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Florence Farmer | March 23, 1917 - October 12, 2008

Florence was born in England and moved to Canada at the age of one year old. She spent 90 years of her life in Armstrong, Canoe and Salmon Arm. The past four years of her life at Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence which she really enjoyed.Florence had always been actively involved within the community. She was a real true historian and knew everyone in the Shuswap area. She was involved with many different organizations over the years; Canadian Cancer Society, Historical Club, Naturalist Club, Museum, Thrift Shop and United Church. She spent 26 years working for Askew's and was a faithful, valued employee.Florence is survived by her grandchildren, Niki Rohde (Gary), Rick Farmer (Sharon) and Rob Jackson (Alena) and great grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Richard, Cody, Kuira and Lanea. She also leaves behind many other nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many good friends. Florence was predeceased by her son, Richard Farmer and sisters, Doris Bursey and Kay Waddington.Funeral services for Florence will be held from the First United Church, Salmon Arm on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., with Will Sparks officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery.Donations in memory of Florrie may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 3451, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4S2.Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.
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William Sayer | September 21, 1921 - October 08, 2008

John Sayer passed into the arms of the Lord on October 8, 2008 at Piccadilly Care Center in Salmon Arm, BC. An honour guard service will be held at St, Andrews and All Saints Church, Chase, BC on Thursday afternoon, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Bob Crosby officiating. Cremation with interment to follow. Born in New Westminster, BC on September 21, 1921, John had been an active resident of Chase and the church community for many years. Among many life time accomplishments and one of his most treasured times was his volunteer aid work with Families for Children in India and Bangladesh. He was predeceased by his first wife, of 52 years, Alice Sayer. John is survived by his loving wife, Anneke Mercks-Sayer; three daughters, Jacquie Lowndes of Logan Lake, Jo Ann (Sandor) Juhasz of North Vancouver, Judy (Bruce) Holman of Vernon; step-son, Harmon Pogge of Edmonton; seven grandchildren and ten and a half great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Hilda Elliot; and many nieces and nephews.Johns family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Piccadilly Care Center for their loving care. Special thanks to Justin and Dr Warren Bell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of John may be sent to Cycle to Walk c/o Mailboxes Etc. 312-108 Elliot Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Y1A 6C4, to honour Ramesh Ferris and his quest to defeat polio. Rev 21: 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
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John Kempton | August 11, 1924 - October 06, 2008

For 84 years, he walked softly on the earth, leaving barely a footprint and sharing his love of nature with his family and friends. On October 6, 2008 he left us, surrounded by those who loved him, knowing he will be missed. Jack was born on August 11, 1924 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He had a typical prairie childhood, playing hockey with his brothers, Philip and Leonard and sister, Iris, and hanging out at the familys bookstore. He was involved in scouting, stamp collecting and spent hours at the pool, diving. Jack served in the Navy in WWII, then married Ione Wheeler in 1950. They moved to Calgary and had three girls (poor Jack!) and he put his artistic talents to use as a draftsman.Jack dedicated his life to his family, teaching his girls the value of life, love, family, respect, hard work and a good sense of humour. After an early retirement, he and Ione moved to Salmon Arm in 1979, enjoying gardening and camping and fishing with Iris and Henry (Wallensteen) and friends. Jack paddled, tied on flies and cleaned fish, while Ione caught the big ones. They skied and played a lot of tennis as well, becoming active members at Cedar Heights after their move to Sorrento in 1994. Jack also enjoyed a good round of golf and a game of snooker. He was still on the tennis court at the age of 82 when an old skiing injury finally slowed him down. Jack will be lovingly remembered by Ione, his wife of 58 years; daughters, Cheryl (Rick) Semenzin of Sunnybrae, Deb Phillips of Calgary and Pam (Jim) Donaldson of Notch Hill; and his grandchildren, Brett and Dustin Semenzin and Janelle and Wesley Phillips. The family would like to thank all those who helped with Jacks care, especially Dr. C. Weicker, Dr. A. Preto, the Kamloops Renal Clinic, Community Care, We Care and Bastion Place. Special thanks to Dave Wallensteen. No formal service will be held by request. Donations in Jacks memory may be sent to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation - Community Care, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3 or the South Shuswap First Responders Association, Box 555, Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W2. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.
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Muriel Axe | February 29, 1912 - September 27, 2008

Muriel Caroline Axe passed away peacefully in Salmon Arm where she had resided for 12 years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was a former resident of Seattle and Mt. Vernon, Washington.She enjoyed travelling, especially cruising, as well as her walks around McGuire Lake, the wharf area and nature parks. She tremendously enjoyed bird watching. Muriel will be remembered for her bright smile and totally positive outlook on lifePredeceased by her husband, Erwin; sister, Gwen; and brother, Wilfred, Muriel is survived by her loving family, sister, Margaret Potter of Salmon Arm; niece, Carol (David) Edgell of Salmon Arm; nephew, Frank (Andrian) Potter of Calgary; great nieces, Val and Karen and their families.A memorial tea will be held from the Mountainside Room at Bowers Funeral Home on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
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Constance Eckstadt | June 05, 1919 - September 27, 2008

It is with great sadness that we announce Denise passed away at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital with family at her bedside. She had taken two falls recently and was in hospital recovering from a pelvic fracture. Denise will be lovingly remembered by her three surviving daughters, Diana Walker of Vancouver, Roselyn (Keith) Phare of Salmon Arm and Goldie Denise (Denny) Caldwell and her fiance Jim Wilson, also of Salmon Arm. She is survived by six grandchildren, Jesse Walker, Gabe Walker, Julie Dubyna, Andrew Phare, Sabrina Caldwell Ozpazarcik and Jasmine Ahn Caldwell, and three great grandchildren, Samantha, Mackenzie and Jorjah Dubyna. Denise was predeceased by her husband, Emil Eckstadt in 1969, her second husband, Alex Eckstadt in 1990, and her daughter, Rhoda Eckstadt in 1976. Denise was born in South Africa of British parents and travelled to London, England at age 6, where she received her schooling at the City of London Freeman's School. Later Denise trained at Guy's Hospital in London, England to become a registered nurse. She met a Canadian soldier in Hyde Park. After a brief courtship, Denise and Emil were married and Denise travelled to Canada as a War Bride. Denise was always active in church and community events. She made many friends and had lots of fond memories of living and working in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. She was employed at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for many years and became one of the favourite nurses because of her kindness and concern for people. She has always been an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. After retirement, she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper for several years and gave her opinion on numerous subjects as well as providing information and encouragement for her readers. She also continued to write poetry, some of which has been published. For Christmas last year, Denise knitted many scarves and gave them away as "Hugs from Gramma". Denise has earned a special place in the lives of her family and friends. Her kind concern, love and patience and Christian influence was greatly admired. We are comforted by the knowledge that Denise fell asleep in the Lord and awaits the second coming. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at the Salmon Arm Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3720 - 60th Avenue, NE, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 2A9. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA), 1148 King Street East, Oshawa, ON, L1H 1H8. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm.
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Howard Versloot | June 13, 1930 - September 25, 2008

Howard (Dolf) Rodney Versloot passed away peacefully at his residence in Sicamous, BC on Thursday, September 25, 2008.Howard was born on June 13, 1930 in Rotterdam, Holland and had resided in the Sicamous area for 28 years. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Harvine Versloot; his five daughters, Willie, Chris, Annette, Sharon, Doreen and many close relatives in both Canada and Holland. Harvine would like to give special thanks to Jim and Maureen Cahill, and Ed and Kathy Wilby for their loving support, Dr Beech, Dr Myers, the staff at both Shuswap lake General Hospital and Bastion Place as well as Community Care Nursing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sicamous Food Bank.In following with Howard's wishes, there will be no service. Cremation with arrangements in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
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Mary Roberts | September 09, 1922 - September 25, 2008

Roberts-Mary Anne (Mamie). Mamie passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village on September 25th. She was 86 years of age. She was born Mary Anne Moss on September 9, 1922. Mamie was the middle child of 16 born to Bernard and Bridget Moss (nee Travers) of the parish of Aghyaran, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In February of 1946, at the age of 23 and while working in Belfast, she met William Roberts, a soldier of the Princess Pats Canadian Light Infantry waiting to be repatriated to Canada after serving as an anti aircraft gunner near London during World War II. They were married on March 6, 1946 at St. Theresas Roman Catholic Church on the Antrim Road in West Belfast, shortly after which William was returned to Canada, leaving her to wait for the call for an available berth on one of the many special boats bringing war brides to their new homes in Canada. Mamie left Belfast in November of 1946, on board the ocean liner Aquitania. After crossing the Atlantic to Halifax, she traveled by train across Canada to be reunited with her husband on their farm near Barrhead, Alberta. Over the next twenty years, she became mother to six sons and six daughters. In 1967, after the loss of their eldest daughter Mary in a drowning accident, the family sold the farm and moved initially to Revelstoke, and after a few months to Salmon Arm, where she made her home for the last 40 years. She was predeceased by her daughter Mary in 1965, by her husband William in 1977, and by her son Ronald in 2003. She leaves to mourn her passing her children: Patrick (Kathy) of South Slocan; Maureen, of Victoria: Eileen (Darrell) Loewen, of Vernon; Jim, of Salmon Arm; Dennis, of Salmon Arm; William (Linda) of Vancouver, Shiela (York) Robertson, of Delta, Mona Bradley of Salmon Arm; Kevin, of Salmon Arm; and Theresa Tomkulak of Delta. She leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews in Canada, the US, the UK, and Ireland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, September 29th at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Salmon Arm, with Father George La Grange, OMI, presiding. Internment followed at Mt. Ida Cemetery. Arrangements were by Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, B.C. The family wish to express their great and sincere gratitude to all those who were a comfort and a help during Mamies final days and after her passing.
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Paul Riopelle | April 09, 1941 - September 22, 2008

Paul Leroy Riopelle passed away early Monday morning, September 22, 2008 in Bastion Place Palliative Care, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 67 years. Born in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan on April 9, 194Paul Leroy Riopelle passed away early Monday morning, September 22, 2008 in Bastion Place Palliative Care, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 67 years. Born in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan on April 9, 1941, he moved to Salmon Arm in 1948 with his mother and sisters and completed his schooling here. After several years in cadets, including the Vernon Cadet Camp, he joined the Canadian Army rising to the rank of Captain. He later moved to Revelstoke to work as a log scaler and for a time with BC Forest Service Fire Suppression. He then enrolled in the University of British Columbia, as a mature student and completed his Bachelor of Social Work degree. He touched the lives and hearts of many in his work as a counselor with Drug and Alcohol in Maple Ridge, Kelowna, Vernon, and other facilities in Western Canada. After retirement, he continued this passion for helping others, leaving a memory of love and respect. He had a great love of nature and the outdoors which included hiking, skiing, biking and photography. He was predeceased by his father, Leroy Riopelle in 1947, his mother, Anna Van Humbeck in 2001, brother Arnold in 1936, and sister Joyce Dearing in 1980. Paul is survived by his sister, Pat Heron of Ottawa; nieces and nephews, Debbie (Gerard) Turner of Salmon Arm, Peggy Dearing (Ray Stegar) of Clearwater, Don (Teresa) Dearing of Chilliwack, Laura Heron of Ottawa, Paula Heron (Gordon Watts) of Seattle, Nicholas Heron of Vancouver, Jeanne Boucher and George (Pat) Boucher of Vancouver; many grand nieces and nephews and a multitude of loving friends. A Prayer service was held Friday evening at 7 p.m., September 26th at St. Josephs Catholic Church, followed by the Funeral Service on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with Father George LaGrange, O.M.I. the celebrant. Honors were presented by Padre Norm Russell and the color party of the Royal Canadian Legion. Words of remembrance were shared by Jim Watson. Organist soloist was Catherine Kroetch. Interment followed in Mt. Ida Cemetery, with a reception back at the Mountainside room at Bowers, including a DVD presentation in the funeral chapel, allowing the overflowing group of family and friends to continue sharing memories. Pallbearers were Nick Heron, Gary Jorgensen, Joe Moret, Donald Dearing, Pat Murphy and Joe Tremblay. If friends wish, donations may be sent to the charity of ones choice. Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.
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Gerald Sholinder | December 18, 1955 - August 02, 2008

Gerald Allan Sholinder passed away at the Peter Lougheed Centre, Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the age of 52 years, following a short illness.Born in Smithers, BC on December 18, 1955, he lived there until 1971 when the family moved to Vermillion, Alberta. In 1972, the Sholinder family moved to Salmon Arm where Jerry completed his education. Jerry had lived and worked in Calgary since 1984.Jerry is survived by his son, Justin (Sarah) and three grandchildren, Joseph, Emily and Rachel, all of Winnipeg; mother and father, Kay and Fay Sholinder of Salmon Arm; two sisters, Joan Sholinder of Salmon Arm and Hanna Forsythe of Hazelton, BC; two brothers, Murray (Cindy) of Salmon Arm and Blaine (Wendy) of Los Angeles, CA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.A family memorial service will be held in St Johns Anglican Church on August 28, 2008. Interment to follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery.Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.
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Павел Хорев | January 17, 1921 - November 15, 1996

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