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EDWARD “TEX” TESSMER

Monday, 08 Feb 2016
EDWARD “TEX” TESSMER

Donna Jackson is sad to announce the passing of ‘Tex’ Edward Tessmer at Ponderosa Lodge on February 8, 2016, following a lengthy illness. Born near LeRoy, Saskatchewan on June 24, 1930, he is survived by his son Christopher, granddaughter Ashley and her mother Dawn. Predeceased by his son Mark, Ashley’s father. Surviving siblings are Lydia Bagstad, Albert Tessmer (Laverne) and Elizabeth Hewlett (Bert) and their families. He will be missed by Donna’s family.

Tex was a well-known diamond driller, and owner of Tex Drilling Ltd. He retired 20 years ago and enjoyed a life of travel, tending to his shrubs, vegetables and flowers, puttering in his shed on various projects, cooking, visiting with neighbours and meeting his ‘buddies’ for coffee every morning.

Thank you to Dr. James Howie, and those in the medical community who have attentively seen to his well-being over the past two difficult years. The family is particularly grateful for the compassionate care he received during the final hours of his life from nursing staff and care aides at Ponderosa. He was never left on his own and was treated with gentle kindness throughout a grueling 48 hours.

Private arrangements care of First Memorial Funeral Services, #8-177 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, B.C., V2B 3E8 (www.firstmemorialkamloops.com). The Kamloops Food Bank is suggested for those wishing to donate in Tex’s memory.

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Dorothy Reedman

Friday, 05 Feb 2016
Dorothy Reedman

Hello, Dorothy Reedman here, a quick note to let you know I’ve moved on to my next adventure. I’m pleased to have hit my plan mark of living to the age of 89, with extra time added, passing just 5 days short of my 90th birthday.

I was born in Watrous, Sask. in 1926 and I entered this world feet first.

I was my parent’s first born. Then came my sister Philis “Kelly” next my brother Ken, Lincoln and later my baby sister Shirley “Bodman”.

My life has been blessed with many wonderful memories. My earliest memories were growing up in Sask. on my family’s homestead situated between the small towns of Imperial and Simpson, and I have happy memories of attending the one room school house called Sweet Hill.

In 1938, with the problem of climate change on the Sask. landscape and the Depression known as the dirty thirties, my parents like many other families at that time, left Sask. and moved west to B.C.

I was 13 years of age when my parents purchased land in the Cariboo at a place called Horsefly. Here I learned to use the cross-saw and helped my parents clear the land and build our log home.

My father worked at several jobs along with maintaining a trapline. Those years and that lifestyle were tough on the whole family and in 1942, my parents moved the family to Kamloops and they bought the original Pratt’s homestead along Campbell Creek Road in Barnhartvale.

When I was 17 years old, my sister Philis and I found work at the T.B. hospital home at Tranquille. We lived there and worked as kitchen staff and we loved every minute of it. I had many new friends who were co-workers and patients. There was so much entertainment, from movies, dances, baseball games, good times of hiking and daily visits to the dairy barn. The food was great and I had food I had never tasted before. On my days off, I would go home to Barnhartvale where I found odd jobs such as raking hay, being a cowgirl and moving cattle, canning fruit and working in my mother’s market veg. garden.

This is when I met the cowboy and rancher farmer named James Murray Reedman. He owned the land further down Campbell Creek Road.

We fell in love and in 1945 we married. A year later we bought the historical Barnhart House and its property and we became dairy farmers. This was an exciting time for me, I had my first child and because the house was large the home was always filled with friends and family.

In 1954 all B.C. interior dairies were being pushed out and this made for a career change along with a huge lifestyle change for my family. We sold the farm and moved into town. This was a a step up from our farm life, we now had running water, an indoor toilet and electric lights.

We raised 6 children- Lanny, Vivian, Dennis, Karen, Lois and Kenny.

Life was good. Murray and I enjoyed our membership with the Kamloops Moose Lodge. Camping, fishing and hiking were a cheap but fun family activities, and in 1967 I went back to work as a motel housekeeper. The extra money helped buy our first travel trailer and Murray and I became traveling tourists. In 1997, Murray passed away.

I then fulfilled my dream to be an international traveler.

I am proud to have lived in my Nicola St. home for 60 years, and my life has blessed me with 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Words of Wisdom, “Get along with all others, and always find forgiveness.”

As to my Service wishes, I’m spending my money on a traditional funeral because I deserve the best like the Queen’s Mother. So please come and feel welcome.

Thanks for being my Friend.
Love Dorothy

Service will take place Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 1:00pm at St. Pauls Cathedral located at 360 Nicola Street with a tea directly after in the Parish Hall.

A special thanks to all the Pine Grove Staff.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Fund, 729 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2B5 in my memory.

Condolences may be made to
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Robert Brandt Scheer

Thursday, 04 Feb 2016
Robert Brandt Scheer

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Bob, on January 30, 2016, in Kamloops, BC. He was born on November 7, 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He is survived by his loving wife Vicki of 53 years, “1-4-3”, his 4 daughters Wanda, Michelle (Ron), Paula (Steve) and Marla (Scott). He was kept young by his 9 grandchildren, Jake (Laura), Kayla (Rob), Brandon, Brianne, Alayna (Austin), Ashley (Daniel), Kyle, Taylor, ‘lil man’ Damen and one great-grandson Isaac.

He is predeceased by his parents Max and Bette, his sisters-in-law Carol and Jean and brother-in-law Michael.

Dad loved teaching kids and had a special place in his heart for the special ones. He also enjoyed operating the train at the Wildlife Park and loved his Kobo. He could never keep enough of them fully charged.

Dad served in the military and after many years of loyal service he retired in Kamloops.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at 2:00PM, 205 Waddington Dr., Kamloops, BC

Condolences may be made at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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LLOYD SIVER

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016
LLOYD SIVER

On February 2, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C., Lloyd Franklin Siver passed away at the age of 84. Lloyd was predeceased by his wife May in 2012. He is survived by three children Sheryl (Ed) Lindquist, Carmen (Brad) Hiebert and Brooke; five grandchildren Jon, Laura, Kyle, Garrett and Jordan, his brother Clifford Siver, niece Raye-Wynn Lindsay, brother-in-law Don Nazarkiw and many cousins and other relatives.

Lloyd was born on April 14th, 1931 in Kennedy, Saskatchewan. At a young age he moved with his family to Geraldton, Ontario where he lived with his parents Ken and Caroline Siver. In his early twenties, Lloyd joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a flight instructor, training numerous pilots from air forces around the world while stationed in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Lloyd then trained on helicopters, which he flew in the Arctic on the DEW line. Later, after a short stint with Quebec Air, Lloyd and his family moved to Kamloops in 1964 to work for Okanagan Helicopters. Although based in Kamloops, Lloyd flew all over B.C., working with forestry, mining, hydro, search and rescue and numerous other companies and individuals. Lloyd loved flying and had an extensive career, retiring as the base manager for Canadian Helicopters. Once retired, Lloyd honed his horology skills repairing antique clocks. He enjoyed visits from his children and grandchildren, especially drinking cold ice-tea on the veranda. He cared about maintaining family connections and always had a wonderful smile.

Special thanks to Hank Bepple for his numerous visits with Lloyd and to the staff at Overlander (Evergreen) care home. Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Lloyd may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, B.C., V2E 2S9. No service by request.

Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops (250) 554-2429

Condolences may be left for the family at www.firstmemorialkamloops.com

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Gary Lloyd Moore

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016
Gary Lloyd Moore

Gary Lloyd Moore of Kamloops passed away at home at the age of 73 on February 2, 2016. He will be missed by his attentive and loving wife of 49 years, Sharon Lee, their children Sandra (Shaun Leach) Moore and Christopher (Valerie Murphy) Moore, as well as by grandsons Hunter and Grayson Moore and sister Carole (Richard) Wilcox. He will also be missed by his many friends and extended family, significantly Shimpei (Makiko) Oishi. He is predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Gladys Moore of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Gary received his BA from Carlton University in 1967. He and Sharon married in 1966 and moved to BC, where Gary graduated from UBC Law School in 1971. After working as Crown Council, he moved to Kamloops to open a private law practice in 1974. His generosity of spirit permeated his work and community life; he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping those in need.

He spent his retirement years traveling the world with Sharon and volunteering with many causes, including literacy. Known to many as “Gadget Gary”, keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies gave him much joy. Above all, he was a fiercely loving and supportive father, husband and friend.

The family would like to thank BC Ambulance Service, Kamloops Fire and Rescue and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Yellowhead Highway Detachment for their assistance.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. He will be buried at Shuswap Lake, a place very special to him.

Memorial donations may be directed to Kamloops Hospice Association (72 Whiteshield Crescent S, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9)

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Marilyn Wiwcharuk (née Dennstedt)

Monday, 01 Feb 2016
Marilyn Wiwcharuk (née Dennstedt)

Marilyn Wiwcharuk (née Dennstedt)

Marilyn Wiwcharuk (née Dennstedt) died peacefully surrounded by family on February 1, 2016 at the Hospice Home in Kamloops, BC at the age of 70. She is survived by her children Jeff, Jill and Sara, her grandchildren Melanie, Oliver, Simon, Emilia and Ana as well as her great-grandson Liam. She will be sadly missed by her sibilings Carol, Darlene, Joanne and John as well as by all her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in 1987 by her husband Norman.

Marilyn was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1945, later moving to Brandon, Manitoba to earn her bachelor of music and music education. She married Norman in 1968 and after hitchhiking around the world, a two year stint in Australia and later a 6 month trip across Canada with two kids in a VW van, they decided that Kamloops, BC was where they wanted to stay. (Although the VW may have just broken down in that general area). Marilyn had a brief hiatus from her 38 years in Kamloops when she returned to Brandon, Manitoba to get her masters in music performance.

Marilyn’s last 45 years were dedicated to family, friends, music and teaching. She spent countless hours volunteering with music festivals at local, provincial and national levels. She was an extremely talented pianist and worked both as an accompanist and a soloist. Her intelligence, humour and sharp wit gave her the reputation of being someone you could count on to tell it like it was. Marilyn was absolutely passionate about music education and she instilled a love of music in hundreds of students over the years. But she was more than just their teacher. She was a friend, mentor and confidant to many of these treasured students and their families. True to form, she was teaching her beloved piano students up until five days before her passing.

A Memorial Service will be held for Marilyn on Saturday, February 6th at 1:00 pm at the St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The KFPA Marilyn Wiwcharuk Memorial Scholarship Fund” and sent to: Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts Box 162, Kamloops, BC V2C 5K6.

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Kathleen Thomas

Saturday, 30 Jan 2016
Kathleen Thomas

February 8, 1937 - January 30, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Kathleen Thomas of Tk’emlups Indian Band. Kathleen passed away in the early evening on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the age of 78 years old. She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Kathleen lived her days surrounded by her sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed a great deal of hobbies and interests including travelling, reading, watching movies and collecting antiques. Kathleen was a very spiritual woman who practiced her faith each day. One of Kathleen’s passions was her devotion to her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored spending time with. We will remember her bravery, strength and fierce love for her family.

Condolences may be made at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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John Arther Cooper

Saturday, 30 Jan 2016

Loved by all his family and all who met him. He crossed over Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Thanks to all the staff at Overlander for care above and beyond.

He will be missed and will always be in our hearts and minds.

No service by request.

R.I.P.

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Peters, Wes

Thursday, 28 Jan 2016
Peters, Wes

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of an amazing husband, dad, “bumpa”, son and brother, Wes Peters. Born May 2, 1954 to Barry and Julia Peters of Kamloops, Wes was taken too soon on January 28, 2016. Wes fought for his family for 31 days after being involved in a vehicle accident on December 29, 2015.

He worked alongside his father before creating and running a successful family business, Inland Ice Company. In the last few years Wes was able to watch his son take the reins so that he could sell and retire for the last 13 months with the love of his life Claire.

Many times a year Wes would vanish on an adventure. An avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman. He could be found on his snowmobile, his ATV, making miles in his plane, truck, Harley Davidson or RV. Wes would always return with a story and a variety of pictures. On any given day you could find Wes parked outside of Tim Hortons with his Harley and Achin’ Bones family.

Wes will be forever loved and remembered by his wife Claire, daughter Kristin (Caleb), son Barry James (Megan), granddaughter Aphten, brother Jon (Ginny), parents Barry and Julia and a multitude of diverse friends in Kamloops, Wisconsin, California and Fort Nelson.

A special thank you to all our thoughtful friends for all their love and support and to the wonderful Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital ICU staff. A Celebration of Life to take place Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Schoening Funeral Home at 1:00pm in Kamloops, BC. As an expression of Sympathy, donations in memory of Wes may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

Condolences may be made at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Carisse, Pepper Donald

Thursday, 28 Jan 2016
Carisse, Pepper Donald

Pepper Donald Carisse age 56, of Kamloops, died Thursday in the arms of the love of his life, Wanda.

He was born in Timmins, ON. He lived in many small towns in Ontario and British Columbia before settling in Kamloops.

Pepper worked hard for Twin H, Kamloops Moving and Storage and, in recent years, Milton’s Movers.

In his younger years, he was an avid hockey player. He enjoyed trivia, reading, “the Sweet Spot,” and being with friends and family over a cold beer, a “pull tab” and a good joke. He thrived on pondering the meaning of life with Big Bill, and engaging in the pursuit of the ultimate mother-in-law joke. He was a member of the North Kamloops Lions, and former member of ANAVETS Unit 290. Pepper’s greatest gift was his ability to listen to someone’s story, and remember, with no judgement.

Pepper is survived by his parents Beverly and Bill Zuehlke, his five sisters (Helen, Trudy, Eva, Bev and Shawna), his many nieces, nephews and in-laws, and his babies “Jake and Face.” He is predeceased by his siblings, Robin and Markie.

A remembrance will be held at “the Sweet Spot” (1105-7th Street) on February 7th, 2016, from 1-4pm.

Pepper’s passing was sudden, but we know what he was thinking… “GET ER DONE”, “PLAY SAFE”, and “YUP.”

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