Hodgson, Kathleen Patricia

Wednesday, 04 Feb 2009
Hodgson, Kathleen Patricia

Mom passed away peacefully just six weeks before her 102nd birthday. She is survived by her daughter Joan Isaac, her son John “Alan” Hodgson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John M. Hodgson in 1981. Born in Kamloops on St. Patrick‘s Day, 1907, Kathleen Patricia became the name of the youngest of ten Dayton siblings. Growing up on the Dayton’s Rose Hill homestead, she had many adventures and shared those stories right up to her last days. Mom was proud to be an R.N., graduating in the R.I.H. nursing class of 1929, just in time for the great depression. She was grateful to have work at R.I.H., including posts of night supervisor and O.R. supervisor. Mom left R.I.H. when she married Dad in 1938. They moved to England, just in time for WW11. Mom nursed there while Dad helped build some secret war facilities. Returning to Kamloops mid war, they started a family, with Joan, then 15 years later, Alan. She raised two children, over 33 years, into her sixties. She also “specialed” as a nurse during this time.
Since then, she has lived quietly, helping where she could with family, friends and neighbours. As she lived on, she became the much loved matriarch of the Dayton descendants. There was a huge gathering of family and friends, on her 100th, some who missed that, came to her 101st. Mom stayed cheerful through her final year, even during her last week of quick physical decline.
We are grateful to the loving staff of Pine Grove Care Centre, Dr. John Reid, the Brown family and all who helped through the years.
A Celebration of life will be held in March, near her 102nd birthday, details to be announced.
Donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, in memory of Kathleen would be appreciated.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to
Schoening Funeral Service, 250 -374-1454.

Andrews, Wesley Richard

Sunday, 01 Feb 2009
Andrews, Wesley Richard

Wes will be lovingly remembered by his wife Louise of 31 years, his daughter Lynn (Rod) Piva of Pinatan Lake, son Rick (Sue) of Chilliwack, step-daughter Sharon (Peter) Philip of Knutsford, step-son Bill (Bea) Foottit of Courtenay, step-son Al (Diane) Foottit of Innisfail,Alberta, twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren and brother in law Mac Conn and family of LeDuc, Alberta.
Wes was born in Moorcroft, Wyoming, the youngest of three children. He had two sisters, Grace and Orlena (Orie). The family moved across the border and back several times before taking up a homestead near Edson, Alberta. Later on his mother supplemented the family income by running a boarding house.
Through the depression Wes worked on various farms in the area and tried raising pigs. In 1940, Wes joined the armed forces and went overseas where he served as a mechanic/ truck driver.
After returning from the war, Wes met Julie, the mother of his two children, Rick and Lynn. The couple moved to Vancouver and were together for almost 30 years before Julie passed away. During that time Wes worked for Simpson Sears as a mobile repairman. In 1978, Wes married Louise Foottit. The couple remained in Vancouver until Wes’s retirement in 1983. They then moved to Kamloops where Wes spent the rest of his life.
Over the years Wes and Louise enjoyed square dancing throughout B.C. as members of clubs in Vancouver and in Kamloops. Golfing was another pastime the couple enjoyed and the clubs were taken along on many of their trips around B.C. and across Canada.
In his later years, Wes took up rug hooking and cross stitch, a hobby he worked at up until the day he died.
Wes will be remembered for the sparkle in his eyes, his broad warm smile, and most of all his willingness to help whenever help was needed.
At Wes’s request there will be no formal service. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 203 – 635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374–1454.

Poznikoff, Peter

Sunday, 01 Feb 2009
Poznikoff, Peter

It is with deep sadness after a 6 year battle with Alzheimer's disease that the family of Peter Poznikoff announce the passing of their husband, father and grandfather. He leaves to mourn Jean, his loving wife of 39 years, his children Randy (Rachelle) Poznikoff, Peter (Daphne) Poznikoff, and Jennifer (Chris) Rowe, and grandchildren Danielle, Melissa, Brody, Jordan and Jillian.
Pete will be remembered for his many years in Construction. He was considered to be one of British Columbia's best Driller/ Blasters completing projects such as the Coquihalla Hwy, Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. Peter was the Rock Superintendent for Standard General for 16 years and also worked for View Construction here in Kamloops.
Peter will be remembered most by his family and friends for the time he spent with his grandchildren, his generosity and his willingness to help others. He was a kind and gentle man who was a great dancer, could fix anything and always "whistled while he worked."
His son Peter Jr. was a special blessing to him, bringing him chocolate pudding and spending many hours with him every week.
We will miss you Dad and we love you very much.
Special thank you's to his many amazing caregivers at Overlander Extended care, but especially Gail, Mitsy, Janine, Janinia, Cindy and Dr. Langford. Jean could not have done it without you there to be strong and caring. You were all very special to him and his family.
No service by request, cremation to be done by Personal Alternative Funeral Services and in lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to the Alzheimer's Society, with the hope that one day we can find a cure.

Simmons, Lorraine Anne

Sunday, 01 Feb 2009
Simmons, Lorraine Anne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anne on February 1, 2009 at the age of 69 years.
Anne is survived by her loving husband Doug and her mother Elvie Pembleton. She also leaves to cherish her memory, two sons Marke and Craig (Dianne), two daughters Linda (Adrien) and Monika, as well as three grandchildren Ryan, Kyra and Danielle, her brother Ian (Linda), and nephew Tyler.
Anne worked tirelessly with children for over 36 years at the Kamloops Child Development Centre.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Firemen and Paramedics for their valiant efforts to revive Anne.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mary Widmer officiating.
Donations in memory of Anne may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 203-635 Victoria St., Kamloops BC V2C 2B3. Flowers gratefully declined.
Kamloops Funeral Home
285 Fortune Drive 250-554-2577

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Bezanson, Michael Charles (Mike)

Saturday, 31 Jan 2009

Michael Charles
June 2, 1970 - January, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our son, brother, and uncle, Michael Charles Bezanson.
Mike was born in Burnaby on June 2, 1970. He spent his formative years with his family growing up in Hope, BC, and his adult years in the Kamloops area.
Mike is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Frederick and Lillian Williams, and his paternal grandparents, Fred and Margaret Bezanson.
Mike worked for several employers as an automotive mechanic and trades electrician.
He loved the outdoors, and he relished the times that he spent camping, boating, biking, and fishing. He enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. A favourite hobby was repairing vehicles and dirt bikes.
He was a member of the White Cane Club in Kamloops.
He leaves behind his father Charles and mother Dorothy; sister Linda (Brian); sister Carol (Jim) and nephews Richard, Alan, Steven and Kevin.
He will be sadly missed.
A celebration of life was held at the Northwest Harvest Church on Saturday, January 31, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Northwest Harvest Church for the Joshua Project at P.O. Box 1907, Hope, BC, V0X 1L0, or BC Guide Dog Service at 6050 - 44th Ave,Delta, BC, V4K 3X7.

Coan, John

Saturday, 31 Jan 2009

John Coan – born December 27, 1923 Whitehaven England,
died January 31, 2009
in Kamloops B.C.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Elizabeth and his cherished twin sister Susie. He is survived by his only child Barbara (John) Johnston of Vernon, his grandchildren Glenn (Tamara) Johnston- North Vancouver, B.C, Kevin (Laura) Johnston of Kamloops and granddaughter Elizabeth Johnston of Vernon. He was also a very proud great grandfather to Caden Thomas Johnston of North Vancouver.
Johns working career began in the Mines in Cumberland England where he became an expert in safety, ventilation and first aid. He later took his love and pride of safety into different civil engineering jobs including working on new roads, damns, a Uranium mine in Northern Saskatchewan, and on potash and Oil refinery projects
He twice immigrated to Canada and in 1979 made Canada his permanent home with the arrival of his first grandchild. John moved to Kamloops in 1991 after his wife’s death and settled into Glenfair where he enjoyed being in the company of friends and neighbours. John prided himself on being the consummate gentleman. He could always be relied on for a dance and to help a friend in need and he loved to tease and put a smile on people’s faces! He will be sadly missed.
At his own request there will be no formal service. However there will be an afternoon tea at Glenfair Hall , Monday March 9th, at 2 p.m. All friends and neighbours are invited to help us celebrate his life.
We would also like to thank the police, paramedics, doctors and nurses in the emergency and ICU departments at RIH for their professional and compassionate care. A special thank you to Dr. David Rittenburg (and Jenny) for all the wonderful care and attention you gave Dad over the last 18 years.

Berger (Eckert), Karen Anne

Monday, 26 Jan 2009
Berger (Eckert), Karen Anne

BERGER (Eckert)
Karen Anne

It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Anne (Eckert) Berger announces her passing in the early morning of January 26, 2009 at Chemainus Health Care Centre after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Karen Anne was born in South Hampton, County of Bruce, Ontario, February 27, 1945. Karen moved to the Cowichan Valley 4 years ago to be closer to her family and especially to be here for her Grandbabies whom she loved more than anything. Karen Anne is survived by her sons Wade Berger (Sandy) and grandchildren Makayla and Ty of Duncan, BC, and Dale Berger (Brenda) of Chemainus, BC. Karen Anne leaves behind her mother Wilma Carty of Prince George, sister Faye Hingley of Prince George, brother Bill Eckert of Dawson Creek, BC and brother Bob (Donna) Eckert of Prince George, BC. Also her nephews Trevor Hingley of Dawson Creek, BC, Danny Hingley of Dawson Creek, BC, Mike Hingley of Grand Prairie, AB, and her very special niece Deanna (Brian) Bildson of Grand Prairie , AB. Karen Anne was predeceased by her father Ernest Eckert of Dawson Creek, BC who passed away August 25, 2001. Karen was a very hard worker and an amazing cook. She worked for PTI in various camps in and around Northern BC and Alberta. She enjoyed cooking for her family most of all. She enjoyed reading, bon fires, and rarely missing her grandchildren's hockey. A special thank you to all of mom's friends who would check in regularly to see how she was. Thank you to mom's special friend Samaira Grainger who was always there for her “Kar-Bear”. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 1st, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Best Western Hotel, Duncan, BC. Jim Holland officiating. We would like to thank Dr. Archdekin and all the staff at the Chemainus Health Care Centre for taking such wonderful care of Mom.
Telford's Mid-Island Memorial Services

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
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