March 14, 1913 - April 16, 2013
Emmett Maguire was born March 14, 1913 in county Fermanagh, Ireland.
Emmett was the third child of Francis and Rose (Burns) Maguire. Emmett immigrated to Canada with his parents and nine of his ten siblings in 1927 when he was 14 years old. The Maguire family settled in St. Brides, AB and Emmett met and married Anne Huget in 1941. Emmett and Anne purchased a farm in St. Brides, AB. Emmett worked long hours in the fields while Annie cooked for the crew, milked cows, fed pigs, and cared for their five children, Charlie, Jack, Jim, Marlene and Carrie.
In 1957 the family moved from St. Brides to St. Paul. It was in the town of St. Paul that they built the first motel called The Lakeland. In 1968 they moved to Creston, where they became fruit farmers and operated The Starlite Motel until 1979, after which time they farmed on another orchard in Erickson until retirement.
Emmett was an active curler and card player; he enjoyed going to watch ball games at the area parks and joining his friends for coffee at the local diner.
Family was very important to Emmett and he took pleasure in spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emmett and Anne enjoyed trips to the Yukon, Ireland and Hawaii; they camped with their truck and camper and had many fond memories of travelling to Reno with family and friends. Emmett loved baseball, and took a trip to Seattle with his son Jack and family, where he watched the Mariners play the Yankees and saw the legendary Yogi Berra.
Emmett also enjoyed watching hockey, golf, football, curling, horse races and reading.
When Anne was in poor health Emmett graciously stepped in and became a caregiver. Emmett and Anne celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary prior to Anne’s passing.
Emmett remained active throughout his life, shovelling snow and mowing the lawn well into his nineties. He broke his hip when he was 97, had surgery and recovered fully. Emmett took his driver’s test with an instructor that same year and passed with flying colours. He decided at 99 to give up his license and purchased a scooter. He was able to continue to go to appointments, the bank and get groceries on his own.
Emmett lived independently in his own home until his passing.
Emmett was a devoted member of the Catholic Church throughout his life time. His faith was significant and supportive through many times of suffering. Emmett had a wonderful church family that was constant and unfailing.
Emmett will be fondly and forever oooremembered by his twinkling blue eyes, beautiful head of hair, clever wit, games of cribbage, captivating stories, jokes for all occasions, gift of song, as well as his ability to remember names, places and dates. Just being in his presence was an honour and privilege.
Emmett was predeceased by his wife Annie (2007); daughter-in-law Joni (2005); son Jim (2007); daughter-in-law Lynda (2008); daughter Carrie (2012); son-in-law Garth (2012); brothers Kevin, Gabriel, Jack, Micky, and Charlie; and sisters Kathleen, Gracie and Josie.
On April 16, 2013 Emmett left behind his sons Charlie (Debbie) and Jack (Rose Marie); daughter Marlene Billey (Marshall); grandchildren Dean and Corrine Maguire, Leanne and Russ Santos, Kelly Maguire, Chad and Amy Oko, Pamela and Brent Valer, Kory Oko and Shaun Maguire; greatgrandchildren Dakota, Clancy and Ryder Maguire, Tyler and Mia Santos, Caiden, Chantelle and Connor Oko, Colton and Courtney Valer; sisters Sheila and Fanchea and numerous nieces and nephews.
Emmett was very proud of his age and he celebrated his 100th Birthday on March 14, 2013. It was truly an amazing day full of family, friends, well wishes and song. The occasion could not have been possible without the wonderful members of the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus. Thank you.
Emmett has a devoted family, but he also had excellent neighbours and friends, his ‘favourites’ at the RBC, and The Family Practice. We regret that individual names will not be mentioned as we do not want to unintentionally miss anyone, but you know who you are, we want you to know that we appreciate you and thank you for caring for Emmett. We would also like to thank Dr. LeRoux for your years as Emmett’s physician, as well as the nursing staff at the Creston Valley Hospital who went above and beyond in their compassion and caring. Words cannot express the gratitude we have to those that called, visited and offered support. A special thank you to Morley and Candace and Emmett’s special friend Gilles.
Funeral Services were held at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Tom Kakkaniyil officiating.
Prayers were held Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass was held Monday, April 22, 2013 at11:00 a.m. Knights of Columbus Honour Guard.
Any friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Emmett’s name may do so to the Creston Valley Hospital – Equipment Fund – Bag 3000 Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.
STEVEN B. BRANDSTETTER
Passed Away April 16th, 2013
Age 55 years
Residence Crawford Bay, BC
Celebration of Life Gathering
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
From 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Kokanee Springs Golf Course
Crawford Bay, BC
Any friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so t0
2805 Lower Wynndel Rd.
Creston, BC V0B 1G8
Passed Away April 23rd, 2013
Age 57 years
Residence Creston, BC
Celebration of Life Gathering
Saturday April 27th, 2013
From 1:00 – 3:00
Holy Cross Catholic Church Hall
Any friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the
Swan Valley Lodge – Equipment Fund
P. O. Box 1880, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
EMMETT JAMES MAGUIRE
Passed Away April 16th, 2013
Age 100 Years
Residence Creston, BC
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Father Tom Kakkaniyil officiating
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Knights of Columbus Honour Guard
Any friends wishing to make a memorial contribution, in Emmett’s name, may do so to the Creston Valley Hospital – Equipment Fund – Bag 3000, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
Dennis Ernest Wolfe, age 60, passed away April 11, 2013 after a courageous 16 month battle with cancer.
Dennis was born in Cranbrook, BC on January 9, 1953 to parents Jacob and Margot Wolfe. The family moved to Erickson, BC by the time he was one year old. Dennis’ school years were spent in Erickson Elementary and P.C.S.S. Upon completion of high school in 1971 Dennis worked cutting Christmas trees and also worked for the sawmill in Elko BC.
Dennis married Judith Ann Phelps May 1, 1972. He then entered trade school to become a heavy duty mechanic, later becoming an auto mechanic. Dennis worked as a heavy duty mechanic for Greyhound Bus Lines in Calgary, AB. When returning to Creston in 1979 Dennis worked for a couple of different garages as an automotive mechanic holding an Inter-provincial ticket as well as becoming a licenced automotive mechanical inspector. Dennis operated his own automotive repair business, D & J Auto, from 1985 to 1998. He then worked for Walt's Auto in Creston, BC.
He participated in sports all his life, enjoying basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and track and field in high school. Dennis and his wife Judy sponsored D & J Auto’s softball team in the late 1980's through the early 1990's. Dennis enjoyed camping, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. A lover of animals, he had many pet cats and larger breed dogs throughout his life.
Dennis was predeceased by his wife Judy in March 2012; parents Jacob Wolfe in 1970 and Margot Wolfe in 1989; father-in-law Chester Phelps in 1987; sister-in-law Brenda Mikado in 2006; and nieces Elizabeth Wolfe in 1978 and Krystal Foxall in 2006.
Dennis is survived by his sister Wendy Sommerfeld of Erickson BC; brother Greg "Buddy" Wolfe of Calgary AB; mother-in-law Hazel Phelps (Bob) of Erickson BC; brothers-in-law Wayne Phelps of Salmo, BC and Russell Phelps (Cathy) of Edmonton, AB; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a few very good friends.
Dennis was known for being a gentle man with a compassionate nature. He was well liked and respected in the community and will be greatly missed.
Ashes will be interred in the Bella Columbarium at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erickson, BC at a private family service at a later date.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Dennis' name may do so to Creston Valley Hospital - Bag 3000, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0, P.a.w.s - 2805 Lower Wynndel Rd, Creston, BC, V0B 1G8, or S.n.a.p. - 1134 Simmons Rd, Creston, BC, V0B 1G7.
Anna Widzyk ( nee Borgosz )
With much love and great sadness we announce the passing of our mother on April 14th, 2013 at her Swan Valley Lodge residence with children by her side. She will be missed by all who knew her indomitable spirit, her warm, loving friendship and her passion for life. Anna’s life was not easy, but she accepted its challenges with hard work and determination. Anna was born in Andrychow, Poland to Catherine and John Borgosz on July 5th, 1923. She had to leave schoool at age 11 and went to work. When war came to Poland, she was 16 years of age. She married her sweetheart Maks Widzyk so they could stay together when they were taken to Germany in to forced labour. Three children were born in a German labour camp. After the war, the family immigrated to Canada, Maks first in 1948, to work in a gold mining camp in Northern Ontario. Anna and the three children followed in January 1949. Anna came to love Canada because as she said “in Canada, you could become whatever you wanted. In 1950, the family moved to Coleman, AB, where two more daughters were born. In 1957, they moved to the two acre farm in Creston, that has been Anna’s home ever since. She loved the place and put down deep roots. She was employed in the housekeeping dept. of the Creston Valley Hospital for 25 years, where she was well liked and respected.
She was predeceased by her husband Makes in 1974. Anna will be dearly missed by her five children Erwin, Kas ( Camille), Erika ( Greg), Sophia and Florence(Doug), and three grandchildren Stephanie, Jeffrey and Guy Michel, and three great grandchildren.
Deepest thanks from all the family to Dr. LeRoux, the caring staff of the Swan Valley Lodge Harris Unit, Swan Valley Adult Day Care, Creston Hospital and also to the volunteers of the lunch program at the United Church.
Also a huge thank you to Frankie and Benny for their help over the years.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribute in Anna’s name may do so to the Swan Valley Lodge – Equipment Program PO Box 1880, Creston, BC V0B 1G0
A private family interment of ashes to take place at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC at a later date.