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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Dawson Creek - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 93

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Cathy Kablalik

A funeral service for Cathelinie Kablalik was held on Saturday January 4, 2003, from Reynars Funeral Chapel , Captain Barry Haggett officiated, cremation followed and interment will be at a later date.

Cathy passed away in the Grande Prairie Hospital on December 29, 2002, at the age of 43 years. Cathy was born May 8, 1959 in Brandon Manitoba, to parents Paul and Cecile Kablalik, her Inuktitut name was Niaquqluk. She was raised in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (formerly the North West Territories).

Cathy and Ralph moved to Dawson Creek six months ago, and during her short time made some very special and dear friends. Cathy was very outgoing and every day she made an effort to visit with someone from her apartment. She loved children and she was very special to the children that lived in her apartment building.

Cathy leaves to mourn her passing her special friend and companion Ralph Cormier, mother Cecile Kanayok Kablalik (Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) children Darryl Kablalik ( Winnipeg, Man.) Paaliaq Kaput, (Rankin Inlet) brother Henry Kablalik (Mora) sisters Kathy Tudlik (Tommy) Cecilia Autut. Nieces and nephews Marina, Elroy, William, Abraham, Rose, Robby Joe, Darcy, Kaajuk, Stella and Nelson. She was predeceased by her father Paul Kablalik and her son James.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.

Virginia Vera Johnston

Virginia Vera Johnston (nickname Reg) was born in Cupar, Saskatchewan on October 23rd 1924. She came from a large family that emigrated to Canada around 1918, her Mother was named Anna and her father was named Peter Jacobs.

The Jacobs family finally settled in the town of Grimshaw Alberta, it was a long way from Austria to Canada and especially the Peace Country in those days.

Virginia and Edward were married in the Grimshaw area on September 18th, 1947. One year later David was born and four years later Lorraine was born, both in the Berwyn Hospital in Alberta. The family moved to Dawson Creek in 1954, and Edward had a new job as the agent for UGG to buy grain from the local farmers in the area. Virginia was always the consummate homemaker and could make a meal out of anything ? it was amazing to all who sat down at her table. She was definitely the matriarch of the family and ran the house with a tight fist and budget. She was always very quick to make sure the house ran her way.

The grandchildren always loved grandma’s yellow cookie can, it was always full of goodies especially ginger snaps which they all loved. We all pitched in with washing walls, windows, and yard work, if the job was not done her way she was quick to make sure that the job was done to her specifications. It was Virginia’s Law of Physics 101 do it right the first time or not at all.

Virginia was a true homemaker, with a lot of skills like sewing, knitting and cooking. She used to pass a lot of hours away talking with her neighbours, Helen and Mary, and knitting away to the soap operas, cooking shows, and game shows on TV. She always had the best garden on the block each year, and was very proud of it. She helped support our families with love and attention and lots of support over the years, she even taught David how to cook. which he says is one of the best things that happened to him.

Virginia spent a lot of years with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Dawson Creek and was a good member until her illness of the last four years took its toll and she was unable to work with the ladies preparing luncheons etc for the Legion and its members. Virginia was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer four years ago and fought valiantly for a long time, and finally succumbed to this terrible disease on Monday December 23rd, 2002 in the Pouce Coupe Care Home. A funeral service was held on Saturday December 28th, 2002 from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Bev Dunsmore officiated, Cremation followed, and interment was on Monday December 30th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, B.C.

Virginia is survived by her son Dave Johnston (Cathy), her daughter Lorraine Mackler (John), her sister Agnes Renton from Abbotsford, her four grandchildren Jason, Tara, Dennis and Dean, and two great grandchildren Jasmine and Parker.

You will be missed, we love you.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.

Brandon Lee Christopherson

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.

John Pius Wildeman

John Wildeman, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on December 24, 2002 at 81 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 30, 2002 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Father Chris Lynch officiated. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.

Eulogy read by Adeline Knapper:

John was born on December 5, 1921 at Reward, Saskatchewan, the seventh child of 12 children born to Ferdinand and Christina (nee Kaiser) Wildeman.

As a young man, John worked on his parents‚ farm. He was an entertainer. He played the clarinet and saxophone at numerous weddings and family functions. There he met Philomena, more commonly known as Minnie. They were married on April 15, 1947, and from this union they were blessed with one daughter and four sons.

John and Minnie mixed farmed in Saskatchewan until November 1959, at which time they moved to Surrey, BC. There, he worked for the Co-op Feed Plant until August 1970. Missing the open spaces and the freedom to work at their own hours and pace, they found themselves back farming in the Dawson Creek area.

John was a sports fan. He enjoyed hockey and ball first and foremost.

John was an inventor. He invented many tools and equipment to do jobs before they were ever marketed. He was a mechanic. He repaired and refurbished many an old tractor or vehicle to working condition. He was a carpenter, who added many additions to their homes. He was a butcher, who cut and wrapped many a beef, pork or chicken that graced the Wildeman supper table.

John and Minnie loved to entertain family at Sunday suppers. They loved to play games of cards. John was a dancer. There was no one that could tap the floor as lightly or for as long as John could.

In January, 1993, he lost his long time mate, his wife, Minnie. His love for dancing took him to many Seniors‚ dances, where he met Dorothy Folk of Fort St. John, and was married in the fall of '93.

He was predeceased by his wife, Minnie, and grandson, Matthew Wildeman.

John will be lovingly remembered by his children, Adeline (Al) Knapper, Ken Wildeman, Allan (Gwen) Wildeman, Gerald Wildeman, and Jerome (Marlene) Wildeman; grandchildren, Jim Knapper, Brian Knapper (Lisa Gray), Angela (Dwight) Wells, Lacey Wildeman (Tanner Jones), Ashley Wildeman, Miranda Smith, Jordan Smith, Melissa Smith; great-grandchildren Kennedy and Erik Knapper, Brandon and Jaycee Wells, MaKayla Jones, and Alexandra Smith; siblings, Thoefil (Mary) Wildeman, Fred (Catherine) Wildeman, Leocadia Reiter and Katie (Jim) Watson.

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

Thomas Harvey Wolfe

Thomas Harvey Wolfe a long time resident of Willow Valley and Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away on December 29th, 2002 in Dawson Creek, B.C. at the age of 68 years.

A funeral service was held on Saturday January, 4th, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel. Reverend, Judy Hare officiated, interment followed in the Willow Valley Cemetery.

Tom was born on May 12th, 1934 at St Joseph Hospital in Dawson Creek, to Oliver Wolfe and Mary Close. Tom had four siblings, Johnny (1935~1938), Frank, Karolyn, and Pat.

Tom was raised on a farm in Willow Valley, where he lived all his life except for a brief period when he worked at the Ft St John Lumber Company and lived in Dawson Creek.

Tom married Helen Gibson in June 1953 and shortly after their first child was born in July 1954, they moved to Willow Valley where they remained until Tom retired.

In 1954 Tom hauled lumber for his Dad and Father-In-Law from Stewart Lake. In the late fifties he went to work for Bill Shannon in the oil patch at Boundary Lake as well as farming. Over the years in the oil patch, he worked for Sam McKinley, Gerry Beattie, Pickle Contracting, Coal Valley Ind., and lastly, Borek Construction. While working for Borek, he bought some cattle and started ranching as well. He retired from Borek for health reasons and continued with cattle until he had to retire to Dawson Creek three years ago.

Tom liked to travel, and he got to see lots of different places through his work, like all of Northern Alberta, and B.C. he also worked several years in the Arctic. Tom liked to play cards such as, crib, hearts, and poker. He loved to fish and hunt, and he always got his moose, but he wasn’t as lucky at fishing. Tom also loved camping out, the wilder the place, the better. He was a super dancer to country music, and he had a harmonica he liked to play. Tom liked to yodel, but couldn’t carry a tune when he tried to sing. Lance Graff would come to the house with his violin, Frank and June would come and June and Helen would play guitars and Tom the harmonica.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Oliver and Mary, his brother Johnny, and his grandson Aaron.

He is survived by his wife Helen, his children Tom (Donna), Carla (Joe), Stephen, Shawna (Lonnie), Rodger (Louise), Dean (Penny), also ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, his brother Frank, and sisters Karolyn and Pat,

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.

Clifford Ardine SKaar

Clifford Ardine Skaar of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, died peacefully at home on December 27, 2002.

Cliff was the beloved husband of Shirley Skaar; loving father of Cheryl Davis, Diane Loiselle, Hal Skaar, and Elaine Carriere; dear grandfather to Tamara Loiselle, Nicole Knutson, Barrie and Simon Skaar, Vanessa Davis, Jennifer, Trevor, Lincoln, Whitney and Brianna Carriere; and great-grandfather to Peige and Devon Knutson and Kristanna Loiselle Neilson.

Cliff is survived by his brother, Oscar Skaar and sisters, Mabel Rawlings, Martha Terry, and Ruth Goritz. Cliff was predeceased by his brothers Arthur, Edwin, Lester, and Raymond Skaar and his sisters Edna MacKenzie and Bernice Skaar.

Cliff was a devoted husband, and a loving and generous father and grandfather. He loved family get-to-togethers and deeply cared about having a happy and harmonious extended family. He was a man of great integrity, compassion, and wisdom. Cliff was an honest, wise and successful businessman who was involved for many years in the development of British Columbia's north country.

In his healthier days, Cliff was an avid golfer, curler and guitar-player. He had a passion for vintage cars, gospel music, shuffleboard, Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune.

A service of remembrance in celebration of Cliff‚s life was held December 31, 2002 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Dawson Creek. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Cliff by way of donation to the South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society. Cliff passed away at the age of 75 in the loving presence of his wife and children.

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

Betty Maria Kuhn

Betty Kuhn of Peace River, Alberta passed away at home on December 30, 2002 at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Rod; children, Sidney (Melanie) of Red Deer, Douglas (Jacqueline) of Leduc, Kenneth (Yvonne) of Oshawa, Ontario, Dianne (Jack) McLaren of Rocky Mountain House, Catherine Seward of Red Deer, Janice Kuhn (Ross Burns) of Edmonton, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Peace River on January 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. with Vicar Michael Kuhn officiating. Cremation to follow. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta as expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements by Chapel of Memories, Peace River, Alberta.

Donald Drain Miller

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 p.m. 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 six 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 14 grandchildren, and who in turn have given them 11 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.

Don Campbell Robertson

Donald Campbell Robertson, August 6 1932 - December 8, 2002.

After a long bout with emphysema. His last months were made as physically comfortable as possible by Dr. Lea and the wonderful staff at the Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp, B.C.

Don Robertson, “Rob” to his long-time friends, was born in Calgary. He moved to Dawson Creek with his parents, William (Bill) and Frances, who were in the insurance adjusting business, in 1943 after the town blew up. He lived in Dawson Creek, Whitehorse, the Lower Mainland, Trail, and the Lower Mainland again before moving to Nakusp in 1999.

He leaves behind two daughters, Susan (Donato) of Nakusp with grandchildren Christina and Roberto, and Hillary (Richard) of San Diego, as well as a stepdaughter, Caren, of Trail, and a brother, David (Margaret) of Lindsay, Ontario. He was predeceased by two children, a son, David Cochrane, in 1979 and an infant daughter, Brenda, in 1960.

In his youth, Don Robertson was a pilot, firefighter and a weekend warrior with the reserves. As an adult he was, more prosaically, an insurance adjuster, a father and a friend who still kept in close contact with his fellow South Peace Secondary School graduates, class of ‘50. He will be remembered for his kindness and his decency.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nakusp Rotary Villa, Phase IV project, or to the charity of your choice.

Ben McGuire (Hailey Bennett McGuire)

Ben McGuire passed away at the Fort St. John hospital on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at age 77. He was born in Pleasantdale, Sask., on July 11, 1925 and moved to the Peace Country with his parents in 1938.

Ben is survived by his wife Billie McGuire, children ­ Merle McGuire, Lloyd McGuire (Marilyn), Veronica Nolan (Bruce), Matt McGuire (Melody), Frank McGuire (Carmen),Grady McGuire (Margaret), Ted McGuire (Judy), Lenard McGuire and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ben is also survived by his sisters and brothers ­ Clara Baker, Dean McGuire, Jean Norman, Gus McGuire, Rosemarie Boysen, Nel Smith, Sharon McQueen, Elaine Agema and their families.

Ben was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Veronica McGuire, his brother Humphrey McGuire and infant son Leslie McGuire.

Ben had many goals throughout his life, but his greatest life interest was his family.

His wish was to be cremated and there was a gathering of the immediate family on December 13, 2002.

The family welcomes a visit from anyone who wishes to be in touch.

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