jensen, and son-in-law, Norman Milliken.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dorothy (Gordon) Peterson, Jean (John) Deter, Arden (Clara) Jensen, and Gail (Daryl) Jeannotte; grandchildren, Lorrie (Ron) Molson, Lane (Robin) Milliken, Terry (Tammy) Peterson, Kirby (Tammy) Peterson, Leah-Ann (George) Cochrane, Kurtis Peterson, Gaetanne (Gary) Balon; great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Ryan Molson, Katlin, Dayton, and Zack Milliken, Leahandra Peterson, Tanner and Carter Cochrane, Mason Balon; and her faithful dog, ‘K.C.’.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Violet by way of a donation to the:
‘Beaverlodge Hospital Foundation’ (Designated to Palliative Care)
Box 480, Beaverlodge, Alberta T0H 0C0.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.
ISABEL KATHLEEN HAMILTON
Isabel Hamilton passed away July 24, 2002 at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital at the age of 60 years. She was born in Beaverlodge on January 3rd, 1942 to Theresa and Joseph Manhalt, and raised on the family farm in Tomslake.
Isabel married Dave Hamilton December 13,1958. Their first daughter Kathy was born in 1959. Shelley arrived in 1961 and Vida in 1966 to complete the family.
During the early years of her daughters' lives, Isabel was a great teacher. From teaching her daughters to crack eggs - always a messy experience - to spending endless hours pitching softball in the backyard, she seemed tireless in her dedication to her family.
Isabel spent many years bowling at the local lanes. In her early career, she bowled in the Coffee League. At that time it was common for the worst bowler of the morning to receive a complimentary box of chips. For some reason however, when she won this prize she didn't feel it was a compliment. Her family ate the chips anyway.
She branched out into coaching girls' softball and later ladies fastball. She was thrilled to be able to take her girls team to Victoria to play, and to host the Victoria team here. The ladies fastball team kept her and Dave busy. Every summer they would attend several tournaments in the area. Some were more successful than others, but they always had a good time. When fastball was over, Isabel was at loose ends for a while, until bingo came to town.
She was often in attendance and even though she seldom won, it didn't matter.
Then the casino in Grande Prairie opened, and bingo lost its thrill. The girls soon realized that seeing their mother on Sundays was next to impossible.
Isabel spent many years babysitting the children of many neighbours and her daughters. She would walk the kids to school, pick them up again and take them to the playgrounds. The teachers at Tremblay knew her better than they did the parents of her grandchildren. She would spend a lot of time reading, building blocks and helping little hands create pictures and presents. She thought the world of her grandchildren. She would attend any events she could. Soccer, hockey, swimming lessons, dance recitals, gymnastics; at some point Grandma
would be there. Her grandchildren, Leigh-Ann and Kaylyn are especially saddened to lose Grandma because she made the best egg sandwiches. Michael will miss her Nanaimo bars. Kaylyn was discussing with her mother where Grandma was and decided that Grandma was in Heaven with God as an angel... or a ghost. Becky, picking up on the same theme asked how Grandma got to heaven and decided for herself that Grandma went on a rocket-ship.
Isabel will be fondly remembered by her husband of 44 years, Dave; her daughters Kathy (Lary) Garnett, Shelley (Jim) Chute and Vida (Steve) George. Her grandchildren Cody, Leigh-Ann, Kaylyn, Michael, Rebecca, Andrea and Megan miss her. She is also survived by brothers Tony (Bev) Manholt and William (Shari) Manhalt. She was predeceased by her mother, Theresa Manhalt, and her sister, Josephine Brookwell.
There was no funeral by request. Interment will take place at a later date at the Tomslake Columbarium. Donations in memory of Isabel may be made to the South Peace Palliative Care Society.
Cremation services were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium,
Dawson Creek – Fort St. John, British Columbia.