Service: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Salmon Arm
Celebration of Life: Noon at the family residence, 800 Gardom Lake Road
We are saddened to announce the passing of Nicolaas (Klaas) Heronimus Postma on June 03, 2014. He left us peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer. This battle, however, was not to be won and he accepted his path with great dignity.
Nick was born in Doniaga, Frysland, The Netherlands on November 24, 1941, number 9 of 12 children born to Frans and Grietje Postma. He emigrated to Canada when he was 23 and although he maintained strong ties to his family and native land, Canada became his true home. He grew up on a dairy farm at a time when you used horses to plough the field and milked your cows by hand – working hard was second nature to him. He was a talented and meticulous builder of homes and farms, but also, at heart, a farmer and a gardener. Easy testament to this is the stunning home he built and lived in with his wife Nancy, the artfully landscaped property, his ridiculously abundant garden and his beloved Friesian horses. He was an enthusiastic and animated teller of tales, and loved a good practical joke. In his younger years he was an accomplished athlete, excelling in running and soccer. When he moved up to the Shuswap he earned the nickname “Hot-foot Postma” by running circles around his opponents and prolific goal scoring. He remained active, fit and busy right up until the onset of his cancer. He brought his family to Gardom Lake in 1976. Here, he helped create the same strong community ties that defined his youth. He was always willing to help any in need, a generosity of spirit that was paid back tenfold by his friends and neighbours during his long months of treatment in Vancouver. His life was too big and colourful to summarize in these few sentences. However his legacy of hard work, easy play and generosity to family and friends will be long remembered by all the many lives he touched.
He was beloved by all of his siblings. He is pre-deceased by his brothers Theo and Jappy, and oldest sister Mieke. He is survived by sisters Akke, Jantsje, Geertje, Sippy (Cecile) and Afke, and brothers Huite (Harry), Epke and Ron.
He will be deeply missed by his wife Nancy, stepdaughters Ashley and Tiffany, and his children Ross, Lora and Kristy as well as his 7 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday June 21st at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm with Father George LaGrange OMI Celebrant. A reception will be held at noon at their beautiful home that he built at #800 Gardom Lake Road. All who knew and loved Nick are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Nick’s name may be made to the BC Cancer Agency or Salvation Army.
Nei in slimme sykje is ferstoarn us dappere, optimistyske en altyd fleurige Klass (Nick).
Wake: Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. family residence, Pierre’s Point
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 14, 2014. 11:00 a.m., Pierre’s Point Hall
September 18, 1925 – March 28, 2014
at the age of 88 years
Celebration of Life: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 1:00 p.m., North Canoe Hall
Elsie was born in Vancouver on September 18, 1925 to Arthur and Isabella Emslie. There she married her first husband Leonard Dunn in 1945 and they had five children. After being predeceased by him, she then married Jordy Jordan in 1969 and moved their joined family to Kamloops where they build their new life.
In 1973 they moved to Salmon Arm, where they designed and built their dream home on Black Road. Elsie was an active member with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 for many years and also volunteered at the gift shop at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. She was predeceased by Jordy in 2004.
Elsie is survived by her five children Wayne (Wendy) Dunn, Julie Dunn, Len (Judy) Dunn, Laurie (Ken) MacDonald and Barry (Kim) Dunn, step children Bill (Janice) Jordan and Donna (George) Cooke. Grannie will be dearly missed by her 13 grandchildren Mike, Sue, Shelley, David, Nicole, Tyler, Katie, Aaron, Karly, Jackie, Krystal, Chelsie and Megan. Elsie also leaves numerous great and great great grandchildren.
Grannie you will always be missed and never forgotten xo.
A celebration of Elsie’s life will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the North Canoe Hall, at 1:00 o’clock pm with Pastor Norm Russell officiating and music by Shuswap Pipes and Drums. Casual dress please.
Peter Parashyniak of Sicamous, BC was granted his wings on June 7, 2014 where he peacefully passed away at the Shuswap Lake Hospital in Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 88 years.
Pete was born on June 18, 1925 in Melville, Saskatchewan. Pete was enlisted in the Canadian Army on May 17, 1944 where he served as a Private and discharged on July 22, 1946. He started his career in the Mines as a Manager for Port Radium at Great Bear Lake, NWT. Just as Port Radium was closing Lupin was opening. Pete transferred over with a dear friend and colleague to start up the Echo Bay Mines as a Mill Superintendent till 1980. Pete loved fishing and would tell his stories of the fish he caught in Great Bear Lake. Pete retired from Echo Bay Mines in May 1991 after 20 years of dedicated service. Pete was drawn to Sicamous because of a wonderful opportunity to create his dream home by the Lake – which is what he did and showed it off with pride.
Pete is survived by his loving and devoted companion of 11 years, his Bichon, Toby who misses him dearly, his Sister in Law, Edna; along with numerous family and friends.
Pete is predeceased by his Mother, Father, two Brothers, and a Nephew.
When Pete touched your heart he left an imprint on your sole! He will be missed by all who knew him.
A big thank you to the staff at the Shuswap Lake Hospital along with Fischer’s Funeral Services.
Memorial Service: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:30 p.m., First United Church
Reception: Sunnybrae Hall
Janet Caroline McMichael passed away peacefully on June 5, 2014 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital in the company of family at the age of 80 years.
Mom was born in New Westminster, to parents John and Mary Majdanski. The family subsequently lived in the New Westminster area over the next 20 years. Mom graduated from high school in 1951, and started her long career as a school secretary. In 1954 Mom married John McMichael (predeceased 2007), and they lived in Coquitlam for approximately 39 years, retiring in Tappen, BC by Shuswap Lake.
Mom was also predeceased by daughter Laurel McMichael, and parents John and Mary Majdanski. She is survived by brother Dennis Majdanski, daughter Wendy Redel, son David McMichael (Audrey McMichael), granddaughters Jordan and Emily Redel, niece Kathryn Majdanski, aunts Nettie Turner, Anne MacKinnon, and Betty Janyk, many cousins and special close friends.
Mom loved to socialize on the phone and in person, sharing stories and laughs. Her greatest passion was cooking huge amounts of delicious food for family and friends. One of her hobbies was bargain shopping, often telling friends and family of the great deals she found. In later years she became an avid Canuck and LA Kings hockey fan.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday June 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm at First United Church, 20 – 4th Street SE Salmon Arm, BC. A reception will follow at Sunnybrae Seniors’ Center.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, box 3451, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4S2.
Graveside Service: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11:00 a.m., St. Mary’s Anglican Cemetery, Sorrento
Memorial Service: Saturday, June 7, 2014,
1:00 pm at River of Life Church, Shuswap Lake Estates, Blind Bay
He leaves behind five children—Jenny Crosby (Terry), Jill McGrath (Niall), Juliet Orcutt (Trevor), Andy Thomson, Leah Reimer (Brent); four grandchildren —Amanda, Cornelius, Silas, Isaac; two brothers Randy and Greg (Angela); parents—Irv and Loni Thomson of Blind Bay; 13 Nieces and nephews; twenty-one great nieces and nephews; and many long-time friends.
Much of his childhood was spent on the family ranch in the Chilcotin, and later in adulthood, with his family in the Nimpo/Anahim Lake area. A real outdoorsman, his passions, were hunting and fishing, woodworking and teaching, though in later years inhibited by multiple disabilities. He taught Core Hunting classes, along with Firearm Safety and Wilderness Survival, for two years in Abbotsford and in Clearwater, BC. He was gifted in sales work and in teaching, both of which he did before his disabilities prevented that. He loved family, friends and his dog, Benny, his constant companion and friend—a true “care dog”. He suffered many years of pain and difficulties, but always kept his faith in God, all the more so as his suffering worsened. He had attended Broadview Church in Salmon Arm when physically able, but in later years was unable to do so. He passed away peacefully in Vancouver General Hospital, surrounded by his five children, his parents, one brother and one sister-in-law. Our very dear son, father, brother and friend—you are now in the arms of Jesus—no more suffering—how glorious!
Internment with family and friends: Saturday, June 7, at 11:00 AM, St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Sorrento.
Memorial Service: 1:00 PM at River of Life Church, Shuswap Lake Estates, Pastor Reuben Pauls officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, VIE 4N3.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m., St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Burial following at Mt. Ida Cemetery
Reception to be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church