Mary (Belcourt)Letendre was born at Grande Prairie on July 9,1925. She passed away on July 26,2002 in Kelly Lake BC., at the age of 77.
Mary was married at the young age of 15 and she and her husband Josie lived at Rio Grande until he passed away. Later she was married to Lorne and together they had 7 children. They lived various places but for 55 years she and Lorne were to live and raise their children at Kelly Lake.
Mary was a devoted mother and was always concerned for the welfare of her children. She made sure that they never did "without". Her family remembers her sitting by the wood stove late into the night making mukluks or western shirts by the light of a gas lantern, either for the children or to sell so that they could have a happy Christmas. In the early days she spent many hours hunting and trapping to help care for her large family. She was protective and supportive and a good role model for her children. She taught them respect and they remember her telling them, "turn the other cheek". Keyam, she would say, "its alright".They will always remember her wisdom and understanding and her willingness to go out of her way to help others.
Mary was also very proud of her native culture and encouraged her children and grandchildren to value the traditions of their people. She encouraged her grandchildren to go to school so that they could "stand on their own two feet". She will be sadly missed by her family and they will find it hard to go home and not find her waiting there with food and laughter and always her wonderful sense of humour
Funeral services for Mary Letendre were held on Thursday August 1st at 2PM from Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery, Pouce Coupe, BC.
Funeral services were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Donald Lineham, a long time Rancher of Groundbirch, B.C passed away at Dawson Creek & District Hospital at the age of 78 years, ending his battle with Cancer. Don was born February 10, 1924 in the Lineham family home on the north side of Dawson Creek. Don was the second of three children and the only son born to Bud & Albertine Lineham. The Linehams built a log home in Groundbirch in 1931 where they ranched.
As a young man Don worked with his dad on the pack outfit , packing supplies into the Surveyors in the Pine Pass who were surveying for the P.G.E Railroad. Don and his father also packed in to Comotion Creek for the Oil Rig.
On November 11, 1948 Don married Olga Blonski a school teacher from High Prairie, Alberta who was teaching at the old Mcleod School in Groundbirch.
Don worked in sawmills and over the years ran a bulldozer for many different companies. Don and Olga started a ranch of their own in Groundbirch and in 1950 Don and Olga had the first of four children. Arden, Donna, Noel & Rodney were all raised on the ranch in Groundbirch.
Don was a Rancher who loved his Hereford cattle though in later years he used some Simmental, Red Angus & Shorthorn. When he could no longer care for his cattle his grown children would take him to look at them in the field. Don never missed a branding or a cattle drive as he continued to be a cattle-boss from wherever he sat. Don would come to town on Thursdays, attending the Livestock Sales at the Auction Mart keeping up on the cattle prices and visiting with other cattlemen. He would , in the later years , finish off his day by having supper at the Dawson Creek Co-op with friends.
Don loved music and played in a band for many community dances. The fiddle was his instrument of choice and he believed that a good country band should always have a fiddle player.
Don loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. If he could turn a farm task in to a picnic or better still a camping trip he would do it. Most of the family vacations were getting wood or rails, putting up hay, cattle drives or berry picking using team and wagon or in later years a tractor & wagon. Many of the neighbours will remember joining Don on hunting trips in the past years and when they returned usually late at night, Olga would prepare supper while Don recounted every detail of the hunt as their kids would eavesdrop from the bedrooms.
Don was kind and generous to a fault and if he had something that he found out was needed by someone else he would generously give it to them. Don would let his own work go unattended while he went to help a neighbour.
Following the death of his beloved wife Olga, on August 5, 1991 Don was lost with out her, he would get in his car and go to visit friends and neighbours to pass some time.
Don’s fifteen grandchildren became the center of his life, they will miss “ Grandpa” and will remember how happy he was when they all sang for him at his 75th Birthday Party. During the week prior to Don’s passing away, Noel, Donna and Brian were with him in the hospital , Don asked them to bring him a fresh T-bone steak. when Donna asked him how he was going to chew it with his three remaining teeth he replied “ You just get it here and I will show you!” Don retained his sense of humour to the very last. Don was predeceased by his wife Olga in 1991, his father in 1975, his mother in 1992, and his grandaughter in 1975. Don Lineham leaves to mourn his passing, his children: Arden (Leslie) Lineham, Donna (Brian) Wetherill, Noel (Laurie) Lineham, Rodney (Charleen) Lineham. His Grandchildren: Dwayne (Laurie) Lineham, Lana, Ryan, Kathy, Jordan, Clancy & Lane Wetherill, Amanda (Andy Thola), Marlana, Candice, Randi Lineham, Kristy, Chantel, Ashley, Bailey Lineham. One Grandson: Dylan Thola. Sister: Leona Wilde, Joyce (Rupert) Graff. Don also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Donations in Don Lineham’s Memory may be made to the Palliative Care Society.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Philip J. Heisler
Philip J. Heisler passed away on Friday August 2, 2002 at the age of 78.
Phil is survived by Cathie, his loving wife 49 years; daughters Karen (Allan) MacLaren of Kamloops, Laureen (Norm) Heisler of Saanichton, Paulette (Lloyd) Hikida of Ladner, four grandchildren, Janelle and Shaun MacLaren and Jaime and Katie Hikida; brothers Joe and Pat both of Ontario, and Tony of Saskatchewan; sisters Madeline of Saskatchewan, Aggie of Vernon and Carrie of Edmonton. Phil was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
He was born in Denzil, Saskatchewan. He received his formal education at Athol Murrays Notre Dame College. Phil worked at Banff Springs Hotel as Head Bellman, joined International Harvester Company in Calgary in 1950 as Zone Manager.
In 1957 he and his family transferred to Dawson Creek as Manager for Industrial Road and Equipment. He later became a part owner of the Dawson Carland Chev-Olds dealership for 14 years. Phil was a Past President of the Motor Dealers Association of B.C., and a Past President of the Dawson Creek Rotary Club. He served on the Dawson Creek Hospital Board, was Chairman of the Board of Notre Dame Parish. Also, he was a Charter Member of the Dawson Creek Knights of Columbus as well as Past District Governor of the Knights of Columbus.
After a brief time in Tsawwassen, Phil and his family moved to Penticton where he was the Manager of the Pen Mar Cinema for 10 years. Phil was a member of the Penticton Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a member of the Penticton Golf and Country Club for 24 years.
Phil was a man of great faith who loved his family and friends. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life was held on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at St. John Vianney Church, Penticton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Penticton Regional Hospital Foundation for cardiac equipment would be appreciated.
Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, 493-4112.
Emma Gray was born on September 4th, 1940 at Eureka River, Alberta., she passed away on July 8th, 2002 in Dawson Creek, B.C. at the age of 61 years. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 30th, at 3:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel. Bev Dunsmore officiated interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
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 (Larry) 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.
Joseph Gerald Hawkins
Joseph Gerald Hawkins, resident of Chetwynd, British Columbia, passed away on July 19, 2002 in Prince George, BC, at 64 years of age. A memorial service was held at 11:00 am on July 26, 2002 at the Legion Hall, Chetwynd, BC, with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.
Joe was born on September 12, 1937 in McLennan, Alberta, to parents, Gerry and Flora. In 1945, the family moved to Dawson Creek, where his dad was employed with the N.A.R. At and early age, Joe started working for Lawrence’s meat market, which was to be his first profession. In May of 1958 he married the love of his life, Joan Atkinson. The “J” was the only letter of the alphabet that they knew, because together they had 3 kids, Janet, Jody, and Joe Jr. Those three “J” critters gave him 10 grandchildren whom he was very proud of. After careers as a meat cutter, and sheriff, he decided to make carpentry his life long career which he was due to retire from in September. He was also an apprentice barber, as many boys will remember experiencing the famous “Joe’s pig shave.”
He was a person of very high family values and loved nothing better than to be outdoors ATVing, ski-dooing, camping, and teaching his kids, grandchildren, or whatever kid happened to be around to fish and just appreciate nature. Joe was an overgrown kid at heart and wherever the kids were, he was usually in the middle egging them on. He was very close to his children and always said that Joe Jr. was not only his son and working partner, but also his best friend.
Joe was always willing to help anyone, whether you asked for it or not. He was a workaholic, and didn’t relate well to the word relax unless he had a fishing rod or TV remote in his hand. Anyone that knew Joe could always expect a joke or two or three.
We all have our memories of Joe, and how he touched our lives by just knowing him. He is now in a better place, learning new fishing techniques which he’ll be teaching us when we meet again.
In closing, I think that Joe would agree with a quote by Winston Churchill in which he said, “I’m ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me, is another matter.”
Joe was predeceased by his father, Gerald, in 1956, and brother, Melvin, in 1994.
He leaves to mourn: his wife, Joan Hawkins; daughters, Janet Cameron, Jody (Roger) St. Pierre; son, Joseph (Debbie) Hawkins; grandchildren, Ming and Joni Chong; Roger, Gerry, and Michael, Dominic, and Sebastian St. Pierre, Joseph, Paul, and Afton Hawkins; mother, Flora Judge, of Pouce Coupe, BC; sisters, Elsie (Rollie) Normandeau, of Edmonton, AB, and Vivian (Don) Gates, of Quesnel, BC; and brother, Roy (Anita) Hawkins, of Victoria, BC.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Etela Magusin, a long time resident of Dawson Creek and pioneer in the Farmington district, passed away on July 20, 2002, in the Dawson Creek Hospital at 97 years of age.
Etela was born in Obyce, Slovakia on December 17, 1904. Her parents were Terezia and Jozef Judin. Etela’s father died when she was two and her mother died in 1932. Etela was the youngest of nine children and all of her brothers and sisters have predeceased her. She was predeceased by her husband Tomas Magusin on November 27, 1984.
Surviving her are seven children, Joe (Julie) Magusin of Farmington, B.C. Fr. Tomas Magusin OMI, of Prince George; Teresa Keenan of Kamloops, Betty Finkle of Dawson Creek, Peter (Margaret) of Vernon, B.C., Etela (Bill) Strasky of Farmington and Anne Magusin, Kelowna, B.C.
She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and by 27 great-grandchildren and also by nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews in Slovakia, France, United States and Canada.
Etela and Tomas Magusin were married in Hostie, Slovakia on June 14, 1925. In 1927 Tomas emigrated to Canada and in July, 1932 Etela and their two sons, Joe and Tom, came to join him on the homestead in the bush of Farmington. Here Etela lived the typical hard working pioneer life with no conveniences such as electricity or running water. Five more children were born; three of them right at home in the farmhouse.
In 1975, Etela and Tomas retired to live in Dawson Creek, where, in 1984, her husband of 59 years passed away.
Living her last 8 years with her daughter, Etela kept active to the end.
On July 25, 2002 her son, Father Thomas Magusin, OMI presided at her funeral Mass celebrated at Notre Dame Church and seven of his fellow priests from the diocese of Prince George concelebrated with him.
Etela’s large, extended family was dear to her heart and she will be remembered with love.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Stanley Lorne Vipond
Stanley Lorne Vipond, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on July 22, 2002 at 82 years of age. A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 26, 2002 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek. Reverend Judy Hare officiated. Interment followed at the Rolla Community Cemetery, Rolla BC.
Stanley Lorne Vipond was born on June 29, 1920 in Beaverlodge, Alberta, to parents, Duncan and Laura Vipond. Stan had three older brothers, Merle, Ace, and Cliff, and would later have two younger brothers, Elwyn, and Don, and a sister, Verlie.
Stan spent the first three years of his life in Beaverlodge, Alberta, and then moved to Killarney, Manitoba in 1923. In 1938, he came to the Rolla area where he completed his Grade 12 education. He began work clearing land, harvesting crops, and practicing carpentry.
In 1941, he joined the army, he served for over four years in the Second World War as a paratrooper. After being discharged, he returned to Rolla, where he began courting Audrey Mae Tower. On January 15, 1946, Stan and Audrey were marred. Their marriage brought five children; Art, Marvin, Gene, Scott, and Lorna.
Stan and his family spent many years in the Rolla area, (also known as the West Pouce Coupe district). He worked at farming, on the oil rigs, hauling water, driving grader, and doing carpentry. He and Audrey also hosted barn dances on their farm, attracting patrons from all over, he made many lifelong friends from his time spent in and near Rolla.
In 1968, Stan and family moved to Dawson Creek to a home on 14th Street. Stan then began working for the City of Dawson Creek; his favorite assignment was working on their gardening crew.
In 1973, Stan started his own construction company. With the help of his four boys, he built many houses in and near Dawson Creek. The construction company became a family venture, with Audrey and Lorna, helping with meals and cleanup.
In 1983, Stan and Audrey opened a small convenience store named “The Barmaid.”
Stan recalled their years there as some of the happiest he had had. After selling the business, Stan retired. Now the word “retired” for most would mean slowing down, taking it easy and relaxing. For Stan, it meant something else; it meant doing as much and as many things as he could possibly do in one day.
In 1999, Stan and Audrey moved back to their original home on 14th Street, 31 years later.
In August of 2000, Stan lost his wife of 54 years, Audrey. After losing Audrey, Stan began to spend time at Senior’s events and activities. He found companionship in Alice Weipert, and her family. They remained active in social activities and family get-togethers right up until Stan’s death.
Stan was strong-willed at the least, and often stubborn. He was also a very loving, caring man with a great sense of humor. He loved to play cards and games. Stan always looked at the bright side of things and was very thankful for his blessings. He often commented how thankful he was that he felt better after he turned 65 than in his younger years.
Stan loved to spend time in his yard and loved growing his own flowers. He was in touch with nature, and realized the important things in life. He spent much of his time when his children were young, coaching, watching and cheering at sporting events. Stan’s philosophy, “Work hard, play hard and be happy‚” was well exercised.
He loved his grandchildren, his eyes would sparkle when one would visit. He seemed to remember everything about all the grandchildren even at a time when his memory for most things had faulted. His grandchildren recall many of the things that made him so special; a visit to grandpa’s always included a card game, and his sense of humor always played a part. Far-fetched stories, and smart remarks kept them laughing every time they saw Grandpa...and will keep them smiling for years to come.
Stan was always looking to the future, and making plans. He had recently planned a trip to Killarney, Manitoba, where he was raised. His trip was long-awaited and anxiously planned. It is unfortunate, that he was not able to make this journey.
His favorite reply when asked how he was doing, was, “Top of the world!” In reviewing Stan’s life of hard work, living, loving, and sharing, it seems fitting that he be “Top of the world.” We hope that today, he is enjoying a life where the spirit of Stanley Lorne Vipond remains strong, and where pansies grow in abundance in his flowerbeds. Stan’s influence on the lives of those he touched will be forever cherished.
Stan was predeceased by his sister, Verlie, his parents, brothers, Ace and Clifford, and his wife, Audrey.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Art (Kathy) Vipond, Marvin Vipond (Heather Haugen), Gene (Chris) Vipond, Scott (Tammy) Vipond, and Lorna Scott; grandchildren, Allen (Tracey) Vipond, Crystal Vipond (Brian Breault), Tracy (Marc) Boulianne, Tanya Vipond (Doug Mazanek), Tamara Vipond (Greg Kilgour), Courtney Vipond, Jessica and Josh Vipond, Marcia and Nicole Scott; great-grandchildren, Katie, Justin, and Krystie Vipond, Kaelynn Moore, Allyssa, Kayla, Shelby, and Austin Boulianne; his beloved companion, Alice Weipert; brothers, Merle (Irene) Vipond, Elwyn (Kathy) Vipond, and Donald (Amy) Vipond.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek Fort St. John, British Columbia.