Bartman, Ralph Alfred

BARTMAN WOctober 6, 1922 – February 10, 2015
at the age of 92 years

Celebration of life: Mar 31, 2015 at 2 pm, Fifth Ave. Senior  Centre, 170 5th Ave. SE, Salmon Arn, BC.

Ralph passed away peacefully on Feb 10, 2015 in Salmon Arm General Hospital, with family by his side.

He will always be remembered by his loving wife, Tina of 64 yrs, son Russ (Cathy), daughter Sheila (Ernie), son Bryan, daughter-in-law Sharron. 7 grandchildren Dave (Tracey), Deanna (Chad), Brad (Krista), Kelleigh (Brad), Lauren, Sage and Toni, 6 great grandchildren, sisters Hazel and Dorothy,brother Don (Mary), extended family and many wonderful friends.

Ralph was predeceased by his son Bruce in 1985 and brothers Karl and Howard.

Born at home on Oct 6, 1922 in Pollockville, AB Ralph moved to BC as a young man and worked at various jobs along the way; painter, carpenter, drywaller, owner of the Snack Bar, Mutual Life Agent, mill worker and was a founding member of Bart’s Minute Muffler. Ralph was a member of the Kinsmen and played an important part in the installation of the fountain at McQuire Lake. Ralph and Tina enjoyed many trips in their motorhome over the years.

A gifted woodworker ,there wasn’t anything that Ralph couldn’t build or fix. We will remember him for his great sense of humor and his love of dancing and music.

Ralph was a generous soul, always helping out wherever he could.

We are so thankful that Dad had a long, healthy and productive life. We will miss him dearly.

Thank you to the Shuswap Lodge, Dr. Levins, Dr. McLellan and the nurses at SLGH for their compassionate care.

A Celebration of Ralph’s life will be held on Mar 31, 2015 at 2 pm at the Salmon Arm Seniors Activity Centre, 170 5th Ave. SE, Salmon Arn, BC.

Sirois, “Gus” Joseph Laurent Gaston

SIROIS WFebruary 17, 1926 – March 10, 2015
at the age of 89 years

Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, April 4 at 3pm at the Sicamous Legion

     Sadly, Gus passed away on March 10, 2015 at the age of 89 years.
     A young adventurer from Quebec, Gus hopped a freight train heading west, looking for work among other things.  For many years he worked in the logging industry around the Arrow Lakes, Nakusp, Revelstoke, and the Sicamous area where he and his wife Clara settled 50 years ago.  
     Gus was a man of many interests.   He loved to fly, so did Clara, and they
travelled far and wide in their own airplane.  He loved to drive a truck, and
he continued to drive a water truck up in the oil patch until he was in his
80’s.  Another thing he loved was the sun and he spent many a season
under the Arizona skies enjoying the company of friends.

   Gus is predeceased by his wife Clara (2004) and is survived by his friend and partner Lucy.
     We would like old friends and family to get together and bring their stories about Gus’ happy and colorful life.  A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, April 4 at 3pm at the Sicamous Legion hall upstairs (use back entrance), 322 Main Street, Sicamous, V0E 2V0.
     In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make a donation to the Sicamous 
Legion, Branch 99 or the charity of your choice.

Evanishin, Terence “Terry” Harry

EVANSHIN WApril 13, 1952 – March 8, 2015
at the age of 62 years

A celebration of life will be held on March 14, 2015 at 11am at Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6 Avenue Northeast, Salmon Arm.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Terry Evanishin passed away peacefully on March 8, 2015 with all of his girls by his side. Terry was 62 years old and fought a hard battle with diabetes and kidney disease.

Terry leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Denice, his three beautiful daughters, Tasha (Clark) Bostrom, Lindsay (Chris) Lawson, Lacey (Mike) Curle and four amazing grandchildren, Brayton and Davin Lawson, and Ali and Dane Curle. He also leaves his sister Debbie Ewanishin, and niece Robyn (Derek) whom he was very close to and survived his many pranks, four step brothers; Ray (Cindy), Dwayne (Teresa), Rob (Sue), Don (Denise) Pukas and step sister Patti Pukas whom he taught many lessons to and enjoyed getting into trouble with as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews all whom will miss his crazy antics.

Terry was predeceased by his son Dayton Evanishin, mother and step father Joyce and Russell Pukas.

Terry was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved to BC in 1986 where he raised and watched his beautiful family grow. He was a strong, gentle man who loved a good laugh, a good drink and his family by his side. He stayed true to this with his battle and could always be seen with a smile through the tough days. He enjoyed quadding, camping, snowmobiling, building anything and being with those he loved and who loved him.

A special thank you to Dr Laurens, Dr. Hepburn and the Renal team at Royal Inland Hospital and their dedication to helping Terry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Terry’s name may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.

Mielke, Peter Herman

MIELKE WNovember 22, 1924 – March 7, 2015
at the age of 90 years

It is with profound and deep sorrow that we mark the passing of Peter H. Mielke on March 7th, 2015 at age 90.
Peter was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan.  Peter was an avid golfer, a veteran, and enjoyed meeting people and entertaining them with stories of his life. 
During many of the last 20 years, Peter lived in Logan Lake enjoying his retirement.  Peter is survived by his wife, Alice, son, William and daughter in law, Sheila. A celebration of life will be held in May to accommodate his friends from Vancouver area.  Details will be announced closer to that date via email and social media.   We would like to express our thanks to the staff of the Gemstone retirement residence, and the staff of RIH.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

Bourgeois, Marie “Alice” Yvonne

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOctober 3, 1925 – March 7, 2015
at the age of 89 years

Braaksma, Geertje “Diet” Antje

BRAAKSMA wNovember 13, 1925 – March 7, 2015
at the age of 89 years

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14th, at 2:00 pm at Crossroads Free Methodist Church, 121 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm.

Diet Braaksma (van der Hoek) passed on to meet the Lord on Saturday, March 7th, at the age of 89. She is survived by her two daughters Tynke (John) of Penticton and Corinné (Jim) of Bella Coola; two granddaughters Jessica and Sierena (Stephen); four great-grandchildren: Annaka, Eden, Trenen and Emma Grace; sister Sjoek of Salmon Arm and brother Anton (Bartie) of Port Coburn, Ontario; sisters-in-law Rita of Salmon Arm and Janny of the Netherlands; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her loving husband Arie Braaksma in 1997.
Diet was born in The Joure, Friesland, The Netherlands. She met her life-long love Arie in Berlikum, marrying soon after on March 7, 1952. Their first daughter Tynke was born in “the old country”, and they immigrated to Canada late in 1953. They settled in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, B.C. to be close to other recently immigrated family, and added their second daughter Corinné to their loving household. In the 1970’s Diet attended university to complete her Canadian teaching degree at UBC. After Arie’s retirement they moved to Mara Lake; Diet made her home in Salmon Arm to be closer to family following Arie’s passing.
Diet loved singing (had a beautiful soprano voice!), gardening, cooking and caring for her family, pottery, weaving, sewing and walking her beloved dogs.
Diet dedicated her life to raising her two fabulous girls and being a loving partner to husband Arie. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Dr. Goldberg and the staff of Hillside Village, Cottage 5 for their kind and compassionate care of our precious Diet.

Stapley, Gordon Cecil

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJanuary 6, 1927 – March 5, 2015
at the age of 88 years

Swanson, Abe Ernest

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAugust 28, 1917 – March 5, 2015
at the age of 97 years

Lamoureux, Norbert “Bert” Georges Joseph

LAMOUREUX wJanuary 21, 1947 – March 2, 2015
at the age of 68 years

A Friendship Celebration will be held on Saturday March 14, 2015 – 1:00 pm at Bert & Verna’s home…#23 Countryside Mobile Home Park 2500 Hwy 97B SE Salmon Arm BC.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of “Bert” Norbert Georges Joseph Lamoureux after a lengthy battle with cancer. He had just turned 68. Bert’s new found relationship with Jesus became a great solace and gave him much peace in his heart.

Bert was predeceased by his father Adhemar, brother Rene and baby sister Doris. He is survived by his Mom Delima, his sister Mathilde (Gill), brothers Bernard (Sherrie), Jacques and Mike (Barb), daughter Tamara (Alec), step daughter Gail(Nathan), grand-daughters Abigail and Mia and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends, especially his life partner and soul-mate Verna.

Bert spent many years in the Red Deer, Alberta area as a carpenter and also worked in the oil industry.   His love of animals, especially the raising of cats, dogs and horses, brought him much joy. It was a natural choice for him to be a farrier for many years in Peace River.

Bert will be remembered for his love of nature, passion for oil painting, dancing, hunting, camping, fishing and anything outdoors! His friends will also remember Bert for his bargain shopping skills, his great sense of humour and carefree, fun loving personality!

Special thanks to the staff at Bastion Care Home for their kind and compassionate care in Bert’s final months. They provided a quality of care that was above and beyond. It was so appreciated by the family. Also, many thanks to Dr. DeWet for his loving, personal attention and prayers.

Sleeva, Leslie “Les” Vincent

SLEEVA WOctober 7, 1955 – March 2, 2015
at the age of 59 years

Les Sleeva, a miner in the Quesnel, BC region and a resident of Salmon Arm, B.C. was born in Canora, SK. and passed away suddenly March 2 at the age of 59. He is survived by his family; Lenore Sedman and her three children, Joe Sedman, Mike Sedman (Nicole), Lynda Sedman (Ryan Conley) and grandchildren Sandy, Tony, Alexander, Jessalyn, and Jacob. Also surviving are siblings Marlene Walls (Elwood), Darcy Sleeva (Cheryl Palmer), David Sleeva (Dini Storey), Kurt Sleeva (Rhonda), Brice Sleeva, Michelle Roepe (Patrick), Uncle John Farber, Aunt Stella Sleeva, 11 nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends. Les was predeceased by his parents Michael and Mary Sleeva of Lanigan.

Les was an entrepreneur (he operated businesses in drywall, construction, water well servicing, gold exploration and mining) and he was a life long student.  Although he graduated from high school at 16 and sampled engineering at University of Saskatchewan, he continued to study and learn throughout his life and had a wide range of interests in which he was self-taught. Les was well read and loved to discuss current events and politics. He was also known for his love of barbequing, a process which could never be hurried, and fishing and hunting.

Les’s brilliant, imaginative, very funny sense of humour was ever present and his gentle wisdom imparted so that one would not even realize they were being advised.  Les was a kind and gentle giant, “Uncle Buck” and a mountain of a man with the gift of engendering respect from those around him while still making them feel at ease. He was a great story teller and jokester. His gentle, happy voice and wonderful smile will live on in our memories. He was indeed, a unique and influential man in all our lives. We loved him dearly and will miss his charm, wit, creativity, intelligence and cutting sense of humor. He left us far too soon!! 

 Les’s family and friends celebrated his life and bid him farewell, March 7 at his mountain home in Salmon Arm.

 Memorial donations made be made to the Heart and Stroke Fund, Canada.