Gerlinsky, Gary Arnold

Gerlinsky, Gary Arnold

June 13, 1954 – September 12, 2021
at the age of 67 years:

It is with great sadness we announce that Gary A. Gerlinsky (Salmon Arm, BC), passed away on September 12, 2021, at the age of 67.  Gary is survived by his wife Rose, son Ajay (Caylee), daughter Joy (Ross), 3 grandaughters and a grandson. Gary was born in Thunder Bay Ontario,and is predeceased by his parents Mabel and Arnold. He was loved by family, relatives, friends and co-workers.

Gary retired from ABC Transmission in Surrey in 2018 as a mechanic and charge hand, and was thoroughly enjoying each retirement day.  He was a member of International Association of machinist and Aerospace Workers, Lodge #692.   He belonged to the Studebaker Drivers Club Inc.and was restoring and driving his 61 Studebaker truck with great passion.  He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and volunteered with the Red Cross in Salmon Arm.

The family extends thanks to everyone for their love, prayers and expressions of condolence.   Gary will be remembered as a loving, quiet, caring, gentle, hardworking husband, father, grandfather, uncle, co-worker and friend.

A small gathering will be held @ lpm October 8th at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Avenue SW, Salmon Arm.  COVID protocols will be in place

Burdeniuk, Helena “Helga”

Burdeniuk, Helena “Helga”

August 2, 1923 – September 12, 2021
at the age of 98 years:


It is with profound sadness that the family of Helga Burdeniuk announces her passing at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, BC on September 12, 2021.  Helga was predeceased by her husband John in 2009, and by her 15 siblings, 4 who died in infancy.  Helga is survived by her three sons Ernest (Cathy), Eugene (Robyn) & Dwayne (Liz),7 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren.

Helga was born on her family farm near Elfros, Saskatchewan in August of 1923 to Michael and Dorothy (Syrota) Pidperyhora. The large family of 7 boys and 5 girls worked hard on the farm and Helga often spoke about her and her sisters looking after the animals and making meals for their brothers working in the fields.

In 1945 Helga married John and easily took on the job of the wife of a farmer near Weekes, Sk.  They later left the farm and moved with their 3 boys to Choiceland, SK where they owned Johnny’s Esso. There, Helga ran the restaurant where people traveled from near and far for her famous pies.

The family moved to Merritt in 1967 to run the MacLeod’s store. It wasn’t long before both John and Helga became well known in the community. As part of her busy life, Helga was involved for many years with the Royal Purple and Catholic Women’s League. Her baking and delicious Ukrainian dishes were always the first to go at events hosted by these groups.

When John sold the MacLeod’s store, Helga went to work at Fields in Merritt, where she made many life-long friends.   Throughout her life, Helga was always busy. Her love of gardening, canning, baking, and cooking for friends and family gave her the most joy.

In 2007, John and Helga moved into Nicola Meadows in Merritt and after John’s passing, Helga had many happy years there.  In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, Helga’s health started to deteriorate and as a result she moved into Hillside Village Long Term Care in Salmon Arm. She settled in well there and was well loved and well cared for by the staff of Cottage 6.

Helga will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by her family and all who knew her.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

0lson, Marvin Brian

0lson, Marvin Brian

October 8, 1960 – April 11, 2020
at the age of 59 years:

UPDATE- Due to an illness in the family, we will be postponing the celebration of life until further notice. We will still be moving forward with the internment and graveside service at the Kelowna Cemetary. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we will update you with a new date & time when we are able.

“After a long wait we are pleased to share with you that we will now be able to host a Celebration of Life for Marvin Olson on September 26, 2021 between 2pm and 5pm, at Courses Restaurant in Shannon Lake Golf Course, 2649 Shannon Lake Rd, West Kelowna. The interment of his ashes along with a graveside service will take place the day before, September 25th at 12 noon at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna.

We look forward to seeing everyone who wishes to attend and having the opportunity to share stories and memories of Marvin and hopefully enjoy a few laughs with all who loved him “in his memory.”

Please note that as we all know, COVID-19 regulations are subject to change. We may have to adjust our plans as necessary.”


Marvin Brian Olson, age 59, of Westbank BC, passed away on April 11th, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Ella Olson. Marvin will be sadly missed by the love of his life Patti Butts, his loving children, Bryan, Amy, and Emily; along with his siblings, Cheryl (Bradley), David (Barbara), Dale (Melyssa), as well as extended family. 
Marvin was born in Atikokan ON, and later moved with his family to BC in 1973 where they settled in the beautiful Okanagan valley. Marvin eventually decided that this was where he was going to stay and raise his family. He was an amazing father, a great friend, and incredibly kind to all. Marvin had an admirable work ethic and was lucky enough to have a job that he loved, along with coworkers who cared for and respected him. Over the years Marvin gained many great friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.
Marvin, was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, camping and any other reason to be in the beautiful BC countryside. A perfect day for Marvin would be spent with friends or family; leaving the house before daylight with a coffee in hand to escape the city and head for an adventure in the backwoods.
Unfortunately, due to the current state of this world we will be having a celebration of life for Marvin at a later date. Please check Castanet, Facebook or with family for an announcement. We will be sure to give as much notice as possible, so that all who loved Marvin may attend.

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