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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Creston - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 20

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Michalsky, Albert

Albert Micheal Michalsky passed away suddenly on April 5th, 2012 in the Creston Valley at the age of 73 years.

Albert was born on November 20th 1938 to parents Jenny and Albert Michalsky in Coleman, AB.

The Michalsky family moved to Calgary, AB in the 1950’s where the three brothers worked together at the Mount Baker Memorial Sanatorium. Albert then worked in mechanics for a little while and then began his thirty-five year career with the Calgary General Hospital. He retired at fifty, at which time he moved to Lister, BC to hobby farm for numerous years, and then eventually down sized again and moved into Creston, BC.

Albert was an avid gardener, collector and a member of the Creston Valley Prospector Lapidary Club. He loved being a rockhound, gold panning, metal detecting, hunting and fishing. His collections of donkeys, tricycles, spoons and rocks made everyone smile.

Albert was predeceased by his parents Genafeva (Jenny) and Albert Michalsky and his older brothers Rudy and Emil Michalsky.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marion; daughter Linda-Lee; and grandchildren Kendallyn and Austin; step-children Carla, Amy and Troy Beck and Brad Smith; cousins Vi (Jurgen) DuBruycker and Liz (Ian) Stokie and families.

There will be a Memorial Funeral Service held on Friday April 13th, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Tom Kakkaniyil officiating. There will also be a Memorial Service and Interment of Ashes held in Calgary, AB at a later date.

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Albert’s name may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation - # 4 - 1551 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9

Greyell, Helen

Helen Greyell, daughter of Duncan and Jessie Kippan, passed away peacefully at Crestview Care Facility on April 4, 2012 in her 97th year. Born in Govan, Saskatchewan, she lived in Agassiz, B.C. prior to moving to Creston in 1951. Helen and her husband, Theo, owned Greyell's Fashion Centre and were active in the community for many years.

Helen is survived by her son Bob and his wife Sandra; daughter Donna; grand-daughter Lori and her husband Joseph Ritter; great-grandson Bodhi; and sister Margaret Ommundsen.

Helen was predeceased by her husband Theo; her sisters Jessie Landon and Pat Whitehead; and her brothers Lloyd and Clare Kippan both fallen pilots in the RCAF.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Crestview Village with Canon Randy Wood officiating.

In memory of Helen, any contributions to the charity of your choice would be most appreciated.

Sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Crestview, Dr. Troughton and the staff at CVH, and all of her friends whose visitation and companionship she cherished.

Stefania Wojtkow
1921 – 2012

Steffie was born on November 6, 1921 in Luslawice, Krakof, Poland. She was the 7th of 10 children. Steffie was trained in First Aid and worked in a casualty clinic, assisting wounded soldiers, for three weeks when the Russians took over the clinic on September 2, 1939. She was 17 years old. Steffie was deported and interned by the Russians. She was sent to Siberia with over 1.5 million other Poles. These were camps with no shelter or supplies and many died there.

After 1941, when Russia became an ally of Britain, Steffie joined the Polish Forces (Women’s Services) in USSR on September 12, 1941. She came under British command from April 1, 1942, when she crossed the Russo/Iranian border with her unit. Steffie served in the Middle East in 1942 and in the United Kingdom from 1942 until October 9, 1946. She served with the Polish Resettlement Corps from October 10, 1946 until July 16, 1948. She had traveled to the Red Sea, Palestine, Africa and the British Isles.

In Edinburgh, Steffie was employed with the Signal Corps. She answered the telephone, sent and received morse code and handled secret messages. She earned the rank of Staff Sergeant at this time. Steffie remembers continuous 6:00 am – 10:00 pm workdays. Besides her Sergeant Stripes she also earned the World War II and the King George VI Defense medals. She received her Honourable Discharge on July 16, 1948. She was very proud of her military career and officer status. She assisted Polish soldiers to choose new countries to move to after the war and followed their lives.

Steffie left Edinburgh in February 1952 on the ship ESCANA for Halifax. She then went by train to Creston to meet her long-time pen pal Stanley Wojkow. On March 6, 1952 Stanley met her train and there was so much snow Steffie thought that she was in Siberia!. Stanley was employed at the Crestbrook Mill and owned five acres of land (this was the land between 20th and 25th avenues)

After their marriage, Steffie worked at the mill for 4 winters and spent her summers working in the orchard. She was a very hard worker and she and Stanley prospered from their hard work.

In 1967 part of the orchard was sold for a new subdivision. That year Steffie and Stanley also built their house that Steffie lived in on 22 avenue. Stanley passed away in 1984.

On June 12, 2011, Stefanie Wojtkow received the Siberian Cross at a ceremony at the Creston Legion. She was very proud of the medal she received from the Polish Consul General.

Steffie was a long time member of the TAPS program. She was wise and kind and many asked her for her opinion. She was honest, straight forward and supportive. Staff and members sought her opinion and valued her contributions. Steffie often called TAPS her family.

She will be missed by many.

A Funeral Mass was held for Steffie on Wednesday April 18th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Tom Kakkaniyil officiating.


Passed Away April 30th, 2012
Age 84 Years - Residence Lister

Memorial Funeral Service
Saturday May 19th, 2012
At 3:00 p.m.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Pastor Josue Molina officiating

Private Family Interment
To be held at a later date

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to
ADRA Canada – 1148 King Street East,
Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 1H8
Or to the charity of the donors choice


Passed Away May 5th, 2012
Age 57 Years - Residence Creston

Funeral Service
Friday May 11, 2012
At 1:00 p.m.
G. F. Oliver Funeral Chapel
Officiating Clergy
Arnold Blonke & Joshua Tschetter

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the
charity of the donor’s choice


Passed Away January 16, 2012
Age 84 Years - Residence Creston

Memorial Funeral Service
Saturday May 12, 2012
At 11:00 a.m.
Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church
Pastor Shawn Romano officiating

Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson BC

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the
Alzheimer Society of BC
828 8th West Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2
or to the
Canadian Diabetes Association
360 - 1385 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V9

Zabel, Harry

Harry Zabel of Erickson passed away at his residence on June 6, 2012 at the age of 74 years after a lengthy illness

Harry was born in Lutz, Germany on August 8, 1937. He immigrated with his mother to Edmonton, Alberta on September 15, 1953. He worked as a labourer in farming and construction until he obtained his auto body mechanic certification. He eventually opened up his own shop which grew into a General Motors Dealership and became the largest in northern BC. Harry married the love of his life, Elizabeth in 1965. He retired to be a farmer in 1980 and finally retired to Creston in 1994 where he resided until his passing. Harry enjoyed family visits. Vehicles were his passion but DAS AUTO was number one. He had a love for all animals, especially dogs.

He was predeceased by his mother in 1981.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth, son James (Jody), daughter Lolita (Wes), adopted son Michael and numerous grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Baptist Church, 234 36th Ave. N, Erickson, BC with Pastor Jeff Friesen officiating.

Interment will follow at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC.

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 360 1385 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9

Bateman, James

James Rayner Bateman passed away after a lengthy illness on June 7th, 2012 at the age of 90 years.

James was born in Creston, BC on February 7th, 1922 and went to school in Canyon, BC.

He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and he was in the Federal Public Service for thirty-five years until retirement.

James was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was known for his love of music and his generosity of sharing it with others.

James will be lovingly remembered by his wife Betty; son Gordon; daughter Valerie; granddaughter Terri; great granddaughter Rhea; great great grandson Brayden; nephew Dale.

The Memorial Funeral Service to be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 29 – Poppy Fund - P. O. Box 135, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.

Sheila Diane Carpenter

Sheila was born in Cranbrook, BC, April 27, 1950, she was raised in Nanaimo, BC. Attended Brechin Elementary, Woodlands Junior Secondary and Nanaimo District Senior Secondary Schools. Sheila died suddenly in Calgary, AB, on May 16th, 2012. She was a resident of the Creston Valley area for the better part of 35 years. While here she was an administrative assistant in the Creston Valley Alcohol and Drug Counseling Centre for over a decade.

She will be dearly missed by her loving father Terence Carpenter (Nanaimo), brother Patrick Carpenter (Nanaimo), daughter Pauline Twardowski (Kaslo) and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a memorial donations may do so to the Creston PAWS organization – 2805 Lower Wynndel Rd, Creston, BC, V0B 1G8. There will be a celebration of life service and general gathering held at Sheila's home in Wynndel, BC on Saturday June 23rd, 2012.

John Robert Michelson

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Robert Michelson, on Thursday, May 17th at Creston Valley Hospital. He was born February 14, 1924 in Lipton, Saskatchewan on the farm his parents had homesteaded in the early 1900s. His mother, Rosa, had immigrated to Canada from Gontenschwil, Switzerland while his father, Brian, was from Grantham, England. John endured the hardships of both the Depression and the war years while faithfully ensuring the survival of the family farm. In 1949, he married the local school teacher and love of his life, Blanche (nee Urzada). In 1955, John’s adventurous spirit spurred him to leave behind the farm and move his young family to BC to seek out a new life. He fell in love with the mountains and, as his family grew in size, he pursued careers in construction and logging in various parts of the province before settling in Castlegar.

In 1961, he began his own logging company with his friend Leo McCarthy. A near-fatal logging accident led him to switch paths and begin what would be his most satisfying and lengthy career as manager of the Castlegar Airport. John made major contributions to community life through his work in various capacities as well as with numerous organizations including the Castlegar and District School Board, the Selkirk College Board, Blueberry Creek Irrigation, and the United Way. His strong work ethic was a defining characteristic, but his most important legacy was his great love of family. He was a kind and gentle soul whose integrity was matched by his generosity of spirit. John was a great storyteller, and his family and friends can attest to his repertoire of great tales that he delighted in sharing. His love of storytelling was equaled by his love of music and his innate ability to pick up any instrument and play a tune.

He leaves to mourn his cherished wife of 62 years, Blanche. He was the caring and generous father of Charlotte (Casey Messinger), Lester (predeceased in 2010), Jim (Maureen) and Debra (Kerry Spring). He was the adored and adoring Papa and Grandpa of Brent (Jessica), Darin (Bree), Chelsea (Aaron), Laurie (Justin), Bradley (Melanie), Kristi (Jody), Jennifer (Shane), Meghan, Aaron and Kieran. He was delighted to be great grandfather to a growing brood of (eleven and counting) great grandchildren. John was predeceased by his parents, Brian and Rosa, his brothers, Richard and William, and his sister Rose.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 11:00 am at the Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Harry Haberstock offi ciating.

The family is indebted to the staff at Harris Unit, Swan Valley Lodge, for the caring and loving attention they gave to John, and to the nurses and doctors at Creston Valley Hospital for their great compassion in his last days.

We also wish to express our thanks to Dr. Merritt for his support and care of John prior to his move to Creston.

John will live forever in our hearts.

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