WINNIFRED ANNE KJELSON
On November 16, 2008, Winnifred (Freddy) passed away peacefully, in her lakeside home at Little Lac LeJeune, B.C., surrounded by her loving family while her Stellers blue jay and favourite mischievous squirrel looked on through her deck window. She was 82 years young.
Freddy was born on August 16, 1926 in Penticton, B.C., one of five children of educator Winnie and carpenter Russ Knuff. One of Freddys fondest memories was working in the Okanagan Lake boat house where she learned boat building and the finest of carpentry skills from her father. Later, to the astonishment and admiration of her neighbours and friends, she would use these skills to transform the Kjelson cabin to a permanent home at her most treasured spot, Lac LeJeune. Whether she was sewing drapes for Woodwards customers, a wedding dress for her daughter, mixing and pouring cement or climbing up to the roof to clean the chimney, she completed each task with care and great skill.
Mom was truly one of a kind. A proud, determined and independent woman, her family always came first. Freddy raised her three children with love and kindness and taught them well. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye and she spent countless hours encouraging them or showing them how to complete a 1,000-piece puzzle in record time. Upon visits to the Lac LeJeune area you could have found her catching the big one on the little lake, riding her motorcycle across the wooded trails or pursuing her captivating pastime of feeding squirrels, countless birds and an occasional wild rabbit, from her hand.
Freddy will be sadly missed by her daughters, Karen Fyke of Kamloops, Kathy (Bill) Kals of Kamloops and her son, John (Roberta) Kjelson of Heffley Creek. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Bradley Fyke, Steven Fyke and Krista Kals all of Kamloops; her sister Margaret (Don) Taylor of Kamloops; sisters-in-law, Patsy (Elwood) Blogg of Penticton and Shirley Knuff of Salmon Arm; brother-in-law, Norman Kjelson of Penticton; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.
The family extends its appreciation to Doctor Aristotle Azad and Doctor Amanda Bosman for their excellent care for Freddy and their compassion in supporting her and her familys wish that she remain at home in her final hours.
At Freddys request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers a donation in Freddys memory to Ducks Unlimited Canada, 954A Laval Crescent, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 5P5, would be appreciated.
Schoenings Funeral Service entrusted
with cremation arrangements. Telephone 374-1454.