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Lucille Cooke | June 27, 1928 - October 28, 2008

Cooke, Lucille Doloris passed away at her home in Salmon Arm, BC on October 28, 2008 at the age of 80 years.Born in Saskatoon, Sask. on June 27, 1928, Lucille was a longtime resident of Calgary moving to Blind Bay, BC in 2006 and then to Salmon Arm earlier this year. Lucille met the love of her life, Don Cooke, when they were in grade school. They went on to be happily married for 59 years. Together, they raised their three boys and spent many years enjoying their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lucille and Don built their second home, a cabin on Shuswap Lake, and spent numerous happy summers there with their family, who will continue to enjoy the cabin for many years to come. Lucille was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She loved life and was especially dedicated to supporting and cherishing her family and friends.Lucille is survived by her loving husband, Don; sons Larry (Sandy) of Delburne, AB, Darrell (Christina Gamble) of Salmon Arm, Randy (Lorelee) of Calgary; grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer (Kelly Guard), Shane (Lynne), Amanda (Bruce Leonard), Brad, Justin, Logan and seven great grandchildren.A celebration of Lucilles life will be held at Fosters Garden Chapel, 3220 - 4th Street. N.W., Calgary (across from Queens Park Cemetery), on Sunday afternoon, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation with interment to follow in Queens Park Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society.Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm and Fosters Garden Chapel.
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Douglas Piggott | October 31, 1917 - October 26, 2008

Piggott, Douglas Edward passed away peacefully at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm on Sunday, October 26, 2008 with his family by his side. Doug was born on a farm in Bardal, Manitoba, the younger brother of Howard. When Douglas was two years old, his mother Lily passed away and later his father James married Ivy Ostlere. Together they had a son, James. In 1942, Doug joined the army and served overseas until 1945. Upon returning to Canada, Doug took up farming. In 1946, Doug married the love of his life, Dorothy Wooldridge and they had 5 daughters. In 1964 they moved to Salmon Arm and bought the original Shuswap Lodge and ran it until 1980. Doug had a tremendous lust for life. He loved playing the guitar which was self taught by listening to the Carter family on the radio. He never lost his love for learning. He enjoyed ping pong, antiquing, metal detecting and puzzle solving. Doug was predeceased by his second oldest daughter, Clio in 1986. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy; two brothers, Howard and James; daughters, Gale (Rob) LeDuc, Charm (Ron) Pitura, June (Walter) Piggott, Darla (Doug) MacKay; grandchildren, Reneigh, Sada, Hallie, Kara, Kyla, Jennifer, Tommi, Cole, Delaney and Kendal; 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC.
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Muriel Wood | September 08, 1915 - October 24, 2008

Muriel A. L. Wood died at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, on the evening of Friday, October 24, 2008 at the age of 93 years. A celebration of life service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Jack Bowers, Celebrant. Words of remembrance and prayers were shared by family and friends. A reception followed in the Mountainside Room, allowing the family and friends to continue sharing memories. Cremation with interment to follow at a later date in the family plot at Mt. Ida Cemetery. Born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan on September 8, 1915, Muriel had been a resident of Salmon Arm since 1951. She was a longtime Registered Nurse in Salmon Arm, having worked at the old hospital as well as the current hospital. She enjoyed visiting with her former co-workers, sharing many fond memories. Muriel is well remembered for her love of animals. Predeceased by her husband, Albert Edward (Bert) in 1991, she leaves her loving family; daughters, Marjorie (Jack) Phillips of Edmonton and Betty Wood of Abbotsford; five grandsons, Ron, Edward, Daryl, Brian and Kevin; four great grandchildren, William, Madison, Steele and Robert; sister, Dorothy Connelly of Vernon and brother, William Graves of Washington. If friends wish, memorial donations may be sent to the Womens Emergency Shelter (Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society), PO Box 1463, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P6. The family would like to give special thanks to the caring staff of Arbor House and Hillside Village. Arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
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Katherina Villeneuve | August 13, 1913 - October 13, 2008

Katherina Villeneuve passed away peacefully in Shuswap Lake General Hospital on October 13, 2008, with her family at her side, at the age of 95 years.Born August 13, 1913 in Bainfait, SK, Katie had been a resident of Salmon Arm since 1970. For the past three years, she happily resided at the Shuswap Lodge Retirement Residence. She was a special lady who touched many people and will always be remembered.A memorial mass for Katie was held from St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Salmon Arm, on Saturday, October 18, 2008, with Father George La Grange, OMI, officiating.Gone to join her loving husband, Oscar, to whom she was married 64 years and 9 months, Katie was also predeceased by her son, Marvin in 1986. She leaves to remember her, two daughters, Doreen (Hans) and Ann (Dave); eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. As the oldest of 12 children, she leaves to remember her, brothers Stephen Schaff (Lucie), Leo Schaff (Claire) and sisters, Margaret Therres (Jake) and Helena Maurer; as well as extended family and friends.The family would like to thank the Shuswap Lodge for her excellent care and is especially grateful to Dr. Kirkman for his ongoing care, to his intern and the hospital staff during the last week of her life.Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
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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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