Ekren, Mildred Mary

EKREN, MILDRED WApril 13, 1937 – December 7, 2015
at the age of 78 years

A Celebration of Life will be held for Mildred Ekren on May 21st, 2016 at the Elk’s Hall, 3690 30th Street NE, Salmon Arm, at 2.00 pm.  Friends of Mildred and who all knew her are welcome to come and share some memories.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved wife and mother. Born in Sangudo, AB to Fred and Mary Greenwood. She is predeceased by her brothers Larry and Harvey.
She married her loving husband Ole Ekren in 1955.
Mildred will always be remembered as a lovable and doting mother to her children Roger and Carol. She is survived by her husband Ole, daughter in law Tammy, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring 2016.
The family would like to thank all the special people who assisted in our time of need.

Russell, Rosemarie “Rose”

RUSSELL, ROSE wDecember 05, 1939 – May 11, 2016
at the age of 76 years

Rosemarie was born to Irmgard and Hugo Limlie on December 5, 1939 in Saaz, Czechoslovakia.
She passed from her earthly journey on May 11, 2016.
The first six years of her life were years of war and hardship. The end of the war did not lessen the trauma as the Czech army moved in to evict all the people of German birth or affiliation.
The order came to take what you could carry and leave. So, mother, grandmother, Rose and her two brothers set out on a walking journey that took more than a week before they reached the German border where they were transported in freight cars to a place where they were joined by relatives.
Housing was scarce and they lived in very cramped quarters for the first couple of years.
Rose received her education, including a two year apprenticeship, in the delicatessen art and trade.
In 1960 she married Bernd Jaumann and in 1965 moved to Canada with son Kurt and daughter Sylvia. Nicole waited to be born in Winnipeg where they made their first home. Later they moved to Portage and then to Vancouver and area.
Sadly Rose and Bernd divorced and Rose worked at several workplaces, including a couple of meat markets, to support the family. In one of the meat markets she got a permanent position as she and Norm married on June 19, 1978.
In 1989 the market was closed and in 1996 Rose and Norm moved to Salmon Arm and with another couple opened the Spiritualist Church of Salmon Arm. Rose was a very important part of this organization throughout all the years that followed.
Rose leaves at her passing, her husband Norm; daughter Sylvia; daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Scott; step-daughter and son-in-law Terry and Jim; grandchildren Cody, Matthew, Haillie, Lara, Susan and Angie and brother, Wolfgang.
Rose will meet in the spirit realms with her first husband Bernd; her son Kurt; her brother Horst and her parents.
She will ever be remembered with love.
No service by request.


Spelay, Maire Matilda

SPELAY, MAIRE WSeptember 5, 1925 – May 11, 2016
at the age of 90 years

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave. SW, Salmon Arm (250) 833-2219.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing on May 11, of Maire Spelay, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother of our family.
She is survived by son Jerry Spelay (Marci), daughter Corinne Miller (Darren), Jim Spelay (Dina), and daughter-in-law Donna Spelay as well as grandchildren, David Spelay, Rick Spelay, Tom Spelay (Alex), Kristi Spelay (Joey), Ashleigh Spelay, Colman Spelay, Jeffrey Miller, Kimberly Miller, Steven Miller, Rachel Miller, Jennifer Spelay, Ryan Spelay, Sean Spelay and five great grandchildren – Miyah, Parker, Lewis, Lincoln and Alexis.
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, John Spelay in February 2004, sons Don and Ted, sister Dorothy Spelay and brother Leo Kingelin.
Maire was born in Kokkula, Finland in 1925 and immigrated to Canada with her mother in 1929. Her family homesteaded in Sicamous where her father had set up a year prior. Maire was the oldest of three children with a sister and brother and the family worked hard to make a living.
Maire married John Spelay in 1948 and together they raised their 5 children in Salmon Arm. Mom was the center of our busy family and our home was always filled with friends, laughter and happiness. She was always involved with her children’s sports; she volunteered at the Salmon Arm fall fair and had many blue ribbon entries of her home. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, fishing, poetry, photography, and entertaining friends. She was always up for a friendly game of scrabble or crib, and had an amazing love of writing letters and cards to her ever ending list of friends all over the world.
Maire adored her grandchildren and they loved her too. She had a wonderful way of making everyone she met feel special and welcome in her home.
All those who are left behind to cherish her memory will dearly miss her.

Gavel, Lola Joyce

GAVEL, LOLA wJanuary 15, 1929 – May 10, 2016
at the age of 87 years

Lola Joyce Gavel passed away peacefully at Mt. Ida Mews, Salmon arm, B.C. on Tuesday May 10, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Lola was born in Westlock, Alberta on January 15, 1929.

Meeting the love of her life at the Sugarbowl Café in Edmonton, she became a mother at the age of 19. Two more sons followed, along with 36 household moves throughout Western Canada, as employment opportunities arose.  The home in Edmonton, of grandparents Willis and Rosalie Collins, was the anchor around which the family orbited. The family arrived in Sicamous in 1961, and settled in a relocated log house on a hill off Solsqua Road, overlooking the Eagle River rapids. With growing boys to feed and many extended family members visiting, putting food on the table was a challenge. So Lola started the vegetable and flower gardens that became the passion of her life.  Roses bordered rows of tomatoes, potatoes, beans and corn planted among the fruit trees. Lola’s many friends and family were always welcome with lively conversation, coffee and a slice of pie.

Lola’s husband and partner in life, Harold George (Curly) predeceased her in 1985. She is survived by her sister Audrey R. McDonald of Merritt, sister Vivian (Bill) Manson of Edmonton, brother Doyle (Helen) Collins of Kelowna, 3 sons Lee (Charlene) of North Vancouver, Kim (Kathy) of Sicamous, Mike (Lisa) of Sicamous, and 7 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren and many friends and family throughout Alberta and B.C.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Mt. Ida Mews for their compassionate, loving care given to mom during these last years. We would also like to recognise the Manson Family for all the love and assistance provided over the years. We are very grateful you all were there for her.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for close family and friends.