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.

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.

Plante, Bernice

Monday, 13 Oct 2014
Plante, Bernice

Plante
1940-2014
Bernice Lenore Mae Plante (nee Ray) died peacefully at the Kamloops Hospice Home on October 13, 2014 at the age of 74. She is survived by her partner and friend John Pleva, her sons Clifford Chapman (Sharon) and Grant Chapman (Dyna).
She was predeceased by husbands Marvin Chapman and Remie Plante; her father Roderick Ray and mother Edith; daughter Shannon Mott (Shane) and brothers Cheyne, Terry (Diane), Frank (Kathy).
Left to cherish her memory are sisters Sharon Bilous (Orest) and Beverly Leasak (Bill); brothers Lyle (Sandra), Lorne (Yvonne), Ron (Lynda), Wayne (Gail) and Harvey (Patsy); sisters-in-law Diane (Terry) and Kathy (Frank); grandchildren Cliff Chapman Junior (Shannon), Chris Chapman, Trina Ford, Connie De’Arlieveria, Brody Mott (Jessica), Broc Mott, Cody Rennie, Cole Chapman, and great-grandchildren Grant Rennie, Caidee Ambler and Madden De’Arlieveria.
Bernice was a resident of Kamloops for 50 years. She enjoyed the flowers, fruits and vegetables that grew in abundance in her garden. Trips to the Shuswap were always a favorite activity during the summer. During the winter season she enjoyed watching the NHL games. She also loved to curl. She loved going to all her grandchildren’s sports events and was persuaded to help the youngsters get to their games, but she enjoyed every moment as family meant everything to her.
Special Thanks to Dr. R. McLaren, Dr. A. Gabriel, The Royal Inland Hospital Medical teams on 7 North and 8 North, the staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House and the nurses and staff at Community Home Care.
A Service will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1 pm at Hillside Cemetery with Captain Lisa Trickett of the Salvation Army officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hospice House or the Salvation Army of Kamloops.
Arrangements entrusted to Schoenings Funeral Service
telephone 250-374-1454

Keith, Earl

Monday, 13 Oct 2014
Keith, Earl

EARL ANDREW KEITH
1940-2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of husband and father Earl Keith, with his family by his side, on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the age of 73.
He is survived by his loving wife Irene, sons Trevor and Sean, brother Don (Jeanette) of Ladner, BC, and niece Lori (Anu) of Kelowna.
Earl was born at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and spent most of his life here. He was a life long, successful businessman working in the menswear field, first with Mil’s Menswear, Garnet Brown and later as the owner of Brian’s Work and Western Wear. Earl’s passions were fishing, growing gladiolas and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. He could often be seen riding his bike with a cowboy hat on.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Wiltshire and the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House. Thank you also to everyone that cared for Earl in these last months through difficult days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kamloops Hospice or the Kamloops Moose Lodge.
Earl requested no formal service – Gone Fishing.
Condolences may be expressed to the family from
www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Mason, Fern

Sunday, 12 Oct 2014
Mason, Fern

MASON
Fern McConnell Mason (nee Corbin) passed away in the arms of family members at the Ponderosa Lodge at 2:35 am on Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Kamloops, BC, at the age of 82 glorious years.
Fern is survived by her daughter Judy Hodgson and son-in-law Tiberio De Medeiros, her daughter Terree Mason Blow and son-in-law Bob Cochrane, grandchildren Jenna Venables and Scott Venables, Tanner Hodgson and Lindy Hodgson, Macy Blow, and great-grandson McKai Venables, the Byhre and Venables families and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
Fern was predeceased by her seven Corbin siblings William Harold, John Wesley, Eunice, Russell, Merle, James Lester Allen and Arlene.
Fern was born in Kamloops on January 25, 1932, did all her schooling in Kamloops, married, moved and lived all across Canada with her husband who was in the Canadian Armed Forces and returned to Kamloops upon his discharge from the DND. Fern worked at Tranquille, Royal Inland Hospital and then as a volunteer for the Kamloops City RCMP Community Policing.
Fern had one main hobby – her family! But did learn “computer” and began re-searching her family genealogy and had gathered a magnitude of information about her family and kept in touch with friends on her own facebook account. Fern was a generous person, but will be most remembered for her fabulous sense of humour and wit. She was the best grandmother any child could have asked for and experienced. Fern battled hard and was brave during an 18 month challenge with cancer. She will be greatly missed by many and lovingly remembered as Mom, Aunty, Gramma, GMA and the Fernace!
Should friends desire, donations may be made to Royal Inland Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Bill, Nurses in the Emergency Dept., 3 West and 5 North and all the gentle staff at Ponderosa Lodge. Extra special thanks to nurses Debby Vike, Maria, Teal, Shawn, Mrs. Morris and Andrea.
A Celebration of Life for Fern will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00pm with a social to follow, At Schoenings Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

Meron, Marjorie

Saturday, 11 Oct 2014
Meron, Marjorie

MARJORIE ANNE MERON
Marjorie Meron of Kamloops passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 96 years of age. She is survived by her children, David (Argentina) Meron of Kamloops BC, Carole Owen of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Dianne (Tom) Sole of Calgary, Alberta, and John (Cindy) Meron of London, Ontario, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Wilf Meron.
Special thanks to Dr. Wynn and the staff at Pinegrove Care Center for their care of Marjorie.
Viewing will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 17, 2014 in the Rosewood Room at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Mary Widmer officiating. Following the service, Marjorie will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 280 Victoria St W, Kamloops, BC V2C 1A4, in memory of Marjorie.
Condolences may be expressed to the family from
www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Conan, Wave

Friday, 10 Oct 2014
Conan, Wave

Waverly Joseph Conan
June 30, 1941 –
October 10, 2014
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Waverly (Wave). He passed away suddenly while at home on October 10, 2014. He was 73 years old.
He was a father, grandfather, brother & friend to many. We will miss his smile & laughter dearly.
Wave was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He spent the greater part of his life being involved in the community of Kamloops, BC and spent his twilight years in the lower mainland making friends wherever he went.
Wave is survived by his two daughters; Shelley (Ken and 2 granddaughters – Melina & Cassia) of White Rock, BC and Jo Ann (Chris) of Surrey, BC. His sister, Beverley (Ken) of Ladysmith, BC and brother Carl (Lynda) of Lethbridge, AB. He is also survived by nieces; Shannon (Jamey & Jonah), Danette (Mike & Kellan), Rachel (Hannah & Jacob), and Cassandra & nephews; Corey (Nancy, Brodie & Casey), Mikey, Ryan, and Tyrell. Predeceased by his mother Teresa Anna, father Joseph and his sister, Nadine.
There will be a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, October 18 at 3 pm in the lower mainland. If you are interested in attending please email waverlysfamily@gmail.com for further details. RSVP kindly appreciated at the same email address.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Waverly’s honour, to:
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation of Canada at http://endpkd.ca/donate

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