1919 - 2000
Miriam Stanley passed away in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on October 27, 2000, at the age of 81.
Miriam is survived by her children, Wayne (Joyce) Stanley of Grande Prairie, Alta., Sandra (Bill) Wilson of Rose Prairie, B.C., and Donna (Al) Lysek of Taylor, B.C.; six grandchildren, Delbert, Debbie, Shawna, Clint, Darwin, Brent and their families; her brother, Ken Newton of Port Alberni, B.C., and her bingo buddies.
Miriam is predeceased by her husband, Everett, in 1999. They had the fortune of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with their children prior to Everett's passing.
Miriam was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1919 and moved to Canada with her family when she was a young girl. Miriam met Everett when they lived in the Coal Branch in the late 1930s, where they married and began their family. They enjoyed fishing and
camping trips with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Miriam's love for Bingo became her main focus in her later years, and she enjoyed trips to the Casino in Grande Prairie.
Miriam was very sports minded and encouraged her children to participate in challenging activities. As a family, they enjoyed playing ball, bowling, swimming and many other recreational activities.
By request, no formal funeral will be held. Miriam was cremated by Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, and she will be put to rest by her family at a private gathering.
Sharlene Elsie Roberts Stevenson
Sharlene Elsie Roberts Stevenson, resident of Tsawwassen, B.C., surrendered her life to fond memories on January 8, 2002 at the age of 57.
Sharlene was born on June 16, 1944 in Edmonton, Alberta to parents Rodney and Albertine Roberts.
She grew up in Dawson Creek, B.C. and graduated from South Peace Secondary School.
She loved her family dearly and enjoyed life to the fullest. Her children and granddaughter were a source of great joy to her, she was proud of each of them.
Sharlene was a generous lady, always giving to anyone in need.
She touched many with her incredible sense of interior design by way of The Décor Store.
Sharlene always made sure that the coffee was on and the doggie treats were close at hand. She had a kooky sense of humour, loved to laugh and make others laugh. She also volunteered at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store.
She will be sadly missed by son Dean, (daughter Darcy; son-in-law Kim; granddaughter Leena), many relatives and countless friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to all who extended their support, love and sympathy.
Dorothy Mary Stewart
1915 - 2000
Dorothy Stewart, resident of Dawson Creek, B.C., formerly of Rolla, B.C. passed away peacefully on February 22, 2000 at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital at the age of 84.
She was born on April 18, 1915 in Athabasca, Alta, to parents John and Lena Stafford.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000
at 2 p.m. at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek.
She was a dedicated member in the Rolla Women's Institute, and received a Life Membership in 1981.
Dorothy was initiated into the Order of the Royal Purple in Rolla, in 1967. Before transferring into the Dawson Creek Lodge in 1975, she held the position of Honored Royal Lady, and received her Life Membership to the Dawson Creek Lodge in 1992. Dorothy served as local President of the Canadian Red Cross, and was presented with a plate recognizing her for 50 years of service.
Dorothy leaves to mourn, her son Ron (Claudia) Robinson, grandchildren Karen Nilsen, Dorothy (Jim) Scott, Debbie (Doug) Corraini, John (Barb) Robinson and Kelly Young, great-grandchildren Erik Nilsen, Karina (Billy) Mayfield, Mark Nilsen, Maureen Scott, B.J. (Craig) Moore, Marlaine Yee, Joel Robinson and Brett Robinson, great-great-grandchildren Ashton Nilsen and William Mayfield. She also leaves her dear friends Bud and Ruth Melin, Gunnar Odegaard, and their families.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Mike, Paul, John, and sisters, Neta and Eva, her first husband Edgar Robinson, and her second husband William A. Stewart.
Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Val St. Germain
Val St. Germain, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on May 23, 2001 at 43 years of age, after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service was held at 11:00 am on May 28, 2001 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, with Beverly Dunsmore officiating. Following the service, Val's cremated remains were interred at the Sunset Prairie Cemetery.
Val was born April 3, 1958, the fourth daughter to Jean and Malcolm Groat. From the time Val was old enough to start school out in Sunset Prairie, she was determined; a quality that developed as a little girl, and stayed with her. In grade eight, Val hopped the bus to town where she attended Central Junior High and then moved on to South Peace Secondary. Val graduated in 1976 and within a month had a job with CIBC. It was her dad that drove her to the interview and was he proud. From then on, he referred to Val as the "Banker". For 25 years Val was a dedicated employee at CIBC.
It was while playing baseball, that Val met Ron St. Germain, they were married, and on May 6, 1985 they were blessed with the birth of their first son, Byron. Brad followed 3 years later on March 24, 1988. She was so proud of Ron and these two terrific boys.
Val was the organizer of the family; she routinely planned things like birthdays, anniversaries, barbecues and staff parties. It was not her style to beat around the bush or waste valuable time, she was straightforward.
Val played many roles in her life, each with sincerity and pride. She was mom, daughter, wife, sister, auntie, and friend. She took these titles seriously and it was evident that family was important to her. Being a mom meant protector to Val. After she got sick and had to battle her illness, Val's concern was still for everyone else. She tired hard to keep things as normal as possible. She privately dealt with her pain and frustration in order to protect those she loved. Throughout her illness she still maintained a sense of humor. Val was proud, independent, a fighter, and most often the giver - rarely the taker.
Val will be sadly missed by her husband, Ron; sons, Byron and Brad; parents, Jean and Malcolm Groat, sisters, Hazel (Earl) Sutton, Louise (Ron) Perdue, Gail (Henry) Robertson, and Barb (Lyle) Hussey; parents-in-law, Doreen and George St. Germain; sisters in-law, Laverne (Dave) Lemaitre, Kathy (Harold) McLeod, Debbie (Wayne) Hanrahan, Lucille (Brent) Andrews, Gerry (Bob) Lagasse, and Chris (Simon) Hine; brother in-law Floyd St. Germain, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Val will live on in our memories and in our hearts forever.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Jean Ann (Ralston) Stone
December 16, 1930 - February 4, 2001
Jean was the only child of George and Ada Ralston, born in Calgary Alberta on December 16, 1930. The flat expanse of the prairie against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains was Jeans playground as a child. She rode her favorite pony to school, where she excelled in academics and sports. (She didnt mind bragging that she could run faster than any of the boys). She loved pets especially her kitties. Her appreciation of the beauty of nature started >from those days. She loved the pink of sunsets, snowfalls and frost, and the power and majesty of thunder and lightening storms that lit up the prairie sky. Jean herself reflected the very strength and beauty of the land she grew up in.
Jean moved from the farm to attend the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. After completing her nurses training she met Thomas Stone, the tall handsome man that would steal her heart away. Jean and Thomas were married in Calgary Alberta on September 4, 1953 and made their home on the farm in Balzac. These proved to be busy happy days raising their children Beverley, Dawna, Marilyn, Tommy, and Elizabeth. In 1965, Tom and Jean moved to Dawson Creek where they completed their family with the birth of their youngest daughter Laurel, in 1969. Being an athletic person herself, Jean loved all sports. She encouraged her children in sports activities and always found the time to go out and watch them play and cheer for them. Good sportsmanship was not only a quality she had herself but passed on to her children.
Jean also loved reading and music. Her taste in literature ranged from a good mystery novel to poetry, history, and the classics. Jean mastered the piano and had an ear and passion for music. Her appreciation of music was as broad as her love of books. Classical, opera, and popular filled her collection. Jeans caring, intelligence, and compassion were evident throughout her 25 year nursing career at the Pouce Coupe Extended Care Hospital. Her quick wit and sense of humor brought smiles to many peoples faces.
Tom and Jean's 35 year marriage ended with Toms death in May 1988. Jean retired in 1991 and spent much of her time enjoying her nine grandchildren.
Over the last two and a half years, Jeans struggle with chronic lung disease was overshadowed by her courage, determination, and inner beauty. The love and interest that Jean showed towards her children, grandchildren, and of course the sunrises are what her loved ones will remember.
Jean Ann (Ralston) Stone was pre-deceased by her parents George Dewitt Ralston and Ada Annie (Church) Ralston, her husband Thomas Olliver Stone and infant son Frederick William Stone.
Jean is survived by her daughters Beverley (Brian) McNeely, Dawna Stone, Marilyn Stone, Elizabeth (Ron) Ollenberger, Laurel (Doug) Buck, son Thomas Stone and nine grandchildren: Amber McNeely, Aaron Ollenberger, Evan Ollenberger, Haiden Buck, Shaina Buck, Kaitlin Buck Ethan Buck, Carl Stone, and Paisley Stone.
"Two dear bright eyes, a tender smile,
A loving heart that knew no guile,
Deep trust in God that all was right,
Her joy to make some other bright.
If sick and suffering one she knew,
Some gentle act of love shed do;
No thought of self, but of "the other";
I know He said, "Well done, dear mother".
Funeral Services under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Howard Harrison Stonehouse
1922 - 2000
Howard Harrison Stonehouse, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on June 25, 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta at 77 years of age. A private memorial service was held at 3:00 pm on June 29, 2000, at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek. Howard's cremated remains were interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.
Howard was born to William and Margaret Stonehouse on October 6, 1922 in D'Arcy, Saskatchewan, being the youngest of 8 children.
Howard grew up and attended school in D'Arcy, Saskatchewan. After leaving school, he drove a team of horses that pulled the school sleigh, taking kids to school in the winter and worked on the family farm in the summer until joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in November, 1942.
Howard attended Boot Camp in Edmonton, Alberta and was later assigned to the pilot training division in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he was affectionately called "Stoney" by his friends and fellow service men.
While stationed in Lethbridge, Howard and Virginia were introduced to each other by mutual and life long friends, Dora and Bill Bileski, who often double-dated with each other.
One day, Howard and Virginia wanted to take in a movie, but alas Howard was a little short of money.... Virginia quickly offered to lend him the money for the show and treats. Two months later, on February 2,1945, Howard and Virginia became husband and wife, but Virginia never did get her money back.
The newlyweds settled in Milk River, Alberta where Howard worked at the Red & White Grocery Store, and they started their family. In 1953 they made the trek to Dawson Creek where Howard worked at Home & Pitfield until purchasing a farm at Lakeview in 1954, farming until 1962. Howard worked at various businesses in the community, but spent most of his time working at McLeods where he retired as Manager in 1988.
Howard always enjoyed gathering around the kitchen table with all the kids and grandkids, reminiscing about the special times on the farm, memorable fishing and camping trips. Camping, boating, fishing were another favorite pastime of Howard and Virginia, which they carried on into their retirement. In later years they looked forward to the three months they would spend at Fir Crest with their extended family.
Even at 77, technology was not an obstacle for Howard. He enjoyed getting e-mail; he and Richard Belak and spent hours sending jokes back and forth. He was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Legion, it held a special place in his heart and he thoroughly enjoyed attending Legion functions.
Howard's family was his focus and purpose in life. He always was there to lend an ear or a hand to anyone .... friend, family or stranger who needed help.
He is our guardian angel....for yesterday, today and always.
Howard is lovingly remembered by his wife, Virginia Stonehouse; his children, Gwen (Keith) Hansen, Lynn (Maria) Stonehouse, and Debbie (Ron) Chapman; his grandchildren, Kory, Karen, Diane, Peter, Curt, Greg and Wendy; his seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Willis, and sister, Doris.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Richard Rayworth Streeper
Richard Rayworth Streeper, better known as Dick Streeper, resident of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, passed away in Fort Nelson on February 19, 2002 at 71 years of age. A memorial service was held on February 24, 2002 at the Fort Nelson Recreation Centre, with Beverly Dunsmore officiating. Following the service, Dick's cremated remains were interred at the Fort Nelson Cemetery.
Dick was born on January 2, 1931, the oldest son of Woods and Inga Streeper. Dick's mother passed away in 1942 and his dad just over 40 years later. During Dick's younger years his family lived in a variety of small towns and farming centres in Northern BC.
Dick was always a hardworking, responsible young man and his first job was at the tender age of 14 driving grain truck.
Dick married Alva Bumstead in 1952. They were truly soul mates. Shortly after they were married, Dick and Alva moved to Mile 245, from there they moved to Dawson Creek, and then back north once again to Mile 335 where Dick worked at his father-in-law's sawmill.
In 1951-52 Dick worked on Dad's boats and later operated the freight boat for Central Leduc. The life on the river was not for Dick so he started Dick Streeper Trucking & Bull Dozing, and then he went to work with Doug.
Dick and the family were always very involved in community events. Dick and Alva were two of the first members of the Fort Nelson Rope and Saddle Club and as everyone knows, both of them were extremely active members of the Fort Nelson Dog Sled Association.
Dick believed in people, especially his kids, and later his grandkids. Dick and Alva never missed a kid's event whether it was an elementary school basketball game or a little league ball game. His kids and grandkids all knew that he loved him, and that love and memories of him will stay with them for a lifetime.
The kids recalled listening to their dad at all hours on the phone talking to a trucker who was lost or whose rig had broken down. If they were lost he would have them describe the terrain and usually be able to tell them where they were and give them directions. He spent many hours behind the wheel and many truckers learned their trade under his guidance.
Dick was a great storyteller, and his house was always open to everyone, and many have sat around his kitchen table enjoying those stories at one time or another.
Dick will live in our hearts forever. We are all glad that Dick was a part our lives, we are thankful for his stories, his wit, but most of all his love and devotion.
Dick was predeceased by his wife Alva.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children Gerald (Shelley), Terry (Debbie), Karen (Barry), Eddy (Amy) and Valery (Danny); grandchildren Cassandra (John), Sara, Chloe, Buddy, Calvin, Jenna, Katie, Brandi, Brian, Conor and Dylan; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Frances Louisa Stuckey
1901 - 2001
Frances was born October 30, 1901 and passed away March 9, 2001 at 99 years. Her husband, Gordon Stuckey, preceded her in death in 1984.
She and Gordon homesteaded in Groundbirch, B.C. in the early 1930s. Frances was an active member of the Groundbirch WomenŐs Institute and was extensively involved in the community, she was also an avid gardener, enjoyed traveling and had a real zest for life.
She had a radiant, gracious smile and was always concerned about others. Family was very important to Frances. She was greatly loved and will be missed very much.
Frances is the beloved mother of three daughters and one son: Violet Rives of Colorado, Lester Stuckey of Arizona, Mae Rude of Washington and Donna Parks of British Columbia; 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Additionally, out of her two sisters and six brothers, she is survived by one sister; Thelma Stone from Westrose, Alberta.
There will be no service at her request.
Lester Clifford Joseph Supernault
1943 - 2000
Lester Clifford Joseph Supernault, resident of Cutbank Lake, British Columbia, passed away at home on March 30, 2000, at the age of 56. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery in Pouce Coupe.
Les was born in Hay Lakes, Alberta, on March 31, 1943 to Daniel and Delphine Supernault, the fifth of 12 children. He was born on a Metis settlement in Paddle Prairie, Alberta, where he also attended school. Les loved school and always wished he could have gone to grade 12, but grade 10 was the limit in those days.
He also loved sports of all kinds, as a teenager he used to race horses in Paddle Prairie. Of course the horses usually belonged to the family, and he usually won. Then came baseball, a game he would play to the age of 50, he was a natural, and could play any position. The love of this game he passed down to his children.
Later in life, at age 45, Les started to teach himself how to play the violin. With the help of his friends, Les Toews and Leo Mildenburger, he quickly became an accomplished player, and loved to play for people. He drove his wife and kids crazy with the practice sessions, but when it was over, the tune was beautiful. This became quite a pastime, along with a few other hobbies; Les loved horses, and liked to go riding, he also enjoyed art, he could draw anything he wanted, but was always very modest about his talents and gifts.
Les and his wife of 20 years, Margo Laloge, had four children, one girl and three boys: Tyanna, Kahlin, Tanner and Tyrel. Of his children; they could do no wrong as far as he was concerned. He loved to watch their ball games and shooting matches.
In the last 12 years, Les worked for Peace Country Maintenance, where he could operate any piece of equipment. He started out as a heavy equipment operator in the 1960s, working on the Great Slave Lake Railroad would see him start to run buggy; this was the beginning of his career.
In Les' house, the coffee was always on and the jokes were always ready. He was the life of the party and could tell jokes all night long. He was never too busy for family and friends, and he loved to entertain everyone. All the nieces, nephews and friends will remember his wild stories, which he just loved to tell the kids.
Les was predeceased by his brother, Melvin, and by his parents, Daniel and Delphine.
He leaves behind his wife, Margo; his children, Tyanna, Kahlin, Tanner and Tyrel; his siblings, Doris, Florence, Veronica, Billy, Sadie, David, Harold (Sharon), Judy (Leo), Donald (Teresa), and Ronnie; his Uncle William and Aunty Jean, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek.
Sudarshana Devi Syal (Darshan)
Born: Nairobi, Kenya Nov. 5th, 1930 - Passed away: Farmington, BC. Feb. 10th, 2001
Darshan Syal passed away peacefully at her Farmington home attended by her husband Balbir, two of her children, four of her grandchildren, and two friends. Darshan and her family left Kenya in 1966 and moved to London, England until March 17th, 1969 on which day they arrived in Fort St. John, BC., for their new life in Dawson Creek. Darshan leaves one sister S. Kapila in Nairobi.
Darshan is survived by her husband Balbir, one son Rajesh living at the Farmington home with his wife Promila and children Sunita, Omesh and Nikhil, another son Rakesh living in Winnipeg, a daughter Anita, living in Winnipeg and married to Jamie Moore with two sons Ryan and Tyler, another daughter Rita, married to Sunil Bowry, living in Dawson Creek with their son Sanjay and daughter Deeva and the youngest son Rajan married to Anu, living in Isleworth, England with their children Kashi and Prisha.
In acceptance of the limited lifespan remaining to her in the last four months of life, Darshan maintained to the end as she had lived throughout, her spirit of sacrifice, endurance, patience, and unconquerable wit and humour. That spirit lives on in the life of her husband, children, grandchildren, and friends. A private family service was held on Feb 13th, 2001 attended only as Darshan had wished, by her husband Balbir, her children and their spouses; and an open house followed at the residence of Rita and Sunil, attended by some 80 friends.
A "Havan", which is one of the seven possible celebrations of the important life stages of a Hindu, was conducted by the Pundit of the London Arya Samaj, attended by Balbir and many friends and relations at the Isleworth home of Rajan and Anu on Feb 25th, 2001.
After leaving London with Darshan's ashes, Balbir traveled to Haridwar accompanied by R. Kapila, father-in-law of Rajan. There, Darshan's ashes were dispersed at the site where the river Ganges, the most sacred and holy river, rises in the Himalaya Mountains, its purest and most divine location.
Darshan lived most of her life in the seclusion of her home where she provided her lifelong inspiration and spiritual example of unselfishness and love to her family and friends. She died with dignity and grace as she had lived. It is fitting that her ashes found their resting place at the sacred source where her faith assures her of a passage to heaven. Nieces and nephews of Sunil Bowry, though not related in blood, have added their recognition of Darshan's love in letters to their adoptive grandma. Amongst them these words of farewell summarize Darshan's gift of love. "Thank you for always giving, not only to me but to all your family members and friends."
A special thank you from the family goes to Dr. McKinley, to Ernie Hamre, to Darshan's friends Sally Gahanason and Sandy Armitage, to support workers Judy, Cathy, and Michelle and to all of their friends for their concern and support for the family and for Darshan in her final journey through this life. Thank you to Peter and Edna Gibb for their kind thoughts and words.
Arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.