Forer, Bernadette Anne

FORER WOctober 29, 1940 – July 20, 2015
At the age of 74 years

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 11:00 am at the Elks Hall, 3690 30th St. NE, Salmon Arm.

We announce the passing of Bernadette Ann Forer nee Hiebert on July 20, 2015 after a year long struggle with a rare form of cancer. She was born in Humboldt, SK on October 29, 1940.

 Left in their sadness are her husband of 51 years, Richard, her children Annette Forer (Frank Brueseker) Airdrie, AB, Douglas (Dr. Susan Gilmour) Edmonton and children Kate, Henry and Jennifer, Colleen Forer (Charles McColgan) Ottawa and children Liam and Maeve. In addition, her siblings, all of Humboldt, SK- Tony (Ruth) Hiebert, Ray (Marie) Hiebert, Harold Hiebert, Margaret (Gordon) Lux and Loretta (Randy) Dobmeier of Saskatoon. Richard’s siblings Mary (Denis) Dubord, Burlington , ON, Remo (Louise) Forer, Avonlea, SK, Don Forer, Moose Jaw, Ada (John) Hammel, Medicine Hat and Rita ( Conrad) Rodney, Yorkton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In Salmon Arm she leaves her friends at the Church’s Thrift Shop, Crafters and Sewers as St. Joseph’s, the Shuswap Quilters’ Guild, the Probus Club and all involved with the Grandmothers to Grandmothers group.

 Bernadette took her high school education at Humboldt, where she was significantly involved with the 4-H program. Post-secondary education was taken at the Saskatchewan Teacher’s College and the University of Sask. She taught school for a number of years before the arrival of her first child and then chose to stay at home to raise her children. She substitute taught for many years until her retirement. During this period she was a Girl Guide leader for 10 years and a figure skating judge. She had a lifelong love of gardening, oil painting, home management skills, sewing and all types of needlework. Over many years, she also did extensive work in the genealogy of the Hiebert and Forer families and published a book on each of these families. In her concern for social justice she was instrumental as one of the founding members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers group in Salmon Arm.

 The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated and compassionate care and attention of Dr. Laura Hepburn, the Community Health nurses and workers, the palliative care staff at Bastion and the volunteers of the Hospice Foundation. Equal gratitude is expressed for the extensive support, prayers, flowers and cards sent by numerous friends and relatives.

 In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if any donations be made to the Salmon Arm Grandmothers to Grandmothers, # 301 160 Harbourfront Dr. NE, Salmon Arm, VIE 3M3 or to the Grandmothers program at the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Suite 501, 260 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2E4.




  1. Richard: I was very sorry to hear you have lost your wife, Bernadette. I have never met her but she sounds like a wonderful, talented person. My deepest sympathy.
    Raili Gubbels

  2. Condolences my friend. I will see you at the curling rink this fall.

  3. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, Richard. She sounds like a wonderful person, someone I would have loved to know.

  4. We will always remember Bernadette for her interest in genealogy and her book on the Hiebert family Rosemary + Herman

  5. Sorry for your loss Possberg Family

  6. Dick and Family: your loss is Heaven’s gain-Bernadette was a sweet, caring and loving woman who lived her faith to the fullest. She is an inspiration to many, and, as a result, the social justice work she led and supported will continue as her friends and colleagues honour her memory. God Bless you and keep you all!

  7. Dick and Family- Our sincere condolences to you all. Bernadette was a very special person-we grew up together and spent many happy hours together with our families.She was very talented and my heart goes out to you-50+ years with the love of your life will leave a big void in your life.God Bless you all.

  8. I offer my sincerest condolences to the Forer and Hiebert families at this time. Bernadette was a lovely woman and such a strong role model for those of us ladies in my generation. As a child, I was always welcomed into Bernadette’s home (down the street) from my own. She was never idle and was always occupied with numerous activities centred around her family and her own hobbies.
    Sue Lohnes (Hanowski)
    Yorkton, S.K.

  9. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Dear Family Member. Are we not truly blessed with the hope our Creator has given us of seeing our loved ones again. His loving comfort from the scriptures brings us much relief and confidence in the blessings of God’s Kingdom. Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” John 5:28,29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

  10. I am so sorry for your loss….words can not express the sadness, I feel in my heart for you and your family. I was one of the Care Aides, whom only visited a few times but…who felt extremely blessed…. to have had the chance to meet and get to know….such a wonderful and beautiful lady. My thoughts are with you all….

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