Munden, Craig Pershing

Sunday, 25 Jan 2009
Munden, Craig Pershing

October 31, 1922 – January 25, 2009
Craig was born in Wasco, California. He served in the U.S. Cavalry from 1942 -1944 and upon discharge married Louise in Los Angeles. Together they made a life in the trucking business, starting with an old army 6 X 6 hauling gravel and asphalt for the construction of Los Angeles freeways. From L.A. they moved to Washington State to haul cement for the Chief Joseph Dam, then on to Branson Missouri to haul for the Table Rock Dam. In 1957 they moved to Port McNeil on Northern Vancouver Island to oversee hauling of iron ore for Mannix Corp. From there, on to North Vancouver and then to Kamloops in 1964 to begin hauling logs. Craig was able to retire early, passing his business on to his two sons. His focus in life was to provide a good life for family and enjoyed many hours spent snowmobiling, rallying in jeeps, tuning up the B modified and square dancing. Craig is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise, son Mike (Barb), son Jim (Linda) and daughter Pam (Jim) Strausz (all of Kamloops) along with six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Special thanks to Dr. Boughton and the entire staff at Ponderosa Lodge.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donation to the Alzheimer Society of BC, Box 277, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5K6.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374-1454.

Wickstrom, David Earl

Friday, 23 Jan 2009
Wickstrom, David Earl

On Friday, January 23, 2009 Mr. David Earl Wickstrom passed away at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Alexandra, his children Dawn, Arthur (Betty Ann) and Laurel Nelson, his unofficial adopted son Bruce Vogel and his grandchildren Benjamin and Erin Wickstrom and Sean Nelson.
Dave was predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Emma, his brothers and sisters Eva, Wilma, Holgar, Wilfred, Irene, Philip, Arnold, Henry, Desmond and Helen.
Dave was born June 19, 1931 in Kamloops. He worked at Weyerhauser for 29 years as a Steam Engineer. Dave’s interests include hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He especially loved horses, cowboying and the camaraderie that came with it.
A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street.
Should friends desire, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1 in memory of Dave would be appreciated.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374-1454.

Shaw, Dorothy May

Sunday, 18 Jan 2009
Shaw, Dorothy May

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy May Shaw of Kamloops on Jan18, 2009 in the Royal Inland Hospital at the age of 91 years. Born on Oct 18, 1917 in Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital. Survived by Fred (Marsha), their children Randy and Janelle; Ken (Diana), their children Ashley and Braelyn; and Joyce Racicot (Richard), their children Kathryn, Christine, and Andrew; and 10 Great-grandchildren, twin brother Richard Lawrence of Prince George, and sister Beatrice Skapple of Florida, their families and many dear relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by husband John (Jack) Shaw in 2000.
Dorothy’s parents homesteaded in the Heffley Creek area in the early 1900’s which is where she grew up. She owned a restaurant in Kamloops during the war and married Jack in 1942. They lived in Brocklehurst and Noble Creek before moving to Westsyde in 1952 where she lived until her passing. Her last place of residence was at the Hamlets of Westsyde, where she had many friends.
Mom was very active with the Church of Cleopas since its inception, Lay Assistant, Bible Study Group, Church Women’s Group, Thrift Shop, Eastern Star, Westsyde Women’s Institute and Baby Clinics to name a few of her groups. She was an avid gardener and profusive knitter all her life. Mom was small in frame but mighty in spirit and the glue that held together the family that was so important to her, past, present, and future with her “special love.”
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, Jan 23, 2009, 2:00pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 4th & Nicola St. Kamloops, BC.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Emergency in Royal Inland Hospital for their wonderful care & compassion. Special thanks to Bruce Chalmers & Verna Albright.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cariboo Manor, 831 Serle Rd. Kamloops B.C. or to a charity of your choice, in Dorothy’s name.
Kamloops Funeral Home 250 554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family

Johnson, Merril (Ken)

Saturday, 17 Jan 2009
Johnson, Merril (Ken)


With great sadness and heavy hearts we said our good byes to our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Jan 21/09 at the age of 84.
Ken was born in Mikado, Sask. Dec 21/1924 to John and Margaret Johnson.
Predeceased by his parents; brothers: Harold, Bill & Jack. Sisters: Irene, Isabel, Jeanne & Winnie. Survived by sister Irma McInstry, Weyburn Sask. & brother Norman of Calgary AB. As well as numerous nieces & nephews.
Ken joined the navy at 17 years of age and was a veteran of the D Day invasion at Normandy.
After his discharge from service Ken ventured north to Yellowknife N.W.T. where he found work in the mines, hoisting & diamond drilling. Ken also did some prospecting and worked in Uranium City, Sask at Rix Athabasca Mine.
Ken and his family lived in Sherwood Park, AB near the Gulf oil refinery where he worked from 1954-1973. He then transferred to the Kamloops refinery and worked until its closure.
After his retirement, Ken and Audrey made numerous trips to Mexico. Ken loved the ocean & made new and very special friends there with the families they met. There were many return visits with the new amigos both in Kamloops and Mexico.
Ken is survived by Audrey his wife of 55 years and is sadly missed by children: Heidi Johnson of Invermere BC; Kim; Bill (Uli); Lisa (special son-in-law Randy) Somogyi of Kamloops BC. Grandchildren Cameron Johnson (Amber) Robert, Laura, William & Rory Johnston, Daniel (Stephanie) & Matthew Somogyi and great granddaughter Aleah Johnson. And his faithful best friend (Poco).
A celebration of Ken's life is planned for
Father's Day, June 21, 2009.

Rogers, Thelma Margaret (Goldie)

Saturday, 17 Jan 2009
Rogers, Thelma Margaret (Goldie)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt & grandmother on January 17, 2009 at the age of 75 years.
She is survived by Gordon, her loving husband of 55 years, her daughters Joy and Jaci (Len), her sisters Marjorie and Jilly (Filly), her grandchildren Marshall, Scott and Sara, and numerous relatives in England and Australia.
Our celebration of life for Goldie will be held on January 31 between 1 and 3 pm at 533 Linden Avenue, Kamloops, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
A special thank you goes to
Dr. Bantock and the
Kamloops Hospice Association for their excellent
care and kindness.

Harrison, Isobel Marie

Friday, 16 Jan 2009
Harrison, Isobel Marie

In Loving Memory of
Isobel Marie Harrison

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Isobel Harrison on January 16,2009 at the Royal Inland Hospital.
Isobel was born in Hamiota, Manitoba to Ken and Leila Fraser. She married Charles Harrison and they along with their daughter Lynne moved to Vancouver in 1952 and then to Kamloops in 1958.
Isobel worked in the Main Post Office for 7 years, then for Sears Canada for 20 years. She was a member of Legion Aux 52. Past member of Anavets 290, The Ladies Curling Club, Mt. Paul Golf Club, Royal Purple #6 and Elks #44.
Predeceased by her husband Charlie (1993), daughter Lynne (2003), brother Ross and sister Peggy.
She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Tyler) Rasmussen, Jacqueline (Don) Peck, Roberta (Roger) Lagore. Her grandchildren, Maryann (Ross), Shawn, Mark (Angela), Kelly (Christina), Chris (Tara), Kerry (Chris), Andrew and Clayton (Trish), her great grandchildren, Aaron, Grace, Madison and Lia and her sister Kae (Bob).
At the request of Isobel there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Diabetic Association or Heart Fund in memory of Isobel.
Friends are also invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's online memorial register at:

McEwen, Byron Herbert

Thursday, 15 Jan 2009
McEwen, Byron Herbert

Byron Herbert McEwen

Byron Herbert McEwen of Kamloops died January 15, 2009 at the age of 73.
He is survived by his sisters Alda Richards of Ashcroft B.C., Helene (Mickey) Gust of Paddockwood SK, and Ethel Crosthwaite (Percy) of Kelowna B.C., brothers Arthur McEwen (Helen) of Crestline CA, and Malcolm Ray (Joanne) of Ottawa, ON, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1999.
Byron was born in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan on February 25, 1935 to Roy and Marie McEwen. Byron’s career path took many turns: railway brakeman, an apprentice electrician, paratrooper, furrier’s assistant and finally he found his niche with Corrections B.C., where he worked for twenty plus years.
His passions were fishing, camping, and photography: especially wildlife photography.
He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humour, his stiff competition at cards and his motto of doing “it my way.”
There will be a celebration of Byron’s life in the summertime at one of his favourite campsites.
Kamloops Funeral Home
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Stainton, Mary Cecilia

Thursday, 15 Jan 2009
Stainton, Mary Cecilia

Mary died peacefully in her sleep at The Hamlets on January 15, 2009. Mary was born Sept 8th, 1913 in an original sod house on the homestead near Landis, Sask. Mary’s parent’s had emigrated from Ireland in 1906. Mary and her sister moved to Vancouver in the late 20’s. She was attracted to the music and young people of the Salvation Army. After spending a year in the officer’s training college in Toronto, she was commissioned to Kamloops during which time she met her husband Jack Stainton. They were married on
Dec 1, 1936 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Her loving family will miss her warm love and strong spirit. She is mother to Maureen Brady (Barry), Brian (Sharon) and Colleen.
Gram to Brent Brady (Glenda), Jonathan Brady (Deanna) and Jennifer Shura (Shawn), D’Arcy (Teresa), Drew (Rhonda), Denny (Jo) and Dean (Michelle) Stainton and
Great Gram to Brendan, Avery, Ashley, Justine, Morgan, Teeghan, Oliver, Alex, Russell, Daulton, Emma, Jacob, Scott, and most recently twins, Kelty & Jackson. She was awaiting news of another great grandchild due in early February. The following was found in her notes:
I rejoice in life for it’s own sake.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is
a sort of splendid torch, which, I’ve
got to hold up for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly
as possible before handing it on to
future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
She is survived by her older sister, Norah Innes, of New Westminster and brother-in-law, Scottie Stevenson. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, her brother Bob and her grandson Daren.
Mary will be missed by her many friends in the city, The Oak’s and Jensen Place and all those who knew her as the lady in her green hat and coat out on her daily walk.
Widowed at age 46, Mary took the business course at St. Ann’s Academy and worked as a bookkeeper in Law offices for the next 18 years. In her words, “retirement was no problem as grandchildren enriched life at that time and family has always come first.” Great grandchildren enriched her later years and days.
Mary was an active volunteer in the community – the P.T.A., Guide Association (receiving recognition from Lady Baden Powell), the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, Musical Festival, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. She was a long term member of many organizations including the Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No 23 (since 1948), Kamloops Garden Club, RIH Ladies Auxiliary and a founding member of the Happy Choristers. She served as treasurer or bookkeeper of many of these organizations and was described as part of the “guaranteed audience” at events in the city.
Over her lifetime, Mary experienced many losses but was always able to grieve and then find joy in living and in adding joy to the lives of her family and friends. She accepted the changes that life requires as transitions to be mastered. She was a model of graciousness.
Special thanks to Dr. A. Burris & Barb and Dr. Proctor who provided care over many years. Thanks also to Drs. Rishiraj and Mehta, and to the loving staff of The Hamlets at Westsyde.
Donations in her memory can be made to St. Paul’s Cathedral or charities of choice.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 4th and Nicola on Saturday, January 24th 11:00am followed by a reception in the church hall.

Zivny, Jirl

Thursday, 15 Jan 2009
Zivny, Jirl

A Celebration Service for the life of
Jiri Zivny
will be held on January 30th,
1 pm at Bible Truth Church,
1099 Fraser Street, Kamloops, BC.
Jiri went to be with His Lord and Savior, January 15th in Cambodia.
He is survived by his mother Libuse and son Sabastian.
In lieu of flowers donations to I.H.H.S at the service or Valley Credit Union. Pastor Andrew Picklyk officiating.

Mallach, Frances A

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009
Mallach, Frances A

Mallach, Frances A.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Fran, on January 14, 2009 at the age of 79. Mom is survived by her daughter Tanis, husband Mark and grandchildren Nick, Jeff and Ben; and her son Jason, wife Myleen and grandchildren Zoe and Denzer. Fran was pre-deceased by Roy, her husband of 50 years, and her middle son Kyle.
Born November 4, 1929, raised in Kamloops with her siblings, Phyl, Berta and Dick, Fran completed her RN training in 1951. She loved working in the operating room as a surgical nurse and met very special people who remained friends for the rest of her life.
Fran met Roy, the prairie lad from Saskatchewan and they were married in July, 1953. Fran stopped working to raise us and was always there for us when we needed her. She was active with the school parents’ auxiliary, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Red Cross. Happy memories for us are living on the Thompson River, houseboating, skiing and Sunday drives.
The family would like to thank the staff of McKinney Place in Oliver for the compassionate care they provided for mom during her last years. She said she was very content there and loved watching the world go by through her window. We know Mom is at peace and like to think that she is back with Dad now.
A celebration of Mom’s life will take place in Kamloops in July, 2009. Family and friends will be notified of the time and place and are welcome to join Tanis and Jason in remembering Fran.

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