1919 - 2008
A Funeral Service for Albert Stevenson formerly of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia was held on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Officiating by Peggy Bergeron
Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Albert by way of a donation to the:
"British Columbia Heart & Stroke Foundation" Box 714, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 or "Canadian Wildlife Federation", 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, Ontario K2M 2W1.
Ernest Edmon Fiddler "Ernie"
A Memorial Service for Ernie Fiddler of Fort St. John, British Columbia was held on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Officiating by Pastor Don Holloway
Inurnment of the urn will be held at a later date in the Clayhurst Cemetery, Clayhurst, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Ernie by way of a donation to the: "Peace Lutheran Care Centre Foundation", 9907-110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2S9.
Lyle Steven Jung
Lyle Steven Jung shared his life with a countless number of people. Each of us recognized many of the ingredients which made up Lyle. Yet, none of us will ever know the whole recipe. I am honored to share the memories, and feelings of my father, which I hold dear.
Lyle was born Sept, 15, 1950 in Denver, Colorado to Parents Karl (Bub) Jung, and Iyla Jung (Gephardt), joining his sisters Connie, Shirley, and Donna. The family lived in Denver, Colorado where it continued to grow with the addition of sisters Judy and Karla.
Over half a century ago a young Lyle and his family made the move to Canada. They settled in Arras, British Columbia along the Buffalo Creek. He spent the following years working the family farm and attending the Arras Community School. It was during this time that the family was joined by sister Deanna.
In his mid-teens, constraints led Lyle to leave the farm and school in search of more gainful employment. Lyle first found himself cooking in construction camps. As with most challenges Lyle faced, he mastered the culinary techniques he required with only the slightest of setbacks. Success in the camp kitchens, soon lead him to an opportunity to operate heavy equipment. Lyle traveled Northern B.C, the Yukon and N.W.T., working in construction and logging camps for many years.
The 70’s found Lyle experiencing the joys of fatherhood, first with son James Jung and daughter Tracy Jung (Vipond) . Later with the 80’s came sons Jon Jung and Jason Jung. As a young man balancing each of us on his knee, I am sure he could not have imagined that he would one day see each of us married, and receive the gift of his nine beautiful grandchildren.
In the early 80’s Lyle accepted a position in the Grizzly Valley Area. First, running grader, maintaining lease roads, and shortly there after, operating oil and gas facilities. It was there that he met many of his life long friends. Lyle later transitioned to the Canadian Hunter Brassy operations which allowed him to be closer to home. He spent the next 20 years contract operating throughout the area, honing his skills, and developing a knowledge of oil and gas operations that could be matched by few. During the last portion of his career, Lyle chose to return to heavy equipment operations where he found great pleasure and satisfaction in the work, as well as the people he worked with. Lyle devoted his life to working hard, and proving there was no task too challenging, from running his own herd of sheep at the age of eight, to constructing his home, farm and business with his own two hands.
As a father, Dad was there to pick each of us up when we had stumbled. Each time he found a way to share his advice, while sparing our character. He kept a special connection with each of us and we each experienced a part of him we could call our own. The wisdom which he has lent each of us will be handed down for generations. Though seldom verbalized, Lyle’s love for his family was continuously felt; along with the pride he shared for his children their spouses and his grand children.
Most people were brought together with Lyle through his love of the outdoors. A mutual keenness towards horses pioneered many of his relationships. Others shared hunting, fishing, and camping trips with him, which produced memories that will last a life time. Lyle also shared his surprising inclination for; and knowledge of horticulture with many. He took pride in cultivating a gorgeous lawn and, in many years, a huge vegetable garden. Over the years Lyle’s sense of humor touched everyone around him in one way or another. He was always willing to engage in a battle of wit, which left most of us feeling unarmed. Lyle enjoyed socializing with friends in the community and was always willing to work with his neighbors in an effort to succeed together. It was on that premise that he established many long standing relationships throughout the community
Though Lyle would find a great fuss over his departure unwarranted, he will be greatly missed by many friends, family and co-workers and is worthy of every tear we all shed for our loss.
We Love you.
A celebration of Lyle’s life was held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at the Cut bank Community Hall in Fellers Heights, British Columbia.
Berta Ullmann resident of Dawson Creek formerly of Tomslake and Pouce Coupe passed away in the Dawson Creek Hospital on December 15 2008 at the age of 92 years.
Berta was born on February 22, 1916 in Freudenthal to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph and Berta Frank. She had her basic schooling plus advanced education to become a seamstress. In 1934 she passed her final exam with excellence in all subjects and had only missed 8 hours in the final two years. She was also employed during the last two years but was laid off in August 1935. The volatile political climate in Europe and Czechoslovakia was becoming more evident long before October 28, 1938 when the Sudetenland was annexed by Germany. The superpowers of Europe called it “peace in our time” or the Munich Agreement.
Those with belief in the democratic principles, freedom of speech and expression became haunted individuals as members of the Social Democratic Movement. There was a ray of hope when the news came that Canada would accept a thousand souls with the precondition to become a farmer after passing a medical. For both Berta and husband Frank, Canada it was.
June 2, 1939, one hundred and two souls boarded the Duchess of York from Liverpool, England to arrive in Montreal Canada June 10. Then a further six days by train to arrive at the Tupper Station in British Columbia. It was perhaps not until the following day that we started to realize the task before us. Berta and Frank were integrated in to the group of settlers, some from their district at home, who had arrived earlier. Housing had to be shared or even a tent became the first dwelling until a more permanent structure became available. Everybody had to pitch in and learn a new way of living. Berta was soon involved n the milking process. It was no longer milk off the store shelf. Now you had to extract it from the cow. There is many a story to be told about how it all went. Help from local experienced farmers was available. The women doing the milking learned that a string to tie up a cow’s tail was a big help. You could concentrate more on the process of milking. The only hazard was the cow’s hind legs. Many a pail of milk was lost that way. Berta learned many ways to become a farmer. Together with husband Frank they moved onto their own land which they cultivated and in doing so made their livelihood. In 1959 the Ullmann’s stopped farming and Frank found employment with the Dawson Creek Bakery. One year later he started as the maintenance man at the Pouce Coupe hospital, a position he held until his retirement. The Ullmanns had moved off the farm and resided in Pouce Coupe. In later years they moved to Dawson Creek to enjoy retirement until March 22, 2002 when Frank passed away in the presence of Berta, his Doctor and friends.
Berta now faced life alone and for six years she managed with neighbors, home support, cleaning ladies and friends to remain in her apartment, until that day when the cleaning lady from Home support who had come to help with Berta’s weekly bath found her behind locked doors lying on the floor. Action was quick with an Ambulance ride to the nearby hospital. The diagnosis was a broken hip and an operation followed in the morning. The operation was a success. The resiliency of a 92 year old was perhaps a factor.
After 47 days Berta passed away. The many visits by neighbors and friends became her comfort. It was on Friday the beginning of the second week in December when all who visited witnessed a nurse from the second floor of the hospital, try to talk and give Berta some water, and when she could not get a response she came to the end of the bed and in a low sweet voice sang a German Christmas Carol to Berta, “O Tannenbaum. In all those present you could see the emotional impact it had. To the staff on the second floor, you showed a real professional. caring attitude.
John Douglas Wright
John Douglas Wright passed away on December 21, 2008 in the Dawson Creek & District Hospital. He was born August 15, 1941 in Kincardine, Ontario to Vesta and Simeon Wright.
John was predeceased by his wife Elsie May Wright and a baby brother. He is survived by his son David Wright, and sisters: Eileen (Ernie) Evens, Judy (Eric) McLeod, Kay Small and Donna Wright.
As per John’s wishes there will not be a service. He was cremated and will be inurned into the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of John by way of a donation to the “Charity of Your Choice”.
Emil Karl Heinrich
1951 – 2008
Emil Karl Heinrich was born on December 11, 1951 in Ruedesheim, West Germany to Karl and Irma Heinrich. Emil immigrated from Germany to Canada in the early 1980’s to Fort McLeod, Alberta where he worked as a butcher. He later came to Dawson Creek where he also worked as a butcher. In 1986 Emil went to guide for Frank Cooke. He later went into logging worked as a tire man, and a heavy duty equipment operator. He settled in Upper Cutbank as a rancher. Emil was well known as ‘The German’ and had many friends.
Emil was an avid hunter and had a great passion for the outdoors and animals. He had a great knowledge of all creatures, especially falcons. In early years, Emil would scale steep cliffs to catch the falcons which he trained to use for hunting. His friend Bill Eckert and him went hunting, and killed a record book white tailed deer.
Emil had fear for nothing. One time he was away at work, under a piece of equipment trying to fix it, when he felt something sniffing at his leg. Thinking it was a dog he hollered for it to get away. It continued to sniff his leg. Emil then looked to see what it was and noticed it was a bear. He then got out from underneath the equipment and killed the bear with a knife and bare hands.
Emil was very humorous and a jokester. He always told funny stories and kept everyone laughing. When he was working on the rigs, he caught a live raven and put it in a co-workers locker. Emil laughed about this for years.
He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone and wouldn’t expect the favor returned. He was an excellent cook and was a great gardener.
Emil passed away at his residence in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia on December 5, 2008. Emil was predeceased by his father Karl, mother Irma, and brother Valentin.
Emil is survived by his spouse Virginia, son Karl, daughter Rochell and step-daughter Tammy (Sheldon) Wilkinson, and grandchildren Keanne and Owen Wilkinson, sister, Marion (Udo) Jung, nieces Talena and Ilya and sister in-law Heidi Heinrich and nieces Nina and Tina Heinrich.
A funeral service was held December 10, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Emil by way of a donation to the ‘Canadian Cancer Society’ 1000-105 Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B9.
Laura Adeline McAllister
Laura Adeline McAllister was born November 1, 1919 to Charlie and Anna Hudson, who were homesteaders in the Pouce Coupe area. At the age of 7 her parents moved the family to Rocky Mountain House where she received her education, in a small community called Hardindell. Laura had completed grade 10 in 1936 when the Hudson family relocated to their homestead close to Pouce Coupe.
Laura’s first job was working for Mrs. Bonter in a boarding house in Dawson Creek. She married Angus McDonald in June of 1938. Doreen, blessed their life for a short eighteen months before passing away. Arla Simon was the second child and resides in Dawson Creek; Donald the third child and resides in Pouce Coupe on the family farm; Rena Brown was next to bounce into their lives and resides in Medicine Hat, Alberta and last but certainly not least David was born and now resides in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The family has wonderful memories of life on the farm. Angus was a fun-loving individual and Laura had a special gift of hospitality. Their home was filled with love, laughter and friendship. Angus would often come home from town with news that he had invited friends over for supper. She could put together a meal fit for royalty with very little notice. In those days she did not have the luxury of electricity and running water, but her pantry was full of canned meat and vegetables and there was always baking on hand.
Sadly, Angus’ health had started to deteriorate when she was still a young mother, and in the 1960’s she prepared herself to help support their family. She took courses to develop office skills which lead to her employment at the Dawson Creek medical clinic. In 1967 Angus passed away. Shortly thereafter she brought a home in Pouce Coupe, close to her then aging parents and she and Dave, the only member of her family still at home, lived there. Don and Joanne made her move easy, as they agreed to continue with the family farm.
Laura had just nicely settled into her single, independent life-style when she met a wonderful man, Herb McAllister. They were married September 3, 1971, and thus began a brand new chapter in her life. Herb’s children, Edna, Dale, Gary and Debbie, graciously accepted her as a member of their family. She and Herb found common ground in their love for a country life-style and their love for their grandchildren.
Laura loved her role as homemaker. Spring brought out the gardener in Laura. She loved to spend hours working in her garden and looked forward to a plentiful harvest in the fall. She enjoyed gardening right up to this part summer at the age of 88 years young. In her 70 years as a homemaker, she never once went without planting one, even the year she suffered her first heart attack, she was still determined to put in a small one. It wasn’t often that anything annoyed Laura but the deer that choose to eat all her carrots two summers ago really did get her goat. It came as such a surprise when she went to harvest the carrots that she had thought the deer had eaten the tops off, only to find out they had helped themselves to the bottoms as well.
Laura also had an artistic side to her. Her family remembers well the box lunch socials they attended at Central community hall, and the lunch boxes she would decorate to be auctioned off. We all remember the cakes she would bake and decorate for special occasions, including wedding cakes.
Laura also had a flare for writing. She wrote great newsy letters to keep old friends and out-of-town family in touch with the happenings in her world, and would share the letters she received in return, with her family.
When she was still in grade school she wrote a story for a provincial contest which won first prize. The story was called “Mr. Dollar Spends a Week in the District” and was printed in the newspaper. I would like to read you the story later.
Few of the hours Laura was given were spent in idleness. She used her leisure time crocheting and knitting. J Right up until this past summer, she entered many of her handmade doilies, cushions, and table cloths in the Dawson Creek Fall Fair and was very proud of the ribbons they won. And many arms, hands, and feet felt the warmth of Laura’s handy work. She loved to knit socks, slippers, mittens and scarves. When her family was young she made all of their clothes.
Laura enjoyed many trips to Medicine Hat, and on one outing stopped in Rocky Mountain House to re-visit her old home and school. While in Rocky she stopped at the museum and was disappointed to find there was no history of the Hardindell School which her father and neighbors had built in 1928. She decided to make up a binder of stories and pictures of the years she had attended the school from 1928 to 1936 to give to the museum. She could remember the names of all the students who had attended and the teachers who came to teach. She was able to present the book of memories to them this past summer.
Laura was a very gifted person. She had the wonderful ability to touch everyone’s heart from the moment she met them. She greeted everyone as though they were family. There was always room for one more at the table any time of the day or night. Laura was such a great cook and anyone who knew her had the pleasure of being able to attest to it. Laura loved to bake and decorate cakes. She made many wedding, birthday, and just because cakes and they were always outstanding.
She was predeceased by her parents Charlie and Anna Hudson, oldest daughter Doreen, first husband Angus and sons-in-law Don Simon and Jim Ness and nieces, Lorraine, Lois and Christa.
Laura was the oldest of 4 children: Laura, Myrtle, Floyd and Roy.
Laura was the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren, Ann Kidston (John Geary), Karen (Randy) Jorgenson, Rae-Ann McDonald, Neil (Deirdre) McDonald, Rob (Trina) Ness, Lance (Tiffany) Ness, Tanya Srala (Dan Kuechle), Taber (Cindy) McAllister, Travis McAllister, Tyler (Alanna) Marion and Christen Marion (Robin Schreiber), great-grandmother to 16 great grand children: Rachel and Jonan Jorgenson, Hanna and Amelia McDonald, Cameron Ford, Page, Chandler and Kayman Ness. Sherry, Kyla and Tye Ness, Katie Ann, Emily and Taylor McAllister, Laura Srala, Sebastian and Gracy Marion.
Laura will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. We will miss those times of stories of the past, delicious meals, the fun we had playing cards, stopping in for a quick coffee, calling for her recipes and advice and the pleasure she received listening to family talent-Herb on the fiddle and Dave and Rachel singing and on the guitar.
Rest peacefully Laura, Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma, Sister, Auntie and Friend.
A funeral service was held December 12, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.