1925 - 2009
Hazel was born in November of 1925 in Manitoba. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Poplar Point near Portage La Prairie. She was born the last of 7 children to her parents Wes and Jane Lang. She loved farm life and was a self proclaimed ‘tom boy” who always preferred jack knives, horses, and baseball to dolls and pretty dresses. Hazel left home at age 16 to assist with the War effort and soon got a job with John Inglis making parts for the Bren gun. Following the War, Hazel loaded up and headed to Chilliwack. In 1948 she married Sherwood Moffit and had 2 children Wendy and Lindsay. Sherwood was a pilot and they would move an additional 14 times during her life spending time in Chilliwack, Fort St John and Dawson Creek.
Hazel loved sports and spent most of her life playing baseball, golfing and curling. She even tried a few bowling teams but found them too “boring.” Curling was her all-time favorite sport. She curled competitively from the time her children were small until her health would no longer allow. She then became the best armchair curler around following all of the games, and organizing schedules for everyone in Spruceland Manor. Everyone knew, not to visit or call while curling was on.
From her early days at dances in Manitoba to well into her senior years, Hazel loved music and dance. Once settled into Dawson Creek she quickly became part of the Line Dance craze and joined the Groovin’ Grannies. Hazel loved to hear live music, especially the guitar and more recently she was thrilled to have the Sewell’s playing in the apartment so she could easily enjoy live music. When you would phone Hazel’s house, you would always hear her humming and singing in the background.
Hazel was a big believer that she could do anything she set her mind to, and did not take kindly to anyone who may try and tell her differently. In her 70’s, she decided to get her pilot’s license. Hazel and friend Bernice Ashlee, studied, practiced, even cheated a bit but they finished! Bernice officially had her license and Hazel was an unlicensed but experienced co-pilot when they decided to fly to Ft Nelson. They arrived without incident but did later admit their navigation skills were weak so they just followed the highway! This was a huge accomplishment for Hazel and something she was very proud of.
Hazel loved a good joke; she loved to laugh and treasured all the time she spent with wonderful friends. She was generous with her friends and family…but brutally honest as well. Granddaughter Deanna says Grandma would give you the shirt off her back without question…but also wouldn’t hesitate to tell you exactly how it looked on you. If Hazel had an opinion, you rarely had to ask, she would freely offer it up and she didn’t believe in sugar coating. You never had to guess where you stood with her.
Hazel was so happy to have lived long enough to see Deanna marry and have a daughter of her own. Great granddaughter Rebecca has been a source of great joy. Rebecca adored her and always ran down the hall with a big hug. Hazel loved to play, tell her stories and get her all “riled up!”
Hazel lived her life full speed ahead with adventure and joy. We believe she would want to be remembered for her friendship, her sense of humor and spirit and for the fact that she often took the path less traveled.
Hazel passed away in Dawson Creek on July 12th at age 83. She is survived by one sister Ruth Belinski, children Wendy Schuller and Lindsay Moffit. Granddaughter Deanna Sudnik (Mike) and Great Granddaughter Rebecca Sudnik. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 18 2009 at 11:00 am at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, B.C..
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Hazel, may be made by way of a donation to:
" Dawson Creek S.P.C.A." or to the "Mizpah Transition House."
Wilma Doreen West
1924 - 2009
Wilma Doreen West was born June 4, 1924 in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, the seventh child of Cyrus and Pauline Wood. She was deceased on July 8, 2009 in Dawson Creek, B.C. at the age of 85.
Early in life while still living in Lucky Lake Wilma met the love of her life, Lloyd West. She married Lloyd when she was sixteen and after he was discharged from the Armed Services they moved to Dawson Creek in 1945. About 1950 Wilma started a ‘Boarding House’. She was an excellent cook and provided not just a clean bed and good food but a home for many young men, bankers, office clerks and RCMP, who were away from their families and home. Lloyd and her family had grown to six children and with six boarders the West home was a busy place. Times of playing bridge, Sunday picnics along with lots of family interaction made the West boarding home a special place to live. It was during this time she was affectionately referred to as ‘Ma West’ and some lifelong friendships were enjoyed, one in particular being Johnny Anderson who wrote and delivered Wilma’s eulogy.
On July 26, 1972 tragedy struck and Wilma lost her beloved Lloyd. This left a huge void in Wilma’s life but she struggled on and completed the raising of her family but it wasn’t long before she had an empty nest. The family soon spread out around the country, building their own lives and families but all came home when possible.
Wilma was a good friend and one that always made you feel welcome in her home. After Lloyd passed away and the children left home Wilma’s time was enjoyed with the company of many good friends.
Too soon Wilma began to lose her memory and this advanced very quickly. This was a frustration for Wilma and hard on her family and friends. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Wilma to the ‘Alzheimer Society of British Columbia’ 9005 Lyman Drive, Dawson Creek, BC V1G3N1.
Wilma was predeceased by: her husband Lloyd; parents Cyrus and Pauline Wood; sisters Ruth, Mary, Glenys and Grace; and brothers Woody, Wilfred, Ken, Cyrus and Les.
Wilma leaves to mourn – her brothers Russ and Bill and all of her children: Margaret and Ken Bernath, their 3 children and 5 grand children; Harry and Vicky West, their 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; Lou Austgarden, her 3 children and 5 grandchildren; Alvin West, his 2 children and 5 grandchildren; Calvin and Jane West, their 2 children and 9 grandchildren; Brian and Melanie West, their 4 children and 3 grandchildren; Also many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service was held for Wilma on Thursday, July 16, 2009 with Pastor Gordon Warriner officiating. Wilma’s urn was interred in her husband Lloyd’s grave in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1931 – 2009
Joan was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on February 28, 1931 and passed away July 17, 2009 in the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. Joan was very well known in Dawson Creek having worked 43 years in the Hardware Department of the Dawson Co-op. She was capable of fixing or repairing and finding parts for almost anything.
In her “after” work time Joan was a long time member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, 50 years, helping at the legion bingos and catering. She also assisted in a Cub Pack (Scouts Canada) for several years. She always enjoyed spending time in her cabin at Hassler Flats, fishing and hunting.
Joan loved woodworking, building cabinets and repairing things, however her greatest love was helping other people. She had numerous friends and they were her extended family. Joan was always the helper and had a hard time with being helped. She had many visitors while in the hospital. One of which was Molly, feeding her two meals a day since April.
Kit Page moved in with Joan about 31 years ago. They were great for nicknames. Kit was “Barney” and Joan was “Fred” – derived from the Flintstones. Also Joan’s good friend Molly had the special nickname “Duffy” for her as well.
Joan was a very private person and she never recognized her significance to others.
Joan was predeceased by her mother and father Elsie and Harry; as well as her brothers Jack and Dennis.
Left behind to mourn are her good friend Kit Page “Barney”, many nieces and nephews and lots of friends.
A Graveside Service was held Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at the Dawson Creek Cemetery where family and friends gathered to honor Joan as she was interred into her father Howard’s grave.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Joan may be made by way of donation to the:
“S.P.C.A.”, 637 – 114th Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C., V1G 3A1
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1922 – 2009
It is will great sadness that we announce the passing of Ethel Mohr at the age of 87. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Ethel was born on June 8th, 1922, on the family farm near Tees, Alberta. She was the second of eight children born to Howard and Jeannie Prier. There she spent the first ten years of her life on the family farm in this small community just east of Edmonton. From Tees they moved to Valhalla where she attended school. From Valhalla, the Prier family moved to their homestead just outside of Rolla.
Then came the day she left the farm with a paper bag filled with the few clothes she had and moved into a rooming house with her sister Jean and never looked back. She had a job the very next day. She was working as a waitress in Wing’s Café when, in 1942, she met her first husband Art Mohr whom she married in 1944 in Wembley. They then moved to Cranbrook, where Dennis was born in the old Invermere Hospital. After Denny was born, Art and Ethel returned to Dawson Creek where Phyllis was born two years later. Ethel and Art were married for 25 years. Ethel then moved to Fort St. John where she met Bill Hynne who was her partner in life for the next 32 years. The really enjoyed traveling with their Fifth Wheel Trailer every spring. After Bill passed in 2006, life was never quite the same. She missed Bill very much.
Two years before Bill had passed, they had adopted a small puppy which became the center of their life. This loving little bundle of fur helped to fill the void that Bill had left behind and what a blessing she was to Ethel’s last few years.
Ethel was very active and loved to spend time outside working on her yard in the summer and shoveling snow in her driveway in the winter. At 87 years old, she still did it all! Her motto was “If I don’t use it, I will lose it”. She never did lose it. People would compliment her on her yard and driveway and she would enjoy telling them just how old she really was.
Ethel passed peacefully in her sleep on the morning of June 30th, 2009, leaving her family and friends with many wonderful memories of a life well lived. She leaves behind her two children Dennis (Louise) and Phyllis (Paul); six grandchildren, Clint (Maureen), Cindy (Brian), Danny (Sherry), Shawna (Darin), Brad, and Josh, five great grandchildren, Dylan, Hayden, Brittany, Gabrielle, and Jackson; brother Howard (Frances) ; sisters Gertie, Lilly (Jim) and Jean. She is predeceased by her mom and dad Howard and Jeannie Prier; her two brothers Alvin and Ed; and her sister Sarah.
A memorial service for Ethel was held at the Rolla Community Hall, Rolla British Columbia on July 8th, 2009, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. The cremated remains of Ethel were interred in the grave of her husband Bill Hynne in the Rolla Community Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Ethel to The North Peace SPCA.
Memorial arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Lyle Barrie Haining
1933 - 2009
Lyle Barrie Haining passed away Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Dawson Creek Hospital at the age of 76 after a battle with Esophageal Cancer.
He was born March 21, 1933 in Acme Alberta just south west of Three Hills. He attended school in Acme and started farming with his Dad Walter Otis Haining.
He has farmed with his loving wife and partner Ruth (Kemp) Haining for the past 40+ years in the Cotillion Area, Alberta.
They have three Children; Debbie (Hal) Skaar, Deanna (Reyer) Tollenaar and Darcy (Kylee) Haining.
Four Grand Children; Barry Skaar, Simon Skaar, Ryan Tollenaar and Katrina Haining.
Lyle has two remaining siblings Delmar Haining and Edna Mae Guppy and is predeceased by his sister Myrtle Haining
He was loved and will be missed by his family, friends and neighbours.
He left special memories with all who knew him.
He was laid to rest at Hill Haven Cemetery in Bonanza, Alberta close to his home quarter. The Funeral was held at the Bonanza Hall in Bonanza at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2009.
The family is requesting that donations be made to the Stars Air Rescue in Grande Prairie in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Jerry T. Weselak
1918 - 2009
Jerry was born to Martin and Mary Annie Weselak (Nee Urzada) on July 31, 1918 in Gerald, Saskatchewan. He passed away July 13, 2009 just 18 days to his 91 birthday. Jerry attained School in Gerald, Saskatchewan until the age of 12. Jerry and his family moved to the Peace River country to Willowbrook district in 1930, now known as Bessborough, where he attended Willowbrook school until the age of 16 (1934) .
Jerry worked on his dads and his older brothers and his own homesteads. In 1942 he joined the military and served in Sicily and Italy, and later in Belgium and Holland as a truck Driver. He returned home at the end of the war in 1945, after he was honorably discharged. He worked part time on the farm and operated caterpillar, brush cutters, and bulldozers, and seismic crews.
About 1950 Jerry met Muriel Wilford. Her parents and brother farmed just 10 miles from his own homestead. and were married on July 8, 1954. They made their home in Edmonton, Alberta where Jerry dug basements and did landscaping with his own equipment. Jerry retired about 1984. Although he made a living operating bulldozers, he enjoyed operating farm equipment and would often return to the farm to help out. Even in the later years he enjoyed a ride on the combine but due to ill health in the last two years he was not able to.
Jerry and Muriel had their 55th wedding anniversary recently. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, brother Jack and sister Margaret and brother in-law Henry Wilford.
Jerry is survived by his wife Muriel and brother, Emil and numerous cousins.
A Memorial Service was held in honor of Jerry on Monday, July 20, 2009 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia where the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 141 also honored Jerry for serving his country in the military.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Jerry by way of donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to Dr. A Ausford and his office for their exceptional long term care. Also, thanks to the staff at Norwood and Second Parker Capital Care Lynnwood, for their much appreciated compassionate care.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia