Campbell, Bruce Everard

CAMPBELL, BRUCE young WCAMPBELL, BRUCE recent WSeptember 7, 1927 – August 2, 2014

at the age of 86 years

On the evening of August 2, 2014, Bruce passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital after a brief illness. His loving wife of 62 years (Elizabeth) was by his side.

Raised on his family’s farm in Stanstead, Quebec and then later in Lennoxville, Quebec he was the eldest of four children born to Everard John Campbell and his wife Phoebe May (nee Paige). After attending Stanstead college and working a while for Bell Telephone in Sherbrooke , QC. , in 1950 he and an equally adventurous co-worker decided to head west. He ended up in Vernon, BC and started his life long career working for Okanagan Telephone Co. and BC Telephone Co. He worked out of the Vernon & Penticton offices for a few years but most of his 34 years with the company were spent here in Salmon Arm. Bruce met his wife Elizabeth Runcie (Betty) in Kelowna and in August 1952 they married and together raised three children. Bruce was a devoted father who made certain that his children (and grandchildren) had the many privileges that he did not have while growing up during the depression years. In 1984 he retired to his home in Blind Bay where he enjoyed the majority of his 30 retirement years caring for and riding his horse “Shadow”, golfing and fishing with his friends, taking the odd camping trip up into the mountains by horseback and spending quality time with his grandchildren. He instilled in all of us a love of animals and nature and that the joy of owning an animal as a pet such as a dog, horse or cat was a privilege and responsibility not to be taken lightly. Many from Penticton and Salmon Arm will remember Bruce as their hockey coach, baseball coach, or boxing coach in their younger days. He always took the time for young people and there was many a horse ride around the pasture on his gentle horse “Jubilo” given to any youngster who asked for one.

Bruce was pre-deceased by his parents, his youngest sister Marian, his brother Gordon, his only son Daniel in 2013 and his beloved chocolate lab “Dante” on April 23rd of this year.

He is survived by and will be missed greatly by his loving wife Betty, his sister Jean Morrison, his daughter Jeanne Campbell-Wensrich (Brent Wensrich) his daughter Marianne Campbell , his granddaughters,  Dr. Rebecca Campbell (Scott Karpiak) &  Jacquelin Anhorn (Ryan Graffunder) and by his grandson, Daniel Anhorn. He is also survived by his great granddaughters Roselyn Karpiak and Portia Karpiak , several cousins, nieces and nephews spread out across Canada and the US and so many  good friends.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the medical staff in Kelowna & Salmon Arm, especially  to those nurses and care-aides who made that extra effort to take special care of Bruce during his time in hospital.

In lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

There will be no formal service by request.

Havanka, Gilbert Elmer “Gil”

HAVANKA, GILBERT WJanuary 28, 1942 – August 01, 2014
At the age of 72

Funeral Service:  Wednesday, August 6, 2014,  11:00 a.m., Elks Hall, 3690 30th Street NE, Salmon Arm
Luncheon:  Elks Hall

Memorial Service:  Monday, August 11, 2014,   2:00 p.m., Falun Community Center, Falun, AB
Interment:  Waldheim Lutheran Cemetery, Wetaskiwin

Luncheon, Falun Community Center

Gil’s life:-
Gilbert (also called Gil or Gilby) was born at Wetaskiwin,
AB on January 28, 1942. Gil was raised on a farm and
lived a very busy farm life. He was the oldest child of
Reino and Helen Havanka. Other children born later
are a brother, Dale, and a sister, Karen.
In Alberta, Gil attended school at Ernest Park and
completed high school at Falun. He was very athletic
playing hockey on the Falun team, was a pitcher on the
ball teams as well as playing horseshow with his Dad and
Gil helped on the farm until his late teens and then worked on
oil rigs. In the early 60’s he worked as a power lineman for Ace Construction. In 1965
he married Lois Hill and moved to Edmonton. He changed jobs and began working for
Edmonton Power. His daughter, Lanette, was born in 1969. In 1972 Gil went to Auctioneer
School at Lacombe, AB and got his license as an auctioneer. He became a partner in the
Wetaskiwin Auction Market. He bought land in the Falun area and moved his family to
the farm in 1973. He sold his interest in the Auction Market but continued to auctioneer at
cattle sales. A daughter, Theresa, was born in 1975. Gil started trucking under the business
name of Mulhurst Transport hauling oil drums and materials for Bonnie Glen Gas Plant.
He bought a caterpillar and other equipment keeping very busy with the farming and
raising cattle as well.
In 1982 Gil and Lois sold the farm and moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. Gil worked for Armstrong
Farm Equipment for a few months and then bought a small farm where he raised cattle
and hay. He loved to farm and took on custom work. He had different sizes of John Deere
tractors and other farm equipment. He loved working for other people tilling their  fields,
putting up their hay, etc. In the winter he snowplowed for some trailer parks, churches or
wherever he was needed.
His daughters married and he was blessed with four grandchildren – Daniah, Kalee, Gillian
and Brady. He treasured his grandkids and took them for tractor rides to show them the
baby calves and farm animals. In the winter he made tracks for them to tobbagan and
bought a snowmobile for them to get up and down the hills. They called him “Pop” and
loved to come to the farm every chance they had.
Over the years Gil and Lois travelled with friends and family to Fairmont Hotsprings and
found time to do some camping. They managed some winter holidays to the warm resorts
and also took a couple of cruises. Gil enjoyed playing cards and socializing. He had a
great sense of humour. From an early age he loved music and was very talented playing
the accordion from age 8. Later he played guitar and loved singing country music. He
sang with friend Walter Breitkreuz in earlier years in AB, and his Finlander friend, Jim
Niemi in Salmon Arm. Singing on camping trips and family events with his daughters was
a real joy to him.
A big project that Gil became involved in was building the Canoe Creek Golf Couse. This
project took about 2 years. He worked up the ground, leveling and seeding the course. His
knowledge and work was really appreciated and Gil felt a lot of pride when the course
was  nally developed. He did enjoy gol ng with friends and family over the years and
with his “golfing buddies” each week. They would often have a beer together and rehash
the game.
Gil would also spend several weeks in the fall helping his brother, Dale, with the harvest
in the Wetaskiwin area. There wasn’t a job that he couldn’t do and his family will miss his
presence as they harvest the crops this year.
Gil developed health problems spending some time in hospital, but still continued to be a
busy man never refusing to help out the neighbours or take on a project. He had a farm
sale in September of 2013. Gil and Lois bought lots downtown and built a new home. Gil
still had to have his tractor so bought a small 5560 John Deere tractor with a rototiller
and grasscutter. Even with his health deteriorating Gil seldom refused a job if someone
phoned. He was a very tough and determined man. After January of this year he was
diagnosed with blocked heart valves and it was too risky to operate with other mounting
health problems. Gil was in and out of hospital many times. He passed away peacefully
in Salmon Arm hospital on August 1st. Services were held at Elks Hall in Salmon Arm on
August 6th and at Falun Hall in Alberta on August 11th.
Gil had many friends and will be missed by people in the community. There has been a
huge outpouring of love shown which is much appreciated by Lois and the family.
The reponse after his death truly shows the heartfelt appreciation and respect for Gil.

Nord-Johnson, Elaine May

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarch 07, 1937 – Jul;y 24, 2014
At the age of 77

Kurtz, Helen Delma

KURTZ, HELEN wOctober 4, 1925 – July 31, 2014
at the age of 88 years

Helen Delma KURTZ passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, B.C. on July 31, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Born in Melfort, SK on October 4, 1925 Mom grew up on a farm south west of Star City, SK with her Mom (Marie Thompson), Dad (Tome Thompson), twin brother Harold, and sisters Dorothy, Lyla, Florence, and Elaine.

In 1944 she met and married Harold Kurtz and they settled on their own place next to the original Kurtz farmstead in the Norwood District, southeast of Brooksby, SK.  Mom and Dad were farmers, primarily growing wheat, barley, and oats along with some livestock from time to time, and in later years canola and flax.  Mom was a typical farm wife of the era tending a large garden, hauling grain, and working tirelessly on the farm.  Mom and Dad sold the farm in 1977 moving first to Star City, SK and eventually to Salmon Arm, B.C.

Mom was an active member of the community, involved in local service clubs, a member of the United Church, an avid golfer, a dedicated participant at the 5th Avenue Senior’s Center in Salmon Arm, and a long and active member of the Royal Purple.  Mom enjoyed painting prairie scenes and landscapes, she loved to dance, sing with Bert’s Revellers, play cards, and she will be remembered for having a good time at camp-outs and socials.  Mom was an excellent seamstress making all her own clothes, graduation dresses, endless patches on blue jeans, and the countless costumes she made for the many skits she created and performed.  If it could be made, Mom could do it.

Mom is survived by and will be missed by her daughter Marilyn of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, grandsons Scot and Darcy and great-grandson Soren of Calgary, AB; son Byril and Brenda of Salmon Arm, B.C., grandson Jayson and Shelly and great-grandkids Sarah and Matt of Prince George, B.C., granddaughter Jennifer and Tom Doull of Surrey, B.C.; son Gil and Norene of Terrace, B.C. and grandkids Topher of North Vancouver, B.C., and Morgan of Nelson, B.C.; sister Lyla Kilback of Penticton, B.C.; sister Elaine Moore of Palo Cedro, CA; sister-in-law Elsie and Sam Archer of Windsor, ON; and her many relatives and friends.

Respecting her wishes there will be no memorial service.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that any donations be made to the Alzheimer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Many thanks to those at Piccadilly Terrace for their friendship, the incredible staff at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village for their attention to Mom’s needs, and to Dr. Du Plessis and Dr. Bonthuys for their dedicated care.

Kapu, Tracey Marie

KAPU, TRACEY WSeptember 18, 1964 – July 29, 2014

At the age of 49

Tracey Kapu (nee Carter, Kuzek, Reid) born September 18, 1964 in Eatonia, Saskatchewan passed away after an eight year tenacious fight with cancer, July 29, 2014 in Salmon Arm, B.C.
She will be sorely missed by her daughters Marley and Haley Kuzek, her mother Joan Boyer, father George Reid, siblings, Russell Reid, Robert Reid, Debbie MacCauley, Dale Reid, and Tania Reid, Her Aunts and Uncles,  cousins, fifteen nieces and nephews, who she was a favourite Auntie to,  her many friends and of course her constant companion Zabean, her pet dog.
Tracey  was an active resident of Salmon Arm since 1990, she supported many of the local cultural events such as Roots and Blues and loved to enter crafts and home grown produce and products in the fall fair. Tracey will be remembered for her loving care she gave to many of Salmon Arms developmentally challenged adults through her home care, whether it was providing short term or long term care, Tracey did her best to guarantee a loving environment for her clients.
Tracey was a loving person with a zest for life. Her many interests and talents included music, cooking, reading, traveling, the outdoors, crafts, sewing, animals and sports. She was always ready to entertain guests whether it was tea or coffee with a mellow crowd or playing hackie and feeding her daughters teenage friends.
A small beautiful memorial was held August 5th in Sicamous, B.C. attended by family and close friends.
The family wants to thank the caring staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital as well as Doctor Karina Theron for their tremendous care for beloved Tracey.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society would be appreciated.

Koop, John Albert

KOOP JOHN WJune 28, 1944 – July 28, 2014

at the age of 70 years

Memorial Service:  Sat. August 2, 2014, 1:00 pm, Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6th Avene NE, Salmon Arm

Henderson, Darlene Leila Rose

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAugust 17, 1937 – July 29, 2014
at the age of 76 years

Baynes, Evalyne Cynthia Luella

BAYNES, EVELYN WAugust 8, 1934 – July 24, 2014

at the age of 80 years


Evalyne passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 in Salmon Arm Shuswap Lake General Hospital with her children by her side.

Evalyne had a beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and great sense of humor. She was known for her heartfelt hugs, her happy disposition and was non-judgemental of others. She had a real zest for life.

She loved gardening and baking. After raising a large family, Evalyne,  with her husband, ran a successful bakery business, specializing in many unique and delectable products.

Evalyne was predeceased by her husband Johnny Baynes, her parents Jack and Cynthia Palmer, and brother Jack Palmer

Evalyne is survived by her 7 children; Herby, Frank, Lynn, Glen, Lonnie, Breck, Rene along with numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews, her siblings Merton Palmer, her identical twin Rosalyne Baynes, sisters Deanna Vervynck and Bonnie Stecyk.  She will be sadly missed by all.

Evalyne was appreciative and grateful for all aspects of her life.

A memorial was held for Evalyne on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Sicamous Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

von Hansen, Irmgard Camilla “Irmie”

von Hansen wOctober 24, 1927 – July 27, 2014

At the age of 86 years

Irmgard von Hansen passed away on July 27th 2014 in Vernon BC, at 86 years of age. A pastor’s daughter, she was born in Riga, Latvia in 1927. During WW II, she took refuge in Poland and then Germany, where she studied dance and gymnastics. Next, she worked at hospitals in Switzerland as a massage therapist before immigrating to Canada in 1955, where she married fellow Latvian Jobst von Hansen. While raising their three children, she became a founding member of The Vernon Dance Group, and taught Creative Dance Improvisation for nearly two decades.

Three words that capture Irmi’s life are: creativity, spirituality and love. While dance was her chief passion she also enjoyed playing the piano, sketching, swimming and reading. She had a deeply contemplative nature and studied the Mahikari philosophy and the teachings of the Dalai Lama. Most of all, she loved to throw open her heart and home to those in need of affection, acceptance or just a home-cooked meal. Joyous, free-spirited and always unconventional, she danced through life’s challenges with graciousness and dignity.

Irmi was predeceased by her husband Jobst, and is survived by her partner Hagen Tanner, her three children Tom von Hansen, Maja Keast and Danielle McElroy, and grandson Collin von Hansen. A private celebration of life will be held at her home, attended by family and close friends.


Kirby, Kenneth Francis

KIRBY, KEN wOctober 14, 1934 – July 22, 2014

At the age of 79

Kenneth F. Kirby passed away on July 22, 2014 at the age of 79. He leaves behind his children Donna Kapteyn, Christine Van Gemert, James Kirby, Kimberly Thiessen and Kelly Kirby; as well as, his brothers Leonard Kirby, Donald Kirby and Richard Kirby. Ken was predeceased by his parents Charles and Irene Kirby, his brother Charles Kirby and sister Ruth Lagg. Thank you to Dr. G. McCallum, the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital & Bastion Place, and Linda Bernhard for their compassionate care. May he be at peace enjoying a day of golf, fishing, hamburgers, and riding his Harley into the sunset!