Fisher, Kenneth “Gregg”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril 4, 1945 – June 14, 2014
at the age of 69 years

Begin, Germaine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarch 4, 1925 – August 4, 2014
at the age of 89 years

Ostensen, Elsie Juliane

OSTENSEN, ELSIE WNovember 2, 1927 – August 5, 2014
at the age of 86 years

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of Elsie Juliane Ostensen August 5, 2014 at Vernon Hospice House at the age of 86.

Elsie was born in Edmonton, AB Nov. 2, 1927 to Niels and Valborg Nielsen. She was the second oldest of four children. At a young age her parents died and all 4 children were adopted by different families in Tilley, AB. Elsie was adopted by Soren and Dagmar Petersen and became an older sister to 3 additional siblings.

Elsie was a telephone operator first in Brooks, AB and later in Vernon, BC.  It was in Vernon that she met Ole who she married in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Tilley, Sept. 7, 1958.  They made their home in Lumby, BC and together they had 3 children.

After 21 years of marriage Ole and Elsie separated and Elsie spent her remaining years in Tilley and lastly in Brooks.  She spent the last 25 years in Pioneer Villa 4 where she made many good friends.  Elsie will be remembered for her sense of humor, her knitting, her crib playing and her humming.

She was predeceased by her 4 parents, her brother Gordon, her brother-in-laws Neil, Gordie, Carl, and Andy, her sister-in-laws Sigrid, Muriel and Lorna, and her husband Ole. She will be sadly missed by her 3 children Darrell Ostensen, Susan Ostensen, and Sharon (David) Greenwood. She also will be greatly missed by her 5 granddaughters—Sarah (Jesse), Ashley, Melissa, Jennifer and Meggan and her one great-granddaughter Julia.  She also has a great grandson due Oct. 28th that she was very excited about.  Elsie will also be very much missed by her siblings Eric (Ethel) Nielsen, Grace Wallace, Peter (Lois) Petersen, Dennis (Inga) Petersen, Doreen (Jim) Burton, and sister-in-law Sophie Nielsen and her many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you goes to Vernon Hospice House for the special care they took of her in her last days and to Debbie Phillips of Interior Health for all her help.

A memorial tea and celebration of life will be held for Elsie at the Legion in Brooks, AB September 27, 2014 at 2 pm.  Those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation to North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506-27th Ave., Vernon, BC   V1T 1S4).

Yanko, Pete (Peter)

Yanko, Pete wDale & Barbies new years day wApril 26, 1918 – August 3, 2014
at the age of 96 years

Open house will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the residence of Don (Sonya) Yanko, 2151 1st Ave SE, Salmon Arm.

Pete (Peter) Yanko died peacefully in his chair at home, in front of his window, on a sunny afternoon Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm at the age of 96 years.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Tassie and granddaughter Cindy Hitchcock.

Born in Kelliher, SK, one of 13 children, he is survived by two brothers Joe (Nancy) and Ernie (Ann Marie), sister Stella (John) Bruschinsky, children Ken, Don (Sonya), Carol Ann Reid, Tammy (Vince) Fischer, grandchildren Alisa Bagshaw (Roger), Leon and Nelson Yanko, Jeremy (Olivia), Vinnie and Dawson Fischer, great grandchildren Braeden (Jenna) Hitchcock, Kirsten Hitchcock (Quinlan) and Jordon Fischer as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Sincere thanks to Dr. Skubiak, Lander’s Lodge, Piccadilly Care Centre and ALL the community care professionals who assisted with Dad’s care in the past four years.

Pete lived and worked in Burnaby, where he built their home, as a plastering contractor for over 60 years. An honest man who loved to dance, play cards and had a smile for everyone.

An open house will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the residence of Don (Sonya) Yanko, 2151 1st Ave SE, Salmon Arm.

Inurnment to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, BC on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  A luncheon will follow in the hall of the First United Spritualist Church, 5584 Kincaid St., Burnaby.

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 uncles.
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 finally 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