Fortin, Frankland “Frank” Richard

April 10, 1927 – January 19, 2019
at the age of 91 years

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held Saturday, February 16, 1:00 pm at Fischer’s Funeral Services

Frank was born April 10, 1927 in Vancouver BC.  He passed away peacefully the morning of January 19 in the Shuswap Lake General Hospital at 91 years of age.  Frank is survived by his four children; Mary-Ellen Schacke, Lyle Fortin, Cathy Spence (Ken), and Barbara Rogers (Brian); grandchildren Christopher Schacke (Erin), Ashley Meadows (Pat), Lindsay Brown (Nat), Kevin Rogers (Addison), Stephanie Schacke (Mike), and Kirsten Spence.  Frank was also blessed with eight great grandchildren; Alex and Seamus Finnan, Isabella and Oliver Schacke, Eleanor Simpson, Keith, Nina, and Alice Brown.  
Frank’s greatest joy was sharing life with Lorraine, his loving wife of 67 years who predeceased him in 2015.  They went on many trips and enjoyed spending time together and with family at their summer home on Shuswap Lake.  In his last years, Frank most enjoyed working in his wood shop and spending time with friends and family at his home.  Dad/Grampa will be dearly missed.     
A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held Saturday, February 16, 1:00 pm at Fischer’s Funeral Services.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Franks name to Salmon Arm SPCA. 

Barker, Irene Dell

February 10, 1926 – January 18, 2019
at the age of 92 years

Celebration of Life will be held on April 12 at 1:30 pm at Shuswap Lake Estates Community Center.

Irene Dell Barker peacefully passed away on January 18 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital with her loving family by her side, just 3 weeks before her 93rd birthday.
Irene was born on a farm in the Bavelaw District near Spy Hill in eastern Saskatchewan, on February 10, 1926. Following school she moved into town and on June 17, 1947, married Jack Barker who had attended the same country school and had just returned home from serving in the RCAF overseas.They raised their seven children and were business partners, first in Spy Hill and later in Blind Bay.  In 1971 Jack and Irene moved with their family to the Shuswap area and together they built the community of Shuswap Lake Estates.
Irene is predeceased by an infant daughter Gail Louise, October 10 – December 4, 1949, her parents Alice (Nellie) and George Firth, her brother Doug and her sister Phyllis.
She will be forever remembered by her husband Jack of over 71 years; her son Terry (Lois), her 6 daughters Linda (Harvey Filson), Darlene (John Guilbeault), Debbie (Erik Hansen), Brenda, Wendy (Burke Lipsett), Pat (Mark Kulak), 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She leaves behind an amazing legacy of 55 descendants.
Mom was loved by all who knew her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived a full life, traveling around the world with Jack. She loved to golf here at home and at their home in Sun Lakes, Arizona in the winter. Jack and Irene hosted 29 Shuswap Lake Estates Golf tournaments in Sun Lakes. Mom was a great host, for family, friends and the community. Mom was always game to try new things. She loved to dance, knit, play bridge and later in life Mexican train.
The family would like to thank Dr. Plessis for her compassion and care during Mom’s struggle with dementia.
We also thank the care aides who helped provide 24/7 care for Mom at home during the past year, the nursing staff for the excellent care of Mom during her 10 day stay in the hospital and for their patience in accommodating our large family coming and going on the 4th floor.
Thank you to Vince and Tammy Fischer at Fischer’s Funeral Services for their prompt and thoughtful arrangements.
A special thank you to Pastor Reuben Pauls of the River of Life Community Church for visiting Mom in the hospital and for providing closure for the family with just the right words and prayers at the funeral home.
Irene touched many lives! A Celebration of Life will be held on April 12 at 1:30 pm at Shuswap Lake Estates Community Center.

Dittloff, Edward Maxwell

October 11, 1926 – January 16, 2019
at the age of 92 years

Ed was born October 11, 1926 in Transcona, Manitoba and passed away January 16, 2019 on his farm in Grindrod, BC
Ed was the son of a CN watch repairman and in his younger years he was an office worker in the Powell River paper mill.  His main interests in life were horses, family and farming.  In 1955 he married his wife Gladys and in 1958 they bought a 320 acre farm in Grindrod and his dream of being a full time thoroughbred horse breeder and farmer came true.  They had three children:  Louise (Neville) Smith, Karen and Stanley (Candy).  Their farm raised crops, children and horses that he was proud of.  He was very proud of his three Horses of the Year:  Summer Lil, Fleet Reserve and Lord Rosberg.  He also had numerous divisional champions.  In 2018 Ed was inducted into the BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the thoroughbred racing world.
Ed’s ashes will be spread on the farm that he loved in a private family service in the fall.
He lived his life well, with no regrets, he dreamed big and made his dreams come true.

Antoni, Heinz Josef

June 13, 1926 – January 13, 2019
at the age of 92 years 

Memorial Service:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Deo Lutheran Church, Salmon Arm, 10:30 a.m.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather Heinz Antoni.  Heinz is survived by Benita, his loving wife of 66 years, his children Kurt, Helmut and Barbara, grandson Lucas and sister Hannelore Grűttner and family.  We are thankful that Heinz could pass peacefully at home, in the care of his wife.
In 1958, Heinz emigrated from Germany to Vancouver, Canada with his wife, three small children and mother in Law (Oma) to start a new life.  Heinz’s new life was filled with adventures – both good and not so good – all of which he approached with a great deal of creativity.
Upon retirement from his work as a fireplace mason, he and Benita built their retirement home in Salmon Arm.  He enjoyed the peacefulness of his surroundings.  Heinz lived a deep spiritual life devoted to love, peace and tolerance.

Godspeed on your journey home

Morris, Marion Agnes

October 26, 1935 – January 12, 2019
at the age of 83 years

A Memorial will be held at a later date.

Marion Agnes Morris (83) the oldest daughter of Bill Alison and Irene Wells. She had many fond memories of playing outdoors with her four siblings; George, Edith, Jean, and Bill in Revelstoke (BC). At the age of sixteen she met and married her husband Stanley James Morris (Jim). In the first years of their marriage they had a farm in Saskatchewan and she enjoyed watching the lightning storms on the prairies. Later, they moved back to BC and bought a farm outside of Salmon Arm. The small house and farm would become their home. They built a bigger house, designed beautiful gardens, had chickens, cows, and horses. Their home was welcoming, warm, and open to their family and friends, just as they were. Marion and Jim created a loving life together and shared that love with their many nieces, nephews and adopted family. Marion worked as the manager of Ready’s Drugstore, where she made many friends in the community. When she wasn’t at work, she could often be found camping, boating, or hiking with family and friends. She didn’t stay still for long and at home she would be busy with baking, cooking, canning, sewing, or drawing. She was immensely creative and talented. Marion was passionate about nature and animals, her little farm was the perfect spot for her to watch for bears, deer, raccoons, birds, and frogs. She had the most incredible encounters with wildlife all from the safety of her patio. We love you deeply, you were a mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, and most of all our friend. We miss you, The Alisons, The Gross’s, The Morris’s, The Sage’s, and The Watties.
Please consider making a donation to the SA SPCA, 5850 Auto Road NE, Salmon Arm, V1E 2X2 in lieu of sending flowers.


Butler, Eric George

November 28, 1943 – January 8, 2019
at the age of 75 years

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eric George Butler who died peacefully in Shuswap Lake General Hospital on the evening of January 8, 2019 at the age of 75.  He is survived by his wife Jenni, his brother Don (Diane) and sons Steven, Christopher, Brent (Jenny) and Colin, his grandchildren Alisha, Chase, Deven, Travis, Hailey and Nicholas and great granddaughters Audrie, Addison and Ryleigh.
Eric was born and raised in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver and made his career in the West Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service where he had proudly served for 27 years in the permanent department and as a volunteer prior to that.  He was an avid boater and member of Thunderbird Yacht Club and he and his wife had many great boating adventures up the Pacific Coast.
Eric and Jenni moved to the Shuswap in 1998 when Eric retired and after arriving there he was, for some time, a member of the Shuswap Vintage Car Club, the RCMP Veterans club and he served on the Shuswap Fire Suppression Committee.  17 years ago he and Jenni moved to Shuswap Lake Estates and became members of the golf community where he had so many good friends, wonderful neighbours and great golf partners – if not so many great golf scores.
He will be so missed by all of his family and friends but he will always be in our hearts.
The family would like to thank his doctors, and all the nurses and caregivers at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
No service is planned immediately, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when the weather improves.  If anyone feels inclined, they may make a donation in Eric’s memory to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation.