Bertha Mae Cade
Bertha Mae Cade, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia passed away on July 12, 2001 in Dawson Creek, at 58 years of age. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 11:00 am at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, with Reverend Judy Hare officiating. Cremation followed with an interment set for a later date, at the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe.
Bertha was born on April 29, 1943 in Pouce Coupe, to Rosario JB (Bob) and Mary Tremblay, the ninth in a family of ten children. Her health problems began young, she as ill at 18 months, and at 6 years old she had osteomialitis. When she was young, her hair was always kept long and nice, and it always had to be in a thick braid. She attended school at Notre Dame School, as well as the public schools in Dawson Creek.
She married Ted Cade on March 7, 1966, and together they raised four children, Myla, Bill, Lisa and Leo. She was a devoted wife to Ted for 35 years, and a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, neighbour and friend.
Bertha worked at the Pouce Coupe Care Home for many years, she loved her job, and made many friends there. She took a break from the job when her kids were young, and once they were more self-sufficient, she returned to her career, and worked her way to becoming the head cook at the Care Home. In order to do this, she had to take courses in Calgary, which meant travelling by plane to a big city. The family was concerned about her, but she did very well for a small town girl, although she did hate flying. She and Ted enjoyed other trips to Ontario, and into southern Alberta, and she became an experienced traveler, which served her well when she had to travel alone to Vancouver for eye surgery.
She loved Elvis music, and watching baseball on TV with Ted. She was a very giving, happy person who enjoyed people, painting, plants, cooking and crafts. Her artwork was full of life and colour, and her crafts were created and given with great love and care.
She enjoyed crocheting and making sweaters, scarves and mitts for her grandchildren, and sharing obscure children's songs and poems with them. She loved to spoil her grandchildren, and then send them home to their parents. She would cook, do crafts and anything she could for them; if they wanted beans and cake for breakfast (if their parents weren't there) -that's what they would get.
Through her life she had many struggles with her health, she lived life to the fullest extent possible, and made the most of each moment she shared with family and friends.
Bertha was predeceased by her parents, her brother Leo, and sister, Lena.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Ted; children, Myla, Bill (Sylvie), Lisa, and Leo (Loralie); grandchildren, Kristen, Emily, Jackie, and Julie; siblings, Irene McClarty, Hector (Carly) Tremblay, Arthur (Joyce) Tremblay, Paul Tremblay, Charlie Tremblay, Joe (Valerie) Tremblay, and Jean (Fred) Bare; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1919 - 2000
Clarence Calder passed away peacefully May 3, 2000 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C., after a courageous fight with cancer.
He was born June 20, 1919 in Fort Qu'Apelle, Sask.
He is missed by his wife Ina of Mayne Island, B.C.; daughter Donna (Dave) Stenhouse of Dawson Creek, B.C.; brothers Clayton (Eva) Calder of Chetwynd, B.C.; Ray (Marlene) Calder of Dawson Creek; grandchildren Terri Lynn Ellwood of Vernon, B.C.; Bob Calder of Mayne Island; Shane (Jan) Calder of Legal, Alta.; Dean (Sarah) Stenhouse of Dawson Creek; Susanna (Jason) Hornischfeger of Surrey, B.C.; and he will be missed by great grandchildren Christin, Reg and Katie Ellwood of Vernon; Zachary and Kori Stenhouse of Dawson Creek; Taylor and Emily Hornischfeger of Surrey.
He is predeceased by son Wayne and father and mother Gordon and Julia Calder.
A memorial service was held on Mayne Island on May 7, 2000.
The family will also be holding a memorial service in Dawson Creek in the Royal Canadian Legion at a later date, with interment at the Dawson Creek Cemetery. Time and date will be announced.
Clarence Wesley Calder
1919 - 2000
Clarence Wesley Calder passed away May 3, 2000. He was born on June 20, 1919 in Fort Qu'Apelle, Sask. He grew up and attended school in Regina where he met his future wife Ina Izzard. When her family moved to Vancouver, Clarence followed and they married in Sept. 1942. The newlyweds moved to Dawson Creek in the fall of 1942. Times were tough and Dawson Creek consisted of mostly army personnel. Mom recalls the mud and lack of proper housing, quite a change for a couple of city slickers.
Clare drove the Alaska Highway, first the BYN Bus, then trucks and, after a few years, bought his own trucks and formed the company CW Calder Transport. After a few years of trucking he decided to open Calder's 66 Service and he operated the service station and Chrysler dealership until his retirement.
Clare liked to hobby farm and owned a few farms in his time, mostly leasing the land, until he purchased his last acreage overlooking the Pouce Coupe valley where you could find him mowing the lawn, weeding the garden and then sitting on his deck smoking his pipe and drinking coffee.
Twenty-three years ago, Clare and Ina purchased a home on Mayne Island overlooking Active Pass. Over the years, Clare spent many trips travelling back and forth between the Island and Dawson Creek.
Ina became a true Mayne Islander, but Clare was still a true Northerner. However, if you talk to the Mayne Island residents, they will tell you that on any given day that Clare was on Mayne Island you would find him sitting on his swing smoking his pipe and drinking coffee. He also loved the small deer on the island and you could find him handfeeding the deer and even the bucks that had full sets of antlers.
Clare's favorite flower was the rose and many years ago Clare and Ina started a rose garden and they have planted a special rose in memory of his mother and father.
A few months before his passing, he planted a Chrysler Imperial Rose and was looking forward to seeing it bloom. It is now full of blossoms.
Clare was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Legion and even though he was not in the Armed Forces due to a stigmatism in his one eye, he believed in the aims and objects of the Legion. He assisted in all Legion functions and was well known for his steak barbecues. Because of his dedication he was made an Honourary Member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Clare leaves to mourn his wife Ina Calder; daughter Donna (Dave) Stenhouse; brothers Clayton (Iva) Calder, Ray (Marlene) Calder; granddaughter Terri Lynn Ellwood, Vernon, Suzanna (Jason) Hornischfeger, Surrey; grandsons Bob Calder, Mayne Island, Shane (Jan) Calder, Legal, Alberta, Dean (Sarah) Stenhouse, Dawson Creek; great grandchildren Christin, Reggie and Katie Ellwood, Vernon; great grandchildren Kori and Zachary Stenhouse, Dawson Creek; Taylor and Emily Hornischferger, Surrey, as well as many nieces, nephews and very close friends.
Clarence was predeceased by son Wayne, sister Alma Benson and his parents Gordon and Julia Calder.
Clarence's cremated remains were interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.
Donations in Clare's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
William Albert Campbell
1911 - 2001
William Albert Campbell late of Chilliwack, formerly of Dawson Creek, passed away Dec. 8, 2001 in McIntosh Lodge at the age of 90 years.
He was born Sept. 25, 1911 in Pine Creek, Manitoba, the last of 10 children born to James and Jane (Scott) Campbell. Al moved to the Peace River Country in the early 30s and took a homestead at Arras, 15 miles from Dawson Creek. He met and married Florence Anna Nicodemus in 1934. Al farmed for many years, but due to health problems he gave up farming and successfully completed a course in barbering. He became a licensed barber in 1948. He continued to barber up to age 88, retiring in 1998. Al barbered 20 years in Dawson Creek at "Bill's Barber Shop", seven years in Penticton, then moved to Chilliwack and barbered for another 23 years at "Peakside Barber Shop". Al enjoyed history study scripture, (Bible) being his main interest. His fondest memories were when he met his wife Florence, when he became a born-again Christian and his work in the church in Penticton. His favorite place was "home". For many years he was a Bible Class teacher, Sunday School teacher and an assistant to the Pastor.
A funeral service was held at the Chapel of Henderson's Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 at 10 p.m. Charles Gregg officiated. Interment in Oddfellows Cemetery.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Florence Campbell of Chilliwack, B.C; six children Ellen (Ruben) Mantler of Prince George, B.C.; Ina (Gordon) Johnson of La Glace, Alberta; Cathy (Gerhard) Meyer of Islay, Alberta, son Garth (Adrieane) Campbell of Chilliwack; Nora Steers of New Westminster, B.C.; Terry (Winston) Kimber of Boston Bar, B.C.; 18 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; sister Minnie Cassidy of Fort St. John and many nieces and nephews.
Al was predeceased by his parents James and Jane Campbell, three brothers and five sisters.
The family thanks Lynnwood Care Home and McIntosh Lodge for their kindness and thoughtfulness. Our thanks also to Dr.K. Ho.
Should family and friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Josephine Theresa Capelle
Josephine Capelle, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2001 in Prince George, British Columbia, at 73 years of age. A funeral service was held Monday, September 10, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church. Father Pier Pandolfo officiated.
Josephine was born May 3, 1928 on the family farm near Handel, Saskatchewan. Josephine was the fourth of five children born to Paul and Josephine Richter and was welcomed into the world by her sister Dorothy, brother Claude and brother Paul who had arrived just moments before as Josephine's twin. The Richter family was complete when her brother Raymond was born nine years later.
When she was very small, Josephine's father moved the family to the area of Goodsoil, Saskatchewan where she pitched in and helped on the farm in whatever manner she could. Although she grew up in hard times, whenever she reminisced about them she did so with a smile, as she considered herself blessed to have the family that she did. In addition to instilling a deep sense of religious faith, her upbringing provided the groundwork for the wonderful and courteous human being, which she became.
Growing up, Josephine loved her music. She learned to play the mandolin by ear at the age of seven and later mastered the guitar and accordion, all the while singing and dancing at every opportunity she had, all of which contributed to her winning prizes at local talent shows in the district.
In her early teens Josephine left the family home and traveled to Edmonton to work at a catholic school. As she passed though her teens and into adulthood, Josephine worked in different places as a kitchen and housekeeping helper before moving to British Columbia in the 1950's, where she did everything from picking fruit to cooking in logging camps until she settled in Chetwynd, where she took a job as a clerk in the general store. It was this store that a young Frenchman named Roger Capelle walked into and captured her heart, resulting in their marriage on October 15, 1962.
Roger and Josephine settled in Dawson Creek and their marriage was blessed with three children, Jerome on July 26, 1963, Marcel on June 21, 1965 and Arlette, on April 2, 1967.
Josephine returned to work at the Dawson Creek Hospital in the mid 1970's and was widowed when her beloved Roger passed away in 1984.
Family was something that was extremely important to Josephine, and her retirement years were devoted to her grandchildren Brittany, Connor, Mikayla, Jared, Chantal, Jeremy, Morgan and Kiera.
Josephine was a very spiritual woman who was guided by her faith. She considered herself very fortunate, that she could combine this with her love for music by being a member of the church choir at Notre Dame.
May you rest in peace mom, and pray for us that we can overcome our selfish grief at your passing. Our grief stems from our wanting to hold onto you rather than having you go on to a better place where there is only good, and you are reunited with your beloved Roger. We will cherish our wonderful memories and know that even though your body may not be here, your spirit will protect and guide each one of us forever.
Josephine was predeceased by her loving husband Roger Capelle.
She is survived by her children, Jerome (Shannon) Capelle, Marcel (Lorraine) Capelle, and Arlette (Stan) Mitchell; grandchildren, Brittany, Connor, and Mikayla Capelle, Jared, Chantal, and Jeremy Mitchell, Morgan, and Kiera Capelle; sister, Dorothy; brothers, (John) Sonntag, Claude Richter, Paul (Shirley) Richter, and Raymond (Carol) Richter, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Josephine by way of a donation to The Canadian Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements entrusted by Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Ada Caroline Carlson
1898 - 2000
Ada Caroline (Graham) Carlson, was born in Massey Township near Walford Ontario, November 27, 1898, to John and Caroline Graham. She was the second oldest in a family of seven, four girls and three boys. She is survived by her brother Rex (Rene) Graham of Victoria, B.C. and several nieces and nephews.
Ada married Gustav Waldeman (Gus) Carlson in 1922. He predeceased her in 1978 at the age of 85.
Ada will be missed by her five children, four daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; Don (Doreen), Eric (Agnes), Stan (Helen), Ray (Edna), and Bernice (Jim) Marshall, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Gus and Ada lived in Vermilion, Kamloops, Port Hardy, Alice Arm, Vancouver and Abbotsford before moving to the Peace River district to homestead at Arras in 1929. They lived in Fort Nelson from 1954 to 1962 when they returned to Dawson Creek. Ada moved to the Heritage Heights apartments in 1982 and to the Peace River Haven in 1992 where she was exceptionally well cared for. She resided there until her death. Ada passed away peacefully on October 20, 2000 at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital.
Ada and Gus were instrumental in starting the Dawson Creek Senior Citizens Association where she remained active until the 1980s. They enjoyed the bowling, cribbage, and other activities, in particular the old time dances.
Ada loved to sew and do all sorts of handicrafts. She often took many prizes at the local fall fair with her doilies, afghans and quilts. The last fair she attended was six years ago. Family members will treasure many of her handicrafts for years to come. Ada played the violin and would often be seen tapping her fingers to old time music. She also taught herself to paint in her fifties and enjoyed painting birds, flowers and landscapes. She enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers.
Her quick wit, cute sense of humour and her easy going loving nature will be missed by her family. When asked at her 100th birthday, what she attributed her long and healthy life to, she said, "contentment, a good husband, and clean living."
She had a great attitude toward life. Having lived in three centuries, she has seen many changes. She will live on in our memories and stories.
Wonderful memories woven in gold
This is a picture we tenderly hold.
Deep in our heart a memory is kept,
To love, to cherish, never to forget.
Funeral services were held on October 25, 2000 at Reynar's Funeral Chapel officiated by Sister Louise Vanderploeg. The pallbearers were her grandsons Ivan Carlson, Ross Carlson, Shane Marshall, Shad Marshall, Randal Carlson and great-grandson Eric Katarey. Eulogy was given by her great-granddaughter Valerie Katarey and grandson Ross Carlson, and a poem by granddaughter Kari Bloor. The organist was Bob Dworsky with a solo by Charlene Wiest The interment was in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy are to Peace River Haven, Box 188, Pouce Coupe, B.C.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Lorraine Mae Cartier
Lorraine Mae Cartier, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on January 15, 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta at 66 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on January 23, 2001 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek.
Born in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan on May 16, 1934, Lorraine Mae Tremain was the second eldest child of six children. Even as a child she was vivacious and had a zest for life, she also possessed a great sense of humor and could usually see the funny side of situations.
Lorraine had an easy-going nature but she could be stubborn too. When she got something in her mind, she would do what it took to get it. Although she was shy around large groups or people she did not know, she loved to be with people, and they always responded to her.
She was an outdoorsy girl, she loved country life and spent summer vacations at her favorite aunt and uncle's farm. Not only did Lorraine love the country, she also loved country music, she even sang at a local radio station CKBI Amateur Hour. This was a challenge for the shy Lorraine to actually perform in public, but she would face her fears and take the challenge on.
One person drawn to her gentle good-natured personality was a young man named Len Cartier, who, while working in Shellbrook, met and became chummy with Lorraine and her older brother Ken. He was often at the Tremain home for dinner and eventually, at the age of 18, Lorraine married this charismatic, good looking man.
After the birth of their first two children, Ronald and Debra, they moved to Calgary and eventually came further west to Dawson Creek in 1962. Dawson Creek became her home, and she never moved away. Her only regret was that she was so far away from her family and didn't get to see them as often as she wished.
Again, Lorraine found herself living a country life, but with a twist; Len was a very talented rodeo contestant and spent most summer weekends at these events. Several years later, the family expanded to include another son, Clint and the youngest, and their final child, Vicki. About a year later, Len and Lorraine went their separate ways.
Lorraine reentered the work force, working as a retail clerk at the Kresge's store, she was there for quite a few years before leaving to work at the Dawson Creek Co-op in the Hardware Department. Lorraine was an extremely hard worker, her work ethic and dedication to her children were second to none. Missing work was not even a consideration for her, except when extremely sick.
As a single parent, Lorraine did not go out much, and instead preferred to spend her days off at home with the kids, usually playing board games, cards or building jigsaw puzzles. She was also a movie buff and loved all the old classics. As well, she liked to read and crochet, and created a large collection of intricate and beautiful doilies.
There was never an abundance of anything in the house, but Lorraine always tried to make sure the kids had everything they needed. She always sacrificed for her kids and spent very little money on herself, always thinking of others first. Lorraine was extremely proud of her four children.
Lorraine didn't have the ability or opportunity to give her kids a lot of stuff, but what she did give them was better than that. She was a kind, loving, compassionate, understanding person, slow to anger and quick to laugh. She loved people and always gave them the benefit of the doubt, she was non-judgmental and trusting of others.
Lorraine possessed an indeterminate amount of internal strength. She appeared frail and helpless at times but she wasn't. She was strong-willed, extremely independent and proud, but not in the haughty sense, for she was a humble person. This was the true gift she was able to give her children, a great example to follow and to try to emulate.
She loved the natural beauty of the outdoors, of gardens and flowers and trees. Lorraine also loved animals and over the years brought home many stray cats and dogs.
The ultimate joy in this lady's life was, however, her grandchildren. These kids were the light of her life and she was devoted to them. She would literally light up when the grand kids were around her. No matter how bad she was feeling in later years when her illness really took hold, she always felt better when she was with her grandchildren.
Over the years, her love of country music expanded to include all music genres. She loved classical, and pop music; when the kids were teenagers, she even developed an appreciation for some rock and roll and in more recent years, some alternative rock music that her granddaughter enjoyed. Gramma always was young at heart.
In 1980, Lorraine had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with her daughter Deb. The two of them had a lot of the same interests and enjoyed spending the time together. The down side of this trip though, was that when they returned, Lorraine was diagnosed as having an allergy to the sun. This was, unknown to anyone at the time, one of the symptoms of the illness that had been lying dormant in her body. Within a year she was at the University of Alberta where she was diagnosed originally with Lupus. In later years, they determined that she actually had Wegener's Disease (related to Lupus) which has many of the same symptoms. For the next 20 years she would struggle with this disease as it gradually caused her body to deteriorate.
She was one of the most courageous people in this world, her personal characteristics carried her through her illness. She remained the kind, caring, compassionate, giving person she had always been. She continued to put her kids and grandkids ahead of herself and never lost her sense of humor.
Lorraine is lovingly remembered by her children, Ron Cartier, Debra Cartier, Vicki (Lee) Wizniuk and Clint Cartier (Donna Salter), and her grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica, Jocelyn and Cole.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Thelma Eileen Cosens Chadsey
Thelma was born July 20, 1931 in Dawson Creek, B.C., the tenth child of eleven to John and Emma Cosens. Thelma passed away Feb 14, 2001 in Cardston, Alberta.
A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston, Alberta. Bishop Thomas J. Hall officiated and interment followed in the Cardston Cemetery, Cardston, Alberta.
Thelma was raised and educated in Dawson Creek area and later moved to the coast where she met and married Cliff Chadsey. They had two children, a daughter Marjorie and son Arthur. After Thelma's husband passed away, her brother Howard and his wife Jean adopted the children. Thelma moved to Cardston and lived there until she passed away. She loved to do embroidery, crocheting, and gardening flowers and tomatoes at the Care Home in Cardston.
Thelma is predeceased by: her parents John and Emma Cosens; husband Cliff Chadsey; her sisters Margaret (Ralph) Morton, Gladys O'Reilly and Florence Clarke; her sister in-law Rose Cosens; her brothers Charlie, John, Howard and Jerry Cosens; and two nephews Lincoln Cosens and Bobby Morton. She leaves to mourn: her brother Sterling (Rita) Cosens of Kamloops; her sisters Jean (Lonzo) Turner of Salmon Arm and Joyce (Herb) Russell of Dawson Creek B.C.; sister-in-laws Maureen Cosens of Pouce Coupe, B.C. , Jean Cosens of Nanaimo, B.C., and Amy Cosens of Fort St. John; brother-in-law Bernie O'Reilly of Salmon Arm, B.C. and too many nieces and nephews to mention.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the Salmon Funeral Home in Cardston, Alberta.
Donna Marie Schroeder Chmelyk
1958 - 2000
Donna Marie Schroeder Chmelyk of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 41 years of age.
Donna was born on January 21, 1958 at Delisle, Saskatchewan to her parents Lyle and Reta Schroeder and grew up on a farm near Swanson, Saskatchewan.
She leaves to mourn her loving husband Wayne, son Coleman, parents Lyle and Reta Schroeder of Outlook, Saskatchewan, brothers Marvin (Jennette) Schroeder of Regina, Saskatchewan, Darryl (Madge) Schroeder of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, father and mother-in-law Walter and Rose Chmelyk of Summerland, British Columbia, brother and sister-in-laws Wade (Donna) Chmelyk of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Dan (Jan) Chmelyk of Chetwynd, British Columbia, Ron (Kathy) Chmelyk of Fraser Lake, British Columbia, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Donna went to Dawson Creek, British Columbia in 1979 to attend a family wedding and immediately fell in love with the country. She returned to Saskatchewan just long enough to give her two-week notice to her employer and then moved to what was her home for the last 20 years in Dawson Creek.
Donna was married to Wayne Chmelyk on August 13, 1983. Their son Coleman was born on March 22, 1989.
Donna loved to travel. She worked for several Travel Agencies, achieved her Certified Travel Agent designation and traveled to numerous destinations around the world. Donna also worked for the British Columbia Government in various ministerial departments.
Donna loved nature, especially birds. Being part of nature was second only to her family for enjoyment. There was nothing better than being with her family. Her love for her family was portrayed in everything that she did. There was no time for concern for herself, it was always concern for someone else.
Visitation for family and friends was held at Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on Friday, January 21, 2000.
A Funeral Service was held at Rolla Baptist Church in Rolla, British Columbia on Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating.
An interment was held at the Briar Ridge Cemetery, East Pouce Coupe, British Columbia on Saturday, January 22, 2000 following the Service.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Donna to the:
‘Lung Transplant Program' Room #1D1, University Of Alberta Hospital, 8440-112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7 or the ‘Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation' 3rd Fl. Aberhart Centre, 11402- University Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Y6.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. of Dawson Creek.
Edward (Ted) Clark Chute
April 21, 1915-February 19, 2002
Ted had pancreatic cancer and passed away of heart complications associated with his cancer on February 19, 2002 in his 86th year.
His last days were spent comfortably at Sturgeon Memorial Hospital.
Ted was born in lnnisfail, Alberta on April 21, 1915, the son of Alfred Edward Chute and Mary Lucinetta, nee Clark. He went to Normal School in Edmonton before beginning to teach. Ted began his work career at Caroline, Alberta, in 1936 before moving to a rural school in the St Paul/Ashcroft area. From 1937-39 Ted taught at Little Red Deer where he met his wife, Louise. Following their marriage, Ted and Louise moved to Fort Macleod where he taught from 1939 through 1940.
He joined the air force in 1940 and served as a gunnery sergeant. He was eventually promoted to Flight Lieutenant and assigned overseas. One of his accomplishments was the dangerous task of defusing bombs left over by the London blitz. Ted also remained behind after the official armistice to help decommission bases.
Ted returned to teaching at Fort MacLeod. He then became the principal of Lac LaBiche High School. He also served as Justice of the Peace there (1946). While teaching at Norwood Elementary in Edmonton (1947-51), he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta Faculty of Science (1951). He also completed a Bachelor of Agriculture in 1956.
A chance encounter in 1951 with an old friend led Ted and Louise and their four older children to Dawson Creek, B.C. where he took a job as a Field Agent for the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Ted remained in the Peace Region until 1973 when he transferred to Edmonton where he worked as a District Supervisor until 1980.
He had a long retirement in which he enthusiastically supported the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Symphony and World Adventure tours. He and Louise travelled extensively from Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle.
Ted is survived by his wife of 63 years Louise, his children, Frederick Stephen Chute (Anna) of Vernon, B.C., Gerald Clark Chute (Loraine) of Armstrong, B.C., Judith Louise Roberts (Tom) of Sherwood Park, Shirley Doreen Marion (Terry) of Calgary, James Alfred Chute (Shelley) of Dawson Creek and Dennis Robert Chute (Janet) of Sherwood Park. He also leaves behind a large and loving extended family including 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
A celebration of Ted's life was held at Festival Place in Sherwood Park Alberta, February 23 2002. His ashes will be returned to the Peace Region.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the charities or organizations Ted supported during his life would be gratefully appreciated: Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Edmonton Symphony, CNIB, and SPCA.
On Thursday, July 4, Mollie (Schofield) Clouston passed away in Victoria at the age of 85. Her fiends and former primary students will remember her with warmth and affection. Mollie was predeceased by her husband. Trevor Schofield and is survived by her husband Archie Clouston, her sister Jean Quilly of Edmonton, her son and daughter-in-law Brian and Chovine Schofield and two grandsons, John and Rory.
Mollie came to Dawson Creek in 1952 with Trevor and Brian. For a number of years thereafter, Mollie was a highly regarded teacher of Kindergarten and Grade 1 at Dawson Creek Elementary School.
In 1968, the Schofields moved to Hudson's Hope where Mollie was appointed principal of the newly built elementary school. Following the death of her husband in 1972, Mollie moved to Victoria to be near her family, teaching in Sooke School District until her retirement in 1977. During this time she became very involved in the local fundraising programs of UNICEF Canada, an interest she carried into her retirement.
As a retiree, Mollie quickly developed an interest in travel, visiting many parts of the world including Britain and Europe, China and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She also re-established contact with her student-teacher associates by attending regularly the reunions of the 1933 graduating class of the Edmonton Normal School. Among the participants was Archie Clouston of Port Alberni - which led to their marriage in Victoria in 1993, at which time Mollie was 78 and Archie 81. People came from many places to help Mollie and Archie celebrate this important occasion.
In the happy years following their marriage, Mollie and Archie travelled many miles including trips to the British Isles, to Singapore and Bali and two trips to South Africa where, by this time, Brian and Chovine were living. The second of those trips culminated in a round-the-world adventure which capped their travel experiences.
Mollie will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew her.
Percy Frank Clunas
1904 - 2000
Percy Frank Clunas passed away on March 9, 2000. He was born at Griswold, Manitoba, January 9, 1904.
Percy was the youngest of 10 children born to Andrew and Mary Clunas who came to Canada about 1900 from Inverness , Scotland.
The family moved to Glenbush, Sask. in 1922 where they took up homesteads and Percy attended the Avery School. The family also farmed in the area near North Battleford but in 1934, Percy left the farm and came to the Peace River district to settle in the Baytree district.
On June 16, 1941, he married Marjorie E. Johnson, the eldest daughter of Peder J. and Elizabeth Johnson, at the Johnson homestead in Baytree.
Together they lived and farmed for nearly 20 years in the Briar Ridge and East Pouce Coupe area and raised their three children.
In 1959, they moved into Dawson Creek so the children could attend high school and the farm was sold in 1962. They both worked at various jobs for the many years they remained in town and among his employers, Percy worked the graveyard shift for several years at Zero Esso Service.
In 1976, the Clunases moved to Kelowna and enjoyed many wonderful years of Okanagan retirement. In 1993 they moved to a new home in Westbank. However, Marjorie passed away suddenly on Feb. 27, 1994 and Percy remained in their home by himself for the next four years.
At age 94, he felt the time was right to move to Pine Acres Home in Westbank where he was still resident at the time of his passing.
Percy was an avid hunter and fisherman but in later years became something of a conservationist.
He loved the "bush", as he called it, and often longed to be living quietly in the country far from the busy city life. He was an old-time fiddler, having learned to play the violin as a youngster in Saskatchewan, and over the years he entertained with other musicians at local community halls for dances and picnics and so, very often at home with friends and relatives who gathered just to make music. He continued to play the violin even after his move to Pine Acres and it was a constant source of enjoyment for him throughout his life.
Percy was predeceased by his wife Marjorie and all of his brothers and sisters. He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Pat (Les) Gudlaugson of Surrey, B.C. and Helen (Eric) Craig of Westbank, B.C.; also his son, James Robert Clunas of Grande Prairie, Alta; grandson, Lorne Gudlaugson of Grande Prairie, granddaughter Lynne (Dale) Himer of Grande Prairie and granddaughter Lana Gudlaugson of Vancouver, B.C.
He also leaves to mourn two great-grandchildren, Erin and Chelsea Himer, of Grande Prairie and many nieces, grand-nieces, nephews and grand-nephews.
A memorial service for Percy Frank Clunas was held on Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 1.30 p.m. at Pine Acres Home in Westbank.
Garnet Rose Cooper 1922-2002
On March 9, 2002, Garnet Rose Cooper (nee Tibbetts) slipped away peacefully at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan, B.C. where she had been a resident for two months.
Born on January 15, 1922 in Carpio, North Dakota, she moved with her family in 1929 to the Peace River District to homestead with several other Johnson families.
Upon graduation from high school she attended the Sprott Shaw Training School in Vancouver.
On September 1, 1943 she married Sid Cooper in Dawson Creek and raised a family. They moved to Chemainus, B.C. in July of 1986 to enjoy their retirement.
She will be fondly remembered by her loving husband Sid; sons Gary (Linda), Daryl, Blair, Brent and daughter Kim (Wayne); grandchildren Jody, Dean, Scott, Brett, Desiree, Maygen, Clint, Shaun and Kendra; brother Blake (Louise); sister Nyla; and sister-in-law Peggy.
A funeral Service was held in the Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, March 14, 2002 which was followed by burial in the Chemainus Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Telford's Mortuary.
Allana Carolyn Cordingley
1950 - 2000
Funeral services for the late Allana Carolyn Cordingley of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, who passed away on May 5, 2000, were held at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday May 10, 2000, with Bev Dunsmore officiating.
She leaves to mourn her beloved husband Al; her children Chad and Lacey; her mother Fern Cameron; her father Ralph (Edna) Lutz; her sister,Valerie (Garry); her brother Brian (Wendy); her stepbrothers Reinhold and Paul (Debbie); her stepsisters Louise (Dennis), Pauline (Joe), Viola (Del), and Vivian (Vaughn); as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and caregivers.
Allana will always be remembered for her open door policy, gingerbread houses, needlecraft skills, loving nature and caring heart.
She will be sadly missed forever by all who knew her.
Expressions of Sympathy may be made in memory of Allana by way of a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada - BC Branch, Suite 320-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Violet (Corsbie) Herriott
1922 - 2000
Violet (Corsbie) Herriott born May 30, 1922 passed away Dec. 24, 2000.
Violet (Corsbie) Herriott came to the Peace River Country in 1928 with her family and resided in Shearer Dale, B.C.
She married a Canadian soldier, Norm Herriott. While in the Army, she toured the country and even spent two years in Germany. After the war was over they made their home to Abbotsford, B.C. She had a stroke 20 years ago and was in a care home; always in good spirits she loved telling jokes and making patients laugh.
She leave to mourn her loss, husband Norm Herriott, their three children Donna, Sherry and Doug, one grandchild James, also three sisters, Mrs. Patricia Streeper, twin sister Pansy Lowery, and younger sister Mrs. Amy Vipond, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, older sister Dorothy Burton, two brothers Joe and Bert Corsbie, two nieces Gladys Burton, Elaine Streeper and George Burton.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
1911 - 1999
Nicholas Cosick was born on December 15, 1911 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and passed away December 26, 1999 at Dawson Creek.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harry Gregory and Helene Cosick and a younger sister.
Nick's mother died when he was about five years old and he spent part of his growing up years with his aunt Anna, on his mother's side and part with his father and step-mother.
He had all his schooling in Winnipeg and worked for a time there with a company supplying food to camps and sawmills. During the war years, he worked with a catering company supplying food to military personal in Brandon. Then he moved to Edmonton, again working with a company supplying food for air force personnel.
While in Edmonton, he met Thelma Lea Hodgkinson. They were married on November 16,1946 and lived in Calgary for some years.
In early 1957, they moved to Dawson Creek and later had a house built on 112th Avenue where they resided until Nick had a stroke on August 27,1999.
Nick was a partner with his brother-in-law, Bruce Hodgkinson in Hodgkinson Insurance and when Bruce left Dawson Creek, Nick managed the business until it was sold.
Nick was dependable and one could always count on him to fulfill his commitments. He was a life-time member of the Kiwanis Club and always enjoyed the breakfast meetings. He helped out with the Trade Fair for many years. Nick was also a long time member of the United Church.
Nick would often say he was going out to check some "real estate" which meant that he was going golfing, which he enjoyed.
He also enjoyed gardening, and in later years woodworking. He made wind chimes which many of his friends still enjoy.
In later years, Nick and Thelma have gone to the coast for holidays, booking in at the Sylvia Hotel for several weeks. Friends from Calgary would often book at the same place and time, so they were able to visit all the while. They also had many other friends who would drop in for a short visit while they were in Vancouver.
About the middle of October 1999, Nick was moved to the Pouce Care Home and then to Dawson Creek Hospital on Dec. 24. Special thanks to Pouce Coupe Care Home, Dawson Creek Hospital and Dr. Boronowski for their care. Nick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Thelma, a niece, Janet (Tom) Hodgkinson-Heaton, great
nephews, Sam and Jack Heaton, and cousins in Winnipeg area.
Funeral services for Nick Cosick were held on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m. from the South Peace United Church with Judy Hare officiating. Interment was in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Funeral services were under the direction of Reynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium.
1914 - 2000
Thelma Cosick was born June 24, 1914 in Edson, Alberta and passed away April 17, 2000 in Dawson Creek, BC.
She is predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Cosick, her parents, J.J. and Fanny Hodgkinson, and her brothers, David and Bruce.
As a child, Thelma was close to her brother, David, who was only two years younger, and as a teenager, helped to care for her brother, Bruce who was a late-comer, born when Thelma was 13.
Her mother was often ill during Thelma's childhood, and Thelma was lucky to have her Granny right next door. She spent many hours in the loving company of her grandmother, and was a great support to her mother and father. She was raised in the spirit of humour, optimism, hard work and community-involvement, qualities which she carried into her adult life and which were of benefit to all who knew her.
Family gatherings were always important to Thelma and her family. Her cousins would join them every New Year's Day for a roast goose dinner, and holiday dinners continued to be highlights through the course of her 53-year marriage to Nick, with friends and family always welcome.
Raised in Edson, Thelma moved to Edmonton with her family in her mid-teens and completed high school there. It was while she was working at Picardy's candy shop that Nick Cosick stepped through the door and into her life. Nick was working as a caterer for the Air Force and was in need of an assistant; someone had recommended the bright, young woman who worked at Picardy's.
Thelma and Nick worked together in the catering business for many years and were married November 16, 1946. They lived in Calgary for some years, where they built their first home. Thelma enjoyed working at Birks, but was happy when she and Nick made the move to Dawson Creek in 1957. Nick joined Thelma's father and brother in J.J. Hodgkinson and Son Insurance, and Thelma worked for a time at Schraders Flowers and was involved in the family business as book-keeper.
It was not long before Thelma became a valuable member of the community. She joined the Dawson Creek Hospital Auxiliary the year she arrived, and became a life member. Over the years, she held many positions president, secretary, treasurer, and the past few years as director of volunteers and member at large. She was elected as provincial recording secretary for two years.
In June of 1964, Thelma and three other Auxiliary members met with a group of school girls between the ages of 15 and 18 who were interested in volunteer work in the hospital. They became the first Candy Stripers. Forty-five years later, there is still an active group of Candy Stripers. Thelma always made sure a deserving Candy Striper would receive the annual bursary from the Auxiliary to help with her education.
Thelma was always a willing helper when it came to fund raising, with the many teas, auction sales, tag days and raffles, and spent many hours on the phone to members to inform them of the latest activities.
Every spring, for many years, she has helped deliver daffodils to the patients for Easter. Patient care and comfort was very important to her.
Thelma was also a life member of the United Church Women's Group and spent many hours helping with teas and whatever needed doing. She and Nick could be counted on to put up the tea tables and many other chores. She coordinated the bake table for years. She and Nick were a constant presence at worship, sitting in the same place in the same pew for many years.
Thelma is survived by her niece, Janet Hodgkinson and Janet's husband Tom Heaton, her great-nephews Sam and Jack Heaton, her sister-in-law, Frances Hodgkinson, and cousins in Edmonton, and Washington State." Memorial Services for Thelma were held on Thursday April 20 at 2 p.m. from South Peace United Church. Rev Judy Hare officiated.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
1916 - 2000
Aline Cousins of Sorrento, B.C. passed away at the Andy Moog and Friends Hospice House in Penticton B.C. April 7, 2000.
Predeceased by her husband Dick in 1997, she is survived by sons: Doug (Bev) of Penticton, Bruce (Barb) of Kelowna: daughters Susan Skrypnyk of Saskatoon, Sask. and Rosemary Cousins (Doug) of Dawson Creek, 11 grandchildren and families including 12 great grandchildren. There are two surviving brothers: Art (Verna) Sladen of Keremeos, B.C. and Dick (Eleanor) Sladen of Coburn, Ontario.
Aline was born in Yarbo, Sask. on June 19, 1916. She spent her childhood in Salmon Arm where she was courted by Dick Cousins. They were married in 1941. They raised two boys and two girls in Kamloops and when the children were busy raising their families they moved to Dawson Creek. They spent approximately 30 years in Dawson Creek before retiring to the Sorrento area.
Aline was a very giving person. She donated her time and energy to the church and helping others. Her sense of humour stayed with her until the very end. She will be greatly missed as she always made time to listen or to help.
Services were held at St. Mary's Church in Sorrento on April 20, 2000 at 1 p.m. Donations in her name may be made to the Cancer Society.
Frank Edward Cunningham
Missed by family and friends
Frank Edward Cunningham, a long time resident of Dawson Creek, B.C., passed away in his home on March 1, 2002 at the age of 70 years. A funeral service was held on March 8, at 2 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel. Sister Louise Vanderploeg of Notre Dame Catholic Church officiated. Soloist Phyllis Roch sang, Amazing Grace, Nearer my God to thee, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Joanne Haukenfrers accompanied her on the piano.
Following the service a luncheon was held in Reynars social room to celebrate Frank's Life. Lunch was prepared by the ladies from the Nawican Friendship Centre.
Frank was born in Joussard, Alberta on December 30, 1931. In his early twenties he worked in logging camps with his dad in Grouard, Alberta.
Frank met and married Caroline Calahaisen and they moved to the colony of Peavine, Alberta. From there they moved to various towns. The first was to Chetwynd where Frank worked at the sawmill. He moved into Dawson Creek and numerous other locations eventually moving back to the Peace Country, and making Dawson Creek his permanent home.
Frank was predeceased by his parents, Mable and John Cunningham, three of his children, June, Jane and Frank Jr. Cunningham, and three of his great grandchildren, Joe Jr. Cunningham, Baby Cunningham and Baby Roberts.
Frank is survived by his eight children: Joyce of Edmonton, Alberta; Verna of Nackusp, B.C.; Melvin of Kelowna, B.C.; Brenda, Marilyn, Connie and Dale of Fort St John, B.C.; and Wayne of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Frank is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Irene of Sherwood Park, Alberta; Beatrice, Francis, and Sylvia of High Prairie, Alberta; Lena of Fox Creek, Alberta; Marge and Richard of Quesnel, B.C.
Frank will be sadly missed by his surviving 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
1924 - 2000
We regret to announce the accidental passing of Elizabeth (Beth) Curry on Nov. 23, 2000, near Salmon Arm, British Columbia, at the age of 76 years.
Beth was born in Saskatchewan, April 7, 1924 and moved to Whitehorse, Yukon in the 1940s and then to Dawson Creek in 1958.
She came to Canoe, B.C. in 1990 where she had resided since.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her three daughters and two sons: Jackie (Ray) Ehrhardt in Texas; Con (Marg) Douglas of Kelowna, B.C.; June (Dennis) Duncan of Revelstoke, B.C.; Chuck (Karen) Douglas of Grande Prairie, Alta.; Val (Ross) Smith of Calgary; grandchildren, several great grandchildren, extended family and many friends.
Beth was predeceased by her husband Lorne Curry in 1980.
Arrangements were in the care of Mountain View Funeral Home in Armstrong, B.C.
Clayton Cuthbert of Breton, Alberta, formerly of Willow Valley, B.C., passed away Nov. 18, 1999 at the age of 84 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; his brothers, Harvey (Mary) Cuthbert of Innisfail, John (Agnes) Cuthbert of Vancouver, Ed Cuthbert of Kelowna, Sterling Cuthbert of Redwater; his sisters, Beatrice McKellar of Dawson Creek, Clara Smith of Vancouver; his sister-in-law Peggy Cuthbert of Kelowna and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Clayton was predeceased by his brother, George.
Memorial services were held at the Glen Park Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Glen Park, Alberta on Nov. 25, 1999 with Mr. Glen Melin officiating.