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Sawatzky, Peter

Friday, 17 Aug 2012
Sawatzky, Peter

Peter Sawatzky
June 26, 1922-
August 17, 2012
With the love of his life by his side, Pete, went peacefully home to be with his Lord. Peter worked in Kamloops Pulp Mill until retired and lived in the Kamloops area for many years He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Eula, daughter Val Phelps, son Dennis (Sharon) stepsons Stan, Mark (Sheri) Stray. Brothers: George (Martha), Bernie (Esther) Sisters: Kate Fauteux, and Alma Harter, His eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Pete’s life and home going will be held at Christian Life Assembly Church 21277 56th Ave in Langley on Tuesday September 18th at 11:00 A.M.

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Zailo (Burlock Sawka), Annie

Friday, 17 Aug 2012
Zailo (Burlock Sawka), Annie

Annie (Burlock Sawka) Zailo
November 18, 1918 ~ August 17, 2012
Annie is survived by her four children; Ken Sawka of Kamloops BC, Mel (Elaine) Sawka of Golden BC, and twin daughters Jane (Frank) Humphrey of Kamloops BC and Alice (Ludwig) Kostiuk of Spruce Grove AB. She will also be missed by her ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents John and Katherine, her brothers Dan and Alex, her sisters Mary and Sophie, and her husbands Jack Sawka and Basil Zailo.
Annie was born in Saskatchewan on the family farm, where she worked alongside her parents and siblings. At the age of 16 she met and married Jack Sawka. They moved to their own farm, beginning their life together and starting a family. Later they moved to Melfort where Annie gained employment as a housekeeper aide for Melfort General Hospital. In 1971, Annie and Jack moved to Kamloops BC where Annie worked for A&W Food Services and Tranquille School. She was also an active member of the Women’s League and the Ukrainian Professional Businessman’s Club. Life with Jack ended in 1977 and Annie continued to reside in Kamloops. Annie enjoyed making road trips to the BC Islands to visit family. She also enjoyed taking bus tours with her friend Aurora Rabu. Later, Annie met Basil Zailo and they moved to Calgary where they were married in 1989. They would then make several moves to Lillooet, Vernon and back to Kamloops. She lost Basil in 2006.
Annie’s passions in life were her love for her garden, bingos, and her joy of cooking and canning. She also enjoyed and cherished the many visits from her grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff of Royal Inland Hospital. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Society of BC or to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home. Flowers gratefully declined.
Prayers will be held at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 109 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 with Reverend Father Pavlo Myts, officiating.
Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
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Fehr, Marcella Grace

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012
Fehr, Marcella Grace

Marcella Grace Fehr
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Marcella Grace Fehr on August 15, 2012 at 73 years of age after a short battle of cancer. Marcella passed away just 18 days after her beloved husband Jake Fehr, whose side she never left.
Marcella Fehr was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan on February 27, 1939. Her parents were Elizabeth Swain and Henry Francis of England.
Marcella was predeceased by her husband Jake Fehr (July 28, 2012), her brothers Woodrow Francis, Gerald Francis (Iona), Ronny Francis (Ina) and her sisters, Pearl Wilks (Peter) and Doreen Miscavitch (Nick).
Marcella is survived by her four children: Rosina Hoffman (George), Tina Smith (Darcy), Garret Hoogestraat (Korena) and Glen Fehr (Florriann); her nine grandchildren Alysha and Janna Fehr, Paul and Kyle Hoffman, Shawn and Candice Smith, Christopher, Blake, and Tanner Hoogestraat; her great-grandchildren Faith and Shyla Smith, Kayleigh and Ashlyn Smith, and Taylor Hoogestraat.
Marcella married her first husband, John Hoogestraat in 1956, a carpenter and a logger. They had three children together and sadly Marcella was widowed in 1961.
Marcella married Jake in 1967; together they lovingly raised the three youngsters and had a son.
They set up home in Kamloops 35 years ago. Marcella found enjoyment in her garden, flowers and hummingbirds. She relished her time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren but especially cherished her time spent with her loving husband Jake. Together they enjoyed taking road trips throughout British Columbia and an annual trip to visit family in Saskatchewan.
The last couple of months of Marcella and Jake’s lives were made comfortable by the compassionate and caring staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice. A gift to this wonderful facility in favor of Marcella or Jake would be greatly appreciated by all the family.
Jake’s family welcome friends and family to attend a Celebration of Life to be held at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. September 1, 2012 at the Pacific Host Inn and Suites conference room (1820 Rogers Place, Kamloops).

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Hicks, John (Jack) F.

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012
Hicks, John (Jack) F.

John (Jack) F. Hicks
December 26, 1929 - August 14, 2012
Born in Calgary, Alberta
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Jack is survived by his loving wife Lucy, of 61 years, four daughters Susan (Allan) Rasmussen of Merritt, B.C., Judy (Garry) Bader of Kamloops, B.C., Donna (Ken) Kernaghan of Calgary, Alta., and Jackie (Ron) Blackwell of Kamloops, B.C., eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Jack was pre-deceased by his parents Hazel and Fred Hicks, and sister Deveny Snyder of Calgary, Alta.
Jack worked summer months for CNR on the B&B at the age of 16. After graduating from High School, Jack attended Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alta, and then became a carman on the CNR in 1951 in Calgary region. He joined Sales & Marketing as a representative in 1961 in Calgary, and transferred to Kamloops with the CNR in 1972. He went back to Calgary as the Sales & Marketing Manager of Southern Alberta in 1986, transferred to Vancouver in 1988, and retired to Kamloops in 1989.
Jack loved to golf and curl and was a Past President and Past Director of the K.G.C.C. He was active in the Transportation Clubs in Calgary and the Okanagan and an Honorary member of the Senior’s Curling Club in Kamloops. Many people will recognize Jack from the many volunteer hours he has put into the community.
Jack also had a love of travel, and enjoyed many trips with family and friends touring Europe, cruising, and exploring the Caribbean at all inclusive resorts.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at #180 - 546 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5T1, or the Crohn’s/Colitis Society at 11198 - 84 Avenue, P.O. Box 33060, Delta, B.C. V4C 8E6 or at
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jack at
Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street,
on Thursday August 23 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a tea at the Kamloops Curling Club at 700 Victoria Street.

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Kjelson, John Owen

Monday, 13 Aug 2012
Kjelson, John Owen

John Kjelson
On August 13, 2012, with his wife, the love of his life, by his side, John Owen Kjelson of Heffley Creek, B.C., passed away peacefully in Vancouver, B.C., from rare lung complications following a successful stem cell transplant for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He accepted his recent illness with dignity and grace.
The youngest child of Owen and Winnifred (Freddy) Kjelson, John was born in Kamloops, B.C., on May 12, 1955. John graduated from North Kamloops Secondary School and earned an Electronics Technician Certificate from Cariboo College.
An early employer was the B.C. Forestry Service, where he worked in fire suppression. He was later employed at Balco Forest Products before starting a 26-year career at the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, the last 21 years as Maintenance Supervisor. John believed that the “Y” has an important mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities and was proud of his role in supporting its programs.
John enjoyed the outdoors. Amongst his greatest pleasures were hiking on a sunny, crisp fall day around his home near Heffley Lake, searching out firewood for the winter, and hunting and fishing with family and friends at Lac Le Jeune. He shared with Berta a passion for collecting and antiquing. His keen interest in the history of his hometown led John to become a collector of all things Kamloops.
John had a great affection for animals and they for him. He took particular joy in the companionship of the dogs, cats and horses that became such an important part of his life. At the home he loved, John enjoyed “puttering around,” designing, building and making things work. Family visits to the house were never complete without a game or two of crib.
John was a gentle, kind and caring man who cherished his friends and loved his family most of all. His loving support of his parents and his mother-in-law as they reached the end of their own lives was a great gift, freely given. John’s sense of humour stayed with him throughout his illness, providing needed comfort to his family and friends.
John is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Roberta Kjelson, and his cherished sisters, Karen Fyke and Kathy (Bill) Kals of Kamloops. He will be sorely missed by his uncles, Norman Kjelson and Elwood Blogg of Penticton; his aunts, Margaret (Don) Taylor of Kamloops, and Shirley Knuff of Salmon Arm; his nephews and nieces, Bradley Fyke, Steven Fyke and Krista Kals of Kamloops, Shannon Derrick of Ottawa, Colleen Derrick of Calgary, and Kyle Derrick of Regina; brother-in-law, Roy (Angie) Derrick of Vernon; and many dear cousins and faithful friends.
The family extends its thanks to the exceptional Vancouver General Hospital BMT/Leukemia medical team that supported John in his courageous battle with illness, and to Dr. Kraig Montalbetti of Kamloops. Special gratitude and thanks go to Dr. Donna Forrest, Dr. John Shepherd, and Dr. Kevin Song for their extraordinary combination of medical skill and compassion. Heartfelt appreciation is also extended to the nurses of the BMT/Leukemia unit – and especially Julia, Scott and Michelle – who made John’s last day so comfortable.
Heartfelt appreciation goes to John’s special friends Jim Stanley, Marty Winksne and Helen and Francis Barnett and family members Kathy Kals, Suzie and Sid Burton and Larry Amstutz for their exceptional support to John and Roberta during the final weeks of John’s life.
No service by request. Cremation and interment at Hillside Cemetery, Kamloops. Schoening’s Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
An open house will be held at St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour Street, Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, August 27, 12 Noon to 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s memory to the Patient Accommodation Pilot Program or the Hematology Research Clinical Trials Unit at VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9 (online at or the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Strong Kids Program,
400 Battle Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2L7, would be appreciated.

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Overwater, Richard James

Sunday, 12 Aug 2012
Overwater, Richard James

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Mr. Richard James Overwater on August 12, 2012 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops at the age of 64 years. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his two sons Jerry (Kelly) and Danny (Kari); three grandchildren James, Jaydyn and Ciera. Also left to cherish his memory are four sisters Elsie, Millie, Pat and Phyllis. Rick was predeceased by his father John , his mother Martha, brother Jack and sister Margaret.
Richard was born in Winnipeg on February 1, 1948, but the family moved to Vancouver when he was young. He was a well-known accomplished mechanic. Rick loved to travel to see his world. He also was a rancher in Kamloops with his family, while working in the automotive trade. He loved his family, his many friends and will be greatly missed.
No formal service by request.
Should friends desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Unit 111, 450 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 1Y3 in memory of Rick would be appreciated.

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Clarke, Elizabeth Mary

Saturday, 11 Aug 2012
Clarke, Elizabeth Mary

Elizabeth Mary Clarke
June 11, 1945 – August 11, 2012
Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke nee Alexander wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and special friend to many, passed peacefully at home in the early morning of August 11, 2012 following a long and determined battle with cancer.
Liz was born June 11, 1945 in Vancouver. Her family moved to Comox in 1958. Liz graduated from Courtenay High School in 1963. In the year that followed she met the love of her life, young Barrie Clarke of Victoria. They were married in Comox in October 1964. The Clarkes were blessed with two children Glenn and Shannon. The family lived in numerous places in BC, finally settling in Kamloops in 1980.
Liz loved swimming, hiking, curling, playing bridge, and especially golf. Through these activities she made friends for life. Barrie and Liz worked together for more than 10 years to build Wells Gray Golf Resort which they operated for 16 years.
Liz is survived by her loving husband, Barrie, son Glenn (Rhonda) their daughter Callie, granddaughters Roxanne and Trisha Smillie, sister Margot (Chris) Parr, brother-in-law Bob (Hilda) Clarke, sisters-in-law Betty (Art) Gould and Babs (Bill) Cousens as well as 5 nephews, 4 nieces. Liz was predeceased by her daughter Shannon and son-in-law Rod Smillie.
A Celebration of her Life will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2pm in the Dinner Theatre Room at the Coast Hotel Kamloops Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops.
If friends desire donations in memory of Liz may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Cancer Services Fund, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1.
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Anderson, Rita May

Thursday, 09 Aug 2012
Anderson, Rita May

Rita May Anderson
March 9, 1932 ~ August 9, 2012
Mom passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Doogie, Diana, Marie & Hector in the comfort of the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice.
Predeceased by: Her parents: Hector (1934) & Marie(1973), Beloved Husband Ross (1984), beloved sons; Christopher (1986), Willie (1991). Very Special Friend; Owen (Van) VanDyke (2007). Her sister Mary Thompson & brothers Joe & Hector. Rita May is survived by her son; Ross (Doogie) and his wife Diana. Daughter; Marie and her husband Hector MacDonald. Grandchildren: (Rita was affectionaly called “Amma”) Rogan (Keri). Krystal (Mike) Pearson, Christopher (Joey) Anderson. Murdock (Kate)MacDonald, Tanner MacDonald, Great-Grandchildren: Curtis, Taylor & Gracie Pearson; Naveed Anderson; Ethan MacDonald. Very Special Neighbors and Best Friends; Terry & Esther Millar and all-their family. Beloved “Aunti” Etta from Australia; sisterin-law Janet McNeil and all Rita’s nephews and nieces. Many Icelandic relatives from Manitoba. And blessed with Best Friends; that Rita considered her family. Violet Maartman and all her children. Too many others to name, but you all know who you are.
Rita was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the “baby” of her family. Her mother Marie was lcelandic and her father Hector was Scottish. Rita was only 2 years old when her dad died from the effects of the mustard gas that was used in France in WWI, He served from 1915 -1917. When she was 12 years old, her mother packed up and moved to Vancouver so she could be closer to Rita’s oldest brother Joe, who served during WWII. He joined the Canadian Navy before Pearl Harbour and Joe wanted his Mom and baby sister to move so he could help support them. After WWII, Rita’s older sister Mary and her sons and her brother Hector moved to Vancouver so they could all be together.
After graduating high school, Rita worked at a fish canning factory with her best friend Peggy Duncan, Later she got a job as a telephone operator. ln those days, you had to call the “operator” to even make a local call.
She met and fell in love with Ross in 1951 and they married in 1952. they had 4 children within the next 7 years; Doogie, Marie, Willie & Chris. Ross drove truck for a living and he came to Kamloops first, to make sure that it was going to be a steady job. He lived at the Franklin Hotel, which was owned by the Yanchuk family. After 6 months,-they made the huge decision to Ieave all their family and friends in Vancouver and make Kamloops their home in 1961. In 1967 they bought a home in Brocklehurst and she stayed there until she died.
Rita was a “stay-at-home” Mom and spent her whole life raising her kids, volunteering for schools, church and the boy’s sports. In 1974 she started working at Tranquille in the laundry and within a few years became involved with the union as a rep.
Between 1984 & 1991 Rita lost her husband Ross and-her 2 sons, Chris & Willie. Even with all her heartbreak, she never lost her love and compassion for all those who knew her.
In 1995 Rita met Van from California and became a “snowbird”. They had 12 wonderful years together. Rita May was an amazing wife, mother and best friend to aII those around her. Rita’s door was”always” open and she was blessed with many friends that she considered family.
Rita spent the last 3 weeks of her life at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice. We would like to thank the AMAZING STAFF for all their love and care. They made it possible for Mom to die with grace and dignity. Many thanks to Dr. Mavis Hollman ---you went above and beyond and Mom loved you very much.
In lieu of flowers, Doogie and Marie would be honoured if you make a donation to the Kamloops Hospice Association, in Mom’s memory. Donations can be mailed to: Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr., South, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9. Ph: (250) 372- 1336. They also accept phone in donations with a visa or MasterCard.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Rita May’s life will take place at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, located at 285 Fortune Drive.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
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LaGasse (nee Potts), Dorothy Elizabeth

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012
LaGasse (nee Potts), Dorothy Elizabeth

Dorothy Elizabeth
LaGasse (née Potts)
1931 ~ 2012
Dorothy Elizabeth LaGasse, a long time resident of Kamloops and Pritchard, passed on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the age of 80, in the Pine Grove Seniors Home.
She is survived by her loving husband Lyle, children Cathy Morrell of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Pat (Ron) Joorisity of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Jeannette (Brian) Wright of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ken (Enid) Martin of Kamloops, BC and Nancy (Richard) Bennett of Sooke, BC; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother Ernie (Pam) Potts of Prince George and sister Marg (Scotty) McNiven of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Dorothy was born in 1931 in Eston, Saskatchewan, she was the second of three children and raised five of her own. After moving to Kamloops in 1972, she worked many years at the Royal Inland Hospital. Dorothy was a loving mother and a pleasure to know. She enjoyed many good years with her husband Lyle, hunting and fishing. Dorothy also enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and quilting. She had a heart of Gold.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Pine Grove for their loving care. There will be no formal service as per Dorothy’s request.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
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Lorimer, Ross McIntosh

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012
Lorimer, Ross McIntosh

May 18, 1945 ~ August 7, 2012
Ross McIntosh Lorimer was born May 18, 1945. He died suddenly on August 7, 2012 while gathering firewood in the woods near his home in Lac Le Jeune. Ross is survived by his wife of 41 years, Beverley, and his children Michael (Tammy) and Kathryn (Jason). The pride of Ross’ life were his two grandchildren Talyn and Lauren. Since retirement, he has taken every opportunity to spend time with his two beautiful grandchildren.
He is also survived by siblings Ted (Leanne), Jeanie, Jamie (Jennifer), Keith (Chris), sister in law Barbara (Tom) and many nieces and nephews.
Ross spent his entire working career in sales with Cadbury/Schweppes, Fraser Valley Foods, Pillsbury and Golden Boy. During his career, he worked with customers and friends throughout the entire province. Whether it was major retail chains or mom and pop corner stores, he built friendships that lasted throughout his entire career.
Ross enjoyed many vacations at Salt Spring Island and the Oregon Coast. This love of the west coast began with his boyhood summers spent at the family home on Salt Spring Island. Ross has travelled to Scotland numerous times over the past decade to visit daughter Kathryn and her family in Edinburgh. He loved the outdoors and took daily walks on nearby trails with his four-legged pals Kootenay and Tanner. Retirement also brought a renewed interest in golfing, fishing and spending time around the pool table with his friends.
At Ross’ request, his life will be celebrated in a small family ceremony on Salt Spring in October. In lieu of flowers, donations to Variety Children’s Charity would be appreciated. For those wishing to pay their respects, an Open House will be held at his home in Lac Le Jeune on August 19th from noon until 2:00PM.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577  
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