Parkes, Phyllis

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014
Parkes, Phyllis

PHYLLIS MARION PARKES (DUNNE)
December 10, 1912 – October 21, 2014
Phyllis left us very peacefully at Pine Grove Care Centre in the early hours of October 21, just a few weeks short of her 102nd birthday. What a wonderful life!
She is survived by her son, Dick (Joy) Parkes, grandchildren Sonja Myllymaki, Erik (Erin) Myllymaki, Dale Parkes, Holly (Murray) Lester, Jessica (Scott) Rouse and by great-grandchildren Mya, Jordyn, Cole, Rya, Austin and Kye. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Parkes, her brother Leslie Dunne, her sisters Madge Goudie and Nell Morgan and her daughter Miriam McLean.
Phyllis was one of the first babies born in the new Royal Inland Hospital on Columbia Street and was featured as the Christmas baby with the nurses and shown in a photo in the Kamloops Inland Sentinel. Her parents were homesteaders in the Sorrento/Blind Bay area and she grew up on the shores of Shuswap Lake. Pioneering life was difficult, but Phyllis thrived on it, travelling about 3 miles to Blind Bay School every day on her horse, Knobby, or skating along the shoreline in the winter. She was her mother’s message carrier and learned about helping others by delivering letters and parcels to the other settlers in the area.
Phyllis attended high school in Salmon Arm and at Kamloops High School and then went on to nurses training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria. In her second year there, she was a victim of the flu epidemic which turned into pneumonia and affected her heart. On the advice of her doctor she was forced to drop out of the nursing program. After a long recovery she began working as a receptionist in a doctor’s office in Salmon Arm where she rekindled a teenage friendship with Vincent Parkes, eventually resulting in their engagement. Vincent was called to England in 1937 to help out an aging uncle with his farm and when the uncle passed away and left him the farm, Vincent knew he was going to be remaining in England for some time. He asked Phyllis to come over and join him, which she did, and they were married on April 10, 1939. Their 20-room farmhouse (formerly a monastery) was overflowing during the war years with evacuees from Liverpool and London, visiting Canadian servicemen and prisoners of war. The Queen Mother sent Phyllis a letter and Women’s Voluntary Service badge expressing her thanks for their efforts in housing the evacuees. Their daughter Miriam was born in 1941 and their son Dick in 1944. They were finally able to purchase passage back to Canada in 1947, the farm was sold and the family returned to Canada.
Upon arriving back in Kamloops, Phyllis immediately immersed herself in the community by becoming an active member in many organizations. Assisting Vincent with the establishment of Salmon Lake Fishing Camp in 1950 kept Phyllis busy cleaning cabins, cooking, looking after reservations and raising her family. The Camp was sold in 1957 and most summers were spent afterwards at the family cabins on Shuswap Lake. Phyllis always had a large, colourful flower garden to compliment Vincent’s famous vegetable plot.
Phyllis joined the Canadian Red Cross in 1918 at age six and this was her favourite organization and she continued being an active member until her 97th year. She was also a member of the Y.M.C.A., Civil Defense, John Howard Society, Royal Inland Hospital Auxiliary among others, and received many awards and certificates over the years for her volunteerism.
After a stroke in 2011, she moved into Pine Grove Care Centre where she resided until her passing. She was fortunate to have Kay Davies as her caring roommate while she was there. The family would like to gratefully acknowledge her favourite nurse, Teresa, and the rest of the wonderful staff at Pine Grove for their loving care and compassion over the past 3 years.
A memorial service will be held for Phyllis at St. Mary’s Church, Sorrento at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Reverend Bruce Chalmers officiating. Reception to follow.

Winiarski, Emellia

Monday, 20 Oct 2014
Winiarski, Emellia

WINIARSKI
Mrs. Emellia Winiarski passed away in Logan Lake on October 20, 2014. She was born September 26, 1935 in Tawatinaw, Alberta.
Those wishing to pay their respects by viewing, may do so on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Logan Lake Community Church. Funeral Mass will follow in the church at 11:00 am with Father Ken Anoruo celebrant.
A lunch will take place following the service.
Mom and Dad, Emellia and Gene will be interred together in the
Logan Lake Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

Delacherois, Dick

Monday, 20 Oct 2014
Delacherois, Dick

Richard Delacherois
Mr. Richard O’Donell Delacherois “Dick” passed away peacefully on October 20, 2014, at the age of 92.
Lovingly remembered by his children, Dianne, Karen (Paul), Rick (Kate), and his grandchildren Barkley, Brent (Jung Ah), Jonathan (Sonia), Jessi, Rachel, Stephanie, and Emily. He also has three great-grandchildren Mischa, Sarah, and Mateo. He was pre-deceased by the love of his life Valerie (1994), his brothers Louis, Fred, and Father Anselm.
Dick was born in Revelstoke on December 22, 1921 to Gaspard Alex Delacherois and Catherine Mary Mrack. In his youth he played hockey, baseball and ski-jumped. He was enlisted in the air force and earned his wings as a wireless air gunner in World War II. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for 40 years, as a telegrapher and eventually a stationmaster. Through his career with CP Dick and Valerie lived in Field, Taft, Vernon, Agassiz and Penticton, where he retired in 1982. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in the fourth degree, charter member of the Agassiz/Harrison Lions Club, had 46 years of service with the Royal Canadian Legion. He was an avid golfer and played until he was 87.
A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church on October 25th, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Father Fred Weisbeck officiating. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society or a charity of their choice.
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Vezina, Gerald

Sunday, 19 Oct 2014
Vezina, Gerald

GERALD VEZINA
1935 - 2014
After a long illness, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather at Kamloops Senior Village on Sunday October 19, 2014.
Gerald was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and in 1969 moved his family to Kamloops where he worked on the construction of the pulp mill. He was the founding President of the Kamloops French Francophone Association, a scout leader and belonged to the Jaycees.
In his later years he worked on many projects around the world. He travelled the world with his spouse and loved to spend his free time on his sailboat.
He is survived by his spouse Huguette, children Louise (Rob), Mike, Luc and Marc (Kim), ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Gerald will be missed by his family and friends. We would like to thank Dr. D. Hamilton and all the staff at Kamloops Seniors Village for their support and care.
A celebration of his life will be set for the spring prior to his final journey back to Montreal where his ashes will rest.

Louwerse, Grant

Sunday, 19 Oct 2014
Louwerse, Grant

GRANT LOUWERSE
Grant Louwerse passed away suddenly on October 19, 2014 at the age of 54 years.
He will be deeply missed by his mom, Lee Ballash, andd step-dad Ray Ballash, sister Trudy (Bill), brothers Bruce (Liz), Brent (Tamara), Chad (Anita), nieces, nephews, as well as many, many relatives and friends.
He is predeceased by brother Bradley, father Hank and best buddy, Azule.
You are welcome to join the family in remembering and saying goodbye to an awesome guy, on Saturday, October 25 at 3:00 pm at Sahali Fellowship, 1563 Summit Drive, Kamloops, BC.
Grant’s generosity, endless capacity for fun and laughter and his great hugs will always be missed and never forgotten.

Suttis, Jeanne

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014
Suttis, Jeanne

JEANNE DUARTE SUTTIS
May 6, 1922 ~ October 15, 2014
Jeanne Suttis passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops BC at the age of 92. She was born and raised in California before arriving in British Columbia in 1972. She was predeceased by first husband, Ray Duarte, second husband George Suttis in May 2012, parents Blanche and Eugene Foster and sister, Eileen Bogert. She will be lovingly remembered by her five children, Elaine (Roger) Torres and Butch (Charlene) Duarte of California, Kathy (Don) Vallerga and Tammy (Gerald Koehler) Duarte of Williams Lake, BC, and Janeen (Barry) Godin of Kamloops and nine grandchildren. Surviving grandchildren are Wendy Torres, David and John Duarte of California and Staci and Michael Duarte of Washington. Residing in BC are grandchildren Jason (Kathy) and Josh (Lisa) Vallerga of Williams Lake, Ashley Godin of Alberta, and Hayley Godin of Kamloops. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jeanne was employed as a teacher both in Lodi, California and in School District #27 in Williams Lake and surrounding areas before her retirement in 1987.
Thanks to the Riverbend Seniors Community in Kamloops where she spent many happy hours volunteering and enjoying activities while living in this retirement home.
No formal service at her request but donations to the Williams Lake branch of the SPCA in her memory will be gratefully accepted as the welfare of animals was one of her greatest concerns.

Bussard, Laurie

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014
Bussard, Laurie

Laurie Ellen Bussard (née Haines)
May 18, 1962 – October 15, 2014
Laurie passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC at the age of 52.
She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and married at the age of 20. She started to raise a family in Edmonton before moving to High Level, Alberta, then travelled her way to Peace River, Alberta and then finally settled in Kamloops, BC with her husband, Edward, and their three children. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Those left to cherish her memories are husband Edward, children Travis, Justin, and Danielle Bussard; her brothers Reg and Rob Haines of Edmonton, and cousins, nieces, and nephews. Laurie enjoyed spending time and supporting her family and friends throughout all their activities, hardships, and achievements.
Those wishing to pay their respects by viewing may do so on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am in the Schoening Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Steve Campbell officiating. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery after the service.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

Shepherd, Anne

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014
Shepherd, Anne

HELEN ANNE SHEPHERD
January 10, 1929-October 11, 2014
“Thankfulness is alive in the midst of sorrow”
Anne Shepherd died peacefully at her home on a beautiful sunny day with her loving husband by her side. She is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Dr. W. Earl Shepherd, her children John (Verna), Cathy Coates, Heather Koots (Don), and Nancy Sulse (Joseph), 10 grandchildren whom she adored (and their spouses) and 6 much loved great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sister Eleanor (Marc) and 4 nieces and nephews.
Anne was born in Chengdu, China where her father, Dr. T. Harry Williams was a medical missionary from 1920-1942. Although life in the mission fields was challenging, she shared happy memories of birds, flowers, and people she knew then. Evacuated to India in 1942 due to war, the family returned home to Winnipeg where she attended high school, university and nursing school and met Earl at the age of 15, starting a life together that spanned more than 70 years. After they married in 1952, they moved to Vancouver where she nursed at Vancouver General Hospital and as a private duty nurse. Moving to Kamloops in 1968, she returned to university to study early childhood education and then opened her own pre-school where she gave her warm and loving support to many young children. In 1981, she and Earl moved to Chilliwack where they spent 21 years and made many close friends before they returned to Vancouver in 2002 so that they could enjoy the opera, symphony, and other cultural things which were dear to both of them.
A focal point of Anne’s life was her involvement in her children’s activities and support of her community and church. From the parent teacher association in 1960 to helping at a seniors centre (when she was 75!), she was someone who could always be counted on to give joyfully of her time, her energy, and her financial support for the betterment of her community. These activities are far too numerous to list but anyone who knew her will remember her dedication and her efforts; it was said that she had probably baked thousands upon thousands of muffins in her busy days!
Memorial service will be held at RYERSON UNITED CHURCH, 2195 W 45th Avenue, Vancouver on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 PM; reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Opera, 1945 McLean Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5N 3J7 would be graciously appreciated.
Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.

Bertolotti, Leno

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014
Bertolotti, Leno

Bruce Leno Bertolotti
June 10, 1931 – October 15, 2014
Leno Bertolotti, 83, of Kamloops, BC, passed away at the Ridgeview on October 15, 2014. He was predeceased by his brother Peter Bertolotti. Leno is survived by his brother Mario Bertollotti, sisters Elisa Gasparin, Josephina Vinterlik, Jeannette Bates, Mary Knachel, 16 nephews and nieces, and 10 great nephews and nieces.
Leno truly was a strong family man and loved the annual family reunion barbeques at Paul Lake. He participated and won Biathlons in Hawaii in the 70-74 age group. His enormous personality and dedication to hard work and the old “stand up for someone who needs it” will be greatly missed by all. Leno started shoveling coal with the Canadian Pacific Railway at age 14 and retired as an engineer. With far too much energy for retirement, he then became an engineer for the Rocky Mountain Railroad, retired again, and then opened up a U-Brew. Leno had a strong passion for hunting and the great outdoors. His vegetable garden was legendary and he loved to can and share his produce with family and friends. A special, heartfelt thank you to Mike and Laura Tjader for their tireless love, commitment, and friendship to Uncle Leno. The family would also like to thank the staff at Ridgeview for the great care and compassion they gave to Uncle Leno.
A Memorial tea for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Schoening Chapel Tea Room.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

Koch, Joseph

Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014
Koch, Joseph

JOSEPH KOCH
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Joseph Koch. Joe passed away with his family by his side at the age of 90 on Wednesday, October 15 after a long battle with cancer. Predeceased by parents Jakob and Louise, brothers Jack, Pete, and Fred, sisters Katie and Eva, and sons David and Robert (1976). He is survived by his loving wife Lilly, of 63 years, son Gary, grandchildren Dayton, Alexandra & Madisyn, daughter Koraley (Greg) Barron, grandchildren Mark, Matthew, Miles & Marley, grandson Dustin (son of David) (Jessica) Koch, great-grandsons Tavis, and Rilen, brothers; Bill and John and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Joe was born in Surcin, Yugoslavia and came to Canada with his parents at the young age of 2 months. They settled in Barrhead, Alberta and became a large family of 10. Joe moved to Kamloops at the age of 21 where he began his 34 year career as a conductor with CN Rail, retiring in 1981. Joe met and married Lilly (Maat) in Kamloops in 1951, they had four children; David, Gary, Koraley (aka Connie), and Robert. Joe was also a successful businessman for 35 years through which he sponsored the Suzy Suds minor baseball team. As well, Joe was an active member of the community and was influential in the development of the Brock Rec Center while on city council. Joe was also a long standing member of the Royal Order of the Moose Lodge. Joe loved life, his garden, sports of all kinds, and above all he loved his family, and lived for his grandchildren.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the hard working employees of Interior Health Palliative Care and the sensational staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House for their dedication, kindness, care and support during the final days of Joe’s life.
A service will be held to celebrate the life of Joseph Koch on Friday, October 24 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 12 pm.

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