Larsen, Brett Edward

Larsen, Brett Edward

October 6, 1983 – September 12, 2023
at the age of 39 years:

For those wishing to say their final goodbyes to Brett, the family welcomes you to come to the Sorrento Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 23, at 1:00pm

Brett chose his time to leave this earth surrounded with love, positive energy, and peace. Brett was born in Salmon Arm BC on October 6, 1983.

After graduating from high school in Salmon Arm, Brett moved to Kamloops, BC where he worked at Sun Peaks for a year. He then returned to Sorrento where he was employed at Adams Lake Lumber. In 2004 Brett met Amanda and in 2006 they bought a home in Chase BC where they welcomed their beautiful little baby girl, Kadie Marie, into their lives. In August of 2011, two months after the passing of his younger brother Nick, Brett suffered a major stroke. The doctors were amazed that he recovered without any serious damage mentally or physically, but that was the start to Brett’s decline in health.

Over the past 12 years he battled many health issues and through all of this he never once complained or said why me, he went through life with strength and dignity. Kayaking, camping, hunting, and being outdoors was Brett’s passion. He loved people and visiting with friends and family. He absolutely loved and adored his nieces and family. Brett was a compassionate, loving, gentle soul with a witty sense of humor and contagious laugh. He left this world too early and will be missed deeply by all who knew him. But he is with his brother Nick, his cousin Jeff, grandfathers Vaughn LeDuc and Rod Larsen and numerous friends and family in a beautiful place filled with love and peace.

He leaves behind his mother Shelley and father Bo, his older brother Jesse (Bernadette} and nieces Ryann and Ellincia, his younger sister Fawn (Oliver), his nieces Nicala and Isla, and the love of his life, his pride and joy, his daughter Kadie Marie. Brett also leaves behind his grandmothers Gail LeDuc, as well as Pat Larsen, numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

For those wishing to say their final goodbyes to Brett, the family welcomes you to come to the Sorrento Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 23 at 1:00pm

Kuzak, Eleanor

Kuzak, Eleanor

July 22, 1944 – September 20, 2023
at the age of 79 years:     

Eleanor Kuzak (nee Antifaiff) was born July 22, 1944 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Alex and Mary Antifaiff, the second of three children. 

On October 9th, 1965, Eleanor married Stanley Kuzak, her high school sweetheart and together they raised two children. Eleanor worked at the Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) after graduating from St. John’s Tech and a secretarial course at Tech Voc in 1963 and then Bell Telephones in Toronto. She also worked at the Mercantile Bank of Canada in Vancouver before raising her family as a stay-at-home mom, a job she thoroughly loved. Once her children were adults, she got a real estate license and worked as a licensed assistant for Stan at Re/Max Balloon Country Realty and then at Sutton.

Moving with her husband as he was transferred, Eleanor would live in Manitoba, Ontario, BC and Alberta and retiring in Sorrento, BC. She lived in Langley for over 18 years raising her children. She actively volunteered for Canadian Red Cross and was a baseball coach for girl’s little league baseball in Langley.  Eleanor was an exceptional cook and one who loved to entertain and have company. She made lifelong friends in every area she lived in. She loved to sew, making dresses for herself, plus she liked to knit.

She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Stanley, children Stephen (Nancy Kuchta) of Kamloops, BC, Jennifer of Sorrento, BC and her only grandchild Dawson Kuzak-Kolley of Richmond, BC. 

She was predeceased by her parents Mary and Alex Antifaiff, brother Harvey and sister Arlene.

There will be no service at this time with plans to spread her ashes in the spring of 2024 as per her request. Cremation has already taken place is Salmon Arm, BC.

Jenish, Diane Noreen

Jenish, Diane Noreen

December 27, 1941 – September 18, 2023
at the age of 81 years

On September 18, 2023, Diane Jenish passed away at the age of 81 with her daughters by her side.
Diane was born in Sointula, BC to Taimi and Joel Hamley. Diane was the youngest of three children. She was predeceased by her sister June Peterson and her brother Dennis Hamley.
Diane grew up in the Coquitlam area where in 1963, she met the love of her life, Ken. Diane and Ken raised their two children Wendy Brown and Jenny Williamson (Allen) in Clearwater BC. They moved to Salmon Arm in 1992.
Ken passed in December 2021. Shortly thereafter Diane was diagnosed with cancer, which she fought with tremendous Finnish sisu. Her battle came to a peaceful end on September 18, 2023. She will be remembered as a beautiful, kind and gentle woman, friend, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was loved by all who knew her, particularly her four grandchildren Mitchell, Tamara, David and Adam.
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