Obituaries Archive - Kamloops This Week

Miller, Annie

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015
Miller, Annie

Annie May Miller
Annie May Miller age 86 of Kamloops, BC, passed away February 21, 2015.
She was predeceased by Thomas Powell, Frank Miller, Kaye Pearson, Bill Olafson, (son) David Powell and Irene Kelly.
Annie is survived by her children Roy Powell (Chery), Reg Powell (Nina), and Carl Powell (Diane), grandchildren Lisa Copley (Charlie) and Jeff Powell (Lisa), great-grandchildren Catana, Flora, Chant, Lily and Cole.
She is also survived by her brother and sister Ernie (Lois) Olafson, Orval (Nadia) Olafson, and will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Annie May Miller was born in Steveston, BC on March 11,1928.
The Olafson family moved to Horse Lake in the Cariboo, where she met her first husband Thomas Powell. She had four sons and later moved to Kamloops. After Thomas passed, she married her second husband Frank Miller.
She spent many years with Frank, in California and Maui for the winters and summers at her cabin in Horse Lake.
Annie spent time at her home in Sardis until she moved into the Overlander Extended Care. Here she was surrounded by a very loving and caring staff.
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Rachey, Anita

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015
Rachey, Anita

Anita Rachey
Anita Hope Rachey passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2015. She was born, a twin to Joanne, on April 7, 1936, to a family of 10 children. Anita was raised in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan.
Anita was predeceased by her parents Emil and Thea Anderson, siblings Vernon, Ruth, Marilyn, Joyce and Willard, son Farley, nieces Carla and Adelle, nephew Byron, and former husband Peter.
Mom’s memory will be cherished and her presence will be missed by daughter Lana (Phil), son Dean (Kathe), grandchildren Shannon, Julie, Keenan and Hannah. Also thankful for having Anita influencing their lives are siblings Norval (Eleanor), Ray (Coranne), Gordon (Sharon) and of course her loving twin Joanne, along with her too numerous to name nieces, nephews, cousins and glorious friends.
She graduated from Saskatoon City Hospital in 1957, nursed for a year in California, then returned home. She married Peter and had a son, Farley. Leaving the Emergency department in Saskatoon for Calgary, she then moved to Kamloops and nursed at RIH. Many friends were made- lasting to this day; two more children, and the tragic loss of a first.
Anita nursed and then managed (after obtaining an administrative degree) at Ponderosa Lodge. Another endless number of friends were made. Feeling the loss of ‘hands-on’ patient care, mom retired early, only to become busier.
Multi-tasking: solitaire, watching Jeopardy or some other quiz show, doing a crossword and playing Bridge on the computer simultaneously… she loved puzzles, cards, PEOPLE. Mom played softball, curled in many mixed and ladies’ curling leagues, played Bridge (competitive and non) and excelled at golf. She loved her Dunes’ Ladies Club! Mom was a faithful parishioner to her church, preparing coffee etc., before Sunday mass, as well as being a member of the CWL. She provided hospice for families, and looked after others’ needs always (footcare, home perms, sewing, knitting, arranging parties; she was the queen of ‘skits’!) She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul, countless sporting events, kept stats for curling bonspiels and visited many a ‘Briar Patch’. Apart from family reunions, golf getaways with her buddies, New Years’ Eve sleepover parties, Sagebrush Theatre nights, a bit of (very lucky) gambling outings, Mom adored her time at N. Barriere Lake with family at her twin’s cabin, since 1970. Precious memories. She would dance by the campfire, missing the dance hall days.
Bright, bubbly, quirky, endlessly patient, generous and loving,
we shall miss her each day and be thankful for her each day.
Such a sweet delight, funny, sane and strong, we miss her already!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RIH Foundation. A service in her memory will be held at the St. John Vianney parish in Westsyde, Saturday March 7th at 10 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops 250-554-2429
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Esselmont, Bob

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015
Esselmont, Bob

August 3, 1923 – February 21, 2015
Robert (Bob) Glenn Esselmont passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at his home at The Berwick on the Park, at the age of 91. He was predeceased by Mom Laura (Lolly) and eldest son Glen, as well as wives Elizabeth (Liz) and Doreen. He is survived by his son Randy (Ann), step-daughter Darlene Lutz (Don), six grandchildren, Glen’s sons Todd, Shea and Ryan, Randy’s children Stephanie McNabb (Jarvis), Greg (Audrey) and Heather Cook (Jeremy), as well as eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Dad was a loving father and husband, a very genuine, hard-working and generous man. He always looked for the good in other people, always ready with a helping hand and a terrific sense of humour. He was born in Clarkston, Washington, but moved to North Kamloops as a toddler and remained in the Kamloops area for the rest of his life, with the exception of the Second World War, where he served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 – 1945. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway from before the war until his retirement, a total of 45 years of service. He was also chosen to be the Engineer on the famous Royal Hudson as it travelled throughout the Western Provinces, a memorable achievement for his career. He was very good with his hands and built the house that still stands at 1046 Columbia Street, where he raised his family. He always enjoyed camping with his family and friends at the Shuswap Lake and after his retirement, moved to Sorrento, where he lived for many years. He was also an amazing golfer, a scratch-handicapper and he was a PGA Marshall while enjoying his winters as a snowbird down south.
A special thank you to Doris Ringer, Darcy and Ken Ewers, Darlene and Don Lutz and the Berwick Staff for the care and love provided to Dad over the last many months.
Dad was a terrific guy and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. To honour him, his family will be having a Celebration of His Life on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC. Anyone who knew Dad is cordially invited to drop by and enjoy a walk down memory lane with us.

Schellenberg, John

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015
Schellenberg, John

John Kenneth Schellenberg
John Kenneth Schellenberg passed away in his 87th year on February 21, 2015 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops. John was born near Nipawin, Saskatchewan on January 9, 1929, three years after his parents, Abram and Anna Schellenberg, had immigrated from Russia. He moved to the Okanagan Valley in 1947 and resided in Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops, in the decades that followed. John had extensive contacts in the region through his work in the industrial supply and financial services sectors and his membership in the First Baptist and Alliance Churches.
He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, and by Lydia Schellenberg, his first wife of 52 years. In 2006, John married Jean Burke and together they continued to pursue his love of photography and travel. John is survived by Jean, by his three children Anne (David) Bozek, David (Deb) Schellenberg, and Grant (Diane) Schellenberg; and by seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-children and seven step-grandchildren. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9.
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Tilley, Norma

Friday, 20 Feb 2015
Tilley, Norma

1950 - 2015
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Norma Patricia Tilley on February 20, 2015.
She was born at Boissevain, Manitoba on October 6, 1950.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Kenneth Tilley, her sons Richard, Garth (Helen), daughter Sherri (Norman), grandchildren Thomas, Ike, Ricki, Niki, Alex, Brandon, Tyler and her two dogs Baylee and Rilee, two sisters Doreen Alvis, Verma Kerr, four brothers Lawrence, Wilbert, Clifford and Micheal.
Norma moved to BC in 1976 and worked retail for many years at BJ Wholesale and London Drugs. She enjoyed spending leisure time with family and friends, camping and summers in her back yard.
The family would like thank Dr. Dong, Dr. Kohansal and staff at RIH for their kind and compassionate care.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society.

Emeny, Ruth

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015
Emeny, Ruth

Ruth Helen Emeny
April 12, 1925 - February 19, 2015
Ruth Helen Emeny passed away peacefully at Overlander Residential Care in Kamloops, BC at the age of 89.
Ruth was born in  Kamloops where she lived the majority of her life.
She is survived by her husband Frank, of 62 years, son Richard (Janie) of Chase, BC, son David (Donna) of Prince George, BC, daughter Sandra of Kamloops, BC.
Ruth was known as Nana by her grandchildren Sarah (Graem) of Chase, BC, Laura  of Chase, BC, and Michael and Darren of Prince George, BC.
After retirement Ruth and Frank lived from 1978 - 1996 at Lee Creek on Shuswap Lake.
Her family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Harold Stefanyk and the Orchard Grove staff at Overlander Residential Care for their support and care.
Respecting Ruth’s wishes there will be no formal service. Memorial donations may made to the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Ruth.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home
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Stanley Joseph Yaholkoski

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015
Stanley Joseph Yaholkoski

Stan Joseph Yaholkoski passed away unexpectedly at Palm Springs on February 19, 2015, at the age of 64 years. Stan will be sadly missed by his loving wife Denise, sons Rob (Lisa) of Calgary and Brad (Rachelle) of Prince George, and grandchildren Dominic, Makayla, Brody and Trenton. Stan also leaves behind his brother Ed (Sylvia) of Winnipeg, and sisters Rose (Chris) Wright of Winnipeg and Jeanne (Lance) Anderson also of Winnipeg, and sister-in-law Joyce Yaholkoski. He was predeceased by his parents, brother and sister.
Stan was an RCMP Member for 23 years. He worked as a Coroner in Prince George and for the BCLC for 10 years. He loved spending time at the lake with family and friends and riding his motorcycle, but fondest times were those spent with his grandchildren.
Prayer services will be recited on Monday,
March 2nd at 7:00 P.M in the Holy Family Parish Church; followed by a Funeral Mass, to be held Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:30 A.M. with Father Fred Weisbeck officiating. Cremation will follow the Funeral Mass.

Lambert, June

Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015
Lambert, June

June Lambert
1944 - 2015
June Roberta Virginia Lambert passed away peacefully on
February 18, 2015.
She is survived by her children, Sanne (Walter), Troy (Debra), and Nicole (Dennis), her grandchildren, Dominic, Thora, Rayne and her brother Trevor (Bridget). Many thanks to the loving care she received at
Garden Manor, her home for almost 30 years and Ponderosa Lodge.
A Memorial Tea/Lunch will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the parish hall at St. Paul’s Cathedral. If desired, donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital
in her memory.
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Peter Anthony Arduini

Monday, 16 Feb 2015
Peter Anthony Arduini

March 29, 1948 - February 16, 2015

It is with regret we announce
the passing of long time
Merritt resident, Peter Anthony
Arduini at the age of 66 years
on Monday, February 16,
2015. Peter is survived by his
loving wife Dee and daughter Erinn (Todd). Also missing their
Nonno are granddaughter, Rory, grandson, Nickolas, all of
Merritt and stepgranddaughter, Chaylene of Saskatchewan.
Peter was born and raised in Kamloops, BC and was the 4th of
14 children born to Victor and Patricia Arduini. He is survived
by his 8 brothers and 5 sisters, Greg (Leslie), Vicki (Jack), Tim
(Marti), Paul (Sylvia), James (Emma) Tom (Jan), Mary (Bob),
David (Marianne), Christopher (Mo), Teresa (Sam), Vincent
(Stephanie) Catherine (Jen), and Monica (Chuck) and their
families. An extended family lives throughout BC, Alberta and
Ontario. He is pre-deceased by his parents.
Peter was a self-employed businessman - involved for much
of his life with the family owned shoe business and later as a
trusted realtor in the Merritt area. He was an avid outdoorsman,
from riding his horse, Bump, to hunting and fishing in all his
favorite local haunts. More recently he took up the game of
golf again. Coffee with “the boys” was an important daily
routine. With retirement Peter began traveling with Dee - the
most memorable time being a trip to Italy. Over the years
he became a wonderful cook and truly loved to entertain
family and friends. His pride and joy were his grandchildren.
He reveled in their accomplishments. Nonno could always
be counted on. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Peter lived life to its fullest and he will continue to live on in
our hearts.
A prayer vigil will be held on Friday, February 20th at 7:00
pm at Sacred Heart Church in Merritt. The Celebration of
Life Mass will take place on Saturday, February 21st at 11:00
am with Father Andy officiating. Interment will follow at Pine
Ridge Cemetery in Merritt, BC. In lieu of flowers, donation can
be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity
of choice. Condolences may also be expressed at

Langford, Caroline

Monday, 16 Feb 2015
Langford, Caroline

Caroline Ruth Langford
An Honourable Life
June 7, 1925 - February 16, 2015
With great sorrow, we announce the passing of Caroline Ruth Langford, a deeply loved mother and grandmother, and an independent woman of great integrity.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, and a graduate of Stanford University, Caroline immigrated with her family to Canada in 1953, settling in White Rock, BC and eventually to Kamloops in 1992.
Caroline is remembered for her tremendous dedication and passion to everything she undertook: as a life-long teacher, she championed public education. Obtaining a Master’s Degree of Education from the University of British Columbia, Caroline taught elementary school, held faculty positions at Simon Fraser University and UBC, and in the 1980’s was a general editor of the Explorations Series: A Social Studies Program for Elementary Schools for BC’s Ministry of Education. In the 1990s, she established Battle Street Books.
As an avid reader, Caroline was engaged all her life with philosophical, moral and political issues.
Her civic involvement included: provincial and federal NDP candidate, BC Ferry Corporation Board, Thompson Health Region Board, City of Kamloops, and Royal Inland Hospital – Ethics Committee. Her love of literacy led her to join Laubach Literacy and to participate in the development of the Community Literacy Plan for Kamloops. In her 80s, she volunteered with the city’s Restorative Justice Program.
Caroline spent summers at her second home at Shuswap Lake, enjoying many swims, the sunshine, nature walks and afternoon champagne. The lake house provided a wonderful setting for family gatherings and great fun.
From weights to stretch class, and yoga to line - dancing or Zumba, Caroline’s daily visits to the YMCA provided her much enjoyment and physical well-being.
Caroline’s devotion to the game of bridge developed later in life, and she became an active and respected member of Kamloops’s bridge community.
Above all, Caroline was her family’s most ardent advocate. In return, children and grandchildren relied on her wisdom and advice that always came from a place of integrity and careful contemplation.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ernest in 2006. She will be remembered every day by her children, Peter (Susan), Jared (Sonia), Rachel (Janette), Stephanie, Mark, and Francesca (Surinder), her grandchildren, Kate, Cassia, Michael, Sara, Adela, Adam (Carman), Oscar, Cecilia, Hannah, Anna, and Rosemary and a great-grandchild, Jack. A private viewing for the family was held.
The loss of this indomitable woman leaves a profound void in our family and in our hearts.
Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454

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