Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on July 18, 2014 @ 11:00 am at our Lady of the Lake Parish, 2385 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay, BC.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Albert Martin on July 11, 2014. Albert was born in the town of Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. He spent his working life in Coquitlam. Albert retired at age 55 and moved with his wife Nora to Chase, BC.
Albert will be remembered for his love of life and his enjoyment of music, fishing and curling. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed giving back to the community.
Albert was predeceased by his mother Yvonne, father William, brothers Adrian, Marcel and Gilles, sister, Terry and son, Glen. Albert is survived by his wife Nora, daughter Arlene, son Larry, stepdaughters Maureen (Gerald), Janet (Dwayne) and Lisa (David), brothers Roland (Pam), Lou (Terry), Maurice (Donna), sisters Clare, Jeanette, Vivian, Rachel (Ray), sisters-in-law Laurette, Sally and Marie, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family extends their thanks and gratitude to the nurses and staff of Marjorie Willoughby Hospice. Donations are gratefully accepted to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9.
Online condolences may be sent through Albert’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com
February 5, 1917 – July 13, 2014
at the age of 97 years
Isabella Paulsen, a longtime resident of Telkwa and a familiar figure at the post office until her retirement there in 1982, has died in the Shuswap area at age 97.
Born Isabella Cathcart in Wayburn Sask., she moved to northern British Columbia with her family during the “Dirty Thirties.” Her parents took up a farm near Vanderhoof.
In Prince George, she met Thorvald Paulsen, who had immigrated to Canada from Denmark with his brother Bill in 1924. They first homesteaded in northern Alberta but they, too, had moved to B.C. in search of better economic opportunities during the 1930s. Thorvald was working as a butter maker when he and Isabella got married and started their family — three daughters, one of whom died within days of her birth but who was never forgotten. Thorvald contracted tuberculosis and spent years in the sanitarium at Tranquille. When he was released, minus a lung, he moved the family
to Telkwa where he had bought a creamery with his partner Bill Kinney. Their Bulkley Valley Creamery butter, wrapped by Thorvald’s daughters Kathrine and Ellen, was wellknown in the valley.
Thorvald was an active member of the community, serving as councillor, as a member of the Centennial Committee in 1967, and as chef for many years at the annual Telkwa barbecue. Besides working in the post office, Isabella kept busy with her church, providing meals and visits to some of
the old bachelors who had logged, prospected and trapped the north in the early days. Both took pride in their substantial garden. Thorvald had built a greenhouse for tomatoes and peppers and also
had a small collection of fruit trees. On a crab apple he had grafted branches from other species so he was getting five different kinds of apples from the one tree.
When Dairyland built a large plant in Smithers, BC and outbid Thorvald for farmers’ production of milk, he closed Bulkley Valley Creamery and retired. Until his health failed and he was unable to get around much, he used to delight his grandchildren by taking them into the woods to forage, they would bring back a cardboard box full of ink cap mushrooms and Thorvald would cook them up for a
After he died in 1988, Isabella sold their house on Highway 16 in the middle of Telkwa and bought a two-bedroom unit in a development in Sicamous, her first ever brand-new home. Her move brought her close to her daughter Ellen, who, with her husband Gary Ingham, had moved there from Prince Rupert when Gary retired from a plumbing and heating company. They wanted a place without a lot of rain. Isabella, who had open-heart surgery and received a new heart valve in her 70s, maintained good physical health but her vision and her memory began to fail her. She passed away at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm on July 13, 2014. She leaves her daughters Kathrine (Barrie) and Ellen (Gary),
grandchildren Tony (Carl), Tracy (John), Carol (Randy) and Janice, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
No public service is planned.
December 16, 1990 – July 12, 2104
at the age of 23 years
PFEIFER, Hilda (Billie) Emma (91 years young) It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that our Auntie Bill passed away. Hilda Emma Virtue was born in Okotoks, AB on December 24, 1922 to Sam and Clara Virtue. She grew up in Okotoks, Black Diamond and later in Turner Valley areas. She married Herman Pfeifer in 1941, and they resided in Turner Valley until 1953 when they transferred to Blue River, BC and transferred again to Kamloops in 1961. Throughout their lives Auntie Bill and Uncle Herm were wonderful, kind and fun to be with for all their nieces and nephews and any other children whom they met, they were such a good match. All of us were very fortunate to have them in our family. Sadly, Auntie Bill was widowed in 1968. She later took some courses at Cariboo College and subsequently worked at the Kamloops Library (a perfect fit for such an avid reader) until transferring to the North Kamloops Library when it opened, retiring in 1982. She travelled and saw what she wanted including a bus tour across Canada. She also travelled to Australia, Mexico, England and Europe including Switzerland. She moved to Salmon Arm in 2003 and remained there until her passing on July 8, 2014.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Herman Pfeifer, and siblings Dorothy Hall, Jim Virtue, Joy Kendall and Gordon Virtue; nieces Lorna Virtue and Jo Ann Kendall (Wright) Scheck and nephews David Kendall and Wayne Kendall.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Laurie (Wilf) Durand; Sharon (Richard) Durand; Gordon (Carol) Virtue; Pam Hill; Lorne (Tracy) Virtue; Rick (Ellen) Kendall; Barb (Ken) Veillette; Bob (Linda) Kendall; Jackie (Jerry) Veillette; Jill Kendall; Don (Bunny) Pfeifer and many great nieces and nephews as well as great, great nieces and nephews all who knew that we were well loved by Auntie Bill.
She had prearranged her wishes with the help of Vince and Tammy at Fischer’s Funeral Home, their support was greatly appreciated by Billie and the family. Thank you to Dr. J. Aitchison; BC Ambulance staff, Staff at SLG Hospital and Bastion House; and especially to Troy DeVries at Baptist Housing Foundation. A family graveside service was held at Hillside Cemetery in Kamloops and she is placed with her husband.