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Donald Gordon Doebert | June 15, 1948 - July 09, 2020

Forever remembered, we announce the passing of Don Doebert at the age of 72 years. Predeceased by his parents, Ed and Ruth, sister Darlene, and brother Ray, Don leaves behind his daughters Lisa Bloor (Bill), Heather Lessard (Darcy), step daughter Robin Treemer (Al), step son Terry Kozun, 6 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brothers Bill and Dale as well as his nieces and nephews. Born in Salmon Arm in 1948, Don grew up on the homestead of Charles and Edith Doebert in Blind Bay and later homesteaded in Sorrento on the site of the present day Sorrento Shopping Centre. Don later married and lived in Notch Hill for 30 years with first wife Connie Doebert and second wife Leslie Doebert. Don had a construction company, worked at the Adams Lake Lumber Mill, and later for Canada Post. Don proudly lived in Sorrento his entire life. He had a sentimental spirit and was a gentle natured man. He did things his way, usually with a beer, smoke, dog, and a smile. Shuswap Lake was his happy place and many summers were spent camping in Eagle Bay. As per Don’s request there will not be a celebration of life. Donations in Don’s memory can be made to Salmon Arm SPCA.
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Peter Kilby | October 17, 1933 - July 07, 2020

On Tuesday the 7th of July, Peter Kilby passed away quietly in his sleep at 86 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Kilby (Stobbs) who he shared 64 years of marriage; and his children Acton Kilby and wife Margaret Kilby, Elizabeth Spencer (Kilby) and husband Doug Stangeland, as well as grandchildren David, Thomas and Mary. He is survived by one of his siblings, Mrs Margaret Robertson (Kilby) of Prince George, BC and pre-deceased by his Brothers Gordon and Thomas Acton Kilby. All of those who remain are heartbroken at the loss of a partner, sibling, father, grandfather and friend. Born at a young age (as he would say) in Vancouver BC, Peter started his life on the Kilby Family Farm in Harrison Mills, BC. He spent his early years chasing cows, riding horses and setting the stage for a life of adventure, dedication and education. As he moved on from Harrison Mills to attend Normal School and University, he carried with him a sense of commitment and devotion that would guide him through his many life choices. After completing his teaching certification, Peter taught for a short period in Vancouver, BC, and soon realized that in order to make himself complete he needed to marry Barbara Stobbs. They wed in 1956 and seldom spent any time apart from each other from that moment onward. In 1959, he decided to join the Regular Army as a Signals Officer. He and Barbara packed everything up in their little car (a Morris Minor) and moved out to Kingston, Ontario. Following initial training, Peter and Barbara moved to London, Ontario where he served as a Signals Officer with the Royal Canadian Regiment. In 1962 Acton joined them, and shortly afterward they made the decision to return to BC. Peter released from the Regular Army and accepted a teaching position in Vancouver. They packed up themselves and Acton into a small MG sports car, and travelled back to BC. By 1964 they were back in Vancouver and Peter was teaching at a series of schools in the Greater Vancouver area. In 1965, Elizabeth appeared on the scene and the family was complete. Living in Coquitlam while Peter taught and took a sabbatical from teaching to complete a Masters Degree in History at Simon Fraser University. In 1970, Vancouver proved to be a city of challenges and change, Peter and Barbara sought an adjustment, and after several options were examined, they found themselves in Salmon Arm. Life in Salmon Arm provided a wealth of experiences for Peter that included him being a Teacher, Vice-Principle and Principle within the School District. As a teacher he touched the lives of thousands of children, and up until his last days, many of them would make a point of visiting him or crossing the street to say hello and thank him for how he shaped their lives. He was a dedicated Militia soldier, serving as a part time soldier with the Rocky Mountain Rangers then on to become the Militia Area Commander for all of British Columbia. His influence while commanding the Reserve forces in BC set conditions for organizational and procedural changes which were taken on by the Canadian Army as the model for all Reserve areas throughout Canada. Following his retirement from teaching, Peter became an active volunteer with the region’s emergency management services assisting with emergency preparedness and response, and helping the region to develop better mechanisms to manage responses to both routine and significant emergencies. His personal efforts were most significant during Salmon Arms wildfires in 1998. As the fires threatened so many of the citizens, his support to the response effort ensured that resources were effectively managed and plans developed that reduced the overall impact of the fires and more broadly benefitted the greater community. In early 2000, Peter decided that retirement should actually be retirement. This meant he increased activity with Rotary, Probus and other community groups. In addition, Barbara and he commenced a series of global travels that would make most people’s heads spin. They embraced retirement at full-speed. His active participation in the community good continued until the impact of his Parkinson’s disease prevented active support. Parkinson’s created significant challenges for Peter later in life. The onset of this unforgiving illness created conditions which significantly impacted on his mobility. Although physically impaired by the disease, he maintain a remarkable sense of humour and was always interesting and engaging to chat with. Adventurous, compassionate, loving and welcoming are the words which come immediately to mind when remembering Peter. The memories etched in our minds are that of a leader, teacher, mentor and loving man. He enjoyed a life-well-lived. Making every effort to ensure that those around him were made to feel a part of anything he was involved in, and that it was done in a way that all voices were given an equal hearing. Barbara, Acton and Elizabeth would like to specifically recognize Dr. Chris Weicker for the outstanding medical care and kind support provided to Peter, and the staff at Shuswap Lodge and at Mount Ida Mews for the most excellent and loving care they provided to Peter. They are the exemplary standard by which doctors and other assisted living and complex care facilities should be measured. We also must highlight our immense gratitude to our cousin Marion Kilby for all that she has done for both Barbara and Peter. Her unwavering support and dedication to them has made everyone’s lives better and was central to the great quality of life Peter enjoyed. She has been an Angel and there are no words we can offer that would appropriately express our gratitude. As Peter would have remarked; “It isn’t about the end, but the journey that got you there, that matters most.” His journey was remarkable. Peter will be cremated and his ashes scattered at a later date. Due to the current COVID situation, the family has decided that a memorial service will be held at a later date. Once known, information will be provided in order to ensure all those wishing to share stories and remember his life may be included. In lieu of flowers or gifts we ask that donations be made in his name to the charity Marion Kilby volunteers at which is the North Okanagan - Shuswap Brain Injury Society (NOSBIS) at http://nosbis.ca the ‘Donate Today’ button is at the top of the page.
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Justin Ellis Dyck | June 08, 1986 - July 05, 2020

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James Hodgson | February 28, 1982 - July 04, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of James Eric Wilfred Hodgson on July 4, 2020 at the age of 38 years. He will be profoundly missed by his mother, Judy Carol Hodgson, father, James Alfred Hodgson and brother Joel Norman Hodgson as well as many friends in Ontario and BC who loved him and will miss him. James was born on February 28, 1982 in North Bay Ontario and moved with his family to BC at the age of 15. Jim worked in the family business and was an integral part of Hodgson Saw LTD. His passing has left a big hole in the company but an even bigger hole in our hearts. He was a beautiful, kind, caring and loving soul. *RIP my son. Love you forever. Gone too soon. **italic text* A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be announced at a later date.
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Hannelore "Anne" May | November 14, 1929 - July 02, 2020

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Hannelore (Anne) May age 90. Mum passed away peacefully in Salmon Arm surrounded by her loved ones on July 2nd. Hannelore is survived by her daughter, Annette (Rick); son, Ronnie (Wenxiu); five grandchildren, Donna, Danielle, Sierra, Liam and Harry; four great grandchildren, Damion, Natalie, Lucas and Lily all of whom she loved and touched deeply. Hannelore enjoyed Crocheting for "Everyone!" She will be deeply missed by so many.
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Kathryn Ingrid Caswell | April 16, 1947 - June 27, 2020

We regret to announce the sudden passing of Kathie Caswell, June 27, 2020 at 73 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband Doug in 2011 and is survived by her 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A small family service will be held due to Covid 19.
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Frederick Roy Sundstrom | August 16, 1964 - June 23, 2020

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Martha Lennea Holm | June 26, 1939 - June 17, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Martha Linnea Holm (nee Leksen). After a brief illness, Martha made her final journey to Heaven on June 17, 2020 where she has been reunited with her predeceased husband and our dad, Kurt. Martha will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her 6 children: Juanita Holm, Kenneth (Annette) Holm, Irene (Calvin) Daly, Michael (Wendy) Holm, Keith (Kim) Holm and Lisbeth (Garry) Watson, as well as her 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Martha will also be missed by her surviving siblings and their families: Elsie (Einar) Langesater, Nils (Pat) Leksen, Sten (Jackie) Leksen and Alice (Lennart) Franzen. She was predeceased by her parents Johan and Anna Leksen and brother Frank Leksen. Martha was born in Leksand, Sweden and she loved her Swedish heritage. Martha deeply loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, speaking often to others of how proud she was of them, as they were most important to her. Martha's social connection with people was a big part of her life and her feelings for them was genuine and loving, without judgment because she knew God loved them, too. Martha's prayer was that the lives she touched throughout her life and her faith would lead them to the truth of God. Martha was very hospitable and the coffee pot was always on. If she knew your favorite meal or dessert, she would often make it so that the person would feel special. In her younger days, Martha would also serve at Church and entertain in her home, which went hand in hand with her great interest and love for people. Martha liked to draw and she took pleasure in gardening, her favorite flowers, the beauty of nature, animals of all kinds and her beloved families' pets. Most recently Martha had to give up her own dog, Stella girl, to a family member which caused her great loneliness in the last year. Martha was quick to laugh and would often watch others enjoy themselves and engage in conversation, even when in later years she couldn't hear as well. Martha was very passionate in her faith and she took opportunities to share her love for God with her family and friends whenever she could, praying often for them and for their salvation. Our family appreciates the love and support from family in Canada, USA, Sweden, and Finland, as well as her Church family. Martha's long-time friends, and those most recently at Shuswap Lodge who have shared their kind thoughts to us in her last few weeks, has left us overwhelmed with the love they also had for her. For those who provided the best care for Martha in her final days, thank you. Martha's voicemail would always end in "please leave a message and God bless" and her message to us today, if she was with still with us, would be that she would see you in Heaven one day, where you can also receive your greatest reward!
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Viola "Dolly" Sjodin | May 17, 1942 - June 16, 2020

Viola "Dolly" Mavis Sjodin passed away on June 16th, 2020 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital at the age of 78. She was born on May 17th, 1942 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta and was a daughter of the late Vera Michels and Robert Garner. Dolly will be remembered by her children Gus, Eric, Les, Lissa and Earl, brothers Bob and Wayne and sisters Betty, Dianne and Judy. She leaves to the future her grandchildren Crystal, Jessica, Dayton, Josh, Eevanne, Jade, Maddy and 11 great-grandchildren. Dolly was predeceased by her parents, father of her children Walter, sister Joan, son Corie and grandsons Ron and Luke. She enjoyed baking, Yahtzee, The Price is Right and country music. Many people will remember her avid interest in the boys sports and the enjoyment she got from being the scorekeeper for baseball. The boys loved that she was hell on wheels and wasted no time in getting them to their games. Her family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Mount Ida Mews for their excellent and loving care of their mother and grandmother. Special thanks to the staff of SLGH for their care and compassion in Dolly's final days. A Celebration of life service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home on Monday morning, June 29th at 11 a.m. with Jack Bowers the Celebrant.
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Virginia Mary Mitchell | July 26, 1938 - June 15, 2020

Virginia passed away peacefully in her sleep at Hillside Village (Salmon Arm), at the age of 81. She will be dearly missed by her 3 surviving children: Donna (Darcy), Larry (Peggy) and Butch. As well as numerous grandchildren, brothers, and sisters. She has now joined her husband (Ron) and daughter (Debbie). Virginia was kind, loving and gentle. She was well known for her fresh baked cinnamon buns and bread. She really enjoyed going camping and fishing from April-September with her husband (Ron). The family wishes to thank Dr. Lorenz and all the staff at Hillside Village (Salmon Arm) for the loving, kind, and attentive care.
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