Himmelspach, Kathleen “Kaye” Ruth

July 25, 1935 – March 24, 2021
at the age of 85 years

It is with heavy hearts and cherished memories we announce the passing of Kathleen (Kaye) Ruth Himmelspach on March 24, 2021, at the age of 85 years. She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband, Herb, and their children Sandra (Terry) Reidy, Loren (Douglas)Ripley, Robert (Peggy), her grandchildren Scott (Sarah), Cristin (Tavis), Meghan (Dustin), Billy and Jolene, and her great-grandchildren Jack, Farrah, Bodie and Charlie.

Kaye was born in Winnipeg and moved to Calgary with her parents. She finished high school in Calgary and started working in Payroll at Nodwell Brothers, where she met her future husband, Herb. They soon married and followed Herb’s work as a construction superintendent to a few cities, eventually buying land in Cochrane, Alberta, building a dairy farm, raising their 3 children, and many cows, for 14 years. They sold the farm and “retired” to Winfield, BC. After many trips through Sicamous, they decided that this town was going to be their final move. Kaye and Herb also started venturing to the sunny climate of Arizona for the winters and were able to enjoy 25 years of avoiding winter in Canada. Kaye loved playing cards, Bingo, and visiting casinos. Kaye and Herb have lived in Sicamous for 40 years, until Kaye moved into Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, BC.

Kaye passed away peacefully at the Hillside Village where she had lived for her last 4 years. 

Kaye was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy, and her parents Martha Louise and Gordon William Andrews.

The family thanks the staff at Hillside Village for their wonderful care they gave Kaye. And, we also thank Dr. Jack Beech for his many years of care and compassion.

A celebration of Kaye’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eagle Valley Seniors Meals Society, 1091 Shuswap Avenue, Sicamous, BC, V0E 2V1

One of Kaye’s favourite sayings, “BINGO!!”


  1. So sorry to have just heard of Kayes passing lots of memories of our Poker Wednesdays for many years and bingo nights

  2. I am so very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. A lady who knew how to make fun! I have so many fond memories of playing bingo and cards with her.
    A life well lived! My condolences to Herb and family.

  3. Rob and Peggy, our condolences on the loss of your Mother, a very vibrant woman.

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