June 25, 1923 – March 29, 2019
at the age of 95 years
June 25, 1923 – March 29, 2019
at the age of 95 years
February 26, 1931 – March 29, 2019
at the age of 88 years
While Hal was in palliative care at Bastion, a young care worker came in to see him. She smiled at an elderly, old man coming to the end of his journey.
I looked at him and saw a young teenager in Winnipeg, shoveling snow off the Assiniboine River. He and his friends cleaned it so they could speed skate on the track they made.
I saw a hard working, newly married man driving the long lonely roads of Manitoba selling Carnation Milk coming home late Friday night, too tired to play with his son Kelly.
I saw a man sailing on English Bay with his new wife Glenda, face to the sun and wind at his back.
Later moving to Salmon Arm to retire and make new friends, be they young children or grown men and women.
Always his love of music could be heard playing at home with friends and family.
Yes, young people see an old man but for me the wrinkles, brown spots and the slowing of movement were just signs of a life well lived.
I see you everyday and always will my love.
April 17, 1936 – March 29, 2019
at the age of 82 years
It is with breaking hearts that we announce the passing of the gentle soul of our wife, mother and grandmother, Lenie Mannes.
Born in Rotterdam, Holland, she survived the War and immigrated to Canada three times: the first time when she was 17, the second time five years later, and once more, the third and last time, to live for the rest of her life in her beloved land of mountains.
In 1985, after the death of her husband, Lenie was introduced to Auke (Gus) Mannes through his sister, Henja. They held hands and never let go. Soon after they married and started a hobby farm in Fort Langley, wrangling the heifers and corralling the chickens. Lenie loved all animals and gave a home to many rescue dogs and cats from the SPCA over the years.
In 1992 Lenie and Gus bought an acreage and renovated their dream home on Grandview Bench, living there for 25 years until moving closer to Salmon Arm in 2017.
In between Lenie and Gus had many adventures, travelling across Canada twice by RV, the last time a three-month trip they thoroughly enjoyed, as well as trips to Alaska and Inuvik. Both members of the Antique Car Club, they had lots of fun going to car meets and outings with the club.
Lenie leaves behind her loving husband of 34 years, Auke (Gus) Mannes, Sr., three daughters Lori Pickering, Cindy Rudolph and Leslie Bowling, stepchildren, Diana Mannes and Gus Mannes, Jr., and grandchildren Eric Bowling, Meagan Bowling, and Ashley Rosenberger, and great-grandson Rylan Bowling, step-grandchildren Christopher Mannes, Audrey Crouser, and step-grandchildren, Auke Crouser and Owain Crouser.
Lenie taught us about love, generosity, and acceptance. She will live in our hearts forever.
The family would like to especially thank the palliative care nursing team at Shuswap General Hospital for their compassionate and professional care. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Shuswap Hospice Society or the SPCA.
August 26, 1957 – March 27, 2019
at the age of 61 years
April 30, 1949 – March 27, 2019
at the age of 69 years
July 20, 1930 – March 25, 2019
at the age of 88 years
Irene passed away peacefully at Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm, B.C. on March 25, 2019 at the age of 88. She was predeceased by her beloved John, husband and constant companion, in February of 2015. Irene was born in Glasgow, Scotland on July 20, 1930. She graduated from the University of Glasgow and began her teaching career. Irene met John and they were married in 1952. They resided in Kirkintilloch, Scotland until 1968, when they immigrated to Canada and settled in Edson, Alberta. Irene was employed as a teacher during their time in Edson. Irene and John moved to Salmon Arm in 1979 and Irene continued her career as a teacher. She and John both loved to travel and enjoyed visiting and experiencing the cultures of many countries. Irene was known for her teaching skills, her ability to speak many languages, her love of music and the arts, the CBC and for her love of all animals. She was the winner of the 13th Annual Salmon Arm Sonnet Contest with her poem entitled “Shuswap Seasons”.
Shuswap, sweet land of shining lake and sun,
Where trees in spring hold blossoms to the sky,
Where melting waters, rippling, lakeward run,
And flights of geese o’erhead lift spirits high.
Then, by the lake, the redwing calls resound,
And sun-warmed people go their summer ways.
on orchard branches, rip’ning fruits abound,
And pink-mauve sunsets end the golden days.
In autumn, willows weep for summer’s close.
The gentle days wind down, leaves flame and fall.
The Lake of Shimmering Waters finds repose,
And wintry trees rise from their snow pall.
But nature’s cycle turns, this dear green place
Will wake anew beneath spring’s smiling face.
John and Irene had the following words they wished to share: “We have loved each other since the day we met and have had very many good friends and travelled to many interesting places. We also love the same music, especially classical. All in all, we’ve had a wonderful life and would like to thank all our dear friends for helping us on our way.” John & Irene Rodger.
Special thanks to the staff at Piccadilly Care Centre for their outstanding kind and compassionate care of both Irene and John and for enabling them to reside together until John’s passing. At Irene’s request, no service will be held. If desired, memorial donations, may be made in Irene’s memory to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3, or to the local branch of the SPCA.
May 26, 1947 – March 24, 2019
at the age of 71 years
May 1, 1950 – March 22, 2019
at the age of 68 years
September 6, 1945 – March 22, 2019
at the age of 73 years
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Shirley Helen McMillan (Blanc) on March 22, 2019.
Shirley was born on September 6, 1945 in Royal Inland Hospital. Her childhood was spent on her parents’ ranch in Turtle Valley. She attended Turtle Valley’s one room school until grade 7, after which she transferred to Chase Secondary School. Upon graduation, Shirley enrolled in the Nursing Program at R.I.H. in Kamloops and went on to an illustrious career in nursing at R.I.H. She moved into a supervisory position in 1972 and then became Associate Director of Nursing in 1972. After her retirement in 1996, she and Peter moved permanently to their acreage in Turtle Valley and soon became Snow Birds, dividing their time between the Valley and Yuma, Arizona.
Shirley was predeceased by her grandparents Cecil and Mandy Coburn, her parents, Charlie and Zita Blanc, and her younger brother, Joe Blanc. She leaves to mourn her loss, her beloved husband of 52 years, Peter McMillan, her older brother, Louis Blanc, numerous nieces and nephews and their children and a host of truly wonderful friends and family who walked with Shirley throughout her harrowing struggle, a struggle she undertook with amazing courage and grace. Godspeed Shirley and “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”. A memorial service for Shirley will be held in Turtle Valley when the weather warms.
Shirl’s family extend their gratitude to Dr. Carmichael and the staff at Bastion for their sensitive and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, Shirley and her family would appreciate your support of the Canadian Cancer Foundation.
January 22, 1962 – March 21, 2019
at the age of 57 years