Mildred Joy Pack
August 31, 2001 - August 10, 2001
Mildred Joy Pack, beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and formerly of Spirit River and Beaverlodge passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Central Peace Hospital in Spirit River on Friday, August 10, 2001 at the age of 86 years.
Mildred was born to Annie and Louis Belsel on August 31, 1914 in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Mildred spent her first 17 years in Spruce Grove. When her family moved to the Albright area to homestead, Mildred stayed the next two years with her grandmother in Spruce Grove to finish her schooling, visiting her family in summers.
When she finished school, she moved to Albright to join her family. Shortly after, she met the love of her live Vivien. They were married and began their life together and enjoyed 61 years of marriage.
Mildred and Vivien spent many years in the Beaverlodge and Spirit River area before they settled in Dawson Creek in 1965. She was known for her love of gardening, bowling, baking, crocheting and needlework.
Mildred will be remembered for her wonderful outlook on life, her compassion and her love for her family.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Wayne (Olga) Pack of Spirit River, Jim Pack and Glenyce of Chillawack, Roberta Pack of Dawson Creek, George (Lynn) Pack of Grande Prairie; her grandchildren: Earl (Lori) Pack, Brad (Rhonda) Pack, Erin Fortier, Kevin (Elinor) Pack, Kim (Doug) Macooh, Kelly Kellog, Sandy (Gerry) Douville, Lance Pack, Tracy Pack, Curtis Chritopherson, Melanie Pack, Audrey Pack, Travis Christopherson, Amy Pack; and greatgrandchildren: Jaden, Taryn, Justin, Fawn, Megan, Tory, Ryan, Britney and Garrett.
Mildred will also be missed by her brother and sisters Clifford (Helen) Belsel, Muriel (Jim) Lightfoot and Laura Mitchell and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother Arthur in 1921, her parents Annie Blesel in 1945 and Louis Blesel in 1964, her son Arthur in 1967, her grandson Brett in 1972, her beloved Vivien (Jim) Pack in 1995 and her sister Alice in 1997.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toothe Central Peace Hospital Palliative Care in Spirit River, Alberta.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 2 p.m. from the United Church in Beaverlodge, Alberta with Reverend Judy Hare officiating.
Interment to follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Albright, Alberta.
1924 - 2001
Kenneth Pack, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia passed away in the Dawson Creek Hospital on October 22, 2001 at 77 years of age. Ken was cremated, and a memorial luncheon was held on Sunday, October 28, 2001 at the Pouce Coupe Legion Hall.
He grew up and went to school in North Beaverlodge, Alberta. He drove truck for a short period of time, and worked for the City of Dawson Creek for 28 years, until his retirement.
Ken is survived and sadly missed by his wife, Blanche; son, Wade Pack of Edmonton, Alberta; daughter, Debbie (Dean) Robertson of Grande Prairie, Alberta; five grandchildren; sister, Eva Bliss, of Grande Prairie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Ken�s family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, flowers, food and kind expressions.
Cremation was entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Sandra Elizabeth Palfi
1944 - 2002
Sandra Elizabeth Palfi was sadly taken from her family on January 27, 2002 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 57 years of age. A funeral service was held at 7 p.m. on January 29, 2002 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Reverend Judy Hare officiating. Cremation followed.
Eulogy read by Sandra Piper:
I am here to speak about Sandra, whom was so dear to so many people. In talking to the many, many family and friends of Sandra, the same comments kept being repeated over and over:
She was kind and always considerate.
She was generous and genuine.
She was always positive and could smile during the tough times.
Sandra was born in Penticton, to John and Betty Matte. The first born, so she was the queen! Shortly afterwards the family moved to Victoria and the two younger princesses were born: Terry, and then Gay. Six years later the baby princess was to come on the scene Corry!
The years as a young girl at home for Sandra, were rebellious. Her mother recalled that she "quote 'didn't do well in school'" and we're talking grade one here! She would play sick, until she was picked up from school and then amazingly enough ... once driving out of the schoolyard she would miraculous feel well. And it only got better from there, while attending private school, she would leave the front door of their home to walk to school and would barely make it half way down the block when the school uniform tie would come off, the socks would go down and the lipstick would go on.
When Sandra was about nine years old, her mother left the three older girls to run across the street for a two-minute errand. In that short of time, Sandra had whipped out the Mixmaster, and proceeded to get her hand entangled in the two beaters. Of course Terry ran to get her mother for help, and while her mother was dealing with screaming Sandra, both Terry and Gay were standing outside the back door and sang 'God save the Queen' because they thought it was appropriate since Sandra was dying.
At 12 years old Sandra rode her first horse. Little did she or anyone know what a life long passion and means of full enjoyment this would play in her entire life. She would leave hand written notes in both her Mom and Dad's dresser drawers saying, 'if you buy me a horse ... I will be as good as gold'.
Terry said to me about Sandra that she was a 'Spunky little button', which now I believe was a real understatement.
At the age of 16, on April 3, 1961 Sandra married her husband Mike. They had their 40th anniversary last year. In their early years of marriage, Sandra and Mike went east to Montreal, then back west to Victoria and then east again to Montreal and back west to Vancouver, and then north to Mayo, Yukon. The cold North didn't stop Sandra at all. They took three little babies, Trina, Suzanne and Michael up to Mayo, where they lived for a few years, in a tiny town, not to mention no running water.
They decided to make one more move and that was to go south to Dawson Creek. This is where Sandra and Mike really started to place their roots. Ten years after the first three children were born, along came Ricky! This bustling busy family lived on a couple of acres in the Pal-Mor Subdivision, along with the hundred or so chickens and turkeys, a goat, rabbits, dogs, cats and of course horses! Many hours again were spent riding, and this time with her beloved family.
But it wasn't all fun and games! Sandra really loved scary movies. She would settle in for a real good Dracula movie, but only when she had a scarf around her neck so that Dracula wouldn't 'get her'. Even when she was so frightened, but just had to watch a really scary movie, she would bribe her own children with tomato soup, so that they would stay up and keep her company.
As the kids grew and paired up with their soul-mates, Sandra's heart grew as well as she accepted each new in-law into the family. All of her children are married and all have grandchildren of Sandra's. Twelve in all, and one on the way!
As busy as Sandra was with her family, she made lots of room in her heart for her dearest of friends! When you were with Sandra it was as though she took the crown off of her head and placed it on yours. We were always humbled as friends as she treated each one as though you were the queen.
Her friends did manage to send her down some unscrupulous paths. After being introduced to the Grande Prairie Casino, the one armed bandits beckoned her to come and play. Her ideal day would be shopping in which she could swipe her credit card and not even need her glasses to punch in the pin number, she had done it so frequently she knew the keypads by heart. And then after the cards were smouldering, she would drop a few loonies into the slot machine, and to top the day off it would be eating at the Keg Restaurant and having a Keg size Ceasar drink. But oh no ... it didn't end there, the real trick of the day was to manage to sneak all of her new shopping items into the house, without Mike noticing too much. My goodness she was clever, and we all did manage to learn a few techniques from the expert!
Sandra and the family would move to several different homes within Dawson Creek before she finally settled in her present Castle. That is why she was a Queen right from the beginning. Sandra loved her home, and took great pride in it. It was spotless and perfectly immaculate. It really should have been in a house and home magazine.
In the last few years, Sandra returned feverishly to her all time love and pastime which was horseback riding. Her adventures on cattle drives or trail rides or a solitude ride by herself made you want to just go hop on a horse. But as usual, Sandra never faltered. Her riding family and friends fell and broke their backs, their ribs, their pride, they got bumps and bruises, but she just rode on, virtually unscathed!
In October of 2001, Sandra pulled up the courage and boarded a plane for Fiji. She met with her family for her niece's wedding. It was Sandra's first international trip, and when she got home, she had such a good time that she started chatting immediately about her next adventure.
Sandra's family encircled her during her final days. Her husband, her mother, her sisters, children, grandchildren and friends were ever present and it was a comfort to see the family pull together, and express their love. When Sandra was born, her father referred to himself as 'Papa Bear' and Sandra's Mom was 'Momma Bear' and Sandra, of course was 'Baby Bear'. And it was so painful for Papa Bear to think of his Baby Bear passing on that he couldn't bring himself to attend, but his presence was felt very deeply.
There is a quote by Helen Thompson and it goes: 'In riding a horse ... we borrow freedom.'
Sandra ... you are free ... ride your horse!!
Sandra will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Mike; children, Trina (Clay) Bassett, Suzanne (David) Scott, Michael (Karen) Palfi, and Rick (Katrina) Palfi; parents, John and Betty Matte; grandchildren, Derek, Blaine, Caitlyn, Abe, Shayna, Ivy, Stephanie, Bradley, Carolyn, Nichelle, Mitchell, and Brennan; sisters, Terry (Robin) John, Gay (John) Mossey, and Corry Matte; sister-in-law, Edith (Joe) Losonszky; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
James Samuel Papp
1924 - 2000
James Samuel Papp, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, former resident of Dawson Creek, passed away on November 25, 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 76.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 1 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Cremation followed.
Jim was born in Hamilton, Ontario on October 26, 1924 to his parents, Joseph Peter Papp and Regina Agnes Laslo. He was the fourth child of a family of 14 children. The family moved from Hamilton to Cupar, Sask. for a brief time, and then on May 1, 1928 they arrived in Notikewin, Alta when he was about 3 1/2 years old. It was in northern Alberta that he met and married his beautiful and loving wife Frances Shannon on June 3, 1947. They moved to Dawson Creek in December 1948 with their first son, Richard.
In his early years, he attended the Solder Creek School, starting at the age of five. This was a very difficult time for Jim, as he could not speak English at all. However, he did complete grade 8 against all of these odds. This ended his formal education as no further formal education was available in the area, and he was required to work at home. He worked at home very hard, doing farming and working in a sawmill until Dec. 17, 1943 when he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces Regiment #M8648 where he remained until being honourably discharged on May 29, 1944, as not being required for active duty in continental Europe.
He returned to Notikewin upon discharge and remained there until the move to Dawson Creek in 1948. Jim started his own business, JS Papp Cartage, which he owned until 1953, when he sold the business to Ralph Brown. He went on to work for Northern Freightways until 1956, then construction at Taylor, B.C. on a gas plant, followed by Lee's Transport and William Pinkerton Trucking until the fall of 1958, when he joined Finning Tractor and Equipment, working as a heavy duty mechanic until his retirement in 1986.
Jim's accomplishments were many, he had the fortune of growing up through the farming age, the industrial age and finally the age of technology. He changed with the times, sometimes very drastically - when we consider the time in history in which he was born and how much the world has evolved. As an example: when he was born, it was not long after the first flight of an aircraft and in August 1969, the United States of America landed a man on the moon.
He was a best friend to all, especially his immediate family. He will always be remembered as a very kind, thoughtful, understanding and giving person. He gave his love unconditionally to his family, he was the most strong and determined leader, father and mentor for all to follow. He always grew through all of life's major trials. He became very patient, tolerant and mellow, he always did what he felt best and always wanted the best for his family.
He worked very hard at this in the face of unimaginable obstacles. Obstacles such as raising a large family of children, being short of money, but always providing for the needs of his loving wife and children. Each family member will cherish the special relationship they developed with him as the years went on.
Jim's favorite activities were sports, especially hunting and fishing, which he was very active in until the age of 75. He also loved TV sports, especially boxing but occasionally football and baseball. He loved music, loved to dance, spend time with the family, do things around home such as gardening, feeding and watching songbirds. Preparation for the next hunting trip took up a lot of free time. The family had many memorable trips for sports, and travel in general. Jim went to Australia, Mexico and the United States.
He was a very proud man, determined to be the best, to do everything possible. He rarely ever complained about his personal suffering. He was one of the toughest and strongest of individuals; his sufferings were many from the heartache of normal everyday life to very serious setbacks and tragedies along life's path which he accepted. He was also an exceptional organizer, planner and strategist. He was always focused and knew where he was going and what he was trying to accomplish.
Jim was active in the community, especially after retirement. He participated in a lot of church work, he helped all of his family all of his life, as well as many of his and Frances' adopted children. He was always there when they most needed his support. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus, and was a Eucharistic Minister in the church. Most of his work was learning, listening, understanding and suggesting solutions to anyone who needed someone to be there for them.
He is sadly missed by all who had occasion to know him. He will always be remembered for the caring and giving person that he was, the close father, the Dad, who pushed his children, who inspired them to be the best they could!
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Peter Papp on Feb. 14, 1958; mother, Regina Agnes Laslo on March 17, 1993; sisters Irene Minich on Aug. 17, 1952, and Matilda Mikkelson on Nov. 11, 1978; son Ronald Anthony on Aug. 15, 1980, and daughter Sharon Maureen on Oct. 21, 1993.
He is survived by his wife Frances; sons Richard (Irene) of Surrey, B.C., Larry (Karen), Kenneth (Sharon), and Douglas of Dawson Creek, Michael (Meraphy) of Pouce Coupe B.C.; daughters Jennifer (Lawrence) of Vanderhoof, B.C. and Michele (Tom) of Hythe, Alta; grandchildren Richard, Barb, Sheri-lyn, Frances, Emmanuel, Jason, Adam, Christopher, David, Sarah, Jamie, Matthew and Clifford, as well as three great grand children.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, B.C.
Ruth M. Paterson, age 79 years, passed away peacefully in Saanichton Hospital on May 7.
She is survived by her husband, James; sons Lloyd Hauser of Victoria, B.C.; George Hauser of Edmonton; Paul Hauser of Sidney, B.C., and daughter Jean Doucet of Bathurst, N.B. and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ruth was cremated at First Memorial in Victoria. A family service will be held later. She is sadly missed by everyone.
1920 - 2000
Bruce, Dad, Grampa, Great Grampa
Bruce Wallace Patterson was born at home in Helston Manitoba, to Margaret and Stanley Patterson.
In 1941, Bruce joined the armed forces serving in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons and served overseas until the end of the war in 1945. Although Bruce was wounded in the war and told he could return home, he chose instead to return to war. It was men like Bruce who so courageously made our country what it is.
In 1949, Bruce decided to move West. He worked in Grande Prairie. Alta., then on to Dawson Creek, B.C., where he met his beautiful wife Elsie.
Shortly after, Bruce bought a team of horses and went logging which he continued to do for many years. After that and between other jobs, Bruce bought a new water delivery truck which he operated himself. When it was time to change jobs, Bruce went to work for the City of Dawson Creek, a job he would keep for 23 years.
During this time he became a professional gardener. He loved bright beautiful flowers, and continued brightening up many peoples lives with them every summer.
Bruce was also a big hockey fan. He and his sons figured the Boston Bruins were the only team, and they enjoyed many years of conversing about who or what players were worthy of that team. If you were to ask his daughters how to do a heap of dishes without rattling a plate, they could surely tell you.
While working for the city, Bruce often worked for Patterson's Auction Mart as well. His wife Elsie ran the cafe there for a few years where she and Bruce made life-long friends. It was during this time his friends started calling him "Hopsing", because he took it upon himself one summer, to prepare meals out at the Ponderosa. Bruce enjoyed good food and was thrilled that his daughters were good cooks.
Over the years, along with other jobs, Bruce would buy feeder cattle often bringing home calves with frozen ears and no tails. He always made sure they got their inoculation shots, and it wasn't beyond him to give them just a tad more than required just to "make sure" they didn't get sick.
Bruce loved horses and he especially loved draft horses. He also ruined the old saying "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink". Bruce would holler, "drink you son of a "B" and they would drink.
He also enjoyed competing in local fairs and he and his buddies would sometimes load up and compete at shows a little further afield. His home holds the many trophies and ribbons he won.
Bruce often thrilled his children, grandchildren, and friends by giving them sleigh rides in the winter.
Last summer, some of Bruce's children took him to a Patterson family reunion where Bruce was able to unite with some of his nieces and nephews. This event was a joyful time for Bruce and he greatly enjoyed this reunion.
One of the things his wife and children would always chuckle over, was that when he went to build something, instead of nails, he would use spikes. Like everything else he was in charge of, you could always be sure the job was done right.
Bruce was predeceased by his father and mother, sisters Doris and Nellie; brothers George, Archie, Bill and Lloyd.
He is survived by his sister Bertha; his wife Elsie; and their children, Nora and Tom Lowes, Pat and Jack Thomas, Jerry and Carla McClarty, Lorraine Odercurk, Bob and Marilyn McClarty, Margo and Vern Boyle, Lois and Chris Lefferson, Wally and Jeannine Patterson, Donna and Les Hooper, Lance and Laurie Patterson, Cheryl and Roger Hulyd, Fay Patterson and Kerry Sledge, Doug and Debbie Patterson, Bev Patterson; and his extended family, Sheila Hanshaw and Pete Milne.
Bruce is also survived by 36 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a great many friends. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 28 at South Peace United Church with Rev. Judy Hare officiating. Interment was in the Brookside Cemetery.
Reynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium were in charge of arrangements.
Gwendolyn Agnes Patterson
Gwendolyn Agnes Patterson passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on Friday, February 15, 2002, in her home at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. A funeral service was held on February 22, 2002 at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Cremation followed.
Gwendolyn Agnes Dornan was born on December 20,1918 in Viking Alberta. Gwen was the first child born to Frank and Rene Dornan. She spent her early school years in Sedgwick and then moved to Camrose where she graduated with her senior matriculation. Gwen then moved to Edmonton where she attended Beauty School and went to work as a hairdresser.
While working in Edmonton, she met the Patterson boys and her true life's adventure began. Her claim was that she dated both Ed and Len first, but that she fell for Gus because he was the best dancer. Gus and Gwen were married in Edmonton on July 29, 1939. Gus worked with MacDonald's Consolidated as a salesman and then they moved to Calgary and finally St. Paul when Gus was promoted to Branch Manager.
While they were in Edmonton, daughter Donna was born. In 1943, they moved to Dawson Creek where Gus went to work with his brother Jack. Gus and Gwen remained in Dawson Creek where Gus became a partner in Jack Patterson's Men's Wear until they retired and then left for Victoria in 1988. While in Dawson Creek, son Doug, daughter Laurie and son Rob were born. Gus passed away in Victoria in 1992 and Gwen remained there until the fall of 1995 when she returned to Dawson Creek to be closer to her family.
In her early years, Gwen was active in the Catholic Women's League where she served as president and convened many social functions. She loved to dance and also spent many hours playing the piano at sing- songs. Throughout the course of her life, her main passions were family, cooking, bridge and telling jokes and stories. It didn't matter what the occasion, Gwen always was able to relate a story about something or someone. Her sense of humour was second to none. She loved to trade barbs and was noted for her quotable quotes. Gwen loved her cabin at Moberly Lake where she spent many happy times with her family and friends.
She was predeceased by baby Yvonne, her parents, Rene and Frank Doman, husband Gus and brother Keith.
She is survived by her children Donna(Ray)Crocket, Douglas (Janet) Patterson, Laurie and Robert Patterson; grandchildren Tom(Paige) and Heather Crockett, Paul and Keri Patterson; great-grandchildren Claudia and Abigail Crockett; sister-in-law Elaine Dornan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
193 - 2000
Stewart Paul was born January 4, 1933 in Pouce Coupe, B.C.
He died suddenly on June 28, 2000 at the home of his sister in Castlegar, B.C.
Stew remains in the hearts of his brother, Art Paul (Robbie); sister, Anne Ball (Lorne); niece Alex and nephews, Ross, David, Ian, Ken, Geoff, Derek and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Janet Paul, Dawson Creek.
Stewart's life was a world-wide adventure. His love of theater, travel and the teaching of languages led to visits and extended work periods in Canada, the Unites States, the West Indies, Europe, Thailand, Korea and Costa Rica. He will be sadly missed by his community of friends throughout the world.
A family service in his memory was held in Castlegar, July 8, 2000. On Saturday, July 29 in Victoria, B.C. there will be a gathering of friends to celebrate Stewart's life (please telephone 250-472-2100 for time and place). Cremation has taken place.
1919 - 2000
Hans Pedersen passed away at home on Sunday afternoon June 11,2000, at the age of 81 years of age. He went peacefully in the arms of his wife and daughter.
Hans was born in Beiarn Norway on June 03,1919. He was the youngest of five children, Ida, Richard, Torvald, and Ole. All have predeceased him.
As a teenager he joined the Norwegian army cadets in order to further his education. He graduated as Lieutenant. When the German occupation of Norway ended he found employment as a policeman in Svolvaer, where he met and married Gudrun.
As a young couple in post war Norway they found opportunities for them very limited. They decided to join his older brother and sister in Canada. They managed to find a sponsor who would give them work on a farm in southern Alberta, where they worked for several years.
After reading about the Peace River area in the Free Press weekly paper they decided to homestead here. A used truck with a high sided grain box on it was purchased and loaded with all their possessions. A tarp was tied over it so they would have a place to live on the long trip up through Edmonton to Dawson Creek.
When they arrived in Dawson Creek they rented a small house and Hans went to work as a carpenter while looking for land. Three-quarters were found in an area called progress, about 17 miles west of Dawson Creek. They lived in Dawson Creek while they built a house on the farm. Eventually they moved to the farm to live.
Hans continued to work as a carpenter while his wife stayed on the farm and looked after the kids while he was away on various construction jobs. In 1957 they lost the first house to fire losing all their possessions. With the help of neighbors and friends they started over.
For a few years Hans was the leader of the local Cub Scout pack, where he is remembered by some of the kids as the only adult they knew who could stand on his head. He was a member of the Farmers Institute, and was president of it for a number of years. Hans was a founding member of The Sons of Norway Lodge, and was an active member, holding a number of offices through the years including president.
When he retired he discovered a deep love of gardening. He would spend hours in his garden and flowerbeds. He did little traveling after he retired, preferring to spend his time at home with his garden or adding on to his house or outbuildings.
Hans had quite a sense of humor. Some would say it was warped, but he could always find something humorous in just about any situation. He was able to laugh at himself even when something went wrong. He was always ready to lend a hand if someone needed help, or someone to listen. He could cheer you up by pointing out something humorous in a situation that would have had you devastated.
He will be greatly missed by family and friends. His passing has left a void in our lives, which will take a long time to heal.
Hans is survived by his wife Gudrun, four children, Stein Pedersen, Linda (Layne) Smashnuck, Bob Pedersen, and Paul Pedersen.He had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service was held on June 23 at Reynar's Chapel in Dawson Creek, B.C.
David Gale Peirce
1915 - 2000
David Gale Peirce of Kelowna, passed away in the Kelowna General Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000 at the age of 84 years.
Mr. Peirce was born in Rolla, B.C. on Dec. 25, 1915 and grew up in the Peace River area where his family pioneered.
Dave is survived by his wife, Margaret; four daughters, Connie Churchill, Vivian (Bud) Busat, Beverly (John) Surerus and Blanche (Michel) Gauthier; stepdaughters, Wendy (Jim) Davidson and Diana (Stan) Antonsen, stepson Terry (Joanne) and also 16 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dave was a war veteran and served with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division. After his discharge, Dave, his first wife Dorothy and family opened a service station and restaurant at 101 on the Alaska Highway where he worked, hunted and fished for the next 30 years.
In 1971, Dave married Margaret Cyr and in 1976 they retired. Dave and Margaret moved to Kelowna in 1978 where they set about perfecting their gardening skills. Many of their friends, neighbors and family enjoyed the abundant produce and expertise. Dave will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave. In lieu of flowers, friends who may so wish may make memorial donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy St., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 9Z9 in memory of Mr. Peirce.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services.
Frank George Peters
1917 - 2000
Frank George Peters of LaGlace passed away at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie, Alta, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2000 at the age of 82 years.
Frank was born on Feb. 3, 1917 at Hague, Sask. to his parents Abraham & Suzanna Peters.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife Esther of 52 years, daughter Yvonne (John) Baumer of Burnaby and grandsons Jason and Ryan Baumer, sisters Margaret Pitt of Lintlaw, Saskatchewan and Ella Wells of Burnaby, B.C., numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends and a special one, Jack Harms.
Frank was predeceased by daughter Karen in 1971 and both parents and eight brothers and four sisters.
Frank worked in various areas of northern Saskatchewan until 1939 when he came to Dawson Creek. He worked on farms and in construction.
In 1947 he married Esther Bakstad and they had two girls.
In 1948 they moved up the Alaska Highway where they lived in various locations and Frank worked as a heavy duty operator, retiring from Watson Lake in 1981 to LaGlace.
Frank was a very kind and generous man. Nothing being too good for his family. He liked to play cards, have company and watch videos in his later years.
Visitation for family and friends was held at Olivers Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel in Grande Prairie, Alta, on Monday, Jan. 17.
Interment was in the City of Dawson Creek cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. where he was placed to rest beside his daughter Karen.
Memorial Service was held at Calvary Lutheran Church in LaGlace on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. with pastor Dave Friesen officiating.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Olivers Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Sharon Lorraine Peters
Sharon Lorraine Peters of Prince George, "Gone to Greater Glory with God" on April 30, 2001 at the age of 55 years.
She is survived by her loving husband, John; a son, Ken; sisters, Ona and Bill McCarthy of Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Arlie and Fred Hall of Abbotsford, B.C.; brothers, Ron and Sylvia Miller of Calgary and Gordon and Brenda Miller of Rolla, B.C. She was predeceased by her father and mother.
A funeral service was held Monday, May 7, 2001 at 2 p.m. from Lakewood Alliance Church with Rev. Ed Drewlo officiating.
Interment took place in Rolla on Wednesday, May 9, 2001. In lieu of flower, donations to the Missionary Fund (Global) Advance with Alliance Church or to the Rotary Hospice House.
"I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.": Philippians 1:23.
1925 - 1999
Clifford Peterson, longtime resident of Bonanza, Alberta and more recently, resident of the Pouce Coupe Care Home, passed away at Dawson Creek Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999 at the age of 74.
Cliff was born on September 28, 1925 at Vanscoy, SK to Charles and Julia Peterson. Born premature and weighing only two and a half pounds, he was not expected to live. His mother rubbed him with oil and placed him in a shoe box on the oven door. As he needed a name, his older sisters placed their choices in a hat and drew one name, not bothering with a second. He survived and always said that every day that he lived was one more than the doctor said he would have.
The Peterson family left the farm at Vanscoy in 1931 for the Peace River Country, settling in Sunrise Valley where Cliff attended school and helped on the farm. By 1940 there were only three children left at home, Cliff and his two younger sisters, as Cliff's four older brothers had left home (three had enlisted) and his three older sisters were married. His parents decided to move the remaining family to Dawson Creek where they built a house and took in boarders.
Clifford decided to try and enlist in the army even though he was under age. His mother was extremely upset as he was her youngest son, but he was determined and soon was on his way. He served overseas with the 56 L.A.D., RCEME, Governor Generals Horse Guards, 5th Armored Division as a truck driver and mechanic and was in Holland when the war in Europe ended. The pacific campaign was still going on so he volunteered, but by the time he returned to Canada and had his 30 day leave, the conflict was over. He was discharged from the army in 1946.
Upon being discharged, Cliff worked in Dawson Creek as a mechanic and truck driver. In 1947, Cliff met Evelyn Iverson and they were married on April 23, 1948. Their honeymoon and part of the first year of their marriage was spent in the Yukon and Northern BC, as Cliff had been working on the removal of pipe and equipment from the abandoned Canol Pipe Line. In 1949, they filed on a VLA homestead in Bonanza and moved there in 1951.
He enjoyed farming but had to work out as a cat skinner for many years to make ends meet. There were few things he couldn't do or fix if he put his mind to it. He also did mechanic work for the neighbours, had his own sawmill and cut brush in the area with his brother-in-law, Al Lees.
Cliff was an avid reader, recited funny poems, played practical jokes on anybody and gave people nicknames. He also enjoyed carpentry, moose hunting, playing cards and horseshoes and, although quiet, had a great sense of humour and was always willing to give someone a hand.
Clifford was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pouce Coupe for the last 30 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and always looked forward to visits from his family.
In 1987, Clifford suffered a stroke after surgery on the arteries in his neck. His left side was partially paralyzed and he never regained the use of his left hand. This was very frustrating for a man who loved to work with his hands and although they continued to live on the farm, Cliff and Evelyn rented out the land.
In 1996, they moved to Peace Haven in Pouce Coupe. Clifford's condition worsened and he moved to the Pouce Coupe Care Home in September of this year.
Clifford was predeceased by his wife of over 51 years, Evelyn, his parents Charles and Julia, brothers Richard, Ray, Harley, Bill and Eugene, sisters Viola, Rose and Clara.
Clifford is survived by his children, Maxine and her husband Don Perry, Marvin and his wife Jean, Mavis and her husband Bill Melnyk, Martin and Verna Charlton, sisters Joyce and husband Wally Newmiller and Georgina Odynak, 12 grandchildren, Aileen, Janice, Colleen, Patrick, Megan, Aila, Bill, Bob, Jared, Tristan, Tyler, and Bobbie, one great-grandson, Cody and many nieces and nephews.
Clifford requested a private family graveside service. This was held on Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Bonanza Hillhaven Cemetery with Rev. George Bullen officiating. Donations to Clifford's memory may be made to the Pouce Coupe Legion Branch #34.
Funeral Services were under the care of Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.