Campbell, Randy

Friday, 29 Aug 2014
Campbell, Randy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Randall (Randy) Campbell of Kamloops, BC on August 29, 2014. After a courageous battle with cancer, Randy passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
Predeceased by his parents, Don and Marina Campbell of Cherry Point, Alberta, Randall is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Aneeta, son Dean (Laura), daughter Marina (Erick), brothers Bruce (Ida), Clinton (Sue), sisters Dolores (Ron), Norma (Gary), and grandchildren Terri Ann, Paige, Hally, Cain, and great-granddaughter Angelina. He also leaves to cherish his memory his nephews, nieces and many friends.
A Celebration of Randy’s life will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel with Pastor Don Maione officiating. A reception will follow in the Chapel Tea Room.
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Hodgson, Alan

Monday, 25 Aug 2014
Hodgson, Alan

Alan Lee Hodgson passed away suddenly at his home in Kamloops, BC on August 25, 2015 at the age of 60 years.
Al was born in Peace River, AB. He was predeceased by his father, Lee, and is survived by his mother, Ann, his three siblings, Sheryl Gill (Don), Brian (Wendy), and Pam Lovett (Clive), his beloved pets Yota and Mr. Kitten, as well as his children and best friends, Joey and Katie Hodgson.
Al’s life was filled with adventure, fun, and kindness. He was an inspiration to all around him to live life to the fullest, and to never be too serious.
In honour of “Big Al”, the Hodgson family invites Al’s friends to join them in a celebration at Chapters Viewpoint Restaurant banquet room, 610 Columbia Street West, Kamloops, BC on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for an evening of memories. Immediate arrival at 5:00 p.m. is not necessary. An open mic will be provided, and anyone who wishes to share memories is encouraged to do so.
Due to his activism in the snowmobiling community and devotion to educating sledders, Joe and Katie request that in lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory be made to the Canadian Avalanche Centre so they may continue to increase awareness and safety in the back country.
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Doberstein, Vesta

Sunday, 24 Aug 2014
Doberstein, Vesta

Vesta Doberstein
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Vesta
on August 24, 2014
surrounded by her family at Hospice after a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband Bruno, son Trent (Charlene), daughter Sue (Tim) Porter, grandson Jacob and siblings Carole Klyne, Howie and Dale Esche.
Vesta was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on May 28, 1936. She grew up in Salmo, BC in the time of the mining boom. She married Bruno on August 13, 1960 and they enjoyed many years together. They first lived in Prince George (where Trent was born) and later moved to Coquitlam (where Sue was born) and moved to Kamloops in 1971. Vesta started work with the City of Kamloops in 1973 and worked in various departments (The building department, the cemetery, and finally Riverside Coliseum). She retired in 1996 and she and Bruno started travelling. They travelled extensively in their RV (most of the US and Mexico) and did a couple of trips to Europe. They enjoyed many years of being snowbirds and spending time at the Sands RV in Desert Hotsprings.
Mom was her happiest when she was helping others. She always had a heart of gold.
We would like to thank the Kamloops Renaissance retirement residence where mom spent her last year and made many friends. The team there was an extension of our family. To the Nurses and Doctors at ICU (in particular Shelly and Dr. Paul Campsall) and the Nurses at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice - you are an amazing group. Thank you for showing our family such compassion and treating mom with dignity and respect.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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Gair, Violet

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014
Gair, Violet

Violet Marian Gair
(née Gall)
Age: 83
Born - Corning, Saskatchewan, August 8, 1931
Died - Kamloops, BC, August 23,2014
Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Erma Gall, her sister Julia Daku, her daughter Freda Ellen Gair, and her daughter-in-law Bettyanne Gair; also her former husband and father to their children, Simon Gair.
She is survived by her three sons: Ron (Brenda), Larry (Darleen), and Rob (Sher), all of Kamloops, and their families; also her sister Edith Grier, and her two brothers, Clayton Gall and Frank Gall Jr. (Wilma) and families; also her extended family at the Fraternal Order of Eagles and numerous friends.
Violet had numerous jobs, including years at Tranquille Institution and Overlander Extended Care Hospital.
Violet moved from Saskatchewan to BC in 1973, but always called Saskatchewan home.
The love of her life was her family. The second love was her family at the Eagles. She spent countless hours volunteering at the Eagles, where she met many friends. Vi was an officer of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Eagles, including Madam President, for most of her 34 years of membership.
Special thanks to the staff at Royal Inland Hospital and also Interior Health.
A celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Hall, 755 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC, at 10 am, August 31, 2014. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Violet’s memory would be appreciated.

Desireau, Geraldine

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014
Desireau, Geraldine

Geraldine (Gay) Desireau
(nee Jardine)
October 24, 1932 - August 23, 2014
After a hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease, it is with feelings of both sadness and relief that we say good-bye to our beloved mother Geraldine Desireau. Her unconditional love and support was our greatest joy and strength. Her physical presence is gone, but the past and the future remain with us in traditions and lessons. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 60 years Deane and her four children Deanna (Garth) Jackson, Janis (Bob) Semenoff, Sandra (Larry) Peatt and Ted (Anna) Desireau. In addition, her five cherished grandchildren: Natasha (Christopher) Haubrich, Carly (Nathaniel) Sharpe, Nadeane Jackson, Casey Semenoff and Taylor Jackson, and two great-grandchildren, Beatrice Winter Sharpe and Eloise Haubrich. She was particularly fond of her three sons-in-law and told them numerous times to “go to your room” when they teased her. We will all remember her favourite saying, “give me strength”.
She was born in Coronation, Alberta and moved to Kamloops in her teen years with her parents Ted and Helen (pre-deceased) and brothers Glen (Ruth), Ross (Arlene), Mac (Louise) Jardine. During her schooling at St. Ann’s Academy, she was proud of the typing trophy she won. Mom then went on to graduate from Kamloops Senior Secondary. From 1960 until 1970, along with our dad, they built and ran Balmoral Store just outside Salmon Arm where she excelled in pumping gas and cleaning windshields. She was extremely fond of the many summers she spent at their cabin on Blind Bay with her family and friends.
She was one of the founding members of the Valleyview Figure Skating Club and volunteered on their executive for many years. Her other volunteer work included her yearly canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and organizing numerous “Don Busch” hockey schools. She enjoyed radish sandwiches shared with neighbours, gardening, and numerous cups of black coffee. Mom loved riding her bike on Valleyview Drive and always found the time to stop and chat with someone along the way. She was one of those rare people who loved her jobs and her favourite, by far, was her years working in the Drug & Stationary department of Woodward’s. She enjoyed staying in touch with several of her Woodward’s buddies especially Joan Epp, Winnie Holomay and Margo Woloski. One of her greatest heroes was Terry Fox, she was also a passionate Vancouver Canucks fan who felt that every year would be “the year”.
She spent the final two years residing at the Kamloops Seniors Village. Special thanks to Dr. Schumacher, her long time doctor whom she adored!! Many thanks also to Don and Sheila Boogie and Jack and Heather Aucoin for being very special neighbours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terry Fox Foundation. At her request there will be no service.

Raffay, Ruby Anne

Friday, 22 Aug 2014
Raffay, Ruby Anne

Ruby Anne Raffay passed peacefully in the arms of her loving parents on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm.
Ruby Anne was born on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm.
During her very short time here on Earth she touched many lives and was deeply loved by family and friends.
Her life was a brief gift to us that will be cherished as she will always be forever in our hearts.
Ruby Anne is the daughter of Darryl Raffay and Patricia Brown of Kamloops, BC.
“How softly you tiptoed into my world,
Almost silently, only a moment you stayed,
But what an imprint
Your footprints left
upon my heart”
- lovingly lifted from Cent. Corp. “Little Footsteps”
Arrangements entrusted to
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Schneider, June

Friday, 22 Aug 2014
Schneider, June

June passed away on August 22, 2014 in the loving arms of her family.
June will be remembered by her loving family, Diane (Richard), Lorraine, Karin (Ray), Danny (Janet) and Carl; nine grandchildren, Alvin (Jade), Tina (Bryan), Jamie, Lori (John), Jennifer, Kristie (Jeff), Rob (Shawna), Stephen (Lani) and Ashley; nine great-grandchildren; her sisters Joan and Mary; numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.
June is predeceased by her loving husband Otto of 53 years. Her parents Eliza and Samuel; brothers Ron, Bob and sister Winnie. June was born July 16, 1928 in Vancouver, B.C. She grew up in the Langley area where she met Dad.
They were married in 1949 and soon bought their first home in Surrey where they started their family. They moved to Kamloops in 1965. Mom and Dad enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends. She took great pride in watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. Mom was very active in the Church of Cleopas in Westsyde for many years. She was instrumental in the opening of Cariboo Manor for seniors in Westsyde. Her passion and joy was contributing to others.
June will be greatly missed by all
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops with the Reverend Louise Peters officiating. Following the service friends are invited to join the family at a reception in the church upper hall. After which an Inurnment of June’s cremated remains will follow at Hillside Cemetery, 750 Notre Dame. Should friends desire donations to the Pine Grove Residence Society c/o 313 McGowan Ave. Kamloops, B.C.V2B 2N8 in memory of June.
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Fish, Lorne

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014
Fish, Lorne

Lorne Fish of Kamloops, BC, passed away on August 21, 2014 at 77 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley and children Lyle (Sharon) Fish of Banff, AB, Murray (Marina) Fish of Kamloops, BC and Elaine (Blair) Colpron of Edmonton, AB, and eight grandchildren; Lee, Andre, Danielle, Darwin, Miranda, Nathan, Isaac and Martina.
Just after 7PM Dad let out his final breath. He fought hard for his life as he still had so much to live for. He was surrounded by his family, we held his hand and didn’t leave his side, just like he always stood by us strong, steady and sure.
A memorial service will be held at Plura Hills United Church, 2090 Pacific Way, Kamloops, BC on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 pm.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Cr. S., Kamloops, BC. V2E 2S9.

Stainton, Micheline

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014
Stainton, Micheline

Micheline Audrey Stainton (Iredale)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Micheline (Mich) Stainton in Kamloops, BC on August 19, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mich was born to Norman and Aline Iredale in Calgary, Alberta on January 31, 1953. She spent her early years enjoying swimming, playing volleyball, and vacationing in beautiful Balfour, BC.
In Balfour, she first met the future love of her life, Timothy. They married on May 19, 1973 and raised two fantastic and darling daughters. Mich devoted her time to her family, remaining at home for many years before returning to school, then finding life-fulfilling work as a post-secondary instructor. First, at The College of the Rockies in Golden, BC; then at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC.
She touched the lives of many throughout her life. Her zest for life and unique sense of humour will be missed dearly.
Left to mourn her passing, husband of 41 years, Timothy; daughters Cammie (Trevor) Leadley and Jenn (Shane) Stringer; the light of her life, her granddaughters Maddie and Sophie Leadley; her mother Aline; her brothers John (Patti), Don (Nina), Geoff (Lisa); mother-in-law Mabel; sisters-in-law Leah and Kathy (John); and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:00 pm in the Schoening Funeral Chapel with the Reverend Louise Peters officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mich to the Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops,BC, V2E 2S9.
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Ripple, Ronald

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014
Ripple, Ronald

Ronald Michael Ripple
January 30, 1935 - August 19, 2014
We are sad to announce that Ronald Ripple slipped away peacefully in his sleep at home on August 19, 2014 at the age of 79 years.
He was born to Andrew and Hilda Ripple January 30, 1935 in Verdun, Quebec, married the love of his life Mary on May 21st, 1960, and remained devoted to her for 54 years.
Ron’s fascination with trains led him to a job with the railway as a passenger sales agent working in ticket offices for CN, Grand Trunk and Via Rail in Montreal, Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, and in Kamloops.
An eccentric, outspoken soul, Ron was fondly known for his sense of humor and was nicknamed ‘the Mayor Of Westsyde” by his neighbors. He enjoyed gardening, dogs, donating his fruits and veggies to friends and made himself at home in the library, or in his easy chair tackling crossword puzzles.
Ron is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Janice (Jim) Cochran, and Patricia (Anthony) Bugera; his sister Margarete (George), brother Andrew, brother-in-law, Danny (Diane) Yarmush, and grand kids Jessica, Ryland, Vladimr and Oksana.
Ron was predeceased by his infant son, Michael, parents Andrew and Hilda Ripple, and his father and mother-in-law Joseph and Helen Yarmush.
No service has been requested at this time. A gathering of friends and family will be arranged at a later date.
Should friends desire, donations to the SPCA, 1211 – 8th Street, Kamloops, BC, V2B 2Y3 in memory of Ron would be appreciated.
Cremation entrusted to
Personal Alternative Funeral Services
in Kamloops

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