Clyde Joseph LaCarte
1933 - 2001
Clyde Joseph LaCarte was born on May 4, 1933 in North Bay, Ontario, to John and Lena LaCarte. He was born into a family of nine.
Clyde is survived by his brother Andy of Sarnia, Ontario, and three sisters; Irene and Alain also of Sarnia and Patsy who lives in Barrie, Ontario. He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters and two brothers. Clyde is survived by his immediate family; his loving wife, companion and adventurer June, and his children; Jean and Roy Comeau, their children Rhonda and her son Tzane, Rick and his wife Carla, Herb and Eva Rodenbush, Herb's children, Eric and Angela; Martin and Sheree Rodenbush, their children, Nikki and Mike, and Bonnie and Dalton Seidel and daughter Kalie.
Every person leaves a legacy, which God is aware of and approves. Clyde's legacy is very humble and meaningful. His eyes were clear, kind and gentle, and his life filled with friends and family, kindness and hard work. Clyde showed this side, even though he suffered great pain, when scaffolding fell on him while working on the Mica Dam in 1976 and he sustained life-long injuries. His personality and his spirit of living shone through and we all appreciated his gifts, which we relished in and enjoyed each time we met and chatted with him.
June and Clyde were married in Chetwynd in 1981. Clyde was proud of his adopted children and extremely proud of his grandchildren. He spoke of them with affection, love and pride. When he was in the restaurant he loved to sit and talk about his children and his past. He was a loving and fun Grandpa.
Clyde's wrinkles around his eyes were wrinkles of humour, happiness and kindness. He was a gentleman and spoke to June, his family and friends with respect and love. He played and teased others and he could be teased himself. He was a happy soul when he was playing with small children. Clyde even dressed up as a pirate and posed for the camera when CHET radio needed a picture to send to the CRTC. He did it gladly and the kids in the picture fell in love with his spirit of fun and camaraderie. He enjoyed volunteering for the Lions club and the Communications Society and was an active member in both.
June and Clyde were partners in many adventures - they had met when Clyde was working at the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam and June was one of the cooks. They had many adventures together. He loved his wife and family and his home on Jackfish. He had perfected the joy of living, and he faced each day with a smile.
Clyde liked to peel a bushel of potatoes when he and June owned June's Country Kitchen. Humour, happiness and kindness were his legacy and teasing him about being "Bud the Spud", never bothered him. He ended up with the reputation of being the best "peeler", in town!
Clyde's legacy to June and to his family and friends is simple and straightforward. He would say, "remember to be kind to one another, remember to celebrate the joys of the world and be kind to my June, and to my kids and to all who loved me".
You've left us with so many wonderful memories, husband, father grandfather and friend and we thank you for them. We know you're in Heaven so go easy on them - they're just getting to know you.
A memorial service was held for Clyde on Friday, December 7 at 2 p.m. from the Legion Hall in Chetwynd. Burial of his cremated remains were in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery. Pastor Bill Evans officiated.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
1933 - 2000
William (Bill) Lambrecht of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away of cancer at the age of 67 years on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000 at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 at 1 p.m. at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, officiated by the Rev. Judy Hare. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek. The pallbearers were Rod Robertson, Frank Higens, Dave Johanson, Marc Dionne, Wes Linsley and Shaun Inkster.
Bill was born Oct. 2, 1933 in Hines Creek, Alberta to Gustav and Amelia Lambrecht. He was the 10th of 12 children. He grew up on a farm near Hines Creek and started school at Hinterland School and then went to school in Hines Creek. Bill left school at an early age and went to work in the oil patch in central Alberta.
After a couple of years, Bill moved to Kitimat, B.C. with his brother Leonard and two friends to operate a caterpillar in the mountains. A year later he moved to Edmonton where he took a barbers course and went to work with his brother Norman for a few years. In 1958 Bill returned to the oil patch, working for Schlumberger of Canada in Edmonton, then transferring to Whitecourt, Alberta in 1961 with his wife and son, Ron. In 1966, Bill was transferred to Dawson Creek and by then there was one more son, Kevin. Bill continued to work for Schlumberger until 1968. During his years with Schlumberger he saw a lot of country, traveling through Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and the Queen Charlotte Islands.
In 1968 Bill started as a long distance driver for Canadian Freightways, then Loiselle Transport, which became White Pass Transport and later Motorways, mainly driving the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse, Yukon, Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement, in his spare time, he hauled logs for Wes Linsley and Ken Cornish as well as making a few trips to Fairbanks, Alaska for McDonalds Restaurants.
Bill married wife Gladys on May 2, 1960 and together they had two sons, Ron born in 1961 and Kevin in 1964. In 1994, Bill's dream of finally having a girl in his family came true when his first granddaughter Jordyn was born on May 2, on his 34th wedding anniversary.
In 1995, another granddaughter Christina was born,. Then in 1996, a grandson Laine and then in 1998 granddaughter Lyndsay. Now Bill's life was complete with three little blonde girls and a boy to fill his days with joy. In the last years, the grandchildren were what he cherished and treasured the most, always proud when he had one or all with him. He was fondly called "Grampa Bill" by all of them. He enjoyed life to the fullest when he was outdoors, camping, quading, hunting and fishing with his sons, their families and his friends.
In 1996, Bill and his wife drove across Canada camping along the way, visiting every province and enjoying the beauty and splendor of each. This had been a life-long dream that had finally come true.
Bill was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Dawson Creek.
Bill will be mainly remembered for his sense of humour, thoughtfulness of others, helpful ways, smile and laugh.
Bill will be fondly remembered and missed by his loving wife of 40 years, Gladys; sons, Ron (Darcie) and Kevin (Lori); his four grandchildren Jordyn, Christina, Laine and Lyndsay; also his brother Ed (Lila) Lambrecht, sisters Elsie Schwark, Janet (Jim) Fuelkell and Deanna Downie; sisters-in-law Marguerite Lambert, Ivy Lambrecht, Elva Lambrecht, Pat Lambrecht and Helga Lambrecht; brothers-in-law Bob Mills, Sig (Kay) Helgeland and Martin (Betty) Helgeland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and his many friends.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Gustav and Amelia Lambrecht, his sister Trudy Mills; his brothers Fred Lambert, Rinold Lambrecht, Gus Lambrecht, Herman Lambrecht, Leonard Lambrecht, Norman Lambrecht and his brothers-in-law Ed Schwark and John Zahara.
Dorothy Elizabeth Lane
1921 - 2000
A grave side service was held on August, 10th 2001 at 6:30 PM At the City Cemetery for Dorothy Elizabeth Lane. Dorothy was born January, 21st 1921 at Edmonton Alberta, Dorothy passed away December, 11th 2000 at Westside Care Center in Kelowna.
She was predeceased by her infant daughter Margaret Ann in 1953 and her husband Ernie Lane in 1994. Dorothy is survived by her sister Helen Ward of Burnaby. Her three sons; Bill and daughter-in-law Anna of Calgary, Gordon and daughter-in-law Peggy of Calgary, David and daughter-in-law Mel of Kelowna, two grandsons Justin of Kelowna and Bradley and his wife Dawn and their daughter Jenna of Terrace.
Dorothy and Ernie left Edmonton and moved to Dawson Creek in the mid 1940's, where they made many friends throughout the Peace River Country. In 1967 Dorothy and Ernie moved to Kelowna. Through her life time involvement with the United Church and her exceptional kind manner Dorothy touched the souls of many people throughout the Okanagan.
Dorothy's kindness and commitment to the United Church was recognized by the Church when she was granted a life time of honorary membership in the churches Ladies Auxiliary. In 1990 Dorothy's family began to see small changes in their beloved wife and mother.
In May 1993 Dorothy took up residence in the Alzheimer's Special Care Unit at Westside Care. From 1993 through to her death Dorothy extended her family and embraced the care givers at Westside. A strong loving bond developed between Dorothy and her Westside Care family.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 15th 2000 at St. Paul's United Church in Kelowna, B.C.
Arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Gail Lynne Lannaghan (nee Smith)
Gail Lynne Lannaghan (nee Smith), beloved wife and loving mother, passed away at the Stanton Regional Hospital in Yellowknife, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on Nov. 11, 1999 at age 55.
Gail was predeceased by her parents Mildred and Reginald Smith and she is survived by her husband Herb and daughter Carrol Ann Davidson (Duncan), sisters Marilyn Fisher, Sandra Law, Sharlene Stock, Elaine Zoskey and brother Gregory Smith. Beloved aunt of numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Following a cremation, a memorial service was held at New Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1025 King St. E., Hamilton, Ontario on Tuesday Nov. 23, 1999 at 11 a.m.
Gail will be laid to rest with her family at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
The family requests no flowers, please.
Donations in her honour may be made to the Stanton Regional Hospital or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
David Paul Kenneth LaRochelle
1964 - 2000
David Paul Kenneth LaRochelle died suddenly at his home in Dawson Creek, B.C. Aug. 22, 2000.
David was born in Penticton, B.C. Aug. 7, 1964. David touched many of our lives and he will be in our thoughts. Memories of him will always make us think of him and smile.
As a child, David loved to draw pictures of trucks. As he grew older, a boy's favorite dream became a reality as David owned and drove his beloved trucks. David's first job was working for K-Mart in Dawson Creek.
David was well known for his generosity with family and friends. Although the members of our family have all taken different paths we always kept in touch, and David knew we all cared.
So though his race is run and his life has come full circle, for those who loved him, the memory of his smile, deep dimples, bright eyes and colourful way of describing life will not be forgotten. We will always remember David, for in our hearts, in our memories and in tales we tell about him, he will live forever.
Fondly remembered by sisters Irene, Caroline, Holly, Anna, "Mom", Uncle Fernan, Aunt Marylee, their families and David's many friends.
Memorial services were held in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. Cremation was entrusted to Reynar's Funeral home. David's ashes will be interred in the family plot in Vancouver, B.C.
Walter John Lawrence
1923 - 2001
Walter John Lawrence passed away suddenly in Shuswap Lake General Hospital,
Salmon Arm, BC on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at the age of 78 years.
The funeral service was held from the First Baptist Church in Salmon Arm on Thursday afternoon with Pastor Howard Lawrence officiating. Family and friends shared tributes.
Cremation with the cremated remains being placed in Dawson Creek Cemetery with Gram Rena Churchwell, daughter Carole Walker and grandson Joshua Lawrence. Some will also be spread into the Peace River.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 27, 1923. Walter was a longtime resident of the Dawson Creek area; the family share their fond memories of their home in Arras and his work at the airport. Walter always loved his work in Aviation. As a pioneer in the North, his contribution to flying was one given without concern for return. He enjoyed the people in the industry and the challenges they faced together.
Walter is survived by his loving family, wife Rena; 4 sons, Walter Jr. (Wendy) of Vancouver, Howard (Carmen) of Edmonton, Rodney (Colleen) of Dawson Creek, Bart of Vancouver, son in law, Rhett Walker of Bentley, Alberta; 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Walt was the youngest of a family of 15.
Memorial donations in memory of Walter Lawrence may be sent to the Dawson Creek Salvation Army.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
Eunice Marion Leisle
1940 - 2000
It is with heartfelt sorrow, that we announce the passing of Eunice Marion Leisle, on May 26, 2000.
She will be deeply missed by her husband Ken and her loving daughters Audrey (Art), Lisa (Roger), Melanie (Neil), Hayley (Marko), and her grandchildren Kenna, Candice, Jacqueline, Alexander, Derek, Cindy and Patrick.
She is also survived by her parents Edwin and Flora Graff and nine sisters and brothers.
Eunice was born in Pouce Coupe on Sept. 3, 1940. She married Ken Leisle on Sept. 26, 1959 and together they spent the next 40 years farming and doing what Eunice loved most: raising their four daughters.
Eunice was truly a gentle soul. She was taken too soon but she shared so much love with Ken and her daughters that her life was rich and fulfilling.We will miss your hugs and kisses. We will love you always. Funeral services for Eunice were held on Monday June 5 from Reynar's Chapel. Interment was in the Willow Valley Cemetery. Rev. Kim Stauss officiated.
Services were under the care of Reynar's Chapel and Crematorium.
Marion Elizabeth Leslie (Shields)
1934 - 2000
Marion Elizabeth Leslie (Shields), resident of Dawson Creek, B.C., former resident of Grande Prairie, Alta, passed away June 2, 2000 in the Dawson Creek & District Hospital, in her 65th year.
Marion was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta on June 6, 1934 to parents John and Elizabeth Shields.
The funeral will take place at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel at 10:30 a.m. (B.C. time) on Wednesday June 7, 2000 with a tea to follow.
Rentco Equipment, BC Ltd. will be closed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., to allow staff to join Tom and family.
Interment will take place Thursday June 8, 2000 at the Glen Leslie Cemetery (22 kilometres east of Grande Prairie on Market Road) at 2 p.m. (Alberta time). A Remembrance Tea will follow at the Golden Age Centre, 10222-101 Ave., Grande Prairie, Alberta, at 3 p.m. (Alberta time).
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peace River Haven in Marion's name would be appreciated.
Marion was a telephone operator with AGT in Grande Prairie from 1954 to 1974. Marion was active with the Kinette Club while Tom, was a member of the Kinsmen Club in Grande Prairie. Tom and Marion moved to Hythe in 1979 and owned Tom Leslie Chev/Olds. In 1982, Tom and Marion moved to Dawson Creek and started Rentco Equipment, BC Ltd.
Marion was active with the Daughters of the Nile and enjoyed the activities with the Shriners and Gyro Clubs of Dawson Creek. She had been unwell since April 1999, and since September 1999, had been living at the Peace River Haven Nursing Home in Pouce Coupe. She enjoyed the many activities at the Haven; especially the Silver Valley Singers.
Marion was predeceased by her parents John and Elizabeth Shields; her brothers Peter and Herb; her sister Shirley (Evans), and her sister-in-law Marjory Shields.
She will be remembered by her husband of 45 years, Tom Leslie; her daughter Dorothy; her son John (Rhonda); her grandsons Nathan and Christopher; her brother George (Joey); her numerous cousins nephews, nieces, and her many friends both in Dawson Creek and in Grande Prairie.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Peace River Haven, Dr. Steven Ashwell and his office nurse, Carolyn, and the staff at the Dawson Creek Hospital for the care and kindness they gave us during Mom's recent illness.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
John Woodrow Lewis 1918-2001
John Woodrow Lewis, passed away on August 15, 2001 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia at 82 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on August 21, 2001 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, with Reverend Judy Hare officiating. Interment followed in the Mountain View Cemetery, Sunrise Valley, BC.
John was born October 13, 1918 to Llewelyn and Margaret Lewis in Treboth, Swansea, South Wales. His brother Dan was born two years later. The family immigrated to Canada in 1921, where they settled in Coaldale, Alberta. In 1927, his family traveled by train and horse and buggy to Rolla, BC. John grew up with farming all around him, so this is the road he would most venture down in his lifetime.
With his brother Dan by his side, they would spend many a day harnessing horses at sunrise and farm the fields till dark, only to go home and grab a saddle horse, taking off for one of those country dances. These two boys not only worked hard, but they also played hard. It was at one of these country dances that John met his future wife when she asked him to dance; the rest is history. They were married November 20, 1941. In between farming, logging, ranching, carpentry and ice cutting with Alex Robertson, they managed to have a family of eight children; Brian, Gaylen, Michael, Bonnie, Maxine, Patricia, Gene and Neal. They in turn gave him 25 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
John was one of the last farmers to switch from using horses to using tractors, buying his first tractor in the fall of 1954. John purchased land at Mile 8 of the Alaska Highway in 1957. There he farmed, raised good horses, and those great Hereford cows.
John was a self-taught veterinarian. His cow and horse doctoring came in mighty handy and was sought out by many a farmer needing a helping hand, which John was eager to lend. His love for the ranching life is evident in all the sons he raised, all residing on farms of their own, raising cattle and horses, still playing Cowboy and racing in the local and surrounding rodeos, which John was so proud of.
He was also a superstitious man. If he saw a black cat on his way home, it meant at least another 20 miles because he would backtrack and take the long way home. When John was enjoying a good story or joke, it was always followed by a knee slapping or a heavy foot stomping, if it was really good you got both.
Summer Sundays were always spent taking a country drive or a great family picnic that was planned by his daughters. Come May of each year was branding time at the farm, this included the whole family as well as some friends or neighbors. These times usually ended up being a real rodeo, with a cow dancing over top of one of the boys, or getting partially branded by that NR quarter circle brand of his, or just a good case of rope burn.
Things weren't always done the conventional way with John; they were done his way! The grandchildren enjoyed the extras grandpa would always do for them, if it meant pulling a sliver, a tooth, or making his famous hotcake supper. If you got to go shopping with him, you could fill the cart with candy, for John was known to have a real sweet tooth.
The family all got a kick out of grandpa's singing, especially when he would burst in to '0 MY DARLING' or 'HOLY NIGHT'. All of them remember some of those quirky little sayings such as 'HOLY COW KICKED BY A MULE'.
John's wife, Diva, predeceased him in 1996. The loss to John was devastating, but he carried on with much help from his family. John lived this last year in the Peace River Haven where on August 15, he passed away quietly in his sleep. The caring, the knowledge, and the laughter he has left behind will stay forever, for he was one of a kind and will not be forgotten.
John will be lovingly remembered by his sons; Brian (Shirley), Gay (Linda), Mike (Sharon), Gene (Marie), and Neal (Shannon) Lewis; his daughters; Bonnie (Van) Gitzel, Maxine (Bob) Dilworth, and Pat (Harvey) Pratt, 25 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and his brother, Dan.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
When we come together to mourn the loss of Ed, we are also gathering to celebrate his life and thank him for the memories that have been forever etched in our hearts.
Ed was born in a small farmhouse in Winton, Saskatchewan, on September 14, 1935. Ed lived an abundant life, doing many different things along the way.
In 1986 he met Sharron Saur and made his lifelong dream of buying a trapline a reality.
In 1988 they moved, "lock, stock and barrel" up Williston Lake to the Clearwater Bay where they made their home for the next twelve years. It was here that Ed's dream came true. He and Sharron lived a life of tranquility, enduring many cold winter nights by the fire and many warm summer nights entertaining visitors that had come up the lake for just some good ol' fun.
Ed was always in his glory teaching the kids how to build boats, showing them his traps, teaching them what life is all about, and telling his "legendary stories" that will never be forgotten. And then we'll never forget the games of cards, stories, and "life's lessons" that he taught the adults as well.
Ed was tireless when it came to entertaining, but he also took his trapping seriously and whoever was there got to partake in the 'Work' end of his operation.
Ed taught us all a lot of valuable work and play ethics. Ed had a wonderful way of balancing life. In 1995 Ed and Sharron got married and lived at the Clearwater for another three years till Ed's health made it clear that they should move out of that lifestyle and on to a new part of life. In 1999 they sold the trapline and moved to Chetwynd, B.C. where they made their home.
Ed passed away on February 5, 2002 in Chetwynd, B.C.
He leaves to mourn his wife and companion Sharron, four sons, Mike (Vikki), Mark, Murray, Dean (Maureen); two daughters, Shelley (Lance), Tamara; ten grandchildren, Christopher, Steven, Kimberly, Cody, Mark, Bradley, Ryan, Miriah, Breanna, and Tristan.
Ed also leaves to mourn one brother and seven sisters, one very special mother-in-law Evelyn Tremeer, as well as numerous nieces, and nephews, and many many friends.
To respect Ed's wishes no service was held.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek.
Christal Diann Linklater (nee Gettel)
Christal Diann Linklater (nee Gettel) moved up to heaven on January 22, 2001. She was 36 years old.
Christal taught us the real meaning of courage and determination with her fight against cancer. Her enduring strength and love of live, touched all of those who knew her.
Christal will never be forgotten by her husband, Jack, her children, Corbin and Cassity, and stepsons Jeremy and Justin; mother and father Isabelle and Norman Gettel and brother Rod (Deb); mother-in-law Barb Linklater and sister and brother in-laws Terry and Wayne Longson; niece and nephew Chad and Kelsi Kristin, her special uncle Warren Swanson and many more loving aunts and uncles and cousins by the dozens.
A memorial was held February 3 at Queens Avenue United Church, New Westminster. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cancer Research.
Howard Eric Lizotte
1936 - 2000
Howard Eric Lizotte passed away Jan. 14, 2000 at the age of 63 years in Grande Prairie, Alta.
He was born May 3, 1936 in North Vermillion, Alta.
Howard was a loving husband to Drilda Lizotte; father to Avery (Cynthia), Wendy (Rick), Merle (Mike), Melinda (Danny), Holly (Braden); grandfather to Melissa, Chelsey, Dakota, Kodie, Ian, Adrian, Avery Junior, Mindy, Melanie, Tyrone, Mandy, Alisha, Briana, Sheldon, Shawna, Thomas; brother to Clarence, Hilaire, Wilbert, Ernest, Cliff, Amos, Alice; great grandfather to Chantel; uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and friend to many.
He was predeceased by his father Narcisse Lizotte, mother Elsie Laura Lizotte, brother William Lizotte and son Kirby Lizotte.
Services were held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000 with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Derrik Lizotte, Lorne Lizotte, Lindy Paul, Norman Ducharme, Rod O'Neil, Harvey Lambert. Honorary pallbearers were Edmo Paul, Don East, Donald Lizotte, Vern Burger, Pierre Boydreau and Chubby Lizotte.
We are all so very sad
As he passed away,
But we all know the Lord is glad
As he came for him today.
He called him to another world
So much greater than this,
A world of beauty, peace and rest
And everlasting bliss.
He will remain in our hearts forever,
And always on our minds.
How can one forget a husband, brother, and father,
So considerate and kind?
Such a very special person.
Lord be kind to our dear father,
Cause all the family knows and feels
There can never be another.
He left us suddenly, his thought unknown,
But he left us memories we are proud to own.
Treasure him, God, in your garden of rest,
For in our world, he was one of the best.
Nora Mae Lowes
1943 - 2001
Funeral services were held on Wednesday June 6th at 2 p.m. from Reynars funeral chapel with the interment following in the Brookside cemetery with Rev. Gary Henderson officiating.
Nora was born June 28th 1943 in Pouce Coupe , British Columbia and passed away in Dawson Creek May 31st 2001 at the age of 57 years. Nora began her school years at the Blueberry, a logging camp located north of Fort St. John, later attending school in both Dawson Creek and Arras. Over time Nora worked at various places but her entrepreneurial spirit kept her far more busy, why the baby quilts alone would give a lesser woman nightmares. Blessed with umpteen dozen talents her creativity was boundless her cooking skills strong, but her baking legendary.
Nora was a great older sister to eight sisters and five brothers though more like a second mother to the younger kids. Nora liked to sing, in fact she and sister Lorraine brought on many tears with their rendition of How Far is Heaven. The spruce Bug was another huge hit. When Nora married Tom in 1960 and started her own family there was always room for one more and likely as not one or two of her brothers or sisters could be found spending the night or weekend, heck in some cases even years
Nora and Tom made their home in Fellers Heights where together they raised four children Clint, Caryn, Vance and Travis. Nora was strict with her children yet she encouraged individuality in them. She taught them her values but accepted their choices. Nora was very proud of her children and equally proud in her roll as grandmother to Brandon, Breanna, Brock and Breezie.
Nora always had time for her family and friends. She would offer a shoulder or lend an ear wherever and whenever needed. Nora loved to talk and was extremely good at it. Her interests were as many and divers as Nora herself. She would discuss anything, had strong opinions and was not above a little table pounding to emphasize a point, oh sure your opinion counted alright but she stuck by her guns more often than not. Nora loved a good get together or just shooting the breeze. She was definitely a people person and made everyone young or old feel at ease. You were always welcome at Nora's, come on in she'd say. Her home reflected her true spirit, always something new to see or something old to remember.
Nora treasured her friends, Old and new friendships were much valued by her, she never took anyone for granted.
Nora never stopped looking to the future, in fact she was planning a fathers day cookbook. She had quilts to make, pies to bake, fabric to sew and of course family and friends to visit. Nora's faith in God never wavered, her courage is an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Nora was pre-deceased by her dad Bruce Patterson.
Nora leaves to mourn, her husband Tom Lowes, her children Clint Lowes, Caryn and Rick MacDonald, Vance and Wynnett Lowes, Travis Lowes and Jackie Stanley, grandchildren Brandon and Breanna Lowes, Brock and Breezie MacDonald, mother Elsie Patterson, father Fred McClarty, her siblings Pat & Jack Thomas, Jerry & Carla McClarty, Lorraine Ouderkirk, Bob & Marilyn McClarty, Margo & Vern Boyle, Lois & Chris Lefferson, Wally & Jeanine Patterson, Donna & Les Hooper, Lance & Laurie Patterson, Cheryl & Rodger Hulyd, Fay Patterson & Kerry Sledge, Doug & Debbie Patterson, Bev Patterson, many nieces and nephews and a great many friends. "Its been a slice." Funeral arrangements under the care or Reynar's funeral chapel and crematorium.
Valdemar 'Val' Ludvigsen
Valdemar Ludvigsen, better known as 'Val' Ludvigsen, resident of Pouce Coupe Care Home passed peacefully on August 6, 2001 at the age of 85. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Cremation followed, and Val's cremated remains will be interred in Nybol, Denmark.
Valdemar was born on April 15, 1916, the seventh youngest of 17 brothers and sisters, in Nybol, Denmark. He immigrated to Canada, arriving in Quebec on May 6, 1949. He took the rail across Canada to a little farm west of Dawson Creek, in Arras, where he joined his cousin, Hans Ludvigsen to help out with his farm. Hans built the 4x Bakery in Dawson Creek, and 'Val' (Valdemar's adopted Canadian name) helped out with the construction as a labourer. Val graduated to becoming a carpenter by trade, which is how he made his living. He worked for many local contractors, having his hand involved with the construction of many significant buildings, such as the Vogue Theatre (now the Elks Hall), the Crest Theatre, Park Hotel, and many more.
Val always had fond memories of his home land and family, where motor bikes and soccer were his passion. He loved to garden and always had a beautiful flower garden and a bumper veggie garden. Val liked the great outdoors and did his fair share of hunting deer and moose, and sitting in McQueen's pond for a duck shoot. Val also liked to collect antiques, of which there is still quite a collection. Playing crib was another great passion, and he spent many hours at it.
He suffered a stroke in September 1981, which put him in a wheel chair and left him with the loss of his left side. Val was one of the original residents of the Peace River Haven, where he resided for 17 years. The Haven treated him well, as he took in shopping tours every week, their monthly birthday parties, and did his jigsaw puzzles for hours on end.
Val was transferred up to the Pouce Care Home two and a half years ago, and was always very appreciative of the wonderful staff of the Haven, and the Care Home, and always had a chocolate for them.
He was predeceased by his mother and father in Denmark, as well as many of his brothers and sisters.
Val is survived by his family members, Inger, Asger, Kirsten, Frederik, and Jakob, and many nieces and nephews in Denmark. He will be sadly missed and always remembered by his long time companion, love of his life, and best friend, Anne Schilds, and his adopted family, the Schilds.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peace River Haven or the Pouce Coupe Care Home.
'A beautiful life came to a sudden end
He died as he lived, everyone's friend
He was always thoughtful, loving and kind
What a precious memory he left behind.
He left us suddenly, his thoughts unknown
But he left us memories we are proud to own
Treasure him, God, in your garden of rest
For in our world he was one of the best.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Darlene June (Roberts) Lynch
1938 - 2001
Darlene June (Roberts) Lynch, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, Nov. 3 2001 at Mackenzie Place.
Darlene came into this world via Dawson Creek, B.C. on June 17, 1938. She worked for the DC Airbase where she met and married her husband Mike. There her life was a continuous move from town to town. In 1985, she was welcomed into Mackenzie Place where 'Dar' could be found waiting to greet people at the door; she had become a permanent figure at the door. She was a caring, loving person whose spirit was never broken.
Darlene was predeceased by her mother, Eva, in October of 1973 and father, Curtys, in October of 1971.
She is survived by her husband Mike; three daughters, Kelly (Jim) Smith, Debbie (Jack) Lynch and Cathy (Denis) Guerin all of Grande Prairie: her grandchildren Melanie, Jason, Chelsea, Morgan and Chase; sister Ellen (Vern and son Blake) Kelly and brothers Day and Bud (Ellette) Roberts of Dawson Creek and numerous nieces and nephews.
A very special thank you from Kelly, Debbie and Cathy to the One East staff and volunteers for 15 years of caring for 'Dar'.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Grande Prairie Cancer Clinic or the Mackenzie Place Travel Fund.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 at 2 p.m. from Oliver's Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vern Begalke officiating.