Memorial Service, Saturday, July 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Heights Community Hall, 316 Lakeview Dr, Sorrento
It is with heavy hearts and great sorrow that the family of Violet Genevieve Berger announces her passing.
Mom was born on June 13, 1923, near Tribune, Saskatchewan and died on July 20, 2014, surrounded by her family, at home on the farm in Sunnybrae. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Louis Berger, and eight of her siblings.
Mom leaves to mourn her eight children: Milford Berger (Sande), Sylvia Hlina (Roger), Sandra Miller (Neil), Sunni Berger (Gary Brooke), Vicky Berger (David Hickman), Sharen Berger (Jim Duxbury), Karen Berger (Glen Haines) and Ken Berger.
Eleven grandchildren; Shane Berger, Kimberley Hlina, Tanya Keusen, Megan and Kathleen Brooke, Tom and Steen Hickman, Sheena and Jae Haines, Brody and Jorri Duxbury as well as seven great grandchildren; Callum, Ian, Teagan, Owen, Keenan, Nelson and Braelyn, will also miss their grandma/great grandma.
She is survived by her sister, Florence Larson, and brothers, Bruce Larson, Glen Larson, and Cort Larsen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special friends, Alan and Bev Ross, and their children, Alison and Bradley.
We will miss her immensely.
Family always came first with Mom. She worked hard all her adult life to make a loving and caring home for all of us and even though she did without any modern conveniences, she never complained Mom grew a huge garden, preserving vegetables and canning fruit every year. She was a master bread baker, starting at age eleven and continuing on into her ninety-first year, and made cookies and Welsh cakes by the dozens for not only her family but also for many neighbors and friends.
Mom enjoyed watching sports, especially those in which a grandchild was participating. She was the number one fan of everyone in the family and attended baseball, soccer and basketball games as long as she was capable. When she could no longer attend games, she watched them streamed live on the computer. She was also a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and she liked to watch curling and figure skating.
Mom loved flowers and maintained her own little flowerbed at her home up until September, 2013. She enjoyed feeding ‘her’ birds and went through a lot of sunflower seeds every winter and sugar for the hummingbirds every spring.
The Sunnybrae community meant a lot to Mom. Over the years she organized Christmas concerts, ball games, bake sales, swim lessons and card parties. She was delighted when so many people attended her ninetieth birthday tea last year and although she was disappointed when she couldn’t attend the Sunnybrae/Tappen “Moms and Daughters tea” in June of this year, she enjoyed hearing in detail about the people who did attend.
Mom was an avid, but never competitive, Scrabble player. If her ‘opponent’ seemed to be stuck, she would lean forward and say, “What have you got?” She would then proceed to peruse her opponent’s letters and come up with some amazing word. For Mom it was always a challenge to get the best score possible, both for her and her Scrabble playing companions. With her capable and alert mind, Mom was able to play Scrabble up to two days before her death.
The family would like to extend a huge thank you to Karen and Glen for supporting Mom, first in her home and then in theirs, these past years; and to Sandra and Sylvia for their compassionate care of Mom during her final days. A sincere thank you is also extended to Dr. J. Atchison, Dr. M. Dyer and to the staff at Shopper’s Drug Mart, particularly Blane Ready, for their support at this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, Mom has requested that donations be made to Vancouver Children’s Hospital in her memory.
A celebration of Mom’s life will take place at the Sunnybrae Community Hall at a later date.
In the early morning of July 21st, Al passed away peacefully at Bastion Place
to unite with the love of his life Martha. For many years Al and Martha ran Baker Building Movers Ltd. from Golden throughout the Okanagan area.
A wonderful gentle man with a huge heart that touched the lives of all he knew. He will be missed by his stepchildren Dorothy McKenna of Sicamous B.C, Patricia Dyck of Prince George B.C, William Dyck of Oshawa Ontario, and Jerry Dyck of Calgary Alberta, his nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Bastion Place, words cannot express your kindness and compassion towards Al. Also warmest thanks to Dr. Beech for your thoughtful care and support.
No service is planned at this time and in lieu of flowers donations can be made
to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation.
Memorial Service: Fischer’s Funeral Services, 2 pm Saturday, August 2, 2014 with Pastor James Poelzer presiding.
A reception will follow at Swansea Point Fire Hall, Davidson Road at 4:00 p.m.
In loving memory of Clair Byron born on October 18, 1934 in Swan River, MB passed away on July 17, 2014 at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm at the age of 79 years.
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