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Gray, Alice Marita (Aleven)

Saturday, 20 Nov 2010
Gray, Alice Marita (Aleven)

Alice Marita (Aleven) Gray
Feb. 12, 1963 - Nov. 20, 2010
With great sorrow we mourn the passing of a great mother, wonderful wife and loyal friend.
Alice lost her courageous eleven month battle with lung cancer on Nov. 20 with her loving family at her side. We were humbled by the strength she showed and lifted by her never-ending positive attitude.
Special thanks to Dr. Servaas Swart for his continual care and support during this difficult time, and heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home. We have the utmost admiration and stand in awe at the dedication and care you show every day.
Alice is survived by her husband of 22 years, Stephen, son Andrew, daughter Sarah, sisters Ankie and Gerry, Uncle Ab and Aunt Reit and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
A celebration of Alice's life will be held at Schoenings Funeral Home Sunday Nov. 28th at 1:00 pm.
Condolences can be expressed at In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations can be made in Alice's name to the Kamloops Hospice Association at 72 Whiteshield Cresent S., Kamloops, BC. V2E 2S9

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Ellison, James (Jim)

Friday, 19 Nov 2010
Ellison, James (Jim)

James (Jim) Ellison
Dec 21/1933 – Nov 19/2010
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather. James passed peacefully in the company of his family on November 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm in his 77th year.
James was predeceased by his parents John and Margaret, brother John Ellison and loving daughter Shelley.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years Karen, Daughter Cindy (Al Williamson), sons Kevin (Denise) and Randy (Kendra); grandchildren Brett, Drew, Kurt, Jenna, Bryan, Ian, Kassidy, McKenzie, Kora, and Calvin. Also in Northern Ireland his sister in-law Rene Ellison and niece Jennifer (Ian) Duncan and family, brother Frank (Colleen) and family, as well as his brother William in Australia. James also leaves behind many sister and brother in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends here at home in Canada as well as Northern Ireland, England, Denmark, and Australia.
James was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland on December 21, 1933. He was the third son of 4 boys. At the age of 19, James traveled to Canada on the M.V Augusta. Once in Canada, he made his way to Semans, Saskatchewan where he worked on a farm. Once there he met and married Karen and they had four children together. James worked for McLeod’s in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan for a number of years before deciding to move the family to Kamloops, BC. During his time in Kamloops, James was involved in a number of businesses, many related to the construction industry.
James was a proud Lions Club member. His commitment to community started in Strasbourg when he first joined Lions and continued while he was still able. During his time in Lions he held many positions from Club President to Zone Chairman. James was honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for distinguished service in Lions.
James will be remembered as a great friend to many and a wonderful father. He enjoyed being with family and friends even to the end. Although he could not always participate, he just loved being a part of what was going on around him.
The Family would like to thank the staff and nurses at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice, Dr Felik, Dr Chung, Dr Proctor, Dr Bishop, and the nurses from the Cancer Clinic all who made his battle with cancer more bearable. As well the many family and friends who called and visited him on a regular basis. Thank you all for making his life that much better.
A Memorial Service will be held for James at the Kamloops United Church on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 2pm for those wishing to join in celebrating his life.
Should friends desire, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Cancer Services Fund, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1 or the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9 would be appreciated in Jim’s memory.
Condolences may be expressed at
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454

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Shefsky, Stella

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010
Shefsky, Stella

Stella Shefsky
1920 – 2010
On Nov. 16, 2010, Stella Shefsky passed away very peacefully from lung cancer at Kamloops Seniors Village at the age of 90 years.
Stella is survived by her loving daughter Carol (Gary) Bacon of Kamloops; her five grandchildren: Dean Bacon of Vancouver, Corey (Deborah) Bacon of Kamloops, Trevor (Monica) Shefsky of Stony Plain, Alta., Lisa Shefsky of Calgary, and Trent (Stacey) Shefsky of Kelowna; nine great-grandchildren; and her sister Lori (a.k.a. Helen) Sheba. Stella felt great joy in having great-grandchildren Sophie and Jack living so close to her (their GG).
She was predeceased by husband Jack (1971), son David (1978), sisters Olga (2002), Elsie (2008), Ada (2009), and Perlee (2010).
Stella Sheba was born in Edmonton, Alta., the fifth of six girls. She married Jack Shefsky in 1940 in Edmonton, where their two children were later born. In 1949 the family moved to Westlock, Alta. where Jack was manager of The Westlock Mercantile, then owner of Shefsky’s Shopping Center which later became Westlock IGA. Stella assisted Jack in these endeavours, as well as being a co-owner for a short time of the Notion & Novelty Shop in the 1950’s. A few years after Jack’s death in 1971, Stella moved to Edmonton where she worked in the jewellery dept. for Woodward’s Westmount. Following her son’s premature death and later her recovery from a serious car accident, she decided to move closer to her daughter in Kamloops, where she resided for 24 years until her death.
Known for her feisty personality as she grew older, Stella will be missed by the on-earth angels who cared for her so lovingly and patiently at Kamloops Senior Village for the past two years and at Ponderosa Lodge for over three years. The family will forever be grateful for the excellent care and sincere affection shown to Stella by so many staff, even in difficult times. There are so many names to mention but extra special appreciation to Maria at KSV and Bonnie her hip physio assistant for eight years, both who treated Stella as if she were their own mother.
No service by request. Disposition of cremated remains of both Jack and Stella will be carried out at a later date in Westlock.
Should friends desire, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or the Canadian Cancer Society.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service.

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Fraser, Ed John

Saturday, 13 Nov 2010
Fraser, Ed John

On Saturday, November 13, 2010 Mr. Ed John Fraser passed away peacefully at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops at the age of 83 years. He is survived by his daughters Darlene (Dave) Hookham of Kelowna and Cindy (Jerry) Achen of Saskatoon and his son Ray (Brenda) Fraser of Kamloops; his five grandchildren Chris (Tammy) McKenzie, Charla (Mike) Johnstone, Shawna (Kevin) Scott, Lindsay (Matt) Shaw and Ryan Achen and nine great grandchildren.
Ed was predeceased by his brother and two sisters.
Dad was born in Armstrong (Grandview Flats) on September 4, 1927. He was the youngest of four children. He was in the Air Force for approximately 14 years, after leaving the Air Force he moved to Kamloops and was a heavy equipment operator for a number of years. He drove a City Bus and Greyhound for many years. After retirement he enjoyed going out for coffee every day meeting old friends. He volunteered at the Senior Centre in North Kamloops for a period of time. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time.
No formal service by his request.
Should friends desire, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 201-635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3 in memory of Ed would be appreciated.
Condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374-1454.

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Matthews, Meryl Beatrice

Saturday, 13 Nov 2010
Matthews, Meryl Beatrice

1911 – 2010
Meryl Matthews passed away peacefully at Ponderosa Lodge on Saturday, November 13. She was known as the “Rose Lady” - gardener extraordinaire! Meryl was a true “Kamloopsian” – born at the original Lorne Street Hospital ninety-nine years ago. (the new Royal Inland Hospital opened a year after her birth)
She was predeceased by her father Charles Wain, her mother Helen Beatrice, (Meryl was only three when her mother died) and her siblings Alfred, Arthur, Marjorie and Leona. The small family home was at 526 St. Paul Street. Her father was city superintendent in the early 1900’s and her mother worked with untiring zeal throughout the mission days of the church helping to establish Kamloops United Church (formerly the Methodist Church) Meryl was the first baby baptized in the new church..
She is survived by her sister-in-law Olive Wain, her niece Helen Verhegge (Maurice) of Wetaskawin and nephew Stuart Wain (Jean) and many great nieces and great nephews.
Meryl married Fred Matthews in 1948 and in his retirement they grew roses and gladioli and ran the MM Garden Shop downtown. Fred died in 1973. Meryl was also employed by the “Sentinel” newspaper for 30 years.
With no children of her own, Meryl dedicated herself to the City of Kamloops as a business owner, school trustee, City Alderman, South Central Union Board of Health, Royal Inland Hospital Board … her greatest honour being the first female to be made Freeman of the City of Kamloops. She was the charter member of the Kamloops Garden Club and Soroptimist International of Kamloops.
A huge bouquet of thanks to firstly the Cariboo Manor staff and then to the Pine Grove staff who did an amazing job caring for Meryl and for also keeping the gardens at pine Grove meticulously manicured. Flowers always brought Meryl much joy. Please remember Meryl when you visit her rose garden in Riverside Park.
A Celebration of Meryl’s life will take place at Kamloops United Church on Wednesday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the K.U.C. (Kamloops United Church) Redevelopment Fund or the City Foundation for Replacement of roses at Riverside Park.
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service
telephone 250 -374-1454.

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Husa, Charles (Karel) Tomas

Friday, 12 Nov 2010
Husa, Charles (Karel) Tomas

Charles (Karel) Tomas Husa
April 2, 1927 ~ Nov. 12, 2010

Charles passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savoiur, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Charles and his family came to Kamloops from England in 1969, where he was employed at Tranquille School until his retirement in 1985.
He was a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church where he was active in various ministries over the years.
Charles is survived by his loving wife Ann of 52-1/2 years, his children, Karen (Don), Wendy (Daryl) and Neville (Celine). Also, his grandchildren Terri (Brad), Robin, Jonathon, Chantel, Raylene, Austin and Nathan, his great-grandchildren Johnny, Rikki, Emily and Ethan. Also his brother Louis (Peggy). He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Florence, his brother Bob and wife Maisie, and his grandson Rikki Byman.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all the wonderful staff working on 5 South at Royal Inland Hospital, Rev. Ray Parker and all those who were very supportive during our time of sorrow.
A celebration of Charles' life will be held at
1:00 pm, November 20, 2010 at the Free Methodist Centennial Chapel, 975 Windbreak Street, Kamloops, with Rev. Ray Parker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charles may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home at 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9, or to a charity of your choice.

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Wright, Clifford Dwight

Thursday, 11 Nov 2010
Wright, Clifford Dwight

Born June 3, 1926
Passed on Nov. 11, 2010
Royal Inland Hospital
He was a 20 year
veteran of the Air Force - 2nd World War -
and many years with the Salvation Army
here in Kamloops.
Survived by his wife, two sisters, one brother, one son and one granddaughter.

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Gloyn, Hetty

Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010
Gloyn, Hetty

1918 ~ 2010
Hetty Gloyn (nee Jackson) passed away in Kamloops on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at the age of 92. She is survived by her daughters Sandra Durnin (Bruce), Sharon Gloyn (Rod), Jo-Anne Rohrmoser (Hermann), Brenda Spence (Stu), seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, who will all miss her deeply. She is also survived by her sisters, Tina and Cathy, and her twin brother, George, and by many nieces and nephews and their families. Hetty was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1995. She was also predeceased by her brothers, David, Tommy and Robert, her grandson, Warren, and her son-in-law, Bruce.
Hetty was born in Kippen, Scotland on June 21, 1918, one of seven children born to Hetty and George Jackson. In 1926, she immigrated with her mother and siblings to Canada to join her father in Salmon Arm, where the Jackson family established themselves as early pioneers. Hetty married John Gloyn on October 28, 1942 and together they raised four children in Salmon Arm.
Hetty was a strong woman who centered her life on her love of her family. She was proud of her daughters and has passed on to them both her independent spirit and her sense of humour. She loved her grandchildren and her sense of humour shone when they were around.
Hetty was well known in curling circles in Salmon Arm, Nelson and Kamloops. A competitive and skilled curler, she twice skipped teams to an eight ender. Hetty and John were keen and capable golfers. She was also an avid gardener whose love of flowers remained with her throughout her life. Hetty was a Kamloops Blazers season ticket holder and an enthusiastic supporter, often offering her coaching opinions. She and John enjoyed the trips they took to Reno and, later, she found real pleasure in the annual trips she and her daughters made a part of their lives.
Hetty spent the last four years of her 33 years in Kamloops at Pine Grove Lodge. There, she received a level of loving care that made those years into ones of comfort, contentment and dignity. Her family would like the staff of Pine Grove Lodge to know that their tenderness towards Hetty will always be remembered.
 There will be no service, by request.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family from

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Isert, Laverne Arthur

Tuesday, 09 Nov 2010

With much sadness, we announce that Laverne Arthur Isert, of Kamloops, born April 8, 1938, Islay Alberta, left this earth Tuesday, November 9, 2010.
LaVerne was a staunch environmentalist his entire life. He led the successful struggle to stop exploration and mining of uranium in the North Thompson Valley in the ‘70s. This effort grew into a provincial moratorium on uranium mining that remains in effect today.
LaVerne was predeceased by his parents Doris and Art. He is survived by his son Thane Isert and grandson Zeverin Isert, sister Bonny Willisch (Herman), two brothers Dawayne (Margret) and Merv (Lorraine), Thane's mother Bessie as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
On the street with his bucket hot rod, his RV, people knew him both as Vern and LaVerne, genuine to everyone.
Yellowhead Ecological Association of Kamloops was created by LaVerne and John Stuart to stop the mining of radioactive uranium on Birch Island near Clearwater. Its success led to the current province-wide ban.
With other concerned citizens of the time , this movement became the Vancouver Peace March, now World Peace Day.
LaVerne later helped initiate the campaign against coal extraction at Hat Creek. He also managed to take on City Hall and won over his right to have a natural, unmowed lawn, in essence what we now call Xeriscape gardening.
Fifty years ago LaVerne imagined and moved toward a world we all wish we had today, one where our bio-sphere and all its life is more important than money. He reminds us we can neither eat nor breathe currency.
There will be a memorial gathering in LaVerne’s honour,at Desert Gardens Community Center, 540 Seymour St. Kamloops, BC at 2:00 pm, on Sunday the 28th of November. You are encouraged to share your personal antidote, memories and pictures of LaVerne with others at the gathering and always.

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Antonia, Michael Palmer (Mike)

Monday, 08 Nov 2010
Antonia, Michael Palmer (Mike)

In Loving Memory of
Michael (Mike) Palmer Antonia
1949 – 2010
It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Michael Palmer Antonia on November 8, 2010 at Overlander Residential Care Facility after a lengthy, hard-fought 38-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joy; his two children, Michelle (Mike) Mattes and Nick Antonia; and his grandchildren, Todd, Jake, Levi, Kirsten and Dallas. Mike is also survived by his father Ivan (Verna), brother Marc (Tracy) and sister Maureen (Hank). He leaves many family and friends to mourn his passing. Mike was predeceased by his mother Ruby, brother in law John, mother in law Gladys and infant great nephew Jonah.
Mike was born and raised in Orilla, Ontario and came out west to pursue his career as a welder. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 and worked on several large construction projects throughout BC including Tumbler Ridge, the CPR Selkirk Tunnel and the Coquihalla Highway. He also worked in several mines and shops in and around the Kamloops area.
Mike was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for golfing, fly fishing and bird hunting. At one time he was a member of Rivershore Golf and Country Club as well as a member of the Kamloops Steelhead Society, the Kamloops Trap and Skeet Club and the Dean River Fishing Society.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Overlander for their exceptional kindness and compassion shown to Mike over the last 9 years.
A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18, 2010 in the Chapel of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 177 Tranquille Rd. Kamloops with Pastor Tim Busse officiating.
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