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With mixed emotions, may we announce the passing of Arnold Michael Poelzer on December 30, 2012. He was born on September 26, 1927, at home, on a farm, adjacent to the Hamlet of Bay Trail, Saskatchewan, and passed away in Kamloops, BC being a resident of Kamloops for 69 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years Theresa on August 6, 2011. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Judy (Brian), Denise (Kevin), Marguerite (Rob), Louise (Doug), Mary (Andy), Gwen (Norm), David (Cheri), Donald (Tracy) and Joan (Gary) and fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Arnold was an educator, by profession, beginning his teaching career in a one room rural school in Saskatchewan with forty plus students and ten grades. He survived this era and completed thirty nine years in the profession in B.C., teaching and counselling First Nation students and assuming Principalships in several independent Catholic Schools.
He was life member of the Knights of Columbus being initiated into the Order in 1952. He was an Initiation Team Member for 42 years and a Past Grand Knight.
He was a member of the OLPH Parish Family, since 1953 when the church was constructed and the Parish formed. He was elected as a member of the First OLPH Parish Council and the First Finance Committee.
Prayers will be recited at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the church on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
with the Reverend Father Peter Nguyen celebrant.
Interment will follow in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery.
Should friends desire, donations to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9 in memory of Mr. Poelzer would be appreciated.
Grandmother and outstanding Great Grandmother began a new life and left ours
as we know it on December 15, 2012. Her commitment to family, her focus on her
career, her honesty and her support are only a few influences we are fortunate to
have experienced throughout her life.
Born on October 15, 1930 in Deepdale, Manitoba, Lois was the daughter to Fred &
Agnes Ward and sister to Bernice, Kenneth, Lorne, Helen, Elaine, Ruth and Donald.
Married October 18, 1949, Lois and Raymond began their life’s journey together.
Recently they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Memorable milestones were cherished by Lois:
✦Birth of Janice, Jim, Ken & Kevin
✦Living in Roblin at the farm
✦Home in Lynn Lake from 1961 – 1967
✦Home on Vancouver Island 1967 – 1980
✦Graduation from Nursing at Malaspina College in 1970 and her fulfilling nursing
✦Home in Logan Lake 1980 – 1986
✦Home in Cache Creek 1986
✦Home in Kamloops 1986 – Present
✦Birth of her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
✦Trips to Laughlin
✦Travels to Sweden
✦Vacations to Roblin
Lois has blessed the lives of her husband Raymond, daughter Janice Lawson (Bill),
sons Jim Nastrom (Sally), Ken Nastrom (Danita). Grandchildren: Shannon Wright
(Peter), Jason Lawson (Tracey), Sasha Ruttan (Geoff), David Nastrom (Crystal),
Jennifer Sullivan (Mike), Shane Nastrom (Nicole), Christopher Nastrom(Cindy),
Cody Nastrom. Great Grandchildren: Kezia & Olivia Wright, Beckett & Mckenna
Lawson, Brandon & Logan Sullivan.
Family would like to invite friends to join us as we celebrate Lois’ legacy on
Friday, December 21, 2012 – 11:00 am at First Baptist Church at 454 Columbia Street,
Kamloops. A visitation will be held at 9:30 am prior to the service. Following the
service, please join us at the church for a small social gathering.
A bursary will be created in honor of Lois for a mature nursing student raising a
family. The recipient of the bursary would be a student attending Thompson
Rivers University or Vancouver Island University, (formerly Malaspina College). All
donations can be made payable to “Bursary in Honor of Mrs. Lois J. Nastrom” and
forwarded to: 2041 Sagewood Manor, Airdrie, Alberta, T4B 3A6.
He is survived by his six children, Marianne (Ross) Pettigrew of New Zealand, Joe Garay of Fernie, Sandra (Carl) Ryan of Okotoks, Cathy Garay of Kamloops, Darlene Garay of Kamloops and David (Jackie) Garay of Calgary, and grandchildren Olivia and Fraser Pettigrew of New Zealand, Brandon and Madison Ryan of Okotoks, Kayleigh Bosnick of Delta, Bodhi Ridsdale of Kamloops, Faith and Grace Garay of Calgary.
He also leaves to cherish his memory his brother John (Sylvia) Garay of Kamloops and Lou Garay of Squamish.
Joseph was predeceased by his wife Marion Garay on September 1, 2012, three sisters and one brother.
Joseph came with his family to Kamloops in 1940 and spent the rest of his life here. Dad worked for CNR/ Via Rail from February 4, 1964 to October 31, 1995.
Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Wiltshire, Dr. Julian Waller and Marisa, for the good care while Dad was sick; Father Peter Nguyen and Monsignor Jerry Desmond, and also a special thank you to the Kamloops Hospice Staff.
Monsignor Jerry Desmond will celebrate the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 10:00am.
Should friends desire, donations made to the Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S, Kamloops BC, V2E 2S9, in memory of Joseph, would be appreciated.
November 15, 1947 – November 29, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father and grandfather and wonderful friend. Danny is survived by his children Robert (Debbie), Erynn (Mike); grandchildren DJ, Marcus, Tiana and Brooklynn and his sister Lois; In-laws and many nieces, nephews and of course his faithful companion Calypso. Danny is predeceased by his wife Donna, his parents Robert and Margaret, and brother Benjamin.
Danny was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Where he met the love of his life, Donna and they raised their family there. They moved to Kamloops in 1974 where he worked for Shaw Cable. He was very involved with sports – hockey and baseball. He was very caring and thoughtful to his family and his many, many friends.
He will be forever missed by all.
A Celebration of Danny’s life will be held at Kamloops Alliance Church, 233 Fortune Drive, Kamloops on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Kamloops Hospice Association in memory of Danny would be appreciated.
On September 8, 2012 Mr. John Christopher Mast a resident of Savona, BC passed away in Peers, Alberta at the age of 53 years.
John was born October 19, 1958. He is survived by his son Chris.
He worked as a Transport driver.
No service at this time, a memorial service will be planned in July, 2013. For more information, please contact Gerald Krause 250.463.1579.
1926 – 2012
Surrounded by her loving family, Bunny passed away peacefully November 16, 2012 at the age of 86.
Bunny is survived by her loving husband of 66
years, Jim Taylor, her daughter Lynne Kitson
(Dave Duncan), sons Greg (Linda) and Perry (Karen). She is also survived by her brothers Alf (Megan), Charlie (Shirley), Gorden, Donald (Daphne) and sister Margaret Rodgers(Gunnar Reinikka). Bunny leaves behind numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren and a large extended family.
Bunny is predeceased by her parents Alf and Jessie
Perry, brother Bob and his wife Alice Perry,
Grandson Rene Kitson, Son-in-law Rene Kitson
and Grandson Matthew Taylor.
Bunny spent her early years in Kamloops. Bunny
married Jim in 1946, and, as a ‘loggers wife’,
made various moves throughout B.C. In
Prince George Bunny worked at Woodwards
and managed an apartment block. They spent 14
years in Vavenby and moved to Clearwater in 2011.
Bunny was dedicated to her family and friends and
gave unselfishly to others. As a mom, her love was unconditional. She will always be remembered as a warm and giving person with a magical inner strength.
In 2008 she was honoured as the recipient of the
DHMH Hands Award for her dedication to the
Vavenby Thrift Shop. Bunny was a volunteer
canvasser for the Cancer Society. Always friendly, postive and outgoing, she left her mark on those she met.
Thank you to Royal Inland Hospital Fourth floor Day Surgery, Recovery and ICU staff for your kindness and support. Thanks also for the love and support from family and friends, especially on Wednesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bunny’s memory to a charity of your choice.
A Tea will be held at Evergreen Place, Clearwater, Friday, November 30th at 2 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date
Forever loved…Forever Missed…Never Forgotten
It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our beloved Garry on November 18, 2012. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and love, after a courageous and positively fought 2 year battle with cancer.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and soulmate Brenda, two daughters Shauna Woolliams and Carmen Dermott, grandchildren Zack and Kate Woolliams and Brad (Liz) Lewis. Also survived by his mother Isabel Dermott, brother Terry (Dianne), sisters Darlene (Barry) Gillrie and Joan (Lorn) Bryan, mother in law Marie Rutherford and many loving nephews and nieces.
Garry was predeceased by his father Cecil and first wife Donna.
Garry was a kind and gentle man who cherished the time spent with family and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed all sports and outdoor activities including camping, fishing and golf. After retirement, Garry and Brenda enjoyed their winters in the south and summers at the Shuswap in their motorhome. His legacy to all whose lives he touched will be one of integrity, love and friendship. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and loved him.
There will be no service at Garry’s request – a family memorial will be held next summer.
Should friends desire, donations to Brenda towards Garry’s wish for a memorial walk on the Trans Canada Trail or charity of your choice gratefully accepted.
Death leaves a heartache
No one can heal
Love leaves a memory
No one can steal.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Melvin Weston Magoon, brother, father, and (great) grandfather. Mel will be remembered by his children Ken (Dallas) Magoon, Sheila (Cory) Bouwmeester, Brenda (Russ) Hala, Darla (Marshall) Potoroka; seven grandchildren Amber (Landon) Hopp, Natasha (Brad) Taylor, Kristin Bouwmeester, Brad (Kait) Bouwmeester, Mitchell Hala, Matthew (Katrina) Hala, Lauren Potoroka and Rhett Hoffman and nine great grandchildren Neveah, Gracie, Morgan, Colt, Nolan, Adara, Boden, Weston, and Wyatt. He is also survived by his three sisters, Vivian, Vernetta and Hazel. Mel was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Betty; his son Brent Magoon; grandsons Jacob and Christopher Magoon; and brothers Vern, Glen, and Jim.
Mel was born December 28, 1933 in Rocky Mountain House Alberta to parents Glen Magoon and Eva Clemont. He grew up in Rocky Mountain house and eventually moved to Prince George, where at the age of twenty he met his future wife. The two were married a year later, August 1954, and soon after moved to Kamloops and started a family of their own.
We will always remember your extraordinary talents, generosity, endless helpfulness and your love for your family and pets. We will carry you in our hearts forever.
The Memorial will be held at Schoening’s Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street, Saturday November 24, 2012 at 3:00pm. Should friends or family desire, donations in his memory to the Lung & Heart Association would be appreciated.
Jim passed away at Ponderosa Lodge in Kamloops on Saturday, November 17, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan, son Jim (Rachel), and daughters Colleen (Victor) and Lynda (Carl). He is also survived by his sister, Eileen, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Born in Dungiven, Ireland, on March 30, 1931, Jim came to Canada in 1952 and made his home in Toronto where he met and married Joan. In 1967, Jim and Joan moved to BC where they settled in Ashcroft. Jim worked for many years at Bethlehem Copper, until a workplace injury forced his early retirement.
Jim and Joan lived in Clearwater and Kamloops after his retirement where they were devoted members of the Catholic Church communities. Jim and Joan returned to Ashcroft in August 2012, where Jim was happy to be “home” again.
Special thanks to the home support team in Kamloops and Ashcroft who provided care for Jim over the last few years. Their support enabled Jim to stay in his own home surrounded by all he loved. Thank you as well to the staff at Ponderosa for their care and support for Jim during his final days. Their compassion for Jim and his family was deeply appreciated.
Funeral mass will be held at St. Gerard’s Church in Ashcroft on Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Ponderosa Lodge would be greatly appreciated.
On November 6th, 2012 Mr. Giovanni Piccolo passed away peacefully with his children by his side in Vancouver at the age of 91 years. He is survived by his daughters Dialma Waite, Sandra (Stig) Lyren, and one son Rob (Maria) along with six beloved grandchildren Christopher (Tiffany), Cristina (Grayson), Stephanie, Stefan, Julianna and Katarina. He also leaves behind his sister Rosetta Bittante of Italy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who will cherish his memory. Giovanni was predeceased by his loving wife and soul mate Virginia, his beloved daughter Esterina (Joseph) Valentinuzzi, his parents Vincenzo and Rosa Piccolo and brothers Danilo and Ido.
Giovanni was born on August 25th, 1921 in Maser, Italy. He married the love of his life, his soul mate and best friend, Virginia, on January 8th, 1949. They worked side by side on the family farm, but wanting more opportunities for their children they decided to immigrate to Canada. In 1957 they arrived in Kamloops with their three young daughters to begin a new life. In 1966 their son Rob was born and he felt like a young proud dad again. Giovanni’s faith sustained him throughout his life, and saying the rosary was a daily routine.
He was happiest when his children and grandchildren were gathered around him enjoying a wonderful home cooked Italian meal. Giovanni enjoyed gardening, canning, singing, watching hockey and cooking. He took pride in planting his tomato garden every year, and making incredible tomato sauce. He worked as a gardener for the parks department for the City of Kamloops for many years and was well respected by all for his dedication and hard work. His unwavering work ethic, strength and will power were passed along to his children. Although he was not a scholar, he understood the value of education. He always spoke of how incredibly proud he was of his eldest grandchildren for attending University and was excited to see what career paths his youngest grandchildren would choose. He always wanted the best for his family. Giovanni leaves behind a family who will always treasure him and will never forget him.
Caro Papa resterai sempre nei nostri cuori e non serai mai dimenticato.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Leslie Sheldon for his care of dad. We also wish to extend our thanks to all the wonderful nurses, care givers and staff at Villa Carital for their care of our Nonno.
Prayers will be recited on Sunday, November 11th at 7pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Father Peter Hoan Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the church on Monday November 12th at 10am. Entombment will follow at Sage Valley Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of BC in Giovanni’s name.