Lawrence Albert Rolick
Lawrence Albert Rolick resident of Tupper, British Columbia passed way on Saturday March 18, 2000 at 54 years of age. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 24, 2000 at 3:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia with Reverend Warren Brower officiating.
Larry was born in 1945, in Toronto, Ontario to parents John and Frances Rolick. In 1950, he moved with his parents to Saskatchewan. In 1975, he moved to Chetwynd, BC, where he met Irene; they moved to Tupper in 1978. Larry taught art at Frank Ross and South Peace Senior Secondary schools.
He was predeceased by his mother Frances. He is survived by his wife Irene, his children Justin, Adam, Aaron, Ryan and Skye, his father John and his brother Mel (Nikki).
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek.
Clifford Emmanual Ross
1923 - 1999
Clifford Emmanual Ross, better known as "Cliff" Ross, passed away on November 2, 1999 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at the age of 76. He was born on January 5, 1923 in South Norfolk, Manitoba.
Cliff moved with his family to a homestead from Manitoba to Saskatchewan. At the age of 14, he went out on his own and worked for various farmers for his room and board. Later in life, at the age of 36, he met his future wife Ann Barney. They married in 1959 in Arborfield, Saskatchewan. They began their family in 1960, with a son Walter. At this time, Cliff was working for his father-in-law Walter Barney, hauling grain and lumber.
Cliff's love for Alberta drew him to the Red Deer area in 1961. He helped build the Air Raid Shelter in Penhold, Alberta. Their second son Stephen was born in Red Deer, Alberta in 1962, at the time, Cliff was farming for Terrance Oldford. In 1965, daughter Gayle was born while still in Red Deer. The family then moved north to Slave Lake, Alberta where dad worked in the oil patch. During this time he owned and operated 'Cliff's Wireline Service.' Their third son Wendell was born in 1966.
Cliff's love for the land led him back to farming the fields of northern Alberta, where the family homesteaded a half-section, 23 miles east of High Level, Alberta.
In 1971, after he and his wife separated, Cliff moved to Fairview, Alberta, where he helped build the Dunvegan Gas Plant from start to finish. He then went on to drive for Fairview Freightlines.
Cliff returned to farming, this time for Tom and Zina Kercheif who became very close friends. Keeping busy in the winter saw Cliff taking care of the custodial duties at the New Grande Hotel. From 1982 to 1986, he was a camp attendant in the camps in Northern Alberta. Making his way to Dawson Creek, British Columbia in 1986, he met and courted Cecile Spittal and they were married on June 1, 1989.
In Cecile, Cliff found a loving companion, travel mate, and best friend of ten years.
Cliff's favorite pastimes were travelling in his Dodge Dakota, floor curling, dancing, carpet bowling, and spending time with his children and grandchildren, as well as causing grief to Grant Mitton on CJDC Radio's open line program.
Cliff was predeceased by his parents Robert and Grace Ross, his brother Nelson Ross, and his son Wendell Ross.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Cecile, his son Walter (Barb) and their children Carlin, Dustin and Stacey; his son Stephen (Tammy) and their children Shanti-Ann, Steve, and Jordyn; his daughter Gayle and her children Rae-Ann, Danielle, and Ciro; his daughter-in-law Debbie Willard and her son Jonathan; his stepdaughter Mary-Irene (Wolf) Redies and their children Tammy, Tracy, Tina, and Terry; his stepdaughter Janet (Gordon) Vamplew and their children Terralynn and Llynden; his brothers Les (Dot) and Leith (Mary); his sisters Thelma, Betty, Edna (Frank), Doreen (Bert) and Vera; his special nephew Vernon Gray, as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Cliff will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Catherine Grace Rounds
1930 - 1999
Grace Rounds was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on December 4, 1930, the second of eight children born to Tom and Effie Ryan.
As a child, summers were spent on the homestead near Rolla, while winters were spent either in Prince Albert or Victoria. When Grace was 17 the family moved to Hanna, Alberta.
It was there that she caught the eye of Gordon Rounds. He was to shy to directly approach Grace, so he sent a little neighbour boy to ask whether she would go out on a date with him. Apparently Grace said "yes", for Gordon and Grace were married in Dawson Creek on December 19, 1951.
In 1955 they moved from Alberta to Dawson Creek. Three years later they moved to the farm near Rolla where she lived the remainder of her life.
Over the years, four sons and one daughter were born to Gordon and Grace.
Hard work never slowed Grace down - whether that was working in the field or with the cattle. Being a product of the hungry "hungry '30s", she worked at being self-sufficient, raising the family's own produce, cattle, pigs, chickens, and grain.
Also over the years, Grace and Gordon took in nearly 10 foster children. She had a big heart in helping people who were down, and was always willing to lend a person a hand.
Grace had a wide variety of interests, and was always willing to learn. Though her own formal education only went to grade eight, she made sure that her children got good educations.
Over the years, Grace worked at Rotary Manor and Woolworth. She also worked for a brief time in the oil fields as a camp cook, and on occasion she would sell some of their produce to the Overwaitea store in Dawson Creek.
Grace was a member of the Landry Women's Institute, and was involved in the startup of the "Night of Country Sounds". Other interests of Grace were painting, gardening, and being the family historian.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Grace died after a short bout with cancer. Grace is survived by her husband of nearly 48 years, Gordon; four sons Tom, Roy, Bryan and David, and one daughter Sharon Lavandier, and numerous grandchildren. Also mourning her loss are two brothers, Pat and Danny Ryan; one half-brother George Graham; and two sisters, Marjorie Reinitz and Colleen Seidl.
She was predeceased in death by two brothers, Norman and Bob, and by one sister, Sheila. Grace was also predeceased in death by her mother Effie Ryan this past May.
A memorial service for Grace was held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. from Reynar's Chapel in Dawson Creek. Rev. Weist officiated the service.
Services were under the care of Reynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium.
1938 - 2000
On March 8, 2000 at the age of 61, Harry Ruscheinski passed away suddenly at his home in Tupper British Columbia. A funeral mass was held at 10:00 am on March 15, 2000 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. He was laid to rest at the Tomslake Community Cemetery.
Harry was born on August 27, 1938 in Karumurat, Romania to Peter and Monica Ruscheinski. He was the second of five children. As a young child, Harry saw many of the ravages of war first hand, as his family was forced to move several times leaving property, livestock and personal belongings behind. Although times were hard, Harry always managed to keep himself entertained, whether it was on a field playing soccer with his buddies, his involvement with the Boy Scouts, or tearing out parts and checking out the inner workings of some abandoned war machine.
Harry told many interesting stories of his childhood. One of which was about a Russian soldier he and his friends nicknamed 'Moi Twoi'. The Russian soldier had just received his daily ration consisting of a piece of bread and an onion and was about to sit down and eat; Harry showed up and the soldier said, "moi twoi", ('a piece for me and a piece for you'), as he divided his ration. Along came another child and he again said, "moi twoi", leaving himself with only a quarter of his original ration. The children kept showing up until Moi Twoi no longer had any food for himself. He left in a rage, cursing in Russian, but would have sooner starved than see the kids go without. Moi Twoi, who had left behind similar aged children back in Russia as he went to fight in the war, became very protective of Harry, his brothers, and his friends, and was quite prepared to shoot any adult that would bring any harm to them.
In 1945, after spending several years being bounced between eastern and western occupying forces, Harry's family managed to escape back to Obersiebenbrunn, Austria in western occupied Europe, and under the cover of darkness, bought a house and began to get reestablished. In 1952, the family moved from Austria to Vetting, a small village outside of Freising, Germany, where Harry took his apprenticeship as a motorcycle mechanic.
In March of 1955, Harry's family left Germany and immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1960, Harry was married to his wife Lina Schneider. The following year, their son Tom was born.
Workdays saw Harry rat racing and laying rubber alongside his brother Mel on their forklifts at Western Plywood, a division of Weldwood Canada. While weekends and holidays would find him fishing on the ocean or camping beside some remote lake in the interior with his brothers, friends and families. In his spare time he helped one of his friends and coworkers custom build boats for logging contractors up the sunshine coast. The boats had to be capable of two things; they had to withstand the riggers of being used as a work boat and they had to be faster than the last fastest boat in the community.
In September 1966, Harry's search for land throughout the interior of BC ended with the purchase of property south of Swan lake at Tupper, BC. In 1967, Harry and Lina's daughter Angela was born. Life in the Peace Country, although it felt like one big camping trip and outdoor adventure, was not always easy; with Harry's enthusiasm, his wife Lina at his side, the help and advice of new friends and neighbours, Harry learned and developed many new skills necessary for living and raising a family on a small farm in rural northeastern BC. This gave Harry a great sense of accomplishment and feeling of self-sufficiency.
After a short career working construction at the W.A.C. Bennett dam and building houses with a local contractor, Harry went through the apprenticeship program as an automotive mechanic. He really enjoyed being a mechanic. After several years of working for GM and Ford dealerships in Dawson Creek, Harry had a shop constructed and began his automotive repair business at home. Although he had a large and widespread clientele base, and was at times very busy, Harry remained the master of his own timetable. Whenever the urge to go fishing or hunting arose, Harry and Lina would pack up and go. Their success could be measured in their contentment and happiness, and additional proof was always available in their deep-freeze.
Harry loved to read, making him the guy you wanted on your team when you played any trivia type board game. On a rare occasion when he got an answer wrong, he could build such a compelling case that one would be left wondering if the editors of the game had indeed messed up.
As a husband Harry was a good provider, who included his wife Lina in every aspect of his life. As a father, Harry was always there to provide guidance or to help out in any manner that he could. As a grandfather, Harry was always there to nurture, help overcome fear, be an audience, celebrate achievement, and most of all to make the life of being a kid, fun. Harry has left an impression deep within our hearts and minds and will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Harry was predeceased by his parents Peter and Monica, brother Ray, and infant sister Klara.
He leaves behind Lina his wife of 39 years, his children Tom (Tanis) Ruscheinski and Angela (Rock) Petrick, his grandchildren Tyson, Nick and Mark Ruscheinski, Raz, Ryland, and Rachelle Petrick, sister-in-law Liz Ruscheinski, brothers Mel (Mary) Ruscheinski and John (Sandi) Ruscheinski, and many more relatives and friends.
Funeral services were under the care of Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Michael Clarence Rush
Mike Rush, a resident of Westerose, Alberta, passed away on Oct. 16, 2001 at the age of 74. He was the oldest of three brothers and one sister, born in Hungerford, Ontario.
Mike was an engineer consultant for the Oil Rigs, traveling a lot overseas, always coming back to Alberta and British Columbia. He enjoyed logging, trucking and even tried his hand at farming. Mike's pride and joy was his farm near Westerose, Alberta where he spent a lot of his time. His big escape from the world was playing on his harmonica, which he became very good at. Mike was a very quiet person who kept much to himself.
Mike was predeceased by his mother, father and sister. He is survived and his memory is cherished fondly by his wife Kay Thompson; his four children from his first marriage, Kathleen, Patrick, Michele and Terry Rush and their families; his brothers, Pat, Tim and Merrill and their families and step-sons Roy, David and Wade Thompson and their families.
Mike was cremated and had no service by his own request.
Elmer James Rushfeldt
Elmer James Rushfeldt passed away peacefully in Victoria B.C. on October 30, 2001, after a life lived in full measure.
The eldest of five children and the only son of Edward and Nellie Rushfeldt, Elmer was born in Youngstown, Alberta on January 3, 1919, and he spent his youth on the family farm near Heinsburg Alberta.
Elmer operated grain elevators in Alberta before and after serving as a radio technician in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
After marrying Lillian Mary Porter in 1947, Elmer and family settled in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, where he owned and operated the famous Hart Hotel.
Yet, the call of the land was strong, and starting with a veteran's land grant Elmer and family homesteaded in Cotillion, Alberta (Bonanza area), eventually expanding to a mixed grain and cattle operation on more than two sections of land.
Elmer participated in Pouce Coupe public service and he was a delegate for the United Grain Growers for many years.
Retiring from farming with some reluctance in 1993, Elmer and Lillian moved in 1994 from Dawson Creek to Victoria to enjoy the milder climate.
Beloved husband and father, and friend to all who knew him, Elmer is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian, and their sons Sydney and Brian, and daughters Haley B. Jonstyn, Wendy-Lou Hall (Geoff), and Beverly Pasmeny (Ron), grandchildren Bobbi, Waylon, Wesley, Holly, Mathew, Kaylea, and Lana and great grandchildren Dayton, Kaylyn and Braydon.
Ever youthful and beautiful in his eyes, Elmer leaves behind his four sisters, Muriel, Shirley, Irene, and Marjorie, and all of their family members.
We would also like to thank the staff of the Victoria Priory Hospital Heritage Woods and Hiscock units for the great care and friendship that Elmer received there as a resident during his last few years of declining health.
Fare thee well, Elmer, on your everlasting journey. We will always remember you, as solid as the lands you nurtured, blue eyes shining like the prairie sky, smiling in the company of family and friends.
A commemoration of Elmer's life will be held at the Pouce Coupe Legion on Saturday November 17 at 2p.m. Refreshments to follow. Flowers gratefully declined at the family's request. Donations may be made in Elmer's memory to the Alberta 4-H Foundation, telephone (780) 682-2153.
Brandon Mark Joseph Rutledge
1981 - 2002
A funeral service for the late Brandon Rutledge of Dawson Creek, B.C. was held on Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel. Rev. Gordon Warriner officiated. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Chapel and Crematorium.
Brandon was born on May 26, 1981 in Hinton, Alberta. Shortly thereafter the family moved back to Ontario. In the spring of 1983 they again left Ontario and moved to Dawson Creek. In the same year, on July 30, Brandon received a beautiful baby sister who the family named Amber Marie.
In July of 1988, Brandon acquired a new stepmother, sister and brother and very soon a new baby brother by the name of James was added to the family. It was great! As a family they went skiing, played hockey and had good times. They had tough times too. Isn't that the way it works?
Brandon loved to go skiing. He would do some fancy manoeuver, then stop and say to his Dad and brother, "can you do what I just did?" Of course they couldn't even though little brother James would always try to keep up with him. They would chase each other through the bush on the ski hill and when James fell Brandon would be there to pick up the pieces. The whole family got involved in these ski trips.
Mark and Bea went to many Elks and Royal Purple functions and Brandon was the brother-sitter. He and James loved to explore whatever town they happened to be in. They were not only brothers, they were best buddies.
Brandon, like his Dad, loved fast cars but unlike his Dad he didn't want to 'mechanic' them. He just didn't like to be dirty. Brandon was very fussy about his appearance and it was not uncommon for him to stand in front of the mirror for 15 minutes making sure every hair was in place. Needless to say the 'grease' was one aspect of cars he did not like. However, one year he and James built a 'coke car'. There was almost 800 cans glued to a car that Mark had fixed up for Brandon to race in Prince George. He and James glued most of them on.
Brandon had a great time at the race track and did his best. Racing was definitely in the family. Dad took the boys to the racetrack every chance they got, and there was also motorcycles to ride. Brandon and his Dad spent happy times together riding their 'bikes'.
By this time, Brandon's family had expanded again to include a new baby girl. He had a big family now for sure. There was lots of love to go around though. And then he started to notice 'big' girls. He had some girlfriends but along came a special girl named Mandy and along with Mandy came a beautiful little girl named Sara. She was the love of his life. (Next to his Mother of course). Mind you there were some rules. Her face and hands had to be clean and she had to take her boots off and put them on a towel in the back of his car before she could ride in it. You could eat off the floor mats in his car. That's the way he was.
Brandon had a heart of gold. If someone needed something, he was there for them. He wanted to be a tough guy on the outside but on the inside he was a pussy cat.
We love you Brandon, rest in peace. Your family.
Brandon Mark Joseph Rutledge
Brandon Mark Joseph Rutledge was born May 26, 1981 in Hinton, Alberta. He lived there for the first two-three months of his young life before moving to Ontario. Just before turning two, he came to the Peace Country with his parents to set his roots in Dawson Creek.
Not long after his arrival, Mom, Dad and Brandon welcomed a little sister, me, on July 30, 1983. I remember a wonderful childhood with some bumps along the way, but overall pretty terrific. Brandon was and remained the most wonderful, thoughtful and caring brother anyone could ever ask for.
Brandon was a businessman. I remember when I was 6 and Brandon was 8, I needed a pair of rubber boots to go on a field trip. I had outgrown mine and I asked Brandon for his. He said "no you can't borrow them but I'll rent them to you".
When Brandon was five, Mom and Dad divorced. We went to live with Mom and visited Dad as much as possible. Both our parents remarried, bringing along additional family members. We now had a very large family. James was born in 1988 to Dad and Bea, and in 1997 we welcomed Kailey our sweet little baby sister.
Both Brandon and I, being teenagers, worried about having a baby in the house and a lack of attention as well as sleep. We soon overcame it. Kailey is a great little sister and her being all the time has made it very easy.
I remember Brandon's first comment when he saw her: "another girl!!! Why couldn't she have been a boy?" He used to rush home from school to hold her and rock her in his arms (he held her like a football).
We now had numerous stepbrothers and stepsisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents, all whom Brandon cherished. Family meant a great deal to Brandon.
Brandon had many friends. Especially dear to him were Brock, Allan and his best friend Desmond, but he touched the hearts of many.
Another of my fonder memories of Brandon was when he first turned 16 and had just gotten his driver's licence. Rick had bought him a car (nothing great, but a car nonetheless). After a week, it broke down, so he bought another. It too broke down. In two-three weeks, he owned three broken down vehicles, all parked in front of the house where his friends had helped him push them.
Brandon loved life, living it to the fullest, always plotting and planning his next step. He had money, cars and lots of love to give. In his opinion this meant that you could get all the hot girls.
Brandon's love of his life was Mandie and Sarah whom he had been with for quite some time. He loved both of them very dearly.
We have to remember that Brandon lived life to the fullest, doing as much and seeing as much as possible. If you were his friend, you had a friend for life. There was no happy medium with him, it was all one way or the other. In everything he did, he did it with the heart of a lion and the soul of a lamb.
Brandon was predeceased by his grandfather Harold Rutledge and step-grandparents Colin and Martha Muir.
He leaves to mourn his mother Debra and stepfather Rick Muir, sisters Amber and Kaily; also two very special people dear to his heart: Amanda Hanston and her little one Sarah
He also leaves to mourn father Mark Rutledge and stepmother Bea, stepbrothers James Rutledge, Tim last and stepsister Danielle Commandeur (Stacey), grandparents Nellie and Bill Baker of Hamilton, Ontario, Frank Dougherty of Hamilton, grandmother Ruth Rutledge of South River, Ontario, stepgrandparents Mr. And Mrs. Jack McConnell of Dawson Creek and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Brandon . . . we miss you and love you forever. You will be forever in our hearts.