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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 4

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Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2008, at 2:42 a.m.

PHILIP ANTHONY KEABLE: In Memory of Philip Anthony Keable, who passed away December 20th, 2002. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends. A heart felt thank you to all those who helped during this difficult time. A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #26 for a beautiful tribute to a fallen comrade, and to Bishop Berry for a moving service. A special thank you to homecare, palliative care, veteran's affairs and social services, whose selfless loving care, allowed my fathers passing to be a comfortable one. Thank You Sincerely Maxwell Keable (Son) and Family.

SWARCHUK, HELEN passed away on January 4, 2003 at the age of 95, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Grybow, Poland, married in Edmonton, Alberta and moved in 1946 with her family to Vernon, B.C. She lived a long and happy life with her husband, her family, her friends and her garden. She loved to read the poetry of her native Ukraine and she enriched her life by traveling with her daughter to the Ukraine to visit her relatives. She will always be remembered for her warm, inviting hospitality and her sense of humour. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; brothers, Sam and John; sisters Mary and Katrena; and daughter-in-law, Lois Swarchuk (George). Helen is survived by four children, Georgina (Alvin) Popowich of Lethbridge, AB; George of Winfield, BC; Sam (Loretta) and Wally (Jacquie) of Kelowna, BC; eight grandchildren, Patty, Jerry, Sharon, Terry, Shannon, Tarrell, Kris and Charla; nine great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. A family ceremony will be held at Coldstream Cemetery. The family extends its sincere thanks to the staff at Cottonwoods for their kind and compassionate care.

WOROBIEFF, LENA 1916-2003 (NEE: KARATEEW) passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday, January 4th 2003 in Sutherland Hills Rest Home, Kelowna, B.C. She is survived by her son Eldon Worlbieff and her daughter-in-law Leslie McCreary of Kelowna, brothers Walter Karateew of Burnaby, B.C., Nick Karateew (Myra) of Olney Maryland, Edward Karateew (Marni) of West Vancouver B.C., nephews Dwayne Karateew (Mitra) of North Vancouver, B.C., Nick Karateew (Meggie) of New Jersey, Dan Karateew (Sara) of Olney, Maryland and nieces Karen Karateew of Harrison Hot Springs B.C., and Suzanne Kingsbury (Steve) of Elliott City. Sadly, Lena was predeceased by her husband Peter Worobieff (1975), her loving sister Zinnia Karateew (1992), and brother Alex Karateew (1996). Born in Odessa, Russia, Lena immigrated to Canada in 1928 and lived in Alberta until 1946, when she and her family moved to B.C. Lena lived in Vancouver until 1992, when she made her final move to Kelowna to be close to her son. Lena maintained an active life with friends, the church, legion, and by maintaining a rooming house where she enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family. Lena will be remembered by her loved ones as always giving of herself to others. Eldon and Leslie want to particularly thank the staff of Sutherland Hills Rest Home for the excellent care and support they gave to our beloved mother. A prayer service will be held Wed. Jan. 8th 7pm at First Memorial Funeral Home 1211 Sutherland Ave., and the funeral will take place Thursday Jan 9th 10 am at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1935 Barlee, (off Springfield Rd.) Kelowna, B.C. In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. To send a condolence to the family, visit

ANFUSO, GIACOMO: It is with immense sadness that the family of Giacomo Anfuso announces his passing on January 6, 2003, at the age of 65 years. Survived by his devoted family: Rosa, his loving wife of 41 years, daughter Maria (Tony) DiMaria, son James (Railene), daughter Cristina, grandchildren Marina, Antonio and Chiara. Also his mother-in-law Carmela Panusa. Giacomo was born in Sicily on April 2, 1937, and immigrated to Canada in 1966. He moved to Kelowna in 1981 and established Mamma Rosa Restaurant with his wife and son. He took great pride and satisfaction in running the business and thoroughly enjoyed serving all of his customers, of which so many became friends and visited him while ill. His greatest pride, however, was his family, especially his beautiful grandchildren. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of 4 East and the Critical ICU Ward at Kelowna General Hospital. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. P. White and his assistant, Meg, for their dedication and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in Giacomo's memory may be made to Kelowna General Hospital. Arrangements will be available tomorrow.

GEPPERT, OLIVE GARRETT "BOBBIE" (nee Robinson) born January 9, 1914, in Oshawa, Ontario, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Peachland, on January 4, 2003 at the age of 88 years. Bobbie was predeceased by her husband Ted in 1981, as well as by her sister, two brothers and a granddaughter. Bobbie will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Roberta and son-in-law Dwight Kirkwood, grandchildren; Pam (Robert), Kara (Mike), Dean (Shawna), great grandchildren; Mirko, Silvano, Nicholas, Mikayla, Katelynn, Brandon, Noah and Morgan, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Bobbie taught in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. before retiring. For many years she was active in the U.C.W. as well as having been a past worthy matron of O.S.E #23, Coquitlam. A Service of Celebration of her life will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday, January 9th (her birthday) at First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, officiated by family friend, The Reverend Wilf Carson. At a later date a Graveside gathering of her friends and family will be held for the Interment of her urn in the Port Coquitlam Cemetery, next to her late husband. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Hansons' ARBOR WESTWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM. 768-3702

HAMILTON, DRUMMOND GEORGE (HAMMY) peacefully passed away on January 5, 2003 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 79. Born in New Westminster on May 19, 1923, Drum resided in North Bend, BC and was educated there and at UBC. He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII as a bomber pilot at the tender age of 19. His squadron, all of whom have predeceased him, survived 32 sorties. After a brief return to civilian life and university, Drum made a career with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served on bases in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Drum withstood the rigors of Search and Rescue, flew prime ministers and visiting dignitaries, and weathered the bureaucracy of a changing military. During his final posting, Drum was the Commanding Officer of 7 Supply Depot in Edmonton prior to retiring to Kelowna in 1978. Drummond rarely discussed the horrors of war, preferring instead, to focus on the escapades and the camaraderie of his mates. After many years of pressing about the reason he earned his medals, he modestly explained to his young daughter that they were to recognize 'the number of times he got his uniform dry cleaned during the war'. Drummond always took pleasure in the simple things in life. During retirement, Drummond enjoyed tennis, attempted to master his golf game, catch a fish or two, puttered around the house, and fired up the barbeque along with 'a nice, cold beer'. He was a founding member of the Air Force Association and served as a benevolent liaison, assisting veterans and their survivors. Alzheimer's disease has taken a long course, emerging five years prior to his admission to Westside Care Centre in December, 1996. Drummond will be fondly remembered as a superb teller of amusing stories. Although the details often varied each time the story was told, he always found an enthusiastic audience. He always laughed at himself, never at anyone else. He loved humour and pranks, many of which occurred during his military days. He possessed a strong but humble courage and gentle spirit. He was unpretentious, loving, vital and kind. At the age of 46, Drummond underwent his first of three heart by-pass operations. In the early years of this procedure, experts agreed that it may extend his life by two years. How glad we are that he proved them wrong. Drummond's memory will be treasured by his loving wife of 55 years Sheila, his daughters Patricia (George) Giraud of Tigard, Oregon and Dorothy Hamilton of Kelowna, his sister Patricia Landahl of Vancouver BC, his grandchildren David and Kate Giraud. He was predeceased by his parents Alex and Gladys, and his sister Isabel Heise of White Rock, BC. Drum will also be warmly remembered by many additional family and friends. The family's heartfelt thanks and respect go to the angels at Westside Care Centre, for providing a quality of life that few will comprehend. They gave him a loving home and made his journey as comfortable as possible. These angels have also offered exceptional support and friendship to the entire family. Donations to the Interior Alzheimer Society in Drum's memory will be greatly appreciated. At Drummond's request, there will be no memorial service. Cremation with interment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

MERCER, ROBERT JOSEPH: Passed away at home on Thursday, January 2, 2003 at the age of 82. He is survived by his dear wife Bergetta (Schleppe) and their five children: Sheila (Michael) O'Brien, Joseph (Daneen) Mercer, Marie (Kurt) Ulmer, Michael (Judith) Mercer, and Theresa (Gordie) Frie; 22 grandchildren; and his two sisters, Mary (John) Charbonneau and Monica 'Mickey' Bazan, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 4 siblings: Josephine Mercer, Ursula Charbonneau, Sylvia Komm, and John 'Toz' Mercer. Rob was born at Gilbert, Alberta on February 15, 1920, son of Joseph and Ethel Mercer. The family moved to Vancouver and later to Mission. As a 10 year old, he came with his family to the Okanagan, settling at Bear Creek. At an early age, he joined the B.C. Dragoons. When WWII broke out, he enlisted for active duty and served in the European campaign with The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own). Upon his return to Canada, he began his lengthy policing career with the B.C. Provincial Police and the RCMP. He retired to a small orchard in Oyama where he spent the next 25 years. While there he accepted an appointment as Marriage Commissioner. He took great pleasure officiating at over 1400 marriages, including ones on horseback, in a hot air balloon, standing in waist deep water, and on at least one mountain top. When he could no longer go out to marry, couples came to him. He married his last couple 6 days before his death. Rob told great stories, enjoyed the outdoors, entertained many associates, and had a great love for family. His last months brought a deepened faith and trust in the mercy of God. He found peace in the rosary, and prayed it into his last hour. The family wishes to thank Dr. Cheyne and the Palliative Care team for their support and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y-5X4 or the Cancer Center for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Ave, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y-5L3. Prayers, Wednesday, January 8th, 7:00pm, Funeral Mass Thursday, January 9th, 10:00am. Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, B.C. Reception to follow Mass in Parish Hall. Arrangements in care of EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES.

RUMLEY, EDITH ELIZABETH of Kamloops passed away on January 2, 2003 at the age of 102 years. Edith is survived by two daughters Audrey Hitchen of Timaru, New Zealand and Norma Millward of Kamloops; four grandchildren: John (Allison) Hart, Debbie (Al) Staples, Russ (Kathy) Millward and Tim (Helen) Millward; eleven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; sister Marjorie (Reg) Boorman of London, England. Predeceased by husband Roy (Pappy) in 2000. Mrs. Rumley was born in England and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1903, settling in Toronto. She married Roy in 1923. After spending time in Winnipeg, they moved to Vancouver in 1938. She was a long time member of Pt. Grey Golf Club. In 1965 they moved to Kelowna and were members of Kelowna Golf and Country Club. After Roy's passing, Edith joined her family in Kamloops in 2002. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schoening Funeral Chapel, Kamloops. Should friends desire donations to the R.I.H. Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1 or the Salvation Army, 344 Poplar Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 4B8 in memory of Mrs. Rumley. Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops. Telephone 250-374-1454.

SOPEL, PAUL passed away Sunday, January 5, 2003, in Kelowna General Hospital. He is survived by his wife Beverly, sons David and Kenton. Paul was predeceased by his son Michael, and his parents, Lucas & Anna. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 2:00 PM from the St. Pius Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, Father Rick Paulin Officiating. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services. 860-6440.

WATT, L. MARJORIE (NEE MAYES): January 28, 1900-December 25, 2002. Passed away at Brookhaven Care Facility where she was a resident for the last 2 1/2 years. She will be sadly missed by nieces and nephews- locally by great niece Judy McRorie. Marjorie first taught at Robin's Range before spending the next 40 years at Lord Kelvin School in New Westminster, B.C. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookhaven for their excellent care, her friends that she made there, and Dr Banwell. A Memorial Service will be held on January 25th, 2003 at 11:00am at Columbia Bowles Funeral Home, New Westminster.

JENNINGS, MICHAEL: Passed away on his birthday Sunday, December 29, 2002 at the age of 78. Survived by his loving wife of 28 years Eva, one daughter Shaendi (Alan) McGreen of England, one son Mark (Brenda) Jennings of Calgary, one granddaughter Ashley, four stepchildren: Terry (Linda) Gay, Renae (Ron) MacLaughlan, Ava (Wayne) Fipke and Martin (Lise) Cousineau. Michael was very active with the Westside Health Network, the Canadian National Institute of the Blind, the Rotary Club and was a veteran of WWII. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 2:00pm from Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Road, with Pastor Ed Skutshek officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD
FUNERAL HOME-860-7077.

MONETTE, CHARLES A. passed away peacefully on January 7th in Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his loving wife Alice; four sons: Victor (Donna) of Hope, B.C., Marcel (Darlene) of Victoria, Rickey of Vancouver, Roger of Saskatoon; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step grandchildren. Memorial Service to be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday January 13th at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stride With Pride, Orthopedic Ward at Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9Z9. Arrangements have been entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, Kelowna (250) 765-3147.

ROSS, ANNIE of Kelowna, BC died on January 7, 2003 at the age of 70. Survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Joseph; three daughters: Joanne (Niels Pedersen) of Nanaimo, BC, Julie (Tony Blair) of Winfield, BC, Jeannie (Barrie Walker) of Kelowna; two sons: Bryan (Shannon) (nee Weise) Ross of Abbotsford, BC, Joseph (Wanda) (nee Waller) Ross of Dubuque, Iowa; thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters: Agnes Beck, Grace Gibbs; four brothers: Art, Floyd, Cliff and Pete. Predeceased by one grandson, Jonathan Ross, three brothers: George, Henry and Wells; Father George Unger, and Mother Nettie Unger. Annie was born in Laird, Saskatchewan in 1933. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Saskatchewan until age 10 when the family moved to Hammond, BC, then later to Sumas, BC. She met and married Joseph MacDonald Ross in 1950. After several moves, the family settled in Maple Ridge, BC where Annie and Joe raised five children. Annie was a great hockey and figure skating mother to her children and an outstanding grandmother and wife. The family will dearly miss her. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, friends or family may send flowers or memorial donations to the Salvation Army, 1480 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y5. Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME - 860-7077.

BABCOOK, BARBARA ANN died Dec. 26, 2002. Barb is survived by her loving husband Randy, her three daughters, Shelley, Cindy, Louise, her seven grandchildren and an incredible number of friends. She left as she lived, with quiet grace and dignity, an example to us all. An amazingly compassionate person, her concerns were for others to the very end. The LORD her GOD saw she was tired and took her home. The only word to describe the time between diagnosis and death is AWE. The only memorial that Barb requested, was that her memory live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Her memory will never die. The family is grateful for the support of the many that prayed and cared for Barb, and the rest of us, during difficult days. Also, competent and compassionate medical support was deeply appreciated, in particular, Dr. Kurt Zander. if desired, donations can be made to the; Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 339 Royal Ave., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5L3

DOM, KOSSI died at peace with all on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at the age of 50. Survived by his family: two sons, Simon Dom of Kelowna, Jeremy Dom of Williams Lake, BC; step daughter Biviane Grandjambe of Fort Good Hope, NWT; his wife Mary Dom of Fort Good Hope, NWT; any many friends with his African Music and Dance workshops. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 12th at 1:30pm at Bethel Church, Western Avenue, Williams Lake, BC with interment to follow in the Williams Lake Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 17th at 7:00pm at the Summerhill Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Trust Fund, c/o Stephen Cipes, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4M3. Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 860-7077.

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