Kurt passed away on Nov. 7, 2013 in Salmon Arm at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Edith Maria, sister Margot Tietje, and granddaughter Anna Marie Mueller Hartmier, and survived by sister Helga Muller, son Kurt (Adele) Mueller, daughter Ursula (Terry) Lowrey, grandchildren David (Erin) and Christel and great grandson Jaxson John Mueller.
Kurt was born in Quedlingburg, Germany in 1920 and met Edith, his future wife in the sandbox as a small child. They were married in 1943 during the tumultuous times of World War II. While in the German navy, Kurt survived the sinking of the heavy cruiser “Blucher”, incredulously witnessed the first rocket fired at Peenemunde, and eventually came home after serving as a prisoner of war for two years when the war was over.
Canada held better prospects for Kurt and his young family, so he immigrated to Edmonton Alberta in 1954, joined by Edith and the children the following year. There he found shift work as a steam engineer, enjoying the opportunities afforded by his new country for fishing, hunting, and camping. The Okanagan/Shuswap was a favorite holiday destination so in 1975 Kurt and Edith moved to Salmon Arm to retire and also be near the grandchildren. From this home base they were able to travel the length and breadth of North America by camper, as well as take shorter holidays to Hawaii and Reno.
Kurt talked many times about how grateful he was to be in Canada with its opportunities for his family. Throughout his life he maintained a lively curiosity for things around him, and loved to debate issues of the day. Kurt will be remembered by all who knew him for his endless supply of jokes, even when he had serious health issues. He will be deeply missed.
The family thanks all the caregivers that helped Kurt stay at home, and the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Bastion Place who made his last days comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospice Society, PO Box 967, Salmon Arm, V1E 4P1.
Celebration of Life: November 10 1t 2:00 p.m. at the 5th Avenue Seniors Activity Centre.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Muriel Edith Ennis on Oct. 30, 2013 in Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Muriel was born in Vancouver on December 20, 1930 and grew up in the Fleetwood/Surrey area. She married David Ennis on June 30, 1950 and raised three daughters. Muriel was predeceased by her husband in August 2011.
She leaves three children, Merilee (Earl), Rhonda (Jim) and Charlene (Ross), 7 grandchildren, Candace (Ken), Brandy (Scott), Darcie (Todd), Melanie (Pat), Jason (Tara), Melissa (Fraser), RJ (Nakita), 9 great grandchildren, Kailey, Breanne, Abigael, Cody, Brad, Carter, Brendon, Madelaine and Rhett.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and staff at Piccadilly Terrace for their patience and understanding.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yoshiko Yamamoto (nee Ishikawa). Born in Stave Falls, BC to parents Mitsu and Zenichi Ishikawa, predeceased by son Lorne and daughter-in-law Judy. She will be sadly missed by Fred, her loving husband of 62 years, daughter Kathryn (Peter), son Barry, daughter Carol (Bill), daughter-in-law Kathleen, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and sister Noru.
Thank you to the caring staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital with special thanks to Dr. John Wood.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation.
Celebration of Life: Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:00 p.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services
Norah passed away peacefully in Bastion Place, at the age of 98.
Born in Creston, BC to John and Hannah Miller, Norah was one of seven siblings, all of whom have predeceased her. She married Fred Williams on February 25, 1937 and they had three sons. Despite working hard on their mixed farm, she found time to sew, bowl, curl, square dance, round dance, and support the women’s group in her church. She was passionate about baking and growing roses. After they retired, Norah and Fred wintered in Arizona where they enjoyed playing golf. Later in life, Norah moved to Cranbrook and Salmon Arm and enjoyed playing bridge, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. She continued growing beautiful flowers for her entire life.
Norah was predeceased by her beloved husband, Fred, in 1987. Devoted to family, Norah will be sadly missed by sons David, Earl, and Roger; daughters- in- law Greta and Janis; five grandsons and their wives and thirteen great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Levins and the staff of Bastion Place for their excellent care, patience and compassion. A service will be held at Fischer’s Funeral Chapel on Nov 30th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Norah’s honour to the Canadian National Institute For The Blind or charity of your choice.