Obituaries

December 12, 1942 – January 6, 2022 at the age of 79 years      A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2 pm., Salmon Arm Elk’s Hall, 3690 30 Street NE, Salmon Arm, BC Joyce Arlene Weleschuk, 79, of Salmon Arm, BC, passed away on January 6, 2022. Joyce was born in Camrose, AB on December 12, 1942.  She married Eugene Weleschuk on May 22, 1965 in Salmon Arm, BC. She was
April 10, 1936 – May 15, 2022 at the age of 86 years:
May 29, 1943 – May 15, 2022 at the age of 78 years:
December 18, 1979 – March 23, 2022 at the age of 42 years:       Patrick passed away March 23, 2022, at Nazko, BC at the age of 42 years.  He was born December 18, 1979, in Salmon Arm, BC where he was raised.  Patrick leaves to mourn; his wife Ronnie, two children Kaine and Acadia, parents Pat and Laura, brother Wade (Sarah), sister Tracy (Ryan), nephew Trentyn and niece Rayla and mother-in-law Debbie
August 24, 1980 – March 20, 2022 at the age of 41 years:         It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of our beautiful son Bryan in Kelowna BC. Bryan is survived by his mother Annamaria Collopy (Rob), sisters Amy and Emily Olson, stepmother Patti, stepbrother Bryan Collopy, uncles Vince (Tammy), Pat (Sue), David (Barb), Dale, aunts Yvonne (Jim), Kathy and Cheryl (Brad). Bryan was predeceased by his father Marvin Olson
August 8, 1927 – May 10, 2022 at the age of 94 years
June 12, 1943 – May 7, 2022 at the age of 78 years:      It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Lawrence Howard on May 7, 2022 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 78. He was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Sheila Howard, sister Celia and brother in law Don. Lawrence is survived by his beloved wife Darlene of 55 years,
September 26, 1953 – May 6, 2022 at the age of 68 years
September 28, 1927 – May 5, 2022 at the age of 94 years:      It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Annabelle Carol Jones, May 5, 2022 in Salmon Arm, BC. Anne was the youngest child of Anna and Dan Rake’s nine children.  She was born at home on the farm two miles west of Donalda, Alberta on September 28, 1927. She married her devoted husband James (Jim) Jones
April 30, 1934 – May 4, 2022 at the age of 88 years
August 3, 1939 – May 4, 2022 at the age of 82 years
December 22, 1934 – May 3, 2022 at the age of 87 years
February 24, 1927 – April 30, 2022 at the age of 95 years:         A memorial reception will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 1 – 3 pm, at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave., SW, (turn off at Salmon River Road)        In loving memory of our dear father. He was born February 24, 1927, and passed away on April 30, 2022, to join his wife of 58 years,
May 13, 1947 – April 29, 2022 at the age of 74 years:      In loving memory of my mother Evelyn Jean Marie Marchiel. She was born May 13, 1947, and passed away on April 29, 2022, in Salmon Arm, BC. Mom is leaving behind her partner Rod, son Justin (Diana), and her 2 grandchildren, as well as many extended family members. Evelyn grew up in a Montmartre, Saskatchewan. After graduation she moved to
March 10, 1982 – April 25, 2022 at the age of 40 years
June 6, 1949 – April 24, 2022 at the age of 72 years
November 1, 1972 – April 17, 2022 at the age of 49 years
December 2, 1936 – April 15, 2022 at the age of 85 years:         In Loving Memory of Raymond Robert Moser, we are saddened to announce his passing on April 15, 2022 at the age of 85 in Kelowna, BC. Bob was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan on December 2, 1936. He is predeceased by his parents Antone and Evelyn Moser, sisters Shirley(Scotty) and Bernice. Survived by his daughters Sandra(Ty) and Lynn, step-son Don,
October 29, 1952 – April 15, 2022 at the age of 69 years: Celebration of Life: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 1pm – 2251 40 Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC        Layne’s life journey began on October 29, 1952 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and ended much too soon, on “Not-So-Good-Friday” April 15, 2022. He was the second son of Maurice and Ida Letourneau, and a brother to Wayne. He was predeceased by his mother in 1990
September 24, 1941 – April 13, 2022 at the age of 80 years
August 1, 1927 – April 13, 2022 at the age of 94 years
October 27, 1948 – April 12, 2022 at the age of 73 years:                                                                                                                              
September 3, 1939 – April 11, 2022 at the age of 82 years:       JoAnne Marjorie Groves departed this life on April 11, 2022. Born in Toronto on September 3rd, 1939, daughter of Charlotte and Bernard Groves (predeceased), she grew up in Toronto and then north of Orillia, Ontario. Missed by her partner Jack Lewis, Celista, BC, her daughters Heather Dix, Orillia, ON and Melissa (Norm) Hodges, Vancouver, BC, sister Joy Robinson (Rob

April 11, 2022

Tyls, Jirina

April 10, 1944 – April 11, 2022 at the age of 78 years
July 23, 1940 – April 11, 2022 at the age of 81 years:          A celebration of life will be held Saturday May 14, 2022, 1:30pm at Lion’s Manor in Sorrento, BC.                          In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still.                        In our hearts you hold a
August 11, 1938 – April 10, 2022 at the age of 83 years
July 20, 1934 – April 7, 2022 at the age of 87 years
September 12, 1954 – April 6, 2022 at the age of 67 years:
June 15, 1935 – April 5, 2022 at the age of 86 years:            It is with great sadness and fond memories that we announce the passing of Lawrence Joseph Filiatrault at 86 years of age at Shuswap Lake General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Lawrence was born in Maillardville to Leo and Mary Rose Filiatrault. The family moved to Quesnel where Lawrence spent his formative years and started school. He
March 25, 1931 – April 5, 2022 at the age of 91 years:        Shirley Jean Halverson passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on April 05, 2022, at the age of 91. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Gordon Halverson and is survived by her son Bruce (Shelly) Halverson, daughters Lisa (Ben) Honcoop, Gayle (Chris) Johnson, her much loved grandchildren & great grandchildren, and by her brother, George Healy of Langley,
May 29, 1942 – April 5, 2022 at the age of 79 years
April 27, 1939 – April 4, 2022 at the age of 82 years:      There will be a Celebration of Life and reception at Fishers Funeral Service on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2pm.   With great sadness, we announce the passing of Donald McVicar (Mac) Esselmont on April 4, 2022 at 82 years old in Salmon Arm, BC.  Born on April 27, 1939 in Stewart, BC he was well known for his fun loving
April 16, 1938 – April 3, 2022 at the age of 83 years
June 23, 1949 – April 3, 2022 at the age of 72 years:         It’s with immense heartbreak that we announce the passing of a most exceptional woman of the Shuswap. Bunny is preceded by her parents John, Edith Whitehead and brother Ernest. Survived by brothers Joe, Jack, Carl and Kahn.  Bunny is well known in her community as a generous and unstoppable caregiver, living her life in dedication to her family
July 17, 1930 – April 2, 2022 at the age of 91 years:        Dorothy (affectionately known to family and friends as Doffy) was born in Ixopo, Natal, South Africa to her parents Frank and Ada Martin.  The beloved memories of her childhood on the farm lasted to Doffy’s final days and inspired her lifelong love of animals and nature.  Tragically, her father passed away before Doffy was seven, and she and her
January 2, 1941 – April 2, 2022 at the age of 81 years:       Open House, Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 1:00 pm at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave. SW, (turn off at Salmon River Road) “Gene” passed away April 2, 2022 (age 81) at Vancouver General Hospital after a valiant struggle recovering from surgery. Gene is predeceased by her loving husband Len (Jan. 2017), her father Ross Davis (1984), her mother Katherine
November 27, 1943 – April 2, 2022 at the age of 78 years:
March 25, 1925 – March 29, 2022 at the age of 97 years:      A service will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Anglican Church, 170 Shuswap St. SE, Salmon Arm, followed by a tea and time to share your “Al” stories. The community is welcome!  Al Neale died in Salmon Arm after two days in hospital. He leaves a wide circle of friends, family and community who will
February 1, 1932 – March 28, 2022 at the age of 90 years
February 23, 1932 – March 27, 2022 at the age of 90 years:      Robert Alistair “Big Al” Fleming, was born February 23, 1932 in Vancouver. He was raised in Britannia Mines. He resided in Sicamous for the last 37 years. Survived by his common-law wife, Colleen Carr, stepchildren, Cindy (Bill) Robertson; Rick Carr; Tammy (Brian) Seppala, six grandchildren: Chelsea, Natasha, Brendan, Kealin, Jordann & Matiasn, seven great grandchildren, his sister Sheila Seahagen, as
November 23, 1991 – March 27, 2022 at the age of 30 years
December 26, 1936 – March 24, 2022 at the age of 85 years
April 22, 1973 – March 23, 2022 at the age of 48 years:      With heavy hearts we announce that Michael Barry Yuill, AKA Big Mike, passed away March 23, 2022 at the age of 48.  Michael was born April 22, 1973 to his mom Maureen Yuill in Hinton, AB.  He passed away quickly with family by his side. He leaves behind his two children Rebecca Yuill (Matt), Zackery Yuill, their mother Tressa Hobson
February 20, 1935 – March 18, 2022 at the age of 87 years:      Friends and family are invited to celebrate Minnie’s life 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Fischer’s Funeral Services, Salmon Arm, a reception will follow at the 5th Ave Seniors Centre, 170 5th Ave SE, Salmon Arm   In the early morning of March 18th, 2022, Minnie Hawthorne passed peacefully away, gaining her wings to walk among the angels. She is
June 28, 1923 – March 16, 2022 at the age of 98 years      Esther passed away early morning March 16, 2022, short of her 99th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband Edward, infant daughter Beatrice, son Arthur (Maisie), sisters Edith (Eeli) Simonson, Marjorie (Bill) Murray, Kay (Bill) Laird, brothers Alan Teece, Philip Teece and Jack (Lauretta) Teece. She is greatly missed by her large immediate family including spouses: Alan (Karen), Andy (Diana) (d), Esther (Keith) Monroe, Gloria (Dan) (d) Greene,
April 27, 1962 – March 12, 2022 at the age of 59 years:      It is with great sadness the family of Marlene Denise Pyper (nee Doerkson) announce her passing in Salmon Arm, BC, on March 12, 2022.  Marlene was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta to Hank and Florence Doerkson.  She was born 10 and 12 years after her 2 older sisters who were like little mothers to her during her early childhood.  She
January 23, 1938 – March 10, 2022 at the age of 84 years
February 16, 1942 – March 9, 2022 at the age of 80 years
November 16, 1943 – March 5, 2022 at the age of 78 years
October 14, 1964 – March 3, 2022 at the age of 57 years:      With heavy hearts we share the peaceful passing of Danielle Taylor McElroy (nee von Hansen) on March 3, 2022. Danielle was born in Vernon and grew up enjoying the many beautiful beaches in the Okanagan.  In 1996 she obtained a BA in Sociology/Anthropology.  She moved to rural Tappen, BC in 1999 in order to enjoy small town life and to be closer
September 11, 1947 – March 3, 2022 at the age of 74 years
September 22, 1949 – March 2, 2022 at the age of 72 years:      Greg (Harold McGregor) McDiarmid died at home of lung cancer on March 2, 2022. Greg maintained his sense of humour until his last day with us. Before he died he expressed how lucky he felt to be living in a country where so much money and resources were available for a dying old man. We want to thank, his family,
November 9, 1966 – February 28, 2022 at the age of 55 years
March 9, 1935 – February 27, 2022 at the age of 86 years:      Marion passed away February 27, 2022 in palliative care at Bastion Place. She is survived, and will be missed by her sons, Brent and Kevin, one sister, Hazel Storey, and three brothers, John, Gordon and Roy Tomlinson. She also will be missed by nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Marion was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1951,
July 16, 1958 – February 26, 2022 at the age of 63 years

February 25, 2022

Taylor, Willie

December 17, 1936 – February 25, 2022 at the age of 85 years

February 25, 2022

Demmans, Alice

September 19, 1928 – February 25, 2022 at the age of 93 years

February 24, 2022

Erickson, June Thelma

June 15, 1933 – February 24, 2022 at the age of 88 years:      We are saddened to announce the passing of June Thelma Erickson (nee Utgaren) on February 24, 2022 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm at the age of 88. June was born on the family farm near Beechy, Saskatchewan. She married Freeman (Bland) Hoover and moved through several towns in SK and BC while raising two boys Sid and Daryl. June

February 24, 2022

Froese, Johan Enns

April 13, 1943 – February 24, 2022 at the age of 78 years:      A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, March 12, at 2:00 pm at the River of Life Church 2405 Centennial Drive, Blind Bay B.C.  (Shuswap Lake Estates building) Please note: change from Sunday On February 24, 2022, John Froese of Chase B.C. completed his journey and went to his final destination to be with his savior whom

February 22, 2022

Hill, Walter Elgin

October 17, 1934 – February 22, 2022 at the age of 87 years:      Wally passed away on February 22 at the age of 87 in Salmon Arm.  Wally was born in Monkland Ontario on October 17, 1934 to William and Bertha Hill.   He moved west to Alberta for work in 1957 and met Zella in 1958.  They married in 1962, moving numerous times in the early years of their marriage for his work as
February 17, 1956 – February 22, 2022 at the age of 66 years
May 11, 1925 – February 20, 2022 at the age of 96 years
April 30, 1944 – February 19, 2022 at the age of 77 years:      On Saturday, February 19, 2022 we said our final goodbye to the dearest husband, father and grandfather alive, Helmut Janzen, as he slipped away from us to begin a whole new journey.  The long goodbye is over. Helmut was born on April 30, 1944 to Jacob and Anna Janzen in the Mecklenburg region of Germany during the Second World War. 
January 19, 1940 – February 19, 2022 at the age of 82 years
April 28, 1926 – February 15, 2022 at the age of 95 years:      It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Green on February 15, 2022, at the age of 95. Joe is predeceased by his daughter, Barbara and is survived by Vi, his loving wife of 74 years, his sister Carol and brother Ted, his two sons Gordon and Jack, daughter-in-law Celia, six grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

February 13, 2022

Cowan, Richard Miles

June 11, 1963 – February 13, 2022 at the age of 58 years

February 11, 2022

Thorpe, Arleene Ann

April 10, 1943 – February 11, 2022 at the age of 78 years:      Private family service: Fischer’s Funeral Services, Saturday, February 19, 2022 Interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery: Friday, March 4, 2022, 1pm, Dawson Creek, BC In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in honour of Arleene, may be made to: Better at Home Suite 117, 10200 8 Street Dawson Creek, BC V1G3P8

February 11, 2022

Rule, Frank Munroe

October 29, 1949 – February 11, 2022 at the age of 72 years

February 10, 2022

Zorn, Margaret Bell

July 18, 1925 – February 10, 2022 at the age of 96 years:      A worship service in remembrance and celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at Deo Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salmon Arm led by Pastor Erik Bjorgan on Saturday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. Margaret Bell Zorn (nee Graham) passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, B.C. on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the age of 96 years. A worship
December 16, 1930 – February 10, 2022 at the age of 91 years
April 2, 1934 – February 6, 2022 at the age of 87 years
March 23, 1931 – February 5, 2022 at the age of 90 years
March 12, 1966 – February 4, 2022 at the age of 55 years:      Shane Ashley Johnson, 55, passed peacefully at Shuswap Lake Hospital, Salmon Arm, B.C. with his love Katrina by his side. Shane was born in Alert Bay, BC to Evelyn and Erik Johnson. He grew up in Colwood, BC. He attended Camosun College and became an automotive technician, and enjoyed his work at the Victoria Shipyard until his accident in 2012.
August 4, 1936 – February 2, 2022 at the age of 85 years:      Pat was born in the Stouffville area of Ontario, the second of Aaron and Etta’s 5 children. She spent her childhood and youth on the family farms right up the lane from grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. From that time of her life we were told of walking to school along the farm lane with her cousins, maple syrup and
January 29, 1944 – February 1, 2022 at the age of 78 years:      We are saddened to announce that on Feb. 1, 2022, after her battle with cancer, Elizabeth Ann Pudwell (Betty) was called to sing her hummingbird song to the Lord. Born in Regina, SK, Jan. 29, 1944, she was adopted into the loving family of Percy and Estelle Gamble and lived in Golden Prairie, AB.  Later they moved to Medicine Hat,
May 11, 1952 – February 1, 2022 at the age of 69 years
April 22, 1966 – January 27, 2022 at the age of 55 years
August 5, 1934 – January 25, 2022 at the age of 87 years
November 11, 1934 – January 24, 2022 at the age of 87 years:      Memorial Service 11:30 am, February 4, 2022 at Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church, 1191 22nd Street NE, Salmon Arm With sorrow and rejoicing we announce the passing of Cornelis (Neal) Vandergugten. He follows his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary, who passed away one month earlier on December 24, 2021. Neal was born in Katwijk, The Netherlands and was the oldest

January 23, 2022

Kavolinas, Victor

March 6, 1926 – January 23, 2022 at the age of 95 years
January 4, 1945 – January 23, 2022 at the age of 77 years:      There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, May 28, 2022, 1pm at the Elk’s RV Park (Gazebo), 3690 30 Street NE, Salmon Arm, BC.  Rick’s love of potluck’s is being honored with everyone being asked to bring a plate of appetizer/finger food to share. Please bring a lawn chair, plate, and cup as well.  In lieu of an open mic,

January 23, 2022

Werk, Allen Wayne

March 31, 1944 – January 23, 2022 at the age of 77 years:      It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to an amazing man, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, nephew, cousin and uncle.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Wayne worked at B.C. Hydro for 36 years as a powerline technician.  He ran a crew putting up poles and running wire

January 23, 2022

Asham, Vivian Marie

July 4, 1935 – January 23, 2022 at the age of 86 years It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Vivian Marie Asham (Simpson) on January 23, 2022, at the age of 86, in Salmon Arm, BC. Vivian was able to spend her final days with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents Earle Simpson (Catherine) and Enid Dufault (Maurice) and numerous siblings, family and friends. Left
June 11, 1944 – January 21, 2022 at the age of 77 years
October 31, 1933 – January 20, 2022 at the age of 88 years
December 15, 1937 -January 18, 2022 at the age of 84 years It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) John Montgomery, on January 18, 2022, at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident on January 4, 2022. Robert was the eldest son of Alfred and Florence Montgomery of Quesnel, B.C. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, children Betty, Dale and Rose Chamberlain, seven grandchildren, 7
November 8, 1936 – January 17, 2022 at the age of 85 years

January 17, 2022

Dykes, Andrew John

June 5, 1944 – January 17, 2022 at the age of 77 years We hope you can join us on Sat Feb the 12th 3-6 pm at the Copper Island Pub. It is with great sadness in our hearts and most loving of memories, that we share the passing of our Andy. Andy was born in Saskatoon, SK and lived in Sherwood Park outside of Edmonton AB, then moved to Blind Bay, BC in 2007.
March 30, 1926 – January 13, 2022 at the age of 95 years
April 1, 1953 – January 13, 2022 at the age of 68 years Christina (Chris) Harris (aged 68 yrs.) passed away January 13 at the Salmon Arm general Hospital after a brave, courageous but painful battle against a very aggressive cancer. Chris is survived by her loving husband Tom, two sons John (Becky) Brooke and Brent (Danielle) Auria, also siblings Kathy (Wes), Nancy (Steve), Mike (Deb) and numerous nephews, nieces and their children and many
January 30, 1932 – January 12, 2022 at the age of 89 years

January 10, 2022

Evans, Eric Donald

November 26, 1917 – January 10, 2022 at the age of 104 years Eric passed away January 10, 2022 at Mt. Ida Mews, Salmon Arm at the age of 104 years.  He was born November 26, 1917 at St. Davids, Wales. He was predeceased by his wife Vivian in 2001 and will be missed and lovingly remember by his son Hugh Evans, Scotland, daughter Norma Sherridan, Parksville, BC, grandsons Brendan and Gregory Sherridan. Eric immigrated
January 15, 1934 – January 10, 2022 at the age of 87 years Mary leaves behind 3 sisters, 2 brothers, 5 daughters, 2 sons 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Mary is gone never to be forgotten. She will be missed deeply by her Family and friends.
May 18, 1951 – January 10, 2022 at the age of 70 years
February 21, 1939 – January 9, 2022 at the age of 82 years: It is with great sadness that John Paul Shannon died suddenly at home on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at the young ripe age of 82, he was born on February 21st, 1939 in Long Branch, Ontario. Paul was much loved by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Shannon (Powell), his three children: Michael, Kathleen, and Laureen Shannon, seven grandchildren.  He was predeceased
January 19, 1965 – January 6, 2022 at the age of 56 years  
January 20, 1936 – January 6, 2022 at the age of 85 years Edward Murray Paul, 85, of Blind Bay, BC passed away peacefully on January 6, 2022 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Ed aka “Shuswap Ed” was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia to the late John Paul and Matilda Paul (nee Boutilier) on January 20, 1936. Survived by his beloved wife, Linda Paul (nee Treece), loving father to Cary Graff (Greg, Vernon, BC) and

January 3, 2022

Boe, Joyce

January 29, 1930 – January 3, 2022 at the age of 91 years
November 13, 1971 – December 31, 2021  at the age of 50 years
October 4, 1937 – December 28, 2021 at the age of 84 years Sadly, on December 28, 2021, Ken passed at his home in Salmon Arm, BC. He was 84 years old. Ken was born in Estavan, SK on October 4, 1937, to Joseph and Mary Jenish. At a young age, Ken along with his parents, twin brother Wayne, brother Ron and sister Cathy moved to Coquitlam, BC. There he met the love of his
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