Bennett, Wallace C., born in Kelowna on December 21, 1920, passed away April 27, 2003 at the age of 82. Wally is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Dorothy; two sons, Bob (Cindy) Bennett, Ted (Carol) Bennett; one daughter Lynn Balfour; seven grandchildren: Kyndree Bennett, Grant Bennett, Tina (Jim) Harnden, Jason Bennett (Brenda), Lyndsey, Heather, and Adrienne Balfour; four great grandchildren: Jake, Marissa, Amanda, Ashley; and one sister, Jean Bennett. Dad was predeceased by two brothers, Alex and Ian Bennett and three sisters Margaret, Lil and Betty. Wally's dedication to the community was highlighted as the Chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan for 5 1/2 years, Mayor of the City of Kelowna from 1973 to 1975, member of the Water Basin Board, Municipal Financing Authority, Hospital Board, Arena Commissioner, Manager of the Kelowna Packers Senior Hockey Club and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District. He will be sorely missed by his friends and relatives. Donations to either the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetic Association would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Lake Country Lodge for all the care that was given. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 860-7077
DEARING, KATHARINE: Passed away with her family at her side April 29, 2003 at Penticton Regional Hospital. A compassionate, thoughtful and honourable woman who loved her family. Her quiet courage, strength of spirit, creativity and sense of humour will be carried forward by those who knew and loved her. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend. Predeceased by her parents and 3 brothers. Survived by her husband Cliff, sons Norm (Lee) and Gary of Quesnel, B.C., daughters Dorothy of Penticton and Kathy (Brian) of Chicago, Ill., 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Visitation will take place between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2003 from the chapel of First Memorial - Penticton Funeral Chapel. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery with a reception to follow at First Memorial. In memory of Katharine, contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
KLINE, ANNA MARY (DITTRICH) Anna was born in Seconova, Yugoslavia on June 15th, 1931 and passed away suddenly in the Kelowna General Hospital on Tuesday, April 29th, 2003. Ann was predeceased by her husband Richard and two sons, Gerald and Allan. Ann is survived by her loving son Rick and his wife Bea, grandchildren, Jennifer, Ricky and Jolene, three sisters, Elizabeth Kleinwachter, Lee (Frank) Prunkl, Marlene (Paul) Mamchur and many nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews and dear friends. Her puppy, Shilo and all of her friends and family who enjoyed her caring and vibrant personality will sadly miss Ann. Ann enjoyed volunteering her time at the Royal Canadian Legion, dancing with seniors that came from the rest homes to attend monthly dances there. The family would like to thank Dr. Balfour, the nurses in Emergency and Father Rick Paulin for their support to the family. A Funeral Service will be held from the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna on Saturday, May 3rd, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. A Graveside Service and Interment will take place at Victory Memorial Park Cemetery in Surrey on Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 at 1:00 P.M. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
Sapiano, Jerald Paul: After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Jerry went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on April 22, 2003. Left to mourn is his daughter Cindy (Mike) Harwood and their two children Breanna and Paige of Kelowna, B.C., his son, Joseph (Theresa Fielding) Sapiano of Seattle, Washington and daughter Jennifer Sapiano of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. His brother Edward Sapiano of Portland, Oregon, his former wife Gail Blewett of Kelowna, B.C. and several nieces and nephews of San Francisco, California are also left to mourn. His parents Carmella and Joseph Sapiano and his sister Josephine (Charlie) Borg predeceased him. Jerry was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1958 and he spent most of his growing up years doing what he loved the most; rebuilding engines. He met and married Gail Anderson and in 1963 he established Sapiano's Machine Shop. In 1970 Jerry and his wife Gail moved to Kelowna, B.C., where he owned and operated an automotive business, invested in real estate and raised his three children. Jerry also lived and worked in Spokane for 15 years. After retirement he lived with his brother Ed in Portland and then his son Joe in Seattle. It can be said that Jerry liked the simple things in life. He cherished working around his house, landscaping and doing home improvement projects. He liked to build models, tinker with cars and attend swap meets. But most of all he loved the sunshine. He loved being close to the water and enjoyed walking, hiking and biking. Regardless of the activity, Jerry was fairly laid back. He liked to relax and take it easy. He always found joy and contentment in whatever he did. Although Jerry had a tremendous passion for cars and engine rebuilding, there was nothing that brought him more pleasure than spending time with family. He had a very strong sense of family and would do anything for any one of them never asking for anything in return. He especially appreciated holidays, birthdays or reunions when the family could all be together. He loved spending time with his grandchildren Breanna and Paige. Many days were spent with them flying kites, playing at the beach, going for walks or simply cuddling on the couch reading to them. Jerry had a deep love and commitment to those close to him. He was a loving father, grandparent, brother and friend. He faced his cancer with humility, integrity, grace, strength and courage. He left behind an extraordinary legacy to all those who loved him. He will be sadly missed. Services were held in Seattle, Washington on April 29, 2003. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.columbiafuneralhome.com
YANEW, CARI ANNE: of Kelowna, passed away after a lenghty illness on Monday, April 28th, 2003 at the age of 28 years. Cari leaves to mourn, her loving father Richard; two brothers Mathew and Cory; grandmother Britt Dawson and also many aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by her mother Sandra Yanew in 1991. Memorial Service will be held from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 696 Glenmore Road on Saturday, May 3rd, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. Inurnment will take place in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date with her mother Sandra. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Pauls Hospital (Eating Disorder Clinic) # 178-1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1Y6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
BLAIN, ROY M: born on July 20th, 1919 in Vancouver, B.C. passed away on May 4th, 2003 in the Kelowna General Hospital. Survived by his loving family, wife of 59 years Brenda, two daughters: Corinne Archibald (Gary) and Phyllis Carlsen (Kerry), five grandchildren: Jeff, Christine, Michelle, Dan and Wade, four great grandchildren and by his brother Ivan Blain. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 9th, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers donations made to the Canadian Diabetic Association in memory of Roy would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
MORRISON, THOMAS MALCOLM: passed away on Tuesday May 6, 2003 at the age of 67 years. Survived by his loving wife of 35 years Elizabeth, two sons: Michael and Robert (Amanda) and grandson Kaleb all of Kelowna, two brothers: Lawrence (Candice) McMillan of Winfield, Donald McMillan of Edmonton, two sister: Margaret Gable of Calgary, Bernice (Bob) Harris of Winfield and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Saturday May 10, 2003 at 10:00 am from the chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road. Interment to follow in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 250- 860-7077
Nittel, Fred passed away peacefully and has gone to be with the Lord on Monday May 5, 2003 at the age of 86. Survived by his loving family: one son Dwayne (Andrea) Nittel of Kelowna, two grandchildren James and Dana, three sisters: Dorothy, Rachael and Esther and extended family in the Medicine Hat, AB, area. Sadly predeceased by his wife Gloria (Dee) on December 26, 1989. Fred farmed in the Medicine Hat area for many years and managed the Gardner Motors Service Station in Medicine Hat. Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 9th, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church, 3714 Gordon Drive with Pastor Larry Schram officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior: 399 Royal Ave., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 250- 860-7077
WILLIAMS, TONY: born in London, on December 20th, 1933 died suddenly and unexpectedly at Kelowna General Hospital on May 2nd, 2003. Dearest and most loving husband of Nola, step father to Simone, brother to Rosalind, Jane (Dave) and uncle to Ned and Martha, sister in law: Melanie. Tony was a tireless worker for social justice and human rights and dedicated volunteer for various organizations, including CIRA/BC and the Kidney foundation. Tony loved his years of teaching Sociology at OUC and was appointed an honorary Lifetime Member of the Faculty Association. We will sadly miss his intellect, immense kindness, quick wit and sense of humour. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 8th, 2003 at 11:00 AM from First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, May 8th, 2003 at 1:00 P.M. at the home of Simone Shori, 3526 Country Pines Drive, Westbank, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations to the O.U.C. Library Fund in memory of Tony would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting our website www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
BARTKO, RICHARD HOWARD passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at the age of 86. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Katherine; daughter Karen Stensrud (Wayne) of Lethbridge, AB; two sons: Jim Bartko, Terry (Carolyn) Bartko all of Saskatoon, SK; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother Michael Halkowyck of Florida, USA; two sisters: Anne Muikanuick of Rostern, SK and Doris Pawlyshyn of Oliver, BC. Predeceased by two brothers: Fred Halkowyck and Bill Bartko. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 pm, followed by a Funeral Service on Thursday, May 15th at 10:00 am both at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukranian Orthodox Church, 1935 Barlee Road, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Garden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204-1755 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5. Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 250-860-7077.
Bifford - On Sunday, May 11, 2003, Emil Charles Bifford (Biff), peacefully returned home to the Lord at the age of 85. Emil was born in Woodrow, Saskatchewan on August 28, 1917. He is survived by two daughters: Joan (Dale McCormick) of Kelowna, Maureen (Stan Roberts) of Sidney, BC; four sons: David (Judy) of Langley, Robert (Linda) of Williams Lake, Don (Kohbi) of Kelowna, Alan of Vernon; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and son-in-law Richard Forner. Predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Paula in 2002, and one daughter Annelaine Forner in 1999. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2003 at 3:00 pm at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P6. Funeral arrangements by SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME LTD. 250-860-7077.
BLANCARD, MICHELLE: died suddenly on May 9, 2003 at the age of 37 years. She is survived by her husband Tim Enders; children: Shannon, Cherise, Samantha, Matthew and Micheal; brother Gary; father George Thiessen and grandfather George Thiessen. Viewing, Tuesday, May 13 from 7-9 PM in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna. Funeral service, Wednesday, May 14 at 12 Noon in the Peachland Community Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michelle's memory may be made to the trust fund for her children c/o Valley First Credit Union in Peachland under the name of Giesbrecht/ Blancard. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
GRAW, David: 1941-2003 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 6th after a courageous five year struggle with cancer. He will be remembered as a great father to Patti and Jennifer and a wonderful and caring friend to many. He had a unique way of touching everyone's lives who were fortunate enough to have known him. We love you Super Dave! Donations can be made in Dave's memory to The OUC Library Fund.
TREPUS, PHYLLIS LOVELL went to be with the Lord at the Rotary Hospice House in Prince George, BC on Monday, May 12, 2003 at the age of 70. Survived by her loving children, Leah Harvey of Kelowna, BC, Marcel (Amy) Trepus of L.A., California, Paul (Marilyn) Trepus of Prince George, BC; grandchildren Luke, Meagan, Julienne, Aaron, Bethany and Dotty. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 2pm from First Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Morgan officiating. Services under the direction of Assman's Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Hospice House, 3089 Clapperton St., Prince George, BC. 250-564-4431
CHUTE, BEVERLY: who was born on September 26th, 1917 in Kipling, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in the Westside Care Centre on May 12th, 2003. Sadly, Beverly was predeceased by her son Brian and her long time companion Gordie Jacobson, her sister Bennie and brother in law Bunny Roy. She will be forever remembered by her loving family, daughter: Shari (Gary) Harrington, grandchildren: Sandy Harrington, Michelle Hobal (Don) and Rob Harrington (Sherry), three great granddaughters: Tara, Samantha and Danielle. Also survived by brother Charlie (Fern) Bremner, brother in law Jim Clarke, sister Louise (Jack) Haddrell, sister Vi (Ray) Pitcher, sister Nell Roy, brother Bob (Lorraine) Bremner, sister Joan (George) Childs and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 16th, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com
ELDER, WILLIAM (BILL) JAMES: JULY 21, 1913 - APRIL 28, 2003. A celebration of Bill's life was held in Regina at Rosemont United Church on May 2, 2003. Bill's memories are cherished by his loving wife Evelyne (Collett) and two daughters Gaylene (Jack) DeGruchy, Kelowna and Joyce (Peter) Raczynski, Regina. He was blessed with five grandchildren. Tracey (Lance) Huber, Lyndall (Neil) Washington, Todd (Marie) Degruchy; Lucas and Hann Raczynski; and five great grandchildren Lyndall, Denby, Gracie Huber, Adrienne Washington and Madelyn DeGruchy. Bill also leaves his brother Ray, sister Olive Mills, sister in law Pyllis McCombie and many nieces, nephews & friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents George Gabriel Elder in 1966 and Emma Jane (White) in 1983. Bill will be greatly missed. He loved sharing jokes, caring for others and being a friend.
God knew that your loneliness
For your loved one was unbearable so
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and whispered 'Come to Me'.