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Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Saturday, 15 March 2008, at 11:47 p.m.

Bernadette Christine Habersack
1943 - 2000
Bernadette Christine Habersack was born to Katharina and Josef Baumann on March 29, 1943 in Volders, Tyrol, Austria.
The first few years of her life were spent in the family home of her mother. There she was surrounded by the other members of her mother's large family.
At the age of five, the family moved to another house where they established their home and farm. That year, Bernadette's brother, Toni Baumann was born. Bernadette spent much of her youth helping at home, playing with friends and school comrades, and most of all enjoying the outdoors. She would spend hours out in the woods playing and picking flowers and berries.
It was through her love of the outdoors that she developed a great interest in skiing. She also developed a great love for people. By the age of 10 she knew what she wanted to do with her life. She was going to be a nurse.
After she had finished the required eight years of school, she joined the work force in the hopes of saving enough money for her further education. Over the next three years she worked in the hospital as a candy striper, as a house keeper for a dentist and as a cook on a ski resort. In the summers she would return home to help her parents on the farm.
At the age of 17, she attended a finishing school in Austria. The school would have such a large impact on her life that her own children would one day also attend it. In 1962, at the age of 19, Bernadette entered nursing school, finally graduating three years later in 1965.
From then on she began to work full time as an registered nurse in a local hospital. At the age of 25, Bernadette and a close friend decided to spend a year in England. While there, she took care of an older noble lady and attended English classes at Oxford College.
During this time she was also involved with a hit-and-run accident which left her hospitalized for some time. Upon her recovery, she returned to Austria and continued her chosen career of nursing. She worked in all different wards in hospitals throughout Austria and even Switzerland. Her free time and holidays were spent in the outdoors, skiing and hiking.
Another great love of hers was traveling. She spent a lot of time with friends traveling throughout Europe to such countries as France, England, Norway, Germany, Italy, and Greece. In 1978, Bernadette decided she needed a change in her life.
She wanted to experience something new and completely different. One day while scanning the classifieds in one of the newspapers she came across an ad looking for a nurse in the small community of Pouce Coupe, Canada.
In the spring of 1979, Bernadette came to Canada on a one year work visa. She worked full time at the Peace Haven in Pouce Coupe and attended evening English classes in Dawson Creek. It was at these English classes that she was to meet her future husband.
Frank Habersack was also born in Austria. In the fall of 1979, he immigrated to Canada and began to establish his dairy farm in Tomslake. Knowing very little English, he would sometimes attend these evening English classes in Dawson Creek. Coming from the same country and speaking the same language, Bernadette and Frank began to spend more and more time together. They fell in love and were engaged that year.
Bernadette flew back home upon her expiry of her work visa. She told her family of the happy news and applied for immigration. On Oct. 18,1980 Frank and Bernadette were married in the Notre Dame Church in Dawson Creek. From then on, Bernadette left her 18-year nursing career behind and devoted her time and efforts to the farm and her family.
In May of 1981, their first daughter, Monica was born. Two years later, in March of 1983, their second daughter Elizabeth was born.
Bernadette spent her days at home with her children. She would spend hours reading stories to them, playing outdoors and taking walks with them, trying to instill in them the beauty she saw in nature. She was also a strong Catholic believer, making sure that she got herself and her family involved in as much of the church life as possible.
In 1987, Bernadette began to feel sick. Upon consulting a physician she was diagnosed with cancer. This was to be the beginning of her long struggle with this life-threatening disease. After surgery, she spent months in Vancouver receiving regular chemotherapy and radiation. Close friends in Vancouver stood by and helped her and her family. But Bernadette was determined. She did not want to leave her husband and her children who were at that time six and four years old.
After extensive treatments, Bernadette was released from the hospital. Her cancer was in remission!
She continued her life at home on the dairy which by then had expanded and was becoming quite a successful operation. In her spare time, Bernadette was never one to miss the chance to visit one of the neighbours or to welcome a new person or family into the community. She would always bring something with her, never wanting to arrive at the door empty handed.
She was known as a very strong-willed woman with a firm set of morals. She was never afraid to express her opinions or beliefs. She was also compassionate and would jump at the chance to help someone in trouble. However, there was not much free time to spend doing all the things she loved. It was becoming more and more difficult to find responsible people to work on the farm.
In 1997, the dairy and the milk quota were finally sold. Frank and Bernadette decided to spend more time doing some traveling and taking it easy.
In the fall of 1998, after visiting family and friends in Austria, Bernadette began to experience some pain in her leg. As Christmas drew near, she began to notice some tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. At the beginning of January 1999, doctors informed her that her cancer had come back. It was 11 years after her last treatment.
Surgery to remove the tumour was not possible for it would be life-threatening. She had received the maximum radiation the first time. The only thing left was chemotherapy. She began to take these treatments over a six month period. It slowed the growth of the cancer but did not eliminate it.
It became painstakingly clear that there was little to be done against it. Bernadette decided that she wanted to spend the little time left at home and decided not to continue her treatments. During the last few months of her life, her faith in the Lord guided her and helped her with her own suffering and pain. Friends supported her and visited her, offering their affection and care.
At Christmas time, Bernadette wanted her family at home. Together they made Christmas dinner and spent time together. Elizabeth, who is attending school in Austria, as Bernadette always wanted her to do, was able to spend time with her mother and say their final farewells.
On Feb. 13, Bernadette was once again admitted into the hospital. Her cancer had spread dramatically and on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, Bernadette passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 1 at Notre Dame Catholic Church. Burial was in the Tomslake Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Reynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium.

Colin Hackworth
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. from St. Marks Anglican Church, in Dawson Creek, B.C. for the late Colin Hackworth, of Dawson Creek. Reverend. Alexis Saunders officiated.
Con was born in Watrous, Saskatchewan on September 25, 1926, to Jack and Marian Hackworth. He had two older brothers, Bill and Clifford, a younger brother Tom, and a sister Bonnie.
Con's early years were spent on farms in Saskatchewan, where he learned his family values and sense of hard work and responsibility.
In 1937 the Hackworth family moved to High Prairie. It was in High Prairie that Con first met Marian Elliott. Being only eleven years old he really wasn't really interested in her at this time.
The family moved to Dawson Creek in the early forties. It was here that Con finished school. He met Marian, for the second time, and being more mature, he was definitely more interested.
According to Marian, the love of Con's life, at that time, was a 1929 Oldsmobile.
It was during those years that he formed his lifelong friendship with Bob Trail and Bob Petrick.
Marian's father, Allan, realized that the young man was really serious about his daughter when Con agreed to marry her in October 1949 right in the middle of hunting season, CON'S SECOND LOVE.
In 1955 a son, Colin Jr., was born. Con also built a small home next to his parents for his young family that year.
Con worked in the automobile industry all of his working life. His automotive career started in Dawson Creek, first as an employee and then as an employer.
In the late sixties, Con sold out his business interests in Dawson Creek, and at that time moved his family to Prince George, B.C., and took on the responsibility of Service Manager at Prince George Motors. This was a position that Con held until the early eighties. It was a time for change. Con and Marian moved to Grande Prairie where Con was employed by Lewis Lincoln, as their Service Manager.
Con was homesick, he missed his family and friends. The family moved back to Dawson Creek, and in the mid eighties Con semi-retired.
Con was an avid hunter, trap shooter and an excellent shot with a shotgun. He spent every fall spotting and setting up goose hunts with his friends.
While in Prince George, Con did a lot of snowmobiling and made sure he had the fastest machine on the market. Anyone who knew Con also knew that speed limits were for those behind him
Con's single-mindedness earned him the nickname Hacksaw. He had the ability to get right to the point.
Con loved to dance and was an excellent dancer. He was always a sought after dancing partner but he only liked to dance with Marian. In his later years Con and Marian spent their summers traveling in their truck and camper, golfing and camping at local recreational sites across the country.
An interesting side note: all of Con's dogs were small and named Chuddy, with the exception of a large Irish named Kelly. She was to be his hunting dog and was sent out for training as such.
However, when Con fired his shotgun with his dog for the first time, and to his great surprise, the dog suffered an epileptic type seizure. Needless to say, this ended her hunting career and she retired as a household pet.
Con will be missed by all who knew him. We will miss his laugh and sense of humour.
The geese won't miss him but then he seldom missed them.
Colin is survived by his loving wife Marian, son Colin, special friend, Cathy Brown and grandson, Alex, as well as his brothers Bill and Clifford and sister Bonnie.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Marian, and his younger brother Tom.
Arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.

Elsie May Hagen
1918 - 2001
Elsie May Hagen passed away at the Chetwynd Hospital on March 21, 2001 at the age of 82 yrs. Elsie was born in Edmonton, Alberta on April 26, 1918 to William and Emily Levett.
She was raised in Edmonton and then moved to Elmworth with her parents where she met and married Ralph Hagen on April 30, 1936. Ralph and Elsie moved to Gordondale, Alberta until 1958 when they moved to Chetwynd, BC. Elsie was a life member of the Legion Auxiliary, Branch 258.
As many will remember, Elsie was a very outspoken lady and had a type of humour you had to appreciate. She was also a very private person; still she enjoyed a quick visit from friends. She will be sadly missed by son Eric and daughter Marie(Cyril): grandchildren Lisa (Grant), Jewel (Dean), Warren (Marcia): great grandchildren Jordan, Taylor, Courtney: Special "nephew" Harold - who gave so much of himself to help her when she needed it: brother-in-law Clarence and Orah Hagen, numerous nieces and nephews, and her friend to the end "Kelly."
No funeral was held by request.
Cremation arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.

Doug Hamel
Doug Hamel, 54, late of Mission, B.C.
A great husband, father, son, brother, and friend went to shine in the stars and share his humour and laughter in Heaven on Nov. 21, 1999 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Doug will be sadly missed and always loved by his wife and best friend, Kathy, by his children Tammy (Larry) Tony (Laura) and Tiffany (Kody), grandsons Doug, Brady, Taylor, Jack and Sailor, his mother Florence, his mother-in-law Lucille, his sisters Judy, brothers-in-law Pat, Bill (Diane) and David (Jan) as well as many aunts, uncles cousins nieces and nephews.
Doug attended grades 1 to 8 in the Groundbirch School House and his high school years were spent at South Peace Senior High in Dawson Creek.
Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1963 in the Communications Branch and was stationed in Inuvik, NWT at the Naval Radio Station. He served on two frigates, the HMCS Sussexvale and HMCS Beacon Hill.
Doug's career continued on as a crane operator for the Dillingham Corporation, followed by highway trucking for various companies, including Arrow Transfer, Commercial Truck, Bulk Systems, Transwestern Express and Intermountain Transport, where he was the supervisor of the tanker division.
In 1991, Doug and his wife Kathy purchased the pneumatic tanker division from Intermountain Transport, naming their company Hamel Bulk Carriers Ltd.
Doug was well known for his wit, caring nature and his infectious giggle. He was passionate about his family and did the very best he could for them. He lived life to the fullest and was a loyal friend.
Doug always made an effort to help his fellowman achieve their goal in life, even in small ways such as never leaving a fellow trucker stranded on the side of the road.
Everyone knew that Doug's handshake was his bond and he always honoured his commitments. His character is well personified in a verse by Robert Louis Stevenson: "We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can hope to find is an honest friend." Doug tried to be that friend.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send a donation in memory of Douglas Hamel to the Canadian Cancer Society, #6-33132, 1st Avenue, Mission, B.C. V2V 1G4.
Prayers will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. with funeral services to follow Monday Nov. 29, 1 p.m., at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 32550 - 7th Avenue, Mission, B.C.
There will be a tea lunch in the church to follow. There will be no graveside service at this time.
Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Helen Josephine Haney
1916 - 2001
Helen Josephine Haney, better known as Ella Haney, resident of Arras, British Columbia passed away on January 29, 2001 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 84 years of age. A funeral service was held on February 2, 2001 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, with Pastor Howard Fergusson officiating. Cremation followed.
Ella was born July 8, 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland to John and Marion McKinstry. She spent her younger years in Scotland. She served six years in the Army.
She came to Canada in 1947 and on June 23 married Warren Haney. In July 1948 their first child, Marvyn was born, followed by a daughter Lila, another daughter Elaine, a son Iain who only lived a short time, a daughter Avril and a son Brent. Two adopted daughters Sandy and Gina joined the family about the time the first three were ready to go their own way, so she spent many years raising children.
Ella worked for several years at the Vocational school, which is now Northern Lights College. About the time they should have retired from the work force, Ella and Warren cut and hauled fire wood just for exercise.
She was kind, generous, considerate, always willing to help anyone with any problem. She always had a shoulder to cry on, no matter who you were or what time it was. She always gave a person the benefit of the doubt.
Ella was a devoted wife and mother to the very end. We, her husband and children, will never forget out times together and the great dinners she would provide. She was always happiest when the whole family could attend and bring a friend. She always said, 'the more the merrier' and she truly meant it.
She taught us much with short phrases she would use, some of them were:
Turn the other cheek
Don't let the sun go down on your wrath
It's better to give than to receive
The least said, easiest mended
It's not for me to wonder why, it's but for me to do or die.

Ella is lovingly remembered by her husband Warren; children Marvyn (Smokey), Lila (John), Elaine, Avril (Glenn), Brent (Dodie), Sandy (Steve), Gina (Darwin); sixteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She also leaves relatives in Scotland, her sister Francis Devine, brother-in-law Eddie Farmer, and niece Anne Chapman.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Hans Hanston
1913 - 2000
Hans Hanston passed away on September 7, 2000 at the age of 87. Funeral Services were held on Sept. 12 at Hope Lutheran Church, Nanaimo, B.C.
Hans Hanston was born July 9, 1913 in an old sod-roofed log home in Sundlia Norway. It was the loss of his mother that precipitated the events that led to his coming to Canada in 1928 to live with relatives at the age of 14 on a farm in Sexsmith, Alta.
It was through the eyes of a bewildered youth that he had his first test of his limited English. He would much later write of how in awe he was of the prosperity of a certain Canadian military man because, in every town the train pulled into, there seemed to be a shop owned by GENERAL Store.
In 1946, Hans started his career with the Co-op as a hardware clerk at the La Glace Co-op Store and in 1963 moved to Dawson Creek to manage the Co-op Store on 102 Ave and 10th Street. Hans was the manager of the Co-op when the Co-op Mall was built and stayed there until his retirement in 1978, at the age of 65 years.
While in Dawson Creek, Hans was President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Sons of Norway and a very active member of the Grace Lutheran Church.
Hans and Levina moved to Gabriola Island and bought an acreage on which they built their retirement home. Hans loved gardening and spent many hours in the yard turning it into a Japanese garden. It was always exciting to go visit and see what was new in the garden.
Hans Hanston was husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to a family who loved him, and will sorely miss him. He was a man with a great love of music and art, and one who found true pleasure and joy in making people laugh. It was this sense of humour that stayed with him for all his life, and has made the "Ole and Lars" of his stories and jokes feel like real members of an extended family.
His love of music came to him at a very early age. As a young child in Norway, his mother, who loved to sing, would sing hymns and folk song to him.
It was a strong sense of family that he and his wife worked to instill in his children because that was what was missing from his early years in Canada.
He had a determination in all he did. Whether it was teaching himself English or telling a joke, he would only be satisfied if he had achieved the end result he wanted. It was this determination that took him from his initial paint-by-numbers creations, shown to a skeptical and possibly uninterested audience, ('oh look, Dad can count'); to paintings of such beauty that his audience was now one of awed disbelief ('oh wow, Dad can paint!').
To his family, he was an amazing man of many talents, and because of his enormous love for life, they are all the richer for being part of his life. His passing is not to be looked at just a time of sorrow for a life ended, but also to celebrate a life lived.
These very fitting words were what he used to end his memoirs. It is a quote from an Henryk Ibsen poem:
'Much have I lost, but much I received.
Best was it, perhaps, it went as it went,
So I will only say, Thank You, God.'

Adah Christine Hanvold
1914 - 2001
In Loving Memory of Adah Christine Hanvold - Dec 22, 1914 - Jan 20, 2001
Adah was the fourth child in a family of nine children born to Henry Ryan Kelly and Mary Bruan of the United States. Adah was born in Peasane Saskatchewan where she grew up on a farm with her five brothers and three sisters. In her late teens she met Edwin Clarence Hanvold, a North Dakota boy, at a local dance. It was love at first sight. Marriage followed. Edwin and Adah would make their home together and have twelve children.
The tribute paid to Adah by her family was that of the highest order. They write, "We may not have had a lot of money but we had love." Adah was celebrated as a hard working strong willed and loving person. She cared for her children without the aid of electricity or running water, washing dishes and doing laundry by hand. The main source of food came from the huge garden she grew and preserved and the wild fruit she picked and processed into jams, jellies, and syrup. Adah was always kind, gentle and helpful right to her final days. Family was the most important thing to Adah and each member felt equally and unconditionally loved.
The family saw Adah as the "hub of the family wheel." In memory of the attributes of their mother, the family has asked its members to maintain the strong and loving family ties established by their Mother, grandmother, and great - grandmother, Adah Hanvold.
Adah was pre-deceased by her five brothers, two of her sisters, husband Edwin, son Clarence, and daughter Elva.
Adah is survived by her sister Irene Wadsworth, sister-in-laws Mary, Elsie, and Kay Kelly, sons Irvin (Dawn), Marvin (Rose), Art (Bunny), Everett (Arella), daughters Rita Henderson (Delmar), Edna Scott (Buster), Lorraine Doell (Neil), Vyrl Hanvold (Merle), Elaine Cook, and Irene Sheffield, 34 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Adah was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.

Wilma Mervyne Harms
1931 - 2000
Wilma Mervyne Harms (LaForge), was born on July 7, 1931 at Swan Lake, British Columbia, to Peter and Laura LaForge. She was the seventh child born to the family, on the seventh day of the seventh month.
Wilma remained a devoted Swan Lake and Tupper Community resident her whole life and she also became very involved in the Village of Pouce Coupe, having resided there for many years as well.
Wilma passed away on the 3rd day of July, 2000, after a very full and active life of nearly 69 years.
She used every year, every day to the fullest and devoted much of her time for others. She will be well remembered by many people as a very sensitive and caring person with strong family values and deep spiritual beliefs. Wilma was also very strong-willed and determined, she was not afraid to tackle any challenge set out before her, as she would say she was a "Go-Getter!" Her love for music, children and flowers was also a strong part of who she was.
Wilma's childhood at Swan Lake included dog sled rides to and from South Swan School in the winter and a boat for transportation in the summer, accompanied by her brother Don who, of her eight brothers and sisters, was nearest to her in age. She spent much of her time outdoors.
Wilma showed her courage at an early age of four years when she ran up and down the ridge pole of the new barn saying "Brave, Brave." Father Pete, however put a quick end to this bravery with his very large hands. Wilma's determination was noted when at 13 years of age, she and Lorna rowed a boat borrowed from the neighbours all the way across the lake to see Jim and Evelyn as they arrived by train on their honeymoon. They missed seeing Jim and Evelyn, however, because they had already gone. Wilma also spent two years as a teenager on Vancouver Island which she enjoyed very much, and had many stories about. Wilma described her childhood as happy.
On July 5,1952, Wilma was married to Jack Harms in Tupper at the little log Church of the Nazarene, by Reverend Charles Parker. From that day on, Wilma and Jack spent 48 years together. Looking back, Wilma's husband remembers this day as his most special memory. During their life together many hours were spent swimming in the lake and having water fights.
Wilma and Jack shared their lives with many children and enjoyed watching them play and romp around in the beginning, and later grow up to be "the best children in the world."
During Wilma's last weeks and days, her children were able to return a little of the love and caring that she gave them as they were growing up by staying by her side around the clock.
As a mother, Wilma was always fun and adventurous, camping trips to Kinuseo Falls in the summer, skating parties and ski-doo parties in the winter "Just Draggon" - pulling kids and lots of food to wiener roasts across the lake. Picking berries was always a highlight in the fall, followed by much work canning. There was always lots of work done together as a family, everyone had a job, the phrase "I'm bored" was not used around Mom - because you could be sure it would be followed by chores.
Wilma showed her family love and respect and in turn it became a part of them. Her love for her family and faith in God was also a part of her.
Wilma was affectionately referred to as "Dolly Gramma, Pink Gramma, Grammy, and Gram" by all her grandchildren whom she loved so much and spent much time with.
Wilma was involved in everything that went on around her. She served more than her time as curator of the Pouce Coupe Museum, as councilor for the Village of Pouce Coupe, on the Hospital Board, Regional Board, and was a leader and initiator for many other community services. She gave selflessly and still had time for baking, sewing, crafts, painting, home renovating, collecting, and her family. She made not just a home, but a good home for years and for many people. Everyone was always welcome at Swan Lake, and always well fed - whether they wanted to be or not!
Wilma was working on a book, "Whispering In The Wind" is the title. She began her book like this: "If you find any mistakes in this book please consider that they are there for a purpose. Some people are always looking for mistakes and I wanted to please them." That was Wilma.
Later in her book Wilma has some words for all parents: "I'll lend you for a little time, a child of mine, He will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain. Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again? I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, Thy will be done. For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run. We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may, and for all the happiness we've known, will ever grateful stay. But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, we'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.'
In her book she also mentions some of her favourite things; the moon shining across the water, the sound of the whispering wind through the pines, the waves lapping against the shore, the smell of the pantry at pickling time, the sound of my children and grandchildren laughing and playing, the sound of Jack's footsteps stomping the snow from his feet as he came up the walk. Wilma always enjoyed entertaining, she had a poem or a skit or story for every occasion, as well as a crazy costume to match.
Later in life, Wilma developed adult onset diabetes and had to slow down a bit, but not much. Then in the spring of 1997, she was diagnosed with cancer which was treated. In the fall of 1997, she experienced her first stroke, with the second stroke in May of 1999, during one of her many trips to the city. Wilma endured these challenges and kept on smiling even though the road was getting a bit tougher. In September of 1999, she decided to move to Hythe Pioneer Home, where she made herself quite at home bringing some of her many special things with her. She made many new friends here and enjoyed her stay. On June 4, 2000 she was admitted to Beaverlodge Hospital following another stroke, and on June 20, she was brought to Dawson Creek Hospital. During her last days, Wilma was visited by many friends and cared for by her family.
Wilma Harms will be remembered by many as a fun, dedicated, loving woman. Her passing marks the end of an era in the Swan Lake Country.
Hers was a life well spent, and she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all, especially her husband, Jack; her children, Michael (Moneca), Laura (Ralph), Larry, Lynn, Cherie (Dave), Loretta; and her grandchildren, Jessica, Alexus, Brett, Jenna, Aliesha, Jerod, Marcie, Amber, Logan, Quinn, and Ashley.
A private family funeral and burial at the Dawson Creek City Cemetery was held July 7, followed by a memorial service at the South Peace United Church, with Reverend John Klassen officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Wilma, by way of a donation to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 714, Dawson Creek, B.C., V1G 4H7.

Marie Hartnell
Marie Hartnell of Kamloops passed away on Oct. 27, 2001 at 93 years of age. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Sheila (Terry) Van Dyke, Shirlee Frank and Gladys Hartnell, all of Kamloops, and Kay Hartnell of Dawson Creek; her sons Ken (Jan) Hartnell of Salem, Oregon, Doug (Joyce) Hartnell of Pouce Coupe, B.C. and Cecil (Sylvia) Hartnell of Dawson Creek. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
Marie was predeceased by her beloved husband Fred Leon Hartnell and her son Francis Vernard Hartnell.
Born in Shandro, Alta. and raised around Leduc, Alta., Marie met and married Fred in Edmonton. They later moved to the homestead in Rio Grande, Alta, eventually settling in Dawson Creek. Mom worked at St. Joseph's General Hospital for 16 years and moved to Kamloops upon retiring. She loved a good joke, good music and the peace of country living. Mom enjoyed visits with family and special friends, especially Wednesday with her other "daughter" Molly.
We love you always Mom.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Martha and all the staff at the Pine Grove Extended Care Lodge.
The Service of Remembrance was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 in Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive with Bishop Ken Kicia officiating.
As an expression of sympathy, please make a donation in memory of Marie to the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3V4.

Lois (Nana) L. Hartt
Lois (Nana) L. Hartt, born July 18, 1921 in Champion, Alberta, passed away peacefully Oct. 23, 2001 in the Penticton Regional Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends.
Family members grieving their loss include daughters Leslie Stewart, Linda Loyie (Zane) and Diane D'Angelo, all of Penticton; son Don Levin (Val) of Edmonton; stepsons Barry Hartt (Nancy) of Edmonton and Vernon Hartt (Linda) of Delta; grandchildren Troy Stewart, Tara Radcliffe, Ben and Jay D'Angelo, Kerri Levin and Shari Chandler and Jeff and Lee Hartt.
She was predeceased by her husband Sam Hart. "Sis" is also survived by her loving sisters Eloise Readman of Fort St. John, Beryl Hubbard (Ray) of Fort St. John and Eleanor McGinnis (George) of Quesnel. She was predeceased by her father, George Nielson, mother Elzora, brother George Nielsen (Nola) and sisters Toddy Nielsen and Carol Perkull. She will be deeply missed by her good friend Frank Christensen of Penticton and her many other family members and friends in the Peace River country, the Cariboo and the Okanagan.
"And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." (The Prophet)
The family would like to thank Dr. Siegel and the staff of the Penticton Regional Hospital ICU for the kind, compassionate care of our mother.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 at First Memorial Funeral Services in Penticton.

Christa Haugen (Nee) Goodrich
A funeral service for the late Christa Goodrich was held on Sunday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m. from the South Peace United Church in Dawson Creek, Bev Dunsmore officiated. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Christa Lee Goodrich was born on Christmas day in 1951 in Edmonton Alberta.
Chris as she was known was the fourth child born to Myrtle and Ervin Goodrich. Chris was raised in Dawson Creek. She was a wonderful daughter and spent her last few years living near her mom and they much enjoyed keeping each other company.
Chris was married in 1969 to Vern Haugen and was blessed with three children, Sheila in 1970, Leanne in 1971 and Clint in 1975. Chris raised her family in the Caribou and Southern B.C.
Chris loved numbers and her career in fact was numbers, starting when she was a teenager as a bank teller and later as a bookkeeper.
Chris was a loving mom who always made birthdays extra special for everyone. At Christmas she made Christmas stocking treasures for everyone.
Chris kept very busy rooting for her children at various sports and art activities and she could be found beaming with pride at her children's accomplishments.
When Chris made a friend she made a friend for life and loved her friends and extended family very much.
Chris always put her children first and she often went without herself and never complained.
She was a second mom to many.
In her spare time Chris enjoyed spending time with her family especially her Grandchildren Abigail and Adam who could bring a smile to her face even when she was feeling her worst. She also enjoyed mystery novels and movies, in the summer she loved to garden.
She loved driving through the Pine Pass and enjoyed the outdoors.
Chris will be remembered for her gentleness, her dedication to her family and her warm smile.
Chris is survived by her Mother Myrtle Goodrich, her brother Bert (Gail) Goodrich, sister Pat (Bob) Steeves, her children Sheila Haugen (Curtis Oldfield), Leanne (Danny) Cameron, son Clint Haugen and her grandchildren Abigail Haugen and Adam Cameron. Also her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and many friends.
She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Hodak and her father Ervin.
Funeral Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.

Eileen Agnes Haugen
May 8, 1914 - May 6, 2001
Funeral services for the late Eileen Agnes Haugen were held on May 11th, 2001 from Reynar's Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Judy Hare of the South Peace United Church officiated. Interment followed in the City Cemetery in Dawson Creek.
Eileen was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England on May 8th, 1914 to James and Isabel Lowe. She was the eldest of four and the only daughter. Eileen settled in the Sunrise Valley with her parents and brothers.
Eileen later met and married Clayton Haugen. This union brought forth six children: sons James and Keith and daughters Joanne, Patricia, Kathleen, and Lois. Eileen and Clayton spent their life together working their farm, playing music, raising their family, and offering their farm as a gathering place for their many friends and family. Saturday nights were spent entertaining many dance crowds all over the country. Eileen and Clayton also aired their talents over the CJDC Radio Broadcast the "Old Timers" and at many Tuesday night talent shows with fellow musicians.
In 1960, Eileen lost her loving husband Clayton to a heart attack. Her life changed as she moved to town and went to work. She loved her music and could play almost any instrument. She traveled quite a bit to Vancouver, Kamloops and Sicamous, to visit family. Family was the center of her life.
When the eldest grandchild, Russell was born he couldn't say Grandma so he called her "Nana". Thus started the lasting term of endearment and Eileen became Nana to almost everyone who knew her. Nana lived her life to the fullest. She never lost her strong will or her spirit. Her faith and her family kept her to the day she departed. It was a great pleasure knowing and loving this remarkable woman and as she would say to us if she was here-"Goodnight and God Bless."
Eileen was pre-deceased by her parents Isabel and James Lowe; her beloved husband Clayton; brothers James, Vincent, and Harry; son James; grandson Gaylen Haugen; great-grandson Dakota Brash; great- granddaughter Kaitlyn Bedell; and nephew Michael Lowe.
Eileen leaves to mourn her son Keith (Teresa) Haugen; daughters Joanne Bedell, Patricia (Dale) Bassett, Kathleen Royer, and Lois (Dennis) Dober; sister-in-laws Florence Loiselle, Jean Prince, and Pat Lowe; brother-in-law Pat (Eva) Haugen; as well as 29 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, 2 great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
"Goodnight Nana and God Bless."
Funeral arrangements in the care of Reynar's Chapel and Crematorium.

Marie Ida Haugen
1928 - 2001
A funeral service for the late Marie Haugen was held on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 2 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel. Reverend Judy Hare officiated, interment followed in the City Cemetery.
Marie was born and raised in Richmond, B.C. close to the Steveston docks. As a child many of her friends were children of Japanese fishermen and farmers, which contributed to her enjoyment of an eclectic variety of foods. She loved the flavors, her beef stew was enhanced by the addition of soy sauce and she loved cooking with a variety of vegetables. Preparing food was an adventure. She was not bound by recipes and if she didn't have all the ingredients she would improvise, often coming up with a better tasting finished product.
As a child she had a heart condition that kept her in the house. Her father was blinded in a mining accident and so Marie spent much of her time reading the Bible to him. After reading the Bible many times over she became something of a Bible scholar. On the farm when the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and any other missionaries would come to the door she would invite them in and have spirited discussions with them. Instead of them trying to set her on the right path she would try to help them! Marie loved to debate all topics and always had an opinion. She also encouraged her kids to form their own opinions and while she loved to express her point of view she always respected theirs.
When the kids mom was going out with their dad she wondered how old he was, he had grey hair but he always said it had gone grey prematurely. He wasn't lying it's just that it had gone grey prematurely about 25 years before he met her, back when he was 27 years old. It wasn't until she read his date of birth on their marriage certificate that she realized that he was 24 years older than her. In our home we had a lot of generation gaps to deal with! You'd think that we would have had problems understanding each other but actually we did pretty good.
Marie loved all types of music and always tried to keep up with the bands that her kids were listening to. She loved it when the kids would have parties and invite all of their friends out to the farm. Marie enjoyed the lighter side of life-music, plays and the opera.
Marie was a very generous person. Whenever she had money her greatest pleasure was spending it on her family. If you were shopping with her and said that you liked something, before you could stop her she would have already bought it for you. To Marie Money was something to be enjoyed not saved. Rather than leaving an estate to fight over she had fun with her money along the way and left us good memories.
She was always a soft touch for a sad story. One time one of the neighbor's kids came over with his pet lamb on a leash. He was crying because his dad told him he had to sell the lamb before it got too old and the meat got too tough to eat. He asked Marie to buy the lamb and so she did. Then he asked if he could visit his lamb once in a while so of course she said he could. He came to visit his lamb every day for the next six months! We ended up keeping that lamb into it's old age.
Marie had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Even when she was in the hospital, in pain and hooked up to all the equipment she could still make a joke. One time a month or so ago she wrote that she wanted me to take her to a vet and she laughed as well as she could around the respirator.
After Dad passed away in 1981 mom sold the farm and moved to Fort Nelson to live with Rick and Susan and help raise Christine. She had many good friends in Fort Nelson and particularly enjoyed spending time with her Great Grandchildren Ashley, Danyelle and Shylene. Over the years she enjoyed her trips to Fort St. John to visit Leonard and Mary and their kids Andrea and Heidi, to Dawson Creek to visit Lynn and Bob, Margaret, Eric and Elliott and to Cloverdale to see Pat and John. Even though Marie enjoyed it when she could drive to visit all of us, her favorite trips were when Greg could drive her.
Our family get together's revolved around Marie, she loved it when everyone could be together over a meal to play cards and visit.
We are all born with unique gifts and on obligation to use these gifts to help those around us and leave this world a little better off for having us in it. Marie's gifts were many and she used them for the benefit of her family. She was loved by all of us and she will be missed.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek.

Thirza May Hawken
1911 - 2001
Thirza May Hawken was born Jan 7th 1911 to Alfred and Sara Smith at Bancroft Ontario, the fifth child and only girl.
The family moved south of Verdin, Manitoba in the middle 1920's. They then moved into the town of Verdin, Manitoba. Thirza had cooked and kept house for different farmers.
In 1937 Thirza and four brothers moved to Whitelaw, Alberta to be close to her two older brothers. She met and married Max and they then moved north of Manning, Alberta. Then Thirza and three son's moved back to Whitelaw. Thirza loved the outdoors and being in the bush with her brother's. She met Kelly Hawken in 1940 and soon after they were married. Thirza and Kelly had a son and farmed in the Whitelaw area. Thirza loved to have the neighbours' children around.
She loved to cook, bake, garden, can, camp, picnics, visiting with neighbours, playing cards, quilting and crocheting. Thirza babysat the neighbours' children, and if they cried she would ask if they fell. If they did she would ask if they put a hole in the floor or in the ground. She would soon have them laughing.
Thirza and Kelly sold the farm in 1968 and moved to Dawson Creek with one son Raymond, where they lived until her passing. Thirza is predeceased by her Parents Alfred and Sara Smith; husband Kelly Hawken; her sons Loyd & Kenneth; Brothers, Russel, Joe, Ernie, Walter.
She leaves to mourn her two sons Mel and Raymond, three brothers Frank, Nelson, John (Leona) Smith, eleven grandchildren many great grandchildren & great great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were under the care of Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.

Claudina Maria Heily
1926 - 2000
Claudina Maria Heily was born in Red Lodge, Montana on January 19, 1926. She moved to Dawson Creek with her husband and six children in June 1968 where she lived until her death on February 12, 2000.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek.
Claudina was born the eldest child of Maria and Domenic Fenoglio, Italian immigrants to the mining town of Red Lodge, Montana. She graduated from Carbon County High School in 1943 and then attended St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing where she received her R.N. Diploma and pursued her nursing career with passion on November 11, 1950.
She married James Stephens Heily; the brother of her best friend and nursing colleague Pat Heily.
They moved to his father's homestead in the foothills of the Beartooth mountains. There they raised six children, and there she learned the true meaning of life on the frontier.
In 1968 she left her family and her roots behind to follow her husband's dream of farming in the beautiful Peace River Country. Three years later at the age of 45, she suffered the tragic and sudden loss of her husband Jim. She faced the challenges of raising six children, aged four to 19, with courage, faith and her undying sense of humour.
She continued to work full time at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital on maternity, where she attended the births of may of Dawson Creek's children. Her enthusiasm, her sense of humour, and her commitment to excellence in nursing left a lasting impression on her patients and her colleagues.
Being the adventurous spirit that she was, in 1978, she and her dear friend Doris Jeannotte, pursued their dream of opening Dawson Creek's first bookstore, The Friendly Bookworm. Claudina was an avid reader, she loved meeting new people, playing bridge, theatre and music. She had a keen mind for current events, politics and always had strong opinions on all issues.
Claudina had a vibrant, colorful personality, with a sense of humour that could lift your spirits in a minute, no matter how bad your situation seemed. She was warm, full of energy, fun, spunky, honest, open minded, frank and to the point.
Claudina was surrounded by her children at her death and after her passing, her son Mike stated, "There will be no peace in heaven tonight."
Claudina was predeceased by her husband Jim, her brother Eddie Fenoglio, and her parents Domenic and Maria Fenoglio.
Claudina is survived by her six children, Mary Pat Heily, Mike (Jeanne) Heily, Nora (Tom) MacNamara, Dan Heily, Molly Heily and Ted Heily; and by her three grandchildren, Jere, Bree, and Jena Heily.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Claudina by way of a donation to the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, #20-601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.

Beverly Catherine Jane Hendricks
1943 - 2001
Beverly Hendricks, better known as 'Bev' Hendricks, passed away in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, on May 17, 2001 with her loving husband at her side. A funeral service was held on May 23, 2001 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, with Reverend Glenn Alden officiating. Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.
Bev was born on October 30, 1943 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bev's childhood was filled with ups and downs, but never a dull moment. During her younger years, she moved around a lot. Living in such places as San Francisco and Everett, and finally graduating from Gladstone High School with honours in English. Bev moved up to Dawson Creek in the mid 1960's where she met her future husband, Juste. They were soon married in August of 1970.
Bev put her heart into everything she touched. When she had to speak at a school board or community service meeting, she would become a person who could say and do almost anything to make her point. She would become her alter ego 'Lois Lipshitz', who was completely fearless. When Bev fought your battle; it was her battle. She was a member of the school board for 16 years. She was the owner and founder of the Denim Patch Fabric Store; and she developed outlet stores in Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, and Cassiar. She was on the women's advisory for NFU. She was an appointed member of the College Board. She helped set up, and worked in the Resource Center. She was a 4H leader, and a member of Landry WI.
Bev loved her family, and put them first in her life. No mere mortal would stand a chance if family were involved. Bev enjoyed hobbies such as making crafts and sewing. Bev also loved photographs; above the couch, where Bev would maintain a three quarter recline with TNN in the background and solve the problems of the world; was her wall of fame.
Bev also loved music; country western, rock, and easy listening. Her two favorites were Neil Diamond and Elvis. Juste, Bev, and the motor-home made many a trip to various country music festivals. They went together everywhere in their motor-home, including a trip of a lifetime to Graceland. That motor-home was a party on wheels.
Bev made those around her laugh, and she made them feel. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.
Left to mourn her passing are: her beloved husband, Juste; children, Lorraine (Craig) Valentine, Michael, Karen (Bob) Grayston, and Gregg; three grandchildren, Riley Grayston, Curtis and Kaila Valentine; brothers, Bill (Penny), and Brian (Judy), sister, Audrey; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, BC.

Annie Henrickson
Annie Henrickson, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, former resident of North Rolla, passed away in Pouce Coupe, on September 17, 2001 at 85 years of age.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on September 19, 2001 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Interment followed at the North Rolla Cemetery.
Annie was the second child of Dmetro and Mary Bidulka, born on January 13, 1916, in Bruno, Saskatchewan. The family moved to the Peace River area carrying all their possessions, and the sewing machine tied to the bumper, along with a tent and two horse harnesses. They filed for a homestead on the northeast of Cecil Lake.
Annie went to work early in life first at a sawmill in Taylor, in Taylor Flats for the Ostrums then worked for Wes Yeaager and many other homesteaders cooking and cleaning.
Annie married Anton (Tony) Henrickson on May 5, 1939. Their first homestead was north on the riverbanks, later known as Johnny Thorbergson quarter. They then moved south to the Bill Braden quarter, then the John Damon quarter, where they built a log house to raise their sons, Victor, Richard, Alfred and Art, and daughter, Olga Jean, who passed away at a young age.
Annie was the disciplinarian, so if the boys found trouble, they had better run fast. Annie was also a janitor at the school, as well as boarding teachers. She enjoyed making homemade quilts and doing embroidery work. Annie was a very good cook, the grandchildren often phoned and asked for her favorite recipes. She went to town to babysit and houseclean to make extra money.
Annie also belonged to the North Rolla Ladies Aid. The coffee pot was always on with cookies on the table. When her pension started, she started to square dance, as well as do some floor curling.
Annie was predeceased by her daughter, Olga Jean and husband, Tony.
She will be lovingly remembered by: her children, Victor Henrickson, Richard (Lynn) Henrickson, Alfred (Connie) Henrickson, and Art (Darilyn) Henrickson, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-granchildren, brother, Pete (Gladys) Bidulka, sisters, Millie Boichuk, Alice Unger, Olga (Jerry) Campbell, Mary Cooper, and friend, Virginia Henrickson.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Katherine Heppner
On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, Katherine Heppner passed away at the age of 89 years.
She is survived by three sons and four daughters, John (Nora), Mary (Ray) Wimbush, Carol (George) Loney, Connie Heppner, David (Sylvia), Sandi (Francis) Pati, Ben (Karen); 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ben in 1979.
Funeral services were held on Thursday Oct. 19 at the chapel of Howard & McBride Westlawn; interment at Westlawn Memorial Gardens, 16310 Stoney Plan Road, Edmonton.

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