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Klassen, Dwayne Edwin

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012
Klassen, Dwayne Edwin

Dwayne Edwin Klassen
January 5, 1942 – October 23, 2012
Dwayne is survived by his loving partner Margaret, his son Riley Klassen and daughter Carleen Ellis of Edmonton, his brothers Jesse (Simone) of Big River Sask., Greg (Edmonton) his sisters Patricia, Samantha,  and Donna (Saskatoon)  as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and six grandchildren. Dwayne was born in Big River Sask. and started his truck driving career at an early age. He became a very accomplished truck driver, driving extensively in Canada and also the US. He drove logging trucks and ore trucks in BC and the Yukon before retiring to Kamloops in 2007.
A memorial service will be held in Big River at a later date.
Margaret would like to thank the doctors, nurses, therapists, care aides, social workers, and paramedics who were involved in Dwayne’s care at RIH, Ponderosa Lodge and Overlander Hospital. A special thank you to Jerry Lieuwen for his weekly visits.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2T1 or Ponderosa Lodge, 425 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2T4 in memory of Dwayne would be appreciated.
Cremation entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250-374-1454

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Biggar, Gloria Rosemary Georgia

Sunday, 21 Oct 2012
Biggar, Gloria Rosemary Georgia

Gloria (Rosemary Georgia) Biggar
We sadly announce the passing of Gloria on October 21, 2012, age 90, in Salmon Arm, BC. Born August 18, 1922 in Kelowna, BC.
Predeceased by husband FLoyd Biggar and infant son John.
Parents: Leo and Marian Casorso. Sisters: Gwendolyn Casorso, Leona Whiteman, Florence Gurney, Brother Gordon. Survived by sons Doug (Donna) Biggar of Salmon Arm, BC, Gordon (Marilyn) Biggar, Ken Biggar, Vernon, BC, daughters: Linda (Ron) Ray, of Edson AB, Gwen (Sharon) Biggar of Kamloops, BC.
Gloria has sixteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren. Gloria spent 55 years of her married life in Kamloops, BC, raising her family, volunteering at Marian Schilling School, helping in library, casually working at Daily News Paper. She will be remembered for just loving life. And her appreciation for all that was done for her, by others.
Very special thanks to the staff and nurses and care aides who took such loving care of our mom.
There will not be a funeral. Family to gather in Kelowna, BC. spring of 2013 for internment; ashes to be placeed in the grave of infant son John Biggar.

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Dunlop, Marjorie Helen

Saturday, 20 Oct 2012
Dunlop, Marjorie Helen

November 2,1926 - October 20, 2012
Mom passed away peacefully Saturday October 20 just short of her 86th birthday. She was the fourth of six children born to Archibald and LaVerne Reaugh. Her younger years were spent in Prince George until at fourteen, on a brave whim, she and a girlfriend lied about their age to join the army. They were excited to be shipped to Vernon then Vancouver. Working her way home she took a job in Kamloops and the majority of her life was spent here in Westsyde where she and Dad raised their seven children. She was a wonderful mother and friend and is greatly missed by all her family.
She was predeceased by our Dad (E. Ray) Shorty, July 16,1991, her parents, brothers Bernard and Howard (Knick), and sister Doris. She is survived by her sister Lola, brother Ivor (Barbara), sister-in-law Beulah, and her children Judy, Gail, Donna, Barry, Bob (Denise), Sandra and Dan, as well as her special niece Shirley. Ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Mom really was an exceptional woman. The first four children were tended to without benefit of indoor plumbing other than the kitchen sink. Many winter months were spent hanging clothes on the line to freeze and then bringing them in to hang on a drying rack. She always warmed our towels on the wood stove oven door for our baths in the galvanized tub. Mom didn't drive so she needed to be a person of all knowledge when we were ill. By the time the last three children were born we had bus service in Westsyde so she had more mobility. The last three were very ill as babies and Mom would take the bus into town and tend to them at the hospital each day, then go home and tend to the rest of the family. Mom never complained of any of the hardships or difficulties she endured, she seemed to just take life in stride. She was always cheerful, singing or whistling or yodelling as she worked, and often when she was doing laundry on the porch, her yodel could be heard echoing up the river. Many evening hours would be spent knitting, helping with homework, reading to us, or laughing as she taught us Scrabble. To our delight, Dad would often grab her and waltz her grandly around our tiny living room. We are all very proud of her and grateful for having had such a gracious, patient, and loving Mother.
As we became less dependent Mom took up hunting with Dad and began horseback riding again. Once Mom finished raising her family she worked at Woodwards and Ponderosa. She enjoyed league bowling and her hilarious trips to Reno with her sisters-in-law.
Mom spent the past several years contentedly in Pinegrove Care Centre where she received exceptional care. Our thanks to the wonderful staff!
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Prince George where her ashes will be interred with her Mother and sister.
We are truly blessed to have had this wonderful lady in our lives for as long as we did and she and Dad have left us with many fond and loving memories.
No flowers please but cards & stories will be accepted with pleasure!
206 Columbia, Kamloops, BC, V2C2S9.

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Gleave, Alfred Edward

Saturday, 20 Oct 2012
Gleave, Alfred Edward

Mr. Alfred Edward Gleave entered into rest on October 20, 2012 at Royal Inland Hospital at the age of 91. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, his sons Fred (Aileen) and Ronald (Brigitte), Kathryne (Don) McCarthy, Karen (Ken) Wagner and Bonnie (Dave) Drinkwater; fourteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren with another one on the way; as well as many relatives and friends. Alfred was predeceased by his daughter Theresa Lynn, grandson Christopher, his sisters Joan and Bernice.
Alfred was a Second World War veteran.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street.
Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Box 277, Kamloops, BC V2C 5K6 in memory of Alfred would be appreciated.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to
Schoening Funeral Service, 250.374.1454

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Goddyn (nee Leonard), Tracy

Saturday, 20 Oct 2012
Goddyn (nee Leonard), Tracy

“Nee Leonard”
Tracy Lynn Goddyn passed away at the age of 47 at the Kamloops Hospice Home on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Tracy is survived by her husband of 18 years Jack Goddyn, her daughter Cortney (Blake Rodgers) Leonard, her son Andrew (Samantha Hovey) Niehaus, her mother Sharron (Barry) Good, her niece Shannon Goddyn as well as many relatives and friends. Tracy will also be missed by her grandchildren Hope Leonard and Haley Douglas.
She was predeceased by her father Raymond Leonard.
No formal service by request.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Breast Cancer Society of BC, 300 – 1090 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2N7 in memory of Tracy would be appreciated.
Cremation entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250.374.1454.

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Friesen (nee Heinzelman), Donna Beverly

Monday, 15 Oct 2012
Friesen (nee Heinzelman), Donna Beverly

August 14, 1948 – October 15, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Donna Beverly Friesen (nee Heinzelman) of Kamloops. Daughter to Clarence and Esther Heinzelman, both predeceased and also by her brother Max.
Donna is survived by her husband Thane Sr., her sons Thane (Andree) and Jason (Dasha), her grandchildren Jacob, Deja, Mick, Dasha, Jelise and Cade. Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters Dorothy (Greg) and Brenda, her brother Brian, her niece and nephews Leif, Alison, Dane and Forrest.
Early in her life mom moved to Quesnel with her family attending school. The family construction business surrounded mom with some honest hardworking tough guys. She led her life this way. At 17 not completing school she moved to Vancouver to live with an aunt and started work in a furniture factory. On November 27, 1965, married dad and started a family over the next few years. Mom worked in a plywood plant and at SuperValu. By the age of 24 with two young boys mom lost her mother and became parent to her younger siblings, holding the family together.
In 1973 we moved to Kamloops. Mom became an avid hockey mom taking us to our games and practices while maintaining a household. She was a great cook and always looked after us. Years later she worked at the Kamloops News as Supervisor in the classifieds. Here she loved the great times with her co-workers and customers, enjoying many laughs with her great sense of humor and open ear to anyone. Over the years mom enjoyed many holiday occasions with family executing her great cooking skills. We spent this last Thanksgiving with her, which was her favorite holiday. It was the first time she was not able to cook. Mom’s hobbies were antique collecting, cooking and was an avid gardener. She loved and was always surrounded by animals. Her grandchildren meant everything to her and she was very proud of them. Mom always had a place in her heart to give herself to people whether it was kids in the neighborhood, seniors at Tim Horton’s or people at the dog park. Social status was irrelevant to mom.
Larger than life Donna is gone but never forgotten.
Our hearts are empty.
Special thanks to Dr. Stoltze and the staff of Interior Health. Please in lieu of flowers donations to the Kamloops SPCA in memory of mom would be appreciated.
Rest in Peace, mom!
A Private burial will be Friday, October 19, 2012 at Hillside Cemetery.
A party and celebration of mom’s life will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Colombo Lodge (rear entrance), all friends and acquaintances of mom are welcome as well as friends of her family.
Services entrusted to
Schoening Funeral Service, 250.374.1454

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Beenen, Rick Ben

Saturday, 13 Oct 2012
Beenen, Rick Ben

Rick Ben Beenen
April 20, 1955 to October 13, 2012
It is with heartfelt and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Beenen. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Denise, and his sons Curtis (Amanda), and Trevor, his grandchildren, Kiera,and twins Jayde and Siera, and his siblings, Carol (Bill), Gail, Bonnie, John, Joe (Yogi), Darlene, Ron (Susan), Larry, Lyle (Tammy), and Phil, many brother and sister-in-law, and mother-in-law Dora Deslaurier, and several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Linda (Beenen) Bestward and Ed Bestward, and sister Donna Bolen.
Rick was a very compassionate and caring person. He always put his family and friends first. He was a very dedicated custodian with the School Board for over 32 years. He will be dearly missed by the staff, teachers and students of Brock Middle School. He enjoyed working outside and spending as much time as possible at the cabin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Henry Grube Center, 245 Kitchener Crescent, North Kamloops.
In Lieu of flowers please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 250-554-2324

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Mitra, Diptendra

Saturday, 13 Oct 2012
Mitra, Diptendra

Diptendra Mitra
December 14, 1926 - October 13, 2012

Being a parent is no easy job. There is no guidebook, so the best you can do is approach every day with love for your children. Dip Mitra was a father who did just that.
Dip was born in Calcutta, India in 1926 and after graduating from University; he emigrated to England, attended the London School of Economics, and then eventually moved to Canada. He settled in Kamloops in 1969 with his wife and three boys and began a career as a Senior Chemical Engineer with Weyerhaeuser Kamloops Pulp Mill till his retirement in 1992. Dip was an incredibly detailed oriented and cerebral man. He was able to perform staggering calculations with a slide rule and was incredibly talented at his job with numerous published articles to his name.  On the flip side, his favorite movie was Harry and the Henderson’s and he loved to watch wrestling. More than anything, Dad cherished his respect. While not everyone always liked the questions he may have asked, my dad worked hard to gain their respect. Ultimately, he always approached his family with true love and that is really all you can ask for.
Dip passed away on October 13 and is survived by his ex-wife Julia, three sons Devendra, Nicholas and Christopher, his daughter-in-law Alisa and his two grandchildren Casie and Keenan (who always put a smile on his face). All of us were lucky enough to be close by in his last few days. He also leaves two brothers, Santu and Laltu, who reside in India and were recently able to reconnect with their brother after over 40 years.
Dad had 86 years on this planet, but even after his passing, he is still making a huge impact on the lives of his family. No formal service is planned for dad; he was a private man. If you would like to pay your respects, take a moment to tell your family how much you love them.
Thank you to Dr. Conley, Dr. Michaud, Dr. Schumacher, Lianne Berst from the Kidney Clinic and the entire staff of RIH-ER and RIH 7-North for their incredible level of care.

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Brown, Richard Steven

Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012
Brown, Richard Steven

Richard Steven Brown
Richard passed away unexpectedly
on October 10, 2012 in Kamloops BC
at the age of 55 years.
He is survived by his wife
Shirley Brown (Jensen) of Kamloops, and
his brothers; Mike Brown (Vancouver), Dan
Brown (Calgary) and John Brown (Calgary)
as well as his niece, Savannah (Calgary). Richard
was predeceased by his parents, Dick
and Biney Brown.
Richard went to BCIT and worked for quite
some time as an Instrumentation Technician
for various oil and drilling companies in
Alberta and BC. Richard had to retire on
disability due to his severe arthritis and he
moved back to Kamloops to help his parents,
Dick and Biney Brown, as they retired from
their careers.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held
in Merritt, BC at 1 pm on November 10th
at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, at
1940 Quilchena Ave.
In lieu of fl owers donations can be made to the
Canadian Arthritis Society
at for the
Richard Steven Brown
memorial fund.

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Kleefeld, Daniel (Dan)

Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012
Kleefeld, Daniel (Dan)

Daniel (Dan) Kleefeld
July 1, 1950 ~ October 9, 2012
Dan passed away peacefully on the morning of October 9, 2012 with his family by his side. Dan loved his family, fishing, hunting, working on his motorcycle and working on small engines. He could fix anything around the house even when everyone else wanted to scrap it. He loved cooking and pleased everyone when he made his famous spaghetti. Dan worked as an electrician at major projects across Western Canada, until he started working for the Kamloops school district so he could stay close to his family.
He was predeceased by his brother Ken and his parents.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Sherrie, children Roseanna (Blake), Shawn (Cassandra), Lynette (Chad), grandchildren Hayden, Rowan, Riley, Mya and Daniel, god children Mathew and Cecelia Finch, sisters Theresa, Kathy (Joe), Barbara, Maryanne (Art) and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his in-laws Bob and Kay Graham, brother-in-law Alan (Joanne) and sister-in-law Terrie.
A service will be held at a later date.
A special thank you to Dr. Stefanyk and his office and especially to his friend Harry Harrison. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society 405-235 1ST Ave. Kamloops, BC V2C 3J4 or to Kamloops Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9.

Arrangements entrusted to
Personal Alternative Funeral Services
250 554 2324

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