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Field, Ralph Kenneth

Saturday, 02 Mar 2013
Field, Ralph Kenneth

Ralph passed away peacefully at his residence at Berwick-on-the-Park, Kamloops, BC, on March 2, 2013. He was 84.
Ralph was the younger son of the late A.R. “Speedy” and Alice Kathleen Field. He was born and raised in Kamloops, and spent most of his working life in the broadcast industry in Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. He is survived by his brother Wilbur (Winona) Field, nephew Brian (Jill) Field, nephew Ron (Jody) Field and niece Susan (Randy) Engemoen, as well as three great-nephews and two great-nieces.
Thank you to the staff at Berwick who cared for Ralph in his final years.
Ralph will be laid to rest privately next to his parents in Hillside Cemetery.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated in Ralph’s memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250-374-1454.

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McDell, Diana Lena

Saturday, 02 Mar 2013
McDell, Diana Lena

Diana Lena McDell
April 1, 1950 – March 2, 2013
Diana passed away on March 2 after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.
Diana was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands and emigrated to Canada in 1957 with her family. The family settled in Sarnia, Ontario where Diana was schooled and lived until marrying in 1970 when she moved to British Columbia. During her youth In Sarnia, she enjoyed a variety of sports, but excelled in particular, in long-distance swimming.
She is survived by her husband Byron, son Cary (Kristy), daughter Deena (Jannik), and the new joy in her life, their grandchild Elena. Also, mourning the loss are her mother Mary, brother Ed, sister Mary Anne (Jim), as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Diana was predeceased by her father Ted.
Diana spent most of her working life with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Kamloops and concluded her career as the manager of the Customer Support Centre. As a manager and leader, Diana was passionate about her work. She valued and respected her colleagues and worked to build relationships and trust. She embraced change and focused on teamwork and cooperative effort.
But, her most important role in life was to be a mother and wife. She raised her children with devoted love, wise advice, continual support, and massive generosity. She lived life with a positive attitude and character qualities that made it very easy for you to be her friend or colleague and for her husband to be her partner.
Diana’s primary hobbies throughout her life were sewing, a variety of exercise classes, reading, and her favourite, gardening. She was a life-long learner and pursued more knowledge with a passion.
The family extends thanks to the many friends and colleagues who expressed their love and respect for her and support for the family during her last painful journey. You are greatly appreciated.
A celebration of life will occur on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00am in the Schoening Funeral Chapel.
Condolences may be expressed at
Should friends desire, donations made in Diana’s memory
to Kamloops Hospice would be appreciated.

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Zadow, Terrence (Terry)

Friday, 01 Mar 2013
Zadow, Terrence (Terry)

Terrence (Terry) Albert Zadow
November 15, 1927 - March 1, 2013
Terry passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital on Friday March 1, 2013. Terry was born in Pembroke, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1961, eventually making his home in Kamloops in 1974.
Lovingly remembered by his daughter Cindy Dorion of Midland, Ontario and sons Caldon (Trudy) of Waterloo, Ontario and Reid of Kamloops. Terry is survived as well by two nieces, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Ontario. Also survived by a sister Wynona of Pembroke, Ontario and a brother Donald (Jeannette) of Peterborough, Ontario. Terry was predeceased by his infant daughter Mary Joan in 1950, his eldest son Gregory in 1971, and his daughter-in-law Sheila Snyder in 2008.
Terry was a retired member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115. He plied his trade as a heavy equipment operator early on in his career in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC and later on worked at the Revelstoke Dam and the Coquihalla Highway projects.
No service by request.
Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Neufeld (Peters), Maria Jda

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013
Neufeld (Peters), Maria Jda

1935 – 2013
After a courageous battle with cancer, Oma left us on February 28th surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her sons Stephan (Diana) Neu, Ralph (Terry) Neu, her daughter Sonja (Clint) Dempster and the absolute lights of her life, her seven grandchildren: Kirsten (Tony), Toni, Amanda, Chelsey (Matt), Calvin, Derrick, and Taylor. She is also survived by her sisters Lilo (Hans) Krauseneck and Bonnie (Bob) Schubel, as well as the Krauseneck, Langner, and Neu families.
She is predeceased by her loving husband Gerhard of 52 years, and her parents Paul and Jda Wurth.
Maria was born in Schopfheim, Germany on May 1, 1935. In 1957 she married the love of her life Gerhard and three years later they moved to British Columbia to begin a new life. They settled in Savona in 1964 where they raised their family and made numerous lifelong friends. Oma will be forever remembered for her cheerful smile, her warm charisma, and her positive outlook on life. Her passions were: family and friends, gardening, knitting, baking, reading and taking daily walks with her beloved dog Dudley.
Oma’s greatest joy was her family. They brought her true pride and she put them first and foremost in everything she did. With her selfless ways, Oma taught us the true meaning of love.
Oma will be greatly missed by all and will remain forever in our hearts.
No formal service by request. A private celebration of life will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House Foundation’s would be greatly appreciated.

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Phillippi, Ann Brennan

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013
Phillippi, Ann Brennan

April 18, 1944 - February 28, 2013
She passed away in the loving arms of Dewayne, her husband of 43 years and surrounded by her daughters.
Ann is survived by her husband, Dewayne, daughters Michelle Phillippi, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Brenda (Dewayne) Edwards of Georgetown, Indiana and grandchildren Kyleigh and Tanner, brother James (Judy) Brennan, sisters Mary (Phil) Weetman, Norah (Gary) Williams, Yvonne (Garth) Dickie, Helen Clark and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, William and Yvonne Brennan, her brothers Willie and John.
Ann was born and raised in Kamloops. She graduated from NorKam High and went on to UBC where she received a teaching degree followed by a Masters in Education from Boston University.
She taught in numerous schools in Kamloops before marrying a man in the American military. Ann taught school in Kentucky, Germany and Kansas before retiring in 1993 to Somerset, Kentucky.
Ann loved her sports, watched and cheered on the U of K Wildcats. She enjoyed many cruises and trips with her siblings. She will be sadly missed by all.
Services to follow in Kentucky where she will be laid to rest in the military cemetary.

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Stratton, Raymond

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013
Stratton, Raymond

Raymond Stratton
O Daddy…….with heavy hearts and all our love we send you back to the Lord.
On February 28, 2013 at 85 years of age, Raymond Stratton passed away.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children;
Donna (Gary) Kroeker of Peace River, BC,
Darlene (Bruce) Moffatt of Kamloops, BC,
Gordon Stratton of Cobble Hill, BC,
Robert Stratton of Skutz Falls, BC,
Douglas Stratton of Mission, BC,
Debra (Paul) Gagnon of Cobble Hill, BC,
Daughter in-law Dee Stratton of Salmon Arm,
9 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, Siblings; Albert, Helen, Frances and Bill,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years Betty Stratton, eldest son Ron Stratton, granddaughter Trisha Moffatt, two sisters Marion and Isabell, three brothers Clark, Albert, and Warren.
Ray spent the last few years of his life at the Hillside Village. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Weicker, the staff, the Chaplains Bill & Veronica Kiesman for their loving care. Words cannot express our gratitude.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Kamloops Alliance Church with Reverend Wayne Sieward officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family from

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Buck, Archena Dorothy “Chick”

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013
Buck, Archena Dorothy “Chick”

December 21, 1933 ~ February 26, 2013
It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that the family of Chick Buck announces the passing of my beloved wife, our mother and grandmother after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was predeceased by her parents Clair and Dorothy Baker and brother Charles Baker.
Chick was born in Penticton, BC. In 1950 Chick met the love of her life and best friend Ron. They courted for 4 years and then were married April 19, 1954.
In 1957 they started a family with a daughter Barbara Jean (David) which gave them 2 grandsons Brent and Mathew Cavanagh. In 1959 followed a son John Harry (Benny) and her son Chris Harrison.
Chick and Ron have been members of the Kamloops Vintage Car Club for 38 years, Chick has been a member with the Excelsior Rebekah Lodge #23 for many years being a 3rd generation. Chick has also,  for the past 15 years, volunteered for the Interior Savings Centre for Kamloops Blazers hockey games, concerts and events. 
The family of Chick would like to thank Dr. Chung, and the wonderful staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice House for the care they gave.
The Funeral service will be held on Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Dr. at 1:00 pm with tea to follow at the Rebekah Hall at 423 Tranquille Rd. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Hospice House in Chick’s memory.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
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Schaak, Christine Rae

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013
Schaak, Christine Rae

Christine Rae Schaak
1945 - 2013
Christine Schaak (nee Gammelseter) was born on May 17, 1945 in Winnipeg, MB. She died suddenly at home in Barriere, BC on February 26, 2013 at 67 years of age. Christine leaves behind her soul mate and friend of 46 years, John; sons Jason (Marnie), and Dana of Kamloops, BC; brothers Ralph (Dolores) and Robert (Diane) of Winnipeg; sisters Ellen (Terry) and Maureen (Al) of Winnipeg; grandchildren Erik, Kayla, Emily, Nicole, Sanna and Lauren, all of Kamloops, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles all across North America. Christine was predeceased by her father Ralph and her mother Ruth, as well as her infant son, Jason.
After her schooling, Christine worked in the printing business in the Bindery Department back in the ‘Peg. She came out to Kamloops, BC in 1976 with John and they moved to Surrey in 1982 where she spent her spare time (if any) at the Kinney’s Shoe Store in the Guildford Mall. Back they went to Kamloops in 1983 to raise their two sons until they left the nest. Then, Christine worked for Liquidation World. In 2008, Christine and John moved to Barriere, making retirement “semi-official.” In Barriere, Christine volunteered with the Thrift Store, she helped at the Flower Shop and was very active with the Garden Club.
Christine’s family was very important to her, and she earned the distinction for being chosen as the best place for her sons and their friends to go to after school for cookies and snacks on Sandpiper Drive. She was known across the province for having the best “Rum Balls” and “Chocolate Brownies.”
Following cremation, there will be a gathering to pay tribute to Christine Schaak at a later date. Donations would be appreciated in Christine’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3V2.
Condolences may be expressed on-line by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, telephone 250-672-1999.

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Leibel (nee Caes), Marcelle Jeanne

Sunday, 24 Feb 2013
Leibel (nee Caes), Marcelle Jeanne

Marcelle Jeanne Leibel
(nee Caes)
Born in Ellezelles, Belgium, Nov. 9, 1922 – d. Feb 24, 2013 Kamloops, BC. She was best known by members of the Kamloops Heritage Bridge Club and volunteer at the Canadian Cancer Society.
A strong opponent of the fluoridation of drinking water, she worked tirelessly for years creating the Kamloops Safe Water Foundation, to educate the public with tireless distribution of pamphlets at the Kamloops Farmers Market. She ultimately obtained with her group members enough signatures to have a referendum on the issue, preceded by a televised debate over the local Shaw Cable channel where they conscripted Dr. Hardy Limeback, then the head of the Dept. of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto, who charged no fee and together succeeded in defeating the practice of fluoridating the Kamloops Water System on October 13, 2001.
Another of her crowning achievements was attending the BC Senior’s Duplicate Bridge competition in Chilliwack in 1998, where she received a Gold medal with her team mate and good friend, Harry Larsen.
She was a fighter in her life, taking on poverty and breast cancer, as well as numerous other physical ailments, overcoming all with a solid determination to conquer what stood in her way. This “will to survive” and to take on all health challenges took her beyond her 90th birthday, achieving personal independence and dignity in the process.
Marcelle is survived by her four children: Jackie Bruce of Calgary, AB, Dan Leibel (Marilyn) of Langley, BC, Patrick Leibel (Sue Northcott) of Kamloops, BC, Mike Leibel of Calgary, AB. She also is survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Marcelle will be greatly missed by her family, long-time and dear to her heart companion Art Jones, her very dear friend Audrey Weeks, as well as many other long-time friends.
A memorial will be held at the Kamloops Funeral Home located at 285 Fortune Drive at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 with Janet Kusler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marcelle's memory to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family at

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Dinsdale, David Owen

Sunday, 24 Feb 2013
Dinsdale, David Owen

David Owen Dinsdale, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday February 24th at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC, following surgery.
He is survived and sadly missed by his two sons Blair David (Reiko) of Zama City, Japan, and Travis Owen (Krista) of Calgary, Alberta. Also survived by his loving sisters Susan Fritz, Debbie Elliott, Wendy Fox, brother Kevin Baldwin, stepbrother Raymond Baldwin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Dave’s cheerful presence will be missed by everyone he knew.
He was predeceased by his parents Elsie Kathleen Baldwin in 2009 and Owen Garfield Dinsdale in 1984, and also his stepfather George Baldwin in 1984.
Dave was born April 17, 1949 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He lived in Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Alberni, Salmon Arm, Prince Rupert, Okanagan Falls, Parksville, Victoria and Golden, BC, before moving to Kamloops in 1974 to attend the Cariboo College Carpentry Program. He remained in Kamloops where he and Rosemary raised their two children.
Dave loved to cook, fish, cycle, kayak, canoe, make beer and wine, entertain, and most of all liked to cheer on the BC Lions. He was famous for his power naps and vehicle restoration projects.
Dave was an employee of SD 73 Kamloops/Thompson where he worked as a Carpenter for 21 years. He had just recently retired in September of 2012.
A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9th, at Schoenings Funeral Home, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 2G8
Condolences may be expressed at 
Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to his family for the installation of a memorial park bench to be placed on the walking trail at McArthur Island Park or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.
Arrangements under the direction
of Schoenings Funeral Home, Kamloops, BC
Ph: (250) 374–1454 Toll Free: (800) 668–3379

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